US command in Europe hires help to strengthen logistics in Miesau, Germany
Locally-based veteran US consultant Benjamin French is helping US Command in Europe to build up its presence in south-western Germany.
The United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM), which oversees Delta Force, the Navy SEALs and the Green Berets, was established in 1987 a few years after the failure of Operation Eagle Claw. Today is practically a miniature department of defence in its own right with its own budget. The main component of USSOCOM is Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).
Hugely concerned about the origin of the intelligence that allowed the MIT to attack the Sulaymanyah airport on 7 April, the PUK has called on Baghdad to lead the investigation. It is also hoping to calm down the increasingly tense relations between the Talabani clan and Ankara.
US forces in Iraq, which are stationed at Erbil International Airport, have ended their contract with their fuel supply company, Jamal al-Alam, because of its supposed links with Iran. The firm is to be replaced by US company Repeat Consultants International, whose boss is said to be close to the Barzani clan.
Ukraine's national security defence and intelligence committee, central to the inner workings of the government, has solid links with Republican representatives in Congress, although contacts have dwindled in more recent times.
As the Turkish president continues to threaten a new intervention in Syria, the Syrian Democratic Forces have finally opted to form an ad hoc alliance with the regime in Damascus, offering it a long hoped for opportunity to return to north-eastern Syria.
Recent US drone deliveries have driven Ukraine to give them a complementary role alongside Turkish drones, which up to now had played the starring role in the conflict. Ukraine, now a laboratory for new defence technology, has thus become a scene of defence rivalry between Turkey and the United States.
Circinus, which used to monitor social media for the UAE, has fallen from grace since its owner, Republican Party sponsor Eliot Broidy, ran afoul of foreign lobbying laws. But former executives of the company, including ex-CIA officers, continue to prosper both in Abu Dhabi and in Eastern Europe.