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31 December 2018 Military News

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  • Trump Defends 'Slow' Withdrawal of US Troops From Syria Sputnik 31 Dec 2018 -- The White House announced the pull out of its troops from the Arab Republic on 19 December. The US president noted later that the goal of American troops to eliminate Daesh* had been "mostly" achieved and thus the soldiers can now return home.
  • Trump agreed to reevaluate Syria evacuation: Graham Press TV 31 Dec 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has agreed to reevaluate his decision to immediately leave Syria, says Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, noting that the 30-day evacuation plan is now in a "pause situation."
  • US military admits killing more civilians in Syria, Iraq Press TV 31 Dec 2018 -- The US military has issued a report, admitting killing additional civilians since it started its military campaign in Iraq and Syria in 2014.
  • Trump defends withdrawing US troops from Syria Press TV 31 Dec 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has defended his decision to withdraw American troops from Syria, saying he is "just doing what I said I was going to do" during his 2016 election campaign.
  • Trump Defends His Planned Troop Withdrawal from Syria VOA 31 Dec 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday defended his planned withdrawal of all 2,000 American troops from Syria, attacking critics of the action as chronic complainers.
  • 2 ISIS commanders, 27 members killed in esat Afghanistan IRNA 31 Dec 2018 -- Two Daesh (ISIS) commanders alongside 27 members of the terrorist group were killed in the Nangarhar Province, east of Afganistan, in an attack by Afghanistan special forces.
  • Iran Hosts Bilateral Talks With Taliban on Afghan Peace VOA 31 Dec 2018 -- An Afghan Taliban delegation visited Iran on Sunday and held bilateral talks on promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan. The development comes as the Afghan insurgent group claims it has established control over 61 of the 407 Afghan districts during the 2018 fighting season.
  • Iran Spox confirms talks with Taliban delegation in Tehran IRNA 31 Dec 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi confirmed on Monday that a Taliban delegation held extensive talks with Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for political affairs Abbas Araqchi in Tehran yesterday.
  • Iran confirms hosting Taliban delegation for peace talks Press TV 31 Dec 2018 -- Iran says it has hosted a delegation from Taliban to discuss possible ways to end hostilities in Afghanistan.
  • Afghan Taliban delegation holds meeting with Iran deputy FM in Tehran ISNA 31 Dec 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi announced that an Afghan Taliban delegation held talks with Iranian deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, Abbas Araqchi in Tehran on Sunday.
  • Taliban Delegation Held 'Comprehensive' Peace Talks With Iran - Tehran Sputnik 31 Dec 2018 -- A delegation of the Taliban radical movement has held "comprehensive" peace negotiations with the Iranian party in Tehran on the framework of future negotiations between Taliban and the Afghan government, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday.
  • OIC Urgently Appeals for Emergency Assistance To Internally Displaced People in Afghanistan SPA 31 Dec 2018 -- The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) General Secretariat calls upon the Member States and all humanitarian organizations both within and outside the Islamic World, as well as international organizations, to urgently extend immediate humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, which has been suffering from a devastating drought for several months that has left a large number of internally displaced people in dire need for food, shelter and other emergency assistance.
  • Afghanistan: UN mission welcomes new polling dates following election delays UN News 31 Dec 2018 -- Amid reports that Afghanistan's 2019 presidential election may be postponed, local electoral authorities confirmed a polling date delay; a decision the UN Assistant Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed for its clarity on Monday.
  • China Calls for 'Responsible' US Withdrawal from Afghanistan VOA 31 Dec 2018 -- China has advised the United States against staging an abrupt troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and called for collective international efforts to help initiate a peace process between the South Asian nation's warring parties.

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  • First GPS III satellite successfully launched AFNS 31 Dec 2018 -- The Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the first Global Positioning Systems III satellite Dec. 23 from Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The Lockheed Martin-built satellitewas carried to orbit aboard a Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, or SpaceX, Falcon 9 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle. The satellite is known as "Vespucci," in honor of Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian explorer for whom the Americas were named.
  • Outgoing Pentagon Chief Tells Troops to 'Hold Fast' VOA 31 Dec 2018 -- Outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is giving some final advice to troops and the Defense Department's civilian employees – maintain your faith in America and continue to stand by the country's allies.
  • Oregon National Guard secures an all-natural defense Army News 31 Dec 2018 -- As important as all-terrain vehicles, up-to-date weaponry, and cutting-edge communication systems are essential assets for the U.S. Military to complete its ascribed mission, the Department of Defense (DOD) has factored in renewable energy to the list of resources vital to securing our nation.
  • Statement by the President The White House 31 Dec 2018 -- "Today, I have signed into law S. 2736, the "Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018" (the "Act"). Several provisions of the Act, including sections 101, 102, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 208, 209, 210, 211, 213, 216, 306, 307, 406, and 410, purport to dictate the policy of the United States in external military and foreign affairs, or to require the executive branch to undertake certain diplomatic initiatives with international partners."
  • Iraqi PM sheds light on Trump visit after criticism Press TV 31 Dec 2018 -- Iraq's Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has given explanations on a sneak trip by US President Donald Trump to a military base near Baghdad last week, which angered Iraqis.
  • Russia's Tupolev Tu-22M3M long-range bomber performs debut flight: Video Press TV 31 Dec 2018 -- An upgraded version of Russia's Tupolev Tu-22M, a strategic long-range missile-carrying bomber, has performed its debut flight.
  • Russia to take tit-for-tat measures if US deploys new missiles in Europe: Lavrov Press TV 31 Dec 2018 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warns that his country will be left with no choice but to adopt "tit-for-tat" measures if Washington goes ahead with the plan to kill a key Cold War-era arms control treaty and deploys new missiles in Europe.
  • Mass production of armored vehicles to be completed by 2023 CNA 31 Dec 2018 -- Taiwan will begin mass production of its indigenous CM-34 "Clouded Leopard" eight-wheeled armored vehicles next year and is scheduled to complete the production of 284 of the vehicles by 2023, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) official said Monday.
  • China Builds Massive Radio Antenna Facility to Communicate With Submarines Sputnik 31 Dec 2018 -- China has constructed a massive radio antenna facility covering more than 1,000 square miles at a secret location inside the country's borders, according to researchers linked to the project.
  • China About to Deploy Brand-New Lightweight Battle Tank Sputnik 31 Dec 2018 -- The innovative vehicle was previously tested last year, as China and India sought to reconcile over the contested border territory near Doklam, simultaneously claimed by three Asian countries, including Bhutan.
  • IRGC to equip boats with stealth, missile systems: Cmdr IRNA 31 Dec 2018 -- The fast boats of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) will be upgraded to become stealth and equipped with missiles, Rear Admiral Ali-Reza Tangsiri told the Islamic republic News Agency.
  • IRGC speedboats to become radar-evading with new missiles: Top commander Press TV 31 Dec 2018 -- The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)'s Navy says new speedboats operated by the IRGC will be radar-evading and equipped with new missiles.
  • Iran to Equip Its Speed Boats With Missiles and Stealth Technology - Report Sputnik 31 Dec 2018 -- Earlier in the year, the Islamic Republic also presented its newest destroyer and fifth-generation jet, both fitted with stealth technologies. Their introduction came amid ongoing tensions with the US, which withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal and imposed sanctions against Tehran.
  • Military chief: Iran maintains powerful, firm military presence in region Press TV 31 Dec 2018 -- Iran's top military commander says despite its mainly peaceful defense doctrine, the Islamic Republic maintains powerful and categorical military presence in the region, warning certain regional countries against inviting the US to the Persian Gulf to hatch plots against Iran.
  • Enhanced security coordination with Iran to improve regional security: Pak Army Chief IRNA 31 Dec 2018 -- Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said enhanced security coordination on Iran-Pakistan border shall further improve the security situation in region, a military statement said.
  • Israeli Black Hawk Chopper Nearly Collides With Civilian Drone Sputnik 31 Dec 2018 -- As the popularity of drones grows, the issue of their safe use is becoming more and more acute. In December, operations at Gatwick Airport in London were disrupted for several days in row due to civilian drones being spotted above its grounds.

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