Tensions between the Gulf neighbours reached new highs in recent months after a string of drone and missile attacks targeting tankers and oil facilities. Last week, the US announced that it would be sending thousands of troops to Saudi Arabia in response to ‘Iranian aggression’ against Saudi oil infrastructure. Tehran has denied any involvement.
While the error in internal navy proceedings was relatively swiftly established, extra defence allotments were secured in the meantime, including the acquisition of new-generation submarines and an upgrade of the existing sub fleet.
The United Kingdom is on course to pull out of the EU in a matter of two weeks. However, the so-called Benn Act requires the UK prime minister to seek an extension to the Brexit withdrawal deadline. Boris Johnson previously stated that he'd take the UK out on the designed day no matter what, but later appeared to have backed down on his vow.
The US government has allegedly been looking into evacuating around 50 tactical nuclear weapons that the United States is thought to have stored at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, as relations between the two NATO allies deteriorated further after Ankara launched its offensive in Syria against formerly US-backed Kurdish militants last week.
During the June kickoff of the Democratic debate season, former US vice president Joe Biden, still a top choice in the 2020 presidential primary race, claimed NATO would “fall apart if he [Trump] is elected four more years”, lauding the organisation as the “single most consequential alliance in the history of the US”.
The statement comes amid Turkey’s ongoing military operation in northern Syria which was launched on 9 October as part of Ankara's plan to clear its Syria-facing border area of the Daesh* terrorists and Kurdish militia, as well as create a so-called "safe zone" in the area.
The number of Salma Hayek's followers on Instagram recently hit the 12 million mark, and the Hollywood star celebrated this event in a very original way, by posting her photo from the acupuncture salon.
On 15 October, Vladimir Putin arrived on a state visit to the UAE for the first time since 2007. During the negotiations, the parties will discuss issues of further bilateral cooperation on trade, economics and investment.