25 February 2018 Military News
- Impact of Afghanistan's fourth consecutive year of war on civilians 'far too high' - UN report UN News 25 Feb 2018 -- More than 10,000 civilians have lost their lives or suffered injuries during 2017, according to the latest report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) documenting the impact of the armed conflict on civilians in Afghanistan.
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- Trump asks Pentagon to plan military parade for Veterans Day Press TV 25 Feb 2018 -- US President Donald Trump says he has asked the Pentagon to stage a large-scale military parade in Washington on Veterans Day.
- Russian Engineers Finish Work on Laser Capable of Shooting Down Enemy Satellites Sputnik 25 Feb 2018 -- An informed source told Russian media that the new laser weapon was developed with the help of know-how accumulated by the Beriev A-60 airborne laser laboratory.
- Daesh attack kills 14, injures 40 in Yemen's Aden Press TV 25 Feb 2018 -- Some 14 people have been killed in a Daesh attack on a police headquarters in Yemen's southern port city of Aden.
- Syria ceasefire not to affect offensive in Afrin: Turkey Press TV 25 Feb 2018 -- Turkey welcomes a United Nations Security Council resolution on a month-long ceasefire in Syria, but says it will have no effect on Ankara's ongoing cross-border offensive in Syria's northwestern region of Afrin against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).
- In warning to US, Erdogan vows to 'break arms and wings' of militants Press TV 25 Feb 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued one of his strongest warnings meant for the US, pledging to "break the arms and wings" of Washington-backed militants in Syria.
- UN Security Council Resolution on Syria Won't Affect Operation in Afrin - Ankara Sputnik 25 Feb 2018 -- The UN Security Council adopted on Saturday the resolution stipulating a 30-day ceasefire in Syria amid Turkish military operation Olive Branch that has been ongoing in the Syrian region of Afrin since January 20.
- Pro-Turkish Forces Seize Part of Syrian Territories in Afrin - Source Sputnik 25 Feb 2018 -- Pro-Turkish forces have seized a major part of the Kurdish town of Jindires in Afrin amid Turkey's ongoing military operation in Syria's northern region, a source in Syrian pro-government militias told Sputnik Sunday.
- New Fighting Erupts Near Damascus Despite UN Cease-fire Demand VOA 25 Feb 2018 -- New fighting erupted Sunday near Damascus in spite of the United Nations' demand for a 30-day cease-fire to allow rescue and medical workers to enter the region.
- UN Security Council unanimously votes in favor of Syria ceasefire resolution Press TV 24 Feb 2018 -- The United Nations Security Council unanimously votes in favor of a resolution demanding a 30-day truce in Syria 'without delay' to allow aid access and medical evacuations.
- Terrorists should be wiped off Syria: Iranian General IRNA 25 Feb 2018 -- The Syrian territory, within next months, should be cleansed of terrorists, Chief of Staff for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran said on Sunday.
- UNICEF says 85 percent of Syrian refugee children in Jordan live in poverty Press TV 25 Feb 2018 -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned that 85 percent of Syrian refugee children in Jordan live in poverty, having a difficult time in satisfying their most "basic needs."
- Russia, France, Germany leaders urge 'information exchange' on Syria Press TV 25 Feb 2018 -- The Russian, French and German leaders have agreed to speed up their "exchange of information" on Syria, the Kremlin says.
- Syrian army retakes Eastren Ghouta areas in counter-terrorism campaign Press TV 25 Feb 2018 -- The Syrian army has launched a ground operation against the al-Nusra Front and other terrorist groups in the Eastren Ghouta region, wresting control over some areas.
- Syria to be cleared of terrorists in a few months: Iran general Press TV 25 Feb 2018 -- Iran's top military commander says both Tehran and Damascus will comply with a month-long Syria ceasefire declared by the UN Security Council, but that attacks will continue in the Damascus suburbs held by terrorists.
- Iran Says Attacks On 'Terrorists' In Syria To Continue Amid Cease-Fire RFE/RL 25 Feb 2018 -- Iran said that attacks on "terrorists" outside Damascus would continue but that Tehran and the Syrian government would respect a 30-day United Nations cease-fire elsewhere in Syria.
- Militants Shell Damascus-East Ghouta Humanitarian Corridor Near Wafedeen Camp Sputnik 25 Feb 2018 -- Militants have been shelling the only humanitarian corridor between Damascus and East Ghouta near the refugee camp of Wafedeen, a Sputnik correspondent reported Sunday.
- Arab League Calls on All Sides of Syrian Conflict to Observe Ceasefire in Syria Sputnik 25 Feb 2018 -- Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit called on all warring parties in the Syrian conflict on Sunday to observe the ceasefire in line with the new UN Security Council resolution.
- Kurdish Militia in Syria Says Ready to Observe Ceasefire in Afrin Sputnik 25 Feb 2018 -- Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) said Sunday that they were ready to comply with UN Security Council resolution on the ceasefire in Syria, but retain the right to respond to aggression.
- Moscow Vows to Thwart Attempts to Derail Syrian Settlement After UN Resolution Sputnik 25 Feb 2018 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry has commented on the unanimous adoption of the UN Security Council resolution on Syria that stipulates introduction of a 30-day halt in fighting in the country that will boost the medical evacuation and provide access for humanitarian convoys in some of the country's regions.
- Turkish Foreign Ministry Welcomes UN Sec. Council Resolution on Syrian Ceasefire Sputnik 25 Feb 2018 -- Turkey welcomes the resolution on a ceasefire regime in Syria adopted by the UN Security Council and will further its efforts to reach peace in the war-torn country, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
- US Envoy Expresses Doubt Damascus to Comply With New UNSC Ceasefire Resolution Sputnik 25 Feb 2018 -- US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said that Washington is "deeply skeptical" that Damascus will comply with the new UN Security Council's resolution that introduces a 30-day truce on the Syrian territory.
- Kurdish SDF Forces to Pass Control Over Manbij to Syrian Army – Source Sputnik 25 Feb 2018 -- Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic forces (SDF) have agreed on the transfer of control over the northeast city of Manbij in the Aleppo province to the Syrian army that will enter the city in the coming days, a Kurdish security source told Sputnik on Saturday.
- Iraq sentences 16 Turkish women to death over Daesh membership Press TV 25 Feb 2018 -- A court in Iraq has sentenced more than a dozen Turkish women to death over membership in the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and involvement in acts of terror across the conflict-ridden Arab country.
- Rohingya Muslims still pouring over Myanmar border into Bangladesh Press TV 25 Feb 2018 -- Hundreds of persecuted Rohingya Muslims are still pouring over the Myanmar border into neighboring Bangladesh every week six months after a military crackdown sparked the massive refugee crisis.
- Israel to build 350 new settler units in occupied West Bank Press TV 25 Feb 2018 -- The Israeli cabinet has approved the construction of 350 new settler units in the occupied West Bank irrespective of an international outcry against the Tel Aviv regime's settlement expansion policies in Palestinian lands.
- Villagers flee as fighting intensifies in Kashmir Press TV 25 Feb 2018 -- Kashmiri villagers have reportedly been forced to flee as fighting intensifies along the so-called Line of Control (LoC) that divides India and Pakistan.
- Trump Spars with Key Democrat over Surveillance Memos VOA 25 Feb 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump is sparring with a key Democratic lawmaker over allegations that the FBI engaged in surveillance abuses in 2016 as it sought to win court approval to monitor a Trump aide's contacts with Russia.
- Democrats Release Memo On Russia Probe, Rebut Republicans RFE/RL 25 Feb 2018 -- U.S. Democrats have released a redacted memo challenging Republican claims that the FBI abused government surveillance powers in its investigation of Russia election meddling, a document President Donald Trump had previously blocked in its full form.
- Campaigning begins in Egypt's presidential election Press TV 25 Feb 2018 -- Campaigning has kicked off in Egypt's presidential election, with incumbent President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi expected to win easily after his real challengers were detained, prosecuted or intimidated out of the race.
- Ousted Afghan Governor Postpones Much-Touted Anti-Government Rally VOA 25 Feb 2018 -- U.S.-led diplomatic efforts appear to have persuaded ousted Afghanistan provincial governor Atta Mohammad Noor to postpone this week's planned anti-government demonstration.
- Russia Changing The Signposts In Pakistan RFE/RL 25 Feb 2018 -- First, a Russian military delegation made a rare visit to Pakistan's lawless tribal areas. Then Russian-language signposts were erected on roads in the northwestern province of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. Now, Moscow has appointed an honorary consul in the city of Peshawar.
- Constitutional amendment will improve CPC leadership Global Times 25 Feb 2018 -- According to the document about the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee's suggestion to amend some parts of the Constitution approved at the second plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee and released Sunday by the Xinhua News Agency, it has been added to the Constitution that the CPC leadership is the most substantive feature of socialism with Chinese characteristics; the second half of Article 79 that stipulates "The term of office of the president and vice-president of the People's Republic of China is the same as that of the National People's Congress, and they shall serve no more than two consecutive terms" will be deleted; China's national supervision commission will be given a constitutional place.
- CPC proposes change on Chinese president's term in Constitution People's Daily 25 Feb 2018 -- The Communist Party of China Central Committee proposed to remove the expression that the President and Vice-President of the People's Republic of China "shall serve no more than two consecutive terms" from the country's Constitution.
- Xi Jinping thought proposed to be included in Constitution People's Daily 25 Feb 2018 -- The Communist Party of China Central Committee proposed writing Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era into the country's Constitution.
- China's ruling party proposes removing 2-term limit for presidents Press TV 25 Feb 2018 -- China's ruling Communist Party has proposed that the limit for presidents to serve only two terms be removed from the constitution.
- Chinese Communist Party Proposes Removal of Presidential Term Limit Sputnik 25 Feb 2018 -- The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China proposed eliminating the paragraph saying that the chairman and vice-chairman of the PRC can "hold office for no more than two consecutive terms," from the country's constitution, according to Xinhua News Agency.
- China Proposes Dropping Term Limits for President Xi Jinping VOA 25 Feb 2018 -- China says it plans to scrap a two-term limit for the country's president and vice president, a move that could allow Chinese leader Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely.
- U.S. Hit for Bringing Clouds of War to Hang over Korean Peninsula KCNA 25 Feb 2018 -- The spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK issued the following press statement on Sunday:
- North Korea condemns new US sanctions as 'act of war' Press TV 25 Feb 2018 -- North Korea has censured the latest round of sanctions imposed by Washington against Pyongyang as an "act of war," accusing the US administration of trying to undermine an improvement in inter-Korean relations triggered by the Winter Olympic Games in the South.
- South Korea Says North Open To Talks With U.S. RFE/RL 25 Feb 2018 -- South Korea said on February 25 that North Korea is willing to hold talks with the United States.
- White House Says Yet to See if North Korea Willing to Denuclearize Sputnik 25 Feb 2018 -- The United States has yet to see if North Korea's statement that it is ready to hold talks with Washington is a "first step" to removing nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula, and pressure on Pyongyang must continue in the meanwhile, the White House said in a statement Sunday.
- Pyongyang Vows to Regard Any Maritime Blockade as an Act of War Sputnik 25 Feb 2018 -- Amid a thaw in relations between North and South Korea, US President Trump announced new sanctions against 56 vessels, trade entities, and shipping companies that are aimed at maximizing pressure on Pyongyang over its ongoing development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
- US: 'We Will See' if N. Korea Willingness to Talk is Denuclearization First Step VOA 25 Feb 2018 -- The Trump administration is responding tepidly following North Korea's expression of willingness to hold talks with the United States.
- VOA Interview: Sam Nunn says 'Carrots and Sticks' Needed with N. Korea VOA 25 Feb 2018 -- Concerned about a "war by blunder," Sam Nunn, the former U.S. senator from Georgia who chaired the Senate Armed Services Committee, says he favors "tightening the screws in sanctions" on North Korea, but the U.S. needs to communicate with the country at the same time.
- Iran Arrests Three More Ecologists For Spying RFE/RL 25 Feb 2018 -- Iran has arrested three more environmentalists on spying charges, the country's powerful judiciary has said.
- Detectives Will Interrogate Banjamin Netanyahu In Two Corruption Cases This Week Sputnik 25 Feb 2018 -- Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu has recently found himself in deep water for two reasons at least – first, following the probe launched into two presumed corruption cases. And then, when the situation gained momentum after people took to Tel Aviv streets calling for the PM's resignation.
- Turkey Urges Czech Republic to Extradite Ex-Leader of Syrian Kurds – Deputy PM Sputnik 25 Feb 2018 -- Turkey has called on the Czech Republic to extradite former leader of Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) Saleh Muslim after he was arrested in Prague, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Sunday.
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