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24 August 2018 Military News

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  • Ex-Pentagon Adviser: US-Taliban Talks an 'Icebreaker' VOA 24 Aug 2018 -- The United States and the Taliban are reported to be in the early stages of discussions for the first time since 2012. Retired U.S. Army Colonel Christopher Kolenda, who fought in Afghanistan and later served as a senior Pentagon adviser, was instrumental in helping set up those talks – in part through his own discussion with Taliban officials in Qatar. He spoke with VOA's William Gallo about where he sees the peace process going, especially in light of a recent surge in violence. This interview was condensed for clarity.
  • Taliban Accuse US of Airstrikes Against Fighters Battling IS VOA 24 Aug 2018 -- The Taliban insurgency claimed Friday that U.S. airstrikes killed 16 of its fighters in eastern Afghanistan who were battling militants loyal to the rival Islamic State.
  • Colo. and Minn. National Guard troops assist in fire battles Army News 24 Aug 2018 -- The Colorado National Guard completed aviation firefighting in support of the incident commander overseeing the Cache Creek Fire in Garfield County, Colorado.

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  • US to cut funding for UN human rights agency: Bolton Press TV 24 Aug 2018 -- US President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton says Washington will cut funding for the United Nations human rights agency in Geneva, Switzerland, the latest blow against the UN by the Trump administration.
  • Russia vows all options on table in response to new US sanctions Press TV 24 Aug 2018 -- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says Moscow will have all options on the table to respond to new US sanctions against his country.
  • U.S. Sanctions On Russia Tied To Poisoning In Britain Begin On August 27 RFE/RL 24 Aug 2018 -- Sanctions against Russia announced after the United States determined that Moscow used a nerve agent in an attempt to "assassinate" a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain will take effect on August 27, the government says.
  • Bolton Says U.S. Sanctions To Stay Until Russia Changes Behavior RFE/RL 24 Aug 2018 -- White House national-security adviser John Bolton says U.S. sanctions against Russia will remain in place until Moscow changes its behavior.
  • 'Not Making Sufficient Progress': Trump Cancels Pompeo's Visit to North Korea Sputnik 24 Aug 2018 -- In a trio of Tweets Friday, US President Donald Trump announced he was directing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to delay his upcoming trip next week to North Korea because "we are not making sufficient progress" on denuclearization.
  • US lawmakers urge Treasury Dept. to cut off Iran from SWIFT IRNA 24 Aug 2018 -- A group of US senators is urging the Department of the Treasury to cut off Iran's financial institutions from Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication Senator Ted Cruz and 15 other senators said in a letter to Treasury Secretary Thursday.
  • Xi to announce new actions, measures at China-African forum People's Daily 24 Aug 2018 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping will introduce new concepts and proposals for ties between China and Africa, and announce new actions and measures on practical cooperation with Africa during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing summit September 3-4, with Chinese experts saying that China will further cultivate Africa's autonomous development capability and help boost modernization.
  • Li: Accelerate western development People's Daily 24 Aug 2018 -- A number of major projects, including the Sichuan-Tibet and Chongqing-Yunnan railways, should be accelerated in the western regions of China to help prioritize economic structure and expand domestic consumption, Premier Li Keqiang said.
  • Pakistan Disputes US State Department's Statement on Pompeo-Khan Conversation Sputnik 24 Aug 2018 -- While the US State Department claimed that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to take decisive action against terrorists operating in Pakistan, Pakistan has denied that terrorism was discussed in a recent telephone conversation between the two leaders.
  • Pakistan: US Version of Pompeo's Phone Call to Khan 'Contrary to Facts' VOA 24 Aug 2018 -- The top Pakistani diplomat maintained Friday that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not mention anything about terrorists operating in Pakistan during a telephone call to new Prime Minister Imran Khan.
  • Ex-South Korean President Jail Term Increased to 25 Years Sputnik 24 Aug 2018 -- The South Korean appeal court on Friday extended ex-president Park Geun-hye's prison sentence in a case arising from a corruption scandal that led to mass protests and her dismissal in 2017.
  • ISIL continues to pose a 'serious challenge' worldwide: UN IRNA 24 Aug 2018 -- Despite serious military setbacks, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Daesh) may still have around 20,000 fighters and is continuing its dangerous transformation into a covert global network, while focusing on the activities of its regional offshoots, the United Nations Security Council was told.
  • ISIL continues to pose a 'serious challenge' worldwide – UN counter-terror chief UN News 24 Aug 2018 -- Rebel violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is escalating inside the vast country's Ebola-hit North Kivu province, putting millions at risk, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Friday.
  • US Sanctions Senior IS Recruiters From Southeast Asia VOA 24 Aug 2018 -- The United States on Friday designated three individuals from Southeast Asia as terrorists for allegedly recruiting people to join the Islamic State (IS) terror group.
  • Treasury Sanctions Three ISIS Recruiters from Southeast Asia US Treasury 24 Aug 2018 `-- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today by designating three senior Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) recruiters: Mohamad Rafi Udin (Udin), Mohammed Karim Yusop Faiz (Faiz), and Mohammad Reza Lahaman Kiram (Kiram). Udin, Faiz, and Kiram have urged individuals in Southeast Asia to join ISIS and were featured in an official ISIS beheading video, where they executed captives held by ISIS.
  • DR Congo: Ebola outbreak spreads to eastern 'no-go' zone surrounded by rebels UN News 24 Aug 2018 -- Rebel violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is escalating inside the vast country's Ebola-hit North Kivu province, putting millions at risk, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Friday.
  • Possible worst-case scenario assessed: Presidential Office CNA 24 Aug 2018 -- As Taiwan still needs to overcome the bad feelings caused by El Salvador's switch of diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) admitted Friday that the government must assess the worst-case scenario if Taiwan is left with no diplomatic allies.
  • Presidential Office thanks U.S. for speaking out for Taiwan CNA 24 Aug 2018 -- The Presidential Office thanked the United States Friday for speaking out for Taiwan following El Salvador's switch of diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing earlier in the week.
  • U.S. to review relations with El Salvador CNA 24 Aug 2018 -- The United States said Wednesday it was gravely concerned about El Salvador's decision the previous day to shift diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing, and as a result will reexamine its relations with the Central American country.
  • Taiwan will not bow to China's plundering: MAC CNA 24 Aug 2018 -- Taiwan will never bow to China's bullying and plundering, and what China has done will also not alter the fact that the Republic of China (Taiwan) is a sovereign country, Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said Friday.
  • Eyeing China, US Scolds El Salvador, Warns Others on Cutting Taiwan Ties VOA 24 Aug 2018 -- The Trump administration says it is re-examining relations with El Salvador after the Central American nation broke diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of China. In a statement, the White House criticized the country's decision as well as Beijing's diplomatic outreach that led to the move.
  • Poroshenko Declares Ukraine 'Has Cut All Ties With Russian Empire' RFE/RL 24 Aug 2018 -- President Petro Poroshenko has marked Ukraine's Independence Day by announcing at a military parade in Kyiv that his country "has cut all ties with the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union."
  • Five Central Asian Leaders Discuss Aral Sea In Turkmenistan RFE/RL 24 Aug 2018 -- Leaders of five former Soviet republics in Central Asia met in Turkmenistan on August 24 to discuss the way to save the Aral Sea, which is facing severe environmental issues.
  • Bidding A Final Adieu? Images Of Late Uzbek Leader Karimov Removed As Name Vanishes From TV RFE/RL 24 Aug 2018 -- His image was ubiquitous and his name everywhere as he ruled Uzbekistan with an iron fist for 27 years before his death was announced on September 2, 2016.
  • Merkel Calls Ottoman-Era Killings Of Armenians 'Heinous Crimes' RFE/RL 24 Aug 2018 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has described Ottoman-Era mass killings of Armenians as "heinous crimes against Armenians," which "cannot and must not be forgotten."
  • Top Zimbabwe Court Confirms Mnangagwa's Election Victory VOA 24 Aug 2018 -- Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court has dismissed a challenge seeking to nullify the results of the country's July 30 presidential election.

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