23 January 2015 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 23 Jan 2015 [PDF]
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Rear Adm. Kirby in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 23 Jan 2015 -- Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby
- Fewer Air Targets as ISIL Terrorists Hide, Change Tactics AFPS 23 Jan 2015 -- Success in the effort to degrade, defeat and destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant shouldn't be considered simply in terms of a body count or how much land has changed hands, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today.
- Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 23 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.
- Dempsey: Keep All Options on Table for Use of Force Against ISIL AFPS 23 Jan 2015 -- All options should remain on the table in an authorization for use of military force against Islamic terrorists, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday.
- U.S. Troops to Begin Establishing Syrian Opposition Training Sites AFPS 23 Jan 2015 -- The first advance detachment of U.S. troops responsible for training moderate Syrian opposition forces will begin arriving in the U.S. Central Command area of operations in the next few days, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today.
- Iraqi Training Sites Now Operational, Pentagon Spokesman Says AFPS 23 Jan 2015 -- The fourth and final training site for Iraqi forces started operations today in Irbil, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today.
- DoD Decides Against Sending Four Guard and Reserve Units to West Africa AFPS 23 Jan 2015 -- Army National Guard soldiers who were set to replace forces in Senegal and Liberia fighting West Africa's devastating Ebola outbreak will not be needed in that effort, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said today.
- USS Gary- Coast Guard Team Seize Contraband NNS 23 Jan 2015 -- USS Gary (FFG 51), her embarked helicopter squadron and a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment (LEDET)operating in support of Operation Martillo seized more than 1644 kilograms of cocaine and rescued four people adrift at sea in December in international waters off the coast of Central America.
Defense Policy / Programs
- ANG conducts air refueling training with NATO allies in Germany AFNS 23 Jan 2015 -- Nearly 30 Airmen from the Utah Air National Guard's 151st Air Refueling Wing recently spent two weeks at Geilenkirchen Air Base, Germany, Jan. 4-16 to provide air refueling support during training flights for NATO E-3A Sentry aircraft pilots.
- 435th AGOW improves airspace, builds partnerships AFNS 23 Jan 2015 -- The 435th Air Ground Operations Wing led a U. S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa air traffic control advisory mission in Cerklje Air Base, Slovenia, Jan. 12 to 16.
- USS Comstock Arrives in Malaysia NNS 23 Jan 2015 -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Sepanggar, Malaysia, Jan. 22 for a port visit.
- Army Releases Report on Fort Hood Shooting Investigation AFPS 23 Jan 2015 -- Army officials today released the results of a months-long investigation into a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, that left four people dead, concluding that there was nothing in the assailant's background, medical or military profile that might have provided an early warning for potential violence.
- Marine Corps Officer Takes Defense Intelligence Agency Reins AFPS 23 Jan 2015 -- Surrounded by senior leaders in the defense and intelligence communities, the first Marine Corps officer to become director of the Defense Intelligence Agency took office here today in a ceremony at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.
- Russia, USA to Continue Nuclear Security Cooperation, NNSA Says Sputnik 23 Jan 2015 -- Russia and the United States will continue cooperating in the field of nuclear security, in particular, in disposing of surplus weapon-grade plutonium, a spokesperson for National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), part of the US Department of Energy, told RIA Novosti.
- NATO Secretary General says KFOR is a success story in the Western Balkans NATO 23 Jan 2015 -- During a visit to Pristina on Friday (23 January) the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that KFOR is a success story of cooperation between allies and partners.
- No Time Line Set for Russia-NATO Communication to Move Forward Sputnik 23 Jan 2015 -- Re-establishment of NATO communication with Russian military leaders is not defined by any time frames at the moment despite announcements that NATO intends to restore communication with its Russian counterparts, NATO military spokesperson Colonel Martin Downie told Sputnik on Friday.
- NATO Scrambles Fighters After Russian Il-20 Spotted Over Baltic Sea Sputnik 23 Jan 2015 -- NATO scrambled Typhoon fighters after a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft was spotted over the Baltic Sea, Bloomberg reports.
- £50 million armoured vehicles fleet support contract awarded UK MOD 23 Jan 2015 -- The £50 million contract has gone to BAE Systems to support the British Army's armoured tracked vehicle fleet.
- Press Briefing by the Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 1/23/15 The White House 23 Jan 2015
- Remarks at the World Economic Forum US Dept. of State 23 Jan 2015
- January 23, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 23 Jan 2015
- 23 January 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 23 Jan 2015
- Moscow says Ukraine attacking pro-Russia forces Iran Press TV 23 Jan 2015 -- Russia has accused Ukraine of launching a new attack on pro-Russia forces in the self-proclaimed Republic of Donetsk.
- UN Condemns Donetsk Bus Attack RFE/RL 23 Jan 2015 -- The UN Security Council has condemned 'in the strongest terms' a deadly attack in Donetsk, a rebel-controlled city in eastern Ukraine.
- Ukraine Separatists Vow To 'Advance To Borders' Of Donetsk Region RFE/RL 23 Jan 2015 -- The leader of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region has said that rebel forces will seek to take over the entire province and will not initiate peace talks with government forces.
- Russia 'Holds Keys' to End Ukraine Crisis, US State Department Says Sputnik 23 Jan 2015 -- Russia is responsible for resolving the conflict in Ukraine and ending the violence in the region, US Department of State spokesperson Jen Psaki said during a press briefing on Friday.
- Putin Addresses Russia's Security Council, Laments Kiev's Unresponsiveness Sputnik 23 Jan 2015 -- Moscow received no clear response from Kiev regarding its suggestions on settling the conflict in Donbas, instead of talking to Russia the Ukrainian authorities instead launched large-scale attacks, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.
- Death toll in Ukraine conflict exceeds 5,000, may be 'considerably higher' - UN UN News Centre 23 Jan 2015 -- More than 5,000 people have now been killed since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine in mid-April last year, the United Nations human rights office said today as it expressed fear that the real figure may be 'considerably higher.'
- UN: Ukraine Fighting Deadliest in Months VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- The U.N. Human Rights Office says the current fighting in eastern Ukraine is the deadliest since the government and Russian-backed rebels declared a cease-fire on September 5. The agency reports at least 262 people were killed between January 13-21- an average of 29 people a day.
- Thousands Yemenis rally across country in support of Houthis Iran Press TV 23 Jan 2015 -- Thousands of people have taken to the streets across Yemen to support Shia Ansarullah revolutionaries of Houthi movement.
- UN chief voices deep concern over Yemen crisis as country's leadership resigns UN News Centre 23 Jan 2015 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced serious concern about developments in Yemen following the resignation of the country's President and Prime Minister amid a takeover of the capital by Houthi militants.
- Yemen's Shia fighters surround parliament, ministers' residence Iran Press TV 23 Jan 2015 -- Shia fighters in Yemen have taken control of the country's parliament in the capital, Sana'a, after the legislative body refused to accept President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi's resignation.
- Yemen in Turmoil as President Resigns VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- Yemen's political future remained uncertain Friday, with parliament reportedly planning to decide Sunday whether to accept the resignation of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.
- US State Department to Further Reduce Embassy Staff in Yemen Sputnik 23 Jan 2015 -- The US State Department continues to reduce the number of people working at the US Embassy in the capital of Yemen Sana'a because of the unstable and dangerous situation on the ground, Senior State Department Official said.
- Iraqi army makes advances against ISIL in Anbar, Salahuddin Iran Press TV 23 Jan 2015 -- Iraqi army has made fresh gains against the ISIL Takfiri militants after launching major operations against the terrorists on several battle fronts in the western province of Anbar as well as Salahuddin province in the north, Press TV reports.
- Syria, other poorly-funded crises to receive $100 million from UN emergency fund UN News Centre 23 Jan 2015 -- Poorly-funded United Nations aid operations received a boost today when Valerie Amos, the UN's humanitarian chief, announced the allocation of $100 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost relief work in twelve countries in need.
- Several Lebanese soldiers killed in clashes with Takfiri militants Iran Press TV 23 Jan 2015 -- Clashes between the Lebanese army and Takfiri militants have claimed the lives of several Lebanese soldiers near the Syrian border.
- Joint Statement on South Sudan Peace Negotiations US Dept. of State 23 Jan 2015
- Ban welcomes 'reunification' accord signed among opposing South Sudanese factions UN News Centre 23 Jan 2015 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the signing of a peace deal between opposition factions in South Sudan, calling for the accord's immediate implementation, as well as the commitment of the country's leaders to follow through with ongoing negotiations towards a final agreement to end the year-long conflict.
- Over 3,000 villages destroyed in Sudan's Darfur in 2014: UN Iran Press TV 23 Jan 2015 -- The UN says in excess of 3,000 villages were razed to the ground due to deadly conflict in Sudan's Darfur in 2014.
- Central Africa: UN agency delivers food to thousands of refugees on Nigeria-Chad border UN News Centre 23 Jan 2015 -- With a "tense and highly volatile" situation in North-Eastern Nigeria at the Chadian Lac border, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it has begun distributing food to thousands of refugees who have recently been displaced by the region's escalating violence and urged that it required some $11 million to continue to meet those needs.
- Central African Republic: UN launches appeal for refugees amid ongoing conflict UN News Centre 23 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has launched its latest appeal for funding as it continues working to help more than 450,000 Central African Republic refugees struggling to survive across the region, an agency spokesperson said today.
- UN human rights office urges probe into excessive use of force in DR Congo protests UN News Centre 23 Jan 2015 -- The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed alarm at the apparent excessive use of force by security officers against demonstrators in Democratic Republic of the Congo cities Kinshasa and Goma, and called for "a thorough and independent investigation" into the matter.
- In the UN's gun sights: one of DRC's most infamous rebel groups IRIN 23 Jan 2015 -- In the coming days a specialist offensive unit of the UN's military mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo is expected to launch operations, together with the Congolese army, against a rebel group that has caused havoc in the east of the country for the past 20 years.
- Demolitions, displacements in West Bank 'must stop immediately,' urges UN envoy UN News Centre 23 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory expressed concern today over the Israeli authorities' recent spate of demolitions of Palestinian homes in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
- Thousands Flee Boko Haram Threats VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- Thousands of panic stricken Cameroonians are fleeing the border with Nigeria for safer localities in the hinterlands following persistent attacks and killings by fighters of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram. The government says humanitarian and food crises loom as insurgents loot food and livestock from farms. In last Sunday's attack, in which dozens of people were kidnapped, the attackers also left with more than 200 cattle.
- Security Issues Dominate AU Summit VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- As the African Union Summit kicks off Friday here in Ethiopia's capital, women's empowerment and development serve as the official theme, with the 2015 elections and the Ebola fight also commanding attention.
- New Saudi King Pledges Continuity VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- New Saudi King Salman is pledging to continue the policies of his half brother, the late King Abdullah, who was buried Friday in the capital, Riyadh.
- Saudi King's Death Clears Succession Route VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- Within hours of ascending the throne in Saudi Arabia, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud announced a decision that settles a long-standing question of succession and, according to analysts, opens the way for a new generation to lead the Kingdom and perhaps institute awaited reforms.
- New Saudi king vows to continue predecessor's policies Iran Press TV 23 Jan 2015 -- King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's successor and half-brother Salman promises to follow in the footsteps of the late Saudi monarch.
- Meet the New King of Oil: Salman bin Abdulaziz Sputnik 23 Jan 2015 -- Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, 79, a former Minister of Defense and governor of the province of Riyadh, has been named the seventh King of Saudi Arabia following the death of his brother, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who was 90 years old when he passed away.
- Saudi King Abdullah Dies At 90 RFE/RL 23 Jan 2015 -- State TV in Saudi Arabia has announced King Abdullah has died after ruling as king for ten years. He was 90.
- Obituary: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Is Dead At 90 RFE/RL 23 Jan 2015 -- King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz al Saud, who ruled Saudi Arabia since 1996, has died at the age of 90.
- Saudi Arabia holds funeral for late King Abdullah Iran Press TV 23 Jan 2015 -- Saudi Arabia has held the funeral ceremony of the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who died at the age of 90, state TV says.
- Little Hope of Change to Poor Saudi Rights Record VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- Saudi Arabia's human rights record has long been the subject of widespread condemnation by rights groups. But within the context of the ultra-conservative, religious society, King Abdullah, who died Friday, was seen as a leader who gradually tried to lay the groundwork for rights reforms.
- China's leadership warns of unprecedented national security risks People's Daily 23 Jan 2015 -- The Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee warned China is facing unprecedented security risks and should remain alert.
- Li: China ready to face challenges People's Daily 23 Jan 2015 -- China plans to withstand downward pressure and continue with its strategic focus in 2015, Premier Li Keqiang told the annual World Economic Forum in Davos.
- Full Text of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's address at World Economic Forum annual meeting People's Daily 23 Jan 2015 -- Visiting Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivered a special address at the World Economic Forum annual meeting here Wednesday.
- China's Anti-Corruption Drive Builds in Xinjiang VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- Chinese state media say a record number of officials in the country's remote and restive northwest region of Xinjiang were put under investigation for corruption last year. The deepening crackdown came as Xinjiang saw a dramatic increase in what the government says were violent terrorist attacks.
- DPRK FM Spokesman Accuses Israeli PM of Hurting DPRK's Dignity and Social System KCNA 23 Jan 2015 -- The spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA Friday assailing the Israeli prime minister for his provocative remarks hurting the DPRK's dignity and social system:
- Over 8,000 Arrested in Northwest Pakistan on Suspicion of Terrorism Sputnik 23 Jan 2015 -- The newspaper cites a report compiled by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) provincial government and given to the country's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. According to the document, 2,861 raids were held and 8,281 suspects were arrested in the region. The number includes 22 clergymen accused of hate speech. The raids were conducted in accordance with the National Action Plan to fight terrorism adopted in December, according to the newspaper.
- UN health agency to hold special weekend session on Ebola; warns against donor fatigue UN News Centre 23 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it will hold a special meeting on Ebola on Sunday, as one of its top officials noted that the outbreak is "still an incredibly dangerous situation" and warned against "a false sense of security" generated by the decline in new cases.
- Cloud Hangs Over US Counterterrorism Efforts in Yemen VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- Senior U.S. security officials said Friday that U.S. counterterrorism operations had been suspended in Yemen, following the collapse of the U.S.-backed government.
- US Woman Sentenced for Conspiring to Provide Support to IS VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- The U.S. Justice Department says a woman accused of conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaida and Islamic State has been sentenced to four years in prison.
- Myanmar's Reform Roller Coaster IRIN 23 Jan 2015 -- The trials, tribulations and recent relative triumph of the international health charity Médecins Sans Frontières in Myanmar are a salutary reminder that the South East Asian nation's much heralded transition from military dictatorship to quasi-civilian administration has not been an entirely smooth ride. No one with any understanding of the country ever believed it would be. Early heady optimism has gradually settled into a mixture of cautious hope seasoned with liberal doses of regular frustration.
- Ousted Thai PM Impeached by Junta-picked Parliament VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- In Thailand, the ruling military's hand-picked national assembly impeached the country's last elected prime minister Friday in a secret ballot. This comes eight months after Yingluck Shinawatra was forced out as the country's political leader.
- CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling's Case Now in Jury's Hands Sputnik 23 Jan 2015 -- A federal jury is now in deliberation after hearing the closing arguments in the case of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, who is charged with leaking classified information about a mission to slow Iran's nuclear program to a New York Times journalist, the Associated Press reported.
- Turkey, Israel Ties Further Weakened Over Paris Attacks VOA 23 Jan 2015 -- Turkey and Israel have been exchanging angry barbs in the aftermath of this month's Paris terror attacks.
- Rosetta Mission Reveals Secret Life of Ancient Comet Sputnik 23 Jan 2015 -- The early findings of the Rosetta mission, which was sent to observe the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, are showing space scientists that comets are much more than the 'dirty snowballs' they have been labelled; they are more diverse than previously thought and home to a variety of features which offer information on the origins of our planetary system.
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