18 November 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 18 Nov 2014 [PDF]
- Former Afghan President Blasts U.S., Foreign Military Campaign RFE/RL 18 Nov 2014 -- Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has shed some light on his administration's troubled relationship with Washington, describing his country as a young boy pitted against a muscular, weapon-toting 'bully.'
Defense Policy / Programs
- Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work's and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey's meetings with Gen. Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff DoD 18 Nov 2014
- Remarks by Secretary Hagel to Troops at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina DoD 18 Nov 2014 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
- TREXS 15.2 kicks off, demonstrates Osprey capabilities USMC News 18 Nov 2014 -- Members of the Northeastern Army, JGSDF and U.S. Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, and Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263, assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, participated in Tomodachi relief exercise 15.2 Nov. 6-9 across multiple area in Japan.
- Navy Information Dominance Forces Support Bold Alligator 2014 NNS 18 Nov 2014 -- As the Navy operates forward to support real-world events, so does the Information Dominance Type Commander (ID TYCOM), as was evident during Exercise Bold Alligator 2014 (BA14), Oct. 29 - Nov. 10.
- VAQ-138 Yellow Jackets Participate in Exercise Max Thunder in Korea NNS 18 Nov 2014 -- The Yellow Jackets of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 138 participated in Max Thunder, a bilateral aerial training exercise for U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) military aircrews and maintainers, Nov. 14-21 at Kunsan Air Base, Korea.
- NATO Secretary General calls for closer cooperation with the EU NATO 18 Nov 2014 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called for closer cooperation between NATO and the European Union to address common security challenges the two organisations face, during his first meeting with EU Defence Ministers on Tuesday (18 November 2014).
- Largest ever NATO cyber defence exercise gets underway NATO 18 Nov 2014 -- NATO launched its largest ever multinational cyber defence exercise, "Cyber Coalition 2014" on Tuesday (18 November).
- Secretary: Russia's Actions 'Dangerous And Irresponsible' AFPS 18 Nov 2014 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today called Russia's actions in Ukraine "dangerous and irresponsible" and said the tensions provoked by Moscow have probably done more to unify NATO than anything else in years.
- Russian Sailors Continuing Mistral Training: French Foreign Ministry Sputnik 18 Nov 2014 -- Russian sailors are continuing their training for the Mistral-class helicopter carrier in the French city of Saint-Nazaire, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said Tuesday.
- Russian Sailors Denied Access to Mistral Helicopter Carrier: Reports Sputnik 18 Nov 2014 -- The Russian crew of the French-built, Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok, currently undergoing training in France, have been denied access to the ship, Ouest-France newspaper reported, citing a defense source.
- Iran unveils latest home-made drone, Ababil 3 Iran Press TV 18 Nov 2014 -- Iran has unveiled its latest domestically-manufactured state-of-the-art unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which can be used in reconnaissance operations.
- Iran unveils latest home-made drone, helicopter IRNA 18 Nov 2014 -- Irans first home-made drone Ababil and four-seat helicopter, Sorena were unveiled at the 7th International Air and Aviation Industries Exhibition on Kish Island on Tuesday.
- UK Sends 10 Armored Vehicles to OSCE Mission to Ukraine: Defense Ministry Sputnik 18 Nov 2014 -- The UK will send ten armored vehicles to Ukraine as a part of its OSCE mission's support to help it to be conducted safely.e
- November 18, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 18 Nov 2014
- Press Briefing by the Press Secretary, 11/18/2014 The White House 18 Nov 2014
- 18 November 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 18 Nov 2014
- Ukraine Readies for Possible Russian-backed Attack VOA 18 Nov 2014 -- Ukraine's military is preparing to repel a possible assault by Russian-backed rebels in the east following reports of Russian military reinforcements crossing the border.
- Donetsk Residents Angry Over Kyiv Threat VOA 18 Nov 2014 -- Citizens of the Ukrainian city of Donetsk say they did not ask for pro-Moscow separatists to take over their city and they should not be punished for the breakaway insurgency by the Ukrainian government in Kyiv, which will end the funding of all public services in rebel areas by this weekend.
- NATO Sees Military Buildup In Ukraine, Urges Russia To Pull Back RFE/RL 18 Nov 2014 -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says there has been a 'serious military buildup' both in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine and on the Russian side of the border, and he has urged Moscow to pull back its forces.
- Kiev Invites Russia to Hold Serious Talks on East Ukraine: Yatsenyuk Sputnik 18 Nov 2014 -- Kiev has invited Moscow to hold "serious talks" in a neutral territory to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Tuesday.
- Kurdish fighters advance in heart of Kobani: Group Iran Press TV 18 Nov 2014 -- A rights group says the Kurdish forces battling the Takfiri ISIL militants in the northern Syrian city of Kobani have advanced in the heart of the flashpoint city and expelled the terrorists from several buildings.
- Amid 'monstrous' violence, ISIL aims to tear Iraq apart, build 'state of terror,' warn UN officials UN News Centre 18 Nov 2014 -- The atrocious crimes perpetrated by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) risk plunging Iraq into catastrophe as the country reels from bitter sectarian tensions and a growing humanitarian crisis affecting over 5 million people, top United Nations officials warned today, as they called on the international community to increase efforts in aiding Iraq's full transition towards a stable democracy.
- Iraqi troops enter Baiji refinery after 5 months Iran Press TV 18 Nov 2014 -- Iraqi security forces have entered the country's largest oil refinery near the key northern town of Baiji for the first time after a months-long operation against ISIL terrorists in the area.
- China insists on 'dual-track' approach to resolving South China Sea issues People's Daily 18 Nov 2014 -- China's proposal of a 'dual-track' approach on the South China Sea issue was confirmed at the 12th China-ASEAN Meeting.
- Israel violence spiral: '3rd Intifada will be different' RT 18 Nov 2014 -- Palestinians' anger against the Israeli state is boiling over with attacks occurring almost on a daily basis over the last month. The main question haunting Israelis is whether the "Third Intifada" will start any day now, or has already started.
- Israeli-Palestinian Tensions Spur Renewed Violence VOA 18 Nov 2014 -- With Israel vowing to use "a heavy hand" in response to Tuesday's attack on a synagogue by two Palestinians that left four Israelis dead and six wounded, the violence has taken on renewed and dangerous dimensions, analysts say.
- UN strongly condemns attack on Jerusalem synagogue UN News Centre 18 Nov 2014 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today's attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem that claimed four lives and injured several persons, calling for political leadership and courage on both sides to address the "very tense" situation in the region.
- Sudan government and rebels suspend peace talks Iran Press TV 18 Nov 2014 -- The Sudanese government and rebels fighting in the war-torn states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan have suspended their peace talks.
- DR Congo: UN warns of humanitarian 'catastrophe' as hundreds of thousands flee violence in Katanga UN News Centre 18 Nov 2014 -- Deeply concerned about the "catastrophic' humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Katanga province, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) today urged Congolese authorities and the UN stabilization mission to boost their respective capacities to stem the violence in the long-troubled, resource-rich area known as "the triangle of death."
- UN agency starts relocation of 15,000 South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia UN News Centre 18 Nov 2014 -- The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has begun relocating nearly 15,000 South Sudanese refugees who had been stranded for a few months at a way station in western Ethiopia after the refugee camp where they were due to live was flooded.
- Final N. deal possible before deadline, says Zarif ISNA 18 Nov 2014 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said it is possible to reach a final nuclear deal before the November 24 deadline should Tehran's negotiating sides show political will.
- Iranian negotiators in Vienna for new talks ISNA 18 Nov 2014 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif traveled to the Austrian capital, Vienna, to take part in a new round of nuclear talks with the P5+1 group of world powers.
- Zarif, Ashton meet in Vienna ISNA 18 Nov 2014 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and the representative of the G5+1 Catherine Ashton started talks in Vienna on Tuesday.
- Agreement on Iranian Nuclear Program Possible if Demands Are Appropriate Sputnik 18 Nov 2014 -- An agreement on Iran's nuclear program may be reached if there are no "excessive demands" set, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif said Tuesday during the opening session of talks with the P5+1 group in Vienna, Austria.
- UN Rights Committee Urges Court Referral for North Korea VOA 18 Nov 2014 -- The U.N. General Assembly's human rights committee voted Tuesday to ask the Security Council to consider referring North Korea's grave human rights situation to the International Criminal Court.
- Hong Kong Protesters Clash with Police Outside Parliament VOA 18 Nov 2014 -- Police in Hong Kong clashed with protesters who tried to force their way into the territory's parliament building early Wednesday.
- Police Remove Barricades in Hong Kong, Clear Out Protest Site Sputnik 18 Nov 2014 -- Hong Kong authorities started to clear out protesters from a site in the Admiralty area, following the high court's authorization. Police met no resistance, student protesters said they would not oppose the court order.
- Hong Kong Police Start Clearing Protest Areas VOA 18 Nov 2014 -- Workers in Hong Kong Tuesday began clearing barricades in a small area of the downtown occupied by pro-democracy protesters. The slow but calculated effort, backed by a court order, aims to erode the area held by the demonstrators without provoking more dissent. Protesters say the effort to clear the streets could take days.
- Refusal to Deliver Uranium to Russia Proves Australia Unreliable Partner Sputnik 18 Nov 2014 -- Australia has "shot itself in the foot" by refusing to deliver uranium to Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry's information department said Tuesday in a statement.
- Efforts by UN health agency under way to step up Ebola response in Mali UN News Centre 18 Nov 2014 -- The United Nations is intensifying its efforts to keep the Ebola outbreak from spreading in Mali by working to identify all chains of transmission and stepping up social mobilization campaigns to include a range of actors, from religious leaders to truck and bus drivers.
- Questions over Mali's Ebola response IRIN 18 Nov 2014 -- The failure of a top Malian hospital to detect probable cases of Ebola has raised questions about whether the country's health system is sufficiently prepared to tackle the disease.
- Guinea Continues Probe Into Slayings of Ebola Health Workers VOA 18 Nov 2014 -- Guinea's Ministry of Justice said its investigation into the September killings of Ebola awareness health workers and a journalist in a southeastern village is moving swiftly, with a trial expected by year's end.
- Outrage over UAE's new terror list IRIN 18 Nov 2014 -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sparked anger and confusion by including several prominent Western Muslim charities and civil society groups in a new list of 'terrorist organizations' together with Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and the so-called Islamic State.
- Report: Terror Attacks, Deaths Rise Sharply in 2013 VOA 18 Nov 2014 -- The number of people killed in terrorist attacks jumped more than 60 percent from 2012 to 2013, due largely to unrest in the Middle East and Nigeria, a new report found.
- Georgia PM Says Country Remains On Pro-Western Path RFE/RL 18 Nov 2014 -- Georgia's prime minister has said his country's path toward integration with Europe is irreversible.
- Russia, China Concerned by US Attempt to Increase Influence in Asia-Pacific Sputnik 18 Nov 2014 -- Russia and China are concerned by the US determination to strengthen its influence in the Asia-Pacific region, the Russian defense minister said Tuesday after talks with his Chinese counterpart.
- New Burkina Faso President Sworn In VOA 18 Nov 2014 -- Michel Kafando has been sworn in as Burkina Faso's interim president, with the task of steering the West African country back to civilian rule.
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