23 January 2016 Military News
- Pentagon Chief: Some Anti-IS Coalition Members Do 'Nothing At All' RFE/RL 23 Jan 2016 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says several members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria are doing 'nothing at all' to help defeat the extremist group.
- Carter: Some anti-ISIL coalition partners doing 'nothing at all' Press TV 23 Jan 2016 -- US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has criticized some members of the so-called coalition against Daesh (ISIL) for doing "nothing at all" to destroy the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.
- US Does Not Plan to Increase Number of Special Forces in Syria - Pentagon Sputnik 23 Jan 2016 -- The United States is not planning on increasing the number of its special forces in Syria, US Department of Defense spokesman Peter Cook told Sputnik on Friday.
- U.S., Coalition Continue Strikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 23 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.
- US admits civilian deaths, says Daesh bears responsibility Press TV 23 Jan 2016 -- The US military has acknowledged that its airstrikes in Syria and Iraq killed two more civilians and injured some others, but said the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group bears responsibility.
- US considering military presence in Iraq over Daesh Press TV 23 Jan 2016 -- The US is considering military presence in Iraqi bases ahead of an imminent battle against Daesh (ISIL) militants in the Arab country.
- Afghan Forces Liberate Over 30 Southern Villages From Militants Sputnik 23 Jan 2016 -- The Afghan army has cleaned over 30 villages from the militants in the southern Kandahar province, local media reported, local authorities said.
- Taliban wants to be removed from UN blacklist before new peace talks Press TV 23 Jan 2016 -- The Taliban militant group says it wants to be removed from the blacklist of the United Nations as a condition for rejoining peace talks for an end to the conflict in Afghanistan.
- National Guard Aids Civil Authorities as Blizzard Pounds East Coast AFPS 23 Jan 2016 -- As much of the East Coast hunkered down today in the midst of a ferocious winter storm, National Guard citizen-soldiers and citizen-airmen were poised to assist local and state emergency agencies.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Maintenance mishap damaged US nuke in 2014: Air Force Press TV 23 Jan 2016 -- The US Air Force says a nuclear-armed missile stored in its underground launch facility was damaged last year during a technical crew "mishap."
- 3 Poorly Trained Airmen Damaged Missile, US Air Force Says VOA 23 Jan 2016 -- The U.S. Air Force says three poorly trained airmen caused $1.8 million in damage to one of its nuclear missiles in 2014 while they were conducting routine maintenance on the weapon.
- Mistake Worth $1.8 Million: US Airmen Damage Nuclear-Armed Missile Sputnik 23 Jan 2016 -- Three US servicemen damaged a nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in its underground silo during a troubleshooting procedure in May 2014 in what is the latest nuclear mishap plaguing the US Air Force.
- Carter: U.S. Welcomes Rise in Power of Asia-Pacific Nations AFPS 23 Jan 2016 -- China as a rising power is a major factor in Asia and the South China Sea that's welcomed by the United States in almost every way, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, yesterday.
- NATO Considering Use of AWACS Surveillance Planes in Anti-Daesh Fight Sputnik 23 Jan 2016 -- NATO has confirmed it is considering using the alliance's AWACS to assist the US-led coalition in its fights against Daesh in Syria.
- Russia, Pakistan to hold first ever joint military exercise Press TV 23 Jan 2016 -- Russia says it is set to hold its first ever drills with Pakistan this year as part of Moscow's efforts to reinforce its army amid NATO's increased military build-up at the Russian doorstep.
- New combat support branch to play vital role People's Daily 23 Jan 2016 -- The newly-established Strategic Support Force of the People's Liberation Army will take charge of the military's space, cyberspace and electronic warfare operations, according to a senior PLA expert.
- Aircraft That 'Bites': Russia to Sell Egypt 46 Alligator Helicopters Sputnik 23 Jan 2016 -- To equip the French-made Mistral-class ships, Egypt is buying 46 Russian Ka-52 Alligator reconnaissance and combat helicopters, Austrian online newspaper Die Presse reported.
- Press Availability With Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir US Dept. of State 23 Jan 2016 -- John Kerry, Secretary of State
- Pentagon: Beijing Making 'Self Isolating' Moves in S China Sea Sputnik 23 Jan 2016 -- US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has stated that Beijing is taking steps which will lead to international isolation amid ongoing tensions over disputed territories in the South China Sea.
- Four more Saudi soldiers killed in Yemen reprisal attacks Press TV 23 Jan 2016 -- Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah fighters and military units have carried out new retaliatory attacks against Saudi positions where four more Saudi soldiers were killed.
- 11 civilians hurt as Saudi warplanes hit northwest Yemen Press TV 23 Jan 2016 -- Nearly a dozen civilians have sustained injuries when Saudi fighter jets carried out an airstrike in Yemen's northwestern province of Sa'ada.
- After first-hand visit to besieged Yemeni city of Taiz, senior UN official calls for unlimited access for aid UN News 23 Jan 2016 -- Senior United Nations humanitarian officials today called on the authorities and various factions in war-torn Yemen to allow sustained access into the besieged central city of Taiz after seeing first-hand the desperate state of its inhabitants, who lack critical medical supplies, food and other basic needs for survival.
- Thrashed! Syrian Army Beats Back Daesh Attack Near Damascus Sputnik 23 Jan 2016 -- Syrian forces have repelled a massive offensive by Daesh militants in the area north of the capital Damascus, Iran's Fars news agency reported on Friday.
- Kerry Says He Is 'Confident' Syria Peace Talks Can Proceed RFE/RL 23 Jan 2016 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is confident that UN-sponsored Syrian peace talks can proceed as scheduled in Geneva next week.
- Syrian Rebels: Government, Russia Responsible if Talks Fail VOA 23 Jan 2016 -- Syrian opposition said Saturday that it is "impossible" to start negotiations with the government before the implementation of U.N. resolutions on humanitarian issues.
- Abadi hints at Turkey 'plot' to control Nineveh Press TV 23 Jan 2016 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has renewed his call on Turkey to withdraw its troops from northern Iraq, saying he hoped Ankara would help Baghdad fight Takfiri Daesh terrorists.
- Libyan Army Denies Reports of US, Russian, UK Military Deployment Sputnik 23 Jan 2016 -- In a statment made to Sputnik Libya's army denied Saturday reports of Russian, US and British military deployments in the conflict-torn North African country.
- Unity government formation delayed in South Sudan Press TV 23 Jan 2016 -- South Sudan's warring parties have missed a key deadline to form a unity government as rebels rebuffed President Salva Kiir's establishment of new states in the country.
- Anger, Rumors Spread as Aid Shifts for Palestinian Refugees VOA 23 Jan 2016 -- As he tries to scrape funds together to treat his daughter's life-threatening condition, Fouad Abu Khaled is fearful, not just for the future of his family, but for the entire Palestinian diaspora.
- Kerry Accuses Iran of Arming Hezbollah With 80,000 Rockets Sputnik 23 Jan 2016 -- The United States shares Saudi Arabia's concerns of Iran supplying the Hezbollah Shiite militia with up to 80,000 rockets through Syria, US State Secretary John Kerry said Saturday.
- Poroshenko Vows Not to Postpone Vote on Ukraine's Decentralization Sputnik 23 Jan 2016 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday that Kiev is not going to postpone a vote on constitutional amendments on the country's decentralization.
- Supreme Leader: Iran gov't, nation keen on enhanced ties with China IRNA 23 Jan 2016 -- Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that Iranian government and nation have been seeking expansion of relations with independent and reliable states such as China.
- Larijani: Majlis supports development of ties with China IRNA 23 Jan 2016 -- Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani on Saturday called for expansion of economic ties between Iran and China in the fields of oil, gas, railway and transfer of modern technology and knowledge.
- Iran, China Agree To $600 Billion Trade Deal After Sanctions Lifted RFE/RL 23 Jan 2016 -- Iranian President Hassan Rohani says Iran and China have agreed to expand bilateral relations and boost trade to $600 billion over the next 10 years.
- What is Iran's Future Following Lifting of Sanctions? VOA 23 Jan 2016 -- Economic experts say Iran has the potential to expand its economy and become more prosperous now that many economic sanctions have been lifted. But some of these same economists worry that corruption and government intrusion into the markets will hurt growth and disappoint ordinary Iranians.
- Khamenei: Iran Never Trusted West, Seeks Closer Ties with China VOA 23 Jan 2016 -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is calling for closer economic and security ties with China, saying Iran has 'never trusted the West.'
- China's leader seeks 'new chapter' in ties with Iran Press TV 23 Jan 2016 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first head of state visiting Iran since sanctions were lifted on Tehran, is poised to sign letters of intent with the Islamic Republic for a new chapter in strategic economic cooperation.
- President Xi's visit to Iran historic event: Rouhani Press TV 23 Jan 2016 -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says Chinese President Xi Jinping's official visit to Iran marks a 'historic' event in relations between Tehran and Beijing.
- Gadhafi Cousin Promotes Return of the Old Guard VOA 23 Jan 2016 -- Is Libya ready for a leading political figure who looks like Moammar Gadhafi?
- Documents Show Degree of IS Control Over Life in Its Territories VOA 23 Jan 2016 -- From detailed orders to those who drive cars to instructions for storeowners on how, and to whom, they must display their wares, Islamic State militants have been determined to oversee every aspect of life in territory they control.
- French president seeks longer state of emergency Press TV 23 Jan 2016 -- French President Francois Hollande is set to call on the parliament to extend by another three months the state of emergency put in place after the deadly 2015 Paris attacks.
- Turkey court drops Erdogan case against MP Press TV 23 Jan 2016 -- A court in Turkey has dismissed a legal appeal by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against an opposition leader who had called him a "thief" back in 2014.
- Biden slams Turkey for curtailing freedom of expression Press TV 23 Jan 2016 -- US Vice President Joe Biden has warned Turkey over its crackdown on freedom of expression, saying the strength of Turkey's democracy has a direct impact on its ties with America.
- Biden: US Recognizes Kurdish Threat to Turkey VOA 23 Jan 2016 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Turkey on Saturday that the United States recognizes that the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is as much a threat to Ankara as Islamic State militants are, even as Washington supports Kurdish forces fighting the jihadists in Iraq.
- Interpol Explains Removal Of Yanukovych Figures From Public Wanted List RFE/RL 23 Jan 2016 -- Interpol says it has removed the names of several suspects from the time that former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was in power from its public wanted list in response to a legal complaint Yanukovych has filed.
- Venezuelan MPs reject Maduro's 'economic emergency' decree Press TV 23 Jan 2016 -- Venezuela's opposition-led National Assembly has rejected a presidential decree for 'emergency powers' amid a slumping economy.
- Haiti postpones run-off elections amid violence Press TV 23 Jan 2016 -- Officials in Haiti have delayed presidential and parliamentary run-off elections amid ongoing protests and opposition demands calling for a halt to the vote over alleged fraud.
- Tanzania's Magufuli, Promising Accountability, Suspends 2 Officials VOA 23 Jan 2016 -- Tanzanian President John Magufuli suspended two senior immigration officials following allegations of impropriety and financial malfeasance, in a move to ensure accountability in all public institutions, according to Gerson Msigwa, acting director of information at the presidency.
- UN Security Council Considers Burundi Options VOA 23 Jan 2016 -- The U.N. Security Council departed Africa on Saturday, considering its options to help quell political violence in Burundi.
- US, Saudis Back Regional Initiatives, Despite Iran VOA 23 Jan 2016 -- Despite claims that a perceived warming of relations between the U.S. and Iran has left U.S. ally Saudi Arabia feeling betrayed, there were no outward indications of a rift, on Saturday, as Secretary of State John Kerry met with Saudi and other Gulf officials.
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