07 October 2017 Military News
- Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq AFPS 07 Oct 2017 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 26 strikes consisting of 40 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Taliban Leader Calls on Supporters to Stop Fighting Against Daesh - Reports Sputnik 07 Oct 2017 -- The Taliban leader has called on the group's supporters to stop fighting Daesh.
- Concern Grows That Closing Taliban Office in Qatar Could Undermine Peace Talks VOA 07 Oct 2017 -- The Afghan government reportedly has sought the closure of the Afghan Taliban office in Qatar, citing the inefficiency of the office as a reason behind its request to the U.S. and Qatari officials.
- Puerto Rico Governor Updates Pence on Recovery Efforts AFPS 07 Oct 2017 -- Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said today he briefed Vice President Mike Pence yesterday on the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and underscored the need for urgent, ongoing support following the devastation from Hurricane Maria.
Defense Policy / Programs
- USS Washington Brought to Life, Commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk NNS 07 Oct 2017 -- The Navy with assistance from the submarine's sponsor Elisabeth Mabus, daughter of the 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, commissioned and brought to life the newest Virginia class submarine, USS Washington (SSN 787), during a ceremony on board Naval Station Norfolk, Oct. 7.
- USNS Comfort Responds to Second Hospital Generator Failure in Puerto Rico NNS 07 Oct 2017 -- The Mercy-class Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), underway near the coast of the Arecibo-Manati region of Puerto Rico, received four critical patients from Hospital Menonita in Caguas, Puerto Rico, after its generator failed, Oct. 6.
- Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Departs for Deployment NNS 07 Oct 2017 -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) departed San Diego for a regularly scheduled deployment, Oct. 6.
- US alarmed by China's increasing global military role: Report Press TV 07 Oct 2017 -- China's inauguration of its first military base abroad in Djibouti has raised concerns among US intelligence officials that Beijing's growing military presence around the world could spark a conflict of interests among the two sides, a report says.
- India to Soon Float Global RFI for Single Engine Fighter Aircraft Sputnik 07 Oct 2017 -- The Indian Air Force says it is focussing on the immediate purchase of single-engine aircraft despite the pressing need for twin-engine fighter jets too as the former costs less and they would make up for the shortage at the moment.
- Iran says will not allow any intrusion into defensive affairs, vows to boost capabilities Press TV 07 Oct 2017 -- Iran says it will allow no one to intrude into its defensive affairs, vowing to boost its capabilities in the sector.
- Iranian FM Explains Why Missile Tests Aim Not Related to Nuclear Weapons Sputnik 07 Oct 2017 -- The Iranian foreign minister explained why the country's missile tests are not related to nuclear weapons, thus, don't violate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal amid speculations concerning alleged US leadership's plans to withdraw from the agreement.
- Iran Rules Out Negotiations on Its Ballistic Missile Program Sputnik 07 Oct 2017 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry said that its defense ballistic missile program is not negotiable and doesn't contradict the nuclear deal.
- U.S. approves possible 15-bln-USD sale of THAAD missiles to Saudi Arabia People's Daily 07 Oct 2017 -- The U.S. State Department has approved on Friday a possible 15-billion-U.S. dollar sale of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems to Saudi Arabia, according to a statement released by the Pentagon.
- Dozen civilians killed as Saudi jets target residential building in SW Yemen Press TV 07 Oct 2017 -- A dozen civilians have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries when Saudi fighter jets targeted a residential area in Yemen's southwestern province of Ta'izz as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its atrocious bombardment campaign against its southern neighbor.
- Next Stop Idlib: Erdogan Announces Turkey's New 'Serious' Operation in Syria Sputnik 07 Oct 2017 -- The Turkish president has announced plans to start a new military operation in Syria in a move which has been rumored for weeks.
- Turkish President Announces Start of Military Operation in Syria VOA 07 Oct 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced the start of Turkish military operation into Syria's Idlib province.
- President Erdogan says Turkey helps militant group's offensive in Idlib Press TV 07 Oct 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country's army forces are supporting a full-scale military operation, which has just begun by the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA), aimed at liberating militant-held areas in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib.
- 180 terrorists killed in fresh Russian airstrikes in Syria Press TV 07 Oct 2017 -- Russia says its counter-terrorism airstrikes in Syria have killed a total of 180 militants – among them dozens of foreign mercenaries – over the past 24 hours.
- Turkish President Announces 'Serious Operation' In Northern Syria RFE/RL 07 Oct 2017 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on October 7 an operation to retake Idlib, a province under rebel control in northern Syria, amid a reported military buildup on the border between the two countries.
- Russian Forces Destroy Daesh Command Post in Syria, Killing About 80 Terrorists Sputnik 07 Oct 2017 -- Russia's Defense Ministry has reported the elimination of Daesh command position in the Al Mayadin district, about 80 militants killed.
- Iraqi Hashd al-Sha'abi forces uncover 10 mass graves near Hawijah Press TV 07 Oct 2017 -- Iraqi pro-government fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units have found nearly a dozen mass graves containing bodies of security forces and civilians, who are believed to have been executed by Daesh Takfiri terrorists, on the outskirts of the recently-liberated town of Hawijah in Kirkuk province.
- Many More Refugees Flee CAR Violence to Cameroon VOA 07 Oct 2017 -- U.N. aid agencies are struggling to meet the needs of refugees in eastern Cameroon as multitudes flee the renewed violence in neighboring Central African Republic. The population of the Gado refugee camp has exploded from just 1,000 refugees in January to 25,000 today.
- UN warns Bangladesh Rohingya camp plan runs risk of disease spread Press TV 07 Oct 2017 -- A top UN official says building a mega refugee camp for Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh would run the risk of health and security woes.
- Rohingya Crisis: Bangladesh Warns World Not to Overlook Security Threat Sputnik 07 Oct 2017 -- Bangladesh is constructing the largest refugee camp for the Rohingyas who have been entering the country after fleeing persecution in Myanmar. However, Bangladesh is also not in favor of housing them permanently in the country as it sees them as a "potential" security threat to the entire region.
- Poroshenko Signs Bill Extending Special Status of Donbass for 1 Year Sputnik 07 Oct 2017 -- The Ukrainian president has signed a bill extending the special status of Donbass for a year.
- Analyst Raises Scenario of China's Takeover of North Korea, Others Have Doubts VOA 07 Oct 2017 -- A longtime editor of a magazine that specializes in global power politics recently put forth a scenario where China would stage a takeover of North Korea, giving Washington and the rest of the world a nuclear weapons-free Korean Peninsula.
- US addicted to imposing sanctions but Iran is immunized: Foreign minister Zarif Press TV 07 Oct 2017 -- Amid US President Donald Trump's threats to pull out of the historic nuclear deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries more than two years ago, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States is addicted to imposing sanctions but after four decades of such bans Iran is invulnerable.
- IAEA stresses confidentiality of Iran data, rejects criticism Press TV 07 Oct 2017 -- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has rejected criticism that the organization under his watch is being "too soft" on Iran.
- Iran Strikes Back at Trump Amid 'Calm Before the Storm' Speculations Sputnik 07 Oct 2017 -- The Iranian leader has defended the nuclear deal, saying that Donald Trump cannot change the fact that the agreement is "irreversible." Interestingly, the comment came several days after his "calm before the storm" remark, which prompted media speculations suggesting that the US president aims to pull out of the deal.
- Judiciary confirms conviction of ex-member of Iran nuclear team IRNA 08 Oct 2017 -- Judiciary spokesman confirmed conviction of a former member of Iran's nuclear team for links to two foreign intelligence services.
- Russia-Saudi Cooperation Limited Despite Big Energy, Military Deals VOA 07 Oct 2017 -- Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz's groundbreaking visit to Russia this week saw billions of dollars signed in investment deals in energy and defense that will deepen ties between Moscow and Riyadh, despite their confrontational past.
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