22 November 2015 Military News
- Coalition Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 22 Nov 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces 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.
- Global Coalition Will Destroy ISIL, Obama Tells Asia-Pacific Region Partners AFPS 22 Nov 2015 -- President Barack Obama reconfirmed U.S. and allied commitment against terrorism around the globe, including the Asia-Pacific region, during a speech today at the U.S.-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and East Asia summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Air Force Struggling to Come Up With Cash For New F-35s Sputnik 22 Nov 2015 -- The US air force cannot now take delivery of the planned number of F-35 fighter jets due to budget restraints, so current airplanes will continue to fill the gap for the next few decades.
- Russia Develops New Tactical Missiles for Iskander-M System Sputnik 22 Nov 2015 -- Russia's defense industry is developing new missile types for the Iskander-M system, the Army's missile forces chief said on Sunday.
- UK Government Splashes $18 Bln on 138 F-35 Fighter Jets Sputnik 22 Nov 2015 -- The British government is set to unveil plans to buy 138 of the stealth fighter jets for £12bln [$18 bln].
- New Delhi Test-Fires India-Made Interceptor Missile Sputnik 22 Nov 2015 -- The test of a supersonic interceptor missile AAD (Advanced Air Defense) of Indian production was conducted to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode, according to local media.
- Press Conference by President Obama The White House 22 Nov 2015
- Beijing urges direct negotiations on South China Sea Press TV 22 Nov 2015 -- China has called on Southeast Asian countries to engage in direct talks over disputed South China Sea islands amid growing tensions in the region.
- Japanese Plan for South China Sea Foray Meets With Chinese Warning Sputnik 22 Nov 2015 -- After Japan offered to dispatch its Self-Defense Forces to the South China Sea in a discussion with the US, China responded by warning that it will be on high alert for Japanese military intervention there.
- Iran has no plan to send warships to Syria: Navy commander Press TV 22 Nov 2015 -- Iran has no plan to send warships to the Syrian port of Tartus, Navy Commander Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Sunday.
- Obama: Putin needs 'strategic adjustment' in Daesh fight Press TV 22 Nov 2015 -- President Barack Obama has called on his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to make a "strategic adjustment" in fight against Daesh terrorists in Syria.
- Terrorists empowered after US-led strikes: Syria Press TV 22 Nov 2015 -- Syria complains that terrorists harrying the country grew in power after the United States and its allies started aerial strikes against purported Daesh hideouts.
- Damascus, Moscow in Reconciliation Talks With Syrian Opposition Sputnik 22 Nov 2015 -- According to Syrian President Bashar Assad, Moscow's cooperation with the Syrian opposition is the most effective way to improve the situation.
- Russia Plans to Rebuild Syria From Ashes - German Press Sputnik 22 Nov 2015 -- The German press reports on Russia's long-term plans to help rebuild Syria after the end of the war there, including renewed contracts for investment projects and a roadmap for a political resolution.
- Russian Operation Against Terrorists Improves Situation in Syria - Assad Sputnik 22 Nov 2015 -- Situation in Syria has improved after Russia had started its air campiagn, president Assad told SANA.
- Syrian Army Advances as Russia Intensifies Air Strikes in Region - Media Sputnik 22 Nov 2015 -- The legitimate Syrian army advanced in an offensive Saturday, reclaiming two mountains and an armory depot near the town of Mahin in the country's province of Homs, after Russian jets reportedly intensified attacks on ISIL in the area.
- With Russian Support, Syrian Army Advancing Toward Turkish Border Sputnik 22 Nov 2015 -- The Syrian regular army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) militia have taken advantage of a recent large-scale campaign of airstrikes by the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces against terrorist hideouts in the northwestern province of Latakia, taking control of the Zahia Heights, just 2 km from the Turkish border, Fars News Agency reports.
- North Korea warns South against live-fire drills near sea border Press TV 22 Nov 2015 -- North Korea has warned its southern neighbor against conducting live-firing drills near their maritime border, describing Seoul's expected military exercises as "provocative."
- France Warns Libya That Infighting 'Suicidal' as ISIL Gains Ground Sputnik 22 Nov 2015 -- Jean-Yves Le Drian warned Libyans that continued standoff between rival governments and tribes was suicidal, as Islamic State (ISIL) militants strengthened their presence.
- Russia interested in resolving east Ukraine crisis: Foreign Ministry Press TV 22 Nov 2015 -- Russia has dismissed speculations that its anti-terror campaign in Syria has turned its attention away from the crisis in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow is in fact the "most interested" side in resolving the standoff between Kiev and pro-Russia forces there.
- Crimea declares state of emergency following power outage Press TV 22 Nov 2015 -- The Crimean Peninsula, which seceded from Ukraine and rejoined Russia in March last year, has declared a state of emergency after its major electricity power lines from Ukraine were "blown up," causing a power outage there.
- Crimea Left With 29 Days of Backup Fuel After Ukraine Power Explosion Sputnik 22 Nov 2015 -- Crimea started to rely on reserve power generation on Sunday morning after a mysterious accident in Ukraine caused 1.9 million of the peninsula's 2.3 million residents to lose power.
- Power Transmission Towers 'Blown Up' Causing Blackout in Crimea Sputnik 22 Nov 2015 -- Power transmission lines in southern Ukraine were damaged, cutting off electricity to Russia's Crimea.
- State of Emergency in Crimea After Power Lines Blown Up VOA 22 Nov 2015 -- Crimea has declared a state of emergency after its main electricity lines from Ukraine were blown up, leaving more than 1.6 million people on the disputed Russian-annexed peninsula in darkness after the second such attack in as many days.
- Main Paris Attack Suspect Remains at Large, After 16 Arrests in Brussels VOA 22 Nov 2015 -- Belgian prosecutors say police in Brussels arrested 16 suspects in terror raids Sunday, but they say top Paris massacre suspect Salah Abdeslam was not among those detained.
- Europe High on Alert to Possible Terrorist Risks People's Daily 22 Nov 2015 -- Just one week after the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, the Brussels region, which houses the headquarters of the European Union (EU), raised Saturday the terror threat level to 'maximum.'
- Brussels To Remain On Highest Alert Over 'Imminent Threat' RFE/RL 22 Nov 2015 -- Brussels will remain on its highest alert level on November 23, because of a 'serious and imminent' threat of coordinated, multiple attacks, the country's prime minister said.
- Brussels Schools Will Be Shut Monday Over High Terror Threat Sputnik 22 Nov 2015 -- All schools in Brussels will be shut down Monday, Prime Minister Charles Michel said Sunday.
- Brussels Remains on Highest Alert as Police Seek Paris Attack Suspects VOA 22 Nov 2015 -- Belgium is maintaining its highest alert level for the capital on Monday and closing schools amid a 'serious and imminent' threat of terror attacks, Prime Minister Charles Michel said Sunday following a national security council meeting.
- Obama's Message on Terror: 'We Do Not Succumb to Fear' VOA 22 Nov 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a strong message against terrorism Sunday at the closing of the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the adjoining East Asia Summit.
- Suspected Leader of Pro-IS Al-Shabab Faction Reported Killed VOA 22 Nov 2015 -- A top al-Shabab official believed to be the leader of a pro-Islamic State faction has been shot dead in an ambush in southern Somalia according to local residents
- Mali Searches for 3 Suspects Believed Connected to Hotel Attack VOA 22 Nov 2015 -- Malian authorities searched Sunday for at least three suspects they believe are connected to Friday's deadly jihadist attack on a luxury hotel in the capital Bamako that killed 19 people.
- Opposition Leader Macri Wins Argentina Presidential Poll VOA 22 Nov 2015 -- Exit polls show the center-right mayor of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, appeared headed for a victory as polls closed in Argentina's first-ever presidential runoff election Sunday.
- Western leaders extend sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine crisis Press TV 22 Nov 2015 -- Western leaders have agreed to extend sanctions against Moscow by six more months over the crisis in Ukraine.
- Iran, IAEA to discuss latest developments in nuclear case in Vienna Press TV 22 Nov 2015 -- Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are to review the latest progress made in settling the outstanding issues pertaining to the Iranian nuclear program.
- Iran Sentences Washington Post Journalist To Prison RFE/RL 22 Nov 2015 -- A court in Iran has sentenced Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian to an unspecified prison term following his conviction last month on charges that include espionage, Iranian media report.
- Iran Sentences US Journalist to Prison in Espionage Case VOA 22 Nov 2015 -- Iran said Sunday it has sentenced detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian to an unspecified prison term following his conviction last month on espionage charges.
- IRGC Cmdr: Iran monitors Daesh terrorists by intelligence dominance IRNA 22 Nov 2015 -- Iran monitors Takfiri groups by intelligence approach, says the IRGC commander, stressing that the ISIL terrorists have no possibility to operate in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
- IRGC chief: Daesh attempts against Iran thwarted Press TV 22 Nov 2015 -- The chief of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says all attempts by the Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh against Iran have been thwarted.
- 100 Killed in Landslide at Myanmar Jade Mine VOA 22 Nov 2015 -- The bodies of nearly 100 people have been recovered from a landslide near a jade mine in northern Myanmar.
- Security, Stability on Kerry's Agenda in UAE, Israel VOA 22 Nov 2015 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry departed Sunday on a trip to the Middle East that will focus on the Syrian civil war and multinational efforts for a political transition in Damascus, as well as ongoing violence between Israel and the Palestinians.
- ASEAN Creates 'Community' Encompassing 600+ Million People VOA 22 Nov 2015 -- Leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Sunday signed a declaration establishing a formal economic, political, security and socio-cultural community.
- Explainer: What Can Moldova's Crisis Teach The EU? RFE/RL 22 Nov 2015 -- The European Union faces tough challenges fostering its values farther east, where oligarchs who rule or wield enormous policy influence might not share Brussels' views on corruption and rule of law.
- Two Bangladeshi Opposition Leaders Executed for 1971 War Crimes Sputnik 22 Nov 2015 -- Two senior Bangladeshi opposition leaders were executed Sunday for war crimes committed during the 1971 independence war with Pakistan after their pleas for clemency were rejected, local media reported.
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