Geopolitical News, 09 Feb 2019

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Content provided by the “GlobalSecurity.org Newsletter”, 09 February 2019.

Accessed on 09 February 2019, 1535 UTC, Post 943.

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LATEST NEWS Feb 9, 2019
DHS Issues Waiver to Expedite Secondary Fence Replacement Project in San Diego

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a waiver to ensure the expeditious construction and replacement of approximately 12.5 miles of secondary wall near the international border in the state of California. The waiver was published in the Federal Register on February 7, 2019. …

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Have Taliban Turned Tables on Ashraf Ghani?

When Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani laid out the red carpet in 2017 for controversial Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar – once known as “the Butcher of Kabul” for his role in the bloody conflict for the control of the capital in the 1990s – many thought he was trying to isolate the central Taliban leadership by luring factions to break away …

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Analysts: Most of Venezuela’s Russian Oil Clients Bailed Last Year

As numerous European clients of Venezuela’s state-owned PDVSA petroleum company freeze crude purchases in the face of mounting international sanctions, analysts in Moscow say all of Venezuela’s Russian customers with the exception of Rosneft had begun suspending or liquidating contracts in mid-to-late 2018. …

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Indian PM Modi’s Office had Parallel Negotiations with Rafale Team – Reports

The Indian Defence Ministry set up a seven-member negotiation committee for the purchase of 36 Rafale jets from France under the government to government contract. However, The Hindu, an Indian English-language daily, has revealed that there were parallel negotiations for the same deal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office. …

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India Successfully Test Fires Air-to-Air Version of Anti-Tank Missile – Reports

Metaphorically named Nag (meaning cobra), it can be launched from both land and air-based platforms. The strike range of the weapon is 4 km and 7 km respectively. …

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Paris, Berlin Take First Step Toward Jet That Will Replace Rafale, Eurofighters

Paris and Berlin, which have pushed the idea of creating a joint European army, unveiled their ambitious goal to design the new Future Combat Air System (FCAS), including a fighter and associated weapons in July 2017. It has taken them almost two years to proceed to taking concrete steps. …

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The end of an era: RAF Tornado returns from operations for the last time

After almost 40 years serving the UK on military operations across the world, iconic RAF Tornado jets have returned home for the last time.

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Princess PM Nomination Shocks Thai Politics

A political earthquake has been triggered in Thailand with the nomination of princess Ubolratana Mahidol as a prime ministerial candidate for March election, overturning a Thai tradition that the royal palace plays no public role in politics. …

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