24 January 2015 Military News
- Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 24 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.
- US: Some counter-terrorism operations in Yemen 'paralyzed' Iran Press TV 24 Jan 2015 -- The US says it has brought to a halt some counter-terrorism operations against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen following the resignation of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi.
- Authorities: US Anti-Terror Ops Suspended in Yemen VOA 24 Jan 2015 -- Thousands of Yemenis marched in protest Saturday against the Shi'ite rebel Houthi group, two days after the resignation of the president and the government.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Navy Updates Strategy Amid Growing Cyberwar Threat Sputnik 24 Jan 2015 -- The updated 2015 US Maritime Strategy will reflect the global changes in the fields of global security, technological advancement and potential adversaries' growing cyber capabilities, US Navy press officer Lt. Timothy Hawkins told Sputnik Saturday.
- Ramstein Airmen train with French air force AFNS 24 Jan 2015 -- Airmen from the 37th Airlift Squadron participated in Volfa 15-1, an annual, multilateral training event led by the French air force at Orleans - Bricy Air Base, France, Jan. 21.
- US General Outlines Plans to Train Ukrainian National Guard Sputnik 24 Jan 2015 -- The head of the US army in Europe, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, told a press conference in Kiev on Wednesday that US troops are going to be deployed to western Ukraine to train the Ukrainian National Guard, according to media reports.
- Senior Officers Face Axe in Latest Round of UK Army Cost Cutting Measures Sputnik 24 Jan 2015 -- Up to a third of senior officer positions in the British Army may be cut as part of a new reform package, The Independent reports.
- Sayyari: Navy shoulders heavy task of presence in int'l seas IRNA 24 Jan 2015 -- Iranian Navy shoulders the heavy task of maintaining strong presence on international waters, upon orders of commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Saturday.
- Iran mulls 'special retaliation' over Israel's Golan attack: Commander Iran Press TV 24 Jan 2015 -- A senior commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says Israel should brace for 'a special retaliation' for killing six members of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, and an Iranian general in the Syria's Golan Heights.
- Background Briefing Previewing Secretary Kerry's Trip to Nigeria US Dept. of State 24 Jan 2015
- NATO Secretary General statement on the attack on Mariupol NATO 24 Jan 2015
- OSCE Says Mariupol Shelling Came From Northeast Sputnik 24 Jan 2015 -- Saturday's deadly attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol in southern Donbas region was carried out from the northeast, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) said.
- Donetsk Militia Deny Kiev Accusations of Shelling Mariupol Sputnik 24 Jan 2015 -- The militia of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) have denied Kiev's accusations of shelling Ukraine's southeastern port city of Mariupol on Saturday.
- UN chief strongly deplores latest deadly attack in Ukraine UN News Centre 24 Jan 2015 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today's rocket attack in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol which reportedly killed dozens of civilians and left another one hundred injured.
- Deadly Shelling Hits Ukraine City as Rebel Offensive Begins VOA 24 Jan 2015 -- Pro-Russian rebels on Saturday launched an offensive on the key Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, in an escalation the European Union foreign policy chief warned could lead to a further 'grave deterioration' of EU-Russian relations.
- We have launched offensive against Mariupol: Pro-Russia leader Iran Press TV 24 Jan 2015 -- The leader of Ukraine's self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, has announced the beginning of a major operation against the government-held city of Mariupol.e
- Rockets Target Mariupol In Rebels' Eastern Ukraine Offensive RFE/RL 24 Jan 2015 -- Ukraine's Interior Ministry says at least 30 civilians were killed and scores more were wounded on January 24 when the government-held port city of Mariupol in the southeast of the country was targeted by heavy barrages of Grad rockets as part of a Russian-backed separatist offensive.
- Mariupol: A Strategic And Symbolic Target For Pro-Russian Rebels RFE/RL 24 Jan 2015 -- In launching an offensive against the Ukrainian coastal city of Mariupol, pro-Russian separatists have selected a target of both strategic and symbolic importance in their bloody conflict with the government in Kyiv.
- Army forces battle militants in southern Syria, kill 117 Iran Press TV 24 Jan 2015 -- Syrian government forces have engaged foreign-sponsored militants during separate military operations in the country's volatile southern regions, killing more than 100 terrorists.
- Thousands Take to Streets of Yemeni Capital to Protest Shiite Houthis Sputnik 24 Jan 2015 -- Thousands of Yemenis rallied against the Shiite Houthi militia group, which currently controls the country's capital Sanaa on Saturday, according to AFP.
- UN Libya Mission deplores deadly shooting in Tripoli UN News Centre 24 Jan 2015 -- The top United Nations official in Libya, Bernardino Léon, has condemned a fatal shooting incident outside a UN facility in the capital, Tripoli, as tensions continue to simmer across the war-torn country.
- Dignitaries Pay Respects To Saudi King RFE/RL 24 Jan 2015 -- World leaders have begun arriving in Saudi Arabia to offer condolences following the death of King Abdullah, with U.S. President Barack Obama cutting short a trip to India to pay his respects.
- News Analysis: How Best To Help Ukraine Is The $50 Billion Question RFE/RL 24 Jan 2015 -- The one thing it seems that everyone can agree on is that Ukraine is in a lot of trouble. Economic output is expected to decline by 10 percent in 2015, public debt will rise to 100 percent of GDP, and the currency has been devalued by over 60 percent. The problem is what to do about it.
- Islamic State Reportedly Executes One Japanese Hostage as Deadline Passes Sputnik 24 Jan 2015 -- The Islamic State jihadist group announced one Japanese hostage's execution and offered a swap for the other who still remains held hostage, Reuters reports.
- Turkey Pressures EU with Membership Ultimatum Sputnik 24 Jan 2015 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that if the European Union (EU) is opposed to Islamophobia, it must accept Turkey within its ranks, the Hurriyet Daily News reports.
- CIA's top spy to step down amid infighting: Report Iran Press TV 24 Jan 2015 -- The director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service (NCS) is resigning amid reports of infighting over a reorganization of the spy agency.
- Rogue agents behind Argentine prosecutor's death: Buenos Aires Iran Press TV 24 Jan 2015 -- Argentina says rogue agents from its own intelligence services were behind the death of the prosecutor of the 1994 AMIA bombing case.
- Report: U.S. Intelligence Links Litvinenko Killing To Kremlin RFE/RL 24 Jan 2015 -- A report in the British newspaper 'The Telegraph' says the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) intercepted communications between the primary suspects in the murder case of former Russian spy Aleksandr Litvinenko, linking his poisoning to the Russian government.
- NKorea warns Israel over provocative remarks IRNA 24 Jan 2015 -- The spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK assailed the Zionist regime's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his provocative remarks hurting the east Asian country's dignity and social system.
- Weak think tanks shackle nation's governance upgrade People's Daily 24 Jan 2015 -- According to new guidelines from the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council, China is seeking to develop a new type of think tank with Chinese characteristics. It is planned to build 50 to 100 high-end think tanks by 2020.
- Haiti: UN, international partners hail formation of Government, urge 'credible' elections UN News Centre 24 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations and its international partners have welcomed the formation of a new Government in Haiti one week after the country's Parliament became "dysfunctional" due to its failure to hold elections within its constitutional framework.
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