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  1. rtomedic United States

    rtomedic Mi Sergeant TAARB MI.Net Member

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    French MPs urge inquiry into arms sales to Saudi Arabia as bin Salman visits

    Over a dozen French lawmakers have called for an investigation into the country's lucrative weapons sales to Saudi Arabia as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman begins a visit to Paris on Sunday. MP Sebastien Nadot said he and 15 other co-signatories had officially filed a request for a 30-member commission of inquiry into France's complicity in the Saudi-led war on Yemen.

    The commission is "to study France's compliance with international commitments regarding arms export licenses, munitions, training, services and assistance that our country has granted during these three years to the belligerents of the conflict in Yemen," he added.

    The military campaign has killed and injured over 600,000 civilians since its onset in March 2015, according to the latest figures released by the Yemeni Ministry of Human Rights.

    The request comes days after 12 international NGOs, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, sent a private letter to French President Emmanuel Macron urging him to halt arms sales to Riyadh. They also demanded pressure on bin Salman to ease a blockade on Yemeni ports.

    "Emmanuel Macron should put Yemen at the center of his discussions with Mohammed bin Salman as he hosts him in France," the rights groups said.

    According to a recent YouGov poll, 75 percent of French people want Macron to suspend arms exports to countries involved in the war on Yemen, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. However, a French presidential source defended the country's arms exports, claiming that Paris "obeys very precise criteria, including the concern for situations in which civilian populations may be endangered

    ...MORE https://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/...presstv02.htm?_m=3n.002a.2260.ph0ao0037n.22xe
     
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  2. AAR Galileo

    AAR Galileo Mi Sergeant TAARB MI.Net Member Mi.Net Supporter

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    France:
    A Mirage 2000 bomb a factory in France!

    A m200 lost a bomb during a training mission over France and the munition (inert training F4 model) hit a factory and injured 2 workers. A this time is unknown if the theF4 fall due to a crew error or a technical issue (bomb not release when the plane make it's first attack run then fall or fall because it was not correctly installed).

    News in French : http://lemamouth.blogspot.ca/2018/04/une-f4-fait-deux-blesses.html
     
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    AAR Galileo Mi Sergeant TAARB MI.Net Member Mi.Net Supporter

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  4. rtomedic United States

    rtomedic Mi Sergeant TAARB MI.Net Member

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    British Army's rifle set for multi-million-pound upgrade
    The Ministry of Defence is upgrading the British Army's standard combat rifle to ensure troops are equipped with the best possible battle-winning kit, Defence Minister Guto Bebb has announced.
    The SA80 A2 hand held assault weapon will be upgraded into the A3 model under the Mid Life Improvement (MLI) project, which will ensure the rifle has the enhancements needed to remain in service until 2025 and beyond.

    An initial investment of £5.4 million for the project, which will be carried out by Heckler and Koch, will help sustain around 20 highly skilled jobs at the Nottingham Small Arms Factory owned by the company.

    Defence Minister Guto Bebb said:

    "This multi-million-pound upgrade will give our Army a lighter, more hardwearing, better-camouflaged combat rifle so our soldiers can perform on the frontline of some of the most dangerous locations across the world. This investment is also a boost to Nottingham's highly-skilled gun-makers who proudly support our troops in their task to protect our country in the face of intensifying threats." ...MORE

    https://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/...1-ukmod02.htm?_m=3n.002a.2263.ph0ao0037n.230f
     
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  5. Wallensi

    Wallensi Mi Corporal TAARB MI.Net Member

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    The rank of General exists only during a war, in Switzerland. Except for a peace promotion officer in Korea.
    His rank is Divisionnaire
    In Fr
    https://www.vtg.admin.ch/content/vtg-internet/fr/home.detail.nsb.html/70400.html
     
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  6. Wallensi

    Wallensi Mi Corporal TAARB MI.Net Member

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    SUMMARY OF THE REPORT ON ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT
    IN SUPPORT OF A REQUEST FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE BY
    THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND

    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland requested technical

    assistance from the OPCW Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) under

    subparagraph 38(e) of Article VIII of the Chemical Weapons Convention in relation

    to an incident in Salisbury on 4 March 2018 involving a toxic chemical—allegedly a

    nerve agent—and the poisoning and hospitalisation of three individuals. The

    Director-General decided to dispatch a team to the United Kingdom for a technical

    assistance visit (TAV).

    2. The TAV team deployed to the United Kingdom on 19 March for a pre-deployment

    and from 21 March to 23 March for a full deployment.

    3. The team received information on the medical conditions of the affected individuals,

    Mr Sergej Skripal, Ms Yulia Skripal, and Mr Nicholas Bailey. This included

    information on their acetylcholinesterase status since hospitalisation, as well as

    information on the treatment regime.

    4. The team was able to collect blood samples from the three affected individuals under

    full chain of custody for delivery to the OPCW Laboratory and subsequent analysis

    by OPCW designated laboratories, and conducted identification of the three

    individuals against official photo-ID documents.

    5. The team was able to conduct on-site sampling of environmental samples under full

    chain of custody at sites identified as possible hot-spots of residual contamination.

    Samples were returned to the OPCW Laboratory for subsequent analysis by OPCW

    designated laboratories.

    6. The team requested and received splits of samples taken by British authorities for

    delivery to the OPCW Laboratory in Rijswijk, the Netherlands, and subsequent

    analysis by OPCW designated laboratories. This was done for comparative purposes

    and to verify the analysis of the United Kingdom.

    7. The team was briefed on the identity of the toxic chemical identified by the United

    Kingdom and was able to review analytical results and data from chemical analysis of

    biomedical samples collected by the British authorities from the affected individuals,

    as well as from environmental samples collected on site.

    8. The results of analysis of biomedical samples conducted by OPCW designated

    laboratories demonstrate the exposure of the three hospitalised individuals to this

    toxic chemical.

    9. The results of analysis of the environmental samples conducted by OPCW designated

    laboratories demonstrate the presence of this toxic chemical in the samples.

    10. The results of analysis by the OPCW designated laboratories of environmental and

    biomedical samples collected by the OPCW team confirm the findings of the United

    Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that was used in Salisbury and

    severely injured three people.

    11. The TAV team notes that the toxic chemical was of high purity. The latter is

    concluded from the almost complete absence of impurities.

    12. The name and structure of the identified toxic chemical are contained in the full

    classified report of the Secretariat, available to States Parties.


    https://www.opcw.org/fileadmin/OPCW/S_series/2018/en/s-1612-2018_e_.pdf

     
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    Bombardier Admin & Arbiter Staff Member Site Admin

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    Will be interesting to see how the collaboration between Germany and the Netherlands pans out :)
     
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    Royal Navy sending third warship to Asia Pacific

    The UK defense ministry confirmed on Wednesday it is sending amphibious transport dock HMS Albion to North East Asia to support UN sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

    Albion set sail from the Devonport Naval Base in February this year and was initially scheduled to spend five months in the Mediterranean Sea as flagship of NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2).

    Neither the navy nor the defense ministry explained why this change of tasking occurred.

    Captain Tim Neild, HMS Albion commanding officer, said: “It is a huge privilege for us to fly the flag of the NATO task group commander in such a high profile deployment.

    Albion is the third Royal Navy ship to be sent to the Asia-Pacific region.

    Type 23 frigate HMS Sutherland has already started its engagements in the region and is currently on a port call in Yokosuka, Japan. Another Type 23 frigate, the HMS Argyll, will join the two later this year.

    “Until North Korea matches its words with concrete actions, the UK will continue working closely with partners and allies to keep up pressure and strictly enforce existing sanctions, ensuring not only regional security but that of the UK as well,” Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said.

    In the coming months HMS Albion, alongside HMS Sutherland, will be contributing to international efforts to monitor prohibited trading at sea by the DPRK, which provides a major source of funding for its illegal nuclear program.

    While in the region, both vessels will visit several ports and take part in joint training with allies and partners, including the US, the Republic of Korea and Japan.

    “I am delighted to support UK interests in the Asia-Pacific. Our deployment serves as a fantastic example of the flexibility and global reach of the Royal Navy,” Captain Tim Neild, the commanding officer of HMS Albion, said. “As always, I am extremely grateful for the ongoing support from our families and friends back home as we carry out these important international responsibilities on the other side of the world.”

    The deployment of these three ships will mean that the Royal Navy will have a vessel in the strategically critical Asia-Pacific region for the first time since 2013 and will have an almost unbroken presence there this year.

    Once HMS Argyll arrives in Asia Pacific, she is set to participate in a Five Power Defence Arrangements exercise with Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore before also travelling to North East Asia for further joint training and exercises.

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    https://navaltoday.com/2018/04/11/royal-navy-sending-third-warship-to-asia-pacific/?uid=5430



     
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    Labs Confirm Nerve Agent Used on Russian Ex-Spy, Daughter
    Four laboratories linked to the international chemical weapons watchdog have confirmed Britain's findings that a nerve agent was used last month to poison a former Russian spy and his daughter.

    The confirmations were in an Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) report released Thursday.

    British Ambassador to the U.N. Karen Pierce said OPCW's conclusions "agree explicitly with the U.K.'s analysis" and added the chemical used in the attack was a "military-grade nerve agent of high purity."

    British Prime Minister Theresa May said former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, were poisoned last month in Salisbury, England with a military-grade nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and '80s.

    The watchdog did not blame Russia for the attack nor did it name the specific chemical agent used. But British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said only Russia had the "means, motive, and record" to carry out such an attack. ...MORE

    https://www.globalsecurity.org/inte...412-voa01.htm?_m=3n.002a.2264.ph0ao0037n.2326
     
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    rtomedic Mi Sergeant TAARB MI.Net Member

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    European Commission To Endorse Accession Talks With Albania, Macedonia
    BRUSSELS – The European Commission will recommend that the European Union opens accession negotiations with Albania and Macedonia, according to a draft document seen by RFE/RL.

    The document is part of the annual EU enlargement package that is set to be published on April 17 in Strasbourg and which outlines how far the non-EU countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey have come on their road to European Union membership.

    The European Commission has recommended commencing negotiations with Macedonia every year since 2009, but EU member states in the council -- most notably, Greece -- have always blocked talks due to the name issue, which has soured relations between Athens and Skopje ever since Macedonia became independent in 1991.

    Athens has objected to its northern neighbor using the name Macedonia, contending that implies territorial claims on its own northern province of the same name ...MORE

    https://www.globalsecurity.org/mili...5-rferl05.htm?_m=3n.002a.2266.ph0ao0037n.234p
     
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