31 March 2019 Military News
- Afghan Vice President Dostum Survives Convoy Ambush RFE/RL 31 Mar 2019 -- Afghanistan's controversial Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum has escaped unhurt from a suspected Taliban attack that killed one of his bodyguards, police said.
- Taliban Says Dostum Remains on Hit List VOA 31 Mar 2019 -- A day after Afghanistan's First Vice President, General Abdul Rashid Dostum, narrowly survived an assassination attempt, the Taliban vowed Sunday the former warlord remains one of their prime targets.
- Fighting Spikes Across Many Afghan Provinces VOA 31 Mar 2019 -- A mortar attack on a school Saturday in the volatile southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan killed at least four school students and injured more than a dozen. The assault comes on the heels of the Taliban capturing a strategically important northeastern district in Afghanistan and inflicting fresh casualties on government forces elsewhere in the country.
Defense Policy / Programs
- USS Wasp, Marines arrive in the Philippines for Balikatan exercise NNS 31 Mar 2019 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), with embarked Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) 4, led by 4th Marine Regiment, arrived in Subic Bay, March 30, in preparation for exercise Balikatan.
- US, Russian bomber jets conduct simultaneous missions off Norway amid INF tensions Press TV 31 Mar 2019 -- The United States and Russia have flown nuclear bombers over the Norwegian Sea, amid rising tensions following the recent withdrawal of the two Cold War-era arch foes from a landmark nuclear arms treaty and the build-up of NATO military forces on the US-led alliance's eastern flank near Russia.
- China to be offered Russia's 'best warplane' Su-57 Global Times 31 Mar 2019 -- Russia is reportedly eyeing exporting Su-57, its most advanced fighter jet, to China, an offer Chinese experts described as an indication of the close strategic relations between the two countries.
- Taiwan jets intercept Chinese war planes in Taiwan Strait CNA 31 Mar 2019 -- Taiwan's Air Force scrambled several fighter jets Sunday when two military aircraft from China crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).
- India hands over to US evidence of Pakistan's F-16 misuse: Report Press TV 31 Mar 2019 -- India has purportedly shared critical evidence with the United States that indicates Pakistan's Air Force used American-made fighter jets to attack Indian military positions during the recent flare-up between the two nuclear neighbors over the disputed region of Kashmir, a move that runs against existing military agreements between Washington and Islamabad.
- Any resolution of Syria conflict must guarantee its territorial integrity: UN Press TV 31 Mar 2019 -- Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres has stressed the importance of guaranteeing Syria's sovereignty and territorial integrity in any resolution on the conflict in the Arab country.
- Israel to approve over 1,400 settler units in West Bank: Report Press TV 31 Mar 2019 -- Israeli officials were expected to approve more than 1,400 new settlement units on Sunday and to announce plans to build thousands more next week in the occupied West Bank, a report says.
- Israel, Hamas Cease-Fire Appears to Be Holding VOA 31 Mar 2019 -- A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas appeared to hold Sunday, with Israel easing some restrictions on a commercial crossing into Gaza and expanding the Mediterranean fishing zone.
- Venezuelans hold rival rallies as US-Russia standoff over military deployment continues Press TV 31 Mar 2019 -- Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and US-backed opposition figure Juan Guaido have staged rival rallies, as the ongoing power struggle in the Latin American country puts the United States on a collision course with Russia and China.
- Trump halts financial aid to Central American states over migration flow Press TV 31 Mar 2019 -- US President Donald Trump has ordered all direct financial assistance to three Central American countries to be cut over the flow of their migrants toward the US-Mexico border.
- US cuts aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras Press TV 31 Mar 2019 -- The US government has cut aid to the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras for sending migrants to the United States, according to the State Department.
- White House Demands Mexico, 3 Central American Countries Curb Migrant Surge VOA 31 Mar 2019 -- The Trump administration on Sunday demanded that Mexico and three Central American countries curb the surge of thousands of undocumented migrants heading to the United States, noting that the homeland security chief for former President Barack Obama agrees there is an immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border.
- Trump Calls for Ending Aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras Over Migrants VOA 31 Mar 2019 -- The Trump administration wants to halt funding to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the State Department confirmed Saturday.
- Turkey's Ruling Party Suffers Heavy Losses in Key Local Polls VOA 31 Mar 2019 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party suffered heavy losses in Sunday's local elections, losing critical cities across the country, while the main opposition party is on course to win the capital Ankara.
- Erdogan Party Leads Nationwide Vote Total, But Suffers Big Setbacks In Mayor Races RFE/RL 31 Mar 2019 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared victory for his Islamic-based AK Party in municipal elections, but the ruling alliance suffered setbacks in at least two key cities.
- Turkey voting in local elections seen as test for Erdogan Press TV 31 Mar 2019 -- Millions of people in Turkey are flocking to polling stations to vote in local elections, seen as a gauge of support for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Erdogan Faces Toughest Challenge in Key Local Polls VOA 31 Mar 2019 -- Polls have closed in Turkey's nationwide local elections on Sunday, a vote expected to be the toughest Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has faced, with the control of the capital Ankara and Istanbul at risk.
- US, North Korean Officials Cross Paths in Beijing VOA 31 Mar 2019 -- U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun and North Korean official Ri Su Yong, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Supreme People's Assembly, crossed paths in Beijing this week, sparking speculation that they may be holding a back-channel discussions after the breakdown of the Hanoi summit in February.
- Trump will learn Iranians never submit to pressure: FM Zarif Press TV 31 Mar 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says US President Donald Trump is grasping "at every straw" to portray his failed policies on Tehran as a success, stressing that Iranians will never bow to pressure.
- Xi's article on upholding, developing socialism with Chinese characteristics to be published Global Times 31 Mar 2019 -- An article by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics will be published Monday in the seventh issue of the Qiushi Journal this year.
- Zelenskiy Leads Poroshenko in First Round of Ukraine's Elections VOA 31 Mar 2019 -- Comedian and political novice Volodymyr Zelensky was the top vote getter, ahead of incumbent president Petro Poroshenko, in Ukraine's first round of presidential elections, according to exit polls Sunday, leading the two candidates into a run-off election.
- Polls Put Comedian Zelenskyy Ahead In Ukrainian Presidential Election RFE/RL 31 Mar 2019 -- Comedian and political novice Volodymyr Zelenskyy secured the most votes in Ukraine's presidential election but fell short of the majority needed to win outright in the first round, exit polls suggested.
- Right Place, Right Time? Watching Ukraine's Election With Its Far-Right Monitors RFE/RL 31 Mar 2019 -- At School No. 14 in the Podil district of Ukraine's capital, Yuriy Petrenko cranes his neck to peer over the shoulder of polling station chief Iryna Podlesna as she unlocks a safe, pulls out a stack of the 83-centimeter-long ballots, and hands it to a colleague.
- All Eyes On Three Front-Runners As Ukraine Presidential Vote Offers Wrinkle On Familiar Challenge RFE/RL 31 Mar 2019 -- Ukrainians are casting their ballots on March 31 to pick a new president from an unprecedentedly broad field whose front-runners offer starkly different resumes.
- Is Britain Heading for Constitutional Crisis? VOA 31 Mar 2019 -- At no time since the Great Depression of the 1930s, when a Labour leader had to break with his party and head a national unity government, has a British prime minister been so boxed in as Theresa May, say analysts.
- Algeria dismantles cabinet, appoints caretaker government Press TV 31 Mar 2019 -- Algeria's president has decided to relieve many ministers of their duties in the cabinet while appointing a caretaker government led by Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui.
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