06 November 2014 Military News
- Obama Says He'll Work With Outgoing Congress On New War Powers RFE/RL 06 Nov 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says he will work with the outgoing U.S. Congress on new war powers to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
- Obama to Ask Congress to Authorize Fight Against Islamic State VOA 06 Nov 2014 -- When U.S. President Barack Obama meets Friday with congressional leaders about their legislative plans, he said he'll seek specific authorization for the airstrikes being conducted by a U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.
- Chairman Says People of Iraq, Syria Will Defeat ISIL AFPS 06 Nov 2014 -- The people of Iraq and Syria will reject and ultimately defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.
- Centcom Chief Notes 'Significant' Progress in ISIL Fight AFPS 06 Nov 2014 -- Three months after the United States began conducting airstrikes against terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the top U.S. military commander for the Middle East today described the progress made toward degrading and destroying the group as "significant."
- US Targets Khorasan Group with Airstrikes VOA 06 Nov 2014 -- The American general leading the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq says U.S. forces have carried out more strikes against a cell of al-Qaida militants known as the Khorasan group. The Pentagon has said the organization, which is also linked to another al-Qaida-affiliated group, the Nusra Front, was plotting attacks against Europe and the United States.
- Airstrikes in Syria Target Khorasan Group Terrorist Network AFPS 06 Nov 2014 -- U.S. military forces conducted airstrikes last night against five Khorasan Group targets near Sarmada, Syria, U.S. Central Command officials reported today.
- NATO and Afghanistan ready to open new chapter, NATO Secretary General stresses in Kabul NATO 06 Nov 2014 -- ISAF has achieved what it set out to do and NATO is now ready to open a new chapter in its relationship with Afghanistan, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said today [Thursday, 6 November] in Kabul, after meeting President Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul.
- NATO Secretary General in Afghanistan to mark NATO's commitment beyond 2014 NATO 06 Nov 2014 -- The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is visiting Afghanistan to take stock of the progress made during the thirteen-year ISAF mission, which will be completed at the end of the year, to thank international and Afghan troops, and to reaffirm NATO's continued engagement, including through the launch of the new mission Resolute Support on January 1.
- NATO Chief Vows Continued Support For Afghan Forces RFE/RL 06 Nov 2014 -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has vowed during a visit to Kabul that the alliance will continue to support Afghanistan after foreign combat troops withdraw by the end of the year.
- NATO Chief Pledges Continued Support to Afghanistan RIA Novosti 06 Nov 2014 -- NATO's relationship with Afghanistan will enter a 'new chapter' as the alliance's ongoing mission in the country ends on December 31 and a new non-combat mission comes into force, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a joint press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
- NATO Chief to Afghans on Surprise Visit: 'You Will Not Stand Alone' VOA 06 Nov 2014 -- The new head of NATO made an unannounced visit to Kabul on Thursday, telling Afghans that the Western military alliance would continue supporting the country after foreign combat troops withdraw at the end of the year.
- Pakistan summons US ambassador over report Iran Press TV 06 Nov 2014 -- Islamabad has summoned the US ambassador to Pakistan in protest against a recent report by the US Department of Defense that accuses Pakistan of providing a safe haven for militant groups in the region.
- Pakistan Disputes US on Militant Sanctuaries VOA 06 Nov 2014 -- Pakistan has rejected as 'utterly baseless' U.S. allegations that it still has sanctuaries for militants that are detrimental to Afghan and regional stability.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Kuwaiti Detainee Released After Nearly 13 Years at Guantanamo VOA 06 Nov 2014 -- A Kuwaiti prisoner was released from the U.S. naval base at Cuba's Guantanamo Bay on Wednesday, leaving nearly 150 detainees in the island's controversial military facility.
- Navy Christens Littoral Combat Ship Montgomery DoD 06 Nov 2014 -- The Navy will christen littoral combat ship (LCS) Montgomery Nov. 8 during a ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.
- USS Columbia Visits Yokosuka During Western Pacific Deployment NNS 06 Nov 2014 -- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Columbia arrived in Yokosuka, Japan, Nov. 5, for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.
- US, Dutch Explosive Ordnance Disposal Techs Unite to Thwart Simulated IED NNS 06 Nov 2014 -- U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians joined their Dutch counterparts during a coalition forces training event held at Bogue Field in support of exercise Bold Alligator, Nov. 4.
- Bogue Field FOB Hosts Distinguished Visitors During Bold Alligator NNS 06 Nov 2014 -- Sailors assigned to Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) and tenant commands welcomed an entourage of high-profile military officials for a tour of a simulated forward operating base (FOB) during exercise Bold Alligator at Bogue Field, Nov. 5.
- Rotational Force Will Arrive for Deactivating 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team DoD 06 Nov 2014 -- The secretary of defense approved the deactivation of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea.
- Truman Enters Norfolk Naval Shipyard NNS 06 Nov 2014 -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transited the Elizabeth River and entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) Nov. 5 to begin its carrier incremental availability.
- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Officially Opens Aegis Ashore Team Trainer Facility NNS 06 Nov 2014 -- The Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS), and Surface Warfare, Naval Sea Systems Command Surface Training Systems Program Office hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Aegis Ashore Team Trainer (AATT) Facility in Gallery Hall on board Naval Air Station Oceana Dam Neck Annex November 6.
- NSWC Crane Bolstering Cybersecurity for Marine Corps Intelligence NNS 06 Nov 2014 -- Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) is using its expertise in cybersecurity to support Program Manager Marine Intelligence (PMMI) at Marine Corps Systems Command located in Quantico, Virginia.
- China military reaches key decision to strengthen auditing People's Daily 06 Nov 2014 -- The auditing office for the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has been put under the direct management of the Central Military Commission (CMC), a move to heighten its independence and authority as part of the army's efficiency drive.
- Conditions for Mistral Delivery to Russia Not Met: French PM RIA Novosti 06 Nov 2014 -- The conditions for delivery of French-built Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia have not been met, AFP reported Thursday citing French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
- France to begin arms shipment to Lebanon in 2015 Iran Press TV 06 Nov 2014 -- France will start delivering arms to Lebanon's military in the first quarter of 2015, a French Defense Ministry source says.
- November 6, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 06 Nov 2014
- Press Briefing by the Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 11/6/2014 The White House 06 Nov 2014
- DoD News: Contracts for November 06, 2014
- Norinco Group to participate in Airshow China for the first time People's Daily 06 Nov 2014 -- China North Industries Group Corporation (Norinco Group) is going all out in preparation for the upcoming 10th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China), according to a press release from the company on Oct. 30, 2014. e
- 6 November 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 06 Nov 2014
- On International Day, UN urges protection of environment from ravages of war UN News Centre 06 Nov 2014 -- From the contamination of land to the plundering of natural resources, the environment has long been a "silent casualty" of war, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today as he warned that the fast-changing dynamic of contemporary conflict required steadfast solutions for future peacebuilding and sustainable development.
- Syrian army inflicts losses on ISIL Iran Press TV 06 Nov 2014 -- The Syrian army has come out victorious in more battles against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
- Libya: UN studying Supreme Court ruling against Parliament, calls for political consensus UN News Centre 06 Nov 2014 -- The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said today that it is closely monitoring the situation in the North African country, following a Supreme Court ruling that declared the national Parliament unconstitutional.
- Libya Constitutional Court dissolves parliament Iran Press TV 06 Nov 2014 -- Libya's Constitutional Court has announced the dissolution of the country's UN-backed parliament amid the continued operation of another legislature in the capital, Tripoli.
- Libya High Court Orders Parliament to Dissolve VOA 06 Nov 2014 -- Libya's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the country's internationally recognized parliament is invalid, adding to an already tumultuous political scene in the deeply fractured North African state.
- ISIS's latest threat: laying landmines IRIN 06 Nov 2014 -- Militants from the group calling itself Islamic State (IS) are booby-trapping land and buildings with improvised explosive device (IEDs), creating new misery for displaced Iraqi families trying to return home and adding to dangers for government forces working on the front line.
- Army forces fight off ISIL terrorists in northern Iraq Iran Press TV 06 Nov 2014 -- Military forces in Iraq have managed to retake control of a village in the north of the country from the Takfiri ISIL group.
- Moscow accuses Kiev of breaching peace deal Iran Press TV 06 Nov 2014 -- Russia has accused the Ukrainian government of breaching a peace accord aimed at putting an end to heavy clashes in Ukraine's eastern parts.
- Ukraine sets passport regime for volatile east Iran Press TV 06 Nov 2014 -- Ukraine has imposed passport controls around volatile pro-Russia areas in the country's east.
- Donetsk Faces Kiev's Full-Scale Military Action: DPR Leader RIA Novosti 06 Nov 2014 -- The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has to defend itself as Kiev de-facto resumed a full-scale military action in eastern Ukraine, DPR leader Andrei Purgin said Thursday.
- Self-Defense Forces Say Tank Attack on Donetsk Suburb Repelled RIA Novosti 06 Nov 2014 -- The pro-Kiev forces' tank attack on a suburb of Donetsk was repelled with at least five armored vehicles destroyed, self-defense forces said Thursday.
- Kiev's Military Actions in South-East Serious Breach of Geneva Agreement: Moscow RIA Novosti 06 Nov 2014 -- Kiev's deployment of troops in southeastern Ukraine is a serious breach of the agreement reached in Geneva in April, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.
- Urging political resolution, UN agency chief laments 'sheer unsustainability' of Gaza crisis UN News Centre 06 Nov 2014 -- The underlying tensions which have brought Israelis and Palestinians into regular conflict and subjected Gaza to repeated warfare must be addressed once and for all, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with assisting Palestinian refugees has urged.
- Security Boosted in Jerusalem Following Palestinian Attacks VOA 06 Nov 2014 -- Israel is tightening security in Jerusalem and the West Bank following a series of deadly incidents in which Palestinians rammed cars into Israelis.
- CAR Refugees Face Difficult Conditions in Cameroon VOA 06 Nov 2014 -- Close to 100,000 Central African Republicans who fled violence at home are taking refuge in Cameroon. But many are finding life in the refugee camps also difficult. Some are trying to start a new life by opening little businesses in Cameroonian villages - but face resistance.
- CAR Sectarian Violence Rising VOA 06 Nov 2014 -- The human rights group Amnesty International says U.N. peacekeepers must take bold action to protect civilians in Central African Republic. It says there's an escalating wave of sectarian violence throughout the country.
- South Sudan: UN Mulling Sanctions, Arms Embargo VOA 06 Nov 2014 -- The United Nations Security Council will 'look very closely' at imposing an arms embargo on South Sudan and sanctioning anyone who continues to block peace in the country, the head of the Security Council said this week.
- WH Won't Confirm or Deny Obama Sent Letter to Khamenei VOA 06 Nov 2014 -- The White House is not denying or confirming a newspaper report saying President Barack Obama sent a letter to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on the fight against the Islamic State.
- Dempsey Discusses Iran's Nuclear Ambitions AFPS 06 Nov 2014 -- Though the U.S. military will respond to the Iranian nuclear issue if asked, diplomatic resolution remains the preferable option, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.
- Column: Will US Election Results Undermine Iran Nuclear Talks? VOA 06 Nov 2014 -- Foreign policy – apart from scaremongering about Ebola and terrorism – was not a major issue in U.S. midterm elections. But the imminent Republican takeover of the Senate could impact whether the international community and Iran agree to a landmark deal in talks that are nearing a November 24 deadline.
- UN chief welcomes agreement aiming to restore democracy to Burkina Faso UN News Centre 06 Nov 2014 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the adoption of a new agreement by Burkinabé stakeholders which would see the West African country head towards a democratic transition in the wake of the recent constitutional crisis there.
- Burkina Faso Leader Rejects AU Demand on Relinquishing Power VOA 06 Nov 2014 -- Burkina Faso's army-appointed leader has rejected a demand from the African Union that he return power to a civilian-led government within two weeks or risk sanctions.
- Turkey's Erdogan Dismisses Opposition Criticism Regarding New Presidential Palace RIA Novosti 06 Nov 2014 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday has dismissed opposition criticism regarding the new presidential palace recently built in Ankara.
- China warns HK ex-governor against provoking protesters Iran Press TV 06 Nov 2014 -- China has warned the ex-governor of Hong Kong against provoking anti-election law protesters in the region.
- Ebola: UN says experimental vaccine trials in West Africa could begin by January UN News Centre 06 Nov 2014 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said the Ebola crisis response "needs to scale up, get better and perform faster," as the UN health agency reported that if judged safe, larger scale trials of an experimental vaccine could be taken to hard-hit West African countries as early as January 2015.
- China plans 1,000 more staff to fight Ebola in Africa People's Daily 06 Nov 2014 -- China plans to send over 1,000 medical workers and experts to West Africa in the coming months in its latest bid to aid African countries' fight against the Ebola virus.
- Former Detainee: N. Korea Wanted Ex-US President to Intervene VOA 06 Nov 2014 -- An American who was detained in North Korea said Pyongyang told him to ask for a visit by a former U.S. president as a possible high-level envoy to secure his release.
- Lebanon: UN envoy expresses regret over Parliament term extension, stalled elections UN News Centre 06 Nov 2014 -- The United Nations envoy for Lebanon said today that the vote in Lebanon's Parliament yesterday to extend its mandate until 2017 had spared the country a "further serious vacuum," but, regretfully, elections had been postponed again amid mounting political insecurity.
- Parliament Speaker Says Shake-Up Won't Change Georgia's Course RFE/RL 06 Nov 2014 -- Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili says his coalition is stable despite the defection of one of the six parties and the exit of top ministers.
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