03 February 2018 Military News
- Afghanistan's president hints talks with Taliban possible Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has admitted that Kabul would accept talks with certain elements of the Taliban as the government finds itself under mounting public and international pressure to improve security in the wake of recent major acts of terror in the capital.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Trump's new nuclear strategy draws blistering criticism from arms control experts Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- US arms control groups have condemend the new nuclear weapons strategy announced by administration of President Donald Trump, saying it could raise the risk of nuclear war.
- Pentagon unveils nuclear arms policy with focus on Russia Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- The Pentagon has released a new nuclear arms policy that aims to revamp US nuclear arsenal and develop new low-yield atomic weapons.
- Deputy Secretary: Nuclear Posture Review is 'Tailored Nuclear Deterrent Strategy' AFPS 02 Feb 2018 -- The Nuclear Posture Review released today is a strategy to keep America safe with a deterrent that is modern and credible, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said today in rolling out the strategy.
- Moscow denounces 'anti-Russian' nature of new US nuclear policy Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- Russia has lambasted the "bellicose" and "anti-Russian" nature of Washington's new nuclear policy, threatening that Moscow would adopt necessary measures to ensure its own security.
- US using Russian threat as pretext for nuclear buildup: Ambassador Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- Moscow's ambassador to Washington says the US has launched a scaremongering campaign against Russia to find a pretext for pumping more dollars into its military industry and building up its nuclear stockpile.
- Russia Harshly Criticizes New U.S. Nuclear Posture Document RFE/RL 03 Feb 2018 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry has slammed a new nuclear-policy document issued by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump on February 2.
- Japan Highly Appreciates New US Nuclear Posture Review - Foreign Minister Sputnik 03 Feb 2018 -- Japan highly appreciates the new US Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and intends to strengthen the deterrence capability of the Tokyo-Washington alliance, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said in a statement on Saturday.
- Wake Island Embodies Reality of America as Pacific Power AFPS 03 Feb 2018 -- By history and by blood, the United States is a Pacific nation and nothing says that better than this remote coral atoll.
- German spy chief: Pyongyang procures missile parts via Berlin embassy Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- Germany's BfV domestic intelligence agency has said that North Korea has been purchasing parts for its missile program via its embassy in Berlin.
- Deadly weapons dealers in no position to comment on Iran defense power: Qassemi Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi says the United States and other countries producing and exporting lethal arms are in no position to express opinion about the Islamic Republic's defense prowess.
- Australia Unveils Plans to Boost Int'l Arms Sales VOA 03 Feb 2018 -- Australia has set out an ambitious strategy to become one of the world's top 10 weapons exporters within 10 years. Ministers say the plan will boost global peacekeeping efforts, as well as create thousands of jobs in Australia.
- Kurdish forces kill five Turkish soldiers in Afrin: Military Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- Turkey's military says five Turkish soldiers have been killed by Kurdish forces from the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin region in northwest Syria.
- Turkish 'Olive Branch': General Staff on Results of Offensive in Afrin Sputnik 03 Feb 2018 -- The Turkish Armed Forces have killed 74 more militants of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), and the Daesh terrorist group (banned in Russia) during the military operation in Syria's northern district of Afrin.
- Pentagon: US Has Not Equipped Allies in Syria With Surface-to-Air Weapons Sputnik 04 Feb 2018 -- Terrorist group Tahrir al-Sham, linked to former terrorist Al Qaeda branch in Syria, claims responsibility for shooting down Russian combat jet SU-25 with shoulder-launched anti-aircraft Projectile.
- Syria dismisses US 'lies' on chemical weapons use Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- Syria has dismissed as "lies" the United States' allegations about the Syrian army's use of chemical weapons against a group of militants.
- Syrian army, allies make new advances against terrorists across country Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- Syrian government forces, backed by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have made fresh territorial gains against foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists across the conflict-plagued Arab country.
- Tahrir Al-Sham Claims Responsibility for Shooting Down Russian SU-25 - Reports Sputnik 03 Feb 2018 -- Terrorist group Tahrir al-Sham, linked to former terrorist Al Qaeda branch in Syria, claims responsibility for shooting down Russian combat jet SU-25 with shoulder-launched anti-aircraft Projectile.
- Syria Refutes US Allegations on Chemical Weapons Use Against Rebel-Held E Ghouta Sputnik 03 Feb 2018 -- The Syrian Foreign Ministry has responded to the United States' claims of chemical weapons use by the government forces in the clashes with militants in Eatern Ghouta.
- Russian Su-25 aircraft shot down in Syria, pilot shot dead: Defense ministry Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- Russia has confirmed that its Su-25 fighter jet has been shot down in a militant-held area in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, with its pilot killed in fighting after the incident.
- Russia Confirms Warplane Downed Over Syria, Pilot Dead RFE/RL 03 Feb 2018 -- The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that an Su-25 close-support military aircraft was shot down over Syria on February 3 and the pilot was killed.
- Terrorists Shot Down Russian Su-25 in Idlib, Russia Airstrikes Attack Zone - MoD Sputnik 03 Feb 2018 -- The Russian Ministry of Defense stated that the country's air forces conducted a high-precision group strike in the area controlled by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham militants in Idlib, from where a missile that downed Russian Su-25 aircraft was launched.
- 'Iraq combing Anbar for remaining Daesh terrorists' Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- The Iraqi army is reportedly combing through the expansive western Anbar Province for possible pockets of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group, which the country defeated territorially last December.
- Taliban-claimed bombing kills 11 soldiers in northern Pakistan Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- At least 11 soldiers, including an army officer, have lost their lives and 13 others sustained injuries when an assailant detonated his explosive vest in Pakistan's northern district of Swat, police say.
- Deadly Suicide Blast Hits Pakistan Army Unit; 11 Dead VOA 03 Feb 2018 -- A suicide blast in a former militant stronghold in northwestern Pakistan has killed at least 11 soldiers, including one officer, and injured 13 others.
- Israel plans vast offensive missile project against Hezbollah: Report Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- The Israeli regime has decided to set up "a vast network" of offensive missile systems that would be targeted against the resistance movement of Hezbollah in Lebanon, Israeli media claim.
- IDF Says Hit Hamas Targets in Gaza Strip in Response to Rocket Shelling Sputnik 03 Feb 2018 -- The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed on Saturday that its Air Force had hit several Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket shelling from the enclave.
- Trump tweets that GOP memo 'totally vindicates' him in Russian probe Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has defended a recent recent release of once-classified congressional memo on FBI, saying it "totally vindicates" him in an investigation into his presidential campaign's alleged collusion with Russia.
- Trump Says Republican Memo on Russia Probe 'Totally Vindicates' Him VOA 03 Feb 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday a disputed Republican memo that alleges FBI investigators abused their powers in their Russia probe "totally vindicates" him, despite a contrarian view held by most Democrats.
- US-Led Gallant Phoenix Secret Op Aimed at Preventing the Return of Daesh Sputnik 03 Feb 2018 -- The operation involves dozens of countries and is supposed to prevent possible terrorist attacks in Europe.
- Turkish court gives life imprisonment to nearly two dozen over 2016 botched putsch Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- A court in Turkey has sentenced nearly two dozen people to life imprisonment on charges of involvement in the July 2016 coup attempt, which the Ankara government says was masterminded by the US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen.
- Japan Successfully Launches World's Smallest Carrier Rocket - JAXA Sputnik 03 Feb 2018 -- Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Saturday carried out a successful launch of the world's smallest carrier rocket SS-520-5, according to live broadcast by JAXA.
- Spain Extradites Russian Citizen Accused Of Cybercrimes To U.S. RFE/RL 03 Feb 2018 -- Spain has extradited to the United States a Russian citizen who is accused by U.S. authorities of running massive cybercrime campaigns, including the use of ransomware, scam e-mail distributions, and fraudulent stock promotions.
- Banned North Korean Coal 'Exported To Russia, Elsewhere' RFE/RL 03 Feb 2018 -- A report by the United Nations claims that North Korea shipped banned commodities to a number of countries, including Russia, in 2017, helping it to earn some $200 million in revenue.
- China-Latin America ties based on common interests: Beijing Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- China has denounced as disrespectful the latest US warning to Latin American countries about excessive reliance on economic ties with Beijing, saying economic partnership in the region is "based on common interests and mutual needs."
- Venezuela's ruling party confirms Maduro as presidential candidate Press TV 03 Feb 2018 -- Venezuela's ruling Socialist Party has approved incumbent President Nicolas Maduro as its candidate to run for re-election in the upcoming presidential poll in April.
- How Shavkat Mirziyoev Became Uzbekistan's Supreme Leader RFE/RL 03 Feb 2018 -- The dismissal of the head of Uzbekistan's National Security Service (SNB), Rustam Inoyatov, on January 31 was the latest and arguably most important step so far in President Shavkat Mirziyoev's consolidation of power.
- UN, African Union voice concern over protracted political crisis in Guinea-Bissau UN News 03 Feb 2018 -- The top leaders of the African Union and the United Nations on Saturday expressed concern over the prolonged political crisis in Guinea-Bissau, condemning the recent actions taken by the national authorities to prevent a political party from holding its conference.
- UN calls on Maldives to respect Supreme Court decision, says 'ready' to help ease political impasse UN News 03 Feb 2018 -- Following the Maldives' Supreme Court decision ordering the release of convicted opposition leaders and the reinstatement of 12 parliamentarians, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has expressed the world body's continued readiness to facilitate all-party talks in finding a solution to the Indian Ocean nation's political stalemate.
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