02 January 2018 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 02 Jan 2018 [PDF]
- Senior Taliban Militant in Afghanistan Killed in Airstrike - Ministry Sputnik 02 Jan 2018 -- Mawlawi Wali Jan, a senior attack planner for the Taliban terrorist group in the province of Urozgan has been killed in an airstrike, along with 11 other militants, the Ministry of the Interior said.
- US commander urges Afghan army to press Taliban during winter Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- A top US commander has called for a more aggressive approach in the Afghan army against a normally quieter Taliban during the winter season, saying more American "trainers" would be deployed to the front lines to escalate the offensive.
Defense Policy / Programs
- World War I as a transition point for Army sustainment Army News 02 Jan 2018 -- In April 2017, the Army observed the 100th anniversary of the U.S. military's entry into World War I. It is important to recognize how this conflict helped the United States become a world power. The Army entered the war only partially comprehending the requirements for organizing and maneuvering a multimillion-Soldier force in an overseas theater. By the close of that war, the Army was a truly modern force.
- India to buy missile from Israel amid tensions with China, Pakistan Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- India plans to purchase 131 surface-to-air missiles from Israel amid New Delhi's border disputes with its neighbors China and Pakistan.
- India to Buy Smart Bombs Worth $200 Mln From Russia - Defense Ministry Sputnik 02 Jan 2018 -- India's precision attack and targeting capabilities are currently dependent on imports. But, the country hopes to soon cut down this dependency with the state-run Defense Research and Development Organization in the advanced stages of testing locally developed HSLD bombs.
- India Banks on Barak to Replace Its Aging Naval Missile Defense Systems Sputnik 02 Jan 2018 -- India floated a global tender last year to purchase new missile systems to replace its aging Barak-1 systems, but instead of concluding the tender, India chose to take the follow-on purchase route to acquire more Barak missiles.
- Turkish FM Says Negotiating With Russia Over S-400 Technology Transfer RFE/RL 02 Jan 2018 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Ankara is still negotiating with Moscow about a technology transfer as part of its controversial purchase of Russia's S-400 air-defense missile system.
- Turkey Plans to Hire Nearly 43,000 Military Personnel in 2018 - Reports Sputnik 02 Jan 2018 -- Around 43,000 military personnel will join the Turkish Armed Forces in 2018, the Anadolu news agency reported Tuesday, citing a military source.
- Japan Considering Destroyer Conversion to Counter China, N Korea Sputnik 02 Jan 2018 -- Tokyo is arguing that its plans to ramp up the country's naval might are entirely for defensive purposes and are not at variance with its post-WWII constitution, which bans the nation from having offensive military capability, Japanese media reported.
- 2 January 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 02 Jan 2018
- Yemen says Saudi war has killed, wounded 35,000 people Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- The Yemeni Ministry of Health says the Saudi-led military coalition has either killed or wounded some 35,000 people of Yemen during the ongoing war Riyadh imposed on the impoverished nation almost three years ago.
- Syrian Army Completes Operation, Restores Control in Western Ghouta - Reports Sputnik 02 Jan 2018 -- The Syrian government forces have pushed terrorists from Western Ghouta, located in the southwestern part of Damascus countryside, and completed a military operation in the area, Sana news agency reported on Tuesday.
- Iraqi forces kill 15 Daesh bombers near border with Syria Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- The Iraqi Interior Ministry says government forces have launched a counter-terrorism operation to hunt down Daesh Takfiri terrorists near the country's border with Syria, killing more than a dozen extremists in the process.
- At least 17 people killed in shooting attack on Nigerian church Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- At least 17 people have been killed after a group of armed assailants stormed a church in southern Nigeria and went on a shooting spree, local officials say.
- US withholding $255 million in aid to Pakistan: US envoy to UN Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- The United States is withholding $255 million in aid from Pakistan in the backdrop of souring ties between Islamabad and the administration of US President Donald Trump.
- Pakistan, India exchange lists of nuclear installations Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- Pakistan and India have exchanged the lists of their nuclear installations under a three-decade-old bilateral pact that bars them from attacking each other's atomic facilities in an event of war.
- Report: Pakistan Planning Takeover Of Charities Run By Islamist Figure RFE/RL 02 Jan 2018 -- The Pakistani government has plans to seize control of charities and financial assets that are connected to an Islamist leader that the United States considers a terrorist, according to Reuters.
- White House To Announce 'Specific Actions' Against Pakistan Within Two Days RFE/RL 02 Jan 2018 -- The White House has said that it wants to see Pakistan do more to fight terrorism and that Washington will likely announce "specific actions" within the next two days to pressure Islamabad.
- 'Invective and Mistrust': Pakistan's Leaders Respond to Trump's Tweet Sputnik 02 Jan 2018 -- In his first message directed at a foreign nation in the new year, US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to accuse Pakistan of lies and deceit, however, Pakistani authorities have said that the US should hold its own people accountable for its failures in Afghanistan instead of blaming Pakistan
- Pakistan Says Ready to Account for Spending US Aid Amid Trump's Critical Remarks Sputnik 02 Jan 2018 -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said that Pakistan was ready to provide all details regarding the funds received from the United States amid US President Donald Trump's critical remarks about Islamabad and its anti-terror policy.
- Pakistan Rejects Trump's Criticism, Says It Can't Be Blamed for 'Collective Failure' VOA 02 Jan 2018 -- Pakistan has criticized and noted with "deep disappointment" charges contained in a New Year tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump and said Islamabad could not be held responsible for the "collective failure" in Afghanistan.
- Trump Praises Iranian Protesters, Assails 'Brutal and Corrupt' Regime VOA 02 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump praised Iranian protesters Tuesday, saying they were "finally acting against the brutal and corrupt" regime in Tehran, even as Iran's supreme leader accused the government's enemies of stirring the violent anti-government demonstrations.
- Iranian Leaders Divided Over Protests VOA 02 Jan 2018 -- Iran's leaders appear to be divided about the reasons behind the anti-government protests roiling the country, who the demonstrators are and how to curtail the unrest - the most significant challenge to Iran's clerical leadership since 2009, when authorities resorted to a nationwide crackdown to crush the pro-democracy "green movement."
- Iran's Supreme Leader Accuses Nation's 'Enemies' of Stirring Unrest VOA 02 Jan 2018 -- Iran's Supreme Leader on Tuesday accused enemies of the Islamic Republic of stirring the violent anti-government protests that began late last week.
- IRGC denounces Washington, US regional allies' support for Iran rioters IRNA 02 Jan 2018 -- The spokesman of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Second Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif denounced the 'overt and covert support of the US, Zionist regime and the Saudi's' for the rioters in Iran.
- Iran calm in most parts: Security official IRNA 02 Jan 2018 -- Most parts of Iran are calm and with cooperation of the police and people other points will be calm as well, said deputy interior minister.
- Iran recognizes right to protest under Constitution: Govt Spox IRNA 02 Jan 2018 -- Iranian government recognizes the people's right to protest within the framework of citizens' rights and the Constitution, spokesman for the government said here on Tuesday.
- Iran Intelligence forces arrest agitators behind recent riots IRNA 02 Jan 2018 -- Iran intelligence forces have busted some of the elements involved in recent riots in Iranian cities, said Intelligence Ministry Public Relations Office in a statement.
- Trump must stop interfering in Iran's internal affairs: Qassemi Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- Iran has denounced US President Donald Trump's "insulting" tweets about the recent protests against economic conditions in a number of Iranian cities, urging him to avoid interfering in the Islamic Republic's internal affairs.
- Unrest in Iranian cities will soon end : Deputy interior minister Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- Iran's deputy interior minister for security says the situation in most of the country has now returned to normal, vowing that the latest wave of unrest will soon come to an end.
- Over a dozen people killed in violence in Iranian cities Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- More than a dozen people have been killed in the violence that has followed a series of peaceful demonstrations against economic woes in a number of Iranian cities.
- Recent riots result of foreign proxy war against Iran: Shamkhani Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani has said certain countries are waging a "proxy war" against the Islamic Republic via social media and the internet.
- Iran security, stability depend on own people: FM Zarif Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic's security and stability depend on its own people, adding that "infiltrators" will not be permitted to violate the rights of the Iranians.
- Trump again expresses support for rioters in Iran Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has again expressed his support for rioters in Iran, saying they are finally taking action against the country's government.
- Iran's Supreme Leader Blames 'Enemies' As Protest Death Toll Jumps RFE/RL 02 Jan 2018 -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused the country's "enemies" of fomenting violent antigovernment demonstrations that have killed at least 22 people, including a police officer, in the biggest challenge to authorities in almost a decade.
- 'Enemies Of Iran': Khamenei Offers No Olive Branch, Toughens Line On Protests RFE/RL 02 Jan 2018 -- Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has broken five days of silence as antiestablishment protests raged in Iran by publicly stiffening the official line from that offered by the country's president a day earlier.
- Who Are The Protesters In Iran? RFE/RL 02 Jan 2018 -- Days after deadly antigovernment rallies erupted in Iran, it is still difficult to pinpoint just who the protesters are and what, exactly, they want.
- Iran Says US, Britain, Saudis Behind Current Unrest Sputnik 02 Jan 2018 -- Iran is claiming that the ongoing protests inside the country are as part of a "hybrid war" being waged by several foreign countries against it, Iranian media has reported, citing the deputy head of the country's Supreme National Security Council.
- South Korea offers date for high-level talks with North Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- South Korea has offered to hold high-level talks with the North on January 9, shortly after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said that direct dialog could take place between the two countries.
- South Korea Offers Pyongyang to Sit Down at Negotiating Table Sputnik 02 Jan 2018 -- Seoul is proposing to hold high-level talks on January 9 with Pyongyang at the demilitarized zone between the two countries, South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said Tuesday.
- South Korea Offers Talks With Rival North Over Winter Olympics VOA 02 Jan 2018 -- South Korea offered Tuesday to hold high-level talks with bitter rival North Korea over the North's possible participation in the upcoming Winter Olympic Games hosted by South Korea.
- Sanctions and 'other' pressures having 'big impact' on N Korea: Trump Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has claimed that sanctions on North Korea are "beginning to have a big impact" after Pyongyang proposed talks with South Korea.
- Trump Says Sanctions Beginning To Take Toll On North Korea RFE/RL 02 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has said there is mixed potential in possible talks between North Korea and South Korea, and that sanctions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs are beginning to take a toll.
- Iraq Kurdistan to return border crossings to central government Press TV 02 Jan 2018 -- Iraq's Kurdistan is reportedly set to return the control of border crossings in the semi-autonomous northern region to the central government in a bid to pave the way for talks with Baghdad.
- Russian Supreme Court Rejects Navalny Appeal On Presidential Election Ban RFE/RL 30 Dec 2017 -- The Russian Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by opposition leader Aleksei Navalny against a decision to bar him from running in Russia's 2018 presidential election.
- UN experts decry Saudi Arabia's use of anti-terror laws against peaceful activists UN News 02 Jan 2018 -- United Nations human rights experts deplored Saudi Arabia's continued use of counter-terrorism and security-related laws against human rights defenders and urged the release of all those detained for peacefully exercising their rights.
- Moldovan President Says Court's Suspension Of His Powers 'Shameful' RFE/RL 02 Jan 2018 -- Moldova's pro-Moscow president, Igor Dodon, has rejected a Constitutional Court decision to temporarily suspend his powers amid a standoff over ministerial appointments with his opponents in Chisinau's pro-Western government.
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