31 March 2018 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- USS Mississippi Returns to Pearl Harbor NNS 31 Mar 2018 -- Friends and families of the USS Mississippi (SSN 782) crew gathered pierside to welcome back the Virginia-class fast attack submarine as it returned from a six-month Western Pacific deployment to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 30.
- Oil smuggling out of Syria stopped but arms keep flowing in for terrorists: Russia Press TV 31 Mar 2018 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry says the Illegal oil trade routes exploited by terrorists in Syria have been almost entirely cut off, but the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and the Takfiri Jabhat Fateh al-Sham terror group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, are still receiving sufficient funding and arms supplies from abroad.
- Syrian army declares full liberation of Eastern Ghouta Press TV 31 Mar 2018 -- The Syrian army has announced "full victory" against terrorist groups in Eastern Ghouta area in the suburb of the capital Damascus after months of intense fighting, Syria's state-run media outlet says.
- Syrian army forces free 8 soldiers abducted by militants in Eastern Ghouta Press TV 31 Mar 2018 -- Syrian government forces have freed eight army soldiers abducted by Takfiri terrorist groups in the Eastern Ghouta enclave on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.
- Saudi crown prince wants US military to maintain presence in Syria Press TV 31 Mar 2018 -- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says he wants the US military to extend its presence in Syria, despite American President Donald Trump's declaration that US forces will withdraw from the war-torn Arab country in the near future.
- Trump freezes funds for recovery efforts in Syria Press TV 31 Mar 2018 -- President Donald Trump has frozen over $200 million in funds for recovery efforts in Syria a day after he announced that the US will withdraw from Syria "very soon," a report says.
- Iraq starts deploying forces in Sinjar after Turkey's threats against PKK Press TV 31 Mar 2018 -- Iraq has started deploying forces in the country's northwestern Sinjar region after Turkey threatened to enter the area to attack Kurdish militants.
- Yemeni missiles not made in Iran: Revolutionary Council chief IRNA 31 Mar 2018 -- President of Yemen Supreme Revolutionary Council rejected allegations that Yemeni missiles are made in Iran.
- Yemenis would have conquered Riyadh if Iran had been able to provide military aid: Houthi official Press TV 31 Mar 2018 -- The president of the Houthi Revolutionary Committee has strongly dismissed allegations that Iran is providing arms to Yemeni forces in the fight against the Saudi-led military aggression against Yemen, stressing Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees would have conquered Riyadh if Iran had been able to provide military aid.
- Yemeni forces fire ballistic missile at Saudi base in Najran Press TV 31 Mar 2018 -- Yemeni armed forces have fired a ballistic missile at a base belonging to the Saudi Arabian National Guard Forces in the kingdom's southern Najran region.
- Israeli spy drone crashes in southern Lebanon: Report Press TV 31 Mar 2018 -- An Israeli spy drone has reportedly crashed in southern Lebanon as the Tel Aviv regime defies calls to end its violations of the Lebanese airspace.
- Israel threatens to expand violence after UN meeting Press TV 31 Mar 2018 -- The Israeli military has threatened to step up its "response" if tensions continue on the Gaza fence shortly after the UN held an emergency meeting over the regime's massacre of over a dozen Palestinians during an anti-occupation mass rally in the coastal enclave.
- UN Chief Calls for Independent Probe Into Gaza Clashes VOA 31 Mar 2018 -- U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for an "independent and transparent investigation" into the deadly clashes along the Israel-Gaza border Friday that killed at least 15 Palestinians and and injured about 1,400 others, including more than 750 injured by live fire.
- Russia expels over 50 more British diplomats Press TV 31 Mar 2018 -- Russia has ordered the expulsion of over 50 more British diplomats in a dispute over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom.
- Russia Says Britain Must Cut More Than 50 Diplomats Amid Tit-For-Tat Expulsions RFE/RL 31 Mar 2018 -- Russia says Britain must trim its diplomatic personnel in Russia by more than 50 people amid a diplomatic tit-for-tat ignited by the poisoning of an ex-spy on British soil.
- Pakistan: 'Common Ground' Remains Elusive In U.S. Talks RFE/RL 31 Mar 2018 -- The spokesman for the Pakistani Foreign Ministry says Islamabad and Washington have yet to find "common ground" on a range of issues, including U.S. accusations that Pakistan is not pulling its weight in the fight against terrorism.
- U.N. imposes sanctions against Pyongyang, involving Taiwan national CNA 31 Mar 2018 -- The Security Council of the United Nations has imposed sanctions against North Korea, which involved a Taiwanese national who has been accused of helping Pyongyang evade international trading bans.
- Russian Oligarch Magomedov Arrested On Suspicion Of Embezzlement RFE/RL 31 Mar 2018 -- A Moscow court has placed billionaire businessman Ziyavudin Magomedov under arrest for two months after prosecutors accused him and two of his partners of embezzling billions of rubles in state funds.
- Scientists Track Chinese Space Station's Final Hours in Orbit VOA 31 Mar 2018 -- Scientists are monitoring a defunct Chinese space station that is expected to fall to Earth sometime this weekend – the largest man-made object to re-enter Earth's atmosphere in a decade.
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