22 January 2016 Military News
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 22 Jan 2016 [PDF]
- How Involved Are US Special Forces in Fight Against Islamic State? VOA 22 Jan 2016 -- As Defense Secretary Ash Carter calls for continued U.S. 'boots on the ground' in Iraq and Syria to defeat the Islamic State (IS) group, the public is still trying to figure out the current role of U.S. troops deployed there.
- Carter Calls for US 'Boots on the Ground' in IS Fight VOA 22 Jan 2016 -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter has called for continued U.S. 'boots on the ground' in Iraq and Syria to defeat the Islamic State (IS) group.
- Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 22 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.
- Centcom Official Calls Aerial Assault on ISIL the Most Precise in History AFPS 22 Jan 2016 -- The aerial assault on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is the most precise in history, but there are still some civilian casualties, a U.S. Central Command official said here today.
- Pentagon Plans to Send More Troops to Iraq Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- In another blow to the Obama administration's promise of withdrawal from Iraq, the Pentagon has announced plans to deploy additional troops to 'accelerate' its campaign against Daesh.
- US denies taking over Syrian airfield Press TV 22 Jan 2016 -- The United States denies its special operations troops have taken over an airfield in northeastern Syria, near the country's border with Iraq and Turkey.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Readout of Secretary Carter's Meeting with the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani DoD 22 Jan 2016
- Remarks by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter in Plenary Session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland DoD 22 Jan 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of NATO; Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, president of Afghanistan; and Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore
- Remarks by Secretary Carter at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland DoD 22 Jan 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; Klaus Schwab, founder, World Economic Forum
- IKE Carrier Strike Group Completes FST-GC Exercise NNS 22 Jan 2016 -- Carrier Strike Group 10, nicknamed IKE CSG, participated in the Fleet Synthetic Training - Group Commander exercise in Norfolk, Jan. 11-21.
- Stratcom Chief Talks Nuclear Deterrence, Modernization AFPS 22 Jan 2016 -- The global security environment calls for a continued strong nuclear deterrent along with modernization for elements of the nuclear triad and advanced training for U.S. Strategic Command's workforce, the Stratcom commander said here today.
- Opposition to US Nuclear Missiles Upgrade 'Harmful' to Deterrence Goals Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- Defense experts who are calling on the United States to abandon its plans to modernize the long-range stand-off (LRSO) nuclear cruise missiles hurt US deterrence aims, US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) Commander Cecil Haney stated on Friday.
- Official: U.S. Delays Retiring Attack Plane Due To Islamic State, 'Resurgent Russia' RFE/RL 22 Jan 2016 -- A senior U.S. military official says the rise of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group and a 'resurgent Russia' prompted the U.S. Air Force to reconsider plans to retire a fleet of aging ground-attack jets.
- 'Resurgent' Russia 'Forces' US to Postpone A-10 Retirement Plan Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- The spread of the Daesh militant group and the build-up of Russia's influence in the global arena have prompted the US Air Force to revise its plans to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt air support jet.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's Meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi DoD 22 Jan 2016
- MET provides secure comms to warfighter AFNS 22 Jan 2016 -- The first fully funded Air Force modernization enterprise terminal (MET) outside the U.S. is now operational at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
- USS Fort Worth Experiences Engineering Problem in Port NNS 22 Jan 2016 -- Littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) experienced a casualty to the ship's combining gears during an in-port period in Singapore, Jan. 12.
- DoD Leaders Learn the Value of SERE Training NNS 22 Jan 2016 -- Sailors at the Center for Security Forces (CENSECFOR) Det. North Island hosted more than 60 executive leaders within the Department of Defense, Jan. 13, as part of the DOD's Executive Leadership Development Program.
- SECNAV, SECAG Visit USS William P Lawrence of the Great Green Fleet NNS 22 Jan 2016 -- Guided missile-destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) hosted Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Jan. 20, while participating in the Great Green Fleet kickoff celebration.
- Japan to pay 8 bln USD over next 5 years to host U.S. forces People's Daily 22 Jan 2016 -- Japanand the United Stateson Friday inked a deal stipulating the budget for hosting U.S. forces here will be maintained by Tokyo.
- Global security challenges on the agenda at Davos NATO 22 Jan 2016 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg is addressing global security challenges at the World Economic Forum in Davos. On Friday (22 January 2016), Mr Stoltenberg took part in a plenary session on the global security outlook together with Afghan President Dr Ashraf Ghani, US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
- Russia to create new military divisions amid NATO drills Press TV 22 Jan 2016 -- Russia says it will create four new military divisions this year in an effort to reinforce its military forces amid increased exercises by NATO members states.
- Russia to Rearm 5 Air Defense Regiments With S-400 Missile Systems in 2016 Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- Five air defense regiments will be rearmed with advanced S-400 Triumf air defense systems in 2016, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Gen. Valery Gerasimov said Friday.
- Russian Nuclear Forces Receive 10 Tu-160, Tu-95 and Tu-22 Strategic Bombers Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- The Russian Aerospace Forces received 10 advanced strategic bombers Tu-160, Tu-95 and Tu-22 while the Navy got two strategic missile cruisers.
- US Admiral Claims Russia's Updated Nuclear Deterrence Doctrine 'Disturbing' Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- Russia's most up-to-date military doctrine stipulating the use of nuclear weapons as a deterrent and potential response to an existential threat raises concerns at the US Strategic Command (STRATCOM), STRATCOM Commander Admiral Cecil Haney said on Friday.
- The First E-2D Advanced Hawkeye AEW Aircraft Ordered by Japan to Begin Manufacture People's Daily 22 Jan 2016 -- The first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye AEW Aircraft Japan ordered from the U.S. is to begin manufacture, thepaper.cn reported on January 21.
- Tokyo Goes All In to Save US Base in Okinawa Despite Local Resentment Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- With mayoral elections coming up in Okinawa, the Japanese government is working to ensure that a candidate in the ruling party wins. Dangling financial benefits to voters, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to ensure that a US airbase remains on the island.
- Taiwan Air Force pilot missing in Arizona crash CNA 22 Jan 2016 -- A pilot in the Republic of China (Taiwan) Air Force has been reported as missing after an F-16 fighter jet that he was flying crashed in the U.S. state of Arizona Thursday.
- South Korea, US, Japan Set Up Data Sharing Channel on N Korea's Missiles Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- South Korea plans to set up a new channel for sharing information on North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missiles with the United States and Japan, local media reported Friday, citing a South Korean Defense Ministry source.
- UK Denies Claims of Plans to Station Permanent Troops in Poland Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- Britain has denied claims by Poland's Defense Minister that it would deploy 1,000 troops to the East European country bordering Russia on a permanent basis, in contravention of an agreement made in 2007 not to build up conventional forces in the region, Sputnik News has been told.
- Almost 150 Pieces of Military Equipment Disappear From Ukrainian Depots Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- The Russian envoy to the OSCE said that over the past month almost 150 pieces of military equipment, missile systems, and other large-caliber artillery have disappeared from Ukraine's depots.
- Hungary Intends to Buy Up to 30 Russian Choppers for $490 Mln Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- According to Russia's Arms Trade Analysis Centre, Hungary is interested in purchasing 30 Russian helicopters.
- Preview of Secretary Kerry's Trip to Riyadh US Dept. of State 22 Jan 2016
- Remarks at the World Economic Forum US Dept. of State 22 Jan 2016 -- Remarks by John Kerry, Secretary of State
- 22 January 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 22 Jan 2016
- China's Navy Chief Affirms Readiness to Defend Islands in S China Sea Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- Earlier this month, China conducted several successful test flights at a newly-built airfield in the South China Sea apparently to test whether airport facilities are suitable for civil aviation.
- Saudi jets bomb residential areas in Yemen's Sana'a Press TV 22 Jan 2016 -- Saudi warplanes attack the Yemeni capital, targeting residential buildings and areas near the presidential palace, a day after several families were targeted in deadly bombings.
- Syrian army advancing toward militants' stronghold in Latakia Press TV 22 Jan 2016 -- The Syrian army, backed by Russian airstrikes and military advisors, has managed to gain control of more regions in Latakia, advancing towards a militants' stronghold in the coastal province, a monitoring group says.
- Why Turkey Wants to Shut Syrian Kurds Out of Intra-Syrian Peace Talks Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- Russia wants to stop the ongoing bloodbath in Syria by bringing together all actors, including Syrian Kurds, in the upcoming intra-Syrian talks in Geneva. Turkey, meanwhile, seeks to force the Kurds out of the negotiation process, Zuhat Kobane, the leader of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), told Sputnik in an exclusive interview.
- Syrian Army Continues Destroying Daesh Positions on Several Fronts Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- The Syrian army together with the country's air force destroyed numerous Daesh terrorists' positions, and struck heavy casualties on different militant groups in several provinces in the last 24 hours.
- Baghdad Info Center Provides Iraqi Military With Data on Daesh Targets Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- The Baghdad Information Center started to provide Iraqi military with reconnaissance information and target coordinates of Daesh terrorists.
- No evidence Turkey wants to fight Daesh: Iraqi PM Press TV 22 Jan 2016 -- The Iraqi prime minister has cast doubt on Turkey's willingness to combat Daesh terrorists, saying Ankara should focus on fighting the Takfiri group instead of targeting its Kurdish population.
- Iraq's PM Urges Turkey to Remove Troops from Mosul VOA 22 Jan 2016 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi appealed to Turkey Friday to pull its troops out of Iraq that it has stationed near the embattled Islamic State stronghold of Mosul.
- Bombings, shooting leave 13 dead, 45 wounded in, around Baghdad Press TV 22 Jan 2016 -- Over a dozen people have been killed and more than three dozen others injured when a series of bomb explosions and a shooting incident struck residential neighborhoods in and around the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
- China backs establishment of independent State of Palestine Press TV 22 Jan 2016 -- China has lent its support to the establishment of the State of Palestine with East al-Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital.
- Ukraine Contact Group Brings No Results, Minsk Deal Implementation Stalled Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- There is no progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements and the most recent Contact Group meeting on Ukraine did not yield any significant results, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told RIA Novosti.
- U.S. reiterates hope for cross-strait relations to remain peaceful CNA 22 Jan 2016 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Thursday in Beijing that Washington has an abiding interest in continued peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
- Military operations claim two lives in southeast Turkey Press TV 22 Jan 2016 -- At least two people have been killed during Turkish military operations in the volatile southeastern city of Cizre, which has been under a tight curfew over the past weeks.
- Nigeria: reintegrating women and children liberated from Boko Haram 'essential' to peace, say UN experts UN News 22 Jan 2016 -- Three United Nations human rights experts today called on the Government of Nigeria to assist in the rehabilitation and reintegration of women and children who escaped or were liberated from Boko Haram captivity.
- Somalia: UN condemns deadly Al-Shabaab attacks against civilian targets in Mogadishu UN News 22 Jan 2016 -- The United Nations Security Council condemned in the strongest terms today's attack in Mogadishu perpetrated by Al-Shabaab, "which has resulted in a number of deaths and injuries of innocent civilians going about their daily lives."
- At Least 20 Killed in Al-Shabab Attack on Somali Restaurant VOA 22 Jan 2016 -- Police in Somalia's capital said at least 20 people have been killed by gunmen who stormed into a popular seaside restaurant and took siege of the eatery.
- Ex-Russian spy dismisses Litvinenko inquiry Press TV 22 Jan 2016 -- A former Russian spy has rejected as nonsense a new British inquiry saying he was one of the state-directed murderers of dissident Alexander Litvinenko.
- Britain Under Pressure to Punish Putin Over Litvinenko Poisoning VOA 22 Jan 2016 -- Calls grew Friday for the government of British Prime Minister David Cameron to penalize Russia following the release Thursday of the results of a public inquiry on the 2006 murder of dissident Alexander Litvinenko.
- Lugovoy Possibly Exposed to Polonium Together With Litvinenko Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- Andrey Lugovoy, accused of being involved in the death of former Russian FSB secret service agent Alexander Litvinenko by a recent UK inquiry, says he could have been exposed to polonium-210 at the same time with his former colleague.
- Lugovoy Says MI6 Tried Recruiting Him Prior to Litvinenko's Death Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- Andrey Lugovoy, accused of being involved in the death of former Russian FSB secret service agent Alexander Litvinenko by a recent UK inquiry, says the British intelligence tried recruiting him prior to Litvinenko's death.
- US Hopes to Work with China to Ensure Iran's Compliance in Nuclear Nonproliferation VOA 22 Jan 2016 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Iran for an official state visit expected to see the two countries expand diplomatic relations and economic ties.
- Xi Jinping's Charm Offensive: China Extends a Helping Hand to the Mideast Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping is visiting Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran as part of a five-day trip, which has seen Beijing ink billion-dollar deals and boost ties in the Middle East at a time when Washington's presence in the oil-rich region is becoming less pronounced.
- Xi says China not to seek proxies or fill 'vacuum' in Middle East People's Daily 22 Jan 2016 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said in Cairo Thursday that China will neither look for proxies nor try to fill any 'vacuum' in the Middle East.
- Vice President Upbeat on China's Economy People's Daily 22 Jan 2016 -- Chinese president issued an upbeat assessment of the country's economic prospects while attending the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Thursday. His remarks were made shortly after lower growth figures for China in 2015 triggered global concern.
- 'Imperative to pursue criminal accountability of the DPR Korea leadership' - UN rights expert UN News 22 Jan 2016 -- The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) today called on the international community to further all efforts to improve the human rights situation in the country.
- S. Korea Leader: Nuclear Talks Should Proceed Without N. Korea VOA 22 Jan 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye said world powers should find a way to restart long-stalled talks on North Korea's nuclear program, even if it means Pyongyang negotiators are not present.
- American Arrested for His Hostile Act against DPRK KCNA 22 Jan 2016 -- According to information available from a relevant institution, Warmbier Otto Frederick, student of Virginia University of the U.S., was arrested while perpetrating a hostile act against the DPRK after entering it under the guise of tourist for the purpose of bringing down the foundation of its single-minded unity at the tacit connivance of the U.S. government and under its manipulation. He is now under investigation.
- US citizen arrested by North Korea, State Dept. confirms Press TV 22 Jan 2016 -- The US State Department has confirmed reports that an American citizen has been arrested in North Korea.
- S. Korea vows to pressure DPRK to give up nuclear program People's Daily 22 Jan 2016 -- South Koreavowed on Friday to respond to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) nuclear program sternly in 2016 after Pyongyang's nuclear test earlier this month.
- Taliban Faction Promises More School Attacks in Pakistan VOA 22 Jan 2016 -- The Taliban faction that has claimed responsibility for the massacre at a Pakistani university that killed 21 people earlier this week says that assault was just the beginning of more attacks to come.
- Thousands Rally in Chechnya To Support Kadyrov, Denounce Opposition RFE/RL 22 Jan 2016 -- A massive crowd turned out in Chechnya to voice support for the region's Kremlin-backed leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, and to echo his escalating condemnation of the Russian opposition.
- Thousands Rally in Chechnya In Support of Leader VOA 22 Jan 2016 -- Thousands of people took to the streets of Russia's Chechen capital of Grozny Friday to show their support for the region's pro-Kremlin leader, Ramzan Kadyrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- International Rights Groups Urge Kremlin Response To Kadyrov 'Threats' RFE/RL 22 Jan 2016 -- Prominent international rights groups have urged Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government to take action following 'threats' and 'menacing' language deployed by Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov and his inner circle against journalists and activists.
- Swine Flu Causes Deaths In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 22 Jan 2016 -- An outbreak of the H1N1 swine flu virus has killed 26 people in the territories currently controlled by Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region, Russian news agencies reported on January 22.
- Swine flu has killed 39 in Russia Press TV 22 Jan 2016 -- Swine flu has killed nearly 40 people in Russia since last month, with one of the cases reported in the capital, Moscow.
- Over 20 Swine Flu Cases Registered in Russia's Kamchatka Territory Sputnik 22 Jan 2016 -- Over 20 cases of swine flu have been registered in Russia's Kamchatka Territory, three children are among the infected, regional authorities report.
- Paris state of emergency to remain till Daesh defeat: French PM Press TV 22 Jan 2016 -- France says the state of emergency put in place in Paris after last November's deadly terror attacks by Daesh will be extended until the world could totally get rid of the Takfiri terror group.
- Biden Rebukes Turkey Over Free-Speech Crackdown VOA 22 Jan 2016 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden rebuked Turkey on Friday for its crackdown on freedom of expression.
- Security Council delegation visits Burundi in diplomatic push to end months of political tension UN News 22 Jan 2016 -- Diplomats from the United Nations Security Council are wrapping up a visit to crisis-torn Burundi, after meetings with top Government officials in the capital, Bujumbura, where they encouraged all parties to pursue an inclusive dialogue process that would help end months of political turmoil.
- Haiti: UN chief concerned at postponement of polls; calls on all sides to refrain from violence UN News 22 Jan 2016 -- Voicing concern at the postponement of tomorrow's already delayed presidential elections in Haiti, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today called on all political actors to refrain from violence and complete the electoral process peacefully without further delay.
- UN and partners in Haiti reiterate support for conclusion of electoral process UN News 22 Jan 2016 -- The United Nations and its partners in Haiti reiterated today their support for the outcome of the electoral process in the country, where political tensions have simmered ahead of the second round of presidential polls, which was set for Sunday, but which reportedly has been postponed.
- Pipeline Blasts Raise Tension in Nigeria's Oil-Rich Delta VOA 22 Jan 2016 -- The attack last week on a major pipeline in Nigeria's Niger Delta region is raising fears that a long-dormant insurgency could reignite and put the country's oil industry in its crosshairs.
- Nationwide curfew announced in Tunisia amid protests Press TV 22 Jan 2016 -- Tunisia has imposed a nationwide curfew in response to growing social unrest over unemployment.
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