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28 January 2015 Military News

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  • 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.

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  • 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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