10 January 2015 Military News
- Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 10 Jan 2015 -- U.S. and coalition 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.
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- US to boost European contingent with 3,000 troops, 150 tanks in 2015 – report RT 10 Jan 2015-- The US plans to send 3,000 more troops and over 150 tanks to Europe by the end of ear to bolster its presence on the region, a top commander announced.
- US State Department Slams Pyongyang's Offer to Suspend Nuclear Tests Sputnik 10 Jan 2015 -- The United States on Saturday criticized a proposal by North Korea to suspend further nuclear tests if Washington agrees to call off joint military exercises with South Korea as 'an implicit threat'.
- KCNA Report KCNA 10 Jan 2015 -- "Recently the DPRK government proposed a crucial step to the U.S. government to remove the danger of war, ease tension and create a peaceful climate on the Korean peninsula, prompted by the desire to join efforts of all Koreans to open up a broad avenue to independent reunification in 2015 marking the 70th anniversary of the division of the Korean nation."
- N Korea suspends nuclear tests if US cancels maneuvers with South Iran Press TV 10 Jan 2015 -- North Korea says it is ready to suspend its future nuclear tests if the United States calls off its annual joint military drills with South Korea this year.
- N Korea Offers to Suspend Nuclear Tests in Exchange for End to US Drills Sputnik 10 Jan 2015 -- North Korea said on Saturday it wanted to 'temporarily' suspend any nuclear tests as long as the United States agrees to cancel all of its annual joint military exercises with South Korea this year, citing the drills as the main reason for tension on the Korean peninsula.
- N. Korea Offers Nuclear Test Ban in Exchange for Maneuvers Ban VOA 10 Jan 2015 -- North Korea says it is willing to declare a temporary moratorium on nuclear testing if the United States scraps plans for joint military maneuvers held annually with South Korea.
- S-400 Air Defense Systems to Protect Skies Above Moscow Sputnik 10 Jan 2015 -- The airspace around Moscow will be protected by the fourth regimental set of S-400 Triumph (SA-21 Growler) air defense systems, Russian Defense Ministry's spokesperson told RIA Novosti Saturday.
- China Starts Military Drills Near Korean Peninsula: Reports Sputnik 10 Jan 2015 -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has started its regular military drills in the waters adjacent to the Korean Peninsula, the Chinese ministry of national defense said in a statement posted on its official website.
- Russia, India Complete Draft Project for Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft Sputnik 10 Jan 2015 -- Russia and India have completed the preliminary design for the Sukhoi/HAL Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA), the regional director of international cooperation at the united Russian-Indian aircraft manufacturing company said Saturday.
- UN to host new round of talks among Libyan parties with view to ending crisis UN News Centre 10 Jan 2015 -- Libyan parties have agreed to hold in Geneva next week a new round of United Nations-facilitated political talks aimed at helping all sides reach "common ground" to end the current political and security crisis, the UN Mission in the strife-torn country announced today.
- Libya's Factions Agree to New Talks in Geneva Next Week VOA 10 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations' top envoy to Libya said Saturday that rival factions in the war-torn North African country had agreed to hold talks in the coming days, in a push to end a deadly four-year security crisis.
- Situation worsening in militant-besieged Syria towns Iran Press TV 10 Jan 2015 -- The situation is worsening in the militant-besieged Nubul and al-Zahraa towns on the outskirts of the northwestern Syria city of Aleppo, Press TV reports.
- Two Ukrainian soldiers killed, 20 wounded in east Iran Press TV 10 Jan 2015 -- Ukraine's military spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, says two soldiers have been killed and twenty others injured in the latest gun battles with pro-Russia forces in the country's eastern regions over the past 24 hours.
- Ukraine, pro-Russia envoys talks fail to deliver results Iran Press TV 10 Jan 2015 -- The Ukrainian foreign ministry says negotiations between the three-party contact group and representatives of the self-proclaimed republics of eastern Ukraine have failed to deliver any practical results.
- China continues Diaoyu Islands patrol People's Daily 10 Jan 2015 -- China Coast Guard (CCG) vessels conducted a patrol in waters surrounding the Diaoyu Islands on Friday, according to a statement by the State Oceanic Administration.
- Two soldiers shot dead in attack on Ivory Coast border town Iran Press TV 10 Jan 2015 -- At least two soldiers have been shot dead by unknown gunmen in a raid on an army base in the West African nation of Ivory Coast, a local member of parliament says.
- Boko Haram Raid on Nigerian Town Fuels Chilling Tales VOA 10 Jan 2015 -- In the week since Boko Haram seized Nigeria's far northeastern town of Baga and began raiding nearby villages, militants have killed hundreds of civilians and razed entire communities, local officials say. It may be the one of the sect's deadliest killing sprees since the insurgency started more than five years ago.
- Foreign Ministers Discuss Somalia's Progress VOA 10 Jan 2015 -- Foreign ministers from seven countries in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development met Saturday to discuss political and security progress made in Somalia, as well as the country's anticipated 2016 elections.
- Paris violence suspect in Syria: Turkish source Iran Press TV 10 Jan 2015 -- A woman suspected of having a role in recent bloodshed in Paris, has reportedly entered Turkey before the violence and is believed to have moved to Syria, security sources say.
- France On High Security Alert For March RFE/RL 10 Jan 2015 -- France's interior minister says 'all measures' will be taken to prepare for what is expected to be a huge demonstration on January 11 to show unity against extremists.
- Paris Gunman's Girlfriend Crosses Syrian Border: Reports Sputnik 10 Jan 2015 -- Hayat Boumeddiene, a girlfriend of the gunman who fatally shot a female police officer in the Paris suburb of Montrouge and four hostages at a kosher shop in the French capital, has traveled to Syria, the French RTL radio station reported Saturday.
- Yemeni Al-Qaeda Leader Hails Paris Attacks, Predicts More Bloodshed Sputnik 10 Jan 2015 -- Sheikh Harith al-Nadhari, the leader of al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen (AQAP) praised the hideous Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris and threatened France with more bloodshed.
- France on High Alert, Search for Terror Accomplice Continues VOA 10 Jan 2015 -- French authorities have beefed up security on the eve of a march paying tribute to the 17 victims of terrorist sieges this week in Paris and a town to its northeast. They've also expanded their dragnet for a woman believed to be the accomplice of three gunmen killed in twin police raids Friday.
- Fitch Cuts Russia's Credit Rating To One Step Above Junk RFE/RL 10 Jan 2015 -- Fitch Ratings has cut Russia's credit rating to the lowest investment grade after plunging oil prices and the Ukraine conflict triggered the worst currency crisis since 1998.
- US Dragon Spacecraft Blasts Off to ISS, Falcon 9 Rocket Landing Fails Sputnik 10 Jan 2015 -- The US spacecraft Dragon with 1.6 tons of supplies for the International Space Station (ISS) was successfully launched Saturday from Cape Canaveral in Florida, NASA said on its website.
- Space Station Cargo Reaches Orbit; Rocket Landing Attempt Fails VOA 10 Jan 2015 -- A huge rocket carried an unmanned supply ship loaded with cargo for the International Space Station into orbit Saturday, but a pioneering attempt to reland the booster on an ocean barge failed.
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