10 February 2018 Military News
- Taliban kill 6 policemen in Afghanistan's Helmand Press TV 10 Feb 2018 -- At least six local policemen have been killed and several others wounded in a militant attack on their checkpoints in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand.
- No Progress Reported in Pakistan-Afghanistan Talks VOA 10 Feb 2018 -- Afghanistan's two-day dialogue with neighboring Pakistan ended Saturday without progress on issues dividing the two countries and fueling bilateral tensions, officials said.
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- Military Sealift Command Delivers Cobra Gold Essentials AFPS 10 Feb 2018 -- Military Sealift Command's maritime pre-positioning ship USNS Pililaau arrived at the port here Feb. 5 and offloaded equipment marked for various locations in Thailand to support Exercise Cobra Gold 2018.
- US Says It Will Further Monitor Russian Military Build-Up in Kaliningrad Region Sputnik 10 Feb 2018 -- Washington will continue monitoring potential Russian military equipment deployment in the country's westernmost Kaliningrad Region in the light of the recent short-range ballistic missiles deployment in the area, Michelle Baldanza, a spokeswoman of the US Department of Defense told Sputnik on Saturday.
- Moldova Says Troops To Join Military Maneuvers In Romania RFE/RL 10 Feb 2018 -- The Moldovan Defense Ministry says its troops will participate in military exercises in Romania along with troops from the United States, Georgia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and the host country.
- Israeli Jet Fighter Crashes in Country's North Sputnik 10 Feb 2018 -- An Israeli Air Force jet came down in the country's north, an army spokesperson told Sputnik on Saturday.
- US, Israel Say Israel Has Right to Defend Itself VOA 10 Feb 2018 -- The U.S. Defense Department said Saturday that Israel was entitled to protect itself against acts of aggression. The statement was made after Israel attacked a dozen Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria earlier in the day.
- Netanyahu Vows To Defend Israel Against Iran RFE/RL 10 Feb 2018 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his country wants peace but will continue to defend itself against Iran.
- Official: Iran to get no one's permission to boost its missile might IRNA 10 Feb 2018 -- Member of the Expediency Council Ali Akbar Velayati said on Saturday that the Islamic Republic of Iran seeks no one's permission to develop and boost its missile capabilities.
- Iran seeks no permission to strengthen missile capabilities: Velayati Press TV 10 Feb 2018 -- A senior Iranian official has reiterated the Islamic Republic's "legitimate" right to use missiles for its defense, saying the country does not need permission from any state to bolster its missile program.
- Upsurge in Yemen Fighting Sends Thousands Fleeing VOA 10 Feb 2018 -- The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR reports an upsurge in violence in battle-scarred Yemen has sent more than 85,000 people fleeing for their lives in the past 10 weeks, adding to the already huge displacement that exists across the country.
- Yemenis destroy Saudi-led missile system in Ta'izz with ballistic missile: Report Press TV 10 Feb 2018 -- The Yemeni army, supported by allied fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah movement, has managed to successfully destroy a missile system run by Saudi Arabia's mercenary forces in Yemen's southwestern province of Ta'izz, a report says.
- Yemeni snipers kill four Saudi soldiers in retaliatory attacks Press TV 10 Feb 2018 -- Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have shot dead four Saudi troopers in the kingdom's southwestern border regions of Asir and Jizan, in retaliation for the Riyadh regime's military campaign against the crisis-hit country.
- Turkish military helicopter shot down near Syria: President Erdogan Press TV 10 Feb 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says one of the country's military helicopters has been shot down near the border with Syria.
- Afrin Op: Turkish Military Helicopter Shot Down Near Syrian Border, Two Dead Sputnik 10 Feb 2018 -- A Turkish military helicopter was shot down during Ankara's military offensive against Kurdish troops in northern Syria, Anadolu state news agency reported.
- US Steps Up Effort to Avert Confrontation With Turkey Over Syrian Kurdish Militia VOA 09 Feb 2018 -- U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is due in Turkey this weekend, as a potential military confrontation looms between the two countries over Syria. The NATO allies disagree over Turkey's military intervention in Syria against a Kurdish militia which is a key U.S. ally in the war against Islamic State.
- Tillerson Expecting 'Difficult' Talks With Turkey Over Syria RFE/RL 10 Feb 2018 -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expects "difficult" talks during his Middle East trip, especially in Turkey, where he will urge the NATO ally to show "restraint" in its military offensive in northern Syria, U.S. officials say.
- New De-Escalation Zone in Syria to be discussed in Astana talks IRNA 10 Feb 2018 -- The establishment of a fifth de-escalation zone in Syria will be discussed in the next round of the Astana peace talks, Russian President's envoy Mikhail Bogdanov told Sputnik on Saturday.
- Syrian army advances to eastern Ghouta IRNA 10 Feb 2018 -- Syrian army has recaptured eastern Ghouta, Damascus from Al-Nusra Front terrorists.
- Syrian army drives Daesh terrorists out of Hama, Aleppo provinces IRNA 10 Feb 2018 -- With liberation of scores of townships, villages and farms the presence of Daesh terrorists in Hama and Aleppo has come to an end, the Syrian army announced in a statement Friday.
- US blocking UNSC resolution for independent Syria chemical attacks probe: Russia Press TV 10 Feb 2018 -- Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzia says he does not see chances the UN Security Council could adopt any time soon a Russian-drafted resolution on a probe into the use of chemical weapons in Syria, blaming the US for hindering the progress over the issue.
- UN 'Considering New Resolution' For 30-Day Syria Cease-Fire RFE/RL 10 Feb 2018 -- The United Nations Security Council is considering a draft resolution to demand a 30-day cease-fire in Syria, according to the French AFP news agency, which says it has seen a text of the resolution.
- Iran-Backed Militias 'Used U.S.-Made Tanks' Fighting IS In Syria RFE/RL 10 Feb 2018 -- The Pentagon says Iranian-backed militias fighting Islamic State (IS) extremists in Syria used Abrams tanks that the U.S. military had originally provided to the Iraqi Army.
- Syria shoots down Israel's jetfighter IRNA 10 Feb 2018 -- Syrian air defense forces shot down one Zionist regime's F16 fighter on Saturday.
- Russia says endangering forces unacceptable after Israeli military aggression in Syria Press TV 10 Feb 2018 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on all the parties involved in the ongoing military conflict in Syria to respect the territorial integrity of the country after Israel attacked positions inside the Arab country, saying that the creation of threats in Syria, where Russia is militarily present, is unacceptable.
- Syria shoots down Israeli F-16 jet, pilots eject Press TV 10 Feb 2018 -- The Syrian military has hit at least one intruding Israeli F-16 warplane that attacked positions inside Syrian territory, sending it down in flames and smoke.
- Pentagon Backs Israeli Right to Defend Itself Against Threats to Its Territory Sputnik 10 Feb 2018 -- Israel conducted airstrikes in Syria, which were provoked, according to the Israeli army, by an "act of Iran's aggression," when an Iranian drone flew into the disputed Israel-occupied Golan Heights last night.
- Israeli Airstrikes in Syria Have Defensive Nature - Army Sputnik 10 Feb 2018 -- Israeli airstrikes in Syria were provoked by an "act of Iran's aggression," when an Iranian drone flew into the Israel-occupied Golan Heights last night, according to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
- Tehran Slams Israel's Claim of Downing Iranian Drone as 'Ridiculous' - Reports Sputnik 10 Feb 2018 -- Earlier, the Israeli army press service reported that the Israeli military had intercepted an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle which had invaded the airspace of the country from Syria and in response, Israel attacked "Iranian targets" in neighboring Syria.
- Syrian Air Defense Systems Repel Yet Another Israeli Attack - Reports Sputnik 10 Feb 2018 -- Syrian anti-aircraft defense systems have repelled yet another Israeli aerial attack, local media reported Saturday.
- IRGC 'continues to monitor Daesh despite terror group's territorial loss' Press TV 10 Feb 2018 -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says it is continuing to closely monitor the activities of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group even as the terror outfit has lost all of the territory that it once controlled as well as its organized structure.
- Gunmen attack Indian army camp in Kashmir, kill two soldiers: Official Press TV 10 Feb 2018 -- Two Indian troops have been killed and three more injured in the New Delhi-controlled side of disputed Kashmir in a gun battle between soldiers and militants hiding inside a military base, an official says.
- Attack on Indian Army Camp in Kashmir Reportedly Leaves 2 Troops Killed Sputnik 10 Feb 2018 -- A terrorist attack on the Sunjwan camp of the Indian army in the country's northern Jammu and Kashmir region left two soldiers and two terrorists killed, and nine other individuals injured, local media reported on Saturday.
- At least 3 soldiers wounded in bomb attack in Libya's Sirte Press TV 10 Feb 2018 -- A car bomb has hit a military checkpoint east of the Libyan city of Sirte, wounding at least three soldiers and destroying military vehicles.
- Egypt Continues Sinai Security Effort Amid Reports of Israeli Help VOA 10 Feb 2018 -- Egypt's armed forces Saturday continued what it describes as "intensive airstrikes against terrorist targets and gatherings" in Central and North Sinai.
- Egyptian Aviation Strikes Extremists' Targets in Sinai Peninsula - Army Sputnik 10 Feb 2018 -- The Egyptian military conducted a series of airstrikes on terrorists' infrastructure including munitions and weapons hideouts in the northern and central parts of the Sinai Peninsula, the country's army said in a statement on Saturday.
- Observers Call for Deeper Diplomatic Engagement in the Sahel VOA 10 Feb 2018 -- A draft of a Pentagon report on the attack in Niger that killed four American soldiers, four Nigerien soldiers and an Nigerien interpreter last October calls for a smaller, more cautious U.S. military presence in West Africa, according to sources who spoke to The New York Times.
- Report: Military Probe Calls for Fewer Ground Missions in West Africa After Niger Ambush VOA 10 Feb 2018 -- The New York Times is reporting that a draft military investigation into the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger last year calls for the Pentagon to reduce the number of ground missions in West Africa.
- Trump blocks release of memo rebutting Republican claims about Russia probe Press TV 10 Feb 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has blocked the release of a classified Democratic memo which rebuts a Republican document alleging bias and misconduct in investigation of the president's ties to Russia.
- Trump Says Democrat Memo On Russia Probe 'Very Political' RFE/RL 10 Feb 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump says a classified memo written by congressional Democrats to rebut a Republican document made public last week is "very political and long" and must be "heavily redacted."
- How a Russian Spy Reportedly Outsmarted US NSA Agents Sputnik 10 Feb 2018 -- US intelligence officials striving repossess stolen cyberweapons reportedly paid $100,000 to a Russian operative who claimed he possessed not solely the hacking tools but what Russians call "kompromat" (compromising material) this time, on President Donald Trump.
- Senior Official Accuses Russia Of Meddling In Moldovan Politics RFE/RL 10 Feb 2018 -- A senior Moldovan lawmaker has accused Russia of meddling in his country's domestic politics ahead of parliamentary elections later this year.
- US threatens N Korea with war as 2 Koreas take leap towards peace Press TV 10 Feb 2018 -- The United States has yet again threatened North Korea with a military action as South Korea is witnessing a breakthrough in its relations with Pyongyang for the first time in more than 60 years.
- N Korea's leader invites South's president for visit amid Olympic rapprochement Press TV 10 Feb 2018 -- In a major diplomatic overture to Seoul, North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, invites President Moon Jae-in of the South for a visit after senior officials of the two Koreas held rare top-level talks on the sidelines of Winter Olympics.
- North Korean Leader Invites South Korean President to Pyongyang - Reports Sputnik 10 Feb 2018 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang for a third intra-Korean summit, media reported on Saturday.
- North Korea Proposes Inter-Korean Leaders Summit VOA 10 Feb 2018 -- South Korea's Olympic outreach achieved a diplomatic breakthrough Saturday when President Moon Jae-in was invited to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang.
- Pence: US, Allies United in Campaign to End North Korea's Nuclear Program VOA 10 Feb 2018 -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence left South Korea Saturday saying the U.S. and its allies are more committed than ever to dismantle North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs.
- US withdrawal from JCPOA, big strategic mistake: Rouhani Press TV 10 Feb 2018 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the United States will make a "big strategic mistake" if it decides to pull out of the 2015 multilateral agreement on Tehran's nuclear program.
- Turkey Orders Kurdish Political Leaders Arrested for Protesting Afrin Offensive Sputnik 10 Feb 2018 -- The Turkish government has issued arrest warrants for 17 Kurdish political leaders, including one of the two leaders of the largest Kurdish political party, the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP). The move has come after the HDP protested the Turkish offensive against Kurdish militias in Afrin, Syria.
- Former Istanbul governor, ex-police chief get jail terms over Gulen links Press TV 10 Feb 2018 -- A court in Turkey has given jail terms to a former governor of Istanbul and an ex-police commissioner over affiliation to the movement of the US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt.
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