24 October 2015 Military News
- Airstrikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 24 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 forces push Taliban out of northern district Press TV 24 Oct 2015 -- Afghan security forces have ended the Taliban militant group's several-day control over a district in the country's northern province of Faryab.
- Afghan Army Retakes Taliban-Held District RFE/RL 24 Oct 2015 -- Afghan officials say security forces have retaken the Ghormach district in the northwestern Faryab Province after it was overrun by Taliban militants several days ago.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US navy raising stakes with Beijing over South China Sea Press TV 24 Oct 2015 -- The United States navy is set to edge closer to Chinese territory as a top admiral questions Beijing's claim to the South China Sea, saying nobody owns the region.
- Saudi fighter jets bomb Yemen's Hudaydah, kill 115 Press TV 24 Oct 2015 -- Saudi warplanes have continued their airstrikes against areas across Yemen, killing at least 115 people in the northwestern province of al-Hudaydah.
- Al-Nusra leader killed in Syria's Aleppo Press TV 24 Oct 2015 -- A top leader of al-Nusra Front Takfiri terrorist group has been killed in clashes with the Syrian army in Aleppo, a report says.
- Syria army liberates another village in Aleppo Province Press TV 24 Oct 2015 -- Syria's army and popular pro-government fighters have liberated another village in Aleppo Province, tightening the noose on the terrorists operating in the flashpoint region.
- 'FSA' militants in Syria turn down Russia's offer of help against Daesh Press TV 24 Oct 2015 -- The foreign-backed so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) militant group, which is fighting in Syria, says it does not accept Russia's help against the rival terror group Daesh.
- Syrian army liberates more villages in Aleppo Press TV 24 Oct 2015 -- The Syrian army has continued its operations against Takfiri terrorists across the country, liberating more villages in the northern province of Aleppo.
- Russia 'Ready To Support' Western-Backed Syrian Opposition With Air Strikes RFE/RL 24 Oct 2015 -- Moscow says Russia's air force in Syria is ready to provide cover for the Free Syrian Army, the Western-backed opposition group battling President Bashar al-Assad, in its fight against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
- Russia Says It's 'Ready to Help' Western-backed Rebels in Syria VOA 24 Oct 2015 -- Russia on Saturday expressed its support for elections in Syria and said it was ready to help Western-backed Free Syrian Army rebels.
- Turkey won't allow Kurds to control northern Syria: Erdogan Press TV 24 Oct 2015 -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara will not allow Kurds to take control of northern Syria, accusing them of trying to grab land in the region.
- Kerry: Israel, Jordan Agree to Reduce Tensions at Holy Sites VOA 24 Oct 2015 -- Saying there is a desire to "turn the page" on a "very difficult period," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday wrapped up a series of meetings with Middle East officials on the spiraling unrest between Israelis and Palestinians.
- 4 Women Suicide Bombers Die in Nigeria VOA 24 Oct 2015 -- Four women suicide bombers blew themselves up near the city of Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria Saturday, authorities said, after security guards challenged them and tried to carry out a search.
- 2nd group of S.Koreans head for DPRK for family reunion People's Daily 24 Oct 2015 -- The second batch of South Koreans on Saturday headed for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to meet their long-lost DPRK relatives at the reunion event for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.
- Koreas Begin Second Round of Family Reunions VOA 24 Oct 2015 -- Hundreds of South Koreans have crossed the border into North Korea for the second round of family reunions this week, connecting families separated for six decades by the political division resulting from the Korean War.
- Russia: New Bushehr plants to cost $11 billion Press TV 24 Oct 2015 -- Energy Minister Alexander Novak says Russia's construction of two more nuclear power units in Bushehr in southwest Iran will cost about $11 billion.
- Most Saudi royals support King Salman's removal: Prince Press TV 24 Oct 2015 -- Most of the members of the Saudi royal family back a move to oust King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and replace him with his younger brother, a dissident prince says.
- Federal court drops ACLU case against NSA snooping Press TV 24 Oct 2015 -- A US federal district court has rejected a case by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the National Security Agency (NSA) over the latter's mass surveillance program.
- Islamic State Claims Bangladesh Attack VOA 24 Oct 2015 -- The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack in Bangladesh that killed one person and wounded up to 100 at a Shi'ite Muslim religious procession in Dhaka.
- Ukraine Local Elections To Test Poroshenko's Strength Amid Multiple Crises RFE/RL 24 Oct 2015 -- Ukrainians vote on October 25 in local elections that will test popular support for pro-Western President Petro Poroshenko amid the country's deep economic crisis and war in the east.
- Western Leaders Warn Tear Gas Attacks Hurting Kosovo RFE/RL 24 Oct 2015 -- Western leaders are warning that repeated moves by opposition lawmakers to obstruct the work of Kosovo's parliament by releasing tear gas in the chamber are hurting the Balkan nation.
- Ivory Coast President Confident on Election Eve VOA 24 Oct 2015 -- In Ivory Coast, more than six million voters are expected to take part Sunday in the first round of the West African nation's presidential election. As campaigning ended on Friday, another candidate pulled out of the race, claiming conditions are unfair for anyone challenging President Alassane Ouattara. The 73-year-old economist, head of state since 2011, says he wants a 'first-round knockout' victory.
- US Wants DRC to Take 'Concrete Steps' Toward Elections VOA 24 Oct 2015 -- A senior U.S. diplomat wrapping up a weeklong visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo urged the government Saturday to take concrete steps to prepare for future elections and to cooperate fully with the U.N. mission working to resolve conflicts in the DRC.
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