09 February 2018 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 09 Feb 2018 [PDF]
- Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 09 Feb 2018 -- Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continue to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq.
- US signals more counterterrorism cooperation with China in Afghanistan People's Daily 09 Feb 2018 -- It's rare to see NATO and the US launch such a high-profile anti-East Turkistan Islamic Movement campaign, said a Chinese national strategy researcher in an interview with the Global Times on Feb. 8.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Opioids Present Unprecedented Threat, Sessions Tells Southcom Summit AFPS 09 Feb 2018 -- The nation is facing an unprecedented threat from opioids, with tens of thousands of people dying each year in the United States in overdoses involving the substance, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said yesterday in Miami at U.S. Southern Command.
- America's History, Future Integral to Pacific, Dunford Says AFPS 09 Feb 2018 -- It is somehow appropriate that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's latest visit to the Pacific ends here, where the history of America's involvement in the region is in a nutshell.
- 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade holds activation ceremony Army News 09 Feb 2018 -- The 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade held an activation ceremony at the National Infantry Museum, Feb. 8, unveiling their unit colors for the first time in history.
- Russian Nuclear Supercomputer 'Caught Mining Bitcoin' RFE/RL 09 Feb 2018 -- Employees at a Russian top-secret nuclear facility have reportedly been detained after trying to use one of Russia's most powerful supercomputers to mine Bitcoin.
- China Denies Reports It's Building Military Base in Pakistan Sputnik 09 Feb 2018 -- Unverified reports have surfaced claiming that China may be in the process of acquiring land in Pakistan to build its second-ever military base outside of its sovereign territory. Beijing has denied that they have any such plans.
- China's J-20 Stealth Jet Lines Up For Combat Duty in Disputed South China Sea Sputnik 09 Feb 2018 -- China's J-20 stealth fighter jet, one of the few fifth-generation jets in the world, has been deployed to the South China Sea and is armed with live weapons to patrol the disputed waters.
- Chinese Army Pushes for Stronger Defense Tech Intellectual Property Protection Sputnik 09 Feb 2018 -- The People's Liberation Army (PLA) pushed for more robust protection of the intellectual properties behind Chinese military and technological innovations in an article published in the PLA-run China National Defense News.
- Mysterious Missile Spotted Among ICBMs in North Korea's Military Parade Sputnik 09 Feb 2018 -- On Thursday, the eve of the opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, North Korea staged its very own military parade, filled with intercontinental ballistic missiles, speeches, and, of course, thousands of marching soldiers.
- Kim Jong Un supervises over military parade to mark army founding People's Daily 09 Feb 2018 -- Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), on Thursday supervised over a grand military parade displaying the country's most powerful weapons, including the Hwasong 15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), state television reported.
- N.Korea displays most advanced ICBM at military parade People's Daily 09 Feb 2018 -- North Korea displayed its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile at a military parade on Thursday, one day ahead of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.
- Singapore 'Seriously Evaluating' F-35, Lockheed Executive Says Sputnik 09 Feb 2018 -- Lockheed Martin is searching hard for new clients to buy its F-35 aircraft and the Singapore government might be interested, a company executive said Thursday.
- Nobody can deny Iran missile know-how: Majlis speaker IRNA 09 Feb 2018 -- Iran cannot be denied missile technology, since the know-how has been localized in the country and the enemies are afraid of the fact, Iran's Majlis (parliament) speaker said.
- 9 February 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 09 Feb 2018
- Yemen: Raging violence displaces more than 85,000 civilians, says UN refugee agency UN News 09 Feb 2018 -- Surging violence across Yemen has resulted in the displacement of more than 85,000 people in just the last 10 weeks, the United Nations refugee agency reported Friday.
- 85,000 displaced in 10 weeks as violence rages in Yemen: UN Press TV 09 Feb 2018 -- The United Nations has expressed deep concern over surging violence across Yemen, warning that the worsening situation has pushed some 85,000 people from their homes over the past 10 weeks.
- US, France considering new military strikes against Syrian government: Report Press TV 09 Feb 2018 -- The US is considering new military strikes against Syrian government positions, while France is keen to support such an operation, diplomatic sources say.
- UN Rejects Appeal For Monthlong Syria Cease-Fire Opposed By Russia RFE/RL 09 Feb 2018 -- The United Nations Security Council has rejected an appeal from UN aid officials for a monthlong humanitarian cease-fire in Syria amid separate calls by the United States for Syria and its ally Russia to end their attacks against rebel-held areas.
- Syrian Army Announces Full Liberation of Hama, Aleppo Provinces From Daesh Sputnik 09 Feb 2018 -- The Syrian army has completely cleared Hama and Aleppo provinces of Daesh terrorists, the Syrian army said in a statement on Friday.
- US has no plan to contribute to rebuilding post-Daesh Iraq: Officials Press TV 09 Feb 2018 -- US and Western officials say Washington has no plan to allocate money to the reconstruction of Iraq, ravaged by the war against the Takfiri Daesh terror group, at an upcoming international fund-raising conference in Kuwait.
- Iraqi Kurds Systematically Executed Hundreds of Captured Daesh Fighters- Report Sputnik 09 Feb 2018 -- Iraqi Kurdish soldiers have been accused of conducting mass executions of captured Daesh fighters by Human Rights Watch (HRW.) The alleged massacre occured after a clash between the two groups near the Iraqi-Syrian border in late August through early September.
- Human Rights Watch urges Myanmar to ensure aid to civilians in Kachin Press TV 09 Feb 2018 -- Human Rights Watch has urged Myanmar's military to ensure humanitarian aid reaches all civilians who have been caught in fighting between the army and an ethnic armed group in the country's northern state of Kachin.
- Egypt begins major military operation in Sinai, Nile Delta Press TV 09 Feb 2018 -- Egypt has begun a sweeping military operation against the militants active in violence-torn North Sinai Province in the extreme northwest and the nearby Nile Delta.
- Egyptian Air Forces Hit Militant Targets in Sinai Peninsula Sputnik 09 Feb 2018 -- Egypt has been fighting jihadist insurgency in northern Sinai since the ouster of then-President Mohamed Morsi in 2013. A year later, Sinai's indigenous militants pledged their allegiance to Daesh terrorist group.
- Egypt Launches Nationwide Counterterror Operation VOA 09 Feb 2018 -- The Egyptian military, including ground units, the air force, navy and police, launched a nationwide operation against terrorists Friday, focusing on the northern Sinai region, Egypt's Delta, and areas close to the Libyan border. Egyptian media report that strategic sectors of the country are on high alert.
- Israel Begins Construction of Border Wall Along Lebanon's Border Sputnik 09 Feb 2018 -- The command of the Northern Military District of Israel has begun construction of a concrete wall on the border with Lebanon.
- South Sudan Government Objects to Rules for Peace Talks VOA 09 Feb 2018 -- South Sudan's government Friday declined to sign an agreement on rules to facilitate discussion aimed at reviving the country's collapsed 2015 peace deal.
- Ugandan Officials Under Investigation for Misusing Refugee Aid VOA 09 Feb 2018 -- The United Nations and donor partners in Uganda are demanding accountability after claims money meant for refugees was being pocketed by Ugandan officials. Though the country has been praised for its open door refugee policy, claims of corruption now under investigation taint this image.
- US Clamping Down on Islamic State's Global Network VOA 09 Feb 2018 -- The United States is ramping up pressure on regional and local Islamic State operatives and facilitators, part of an effort to shut down the terror group's global financial lifeline.
- Putin Predicts West Will 'Tire' Of Sanctions Soon RFE/RL 09 Feb 2018 -- President Vladimir Putin has told Russian business leaders that he believes Western countries will tire of their sanctions against Moscow "soon" and relations will improve.
- Sobchak Says Russian Election Meddling 'Unacceptable' RFE/RL 09 Feb 2018 -- Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak says it appears that Moscow meddled in the U.S. presidential election in 2016, and called any such interference "unacceptable."
- Beijing warns US against passage of Taiwan bill Press TV 09 Feb 2018 -- China has warned the United States against passing a bill that would extend Washington's bilateral ties with Taiwan, which China sees as part of its territory.
- China Outraged by New US Draft Bill Widening Relations With Taiwan Sputnik 09 Feb 2018 -- The proposed legislation will encourage contacts between officials in the US and Taiwan, which Beijing considers to be its breakaway province.
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