13 October 2018 Military News
- Taliban agrees to continue talks with US Press TV 13 Oct 2018 -- Afghan militant group Taliban have announced they will continue the so-called peace talks with the United States, insisting however that no tangible agreement has been reached in a first round of meeting in the Qatari capital of Doha.
- Bomb blast kills over dozen Afghans at election rally Press TV 13 Oct 2018 -- A bomb attack at an election rally in northeastern Afghanistan has claimed the lives of over a dozen people and left above 30 wounded.
- US new point man on Afghanistan meets with Taliban in Qatar: Report Press TV 13 Oct 2018 -- US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has reportedly met with the Taliban representatives in Qatar in an effort to bring the militant group to the negotiating table.
- Bomb Kills At Least 22 At Election Rally For Afghan Woman Candidate RFE/RL 13 Oct 2018 -- Afghan officials say at least 22 people have been killed -- including civilians and members of the Afghan security forces -- by a bomb that exploded at an election campaign rally for a woman who is running for parliament in the northeast of the country.
- Taliban, US Agree to Sustain Direct Dialogue on Afghan Peace VOA 13 Oct 2018 -- The United States and the Taliban held a new round of direct talks this week in Qatar, where the two sides agreed to continue the dialogue process to promote a negotiated settlement to the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan.
- Travis AFB poised to deliver after Hurricane Michael AFNS 13 Oct 2018 -- Within hours of Hurricane Michael's landfall on the Florida Panhandle, a Travis Air Force Base, California, C-17 Globemaster III, with a crew from the 21st Airlift Squadron and the 860th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, took off to support civil authorities in humanitarian relief operations.
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- CRG provides hope to Tyndall AFB after Hurricane Michael wreaks havoc AFNS 13 Oct 2018 -- On the afternoon of Oct. 10, Hurricane Michael, a Category 4 hurricane, ripped through Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and the surrounding area leaving severe damage through its path.
- NATO Supreme Commander: US Carrier Off Norway's Coast Puts Russia 'On Notice' Sputnik 13 Oct 2018 -- The USS Harry Truman, a 104,000 ton Nimitz-class aircraft carrier capable of deploying some 90 combat and support aircraft, has entered the North Sea in preparation for Trident Juncture, a series of drills which are expected to become the largest alliance exercises in the region since the Cold War.
- 'This Will Change Almost Everything': China Developing New Sub-Killing Satellite Sputnik 13 Oct 2018 -- As China develops cutting-edge deep-sea surveillance, the nation's navy is concurrently designing a satellite-mounted laser to locate and destroy enemy submarines.
- Iran will keep 'effective, useful' advisory presence in Syria: IRGC Press TV 13 Oct 2018 -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says the Islamic Republic will keep its military advisory presence in Syria as long as Tehran finds it "effective and useful" and as long as the Arab country's government demands it.
- Japan Plans to Buy 20 More F-35A Fighter Jets Amid New Defense Plan - Reports Sputnik 13 Oct 2018 -- Japan plans to include 20 US-made advanced stealth F-35A fighter jets in its new medium-term defense plan for the 2019-2023, Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Saturday.
- A Look Into US-Saudi Defense Deals at Stake as Spat Over Khashoggi Deepens Sputnik 13 Oct 2018 -- Tensions between Riyadh and Washington over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi from a Saudi consulate in Istanbul have led to questions about the future of the defense partnership between the two nations.
- Yemeni navy unveils new domestically-manufactured Mersad sea mine Press TV 13 Oct 2018 -- Yemeni naval forces have unveiled a domestically-designed and -manufactured sea mine that can target and destroy military vessels of Saudi Arabia and its regional allies, which have intruded into Yemen's territorial waters in the strategic Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.
- Saudi Arabia deliberately targeting Yemen's food supply: Report Press TV 13 Oct 2018 -- Saudi Arabia has deliberately impaired Yemen's food supply by systematically targeting the war-torn country's fishing installations, fishermen, agricultural sites and other food related infrastructure, according to a report.
- Scores of Daesh killed in army's operations in Sweida Badyia IRNA 13 Oct 2018 -- Units of the Syrian Arab Army enhanced deployment points deep in the rocky cliffs adjacent to al-Safa hills in Sweida eastern Badyia (desert), inflicting heavy losses on Daesh (ISIS) ranks and equipment.
- Lavrov: US practices east of Euphrates unacceptable IRNA 13 Oct 2018 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov criticized the illegal US presence in Syria, saying that Washington's practices east of the Euphrates River are unacceptable.
- Erdogan vows to root out terror nests east of Euphrates IRNA 13 Oct 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey's military could soon launch a new operation across the border into northern Syria, in zones held by a Syrian Kurdish group that Ankara lists as a terrorist organization.
'God willing, very soon ... we will leave the terror nests east of the Euphrates in disarray,' Erdogan said at a military ceremony honoring Turkish commando soldiers, according to hurriyetdailynews.com.
- Two Blasts in Somali Town Kill at Least 15 VOA 13 Oct 2018 -- Two blasts in the Somali town of Baidoa on Saturday killed at least 15 people and injured more than 30 others.
- At least 16 killed in Somalia bombings Press TV 13 Oct 2018 -- At least 16 people have been killed in Somalia in bombings that targeted a restaurant and a coffee shop, police say.
- UNICEF: Armed Militia in NE Nigeria Releases 833 Child Soldiers VOA 13 Oct 2018 -- The U.N. Children's Fund reports a local militia fighting Boko Haram Islamists in northeast Nigeria has released 833 child soldiers. UNICEF says it hopes the move will be followed by further releases.
- South Korea president urges US to declare end of war with North Press TV 13 Oct 2018 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has urged the US to come to terms with the North's demand for a formal declaration of an end to the Korean war, amid growing differences between the two major allies.
- North Korea Seeking to Expand Ties With Russia - Foreign Minister Sputnik 13 Oct 2018 -- North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said that Pyongyang is seeking to expand ties with Moscow in 2019.
- ICJ defining $2 billion asset of Iran IRNA 13 Oct 2018 -- The International Court of Justice once again voted in favor of Iran after the country's victory in a recent lawsuit against the US concerning the treaty of amity signed between Tehran and Washington in 1955; the court ruled that a sum of $2 billion belonging to Central Bank of Iran (CBI) to be unfreezed.
- 'It's Not Helpful': US Warns India Against Buying Iran Oil, Russian S-400s Sputnik 13 Oct 2018 -- On Thursday, US President Donald Trump promised that India will soon see his decision on punitive measures after New Delhi moved to purchase advanced S-400 air defense systems from Russia.
- Bolton: US Sees China as 'Major Issue' of Century Sputnik 13 Oct 2018 -- White House National Security Adviser John Bolton during a radio interview said the major issue of the 21st century for the United States is China due to its ability to build economic and military power while violating international norms.
- Turkey orders release of U.S. pastor Brunson detained for alleged terrorism People's Daily 13 Oct 2018 -- A Turkish court decided on Friday to release U.S. cleric Andrew Brunson whose detention for the past two years has sparked a crisis in bilateral ties and also a crash in the Turkish currency lira.
- American Pastor Back In U.S. After Release From Turkish Custody RFE/RL 13 Oct 2018 -- An American evangelical pastor held for two years in Turkey has arrived in the United States, a day after a Turkish court ordered his release despite sentencing him to three years in prison on terrorism-related charges.
- Trump: No Deal Made With Turkey on Lifting US Sanctions for Brunson's Release Sputnik 13 Oct 2018 -- American pastor Andrew Brunson has cleared Turkish airspace and is expected to arrive at Joint Base Andrews in the US state of Maryland at noon on Saturday after making a stop in Germany, the pool report said on Friday, citing White House spokesman Judd Deere.e
- Interior Minister Confirms KSA's Condemnation of Some Media's False Accusations Against Kingdom Against Background of Disappearance of Citizen Jamal Khashoggi SPA 13 Oct 2018 -- Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, the Minister of Interior affirmed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's condemnation and denunciation of the false accusations circulated in some media on the Saudi government and people against the background of the disappearance of the Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi.
- Saudis yet to cooperate in Khashoggi probe: Turkish foreign minister Press TV 13 Oct 2018 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Saudi Arabia is not cooperating with the investigation into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi journalist who is suspected of being killed during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.
- Turkey obtains recordings of Khashoggi's murder: Paper Press TV 13 Oct 2018 -- Turkey has obtained recordings indicating that prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was tortured and killed at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, a Turkish newspaper reported on Saturday.
- Ankara Blames Saudis for Lack of Cooperation in Probe Into Journo Disappearance Sputnik 13 Oct 2018 -- The Saudi authorities are not cooperating on the investigation into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and in particular, are not letting Turkish prosecutors to the consulate building, Turkish Foreign Minister said on Saturday.
- Trump Vows 'Severe Punishment' if Riyadh Behind Journalist's Disappearance Sputnik 13 Oct 2018 -- Saudi Interior Minister Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz has reportedly condemned claims circulating in media outlets about orders to kill missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on the part of the authorities, saying they were lies and baseless allegations.
- Saudi Interior Ministry Denies Reports Alleging Murder of Journalist Khashoggi Sputnik 13 Oct 2018 -- Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, has been missing since October 2, when he visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, to obtain documents needed for his upcoming marriage.
- Trump Pessimistic About Fate of Missing Saudi Journalist VOA 13 Oct 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday said it was "not looking too good" for the fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, suggesting he might have been killed.
- Pakistan Fires Judge Who Accused Spy Agency Of Manipulating Elections RFE/RL 13 Oct 2018 -- Pakistan has fired a senior judge who accused the country's powerful spy agency of manipulating elections in July.
- Al-Qaeda Affiliate Reportedly Using Iran As Transit Point For Banned Exports RFE/RL 13 Oct 2018 -- An Al-Qaeda-linked militant group is using Iran as its main transit point for illegal charcoal exports from Somalia, enabling the group to earn millions of dollars in profits, a report to the UN Security Council seen by media says.
- Soyuz-FG Launch Vehicle Assembly Suspended As Part of MS-10 Probe - Source Sputnik 13 Oct 2018 -- All works with the Soyuz-FG booster that has been prepared for the launch of the Progress MS-10 cargo spacecraft have been suspended because it may have the same defects as the Soyuz-FG that failed on Thursday and it may help the investigation into the incident, a source in the space industry told Sputnik on Saturday.
- Russian Church Official Says 'Impossible' To Remain United With Ecumenical Patriarchate RFE/RL 13 Oct 2018 -- The Russian Orthodox Church says a decision about the Ukrainian Orthodox Church made by the synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate has forced the Moscow Patriarchate to end its unity with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians.
- What Comes Next As Ukrainian Orthodox Church Pushes For Independence From Moscow? RFE/RL 13 Oct 2018 -- The striving of many Ukrainian Orthodox believers to gain independence for their national church from the Russian Orthodox Church has been simmering since the collapse of the Soviet Union.li>
- With rapid, far-reaching changes, world can prevent climate change worst-case scenarios - UN chief UN News 13 Oct 2018 -- Checking global warming and preventing some of the worst-case scenarios of runaway climate change "is still possible," the United Nations Secretary-General said on Saturday, urging greater action and ambitions.
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