22 November 2018 Military News
- US Installing Observation Posts in Syria at Turkish Border - Pentagon Sputnik 22 Nov 2018 -- The United States is establishing several observation posts in northern Syria near the Turkish border in a move to share military intelligence on terrorists' movements into Turkey from the neighboring country with Ankara, the US Defense Department said citing Defense Secretary James Mattis.
- Taliban not serious about peace: Afghan chief executive Press TV 22 Nov 2018 -- Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah says the Taliban militant group is not serious in peace talks aimed at ending hostilities in the war-inflicted country.
- Trump Skeptical About Success of Afghan Peace Negotiations VOA 22 Nov 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that his administration was conducting "very strong" peace negotiations in Afghanistan but that he was not sure whether they would be successful.
- In The Dark: Tajik Border Residents Live Not Knowing What Lies Beyond RFE/RL 22 Nov 2018 -- When the night falls in Khayom, the entire village disappears into the
- Trump allows US troops at border to use lethal force against immigrants Press TV 22 Nov 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has authorized troops on the Southwest border with Mexico to use lethal force in order to protect Customs and Border Protection personnel from incoming migrants, according to the Pentagon.
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- Future USS Tulsa Arrives in San Diego NNS 22 Nov 2018 -- The Independence variant littoral combat ship Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Tulsa (LCS 16) arrived at Naval Base San Diego, Nov. 21, after completing the ship's maiden voyage from the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.
- 'US, South Korea to reduce scope of joint drill next year' Press TV 22 Nov 2018 -- The United States says its annual joint field military training exercise with South Korea, called Foal Eagle, will be "reduced in scope" next year, arguing that the decision is made in an attempt not to harm diplomacy with North Korea.
- Secretary General in Rome: NATO promotes security and stability in the Mediterranean NATO 22 Nov 2018 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg began a visit to Rome on Thursday (22 November) to participate in this year's Mediterranean Dialogues Conference, which addresses shared challenges in the region. Speaking on a panel with Italian Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta and Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Alhakim, the Secretary General outlined NATO's role in the fight against terrorism and emphasised the importance of training local forces to secure peace.
- Damage Sustained by Russian Aircraft Carrier During Dock Sinking Revealed Sputnik 22 Nov 2018 -- United Shipbuilding Corporation chief also revealed that the repairs won't affect the timetable for the aircraft carrier's planned refitting overhaul.
- Defence Secretary secures ships to protect home waters UK MOD 22 Nov 2018 -- Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has secured the protection of British home waters by announcing he will retain three of the Royal Navy's patrol ships.
- HMS Sheffield revealed as new warship UK MOD 22 Nov 2018 -- Defence Minister Stuart Andrew has today announced the name of a future world-beating British warship as HMS Sheffield.
- Denmark halts weapons exports to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen bombing Press TV 22 Nov 2018 -- Denmark has stopped selling weapons to Riyadh in response to the assassination of prominent Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the regime's bombing campaign in Yemen.
- Finland Pauses New Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia, UAE Over Yemen War Sputnik 22 Nov 2018 -- Helsinki will not authorize new arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Finland's Foreign Ministry said Thursday, citing an alarming situation in Yemen.
- Indian Army Scouts for Through-the-Wall Radar Systems for Militancy Prone Areas Sputnik 22 Nov 2018 -- India's homemade Divyachakshu through-the-barrier radars are currently deployed in Jammu and Kashmir. But the Indian Army's intention to procure such radars from other vendors indicates that the indigenous ones have not been able to fully meet the requirements.
- India to Make Payments in Rupees for Russian Air Defence System - Gov't Source Sputnik 22 Nov 2018 -- The deal, which is estimated to cost around US $1.5 billion, would be India's second-biggest defence contract with Russia following the S-400 deal concluded earlier this year. French and Swedish firms also bid to supply the Very-Short-Range Air Defence systems but Russia's Rosoboroexport offered to do so for the lowest price.
- U.S. Accuses Iran Of Failing To Declare Chemical Weapons RFE/RL 22 Nov 2018 -- Iran has not declared all its chemical weapons capabilities to the global chemical warfare watchdog in The Hague, in breach of international agreements, the U.S. ambassador to the organization said on November 22.
- US bases in Qatar, UAE, Afghanistan within reach of Iran missiles: IRGC Press TV 22 Nov 2018 -- The IRGC Aerospace Commander says the US bases in Afghanistan, the UAE, and Qatar as well as the US aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf are all within reach of Iranian missiles.
- Iranian Revolutionary Guards Warn US Bases Within Tehran's Missile Range Sputnik 22 Nov 2018 -- Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) airspace division, said Wednesday that US bases in Afghanistan, the UAE and Qatar, as well as US aircraft carriers in the Gulf, were within range of Iranian missiles, Reuters reported, citing Tasnim news agency.
- Macron Sends French Troops to Reunion Island Amid Unrest Sputnik 22 Nov 2018 -- On Wednesday, at least 16 police officers were reportedly injured in clashes with "yellow vests", protesters who oppose rising prices for fuel in Reunion, a French overseas department in the Indian Ocean.
- Turkey Suggests it Could Still Buy Patriot Systems Amid US Pressure Over S-400s Sputnik 22 Nov 2018 -- Earlier, a high-ranking US official told Turkish media that Washington was still considering slapping Ankara with sanctions over its purchase of Russia's S-400 air defence system amid fears that it could pose a threat to NATO and the F-35.
- Turkey Wants First Batch of Russian S-400s Before 2020 - Erdogan's Spokesman Sputnik 22 Nov 2018 -- Ankara expects the first batch of Russian S-400 air defense systems to be delivered to Turkey by the end of 2019, and joint production will start then, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Thursday.
- Top UN officials sound alarm as Yemen fighting nears vital hospital in port city of Hudaydah UN News 22 Nov 2018 -- As fighting in Yemen edges closer to the main healthcare practice in the port city of Hudaydah, the head of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) joined the world body's humanitarian chief on Thursday to urge the warring parties not to target or occupy any civilian sites – including Al Thawrah Hospital.
- Yemeni army soldiers, allies intercept, shoot down Saudi-led combat drone in Hudaydah Press TV 22 Nov 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 a mountainous region in the country's western coastal province of Hudaydah.
- US-led coalition again uses white phosphorus bombs in Syria: Russia Press TV 22 Nov 2018 -- Russia says the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has again used white phosphorus bombs to target residential areas in Syria.
- Syrian Troops Establish Control Over Last Daesh Stronghold in Country's South Sputnik 22 Nov 2018 -- The Syrian Armed Forces have established control over the last stronghold of the Daesh terrorist group in southern Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.
- Monitor: Large Arab Force Deployed to E. Syria VOA 22 Nov 2018 -- A large military convoy from an Arab country was deployed last week to the eastern Syrian province of Deir el-Zour, where U.S.-backed forces are fighting the Islamic State (IS) terror group, a monitor group told VOA.
- Poll Shows Putin's Electoral Rating Drops Below 60 Percent RFE/RL 22 Nov 2018 -- A leading independent Russian pollster says the electoral rating of President Vladimir Putin has fallen under 60 percent for the first time in five years.
- Head of Russian military intelligence dies at 63 People's Daily 22 Nov 2018 -- Igor Korobov, chief of the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate, commonly known as the GRU, died at the age of 63 after a serious illness on Wednesday, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
- GRU Chief Dies After 'Serious And Long Illness' RFE/RL 22 Nov 2018 -- The chief of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency, Igor Korobov, has died after "a serious and long illness," Russian media reported on November 21, quoting the Defense Ministry.
- Oops! Germany Spying Agency Accidentally Reveals Identity of Covert Informant Sputnik 22 Nov 2018 -- In a catastrophically careless oversight, German intelligence services have accidentally exposed the identity of one of their 'v-men' - an undercover informant - spying on activist groups. It's far from the first embarrassing blunder in the country's espionage history.
- UK spy chiefs pushing against Trump leaks of secrets on Russia Press TV 22 Nov 2018 -- British intelligence chiefs are trying to stop US President Donald Trump from leaking secret information on Russia's alleged meddling in foreign elections, a new report suggests.
- UK Spy Agency Wants to Prevent Trump From Publishing Russia Probe Files - Report Sputnik 22 Nov 2018 -- The row pertains to an FBI request to wiretap a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, which was made a month ahead of the 2016 US presidential elections. Earlier this month, President Trump said that he was "very seriously" considering declassifying the documents related to Russia's alleged interference in the US elections.
- Britain Threatens UAE Over Jailing of British Student Accused of Spying VOA 22 Nov 2018 -- British authorities reacted with anger and threatened the United Arab Emirates with serious diplomatic repercussions after a court in the Gulf state sentenced a British student to life in prison for spying. The jailing of 31-year-old Matthew Hedges visibly shocked British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who believed he'd been given assurances 10 days ago on a visit to the UAE the student would be freed.
- IAEA re-confirms Iran's compliance with JCPOA IRNA 22 Nov 2018 -- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday announced for the 14th time Iran's full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the JCPOA.
- Iranian nation has plans for defeating US: Commander IRNA 22 Nov 2018 -- Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami says the US has experienced defeats from the Iranian nation over the past years but it has not learnt from that but the Iranian nation has plans to defeat it.
- Iran to defeat US in economic war: IRGC Cmdr IRNA 22 Nov 2018 -- Based on the confessions made by the US' analysts, Iran will once again defeat the US in the economic war, said the Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) on Thursday.
- Trump not trustworthy for talks, Iran won't renege on nuclear agreement: Zarif Press TV 22 Nov 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says negotiations with the US to save the 2015 nuclear deal are pointless because US President Donald Trump is not trustworthy.
- Iran: US must lift sanctions on food, medicine as per ICJ ruling Press TV 22 Nov 2018 -- Iran says the US must lift its cruel sanctions on exports of humanitarian goods, including food and medicine, to Iran based on an October ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
- IAEA says Iran respecting nuclear deal weeks after US bans reinstated Press TV 22 Nov 2018 -- The United Nations' nuclear watchdog confirms Iran's full compliance with its end of the 2015 multinational nuclear deal, despite the US's internationally-criticized withdrawal from the landmark accord and the ensuing re-imposition of its unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
- UN Watchdog Says Iran Sticking To Nuclear Deal Amid U.S. Sanctions RFE/RL 22 Nov 2018 -- Iran is implementing its part of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers, the UN atomic watchdog monitoring the pact reaffirmed on November 22, two weeks after the United States reimposed sanctions against Tehran.
- Turkey's Erdogan will not meet with bin Salman at G20 summit: Report Press TV 22 Nov 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will not meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during an upcoming summit of the G20 in Argentina, a Turkish media report says, nearly two months after dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Arab kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.
- Saudi FM rejects 'ridiculous' allegations of royals' plot to depose bin Salman Press TV 22 Nov 2018 -- Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has dismissed as "ridiculous" a report by Reuters that members of the Saudi royal family want to overthrow Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, saying that the kingdom is united around its leadership.
- EU Says All Responsible For Khashoggi Murder Must Be Held 'Accountable' RFE/RL 22 Nov 2018 -- All those "really responsible" for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi must be held accountable, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on November 22.
- France Imposes Travel Bans on 18 Saudis Over Khashoggi Killing Sputnik 22 Nov 2018 -- Germany imposed similar sanctions earlier this week, as German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Germany had banned 18 Saudi citizens, suspected of being involved in the murder of Khashoggi, from entering the country, with Berlin also exerting pressure on arms exporters to make them halt weapon deliveries to Riyadh.
- CIA Holds 'Smoking Gun' Phone Call of Saudi Crown Prince on Khashoggi - Reports Sputnik 22 Nov 2018 -- Riyadh has vehemently denied that the royal family, including Crown Prince bin Salman, has been involved in Khashoggi's murder. A total of 21 people have been detained on suspicion of ordering and carrying out the murder; five of them face the death penalty.
- Bahrain arrests more citizens as elections near Press TV 22 Nov 2018 -- The regime in Bahrain has arrested and charged five people in what seems to be part of a widened crackdown on political dissent ahead of the forthcoming parliamentary elections in the Persian Gulf kingdom. darkness.
- EU Says Uzbekistan 'On The Right Track' RFE/RL 22 Nov 2018 -- Austria, the chief of the rotating European Union presidency, says the "overall human rights situation" in Uzbekistan has shown improvement in the last two years.
- Three killed as bomb hits hideout of Haqqani militants in Pakistan Press TV 22 Nov 2018 -- At least three people have been killed after a bomb struck Haqqani network militants in their hideout in Pakistan's tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, local officials and militant sources say.
- Taiwan to sign contract soon to dispose of uranium: official CNA 22 Nov 2018 -- Taiwan will sign a NT$300 million (US$9.7 million) contract next week to dispose of its uranium reserves, Lin Kin-fu (林金福), director-general of the Institute of Nuclear Energy Research (INER), said Thursday.
- Turkey charges Gulen, 27 others for killing of Russian ambassador Press TV 23 Nov 2018 -- Turkey has charged 28 people, including US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, for their alleged involvement in the killing of the Russian ambassador to Ankara back in 2016.
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