10 November 2018 Military News
- US-Led Coalition Probing Reports About Strikes in Syria That Killed Civilians Sputnik 10 Nov 2018 -- US-led coalition air strikes against Daesh* militants in Hajin, Syria had also claimed the lives of at least 26 local civilians, including 14 children, AFP reported Friday.
- Afghanistan's Anti-Corruption Center is Corrupt - SIGAR Sputnik 10 Nov 2018 -- Afghanistan's anti-corruption center itself riddled with corruption, a new report by US officials in Afghanistan argues.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Has No Plans to Place New INF Non-Compliant Missiles in Europe - Bolton Sputnik 10 Nov 2018 -- The United States does not plan to deploy new nuclear missiles in Europe in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, National Security Adviser John Bolton told reporters.
- Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian US Dept. of State 10 Nov 2018
- Remarks by President Trump and President Macron of France Before Bilateral Meeting The White House 10 Nov 2018
- Trump Meets With Macron, Talks European Security VOA 10 Nov 2018 -- The American and French presidents discussed their differences about European security on Saturday, the morning after Donald Trump arrived in Paris and immediately criticized his host.
- Trump slams Macron's 'very insulting' call for 'a real European army' Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- US President Donald Trump blasted French President Emmanuel Macron in a tweet moments after landing in Paris, saying his suggestion that Europe must create a European army was "very insulting."
- Trump Says Macron's Idea for EU Army 'Very Insulting', NATO Share Should Be Paid Sputnik 10 Nov 2018 -- US President Donald Trump in a statement just minutes after landing in Paris said it was very insulting of French President Emmanuel Macron to suggest that Europe should build its own military to protect it from the United States, Russia, and China.
- For Russia's Navy, A Damaged Aircraft Carrier Is Bad Enough. A Sunken Dry Dock Is Even Worse. RFE/RL 10 Nov 2018 -- It's bad enough that Russia's only aircraft carrier was damaged in a mishap involving the country's largest floating repair dock -- the only one big enough to maintain the flagship of the Russian Navy.
- Video Places Putin-Connected Oligarch At Top-Level Military Talks RFE/RL 10 Nov 2018 -- A video posted on social media by the Libyan military shows a Russian oligarch with close personal ties to President Vladimir Putin and who owns Russia's best-known private security firm attending a November 7 meeting in Moscow between high-level Russian defense officials and a Libyan military delegation.
- Veterans To Ask Hague Court To Probe Russia's Use Of Mercenaries RFE/RL 10 Nov 2018 -- Reuters is reporting that Russian military veterans will ask the International Criminal Court to investigate Russia's alleged secret deployment of civilian contractors to fight in Syria, Ukraine, and Africa.
- Russia, Japan Launch Joint Naval Drills in Gulf of Aden - Military Sputnik 10 Nov 2018 -- Naval exercises involving combat ships of the Russian Navy and the Navy of Japan begun on November 10 in the Gulf of Aden, Russian Navy's Northern Fleet spokesman Capt. 1st Rank Vadim Serga said.
- China, U.S. defense ministers meet for postponed security dialogue People's Daily 10 Nov 2018 -- Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe and U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis met here Friday afternoon to discuss bilateral and military-to-military ties.
- Norway Loses Money Big Time as 'Unsinkable' Frigate Collides With Tanker Sputnik 10 Nov 2018 -- Not only did the sinking of the uninsured frigate cost the Norwegian Navy its entire annual budget, but the Scandinavian country also lost millions of additional kronor, as several oil and gas fields were temporarily out of order due to the accident, which experts find inexplicable.
- Air Force Commander: No need for external resources IRNA 10 Nov 2018 -- Commander of the Army Air Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran said that today there is no need for external resources to supply parts and optimize equipment.
- Serbia Launches Biggest Military Drills in Its History Involving 8,000 Troops Sputnik 10 Nov 2018 -- Serbia on Saturday launched the biggest military exercise in the country's history involving 8,000 soldiers to mark the centenary of the end of World War I, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
- Pompeo calls on China to stop militarization of South China Sea Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on China to stop what Washington claims to be militarization of the disputed South China Sea.
- Pompeo, Mattis Call on China to Remove Its Missiles From Spratly Islands Sputnik 10 Nov 2018 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis during talks with Chinese officials said the United States wants Beijing to withdraw its missiles from the Spratly islands in the South China Sea, the State Department said in a press release.
- US suspends refueling Saudi jets in deadly bombing campaign on Yemen Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- The US and Saudi Arabia say they have agreed to end US refueling of Saudi aircraft bombing Yemen but several officials underlined that American training and military assistance will continue.
- States with power and influence to end suffering of Yemenis must take action 'immediately' - UN rights chief UN News 10 Nov 2018 -- "Outraged" by the "unconscionable toll" caused by the escalation of hostilities in Yemen, the UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on Saturday, urged the warring parties and those supplying them with weapons, to take immediate steps to end the suffering of civilians.
- Hudaydah to be 'graveyard' for Saudi-led militants: Houthi Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- A senior Houthi official has said Yemen will turn into a "graveyard" for aggressors as Saudi-backed militants and mercenaries continued with a fresh push to occupy the port city of Hudaydah.
- Yemeni Army Announces Success of Military Operation in the Front of Maran SPA 10 Nov 2018 -- The Yemeni army announced the success of its military operation against the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in the Maran front, the stronghold of the Houthi militias leader, in the western province of Saada.
- Mattis Supports Riyadh's Decision to Halt US Refuelling of Aircraft in Yemen Sputnik 10 Nov 2018 -- The United States supports Saudi Arabia's decision that the Saudi-led coalition, engaged in the Yemeni conflict, should refuel its aircraft independently, without US support, US Secretary of Defence James Mattis said in a statement on Saturday.
- US Mulls Ending Aerial Refueling For Saudi Coalition Jets Over Yemen - Reports Sputnik 10 Nov 2018 -- US Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Todd Young (R-IN) said in a news release on Friday that according to a provision in the US defense budget law, the United States cannot refuel Saudi coalition planes in Yemen until Riyadh makes a good faith effort to end the conflict.
- Syria demands international mechanism to investigate US-led coalition's crimes Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- The Syrian government has demanded an independent and international mechanism to investigate the crimes being perpetrated against civilians by the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.
- 15 PKK militants 'neutralized' in northern Iraq: Turkey Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- Turkey's military has claimed to have "neutralized" 15 militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) after striking the group's hideouts and armories in Iraq.
- Rohingya repatriation to Myanmar dangerous: Aid groups Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- Aid groups and humanitarian agencies have warned about "dangerous" plans of repatriation of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees to their home country Myanmar, where they faced unimaginable atrocities at the hands of military.
- EU Again Condemns 'Elections' In Separatist-Held Parts Of Ukraine RFE/RL 10 Nov 2018 -- The European Union has issued a statement rejecting "elections" scheduled for November 11 in the separatist-controlled parts of eastern Ukraine, saying that they are a breach of international law and undermine the Minsk agreements aimed at resolving the conflict in Ukraine.
- Death Toll in Mogadishu Blasts Climbs to 52 VOA 10 Nov 2018 -- The death toll from Friday's car bomb blasts in Somalia's capital has climbed to 52, according to admission records from five hospitals.
- Trump Cancels Visit to American World War I Cemetery in France VOA 10 Nov 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump canceled a visit to an American cemetery outside Paris Saturday during the president's visit to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
- Merkel, Macron Unveil Memorial Amid World War I Centenary Celebrations RFE/RL 10 Nov 2018 -- The leaders of France and Germany have marked the centenary of the armistice that ended World War I by unveiling a new message of peace.
- Lavrov Says Moscow Being 'Unfairly' Blamed In Spy Scandal With Austria RFE/RL 10 Nov 2018 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told his Austrian counterpart that Russia was unfairly being accused of espionage after Vienna said it was probing a former Austrian colonel for allegedly spying for Moscow for decades.
- U.S. Gives Russian Aluminum Tycoon More Time To Comply With Sanctions RFE/RL 10 Nov 2018 -- The United States has once again postponed the enforcement of sanctions against Russian aluminum giant Rusal and two other companies to allow their top shareholder time to carry out a plan to pare down his holdings.
- From the CAR to Eritrea, Russia's African Ambitions Unfold VOA 10 Nov 2018 -- The Central African Republic might seem like an unusual venue for Russia's evolving strategy in Africa. The CAR doesn't boast Ethiopia's booming economy or Angola's deep oil reserves. It lacks a developed mining industry like Zambia or a strategic location like Djibouti.
- Iran holding serious talks with 8 countries granted waivers from US sanctions ISNA 10 Nov 2018 -- Iran is holding serious and positive negotiations with eight countries which have been granted waivers from US sanctions on Iranian oil exports, governor of the Central Bank of Iran, Abdolnaser Hemmati said.
- Re-imposition of unilateral sanctions openly defies international law: Khoshroo ISNA 10 Nov 2018 -- Iranian ambassador to the United Nations stressed that US' unilateral policies and illegal actions openly defy rule of law, international order and multilateralism.
- Iran implementing its nuclear-related commitments under JCPOA: Amano ISNA 10 Nov 2018 -- IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano in a statement to the 73rd Regular Session of the United Nations General Assembly put stress on Iran's compliance with its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
- Iran calls for developing full national nuclear fuel cycle for peaceful purposes: UN envoy ISNA 10 Nov 2018 -- Deputy permanent representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations, Eshagh Al Habib announced that Iran called for full realization of the inalienable right of any State to develop, research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
- Starve? Iran won't just survive, it'll thrive: Zarif to Pompeo Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has dismissed his American counterpart's starvation threat, stressing the Islamic Republic will survive and even advance despite Washington's sanctions.
- President Rouhani: New US sanctions have no effect on Iran Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- President Hassan Rouhani says the US administration is seeking to exert pressure on the Iranian people through imposing "inappropriate" sanctions that he said would affect their livelihood.
- Iran blasts US unilateralism, calls for global condemnation of US sanctions Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations, Gholamali Khoshroo, has slammed US unilateralism and called on the international community to condemn Washington's sanctions reimposed on the Islamic Republic.
- Iran remains compliant with 2015 nuclear deal: IAEA Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again reaffirmed Iran's full compliance with its commitments under the 2015 landmark nuclear deal.
- EU intensifies efforts to keep Iran nuclear deal alive: Spokeswoman Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- The EU says it has stepped up efforts to preserve a 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement with Iran after the US reinstated sanctions on the Islamic Republic's vital oil-exporting and financial sectors.
- Russia: France's rule over Indian Ocean island 'illegitimate' Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused France of snubbing United Nations resolutions and illegally holding control over its former African colony, the Indian Ocean archipelago of Mayotte.
- Riyadh rules out int'l probe into journo's murder IRNA 10 Nov 2018 -- Riyadh will never accept international investigations into the killing of the Saudi dissident journalist Turki al-Faisal, former head of Saudi intelligence said on Saturday.
- 'I'm choking' were last heard from Khashoggi: Daily Sabah editor Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- A senior Turkish journalist has revealed bits from a secret audio tape that was allegedly recorded from the brutal assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, saying the slain man begged for his life before he died at the hand of killers.
- Ankara gave out 'recordings' on Khashoggi murder to Riyadh, Washington Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey has given "recordings" on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France, and Britain.
- Turkey: Khashoggi Tapes Shared With Key Foreign Nations VOA 10 Nov 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday he has shared recordings of the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with Britain, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the United States.
- Analysts' Views Mixed on China, Saudi Aid to Pakistan VOA 09 Nov 2018 -- Pakistan has requested financial help from its close allies, including China and Saudi Arabia, and a bailout package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help revive its economy and deal with debt and balance-of-payments problems.
- Uganda Readies to Stave Off Ebola Along DRC Border VOA 10 Nov 2018 -- In Uganda, officials have stepped up measures to prevent an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus. Ebola has infected 319 people in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo since August, killing 198. The border between the countries remains open, and health experts fear the virus will enter Uganda through the cross-border traffic.
- MOFA thanks U.S. for support of Taiwan CNA 10 Nov 2018 -- Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Saturday thanked the United States for its backing of Taiwan and vowed to continue to cooperate with the U.S. on the basis on their solid relations.
- Hezbollah Leader Vows to Respond to Any Israeli Attack on Lebanon - Reports Sputnik 10 Nov 2018 -- Historically tense relations between Israel and the Lebanon-based group hit a new low this autumn after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hezbollah of building a missile factory and hiding it in the civilian infrastructure of Beirut's international airport.
- Hezbollah to retaliate against Israeli aggression on Lebanon: Nasrallah Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- The secretary general of Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement says his fellow fighters will not hesitate to respond proportionately to any Israeli act of aggression against the Arab country.
- Aoun says will do his best to find solution to Lebanon govt. formation deadlock Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- Lebanese President Michel Aoun says he will do his best to find a solution to the political stalemate that is blocking the formation of a new national unity government in the Arab country more than six months after a general election.
- Nasrallah, Bassil discuss representation of Sunni MPs Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- Secretary General of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Free Patriotic Movement leader Gebran Bassil met on Saturday to discuss the representation of six so-called independent Sunni lawmakers as the Arab country is struggling to remove remaining barriers to the formation of a new government.
- Sri Lankan president dissolves parliament, sets January snap elections Press TV 10 Nov 2018 -- Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has dissolved the parliament and called for snap general elections amid deepening political crisis in the Indian Ocean country.
- Thaci Says Kosovo-Serbia Border Won't Be Redrawn Along Ethnic Lines RFE/RL 10 Nov 2018 -- Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci has said that any revised border with Serbia that comes out of the two neighbors' normalization talks will not be drawn along ethnic lines.
- Zimbabwe's Opposition Party Says Leader Chamisa Survived 'Assassination Attempt' VOA 10 Nov 2018 -- Zimbabwe's main opposition party said its leader, Nelson Chamisa, on Saturday survived what a party spokesman called an assassination attempt by suspected state security agents while returning from a rally about 80 kilometers east of Harare.
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