26 October 2018 Military News
- Modern Voting Systems Did More Harm Than Good In Afghanistan's Recent Elections RFE/RL 26 Oct 2018 -- Hafizullah rocks on his hospital bed in pain, an oversized bandage covering the nub where his finger used to be.
- DOD Statement on Support to DHS DoD 26 Oct 2018 -- After receiving a request for assistance from the secretary of homeland security, the secretary of defense has approved providing mission-enhancing capabilities to the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection along the southwest border.
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- US military successfully tests anti-ballistic missile off coast of Hawaii Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- The US military says it has successfully tested a key missile system off the west coast of Hawaii, shooting down a medium-range ballistic missile.
- Russia vows to raise US withdrawal from INF treaty at UNSC Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- Russian and American officials have faced off at the UN General Assembly, with Moscow warning that it would raise the issue of the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF) at the UN Security Council if Washington makes good on its threat.
- US 'determined' to leave nuclear treaty with Russia Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the United States is determined to leave a landmark Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty with Moscow, despite warnings that the move will trigger a new nuclear arms race.
- Arctic Anvil executes multi-domain operations on a large-scale AFNS 26 Oct 2018 -- During the last Red Flag-Alaska exercise of the year, forces banded together for Arctic Anvil, a military training exercise that took place Oct. 9 to 21 at the Donnelly Training Area near Fort Greely, Alaska.
- Armed and Ready: Ramstein receives largest ammo shipment in years AFNS 26 Oct 2018 -- The 86th Munitions Squadron on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, received its largest shipment of ordnance in recent history. Approximately 100 containers with a variety of munitions rolled into Ramstein during the month of October.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis' Call with Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman DoD 26 Oct 2018
- Dozens of US F-35 fighter jets grounded over fuel problem Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- The Pentagon has grounded dozens of US F-35 jet fighters as a safety measure to resolve a fuel pipe hazard just days after issuing clearance to the aircraft to fly.
- NATO launches biggest war games since Cold War; Russia complains People's Daily 26 Oct 2018 -- With around 50,000 participants from 31 countries, NATO on Thursday launched its biggest military exercise since the end of the Cold War in Norway, as Russia has complained the alliance's levels of military activities near its borders.
- Expert: An anti-satellite missile developed in the Russian Federation is more effective than the existing ones in the world TASS 26 Oct 2018 -- Anti-satellite missile as part of the MiG-31BM fighter is being developed in Russia. It will be the most effective of the existing in the world, told TASS chief editor of the magazine "Arsenal of the Fatherland" Viktor Murakhovsky.
- China never asked for military access to Pakistani Gwadar port: Navy general Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- A Pakistani senior military official says China has never asked for military access to the port of Gwadar on Pakistan's south coast, which the United States alleged that could be a likely future foreign military base for China.
- Stronger military teamwork envisioned People's Daily 26 Oct 2018 -- President Xi Jinping said on Thursday that China adheres to a security outlook that is comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable in nature.
- Japan's Okinawa to hold referendum on moving US base Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- Local politicians in Japan's Okinawa Island have decided to hold a referendum on a government plan to relocate a US military base away from its present urban location.
- 26 October 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 26 Oct 2018
- Yemeni forces shoot down Saudi reconnaissance drone in Jizan Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have intercepted and targeted an unmanned aerial vehicle, belonging to the Saudi-led military coalition, as it was flying in the skies over the kingdom's southwestern border region of Jizan.
- UN Investigating Whether Iran Supplied Weapons Seized By U.S. Navy Near Yemen RFE/RL 26 Oct 2018 -- UN inspectors are examining more than 2,500 AK-47 rifles and other guns seized by the crew of a U.S. destroyer off the coast of Yemen to determine whether the weapons originated in Iran or Somalia.
- Syria not to allow Idleb turned into new caves for terrorist IRNA 26 Oct 2018 -- Syria's permanent representative to the UN, Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari said that Syria will not allow turning Idleb into new caves for terrorists.
- Coalition denies US drone attack on Russian airbase in Syria IRNA 26 Oct 2018 -- The statement by the Russian Defense Ministry that a drones attack on the Hmeymim airbase in Syria was controlled from a US reconnaissance aircraft are baseless, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Sean Ryan told Sputnik on Friday.
- Damascus government will not allow Idlib to turn into terrorist stronghold: Envoy Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations Bashar al-Ja'afari says the incumbent Damascus government will not allow foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists to turn the embattled northwestern province of Idlib into a new haven for themselves.
- Turkish president gives 'final warning' to US-backed militants in northern Syria Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a "final warning" to those who would endanger Turkey's borders, in an apparent reference to the US-backed Kurdish militants operating in northern Syria.
- Syrian Government's 'different understanding' of UN role, a 'very serious challenge' - Special Envoy UN News 26 Oct 2018 -- The difficulties of "keeping everyone onboard" an agreed path to peace in Syria highlights that "radically different" approaches are likely doomed to failure, the out-going United Nations Special Envoy for the war-torn country warned on Friday.
- European, Russian Leaders Join Erdogan at Summit on Syrian Civil War VOA 26 Oct 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to host French, German and Russian leaders Saturday at a four-way summit on the Syrian civil war.
- Over 330,000 Congolese migrants at risk after mass deportations from Angola – UN rights chief UN News 26 Oct 2018 -- The United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on Friday warned that the forcible mass expulsion of Congolese migrants from Angola has resulted in "serious human rights violations by security forces on both sides of the border" and left at least 330,000 returnees in an "extremely precarious situation".
- UN: Expulsion of Congolese From Angola Could Trigger Renewed Violence in Kasai VOA 26 Oct 2018 -- The continued mass expulsion of Congolese migrants from Angola could trigger a renewal of inter-ethnic violence in Democratic Republic of Congo's Kasai province, U.N. Human Rights Chief Michele Bachelet warned.
- Attorney General Sessions Delivers Remarks Announcing the Ongoing Investigation Into Suspicious Packages US Dept. of Justice 26 Oct 2018
- FBI arrests man suspected in parcel bombs case in Florida Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- US investigators have arrested an individual suspected of sending at least a dozen parcel bombs over the last week to high-profile critics of President Donald Trump ahead of key midterm elections.
- U.S. Officials Charge Florida Man With Mailing Explosive Devices RFE/RL 26 Oct 2018 -- U.S. officials say a 56-year-old man suspected of sending explosive devices through the mail has been charged with five crimes, as President Donald Trump vowed "swift and certain justice" for anyone responsible for "terrorizing acts."
- Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure The White House 26 Oct 2018
- China denies spying on Trump's cellphone, tells him to use Huawei Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying has dismissed a New York Times report claiming that China and Russia are spying on US President Donald Trump's cellphone, satirically suggesting the use of Chinese Huawei phones for added security.
- Koreas Continue Tension-Easing Talks as the North Criticizes US VOA 26 Oct 2018 -- North and South Korea continued joint military talks Friday in the truce-village of Panmunjom. The talks took place as the Joint Security Area (JSA) began implementing new protocols designed to reduce tension, while North Korea continued criticizing the United States' push for continued sanctions.
- Iran urges countries to abide by ICJ ruling against US Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- Iran's ambassador to the United Nations urges the international community to abide by an order issued by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) earlier this month against US sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
- Iraqi PM Vows to Prioritize Iraq's Interests With Regard to US Sanctions on Iran Sputnik 26 Oct 2018 -- Baghdad will act in accordance with its national interests when it comes to the US sanctions against Iran, Sky News Arabia TV channel reported on Thursday, citing Iraq's new prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi.
- Saudi Arabia announces probe into what Turkey labels as "planned" murder of Khashoggi People's Daily 26 Oct 2018 -- Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday that an investigation has been launched into Turkey's information indicating the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was "planned," Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
- Turkey once again urges Saudis to disclose who ordered Khashoggi murder, body location Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated his country's call for Riyadh to disclose who ordered the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul and what has happened to his body.
- Those behind Khashoggi's murder 'high enough to represent Saudi state': UN rapporteur Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- An independent UN investigator and special rapporteur says those who orchestrated and committed the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul are "high enough to represent the Saudi state."
- Turkish Prosecutor Requests Extradition Of 18 Saudis Over Journalist's Murder RFE/RL 26 Oct 2018 -- A Turkish prosecutor has requested the extradition of 18 Saudi suspects over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- UN Special Rapporteur Claims Saudi State Responsible for Khashoggi's Murder Sputnik 26 Oct 2018 -- The Saudi state is responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and cannot "wash its hands" of responsibility, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Execution Agnes Callamard said at the UN headquarters in New York City on Thursday.
- Japan, China ties at 'historic turning point' as Abe is in Beijing Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- China has welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a rare trip to the country, where the two regional powers are due to sign a number of deals amid deepening trade dispute with the United States.
- Japan, China Work to Elevate Ties Despite Differences VOA 26 Oct 2018 -- Japan and China took an important step Friday to elevate their relationship, marking what Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a historic turning point in ties between the two Asian neighbors.
- Xi stresses deepening reform, opening-up in new era People's Daily 26 Oct 2018 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for greater resolve and stronger measures in deepening China's reform and opening-up in the new era.
- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Announces a New Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Strike Force US Dept. of Justice 26 Oct 2018
- Statement by the President The White House 26 Oct 2018
- Trump signs new sanctions against Lebanese resistance movement Press TV 26 Oct 2018 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump has imposed a new round of sanctions on Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah targeting individuals and international organizations that do business with the group.
- Russian Oil Chief Sees 'Major Imbalances,' Rising Prices From U.S. Sanctions RFE/RL 26 Oct 2018 -- The head of Russia's state-controlled oil giant Rosneft is warning that U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela will trigger "major imbalances in the oil market."
- Opposition to Participate in Contentious DRC Poll VOA 26 Oct 2018 -- The fractured opposition in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced Friday that opposition leaders will participate in a contentious December election, and said the opposition bloc will name a unified candidate by Nov. 15 – just six weeks before this pivotal poll.
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