23 September 2017 Military News
- Strikes Continue in Effort to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq AFPS 23 Sep 2017 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 51 strikes consisting of 68 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Taliban Assassinate Afghan District Police Chief VOA 23 Sep 2017 -- Taliban insurgents ambushed and assassinated a district police head and his three bodyguards late Saturday in southern Afghanistan, while a separate attack in the southeast of the country killed at least five members of the government forces.
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- U.S. Flies B1-B bomber Mission off of North Korean Coast DoD 23 Sep 2017 -- Earlier today, U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam, along with U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts from Okinawa, Japan, flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea.
- U.S. Bombers Fly Off North Korea's Coast In Show Of Force RFE/RL 23 Sep 2017 -- U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea on September 23.
- USS Fitzgerald to Change Homeport to Pascagoula NNS 23 Sep 2017 -- The Navy announced Sept. 22 that the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) will be changing homeport from Yokosuka, Japan to Pascagoula, Mississippi effective Dec. 15 in support of repairs following the collision with Merchant Vessel ACX Crystal off the coast of Japan on June 17.
- US training mission in Afghanistan failure from onset: SIGAR Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- An American government watchdog has found several serious flaws in the fifteen-year-old US training mission in Afghanistan that has ultimately designed a force unable to provide security in the Asian country.
- Opposition Activists Hold Anticorruption Rally In Baku RFE/RL 23 Sep 2017 -- Hundreds of opposition activists attended an anticorruption protest in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku.
- Iran Test-Fires New Ballistic Missile With Range of 1,200 Miles - Reports Sputnik 23 Sep 2017 -- According to the Press TV broadcaster, Iran successfully tested a new ballistic missile "Khorramshahr" that had been shown at a military parade the day before.
- Iran 'successfully' launches ballistic missile, TV reports People's Daily 23 Sep 2017 -- Iran has "successfully" launched a ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km, the country's Press TV reported on Saturday.
- Iran Army fully ready to respond to any enemy wrong move: Senior cmdr. Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- A senior Iranian military commander says the country's Armed Forces are fully prepared to make the enemies regret any wrong move against the Islamic Republic.
- Iran 'needs no permission to boost its defense might' Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami says the Islamic Republic will seek permission from no country to bolster its defense power.
- Iran Tests New Ballistic Missile Despite U.S. Warning RFE/RL 23 Sep 2017 -- Iran says it has successfully tested a new ballistic missile despite warnings from Washington that it was ready to ditch a landmark nuclear deal over the issue.
- Iran Successfully Tests Ballistic Missile VOA 23 Sep 2017 -- State media says Iran has successfully tested a new, medium-range, ballistic missile that was on display in a military parade Friday.
- Pakistan successfully test-fires anti-ship missile IRNA 23 Sep 2017 -- Pakistan Navy on Saturday successfully test-fired an anti-ship missile from air to sea level in North Arabian sea.
- Turkey's Parliament Extends Mandate to Use Troops in Syria, Iraq for One Year Sputnik 23 Sep 2017 -- The Turkish parliament on Saturday approved a motion to extend a mandate, authorizing military operations in Syria and Iraq for one year, in the light of a scheduled referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan, which Ankara strongly opposes, according to the voting results.
- Turkish parliament extends mandate for military troops in Iraq, Syria Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- The Turkish parliament has extended a mandate authorizing the deployment of the country's military forces in Iraq and Syria in the lead-up to a planned Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq.
- At UN Assembly, sub-Saharan leaders call for increased UN aid to regional anti-terror force UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- Citing the continuing deterioration of the security situation in the sub-Saharan Sahel, regional leaders at the General Assembly's annual general debate today called on the United Nations to provide sufficient resources to the regional G5 Sahel joint force to combat the scourge.
- Moscow Concerned Over Possible Supply of Canadian Lethal Weapons to Kiev Sputnik 23 Sep 2017 -- The Russian lawmaker of the parliament's state lower chamber expressed concerns over potential shipments of lethal armament to Ukraine. The statement came a day after reports appeared that Canadian government is mulling deliveries of lethal weapons to Kiev.
- Syria Reserves Right to Respond Any Violation to Territorial Unity of Country Sputnik 23 Sep 2017 -- Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem stated in his address to UN General Assembly that the country reserves the right to respond to any violation of its territorial unity.
- Victory against US-, Israeli-backed terrorists at hand, Syrian FM tells UN General Assembly Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem says Damascus is close to victory in its fight against foreign-sponsored terrorism which has wreaked havoc on the nation over the past six years.
- Syrian army, allies make new advances against Daesh in Dayr al-Zawr Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- Syrian government forces, backed by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have made fresh territorial gains against Daesh Takfiri terrorists in the country's eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.
- Syrian Government has spared no effort to end bloodshed, Deputy Prime Minister tells UN UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- The Syrian Government has spared no effort to put an end to the war that has besieged the country for the past six years, but the bloodshed continues owing to the "aggressive policies" by some States, Deputy Prime Minister Walid Al-Moualem told the United Nations General Assembly today.
- Iraqi forces retake 3 more villages from Daesh near Hawijah Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- Iraqi government forces, backed by fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, have retaken control over three villages from Daesh Takfiri terrorists as part of a multi-pronged offensive to dislodge the extremists from their stronghold in the northern city of Hawijah and surrounding areas.
- At UN Assembly, Iraq outlines vision for post-conflict reconstruction UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- Iraq is an independent sovereign federal State following democratic processes which have enabled all its people to participate in society, said the country's top foreign affairs official at the United Nations General Assembly, expressing opposition to a referendum planned by the regional government of Kurdistan.
- Despite Suu Kyi's claims, army still burning Muslim villages: Amnesty Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- Amnesty International says Myanmar's military and vigilante Buddhist mobs continue to set fire to Rohingya Muslim villages in Rakhine State, contradicting claims by de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi that army operations have ended there.
- Seven countries urge UNSC meeting on Myanmar violence against Rohingyas Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- Seven countries have called on the UN Security Council to convene a meeting to discuss the ongoing atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
- Border Guards Stop Rohingyas From Entering India VOA 23 Sep 2017 -- India has stepped up security along its largely porous eastern border with Bangladesh and is using pepper spray and stun grenades to block Rohingya Muslims, who are fleeing violence in their homeland of Myanmar, Indian officials said Saturday.
- DRC's Kabila Paints Violence in Kasai as War on Terror VOA 23 Sep 2017 -- The Democratic Republic of the Congo's president told the U.N. General Assembly annual gathering Saturday that his military was fighting terrorists in the center and east of the country.
- In UN address, South Sudan urges balanced approach to peace, development UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- Addressing the United Nations General Assembly's high-level debate, the First Vice-President of South Sudan called for incentivising peace and stability by shifting the focus to development and long-term projects.
- Authorities in Somalia's Puntland Region Tout Capture of Weapons-laden Boat VOA 23 Sep 2017 -- Authorities in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland said on Saturday they have seized a boat loaded with weapons, officials told VOA.
- National sovereignty and non-interference must be respected within UN, Burundi tells Assembly UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- Mounting the podium of the General Assembly, Burundi today stressed the importance of national sovereignty within the United Nations.
- Sudan has 'turned the page' on conflicts, Foreign Minister tells UN Assembly UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- Addressing the United Nations General Assembly's annual general debate, Ibrahim Ahmed Abd al-Aziz Ghandour, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sudan, said his country has "turned the page" on conflicts and has embarked on an era of peace and stability, including through the establishment of a unity Government that includes members of former armed groups.
- Trump to replace travel ban with new restrictions on more countries Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- US President Donald Trump is preparing to ban or restrict visas for travel to the United States from about ten countries as a replacement to the current travel ban that expires over the weekend, officials said.
- Trump Weighs Replacing Temporary Travel Ban With New Restrictions RFE/RL 23 Sep 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump is considering replacing his temporary travel ban on people from six predominantly Muslim countries with an order targeted at countries that have not satisfied U.S. demands for stringent safeguards against extremists, U.S. officials said.
- U.S. States Say Voting Systems Were Targeted By Russian Hackers RFE/RL 23 Sep 2017 -- The U.S. government on September 22 notified 21 states that their voting systems were targeted by hackers in last year's presidential election, and several of the most closely contested states said the hackers were linked to the Russian government.
- Leaders Air Grievances at United Nations Gathering VOA 23 Sep 2017 -- There were some verbal fireworks at the U.N. General Assembly Saturday as the foreign minister of North Korea responded to President Donald Trump and a senior Indian official lashed out at Pakistan.
- In General Assembly address, Bahrain calls for strong, stable Middle East UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- Bahrain reiterated its support for a strong Middle East in its United Nations General Assembly address, underscoring the need for strong and common political will to guarantee positive relations with other countries, support for the principles of non-interference in others internal affairs, and reaffirmation of the fight against terrorism and its sponsors.
- Maldives at UN Assembly calls for stronger UN to tackle global crises UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- A stronger United Nations is more than ever needed to address the multiple crises facing the world, the Maldives to the General Assembly's 72nd annual general debate today.
- Djibouti tells General Assembly a reformed UN central to confronting global challenges is needed UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- A reformed United Nations with increased resources must be at the heart of efforts to confront the host of crises threatening the world, from climate change and economic stagnation to stimulating development and combatting terrorism, Djibouti told the General Assembly today.
- Fight against drugs and crime aims to protect law-abiding people, Philippines tells UN UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- The Philippines' battle against corruption, crime and illegal drugs seeks to protect the human rights of peaceful law-abiding people, the country's top foreign affairs official said today at the United Nations General Assembly.
- Turkey vows security, economic measures against Kurdish independence referendum Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim falls short of ruling out cross border operations if Iraq's Kurdish region goes ahead with a planned independence vote.
- Iraqi Kurdistan vote poses direct threat to Turkish national security: Turkey Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- Turkey's top security body says an independence referendum planned by Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region "directly" threatens Turkish national security.
- Analysis: At Center Of Iraqi Kurds' Referendum, Disputes That Cleave The Region RFE/RL 23 Sep 2017 -- On September 25, Iraq's Kurds will do something entirely predictable. They will vote "Yes" in a referendum that the Kurdistan regional government is holding on the independence they have sought for centuries.
- Kursistan Leader: Independence Vote Could Lead to Talks with Baghdad VOA 23 Sep 2017 -- The president of the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq, Massoud Barzani, said Monday's referendum on independence would not result in an immediate change, but instead would trigger talks with Baghdad about an independent future.
- Kim, Trump 'Kindergarten' Name Calling Brings Rest of World Together Sputnik 23 Sep 2017 -- As the increasingly absurd rhetorical provocations between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump intensify, world leaders shake their heads, suggesting that pointless name-calling solves nothing.
- North Korea: Nobody Except Trump Himself Is on a 'Suicide Mission' Sputnik 23 Sep 2017 -- North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho stated in his address to the UN General Assembly that nobody except US President Donald Trump himself is on a 'suicide mission'.
- North Korea May Accelerate Nuclear Program After Trump Threats Sputnik 23 Sep 2017 -- US President Donald Trump's new sanctions order and threat to obliterate North Korea will only embolden Pyongyang to accelerate its nuclear program, experts told Sputnik.
- Statement by H.E. Mr. Ri Yong Ho, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea at the General Debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly 23 Sep 2017
- DPRK Foreign Minister Lashes out at Trump at UN VOA 23 Sep 2017 -- North Korea's foreign minister brought a dictionary full of insults for U.S. President Donald Trump when he addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Saturday.
- At UN Assembly, DPR Korea denounces US President's 'reckless and violent' comments UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- The Foreign Minister of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) today denounced United States President Donald Trump's "reckless and violent words," saying that the US leader himself is on a "suicide mission."
- China to limit oil supply to the DPRK People's Daily 23 Sep 2017 -- China will restrict oil exports to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and suspend textile imports from DPRK, the Ministry of Commerce said.
- China committed to denuclearization of Korean Peninsula: FM People's Daily 23 Sep 2017 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday that China is firmly committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula during his speech at the General Debate of the 72nd session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
- North Korean leader 'should have been handled long ago': Trump Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- US President Donald Trump has said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "should have been handled a long time ago," but "I'm going to handle" him now anyway, calling him a "mad man" and "little rocket man."
- South Korea says quake in North Korea was not result of blast Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- South Korea's weather service has rejected a claim that a recent earthquake in North Korea was caused by an explosion, saying it was a natural tremor.
- China set to limit oil supply to North Korea, ban textile imports Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- China says it will limit oil supplies to North Korea under the tough sanctions adopted by the United Nations to step up pressure against Pyongyang over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
- Lavrov slams war of words between Trump, Kim as 'kindergarten fight' Press TV 23 Sep 2017 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has urged the United States and North Korea to reduce tensions and described the trading of insults between their leaders as a "kindergarten fight between children."
- Temblor Detected in N. Korea; Nuclear Blast Unlikely, Experts Say VOA 23 Sep 2017 -- A small earthquake that hit North Korea on Saturday afternoon near the country's nuclear test site was most likely a natural tremor and not a nuclear explosion, some experts said.
- Pakistan Plans to Regulate Weekly Sermons to Prevent Extremism VOA 23 Sep 2017 -- As pressure is mounting on Pakistan to do more to curb militancy emanating from parts of its territory, the country is planning to regulate Friday's sermons at local mosques where mullahs will preach on pre-approved religious topics.
- Xi stresses integrated military, civilian development People's Daily 23 Sep 2017 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday called for stronger reform, innovation and resource integration to improve integrated military and civilian development.
- In Final Push, Merkel Aims At Undecided German Voters RFE/RL 23 Sep 2017 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Social Democratic rival Martin Schulz rallied voters on the eve of the September 24 general election, urging them to reject the first right-wing party expected to enter parliament in force since the end of World War II.
- Tackling 'curse of poverty' tops Indian Government's agenda, UN General Assembly told UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- The complete eradication of poverty is the most important priority for the Government of India, its Minister for External Affairs told the United Nations General Assembly today, as she outlined some of the measures taken to advance this goal.
- At UN Assembly, Saudi Arabia pledges to press ahead in combat against terrorism, extremism UN News 23 Sep 2017 -- The threat of terrorism is among the most serious challenges facing the international community, Adel Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Minister for Foreign Affairs told the United Nations General Assembly today, stressing that his country would continue to work to counter the scourge, as well as extremism in all forms and manifestations.
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