28 November 2018 Military News
- Afghanistan can rely on international support along harrowing road to peace, and beyond UN News 28 Nov 2018 -- Afghanistan has undertaken significant reforms which the international community will continue to support long after peace is secured in the war-torn country, a top UN official pledged on Wednesday.
- Nations Express Support for Afghan-Led Peace Process VOA 28 Nov 2018 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Wednesday that he had put together a team of diplomats and experts for prospective peace talks with the Taliban.
- Taliban Fighters Storm Foreign Security Group's Kabul Compound VOA 28 Nov 2018 -- Afghan officials said a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle-borne bomb Wednesday evening outside a British security company's compound in Kabul, making way for a group of armed assailants to storm the facility and spark fierce gunbattles.
- British Group: Briton Among 5 Killed in Taliban Raid VOA 28 Nov 2018 -- A British security contractor, G4S, says five of its employees, including a Briton, were killed and 32 others injured in an overnight gun-and-bomb attack against one of its compounds in the Afghan capital Kabul.
- Afghan President Announces Team for Peace Talks with Taliban VOA 28 Nov 2018 -- Afghanistan's President, Ashraf Ghani, says his government has "formulated a road map" for prospective peace negotiations with Taliban insurgents to end the 17-year war in the country.
- 10 killed in attack on British security company in Kabul Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- At least 10 people have been killed and nearly 20 others wounded in a bomb attack on a British security company's compound in the Afghan capital Kabul.
- US airstrikes kill 30 civilians in Afghanistan's Helmand Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- Airstrikes conducted by the US military has killed at least 30 civilians, including children and women, in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand amid a spike in civilian deaths from aerial attacks.
- At Least 10 Killed In Taliban Attack On Security Contractor's Compound In Kabul RFE/RL 28 Nov 2018 -- Afghan officials say at least 10 people have been killed and 19 wounded in an attack that targeted a foreign security contractors' compound in the capital, Kabul.
- Afghanistan's Ghani Presents 'Road Map' For Peace Talks At UN Conference RFE/RL 28 Nov 2018 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says his government has formed a 12-strong negotiating team to seek a peace agreement with the Taliban, as he laid out what he called a "roadmap" for the talks.
- AFRICOM: US Airstrike in Somalia Targets Al-Shabab VOA 28 Nov 2018 -- A U.S. military airstrike Tuesday in Somalia killed three al-Shabab militants, according to the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM).
Defense Policy / Programs
- Integrating SIGINT for multi-domain total force AFNS 28 Nov 2018 -- The 16th Intelligence Squadron set on a path to become a reserve component partner with the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, Oct. 1, 2014, creating a culture of seamless operations integration between active duty and reserve Airmen.
- USARPAC and PLA participate in 14th iteration of Disaster Management Exchange in Nanjing, China Army News 28 Nov 2018 -- Soldiers from U.S. Army Pacific and the People's Republic of China People's Liberation Army participated in an annual Disaster Management Exchange in Nanjing, China Nov. 13-18. This is the 14th iteration of this exchange between USARPAC and the PLA.
- Navy to Commission Guided-Missile Destroyer Thomas Hudner DoD 28 Nov 2018 -- The Navy will commission its newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), during a 10:00 a.m. EST ceremony at Flynn Cruiseport in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday, Dec. 1.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis' Meeting with Lithuanian Minister of Defense Raimundas Karoblis DoD 28 Nov 2018
- Opening Ceremony Held in Riohacha, Colombia in Support of Enduring Promise 2018 NNS 28 Nov 2018 -- Senior leadership and personnel embarked aboard USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) attended an opening ceremony at a land-based medical site in Riohacha, Colombia, Nov. 26.
- Iwo Jima Departs U.S. 6th Fleet NNS 28 Nov 2018 -- The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), flagship of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), and embarked Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), departed the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, Nov. 25, 2018.
- U.S. Navy, France Team Up in U.S. 5th Fleet NNS 28 Nov 2018 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) and the French frigate FS Courbet (F712) participated in training during a three-week interoperability period, Nov. 8.
- Russian Aircraft Corp. to Complete MiG-35 Fighter Testing in 2019 - MiG Chief Sputnik 28 Nov 2018 -- All tests of Russia's advanced MiG-35 multirole fighter will be completed in 2019, Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG Director General Ilya Tarasenko told reporters.
- Slovenia Appoints Woman As Chief Of Armed Forces RFE/RL 28 Nov 2018 -- Slovenia has become the only NATO country to appoint a woman as chief of its military.
- Iran to add new submarines, destroyer to army fleet IRNA 28 Nov 2018 -- Iran's Minister of Defense and Armed Forces said on Wednesday new submarines as well as a destroyer will soon join the country's navy.
- Iran to unveil 2 new defense achievements ISNA 28 Nov 2018 -- Iranian Defense Minister, Brigadier General Amir Hatami announced on Wednesday that the country is to unveil two new defense achievements on Thursday.
- Remarks to the Press US Dept. of State 28 Nov 2018 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- Senate to Debate Ending US Military Support for Yemen War VOA 28 Nov 2018 -- The Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to move forward on a resolution ending U.S. military support to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.
- Yemen Tribal Leaders Support US-UN Peace Process VOA 28 Nov 2018 -- As U.S. officials and members of U.S. Congress debate U.S. support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen, some tribal leaders in Yemen are supporting the U.S and U.N. proposed political solution to end the war and urge an active role in the ongoing negotiations.
- UN concerned over falling imports at Yemen's lifeline port Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- The United Nations has warned that operations at the strategic Yemeni port of Hudaydah have plunged by nearly 50 percent over the past two weeks, making it difficult for local residents to afford their basic commodities in the wake of the recent wave of violence there.
- 11th round of talks on Syria crisis begins in Astana Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- The 11th round of talks on the Syria crisis has kicked off in the Kazakh capital, with the presence of representatives from the Damascus government and opposition as well as the three guarantor states of the Astana peace process.
- Turkey warns US of 'action' if support for YPG continues Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- Turkey has warned the United States of unspecified "action" if Washington refuses to stop supporting Kurdish militants based in Syria.
- Syrian Army Foils Militants' Attack Near Idlib De-Escalation Zone – Source Sputnik 28 Nov 2018 -- Militants in Idlib
- Turkey Refuses to Accept 'Fait Accompli' in Syria Sputnik 28 Nov 2018 -- Turkey is one of the main actors involved in the multilateral Syrian peace process. While contributing to the efforts of fighting terrorism in the Arab Republic, it also addresses its own security challenges represented by Turkish and Syrian Kurdish organizations, the PKK/KCK and PYD/YPG.
- Mattis: Actions in Ukraine Show Russia's Word Cannot Be Trusted AFPS 28 Nov 2018 -- Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov in contradiction to signed treaties and the Law of the Sea show that Russia cannot be counted on to keep its word, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said at the Pentagon today.
- Russian FM says US encouraging provocation between Moscow, Kiev Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- Moscow says the United States is encouraging provocation between Russia and Ukraine over the recent confrontation off the coast of Crimea and the seizure of three intruding Ukrainian military vessels in Russian waters.
- Russia 'to deploy new S-400 missiles in Crimea' Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- Russia has announced it will deploy new S-400 defense missile systems on the Crimean Peninsula amid a standoff initiated by Ukraine.
- Ukraine under threat of 'full-scale war' with Russia: Poroshenko Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Russia has sharply increased its military presence on the border with his country, warning that the deployment entails the threat of "full-scale war."
- Putin Accuses Poroshenko Of Electoral Ploy As Ukraine Imposes Martial Law After Sea Clash RFE/RL 28 Nov 2018 -- Martial law came into force across a large swath of Ukraine on November 28, following a clash at sea that Kyiv called an "act of aggression" by Moscow and Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed was a ploy to boost his Ukrainian counterpart's popularity ahead of an election in March.
- European Court Denies Yanukovych Aide's Bid To Suspend EU Sanctions RFE/RL 28 Nov 2018 -- The president of the European Union's General Court on November 28 dismissed Andriy Klyuyev's attempt to have the bloc's sanctions against him suspended.
- Poroshenko Wants NATO to Send Warships to Black Sea After Kerch Strait Incident Sputnik 28 Nov 2018 -- NATO countries could send several warships to the Black Sea to support Ukraine after the incident in the Kerch Strait near Crimea, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told the NBC News broadcaster on Wednesday.
- Russia Puts One More S-400 Battalion Into Service in Crimea Amid Kerch Row Sputnik 28 Nov 2018 -- One more battalion of Russia's S-400 Triumph air defence missile systems will be put into active service in Crimea before the end of 2018, the Russian Southern Military District spokesman, Col. Vadim Astafyev, told reporters.
- Putin Says He And Trump Briefly Discussed Ukraine Naval Confrontation RFE/RL 02 Dec 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he and U.S. President Donald Trump briefly discussed the recent naval confrontation in the Black Sea between Ukrainian and Russian naval ships.
- Negotiated two-State solution still 'the only option' for Palestine: Guterres UN News 28 Nov 2018 -- A two-State solution where Israel and Palestine live side-by-side as sovereign nations is still "the only option" for lasting peace, and "containing the situation is not sufficient," United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
- PM Imran Khan says Pakistanis 'on one page' in seeking friendship with India Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says his ruling party and the country's influential military want to mend ties and resolve outstanding disputes with arch-foe India.
- Pakistan Wants To 'Move Forward Toward Friendship,' Khan Tells India RFE/RL 28 Nov 2018 -- Prime Minister Imran Khan said that all Pakistani institutions want to mend ties with India, as officials from both countries attended the groundbreaking ceremony for a new border crossing.
- Pakistan, India Move to Open Historic Border Crossing for Sikhs VOA 28 Nov 2018 -- Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan led a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a new border crossing with arch rival India, days after New Delhi announced it would support a corridor to facilitate its minority Sikh community to visit one of their holiest sites across the border.
- Trump Says Wouldn't Rule Out Pardoning Former Aide Targeted In Russia Probe RFE/RL 28 Nov 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump says he would not rule out pardoning his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who this week became the renewed target of a special investigation into ties between Russia and his 2016 campaign.
- Manafort held secret talks with WikiLeaks founder in 2016: Report Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- A new report has claimed that US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, held secret talks with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London around the time he joined the then-Republican candidate's campaign team.
- Putin Aims Below The Belt With Wry Remark Targeting U.S. Dollar RFE/RL 28 Nov 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin denigrated the dollar and hit out at U.S. sanctions against Moscow with a wry remark about his country's efforts to decrease its reliance on the U.S. currency.
- DPRK Leader Ready to Let Inspectors See Yongbyon Nuclear Facilities – Reports Sputnik 28 Nov 2018 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un expressed readiness to allow inspectors to see nuclear facilities in Yongbyon, Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday citing a diplomatic source.
- Salehi: JCPOA victory litmus test for evaluation of IAEA feasibility IRNA 28 Nov 2018 -- Iran's nuclear chief said on Wednesday that the victory of Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is a litmus test for evaluating the feasibility of implementing the IAEA statute implementation.
- Russia urges Iran Deal parties to commit to agreement IRNA 28 Nov 2018 -- The stance adopted by Russia and France on the Iran nuclear deal is similar, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, calling on all parties of the deal to stay committed to the international agreement.
- Success or failure of JCPOA serious test for IAEA credibility: Salehi ISNA 28 Nov 2018 -- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi stressed on Wednesday that success or failure of 2015 nuclear deal is a serious test for evaluating the credibility of IAEA and Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty.
- AEOI chief warns EU Iran's patience is running out ISNA 28 Nov 2018 -- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi met with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on the sidelines of the third EU-Iran High-Level Seminar on 'International Nuclear Cooperation' in Brussels.
- Future of nuclear deal hinges on Europe's efforts to ease US pressures: Iran Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- A top Iranian official says the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers will be in danger if European countries fail to fulfill their pledge to ease the US' pressures and let Iran reap the economic benefits of the deal.
- EU pledges continued commitment to 2015 Iran nuclear agreement Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- The European Union has reiterated its strong determination to preserve the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), irrespective of a decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw from the agreement and reimpose sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
- Iran, EU reiterate resolve to abide by JCPOA despite US exit Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- Iran and the European Union have once again stressed their resolve to keep the 2015 nuclear deal alive despite the unilateral US withdrawal from the international accord.
- Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Delivers Remarks at the "SamSam" Ransomware Press Conference US Dept. of Justice 28 Nov 2018
- Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski Delivers Remarks at the "SamSam" Ransomware Press Conference US Dept. of Justice 28 Nov 2018
- US Charges 2 Iranians in First Online Ransom Case VOA 28 Nov 2018 -- In the first case of its kind, the U.S. Justice Department announced charges Wednesday against two Iranian hackers for allegedly launching so-called ransomware on the computer networks of U.S. municipalities, hospitals and other public institutions and extorting millions of dollars.
- Two Iranian Men Indicted for Deploying Ransomware to Extort Hospitals, Municipalities, and Public Institutions, Causing Over $30 Million in Losses US Dept. of Justice 28 Nov 2018 -- A federal grand jury returned an indictment unsealed today in Newark, New Jersey charging Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, both of Iran, in a 34-month-long international computer hacking and extortion scheme involving the deployment of sophisticated ransomware, announced Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito for the District of New Jersey and Executive Assistant Director Amy S. Hess of the FBI.
- Treasury Designates Iran-Based Financial Facilitators of Malicious Cyber Activity and for the First Time Identifies Associated Digital Currency Addresses US Treasury 28 Nov 2018 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today against two Iran-based individuals, Ali Khorashadizadeh and Mohammad Ghorbaniyan, who helped exchange digital currency (bitcoin) ransom payments into Iranian rial on behalf of Iranian malicious cyber actors involved with the SamSam ransomware scheme that targeted over 200 known victims.
- US Senate defies Trump on Saudi war amid Khashoggi fallout Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- The Republican-controlled US Senate is defying President Donald Trump's pro-Saudi policies by advancing a bipartisan bid to end the country's support for the war on Yemen amid tensions over Jamal Khashoggi's murder.
- Argentina agrees to pursue case against Saudi crown prince over Yemen war crimes Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- Argentina has agreed to proceed with a case against Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over war crimes in Yemen at a request by Human Rights Watch.
- White House preventing Haspel from briefing Senate on Khashoggi's death Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- The White House is reportedly preventing CIA Director Gina Haspel from briefing the Senate on the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
- Speculation Grows About Ankara-Riyadh Rapprochement VOA 28 Nov 2018 -- Ankara is opening the door to a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), fueling speculation of a possible improvement in ties that were strained by last month's killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul. Erdogan has blamed the death on unnamed elements of the Saudi Kingdom's leadership.
- India Prepares to Launch Satellite Capable of Trans-Border Movement Detection Sputnik 28 Nov 2018 -- The Hyper-Spectral Imaging Satellite (HySIS) that will be launched on Thursday will be used for a range of applications like agriculture, assessment of coastal zones and surveillance work for the Indian armed forces. The HySIS uses the power of digital imaging and spectroscopy that improves imaging capabilities significantly.
- British court rejects Turkey's extradition request for top Gulenists Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- A court in the United Kingdom has turned down a request by Turkish officials to extradite two senior members of 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.
- Brexit will make UK economically poorer: Government report Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- A new study by the UK government suggests that Britain will become poorer economically some 15 years after leaving the European Union.
- Disputes emerge as oil majors prepare to discuss prices Press TV 28 Nov 2018 -- As the world's biggest oil producers are preparing to meet next week to discuss production and market prices, some early signs show differences could prevent them from sealing a new deal to reduce output and boost prices.
- White House Tells Kosovo Leader 'Time Is Now' To Settle Disputes With Serbia RFE/RL 28 Nov 2018 -- U.S. national-security adviser John Bolton has called on Kosovo and Serbia to settle their longstanding disputes, amid heightened tensions between the two Balkan countries over Pristina's decision last week to impose a 100 percent tax on Serbian products.
- Zurabishvili Poised To Win Georgia's Presidential Runoff RFE/RL 28 Nov 2018 -- Georgia's ruling party candidate, Salome Zurabishvili, is poised to win the presidential runoff in the South Caucasus country, preliminary results showed, even as the opposition called for protests over alleged fraud.
- Rwandan Dissident Draws US Congressional Support VOA 28 Nov 2018 -- U.S. congressional lawmakers are pressing Rwanda's government against incarcerating dissident politician Diane Rwigara, who faces up to 22 years in prison after being convicted of inciting insurrection and forgery.
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