Geopolitical News, 07 Feb 2019

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Accessed on 07 February 2019, 1455 UTC, Post 939.

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LATEST NEWS Feb 7, 2019
NATO Allies sign Accession Protocol for the future Republic of North Macedonia

At NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday (6 February 2019) the Permanent Representatives to NATO of the 29 members of the Alliance signed the Accession Protocol for the future Republic of North Macedonia. The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov. …

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Trump Says Curtain Likely to Fall on IS Caliphate Within Days

U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he expected to formally declare victory over the Islamic State terror group’s self-declared caliphate in the next week. …

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Afghan Opposition, Taliban Agree to Back US-Led Peace Process

Taliban and influential Afghan opposition leaders concluded a rare two-day “peace meeting” in Moscow on Wednesday, where they jointly declared that a complete withdrawal of U.S.-led foreign forces was key to a lasting peace in Afghanistan. …

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Rising landmine blast toll in Afghanistan highlights long-term care needs of survivors

The number of casualties in Afghanistan from landmines and other explosives has more than tripled since 2012, the UN said on Wednesday, in support of a call to provide more long-term support for survivors. …

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India – 777 Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures Self-Protection Suite

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to India of two (2) 777 Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) Self-Protection Suites (SPS) for an estimated cost of $190 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale. …

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With No Deal for Minesweepers on the Cards, Indian Navy Hunts for Alternative

The Indian government has failed to conclude a deal with foreign manufacturers to acquire mine countermeasure vessels since 2005. In the meantime, the last batch of minesweepers retired last year, rendering the Indian Navy devoid of the crucial asset. …

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Russia successfully test-fires long-range missile amid tensions with US

Russia has successfully test-launched an RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), amid ongoing tensions with the United States over long-running treaties that control development of new missiles. …

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Israeli Satellite PHOTOS Suggest Russian-Made S-300 Operational in Syria

Russia completed its delivery of new S-300 air defence systems to Syria last October following a Russian plane’s accidental destruction by a Syrian air defence battery that was responding to an Israeli airstrike. …

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