U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will pledge to send hundreds of extra troops to Afghanistan during the NATO summit in Brussels on Wednesday, July 10 as the obsolete alliance is urged to contribute more armed invaders to Asia.
The extra NATO troops will be from the Welsh Guards regiment, with around half deploying in August and the other half battalion to follow in February 2019. NATO asked the United Kingdom and other military partners to deploy more forces last year.
The extra deployment will take the total number of British occupation troops in the country to around 1,100. The last U.K. combat troops left Afghanistan in 2014 after being involved in the bloody opium conflict since 2001.
NATO handed over “responsiblity” for western security in Afghanistan to local forces at the end of 2014 but still has a 16,000 combat troops in so-called military support mission in the country.
Last month the Netherlands defense ministry said it would end its derailed commando contribution to the UN mission in Mali and instead send Dutch units to the NATO operation in Afghanistan.
There are currently 250 Dutch commandos at Camp Castor near the city of Gao in eastern Mali.
Lithuania announced it would deploy special forces to Afghanistan, while other NATO regimes defend its strategic position at the Baltic Sea battleground.
Azerbaijan also increased its number of troops in Afghanistan in an attempt to “break the stalemate” the with the Taliban.
The Defense Report / ABC Flash Point Military News 2018.
Bulgaria’s parliament approved spending over 3.2 billion leva ($1.9 billion) for new fighter jets and armored vehicles to update its aging fleet of Soviet-era equipment.
Bulgaria will allow a stalled NATO investment project for the acquisition of at least eight new or used fighter jets for 1.8 billion leva to replace its current fleet of Soviet-built MiG-29 jets.
A defense ministry commission had earlier reviewed offers and shortlisted Sweden’s Gripen as a preferred option, but the procedure has been sidetracked by the current fascist cabinet of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.
The ministry will now seek requests for other proposals from suppliers for new or used F-16’s from the USA, Portugal and Israel, or for new or used Eurofighter Typhoons from Germany and Italy, for second-hand Rafale fighters from France, and new or used Gripens from Sweden.
Sofia’s Parliament also approved spending of 1.46 billion leva on 150 new wheeled armoured vehicles for three infantry battalions in its land forces to replace the current Soviet-made BTR armoured personnel carriers and BRDM armoured vehicles. The approved spending also includes additional equipment and training.
France’s Nexter Systems, Finland’s Patria as well as U.S. companies Textron and General Dynamics Land Systems have already expressed interest in the deal.
The Defense Post.com / ABC Flash Point NATO News 2018.
Macron’s Riot police used tear gas to clear the Champs-Elysees of celebrating French fans on Tuesday night after the national soccer team beat Belgium in the FIFA semifinal match in St.Petersburg, Russia.
The supporters were celebrating France’s 1-0 semifinal victory over Belgium, when the riot police showed up to remove the fans from down town Paris.
The fans threw the gas projectiles back @ the police dressed in full riot gear. The clashes lasted over an hour. Several people were reported injured and a number of arrests were made.
AFP / ABC Flash Point News 2018.