29 July 2018 Military News
- Trump wants Afghan forces in Kabul, other big cities: Sources Press TV 29 Jul 2018 -- Officials from the administration US President Donald Trump are pushing Afghan forces to move their soldiers to big cities like the capital Kabul, sources say.
- Afghan Leader Invites Pakistan's Khan to Visit Kabul VOA 29 Jul 2018 -- Afghanistan's president, Ashraf Ghani on Sunday telephoned neighboring Pakistan's would-be prime minister, cricketer turned politician, Imran Khan, to congratulate him on his election victory and extend an "open invitation" to him to visit Kabul.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Putin: Russia's Navy Successfully Ensures Country's Defense Capability Sputnik 29 Jul 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin noted on Sunday in his Navy Day congratulation to mariners the role of the Russian Navy in ensuring the country's defense capabilities and strategic parity in the world.
- Japan Intercepts Chinese Surveillance Plane Over East China Sea - Reports Sputnik 29 Jul 2018 -- Relations between Japan and China have long been strained over wartime history and territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
- Like Washington and Moscow: India to Set Up Missile Shield Around Delhi Sputnik 29 Jul 2018 -- Taking a cue from superpowers Russia and the United States, other countries are mulling similar advanced air defense systems to protect their big cities.
- Iran attends Caspian Sea preliminary exercises IRNA 29 Jul 2018 -- The Caspian Sea preliminary exercises were held Sunday with the attendance of Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan in the Caspian Sea.
- MOFA downplays report on posting of military police in U.S. CNA 29 Jul 2018 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Sunday downplayed a local media report that Taiwan has asked to resume stationing military police at its representative office and Twin Oaks Estate in Washington D.C.
- AIT reiterates stance on reported posting of U.S. Marines at new compound CNA 29 Jul 2018 -- The de facto United States embassy in Taiwan reiterated Sunday that the security arrangements at its new office compound in Taipei's Neihu District will be the same as at the current site.
- 'Combat readiness month' said to resume in 2019 CNA 29 Jul 2018 -- The military plans to revive a one-month-per-quarter military training program from next year to boost combat readiness nationwide, a source with knowledge of the matter said Sunday.
- Hudaydah 'one airstrike away from unstoppable epidemic': UN humanitarian chief in Yemen UN News 29 Jul 2018 -- The crucial Yemeni port city of Hudaydah, which has been living under fire from pro-Government forces for weeks now, could be just "one airstrike away from an unstoppable epidemic", said the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the country on Sunday.
- UN warns that Yemen's Hudaydah port one airstrike away from epidemic Press TV 29 Jul 2018 -- The United Nations has warned that Yemen's Hudaydah is just "one airstrike away from an unstoppable epidemic."
- Yemeni troops kill four Saudi soldiers, capture two Press TV 29 Jul 2018 -- Yemen's army troops and their Houthi allies have killed four Saudi soldiers and captured two others in counterattacks near the border, the al-Masirah television network reports.
- Yemeni forces fire ballistic missile at base run by Saudi mercenaries: Report Press TV 29 Jul 2018 -- Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have fired a domestically-designed short-range ballistic missile at a position of Saudi-backed militiamen loyal to resigned president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the country's central province of al-Bayda.
- Syrian Army liberates areas in al-Yarmouk basin IRNA 29 Jul 2018 -- A military source said that eight villages and towns in al-Yarmouk basin area have been liberated following concentrated operations by Syrian Arab Army units in the far northwestern countryside of Daraa province, which resulted in killing many Daesh (ISIS) terrorists and destroying their hideouts, Syrian media 'SANA' reported.
- Syrian Opposition Says Wants to Discuss Constitutional Commission Sputnik 29 Jul 2018 -- The delegation of the Syrian opposition wants to discuss the situation in Idlib province, the release of detainees as well as the constitutional commission at the Astana-format talks on Syria in the Russian resort city of Sochi on July 30-31, head of the delegation Ahmad Toma told Sputnik on Sunday.
- Over dozen Daesh remnants slain in Iraqi army airstrikes, ground operations Press TV 29 Jul 2018 -- More than a dozen members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group have been killed and several others captured as Iraqi air forces and government troops launched separate counter-terrorism operations across the crisis-hit Arab country to flush out the last remnants of the extremist outfit.
- Israeli navy intercepts Norwegian-flagged Gaza-bound ship Press TV 29 Jul 2018 -- The Israeli navy has intercepted a Norwegian-flagged ship with activists on board as it was approaching the shores of the besieged Gaza Strip to deliver humanitarian relief to the inhabitants of the impoverished enclave.
- Indian Army Downplays Alleged Chinese Troop Activity in Disputed Doklam Sputnik 29 Jul 2018 -- The information about movements of Chinese forces comes a year after a military stand-off in 2017 that lasted over a month.
- Trump Threatens Government Shutdown Over Border Wall Funding VOA 29 Jul 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Sunday to shut down the government if Congress does not fund construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to thwart illegal immigration.
- UK Police Believe 2 Groups From Russia Organized Poisoning of Skripals - Reports Sputnik 29 Jul 2018 -- UK police believe that two groups from Russia were hired to organize and carry out the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March, the Mirror reported Sunday.
- US addicted to sanctions: Iran's FM IRNA 29 Jul 2018 -- US is a sanctions addict and it has imposed sanctions on an array of nations more than any other countries in the world, Iran's Foreign Minister said Sunday.
- US addicted to sanctioning: Iran's Zarif ISNA 29 Jul 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday, "Americans are addicted to sanctioning but we can show them that they have to give up their addiction".
- Iran's currency Rial down in historic depreciation Press TV 29 Jul 2018 -- Iran's national currency set a new record low against the US Dollar on Sunday as a result of a race that it appears to be losing on two key fronts: the greenback and the gold.
- US addicted to sanctions, but Iran can weather them: Zarif Press TV 29 Jul 2018 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States is addicted to sanctions, but the Iranians can pass through the current "critical" stage with national unity.
- Iran Will Retaliate in Kind if Its Interests Are Threatened - General Sputnik 29 Jul 2018 -- The United States is ramping up pressure on countries around the world to stop doing business with Iran as it prepares to impose tough new sanctions on Tehran in November.
- US Should Abandon its 'Addiction' to Imposing Sanctions - Zarif Sputnik 29 Jul 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the United States became used to imposing sanctions against other countries, adding that Tehran would make Washington give up its "addiction."
- Iraqi PM sacks electricity minister, 5 election officials Press TV 29 Jul 2018 -- minister of electricity and five election officials following weeks of protests against corruption and chronic power outages.
- Pakistani Opposition Party Calls For Probe Amid Claims Of Vote Rigging RFE/RL 29 Jul 2018 -- The party of jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, runner-up in the July 25 Pakistani general election, has called for an official investigation into the vote, claiming it was rigged.
- Khan's Party Claims To Have Enough Support To Form Pakistan Coalition Government RFE/RL 29 Jul 2018 -- Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan's party claims it has enough support from lawmakers to form a coalition government after taking the highest number of seats in the July 25 election but falling short of a majority.
- Cambodia's Ruling Party in Expected Landslide Election Win VOA 29 Jul 2018 -- Cambodians headed to the polls Sunday for an election in which the only viable alternative party has been banned. That's helped the country's prime minister of more than three decades to extend his reign even longer.
- Cambodia voting over, ballot count underway Press TV 29 Jul 2018 -- With the voting over, the ballot count has begun in Cambodia's controversial elections widely expected to be easily won by Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) after the main opposition was banned.
- Official's Testimony Sheds New Light On Chinese 'Reeducation Camps' For Muslims RFE/RL 29 Jul 2018 -- The trial of an ethnic-Kazakh Chinese citizen accused of illegally entering Kazakhstan has taken on implications far beyond whether she will be reunited with her family near Almaty or deported back to China.
- Turkey won't step back in face of US sanctions threat: Erdogan Press TV 29 Jul 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has fired back at his US counterpart Donald Trump, who recently threatened Ankara with sanctions unless it freed a jailed American pastor.
- Erdogan Warns US Could Lose Partner if Doesn't Change Attitude Toward Turkey Sputnik 29 Jul 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Pastor Brunson will not be a part of a prisoner swap deal with the United States despite US President Donald Trump's remarks on sanctions.
- Turkey's Erdogan Vows Not to Bow to US Threats VOA 29 Jul 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is vowing not to back down to Washington's demand to release American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is on trial on terrorism charges. U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, threatened "severe sanctions" if Brunson was not released.
- Armenian General Released On Bail, Charged In Connection With 2008 Election Violence RFE/RL 29 Jul 2018 -- The Armenian chief of a Russian-led security bloc has been released on bail after being charged in connection with the violent crackdown that erupted following the country's 2008 presidential election.
- Government and opposition must 'respect the rule of law and human rights' in Comoros, as referendum looms: Guterres UN News 29 Jul 2018 -- The recent infringement of democratic rights and civil liberties in the Indian Ocean archipelago of the Comoros, ahead of a vote on constitutional reform, is a source of concern said United Nations chief António Guterres on Sunday.
- Zimbabwe's Mugabe Denounces Party He Founded Day Before Poll VOA 29 Jul 2018 -- Zimbabwe's former president, Robert Mugabe, lashed out Sunday at the political party he founded, saying he could not vote for the ruling ZANU-PF in Monday's poll.
- Voting, in Mali and Zimbabwe, Tests Elections Organizers VOA 29 Jul 2018 -- Malians go to the polls on Sunday to determine whether to grant a second term to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Zimbabweans will cast votes Monday in the first election since longtime leader Robert Mugabe was forced to resign in November.
- Ethiopia Invites Investment from Diaspora, and Beyond VOA 29 Jul 2018 -- In the midst of unprecedented political and social reforms, Ethiopia has a message for its diaspora: The country is open for business.
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