19 November 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 19 Nov 2014 [PDF]
- Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 19 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.
- LATEST: air strikes in Iraq UK MOD 19 Nov 2014 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL. In the early hours of this morning, Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft contributed to a major coalition air strike on an extensive ISIL complex of bunkers and tunnels. The strike took place in a rural area some 30 kilometres northwest of Kirkuk, in an operation providing direct support to Kurdish ground forces.
- France To Deploy More Fighter Jets Against IS RFE/RL 19 Nov 2014 -- France has announced plans to send six Mirage fighter jets to Jordan to strike Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq.
- France jets hit ISIL targets near Iraqi oil city Iran Press TV 19 Nov 2014 -- Two French jets, backed by US-led coalition planes, have targeted ISIL trenches near Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk as operations continue against the terrorist group's frontlines.
- Dempsey 'Encouraged, but Pragmatic' About Iraq AFPS 19 Nov 2014 -- Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey is "encouraged, but pragmatic" about progress in Iraq to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
- Retrograde in full gear AFNS 19 Nov 2014 -- As the retrograde mission of transporting equipment and personnel out of Afghanistan continues, Dover AFB personnel are hard at work ensuring the job is done safely, on time and as efficiently as possible.
- Germany cabinet OKs dispatching 850 troops to Afghanistan Iran Press TV 19 Nov 2014 -- The German cabinet has approved a plan to deploy up to 850 soldiers to Afghanistan as part of a post-2014 training and advisory mission led by NATO in the war-torn country.
- Kentucky Air Guard completes Ebola-response mission in Senegal AFNS 19 Nov 2014 -- Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Contingency Response Group transferred control of a humanitarian cargo hub to replacement forces here Nov. 18, successfully completing their support of an Ebola-response mission that has processed more than 750 tons of relief supplies for airlift into Liberia.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Air Force announces criteria for KC-46A Reserve basing AFNS 19 Nov 2014 -- After extensive internal review, the Air Force on Nov. 9, released the basing criteria that will be used to select candidate bases for the first Reserve-led KC-46A main operating base.
- Air Force announces AFIMSC candidate bases AFNS 19 Nov 2014 -- Air Force officials announced today Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia; Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; Scott Air Force Base, Illinois; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, as candidate bases to potentially host the headquarters (HQ) for the new Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC).
- Three bases identified as F-16 aggressor candidate bases AFNS 19 Nov 2014 -- Air Force officials, on Nov. 19, announced Eielson Air Force Base and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and Nellis AFB, Nevada, as candidate bases to host the 18th Aggressor Squadron and its assigned 18 F-16 Fighting Falcons.
- Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is Interviewed on PBS's 'The Charlie Rose Show' DoD 19 Nov 2014 -- Presenters: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Charlie Rose, Host
- Interoperability, Combat Readiness Achieved as Keen Sword 15 Concludes NNS 19 Nov 2014 -- U.S. and Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) wrapped up Exercise Keen Sword 15 with a display of naval and air power of 19 ships and seven aircraft operating in formation a few hundred miles off the coast of Southern Japan, Nov. 19.
- Michael Murphy Enhances Maritime Security Patrols with Coast Guard NNS 19 Nov 2014 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) completed the first mission of its maiden deployment by aiding the United States Coast Guard in patrolling Pacific Ocean waters for illegal fishing and other crimes Oct. 25-Nov. 6.
- Dempsey Calls for Budget Increase, Flexibility AFPS 19 Nov 2014 -- The American military is being asked to do more in an increasingly volatile world and Congress needs to increase its budget and give the department spending flexibility, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.
- Work Looks to Industry to Maintain Technology Edge AFPS 19 Nov 2014 -- In remarks at the Defense One Summit here today, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work stressed the importance of engaging industry, services and the Defense Business Board in maintaining the United States' technological edge in coming years.
- Odierno: Changing World Requires New Look at Army's Size AFPS 19 Nov 2014 -- The Army is going to shrink, the service's chief of staff said here today, but leaders must be careful that cuts aren't draconian.
- US Congress Needs to Review Military Budget Cuts: Army General Sputnik 19 Nov 2014 -- The US Congress needs to review military budget cuts amid security risks which are leaving the United States vulnerable, including the rise of Islamic State (IS) and the Ukrainian crisis, US Army General Ray Odierno stated Wednesday.
- Air Force funds research on thermal management technology for fighter aircraft AFNS 19 Nov 2014 -- Managing heat that is generated by electronic subsystems in next-generation aircraft is a vexing challenge for aerospace system designers. In the interest of meeting this challenge, the Air Force recently provided follow-on funding for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) effort that is identifying improved methods for heat conduction and rejection from system electronics for advanced fighter aircraft.
- Services Look to New Ways to Recruit, Retain Personnel AFPS 19 Nov 2014 -- All the services are looking at different ways to attract and retain the best recruits for the military, and that may include some form of interrupted service, the chief of naval personnel said here today.
- 7th Fleet, JMSDF Leaders Discuss Tactics, Planning Aboard George Washington During Keen Sword 15 NNS 19 Nov 2014 -- Vice Adm. Robert Thomas Jr., commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Vice Adm. Eiichi Funada, commander in chief, Maritime Self-Defense Fleet, and other military leaders embarked Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) Nov. 18 during Exercise Keen Sword 15.
- FDRMC Completes First Selected Restricted Availability on USS Donald Cook NNS 19 Nov 2014 -- Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center (FDRMC) Detachment Rota completed its first selected restricted availability (SRA) on Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) in Rota, Spain, Nov. 12.
- Lavrov: Implementation of CFE Treaty Suspended Sputnik 19 Nov 2014 -- Russia has suspended the implementation of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE), considering it 'dead,' and will not return to it, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
- Cooperation with Russia a priority to Chinese military: senior official People's Daily 19 Nov 2014 -- Advancing China-Russia military cooperation is a priority for China's armed forces' foreign relations, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission Xu Qiliang said on Wednesday.
- Russia Needs Guarantees Ukraine Will Not Join NATO: Kremlin Sputnik 19 Nov 2014 -- Russia needs 'hundred-percent guarantees' that the West will not consider Ukraine's joining NATO, Russian President's spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told the BBC in an interview released Wednesday.
- Vice-Chief of KPA General Staff Meets His Russian Counterpart KCNA 19 Nov 2014 -- No Kwang Chol, vice-chief of the General Staff of the Korean People's Army, Wednesday met Andrei Kartapolov, deputy chief of the General Staff and director of its General Operation Bureau of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.
- South Korea to Deploy 100 New Tanks With Locally Built Engines Sputnik 19 Nov 2014 -- South Korea is planning to deploy 100 next-generation K-2 Black Panther tanks with locally produced engines and transmission systems by 2017, the country's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said Wednesday.
- Iran's 32nd naval fleet docks at Djibouti Port IRNA 19 Nov 2014 -- The Iranian Navy's 32nd fleet docked at the African Port of Djibouti as the Islamic Republic pursues to convey Iran's message of peace and friendship to the world.
- Iran unveils stimulator of Ababil 3 drone IRNA 19 Nov 2014 -- The stimulator of Irans first home-made drone Ababil 3 was unveiled Wednesday during the 7th International Air and Aviation Industries Exhibition at this southern island.
- Iran gains self-sufficiency in building drones ISNA 19 Nov 2014 -- Head Iran's Aviation Industry Organization Manouchehr Manteqi said the country has obtained self-sufficiency in manufacturing and building drones.
- €1 billion contract to develop cutting-edge radar for Typhoon UK MOD 19 Nov 2014 -- The £800 million contract for the development of a new electronic radar system for the Eurofighter Typhoon has been signed in Scotland.
- Preferred bidder to run Defence Support Group announced UK MOD 19 Nov 2014 -- The MOD has today announced the preferred bidder for the Defence Support Group's land business as Babcock.
- November 19, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 19 Nov 2014
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 11/19/2014 The White House 19 Nov 2014
- DoD News: Contracts for November 19, 2014
- Russian Rocket Launcher Manufacturer Unscathed by Sanctions Sputnik 19 Nov 2014 -- Russia's state-owned rocket launcher maker Splav has not been affected by rounds of Western sanctions that targeted the defense sector of the country's economy, Splav's Director General Nikolai Makarovets told RIA Novosti.
- 19 November 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 19 Nov 2014
- At high-level debate, UN, Security Council renew pledge to counter foreign terrorist fighters UN News Centre 19 Nov 2014 -- As foreign fighters continue to flood the world's zones of conflict, exacerbating already tenuous security situations and further destabilizing States, the United Nations Security Council reiterated today its pledge to counter the global terrorist threat by adopting a statement reaffirming its commitment towards the preservation of international peace and security.
- US Should Consider Lethal Aid to Ukraine, Says Obama Nominee VOA 19 Nov 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the number two post at the State Department says the White House should consider providing Ukraine with lethal, defensive military equipment.
- Ukrainian Forces Prepare to Defend Mariupol VOA 19 Nov 2014 -- Shelling continues on the outskirts of Mariupol, in southeast Ukraine, as Russia-backed rebels have gradually advanced from the northeast on the strategic port city. Ukrainian troops posted at checkpoints say they are prepared to defend the city, but could use more support. While in the city center, joint patrols and "anti-violator" drills are conducted to prepare to deal with any potential civil unrest.
- Ukraine Rebels Dismiss Minsk Peace Deal as They Push for Territory VOA 19 Nov 2014 -- The rumble of tank shelling and mortar exchanges comes in waves, startling flocks of crows. For hours there can be silence here in the center of Donetsk, only for the quiet to be shattered as clashes between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian government forces resume, mainly around the city's wrecked airport and in the fiercely contested village of Pesky.
- Ukraine Rules Out Direct Talks With Separatists VOA 19 Nov 2014 -- Ukraine rejected Russia's suggestion to talk directly to separatists to end the conflict in the east, telling Moscow to stop "playing games" aimed at legitimizing "terrorists."
- Russia warns of Ukraine's potential plan for attack on east Iran Press TV 19 Nov 2014 -- Ukraine's decision to stop budget payments to its eastern regions may be a precursor to a military attack on the areas, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says.
- Russia Blames West For Ukraine Crisis, Says Ties Must Be Equal RFE/RL 19 Nov 2014 -- Russia has lashed out at the United States and European Union over Ukraine, saying the conflict there is the product of what Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called 25 years of selfish Western expansionism.
- Yatsenyuk Says Kyiv Won't Talk To Moscow's 'Mercenaries' RFE/RL 19 Nov 2014 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has rejected a Russian call for direct talks between Kyiv and pro-Russian separatists, saying his government would not to talk to Moscow's 'mercenaries.'
- Russia Will Aid Eastern Ukraine for as Long as Needed: Emergencies Ministry Sputnik 19 Nov 2014 -- The Russian Emergencies Ministry will continue helping eastern Ukraine residents as long as it is necessary, ministry spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky said Wednesday.
- Lavrov: Kiev Wants to Cancel Non-Alignment Status to Сapture East by Force Sputnik 19 Nov 2014 -- The Kiev government does not try to conceal that it wants to change its non-alignment status to recapture eastern Ukraine by force, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.
- DPR Considering Its Own Currency Instead of Hryvnia: Council of Ministers Sputnik 19 Nov 2014 -- The authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) are considering introducing a currency to replace the hryvnia on its territory, Alexander Karaman, deputy chairman of the republic's council of ministers for social affairs said Wednesday.
- Erdogan Says Arming Syrian Opposition Not Enough, Assad Must Be Toppled Sputnik 19 Nov 2014 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists Wednesday that Ankara and Washington were yet to agree on the training and equipping of the opposition's Free Syrian Army (FSA), but said that allies should take steps toward the larger goal of ousting Syrian leader Bashar Assad.
- Libya: UN mission brokers 'critical' 12-hour humanitarian truce in Benghazi UN News Centre 19 Nov 2014 -- The head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced today that all parties to the conflict in Benghazi have agreed to an unconditional humanitarian truce to evacuate civilians and retrieve the bodies of the dead.
- UN announces 12-hour truce in Libya's Benghazi Iran Press TV 19 Nov 2014 -- Pro-government forces and militants in Libya's restive city of Benghazi have agreed on a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire, the UN mission in Libya says.
- Myanmar Stages Surprise Attack on Kachin; 20 Dead VOA 19 Nov 2014 -- Ethnic Kachin rebels in Myanmar, also known as Burma, say the government has attacked their headquarters and military training school, killing nearly two dozen cadets.
- Security Council calls for thorough investigation into alleged mass rape in North Darfur UN News Centre 19 Nov 2014 -- Echoing calls from the wider United Nations community, the Security Council today expressed concern at allegations over the mass rape in late October of 200 women and girls in Tabit, North Darfur, calling on the Government of Sudan to conduct a thorough investigation.
- 'Insecurity on the march again' in Africa's Sahel region, UN relief official warns UN News Centre 19 Nov 2014 -- Insecurity is on the march again in the countries of Africa's Sahel belt, where extremists have displaced 1.5 million people in Nigeria and "the enormous threat of Ebola" is exacerbating an already dire humanitarian crisis, the United Nations humanitarian regional coordinator said today.
- Somalia cannot afford to repeat 'pattern of division, paralysis' – UN political chief UN News Centre 19 Nov 2014 -- Somalia's positive strides do not mean "plain sailing", the United Nations political chief stressed today, telling a high-level forum in Copenhagen that the international community must continue to support the Horn of Africa nation in its efforts to stabilize and build sustainable security.
- Colombia FARC confirms capturing army general Iran Press TV 19 Nov 2014 -- The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has confirmed that it has captured an army general and his two companions.
- China Sends Peacekeeping Team to Conflict-Torn South Sudan Sputnik 19 Nov 2014 -- China has sent a team of 100 military and medical personnel on a peacekeeping mission to conflict-torn South Sudan, Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday
- UN experts warn against release of former commander convicted in Srebrenica genocide UN News Centre 19 Nov 2014 -- A group of United Nations human rights experts today have voiced alarm over the potential imminent release of Milorad Trbic, who was convicted in 2009 by the Bosnian State Court of committing genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
- President Putin calls upon US not to meddle in Russia affairs Iran Press TV 19 Nov 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on the US not to interfere in Russia's affairs, saying Moscow is open to cooperation with Washington on issues of mutual interest.
- Turkey, US Struggle to Merge Interests in IS Fight VOA 19 Nov 2014 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed Wednesday that Turkey will not open its bases to the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group until his demands are met.
- France Identifies 2nd French Citizen in IS Video VOA 19 Nov 2014 -- French officials have identified a second Frenchman among the militants in a video showing the severed head of an American aid worker and the beheadings of at least 18 Syrian soldiers.
- French citizens joining ISIL shows 82% rise: minister Iran Press TV 19 Nov 2014 -- The number of French nationals leaving the country to join the ISIL militant group in Syria and Iraq shows an 82 percent rise in 2014, almost doubling since the beginning of the year, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says.
- Ebola Economic Toll Stirs W. Africa Food Security Concerns VOA 19 Nov 2014 -- The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the Ebola outbreak will cost the sub-Saharan Africa economy about $3 billion to $4 billion, well below a previously outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. But some economists paint a gloomier picture, warning the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable.
- Nine Chinese aircraft finish Ebola rescue task People's Daily 19 Nov 2014 -- China's largest health rescue overseas has completed, with nine passenger planes and freighters uniting efforts in Ebola-hit countries, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
- Egypt reports second bird flu death in days Iran Press TV 19 Nov 2014 -- An Egyptian woman has died of H5N1 bird flu after coming into contact with infected birds.
- World Bank Sees $3B-$4B Ebola Impact in Africa VOA 19 Nov 2014 -- A World Bank official says the Ebola epidemic will not be as costly to West Africa's economy as previously feared, thanks to effective containment efforts.
- Ex-official: UN Not Fooled by Pyongyang's 'Honeyed Words' VOA 19 Nov 2014 -- North Korea's moves to block a United Nations resolution calling for the referral of the country's human rights situation to the International Criminal Court have failed, and the U.N. did the right thing by adopting the resolution through its human rights committee, according to the former chairman of a U.N. panel Tuesday tasked with investigating the North Korean human rights situation.
- UN Committee Urges Court Action Against N. Korea VOA 19 Nov 2014 -- A key U.N. human rights committee has passed a resolution recommending North Korea be referred to the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity.
- Kim Jong Un Inspects Fishery Station of KPA KCNA 19 Nov 2014 -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, gave field guidance to Fishery Station No. 18 under KPA Unit 567 which is making big fish hauls.
- Choe Ryong Hae Meets Russian President KCNA 19 Nov 2014 -- Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau and secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, met Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, president of the Russian Federation, at the Grand Kremlin Palace on Tuesday. Choe is on a visit to Russia as a special envoy of supreme leader Kim Jong Un.
- DPRK Delegate Categorically Rejects 'Draft Resolution' against DPRK KCNA 19 Nov 2014 -- The DPRK delegate categorically rejected the 'draft resolution' (A/C.3/69/L.28.Rev.1) in its entirety submitted by the European Union and Japan at the meeting of the Third Committee of the 69th UN General Assembly held in New York on Nov. 18.
- World Food Program Lauds Seoul's $7Mln Pledge for N Korea Nutrition Needs Sputnik 19 Nov 2014 -- Seoul has contributed $7 million to the World Food Program (WFP) operation, which assists women and children affected by food shortages in North Korea, WFP said in a statement published on its website Wednesday.
- Kerry Holds Off On Joining Iran Nuclear Talks RFE/RL 19 Nov 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has pushed back a visit to Vienna, where international negotiators are trying to seal a deal on Iran's nuclear program ahead of a commonly agreed November 24 deadline.
- If Iran Nuclear Talks Stall, Deadline Extension Should Be Short Sputnik 19 Nov 2014 -- If the P5+1 group and Iran do not reach an agreement on Tehran's nuclear program by November 24 deadline, the extension of the talks should be short.
- Number of Operating Centrifuges Key Issue Holding Back Iran Nuclear Deal Sputnik 19 Nov 2014 -- The number of centrifuges Tehran will be allowed to operate under the nuclear deal is one of the key issues standing in the way of an agreement on Iran's nuclear program.
- Iraq transfers money to Kurdish region in budget accord Iran Press TV 19 Nov 2014 -- The Iraqi government has transferred USD 500 million to the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq as part of a deal hoped to end long-running domestic oil and budget disputes, Iraqi finance minister says.
- Russia, US to Continue Joint Experiments in Space Sputnik 19 Nov 2014 -- Russia and the United States have no plans to end joint scientific experiments on board the International Space Station (ISS), Vice President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Lev Zelyony said Wednesday.
- Ukrainian Prime Minister Says Ready to Sign Poroshenko's Coalition Deal Sputnik 19 Nov 2014 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Wednesday he was ready to sign the final draft of the government coalition in the country's parliament that was published by President Petro Poroshenko.
- Turkey to go ahead with development plan for Istanbul's Gezi Park Iran Press TV 19 Nov 2014 -- Turkish officials have hinted at plans to go ahead with the controversial redevelopment of Gezi Park in the country's largest city of Istanbul, which sparked deadly clashes last year.
- China unveils energy strategy, targets for 2020 People's Daily 19 Nov 2014 -- China issued an energy strategy for the upcoming years on Wednesday, and a long list of targets in the hope of building a modern energy structure.
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