01 May 2016 Military News
- Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 01 May 2016 -- U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
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- India's First Conventional Submarine to Join Navy After Successful Test Sputnik 01 May 2016 -- India's first conventional submarine, Kalvari, will be commissioned into the Indian Navy after a successful test, according to Indian Navy spokesman.
- MPs approve bill to strengthen Iran missile production power IRNA 01 May 2016 -- Parliamentarians here on Sunday approved a bill to reinforce Iran's missile production capacity to strengthen the country's defensive capabilities and deterrence.
- Iran parliament passes legislation to boost defense power ISNA 01 May 2016 -- Iranian Parliament approved a legislation to boost the country's defense capability with the aim of providing national security and interests.
- No More BFFs: Germany Reconsiders Automatic Support for Israel Sputnik 01 May 2016 -- Germany may have consistently been one of Israel's strongest allies in the EU, but that could be about to change as the European nation's unequivocal support for Israel becomes… equivocal.
- Taiwan patrol boats sail for disputed waters CNA 01 May 2016 -- Two patrol boats deployed by the government embarked Sunday from Kaohsiung for international waters near a Japan- controlled atoll in the Western Pacific to protect Taiwan fishing boats operating in the area.
- Beijing's 'Fishing Militia' Moonlight as Maritime Cops in South China Sea Sputnik 01 May 2016 -- China continues to train ordinary fishermen in the tiny port town of Baimajing to police the disputed waters of the South China Sea, Reuters reported.
- Despite 'positive atmosphere,' Government of Yemen suspends participation from joint peace talks UN News 01 May 2016 -- Despite the positive atmosphere of the Yemeni peace talks which prevailed during the past few days, the United Nations envoy for Yemen announced today that the Government's delegation suspended its participation in the plenary sessions because of reports received from Amran governorate.
- Yemeni Gov't Refuses to Continue Direct Negotiations With Houthis in Kuwait Sputnik 01 May 2016 -- The direct talks between official Yemeni government and Houthi rebels were postponed due to the governmental delegation's decision to suspend its participation in the direct dialogue, according to a source close to the ongoing negotiations.
- Work under way to agree regime of silence in Aleppo: Russia Press TV 01 May 2016 -- Russia says talks are under way for agreement on a freeze in fighting in the northwestern Aleppo Province where deadly militant attacks have escalated over the past few days.
- Russia Says Talks Under Way To Include Aleppo In Syria's 'Regime Of Calm' RFE/RL 01 May 2016 -- Russia said on May 1 that talks are under way to include Syria's Aleppo province in a temporary cease-fire.
- Nusra Front Shelled Syrian Settlements, Tried to Seize Towns Sputnik 01 May 2016 -- The Russian center for Syrian reconciliation at the Hmeymim airbase registered a total of five violations of the ceasefire regime in the Syrian city of Aleppo in the past 24 hours, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.
- Kerry in Geneva in Bid to Bolster Syria Cease-fire VOA 01 May 2016 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva Sunday in an urgent bid to revive a U.S.-Russian brokered cease-fire that has all but fallen apart as Syrian government forces intensified their attacks, especially in Syria's largest city, Aleppo, over the last 10 days.
- 38 killed, 86 injured in twin car bombs in Iraq Press TV 01 May 2016 -- At least 38 people are killed and 86 others injured in two car bombs in the southern Iraqi city of Samawa, security and medical officials say.
- Double Car Bombings Strike Southern Iraq RFE/RL 01 May 2016 -- Double car bombings claimed by the extremist Islamic State (IS) group have killed at least 33 people and injured more than 70 others in southern Iraq, security and medical officials said on May 1.
- UN Casualty Figures for Iraq for the Month of April 2016 UNAMI 01 May 2016 -- A total of 741 Iraqis were killed and another 1,374 were injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April 2016*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
- Separate PKK attacks leave 4 Turkish soldiers dead Press TV 01 May 2016 -- At least four Turkish soldiers have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries when members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) launched two separate attacks against government forces in the embattled southeastern provinces of Mardin and Gaziantep.
- Three killed in renewed Ukraine violence Press TV 01 May 2016 -- One Ukrainian soldier and two pro-Russia fighters have been killed in renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine over the weekend.
- Crimean Blockade Organizer Vows Creation of 'Crimean Tatar Army' Sputnik 01 May 2016 -- Reacting to the Crimean Supreme Court's decision to ban the Mejlis movement in Russia, 'Crimean blockade' organizer Lenur Islyamov said that now may be the time to create a 'Crimean Tatar army'.
- 15 Somali soldiers killed in Shabab attack: Military sources Press TV 01 May 2016 -- At least 15 Somali soldiers have lost their lives in a car bomb attack by the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militants northeast of Somalia's capital, military sources say.
- 22 Somali Soldiers Killed in Al-Shabab Attack VOA 01 May 2016 -- Militant group al-Shabab attacked and recaptured a town in Somalia's Middle Shabelle region early Sunday morning, killing 22 Somali soldiers, an official told VOA on condition of anonymity.
- Karabakh Conflict Escalates as Regional Soldier Shot by Azeri Forces Sputnik 01 May 2016 -- Karabakh Defense Ministry stated that one of its army servicemen was killed in shelling by the Azerbaijani Armed Forces on Sunday.
- Iraqi protesters temporarily end demo, leave Green Zone Press TV 01 May 2016 -- Iraqi protesters have temporarily ended their demonstrations in the government complex of Green Zone and began leaving the area.
- Baghdad Teetering on Edge as Iraq Plunges Into Political Chaos VOA 01 May 2016 -- Baghdad teetered on the edge of political chaos Sunday. The city is in a state of emergency, protesters have occupied parts of the once-secure International Zone (IZ), lawmakers have run away and the military is on high alert.
- Moqtada al-Sadr Resumes High-Profile Role in Iraqi Political Cauldron VOA 01 May 2016 -- Iraqi firebrand Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose followers stormed Baghdad's heavily fortified International Zone Saturday to shut down parliament, has in recent months mounted an increasingly visible campaign to pressure the government to move forward with promised reforms.
- Iran will retake its money from US: Velayati IRNA 01 May 2016 -- Head of Expediency Council Strategic Research Center Ali Akbar Velayati said on Sunday that the Americans will not be able to swindle Iran out of the two billion dollars it has blockaded and Iran will retake its money.
- Iran takes place of Canada to sell heavy water in US ISNA 01 May 2016 -- The Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said that the sale of heavy water in the US allows Iran to take the place of Canadian companies.
- Minju Joson Urges U.S. to Seriously Heed DPRK's Warning KCNA 01 May 2016 -- The Western world is very stunned by the DPRK's entry into the flight test of submarine-launched ballistic rocket in less than a year since the announcement of its underwater test-fire in May last year, saying in unison this proves that the DPRK's warning to turn the U.S. mainland into debris is not just joke.
- China Calls to Consider North Korean Proposal on Nuclear Program Sputnik 01 May 2016 -- The Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Liu Jieyi has called for consideration of the North Korean proposal to stop its nuclear testing program in exchange of cessation of joint military exercises by the US and South Korea.
- Nazarbaev Warns Of Ukraine-Style Turmoil As Kazakh Land Protests Spread RFE/RL 01 May 2016 -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has evoked the Ukraine conflict as protests continued over the Central Asian government's decision to privatize large tracts of state-owned agricultural land.
- CIA Chief: 'No Evidence' of Saudi Backing of 9/11 Attacks VOA 01 May 2016 -- U.S. intelligence chief John Brennan says there is "no evidence" indicating that Saudi Arabia gave backing to al-Qaida for the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
- Islamic State Claims Killing of Hindu in Bangladesh VOA 01 May 2016 -- A Bangladeshi newspaper reports three people have been detained in connection with the hacking death of a 50-year-old Hindu tailor.
- Taiwanese suspects sent to China undermines Taiwan: premier-designate CNA 01 May 2016 -- The two sides of the Taiwan Strait need more comprehensive communication on joint crime-fighting efforts, since the recent incidents of Taiwanese fraud suspects being sent to China by a third country undermine Taiwan's judicial power, Premier-designate Lin Chuan (林全) said Sunday.
- Taiwan welcomes Beijing's invitation over telecom fraud cases CNA 01 May 2016 -- The Cabinet expressed welcome Sunday for China's invitation of a delegation to the mainland for talks concerning Taiwanese nationals detained there, after 32 Taiwanese fraud suspects were deported from Malaysia to China the previous day.
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