13 January 2018 Military News
- Afghan General: Haqqani Network, Not IS, Behind Spike in Violence VOA 13 Jan 2018 -- An Afghan defense official told VOA that the recent spike in violence in Afghanistan is not the work of the Islamic State terror group. Rather the Pakistan-based Haqqani network is behind the attacks, he said.
- Insurgents Killed In U.S. Air Strike After Attack On Afghan Forces RFE/RL 13 Jan 2018 -- U.S. forces killed 10 insurgents in a compound in eastern Afghanistan in an air strike that was triggered by an insider attack on U.S. and Afghan soldiers, the U.S. military said on January 12.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Pacom Officials: Missile Warning in Hawaii Was False Alarm AFPS 13 Jan 2018 -- U.S. Pacific Command has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii, Pacom officials said in a statement today after Hawaii residents received an emergency notification at 8:07 a.m. local time – 1:07 p.m. EST -- warning of an inbound ballistic missile threat and urging them to seek shelter.
- False alert warning Hawaii residents of incoming ICBM causes panic Press TV 13 Jan 2018 -- An emergency alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile has been sent across the US state of Hawaii urging people to seek immediate shelter before being called off by the state's emergency management agency as a "false alarm."
- 'Error' Puts Hawaii on Alert Over Ballistic Missile Threat Sputnik 13 Jan 2018 -- The Pacific Command "detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii," while the White House called the mistakenly sent message an exercise.
- Hawaii False Missile Alert Explained: Worker 'Pushed Wrong Button' VOA 13 Jan 2018 -- Hawaii Governor David Ige said human error was behind the false incoming-missile alert Saturday that sent Hawaiians into a panic.
- Their continuing mission: Hurricane Hunters gather data for winter storms AFNS 13 Jan 2018 -- Some people might think that when hurricane season comes to an end, so does the mission of the Air Force Reserve “Hurricane Hunters.” But that’s not the case.
- US Spy Satellite Heads for Orbit to Replenish Fleet Sputnik 13 Jan 2018 -- The launch of a US spy satellite looked good atop the fiery plume of a Delta IV rocket launched from the state of California's Vandenberg Air Force base, with officials hoping to avoid a repeat of Sunday's failed attempt to place another spy satellite in space, according to webcast by United Launch Alliance rocket company.
- Second UAE fighter jet violates Qatari airspace: Doha Press TV 13 Jan 2018 -- Qatar says a second warplane belonging to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has violated its airspace, a day after Doha lodged a formal complaint with the UN about what it called a violation of its airspace last month by another such fighter jet.
- France Awards Contract for Drone Helicopters Deployed From Warships Sputnik 13 Jan 2018 -- The French government has awarded a contract to two European firms to develop technology for rotary wing drones to take off from French navy vessels.
- Army Chief Says Pakistan 'Felt Betrayed' By U.S. Criticism, Aid Cuts RFE/RL 13 Jan 2018 -- Pakistan's army chief has told a top U.S. general that his nation feels "betrayed" by U.S. criticism that it is not doing enough to fight terrorism, which has prompted Washington to suspend military aid for Islamabad.
- New S-400 Air Defense System Battalion Put on Combat Duty in Crimea Sputnik 13 Jan 2018 -- The second battalion of S-400 Triumf air defense missile systems was put on combat duty in Russia's southwestern the Crimean Peninsula near the city of Sevastopol, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Saturday.
- US Army awards Sikorsky to supply 17 Black Hawk helicopters to Saudi Press TV 13 Jan 2018 -- The US Army has awarded Sikorsky, a leading American aircraft manufacturer based in Connecticut, a contract worth nearly $200 million to supply 17 Black Hawk helicopters to Saudi Arabia.
- Japan Accuses China of Encroaching on Disputed Islands with Warships, Submarines Sputnik 13 Jan 2018 -- Japan has publicly complained to China's Foreign Ministry about the "provocative" movement of People's Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) warships and submarines encroaching on an island chain in the East China Sea disputed by the two Asian powers.
- Five Saudi forces killed in Yemeni retaliatory attacks Press TV 13 Jan 2018 -- At least five Saudi forces have been killed in Saudi Arabia's southern border regions in attacks by Yemeni forces that were launched in retaliation for the Riyadh regime's deadly war on Yemen.
- UN Finds Iranian Weapons Supplied To Yemeni Rebels, Violating UN Embargo RFE/RL 13 Jan 2018 -- A United Nations panel in a new report has concluded that Iran violated a UN arms embargo by directly or indirectly providing missiles and drones to Shi'ite rebels in Yemen, backing up accusations made repeatedly by the United States.
- Turkey deploys tanks to border after Erdogan vows to defeat Kurds Press TV 13 Jan 2018 -- Turkey has dispatched a tank convoy to the Syrian border just hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will defeat Kurdish militants in the border region of Afrin.
- Turkey will exterminate 'terrorists' in Afrin if they do not surrender: Erdogan Press TV 13 Jan 2018 -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey's military operation in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib will crush Kurdish militants in the border region of Afrin.
- Turkey Vows to 'Tear Down' YPG Forces, Opens Artillery Fire on Syria's Afrin Sputnik 13 Jan 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a possible military operation in Syria's Afrin, aiming to eliminate a "terrorist corridor" on Turkey's southern border.
- Syrian govt. forces, allies retake towns lost to militants in Aleppo Press TV 13 Jan 2018 -- Syrian army forces, supported by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have managed to retake complete control over all the towns lost a day earlier to members of the Takfiri Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terrorist group in the country's northwestern province of Aleppo.
- Syria commanders accuse Turkey of masterminding militant attack Press TV 13 Jan 2018 -- Syrian field commanders say Turkey has helped Takfiri militants conduct an attack in the northwest this week to counter the government forces' advances.
- UN: Three-quarters of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Live Below Poverty Line VOA 13 Jan 2018 -- A survey by three leading U.N. agencies - the U.N. refugee agency, U.N. Children's Fund and World Food Program - finds that more than three-quarters of the more than 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon are living below the poverty line of less than $4 per day.
- Bombing kills 8, injures 10 in northern Iraqi capital Press TV 13 Jan 2018 -- A powerful bombing in the north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has killed at least eight people.
- Angry Reactions Continue to Trump's Vulgar Immigration Remark VOA 13 Jan 2018 -- Reactions to President Donald Trump's use of a vulgar slur to explain his opposition to Haitian and African migration to the United States were continuing to circulate Saturday.
- Iran slams US anti-Iran threats IRNA 13 Jan 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry in a 10-point statement on Saturday condemned US threats against Iran and also sanctioning 14 other Iranian individuals and entities.
- President Rouhani orders implementation of nuclear propeller project IRNA 13 Jan 2018 -- Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi late on Friday announced President Rouhani's order for implementation of nuclear propeller project.
- Iran FM: JCPOA in no way renegotiable IRNA 13 Jan 2018 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif late on Friday slammed US President Donald Trump for repeating 'tired rhetoric', reiterating that Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is not renegotiable.
- Iranian foreign ministry statement on US decision to extend waivers ISNA 13 Jan 2018 -- Iran's foreign ministry has announced that the country will commit to no obligation beyond those it has already agreed to under an international nuclear deal, amid attempts by the United States to change the terms of the 2015 accord.
- Moscow sees Trump's Iran deal comments as negative: RIA Agency ISNA 13 Jan 2018 -- Moscow considers comments by U.S. President Donald Trump on the nuclear deal with Iran as "extremely negative", Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said in remarks carried by RIA state news agency on Saturday.
- In an exclusive interview with ISNA; Iran will not step back from its ballistic policies: Boroujerdi ISNA 13 Jan 2018 -- The chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Alaeddin Boroujerdi said that Iran makes decisions based on its national interests, stressing that the Islamic Republic of Iran will not step back from its policies toward ballistic capacity.
- Iran FM: JCPOA in no way renegotiable ISNA 13 Jan 2018 -- Following US President Donald Trump's reluctant announcement on Iran's nuclear sanctions waiver and his warning to Europeans to fix what he called the deal's flaws, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif emphasized that the deal is not renegotiable.
- All parties must continue to implement JCPOA: China FM Press TV 13 Jan 2018 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has urged all signatories to the multilateral 2015 agreement on Iran's nuclear program to continue its implementation amid US threats to withdraw from the deal.
- Russia warns US against grave mistake of pulling out of Iran nuclear deal Press TV 13 Jan 2018 -- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said the US would be making a grave mistake by pulling out of Iran's nuclear deal and underlined Moscow's determination to keep the landmark accord intact.
- Iran will commit to nothing beyond nuclear deal: Foreign Ministry Press TV 13 Jan 2018 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry has announced that the country will commit to no obligation beyond those it has already agreed to under an international nuclear deal, amid attempts by the United States to change the terms of the 2015 accord.
- Iran Reproves US Sanctions Which 'Cross All Red Lines,' Vows to Respond Sputnik 13 Jan 2018 -- Tehran has responded to the latest US sanctions over Iran's alleged human rights abuses and ballistic missile program.
- Unpacking What Remains of Iran Sanctions VOA 13 Jan 2018 -- On Friday, President Donald Trump waived economic sanctions on Iran, the third time he's issued a sanctions waiver under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers.
- Iran to Trump: No Changes to Nuclear Deal VOA 13 Jan 2018 -- Iran has warned Washington the nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers "is not renegotiable."
- Japan Tightens Patrols Around N Korea at US Request - Reports Sputnik 13 Jan 2018 -- The latest round of sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council against Pyongyang limit refined petroleum exports to 2m barrels a year.
- Japan Warships Patrol Waters Off North Korea to Curb Fuel Smuggling Sputnik 13 Jan 2018 -- Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force has been patrolling the waters off North Korea to warn off ships trying to smuggle fuel in breach of UN sanctions, military officials told local media Saturday.
- Koreas to hold working-level talks on January 15 Press TV 13 Jan 2018 -- North Korea and South Korea have announced that they will hold a new round of working-level talks in a border village to discuss the details and formalities of the North's participation in the upcoming Winter Olympics in the South.
- Khan Says Meeting Trump as Pakistani PM Would Be 'Bitter Pill' to Swallow VOA 13 Jan 2018 -- Pakistani populist opposition politician Imran Khan, a harsh critic of the country's partnership in the U.S.-led anti-terrorism war, said Saturday that should he become prime minister, he would meet with President Donald Trump but that it would be a "bitter pill" to swallow.
- South Africa's Zuma Booed as New ANC Leader Calls for Unity VOA 13 Jan 2018 -- African National Congress (ANC) supporters booed President Jacob Zuma on Saturday during a political party event in the southeastern city of East London.
- Nigerian Shia cleric Zakzaky makes first public appearance since detention in 2015 Press TV 13 Jan 2018 -- Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, rumored to have died in detention, has made his first public appearance since he was illegally detained by security forces in 2015.
- Attack in Kenya Kills Civilian, Wounds Several Police Officers VOA 13 Jan 2018 -- At least one civilian was killed and several police officers were wounded Saturday in an attack on a convoy by suspected al-Shabab Islamists in eastern Kenya, the Interior Ministry said.
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