03 January 2015 Military News
- NATO Airstrikes Kill Nearly 20 Militants in Afghanistan: Reports Sputnik 03 Jan 2015 -- At least 18 militants were killed in the southeastern Afghan province of Paktika in airstrikes by the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces, Anadolu Agency reported Saturday.
- USS Fort Worth joins USS Sampson as second U.S. Navy ship assisting with AirAsia QZ8501 search efforts NNS 03 Jan 2015 -- USS Fort Worth joins USS Sampson (DDG 102), which has been on station since Dec. 29.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Russia to send another humanitarian aid convoy to crisis-hit east Ukraine Iran Press TV 03 Jan 2015 -- Russia plans to send another aid convoy to Ukraine's restive east, where sporadic exchanges of fire between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russians have deteriorated the humanitarian situation.
- Emergencies Ministry Begins 11th Humanitarian Convoy to Donbas Formation Sputnik 03 Jan 2015 -- The formation of the 11th Russian humanitarian aid convoy to Ukraine's eastern Donbas region is underway, Russia's Emergencies Ministry said Saturday.
- Ukraine violence unabated despite snowfall Iran Press TV 03 Jan 2015 -- Violence rages on unabated around Donetsk in the east of Ukraine in the face of heavy snowfall following the breakdown of truce negotiations between pro-Ukrainians and pro-Russians.
- Ceasefire Violations in E Ukraine Declining Since New Year's Eve: Donetsk Sputnik 03 Jan 2015 -- The number of ceasefire violations by Ukrainian forces has gone down since New Year's Eve, Commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic's militia Eduard Basurin said Saturday.
- Pakistan Airstrikes Kill Over 30 Militants, Destroy Terrorist Hideouts Sputnik 03 Jan 2015 -- The Pakistan Armed Forces killed at least 31 militants and destroyed a number of shelters and training facilities in the country's northwest, the army said Saturday.
- Pakistan Army Airstrikes Kill 31 Militants VOA 03 Jan 2015 -- Pakistan's military says its fighter planes bombed and destroyed several "terrorist hideouts" near the Afghan border Saturday, killing at least 31 militants.
- Indian Home Minister Calls on Pakistan to Stop Ceasefire Violations Sputnik 03 Jan 2015 -- Pakistan must put an end to ceasefire violations in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Saturday.
- Israel Freezes Tax Transfers to Palestinians Following ICC Bid VOA 03 Jan 2015 -- Israel has frozen about $125 million in tax revenues it collects for the Palestinians, in response to Palestinian efforts to join the International Criminal Court, an Israeli official said Saturday.
- No agreement yet on nuclear talks: Foreign Ministry IRNA 03 Jan 2015 -- A senior official at the Foreign Ministry on Saturday said no agreement has been reached over any issues discussed at Iran's nuclear negotiations with the world six powers.
- Iran's Foreign Ministry rejects reports on nuclear deal with US ISNA 03 Jan 2015 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry rejected AP report that Iran and the US have reached an agreement on nuclear issue.
- Iran's source rejects AP report on nuclear agreement with US ISNA 03 Jan 2015 -- An Iranian informed source rejected as baseless the recent AP report on Iran-US nuclear agreement, calling it 'smear campaign'.
- IRGC thwarts Israeli terror attack on nuclear scientist: Colonel ISNA 03 Jan 2015 -- A senior Iranian military officer said the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has thwarted an Israeli assassination attack on an Iranian nuclear scientist.
- Iranian Foreign Ministry Denies Reports of Nuclear Agreement With US Sputnik 03 Jan 2015 -- No agreement has been reached between Iran and the United States on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, Iranian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said Saturday, denying earlier media reports.
- US sanctions DPRK over Sony cyberattack People's Daily 03 Jan 2015 -- The US imposed new sanctions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday, targeting top state officials and defense-related organizations in an attempt at punishment for a crippling cyberattack against Sony. The sanctions marked the first public act of retribution by the US.
- US Hopes for International Support Over Sanctions Against N Korea: Official Sputnik 03 Jan 2015 -- The United States wants to encourage its partners to follow suit and impose sanctions on North Korea that Washington deems responsible for a recent cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, a senior Obama administration official has told reporters.
- Denmark to Create Cyber Army Following Hacker Attacks: Reports Sputnik 03 Jan 2015 -- From this year on, Denmark will be developing cyberwarfare strategy toward hostile countries and organizations, Danish daily Politiken reports.
- Libyan Terrorism Suspect Dies in New York Before Trial Sputnik 03 Jan 2015 -- A Libyan terrorism suspect, allegedly responsible for the 1998 al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in Africa, died in New York before trial, according to NBC News.
- 'We have no plan B, we have to get rid of this virus' - new head of UN Ebola mission UN News Centre 03 Jan 2015 -- The newly appointed Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, arrived this morning in Accra, Ghana, where he officially begins his duties next week as head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).
- South Korean Satellite Faces Collision With Space Junk: Reports Sputnik 03 Jan 2015 -- A South Korean geological monitoring satellite is on course to come within close hazardous proximity with space debris, Yonhap reports.
- Uganda Renegade General under House Arrest VOA 03 Jan 2015 -- The defense attorney for Ugandan General David Sejusa is demanding answers from the government after the renegade general was placed under house arrest Friday.
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