31 January 2016 Military News
- Military Strikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 31 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.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Design Flaw: New US Warships Cannot Cope Even With Moderate Risk Sputnik 31 Jan 2016 -- The US Navy's Littoral Combat Ship struggled in drills at sea when it was tasked with deflecting a small group of attacking ships, according to a report published by the Pentagon.
- US urges Russia to respect Turkey, NATO airspace Press TV 31 Jan 2016 -- The US Department of Defense has urged Russia to respect North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) airspace, saying it "can confirm" reports that a Russian jet violated Turkey's airspace earlier this week.
- When Push Comes to Shove: US Pressures Turkey to Secure Border With Syria Sputnik 31 Jan 2016 -- The United States is working to pressure the Turkish government to finally control the insecure border between Turkey and war-torn Syria, Defense News reported.
- Turkish Air Force Raises Alert Level After Alleged Airspace Violation Sputnik 31 Jan 2016 -- The Turkish Air Force has declared an 'orange alert' at key bases after an alleged violation of the country's airspace by a Russian fighter jet, Anadolu news agency reported, citing military sources in Ankara.
- Britain's New £1Bln Warships Breaking Down Because of Engine Troubles Sputnik 31 Jan 2016 -- The Type 45 British destroyers deemed to be the best warships in the world are constantly facing operating failures and need modernization that will boost their enormous building cost.
- UK team deploys to South Sudan to assess peacekeeping commitment UK MOD 31 Jan 2016 -- A UK military team deployed to South Sudan to look at what role the UK could play as part of a contribution to ongoing UN peacekeeping.
- Iran Navy holds massive maritime parade, ends major drills Press TV 31 Jan 2016 -- Iran's naval forces have staged a maritime parade in the Sea of Oman, marking the end of large-scale naval drills in the country's southern waters where they successfully hit and destroyed mock enemy targets.
- Japan deploys more F-15s near disputed islands with China Press TV 31 Jan 2016 -- Japan says it has doubled the number of F-15 warplanes stationed in Okinawa Island close to the disputed East China Sea islands.
- Japan Deploys Additional F-15s Close to Disputed Islands With China Sputnik 31 Jan 2016 -- Japan has doubled the number of F-15 warplanes positioned on Okinawa Island close to the disputed East China Sea islands.
- Provocation no good for peace in South China Sea People's Daily 31 Jan 2016 -- Sending a warship to another country's territorial waters without notice is hardly the right thing to do, regardless protocols and codes.
- China drives off US destroyer intruding into Xisha Islands waters People's Daily 31 Jan 2016 -- The People's Liberation Army sent warnings and drove away a US navy destroyer intruding into Chinese territorial waters of Xisha Islands in the South China Sea, the Ministry of National Defense said on Saturday.
- US Patrols in S China Sea 'Real Dilemma for Regional States' Sputnik 31 Jan 2016 -- China has strongly condemned the United States for sending a US Navy destroyer to conduct a patrol near the Paracel Islands in the disputed South China Sea.
- China Strongly Condemns US for Sending Warship to South China Sea Sputnik 31 Jan 2016 -- The Chinese Defense Ministry accused America of violating China's laws by patrolling near the Paracel Islands archipelago, conducted by a US Navy destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur.
- Yemeni forces troops kill five Saudi soldiers Press TV 31 Jan 2016 -- Yemeni army forces, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, have killed five Saudi forces in retaliatory attacks inside Saudi Arabia.
- Blackwater commander in Yemen killed in missile attack Press TV 31 Jan 2016 -- The commander of the infamous US security firm, formerly known as Blackwater, in Yemen and dozens of Riyadh's mercenaries were killed Saturday in a missile attack by Yemeni forces in Lahij Province.
- Houthis' Ballistic Missile Attack Kills Dozens of Saudi Coalition Personnel Sputnik 31 Jan 2016 -- Houthi rebels struck the Al Anad air base with a ballistic missile, killing dozens of people and inflicting damage.
- Kerry says no military solution to Syria crisis Press TV 31 Jan 2016 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged the Syrian government and opposition to seize the opportunity presented by the peace talks to achieve a ceasefire in Syria, insisting that there is "no military solution" to the conflict.
- Syrian Opposition Unsure About Participation In Geneva Talks RFE/RL 31 Jan 2016 -- Syria's largest mainstream opposition group has arrived in Geneva and has expressed eagerness in seeing the Syrian conflict end, but it is unclear if it will actually participate in UN-brokered talks currently taking place in the Swiss city.
- Blasts Kill Dozens As Syrian Talks Have Rough Start RFE/RL 31 Jan 2016 -- Syrian state media say more than 50 people have been killed in three blasts near a revered Shi'ite shrine outside the capital, Damascus, as talks to end five years of war got off to a difficult start in Geneva.
- Peace Talks: Saudi Arabia 'Turning UN Negotiations on Syria Into Farce' Sputnik 31 Jan 2016 -- An opposition group founded by Saudi Arabia last month is turning the Geneva negotiations into a farce, putting the UN under pressure and refusing to talk to the Syrian government, German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN) wrote.
- Kerry Calls on Damascus, Syrian Opposition to 'Negotiate With Good Faith' Sputnik 31 Jan 2016 -- Both sides of the Syrian peace talks in Geneva should make the most of the opportunity to achieve progress to solve the conflict, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday.
- Syrian Government Refuses to Negotiate With Terrorists at Geneva Talks Sputnik 31 Jan 2016 -- The Syrian government will not negotiate with terrorists, the head of the government delegation, Bashar Jaafari, said Sunday.
- Syrian Army Repels Al-Nusra Front Offensive Near Golan Heights Sputnik 31 Jan 2016 -- The Syrian Army and popular forces beat back a series of attacks by the Al-Nusra Front terrorist group in the country's southern Quneitra province near the Golan Heights on Saturday leaving scores of militants killed and wounded, Iran's Fars news agency reported.
- Syria: High Negotiations Committee arrives in Geneva where UN-mediated talks are under way UN News 31 Jan 2016 -- United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura has met with the delegation of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) at their hotel in Geneva following their arrival last night in Geneva, where UN-mediated intra-Syrian talks began Friday after days of delays.
- UN Envoy, Syrian Opposition Say Discussions 'Positive' VOA 31 Jan 2016 -- After boycotting the start of indirect peace talks, representatives of the main Syrian opposition group met Sunday with the U.N. envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, in Geneva, with both sides saying there had been progress in resolving some of the issues that had the opposition threatening to leave.
- Ahrar Ash-Sham Not Participating in Syria Talks on Own Initiative Sputnik 31 Jan 2016 -- Ahrar ash-Sham bowed out of peace talks with the Syrian government.
- Two self-declared Daesh 'governors' killed in Iraq: Report Press TV 31 Jan 2016 -- Two self-declared governors, known as "walis" in Arabic, of Daesh Takfiri terrorist group have been killed in separate incidents in Iraq, a report says.
- Iraq needs $1.56bn to respond to humanitarian crisis Press TV 31 Jan 2016 -- Baghdad said Sunday that Iraq is in need of over USD 1.5 billion in 2016 to give a proper response to the humanitarian crisis caused by the battle against Daesh Takfiri terrorists in the country.
- France says plans to end operations in CAR after UN report Press TV 31 Jan 2016 -- French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says Paris wants to end its military operation in the Central African Republic (CAR) later this year after the UN issued a statement detailing the French troops' sexual abuse of children in the African country.
- Boko Haram militants burn children to death in Nigeria: Witness Press TV 31 Jan 2016 -- Terrorists from Boko Haram Takfiri group have burned to death children after they firebombed huts during a raid on a village in northeastern Nigeria, a witness says.
- Militant commander, two aides shot dead in disputed Kashmir Press TV 31 Jan 2016 -- Indian security forces have shot dead a commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group and two of his associates during an exchange of gunfire in the Indian-administered Kashmir region.
- AU Summit Ends Without Burundi Action VOA 31 Jan 2016 -- The African Union wrapped up its heads of state summit Sunday, without a decisive action on Burundi.
- Crisis-torn Burundi's leaders should pursue dialogue, listen to concerns of their people - UN chief UN News 31 Jan 2016 -- The Government and people of Burundi should resolve the country's months-long political crisis through inclusive dialogue, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as he wrapped up three days of wide-ranging meetings with African Union (AU) leaders today, warning that the deteriorating situation in Burundi is "a source of great concern, not only in the region, but in the continent and the world."
- US Lawmakers Keep Focus on Iran Nuclear Pact VOA 31 Jan 2016 -- While politically minded Americans focus on Iowa's presidential caucuses, many of their representatives in Congress continue to speak out on the international nuclear accord with Iran. The pact remains a lightning rod for controversy on Capitol Hill, where sharp differences persist on its merits, limitations, and impact on the Middle East and beyond.
- Iran to construct new power plants in Bushehr soon: Salehi ISNA 31 Jan 2016 -- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said the Islamic Republic is set to begin the construction of two more nuclear power plants in the southern city of Bushehr soon.
- Uganda General Opposed to Museveni Arrested VOA 31 Jan 2016 -- A military general who opposes Uganda's longtime president has been arrested, according to his lawyer.
- Saudi Arabia detains over 30 'terror' suspects Press TV 31 Jan 2016 -- Saudi authorities have rounded up more than 30 'terror' suspects, including nine American citizens, from different parts of the country over the past days.
- Ban urges world to support Ethiopia's efforts to battle worst drought in 30 years UN News 31 Jan 2016 -- The international community must stand with the people of Ethiopia in their time of need, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging donors gathered in Addis Ababa to step up assistance to the drought-hit country, which is battling the effects of one of the most powerful El Niño events in recorded history, made worse by the impact of climate change.
- US Announces $97 Million for Ethiopia Drought, Famine Relief VOA 31 Jan 2016 -- The United States aid agency has announced $97 million in emergency assistance for Ethiopia to help address the 'ongoing humanitarian crisis resulting from the impacts of the El Niño phenomenon.'
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