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28 December 2015 Military News

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  • Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 28 Dec 2015 [PDF]
  • Strikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 28 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.
  • Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Progress in the Fight for Ramadi DoD 28 Dec 2015 -- "I want to congratulate Prime Minister Abadi and the government of Iraq on their progress in retaking Ramadi today. ?The expulsion of ISIL by Iraqi security forces, supported by our international coalition, is a significant step forward in the campaign to defeat this barbaric group and restore Iraq's territorial sovereignty.?"
  • Congressman: US-led Airstrikes Have 'Minimal Impact' on IS VOA 28 Dec 2015 -- Republican U.S. Congressman Peter King (NY) said that while the U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq have had some impact, it has been minimal given how long the air campaign has gone on. King's remarks Sunday on U.S. television followed a purported audio recording by IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi who said U.S. coalition and Russian strikes have failed to weaken the IS group.
  • Update: air strikes in Iraq and Syria UK MOD 28 Dec 2015 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
  • Afghanistan: UN helps humanitarian aid reach war-affected families in Kunduz UN News 28 Dec 2015 -- The United Nations and its partners have helped deliver humanitarian aid packages to over 100 families affected by the recent fighting in the Kunduz area of northern Afghanistan, according to the UN mission in the country.

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  • Iran to use all possible ways to protect its properties: FM spokesman IRNA 28 Dec 2015 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari said on Monday that if assets belonging to Iran and Iranians are posed to any kindof 'robbery', Iran will use every possible way to safeguard the rights of the nation.
  • Any decision by JCPOA supervisory committee is binding IRNA 28 Dec 2015 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday that any decision be taken by Iranian Supervisory Committee on Implementation of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is binding.
  • Iran MPs introduce US compensation bill Press TV 28 Dec 2015 -- Iran's lawmakers introduce an urgent bill, demanding compensation from the US for "the damages which it has inflicted" on the country since 1953.
  • Rohani Says Muslims Must Correct Islam's Image RFE/RL 28 Dec 2015 -- Iranian President Hassan Rohani says Muslims must improve the image of their religion that has been damaged by extremist groups such as the Islamic State.
  • Kerry Praises Russia Shipping 25,000 Pounds of Uranium Out of Iran Sputnik 28 Dec 2015 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Russia played a vital role in arranging for 25,000 pounds of low-enriched uranium being shipped out of Iran on Monday in compliance with the P5+1 nuclear agreement.
  • An Update on Progress Toward Implementation Day of the JCPOA US Dept. of State 28 Dec 2015
  • Japan-ROK Foreign Ministers' Meeting Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan 28 Dec 2015 -- On December 28, commencing from around 2:00 p.m. to 3:20 p.m., Mr Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a Japan-ROK Foreign Ministers’ Meeting with Mr Yun Byung-se, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea (ROK), and announced about the issue of comfort women at the press occasion held after the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting as follows.
  • Background Briefing - Developments on the Relationship between Japan and the Republic of Korea US Dept. of State 28 Dec 2015
  • Abe expresses apology, remorse for Korean victims of sex slavery People's Daily 28 Dec 2015 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his apology and remorse for Korean women falling victim to Japan's sex slavery during World War II, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said here on Monday.
  • Japan, South Korea reach deal on WWII women slaves Press TV 28 Dec 2015 -- Japan and South Korea have finally inked a landmark deal over the controversial issue of women sex slaves during World War II, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offering an apology and promising more than USD eight million in compensation for the Korean victims.
  • Japan Apologizes for WWII 'Comfort Women' Issue, Agrees to Pay Compensation Sputnik 28 Dec 2015 -- The Japanese government on Monday apologized for sexual enslavement of Korean women during the World War II, and pledged to provide a one-billion-yen ($8.3 million) funding for the victims, local media reported.
  • Japan, South Korea Agree to 'Comfort Women' Settlement VOA 28 Dec 2015 -- Japan and South Korea have reached a landmark agreement that both countries' foreign ministers say resolves the longstanding dispute over Tokyo's responsibility to 'comfort women' who were forced to work as prostitutes in Japanese military brothels in World War II.
  • Japan-S Korea Deal Could Help Efforts to Counter Pyongyang VOA 28 Dec 2015 -- A new landmark agreement between Japan and South Korea could pave the way for enhanced cooperation on regional threats such as North Korea's nuclear program, a senior State Department official said.
  • Taiwan to continue to negotiate with Japan on 'comfort women' CNA 28 Dec 2015 -- Taiwan will continue to negotiate with Japan to have it apologize to Taiwanese comfort women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese imperial military during World War II, Presidential Office spokesman Charles Chen (陳以信) said Monday.
  • Japan asked to give same treatment to Taiwanese, Korean comfort women CNA 28 Dec 2015 -- Taiwan asked Japan Sunday to apply any agreement reached with South Korea in scheduled bilateral talks over the 'comfort women' issue to victims in Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affair (MOFA) said Sunday.
  • Official warns against resurgence of diplomatic war with China CNA 28 Dec 2015 -- The Presidential Office on Monday warned of the danger of restarting a diplomatic war with China, following criticism by opposition presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) foreign policy.
  • Daesh has departments for oil, slaves: US Press TV 28 Dec 2015 -- The Daesh (ISIL) Takfiri group has set up different departments to manage "war spoils," including slaves and stolen Syrian oil in areas under its control, US military officials say.
  • What It Takes To Defeat Islamic State's Ideology RFE/RL 28 Dec 2015 -- Daniel Koehler is among a handful of people in the West who work with Islamist militants returning from Syria in an effort to reintegrate them into normal life.
  • Saudi Arabia posts record high $98bn budget deficit in 2015 Press TV 28 Dec 2015 -- The government of Saudi Arabia has posted a record high budget deficit of $98 billion in 2015 as plummeting oil prices take their toll on kingdom's revenues.
  • Amid Controversy, China Passes Anti-Terrorism Law VOA 28 Dec 2015 -- China's top legislature passed the nation's first anti-terrorism law Sunday, which expands the government's ability to force foreign technology firms to comply with government investigations and could further erode individual rights.
  • A look back at Ebola IRIN 28 Dec 2015 -- The past year has been a roller coaster ride for West Africa, with Ebola coming and going and coming and going, and then coming once again. But now, after nearly two years battling the deadly virus, the region finally seems to be Ebola-free. None of the three countries most affected – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – has had an active case since mid-November.
  • As parties meet in Uganda, UN official urges consensual solution to Burundian crisis UN News 28 Dec 2015 -- A top United Nations official today called on all actors in Burundi to find a consensual solution to the crisis facing their country, which has been facing an upsurge in violence that has prompted fears of a relapse into the decades of civil war that killed tens of thousands of people.
  • Burundi Sides Split on Peacekeepers at Start of Talks VOA 28 Dec 2015 -- Burundi's government negotiator and the opposition came out of the first session of peace talks in Uganda divided over the question of international peacekeepers.
  • Moscow extends sanctions against Turkey Press TV 28 Dec 2015 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree extending Moscow's economic sanctions against Turkey, Kremlin officials say.
  • As Crackdown Continues, Turkey Investigates Kurdish Party Leader VOA 28 Dec 2015 -- Turkish prosecutors have launched an investigation into Selahattin Demirtas, the leader of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party. The move comes as security forces continue a crackdown across the predominantly Kurdish southeast against supporters of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party, the PKK.
  • In Odesa, Ukraine's Reform Agenda Faces Crucial Test RFE/RL 28 Dec 2015 -- To many of those living or doing business in this otherwise laid-back slice of southern Ukraine, even a whiff of the salty Black Sea breeze can't mask the smell of corruption.

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