28 January 2015 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 28 Jan 2015 [PDF]
- Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq AFPS 28 Jan 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 13 airstrikes, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Paving the Way: TF Al Asad Trains Iraqi Army in CIED Drills USMC News 28 Jan 2015 -- U.S. Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, Task Force Al Asad, facilitated a counter improvised explosive device class for members of the Iraqi Army to teach them basic IED reaction and mitigation skills at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Jan. 18, 2015.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Remarks by the President at Farewell Tribute in Honor of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel The White House 28 Jan 2015
- Hagel 'Quintessentially American,' Obama Says at Farewell Tribute AFPS 28 Jan 2015 -- President Barack Obama hosted an armed forces farewell tribute to retiring Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia.
- AF Identifies Boeing 747-8 platform for next Air Force One AFNS 28 Jan 2015 -- Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, in coordination with the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall, has determined the Boeing 747-8 will serve as the next presidential aircraft, commonly known as Air Force One.
- SECNAV Completes Partnership-Building Visit to Belize NNS 28 Jan 2015 -- Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus completed a partnership-building visit to Belize Jan. 27.
- STRATCOM, Germany make arrangement to share space services, data AFNS 28 Jan 2015 -- U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) signed a technical arrangement with Germany to share Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services and information, Jan. 9.
- Air Force risks becoming too small to succeed under sequestration AFNS 28 Jan 2015 -- During testimony on Capitol Hill Jan. 28, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III stressed the negative impact sequestration will have on future Air Force capabilities, emphasizing further budget cuts will lead to low morale and declined readiness in the Air Force.
- Kendall: Sequestration Will Harm U.S. Military Superiority AFPS 28 Jan 2015 -- The severe, multiyear budget cuts of sequestration will have a negative impact on the Defense Department and U.S. military technological superiority, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall told a congressional panel today.
- Greenert Explains Value of Presence, Danger of Cuts AFPS 28 Jan 2015 -- Presence remains the mandate of the Navy and the service must operate forward "when and where it matters," the chief naval officer testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee here today.
- Sequestration Casts Shadow on Shrinking, Aging Air Force Fleet AFPS 28 Jan 2015 -- Today's Air Force is not only smaller, but its diminutive fleet is older than it has ever been, the service's chief of staff said today in remarks at the Senate Armed Services Committee.
- Special Operations Eyes Present, Future Threats AFPS 28 Jan 2015 -- Special operations forces are very busy today, but they must also plan to confront future threats, Michael J. Dumont, the principle deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity conflict said here yesterday.
- DoD Official Describes Transition Program Progress AFPS 28 Jan 2015 -- The redesigned Transition Assistance Program gives separating service members a "unique set of capabilities" as they enter the civilian workforce, Susan Kelly, defense transition to veterans program office director, told a House Veterans Affairs Committee panel yesterday.
- Marine Corps Commandant Highlights Sequestration's Impact AFPS 28 Jan 2015 -- While the Marine Corps can meet Defense Department Strategic Guidance requirements, there is no margin, and even absent sequestration the service will need recovery years following a decade of war, the service's commandant testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee here today.
- Odierno: Sequestration Threatens Army Readiness AFPS 28 Jan 2015 -- With sequestration looming in the 2016 budget, the Army chief of staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee today that the national security environment is the most uncertain he's seen in his nearly 40 years of service.
- A New Base Leads to Deeper U.S. Ties in Romania NNS 28 Jan 2015 -- Since the ground breaking of Naval Support Facility (NSF) Deveselu, the daily interaction between Romanian and U.S. contractors, and military personnel has provided a platform for multi-cultural exchange and understanding.
- Brazil Hopes to Ink Pantsir-S1 Air Defense Deal With Russia by Mid-2015 Sputnik 28 Jan 2015 -- Brazil and Russia could sign a contract on the delivery of Russian Pantsir-S1 air defense systems to the Latin American country as early as in the first half of 2015, Brazilian Ambassador to Russia Antonio José Vallim Guerreiro said on Wednesday.
- January 28, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 28 Jan 2015
- 28 January 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 28 Jan 2015
- UN Assembly hears Holocaust survivor's plea to never forget 'all human life is sacred' UN News Centre 28 Jan 2015 -- As part of the annual events at the United Nations to mark the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, the General Assembly today heard a Holocaust survivor and a former World War II veteran recount the horrors they had witnessed some 70 years ago as they urged the world "not to forget that all human life is sacred."
- Lack of funding hampering humanitarian aid to war-affected Syrians – UN relief official UN News Centre 28 Jan 2015 -- More funding is urgently required for humanitarian organizations to help people in desperate need in Syria, the United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council today during a briefing on the situation in the country.
- Militant rockets pound various areas in Syria Iran Press TV 28 Jan 2015 -- Foreign-backed militants have launched deadly rocket attacks across various parts of Syria as the country continues to wrestle with violence sourced from abroad.
- Over 60 militants killed in Syrian army operations: Report Iran Press TV 28 Jan 2015 -- Syrian military forces have killed a large number of foreign-backed militants during their recent operations across the Middle Eastern country, a report says.
- Syria's Domestic, External Opposition Agree on Crisis Settlement Plan Sputnik 28 Jan 2015 -- Members of Syria's external and domestic opposition agreed on ten measures to settle the political crisis at a meeting in Moscow Wednesday, a leader of the Syria Homeland Party said.
- Intra-Syrian Talks in Moscow Difficult,Parties Unable to Agree, Source Says Sputnik 28 Jan 2015 -- Intra-Syrian talks currently underway in Moscow have been difficult and have not yielded any results because the parties cannot come to a common position, a source involved in the negotiations said Wednesday.
- Israel to suffer consequences for Golan attack: Iran ISNA 28 Jan 2015 -- An Iranian deputy foreign minister said Zionist regime's officials will suffer the consequences of Tel Aviv's recent airstrike that killed six Hezbollah members and an Iranian commander in Syria's Golan Height.
- Ukrainian Military Leader Vows No Letup Against Rebels VOA 28 Jan 2015 -- Ukrainian commanders will do whatever necessary to defend areas threatened by the latest offensive by Russian-backed rebels in the east, a military spokesman vowed Wednesday.
- 3 soldiers dead in new clashes in east Ukraine Iran Press TV 28 Jan 2015 -- Ukrainian officials say new clashes in east of the country have claimed the lives of three government troops.
- EU Mulling 'Terrorist' Designation For Pro-Russian Rebels In Ukraine RFE/RL 28 Jan 2015 -- European Union officials are considering designating pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine "terrorists" as they prepare potential fresh sanctions against Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis, diplomatic sources in Brussels say.
- Obama, Merkel Discuss Rising Ukraine Violence RFE/RL 28 Jan 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have spoken about the 'significant increase in violence' in eastern Ukraine.
- Shelling of Luhansk in Southeastern Ukraine Leaves 16 Wounded Sputnik 28 Jan 2015 -- At least 16 people have been wounded after residential neighborhoods in the city of Luhansk in southeastern Ukraine were shelled Tuesday evening, the Emergency Situations Ministry of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) has announced.
- UN 'blue helmet' killed near site of Lebanon-Israel cross-fire; investigation under way UN News Centre 28 Jan 2015 -- Amid what Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has described as a "serious deterioration of the security situation in Southern Lebanon," the United Nations Interim Force there (UNIFIL) has launched an investigation into the death of a peacekeeper today near the border with Israel, according to a statement released by the Mission.
- IDF Vehicle Comes Under Fire on Lebanon Border, 15 Israeli Soldiers Killed Sputnik 28 Jan 2015 -- An Israel Defense Force (IDF) vehicle was struck by an anti-tank missile near the Lebanese border Wednesday morning, killing 15 Israeli soldiers inside, Sputnik Arabic News Service reports.
- Israel suffers casualties as Hezbollah targets convoy in Shebaa Farms IRNA 28 Jan 2015 -- The Islamic resistance in Lebanon targeted an Israeli convoy of nine vehicles in occupied Shebaa Farms on Wednesday, killing and injuring a large number of Israeli soldiers.
- Israel, Hezbollah Violence Flares in Golan Heights VOA 28 Jan 2015 -- Two Israeli soldiers and a U.N. peacekeeper were killed Wednesday, as Israel and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah traded fire in the biggest escalation of fighting since their 2006 war.
- Spain Requests UN Probe Into Peacekeeper's Death During Shelling in Lebanon Sputnik 28 Jan 2015 -- Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo has demanded the UN conduct an investigation into the death of a UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNFIL) peacekeeping mission soldier in southern Lebanon Wednesday.
- Libya: UN Secretary General condemns 'in the strongest terms' attack on hotel in Tripoli UN News Centre 28 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations Secretary-General has condemned today, in the strongest terms, the attack that took place at the Corinthia Hotel, in Tripoli yesterday.
- How Boko Haram brought hunger to northern Cameroon IRIN 28 Jan 2015 -- More than half a million people in Cameroon's Far North region are in need of urgent food aid, the government says, as attacks by militant group Boko Haram have forced farmers to abandon their fields, shut down local markets, and halted the movement of people and goods.
- Somali President Renews Amnesty Offer for Al-Shabab Members VOA 28 Jan 2015 -- Somalia's president renewed an offer of amnesty Wednesday to members of the al-Qaida-linked militant group al-Shabab.
- Mali: UN Mission to investigate deadly protests against compound UN News Centre 28 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has launched an investigation into the events surrounding a violent protest in the northern city of Gao yesterday during which several people were reportedly killed and a number of others injured.
- UN Envoy Resumes Push for Peace, Cooperation in Yemen VOA 28 Jan 2015 -- The U.N.'s special adviser on Yemen said the release of a top government official held captive by Houthi rebels would help reduce tensions in the country.
- Russian Spy Scandal Pulls Back Curtain On Often Humdrum World Of Espionage RFE/RL 28 Jan 2015 -- This week's announcement that the FBI had charged three Russian citizens with spying on the United States threatens to send an even deeper chill through already frosty Moscow-Washington ties.
- Spy Scandal Keeps Russian, US Diplomats at Negotiation Table for Second Day Sputnik 28 Jan 2015 -- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft discussed on Wednesday the bilateral relationship between Moscow and Washington following the arrest of a Russian national in the United States over a conspiracy to act as an unregistered agent of a foreign government, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
- New Greek Government Has Deep, Long-Standing Ties With Russian Eurasianist Dugin RFE/RL 28 Jan 2015 -- Europe-watchers understood immediately that the new leftist Syriza-led government in Greece could shatter the European Union's fragile solidarity condemning Russian aggression in Ukraine.
- EU Consensus On Russia Sanctions Stalled By Greek Objections RFE/RL 28 Jan 2015 -- EU diplomats say ambassadors of the 28-nation bloc have failed to reach consensus on new sanctions targeting Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis and the extension of current sanctions due to objections from Greece.
- Strains in US-Russia Relations Predate Current Crisis VOA 28 Jan 2015 -- There are signs of increased strains in U.S. relations with Russia. On Monday, the U.S. accused three Russian citizens in the United States of having ties to a Russian spy ring, a charge Russia denies. The charges follow stepped up U.S. criticism of Russia for what Western powers say is Moscow's continued support of separatists in Ukraine. Analysts say relations between the two countries had begun to fray even before these two incidents.
- EU Draft Says Sanctions On Russia Extended To December RFE/RL 28 Jan 2015 -- According to a draft statement by the European Union, the asset freezes and travel bans imposed on dozens of Russians, Russian entities, and pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine following Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula will be extended until the end of 2015.
- Treasury Secretary Says US Ready to Impose New Anti-Russian Sanctions Sputnik 28 Jan 2015 -- The United States is ready to introduce new sanctions against Moscow if necessary, the US Treasury secretary said Wednesday after meeting with the Ukraine's finance minister.
- Russia to Cut Budget Costs by 10% in 2015, Defense Expenses Unchanged Sputnik 28 Jan 2015 -- The Russian government on Wednesday passed on to the country's parliament a legislative project to decrease most categories of budget expenses in 2015 by 10 percent, according to a statement published on the Cabinet of Ministers' website.
- U.S. To Provide Ukraine $2 Billion In Loan Guarantees RFE/RL 28 Jan 2015 -- The United States has pledged $2 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine to help Kyiv with 'near-term social spending' this year, and said it was ready to step up sanctions against Russia if needed.
- Japanese official denies information on deal for hostage release People's Daily 28 Jan 2015 -- Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Yasuhide Nakayama said Wednesday he lacks information on any deal for the release of the Japanese hostage detained by the Islamic State (IS).
- Jordan Willing to Exchange Prisoner for IS Hostage VOA 28 Jan 2015 -- Jordan's information minister says his government is ready to trade a jailed terror suspect for a Jordanian pilot being held by Islamic State militants.
- Sajida Al-Rishawi Reportedly Arrives in IS-Controlled Territory Sputnik 28 Jan 2015 -- Jordan on Wednesday indicated it would release al-Rishawi, jailed since 2005, if the radical Islamist group agreed to free the captured Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kassasbeh following the militants' threat to kill him and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto within 24 hours, CNN reports.
- Major Jihadist Cell Center Allegedly Disclosed in Small French Town Sputnik 28 Jan 2015 -- The small town of Lunel in southern France has emerged as a case study in the country's homegrown jihadist movement after security forces broke up a recruitment cell sending fighters to Syria and Iraq.
- Pakistan voices concern over US-India nuclear deal Iran Press TV 28 Jan 2015 -- The Pakistani government has expressed serious concern over a recent nuclear deal between the United States and India, saying it will be detrimental to stability of South Asia.
- Japan, U.S., S.Korea hold trilateral denuclearization talks People's Daily 28 Jan 2015 -- The chief nuclear envoys from Japan, the United States and South Korea met in Tokyo on Wednesday, seeking a 'credible dialogue' with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), a move may lead to the resumption of long-stalled six-party talks, local media reported.
- Kurdish Party Pushes Political Gamble to Run in Turkey Poll VOA 28 Jan 2015 -- Turkey's pro-Kurdish HDP has announced it will run as a political party instead of fielding candidates as independents in June's general election. But if the party fails to secure the required 10 percent of the vote, it could open the door to the ruling AK party to achieve its goal of securing enough parliamentary seats to change the constitution and introduce a presidential system.
- As Ground Shifts, Obama Reviews Middle East Strategy VOA 28 Jan 2015 -- The death of Saudi Arabia's king, the collapse of a U.S.-friendly government in Yemen and a problematic relationship with Israel's leadership are presenting a new set of complications for the Obama administration and its Middle East policy. Not only is the U.S. leader dealing with adversaries in Iran, the Islamic State and al-Qaida, but he is now juggling trouble with traditional allies as well.
- Russian Parliament Could Condemn 'Annexation' Of East Germany RFE/RL 28 Jan 2015 -- Russia's parliament is considering issuing a statement condemning the 'annexation' of East Germany by West Germany a quarter of a century ago.
- Ebola Fears Prompts N. Korea to Back Out of Major Taekwondo Events VOA 28 Jan 2015 -- North Korea has backed out of hosting of two major international taekwondo events this year, citing fears of the deadly Ebola virus, a top official with the sport's governing body said.
- Report Warns Of 'Disturbing' Decline In Global Freedom RFE/RL 28 Jan 2015 -- A leading democracy watchdog says global freedom suffered a 'disturbing' decline in 2014, with Syria ranking as the world's least free country and Russia's 'invasion' of Ukraine dealing a bad blow to democracy.
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