12 November 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 12 Nov 2014 [PDF]
- More Than 20 US-Led Air Strikes Hit Near Kobani, N. Iraq VOA 12 Nov 2014 -- The U.S. military says U.S.-led forces have conducted 16 air strikes in Syria since Monday, most around the heavily contested town of Kobani near the Turkish border.
- Department of Defense Press Briefing via Teleconference on Operation United Assistance DoD 12 Nov 2014 -- Presenter: Operation United Assistance Joint Force Commander Major General Gary Volesky; U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Liberia Deborah Malac; USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team Leader Bill Berger
- DoD Brings Unique Capabilities to Ebola Response Mission, Official Says AFPS 12 Nov 2014 -- The Department of Defense is playing a unique role in the United States' comprehensive Ebola response efforts, the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict told Congress today.
- Liberia is Making Progress Against Ebola but Cases Continue AFPS 12 Nov 2014 -- New U.S.-funded Ebola treatment units and diagnostic laboratories are stoking progress on the ground in Liberia, but new cases of Ebola arise daily, U.S. officials reported today during a teleconference from the Liberian capital, Monrovia.
Defense Policy / Programs
- U.S., Turkey to Investigate Attack on Sailors AFPS 12 Nov 2014 -- American and Turkish authorities will swiftly investigate the attack earlier today on three U.S. sailors in Istanbul, Turkey, a Pentagon spokesman said here today.
- US Sailors Attacked in Istanbul VOA 12 Nov 2014 -- Three U.S. sailors were assaulted Wednesday on the streets of Istanbul, Turkey, by a group of what the Pentagon is calling "thugs."
- Work Announces DoD Research, Development Initiative AFPS 12 Nov 2014 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work announced a defensewide innovation initiative to help set the parameters for the department's research and development program.
- Bold Alligator 2014 moves ashore for beach operations training USMC News 12 Nov 2014 -- The silhouettes of U.S. naval ships could be seen in the distance cruising off the coast of Onslow Beach, North Carolina, on the morning of Nov. 4.
- Kearsarge Completes Bold Alligator 2014 NNS 12 Nov 2014 -- The flagship of Exercise Bold Alligator 2014 (BA14), amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), was one of the final underway units to return to Naval Station Norfolk, Nov. 10.
- U.S. Security Challenges Not Insurmountable, Work Says AFPS 12 Nov 2014 -- The present-day security environment is challenging, but it is not insurmountable, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work told the Center for Strategic and International Studies here today.
- Work Gives Operational Update at Global Security Forum AFPS 12 Nov 2014 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work gave a rundown of U.S. military operations around the world as part of a wide-ranging speech he delivered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies here today.
- Answering crisis' call; Marines respond during Bold Alligator 2014 USMC News 12 Nov 2014 -- 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment participated in a crisis-response training event Nov. 3-5 at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Indiana as part of Exercise Bold Alligator 2014.
- 'Cyber Flag' Exercise Tests Mission Skills AFPS 12 Nov 2014 -- Joint and coalition cyberspace forces completed Cyber Flag 15-1, a cyberspace force-on-force training exercise fusing attack and defense across the full spectrum of military operations in a closed network environment, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, Nov. 7, U.S. Cyber Command officials reported today.
- President Xi advocates new type of military relations with U.S. People's Daily 12 Nov 2014 -- President Xi Jinping on Wednesday proposed 'a new type of military relations' that suits the new type of major-country relationship between China and the United States.
- Designers to start work on new Russian destroyer in 2015 Russia Beyond the Headlines 12 Nov 2014 -- Russia's new future destroyer will enter the design stages in 2015. The lead ship, the chief military purpose of which is to establish supremacy on the open sea, will become operative no sooner than 2025. It is presumed that the destroyer will be equipped with the Caliber cruise missile system and the Prometheus ZRK (anti-aircraft surface-to-air missile system).
- France Silent on Mistral Deal as Deadline About to Expire: Source Sputnik 12 Nov 2014 -- Russia has been unable to establish contact with its French partners two days before the deadline for the first Mistral warship delivery expires, a high-ranking defense cooperation source told RIA Novosti Wednesday.
- Flight footage of Iranian version of US drone released Iran Press TV 12 Nov 2014 -- The footage of the Iranian version of a US drone which was brought down some three years ago and later reverse-engineered by Iranian experts has been released.
- Basij comdr.: Enemies spare no efforts to curb Irans progress IRNA 12 Nov 2014 -- Commander of Basij (volunteer) Forces Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naghdi said on Wednesday that the US and other enemies of the Islamic system spare no efforts to curb the countrys developments by imposing economic sanctions and even taking harmful measures to paralyze the countrys economy.
- Iran successfully tests long-range radar system ISNA 12 Nov 2014 -- Iran conducted a successful test of its long-range Sepehr (Sky) radar system, which can cover a radius of 2,500 kilometers (1,553 miles).
- Iran successfully tests long-range radar system Iran Press TV 12 Nov 2014 -- Iran has conducted a successful test of its long-range Sepehr (Sky) radar system, which can cover a radius of 2,500 kilometers (1,553 miles).
- Russia Refused S-300 Missiles Sale to Iran Because of Pressure From West Sputnik 12 Nov 2014 -- Russia's decision to refuse supply of S-300 (SA-10 Grumble) surface-to-air missile defense systems to Iran was made under pressure from Western countries, Iranian ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei stated Wednesday.
- Iran Successfully Tests New Long-Range Radar System: Reports Sputnik 12 Nov 2014 -- Iran has successfully tested a new domestically produced long-range radar system, known as The Sepehr (Sky), the Fars news agency reports.
- November 12, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 12 Nov 2014
- Ceasefire in Ukraine under 'continuous, serious strain,' UN official warns UN News Centre 12 Nov 2014 -- Prevailing hostilities in Ukraine in recent days are putting the ceasefire agreed to in September under "continuous and serious strain," a senior United Nations political official told the Security Council today, warning against the possibility of a return to full-scale fighting despite prospects of hope offered by recent parliamentary elections.
- Ukraine Says Its 'Restraint' Is Preventing War in East VOA 12 Nov 2014 -- Ukraine's ambassador to the United Nations, Yuriy Sergeyev, says that it is due to his country's "restraint" that the conflict in the east between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists has not yet turned into an all-out war.
- Ukraine deploys more troops to east despite truce Iran Press TV 12 Nov 2014 -- The government in Kiev is deploying more forces to the volatile eastern regions of Ukraine despite a ceasefire deal with pro-Russia forces.
- Ukraine's Donetsk rocked by intense artillery fire Iran Press TV 12 Nov 2014 -- Intense artillery fire has once again erupted in the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian forces have been engaged in a months-long battle, witnesses say.
- NATO: Russian Weapons, Troops Entering Ukraine RFE/RL 12 Nov 2014 -- NATO says it has observed columns of Russian military equipment entering conflict-wracked eastern Ukraine in the past two days.
- Donetsk Has No Plans to Attack Kiev Forces Unless Threatened Sputnik 12 Nov 2014 -- The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has no plans to attack Kiev forces but get ready to repel a possible assault, a deputy DPR military commander said Wednesday.
- Moscow Denies NATO Allegations of Russian Military Crossing Into Ukraine Sputnik 12 Nov 2014 -- NATO allegations of Russian military convoys crossing the border with Ukraine are completely untrue, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
- Kiev Redeploying Troops Near Special Operations Area: Ukraine Sputnik 12 Nov 2014 -- Ukrainian authorities are redeploying troops in the Special Operations Area of eastern Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said Wednesday.
- In Turkey, Resentment Builds Over Syrian Refugees VOA 12 Nov 2014 -- United Nations officials on Wednesday gave new figures for people displaced by the brutal conflicts in Syria and Iraq, saying about 13.6 million have been forced to flee their homes.
- Tunisia prepares for Libya influx despite hardened attitudes IRIN 12 Nov 2014 -- Government authorities and aid agencies in Tunisia say they are prepared for a sudden additional flood of refugees from Libya despite growing public hostility to the influx ahead of presidential elections.
- Russia Abstains On Extending Bosnian Force RFE/RL 12 Nov 2014 -- Russia has abstained in a UN Security Council vote that extended the mandate of an European Union peacekeeping force in Bosnia-Herzegovina for another year.
- Azerbaijan Says Shot Down Armenian Military Helicopter RFE/RL 12 Nov 2014 -- Azerbaijan's military says it has shot down an Mi-24 combat helicopter near the breakaway territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and reports said three people were killed, in what Armenia's Defense Ministry called an 'unprecedented provocation.'
- Karabakh Military Helicopter Shot Down by Azerbaijan Forces Sputnik 12 Nov 2014 -- The press service of Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defense stated that it was "a Mi-24 helicopter belonging to the Republic of Armenia's armed forces," and that it "made an attempt to attack Azerbaijani positions."
- Optimism Ahead of Afghan Leader's Visit to Islamabad VOA 12 Nov 2014 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani visits Islamabad later this week. Pakistani officials say they hope the country's recent successes in army operations against militants linked to the Afghan insurgency and adherence to a policy of non-interference in Afghanistan have set the stage for resetting their often troubled relations.
- ICC Case Against DRC's Bemba Wrapping Up as Another Opens VOA 12 Nov 2014 -- The four-year-long trial of former Congolese Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba is finally wrapping up in The Hague. But the story is not over. ICC judges want another trial, this time targeting both Bemba and his legal team for allegedly tampering with justice.
- Somalia: Security Council urges Member States to strengthen efforts against piracy UN News Centre 12 Nov 2014 -- The United Nations Security Council today reaffirmed its condemnation of all acts of piracy and robbery at sea off the coast of Somalia, reiterating its calls for the international community to intensify their efforts in fighting what it said was a threat to the East African country's stability.
- UN Considers Future of Liberia Mission VOA 12 Nov 2014 -- The U.N. peacekeeping chief is urging the Security Council to extend the mandate of its 7,000-member peacekeeping force in Liberia, as the Ebola crisis continues to strain national institutions and threaten gains made since that country's civil war ended in 2003.
- US Welcomes Sudan Peace Talks VOA 12 Nov 2014 -- The United States has welcomed the start on Wednesday of talks between Khartoum and opposition movements in Darfur, Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, calling the negotiations a 'critical step' in ending years of conflict in Sudan.
- CPRK Secretariat Flails S. Korea's War Exercises KCNA 12 Nov 2014 -- The south Korean puppet regime kicked off an anti-DPRK war rehearsal, 2014 Hoguk, throughout south Korea on Monday in the plea of 'annual exercises'.
- Obama: US does not support 'independence' of Taiwan,Tibet People's Daily 12 Nov 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama reiterated on Wednesday that the United States does not support 'independence' of Taiwan and Tibet.
- China, U.S. highlight new type of major-country relations People's Daily 12 Nov 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged to push forward a new type of major-country relations between the two countries.
- Hong Kong Protest Leaders to Turn Themselves In VOA 12 Nov 2014 -- The three founders of Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement are planning to turn themselves over to police soon in what supporters described as an act of civil disobedience to show respect for the rule of law.
- Rouhani: Peaceful nuclear technology every country's right IRNA 12 Nov 2014 -- Every country in the world is entitled to the right to have nuclear technology for peaceful purposes within IAEA and NPT frameworks and monopolizing it by certain countries is illogical, President Hassan Rouhani said here Wednesday.
- President Rouhani: Nuclear deal to benefit entire world IRNA 12 Nov 2014 -- President Hassan Rouhani said a nuclear deal between Iran and Group 5+1 will benefit the entire world.
- Iran to test IR-5 centrifuges when necessary ISNA 12 Nov 2014 -- Iran said that it would start and stop test of IR-5 centrifuges when 'necessary', rejecting the US State Department's report that it has ceased feeding gas to the machine.
- Obama sent number of letters to Iran: Official Iran Press TV 12 Nov 2014 -- A senior Iranian official says US President Barack Obama has on a number of occasions sent letters to Tehran, emphasizing that the Islamic Republic in some cases has responded to such correspondence.
- P5+1 must understand circumstances: Rouhani Iran Press TV 12 Nov 2014 -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has expressed hope that the P5+1 countries, particularly the United States, will understand the situation surrounding Iran's nuclear energy program.
- Gas injection into IR-5 centrifuges has not stopped: Iran Iran Press TV 12 Nov 2014 -- The Islamic Republic of Iran has played down reports that it has agreed to stop injecting gas into its first-generation centrifuges.
- Rouhani Says Impossible for P5+1 Nuclear Talks Group to Impede Development Sputnik 12 Nov 2014 -- Iran's president Hassan Rouhani reiterated Tehran's right to nuclear enrichment activities and warned international mediators against attempting to hinder the country's development, Iran's Press TV reported Wednesday.
- Iran reacts to US false newsmaking on IR5 centrifuges IRNA 11 Nov 2014 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesperson said IR5 centrifuges are among ordinary machines of Iran Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) tests of which started before Geneva agreement and have continued after the agreement, too.
- Ebola: UN special envoy says combating stigma integral to overall crisis response UN News Centre 12 Nov 2014 -- The Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, today made a passionate appeal to combat stigmatization surrounding the disease by calling for a global social media campaign to "express solidarity and to show we are anti-discrimination."
- Ebola survivors work to improve response IRIN 12 Nov 2014 -- The Ebola epidemic has killed some 5,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but it has also left many survivors who are playing a key role in the Ebola response.
- Ebola: Diagnostic capabilities need boosting IRIN 12 Nov 2014 -- Critical gaps in 'behind-the-scenes' infrastructure are hampering Ebola response times and containment efforts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, aid agencies and health workers say.
- Opium harvest in Afghanistan hits new high in 2014 – UN UN News Centre 12 Nov 2014 -- Opium cultivation and production in Afghanistan reached record levels this year, with the former increasing seven per cent to 224,000 hectares in 2014, and production levels potentially climbing as much as 17 per cent, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
- EU disburses 260-million-euro loan to Ukraine Iran Press TV 12 Nov 2014 -- The European Union has agreed to disburse 260 million euros (USD 333 million) in loan to Ukraine, as part of a previously agreed package worth 1.61 billion euros (USD 2.06 billion).
- Wiretapping Scandal: Turkish Police Arrest 17 Officers Sputnik 12 Nov 2014 -- Turkish authorities detained 17 police officers on charges of illegal wiretapping following instructions from Istanbul Public Prosecutor's Office, Dogan Turkish news agency said Wednesday.
- Probe Makes Historic Comet Landing, Fails to Anchor in Place VOA 12 Nov 2014 -- A European Space Agency probe has made a historic landing on a comet, but its status remains uncertain after harpoons failed to anchor it to the surface.
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