05 November 2015 Military News
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 05 Nov 2015 [PDF]
- Military Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 05 Nov 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.
- Joint Afghan-US Operation Targets IS VOA 05 Nov 2015 -- A number of Islamic State militants were killed and some militant communication links to Syria and Iraq were destroyed in a multi-day assault by Afghan and U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.
- MSF Report: Afghan Hospital Attack Had No Military Purpose VOA 05 Nov 2015 -- The international humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders says an internal review of last month's airstrikes by U.S. forces on its hospital in northern Afghanistan shows no reason why the facility should have come under attack.
- DoD Receives Initial Report of Kunduz Hospital Strike AFPS 05 Nov 2015 -- Defense Department officials have received and read a 13-page initial review conducted by Doctors Without Borders of the Oct. 3 strike at their hospital in Kunduz, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said here today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Authorization to Fight IS Group Still Divides Congress VOA 05 Nov 2015 -- In this special report from Capitol Hill, VOA's Senate correspondent spoke with multiple lawmakers about a weighty issue before Congress: authorizing the fight against the Islamic State group.
- U.S. and ROK Navies to Conduct Exercise Clear Horizon 2015 NNS 05 Nov 2015 -- The U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) navies will participate in Exercise Clear Horizon, Nov. 9-13, in waters south of the Korean peninsula.
- USS North Carolina Visits Yokosuka during Indo-Asia-Pacific Deployment NNS 05 Nov 2015 -- The Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka Nov. 5 for a routine visit as a part of its 2015 deployment to the Western Pacific.
- US Ships to Stay Permanently in Eastern Mediterranean Sea - Ankara Sputnik 05 Nov 2015 -- Turkey's foreign ministry announced on Thursday that US warships will permanently remain in the eastern Mediterranean in order to support Turkey's defense needs.
- Pentagon: Reports of US F15 Jets Sent to Turkey Aimed at Russia Overstated Sputnik 05 Nov 2015 -- US media reports have exaggerated claims that Russian aircraft in Syria will be targeted by the F-15C fighter jets being sent to Turkey, US Department of Defense spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters.
- Media Availability with Secretary Carter Aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt DoD 05 Nov 2015 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- Remarks by Secretary Carter at a Sailor Event aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt DoD 05 Nov 2015 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- Army, Air Force Deploy Strykers North of the Arctic Circle AFPS 05 Nov 2015 -- The U.S. Army and Air Force teamed up Nov. 3-4, to deploy Stryker vehicles north of the Arctic Circle for the first time ever, according to a U.S. Army Alaska news release issued today.
- Crew of USS Anchorage Renders Aid to Stranded Sri Lankan-flagged Fishing Vessel NNS 05 Nov 2015 -- San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) rendered assistance and provided aid to the crew of a stranded Sri Lankan-flagged fishing vessel, M/V Lakshan, Nov. 4 at 12:30 p.m. local time.
- GW Completes UNITAS PAC, Prepares for LANT in Southern Seas 2015 NNS 05 Nov 2015 -- Aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23 and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 completed UNITAS Pacific (PAC) as the ship transitioned into the Atlantic Ocean Nov. 2.
- Problems Ahead as Europe Develops New Security Strategy VOA 05 Nov 2015 -- German Brigadier General Erich Vad, a security adviser to his country's chancellor from 2007-13, is worried that Russia's increasing willingness to project its power abroad could cause big problems for Europe.
- Defence Secretary visits UK forces on major NATO exercise UK MOD 05 Nov 2015 -- The Defence Secretary has praised the contribution of UK personnel during a visit to the biggest NATO exercise in more than a decade.
- Secretary General, North Atlantic Council in Portugal to see Trident Juncture at Sea NATO 05 Nov 2015 -- Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, together with other senior Allied officials and military commanders, attended a number of Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 training sessions in Portugal on Thursday (5 November 2015) showcasing the skills and readiness of NATO's maritime forces. "Over the past weeks our Allied troops have been tested at land, at sea and in the air. Allied forces have improved their readiness, their skills and their ability to work together in crisis situations," said the Secretary General.
- NATO Alarmed About Russian Military Build-up VOA 05 Nov 2015 -- NATO's secretary-general says the alliance must counter a Russian build-up of military forces from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean.
- Russia's Only Aircraft Carrier Fires Anti-Aircraft Missiles in Barents Sea Sputnik 05 Nov 2015 -- Russia's only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, held the first round of firing exercises in the Barents Sea on Thursday.
- Russia's Military Reconnaissance Adopts Orlan, Eleron Drones Sputnik 05 Nov 2015 -- Military reconnaissance units of the Russian Armed Forces have started to use Russian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including the Eleron and Orlan models, a Russian Defense Ministry's Land Force spokesman said Thursday.
- India, Russia to Hold Joint Military Drills on November 7-20 Sputnik 05 Nov 2015 -- India and Russia will hold joint Indra-2015 military exercises in India's largest state Rajasthan on November 7-20.
- Top DPRK leader underscores ruling party's leadership over military education People's Daily 05 Nov 2015 -- Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un stressed the need to improve the leadership of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) over military education, the state KCNA news agency reported Thursday.
- The Government of Kuwait – Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) DSCA 05 Nov 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait for Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $115 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 4, 2015.
- United Arab Emirates (UAE) - Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), Sustainment and Support DSCA 05 Nov 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), sustainment and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $380 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 4, 2015.
- Lithuania - M 1126 Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles (ICV) with 30mm cannon and M2 Machine Guns, and Related Support Equipment DSCA 05 Nov 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Lithuania for Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $599 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 4, 2015.
- Press Briefing by the Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 11/5/2015 The White House 05 Nov 2015
- November 5, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 05 Nov 2015
- 5 November 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 05 Nov 2015
- Vietnam to Visiting Xi: Don't 'Militarize' South China Sea VOA 05 Nov 2015 -- Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong has asked visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping "not to militarize' and to 'maintain peace" in the South China Sea, according to a statement published on Vietnam's government website.
- Yemeni forces down Saudi warplane, capture pilot Press TV 05 Nov 2015 -- Reports from Yemen say a Saudi warplane has been downed by Yemeni forces in the province of Sana'a.
- Will Yemen's storm yet prove disastrous? IRIN 05 Nov 2015 -- Powerful Cyclone Chapala unloaded the worst of its wind and rain on Yemen earlier this week, flooding large portions of its southeastern coast. The concern now is how the estimated 1.1 million Yemenis impacted by the storm will fare in the days, weeks, and months ahead, especially in a country already gripped by civil war and humanitarian crisis.
- Russian Jet Violated Turkish Airspace in Oct. Due to Anti-Missile Maneuver Sputnik 05 Nov 2015 -- A Russian Aerospace Forces fighter was forced to violate Turkish airspace in October when it was conducting maneuvers to avoid a ground-based anti-missile defense system, Russian Aerospace Forces Commander Viktor Bondarev said Thursday.
- Syrian Army Takes Control of Huge Area in Aleppo Province Sputnik 05 Nov 2015 -- With the support of Russian airstrikes, the Syrian Army has taken control of approximately 250 square kilometers in Aleppo province.
- Russian Warplanes Hit 263 Terrorist Targets in 2 Days Sputnik 05 Nov 2015 -- Russian warplanes have carried out 81 sorties and hit 263 terrorist targets over the past 48 hours in 8 provinces in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
- Free Syrian Army Adviser Confirms Talks on Meeting With Russian Delegation Sputnik 05 Nov 2015 -- Representatives of the Free Syrian Army have agreed to meet representatives of the Russian Defense and Foreign ministries in Abu Dhabi at the end of next week, one of the coordinators of the event told Sputnik.
- Russia's Missile Systems in Syria Part of 'Constructive Approach' Sputnik 05 Nov 2015 -- The principle of full protection of Russian forces in Syria, including the use of missile defense systems, is in full accordance with the Russian approach to the situation in the region.
- With Russia's Aerial Assistance, Syrian Army Lifts Aleppo Siege Sputnik 05 Nov 2015 -- Damascus-led forces assisted by Russian military aircraft have secured control over the main highway to Aleppo essentially freeing the strategic Syrian city which had been besieged for two weeks, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.
- France to deploy warship to Mideast: Paris Press TV 05 Nov 2015 -- The French government says it plans to send a flagship aircraft carrier for boosting the operations that are purported to target Takfiri Daesh terrorists in Iraq and Syria.
- Russia has deployed missile defense systems to Syria: Russian air force chief Press TV 05 Nov 2015 -- Russia has deployed missile defense systems to Syria to protect its military forces and equipment stationed in the Arab country, the head of the Russian air force says.
- Russia Sends Missiles to Syria to Protect Its Jets VOA 05 Nov 2015 -- The head of Russia's air force said Thursday the military has sent anti-aircraft missiles to Syria in order to protect the Russian planes that have been conducting airstrikes there since the end of September.
- Syrian Rebel Leaders Suspicious of Peace Talks VOA 05 Nov 2015 -- Political opposition leaders and rebel commanders in Syria say the international diplomatic initiative to end to end the country's civil war will fail until it clearly establishes that not only President Bashar al-Assad must go but also his inner circle and most of the country's feared intelligence services must leave office.
- Pentagon Seeks to Train, Equip More Sunnis Against ISIL in Iraq Sputnik 05 Nov 2015 -- The United States seeks to incorporate more Sunni tribal leaders into its train-and-equip program against the Islamic State in Iraq after Washington's plan to train them proved slower than expected, US Army Col. Curtis Buzzard said during a press conference on Thursday.
- Bad weather delays operations to liberate Iraq's Ramadi Press TV 05 Nov 2015 -- Iraqi military sources say heavy rains and ensuing floods have brought the operations to retake the western city of Ramadi from Daesh terrorists to a standstill.
- 'Magnitude of dangers facing Libya should not be underestimated,' UN envoy tells Security Council UN News 05 Nov 2015 -- The magnitude of the dangers facing Libya should not be underestimated, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council today, noting that despite the passing of the timeline by which the United Nations had hoped a final political settlement would be endorsed, there is yet to be a final agreement.
- Political progress in Libya 'carries promise' of ending impunity for atrocity crimes - ICC Prosecutor UN News 05 Nov 2015 -- After a "seemingly endless cycle of violence," Libya's incessant conflict and political division may soon come to an end, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told the United Nations Security Council today, noting that significant progress is being made towards achieving the goal of peace and stability in the country.
- Ukraine's Ex-Justice Minister Detained In Probe Of Maidan Killings RFE/RL 05 Nov 2015 -- Ukraine's Security Service says former Justice Minister Olena Lukash has been detained in connection with an investigation into deadly shootings during opposition protests in 2014 that brought down the pro-Russian government of then-President Viktor Yanukovych.
- Ukraine: UN humanitarian chief calls for urgent, sustained access to vulnerable communities in east UN News 05 Nov 2015 -- Wrapping up a three-day visit to Ukraine, the United Nations humanitarian chief is calling for sustained and unimpeded access to the vulnerable communities caught in the middle of the crisis and who urgently need humanitarian aid.
- PKK ends unilateral ceasefire in Turkey Press TV 05 Nov 2015 -- The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has ended a month-old unilateral truce in Turkey following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's pledge to "liquidate" the militants.
- South Sudan warring sides violating peace deal: UN experts Press TV 05 Nov 2015 -- Experts from the United Nations (UN) say crimes such as killings, rapes, and abductions continue in South Sudan despite a peace deal reached between the government and rebels.
- Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, November 5, 2015 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 05 Nov 2015
- Putin's Dilemma: How To Respond If A Bomb Caused Sinai Air Crash RFE/RL 05 Nov 2015 -- Mounting evidence that an onboard bomb brought down the Russian jet that crashed on Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing 224 people, poses a tough new dilemma for President Vladimir Putin: how to respond. If the theory of a terrorist attack is borne out, it will look like exactly what Islamic State militants have said it was: swift and deadly retaliation for Russia's military operation in Syria.
- Evidence Suggests Islamic State Bomb Downed Russian Plane RFE/RL 05 Nov 2015 -- Evidence now suggests that a bomb planted by the Islamic State (IS) group is the likely cause of a Russian airliner's crash over Egypt's Sinai peninsula, U.S. and European security sources said on November 4.
- Moscow Angry It Was Not Handed Intelligence On Plane Crash RFE/RL 05 Nov 2015 -- Moscow has responded furiously to suggestions by U.S. and British officials that a Russian airliner that crashed over Egypt may have been brought down by a bomb.
- More Protests In Romania After Prime Minister Steps Down RFE/RL 05 Nov 2015 -- Protesters took to the streets of Bucharest and other Romanian cities for a second straight night after Prime Minister Victor Ponta and his cabinet resigned amid outrage over a nightclub fire that left more than 30 dead.
- More funds needed to cope with 5,000 daily refugee arrivals as winter hits Europe - UN agency UN News 05 Nov 2015 -- The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today appealed to donors for more than $95 million to make sure emergency shelters are equipped with heating and ensure other measures are in place to protect from the harsh winter weather the unrelenting flow of refugees and migrants arriving in Greece and travelling through the Balkan countries.
- Xi arrives on Vietnam visit, aiming to outline future ties People's Daily 05 Nov 2015 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Thursday, kicking off a two-day state visit to the neighboring country.
- US Charges 4 with Funding al-Qaida, Awlaki VOA 05 Nov 2015 -- The United States has charged four men with conspiring to travel to Yemen to provide thousands of dollars to the late U.S.-born al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki in an effort to support violent jihad against U.S. military personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan and throughout the world.
- Lithuanian Sentenced To Prison For Spying For Belarus RFE/RL 05 Nov 2015 -- A Lithuanian court has jailed a former employee of the country's air traffic control service after finding him guilty of spying for neighboring Belarus.
- US Closely Watching Polls in Myanmar, Where It Has Spent Millions VOA 05 Nov 2015 -- While a key U.S. official hints that the upcoming election in Myanmar could lead to more engagement, critics claim the military is still too powerful.
- Myanmar's Suu Kyi eyes post 'above president' Press TV 05 Nov 2015 -- Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is often referred to as a "democratic" figure, says she will circumvent a constitutional ban on her presidency by taking a post "above the president" if her party wins the polls.
- Spy Watchdog Launches Probe Into New Zealand's Links to CIA Torture Sputnik 05 Nov 2015 -- New Zealand's spy watchdog has launched an investigation aimed at determining if the country had any connection to the Central Intelligence Agency's notorious detention and interrogation program.
- Bangladesh: UN rights chief calls for protection of writers, publishers threatened by extremists UN News 05 Nov 2015 -- In the wake of recent violence against publishers, writers, bloggers and civil society groups by extremists in Bangladesh, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today condemned the acts and urged the Government to take "urgent, concerted measures to ensure the protection of all those who are being threatened by extremists operating in the country."
- Tanzania Swears In New President VOA 05 Nov 2015 -- Tanzania's new president, John Magufuli, was sworn in Thursday, despite continuing disputes over the October 25 election.
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