18 October 2015 Military News
- Anti-ISIL Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 18 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.
- Coalition Airstrike Kills Khorasan Group Leader AFPS 18 Oct 2015 -- An Oct. 15 coalition airstrike in northwest Syria killed Abdul Mohsen Adballah Ibrahim al Charekh, also known as Sanafi al-Nasr, a Saudi national and the highest ranking leader of the network of veteran al-Qaida operatives sometimes called the 'Khorasan Group,' according to a Defense Department statement issued today.
- Statement on Airstrike in Syria that Killed Sanafi al-Nasr DoD 18 Oct 2015 -- 'On Oct. 15, Coalition forces conducted an airstrike in northwest Syria that killed Abdul Mohsen Adballah Ibrahim al Charekh, aka Sanafi al-Nasr, a Saudi national and the highest ranking leader of the network of veteran al-Qaeda operatives sometimes called the 'Khorasan Group.' '
- Pentagon: Top Khorasan Group Member Killed in Syria VOA 18 Oct 2015 -- The Pentagon has confirmed a U.S.-led coalition airstrike killed a top al-Qaida-linked militant in northwest Syria last week.
- Taliban militants overrun district in northeastern Afghanistan Press TV 18 Oct 2015 -- The Taliban militant group has taken control of a district in Afghanistan's northeastern province of Badghis, as Afghan government forces are battling the militants at other fronts elsewhere in the war-battered country.
- Terrorism Grew With US Troops in Afghanistan - Ex-President Karzai Sputnik 18 Oct 2015 -- The terrorism in Afghanistan gained more strength amid the presence of US troops in Afghanistan, the former leader said.
Defense Policy / Programs
- 'Navy won't have aircraft carrier in Persian Gulf as Iran deal takes effect' IRNA 18 Oct 2015 -- The US political website "the Hill" said that the US 'Navy won't have aircraft carrier in Persian Gulf as Iran deal takes effect'.
- Electrical Fire Reported Aboard Ronald Reagan NNS 18 Oct 2015 -- An electrical fire was reported inside an E-2C Hawkeye from the 'Liberty Bells' of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 115 in hangar bay one of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), 1:27 p.m. (local), Oct.18.
- Dunford Discusses Middle East Challenges With Israeli Leaders AFPS 18 Oct 2015 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed a full range of threats in the Middle East with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials today.
- US, Israel restart military aid discussions: Envoy Press TV 18 Oct 2015 -- The United States and Israel have resumed talks over a proposed increase in America's annual $3 billion military aid to Tel Aviv, an envoy says.
- US Military to Fly Over Russia's Far East Sputnik 18 Oct 2015 -- Russian inspectors will conduct observation flights over the territory of the Czech Republic and Slovakia under the Treaty on Open Skies, Sergei Ryzhkov, chief of Russia's National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center said on Sunday.
- 'Drop-and-Forget': Russia Develops Supersonic Smart Bomb Sputnik 18 Oct 2015 -- The latest version of Russia's KAB-250 precision-guided bomb will soon complete trials, Russian media reported on Saturday.
- Japan Shows Military Power in Maritime Self-Defense Force Fleet Review Sputnik 18 Oct 2015 -- Nearly 40 Japanese warships showcased their power during the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) fleet review 25 miles southwest of Tokyo on Sunday.
- Iran not to lose its deterrence power under any circumstances, says official ISNA 18 Oct 2015 -- Iran would never lose its deterrence power under any circumstances, said secretary of Iranian Supreme National Security Council.
- Defense official reveals China's plans to boost international peace People's Daily 18 Oct 2015 -- Addressing the 6th Xiangshan Forum, Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Fan Changlong unveiled a set of China's latest pledges to boost peace and stability in war-torn areas and China's neighborhood, such as the Southeast Asia.
- Fresh Saudi airstrikes on Yemen kill 20, injure dozens Press TV 18 Oct 2015 -- At least 20 people have lost their lives and scores of others have sustained injuries in the latest wave of Saudi airstrikes against Yemen.
- Saudi fighter jets target north Yemen with cluster bombs Press TV 18 Oct 2015 -- Yemeni media have released a video showing the northern province of Sa'ada being targeted with banned cluster bombs by Saudi warplanes.
- Syria forces kill 300 Takfiri terrorists: Report Press TV 18 Oct 2015 -- Syrian forces have carried out a series of successful mop-up operations against Takfiri terrorists across the country, media reports say.
- US-led air raids against Daesh bases fruitless: Russia PM Press TV 18 Oct 2015 -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has criticized the US-led airstrikes against alleged Daesh positions in Syria and Iraq, saying the aerial campaign has failed to end the Takfiri group's terrorist activities in crisis-hit zones.
- First Humanitarian Convoy Enters Village in Besieged Syria's Idlib Sputnik 18 Oct 2015 -- The first humanitarian convoy consisting of four trucks carrying aid collected by Syrian charities and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent arrived on Sunday in the village of Foua (northwestern Syria, Idlib governorate), a source in the local militia told RIA Novosti.
- Bombing, shooting attacks leave 11 dead, 19 wounded in Iraq Press TV 18 Oct 2015 -- Nearly a dozen people have been killed and 19 others injured in separate bomb explosions and shooting incidents in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, and elsewhere in the crisis-hit Arab country.
- Iraqi Military Retakes Hussein's Former Palace Conquered by ISIL Sputnik 18 Oct 2015 -- The palace complex to the north of Baghdad has been retaken by the fighters of Shiite militias, Sunni tribes and the Iraqi army. According to reports, terrorists suffered serious losses.
- New Advances: Iraqi Forces Liberate Region North of Ramadi From ISIL Sputnik 18 Oct 2015 -- Iraqi soldiers liberated a region north of the central Iraqi Anbar provincial capital from the Islamic State jihadist group, a deputy commander of Iraq's Special Forces told local media Sunday.
- Army, PKK clashes leave 24 dead in SE Turkey: Source Press TV 18 Oct 2015 -- Four Turkish soldiers and 20 members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have been killed in the latest clashes in the country's volatile southeast over the past couple of days, a security source says.
- Arab Areas of Jerusalem Blocked Off in Israeli Crackdown VOA 18 Oct 2015 -- Palestinians in Jerusalem, more than a third of the city's population, have awoken to a new reality: Israeli troops are encircling Arab neighborhoods, blocking roads with concrete cubes the size of washing machines and ordering some of those leaving on foot to lift their shirts to show they are not carrying knives, according to the Associated Press.
- Colombia Government, Rebels to Cooperate in Search for Disappeared VOA 18 Oct 2015 -- The Colombian government and Marxist rebels have unveiled a breakthrough deal aimed at officially determining the fate of tens of thousands of people missing and presumed dead during a half century of war.
- Iran has no confidential deal with G5+1: Zarif IRNA 18 Oct 2015 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that there is no confidential deal between Iran and the G5+1.
- Iran: NPT protocol, confidence-building measure Press TV 18 Oct 2015 -- The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says that Tehran has decided to apply the Additional Protocol as a confidence-building gesture under the country's nuclear deal with six world powers.
- U.S. Officials Expect Iran Nuclear Deal Will Take Months To Implement RFE/RL 18 Oct 2015 -- U.S. officials predict it will take Iran months to curb its nuclear program as required under a historic nuclear deal.
- Obama Orders Steps to Lift Iran Sanctions Amid Nuke Deal Sputnik 18 Oct 2015 -- US President Barack Obama on Sunday ordered state, treasury, commerce and energy secretaries to take steps toward lifting Iran sanctions as part of the landmark nuclear deal reached in July.
- Obama Orders US to Prepare to Lift Sanction on Iran VOA 18 Oct 2015 -- President Barak Obama Sunday ordered the U.S. government to start preparing to lift sanctions against Iran on what was called Adoption Day -- the day all parties who signed the nuclear deal in July take the first steps towards implementing it.
- Statement by the President on the Adoption of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action The White House 18 Oct 2015
- Secret Data Reveals Blair, Bush Plotted Iraq War Year Before Invasion Sputnik 18 Oct 2015 -- Former US President George W. Bush and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair were negotiating joint military actions against then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein a year before the Iraq War.
- Iraq issues arrest warrant for trade minister on corruption charges Press TV 18 Oct 2015 -- Iraq has issued an arrest warrant for the country's trade minister on corruption charges, officials say.
- Guinea Divided as Conde Re-Elected VOA 18 Oct 2015 -- Guinea's incumbent President Alpha Conde won the country's second democratic election, but Guinea's opposition parties have rejected the results and called for demonstrations.
- Merkel holds talks with Turkey officials over refugee crisis Press TV 18 Oct 2015 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has held talks with Turkish leaders in Istanbul in a bid to win Turkey's cooperation in addressing the historic flow of refugees to Europe.
- KMT replaces candidate for Taiwan leadership election People's Daily 18 Oct 2015 -- Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party replaced deputy legislative speaker Hung Hsiu-chu with KMT chairman Eric Chu for the island's leadership election.
- Turkish police arrest 50 in connection with Ankara blasts Press TV 18 Oct 2015 -- Police in Turkey have arrested some 50 foreign nationals that authorities believe might be linked to a recent deadly bomb attack in the capital, Ankara.
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