15 November 2014 Military News
- Dempsey: Iraqis Play Key Role in Anti-ISIL Mission AFPS 15 Nov 2014 -- The most important aspect of the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is an inclusive and responsive Iraqi government, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told U.S. service members during his visit to Baghdad today.
- Dempsey Arrives in Baghdad for Anti-ISIL Campaign Talks AFPS 15 Nov 2014 -- Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Baghdad, Iraq's capital city, today in an unannounced visit for talks with U.S. and Iraqi officials on the way ahead in the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to the Voice of America and other news reports.
- US General Visits Baghdad Amid Military Campaign Against Islamic State Sputnik 15 Nov 2014 -- General Martin E. Dempsey, the US top military officer, has arrived in Baghdad amid the US-led military campaign against the Islamic State.
- Top US General Visits Iraq VOA 15 Nov 2014 -- The top U.S. military official has visited Iraq for talks with Iraqi officials and U.S. commanders and troops about the next phase of the expanding war against the Islamic State group.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Hagel Announces New Defense Innovation, Reform Efforts AFPS 15 Nov 2014 -- In a keynote speech tonight at the 2014 Reagan National Defense Forum, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a plan to harness the brightest minds and cutting-edge technology to change the way the Department of Defense innovates and operates.
- Winnefeld Urges 'Reset' in National Security Balance AFPS 15 Nov 2014 -- Sharp cuts and continued uncertainty in the U.S. defense budget have upset the strategic balance of the nation's security, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
- Cyber Defense a Cooperative Effort, Rogers Says AFPS 15 Nov 2014 -- 'Cyber blur' is an enormous challenge to those seeking to defend the nation's networks, Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the National Security Agency's director, said today.
- DoD Seeks to Cut Red Tape, Bureaucracy, Officials Say AFPS 15 Nov 2014 -- Cutting red tape and eliminating bureaucracy is a priority effort throughout the Defense Department, both the Secretary of the Air Force and DoD's top acquisitions official said today at the Reagan Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California.
- George H.W. Bush Strike Group Returns to Homeport NNS 15 Nov 2014 -- After completing a nine-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet Areas of Operations (AOR), the ships and squadrons of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) returned to their homeports in Norfolk, Va., Whidbey Island, Wash. and Mayport, Fla., Nov 15.
- Future DDG 1001 Deckhouse Successfully Integrated NNS 15 Nov 2014 -- The future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001), completed the successful lift and integration of the deckhouse on to the ship's hull at General Dynamics' Bath Iron Works (BIW) shipyard Nov.14.
- Hagel: Nuclear Force Needs Fixing VOA 15 Nov 2014 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced an effort to develop weapons systems that will enable the United States to maintain its military dominance.
- Pentagon Concerned Over Russia's Military Presence Near Gulf of Mexico Sputnik 15 Nov 2014 -- Pentagon is concerned over Russia's aggressive approach in Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
- North Korea Dismisses Reports on Pyongyang's Ballistic Missile Submarines Sputnik 15 Nov 2014 -- North Korea blasts US reports suggesting that Pyongyang's submarines are equipped to launch ballistic missiles. While the US is talking up the threat posed by the DPRK's military arsenal, South Korea has not officially confirmed the rumours of the submarines' potential.
- India test-fires new indigenous nuclear-capable missile Iran Press TV 15 Nov 2014 -- The Indian army has successfully test-fired a new indigenously developed nuclear-capable surface-to-surface missile with a range of 350 kilometers in India's eastern state of Odisha.
- Defense Ministry hails China-U.S. military mutual trust mechanisms People's Daily 15 Nov 2014 -- The China-U.S. new type of military relations proposed by President Xi Jinping will play an important role in the two countries' future military cooperation, according to the Ministry of National Defense on Friday.
- China Training Pakistan Army Along Indo-Pakistani Border Sputnik 15 Nov 2014 -- The intelligence wing of India's Border Security Force reports that the Chinese Army conducts training of Pakistani military personnel near the troubled Rajouri sector of the international border between India and Pakistan, the situation on the border is 'tense, but generally peaceful.'
- Navy has escorted 2,000 commercial vessels in free waters IRNA 15 Nov 2014 -- Commander of 32nd fleet of Irans Navy in open seas said on Saturday that its forces have so far escorted 2,000 commercial vessels and oil tankers in free waters.
- Iran to hold naval drill in Indian Ocean ISNA 15 Nov 2014 -- Iran plans to stage a massive naval drill in high seas late December, said Commander of Iran's Navy Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari.
- Kiev orders closure of state services in east Iran Press TV 15 Nov 2014 -- Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has ordered the closure of all state services in the eastern regions controlled by pro-Russia forces.
- Russian 'Aggression' In Ukraine Takes Center Stage At G20 RFE/RL 15 Nov 2014 -- Russia's role in Ukraine's crisis was taking center stage in Brisbane, Australia on November 15 as world leaders gathered for the two-day G20 summit.
- LPR Head Calls Poroshenko's Economic Blockade of Donbas 'Act on Genocide' Sputnik 15 Nov 2014 -- Full economic blockade of Donbas is akin to an act of genocide, LPR's head Igor Plotnitsky said; earlier on Saturday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered a halt in serving bank accounts of enterprises and residents in southeastern Ukraine within a month.
- Moscow Interested in MH17 Crash Investigation as It Has Nothing to Hide Sputnik 15 Nov 2014 -- Russia is interested in a thorough investigation of Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight crash; On July 17, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.
- Major Non-NATO Ally Status Unbeneficial to Ukraine: US State Department Sputnik 15 Nov 2014 -- A major non-NATO ally status will not give Ukraine any advantages, US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Paul Jones has said.
- US, Australia, Japan Demand Justice for Loss of Malaysian Jet Over Ukraine VOA 15 Nov 2014 -- President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Australia and Japan are demanding justice for those who shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine in July, killing 298 people.
- Iraq army, Shia fighters retake NE dam from ISIL Iran Press TV 15 Nov 2014 -- Shia fighters joining forces with the Iraqi army have managed to seize back control of one of the country's largest dams from the Takfiri terrorist ISIL group.
- Iraq army breaks siege on main oil refinery Iran Press TV 15 Nov 2014 -- Iraqi army forces have broken the siege on the country's main oil refinery in the restive Salahuddin province where security forces are fighting the ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
- Iraqi Forces Recapture Key Oil Refinery Besieged by Islamic State: Reports Sputnik 15 Nov 2014 -- Iraqi security forces backed by Shia militias and assisted by a US-led international coalition have freed the country's largest oil refinery, besieged by Islamic State (IS) militants for months, AFP report, citing Iraqi officials.
- Pakistan Military Pledges to Eliminate Terrorists VOA 15 Nov 2014 -- Pakistan's military says its anti-terrorism operation in the northwestern tribal districts of North Waziristan is yielding positive results.
- Hamas calls for third Intifada against Israel Iran Press TV 15 Nov 2014 -- The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has called on Palestinians to stage a third Intifada (uprising) against Israeli occupation.
- Task Force Wants More Resources in Hunt for Elusive African Warlord VOA 15 Nov 2014 -- Military leaders hunting elusive warlord Joseph Kony say that they've weakened his infamous Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), the transnational terror group made up of thousands of abducted and enslaved child soldiers.
- Georgians Protest Planned Military Alliance Between Abkhazia and Russia VOA 15 Nov 2014 -- Tens of thousands of Georgians marched through Tbilisi Saturday against what they say is the government's passive reaction to a planned military alliance between Russia and the breakaway Abkhazia republic.
- More Than 30,000 Rally In Tbilisi Against Government RFE/RL 15 Nov 2014 -- An estimated 30,000 opposition supporters have rallied in the Georgian capital against the government's Russia policy and the Kremlin's backing of separatists in the breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions.
- KPA Front Command Gives Warning to S. Korean Military KCNA 15 Nov 2014 -- The Front Command of the Korean People's Army (KPA) issued the following report on Saturday:
- As Criticism Mounts, Putin Camp Floats Early Exit From G20 Summit RFE/RL 15 Nov 2014 -- Amid blunt criticism of Moscow's policies from Western leaders, the Kremlin has denied a report that Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave a G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, earlier than planned.
- Ukraine's Financial Outlook Is Gloomy VOA 15 Nov 2014 -- Ukraine is engulfed in a financial crisis. Without further Western aid, the Kyiv government will run out of money to service its debts. If the situation continues, Ukraine could face possible default on its bonds in four to six months, if Russia demands early repayment on a multibillion-dollar loan it gave Kyiv before the ouster this year of pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych.
- Sharif Says Peaceful Afghanistan In Pakistan's National Interest RFE/RL 15 Nov 2014 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has pledged support to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in attempts to bring peace to Afghanistan.
- Pakistan, Afghanistan pledge to improve relations Iran Press TV 15 Nov 2014 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani have pledged to improve security and trade relations between the two countries, Press TV reports.
- Progress Declared in Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations VOA 15 Nov 2014 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says his meetings with Pakistani leaders in Islamabad have made significant progress towards developing close economic relations and strengthening joint efforts against the common threat of terrorism.
- Burkina Faso military ruler reinstates constitution Iran Press TV 15 Nov 2014 -- Burkina Faso's acting head of state has reinstated the country's constitution which was suspended following the ouster of President Blaise Compaoré.
- African Union Welcomes Burkina Faso Transition Agreement VOA 15 Nov 2014 -- The African Union (AU) has welcomed as a positive development the agreement between Burkina Faso's military, opposition and civil society groups to a framework on a transitional administration that will lead the country to the next election after angry protesters forced longtime leader Blaise Compaore to step down and flee into exile.
- DRC Declares Itself Ebola-Free, New Patient Headed for US VOA 15 Nov 2014 -- The Democratic Republic of Congo said Saturday it was free of Ebola, three months after the deadly virus appeared in the country, resulting in the deaths of nearly 50 people.
- Chinese officials told to use power lawfully People's Daily 15 Nov 2014 -- A senior leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has called on Party officials to respect the law and wield their power lawfully.
- Hong Kong police to give fully aid to enforce injunction: official People's Daily 15 Nov 2014 -- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government Police Force will fully assist bailiffs to enforce the injunction in occupying areas, abide by the High Court instructions, Commissioner of Police Tsang Wai-hung said Saturday.
- China Launches New Surveillance Satellite Saturday Sputnik 15 Nov 2014 -- The satellite "will be used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveying, estimating crop yields and disaster relief."
- Iran says premature reports damage IAEA image ISNA 15 Nov 2014 -- A senior Iranian nuclear official criticized the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for releasing its reports prematurely, warning that the move will tarnish the image of the UN nuclear agency.
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