05 December 2018 Military News
- Pakistan's PM Vows to Help in US-led Afghan Peace Effort VOA 05 Dec 2018 -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan renewed Wednesday his resolve to cooperate with the United States to achieve a political settlement with the Taliban to end the war in Afghanistan, now in its 18th year.
- Kabul Ready to Discuss Constitution Changes With Taliban - High Peace Council Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- NATO Allies Assured Kabul of Readiness to Pull Forces From Afghanistan
- NATO Remains Committed to Afghan War, Despite Setbacks VOA 05 Dec 2018 -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the military alliance remains committed to restoring peace in Afghanistan, despite rising Afghan casualties and repeated delays to begin peace talks.
- NATO Vows To Stay In Afghanistan Despite 'High' Afghan Forces' Losses RFE/RL 05 Dec 2018 -- Meeting in Brussels, NATO's foreign ministers have reaffirmed their countries' commitment to Afghanistan's "long-term security and stability" despite mounting Afghan casualties in the 17-year conflict.
- Report sheds light on extent of US military presence in Africa Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- A United States military briefing shows Washington runs 34 bases across Africa, contrary to the Pentagon's insistence that it maintains a modest presence across the continent.
- Mattis orders US troops to remain at Mexico border Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- US Defense Secretary James Mattis has directed the roughly 6,000 American troops deployed to stop arriving migrants at the southern border with Mexico to remain there through Christmas.
Defense Policy / Programs
- 'Elevators Still Don't Work': Lawmaker Wary of Spending More on Dodgy Carriers Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe is skeptical about the Pentagon's plan to buy two more Ford-class aircraft carriers after the first ship in the class was delivered without working bomb elevators. The USS Gerald Ford put the Navy back $13 billion, so there's a lot at stake if the deal gets renegotiated.
- NATO Foreign Ministers conclude two-day meeting in Brussels NATO 05 Dec 2018 -- NATO Foreign Ministers concluded two days of meetings in Brussels on Wednesday (5 December 2018), focused on issues including the INF Treaty, the Sea of Azov, the Western Balkans, Afghanistan, and the Alliance's new training mission in Iraq. At the conclusion of the meeting, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noted that Foreign Ministers will next meet in Washington in April 2019, marking 70 years since the Alliance's founding. He added that Allied leaders will also meet later next year.
- NATO Gives Bosnia Green Light To Move Toward Membership RFE/RL 05 Dec 2018 -- NATO foreign ministers have agreed to activate the military alliance's program of advice and assistance for Bosnia-Herzegovina, despite Bosnian Serb objections to membership.
- NATO Chief Warns Kosovo Over 'Ill-Timed' Army Plans RFE/RL 05 Dec 2018 -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has expressed concerns about Kosovo's plans to transform the Balkan country's lightly armed security force into a national army, calling the step "ill-timed."
- Serbian Leader Meets With Russian, Chinese Envoys Ahead Of Kosovo Army Vote RFE/RL 05 Dec 2018 -- Serbia's president sought to rally opposition to a coming vote by Kosovo to establish an army, as he met with Russian and Chinese ambassadors in Belgrade.
- Putin Threatens to Build Nuclear Missiles if US Does the Same VOA 05 Dec 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday his country would start developing intermediate-range nuclear missiles if the United States leaves a key arms agreement and begins developing the weapons as well.
- Russia will respond if US withdraws from INF treaty, says President Putin Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin has warned that Moscow will be forced to respond if the United States withdraws from a bilateral Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty.
- Russia dismisses NATO, US allegations on INF treaty Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- Russia has dismissed allegations by NATO and Washington that Moscow has been breaching a Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty with the United States by developing banned cruise missiles.
- Putin: U.S Withdrawal From INF Is 'Ill-Considered,' Russia Will Arm Itself RFE/RL 05 Dec 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the U.S. plan to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) was "ill-considered" and warned that Moscow will follow suit if the United States arms itself with weapons banned by the pact.
- Putin: Russia Opposes Destruction of INF Treaty, But Will React in Proper Manner Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Moscow is against the destruction of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, but would respond accordingly if it happens. His comments come a day after the US said it would withdraw from the treaty if Russia does not return to full compliance.
- NATO Manipulates Facts to Disguise US Withdrawal From INF - Kremlin Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Washington will suspend its compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty within 60 days "unless Russia returns to full and verifiable compliance".
- If INF Cancelled Russia's Responsive Steps to Target States Housing US Missiles Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- The activities of the United States, aimed at preserving the predominant role of Washington in the world is one of the main factors deteriorating the international situation, the Chief of the Russian General Staff, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, noted.
- NATO Agrees: Russia in Material Breach of INF Treaty AFPS 05 Dec 2018 -- NATO allies agree that Russia is in material breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and have decided to start planning for a post-INF Treaty world, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels yesterday.
- Russia to Sell First Batch of Ka-62 Choppers in 2020 - CEO Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- Russian Helicopters company is planning to launch serial production of multipurpose Ka-62 choppers and sell the first four aircraft in 2020, the company CEO, Andrey Boginsky, told Sputnik Wednesday.
- Russia Will Develop 'Unique' Weapons if US Exits INF Treaty - Senior Lawmaker Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- Moscow and Washington must hold talks on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), so that it could be adapted to the current situation and limited only to Europe, Chairman of Russia's upper house Defense and Security Committee Viktor Bondarev told Sputnik on Tuesday.
- Beijing Opposes INF Becoming Multilateral Treaty Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has announced Washington will pull out of the INF Treaty, a 1987 deal with then-USSR stipulating the destruction of cruise or ground-launched ballistic missiles with ranges between 310 and 3,400 miles over alleged violations by Russia. Moscow has consistently said it is in compliance with the agreement.
- India Has Made Up Its Mind to Lease Akula Class Nuke Sub From Russia - Reports Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- After contracting for the purchase of Russian S-400 air missile systems, India is set to sign more defence deals with Russia. Signals emanating from the defence ministry indicate that the proposal to lease another Akula-class submarine has acquired all major clearances.
- Tehran Will Never Make Nuclear-Capable Missiles - Iranian Foreign Ministry Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- Tehran has never planned to and will not make missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear warheads, the Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokesman said Wednesday.
- 'Iran has no plan to have missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads' ISNA 05 Dec 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi has rejected the "groundless" concerns raised by certain Western countries about Iran's missile program, saying the country has no plan to have missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
- Armenia Contradicts Kremlin On Postponement Of CSTO Summit RFE/RL 05 Dec 2018 -- Armenia did not request a postponement of a Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) summit that had been scheduled to be held in Yerevan on December 6, a spokesman for acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian has said.
- 5 December 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 05 Dec 2018
- US Challenges Russian Claims in Sea of Japan VOA 05 Dec 2018 -- A U.S. Navy destroyer on Wednesday sailed into waters claimed by Russia in the Sea of Japan in a direct challenge to Moscow.
- Houthis: Only political solution can end war in Yemen IRNA 05 Dec 2018 -- A senior Houthi leader says his group hopes upcoming peace talks in Sweden will end the war in Yemen and lead to an 'inclusive political dialogue'.
- Ansarullah Spokesman: Yemen to spare no efforts for peace talks success IRNA 05 Dec 2018 -- Yemeni delegation will spare no efforts for the peace talks success and end of war and blockade, Yemen's Ansarullah movement spokesman said in a message.
- Saudi-backed Yemeni delegates head to Sweden for peace talks Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- A delegation from Yemen's former Saudi-sponsored government has left Riyadh for Sweden to attend UN-brokered peace talks with representatives from the Houthi Ansarullah movement as a push by the world body to end a devastating Saudi-led war on Yemen gains steam.
- Yemen's Warring Sides Agree to Prisoner Swap Ahead of Talks VOA 05 Dec 2018 -- After previous false starts and amid mounting international pressure from the United States and other Western powers, the warring sides in Yemen's catastrophic civil war are engaging in low-key U.N.-brokered peace "consultations" in Sweden. But diplomats caution that participants seem unlikely to make major compromises, and the focus is more on de-escalation.
- Daesh terrorists executing local residents in Syria's Dayr al-Zawr, top UN official warns Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has warned against the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria's troubled eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, saying that Daesh Takfiri terrorists are putting local residents to death.
- At Least 5 People Killed as US-Led Coalition Pounds Syria's Hajin - Reports Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- At least five civilians were killed in US-led coalition airstrikes on the city of Hajin in Syria's Deir ez-Zor province on Wednesday, the Syrian state-run SANA news agency reported.
- Syrian civilians must be protected amid ISIL executions and airstrikes: Bachelet UN News 05 Dec 2018 -- Reports that violent extremists in Syria have executed civilians in the east of the war-torn country have been condemned by the UN's top rights official, Michelle Bachelet.
- EU To Sanction Nine People Over Ukraine Separatist Vote RFE/RL 05 Dec 2018 -- The European Union is now expected to add nine individuals allegedly involved in the organization of last month's elections in the areas controlled by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to its sanctions list, according to sources in Brussels.
- Ukraine Security Agency Blames Attempted Cyberattack On Russia RFE/RL 05 Dec 2018 -- Ukraine's security agency said it has thwarted a massive cyberattack and blamed Russia for the attempted attack that targeted the country's court system.
- Kiev Deploying Offensive Forces to Donbass, Military Actions Possible - Moscow Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- Kiev is deploying major offensive components to Donbass, with reports about preparations by the Ukrainian Armed Forces for military actions emerging, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has stated.
- IS Signals Re-Emergence in Parts of Iraq VOA 05 Dec 2018 -- While this month marks the first anniversary of the Iraqi-proclaimed victory over the Islamic State (IS) terror group, U.S.-backed Iraqi forces are still trying to hunt down remaining IS militants as the extremist group returns to its insurgent roots.
- UN chief pushes for constructive Western Sahara talks Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on all parties meeting to discuss the long-running Western Sahara dispute this week in Geneva to be constructive and avoid imposing preconditions for formal talks.
- First Western Sahara talks at UN in six years, begin in Geneva UN News 05 Dec 2018 -- Talks have begun at the UN on the future of Western Sahara – the first in years – the Organization announced on Wednesday.
- Israel launches air balloon with spy camera over southern Lebanon village Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- The Israeli military has reportedly launched an air balloon with surveillance cameras from one of its military positions over a village in Lebanon's southern province of Nabatieh in light of a recent operation Israel has undertaken to block what it claims are tunnels Hezbollah resistance movement has dug into occupied territories.
- No Israeli aggression against Lebanon will go unanswered, Hezbollah warns Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- A Hezbollah official has warned Israel against invading Lebanon, saying the resistance movement is strong enough to block any military aggression and retaliate against it.
- US renews diplomatic presence in Somalia after almost three decades Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- The United States has renewed its diplomatic presence in Somalia after almost three decades, amid controversy surrounding Washington's military operations in the Horn of Africa country.
- US Restores 'Permanent Diplomatic Presence' in Somalia VOA 05 Dec 2018 -- The United States has resumed a "permanent diplomatic presence" in Somalia's capital after an absence of nearly throe decades.
- Wave of Sexual Assaults on South Sudanese Women, Girls Condemned VOA 05 Dec 2018 -- The head of the U.N. mission in South Sudan has condemned a recent wave of rapes and sexual assaults on women and girls near the town of Bentiu.
- Mueller Recommends Flynn No Jail Time for Substantial Assistance on Probe Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- The office of US Special Counsel Robert Mueller recommends no prison time for former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn over lying to authorities about ties to Turkey given his substantial assistance in the investigation, court documents revealed.
- Slovak PM Says Russian Diplomat Expelled For Spying RFE/RL 05 Dec 2018 -- Slovakia has expelled a Russian diplomat as an alleged spy.
- Slovakia Expels Russian Diplomat Allegedly Engaged in Espionage - Reports Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- This is not the first time European states have accused Russia of espionage. Earlier, the Austrian government announced on 9 November that they had launched an investigation into a 70-year-old retired colonel, suspected of working for Russian intelligence since the 1990s. Moscow has denied the allegations, calling them baseless.
- Seoul Refutes Reports Alleging Kim's Possible Visit Late December Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- The South Korean presidential administration refuted on Wednesday reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un might visit Seoul on December 18-20.
- UK, France fail to present evidence demonstrating UNSC resolutions violated by Iran ISNA 05 Dec 2018 -- The United Kingdom and France, who convened a UN Security Council session to discuss reports of ballistic tests in Iran, have failed to present any evidence demonstrating that UN Security Council resolutions were violated, a spokesman for Russia's mission to the UN told TASS.
- Rather than undermining 2231, better to work towards its adherence by all: Zarif ISNA 05 Dec 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif announced, "Making a mockery of the UNSC won't obscure failure to fulfill obligations".
- Iran firmly rejects any arbitrary interpretation of provisions of resolution 2231 ISNA 05 Dec 2018 -- Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the UN, New York announces while all ballistic missile related activities of Iran are in full conformity with the relevant provisions of resolution 2231, it is the U.S. that is in absolute violation of the very same resolution.
- Iran's missile program not in violation of UNSC Resolution 2231, Zarif tells US Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has rejected allegations by US officials that Iran's missile program violates Security Council Resolution 2231, saying the UN document does not ban Tehran's missile activities.
- Iran carefully watching next OPEC/non-OPEC move Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- Iran is carefully monitoring the next steps by some OPEC members and their allies which have "arbitrarily" ramped up oil production, leading to a crash in prices.
- UN wants international probe into 'awful' Khashoggi murder Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- With more than two months into the killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has stressed the necessity of an international investigation to identify those responsible for the "awful" murder at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.
- Crown Prince Knew About Khashoggi Murder, Yet to Test US-Saudi Ties - Senator Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman knew about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and will continue to test the limits of the US-Saudi relationship and as long as the United States does not take any measures, US Senator Marco Rubio said in a TV interview on Wednesday.
- Turkey Issues Arrest Warrants For 2 Saudis Over Khashoggi's Murder - Reports Sputnik 05 Dec 2018 -- The two Saudis held high posts in the kingdom, but were sacked after Riyadh announced that Jamal Khashoggi had been killed in a "rogue operation". Saudi Arabia insists that no members of the royal family were connected to the crime.
- Turkey files arrest warrants for Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi murder Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- A Turkish prosecutor has issued arrest warrants for two Saudi nationals close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the brutal murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- Ex-president Ma envisions peaceful, democratic unification with China CNA 05 Dec 2018 -- Former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said Wednesday that any unification between Taiwan and China must be peaceful and democratic, and that his recent "three noes" proposal is in line with the terms of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Constitution.
- Taiwan Expected to Adjust Its Hands-Off Stance Toward China after Elections VOA 05 Dec 2018 -- Taiwan is expected to adjust its largely hands-off stance toward political rival China by 2020, following losses for the ruling party in local elections last month, while still holding a middle ground between independence and unification.
- UK being trapped by Irish backstop, Brexit legal advice warns Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- A UK government document on legal aspects of a European Union withdrawal agreement shows the so-called backstop clause of the Brexit deal could trap Britain in years of negotiations with the EU after Brexit.
- Poroshenko: Meeting To Form Independent Ukrainian Church Set For December 15 RFE/RL 05 Dec 2018 -- President Petro Poroshenko says senior figures from Orthodox Christian communities in Ukraine will meet on December 15 in a bid to form a new, unified, independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
- Iran raps US envoy's meetings with OPEC members as 'unprofessional, meddlesome' Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- Iranian oil minister has lashed out at US special representative for Iran Brian Hook over his "meddlesome" meetings with members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Vienna, asserting that OPEC is an independent body that does not take orders from the US.
- Qatar could give Saudi more headache after leaving OPEC: Bloomberg Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- Qatar's surprise decision to leave the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) might be just a taste of things to come, as some analysts suggest the tiny Persian Gulf country plans to irritate Saudi Arabia even more by leaving the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC).
- Qatari monarch receives Saudi Arabian King Salman's invitation to [P]GCC summit Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has received a written invitation from Saudi Arabia's King Salman to participate in the upcoming [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council ([P]GCC) summit, which is set to take place in the Saudi capital city of Riyadh later this month.
- COP24: A million lives could be saved by 2050 through climate action, UN health agency reveals UN News 05 Dec 2018 -- Taking bold climate action now, could help save a million lives and a lot of money by the middle of the century, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday, launching a special report as part of the ongoing COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland.
- UN: Populist Nationalism Threatens Human Rights Declaration VOA 05 Dec 2018 -- The U.N.'s top human rights official warned that the rise of populist nationalism threatens many of the freedoms, rights and protections enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- Egyptian court gives life sentence to Muslim Brotherhood leaders Press TV 05 Dec 2018 -- A court in Egypt has sentenced to life in prison Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie, his deputy Khairat al-Shater, and four others over their alleged role in violence at the time of the ouster of the first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
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