Russian Su-27s Force NATO`s F-18; Drone Attacks in Saudi Arabia; Anti-Taliban Operations
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on August 13 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Russian jets force NATO’s F-18 away from Shoigu’s plane over Baltic Sea
NATO’s F-18 jet tried to approach the plane of Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu over the international waters of the Baltic Sea only to be forced away by Russia’s Sukhoi-27 fighters, a TASS correspondent reported from onboard the Russian defense minister’s plane.
Shoigu’s plane was on the way from Kaliningrad to Moscow with an escort of two Sukhoi-27s of the Baltic Fleet. NATO’s F-18 tried to approach it over the international waters of the Baltic Sea but Russian fighters forced the jet away.
In Kaliningrad, Shoigu attended a stone-laying ceremony for a future branch of the Nakhimov Naval Academy and attended the Seaborne Assault competition at the Khmelevka proving ground.
Yemen’s Houthis launch drone attacks on Saudi Arabia
Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement launched drone attacks on the airport of Abha in southwest Saudi Arabia near the Yemeni border, the Houthis’ al-Masirah TV said on Twitter on Tuesday, Yeni Safak reported.
There was no mention of the attack in Saudi Arabia’s official media and Saudi officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Houthis, who control the Yemeni capital Sanaa and most of its populous areas, have stepped up attacks against targets in Saudi Arabia in recent months. In response, a Saudi-led coalition fighting against the Houthis has targeted military sites belonging to the group, especially around Sanaa.
The attacks are complicating U.N.-led peace efforts.
No pause in anti-Taliban operations, says Afghan government
The Afghan government led by President Ashraf Ghani and U.S. military officials have denied reports that U.S. personnel have been ordered to limit nearly all offensive combat operations against the Taliban, Yani Safak reported.
Talking to Anadolu Agency, Presidency Spokesman Sediq Seddiqi, said there was no truth in the reports. But, he admitted that ahead of the eighth round of talks between the U.S. and Taliban, U.S. peace negotiator Zalmay Khalilzad had shared details of the peace process with Kabul.
But he emphasized that no draft agreement was shared.
The Spokesman of the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) Col. Sonny Leggett also rejected reports of withholding operations against the Taliban. “This article [in Newsweek] is inaccurate and speculative, citing unnamed sources, who are likely as far from the subject, as they are from Afghanistan itself,” he said. The military official added that there were no such orders.
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Source: TASS, Yani Safak