24 January 2016 Military News
- Operation Inherent Resolve Strikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 24 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.
- Dunford: Recommendations Forthcoming on U.S. Troop Presence in Northern Iraq AFPS 24 Jan 2016 -- The United States potentially will make recommendations to position U.S. troops with Iraqi security forces in northern Iraq to support the next phase of isolating the key city of Mosul, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
- Taliban Skeptical of Four-way Afghan Peace Process VOA 24 Jan 2016 -- Afghanistan's Taliban has restated certain preconditions prior to ceasing hostilities, and has stopped short of formally rejecting a U.S.-backed four-nation process aimed at promoting Afghan peace.
- US-led drone strikes kill over three dozen in eastern Afghanistan Press TV 24 Jan 2016 -- At least 41 people lost their lives when US-led foreign forces carried out separate drone strikes in Afghanistan's embattled eastern province of Nangarhar, Press TV reports.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Russia's Strategic Bomber PAK DA May Take off Earlier than Expected Sputnik 24 Jan 2016 -- Work on the PAK DA strategic bomber is coming along at a good pace, according to the Chief of the Russian Air and Space Forces, Viktor Bondarev.
- Distorted Reality: UK Calls for Nuclear Buildup Citing Russian Navy Upgrade Sputnik 24 Jan 2016 -- The modernization of the Russian navy has surfaced as a big concern for Britain who is trying to use it as a pretext for building up its nuclear arsenal.
- China's Progress in Developing Hypersonic Weapons Unsettles Pentagon Sputnik 24 Jan 2016 -- Although Beijing has repeatedly stated that its efforts to modernize its military are aimed strictly at boosting China's defense capabilities, US military officials never miss an opportunity to present these developments as an alarming trend.
- Preview of Secretary Kerry's Travel to Vientiane, Phnom Penh, and Beijing US Dept. of State 24 Jan 2016
- Saudi military goes on with new airstrikes on Yemen Press TV 24 Jan 2016 -- The regime in Riyadh has conducted new airstrikes on Yemen, nearly ten months into Saudi Arabia's deadly campaign against its impoverished southern neighbor.
- Yemeni forces kill 8 Saudi troops in retaliatory attacks Press TV 24 Jan 2016 -- Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah fighters and allied army units have killed at least eight Saudi soldiers in retaliation for the Arab kingdom's deadly aggression against their country.
- Syria vows no 'new concessions' at future Geneva talks Press TV 24 Jan 2016 -- A senior official in Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's ruling party has said the government will not make any new concessions in the upcoming Geneva peace talks.
- Syria army retakes key militant bastion in Latakia Press TV 24 Jan 2016 -- Syrian forces, backed by military aircraft, have managed to wrest control over a strategic town in the country's western province of Latakia as they continue to gain ground in battles against foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants.
- Syrian Army Liberates Some 45 Square Miles in Latakia Province in Two Days Sputnik 24 Jan 2016 -- Syrian Armed Forces supported by popular militias liberated some 120 square kilometers (46 square miles) of the country's northwestern province of Latakia in two days, Syrian army said in a statement on Sunday.
- Syrian Army Gains Control Over Key Town in Latakia Near Turkish Border Sputnik 24 Jan 2016 -- The Syrian army backed by popular defense groups has managed to gain control over the strategically important town of al-Rabea'a and the village of al-Rawda in the Latakia province near the border with Turkey.
- Syrian Forces Recapture Latakia Town VOA 24 Jan 2016 -- Syrian forces recaptured the town of Rabia Sunday, continuing their string of victories over rebels in the northwestern province of Latakia.
- Daesh kills three own commanders in northern Iraq Press TV 24 Jan 2016 -- The Daesh Takfiri militant group has reportedly executed three of its own commanders in Iraq's embattled northern province of Nineveh after the latter sought to break away from the terrorist outfit.
- Neo-Ottoman Dream: Iraqi PM Slams Turkey's 'Empire' Ambitions Sputnik 24 Jan 2016 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Turkey was trying to re-establish the Ottoman empire, was unwilling to fight Daesh and should withdraw its troops from Iraq, IraqiNews.com reported.
- Poroshenko Says 'Torpedoing' Minsk Deal Could Lead To Full-Scale War With Russia RFE/RL 24 Jan 2016 -- President Petro Poroshenko has warned Ukrainian politicians that the collapse of the Minsk agreements aimed at ending a war with Russia-backed separatists could set off a 'full-scale conflict' with Russia.
- Ukraine's Prime Minister Calls For Referendum On New Constitution RFE/RL 24 Jan 2016 -- Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called for a referendum to be held on a new constitution for the country.
- UK Labour chief seeks deal with Argentina over Las Malvinas Press TV 24 Jan 2016 -- Britain's Labour Party leader has expressed support for a power-sharing deal with Argentina over the disputed Malvinas Islands, aka the Falklands, reports say.
- South Sudan, Rebels Fail to Form Transitional Government VOA 24 Jan 2016 -- South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and his former vice president and rebel leader Riek Machar failed to form a unity transitional government Saturday, which was a key demand in a peace accord signed in Ethiopia to end the country's conflict.
- Israel 'Supports Settlement at Any Time' After Hebron Incident VOA 24 Jan 2016 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed strong support for Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank Sunday amid increasing pressure from hardline coalition members over an incident in the flashpoint settlement of Hebron.
- Larijani: Implementation of JCPOA opens new chapter for regional countries IRNA 24 Jan 2016 -- Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday that implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action will open a new chapter to develop cooperation among the regional countries.
- JCPOA implementation offers chance for new regional cooperation: Iran Press TV 24 Jan 2016 -- Iran says the recent implementation of a nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries has provided new opportunities for enhanced regional cooperation.
- Ayatollah Khamenei hails IRGC's arrest of trespassing US sailors Press TV 24 Jan 2016 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has commended as timely and praiseworthy the "brave" move by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces in arresting US Marines who trespassed into Iran's territorial waters.
- Leader praises IRGC Navy sense of responsibility to seize US marines IRNA 24 Jan 2016 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday praised a group of IRGC Navy troops for sense of responsibility to protect Iranian territorial sea and seizure of 10 US marines at sea earlier this month.
- Iran vows crushing response to any aggressor ISNA 24 Jan 2016 -- Iran will give a crushing response to any possible act of aggression against the country, says a commander.
- Chinese president meets Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei People's Daily 24 Jan 2016 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met here Saturday, pledging to beef up practical cooperation between the two countries and jointly safeguard security, peace and stability in the region and around the world.
- Kerry reassures 'solid relationship' with Saudi Press TV 24 Jan 2016 -- The United States has once again reassured Saudi Arabia of its "solid relationship" with the kingdom following the removal of sanctions on Iran.
- Kerry Says U.S. Ties With Saudi Arabia Stronger Than Ever RFE/RL 24 Jan 2016 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said the U.S. friendship with Saudi Arabia is stronger than ever and that the two will work together to try to end wars in Syria and Yemen.
- Malaysia police arrest seven Daesh-linked supects Press TV 24 Jan 2016 -- At least seven people suspected of having ties to the Takfiri Daesh terrorists have been arrested in Malaysia on suspicion of planning terror attacks across the Southeast Asian country.
- Omani man becomes Thailand's 2nd confirmed MERS case Press TV 24 Jan 2016 -- An Omani man has become the second confirmed case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in Thailand after arriving in the capital, Bangkok.
- UN health agency urges vigilance in South-East Asia after new case of MERS confirmed in Thailand UN News 24 Jan 2016 -- The United Nations health agency cautioned South-East Asia States today to remain vigilant against the continuing risks of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV) after Thailand confirmed the sometimes fatal disease in a traveller, its second case in seven months.
- Kerry Arrives in Asia; Trip Focuses on ASEAN, North Korea VOA 24 Jan 2016 -- Secretary of State John Kerry is in Laos, where he will lay the groundwork for a February summit with leaders of 10 ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) countries that will be hosted by President Barack Obama.
- Africa Wants Veto Powers in UN Security Council VOA 24 Jan 2016 -- Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo say Africa wants to see reforms enacted at the U.N. Security Council and they want the continent to be given at least one spot as a permanent member. The call came at the end of a visit to Zimbabwe by Nguema and ahead of an African Union General Assembly later this month.
- Thousands March in Moldovan Capital to Protest New Government VOA 24 Jan 2016 -- Thousands of demonstrators converged on the Moldovan capital Sunday to protest the newly appointed government and prime minister in Europe's poorest nation.
- US Warns Haitians Against Election-related Violence VOA 24 Jan 2016 -- As unrest in Haiti continues over a presidential runoff vote, the United States says it expects anyone responsible for election violence and intimidation in Haiti to be held accountable under the law.
- Burkina arrests 11 failed coup soldiers in arms depot raid Press TV 24 Jan 2016 -- Eleven former members of the Burkinabe presidential guard which fomented a brief but failed coup last year have been arrested after a raid on an arms depot near the capital Ouagadougou.
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