26 February 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 26 Feb 2016 [PDF]
- Counter-ISIL Campaign Continues in Syria, Iraq AFPS 26 Feb 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.
- Counter-ISIL Campaign Continues, President Says AFPS 26 Feb 2016 -- Even if there is a cessation of hostilities to get food and medical aid to besieged civilians in Syria, there will be no letup against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, President Barack Obama said yesterday evening at the State Department following a meeting of the National Security Council.
- Afghan Ex-IS Commanders Say Money, Not Ideology Drove Them VOA 26 Feb 2016 -- Two former Islamic State (IS) commanders who defected recently to authorities in Afghanistan told VOA's Ashna TV that they joined the extremist group not because of ideology but largely for money.
- US Task Force Hunting $2.2Bln Military Equipment 'Lost' in Afghanistan Sputnik 26 Feb 2016 -- The US Army said that a US military task force has recovered over the past two years almost two thirds of more than $2 billion worth of equipment lost in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan Rescues Kidnapped Former Afghan Governor VOA 26 Feb 2016 -- Security forces in Pakistan have rescued an influential former top Afghan official two weeks after he was kidnapped by unknown men in Islamabad.
- US May Deploy Military Advisers Against Boko Haram VOA 26 Feb 2016 -- The United States and Nigeria are in talks about sending U.S. military advisers to Nigeria's Borno State to help with the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Air Force reveals B-21 Long Range Strike Bomber AFNS 26 Feb 2016 -- Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James revealed the first rendering of the Long Range Strike Bomber, designated the B-21, at the Air Force Association's Air Warfare Symposium Feb. 26 in Orlando, Fla., and announced the Air Force will be taking suggestions from Airmen to help decide the name of the bomber.
- Work Finishes Trip Focusing on U.S. Nuclear Deterrent AFPS 26 Feb 2016 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work observed the test of an unarmed Minuteman 3 missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, last night, at the culmination of a trip to examine the progress of reforms in DoD's nuclear deterrent.
- USAFE-AFAFRICA commander talks global precision attack at AFA AFNS 26 Feb 2016 -- The leader of Air Force operations in Europe and Africa spoke on the importance of global precision attack in his region during the Air Force Association's Air Warfare Symposium Feb. 26.
- State of AF: Modernizing for next offset strategy AFNS 26 Feb 2016 -- Budget plans are poised to keep the Air Force atop of its game, with a new bomber and advanced technology to help Airmen execute a future offset strategy, the head of the service announced at the Air Force Association's Air Warfare Symposium Feb. 26.
- Airpower leaders stress stronger role for Airmen in future ops AFNS 26 Feb 2016 -- Two generals who oversee the Air Force's combat and global strike aircraft touted a nonflying asset able to drop a precise airstrike anywhere in the world - an Airman.
- NNSY Completes USS Maryland's Engineered Refueling Overhaul NNS 26 Feb 2016 -- Norfolk Naval Shipyard successfully completed USS Maryland's (SSBN 738) engineered refueling overhaul (ERO), Feb. 24.
- Partner nations gather in Singapore to plan Pacific Partnership 2016 NNS 26 Feb 2016 -- Members of the Pacific Partnership staff and partner nation representatives gathered in Singapore, Feb. 22-26, for a planning conference to hone details for an upcoming mission slated for the summer of 2016.
- JMSDF, US Navy Grow Green Partnership NNS 26 Feb 2016 -- Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) naval liaison officers (LNOs) visited USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Feb. 22.
- NATO and Europe's refugee and migrant crisis - Opinion piece by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg NATO 26 Feb 2016 -- They came on bicycles. Late last year, thousands of refugees – mostly from Syria – pedalled their way across a remote Arctic Circle border crossing from Russia to Norway.
- Poroshenko Signs Law Ratifying NATO Representation Status in Ukraine Sputnik 26 Feb 2016 -- NATO status in Ukraine is to be a diplomatic mission.
- Forewarned is Forearmed: Russia Boosts Its Missile Defense Capabilities Sputnik 26 Feb 2016 -- Using a new type of radar, Russia is about to establish a global early warning network rivaling that of the USSR.
- Snow Warriors: Russia Uses Arctic Winter to Test Its Military Vehicles Sputnik 26 Feb 2016 -- A second expedition to test advanced military vehicles in Arctic conditions has successfully concluded on the Varandey Peninsula on the southern coast of the Barents Sea, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
- Saudi Warplanes Land in Turkey for IS Mission VOA 26 Feb 2016 -- Four Saudi warplanes landed at Incirlik military base in Turkey on Friday to join the U.S-led Western coalition aerial raids against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, Turkish officials and news reports say.
- February 26, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 26 Feb 2016
- Press Gaggle en route Jacksonville, Florida The White House 26 Feb 2016
- 26 February 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 26 Feb 2016
- Commentary: The U.S. should keep away from the South China Sea for regional peace People's Daily 26 Feb 2016 -- China is forced to deploy defensive facilities on islands in the South China Sea in response to early militarization action from other parties and to the U.S. close-up reconnaissance in this region, said a China's professor who specializes in international affairs.
- Op-ed: Disputes should not disrupt China-US ties People's Daily 26 Feb 2016 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi kicked off his official visit to the U.S. on Tuesday. The top item on his agenda is to exchange views with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on bilateral ties and issues of common concern, as well as to lay the groundwork for major interactions between both sides this year.
- Yemeni forces shoot down Saudi helicopter Press TV 26 Feb 2016 -- Yemen's army and popular committees have downed a Saudi helicopter in the Yemeni province of Ta'izz as Riyadh's aggression against its impoverished neighbor continues to claim civilian lives.
- Syrian Cease-fire Takes Effect VOA 26 Feb 2016 -- A cease-fire has begun in Syria with nearly 100 groups committed to observing the cessation of hostilities.
- Cease-Fire to Begin in Syria, OIR Spokesman Says AFPS 26 Feb 2016 -- The cease-fire agreement between government and rebel forces in Syria's civil war is set to take effect tomorrow at midnight Damascus time -- 5 p.m. EST, the public affairs officer for Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve told reporters in a teleconference from Baghdad today.
- UN Security Council endorses cessation of hostilities pact in Syria UN News 26 Feb 2016 -- The United Nations Security Council today endorsed the joint statement announced on Monday by United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) Ceasefire Taskforce, on the terms of a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria, and demanded that the agreement take effect at midnight Damascus time.
- Army forces recapture six villages in western Syria Press TV 26 Feb 2016 -- Syrian army soldiers backed by fighters from allied popular defense groups have managed to retake control of six villages in the country's western province of Hama and the strategic northwestern province of Aleppo.
- Moscow bombs terrorist organizations in Syria: Kremlin Press TV 26 Feb 2016 -- The Kremlin has dismissed reports that its jets targeted strongholds of all militants in Syria ahead of a ceasefire, saying Moscow only bombed "terrorist organizations" in the Arab country.
- Nearly 100 Rebel Groups Sign Up to Syrian Ceasefire Deal Sputnik 26 Feb 2016 -- The Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee(HNC) said on Friday that nearly 100 rebel groups have agreed to the recently negotiated Russian-US ceasefire in the Arab republic.
- Ankara Not Planning Ground Troop Operations in Syria Sputnik 26 Feb 2016 -- Turkish Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said that the situation in Syria is not acute enough to demand the deployment of a ground operation with troops from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, or the United States, but "the air operations over the last year and a half have not delivered any great result."
- Last Mile: Syrian Army Advances, Secures All But 7% of Latakia Province Sputnik 26 Feb 2016 -- The Syrian Army and the country's National Defense Force have reportedly liberated a spate of strategic regions in the northeastern countryside of Latakia province in western Syria.
- On Syrian Cease-fire's Eve, Terrorist Fight Continues VOA 26 Feb 2016 -- As a cease-fire deadline looms in Syria, Russian warplanes on Friday continued bombing what the Kremlin calls 'terrorist organizations' amid reports that it has intensified attacks on rebel strongholds.
- Recovering and Rebuilding: Iraqi Army Restores Ramadi's Infrastructure Sputnik 26 Feb 2016 -- The Iraqi Army continues to restore the infrastructure of the strategically important city of Ramadi, which was liberated from Daesh terrorists early this year, according to Iraqi Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanemi.
- Libya denies presence of French troops to fight Daesh Press TV 26 Feb 2016 -- Libya's internationally recognized government has denied media reports that French special forces are engaged in covert military operations against Takfiri Daesh terrorists in the North African state.
- France's 'Secret War' in Libya Unravels Amid Fresh Allegations Sputnik 26 Feb 2016 -- While the French government has been unable to confirm or deny its operations in Libya, figures on both sides in the civil war have said that France carried out operations, circumventing a UNSC embargo.
- Daesh militant commander captured in northwestern Libya Press TV 26 Feb 2016 -- A local commander of the Daesh Takfiri militant group and two of his aides have been arrested near the Libyan capital city of Tripoli amid ongoing skirmishes between the extremists and militants loyal to the unrecognized Tripoli-based government.
- 6 confirmed dead in week of southern Philippines clashes Press TV 26 Feb 2016 -- According to confirmed official reports, fighting between security forces and militants in southern Philippines has left at least six people dead and 20,000 displaced in a week.
- South Sudan: UN deputy humanitarian chief calls for end to civilian suffering UN News 26 Feb 2016 -- The United Nations deputy humanitarian chief today called on all parties to the conflict in South Sudan to protect civilians and grant safe and unhindered humanitarian access as she wrapped up a two-day visit to the African country.
- Security Council extends UN Guinea-Bissau office for another year UN News 26 Feb 2016 -- The United Nations Security Council today extended the mandate of the UN Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau, known as UNIOGBIS, for an additional 12 months so that it can continue to assist the country in its path towards peace and reform.
- Iranians Vote for First Time Since Nuclear Agreement VOA 26 Feb 2016 -- Iranians are casting their ballots Friday for the first time since the country's nuclear deal with world powers took effect. The vote may provide the first clue as to whether key Western proponents of the deal will receive what they hoped for: a more open, moderate Iran.
- Iranians Vote In First Election Since Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 26 Feb 2016 -- Iranians are voting in nationwide elections that pit reformist allies of President Hassan Rohani against conservative opponents hard on the heels of the nuclear deal ending sanctions on Iran.
- Iran Vote: Conservative Win Unlikely to Threaten Nuclear, Trade Deals VOA 26 Feb 2016 -- Election hours in Iran were extended Friday in a vote for a new parliament and Assembly of Experts, the first test of public opinion since Iran signed onto an international nuclear deal. Careful vetting of candidates by religious authorities means reformists are unlikely to realize the win that President Hassan Rouhani had hoped for. What, then, is the fate of the nuclear deal and the president's efforts to open the economy?
- Leader urges all who love Iran to take part in elections IRNA 26 Feb 2016 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Friday that current election is of prime importance and any Iranian who loves their country should go to the polling stations and cast their ballots as the elections bring the country glory and dignity.
- Iran JCPOA implementation satisfies IAEA Press TV 26 Feb 2016 -- The UN nuclear agency has verified Iran's commitment to its nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with the P5+1 group of countries.
- UN resolution should not affect DPRK people's daily life People's Daily 26 Feb 2016 -- The UN Security Council's upcoming resolution should not affect the everyday life of people in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Friday.
- UN ban on DPRK mineral exports to hurt foreign currency income: Seoul People's Daily 26 Feb 2016 -- The expected ban under the new UN Security Council resolution on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s mineral resources exports will significantly damage Pyongyang's foreign currency income, South Korea's unification ministry said on Friday.
- UN rights expert urges Russia not to implement new extradition treaty with DRP Korea UN News 26 Feb 2016 -- A United Nations rights expert today urged the Government of the Russian Federation not to implement an extradition treaty signed with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) earlier this month.
- UN Sanctions on North Korea Could Put China Back in Control VOA 26 Feb 2016 -- China could reassert power and influence over North Korea by supporting tougher than expected international sanctions against the Kim Jong Un government.
- Taiwan responds positively to China's remarks on cross-strait ties CNA 26 Feb 2016 -- Taiwan responded positively Friday to remarks by China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (王毅) in which he expressed hope that President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will be committed to the pursuit of peaceful development in her administration's ties with China in line with the country's constitution.
- DPP will seek to maintain cross-strait peace under ROC Constitution CNA 26 Feb 2016 -- In response to remarks by China on ties with Taiwan, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) said Friday that the party, which will take power in May, will seek to maintain the peaceful and stable status quo across the Taiwan Strait in accordance with the Republic of China Constitution.
- Putin Instructs FSB to Halt Attempts of Splitting Society During Elections Sputnik 26 Feb 2016 -- Russian President said that FSB must halt all attempts directed at splitting society or using nationalist, xenophobic, or radical slogans during parliamentary elections later in the year.
- Russian Security Service Worked in 2015 Amid Increasing Pressure on Moscow Sputnik 26 Feb 2016 -- Russian security service personnel worked in conditions of increasing political, economic, military and informational pressure on Russia in 2015, Federal Security Service (FSB) head Alexander Bortnikov said Friday.
- Over 400 Foreign Intelligence Agents` Activities Thwarted in Russia in 2015 Sputnik 26 Feb 2016 -- The activities of over 400 foreign intelligence agents and staff were foiled in 2015, including 23 who were held criminally liable for their actions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.
- African Union Continues Peace Efforts in Burundi VOA 26 Feb 2016 -- An African Union delegation continues its visit to Burundi Friday to push parties to the Burundian conflict toward a dialogue.
- Succession Battles Swamp Mugabe Birthday Celebrations VOA 26 Feb 2016 -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrates his 92nd birthday on February 27, with no signs of relinquishing power. But it seems his party is split on what the future holds for him and the ruling Zanu-PF.
- Kosovan Parliament Adjourns Presidential Election Debates Due to Tear Gas Sputnik 26 Feb 2016 -- Unidentified person sprayed tear gas in the parliament of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo in order to prevent a debate devoted to the election of a new president.
- Ban urges countries along Balkan route into Western Europe to keep borders open UN News 26 Feb 2016 -- Concerned with the increasing number of border restrictions along the Balkan land route, including in Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on the countries to keep their borders open "in a spirit of responsibility sharing and solidarity."
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