11 January 2016 Military News
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 11 Jan 2016 [PDF]
- Military Strikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 11 Jan 2016 -- 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.
- Update: air strikes in Iraq and Syria UK MOD 11 Jan 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
- Britain Reportedly Uses Brimstone Missiles Against Daesh in Syria Sputnik 11 Jan 2016 -- Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) carried out several air strikes against Daesh militants in Syria on Sunday, deploying its Brimstone missiles for the first time there, according to a spokeswoman for Prime Minister David Cameron.
- Joint Press Release of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group on Afghan Peace and Reconciliation US Dept. of State 11 Jan 2016
- Talks to revive Afghanistan peace process open in Islamabad Press TV 11 Jan 2016 -- Pakistan is hosting four-way talks aimed at reviving dialog between Kabul and the Taliban militant group, and eventually ending years of bloodshed in war-torn Afghanistan.
- Talks On Afghan Peace Process Held In Islamabad RFE/RL 11 Jan 2016 -- Diplomats from Pakistan, Afghanistan, the United States, and China held talks in Islamabad to try to draw up a plan for peace talks between in Afghanistan's government and the Taliban.
- US Lacks Accurate Location Data for Many Afghan Health Facilities Sputnik 11 Jan 2016 -- US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) found substantial inaccuracies in the geospatial coordinates of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), according to official organisation's statement.
- Pakistan Leads Talks Aimed to Bring Afghan Peace VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- Pakistan opened new talks Monday on reviving the Afghan peace process, an effort aimed at drawing Taliban insurgents fighting the Kabul government back to the negotiating table.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Detainee Transfer Announced DoD 11 Jan 2016 -- The Department of Defense announced today the repatriation of Muhammed Abd Al Rahman Awn Al-Shamrani from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- UN rights experts urge US to close Guantánamo detention centre and end impunity for abuses UN News 11 Jan 2016 -- Human rights experts from the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) today called on the United States Government to promptly close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility and end impunity for abuses in the so-called 'global war on terror' such as 'enhanced interrogation techniques' and extraordinary rendition.
- Saudi Guantanamo Prisoner Repatriated VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- The Pentagon says it repatriated a Saudi man from the Guantanamo U.S. military prison in Cuba, amid renewed claims by the Obama administration that the president will shutter the facility during his last year in office.
- Readout of Secretary Carter's Meeting With His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan DoD 11 Jan 2016
- Navy Installations to Conduct Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2016 NNS 11 Jan 2016 -- Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) will conduct Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield 2016 (SC/CS16) Feb. 1-12 on Navy installations located in the continental United States.
- City of Corpus Christi Visits Yokosuka for Final Ports of Call NNS 11 Jan 2016 -- Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka Jan. 11 as part of its Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment.
- Leaked NATO Report Breaks News of Afghanistan's Incapable Army Sputnik 11 Jan 2016 -- A secret NATO report brought to light by the German press reveals grave concerns about the security situation in Afghanistan, and how the Afghan army has exhibited lackluster performance despite billions of dollars of international investment.
- Joint Mistakes, NATO Expansion to Blame for Russia-West Tensions - Putin Sputnik 11 Jan 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says a number of 'mistakes' committed by the US, Russia and NATO following the break-up of the Soviet Union has led to the current deterioration of relations between Moscow and the West, with NATO's expansion into eastern Europe one of the major damaging factors.
- A Late Holiday Gift: Two Su-35S Jets Enter Service in Russia's Far East Sputnik 11 Jan 2016 -- First two Su-35S jets to enter service with Russia's Eastern Military District.
- US may deploy more strategic assets to South Korea Press TV 11 Jan 2016 -- The United States may deploy further strategic assets to South Korea in the wake of the latest nuclear test by the North.
- South Korea: US, Seoul Discussing Options to Deploy 'Strategic Assets' VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- A South Korean official said Monday Seoul and the United States are discussing other U.S. 'strategic assets' that can be deployed on the Korean peninsula, a day after the U.S. flew a long-range B-52 bomber over South Korea in an apparent response to North Korea's latest nuclear weapons test.
- China builds second mega coast guard ship People's Daily 11 Jan 2016 -- A second domestically-produced coast guard ship, CCG (China Coast Guard) 3901, has been completed recently and is ready to start protecting China's maritime rights, said a report in the Global Times on Monday, citing unconfirmed source.
- Xi urged military leaders to follow Party leadership People's Daily 11 Jan 2016 -- President Xi Jinping urged military leaders to unswervingly follow the Communist Party of China (CPC)'s absolute leadership over the armed forces while meeting with the new heads of reorganized military organs on Monday.
- Iran Withdraws Suit Against Russia Over Non-Delivery of S-300 Systems Sputnik 11 Jan 2016 -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister said that Iran will recall its suit against Russia for the non-delivery of S-300 air defense systems.
- US offer of combat ships rejected by Riyadh Press TV 11 Jan 2016 -- Saudi Arabia has reportedly declined the Pentagon's offer of combat ships, which would enable the kingdom to replace and modernize its eastern fleet in the Persian Gulf.
- Riyadh Turns Down Pentagon's Offer for Combat Ships Sputnik 11 Jan 2016 -- Saudi Arabia last week rejected an offer from the US Navy to build four frigates – the latest move in an ongoing negotiation over price and schedule.
- Some 200 Canadian Military Trainers Sent to Ukraine - Defense Ministry Sputnik 11 Jan 2016 -- About 200 Canadian military trainers will be deployed to Ukraine to conduct UNIFIER operation aimed at training Ukrainian soldiers and officers, Canadian Defense Ministry said in a statement Monday.
- Russia Considering Serbia's Request to Buy Defensive Weapons Sputnik 11 Jan 2016 -- Dmitry Rogozin, the Russian deputy prime minister said that the final decision on the matter of Serbian request to buy Russian arms would be made based on the 'necessity to maintain Serbia's security at the minimal sufficient level with regard to its needs.'
- Press Briefing by the Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 1/11/2016 The White House 11 Jan 2016
- January 11, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 11 Jan 2016
- South China Sea Tensions Top Agenda in US-Philippines Talks VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- A Philippines official says Manila will ask Washington to continue patrols in the South China Sea to ensure freedom of navigation in the area, a strategic passageway for many commercial and military ships, during Tuesday's ministerial level talks in Washington.
- Yemenis kill 3 Saudis in fresh reprisal attack Press TV 11 Jan 2016 -- A number of Saudi soldiers have been killed in a fresh round of attacks launched by Yemen's Ansarullah Houthi fighters and allies in retaliation against the kingdom's deadly military aggression against the impoverished nation.
- UN chief condemns attack on Yemeni hospital supported by Médecins Sans Frontières UN News 11 Jan 2016 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned yesterday's attack on a hospital supported by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Sa'ada province, Yemen, which killed at least four people and injured many others.
- Syria: UN and partners get relief convoy into besieged town of Madaya UN News 11 Jan 2016 -- A humanitarian convoy has finally reached the besieged Syrian town of Madaya with life-saving health and food supplies from the United Nations and its partners for the 42,000 desperate residents after reports of people starving to death under encirclement by pro-Government forces.
- Kurdish-led Forces Use Former Syrian Regime Base to Attack IS VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- Using what was a strategic military base for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Kurdish-led forces are preparing an assault against an Islamic State stronghold in northeastern Syria.
- Aid convoys enter three besieged towns in Syria Press TV 11 Jan 2016 -- Trucks carrying humanitarian aid have finally entered three besieged towns in Syria as part of an agreement between Damascus and the militants to allow delivery of desperately-needed food and medicine into the areas.
- Twelve Children Killed As Suspected Russian Air Strike Hits Syrian School RFE/RL 11 Jan 2016 -- A suspected Russian air strike has struck a school in northern Syria, killing at least 12 children.
- Syrian Government Will Not Talk to Terrorists at Geneva Peace Talks Sputnik 11 Jan 2016 -- The Syrian government is ready to attend peace talks with opposition groups in Geneva, but has requested prior information on who will be there in order to ensure terrorist groups are excluded, geopolitical analyst Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya told Sputnik.
- Syrian Army Clears Out Islamist Combatants East of Damascus Sputnik 11 Jan 2016 -- The Syrian troops, backed by the country's air force, have reportedly destroyed an array of Islamist militant strongholds in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, the capital of Syria.
- Aid Convoys Enter Besieged Syrian Towns VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- A humanitarian operation to deliver food, medicine and blankets is underway in three Syrian towns where sieges by pro-government forces and rebel fighters have left people to die of starvation.
- Assad, Hezbollah Supporters Mock Starving Besieged VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- The nearly five-year-long Syrian war has been one of the most violent conflicts of modern times with indiscriminate bombing of civilians, systematic rape, sectarian massacres, beheadings and enslavement. Each day brings a new story, the latest being with supporters of President Bashar al-Assad and Hezbollah, the radical Lebanese Shi'ite militia backing the Syrian regime, openly taunting on social media those starving in the besieged town of Madaya west of the capital, Damascus.
- IS Claims Responsibility for 4 Suicide Attacks in Baghdad Area VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- The Islamic State is claiming responsibility for four separate suicide attacks in Iraq on Monday, killing at least 47 people on one of the bloodiest days in and around Baghdad in months.
- 45 killed in Iraq terrorist attacks Press TV 11 Jan 2016 -- At least 45 people are killed in a hostage-taking attack and a series of bombings in the violence-ridden country of Iraq.
- Turkish Academics Call for End to Ankara's PKK Crackdown VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- In Turkey, more than 1,000 professors and teachers are calling for an end to the government's current crackdown on the Kurdish rebel group, the PKK, in towns and cities across the predominantly Kurdish southeast. The academics are calling for a resumption of the peace process.
- Official: DRC Taking Rape Allegations Seriously VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- A Democratic Republic of Congo official says the country is taking seriously allegations that several of its soldiers deployed as peacekeepers in the Central African Republic committed rape. The United Nations says the DRC battalion in the C.A.R. will be withdrawn and not replaced.
- Challenges in Mali need to be 'urgently defeated' - UN peacekeeping chief UN News 11 Jan 2016 -- Despite considerable progress in Mali, the United Nations peacekeeping chief today warned that the peace process in the country remains fragile, and stressed the need to urgently defeat political, security and humanitarian challenges.
- Kim Jong Un Has Photo Session with Contributors to H-bomb Test KCNA 11 Jan 2016 -- Marshal Kim Jong Un invited nuclear scientists, technicians, soldier-builders, workers and officials who contributed to succeeding in the first H-bomb test of Juche Korea to the building of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) and had a photo session with them.
- US House Pushes Sanctions on North Korea After Bomb Test VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has held debate on a bill called the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act, which seeks to deny the Pyongyang government the hard currency it needs for its nuclear weapons program. A vote is expected in the House this week, possibly as early as Tuesday.
- South Korea Limits Stay at Kaesong Inter-Korean Complex VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- South Korea said Monday it will limit its citizens' stay at the inter-Korean industrial complex in the North Korean border city of Kaesong, in response to Pyongyang's latest suspected nuclear test.
- DPRK's Successful H-bomb Test Hailed in Each Province KCNA 11 Jan 2016 -- Joint army-civilian meetings for welcoming Juche Korea's first successful H-bomb test respectively took place in South Hwanghae, Kangwon, North Hamgyong, and South Hamgyong provinces on Monday.
- To React to Nuclear Weapons in Kind Is DPRK's Mode of Counteraction: Rodong Sinmun KCNA 11 Jan 2016 -- The nuclear landscape of the world has dramatically changed and the DPRK proudly joined the advanced nuclear weapons states by having access to H-bomb, says Rodong Sinmun Monday in an article.
- US Sanctions on North Korea to Include Financial Transactions Sputnik 11 Jan 2016 -- Congressman said that US sanctions on North Korea over its latest nuclear test would include financial transactions and particular businesses.
- CNN: N. Korea Reveals Alleged US Prisoner VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- A man claiming to be a naturalized American who spied on behalf of "South Korean conservative elements" is being held by North Korea and is seeking U.S. or South Korean help to obtain his release, CNN reported Monday.
- Beijing Silent on Washington's Show of Force in Korea VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- While China remains non-committal on how to respond to North Korea's fourth nuclear test, the United States and South Korea are exercising their limited options to increase deterrence and punitive measures against the Kim Jong Un government.
- Iran sanctions removal soon but no date set: EU's Mogherini Press TV 11 Jan 2016 -- The European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says no firm timeframe has been set yet for the removal of sanctions against Iran but the move could come soon.
- US compensation bill advances in Iran Press TV 11 Jan 2016 -- Iranian lawmakers have submitted a bill, demanding compensation from the US after recent measures taken in the United States to appropriate frozen Iranian assets, an MP says.
- Arab League Says Iran Undermining Regional Stability RFE/RL 11 Jan 2016 -- Foreign ministers from countries in the Arab League have condemned Iran for what they say is meddling in Arab affairs and undermining regional stability.
- Iranian Official Sacked Over Saudi Embassy Attack RFE/RL 11 Jan 2016 -- Iran has dismissed a security official over the attack on the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, which led Riyadh and several of its allies to cut or downgrade ties with the Islamic republic.
- Russia's Opposition Ponders Problem of Chechnya's Kadyrov VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- Ramzan Kadyrov, the 39-year-old strongman who has held the post of president of Russia's Chechen Republic for nine years, rang in the new year by lashing out at Chechen immigrants who took to the streets in Vienna, Austria, on Christmas Eve to protest against his rule.
- Iraq Warns of New Drop in Oil Prices Without Agreement to Cut Production Sputnik 11 Jan 2016 -- Assem Jihad, a spokesman for the Iraqi Oil Ministry, said that Iraq was planning to cut oil production from 3.8 million barrels per day to 3.6 million in an attempt to prevent further price downfall as the country's oil revenues have diminished by 70 percent from $8 billion monthly to less than $3 billion due to the continuing global price drop.
- Saudi seeks to impose own will on other nations: Iran Press TV 11 Jan 2016 -- Following the recent Arab League statement against the Islamic Republic, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari says Saudi Arabia seeks to impose its own will on other nations to give the impression that Riyadh is not isolated and alone in its policies.
- Saudi Arabia actively sponsors terrorism, Zarif says Press TV 11 Jan 2016 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says some in Saudi Arabia are determined to drag the entire Middle East into confrontation.
- China Calls on Iran, Saudi Arabia to Show Restraint Amid Tensions Sputnik 11 Jan 2016 -- Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming said that he hoped Iran and Saudi Arabia would make mutual efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region, according to China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei.
- Mexico Moves to Extradite Drug Lord 'El Chapo' to US VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- Mexico is starting the process to extradite the notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to the United States, where he faces an array of charges linked to the hundreds of tons of cocaine, heroin and other drugs he has shipped across the border.
- Taiwan-China Relations Seen Staying on Track After January Election VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- The ocean strait that divides China from Taiwan was once a potential military flashpoint. Taiwan rules itself, but China says the two must eventually unify. Now Taiwan's anti-China party leads in opinion polls ahead of a presidential election Saturday. But signs show that the worst in relations may be over.
- Palace: Thai King Bhumibol Treated for Several Illnesses VOA 11 Jan 2016 -- Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej traveled to his Bangkok palace Monday, a day after the palace announced he was being treated for a blood infection and swollen lung, Reuters news agency reported.
- Uganda feels the strain of the Burundi crisis IRIN 11 Jan 2016 -- For the past three years, the war raging across Uganda's northern border in South Sudan has been pushing its refugee-hosting abilities to breaking point. But it is now the simmering violence to the south in Burundi that could tip the situation over the edge.
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