13 September 2015 Military News
- Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Targets in Syria, Iraq AFPS 13 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.
- Fresh US drone attack kills five in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Press TV 13 Sep 2015 -- At least five people have lost their lives in a US assassination drone strike in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar.
- US drone strikes kill nine people in Yemen Press TV 13 Sep 2015 -- At least nine people have been killed in two separate US drone strikes in Yemen's southwestern and northern provinces of Hadhramaut and Jawf.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Senior USAF commander: Space warfare vital to US military Press TV 13 Sep 2015 -- Washington should invest more in space operations as they become increasingly vital to military missions against "potential adversaries," says a senior US Air Force commander.
- US Army plans to set up new units to boost aerial spy force: Report Sputnik 13 Sep 2015 -- The US Army is planning to establish new units to expand its aerial intelligence missions around the world, according to a report.
- Breedlove: Terrorism, Russian Aggression Concerns NATO AFPS 13 Sep 2015 -- Russian aggression is of concern to the 28-member NATO alliance, with Moscow likely knowing that going into Ukraine is much different than 'crossing a NATO border,' the commander of U.S. forces in Europe said.
- Danish Fighters Intercept Russian Bombers Over Baltic in 'Normal Procedure' Sputnik 13 Sep 2015 -- Denmark's Ministry of Defense has warned not to overdramatize a recent interception by Danish fighters of two Russian bombers flying near the country's airspace over the Baltic Sea.
- Tank That Sees Enemy First Almost Always Wins the Fight: T-14 vs M-1 Sputnik 13 Sep 2015 -- The US media has attempted to compare Russia's new tank, the Armata T-14, with the US M-1 Abrams, which it claims is "proven, reliable and still being upgraded". As it turns out, 'still being upgraded' means that the M-1 is effectively a work-in-progress, whereas its Russian counterpart is currently ready for the battlefield.
- Chinese fleets depart for Sino-Malaysian joint naval drills People's Daily 13 Sep 2015 -- Chinese navy fleets on Saturday left a port in Sanya in south China's Hainan Province for a military exercise jointly held by China and Malaysia.
- Yemen forces kill 10 Saudi soldiers, several foreign troopers Press TV 13 Sep 2015 -- At least ten Saudi soldiers have been killed along with several other foreign troops in retaliatory attacks by Yemen fighters against Saudi positions inside the kingdom as well as against foreign troops fighting inside Yemen.
- Yemen's President Sets Conditions for Peace Talks VOA 13 Sep 2015 -- Yemen's exiled government says it will not participate in U.N.-brokered peace talks unless Houthi rebels, in accordance with a U.N. resolution, withdraw from territory the rebels have captured.
- Syrian army repels Takfiris' attacks near Damascus Press TV 13 Sep 2015 -- Syrian armed forces have managed to repel attacks by Takfiri terrorists on Harasta, a northeastern suburb of the capital, Damascus, as they continue to make more gains in their anti-terror battles, Press TV reports.
- Syrian Army Repels ISIL Insurgents From Deir Ez-Zor Military Airfield Sputnik 13 Sep 2015 -- The Islamic State (ISIL) militants were forced to withdraw several kilometers away from a military airfield in the Deir ez-Zor province in Syria, according to a source in Syrian army.
- West Admits ISIL, Not Assad's Gov't Main Threat to Middle East - Lavrov Sputnik 13 Sep 2015 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that West realizes that the main threat for the Middle East security is the Islamic State (ISIL) militant group, not Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.
- Russia Hands Over Humanitarian Aid to Syrian Government Sputnik 13 Sep 2015 -- Military-transport planes of the Russian Defense Ministry brought to Syria more than 80 metric tons of essentials, food, mattresses, blankets, water cisterns and other equipment for setting up a tent camp for refugees, according to a Russia's Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.
- Top US General: Refugee Crisis Likely to Galvanize Europe in Syrian Conflict VOA 13 Sep 2015 -- The top U.S. general says the Syrian refugee crisis likely will galvanize more European action to help end that nation's bloody struggle.
- US Lawmakers Scrutinize Obama Plan to Admit Syrian Refugees VOA 13 Sep 2015 -- U.S. lawmakers are scrutinizing the Obama administration's plan to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States, where the possibility of terrorist infiltrators is a top concern.
- Iraq calls on Turkey to coordinate strikes on PKK Press TV 13 Sep 2015 -- Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has called on Turkey to coordinate with Baghdad its military campaign against positions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq.
- Libyan parties reach consensus on main elements of political agreement – UN envoy UN News 13 Sep 2015 -- The United Nations envoy for Libya announced on Sunday that consensus has been reached by the parties on the main elements of a political agreement aimed at resolving the ongoing crisis.
- 'Significant Progress' Reported At Ukraine Peace Talks In Berlin RFE/RL 13 Sep 2015 -- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said 'significant progress' had been made toward a resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
- Kiev Vows to Crush Donbass With Professional Unit of Volunteers Sputnik 13 Sep 2015 -- Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has announced plans to create a new special forces brigade and deploy them to eastern Ukraine.
- Normandy Four Foreign Ministers Satisfied With Generally Holding Ceasefire Sputnik 13 Sep 2015 -- Sergei Lavrov said that Normandy Four group foreign ministers are satisfied with the generally holding ceasefire in Ukraine's east.
- South Sudan Rebels, Government to Attend Special UN Summit VOA 13 Sep 2015 -- South Sudan's rebels and government say they will both send senior officials to a special meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on September 29.
- Zarif: US government should stop illegal Congress act against JCPOA IRNA 13 Sep 2015 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the US government has to stop any actions by the Congress against the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
- Iran agreement to throw off shackles put on Iran's economy: Iran pres. ISNA 13 Sep 2015 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers on Tehran's nuclear program will remove the restrictions imposed on the country's economy.
- US administration should stop any Congress's move against JCPOA, says Zarif ISNA 13 Sep 2015 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said any Congress's objection to the JCPOA between Iran and G5+1 should be stopped by the US administration.
- Iran's Zarif: JCPOA victory of diplomacy over force Press TV 13 Sep 2015 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the July 14 nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries was the victory of diplomacy over force.
- Germany Suspends Participation in Schengen, Halts Trains VOA 13 Sep 2015 -- Germany has temporarily suspended participation in the much-vaunted European Union system of passport-free movement between member countries and has imposed border controls, saying it was forced to do so to limit the influx of refugees from war-torn countries, mainly Syria and Iraq.
- Germany Introducing Controls On Austrian Border RFE/RL 13 Sep 2015 -- German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says his country is temporarily introducing controls on the border with Austria in an attempt to limit the influx of refugees arriving in the country.
- Chinese-born Professor Faults US Authorities for Arrest VOA 13 Sep 2015 -- A Chinese-born physics professor, set to be cleared of U.S. charges that he sent sensitive technology to China, is faulting American law enforcement authorities for his ordeal because of their lack of understanding of 'routine' scientific research.
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