07 December 2015 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 07 Dec 2015 [PDF]
- France Takes Command of NAVCENT Task Force 50 NNS 07 Dec 2015 -- A French flag officer embarked in the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle took command of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command's Task Force 50 Dec. 7, leading coalition naval strike operations for Operation Inherent Resolve - the fight to degrade and ultimately destroy the ISIL terrorist organization.
- Military Strikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 07 Dec 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.
- U.S. Asking Nations for Specific Capabilities to Fight ISIL, Chairman Says AFPS 07 Dec 2015 -- If any country, in the wake of the attacks in Paris, doesn't think the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is a problem, "then they are not thinking hard enough," Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr.said today.
- US Denies Syrian Accusation Airstrikes Hit Government Forces VOA 07 Dec 2015 -- The U.S.-led coalition is denying a Syrian government accusation that coalition warplanes bombed a government building in Deir Ezzor province, killing three soldiers and wounding 13.
- Possible US-led coalition airstrikes kill 26 civilians in Syria: Monitor Press TV 07 Dec 2015 -- At least 26 civilians have lost their lives in northeastern Syria in airstrikes likely carried out by the US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh terrorists in the Arab country, a monitoring group says.
- Obama envoy says US not targeting Syrian army camp Press TV 07 Dec 2015 -- An envoy to US President Barack Obama has dismissed reports that the American-led coalition in Syria has killed Syrian forces in a recent attack.
- DoD Confirms U.S. Strikes Killed Senior Terrorist Operatives AFPS 07 Dec 2015 -- The Defense Department has confirmed the deaths of senior terrorist leaders in Libya and Somalia from recent U.S. airstrikes, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement today.
- Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on Nov. 13 airstrike in Libya DoD 07 Dec 2015
- Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on Dec. 2 Airstrike in Somalia DoD 07 Dec 2015
- Islamabad Set to Host Regional Conference on Afghanistan VOA 07 Dec 2015 -- Pakistan is set to host a regional conference Wednesday on Afghanistan. The stated goal of countries and organizations participating in the ministerial conference of the so-called 'Heart of Asia/Istanbul Process' seek a sustained and effective political dialogue to enhance regional counterterrorism and economic cooperation in Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Joint Statement by U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Singapore Minister for Defence Dr. Ng Eng Hen DoD 07 Dec 2015 -- Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Minister for Defence Dr. Ng Eng Hen met today in the Pentagon to sign the enhanced defense cooperation agreement (DCA) that will provide a new framework for an expanded defense relationship between the two nations.
- US, Singapore Agree on Deployment of Spy Aircraft - Defense Department Sputnik 07 Dec 2015 -- US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Singaporean Minister for Defense Ng Eng Hen have agreed on deployment of P-8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft to Singapore in December, the Pentagon said in a press release on Monday.
- US Spy Planes to Fly From Singapore Over South China Sea Sputnik 07 Dec 2015 -- As part of an aggressive push to challenge Chinese territorial claims, the US will soon expand its surveillance flights in the South China Sea.
- Flying Tigers prepare for land, sea operations USMC News 07 Dec 2015 -- Two CH-53E Super Stallions fly in low circles across vegetation and dry terrain and hover just above an unpaved landing zone. The heavy winds from the two helicopters' rotor wash kick up clouds of dust and debris as one aircraft slowly lowers itself to the ground below.
- Keeping the C-5 fleet in check AFNS 07 Dec 2015 -- The 436th Maintenance Squadron Isochronal Maintenance Dock helps keep the largest aircraft in the Air Force inventory, the C-5 Galaxy, in the air to deliver cargo, combat equipment and humanitarian relief supplies to anywhere in the world whenever called upon.
- Naval War College Workshop Explores Legal Issues in Syria NNS 07 Dec 2015 -- Legal scholars, military lawyers, policy makers and representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGO) met recently at U.S. Naval War College (NWC) to discuss if and how international law is functioning in the current Syria conflict.
- Breaching barriers: Ugandans, U.S. Marines blow through obstacles USMC News 07 Dec 2015 -- As they listen to the countdown, the team braces themselves, one behind the other, for the blast. U.S. Marines and Uganda People's Defense Force soldiers blow though obstacles together during their final weeks of basic demolition training, from the months of November through December 2015.
- Marines getting feet wet during opening of Steel Knight 2016 USMC News 07 Dec 2015 -- The 1st Marine Division launched Steel Knight by securing beachhead at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California the early morning of Dec. 4, 2015.
- VMFA-122 returns home after participating in ITX USMC News 07 Dec 2015 -- Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 returned to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Nov. 19, 2015 after participating in Integrated Training Exercise from Oct. 16- Nov. 19. The exercise was held at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
- USS Jackson (LCS 6) Commissioned NNS 07 Dec 2015 -- The crew of USS Jackson (LCS 6) ushered in a new era in naval warfare, Dec. 5, as the ship was brought to life before a crowd of nearly 10,000.
- CTF 52 takes part in Mine Countermeasure Exercise with UK Royal Navy NNS 07 Dec 2015 -- Commander Task Force (CTF) 52 successfully completed a 14-day US/UK Mine Countermeasure Exercise (MCMEX), Nov. 21.
- SECNAV Visits USS Dwight D. Eisenhower NNS 07 Dec 2015 -- Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus visited Sailors aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) as the ship continues its pre-deployment work-up cycle off the coast of Florida, Dec. 4.
- HSC-25 Det. 1 and Det. 6 Return from Deployment NNS 07 Dec 2015 -- U.S. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 Det. 1 and Det. 6 returned to Guam Dec. 7 and 8 after completing seven month deployments, respectively.
- USS Ross Conducts PASSEX with Romania, Turkey, Ukraine NNS 07 Dec 2015 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) participated in a bilateral passing exercise (PASSEX) with ships from the Romanian, Turkish and Ukrainian Navies, Dec. 6.
- Urgent Provider Exercise Prepares Reservist for Humanitarian Planners NNS 07 Dec 2015 -- More than 25 reserve and active duty Sailors from multiple commands participated in Urgent Provider, a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief planning exercise, hosted by U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet from Dec. 3 through Dec. 5 on board Naval Station Mayport.
- 45th Space Wing supports NASA launch AFNS 07 Dec 2015 -- The 45th Space Wing supported NASA's successful launch of Orbital ATK CRS-4, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket to the International Space Station from Space Launch Complex 41, Dec. 6.
- Poland 'not in talks' to host US nukes Press TV 07 Dec 2015 -- Poland's Defense Ministry has denied being involved in negotiations to host US nuclear weapons under a NATO program.
- NATO Jets to Police Skies Over Baltics Near Russian Border Sputnik 07 Dec 2015 -- Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets of the German Air Force currently deployed to the Amari Air Base will conduct daily training flight at low altitudes over Estonia during this week, the General Staff of the Defense Forces reported.
- Russia Loses Advanced Military Satellite After Launch RFE/RL 07 Dec 2015 -- Russian officials say they have lost contact with a newly developed military satellite that failed to separate from its booster rocket after being launched.
- Russian Defense Ministry Conducts Final GLONASS Tests - Developer Sputnik 07 Dec 2015 -- Russia's GLONASS satellite navigation system has been handed to the Defense Ministry for final tests.
- Customers 'Lining Up' to Buy Russian Su-34, Su-35 Aircraft Sputnik 07 Dec 2015 -- The Su-34 and Su-35 models are the pride of the Russian Armed Forces, Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said.
- Russia Rules Out Militarization of Arctic Region Sputnik 07 Dec 2015 -- Russian activity in the Arctic region aims to create normal living conditions there, not to militarize it, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Monday.
- Large-tonnage comprehensive supply ship of the PLA put into service People's Daily 04 Dec 2015 -- A new type of large-tonnage comprehensive supply ship GY820 has been put into service in Sansha, south China's Hainan province. The supply ship is used for tasks including replenishment, equipment transfer and maritime rescue.
- China determined on successful military reforms: People's Daily People's Daily 07 Dec 2015 -- The People's Daily carried a commentary on Monday calling on authorities to win the 'battle' of military reform.
- Russia Expects Military Contracts With Iran to Be Worth 'Billions' Sputnik 07 Dec 2015 -- Vladimir Kozhin, a presidential aide responsible for military and technical cooperation said that Russia expects military contracts with Iran to be worth "billions," as Tehran is "highly interested" in buying Russian military equipment.
- Defence Secretary announces £800 million innovation initiative UK MOD 07 Dec 2015 -- While visiting Rosyth today, the Defence Secretary Michael Fallon announced that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) will spend around £800 million on boosting innovation over the next ten years to meet future threats.
- Defence Secretary highlights defence boost to Scottish Jobs UK MOD 07 Dec 2015 -- The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has today visited key defence companies in Scotland to highlight the contribution MOD investment is making to its economy.
- Japanese Pacifists Oppose Involvement in IS Conflict VOA 07 Dec 2015 -- In Japan, opponents of recently enacted security measures that authorize the military to fight abroad are growing increasingly concerned about getting drawn into a military conflict with Islamic State militants.
- Turkey - Joint Direct Attack Munitions (Corrected*) DSCA 07 Dec 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Turkey for Joint Direct Attack Munitions and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $70 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Dec 2, 2015. This certification was previously delivered to Congress on Oct 28, 2015 but it erroneously identified the principal contractor. The new certification corrects this discrepancy and makes no other changes.
- Turkey Intends to Place Air Defense System on Syrian Border - Media Sputnik 07 Dec 2015 -- Ankara launched a new round of negotiations with the Franco-Italian concern Eurosam to install anti-missile systems on the border with Syria due to the worsening situation, a Turkish newspaper reported.
- December 7, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 07 Dec 2015
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 12/7/2015 The White House 07 Dec 2015
- DoD News: Contracts for December 07, 2015
- Putin advisor: Iran, Russia military-technical cooperation to rise ISNA 07 Dec 2015 -- Vladimir Kozhin, a Russian presidential aide responsible for military and technical cooperation said that Russia expects military contracts with Iran to be worth "billions," as Tehran is "highly interested" in buying Russian military equipment.
- 7 December 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 07 Dec 2015
- Yemen: peace talks to start next week among warring parties, regional actors, says UN envoy UN News 07 Dec 2015 -- After several weeks of intensive consultations with the warring parties in Yemen, as well as with regional and international players, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country today announced that the parties have agreed to open on 15 December in Switzerland, a series of talks aimed at establishing a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.
- Syria urges immediate UN action over US-led airstrikes Press TV 07 Dec 2015 -- Syria has called on the UN Security Council to take immediate action against recent US-led airstrikes that killed three Syrian soldiers.
- NATO 'has no plans' to send ground troops to Syria Press TV 07 Dec 2015 -- NATO says it has no plans to deploy ground troops to Syria, where a coalition of regional and non-regional countries has been purportedly targeting the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in an aerial campaign.
- Amid 'relentless' violence and destruction in Syria, UN deputy relief chief urges greater civilian protection UN News 07 Dec 2015 -- Against the backdrop of devastating attacks on health facilities resulting in the deaths of countless health workers along with their patients in Syria, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-wha Kang today called for greater protection and assistance for Syrians caught up in the country's four-year conflict.
- Turkey says has duty to protect troops in Iraq Press TV 07 Dec 2015 -- Turkey says it has a duty to protect those Turkish troops sent to the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, who it says were deployed upon Baghdad's request to "train and advise" Iraqi forces fighting the Takfiri Daesh terrorists.
- Iraqi army repels ISIL attacks: Army Commander IRNA 07 Dec 2015 -- The Iraqi Army and police repelled a massive attack by Daesh (ISIL) militants in the Anbar province in Western Iraq on Monday, Russian News Agency Sputnik said on Monday.
- Iraqi army close to completely liberating western Ramadi from Daesh IRNA 07 Dec 2015 -- Iraqi troops are ready to fully reclaim the western part of the central Iraqi city of Ramadi as part of a large-scale campaign to retake the capital of the Anbar province, an anti-terror commander said on Monday, according to Sputnik.
- Iraq's PM Abadi orders Air Force on alert as deadline to Turkey looms Press TV 07 Dec 2015 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has issued an order for Air Force to be on alert as a deadline to Turkey to pull out its troops from the Arab country approaches.
- Turkey Refuses to Withdraw Troops From Iraq VOA 07 Dec 2015 -- Turkey is refusing to withdraw forces deployed to Iraq, despite Baghdad's call for Ankara to do so immediately. Ankara insists the deployment is to protect its troops who are training Iraqi Kurdish forces, but the dispute is stoking old and new regional tensions.
- Libya: UN envoy urges endorsement of political agreement as way forward for 'peace in unity' UN News 07 Dec 2015 -- The top United Nations official in Libya has emphasized that the political agreement reached after wide consultations among Libyan parties and facilitated by the UN for more than a year, is the basis to end the North African country's conflict.
- Desperate farm families in eastern Ukraine forced into 'difficult choices' to survive - UN agency UN News 07 Dec 2015 -- The absence of financial, physical, social and human resources has left some 700,000 farm households extremely vulnerable in conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, the results of a United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) household survey revealed today, and also warned of food insecurity among those families due to "skyrocketing" commodity prices.
- South Sudan Rebels Announce New Advance Teams Arrival Dates VOA 07 Dec 2015 -- South Sudan rebels loyal to former vice president Riek Machar said phase one of their new advance team of 262 people will leave Gambella, Ethiopia on December 11 for Juba and the 10 states of South Sudan. Phase two comprising 339 people will follow on December 18, 21 and 22.
- Is education Boko Haram's biggest victim? IRIN 07 Dec 2015 -- Boko Haram translates as "Western education is forbidden," so it is perhaps unsurprising that a disproportionate number of teachers become victims of the Nigerian militant group. Hundreds have been killed, while many more have fled the violence.
- Nigeria president says may extend deadline to fight Boko Haram Press TV 07 Dec 2015 -- Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has suggested that military operations against the Takfiri Boko Haram militants could be extended as the Abuja government is likely to miss a deadline to end the militancy.
- Obama: Terrorism Threat is Real But We Will Overcome It AFPS 07 Dec 2015 -- The terrorist threat has evolved into a phase that includes mass shootings, but the nation and its international partners will prevail, President Barack Obama said in a live address last night from the Oval Office.
- White House Urges Muslims to Counter Extremist Message VOA 07 Dec 2015 -- A day after U.S. President Barack Obama said the fight against the Islamic State militant group should not be defined as one between America and Islam, the White House is reinforcing that message, while urging Muslim-Americans in the United States to do their part.
- Obama Outlines Terror Strategy After California Shooting VOA 07 Dec 2015 -- President Barack Obama has told the American public last week's shooting attack in California was an 'act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people.'
- FBI: California Shooters Radicalized for 'Some Time' VOA 07 Dec 2015 -- The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation says authorities believe both suspects in last week's mass shooting in San Bernardino, California were radicalized 'for some time,' and that there is evidence they pre-planned the deadly attack.
- Islamic State Monthly Revenue Totals $80 million, IHS Says IHS 07 Dec 2015 -- Most of the Islamic State’s funding comes from taxation on economic activity and basic services in areas under its control, according to new analysis released today by IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of critical information and insight.
- Daesh oil revenue disruption landing it in financial straits Press TV 07 Dec 2015 -- The Daesh Takfiri terrorists are running into financial problems as airstrikes disrupt one of its main income sources -- illegal oil sales, says a conflict monitoring group.
- Iran Has 'Irrefutable Evidence' of Turkey-Daesh Cooperation Sputnik 07 Dec 2015 -- Iran's Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaie said earlier that Tehran was ready to provide Ankara with necessary information regarding Daesh oil trade with Turkey.
- US Visa Waiver, Fiancé Programs Under Scrutiny VOA 07 Dec 2015 -- Two mass killings, one in Paris and the other in California, have focused U.S. leaders' attention on two methods by which people are allowed into the country, as they look for ways to prevent a future attack.
- US Homeland Security to Unveil New Terror Alert System VOA 07 Dec 2015 -- Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Monday 'a new phase in the local terrorism threat" in the U.S, following an attack last week in San Bernardino, California that left 14 people dead.
- Swine flu outbreak claims 33 lives in Iran Press TV 07 Dec 2015 -- At least 33 people have lost their lives following an outbreak of swine flu mainly in two southeastern Iranian provinces in the past three weeks, Iran's deputy health minister says.
- Araqchi says agreement made to close PMD file IRNA 07 Dec 2015 -- Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Monday that Iran and the G5+1 have reached 'good agreement' on presentation of the resolution to the Board of Governors and closure of the PMD file.
- Iran, EU officials meet over Iran nuclear program ISNA 07 Dec 2015 -- Senior Iranian officials met with the European Union (EU)'s deputy foreign policy chief a day before a planned meeting with representatives from all the P5+1 member states over the closure of all past and present issues regarding the Iranian nuclear program.
- Rouhani: Iran has to be strong militarily ISNA 07 Dec 2015 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated that Iran needs to be a powerful country in terms of military.
- More Iranian oil likely to reach North Korea after nuclear deal: CRS report ISNA 07 Dec 2015 -- More Iranian oil is expected to reach North Korea after the removal of international sanctions on Iran under a deal on Tehran's nuclear program, a congressional report said.
- IAEA must close PMD case for Tehran to enforce JCPOA: Iran Press TV 07 Dec 2015 -- A senior Iranian official says the UN nuclear agency must close the case of the so-called possible military dimensions (PMD) of Tehran's nuclear program for Iran to implement a nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group.
- France's Far-Right National Front Wins First Round Vote After Paris Attacks RFE/RL 07 Dec 2015 -- France's far-right National Front saw record gains in the first round of regional elections on December 6 - a vote held under a state of emergency just three weeks after Islamic extremists killed 130 people in Paris.
- After Paris Attacks, Far-right National Front Surges in France Elections VOA 07 Dec 2015 -- France's far right National Front party has emerged victorious in the first round of voting in France's regional elections – securing nearly one in three votes and the biggest share in six out of France's 13 regions. The result is a blow to President Francois Hollande of the Socialist party – whose popularity has risen after last month's terror attacks in Paris.
- China's pledge to Africa refutes 'neocolonialism' rhetoric People's Daily 07 Dec 2015 -- China's pledge to continue to support Africa in achieving development and prosperity has once again refuted the rhetoric of 'neocolonialism' in the continent.
- China Base in Djibouti Reflects Economic, Africa Strategy VOA 07 Dec 2015 -- China plans to build its first overseas military outpost in the east African nation of Djibouti, a move analysts say is part of a broader global economic strategy and reflects deepening ties with Africa.
- Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft Launched From Florida Toward ISS Sputnik 07 Dec 2015 -- NASA reported that orbital ATK on Sunday launched its Cygnus cargo ship from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to resupply astronauts at the International Space Station after postponing the launch twice over weather conditions.
- FACT SHEET: U.S. Assistance to Ukraine The White House 07 Dec 2015
- Confronting conflicts, disasters, UN launches largest ever humanitarian appeal at $20.1 billion UN News 07 Dec 2015 -- Warning that global suffering has reached levels not seen in a generation, the United Nations and its partners today launched their largest ever humanitarian appeal, calling for 20.1 billion life-saving dollars for 2016, even as the 2015 appeal posts the largest funding gap on record – $10.2 billion.
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