21 May 2016 Military News
- Military Strikes Target ISIL in Iraq, Syria AFPS 21 May 2016 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Head of US Central Command Makes Secret Visit to Syria VOA 21 May 2016 -- The top U.S. commander for the Middle East made a secret visit to Syria on Saturday to look at cooperative efforts among Arab, Kurdish and other forces to overcome Islamic State militants.
- Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on U.S. Airstrike Against Taliban leader Mullah Mansur DoD 21 May 2016 -- Today, the Department of Defense conducted an airstrike that targeted Taliban leader Mullah Mansur in a remote area of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region.
- Taliban leader 'likely killed' in US drone strike: US official Press TV 21 May 2016 -- The United States has carried out a major operation against Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour and "likely killed" him, according to a US official.
- Afghanistan Confirms Taliban Leader Killed RFE/RL 21 May 2016 -- Afghanistan says that Taliban leader Mullah Akthar Mansur has been killed in a U.S. drone attack inside Pakistan.
- Airstrike Likely Killed Afghan Taliban Leader, US Military Says VOA 21 May 2016 -- U.S. military officials said Saturday that an American drone strike had most likely killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in a remote area of Pakistan near Afghanistan's border.
- Taliban Suicide Bomber Hits NATO Convoy Near Kabul VOA 21 May 2016 -- The NATO-led military coalition in Afghanistan says a suicide bomber struck one of its vehicles north of Kabul Saturday, but caused no casualties to its personnel.
- US military gearing up for upcoming Libya mission: Dunford Press TV 21 May 2016 -- The US military is in a "period of intense dialogue" with the Libyan government and may deploy troops and equipment to the troubled North African country "any day" now, says the US military's top general.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US to place military equipment in Vietnam: US officials Press TV 21 May 2016 -- The US is in talks with Vietnam to place military equipment in the country for the first time since the end of the Vietnam War just over forty years ago, according to US officials.
- Readout of Secretary Carter's call with Japanese Minister of Defense Gen Nakatani DoD 21 May 2016
- US Surveillance Plane Approaches Russian Border for 8th Time in 2 Weeks Sputnik 21 May 2016 -- An United States Air Force RC-135 surveillance aircraft came perilously close to the Russian border over the Baltic Sea.
- Russia expresses concern over NATO eastward expansion People's Daily 21 May 2016 -- Russia on Friday expressed concern again over the eastward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), one day after the military alliance and Montenegro signed an accession protocol.
- Moscow vows response to NATO build-up on Russia's frontiers Press TV 21 May 2016 -- Moscow has pledged to monitor NATO moves on Russia's borders, warning to take necessary measures in response to the security risks arising from the Western military alliance's build-up.
- Russia's Mi-28 Attack Helicopter to Get Laser Missile Defense Gear Sputnik 21 May 2016 -- Russia's Mi-28 Night Hunter attack helicopters will soon be equipped with an advanced on-board laser system to defend against MANPAD missiles and air-to-air missiles, a senior adviser to the deputy head of the Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET), told RIA Novosti.
- Russia's Western Military District Equipped With Nebo-U Mobile Radar Sputnik 21 May 2016 -- Russia's Western Military District (WMD) received into service the 55Zh6 Nebo-U (NATO reporting name Tall Rack) mobile radar, the district spokesman said Saturday.
- Military to continue indigenous submarine project: defense ministry CNA 21 May 2016 -- The military will continue to build up the country's self-defense capability through various indigenous weapon development projects covering aircraft and submarines, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a report Saturday.
- New UK Navy ships will scare off foes: Officials Press TV 21 May 2016 -- The United Kingdom has unveiled two vast new aircraft carriers which, officials say, could be used in fighting against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group and make potential enemies "think twice" before starting a war with Britain.
- Venezuela completes first day of massive drills Press TV 21 May 2016 -- Venezuela has completed the first day of two-day military drills across the entire country in what has been described as a preparatory measure against "external threats."
- China is staunch force for peace, stability in South China Sea: ambassador People's Daily 21 May 2016 -- China is committed to peace and stability in the South China Sea, and desires to solve disputes peacefully through negotiation, Chinese Ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming said Friday.
- Coast Guard mulling including Okinotori in annual patrol route CNA 21 May 2016 -- Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) vowed Saturday to continue its protection of Taiwanese fishermen's right to fish in a disputed area of the sea close to Okinotori, adding that it is mulling including the waters around the Japanese-held atoll in its annual patrol plan on the high seas.
- Syrian forces seize Turkish aid supplies bound for Daesh Press TV 21 May 2016 -- Syrian forces have reportedly captured a truck transporting $100,000 worth of medical supplies from Turkey for Takfiri terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria.
- Syrian troops advance against terrorists in several areas Press TV 21 May 2016 -- Syrian forces have made fresh gains against terrorists in a suburb of Damascus and the Western province of Hama, killing a number of militants in their push to win back militant-held areas.
- Invasion? Syrian Kurds Report Turkish Military Crossed Syrian Border Sputnik 21 May 2016 -- Turkish soldiers accompanied by two tanks entered the territory of Syria near the Turkish city of Nusaybin, the media center of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan reported, referring to the statements of eyewitnesses.
- Daesh in Panic: Nearly 70 Terrorists Killed in Raqqa Infighting Sputnik 21 May 2016 -- Violent clashes erupted among Daesh terrorists in Raqqa ahead of a planned Kurdish offensive to retake the city.
- Syrian Army Terminates Hundreds of Militants in Hama Province Sputnik 21 May 2016 -- Military operations in Hama province in the west of Syria have killed more than 100 militants of the al-Nusra Front and Ahrar ash-Sham terrorist groups.
- Daesh Bans Raqqa Residents From Leaving City Ahead of Kurdish Offensive Sputnik 21 May 2016 -- Daesh terrorists have forbidden Raqqa residents from leaving the militants' self-declared capital in Syria and have started evacuating their own families.
- Daesh commanders fleeing western Iraqi town as security forces close in Press TV 21 May 2016 -- Senior commanders from the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group have reportedly started fleeing the town of Karma in Iraq's beleaguered western province of Anbar en masse as Iraqi security forces are making headway toward the area.
- Taiwan to continue to communicate with China: MAC CNA 21 May 2016 -- Taiwan will continue to communicate with China to maintain cross-strait dialogue and contacts, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Saturday.
- U.S. hopes for continued cross-strait dialogue CNA 21 May 2016 -- The United States hopes for continued high-level exchanges between Taiwan and China and encourages the two sides to continue their constructive dialogue following the inauguration of Taiwan's new president, the U.S. Department of State said Friday.
- Tsai's stance on one China 'incomplete' People's Daily 21 May 2016 -- Beijing has accused Tsai Ing-wen, who took office on Friday as Taiwan's new leader, of taking an ambiguous stand on the one-China principle in a speech after she was sworn in, thereby bringing uncertainty to cross-Straits relations.
- At least 2 protesters killed in Baghdad's Green Zone breach: Officials Press TV 21 May 2016 -- At least two anti-government protesters have been killed when Iraqi forces opened fire on a group of reform-seeking demonstrators in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, officials say.
- UN Calls for Calm After Violent Mass Break-in of Iraq's Government Buildings VOA 21 May 2016 -- Baghdad's fortified International Zone was calm but tense Saturday following Friday's violence by protesters who defied bullets and tear gas to storm the area.
- Zarif: US, EU should take practical steps to implement JCPOA IRNA 21 May 2016 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said on Saturday that US and EU should take more practical steps to implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
- Jahangiri: Resistance economy being implemented IRNA 21 May 2016 -- First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri underlined that the resistance economy is on the path of being implemented.
- Iran FM urges 'more from US' on nuclear deal Press TV 21 May 2016 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urges Europe and the US to take "practical steps" towards lifting banking and economic sanctions on Iran under last year's nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries.
- Ministry of People's Armed Forces of NDC Proposes Working-level Contact to South Side's Military Authorities KCNA 21 May 2016 -- The north-south military authorities' talks which were proposed at the historic 7th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) as the greatest and the best realistic way of defusing military tension and ensuring peace on the Korean peninsula have commanded unanimous support and approval from not only the Koreans in the north and the south and abroad but from the peace-loving people of the world for their urgency, validity and realistic nature.
- N Korea willing to hold 'working-level contact' with South ahead of military talks Press TV 21 May 2016 -- North Korea's Defense Ministry said Saturday it was willing to hold "working-level contact" with the South Korean side ahead of the opening of Pyongyang-Seoul military talks.
- Russian Satellites Resistant to Any Possible Control Interception Sputnik 21 May 2016 -- The control system of Russia's satellite constellation is protected from any outside intervention, and disabling Russian satellites or intercepting control over them is not possible, Russia's Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Center said Saturday.
- In Cairo, UN Security Council consults with Arab League on regional, global issues UN News 21 May 2016 -- The United Nations Security Council today held an unprecedented consultative meeting in Cairo with delegations of member States of the League of Arab States, discussing, among others, developments of the Palestinian issue, the Middle East peace process, updates on the situation in both Libya and Somalia.
- 'Together, we can move from aspiration to action,' Ban tells global, regional leaders in Qatar UN News 21 May 2016 -- With the Doha Forum meeting "at a time of fragility and vulnerability," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that while progress on the UN's 2030 Agenda is crucial to usher in sustainability and equity, more must be done now to end conflict and suffering.
- The Central Asian Referendum RFE/RL 21 May 2016 -- Kazakhstan, where President Nursultan Nazarbaev had dissolved parliament in March 1995. In late April 1995, Kazakhstan conducted a referendum to prolong Nazarbaev's term in office until the end of 2000 (though he called a snap election for early 1999). A subsequent referendum in Kazakhstan in August 1995 removed some of parliament's powers and gave more power to the presidency.
- Venezuelan Government and opposition should address challenges through dialogue - Ban UN News 21 May 2016 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continues to follow events in Venezuela and is encouraged by the ongoing initiatives by former Heads of State and Government to promote dialogue between the Government of Venezuela and the opposition, under the auspices of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).
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