German Army: Few Tanks Are Ready For Deployment – Example: 9th Tank Brigade

A confidential Defence Ministry document seen by the newspaper details how the Bundeswehr’s ninth tank brigade, which has been tapped to take over the NATO mission is severely under-equipped.

The brigade currently only has nine of its 44 Leopard 2 tanks available, while eleven of its 14 armoured personnel carriers are currently out of service.

The lack of vehicles is reportedly due to the fact that the military does not have enough of the necessary replacement parts.

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EU Military With Little to No Democratic Oversight Planned

Early plans for a European army failed in the wake of World War II. EU states have since taken numerous small steps to integrate their armed forces, bringing the idea of a Europe-wide military ever-closer to reality.

via Changing Europe revives interest in an EU military — Deutsche Welle: DW.com – Europe

22,000 people fled Congo to Uganda last week

GENEVA (Reuters) – Over 22,000 people fled Congo to Uganda last week following a surge of ethnic violence in the northeast, raising the total number of arrivals to about 34,000 since the start of the year, the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday.

At least 30 people have been killed in fighting between Hema herders and Lendu farmers in the province of Ituri this month, echoing clashes that killed thousands of Hema and Lendu during a civil war that ended in 2003.

“We have seen in the last weeks that on average around 3,000 people are fleeing [Ituri] per day,” said UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch during a press briefing in Geneva, adding that thousands remained stranded on the Congolese shores of Lake Albert, which marks the border with Uganda.

The UNHCR reported that the refugees are crossing Africa’s seventh largest lake in canoes and overcrowded fishing boats, a journey that can take up to 10 hours. Four refugees drowned on Sunday after the canoe on which they had been stranded for two days capsized.

Over 120,000 Congolese fled to neighboring countries last year after President Joseph Kabila refused to step down at the end of his mandate in December 2016. His decision sparked a wave of unrest, raising fears that the mineral-rich Central African country was slipping back into civil war.

The United Nations earlier this week said things could get worse, estimating that an offensive launched by Congolese troops against Ugandan militants last month might displace up to 370,000 people.

Ugandan authorities were not available for comment.

(Reporting by Stephanie Ulmer-Nebehay; Writing by Sofia Christensen; Editing by Edward McAllister, Larry King)

The Israeli Syria Escalation

Why in the world did they not just shoot down the drone and leave it? Why was it different from shooting down a rocket? Why bomb the place where it came from? Netanyahu has completely lost me.

On Saturday, an Iranian drone took off from Syria’s T4 airbase in the northern Homs province of Syria and flew through Jordanian territory before it infiltrated into Israel and flew for about a minute-and-a-half in the northern Jordan Valley before it was shot down. In retaliation for the incursion eight Israeli jets took off to strike the drone’s launch site. During the operation Syrian around 20 anti-aircraft missiles were fired at Israeli jets, bringing one of them down.

The Syrian government said on Tuesday that Israel would face “more surprises” in future attacks on Syrian territory.

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Trailer For Upcoming Documentary on South African Farm Murders

The Brutality of South Africa’s Farm Murders

Lauren Southern is already in South Africa to shoot a documentary about the on-going, slow genocide in the country.

Katie Hopkins is also going. Most media outlets don’t report, Western politicians don’t help.

A Farm Murder in South Africa