15 July 2018 Military News
- Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record high: UN Press TV 15 Jul 2018 -- United Nations (UN) figures show that the number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan's long-running conflict hit a record high of 1,692 fatalities in the first six months of 2018.
- UN: Civilian Deaths In Afghanistan Hit Record High RFE/RL 15 Jul 2018 -- The United Nations says the number of civilians killed in Afghanistan has reached a record high in the first half of the year, despite last month's cease-fire.
- Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record high - UN UN News 15 Jul 2018 -- The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan hit a record high in the first half of the year, despite last month's unprecedented ceasefire between the Afghan Government and the Taliban, the United Nations reported on Sunday.
- UN: Afghan War Inflicts Record 6-Month Civilian Death Total VOA 15 Jul 2018 -- The United Nations says the conflict in Afghanistan killed nearly 1,700 civilians in the first six months of 2018, the highest number recorded in any comparable time period over the last decade.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Mattis Commends Norway's Commitment to Global Peace, Security AFPS 15 Jul 2018 -- Defense Secretary James N. Mattis hailed the strong bond between the United States and Norway and commended the Nordic nation for its commitment to global peace and security in Oslo, Norway, yesterday.
- US general says Turkish plan to buy Russian S-400 air shield systems risk for NATO Press TV 15 Jul 2018 -- The Turkish government's plan to purchase the Russian S-400 systems would give the advanced air defense shield, used by "known foes" of NATO, deep insight into the US radar-evading F-35 fighter jets arriving in increasing numbers in Europe, the top American Air Force general in Europe warns.
- Deepening Military Ties Solidify China's Ambitions in Africa VOA 15 Jul 2018 -- In late June, top military officials from Mali, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and dozens of other African countries gathered to discuss defense strategies and security threats.
- President Assad: Syria ready for political peace IRNA 15 Jul 2018 -- Syria's President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that elimination of terrorism in most of the Syrian territories has set the ground for political solution to end the war on Syria.
- Army resolute on terror eradication, Syria liberation: Assad Press TV 15 Jul 2018 -- Syria's President Bashar al-Assad says the Syrian Arab Army and the allied forces are firmly resolved to defeat terrorism and liberate the entire Arab country's territory.
- Syria militants begin leaving Dara'a under surrender deal Press TV 15 Jul 2018 -- In Syria, militants and their relatives have begun leaving the southern city of Dara'a, in the wake of a surrender deal with the government to evacuate the region.
- Syrian forces liberate Quneitra village near occupied Golan Press TV 15 Jul 2018 -- A Syrian village in the strategic southwestern Quneitra Province, which borders Jordan, Lebanon and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, has returned to government control, as reported by a UK-based monitoring group.
- Boko Haram overruns Nigerian military base Press TV 15 Jul 2018 -- Boko Haram Takfiri terrorists have overrun a military base following a ferocious gun fight with Nigerian troops in the country's troubled northeast.
- In Gaza, UN envoy urges Israel, Palestinian factions to step back from brink of a war that 'everybody will lose' UN News 15 Jul 2018 -- With a ceasefire largely holding after a day-long flare-up in fighting between Israel and Gaza militants, the United Nation envoy on the Middle East peace process was in the enclave on Sunday urging Israelis and Palestinians to pull back from the brink of a confrontation "that nobody wants…and everybody will lose."
- Tensions High, Expectations Muted As Trump And Putin Meet In Helsinki RFE/RL 15 Jul 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, are hours away from their first solo meeting and the first bilateral summit between leaders of the two countries since April 2010.
- Trump Has 'Low Expectations' For Putin Talks, Calls EU A 'Foe' RFE/RL 15 Jul 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has said he has "low expectations" for his July 16 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
- Trump calls European Union, Russia, and China foes of US Press TV 15 Jul 2018 -- US President Trump says the European Union (EU) is a "foe" of the United States because the bloc is "taking advantage" of the US in trade.
- US accuses Russia of trying to divide Americans through social media Press TV 15 Jul 2018 -- The United States has accused Russia of trying to divide Americans using social media amid allegations that Moscow targeted the 2016 US presidential election.
- U.S. Homeland Security Chief: Russia Sowing Divisions Among Americans RFE/RL 15 Jul 2018 -- The U.S. homeland security chief says the country's intelligence officials are seeing "persistent Russian efforts" to use social media and other resources to create divisions among the American people.
- General Officer-Level Talks Between the United States and the DPRK on the Repatriation of Remains US Dept. of State 15 Jul 2018 -- On Sunday, July 15, representatives from the United States held the first General Officer-level talks with the DPRK since 2009. They met to discuss the return of U.S. service members' remains missing since the Korean War.
- US Media: Israel Smuggled Nuclear Plans Out of Tehran VOA 15 Jul 2018 -- Israel agents broke into an Iranian warehouse and smuggled out tens of thousands of pages and nearly 200 computer discs on Iranian plans to build a nuclear weapon, U.S. media reports say.
- Pakistan Holds Day Of Mourning After Bloody Week Of Election-Related Violence RFE/RL 15 Jul 2018 -- Pakistan observed a day of mourning for the dozens of people killed and injured during a series of terror attacks targeting political rallies as the country gears up for the July 25 national elections.
- Proposal to replace DPP's Taiwan independence platform shot down CNA 15 Jul 2018 -- A proposal to replace the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) previous pro-Taiwan independence resolutions with a provision stressing the maintenance of the status quo across the Taiwan Strait was vetoed at the party's annual congress Sunday.
- Turkey set to shake up key institutions Press TV 15 Jul 2018 -- Turkey has issued a raft of presidential decrees, shaking up key institutions as the country moves towards changing its current parliamentary ruling system to an executive presidential one.
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