19 January 2015 Military News
- Update: air strikes in Iraq UK MOD 19 Jan 2015 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.
- Canadian Forces Fight IS in Iraq VOA 19 Jan 2015 -- Canadian special forces have engaged with Islamic State fighters in ground combat in Iraq, in what their commander says was the first time they had taken and returned fire.
- 5 killed in US drone strike in Pakistan Iran Press TV 19 Jan 2015 -- At least five people have been killed in a US assassination drone attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region.
- US drone strike kills unknown number of people in Afghanistan Iran Press TV 19 Jan 2015 -- An unknown number of people have been killed in the latest US assassination drone attack in eastern Afghanistan.
- Afghanistan's (Dis)Unity Cabinet Fiasco RFE/RL 19 Jan 2015 -- It took months to piece together, but Afghanistan's proposed cabinet is at risk of falling apart quickly, as nominees come under scrutiny for dual citizenship, alleged criminal activities, and being underage.
- Aid at risk as Afghanistan's war splinters IRIN 19 Jan 2015 -- Delivering aid to millions of Afghans in need is becoming more complex and dangerous as government forces and militant groups splinter and security deteriorates, analysts say.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Chairman: Terrorism, Russian Aggression Threaten European Security AFPS 19 Jan 2015 -- Terrorism and Russian aggression are two 'very distinct threats' to European security, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Wary Of Russian Aggression, Vilnius Creates How-To Manual For Dealing With Foreign Invasion RFE/RL 19 Jan 2015 -- With its mild climate and shuttered nuclear reactor, Lithuania's more than 20 years of independence have been largely free of both natural and technological disasters.
- Russian Armed Forces to Adopt Hypersonic Missiles on Mass Scale Sputnik 19 Jan 2015 -- The Russian Armed Forces will receive hypersonic missiles on mass scale in about 15 to 25 years, with the first prototypes to be created by 2020, CEO of Russia's Tactical Missiles Corporation Boris Obnosov said in an interview with the 'Defense of Russia' magazine.
- Poroshenko Signs Law on Partial Mobilization in Ukraine Sputnik 19 Jan 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a law on partial mobilization in the country, Ukrainian parliament portal reported Monday.
- China Dismisses Allegations of US F-35 Stealth Fighter Data Theft Sputnik 19 Jan 2015 -- China has rejected accusations that it stole 'huge volumes' of sensitive military data, including the US's F-35 stealth fighter design plans, after Der Spiegel publicized documents blaming the Chinese government for cyber espionage activities.
- UK and Ireland sign historic defence agreement UK MOD 19 Jan 2015 -- A Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and the Republic of Ireland has been signed to ensure greater defence collaboration in the future.
- EU Launches Training, Advisory Missions in Mali, Central African Republic Sputnik 19 Jan 2015 -- The Council of the European Union announced the launch of a training mission in Mali and the establishment of a military advisory mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Monday.
- South Korea to Develop New Arms in Response to North Korean Nuclear Program Sputnik 19 Jan 2015 -- South Korea plans to modernize its armed forces and to develop new arms in response to the growing nuclear potential of North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported Monday.
- 19 January 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 19 Jan 2015
- Kurds claim strategic positions in Syria's Kobani Iran Press TV 19 Jan 2015 -- Kurdish fighters have managed to claim a strategic hilltop from the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the Syrian border town of Kobani.
- Iran's IRGC confirms killing of its general in Syria's Golan Iran Press TV 19 Jan 2015 -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) confirms the killing of one of its generals in an Israeli airstrike on the occupied Golan Heights in Syria that also killed six members of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah.
- Iran Confirms General Killed In Israeli Air Strike In Syria RFE/RL 19 Jan 2015 -- Iran has confirmed a general of its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) died in an Israeli air strike in Syria that also killed several members of the Lebanese Shi'ite militant group Hizballah on January 18.
- Larijani: Iran supports Iraqi territorial integrity IRNA 19 Jan 2015 -- Some countries are after disintegration of Iraq into several small states, but, Iran supports the Iraqi territorial integrity as a strategy, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said Monday.
- Iraq must safeguard territorial integrity: Larijani Iran Press TV 19 Jan 2015 -- Iran's Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani has warned against some countries' move to disintegrate Iraq, stressing that Baghdad must safeguard its territorial integrity.
- Ukraine: Russia Sending Troops to Back Rebels VOA 19 Jan 2015 -- Ukraine's military claimed hundreds of Russian troops crossed the border to help the rebels, as intense fighting between government and pro-Russian separatist forces continued Monday in eastern Ukraine.
- Fresh clashes in east Ukraine kill 3 soldiers Iran Press TV 19 Jan 2015 -- Ukraine says at least three of its soldiers have been killed and tens of others wounded in the latest round of fire exchanges between government troops and pro-Russia forces in the country's volatile eastern regions.
- Ukraine troops 'take back most of airport' Iran Press TV 19 Jan 2015 -- The Ukrainian military says it has recaptured almost all the territory of the Donetsk International Airport from pro-Russia forces in the country's east.
- Donetsk Says Over 30 Civilians Killed in Kiev Airstrikes on Horlivka Sputnik 19 Jan 2015 -- More than 30 civilians, including children, were killed on Sunday in the city of Horlivka in the Donbas region in a series of airstrikes carried out by Ukrainian combat jets, a senior commander of the armed militia in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) said Monday.
- Moscow Urges Ukraine Conflict Sides to Pull Back Heavy Artillery Promptly Sputnik 19 Jan 2015 -- Moscow has called on the opposing sides in the Ukrainian conflict not to miss the opportunity to pull back heavy artillery, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement published Monday.
- Donetsk Leader Calls on OSCE to Force Kiev to Uphold Ceasefire Sputnik 19 Jan 2015 -- The self-proclaimed eastern Ukrainian Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has blamed Kiev for breaching the ceasefire and attacking Donetsk, and has called on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to force Kiev to fulfill the Minsk agreements, the republic's leader said Monday.
- Yemen Truce Falters, PM's Home Surrounded VOA 19 Jan 2015 -- Yemen's government says Houthi militia surrounded the prime minister's residence in the capital late Monday, hours after agreeing to a truce meant to end a day of fighting between government forces and the rebels.
- Ceasefire declared between Houthis, Yemen army in Sana'a Iran Press TV 19 Jan 2015 -- A ceasefire has taken effect between members of the Shia Houthi Ansarullah movement and units of government forces, hours after fierce exchanges of fire between the two sides near the presidential palace and other parts of the capital, Sana'a.
- Yemen Shia fighters seize army base: Official Iran Press TV 19 Jan 2015 -- A Houthi official says fighters with the Ansarullah Shia movement have seized control of a Yemeni army base on a hill overlooking the presidential palace in the capital, Sana'a.
- Yemen army, fighters clashes kill 2, wound 14 Iran Press TV 19 Jan 2015 -- Clashes between the Yemeni army and Shia fighters in the country's capital Sana'a kill at least two people and wound 14 others.
- Clashes continue between Ansarullah, Yemeni troops Iran Press TV 19 Jan 2015 -- Clashes continue between Yemen's Ansarullah fighters and government troops as a ceasefire has reportedly been revoked.
- Houthi Rebels, Yemeni Presidential Guards Agree on Ceasefire Sputnik 19 Jan 2015 -- Houthi rebels and members of the presidential guard in Yemen have managed to reach a ceasefire agreement following confrontations in the country's capital, a source in Yemeni government told Sputnik on Monday.
- Houthi Rebels Capture Strategically Important Mountain in Yemeni Capital Sputnik 19 Jan 2015 -- Shiite Houthi rebels have managed to capture a strategically important mountain close to the presidential palace in the country's capital Sanaa, a Yemeni law enforcement source told Sputnik on Monday.
- Yemeni President Forms Ceasefire Committee as Clashes With Houthis Escalate Sputnik 19 Jan 2015 -- Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi is forming a committee, whose mandate will include ensuring a ceasefire in the country's capital Sanaa following confrontations with Houthi rebels, a government source told Sputnik on Monday.
- Yemen Tense as Shaky Truce Takes Hold VOA 19 Jan 2015 -- Yemen's government and Houthi rebels have declared a cease-fire, which appeared to be taking hold in the capital Sana'a after a day of sporadic fighting.
- Central African Republic: UN mission captures militia leader in high-profile arrest UN News Centre 19 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has announced the capture of Rodrigue Ngaibona, leader of the anti-Balaka militia, in what is being hailed as the Mission's first high-profile arrest of 2015.
- Central Africa: UN envoy urges regional response to combat 'dangerous cancer' Boko Haram UN News Centre 19 Jan 2015 -- The senior United Nations envoy in today has welcomed Chad's decision to send soldiers to Cameroon to help in the fight against Boko Haram, on the heels of several assaults on cross-border villages in northern Cameroon, which have raised fears that the insurgents are expanding their attacks.
- UN: Boko Haram Threatens Regional Peace VOA 19 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations Security Council says it is deeply concerned that increased attacks by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram are threatening the peace and stability of Central and West Africa.
- Security Council strongly condemns escalating Boko Haram attacks, warns of 'crimes against humanity' UN News Centre 19 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations Security Council today condemned in the 'strongest terms' the recent escalation in attacks conducted by Boko Haram, and expressed its deep concern that the activities of the Islamist extremist group, including a spate of shocking suicide bombings across northern Nigeria, are undermining peace and stability in the West and Central African region.
- 24 Boko Haram Hostages Freed in Cameroon VOA 19 Jan 2015 -- At least 24 hostages kidnapped by Boko Haram militants on Sunday in Cameroon had been freed by Monday, according to a Cameroon defense ministry spokesman and media reports.
- South Sudan Army Says Fighting Spreading to Lakes State VOA 19 Jan 2015 -- South Sudan's military said Monday that rebel forces loyal to former vice president Riek Machar have brought the fighting that has wracked the country for the past 13 months into another state.
- Hundreds of Chinese trapped by fighting in eastern Myanmar People's Daily 19 Jan 2015 -- About 2,000 civilians including several hundred Chinese have been trapped in the warring area in Myanmar's state of Kachin, where fierce fighting broke out between government troops and the ethnic Kachin Independence Army (KIA), Global Times reported Sunday.
- ICC and Palestine - a long way to go IRIN 19 Jan 2015 -- On 16 January, the International Criminal Court's prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, announced it had opened a preliminary examination into possible war crimes committed in the occupied Palestinian territory since 13 June 2014, encapsulating last summer's conflict between Israel and Gaza. But prosecutions are unlikely or at least a long way off.
- Report: US Infiltrated North Korean Computers in 2010 VOA 19 Jan 2015 -- Media reports say the United States infiltrated North Korea's computer systems years ago, and used this capability to determine Pyongyang was responsible for the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures.
- Second Unit of Iran's Bushehr NPP to Become Operational Within Next 8 Years Sputnik 19 Jan 2015 -- The second unit of the Bushehr nuclear power plant (NPP) is expected to become operational within the next eight years, Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said Monday.
- UK Intelligence Intercepted Emails From Reuters, New York Times, BBC Sputnik 19 Jan 2015 -- The British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has been intercepting the emails of US and UK media employees, the Guardian reported Monday citing a new batch of documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
- EU Urges Broad Alliance Against Terrorism, Rules Out Easing Of Russia Sanctions RFE/RL 19 Jan 2015 -- The European Union's foreign-policy chief and foreign ministers from the bloc are calling for a broad counterterrorism alliance in the wake of Islamist militant attacks in France.
- EU Launches Anti-Terrorism Projects With Muslim Countries VOA 19 Jan 2015 -- The European Union is launching new anti-terrorism projects with Muslim countries and increasing its intelligence sharing in the aftermath of deadly attacks in France and violent confrontations in Belgium.
- No new Ebola cases reported in most of Liberia counties over past week – UN UN News Centre 19 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) today welcomed encouraging statistics recently released by Liberia's Minister of health and Social Welfare that reported that 12 of the country's 15 counties have had no new cases within the past seven days.
- In Rare Move, Turkish President Convenes Cabinet VOA 19 Jan 2015 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan convened a Cabinet meeting in a rare move Monday, raising concerns among critics of a power grab from what was once a largely ceremonial position.
- Mass anti-Charlie rally held in Chechnya's Grozny Iran Press TV 19 Jan 2015 -- Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Chechnya's capital, Grozny, to protest against French magazine Charlie Hebdo's latest sacrilegious cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammad.
- Leaders Hail Muslim Prophet, Assail West At Huge Chechnya Rally RFE/RL 19 Jan 2015 -- A huge crowd turned out in the capital of Russia's tightly controlled, mostly Muslim Chechnya region for a state-sponsored demonstration against caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
- Six-Month-Old Boy Wounded In Armenia Massacre Dies RFE/RL 19 Jan 2015 -- A 6-month-old boy who was stabbed last week in what authorities say was a brutal attack by a Russian soldier in Armenia has died.
- Briefing on the Upcoming Migration and Reestablishment of Diplomatic Relations Talks in Cuba US Dept. of State 19 Jan 2015
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