18 January 2015 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Dempsey, Italian Officials to Discuss Security Concerns AFPS 18 Jan 2015 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is in Italy to discuss threats to Italy's southern flank and get the Italian perspective on the country's security issues, ahead of a two-day NATO meeting in Brussels.
- Russia's Foreign Legion Of Doubt RFE/RL 18 Jan 2015 -- If you're between 18 and 30 years old, speak Russian, and have no criminal record, you are in for some good news. You are eligible to enlist in the Russian army.
- 3,000 in Turkey linked to Daesh IRNA 18 Jan 2015 -- Around 3,000 people in Turkey are believed to be linked to the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, a Turkish intelligence report said on Saturday, warning of possible attacks by extremists.
- Syrian army evacuates 2,000 to safety Iran Press TV 18 Jan 2015 -- In their latest operation, Syrian soldiers have evacuated over 2,000 people from areas besieged by militants near the capital Damascus.
- Militants raze Muslim holy site in northwest Syria Iran Press TV 18 Jan 2015 -- Foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants have destroyed the centuries-old mausoleum of a Sufi Muslim saint in Syria's troubled northwestern province of Aleppo.
- Islamic State Group Releases 200 Iraqi Yazidis VOA 18 Jan 2015 -- The Islamic State group has released at least 200 Yazidis after five months of captivity in Iraq.
- Libya govt. calls ceasefire after militants announce truce Iran Press TV 18 Jan 2015 -- Libya's internationally recognized government has called a ceasefire following an earlier announcement by the country's militants to stop the deadly clashes.
- Libya: UN Mission welcomes ceasefire announcements, commitment to dialogue process UN News Centre 18 Jan 2015 -- Three days after the end of the first round of talks under the Libyan political dialogue process, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has today welcomed the unilateral announcements by the parties in Libya of a ceasefire in order to resolve the conflict peacefully through dialogue.
- Ukraine's Military: Troops Retake Most of Donetsk Airport VOA 18 Jan 2015 -- The Ukrainian military said it has cleared pro-Russia rebels from much of the Donetsk airport in a massive overnight operation.
- Ukraine president declines Putin's peace plan: Putin spokesman Iran Press TV 18 Jan 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declined a Russian-proposed plan for peace between his government and pro-Russia forces in the east, says a spokesman for the Russian president.
- Ukraine President Vows To Retake Rebel-Held East RFE/RL 18 Jan 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says Kyiv will reassert control over the country's eastern region, where fighting has intensified in recent days between government troops and pro-Russian separatist rebels.
- Moscow Ready to Influence Local Militias to Ensure Artillery Withdrawal Sputnik 18 Jan 2015 -- Moscow has proposed an immediate heavy artillery withdrawal from southeastern Ukraine (Donbas) and has expressed its readiness to work with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and to influence local independence supporters to make such a move.
- Russian Foreign Ministry Says Kiev Used Ceasefire to Regroup Troops Sputnik 18 Jan 2015 -- Moscow demands strict adherence to the Minsk agreements on peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian conflict, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Sunday.
- Kremlin Says Kiev Rejected Artillery Withdrawal Plan, Resumed Shelling Sputnik 18 Jan 2015 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's plan for the withdrawal of heavy weaponry from eastern Ukraine sent in a written message to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko late Thursday was rejected by Kiev without offering an alternative, Kremlin spokesperson said Sunday.
- Poroshenko Vows to Regain Control Over Donbas Region in Eastern Ukraine Sputnik 18 Jan 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko vowed that Kiev authorities would regain control over the entire territory of the Donbas Region in the country's east, UNIAN news agency reported on Sunday.
- Major militia leader detained in CAR Iran Press TV 18 Jan 2015 -- Authorities in the Central African Republic (CAR) say a key militia leader accused of killing hundreds of minority Muslims back in December 2013 has been arrested.
- Nuclear deal only possible without pressure, says Zarif ISNA 18 Jan 2015 -- Iran said an agreement on the country's nuclear energy program can only be signed when Western countries stop exerting pressure on Tehran.
- Iran, P5+1 kick off fresh nuclear talks in Geneva Iran Press TV 18 Jan 2015 -- A new round of talks between Iran and six world powers over Tehran's nuclear program has kicked off in the Swiss city of Geneva.
- Iran, World Powers Hold Fresh Talks In Geneva RFE/RL 18 Jan 2015 -- Iran and world powers began a new round of talks in Geneva to discuss Tehran's nuclear program.
- Belgium wants terror suspect extradited from Greece Iran Press TV 18 Jan 2015 -- Belgian officials have announced they will seek extradition of a suspect arrested in Athens as he may be linked to a terror cells busted this week in eastern Belgium.
- Greece Conducts Counterterrorism Raids RFE/RL 18 Jan 2015 -- Greek antiterrorist police arrested four people in Athens, while in Belgium authorities used paratroopers to reinforce police in Belgian cities for the first time in three decades as European moved to counter a potential terrorism threat.
- Neither Sanctions Nor Pressure Can Work on DPRK: Rodong Sinmun KCNA 18 Jan 2015 -- The United States announced that it would stage joint military maneuvers from the beginning of March, insisting that it cannot cancel Key Resolve and Foal Eagle because they are 'drills for defense.'
- Italy deports nine foreigners for alleged Takfiri links Iran Press TV 18 Jan 2015 -- Italy has expelled nine foreign nationals suspected of having links with Takfiri groups in the Middle East as fears rise across Europe following a spate of deadly terror attacks in France.
- Europe Tense as Belgian Terror Mastermind Sought VOA 18 Jan 2015 -- Much of Europe was tense and on high alert Sunday as Belgium's justice minister says the alleged mastermind in last week's foiled terror attack remains at large.
- Terrorism Casts Shadow on Obama's Speech to Congress VOA 18 Jan 2015 -- President Barack Obama is preparing to deliver his annual State of the Union address at a time of heightened vigilance in Washington and beyond following terrorist attacks in France.
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