04 January 2018 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 04 Jan 2018 [PDF]
- Coalition Engineers Erect Steel Bridge in Syria AFPS 04 Jan 2018 -- A coalition team working with Syrian partners erected a steel bridge in only 16 hours Dec. 27 near the village of Hawi al-Hawa, west of Syria's Raqqa Province.
- At Least 11 Killed, 25 Wounded In Kabul Suicide Blast RFE/RL 04 Jan 2018 -- The Afghan Health Ministry says at least 11 people were killed and 25 injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Kabul as security personnel were conducting an operation at the scene before the attack.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Press Gaggle with Secretary Mattis DoD 04 Jan 2018 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis
- Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group Benefits from Bunker Hill WTI's Tactical Expertise NNS 04 Jan 2018 -- The crew of the USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) puts their training and skills to the test each day as the integrated air and missile defense asset for the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) currently underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
- USS Hopper Arrives in 7th Fleet NNS 04 Jan 2018 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations Jan. 4.
- Arkansas National Guard Conducts Cyber Training Exercise AFPS 04 Jan 2018 -- The Arkansas National Guard conducted a cyber training exercise here last month.
- AFRL's advanced multi-junction solar cells deliver high efficiency, reduced costs for space AFNS 04 Jan 2018 -- Experts at the Air Force Research Laboratory continue to expand the scope of their technological expertise, rising above the Earth's surface to meet the power needs of next generation military spacecraft.
- US Starts Production of Upgraded Self-Propelled Howitzer Sputnik 04 Jan 2018 -- The US Army has initiated production of modernized Self-Propelled Howitzers (SPH), one of the most important components of its artillery fleet.
- Mattis Discusses U.S.-South Korean Exercises, Iran Protests AFPS 04 Jan 2018 -- Joint South Korean-U.S. military exercises have been "deconflicted" with the Winter Olympics, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said here today.
- US, South Korea Agree to Halt Military Drills During 2018 Olympics - Pentagon Sputnik 04 Jan 2018 -- The presidents of the US and South Korea have held a phone conversation, during which they discussed the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.
- US, South Korea Delay Military Drills Until After Winter Olympics VOA 04 Jan 2018 -- The United States and South Korea have decided to delay joint military exercises until after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month, officials from both countries said Thursday.
- Airborne 'Typhoon': Russia Develops Special Armored Vehicle for Paratroopers Sputnik 04 Jan 2018 -- The Typhoon-VDV will be equipped with modern weapon systems and will boast an increased level of armor protection. The vehicle is currently being tested. Its mass production is planned for 2019.
- Xi stresses real combat training People's Daily 04 Jan 2018 -- President Xi Jinping Wednesday instructed the armed forces to strengthen real combat training and improve its war-winning capability.
- Chinese Attack Drones Achieve 'Record' Missile Accuracy - State Media Sputnik 04 Jan 2018 -- China's most advanced medium-range strike drone set a new record in live fire tests by hitting "five targets in succession" with five unique missile types, the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) recently told Chinese news outlets.
- India to Build 14 KM Long Tunnel in Key Strategic Point Along Border With China Sputnik 04 Jan 2018 -- The tunnel, Asia's longest, would cut across the Zojila high mountain pass in Jammu and Kashmir and would provide all-weather connectivity to the strategically important Leh region while, also bringing about all-round economic and socio-cultural integration of the region.
- Department Press Briefing - January 4, 2018 US Dept. of State 04 Jan 2018
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders The White House 04 Jan 2018
- 4 January 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 04 Jan 2018
- Russia Says Two Soldiers Killed In Mortar Attack In Syria RFE/RL 04 Jan 2018 -- The Russian Defense Ministry says two of its soldiers were killed in a mortar attack by antigovernment forces in Syria on New Year's Eve.
- Two Russian Servicemen Killed on Dec. 31 in Shelling of Hmeymim Base - MoD Sputnik 04 Jan 2018 -- The Russian Defense Ministry has refuted media reports about the alleged destruction of seven Russian military aircraft by militants during an attack at the Hmeymim air base in Syria.
- Germany Calls For Setting Up UN Peacekeeping Mission In Ukraine Before Russian Election RFE/RL 04 Jan 2018 -- Germany's foreign minister is calling for the establishment of an armed UN peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine before Russia's March presidential election.
- Media Reports Chinese Incursion in Arunachal Pradesh; Experts Call it Routine Sputnik 04 Jan 2018 -- Barely two months after the Doklam crisis ended, a Chinese road construction team entered one kilometer into the Indian Territory, according to the Indian Express. While the Indian government tried to downplay the incursion, China has reasserted that it never recognized Arunachal Pradesh as part of India.
- Background Briefing with Senior State Department Officials on Security Assistance to Pakistan US Dept. of State 04 Jan 2018
- Former U.S. Ambassador Khalilzad Supports Tough Line On Pakistan RFE/RL 04 Jan 2018 -- Zalmay Khalilzad, the former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and the United Nations, expressed support for President Donald Trump's tough line against Islamabad and said the administration is likely studying various methods to put pressure on Pakistan for what he called its lack of cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
- U.S. Suspending Security Aid To Pakistan Until Action Taken Against Terror Networks RFE/RL 04 Jan 2018 -- The U.S. government says it is suspending security assistance to the Pakistani military until it takes "decisive action" against the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network that are operating in neighboring Afghanistan.
- US Suspends Security Assistance to Pakistan - State Department Sputnik 04 Jan 2018 -- The US will no longer transfer certain pieces of military equipment and security-related financial assistance to the Pakistani armed forces in the wake of US accusations that Islamabad provides safe haven for terrorist groups who plot attacks on US troops in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan Placed on State Department 'Special Watch List' for Religious Freedom Violations VOA 04 Jan 2018 -- The U.S. State Department has placed Pakistan on a "Special Watch List" for "severe violations of religious freedom," amid reports that Washington's plan to cut security assistance to that country.
- US Suspends Security Assistance to Pakistan VOA 04 Jan 2018 -- The United States is suspending security assistance to Pakistan's army until it takes "decisive action" against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.
- On the Continuing Protests in Iran US Dept. of State 04 Jan 2018
- Treasury Sanctions Iranian Entities US Treasury 04 Jan 2018 -- Today, the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned five Iran-based entities subordinate to a key element of Iran's ballistic missile program. Shahid Kharrazi Industries, Shahid Sanikhani Industries, Shahid Moghaddam Industries, Shahid Eslami Research Center, and Shahid Shustari Industries are being designated pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13382 for being owned or controlled by Iran's Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group (SBIG).
- US Sanctions 5 Entities Tied to Iran Missile Program VOA 04 Jan 2018 -- The U.S. Treasury placed sanctions Thursday on five Iranian-based entities either owned or controlled by the company responsible for developing and producing Iran's solid-propellant ballistic missiles.
- Iran Deploys Thousands of Security Forces Against Protesters, Shows Restraint VOA 04 Jan 2018 -- The Iranian government has taken a lesson from the Arab Spring in responding to the worst anti-government protests the country has seen in nearly a decade.
- Iranian demonstrators condemn violence, support Islamic Republic in several cities Press TV 04 Jan 2018 -- Millions of Iranians have staged fresh nationwide demonstrations to renew their support for the Islamic establishment and denounce the recent wave of deadly unrest that hit some areas in the country.
- Iran Protests Enter Second Week As Diplomatic Battle Heats Up RFE/RL 04 Jan 2018 -- The United States has stepped up its vocal support for protesters in Iran, although Western news agencies reported an apparent lull in demonstrations amid a heavy police presence on the streets of the capital, Tehran.
- Iran's IRGC, Allies Enlist Public, And Twitter, To Chase Suspected Protesters RFE/RL 04 Jan 2018 -- Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has sparked anger by using media proxies to crowdsource the identification and reporting to authorities of individuals photographed at antiestablishment protests, including indirectly through social media like Twitter.
- U.S. Sanctions Five Iranian Companies For Involvement In Ballistic-Missile Program RFE/RL 04 Jan 2018 -- The United States has imposed sanctions on five Iranian companies it says are involved in Tehran's illegal ballistic-missile program.
- Pence Says U.S. Is 'Natural Ally' For Iranians Seeking Freedom RFE/RL 04 Jan 2018 -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is calling on young Iranians involved in street protests against the government in Tehran to view the United States as a "natural ally" in their quest for freedom and democracy.
- Iranian Top Prosecutor Accuses US, Israel and Saudi Arabia of Staging Protests Sputnik 04 Jan 2018 -- Despite the protests officially ending on Thursday, tensions around Iran have only been increasing. Saudi Arabia "bore all costs" for an alleged plot of the CIA and Mossad, according to Tehran.
- US Has Enough Authority to Hold Iran Accountable for Crackdown on Protests - DoS Sputnik 04 Jan 2018 -- The United States has abundant means to hold Iran accountable for any violence against demonstrators, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a press release on Thursday.
- Erdogan Justifies Mass Arrests After 2016 Coup Attempt Sputnik 04 Jan 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that the mass arrests that hit Turkey following the 2016 coup attempt were justified and could continue.
- Turkish Banker Conviction Threatens US-Turkey Ties VOA 04 Jan 2018 -- Ankara has slammed the conviction in the U.S. of a Turkish banker for violating U.S. sanctions on Iran.
- UN chief hails reopening of North-South Korea hotline Press TV 04 Jan 2018 -- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has hailed the reopening of a hotline between North and South Korea, voicing hopes for further progress in defusing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
- India Aims Tenfold Jump in Uranium Production to Fuel Ambitious Energy Target Sputnik 04 Jan 2018 -- As India aims to multiply its power generation capacity from 6,780 MW to 22,480 MW in the next 15 years, the government has come up with a three-stage plan for a tenfold increase in uranium production in the next 14 years. The target would be met by utilizing both local and imported sources.
- State Department Terrorist Designations of Muhammad al-Ghazali, Abukar Ali Adan, and Wanas al-Faqih US Dept. of State 04 Jan 2018 -- The Department of State has designated Muhammad al-Ghazali, Abukar Ali Adan, and Wanas al-Faqih as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224.
- Border Shutdown Hurts Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea Business VOA 04 Jan 2018 -- The border between Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea has been sealed for nearly two weeks due to the alleged coup attempt against Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema. Merchants on the border say the closure is costing them business.
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