10 February 2019 Military News
- Taliban turns down president's offer to open office in Kabul, wants Doha recognized Press TV 10 Feb 2019 -- The Taliban has "swiftly spurned" an offer by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to open a political office in Afghanistan, saying the president's offer is aimed at "harming the peace efforts."
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- U.S., Thai train on Role II procedures Army News 10 Feb 2019 -- Soldiers with the U.S. 296th Brigade Support Battalion and the Royal Thai Army conducted a subject matter expert exchange on the procedures of a Role II facility Feb. 1, 2019, at Camp Nimman Kolayut, Thailand.
- Russia Completes Testing of Poliment-Redut Shipborne Air Defence Missile System Sputnik 11 Feb 2019 -- The testing of the Russian shipborne Poliment-Redut air defence missile system for the frigates of the Project 22350 series has been completed, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Adm. Vladimir Korolev has announced.
- Report: Russia Has Deployed More Medium-Range Cruise Missiles Than Previously Thought RFE/RL 10 Feb 2019 -- Russia has deployed its controversial 9M729 cruise missile at more locations than previously thought, a German newspaper reports.
- Poland Buying US Rocket Artillery to 'Guarantee Country's Security' - Minister Sputnik 10 Feb 2019 -- The US State Department approved the sale of 20 High Mobilityar Artillery Rocket System Launchers (HIMARS) and associated support equipment to Poland last week, with the deal worth an estimated $414 million.
- S.Korea, U.S. sign cost-sharing deal for U.S. forces in S.Korea People's Daily 10 Feb 2019 -- South Korea and the United States on Sunday signed a deal to share defense costs for U.S. forces stationed in South Korea, according to local media reports.
- South Korea signs deal to hike payment for US troops Press TV 10 Feb 2019 -- South Korea has signed a new deal to hike payment for maintaining US troops on its soil after President Donald Trump demanded that Seoul defray the cost.
- Iran may perform maneuvers out of Indian Ocean: Cmdr IRNA 10 Feb 2019 -- Iran's deputy navy commander said on Sunday that the country has received requests for carrying out joint maneuvers with friendly states, including China and Russia, outside the Indian Ocean.
- Iran Shows Off New Underground Missile Factory, Rockets and Warheads Sputnik 10 Feb 2019 -- During a showcase on Thursday, Tehran shared rare footage of a secretive underground complex where Iranian missiles are being built.
- Israel, US hold small-scale joint war game Press TV 10 Feb 2019 -- The Israeli regime has been conducting a joint war game with the United States, simulating a scenario in which Israel needs aerial defense by the US.
- UK Sends Fleet of Apaches to Arctic as Message to 'Whole Range of Adversaries' Sputnik 10 Feb 2019 -- In late September 2018, British Defence Minister Gavin Williamson unveiled the country's new Defence Arctic Strategy, citing ever-increasing threats in the region and Russia's alleged attempts to militarise it.
- Sri Lanka, Russia Discussing Mi-17 Helicopters Deal for UN Missions – Amb. Sputnik 10 Feb 2019 -- Sri Lanka is negotiating with Russia the purchase of a new batch of Russian Mi-17 helicopters, which the country will use in UN peacekeeping missions, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Dayan Jayatilleka told Sputnik on Sunday.
- Three People Killed, 10 Injured As Result of Ethiopian Military Helicopter Crash Sputnik 10 Feb 2019 -- Three people have been killed and another 10 suffered injuries after a helicopter belonging to the Ethiopian military crashed on Saturday while travelling from the Sudanese city of Kadugli to the disputed Abyei area, as part of the United Nations' peacekeeping mission, the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) said.
- Service and sacrifice of African peacekeepers 'at the forefront of our minds': UN chief UN News 10 Feb 2019 -- UN Secretary-General António Guterres has thanked African Member States and the African Union Commission for supporting peace operations in Africa, saying that the service and sacrifice of African peacekeepers is "at the forefront of our minds." The UN chief's praise for the work of Blue Helmets and other peacekeeping personnel was part of his address to Heads of State gathered at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sunday.
- US-Backed Forces in Syria Push to Oust Last of IS Group VOA 10 Feb 2019 -- U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces say they have recaptured 41 positions held by Islamic State militants as they seek to clear the last enclave the militant group controls in eastern Syria.
- US-Allied Syrian Kurds Reportedly Sell Oil to Damascus Government VOA 10 Feb 2019 -- The Wall Street Journal reported Friday the U.S.-allied Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has been selling oil from fields that it controls in the east of Syria, despite U.S. economic sanctions. The Syrian government and the Kurds have been discussing possible autonomy conditions with Damascus in light of the expected U.S. pullout from the north of the country in April, and Arab media reports that oil resources are one of the main topics of negotiation.
- Heavy Clashes Reported In 'Final Battle' Against IS In Syria RFE/RL 10 Feb 2019 -- U.S.-backed forces in Syria were locked in fierce fighting as they pressed the battle against the last enclave held by the extremist group Islamic State (IS) near the Iraqi border.
- Armenia Sends Deminers To Syria As Part Of Russia-Backed Mission RFE/RL 10 Feb 2019 -- The Armenian Defense Ministry says Yerevan has sent a team of demining experts and other personnel to war-ravaged Syria as part of a Russia-backed mission.
- SDF Clearing 'Last Daesh Village in Syria' From Terrorists – Spokesman Sputnik 10 Feb 2019 -- The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are clearing the village of Baghuz, which is from their point of view the last settlement in Syria controlled by the Daesh* terror group, of the terrorists, SDF spokesman Mustafa Bali has stated.
- China, India clash over PM Modi's visit to disputed state Press TV 10 Feb 2019 -- China has condemned a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a disputed border region which triggered a war between the nuclear-armed neighbors in 1962.
- China voices strong opposition to Modi's visit to region on east section of its border with India People's Daily 10 Feb 2019 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Saturday expressed strong opposition to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to a region on the east section of the China-India border.
- Netanyahu vows to freeze money transfers to Palestinian Authority 'next week' Press TV 10 Feb 2019 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has promised to implement a controversial plan to deduct certain amounts from the tax the Tel Aviv regime collects on behalf of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority (PA).
- Hamas welcomes recent calls for democratic Palestinian general elections Press TV 10 Feb 2019 -- The Islamic resistance movement Hamas has praised recent calls by a political party active in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) for democratic Palestinian general elections.
- People Flee Escalating Violence in Myanmar's Rakhine, Southern Chin States VOA 10 Feb 2019 -- The U.N. refugee agency says it is worried by reports of people fleeing escalating violence in Myanmar's southern Chin State and Rakhine State, adding to growing instability in these regions.
- Japanese-Russian Peace Treaty Should Not Be Left for Next Generation - Abe Sputnik 10 Feb 2019 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reiterated on Sunday his commitment to continue negotiations with Russia on the peace treaty, stressing that this issue should not be left for future generations to solve.
- French Airstrikes in N. Chad Affirm Support for President Déby VOA 10 Feb 2019 -- When French fighter jets bombarded 40 pickup trucks of suspected insurgents last week in Chad, the former colonial power signaled an unprecedented willingness to engage openly in joint military operations in Northern Africa.
- Venezuela's Guaido Blasts Government Aid Blockade VOA 10 Feb 2019 -- Venezuelan leaders may be committing "genocide" by blocking food deliveries, the country's opposition leader and self-declared interim president said Sunday.
- US to Push Anti-Maduro Resolution Amid Fears of Venezuela Intervention - Report Sputnik 10 Feb 2019 -- Earlier this week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called Washington's decision to send humanitarian relief to the crisis-struck South American country a "political stunt" and a pretext for invasion.
- State Dept Announces US Aid for Venezuela Delivered to Centre in Colombia Sputnik 10 Feb 2019 -- The United States has delivered the first batch of humanitarian assistance for Venezuela to the aid collection center in the Colombian city of Cucuta, located at the Venezuelan border, the US Department of State said on Sunday.
- Another Venezuelan Army Official Swears Allegiance to Guaido - Reports Sputnik 10 Feb 2019 -- Another high-ranking officer has followed General Francisco Esteban Yanez Rodriguez' example by switching sides and recognising Guaido as president, denying Nicolas Maduros' power, according to the Argentine website TN y la Gente.
- US Contacting Venezuelan Military Officials Directly to Urge Defections - Report Sputnik 10 Feb 2019 -- The US intelligence community is directly communicating with members of Venezuela's military in attempts to convince them to abandon beleaguered President Nicolas Maduro while also considering additional sanctions to ramp up the pressure, a senior White House official divulged to Reuters.
- US pushing for new Venezuela elections at UN Security Council Press TV 10 Feb 2019 -- The United States has circulated a draft resolution at the UN Security Council, calling for a new presidential in Venezuela.
- President Maduro Officially Launches Venezuela's Largest Ever Military Exercises Sputnik 10 Feb 2019 -- Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro has officially launched largest military drills in the history of the country.
- Venezuela's PDVSA Transfers Joint Ventures' Accounts to Gazprombank - Reports Sputnik 10 Feb 2019 -- Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA is moving bank accounts belonging to its joint ventures to one of the largest Russian banks, Gazprombank, amid US sanctions, Reuters news agency reported early on Sunday, citing sources.
- Trump Retains Explosive Wildcard in Battle Over Border Security VOA 10 Feb 2019 -- President Donald Trump's planned trip Monday to the border city of El Paso, Texas comes days before U.S. government funding is due to lapse once again and as suspense builds over Trump's vague but persistent threat to declare a national emergency if Congress declines to pay for wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico border.
- US Facing Friday Deadline to Avert New Government Shutdown VOA 10 Feb 2019 -- The U.S. government is facing a Friday deadline for funding about a quarter of its operations, struggling to avert another shutdown after a record 35-day closure was ended last month.
- S.Korean president to consult with Trump on 2nd DPRK-U.S. summit: Blue House People's Daily 10 Feb 2019 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in will consult with U.S. President Donald Trump in the near future on the second summit between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States, South Korea's presidential Blue House said Sunday.
- Closer NK-US ties 'fit China's intention' Global Times 10 Feb 2019 -- Choosing Hanoi for the venue of the second US-North Korea summit shows that the US hopes North Korea will choose the path of Vietnam, which has embraced economic globalization, analysts said.
- Iran ready for 190k-SWU uranium enrichment: AEOI spokesman Press TV 10 Feb 2019 -- Iran is prepared to boost the capacity of its uranium enrichment to 190,000 separative work units (SWUs), an official at the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says.
- Enemies' Iranophobia scheme used to sell arms to Mideast: Iran military chief Press TV 10 Feb 2019 -- Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri says enemies of the Islamic Republic have intensified their effort to spread Iranophobia with the purpose of signing arms deals with countries in the Middle East.
- Iran's Zarif: Warsaw meeting a failure in advance Press TV 10 Feb 2019 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says a United States-planned meeting in the Polish capital, Warsaw, that Washington had sought to turn into an anti-Iran platform has fallen flat on its face before getting off the ground.
- U.S. Envoy To Germany Warns Europe Not To Bypass Sanctions On Iran RFE/RL 10 Feb 2019 -- The U.S. ambassador to Germany says the European mechanism designed to facilitate trade with Iran and avoid U.S. sanctions is counterproductive to Washington's efforts to force Tehran back to the negotiating table over its nuclear program and other matters.
- "Zero-sum game" mindset destructive to China-U.S. ties, says Chinese ambassador People's Daily 10 Feb 2019 -- Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai said on Friday that China and the United States need to develop even stronger ties in the future despite their differences.
- Turkey slams 'concentration camps' for Muslims in China Press TV 10 Feb 2019 -- Turkey has condemned China's alleged mistreatment of more than one million Uighur Muslims in "internment camps," urging Beijing to respect the fundamental rights of the Turkic-speaking minority.
- Turkey Calls China's Treatment Of Uyghur Minority 'Shame For Humanity' RFE/RL 10 Feb 2019 -- Turkey has condemned China's treatment of its Turkic Muslim Uyghur minority population as "a great cause of shame for humanity."
- UK PM to drag Brexit debate until end of February Press TV 10 Feb 2019 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to delay a final vote of the parliament on her European Union withdrawal agreement until the end of February, a move the opposition says will only run the clock down.
- Iran ready to help new Lebanon government upon request: FM Zarif Press TV 10 Feb 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran is ready to cooperate with the new Lebanese government in all sectors.
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