10 November 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 10 Nov 2014 [PDF]
- Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 10 Nov 2014 -- U.S and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Nov. 7-10 using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 23 airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported today.
- Pentagon: Fate of Islamic State Leader Baghdadi Unclear VOA 10 Nov 2014 -- The Pentagon on Monday said it could not corroborate reports coming out of Iraq that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been hit in a recent airstrike by U.S.-led coalition forces, though it acknowledged a lower-level IS person might have been a casualty.
- LATEST: air strikes in Iraq UK MOD 10 Nov 2014 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.
- In Afghanistan, UN crime chief pledges support to combat 'disastrous' drug trade, corruption UN News Centre 10 Nov 2014 -- Visiting Kabul over the weekend, the head of the United Nations agency combating all forms of criminal activity, met with newly-elected President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and pledged support to counter the harmful effects of illicit drugs, organized crime and corruption on Afghanistan and its people.
- Transit Center opens to house Ebola response returnees AFNS 10 Nov 2014 -- The 633rd Air Base Wing here has established a precedent-setting controlled monitoring area to comfortably house and serve military personnel returning from missions combatting the Ebola virus in West Africa.
- Troops Establish Air Bridge for Ebola Response AFPS 10 Nov 2014 -- More than 35 airmen and two Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, arrived here recently to establish the 787th Air Expeditionary Squadron and fly humanitarian cargo into Liberia as part of Operation United Assistance, the mission to fight Ebola in West Africa.
- Ebola Response Hospital in Liberia Opens AFPS 10 Nov 2014 -- The Defense Department-provided, 25-bed hospital sent to Monrovia, Liberia, as part of the department's Ebola response efforts has officially opened and is completely staffed, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told reporters at the Pentagon today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's call with Indonesian Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu DoD 10 Nov 2014
- Exercise Keen Sword Aims to Improve U.S., Japan Combat Readiness, Interoperability NNS 10 Nov 2014 -- The George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) will be operating alongside their Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) counterparts during a bilateral field training exercise, Keen Sword 15, Nov. 11.
- Navy Reaches Out to Energy Industry Leaders for Innovative Ideas for GTMO NNS 10 Nov 2014 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast hosted over 100 energy experts and Navy leaders Nov. 5 in Jacksonville, Fla. to talk about a challenging energy project for Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- Yard Period Complete: Stennis Looks Ahead NNS 10 Nov 2014 -- Two Sailors listened attentively beneath the mast of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) for the whistle that would symbolize the end of one journey and the beginning of a new one.
- ISR aircraft hones in on strategic agility AFNS 10 Nov 2014 -- Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities have been in high demand from combatant commanders. In order to meet this new operational demand, Air Force officials answered the call back in 2008 by rapidly acquiring and deploying the MC-12W Liberty.
- DoD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for Fiscal 2014 DoD 10 Nov 2014 -- The Department of Defense announced today recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for fiscal 2014.
- 24th MEU wraps up PTP, ready for deployment USMC News 10 Nov 2014 -- The Marines and sailors of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit closed the book on another six-month pre-deployment training cycle after a successful amphibious assault on Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Oct. 27, 2014.
- Final Phase of 20th Annual CARAT Exercise Series Kicks Off in Brunei NNS 10 Nov 2014 -- The 20th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Brunei commenced at Maura Naval Base in Brunei, Nov. 10.
- Seabee UCT 2 Completes Construction Project for Philippine Navy Special Operations Group NNS 10 Nov 2014 -- Seabees from Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2 and sailors from the Philippine Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony of a joint reconstruction boat ramp at Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite City, Philippines, Nov. 5.
- South Korea, US hold largest joint drills since 1969 Iran Press TV 10 Nov 2014 -- South Korea has launched its largest joint military exercise in almost two decades with the US, despite North Korea's opposition to the move.
- Russia's Provocative Actions at Cold War Levels, Report Says VOA 10 Nov 2014 -- Russia's provocative military actions toward Western countries, including NATO members, is at Cold War levels and the risky strategy could prove catastrophic, according to new report.
- Mounting Russia-West 'Close Encounters...Ripe With Escalation Potential' RFE/RL 10 Nov 2014 -- A new report says the number and gravity of 'close military encounters' between Russia and the West has increased visibly amid tension over Ukraine.
- Iran test flies RQ-170 drone IRNA 10 Nov 2014 -- Commander of the Aerospace Division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh said on Monday that Iran has successfully tested a domestically produced version of the RQ-170 sophisticated stealth drone .
- Iranian version of RQ-170 drone flies successfully, says commander ISNA 10 Nov 2014 -- The Iranian version of the US advanced RQ-170 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) has flown, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force announced on Monday.
- Iranian ground forces top regions armies: Commander IRNA 10 Nov 2014 -- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Forces Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said here on Monday that the Iranian ground forces are considered as the best and most powerful troops in the region.
- Iraqi Pilots to Train on Iraqi-purchased F-16s in Arizona AFPS 10 Nov 2014 -- The initial group of F-16 fighter jets purchased by Iraq will be delivered to Tucson, Arizona, for Iraqi pilot training due to the security situation in Balad in Iraq, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said here today.
- Russian Engine to Power Chinese J-31 Fighter Jets: Rosoboronexport Sputnik 10 Nov 2014 -- A Russian-made RD-93 engine will power the Chinese J-31 fifth generation fighter, Rosoboronexport official told RIA Novosti Monday.
- China, Singapore joint army training concludes People's Daily 10 Nov 2014 -- A joint military training exercise by China and Singapore concluded here in east China's Jiangsu Province on Sunday.
- Syria Conflict Strengthens Turkey-France Ties VOA 10 Nov 2014 -- With Turkey facing growing criticism from many of its Western allies, there is one nation it is developing closer ties with - France. Until recently, the two countries had endured a frosty relationship, but they are finding common ground over Syria.
- Remarks by President Obama at APEC CEO Summit The White House 10 Nov 2014
- FACT SHEET: The U.S.-Australia Alliance The White House 10 Nov 2014
- November 10, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 10 Nov 2014
- 10 November 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 10 Nov 2014
- U.S. Urges Russia To 'Stop Fueling The Fire' In Ukraine RFE/RL 10 Nov 2014 -- The United States has called on Russia to 'stop fueling the fire' in eastern Ukraine with new weapons and other support for pro-Russian separatists there.
- Pro-Kiev forces troubling MH17 probe: Putin Iran Press TV 10 Nov 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says pro-Ukraine forces are bringing to a halt the investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine.
- EU, U.S. Voice Concern Over Ukraine Convoy Reports RFE/RL 10 Nov 2014 -- The United States and European Union have voiced concern over reports of large convoys of troops and weapons moving through territory controlled by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine.
- Germany Demands That Russia Adhere To Ukraine Truce Deal RFE/RL 10 Nov 2014 -- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says that the situation in eastern Ukraine is deteriorating and that all sides, including Russia, must adhere to a cease-fire and steps toward peace agreed in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, on September 5.
- Shelling, Heavy Weapons Movement Reported in E. Ukraine VOA 10 Nov 2014 -- Fresh reports of violence and convoys of heavy weaponry on the move in eastern Ukraine on Monday increased doubts about the viability of a shaky cease-fire reached between Kyiv and Russia-backed separatists in September.
- UN envoy holds high-level talks with Syrian officials on plan to 'freeze' Aleppo conflict UN News Centre 10 Nov 2014 -- In his effort to resolve the ongoing civil war in Syria and initiate peace talks between rebel forces and the Syrian Government, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, today reported "constructive discussions" with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regarding his recent proposal on incremental "freezes" to be applied to specific zones of conflict.
- Syria ready to study UN ceasefire plan for Aleppo: Assad Iran Press TV 10 Nov 2014 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he is ready to study the United Nations' initiative to "freeze" military operations in the northern city of Aleppo.
- Iraqi army liberates 16 villages from ISIL control Iran Press TV 10 Nov 2014 -- Iraqi army forces have liberated as many as 16 villages near the western city of Ramadi from the control of Takfiri ISIL militants.
- Leader lauds Maliki efforts to promote Iraq stability Iran Press TV 10 Nov 2014 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has praised the role of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in promoting "stability" and "independence" in the violence-torn Arab country.
- UN agency warns of deteriorating agricultural sector in Iraq, calls for increased funding UN News Centre 10 Nov 2014 -- An additional $38.5 million in support is urgently needed to prevent Iraq's agricultural sector from collapsing and the country's food security situation from further degenerating, the United Nations agriculture agency warned today.
- Libya: UN mission chief condemns Shahat attack, pledges support to end crisis UN News Centre 10 Nov 2014 -- The top United Nations official in Libya has strongly condemned the "cowardly" attack that occurred yesterday close to where he was meeting with the country's Prime Minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, in the eastern city of Shahat to discuss how to put the political transition back on track.
- Albanian, Serbian Leaders Clash Over Kosovo VOA 10 Nov 2014 -- Serbia's prime minister clashed with his visiting Albanian counterpart Monday in Belgrade over the independence of Kosovo, which was a province of Serbia until 2008.
- Albanian, Serbian PMs Clash Over Kosovo During Historic Visit RFE/RL 10 Nov 2014 -- The prime ministers of Albania and Serbia have traded sharp words during a landmark visit aimed at reducing tensions over Kosovo and minority rights.
- First food convoy through Sudan humanitarian corridor arrives in South Sudan - UN UN News Centre 10 Nov 2014 -- Eighteen trucks transporting 700 metric tons of food – enough to feed 45,000 people for one month – have arrived in South Sudan via Sudan today marking the opening of a humanitarian corridor that is hoped to enable delivery of much needed assistance to the embattled nation, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported.
- UN: No Evidence of Mass Darfur Rape VOA 10 Nov 2014 -- A U.N. team investigating allegations of a mass rape in Sudan's North Darfur say they have found no evidence of the reported attack. But a senior U.N. official says it is not yet possible to confirm that no rapes took place.
- Central African Republic: UN urges support to meet basic needs in hard-hit province UN News Centre 10 Nov 2014 -- Continued violence and instability in the Central African Republic (CAR) are taking a vast toll on efforts to meet basic humanitarian needs, a United Nations humanitarian official said today, following a visit to a province in the country's north-east that has been particularly hard-hit.
- Central African peacekeeping force gears up for action IRIN 10 Nov 2014 -- With hundreds of soldiers from its member states successfully completing a series of joint exercises and manoeuvres in Congo, the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) says its Multinational Force for Central Africa (FOMAC), is now ready to intervene in local conflicts and be part of global anti-terrorism initiatives.
- Ban appoints envoy for UN Burundi office ahead of country's elections UN News Centre 10 Nov 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Cassam Uteem as his Special Envoy and Head of the United Nations Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi (MENUB), the UN Spokesperson's office announced today.
- Clashes between Houthis, militants in central Yemen kill 20 Iran Press TV 10 Nov 2014 -- At least twenty people have been killed in the latest round of clashes between Houthi movement's Ansarullah fighters and al-Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen's central province of Bayda.
- Nigeria School Bombing Kills Nearly 50, Injures Dozens VOA 10 Nov 2014 -- At least 48 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a school in northeastern Nigeria, many of them students.
- Despite Tensions, China Gives Obama Warm Welcome VOA 10 Nov 2014 -- President Barack Obama has a received a warm welcome in China, despite tensions on issues like trade, human rights, and China's territorial claims in the East and South China Seas.
- Press Gaggle by Senior Administration Official on Director Clapper's Trip to North Korea The White House 10 Nov 2014
- US Intel Chief Gains Release of 2 Imprisoned Americans in N. Korea VOA 10 Nov 2014 -- Two Americans who were imprisoned in North Korea are enjoying their second day of freedom back in the United States after being released Saturday following a trip to Pyongyang by James Clapper, the director of U.S. National Intelligence. The release of 46-year old Kenneth Bae and 24-year old Matthew Todd Miller came just weeks after a third American, Jeffrey Fowle, was suddenly freed from captivity.
- Iran, US, EU Hold Second Day of Nuclear Talks VOA 10 Nov 2014 -- Iran, the United States and the European Union are in a second day of talks in Oman as a deadline for a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Tehran approaches.
- Nuclear agreement between Iran, G5+1 likely IRNA 10 Nov 2014 -- Iran and G5+1 can reach an agreement if the US and its Western allies take a logical stance towards Irans nuclear program, a senior Iranian MP said.
- Iran resolute on final deal based on full nuclear rights: Zarif ISNA 10 Nov 2014 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed the Islamic Republic's firm determination to reach a final agreement with the P5+1 group of world powers which will fully safeguard the country's nuclear rights.
- Iran, US, EU continue trilateral nuclear talks in Oman Iran Press TV 10 Nov 2014 -- Top diplomats from Iran, the United States and the European Union are holding a second day of high-level talks over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program in the Omani capital, Muscat.
- Ebola: reported denial of medical care on ships from West Africa draws UN concern UN News Centre 10 Nov 2014 -- United Nations and other leading international transport, trade and tourism organizations today expressed concern about the report denial of medical care for ill seafarers on board ships that had previously called at ports in Ebola-affected countries.
- Yanukovych-Era Counterintel Chief Arrested In Ukraine RFE/RL 10 Nov 2014 -- A state security officer who was Ukraine's counterintelligence chief in the final weeks of former President Viktor Yanukovych's rule has been arrested on suspicion of 'high treason.'
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