20 April 2019 Military News
- Clashes come to end in Afghan capital, 'all bombers killed' Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- Afghanistan's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has been attacked by militants in downtown Kabul, about two kilometers from the heavily fortified compound of green zone.
- Seven Dead In Attack On Communications Ministry In Kabul RFE/RL 20 Apr 2019 -- At least seven people have been killed after gunmen attacked the Communications Ministry in the center of the Afghan capital , officials say.
- About a Dozen Killed During Attack on Afghan Communications Ministry VOA 20 Apr 2019 -- About a dozen people were killed during an attack Saturday on the Communications Ministry building in Kabul, authorities said, ending a spell of relative calm in the Afghan capital.
- Pakistan-funded Afghan Hospital Begins Operations VOA 20 Apr 2019 -- Afghanistan and Pakistan have jointly inaugurated a 200-bed, state-of-the-art hospital in Kabul, one of three major health care facilities being built and funded by Islamabad as its contribution to reconstruction efforts in the war-ravaged neighboring country.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US, Japan Confirm Plans to Relocate Base on Okinawa Despite Public Opposition Sputnik 20 Apr 2019 -- The United States and Japan have reconfirmed their plans to relocate the US Marine Corps base on Okinawa to a less populated area, the US Department of State said in a press release on Friday.
- Following in France's Footsteps, UK Sends Apache Helicopters to Russian Border Sputnik 20 Apr 2019 -- Earlier, France sent around 300 soldiers, five tanks, and 20 infantry fighting vehicles to a military base located near the Russian border with the Baltic States in a bid to boost NATO's presence in the region.
- New warships to debut at naval parade Global Times 20 Apr 2019 -- New warships will make their public debut in a scheduled maritime parade on April 23 in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province in celebration of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's 70th anniversary.
- China to showcase nuclear subs, destroyers at major parade Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- China will showcase new warships, including nuclear submarines and destroyers, at a parade next week, marking the 70th anniversary of its navy's founding, a senior army commander says.
- Iran Army unveils 6 new weapons IRNA 20 Apr 2019 -- Iranian Army unveiled six newly-developed weapons in the presence of Army's Ground Forces Commander Nowzar Nemati here on Saturday.
- Media Claims Israel's New Missile May Outsmart Russia's S-300 in Syria Sputnik 20 Apr 2019 -- Just a week ago, an independent defence analyst reported that Israeli Air Force F-16s may have used the newly-developed air defence-evading "Rampage" air-to-surface missiles during an alleged airstrike in Syria.
- Japan to Continue Buying American F-35 Jets Despite Recent Plane Crash - MoD Sputnik 20 Apr 2019 -- Earlier this month, Tokyo announced that the whole fleet of Japan Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF) F-35A stealth fighters would be temporarily grounded in the wake of a plane crash that happened during drills.
- MOFA looking to aftermath of U.S.-Japan security meeting CNA 20 Apr 2019 -- Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Saturday it will keep a close eye on the regional situation after the United States and Japan agreed at a security meeting Friday to oppose any unilateral action to alter the status quo in the East China Sea.
- Turkey understands NATO's concerns on Russian missile deal: FM People's Daily 20 Apr 2019 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday that Turkey understands NATO's concerns over its procurement of the Russian S-400 air defense missiles.
- Russia to be Turkey's 'First Choice' if Ankara Ousted From F-35 Project – Report Sputnik 20 Apr 2019 -- Turkey and the United States have been at loggerheads over Ankara's decision to acquire Russia-built S-400 air defence systems, which prompted Washington to suspend its delivery of F-35 fighter jet parts to Turkey.
- Yemeni Official: The Houthi Militias Rejection and Intransigence of Stockholm Agreement Reduces the Chances of Peace SPA 20 Apr 2019 -- Yemen's Ambassador to Italy Asmahan Al-Touki said that the rejection and intransigence of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia on the implementation of the Stockholm Agreement reduces the chances of peace, and intensifies the suffering of the population.
- Syrian president, Russian deputy PM discuss post-war economic revival Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov have discussed a constitutional committee meant to draft the Arab country's new constitution as well as Moscow's efforts to revive the war-ravaged nation's economy.
- Foreign-backed terrorists kill over 60 soldiers east of Syria: Report Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- Foreign-backed terrorists have reportedly killed more than 60 Syrian soldiers in the eastern parts of the Arab country over the past 48 hours.
- Syrian president calls for progress in stalled talks on Idlib buffer zone Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called for progress in stalled talks on a so-called buffer zone around militant-held Idlib province in the country's northwest.
- Kosovo Says 110, Including Four IS Fighters, Repatriated From Syria RFE/RL 20 Apr 2019 -- Officials in Kosovo say 110 citizens have been returned to the country from Syria, including four alleged fighters with the extremist group Islamic State (IS).
- Kosovo brings back Daesh militants, family members from Syria Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- Kosovo has repatriated 110 of its citizens from Syria, including women and their children as well as militants who had gone to the war-torn Arab country to join the ranks of foreign-sponsored terrorist groups there.
- Warring sides in Libya claim progress as clashes intensify south of Tripoli Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- Heavy clashes have been reported between forces of Libya's UN-backed government defending Tripoli and the so-called Libyan National Army (LNA), led by strongman Khalifa Haftar, which has launched an offensive to conquer the capital and oust the government there.
- Trump talks to Haftar on phone, Libyans protest against foreign intervention Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- Thousands of people have taken to streets in the Libyan capital against US President Donald Trump, who branded self-styled commander Khalifa Haftar's offensive in Tripoli as a "war against terrorism."
- Libya's LNA: Trump-Haftar Talks Show US Recognizes LNA's Role in Anti-Terrorism Sputnik 20 Apr 2019 -- The recent talks between US President Donald Trump with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), show the US recognition of the LNA's role in fighting terrorism, the LNA spokesman, Ahmed Mismari, said in an interview with Sky News Arabia.
- Explosions, Anti-aircraft Fire Heard in Tripoli VOA 20 Apr 2019 -- Explosions and anti-aircraft fire could be heard in parts of the Libyan capital Tripoli late Saturday, witnesses said.
- Pakistan FM details steps taken to secure border with Iran Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has briefed the media on steps taken by the country to strengthen security along its porous border with Iran a day before the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is due to arrive in Iran for a long-awaited visit.
- Pakistan Says Iran-Based Group Behind Deadly Attack RFE/RL 20 Apr 2019 -- Pakistan has urged Iran to take action against terrorist groups believed to be behind the killing of 14 soldiers earlier this week.
- Pakistan: Iran-Based Militants Behind Slaying of Security Personnel VOA 20 Apr 2019 -- Pakistan alleged Saturday that anti-state militants operating out of "terrorist camps" inside Iran are behind this week's slaying of 14 security personnel in a remote southwestern Pakistani region, and Islamabad has formally shared "credible" evidence with Tehran so action can be taken against the perpetrators.
- Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad, Niger Deploy Troops After Fresh Attack VOA 20 Apr 2019 -- The Multi-National Joint Task Force of the Lake Chad Basin Commission made up of forces from Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Niger, has deployed troops after suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked Cameroon killing at least 13 people and leaving hundreds homeless. Cameroon has been asking its people to collaborate with the military, stating that more attacks will be reported during Ramadan, expected in a few weeks.
- Killing of Egyptian peacekeeper in Mali 'may constitute war crimes' Guterres warns, urging 'swift action' UN News 20 Apr 2019 -- An improvised roadside mine which exploded hitting a UN peacekeeping convoy in Mali, killing one 'blue helmet' from Egypt, and wounding four others, may constitute a war crime, the UN Chief said on Saturday, as senior UN officials condemned the blast.
- U.S. House panel subpoenas full Mueller report People's Daily 20 Apr 2019 -- The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Friday issued a subpoena for the full Mueller report, as it seeks to uncover more damning evidence against U.S. President Donald Trump.
- Sudan's ousted president investigated on suspicion of money laundering Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- Sudan's deposed President Omar al-Bashir is under investigation over the possession of "large sums of cash" without legal grounds, and on suspicion of money laundering.
- Millions of Euros in Cash Found in House of Sudanese Ex-President – Report Sputnik 20 Apr 2019 -- The Sudanese military ousted the country's long-time president on 11 April 2019 after months of protests by the country's citizens, demanding his resignation. The protests didn't cease after this, as citizens are now demanding that the military cede power to a civilian government.
- US intelligence says Huawei funded by Chinese state security Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- US intelligence agencies have accused Huawei of being funded by Chinese state security, adding to the list of allegations faced by the Chinese technology company in the West.
- CIA Accuses Huawei of Being Funded by Chinese Authorities - Reports Sputnik 20 Apr 2019 -- The US Central Intelligence Agency has accused the Chinese technology giant of being sponsored by the country's authorities, The Times newspaper reported on Saturday, citing a source.
- US Prosecutors Seek 18-Month Jail Term for Russian National Butina Sputnik 20 Apr 2019 -- US prosecutors have recommended that the court give an 18-month jail term to Russian national Maria Butina, who is detained in the United States on charges of conspiring to act as a foreign agent, the court filing has shown.
- U.S. Prosecutors Seek 18-Month Sentence For Russia's Butina RFE/RL 20 Apr 2019 -- U.S. prosecutors are asking a judge to hand Russian citizen Maria Butina an 18-month sentence after she pleaded guilty late last year to a charge of conspiracy to act as an unregistered foreign agent.
- Putin, Kim to discuss bilateral ties, Korean denuclearization: Kremlin People's Daily 20 Apr 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Kim Jong Un will discuss bilateral relations, denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and regional cooperation, the Kremlin said Friday.
- North Korea slams John Bolton's 'stupid' remarks Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- North Korea has lambasted as "nonsense" remarks by US National Security Adviser John Bolton, who has called on Pyongyang to show seriousness in giving up its nuclear weapons, warning that "nothing good" will come of such comments.
- Pompeo: 'I'm still in charge of' North Korea negotiation team Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is still in charge of nuclear negotiations between the US and North Korea a day after Pyongyang said it wanted Pompeo to be disengaged from the stalled negotiations.
- Middle East powers partake in Iraq summit in blow to 'Arab NATO' Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- Iraq's parliamentary summit has brought together the country's neighbors in what has been described as "a display of rare regional unity", further sidelining a US initiative to form an "Arab NATO".
- Mideast States Join Iraq Summit in Blow to US-Led 'Arab NATO' Initiative Sputnik 20 Apr 2019 -- The summit marks a shift in Iraq's foreign policy, with the country assuming the role of a mediator in the region as US President Donald Trump has revived the Obama-era concept of an anti-Iranian alliance of Gulf nations.
- Iraq hosts neighbouring nations for one-day summit Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- A summit organized by Iraq on Saturday brought together regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran to bridge relations and invest in Iraq.
- Iraqi Conference Brings Together Iran, Saudi Arabia, Other Regional Players RFE/RL 20 Apr 2019 -- Parliamentary officials from Iraq's neighbors, including Iran and Saudi Arabia, expressed support for Baghdad's efforts to rebuild following the government's recapture of territory from Islamic State (IS) militants after a bloody four-year battle.
- Ukraine opposition figure urges presidential candidate to reconcile with Russia Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- A pro-Russian opposition figure in Ukraine calls on presidential frontrunner Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who is expected to easily win an election runoff, to reconcile with Moscow and get back eastern Ukraine.
- Poroshenko Faces Tough Test As Ukraine Votes In Second-Round Presidential Poll RFE/RL 20 Apr 2019 -- Voters in Ukraine are going to the polls on April 21 in a second-round presidential election that could seal the political fate of incumbent President Petro Poroshenko.
- Thousands join anti-government protest in Belgrade Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- Several thousand people took part in an anti-government protest in Serbia's capital on Saturday.
- Egyptians vote in referendum aimed at extending Sisi's rule Press TV 20 Apr 2019 -- Egyptians have begun voting in a three-day national referendum on constitutional amendments that would extend President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi's rule until 2030.
- Mixed Emotions as Egyptian Constitutional Referendum Begins VOA 20 Apr 2019 -- Light to moderate turnout was reported on day one of a three-day constitutional referendum in which voters were expected to approve lengthening the president's term in office and strengthening his powers over the judiciary and the government bureaucracy.
- It's All Academics When It Comes To North Macedonian Vote RFE/RL 20 Apr 2019 -- Imagine an election campaign run among candidates who aren't politicians. Macedonians can.
- Long Road to Recovery for Children After Cyclone Idai VOA 20 Apr 2019 -- The U.N. children's fund says at least 1.6 million children in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe need help right away to recover from the affects of Cyclone Idai, which battered their countries more than one month ago.
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