30 March 2019 Military News
- American officials say many troops will remain in Syria in reversal of total pullout Press TV 30 Mar 2019 -- American officials say the US has backpedaled on its plan for a total withdrawal from Syria and will keep a large portion of its forces on the ground there.
- Afghanistan's vice president narrowly escapes death in Taliban attack Press TV 30 Mar 2019 -- Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum has escaped unhurt from an attack by Taliban militants but one of his bodyguards has been killed in the assault.
- Taliban Takes Control of District In Northeast Afghanistan Following Deadly Clashes RFE/RL 30 Mar 2019 -- Taliban militants have taken control of the Arghanj Khaw district center in Afghanistan's northeastern province of Badakhshan after two days of intense fighting, officials say.
- Afghan 1st vice president escapes Taliban ambush IRNA 30 Mar 2019 -- Delegation of Afghanistan First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum escaped Taliban ambush on the way from Balkh to Jowzjan Province.
- Over 30 Afghan civilians, officers killed in multiple Taliban attacks Press TV 30 Mar 2019 -- At least 30 people, including civilians and police forces, have been killed in separate attacks by Taliban militants across Afghanistan, officials say.
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- Russian IL-112V Military Transport Plane Successfully Make Maiden Flight Sputnik 30 Mar 2019 -- Russia's new advanced IL-112V light military transport plane successfully made its maiden flight on 30 March, the manufacturer, Ilyushin Aviation Complex, announced.
- PLA force apologizes for quoting 'national traitor' Global Times 30 Mar 2019 -- The People's Liberation Army (PLA) ground force on Friday apologized on its social media platform for quoting a former Kuomintang (KMT) member known as a "national traitor."
- Russia says opened helicopter pilot training center in Venezuela Press TV 30 Mar 2019 -- Russia's sole state arms exporter Rosoboronexport says it has opened a training center for military helicopters in Venezuela, a few days after Moscow dispatched troops and equipment to the crisis-hit South American country.
- Yemen says UK complicit in Saudi war crimes, can't be peace-broker Press TV 30 Mar 2019 -- A senior Houthi Ansarullah official has lashed out at British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt for supporting continued exports of lethal weapons to Saudi Arabia, saying that London cannot be a peace-broker in Yemen while it is still arming the invaders.
- Aid Groups Scrambling to Stem Cholera in Yemen VOA 30 Mar 2019 -- Aid agencies are springing into action to prevent another devastating cholera epidemic in Yemen as cases of this deadly disease continue to increase in this conflict-ridden country.
- Lebanese concerned over fate of Shebaa Farms after Trump's Golan decision Press TV 30 Mar 2019 -- The US's controversial decision to recognize Israeli "sovereignty" over Syria's occupied Golan Heights has raised concerns among Lebanese officials about the fate of Shebaa Farms which remain under occupation by the Tel Aviv regime.
- Israeli artillery unit targets Gaza Strip IRNA 30 Mar 2019 -- The Israeli regime's artillery unit targeted a watchtower belonging to Resistance forces in Gaza Strip.
- Iraq Wants 'Payback' From Islamic State Foreign Fighters VOA 30 Mar 2019 -- Iraqi lawmakers are demanding members of the Islamic State terror group pay for their crimes, and not just with prison terms or the death penalty.
- UN chief hopeful for Libya, after Quartet meeting in Tunis UN News 30 Mar 2019 -- Secretary-General António Guterres said he is hopeful for a solution to the eight-year long conflict in Libya, after a high-level meeting in Tunis, Tunisia, on Saturday with officials from the Arab League, the European Union and the African Union -- the group known as the 'Libya Quartet.'
- Ukraine Reports Escalation Of Attacks On Eve Of Presidential Vote RFE/RL 30 Mar 2019 -- One Ukrainian soldier was killed and four wounded in what the Ukrainian military has called an escalation of attacks by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, one day before the country votes in the first round of its presidential election.
- Bolton: US to defend interests in Venezuela amid Russian, Chinese 'provocative actions' Press TV 30 Mar 2019 -- US National Security Advisor John Bolton has warned Russia, China and other allies of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro against any deployment of troops and military equipment in the Latin American country, saying Washington will defend its interests against such "provocative" actions.
- US failed in its plans for speedy coup in Venezuela: Russia Press TV 30 Mar 2019 -- A senior Russian official has reacted to threats by the United States for imposing sanctions on Moscow over its cooperation with the Venezuelan government, saying those threats show Washington has failed in its plan to carry out a "speedy coup" in the South American country.
- Trump Says He Will 'Probably' Talk To Putin, Xi About Venezuela RFE/RL 30 Mar 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump says he will "probably" talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping about the situation in Venezuela, which finds Washington on the opposite side of the crisis from Moscow and Beijing.
- In Elections, Turkey's Opposition Hopes to Capitalize on Erdogan's Woes VOA 30 Mar 2019 -- On Sunday Turkey holds critical local elections, with control of the country's main cities up for grabs. With inflation soaring and recession threatening, the election may pose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan biggest challenge.
- Trump demanded Kim surrender nuclear weapons during failed summit in Vietnam: Report Press TV 30 Mar 2019 -- During the failed US-North Korean summit last month in Vietnam, US President Donald Trump gave North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a piece of paper that included a demand for the transfer of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons to the United States, according to media reports.
- Trump: North Koreans 'suffering greatly', don't need new sanctions Press TV 30 Mar 2019 -- US President Donald Trump has said that he decided not to impose additional sanctions on North Korea because the North Korean people were already "suffering greatly."
- ICJ writes letter to US on removal of unilateral sanctions on Iran IRNA 30 Mar 2019 -- The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has written a letter to the United States, Iran's legal representative to the Court said, noting that May 15 is Washington's deadline to provide ICJ with the information and details of its measures in regard to lifting unilateral sanctions on Tehran.
- ICJ sets mid-May as deadline for US to explain measures on Iran bans removal Press TV 30 Mar 2019 -- Iran says the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has set May 15 as the deadline for the US to give detailed accounts of its measures to lift sanctions on humanitarian supplies to the country.
- Iraq needs to import electricity from Iran for 3 years: Parliament speaker Press TV 30 Mar 2019 -- Iraqi Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi says he hopes the United States will keep waiving sanctions on energy imports from neighboring Iran, noting that the Arab country will need to purchase electricity from the Islamic Republic for three years.
- Parliament Speaker Says Iraq Will Need To Buy Iranian Electricity For Three Years RFE/RL 30 Mar 2019 -- The speaker of Iraq's parliament wants the United States to extend a waiver that allows it to buy electricity from Iran for at least three years, saying it will take that long before the oil-rich country can manage on its own.
- CPC examines work rules of leading Party members groups, education of Party members People's Daily 30 Mar 2019 -- The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee reviewed two work regulations, one on the work of leading Party members groups and the other on the education and management of Party members, at a meeting Friday.
- China denounces critics of new Silk Road as 'prejudiced' after US 'vanity project' jab Press TV 30 Mar 2019 -- China has denounced as "prejudiced" the critics of its massive global economic effort, called the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is viewed by the US and a number of other Western governments as a means of spreading Chinese influence and pressuring countries with unsustainable debt burden.
- Armenia-Azerbaijan Summit Described As 'Positive,' 'Constructive' RFE/RL 30 Mar 2019 -- Armenia and Azerbaijan have described the latest meeting of their leaders as "positive" and "constructive," saying they agreed to strengthen the cease-fire regime in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone and continue their dialogue.
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