11 May 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 11 May 2016 [PDF]
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Gen. Volesky via Teleconference from Baghdad, Iraq DoD 11 May 2016 -- Presenter: Major General Gary J. Volesky, commander, Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command-Operation Inherent Resolve
- Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on US-Russia Video Conference Discussing the Flight Safety Memorandum of Understanding DoD 11 May 2016
- Counter-ISIL Strikes Target Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 11 May 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.
- Inherent Resolve Official Extends Condolences to Baghdad Attack Victims AFPS 11 May 2016 -- Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters resort to desperate acts as the terrorist organization loses ground in Iraq, the commander of Operation Inherent Resolve's Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command said, as he extended condolences to the people affected by today's bombing in Baghdad.
- NATO and Partners determined to continue supporting the financial sustainment of the Afghan Security Forces NATO 11 May 2016 -- NATO Allies and Partners together with representatives of the donors' community reaffirmed their commitment to continue supporting the financial sustainment of the Afghan security forces, at the plenary meeting of the Afghan National Army Trust Fund Board, today (Wednesday 11 May 2016).
Defense Policy / Programs
- Media Availability with Secretary Carter at DIUx, Palo Alto, California DoD 11 May 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- AF defenders, S Korea soldiers train to fend off opposing forces AFNS 11 May 2016 -- Defending the men and women of Osan Air Base is one challenge to the 51st Security Forces Squadron, but defending an entire country is quite another.
- Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 begins exercise Thunder Horse 16.2 USMC News 11 May 2016 -- Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 171 arrived at the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Haramura Maneuver Area in Hiroshima, Japan, for exercise Thunder Horse 16.2, May 8, 2016.
- US activating missiles in Europe despite Russia warning Press TV 11 May 2016 -- The United States is about to activate its missile systems across Europe, despite Russia's warnings against a systematically increasing US-led arms deployment near its borders.
- U.S. Missile-Defense System In Romania To Go Operational As Russia Fumes RFE/RL 11 May 2016 -- The ambitious U.S. plan to protect Europe from ballistic missiles goes online this week, and Russia is already making clear that a stern, if not outright belligerent, response may be forthcoming.
- Russia to test-fire massive nuclear missile: Report Press TV 11 May 2016 -- Russia is preparing to start test-firing a highly powerful nuclear missile, which is said to be capable of destroying an entire country in seconds, a report says.
- Turkey says Black Sea turned into Russian lake Press TV 11 May 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on NATO to bolster its presence in the Black Sea which he claims has turned into a "Russian lake."
- IRGC commander: Iranians never ceased defending Islamic revolution IRNA 11 May 2016 -- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy lauded the Iranian nation's resistance and support for the revolution.
- President: Government supports armed forces to get stronger IRNA 11 May 2016 -- President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the government is duty-bound to support the armed forces to boost national defense.
- S-300 delivery to Iran not contradicting N. deal, says Washington ISNA 11 May 2016 -- A spokesman for US State Department Elizabeth Trudeau acknowledged that the delivery of S-300 missile system did not violate the nuclear deal.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 5/11/16 The White House 11 May 2016
- May 11, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 11 May 2016
- 11 May 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 11 May 2016
- Taiwan eyeing U.S. Navy passage in disputed waters CNA 11 May 2016 -- The government is concerned about the recent passage of a U.S. naval vessel through waters surrounding a disputed islet in the South China Sea, and said Wednesday that it is following the matter closely.
- US patrols in South China Sea warrant defensive measures: China Press TV 11 May 2016 -- China says frequent US Navy patrols in the South China Sea are forcing Beijing to boost its defense capabilities in the area amid rising tensions in the disputed waters.
- Yemen: UN-brokered peace talks continue in parallel meetings UN News 11 May 2016 -- The United Nations-facilitated Yemeni peace talks continued today in parallel meetings, with a committee making headway by exploring a proposal to release 50 per cent of all prisoners and detainees held by the parties before the month of Ramadan.
- Russian trooper killed in Syria's Homs Press TV 11 May 2016 -- A Russian soldier has succumbed to his injuries two days after he came under fire from Takfiri terrorists in the Syria's central Homs province, Russian military officials say.
- Syrian troops further advance against militants near Damascus Press TV 11 May 2016 -- The Syrian army has managed to retake control of several areas in Eastern Ghouta near the capital, Damascus, from Takfiri militants.
- UK, US, France block Russia's bid to blacklist Syria militant groups Press TV 11 May 2016 -- Britain, France, the United States and Ukraine have reportedly blocked Russia's request to add two Syrian militant groups to a UN terror blacklist and sideline them from the Syrian peace process.
- Russia strikes turned tide in Syria's anti- terror fight: Putin Press TV 11 May 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday underlined the effectiveness of Moscow's campaign in Syria, saying the operation helped turn the tide of the Damascus government's fight against terrorists.
- Russian Bid To Blacklist Syrian Rebel Groups Nixed At UN RFE/RL 11 May 2016 -- The ambitious U.S. plan to protect Europe from ballistic missiles goes online this week, and Russia is already making clear that a stern, if not outright belligerent, response may be forthcoming.
- UN human rights panel condemns civilian attacks in Syria; calls for accountability UN News 11 May 2016 -- Strongly condemning recent attacks on civilians, hospitals and clinics, and camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Syria, a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry today called on all parties to cease the unlawful attacks and return to a full cessation of hostilities.
- Daesh-controlled areas shrink to 14 percent: Iraq Press TV 11 May 2016 -- Iraq says the areas under the grip of Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the Arab country have significantly decreased to only 14 percent, compared to almost triple that number recorded two years ago.
- US General: Islamic State in Iraq 'Getting Weaker' VOA 11 May 2016 -- Islamic State insurgents are "getting weaker and weaker" in Iraq, a top U.S. military commander says, despite the jihadists claiming responsibility for three suicide bombings in Baghdad that killed at least 88 people.
- 18 PKK militants killed in Ankara air raids in Turkey, Iraq Press TV 11 May 2016 -- Turkish fighter jets have carried out fresh aerial assaults on positions of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), killing at least 18 militants in southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq.
- Turkey begins operation in Syria to establish buffer zone: Report Press TV 11 May 2016 -- Turkey has reportedly launched a military operation on the Syrian side of the border as part of a plan to establish a buffer zone in Syria.
- On Kenya's Announcement to End Hosting of Refugees US Dept. of State 11 May 2016 -- Press Statement by John Kerry, Secretary of State
- Kenya Draws Up Timetable to Close Refugee Camp for Somalis VOA 11 May 2016 -- Kenya is drawing up a timetable for closing the Dadaab refugee camp, home to about 350,000 Somali refugees, the interior minister announced Wednesday.
- Local Official: Somali Commandos Kill 15 in Raid on al-Shabab Base VOA 11 May 2016 -- A Somali commando unit killed at least 15 suspected Islamist fighters Wednesday in a raid on an al-Shabab base in Galgudud region, central Somalia, the second such raid in two days.
- S.Korea to put sanctions, pressure ahead of dialogue with DPRK: minister People's Daily 11 May 2016 -- South Korea will put sanctions and pressure ahead of dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo said on Wednesday.
- Joint Art Performance Given by Moranbong Band, Chongbong Band, State Merited Chorus KCNA 11 May 2016 -- A joint art performance "Following Our Party Forever" by the Moranbong Band, Chongbong Band and State Merited Chorus was given here with splendor on Wednesday.
- DPRK Turns into Youth Power under Kim Jong Un's Guidance KCNA 11 May 2016 -- Under the deep trust and loving care of supreme leader Kim Jong Un, the young people in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are displaying the dignity of the DPRK as a youth power, sharing the idea and will with him.
- Issue of Succession to Leadership Settled in DPRK KCNA 11 May 2016 -- The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un was elected chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea at its 7th Congress. It is an expression of the Korean party, army and people's unshakable faith and will to accomplish the revolutionary cause of Juche through generations.
- U.S. Had Better Not to Miss Opportunity: KCNA Commentary KCNA 11 May 2016 -- There are a series of assertions that the Obama administration should boldly make a policy switchover now that the balance of force between the U.S. and the DPRK has changed.
- Press Review KCNA 11 May 2016 -- The following are major news items and articles in the DPRK's leading newspapers Wednesday:
- Pyongyang holds mass parade to celebrate ruling party congress People's Daily 11 May 2016 -- A mass rally and parade took place in central Pyongyang Tuesday to celebrate the end of the four-day Workers' Party Congress, which ended Monday in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
- Former Intelligence Official: North Korea Regime Stable VOA 11 May 2016 -- Kim Jong Un's hold on power in North Korea appears more secure than many pundits suggest, a former South Korean intelligence official said.
- Iran's SWIFT problems settled: Senior banking official IRNA 11 May 2016 -- A senior banking official said in this holy city in central Iran that SWIFT problems have been settled between the Iranian and foreign banks, it was announced on Wednesday.
- Kerry To Meet With London Bankers On Doing Business With Iran RFE/RL 11 May 2016 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with top bankers in London on May 12 to reassure them that the United States will not stand in the way if they want to do business with Iran.
- Security Council requests UN panel to propose global framework on countering terrorist propaganda UN News 11 May 2016 -- Reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, the United Nations Security Council today requested its main counter-terrorism subsidiary body to present a proposal by 30 April 2017 for a comprehensive international framework on the matter.
- Islamic State Cash Flow Cut, But Still Considerable VOA 11 May 2016 -- Efforts to hack away at the Islamic State terror group's wealth are making good progress but are not yet close to crippling its finances, according a senior U.S. treasury official.
- Internal Rifts Could Impact Fight Against IS, Experts Say VOA 11 May 2016 -- While a U.S.-led coalition works to stamp out Islamic State-linked atrocities, such as Wednesday's bombings in Baghdad that killed dozens, concern is growing that the effort could be hampered by internal political turmoil in Iraq, as well as in Turkey.
- FBI Chief: Islamic State Losing Attraction in US VOA 11 May 2016 -- The number of Americans trying to travel overseas to join Islamic State militants has dropped since last year, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday.
- Russian Prosecutors Target Opposition Leader Navalny In Fresh Probe RFE/RL 11 May 2016 -- Russian prosecutors have asked at least two state-owned companies to provide information about possible illegal actions taken by opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, who says he believes similar requests have been sent to several other companies targeted in his anticorruption investigations.
- Russia Launches Criminal Investigation Of Prokhorov's RBC Media Holding RFE/RL 11 May 2016 -- Russian authorities have launched a criminal case against a respected media group whose in-depth reporting has pulled back the curtain on the dealings of the country's business and political elites, including investigations into President Vladimir Putin's circle of friends and family.
- More Saudi crude to hit saturated market Press TV 11 May 2016 -- Saudi Arabia's national oil and gas company, Saudi Aramco, is all set to pour more crude into a global market already reeling from price lows over a lingering glut.
- Scale of cyber attacks on Taiwan reaches 'quasi war' level: MOTC CNA 11 May 2016 -- Taiwan is encountering frequent cyber attacks, with the scale reaching the level of a "quasi war," the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Wednesday, although other Cabinet officials said that the situation is under control.
- EU safe haven for terrorist groups: Erdogan ISNA 11 May 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused European countries of sheltering the political wings of terrorist groups.
- Turkey refuses EU call to amend terrorism law Press TV 11 May 2016 -- Turkey says it will not make changes to its terrorism laws required under a controversial deal with the European Union (EU) aimed at stemming the flow of refugees to Europe.
- Bangladesh War Crime Execution Triggers Mixed Reactions VOA 11 May 2016 -- Wednesday's execution in Bangladesh of an Islamic political party leader, accused of committing crimes during the country's 1971 war of independence to break away from Pakistan, has triggered mixed reactions in and outside the country.
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