The United States has deployed military personnel to Libya in an effort to establish contact with militias and other forces that Washington may be able to back in the fight against Daesh, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said on Wednesday.
Head of US Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris said on Jan.27 the US Navy will continue to conduct so-called freedom of navigation operations, as it did in October when a US destroyer sailed near an artificial island that Beijing built in the South China Sea. These actions clearly challenge China’s claims in the region.
NATO will continue increasing its presence in Eastern Europe as Russia remains a serious security challenge for the block, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said as he presented his annual report in Brussels on Thursday.
Austria’s defense minister, Hans Peter Doskozil, has called for longer military service, which he says is required to cope with the influx of asylum seekers. The proposal was voiced a day after Austrian MPs approved a bill toughening admission policies for migrants.