06 August 2016 Military News
- Coalition Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Iraq, Syria AFPS 06 Aug 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.
- Afghanistan's security, Iran's core policy: Zarif Press TV 06 Aug 2016 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says progress and security of Afghanistan are among the Islamic Republic's core policies.
- Explosion leaves five Afghan officers dead in Kabul Province Press TV 06 Aug 2016 -- At least five Afghan police officers have been killed in an explosion that hit the Khak Jabar district in the southeastern part of Kabul Province.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Releases More Details of Policy on Drone Attacks VOA 06 Aug 2016 -- The White House has released an edited version of President Barack Obama's once-secret policy on using drone aircraft to combat terrorists around the world, the American Civil Liberties Union said Saturday.
- Declassified file reveals key role of Obama, his staff in drone hits Press TV 06 Aug 2016 -- A newly declassified document reveals that the US president and his national security staff play a central role in choosing overseas targets for assassination drone strikes conducted by the CIA and the military.
- US Releases 'Edited' Version of Deadly Drone Strike Policy Sputnik 06 Aug 2016 -- The US authorities released a redacted version of the paper outlining the government's policy framework for drone strikes outside the United States and in "areas of actual hostilities," the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said Saturday.
- USS Bonhomme Richard Begins Patrol NNS 06 Aug 2016 -- The Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 flagship, USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), departed Commander, Fleet Activities Sasebo for a scheduled patrol, Aug. 6.
- Obama to reinforce Pentagon's Cyber Command Press TV 06 Aug 2016 -- US President Barack Obama's administration is planning to reinforce the Pentagon's Cyber Command in order to repel cyber attacks and punish intruders of American computer networks, a new report shows.
- Russia's Almaz-Antey Presents New-Generation Air-Defense Missiles Sputnik 06 Aug 2016 -- Russian Navy will be eqipped by the Almaz-Antey arms manufacturer`s newly-introducied air-defence missiles, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Saturday.
- Stay vigilant to Japan's "China Threat" People's Daily 06 Aug 2016 -- Once again, in its latest defense white paper, Japan has shamelessly accused China of jeopardizing regional peace and stability, playing up the "China Threat" for its own right-wing agenda.
- Chinese Fighter Jets Patrol Disputed Islands in South China Sea Sputnik 06 Aug 2016 -- Defense Ministry's spokesman said that Chinese fighter jets made a patrol flight over the disputed Spratly Islands, also known as the Nansha Islands.
- On anniversary of Hiroshima bombing, Ban urges all States to 'galvanize global will for disarmament' UN News 06 Aug 2016 -- With global tensions rising and progress on nuclear disarmament hard to find, "the world needs the Hibakusha spirit more than ever," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, citing the determination and perseverance of those survivors of the 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks as an example for championing peace and a seeking a better future for all.
- Japan protests Chinese boats in disputed East China Sea Press TV 06 Aug 2016 -- Japan has lodged a strong protest with Beijing after some 230 Chinese fishing vessels and six coastguard ships sailed close to the disputed islands in the East China Sea.
- Japan Protests as Beijing Flexes Muscles in South China Sea VOA 06 Aug 2016 -- Chinese coast guard vessels, air patrols and fishing fleets have re-asserted their disputed maritime claims in two distant areas Saturday, despite last month's ruling by an international tribunal that their territorial claims in the South China Sea have no legal basis.
- UN Suspends Yemen Peace Negotiations VOA 06 Aug 2016 -- The United Nations suspended peace talks Saturday between Yemen's Sunni government and Shi'ite Houthi rebels, after rebels moved forward with a unilateral plan to appoint a governing council in areas seized since fighting erupted in 2014.
- Yemeni peace talks enter 'new phase,' as UN envoy announces month-long pause for consultations UN News 06 Aug 2016 -- The United Nations envoy facilitating peace talks on Yemen announced today that as the discussions wind down for a one-month break, the process will enter a "new phase," during which "the focus will be on working with each side separately to crystalize precise technical details."
- Yemen's leading parties announce coalition council members Press TV 06 Aug 2016 -- Yemen's Supreme Political Council, a coalition between the Houthi Ansarullah movement and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh's General People's Congress party, has announced its members, Press TV reports.
- Houthis, Saleh's GPC appoint governing supreme council Press TV 06 Aug 2016 -- Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement and the General People's Congress (GPC) party of the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, jointly appointed a governing supreme council Saturday to run the country.
- Talks on Yemeni Conflict Settlement to Continue in Month After Break Sputnik 06 Aug 2016 -- UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that the United Nations had guarantees that parties to the Yemeni conflict would return to the negotiating table.
- Militant shelling kills at least 130 civilians in Syria's Aleppo: Report Press TV 06 Aug 2016 -- At least 130 civilians have been killed in recent rocket attacks carried out by foreign-backed militants in Syria's northwestern city of Aleppo, a monitoring group says.
- Syrian army forces pushing terrorists back near Aleppo Press TV 06 Aug 2016 -- Fierce clashes are going on near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo between government forces and terrorists trying to end a siege of militant-held areas, Press TV reports.
- Arab, Kurdish forces liberate northern Syrian city of Manbij: Group Press TV 06 Aug 2016 -- An alliance of Kurdish and Arab forces has reportedly managed to retake the strategic northern Syrian city of Manbij from Takfiri Daesh terrorists.
- In Syria, Rebel Victories At Ramouseh Come With A Price RFE/RL 06 Aug 2016 -- Just one week ago, the rebels who controlled the last few neighborhoods of Aleppo that remain in opposition hands found themselves surrounded and running out of time. The Syrian government and its allies had surrounded what was once Syria's largest city and the country's financial capital.
- Syrian Army Repelling Insurgents' Attack on Aleppo Military School Quarter Sputnik 06 Aug 2016 -- Syrian army is driving insurgents away from their positions in the military school quarter in the northern city of Aleppo, according to a source.
- Syrian Opposition Groups Say Rebels Break Aleppo Siege VOA 06 Aug 2016 -- Two Syrian opposition groups said Saturday that rebels have broken the government siege of the northern city of Aleppo after fierce fighting since July 31.
- Daesh terrorists kill 61 more citizens in northern Iraq Press TV 06 Aug 2016 -- Takfiri Daesh terrorists have reportedly executed tens of civilians in Iraq's oil-rich northern province of Kirkuk as the victims sought to escape from the extremists.
- Leader of Luhansk People's Republic injured in car bombing Press TV 06 Aug 2016 -- The leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine was injured in a car bombing on Saturday.
- Lugansk People's Republic Head Accuses Ukraine of Assassination Attempt Sputnik 06 Aug 2016 -- Head of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic Igor Plotnitsky accused the Ukrainian government on Saturday of the failed attack against him.
- Attacked Lugansk People's Republic Head Receives Non-Life Threatening Wounds Sputnik 06 Aug 2016 -- The condition of Igor Plotnitsky, the head of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic whose car was hit by a blast earlier in the day, is stable, there is no danger to his life, according to the chairman of the republic's Council of Ministers, Sergei Kozlov.
- Separatist Leader in Eastern Ukraine Survives Assassination Attempt VOA 06 Aug 2016 -- The Russian-backed leader of a separatist region in eastern Ukraine was seriously wounded Saturday in an apparent assassination attempt, Russian and Ukrainian media reported.
- US planning preemptive nuclear attack: North Korea Press TV 06 Aug 2016 -- North Korea says the US is planning a preemptive nuclear attack after Washington announces the deployment of B-1 bombers in the Pacific.
- Al-Shabab militants shell residential areas in Somali town Press TV 06 Aug 2016 -- The African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia said the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militants on Saturday shelled residential areas in the southern town of Baidoa.
- Bomb explosion kills 4, injures 7 in Egypt's restive Sinai Press TV 06 Aug 2016 -- An improvised explosive device (IED) has exploded in Egypt's volatile Sinai Peninsula, leaving four people dead and seven others wounded.
- Moldova Condemns Russian Drills In Transdniester As 'Illegal' RFE/RL 06 Aug 2016 -- Moldova's Defense Ministry has criticized recent Russian military exercises held in a separatist region, saying they were "illegal" and undermined the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova.
- Over 13,000 East African Peacekeepers to Monitor Situation in South Sudan Sputnik 06 Aug 2016 -- The number of African forces, which will be deployed in South Sudan, will amount to 13,300 soldiers, according to a leader of the local opposition movement, Sabit Majouk.
- S. Sudan's Machar Welcomes Regional Calls for His Reinstatement VOA 06 Aug 2016 -- The leader of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO), Riek Machar has welcomed the backing of regional leaders who support reinstating him as South Sudan's first vice president, according to his spokesman, James Gadet Dak.
- Gulen movement threat to world: Erdogan ISNA 06 Aug 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the movement affiliated to the US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen not only poses "a threat" to Turkey, but also to all countries where it is present.
- Nazarbaev Pledges To Purge 'Terror Links' From Kazakh Schools During Turkey Visit RFE/RL 06 Aug 2016 -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev vowed to send back to Turkey anyone in Kazakh schools found to have "terror links" to an exiled cleric that Turkey blames for a failed coup.
- Haunted By Its Past, Germany Scrambles To Document Migrants RFE/RL 06 Aug 2016 -- In Germany, a country known for its fastidious record-keeping, the fingerprints of thousands of migrants are still waiting to be scanned and entered into a national database.
- American Authorities Fear Terror Networks Already in US VOA 06 Aug 2016 -- After years of undercover work, the U.S. is starting to pull back the veil on what appear to be loose-knit, perhaps deeply rooted networks of would-be terrorists who support each other even as many prepare to act alone.
- Xinjiang issues China's first local counterterrorism law People's Daily 06 Aug 2016 -- The regional government of Xinjiang unveiled China's first local counterterrorism law Friday.
- China dismisses US criticism on sentences given to rights activists Press TV 06 Aug 2016 -- China has rejected as baseless recent US criticisms about the sentences given to rights activists in a series of subversion trials in the Asian country.
- Thais to Vote on Junta-backed Constitution VOA 06 Aug 2016 -- Thai voters are preparing to vote Sunday on a new constitution proposed by the ruling military.
- Over 180,000 Russians Sign Petition Calling For Ouster Of Medvedev RFE/RL 06 Aug 2016 -- More than 180,000 Russians have signed a petition calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev after his remarks about teachers' pay sparked outrage earlier this week.
- With Sanctions Eased, US Sees Economic Potential in Myanmar VOA 06 Aug 2016 -- U.S. officials are looking to boost economic engagement with Myanmar, a country that has been dubbed by some as "the final frontier" because it is one of the last markets largely untouched by Western companies.
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