PANAGYURISHTE, Bulgaria (BulgarianMilitary.com) – As lawmakers ask for more information on the potential threats posed by Iran in the Middle East, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee said intelligence briefings he has received have convinced him that an increased military presence in the region is needed, Defense News reported.
“The information and warnings that we have collected are of greater concern than the normal Iranian harassment activity that we’ve seen in the Persian Gulf and surrounding area,” said Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas. “I don’t think it’s business as usual. It is cause for greater concern”.
“And a great part of that concern relates to Americans being targeted.”
Russian fighter jets have been scrambled six times over the last week to prevent the violation of the Russian state borders, TASS and newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) reported on Friday citing the Russian Defense Ministry.
According to the report, 21 foreign aerial vehicles were conducting reconnaissance in proximity to Russian borders.
The Russian newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) said that violations of Russian airspace were prevented.
The U.S. State Department wants to expand a little-known effort that offers countries cash to buy American-made weapons if they give up Russian-made arms, Defense One reported.
The year-old initiative, called the European Recapitalization Incentive Program, is already helping six eastern European countries buy new helicopters or armored vehicles. Now, State Department officials are looking to take the effort global to get allies and partners to abandon not only Russian weapons, but Chinese ones too.
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