30 November 2014 Military News
- US-led Strikes Hit Islamic State 'Capital' VOA 30 Nov 2014 -- Syrian activists said a wave of U.S.-led airstrikes has been carried out against Islamic State militants in and around the city of Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the jihadist group.
- Taliban Steps Up Attacks in Kabul VOA 30 Nov 2014 -- A rise in Taliban attacks in Afghanistan's capital and elsewhere in the country is raising questions about whether local security forces can protect the country after NATO ends its 13-year combat mission on December 31.
- 18 Taliban militants killed across Afghanistan Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2014 -- National security forces backed by army troopers in Afghanistan have killed 18 Taliban militants and detained four others during separate cleanup operations across the war-wracked country.
Defense Policy / Programs
- North Korea Slams US Military Contingency Plan, Calls It 'Invasion Plan' Sputnik 30 Nov 2014 -- The North Korean government condemned the US on Sunday, calling US plans to send American troops stationed in Japan to the Korean Peninsula in the event of war a sign of Washington's ambitions to invade the country, Yonhap News Agency reports.
- Leader urges Navy to consistently reinforce capabilities IRNA 30 Nov 2014 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called on the Iranian Navy to steadily work to increase its capabilities regardless of political considerations.
- Foreigners do not have right to monitor Iranian missile capability, says official ISNA 30 Nov 2014 -- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani reiterated that foreign countries do not have the right to control Iranian missile capabilities.
- Iranian Leader Tells Armed Forces to Stay Ready for Combat Sputnik 30 Nov 2014 -- Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Iranian navy officials on Sunday to improve their capability for combat, irrespective of political negotiations which may be taking place.
- Iraqi PM's Graft Probe Finds 50,000 'Ghost Soldiers' Sputnik 30 Nov 2014 -- An investigation by the Iraqi government has revealed the existence of 50,000 'ghost soldiers' listed as serving in the Iraqi military.
- Poroshenko: Ukraine Ready to Help Form New Global Security System Sputnik 30 Nov 2014 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated that Ukraine is ready to participate in new global security system formation.
- Syria to press ahead with fighting terrorism: Officials Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2014 -- Senior Syrian officials say the country will push ahead with its efforts to fight against terrorism and establish national reconciliation, Press TV reports.
- 50 ISIL Takfiris killed in Kobani in single day: Report Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2014 -- At least 50 ISIL Takfiri terrorists have reportedly been killed in clashes, bombings and US-led airstrikes in Syria's flashpoint town of Kobani.
- More than 2mn Iraqis internally displaced by conflict: UN Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2014 -- The number of Iraqi people displaced as a result of domestic conflict in the country has exceeded 2.1 million, many of whom are now more vulnerable as winter draws near, the UN says.
- Iraqi Oil Resources Back in Government Hands Sputnik 30 Nov 2014 -- The Iraqi Oil Minister has said in interview with the Telegraph that Iraqi security forces have made significant gains against IS, and regained control of vital oil resources including the country's biggest refinery in Baiji.
- Ukraine: Unauthorized Convoy Crosses Border From Russia VOA 30 Nov 2014 -- Ukraine accused Moscow on Sunday of again using alleged aid shipments to send weapons and ammunition to the separatist rebels as a Russian convoy entered its eastern region without permission.
- Russia dispatches humanitarian aid convoy to eastern Ukraine Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2014 -- Russia has sent another aid convoy to Ukraine's restive east amid the on-and-off exchanges of fire between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russians and the worsening humanitarian situation there.
- Fresh fighting in east Ukraine kills three soldiers, wounds 15 Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2014 -- The military in Ukraine says at least three soldiers have been killed and 15 others injured in fresh exchanges of fire with pro-Russia forces in the country's eastern regions over the past 24 hours.
- Pope, Patriarch Seek Dialogue, Peace In Ukraine RFE/RL 30 Nov 2014 -- Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians have called for peace in Ukraine and appealed to all sides to pursue dialogue based on international law to resolve the conflict.
- Russian Humanitarian Convoy Successfully Returns From Donbas: EMERCOM Sputnik 30 Nov 2014 -- Deputy head of the crisis management center with the Russian Emergencies Ministry said that the eighth Russian humanitarian convoy to Donetsk and Luhansk has successfully returned to Russia.
- Humanitarian Convoy Trucks Return From Donetsk to Russia: Official Sputnik 30 Nov 2014 -- Trucks from the convoy of the Russian Emergencies Ministry that delivered humanitarian aid to Donetsk have returned to the Rostov Region unloaded, according to the statement of deputy head of the crisis management center with the Russian Emergencies Ministry Oleg Voronov.
- Iran reiterates sovereignty on three Persian Gulf islands ISNA 30 Nov 2014 -- Iran categorically rejected (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council statement, reiterating that the three southern islands located near Persian Gulf are inseparable parts of its territory.
- Colombian FARC rebels release army general, two others Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2014 -- Colombia's main leftist rebel group has freed a high-ranking Colombian military general and two others, handing them over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
- Colombian Rebels Free Kidnapped General, 2 Others VOA 30 Nov 2014 -- Colombia's leftist FARC rebels freed an army general and two other captives on Sunday, paving the way for peace talks in Cuba to resume in the quest to end five decades of conflict.
- Central African Republic Militia to Lay Down Arms VOA 30 Nov 2014 -- A Christian militia in the Central African Republic says it will lay down its weapons and become a political movement.
- Militants attack Christian town in Nigeria Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2014 -- Suspected Boko Haram militants in Nigeria have raided a mostly Christian town in the country's northeast, killing an unknown number of people, military sources say.
- One killed, 4 injured in Yemen's pro-independence rally Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2014 -- Clashes between police and people demonstrating for the establishment of an independent state in Yemen's southern parts have left one demonstrator dead and four others wounded, activists say.
- Taiwan Premier Quits After Vote Loss, Urges to Protect China Ties Sputnik 30 Nov 2014 -- The Prime Minister of Taiwan, Jiang Yi-huah, has resigned after his ruling pro-Beijing Nationalist, or Kuomintang (KMT), party has been defeated in local elections.
- Hong Kong Police Clash With Protestors as Unrest Continues Sputnik 30 Nov 2014 -- Clashes between police and pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong continued on Sunday, when attempts by activists to protest outside government buildings were stopped by the authorities.
- Fresh clashes erupt between police, protesters in Honk Kong Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2014 -- Clashes have broken out between police forces and anti-election law protesters in a fresh escalation of tensions in Honk Kong.
- Egypt designates ISIL as 'terrorist' organization Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2014 -- The ISIL Takfiri group, which has long been committing heinous crimes in the Middle East, is branded as a "terrorist" organization by a court in Egypt.
- Approximately 300 Germans Suspected of Having Links to IS: Justice Minister Sputnik 30 Nov 2014 -- At least 60 German citizens died while fighting for the IS, according to head of Germany's domestic security agency Hans-Georg Maassen.
- Islamic State Support Network Uncovered in UK: Reports Sputnik 30 Nov 2014 -- A terrorist network has been uncovered in the United Kingdom, which has been helping the Islamic State (IS) extremist group, particularly supporting the IS executioner who allegedly killed American journalist James Foley, the Sunday Mirror reports.
- Pro-EU Parties Ahead In Moldovan Elections RFE/RL 30 Nov 2014 -- Pro-European parties were on track to edge out opponents in a crucial parliamentary election in Moldova, according to results released on December 1 following a nearly complete count of the votes.
- Moldovan Voters Choosing 'East Or West' RFE/RL 30 Nov 2014 -- Partial results from Moldova show that pro-European parties are ahead in parliamentary elections.
- Lawyer: Egypt's Mubarak Could Be Freed Soon VOA 30 Nov 2014 -- The lawyer for deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak said he could soon be freed, having served two-thirds of a corruption sentence and been cleared in the deaths of anti-government demonstrators in 2011.
- 28,000 birds slaughtered in Netherlands over bird flu Iran Press TV 30 Nov 2014 -- Some 28,000 birds have been culled at a poultry farm in the Netherlands following the discovery of a fresh outbreak of the bird flu.
- Yet Another Bird Flu Outbreak in Netherlands, 28 Thousand Chickens Infected Sputnik 30 Nov 2014 -- About 28,000 birds were infected with avian influenza on a poultry farm at Zoeterwoude, according to the country's economic ministry.
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