23 June 2018 Military News
- Pakistani Taliban pick Noor Wali Mahsud as new chief Press TV 23 Jun 2018 -- The Pakistani branch of the Taliban, known as the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), has chosen a new chief to replace its slain leader Mullah Fazlullah.
- Pakistani Taliban Appoint New Leader After Mullah Fazlullah's Killing RFE/RL 23 Jun 2018 -- The Pakistani Taliban has appointed a religious scholar as their new leader to replace Mullah Fazlullah, who was killed in a U.S. air strike in Afghanistan earlier this month.
- Pakistani Taliban Names Successor of Chief Killed in Drone Strike VOA 23 Jun 2018 -- The extremist Pakistani Taliban has formally confirmed the death of its chief in last week's American drone strike in eastern Afghanistan and announced the appointment of his successor.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Readout of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis' Meeting With His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan DoD 23 Jun 2018
- Lockheed to arm Bahrain as US fuels regional race Press TV 23 Jun 2018 -- The tiny Persian Gulf country of Bahrain has signed a $1.1 billion deal with US weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin to buy 16 F-16 warplanes.
- Fresh Saudi airstrikes leave six civilians dead in northwestern Yemen Press TV 23 Jun 2018 -- At least six civilians have been killed when Saudi military aircraft carried out airstrikes against a residential area in Yemen's northwestern province of Sa'ada as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its bombardment campaign against its southern neighbor.
- Saudi-led raid forces 1000s out of Yemeni port of Hudaydah Press TV 23 Jun 2018 -- The Saudi-led assault on the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah has led to mass displacement of people from the strategic area.
- Iraqi airstrike kills 45 Daesh terrorists in eastern Syria Press TV 23 Jun 2018 -- The Iraqi military has conducted an airstrike against the Daesh Takfiri group in Syria's eastern Dayr al-Zawr province, killing 45 terrorists.
- U.S. Warns Russia To Rein In Syrian Assault In Southwest Cease-Fire Zone RFE/RL 23 Jun 2018 -- The United States has warned Russia to rein in its ally Syria after reports that government forces have stepped up attacks on rebels in an area of southwest Syria that was designated as a "de-escalation zone" last year.
- Iraqi Military Airstrikes Kill 45 Daesh Militants Sputnik 23 Jun 2018 -- Iraq has been carrying out strikes against Daesh in Syria since receiving intelligence involving security threats.
- Five killed in Boko Haram bomb attack in Nigerian village Press TV 23 Jun 2018 -- At least five people have been killed and six others injured after Boko Haram Takfiri terrorists launched an attack on a village in Nigeria's northeast.
- UN Backs Call For Withdrawal Of Russian Troops From Transdniester RFE/RL 23 Jun 2018 -- The United Nations General Assembly has backed a call from Britain, Moldova, Georgia, Ukraine and seven other countries for Russia to withdraw its troops from a breakaway region of Moldova.
- Bin Salman, Netanyahu met secretly in Amman: Report Press TV 23 Jun 2018 -- Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have held secret meetings in Amman, Israel's Maariv newspaper reported Friday.
- Netanyahu Held Secret Talks With Saudi Prince Salman in Amman – Israeli Media Sputnik 23 Jun 2018 -- Last year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted that Tel Aviv develop "secret contacts" with Saudi Arabia despite the fact that the two countries have no diplomatic relations.
- Despite summit, Trump calls North Korea 'extraordinary threat' to US Press TV 23 Jun 2018 -- President Donald Trump has declared North Korea an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to US national security as he acted to maintain harsh economic sanctions against Pyongyang, despite a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un earlier this month.
- US Still Sees N Korea as 'Extraordinary Threat' Despite Thaw Between Trump, Kim Sputnik 23 Jun 2018 -- The sudden change in Washington's rhetoric occurred despite Donald Trump's earlier assertions that Pyongyang no longer presents a nuclear threat.
- Iran staying in nuclear deal depends on Europe actions IRNA 23 Jun 2018 -- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for political affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Friday that the question of Iran staying in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) depends on the measures to be taken by European countries, Russia and China.
- Iran expects Europe's package to save nuclear deal by end of June: Araqchi Press TV 23 Jun 2018 -- A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator says the Islamic Republic expects the European Union to put forward by the end of June its package of proposals to save a multilateral nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries from which the US has withdrawn.
- Pompeo: Iran to Face 'Wrath of Entire World' if it Pursues Nukes Sputnik 23 Jun 2018 -- The top US diplomat stressed that this warning had have nothing to do with military action, but would rather include a public thumbs-down and economic countermeasures. The statement comes amid Iran's growing impatience over the future of the landmark Iran nuclear deal.
- Iraqi PM Abadi, cleric Sadr announce alliance of their political parties Press TV 23 Jun 2018 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have announced an alliance between the political parties.
- Iraqi PM Abadi and Anti-American Shiite Cleric Sadr Announce Alliance Sputnik 23 Jun 2018 -- The Sairun Alliance, backed by the prominent Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr, won 54 parliamentary mandates during the first Iraqi parliamentary election since Daesh* defeat.
- Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on Women Drivers VOA 24 Jun 2018 -- Saudi Arabia has lifted the world's last ban on women drivers.
- Uzbek-Born Man Charged In New York Killings Touts Islamic State RFE/RL 23 Jun 2018 -- An Uzbek immigrant who was charged with mowing down and killing eight people with a truck in New York City has spoken out about the Islamic State (IS) extremist group at a court hearing.
- Nearly 300 Turkish diplomats seek asylum in Germany after 2016 coup attempt Press TV 23 Jun 2018 -- Nearly 300 Turkish diplomats have sought asylum in Germany since the 2016 coup attempt against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Erdogan, rival Ince trade blows at final election rallies on eve of Turkey polls Press TV 23 Jun 2018 -- Turkish incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his closest rival Muharrem Ince have traded blows in mass rallies just a day before the country's most fiercely contested presidential and parliamentary elections in decades.
- Turkish police arrest 47 suspects over links to Gulen network Press TV 23 Jun 2018 -- Turkish police forces have arrested at least 47 people on suspicion of affiliation to a movement led by the US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Opposition Unites In Bid To Halt Turkey's March Toward One-Man Rule RFE/RL 23 Jun 2018 -- The winner of Turkey's next presidential election will take office with more powers than a Turkish president has ever had -- including the ability to rule by decree as head of both state and government, and to disband parliament.
- Turkey's Presidential Rivals Make Final Campaign Push VOA 23 Jun 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his main challenger, Muharrem Ince, made a final push for support at rival rallies in Istanbul on Saturday, a day before presidential and parliamentary elections.
- Zimbabwe president survives explosion rocking stadium during presidential rally Press TV 23 Jun 2018 -- Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has survived an explosion that rocked a stadium where he was addressing a rally, his spokesman says.
- One dead, 154 injured in blast at rally supporting new Ethiopian PM Press TV 23 Jun 2018 -- One person has been killed and 154 others wounded in a grenade explosion at a rally attended by thousands in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, the country's health minister says.
- Guterres expresses 'grave concern' following explosion at large political rally for reform-minded Ethiopian Prime Minister UN News 23 Jun 2018 -- One person has reportedly died, and dozens were injured after an explosion ripped through a large crowd at a rally for the new Prime Minister of Ethiopia on Saturday, which the UN chief described as a matter of "grave concern".
- Malaysia's Former PM Najib Net Tightens VOA 23 Jun 2018 -- The net around embattled former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his associates is tightening with investigations into his administration's alleged misdeeds ratcheting up this week.
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