24 August 2017 Military News
- Pakistan Tells US to Eliminate Terror Safe Havens in Afghanistan August 24, 2017 - VOA News - ISLAMABAD — Pakistan, in its formal comprehensive response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s South Asia strategy, rejected allegations it is harboring Taliban insurgents who are staging deadly attacks against American forces in Afghanistan.
- Russia, US Trade Accusations on Afghanistan Policies August 24, 2017 - VOA News - Steve Herman - WHITE HOUSE — Russian and U.S. officials traded accusations on Thursday over their respective policies in Afghanistan, pointing fingers of blame at each other. In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed regret that the main focus of U.S. President Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy is “regulation by methods of force.”
- Exercise Falcon's Talon grabs hold in Latvia By Spc. Thomas Scaggs - August 24, 2017 - The intent for Falcon's Talon is to test new tactics, techniques, and procedures that will allow Army Aviation to fight and win on a complex battlefield.
- JETS airdropped at Bragg to test suitability, reliability, survivability By Leon Price, Test Officer, Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate, U.S. Army Operational Test Command Public Affairs - August 23, 2017 - "Black Falcon" Soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment, put their hands on the Joint Effects Targeting System (JETS) -- a modular, man-portable, hand-held, day/night, all-weather, target observation, location, and designation system.
- USS John S. McCain Update Regarding Remains Found by Malaysian Navy, Search Effort, Injured Sailors NNS170824-01 Release Date: 8/24/2017 7:20:00 AM Navy News Service CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Republic of Singapore (NNS) -- The remains found by the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) are not those of a USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Sailor. On Aug. 22, the RMN discovered the remains while searching the area where the guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant vessel.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Mattis in Ukraine: US Sanctions Will Stay Until Russia Changes Behavior August 24, 2017 - VOA News - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday during a visit to Ukraine that Russia is "seeking to redraw international borders by force" and that U.S. sanctions against Russia will remain in place until the government in Moscow changes its behavior.
- Washington mulls supplying Ukraine with lethal weapons – US defense secretary RT - 24 Aug, 2017 - The US is considering supplying lethal arms to Ukraine, US Defense Secretary James Mattis has stated during a visit to Kiev. Washington has also agreed to supply Ukraine with an additional $175 million worth of equipment.
- U.S., South Korean Military Leaders Reinforce Alliance By Cheryl Pellerin DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON, Aug. 24, 2017 — Top U.S. and South Korean military leaders spoke to reporters yesterday at Osan Air Base near the South Korean capital of Seoul to reinforce the alliance between the two countries and their combined resolve to deter North Korean threats.
- Al-Quds, Iran’s long arm in the region By Tony Duheaume Special to Al Arabiya English, 24 August 2017 - Since the time of its establishment, al-Quds started contacting terror groups and militant Shia political organizations throughout the region who shared its agenda of creating an all-powerful Shiite empire, which would eventually encompass the entire Middle East and be controlled from Tehran.
- Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen 'a strategic failure' - Al Jazeera English - by Khalid Al-Karimi Saudi Arabia's military intervention in Yemen proved to be a "strategic failure", but a full and official withdrawal from that country is unlikely, analysts say.
- Qatar Restores Full Diplomatic Relations With Iran teleSUR "Qatar announced that its ambassador to Tehran will return to resume his diplomatic duties," the Qatari foreign ministry's information office said in a statement.
- Rakhine Commission: Myanmar Must End Restrictions on Rohingya August 24, 2017 - VOA News - Myint Myint Khaine & Khin Phyu Htway - YANGON, MYANMAR / WASHINGTON, D.C — Myanmar must ease restrictions on citizenship and movement for its minority Rohingya population, a commission led by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said Thursday.
- US Terror Label on Kashmiri Group Unlikely to Curb Violence By Ayaz Gul, Anjana Pasricha - VOA News - August 24, 2017 - ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI — India scored a major diplomatic victory over Pakistan earlier this month when the United States designated the largest militant group fighting against Indian rule in the divided Kashmir region as a “foreign terrorist” organization.
- Russian Offshore Wealth Likely Equal To Country's Entire Household Wealth August 24, 2017 18:21 GMT Mike Eckel WASHINGTON -- Capital flight from Russia is now likely equal to the collective wealth of all Russian households, according to a new report by a respected U.S. research firm, a trend that has helped to drive the country’s income inequality to extreme levels.
- Early Election Results Showing Angola Ruling Party Ahead Draw Opposition Complaints August 24, 2017 - VOA News - Angola's ruling party took a strong lead in early election results released Thursday, the nation's electoral commission said, drawing immediate objections from opposition parties.
- Torpedoes Away! Submarine Corruption Probe May Rattle French Political Elite Sputnik News (updated 22:08 24.08.2017) It appears that a corruption probe launched by French prosecutors into a contract for the sale of several submarines to Brazil may create serious problems for prominent French politicians, according to a notable French journalist. In May 2017 French financial prosecutors launched a corruption probe into the 6.7 billion euro deal signed between Naval Group (formerly known as DCNS) and Brazil regarding the sale of five submarines.
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