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US President Joe Biden on Thursday directed US military airstrikes in eastern Syria against facilities belonging to what the Pentagon said were Iran-backed militia. “At President (Joe) Biden’s direction, U.S. military forces earlier this evening conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. “President Biden will act to protect American and Coalition personnel. At the same time, we have acted in a deliberate…

Union defence minister of India Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that India had to play an active role to ensure a peaceful and prosperous co-existence of all other countries in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) since it was the largest country and had a vast coastline in the region. A total of 22 countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh, Australia, South Africa, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates Somalia, Madagascar and Tanzania are a part of the IOR.…

New Delhi: As Indian and Chinese senior military began their eighth round of discussions for a possible resolution of the six-month-long standoff in eastern Ladakh on Friday morning, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat attributed the tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) to “transgressions and belligerent actions by the Chinese” and said India will not accept any change in the LAC and that status quo has to be restored. He underlined that…