07 January 2018 Military News
- Taliban Looking for New Means to Support Insurgency in Southern Afghanistan VOA 07 Jan 2018 -- Airstrikes on narcotics processing labs may be forcing the Taliban to seek new ways to finance their insurgency in southern Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Report claims China leaders have bunker to shelter at during nuclear war Press TV 07 Jan 2018 -- A report claims that China has built an underground nuclear bunker for the country's top leadership, their subordinates, troops, and staff in case a nuclear war breaks out.
- China set to build navy base near Pakistan's Gwadar Port Press TV 07 Jan 2018 -- China is set to build a naval base in Pakistan as tensions are rising between Islamabad and Washington over the US cutting aid funds.
- Iran Navy's 49th strike group berths in Bandar Abbas ISNA 07 Jan 2018 -- The 49th strike group of Iranian Navy has returned to Iran on Sunday after 67 days of sailing in international waters.
- Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander Reveals Real Source of Yemeni Missiles Sputnik 07 Jan 2018 -- Responding to claims that Yemeni militia missile attacks against the Saudi coalition "prove" that Iran has been supplying the Houthis with advanced weaponry, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, slammed the allegations, and explained why it was impossible for Iran to send weapons to the country.
- Yemenis firing own missiles at Saudi Arabia: Iran's IRGC Press TV 07 Jan 2018 -- The chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has dismissed the allegations leveled by the US and its allies about the Islamic Republic's provision of missiles to Yemeni forces.
- Yemen's GPC names new head to replace slain Saleh Press TV 07 Jan 2018 -- Yemen's General People's Congress (GPC) has picked a new leader to replace long-time chief Ali Abdullah Saleh who was killed last month.
- Yemeni forces target Saudi-led Tornado fighter jet over Sa'ada: Report Press TV 07 Jan 2018 -- Yemeni air defense forces have reportedly intercepted and shot down a twin-engine and multirole Panavia Tornado combat aircraft belonging to the Saudi-led military alliance involved in the aerial bombardment campaign against Yemen.
- Yemeni General People's Congress Picks New Party Leader After Saleh's Death Sputnik 07 Jan 2018 -- The General People's Congress, the political party of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed in December 2017, chose his ally and party's deputy head Sadiq Amin Abu Ras as its new leader, a Sputnik correspondent reported Sunday.
- Car bombing leaves over 20 people dead in Syria's Idlib Press TV 07 Jan 2018 -- Nearly two dozen people have been killed and scores of others injured when a powerful explosion ripped through a residential area in Syria's northwestern city of Idlib, where Syrian army forces, supported by allied fighters from popular defense groups, continue to gain ground against foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists.
- Jordan agrees to aid drop for stranded Syrians Press TV 07 Jan 2018 -- Jordan has agreed to a request by the United Nations to deliver humanitarian aid to thousands of displaced Syrians stranded in harsh conditions near a border crossing between Jordan and Syria.
- Syrian army, allies recapture key militant stronghold in Idlib Press TV 07 Jan 2018 -- Syrian army forces, supported by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have managed to regain control over a key stronghold of foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists in the country's northwestern province of Idlib as they are engaged in a major military offensive to break the siege on a strategic air base in the province.
- Car Bombs Rip Through Syria's Idlib, Killing Dozens Sputnik 07 Jan 2018 -- Dozens of people were killed and injured after terrorists had set off two car bombs in the Syrian province.
- Syrian Army Liberates Strategic Settlement of Sinjar in Idlib Province - Source Sputnik 07 Jan 2018 -- Syrian troops supported by allied forces liberated the settlement of Sinjar southeast of the Idlib province from the militants of the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly known as Nusra Front) terrorist group, outlawed in Russia, a well-informed source told Sputnik on Sunday.
- Six PKK militants killed as Turkish jets pound northern Iraq Press TV 07 Jan 2018 -- Six members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have been killed when Turkish military aircraft carried out a string of aerial attacks against the militants' positions in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
- Israel PM wants UNRWA closed amid US aid cut threat Press TV 07 Jan 2018 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for the closure of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees after US President Donald Trump cut the funding for the organization.
- Gunmen kill 13 in Senegal's south Press TV 07 Jan 2018 -- Gunmen have killed at least 13 people in an attack in Senegal's volatile south, military sources say.
- Trump Says No to Immigration Protection Bill Unless it Includes Border Wall Funds VOA 07 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump reiterated Saturday that he would not support legislation to protect hundreds of thousands of immigrants from deportation unless it included funding for a border wall and eliminates the visa lottery program and extended-family-based immigration.
- US defense chief insists talks between rival Koreas won't affect S Korea ties Press TV 07 Jan 2018 -- US Defense Secretary James Mattis has emphasized that North Korea will not likely be able to use talks with the rival South on the Winter Olympics to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul regarding the denuclearization of the peninsula.
- Trump says he's open to N Korea talks in shift from 'nuke button' exchange Press TV 07 Jan 2018 -- US President Donald Trump is now saying he is open to talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who he has referred to as "little rocket man," in a drastic shift from his latest exchange with him, comparing the size of a "nuclear button" in his possession.
- Trump Says Willing To Talk To North Korean Leader, With Conditions RFE/RL 07 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has said he would be willing to speak by phone with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a step back from his often-bellicose comments about communist state
- 'No Problem With That': Trump Ready for Talks With DPRK - Reports Sputnik 07 Jan 2018 -- On Saturday, US President Donald Trump Trump was asked during a press conference if he was willing to engage in a telephone conversation with the North Korean leader. Trump has said that he was ready for negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, adding that, nevertheless, certain preconditions for such talks exist.
- US Ambassador Haley: N. Korea's Nuclear Threat Remains 'Very Dangerous' VOA 07 Jan 2018 -- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, says it is "good for the United States" that North and South Korea are set to engage in high-level talks, but warned Pyongyang's nuclear weapons ambitions still pose a serious threat to the world.
- Trump on Korea Talks: "If Something can Come out" of Those "That Would be a Great Thing for all of Humanity" VOA 07 Jan 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump says he hopes the newly arranged talks between North and South Korea will go "beyond the Olympics" and promised the United States will take part "at the appropriate time."
- CIA Director Believes DPRK Could Threaten US Cities in a Few Months Sputnik 07 Jan 2018 -- Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo speaking at the Face the Nation show on the CBS television network on Sunday expressed his views on perils originating from Pyongyang, Russia's alleged attempts to meddle in 2018 US elections and protests in Iran.
- Tehran prosecutor calls on judges to differentiate between deceived people, riot leaders IRNA 07 Jan 2018 -- Tehran Public Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said on Sunday that the judges are required to differentiate between those deceived and the leaders of the violent protests in some Iranian cities over the past week.
- IRGC hails foiling enemy plots in Iran unrests IRNA 07 Jan 2018 -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) in a statement on Sunday praised the 'epic made by the Iranian people' to foil the new plot by the country's enemies during the recent unrests.
- Foreign hands obvious in recent Iran unrests: Majlis briefing IRNA 07 Jan 2018 -- Foreign elements have played a role in fanning the fire of recent riots in Iran, it was revealed in a briefing session in Iran's Majlis (parliament) on Sunday.
- IRGC Says Iran's Antigovernment Protests 'Defeated' RFE/RL 07 Jan 2018 -- Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says antigovernment protests that it blames on foreign instigators have been "defeated."
- We Broke Down Unrest 'Created by US, UK, Israel' - Iran's Revolutionary Guard Sputnik 07 Jan 2018 -- Iran's authorities announced that the foreign-fueled unrest in the country has been thwarted, adding that the alleged orchestrators of the protests were detained.
- Iran's Revolutionary Guard: People, Security Forces 'Have Broken the Chain' of Unrest VOA 07 Jan 2018 -- Iran's Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) said in a statement Sunday that the Iranian people and the country's security forces played a role in ending the recent wave of unrest that the IRGC says was fomented by foreign enemies.
- UK Intelligence Services Reportedly Rehire Ex-Officers to Address Terror Threat Sputnik 07 Jan 2018 -- The UK intelligence services rehire its employees, who have been dismissed over staff reduction, in an effort to curb the terror threat in the country, local media reported.
- Taiwan calls for talks with China on aviation issues CNA 07 Jan 2018 -- Taiwan is calling for discussions with China on issues related to aviation management in the Taiwan Strait, in the wake of China's recent unilateral activation of four aviation routes close to the median line of the strait.
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