18 October 2018 Military News
- Department of the Army announces upcoming 1st BCT, 101st Airborne Division unit rotation Army News 18 Oct 2018 -- The Department of the Army announced today the winter 2018 rotation to Iraq of the 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
- Department of the Army announces upcoming 3rd BCT, 4th Infantry Division unit rotation Army News 18 Oct 2018 -- The Department of the Army announced today the spring 2019 rotation to Kuwait of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado.
- Department of the Army announces upcoming 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade unit rotation Army News 18 Oct 2018 -- The Department of the Army announced today the early 2019 rotation to Afghanistan of the 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas.
- Department of the Army announces upcoming 1st Infantry Division units' rotation Army News 18 Oct 2018 -- The Department of the Army announced today the winter 2018-2019 rotation to Europe and Afghanistan of three 1st Infantry Division units stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas.
- Department of the Army announces upcoming 1st Cavalry Division Headquarters unit rotation Army News 18 Oct 2018 -- The Department of the Army announced today the early 2019 rotation to Afghanistan of the 1st Cavalry Division Headquarters stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.
- Department of the Army announces upcoming 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade unit rotation Army News 18 Oct 2018 -- The Department of the Army announced today the spring 2019 rotation to Afghanistan of the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to provide training and advising assistance to Afghan National Security Forces.
- Influential Afghan Police Commander Killed VOA 18 Oct 2018 -- Two top officials in southern Afghanistan, including powerful police commander General Abdul Raziq, have been killed in a shooting incident during a visit of the top U.S. general in Afghanistan.
- One killed, 3 injured as Taliban raid top US general's meeting Press TV 18 Oct 2018 -- One of Afghanistan's most powerful security officials has been killed while two Americans and an Afghan governor were injured in a shooting at a high-level security meeting in Afghanistan, attended by top US commander General Scott Miller.
- Afghan Police, Intelligence Chiefs Killed In Shooting Attack RFE/RL 18 Oct 2018 -- The police chief and intelligence head of the southern Afghan province of Kandahar have been killed in a shooting attack, officials say, in a major blow to the Western-backed government in Kabul.
- Keesler AFB assists in Hurricane Michael Relief AFNS 18 Oct 2018 -- The Kessler Air Force Base Airmen and Family Readiness Center hosted the first of two Evacuee Open-Houses in the Bay Breeze Event Center, Oct. 16.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Navy to Christen Submarine Delaware DoD 18 Oct 2018 -- The Navy will christen the attack submarine, the future USS Delaware (SSN 791), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, in Newport News, Virginia.
- Navy to Christen Submarine Vermont DoD 18 Oct 2018 -- The Navy will christen its newest attack submarine, the future USS Vermont (SSN 792), during an 11 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut.
- US, Chinese Defense Chiefs Meet in Effort to Improve Ties VOA 18 Oct 2018 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has told his Chinese counterpart that improved high-level relations between their countries will reduce the risk of unintentional conflict.
- Formal Accession Talks with Skopje begin at NATO Headquarters NATO 18 Oct 2018 -- The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia¹ marked an important step on its road towards NATO membership on Thursday (18 October 2018), beginning two days of formal Accession Talks at the NATO headquarters in Brussels.
- NATO, Macedonia Launch Accession Talks as Skopje Gets Closer to Renaming Country Sputnik 18 Oct 2018 -- NATO and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) have launched talks on the republic's accession to the alliance as the country has been moving toward the resolution of the long-standing name dispute with Greece, the alliance said in a statement.
- Russia Says Military Training Jet Crashes RFE/RL 18 Oct 2018 -- The Russian Defense Ministry says one of its jets has crashed during a training flight over the Sea of Azov and that two pilots are missing.
- L-39 Trainer Jet Crashes in Russia's Krasnodar Territory - MoD Sputnik 18 Oct 2018 -- An L-39 military trainer aircraft crashed in south Russia's Krasnodar Territory during a scheduled training flight, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement Thursday.
- Kosovo Lawmakers Back Bills On Expanding Security Forces RFE/RL 18 Oct 2018 -- Kosovo's lawmakers have given preliminary approval to legislation expanding the size and competencies of the country's security forces during a session that was boycotted by ethnic Serb representatives.
- 18 October 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 18 Oct 2018
- US Flies Two B-52 Bombers Over South China Sea Ahead of Key Defense Summit Sputnik 18 Oct 2018 -- Two US Air Force bombers have flown near disputed islands in the South China Sea ahead of a major regional security summit in Singapore, where the US and Chinese defense ministers are set to meet.
- US Not to Change Logistical Support for Saudi-led Operations in Yemen Sputnik 18 Oct 2018 -- The United States has no plans to change its logistical support for Saudi-led military operations in Yemen, US Air Force Special Operations Command chief Lt. Gen. Brad Webb said at a press briefing.
- Three civilians killed in airstrike on Yemen IRNA 18 Oct 2018 -- Three civilians were killed and some others wounded during the latest Saudi-led coalition's attack on Al-Hudaydah province, west of Yemen.
- Yemeni ballistic missile hits gathering of Saudi-led mercenaries in Najran: Report Press TV 18 Oct 2018 -- Yemeni armed forces have fired a ballistic missile at a gathering of Saudi-led mercenaries in Saudi Arabia's southern border region of Najran, a report says.
- US Skeptical of Russia's Newest IS Claims VOA 18 Oct 2018 -- The United States is pushing back against claims by Russian President Vladimir Putin that the Islamic State terror group is starting to execute hundreds of hostages in Syria, including U.S. and European nationals.
- Daesh growing, taking hostages in US-controlled parts of Syria: Russian leader Press TV 18 Oct 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin warns that Daesh is expanding its presence in the Syrian regions controlled by Washington and its allied Kurdish militants, revealing that the Takfiri terror outfit has managed to take hundreds of people hostage in those areas, including the US's own citizens.
- 'More time' agreed for buffer zone, to spare three million Syrian civilians in Idlib UN News 18 Oct 2018 -- Russia and Turkey have said that they will allow "more time" for opposition groups to withdraw from a de-escalation zone in Syria's Idlib, which has been spared air raids for more than a month, a senior humanitarian adviser to the UN said on Thursday.
- UN Urges Diplomacy to Avert War in Rebel-Held Idlib VOA 18 Oct 2018 -- A U.N. official is calling for more time to give diplomacy a chance in Idlib, the last rebel-held area in northeastern Syria.
- Any foreign presence in Syria without invitation illegal IRNA 18 Oct 2018 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reaffirmed that any presence of foreign forces in Syria without an invitation of the Syrian government is illegitimate, pointing out that the Russian presence in Syria is upon an invitation of the country's government.
- People in southeast Syria refugee camp living in great misery: Monitor Press TV 18 Oct 2018 -- A so-called monitoring group says tens of thousands of internally displaced Syrians stranded in a refugee camp in southern Syria are facing dire conditions as food, water and medical supplies are quickly running out.
- US must withdraw from Syria, stop supporting terrorism: Iran's deputy UN envoy Press TV 18 Oct 2018 -- Iran's deputy ambassador to the UN says the United States should stop supporting terrorism in Syria and end its illegal military presence there as regional efforts are underway to find a political solution to over seven years of militancy gripping the Arab country.
- UN Envoy For Syria Stepping Down As Prospects For Peace Deal Wither RFE/RL 18 Oct 2018 -- The United Nations envoy for Syria is stepping down after gains this year by Syrian, Russian, and Iranian forces in reasserting control over much of the country, eclipsing prospects for an international peace deal ending Syria's seven-year civil war.
- Decision by Staffan De Mistura To Finish His Tenure as UN Special Envoy for Syria US Dept. of State 18 Oct 2018
- Not up to Russia to persuade Iran to leave Syria: Putin Press TV 18 Oct 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected US and Israeli calls for Moscow to persuade Iran to pull its military forces out of Syria, saying it is not what Russia can make a decision about.
- Turkey Threatens to Move on Syria's Manbij VOA 18 Oct 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is warning of military action against a key U.S. ally in the disputed Syrian city of Manbij, as bilateral tensions threaten to resurface between the NATO partners.
- Under fire, UN refugee agency evacuates 135 detained in Libya to Niger UN News 18 Oct 2018 -- Amid increasingly violent clashes between rival armed groups in Libya's capital,Tripoli, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has successfully airlifted 135 migrants and refugees to safety in Niger.
- Palestinians rap US decision to merge al-Quds consulate into Israeli embassy Press TV 18 Oct 2018 -- Palestine Liberation Organization Secretary General Saeb Erekat has strongly condemned a recent decision by the US administration to downgrade its consulate for Palestinians by merging it into its controversial embassy in the Israeli-occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.
- On the Merging of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem and U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem US Dept. of State 18 Oct 2018-- I am pleased to announce that following the May 14 opening of the U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, we plan to achieve significant efficiencies and increase our effectiveness by merging U.S. Embassy Jerusalem and U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem into a single diplomatic mission. I have asked our Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, to guide the merger.
- Restoring prospect of peace in Middle East is 'our shared responsibility' UN envoy tells Security Council UN News 18 Oct 2018 -- Violence is on the rise in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Israeli authorities are continuing to demolish and confiscate Palestinian-owned homes and property, in contravention of international law, the United Nations envoy for the Middle East Peace Process said on Thursday.
- UN rights chief calls for release of hundreds abducted and abused in South Sudan UN News 18 Oct 2018 -- Hundreds of civilians who were taken by opposition forces in South Sudan's Western Equatoria region during an uptick in fighting are still missing, the UN's top rights official said on Thursday, in a call for their immediate release.
- Italian Minister Says Rome Will Oppose Extension Of EU Sanctions On Russia RFE/RL 18 Oct 2018 -- Italy's deputy prime minister says his country will oppose a renewal of European Union sanctions against Russia, but he suggested Rome is not ready to break with the rest of the EU and veto a rollover of the sanctions.
- Will Macedonia's Orthodox Church Also Break Away? RFE/RL 18 Oct 2018 -- Deep concerns have emerged within the Serbian Orthodox Church over a move by the leadership of Orthodox Christianity toward recognizing the Ukrainian church's independence from Moscow.
- Moscow-Affiliated Churches In Ex-Soviet Republics Fall In Line Over Ukraine Rift RFE/RL 18 Oct 2018 -- Several Orthodox churches in former Soviet republics have followed the steps of the Russian Orthodox Church and cut their ties with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
- Former FBI Agent Sentenced for Leaking Classified Information US Dept. of Justice 18 Oct 2018 -- Terry J. Albury, 39, a former Special Agent of the FBI, was sentenced today to 48 months in the District of Minnesota in connection with his unauthorized disclosure and retention of classified national defense information.
- Former FBI Agent Sentenced for Leaking Documents VOA 18 Oct 2018 -- A former Minnesota FBI agent who admitted to leaking classified documents to a journalist was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison and three years of supervision after his release.
- Iran calls for joint operation with Pakistan to secure release of abducted forces Press TV 18 Oct 2018 -- Tehran has called on Islamabad to adhere to its commitments under bilateral security agreements days after Pakistan-based terrorists kidnapped a number of Iranian forces, emphasizing the need for a joint operation to determine their fate.
- China Defends Xinjiang 'Internment Camps' Ahead of UN Review VOA 18 Oct 2018 -- Just a few weeks before China's human rights record comes up for periodic review at the United Nations, the country's leadership is putting itself squarely behind a massive effort to detain and indoctrinate Muslims in its western region of Xinjiang.
- Khashoggi case highlights 'very worrying practice' of overseas abductions, says UN expert UN News 18 Oct 2018 -- The case of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi is just the latest example of a "new and very worrying practice" of States abducting individuals beyond their own borders, said the Chair of the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances, addressing the UN General Assembly on Thursday.
- Trump Says It Appears Missing Saudi Journalist is Dead VOA 18 Oct 2018 -- Asked Thursday by reporters whether Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was dead, U.S. President Donald Trump responded it "certainly looks" as if he is and that is "very sad."
- Trump says it 'certainly looks' like Khashoggi is dead Press TV 18 Oct 2018 -- US President Donald Trump says he believes dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and that the consequences should be severe for those who carried out the assassination.
- Leading rights groups urge Turkey to call for UN probe into Khashoggi case Press TV 18 Oct 2018 -- Four leading human rights and press freedom groups have urged Turkey to call for a UN probe into the possible murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in order to prevent a cover-up of the alleged crime.
- Khashoggi drama: All the latest updates Press TV 18 Oct 2018 -- Turkish police and forensic investigators have ended their search of the Saudi consul general's residence in Istanbul, with reports saying they have collected "samples" which could be "convincing in terms of evidence" in the case of missing dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- White House, Saudis working to make up story on missing journalist's fate: Brennan Press TV 18 Oct 2018 -- Former CIA Director John Brennan says the United States government is working with Saudi Arabia to "concoct a story" about the fate of Jamal Khashoggi, an anti-Riyadh journalist who is believed to have been murdered after entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey's Istanbul earlier this month.
- Trump Says US to Make 'Strong Statement' Upon Receiving Khashoggi Probe Results Sputnik 18 Oct 2018 -- US President Donald Trump said that the US government will be making a "strong statement" after receiving results of journalist Khashoggi disappearance investigation.
- Pompeo: US Should Give Saudis 'A Few More Days' to Investigate Journo Vanishing Sputnik 18 Oct 2018 -- Earlier this week, State Secretary Mike Pompeo and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held talks on the alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, while US President Donald Trump said that Washington would have information on the case "soon".
- Turkish Police Search Saudi Consulate Premises Again in Khashoggi Case Sputnik 18 Oct 2018 -- The newspaper Yeni Safak has reported of having an audio recording indicating the Saudi journalist had been killed inside the consulate, the allegation have been fiercely denied by the Saudi government.
- Saudi Arabia confirms its commitment to continue its efforts to promote and protect human rights SPA 18 Oct 2018 -- The Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations affirmed the Kingdom's commitment to continue its efforts to promote and protect human rights, its continued and sustained cooperation with all international mechanisms and its emphasis on the role of the international community in preserving human rights through concerted efforts and strengthening the support of the Office of the High Commissioner for its role in protecting human rights and rights.
- Utah Man Charged in Seven-Count Federal Indictment with Threat to Use a Biological Toxin as a Weapon US Dept. of Justice 18 Oct 2018 -- A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City returned a seven-count indictment Thursday morning charging William Clyde Allen, III, age 39, of Logan, Utah, in connection with ricin-related threats. The indictment alleges he knowingly threatened to use a biological agent and toxin, specifically ricin, as a weapon.
- EU Leaders Call For New Sanctions Regime Against Cyberattackers RFE/RL 18 Oct 2018 -- European Union leaders are calling for a new sanctions regime that would slap penalties on those found responsible for cyberattacks on the bloc's member states.
- Rewards for Justice - Reward Offer for Information on Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Key Leaders US Dept. of State 18 Oct 2018 -- The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the identification or location of Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) senior regional leader Khalid Saeed al-Batarfi, and is increasing from $5 million to up to $10 million its reward for information leading to the identification, location, arrest, and or conviction of the leader of AQAP Qasim al-Rimi.
- Treasury Sanctions Colombian Narcotics Trafficker With Ties to the FARC and La Oficina de Envigado US Treasury 18 Oct 2018 -- Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified Colombian national Pedro Luis Zuleta Noscue as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). Four additional Colombian nationals were also designated for their involvement in the narcotics trafficking activities of Pedro Luis Zuleta Noscue. As a result of today's action, all assets in which these persons have an interest in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons must be blocked and reported to OFAC. OFAC's regulations generally prohibit all dealings by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of blocked persons.
- China to launch man-made moons in space People's Daily 18 Oct 2018 -- China's man-made moon conception is expected to be realized in 2022, the Science and Technology Daily reported.
- MOFA expresses 'strong dissatisfaction' at Interpol rejection CNA 18 Oct 2018 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) voiced "strong dissatisfaction and regret" Thursday after the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) declined to invite Taiwan to attend its general assembly next month in Dubai.
- China's engagement in Latin America aimed at isolating Taiwan: report CNA 18 Oct 2018 -- A report released Wednesday by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) suggests that China's increasing engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is part of a tactic to diplomatically isolate Taiwan.
- Taiwan's democracy serves as model for region: U.S. official CNA 18 Oct 2018 -- Taiwan's vibrant democracy, respect for freedom and commitment to the rule of law make it an "invaluable model" for many countries in the Indo-Pacific region that are suffering from democratic backsliding, visiting U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Scott Busby said Thursday.
- Interpol against Taiwan's efforts to seek participation CNA 18 Oct 2018 -- The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), sent a message Wednesday that states unequivocally that it is not in favor of Taiwan's efforts to seek participation in the organization's activities.
- Haitian President Survives Attempted Assassination Unscathed - Reports Sputnik 18 Oct 2018 -- Unidentified gunmen opened fire at a commemoration ceremony attended by Haitian President Jovenel Moise, leaving the latter unscathed but injuring his security officers, local media reported on Wednesday, describing the event as an assassination attempt.
- Haiti president 'survives assassination attempt' Press TV 18 Oct 2018 -- Haitian President Jovenel Moise has reportedly survived an assassination attempt at a commemoration ceremony in the country's capital of Port-au-Prince, amid resumed anti-government protests against financial corruption and a range of economic issues.
- Greek FM resigns in internal dispute over Macedonia deal Press TV 18 Oct 2018 -- Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has resigned in an internal dispute over a deal with neighboring Macedonia, which he helped negotiate but which has faced opposition from a section of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's coalition government.
- 'Harrods Shopaholic' From Azerbaijan Focuses Attention On Aliyev Family's London Properties RFE/RL 18 Oct 2018 -- A lurid multimillion-dollar shopping spree at Harrods of London by the wife of a jailed Baku banker has prompted renewed interest in runaway corruption in Azerbaijan and luxury U.K. properties thought to be connected to Azerbaijan's first family.
- Ditching the Dollar: Venezuela Moves to Euros in International Trade Sputnik 18 Oct 2018 -- Venezuela's vice president for the economy announced on Wednesday that the country will stop using the dollar for international transactions in favor of the euro.
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