01 January 2015 Military News
- Afghans Protest After Tragic Rocket Attack In Helmand RFE/RL 01 Jan 2015 -- Dozens of angry locals have held a demonstration in southern Afghanistan after a rocket exploded at a wedding, killing at least 20 people and injuring more than 50.
- Army Mortar Fire Kills 28 at Wedding Party in Afghanistan Sputnik 01 Jan 2015 -- At least 28 people, including women and children, were killed and 51 injured after mortar shells launched by the army hit a house hosting a wedding party in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand, the Associated Press reports, citing local deputy police chief Bacha Gull.
Defense Policy / Programs
- France sets condition for Russia warships delivery Iran Press TV 01 Jan 2015 -- France says it will hand over the two Russian-ordered warships only if Moscow effectively contributes to the process of restoring peace and stability to eastern Ukraine.
- Firm Truce in Ukraine Needed for Mistral Delivery to Russia: Paris Sputnik 01 Jan 2015 -- A stable ceasefire and a political roadmap for crisis settlement in Ukraine are needed for the delivery of Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday.
- India, Pakistan exchange nuclear data Iran Press TV 01 Jan 2015 -- Senior Indian and Pakistani officials have exchanged lists of nuclear installations despite growing tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.
- Iran missile potential in proportion with threats IRNA 01 Jan 2015 -- Deputy Commander of Khatamulanbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Ali-Reza Sabahi said on Wednesday that Irans missile capability is progressing in proportion with threats and the achievements are indigenized like many other achievements.
- Violence killed over 76,000 in Syria last year: Report Iran Press TV 01 Jan 2015 -- New figures show over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives in Syria last year due to the foreign-backed crisis that erupted in the Arab state more than three and a half years ago.
- Syrian army frees over 160 families from militants' siege Iran Press TV 01 Jan 2015 -- Syrian army continues with its operations in the eastern Ghouta region.
- Syria's Assad Visits Troops on Front Line Near Damascus VOA 01 Jan 2015 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a rare visit to the front line of his country's civil war, spending New Year's Eve with his troops on the outskirts of Damascus.
- Violence in Iraq Claims Over 15,000 Lives in 2014: Officials Sputnik 01 Jan 2015 -- At least 15,538 people, including both civilians and members of the security forces, died in Iraq in 2014, AFP reports, citing Iraqi officials.
- China urges Japan to respect fact as record emerges on disputed islands People's Daily 01 Jan 2015 -- Japan should recognize history and respect facts concerning the disputed Diaoyu Islands, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in Beijing on Wednesday.
- Netanyahu urges ICC to reject Palestinian upgrade bid Iran Press TV 01 Jan 2015 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to reject a request by Palestinians to upgrade their status to a full member.
- Israeli warplanes fly over Lebanon's capital, south Iran Press TV 01 Jan 2015 -- Israeli warplanes have flown sorties at very low attitude over the airspace of Lebanese capital of Beirut as well as the southern Bekaa Valley region, breaking the sound barrier.
- DRC Rebels Face Deadline to Disarm VOA 01 Jan 2015 -- One of the longest-standing rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo is facing a Friday deadline to disarm or face military action from U.N. peacekeepers and Congolese armed forces. Some members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, FDLR, reportedly have surrendered, but the international community says it is not enough.
- Suicide Bomber Strikes Near Nigerian Church VOA 01 Jan 2015 -- A suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up at the gates of a church in northeastern Nigeria, injuring several people and disrupting a New Year's Day service in northeast Nigeria, said an official for Nigeria's Red Cross. No one was killed.
- North Korea's Kim Jong Un Ready for Summit Talks With Seoul: Reports Sputnik 01 Jan 2015 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said during his New year's Eve address he was willing to hold summit talks with the South Korean president in 2015, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said early Thursday.
- N. Korea Leader Open to 'Dialogue' With South VOA 01 Jan 2015 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he is open to expanding 'dialogue and cooperation' with the country's rival, South Korea.
- China will be more proactive in reinforcing ties with neighbors: diplomat People's Daily 01 Jan 2015 -- China will be even more proactive in pursuing a friendly and good-neighborly policy toward its neighboring countries in the new year, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jianchao said here Wednesday.
- It Was A Rough Road For U.S. Foreign Policy In 2014 RFE/RL 01 Jan 2015 -- When Islamic State (IS) militants seized the Iraqi city of Fallujah in January, U.S. President Barack Obama likened the current crop of jihadists to a 'JV team,' compared to Al-Qaeda.
- Presidential Palace Attackers Sought in Gambia VOA 01 Jan 2015 -- Forces loyal to the president of Gambia are going house to house in the capital, Banjul, in search of opponents responsible for the armed attack on his presidential palace this week.
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