07 April 2018 Military News
- Kurds Expose US-Led Coalition's New Bases in Northern Syria Sputnik 07 Apr 2018 -- The co-chairman of the defense committee in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) has signaled his readiness to destroy terrorists based in the east of the Euphrates and in northern Syria as a whole.
- IS Leader in Afghanistan Killed; Taliban Drug Factories Targeted VOA 07 Apr 2018 -- The U.S. military is lending more muscle to the fights in Afghanistan against Islamic State (IS) terrorists in the north and against Taliban insurgents to the south and west.
- Afghan forces kill senior Daesh commander in drone attack in Jawzjan Press TV 07 Apr 2018 -- Afghan forces have killed a top commander of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Afghanistan's northern province of Jawzjan a year after he defected from the Taliban terror outfit and set up a new Daesh foothold in the crisis-hit country, security officials say.
- Afghanistan, Pakistan Jointly Call on Taliban to Enter Peace Talks VOA 07 Apr 2018 -- Afghanistan and Pakistan have jointly urged the Taliban to accept Kabul's unconditional offer of peace talks to help find a political solution to the Afghan conflict.
- Pakistani PM travels to Afghanistan amid tensions Press TV 07 Apr 2018 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has traveled to Afghanistan on a visit to that comes shortly after Afghanistan accused Pakistan of having conducted cross-border airstrikes.
- Pakistani PM Says His Afghan Visit Narrowed Mutual Trust Gap VOA 07 Apr 2018 -- Pakistan's prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has said his official meetings with leaders in Afghanistan in the past week have helped narrow a mutual "trust deficit" and the visit will prove to be a "milestone" in promoting regional peace.
Defense Policy / Programs
- National Guard Troops Deploy to Southern U.S. Border AFPS 07 Apr 2018 -- Defense Secretary James N. Mattis last night authorized up to 4,000 National Guard troops to deploy to the U.S. border with Mexico to support the Department of Homeland Security border security mission there.
- US states of Texas, Arizona announce troop deployments to Mexico border Press TV 07 Apr 2018 -- The US states of Texas and Arizona have announced plans to send reserve troops to the border with Mexico after President Donald Trump ordered the deployment of thousands of soldiers to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
- NATO Secretary General visits NORAD and NORTHCOM in Colorado NATO 07 Apr 2018 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wrapped up a three-day visit to the United States on Friday (6 April 2018) with a visit to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) in Colorado. Accompanied by Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, the Secretary General thanked Gen. Lori Robinson and Gen. Pierre St-Amand for their command's unique work in ensuring the security of NATO's two North American Allies.
- Putin warns of consequences of NATO military buildup Press TV 07 Apr 2018 -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin has warned of the consequences of NATO's military buildup near his country's western borders, saying the move would provoke conflicts and cause military and political instability in the region.
- Japan activates first marine force since WWII Press TV 07 Apr 2018 -- Japan has activated its first marine unit since World War II, in what has been declared as a means of "defense of our islands."
- No decision to host permanent US military bases: Iraqi president Press TV 07 Apr 2018 -- President Fuad Masum says no decision has been made for Iraq to host permanent American military bases, stressing that Baghdad will not allow for the country to turn into a launch pad for any military aggression against neighboring Iran.
- Iran's Army to equip rapid reaction force IRNA 07 Apr 2018 -- Iran has planned to renew its quick reaction force equipment, said the commander of Iran's Army Ground Force.
- U.S. issues marketing license for Taiwan domestic submarine project CNA 07 Apr 2018 -- The U.S. Department of State has approved the marketing license needed for U.S. manufacturers to sell technology to Taiwan that will enable it to build its own domestic submarines, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Saturday.
- Yemen targets SW Saudi Arabia with ballistic missile IRNA 07 Apr 2018 -- Yemeni missile unit has fired a ballistic missile at Najran military base in southwestern Saudi Arabia on Friday.
- Yemeni rocket barrage kills Saudi soldiers in Jizan region: Report Press TV 07 Apr 2018 -- Yemeni army troops, backed by Popular Committees' fighters, have managed to kill an unspecified number of Saudi troopers after their vehicle came under a volley of Yemeni Katyusha rockets in the Arab kingdom's southwestern region of Jizan, a report says.
- Turkey says 'neutralized' 108 Kurdish militants over past week Press TV 07 Apr 2018 -- Ankara has "neutralized" 108 Kurdish militants during operations in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq over the past week, the Turkish armed forces says.
- Turkey Sets Up 9th Observation Post in Syria's Idlib - General Staff Sputnik 07 Apr 2018 -- Turkish troops have established the ninth observation post to control the de-escalation zone in Syria's Idlib, the Turkish General Staff said on Saturday.
- Turkey's Erdogan Says France Is Abetting Terrorists VOA 07 Apr 2018 -- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday accused France of abetting terrorists by "hosting them" at the Elysee Palace, amid a diplomatic row between the NATO allies over Paris's support for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
- Erdogan Lashes Out at France Over Allegedly 'Hosting Terrorists' at Elysee Sputnik 07 Apr 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused France of supporting terrorists by "hosting them" at the Elysee Palace, amid a diplomatic row between the NATO allies over Paris' assistance for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
- On the Chemical Attack in Douma US Dept. of State 07 Apr 2018
- Ghouta: Syria makes more gains against militants in Douma Press TV 07 Apr 2018 -- The Syrian army is making advances against militants in the town of Douma, their last stronghold in the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta.
- Syrian Forces Intensify Attacks On Rebel Pocket Near Damascus RFE/RL 07 Apr 2018 -- The Syrian army and allies have intensified shelling and air raids on the town of Douma in eastern Ghouta, a day after air strikes killed at least 40 people in the last rebel holdout near Damascus.
- US blocks UN statement demanding probe into Gaza bloodshed Press TV 07 Apr 2018 -- For the second consecutive week, the US has blocked a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) statement calling for an investigation into Israel's recent killing of the Gazans and supporting the Palestinians' right to demonstrate peacefully.
- Palestinians Bury Protesters Killed by Israeli Fire, Including Well-Known Journalist VOA 07 Apr 2018 -- Palestinians in the Gaza Strip attended funerals Saturday for a well-known Palestinian journalist and others who were killed in the latest wave of border clashes.
- At Least 9 Protesters Killed by Israeli Fire at Gaza Border VOA 07 Apr 2018 -- Nine Palestinians, including a journalist, died after being shot by Israeli troops during border clashes, the health ministry in the Hamas-run Gaza strip said Saturday.
- Russian Envoy Requests Meeting with Boris Johnson Over Spy Case RFE/RL 07 Apr 2018 -- Russia's embassy in London has requested a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson over the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury, saying its dealings with Britain over the issue had been "utterly unsatisfactory."
- Russia Denies Report Nerve Agent Used Against Ex-Spy Came From Volga Lab RFE/RL 07 Apr 2018 -- Russian officials are denying a British newspaper report that the nerve agent used against a former Russian spy in England came from a closed military facility on the Volga River.
- North Korea-China Thaw Could Undermine International Sanctions VOA 07 Apr 2018 -- As relations between Beijing and Pyongyang thaw slightly, the prospect of China relaxing its sanctions imposed on North Korea and thwarting U.S. President Donald Trump's "maximum pressure" campaign makes experts wary.
- Iran will quit nuclear deal if sanctions re-imposed: Lawmaker Press TV 07 Apr 2018 -- A senior Iranian lawmaker says the Islamic Republic will definitely walk away from the landmark nuclear deal it signed with the P5+1 group of countries in 2015 if the United States re-imposes sanctions on Tehran.
- Never test Iran's might or try its patience on national interests, IRGC warns Press TV 07 Apr 2018 -- A senior Iranian commander has reiterated the combat readiness of the country's armed forces, saying the Islamic Republic pursues a defensive deterrent policy in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
- Cyberattacks target Iran databases: Minister Press TV 07 Apr 2018 -- Iran's minister of communications and information technology says some of the country's databases have come under cyberattacks, but notes that almost all targeted routers have been salvaged.
- Brazil's Lula says innocent but ready to turn himself in Press TV 07 Apr 2018 -- Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says he has been falsely accused of corruption but would comply with an arrest warrant and turn himself in to police.
- Former Brazilian President Da Silva Says He Will Surrender to Authorities VOA 07 Apr 2018 -- Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has been ordered to serve a prison sentence, said Saturday he will turn himself in to authorities, one day after starting a standoff with police, who were ordered to arrest him.
- Blackout For Pakistani TV Channel Amid Tug-Of-War With Military RFE/RL 07 Apr 2018 -- Pakistani media outlets and journalists often face consequences for refusing to toe the line of the country's all-powerful military.
- Saudi Arabia plans maritime border to turn Qatar into island: Report Press TV 07 Apr 2018 -- Amid its bitter diplomatic standoff with Doha, Saudi Arabia is reportedly working on a project to construct a maritime channel along the border with Qatar, practically turning the peninsula into an island.
- Saudi Arabia Plans to Cut Qatar Off ... Literally Amid Diplomatic Standoff Sputnik 07 Apr 2018 -- The Saudi investment union plans to dig a 60-kilometer-long maritime channel on the border with Qatar, turning it into an island, and implement a tourism project in the area, the Saudi newspaper Sabq reports.
- Kyrgyz Security Chief, Deputy Dismissed Amid Presidents' Feud RFE/RL 07 Apr 2018 -- Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov has signed a decree dismissing the head of the country's State Committee for National Security, Abdil Segizbaev.
- EU Prosecutors Indict 11 Kosovo Ruling Party Members On Corruption Charges RFE/RL 07 Apr 2018 -- Kosovo authorities have indicted 11 people from President Hashim Thaci's ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo (PDK) for allegedly handing out state jobs to people based on their political affiliation.
- US Senators Call For Credible Elections in Zimbabwe VOA 07 Apr 2018 -- Visiting members of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee say Zimbabwe's government must ensure free and fair elections if Washington is to lift sanctions.
- Former Catalan President Renews Call for Secession Talks VOA 07 Apr 2018 -- Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont called again on the Spanish government to begin negotiations over Catalonia's secession declaration.
- Ex-Catalan leader will stay in Germany until extradition probe concludes Press TV 07 Apr 2018 -- Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont has announced that he will stay in Germany, the country where he was arrested last month and then freed pending a probe into an extradition request by Spain.
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