08 August 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 08 Aug 2016 [PDF]
- Counter-ISIL Strikes Target Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 08 Aug 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.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 08 Aug 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
- Afghan Forces Claim Successes Against Taliban and IS VOA 08 Aug 2016 -- Authorities in Afghanistan on Monday claimed to have made major successes against the Taliban and Islamic State, saying national security forces have killed hundreds of fighters, including key leaders linked to both groups.
- Taliban Pledges Support to Afghanistan in Anti-Daesh Fight Sputnik 08 Aug 2016 -- The Taliban is supporting Afghanistan in its fight against the Daesh jihadist group, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Monday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Guard exercise offers Tyndall Airmen unique training opportunities AFNS 08 Aug 2016 -- Airmen from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, participated in the Air National Guard's largest fighter integration, air-to-air training exercise at Savannah Air National Guard Base from July 26-Aug. 5.
- NAVSTA Rota Completes Integrated Fire Drill with FDNF Ships NNS 08 Aug 2016 -- Guided-missile destroyers USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), USS Porter (DDG 78) and personnel assigned to Naval Station Rota's Fire and Emergency Services department conducted a major integrated fire drill on the pier, Aug. 3.
- US, UK Work Together in SQUADEX-16 NNS 08 Aug 2016 -- U.S. Navy and U.K. Royal Navy conducted mine countermeasures (MCM) exercise SQUADEX-16 in the Arabian Gulf, July 30 through Aug. 5.
- Dambusters Conduct Milestone Exercises with Japan Air Self-Defense Force NNS 08 Aug 2016 -- Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 conducted the 2nd annual Benkyoukai training event Aug. 1-4.
- Leaders break ground on KC-46A Tanker Sustainment Campus AFNS 08 Aug 2016 -- Air Force and Oklahoma state and city leaders broke ground July 26 on the new KC-46A Tanker Sustainment Campus during a ceremony here.
- Vinson Completes V-22 Osprey Fleet Battle Experiment NNS 08 Aug 2016 -- Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) completed a Fleet Battle Experiment (FBE) for the future Navy variant CMV-22B Osprey. Commander, Naval Air Forces conducted the FBE, July 22 through Aug. 4.
- USS Benfold Arrives in Qingdao, China NNS 08 Aug 2016 -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG 65) arrived in Qingdao, China, Aug. 8, for a scheduled port visit.
- Momsen Visits Subic Bay at Midway Point of Deployment NNS 08 Aug 2016 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) arrived in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines Aug. 8 as part of a U.S. 3rd Fleet Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG).
- USS Mason Visit to Djibouti Highlighted by Mail NNS 08 Aug 2016 -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87), part of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG), made a scheduled port stop July 23 to receive mail and supplies in Djibouti, Africa.
- Psychologist Increases Resilience for East African Response Force NNS 08 Aug 2016 -- U.S. Navy Cmdr. Erick Bacho, Expeditionary Medical Facility Behavior Health and Ancillary Services director, hit the ground running upon arriving to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, resulting in increased mental health resilience for approximately 300 Soldiers from the East African Response Force (EARF).
- NATO prepares major boost to aerial refueling capability NATO 08 Aug 2016 -- NATO is preparing a major boost to its ability to refuel aircraft in mid-air, with the signature of an agreement between the Netherlands and Luxembourg to acquire two Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (A330 MRTT) aircraft. The new tankers will be acquired on behalf of the participating nations and NATO. They can support NATO and European Union operations, as well as multinational and national ones.
- Echoes of War: Norway Counting on NATO to Sweep WW2 Mines Sputnik 08 Aug 2016 -- Although World War II ended over 70 years ago, its bitter memories continue to haunt the countries that Germany occupied. Thousands of mines were laid out along the coast of Norway during World War II, and in the next two weeks, nine NATO ships will be deployed for a major minesweeping operation off the country's northern shores.
- Russia's Admiral Nakhimov Nuclear Cruiser to Gain New Information System Sputnik 08 Aug 2016 -- Russia's Kirov-class Admiral Nakhimov nuclear-powered battlecruiser will be equipped with a new management information system, United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC) spokesman Leonid Khozin said Monday.
- WZ-10 attack helicopter widely deployed in Chinese aviation People's Daily 08 Aug 2016 -- An aviation brigade in western China has begun deploying WZ-10 armed helicopters, China's first generation of homegrown armed helicopters. This is just the most recent instance of the helicopter's deployment, as it has been widely deployed across the spectrum of Chinese aviation, according to the website of China's Ministry of Defense.
- China releases weaponry research project information People's Daily 08 Aug 2016 -- China has published information on military equipment research projects on an official weapon procurement website for the first time, to encourage compitition in the formerly closed sector, the PLA Daily reported.
- S.Korea to deploy 5 reconnaissance satellites by 2022 for DPRK missiles People's Daily 08 Aug 2016 -- South Korea's military plans to deploy five reconnaissance satellites, developed on its indigenous technology, by 2022 as part of its "Kill Chain" strategy to preemptively detect and destroy nuclear and missile threats from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Yonhap news agency reported on Monday.
- News Analysis: S.Korean president perplexed at anti-THAAD lawmakers leaving for China People's Daily 08 Aug 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye appears perplexed at six first-term lawmakers of the main opposition Minju Party who left for China as they are against the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).
- South Korea's reckless decision on THAAD is irresponsible: People's Daily People's Daily 08 Aug 2016 -- As dissenting voices increased over the decision between Seoul and Washington to deploy Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system, the South Korean government and media have been making pale explanations and rebuttals.
- N Korea Instructs Embassies to Use THAAD in South to Pit China Against US Sputnik 08 Aug 2016 -- North Korea's Foreign Ministry allegedly ordered its diplomats in overseas missions to emphasize the threat of US missiles in Korea to China's security in a bid to widen the rift between Beijing, Seoul and Washington, South Korean media reported Monday.
- Japan military on alert for possible N Korea missile launch: Report Press TV 08 Aug 2016 -- Japan's new Defense Minister Tomomi Inada has ordered the nation's military to be ready to destroy any missiles fired by North Korea, a local media report says.
- Su-30MKI With BrahMos Missiles May Join Ranks of Indian Army in Early 2017 Sputnik 08 Aug 2016 -- Russian-designed Sukhoi Su-30MKI (Flanker-H) multirole fighters integrated with Russian-Indian BrahMos cruise missiles are expected to go into service of the Indian Air Force in the first four months of 2017, local media reported Monday.
- Russia Delivers Half of S-300 Air Defense Systems to Iran Under Contract Sputnik 08 Aug 2016 -- Russia has already delivered half of S-300 air defense systems to Iran under the existing contract, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told reporters following russia-Iran-Azerbaijan summit in Baku on Monday.
- Iraq Receives Four Additional F-16 Jets Over Weekend Sputnik 08 Aug 2016 -- Iraq received another F-16 jets, the US anti-Daesh envoy said.
- August 8, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 08 Aug 2016
- 8 August 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 08 Aug 2016
- Japan accuses China of intensifying tension in disputed waters Press TV 08 Aug 2016 -- Japan has accused China of intruding into what Tokyo considers as its territorial waters in East China Sea, pledging to respond firmly but calmly to the alleged trespassing.
- Syrian forces, militants bolster ranks before battle of Aleppo Press TV 08 Aug 2016 -- Syrian government troops and militants besieged in Aleppo are bracing for a final battle to gain control of the city, says a UK-based monitoring group.
- 83 Daesh oil tankers destroyed in Syria airstrike: US Press TV 08 Aug 2016 -- The Pentagon says 83 oil tankers used by the Daesh terrorist group have been destroyed in a US-led coalition airstrike in eastern Syria over the weekend.
- As water and basic supplies run out in Aleppo, UN urges truce to provide humanitarian assistance UN News 08 Aug 2016 -- With more than two million people impacted by the fighting in and around war-ravaged Aleppo, where wide swaths of the area are now without power and water supplies are dwindling, the United Nations today urgently called for a humanitarian pause in the hostilities to enable immediate access to repair the electricity and water networks, and provide assistance to people in need.
- Doctors Describe Horrendous Conditions in Syria's Aleppo VOA 08 Aug 2016 -- As Syrian rebels continue to fight to break the Assad government's siege on Aleppo, medical workers told U.N. diplomats Monday of the hell Syria's largest city has become.
- Syria-bound arms arrive in Saudi Arabia first: Report Press TV 08 Aug 2016 -- A recent report has disclosed that large volumes of arms and ammunition, supplied by East European and Balkan states, routinely arrive in Saudi Arabia and a number of other regional countries before reaching militants in conflict-hit Syria.
- 2,000 terrorists killed in Syria, Russia military ops in Aleppo in 2 weeks: Russian media Press TV 08 Aug 2016 -- Syrian military operations and Russian airstrikes have claimed the lives of some 2,000 terrorists from Daesh and al-Nusra Front – now renamed Fateh al-Sham Front – and their allied groups in Syria's northern city of Aleppo, Russian media say.
- Jubilant Syrian Rebels Promise Aleppo Offensive Far From Over VOA 08 Aug 2016 -- Syrian military officials insist rebels have failed to lift the Assad regime's weeks-long siege of Aleppo, arguing the insurgents have managed only to breach government lines by opening a thin corridor in the southwest. But the ferocity of government and Russian airstrikes the past 24 hours suggests the rebels have managed to deliver a major blow, one the regime now is desperately trying to reverse.
- Turkish airstrikes kill 13 PKK militants in southeast Turkey: Military Press TV 08 Aug 2016 -- Turkish airstrikes have hit the positions of a separatist Kurdish militant group in southeastern Turkey, claiming the lives of 13 militants, military sources say.
- Tensions High Amid Russian Military Buildup In Crimea RFE/RL 08 Aug 2016 -- Tensions are reportedly high among residents of northern Crimea as long convoys of heavy Russian weaponry continue to be sighted not far from the occupied peninsula's border with the Ukrainian mainland.
- Over 1,000 protesters arrested in Indian-administered Kashmir Press TV 08 Aug 2016 -- Indian police have arrested more than 10,000 protesters in the Indian-administered Kashmir as the government continues its crackdown to stem violent protests in the Himalayan region.
- Two Indian border guards, one fighter killed in Kashmir Press TV 08 Aug 2016 -- Clashes have broken out between Indian troops and militants in Kashmir, leaving two border guards and a fighter dead.
- Armed groups kill 14 in DR Congo's troubled east Press TV 08 Aug 2016 -- Armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have killed at least 14 people during overnight attacks in the country's troubled east, the army and local officials say.
- Aliyev Praised Putin for Help in Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Resolution Sputnik 08 Aug 2016 -- Azeri President Ilham Aliyev on Monday thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for his personal input in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
- FEATURE SERIES: Mali and the Peacebuilding Fund UN News 08 Aug 2016 -- "In the talk about peacebuilding and reconciliation, we sometimes forget that it's about how local communities come back together," said the United Nations Assistant-Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, discussing the UN's Peacebuilding Fund – which supports millions of people in 27 countries.
- UN rights experts 'gravely concerned' by reports of reprisals against Burundian lawyers UN News 08 Aug 2016 -- Gravely concerned by reports that four Burundian lawyers who provided information to the United Nations Committee on Torture (CAT) are being subjected to reprisals, the body said today that it has sent a letter to the Ambassador of Burundi to the United Nations in Geneva seeking assurances that no member of Burundian civils society would be subjected to such treatment for cooperating with the CAT.
- Perpetrators of sexual violence in South Sudan 'will be held accountable' - UN envoy UN News 08 Aug 2016 -- Vowing to "fight" to the end to see that all perpetrators of rape and violence against women and girls in crisis-torn South Sudan are held to account, the United Nations envoy on sexual violence in conflict today said it is extremely important for the Government to take all necessary action to put an end to such crimes.
- Analysts Laud Plan for Regional Force Deployment in S. Sudan VOA 08 Aug 2016 -- Analysts in South Sudan say partners in the peace process must quickly move beyond the peace resolutions passed Friday by regional bloc IGAD and pave the way for the regional protection force expected to be dispatched soon.
- 50 Top GOP Security Experts: 'None of Us Will Vote for Donald Trump' VOA 08 Aug 2016 -- Fifty former Republican national security advisers, intelligence chiefs and trade representatives have signed a letter saying, "None of us will vote for Donald Trump."
- Japanese emperor hints at possible abdication People's Daily 08 Aug 2016 -- Japanese Emperor Akihito delivered a video message to the public Monday afternoon, hinting at his wish to abdicate though not directly referring to it.
- Japanese Emperor Makes Subtle Plea to Abdicate VOA 08 Aug 2016 -- Japanese Emperor Akihito made a rare televised address to the nation Monday to argue that he is becoming too old and too frail to carry out his duties.
- Uncertainty in Japan as emperor hints at abdication Press TV 08 Aug 2016 -- Japan's ailing emperor has hinted at possible abdication in a rare radio address to the nation, saying his age may hinder him from carrying out his duties.
- Japanese Prime Minister Urges Gov't to Consider Emperor's Concern Over Age Sputnik 08 Aug 2016 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that the government needed to seriously consider and pay close attention to Emperor Akihito's words, which indicated his fear that his age could make it difficult to fulfill his duties.
- Abdication Rare for Japan's Emperors VOA 08 Aug 2016 -- Abdication by Japanese emperors is rare, the last coming in 1817 when Emperor Kokaku stepped down.
- Erdogan calls for 'clean slate' in Russia relations Press TV 08 Aug 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a "clean slate" in relations and cooperation with Russia.
- Turkey threatens to scrap EU refugee deal without visa waiver Press TV 08 Aug 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned that his administration may scrap a controversial refugee deal with the European Union (EU) if the bloc does not meet Ankara's visa waiver demand.
- Erdogan Goes To Russia: Turkish Leader Seeks To Mend Fences With Kremlin RFE/RL 08 Aug 2016 -- What a difference a few months can make. Last November, a day after Turkish jets shot down a Russian Su-24 along the Syrian border, an angry Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out, calling the incident "a stab in the back by the terrorists' accomplices."
- Turkey Urges India to Shut Down Gulen-Connected Institutions Sputnik 08 Aug 2016 -- Ankara urged Delhi to shut down institutions connected with Fethullah Gulen following a thwarted coup.
- Erdogan Vows Death Penalty for 18,000 Arrested for Mutiny Citing Will of People Sputnik 08 Aug 2016 -- Speaking before the massive crowd of people that gathered at the Istanbul's waterfront for anti-coup rally on Sunday, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged to return the death penalty that was canceled in the country over ten years ago.
- EU Human Rights Groups Warn Turkey on Death Penalty VOA 08 Aug 2016 -- Human rights groups in Europe are urging Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan to exercise restraint as he pushes to implement the death penalty in the wake of last month's failed coup against him.
- In Bloody Attack, Pakistan's Lawyers Targeted for Greater Impact VOA 08 Aug 2016 -- The suicide bombing in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta on Monday that killed 70 people may have targeted the legal community in order to multiply the impact of the attack, according to some lawyers and analysts.
- Suicide Attack Kills Dozens At Hospital In Pakistan RFE/RL 08 Aug 2016 -- A suicide bomber has killed at least 70 people at the main gate of a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, where lawyers had gathered to honor a prominent colleague who was shot dead earlier the same morning, authorities said.
- Police Say Dozens Killed After Deadly Bomb Hit Pakistan Hospital VOA 08 Aug 2016 -- A powerful suicide blast in a hospital complex in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta Monday killed more than 60 people and wounded at least 160 others, witnesses and police said.
- Pakistan Faces Doubts on Curbing Terror Front VOA 08 Aug 2016 -- The Pakistani government says it wants to introduce a new counter-extremism policy. But as Monday's bombing in Quetta shows, Pakistan has a long way to go to stop the carnage that has plagued the country, analysts say.
- Anti-Terrorism Still Major Task for Indonesia Despite Santoso Death VOA 08 Aug 2016 -- As the Indonesian government and security services celebrate the killing of the country's most notorious terrorist, experts say there is still much work to do on the country's soft approach to combating radical Islam.
- $400 million part of money US must pay for refusal to deliver military supplies IRNA 08 Aug 2016 -- Dlrs 400 million the US paid is part of the money the US must pay to Iran for refusal to deliver military supplies Iran ordered before the Islamic Revolution, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said on Monday.
- India to Provide Cost Incentives to Use Homemade Version of GPS Sputnik 08 Aug 2016 -- According to official sources, India's government is exploring several options, including reduced charges for air navigation services.
- Taiwan protests nationals' deportation to China CNA 08 Aug 2016 -- Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Monday expressed "adeep regrets" and "strong protests" over the forced deportation of five Taiwan nationals from Kenya to China, saying it showed "contempt for human rights."
- Deporting Taiwanese to China a human rights violation: spokesman CNA 08 Aug 2016 -- The decision by Kenyan police to send five Taiwanese nationals to China after they were acquitted by a Kenyan court violated their human rights and went against international norms, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said Monday.
- Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan vow to create NSTC Press TV 08 Aug 2016 -- Iran, Russia and Azerbaijan have vowed to work together to prepare the grounds for the construction of a North-South Transit Corridor (NSTC) which is expected to provide a faster and more efficient trade connectivity between Europe and South East Asia.
- Washington Grills Manila's Envoy About Alleged Insulting of US Ambassador VOA 08 Aug 2016 -- The United States summoned the envoy of its close Asian ally, the Philippines, on Monday to clarify insulting and "inappropriate comments" made by President Rodrigo Duterte about U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg, according to the State Department.
- Opposition, Rights Group Say Dozens Killed in Ethiopia Protests VOA 08 Aug 2016 -- Dozens of people were killed and hundreds more injured when Ethiopian security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters over the weekend, according to opposition parties and a human rights group.
- Argentina Declassification Project US Dept. of State 08 Aug 2016 -- President Obama announced during his March 2016 visit to Argentina that the United States would embark on a comprehensive effort to identify additional records related to human rights abuses committed under Argentina's dictatorship.
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