07 November 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 07 Nov 2014 [PDF]
- Statement by the Press Secretary on the Deployment of Additional U.S. Military Personnel to Iraq The White House 07 Nov 2014
- US to Deploy 1,500 More Troops to Iraq VOA 07 Nov 2014 -- The U.S. will deploy an additional 1,500 troops to Iraq to advise and train the Iraqi military to bolster its ability to counter the threat posed by militants associated with the so-called Islamic State, the Pentagon said Friday.
- Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby on the Authorization to Deploy Additional Forces to Iraq DoD 07 Nov 2014 -- The commander in chief has authorized Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to deploy to Iraq up to 1,500 additional U.S. personnel over the coming months, in a non-combat role, to expand our advise and assist mission and initiate a comprehensive training effort for Iraqi forces.
- President Authorizes Additional Troops for Counter-ISIL Effort AFPS 07 Nov 2014 -- As part of the strategy to defeat terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, President Barack Obama authorized Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to deploy up to 1,500 additional troops to Iraq, the Pentagon press secretary announced today.
- FACT SHEET: The Administration's Strategy to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Updated FY 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations Request The White House 07 Nov 2014
- Background Conference Call on the Administration's Request for Overseas Contingency Operations The White House 07 Nov 2014
- President to Request Additional Contingency Funds to Stop ISIL AFPS 07 Nov 2014 -- President Barack Obama plans to submit an updated request for fiscal year 2015 overseas contingency operations funds as the effort to defeat terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant moves into its next phase, White House officials announced today.
- Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 07 Nov 2014 -- U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq over the last three days, U.S. Central Command officials reported today.
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Rear Adm. Kirby in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 07 Nov 2014 -- Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby
- Things you (probably) didn't know about Operation al-Fajr USMC News 07 Nov 2014 -- In March of 2004, I Marine Expeditionary Force assumed full responsibility for the security of Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from the U.S. Army's 82d Airborne Division.
- Over 600 US Military Personnel Exposed to Chemical Agents in Iraq: Reports RIA Novosti 07 Nov 2014 -- The Pentagon has acknowledged that more than 600 US military personnel reported being exposed to chemical agents while on duty in Iraq, The New York Times reported Thursday.
- NATO's New Secretary General Visits Afghanistan AFPS 07 Nov 2014 -- NATO's new secretary general visited Afghan and coalition special operations troops in Afghanistan and worked with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the way ahead in the country.
- MEB-A Marines return home from Afghanistan USMC News 07 Nov 2014 -- Marines and sailors with Marine Expeditionary Brigade - Afghanistan returned home from a historic deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to their families at a homecoming ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Nov. 6, 2014.
- NATO Secretary General tells ISAF troops: 'You have made a difference' NATO 07 Nov 2014 -- As NATO prepares to complete the ISAF mission at the end of the year, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg visited ISAF troops in the south, west and north of Afghanistan to thank them for their dedicated service and their sacrifice over the last 13 years.
- US, Liberia Open 1st Ebola Treatment Unit for Health Workers VOA 07 Nov 2014 -- The U.S. and Liberian governments have opened a 25-bed Ebola treatment unit outside Monrovia to treat health workers infected with the virus. Providing high-quality care is considered key to recruiting local Liberian staff and persuading much-needed Western health workers to come battle the Ebola epidemic.
- Airlift squadron established for Ebola response in Senegal AFNS 07 Nov 2014 -- More than 35 Airmen and two C-130J Super Hercules from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, arrived here this week to establish the 787th Air Expeditionary Squadron and to fly humanitarian cargo into Liberia as part of Operation United Assistance, the mission to fight Ebola in West Africa.
- AF program provides needed supplies in fight against Ebola AFNS 07 Nov 2014 -- Urgently needed supplies are quickly getting to those fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, thanks to experts with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center's Air Force Contract Augmentation Program.
- DoD Sets Policy for Troops, Civilians Returning from Ebola Areas AFPS 07 Nov 2014 -- Pentagon officials released guidance today outlining a 21-day "controlled monitoring" policy for Defense Department personnel returning from areas where the Ebola virus is present.
Defense Policy / Programs
- USS John Paul Jones Successfully Completes Missile Defense Test NNS 07 Nov 2014 -- Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) successfully conducted a flight test from the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii, of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), Nov. 6.
- USS Laboon Sets Course for Exercise Bold Alligator 2014 NNS 07 Nov 2014 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) departed Naval Station Norfolk Nov. 4 to participate in Exercise Bold Alligator 2014 (BA14).
- Lewis B. Puller Successfully Completes Float-Off NNS 07 Nov 2014 -- The Navy's third Mobile Landing Platform (MLP), Lewis B. Puller successfully completed launch and float-off at the General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) shipyard Nov. 6.
- F-35C Initial At-Sea Testing Progressing Aboard USS Nimitz NNS 07 Nov 2014 -- The F-35C Lightning II, the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, continues initial sea trials aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) off the coast of Southern California.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's meeting with the Danish Minister of Defense Nicolai Wammen DoD 07 Nov 2014
- DoD Advances Information Technology to Lower Costs AFPS 07 Nov 2014 -- The Defense Department is pushing forward on information technology such as cloud computing, smartphones and apps, the Joint Information Environment, and data access to improve the mission and reduce costs, the Pentagon's acting chief information officer said yesterday.
- CSG 12 Commander Visits USS Forrest Sherman as Divers Use New Cofferdam for Underwater Hub Change Out NNS 07 Nov 2014 -- Carrier Strike Group 12's commander visited Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) during an underwater hub change out at Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC), Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, Nov. 5.
- Bold Alligator Demos 'One Team, One Fight' NNS 07 Nov 2014 -- Brazilian marines from the Brazilian Marine Fleet Force and Marines from 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines are currently embarked on amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), and took part in a serial rehearsal Nov. 1 as a part of multinational exercise Bold Alligator 2014 (BA14).
- NHCP Holds LARC Training for Providers NNS 07 Nov 2014 -- Representatives from the Women's Health Office at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery gave training to healthcare providers from Naval Base San Diego and surrounding branch clinics on long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC), Oct. 28.
- AF awards new launch, test range service contract AFNS 07 Nov 2014 -- The Air Force awarded the Launch and Test Range Integrated Service Contract (LISC) to RGNext on Nov. 6. The total contract value, including all potential options and potential award fee is $2 billion. LISC will provide the government with a single prime contractor responsible and accountable for operations, organizational- and depot-level maintenance, as well as sustainment at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
- Military Sealift Command Consolidates Headquarters in Norfolk NNS 07 Nov 2014 -- Military Sealift Command (MSC) received approval Oct. 30 to officially begin geographically consolidating at Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, a single headquarters that since 2012 has been physically split between the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., and NS Norfolk.
- Indonesia Shows Interest in Buying Russian-Made Military Equipment RIA Novosti 07 Nov 2014 -- Indonesia shows great interest towards the products of Russia's defense industry, a spokesperson for Russia's state-owned high-tech Rostec Corporation told RIA Novosti Friday.
- Russia to hold joint drills with Japan, India: Official Iran Press TV 07 Nov 2014 -- The Russian Defense Ministry says it is examining plans to conduct joint military exercises with India and Japan in 2015.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 11/7/2014 The White House 07 Nov 2014
- November 7, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 07 Nov 2014
- 7 November 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 07 Nov 2014
- Turkey-bound ships take militants to Iraq, Syria: Interpol Iran Press TV 07 Nov 2014 -- Foreign terrorists are increasingly going to Turkey through booking tickets on cruise ships to join Takfiri groups in neighboring Syria and Iraq, Interpol has warned.
- Iraq air force hits ISIL positions in Anbar, Salahuddin provinces Iran Press TV 07 Nov 2014 -- Iraq says its air force has hit a number of ISIL positions in Salahuddin and Anbar provinces north of the capital, Baghdad.
- 5 soldiers slain in fresh East Ukraine fighting Iran Press TV 07 Nov 2014 -- Ukraine says at least five government soldiers have been killed in fresh exchanges of fire with pro-Russia forces in its eastern regions in 24 hours.
- Kyiv Says 200 Rebels Killed, Russian Tanks, Troops Cross Over Border RFE/RL 07 Nov 2014 -- Ukrainian authorities say artillery fired by government forces has killed up to 200 pro-Russian separatists in the country's east amid reports of Russian tanks and soldiers crossing the border.
- Poroshenko: Ukraine Yet to Receive Payment for Russian Gas Transit RIA Novosti 07 Nov 2014 -- Kiev has not yet received payment for Russian gas transit to Europe in September and October, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday in a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- Kyiv: Russian Weapons, Troops Are in East Ukraine VOA 07 Nov 2014 -- Ukraine says Russia has sent dozens of tanks, heavy weapons, ammunitions and soldiers into Kremlin-backed eastern Ukraine.
- China, Japan acknowledge differences, agree to resume dialogue People's Daily 07 Nov 2014 -- China and Japan agreed Friday to gradually resume political, diplomatic and security dialogue while acknowledging different positions on the Diaoyu Islands.
- China, Japan Agree to Expand Dialogue VOA 07 Nov 2014 -- China and Japan have agreed to ramp up dialogue, a move that could represent a breakthrough in long-frosty ties between the world's second- and third-largest economies.
- Darfur: UN envoy on sexual violence urges immediate access for probe into alleged mass rapes UN News Centre 07 Nov 2014 -- The United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict expressed concern today about allegations circulating in Darfur local media over the mass rape of 200 women and girls in a town in region's North, calling on the Government of Sudan to allow "immediate and unhindered" access for an investigation.
- Chairman Says Israel Acted Responsibly in Gaza Operation AFPS 07 Nov 2014 -- Israel went to 'extraordinary lengths' to limit civilian casualties during the conflict in Gaza earlier this year, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday.
- South Sudan peace negotiations resume in Ethiopia Iran Press TV 07 Nov 2014 -- Peace talks between South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and the country's rebel leader, Riek Machar, have resumed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
- Ansarullah fighters drive al-Qaeda out of Yemen town Iran Press TV 07 Nov 2014 -- Fighters from the Shia Houthi Ansarullah movement in Yemen have flushed out al-Qaeda-linked militants from a town in the Arab country's strategic western province of al-Hudaydah.
- 14,000 Muslims forced to leave Myanmar: Rights groups Iran Press TV 07 Nov 2014 -- Rights groups say thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been forced to leave Myanmar in the last three weeks due to a new controversial government plan.
- UN rights chief condemns 'disinformation campaign' to discredit Sri Lanka probe UN News Centre 07 Nov 2014 -- The top United Nations rights official today criticized the continuing attacks by the Sri Lankan Government on the integrity of the ongoing investigation being carried out by his Office into alleged grave human rights abuses in the country, and condemned 'insidious attempts' to intimidate those wishing to cooperate with the probe.
- Safe Burial Procedures Key to Reducing Ebola Spread VOA 07 Nov 2014 -- Safe burial procedures are considered key to reducing the transmission of Ebola in the three most heavily infected West African states. The World Health Organization (WHO) says it has developed new burial protocols, which are in line with the cultural and religious beliefs of Ebola-infected communities in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
- UN refines Ebola response amid efforts to bring outbreak under control by 1 December UN News Centre 07 Nov 2014 -- The United Nations health agency today announced a new burial protocol for Ebola victims aimed at reducing the risk of exposure to the disease for family members as they bury their loved ones in accordance with religious rites amid Organization-wide efforts to control the deadly outbreak by a 1 December deadline.
- Iran receives $6.1 billion in frozen oil revenues Iran Press TV 07 Nov 2014 -- Iran has so far received a total of USD 6.1 billion in frozen oil revenues thanks to an interim nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of world powers, which allows the partial release of the blocked Iranian funds.
- Russia hackers infiltrate software running vital US industries: Report Iran Press TV 07 Nov 2014 -- The US Department of Homeland Security says Russian hackers have infiltrated much of the critical infrastructure in the United States, according to a report.
- Report Says Obama Wrote Iranian Leader About Fighting IS RFE/RL 07 Nov 2014 -- A report in 'The Wall Street Journal' newspaper says U.S. President Barack Obama secretly wrote to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in October about fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria.
- German Intelligence Says Islamic State's Oil Power Overestimated: Reports RIA Novosti 07 Nov 2014 -- German intelligence estimates show that the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group's oil production capacity has sharply declined since August, leaving the group with much less economic power than previously assessed, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported.
- Efforts Underway to Stop Syria's Foreign Fighters From Bringing Violence Home VOA 07 Nov 2014 -- The United States and its partners are focusing their military might on stopping the spread of the group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and on disrupting IS operations in Syria. Behind the scenes, however, efforts also are underway to prevent the violence from spreading back to Europe and the United States.
- Islamic State May Be Preparing Lone Wolf Attacks in India: Reports RIA Novosti 07 Nov 2014 -- Indian intelligence agencies warned police to beef up security at foreign diplomatic missions in the country due to possible terrorist attacks orchestrated by the Islamic State (IS), The Times of India reported Friday.
- UK Police Say Efforts to Combat Terrorism Impeded by Influx of Migrants RIA Novosti 07 Nov 2014 -- High immigration rates in the United Kingdom are impeding the efforts of local police to combat terrorism, that country's most senior police official reports.
- UK spy agencies snooping on lawyers: Official documents Iran Press TV 07 Nov 2014 -- Official documents reveal that British spy agencies have been routinely intercepting legally-protected communications between lawyers and their clients.
- Japan Restarts Kagoshima Nuclear Plant Amid Public Debate RIA Novosti 07 Nov 2014 -- The government of Japan's Kagoshima prefecture has finalized the approval for the restart of two reactors at Sendai atomic power station Friday, which is the first nuclear plant relaunch since the 2011 Fukushima incident.
- South Korea Replaces Coastguard After Ferry Disaster RIA Novosti 07 Nov 2014 -- South Korea's National Assembly has voted to disband the country's coastguard, as part of a package of laws intended to prevent future accidents like the ferry disaster which killed more than 300 people in April.
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