11 November 2015 Military News
- Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 11 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.
- Afghan President Urges Unity After Protest Over Beheadings Turns Violent RFE/RL 11 Nov 2015 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has issued a call for unity after violence marred a protest in the capital over the beheadings of seven ethnic Hazaras, possibly by Islamist extremists.
- Afghans Protest IS Brutality VOA 11 Nov 2015 -- Afghan security forces fired warning shots to disperse angry protesters in Kabul after some of them tried to storm the gate of the presidential palace. Demonstrators were in the capital protesting the beheading earlier this week of seven civilians, including three women, by militants allegedly linked to Islamic State (IS).
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Fighter Jets Sent to Turkey to Guard Against 'Russian Aggression' Sputnik 11 Nov 2015 -- The Pentagon has stationed a new fleet of fighter jets in Turkey. While ostensibly aimed at protecting US bombers targeting the self-proclaimed Islamic State terrorist group, top defense officials also say the jets are meant to deter 'Russian aggression.'
- Russia to Double Arms Tests for Strategic Missile Forces in 2016 Sputnik 11 Nov 2015 -- Nearly 160 models of diffrent types of weapons will undergo tests for the Strategic Missile Forces in 2016 - twice as many as in 2015.
- Putin Instructs Gov't to Sign Agreement With Armenia on Joint Air Defense Sputnik 11 Nov 2015 -- Russia and Armenia will establish a unified air-defense system in the Caucasus.
- Russian, Indian Troops Destroy 'Terrorists' in Drills Sputnik 11 Nov 2015 -- Russian and Indian troops conducted an exercise operation to destroy contingent terrorists as part of the Indra-2015 international military drills in India's state of Rajasthan, the press service of Russia's Southern Military District said Wednesday.
- Lithuania to Buy US Stryker Armored Vehicles Armed With Powerful Guns Sputnik 11 Nov 2015 -- Lithuania has submitted a request to purchase 84 Stryker armored fighting vehicles from the United States for $599 million. According to Defense News, the vehicles are expected to enhance the combat capabilities of the Lithuanian ground forces.
- Russia, Iran Sign Deal on Mi-17 Helicopter Service Center Upgrade Sputnik 11 Nov 2015 -- The Russian Helicopters Company has signed contracts with the Iranian Helicopter Support and Renewal Company (PANHA) on upgrading its maintenance and overhaul facility for Mi-17 helicopters, the Russian company's deputy head said Wednesday.
- Ukrainian Warplane Crashes During Training Flight RFE/RL 11 Nov 2015 -- Ukraine's Defense Ministry says a Ukrainian Air Force Sukhoi Su-25 military plane crashed during a training flight near Zaporizhzhya on November 11, killing the 23-year-old pilot.
- 11 November 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 11 Nov 2015
- S China Sea arbitration a deadlock hindering improvement of China-Philippines ties: China's FM People's Daily 11 Nov 2015 -- The South China Sea arbitration case is a deadlock hindering improvement of China-Philippines relations, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Manila Tuesday.
- Indonesia May Also Challenge China's South Sea Claims VOA 11 Nov 2015 -- At a time when China appears to be trying to smooth over its differences with rival claimants in the South China Sea, Indonesia has become the latest to indicate just how serious the situation has become.
- U.S. muscle-flexing in South China Sea is unprofitable People's Daily 11 Nov 2015 -- Lately the U.S. has been making moves in the South China Sea. USS Lassen illegally entered waters within 12 nautical miles of Zhubi Reef, which is part of China's Nansha Islands, without the permission of the Chinese government; U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited a U.S. aircraft carrier in the South China Sea.
- ICRC appalled by attacks on Yemen's healthcare facilities Press TV 11 Nov 2015 -- Nine months into unbridled Saudi attacks on Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it is appalled by the continuing strikes on the impoverished country's healthcare facilities.
- Iran has made no decision for attending Vienna talks on Syria: deputy FM IRNA 11 Nov 2015 -- Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab-African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Wednesday that Iran has made no decision whether or not to attend the upcoming Vienna talks on the Syria.
- Iran, Russia stress political solution in Syria ISNA 11 Nov 2015 -- Iran and Russia reiterated the necessity of finding a political solution to ongoing crisis in Syria.
- Iran has yet to decide on presence in Syria talks Press TV 11 Nov 2015 -- A senior Iranian official has expressed doubts about the presence of a delegation from Tehran in a fresh round of international talks on the crisis in Syria, saying the Islamic Republic has yet to decide on attending the November 14 meeting in Vienna.
- Israel warplanes strike near Syria airport: Report Press TV 11 Nov 2015 -- Israeli warplanes have struck targets near the international airport in the Syrian capital, Damascus, Syrian media says.
- Russia To Propose New Syrian Constitution, Election In Peace Talks RFE/RL 11 Nov 2015 -- In Syrian peace talks this weekend, Russia will call for drafting a new constitution that would be voted on and followed by an early presidential election, according to a draft of the plan.
- Activist Says Russia Using 'Hybrid Warfare' In Syria RFE/RL 11 Nov 2015 -- The head of a team of Russian cybersleuths who have uncovered what they argue is a much more robust Russian military role in Syria than officially claimed, says the Kremlin seems to be following the 'hybrid warfare' playbook perfected in eastern Ukraine.
- Syrian Army Shells Terrorist Command Centers Near Jordan Border Sputnik 11 Nov 2015 -- The Syrian Armed Forces have shelled terrorist command centers in Daraa near the country's border with Jordan, the Syrian army spokesman said Wednesday.
- Hope for Palmyra? Syrian Army Comes Closer to Strategically Important City Sputnik 11 Nov 2015 -- The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) assisted by Russian warplanes is slowly advancing towards the city of Palmyra, home to priceless Roman-era ruins partially destroyed by ISIL fighters; but it is too early to speak of victory, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.
- Russian Military Jets Hit 277 Terrorist Targets in Two Days Sputnik 11 Nov 2015 -- Russian military aircraft have carried out 85 sorties in two days, hitting 277 terrorist targets in six Syrian provinces, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
- Russia's Proposed Syria Plan Doesn't Drop Assad VOA 11 Nov 2015 -- Russia has circulated a plan for ending the Syrian civil war that calls for drafting a new constitution in up to 18 months, followed by presidential elections in 2017. Syrian opposition groups say the Russian proposals are aimed at keeping President Bashar al-Assad in power and are unacceptable.
- With Authorities Gone, Local Councils Take Charge in Syria VOA 11 Nov 2015 -- In rebel-controlled parts of war-torn Syria, where the forces of President Bashar al-Assad have been expelled, a new breed of local councilors has emerged, administering what relief they can and striving to provide civilians with basic services.
- Iraqi Army Slowly Pushes ISIL Back, Regaining Control of Some Territory Sputnik 11 Nov 2015 -- The Iraqi Security Forces have successfully pushed back the Islamic States jihadist group.
- Political polarization in Iraq threatens reconciliation efforts, top UN official warns UN News 11 Nov 2015 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi faces "immense challenges" to his efforts to bring reconciliation and broaden the political process in his strife-torn nation, confronting obstacles from all sides, the top United Nations official in the country warned the Security Council today.
- India imposes curfew-like restrictions in Kashmir Press TV 11 Nov 2015 -- Government forces in Indian-administered Kashmir have enforced tough restrictions in a bid to block a planned protest march in the disputed Himalayan region.
- Netanyahu urges Obama to recognize Golan Heights annexation Press TV 11 Nov 2015 -- Israel has reportedly urged the United States to recognize Syria's occupied Golan Heights as Israeli territory.
- EU Approves Labeling of Israeli Settlement Goods VOA 11 Nov 2015 -- The European Union published new guidelines Wednesday for labeling products made in Israeli settlements, a move Israel blasted as discriminatory and politically motivated.
- Serbian Leader Vucic Pays Respects To Srebrenica Massacre Victims RFE/RL 11 Nov 2015 -- Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic paid his respects to the victims of the Srebrenica massacre on November 11, four months after angry mourners forced him to flee commemorations marking 20 years since thousands of Muslim men and boys were slain there during the Bosnian war.
- Security Council condemns attack against UN peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic UN News 11 Nov 2015 -- The Security Council today strongly condemned the attack against a checkpoint of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), which followed an outbreak of violence in a camp for internally displace people in the town of Batangafo, during which one peacekeeper from Cameroon was killed.
- Central African Republic: UN refugee agency condemns attack on camp in Batangafo UN News 11 Nov 2015 -- Following a killing and revenge attack on a camp for internally displace people in the Central African Republic (CAR) town of Batangafo, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today expressed concern about the spreading insecurity in the country and condemned the violent attack on the camp.
- Fight Between Rival Al-Shabab Factions Kills 9 VOA 11 Nov 2015 -- Rival factions of al-Shabab militants clashed Wednesday in Somalia, in the latest sign of a split over whether to align with al-Qaida or the Islamic State.
- Key challenges for Myanmar IRIN 11 Nov 2015 -- Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party is headed for a landslide victory in Myanmar's first reasonably free elections since a 1990 vote that the NLD won but the military ignored. Preliminary results show the NLD steamrolling the Union Solidarity and Development Party, which took power in a quasi-civilian government in 2011 after 49 years of military rule. The NLD is expected to surpass the 67 percent share of the vote needed to assure a parliamentary majority – unusually high because 25 percent of seats are reserved for unlected military officials.
- Myanmar President Congratulates Suu Kyi on Election Result VOA 11 Nov 2015 -- Myanmar President Thein Sein has congratulated opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy Party (NLD) for their apparent landslide victory in this week's parliamentary elections over the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).
- Leader says Iran progressed despite Western restrictions ISNA 11 Nov 2015 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said conditions set by Western countries for supplying Iran with nuclear fuel prompted the country's young scientists to produce the fuel on Iran's soil.
- Military approaches no solution to Mideast crises: Iran ISNA 11 Nov 2015 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned against the adoption of military approaches to resolve the ongoing crises in the Middle East.
- How The Republican Presidential Hopefuls Would Take On Putin RFE/RL 11 Nov 2015 -- Foreign policy is not the driving issue of the U.S. Republican Party's primary campaign for the 2016 presidential nomination, but when the topic comes up, it often boils down to one name - Russian President Vladimir Putin - and how to deal with him.
- Japan, South Korea to Resolve Comfort Women Dispute Soon VOA 11 Nov 2015 -- In Seoul Wednesday officials from Japan and South Korea held working level talks to settle the controversial historical dispute over Japan's forced prostitution of Korean women during World War II.
- German Bundestag Committee Unable to Fully Supervise Intelligence Agency Sputnik 11 Nov 2015 -- The German parliamentary oversight committee (PKG) is not capable of supervising the BND, the country's intelligence agency, on a full scale, committee head Andre Hahn said Wednesday.
- German Intelligence Spied on Own Diplomat, French Foreign Minister Sputnik 11 Nov 2015 -- The German intelligence agency (BND) has been spying on Hansjorg Haber, a German diplomat and head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, in a possible breach of the country's constitution, local media reported Wednesday.
- Astana To Sign Expanded Cooperation Deal With EU RFE/RL 11 Nov 2015 -- Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov says his country will sign an expanded partnership agreement with the European Union next month.
- Ban warns against cuts in development aid to finance response to refugee crisis UN News 11 Nov 2015 -- Reducing development assistance to finance the cost of refugee flows is counter-productive, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, declaring that "helping people in need should not be a zero-sum game."
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