17 March 2018 Military News
- Suicide Car-Bomb Attack Kills At Least Three In Kabul RFE/RL 17 Mar 2018 -- Afghan officials say at least three people have been killed and two others wounded in a suicide car-bomb attack that apparently targeted a foreign security company in Kabul.
- Pakistan doing bare minimum to contain Taliban: US official Press TV 17 Mar 2018 -- A senior US official has accused Pakistan of doing the "bare minimum" required to squeeze the Taliban and terror groups.
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- USS Colorado Commissioned NNS 17 Mar 2018 -- Colorado is the first submarine to bear the name and third vessel to be named for the state and was brought to life by her sponsor, Annie Maybus Mabus, daughter of the 75th Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.
- Russian nuclear-powered submarines reached US coast undetected: Commander Press TV 17 Mar 2018 -- A division of Russian nuclear-powered submarines has reportedly carried out a drill near American military bases close to the US coast without being detected, a Russian commander says.
- PLA launches educational campaign, urging responsibilities People's Daily 17 Mar 2018 -- The general office of China's Central Military Commission (CMC) on Friday made public a guideline on an educational campaign in the military.
- China recounts major leaps in aviation industry People's Daily 17 Mar 2018 -- Chinese aviation industry has made significant leaps over the past five years, according to the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), the country's aviation giant.
- Yemeni snipers carryout successful operations in the kingdom's soil Press TV 17 Mar 2018 -- Yemeni army snipers have killed six Saudi troops during retaliatory operations in kingdom's southwestern border region of Jizan.
- Turkish attacks kill over 20 civilians in Syria's Afrin Press TV 17 Mar 2018 -- Two separate Turkish attacks have claimed the lives of at least 22 civilians in Syria's northwestern town of Afrin as Ankara presses ahead with its operation against US-backed Kurdish militants there.
- Zarif hails efforts to reduce hostilities in Syria IRNA 17 Mar 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that efforts by Tehran, Moscow and Ankara have successfully scaled down hostilities in Syria in spite of the existing problems in Eastern Ghouta.
- US, British, French forces directly involved in Syria war: Russia FM Press TV 17 Mar 2018 -- Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says US, British and French special forces are "directly" engaged in the war on Syria and operating on the ground in the crisis-stricken country.
- Report: Trump asked Saudi king $4bn for Syria goals Press TV 17 Mar 2018 -- US President Donald Trump asked Saudi King Salman for $4 billion to spend on advancing Washington's objectives in Syria, which Riyadh also shares, a report says.
- Mass Exodus in Syria's Afrin as Turkish Offensive Continues VOA 17 Mar 2018 -- The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday that more than 150,000 Afrin residents have been displaced since Wednesday as Turkish warplanes and artillery are reported to have struck the northern Syrian region overnight.
- Syrian Army retakes 70% of areas controlled by terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta IRNA 16 Mar 2018 -- The Syrian Arab Army has retaken 70% of the areas controlled by terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta in Damascus Countryside, the General Command of the Army and Armed Forces said.
- Israeli jets target Hamas potions in Gaza Strip Press TV 17 Mar 2018 -- Israeli jets have carried out several airstrikes in the Gaza Strip just hours after its tanks targeted Palestinian Hamas resistance movement positions in the coastal sliver.
- Israeli tanks shell besieged Gaza Strip, injure civilian Press TV 17 Mar 2018 -- At least one Palestinian man has sustained injuries after Israeli battle tanks targeted the eastern part of the Gaza Strip as the Tel Aviv regime goes ahead with its acts of aggression against the besieged Palestinian coastal sliver.
- Saudi Arabia meddling in Lebanon's affairs, pitting people against each other: Hezbollah official Press TV 17 Mar 2018 -- A senior official of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement has accused Saudi officials of interfering in Lebanon's domestic affairs and pitting people from various walks of life against each other.
- Thousands of CAR Refugees on 'Starvation Diet' in Chad VOA 17 Mar 2018 -- The U.N. refugee agency reports thousands of Central African refugees who fled to southern Chad late last year to escape escalating violence are short of food, shelter, medical care and other essential relief.
- Trump praises FBI official's firing, but critics call it 'dangerous' Press TV 17 Mar 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has praised the firing of a senior FBI agent just two days before his retirement, calling it a "great day for democracy" and hoping it would bring an end to a probe into alleged collusion between Trump's election campaign and Russia.
- Sessions fires former FBI deputy director Press TV 17 Mar 2018 -- US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sacked Andrew McCabe, the FBI's former No. 2 official who played a leading role in the agency's investigations of Hillary Clinton and Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US election.
- U.S. FBI Deputy Director Fired Amid Charges Of Bias Against Trump In Russia Probe RFE/RL 17 Mar 2018 -- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions late on March 16 fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who was criticized by President Donald Trump for showing "bias" in the investigation of ties between his campaign and Russia.
- Fired FBI Official McCabe Kept Memos on Dealings With Trump VOA 17 Mar 2018 -- Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who had been criticized publicly for months by President Donald Trump and was fired late Friday by the attorney general, has kept detailed memos of his interactions with the president, according to media reports Saturday.
- Analysts Predict Tougher Stance on Iran, North Korea Under Pompeo VOA 17 Mar 2018 -- With Rex Tillerson's abrupt firing as U.S. secretary of state Tuesday, the focus is now on President Donald Trump's choice to take his place, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and what this change would mean for U.S. foreign policy.
- UK potential origin of 'Novichok' nerve agent: Russia Press TV 17 Mar 2018 -- Russia has once again denied accusations of involvement in the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal in Britain, saying the substance used in the attack could have originated from the countries studying the "Novichok" nerve agent, including the UK, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Sweden.
- Britain Ponders Next Steps In Russia Standoff Over Ex-Spy Poisoning RFE/RL 17 Mar 2018 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May said Britain would consider its next steps alongside its allies in the coming days after Russia had earlier said it would expel 23 British diplomats amid a standoff over a nerve-agent attack on a former spy.
- Russian Scientist Says Other Countries May Have Novichok Samples RFE/RL 17 Mar 2018 -- The Russian scientist who originally helped develop the nerve agent believed to have been used in the poisoning of a Russian double agent in Britain said other countries could have also produced test samples of the substance.
- US senators warn Russia not to sell S-400 to other states Press TV 17 Mar 2018 -- A group of lawmakers in the US Senate have warned Russia that the sale of advanced Russian weaponry, particularly the S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems, to foreign countries would lead to new sanctions against Moscow.
- Russia Sells $4 Billion Of Eurobonds Despite Escalating Tensions RFE/RL 17 Mar 2018 -- Russia has sold $4 billion in debt on the Eurobond market in London despite rapidly escalating tensions with Britain and the West.
- Putin Expected To Sail To Fourth Term As Russians Begin Voting RFE/RL 17 Mar 2018 -- Voters in Russia are heading to the polls on March 18 in a presidential election that is all but certain to secure President Vladimir Putin a fourth term in office.
- Iran missile program has nothing to do with JCPOA: Russian envoy IRNA 17 Mar 2018 -- Russia's permanent representative to the UN office in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov says the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) does not need any complementary agreement and Iran's missile program has nothing to do with the deal.
- Iran rejects any change in nuclear deal: Security chief IRNA 17 Mar 2018 -- Iran will give appropriate, timely response to the US frequent breaches of the nuclear agreement, and will not accept any modification or new interpretation of the agreement, a senior Iranian official said on Saturday.
- Iran alerts US against violation of JCPOA: Top negotiator IRNA 17 Mar 2018 -- Violation of the Iran nuclear deal and the rights of Iranian prisoners in the US have been the issues against which the top Iranian negotiator officially warned the American side here on Friday.
- EU stresses full implementation of JCPOA IRNA 17 Mar 2018 -- All participants in the JCPOA Joint Commission session in Vienna underlined full implementation of Iran nuclear deal.
- Zarif warns US against 'painful mistake' of pulling out JCPOA ISNA 17 Mar 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned the United States against the "painful mistake" of pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
- U.S. Negotiating 'Supplement' To Iran Nuclear Deal With European Allies RFE/RL 17 Mar 2018 -- The United States and European powers are negotiating over a possible "supplemental" agreement to the Iran nuclear deal that would address Iran's ballistic-missile development and involvement in Middle East conflicts, a U.S. diplomat said.
- Iran Arrests Close Ally Of Ex-President Ahmadinejad RFE/RL 17 Mar 2018 -- Iranian authorities say they have detained a close ally of former hard-line President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.
- Xi Jinping unanimously elected Chinese president, CMC chairman People's Daily 17 Mar 2018 -- Xi Jinping was elected Chinese president by a unanimous vote Saturday morning at the ongoing session of the 13th National People's Congress.
- Chinese president takes oath of allegiance to Constitution for first time People's Daily 17 Mar 2018 -- "I pledge my allegiance to the Constitution of the People's Republic of China (PRC) to safeguard the Constitution authority, fulfil my legal obligations ..." Newly elected Chinese President Xi Jinping took the solemn oath in Beijing Saturday.
- China's massive cabinet restructuring plan adopted People's Daily 17 Mar 2018 -- China's national legislature on Saturday adopted a massive cabinet restructuring plan to make the government better-structured, more efficient, and service-oriented.
- Israel's Netanyahu has to step down if indicted over corruption charges: Minister Press TV 17 Mar 2018 -- An Israeli minister says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have to resign or face being dropped by members of his coalition if he is indicted over corruption charges.
- More Than 180 Convicts Sentenced to Death by Pakistan's Military Tribunals Since 2015 VOA 17 Mar 2018 -- Since their reinstatement in 2015, military courts in Pakistan have sentenced 186 convicts to death and issued verdicts for more than 300 terrorism-related cases, the country's Ministry of Defense said last week.
- President thanks U.S. counterpart for signing travel act CNA 17 Mar 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) posted a thank you message on Twitter Saturday to U.S. President Donald Trump for signing the Taiwan Travel Act into law.
- Taiwan vows to strengthen ties with U.S. after Trump signs travel act CNA 17 Mar 2018 -- Taiwan said Saturday that it welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump's signing of the Taiwan Travel Act and expressed gratitude to support for Taipei from Washington, while vowing to strengthen ties with the U.S.
- U.S. president signs Taiwan Travel Act despite warnings from China CNA 17 Mar 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed the Taiwan Travel Act, a bill that encourages visits between government officials of the United States and Taiwan at all levels, despite strong opposition from China.
- Chinese embassy in Washington denounces U.S.-Taiwan travel bill People's Daily 17 Mar 2018 -- Commenting on a Taiwan-related bill, the Chinese Embassy in the United States on Friday expressed China's strong dissatisfaction with and firm opposition to it, saying the bill violates the one-China principle.
- Trump signs US-Taiwan travel bill, angers China Press TV 17 Mar 2018 -- President Donald Trump has signed a new travel bill, allowing senior US officials to go to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa, a move that has angered China, which regards Taiwan as a wayward province.
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