12 January 2015 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 12 Jan 2015 [PDF]
- U.S., Coalition Continue Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq AFPS 12 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.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Building strategic relationships AFNS 12 Jan 2015 -- The Air Force's ability to continue building partnerships to meet challenges of future warfare directly involves Airmen and Soldiers who are focused on building partnership capacity throughout the region.
- Lockheed awarded $68M contract for F-22 work at Hill AFB AFNS 12 Jan 2015 -- The Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $67.8 million contract to help finish a year's worth of maintenance and repair work for the F-22 Raptor at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
- Women in Service Review Rollout Due in 2016 AFPS 12 Jan 2015 -- Following the 2013 repeal of the Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, the secretary of defense will announce final decisions to integrate remaining closed occupations and any approved exceptions to policy on or about Jan. 1, 2016, a Pentagon official reported.
- U.S. Troops Resuming Atlantic Resolve Training in Eastern Europe AFPS 12 Jan 2015 -- U.S. Army troops resumed Operation Atlantic Resolve land-forces training of allied and partner forces this week as 75 Stryker combat vehicles arrived in Eastern Europe, Pentagon Press spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said today.
- 45th SW supports 5th SpaceX launch for ISS resupply mission AFNS 12 Jan 2015 -- The 45th Space Wing supported Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX) successful launch of their Falcon 9 Dragon spacecraft headed to the International Space Station from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Jan 10.
- Russia must keep USA at gunpoint Pravda.ru 12 Jan 2015 -- Russia's military doctrine can be updated and altered against the changing nature of threats. Pravda.Ru interviewed President of the International Center for Geopolitical Analysis, Doctor of Historical Sciences Leonid Ivashov, about the current state of affairs in the military doctrine of the Russian Federation.
- Chinese military offers aids to Malaysia People's Daily 12 Jan 2015 -- Two IL-76 air transport aircraft loaded with relief goods set out for Kuala Lumpur Monday morning, according to China's Ministry of National Defense.
- India May Buy Su-30 if Rafale Deal Falls Through: Defense Ministry Source Sputnik 12 Jan 2015 -- India is yet to make a final decision on whether it will acquire French Rafale fighter aircraft and sees the Russian-designed SU-30 multirole fighter as an alternative if the deal with France's Dassault Aviation falls through, a source in the Indian Ministry of Defense told Sputnik on Monday.
- Scrapping Rafale Deal in Favor of Su-30MKI Optimal for India: Think Tank Sputnik 12 Jan 2015 -- Acquiring Russian-designed Sukhoi Su-30MKI instead of France's Rafale fighter aircraft would be the most beneficial option for India in terms of price and performance characteristics, a spokesman for the Center for Analysis of World Arms Trade (CAWAT) said Monday.
- Australia to Provide Ukrainian Armed Forces With Winter Clothing Sputnik 12 Jan 2015 -- Another batch of winter clothing for Ukrainian Armed Forces personnel will arrive from Australia in the next few days, a Ukrainian Defense Ministry spokesperson said at briefing Monday.
- January 12, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 12 Jan 2015
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 1/12/2015 The White House 12 Jan 2015
- 12 January 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 12 Jan 2015
- Iraqi top commander rejects reports on Iran's military presence in Iraq ISNA 12 Jan 2015 -- A top commander of Iraq's volunteer forces categorically rejected reports on Iran's military presence in Iraq, reiterating that Iran is only provides advisors and weapons for Iraq.
- Turkey must curb militants entering Syria: Germany Iran Press TV 12 Jan 2015 -- Germany has urged Turkey to do more to prevent extremists from getting to Syria through its territory in order to join ISIL militants and other terrorist organizations.
- Libya urges intl. community to help in fighting militants Iran Press TV 12 Jan 2015 -- Libya's internationally-recognized prime minister has urged world leaders to provide his government with more help in the battle against militants or the country will turn into a safe haven for terrorists.
- UN Mediates Libya Peace Talks VOA 12 Jan 2015 -- U.N.-mediated Libya peace talks aimed at reaching a political solution to end the fighting in the conflict-ridden country are expected to get underway this week at U.N. headquarters in Geneva.
- Foreign Ministers Gather In Berlin For Ukraine Meeting RFE/RL 12 Jan 2015 -- The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France are meeting in Berlin on January 12 for talks on the conflict in Ukraine.
- Over 1.2 Million Displaced in Eastern Ukraine Due to Military Conflict: UN Sputnik 12 Jan 2015 -- More than 1.2 million people have been driven from their homes by the military conflict in eastern Ukraine, a new situation report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has revealed.
- US: Pakistan Willing to Attack Taliban, Haqqani Militants VOA 12 Jan 2015 -- The U.S. says that Pakistan is pledging a new willingness to attack Taliban and Haqqani Network insurgents in tribal areas along its Afghan border.
- Pakistani School Reopens After Taliban Massacre RFE/RL 12 Jan 2015 -- The Pakistani school that was the site of a Taliban massacre last month has reopened amid tight security.
- CAR data - a crisis in numbers IRIN 12 Jan 2015 -- Over the last year, violence has continued across the Central African Republic (CAR) despite multiple cessations of hostilities agreements and attempts to end the conflict. The weeks since mid-December have seen fresh inter-communal violence break out at different locations across the country, prompting thousands of people to flee their homes.
- Nigeria Vigilante Strength Draws Boko Haram Reprisals VOA 12 Jan 2015 -- It was no accident that Boko Haram picked the town of Baga to attack last week in Nigeria's northeast, routing the military and torching the fishing community. The town's strong vigilante groups may have made it a target.
- UN chief raps Boko Haram violence in Nigeria Iran Press TV 12 Jan 2015 -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned a recent wave of deadly attacks carried out by Takfiri Boko Haram militants in Nigeria.
- S Korea's Park 'open' to meeting with North leader Iran Press TV 12 Jan 2015 -- South Korea's President Park Geun-hye says she is willing to meet the North's leader Kim Jong Un without preconditions.
- Burundi: UN electoral mission prepared to help country in 'decisive' return to peace UN News Centre 12 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations Electoral Observation Mission in Burundi, known by its French acronym MENUB, officially launched its activities today in the capital of Bujumbura as the country prepares for critical elections to be held later this year amid an atmosphere of reconciliation.
- China Mediates Peace Talks on South Sudan VOA 12 Jan 2015 -- China has mediated talks between South Sudan's warring factions, winning pledges from the rivals to speed up the country's peace process.
- New Charlie Hebdo Cover Depicts Prophet Muhammad With 'I Am Charlie' Sign VOA 12 Jan 2015 -- The Prophet Muhammad will be on the cover of the next issue of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
- France confirms hundreds of nationals fighting as terrorists in Mideast Iran Press TV 12 Jan 2015 -- The French prime minister says around 1,400 people from France have either joined Takfiri terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq or are planning to do so.
- France to mobilize 10,000 troops to reinforce security Iran Press TV 12 Jan 2015 -- France's defense minister has announced that more than 10,000 troops will be stationed across the country to ensure security after the recent terrorist attacks in the country's capital city of Paris.
- Interview: What Next For France After Deadly Terror Attacks? RFE/RL 12 Jan 2015 -- France is still reeling from the deadly attack against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and its aftermath. As the shock slowly subsides, many in France are asking themselves how the deadliest terrorist attack in decades will change their country.
- Kerry To Hold Talks In Paris Following Attacks RFE/RL 12 Jan 2015 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he will travel to Paris this week for talks with French officials on countering extremist violence after the deadly attacks by Islamist militants.
- French Muslims Still Joining Terror Cells Despite Harsh Anti-Terrorist Laws Sputnik 12 Jan 2015 -- European homegrown terrorism has become an issue of primary concern in the light of the recent hideous and barbaric Charlie Hebdo massacre.
- Nearly 1,500 French Residents Joined Jihadists in Middle East: French PM Sputnik 12 Jan 2015 -- More than 1,400 French citizens have either joined or are planning to join the jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq, according to France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls, AFP reports.
- France Deploying 10,000 Troops After Attacks VOA 12 Jan 2015 -- France's defense minister says more than 10,000 troops will be deployed across the country by Tuesday. European governments are reviewing security measures following last week's terror attacks that killed 17 people in France.
- Record Numbers Attend 'Anti-Islamization' Rally in Germany VOA 12 Jan 2015 -- A weekly anti-Islam march in the German city of Dresden attracted its largest-ever crowd Monday in what its organizers say was a tribute to the French terror victims.
- World Bank says Ebola puts future prosperity of Liberia, Sierra Leone 'at high risk' UN News Centre 12 Jan 2015 -- Job losses and food insecurity are among the far-reaching and persistent socio-economic impacts of Ebola in Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the results of two new World Bank Group surveys released today.
- New Anti-Tehran Sanctions May Undermine Iran Nuclear Deal: US Envoy Sputnik 12 Jan 2015 -- If the US Congress pushes toward more sanctions against Iran, it will inevitably ruin any prospect of the Iranian nuclear deal, isolating Washington instead, believes Samantha Power, the US Ambassador to the United Nations.
- UN Afghanistan mission welcomes Government's nomination of unity cabinet UN News Centre 12 Jan 2015 -- The nomination of Afghanistan's unity cabinet, part of a wider move to bring together the country's political factions is an important milestone in the nation's political development, the top United Nations envoy there announced today.
- Afghanistan president announces members of unity cabinet after long delay Iran Press TV 12 Jan 2015 -- Afghanistan's president has unveiled his full list of cabinet nominees, putting an end to three months of political wrangling that threatened the "national unity government" formed following last year's disputed election.
- Afghanistan Announces New Cabinet After Long Delay RFE/RL 12 Jan 2015 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's office has announced nominees for the country's cabinet after months of delays following a disputed election.
- Afghanistan Unveils Cabinet After Three-Month Deadlock Sputnik 12 Jan 2015 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani unveiled the make-up of his new government after months of wrangling amid growing concerns of the Taliban insurgency in the country, Reuters reports.
- Afghan President Finalizes Cabinet VOA 12 Jan 2015 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has nominated the 25-member Cabinet of his so-called 'National Unity Government.' Monday's announcement came after months of delays and missed deadlines, raising questions about future political stability in strife-torn Afghanistan.
- Sri Lanka's president sets April for parliamentary polls Iran Press TV 12 Jan 2015 -- Three days into his incumbency, Sri Lanka's new president has announced fresh parliamentary elections to be held in April.
- Croatia Elects First Female President RFE/RL 12 Jan 2015 -- Croatia has elected its first female president. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic - a conservative populist - narrowly beat President Ivo Josipovic in a run-off vote on January 11.
- Mozambique's New Parliament Faces 'Political Crisis' VOA 12 Jan 2015 -- Mozambique's October elections were supposed to have taken the southern African nation off the ledge of instability and political bickering. But in recent months the gas-rich nation has seen more political turmoil. As the new parliament kicks off this week and the new president takes his seat, political problems continue to bedevil Mozambique.
- EU MPs to Warn Turkey on Press Freedom VOA 12 Jan 2015 -- The European Parliament is preparing to formally warn Turkey against violating press freedom, rebuking its government for last month's arrests and detention of dozens of journalists who have criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development Party.
- International Space Station Captures Dragon Cargo Spacecraft: NASA Sputnik 12 Jan 2015 -- The International Space Station (ISS) crew has successfully captured the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said Monday.
- Ukraine Ex-president Yanukovych Put on Interpol 'Wanted' List VOA 12 Jan 2015 -- Interpol has put Ukraine's former president Viktor Yanukovych on its international wanted persons list on charges of embezzlement.
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