Iraq announces it has ordered Rafale planes and artillery systems from France

As the country still faces an intense rebellion by the Islamic State, as Shia militias under Iranian control continue to grow in its territory, and as Turkish ambitions in the north of the country threaten the Kurdish regions, Iraq is trying to modernize its armed forces, by negotiating defense programs with its historical partners, the United States, Russia and France. However, as is very often the case with Baghdad, it is very difficult to see clearly in the announcements of the Iraqi authorities, which are not lacking in contradictions or even very improbable information, such as that mentioned at the start of this year wearing…

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The lessons in Ukraine contradict the military paradigms inherited from the Gulf War

Very few, on the evening of February 24, 2022, the date of the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, had imagined that after 3 weeks of war, the Russian forces would have made so little progress in the country, at the cost of such heavy losses. . Thus, an article surreptitiously published on the so-called pro-Kremlin tabloid Komsokolskaja pravda yesterday, reported nearly 10.000 killed and more than 16.000 wounded within the Russian armies according to his staff, this not taking into account the losses of his Wagner and Chechen auxiliaries. Although such allegations may be questionable, it must be recognized that this level of…

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After Afghanistan, the United States announces the withdrawal of its troops from Iraq

US President Joe Biden, during the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to the White House, announced that the United States intended to withdraw its troops from his country by the end of the year, after the announcement of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan which began on May 1 and is due to end on September 11. According to the American president, the American forces will remain available to support the authorities and the Iraqi armies, in particular for the training of these, but the 2.500 men still present in the country will be withdrawn on a shortened schedule, to allow, according to him , to focus on more pressing challenges,…

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New British Challenger 3 tank unveiled

Prior to the publication of the new Integrated Strategic Review, many rumors had circulated in Great Britain concerning severe cuts to certain key British Defense capabilities. Among them were a severe downward revision of the number of F35s ordered by the Royal Air Force, the reduction in the number of Royal Navy frigate, as well as the pure and simple elimination of the 3 battalions of heavy tanks which the British Army, and which are equipped with the Challenger 2 heavy tank. Finally, the heavy tank will remain in service in the British Army, since 148 Challenger 2 will be gradually brought to…

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US Forces in Middle East on High Alert for Fear of Iranian Retaliation

After Israel, and without much surprise, it is the turn of the American armed forces positioned in the Persian Gulf and nearby to be put on alert. Indeed, according to the confidences of an American official collected by the Politico.com site, the United States would have detected intriguing warning signs linked to the preparation of Iranian attacks, in particular on the part of Iranian militias present in Iraq. . The Pentagon seems to take these threats very seriously, whether they are retaliation for the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in the suburbs of Tehran by an apparently well-trained and prepared armed group, an attack attributed by Iran at the Mossad...

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Will the United Kingdom sacrifice its defense on the altar of Covid19?

Since the end of the Second World War, Great Britain had, with France, the most experienced and most efficient armies in Western Europe, relying on a century-old military tradition and an efficient and innovative Defense industry which will have given birth to many equipment and techniques which are still used today by the armed forces of the whole world. But today, in the face of the Covid19 crisis which is hitting the United Kingdom hard, this powerful component of Western Defense is in great danger of seeing many of its capacities depleted, on the altar of budgetary savings. Indeed, as part of the Strategic Review…

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US Air Force prepares to replace MQ-9 Reaper with next-generation drone family

Along with its predecessor the MQ-1 Predator, the MQ-9 Reaper is the most iconic American drone of the past twenty years. Used by the USAF and the CIA, exported to the United Kingdom, Italy and France, this reconnaissance and attack drone alone evokes the asymmetrical nature of the Afghan, Iraqi and African conflicts led by the United States. and their allies. However, since the mid-2010s, the American armed forces have once again found themselves confronted with high-intensity threats, whether from Russia or China. In such a context, the MQ-9 Reaper appears as a…

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Aircraft exchanges between the Charles De Gaulle and the USS Eisenhower strengthen the interoperability of the French and American navies

Definitely, with the Foch mission, the French Naval Air Group (GAN) is not idle. Leaving Toulon on January 22 with its escort, the nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle participated for three weeks in Operation Chammal, the French component of the fight against the Islamic State in the Levant. This was followed by a highly publicized one-week stopover in the Cypriot port of Limassol, in order to show France's commitment alongside Cyprus and Greece in the face of Turkish threats of retaliation. Having returned to sea on February 26, heading for the North Atlantic, Task Force 473 (NATO designation of the GAN) crossed the…

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With the A330 MRTT Phoenix, the French Aéronaval Group strengthens its efficiency in the Mediterranean

No sooner had it entered service than the Air Force's new tanker aircraft, the A330 MRTT Phoenix, demonstrated its full potential. Thus, a few days ago, a Phoenix carried out a 14-hour mission to support and refuel the Rafale M combat aircraft of the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier deployed in the Eastern Mediterranean, off Syria. The combined use of the two French power vectors made it possible to demonstrate not only the excellent interoperability of the new aircraft, in the complex environment of the Middle Eastern sky, but also the coverage that France now has in terms of air power and naval aviation in the Mediterranean. According to a…

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Iranian missile accuracy would rely on Russian GLONASS system

The precision of the Iranian strikes on the Iraqi bases on January 8 surprised many specialists in the military question. According to the Israeli site DebkaFile.com, which specializes in intelligence and geopolitical issues, this precision was obtained thanks to the Russian geolocation system GLONASS, equivalent to the American GPS system. Indeed, according to several Russian sites quoting military sources, Tehran would have integrated this geolocation system into its ballistic missiles, giving them an accuracy of around 10 meters, which corresponds to the observations made on the satellite photos following the attack. . For now, both American and Israeli intelligence services cannot…

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