02 February 2019 Military News
- Trump to Call for Ending US Foreign Wars During SOTU Address - Sr. WH Official Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- President Donald Trump will reaffirm his intention to end US involvement in foreign military conflicts when he delivers his State of the Union (SOTU) address next week, a senior administration told reporters.
- Possible US Troop Exit Prompts Pakistan to Accelerate Afghan Border Fencing VOA 02 Feb 2019 -- Pakistan says a unilateral construction effort will have fenced off nearly half of its largely porous border with Afghanistan before the spring fighting season in the neighboring country. Military officials say the pace of the massive border security project has lately been accelerated to guard against a possible spill over of "terrorism" from Afghanistan in the event of a widely anticipated U.S. military drawdown there.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Chinese voices opposition to US suspension of Cold War-era pact with Russia Press TV 02 Feb 2019 -- China has opposed a US decision to suspend a landmark Cold War-era nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, a move which prompted Moscow to give a tit-for-tat response.
- China Opposes Washington's Exit From INF Treaty, Calls for US-Russia Dialogue Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Washington will suspend its obligations under the treaty starting Saturday.
- NATO Releases Official Statement of Support Ahead of US INF Withdrawal Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced earlier that the Washington will suspend its obligations under the treaty starting Saturday.
- US Has No Plans to Deploy Nuclear-Armed Systems in Post-INF Europe - Pentagon Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- The United States does not have any plans to deploy missiles or nuclear-armed systems in Europe after exiting the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF), US Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, David Trachtenberg, said at a forum.
- U.S. Intent To Withdraw from the INF Treaty February 2, 2019 US Dept. of State 02 Feb 2019 -- "On December 4, 2018, the United States announced that the Russian Federation is in material breach of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, an assessment shared by all NATO Allies. The United States also provided notice that unless Russia returned to full and verifiable compliance in 60 days, the United States would suspend its obligations under the Treaty as a consequence for Russia's material breach."
- U.S. announces withdrawal from landmark nuclear treaty with Russia, sparking worry, criticism People's Daily 02 Feb 2019 -- The Trump administration announced on Friday that the United States is withdrawing from a landmark nuclear arms control pact with Russia, a move seen as exacerbating the risk of an international arms race.
- Russia Joins US, Will Suspend INF Nuclear Treaty VOA 02 Feb 2019 -- The United States and Russia are making tit-for-tat moves with their participation in a nuclear treaty, something politicians and analysts see as a burgeoning arms race.
- Russia Suspends INF Deal With US, Putin Directs Ministers Not to Start New Talks Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that the United States would suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty on Saturday and begin a six-month withdrawal process.
- "We will wait until our partners are ripe for dialogue": Russia suspends participation in the INF Treaty in response to US actions RT 02 Feb 2019 -- Russia suspends participation in the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF) following a similar step by the United States.
- Putin authorizes development of advanced missiles in response to US suspension of INF Press TV 02 Feb 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has suspended a Cold War-era agreement after the US abandoned, authorizing his military forces to push ahead with development of new missiles.
- US Was Preparing to Produce Missiles Banned Under INF Over Past 2 Years - MoD Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- Earlier, US President Donald Trump has announced the United States would suspend its obligations under the INF Treaty beginning on 2 February and begin a six-month withdrawal process.
- Analysts Call Scrapping INF 'Strategic Catastrophe' for Kremlin VOA 02 Feb 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday suspended the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in response to a similar move by the United States on Friday.
- USS South Dakota (SSN 790) Commissioned NNS 02 Feb 2019 -- USS South Dakota (SSN 790) became the newest and 17th Virginia-class fast-attack submarine in the U.S. Navy during her commissioning ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London, February 2, 2019.
- Blue Blasters Hornet Sundown Ceremony Marks the End of an Era NNS 02 Feb 2019 -- Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 34 hosted a sundown ceremony and fly-over for the legacy F/A-18C Hornet aircraft at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., Feb. 1.
- Keel Laid for Future USS Carl M. Levin NNS 02 Feb 2019 -- The keel of the future USS Carl M. Levin (DDG 120) was ceremoniously laid at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard, Feb. 1.
- Missile Defense Chief: US Completes Hypersonic, Directed Energy Weapons Analysis Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Director Lieutenant General Samuel Greaves said Friday the analysis would be released soon without giving a specific time frame.
- Air Force Academy professor leads new DOD hypersonic research institute US Air Force 02 Feb 2019 -- Chuck Yeager broke the speed of sound in 1947, and the Air Force has never looked back.
- NATO To Sign Accession Pact With Macedonia, Paving Way For Membership RFE/RL 02 Feb 2019 -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said the alliance will sign an accession protocol with Macedonia on February 6, an important milestone in the Balkan country's path to become NATO's 30th member state.
- Iran unveils, successfully tests new long-range cruise missile RT 02 Feb 2019 -- Tehran has showcased a new, long-range cruise missile, capable of covering over 1,350 kilometers. The munition has been already successfully tested, according to the country's military.
- Iranian Defense Minister Claims Tehran Tested a New Long-Range Ballistic Missile VOA 02 Feb 2019 -- Iran is claiming to have fired a new long-range ballistic missile - dubbed the Hoveiseh - capable of hitting a target 1,300km away. Tehran claims that its ballistic missile program is intended solely for defensive purposes. A U.N. Security Council resolution called on Iran to stop work on ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead for a period of up to 8 years.
- Iran unveils long-range Hoveyzeh cruise missile Press TV 02 Feb 2019 -- Iran has unveiled a surface-to-surface missile with a range of more than 1,350 kilometers during celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution.
- Iran Claims Successful Test Of New Cruise Missile RFE/RL 02 Feb 2019 -- State media in Iran have reported the successful test of a new cruise missile with a range of 1,350 kilometers.
- Iran Unveils Massive New Cruise Missile Amid US Taunting Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- Earlier, amid celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the revolutionary events which overthrew Iran's monarchy and gave rise to the Islamic Republic, the US State Department released a series of tweets attacking the revolution's "failed" legacy.
- Iran unveils new indigenous missile 'Hoveyzeh' IRNA 02 Feb 2019 -- Iran's surface-to-surface missile 'Hoveyzeh' was unveiled in a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution attended by the country's Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami here on Saturday.
- Iran's Defense Ministry unveils long-range cruise missile "Hoveyzeh" ISNA 02 Feb 2019 -- Iran has unveiled a long-range cruise missile, dubbed "Hoveyzeh" amid celeberations for the 40th anniversary of victory of Islamic Revolution.
- Iran to increase missile power if pressured into disarmament: IRGC commander Press TV 02 Feb 2019 -- Deputy Commander of Islamic Republic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says if Western powers seek to limit Iran's missile power, the country will have no option but to expand its potentials in the strategically important field.
- Military diplomacy on Iran Armed Forces agenda: Cmdr IRNA 02 Feb 2019 -- Iranian armed forces have put on the agenda military diplomacy as one of the ways to develop relations with other countries, Deputy Commander of the Islamic Republic Army for Coordination Affairs said.
- Ansarallah: Breach of truce, Saudis' attempt to wage new war in Yemen IRNA 02 Feb 2019 -- A high-ranking official in Yemen's Ansarallah said continuation of aggressions in Al Hudaydah and breach of truce agreement shows that Saudi coalition is to start a new war in Yemen.
- Intl Coalition Conducts Airstrike on Syrian Army Artillery, 2 Injured - Report Sputnik 03 Feb 2019 -- The US-led international coalition conducted an airstrike on an artillery mount of the Syrian Armed Forces, located near the eastern Syrian city of Abu Kamal, destroying it and injuring two servicemen, a Syrian military source told Sputnik on Sunday.
- Turkey accused of stealing Syrian olives to finance FSA militants Press TV 02 Feb 2019 -- Turkey has been accused of stealing olive crops in northern Syria and sending them as "Turkish olive oil" to the European Union to finance Ankara-backed militia.
- Turkey captures four Daesh suspects near border with Syria Press TV 02 Feb 2019 -- Soldiers have detained at least four suspected members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in a Turkish town on the Syrian border while they were trying to cross the frontier illegally.
- Australia admits it has killed up to 18 civilians in Mosul air raid Press TV 02 Feb 2019 -- Australian Defense Force officials admit that a 2017 airstrike by the country's jet fighters on the northern Iraqi city of Mosul has claimed the lives of six to 18 civilians.
- Central Africa Peace Talks in Khartoum to Conclude Saturday - Commissioner Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- The peace talks between the Central African Republic (CAR) government and a number of opposition groups in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, are set to conclude on Saturday, African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui told Sputnik on Friday.
- UN Needs $162M for Most Vulnerable in E. Ukraine This Year VOA 02 Feb 2019 -- The United Nations is appealing for $162 million to provide protection and life-saving assistance to 2.3 million of the most vulnerable people in eastern Ukraine, which is in its fifth year of civil war.
- Khartoum Talks: CAR Border Security Agreed, Final Accord to Be Signed Next Week Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- The government of the Central African Republic (CAR) will sign a peace agreement with armed groups in the country's capital of Bangui on Monday or Tuesday (4-5 February), Adolphe Nahayo, the Economic Community of Central African States'(ECCAS) ambassador to CAR, told Sputnik.
- CAR Government, Armed Groups Secure Peace Agreement - AU Commissioner Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- The government of the Central African Republic (CAR) and opposition groups reached a peace agreement on Saturday during their talks in Sudan's capital, Khartoum, African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security Smail Chergui said.
- UN calls for support to implement Central Africa's newly minted peace agreement UN News 02 Feb 2019 -- After 10 days of negotiations, the Central African government and 14 armed groups reached a peace agreement on Saturday, according to a tweet from the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
- UN chief hopes for new agreement after Israel concludes international observation mission UN News 02 Feb 2019 -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his gratitude to the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH), West Bank, after Israel decided not to renew its mandate.
- Belgium Agrees to Take In Former Ivory Coast President VOA 02 Feb 2019 -- Belgium has agreed to take in former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo after his shock acquittal at the International Criminal Court.
- Rival Throngs Protest in Venezuela as General Defects VOA 02 Feb 2019 -- Supporters of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido and President Nicolas Maduro participated in rival demonstrations Saturday in Caracas as a member of the country's air force high command disavowed Maduro's socialist government and said he recognized Guaido as the interim president.
- Venezuelan president visits military commandos, calls for strengthening intelligence People's Daily 02 Feb 2019 -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro visited the headquarters of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) here on Friday, where he called for strengthening intelligence and preventive work.
- Pence says US considering 'all options' against Maduro Press TV 02 Feb 2019 -- US Vice President Mike Pence has reiterated support for Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido, saying Washington will forgo "dialogue" and consider "all options" to help the Latin American country's self-proclaimed president against the legal government of President Nicolas Maduro.
- Venezuelan Military Slams 'Traitor' Air Force General Who Defected to Opposition Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- Venezuela descended into chaos last week after National Assembly chief Juan Guaido proclaimed himself acting president, with the US and its allies in Europe and Latin America recognising him as such, while Caracas accused Washington of attempting to topple the country's democratically elected government.
- Venezuela Halts Gold Sales as US, UK Target Caracas' Hard Assets - Report Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- Friday saw reports about Venezuela's plans to sell 15 tonnes of its central bank gold to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in return for euros in cash; the alleged goal was to sell 29 tonnes in total to the UAE by February, so as to obtain liquidity for the import of basic products.
- Bolivian President Expresses Support for Maduro During Meeting in Venezuela Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- Bolivian President Evo Morales said he had arrived in Venezuela to meet with his counterpart Nicolas Maduro and express support for the Venezuelan president amid a political crisis in the country.
- Mexico, Uruguay Should Avoid Neutral Stance on Venezuela Crisis - Guaido Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- Mexico and Uruguay should take the "right side" in the conflict between the Venezuelan authorities and the opposition, and not neutral positions, Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido said Friday.
- Trump Denounces Pelosi Over Border Wall Funding VOA 02 Feb 2019 -- The president of the United States has lambasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, calling her "very bad for our country" and saying that "she doesn't mind human trafficking" because she opposes designating money for a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico.
- Chinese Foreign Minister: Beijing committed to maintain JCPOA IRNA 02 Feb 2019 -- China's foreign ministry quoted Foreign Minister Wang Yi that as saying that Beijing has committed itself to solve major global crises, including the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Syria and Palestine and will provide solutions.
- Islamic Revolution standing firmly against enemies' attacks: Military Spox IRNA 02 Feb 2019 -- The Islamic Revolution of Iran has stood firmly against enemies' attacks, spokesman for the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) said.
- INSTEX registration is hopeful: AEOI chief ISNA 02 Feb 2019 -- Iran's head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi described "INSTEX" registration by European countries as "hopeful", saying, "We expect Europeans to take final steps faster".
- INSTEX promising step in Iran-Europe trade: AEOI head Press TV 02 Feb 2019 -- Iran's nuclear chief says the establishment of a new mechanism to ease trade with Iran despite US sanctions is a promising step but the Europeans must act more swiftly and adopt final measures in this regard.
- US Urges New Lebanese Govt to Avoid Support for Hezbollah - State Department Sputnik 02 Feb 2019 -- The United States urges the newly formed Lebanese Cabinet to ensure that Hezbollah does not benefit from the resources and services available to the government ministries that it now heads, State Department spokesperson Robert Palladino said on Friday.
- Two injured in fresh separatist attacks in UK's Northern Ireland province Press TV 02 Feb 2019 -- Police in the UK province of Northern Ireland say two men were shot and wounded in "paramilitary style attacks" which was later claimed by a group calling itself the Irish Republican Army (IRA).
- Britain irked by EU's designation of Gibraltar as 'colony' Press TV 02 Feb 2019 -- The UK government has been irked by the European Union's designation of the Mediterranean port of Gibraltar as a British 'colony' as new hostilities emerge between London and Brussels in the midst a controversial Brexit process.
- Pakistan's former premier taken from jail to hospital Press TV 02 Feb 2019 -- Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been transferred from jail to hospital for medical treatment.
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