08 July 2018 Military News
- Saudis to Host Conference Seeking Afghan Peace VOA 08 Jul 2018 -- Saudi Arabia is hosting an international Muslim scholars conference on peace and stability in Afghanistan next week, Afghan officials told VOA.
- Afghan Forces Destroy Daesh Stronghold Amid Crackdown on Terrorists Sputnik 08 Jul 2018 -- According to the news broadcaster TOLO, government forces have destroyed one of the key bases of the Daesh terrorist group in eastern Nangarhar province, with the operation in the region ongoing,
Defense Policy / Programs
- US 6th Fleet Flagship Enters Black Sea for Drills With Ukraine - Naval Forces Sputnik 08 Jul 2018 -- The Sea Breeze exercises are annual multinational drills that train maritime, air defense, anti-submarine, and search and rescue operations, with the aim to strengthen cooperation among NATO allies to ensure stability in the Black Sea region.
- Canada Loses All Hope of Finding Buyers for Its Outdated Tanks Sputnik 08 Jul 2018 -- Canada's Leopard tanks were replaced with the more modern Leopard 2, but finding buyers for the old ones has proved to be difficult, especially due to the limitations imposed by the country.
- Israel, France Conduct Joint Naval Drills for the 1st Time in 50 Years - Reports Sputnik 08 Jul 2018 -- Israeli Navy ships participated in joint exercises with the French military for the first time in over 50 years, Times of Israel reported Sunday.
- UAE prolongs compulsory military service to 16 months amid Yemen war Press TV 08 Jul 2018 -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has extended compulsory military service for Emirati nationals from 12 to 16 months amid the Abu Dhabi's involvement in the Saudi-led military campaign against Yemen, which has claimed the lives of thousands of innocent civilians and reduced the impoverished Arab country's critical infrastructure to rubble.
- Attack at Saudi Security Checkpoint Kills Several People – Reports Sputnik 08 Jul 2018 -- In June the Saudi TV channel, Al-Ekhbariya reported, citing a statement by the Saudi-led coalition, that two civilians had been killed in shelling by Yemen's Houthi militants.
- Syrian air defenses repel missile attack on Homs T4 airbase Press TV 08 Jul 2018 -- Syrian air defenses have thwarted a missile attack on the T4 airbase in the country's central province of Homs.
- Syrian soldiers recapture Um al-Mayazen town in Dara'a province Press TV 08 Jul 2018 -- Syrian army troops have managed to regain control over yet another strategic town in the country's southwestern province of Dara'a following the elimination of the last gatherings of militants in the area.
- Iran to remain in Syria to keep Israel out: Official Press TV 08 Jul 2018 -- A senior Iranian official says Iranian military advisers will continue their presence in Syria to help the Arab country defeat an all-out foreign-sponsored militancy.
- Syrian Forces Ward Off Attack on Tiyas Military Base in Homs - Reports Sputnik 08 Jul 2018 -- Syrian air defense forces thwarted a strike on Sunday night that targeted the T4 air base in Homs province, Reuters reported.
- Kashmir goes under Indian curfew amid tensions Press TV 08 Jul 2018 -- Authorities have imposed a curfew in Indian-controlled Kashmir as pro-independence fighters urge protests to mark the second anniversary of the killing of a charismatic figure.
- Rebel leader Riek Machar to be reinstated as South Sudan vice president Press TV 08 Jul 2018 -- South Sudan's warring parties have agreed to a power-sharing agreement according to which rebel leader Riek Machar will be reinstated as vice president.
- British Woman Exposed To Novichok Nerve Agent Dies RFE/RL 08 Jul 2018 -- British police say a woman who fell critically ill after being exposed to the same nerve agent used in the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter has died.
- British Woman Poisoned by Nerve Agent Dies VOA 08 Jul 2018 -- British police have opened a murder investigation after a woman poisoned by the same nerve agent that sickened an ex-Russian spy in March died.
- Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha at a Press Availability US Dept. of State 08 Jul 2018
- Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Remarks to Traveling Press US Dept. of State 08 Jul 2018
- Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 08 Jul 2018
- U.S. Delegation Leaves KCNA 08 Jul 2018 -- A delegation of the United States of America led by State Secretary Mike Pompeo left here Saturday after finishing the DPRK-U.S. high-level talks.
- Mike Pompeo urges North Korea to follow example of Vietnam Press TV 08 Jul 2018 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged North Korea to follow the example of Vietnam, saying President Donald Trump believed Pyongyang could replicate Hanoi's path to normal relations with Washington and to prosperity.
- US to maintain North Korea sanctions as talks seem to falter Press TV 08 Jul 2018 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says American sanctions on North Korea will remain in place, as talks between Washington and Pyongyang seem to have hit a snag.
- Pompeo Urges North Korea to Follow Vietnam's Path in Relations With US Sputnik 08 Jul 2018 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hailed on Sunday US-Vietnam shared stance on a number of international problems, in particular, the North Korean issue.
- North Korea Confirms Commitment to Denuclearization - Pompeo Sputnik 08 Jul 2018 -- Speaking in Tokyo after holding meetings in Pyongyang, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday that Washington would continue enforcing sanctions until North Korea achieves final denuclearization.
- Pompeo: N. Korea Could Have Ties With US Like Vietnam VOA 08 Jul 2018 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged North Korea on Sunday to replicate Vietnam in forging a new relationship with the United States, much like Hanoi has done more than four decades after the Vietnam War against the U.S. ended.
- Pompeo Hopeful About North Korea Talks, but Sanctions Stay VOA 08 Jul 2018 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says sanctions will remain in place on North Korea "until final, fully verified denuclearization as agreed to by Chairman Kim (Jong Un) occurs."
- South Korea denies halt in Iran oil imports Press TV 08 Jul 2018 -- South Korea on Sunday rejected reports that it had stopped importing oil and condensate from Iran.
- Iran says no major change in oil exports despite US pressure Press TV 08 Jul 2018 -- Iran's Petroleum Minister Bijan Zanganeh says there has been no major change in the country's production and export of crude oil despite recent threats by US President Donald Trump to halt the oil trade activities of the Islamic Republic.
- Pakistani authorities detain son-in-law of ousted prime minister Press TV 08 Jul 2018 -- Pakistani authorities have detained the convicted son-in-law of embattled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif two days after a court in Islamabad sentenced him to jail over a corruption ruling linked to his family's purchase of luxury flats in London.
- Pakistani Ex-PM Sharif To Return For Jail Term As Son-In-Law Surrenders RFE/RL 08 Jul 2018 -- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will return to his country on July 13 to face jail, his daughter has said.
- Judge Orders Brazil Ex-President Lula da Silva Freed - Reports Sputnik 08 Jul 2018 -- An appeals court judge, Rogerio Favreto, ruled Sunday that former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, currently serving a 12-year jail term on corruption charges, must be released from prison, Excelsior reported Sunday.
- China Mulls Creation of Joint Global Satellite System with Russia - Source Sputnik 08 Jul 2018 -- A Chinese delegation has proposed to Russia's Roscosmos state space corporation to discuss a possibility of the creation of a joint global satellite communications system, which could become an analogue of UK's OneWeb satellite constellation or Starlink, a source from Russian space industry told Sputnik.
- Turkish MPs take oaths as Erdogan assumes sweeping new powers Press TV 08 Jul 2018 -- Turkish lawmakers have taken oaths of office as Recep Tayyip Erdogan starts a new term as president with sweeping new powers granted in last year's narrowly-won referendum.
- Turkey Fires More Than 18,000 State Employees In New Decree RFE/RL 08 Jul 2018 -- Turkey has issued a decree dismissing more than 18,000 civil servants, half of which were from the police force, over suspected links to groups that "act against national security."
- Turkey Sacks Over 18,000 Public Service Workers Over Gulen Links in New Decree Sputnik 08 Jul 2018 -- The Turkish government has adopted a decree in line with the state of the emergency regime, declared following the 2016 coup attempt, the official Resmi Gazete reported.
- EU, Ukraine To Discuss Reforms And Russia At Summit RFE/RL 08 Jul 2018 -- European Union and Ukraine will hold their annual summit on July 9, with the two sides expected to discuss topics that include Kyiv's reform agenda and Russia's seizure of Crimea in 2014 and backing of separatists in eastern Ukraine.
- EU Demands Reforms Ahead of Summit; Ukrainians Question Benefits VOA 08 Jul 2018 -- Corruption and the conflict with Russian-backed rebels in Ukraine's east will top the agenda when a summit between that country and the European Union takes place Monday in Brussels.
- Nicaragua's Ortega rules out early elections amid unrest Press TV 08 Jul 2018 -- Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has rejected opposition calls for early elections, despite a wave of anti-government protests and violence that has reportedly claimed more than 220 lives in the crisis-stricken Central American country over the past months.
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