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The Front News (7/8/2012)
U.S. anoints Afghanistan a ‘major non-NATO ally'
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday formally designated Afghanistan a "major non-NATO ally," setting the stage for tighter military cooperation even as international troops are on a path to withdraw from the war-torn country by the end of 2014.
Clinton announced the new alliance to diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, according to the Associated Press. She was in Afghanistan to meet with President Hamid Karzai.
There is a secret aspect in the plans of the Russian government to rearm the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation before 2020. The Defense Ministry and the country's administration have disclosed the volume of funds to be transferred on the 'accounts' of various types of troops. However, it appears that nearly four trillion rubles will be spent either on infrastructure or the development of a secret weapon. The news of Russia's plans to create new super weapons have already created a stir in the Western media.
President Putin said that the program to rearm the Russian Armed Forces before 2020 would be funded with 20.7 trillion rubles. 2.6 trillion of the amount will be wired to ground and airborne troops. Putin said last year that 4.7 trillion rubles would be spent on the modernization of the Russian Navy. As many as 15-20% of the state defense order is planned to be spent on space (for military purposes), which is nearly four trillion. The same amount will be transferred for the Air Force.
Thus, rearming all types of the Russian Armed Forces, save for Strategic Missile Forces, will require 15.6 trillion rubles. This amount has been announced officially. The spending on the Missile Forces is not to be exposed, Defense Ministry officials said, the Vedomosti newspaper wrote. Therefore, there are 4.1 trillion rubles left from 20.7 trillion, the publication said.
Last week, Russia began inspection flights over the territory of Canada under the program "Open Skies". In Canada, there are opinions that they will be used to monitor the military and other objects in the Arctic. The fear is fueled by the recent arrest on suspicion of spying for Russia of an officer of the Canadian Naval Intelligence. These objective fears, however, do not stifle the calls to unite to resist attempts of the U.S. and China to push the "international status" of the region.
Russia to deliver tanks and helicopters to US-unfriendly states
Russia offered Zimbabwe to conclude an intergovernmental agreement about the mutual protection of investments. Russian companies may thus obtain an opportunity to develop one of the world's largest deposits of platinum. In return, Zimbabwe, which remains under the influence of sanctions from the USA and EU, will receive military hardware from Russia. Moreover, Russia intends to ship a large batch of arms to another US-unfriendly country.
Iran has plans to destroy 35 U.S. bases if attacked
Iran already has detailed plans to destroy 35 U.S. bases in the Middle East, the Persian Gulf and Central Asia if attacked, said on Wednesday Hayizadeh Gen. Amir Ali, commander of the Aerospace Force of Guardians.
"We take all measures necessary to place these bases and deploy missiles to destroy them all in the first minutes of a possible strike (against Iran)," Hayizadeh warned in remarks published by the local agency Fars.
Hayizadeh made these statements, detailing the plans of Iran face a possible U.S. attack against its territory, at the end of a three-day military exercise. In this, the Revolutionary Guards tested missiles of various types of domestic manufacture.
The commander explained that the United States "has 35 bases around Iran," adding that "they are all within reach of missiles, as well as the occupied land of Palestine (Israel)."
He said the missile maneuvers were carried out in recent days were intended to destroy replicas of hypothetical U.S. bases in the region, ensuring that the test results had been a great success.
The site of Guardians Sepah News reported on Wednesday that within these maneuvers were used missiles of the "Persian Gulf" (antiship) against sea targets, with the support of combat aircraft and unmanned aircraft.
Yesterday, the guardians of the revolution ensured that they had destroyed seven bases of the hypothetical "alien forces to the region" in aerial maneuvers and missile launch up to 1300 km range, although Hayizadeh has made a point of stressing that the country has missiles that exceed 2000 km.
Iran is under UN sanctions, U.S. and EU because of its nuclear program, with Washington and Tel Aviv threatened to attack Iranian territory if there is a stoppage of its atomic activities. In this case, said that Tehran would answer "devastating" and could also close the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
While some countries, led by the U.S. suspect Iran's nuclear program has a component designed to arms manufacture nuclear weapons, Tehran ensures that its program is purely civilian, peaceful and still comply with the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) nuclear.
Yesterday in his weekly news conference, the spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Ramin Mehmanparast, said the maneuvers and said that the message of these exercises is that "Iran has full authority and preparation to ensure security in the Persian Gulf and tanker traffic in the Strait of Hormuz. "
The chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy of Iran's Parliament, Alaedin Boruyerdi, said Tehran considers the presence of foreign forces in the region "harmful" for safety, adding that the missile maneuvers demonstrate the ability of Iran to maintain stability in the area.
An Israeli Border Police officer has been caught on video kicking a Palestinian child in the southern West Bank. The police have launched a probe into the incident, documented by an Israeli human rights organization.