23 October 2015 Military News
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 23 Oct 2015 [PDF]
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Secretary Carter in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 23 Oct 2015 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- Coalition Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 23 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.
- Carter: ISIL Prison Raid Saved Lives, Bagged Intelligence Info AFPS 23 Oct 2015 -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter today said he made the decision that U.S. Special Forces would assist Iraqi peshmerga partners in yesterday's raid on an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant prison in Iraq to rescue 70 hostages after intelligence indicated a mass execution was imminent.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Complex closes out productive year with 217 aircraft serviced AFNS 23 Oct 2015 -- It's been a productive year at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, more so than at any other time in the last five years, officials said.
- Pacific Thunder tests combat search, rescue capabilities AFNS 23 Oct 2015 -- A bilateral exercise involving combat search and rescue drills ended Oct. 23 after nearly two weeks of constant training between U.S. and South Korean forces.
- Navy's Last Coal-Fired Power Plant Decommissioned NNS 23 Oct 2015 -- The Navy's last coal-fired power plant was decommissioned during a ceremony held Oct. 23 at Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head, Md. The Honorable Dennis V. McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy, Energy, Installations and Environment, was the guest speaker.
- Boxer ARG Departs For COMPTUEX NNS 23 Oct 2015 -- The Boxer Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), along with Marines assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), departed San Diego to begin Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), Oct. 19.
- U.S. Navy Begins Exercise with Royal Canadian Navy NNS 23 Oct 2015 -- U.S. and Canadian naval units began a Task Group Exercise (TGEX) off the coast of Southern California, Oct. 20.
- U.S. Navy EOD and Chilean Special Forces Strengthen Partnership NNS 23 Oct 2015 -- Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 3 Platoon 3-1-1 aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) and members of Chilean special forces teamed up in a Helicopter Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (HVBSS) exercise Oct. 20 as part of UNITAS Pacific (PAC).
- Haney: Nuclear Triad Remains Necessary for Deterrence AFPS 23 Oct 2015 -- Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney doesn't deal in sound bites or bumper sticker sayings or elevator speeches, nor should he.
- 'Unprecedented' Challenge in Countering Adversarial Propaganda, Official Says AFPS 23 Oct 2015 -- The United States is facing an unprecedented challenge in countering the propaganda of adversaries who recruit and easily spread misinformation through the Internet, a top defense official told a House panel yesterday.
- West Sees Threat of Chaos in Russian Adventurism VOA 23 Oct 2015 -- Western officials are increasingly worried that Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggressive actions around the world will spread global instability and perhaps spark a backlash at home.
- China pledges continuous participation in UN peacekeeping People's Daily 23 Oct 2015 -- China pledged to continue its participation in UN peacekeeping operations as its percentage of shared 2016 UN peacekeeping budget climbed from the sixth to the second place.
- October 23, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 23 Oct 2015
- Press Briefing by Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz The White House 23 Oct 2015
- Sounding alarm on widening crisis in Yemen, UN rights office says civilians paying 'terrible toll' UN News 23 Oct 2015 -- The United Nations human rights office said today that the humanitarian situation in Yemen's highland Taiz governorate is deteriorating rapidly in the wake of a recent attack by members of the Popular Committees affiliated with the Houthis which targeted residential areas and left 15 civilians dead, injured 73 others and left homes, shops, a clinic and a school partially destroyed.
- 'Yemen is ablaze,' UN envoy tells Security Council, pressing for peace talks to end civilian suffering UN News 23 Oct 2015 -- Citing the disastrous humanitarian consequences of the crisis in Yemen, the United Nations special envoy on the situation told the Security Council today that the ongoing violence has left the country "bleeding and its cities collapsing," and he added that peace talks are the only way to restore the hope of Yemeni people "after all the suffering…crisis they have been victims of."
- Medical Group Issues Video Of Russian Attack On Hospital RFE/RL 23 Oct 2015 -- The medical organization that said its field hospital in northwestern Syria was hit by Russian air strikes has released a video from the aftermath of the attack, which killed two members of its medical staff.
- Kerry: US to Join Syria Talks VOA 23 Oct 2015 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has announced plans for a broad international meeting on Syria during the coming week, stepping up diplomatic efforts to reach a political settlement of the prolonged and bloody conflict there.
- Fears Strong, Hopes Faint As Ukrainian Front-Line City Votes RFE/RL 23 Oct 2015 -- Six days before Ukraine holds its most extensive local elections since the Euromaidan revolution and the start of a war with Russia-backed rebels, antitank grenades slammed into an apartment house in the heart of this port city.
- Adopting new resolution, Security Council extends arms embargoes imposed on Somalia and Eritrea UN News 23 Oct 2015 -- The United Nations Security Council today extended the arms embargo on Somalia until 15 November 2016 while reaffirming the country's sovereignty over its natural resources, while also reaffirming its arms embargo on Eritrea.
- Libya: UN mission condemns terrorist attack against Benghazi demonstration UN News 23 Oct 2015 -- The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) today strongly condemned the terrorist attack which targeted a peaceful demonstration in Benghazi, killing and injuring many civilians.
- UN and Middle East partners express 'grave concern' over escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions UN News 23 Oct 2015 -- Underscoring the urgent need to restore calm amid escalating Israeli-Palestinians tensions, the United Nations and its Middle East Quartet partners today encouraged Israel to work together with Jordan to uphold the status quo at the holy sites in Jerusalem.
- 'Still time to step back from brink,' says Ban, returning from Israel, Palestine and Jordan UN News 23 Oct 2015 -- Upon his return from an emergency visit to the crisis-torn Middle East where he reported having "long and detailed" discussions with Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian leaders, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said "there is still time to step back from the brink," despite anger and polarization in the region.
- In Cameroon, top UN relief official calls for increased support to families fleeing conflicts UN News 23 Oct 2015 -- The most senior United Nations relief official today urged the international community to increase their support for the humanitarian response in Cameroon, which is hosting more than 310,000 people who have fled conflicts in neighbouring Central African Republic and Nigeria.
- U.S. Urges Pakistani Nuclear Restraint, Help With Afghan Peace Talks RFE/RL 23 Oct 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama urged Pakistan to avoid risky and destabilizing developments in its nuclear weapons program while working to help reignite peace talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban.
- S. Korea Seeks Nuclear Talks With N. Korea VOA 23 Oct 2015 -- South Korea's top nuclear envoy called for inter-Korean talks to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
- Turkey's Political Divisions Deepen VOA 23 Oct 2015 -- Turkey's political divisions continue to deepen following the worst terrorist attack in the country's modern history. More than 100 people died in twin suicide bombings on October 10.
- China rejects U.S. report on int'l religious freedom People's Daily 23 Oct 2015 -- China has rejected a recent U.S. report on international religious freedom, saying the American government should immediately stop violating both international law and universal morality.
- Tensions Soar Amid Protests Over Press Freedom In Georgia RFE/RL 23 Oct 2015 -- Hundreds of protesters have rallied in Tbilisi against the Georgian government's alleged attempts to silence the country's biggest and most popular television channel, raising fears of a political crisis.
- Burundi: UN warns of 'rapidly worsening' human rights and security situation UN News 23 Oct 2015 -- The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed its concern over the "rapidly worsening" security and human rights situation in Burundi, where at least 198 people have been killed since April, including the execution of at least nine civilians ten days ago.
- Six months after earthquake, Nepal 'racing against winter' – UN relief official UN News 23 Oct 2015 -- As winter approaches, the top United Nations humanitarian official for Nepal today stressed that shelter and food remain top priorities six months after the devastating earthquakes that shook the country in April.
- US Sentences Engineer in Iran Espionage Case VOA 23 Oct 2015 -- An Iranian-American engineer has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for sending sensitive U.S. military documents to his native Iran.
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