18 April 2015 Military News
- Afghanistan: UN condemns 'brutal' suicide attack in Jalalabad UN News 18 Apr 2015 -- United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonoviæ, has strongly condemned the "brutal" suicide attack that reportedly killed at least 35 people and injured more than 100 others in the Afghan city of Jalalabad earlier today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- India Looks to Become Arms Supplier Instead of Buyer VOA 18 Apr 2015 -- India, long one of the world's biggest arms importers, wants to expand its own weapons industry and become a supplier to other nations. It's a move the United States supports for economic and strategic reasons.
- Iran, Saudis on Collision Course over Yemen VOA 18 Apr 2015 -- Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia continued to escalate Saturday, with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani slamming Saudi-led airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen.
- Tehran submits 4-point peace plan for Yemen to UN Press TV 18 Apr 2015 -- Al-Qaeda terrorists in Yemen have captured a strategic military camp in the southern port city of al-Mukalla, seizing dozens of tanks, rocket launchers, and other heavy weapons.
- Iraqi Forces Retake Most of Baiji Refinery VOA 18 Apr 2015 -- Iraqi forces entered and recaptured most of the country's largest refinery from Islamic State militants on Saturday.
- UN envoy condemns outbreak of violence in Libyan capital amid ongoing political talks UN News 18 Apr 2015 -- The head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Bernardino León has strongly condemned the renewed outbreak of violence in the Libyan capital of Tripoli amid ongoing political dialogue aimed at resolving the crisis in the country.
- 14 soldiers killed, 24 injured in Libya clashes: Source Press TV 18 Apr 2015 -- At least 14 soldiers have lost their lives and another 24 have been wounded during the Libyan National Army's assaults on a camp occupied by the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) militants in the capital Tripoli, a military source says.
- China responds to G7 statement on maritime disputes People's Daily 18 Apr 2015 -- China on Friday urged relevant countries to do more that are conducive to regional peace and stability.
- UN envoy on Middle East peace welcomes release of Palestinian tax revenues UN News 18 Apr 2015 -- The United Nations official charged with coordinating the Middle East peace process has welcomed the announcement that an agreement has been reached on the release of Palestinian tax revenues by Israeli authorities – a move in line with the Paris Protocol.
- Putin: Russia Ready to Work with US VOA 18 Apr 2015 -- In what appears to be a softened rhetorical tone, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia needs to work with the United States on a common agenda.
- Australia Arrests 5 in Suspected Terror Plot VOA 18 Apr 2015 -- Australian police Saturday arrested five teenagers suspected of plotting a terrorist attack inspired by the Islamic State (IS) group.
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