11 February 2018 Military News
- Taliban invites GOP senator for 'mutual talks' in Doha Press TV 11 Feb 2018 -- Taliban has invited a US senator for "mutual talks" in the Qatari capital Doha, where the so-called Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has an office.
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- On the Record Press Gaggle by Secretary James N. Mattis DoD 11 Feb 2018 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis
- US to deploy 1,000s of troops near China's border: Report Press TV 11 Feb 2018 -- The Pentagon is planning to deploy thousands of US Marines and other military forces to East Asia in a bid to form a front against China, a new report has revealed.
- US military to deploy 1000s of Marines to E Asia to curb China's clout Press TV 11 Feb 2018 -- The US Defense Department is considering plans to deploy thousands of heavily armed Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) to East Asia, in a bid to reposition American military forces from the Middle East to the Pacific aimed at containing rising Chinese influence in the region, Pentagon officials say.
- US General McMaster in Istanbul amid US-Turkey tensions over Syria Press TV 11 Feb 2018 -- US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has met with Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın in Istanbul amid tensions between the two countries in the wake of Ankara's offensive in Syria.
- France PM vows to boost military spending to tackle 'dangerous world' Press TV 11 Feb 2018 -- French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says his country will increase its military spending within the next five years in order to tackle the mounting threat of a "dangerous world."
- Nine more Yemeni civilians fall victim to Saudi airstrikes Press TV 11 Feb 2018 -- Nearly a dozen people have lost their lives when Saudi military aircraft carried out two airstrikes against a residential area in Yemen's western coastal province of Hudaydah as the Riyadh regime pushes ahead its devastating aerial bombardment campaign against its crisis-hit southern neighbor.
- Kurdish forces kill another Turkish soldier in northern Syria: Turkey's military Press TV 11 Feb 2018 -- Turkey's military says yet another Turkish trooper has been killed in fighting against Kurdish forces from the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin region in northwest Syria.
- 160 Syrian citizens killed in Turkish attacks on Afrin IRNA 11 Feb 2018 -- Some 160 Syrian citizens have been killed since the beginning of Turkish military attacks on Afrin, according to executive council of self-proclaimed Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (DFNS).
- Turkish General Staff Reports Seven Soldiers Killed During Afrin Operation Sputnik 11 Feb 2018 -- At least seven Turkish servicemen were killed on Saturday during the operation in Syria's northern district of Afrin, the Turkish General Staff said.
- Netanyahu: Israeli Strikes Dealt 'Severe Blows' To Iran, Syria RFE/RL 11 Feb 2018 -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Israeli military has dealt "severe blows" to Iranian and Syrian forces with a series of air strikes in Syria.
- Trump warns Israel that settlements 'complicate' peace process Press TV 11 Feb 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has said Israel's illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territories have "complicated" the so-called peace process and urged "care" over the issue.
- Gunfight enters second day in Kashmir, 9 killed Press TV 11 Feb 2018 -- At least nine people have been killed in a fierce gunfight between India's forces and fighters of Kashmir at an Indian army camp.
- Egyptian army 'kills 16 terrorists' in operations in north Press TV 11 Feb 2018 -- The Egyptian army says it has killed 16 "terrorist elements" during military operations in the restive Sinai Peninsula and nearby areas.
- British FM calls on Myanmar's leader to allow 'independent' probe into Rohingya crisis Press TV 11 Feb 2018 -- Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has strongly urged Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to allow an independent investigation into the violence in troubled Rakhine state, as the Southeast Asian country faces increasing pressure to bring to justice the troops who have been accused of committing atrocities against Rohingya Muslims.
- Myanmar to take unspecified action over Inn Din massacre Press TV 11 Feb 2018 -- Myanmar says it will take unspecified action against a number of security forces and civilian individuals in connection with a recent massacre in a Rohingya Muslim village, during which 10 Muslims – whom Naypyidaw has previously called "terrorists" – were executed summary-style.
- Pence sees "no daylight" in US-North Korea standoff Press TV 11 Feb 2018 -- US Vice President Mike Pence says "there is no daylight" in the ongoing standoff between the US and North Korea over Payongyang's missile and nuclear weapons programs, noting that Washington and its regional allies are going to maximize pressure on the North.
- Rohani Calls For Unity As Iran Marks Revolution Anniversary RFE/RL 11 Feb 2018 -- President Hassan Rohani called for unity across Iran's political spectrum as the country marked the 39th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, weeks after antigovernment protests spread across the country.
- Sudan president picks new intelligence chief amid protests Press TV 11 Feb 2018 -- Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has picked a new intelligence chief amid a widening crackdown on protests against price hikes.
- Iran makes new arrests in spying case: Prosecutor Press TV 11 Feb 2018 -- Tehran's prosecutor says Iranian security forces have identified and arrested several people in connection with a spying case.
- Estonia, Russia Swap Convicted Spies After Presidential Pardons RFE/RL 11 Feb 2018 -- Estonia and Russia have swapped two convicted spies after both men received presidential pardons, Estonian authorities say.
- Baghdad Asks British Energy Giant BP To Study Developing Kirkuk Oil Fields RFE/RL 11 Feb 2018 -- Iraq's oil minister says Baghdad has asked British energy giant BP to draft a study on boosting production in the Kirkuk oil fields in Iraq's Kurdistan region that were reclaimed by Baghdad late last year.
- Turkey's HDP party picks new leaders Press TV 11 Feb 2018 -- The Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), the main pro-Kurdish political party in Turkey, has chosen new leaders amid widening differences with the government over a crackdown at home and a military operation against Kurds in Syria.
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