30 March 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 30 Mar 2016 [PDF]
- Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Iraq, Syria AFPS 30 Mar 2016 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 30 Mar 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
- Operation Martillo Still Hammering Away at Illicit Trafficking AFPS 30 Mar 2016 -- Operation Martillo, led by Joint Interagency Task Force South in support of U.S. Southern Command, is entering its fifth year of coordinating partner nation efforts to stop illicit trafficking routes in the coastal waters along the Central American isthmus.
Defense Policy / Programs
- EUCOM Announces European Reassurance Initiative Implementation Plan EUCOM 30 Mar 2016 -- As part of the United States commitment to increased assurance and deterrence, U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) will begin receiving continuous troop rotations of U.S.-based armored brigade combat teams (ABCT) to the European theater in February 2017, bringing the total Army presence in Europe up to three fully-manned Army brigades.
- U.S. Commander: Increased Rotation of U.S. Combat Units To Europe Beginning Next Year RFE/RL 30 Mar 2016 -- A top U.S. military commander has announced more frequent rotations of U.S. combat units to Eastern Europe beginning early next year, citing an "aggressive Russia" as the main reason for the increase.
- US Army Presence in Europe to Reach 3 Fully-Manned Brigades by 2017 Sputnik 30 Mar 2016 -- US European Command announced that US Department of Defense will deploy additional US Army troops and equipment to Eastern Europe next year to amount to three fully-manned brigades.
- US Plans to Boost Military Presence in Eastern Europe VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- The United States plans to increase its military presence in Eastern Europe to deter Russian aggression, officials said Wednesday.
- Media Availability With Secretary Carter, Gen. Dunford, Gen. Votel and Gen. Thomas at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida DoD 30 Mar 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph F. Dunford; General Joseph L. Votel, commander, U.S. Central Command; and General Raymond A. Thomas, commander, U.S. Special Operations Command
- Department of Defense Publishes Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal Guidance DoD 30 Mar 2016 -- The Department of Defense announced today that effective immediately, service members who are serving, or have served, in Iraq, Syria, or contiguous waters or airspace on or after June 15, 2014, who meet eligibility criteria are authorized award of the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal.
- Quick US Response Unit to Africa Focuses on US Embassies VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- In 2012, the U.S. State Department special office in Benghazi, Libya, was attacked by Islamic militants, killing U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith. Stevens became the first U.S. ambassador killed in the line of duty since 1979.
- Leaders Praise Central Command for Meeting Every Challenge AFPS 30 Mar 2016 -- The men and women of U.S. Central Command have met every challenge thrown at them under the leadership of Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, and they won't miss a beat as Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel takes the reins, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in Tampa, Florida, today.
- Work: Great-Power Competition Aims for Deterrence, Not War AFPS 30 Mar 2016 -- DThe Defense Department's approach to an increasingly dynamic global environment and its recent focus on great-power competition is not a lead-up to war among powerful nations, but rather is a way to achieve comprehensive stability, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said here today.
- F-16 crashes in Afghanistan; pilot safely ejects AFNS 30 Mar 2016 -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing crashed during takeoff March 29 at about 8:30 p.m. local time near Bagram Airfield.
- DoD Preparing for Competitive, Demanding Future, Carter Says AFPS 30 Mar 2016 -- The Defense Department's future course is competitive and demanding of America's leadership, values and the military's edge, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said here yesterday at the World Affairs Council's Annual Honors Global Education Gala.
- USNS Yuma Keel Authenticated NNS 30 Mar 2016 -- Austal USA hosted a ceremony, March 29, celebrating the keel authentication of the Navy's eighth expeditionary fast transport ship, the USNS Yuma (EPF 8).
- US 7th Fleet, Sri Lanka Enhance Bilateral Cooperation NNS 30 Mar 2016 -- Senior military leaders from U.S. 7th Fleet and the Sri Lanka navy and air force met to discuss operational topics aboard the Fleet's flagship USS Blue Ridge, March 29.
- Russia's Roscosmos to Hand Over Glonass Infrastructure to MoD in 2016 Sputnik 30 Mar 2016 -- According to Roscosmos head, Russian space agency will transfer control over the ground infrastructure of the Glonass global positioning system to the country's defense ministry later this year.
- Russia Expects Yak-130 Jet Trainers to Appear in Latin America Soon Sputnik 30 Mar 2016 -- Anatoly Punchuk, the deputy director of the Russian Federal Service of Military-Technical Cooperation said that he hopes that the countries of Latin America that have plans to replace their fleets of flight equipment, will pay close attention to the Yak-130.
- Su-25 Warbird Crashes in Eastern Russia, Pilot Ejects to Safety Sputnik 30 Mar 2016 -- A Su-25 bomber jet crashed in Russia's eastern Primorsky Krai region, a source said Wednesday.
- Ayatollah Khamenei: Our Time Calls for Both Talks and Missiles The Office of the Supreme Leader, Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei 30 Mar 2016 -- Highlighting the enemy's persistent use of all tools for countering the Iranian nation and the Islamic establishment, Ayatollah Khamenei said: "In the
- Leader stresses need for Islamic Iran to enjoy defense might IRNA 30 Mar 2016 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei stressed the need for further reinforcement of defense might of the country.
- Supreme Leader backs peaceful settlement of international disputes IRNA 30 Mar 2016 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday backed peaceful settlement of international disputes, saying that safeguarding national sovereignty of the governments needs defense power.
- Iran must boost defense capabilities: Ayatollah Khamenei Press TV 30 Mar 2016 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has stressed the strengthening of Iran's defense capabilities in the face of enemy threats.
- Khamenei Says Missiles Are Key To Iran's Future, Not Negotiations RFE/RL 30 Mar 2016 -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says that missiles, not negotiations, are the key to his country's future.
- US, three allies urge UN meeting on Iran missile tests Press TV 30 Mar 2016 -- The United States and some of its European allies have reportedly called for a meeting at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Iran's recent missile tests, which they claim were carried out in defiance of a UN resolution.
- Iran missile tests did not breach UN resolution: Russia Press TV 30 Mar 2016 -- Russia has once again affirmed that Iran's recent ballistic missile tests were not in breach of a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution adopted last July.
- India Gets Raytheon Stinger Missiles as Part of $3.1Bln Deal With US Sputnik 30 Mar 2016 -- US defense contractor Raytheon announced that India will acquire some 245 Stinger air-to-air missiles complete with launchers and requisite support.
- Indian DM Urges to Speed Up Signing of Ka-226T Helicopter Production Deal Sputnik 30 Mar 2016 -- Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said that it was necessary to put in every effort to expedite the signing of the contract for the production of Russian Ka-226T light utility multirole helicopters for India.
- S.Korean fighter jet crashes, no casualty reported People's Daily 30 Mar 2016 -- A South Korean fighter jet on Wednesday crashed in the southeastern region, with no casualty reported, Yonhap news agency reported citing the military.
- Seoul to Develop Guided Munitions to Counter Pyongyang's Threats Sputnik 30 Mar 2016 -- After North Korea's hydrogen bomb test in early January, South Korea is elaborating ground-to-ground guided munitions as reciprocal actions.
- Bulgaria Approves Plan to Buy Fighter Jets, Patrol Vessels Worth $1.7Bln Sputnik 30 Mar 2016 -- According to local media reports, Bulgarian government approved on Wednesday the acquisition of a squadron of new multirole fighter aircraft and two naval patrol vessels.
- Red Alert or False Alarm? Sweden Updates Tanks to Fight Russian Submarines Sputnik 30 Mar 2016 -- No less than 350 Swedish tanks and combat vehicles are slated for renovation and upgrades; the defense administration has tapped the Swedish defense company H-B Utveckling and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann of Germany to replace obsolete components and install new combat systems.
- Poland's Duda Pushes Idea of NATO Missiles to Defend Against Russia Sputnik 30 Mar 2016 -- Polish President stated that NATO needs a defensive missile shield to protect troops from Russian rockets when the alliance responding to crises on its eastern border.
- Explainer: Why Nuclear Smuggling Looms Over Washington Summit RFE/RL 30 Mar 2016 -- The arrest of seven members of an organized crime gang in Moldova in late 2014 was unremarkable for a part of the world where such underworld networks run rampant, except for what authorities said they were trafficking in: uranium-238.
- Threats Persist as Obama Hosts His Final Nuclear Security Summit VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- President Barack Obama will host his fourth and final nuclear security summit in Washington this week with tons of loose nuclear material still not sufficiently secured and still potentially accessible to terrorists or other individuals with malicious intentions.
- A More Secure Nuclear World, But Summits Leave Work Undone VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- Less than three months into his presidency, Barack Obama looked out at the thousands of people packed into Prague's Hradcany Square and told them that as the only nation to ever use a nuclear weapon, the United States had a moral responsibility to work toward a world without them.
- Press Call Previewing the Nuclear Security Summit The White House 30 Mar 2016
- March 30, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 30 Mar 2016
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 3/30/2016 The White House 30 Mar 2016
- 30 March 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 30 Mar 2016
- Tsai says no change in DPP's stance on sovereignty in South China Sea CNA 30 Mar 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) told President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) during their meeting Wednesday that his government has never worked with mainland China on the issue concerning Taiping Island in South China Sea, while Tsai stressed no change in her party's stance.
- No need for Syria's federalization: Assad Press TV 30 Mar 2016 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has rejected certain efforts aimed at presenting a federal model for the future political system of the country, saying that Syria is too "small" for adopting such a model.
- Grim conditions in Syria despite greater access, UN aid chief warns Security Council UN News 30 Mar 2016 -- There are signs of humanitarian progress in Syria with more aid reaching those in urgent need, but conditions remain "dire" throughout the country with only 30 per cent of people in besieged areas reached and even fewer in hard-to-reach areas, the top United Nations humanitarian official said.
- US concedes Russian 'constructive role' in Syria Press TV 30 Mar 2016 -- The Pentagon has acknowledged Russia's "constructive role" in the Syrian peace process, which might ultimately lead to a "resolution" of the years-long conflict.
- Russia to Welcome Jaysh Al-Islam Exclusion From Intra-Syria Talks Sputnik 30 Mar 2016 -- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that the intra-Syrian talks were affected by a number of factors, including the certain names on the opposition delegation's lists, as well as the absence of the Kurdish representatives at the negotiations.
- Syrian Kurds Receive No Invitation to Join Next Geneva Talks' Round Sputnik 30 Mar 2016 -- The Syrian Kurds did not reveive any invitation for the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva, according to the head of the Syrian Kurdistan representative office.
- Second Group of Russian Bomb Disposal Technicians Leaves for Palmyra Sputnik 30 Mar 2016 -- According to media reports, second team of Russian bomb disposal technicians has departed to Syria to take part in the demining operation in recently liberated ancient city of Palmyra.
- Assad: Russian Military Bases in Syria Needed for World Power Balance Sputnik 30 Mar 2016 -- The president underscored that Damascus only considers the presence of Russian military bases on the territory of Syria.
- Assad: New Syrian Gov't Format Should Be Agreed Upon During Geneva Talks Sputnik 30 Mar 2016 -- The format of the new Syrian government should be agreed upon during the Geneva talks, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview with Sputnik.
- Assad:Terrorism in Syria, Iraq Directly Supported From Turkey, Saudi Arabia Sputnik 30 Mar 2016 -- Terrorism in Syria and Iraq is receiving direct support from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, France and Great Britain, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to Sputnik.
- UN calls for more 'equitable' responsibility-sharing to relieve plight of Syrian refugees UN News 30 Mar 2016 -- Addressing a one-day, high-level conference in Geneva on Syrian refugees, senior United Nations officials stressed the needs to provide resettlement and other answers for their plight, urging third countries to share those responsibilities with Syria's immediate neighbours.
- Assad: New Government Should Include Opposition and Regime VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose government has been bolstered by a series of recent military gains, is striking an optimistic tone about the prospects of peace talks aimed at ending his country's five-year-long civil war.
- UN: Some Progress Delivering Aid in Syria; More Needed VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- The U.N. humanitarian chief said Wednesday that since January aid workers have reached nearly 400,000 Syrians in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, but continued safe access is urgently needed to reach millions more.
- UNHCR Seeks Homes for Nearly Half Million Syrian Refugees VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- The U.N. refugee agency is appealing to countries worldwide to provide homes for nearly one-half million of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees. The UNHCR is urging representatives of more than 90 countries attending a ministerial-level conference to grant refuge to the Syrians through resettlement and other humanitarian programs.
- UN Envoy for Libya Welcomes Arrival of Legitimate Government to Tripoli Sputnik 30 Mar 2016 -- UN Envoy for Libya Martin Kobler said that he commends the arrival of Libya's Presidency Council in the capital Tripoli.
- Libya: UN envoy welcomes arrival of Presidency Council in Tripoli, urges peaceful handover of power UN News 30 Mar 2016 -- The United Nations envoy for Libya today welcomed the arrival in Tripoli of the Presidency Council, which marks an important step in Libya's democratic transition and path to peace, security and prosperity.
- Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in DR Congo through March 2017 UN News 30 Mar 2016 -- The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) for another year, warning that the humanitarian situation remains of great concern, as well as the delays in preparing for the November presidential elections.
- Colombia: Ban welcomes announcement of peace talks between Government and National Liberation Army UN News 30 Mar 2016 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed today's announcement of the launching of peace talks between the Government of Colombia and the National Liberation Army (ELN), following the signing of an agreement between the parties.
- Colombia to Hold Peace Talks With Second-Largest Rebel Group VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- Colombia has agreed to hold formal peace talks with the country's second-largest rebel group, moving closer to ending a five-decade-long civil war.
- France to Pull Troops Out of Central Africa VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- France will stop military operations in the Central African Republic later this year after France's defense minister said its objectives have been achieved.
- Nigeria Defense Minister: Military Made Gains Against Boko Haram VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- Nigeria's defense minister said the military under President Muhammadu Buhari has made enormous gains in the fight against Boko Haram.
- Kerry Doubles Down on Support for Nigeria's Fight Against Boko Haram VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with a delegation of Nigerian officials Wednesday for a day-long round of talks to discuss, among other things, the African country's issues with terrorist groups.
- U Htin Kyaw sworn in as Myanmar's new president People's Daily 30 Mar 2016 -- U Htin Kyaw of the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, was sworn in on Wednesday as Myanmar's new president.
- Aung San Suu Kyi appointed as Myanmar's new foreign minister People's Daily 30 Mar 2016 -- Chairperson of Myanmar's ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi, was appointed on Wednesday as the country's new minister of foreign affairs, concurrently holding three other portfolios in the new government led by President-elect U Htin Kyaw.
- Myanmar Swears In First Civilian Head of State Since 1962 VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- Myanmar has sworn in its first civilian head of state in more than five decades.
- Myanmar swears in 1st civilian president Press TV 30 Mar 2016 -- Htin Kyaw is officially sworn in as Myanmar's first democratically-elected civilian president, ending more than five decades of military rule in the country.
- Hollande Drops Plan to Revoke Citizenship of Terrorists VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- Blaming his political opponents, French President Francois Hollande abandoned plans Wednesday to push through deeply controversial constitutional changes that included stripping French citizenship from convicted terrorists and enshrining the state of emergency into the nation's charter.
- French president scraps contentious anti-terror bill Press TV 30 Mar 2016 -- French President Francois Hollande has abandoned a controversial bill to change the constitution to strip militants convicted of terror offences of their French citizenship.
- Fears Islamic State Will Use Guerrilla Tactics in Europe VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- Security agencies racing to break the web of Islamic State (IS) terror cells that have spread across the European continent are also bracing for another worrisome possibility - that the group will use guerrilla tactics honed in Syria and Iraq to carry out attacks on critical targets or infrastructure.
- IS 'Cyrillic Jihadists' Create Their Own Community in Syria VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- Over 5,000 jihadists from the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan are fighting in the ranks of the so-called Islamic State militant group in the Middle East. These Russian-speaking Muslims not only play a major role within the IS leadership, but also have built a community of their own in the areas controlled by the extremist group. In fact, they are now raising their children to be a second generation of jihadists, sources say.
- US Will Not 'Paper Over' Differences With China in Leaders' Meeting VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- The Obama administration will not "paper over" differences with China on maritime and cyber security issues, but will promote "shared interests" in preventing destabilization on the Korean Peninsula and in promoting denuclearization, according to senior U.S. officials.
- US Allies Seek to Manage China on North Korean Sanctions VOA 30Mar 2016 -- When the leaders from the United States, Japan and South Korea meet in Washington on Thursday to address the growing nuclear threat in North Korea, much of the discussion will be about China.
- National Reunification Institute Issues Detailed Report KCNA 30 Mar 2016 -- The service personnel and people of the DPRK are significantly observing the third anniversary of the DPRK's line of simultaneously building up the economy and nuclear force.
- No Force Can Stop DPRK's Conquer of Space: Rodong Sinmun KCNA 30 Mar 2016 -- The space development for peaceful purposes is an independent and legitimate right of Juche Korea, says Rodong Sinmun Wednesday in a commentary.
- Final Ruin of American Empire Is Inescapable: Rodong Sinmun KCNA 30 Mar 2016 -- The chief of Staff of the U.S. Army in a report on the combat efficiency of the U.S. forces released at a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing said that the U.S. can not win the war with the DPRK if the former starts a war with military powers including the DPRK, China and Russia at any moment as the combat capability of the U.S. forces is far from the required level.
- KPA Will Shower Baptism of Fire upon Citadel of Enemy: Rodong Sinmun KCNA 30 Mar 2016 -- The U.S. and south Korean warmongers obsessed with a foolish ambition staged such ridiculous drill under the simulated conditions of "precision strike at the office of the headquarters of the DPRK". This is the last-ditch effort of those at death beds.
- Ma urges cooperation before meeting with Tsai CNA 30 Mar 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou urged bipartisan cooperation and reconciliation to lead the country through future challenges in the open portion of his meeting with President-elect Tsai Ing-wen at Taipei Guest House on Wednesday.
- Mainland reiterates importance of 1992 Consensus to cross-Strait ties People's Daily 30 Mar 2016 -- Various achievements made during the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations would suffer if the political basis of the 1992 Consensus were undermined, a mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.
- China warns Taiwan not to pass law on bilateral ties Press TV 30 Mar 2016 -- China has warned Taiwan against passing a law that would govern cross-strait relations, saying the move would present an obstacle to the development of the mutual ties.
- China Warns Taiwan on Trade Supervisory Bill VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- China has warned Taiwan that a new law under review in the island's legislature could hurt the ability of the two sides to conduct negotiations and further ties.
- 'Loyal communists' call on China's Xi to step down CNA 30 Mar 2016 -- A blog message signed by "loyal communists" on Tuesday urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to resign from all public posts, citing "five grave mistakes" by the leader.
- Ukrainian Parties Fail To Form New Governing Coalition RFE/RL 30 Mar 2016 -- Last-minute demands raised by former Ukrainian President Yulia Tymoshenko's Fatherland party quashed hopes for a new governing coalition in Ukraine on March 29.
- Latvia Blocks Russian Sputnik Site As Kremlin 'Propaganda Tool' RFE/RL 30 Mar 2016 -- Latvian authorities shut down Russia's pro-Kremlin news site Sputnik on March 29, calling it a "propaganda tool" and drawing an immediate rebuke from Moscow.
- Bangladesh Court Orders Arrest of Opposition Leader VOA 30 Mar 2016 -- A court in Bangladesh issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader Khaleda Zia Wednesday over the 2015 fire-bombing of a bus that killed two people and injured many others.
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