02 January 2015 Military News
- Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria and Iraq AFPS 02 Jan 2015 -- U.S. and partner-nation military forces yesterday continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria using fighter, bomber, and attack aircraft to conduct 12 airstrikes, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
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- Russian Navy to Continue Anti-Piracy Mission off Coast of Somalia Sputnik 02 Jan 2015 -- Warships and support vessels of Russian Navy will continue to perform tasks to prevent pirate attacks on civilian ships in the Gulf of Aden and the Horn of Africa, Navy commander-in-chief Adm. Viktor Chirkov said Friday.
- Militants attack kills 19, injures 32 in Syria's Aleppo Iran Press TV 02 Jan 2015 -- Militants have killed 19 people in an overnight attack on the government-controlled parts of the Syria's northwestern city of Aleppo, an opposition group says.
- Kurdish fighters kill Saudi ISIL commander during battle for Kobani in Syria Iran Press TV 02 Jan 2015 -- Kurdish fighters battling the ISIL terrorists in Syria's northern town of Kobani have managed to kill a senior commander of the Takfiri group.
- Saudi ISIL leader killed in Kobani Iran Press TV 02 Jan 2015 -- A senior Saudi leader of the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group has reportedly been killed in the Syrian town of Kobani.
- 2014 one of Iraq's bloodiest years as casualty rates soar, UN mission reports UN News Centre 02 Jan 2015 -- Casualty figures for Iraq in 2014 were at their highest in over five years amid a spate of deadly violence which has been convulsing the country, the United Nations mission in the country reported today.
- Firefighters extinguish blaze at Libyan oil port Iran Press TV 02 Jan 2015 -- Firefighters have extinguished a blaze at Libya's largest oil port, al-Sidra, after a week, officials say.
- Fire Put Out at Main Oil Terminal in Libya: Reports Sputnik 02 Jan 2015 -- Firefighters and employees of local oil companies managed to extinguish a fire that spread to seven of 19 storage tanks at the al-Sidra oil terminal, AFP reports, citing local officials.
- DR Congo: as deadline for surrender passes, UN and partners urge action against rebels UN News Centre 02 Jan 2015 -- Today, as the six-month grace period for the full and unconditional surrender of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) armed group expires, the United Nations and its partners urged that "all necessary measures" be taken to disarm the rebels, who have had a long history of heinous crimes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
- UN: Palestine moves to join International Criminal Court, numerous global treaties UN News Centre 02 Jan 2015 -- Palestinian Authority officials today presented to the United Nations documents for accession to 16 international conventions and treaties, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the world body has confirmed.
- Palestinians Submit Documents to Join ICC VOA 02 Jan 2015 -- The Palestinians have submitted documents to the United Nations to join the International Criminal Court, a move that will enable them to seek war crimes charges against Israel.
- Militant Attack in Somalia Kills 6 VOA 02 Jan 2015 -- An attack by al-Shabab militants on a Somali military base Friday has left six people dead and at least 18 wounded, Somali authorities said.
- Farmer-Herder Clashes Add to Tension in CAR VOA 02 Jan 2015 -- An observer group is looking for ways to restore friendly relations between cattle herders and farmers in the Central African Republic and stop the violence that has been tearing the country apart for two years.
- Kenyan Court Suspends Parts of Controversial Anti-Terrorism Law Sputnik 02 Jan 2015 -- Kenya's High Court Judge George Odunga suspended eight parts of a controversial anti-terrorist law, adopted last month following a rise in al-Shabab insurgency, the Associated Press reports.
- Kenyan Court Suspends Parts of New Security Law VOA 02 Jan 2015 -- Kenya's High Court has suspended some of the more controversial measures of a national security law, following a challenge from opposition lawmakers and a rights group about restrictions on media and refugees as well as broader police powers.
- US Sanctions on N Korea Target About Dozen Individuals and Entities Sputnik 02 Jan 2015 -- Expanded US sanctions against North Korea for the hacking of Sony Entertainment will target three entities tied to the government and 10 individuals, including a representative in Russia, the US Treasury said Friday.
- Letter - Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to North Korea The White House 20 Jan 2015 -- "Pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), I hereby report that I have issued an Executive Order (the "order") with respect to North Korea that expands the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13466 of June 26, 2008, expanded in scope in Executive Order 13551 of August 30, 2010, and relied upon for additional steps in Executive Order 13570 of April 18, 2011."
- Statement by the Press Secretary on the Executive Order Entitled "Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to North Korea" The White House 20 Jan 2015
- Obama Announces New Sanctions on North Korea VOA 02 Jan 2015 -- President Barack Obama announced new sanctions Friday on North Korea in the wake of the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment late last year.
- ROK urges DPRK to respond to its offer of dialogue People's Daily 02 Jan 2015 -- The Republic of Korea's Ministry of Unification said on Thursday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea should respond to its offer of talks if it wants to improve relations.
- N Korea: Kim Jong-Un's Sister Reportedly Married Son of Senior Official Sputnik 02 Jan 2015 -- Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of the North Korean leader, has reportedly married a son of a senior official, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reports, citing anonymous sources.
- In call with Republic of Korea leader, Ban reaffirms support for peace on Korean Peninsula UN News Centre 02 Jan 2015 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the Republic of Korea (ROK), Park Geun-hye, discussed the country's continued support for the work of the United Nations amid wider efforts to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula in a phone call on New Year's Day.
- Sino-US ties set to be modified, diplomat says People's Daily 02 Jan 2015 -- A senior Chinese diplomat has suggested that Asia will be 'the starting point' for forging a new type of relationship between China and the United States.
- China's Senior Diplomat Sacked for Suspected Corruption: Foreign Ministry Sputnik 02 Jan 2015 -- China's Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Kunsheng has been removed from his office for 'suspected disciplinary violation,' the country's Foreign Ministry announced Friday.
- IFRC: Fear Hampering Ebola Fight VOA 02 Jan 2015 -- The West Africa Ebola outbreak began just over a year ago in Guinea, but health officials still cannot say when it will be contained. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies says while progress has been made, much more needs to be done to prevent a relapse. More than 20-thousand cases has been reported and nearly eight-thousand deaths.
- Outgoing head of UN Ebola mission sums up progress in 'big battle' with outbreak UN News Centre 02 Jan 2015 -- Delivering his final press conference as head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Anthony Banbury today pointed to significant progress in tackling the outbreak since he was appointed in September last year, while stressing that zero cases is the only acceptable outcome in the "big battle" with the disease.
- Outgoing UN Ebola Chief: Crisis Could End in 2015 VOA 02 Jan 2015 -- The outgoing head of the U.N. mission to combat Ebola said Friday that the worst outbreak of the disease could be ended this year.
- Turkey opens top officers' trial over eavesdropping Iran Press TV 02 Jan 2015 -- Turkey begins the trial of 13 former police officers on the charge of setting up bugs to illegally eavesdrop on the calls of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan while he was prime minister in 2011.
- What's The EEU And What Are Its Chances? RFE/RL 02 Jan 2015 -- Five years ago, Moscow had every reason to feel secure about its neighborhood. Ally Kazakhstan was settling in as the first post-Soviet state to chair the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Belarus had acquiesced to new oil-supply terms from Russia. And all three countries had just joined forces in a new Common Economic Space, a partnership they hoped would eventually outweigh or even absorb the European Union.
- Mandate of UN-backed tribunal for Lebanon extended for three more years UN News Centre 02 Jan 2015 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has extended the mandate of the United Nations-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), which was set up to try those responsible for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others, for a period of three years from 1 March 2015.
- Senior UN official condemns recent attempt to seize power in The Gambia UN News Centre 02 Jan 2015 -- The top United Nations official in West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, today condemned the recent attempt to seize power through unconstitutional means in The Gambia.
- Dozens Arrested in Gambia After Military Coup Attempt Sputnik 02 Jan 2015 -- Gambian officials arrested dozens of military staff and civilians after an alleged coup attempt took place earlier this week, according to AFP.
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