29 September 2018 Military News
- Taliban Urge Clerics Not to Attend 'Anti-Jihad' Meeting VOA 29 Sep 2018 -- The Taliban have denounced Afghanistan and Pakistan for planning to convene a major bilateral conference of religious scholars in a bid to declare the Afghan insurgency as un-Islamic.
- Commander Wants Coalition Forces in Afghanistan to Know Why They Fight AFPS 29 Sep 2018 -- "Why are we here?" is a basic question that coalition troops in Afghanistan have to answer.
- Taliban deny meeting Afghan officials in Saudi Arabia ahead of elections Press TV 29 Sep 2018 -- A Taliban spokesman has rejected reports that the group's representatives have met an Afghan government delegation this week in Saudi Arabia, after sources said a meeting was held to discuss security issues ahead of Afghanistan's parliamentary elections.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Under SECNAV Visits Federated States of Micronesia for Partnership Building NNS 29 Sep 2018 -- Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly completed a partnership-building visit to the Federated States of Micronesia, Sept. 29, 2018.
- NATO Moves to Combat Russian Hybrid Warfare AFPS 29 Sep 2018 -- Russia is disturbing the peace, and NATO countries must combat its hybrid strategy, the alliance's supreme allied commander for Europe said here today.
- NATO Military Committee Examines Full Range of Alliance Challenges AFPS 29 Sep 2018 -- NATO chiefs of defense will discuss the alliance's full range of challenges, operations and processes as part of the Military Committee meeting here today.
- China's FTC-2000G versatile aircraft conducts maiden flight People's Daily 29 Sep 2018 -- China's self-developed FTC-2000G versatile aircraft successfully conducted its maiden flight Friday in the city of Anshun in southwest China's Guizhou Province, according to its developer.
- Soaring US-China tensions may lead to cancellation of key security meeting Press TV 29 Sep 2018 -- Soaring US-China tensions may lead to the cancellation of a major diplomatic and security meeting between officials of the two global economic powers next month amid their persisting trade war, sources have said.
- North Korea says will 'no way' abandon nuclear program without trust in US Press TV 29 Sep 2018 -- North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho says continued sanctions against the North are just further deepening the rift of mistrust in the United States, stressing that there is "no way" that his country will abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons unilaterally as long as Washington is resolved to push for tough enforcement of sanctions against Pyongyang.
- North Korea Rejects Unilateral Disarmament Amid Lack of Trust in US - FM Sputnik 29 Sep 2018 -- The "step-by-step" disarmament of North Korea should be gradual and should be accompanied by measures that would build trust, the head of North Korea's Foreign Ministry said.
- Trust with US must be rebuilt before Korean Peninsula can be reunited, DPRK insists at UN UN News 29 Sep 2018 -- Despite taking goodwill measures over the past year, including dismantling a nuclear test site, there was "no way" the Democratic People's Republic of Korea would unilaterally disarm itself without rebuilding trust with the United States, DPRK's Foreign Minister told the United Nations on Saturday.
- DPRK Says Will Not Denuclearize Before More Trust in US VOA 29 Sep 2018 -- North Korea's foreign minister said Saturday that his government would not denuclearize before it has sufficient trust in the United States.
- India approves purchase of S-400 missile system from Russia Press TV 29 Sep 2018 -- India has approved a plan to purchase five Russian-built S-400 Triumph defense systems, despite earlier warnings from the US against any military transaction with Russia.
- US hosts Arab FMs to push for anti-Iran alliance Press TV 29 Sep 2018 -- The United States hosted a meeting of top Arab diplomats in New York on Friday to push forward a plan to establish a NATO-like regional alliance to confront Iran.
- Russia says already started delivering S-300 missile system to Syria Press TV 29 Sep 2018 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says his country has already started delivering the S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system to Syria as part of its efforts to ensure the safety of Russian forces in the Arab country.
- Russia Delivering Advanced Air Defense To Syria, Despite U.S. Objections RFE/RL 29 Sep 2018 -- Russia has started delivering an S-300 missile defense system to Syria, despite objections raised by the United States and Israel, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said.
- US State Department approves sale of $300 million tactical missiles to Bahrain Press TV 29 Sep 2018 -- The US State Department has endorsed the proposed sale of more than 800 tactical missiles to Bahrain amid the Al Khalifah regime's heavy-handed crackdown on pro-democracy campaigners and political dissidents in the tiny Persian Gulf country.
- Saudi military positions hit by Yemeni missiles IRNA 29 Sep 2018 -- Yemeni Army's missile and artillery unit targeted Saudi Arabia military positions in south of Saudi Arabia.
- 'Yemeni ballistic missiles hit targets in Saudi Arabia's Jizan region' Press TV 29 Sep 2018 -- Yemeni armed forces have reportedly fired a domestically-designed and -developed ballistic missile at a military target in Saudi Arabia's southwestern border region of Jizan, in retaliation for strikes by a Saudi-led military coalition waging war on Yemen.
- Saudi, allies cry foul over UN resolution on Yemen Press TV 29 Sep 2018 -- Saudi Arabia and its allies have cried foul over a UN Human Rights Council resolution that extended the mandate of an international investigation into war crimes in Yemen, despite Riyadh's efforts to abort the mission.
- Syria slams US for supporting terrorism IRNA 29 Sep 2018 -- Denouncing the United States for supporting terrorism and war crimes in his conflict-torn country, Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Walid Al-Moualem reported to the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that the seven-year war is almost over, calling all those opposing President Bashar al-Assad terrorists.
- Al-Moallem delivers Syria's speech at UN General Assembly IRNA 29 Sep 2018 -- Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem delivered Syria's speech at the United Nations General Assembly's 73th session.
- Army fixes its points in Sweida, kills many Daesh terrorists IRNA 29 Sep 2018 -- Syrian Army units advanced in the area of Toloul al-Safa, the last stronghold of Daesh terrorists in the eastern Badyia in Sweida Province.
- US-led coalition doing everything but fight against terror, says Syrian FM Press TV 29 Sep 2018 -- Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem says the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has been doing everything it could since the onset of its airstrikes but combat terrorism and militant outfits wreaking havoc in the Arab country.
- Syria reopens Nasib border crossing with Jordan after 3-year closure by militants Press TV 29 Sep 2018 -- Syria has reopened a vital border crossing with Jordan, three years after the major transit route was shut down by foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants.
- All Syria Should Be Cleared of Terrorists, Foreign Presence - Foreign Minister Sputnik 29 Sep 2018 -- Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said Saturday that the fight against terrorism in the country was almost over, adding that the situation had become more secure.
- Syria, Iran Agree to Continue Cooperation on Idlib on UNGA Sidelines - Damascus Sputnik 29 Sep 2018 -- Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has discussed the implementation of the Russian-Turkish memorandum on the creation of the demilitarized zone in Syrian Idlib and Astana peace process with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.
- At UN, Syria slams US for 'supporting terrorism', thanks Russia for cooperation UN News 29 Sep 2018 -- Denouncing the United States for supporting terrorism and war crimes in his conflict-torn country, Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Walid Al-Moualem reported to the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that the seven-year war is almost over, calling all those opposing President Bashar al-Assad terrorists.
- Four People Injured In Donetsk Explosion RFE/RL 29 Sep 2018 -- At least four people, including a candidate for the head of the Russia-backed formation called the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), have been injured in an explosion in Donetsk.
- Hezbollah rejects Netanyahu 'delusions' about 'hidden missile sites' Press TV 29 Sep 2018 -- Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement has described the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as delusional after he attacked the movement in his recent address to the UN General Assembly.
- Thousands Protest In Kosovo Over Possible Serbia Land Swap RFE/RL 29 Sep 2018 -- Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of the capital of Kosovo on September 29 to protest a possible territory swap with Serbia.
- Serbian Army Put on High Alert Over Pristina's Actions - Reports Sputnik 29 Sep 2018 -- Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Saturday ordered the country's army to be on high alert after the special forces of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo were deployed in the vicinity of Lake Gazivoda near Belgrade-controlled Gazivoda hydroelectric power station, the Tanjug news agency reported.
- At UN Eritrea's Foreign Minister says peace deal with Ethiopia ends 'dark chapter,' paves way for development UN News 29 Sep 2018 -- Osman Mohammed Saleh, Eritrea's Minister for Foreign Affairs, told the United Nations General Assembly that the recently signed Peace Agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia "brings to an end the dark, two-decades-old, a chapter of war, constant tension, and strife."
- US closes its consulate in Iraq's Basra, citing 'security concerns' Press TV 29 Sep 2018 -- The US State Department has announced its decision to close and evacuate its consulate in Basra in southern Iraq over what it has called security risks after violent incidents near the facility.
- U.S. To Close Consulate In Iraq, Citing 'Threats' From Iran And Allied Militias RFE/RL 29 Sep 2018 -- The United States has announced it will close its consulate in Basra, citing what it said were threats from the Iranian government and Iran-backed militias in Iraq that have launched rocket attacks on the facility.
- US Warns Iran, Moves Diplomatic Personnel in Iraq VOA 29 Sep 2018 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday the United States has ordered a temporary relocation of diplomatic personnel in Iraq because of growing threats to U.S. diplomatic facilities by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force and its allied militias in Iraq.
- Russia's Lavrov Warns UN Against Unilateralism in Treating World's Old Wounds Sputnik 29 Sep 2018 -- In his address to the annual UN General Assembly on Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov took a swipe at those hoping to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian crisis unilaterally and called for global unity on UN-backed peace processes elsewhere.
- Russian Investigative Reporter Leaves Country Fearing Prosecution For Work RFE/RL 29 Sep 2018 -- A Russian investigative journalist says he has left the country fearing possible prosecution for his work.
- Inter-Korean Summit and "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration" Observed by Foreign Media KCNA 29 Sep 2018 -- The historic 5th inter-Korean summit and the "September Pyongyang Joint Declaration" are fully supported and welcomed by the international community for their historical significance in contributing to the rapid development of the north-south relations and achieving peace and prosperity in the Korean peninsula.
- UN Chief praises efforts to reduce tension on Korean Peninsula UN News 29 Sep 2018 -- UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has welcomed the latest efforts made towards building trust and reducing military tension on the Korean Peninsula, following his meeting with North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho on Friday, during High-Level week of the General Assembly.
- US Sharpens Criticism of Iran's Rights Record as Pressure Tactic VOA 29 Sep 2018 -- The Trump administration is drawing more attention to concerns about human rights in Iran as part of its campaign to pressure Tehran into a new deal regarding its perceived malign activities.
- Iran's Zarif says Netanyahu desperate to find a smokescreen Press TV 29 Sep 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is desperately seeking to find a pretext to create a hype about Iran's nuclear program.
- FM Lavrov: You cannot lock Iran within its borders Press TV 29 Sep 2018 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized certain Western countries for seeking to isolate Tehran, saying that Iran cannot be locked within its frontiers.
- Chinese FM warns against increasing negative sentiment in U.S. People's Daily 29 Sep 2018 -- Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday warned against the rising negative sentiment towards China in the United States.
- India 'will not let you fail' to reach Sustainable Development Goals, Foreign Minister tells UN UN News 29 Sep 2018 -- India is "totally committed" to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) said Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday, addressing the United Nations General Assembly's annual debate, promising to get there ahead of time, thanks to an "unprecedented economic and social transformation", now underway.
- U.S. Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty For Uzbek Immigrant In New York Killings RFE/RL 29 Sep 2018 -- U.S. prosecutors said they are seeking the death penalty in the trial of an Uzbek immigrant accused of mowing down eight people with a truck on a New York City bike path last year.
- Taiwan welcomes U.S. bipartisan support for Asia bill CNA 29 Sep 2018 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed welcome Saturday to bipartisan support extended to Taiwan by lawmakers in the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, who recently cleared the draft Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018.
- More allies voice support for Taiwan's inclusion in U.N. activities CNA 29 Sep 2018 -- More countries which have formal diplomatic ties with Taiwan voiced support on Friday, the fourth day of the general assembly of the United Nations, for Taipei to be allowed to take part in U.N. activities.
- Turkey arrests 14 bankers over affiliation to Gulen movement Press TV 29 Sep 2018 -- Turkish security forces have arrested more than a dozen bankers on suspicion of affiliation to a movement led by the US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- All Eyes On Turnout As Macedonians Head To Polls Over Name Change RFE/RL 29 Sep 2018 -- Macedonians head to the polls on September 30 in a referendum on a name change that could pave the way for the country qualify for European Union and NATO membership.
- Burundi should no longer be on UN Security Council's agenda, says Foreign Minister UN News 29 Sep 2018 -- The United Nations Security Council should "have the courage to remove Burundi from its agenda", Foreign Minister Ezekiel Nibigira said on Saturday from the rostrum of the General Assembly.
- 'Lack of trust' among nations threatens progress, rules-based order, Suriname Minister tells UN UN News 29 Sep 2018 -- Suriname agrees with the United Nations Secretary-General that a lack of trust among countries is the fundamental issue confronting the international community, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Suriname told UN General Assembly on Saturday.
- Opposition Candidate Confirmed Winner in Maldives Presidential Poll VOA 29 Sep 2018 -- The Maldives election commission has released the official results of last week's presidential election, confirming victory for opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
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