18 November 2015 Military News
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 18 Nov 2015 [PDF]
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Col. Warren via DVIDS from Baghdad, Iraq DoD 18 Nov 2015 -- Operation Inherent Resolve Spokesman Colonel Steve Warren
- OIR Spokesman: Coalition Cripples ISIL Oil Distribution AFPS 18 Nov 2015 -- The coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant unleashed a wave of attacks targeting ISIL's oil distribution chain, disrupting a source of revenue for the terrorists, an Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said today
- Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 18 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.
- British warship set to support French carrier group on ISIL mission UK MOD 18 Nov 2015 -- The Royal Navy warship HMS Defender will support the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle when she deploys to tackle ISIL. The ship will provide air defence cover for the French carrier.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Carter Details Force of the Future Initiatives AFPS 18 Nov 2015 -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter said his Force of the Future program is necessary to ensure the Defense Department continues to attract the best people America has to offer.
- 'Building the First Link to the Force of the Future' Remarks by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter at the George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs, Washington, D.C. DoD 18 Nov 2015 -- Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- Oceanographer of the Navy Testifies on Capitol Hill Regarding Arctic Operations NNS 18 Nov 2015 -- Oceanographer of the Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet testified regarding Navy Arctic operations to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs' (HCFA) Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats and the HCFA Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Nov. 17, in the Rayburn House Office Building.
- Force of the Future Looks to Maintain U.S. Advantages AFPS 18 Nov 2015 -- "Permeability" is a word that will be heard a lot in relation to Defense Secretary Ash Carter's new Force of the Future program.
- Readout of Secretary Carter's Meeting with Lithuanian Minister of Defense Juozas Olekas DoD 18 Nov 2015
- COMNAVSURFLANT Prepares to Welcome USS Thomas Hudner NNS 18 Nov 2015 -- The keel of the Arleigh Burke-class USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) was laid, Nov. 16, in Bath, Maine, signifying the beginning of the destroyer's construction.
- Experts put to the test during NATO's largest annual cyber defence exercise NATO 18 Nov 2015 -- Around 600 cyber defenders from across the Alliance and partner nations are taking part in this year's "Cyber Coalition 2015" exercise which runs from 16-20 November at the Alliance's Cyber Range in Tartu, Estonia and at locations in other participating nations.
- Turkey Set to Develop Its Own Missile Defense Shield Sputnik 18 Nov 2015 -- Turkey has officially abandoned its plans to purchase foreign-made parts for its missile defense shield for $3.4 billion and decided to develop its own project.
- Tank destroyers targeted by PLA's modernization People's Daily 18 Nov 2015 -- The People's Liberation Army's armored forces have begun to phase out their tank destroyers, as they now rely on weapons that are more powerful and effective, such as anti-tank missiles and attack helicopters.
- Iran starts second day of military exercise ISNA 18 Nov 2015 -- Iranian Army started the second day of 'Prophet Mohammad 3' military exercise on Wednesday.
- November 18, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 18 Nov 2015
- 18 November 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 18 Nov 2015
- Obama Calls for 'Bold Steps' to Quell Tensions in South China Sea VOA 18 Nov 2015 -- President Barack Obama said bold measures should be taken to try to ease growing strains over the South China Sea, where six governments including the Philippines have overlapping claims.
- Obama visits Philippine vessel, eyes South China Sea at APEC People's Daily 18 Nov 2015 -- US President Barack Obama's visit to a Philippine naval frigate on Tuesday is a provocative gesture to hype the South China Sea issue ahead of a major meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in Manila, Chinese observers said Tuesday.
- 'Japan is not a party concerned in the South China Sea issue' People's Daily 18 Nov 2015 -- China has already made its position clear that APEC is not an appropriate venue for discussing the South China Sea disputes, but Japan has other plans.
- US Should Not Aggravate Territorial Disputes in South China Sea Sputnik 18 Nov 2015 -- The United States should not aggravate territorial disputes in the South China Sea and adhere to its commitment to maintain neutrality, as well as to respect the efforts of the countries in the region to maintain peace and stability, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Wednesday.
- China Maintains It's Shown 'Great Restraint' in South China Sea Dispute Sputnik 18 Nov 2015 -- As Washington and its allies criticize Beijing for what they perceive to be aggressive actions in the South China Sea, the Chinese government has pointed out that it has demonstrated 'great restraint,' even as the Pentagon patrols its territorial waters.
- Yemen: UN warns of deteriorating humanitarian situation as 'devastating' conflict claims over 5,700 lives UN News 18 Nov 2015 -- The United Nations said today that the ongoing conflict in Yemen has resulted in over 32,000 casualties, with people 5,700 killed, including 830 women and children, alongside a sharp rise in human rights violations – nearly 8,875 or an average of 43 violations occurring every day.
- Hundreds of Bahraini Soldiers Arrive in Yemen to Join Anti-Houthi Forces Sputnik 18 Nov 2015 -- Hundreds of Bahraini soldiers arrived to Yemen on Wednesday to join the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi rebels, a military source told Sputnik Wednesday.
- Syrian military recaptures district in Aleppo from Daesh Press TV 18 Nov 2015 -- Syrian army forces have recaptured the Al-Jamiliyah neighborhood in northwestern city of Aleppo from the Takfiri Daesh terrorists, who are wreaking havoc in the Arab country.
- No Russian Troops Involved in Ground Operation in Syria - Kremlin Sputnik 18 Nov 2015 -- According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, no Russian ground troops are present in anti-terrorist operation in Syria.
- Syrian Army Advancing Near Palmyra, Dozens of Terrorists Killed Sputnik 18 Nov 2015 -- The Syrian government forces have advanced to a distance of some two kilometers (some 1.2 miles) from Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, killing dozens of ISIL terrorists in heavy fighting, a Syrian army source said Wednesday.
- Run for the Hills: ISIL Fighters Fleeing Raqqa Amid Russian Air Campaign Sputnik 18 Nov 2015 -- Islamic State fighters are fleeing Raqqa, the terrorist group's stronghold in Syria, as Russia and France have intensified airstrikes on their positions, Russian media reported on Wednesday.
- Russia's Bombers Tu-160, Tu-95MS Go Through Baptism of Fire in Syria Sputnik 18 Nov 2015 -- Russia has stepped up its counterterrorism efforts in Syria by bringing in the Tupolev Tu-95 (Bear) and Tupolev Tu-160 (Blackjack) strategic bombers, as well as Tupolev Tu-22 (Blinder) medium bomber. On Tuesday, the aircraft hit ISIL targets for the first time since Moscow launched its aerial campaign in late September.
- Russia, France Will Create Joint Work Group in Syria - General Staff Sputnik 18 Nov 2015 -- The Russian Armed Forces are creating a joint task group with the French Navy against Islamic State (ISIL) militants in Syria, Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Andrei Kartapolov said.
- Turkey to Take 'All Necessary Measures' to Protect Borders With Syria Sputnik 18 Nov 2015 -- Turkey will take all necessary steps to ensure national security and the protection of its borders from the terrorist threat coming from the territory of Syria, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday.
- Nigerian troops were 'denied arms' in Boko Haram battle, says President Buhari Press TV 18 Nov 2015 -- Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari says army troops were denied weapons to fight the Boko Haram Takfiri militants due to corrupt multi-billion dollar arms deals that never procured military equipment for the soldiers.
- National Counterintelligence and Security Center Releases National Counterintelligence Strategy Director of National Intelligence 18 Nov 2015 -- Today the ODNI's National Counterintelligence and Security Center released the 2016 National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America. The strategy, which was approved by President Obama, sets forth how the U.S. Government will identify and disrupt foreign intelligence entity threats.
- Seven Arrested, Two Dead As French Police Raid Targets Alleged Mastermind RFE/RL 18 Nov 2015 -- Reports from a northern Paris suburb say at least two suspects sought in connection with the November 13 terrorist attacks in France have been killed and seven others arrested during a raid on an apartment.
- Paris Official: Terror Cell Targeted in Raid Was Capable of New Attack VOA 18 Nov 2015 -- The suspected Islamist militants targeted in a Paris police raid early Wednesday were a terror unit capable of planning a new attack, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said.
- Suspected Paris Attack Planner Has Proved Elusive VOA 18 Nov 2015 -- The Paris prosecutor said Wednesday it remains unclear whether the suspected 'mastermind' of last week's terrorist attacks was killed at the suburban Paris apartment building police raided in the pre-dawn hours in the belief he was holed up there.
- Security Council condemns 'heinous, cowardly' murders of Chinese and Norwegian hostages by ISIL UN News 18 Nov 2015 -- Condemning in the strongest terms the 'heinous and cowardly' murder of Chinese citizen, Fan Jinghui, and Norwegian citizen, Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), the members of the United Nations Security Council today emphasized that such continued acts of barbarism "do not intimidate them, but rather stiffen their resolve."
- Norwegian, Chinese Hostages Killed, IS Says VOA 18 Nov 2015 -- Islamic State militants claim they've killed a Norweigian and a Chinese hostage after demanding ransom following the men's capture.
- Strange Bedfellows: Iran, Afghan Taliban Join Hands Against IS RFE/RL 18 Nov 2015 -- Iran once considered Afghanistan's hard-line Taliban as one of the greatest threats to its security. As the Taliban ruled most of Afghanistan in the 1990s, the hard-line Sunni regime persecuted the country's Shi'ite minority and created its own theocratic political system to rival the Shi'ite clerical regime in Tehran.
- Islamic State's Western Push Creates Bloody Payoff VOA 18 Nov 2015 -- As investigators and intelligence agencies try to unravel the plotting behind the bloody attacks in Paris, there is growing evidence the Islamic State terror group has been able to extend some degree of command and control well beyond the borders of its self-declared caliphate.
- Daesh terrorists claim improvised bomb used in downing Russia plane Press TV 18 Nov 2015 -- The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group has released a photo that shows an improvised bomb it claims to have used to bring down a Russian passenger plane flying over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in October.
- IS: Soda Can Bomb Took Down Russian Jetliner VOA 18 Nov 2015 -- The Islamic State group has released a photo of what it claims is the bomb that took down a Russian jetliner over Egypt's Sinai Peninsula last month and says it targeted the plane because of Moscow's aerial bombardment in Syria.
- Parsing Putin: Russia Sends Signals To The West In Statement On Jet Attack RFE/RL 18 Nov 2015 -- A few hours after French President Francois Hollande called for Moscow and the West to fight Islamic State (IS) militants together in the wake of deadly attacks in Paris, Russia abruptly announced it was now certain a terrorist bomb blew a passenger jet to pieces over Egypt on October 31.
- New Russian Commission Set Up To Combat Terror Financing RFE/RL 18 Nov 2015 -- The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin has set up an interdepartmental commission to combat terrorism financing.
- Iran official demands lifting of all IAEA anti-Iran resolutions IRNA 18 Nov 2015 -- Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Gholam Ali Khoshrou urged removal of all anti-Iran resolutions by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
- Implementation of JCPOA on a correct path: Boroujerdi ISNA 18 Nov 2015 -- A senior Iranian lawmaker said here that implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is moving on a right way.
- Iran dilutes more enriched uranium: IAEA report Press TV 18 Nov 2015 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says Iran's stockpile of low-enriched uranium has gone up over the past three months adding Tehran has stated scaling back on its nuclear program under a landmark deal between Tehran and the P5+1.
- IAEA welcomes JCPOA as 'real success' for diplomacy Press TV 18 Nov 2015 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has hailed the "significant progress" made over Iran's nuclear program in the past year as a real success for diplomacy, saying it will work to provide a report on his final assessment of Tehran's atomic work by mid-December.
- UN: Iran Honors Some, Not All, Parts of Nuclear Deal VOA 18 Nov 2015 -- Iran has started cutting back on parts of its nuclear development program that could be used to produce nuclear weapons, as required by the landmark agreement Tehran reached with major world powers four months ago, according to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
- Obama: US Rhetoric Against Syrian Refugees 'Needs to Stop' VOA 18 Nov 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama is criticizing American politicians for opposing the resettlement of Syrian refugees, saying their rhetoric is contrary to American values and could become a recruitment tool for the militant Islamic State (IS) group.
- U.S. House Speaker Wants Pause Of Syrian Resettlement RFE/RL 18 Nov 2015 -- ?he speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives said he would bring legislation to a vote this week ordering a pause in the U.S. settlement of Syrian refugees, amid a furious outcry from lawmakers in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.
- Children risk bearing the brunt of escalating violence in Burundi, says UNICEF UN News 18 Nov 2015 -- After the crisis in Burundi left 17 children dead and many more injured, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today warned that the future of Burundian children are being compromised due to escalating violence in the country.
- Ensuring 15,000 survivors have support they need is 'my priority number one' - UN envoy on Ebola UN News 18 Nov 2015 -- Transmission of Ebola has been stopped in Liberia and Sierra Leone, while Guinea is now treating a baby believed to be its last case, the United Nations Special Envoy on Ebola, Dr. David Nabarro, reported today, underscoring that his top priority is to make sure the thousands of survivors and their families across West Africa have access to the support they need.
- Snowden undermined US security: CIA chief Brennan Press TV 18 Nov 2015 -- John Brennan, the director of the US Central Intelligence Agency, has lashed out at renowned whistle-blower Edward Snowden for what he calls undermining the nation's security.
- Russian Physicist Jailed For High Treason RFE/RL 18 Nov 2015 -- A Moscow court has sentenced a physicist to nine years in prison on charges of high treason.
- UN, DPRK deliver contradictory messages on Ban's visit to Pyongyang People's Daily 18 Nov 2015 -- The official KCNA news agency of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) disclosed that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit Pyongyang next Monday, which was denied by the UN Tuesday night.
- Aborigines of Taiwan See Hopes for Autonomy Fade VOA 18 Nov 2015 -- A top Taiwanese official says the chances of passage for a bill on indigenous people's autonomy are slim to none. A draft law that would give land or special rights to 16 aboriginal groups will die by year's end for lack of legislative approval after more than a decade of revisions.
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