09 October 2017 Military News
- Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS AFPS 09 Oct 2017 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria over the last two days, conducting 95 strikes consisting of 109 engagements Oct. 7 and yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- US Army to 'increase' missions after losses in Niger, top general says Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- The United States Army's top officer says it is likely to "increase" its train, advise and assist (TAA) missions after the death of four soldiers in Niger by developing a new unit, he describes as "similar to special forces," that are "not special Forces."
- Red Cross to scale down humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross has decided to "drastically" reduce the number of its relief workers in Afghanistan after seven of its employees were killed in attacks earlier this year.
- Deadly Attacks Prompt ICRC to 'Drastically' Cut Afghan Operations VOA 09 Oct 2017 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has decided to "drastically" reduce its presence and relief operations in war-torn Afghanistan, citing a series of recent attacks that have killed seven of its staff, including a foreigner.
- IS Deprives Thousands of Children of Education in Afghan Province VOA 09 Oct 2017 -- Local affiliates of the so-called Islamic State militant group have shut down dozens of schools in a restive district of northern Afghanistan, provincial officials said.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Remarks by Secretary Mattis at the Association of the U.S. Army Exposition on Building Readiness in Washington, D.C. DoD 09 Oct 2017 -- Presenter: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis
- U.S. Military Adapting in Complex Environment, Mattis Says AFPS 09 Oct 2017 -- The U.S. military is adapting to remain the most lethal joint force on the planet and to respond to evolving global security challenges, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said here today.
- US Army 'must stand ready' in face of North Korean threat: Mattis Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- US Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that the United States Army "must stand ready" in the face of a North Korean threat in case a "diplomatically led" solution with the country does not work.
- Pentagon Chief Says US Army Must Ensure Having Military Options Over N Korea Sputnik 09 Oct 2017 -- US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has shed light on the Pentagon's stance on the North Korean issue amid controversial remarks made by President Donald Trump, saying that "only one thing will work" with regard to Pyongyang.
- Army rolls out latest version of iconic Abrams Main Battle Tank Army News 09 Oct 2017 -- On Wednesday, Oct. 4, members of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center workforce celebrated the delivery of the next iteration of the iconic Abrams Main Battle Tank as the Army accepted the first of six M1A2 System Enhancement Package Version 3 initial production vehicles.
- In face of North Korean threats, Fort Greely stands ready on frontline Army News 09 Oct 2017 -- A small, remote Alaskan post bordered by mountains and moose herds, Fort Greely is America's major line of defense against long-range enemy rockets.
- Secretary General meets with Romanian President and Prime Minister, visits NATO troops NATO 09 Oct 2017 -- During a visit to Romania, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today (Monday 9th October) met with the President of Romania, Klaus Werner Iohannis, and Prime Minister Mihai Tudose.
- Secretary General addresses the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Bucharest NATO 09 Oct 2017 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg today (Monday 9th October) attended the NATO Parliamentary Assembly as part of his visit to Romania.
- NATO says it is not after a new Cold War with Russia Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has rejected claims that the military alliance is provoking a new conflict with Moscow, saying, however, that it is alarmed by Russia's intensified military deployment near its western borders.
- NATO Chief Says 'We Don't Want A New Cold War' With Russia RFE/RL 09 Oct 2017 -- NATO does not want "a new Cold War" with Russia, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said at the end of a four-day parliamentary assembly of the alliance.
- Russia Abolishes State Chemical Disarmament Commission Sputnik 09 Oct 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a document on the abolition of the state commission on chemical disarmament.
- Putin Decrees Foreigners In Russian Army Can Fight In Wars Abroad RFE/RL 09 Oct 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree that allows foreign citizens serving in the Russian Army on a contractual basis to take part in Russian military operations abroad.
- Turkey may find other partners if Russia reluctant to share S-400 technology: Cavusoglu Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Ankara may cancel its deal with Russia on acquiring the Russian S-400 missile systems and seek a deal with other partners if Moscow is reluctant to share the technology of its most advanced air defense system with the Anatolian country.
- Kremlin Comments on Turkish FM's Remark on Possible Cancelation of S-400 Deal Sputnik 09 Oct 2017 -- The Turkish foreign minister said that Ankara may cancel the deal on the acquisition of the S-400 air defense systems if Russia does not agree to jointly produce the military equipment. The Kremlin has commented on the issue.
- Russia, Saudi Arabia Agree on S-400, Other Weapons Deliveries Sputnik 09 Oct 2017 -- Russia and Saudi Arabia have agreed on the supply of S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as a number of other weapons, including the Kalashnikov AK-103.
- India's First Women Air Combatants to Initially Fly MiG-21 Bison Sputnik 09 Oct 2017 -- For over 50 years, MiG-21 variants have been serving the Indian armed forces and their quick reaction time still makes them potent for interception and ground attack roles.
- PLA has domestically made long-range radar system: analyst CNA 09 Oct 2017 -- China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) are in possession of an ultra-high frequency (UHF) radar system that has a detection range that covers all of the First Island Chain of the East Asian region, a Hong Kong-based military analyst said Monday.
- South Korea 'develops graphite bomb' against North Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- South Korea says it has developed a "graphite bomb" to paralyze North Korea's electrical power grid in case of a war.
- UK's BAE Systems to axe 1,000 over falling weapons sales Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- UK weapons manufacturer BAE Systems is preparing to cut more than 1000 jobs this week, a move that is blamed on falling demand for its products.
- 9 October 2017 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 09 Oct 2017
- UN emergency response fund reaches annual goal of $450 million, but more needed UN News 09 Oct 2017 -- The United Nations global emergency response fund has reached its 2017 funding target of $450 million, but much more is required given that the number of people in need of assistance is at a record high.
- Turkey's General Staff Announces Start of Military Operation in Syria's Idlib Sputnik 09 Oct 2017 -- Two days after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkish military will help Free Syrian Army rebels in the newly-launched anti-terror offensive, Turkey has announced the official start of the operation in Syria's Idlib currently controlled by al-Nusra Front terrorists.
- US supplying munitions to Daesh, Nusra terrorists: Top Syrian general Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- A high-ranking Syrian military commander says the United States is supplying various kinds of munitions to Daesh Takfiri terrorists and members of the foreign-sponsored and Takfiri Jabhat Fatah al-Sham – previously known as the Nusra Front – militant group, not the so-called moderate armed opposition.
- U.S.-Backed Forces In Syria Say Poised For 'Final Week' Of Assault Against Islamic State In Raqqa RFE/RL 09 Oct 2017 -- Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are nearing the "final week" of their assault on the Islamic State (IS) militant group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, a top commander says.
- Pentagon Calls Syrian General's Claims on US Arms Supplies to Daesh 'Ridiculous' Sputnik 09 Oct 2017 -- A Syrian general accused the US of supplying weapons to terrorists. The Pentagon has commented on the claim.
- UN concerned for safety of more than five million displaced in northern Iraq UN News 09 Oct 2017 -- As the Iraqi offensive in and near Hawija in Kirkuk Governorate is drawing to a close, the United Nations and its humanitarian partners expressed deep concern on Monday for the safety of civilian populations in the region.
- Iraqi army forces find Daesh mass grave west of Ramadi Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- Iraqi forces have found a mass grave in the country's troubled western province of Anbar containing the remains of nearly two dozen Daesh Takfiri militants killed during heavy clashes with government forces and their allies during the campaign for the liberation of the strategic city of Ramadi.
- Erdogan Pledges Support For Ukraine's Territorial Integrity During Kyiv Visit RFE/RL 09 Oct 2017 -- During a visit to Kyiv, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that his country will continue to support Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
- UN says two peacekeepers killed, 12 injured in eastern DR Congo Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- Ugandan rebels have attacked two military bases in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), killing two United Nations peacekeepers and injuring a dozen others.
- Nutrition crisis deepening in Mali's conflict-affected areas: UNICEF Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- The United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) has warned that the lives of tens of thousands of children in Mali are being threatened by acute malnutrition as violence and instability fuel a deepening nutrition crisis in the West African country.
- UNICEF warns of nutrition crisis affecting 165,000 children in Mali UN News 09 Oct 2017 -- A nutrition crisis, exacerbated by continuing violence, instability and displacement, is threatening the lives and futures of thousands of children in Mali, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned today.
- Indian Peacekeepers in Congo Foil Major Attack by Rebels Sputnik 09 Oct 2017 -- Indian Army officials have said that the armed Mai Mai attacked the Indian Army's Lubero post, but the forces successfully thwarted the rebel attack.
- DR Congo: Two UN 'blue helmets' killed in attack in North Kivu UN News 09 Oct 2017 -- Two United Nations peacekeepers have been killed and several injured in an attack on their base in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a UN spokesperson said.
- Report: Russian Operatives Bought Google Ads to Sway US Election VOA 09 Oct 2017 -- Russian operatives bought tens of thousands of dollars of advertising on the giant internet search engine Google last year in an attempt to help real estate mogul Donald Trump win the U.S. presidency, according to a new report from The Washington Post.
- Report: Google Uncovers Russia-Paid Ads On YouTube, Gmail RFE/RL 09 Oct 2017 -- The Washington Post is reporting that Google has for the first time uncovered evidence that Russian operatives used the Internet giant's platforms in an effort interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
- Baghdad launches probe into Kurdish region's hefty oil revenues Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- Iraq's central government has launched a probe into the hefty oil revenues of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), further seeking to seize key businesses in the separatist northern region two weeks after the Kurdish leaders held a highly controversial referendum to secede from the Arab country in open defiance of Baghdad.
- Iraqi govt. to put Kurdistan-based mobile networks under control Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- The Iraqi government has decided to impose control over mobile phone operators in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and to relocate their headquarters to Baghdad as part of punitive measures taken in response to last month's secession referendum in the region.
- Trump: US Policy on North Korea Has Failed for 25 Years VOA 09 Oct 2017 -- President Donald Trump said Monday that U.S. attempts to deal with North Korea have failed for more than two decades.
- Kim Jong Un tasks DPRK with nuclear, missile development People's Daily 09 Oct 2017 -- Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader, Kim Jong Un, has tasked the nation to go forward with nuclear and missile development despite numerous UN sanctions, the official Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday.
- Russia, China repeat calls for restraint over North Korea following Trump's remarks Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- Russia and China have repeated their calls for restraint over North Korea amid fears that hawkish stances adopted by US President Donald Trump could spark a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula.
- N Korea leader: Nuclear program 'powerful deterrent' against US threats Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has defended Pyongyang's nuclear program as a "powerful deterrent" against US threats, playing down the effect of the Washington-backed UN sanctions slapped on his country over its military activities.
- Pyongyang Preparations? South Detects 'Some Movement From Missile Facilities' Sputnik 09 Oct 2017 -- South Korean and US forces have ramped up their reconnaissance operations amid fears that North Korea is preparing to test-launch a ballistic missile capable of reaching the US West Coast.
- FM: Iran to reciprocate US measures against IRGC IRNA 09 Oct 2017 -- Iran's foreign minister said on Monday that the Islamic Republic will reciprocate any US measure against the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
- Commander: IRGC's defense stance identical with foreign ministry IRNA 09 Oct 2017 -- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Monday that US President Donald Trump should be assured that IRGC's policies and stances will be identical to that of the Iranian government and foreign ministry.
- JCPOA major step in non-proliferation of nuclear weapons IRNA 09 Oct 2017 -- Iran nuclear deal known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been a major step in non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, Iranian official said.
- Iran warns U.S. against imposing new sanctions People's Daily 09 Oct 2017 -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced here Sunday that if the United States imposes new sanctions against Iran, it would have repercussions for Washington.
- Iran to reciprocate US measures against IRGC Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran will take reciprocal measures against a potential "strategic mistake" by US President Donald Trump to designate the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.
- Iran Foreign Ministry hopes US won't make 'strategic mistake' about IRGC Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry says it hopes the United States would not make the "strategic mistake" of designating the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) a "terrorist" organization; otherwise, it would have to be ready to face the consequences.
- Trump administration under false assumptions on Iran deal: UN ambassador Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo says if the US wishes to remain credible in future multilateral negotiations, it cannot attempt to scuttle the JCPOA.
- EU 'Ready To Welcome' Lukashenka To Upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit RFE/RL 09 Oct 2017 -- EU sources say the bloc is ready to welcome Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka to its Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit next month.
- Pakistani Tribesmen Call For Legal, Constitutional Reforms RFE/RL 09 Oct 2017 -- Hundreds of people from Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have rallied in the capital, Islamabad, calling on the federal government to implement legal and constitutional reforms in the northwestern region.
- Pakistan Nabs Suspect Distributing Pamphlets Allegedly Linked to Hizb-ut-Tahrir VOA 09 Oct 2017 -- Authorities in Pakistan say a terror suspect is in custody on charges of distributing pamphlets on behalf of banned Islamic extremist group Hizb-ut-Tahrir, or HuT, and that a case has been opened against him under anti-terrorism laws. VOA could not independently verify the authenticity of the pamphlets.
- Omsk Governor Out As Putin Pushes Ahead With Regional Reshuffle RFE/RL 09 Oct 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the governor of the Omsk region, Viktor Nazarov, the newest step in a shake-up of regional leaders ahead of a March 2018 presidential election.
- China targeting hearts, minds of Taiwanese young people: scholars CNA 09 Oct 2017 -- The Chinese government will continue to set its sights on capturing the hearts and minds of young people in Taiwan following the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Taiwanese scholars of cross-Taiwan Strait relations said Monday.
- Tsai to pledge to 'better Taiwan' in National Day speech CNA 09 Oct 2017 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will vow to safeguard Taiwan's values of democracy and freedom and people's way of life when she addresses the country on Oct. 10 to celebrate National Day, according to the Presidential Office.
- U.S., Turkey In Tit-For-Tat Suspension Of Visas Services Over Arrest Of Employee RFE/RL 09 Oct 2017 -- The United States and Turkey are mutually restricting visa services after a U.S. Consulate employee of Turkish nationality was arrested in Istanbul on espionage charges.
- Tensions Rise Between Ankara and Washington VOA 09 Oct 2017 -- Turkish-U.S. tensions continue to escalate, with Ankara imposing a suspension on the issuance of visas for most American citizens in retaliation to a similar move by Washington. The tit for tat dispute hit Turkey's financial markets, as fears grow over long-term fall out.
- Almost 150 go on trial over Turkey coup bridge killings Press TV 09 Oct 2017 -- Turkey has put on trial almost 150 former members of the military over clashes on an Istanbul bridge that led to the deaths of dozens of people, including a key aide of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during last year's abortive coup.
- EU To Start Negotiations On New Political Deal With Kyrgyzstan After Election RFE/RL 09 Oct 2017 -- European Union member states have given the European Commission and its foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini a mandate to negotiate a new political deal between the EU and Kyrgyzstan.
- China Ramping Up Aid to Philippines as Both Pursue Deeper Relationship VOA 09 Oct 2017 -- China is stepping up aid to the Philippines, including a proposal to seek oil together offshore and a gift of arms to help Manila fight a Muslim rebel insurgency, indicating that both sides want an extra-firm friendship despite an unsettled maritime dispute.
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