10 November 2019 Military News
- Top US army general says 600 troops to remain in Syria Press TV 10 Nov 2019 -- A top US army general says American troop levels in Syria are expected to stabilize at around 600 and that the presence of the military forces in the Arab country is for US national interests.
- Up To 600 US Military Personnel Remain in Syria - Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of US military from Syria amid Turkey's operation against Kurdish forces in the northeast of the country. At the same time, the United States said it would remain in the oil-producing areas in the east of the country and would help local Kurds to control them.
- Key Afghan Presidential Candidate Demands Halt to Vote Recount VOA 10 Nov 2019 -- A frontrunner in Afghanistan's recently held presidential election called Sunday for immediately halting a recount of the vote, casting aspersions on the integrity and legitimacy of the already delayed electoral process.
- Top Afghan official claims Daesh 'defeated' in Nangarhar Press TV 10 Nov 2019 -- A top security official in Afghanistan says the Daesh terrorist group has been "defeated" in one of the key eastern provinces of the country, amid an ongoing offensive by the Kabul government against the terrorists operating across the troubled region.
- Afghanistan's Abdullah says won't accept election results Press TV 10 Nov 2019 -- Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has called for a halt to the recounting of presidential election ballots, saying he will not recognize the results of the "fraud-marred" voting.
- U.S. Troops To Stay In Afghanistan Several More Years, Says General RFE/RL 10 Nov 2019 -- U.S. Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has predicted that American troops, already in Afghanistan for 18 years, would remain in the country "for several more years."
- In New Blow To Election, Afghan President's Main Challenger Pulls Observers From Vote Count RFE/RL 10 Nov 2019 -- The leading challenger to incumbent Ashraf Ghani in Afghanistan's presidential election more than a month ago has withdrawn his team of observers from the ongoing and acrimonious official recount.
- Afghan Interior Minister Declares Victory Over Daesh Terror Group in Country - Reports Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- Acting Afghan Interior Minister Masoud Andarabi announced on Sunday that the Daesh terrorist group* had been defeated in the country, while remaining small cells would be eliminated, media reported.
- Afghan Government Forces Eliminate Taliban Commander Who Killed Local Judges - Reports Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- The Afghan Air Force launched an airstrike on militants and eliminated a senior commander of the Taliban radical movement who had killed several judges in the Logar province, Afghan broadcaster 1TV reported, citing a statement from the Defence Ministry.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Trump To Host NATO Chief Stoltenberg Amid Tensions Within Alliance RFE/RL 10 Nov 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump will host NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg next week to discuss military spending -- as the U.S. leader continues his effort to press alliance members to pay more toward their own defense.
- Berlin Again Pushes Back On NATO Criticism, Citing Crucial U.S. Role RFE/RL 10 Nov 2019 -- German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas doubled down on Berlin's tough stance toward recent French criticism of NATO on November 10, warning that "neither Germany nor Europe will be able to effectively protect themselves" without the United States.
- Merkel Calls on Europe to Develop New Weapons Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on European states to develop new weapon systems, including military aircraft and tanks.
- Iran Used Domestically Built Air Defence System to Down 'Foreign Drone', Army Chief Says Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- The downing comes a few months after Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) destroyed a US spy drone that the IRGC said had violated Iranian airspace.
- US-South Korea Alliance Under Pressure as Deadlines for Military Pacts Approach VOA 10 Nov 2019 -- The U.S.-South Korean alliance is strained by their differences over military pacts, and if the allies fail to reach agreements, Seoul's national security could be at risk, experts said.
- NATO no place for 'significant Russian military purchases,' Trump to tell Erdogan Press TV 10 Nov 2019 -- US President Donald Trump will tell his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that NATO is "no place" for "significant Russian military purchases."
- US Congress Threatens to Sanction Turkey Unless Ankara Abandons S-400 - White House Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- Earlier this month, Russia completed the delivery of all components of the S-400 air defence missile systems to Turkey ahead of schedule. Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said the systems would be prepared for commissioning by next spring.
- Bombing hits area near Syrian city held by Turkish forces, kills 8 Press TV 10 Nov 2019 -- At least eight people have lost their lives and some 20 others sustained injuries in a bomb explosion in an area of northeast Syria near the Turkish-occupied town of Tal Abyad.
- Eight Killed, Over 20 Injured in Car Blast in Syria's Raqqa Province - Turkish Defence Ministry Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- The deadly incident comes a week after an explosion in Tal Abyad on the Syrian-Turkish border that resulted in the deaths of 14 people, including seven civilians.
- UN: Civilian Deaths Surge in Escalating Syrian Conflicts VOA 10 Nov 2019 -- U.N. monitors report scores of civilians are being killed and wounded, and thousands are fleeing their homes as violence and human rights abuse escalate in northern and northeastern Syria.
- Turkish drone pounds village in Syria's Hasakah amid cross-border incursion Press TV 10 Nov 2019 -- A combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), operated by Turkish military forces, has reportedly launched an airstrike against a residential neighborhood in Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah, in the aftermath of a cross-border incursion by Turkish army troops and their allied militants into the Arab country's Kurdish-populated region.
- General elections necessary for restoring unity: Hamas Press TV 10 Nov 2019 -- A senior leader of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement has emphasized the necessity of the upcoming general elections in the besieged Gaza Strip, the East Jerusalem al-Quds, and the occupied West Bank, saying the movement is seeking to "restore unity and end the division at all levels" among Palestinians.
- Jordan reclaims sovereignty over two plots of land leased to Israel Press TV 10 Nov 2019 -- Jordan's King Abdullah II says the lease of two plots of land to Israel, under a bilateral deal signed almost a quarter of a century ago, has ended, announcing his country's "full sovereignty" over the two regions.
- Israeli Army Contradicts Jordan's King on Enclave Lands, Says Lease Extended – Reports Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- Earlier, King Abdullah II of Jordan announced the termination of a land lease agreement which allowed Israeli farmers to farm on a Jordanian enclave south of the Dead Sea, with the enclave expected to return to Jordanian control 25 years after the signing of the 1994 Jordan-Israel peace treaty.
- Trump Assails Impeachment Hearings as 'Disgraceful' VOA 10 Nov 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump launched a new attack Sunday on this week's impeachment hearings that target him, calling them "disgraceful" and complaining that Democrats are blocking witnesses that Republicans want to question.
- State Dept Reportedly Released Military Aid to Ukraine Days Before Trump Greenlighted It Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- The US Department of State reportedly authorized the release of $141 million in military aid to Kiev several days prior to US President Donald Trump officially announcing a 11 September lift on his Ukraine aid freeze, a cornerstone detail in the Trump impeachment inquiries.
- Lev Parnas's South Florida Stomping Ground A Mecca For Financial Scams RFE/RL 10 Nov 2019 -- In late 2000, Jewish emigres from the former Soviet Union gathered in Brooklyn's ethnic enclave of Brighton Beach for the lighting of a 27-foot menorah to celebrate the start of Hanukkah.
- UN chief calls for Bolivians to ensure credible elections as Morales resigns; protection for diplomatic missions UN News 10 Nov 2019 -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged all concerned parties in Bolivia to "refrain from violence, reduce tension and exercise maximum restraint" in the wake of the resignation of President Evo Morales earlier on Sunday.
- Bolivian President Resigns Under Mounting Pressure VOA 10 Nov 2019 -- Bolivian president Evo Morales announced his resignation in a televised address Sunday after weeks of protests around "irregularities" in last month's elections.
- U.S. Response to OAS Report on New Elections in Bolivia US Dept. of State 10 Nov 2019
- Bolivia's Morales calls new vote in outstanding concession Press TV 10 Nov 2019 -- Bolivia's President Evo Morales has called a new presidential election in an outstanding concession, as the opposition in the Latin American country has disputed the results of the recent election that the incumbent has won.
- Evo Morales Resigns From Bolivian Presidency Amid Calls From Military, Police Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- Bolivian President Evo Morales announced his resignation on Sunday after the nation's military and police urged the leader to step down amid ongoing violent protest across the Latin American country.
- Bolivian Military Calls on President Morales to Resign Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- The Bolivian Armed Forces on Sunday called on President Evo Morales to step down as a means of securing the stability of a nation that has been hit by violent unrest since October.
- Bolivia's Morales calls for 'urgent' talks with opposition Press TV 10 Nov 2019 -- Bolivia's President Evo Morales has called for "urgent" negotiations with the opposition in the midst of a wave of protests that have plunged the Latin American country into chaos after disputed election results.
- Bolivian President Morales Slams Opposition Calls for His Resignation as 'Coup Attempt' Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- The unrest in Bolivia erupted in the wake of the 20 October presidential election. The electoral authorities said that Morales had secured a new term in the first round, while Mesa refused to recognise the results of the vote.
- Bolivia Police Guarding Presidential Palace Abandon Post to Join Protesters - Report Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- Bolivian police officers guarding the presidential palace have reportedly joined the protests raging across the country, prompting President Evo Morales to convene an emergency meeting amid rapidly escalating unrest. The nation's army is said to be explicitly prevented by law from intervening.
- Bolivian Gov't Offers Police That Joined Ongoing Protests to Discuss 100% Pension Rise Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- Bolivian authorities have called on police forces, who have joined the ongoing protests across the country, to engage in dialogue with the government and offered to discuss a possible 100 percent pension increase.
- Speculation mounts that No. 10 is protecting Tory party donors Press TV 10 Nov 2019 -- Downing Street is continuing to refuse to release a sensitive report into alleged Russian covert actions in Britain, despite coming under considerable pressure to do so.
- UK's MI5 Runs Operation to Shield Parliamentarians' Phones From 'Russian Hackers' - Reports Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- The United Kingdom's domestic counter-intelligence and security agency, also known as MI5, is carrying out a top-secret operation to protect the phones of the monarchy's lawmakers from Russian hackers, The Mirror newspaper reported.
- Seoul Says US Trying to Convince North Korea to Resume Denuclearisation Talks - Reports Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- Last week, the South Korean National Intelligence Service said that the next summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un may take place in December.
- Iran: No decision yet on leaving Non-Proliferation Treaty Press TV 10 Nov 2019 -- Iran says it has not yet decided to pull out of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) amid its rollback of commitments under the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal.
- Iran to reduce commitments if parties to JCPOA continue inaction, Araghchi IRNA 10 Nov 2019 -- Iran will reduce its commitments to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action if the parties to the nuclear deal continue with inaction toward the international Agreement endorsed by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said on Saturday.
- Discord, division US' wish; let's not allow US' wishes be reflected by a few: President Rouhani ISNA 10 Nov 2019 -- Iran's President described the Islamic Unity Week as the week of unity, solidarity and becoming closer to the path of the Great Prophet of Islam, and stressed that people's resistance, unity and efforts have disappointed the United States.
- We don't violate JCPOA framework: AEOI chief ISNA 10 Nov 2019 -- "Up to now, 6 UN Security Council's resolutions have been abolished as a result of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and we hope that arms sanctions against Iran will be lifted until October," the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi said.
- Iran ready to exchange nuclear know-how with Persian Gulf countries: Salehi Press TV 10 Nov 2019 -- The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi says the Islamic Republic is ready to exchange with the Persian Gulf countries its experience with regard to developing nuclear technology and cooperate with them.
- Iran Pours Concrete For Second Bushehr Nuclear Reactor RFE/RL 10 Nov 2019 -- Iran started pouring concrete for a second nuclear reactor near its southern port of Bushehr in a project to expand the facility with the help of Russian engineering expertise and uranium, state TV and other Iranian media said on November 10.
- Tehran Rebuffs IAEA Reports of Uranium Traces at Facility Dubbed 'Secret Atomic Warehouse' by Israel Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly accused Iran of clandestinely building nuclear weapons alleging that Iran has a nuclear facility that once contained radioactive material. Iran dismisses Israel's claims, saying that Islam prohibits the production and use of nuclear weapons.
- Iran to release details of massive oilfield discovered in south: Reports Press TV 10 Nov 2019 -- Iran's oil minister is due to give more details about a massive oilfield that has been discovered south of the country.
- Iran discovers oil field containing 53bn barrels of crude: President Rouhani Press TV 10 Nov 2019 -- President Hassan Rouhani says Iran has discovered a new oil field containing 53 billion barrels of crude in southwestern Khuzestan Province.
- Rohani Says Billions Of Barrels In Oil Reserves Found In Southwestern Iran RFE/RL 10 Nov 2019 -- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has announced the discovery of some 53 billion barrels' worth of crude-oil deposits in the country's southwest that could boost reserves by about one-third.
- Iran Discovers New Oil Field Containing 53 Billion Barrels of Crude, President Rouhani Says Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- Iran is considered a global energy superpower; the country reportedly possesses 10% of the world's oil reserves.
- U.A.E. Urges Broader Iran Talks To Include Missile, Proxy Activities RFE/RL 10 Nov 2019 -- The United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) has urged Iran to negotiate with world powers and its Persian Gulf neighbors in broader talks that include not only nuclear issues but also Tehran's ballistic-missile program and its use of proxy groups abroad.
- HKSAR lawmakers question judges' violation of political neutrality Global Times 10 Nov 2019 -- Some members of the Legislative Council (LegCo) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) have raised questions about the practice of some judges who openly expressed their political positions and violated the principle of political neutrality.
- Hong Kong Protesters Vandalize Subway Station, Storm Mall VOA 10 Nov 2019 -- Protesters in Hong Kong, angry over the death of a demonstrator on Friday, smashed windows at a subway station and shopping mall Sunday.
- Statement from the Press Secretary The White House 10 Nov 2019
- Indian Defence Minister Hints at Unification of Uniform Civil Code After Ayodhya Verdict Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- Under the proposed plan, India's Uniform Civil Code would serve as a set of laws which would be used to govern the personal matters of all citizens, irrespective of religion.
- Saudi Arabia killed another journalist, Twitter played a role: Report Press TV 10 Nov 2019 -- Informants in Twitter's regional office in Dubai have reportedly provided Saudi Arabia with information about a dissident journalist who died as a result of torture while in custody.
- Spain holding snap elections Press TV 10 Nov 2019 -- People in Spain are voting in snap general elections, the fourth such vote in as many years, as voters remain deeply divided between rival groups.
- Cambodia Eases Kem Sokha House Arrest Restrictions Radio Free Asia 10 Nov 2019 -- Cambodia eased restrictions on opposition leader Kem Sokha Sunday, more than two years after his arrest heralded an authoritarian crackdown, in a move human rights groups denounced as a ploy by Prime Minister Hun Sen to evade international censure.
- Cambodia Releases Opposition Leader From House Arrest VOA 10 Nov 2019 -- Opposition leader Kem Sokha said he would continue to fight for his innocence hours after a Phnom Penh court changed the conditions of his bail, allowing him to move within the country, but still restricting his travel overseas and preventing him from engaging in political activity.
- Romania's Iohannis Will Face Presidential Runoff, Exit Polls Show RFE/RL 10 Nov 2019 -- Romania's pro-European Union incumbent President Klaus Iohannis has taken a big lead in the first round of the country's presidential election, according to two exit polls.
- Romanians Go To Polls With President Iohannis In Driver's Seat RFE/RL 10 Nov 2019 -- More than 8.5 million Romanians have voted so far in a presidential election that is expected to bolster recent gains for the ruling National Liberal Party (PNL) by returning that center-right party's former leader, pro-European Union incumbent Klaus Iohannis, to the presidency.
- Western Balkan Leaders Discuss 'Little Schengen' Project RFE/RL 10 Nov 2019 -- The leaders of Albania, North Macedonia, and Serbia have committed to working together to lift barriers on the movement of goods and people between the three Balkan countries.
- WFP: Hundreds of Thousands of Haitians on the Verge of Famine VOA 10 Nov 2019 -- The World Food Program warns Haiti is approaching famine like conditions, with more than 1 in 3 people in the country of 11 million in need of urgent assistance.
- Laos Defends Latest Plans to Dam the Mekong VOA 10 Nov 2019 -- Laos has dismissed fears that its next hydropower dam on the Mekong River would devastate downstream communities after neighboring countries and rights groups raised their doubts at a regional forum in the capital last week.
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