18 August 2019 Military News
- US military forced to comply with orders to halt flights over Iraq Press TV 18 Aug 2019 -- The US military has been forced to comply with Iraqi demands to halt flying planes, helicopters and drones over the country after its prime minister warned that violating aircraft would be targeted by Iraq's air defense systems.
- Suicide Bombing of Wedding Party in Kabul Killed 63 VOA 18 Aug 2019 -- The Islamic State group's Afghan branch has claimed responsibility for the wedding bombing in Kabul that killed at least 63 and wounded at least 183.
- Key Taliban commander among 7 killed in airstrikes in N. Afghanistan People's Daily 18 Aug 2019 -- Seven militants including key commander Qari Wasim were killed as fighting aircraft targeted Taliban positions in Afghanistan's Khan Abad district of northern Kunduz province on Sunday, provincial government spokesman Esmatullah Muradi said.
- Official: 63 killed, 182 wounded in Kabul wedding blast Press TV 18 Aug 2019 -- A bomb attack targeting a wedding in the Afghan capital of Kabul has left at least 63 people dead and more than 180 others injured, a government official says.
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- Gravely conducts PASSEX with Royal Danish Navy NNS 18 Aug 2019 -- U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-Class guided-missile destroyer USS Gravely (DDG 107) and Royal Danish navy Absalon-class command and support ship HMDS Absalon (L 16) conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX) in the Arctic waters off the coast of Greenland, Aug 16.
- US military to continue South China Sea patrols: General Press TV 18 Aug 2019 -- The United States military is planning to continue its so-called "freedom of navigation" patrols in the South China Sea, a top US air force general says, claiming that such missions are needed to prevent China from maintaining control over strategic region.
- Russia: No plans to deploy new missiles unless US does so Press TV 18 Aug 2019 -- Russia says it has no plans to deploy new missiles as long as the United States shows similar restraint in Europe and Asia, after Washington killed a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty.
- Russia Says Will Not Deploy New Missiles If U.S. Does The Same RFE/RL 18 Aug 2019 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on August 18 that Moscow would not deploy new missiles so long as U.S. officials did the same in Europe and Asia.
- Defense minister says Iran regards Iraq's security as its own IRNA 18 Aug 2019 -- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami on Sunday stressed the need to promote Iraq's defense capacities in dealing with potential threats, saying that improving the defense capability of the neighboring countries is among Iran's principled approach as we regard Iraq's security as our own .
- IRGC says Iran capable of maintaining Persian Gulf security IRNA 18 Aug 2019 -- The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Navy said on Sunday that the military force is capable of safeguarding security and stability in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
- Iran's missile power first in region, superior in world: Senior IRGC commander Press TV 18 Aug 2019 -- Iran holds the very first ranking in the field of missile technology among the Middle Eastern countries and stands superior at a global level, says a co
- Foreign military presence brings insecurity to Persian Gulf: IRGC Navy chief Press TV 18 Aug 2019 -- The top commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)'s Navy warns that foreign military presence in the Persian Gulf brings insecurity and instability to the region.
- World Must Seriously Consider Safety and Security of India's Nuclear Arsenal - Pakistan PM Khan Sputnik 18 Aug 2019 -- Earlier in the week, India's Defence Minister stated that the country's policy regarding its nuclear weapons may be set to change for the first time since India became a nuclear power back in 1998.
- Remarks by President Trump Before Air Force One Departure The White House 18 Aug 2019
- Syrian troops enter strategic town in Idlib after 5 years Press TV 18 Aug 2019 -- The Syrian Army forces have entered the key town of Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province for the first time since 2014 after heavy clashes with terrorists and anti-government militants, a UK-based war monitor said.
- Iran slams US 'provocative, worrisome' move on Syria safe zone Press TV 18 Aug 2019 -- Iran says a recent agreement between Turkey and the United States to establish a so-called safe zone in northeastern Syria, where US-sponsored Kurdish militants are operating, is "provocative and worrisome."
- Syrian soldiers, allies reach edges of major militant bastion in Idlib Press TV 18 Aug 2019 -- Syrian government forces, backed by fighters from allied popular defense groups, have gained more ground against Takfiri militants in the southern edge of the country's northwestern province of Idlib in their latest offensive that was launched last week.
- Talks With Islamabad Can Only be About 'Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir' - Indian Defence Minister Sputnik 18 Aug 2019 -- Indian Defence Minister and senior leader of the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajnath Singh on Sunday supported his party's election campaign for upcoming regional assembly polls in Haryana from northern city of Kalka.
- 4,000 detained by India in Kashmir since autonomy stripped: Govt. source Press TV 18 Aug 2019 -- Thousands of people have been detained in Indian-controlled Kashmir over fears of outbreaks of unrest after the New Delhi government revoked the Muslim-majority Himalayan region's autonomy.
- Reports of curfew after India says Kashmir curbs eased Press TV 18 Aug 2019 -- Indian authorities have reimposed restrictions on movement in major parts of Kashmir's biggest city, a day after it was said New Delhi was easing some of the curbs.
- India Again Tightens Kashmir Curbs After Overnight Clashes RFE/RL 18 Aug 2019 -- Authorities in Indian-held Kashmir reimposed limits on people's movement on August 18 following a flare-up in violence as officials claimed to be easing their nearly two-week crackdown sparked by a downgrade in the region's autonomy.
- Rohingya Refugee Children Missing Out on Education and Viable Future VOA 18 Aug 2019 -- A study by the U.N. Children's Fund finds more than half a million Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar are not learning the life skills they need to prepare them for the future or to protect them from present-day abuse and exploitation.
- Ukraine High On The Agenda As Macron Hosts Putin In Southern France RFE/RL 18 Aug 2019 -- French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to try to convince his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to accept Ukraine's overtures of dialogue when the two leaders meet in southern France on August 19.
- Netanyahu Promises Military Operation in Gaza 'If Necessary' Sputnik 18 Aug 2019 -- The prime minister insists that Israel does not want war, but will retaliate with "firmness" and "necessary consideration," if forced to, regardless of the ongoing election campaign.
- US Demand to Detain Iranian Tanker Rejected by Gibraltar - Government Sputnik 18 Aug 2019 -- Earlier this week, the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 was given permission to leave Gibraltar after spending a month in detention following its seizure by UK marines.
- Ambassador says Adrian Daria to leave Gibraltar tonight IRNA 18 Aug 2019 -- Iranian ambassador to Britain Hamid Baeidijnejad said on Sunday that with the arrival of a specialist engineering team to Gibraltar, Adrian Daria (formerly Grace 1) ship was expected to leave the area on Sunday night.
- Diplomat says Iran to stay in JCPOA only if interests protected IRNA 18 Aug 2019 -- Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi has said that Tehran will remain committed to the July 2015 nuclear deal only to the extent that its interests are safeguarded.
- Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya free from any sanctions: Baeidinejad ISNA 18 Aug 2019 -- Iranian ambassador to London, Hamid Baeidinejad stressed that Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya is free from any sanctions and its oil cargo belongs to the National Iranian Oil Company.
- Iran-operated tanker Adrian Darya leaves anchorage at Gibraltar Press TV 18 Aug 2019 -- The Iran-operated Adrian Darya 1 supertanker, which was recently released by the government of Gibraltar one month after being seized by British marines, has finally left anchorage at the Strait of Gibraltar, slowly moving toward its new destination. mmander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
- Gibraltar rejects US demand to detain Iran-operated supertanker Press TV 18 Aug 2019 -- Gibraltar's government says it has knocked back a request by Washington to detain the Adrian Darya 1 supertanker, which was seized by British marines in the Strait of Gibraltar last month carrying Iranian oil.
- Presence of foreign forces in region root cause of problems: Rouhani Press TV 18 Aug 2019 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has described the presence of foreign forces in any regional country as the root cause of more problems for the entire region.
- Gibraltar Rejects U.S. Request Over Closely Watched Iranian Tanker RFE/RL 18 Aug 2019 -- Shipping and other international authorities continue to monitor an Iranian supertanker cleared for release after a month in custody in Gibraltar over possible breaching of EU sanctions, but the reportedly renamed vessel might be sailing into a showdown as U.S. authorities are still seeking its seizure.
- Seized Iranian Tanker Expected to Leave Gibraltar VOA 18 Aug 2019 -- Iran said its seized oil tanker was expected to leave Gibraltar on Sunday after authorities there rejected a U.S. bid to detain it, but it was unclear where the ship might be headed next.
- Organisers Claim Over 1.7 Mln People Joined Sunday's Demonstration in Hong Kong Sputnik 18 Aug 2019 -- Over 1.7 million people have taken part in the anti-government demonstration in Hong Kong on Sunday, the rally's organisers said.
- Tens of Thousands of Protesters March in Centre of Hong Kong Despite Police Ban Sputnik 18 Aug 2019 -- Tens of thousands of demonstrators have marched in the centre of Hong Kong despite a police ban and rainy weather, a Sputnik correspondent reported.
- Nearly Two Million Take to Hong Kong's Streets in Peaceful Anti-Extradition Protest Radio Free Asia 18 Aug 2019 -- More than a million people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday in another mass protest against plans to allow extradition to mainland China, organizers said.
- Hong Kong Residents Protest Peacefully in Latest Push for Reforms VOA 18 Aug 2019 -- Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters marched peacefully through the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, the 11th weekend in a row of anti-government demonstrations.
- Hong Kong opposition-camp media confuse right and wrong Global Times 18 Aug 2019 -- Recently, a journalist from the Chinese mainland was attacked by rioters in Hong Kong. However, in a related statement, the Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) mainly focused on the fact that the journalist in question was not carrying his press card. By not focusing on the violent acts of the rioters, the implication was that the journalist was to blame.
- NPC Foreign Affairs Committee spokesperson slams U.S. lawmakers' wrong comments on HK People's Daily 18 Aug 2019 -- A spokesperson of a special committee of China's top legislature on Saturday condemned certain U.S. lawmakers on their wrong comments related to Hong Kong.
- Over 470,000 people in Hong Kong say "no" to violence People's Daily 18 Aug 2019 -- "Anti-violence!", "Save Hong Kong!" Over 470,000 people gathered on Saturday in a rally held at Tamar Park, Admiralty of Hong Kong, to voice out their demand for peace and stability in Hong Kong.
- China slams 'gross interference' by US in Hong Kong Press TV 18 Aug 2019 -- China has blasted statements by US lawmakers supporting riots in Hong Kong, denouncing them as a "gross" interference in the vast Asian country's domestic affairs.
- White paper on Xinjiang's vocational centers hailed as 'authentic' and 'instructive' Global Times 18 Aug 2019 -- The publication of a white paper on vocational education and training in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on Friday immediately drew heated discussions both inside and outside China, with many hailing the counter-terrorism methods China has used in the region.
- Heading To Kyiv, Netanyahu Hails Israel's 'Excellent' Ties With Ukraine RFE/RL 18 Aug 2019 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to embark on a two-day trip to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, where he is expected to meet with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and visit a Holocaust memorial.
- '1 Out Of 5 Million' Anti-Government Protests Resume In Serbia RFE/RL 18 Aug 2019 -- Serbia's anti-government rally resumed on August 17 as hundreds of protesters gathered at Belgrade's Terazijske fountain to march toward the presidential office with 42 demands for free and fair elections.
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