19 October 2019 Military News
- Secretary of Defense Esper Media Engagement En Route to Afghanistan DoD 19 Oct 2019 -- Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper
- Afghan Election Results Delayed VOA 19 Oct 2019 -- Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) confirmed Saturday it had delayed the planned release of preliminary results of the Sept. 28 presidential polls.
- Afghans Bury Dead From Mosque Attack That Killed At Least 69 RFE/RL 19 Oct 2019 -- Funerals were held in eastern Afghanistan on October 19 for victims of a bombing a day earlier at a mosque that killed at least 69 people during Friday Prayers.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Russia's response to NATO build-up could be both political, military: Premier Medvedev Press TV 19 Oct 2019 -- Russia views with alarm NATO's expansion toward its western border and it will make not only a political response but a military one as well if need be, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said.
- Russia's Response to NATO Bases Will Not be Limited to Political Steps - Medvedev Sputnik 19 Oct 2019 -- Moscow will respond politically and "in the military sense" to NATO's drive to deploy military bases near the Russian borders as it threatens the country's national security, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
- Japan Won't Join U.S. Coalition, But Will Send Own Escort Ships To Gulf Region RFE/RL 19 Oct 2019 -- Japan says it will not join a U.S.-led coalition to protect shipping in vital commerce lanes in the Middle East but will send its own vessels to ensure safe delivery of oil to Japan.
- Russia says new deal to supply air defense systems to Turkey highly likely Press TV 19 Oct 2019 -- Russia says it is highly likely that Moscow will sign a new contract with Turkey to supply its military with Russian air defense missile systems.
- Turkey May Buy More Russian Air Defence Systems Following S-400 Delivery Sputnik 19 Oct 2019 -- There is a high chance that Russia may get a new contract to deliver air defence systems to Turkey, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said on Saturday.
- US arms end up in 'wrong hands' in Yemen: CNN probe Press TV 19 Oct 2019 -- The American-made weapons, supplied to Washington's allies waging a war on Yemen, end up in the hands of US-backed militants fighting against each other in the impoverished state, CNN reports.
- Erdogan threatens to crush heads of Kurdish forces if they refuse to withdraw Press TV 19 Oct 2019 -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will "implement its own plans" if Ankara and Moscow fail to find a solution to the presence of Syrian government forces in a "safe zone" that his country seeks to establish in northern Syria, warning also that Ankara will "crush the heads" of Kurdish militants if a deal with Washington on withdrawal of Kurdish forces from the region is not fully implemented.
- Erdogan: Turkey Will 'Crush the Heads' of Kurds in Northern Syria if They Don't Withdraw Before Tuesday Sputnik 19 Oct 2019 -- US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to Ankara on Thursday, meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and hammering out a 120 hour ceasefire deal aimed at allowing Syrian Kurdish forces to retreat to a distance of about 30 km from the Syrian-Turkish border.
- Turkey, Kurdish militants accuse each other of violating truce Press TV 19 Oct 2019 -- Turkey has accused Kurdish militants of violating a temporary truce in northern Syria even as a fragile ceasefire was reported to b holding.
- UN investigates Turkey's alleged use of white phosphorus in Syria Press TV 19 Oct 2019 -- UN chemical weapons inspectors say they are investigating the possible use of white phosphorus-loaded munitions by Turkish forces during their recent incursion into northeast Syria.
- Syrian army secures border crossings in strategic city of Kobani Press TV 19 Oct 2019 -- The Syrian government forces have entered the strategic Kurdish-populated city of Kobani in the face of an ongoing military offensive by Turkish soldiers and allied militants against Kurdish forces in the northern part of the war-battered Arab country.
- Syrian Army Clashes With Turkey-Backed Militants in Border Areas – Reports Sputnik 19 Oct 2019 -- The Syrian army clashed on Saturday with the Turkish-backed militants near the border city of Ras al-Ayn, the SANA news agency reported.
- Turkish Military Accuses Kurdish Forces of Violating Ceasefire in Northern Syria Sputnik 19 Oct 2019 -- The Turkish Armed Forces accused on Saturday Kurdish militia of violating the 120-hour ceasefire agreement in the "safe zone" along the Turkish-Syrian border.
- Turkey's Erdogan vows to renew operation in Syria if U.S. not keeping promises People's Daily 19 Oct 2019 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that if the United States does not keep its promises after Turkey stops its military operation in northern Syria for 120 hours, Ankara will then continue its offensive.
- Israel has 'fundamental rights' to act in Syria: Pompeo Press TV 19 Oct 2019 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Israel has "fundamental rights" and retains "operational freedom" to operate in Syria, adding Washington will closely watch the Iraqi-Syrian border despite withdrawing troops.
- Pompeo Says Israel Has 'Fundamental Right' to Bomb Syria, Vows to Tackle Iranian 'Threat' – Reports Sputnik 19 Oct 2019 -- The US secretary of state traveled to Jerusalem on Friday for talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, telling reporters after the meeting that "we shared our ideas about how we can ensure Middle East stability together."
- 50 militants killed, dozens of captured soldiers freed in Mali: Army Press TV 19 Oct 2019 -- The Malian military says its troops have killed around 50 militants in a counterterrorism operation, during which dozens of the soldiers captured in deadly attacks by terror outfits last month were also rescued.
- Clinton under attack from Stein, Gabbard, Trump over her 2020 stance Press TV 19 Oct 2019 -- Former 2016 Green Party presidential Jill Stein has lashed out at Hillary Clinton for suggesting that she is a foreign spy.
- Hillary Clinton Suggests Democratic Candidate Is 'Favorite Of The Russians' RFE/RL 19 Oct 2019 -- Democrat Hillary Clinton, who lost the presidential election to Donald Trump in 2016, suggested that Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard is "the favorite of the Russians" and described 2016 Green Party candidate Jill Stein as "a Russian asset."
- "Russian Agent" Gabbard Urges "Queen of Warmongers" Clinton to Face Off With Her Directly in 2020 Sputnik 19 Oct 2019 -- Earlier, two-time Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton intimated that 2020 Democratic contender Tulsi Gabbard and former Green Party candidate Jill Stein were "Russian assets."
- 'Queen of Warmongers': Tulsi Gabbard Slams Hillary Clinton Over Russian 'Grooming' Claims Sputnik 19 Oct 2019 -- Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard fired back at 2016 failed presidential contender Hillary Clinton on Friday, hours after news surfaced that Clinton had implied that Russians were "grooming" the Hawaii representative ahead of the 2020 election.
- UAE intel. firm recruiting Israeli military's cyber agents with lavish salaries: Reports Press TV 19 Oct 2019 -- Israeli media reports say an Emirati cyber security company has been recruiting graduates of the Israeli military's cyber unit, offering them lavish salaries and properties.
- Rodong Sinmun on Spirit of National Self-Respect KCNA 19 Oct 2019 -- Rodong Sinmun on Saturday says in an article that the spirit of national self-respect is the motive power which has put the dignity and position of the country and people onto the highest status unprecedented in the 5 000-year-long national history and a revolutionary spirit which should be cherished in our minds as an eternal lifeline and be displayed.
- North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Signals He's Ready for 'New Way,' Experts Say VOA 19 Oct 2019 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un most likely stands at a crossroads, trying to decide whether to test long-range ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons in a bid to force concessions from the U.S., an action that could trigger harsher measures by the U.S., according to experts.
- HK chief Lam backs police force in rare media appearance ahead of planned protests Global Times 19 Oct 2019 -- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Saturday backed the city's police force, saying officers are not fighting alone, as anti-government forces are planning more protests for the weekend.
- History education for young people crucial in Hong Kong: former HKSAR chief executive Global Times 19 Oct 2019 -- History education is crucial for young people in Hong Kong to better understand the extraordinary development of their home country, said Tung Chee-hwa, former and the first chief executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
- Hong Kong Murder Suspect Says He Wants to Surrender to Taiwan VOA 19 Oct 2019 -- Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive, said Saturday the murder suspect whose case was the spark that started the fire of the Hong Kong protests -- an extradition proposal to allow Hong Kong to transfer suspects to Taiwan, as well as mainland China, among other places, that Lam has announced will be withdrawn -- is ready to turn himself in to Taiwanese authorities.
- CIB informed HK murder suspect has agreed to surrender himself CNA 19 Oct 2019 -- Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said on Saturday it has been informed by Hong Kong police that the suspect in a 2018 murder case in the country has indicated his willingness to surrender himself to Taiwanese law enforcement authorities.
- Color revolution will not succeed in Hong Kong: Exclusive interview with Ian Fok, one of HK's most influential figures Global Times 19 Oct 2019 -- Since violent protests first broke out in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) four months ago, radical voices and actions advocating for the destruction of the Asian financial hub in a so-called fight for "democracy" seem to have dominated headlines.
- China's private reusable rocket to be launched in 2021 People's Daily 19 Oct 2019 -- A Chinese reusable carrier rocket that uses liquid oxygen-methane propellants made its first public appearance Friday at the ongoing 2019 Zhongguancun Forum in Beijing.
- U.S. organizes meeting to help Taiwan keep its allies CNA 19 Oct 2019 -- The United States held a meeting on Thursday that brought together Taiwan's representative to the United States Stanley Kao (高碩泰), as well as several officials from the U.S. State Department and representatives from seven of Taipei's diplomatic allies, in an effort help Taiwan keep its rapidly disappearing allies in the Western Hemisphere.
- U.S. representatives introduce TAIPEI Act CNA 19 Oct 2019 -- Several U.S. representatives on Friday introduced the Taiwan Allies International Protection and Enhancement Initiative (TAIPEI) Act to reinforce ties between the United States and Taiwan.
- South Korea Protesters Scale Walls Outside US Ambassador's Residence VOA 19 Oct 2019 -- Around 20 South Korean protesters broke into the residential compound of the U.S. ambassador to South Korea Friday, prompting U.S. officials to call for tighter security measures around diplomatic missions here.
- Nasrallah says opposed to government resignation, won't let anyone burn Lebanon Press TV 19 Oct 2019 -- Secretary General of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has expressed opposition to calls for the resignation of Lebanon's government, vowing not to allow anyone to "burn" Lebanon and cause chaos in the country.
- Lebanon Agrees Final Budget Without Additional Taxes Amid Protests - Report Sputnik 19 Oct 2019 -- The finance minister delivered the announcement regarding the budget as tens of thousands took to the streets Saturday for a third day of protests against tax increases and alleged official corruption.
- North Macedonia PM Calls For Snap Elections RFE/RL 19 Oct 2019 -- Zoran Zaev, the prime minister of North Macedonia, has called for early elections after the European Union failed to open membership talks with the Balkan state, a key goal of his administration.
- Medvedev: Serbia To Sign Trade Deal With Moscow-Led Economic Union RFE/RL 19 Oct 2019 -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited the Serbian capital on October 19, observing a military parade and addressing a special session of the Serbian parliament.
- Baku Police Detain Dozens As Opposition Rallies RFE/RL 19 Oct 2019 -- Police detained dozens of opposition activists before and during a protest in the Azerbaijani capital on October 19.
- Chile Declares State of Emergency, Subway Service Suspended as Violent Protests Spread Sputnik 19 Oct 2019 -- Chilean protests turned violent on Friday afternoon, and by early Friday evening, the Santiago Metro network had closed down all of the city's 136 metro stations, leaving thousands of commuters in the city of over 5.6 million people stranded.
- Laos Urged to Cancel Latest Dam for Mainstream Mekong VOA 19 Oct 2019 -- Environmental rights groups are calling on Laos to cancel the latest hydro-electric dam it has approved for construction across the Mekong River, warning of dire consequences for the millions of people who rely on the waterway for a living.
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