08 October 2018 Military News
- Taliban vow to attack Afghan government forces during parliamentary elections Press TV 08 Oct 2018 -- The Taliban militant group has vowed to target Afghan security forces in the upcoming parliamentary elections in the violence-wracked country.
- U.S. Envoy Khalilzad In Kabul To Press Peace, Reconciliation Efforts RFE/RL 08 Oct 2018 -- The U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan is meeting with Afghan leaders in Kabul as part of efforts to reach a peace deal to end the 17-year war with the Taliban.
- Taliban Vows to Attack and Disrupt Afghan Elections VOA 08 Oct 2018 -- The Taliban has ordered its fighters to attack authorities and security forces who are helping organize this month's parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, denouncing the process as "fake" and "completely bogus."
Defense Policy / Programs
- Secretary Mattis Delivers Remarks at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas DoD 08 Oct 2018 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis
- U.S., Philippines and Japan conduct amphibious landing in the Philippines USMC News 08 Oct 2018 -- U.S. and Philippine Marines aboard U.S. assault amphibious vehicles launched from the U.S. Navy's USS Ashland and Philippine Navy's BRP Davao del Sur as part of a counterterrorism and humanitarian response based exercise. The ship-to-shore movement brought the U.S., Philippine and Japanese militaries together to advance amphibious capabilities.
- Secretary of the Navy Names Future Littoral Combat Ship NNS 08 Oct 2018 -- WASHINGTON (NNS) -- On Oct. 8, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer named a future Littoral Combat Ship, USS Cleveland.
- U.S., Malaysia Reinforce New Level of Maritime Partnership with MTA Malaysia 2018 NNS 08 Oct 2018 -- LUMUT, Malaysia (NNS) – As part of a growing number of maritime exercises held each year between the U.S. and Malaysia, Sailors from both partner navies kicked off Maritime Training Activity (MTA) Malaysia 2018 in Lumut, Malaysia, October 8.
- US military concerned by overdependence on China Press TV 08 Oct 2018 -- A Pentagon review ordered by President Donald Trump has found that the US military is overdependent on critical technologies on components coming from foreign countries, specially China, a report has revealed.
- US Drone Spotted Flying Near Russian Border Second Time in Two Days Sputnik 08 Oct 2018 -- Late last week, a US Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk flew around Russia's northwestern borders for eleven hours.
- Ukraine Launches Air Exercises With NATO Countries RFE/RL 08 Oct 2018 -- Ukraine has opened a series of large-scale air-force exercises with the United States and seven other NATO countries, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry says.
- NATO Secretary General: Croatia is a committed Ally NATO 08 Oct 2018 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is visiting Croatia on Monday (8 October 2018). Speaking alongside Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, Mr. Stoltenberg praised Croatia's many contributions to the Alliance. This includes Croatian troops serving in NATO battlegroups in Lithuania and Poland, and in NATO missions in Kosovo and Afghanistan.
- NATO Secretary General thanks Serbia for hosting civil emergency exercise NATO 08 Oct 2018 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg inaugurated the civil emergency exercise "Srbija 2018" on Monday (8 October) together with the President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic. This is the biggest exercise organised by NATO's Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre, and the first to be hosted by Serbia. It will include around 2,000 personnel from almost 40 countries.
- India, Japan Resume Submarine-Hunting Drill After Five Years Sputnik 08 Oct 2018 -- The current policy of the Indian government dictates that the Indian Navy may not enter into any kind of a collaborative operation or joint patrolling of the South China Sea with the Japanese naval force. However, the two navies intend to augment the maritime capacity of countries in the Indo-Pacific region.
- India to Pursue Independent Policy Despite US Sanctions Threat Over S-400 - Army Sputnik 08 Oct 2018 -- India will purchase the Russian S-400 Triumph air defense systems and pursue an independent security policy despite the US threats to introduce sanctions over the deal, Chief of Army Staff of Indian Army Gen. Bipin Rawat said.
- India to Pursue Independent Policy Despite Sanctions Threat Over S-400 – General Sputnik 08 Oct 2018 -- The $5.4 billion deal to supply Russian S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missiles to India was signed by the two countries in New Delhi on Friday. The delivery of the S-400s is reportedly due to begin in October 2020.
- Remarks With Traveling Press US Dept. of State 08 Oct 2018 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- 8 October 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 08 Oct 2018
- Army tightens grip on Daesh remnants in al-Safa hills IRNA 08 Oct 2018 -- Units of the Syrian Arab Army continued advancing in the rocky cliffs on the western side of al-Safa hills in the depths of Sweida province's eastern desert.
- Moscow: Idleb must return to Syrian state's control IRNA 08 Oct 2018 -- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin said that Idleb will inevitably return to the Syrian state.
- Militants complete withdrawal of heavy weapons from Idlib buffer zone Press TV 08 Oct 2018 -- Foreign-sponsored militants have completed the withdrawal of heavy weapons from a planned buffer zone in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, conforming to a deal brokered by Russia and Turkey that has so far held off a government offensive on the last major terrorist stronghold in Syria.
- Militants have not withdrawn weapons from north Syria: observatory Press TV 08 Oct 2018 -- A pro-opposition monitoring group says Turkey-backed militants have not withdrawn their heavy weapons from the buffer zone in northern Syria as they claim and are instead hiding their arms in the north of Latakia.
- Assad: Idlib Ceasefire 'Temporary', Gov't Will Restore Control Over All of Syria Sputnik 08 Oct 2018 -- Russia and Turkey reached an agreement on the creation of a 9-12 mile demilitarized zone in Idlib between Syrian forces and militants concentrated in the region last month in a bid to avoid needless carnage and possible Western intervention.
- Syrian Opposition Completes Withdrawal of Heavy Weaponry in Idlib - Reports Sputnik 08 Oct 2018 -- The Syrian armed opposition has completed the withdrawal of heavy weaponry from the contact line in Syria's Idlib, Turkish media reported on Monday.
- Russia, Turkey Determine Borders of Idlib Demilitarized Zone - Official Sputnik 08 Oct 2018 -- Russia and Turkey have determined the borders of the demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin told Sputnik in an interview.
- Ankara Eyes Syria Reconstruction to Boost Crisis-Hit Economy VOA 08 Oct 2018 -- Turkey's hosting of a four-nation Syrian summit later this month is a diplomatic win for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. With Syria's reconstruction, a key item of the planned meeting of French, Russia and German leaders, Erdogan will be looking to strengthen Turkey's hand in the predicted building bonanza.
- 'Stronger' effort must be made to cement peace deal for South Sudanese women and girls: UN Women chief UN News 08 Oct 2018 -- Putting the latest peace deal into real effect across South Sudan, must include addressing "in a stronger manner, the challenges facing women and girls", said the UN's leading voice for gender-equality, who is part of a joint United Nations-African Union delegation to the country this week.
- Global warming report, an 'ear-splitting wake-up call' warns UN chief UN News 08 Oct 2018 -- A special report on limiting global warming released on Monday by a UN scientific panel, should be heard around the world as an "ear-splitting wake-up call" said UN chief António Guterres. He said the long-awaited findings show that "climate change is running faster than we are - and we are running out of time."
- Latest Poll Shows Putin's Popularity Decreasing Sharply RFE/RL 08 Oct 2018 -- A new survey shows the number of Russians who regard President Vladimir Putin as Russia's most trusted politician has plunged significantly over the past year.
- Dutch espionage allegation against 4 Russians result of 'misunderstanding': FM Lavrov Press TV 08 Oct 2018 -- Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the four Russian nationals, who were detained and expelled by the Dutch authorities on suspicion of espionage, had been on a "routine" trip, stressing that they had not done anything illegal and their expulsion from the Netherlands had been a "misunderstanding."
- Bellingcat Names Second Skripal Poisoning Suspect As Russian GRU Agent RFE/RL 08 Oct 2018 -- Investigative website Bellingcat has identified the second suspect in the nerve-agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Britain as a military doctor employed by Russia's GRU military intelligence agency.
- Russia Says Suspected Spy Actions Were Routine Dutch Trip RFE/RL 08 Oct 2018 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has rejected accusations made by the Dutch authorities against suspected Russian spies.
- Indian Scientist Arrested on Suspicion of Leaking BrahMos Details to Pakistan Sputnik 08 Oct 2018 -- BrahMos is a joint venture between the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India and NPO Mashinostroyenia (NPOM) of Russia and is considered the world's fastest missile to date.
- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Meets U.S. Secretary of State KCNA 08 Oct 2018 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Sunday received Mike Pompeo, secretary of State of the United States of America on a visit to the DPRK.
- Construction of Tanchon Power Station Progresses Apace on in DPRK KCNA 08 Oct 2018 -- Signal achievements have been made at the construction site of the Tanchon Power Station in the DPRK.
- Pompeo briefs S Korea on tour to DPRK People's Daily 08 Oct 2018 -- U.S. State Department said here on Sunday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday had briefed South Korea on his just concluded travel to the Democratic People' s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
- U.S., DPRK agree to hold 2nd Trump-Kim summit at earliest possible date: Pompeo People's Daily 08 Oct 2018 -- The United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have agreed to hold the second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un at an earliest possible date, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday.
- North Korea agrees to allow inspectors into nuclear, missile sites: Pompeo Press TV 08 Oct 2018 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to allow inspectors into the country's key nuclear and missile testing sites, following their meeting in the North's capital, Pyongyang.
- North Korea's Kim Agrees To Second Trump Summit, Seoul Says RFE/RL 08 Oct 2018 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, South Korea says.
- North Korea's Kim Hopes for 'Great Progress' at Next Trump Summit – Reports Sputnik 08 Oct 2018 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said Monday he expected significant results at his second meeting with US President Donald Trump, in a message carried by state media.
- A Second Trump-Kim Appears Closer, Experts Still Await Concrete Denuclearization Steps VOA 08 Oct 2018 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made his fourth trip to Pyongyang Sunday. During his day-long trip to North Korea, Pompeo and leader Kim Jong Un agreed to arrange a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump "as soon as possible." Pompeo called the talks with Kim, productive and "another step forward" to denuclearization. However, experts aren't as confident.
- On U.S. Appearance Before the International Court of Justice US Dept. of State 08 Oct 2018 -- "Today, oral proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) began in The Hague in a case brought by Iran against the United States, Certain Iranian Assets."
- Ex-Interpol Chief Probed Over 'Taking and Giving' Bribes, Other Crimes in China Sputnik 08 Oct 2018 -- Meng Hongwei resigned as Interpol president on Sunday, after Beijing officials confirmed that he was under investigation in China on suspicion of various crimes including bribery. It had emerged earlier that he hadn't been heard from since September 25, when he traveled to China from France.
- Remarks With Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 08 Oct 2018 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- Remarks With Chinese Director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office Yang Jiechi Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 08 Oct 2018 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- US, China Trade Criticism in Testy Beijing Meeting VOA 08 Oct 2018 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told his Chinese counterpart Monday the United States has "grave concerns" about China's actions on several fronts, including human rights and the South China Sea.
- China calls on US to stop 'misguided actions,' pursue cooperation Press TV 08 Oct 2018 -- China has called on the United States to stop its "misguided actions" amid worsening bilateral relations in the wake of hefty trade tariffs and recent allegations of Beijing's meddling in the upcoming US midterm elections.
- Brazil's Top Presidential Candidate Falls Few Points Short of Outright Win VOA 08 Oct 2018 -- With more than 99 percent of votes counted, far-right Brazilian candidate Jair Bolsonaro won the first round of the presidential election with 46 percent of the ballots. The surprising win was not enough, however, to prevent him from avoiding a run-off election on October 28.
- Journalist Jamal Khashoggi US Dept. of State 08 Oct 2018
- Turkey's Erdogan says Saudis 'must prove' Khashoggi's exit from consulate Press TV 08 Oct 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Saudi Arabia's consulate must "prove" that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi made exit from the mission, a week after the ill-fated journo was reported as missing a few hours after entering the Arab kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.
- Khashoggi's disappearance at Saudi consulate: A timeline Press TV 08 Oct 2018 -- With about a week after the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, his case is still shrouded in a veil of mystery.
- Saudi Press SPA 08 Oct 2018 -- Saudi newspapers highlighted in their editorials today a number of issues at local, regional and international arenas.
- Turkey Wants Riyadh to Help Investigate Disappearance of Saudi Journalist VOA 08 Oct 2018 -- Turkey sought permission Monday from Saudi Arabia to search Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul, looking for clues to the disappearance of a Saudi Arabian journalist whom Turkish officials have concluded was murdered inside the diplomatic outpost.
- UK practicing major cyberattacks against Russia: Report Press TV 08 Oct 2018 -- The UK government has been practicing large-scale cyberattacks that could cause black outs across Russia, British officials say, amid an ongoing war of words between the two sides over a range of foreign policy issues.
- With boundaries blurring between crime and terror, international cooperation's vital, UN highlights UN News 08 Oct 2018 -- The constantly-evolving 'nexus' between crime and terrorism, ranging from simple deals to complex symbiotic relationships, demands greater understanding to break the illicit flow of black-market cash across borders, a United Nations meeting heard on Monday.
- Journalist's Brutal Killing Puts Spotlight On Bulgaria's Poor Press-Freedom Record RFE/RL 08 Oct 2018 -- As Bulgarian authorities investigate whether the rape and killing of Viktoria Marinova was a random crime or connected to her investigative reporting, the case has turned a spotlight on impediments to a free press in a country where journalists are often subjected to intimidation and threats.
- New Site, Same Protest: Anger Over Border Deal Seethes In Ingushetia RFE/RL 08 Oct 2018 -- Protests over a border deal with Chechnya show little sign of abating in Ingushetia, where demonstrators have rallied for a fifth straight day in the small southern region's capital and called for the resignation of its longtime leader.
- Under New Uzbek Leadership, Even Predecessor's Widow, Family Are In The Crosshairs RFE/RL 08 Oct 2018 -- Uzbek President Shavkhat Mirziyoev has pulled no punches going after those who served under his autocratic predecessor, Islam Karimov.
- Serb Nationalist Wins Bosnia Presidency Seat In Ethnically Charged Election RFE/RL 08 Oct 2018 -- Bosnian Serb nationalist Milorad Dodik has taken the lead in a vote for his community's seat on Bosnia-Herzegovina's three-member presidency, as the Balkan country awaits final results due later on October 8.
- Cameroon Counts Votes in Presidential Election VOA 08 Oct 2018 -- Cameroon is counting votes after Sunday's presidential election, which officials and African Union observers described as largely successful. Authorities reported minor irregularities and some election-related violence, but said it was not enough to influence the outcome of the poll.
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