28 October 2018 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Dunford Shares Thoughts on Maintaining U.S. Military's Competitive Advantage AFPS 28 Oct 2018 -- It is a dangerous and unpredictable time, and the United States must reverse any erosion in its military capabilities and capacities, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Military Reporters and Editors conference here Oct. 26.
- En route to Czech Republic Media Gaggle by Secretary Mattis DoD 28 Oct 2018 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis
- Lavrov Says Moscow Preparing Answers To U.S. Nuclear-Treaty Concerns RFE/RL 28 Oct 2018 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said Moscow was drafting responses to a list of questions recently presented by the United States concerning a key Cold War-era arms control treaty.
- Russia Considers US Decision to Exit INF Treaty an 'Objective Fact' Sputnik 28 Oct 2018 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated Sunday that the US President's National Security Adviser John Bolton had played a crucial role in Washington's move. As the top diplomat explained, the US wants to "compensate" for Asian countries having intermediate- and short-range ballistic missiles.
- Israel Sells $250Mln Worth of Cutting Edge Spy Systems to Saudi Arabia – Reports Sputnik 28 Oct 2018 -- Tel Aviv hasn't confirmed the reports, nor has the Gulf kingdom, which doesn't have official diplomatic ties with the Jewish state.
- China Plans to Build Its First Airfield in Antarctica Sputnik 28 Oct 2018 -- China has hitherto resorted to using other countries' runways, mostly Russian, but the method proved to be quite inconvenient, as it required a lot of coordination.
- Iraqi Air Force receives six more KAI T-50 Golden Eagle warplanes Press TV 28 Oct 2018 -- The Iraqi military has received a new batch of South Korean KAI T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic advanced trainers and light combat aircraft under a deal struck between Baghdad and Seoul several years ago.
- Is Joint German-French Combat Jet Project on Verge of Collapse? Sputnik 28 Oct 2018 -- The joint Future Combat Air System project was intended to replace European countries' ageing warplanes with new EU-made jets. However, Belgium recently decided to switch to the US-made F-35 instead of buying European fighters.
- Yemenis kill dozens of Saudi forces in western country IRNA 28 Oct 2018 -- Scores of Saudi troops have been killed during an attack by the Yemeni army and Popular Committees in al-Hudaydah Province in western Yemen.
- Yemeni forces shell Saudi troops positions in Jizan IRNA 28 Oct 2018 -- Yemeni forces pounded positions of Saudi military men in Jizan, southern Saudi Arabia with artillery shells Saturday, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency quoting Almasirah news network.
- Yemenis fire ballistic missiles at base run by Riyadh's mercenaries Press TV 28 Oct 2018 -- Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, have fired a number of domestically designed short-range ballistic missiles at a position of Saudi-backed foreign forces and militiamen loyal to former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in Sana'a province.
- Fresh US-led airstrike leaves five civilians dead in eastern Syria Press TV 28 Oct 2018 -- At least five civilians have lost their lives when the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group carried out an airstrike against Syria's eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.
- Monitor Says Dozens Of U.S.-Backed Fighters Killed in IS Offensive RFE/RL 28 Oct 2018 -- A Syrian rights monitor group says at least 68 members of a U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led force have been killed in a major assault by Islamic State (IS) militants in the east of the country.
- Istanbul Summit Ends With Call For UN-Backed Process To End Syrian War RFE/RL 28 Oct 2018 -- The leaders of Turkey, Russia, France, and Germany have reiterated calls for a UN-backed political process to end the war in Syria that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.
- Turkish Forces Reportedly Strike Syrian Kurdish YPG Militia Positions Sputnik 28 Oct 2018 -- Addressing the issue earlier in October, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to clear the area east of the Euphrates River in Syria from Kurdish militia, which is regarded by Ankara as an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), listed as a terrorist organization in Turkey.
- OIC Contact Group on Somalia Affirms Support for Lasting Peace SPA 28 Oct 2018 -- The Somali capital Mogadishu hosted today a Ministerial meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group on Somalia. The meeting was inaugurated by Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, with participation of 16 representatives of OIC Member States to explore ways and means of enhancing the national reconciliation and achieving the political stability, lasting peace and economic development in Somalia.
- Moscow Denies Reports of CAR Rebel Ultimatum to Withdraw Russian Mil. Advisers Sputnik 28 Oct 2018 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said Sunday that reports suggesting that Muslim armed group Seleka, which is fighting against the government of the Central African Republic (CAR) had allegedly demanded the withdrawal of the Russian military advisers from the areas it controls, were not true.
- New CAR Court Seen as Milestone in Fight Against Impunity VOA 28 Oct 2018 -- The U.N. Human Rights Office welcomes the establishment of the Special Criminal Court in the Central African Republic, calling it a milestone in the fight against impunity.
- Sri Lanka's ousted PM resists presidential eviction order Press TV 28 Oct 2018 -- Political crisis has deepened in Sri Lanka as the country's sacked prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, defies a presidential order to step down and move out of his official residence.
- 'I Remain': PM Feud in Sri Lanka as Two Top Leaders Struggle for Power Sputnik 28 Oct 2018 -- Sri Lanka has been thrown into a political crisis as two men claim to be the country's prime minister.
- Recent Developments in Sri Lanka US Dept. of State 28 Oct 2018
- 'Exercise restraint' Guterres urges Sri Lankans, as political crisis deepens UN News 28 Oct 2018 -- United Nations chief António Guterres said on Sunday he was following Sri Lanka's deepening political crisis with "great concern", after a man was killed allegedly by a politician's bodyguard, who reportedly fired on a crowd of demonstrators.
- Sri Lankan President: Assassination Plot Against Me VOA 28 Oct 2018 -- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says he fired the prime minister because there was a plot to assassinate him.
- US support for S. Arabia enables 'atrocities': FM Zarif IRNA 28 Oct 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says US support for Saudi Arabia--Iran's bitter enemy--has allowed the kingdom to act with impunity in the Middle East.
- Turkish Police search Istanbul sewage near Saudi consulate IRNA 28 Oct 2018 -- Turkish police searched sewage network at an Istanbul street where the Saudi consulate is located in the probe into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, local media reported.
- Member of Saudi 'royal circle' ordered Khashoggi murder: UK intel Press TV 28 Oct 2018 -- Orders by a "member of the royal circle" to abduct dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi were intercepted by the British intelligence, a report says, adding that they "did not emanate directly" from Saudi de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
- Khashoggi was to disclose Saudi use of chemical weapons in Yemen: source Press TV 28 Oct 2018 -- Dissident Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, who was recently murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, was about to disclose details of Saudi Arabia's use of banned chemical weapons in its imposed war on Yemen days before he was killed, a report says.
- Mattis Stresses Need for 'Transparent' Probe into Khashoggi Killing VOA 28 Oct 2018 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he met with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir Saturday at the Manama Dialogue security conference in Bahrain where the secretary stressed the need for a transparent investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month at Riyadh's consulate in Turkey
- Zimbabwe Opposition Party 'Installs' Chamisa as President VOA 28 Oct 2018 -- The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Nelson Chamisa on Saturday "installed" the 40-year-old lawyer as president of Zimbabwe, two months after President Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared by the Constitutional Court as winner of the country's July 30 presidential election.
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