26 January 2015 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 26 Jan 2015 [PDF]
- Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 26 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.
- Guard Soldiers, Airmen Respond to Northeast Storm AFPS 26 Jan 2015 -- As blizzard warnings were being issued for the Northeast this morning, the New York National Guard put 260 soldiers and airmen on duty to assist in New York's response to the storm.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Dempsey: Sequestration is 'Absolutely Crazy' AFPS 26 Jan 2015 -- Sequestration is 'absolutely crazy,' will hurt national security and make it 'impossible' for the United States to meet its global commitments, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Hanscom 'pockets' the U.S. to improve homeland defense AFNS 26 Jan 2015 -- A new program known as the Pocket J system was recently completed and implemented to connect the nation's continental air defense sectors to aircraft flying the homeland defense mission.
- AFSOUTH aides in training partners for UN Peace keeping mission AFNS 26 Jan 2015 -- Members of Air Forces Southern military training team were given the opportunity in December 2014, to teach the Defense Institute for Medical Operations train-the-trainer course focused on the Ebola virus to approximately 100 individuals from Latin American partner countries.
- VMM-266 conducts unique aerial refuels in preparation for deployment USMC News 26 Jan 2015 -- In preparation for their upcoming deployment, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266 conducted aerial refuels with an Air Force KC-10 Extender aircraft, Jan. 15, above Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina.
- Transcom System Brings DoD New Capability to Move Patients AFPS 26 Jan 2015 -- U.S. Transportation Command has rolled out a new capability that will allow the Defense Department to use air transport to move multiple patients with highly infectious diseases.
- USS Green Bay Departs for Forward Deployment to U.S. 7th Fleet NNS 26 Jan 2015 -- USS Green Bay (LPD 20) departed San Diego Jan. 26 for Sasebo, Japan, where the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship will join U.S. 7th Fleet's Forward Deployed Naval Forces.
- USS California Returns from Maiden Deployment NNS 26 Jan 2015 -- The Virginia-class attack submarine USS California (SSN 781) returned to its homeport at U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London, from its maiden deployment Jan. 24.
- Blazing a Trail With the Pathfinders of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35, Det. 1 NNS 26 Jan 2015 -- The 'Pathfinders' of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 35, Det. 1, the Navy's first composite expeditionary helicopter squadron, are currently deployed aboard the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) during her maiden 16-month rotational deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
- VP-26 Begins Historic Last Deployment of the P-3C Orion NNS 26 Jan 2015 -- The 'Tridents' of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 begin their last deployment with the P-3C Orion aircraft with a send-off of their first two planes out of Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Jan. 22.
- Bonhomme Richard Conducts Ammo Onload NNS 26 Jan 2015 -- The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) conducted an ammo on-load Jan. 22-23 in preparation for its next deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
- NATO Secretary General statement on the extraordinary meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission NATO 26 Jan 2015e
- Russia president calls Ukraine army 'NATO's foreign legion' Iran Press TV 26 Jan 2015 -- The Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Ukrainian army is "NATO's foreign legion" and does not pursue Ukraine's national interests.
- NATO Chief Calls Putin Comments On Ukraine 'Nonsense' RFE/RL 26 Jan 2015 -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has dismissed as 'nonsense' accusations made by the Russian president that the Ukrainian Army is acting as the Western alliance's 'foreign legion.'
- Kiev Requests Additional Military Aid From NATO in East Ukraine Standoff Sputnik 26 Jan 2015 -- Ukraine has asked its partners, including NATO members, for additional military assistance in light of the deteriorating security situation in the southeast of the country, the Ukrainian envoy to NATO said Monday.
- Putin Calls Ukrainian Army 'NATO Legion' Sputnik 26 Jan 2015 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that the Ukrainian army has been used by NATO as a deterrent against Russia.
- Putin: Ukraine Army in Fact 'NATO Legion' VOA 26 Jan 2015 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says a 'NATO legion' is fighting against rebel forces in eastern Ukraine, and that its goal is to contain Russia.
- Under New Belarus Law, 'Little Green Men' Would Mean War RFE/RL 26 Jan 2015 -- Belarus has adopted legislation under which the appearance of armed foreign forces on the country's soil will be considered an act of aggression regardless of whether they are regular troops.
- Australia – M88A2 Hercules Heavy Recovery Vehicles DSCA 26 Jan 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for M88A2 Hercules Heavy Recovery Vehicles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $47 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- January 26, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 26 Jan 2015
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, et al. | January 26, 2015 The White House 26 Jan 2015
- 26 January 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 26 Jan 2015
- UN rights chief says world 'haunted' by suffering endured by millions during Holocaust UN News Centre 26 Jan 2015 -- Ahead of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, taking place tomorrow, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a statement to mark the "forever solemn day" when the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp was liberated.
- 'Vicious circles linking violence and hunger' must end – UN agriculture chief UN News Centre 26 Jan 2015 -- Agriculture and food security must be treated as essential components of peacebuilding and conflict resolution, the head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said during a special meeting of the UN Peacebuilding Commission held at Headquarters today.
- Kurds take full control of Syria's Kobani from ISIL Iran Press TV 26 Jan 2015 -- Syrian Kurdish fighters have managed to take full control of the northern border town of Kobani from the ISIL Takfiri terrorists following more than four months of fighting.
- Assad Says Israeli Airstrikes Weaken Syrian Army, Back Local Rebel Groups Sputnik 26 Jan 2015 -- Israel is providing support to rebel groups operating inside Syria by conducting airstrikes in places where the Syrian army is making advances, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an exclusive interview with Foreign Affairs published on Monday.
- Kurdish Forces Completely Clear Syrian Kobani From Islamic State Militants Sputnik 26 Jan 2015 -- Kurdish self-defense forces, including Peshmerga fighters, have taken full control and driven Islamic State (IS) militants completely out of Kobani, the Syrian town near the Turkish border, after nearly four months of fighting, Sputnik correspondent Sultan Tamo reports.
- Monitor: Kurds Push IS Out of Kobani VOA 26 Jan 2015 -- A monitoring group said Kurdish fighters took control of the long-besieged Syrian town of Kobani Monday after months of fighting Islamic State militants, though the Pentagon declined to declare the battle over.
- Iraqi forces liberate Diyala Province from ISIL terrorists Iran Press TV 26 Jan 2015 -- Iraq's armed forces backed by volunteers have completely liberated the eastern province of Diyala from the occupation of ISIL Takfiri terrorists, a senior military officer says.
- Iraqi army to lauch major offensive against ISIL in Ramadi Iran Press TV 26 Jan 2015 -- Iraqi armed forces have made preparations for the launch of a large-scale military operation in the city of Ramadi to flush out Takfiri ISIL militants.
- Libya: latest round of UN-mediated peace talks kick-off in Geneva UN News Centre 26 Jan 2015 -- Libyan parties have gathered in Geneva, Switzerland, today for a new round of United Nations-facilitated talks aimed at resolving the North African nation's political crisis.
- Remarks by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at a Security Council Emergency Briefing on Ukraine US Dept. of State 26 Jan 2015
- Ukraine: Minsk peace accords must be revived, UN political chief tells Security Council UN News Centre 26 Jan 2015 -- Briefing the Security Council on recent developments in Ukraine, Jeffrey Feltman, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, called today for revival of the Minsk Accords and an immediate end to hostilities.
- Moscow to promote contacts between Kiev, pro-Russians: Lavrov Iran Press TV 26 Jan 2015 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow is working to promote contacts between the government in Kiev and pro-Russia forces "within days" in a bid to stop the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.
- Obama Seeks To Increase Pressure On Russia After Ukraine Offensive RFE/RL 26 Jan 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States is considering all options short of military action to turn up the pressure on Russia after Moscow-backed separatists launched a new offensive in eastern Ukraine.
- PACE Grants Savchenko Immunity, Demands Her Release From Russian Jail RFE/RL 26 Jan 2015 -- The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has granted international immunity to jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko and called for her immediate release from a Russian prison.
- From jungle to justice: LRA at The Hague IRIN 26 Jan 2015 -- Almost 10 years after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against him, a senior member of the Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army rebel group appeared before the tribunal's judges in The Hague today.
- Ugandan rebel commander in Hague dock Iran Press TV 26 Jan 2015 -- Infamous Ugandan rebel chief, Dominic Ongwen, who unexpectedly gave himself up earlier in the month, has appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to be tried for war crimes.
- Surprise attack claims 13 lives in South Sudan Iran Press TV 26 Jan 2015 -- At least thirteen people, including three local journalists, have been killed in an attack on their convoy in a remote northwestern region of South Sudan.
- South Sudan Fighting Grinds on, One Year After Ceasefire Deal VOA 26 Jan 2015 -- South Sudan marked a solemn anniversary last Friday: it has been a year since both sides in the conflict signed a cessation of hostilities agreement.
- South Sudan: 11 Killed, Four Wounded in Brutal Attack VOA 26 Jan 2015 -- Eleven people, including several journalists, have been killed in a brutal attack on a convoy of vehicles near the town of Raga in Western Bahr el Ghazal state in South Sudan, officials said Monday.
- Yemen Drone Strike Kills Three; US Embassy Suspends Service VOA 26 Jan 2015 -- A suspected U.S. drone strike on a car in eastern Yemen killed three men believed to be al-Qaida militants on Monday, officials said, suggesting U.S. security operations are continuing despite a political crisis in the volatile Arab country.
- Fighting Between Philippines Police, Muslim Rebels Could Threaten Peace Talks VOA 26 Jan 2015 -- The latest fighting between Philippine police and the country's largest Muslim rebel group represents a serious threat to an already fragile peace process for the southern region of Mindanao, analysts say.
- Egypt extends Sinai state of emergency by 3 months Iran Press TV 26 Jan 2015 -- Egyptian authorities have extended by three months a state of emergency in areas of North Sinai Peninsula.
- Former CIA Officer Convicted For Unauthorized Disclosure of National Defense Information and Obstruction of Justice US Dept. of Justice 26 Jan 2015 -- A former CIA officer was convicted today by a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, of illegally disclosing national defense information and obstructing justice.
- Attorney General Holder Announces Charges Against Russian Spy Ring in New York City US Dept. of Justice 26 Jan 2015 -- Attorney General Eric Holder (...) announced charges against Evgeny Buryakov, aka "Zhenya," Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy in connection with Buryakov's service as a covert intelligence agent on behalf of the Russian Federation (Russia) in New York City, without notifying the U.S. Attorney General of Buryakov's status as an agent of Russia, as required by federal law.
- FBI Breaks Up Alleged Russian Spy Ring in New York City VOA 26 Jan 2015 -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says federal agents have broken up an alleged Russian spy ring in New York City where three suspects tried to recruit U.S. residents.
- Obama threatens new sanctions against Russia Iran Press TV 26 Jan 2015 -- US President Barack Obama has once again threatened new sanctions against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, saying he would 'ratchet up' pressure on Moscow.
- US has 'more tools' against Russia other than sanctions: Lew Iran Press TV 26 Jan 2015 -- The United States has "more tools" other than economic sanctions to ratchet up pressure on Russia, says Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.
- S&P Downgrades Russia's Sovereign Rating to 'Junk' BB+ Status Sputnik 26 Jan 2015 -- Standard & Poor's ratings agency said Monday it has lowered Russia's sovereign ratings to 'junk' status from BBB- to BB+ with negative outlook.
- EU Offers Mixed Reaction to Syriza Victory VOA 26 Jan 2015 -- European Union finance ministers meeting in Brussels have suggested they are open to giving Greece more time to pay back its debt, but there is little support for a total write-off, after the anti-austerity Syriza party swept Greek elections.
- The real winners of Greece's elections: refugees IRIN 26 Jan 2015 -- Beyond all the talk of debt, austerity and welfare payments lies a less-hyped but far-reaching consequence of Greece's election bombshell: a dramatically more welcoming policy to migrants and asylum seekers.
- Syriza Leader Says Greece 'Leaving Behind Disastrous Austerity' RFE/RL 26 Jan 2015 -- The leader of Greece's Syriza party says the country is 'leaving behind disastrous austerity' after his far-left group won an overwhelming victory in an election that showed millions of voters are unhappy with strict measures tied to a bailout deal for the EU and eurozone member.
- Greece Swears In Syriza Leader As Prime Minister RFE/RL 26 Jan 2015 -- Alexis Tsipras has been sworn in as Greece's prime minister after his antiausterity Syriza party won January 25 parliamentary polls.
- News Analysis: How Syriza's Win Could Change EU Policy On Russia RFE/RL 26 Jan 2015 -- The election win by Greece's far-left Syriza party has focused attention on the impact that a potential 'Grexit' could have on the eurozone economies.
- Greece's Tsipras Takes Control VOA 26 Jan 2015 -- Radical leftist Alexis Tsipras has been sworn in as Greece's prime minister, but European leaders are balking at meeting his demands to cut the country's steep debt and renegotiate the austerity measures they have imposed on Athens.
- After Ebola: What next for West Africa's health systems IRIN 26 Jan 2015 -- As rates of Ebola infection fall in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, planning has begun on how to rebuild public health systems and learn lessons from the outbreak.
- Analysts: IS Brutally Distorts Sharia Law VOA 26 Jan 2015 -- The images of the so-called Islamic State's (IS) meting out their version of justice are brutal.
- UN Emergency Aid Drops for N. Korea VOA 26 Jan 2015 -- Crises in other parts of the world are causing the United Nations to lower emergency relief aid to North Korea this year.
- China Corruption Probe Widens VOA 26 Jan 2015 -- A top Chinese security official and 16 senior People's Liberation Army (PLA) officers are reported to be the latest high-level suspects swept up in President Xi's Jinping's anti-corruption campaign.
- Zhou exerted 'baneful' influence in Sichuan People's Daily 26 Jan 2015 -- Sichuan's provincial anti-graft agency expressed its determination to carry on the fight against corruption while cleaning up the negative influence of China's ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang on the province's political circle.
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