- North Korea leader orders production of more rocket engines, warhead tips Press TV - 23 August 2017 - One of the photos showed a diagram for a missile called “Pukguksong-3,” which appeared to be the latest in its series. The diagram suggested that the Pukguksong-3 might be designed to fly farther and to be launched from protective canisters, which allow missiles to be transported more easily and makes them more difficult to locate and destroy in advance.
- Iran’s missile program will proceed according to approved plans: defense minister 23 August 2017 Tehran (ISNA) - Iran’s new defense minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami emphasized that Islamic Republic of Iran’s missile program will proceed according to the approved plans.
- The Russian Ministry of Defense put into orbit a satellite for the inspection of a military spacecraft MOSCOW, August 23. / TASS /. The small spacecraft-inspector was separated from the military satellite launched on June 23 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry said.
- Commander of U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet relieved of duties following string of warship accidents(Xinhua) 20:17, August 23, 2017 - The commander of the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet was relieved of his duties following a number of accidents involving warship. Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin was relieved of his duties due to a loss of confidence in his ability to command.
- Search Area Expanding for USS John S. McCain Sailors NNS170823-02 Release Date: 8/23/2017 From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs - CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Republic of Singapore (NNS) -- The search for missing Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) continues in the South China Sea and within the ship itself. On Aug. 22, Adm. Scott Swift, commander, Pacific Fleet, announced that the remains of a number of the 10 missing John S. McCain Sailors were discovered within the ship.
- Homegrown aircraft carrier ahead of schedule (Global Times) 08:45, August 23, 2017 - China's first homegrown aircraft carrier is very likely to start its first sea trials in autumn, as its manufacturer announced that it will present key achievements as a tribute to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
- China-made aircraft carrier is expected to serve this year or within the sea to advance to next year August 23, 16:02 - Now that the 001A model does not exist, 002 is the Liaoning ship imitation improved. Then the basic can determine 003 type is the conventional power electromagnetic jet-type aircraft carrier, and may build 1-2 ships, the future of nuclear-powered electromagnetic ejection aircraft carrier will be 004 type.
- The Never-Ending War: US Misrepresents Troop Numbers in Afghanistan by Thousands 23.08.2017 - Sputnik - The US Defense Department has been underreporting its force levels in Afghanistan, saying there are 8,400 US troops in the country when in fact some 12,000 soldiers and advisers are actually funneling in and out of the country.
- China slams US sanctions on Chinese firms By Chu Daye Source:Global Times Published: 2017/8/23 20:48:39 - Lü said this is an extension of the belief of President Donald Trump and other high-ranking US officials that China is not doing its best to impose sanctions on North Korea. "Even if there are isolated cases of UN sanctions violations, they are insignificant. So the US wants to portray China and Russia as delinquent in implementing UN sanctions and responsible for North Korea's nuclear and missile tests," Lü said.
- China, Russia Object to new US Sanctions Linked to North Korea August 23, 2017 VOA News - Chinese and Russian officials have expressed objections to sanctions the United States imposed Tuesday against several companies for allegedly supporting North Korea's nuclear program.
- Tillerson: US Set to 'Turn the Tide' in Afghan War With New Strategy August 22, 2017 Cindy Saine - STATE DEPARTMENT — President Donald Trump's adjustment of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan will alter the dynamics in the United States' longest war, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday, because American military commanders will be newly empowered to make decisions based on conditions on the ground, rather than on local politics or other factors.
- Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Press Briefing Room Washington, DC August 22, 2017 - "the President’s been quite clear that what... will be different this time is he has empowered our military commanders on the ground to make more timely decisions, to conduct battlefield operations based upon the conditions on the ground, and with the battle plans that Secretary of Defense Mattis will be approving. That is going to change the dynamic on the ground considerably. These are some of the same tactics that have been employed in the very successful campaign to defeat ISIS in Syria and Iraq, "
- US statement containing India's role in Afghanistan is a threat to regional peace: Analysts - Radio Pakistan 13 August 2017 - Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says peace in Afghanistan is as important for Pakistan as for any other country. We have done a lot towards that end and shall keep on doing our best...
- Pakistan Army Chief Refutes Trump’s Accusations, Stresses Anti-Terror Effort August 23, 2017 VOA News Ayaz Gul - ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s military chief reacted strongly Wednesday to President Donald Trump’s accusations that Islamabad takes billions of dollars in aid money from Washington and helps militants plotting deadly terrorist attacks against American troops in Afghanistan.
- New US policy on Pakistan is old, and has just one wild card: Trump himself The US has consistently hid behind the idea that Pakistan is the biggest obstacle to peace in Afghanistan. This notion is narrow, deeply flawed, and creates internal contradictions—and failures—in US policy in the region.
- Turkey and Iran considering joint anti-terror cooperation, says Erdogan The Turkish president's comments on the cooperation against terror groups came as Turkey's prime minister confirmed that the country had "neutralised" 4,600 Daesh militants in Syria and Iraq.
- Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 16 strikes consisting of 36 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Turkey Voices Unease to Mattis About US Arming of Syrian Kurdish Militia August 23, 2017 Dorian Jones - Erdogan has repeatedly threatened to intervene militarily in Syria to thwart any threat posed by the YPG.
- UN body criticizes US “failure at the highest political level to unequivocally reject racist violent events” GENEVA (23 August 2017) – The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) has called on the Government of the United States of America, as well as high-level politicians and public officials, to unequivocally and unconditionally reject and condemn racist hate speech and crimes in Charlottesville and throughout the country.
- Withdrawal of Indian troops prerequisite for resolving China-India border impasse Xinhuanet Editor Zhang Tao BEIJING, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Indian military's trespassing into China's territory has entered the third month, with no signs of the south Asian country withdrawing its troops.
- Social Democratic Party Leader Schulz Vows to Axe US Nukes in Germany if Elected 23.08.2017 (updated 20:55 23.08.2017) Martin Schulz, the leader of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and candidate for the post of German chancellor, has vowed to ask Washington to withdraw US nuclear weapons from German territory if he defeats Chancellor Angela Merkel in federal elections next month.
- Flying Lightning: Russia's New High-Speed Military Helicopter Taking Shape 23.08.2017 - Sputnik - Russia is developing a new high-speed combat copter in addition to the existing Ka-52 and Mi-28 attack helicopters. The vehicle might be used for special military missions, according to a Russian expert.
- Army enhances interoperability with partner nations during PANAMAX 2017 exercise Although PANAMAX 2017 focused on security of the Panama Canal, the benefits of the exercise go much deeper...
- In rustbelt Northeast, dominance of public sector has hampered private growth By Shan Jie Source:Global Times Published: 2017/8/23 - Many young people in Northeast China have modest ambitions, with their lifetime goal simply to get a job - any job - inside "the structure." This "structure" means the region's sprawling public sector, which includes government agencies, State-owned firms, official institutes, hospitals and schools.
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