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Robot-controlled vehicles could soon be restocking military front lines with ammo, food, fuel

The British Army has conducted an initial test of its new line of robotic vehicles during a scheduled exercise in Michigan in the United States. Driverless robotic all-terrain 4x4s were run by unseen British soldiers using Xbox controllers as the Ministry of Defence told the public on Tuesday, November 14 that it will join the United States to trial an improved method of transporting ammunition, food, and fuel to the front lines. Footage from the exercise, which has been three years in the making, shows a robotic convoy of the trucks rampage across the big landscape led by the six-ton British Army MAN SV. The truck and the U.S. Light Medium Tactical Vehicles that immediately follow after the behemoth utilize integrated robotics to decide speed and steering, among other functions. They have also made use of Hoverbike drones to simulate delivering supplies in the most dangerous “last mile” up to the battlefield, which is part of a technology called Coalition Assured Autonomous Resupply…

NEW TRIPLE ALLIANCE. THE WORLD IS CHANGING

Hassan Rouhani, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Sochi. Photograph: Tass/Barcroft Images Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts in Sochi on November 22 in first ever three-side summit dedicated to regulating the situation in Syria. The leaders of the three countries, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Iran’s Hassan Rouhani and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan met at the “Rus” resort. Putin opened the summit by saying that the full fledged action against the terrorist threat comes to a close, thanks to the efforts of Russia, Iran and Turkey, that stopped Syria from dissolution. “The full fledged assault against terrorist groups in Syria are coming to an end,” said Putin. “The efforts of Russia, Iran and Turkey managed to avoid the collapse of Syria, its capture by international terrorist forces, and avoid the humanitarian catastrophe.” Russian leader stated that a truly decisive strike was dealt to the militants and that “a real chance to put an en…

RUSSIA, IRAN AND TURKEY CONVERGE ON ONE POINT

Sputnik/ Igor Zarembo Written by Dmitri Evstafiev; Originally appeared at eurasia.expert, translated by AlexD exclusively for SouthFront On November 22, in Sochi, an unusual summit will be held [SF comment: It already took place] – talks between the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey. At the centre of attention will be the settlement in Syria, where the three countries come out as guarantors of peace. Along with that, cooperation in the Moscow-Ankara-Tehran triangle can go beyond the Syrian scope. Professor of the NRU “Higher School of Economics” Dmitry Evstafiev assessed the prospects of the “axis” formed between the three countries and the accession of Azerbaijan. Preparing to Redraw Maps On the main agenda of the meeting of the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey in Sochi on November 22 are issues related to the necessity to start the political reconstruction process of Syria and the prevention of its transformation into a platform for the development of Islamic radicalism, however …

FRANCE CALLS FOR SANCTIONS AGAINST LIBYAN “AUTHORITIES” FOLLOWING SLAVE-MARKETS SCANDAL

A screenshot of the video showing a slave market in Libya On November 22, France Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told the French Parliament that France called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council over the slave-trading issue in Libya. “France decided this morning to ask for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss this issue … We are doing it as a permanent member of the Security Council. We have this capability and we are using it,” Le Drian told the French Parliament, according to France 24 TV. Le Drian revealed that France had warned the Libyan authorities of the slave-trading problem many times without a result. The French foreign minister added that international sanctions should be implemented if the Libyan authorities fail to address this problem. “Libyan authorities, who have been alerted several times, including by myself because I was there in September, have decided to open an investigation into the facts … We want it to go fas…

FIERCE FIGHTING IN GEORGIA’S TBILISI. SECURITY FORCES STORM BULDING WITH FOREIGN MILITANTS

A screenshot from the video A firefight has been reported in the Georgian city of Tbilisi where security forces storm a multi-storey apartment building. Georgia’s state security service said a unidentified number of suspects holed up in one of the apartments opened fire on the troops that were conducting the  operation in the area. According to reports, at least 1 suspect was detained and at least one security officer was shot in the head during the operation. The officer is in a critical condition. “According to the preliminary information they are not Georgian nationals and they are members of a terrorist organisation,” Nino Giorgobiani, the deputy head of administration at Georgia’s state security service, commented the situation. “It is important to note, that Georgia’s counter-terrorism department has been conducting negotiations with them for several hours about surrendering but they rejected it.” The situation remains tense.

SAUDI ARABIA DENIED HAVING SECRET TIES WITH ISRAEL

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool) Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir has denied there are relations between Riyadh and Tel-Aviv, in an apparent response to Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz making the first public disclosure of such ties. Steinitz,  a member of Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu’s security cabinet, gave the first official confirmation of long-rumored secret contacts when he told Army Radio on November 19 that “ties are developing” with Riyadh and other Arab or Muslim states. Last week, the Israeli military chief, Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot, told to the Saudi newspaper Elaph that Israel was ready to share “intelligence information” with Saudi Arabia, saying their countries had a common interest in standing up to Iran. Jubeir told Egypt’s CBC television station on November 20: “There are no relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel. There is the Arab peace initiative, which shows the road map to reach peace and establish nor…

COLOMBIA ACCUSED VENEZUELA’S MILITARY OF INCURSION OVER ITS BORDER

Colombia sent a letter to the Venezuelan foreign ministry on November 21 protesting the incursion of a military helicopter and troops from that nation over the border, the latest in a series of similar incidents that have drawn criticism from Colombia, Reuters reported. According to a statement issued by Colombia’s foreign ministry, the incident occurred on November 15 and 16 near the town of Tibu in Norte de Santander province. “The events have already been protested by the foreign ministry and there has been a meeting arranged between the foreign ministers to analyze what happened and request that measures be taken to prevent a recurrence,” the statement said. According to the ministry, during their incursion Venezuelan military forces illegally detained several people and stole from them, having caused damage to several private properties and farms. Forays by Venezuelan troops into Colombia have increased in recent years, heightening diplomatic tension between the government of Co…

SAUDI KING TO STEP DOWN AND HAND OVER CROWN TO HIS SON PLANNING WAR WITH HEZBOLLAH – THE DAILY MAIL

A source close to the Saudi royal family told the British Daily Mail newspaper that Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is planning to step down and to hand over the Saudi Crown to his son Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. However, according to the source, King Salman will keep the title of “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques” that’s traditionally linked with the “King” title in Saudi Arabia. “Unless something dramatic happens, King Salman will announce the appointment of MBS as King of Saudi Arabia next week… Salman will play the role of the queen of England. He will only keep the title Custodian of the Holy Shrines,” the source told the Daily Mail. No one ever tried to separate the two titles in the history of Saudi Arabia, mainly because this could lead to future problems within the royal family. The “King” title represent the political power. The “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques” represents the religious power in Saudi Arabia. The two tit…

NUCLEAR-POWERED SUBMARINE PRINCE VLADIMIR WAS FLOATED IN RUSSIA’S SEVERODVINSK (PHOTOS)

The Project 09552 (Borei-A-class) nuclear-powered submarine Prince Vladimir was floated out in Russia’s Severodvinsk on November 17. Borei-class submarines are a series of strategic missile-carrying underwater cruisers.The subs have been developed by the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering. According to reports, the submarine measures 170m long and 13.5m wide and a draft of 10m. Oleg Kuleshov / Rubin Design Bureau Oleg Kuleshov / Rubin Design Bureau Oleg Kuleshov / Rubin Design Bureau Oleg Kuleshov / Rubin Design Bureau