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Bahrain purchases Russia S-400
Fresh signs have appeared that some suspect could be part of a changing policy by Russia toward the Middle East. Officials in Bahrain say the kingdom is in talks with Moscow over the purchase of the famed Russian S-400 air defense systems. They have also expressed interest in increasing the amount of Russian weapons in Bahrain’s military. Questions have already emerged why a tiny Persian Gulf state like Bahrain would ever want a highly-advanced missile system which it could use to protect against ballistic missiles. The answer to this could be found in strategic points around the country’s alliance with Saudi Arabia as well as the rivalry of both states with Iran over regional politics.
Somalia terrorist attack
The Middle East has been the focus of the fight against terrorism for years. The battle against the Daesh terrorist group and other extremist outfits in Iraq and Syria has to a large extent been successful. That’s mainly thanks to anti-terror efforts by major regional players. But terrorism is also a pressing problem in many other parts of the world. The recent truck bomb attack in Somalia shows that terror in the African continent can not be overlooked. The massive bombing on Saturday occurred in a crowded street in the capital Mogadishu. Experts believe the assailants used several hundred kilograms of powerful explosives to carry out the attack which flattened several buildings. Hundreds of people were killed in the bombing and hundreds more injured. It was the most lethal terror attack in Somalia since 2007 when al-Shabab terror group launched its deadly campaign. Al-Shabab remains a dangerous and capable terrorist groups despite an international military campaign against it.