09 October 2019 Military News
- U.S. Policy on the International Criminal Court Remains Unchanged US Dept. of State 09 Oct 2019 -- In April, the International Criminal Court (ICC) resoundingly rejected the ICC Prosecutor's request to open an investigation into Afghanistan, including allegations against U.S. personnel.
- US airstrike in Afghanistan in May killed 30 civilians: UN Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- A US airstrike that was carried out in Afghanistan in May and was said to have targeted Taliban militants in fact killed at least 30 civilians, a United Nations probe has found.
- UN: U.S. Air Strikes On Alleged Afghan Drug Labs Causes 39 Civilian Casualties RFE/RL 09 Oct 2019 -- A United Nations report says it has determined that 30 civilians were killed in U.S. air strikes on alleged drug-processing facilities in western Afghanistan four months ago.
- 'Ample Opportunities' For Fraud Bedevil Afghan Presidential Election RFE/RL 09 Oct 2019 -- Nangarhar is the second-most-deadly province for civilians in all of Afghanistan, where the world's deadliest conflict rages on in its 18th year.
- Afghanistan probe: 'at least 60 civilians' killed after US military airstrikes on alleged drug labs UN News 09 Oct 2019 -- "Multiple" airstrikes by the US military on alleged methamphetamine drug labs in a remote area of western Afghanistan earlier this year, killed or injured dozens of civilians who should not have been treated as military targets, the UN said on Wednesday.
- UN: Unlawful Anti-Drugs US Air Strikes Killed 30 Afghan Civilians VOA 09 Oct 2019 -- The United Nations said Wednesday recent U.S. airstrikes on alleged drug-processing facilities in Afghanistan that killed more than 30 civilians, including children, were "not lawful."
Defense Policy / Programs
- Army working toward improved Long Range Precision Fires Army News 09 Oct 2019 -- The Army is scheduled to test a new Precision Strike Missile, or PrSM, this month, which will leverage current launchers and be capable of achieving greater ranges than current technology, leaders said.
- USS Wasp Enters 4th Fleet NNS 09 Oct 2019 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) arrived in U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations Oct 1. The Wasp is transiting around South America while conducting a homeport shift from Japan to Norfolk.
- 420th FLTS reactivates to support B-21 Raider testing US Air Force 09 Oct 2019 -- The 420th Flight Test Squadron was reactivated following an assumption of command ceremony at Edwards Air Force Base, Oct. 4. The squadron will plan, test, analyze and report on all flight and ground testing of the B-21 Raider.
- Remarks by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the joint press point with the President of the Council of Ministers of Italy, Giuseppe Conte NATO 09 Oct 2019 -- (as delivered)
- NATO Deputy Secretary General and European Commissioner discuss cyber challenges NATO 09 Oct 2019 -- NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller met with the European Commissioner for the Security Union, Sir Julian King on Wednesday (9 October 2019) for talks on common security challenges.
- NATO and Japan intensify dialogue on cyber defence NATO 09 Oct 2019 -- NATO and Japan held cyber defence staff talks this week to assess current cyber threats and policy developments.
- Kalibr Missiles From Kolpino Submarine Hit Targets on Coast Near Opuk Range Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- In late August, Russia launched its cruise missile "Kalibr" for the first time during command and staff exercise. The missile was launched from the "Vyshny Volochek" ship belonging to the Russian Navy's Black Sea Fleet.
- China's Z-20 chopper features powerful homemade engine: maker Global Times 09 Oct 2019 -- China's latest commissioned and fully domestic manufactured military helicopter, the Z-20, is equipped with a homemade engine powerful enough for it to fly in low-oxygen plateaus, and features world-leading innovative technology, said the chopper's makers on Wednesday.
- Army Ground Force holds unannounced drill in northwest of Iran ISNA 09 Oct 2019 -- Iran's Army Ground Force has begun an unannounced military drill in northwest of the country on Wednesday, with Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi in attendance.
- Iran Army tests combat readiness with surprise drills near Turkey border Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- Iran's Army has kicked off unannounced military drills near the border with Turkey to test the rapid deployment of its forces in various conflict scenarios, says a top general.
- Iran Holds Surprise Military Drills Near Turkish Border RFE/RL 09 Oct 2019 -- Iran's army has launched unannounced military drills in the northwest of the country bordering Turkey, Iranian state media reported.
- Army Cmdr says Iran ready to face threat at every level IRNA 09 Oct 2019 -- Chief Commander of Iran's Army Major General Abdul Rahim Mousavi noted that the units had a good test of speed and achievement of combat objectives in drills, saying that Iran's Armed Forces are ready for any level of threat the enemy has designed.
- Iran Unveils Plans to Create Gunboats Capable of Sailing 185 km/h Amid Simmering Gulf Tensions Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- The Iranian navy has multiple destroyers, frigates, corvettes and submarines at its disposal, but relies mostly on small fast attack missile boats and coastal patrol vessels to keep watch over its vast coastline of over 2,000 km.
- Army Comdr : Enemies do not dare to attack Iran IRNA 09 Oct 2019 -- Iran's Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi said on Wednesday that enemies do not dare to attack the Islamic Republic of Iran.
- Cmdr: IRGC achieves most advanced defense technology IRNA 09 Oct 2019 -- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami said on Wednesday that IRGC achieved the most advanced and cutting-edge defense technology.
- IRGC reach most advanced, cutting-edge defence achievements: commander ISNA 09 Oct 2019 -- Chief Commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hussein Salami stressed that IRGC's defence capabilities have considerably advanced after the World Arrogance imposed cruel sanctions against Iran.
- Supreme Leader says Iran never pursuing nuclear weapons IRNA 09 Oct 2019 -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday emphasized that building, keeping and utilizing nuclear weapons are banned according to the Islamic law, adding the country has never pursued nukes.
- Leader: Iran won't build, store, use nukes forbidden by Islam Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran will never spend its resources on developing nuclear weapons the proliferation, stockpiling and using of which are prohibited by the religion of Islam.
- Iran Blasts Nuclear Bomb Development as Wrong and Their Use As Religiously Forbidden - Reports Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- Earlier this year, Iran increased its uranium enrichment rate following the suspension of some of its obligations under the nuclear deal. Nevertheless, Tehran has repeatedly stressed that it is not interested in pursuing nuclear weapons.
- U.S. official suggests Taiwan pursue more 'cost-effective' weapons CNA 09 Oct 2019 -- Taiwan needs to devote sufficient resources toward its defense, especially in cost-effective systems that leverage Taiwan's strengths and can help deter China, a U.S. official said at the U.S.-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference in Maryland on Monday.
- Dutch Military Plans Third F-35 Squadron With 1 Billion Euro Purchase Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- The Netherlands plans to buy nine more F-35 stealth aircraft, laying the foundations for a third squadron of the stealthy jets.
- Italy to Buy F-35 Fighter Jets Despite Internal Disagreements - Defence Minister Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- Italian Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini said on Wednesday that his country intends to renew its fleet of F-35 stealth-fighter jets despite differing opinions on the program among the ruling coalition.
- Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo US Dept. of State 09 Oct 2019 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- 9 October 2019 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 09 Oct 2019
- Experts Call For Vietnam to Sue China in International Court Over South China Sea Incursions Radio Free Asia 09 Oct 2019 -- Vietnam should sue China in an international court of law over recent violations of Vietnam's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea, a group of Vietnamese experts have concluded at a conference in Hanoi.
- Turkish unilateral military action in north east Syria: UK government statement UK FCO 09 Oct 2019 -- Following an incursion by the Turkish military in north east Syria today, the Foreign Secretary has issued a statement expressing concern.
- Turkey adamant on Syria offensive as military takes position Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- Turkey says there is no way it will back out of its plan to launch a military offensive in northern Syria regardless of the consequences, defying growing international calls to pull the plug on the imminent operation.
- Trump Agrees on Need For Sanctions Against Turkey, Wants Something 'Tougher Than Sanctions' Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- On Wednesday, Turkey launched a military operation in Northern Syria against PKK/YPG and Daesh, claiming that the offensive is aimed at clearing the border area of terrorists and creating a security zone to accommodate Syrian refugees.
- EU Calls on Turkey to Cease Military Operation in Syria Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- Following aerial and artillery attacks on military positions of the Kurdish militia on Wednesday, Turkish forces have launched another stage of their 'Peace Spring' operation by advancing into northern territories of the war-torn country.
- Turkey Begins Move Against Kurds in Northern Syria VOA 09 Oct 2019 -- Turkey has begun a long-planned military operation in northeastern Syria to take out Kurdish forces branded by Ankara as terrorists, but viewed by much of the West as key partners in the fight against Islamic State.
- Turkey launches military invasion into northeastern Syria against YPG forces Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country's military forces and the Turkish-backed militants of the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) have launched a long-threatened offensive in northeastern Syria against Kurdish militants from the People's Protection Units (YPG) to push them away from border areas.
- Turkey Launches Operation In Northeast Syria With Air Strikes RFE/RL 09 Oct 2019 -- Turkey has launched an offensive in northeast Syria, with warplanes bombing Kurdish positions and ground troops crossing the border in what U.S. President Donald Trump described as a "bad idea."
- Turkey Launches Land Offensive in Northeastern Syria - Defence Ministry Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- Turkey has kicked off its military operation against PKK/YPG and Daesh in Syria's north, dubbed 'Operation Peace Spring'.
- Saudi Arabia Condemns Turkish 'Aggression' in Northeast Syria - SPA Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced earlier on Wednesday the start of Operation Peace Spring against PKK/YPG and the Daesh in Syria's north "to neutralize terror threats against Turkey and lead to the establishment of a safe zone".
- Erdogan Announces Start of Military Operation in Syria Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish President Erdogan and Russian President Putin talked on the phone and agreed on the importance of ensuring the unity and territorial integrity of Syria and respect for its sovereignty.
- US Senate Finalises Sanctions on Turkey for Attacking Syrian Kurds - Lawmaker Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- US Republican and Democratic lawmakers are finalising legislation that would impose economic sanctions on Turkey, which has begun a military invasion of northern Syria to clear a border region of US-allied Kurdish forces, Senator Chris Van Hollen said Wednesday.
- Turkey Says It Will Inform All Relevant Countries and Syrian Government About Operation in NE Syria Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- In a column published Tuesday by The Washington Post, Erdogan's communications director, Fahrettin Altun said that Erdogan and US President Trump had agreed to "transfer the leadership of the counter-Daesh campaign" to Ankara, offering that Turkish forces "together with the Free Syrian Army, will cross the Turkish-Syrian border shortly".
- Erdogan Aide Vows Turkish Offensive in Syria 'Shortly', Urges YPG Fighters to Defect Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed a military operation in northern Syria in the coming days, after Washington announced it would pull military assets out of the region.
- Media Report: US Takes Custody of British-Born IS Fighters from Kurds in Syria VOA 09 Oct 2019 -- The United States has taken custody of two Islamic State prisoners accused of taking part in beheading American journalists in 2014, The Washington Post reports.
- Trump Under Fire for Syria Troop Withdrawal VOA 09 Oct 2019 -- U.S. lawmakers of both political parties on Wednesday continued to savage President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from northeastern Syria, where U.S.-allied Kurds are under attack from Turkey.
- UN: Civilians at Risk in 'Safe Zone' Along Turkish-Syrian Border VOA 09 Oct 2019 -- Turkey Wednesday began a military operation in northern Syria against Kurdish fighters, days after the United States announced it was withdrawing troops from the area. The U.N. refugee agency earlier warned that a proposed safe zone along the Turkish-Syrian border would not protect civilians.
- Trump Decision on Kurds Triggers Alarm in Arab World VOA 09 Oct 2019 -- As the Turkish military attacks Kurdish targets in northeastern Syria, observers in Arab countries are alarmed by what they see as the U.S. betrayal of the Kurds who are a staunch ally of the United States.
- US says 'does not endorse' Turkish offensive, calls war on Syria 'a bad idea' Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- The United States says it "does not endorse" Turkey's war against Kurds in northern Syria, calling the military offensive "a bad idea."
- Syrian Kurds 'positive' about dialogue with Damascus Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- Kurdish communities in northern Syria have welcomed an offer of dialogue with the Syrian government made by Russia amid Turkey's operation against Kurds in the region.
- Russia calls for dialogue between Syrian government, Kurds Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- Russia has called for dialogue between the Syrian government and Kurdish forces controlling the country's northern region amid Washington's greenlight for Ankara's upcoming military operation against its Kurdish allies.
- EU worries Turkey's Syria operation will trigger refugee wave Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- The European Union has expressed concern about Turkey's plans to attack north Syria and to move millions of refugees into Syrian territory, warning that the military operation can provoke a new wave of refugees heading to Europe.
- US Senators Suggest Prohibition on Weapon Sales to Turkey Over Syria Operation - Bill Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- The US Senate said earlier on Wednesday that it was finalizing a bipartisan bill that would impose tough sanctions on Ankara for launching a military offensive in Syria against "Kurdish partners".
- Trump Calls Turkey's Operation in Syria a 'Bad Idea' Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- On Wednesday, Turkey launched a military operation aimed at ousting Kurdish militants in northeastern Syria and setting up a "safe zone" in the region to accommodate Syrian refugees there.
- Daesh Suicide Bombers Attack Kurdish Military Positions in Raqqa, 'Clashes Still Ongoing' - SDF Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- According to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), at least three Daesh suicide bombers on Wednesday attacked its military positions in Syria's Raqqa.
- Support 'winds of change' in DR Congo to consolidate positive developments, urges UN mission chief UN News 09 Oct 2019 -- Recent positive trends could help transform the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into a stable country, the head of the UN operation there told the Security Council on Wednesday.
- Three Myanmar Soldiers Die in Shan State Ethnic Army Ambush Radio Free Asia 09 Oct 2019 -- Three Myanmar government soldiers were killed and at least seven civilians and three other troops were injured Wednesday morning during a rebel army ambush on a military convoy in war-torn northern Shan state, local and military officials and area residents said.
- Philippine Officials Consider Extending Martial Law in Mindanao VOA 09 Oct 2019 -- The Philippine government imposed martial law on its giant southern island of Mindanao in early 2017 to help fight a war against Muslim rebels who had seized the center of the lakeside university town Marawi. Two years after the war ended, martial law remains and officials are talking about an extension into 2020.
- Trump Predicts Impeachment Fight Will Go to Supreme Court VOA 09 Oct 2019 -- President Donald Trump predicts his impeachment battle with House Democrats will wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court.
- In the Event of Impeachment, Trump Counts on Republican Senate to Save Him VOA 09 Oct 2019 -- A new public opinion poll shows support is building for the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry now under way in the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Pelosi: Trump trying to 'cover up' Ukraine dealings Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused President Donald Trump of trying to "cover up" his dealings with Ukraine after the White House said it would not cooperate with an impeachment inquiry against the president.
- House Dems Subpoena US Envoy to EU Sondland in Trump Impeachment Probe Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- The US House of Representatives has issued a subpoena for the US Ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, to testify on allegations that the Trump administration attempted to persuade Ukraine to investigate possible corruption by former Vice President Joe Biden.
- White House Informs House Democrats It Will Not Cooperate With Impeachment Probe Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- In a new letter to Democratic congressional leaders, the White House has doubled down on its pledge not to cooperate with the impeachment probe of US President Donald Trump.
- Putin Dismisses Key Kremlin Aide Sanctioned By West, Wanted In Ukraine For Crimea Takeover RFE/RL 09 Oct 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed a key Kremlin aide whom the United States and European Union have sanctioned for his role in coordinating the takeover of Ukraine's Crimea Peninsula.
- Kremlin Labels Opposition-Led Foundation a 'Foreign Agent' VOA 09 Oct 2019 -- Russian authorities say they intend to add an opposition-run anti-corruption foundation to a list of so-called "foreign agents" operating in the country – potentially curtailing the operations of one of the Kremlin's fiercest critics.
- NY Times Reports Western Security Officials Believe Secret Russian Unit Responsible For Attacks In Europe RFE/RL 09 Oct 2019 -- Western security officials have identified a secret Russian intelligence unit that has tried to carry out assassinations and destabilization operations in foreign countries, according to The New York Times.
- Defense Intelligence Agency Employee Arrested for Leaking Classified Information to Journalists US Dept. of Justice 09 Oct 2019 -- An employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) was arrested today on charges related to his alleged disclosure of classified national defense information (NDI) to two journalists in 2018 and 2019.
- Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Visits Farm No. 1116 Run by KPA Unit 810 KCNA 09 Oct 2019 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, gave field guidance to Farm No. 1116 under Unit 810 of the Korean Peoples' Army (KPA).
- Zarif raps any sanction on CBI as illegal IRNA 09 Oct 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that imposing any types of sanction on the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) as a governmental body is illegal, saying that the move is regarded as economic terrorism since CBI will not be able to supply food and drug any longer.
- US' actions against Iranians sort of war crime: Zarif ISNA 09 Oct 2019 -- Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said US' actions against Iranians are sort of war crime as it has targeted civilians in the economic war.
- Era of maximum pressure has come to an end: President Rouhani ISNA 09 Oct 2019 -- Iran's President emphasized the failure of the American conspiracy to exert maximum pressure on the great Iranian nation, saying, "Today, all figures and people's spirit show that the era of maximum pressure has come to an end."
- UN urged to condemn US sanctions on Iranian space bodies Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- Iran has submitted a note of protest to the United Nations space agency demanding the body to condemn US sanctions targeting three Iranian space institutions.
- Iran: Merger of military banks to complete in late Dec. Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Abdolnaser Hemmati says the much-anticipated merger of military-linked banks will complete around late December.
- Iran finds massive onshore gas field in south: Report Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- Iran has discovered a massive onshore gas field in the country's south after a year of exploration, Fars news agency reported on Wednesday.
- U.S. Says Iran Broke Promise Over Oil Tanker, Urges EU To Condemn Tehran RFE/RL 09 Oct 2019 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged the European Union to condemn Iran, saying it lied over where oil from the tanker Adrian Darya 1 would be off-loaded.
- Pompeo Claims Adrian Darya 1 Tanker Offloaded Its Oil in Syria, Urges EU to 'Hold Iran Accountable' Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- Last month, Iran's foreign ministry said that the Adrian Darya 1, the tanker at the heart of an international controversy involving Tehran, Gibraltar, the UK and the US, had made it to its destination and sold its oil after being released by Gibraltar authorities.
- Protesters defy mask ban outside Hong Kong court Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- Defying a recent ban on face masks, a crowd of protesters covering their faces has gathered outside and then entered a court in Hong Kong where a jailed protester arrived for his appeal against a six-year prison sentence over rioting three years ago.
- China Blasts Apple Over App Tracking Movements of Hong Kong Police Radio Free Asia 09 Oct 2019 -- Chinese official media on Wednesday hit out at Apple over an app in its online store that tracks the movements of Hong Kong police, as well as the presence of a well-known protest anthem on Apple Music.
- Hundreds Protest Arrests of Hong Kong Mall Staff Who Denied Police Entry Radio Free Asia 09 Oct 2019 -- Hundreds of people staged a protest at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on Wednesday after police arrested five of its security guards for trying to stop police officers from entering the building to arrest protesters.
- China Blasts 'Sinister Intentions' of US Visa Restrictions on Xinjiang Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced US-imposed visa restrictions against senior Chinese officials over allegations of human rights violations in the Chinese province of Xinjiang.
- China: US visa restrictions guided by 'sinister intentions' Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- China has slammed a decision by the United States to restrict visas for Chinese officials whom Washington says are involved in rights violations against Muslim minorities in the far-western region of Xinjiang, calling on the US to withdraw the measure.
- China's Xi to Visit India Amid Strained Ties Over Kashmir VOA 09 Oct 2019 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit India to hold an informal summit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 11 and 12.
- Ecuadorians, angry with fuel subsidy cuts, hold strike Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- Ecuadorians have held a national strike against President Lenin Moreno's decision to scrap fuel subsidies to secure an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan.
- Ecuador imposes curfew as protests intensify Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- Fierce clashes have erupted between police and protesters outside the parliament building in Ecuador's capital, Quito, after almost one week of protests that prompted President Lenin Moreno to order a curfew and move the government to a coastal city.
- European Union Finds Ransomware Is Top Cybercrime VOA 09 Oct 2019 -- The European Union's 2019 cybercrime report said the number of online attacks is going down but criminals are targeting more data and profits.
- Iraqi PM vows to reshuffle cabinet, probe into killings Press TV 09 Oct 2019 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has promised to reshuffle his cabinet, launch a probe into the killing of protesters, and punish those who shot the demonstrators.
- Saudi Aramco to Return to Full Capacity in November, Attacks Had 'No Impact' on IPO Plans – CEO Sputnik 09 Oct 2019 -- Earlier, Saudi Aramco's CEO said that last month's attacks on the country's oil facilities had galvanised the company to quickly rebuild and to come out of the incident "stronger than ever."
- EU Takes Another Step Toward Visa Liberalization With Belarus RFE/RL 09 Oct 2019 -- European Union ambassadors have approved a visa-facilitation plan with Belarus, a step that could eventually lead to smoother travel to the bloc for citizens of the former Soviet republic.
- Arrests of Activists Backing Return of Cambodia's Opposition Chief to Continue: Interior Minister Radio Free Asia 09 Oct 2019 -- Authorities in Cambodia have no plans to end the arrests of banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) activists who express support for party chief Sam Rainsy's planned return from self-imposed exile next month, Minister of Interior Sar Kheng warned Wednesday.
- Kosovo's Likely Next PM Meets U.S. Envoy RFE/RL 09 Oct 2019 -- The leader of the center-left party that won a plurality of votes in Kosovo's October 6 early parliamentary elections has met with the new U.S. special envoy to Kosovo and Serbia, Richard Grenell.
- Kosovo Election Changes Political Scene, Reshapes Negotiations with Serbia VOA 09 Oct 2019 -- An early election in Kosovo on Sunday, where a center-left opposition party garnered the most votes, seems poised to change the political scene, and analysts say it may reshape the country's normalization dialogue with neighboring Serbia.
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