06 November 2018 Military News
- Almost 60 People Killed During Parliamentary Elections in Afghanistan - UN Sputnik 06 Nov 2018 -- Almost 60 people were killed and over 370 sustained injuries as a result of the attacks perpetrated by anti-government militants during the recently-held parliamentary elections in Afghanistan, a report prepared by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) revealed on Tuesday.
- Taliban kill 20 Afghan troops near Iran border Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- At least 20 Afghan soldiers have been killed in an attack by Taliban militants against an outpost in Afghanistan's western Farah Province.
- US 'cannot win militarily' in Afghanistan, top American commander concedes Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- The United States "cannot win militarily" in Afghanistan, General Austin Scott Miller, the top US commander in the war-torn country, has conceded in a recent interview.
- Afghanistan Peace Council, Taliban To Send Delegations To Moscow Talks RFE/RL 06 Nov 2018 -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, in a surprise visit to Kabul, has called on the Taliban to participate in negotiations to end the 17-year conflict in Afghanistan, saying continued fighting in the war-torn country was "pointless and counterproductive."
- Taliban-led violence during recent Afghan polls leaves record high numbers of civilians dead - UN UN News 06 Nov 2018 -- The Taliban's campaign of violence and intimidation during last month's parliamentary elections in Afghanistan was the deadliest for civilians in years, a report by the United Nations mission in the country, UNAMA, revealed on Tuesday.
- Deadly Taliban Raid Overruns Afghan Police Base Near Iran Border VOA 06 Nov 2018 -- Taliban insurgents killed more than 20 Afghan government forces before overrunning a key police base in the western Farah province bordering Iran, military officials said.
- Taliban says Moscow Meeting Not About Afghan Peace Talks VOA 06 Nov 2018 -- The Taliban officially has confirmed it will attend a multilateral meeting hosted by Russia to discuss Afghanistan.
- NATO Secretary General and top military leaders visit Afghanistan NATO 06 Nov 2018 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg paid an official visit to Kabul on Tuesday (6 November 2018), accompanied by the Chairman of the Military Committee, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, and the Supreme Allied Commander Europe, General Curtis Scaparrotti.
- Dunford Discusses Military Support to DHS AFPS 06 Nov 2018 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff laid out the process for military support to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during a discussion with students in Duke University's Program in American Grand Strategy yesterday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Must Alter Military Posture if North Korea Talks Succeed - Dunford Sputnik 06 Nov 2018 -- The United States must change its military posture on the Korean peninsula as talks to denuclearize North Korea progress, US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford said during remarks at Duke University.
- Kunsan Air Base revitalizes energy utilization AFNS 06 Nov 2018 -- The 8th Civil Engineer Squadron has launched its latest project to help Kunsan Air Base take its first steps in becoming more energy efficient and environmentally conscious by rolling out phase one of an infrastructure refresh plan with assistance from the Energy Savings Performance Contract.
- U.S. Benchmarking Capabilities Against China, Russia, Dunford Says AFPS 06 Nov 2018 -- Russia and China are near-peer competitors and the United States must benchmark military capabilities against these possible threats, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford said at Duke University here last night.
- Navy, NASA Complete Underway Recovery Test 7 NNS 06 Nov 2018 -- The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26) successfully completed test recovery operations of NASA's mock Orion capsule, Nov. 5.
- Kearsarge ARG Completes COMPTUEX NNS 06 Nov 2018 -- The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) successfully completed a composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), Nov. 2.
- USS Nitze (DDG 94) Underway for First East Coast Carrier Strike Group SWATT NNS 06 Nov 2018 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) departed Naval Base Norfolk Friday, Nov. 2, to participate in the Navy's first East Coast Carrier Strike Group (CSG) cruiser-destroyer (CRUDES) Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise.
- Pentagon rejects request for boosting forces in Persian Gulf Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- The Pentagon has rejected a request issued by the US Central Command (CENTCOM) for deployment of additional troops to the Persian Gulf following the re-imposition of sanctions against Iran.
- Russian Jet Intercepts U.S. Navy Plane Over Black Sea RFE/RL 06 Nov 2018 -- The U.S. Navy has posted a video showing one of its aircraft being intercepted by a Russian jet in international airspace over the Black Sea.
- Russia's fighter jet intercepts U.S. aircraft over Black Sea People's Daily 06 Nov 2018 -- A Russian Su-27 fighter jet has intercepted a U.S. Navy EP-3E Aries plane over the Black Sea near Russian airspace and escorted it away in a safe manner, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.
- Russian jet intercepts US spy plane over Black Sea Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- A Russian fighter jet has intercepted an American spy plane that was taking part in a NATO military exercise over the Black Sea in an effort "to prevent a violation" of Russian borders, Russia's Defense Ministry says.
- Norway uses Exercise Trident Juncture to strengthen its national resilience NATO 06 Nov 2018 -- Trident Juncture 18, NATO's largest exercise in recent years, is also the Alliance's first military exercise to include substantial civil preparedness elements and to practice cooperation between the military and the civilian authorities. Norway, which is hosting the exercise, is using the collective defence scenario not only to train its armed forces, but also to build up its ability to respond to a crisis of any kind.
- France Urges 'European Army' To Defend Against Russia, U.S. RFE/RL 06 Nov 2018 -- French President Emmanuel Macron is calling for a "real European army" to allow the European Union to defend itself against Russia and even the United States.
- France's Macron calls for 'real European army' without US Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- French President Emmanuel Macron has called for the establishment of a "real European army," claiming that Europe has been the chief victim of a recent US decision to scrap a major nuclear arms pact with Russia.
- Lukashenka Says No Need For Russian Military Base In Belarus, Praises U.S. Role In Europe RFE/RL 06 Nov 2018 -- Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has said that the U.S. "military and political role" in Europe is crucial to regional security and emphasized that he does not want a Russian military base in his country.
- Iran engineers overhaul F-14 fighter jet IRNA 06 Nov 2018 -- An F-14 Tomcat fighter jet has been overhauled by the Iranian engineers in the Esfahan-based Shahid Babaei Air Base in central Iran.
- Iran's Army Air Force, IRGC successfully drill missile strikes Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- Iran's Army Air Force and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have successfully launched missile strikes against mock enemy targets on the second day of major joint maneuvers.
- Britain to open military training base in Oman Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced that a joint military training base will be opened in Oman in March 2019, in a bid to shore up Britain's trading relationships in the run up to its withdrawal from the European Union next year.
- French President Emmanuel Macron Proposes Creation of 'Real European Army' Sputnik 06 Nov 2018 -- French President Emmanuel Macron gave a candid interview to the French radio station Europe 1, in which he spoke about school violence, European elections, and the EU's military policy.
- Germany Considers Massive Military Spending Increase Amid Hardware Crisis Sputnik 06 Nov 2018 -- The move came a few months after German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen reportedly requested a 12 billion euro ($14.6 billion) boost to the country's military budget, which currently stands at 39 billion euros ($47.3 billion).
- Armenia 'May Lose Post' On Russian-Led Defense Group RFE/RL 06 Nov 2018 -- The Russian business newspaper Kommersant is reporting that Armenia may lose its temporary leadership position on a Russian-led defense organization as a result of its ouster of the current chairman.
- Russia to Deliver Su-35, S-400 to China No Later Than 2020 - Rostec Sputnik 06 Nov 2018 -- Russia and China have concluded contracts on deliveries of weapons to be used in operations on the ground, in the air and in the sea, Viktor Kladov, the head of the delegation of Russian state corporation Rostec at the Zhuhai airshow, told Sputnik on Tuesday.
- 6 November 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 06 Nov 2018
- UN must bring more women police officers into the fold to be effective - UN peacekeeping official UN News 06 Nov 2018 -- More women officers are needed at UN Police, to make the work of the Organization more efficient and reach the whole population they are meant to serve, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the Security Council on Tuesday, adding that, "to reach our full potential, we must bring more women police officers into the fold."
- Yemen artillery unit targets SW Saudi Arabia IRNA 06 Nov 2018 -- Yemeni artillery unit targeted Saudi forces' positions in Najran, southwestern Saudi Arabia on Monday night.
- Yemeni forces shoot down Saudi-led reconnaissance drone over Sa'ada Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- The Yemeni army has shot down a Saudi unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as it was on a reconnaissance mission in Yemen's northern province of Sa'ada.
- Saudi Arabia, allies intensify offensive on Yemen's Hudaydah Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- Saudi Arabia and its allies have intensified a brutal offensive on Yemen's Hudaydah – whose port is the country's only conduit to the outside world under a Saudi-led blockade – killing at least three people and injuring 35 others.
- Dozens of children at risk as clashes in Hudaydah near hospital - UNICEF UN News 06 Nov 2018 -- Intense fighting near a major hospital in the Yemeni port city of Hudaydah has put scores of children at "imminent risk of death", the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday, calling on the warring parties to stop hostilities near the medical centre and allow those in need to safely access treatment.
- Joint US-Kurdish Patrols in Northern Syria 'Unacceptable' - Erdogan Sputnik 06 Nov 2018 -- Joint patrolling by the US military and members of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in northern Syria is unacceptable and could lead to negative consequences, Erdogan said Tuesday.
- Russia,Iran underline continuing anti-terrorism war in Syria IRNA 06 Nov 2018 -- Russia and Iran affirmed the necessity of continuing the war against terrorism in Syria till eradicating it completely.
- Over 200 Mass Graves Discovered in Iraq - UN Report Sputnik 06 Nov 2018 -- Over 200 mass graves containing the remains of thousands of people have been discovered in Iraq on territories previously controlled by Daesh, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a report released on Tuesday.
- Over 200 mass graves of Daesh victims found in Iraq, UN report says Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says more than 200 mass graves, containing the remains of thousands of people, have been discovered in territories previously controlled by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Iraq.
- ISIL's 'legacy of terror' in Iraq: UN verifies over 200 mass graves UN News 06 Nov 2018 -- Investigators have uncovered more than 200 mass graves containing thousands of bodies in areas of Iraq formerly controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh), according to a United Nations human rights report out on Tuesday.
- UN: 200 Mass Graves of Islamic State Victims Found in Iraq VOA 06 Nov 2018 -- The United Nations said Tuesday more than 200 mass graves have been found in Iraq overwhelmingly containing victims of Islamic State violence.
- UN Myanmar Expert Urges Bangladesh to Halt Rohingya Repatriation Plan VOA 06 Nov 2018 -- A United Nations' expert on Myanmar urged Bangladesh on Tuesday to "shelve plans" to begin repatriating Rohingya refugees to Myanmar's Rakhine state this month to avoid persecution.
- AU Peacekeepers Accused of Killing 4 Somali Civilians VOA 06 Nov 2018 -- Authorities in Somalia are investigating the deaths of four civilians reportedly killed by African Union troops Tuesday, after a roadside bomb targeted the peacekeepers' convoy.
- S. Sudan Peace Raises Prospect of Release of Child Soldiers VOA 06 Nov 2018 -- The U.N. secretary-general's special representative for children and armed conflict says a chief benefit of peace in South Sudan is the likelihood that many child soldiers will be freed and reintegrated into their communities.
- Cameroon's President Promises Defeat of Terrorism VOA 06 Nov 2018 -- Cameroon's President Paul Biya, the second longest serving African president at 36 years in power, has been inaugurated for another seven-year mandate. In his speech, Biya promised to defeat terrorism in the country but made no mention of 82 people kidnapped Monday in Cameroon's restive Anglophone region.
- Akayed Ullah Convicted for Detonation of a Bomb in New York City US Dept. of Justice 06 Nov 2018 -- Akayed Ullah, 28, of Brooklyn, New York, and a lawful permanent resident from Bangladesh, was convicted today on all six counts of the Indictment, which
- US Mail Bomb Suspect Ordered to Remain Held Without Bail VOA 06 Nov 2018 -- An American charged with mailing pipe bombs to high-profile Democratic politicians and other critics of U.S. President Donald Trump was ordered held without bail Tuesday during his first appearance in federal court in New York.
- U.S. To Impose New Russia Sanctions Over Skripal Poisoning RFE/RL 06 Nov 2018 -- The United States says it is eyeing fresh sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of a Russian former spy in Britain earlier this year.
- Russia Faces More US Sanctions Over British Poisoning Case VOA 06 Nov 2018 -- Russia is facing another round of U.S. sanctions over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter in Britain.
- Pompeo to Meet with Top N. Korean Thursday in New York VOA 06 Nov 2018 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with a senior North Korean official Thursday in New York City.
- State Department: US Exempts Iranian Chabahar Port From Restored Sanctions Sputnik 06 Nov 2018 -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agreed to grant an exemption to allow the development Iran's Chabahar Port from the new Iran sanctions imposed by the United States so it can be used by Afghanistan, a State Department spokesperson told Sputnik on Tuesday.
- EU Remains Committed to Iran Nuclear Deal Amid US Sanctions - Spokesman Sputnik 06 Nov 2018 -- The European Union will remain committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as long as Iran complies with the deal, spokesman for the European Commission said Tuesday.
- US Allows Iran Temporary Continuation of Arak, Bushehr, Fordow Projects Sputnik 06 Nov 2018 -- The United States has allowed three nonproliferation projects in Iran to continue amid sweeping sanctions re-imposed on the country, the US Department of State said in a release on Monday.
- Russia, Iran discuss situation around Iran deal in light of new US sanctions IRNA 06 Nov 2018 -- The situation around the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal in the light of the United States' new sanctions against Teheran was in focus of a meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and Iranian Ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanaei, the Russian foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
- Russia, Germany slam US re-imposition of sanctions on Iran Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- Russia and Germany have slammed the United States' move to reinstate sanctions against Iran's vital oil exports, shipping and banking, saying Moscow and Berlin would continue trade with Tehran.
- US will regret unwise moves against Iran: FM Zarif Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has lashed out at the United States for imposing "illegal and draconian" sanctions on Tehran, saying Washington would once again regret its "unwise measures."
- President Erdogan: Turkey will not abide by US sanctions on Iran Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the US for rolling back sanctions on Iran, saying Ankara will not abide by the restrictive measures against its neighbor.
- What's So Tough About The 'Toughest Ever' U.S. Sanctions On Iran? RFE/RL 06 Nov 2018 -- President Donald Trump labeled new U.S. sanctions on Iran as the "toughest ever," saying the punitive measures would force Tehran to end its "malign" behavior.
- US Advocates of Isolating Iran Say Trump's Sanctions to Get Tougher VOA 06 Nov 2018 -- U.S. foreign policy hawks who backed the Trump administration's reimposition of sanctions on Iran's energy and banking sectors say there are several ways in which U.S. sanctions may get even tougher.
- Saudi dissident journalist dies after torture at Al Saud regime's prison Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- A journalist and writer in Saudi Arabia has reportedly died as a result of torture while in the regime custody as the conservative oil-rich kingdom grapples with an international crisis over the murder of prominent dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- Saudi Crown Prince Lays Foundation of Nuclear Research Reactor - Reports Sputnik 06 Nov 2018 -- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman laid the foundation stone for seven strategic projects, including a nuclear research reactor, the Saudi SPA news agency reported on Monday.
- Saudis tampered with consulate's CCTV security cameras after Khashoggi killing: Report Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- Staff at Saudi Arabia's consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul tried to dismantle closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) of the premises in an attempt to help cover up the gruesome murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the diplomatic mission last month, a report says.
- MbS launches nuclear plant project amid Khashoggi drama Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has laid the foundation stone for the kingdom's first nuclear research reactor as calls grow in the US for a halt to nuclear talks with the Riyadh regime, which has been rattled by a scandal over the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- Saudis Launch Nuclear Research Reactor Amid Competition With Iran RFE/RL 06 Nov 2018 -- Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman has launched the kingdom's first nuclear research reactor as part of a plan to diversify the kingdom's energy mix and acquire nuclear capabilities, state media reported.
- Analysts: Sanctions on Iran Complicating Response to Khashoggi Killing VOA 06 Nov 2018 -- A new round of U.S. sanctions targeting Iran's oil and economic sectors went into effect Monday. And analysts say Western capitals are looking at the dynamics of the world oil market as they debate what action, if any, to take against Iran's neighbor, Saudi Arabia, over the recent death of a dissident Saudi journalist.
- Turkish police detain 13 suspects over affiliation to Gulen movement Press TV 06 Nov 2018 -- Turkish security forces have arrested more than a dozen people on suspicion of affiliation to a movement led by US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Kosovo Slaps Tariffs On Serbia, Bosnia For Lack Of Recognition, 'Savage' Acts RFE/RL 06 Nov 2018 -- PRISTINA -- Kosovo has imposed a 10 percent tax on products imported from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in a move it said was in retaliation for the two countries' lack of recognition and "savage" policies toward the young republic.
- Activists: Bahrain Continues to Revoke Citizenship of Dissidents VOA 06 Nov 2018 -- Human rights activists say the Bahrain government is continuing to target political opponents by using terrorism allegations to strip them of their citizenship.
- 4 Former Presidents Compete for Madagascar Presidency VOA 06 Nov 2018 -- The island nation of Madagascar votes Wednesday, with four former heads of state vying for the top job in a pool of 36 candidates. Analysts predict this contest will go to a second round, and the nation's persistent problems, poverty, health challenges, poor infrastructure, and human rights abuses, will continue no matter who wins.
- EU Extends Sanctions on Venezuela for Another Year - Statement Sputnik 06 Nov 2018 -- The European Union decided on Tuesday to renew economic restrictions on Venezuela for another 12 months until November 14 next year, the EU Council said on Tuesday.
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