Afghanistan Tells Taliban: Peace Or We Will 'Fight'RFE/RL 01 Oct 2019 -- As the smoke gradually cleared from an Afghan presidential election riled by Taliban threats over the weekend, the country's national-security adviser, Hamdullah Mohib, issued a message to the hard-line Islamic insurgents that the government won't back down from them.
Taliban Kill 11 Policemen in Northern AfghanistanVOA 01 Oct 2019 -- At least 11 Afghan police officers were killed in Balkh province in northern Afghanistan when the Taliban attacked police checkpoints Monday night, according to the governor's spokesman, Monir Ahmad Farhad.
Afghanistan Tells Taliban: Peace Or We Will 'Fight'RFE/RL 01 Oct 2019 -- As the smoke gradually clears from Afghanistan's presidential election riled by Taliban threats over the weekend, the country's national-security adviser, Hamdullah Mohib, issued a message to the hard-line Islamic insurgents that the government won't back down from them.
New Agency Provides Personnel Vetting, Technology ProtectionDoD News 01 Oct 2019 -- Officials unfurled the flag of the new Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency yesterday during a ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia, one day before the agency officially opened for business.
Command and control of AFCENT from Shaw, not CAOCCENTCOM 01 Oct 2019 -- In a historic first, Airmen geographically separated from the Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar executed all aspects of command and control of U.S. Air Forces Central Command's air power from the United States.
Navy Reestablishes Submarine Group 2NNS 01 Oct 2019 -- Taking another important step in response to the reemergence of great power competition, the Navy reestablished Commander, Submarine Group (SUBGRU) 2 in Norfolk, Virginia. Sept. 30 following its disestablishment in August 2014.
China's grand military parade showcases confidence, transparency, stokes patriotismGlobal Times 01 Oct 2019 -- A grand military parade and a mass pageantry marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) were held in Beijing on Tuesday that featured the country's most sophisticated weaponry and spectacular performances, while patriotism and pride swelled among Chinese as they celebrated the country's seven decades of achievement under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
China debuts most advanced ICBM DF-41 at paradeGlobal Times 01 Oct 2019 -- China's most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the DF-41, made its debut at the National Day parade in Beijing on Tuesday, which Chinese military experts said is a message to the world that China has sufficient and reliable strategic nuclear power to respond to any "nuclear blackmail" from any country.
DF-17 ballistic missile makes debut at National Day paradeGlobal Times 01 Oct 2019 -- China showcased the new DF-17, a ballistic missile said to be hypersonic with a very high defense penetration capability, for the first time at the National Day parade on Tuesday, with Chinese military expert saying that it is almost impossible to be intercepted by enemies.
Z-20 helicopter confirmed in Chinese military serviceGlobal Times 01 Oct 2019 -- China's domestically made utility helicopter, the Z-20, made its debut at the National Day parade on Tuesday, a move that confirmed its active service status within the Chinese military.
China unveils new H-6N bomber with extended range, extra capabilitiesGlobal Times 01 Oct 2019 -- China's latest bomber, the H-6N with refueling capability, made its debut at the National Day parade in Beijing on Tuesday, and Chinese military analysts said that the new bomber's ability to take aerial refueling can give it a much longer operational range compared to its predecessor H-6K.
China's newest tank, the Type 15, makes parade debutGlobal Times 01 Oct 2019 -- Excelling at combat in a variety of terrains including high-elevation plateaus, forests and wetland, China's latest tank, the Type 15, rolled past Tiananmen Square in its first debut to the general public on Tuesday during the National Day parade.
Chinese military commissions GJ-11 stealth attack droneGlobal Times 01 Oct 2019 -- The Gongji-11 (GJ-11) stealth attack drone, capable of attacking strategic targets without being detected, was showcased at Tuesday's National Day parade, indicating it is in active Chinese military service.
How Does It Feel? Zarif Gets No Sympathy For Not Being Able To Travel In New YorkRFE/RL 01 Oct 2019 -- When Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted pictures of himself video-chatting with the country's United Nations envoy, who is in a New York hospital fighting cancer, he wanted to highlight U.S. travel restrictions on him and gain sympathy at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.
IS Foreign Women Smuggled Out in Northeastern Syria CampVOA 01 Oct 2019 -- A group of intruders who disguised themselves as security forces protecting al-Hol refugee camp in northeastern Syria have helped smuggle out several women affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) fighters, local authorities told VOA.
Turkey's patience with US over safe zone in northern Syria running out: ErdoganPress TV 01 Oct 2019 -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey's patience with the United States over the creation of a so-called safe zone in the northeastern part of Syria by the end of the current month is running out, indicating that Ankara would launch an imminent cross-border offensive to push back militants from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) from border areas.
UN: Refugees Sailing from Bangladesh, Myanmar Face Greater Perils at SeaRadio Free Asia 01 Oct 2019 -- Nearly 1,600 refugees and asylum seekers sailed the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea between January 2018 and June 2019, UNHCR said in a report Tuesday, noting that the journeys resumed after a two-year lapse but have become more deadly than in previous years.
Tanzania Urged Not to Deport Refugees to BurundiVOA 01 Oct 2019 -- The U.N. refugee agency is urging Tanzania's government not to forcibly deport tens of thousands of Burundian political refugees to their home country, where it says their lives would be at risk.
Pompeo Accuses House Democrats of Trying to 'Bully' His AgencyVOA 01 Oct 2019 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused House Democrats of trying to intimidate the State Department by scheduling depositions from agency officials in connection with President Donald Trump's phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart.
Australia Confirms Trump Asked for Help to Investigate Mueller Probe OriginVOA 01 Oct 2019 -- Australia has confirmed that U.S. President Donald Trump asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison to help investigate the origins of the Mueller report. The request to assist an investigation led by Attorney General William Barr reportedly came shortly before Morrison's visit to the United States last week.
Chinese-American accused by US of spying for BeijingPress TV 01 Oct 2019 -- A naturalized US citizen of Chinese descent working as a tour guide near San Francisco, California, has been charged by US officials of being an agent of the Chinese government and providing China with classified US national security information.
DPRK, U.S. to hold working-level talks on Oct. 5People's Daily 01 Oct 2019 -- Pyongyang and Washington have agreed to have preliminary contact on Oct. 4 and hold working-level negotiations on Oct. 5, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un Sends Greetings to General Secretary of CPC Central CommitteeKCNA 01 Oct 2019 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, sent a message of greeting to Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and president of the People's Republic of China (PRC), on Tuesday.
Yachen Gar Demolition Has Displaced As Many as 6,000 Monks and NunsRadio Free/wmd/library/news/china/2019/ Asia 01 Oct 2019 -- China's ongoing demolition at the Yachen Gar Tibetan Buddhist center in Sichuan province has removed "five to six thousand homes" and led to the eviction of a similar number of monks and nuns, a source in the region told RFA's Tibetan Service on Tuesday.
Hong Kong police shoot protester as riots continuePress TV 01 Oct 2019 -- Police in Hong Kong have shot an anti-government protester, the first such shooting in nearly four months since the onset of demonstrations that plunged the semi-autonomous Chinese city into chaos.
Taiwan government rejects Xi's 'one country, two systems'CNA 01 Oct 2019 -- As Beijing celebrated its National Day on Tuesday, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) reiterated that Taiwan has never been part of China and rejects the "one country, two systems" framework proposed by Beijing as a future path for cross-strait relations.
Azerbaijan, U.S. Soldiers Work Together as the Opposing Force at Saber JunctionArmy News 30 Sep 2019 -- As the last of the tanks and military vehicles streamed into the quiet town of Kittensee, a trove of heavily armed soldiers quickly set up defensive positions on rooftops, homes and roads triggering the beginning of a forceful occupation. This was the simulated scenario that took place at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.
Rapid Trident 19 demonstrates multinational proficiency in UkraineArmy News 30 Sep 2019 -- From the raising of the U.S. and Ukraine flags on Sept. 13, 2019, to the lowering of the flags on Sept. 28, 2019, hard work and intense multinational training with over 3,700 Soldiers from 14 different nations, Rapid Trident 2019 came to a close in Yavoriv, Ukraine.
VFA 131 "Wildcats" Ready to Fight TonightNNS 30 Sep 2019 -- The "Wildcats" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131, assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, are integrating with the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) for Tailored Ship's Training Availability/Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP) as Carrier Strike Group 10 prepares for the battle ahead.
CS-7: Ready for CombatNNS 30 Sep 2019 -- Combat System's Anti-Ship Missile Defense (CS-7) division is ready for sea aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) after completing a successful Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) launch, Sept. 11.
Ike's Damage Control TestedNNS 30 Sep 2019 -- As the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) conducts Tailored Ship's Training Availability and Final Evaluation Problems (TSTA/FEP), the crew must undergo a variety of tests in order to qualify for full integration into a carrier strike group.
CSG 10 ships conduct Live Fire with a PurposeNNS 30 Sep 2019 -- Ships assigned to Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 10 launched a Standard Missile (SM) 2 or Rolling-Airframe Missile (RAM)at an aerial target during a Live Fire With A Purpose (LFWAP) event, Sept. 11-12.
IKE Completes Final Pre-Deployment TestNNS 30 Sep 2019 -- The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) took another step toward becoming a deployment-ready naval vessel, after returning to Norfolk upon completion of Tailored Ship's Training Availability/Final Evaluation Problem (TSTA/FEP) Sept. 29.
Repairs Coming for Naval Ordnance Test Unit Wharf at Port CanaveralNNS 30 Sep 2019 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast awarded a $34.6 million firm-fixed-price contract Sept. 27, to Triton Marine Construction Corporation from Bremerton, Washington, for repairs to the Naval Ordnance Test Unit (NOTU) Poseidon Wharf located at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Ike: Restocked and LoadedNNS 30 Sep 2019 -- Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) line the edges of the flight deck and peer out from the hangar bay as the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195) pulls alongside Ike, Sept. 23.
Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group Visits CSG-10 and Mighty IkeNNS 30 Sep 2019 -- Commodore Mike Utley, Order of the British Empire Royal Navy, Queen Elizabeth Carrier Strike Group, and Capt. Steve Moorhouse, Order of the British Empire Royal Navy, Her Majesty's Ship (HMS) Queen Elizabeth, visited Carrier Strike Group Ten and the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), Sept. 27.
31st Fighter Wing executes Rapid Buzzard exerciseUS Air Force 30 Sep 2019 -- U.S. Air Force Airmen and F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing executed a rapid deployment to Graf Ignatievo Air Base, Bulgaria, to conduct "hot-pit" refueling and participate in the bilateral training exercise, Rapid Buzzard, with the Bulgarian Air Force, Sept. 24-27.
Russian Army Gets First New T-90M TanksSputnik 30 Sep 2019 -- The Russian army has begun to receive modernised T-90M tanks, Oleg Salyukov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Ground Forces, said in an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.
China's military strength guarantees world peace, stabilityGlobal Times 30 Sep 2019 -- The New York Times published an article on Saturday titled "Tanks, Missiles and No Pigeons: China to Celebrate 70th Birthday of the People's Republic." The article, written by Steven Lee Myers, said Chinese authorities have banned homing pigeons before the upcoming National Day parade on Tuesday.
India's Top Commander Visits China Border Amid Rising Tensions Over LadakhSputnik 30 Sep 2019 -- Indian Army's top commander has visited the disputed region of Ladakh several times in past few weeks. The visits came amid limited faceoff between India and China following New Delhi's decision to scrap Jammu and Kashmir's special status and split Ladakh into a separate administrative territory.
Zelenskiy Dismisses Senior Ukrainian Security OfficialRFE/RL 30 Sep 2019 -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has dismissed the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council from his post, according to a decree published on the president's official website.
Syria, Iraq Officially Reopen Albukamel Border Crossing Closed Since 2014VOA 30 Sep 2019 -- Syrian and Iraqi officials gathered Monday along the northern Albukamel border crossing to officially reopen it to traffic after being closed since 2014. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mehdi agreed to reopen the Iraqi side of the once-Islamic State-controlled border crossing last week.
U.N. Calls for Myanmar to End Internet Blackout in Rakhine StateRadio Free Asia 30 Sep 2019 -- A United Nations (U.N.) office in Yangon, Myanmar Monday urged the country to end an internet shutdown in the northern part of Rakhine state that has left more than 600,000 residents without internet access for more than three months.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan Declares Holy War Over KashmirSputnik 30 Sep 2019 -- After his campaign on behalf of Kashmiris at the United Nations National Assembly and with world leaders, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan returned to Islamabad on Sunday (29 September) to a rousing welcome by his cabinet and party colleagues, as well as a large number of party workers.
Lawyers Express Safety Concerns For Trump WhistleblowerVOA 30 Sep 2019 -- Lawyers representing a whistleblower whose complaint has sparked an impeachment inquiry of U.S. President Donald Trump are stressing the need to protect the person's identity, while the president says he deserves to "meet my accuser."
US House to intensify Trump's impeachment inquiryPress TV 30 Sep 2019 -- The US House of Representatives in Congress plans to intensify this week the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump over his request that a foreign power investigate a domestic political rival with testimony due from witnesses concerning allegations made by a whistleblower within the US intelligence community.
Trump Wants To Meet His 'Accuser' As Congress Moves Swiftly On Impeachment ProbeRFE/RL 30 Sep 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump wants to face his "accuser" in a rebuke of a whistle-blower's account that he pressured Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskiy to investigate a political rival, which prompted a congressional impeachment inquiry that is scheduled to start hearings and depositions this week.
Treasury Targets Assets of Russian Financier who Attempted to Influence 2018 U.S. ElectionsUS Treasury 30 Sep 2019 -- "Today, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action against Russian actors that attempted to influence the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, though there was no indication that foreign actors were able to compromise election infrastructure that would have prevented voting, changed vote counts, or disrupted the tallying of votes."
Ex-Adviser Bolton Repeats Call for War With North Korea, Despite Firing by TrumpSputnik 30 Sep 2019 -- Even though US President Donald Trump showed him the door earlier this month, former national security adviser John Bolton hasn't backed away from his differences with the president, telling academics and policy wonks Monday that North Korea won't give up nuclear weapons and regime change may be the only option.
EU has no right to opt for JCPOA snap-back: SpoxIRNA 30 Sep 2019 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Monday that the EU partners have no right to opt for snap-back about their commitments to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action endorsed by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231.
Iran awards contracts to push ahead with major oil pipeline projectPress TV 30 Sep 2019 -- Iran has awarded contracts to three domestic engineering firms for manufacturing giant pumping devices needed for a major pipeline project that would transfer Iran's oil from export terminals southwest of the country to the coast of the Sea of Oman, in the southeast.
Saudi leaders sent messages to Iran's president: SpokesmanPress TV 30 Sep 2019 -- The spokesman for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's administration has confirmed that Saudi leaders have been sending messages to Iran's president through a head of state, though refraining to give any details on the nature of those messages.
US now pursuing 'maximum begging'IRNA 30 Sep 2019 -- Iran says the US so-called maximum pressure campaign has now turned into "maximum begging" by Washington to negotiate with Iran once again.
Keeping original aspiration, CPC creates glorious achievementsPeople's Daily 30 Sep 2019 -- "The original aspiration and the mission of Chinese Communists is to seek happiness for the Chinese people and rejuvenation for the Chinese nation. This original aspiration, this mission, is what inspires Chinese Communists to advance."
China's President Xi Honors Late Chairman on Eve of Military ParadeRadio Free Asia 30 Sep 2019 -- Chinese president Xi Jinping paid his respects at the tomb of late supreme leader Mao Zedong on Monday, on the eve of massive celebrations of the ruling Chinese Communist Party's 70th anniversary in power and amid tight controls on movement and expression.