16 November 2015 Military News
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 16 Nov 2015 [PDF]
- Strikes Continue Against ISIL Targets in Syria, Iraq AFPS 16 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.
- Obama: U.S., Allies Will Redouble Efforts in Wake of ISIL Attacks AFPS 16 Nov 2015 -- The G-20 meeting in Antalya, Turkey, that ended today was supposed to address the economy. But the Nov. 13 terrorist attack on Paris changed that agenda, and President Barack Obama pledged today to redouble efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
- French Air Force Launches Major Airstrike Against ISIL Positions in Syria Sputnik 16 Nov 2015 -- Two days after the Paris deadly terrorist attacks, the French aviation has launched a massive airstrike campaign against the positions of the Islamic State militant group in Syria, the defense ministry said in a statement.
Defense Policy / Programs
- NNSA, Air Force Complete Successful B61-12 Life Extension Program Development Flight Test at Tonopah Test Range National Nuclear Security Administration 16 Nov 2015 -- The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and United States Air Force completed the third development flight test of a non-nuclear B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada on October 20, 2015.
- U.S. Transfers Five Guantanamo Detainees To U.A.E. RFE/RL 16 Nov 2015 -- The United States has released five detainees from Guantanamo Bay and transferred them to the United Arab Emirates.
- Discussion on Global Security in the 21st Century with Secretary Carter at the Wall Street Journal Chief Executive Officer Council Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. DoD 16 Nov 2015 -- Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; Wall Street Journal Washington Bureau Chief Gerald F. Seib
- USS Harry S. Truman Deploys NNS 16 Nov 2015 -- Sailors aboard aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) said their goodbyes to friends and family prior to getting underway on a normally scheduled deployment, Nov. 16.
- USS Ohio Moors Alongside USS Emory S. Land in Malaysia during Indo-Asia-Pacific Deployment NNS 16 Nov 2015 -- The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Ohio (SSGN 726) arrived alongside the USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for a port visit as part of its Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment Nov. 14.
- UNITAS LANT Kicks Off in Southern Seas 2015 NNS 16 Nov 2015 -- Sailors assigned to aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), Carrier Strike Group NINE (CSG 9), Destroyer Squadron 23 to include USS Chafee (DDG 90) and USS McFaul (DDG 74), and embarked Carrier Air Wing TWO (CVW 2) began UNITAS Atlantic (LANT) Nov. 14, a multinational exercise in the USSOUTHCOM region.
- Fitzgerald Patrols South China Sea NNS 16 Nov 2015 -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald conducted a routine patrol in the South China Sea, Nov. 10-15.
- Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Kicks Off Annual Exercise with JMSDF to Increase Readiness NNS 16 Nov 2015 -- Sailors and units with the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (RRCSG) along with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) began their Annual Exercise (AE) 16, Nov. 16.
- U.S. Navy and Royal Cambodian Navies Kick-off CARAT Cambodia 2015 NNS 16 Nov 2015 -- The U.S. Navy and Royal Cambodian Navy (RCN) commenced the 6th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia exercise Nov 16, with an opening ceremony held at the Royal Cambodian Ream Navy Base.
- Stethem Arrives in Shanghai to Promote Cooperation with PLA(N) East Sea Fleet NNS 16 Nov 2015 -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) arrived in Shanghai, China, Nov. 16, for a scheduled port visit.
- Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on Intelligence Sharing with France DoD 16 Nov 2015 -- "Over the past year, the United States has been working closely with the French military, intelligence, and security services to strengthen intelligence sharing to prosecute counter terrorism threats around the globe, specifically ISIL."
- Special address by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the annual European Defence Agency (EDA) conference NATO 16 Nov 2015
- The Government of Saudi Arabia - Air-to-Ground Munitions DSCA 16 Nov 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Saudi Arabia for air-to-ground munitions and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.29 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 13, 2015.
- South Korea 'watching out for signs of possible missile test by North' Press TV 16 Nov 2015 -- South Korea has warned that the North may be preparing to test-fire a submarine-launched ballistic missile following the issuance by Pyongyang of a no-sail zone off its east coast for almost one month.
- November 16, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 16 Nov 2015
- Press Conference by President Obama - Antalya, Turkey The White House 16 Nov 2015
- 16 November 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 16 Nov 2015
- Concerns Raised by Obama's Vow Not to Change IS Strategy VOA 16 Nov 2015 -- President Barack Obama says it would be a mistake to deploy ground forces to defeat Islamic State militants, resisting calls at home and abroad for a more forceful U.S. strategy in the wake of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris.
- Raqqa civilians on the line IRIN 16 Nov 2015 -- The northeast Syrian city of Raqqa is a crucial power centre for the so-called Islamic State, important enough that many call it the group's "capital" and France chose to bomb it repeatedly as its rejoinder to this weekend's Paris attacks.
- 'Status quo simply cannot continue in Syria' - UN humanitarian chief UN News 16 Nov 2015 -- More than five years since the unrest in Syria began, senior United Nations officials today stressed to the Security Council that the status quo in the war-torn country cannot continue, highlighting the effects of the conflict on civilians, especially women and children.
- Obama, Putin agree on political transition in Syria People's Daily 16 Nov 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin, meeting on the sidelines of the G20 leaders' summit here on Sunday, agreed on a political transition in Syria.
- Iran deputy FM calls for holding democratic elections in Syria Press TV 16 Nov 2015 -- A senior Iranian official says holding democratic elections in Syria is an effective solution to the four-and-a-half year conflict in the Arab country.
- 1,100 schools destroyed by Boko Haram militants this year: UN Press TV 16 Nov 2015 -- The United Nations (UN) says some 1,100 schools have been destroyed by Boko Haram militants so far this year in regions surrounding Lake Chad in Africa.
- 13 Kurdish militants killed in air strikes: Turkish army Press TV 16 Nov 2015 -- The Turkish army says over a dozen Kurdish militants have been killed in air strikes against the militants strongholds in the country's southeast close to the Iraqi border.
- Warring factions in Libya show little regard for civilian life, says UN, reporting 'gross' rights abuses UN News 16 Nov 2015 -- Libya continues to be embroiled in political strife and deadly violence – with all parties committing possible war crimes amid multiple armed conflicts affecting several regions and contributing to a general breakdown of law and order, according to a new United Nations human rights report released today.
- Myanmar Military Launches Fresh Attacks Against Ethnic Rebels VOA 16 Nov 2015 -- Ethnic rebels and residents in northern Myanmar say government troops attacked Kachin rebel targets on Monday.
- Israeli punitive demolitions of Palestinian homes violates international law - senior UN relief official UN News 16 Nov 2015 -- While recognizing Israel's "serious security challenges," a senior United Nations official today called its punitive demolition of the homes of alleged attackers "inherently unjust" and against international law, noting that 20 Palestinians, eight of them children, were made homeless in the past three days.
- CIA Chief: US Has Not Underestimated IS VOA 16 Nov 2015 -- The United States has not underestimated the Islamic State group, CIA Director John Brennan said Monday.
- France, Lebanon terror raids alarm to Iran, too: Intelligence minister ISNA 16 Nov 2015 -- Iran's Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said the recent terrorist attacks in France and Lebanon are also an alarm to the Islamic Republic, which should take action to exercise more vigilance.
- North Atlantic Council condemns terrorist attacks in Paris, stands in solidarity with France NATO 16 Nov 2015 -- The North Atlantic Council, representing all NATO Allies, has strongly condemned Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris. In a statement issued on Monday (16 November 2015), the Council called the barbaric attacks "an attack on our core values of freedom, democracy, and human rights."
- Obama admits Paris attacks 'terrible setback' in ISIL war Press TV 16 Nov 2015 -- US President Barack Obama acknowledged that the Paris attacks were a "terrible and sickening setback' in the fight against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.
- 40 states financing Daesh terror group, says Russian president Press TV 16 Nov 2015 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says financing for the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group comes from dozens of countries, including some G20 member states.
- Police Conduct Raids In France, Belgium After Devastating Paris Attacks RFE/RL 16 Nov 2015 -- French police have carried out more than 150 raids on suspected Islamists nationwide, while Belgian commandos besieged a home in Brussels but failed to find a key suspect in the November 13 attacks that killed at least 129 people in Paris.
- Hollande Calls for Union to Crush Islamic State in Syria VOA 16 Nov 2015 -- France will step up its offensive in Syria, where Friday's shootings and suicide bombings in Paris had been planned, President Francois Hollande said Monday in a rare address to both houses of France's parliament.
- Obama: No US Ground Troops to Fight Islamic State VOA 16 Nov 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says the Paris attacks were a 'terrible and sickening setback' in the fight against the Islamic State but stressed that it would be a mistake to send American ground troops to the Middle East to fight the militants.
- 'Anonymous' Hackers Declare War on IS VOA 16 Nov 2015 -- The activist hacker network Anonymous said it is preparing to unleash waves of cyber attacks on the Islamic State group, following the attacks that killed 129 people last week in Paris.
- Burundi Government Open to Dialogue With All Burundians VOA 16 Nov 2015 -- Burundi's government says it is ready for dialogue with all Burundians in and outside the country.
- 'No turning back in Myanmar,' says UN human rights expert in wake of historic elections UN News 16 Nov 2015 -- Welcoming the recent elections in Myanmar as 'a new chapter in the country's history,' United Nations Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee today reaffirmed her commitment to work with all parties in the country to improve the human rights situation there, saying "the people have expressed the will for change. There is no turning back now."
- Aung San Suu Kyi Attends Parliament After NLD Landslide VOA 16 Nov 2015 -- Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi attended the closing session of the current parliament Monday.
- Araqchi briefs diplomatic corps on steps taken to implement JCPOA IRNA 16 Nov 2015 -- Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs and senior member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team Abbas Araqchi on Monday briefed Tehran-based diplomatic corps on practical steps taken to implement Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
- Klitschko In Again As Kyiv Mayor, But It's No Knockout RFE/RL 16 Nov 2015 -- In a one-sided affair days ahead of their runoff vote, challenger Boryslav Bereza was reduced to debating a life-sized cardboard cutout of Kyiv's incumbent mayor on television.
- Living in an Ebola limbo: how long must refugees wait? IRIN 16 Nov 2015 -- How long should it take a country to reopen its border with a neighbouring state after that state has been declared free of a deadly and contagious disease?
- Ethiopia: UN warns of deepening food insecurity, allocates emergency funds to tackle severe drought UN News 16 Nov 2015 -- With Ethiopia experiencing its worst drought in decades the United Nations is reporting deepening food insecurity and "severe emaciation and unusual livestock deaths" as the Organization's humanitarian wing has allocated $17 million in emergency funding to help the Government tackle climate challenges and ensure timely food relief.
- EU Mulls Direct Talks With Russian-Led Economic Bloc, Angering Some EU Members RFE/RL 16 Nov 2015 -- EU diplomats, expecting rocky times ahead in their immediate dealings with Russia, are considering extending an olive branch.
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