Canada keeps sending LAV6 IFVs (some equipped with 105mm gun) to Saudi Arabia despite tensions

Canada keeps sending LAV6 IFVs to Saudi Arabia.

Eight covered LAV6 were recently loaded on a train headed to St John Harbour, Canada in order to be exported to Saudi Arabia.

A Canadian defence contractor will be selling fewer armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia than originally planned, according to new documents obtained by CBC News.

That could be a mixed blessing in light of the ongoing diplomatic dispute between the two countries, say human rights groups and a defence analyst.

The scaled-back order — implemented before the Riyadh government erupted in fury over Canada’s public criticism of Saudi Arabia’s arrest of activists and froze new trade with Canada this summer — could make it politically less defensible for the Liberal government, which has argued it’s in the country’s business and economic interests to uphold the deal.

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The order also includes 119 LAV 6 vehicles of the “heavy assault” type, with powerful 105 millimetre canons affixed to their turrets, which were still under development at the time the documents were written.

Another 119 are configured as “anti-tank” vehicles and a further 119 are designated as “direct fire” support, with a two-man turret and 30 millimetre chain gun.

The remaining vehicles include ambulances, mobile command posts, VIP transports and recovery vehicles equipped with cranes.

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US-led coalition seems to have deployed some kind of (SAM) system, covered with a desert camo net, in Al-Tanf, Syria

“The US’s next step is to build a missile defense shield in the region which must be considered as a part of Washington’s long-term plan for chaos in the region,” Former Commander of Syria’s Deir ez-Zor Military Assembly Fayez Esmer told Yeni Safak newspaper on Tuesday.

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Saber Strike: NATO rushes thousands of troops, including air defence systems, to Poland and Baltic states “to boost readiness on its eastern flank”

NATO’s Saber Strike 18 exercises involving some 18,000 troops from 19 nations will begin on June 3 in Poland and the Baltic states, as the Western alliance looks to boost readiness on its eastern flank.

The maneuvers will run through June 15 and come as Poland has indicated it is considering a proposal to host a permanent contingent of U.S. troops in the way that Germany and Italy have done since World War II.

The United States leads a multinational NATO battle group in Poland, while allies Germany, Britain, and Canada command three others in the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, where the Saber Strike maneuvers will be held.

“The long-standing U.S. Army Europe-led cooperative training exercise is designed to enhance readiness and interoperability among allies and regional partners,” the U.S. Army said.

It added that the maneuvers will “demonstrate the alliance’s determination and ability to act as one in response to any aggression.”

The United States and NATO have bolstered their presence in Poland and elsewhere on the alliance’s eastern flank since Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

An “information document” by the Polish Defense Ministry seen by news agencies suggests that Warsaw could spend $1.5 billion to $2 billion to help cover the cost of permanently basing a U.S. tank unit in Poland.

Russia immediately attacked the proposal, saying such a deployment “will not benefit in any way the security and stability on the continent.”

NATO has deployed some 6,000 troops in the region, and the U.S. Army has established a new European headquarters in Poland to command the forces.

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Bulgaria: US moves military assets near Black Sea Coast

Lt Gen Evgeny Buzhinsky told Dermot Murnaghan that shooting down American missiles is the least that Russia would do, and that if Russian blood is shed in Syria, then Americans “will shed their blood also”.

“Your Prime Minister Churchill said if you had to choose between war and disgrace and you choose disgrace, then you get both. I don’t think Putin will choose disgrace,” he added.

Asked how close we are to nuclear war, Mr Buzhinsky said: “Very close – closer than we were during the 1962 Cuban crisis.”

He said Russia has been cornered and demonised from all angles.

“We are at all kinds of war with the collective West. Economic war, diplomatic war, information war – the last war which we’re not waging yet is a real fought war.”

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US would not seem to leave Syria “very soon” but, conversely, recent satellite imagery (al-Tanf and surrounding areas) reveals Washington increasing its presence in the war-torn country

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., agreed with President Trump that American involvement in Syria needs to end, but said Trump’s statement that the U.S. will leave soon is off-base.

Sanders said on CNN’s “State of the Union” the U.S. cannot stay in Syria forever but the idea that American forces can leave “very soon,” as Trump said, isn’t possible.

“It’s not a yes or no,” Sanders said when he was asked if he agreed with Trump’s statement in a speech Thursday.

“I think we absolutely do not want to get involved in this terrible civil war in Syria, which is so destructive, so destabilizing to the entire region. But, I don’t know that you can pull out tomorrow.”

Trump caught much of the foreign policy world off-guard Thursday when he said he expected the U.S. to leave Syria soon.

“By the way, we’re knocking the hell out of ISIS. We’re coming out of Syria very soon. Let the other people take care of it now — very soon, very soon, we’re coming out,” Trump said.

“We’ll have 100 percent of the caliphate as they call it, sometimes referred to as land, we are taking it all back quickly, quickly. We’re going to be coming out of there real soon, going back to our country where we belong, where we want to be.”

Sanders said working with all the region’s players — including Russia — must be a part of the peace process.

“Our job now is to work with our allies in the entire region and that is to do everything that we can to bring peace to Syria, make sure that Russia is part of that process,” he said. “But absolutely, I do not want to see American troops get stuck in a never ending civil war in Syria.”

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Serbia has provoked Pristina by sending several fighter jets (Soko J-22s Orao) over Preševo area, very close to the border with Kosovo “Tense times”

“Serbian military airplanes reportedly flew at very low altitudes above Preshevë / Preševo – an Albanian majority town in south Serbia bordering #Kosovo. On the same day, Kosovo Serbs in north Mitrovica announce they will unilaterally create ethnic entity/association. Tense times”

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US-led forces establish new military outposts east of Hajin, Deir ez-Zor

The battleground in eastern Syria has only grown more complex as the U.S.-led, mostly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces and the Russia-backed Syrian military fought two separate campaigns to destroy ISIS. As the Syrian military, backed by various pro-government militias—many of which were supported by Iran—and Russian warplanes, retook Deir Ezzor city and the border town of Al-Bukamal, they declared victory over ISIS and reclaimed the region for Assad.

On the other side of the Euphrates River, however, the Syrian Democratic Forces maintained control of lucrative oil fields. The Kurdish leadership had reportedly entered into preliminary talks with the Syrian government to negotiate the return of these sites in exchange for greater autonomy across majority-Kurdish northern Syria, but two major developments have upset the dynamics of eastern Syria.

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