Tuesday, August 23, 2016


IS conflict: UN warns of 'huge impact' of Mosul assault  The humanitarian impact of a planned offensive by Iraqi pro-government forces to retake the city of Mosul is expected to be "enormous", the UN says. 

Space Warfare: No Longer Just Science Fiction  In the last few decades, the idea of space warfare has evolved dramatically. Once perceived only in the fantasy realm of tie fighters and X-wings, war in outer space is now reality. 

Turkey's Exhausting Zigzagging Between East and West  Turkey has been a republic since 1923, a multi-party democracy since 1946, and a member of NATO since 1952. 

Growing trend of children suicide bombers  In Iraq, Nigeria and now Turkey, child bombers strike; the growing trend of Islamic terrorists to exploit children to serve their murderous purposes. 

250Gbps: Russian scientists aim to revolutionize computing with plasma-driven antennas  A team of Russian physicists has found a way to tune silicon nanoparticles so they can process optical data at previously unattainable speed, paving the way for the creation of 'ultracompact and ultrafast' processing devices. 

The comeback of Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?  An Iran poll survey suggests that the former president now trails incumbent Hassan Rouhani by just eight percentage points in a head-to-head match-up, compared with 27 points in May 2015. 

Turkey shells both IS and Kurdish positions in Syria  Turkey has bombarded so-called Islamic State (IS) targets across the border in northern Syria ahead of an expected ground attack on an IS-held town. 

Eyeing elections, Palestinians vote to tamp down on Gaza flare-up  Hamas and Fatah don't want war now, and while Israel's response may have looked tougher than normal, it continued the proud tradition of using bombs to send a message. 

Israelis Praise Strong Response to Gaza Rocket  Israeli officials insisted they were not seeking an escalation after Gaza-based terrorists fired a rocket into southern Israel on Sunday, but also unequivocally signaled that such attacks would not be tolerated. 

Latest Gaza-Israel flare-up a war-game shift  The seeds for another war were sowed this week.