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18 January 2016 Military News

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  • Coalition Strikes ISIL Targets in Syria, Iraq AFPS 18 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 18 Jan 2016 -- Daesh terrorists in Syria and Iraq have suffered further losses from successful Royal Air Force air strikes.
  • Progress Reported in Four-way Afghan Peace Talks VOA 18 Jan 2016 -- Afghanistan on Monday hosted a meeting of delegates from the United States, China and Pakistan on how to initiate direct peace talks between Afghan government and Taliban representatives.
  • Afghan Parliamentary Polls Set for October 15 VOA 18 Jan 2016 -- Afghanistan's top election official says postponed parliamentary polls will be held in October, promising mistakes of the bitterly disputed 2014 presidential vote would not be repeated.

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  • Amano: Implementation of JCPOA vital for IAEA IRNA 18 Jan 2016 -- Visiting Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano said here on Monday that the UN nuclear watchdog attaches great importance to implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) .
  • JCPOA implementation, political victory for Iran: Rouhani ISNA 18 Jan 2016 -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani hailed the implementation of the nuclear agreement between the country and the P5+1 group of countries, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as a political victory for the Iranians.
  • IAEA chief arrives in Iran after JCPOA implementation ISNA 18 Jan 2016 -- The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, arrived in Tehran on his first visit after the beginning of the implementation of the landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries.
  • Rouhani outlines JCPOA achievements ISNA 18 Jan 2016 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani outlined 11 achievements obtained following implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in a letter to Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei.
  • IAEA duty-bound to help Iran nuclear progress: Rouhani Press TV 18 Jan 2016 -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says the UN nuclear agency is duty-bound to support the Islamic Republic's measures to expand its peaceful nuclear technology.
  • JCPOA implementation big step in right direction: EU Press TV 18 Jan 2016 -- European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the implementation of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries was a "big step in the right direction" for the Middle East.
  • Iran-IAEA cooperation enters new phase: Salehi Press TV 18 Jan 2016 -- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi says the Islamic Republic's cooperation with the UN nuclear agency has entered a new phase.
  • Iran gives order for 500,000 bpd rise in oil production Press TV 18 Jan 2016 -- Managing director of the National Iranian Oil Company says the Oil Ministry has been ordered to raise the country's daily oil production by 500,000 barrels following announcement of the removal of international sanctions against Iran.
  • Iran warns of reciprocation over JCPOA breach Press TV 18 Jan 2016 -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic will respond in kind if the P5+1 group fails to fulfill its commitments under a landmark nuclear agreement clinched in July 2015.
  • Sanctions removal must be carried out precisely: Iran FM Press TV 18 Jan 2016 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the termination of sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program must be carried out in strict accordance with the nuclear agreement reached between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries.
  • Iran nuclear agreement proves power of dialog: President Rouhani Press TV 18 Jan 2016 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says that Tehran's nuclear agreement with the six world countries proves that complicated issues can be settled through negotiations.
  • Full text of Chinese President's signed article on Saudi newspaper: Be Good Partners for Common Development Xinhua 18 Jan 2016 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping published a signed article titled "Be Good Partners for Common Development" on Saudi newspaper Alriyadh on Monday ahead of his state visit to the country. The following is the English version of the article
  • Taiwan will maintain close ties with the U.S.: president-elect CNA 18 Jan 2016 -- President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday that her administration will maintain close, friendly relations with the United States and promote cooperation with the United States in all areas, especially in the economic and industrial realms.
  • Premier resigns despite president's objection CNA 18 Jan 2016 -- The fate of the Cabinet headed by Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) appeared to be in limbo on Monday when he announced it was resigning en masse even though President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said earlier in the day that he would not accept the resignation for now.
  • Beijing Calls on US to Stick to 'One-China Policy' Regarding Taiwan Issue Sputnik 18 Jan 2016 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry urges the US side to adhere to one-China policy, not to interfere in China's internal affairs, to oppose Taiwan independence and to do more for the development of US-China relations, according to ministry's spokesperson Hong Lei.
  • Burundi Opposition Leader Still Hopeful for Peaceful Settlement VOA 18 Jan 2016 -- The exiled leader of the Opposition Front for Democracy in Burundi (FRODEBU) said efforts toward a peaceful resolution of the Burundian crisis are not dead because the Burundian people want peace.
  • Over $9 billion stolen in Nigeria in seven years: Minister Press TV 18 Jan 2016 -- Fifty-five Nigerians, including former ministers, governors, business leaders and public officials, have stolen nine billion dollars in public funds in seven years, the information minister claims.
  • Nigeria's Opposition Won't Defend Spokesman in Corruption Allegations VOA 18 Jan 2016 -- A spokesman for Nigeria's main opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP) is denying the party has thrown its national publicity secretary under the bus in the face of President Muhammadu Buhari's war on corruption.
  • In U.S. Money-Laundering Case, Shades Of Russian Corruption RFE/RL 18 Jan 2016 -- At first glance, it's a case that could easily be misconstrued as a humdrum allegation of ill-gotten foreign money being laundered through dealings in American real estate.
  • Counter-terrorism measures threaten remittances sent to Somali diaspora - UN rights experts UN News 18 Jan 2016 -- Expressing concern over the impact on vital remittances from diaspora countries into Somalia caused by "necessary but less considered counter-terrorism regulations," United Nations rights experts today warned the measures may "severely affect the human rights" of Somali people, while urging regulation-setting governments to guarantee the flow of such funds.
  • Morocco: Belgian Suspect Tied to Paris Attackers Arrested VOA 18 Jan 2016 -- Moroccan officials say they have arrested a Belgian suspect linked to attackers that killed 130 people in Paris in November.
  • Long March 7 and Long March 5 scheduled to make maiden flights in 2016 People's Daily 18 Jan 2016 -- 'China's new generation carrier rockets, Long March 7 and Long March 5, will make their respective maiden flights in June and at the end of September to the beginning of October in 2016,' said Lei Fanpei, the chairman of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASC).
  • Turkey opposition leader grilled for calling Erdogan 'tinpot dictator' Press TV 18 Jan 2016 -- Turkish prosecutors have launched an investigation against leader of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Kemal Kilicdaroglu, after he called President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a "tinpot dictator."
  • In Latest Salvo, Kadyrov Ally Threatens To Sic Attack Dog On Russian Opposition RFE/RL 18 Jan 2016 -- Internet posts featuring photos of pets are usually well-meant. This one was not. A close ally of Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov fired a fresh salvo in a chilling confrontation with Russian liberals when he posted a menacing picture of the Kremlin-backed regional leader with a slavering dog named Tarzan straining on a leash.

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