26 October 2015 Military News
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 26 Oct 2015 [PDF]
- Update: air strikes in Iraq UK MOD 26 Oct 2015 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.
- Airstrikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Iraq, Destroy ISIL Prison AFPS 26 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.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Readout of Secretary Carter's Meeting with Indonesian Minister of Defense Ryamizard DoD 26 Oct 2015
- Mission accomplished: 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment redeploys from Darwin, Australia USMC News 26 Oct 2015 -- After six months forward-deployed in Australia, the Marines and sailors of 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division completed their mission as the 2015 Marine Rotational Force – Darwin, returning at the end of October out of Royal Australian Air Force Base Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, to their home at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.
- USNS Lewis and Clark Arrives to Support KOA MOANA 15-3 NNS 26 Oct 2015 -- Military Sealift Command's (MSC) dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1) arrived at Tarawa, Republic of Kiribati, Oct. 24, as part of its continuing support of Exercise KOA MOANA (KM) 15-3.
- USS Farragut Departs Marseille, France NNS 26 Oct 2015 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) departed Marseille, France, Oct. 26 after the completion of a scheduled port visit.
- USS Kearsarge/26th MEU, Turkey prepare for Egemen 2015 NNS 26 Oct 2015 -- U.S. amphibious forces arrived in Turkish waters to participate in the Turkish-led and hosted amphibious exercise Egemen 2015, Oct. 24.
- USS Ronald Reagan to Conduct Exercise with Republic of Korea Navy NNS 26 Oct 2015 -- The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) is scheduled to conduct a series of exercises with the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy Oct. 26-29, to strengthen maritime interoperability, tactics, techniques and procedures.
- Russia's 'Asian Pivot' Seen in Kuril Military Expansion VOA 26 Oct 2015 -- Russia's plan to build a military base on the disputed Kuril Islands, that were seized from Japan at the end of World War II, is a small part of Moscow's own "Asia pivot" to increase and protect trade with the vibrant economies in the Pacific region.
- Russian jets breaking down in harsh Syria conditions: US Press TV 26 Oct 2015 -- Most of Russian aircraft recently sent on a mission in Syria have been grounded due to the dust and desert conditions in the Arab country, says a senior US defense official.
- Russian navy holds drills to 'repel strikes' on Crimea Press TV 26 Oct 2015 -- Russian military forces have staged a navy exercise off the coast of the city of Sevastopol in the Black Sea Crimean peninsula to 'thwart any possible aggression by the West.'
- DM: Iran attains outstanding progress in electronic warfare IRNA 26 Oct 2015 -- Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan announced that the experts and engineers of Iran's defense industries have achieved considerable advances in electronic warfare systems.
- Iran unveils new 3D long range multiple target radar system Press TV 26 Oct 2015 -- Iran has unveiled a domestically-built 3D search and control radar system, Qamar, with the capability of tracking over 100 targets within a 450-kilometer radius.
- Daily Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 10/26/15 The White House 26 Oct 2015
- October 26, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 26 Oct 2015
- 26 October 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 26 Oct 2015
- US to Send Ship Close to Chinese Artificial Islands VOA 26 Oct 2015 -- The U.S. military plans to send the USS Lassen destroyer within 22 kilometers (12 nautical miles) of China's artificial islands in the South China Sea, according to a U.S. official speaking to VOA Monday.
- Yemen retaliatory attack leaves two Saudi soldiers dead Press TV 26 Oct 2015 -- A Saudi soldier is stationed at a lookout point at al-Dokhan Mountain on the Saudi-Yemeni border in southwestern Saudi Arabia, April 13, 2015. (Photo by AFP)
- Syrian army troopers inflict heavy losses on Takfiri militants Press TV 26 Oct 2015 -- Syrian government forces have carried out large-scale mop-up operations against foreign-backed Takfiri militants across the conflict-ridden Arab country, delivering stinging blows to them.
- 120,000 people displaced by rising violence in Syria in October: UN Press TV 26 Oct 2015 -- At least 120,000 people have been displaced by ongoing violence in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Hama and Idlib since early October, the United Nations says.
- Russia hits 285 terrorist targets in Syria in 3 days: Defense Ministry Press TV 26 Oct 2015 -- Russian warplanes have hit 285 targets belonging to the Daesh and al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorist groups in Syria over the past three days, the Defense Ministry says.
- Kremlin rejects HRW report over killing Syria civilians Press TV 26 Oct 2015 -- The Kremlin has rejected a recent report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) that airstrikes believed to have been conducted by Russian jets in western Syria killed dozens of civilians.
- Advanced Weapons May Reach Syrian Rebels Despite US Concerns VOA 26 Oct 2015 -- It may be just a matter of time before Russia's continuing air assault on Syrian rebels persuades some of those backing rebel groups to even the fight by providing shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles.
- UN chief welcomes Israel's commitment to restore calm at holy sites in Jerusalem UN News 26 Oct 2015 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterating Israel's commitment to uphold the status quo at the Haram al Sharif/Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
- UN human rights chief dispatches assessment mission to South Sudan following reports of rights abuses UN News 26 Oct 2015 -- After reports of alleged violations and abuses of human rights committed by both parties to the conflict in South Sudan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is deploying a 10-member mission to the country to assess the situation.
- South Sudan Makes Progress on Cease-fire VOA 26 Oct 2015 -- South Sudan's rebels signed an agreement Monday to finalize the implementation of the security arrangements that were part of an August peace accord.
- Scores killed, hundreds injured in Afghanistan-Pakistan quake IRIN 26 Oct 2015 -- Darkness put rescue efforts on hold in the mountainous Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan and Pakistan, which was struck by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake on Monday, with roads destroyed and helicopters unable to fly at night.
- Earthquake Hits Afghanistan, Pakistan VOA 26 Oct 2015 -- A major earthquake struck a remote area of northern Afghanistan on Monday, killing more than 300 people there and in neighboring Pakistan, and injuring more than 1,700.
- Earthquake Causes Heavy Casualties, Damage In Afghanistan, Pakistan RFE/RL 26 Oct 2015 -- One of the strongest earthquakes to hit Afghanistan in decades has rocked the country's north, leaving heavy casualties and damage in its wake across South Asia.
- EU, Balkan Leaders Agree On Migrant Plan RFE/RL 26 Oct 2015 -- Officials in Croatia said on October 26 that more than 13,000 migrants have crossed the border from Serbia over the last 24 hours.
- Top UN official on refugees welcomes EU agreement on plan for Western Balkans migration route UN News 26 Oct 2015 -- As European leaders met this week to hammer out a 17-point plan of action on the Western Balkans migration route for refugees and migrants fleeing Syria and other strife-torn regions, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees commended the fact that a consensus had been reached.
- EU: 100,000 Places for Migrants in Reception Centers VOA 26 Oct 2015 -- In an effort to ease the burden on Greece and eastern European countries caused by the influx of migrants, the European Union says it will set up 100,000 places in reception centers in Greece and along the migrants' route through the Balkans.
- Iran, P5+1 discussing Arak reactor reconstruction, says Salehi IRNA 26 Oct 2015 -- Iran and P5+1 are discussing formulating the document for reconstruction of the Arak nuclear facility reactor, says Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's Head of Atomic Energy Organization.
- Ex-Russian Officials: Stagnation, Declining Living Standards Loom For Russians RFE/RL 26 Oct 2015 -- Russia's economy will stagnate in coming years due to sanctions, low oil prices, and deeper systemic problems, former Russian officials say, but it's unclear whether this torpor will strengthen political opposition to President Vladimir Putin.
- Russia Cracks Down On 'IS' Militants In Wave Of Arrests RFE/RL 26 Oct 2015 -- Russia appears to be cracking down on Muslims and labor migrants in response to what it says are domestic terror threats from the Islamic State (IS) extremist group with reports of mass arrests of 'IS-linked suspects' last week.
- 2 Police, 7 Militants Dead in Turkey Raid on IS Targets VOA 26 Oct 2015 -- A raid on an Islamic State cell in southeastern Turkey left two Turkish police officers and seven militants dead Monday, as authorities pressed their effort to combat the extremists based across the border in Syria.
- Ukrainian Vote Tests Government's Strength Against Oligarchs RFE/RL 26 Oct 2015 -- Local elections held across much of Ukraine are shaping up as a test of the strength of President Petro Poroshenko's government against oligarchs used to running their own regions.
- Ukrainian Ballot Count Begins In Vote That Tests Government RFE/RL 26 Oct 2015 -- The vote count has begun a day after Ukrainian elections for mayors and council representatives that are seen as a survival test for President Petro Poroshenko's fragile ruling coalition.
- Japan's Prime Minister Tours Central Asia As China, Others Court Region RFE/RL 26 Oct 2015 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is focusing on trade ties during a weeklong journey across Central Asia, a region where China, Russia, and Western countries are also vying for influence.
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