11 August 2018 Military News
- Taliban, Afghan govt. claim embattled Ghazni city Press TV 11 Aug 2018 -- The Taliban and Afghan government forces have both claimed to have taken control of the country's eastern city of Ghazni following fierce fighting.
- Clashes Continue After Taliban Attack On Afghan City Of Ghazni RFE/RL 11 Aug 2018 -- Clashes between Afghan government forces and the Taliban continue around the Afghan city of Ghazni on August 11, a day after Taliban militants stormed its center, officials said.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Beyond Space Force: Staying Ahead of the 'Speed of War' VOA 11 Aug 2018 -- It might sound like science fiction, but the general in charge of the U.S. military's air transports across the globe says refueling and resupplying the military may soon be a job that's literally out of this world.
- US suspends military training programs for Pakistani officers Press TV 11 Aug 2018 -- The United States has suspended the military and educational training of scores of Pakistani officers, a move that could negatively affect more than a decade of bilateral military relations between Washington and Islamabad.
- China begins major naval exercise near Taiwan before state visits by Tsai Press TV 11 Aug 2018 -- China has launched a major military drill in the Yellow Sea near Taiwan just ahead of the Taiwanese president's planned visit to Latin America.
- 2 drones launched by terrorists destroyed over Hmeimim air base IRNA 11 Aug 2018 -- The Russian Ministry of Defense announced Friday that it foiled a new attack on its air base in Hmeimim in Lattakia province which the terrorist groups tried to launch from the areas where they are positioned in Lattakia northern countryside through two drones, Syrian media 'SANA' reported.
- Syrian air defense intercepts hostile target in Damascus IRNA 11 Aug 2018 -- The air defenses of the Syrian Arab Army just after midnight intercepted a hostile air target that violated the airspace over the area of Deir al-Ashayer in the western countryside of Damascus near the Syria-Lebanon borders, Syrian media 'SANA' reported.
- Syrian troops take back more ground from Daesh in Sweida Press TV 11 Aug 2018 -- Syrian army forces have liberated more areas in the southwestern province of Sweida from the grips of foreign-backed Takfiri militants, a report says.
- Syrian, Russian air defense units confront 'hostile' targets Press TV 11 Aug 2018 -- Syria and Russia say their air defense units have in two separate incidents targeted objects breaching Syrian air space as pro-Damascus forces continue to maintain the upper hand over Takfiri terrorists on the battlefield.
- Iran's IRGC disbands terror team on Iraq border, kills 11 members Press TV 11 Aug 2018 -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says it has disbanded a team of terrorists on the country's border with Iraq, killing 11 of its members.
- Associate Of Trump Campaign Adviser Refuses To Testify In Russia Probe RFE/RL 11 Aug 2018 -- An associate of U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign adviser Roger Stone has been held in contempt of court after he refused to comply with a subpeona to testify before a grand jury investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
- Cables detail CIA waterboarding at secret prison run by Gina Haspel Press TV 11 Aug 2018 -- Newly-declassified documents have exposed a previously unknown level of brutality at a US torture site in Thailand operated by current CIA Director Gina Haspel.
- North Korea has rejected all US proposals on denuclearization: CNN Press TV 11 Aug 2018 -- North Korea has rejected "repeated" US proposals on denuclearization, considering them "gangster-like", CNN has reported, citing senior diplomatic sources.
- Iran-China trade ties not to harm any country: Beijing IRNA 11 Aug 2018 -- Trade relations between Iran and China will not harm interests of any other country, Reuters quoted China Foreign Ministry statement as saying in opposition to US unilateral walkaway from Iran deal.
- Business ties with Iran don't harm other countries' interests: China Press TV 11 Aug 2018 -- China, Iran's top oil customer, says commercial cooperation between the two sides does not harm other countries' interests and thus should be protected from unilateral US sanctions.
- Good progress made on Caspian Sea legal status, deal expected Sunday: Iran Press TV 11 Aug 2018 -- Iran says the five Caspian Sea littoral states will adopt a convention on its legal status on Sunday, a deal which has been under discussion for more than two decades.
- Iranian FM Says No Meeting With U.S. Officials Planned RFE/RL 11 Aug 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says no meetings are planned with U.S. officials, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
- UN Panel Says Millions Of Chinese Uyghurs Living In 'Massive Internment Camp' RFE/RL 11 Aug 2018 -- A United Nations human rights panel says that an estimated 1 million ethnic Uyghurs in China are being held in "counterextremism centers," with millions more forced into reeducation camps, turning China's far-western Uyghur region into "something that resembles a massive internment camp."
- Websites of US airlines re-evaluated People's Daily 11 Aug 2018 -- The Civil Aviation Administration of China said on Friday that it is evaluating how the websites of four United States-based airlines refer to Taiwan.
- Romanians Stage Anticorruption Protest For Second Straight Day RFE/RL 11 Aug 2018 -- Thousands of Romanians have staged another antigovernment protest in the capital, a day after violence was reported at a previous demonstration.
- Malians Will Go to Polls Amid Terror Threats VOA 11 Aug 2018 -- When Malians go to the polls in the country's runoff presidential election on Sunday, threats of terror attacks again will be on their minds, just as they were two weeks ago during the first round of elections when terror attacks disrupted several polling stations across the country.
- Ecuador Grapples With Massive Influx of Venezuelans VOA 11 Aug 2018 -- The U.N. refugee agency is scaling up its humanitarian operation in Ecuador to help the government deal with the a huge influx of Venezuelan refugees who are arriving in a state of destitution and despair.
- Turkey's partnership with US in jeopardy, Erdogan warns Press TV 11 Aug 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns his country's partnership with the United States might be in "jeopardy" as tensions intensify between the two NATO allies.
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