03 October 2015 Military News
- U.S., Coalition Forces Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL AFPS 03 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.
- Airstrike Kills 19 at Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan VOA 03 Oct 2015 -- An airstrike in northern Afghanistan has killed at least 19 people, including three children, at a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the charity group said Saturday.
- Carter: Full Investigation Underway Into 'Tragic' Kunduz Airstrike AFPS 03 Oct 2015 -- A full investigation is underway in coordination with Afghanistan's government to "determine exactly what happened" when a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, came under fire, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today.
- Statement from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the Situation in Kunduz DoD 03 Oct 2015
- Air strikes on hospital in N. Afghanistan kill 15 insurgents People's Daily 03 Oct 2015 -- Up to 15 Taliban militants, who were hiding in a hospital in the northern Kunduz city, were killed on Saturday, Kunduz police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussaini said.
- Taliban shadow governor slain in northeast Afghanistan Press TV 03 Oct 2015 -- Afghan government forces have killed the Taliban's shadow governor for the country's northeastern province of Badakhshan during a clean-up operation against members of the militant outfit.
- Nineteen Dead In Attack On Afghan Hospital; UN Calls Incident 'Inexcusable' RFE/RL 03 Oct 2015 -- The United Nations has denounced air strikes on a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the Afghan city of Kunduz after at least 19 people were killed, including 12 staff members, four adult patients, and three children.
- 9 killed in airstrike on MSF hospital in Afghanistan's Kunduz Press TV 03 Oct 2015 -- An aerial assault, possibly carried out by US forces, has hit a Doctors Without Borders hospital in northern Afghanistan, killing nearly 10 people at the humanitarian organization.
- NATO Admits US May Have Hit MSF Hospital in Kunduz Sputnik 03 Oct 2015 -- NATO does not rule out the possibility that a hospital of Doctors Without Borders in Afghan city of Kunduz was bombed by US air forces.
- Taliban Forces Accused of Atrocities In Kunduz 'Reign Of Terror' RFE/RL 03 Oct 2015 -- Taliban forces are being accused of rape, murder, and other atrocities during their three-day reign over Afghanistan's strategic city of Kunduz and its 300,000 residents.
- Afghanistan: UN strongly condemns 'tragic, inexcusable' Kunduz hospital airstrike UN News 03 Oct 2015 -- Senior United Nations officials today condemned what they called a "tragic" and "inexcusable" air strike on the Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, a city in northern Afghanistan, which resulted in the deaths and injuries of medical personnel, patients and other civilians.
Defense Policy / Programs
- F-35C Lightning Boards Ike for Developmental Testing NNS 03 Oct 2015 -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) accomplished its first arrested landing of an F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, Oct. 2.
- Work Chronicles History at Fleet Ballistic Missile Program Event AFPS 03 Oct 2015 -- The Navy's Fleet Ballistic Missile Program has a six-decade record of safety, reliability and "pure operational excellence" that is extremely hard, if not impossible, to match, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said last night at the program's 60th anniversary celebration in Falls Church, Virginia.
- Navy Aircraft Support Missing El Faro Search Efforts NNS 03 Oct 2015 -- Two U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron FIVE (VP-5), the 'Mad Foxes' are conducting flight operations today in support of search efforts for the missing cargo ship El Faro led by U.S Coast Guard 7th District Command Center in Miami.
- NATO launching biggest war games since 2002 in Europe Press TV 03 Oct 2015 -- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is reportedly launching its largest military drills in more than a decade aimed at testing the alliance's response potential amid persisting tensions with Russia.
- UK Armed Forces take part in biggest NATO exercise in over 10 years UK MOD 03 Oct 2015 -- UK service personnel are poised to take part in the biggest NATO exercise in more than a decade.
- Russia Begins Construction of Anti-Missile Radar in Arctic Sputnik 03 Oct 2015 -- The construction and renovation of the missile attack warning system is set to be completed by 2020, according to the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces.
- IRGC showcases torpedo-armed submersible watercraft Press TV 03 Oct 2015 -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy has unveiled a torpedo-armed watercraft which is capable of operating both on and under water.
- Yemeni soldiers, allied forces capture southern Saudi village Press TV 03 Oct 2015 -- Yemeni army soldiers backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees have managed to seize a village in Saudi Arabia's southwestern border region of Jizan as Riyadh pushes ahead with its military campaign against embattled Yemen.
- Moscow says 600 militants have fled Syria amid Russian airstrikes Press TV 03 Oct 2015 -- Russia says its airstrikes on positions of the Daesh Takfiri terrorists in Syria have forced about 600 militants to leave and head to Europe.
- Russia reports new 'surgical airstrikes' on Daesh positions in Raqqa Press TV 03 Oct 2015 -- Russia's Defense Ministry has announced a fresh "surgical airstrike" by Russian jet fighters against the positions of the militants of the Daesh terrorist group in Syria , knocking out the battle headquarters of the Takfiri militants near the Northeastern city of Raqqa.
- Obama Rejects Kremlin View That All Syrian Rebels Are Terrorists RFE/RL 03 Oct 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has rejected Russia's views on Syria's four-year-old crisis, saying that not everyone who is opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is a terrorist, as the Kremlin maintains.
- Russia Says Syria Air Strikes Will Intensify RFE/RL 03 Oct 2015 -- Russia has said that it will step up its air strikes in Syria after announcing that its air force has flown more than 60 sorties since September 30 and significantly reduced the military potential of 'terrorists.'
- Russian Aviation Hits Over 50 ISIL Facilities in Syria With 60 Flights Sputnik 03 Oct 2015 -- Russian aviation has conducted over 60 flights hitting more than 50 infrastructure facilities of the Islamic State in Syria, Andrei Kartapolov, the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian General Staff said Saturday.
- Russia Launches New Wave of Airstrikes in Syria VOA 03 Oct 2015 -- Russia said that its warplanes bombed a terrorist stronghold and other terror targets in northern Syria on Saturday and that it would continue its push against Islamic State extremists despite Western claims that the aerial campaign is largely targeting Western-backed rebels.
- Tense Paris Meeting Underscores Divide Over Syria VOA 03 Oct 2015 -- They shook hands at the Elysee presidential Palace and sipped coffee in the sun, but the tense faces of French President Francois Hollande and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during their recent meeting underscore a widening chasm between the West and Moscow over Syria.
- Cholera infections in Iraq climb to more than 800: Health Ministry Press TV 03 Oct 2015 -- Iraqi medical authorities say the number of recorded cases of cholera in the conflict-ridden Arab country has climbed to more than 800, though no new deaths have been reported in days.
- Pro-Russians in Ukraine's Lugansk start pulling back tanks Press TV 03 Oct 2015 -- Po-Russia forces operating in Ukraine's eastern region of Lugansk say they have begun pulling back tanks from the frontline with government troops.
- Kyiv, Rebels Begin Pulling Back Small-Caliber Weapons RFE/RL 03 Oct 2015 -- Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels began withdrawing small-caliber weapons and tanks from the front lines in the east of the country on October 3.
- Shabaab militants seize two towns in central Somalia Press TV 03 Oct 2015 -- Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab militants have captured two towns in central Somalia, taking advantage of the absence of either Somali or African Union forces in the area.
- Colombia deal may not be viable within timeframe: FARC Press TV 03 Oct 2015 -- The Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group has warned that a peace deal with the government may not be successful within its deadline if Bogota "backtracks" on the agreements already reached.
- 52 killed in South Sudan clashes Press TV 03 Oct 2015 -- Fifty two soldiers and rebels have been killed in recent fighting in South Sudan's troubled state of Unity.
- Kyrgyz Elections Test Democratic Path In Autocratic Neighborhood RFE/RL 03 Oct 2015 -- Voters are going to the polls in Kyrgyzstan on October 4 in parliamentary elections that analysts are calling highly unpredictable.
- European leaders at UN Assembly highlight complexity of region's mass migration crisis UN News 03 Oct 2015 -- Two leaders from the European continent took to the United Nations General Assembly podium today, beginning with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Péter Szijjártó, who said many States are marking the 70th anniversary of the United Nations "but there are no major reasons to celebrate."
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