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27 February 2018 Military News

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  • OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 27 Feb 2018 [PDF]
  • US to Stay in Syria After Daesh Defeat - CENTCOM Sputnik 27 Feb 2018 -- US forces deployed in Syria will remain in the country after Daesh defeat (outlawed in Russia) to ensure the terror group does not reemerge and proceed with a political resolution of the conflict, Central Command (CENTCOM) commander Gen. Joseph Votel said in a congressional testimony on Tuesday.
  • Taliban calls for direct talks with US Press TV 27 Feb 2018 -- The Taliban terrorist group has called for direct talks with the United States in a declared bid to find a "peaceful solution" for the long-running war in Afghanistan, nearly a month after it waged a wave of bloody terror attacks in the capital, Kabul, and elsewhere.
  • Afghan Conference to Renew Call for Unconditional Taliban Talks VOA 27 Feb 2018 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will host an international conference Wednesday where, officials say, he will renew his call for "unconditional" peace talks with the Taliban and invite the insurgent group to open an office in Kabul for that purpose.

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  • Cybercom Commander Discusses Evolving Cyber Threats AFPS 27 Feb 2018 -- Although competitors such as China and Russia remain the greatest threat to U.S. security, rogue regimes such as Iran and North Korea have increased in capabilities and have begun using aggressive methods to conduct malicious cyberspace activities, the military's top cyber officer told Congress today.
  • NSA Director: Trump Has Given No Specific Order to Combat Russian Meddling in 2018 Election VOA 27 Feb 2018 -- A top U.S. intelligence official said Tuesday that President Donald Trump has given him no specific instructions to combat Russian meddling in the 2018 congressional elections that mirrors Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential contest aimed at helping Trump win.
  • US Not Doing Enough to Counter Russia's Cyberattacks, But Taking Steps - NSA Sputnik 27 Feb 2018 -- The United States is not undertaking enough measures to prevent Russia's cyberattacks in the future despite taking certain actions, National Security Agency (NSA) Director Michael Rogers said in a congressional hearing on Tuesday.
  • US Adds 7 Daesh Branches, 2 Affiliated Leaders to Terrorist List – State Dept Sputnik 27 Feb 2018 -- The United States has added seven branches of Daesh terrorist group (IS, banned in Russia) and two affiliated leaders to its list of designated terrorists on Tuesday, the US State Department announced in a release.
  • State Department Terrorist Designations of ISIS Affiliates and Senior Leaders US Dept. of State 27 Feb 2018 -- The Department of State has designated three ISIS-affiliated groups ISIS-West Africa, ISIS-Philippines, and ISIS-Bangladesh as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 and as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) pursuant to Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
  • Designated ISIS Branches and Individuals US Dept. of State 27 Feb 2018 -- The Department of State has designated 40 ISIS leaders and operatives under Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, and will continue to target the group to deny it access to the U.S. financial system. These designations are part of a larger comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS that, in coordination with the 75-member Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, has made significant progress toward that goal.
  • US Adds Several Islamic State Affiliates to Terror List VOA 27 Feb 2018 -- The U.S. State Department on Tuesday branded seven Islamic State groups from around the world and two of its leaders as terrorists in an effort to cut off any financial support they may have been getting from within the United States.
  • U.S. Citizen Charged With Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIS US Dept. of Justice 27 Feb 2018-- Earlier today, a complaint was unsealed charging Bernard Augustine, 21, of Keyes, California, with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS or ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization.
  • US Starts Testing Devices to Detect Suicide Vests on Public Transport - TSA Sputnik 27 Feb 2018 -- US transport authorities and Amtrak began testing new technology capable of detecting suicide vests at New York's Pennsylvania Station, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced in a press release on Tuesday.
  • US To Suspend Several Aid, Military Programs to Cambodia - White House Sputnik 27 Feb 2018 -- The United States will suspend a number of assistance programs to Cambodia including military and Treasury aid over concerns about the state of democracy in the country, the White House announced in a statement on Tuesday.
  • US Cutting Aid to Cambodia for Recent Democratic Setbacks VOA 27 Feb 2018 -- The White House announced Tuesday the U.S. is cutting about $8.3 million worth of aid to Cambodia because of "recent setbacks to democracy" in the southeast Asian country.
  • Third Anniversary Of Nemtsov's Assassination Marked RFE/RL 27 Feb 2018 -- Former friends, colleagues, and supporters of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov are marking the third anniversary of his killing in Moscow.
  • Whole new "two sessions" attracts global attention People's Daily 27 Feb 2018 -- As 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening up, the whole new "two sessions", the country's top legislature and advisory body to be convened this March, will not only give direction to China's future development, but also become a window for the world to know more about the country.
  • Japan Informs UNSC of Possible Violation of Anti-Pyongyang Sanctions at Sea Sputnik 27 Feb 2018 -- Japan has given the UN Security Council (UNSC) information about the activity of the North Korean Chon Ma San tanker that allegedly may have violated the sanctions imposed on Pyongyang by the UNSC, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
  • China Hopes North Korea, US to Take Measures for Start of Dialogue Sputnik 27 Feb 2018 -- Beijing hopes that the positive trend in cooperation between Pyongyang and Seoul, which has emerged during the recent Winter Olympics in South Korea, will continue in a dialogue between North Korea and the US, both of which should take necessary steps for this, the Chinese Foreign Ministry stated.
  • Russia underlines implementation of Iran nuclear deal IRNA 27 Feb 2018 -- Russian foreign minister on Tuesday underlined implementation of Iran nuclear deal reached between the Islamic Republic and the world powers.
  • Iran to withdraw JCPOA if proven futile: Top official IRNA 27 Feb 2018 -- A top Iranian official said on Tuesday that Iran will withdraw the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between Iran and the world powers if the country would not benefit from it.
  • Pakistan's ruling party picks Sharif's brother as president Press TV 27 Feb 2018 -- The younger brother of Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been elected acting head of the country's ruling party, following his latest disqualification by the Supreme Court.
  • Pakistan, US at Odds Over Islamabad's Counterterror Commitment VOA 27 Feb 2018 -- Pakistan and the United States remained at odds over Islamabad's degree of commitment to rooting out violent extremists and their sources of financing, following a candid exchange between both sides in Islamabad this week.
  • South Korea prosecutors demand 30-year term for ex-president Park Press TV 27 Feb 2018 -- Prosecutors in South Korea have demanded a lengthy prison sentence for former president Park Geun-hye, who was toppled last year amid an influence-peddling scandal.
  • Saudis Reportedly Seek Parity With Iran In Nuclear Power Deal With U.S. RFE/RL 27 Feb 2018 -- The United States is negotiating with Saudi Arabia over a nuclear power deal that might allow Riyadh to enrich and reprocess uranium in exchange for choosing U.S. companies to build reactors in the kingdom, media are reporting.
  • UN concerned by Turkey's alleged torture of dissidents Press TV 27 Feb 2018 -- Turkey's alleged torture of prisoners has alarmed the United Nations as an official says Ankara is failing to respond to allegations of ill-treatment of prisoners.
  • Court in Prague releases Syrian Kurdish PYD leader Press TV 27 Feb 2018 -- A court in the Czech Republic has decided to release Salih Muslim, a former co-leader of Syria's Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), despite an extradition request by Turkey.
  • Turkey Says Czech Release of Former PYD Leader is 'Support for Terror' VOA 27 Feb 2018 -- The Turkish government said Tuesday the release of the former leader of a Syrian Kurdish political party by a Czech court was "a clear support for terror."
  • Ethiopia's Huge Dam Causes Worry in Egypt VOA 27 Feb 2018 -- Egypt was once called the "gift of the Nile" by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus. But today, more than 2,000 years later, Egyptians fret about the existential threat of a faraway dam to their water supply.
  • Dry, hot weather likely to reduce harvests in southern Africa, UN warns UN News 27 Feb 2018 -- Southern Africa's water sources and crops are under serious pressure as a long dry spell and high temperatures have taken hold in the region, the United Nations agriculture agency said Tuesday, warning that after record maize production in 2017, food shortages are set to worsen this year.

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