08 April 2018 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- USS Theodore Roosevelt Conducts PASSEX with Republic of Singapore Navy NNS 08 Apr 2018 -- The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), along with the guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102), sailed in formation with the Republic of Singapore Navy frigate RSS Supreme (FFG 73) and corvette RSS Valiant (PGG 91), April 6.
- 3rd Fleet Hosts RIMPAC 2018 Final Planning Conference NNS 08 Apr 2018 -- Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet hosted the final planning conference (FPC) for Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) 2018 at the Admiral Kidd Conference Center at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, April 3-6.
- Continuing Promise 2018 Arrives in Guatemala NNS 08 Apr 2018 -- A team comprised of 250 Navy and Army service members disembarked the Military Sealift Command's expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1) after arriving in Puerto Barrios, April 5, for its second mission stop during Continuing Promise 2018 (CP-18).
- US military readiness at 'crisis point' as aerial mishaps kill 16: Lawmaker Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- Readiness among US military forces has hit a "crisis point," warns a senior American lawmaker, calling on the Pentagon to address concerns over a spate of fatal aircraft crashes that killed over a dozen servicemen in the past few days.
- Two more US soldiers killed in Army helicopter crash at Kentucky military base Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- Two US Army soldiers have been killed after their AH-64E Apache helicopter crashed during a training drill at Fort Campbell military base in Kentucky.
- Russian Military to Get Several New S-400 Air Defense System Regiments Sputnik 08 Apr 2018 -- Three new regiments of S-400 Triumf air defense systems will enter operational service of the Russian Aerospace Forces in 2018, Russian Aerospace Forces Commander Col. Gen. Sergei Surovikin said Sunday.
- French MPs urge inquiry into arms sales to Saudi Arabia as bin Salman visits Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- Over a dozen French lawmakers have called for an investigation into the country's lucrative weapons sales to Saudi Arabia as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman begins a visit to Paris on Sunday.
- French MPs Urge to Halt Arms Sales to Saudis Amid Crown Prince's Paris Visit Sputnik 08 Apr 2018 -- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's arrival in Paris for a three-day visit has once again raised lawmakers' concerns over French arms exports to Riyadh.
- China's First Home-Built Icebreaker Assembly Begins Sputnik 08 Apr 2018 -- On Wednesday, China State Shipbuilding Corp started assembling China's first self-developed icebreaker at a shipyard in Shanghai, which is expected to start its first scientific expedition to the Antarctica next year.
- Supreme Leader: Iran's military might to be increased day by day IRNA 08 Apr 2018 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that Iran's military might will be increased day by day despite of futile efforts made by the enemies.
- Taiwan's domestic submarine development program uncertain: experts CNA 08 Apr 2018 -- Although the U.S. administration has approved the marketing license required for American manufacturers to sell Taiwan the technology needed to build its own submarines, such a move could prove largely symbolic if the country lacks the ability to undertake system integration, parts assembly and testing, experts said Sunday.
- 'US agrees to provide Taiwan with submarine tech' Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump has reportedly agreed to provide Taiwan with military technology to help the island nation build its own submarines.
- 'Political Gesture': Slovakia to Replace Russia's MiGs with US F-16s Sputnik 08 Apr 2018 -- The US State Department has given the nod to the sale of 2.91 billion dollars' worth of F-16 Block 70/72 fighter jets to Slovakia as a replacement for the country's fleet of Russian MiG-29s.
- Readout of President Donald J. Trump's Call with Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi of Iraq The White House 08 Apr 2018
- Yemeni forces, allies target Saudi radar station in Asir with ballistic missile Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have fired a domestically-manufactured ballistic missile at a radar station in Saudi Arabia's southwestern border region of Asir in retaliation for the Saudi regime's military campaign against their crisis-hit country.
- UN Security Council Meeting Called Over Reported Chemical Attack In Syria RFE/RL 08 Apr 2018 -- A reported chemical attack in Syria's rebel-held city of Douma has sparked international outrage, with the United States, Britain, France, and six other UN Security Council members calling for an emergency meeting that is expected to take place on April 9.
- Readout of President Donald J. Trump's Call with President Emmanuel Macron of France The White House 08 Apr 2018
- Amid allegations of chemical weapons use in Douma, UN chief calls for civilian protection UN News 08 Apr 2018 -- Following a period of relative calm in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday expressed deep concern over renewed violence in Douma, particularly the alarming allegations that chemical weapons may have been used against civilians.
- Paris Calls for UNSC Emergency Meeting to Discuss Alleged Chemical Use in Syria Sputnik 08 Apr 2018 -- Paris is concerned about reports on the use of chemical weapons in Syria's Eastern Ghouta and urges to convene the UN Security Council to discuss the situation, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said.
- Trump Blames Putin, Iran for Syrian Chemical Attack, Vowing 'Big Price to Pay' VOA 08 Apr 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran on Sunday for a "mindless chemical attack" in Syria that killed at least 40 people, vowing there would be a "big price to pay."
- U.S. Assails Russia Amid Reports Of Chemical Attack By Ally Syria RFE/RL 08 Apr 2018 -- The United States says it is closely monitoring "very disturbing" reports of the possible "horrifying" new use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces and said Russia would be held responsible if the attacks are confirmed.
- Trump Condemns Putin, Russia, Iran, 'Animal Assad' For Alleged Syrian Chemical Attack RFE/RL 08 Apr 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian state, and Iran following what he described as a "mindless CHEMICAL attack" in Syria that left "many dead, including women and children," in a rebel-held town besieged by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
- Iran slams using chemical weapons by anyone in world IRNA 08 Apr 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman denounced using chemical weapons by any country and in any part of the world.
- Iran rejects 'conspiratorial, illogical' claims on Syria chemical weapons attack Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- Iran has strongly condemned the use of chemical weapons by any country in any part of the world, saying claims about a chemical attack by the Syrian government in Eastern Ghouta are "conspiratorial and illogical."
- Trump accuses Assad of launching chemical attack in Syria Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical attack near the capital Damascus, saying there will be a "big price to pay."
- Russia says reports of Syria's chemical attack 'bogus,' meant to shield terrorists Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry has lambasted as "bogus" reports of a chemical gas attack allegedly conducted by the Syrian government in Eastern Ghouta, warning that any military intervention based on such "invented and fabricated excuses" could lead to severe consequences.
- Syrian troops recapture Rayhan town east of Douma in East Ghouta Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- Syrian government troops, supported by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have managed to establish full control over Rayhan town in the East Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.
- Syria says ready to hold dialog with Eastern Ghouta terrorists Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- The Syrian government has expressed its readiness to engage in negotiations with the Jaish al-Islam Takfiri group that is still holding Douma, the last terrorist bastion in Eastern Ghouta.
- Turkey: France's buildup in Syria will amount to 'invasion' Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- Turkey which has deployed troops to northern Syria says if France steps up its military presence in the Arab country, it will amount to an "invasion."
- Syria denies using chemical weapons in Douma, Eastern Ghouta Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- The Syrian government has denied terrorist claims pertaining to it launching a chemical attack in the city of Douma in Eastern Ghouta.
- Ankara Has 'Strong Suspicion' Damascus Behind Alleged Syrian Chemical Attack Sputnik 08 Apr 2018 -- In the light of the unconfirmed media reports of dozens of people being killed in an alleged chemical attack in Douma, US President Trump blamed Moscow and Tehran for backing "animal Assad," while Russian authorities have strongly denied allegations and warned against military actions against Syria.
- Damascus, Jaysh al-Islam Reach Agreement on Militants' Withdrawal - Reports Sputnik 08 Apr 2018 -- The Syrian government and the Jaysh al-Islam militants have reached an agreement on the release of all prisoners in exchange for providing a safe exit for militants to the city of Jarabulus, the Syrian state media reported Sunday.
- Trump Slams Putin, Iran for Backing "Animal Assad" Amid Chemical Attack Claims Sputnik 08 Apr 2018 -- One of President Donald Trump's top homeland security advisers has said that the US will not rule out launching a missile attack in response to news reports about a chemical attack on a rebel-held town in Eastern Ghouta, Syria.
- Almost 'Invasion': Turkey Lashes Out at French Troops' Deployment to Syria Sputnik 08 Apr 2018 -- Turkey which has itself sent troops to northern Syria to fight against Kurdish militias has said that France's military buildup in the region is "illegitimate" and "illegal."
- Reports: Chemical Attack on Syrian Town Kills Dozens VOA 08 Apr 2018 -- Syrian opposition activists and rescuers said Sunday that a poison gas attack on a rebel-held town near the capital has killed at least 40 people, allegations denied by the Syrian government.
- ICC calls on Israel to end deadly violence in besieged Gaza Strip Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- The International Criminal Court (ICC) has called on the Israeli regime to put an end to violence in the besieged Gaza Strip, which has witnessed deadly aggression perpetrated by regime forces against peaceful Palestinian protesters.
- ICC Prosecutor Calls for End to Ongoing Bloodshed in Gaza Strip VOA 08 Apr 2018 -- Following the deaths of 29 Palestinians in recent protest and clashes with Israeli forces, the International Criminal Court is calling for for an end to ongoing bloodshed in the Gaza Strip.
- Egypt's army says 4 militants killed in Sinai Peninsula Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- Egypt's military says its forces have killed at least four militants and detained scores of others in an ongoing campaign to quash extremists based in the Sinai Peninsula.
- UN official rejects Myanmar's claim of readiness for return of persecuted Rohingya Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- A senior United Nations official has flatly rejected Myanmar's claims that the regime is ready to take back the Rohingya refugees who have fled government-sponsored violence to Bangladesh.
- Moscow Has List of Retaliatory Measures to Respond to New US Sanctions Sputnik 08 Apr 2018 -- Moscow has a list of possible retaliatory measures in response to the recent US decision to expand anti-Russian sanctions, and this list is currently being elaborated, Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Sunday.
- UK considering sending Skripal, his daughter to US: Report Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- The UK is considering the option of sending poisoned Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia to the United States with new identities.
- Report: Britain Considering Giving Skripals 'New Identities' RFE/RL 08 Apr 2018 -- Britain's Sunday Times newspaper is reporting that the country is considering offering Russian former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter new identities and a new life in the United States to protect them from further attempts on their life.
- UK MI-6 Discussed With FBI Skripals' Moving to US Under New Identities - Reports Sputnik 08 Apr 2018 -- Yulia and Sergei Skripal have reportedly been conscious for several days, while British intelligence is hoping for their assistance in the investigation of the poisoning case as soon as possible.
- Johnson Calls Corbyn 'Kremlin's Useful Idiot' Due to Stance on Skripal Case Sputnik 08 Apr 2018 -- UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called Sunday UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn a "Kremlin's useful idiot," commenting on his position in regards to the recent poisoning of the former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter, as Corbyn had expressed doubts about Russia's responsibility for the incident.e
- US Official: North Korea Willing to Talk to US About Denuclearization VOA 08 Apr 2018 -- North Korea is willing to talk to the United States about denuclearization, a senior U.S. official said Sunday.
- Orban's Fidesz Party Declared Winner Of Hungarian Election RFE/RL 08 Apr 2018 -- Hungary's election commission has declared the ruling Fidesz party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban the winner in the country's general election, far outpacing rival parties.
- Hungarian Prime Minister Expected to Win Third Successive Term VOA 08 Apr 2018 -- A hardliner on immigration in Europe, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, is expected to win his third consecutive term in an election Sunday.
- High Turnout Reported At Hungary's General Elections RFE/RL 08 Apr 2018 -- Figures from Hungary's National Election Office show voters turning out in very high numbers for the country's parliamentary elections on April 8.
- China urges U.S. not to play with fire by starting trade war People's Daily 08 Apr 2018 -- China warns the U.S. of getting burnt in the end by playing with fire after stirring up a trade war with China, as China is ready for further escalation from the U.S. side and is prepared with detailed countermeasures.
- China is not in fear of trade war with U.S. People's Daily 08 Apr 2018 -- Following U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to slap additional tariffs on $100 billion in imports from China on Thursday, experts and media outlets in China have slammed the decision as "an economic dead end," stressing that the country and the public are not afraid of such "inequitable treatment."
- Trump Predicts Resolution of Trade Dispute with China VOA 08 Apr 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump predicted Sunday there would be a resolution of the U.S.-China standoff on tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of goods the world's two biggest economies are threatening to impose on each other.
- Enemies feel threatened by Iran's rising power: Ayatollah Khamenei Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says enemies of the Islamic establishment are in fear of the rising power of Iran, but are not able to do anything to curb it.
- Following suit with US on nuclear deal humiliating for Europe: Salehi Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- Iran's nuclear chief says it would be humiliating for Europe to follow suit with the US policy on the nuclear deal with Iran, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
- Saudi prosecutor launches probes into alleged graft cases Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- A Saudi official says the public prosecutor has begun investigations into alleged corruption cases involving detained princes and businessmen who have not reached settlements with the government.
- German Authorities Detain 6 for Alleged Plot to Attack Half-Marathon VOA 08 Apr 2018 -- German authorities said six people have been detained Sunday allegedly in connection with a plan to carry out an extremist attack on Berlin's half-marathon.
- Africa Misses Out on Taiwan's Development Aid Due to 'One China' Policy VOA 08 Apr 2018 -- Taiwan says it regrets that the "one China" policy insisted on by Beijing prevents it from providing much needed development aid to most countries in Africa.
- Azerbaijan's Independent Media 'Muzzled' Ahead Of Presidential Election RFE/RL 08 Apr 2018 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says Azerbaijan's authorities have cleansed the political landscape of "virtually all formal avenues of expressing dissent" ahead of next week's snap presidential election that is set to hand longtime President Ilham Aliyev a new term.
- Ethiopia Closes Infamous Prison, But Activists Await Deeper Reforms VOA 08 Apr 2018 -- Days after swearing in its new prime minister, Ethiopia has begun to make good on promised reforms. In the past week, officials have closed an infamous detention center and released 11 jailed journalists and politicians.
- Some 60,000 Pakistanis Rally In Peshawar For Rights Of Ethnic Pashtuns RFE/RL 08 Apr 2018 -- Tens of thousands of ethnic Pashtuns - led by young the young activist Manzoor Pashteen - gathered in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on April 8 for a mass demonstration to demand the protection of the rights of Pashtuns.
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