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31 August 2017 Military News

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  • Operation Inherent Resolve - Targeted Operations Against ISIS Terrorists SOUTHWEST ASIA, Aug. 31, 2017 Officials reported details of yesterday's strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. U.S. Central Command continues to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.
  • Compass Call dominates OIR with electronic warfare By Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Hehnly, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs / Published August 31, 2017 - 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs (AFNS) -- Often times when we think about how air power is used in the fight against ISIS, we think about cargo aircraft delivering critical supplies and personnel to the front lines or bombs being dropped on targets. Whats not often thought of is how the Air Force has the non-kinetic ability to disrupt enemy communications on the ground and therefore the ability to turn the tables on the battlefield.
  • U.S. Defense Chief Signs Orders Sending More Troops To Afghanistan August 31, 2017 18:12 GMT U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he has signed the orders to send additional troops to Afghanistan as part of President Donald Trump's new strategy to fight the 16-year war against the Taliban and other insurgents.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • US' Test of Its New Nuclear Bomb 'Not a Confrontational Move' Sputnik News 21:36 31.08.2017 - The National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) flight tests of a modified B61-12 gravity nuclear bomb were neither a confrontational move nor a specific "message" to Russia, Michael O'Hanlon, Director of Research for the Foreign Policy program at Brookings Institution, told Radio Sputnik.
  • U.S. Fifth-Generation Fighters, Strategic Bombers Conduct Show of Force with Allies in Response to North Korea Missile Launch By CDR David Benham | U.S. Pacific Command | August 31, 2017 - CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii The United States newest and most advanced fighter, the U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, joined U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancers for the first time in a sequenced bilateral mission with Japan and Republic of Korea air forces in Northeast Asia August 30.
  • Naval 'Leader': Russia to Fit Newest Destroyer With Nuclear Reactor Sputnik 12:43 31.08.2017(updated 14:39 31.08.2017) The Russian Defense Ministry has approved the initial design of the new Project 23560 Lider-class (Leader) destroyer, which will be equipped with a nuclear reactor to power the vessel, a source in Russias defense industry told Sputnik Thursday.
  • India Wants 36 More French-Made Rafale Fighter Jets Sputnik News 00:34 31.08.2017(updated 03:14 31.08.2017) India is looking to place a follow-up order for 36 more fourth-generation Dassault Rafale multirole fighter jets for its Air Force.
  • Japan requests record-high defense budget amid Korean Peninsula tensions Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:28PM Japans Defense Ministry has requested a record-high budget to boost its missile ranges amid increasing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The ministry on Thursday put its spending estimate for the fiscal year beginning next April at a figure of about 5.26 trillion yen ($48 billion), a big chunk of which would go to the purchases of upgraded missile interceptors with expanded range, altitude and accuracy. The budget shows a 2.5-percent increase from the current year.
  • Experts warn of North's rapid missile development While the international community focuses on North Korea's missile launch over Japan, a group of US experts has a warning about Pyongyang's missile development. They have given NHK an exclusive. They say based on analysis of a previous launch, the North could have the ability to strike the US mainland with an ICBM within months.
  • S.Korea's 2018 defense budget to rise most in 9 years SEOUL, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's defense budget in 2018 would rise the most in nine years to counter rising threats from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), financial ministry said Tuesday. According to the 2018 budget plan submitted by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance to the National Assembly, a total of 43.12 trillion won (38.3 billion U.S. dollars) was allotted to the defense budget next year. It was up 6.9 percent from the previous year, marking the fastest yearly increase since 2009.

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News Reports

  • Is 'Make America Great Again' Racist? August 31, 2017 11:04 AM Marissa Melton VOA - Daryl Davis, a black musician who has made a practice of befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan, says he knows exactly what racists hear in the slogan "Make America Great Again." Donald Trump "won the election on one word, one word only. And that word was 'again,' " Davis says. "When was 'again?'
  • Venezuela: Human rights violations indicate policy to repress - UN report GENEVA (30 August 2017) Extensive human rights violations and abuses have been committed in the context of anti-Government protests in Venezuela and point to the existence of a policy to repress political dissent and instil fear in the population to curb demonstrations, a report* by the UN Human Rights Office has found.
  • Iran complying with 2015 nuclear deal: IAEA Iran Press TV Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:2PM The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says Iran has lived up to its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement. The United Nations nuclear agency confirmed Iran's compliance with the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in its latest quarterly report, the French news agency AFP said on Thursday.
  • CPC expected to convene 19th National Congress on Oct. 18 (Xinhua) 19:36, August 31, 2017 BEIJING, Aug. 31 -- The 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) is expected to convene on Oct. 18 in Beijing. The Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee decided at a meeting on Thursday to submit the proposal on the schedule to the seventh plenary meeting of the 18th CPC Central Committee, which will be held on Oct. 11.
  • Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, August 31, 2017 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 31 Aug 2017
  • New Diplomatic Tit-For-Tat As U.S. Orders Russian Consulate In San Francisco Closed August 31, 2017 17:35 GMT Mike Eckel - WASHINGTON -- The United States has ordered the closure of Russias consulate in San Francisco, escalating a diplomatic tit-for-tat that followed Moscows order for a sharp cut in U.S. diplomatic personnel in Russia.
  • China and Russia to Sign Deal to Explore Space, Go to Moon teleSUR TASS - CGTN - Global Times - RT - Worldview - China will be partnering with Russia on space exploration and technology, including plans for a space station and lunar missions. China and Russia are set to sign a landmark deal to cooperate on space exploration in October, aiming to develop advanced space technology, research, space station infrastructure, and even manned moon missions, Chinese news agency CGTN reported.
  • DRC Opposition Leader Calls for Civil Disobedience to Force Kabila From Power VOA - August 31, 2017 1:05 PM WASHINGTON A Congolese opposition leader is calling for widespread civil disobedience beginning on October 1 to protest the absence of elections. The protest across the Democratic Republic of the Congo would include refusing to pay taxes or pay for public services.
  • Floods Kill More Than 1,200 People in South Asia Esha Sarai - VOA - August 31, 2017 3:18 PM Monsoons have flooded parts of India this week, adding to the toll of a season that has killed more than 1,200 people across South Asia.

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