01 October 2015 Military News
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 01 Oct 2015 [PDF]
- Department of Defense Briefing by Operation Inherent Resolve Spokesman Col. Warren via DVIDS in the Pentagon Press Briefing Room DoD 01 Oct 2015 -- Operation Inherent Resolve Spokesman Colonel Steve Warren
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Mr. Cook in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 01 Oct 2015 -- Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook
- U.S., Russian Officials Hold Talks on Maintaining Safe Air Ops Over Syria AFPS 01 Oct 2015 -- U.S. and Russian defense officials spoke via video teleconference this morning to discuss ways to maintain safe air operations over Syria, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.
- Coalition Operations in Syria Unchanged Despite Russian Airstrikes, Spokesman Says AFPS 01 Oct 2015 -- Over the 24 hours since Russia began carrying out airstrikes in Syria, the coalition has not and will not change its operations in Syria to accommodate new players on the battlefield, the Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said today.
- US Has No Plans to Share Intelligence With Russia on Syria Sputnik 01 Oct 2015 -- Washington is not going to share intelligence with Moscow, according to the Pentagon spokesperson.
- Coalition Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 01 Oct 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.
- Afghan Officials Say Have Retaken Control Of Most Of Kunduz RFE/RL 01 Oct 2015 -- Afghan officials say government troops have recaptured much of the strategic northern city of Kunduz from Taliban insurgents, three days after losing control of the provincial capital in an embarrassing defeat for Kabul and its allies.
- 150 Taliban killed in Kunduz operation: Kabul Press TV 01 Oct 2015 -- Afghan officials say 150 Taliban militants have been killed and dozens of others wounded in an operation aimed at retaking northern Kunduz Province's capital city.
- Afghan president hails army's Kunduz operation against Taliban Press TV 01 Oct 2015 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has praised the country's armed forces for the operation to retake the northern city of Kunduz from Taliban, three days after it fell to the militants, Press TV reports.
- Ghani: Afghan Forces Retake Kunduz from Taliban VOA 01 Oct 2015 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says Afghan security forces have retaken the northern city of Kunduz from Taliban insurgents after heavy fighting that involved American troops.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Successfully Completes COMPTUEX NNS 01 Oct 2015 -- The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) completed Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), Sept. 30, in preparation for a future deployment.
- Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Command Stands Up NNS 01 Oct 2015 -- The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Philadelphia Division stood up as a separate echelon four Division within NSWC, Oct. 1.
- USNS Comfort Returns Home from Continuing Promise 2015 Mission NNS 01 Oct 2015 -- The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) returned to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 30, officially completing Continuing Promise 2015 (CP-15), the six-month humanitarian and civil assistance mission to Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
- T-2C Buckeye Ends 56-Year Navy Career NNS 01 Oct 2015 -- The Navy's last flying T-2C Buckeye made its final flight at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, Sept. 25, capping 56 years of the aircraft type's service to the fleet.
- US Aircraft Carrier Ronald Reagan Arrives in Japan Sputnik 01 Oct 2015 -- During her transit across the Pacific Ocean, the Ronald Reagan completed a blue water certification, replenishment at sea, day and night flight operations and damage control and medical drills.
- USS Ronald Reagan Pivots to Japan in Show of Support VOA 01 Oct 2015 -- The United States implemented a key element of its strategic shift toward Asia Thursday with the arrival in Japan of the Navy's nuclear-powered aircraft carrier the USS Ronald Reagan.
- GPS III launch services proposal request released AFNS 01 Oct 2015 -- The Air Force released a final request for proposal on Global Positioning System III launch services Sept. 30 to cover launch vehicle production, mission integration and launch operations for the satellite mission set to start in 2018. Proposals are due back to the Air Force by Nov. 16 in accordance with solicitation instructions.
- 'Irreproachable' Air Strikes: Russian Media Spin The Syria Offensive RFE/RL 01 Oct 2015 -- Russia may have taken the world by surprise when it launched air strikes in Syria, but the media back home in Moscow were more than ready
- Russian Forces to Get 80,000 Sets of 'Future Soldier' Gear Till Year End Sputnik 01 Oct 2015 -- The Russian military will get about 80,000 sets of the Ratnik 'future soldier' gear before the end of 2015, Russian Land Forces' commander Col. Gen. Oleg Salyukov told journalists on Thursday.
- Defence Secretary visits Oman UK MOD 01 Oct 2015 -- The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has unveiled plans to look at developing a British presence at Oman's major Duqm port.
- Senior leader stresses military's role in Xinjiang stability People's Daily 01 Oct 2015 -- Top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng on Wednesday highlighted the role of the Chinese military in Xinjiang stability, saying troops should play a bigger role in fighting separatism, terrorism and extremism.
- Ex-Military Leader Under Investigation People's Daily 01 Oct 2015 -- Ex-political commissar of People's Liberation Army Air Force Guangzhou Base is reported under investigation for graft crimes on Wednesday, becoming another senior military figure brought down in President Xi Jinping's campaign against corruption.
- 1 October 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 01 Oct 2015
- Over 50 warplanes, helicopters involved in Syria airstrikes: Russia Press TV 01 Oct 2015 -- Russia's Defense Ministry says over 50 Russian warplanes and helicopters are involved in the country's airstrikes against militants in Syria.
- Syria's Rebels, Regime Allies Gear Up for Fight VOA 01 Oct 2015 -- Rebel groups in Syria are gearing up for a longer, bloodier battle to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad because of Russian airstrikes that they say have been designed to drive them back.
- Saudi Arabia, in UN speech, deplores world's inability to end bloodshed in Syria UN News 01 Oct 2015 -- Addressing the United Nations General Assembly this evening, Abdel Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia expressed deep concern that the international community has been unable to save innocent Syrians from the "killing machine" that has devastated their country and led to the world's most tragic humanitarian crisis.
- Airstrikes in Syria successful: Russia Press TV 01 Oct 2015 -- Russia's Ministry of Defense has described the country's first airstrikes against the Takfiri Daesh terrorists in Syria as successful.
- Russia Carries Out More Syria Strikes, To Consult With U.S. RFE/RL 01 Oct 2015 -- Russian jets launched strikes in Syria for a second day on October 1, saying Islamic State (IS) militants had been targeted, but the areas hit appeared to be held by groups opposing the IS group and the Syrian government.
- Putin's Strategy In Syria: Clever Gambit Or Doomed Game Plan? RFE/RL 01 Oct 2015 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent warplanes to Syria ostensibly to bomb positions of the Islamic State (IS) militant group.
- US, Russia Hold First Deconfliction Talks on Syria Sputnik 01 Oct 2015 -- Moscow and Washington discussed how they could deconflict the situation in Syria.
- Canada Monitoring Russian Military Operation in Syria - Foreign Ministry Sputnik 01 Oct 2015 -- Canada is observing Russia's military operation against ISIL in Syria.
- Russian Su-34 Strike Fighters Combat ISIL in Syria Sputnik 01 Oct 2015 -- The advanced aircraft are delivering airstrikes against the terrorists' positions in Syria.
- Russian Military Fully Coordinating Activity With Syrian Army - Damascus Sputnik 01 Oct 2015 -- Moscow coordinates all its activities in Syria with Damascus, the Syrian ambassador to Russia said.
- Marines Guarding Russian Air Force at Syrian Hmaimim Airbase Sputnik 01 Oct 2015 -- A battalion of Russian marines are providing security for the Russian Air Force deployed on the Hmaimim Airbase in Syria.
- Damascus Accuses US-Led Coalition of Breaking Int'l Law, State Sovereignty Sputnik 01 Oct 2015 -- British and French airstrikes on Syrian territory violate internationally recognized legal norms, the Syrian Foreign Minister complained on Thursday.
- Russian Airstrikes Destroy ISIL HQ in Syria Sputnik 01 Oct 2015 -- The Russian Air Force overnight destroyed a terrorist headquarters and arms depot in Syria's northwestern Idlib region during airstrikes aimed at Islamic State militants, the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
- US, Russia Military Officials Holding Talks on Syria VOA 01 Oct 2015 -- The United States and Russia called an emergency teleconference Thursday morning in an effort to avoid firing upon each other as each wages air campaigns in Syria.
- Russia's Actions Indicate Long-term Commitment in Syria VOA 01 Oct 2015 -- Twenty-eight civilians, including women and children, were killed Wednesday in Russian airstrikes in Syria, an opposition monitoring group claimed.
- Lavrov Says Russia Targeting Only Terrorists in Syria VOA 01 Oct 2015 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sought to soften disagreements with the United States over the air campaign in Syria, saying Moscow sees 'eye to eye' with the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State when it comes to identifying terrorists.
- Iran voices support for Russian airstrikes in Syria Press TV 01 Oct 2015 -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry has announced the Islamic Republic's support for the Russian military campaign against terrorists in Syria.
- Baghdad says would welcome Russia strikes in Iraq Press TV 01 Oct 2015 -- Shortly after Russia launched airstrikes against militants in Syria, Iraq announces that it would also welcome any such military measures by Moscow on its soil.
- Iraqi premier urges end to financing, arming Daesh Press TV 01 Oct 2015 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has described the persistent support for the Takfiri Daesh militant group as the main problem facing the embattled Arab country, calling for an end to the financing and arming of the extremists.
- Iraq Assures US of Protecting Intelligence From Russians, Iranians Sputnik 01 Oct 2015 -- Iraq has agreed to withhold intelligence information the United States shares with it from the Russians, Syrians and the Iranians, US anti-Islamic State coalition spokesperson Col. Steve Warren said during a press conference on Thursday.
- Kiev Preparing to Withdraw Heavy Arms of Less Than 100mm From Donbass Sputnik 01 Oct 2015 -- Kiev is preparing to withdraw heavy artillery of less than 100mm caliber from the eastern Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said Thursday.
- Will CAR Delay October 18 Elections Amid Violence? VOA 01 Oct 2015 -- A fresh wave of violence in the capital of the Central African Republic has killed at least 36 people and displaced 30,000 more. A top question now is whether the C.A.R. will postpone the October 18 elections until later this year.
- CAR calls for more help over sectarian violence Press TV 01 Oct 2015 -- The Foreign Minister of the Central African Republic (CAR) has urged the United Nations (UN) and the international community to help his country counter the escalating sectarian violence by different armed groups.
- Ban urges international support to prevent relapse of 'horrific' Central African Republic violence UN News 01 Oct 2015 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the need for concerted action to prevent a relapse of the "horrific" violence that tore the Central African Republic (CAR) apart, while appealing for support from the country's partners to promote long-term peace and development.
- Lauding progress to date, UN official urges Malian parties to adhere to peace accord UN News 01 Oct 2015 -- Noting the progress that has been made to date to secure stability in Mali, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General today urged all parties to adhere to the peace accord signed earlier this year, while also stressing the need to address development challenges.
- At UN, South Sudan reaffirms resolve to uphold historic peace accord UN News 01 Oct 2015 -- Taking to the podium at the 70th United Nations General Assembly, James Wani Igga, Vice-President of the Republic of South Sudan congratulated, among others, UN and its Mission in the country for support towards the historic accord signed between South Sudan and opposition groups, ending the prolonged conflict there.
- At UN, Israeli leader calls on Palestinians to resume peace talks, deplores Iran for annihilation threats UN News 01 Oct 2015 -- At the same United Nations podium from which Mahmoud Abbas announced yesterday that he would no longer be bound by accords with Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today called on the Palestinian leader to begin immediate unconditional peace talks in a speech largely devoted to denouncing Iran for its threats to annihilate the Jewish State.
- Addressing UN Assembly, India says Pakistan must eschew terrorism before talks can begin UN News 01 Oct 2015 -- In her address at the 70th United Nations General Assembly, Sushma Swaraj, India's Minister for External Affairs, responded to Pakistan's peace initiative underscoring that while her country remains open to dialogue, Pakistan must eschew terrorism before serious talks between the two sides could begin.
- General Behind Burkina Faso Coup Surrenders VOA 01 Oct 2015 -- The general behind last month's failed coup in Burkina Faso has surrendered to the country's transitional government.
- Is Burkina Faso's elite guard still a threat? IRIN 01 Oct 2015 -- Burkina Faso's interim government adopted a decree last week dissolving the Presidential Security Regiment, which mounted a short-lived coup two weeks ago. But despite promises to disarm and subsequent interventions by the army, some RSP members still refuse to give up their weapons, leaving many to wonder if the elite force will continue to pose a threat to the transition to democracy.
- Netanyahu Slams Iran Nuclear Deal at UN VOA 01 Oct 2015 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a blistering condemnation of the deal between Iran and major world powers aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear program in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly Thursday in New York.
- Russia's Syrian Strikes May Fuel Global Jihad, Experts Say VOA 01 Oct 2015 -- The start of Russian airstrikes to prop up embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government could trigger a new wave of foreign fighters, strengthening jihadists across the region, experts say.
- Even minor provocation can 'freeze' north-south relations on peninsula, DPR Korea leader tells UN UN News 01 Oct 2015 -- Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Ri Su Yong, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) denounced the United States for abusing its powers at the UN Security Council and thereby violating the 'sovereignty, dignity, peace and security of our nation.'
- Chinese City Rocked by 15 Explosions, 7 Dead, Police Claim No Terrorist Act Sputnik 01 Oct 2015 -- A small city in southern China experienced a series of massive blasts on Wednesday, resulting in seven deaths and over fifty injuries, according to authorities and state-run media.
- Israeli rock-shaped spying device discovered in Lebanon Press TV 01 Oct 2015 -- A highly camouflaged Israeli espionage device has been discovered in southern Lebanon, the country's army says.
- Turkish gag order hits arms-to-Syria trial Press TV 01 Oct 2015 -- A Turkish court has issued a secrecy order for the proceedings of the trial of former officials accused of intercepting arms which were being transferred in 2014 from the country to the militants fighting the Syrian government.
- Fears Over Turkey Media Freedom Grow VOA 01 Oct 2015 -- A prominent Turkish columnist and television news anchor, Ahmet Hakan, has been beaten up outside his Istanbul home. The attack on Hakan, who faced threats over reporting that has been critical of the ruling AK Party, comes as concern grows nationally and internationally over media freedom in Turkey ahead of the November election.
- Burundi leader focuses on recent polls, upcoming dialogue in address to UN Assembly UN News 01 Oct 2015 -- The Vice-President of Burundi, Joseph Butore, addressed the General Assembly today, focusing on the elections that took place in his country this year and the upcoming dialogue there.
- At UN, President of Montenegro urges broader respect for human rights UN News 01 Oct 2015 -- Addressing the General Assembly today, President Filip Vujanoviÿ of Montenegro spoke about his country's intensification in efforts to improve human rights for all and to combat rights violations when they occur.
- European leaders at UN urge concerted action amid 'unprecedented' humanitarian crises UN News 01 Oct 2015 -- Several European leaders took to the podium today at the UN General Assembly's annual debate, highlighting that the world is again living in restless times, especially in light of the unprecedented scale of humanitarian crises, including the migrant and refugee crisis.
- In UN address, Kyrgyzstan pledges full commitment to combat against terrorism UN News 01 Oct 2015 -- Addressing a range of issues before the United Nations General Assembly today, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, Erlan Abdyldayev, welcomed the new 2030 Agenda, stressed the right of each State to development and underscored the need to combat terrorism and violent extremism.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina, in UN address, calls for comprehensive strategy against terrorism UN News 01 Oct 2015 -- Terrorism and violent extremism are without any doubt, the most serious of all challenges facing the world today, Dragan Covic, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina told the United Nations General Assembly, saying that strategies to tackle the twin scourges musty go beyond military responses and include actions that address the root causes.
- At UN Assembly, Georgian leader warns of region's security threats UN News 01 Oct 2015 -- In his address at the 70th United Nations General Assembly, Irakli Garibashvili, Georgia's Prime Minister said his country is building democracy even in the face of security threats in the region, and condemned Russia's ongoing annexation of its territories.
- Future of Europe cannot be built on 'ever-higher walls,' Greek Prime Minister tells UN UN News 01 Oct 2015 -- Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Alexis Tsipras, the Prime Minister of Greece, said his country is striving to bolster regional security and supporting all efforts promoting peace and stability, even as it copes with three complex challenges – an economic crisis, unprecedented migration flows, and huge numbers of refugees from outside the region.
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