23 November 2018 Military News
- Deadly Attack Targets Friday Prayers in Afghanistan VOA 23 Nov 2018 -- A suicide attack inside on a mosque at a military base in Khost province in Afghanistan killed at least 26 people and wounded 50 others, the military said.
- Explosion Rocks Mosque in Afghanistan: 27 Dead, 79 Wounded - Reports Sputnik 23 Nov 2018 -- The explosion took place during Friday prayers in a mosque in the province of Khost in eastern Afghanistan. The victims are members of the Afghan National Army.
- Dozens Killed, Wounded In Suicide Attack On Afghan Mosque RFE/RL 23 Nov 2018 -- A powerful blast has torn through a packed mosque inside an Afghan army base in the eastern Khost Province as Friday Prayers were drawing to a close, killing at least 12 people, a local official said.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Government Asks High Court to Hear Transgender Military Case VOA 23 Nov 2018 -- The Trump administration is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to issue an unusually quick ruling into the military's policy of restricting military service by transgender people.
- International Committee of the Red Cross, Special Forces exercise human assistance, interoperability Army News 23 Nov 2018 -- The Senior Military Advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross, Martin Lacourt, sat down with members of 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) command team and exercise participants, to discuss the importance of humanitarian assistance in kinetic operations for Warfighter 19-02, Nov. 12.
- USS Shoup returns home from Indo-Pacific deployment NNS 23 Nov 2018 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) returned to its homeport of Naval Station Everett, Wash., Nov. 21.
- USS Abraham Lincoln CSG Assets Flex Their Muscles NNS 23 Nov 2018 -- Warships from the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Carrier Strike Group (CSG), including the guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and guided-missile destroyers USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USS Mason (DDG 87), and USS Nitze (DDG 94), participated in a proficient Live Fire With a Purpose (LFWAP) exercise in the Atlantic Ocean Nov. 19, piercing the morning sky with Standard Missile (SM) 2 Block IIIAs.
- US Aircraft Carrier Suspected of Wreaking Electronic Chaos in Hong Kong Sputnik 23 Nov 2018 -- A US Navy aircraft carrier making a port call in Hong Kong has mysteriously caused massive problems for people in the area trying to use their cellphones and other electronics, according to local reports.
- Information and cyber operations modeled by Maryland Army Guard Army News 23 Nov 2018 -- As the unit celebrates its upcoming 10th anniversary, the 110th Information Operations Battalion showcased their unique capabilities commonly integrated into today's operational environments, now referred to as a multi-domain battlefield at the Annapolis Readiness Center Nov 18.
- Such a Deal: South Korean Companies Probed for Ripping Off US Military Sputnik 23 Nov 2018 -- A nation with a war budget greater than that of the next seven countries combined, the US is unsurprisingly being ripped off by foreign contractors, and now the Justice Department is cracking down.
- Secretary General visits NATO Command in Naples NATO 23 Nov 2018 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited the Allied Joint Force Command in Naples on Friday (23 November 2018). He was welcomed by Admiral James Foggo, Commander of JFC Naples, and met other senior officers. The Secretary General took part in a medal ceremony before visiting NATO's Regional Hub for the South, based at the Joint Force Command.
- Swedish Defence Loses 'Important Money' in Snowballing Error Sputnik 23 Nov 2018 -- Faulty price calculation mechanisms have resulted in a dramatic loss of almost $1 billion for the Swedish Armed Forces, a problem that has been escalating since 2012.
- Finland joins Denmark, Germany in halting arms exports to Saudi over Yemen Press TV 23 Nov 2018 -- Finland has joined Germany and Denmark in halting exports of military equipment to Saudi Arabia over the devastating war in Yemen, in the latest fallout from the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- Saudi mercenaries killed in Yemeni army offensives IRNA 23 Nov 2018 -- Yemeni forces prevented advancement of Saudi mercenaries in western coast of Yemen, killing and injuring dozens of them.
- Ansarullah to discuss giving UN 'leading role' in Hudaydah port: UN envoy Press TV 23 Nov 2018 -- Yemen's popular Houthi Ansarullah movement has agreed to negotiate handing the United Nations a "leading UN role" in managing the vital Hudaydah port-city, according to UN envoy Martin Griffiths.
- Houthis Agree to Pursue Talks on UN Role in Yemen's Hodeidah - Special Envoy Sputnik 23 Nov 2018 -- Yemen's Houthi rebels have agreed to hold discussions aimed at providing to the United Nations the main role in the country's port of Hodeidah, UN Special Envoy for Yemen said on Friday.
- ICRC Started Foreign Staff Redeployment to Yemen - Aden Mission Head Sputnik 23 Nov 2018 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has begun the redeployment of the foreign personnel to Yemen, but still relies primarily on the local contingent, Carlos Batallas, the head of the ICRC mission to Aden, told Sputnik on Thursday.
- In Yemen, Special Envoy sees UN role in preserving 'essential' aid pipeline at country's major port UN News 23 Nov 2018 -- The United Nations should "actively and urgently" pursue negotiations for a leading role in aiding the humanitarian crisis in Yemen's port city of Hudaydah, the top UN envoy for the war-torn country urged Friday.
- France Sends Massive Signal Intelligence Ship Dupuy de Lome With Escort to Syria Sputnik 23 Nov 2018 -- Dupuy de Lome, a French signal intelligence (SIGINT) ship designed to conduct electronic surveillance and intelligence collection, has entered the Eastern Mediterranean and is headed toward Syria, according to ship-tracking websites.
- UN: Israel has escalated violations of Lebanon airspace Press TV 23 Nov 2018 -- The United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon says Israel has sharply increased its almost daily aerial violations in Lebanese airspace, urging the regime to halt them.
- France Says Extremist Leader May Have Been Killed in Mali VOA 23 Nov 2018 -- A leader of an al-Qaida-linked extremist group in central Mali may have been among the 30 militants killed by French soldiers in an overnight attack, France's ministry of armed forces said Friday.
- US Climate Report Says Disasters Will Get Worse VOA 23 Nov 2018 -- A U.S. government report says the impacts of climate change, including powerful storms, droughts and wildfires, are worsening in the United States.
- Russia Undermines Freedom Of Expression 'Both Domestically And Abroad,' U.S. Says RFE/RL 23 Nov 2018 -- Russia is working to subvert free speech both at home and abroad, and is stepping up pressure on its independent media, the United States has warned at a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
- Russia Plans To Tighten Data Protection RFE/RL 23 Nov 2018 -- Russia has drawn up a bill aimed at preventing leaks of personal information from state agencies, a move that follows publication of details of Russians allegedly involved in covert intelligence operations abroad.
- British Police Release More Video Of Skripal Poisoning Suspects RFE/RL 23 Nov 2018 -- Police in Britain have released more video of the two suspects they believe poisoned former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury in March.
- Bellingcat Names Second GRU Agent In Failed Montenegrin Coup RFE/RL 23 Nov 2018 -- The investigative group Bellingcat and Russian website The Insider say they have identified a second Russian GRU military intelligence officer allegedly involved in a 2016 coup attempt in Montenegro.
- FBI Declines to Comment on UK Hybrid Warfare Project Sputnik 23 Nov 2018 -- The FBI is referring questions to British authorities regarding the alleged spy network and hybrid warfare initiative the UK has reportedly established across Europe and North America, a bureau spokesperson told Sputnik on Friday.
- US Pushing Allies to Drop Huawei Over Trade War With China - Reports Sputnik 23 Nov 2018 -- This comes amid Washington's suspicions that the world's largest telecom equipment maker could be using its equipment for cyber espionage as part of cooperation with Chinese intelligence agencies.
- Iran's IAEA envoy blasts US violation of JCPOA IRNA 23 Nov 2018 -- Iran's Ambassador to the IAEA Kazem Gharibabadi said on Friday that the US has not only persistently violated the JCPOA, but also is threatening them by either to comply with its unlawful unilateral policies against my country, or will be faced with its coercive punitive measures.
- China to resume oil imports from Iran IRNA 23 Nov 2018 -- Asia's largest buyer of Iranian oil is said to have resumed purchases from the Persian Gulf state following a one-month hiatus, a move that will help allay fears that US sanctions on the OPEC producer will constrain global supplies.
- FM: Iran not to surrender to force IRNA 23 Nov 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday that his country would not give in to force.
- China to resume imports of oil from Iran soon Press TV 23 Nov 2018 -- China is said to be preparing to resume imports of crude oil from Iran in what analysts say could allay fears that US sanctions on the major producer would constrain global supplies.
- US bullying will harm international system: Iran FM Press TV 23 Nov 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says US bullying will cause problems for the international system.
- Iran rejects 'baseless' US chemical warfare accusations Press TV 23 Nov 2018 -- Iran has categorically dismissed US accusations that it has failed to declare "a toxic arms program" to the global chemical warfare watchdog in breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
- President Xi Jinping meets Kazakh PM People's Daily 23 Nov 2018 -- President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Kazakh Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev in Beijing, and suggested that both sides focus on policy synergizing and well implement the alignment of China-proposed Silk Road Economic Belt and Kazakhstan's Nurly Zhol (Bright Path) economic program.
- Turkey blasts Trump for turning blind eye' to Saudi murder of Khashoggi IRNA 23 Nov 2018 -- Turkish foreign minister lashed out at US President Donald Trump for turning a "blind eye" to the Saudi murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and blamed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the mishap.
- Trump says CIA has no conclusion on Khashoggi's death People's Daily 23 Nov 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had not drawn any conclusion on the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death.
- Turkey blasts Trump for turning 'blind eye' to Saudi murder of Khashoggi Press TV 23 Nov 2018 -- Turkish foreign minister has lashed out at US President Donald Trump for turning a "blind eye" to the Saudi murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, blamed on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
- CIA has recording of MBS phone call to silence Khashoggi: Report Press TV 23 Nov 2018 -- The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is in possession of a tape that proves Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave instructions to "silence" dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a new report has revealed.
- Blast kills 31, injures 50 in NW Pakistan IRNA 23 Nov 2018 -- At least 31 people were killed and 50 sustained injuries in an explosion in Pakistan's north western Orakzai region on Friday.
- Armed men attack Chinese consulate in Pakistan's Karachi Press TV 23 Nov 2018 -- Three assailants strapped with explosives have attacked the Chinese consulate in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi, leaving two policemen dead.
- Pakistan Foils Suicide Attack On Karachi Chinese Consulate, Dozens Dead In Separate Attack In Northwest RFE/RL 23 Nov 2018 -- Pakistani police have killed three suspected suicide bombers who attacked the Chinese Consulate in Karachi before they were able to enter the facility, an incident which Pakistan's government has called a "conspiracy" against the strategic cooperation between Islamabad and Beijing.
- 34 Dead in Separate Attacks on Chinese Consulate, Crowd in Pakistan VOA 23 Nov 2018 -- Separate attacks by armed insurgents in Pakistan killed at least 34 people and wounded dozens of others.
- Pakistan Arrests Cleric Whose Supporters Held Violent Rallies Over Blasphemy Law RFE/RL 23 Nov 2018 -- Pakistani authorities have arrested a radical Islamic cleric whose followers held violent rallies against the acquittal of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case.
- French Terror Laws 'Break Basic Principles of Justice,' Says Rights Group VOA 23 Nov 2018 -- French terror laws are contradicting basic principles of justice, according to the human rights group Amnesty International. It argues that legislation introduced to replace the state of emergency following recent terror attacks places restrictions on would-be terrorists before they have committed a crime, with little judicial oversight.
- Spain warns of no EU summit on Brexit without deal on Gibraltar Press TV 23 Nov 2018 -- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned on Friday there would "very probably" be no European Council summit to approve Britain's exit from the EU on Sunday if the issue of Gibraltar is not first resolved.
- Spain Stands Firm on Gibraltar Status as Brexit Vote Nears VOA 23 Nov 2018 -- A centuries old quarrel between Britain and Spain over the British colony Gibraltar threatens to throw a wrench into the works of the much-anticipated Brexit deal with the European Union that will be voted on at a meeting of the European Commission Sunday.
- Poroshenko Says Russia Has No 'Veto' On Ukraine's EU, NATO Bids RFE/RL 23 Nov 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said changing the country's constitution to state Kyiv's aim of joining NATO and the European Union as strategic state goals will send a strong "message" to Moscow that "we are parting completely and irrevocably."
- Bahraini opposition groups urge boycott of elections Press TV 23 Nov 2018 -- Bahrain's dissolved opposition groups and religious scholars have boycotted Saturday's general elections in the country amid reports that the island kingdom is inching closer towards Israel.
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