21 September 2018 Military News
- Afghanistan: Short-term emergency can 'derail' years of progress, warns UN official UN News 21 Sep 2018 -- Even though Afghans today have better prospects for a semblance of peace than at any time in the past few years, immediate risks facing the country can seriously jeopardize progress and derail aspirations for a peaceful, secure and prosperous Afghanistan, a senior United Nations official warned on Friday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Remarks by Secretary Mattis at the Department of Defense's National POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony DoD 21 Sep 2018-- Presenter: Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis
- Air Force Assists Army During Saber Junction 18 AFPS 21 Sep 2018 -- U.S. Air Force aircraft engines roar through the air, as pilots look for the marked drop zone.
- 1-7 Cavalry Regiment conduct CALFEX with Slovakian forces Army News 21 Sep 2018 -- Soldiers with the 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas, integrated with the Slovakian forces as part of a training mission at the Lest Military Training Area in Lest, Slovakia, conducted a three-day combined arms live fire with the Slovakian Army Sep. 17-19.
- ISR-I assesses garrison infrastructure for future improvements Army News 21 Sep 2018 -- U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz has more than 3,000 facilities on 29 sites, so ensuring building conditions are accurately assessed and documented for future funding is essential to their upkeep. That's why the garrison conducts Installation Status Report-Infrastructure assessments to promote the longevity and management of garrison structures.
- Department of Defense Transitions Assets in the Carolinas NNS 21 Sep 2018 -- In close coordination with Federal Emergency Management Agency and state officials, the Department of Defense is tailoring its forward force structure to meet the current needs of the Hurricane Florence response effort. DoD will be returning some personnel and capabilities to their home stations, allowing them to resume other DoD missions. However, these and other DoD units will be available to support, if needed.
- First in Class Ship, Future USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205) Starts Construction NNS 21 Sep 2018 -- A ceremony was hosted at General Dynamics-National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (GD-NASSCO) shipyard to celebrate the start of construction of the Navy's first John Lewis-class fleet replenishment oiler, the future USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205), Sept. 20.
- Submarine Squadron 15 Supports Sister Village in Typhoon Mangkhut Recovery NNS 21 Sep 2018 -- Sailors assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 15 and Performance Monitoring Team Detachment (PMT DET) Guam volunteered time to assist with typhoon recovery in the command's sister village of Inarajan, Sept. 17-19.
- NATO Deputy Secretary General visits Georgia NATO 21 Sep 2018 -- NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller is in Tbilisi today (21 September 2018) to reaffirm NATO's strong commitment to Georgia.
- Russian Bombers Carry Out Scheduled Arctic Ocean Flights, Shadowed by UK Jets Sputnik 21 Sep 2018 -- Two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers have conducted scheduled flights over neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean, the Russian Defense Ministry said late on Thursday.
- As India mulls buying S-400 from Russia, US threatens it with tough sanctions IRNA 21 Sep 2018 -- The purchase of major military equipment like the multi-billion-dollar S-400 Triumf from Russia would be considered as a 'significant transaction' and has a potential for imposing tough US sanctions, the Trump administration said Friday, as India mulls buying the air defense systems.
- US threatens India with sanctions over plan to buy S-400 system Press TV 21 Sep 2018 -- The United States has threatened India with sanctions over New Delhi's decision to buy the S-400 air defense missile system from Russia.
- Iran's Army, IRGC hold joint aerial drills in Persian Gulf, Sea of Oman Press TV 21 Sep 2018 -- The air forces of Iran's Army and Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have started joint aerials drills in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
- Iran Holds Air Drill Near Crucial Oil Chokepoint Amid US Sanctions - Reports Sputnik 21 Sep 2018 -- The Iranian military and the Revolutionary Guard have deployed planes and helicopters for an exercise over the Persian Gulf. This comes on the heels of Tehran's threat to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz over looming US oil sanctions.
- 21 September 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 21 Sep 2018
- Peace is at risk and violated in many places, but 'we will not give up,' says UN chief Guterres UN News 21 Sep 2018 -- On Friday, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres cited the strong correlation between the International Day of Peace and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a basis for peace.
- As Yemen conflict rages, 'all too abundantly clear' millions of civilians are the ones losing - UN relief chief UN News 21 Sep 2018 -- Raising the alarm over the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, the top United Nations relief official on Friday underscored the need for all parties to avoid further military activity around Hudaydah port – the vital lifeline through which food and fuel flows into the war-torn country.
- UN: We Are 'Losing Fight Against Famine' in Yemen VOA 21 Sep 2018 -- The U.N.'s humanitarian chief warned Friday that aid workers are "losing the fight against famine" in war-torn Yemen.
- S. Arabia bombs Yemen residential areas IRNA 21 Sep 2018 -- Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on residential areas in Saada province in northern Yemen.
- Yemeni drone attack aggressors in western coast IRNA 21 Sep 2018 -- In a joint operations, the UAV unit of Yemeni army and navy attacked a joint base of aggressor forces in the western coast of Yemen, Almasirah news network reported Friday.
- Saudi trying to stop Yemen war crimes probe: HRW Press TV 21 Sep 2018 -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned attempts by the regime in Riyadh and its ally the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to stop an investigation into crimes committed in Yemen.
- Lavrov: Idleb agreement aims to eradicate terrorism in Syria IRNA 21 Sep 2018 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the agreement on Idleb recently made public in Sochi is aimed primarily at eradicating terrorism in Syria.
- Syrian army tightens noose on Daesh terrorists in al-Safa IRNA 21 Sep 2018 -- Syrian Army units tightened the noose on Daesh (ISIS) terrorists fortified in al-Safa hills deep into Sweida badiya (desert), killing and wounding many of their members.
- US threatens Syria's territorial integrity: Russian FM Press TV 21 Sep 2018 -- Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the United States' control over the eastern bank of the Euphrates River poses the biggest threat to Syria's territorial integrity.
- Russia asks Israel to give more explanation on plane downing in Syria Press TV 21 Sep 2018 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry has urged Israel to provide further explanations on the deadly crash of a Russian military plane in the Syrian province of Latakia, which was shot down as a result of the Israeli pilots' unprofessional actions.
- Israeli Air Force Chief Holds 'Open' Talks In Moscow On Syrian Downing Of Russian Plane RFE/RL 21 Sep 2018 -- Israel's air force chief held "professional, open" talks with officials in Moscow in the aftermath of the shoot-down of a Russian warplane by Syria earlier in the week that Russian officials said was caused by Israeli actions.
- Netanyahu Orders Commander to Continue Contacts With Russia on Il-20 Incident Sputnik 21 Sep 2018 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday received a report from Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Amikam Norkin on the results of his talks in Moscow on the crash of the Russian Il-20 in Syria and instructed him to continue contacts with Russia on this matter, Netanyahu's office said.
- IDF Source Claims Israel Warned Russia Much Earlier Than Minute Before Airstrike Sputnik 21 Sep 2018 -- A high-ranking IDF source said that Israel was ready to provide Russia with any additional details that may be required to identify the reasons why the IL-20 crashed.
- Dangers, Opportunities for Turkey in Idlib Deal, Analysts Say VOA 21 Sep 2018 -- Ankara is signaling its readiness to use force against radical groups in the Syrian Idlib enclave as part of a deal struck with Moscow, which has been pressuring the Turkish government to comply with terms of an accord made between the Russian and Turkish presidents.
- Israel begins constructing 310 new settler units in occupied Old City Press TV 21 Sep 2018 -- Israeli officials have started building hundreds of new settler units in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds, despite the international outcry against the Israeli regime's land expropriation and settlement expansion policies in Palestinian territories.
- Trump To Address 'Iran, Skripal Case' During UN Assembly Speech RFE/RL 21 Sep 2018 -- President Donald Trump will speak about Iran, the Skripal poisoning case in England, chemical weapons, and North Korea when he addresses the United Nations next week, the U.S. ambassador says.
- White House Releases First National Cyber Strategy in 15 Years AFPS 21 Sep 2018 -- The first new National Cyber Strategy in 15 years is built on four pillars: protecting the American people, the homeland and the American way of life; promoting American prosperity; preserving peace through strength; and advancing American influence.
- Britain to create massive cyber warfare unit with 2,000 personnel Press TV 21 Sep 2018 -- The British government is to massively expand its cyber warfare infrastructure with the creation of a 2,000-strong unit that could absorb some 250 million pounds of annual funding and even more.
- Kremlin Scrambles As Regions Prepare For Runoff Votes RFE/RL 21 Sep 2018 -- There is an unspoken agreement in the Russian political scene: the heads of the country's 85 regions enjoy the Kremlin's backing, and in exchange they deliver high local support and election turnout for the ruling United Russia party.
- Moscow, China Lash Out Over Latest U.S. Sanctions RFE/RL 21 Sep 2018 -- Russia and China have criticized new sanctions the United States has imposed over what Washington describes as Moscow's "malign activities."
- Lavrov: Russia-Turkey Deal on Idlib Just Interim Step Sputnik 21 Sep 2018 -- The decision by Russia and Turkey on Idlib is an intermediate step; the demilitarized zone will prevent the shelling of Syrian troops at Hmeymim base, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
- China, Russia Agree to Speed Up Talks on Joint Helicopter Project – Minister Sputnik 21 Sep 2018 -- China and Russia have agreed to accelerate negotiations on the project for the joint development of a heavy-lift helicopter, Chinese Minister of Industry and Information Technology Miao Wei said on Friday.
- Bellingcat Claims Petrov, Boshirov Were Busted in Netherlands Earlier Sputnik 21 Sep 2018 -- While the investigators appeared eager to publish their latest findings about the travels of the two men allegedly involved in the Skripal affair, the Dutch authorities are yet to comment on this development.
- President Moon Jae In and His Party Leave Samjiyon--Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Sees off Moon Jae In at Samjiyon Airport KCNA 21 Sep 2018 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, said goodbye to President Moon Jae In making his way home after the successful historic north-south summit meeting and talks.
- Major powers, except US, try to keep Iran nuclear deal alive IRNA 21 Sep 2018 -- Nations that struck the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, except for the United States, meet on Monday in what many diplomats fear may prove a quixotic effort to keep the agreement alive after US sanctions targeting Iranian oil exports resume in November.
- US plays blame game to evade consequences of actions: Iran Press TV 21 Sep 2018 -- Iran has dismissed the recent claims made by US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert about the Islamic Republic being responsible for any attack on the diplomatic sites of the United States in Iraq, saying such accusations are aimed at waging psychological warfare.
- Iran denies report of request for meeting with Trump Press TV 21 Sep 2018 -- Iran's foreign ministry has categorically rejected "ridiculous" media reports that the country had requested a meeting with US President Donald Trump.
- Tehran Refutes Reports About Requesting Meeting With Trump Sputnik 21 Sep 2018 -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Friday denied reports that Tehran requested a meeting between President Hassan Rouhani and US President Donald Trump under the framework of the UN General Assembly.
- Xi calls for focusing reforms on solving practical problems People's Daily 21 Sep 2018 -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), called for focusing reforms on solving practical problems on Thursday.
- China evaluating impact of US tariff measures: MOC People's Daily 21 Sep 2018 -- China is evaluating the impact of the United States' decision to impose additional tariffs on 200 billion U.S. dollars worth of Chinese products, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said on Thursday.
- Chinese Foreign Ministry Urges US to Lift Sanctions, Warns of Consequences Sputnik 21 Sep 2018 -- China urges the United States to immediately lift the new sanctions against Beijing over military cooperation with Russia, otherwise Washington will have to bear the consequences, Geng Shuang said.
- Hong Kong's High Speed Rail Debuts Amid Political Turmoil VOA 21 Sep 2018 -- As the first high speed train pulls out of Hong Kong's West Kowloon Station early Sunday morning to mainland China, it will cement a major change to the autonomous city's relationship with Beijing due to an unprecedented immigration deal, according to lawmakers and legal experts.
- Pakistan's PM Khan urges India to resolve disputes, including Kashmir Press TV 21 Sep 2018 -- Newly-elected Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has called on his Indian counterpart to engage in bilateral efforts to resolve outstanding disputes, including the issue of Kashmir.
- DR Congo: Amid renewed risk of spread, Ebola virus leaves more than 150 children orphaned UN News 21 Sep 2018 -- New Ebola virus hotspots in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are threatening progress made in tackling the deadly disease and increasing its risk of spreading, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday.
- WHO: Progress Made Containing Ebola in Eastern DRC VOA 21 Sep 2018 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) reports substantial progress is being made in containing the spread of the Ebola virus in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It warns, however, that new hotspots are appearing. The WHO says the number of confirmed and probable cases of Ebola in the DRC stands at 143, including 97 deaths.
- Turkey arrests dozens of on-duty soldiers over affiliation to Gulen movement Press TV 21 Sep 2018 -- Turkish security forces have arrested dozens of on-duty soldiers on suspicion of affiliation to a movement led by US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Lavrov Denies Interference In Bosnia During Republika Srpska Visit RFE/RL 21 Sep 2018 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has traveled to Bosnia-Herzegovina for talks with Bosnian officials in Sarajevo and with the leaders of the Republika Srpska entity in Banja Luka.
- Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang Dies at 61 Sputnik 21 Sep 2018 -- The President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Tran Dai Quang, has passed away at the age of 61, according to Vietnamese state media.
- US Offers Condolences at Death of Vietnamese President VOA 21 Sep 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed condolences to the Vietnamese people at the death of their president, Tran Dai Quang, who died Friday at age 61 after a serious illness.
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