When the President refers to “over-the-horizon capacity that we can be value added,” he is referring to a plan, that appears might cost $10 billion, to fly drones and manned attack aircraft from bases as far away as Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait to assist the current Afghan central government in defending itself against the Taliban.
Update: A squad of gunmen assassinated Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and wounded his wife in an overnight raid on their home Wednesday, with police killing four suspects and arresting two others hours later amid growing chaos in a country already enduring gang violence and protests of his increasingly authoritarian rule.
At the meeting of the Lublin Triangle, the Ukrainian, Lithuanian and Polish foreign ministers paid key attention to security challenges in the region: Russian aggression against Ukraine, the militarization of the Black Sea region, the situation in Belarus, and threats from the Nord Stream 2 project.
A separate topic of their conversation was Ukraine’s further integration into NATO in accordance with the decisions of the 2008 Bucharest Summit and the 2021 Brussels Summit. Lithuania and Poland called for giving Ukraine a clear understanding of further steps towards membership in the North Atlantic Alliance.
The British newspaper Daily Telegraph did some kite-flying in the weekend that London is considering open-ended deployment of a contingent of elite special forces to Afghanistan “ to provide training to Afghan units and deploy with them on the ground as advisers.”
In early June 2021, in a classified directive to Pentagon officials, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin slammed the former Trump administration for talking big but never taking action to counter “the China threat.”
Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was “mortally wounded” and his wife shot during an armed attack in the middle of the night Wednesday at their private residence above the hills of Port-au-Prince, the country’s prime minister, Claude Joseph, said.
The assailants claimed to be agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, according to videos taken by people in the area of the president’s home. Moïse, 53, lives in Pelerin 5, a neighborhood just above the hills in the capital.
The attack happened a day after Moïse named a new prime minister, Ariel Henry, to take charge as head of the government and prepare the country for elections in the next two months for president, a new parliament and local government officials.
Ariel Henry was close to the opposition, while not not welcomed by the majority of the opposition (he also studied in France).