04 May 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 04 May 2016 [PDF]
- Counter-ISIL Strikes Hit Terrorists in Iraq AFPS 04 May 2016 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 04 May 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
- UK considering further support to fight against Daesh UK MOD 04 May 2016 -- The Defence Secretary met with counterparts from ten countries in the Global Coalition against Daesh today to review recent progress and consider further steps to accelerate the campaign .
- Media Availability with Secretary Carter Following the Counter-ISIL Coalition Meeting in Stuttgart, Germany DoD 04 May 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- Carter: Counter-ISIL Defense Ministers Recognize All Must Do More AFPS 04 May 2016 -- Defense ministers who represent core countries contributing to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant all agreed that they will continue to do more to accelerate ISIL's lasting defeat, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today in Stuttgart, Germany, after the group's second meeting.
- US, Allies Discuss Next Steps in Islamic State Fight VOA 04 May 2016 -- The United States along with allies from 11 other countries met in Germany to discuss the joint efforts in their campaign against Islamic State.
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Col. Warren via Teleconference From Baghdad, Iraq DoD 04 May 2016 -- Presenter: Colonel Steve Warren, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman
- Spokesman Describes Battle That Left Navy SEAL Dead in Iraq AFPS 04 May 2016 -- The Navy SEAL killed in a battle yesterday with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters responded to an early attack on peshmerga units about 2 miles behind the forward line of troops, Army Col. Steven Warren, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, said today.
- New Details, Questions Arise in Gunbattle That Killed US Navy SEAL VOA 04 May 2016 -- A U.S. Navy SEAL killed Tuesday when Islamic State (IS) fighters punched through Kurdish lines in northern Iraq was part of a Quick Reaction Force, sent in to extract other U.S. troops trapped by the surprise offensive.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Readout of Secretary Carter's meeting with Danish Minister of Defense Peter Christensen DoD 04 May 2016
- Forces converge for Emerald Warrior 2016 AFNS 04 May 2016 -- Several hundred U.S. and partner-nation military members gathered inside King Auditorium here May 2 for a mass in-briefing session that marked the official kick off of Emerald Warrior 2016.
- NATO Secretary General welcomes new Supreme Allied Commander Europe NATO 04 May 2016 -- United States Army General Curtis M. Scaparrotti took over command of NATO's Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) from General Philip M. Breedlove during a handover ceremony in Mons, Belgium on Wednesday (4 May 2016). Attending the ceremony, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg thanked General Breedlove for his outstanding contribution to transatlantic security and welcomed General Scaparrotti to the Alliance. "Today we have come to honour two great men, General Breedlove and General Scaparrotti. Men who personify the enduring bond between Europe and the United States," said Mr. Stoltenberg.
- NATO agrees Israel Mission to NATO NATO 04 May 2016 -- The North Atlantic Council has agreed to accept the request that an official Israeli Mission be established at NATO headquarters. The Ambassador of Israel to the EU will therefore be the Head of the Mission of Israel to NATO.
- NATO agrees the Kingdom of Bahrain Mission to NATO NATO 04 May 2016 -- The North Atlantic Council has agreed to accept the request to designate the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to Belgium as the representative of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the North Atlantic Council.
- NATO agrees the State of Qatar Mission to NATO NATO 04 May 2016 -- The North Atlantic Council has agreed to accept the request of the State of Qatar to designate its Embassy to Belgium as Mission to NATO. The Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Belgium will therefore be the Head of the Mission of the State of Qatar to NATO.
- NATO agrees Kuwait Mission to NATO NATO 04 May 2016 -- The North Atlantic Council has agreed to accept the request of the State of Kuwait to designate the Embassy of the State of Kuwait to Belgium as Mission to NATO. The Ambassador of the State of Kuwait to Belgium will therefore be the Head of the Mission of the State of Kuwait to NATO.
- NATO agrees Jordan Mission to NATO NATO 04 May 2016 -- The North Atlantic Council has agreed to accept the request to accredit the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to Belgium as Mission to NATO. The Ambassador of Jordan to Belgium will therefore be the Head of the Mission of Jordan to NATO.
- 'Resurgent Russia' Poses Threat to NATO, New Commander Says AFPS 04 May 2016 -- In the face of a "resurgent Russia" and other emerging challenges, NATO needs to stay agile and ready to "fight tonight," the alliance's new supreme allied commander for Europe said today.
- Russia warns NATO of retaliation in face of military build-up Press TV 04 May 2016 -- Russia says it will engage in retaliatory measures if NATO continues its plans to deploy four extra battalions in Poland and the Baltic states.
- NATO's New Commander: 'Ready To Fight If Deterrence Fails' RFE/RL 04 May 2016 -- NATO has a new supreme commander, whose job is to strengthen it as a defense force after years of reductions of U.S. troops in Europe.
- New NATO Commander Says Military Alliance Still Vital RFE/RL 04 May 2016 -- NATO's new supreme commander in Europe says the military alliance remains essential more than 25 years after the end of the Cold War.
- U.S. Military Chief Urges Russia To End 'Saber-Rattling,' Move Forward RFE/RL 04 May 2016 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter urged Russia to stop "going backwards" towards the Cold War era with "saber-rattling" and aggressive actions that have put NATO on high alert.
- Estonia Says Russian Jets 'Incredibly Reckless' In Baltics' Airspace RFE/RL 04 May 2016 -- Russian military planes regularly violate Estonian airspace in what the country's defense minister described on May 3 as "incredibly reckless" behavior.
- Russia to deploy 3 divisions to borders to counter NATO: minister Press TV 04 May 2016 -- Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says Russia is set to deploy three new military divisions to its borders to counter the eastward expansion of the NATO military alliance, local media report.
- Russia to Deploy Troops to Counter Growing NATO Presence VOA 04 May 2016 -- Russia says it will deploy three divisions of troops along its borders to counter NATO's increasing military presence in Eastern Europe.
- US not to sell F-35 fighter jets to Arab countries: Report Press TV 04 May 2016 -- The US has given Israel categorical assurances that it will not deliver F-35 stealth multirole fighter jets to Arab states to beef up their aerial power, a report says.
- May 4, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 04 May 2016
- Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Josh Earnest en route Flint, MI, 5/4/2016 The White House 04 May 2016
- 4 May 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 04 May 2016
- UN sanctions: what they are, how they work, and who uses them UN News 04 May 2016 -- Counter-terrorism and non-proliferation are on the agenda today at the Security Council, where at least seven sanctions committees will brief the main United Nations body responsible for maintaining international peace and security. We've prepared a quick snapshot covering the basics of UN sanctions and how Sanctions Committees work.
Using the 'threat' of sanctions
- Stop meddling in South China Sea dispute, Chinese diplomat demands People's Daily 04 May 2016 -- Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to Britain, has demanded stopping meddling in the South China Seadispute by some politicians and media outlets in the United Statesand Britain, in a signed article to the Times published Wednesday.
- People's Daily: Evidence proves that Diaoyu Island is Chinese territory People's Daily 04 May 2016 -- In recent years, the Japanese government has been denying the dispute over sovereignty of Diaoyu Island, all while strengthening its own propaganda on the issue. A few days ago, the office of the Cabinet of Japan posted some data and graphics on its official website, claiming that Diaoyu Island is Japan's "inherent territory."
- UN agencies boost partnership on visualization of food security data for Yemen UN News 04 May 2016 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) are boosting wider understanding of how families in conflict-torn Yemen struggle with persistent food insecurity, through a new interactive visualization of data captured by mobile technology and shared on an open source platform.
- Syrian military joins US, Russia-brokered Aleppo truce Press TV 04 May 2016 -- The Syrian army has announced that it will join a two-day truce in the northwestern province of Aleppo.
- US, Russia agree on extending Syria ceasefire to include Aleppo Press TV 04 May 2016 -- The United States and Russia have agreed on trying to cooperate with parties on the ground in Syria to extend a ceasefire to include Aleppo, which has been a flash point over the past few weeks, the US Department of State said.
- Turkey may dispatch troops to Syria if necessary: Davutoglu Press TV 04 May 2016 -- Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Wednesday Ankara is ready to dispatch ground troops to Syria "if necessary" as rocket fire from the Daesh-held territories north of the Arab country keeps claiming lives in Turkey.
- Turkey urges immediate action in Syria Press TV 04 May 2016 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Daesh militants must immediately be pushed back from an area in Syria near the Turkish border.
- New Plan for Calm Reached in Ravaged City of Aleppo VOA 04 May 2016 -- The United States and Russia have brokered a localized cease-fire in the Syrian city of Aleppo, where fierce fighting between the government and rebels has resulted in over 280 civilian deaths since late April.
- Russian Artillery Engaged in Aleppo as Dozens Killed in Rebel Assault VOA 04 May 2016 -- Russian artillery units were involved Wednesday in fighting in Syria's divided northern city of Aleppo in the fiercest ground clashes in a year between rebel groups and Assad regime forces in the area, which has suffered two weeks of blistering government airstrikes. It is the first time Russian ground troops have assisted Syrian government forces outside the coastal province of Latakia or at Palmyra, say rebel commanders.
- Iraqi forces retake four villages in Anbar province Press TV 05 May 2016 -- Iraqi army soldiers and fighters from Popular Mobilization units have managed to liberate a number of villages in the western Anbar province, dealing another blow to the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group as anti-terror operations continue.
- Dunford: U.S. Working With Libya to Assess Possible Needs in Counter-ISIL Fight AFPS 03 May 2016 -- The United States is working with the interim Libyan government to see what help it might need in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
- Bellingcat Report Says Russian Buk 332 Shot Down Flight MH17 RFE/RL 04 May 2016 -- A team of open-source researchers investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 says it has positively identified a Russian Buk missile launcher that shot down the plane.
- Israeli warplanes bomb Gaza Strip Press TV 04 May 2016 -- Israeli warplanes bombed at least five positions around Gaza's derelict international airport near the southern city of Rafah and in nearby farming areas on Wednesday.
- Budget woes 'costly distraction,' Ban says, urging reliable funding for UN Palestine refugee agency UN News 04 May 2016 -- A consequence of failing to fund the activities of the United Nations agency tasked with ensuring the wellbeing of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East would be an increased risk of extremism, more poverty, and a region even more riven by conflict, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today, urging donors to step up their financial support.
- South Sudan: Security Council calls on transitional government to implement peace accord UN News 04 May 2016 -- The United Nations Security Council today called on the newly formed transitional unity Government of South Sudan to end the cycles of violence and suffering and fully implement the peace agreement signed by warring parties in August 2015.
- Venezuela president to allow referendum if signatures validated Press TV 04 May 2016 -- Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro says he will allow a referendum vote on ousting him from power if electoral authorities confirm the signatures submitted on a petition asking for the vote.
- Iran strongly protests US meddling in Persian Gulf security Press TV 04 May 2016 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry has denounced the US Congress's meddling in Persian Gulf security measures.
- Despite Election Gains, Fragile Nuclear Deal a Test for Iran's Leaders VOA 04 May 2016 -- Foreign business leaders have descended on Iran this year, eager to jump-start deals worth billions of dollars as international sanctions against Tehran are lifted, under last year's agreement to set limits on Iran's nuclear program.
- Iraqi PM fires Green Zone commander after breach Press TV 05 May 2016 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has dismissed the commander of special forces in Baghdad's Green Zone after hundreds of anti-government protesters stormed the highly-fortified area.
- Iraqi president calls for unity against 'grave threats' Press TV 05 May 2016 -- Iraqi President Fuad Masum has called on all political blocs and authorities to pursue national interests and address the "grave threats" that face the Arab country.
- US Worried Political Chaos in Iraq Will Hurt IS Fight VOA 04 May 2016 -- The White House is urging Iraqi leaders to move swiftly to create a central government that will bridge sectarian divides and unite the country as it battles against Islamic State.
- Xi warns of Party 'cabals and cliques' People's Daily 04 May 2016 -- President Xi Jinping has issued a stern warning of "cabals and cliques" in the Communist Party of China and reiterated the nation's determination to press ahead with the fight against corruption.
- China's Communist Party Disciplines Outspoken Property Tycoon VOA 04 May 2016 -- The Chinese Communist Party has put an outspoken tycoon on one year of probation after he publicly criticized President Xi Jinping's media policies in February – a decision that, analysts say, aims to create a chilling effect on party members and the nation's opinion leaders.
- DPP thanks U.S. for long-term support of Taiwan CNA 04 May 2016 -- The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Wednesday said it was very appreciative of the United States' long-term support of Taiwan in various areas, including participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA).
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