26 March 2016 Military News
- Coalition Continues Counter-ISIL Strikes in Syria, Iraq AFPS 26 Mar 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.
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- Iran responds to US actions by boosting missile power: Zarif Press TV 26 Mar 2016 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic will counter the recent US measures against Iran by further boosting its missile capabilities.
- Washington 'worried' over India missile test Press TV 26 Mar 2016 -- The United States has expressed concern over India's recent test-launch of a ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
- KPA Long-range Artillery Force Sends Ultimatum to Park Geun Hye Group KCNA 26 Mar 2016 -- The recent simultaneous firings conducted by the long-range artillery force of the Korean People's Army, rocking the earth and sky, turned the imaginary enemy bases of provocation into a sea of flames in a flash. This was a great eruption of its irrepressible hatred and wrath at the enemy which committed the thrice-cursed act of daring attempt to hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK. It was, at the same time, the beginning of the merciless retaliatory campaign to put the most miserable end to the Park Geun Hye group of south Korea.
- Pakistan Rejects US Calls for Curbing Tactical Nuke Weapons VOA 26 Mar 2016 -- Pakistan's top nuclear security advisor has rejected growing U.S. pressure and safety concerns about its production and deployment of battlefield nuclear weapons.
- 'UK troops training Bahraini snipers' amid regime crackdown Press TV 26 Mar 2016 -- British forces are providing training to Bahrain's armed forces on using sniper rifles, a report says, amid Manama's heavy-handed crackdown on peaceful anti-regime protests.
- Nigerian Government Accuses Groups, Army Officials of Graft VOA 26 Mar 2016 -- A spokesman for Nigeria's president says hundreds of millions of dollars in redirected government payments have been discovered as a result of an investigation into the country's former national security adviser.
- Russian airstrikes kill 100 terrorists in Syria Press TV 26 Mar 2016 -- Russia says its fighter jets have conducted 158 air raids against terrorist targets in Syria's central province of Homs over the past 24 hours, leaving at least 100 Takfiri militants dead.
- Syria army forces capture town near Palmyra Press TV 26 Mar 2016 -- Syrian forces have gained more grounds against the Daesh Takfiri militants in their fight around the ancient city of Palmyra on Saturday, liberating the town of al-Amiriyah.
- Heavy Fighting in Battle for Palmyra in Syria VOA 26 Mar 2016 -- Syrian government forces moved deeper into the Islamic State controlled city of Palmyra Saturday, recapturing several neighborhoods.
- Daesh rocket fire kills Turkish soldier in northern Iraq Press TV 26 Mar 2016 -- One Turkish soldier has been killed and another injured when rockets fired by Daesh militants hit an area in northern Iraq, the Turkish army says.
- Daesh bombers attack military base, kill 3 Iraqi soldiers Press TV 26 Mar 2016 -- A group of Daesh terrorists have launched an attack on a military base in the western Iraqi province of Anbar, leaving three soldiers dead.
- 41 killed, 105 injured in Iraq stadium bombing Press TV 26 Mar 2016 -- Iraqi officials have updated the death toll from a recent bombing in a soccer stadium near the capital, Baghdad, saying 41 people are now confirmed dead in the terror attack which was claimed by the Daesh Takfiri group .
- In Baghdad, UN chief underlines extreme concern about 'enormous' challenges Iraq faces UN News 26 Mar 2016 -- Visiting Iraq today for the eighth time as United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said he is impressed by the progress made, particularly against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Da'esh, but warned that he remains extremely concerned about the enormous challenges the country faces.
- Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Scale Down Tensions Amid Border Dispute Sputnik 26 Mar 2016 -- Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have agreed on regulation of the situation on the border between the two countries following an escalation in the frontier dispute, the Kyrgyz State Border Service said Saturday.
- Cameroon: Arrested Suicide Bomber May Be Kidnapped Chibok Girl VOA 26 Mar 2016 -- A suspected suicide bomber detained before she could detonate explosives in a town on Cameroon's northern border with Nigeria says she is one of the girls kidnapped from a Nigerian school at Chibok in 2014.
- Arrest Warrant Issued for New Suspect in Brussels Attacks VOA 26 Mar 2016 -- Belgian prosecutors have identified and issued an arrest warrant for a new suspect in Tuesday's attacks on the Brussels airport and a metro station.
- Putin Cautions Kadyrov, But Gives Green Light For His Reelection RFE/RL 26 Mar 2016 -- Meeting on March 25 in the Kremlin with Ramzan Kadyrov, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he had signed a decree appointing the current Chechen leader as acting republic head when his second term expires on April 5.
- Zarif: US should undertake JCPOA commitments IRNA 26 Mar 2016 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that the US government is duty-bound to fulfill the Joint Plan of Action (JCPOA) and it does not matter which political party takes the helm.
- Iran Hopes for Talks With Saudis to Resolve Differences VOA 26 Mar 2016 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country is ready to "do anything it can" to restore its relations with Saudi Arabia, for the sake of promoting progress and prosperity in the Muslim world.
- China, Russia should work to settle hotspot issues: President Xi People's Daily 26 Mar 2016 -- China and Russia should strengthen communication and coordination in international and regional affairs to promote the political settlement of major hotspot issues, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.
- Taiwan, China lack conditions for unification: President Ma CNA 26 Mar 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has said in a recent media interview that both he and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) are well aware that the conditions for the unification of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are lacking at present.
- Hung Hsiu-chu elected Kuomintang's first female leader People's Daily 26 Mar 2016 -- Former Deputy Legislative Speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (???) was elected to head Taiwan's Kuomintang in a by-election for the party's chairperson on Saturday and will become its first-ever female leader.
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