16 August 2015 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- US, Germany to Pull Patriot Missiles From Turkey VOA 16 Aug 2015 -- The United States is withdrawing its Patriot missile system deployed near Turkey's border with Syria when its mandate expires in October.
- U.S. To Withdraw Patriot Missile System From Turkey RFE/RL 16 Aug 2015 -- The United States says it will withdraw its Patriot air- and missile-defense units near Turkey’s border with Syria when the mission’s mandate ends in October.
Defense Policy / Programs
- 'Dead Meat' in the Skies: F-35 Will Be Torn to Pieces by Old Fighter Jets Sputnik 16 Aug 2015 -- The controversy surrounding the US F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is still simmering, prompting experts to pose the question: what if the United States Air Force had dropped the F-35 many years earlier?
- Air Defense Brigade tests 'support and report' of simulated missile fight Army News 16 Aug 2015 -- Soldiers of 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade conducted their second world-wide defense simulation exercise utilizing netted remote terminal battle labs August 9-14.
- Space Power: Russian Anti-Missile Warning System Protects on Multiple Tiers Sputnik 16 Aug 2015 -- The Russian anti-missile warning system has the primary task to detect a missile attack and pass on the data to the anti-missile defense system.
- Russia delivers six Mikoyan MiG-31 fighter jets to Syria: Report Press TV 16 Aug 2015 -- Russia has delivered six Mikoyan MiG-31 fighter jets to Syria in a bid to help the Arab country in its battle against Takfiri terrorists.
- Saudi Arabia Constructs Naval Base on Yemeni Island After Its Occupation Sputnik 16 Aug 2015 -- Saudi Arabia has been involved in a military conflict with Yemen for nearly half a year, seeking to return to power its close ally Yemeni fugitive president Mansur Hadi.
- Iraq PM OKs Court Martial for Officers Who Fled Ramadi VOA 16 Aug 2015 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi agreed Sunday with an investigative commission's recommendation to court martial Iraqi commanders who withdrew from Ramadi earlier this year as the city fell to Islamic State militants.
- Iraqi Officials Target Military Brass, Politicians Over Cities Lost To Islamic State RFE/RL 16 Aug 2015 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi and lawmakers are targeting security officials and politicians in connection with the takeover of the cities of Ramadi and Mosul by Islamic State (IS) militants.
- Findings of Iraq parliamentary probe on Mosul fall released Press TV 16 Aug 2015 -- An Iraqi parliamentary investigative committe has released its findings on the fall of the northern city of Mosul to Takfiri Daesh terrorists.
- Iran to continue support for Syria: Deputy foreign minister Press TV 16 Aug 2015 -- An Iranian deputy foreign minister has pledged continuing support by the Islamic Republic for Syria in the fight against terrorism.
- Saudi warplanes continue bombarding Yemen Press TV 16 Aug 2015 -- Saudi warplanes continue to pound more areas across Yemen despite reports of civilian casualties in the impoverished Arabian Peninsula country.
- Pakistan Suicide Blast Kills 15 VOA 16 Aug 2015 -- The home minister for Pakistan's populous Punjab province, and 14 other people were killed in a suicide bombing Sunday.
- North Korea threatens South with military action over loudspeakers Press TV 16 Aug 2015 -- North Korea has threatened to take military action against South Korea if Seoul fails to remove the loudspeakers.
- North Korea to ‘retaliate’ against US over war games: Official Press TV 16 Aug 2015 -- North Korea says it will attack the United States if Washington does not cancel the multinational military exercises.
- Joint Statement on Libya by the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States US Dept. of State 16 Aug 2015
- Sirte Violence Triggers Libya Request for Anti-IS Help VOA 16 Aug 2015 -- The Arab League is set to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday at the request of Libya's internationally recognized government, which is under attack by Islamic State militants.
- South Sudan President Does About-Face, Attends Peace Talks VOA 16 Aug 2015 -- South Sudanese President Salva Kiir did an about-face Sunday and traveled to the Ethiopian capital to attend the final hours of talks to end South Sudan's 20-month war.
- South Sudan government to continue peace talks with rebels Press TV 16 Aug 2015 -- South Sudan's government says it will continue negotiations with rebels aimed at ending a 20-month civil war in the African country, but without the presence of President Salva Kiir.
- People's Daily slams lack of sincerity in Abe's WWII statement Xinhua 16 Aug 2015 -- China's People's Daily on Saturday called on Japan to face up to its wartime history.
- Iraqi PM Scraps 11 Cabinet Posts In Reform Drive RFE/RL 16 Aug 2015 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has scrapped 11 cabinet posts as part of a sweeping reform program aimed at reducing corruption and mismanagement impacting the highest levels of government.
- Egypt's Sissi Signs Anti-Terror Law VOA 16 Aug 2015 -- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi signed a new anti-terrorism law Sunday that calls for the death penalty and life sentences for some offenses while also threatening hefty fines for "false reporting" on terror attacks.
- AU: Burundi Crisis a 'Catastrophic Risk' for Region VOA 16 Aug 2015 -- The African Union has warned that the political crisis in Burundi could have catastrophic consequences for the country and the surrounding region.
- Chinese Military: Tons of Cyanide at Blast Site VOA 16 Aug 2015 -- China confirmed Sunday that sodium cyanide, a toxic chemical, was stored in the warehouses devastated by massive explosions last week in the port city of Tianjin.
- 100s tons of hazardous cyanide detected at China blast zone Press TV 16 Aug 2015 -- A senior Chinese military officer says hundreds of tonnes of highly poisonous cyanide were being stored at the site.
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