December 17, 2014                            
Dossier: Moscow's power projection

Sale of S-300VM seen potentially altering Mideast balance of power

Compiled by Miles Yu

British to establish permanent base with U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain

Great Britain recently announced that it would re-establish a permanent military base in the Middle East.

The site will be Port Mina Sulman in Bahrain where the U.S. Fifth Fleet has its headquarters.

USS Norfolk at the Mina Salman Pier.

The new base will cost the UK government $23 million to build, but most of the costs will be borne by the Bahraini government.

This move marks the establishment of the first British overseas Middle East military base since 1971 when the British withdrew its permanent military presence east of the Suez Canal.

Rowhani calls on Gulf states to join Iran in new Muslim coalition
MANAMA — Iran has called for a Muslim coalition that would include Gulf and other Arab states. A leading Iranian regarded as close to President Hassan Rowhani urged Arab and other Muslim states to form a coalition with Teheran. Hussein Mousavian, who served on Iran's nuclear negotiating team, said the coalition, meant to include Turkey, would form strategy on Middle East issues, including the wars in Libya and Syria.
Military Technology
U.S. deploys laser weapon to target drones, small boats in Gulf

Officials said the laser prototype, development of which cost $40 million, was meant to stop an Iranian swarm attack of fast attack craft or UAVs. The range of the laser remains classified.

The Navy’s 30-kilowatt laser weapon on the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf.

Focus on Terrorism
Young Egyptians pulled from flights to Turkey over ISIL concerns
Middle East Report
Pentagon would direct recruiting, vetting of rebels to fight ISIL
Focus on the Persian Gulf States
United Arab Emirates called leading Gulf partner of U.S. on BMD
Northeast Asia Report
Months after expensive failure, China launches satellite for Brazil
PLA general: N. Korea abandoned socialism, and China not its 'savior'

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