30 January 2016 Military News
- Military Strikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 30 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 Air Force Spending Over $271Mln to Expand Balad Base in Iraq Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- The US Air Force has given Sallyport Global Holdings in Virginia a $271.8 million contract to run security and life support operations at Balad Air Base in Iraq.
- Taliban Became Even Stronger Since US Invaded Afghanistan Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- Washington's 14-year efforts to defeat the Taliban and bring peace and stability to the country are nearing failure, stoking growing concerns about US President Barack Obama's pledge to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, a report by a government watchdog revealed Friday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Army Provides No Cyber Unit Training to Foreign Partners - Cyber Command Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- Head of Army Cyber Command Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon said that the US Army is not providing cyber unit training to America's international partners.
- Small but Dangerous: Russia's New Missile Corvette Packs Huge Punch Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- Russia's all-new Buyan-M missile corvette may be small but the weapons it carries on board really boggle the mind, Zvezda TV channel wrote on its website Friday.
- Russia's Central Military District to Get Over 1,200 Pieces of Equipment Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- Russia's Central Military District (MD) will receive more than 1,200 pieces of military and special equipment in 2016, Commander of the Central MD Col. Gen. Vladimir Zarudnitsky said Saturday.
- Russia to Rearm Two More Missile Divisions With Yars ICBMs Sputnik 29 Jan 2016 -- Russia's Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) have started rearmament of two more missile divisions with advanced RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) systems, SMF Commander Col. Gen. Sergey Karakayev said Friday.
- Bastion: Russia Develops Silo-Based Anti-Ship Missile System for Export Sputnik 29 Jan 2016 -- The silo-based export version of the Bastion anti-ship missile system will meet the demands of countries which need to protect a limited area of their coastlines.
- General Hajizadeh: IRGC's tactics to counter US missile demands IRNA 30 Jan 2016 -- The IRGC doesn't take as serious the repeated US demands for the restrictions on Iran's missile defense program and capabilities, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said.
- IRGC doubles missile activities despite US pressure: Commander Press TV 30 Jan 2016 -- A senior commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says Iran has stepped up boosting its missile capabilities since the US asked to curb them.
- Iran launches advanced torpedos in drill+ video ISNA 30 Jan 2016 -- Iran's Navy submarines and destroyers launched different kinds of torpedo and missiles to the intended targets on the 4th day of 'Velayat 94' military drill underway in southern Iran.
- Iran test-fires torpedoes, advanced missiles during massive naval drills Press TV 30 Jan 2016 -- Iranian Navy's submarines and destroyers have successfully test-fired different types of torpedoes and advanced missiles during massive drills aimed at displaying the country's might.
- Iran Reveals New Radar System During Massive War Games Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- The Iranian Navy revealed a new radar system during the second day of the main phase of its war games along the country's Southeastern Makran seashores near the borders of the Persian Gulf on Thursday.
- 'Proud Move': Iranian Navy Test-Fires New Nour Cruise Missiles Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- The Iranian Navy has successfully test-fired a series of Nour surface-to-surface cruise missiles during military exercises off the Makran coast in southeastern Iran.
- Iran's drone takes 'precise' images of US aircraft carrier ISNA 30 Jan 2016 -- Iranian submarine and naval drone took photographs of a US aircraft carrier in Persian Gulf during the third day of Iran's naval drills.
- US Navy confirms Iranian drone's flight over US carrier Press TV 30 Jan 2016 -- The United States has confirmed that an Iranian drone has 'directly' flown over a US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf, taking pictures of it.
- US Might Threaten Military Action if N. Korea Launches Missile Test Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- President Barack Obama might feel pressure to go beyond intensifying sanctions and threaten military action against North Korea if Pyongyang conducts another missile test, US Defense Trade Advisory Group member Lawrence Ward told Sputnik.
- Russian jet flies within 15 feet of US spy plane Press TV 30 Jan 2016 -- A Russian jet has flown by a US spy plane over the Black Sea in an "unsafe and unprofessional manner," coming within 15 feet (4.5 meters) from it, says the Pentagon.
- Statement by the NATO Secretary General on Russian air space violation NATO 30 Jan 2016 -- A Russian combat aircraft violated Turkish airspace yesterday, despite repeated warnings by the Turkish authorities. Previous incidents have shown how dangerous such behaviour is.
- Russia denies Turkey airspace violation claims Press TV 30 Jan 2016 -- The Russian Defense Ministry has denied any manner of Turkish airspace violation by its jets.
- Turkey summons Russian envoy over 'airspace violation' Press TV 30 Jan 2016 -- Turkey says it has summoned Russia's ambassador to Ankara in protest at alleged violation of Turkish airspace by Russian jets.
- Turkey Says Russian Plane Violated Its Airspace RFE/RL 30 Jan 2016 -- Turkey says a Russian plane has again violated Turkey's airspace, two months after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane in a similar incident.
- Russian Defense Ministry Denies Violation of Turkish Airspace by Su-34 Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- The Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday that no Russian aircraft had violated Turkish airspace, adding that neither Russian air defense in Syria, nor Syrian radards had detected violations of Turkish borders by a Russian Su-34 warplane as Ankara claimed earlier in the day.
- Turkey Summons Russian Ambassador Over Alleged Airspace Violation Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- The Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had summoned the Russian Ambassador to Turkey over an alleged Turkish airspace violation by a Russian jet. The Russian Embassy confirmed that the envoy had been summoned, however, did not disclose the reason for the meeting.
- Turkey Says Russian Jet Violated Airspace VOA 30 Jan 2016 -- Tensions rose Saturday between Turkey and Russia when Turkey and NATO said a Russian warplane had violated Turkish airspace. Russia dismissed the Turkish allegations as 'baseless propaganda.'
- Military Leak Reveals Sweden Readying for War With 'Qualified Opponent' Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- Despite an official policy of neutrality, leaked documents show that Sweden may be preparing for war with Russia.
- Raytheon Wins $212.6Mln Patriot Missile Contracts for 12 Countries Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- Raytheon has won engineering contracts worth $212.6 million on its Patriot anti-aircraft and anti-ballistic missile systems.
- Boeing Wins Contract to Start Planning for Air Force One Replacement Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- Boeing has won an initial contract to start work on replacing the aircraft serving the US president.
- Taiwan no hindrance to navigation freedom in South China Sea: MOFA CNA 30 Jan 2016 -- The Republic of China (Taiwan) has held Taiping Island, the largest island in the Spratly Islands, for more than 60 years and has never had a military conflict with another country in the South China Sea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Saturday.
- US warned on Diaoyu Islands statement People's Daily 30 Jan 2016 -- Beijing urges Washington to 'be cautious in words and actions in regard to the Diaoyu Islands issue', the Ministry of National Defense said on Friday, a stern warning over recent remarks by a top United States Navy official.
- China censures US for sending warship to South China Sea Press TV 30 Jan 2016 -- China has censured the United States for sending a warship very close to one of the country's artificial islands to the South China Sea.
- US warship conducts operation near China-claimed island Press TV 30 Jan 2016 -- The United States has sent a destroyer sailing near an island claimed by China in the disputed South China Sea, in a move that could highten Washington-Beijing tensions.
- US Warship Sails Near Disputed Island in S China Sea Escalating Tensions Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- The USS Curtis Wilbur destroyer has sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, an island claimed by China in the Parcel Islands chain in the South China Sea.
- Beijing Protests US Sail-By in South China Sea VOA 30 Jan 2016 -- A U.S. Navy warship sailed through South China Sea waters claimed by China Saturday in a 'freedom of navigation' exercise, which China denounced as 'grave misconduct.'
- More than 30 killed in Saudi air raids on Yemeni capital Press TV 30 Jan 2016 -- The latest airstrikes carried out by Saudi warplanes killed more than 30 people in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a, officials said on Saturday.
- 25 pro-Saudi mercenaries killed in Yemen's Ma'rib Press TV 30 Jan 2016 -- Fighters of Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement and military units have killed more than two dozen mercenaries fighting for Saudi Arabia in Yemen.
- Saudi mercenary commander killed in central Yemen Press TV 30 Jan 2016 -- Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have thwarted an offensive by Saudi-backed militiamen on Yemen's central province of Ma'rib, killing and injuring several of the extremists, including a commander.
- Syria opposition bloc threatens to leave talks in Geneva Press TV 30 Jan 2016 -- The Saudi-backed anti-Syrian government opposition group has threatened to withdraw from peace talks in Geneva, saying its delegation's presence will not be justified if the Syrian government persists in fighting the opposition.
- Takfiri groups fail to unite against Syria government : Report Press TV 30 Jan 2016 -- Major Takfiri groups fighting in Syria are fractured more than anytime as they are struggling to close ranks in the face of army advances on various fronts, a report says.
- Daesh's 120 Days of Hell: Russia's Success on Syrian Battlefield and Beyond Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- Four months and more than 6,000 sorties later, Russia's counterterrorism efforts are bearing fruit – Daesh is retreating, while Damascus-led forces are on a roll.
- Fierce Battle: Syrian Army Thwarts Daesh Assault on Deir ez-Zor Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- Syrian government forces launched a decisive offensive in the city of Deir ez-Zor in the north-east of the country. The city has been blocked by Daesh but the army managed to destroy much of the equipment and manpower.
- Damascus Delegation Seeks Political Solution at Geneva Intra-Syrian Talks Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- The delegation of official Damascus at the Geneva peace negotiations on the Syrian conflict, led by Syrian UN Ambassador Bashar Jaafari, aims at reaching political solution of the crisis in the country, local media reported Saturday.
- Wiped Out: Syrian Army Claws Back Strategic Heights in Latakia Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- The Syrian army and popular forces have won back several strategic mountains in Latakia province in fierce battles fought against the militants in the past 24 hours, Iran's Fars news agency wrote on Friday.
- Syrian Opposition in Geneva for Peace Talks VOA 30 Jan 2016 -- Members of Syria's main opposition group arrived in Geneva Saturday, but it is not clear whether the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee will participate directly in U.N.-backed talks on a political settlement of the Syrian civil war.
- 'Fatal Blow to Daesh': Iraqi Army Poised to Liberate Mosul Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- The Iraqi Army is all set to liberate the city of Mosul, which has been controlled by Daesh terrorists since June 2014, Iraqi Media News agency reported, citing a senior military commander.
- Ukraine's forces open fire on positions of pro-Russia fighters in Donetsk: Report Press TV 30 Jan 2016 -- Ukraine's forces on Saturday opened fire on positions of pro-Russia fighters in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in eastern Ukraine, reports say.
- UN chief 'alarmed' by Hamas leadership's pledge to keep building tunnels, firing rockets at Israel UN News 30 Jan 2016 -- Alarmed by recent statements from the Hamas leadership in Gaza about the group's intention to continue building tunnels and firing rockets at Israel, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said such remarks and actions do "serious disservice" to the enclave's long-suffering people and put at risk the international community's humanitarian and development efforts.
- Russia Opposes Putting Arms Embargo On South Sudan RFE/RL 30 Jan 2016 -- Russia has said it opposes placing a United Nations arms embargo on South Sudan or blacklisting President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar as such moves will not improve prospects for peace.
- Beijing's policy toward Taiwan remains unchanged: Chinese official CNA 30 Jan 2016 -- Beijing's basic policy toward Taiwan will remain unchanged despite political changes in Taiwan, a Chinese official said Saturday.
- UN's Ban Presses African Union for Peacekeepers in Burundi VOA 30 Jan 2016 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told African Union heads of state Saturday that peacekeepers were needed to stem escalating violence in Burundi, despite repeated warnings from the Bujumbura government that any AU units on its territory would be considered an invasion force.
- In Central Asia, The Bad Times Have Arrived RFE/RL 30 Jan 2016 -- The writing has been on the wall for Central Asia for months now - an economic crisis was coming to Central Asia and there was no way of avoiding it. There were unfortunately all too few ideas about how to mitigate it.
- Former CIA director will not be demoted over scandal: Pentagon Press TV 30 Jan 2016 -- The Pentagon has decided not to demote retired US Army General David Petraeus and former CIA Director for leaking classified information to his biographer while still serving in uniform.
- US: 22 Clinton Emails Included 'Top Secret' Material VOA 30 Jan 2016 -- The U.S. State Department, for the first time, is saying that former secretary of State Hillary Clinton's unsecured home computer server contained 22 emails with top secret information and said those emails would not be released to the public.
- German Intelligence Services 'Recruit Asylum Seekers as Informants' Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- German secret services have reportedly been trying to get intelligence information from asylum seekers for many years. Some refugees have received protected status in exchange for their cooperation, German magazine Spiegel Online wrote.
- Iraq will cooperate with any production-cutting decisions: oil minister IRNA 30 Jan 2016 -- Iraq's oil minister said on Saturday his country was ready to accept a decision by OPEC and non-OPEC members to cut crude production and was preparing to revive its national oil company, moves aimed at boosting profits amid dropping prices.
- Russia Successfully Puts European Communications Satellite Into Orbit Sputnik 30 Jan 2016 -- Russian Proton-M carrier rocket successfully put European Eutelsat 9B communications satellite into orbit, a spokesperson for Russian Roscosmos state corporation said Saturday.
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