05 October 2019 Military News
- Taliban Representatives Report Meeting With Khalilzad In Pakistan RFE/RL 05 Oct 2019 -- Taliban negotiators say they have met in Pakistan with Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. peace envoy for Afghanistan, for the first time since President Donald Trump in September called the peace process "dead."
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- Trump orders significant NSC staff cut Press TV 05 Oct 2019 -- US President Donald Trump has ordered a significant staff cut in the National Security Council (NSC) as an imminent impeachment looms on the horizon.
- Secretary Esper Press Interview DoD 05 Oct 2019 -- Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper
- Pentagon Requests $10.6 Billion in Funding for Embattled Space Development Agency Sputnik 05 Oct 2019 -- Despite consistent bipartisan pushback and international criticism, the US Department of Defense's newest space agency may see drastic budget increases in the coming years as it looks to deploy some 1,200 satellites.
- Revealed: How Long It Would Take Russia to Respond to Potential Nuclear Attack Sputnik 05 Oct 2019 -- A Russian Aerospace Forces commander has revealed that their primary goals with regard to upgrading warning systems and extending radiolocation centres is so that it will take less time to intercept a potential attack and make a well-calculated decision.
- China Objects to India's Ongoing Wargames in Northeastern Arunachal Pradesh: Report Sputnik 05 Oct 2019 -- The Indian Army's wargames in the strategically-located northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh have evoked a strong response from China.
- Iran Armed Forces prepared to give firm response to any threats: Commander Press TV 05 Oct 2019 -- The head of the Iranian Army's Strategic Studies Center says the country's Armed Forces are prepared to give a firm response to enemies' threats.
- Netanyahu to Knesset: Israel Needs 'Many Billions Immediately' to Fight Iranian Threat Sputnik 05 Oct 2019 -- Netanyahu called Iran an "enormous security challenge" and accused the country of attacking US aircraft and Saudi oil facilities. Iran denies any wrongdoing. Fears of a large-scale military confrontation in the Middle East have grown recently amid ever-increasing tensions between the US and its Gulf allies on one side, and Iran on the other.
- The United States and Greece: Showing the Way Forward US Dept. of State 05 Oct 2019 -- Speech by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Dendias US Dept. of State 05 Oct 2019 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis US Dept. of State 05 Oct 2019 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- Washington accomplice in Saudi-led military aggression: Al-Houthi Press TV 05 Oct 2019 -- Yemeni Houthi Ansarullah movement say the United States is hindering peace efforts in Yemen, describing Washington as an accomplice in the Saudi-led military aggression against his country.
- Saudi-led coalition, mercenaries looted over 18 million barrels of Yemen oil last year: Min. Press TV 05 Oct 2019 -- The Yemeni oil ministry affiliated with the Houthis says countries of the Saudi-led coalition and their mercenaries looted more than 18 million barrels of the country's oil exports last year.
- Terrorist outfits preventing civilians from leaving Syria's Idlib Press TV 05 Oct 2019 -- Foreign-backed terrorists positioned in northwestern Syria have for the fourth consecutive week prevented civilians from leaving via the Abu al-Duhur corridor in the province of Idlib, the country's official news agency says.
- US-backed militants warn Erdogan of 'all-out war' in Syria Press TV 05 Oct 2019 -- US-backed militants warn of an "all-out war" after President Tayyip Erdogan say Turkey will carry out an air and ground military operation in Syria as soon as Saturday or Sunday.
- Turkey to Carry Out Military Air and Ground Op in Syria, East of the Euphrates - Erdogan Sputnik 05 Oct 2019 -- Ankara previously vowed to establish a safe zone in Syria in order to conduct operations against Kurdish militants, which Turkish authorities consider to be terrorists.
- US Increasingly Worried Turkey Will Conduct Major Offensive in Syria - Reports Sputnik 05 Oct 2019 -- The United States is worried that Turkey will carry out a major offensive against Kurdish militia in Syria, media reported on Friday.
- U.S.-Backed Syrian Opposition Force Warns Of 'All-Out War' As Turkey Threatens Attacks RFE/RL 05 Oct 2019 -- The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have warned of "all-out war" against Turkey if Ankara carries out its threat to launch air strikes and a ground attack against them in northeastern Syria.
- 16 people killed in attacks by Boko Haram, rival faction in Nigeria's Borno Press TV 05 Oct 2019 -- At least 16 people, including 11 government troopers, have been killed during attacks launched by Takfiri terrorists in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno.
- Scores of Somali Refugees Return Home From Yemen VOA 05 Oct 2019 -- The International Organization for Migration has helped 143 Somali refugees, stranded in war-torn Yemen, return home earlier this week.
- Colombia's Peace Tribunal Announces Lifting Former Rebel FARC Group Leaders' Immunity Sputnik 05 Oct 2019 -- Colombia's special peace tribunal JEP said it had excluded leaders of the former rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) group from a system that gave them immunity.
- Trump admits House Democrats have votes to impeach him Global Times 05 Oct 2019 -- US President Donald Trump on Friday conceded that Democratic lawmakers in the House have enough votes to pass a resolution calling for his impeachment, but he believed the Senate will stand by him in a potential trial.
- Trump slams Romney, Democrats under impeachment pressure Press TV 05 Oct 2019 -- US President Donald Trump has attacked Mitt Romney, from his own party, as well as Democrats amid their impeachment efforts.
- Pompeo: State Dept. gives initial response to Congress over documents Press TV 05 Oct 2019 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the State Department has provided an "initial response" to congressional Democrats over a request for documents relating to their impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump
- State Department Makes 'Initial Response' To Democrats' Request In Ukraine Probe RFE/RL 05 Oct 2019 -- The U.S. State Department has issued an initial response to a Democratic-controlled congressional committee's request for documents related to a congressional impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.
- US Secretary of State Pompeo Fails to Meet House Subpoena Deadline to Provide Docs on Ukraine Sputnik 05 Oct 2019 -- US lawmakers subpoenaed the White House earlier on Friday, requesting documents relevant to the pending House impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
- White House Subpoenaed by House Dems for Impeachment Inquiry Documents Sputnik 05 Oct 2019 -- Democrats from the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform, Intelligence Committee and Committee on Foreign Affairs have issued a subpoena to the White House requesting documents relevant to the House's impeachment inquiry be delivered within two weeks.
- The Week In Russia: Formats, Formulas, And A Kremlin Growl At Greta's Girl Power RFE/RL 05 Oct 2019 -- Will the "Steinmeier Formula" bring a breakthrough in efforts to end the war in eastern Ukraine, or run up against disputes over the timing of retuning the state border to Kyiv's control? Also, Putin takes aim at Greta Thunberg, sending a signal to Russian protesters in the process, and an anti-Putin shaman is declared unfit to stand trial.
- Nuclear talks between North Korea, US break down in Stockholm Press TV 05 Oct 2019 -- North Korea's chief negotiator says working-level nuclear talks with the United States being held in Stockholm after months of stalemate have broken down, blaming the administration of US President Donald Trump for the failure.
- North Korea Ceases Working-Level Nuclear Talks With US - Reports Sputnik 05 Oct 2019 -- The North Korean delegation, led by Foreign Minister Kim Myong Gil, and the US delegation, headed by Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun, had begun official working talks in Stockholm for the first time since the February summit in Hanoi, Yonhap News Agency reported earlier in the day.
- North Korea Talks US Dept. of State 05 Oct 2019 -- "The early comments from the DPRK delegation do not reflect the content or the spirit of today's 8 1/2 hour discussion. The U.S. brought creative ideas and had good discussions with its DPRK counterparts."
- US-North Korean Nuclear Talks Come to Abrupt End, Pyongyang Negotiator Says VOA 05 Oct 2019 -- North Korea's top nuclear negotiator says working-level nuclear talks Saturday with the U.S. in Stockholm ended shortly after they began.
- Iran Unveils $1.8 Billion Project to Export Oil From Outside the Gulf to Avoid Strait of Hormuz Sputnik 05 Oct 2019 -- The pipeline will run from an oil terminal sitting deep in the Persian Gulf to a port on Iran's southern coast – which means that Iranian tankers will not need to go through the Strait of Hormuz upon the project's completion.
- First day of mask ban enforcement deters rioters Global Times 05 Oct 2019 -- The first day of the anti-mask law coming into force in Hong Kong had a palpable effect as it deterred masked radicals as rioters staged hit-and-run strategies in various districts.
- Lam calls for public support of law enforcement Global Times 05 Oct 2019 -- As unprecedented violence spread across Hong Kong Friday night, and rioters caused serious damage to the city and jeopardized the safety of others, officials urged the public to support the authority in law enforcement as the anti-mask law took effect on Saturday.
- Hong Kong's anti-mask law a necessary move for social stability, experts say Global Times 05 Oct 2019 -- It is necessary for the government of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to establish on Friday an anti-mask law in its latest bid to end the prolonged violence, experts and overseas Chinese worldwide said.
- Hong Kong mulls emergency powers after violent night Press TV 05 Oct 2019 -- Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says "extreme violence" used by rioters has justified her decision to invoke emergency powers for the first time in half a century, following a night of violent protests.
- China launches HD observation satellite Global Times 05 Oct 2019 -- China sent its observation satellite into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province at 2:51 a.m. Saturday (Beijing Time).
- Death toll rises to 93 as violent protests engulf Iraq Global Times 05 Oct 2019 -- Death toll from four days of violent protests in Iraqi capital Baghdad and other Iraqi provinces climbed to 93 with nearly 4,000 people wounded, a member of the Iraqi human rights body said on Saturday.
- Iraq authorities lift curfew as normalcy returns to streets of Baghdad Press TV 05 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi authorities have lifted a days-long curfew in Baghdad as normalcy returns to the streets of the country's capital.
- Death Toll in Iraq Protests Climbs to Nearly 100 VOA 05 Oct 2019 -- Iraq security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at demonstrators Saturday, killing 19 and wounding dozens in Baghdad alone on the fifth day of anti-government protests to rock the country.
- Medvedev Says Russia Will Help Cuba Find Oil Supplies RFE/RL 05 Oct 2019 -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Moscow will help Cuba find other supplies of oil and petroleum products.
- Kosovars Go To Polls In Snap Elections RFE/RL 05 Oct 2019 -- Voters in Kosovo are going to the polls on October 6 in snap elections dominated by corruption, high unemployment, and poor relations with neighboring Serbia.
- Pompeo warns of China, Russia influence in Balkans, vows US aid if alliance kept Press TV 05 Oct 2019 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned two tiny Balkan states of North Macedonia and Montenegro against what he calls the risks of Chinese and Russian influence through trade deals, pledging US alliance for "the good of" their citizens.
- Philippines' Duterte criticizes US in Russia visit, seeks closer ties with Moscow Press TV 05 Oct 2019 -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sought closer ties with Russia in a visit to the country, where he criticized the United States and its Western allies for weaponizing human rights without knowing its damaging consequences.
- UN chief encouraged by release of Cameroon opposition leader UN News 05 Oct 2019 -- The UN Secretary-General is encouraged by the release of the leader of the main opposition party in Cameroon. Maurice Kamto had spent the past nine months in jail following peaceful protests disputing the outcome of the October 2018 presidential election in which he was a candidate.
- Cameroon Opposition Leader, Supporters Released VOA 05 Oct 2019 -- Hundreds of prisoners, including an opposition party leader, were freed Saturday in Cameroon after Cameroon President Paul Biya ordered a halt to court proceedings against them.
- Ecuadorean Transport Unions Suspend Protests Over Fuel Subsidies VOA 05 Oct 2019 -- Ecuadorean transport unions agreed Friday to suspend protests after two days of unrest in which demonstrators blocked roads across the country.
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