19 May 2018 Military News
- Multiple blast hit sports stadium in Afghanistan's Jalalabad city Press TV 19 May 2018 -- At least eight people have been killed and dozens of others wounded as multiple blasts hit a sports stadium in eastern Afghanistan.
- Eastern Afghanistan Blasts Kill 8, Injure 40 VOA 19 May 2018 -- A series of explosions killed at least eight civilians and wounded more than 40 others in eastern Afghanistan, provincial authorities told VOA.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Eucom Commander Launches Readiness Program Training Initiative in Georgia AFPS 19 May 2018 -- The commander of U.S. European Command met with senior Georgian leaders during a two-day visit this week to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to Georgia's sovereignty and its aspirations to become a member of NATO.
- US cancels air drill involving B-52 bombers amid North Korea threats Press TV 19 May 2018 -- The United States has canceled a training exercise involving nuclear-capable B-52 bombers flying alongside South Korean warplanes after North Korea threatened to call off a planned meeting between Kim John-un and President Donald Trump, according to reports.
- Putin announces deployment of more advanced nuclear weapons Press TV 19 May 2018 -- President Vladimir Putin says Russia's new nuclear weapons will be delivered to the country's military within the next two years.
- Western Allies Call For Special Meeting To Enforce Chemical Weapons Ban RFE/RL 19 May 2018 -- Western allies are calling for a rare special session of the 192 nations that agreed to prohibit chemical weapons to establish a new mechanism for enforcing the ban after efforts to do so at the United Nations broke down last year.
- Air Force bombers land on island airport for first time People's Daily 19 May 2018 -- The People's Liberation Army Air Force landed its H-6K bomber aircraft on an airport in the South China Sea during a recent exercise, marking the first time Chinese bombers have used an airport in the region.
- 'Not So Invisible After All': Su-30 Manages to Detect Top Chinese Stealth Jet Sputnik 19 May 2018 -- China's fifth-generation Chengdu J-20, its most advanced fighter jet, has recently successfully completed its first maritime combat training. The latest Chinese jet has been in development since 2002 and entered into service in 2017.
- China's saber rattling on Taiwan in vain: defense minister CNA 19 May 2018 -- China's continued saber rattling on Taiwan will not be successful, but instead will only trigger resentment among the people in Taiwan, Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa (嚴德發) said on Saturday.
- US approves sale of bombs, bunker busters to Bahrain Press TV 19 May 2018 -- The United States has approved a possible sale to Bahrain of thousands of bombs, armed with special warheads, for the regime's US-made F-16 fighter jets.
- Chinese Strategic Bombers Make Debut Landing on South China Sea Isles Sputnik 19 May 2018 -- The South China Sea, a strategically and economically key maritime region, is disputed between numerous countries in the region. Beijing has been pushing its claim on the area by constructing artificial islands around the disputed Spratly Island chain.
- US protests as China lands bombers on island for first time Press TV 19 May 2018 -- China has for the first time landed several bombers on an island in the South China Sea as part of a training exercise in the disputed region.
- Yemeni ballistic missile targets Saudi base in Asir in retaliatory attack Press TV 19 May 2018 -- Yemeni Ansarullah forces have launched a retaliatory missile attack at a Saudi military base in the kingdom's southwestern border region of Asir.
- Saudi troops replace UAE forces on Yemen's Socotra: Report Press TV 19 May 2018 -- The United Arab Emirates has reportedly withdrawn most of its troops from Yemen's Socotra island under a deal and let Saudi forces take over the oasis of breath-taking beauty, a Turkish news agency reports.
- Syrian govt. forces make territorial gains south of Damascus Press TV 19 May 2018 -- Syrian government forces and allied fighters from popular defense groups have managed to make further advances on terrorists' lines south of the capital Damascus, tightening the noose around foreign-backed terror groups.
- 2018 worst year for Syria humanitarian situation: UN Press TV 19 May 2018 -- The UN Humanitarian coordinator for Syria has warned that the country is currently experiencing its worst humanitarian crisis since a foreign-backed crisis erupted in the country seven years ago.
- US to focus on 'priorities' in Kurdish-populated northeast Syria: Officials Press TV 19 May 2018 -- Informed US officials say the administration of President Donald Trump will step up its activities in the Kurdish-populated northeastern Syria, reinforcing fears of the Arab country's partition and mounting tensions with Turkey.
- Syrian Army Holds No Talks With Daesh Militants in Southern Damascus - Source Sputnik 19 May 2018 -- The Syrian army is not engaged in negotiations with Daesh militants regarding their withdrawal from the Yarmouk refugee camp in the south of Damascus, a Syrian military source told Sputnik Saturday.
- Indian-held Kashmir shuts to protest Modi's visit Press TV 19 May 2018 -- Large parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir have been shut down ahead of a visit by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is scheduled to inaugurate a hydroelectric power plant in the volatile region on Saturday.
- Tensions Rise in Cameroon Ahead of National Day VOA 19 May 2018 -- Cameroon has again imposed a curfew on its English-speaking regions, where armed separatists vow the country's national day will not be celebrated May 20.
- Rohani Calls On Muslim World To Cut Ties With Israel, Curb Ties With U.S. RFE/RL 19 May 2018 -- Iranian President Hassan Rohani is calling on Muslim countries to cut off relations with Israel and "revise" their trade and economic ties with the United States after Washington moved its embassy to Jerusalem this week.
- Erdogan Seeks to Rally Support for Palestinians VOA 19 May 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to rally opposition to Israel and the United States, calling for a mass rally in Istanbul in support of Palestinians as leaders of the Islamic world gathered for a summit.
- Russia Unveils World's First Floating Nuclear Plant Before Journey To Siberia RFE/RL 19 May 2018 -- Russia has presented to the media the world's first floating nuclear power station in the port of the far northern city of Murmansk.
- Kremlin Foe Navalny Launches New Political Party RFE/RL 19 May 2018 -- Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny has launched a new political party, though he missed its founding due to a jail sentence over nationwide protests he organized against President Vladimir Putin.
- Rage Against The Mom: Psychoanalyzing The Link Between Upbringing And Terrorism RFE/RL 19 May 2018 -- When 20-year-old Khamzat Azimov went on a deadly stabbing spree in Paris this month, a May 12 attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) extremist group, details about his upbringing caught the attention of psychoanalyst and counterterrorism expert Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin.
- Rouhani: US plot to encourage Iran to quit JPCOA fails IRNA 19 May 2018 -- President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that US plots to encourage Iran to withdraw form JCPOA quickly failed as the first big plot neutralized by Iran.
- Iran says US withdrawal from JCPOA causes no major problem IRNA 19 May 2018 -- The US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) caused no major problem for Iran's nuclear activities.
- US withdrawal proves Iran was right: Iran nuclear chief IRNA 19 May 2018 -- US' decision to quit Iran Deal was an unwise move and proved that Iranian authorities were right to believe that 'the US is not trustworthy', said the head of the Atomic Energy Agency of Iran (AEAI) on Saturday.
- Iran oil Minister: Every new decision in OPEC needs unanimity Press TV 19 May 2018 -- Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh says Tehran's oil exports to remain unchanged if the Iran nuclear deal is salvaged by the EU following the US withdrawal from the multinational accord.
- Iran too powerful now to be pressured: Senior official Press TV 19 May 2018 -- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi says the Islamic Republic is more powerful than any time and cannot be easily pressured in the face of US plans to reimpose sanctions on the country.
- EU to make direct oil payments to Iran to bypass US sanctions Press TV 19 May 2018 -- A plan by the European Union to make direct oil payments to Iran after the US re-imposes sanctions against the country is seen to risk the start of a trade war between Europe and the United States.
- Pompeo to urge US allies to pressure Iran: Official Press TV 19 May 2018 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will use his first foreign policy speech on Monday to call on European and other allies to pressure Iran, according to a senior official.
- EU Vows To Stick To Iran Nuclear Deal If Tehran Complies RFE/RL 19 May 2018 -- The European Union will remain committed to the Iran nuclear deal as long as Tehran continues to adhere to the landmark 2015 accord easing sanctions in exchange for curbs on its atomic program, the EU's top energy official said on May 19.
- Moqtada al-Sadr's alliance wins Iraq's parliamentary elections Press TV 19 May 2018 -- Iraq's electoral commission has announced the Sa'iroun (Marchers) political bloc, cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's alliance with communists, as the winner of the country's parliamentary elections.
- Shi'ite Cleric Sadr's Bloc Wins Iraqi Election RFE/RL 19 May 2018 -- The alliance of influential Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has captured the most seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, according to final results released by the country's electoral commission on May 19.
- Populist Cleric's Bloc Wins Iraqi Election VOA 19 May 2018 -- Iraq's electoral commission said Saturday that a bloc led by populist Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who fought U.S. troops during the Iraq War, has won the most seats in Iraq's national parliamentary elections.
- India's ruling party fails to form govt. in Karnataka Press TV 19 May 2018 -- India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suffered a setback as the chief minister of the southern state of Karnataka stepped down after admitting he did not have enough support to form a government.
- Poroshenko Recalls Ukraine's Envoys From CIS Bodies RFE/RL 19 May 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree recalling Kyiv's envoys from bodies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a loose grouping of former Soviet republics that he said Ukraine no longer has any use for.
- Poroshenko Signs Decree Recalling Ukrainian Representatives From CIS Bodies Sputnik 19 May 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday that he had a signed a decree recalling all Ukrainian representatives from the constituent bodies of the Commonwealth of the Independent States (CIS).
- Long-Shot Candidate Will Challenge Cameroon's President Biya VOA 19 May 2018 -- It has been 18 years since Akere Muna founded the Cameroon chapter of Transparency International, the anti-corruption watchdog agency. And although the organization has scored some successes, the overall picture is not improving. In 2017, Cameroon slipped to 153rd out of 180 countries in TI's annual corruption perception index, a slight drop from their ranking the previous year.
- Zaev Cites Agreement With Greeks On 'Ilinden Macedonia' Name RFE/RL 19 May 2018 -- Macedonia's prime minister says his administration has reached an agreement with Greek leaders on a new name for his country, possibly ending a decades-long dispute between the Balkan neighbors.
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