14 May 2016 Military News
- Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 14 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.
- Military Drones Flood War Skies Over Syria, Iraq VOA 14 May 2016 -- When an Iraqi soldier heard a buzzing sound overhead last month in Iraq's Anbar province, he took aim and shot down what looked like a bird-sized model plane.
- Afghan govt. to finalize peace agreement with militant group Press TV 14 May 2016 -- Afghanistan is reportedly set to finalize a peace deal with a militant group within days in a breakthrough effort to end the 15-year conflict in the country.
- 4 dead, 12 wounded as blast rocks southern Afghanistan Press TV 14 May 2016 -- At least four people have lost their lives and a many others sustained injuries when a bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near a police training center in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand.
- Afghanistan Expected To Announce Peace Deal With Hezb-e Islami Militant Group RFE/RL 14 May 2016 -- The Afghan High Peace Council (AHPC) says it has agreed on the main points of a peace deal with the Hezb-e Islami militant group.
- Pakistan, Afghanistan Agree to Reopen Border Crossing VOA 13 May 2016 -- Pakistan and Afghanistan on Friday agreed to reopen a main border crossing for thousands of stranded passengers and transit trade convoys, four days after a fencing dispute brought traffic to a halt.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Total force effort trains future KC-46 pilots AFNS 14 May 2016 -- A group of total force Airmen has been selected to participate in the initial operational test and evaluation of the KC-46 Pegasus as the Air Force prepares for the tanker's arrival here.
- USS Stout Deploys NNS 14 May 2016 -- Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) departed their Norfolk homeport May 14 for a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations.
- Platinum Wolf 2016 kicks off USMC News 14 May 2016 -- The Marines of 4th Law Enforcement Battalion, Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve, joined 3rd Civil Affairs Group, FHG, MARFORRES, and six other partner nations for the opening ceremony of exercise Platinum Wolf 2016 at South Base in Bujanovac, Serbia, May 9, 2016. The opening ceremony has brought together service members from Bosnia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Serbia and the United States to train in the use of non-lethal weapons capabilities and build lasting partnerships.
- 'Colorado secret space facility to help fight against Daesh' Press TV 14 May 2016 -- The Pentagon is reportedly seeking to use its new secretive space facility in the military campaign against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.
- Pentagon Wants Its New Secretive Space Center to Join Fight Against Daesh Sputnik 14 May 2016 -- US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Thursday that he wants the Pentagon's new space center, the Joint Interagency Combined Space Operations Center, to be involved in the fight against Daesh, The Washington Post reported.
- Deputy Secretary General addresses NATO's Warsaw Summit agenda at Lennart Meri Conference NATO 14 May 2016 -- NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow addressed key issues on NATO's agenda for the Warsaw Summit at the annual Lennart Meri Conference in Tallinn on Saturday (14 May 2016). Ambassador Vershbow took part in a panel discussion entitled "NATO in Warsaw: Steeling the Alliance?," together with Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski and Ambassador Philippe Errera, Defence Policy Director of the French Ministry of Defence.
- NATO Concerned Over 'Russia's Military Dominance' in Black Sea Sputnik 14 May 2016 -- Two months ahead of NATO's summit in Warsaw, many members of the alliance worry that Russia will increase its military presence in the Black Sea, The Financial Times reported.
- Kapustin Yar Range Upgrades to Complete in 2017 - Russian Missile Forces Sputnik 14 May 2016 -- Upgrades at Russia's Kapustin Yar test range will be completed by 2017, the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) chief of range services said Saturday.
- Russia's Northern Fleet Troops Work Out New 2016 Arctic Winter Tasks Sputnik 14 May 2016 -- The Russian Northern Fleet land and coastal troops continued readiness exercises to work out tasks in the Arctic during 2016 winter drills and expeditions, including with the use of snowmobiles and sleds, the fleet commander said Saturday.
- Why Russia's Reviving Its Nuke Trains Sputnik 14 May 2016 -- Russian "Barguzin" strategic missile trains may become an asymmetric response to NATO's complex European Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system deployed in Romania and Poland, military experts believe.
- China, US pledge to control risk People's Daily 14 May 2016 -- Senior military officials from Beijing and Washington have pledged to try to manage their differences in a constructive way and effectively control risks, following recent maritime tensions in the South China Sea.
- China using 'coercive tactics' in South China Sea: Pentagon Press TV 14 May 2016 -- The US Department of Defense has warned China against employing "coercive tactics" in pursuing its maritime interests, accusing Beijing of reclaiming and weaponizing lands in the South China Sea.
- Maintaining the status quo benefits Taiwan, China, U.S.: MND CNA 14 May 2016 -- Maintaining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait is in the interest of Taiwan, China and the United States, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Saturday, in response to a Pentagon report released a day earlier.
- China's military posture poses major challenges for Taiwan: Pentagon CNA 14 May 2016 -- China's continued efforts to develop and deploy military capabilities intended to coerce or invade Taiwan if necessary have posed "major challenges" to Taiwan's security, the U.S. Department of Defense said in its annual report on China's military power to Congress.
- UN: North Korea Provided Firearms to Congolese Police VOA 14 May 2016 -- A group of 30 North Korean military instructors may have violated United Nations sanctions when they provided pistols to Congolese army and police officers during training exercises, the United Nations said in a new report.
- Yemen: UN-mediated peace talks continue, with consensus on some issues UN News 14 May 2016 -- In his latest update on the Yemeni peace talks currently under way in Kuwait, the United Nations envoy for the conflict-torn country reported that the two delegations discussed proposals to bridge the gap between their respective visions, reaching consensus on some issues.
- Daesh declares state of emergency in Syria's Raqqah: US Press TV 14 May 2016 -- The Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group has declared a state of emergency in Syria's northern province of Raqqah, a US military official says.
- Iran vows to continue advisory aid to Syria Press TV 14 May 2016 -- Iran will continue its military advisory aid to Syria as per the Syrian government's request, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman says.
- Daesh attack on Syrian hospital claims 20 lives Press TV 14 May 2016 -- Nearly two dozen people have been killed in an attack by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group on a hospital in eastern Syria.
- Syria seizes Turkish-made arms, medicines from terrorists Press TV 14 May 2016 -- The Syrian army has killed all members of a terrorist group affiliated with al-Nusra Front, confiscating Turkish-constructed ammunition and medicines from the militants.
- Turkish Air Force Strikes PKK in Country's Southeast, North Iraq Sputnik 14 May 2016 -- The Turkish Air Force has conducted a series of air operations against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) positions in the country's southeastern Hakkari province and in Northern Iraq, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement Saturday.
- Kurdish Militants Claim Responsibility for Downing Turkish Army Helicopter Sputnik 14 May 2016 -- The People's Defence Force (HPG), the armed wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Saturday claimed responsibility for downing a Turkish military helicopter, refuting the Turkish General Staff's claim that the crash took place due to a technical malfunction.
- Daesh terrorists raid western Iraqi city, kill six Press TV 14 May 2016 -- Takfiri Daesh terrorists have launched attacks in a town in Iraq's western Anbar Province, killing at least six people.
- UN Security Council condemns Boko Haram violence, ties with Daesh Press TV 14 May 2016 -- The United Nations Security Council has condemned crimes committed by Boko Haram Takfiri terrorists, raising concerns about cooperation between the Nigeria-based group with the Daesh terrorists.
- Key Boko Haram Leader Captured in Nigeria VOA 14 May 2016 -- Cameroon says the multinational joint forces fighting Boko Haram have captured five leaders of the radical Islamist group, including Boukar Kaou, traditional ruler of Kumche in Nigeria. Dozens of the terrorists were killed and 60 women and children freed.
- Raids on Boko Haram Disclosed as Abuja Summit Targets Terrorism VOA 14 May 2016 -- Multinational forces fighting the Islamic extremists of Boko Haram arrested five of the group's leaders and freed dozens of captive women and children, Cameroon's government said Saturday.
- North Korean Consulate in Russia 'Concerned' With Yacht Detention Sputnik 14 May 2016 -- The North Korean Consulate General in Russia said it was "concerned" with the detention of a yacht carrying Russian athletes, the acting head of the Russian Foreign Ministry in Vladivostok said Saturday.
- N Korea Yet to Provide Any Explanation Over Detained Russian Yacht Sputnik 14 May 2016 -- Moscow is still waiting for explanations from Pyongyang for the reasons why a yacht with Russian athletes on board was detained by the North Korean Coast Guard, a Russian embassy media spokesman told RIA Novosti.
- North Korean Coast Guard Detains Yacht With Primorye Athletes Sputnik 14 May 2016 -- North Korea's Coast Guard has detained a yacht carrying Primorye athletes, a representative of the "Vladivostok" rescue center told RIA Novosti.
- Zarif: Parties to JCPOA obliged to discharge duty tangible to people IRNA 14 May 2016 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday that the parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, must discharge their obligations tangible to people so that they would feel the positive outcome.
- Salehi: Iran nuclear enrichment process making progress IRNA 14 May 2016 -- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi said on Saturday that Iran's nuclear enrichment process is making progress within the framework of the country's scientific capacities and natural resources.
- Araqchi: JCPOA stabilized Iran peaceful nuclear program IRNA 14 May 2016 -- Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Saturday that the nuclear deal Iran reached with the six world powers last year –known as the JCPOA – stabilized Iran's peaceful nuclear program.
- Putin: No nuclear threat from Iran ISNA 14 May 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed Western claims on establishment of missile shield system to confront Iran's nuclear threat.
- Germany Warns Russian Cyberspies Aim To Damage Infrastructure RFE/RL 14 May 2016 -- Germany's domestic intelligence agency has warned that Russia is trying to sabotage critical infrastructure through cyberspying.
- Security Council 'deeply disappointed' over failed election deadlines in Haiti UN News 14 May 2016 -- The United Nations Security Council has expressed its deep disappointment that Haitian actors failed to meet the election and inauguration deadlines agreed upon in the February political accord, calling on all actors to ensure the prompt return to constitutional order.
- Hezbollah Blames Islamist Extremists in Commander's Death VOA 14 May 2016 -- The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah claims that Islamist extremists are responsible for the shelling death of its top military commander Mustafa Badreddine near Syria's Damascus airport Friday.
- Venezuela declares 60-day state of emergency Press TV 14 May 2016 -- Venezuela's president has declared a 60-day state of emergency to counter, what he calls, a domestic and US push to topple his administration amid the country's economic woes.
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