28 May 2018 Military News
- Afghanistan, Pakistan Renew Push For Cooperation Against Terrorism RFE/RL 28 May 2018 -- Amid heightened tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, senior military and intelligence officials from the two neighbors have agreed to enhance joint efforts to fight against terrorism, the Pakistani military says.
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- 361st Civil Affairs Brigade supports Saber Strike 18 Army News 28 May 2018 -- The 361st Civil Affairs Brigade is supporting exercise Saber Strike 18 led by U.S. Army Europe at training areas in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, June 3 to 15.
- Secretary General addresses NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Warsaw NATO 28 May 2018 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg outlined the key themes of the upcoming Summit of Allied leaders in a keynote speech to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in Warsaw on Monday (28 May 2018).
- NATO Should Maintain Relationship With Russia to Prevent Accidents - Stoltenberg Sputnik 28 May 2018 -- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) expects eight of its member states to meet the target of spending 2 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on defense in 2018, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.
- Kremlin on US Base in Poland: Moscow Ready to React to NATO's Expansion Sputnik 28 May 2018 -- The Kremlin has commented on the deployment of a permanent US military base in Poland, which will cost the country $1.5-2 billion.
- Poland Seeks Permanent U.S. Troop Presence To Counter Russia RFE/RL 28 May 2018 -- Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said on May 28 that he has had talks with U.S. officials about permanently stationing U.S. troops in Poland as a deterrent against Russian aggression.
- Warsaw Reiterates Proposal to NATO for Land Component Command in Poland Sputnik 28 May 2018 -- Polish President Andrzej Duda said Monday that he had reiterated to NATO Warsaw's wish for the alliance's land component command to be deployed in the Polish city of Szczecin.
- British Army's new air defence missile blasts airborne target by Baltic Sea UK MOD 28 May 2018 -- A brand-new missile system at the heart of the British Army's future air defences has completed its first successful firing trials, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced.
- Turkey Cannot Confirm Plans to Purchase Su-57 Jets Instead of F-35 - Source Sputnik 28 May 2018 -- Turkish media reports about possible purchase of Russian Su-57 fighters instead of US F-35 jets are based on experts' opinion and do not reflect the official position of Ankara, a source in the secretariat of the Turkish defense industry told Sputnik.
- Israel pushing US to keep F-35 upgrade secret from Turkey Press TV 28 May 2018 -- A senior Israeli military official has disclosed that the Tel Aviv regime is engaged in talks with the United States over delivery of F-35 single-engine stealth fighter jets to Turkey without performance-enhancing software.
- Israel Spends Record Sum on Weapons Purchases From the UK in 2017 - Report Sputnik 28 May 2018 -- The report comes amid ongoing deadly clashes between Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and Israeli border guards. Tel Aviv claims that the Gaza protests are organized as a provocation by Hamas.
- Israel Wants US to Keep F-35 'Upgrade Capabilities' Secret From Turkey – Reports Sputnik 28 May 2018 -- Israel and the United States are holding talks on the supply of F-35 stealth fighter jets to Turkey amid uncertainties over the fate of the deliveries in the US, Haaretz reported.
- U.S. congressman introduces bill to help boost Taiwan's defense CNA 28 May 2018 -- A U.S. congressman has introduced a bill to establish a Taiwan Defense Assessment Commission, strengthening the U.S. commitment to the defense of Taiwan.
- Foreign minister thanks U.S. Congress for pushing Taiwan friendly bill CNA 28 May 2018 -- Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) on Monday expressed gratitude to the U.S. Congress for its staunch support of Taiwan by once again pushing a bill to establish a commission to help boost Taiwan's defense capability.
- China Scrambles Jets, Sends Ships to Warn Off US Navy From S China Sea Sputnik 28 May 2018 -- Beijing has slammed the move as a "provocation" and an infringement of China's sovereignty.
- Saudi Arabia, UAE after occupying Yemen: Ansarullah IRNA 28 May 2018 -- The main goal Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are following to do by launching a military aggression against Yemen is occupation of the country, the Yemeni Ansarullah movement leader said.
- Yemeni fighters kill scores of Saudi forces IRNA 28 May 2018 -- Scores of Saudi military men were killed and hundreds of others wounded by Yemeni army and popular committees in the western coasts of Yemen Sunday.
- Syria flag raised in Babila in celebration of its liberation IRNA 28 May 2018 -- People from the towns of Yelda, Babila, and Beit Sahm gathered in the Martyrs Square in Babila to take part in a public event in which the Syrian flag was raised in celebration of the liberation of the south of Damascus from terrorism.
- 75 terrorists killed in Idlib city in one month IRNA 28 May 2018 -- An entity calling itself the Syrian Observatory For Human Rights said 75 terrorists have been killed in Idlib city and its surrounding areas over the past one month.
- Damascus govt. gives UN list of nominees for constitutional committee Press TV 28 May 2018 -- United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura says the Damascus government has submitted a list of names to the UN as candidates for inclusion in a constitutional committee.
- Only Syrian army troops must be present in Syria's south: Russian FM Press TV 28 May 2018 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says only Syrian government forces should maintain presence on the Arab country's southern parts, which is close to Jordan and the occupied territories of Palestine.
- Netanyahu: Iran Should Be Denied Any Military Presence in Syria Sputnik 28 May 2018 -- Israel has called for Iran to withdraw its military forces from Syria with Tehran insisting it only has military advisers in the country despite Tel-Aviv's numerous claims to the opposite.
- Libya's Haftar Forces Take Control of Entrance to Derna - Spokesman Sputnik 28 May 2018 -- The Libyan National Army (LNA), headed by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, liberated the entrance of the city of Derna from terrorists, LNA spokesman Ahmed Al-Mismari said on Monday.
- Ukraine Claims Moscow Brought 1 Million Russians Into Crimea RFE/RL 28 May 2018 -- Russia has relocated up to 1 million people to the annexed Ukrainian region of Crimea, according to Mustafa Dzhemilev, the longtime leader of the Crimean Tatars and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's envoy for Crimean Tatar affairs.
- Israeli artillery shells besieged Gaza Strip, kills civilian Press TV 28 May 2018 -- A young Palestinian man has lost his life and another sustained injuries after Israeli artillery units struck the southern part of the Gaza Strip as the Tel Aviv regime presses ahead with its acts of aggression against the besieged Palestinian coastal sliver.
- Israeli Tank Fires at Militant Observation Post After Gunfire From Gaza – IDF Sputnik 28 May 2018 -- An Israeli army spokesperson has stated that the IDF came under fire when they detained two Palestinians who had violated the border, finding knives and combustible materials.
- French FM Visits Yerevan After Pledge To Help Resolve Karabakh Conflict RFE/RL 28 May 2018 -- French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has met in Yerevan with Armenian Foreign Minister Zograb Mnatsakanian, a day after Le Drian announced French plans to intensify efforts to resolve the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.
- Central African Republic crisis 'breaks my heart' says senior UN aid official UN News 28 May 2018 -- The already serious humanitarian situation in Central African Republic (CAR) has worsened amid a spike in violence which threatens to overtake almost every area of the country, a top UN aid official said on Monday.
- Central African Republic Continues Slide to Full-Scale War VOA 28 May 2018 -- The United Nations reports Central African Republic's five-year-old civil war is intensifying and has now spread to practically all parts of the country, even to those areas in northern and central CAR that have been relatively stable.
- UN chief in Mali to mark dedication, service and sacrifice of peacekeepers UN News 28 May 2018 -- On the eve of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers this Tuesday, in the dimly lit streets of Bamako, the Malian police set out to conduct a night patrol with the support of UN police officers.
- Former Pakistan Spy Chief Barred From Traveling Abroad Over Tell-All Book RFE/RL 28 May 2018 -- A former head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency has been barred from leaving the country in connection with a recent memoir he co-authored with a former Indian intelligence-agency head.
- Pakistan Bans Ex-Spy Chief From Traveling Abroad VOA 28 May 2018 -- In an unprecedented move, Pakistan's military has barred an ex-spy chief from leaving the country, after ordering a probe into a book he co-authored with a former counterpart from rival India.
- Russia Seeks 14-Year Term For Ukrainian Journalist Accused Of Spying RFE/RL 28 May 2018 -- Russian prosecutors are seeking a 14-year prison term for Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko, who is on trial in Moscow on espionage charges in a case viewed by Kyiv and rights activists as politically motivated.
- Rodong Sinmun on DPRK's Steadfast Will for Building Nuclear-Free World KCNA 28 May 2018 -- Rodong Sinmun Monday in a commentary says the positive measures taken by the DPRK for the dismantlement of the nuclear test ground have evoked a tremendous response from the world.
- US wants N Korea to ship out nukes, missiles ahead of Trump-Kim summit Press TV 28 May 2018 -- The United States has asked North Korea to move all of its nuclear warheads out of the Korean Peninsula before the June 12 summit between President Donald Trump and the North's leader Kim Jong-un, officials say.
- Trump, Japan's Abe to Meet Ahead of Possible US-North Korea Summit VOA 28 May 2018 -- President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plan to hold face-to-face discussions before a planned summit between Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un.
- US, N. Korean Officials Negotiate Possible Trump-Kim Summit VOA 28 May 2018 -- U.S. and North Korean officials met again Monday at the demilitarized zone to talk about a possible summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung Un.
- EU says determined to save JCPOA IRNA 28 May 2018 -- EU foreign policy chief said on Monday that this bloc is determined to save the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between Iran and G5+1 in 2015.
- EU to discuss its policies on Iran, JCPOA IRNA 28 May 2018 -- The European Union member states will review policies toward Iran and JCPOA in Monday meeting in Brussels, media reported on Sunday.
- Iran condemns New York court's verdicts against Iran IRNA 28 May 2018 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Monday that Islamic Republic strongly condemns and rejected US judicial authorities' absentee, lopsided, politically-motivated and baseless rulings as extraterritorial and unlawful.
- Iran can resume 20-percent enrichment in 2-3 days: AEOI spokesman ISNA 28 May 2018 -- The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi says the Islamic Republic is able to resume the enrichment of uranium to the 20-percent purity level within a maximum of two or three days.
- Iran will stop negotiations if Europe wastes time: Araghchi ISNA 28 May 2018 -- Iranian deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs says Iran will not continue talks with European sides of its nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), if it feels that European countries are wasting time.
- EU resolved to preserve Iran nuclear deal after US withdrawal: Mogherini Press TV 28 May 2018 -- The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc is determined to save a 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries despite the United States' move to withdraw from the deal.
- India will not follow US sanctions on Iran: FM Swaraj Press TV 28 May 2018 -- India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj says New Delhi will keep trading with Iran and will only follow sanctions imposed by the United Nations and not those imposed by any other country, such as the United States, against the Islamic Republic.
- Iran FM: India not supporting unilateral sanctions IRNA 28 May 2018 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that New Delhi has clearly announced that it does not support unilateral sanctions.
- Iraqi parliament cancels expats votes for recent elections Press TV 28 May 2018 -- Iraqi's parliament has predominantly canceled expats and internally displaced people votes in the parliamentary elections.
- Former chief justice to rule Pakistan in run-up to general elections Press TV 28 May 2018 -- Pakistan has appointed former chief justice Nasir-ul-Mulk as caretaker prime minister until general elections scheduled to be held on July 25.
- Pakistan adopts bill to merge tribal areas at Afghan border with NW province Press TV 28 May 2018 -- The provincial assembly of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has approved a bill to merge the restive tribal regions along the Afghan border with its territory after getting the parliament's go-ahead.
- Polish PM Calls Nord Stream 2 'Weapon' Of Hybrid Warfare RFE/RL 28 May 2018 -- Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki says Russia's planned natural-gas pipeline, Nord Stream 2, is a weapon of hybrid warfare that Moscow wants to use to undermine European energy security and the solidarity of the European Union and NATO.
- Taiwan a frontline state against authoritarian influence: official CNA 28 May 2018 -- In the fight against the growing influence of authoritarian powers, Taiwan is a frontline state with experience in resisting China's attempts to erode its democracy and defending fundamental democratic values, Deputy Foreign Minister Francois Wu (吳志中) said Monday.
- EU agrees to swiftly adopt new sanctions on Venezuela over election Press TV 28 May 2018 -- Foreign ministers of the European Union have agreed to act swiftly to impose a new series of sanctions on Venezuelan officials involved in the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro.
- EU to Impose Targeted Restrictions Against Venezuela Over Presidential Vote Sputnik 28 May 2018 -- The European Union has decided to impose additional "targeted and reversible" restrictions on Venezuela, the EU Council said in a statement on Monday.
- FARC deal critic to face leftist rival in Colombia's presidential runoff Press TV 28 May 2018 -- Colombia's presidential election has headed to a runoff after conservative candidate Ivan Duque, a critic of the landmark peace deal with FARC rebels, took the lead in the first round but failed to secure an outright majority.
- Italy's Populists Want President Impeached VOA 28 May 2018 -- Italy's president was accused Sunday of pandering to the European Union and kowtowing to the financial markets after he withheld his approval of a euro-skeptic becoming the country's economy minister, thwarting in the process the formation of Europe's first all-populist government.
- Italian president appoints ex-IMF official Cottarelli as interim PM, gives him mandate to form govt. Press TV 28 May 2018 -- Italian President Sergio Mattarella has appointed Carlo Cottarelli, a former senior director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), as interim prime minister, giving him mandate to form a government ahead of snap elections in the country, which has been without a government for two months.
- Italy in turmoil as president vetoes anti-EU minister, PM stops bid to form govt. Press TV 28 May 2018 -- Italy has plunged into political uncertainty after the president refused to endorse the eurosceptic pick for the post of finance minister, prompting the premier-designate to drop the mandate to form a government and pushing the country to the verge of fresh elections.
- Greece, Macedonia Say Talks On Name Dispute Ready For 'Final Stage' RFE/RL 28 May 2018 -- The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia said in Brussels on May 28 that they have completed the main round of negotiations on the contentious issue over Macedonia's name and are ready to hand the final stage over to the countries' prime ministers.
- Name Dispute With Macedonia Closed, Accord Almost Ready - Greek Foreign Minister Sputnik 28 May 2018 -- Negotiations between Skopje and Athens on the constitutional name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia at the level of foreign ministers have been completed, and the final text of the agreement is being prepared, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said Monday.
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