23 November 2014 Military News
- French jets land in Jordan to join anti-ISIL battle: Premier Iran Press TV 23 Nov 2014 -- A number of French fighter jets have arrived in Jordan to join the so-called campaign against ISIL terrorists operating in Iraq, France's prime minister says.
- Suicide Bomber Kills Dozens at Afghan Volleyball Match VOA 23 Nov 2014 -- A suicide bomber has struck a volleyball match in southeastern Afghanistan, killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 80 others.
- Afghan forces kill 30 Taliban militants across country Iran Press TV 23 Nov 2014 -- Afghan security forces have killed 30 Taliban militants and injured three others during separate operations across the country over the past 24 hours.
- US drone strike kills six in eastern Afghanistan Iran Press TV 23 Nov 2014 -- At least six people have been killed in a US assassination drone strike in Afghanistan's eastern Nuristan Province along the Pakistani border.
- Afghan Parliament Approves U.S., NATO Agreements RFE/RL 23 Nov 2014 -- Afghanistan's parliament has approved bilateral security agreements with the United States and separately with NATO that allow international troops to remain in Afghanistan past the end of this year.
- Afghanistan's President Welcomes New Security Agreement With Washington Sputnik 23 Nov 2014 -- Afghanistan's President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has welcomed the approval of a new security agreement between Kabul and Washington by the lower house of the country's parliament, Khaama Press reported Sunday.
- Afghan Parliament Approves Bilateral Security Agreements With US, NATO Sputnik 23 Nov 2014 -- US President Barack Obama has proposed new guidelines which would allow US troops to engage Taliban fighters, not only al-Qaeda terrorists, and also provide for US air support when required.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Iran capable of building aircraft carriers: Sayyari IRNA 23 Nov 2014 -- Iran is capable of building aircraft carriers, Commander of Irans naval forces Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Sunday.
- Royal Navy warship in Caribbean drugs bust UK MOD 23 Nov 2014 -- HMS Argyll has dealt another blow to drug smugglers after seizing more than 850 kg of cocaine in a high speed midnight chase.
- German Foreign Minister Says Ukraine's NATO, EU Membership Impossible Sputnik 23 Nov 2014 -- Ukraine's NATO, EU membership would not be possible in the foreseeable future, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in his interview with Der Spiegel magazine published on Sunday.
- Background Briefing by Senior Administration Officials on the Trip of Vice President Joe Biden to Morocco, Ukraine and Turkey The White House 23 Nov 2014
- US to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen Iran Press TV 23 Nov 2014 -- The US plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds.
- Iran ready to send arms to Iraq for fighting terrorism ISNA 23 Nov 2014 -- A high-ranking Iranian military commander said the Islamic Republic is ready to legally provide military equipment to Iraq to help Baghdad in its fight against terrorism.
- Iraqi forces gain new ground against ISIL militants: Officers Iran Press TV 23 Nov 2014 -- Iraqi security forces backed by volunteers have retaken areas captured by the ISIL terrorist group for months near the Iranian border, a number of military officers say.
- Iraqi soldiers fight ISIL militants near Baghdad Iran Press TV 23 Nov 2014 -- Iraqi government forces, backed by Shia fighters and Kurdish Peshmergas, have launched an offensive to retake two towns northeast of the capital, Baghdad, from the Takfiri ISIL militants.
- Iraqi Prime Minister Orders More Weapons to Fight Islamic State Sputnik 23 Nov 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi called for additional support after a meeting late Saturday with delegates from the Anbar Provincial Council. The weapons are intended for Iraq's armed forces and also for Sunni tribes, who are supporting the anti-Islamic State fight in Anbar province, reports AP.
- If Ramadi Government Complex Falls, Whole Province Falls: Anbar Council Sputnik 23 Nov 2014 -- If the government complex in the city of Ramadi falls under the attack of Islamic State (IS), then the whole province of Anbar will fall too, Faleh Issawi, deputy head of the provincial council, told CNN on Sunday.
- Iraqi Forces Defend Ramadi from IS VOA 23 Nov 2014 -- Arab media say Iraqi government forces are resisting an offensive by Islamic State militants in the Anbar provincial capital of Ramadi Sunday, while making gains in nearby Diyala Province. As the bitter conflict goes on, Sunni tribesmen are calling for more arms and air support from the government.
- Real pressure must be exerted on terror backers: Syria's Assad Iran Press TV 23 Nov 2014 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says "real pressure" must be exerted on supporters of terrorists, urging "serious efforts" to eradicate terrorism.
- Ukraine Marks Anniversary of 1930s Deadly Famine VOA 23 Nov 2014 -- During a weekend commemoration for millions who died of starvation in Ukraine in the early 1930s, President Petro Poroshenko lashed out at Soviet-era totalitarianism for causing the deaths and accused today's Russian-backed rebels in the east of using similar tactics.
- MH17 wreckage recovery completed in east Ukraine Iran Press TV 23 Nov 2014 -- Dutch experts have concluded the recovery of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 from its crash site in the troubled eastern Ukraine.
- DPR to Lay Claims Over Whole Donetsk Region's Territory: Deputy PM Sputnik 23 Nov 2014 -- The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) is going to lay territorial claims over the entire territory of Ukraine's Donetsk Region, should the talks with Kiev occur, DPR Deputy Prime Minister Denis Pushilin said Sunday.
- Sudanese Government Requests UN Mission in Darfur to Leave Sputnik 23 Nov 2014 -- A joint African Union and UN peacekeeping mission in war-torn Darfur (UNAMID) has officially confirmed it has received a verbal request from the Sudanese government to leave the country amid growing tensions between the UN and Khartoum over an alleged mass rape in the region, Sudan Tribute reports.
- Netanyahu's Cabinet Approves Bill Defining Israel as Jewish State Sputnik 23 Nov 2014 -- The Israeli cabinet has approved a controversial bill that officially defines Israel as a Jewish state, AFP reports.
- Russia, Abkhazia to Sign Agreement on Strategic Cooperation, Integration Sputnik 23 Nov 2014 -- Abkhazia's President Raul Hajimba will visit Russia Monday to meet with President Vladimir Putin and sign a deal on strategic cooperation and integration, Kremlin's press service announced Sunday.
- Source: Iran nuclear team focusing on comprehensive agreement IRNA 23 Nov 2014 -- A member of the Iranian nuclear negotiating team said on Sunday Iran is focusing on developing a comprehensive deal with G5+1 member states.
- US must change attitude in Iran nuclear talks: Larijani ISNA 23 Nov 2014 -- Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said the US should change its attitude toward the ongoing talks about Iran's nuclear program so that the negotiations could bear fruit.
- Iran, P5+1 make last push for deal: Hammond Iran Press TV 23 Nov 2014 -- British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says Iran and the P5+1 group will make a 'last push' for a comprehensive agreement on Tehran's nuclear program before a November 24 deadline.
- P5+1 foreign ministers focus on Iran nuclear program Iran Press TV 23 Nov 2014 -- Foreign ministers from countries involved in the talks on Iran's nuclear program have been holding meetings to pave the way for the negotiations to culminate in a successful ending.
- Iran Nuclear Deal Appears 'Impossible' As Deadline Looms, Officials Say RFE/RL 23 Nov 2014 -- Officials say negotiations between Iran and six world powers are unlikely to yield a permanent accord on Tehran's nuclear program before a November 24 deadline despite a flurry of last-minute diplomacy.
- Iran Nuclear Talks Extension Remains One of Options: Western Diplomat Sputnik 23 Nov 2014 -- Extension of the talks on the Iranian nuclear program is one of the options on the table, a Western diplomat told journalists Sunday in Vienna.
- Officials Mulling Extension of Iran Nuclear Talks VOA 23 Nov 2014 -- The United States and other world powers, trying to negotiate a deal with Iran to curb its nuclear development program, are now looking to extend their talks past their self-imposed Monday deadline.
- North Korea Warns of Catastrophic Consequences After UN Resolution Sputnik 23 Nov 2014 -- North Korea criticized the latest UN resolution blaming its leaders for human rights abuses and warned of tough counteraction measures against Japan and other countries responsible for the document initiation, the Japan Times reported on Sunday.
- Biden Wraps Up Visit to Turkey VOA 23 Nov 2014 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife met Sunday with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, during the last day of his visit to Turkey.
- Putin Says No Intention Of Being President For Life RFE/RL 23 Nov 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in an interview he has no intention of remaining Russia's president for the rest of his life, since a lifetime president would be harmful to the country.
- Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar Opposition to Keep Pushing for Constitutional Change VOA 23 Nov 2014 -- Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she and her supporters will continue pushing to amend a constitutional clause that bars her from running for president next year.
- UK Official Claims 2,000 Britons Fight for Islamic State: Reports Sputnik 23 Nov 2014 -- Some 2,000 Britons have traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, the Telegraph reported Sunday, citing UK Member of Parliament Khalid Mahmood.
- UN Ebola Response Team Establishing Office in Mali VOA 23 Nov 2014 -- The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) is establishing an office in Mali to help support the West African country's ongoing efforts to combat and contain the Ebola virus, according to Ari Gaitanis, head of the public information unit at the U.N.
- Bahraini Elections Cause Increased Sectarian Hostility Sputnik 23 Nov 2014 -- Bahrain's legislative elections have renewed sectarian tensions between the Sunni political leadership and Shi'ite majority of the population, who boycotted yesterday's polling, dubbed it a "farce", demanded more democracy and accused the authorities of voter fraud.
- Tunisia Holds Historic Presidential Election Sputnik 23 Nov 2014 -- Tunisians are heading to over 4,500 polling stations to vote in the first presidential election since the ouster of the country's previous leader in 2011 sparked Arab Spring uprisings across Northern Africa and the Middle East.
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