29 January 2015 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 29 Jan 2015 [PDF]
- Update: air strikes in Iraq UK MOD 29 Jan 2015 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.
- Washington Classifies Data on Use of $65Bln in Funding of Afghan Forces Sputnik 29 Jan 2015 -- The US government body that reviews Washington's spending in Afghanistan may no longer have to provide information to the US public regarding the $65 billion in taxpayer funded programs aimed at supporting the Afghan National Security Force (ANSF), the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said.
- US drone strike kills 7 in Pakistan's North Waziristan Iran Press TV 29 Jan 2015 -- At least seven people have been killed and three others injured in a US drone attack in Pakistan's mountainous tribal region of North Waziristan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Hagel Unveils Compensation, Retirement Recommendations AFPS 29 Jan 2015 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today the release of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization report, which contains recommendations to improve the efficiency and sustainability of compensation benefits for service members and veterans.
- Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission Report DoD 29 Jan 2015
- Team eyes mission's next phase as Ebola treatment wraps in Liberia Army News 29 Jan 2015 -- U.S. and international agencies carrying out Operation United Assistance efforts have wrapped up work on the final two of 10 Ebola treatment units in Liberia, a top engineer with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) said, Jan. 23.
- 7th Regiment maintains combat readiness USMC News 29 Jan 2015 -- Smoke rises from the ground and tear gas billows out of canisters, engulfing the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment. Riflemen settle into fighting holes, amidst cold winds and harsh desert conditions, while quickly equipping their gas masks.
- SECNAV Completes Visit to Paraguay NNS 29 Jan 2015 -- Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus completed a visit to Paraguay Jan. 29 during which he met with Republic of Paraguay President Horacio Cartes to discuss the relationship between the Department of the Navy and Paraguay's military.
- Special Ops Assuming Greater NATO Responsibilities AFPS 29 Jan 2015 -- NATO is incorporating special operations into all aspects of its operations and training, the commander of NATO Special Operations Headquarters said here yesterday.
- Mustin, John S. McCain Sailors Strengthen Partnerships in Korea Through Bilateral Training and Port Visit NNS 29 Jan 2015 -- Sailors from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Mustin (DDG 89) and USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) strengthened partnerships with the Republic of Korea navy during a port visit to Busan, Jan 29 - Feb 2.
- Game On: Virtual Trainer Takes Serious Approach to Electronic Warfare NNS 29 Jan 2015 -- Missiles are launched at a Navy ship, and Sailors must decide in a matter of seconds how to keep from getting hit. A serious game sponsored by the Office of Naval Research is receiving accolades for preparing Sailors for exactly this scenario.
- US Missile Defense Agency Spends $58 Million on New Facility in Alabama Sputnik 29 Jan 2015 -- The United States has spent about $58 million on a large Missile Defense Agency facility construction at the Von Braun Complex in the US state of Alabama, the agency has announced in a statement.
- UK says jets intercepted Russian bombers Iran Press TV 29 Jan 2015 -- Britain's Ministry of Defence (MoD) said on Thursday that Typhoon fighter jets had intercepted two Russian long-range bombers which had flown close to UK airspace.
- Russian Envoy Summoned Over Disruption of UK Civil Aviation by Air Force Sputnik 29 Jan 2015 -- Russian ambassador has been summoned Thursday over the disruption of the UK civil aviation by Russia's Air Force flight, the British Foreign Office said.
- UK Military Says Russian Air Force Active Near British Airspace Sputnik 29 Jan 2015 -- Two alleged Russian bombers were seen flying over British airspace on its southern coast, leading the Royal Air Force (RAF) to dispatch two jets in response, the Daily Mail reported on Thursday.
- India to Test Nuclear-Capable Agni-5 Missile on January 31 Sputnik 29 Jan 2015 -- India will conduct the third test of the Agni-5, a ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, on January 31, a source at the institution responsible for the launch told Sputnik Thursday.
- Russia Says Air Force Flight Near UK Complies With International Law Sputnik 29 Jan 2015 -- Two Russian Air Force strategic bombers spotted near British airspace were conducting a planned 19-hour flight over the North Atlantic and did not breach international regulations or any nation's borders, a Russian Air Force spokesman said Thursday.
- New Russian Heavy Ballistic Missile Sarmat to Be Test Launched in 2016-2017 Sputnik 29 Jan 2015 -- Full-scale testing of the new Russian Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile may be held in a year or year and a half after the drop tests scheduled in 2015, Lenta.Ru reported Thursday.
- Russia Appoints New Commander of Ground Troops in Crimea Sputnik 29 Jan 2015 -- Russia has tasked Lt. Gen. Yuri Petrov, who was appointed deputy Black Sea Fleet commander earlier Thursday, with creating a combat-ready group of ground troops in Russia's region of Crimea.
- Chinese DM scorns WSJ on China-U.S. military exchanges People's Daily 29 Jan 2015 -- A Defense Ministry spokesperson on Thursday scorned a Wall Street Journal report on China-U.S. military ties as 'confusing'.
- Chinese defense minister to visit ROK, Thailand People's Daily 29 Jan 2015 -- Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan will make official friendly visits to the Republic of Korea and Thailand from Feb. 3 to 7.
- President Xi stresses diplomacy by military exchanges People's Daily 29 Jan 2015 -- Military exchanges will play a bigger role in China's diplomatic activities, President Xi Jinping said on Thursday.
- Iran's IRGC launches new Parmida crew boat Iran Press TV 29 Jan 2015 -- A new model of Iran's first domestically manufactured crew boat has begun its maiden voyage in the Persian Gulf waters.
- Russia in Talks With Iran on Tor-M1 Missile System Modernization Sputnik 29 Jan 2015 -- Russia's Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant Kupol is in talks with Iran on modernizing the short range Tor-M1 (SA-15 Gauntlet) surface-to-air missile defense systems, the plant's assistant director general told RIA Novosti Thursday.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 1/29/15 The White House 29 Jan 2015
- January 29, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 29 Jan 2015
- DoD News: Contracts for January 29, 2015
- Russia, China to Invest $13Bln Into New Long-Haul Airplane Project Sputnik 29 Jan 2015 -- Russia and China may invest $13 billion into a joint long-range passenger aircraft project, the president of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) told journalists Thursday.
- 29 January 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 29 Jan 2015
- Syrian forces kill many terrorists in Idlib, Homs Iran Press TV 29 Jan 2015 -- The Syrian army has launched large-scale military operations against foreign-backed Takfiri militants across the country, inflicting heavy losses on them in the provinces of Idlib and Homs.
- What Next For Libya? IRIN 29 Jan 2015 -- If any further evidence was needed of the importance of ending the power struggle that has plunged Libya into chaos since last summer, it was the reminder this week that sympathisers of the so-called Islamic State (IS) are keen to exploit the resulting power vacuum. In a 27 January attack claimed by IS, gunmen stormed a luxury Tripoli hotel popular with UN officials and diplomats, killing at least nine people, among them five foreigners. It was the deadliest in a series of incidents, which suggest that IS supporters in Libya are growing more assertive as the country's political crisis continues.
- MI5 secret docs expose failure in Libya Iran Press TV 29 Jan 2015 -- UK security service MI5 said on Thursday that a secret UK-Libyan rendition program in which two Libyan opposition leaders were kidnapped and flown to Tripoli along with their families had eventually proved counterproductive.
- Parties agree 'in principle' to move UN-mediated political talks to Libya UN News Centre 29 Jan 2015 -- Participants in the United Nations-facilitated Libyan political dialogue in discussions in Geneva this week have agreed "on the principle" of convening future dialogue sessions in Libya, provided that logistical and security conditions are available.
- Iraq: UN mission applauds Government investigation into sectarian massacre UN News Centre 29 Jan 2015 -- The UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) has welcomed the Government's decision to conduct a full investigation into the alleged sectarian killing of dozens of civilians by armed groups in Iraq's eastern Diyala province.
- Rebels Press Assault in Eastern Ukraine VOA 29 Jan 2015 -- Fighting continued Thursday in the northern sector of the former cease-fire line in eastern Ukraine as Russian-backed rebels pressed their offensive aimed at moving the line farther west.
- Russia Warns West of 'Big Catastrophe' Over Ukraine VOA 29 Jan 2015 -- Moscow's envoy to European security watchdog OSCE urged the United States and Europe on Thursday to stop supporting the "party of war'" in Ukraine and warned a "big catastrophe'' could lie ahead, according to Russia's Foreign Ministry.
- Up to 100 Ukraine forces killed: Luhansk official Iran Press TV 29 Jan 2015 -- An official in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) says that as many as 100 members of the Ukrainian armed forces have been killed over the past 24 hours in Ukraine's east.
- Ukraine president urges new ceasefire negotiations Iran Press TV 29 Jan 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called for urgent ceasefire negotiations with pro-Russia forces in a bid to bring an end to surging clashes in the country's war-torn east.
- Rebels Claim Fresh Advances In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 29 Jan 2015 -- Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine claim they have nearly encircled government forces in a strategic town.
- Belarus Says Ukraine Talks To Be Held January 30 RFE/RL 29 Jan 2015 -- A new round of talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine is due to take place on January 30 amid an escalation in fighting and mounting casualties.
- Poroshenko Says Kiev Strengthening Defense Along Donbas Front Line Sputnik 29 Jan 2015 -- The Ukrainian military is holding the entire battlefront strong along the country's eastern front line and the Kiev leadership is taking all the needed measures to strengthen defense, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday.
- Secretary General stresses NATO's solidarity with Ukraine NATO 29 Jan 2015
- Houthis put Yemen president, PM under house arrest: Government Iran Press TV 29 Jan 2015 -- The Yemeni government claims Shia Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi Ansarullah movement have put a number of senior government officials under house arrest.
- Ansarullah fighters seize key military base in Yemen Iran Press TV 29 Jan 2015 -- Ansarullah fighters of Yemen's Shia Houthi movement have taken control of a key military base near the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, official sources say.
- US Concerned Beijing Buildup in South China Sea Will Upset Regional Balance Sputnik 29 Jan 2015 -- US officials are concerned that Beijing's land reclamation project on disputed islands in the South China Sea is an attempt to establish de-facto control over the area rich in mineral and energy resources and upset the regional balance, according to the LA Times.
- DR Congo: Security Council renews arms sanctions, monitoring group of experts UN News Centre 29 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations Security Council today renewed its sanctions on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to prevent the supply, sale or transfer of arms, training, and financing, to armed groups.
- Security Council approves 6-month extension for UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus UN News Centre 29 Jan 2015 -- The Security Council today extended the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) – one of the longest running UN missions still in operation – until 31 July 2015, noting that despite some progress made in negotiations between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides, a "comprehensive and durable settlement" is still lacking.
- Israeli PM Blames Iran for Flareup Along Israel-Lebanon Border VOA 29 Jan 2015 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed Iran for Wednesday's deadly flareup along the Lebanese border, the biggest escalation of fighting there since the 2006 war between Israel and the Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah.
- N. Nigeria Residents Flee Boko Haram Killing, Looting VOA 29 Jan 2015 -- Residents in northeastern Nigeria's Adamawa state fled their villages to the state capital this week after a string of deadly attacks by Boko Haram militants that marked the latest in a campaign of violence that has left thousands of people dead.
- Opposition Leader: Obstacles to South Sudan Peace Remain VOA 29 Jan 2015 -- Talks on South Sudan's future, mediated by the East African group of nations known as the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, ended without agreement Thursday, further postponing a deal to end more than a year of fighting in the country.
- Ban condemns destruction of villages, displacement of thousands in Darfur UN News Centre 29 Jan 2015 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the reported aerial bombardment and destruction of villages in the Golo locality of Central Darfur, and expressed concern over the worsening security situation, which has seen thousands of civilians displaced.
- UN forecasts 'worrisome' 2015 outlook on humanitarian front for Somalia UN News Centre 29 Jan 2015 -- Malnutrition rates are "stubbornly high" in Somalia with more than 200,000 children requiring emergency nutrition, the top United Nations humanitarian official in the African nation said today as he projected a "worrisome" outlook for 2015.
- Mali: Ban deplores violent protests against Mission compound, launches inquiry UN News Centre 29 Jan 2015 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the deadly protests against a United Nations Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) compound in the northern city of Gao, which left several people dead and a number of others injured.
- EU Agrees To Extend Russian Sanctions Over Ukraine RFE/RL 29 Jan 2015 -- The European Union has decided to extend until September an initial group of sanctions against Russian and pro-Russia separatist officials due to the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and has plans for further action.
- EU Extends Sanctions Against Russia VOA 29 Jan 2015 -- Amid a sharp escalation of fighting in eastern Ukraine, European Union foreign ministers agreed Thursday to extend by six months the existing sanctions imposed on Russian and Russia-backed separatist officials for their role in the conflict.
- EU FMs Decide to Extend Individual Sanctions Over Ukraine Until September Sputnik 29 Jan 2015 -- The EU foreign ministers adopted on Thursday a decision to keep in force sanctions targeting individuals and entities allegedly involved in the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis until September 2015, the EU diplomacy chief said.
- EU Ministers Meeting To Discuss Russia Sanctions As Ukraine Fighting Rages RFE/RL 29 Jan 2015 -- Fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine has claimed more lives as EU foreign ministers prepared to discuss the possible extension and expansion of sanctions against Moscow for its role in the conflict.
- Defiant Lukashenka Warns Russia, West Against Pressuring Belarus RFE/RL 29 Jan 2015 -- Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has displayed defiance toward Russia and the West, warning them in a marathon news conference that he would bow to no one's will.
- Islamic State Makes Fresh Threat To Kill Jordanian Pilot RFE/RL 29 Jan 2015 -- An audio message purportedly from Japanese journalist Kenji Goto has been issued by Islamic State militants who are holding him hostage.
- IS Hostages' Fate Unknown as Deadline Expires VOA 29 Jan 2015 -- Jordan demanded proof that a pilot threatened with execution by the Islamic State group was still alive, as a deadline set by the jihadists in a proposed prisoner exchange expired Thursday.
- US Firms Concerned About China's New Cyber Regulations VOA 29 Jan 2015 -- U.S. business groups have sent a letter to China's top security policy body, calling for "urgent discussions" and "dialogue" over new cybersecurity regulations that would force them to hand over technology secrets in order to keep doing business in China.
- With new Ebola cases reaching record low, UN health agency targets ending epidemic UN News Centre 29 Jan 2015 -- This week, the number of new Ebola cases recorded in West Africa fell below 100 for the first time in seven months, the World Health Organization reported today as it announced that the battle against the deadly virus has shifted from slowing transmission to ending the epidemic.
- WHO Focus on Ebola Shifts to Ending Outbreak VOA 29 Jan 2015 -- The World Health Organization said Thursday that efforts to slow the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola have shifted to a focus on ending the epidemic, after the number of new cases fell to its lowest weekly level since the end of June.
- UN warns Ebola epidemic 'not yet contained' Iran Press TV 29 Jan 2015 -- The United Nations has warned that the spread of the deadly Ebola virus is not fully controlled yet despite a significant fall in the number of new cases across West Africa.
- EU Ministers Propose Tougher Anti-Terrorism Measures VOA 29 Jan 2015 -- European Union Justice and Interior Ministers are discussing ways to strengthen information sharing and border control, among other measures to crack down on terrorism. Their two-day meeting ends Friday in Riga, Latvia.
- Iran mulls nuclear talks to speed up: Araqchi IRNA 29 Jan 2015 -- Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said here on Thursday that the Iranian legal experts and negotiating team are to speed up the pace of the talks in a bid to settle the existing differences with P5+1 swiftly.
- Germany, Turkey May Sign New Intelligence Agreement to Stop IS Fighters Sputnik 29 Jan 2015 -- Germany is planning to discuss a new intelligence agreement with Turkey to enhance border security to stop German fighters, traveling abroad to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, according to German newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung".
- Egypt's Suez Canal Dreams Tempered by Continued Unrest VOA 29 Jan 2015 -- Seen as a potential driver of economic recovery, Egypt's plan to expand the Suez Canal has raised hopes the end of the country's economic crisis may be in sight. But some analysts say as unrest continues, they expect the project may cost too much and take too long to make life better in the most Arab world's most populous country.
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