08 January 2015 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 08 Jan 2015 [PDF]
- U.S., Partner Nations Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL AFPS 08 Jan 2015 -- U.S. and partner-nation military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- US assassination drone kills 6 in eastern Afghanistan Iran Press TV 08 Jan 2015 -- A US-led assassination drone strike has killed at least 6 people in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar.
- DoD Releases Breakdown of Ebola Response Effort AFPS 08 Jan 2015 -- The Defense Department today released a breakdown of the numbers of DoD personnel involved in the battle to stop the spread of Ebola.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Department of Defense Press Briefing on European Infrastructure Consolidation Actions in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 08 Jan 2015 -- Presenters: Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Derek Chollet and John Conger, performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment
- Lakenheath selected to host first F-35s in USAFE AFNS 08 Jan 2015 -- Royal Air Force Lakenheath, U.K., was selected as the first U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) base to host the F-35A Lightning II.
- DoD Officials Announce European Infrastructure Consolidation AFPS 08 Jan 2015 -- Defense Department officials today announced plans to consolidate some military infrastructure in Europe to save the U.S. government more than $500 million annually while maintaining capability and commitments.
- Air Force F-35 Squadrons Slated for RAF Lakenheath Basing AFPS 08 Jan 2015 -- Two operational squadrons of U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter jets will be permanently stationed at the Royal Air Force Lakenheath facility in the United Kingdom starting in 2020, Defense Department officials announced today.
- DoD Announces European Infrastructure Consolidation Actions and F-35 Basing in Europe DoD 08 Jan 2015-- The Department of Defense announced today the consolidation of some U.S. infrastructure in Europe, including the return of 15 sites to their host nations. These actions, taken as part of the European Infrastructure Consolidation (EIC) process, will save the U.S. government approximately $500 million annually.
- Breedlove: Changes Enhance Eucom's Readiness, Mission Posture AFPS 08 Jan 2015 -- A military infrastructure consolidation announced today at the Pentagon will create efficiencies that enable the United States to maintain a persistent and capable presence in Europe, the commander of U.S. European Command said today.
- US Air Force's European consolidation results announced AFNS 08 Jan 2015 -- The Office of the Secretary of Defense announced the results of the European Infrastructure Consolidation (EIC) review Jan. 8, which will realign several missions in U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) within seven years.
- US announces first F-35 in Europe to be based in the UK UK MOD 08 Jan 2015 -- RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk will become home to the first 2 US F-35 fighter jet squadrons in Europe.
- AF maintenance team works with Chileans to build a more secure tomorrow AFNS 08 Jan 2015 -- Airmen from the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) recently spent four weeks training members of the Chilean air force, while participating in the U.S. Southern Command's priority of building partner capacity through sustained engagement.
- Dempsey hosts Israel's Lt. Gen. Gantz for Talks at Pentagon AFPS 08 Jan 2015 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff hosted the Israel Defense Forces chief of the General Staff at the Pentagon today for talks on regional security and bilateral cooperation.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's meeting with Lieutenant General Benjamin Gantz, Chief of the General Staff, Israeli Defense Forces DoD 08 Jan 2015
- Carrier Strike Group 4 Kicks Off COMPTUEX NNS 08 Jan 2015 -- With the temperatures dipping into the 20s and wind chills making it feel even colder, Sailors onboard several Navy vessels pulled lines, set sail and moved one step closer to deployment, Jan. 8.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's meeting with the Slovakian Defense Minister Martin Glvac DoD 08 Jan 2015
- Makin Island Visits Duqm, Oman NNS 08 Jan 2015 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), embarked with Amphibious Squadron Five and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) concluded a seven-day port visit in Duqm, Oman Jan. 5.
- Pacific Submarine Force Announces 2014 Battle 'E' Winners NNS 08 Jan 2015 -- Rear Adm. Phil Sawyer, commander of Submarine Force Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC), has announced the winners of the 2014 Battle Efficiency (Battle 'E') competition.
- Doorstep statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the CSU conference in Wildbad Kreuth, Germany NATO 08 Jan 2015
- Four Polish Warplanes Reinforce NATO Contingent in Lithuania Sputnik 08 Jan 2015 -- Four Polish MiG-29 fighter airplanes, aiming to reinforce NATO's Baltic Air Policing Mission, currently carried out by an Italian air contingent, landed at the Lithuanian Air Force Base in Siauliai, Lithuania's Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday.
- Russian Marines to Prepare for Arctic Warfare in 2015: Northern Fleet Sputnik 08 Jan 2015 -- Russia's Northern Fleet marines will undergo special training in 2015 for military activities in the Arctic, Northern Fleet spokesperson Vadim Serga said Thursday.
- PLA launches new campaign to raise loyalty among servicemen People's Daily 08 Jan 2015 -- The People's Liberation Army (PLA) has kicked off a year-long education campaign for all soldiers and officers, said the PLA General Political Department Wednesday.
- Expert: Information weapons are the key to future warfare People's Daily 08 Jan 2015 -- 'Future warfare will be local wars under informationized conditions, China's military must improve its capabilities to control the information warfare', said Professor Zhu Chenghu at a forum on international issues in Beijing Tuesday.
- Turkey to buy four additional F-35 fighter jets from US: Davutoglu Iran Press TV 08 Jan 2015 -- Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has announced plans by his country to purchase four more F-35 fighter jets and an additional five helicopters from the US.
- Press Gaggle aboard Air Force One en route Andrews AFB, 01/08/15 The White House 08 Jan 2015
- January 8, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 08 Jan 2015
- 8 January 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 08 Jan 2015
- Emergency Needs Grow in Iraq as Winter Bites VOA 08 Jan 2015 -- The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are appealing for $19 million to provide emergency winter assistance to nearly one-half million displaced people who have fled from militant Islamist attacks to Irbil and Dohuk in Iraq's Kurdish region.
- Merkel: Sanctions on Russia Stay Until Fighting Stops in Ukraine VOA 08 Jan 2015 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday that sanctions imposed by the European Union on Russia for supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine could be lifted only if a cease-fire agreement between Kyiv and the rebels was fully implemented.
- Ukraine asks West to pile more pressure on Russia Iran Press TV 08 Jan 2015 -- The Ukrainian prime minister is urging the western governments to show more unity in face of Russia.
- News Analysis: Bombing Campaign Opens New Front In Battle For Ukraine RFE/RL 08 Jan 2015 -- Hardly a day goes by in Ukraine these days without headlines about some terrorist incident or about the country's security forces breaking up a would-be plot or capturing a cache of weapons or explosives.
- Russia's Lavrov Discusses Ukraine With French, German PMs RFE/RL 08 Jan 2015 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has discussed the conflict in Ukraine with his French and German counterparts by telephone.
- Yatsenyuk Says Russia Must Remove 'Bandits' From Ukraine RFE/RL 08 Jan 2015 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says Russia is still sending military forces into Ukraine despite a September 5 deal on a cease-fire and steps toward peace.
- Russia's 11th Humanitarian Convoy Delivers Aid to Luhansk Sputnik 08 Jan 2015 -- Russian trucks from the 11th convoy carrying humanitarian aid for conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, have arrived in the city of Luhansk, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said Thursday.
- New N Korean Military Plan Envisages Occupying S Korea Within Seven Days Sputnik 08 Jan 2015 -- North Korea has developed a military plan envisaging the occupation of South Korea within seven days using nonconventional arms including nuclear weapons, South Korean newspaper JoongAng Ilbo reported Thursday.
- In Nigeria's Baga, another Boko Haram raid Iran Press TV 08 Jan 2015 -- Boko Haram Takfiri militants have carried out another deadly attack in Nigeria's strife-torn northeastern state of Borno.
- Cameroon President Calls for Greater Help to Fight Boko Haram VOA 08 Jan 2015 -- Cameroon is calling for international support and a coordinated response against Nigerian militant group Boko Haram. Cameroon's President Paul Biya appealed to the diplomatic community after the release of a Boko Haram video message threatening his country.
- Security Council calls on DR Congo leader to approve joint action to 'neutralize' rebels UN News Centre 08 Jan 2015 -- The Security Council today called on the authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to "swiftly approve" plans to begin joint operations between the Congolese military and the United Nations peacekeeping force to "neutralize" a rebel group with a long history of heinous crimes in the eastern regions of the vast country.
- Darfur: UN receives reports of significant civilian displacement UN News Centre 08 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today said that it has received reports of significant civilian displacement in Sudan's North Darfur and South Darfur states.
- Senior UN official warns Security Council of 'fragile political situation' in West African countries UN News Centre 08 Jan 2015 -- West Africa's political landscape remains delicate as nations across the region continue to grapple with insecurity, terrorist threats and tensions ahead of a busy election cycle, the United Nations senior official there told the Security Council this afternoon.
- UN Finds No Genocide in CAR Conflict VOA 08 Jan 2015 -- A United Nations commission of inquiry has determined that Christian militia have carried out ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the Central African Republic, but that there is no proof of genocidal intent in the ongoing civil war.
- Egypt army expanding Gaza buffer zone depth to 1 kilometer Iran Press TV 08 Jan 2015 -- The Egyptian military is reportedly set to demolish over 1,200 homes to double the width of a buffer zone constructed along the border with the Israeli-besieged Gaza Strip.
- Colombia number 2 rebel group agrees to talks with gov't Iran Press TV 08 Jan 2015 -- Colombia's second largest leftist guerrilla group has opened doors to peace talks with the government aimed at ending the half-century conflict.
- Obama Asked to Support Arms Embargo VOA 08 Jan 2015 -- Nearly 30 South Sudanese and international organizations are calling on President Obama to support a U.N. arms embargo on South Sudan. The human rights and humanitarian groups say the flow of weapons has brought increasing attacks on civilians.
- Mysterious Attack in Burundi May Have Political Consequences VOA 08 Jan 2015 -- Military officials in Burundi this week said soldiers killed nearly 100 alleged rebel combatants during five days of fighting near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Manhunt Narrows for 2 Suspects in France VOA 08 Jan 2015 -- The search for two brothers suspected of being behind the Paris shootings at a satirical newspaper narrowed Thursday to a zone near the capital as France held a day of mourning for the victims.
- France Frequent Target of Islamic Extremist Terrorism VOA 08 Jan 2015 -- The shooting Wednesday in Paris at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that had published cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad is the most deadly, but only the latest, outburst of Islamic terrorism in France in recent years. France has been a frequent target of Islamic extremist terror.
- Hunt goes on for terror suspects in France Iran Press TV 08 Jan 2015 -- French special operations forces have been deployed in the country's northeast to hunt down two of the suspects believed to have been behind the recent terrorist attack in Paris.
- Policewoman Shot Dead As Manhunt Continues After Paris Attack RFE/RL 08 Jan 2015 -- French police forces backed by helicopters have descended on a town northeast of Paris after a possible sighting of two suspects in an attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo which killed 12 people on January 7.
- Muslim Press Reacts To Charlie Hebdo Attack RFE/RL 08 Jan 2015 -- Media in the Muslim world have published a wide variety of reactions to the deadly attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
- Manhunt Expands for 2 Suspects in France VOA 08 Jan 2015 -- French officials are pursuing two brothers in connection with Wednesday's massacre at Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper, after an unconfirmed sighting of the pair at a service station in northern France.
- EU Leaders Assess Security Following Paris Attack VOA 08 Jan 2015 -- In the wake of the massacre Wednesday in Paris, European security officials are re-visiting their plans for countering what they see as a growing jihadist threat and what to do with young disaffected Muslim men either returning from combat in the Middle East or radicalized via the Internet by militant groups fighting there.
- French PM: 'Several Arrests' in Search for Shooters VOA 08 Jan 2015 -- The French prime minister says there have been 'several arrests' in the search for two suspects in Wednesday's shooting spree that left 12 people dead at the headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine.
- North Koreans Still Unsure When to Celebrate Kim Jong Un's Birthday Sputnik 08 Jan 2015 -- A veil of secrecy still covers the exact date of Kim Jong Un's birth date, sparking a debate over the age of the current leader of North Korea.
- North Korea Calls for US Sanctions Lift, Threatens 'War Disaster' Sputnik 08 Jan 2015 -- North Korea called for all of the sanctions recently imposed by the United States to be lifted, threatening a 'war disaster' over Washington's 'hostile' policies toward the country, the North Korean state news agency KCNA reported.
- Ebola: vaccine trials can offer 'signs of hope' says UN health chief UN News Centre 08 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today convened its second ever high-level meeting on Ebola vaccines access and financing, in Geneva, Switzerland, to review the current status of clinical trials and plans for Phase II and Phase III efficacy trials.
- EU Offers Ukraine $2.12 Billion More In Loans If Reforms Made RFE/RL 08 Jan 2015 -- The European Commission has offered to lend Ukraine a further 1.8 billion euros ($2.12 billion) in medium-term loans to help the country's beleaguered economy.
- Sri Lanka Swears in New President VOA 08 Jan 2015 -- Maithripala Sirisena was sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president after he inflicted a shocking defeat on the country's former powerful leader, Mahinda Rajapaksa. He now faces the challenge of fulfilling pledges of political and social transformation.
- Sri Lankan President Seeks Third Term in Close Election VOA 08 Jan 2015 -- Sri Lankans voted Thursday to choose a new president in a high stakes race that pits President Mahinda Rajapaksa against his former aide, Mithripala Sirisena. The contest is expected to be the tightest the nation has witnessed in decades.
- UN and partners stress need for end to political impasse in Haiti before week's end UN News Centre 08 Jan 2015 -- Less than a week before the Parliament in Haiti becomes dysfunctional, the United Nations and its international partners noted with deep concern that no solution to the political crisis has yet been found.
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