10 October 2015 Military News
- Coalition Airstrikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 10 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.
- Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on Kunduz Condolence Payments DoD 10 Oct 2015
- 100 Taliban militants slain in south Afghanistan strikes: Officials Press TV 10 Oct 2015 -- Afghan officials say at least 100 Taliban militants have been killed and 50 others injured when Afghan and US-led NATO forces mounted joint airstrikes against the militant group in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar.
- Pakistan Seeks More Afghan-Taliban Talks VOA 10 Oct 2015 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Saturday his country has renewed efforts to help reopen Afghan peace talks.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on Talks with Russia DoD 10 Oct 2015
- Pegasus drogue, hose, boom systems deployed AFNS 10 Oct 2015 -- The KC-46A Pegasus notched another success this week when the systems at the heart of aerial refueling were demonstrated on EMD-2 with the deployment of both drogue systems and the boom.
- US Navy needs to exercise freedom of navigation: Cmdr. Press TV 10 Oct 2015 -- The commander of US forces in the Pacific, Admiral Harry Harris, said Friday that the United States must "exercise freedom of navigation wherever we need to."
- Harris Says North Korea is Pacom's Biggest Worry, Gives Report on Asia Rebalance AFPS 10 Oct 2015 -- North Korea and its unpredictable leader are U.S. Pacific Command's biggest worries, Navy Adm. Harry Harris Jr. told the Military Reporters and Editors Association here yesterday.
- Egypt signs deal with France on two Mistral warships Press TV 10 Oct 2015 -- Egypt has signed a deal with France to buy two warships that were originally ordered by Russia but whose sale was canceled by Paris due to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
- North Korea Showcases Long-Range Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles Sputnik 10 Oct 2015 -- During a military parade, North Korea displayed the KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile which has a range of to 10,000 kilometers.
- North Korea's Kim 'Ready to Fight' US VOA 09 Oct 2015 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned that Pyongyang is 'ready to fight any kind of war waged by the U.S.,' as he presided over a major military parade Saturday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ruling Worker's Party.
- Syria forces liberate village in Hama Province Press TV 10 Oct 2015 -- Syrian government forces have gained more grounds against foreign-backed militants, taking control of a village in the western-central province of Hama.
- Army forces kill 125 Takfiri militants in western Syria Press TV 10 Oct 2015 -- More than 120 foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants have been killed in Syria's western-central province of Hama as Syrian army troops backed by fighter jets carried out separate mop-up operations against the extremists.
- Russia Contacts Free Syrian Army, Asks Third Countries for Verification Sputnik 10 Oct 2015 -- Moscow has established contacts with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and called on third countries to verify whether its dialogue partners truly represent the so-called moderate opposition, the head of the Russian upper house of parliament's Foreign Affairs committee said Saturday.
- Idlib Governor Says Russia Will Help Liberate Province From Insurgents Sputnik 10 Oct 2015 -- The Russian military operation in Syria will provide the Syrian Army with assistance necessary to free the northwestern province of Idlib from militants, the province's governor, Khaireddin al-Sayyed, said Saturday.
- Syrian Army Liberates Two Villages in Latakia Province Near Turkish Border Sputnik 10 Oct 2015 -- The Syrian Army liberated two villages in the north of the Syrian Latakia province in about 12 miles from the border with Turkey over the past 24 hours, a military source said Saturday.
- Russian Aerospace Forces Conduct 64 Sorties in Syria, Hit 55 ISIL Targets Sputnik 10 Oct 2015 -- The Russian Aerospace Forces have conducted 64 sorties in Syria hitting 55 ISIL targets, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.
- Syrian Army Clears Valley Near Idlib of Nusra Militants Sputnik 10 Oct 2015 -- Syrian military has liberated a valley near Idlib from Nusra Front militants.
- US, Russian Strikes Continue in Syria, Iraq VOA 10 Oct 2015 -- Syrian troops backed by Russian airstrikes seized control of a village in central Syria on Saturday amid fierce clashes with rebels, part of a ground offensive launched earlier this week.
- Leader condoles over Iran cmdr. killing in Syria Press TV 10 Oct 2015 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has offered his condolences on the martyrdom, in Syria, of Brigadier General Hossein Hamedani, a senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
- Three blasts in Chad kill nearly 40 people Press TV 10 Oct 2015 -- Nearly 40 people have been killed in three explosions in the Chadian city of Baga Sola near the border with Nigeria.
- Mafia state in Turkey behind blasts: HDP leader Press TV 10 Oct 2015 -- The leader of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party has blamed a 'mafia state' in the country over the death of dozens of people in twin blasts in the capital, Ankara, that targeted pro-Kurdish members and activists.
- At Least 86 Dead In Ankara Explosions RFE/RL 10 Oct 2015 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has denounced as 'heinous' a bombing in Ankara that left dozens killed and more than 180 people injured.
- Blasts Kill 86 at Pro-Kurdish Rally in Ankara VOA 10 Oct 2015 -- Twin blasts at a pro-Kurdish peace rally in the Turkish capital Saturday killed at least 86 people and wounded nearly 200 others in the deadliest attack in Turkey's recent history.
- Taiwan President Sounds Warning on Future of China Ties VOA 10 Oct 2015 -- Taiwan's president warned his successor Saturday against turning back today's upbeat relations with old rival, China. The current Taiwan government has eased once dangerously tough relations with Beijing since 2008, but next year's presidential election could change that course.
- North Korea holds Workers' Party anniversary parade Press TV 10 Oct 2015 -- North Korea holds a large-scale military parade, marking the 70th anniversary of the formation of the ruling Workers' Party.
- North Korea Seen Unlikely to Change Despite Chronic Food Shortage VOA 09 Oct 2015 -- North Korea's food production could drop more than 10 percent this year, raising new concern about the country's constant struggle to feed its people, the U.N. agricultural agency said.
- North Korea says it wants better ties with South Press TV 10 Oct 2015 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says his country seeks better ties with the neighboring South to protect peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, which has been locked in a circle of military rhetoric over the past years.
- China committed to enhancing friendly ties, cooperation with DPRK: senior CPC official People's Daily 10 Oct 2015 -- It has been the steadfast policy of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese government to enhance and develop friendly and cooperative ties with the DPRK, which serve the common interests of the two parties and the two peoples, a senior CPC official said here Saturday.
- Senior CPC leader meets with DPRK's Kim, delivers letter from Xi People's Daily 10 Oct 2015 -- A senior leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Friday night presented here a signed letter from CPC General Secretary Xi Jinping to Kim Jong Un, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
- U.S. Warns Against Rush To Invest In Iran Before Sanctions Lifted RFE/RL 10 Oct 2015 -- Reuters is reporting that the Obama administration has privately reminded foreign governments and U.S. bankers that sanctions against Iran remain in effect and they should not rush to invest in Iran.
- Putin's Syria Strikes Irk Russian Muslims, Raise Risks RFE/RL 10 Oct 2015 -- With its soaring minarets and golden dome, the huge new mosque that President Vladimir Putin opened in Moscow late last month was welcomed by Muslims as a sign of their greater acceptance in mostly Christian Russia.
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