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# Military

Last month
January 2023
Voices
Tom Clonan: How Leopard 2 tanks could give Ukrainian forces a 'dramatic advantage'
This is another decisive moment in the war in Ukraine.
Last year
2022
# tensions
North Korea fires four ballistic missiles into the sea
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the missiles flew around 130 kilometres toward the North’s western sea.
# New Plan
Defence spending boost confirmed but doubt cast over several key reform proposals
A new high level action plan on the Defence Forces has been launched this morning.
# Baby formula
US to fly in baby formula on military contracted planes due to major shortage
The shortage has left many parents frantic and fearful their infants may starve.
# russian invasion
EU Commissioner McGuinness calls for ‘mature’ debate on Irish neutrality
A freshly released poll shows little support for a change in Ireland’s neutral stance.
# Ukraine
Explainer: Why a no-fly zone over Ukraine won't happen, despite Zelenskyy's plea
Ukrainian officials have continued to call for direct air-support from the international community.
Voices
Tom Clonan: The Kremlin’s war aims are slowly revealing themselves - here's what we know
The security analyst says that it would appear at this point that the Russians are seeking to cut Ukraine in two.
# Analysis
Analysis: Defence Commission report sets out stark reality of Ireland's military incapacity
The Commission report is a study in accepting the modernisation of a long neglected force, writes Niall O’Connor.
# Military
Report detailing military weaknesses sends clear and 'blunt' message to govt - Coveney
A new report calls for major increases in Government spending on the Defence Forces.
# Commission
Long-awaited report finds Ireland's Defence Forces in need of 'transformational change'
The Minister for Defence said the report proposes “significant changes for the Defence Forces and Defence provision in Ireland”.
# Military
Defence Forces have been 'under-resourced for a long time', Coveney says
It comes after Coveney confirmed that Russia is to relocate its military drills outside Ireland’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
# Analysis
What will next week's Russian manoeuvres off Ireland look like and what's the overall strategy?
Security expert Declan Power equates the Russian exercise to a burglar testing the windows of a house.
# Russia
No reason to change plans for Russian missile tests 240km off Irish coast, ambassador says
The Russian ambassador to Ireland said “there are no problems” with the planned military exercises.
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# Myanmar
Save the Children staff confirmed dead in Myanmar massacre
Photos of the attack have spread on social media in Myanmar, fuelling outrage against the military.
# Offensive
UN warns of possible war crimes as Taliban hold tightens around north of Afghanistan
The UN says at least 241,000 people have been displaced since May.
# Vice Admiral Mark Mellett
Outgoing head of Defence Forces says Government cuts to military have caused 'frustration'
Vice Admiral Mark Mellett is set to retire in the coming months from his role as Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces.
Vice Admiral Mark Mellett is set to retire in the coming months from his role as Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces.
In a wide-ranging interview Mellett spoke at length about funding difficulties.
He also believes that the future of defence lies in a combination of cyber and traditional roles.
Representative group for Defence Forces officers set to criticise Government over 'ticking retention timebomb'
Pop up recruitment centre in Dublin tomorrow for Naval Service to find 200 recruits so ships can go to sea
# Military
Biden says US war in Afghanistan will end on 31 August
The US is seeking to end a war that has lasted nearly 20 years.
# Veterans
'Soldiers come home with addiction problems and PTSD, but there's no real support'
More needs to be done to help veterans who previously served in the Defence Forces, the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel has said.
# military inquiry
Australian elite troops 'unlawfully killed' 39 in Afghanistan, report alleges
The findings recommended 19 soldiers be investigated by police for possible charges, including murder.
RAF fighter jets intercept Russian military aircraft near UK airspace
It marks the third time in six days the Typhoons have been scrambled in response to Russian planes.
# FRONTLINE WORKERS
Covid-19 forces socially distanced celebrations for National Services Day
Minister for Justice Helen McEntee will lay a wreath at a ceremony in Dublin.
# Coronavirus
New Zealand military to control borders after two new cases of Covid-19 confirmed
A 24-day run with no new cases was broken yesterday when it emerged two women who recently arrived from Britain were allowed out of quarantine.
# FAKE NEWS
Simon Coveney criticises WhatsApp messages about lockdown that are spread 'deliberately to cause panic'
No: that WhatsApp message about a military lockdown, that went viral at the weekend, is not true.
# final frontier
Donald Trump officially launches military 'Space Force'
It will initially have about 200 people and a first-year budget of $40 million.
# War Crimes
International Criminal Court may investigate British military over war crimes allegations
A BBC Panorama programme claims that killings of civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq have been covered up.
# Bomb
US soldier arrested for sharing bomb-making instructions and discussing bombing TV station
The discussions in a Facebook group chat also mentioned targeting presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke.
# retention crisis
Call to restore pre-crash allowances to 'stop members of Defence Forces leaving in droves'
There were 256 discharges in the first four months of 2019.
At least 35 people killed, including eight-year-old child, in 'brutal' crackdown on protesters in Sudan
Hundreds of people were also injured when a sit-in was forcefully broken up by the military.
# Sudan
Explainer: What's happening in Sudan?
The country’s president Omar-al-Bashir was removed from power and detained by the army yesterday.
# Military
US Supreme Court allows for Trump's restrictions on transgender troops to come into effect
The high court today reversed lower-court orders preventing the Pentagon from implementing its plans.
# gaming for peace
This new online game will train military, police and peacekeepers in soft skills
It’s planned that Gaming for Peace will be available to military, police and civilian personnel in EU missions.
Trump confirms that US military has killed architect of 2000 USS Cole bombing
The military said Friday that Al-Qaeda operative Jamal al-Badawi was believed to have been killed in a precision strike in Yemen.
Voices
Luke Ming Flanagan: If we are heading for an EU army what does that mean for Irish neutrality?
As EU military and defence spending skyrockets, Ireland’s commitment to defence co-operation compromises its neutrality, writes Luke Ming Flanagan, MEP
# on hold
Military parade ordered by Trump postponed after costs spiral over €79 million
Trump had ordered the show of air power after being impressed by France’s Bastille Day parade last year.
# Pentagon
US suspends military training exercises with South Korea
The move comes in a bid to support diplomatic negotiations with North Korea.
# Military
'It's like we have no border': Donald Trump vows to deploy military to the US-Mexico border
Trump made his latest comments during a White House meeting with Baltic leaders.
# limited circumstances
New Trump order will ban most transgender troops from serving in US military
Trump’s push for a ban, announced in a tweet last summer, has been challenged in the courts.
# Invincible
'Listen to us now': Vladimir Putin says Russia now has 'invincible' weapons
Putin made the comments during his state of the nation speech today.
# show of force
Trump asks for large-scale military parade through Washington to showcase US strength
Critics attacked the move, with one congressman saying Trump was acting “more like dictator than president”.
# Tension
North Korean soldier defects to South, triggers gunfire at border
The soldier cross the border in thick fog and made his way to a guard post.