17 September 2017 Military News
- Four die in phone market blast in Afghanistan's Khost province Press TV 17 Sep 2017 -- Four people have been killed in a powerful explosion at a mobile phone market in Afghanistan's southeastern province of Khost.
- NATO to decide on increased Afghan deployment in one month Press TV 17 Sep 2017 -- Senior authorities in the NATO military alliance have announced that a decision on sending more troops to Afghanistan as requested by the United States will take at least one month to take shape.
- US to expand Afghan capital's security zone to extend military presence Press TV 17 Sep 2017 -- The US military is planning to expand boundaries of the Green Zone in the Afghan capital Kabul in an effort to not only bring nearly all Western embassies, NATO and American military headquarters within the protected area, but to prolong US military presence in the country well into the 2020s.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Transgender troops allowed to re-enlist in U.S. military People's Daily 17 Sep 2017 -- The Pentagon has confirmed that transgender troops currently serving in the military are able to re-enlist in the next several months as a ban on their service is under review.
- Senior NATO General Expresses Concerns Over Moscow's Zapad Maneuvers 'Transparency' RFE/RL 17 Sep 2017 -- A senior NATO general says the military alliance is concerned about the large-scale Zapad (West) 2017 military drills being conducted by Russia and Belarus because of Moscow's lack of transparency.
- Advanced Armor: Russia's T-72B3 Tank Faces First Test During Zapad-2017 Drills Sputnik 17 Sep 2017 -- The Zapad-2017 Russia-Belarus strategic joint military exercises provided the first large-scale test for crews of the newest T-72B3 tanks, which entered service with the Western Military District, the Russian Defense Ministry's press service said.
- Defence Secretary strengthens UK-Qatar Defence relationship UK MOD 17 Sep 2017 -- Today the Defence Secretary has welcomed Qatar's intent to proceed with the purchase of Typhoon aircraft and the further strengthening of the United Kingdom's defence relationship with the State of Qatar.
- China's arms industry reform bears fruits People's Daily 17 Sep 2017 -- China's largest arms manufacturer became a stock-holding company after the SOE structural reform.
- Chinese, Lao armies hold high-level frontier meetings People's Daily 17 Sep 2017 -- Chinese Minister of Defense Chang Wanquan and Lao Minister of National Defense Chansamone Chanyalath have led army delegations of the two countries to gather respectively in northern Laos' Luang Namtha, Oudomxay, Moten border and China's Yunnan's Mengla, Mohan border for the first high-level frontier meetings on Friday and Saturday.
- Turkey Dispatches 80 Military Vehicles to Border With Syria Sputnik 17 Sep 2017 -- The Turkish army has moved 80 military vehicles, including tanks, to the border with Syria, local media reported Sunday citing a military source.
- Certain Western states still back terror groups in Syria: Assad Press TV 17 Sep 2017 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says "certain Western countries" still support, directly or indirectly, terrorist organizations and groups in Syria despite the fact that this wrong policy has already backfired on their governments and people.
- Syria Army, allies cut Daesh's main supply line in Dayr al-Zawr Press TV 17 Sep 2017 -- The Syrian Army and its allies have cut Daesh's main supply line in the northeastern city of Dayr al-Zawr.
- Russia Rejects Allegation It Bombed U.S.-Backed Militia In Syria RFE/RL 17 Sep 2017 -- Russia has dismissed allegations that its military struck U.S.-backed forces in war-torn Syria, injuring several allied fighters.
- Russian MoD Denies Pentagon Allegations It Hit US-Backed Rebels in Syria Sputnik 17 Sep 2017 -- The Russian Defense Ministry denied on Sunday the Pentagon's allegations that Russian jets had attacked the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor.
- Syrian Forces Cut Main Daesh Supply Route Into Deir ez-Zor Sputnik 17 Sep 2017 -- According to a Syrian army operations staffer, government forces have cut off the main supply route to the Daesh-held areas of Deir ez-Zor in the east of the country.
- Syrian Army Defeats Daesh in Southeast Deir Ez-Zor Districts, Reaches Euphrates Sputnik 17 Sep 2017 -- Syrian government forces continue to press forward with Russian air cover in the offensive against Daesh jihadists: two districts in the southeast of Deir ez-Zor have been liberated from terrorists.
- Buddhists to Rohingya: Leave, or we will kill you all Press TV 17 Sep 2017 -- Thousands of Rohingya Muslims in northwestern Myanmar are pleading for safe passage from two remote villages besieged by Buddhist extremists.
- Fleeing violence at home, Rohingya Muslims face difficulties in India, Nepal, Bangladesh Press TV 17 Sep 2017 -- There seems to be no end in sight to the plight of Rohingya Muslims as those members of the community who have fled persecution in Myanmar are now facing difficulties in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
- UN-supported campaign to immunize 150,000 Rohingya children against deadly diseases UN News 17 Sep 2017 -- As thousands of Rohingya refugees – including many children – having fled violence in Myanmar continue to arrive in Bangladesh, a United Nations-supported vaccination campaign has been initiated to prevent the spread of potentially deadly diseases.
- Roadside bomb explosion kills official, 5 police in northwestern Pakistan Press TV 17 Sep 2017 -- A local government official and five police personnel have been killed in a roadside bomb attack in Pakistan's volatile northwestern tribal area bordering Afghanistan.
- U.S. Ukraine Envoy Welcomes Russia Proposal For Peacekeepers, But Sees 'Obstacles' RFE/RL 17 Sep 2017 -- The U.S. special envoy for efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine has called a Russian proposal to send United Nations peacekeepers to the region a "step forward" but warns there are still many "obstacles" to the plan suggested by Moscow.
- Philippine army captures Daesh command center in Marawi Press TV 17 Sep 2017 -- Military forces in the Philippines have captured the command center of the Takfiri Daesh militants in a southern city that the terrorists have occupied for nearly four months.
- World Leaders Gather For Opening Of UN General Assembly RFE/RL 17 Sep 2017 -- Global leaders will gather at the United Nations on September 18 as the debate session of the world body's General Assembly officially begins.
- Fatah Group Urges Hamas to Implement Reconciliation Accord VOA 17 Sep 2017 -- Following days of talks Egyptian mediators have gotten rival Palestinian factions to agree to reconcile, although Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah group is insisting rival Hamas implement the conditions it has agreed to before taking the next step.
- Hamas accepts Fatah reconciliation conditions, including vote in Gaza Press TV 17 Sep 2017 -- Hamas says it has accepted "key" reconciliation conditions offered by rival Fatah party's head Mahmoud Abbas, including nationwide elections in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
- Second Arrest Over London Subway Bombing RFE/RL 17 Sep 2017 -- Police in Britain say a second man has been arrested in connection with a bomb attack on the London metro that injured more than two dozen.
- Britain Eases Threat Level After Police Arrest Second Suspect VOA 17 Sep 2017 -- Britain eased its terrorist threat level Sunday from "critical" to "severe" after police arrested a second suspect in the bombing of a subway train in London.
- Iraqi Vice President Says Iraq Will Not Accept 'Another Israel' Sputnik 18 Sep 2017 -- In July Iraqi Vice President Nouri Maliki told Sputnik that Kurdistan would be unable to secede because it would be against the constitution of Iraq. In response to Barzani's announcement to hold an independence referendum no matter what, Maliki has warned that the Iraqi government will not tolerate the establishment of "another Israel."
- Iran only recognizes integrated, federal Iraq: Top official Press TV 17 Sep 2017 -- A senior Iranian official warns that any "illegal" separatist move in Iraq would escalate insecurity in the country and across the region, saying that the Islamic Republic only recognizes an integrated and federal Iraqi government.
- Iraq vice president: Baghdad won't tolerate creation of 'second Israel' Press TV 17 Sep 2017 -- Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki has denounced a planned Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq, warning that Baghdad would not tolerate the establishment of "a second Israel," after the occupying regime became the only entity to support the so-called plebiscite.
- Turkey's Erdogan, Iraq's Abadi to discuss planned Kurdistan referendum Press TV 17 Sep 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that he will discuss with the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi a controversial plan in the Arab country's autonomous Kurdistan region for holding a referendum of independence on September 25.
- Iraqi Kurdish sessesion vote 'playing with fire': PM Abadi Press TV 17 Sep 2017 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says Kurdish authorities are "playing with fire" by planning to hold a referendum on the independence of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
- Iran, UN Chief Voice Opposition To Plans For Referendum On Kurdish Independence RFE/RL 17 Sep 2017 -- Pressure increased against plans by Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq to hold an independence referendum, with the United Nations chief and Iranian leaders adding their voices to opponents of the vote.
- What's Controversial About a Kurdistan Referendum? VOA 17 Sep 2017 -- In the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region, traffic cameras nail speeders, and trash thrown on the street is whisked away by morning. High-level officials from all over the country dine in five-star hotels, and parks, malls and cafes are packed on nights and weekends.
- South Korea, US agree on putting more pressure on North Korea: Seoul Press TV 17 Sep 2017 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his American counterpart, Donald Trump, have reportedly agreed to exert extra pressure on North Korea.
- Africa's Ties to North Korea Extend Beyond Isolated Military Deals VOA 17 Sep 2017 -- As the U.N. investigates at least seven African countries for possible violations of United Nations sanctions on North Korea, many other countries across the continent have, in recent years, deepened their economic ties to the reclusive Asian regime.
- Chinese FM Wang Yi in Panama to open new embassy People's Daily 17 Sep 2017 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is in Panama to inaugurate China's embassy following the establishment of diplomatic relations agreed in summer. The facility will provide a visible symbol of the new diplomatic ties between the countries, and could open the floodgates to new Chinese investment.
- Iran warns US against continuation of anti-Iran policies IRNA 17 Sep 2017 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi on Sunday warned the US about continuation of anti-Iran policies and urged Whitehouse officials to adopt a rational approach towards the Islamic Republic of Iran.
- Parliament speaker: JCPOA ruined by US officials IRNA 17 Sep 2017 -- Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Larijani said that the US officials have ruined the entirety of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
- Supreme Leader warns of any wrong move concerning JCPOA IRNA 17 Sep 2017 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday warned that any wrong doing concerning the nuclear deal will spark reaction of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
- Washington's illogical positions contravene nuclear deal: Iran official Press TV 17 Sep 2017 -- A high-ranking Iranian official says illogical stances taken by the United States contravene Iran's nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of countries to which Washington is also a signatory.
- Iran will respond to any 'wrong move' on JCPOA: Leader Press TV 17 Sep 2017 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned that Iran will stand on its "honorable and dignified positions" regarding its nuclear accord with the P5+1 group of countries, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and respond to any "wrong" move.
- Iran's Khamenei Warns Against 'Wrong Move' On Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 17 Sep 2017 -- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned that his country would react strongly to any "wrong move" by the United States on the 2015 nuclear deal.
- Pakistan: Ex-PM Sharif's Wife Wins Parliamentary Seat VOA 17 Sep 2017 -- Kulsoom Nawaz, wife of Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, easily won election Sunday to fill the seat he formerly held.
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