26 September 2015 Military News
- Airstrikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 26 Sep 2015 -- Yesterday, U.S. and coalition military forces 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.
- Operations against ISIL pass one year mark UK MOD 26 Sep 2015 -- The UK will extend its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance commitment to Coalition operations in Iraq and Syria.
- Background Briefing on High-Level Event on Afghanistan US Dept. of State 26 Sep 2015
- Thousands of US troops may remain in Afghanistan: Report Press TV 26 Sep 2015 -- The US military's top commander in Afghanistan has advised the Pentagon and NATO officials to review the declared decision to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2016, a report says.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Polish Parliament Greenlights Deal on US Anti-Missile Base Sputnik 26 Sep 2015 -- Poland's lower house of parliament has authorized President Andrzej Duda to ratify a technical agreement on establishing a US anti-missile base in the north of the country.
- Russia's T-50 5th Generation Fighter Jets to Enter Service in 2017 Sputnik 26 Sep 2015 -- Russia's Sukhoi T-50 fifth generation prototype fighter jets will enter into service with the Russian Armed Force in 2017, Russian Air and Space Forces Commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev told reporters Saturday.
- Further use of nuclear weapons would be 'horrific,' Ban says on International Day UN News 26 Sep 2015 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted that 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the first and last use of a nuclear weapon in war, as he renewed his call for complete global nuclear disarmament.
- China not after militarizing disputed islands: Xi to US Press TV 26 Sep 2015 -- China has rejected the US claim that Beijing is seeking to "militarize" artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea, stressing that his country is committed to protecting peace in the disputed waters.
- China Completes Major New Runway in South China Sea Sputnik 26 Sep 2015 -- Satellite imagery shows that China has completed construction on a main runway on a Fiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea.
- China Has No Intention of Militarizing South China Sea - Xi Jinping Sputnik 26 Sep 2015 -- China does not intend to militarize the Nansha/Spratly Islands in the South China Sea and will remain committed to keeping peace and stability in the region, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday.
- Yemeni forces kill 13 Saudi troops, down chopper Press TV 26 Sep 2015 -- Yemeni forces have killed 13 Saudi soldiers and shot down a Saudi Apache helicopter in the kingdom's southwest.
- DoD Confirms US-Trained Fighters in Syria Gave Arms to Nusra Front Sputnik 26 Sep 2015 -- A spokesman for the Pentagon has confirmed that Syrian rebel fighters trained by the United States provided ammunition and equipment to an al-Qaeda-linked group.
- Kerry sees new opportunity to resolve Syria crisis Press TV 26 Sep 2015 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry says he deems the 70th UN General Assembly an opportunity for progress towards ending Syria's years-long conflict.
- US intelligence: Russia to launch military strikes in Syria Press TV 26 Sep 2015 -- A secret US intelligence assessment predicts that Russia will launch military strikes in Syria to boost the government of President Bashar al-Assad and stop advances by Daesh (ISIL) terrorists.
- Evacuation of Two Shiite Towns Begins in Northwestern Syria Sputnik 26 Sep 2015 -- The first column with civilians has left the Shiite-majority Fua settlement in the Syrian Idlib province, a source from the Fua militia told RIA Novosti Saturday.
- Syrian Army, Rebels Agree on Six-Month Truce for Three Towns Sputnik 26 Sep 2015 -- It was confirmed on Friday that rebel fighters and government forces in Syria have agreed on a 6-month truce for the town of Zabadani and two Shiite villages, Fuaa and Kafraya.
- US-Trained Syrian Rebels Gave Equipment to al-Qaida Affiliate VOA 26 Sep 2015 -- A Syrian rebel commander who recently completed a U.S. training program has told the Pentagon that he surrendered six coalition-provided trucks and ammunition to militants from the al-Qaida affiliate in Syria, known as the al-Nusra Front.
- 1/4 of Iraqi population to need aid by yearend: UN Press TV 26 Sep 2015 -- The United Nations (UN) says a quarter of Iraq's population is expected to be in need of humanitarian aid by the end of the year, as the country is threatened by worsening conditions fueled by the terrorist activities of Daesh.
- Attack by Azeri troops kills 4 Armenians: Nagorno-Karabakh ministry Press TV 26 Sep 2015 -- Amid inflamed bilateral tensions, Azeri forces have reportedly shot and killed four Armenian soldiers and wounded several others near the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.
- Xi proposes six points for developing China-US ties People's Daily 26 Sep 2015 -- Visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday put forward a six-pronged proposal for next-stage development of China-US relations.
- US, China Agree to Cooperate on Fighting Corruption, Terrorist Financing VOA 26 Sep 2015 -- The United States and China have agreed to increase cooperation in fighting corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing, according to the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
- Iran says funds to be unfrozen by Jan. Press TV 26 Sep 2015 -- Iran says it expects about $29 billion of funds to be unfrozen and repatriated to its central bank by January 2016 at the latest as economic sanctions are eased after the crucial nuclear breakthrough with the P5+1 in Vienna back in July.
- Iran FM urges timely implementation of JCPOA Press TV 26 Sep 2015 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called for the timely implementation of a nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers.
- No Need in Revisiting Iran's Parchin Military Facility - IAEA Head Sputnik 26 Sep 2015 -- IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said that there is no need in a second visit to Iran's Parchin military facility.
- Top US, Iranian Diplomats Discuss Syria, Iran Nuclear Deal VOA 26 Sep 2015 -- The United States sees a 'major opportunity' in diplomatic talks at the United Nations to end the bloodshed in Syria and Yemen and to make progress toward achieving peace there.
- China Warns Against Provocative Actions on Korean Peninsula VOA 26 Sep 2015 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned against any tension-raising actions on the Korean Peninsula after North Korea threatened to conduct a long-range rocket launch and nuclear test.
- Estonian Kohver Thanks Supporters After Exchange With Russian Spy RFE/RL 26 Sep 2015 -- Estonian security officer Eston Kohver, imprisoned by Moscow on espionage charges, is back home after being exchanged for jailed Russian spy Aleksei Dressen.
- Swapped Estonian Officer Accused of Espionage May Continue Security Service Sputnik 26 Sep 2015 -- Earlier in the day, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said in a statement that Kohver, sentenced to 15 years in Russia for espionage, was swapped for former Estonian security officer Alexei Dressen serving a sentence for confidential data transfer to Russia.
- Russia Swaps Estonian Intelligence Officer for Ex-Security Official Sputnik 26 Sep 2015 -- Estonian intelligence officer Eston Kohver, convicted for espionage in Russia, was exchanged on Saturday for a former Estonian security officer, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said in a statement.
- Russia, Ukraine, EU Agree To Resume Winter Gas Supplies RFE/RL 26 Sep 2015 -- Russia agreed to resume gas supplies to Ukraine over the winter under a deal clinched late on September 25 with the European Union, ending months of uncertainty and tough negotiations.
- UN and partners spotlight gap between rising humanitarian needs and available resources UN News 26 Sep 2015 -- As discussions on the new global sustainable development continued at the United Nations in New York, world leaders, UN officials and humanitarian partners focused on one of the most important challenges today, namely the growing gap between the increasing numbers of people in need of humanitarian assistance and sufficient resources to provide relief.
- Tensions Between Croatia, Serbia Ease After EU Intervention RFE/RL 26 Sep 2015 -- Croatia and Serbia have moved to ease tensions along their shared border after European Union leaders intervened in a bitter dispute sparked by the migrant crisis.
- Burkina Faso Freezes Failed Coup Leaders' Assets VOA 26 Sep 2015 -- Burkina Faso is freezing the assets of the leaders of the recent failed coup in which the president and prime minister were taken hostage just weeks before elections were scheduled to be held.
- Burkina Faso confiscates assets of coup plotters Press TV 26 Sep 2015 -- Judicial authorities in Burkina Faso have frozen the assets of 14 individuals believed to have been involved in a recent coup attempt.
- Cuba's Castro Lauds US Outreach But Demands End of Embargo VOA 26 Sep 2015 -- Cuban President Raul Castro is praising the Obama administration's push to re-establish ties with Havana, saying the new U.S. policies 'constitute an important advancement that has wide support from the international community.'
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