12 September 2015 Military News
- Australia warplanes conduct 1st Syria operation Press TV 12 Sep 2015 -- Australian warplanes have conducted their first aerial operation in Syria after Canberra joined the so-called US-led coalition targeting purported Daesh positions in the conflict-wrecked country.
- Coalition Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 12 Sep 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- US drone kills 15 pro-Taliban Pakistanis in SE Afghanistan Press TV 12 Sep 2015 -- An American unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has killed 15 pro-Taliban Pakistani militants in southeastern Afghanistan, Press
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- Ice Spy: US Builds Up Arctic Intelligence Network Sputnik 12 Sep 2015 -- The United States seems to have finally understood that it is losing something in the Arctic; but instead of mobilizing its resources for the development of the region, it has opted to build up its spy network there to watch and listen to what the others are doing, especially Russia.
- Deputy Secretary Concludes Overseas Visit in UK AFPS 12 Sep 2015 -- Defense Department officials provided the following information, summarizing Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work's visit to the United Kingdom Sept. 9-12, which concluded the last leg of a seven-day trip that included visits to Iceland and Norway.
- Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work's Visit to United Kingdom DoD 12 Sep 2015
- NATO Chiefs of Defence discuss the way ahead with the Readiness Action Plan and NATO's future posture NATO 12 Sep 2015 -- During the 2015 NATO Military Committee Conference, the 28 Allied Chiefs of Defence took stock of the implementation of the Readiness Action Plan (RAP) and agreed that the conditions are set for the RAP to be delivered in time for the Warsaw Summit next year.
- NATO Meeting Focuses on 'Multiple Complex Threats' VOA 12 Sep 2015 -- U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says NATO members must acknowledge the alliance is facing "multiple complex threats.'
- UK fighter jets intercept Russian strategic bombers Press TV 12 Sep 2015 -- British media reports say RAF fighter jets have been scrambled to intercept a couple of supersonic, variable-sweep wing heavy strategic Russian bombers, aka Blackjacks, over the North Sea.
- Yemen army seizes 4 Saudi military bases Press TV 12 Sep 2015 -- Yemeni forces have seized control of four Saudi military bases in the southwestern province of Dhahran al-Janub. TV reports.
- New Saudi airstrikes kill at least 13 people in Yemen Press TV 12 Sep 2015 -- At least 13 Yemeni people have been killed and scores of others wounded in Saudi Arabia's latest airstrikes as Riyadh's unabated aggression against the war-torn country continues.
- Russia Says Steps Needed To Avoid Superpower Clash In Syria RFE/RL 12 Sep 2015 -- Russia called on the United States to reopen channels of communications between the two military superpowers to avoid 'unintended incidents' as Russia steps up military assistance to the Syrian government.
- Donbas destiny not decided by Russia: Putin Press TV 12 Sep 2015 -- The Russian president has voiced support for the people in Ukraine's volatile Donabs region, but noted that the future of the violence-ravaged region "is not decided by Russia."
- Normandy Four to Discuss Withdrawal of Weapons Under 100mm Caliber Sputnik 12 Sep 2015 -- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that among the topics on the agenda of the Normandy Four Group meeting is the withdrawal of heavy and light weapons of up to 100-mm caliber from the contact line in Donbass.
- S. Sudan President to Address Nation about Peace Agreement VOA 12 Sep 2015 -- South Sudan's president, Salva Kiir, will address the nation on Tuesday about the need to ensure a successful implementation of the cease-fire agreement aimed at restoring peace and stability to the world's youngest nation, according to Ateny Wek Ateny, spokesman for President Kiir.
- World safer if US ends coercion: Iran ISNA 12 Sep 2015 -- Iran slammed US President Barack Obama for his contradictory remarks about the nuclear agreement of July 14 between Iran and the G5+1 group of countries, saying the world would be safer if the US stopped its bullying attitude.
- Iran calls on cancelling IAEA Board of Directors resolutions ISNA 12 Sep 2015 -- Iranian Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi stressed that all previous resolutions of the agency's Board of Directors on Iran should be cancelled.
- Iran sits atop promising uranium deposits: AEOI chief Press TV 12 Sep 2015 -- The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says Iran sits atop significant uranium reserves following recent exploration of mines in the country.
- IAEA plans no inspections of Iran military site: AEOI Press TV 12 Sep 2015 -- An Iranian nuclear official says no inspections of Iran's military sites are on the agenda of a planned visit by inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to Iran.
- US Diplomat: Russian Sanctions to Stay Until Ukraine Truce Fully Honored VOA 12 Sep 2015 -- A top U.S. diplomat said Saturday that sanctions against Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis would remain in place until a long-violated truce agreement was fully honored.
- US sanctions against Russia will remain: Victoria Nuland Press TV 12 Sep 2015 -- The United States has warned Russia again that sanctions against the country will remain in place until peace accords are fully implemented in Ukraine.
- Tatarstan Vote Seen As Test For Russian Regional 'President' RFE/RL 12 Sep 2015 -- A September 13 election in Russia's Republic of Tatarstan has become an unofficial referendum on whether Vladimir Putin should be the only official in the country who can call himself president.
- Opposition Frozen Out As Russians Vote In Local, Regional Elections RFE/RL 12 Sep 2015 -- Voters across Russia will cast ballots in local and regional elections on September 13, with the liberal opposition largely shut out and Kremlin-backed candidates expected to dominate.
- Russia, EU Probe Ways To End Gas Dispute Ahead Of Winter RFE/RL 12 Sep 2015 -- Russia and the European Union on September 11 discussed ways of ending Russia's gas dispute with Ukraine to allow for the resumption of gas supplies this winter.
- Oil Minister to Form New Egyptian Cabinet VOA 12 Sep 2015 -- Egypt's prime minister, Ibrahim Mahlab, and his Cabinet resigned Saturday, in the face of intense media criticism and a widening corruption investigation that saw the agriculture minister arrested on corruption charges just days ago.
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