30 September 2017 Military News
- Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 30 Sep 2017 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 34 strikes consisting of 43 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Deadly Fighting Rages in Afghan Province Bordering Iran VOA 30 Sep 2017 -- Dozens of Afghan forces are said to have been killed in repeated insurgent attacks over the past week in western Farah province, which borders Iran.
- DoD Accelerates Hurricane Relief, Response Efforts in Puerto Rico AFPS 30 Sep 2017 -- The Defense Department is accelerating relief operations and the deployment of additional response capacity to Puerto Rico to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency's need for a comprehensive commodities distribution network able to reach isolated communities and provide sustained medical support for the island's residents, Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement this morning.
- Federal Emergency Response Working Smoothly, Puerto Rico's Governor Says AFPS 30 Sep 2017 -- Puerto Rico's governor said the commonwealth and federal team combating Hurricane Maria's devastation is working smoothly and every resource he has asked for is either on the island or on the way.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Too Slow for Major War: US Army Rejects Expected $550 Million Tactical Network Sputnik 30 Sep 2017 -- The US Army abruptly announced that it does not want to procure a decade-old WIN-T tactical network, less than one month before the US Congress is set to approve the budget for the 2018 fiscal year.
- US Navy Sends Two Cyber-War Capable, Ship-Killing Poseidon Bombers to Hawaii Sputnik 30 Sep 2017 -- The US Navy has sent two Boeing P-8A Poseidons, multi-task anti-ship bombers, to Marine Corps Base Hawaii to join the VP-4 patrol squadron as tensions in the eastern Pacific continue to escalate.
- Pearl Harbor Welcomes USS Chicago NNS 30 Sep 2017 -- The Pearl Harbor submarine community welcomed the crew and families of the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Chicago (SSN 721) to Hawaii following a homeport change from Guam, Sept. 28.
- USS Wasp Rescues Airplane Crash Survivors NNS 30 Sep 2017 -- A U.S. Navy MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22 (HSC-22) attached to the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) rescued two civilians from French Guadelupe and Antigua whose private plane crashed several miles off the coast of Dominica, Sept. 28.
- USS Hopper Departs for Western Pacific and Middle Eastern Deployment NNS 30 Sep 2017 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for an independent deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East, Sept. 28.
- Moscow Refutes Claims of Russian Troops Remaining in Belarus After Joint Drills Sputnik 30 Sep 2017 -- According to a statement issued by the Russian Defense Ministry, no Russian troops remained in Belarus after the Zapad-2017 joint drills.
- Chinese naval escort fleet concludes visit to Denmark People's Daily 30 Sep 2017 -- China's 26th naval escort fleet departed from here on Friday morning after a five-day visit to Denmark.
- A close look at China's first domestically-produced aircraft carrier People's Daily 30 Sep 2017 -- China is now carrying out system debugging and fitting its first domestically-produced aircraft carrier in Dalian, northeastern China's Liaoning province.
- N Korea detected moving missiles out of Pyongyang facility: Report Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- South Korean media say the North has been detected transferring several missiles out of a research facility in its capital amid speculations of a new test launch by Pyongyang.
- N Korea Seen Moving Missiles From Rocket Facility - Reports Sputnik 30 Sep 2017 -- Reuters citing South Korea's Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) sources reports that several North Korean missiles were seen transported from a rocket facility dedicated to the production of intercontinental ballistic missiles in Pyongyang.
- Iran, Iraq to hold joint military drills IRNA 30 Sep 2017 -- Joint military drills will be held by Iran's armed forces and military units from neighboring Iraqi army on the border regions of the two countreis, an Iranian senior military official said on Saturday.
- Iran to hold joint military drills with Iraq along Kurdistan region border: Commander Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- A senior Iranian military commander says Iran and Iraq will hold joint military exercises along their border with the Kurdistan region in the coming days in line with Tehran's policy to support Baghdad's central government, after the recent independence referendum in the semi-autonomous region.
- Kazakh peace flotilla leaves Iranian northern port IRNA 30 Sep 2017 -- The Kazakh peace and friendship flotilla that had docked in Anzali port on Wednesday, left Iran's waters in Caspian See for Kazakhstan on Saturday.
- Turkey opens military base in Mogadishu Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- Turkey has opened its largest military base in Africa, in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, as the African country struggles in a protracted war against militants.
- Turkey Opens Largest Foreign Military Base in Mogadishu VOA 30 Sep 2017 -- Turkey's largest foreign military base in the world opened Saturday in Mogadishu, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Somali leaders, top Turkish military officials and diplomats.
- Ukraine Prosecutor Says Suspects Detonator Triggered Munitions Blast RFE/RL 30 Sep 2017 -- Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko said investigators are operating under a theory that saboteurs may have used a detonator to trigger a massive explosion and fire at a munitions depot in central Ukraine this week.
- Military Aircraft Crashes in Congo: No Survivors Sputnik 30 Sep 2017 -- At least 10 people were on board the military aircraft that crashed in the central African Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- Syrian army repels attack on Deir ez-Zor IRNA 30 Sep 2017 -- The Syrian Army managed to repel the terrorists' attack on its strongholds in Deir ez-Zor, a Syrian source said on Staurday.
- Syrian army thwarts Daesh attacks on military posts in Dayr al-Zawr Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- Syrian army soldiers, supported by allied fighters, have managed to repel attacks by Daesh Takfiri terrorists on a number of military positions in the country's eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.
- Syrian Army Clearing Areas Near Highway Between Palmyra, Deir ez-Zor Sputnik 30 Sep 2017 -- A source told Sputnik that the Syrian army supported by allied forces were clearing areas near the roadway connecting the cities of Palmyra and Deir ez-Zor.
- 28 Civilians Killed in Rebel-Held Village in Syria VOA 30 Sep 2017 -- A human rights monitoring group says at least 28 civilians, including four children, have been killed in airstrikes in a rebel-held village in northwestern Syria.
- Iraqi army forces, allies achieve fresh territorial gains near Hawijah Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- Iraqi government forces, backed by allied fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, have registered more territorial gains near the town of Hawijah as they continue their joint operations to push Daesh Takfiri terrorists out of their last stronghold in the country's oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk.
- Indian troops kill 2 civilians, soldier in Kashmir: Pakistan army Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- Pakistan says at least two civilians and a soldier have been killed as Indian forces opened fire on a village in the Islamabad-administered side of disputed Kashmir.
- UN warns of humanitarian 'nightmare' in camps hosting Rohingya refugees Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- The United Nations has warned of a humanitarian "nightmare" in the refugee camps on the Bangladeshi border, which are sheltering over half-a-million Rohingya Muslims fleeing horrifying state-backed violence at home in Myanmar.
- Colombia Cease-Fire Agreement Takes Effect Sunday VOA 30 Sep 2017 -- A bilateral cease-fire agreement reached earlier in September between Colombia's government and the country's last active guerilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN) takes effect Sunday.
- Colombia President Signs Ceasefire Deal With ELN Rebels for 1st Time in History Sputnik 30 Sep 2017 -- A deal signed on Friday by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos marks a significant milestone in efforts to end political violence in South America as it is the first ceasefire with the National Liberation Army guerrilla group in the history of its insurgency.
- Humanitarian Operations for Burundian Refugees Strapped for Cash VOA 30 Sep 2017 -- The U.N. refugee agency warns that funds for humanitarian assistance for hundreds of thousands of Burundian refugees have dried up, leaving only enough cash for the most essential needs.
- Catalonia Prepares for Independence Referendum Sputnik 30 Sep 2017 -- Catalan police closed 1,300 schools, which were due to become polling stations for the region's independence referendum as a response to region's government instructions how to occupy them.
- Spaniards Divided Over Catalonian Independence Vote VOA 30 Sep 2017 -- Thousands of demonstrators have gathered in Barcelona to oppose Sunday's referendum on Catalonian independence from Spain.
- Top Republican, Democratic Senators Warn Trump On Enforcing Russia Sanctions RFE/RL 30 Sep 2017 -- Two leading U.S. senators are warning President Donald Trump to enforce the Russia sanctions that Congress recently passed into law over Trump's objections.
- Iraq to defend Kurdish people against threats: Premier Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has reaffirmed the country's determination to protect its Kurdish population against any threats, amid soaring tensions over the recent Kurdish independence referendum in the northern region of the country.
- Kurdish secession bid in Iraq threat to entire region: Hezbollah chief Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says the potential breakaway of the Kurdistan region in Iraq is a threat to the entire region.
- Israel played role in Iraq's Kurdish referendum: Turkish president Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Israel's Mossad spy agency has played a role in the recent Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq.
- Iran bans oil products shipment to Iraqi Kurdistan Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- Iran's Ministry of Roads and Urban Development has warned companies against shipment of oil products to and from the Iraqi Kurdistan "until further notice," Iranian news agencies reported on Saturday.
- Iraq 'to take control of Kurdistan borders' Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- Iraq says it will be taking control of the borders of its northern Kurdistan region – which has voted controversially to break away from the country – in coordination with Iran and Turkey.
- Kurdistan Government Views Suspension of Flights by Iraq as Blockade Sputnik 30 Sep 2017 -- The Kurdistan Regional Government reacts the Iraq's suspension of all international flights to and from Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports.
- Regional Powers Move to Restrict Kurds Following Referendum Vote VOA 30 Sep 2017 -- Iran, Iraq and Turkey – three countries with large Kurdish populations – are imposing restrictions on Iraqi Kurds following the Kurdish independence referendum this week that passed with more than 92 percent of the vote.
- S Korea Fears Provocations From N Korea During Traditional Harvest Holiday Sputnik 30 Sep 2017 -- The Yonhap news agency said Saturday citing a military source that the South Korean military was on high alert in view of possible provocations from the North.
- US opens communication channels with N Korea: Tillerson Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States has opened channels of communication with North Korea and is investigating whether the government in Pyongyang is ready to enter negotiations on surrendering its nuclear weapons.
- Tillerson Assures US Has Direct Channels of Communication With North Korea Sputnik 30 Sep 2017 -- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated that the United States has some direct channels of communication with North Korea, not a 'blackout' situation, despite the growing tensions between the countries.
- Tillerson In China Calls For 'Calm' Over North Korea Crisis RFE/RL 30 Sep 2017 -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other officials on September 30 on issues including trade, the North Korean nuclear threat, and an upcoming visit to China by U.S. President Donald Trump.
- State Department Says N. Korea Has No Interest in Talks VOA 30 Sep 2017 -- North Korea has shown no interest in pursuing talks on its nuclear and missile programs, the U.S. State Department said Saturday after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged the United States was communicating directly with Pyongyang.
- Russia rejects US claim on Iran, IAEA Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- A senior Russian official has dismissed a recent US claim that Moscow is trying to "shield" Iran from inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which Washington has been pushing to widen to Iran's military sites.
- US halves diplomatic staff in Cuba over mysterious health 'attacks' Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Washington is withdrawing more than half of its personnel from the US embassy in Cuba in response to mysterious health "attacks" that have sickened American diplomatic staffers in Havana.
- Xi calls for profound understanding of Marxism People's Daily 30 Sep 2017 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has called for a profound understanding of Marxism and vigorous promotion of the sinicization of Marxism.
- Norway offers to allow in Israeli nuclear whistleblower Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- Norway has offered to allow Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu and his Norwegian wife to immigrate to and live in the Scandinavian country.
- Militant Groups in Pakistan Rebrand Themselves as Political Parties VOA 30 Sep 2017 -- As international pressure is mounting on Islamabad to do more against militant groups operating from its soil, some militant groups are rebranding themselves as political parties.
- China warns US to respect Beijing's concerns on Taiwan Press TV 30 Sep 2017 -- China says the United States must respect Beijing's concerns on Taiwan to avoid creating disturbances in bilateral relations.
- Kyrgyzstan Detains Opposition Lawmaker Amid Coup Allegations RFE/RL 30 Sep 2017 -- The Kyrgyz state security service has arrested opposition lawmaker Kanatbek Isayev on accusations of planning rioting before and after the country's upcoming presidential election.
- After Attack on Westerners, Cambodia's Foreign Minister Softens Tone VOA 30 Sep 2017 -- Cambodia's foreign minister has launched a scathing attack on Western democracies, labeling them hypocritical and interested in promoting human rights and democracy only when it's in their own interest.
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