31 October 2015 Military News
- 'US special troops would only fight Daesh in Syria' Press TV 31 Oct 2015 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry says a number of American special operations troops, due to be deployed to Syria, would only fight the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the Arab country.
- State Dept Pledges US Forces Deployed to Syria Will Not Fight Assad Sputnik 31 Oct 2015 -- President Barack Obama's decision to send US Special Forces to Syria is directed against the Islamic State group, not Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to US Secretary of State John Kerry.
- Carter: Russia 'Doomed to Fail' in Syria; ISIL Must be Defeated AFPS 31 Oct 2015 -- While Russia is 'doomed to fail' in Syria, the goal of the U.S. remains defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in both Syria and Iraq, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday in Alaska.
- Afghan Forces Fight to Keep IS from Expanding Safe Haven VOA 31 Oct 2015 -- The front lines against the so-called Islamic State in Afghanistan are constantly under threat. Afghan security forces are fighting to keep the militant group at bay.
- US Attacks Massive Al-Qaida Camps in Southern Afghanistan VOA 31 Oct 2015 -- The U.S. military official in charge of the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan says U.S. forces have attacked what are believed to be the largest al-Qaida training camps found in the course of the 14-year Afghan war.
- US Spends Millions for Afghan Hospitals, But Doesn't Know Where They Are Sputnik 31 Oct 2015 -- Almost two dozen hospitals that the US has funded in western Afghanistan, costing over a quarter of a billion dollars, are in locations that the United States Agency for International Development cannot pinpoint.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Essex Amphibious Ready Group and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit Depart U.S. 5th Fleet NNS 31 Oct 2015 -- The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO) Nov. 1.
- Media Availability with Secretary Carter in Fort Wainwright, Alaska DoD 31 Oct 2015 -- Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- Remarks by Secretary Carter at a troop event at Fort Wainwright, Alaska DoD 31 Oct 2015 -- Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- UK starts construction of Royal Navy base in Bahrain Press TV 31 Oct 2015 -- The UK has started the construction work on a new Royal Navy base in the Persian Gulf state of Bahrain.
- Construction of British Military Base in Persian Gulf Underway in Bahrain Sputnik 31 Oct 2015 -- The foreign ministers of the United Kingdom and Bahrain have laid the cornerstone of Britain's first permanent military base in the former British colony since the 1970s, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported on Saturday.
- NATO Chief: Russia Tested Missile Last Month In Violation of INF Treaty RFE/RL 31 Oct 2015 -- NATO's top military commander says Russia tested a missile last month that appeared to violate a Cold War-era arms control treaty that is in increasing danger of unraveling.
- Eyes in the Sky: Advanced Russian Spy Plane Conducts Test Flight Sputnik 31 Oct 2015 -- A sophisticated Russian special-mission plane has conducted a test flight near the Russian city of Kazan, according to the flight tracking website flightradar24.com.
- YJ-18 missile challenges US Navy in South China Sea: Report Press TV 31 Oct 2015 -- The widespread deployment of submarine-launched missiles in the South China Sea is increasing the risk of a confrontation between the US and Chinese Navy, according to a new report to the US Congress.
- India to Discuss Leasing of Russia-Made Submarines on November 2 Sputnik 31 Oct 2015 -- India is considering the possibility of leasing a Russia-made Akula II-class submarine, according to serving officer in the Indian Navy Cmdr. Abhijit Singh.
- Iran ready to counter any malicious US, Israeli moves: Defense minister Press TV 31 Oct 2015 -- Iran's Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the Iranian Armed Forces always stand ready to respond to any malicious moves by the US and the Israeli regime.
- 'US, China may come to blows over flaws in maritime laws' Press TV 31 Oct 2015 -- A new report says loopholes in maritime laws pose the risk of confrontation between the United States Navy and Chinese military in disputed areas of the South China Sea.
- Yemeni forces carry out retaliatory attacks on Saudi military positions Press TV 31 Oct 2015 -- Yemenis have targeted the positions of Saudi forces both inside Yemen and on Saudi soil, inflicting heavy losses on them in a new series of retaliatory attacks.
- Efforts to find political solution for Yemen failed: Houthis Press TV 31 Oct 2015 -- Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement says efforts to convene UN-backed peace talks to find a political solution to the ongoing crisis in the Arab country have failed.
- Key stake holders reach no agreement on future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad People's Daily 31 Oct 2015 -- There is still no agreement over the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the meeting in Vienna on Friday, although sides found some common ground over the solution for the country.
- Daesh oil sales fall amid Russian airstrikes in Syria Press TV 31 Oct 2015 -- Russian airstrikes against Takfiri positions in Syria have resulted in a swift decline in oil sales by the terrorist group, says a French official.
- ISIL Oil Sales Drop 'Significantly' Due To Russian Airstrikes in Syria Sputnik 31 Oct 2015 -- Nicolas Dhuicq, a member of the French legislative defense commission, said that ISIL not only sells crude oil, but 'pays people to refine oil in its own places.'
- US to Allocate Additional $100Mln to Support Syrian Opposition Sputnik 31 Oct 2015 -- US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the United States will provide an additional $100 million in assistance in support of the Syrian opposition - bringing total support for their efforts to $500 million.
- Additional Assistance for the Syrian Opposition US Dept. of State 31 Oct 2015 -- As Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced today at the Manama Dialogue, the United States will provide nearly $100 million in new assistance to the Syrian opposition, bringing the total support we have committed and are providing to the Syrian opposition since 2012 to nearly $500 million.
- UN's Ban: Assad's Future Should Not Hold Up Talks on Syria VOA 31 Oct 2015 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday that he welcomed international talks on Syria, but that they should not be hung up over what should happen to President Bashar al-Assad.
- US Troop Deployment to Syria Frustrates Anti-Assad Rebels VOA 31 Oct 2015 -- Washington's decision to dispatch U.S. commandos to northern Syria to help coordinate the fight against the Islamic State terror group is roiling increasingly tense relations between the Obama administration and the main Western-backed Syrian political opposition, as well as Sunni Arab rebels whose priority is to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
- No one should dictate own decisions, views to Syrian people: Zarif ISNA 31 Oct 2015 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says no one should "dictate" its own decisions and views to Syrian people, who have been suffering from a foreign-backed militancy for over four years, Press TV reports.
- Iraqi forces liberate more areas in Anbar Province Press TV 31 Oct 2015 -- Iraqi security forces have made fresh gains against terrorists, liberating new areas in the restive Anbar Province.
- US Congress Signs Off on Latest $50Bln Spy Agencies' Budget Sputnik 31 Oct 2015 -- The US Congress is maintaining the budget for the country's 16 main intelligence agencies of more than $50 billion, the Office of Director of National Intelligence announced in a media release.
- Chinese leaders, non-CPC elite discuss 13th Five-year Plan People's Daily 31 Oct 2015 -- Chinese leaders met non-communist and business chiefs to listen to their opinions on the 13th Five-year Plan proposal approved at Thursday's plenary session.
- North Korea to Hold Rare Party Convention Next Year VOA 31 Oct 2015 -- North Korea's ruling party will hold a rare convention that analysts say is an attempt to solidify Kim Jong Un's rule.
- Zarif: Vienna talks on JCPOA progressive IRNA 30 Oct 2015 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the negotiations with the Group 5+1 in Vienna on the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) were good and constructive.
- AKP Party to Continue Peaceful Settlement of Kurdish Issue in Turkey Sputnik 31 Oct 2015 -- Deputy Chairman of the Turkish Justice and Development Party's (AKP) Mevlut Cavusoglu said that the party initiated large-scale construction of infrastructure in the regions inhabited by Kurds and took steps to increase the presence of the Kurdish language in the state media.
- Amid Tension, Turkey's Kurds Pin Hopes on Election VOA 31 Oct 2015 -- The rising influence of Kurdish voters is a central issue in Turkey's parliamentary elections being held Sunday to break a tense political deadlock. The poll is taking place after elections in June were inconclusive and coalition talks with the party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan failed.
- Pakistan Races To Help Quake Victims Before Winter Sets In RFE/RL 31 Oct 2015 -- Pakistani authorities are racing to send relief supplies, including blankets, tents, food, and pneumonia vaccine to earthquake victims before winter weather sets in.
- Russia Blasts 'Politicized' Rule Change IMF Mulling For Ukraine RFE/RL 31 Oct 2015 -- Russia's finance minister expressed concern about a possible rule change by the International Monetary Fund that would enable it to keep lending to Ukraine even if Kyiv defaults on its debt to Russia.
- Kerry Kicks Off Central Asian Tour With Visit To Kyrgyzstan RFE/RL 31 Oct 2015 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has met with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev in Kyrgyzstan at the start of his tour of the five countries of Central Asia.
- China, Japan and ROK meeting to improve ties People's Daily 31 Oct 2015 -- The ice-thawing meeting to be held over the weekend among leaders of China, Japan and the Republic of Korea will provide new incentives for regional cooperation and promote the stability of all of Asia and even the Asia-Pacific region, experts said.
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