11 September 2015 Military News
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 11 Sep 2015 [PDF]
- Centcom Spokesman: Progress Continues In Coalition Efforts Against ISIL AFPS 11 Sep 2015 -- Coalition-backed ground forces in Iraq and Syria continue to make progress in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, U.S. Central Command spokesman Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder told reporters here today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- New Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center to be established DoD 11 Sep 2015 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it will establish a Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center (JICSpOC), in conjunction with U.S. Strategic Command, Air Force Space Command, and the intelligence community. The center, to be located at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will create unity of effort and facilitate information sharing across the national security space enterprise.
- Integrated Task Force summary released USMC News 11 Sep 2015 -- The Marine Corps Force Integration Office released the Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force research results here Sept. 10, 2015.
- US Considers Military Buildup in Iceland After 10 Year Absence Sputnik 11 Sep 2015 -- Iceland's Foreign Ministry confirmed that the US did express interest in the possibility of its military assets returning to Iceland.
- JGSDF, Marines shoot anti-tank missiles at Forest Light 16-1 USMC News 11 Sep 2015 -- Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members and U.S. Marines shared knowledge about anti-tank missiles during Forest Light 16-1 at Camp Imazu, Takashima, Japan, Sept. 7, 2015.
- 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines work with JGSDF during Forest Light 16-1 USMC News 11 Sep 2015 -- Marines and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members arrived from different parts of Japan to start Forest Light 16-1 which begins Sept. 6 and concludes on Sept.18, 2015 at Camp Imazu, Takashima, Japan.
- JGSDF, Marines fire mortars at Forest Light 16-1 USMC News 11 Sep 2015 -- Japan Ground Self-Defense Force Members and U.S. Marines came together on Sept. 6, 2015 at Camp Imazu, Takashima, Japan, to shoot mortars during Forest Light 16-1.
- Morocco, Myanmar to Buy Some 60 Russian BMP-3 Infantry Fighting Vehicles Sputnik 11 Sep 2015 -- Russian company Tractor Plants received requests for the acquisition of the BMP-3 model from Myanmar and Morocco, according to the company's spokesperson.
- Pentagon Confirms Its 'Secure' Labs Fumbled 'Black Death,' Deadly Viruses Sputnik 11 Sep 2015 -- The Pentagon's most secure labs may have mislabeled, improperly stored and transported specimens of infectious plague bacteria and other deadly viruses, a new investigation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed.
- US facing Armageddon-scale cyber threat: Spy master Press TV 11 Sep 2015 -- Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has warned of a "large, Armageddon-scale" cyber attack that could "debilitate the entire US infrastructure."
- PLA begins military drills in Taiwan straits People's Daily 11 Sep 2015 -- A warning for shipping has been issued in the southern part of the Taiwan Straits.
- PLA troops ready to help in New Zealand-led Pacific military exercise People's Daily 11 Sep 2015 -- A New Zealand-led multi-national task group, including troops from China for the first time, has begun work on refurbishing essential public infrastructure in the Cook Islands, the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) said Friday.
- China Reveals Fourth-Generation Combat Stealth Helicopter in Development Sputnik 11 Sep 2015 -- Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) has confirmed it has started the development of a fourth-generation attack helicopter with "stealth capability"; it will "feature supreme maneuverability in complicated environments, outstanding survivability and joint operational ability" and is set to enter the service by 2020.
- RAF Typhoons intercept Russian aircraft near UK airspace UK MOD 11 Sep 2015 -- Royal Air Force Typhoon jets have flown from RAF Lossiemouth to intercept Russian 'Blackjack' aircraft flying in international air space.
- India Plans Joint Su-30 Aircraft Modernization With Russia - Rostec Sputnik 11 Sep 2015 -- Russian state technology corporation Rostec said that India has expressed interest in carrying out a joint project to extensively modernize its SU-30MKI aircraft in collaboration with Russian companies.
- New Delhi, Moscow Discussing Supply of Russian T-90MS Battle Tanks Sputnik 11 Sep 2015 -- The tank uses the same type of ammunition as the T-90, but includes additional countermeasures to significantly reduce the chances of being hit by enemy anti-tank semi-automatic guided weapons.
- September 11, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 11 Sep 2015
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 9/11/2015 The White House 11 Sep 2015
- 11 September 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 11 Sep 2015
- In new report, Ban outlines measures to strengthen UN peace operations, tackle abuse UN News 11 Sep 2015 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today presented his agenda to strengthen United Nations peacekeeping, including setting out three "fundamental" changes urgently required to adapt operations to new realities, as well as measures to root out sexual exploitation and abuse.
- Welcoming upcoming talks, Security Council calls on Yemeni parties to speed up peace efforts UN News 11 Sep 2015 -- The United Nations Security Council today welcomed the announcement on the upcoming Yemeni peace talks and commended the decision by the Government to participate in them along with other parties.
- Infighting Among IS Extremists on the Rise VOA 11 Sep 2015 -- Incidents of violent infighting between Islamic State (IS) extremists in Syria and Iraq are on the rise with rifts developing between elements within the terrorist group and arguments erupting over the distribution of spoils, sex slaves and cash, say local political activists opposed to the militants.
- U.S. Intelligence Chiefs Say Iraq, Syria May Not Survive As States RFE/RL 11 Sep 2015 -- U.S. intelligence chiefs have repeated their assessment that Iraq and Syria may have been permanently fractured by war and sectarian strife and may not survive as nation-states.
- Pentagon Intel Chief Predicts Breakup of Iraq and Syria Sputnik 11 Sep 2015 -- Vincent Stewart, director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency, told a conference that he found it difficult to envisage the countries emerging intact from the wars they endure.
- Kurdish forces liberate seven Iraqi villages from Daesh Press TV 11 Sep 2015 -- Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have managed to retake seven villages in the northern part of Iraq from Takfiri Daesh militants as they continue to push the terrorists back from the area.
- Pushing The Envelope: Russia Seeks Gold In Syria Quagmire RFE/RL 11 Sep 2015 -- From overflight requests and grainy photos of fighter jets to social-media posts showing Russian marines in Syria, there are mounting signs that Moscow may be ramping up its military presence in the war-torn Middle East nation.
- Made in Russia: Syria Continues to Develop Its Air Defense Forces Sputnik 11 Sep 2015 -- The Russian defense news website defendingrussia.ru has given insight into the air defense systems that are currently being used by the Syrian army.
- Poroshenko: Cease-Fire Holding but Russia Seeks to Destabilize VOA 11 Sep 2015 -- Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said a shaky cease-fire with Russia-backed rebels has for the first time held completely for a 24-hour period since fighting broke out 15 months ago. He warned, however, that rebel-held elections would scupper the deal and called for sustained international pressure on Russia.
- A counterinsurgency failure in eastern Congo IRIN 11 Sep 2015 -- The lull was broken last weekend. After months of relative calm in Beni Territory, northeast Democratic Republic of Congo, attackers descended on two villages, killing nine people.
- Millions going hungry because of Boko Haram IRIN 11 Sep 2015 -- Families driven out of villages, farmers unable to tend crops, food stocks of entire communities raided: Boko Haram's impact on the people of Western and Central Africa lingers long after the rape and slaughter.
- Fierce gun battle kills four in Indian-administered Kashmir Press TV 11 Sep 2015 -- At least four people have been killed in a fierce exchange of fire between India's army soldiers and a group of armed men in Indian-administered Kashmir, police sources say.
- 134 Sinai militants killed in 4 days of Egypt operations Press TV 11 Sep 2015 -- The death toll from an ongoing large-scale security operation by the Egyptian army against Daesh-linked Takfiri militants in the country's violence-wracked Sinai Peninsula has risen to at least 134, Press TV reports.
- UN chief offers 'good offices' support in Colombia-Venezuela border dispute UN News 11 Sep 2015 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has conveyed to the Foreign Ministers of Colombia and Venezuela that he "trusted" their countries would address the border challenges they faced through constructive dialogue, and offered his "good offices" mediation services if both parties so requested.
- Senior UN official outlines steps taken in response to Central African Republic abuse allegations UN News 11 Sep 2015 -- The United Nations peacekeeping chief today announced that following reports of alleged sexual exploitation and abuse, seven peacekeepers serving with the UN mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been repatriated, while nine have had their payments suspended.
- US House Votes to Reject Iran Nuclear Deal VOA 11 Sep 2015 -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted to reject the international deal with Iran to curb its nuclear weapons Friday, after a morning of emotional debate.
- Background Briefing On the Mechanics of the United States Refugee Admissions Program US Dept. of State 11 Sep 2015
- UN calls for full, swift implementation of European proposals for refugee crisis UN News 11 Sep 2015 -- The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the European Commission's proposals unveiled last Wednesday to address the current refugee crisis in Europe, adding that given the urgency of the situation, these proposals need to be implemented fully and swiftly.
- EU's Refugee Distribution Plan Meets Resistance VOA 11 Sep 2015 -- A European Union proposal for its 28 member nations to more equitably share the burden of Europe's escalating migrant crisis is meeting resistance, despite its endorsement Friday by the United Nations.
- Burundi army chief survives assassination attempt Press TV 11 Sep 2015 -- At least seven people have been killed in a life attempt on Burundi's army chief, who has survived the attack.
- Nazarbaev Answers Putin With Celebration Of Kazakh History, Turkic Future RFE/RL 11 Sep 2015 -- In an apparent rebuke of the notion that his nation was never a state, Kazakhstan's president has drawn on history while laying plans for the future development of the Turkic world.
- Mumbai Court Convicts 12 for Train Blasts VOA 11 Sep 2015 -- In India, a court in the financial hub of Mumbai has convicted 12 men for a series of blasts that ripped through local trains in the city nine years ago, killing 188 people and wounding more than 800 others.
- Russian Soyuz Rocket With Two European Satellites Launched Successfully Sputnik 11 Sep 2015 -- Soyuz-ST rocket with two EU Galileo satellites aboard was successfully launched.
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