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18 November 2015 Military News

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  • 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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