10 November 2015 Military News
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 10 Nov 2015 [PDF]
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 10 Nov 2015 -- Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook
- Military Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 10 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.
- US Air Force Chief: Boots on Ground Needed to 'Occupy' Syrian Territory Sputnik 10 Nov 2015 -- Justifying the Obama administration's decision to place Special Forces 'advisers' in Syria, the US air force secretary said 'boots on the ground' was a necessary step in the war against the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Congress Restricts Guantanamo Detainee Transfers VOA 10 Nov 2015 -- Days before the Obama administration is expected to issue a long-awaited plan to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Republican-led Congress ruled out a key provision for such a plan to go forward.
- American Fighter Jets Sent to Help Protect Turkish Airspace AFPS 10 Nov 2015 -- The first six of 12 U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle jet fighters arrived on Incirlik Air Base in Turkey Nov. 6, to conduct combat air patrols in Turkish airspace at the request of its government, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters this afternoon.
- Linking continents through refueling AFNS 10 Nov 2015 -- Eight KC-10 Extenders, including two from the 32nd Air Refueling Squadron, refueled seven C-17 Globemaster IIIs over the Atlantic Ocean as they participated in the Trident Juncture exercise Nov. 3.
- USS Alexandria Arrives in New Homeport NNS 10 Nov 2015 -- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757) arrived in its new homeport at Naval Base Point Loma on Nov. 10.
- DESRON 26 Completes PASSEX with Chinese Navy NNS 10 Nov 2015 -- Ships assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 joined the People's Republic of China's People's Liberation Army-Navy [PLA(N)] Nov. 7 to conduct a group sail and passing exercise (PASSEX) off the coast of Florida.
- Mount Whitney Departs Lisbon NNS 10 Nov 2015 -- The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) departed Lisbon, Portugal, Nov. 9, 2015, following a six day scheduled port visit.
- Antietam Builds Relationship with JASDF NNS 10 Nov 2015 -- Members of the Japan Air Self Defense Force and U.S. Air Force 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron visited the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) Nov. 9, for a tour of the ship and to conduct training.
- Secretary General stresses value of Nordic Defence Cooperation in visit to Sweden NATO 10 Nov 2015 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday (10 November 2015) welcomed efforts to strengthen defence cooperation among Nordic Allies and partners during talks with Nordic Defence Ministers in Stockholm.
- UK Armed Forces lead NATO exercise in the Baltics UK MOD 10 Nov 2015 -- UK Armed Forces are leading a NATO Land training exercise in the Baltic states, underlining continued support to the region.
- Russia developing systems to counter US missile system: Putin Press TV 10 Nov 2015 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow is working on weapons systems to counter the US's so-called anti-missile shield.
- Putin: Russia Has Weapons Capable of Penetrating Any Missile Defenses Sputnik 10 Nov 2015 -- Russian defense companies have developed and successfully tested a number of advanced weapons systems capable of penetrating any missile defenses, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
- Russia to Complete Construction of Military Bases on Kuril Islands in 2016 Sputnik 10 Nov 2015 -- RUssian Deputy Defense Minister Ruslan Tsalikov has urged construction companies to expedite work on building infrastructure at two military bases located on Kunashir and Iturup islands in the Kuril archipelago.
- Russian Court Upholds Decision to Classify Military Losses in Peacetime Sputnik 10 Nov 2015 -- Russia's Supreme Court has upheld the legality of a presidential decree on classifying military losses in peacetime, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the courtroom on Tuesday.
- Russia's Eastern Military District to Obtain Orlan-10, Takhion UAVs in 2015 Sputnik 10 Nov 2015 -- Armed Forces of Russia's Eastern Military District (EMD) are expected to receive more than 10 Takhion and Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) before the end of the year, EMD press service said in a statement Tuesday.
- Cruise missiles are 'useful' sea defense People's Daily 10 Nov 2015 -- The People's Liberation Army Navy has a series of cutting-edge anti-ship cruise missiles that can form a powerful defense line at sea, military experts say.
- High-Powered Russian Military Delegation Arrives in Pyongyang Sputnik 10 Nov 2015 -- A Russian military delegation arrived in Pyongyang on Monday for talks with the command of the Korean People's Army, Russian media reported on Tuesday.
- France - C-130J Aircraft DSCA 10 Nov 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to France for C-130J aircraft and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $650 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Russia to Deliver 3 Mi-17V-5 Helicopters to India in Near Future Sputnik 10 Nov 2015 -- Russian Helicopters, a subsidiary of the Russian state technology company Rostec, will supply India with the last 3 Mi-17V-5.
- Iran will receive Russian S-300 missile system by year-end: Dehqan Press TV 10 Nov 2015 -- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the country will take delivery of Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system by the end of the year.
- United Kingdom - Hellfire Missiles DSCA 10 Nov 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom for Hellfire missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $80 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 9, 2015.
- Finland - Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) M31A1 Unitary and GMLRS M30A1 Alternative Warhead Rockets in Pods DSCA 10 Nov 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Finland for Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) M31A1 Unitary and GMLRS M30A1 Alternative Warhead Rockets in Pods and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $150 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 9, 2015.
- Congress Passes Bill Giving Lethal Aid To Ukraine RFE/RL 10 Nov 2015 -- Congress has passed a defense policy bill that authorizes up to $50 million in lethal military aid for Ukraine and mandates a White House response if Russia is deemed to be violating a key arms control treaty.
- November 10, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 10 Nov 2015
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 11/10/2015 The White House 10 Nov 2015
- DoD News: Contracts for November 10, 2015
- Joint Strike Missile (JSM) successfully completes test milestone Kongsberg 10 Nov 2015 -- The Joint Strike Missile (JSM) successfully completed a missile flight test in the United States last week
- 10 November 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 10 Nov 2015
- China responds to Pentagon chief's speech regarding S.China Sea People's Daily 10 Nov 2015 -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday refuted a recent speech made by the U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, stressing that China is a maintainer, builder and contributor to the current international order.
- Philippines, China Agree to Ease Tensions VOA 10 Nov 2015 -- The Philippines says it has agreed with China to pick up their stalled bilateral relations, after barely making contact in recent years because of competing claims in the South China Sea. The announcement came in the days leading up to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in Manila with Chinese President Xi Jinping expected to be in attendance.
- Syria: envoy says UN 'ready to support' Vienna talks; build momentum for political solution to conflict UN News 10 Nov 2015 -- Seeking to maintain momentum for renewed diplomacy towards a political settlement of the conflict in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy on the crisis said today that the UN is ready to support any decision taken at the next round of international talks in Vienna this weekend and that he hopes the discussions yield some deliverables for the long-suffering Syrian people – namely, a lessoning of the violence.
- Hezbollah Expands Military Presence in Syrian War VOA 10 Nov 2015 -- Hezbollah fighters have recently increased in numbers on the front lines in northern Syria, aiding the military of President Bashar al-Assad against rebel forces and Islamic State militants, analysts tell VOA.
- Militant mortar attack takes nearly two dozen lives in Syria's Latakia Press TV 10 Nov 2015 -- Nearly two dozen people have been killed and dozens more injured in a militant attack on a major city in Syria's northeast.
- Syria army keeps militants at bay near capital Press TV 10 Nov 2015 -- Syrian government forces continue to counter repeated offensives by Takfiri militants to retake a strategic area near a highway north of the capital, Damascus, Press TV reports.
- Russia Wants Syria Talks to Agree on List of Terrorist Groups VOA 10 Nov 2015 -- Moscow wants a second round of talks on Syria to come to an agreement on a list of terrorist groups operating in the country.
- 10 civilians killed in multiple Iraq attacks Press TV 10 Nov 2015 -- Multiple attacks have rocked different parts of Iraq's vast Baghdad Province, leaving at least 10 civilians dead, officials say.
- Iraq forces readying to fully liberate Ramadi Press TV 10 Nov 2015 -- Iraq's army and volunteer forces have surrounded the central city of Ramadi from four directions, preparing to fully liberate it from Takfiri Daesh terrorists.
- Somalia: Security Council reauthorizes international naval forces to fight piracy off East Africa UN News 10 Nov 2015 -- The United Nations Security Council today renewed for another year its authorization for international naval forces to join in fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia, stressing that while the threat from Somali pirates has declined, it still remains a matter of "grave concern."
- US Offers Rewards for Al-Shabab Leaders VOA 10 Nov 2015 -- The U.S. government is offering new rewards for information on the whereabouts of six leaders of the Somali militant group al-Shabab.
- Thousands of Malian Refugees Flee to Niger VOA 10 Nov 2015 -- The United Nations refugee agency reports thousands of Malian refugees have fled into Niger in recent weeks despite the end of the conflict in Mali's north. The UNHCR says this is the highest flow of refugees since a peace accord between the government and Tuareg rebels was signed in June.
- Ban condemns killing of UN 'blue helmet' in Central African Republic UN News 10 Nov 2015 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing today of a peacekeeper from the United Nations mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) following a confrontation with armed elements in the town of Batangafo, amid ongoing violence in the strife-torn country where elections are set to take place before the end of the year.
- UN envoy commends South Sudanese opposition commanders' plan to prevent rape UN News 10 Nov 2015 -- The United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict today commended 54 ranking members of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Sudan People's Liberation Army-in Opposition (SPLA-IO) for signing "explicit undertakings" to prevent conflict-related sexual violence.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina, once post-conflict 'shining star,' is moving in wrong direction, Security Council warned UN News 10 Nov 2015 -- Two decades after peace accords ended the wars in the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia and Herzegovina is moving in the wrong direction after years of being the "shining star" of peace building and is threatened by Republika Srpska's decision to hold a referendum, the United Nations Security Council was warned today.
- Observers Praise, Criticize Myanmar Election Process VOA 10 Nov 2015 -- As official returns from the Myanmar election commission slowly trickle out showing the opposition heading to a landslide victory, international observers released their assessment of Sunday's polling process.
- Despite Big Lead, Myanmar Opposition Irked by Slow Vote Results VOA 10 Nov 2015 -- Myanmar's National League for Democracy accused the Union Election Commission Tuesday of intentionally delaying the release of parliamentary election results, which so far have shown the opposition party with a vast lead over the military-backed ruling Union Solidarity Development Party.
- US Experts: China Frustrated With N. Korea Over Nuclear Issue VOA 10 Nov 2015 -- Former U.S. officials say China does not appear to be placing a high priority on resolving disputes over North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which if true could complicate Washington's efforts to resolve the issue.
- North Korean State Funeral Sparks New Purge Rumors VOA 10 Nov 2015 -- In North Korea, the notable absence of one of Kim Jong Un's most powerful aides at a state funeral is sparking speculation of another high-level purge inside the secretive authoritarian regime.
- Iran Stops Dismantling Centrifuges After Hard-Line Criticism RFE/RL 10 Nov 2015 -- Iran has stopped dismantling centrifuges in at least one of the country's nuclear facilities. Alireza Zakani, the head of the Iranian parliament's nuclear deal commission, said the deactivation of the centrifuges had stopped at the Fordo underground facility because of the lawmakers' letter to President Hassan Rohani.
- U.S., Israeli Leaders Discuss Holding Iran To Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 10 Nov 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to put their dispute over the Iran nuclear deal behind them at a White House meeting November 9.
- US judge declares NSA spying unconstitutional Press TV 10 Nov 2015 -- A US federal judge has, for the second time in as many years, called the phone data collection by the National Security Agency unconstitutional.
- We will respond to any threats from Syria: Ankara Press TV 10 Nov 2015 -- Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says his country will not hesitate to attack Syria in case of any threats.
- Prime Minister's speech on Europe Gov.UK 10 Nov 2015 -- The Prime Minister delivered his speech on Europe at Chatham House, setting out the case for EU reform.
- Cameron Calls for EU Reforms VOA 10 Nov 2015 -- British Prime Minister David Cameron called Tuesday for the European Union to make a number of reforms ahead of his country's referendum on whether to leave the 28-nation bloc.
- Republic of Maldives lifts state of emergency Press TV 10 Nov 2015 -- The Republic of Maldives has lifted a state of emergency recently declared by President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, saying the security situation in the country has improved.
- Where Balkan States Stand On The Road To EU Accession RFE/RL 10 Nov 2015 -- The European Commission has provided its latest assessment of where candidate countries stand in their efforts to join the European Union.
- Kremlin Rejects Charges Of Systemic Doping By Russian Athletes RFE/RL 10 Nov 2015 -- The Kremlin has dismissed allegations from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) about the systemic, state-sponsored use of banned performance-enhancing drugs by Russian athletes, saying the assertions were groundless.
- EU Eyes Setting Up Migrant Centers In Balkan Transit States RFE/RL 10 Nov 2015 -- The European Union is considering setting up processing centers in the Balkans to stave off a humanitarian crisis and ease the burden of processing thousands of migrants, ministers said November 9.
- Nigeria's Buhari Names New Anti-Corruption Chief VOA 10 Nov 2015 -- A spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari announced the president has named a new chief for the country's anti-corruption agency, also known as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
- ICC Assesses Health of Ivorian Ex-leader Ahead of Trial VOA 10 Nov 2015 -- The International Criminal Court is holding a two-day hearing on the health of former Ivorian leader Laurent Gbagbo, whose trial in The Hague has been postponed until January.
- Records Linking Russian Defense Minister's Daughter To Lavish Mansion 'Disappear' RFE/RL 10 Nov 2015 -- The saga of a multimillion-dollar, pagoda-style mansion allegedly tied to Russia Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu has taken a new twist, with activists accusing the federal government's main real estate registry of altering documents linking the property to his immediate family.
- In Saudi Arabia, UN chief calls fighting terrorism with heavy-handed tactics counter-productive UN News 10 Nov 2015 -- Speaking in a region that has been torn apart by violent extremism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Arab and South America leaders in Saudi Arabia today that heavy-handed tactics in fighting terrorism only add fuel to the fire.
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