07 October 2018 Military News
- At Least 10 Afghan Police Killed, Highway Bridges Destroyed In Taliban Assault RFE/RL 07 Oct 2018 -- At least 10 members of Afghanistan's security forces have been killed in clashes with the Taliban in the central province of Wardak, officials say.
- Afghanistan: Civilian casualties caused by IEDs has reached 'extreme levels', UN warns UN News 07 Oct 2018 -- The United Nations on Sunday called on anti-Government elements in Afghanistan to immediately stop using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in civilian areas, after the UN mission in the country recorded a sharp rise in civilian casualties caused by the explosives this year.
- Fresh Afghan Hostilities Fuel Security Concerns Ahead of Elections VOA 07 Oct 2018 -- Fresh fighting in central and eastern Afghanistan has killed at least 20 people, half of them civilians, fueling security concerns among voters ahead of this month's parliamentary elections.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Drone Reportedly Spotted Near Russian Borders...Again Sputnik 07 Oct 2018 -- Earlier, the US Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance plane was spotted near Crimea and neighboring Krasnodar Territory.
- AFIMSC completes historic fiscal year closeout AFNS 07 Oct 2018 -- The Air Force executed a record $6.9 billion in the installation and mission support portfolio during fiscal 2018, nearly $1 billion more than last year, and culminating in a successful, historic fiscal year close out.
- NATO's Trident Juncture Exercise Tests Deterrence Capabilities AFPS 07 Oct 2018 -- The world's preeminent defensive alliance is readying to demonstrate its capabilities in its largest exercise since 2002, said Navy Adm. James Foggo, the commander of NATO's Allied Joint Force Command in Italy.
- Final stage of Moharram war games kick off in W Iran IRNA 07 Oct 2018 -- IRGC ground forces staged the final phase of Moharram maneuvers in Kamyaran and Shahou heights in western Iran on Sunday, said Commander of Ground Force of Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Brigadier-General Mohammad Pakpour.
- India Agreed to Buy S-400 Despite US Sanctions Threat - Russian Minister Sputnik 07 Oct 2018 -- The contract between Russian and India on supplies of S-400 air defense systems is based on long-term cooperation between the two countries, which was not undermined by the threat of sanctions from the United States, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said Sunday.
- President Assad: Idleb agreement a temporary measure IRNA 07 Oct 2018 -- The Central Committee of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party held a meeting on Sunday chaired by President Bashar al-Assad, the Party's Regional Secretary, during which he gave a presentation of the latest political and field developments.
- Syrian Army Cut Off Fresh Water Supplies to Militants in Al-Suwayda Sputnik 07 Oct 2018 -- The government forces continue to crack down on terrorists based near the strategic heights of Tulul al-Safa in southern Syria's al-Suwayda desert. The military operation is due to be wrapped up before the end of this fall.
- Assad Calls Demilitarized Zone for Idlib a 'Temporary Measure' VOA 07 Oct 2018 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is calling the demilitarized zone deal for Idlib province, reached between Russia and Turkey, a "temporary measure."
- In Chad, top UN officials say humanitarian response must go 'hand in hand' with longer-term recovery UN News 07 Oct 2018 -- Senior United Nations officials on Sunday called for stronger joint humanitarian and development interventions in Chad as the crisis-riven central African country as it tackles poverty, displacement, malnutrition, and lack of access to basic social services.
- UN climate panel says 'unprecedented changes' needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C UN News 07 Oct 2018 -- Limiting global warming to 1.5°C will require "far-reaching and unprecedented changes," such as ditching coal for electricity to slash carbon emissions, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said, launching a special report that finds some of the actions needed are already under way, but the world must move faster.
- Secretary Pompeo's Meetings in Pyongyang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea US Dept. of State 07 Oct 2018 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- Pompeo Says Held 'Good' Meeting With N Korea's Kim, Continues to Make Progress Sputnik 07 Oct 2018 -- US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said that he held a "good" meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his visit to Pyongyang.
- Seoul: US, N. Korea Agree to Second Summit 'As Soon as Possible' VOA 07 Oct 2018 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have agreed to arrange a second U.S.-North Korea summit "as soon as possible."
- Iran's Parliament Passes Bill Against Funding Terrorism RFE/RL 07 Oct 2018 -- The Iranian parliament has approved a bill aimed at bringing Iran's laws in line with international standards and allowing the country to join the UN convention against the funding of terrorism, or CFT.
- Meng Hongwei Resigns as Interpol President Amid Suspicions of Breaking the Law Sputnik 07 Oct 2018 -- The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) has issued a statement, saying that Meng Hongwei has resigned as the organization's president, with Senior Vice President Kim Jong-yang becoming the acting president.
- Chinese Authorities Suspect Interpol President of Corruption – Reports Sputnik 07 Oct 2018 -- The Chinese authorities suspect Interpol President Meng Hongwei of corruption, local media reported Saturday citing sources.
- Turkish Officials Believe Missing Journalist Killed In Saudi Consulate RFE/RL 07 Oct 2018 -- Turkey's president says he is awaiting a final report by prosecutors investigating the death of a Saudi journalist who died under mysterious circumstances in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.
- Official at Saudi consulate in Istanbul dismesses report that Saudi citizen Jamal Kashoggi was killed in consulate in Istanbul SPA 07 Oct 2018 -- An official at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul dismessed the report by Reuters, which cited Turkish officials, that Saudi citizen Jamal Kashoggi was killed in the Consulate in Istanbul. The official strongly denounced these baseless allegations, and expressed his doubt that they came from Turkish officials that are informed of the investigation or are authorized to comment on the issue.
- Turkish Police Believe Disappeared Saudi Journalist Killed - Reports Sputnik 07 Oct 2018 -- Turkish police reportedly believe that the prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared earlier after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul Tuesday had been killed.
- Iran, India to launch satellite navigation system: Russia IRNA 07 Oct 2018 -- The Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, announced on Sunday Iran and India plan to launch satellite navigation systems.
- Macedonian Opposition Leader Urges New Elections, End To Name-Change Deal RFE/RL 07 Oct 2018 -- The leader of Macedonia's opposition is urging the government to break off a deal to change the country's name and to call early elections.
- Land-Swap Protests In Russia's Ingushetia Stretch Into Fourth Day RFE/RL 07 Oct 2018 -- Thousands of protesters have jammed the capital of Russia's Ingushetia region for a fourth day, demanding the resignation of a longtime leader for a controversial land deal with neighboring Chechnya.
- Russia-Friendly Party, Populists Top Latvian Elections RFE/RL 07 Oct 2018 -- A Russia-friendly party has won the most votes in Latvia's parliamentary elections, ahead of two populist parties.
- Bosnians Cast Ballots After Divisive Election Campaign RFE/RL 07 Oct 2018 -- Polls have closed in Bosnia-Herzegovina as voters cast ballots in presidential and parliamentary elections following a campaign that focused more on deep ethnic divisions than economic problems and rampant corruption.
- Cameroon Holds Presidential Election During Separatist Violence VOA 07 Oct 2018 -- Cameroonians have been going to the polls to elect their new president from a list of eight contenders, including the 86-year old President Paul Biya who has ruled the central African state for 36 years. He is widely expected to be reelected. Fighting between armed separatists and the military has killed at least six people in the English speaking regions.
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