11 August 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 11 Aug 2016 [PDF]
- Officials Provide Details of Latest Counter-ISIL Strikes in Syria, Iraq AFPS 11 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.
- US: 45,000 Daesh-linked militants killed in Syria, Iraq Press TV 11 Aug 2016 -- As many as 45,000 members of the Daesh (ISIL) Takfiri group have been killed in the Middle East during the past two years, a senior American military official says.
- Pentagon painted rosy picture of fight against Daesh: House probe Press TV 11 Aug 2016 -- An investigation by the US Congress says that intelligence approved by the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) painted a rosier picture of progress in the battle against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in Iraq and Syria.
- CENTCOM Reviewing Congress Report on Alleged Daesh Intelligence Manipulation Sputnik 11 Aug 2016 -- The US Central Command is looking into the report by the US House of Representatives Joint Task Force alleging that the command manipulated intelligence on the fight against Daesh, CENTCOM spokesman US Navy Cmdr. Kyle Raines told Sputnik on Thursday.
- Key US Military Command Accused of Manipulating Islamic State Reports VOA 11 Aug 2016 -- A U.S. House of Representatives task force has accused leaders of a key military command unit of manipulating intelligence reports to depict more favorable progress in combating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria than warranted.
- Afghan forces 'making progress' against Taliban near Lashkar Gah Press TV 11 Aug 2016 -- Heavy clashes are going on between government forces and Taliban militants in Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand.
Defense Policy / Programs
- AF releases criteria for basing new F-16 training squadrons AFNS 11 Aug 2016 -- The Air Force released basing criteria Aug. 11 that will be used to select candidate bases to establish additional permanent formal training units using F-16 Fighting Falcons from Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
- US Senator: Pentagon Report Shows Need for Guantanamo Prison VOA 11 Aug 2016 -- A report giving a brief synopsis of each of the more than 100 detainees still being held at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was released Wednesday by a critic of the Obama administration's plan to close the detention center.
- All global strike bombers deploy to Andersen, maintain stability in PACOM theater AFNS 11 Aug 2016 -- For the first time in history all three of Air Force Global Strike Command's strategic bombers, the B-52 Stratofortress, B-1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit, are simultaneously conducting operations in the U.S. Pacific Command region.
- RPA pilots set to receive $35,000 annual bonus AFNS 11 Aug 2016 -- Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announced an increase to the service's remotely piloted aircraft pilot bonus Aug. 10 in a multi-pronged approach to increase RPA manning and incentivize RPA pilots within a community that has operated at surge capacity for more than 10 years.
- Southern Partnership Station 2016 Kicks off in 4th Fleet NNS 11 Aug 2016 -- U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet (USNAVSO/FOURTHFLT) began Southern Partnership Station 2016 (SPS-16), Aug. 10.
- NATO Support and Procurement Agency - Precision Guided Munitions DSCA 11 Aug 2016 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the NATO Support and Procurement Agency for precision guided munitions, equipment, and support. The estimated cost is $231 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 9, 2016.
- KFOR helps Skopje authorities deal with serious flood disaster NATO 11 Aug 2016 -- Personnel from NATO's KFOR (Kosovo Force) began flood disaster relief operations in Skopje on Thursday (11 August 2016) following a request for support from local authorities. Personnel and engineer assets drawn from KFOR's Swiss and Austrian contingents arrived in Skopje on Wednesday evening with heavy lift and engineer assets, including loaders, excavators and dumper trucks, in order to support disaster relief operations led by national authorities.
- Russia set to stage naval drills near Syria in Mediterranean Sea Press TV 11 Aug 2016 -- Russian forces are set to hold naval drills near Syria in the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea next week, local media reports say.
- This is How Russia Plans to Improve and Expand Hmeymim Airbase in Syria Sputnik 11 Aug 2016 -- Russia plans to expand its Hmeymim Air Base in Syria to ensure that its operations run smoothly and to enhance its security by adding extra aprons, building barracks and a hospital, as well as assigning extra space for large transport aircraft, etc., an unnamed source in the Russian Defense Ministry told Izvestiya.
- NATO has no right to dictate Turkey's foreign policy: Ambassador Press TV 11 Aug 2016 -- Turkey's ambassador to Russia says NATO is in no position to dictate to Ankara which country it can build relations with.
- Canada Deploys 2 Ships to Arctic to Conduct Surveillance Patrols Sputnik 11 Aug 2016 -- Two ships of the Royal Canadian Navy are departing Halifax for the Arctic on Thursday to conduct sovereignty and surveillance patrols, Fifth Maritime Operations Group Commanding Officer Captain Craig Skjerpen said in a press release on Thursday.
- Russia Will Deliver Mi-35 Attack Helicopter Equipment to Peru Sputnik 11 Aug 2016 -- The Russian Helicopters holding signed a contract to deliver aviation equipment the Air Force of Peru's Mi-35 attack helicopters with transport capabilities, the company said Thursday.
- August 11, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 11 Aug 2016
- 11 August 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 11 Aug 2016
- UN rights chief sees 'worrying signs' in Bulgaria's detention regime for migrants UN News 11 Aug 2016 -- United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein today expressed serious concern that virtually all people entering Bulgaria in an "irregular manner" are subjected to detention, and that they could be prosecuted and even jailed if they try to leave, "placing many of them in an invidious Catch-22 situation."
- 'Let's build bridges, not walls,' says UN chief, urging all countries to help refugees and migrants UN News 11 Aug 2016 -- Encouraging young refugees gathered for an event at resettlement centre in Los Angeles to "study hard [and] be a full part of your new communities," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the United States and other countries to keep reaching out to people in need, wherever they are, because "we will all be stronger" by building bridges instead of walls.
- Philippines calls on China to respect maritime law to resolve territorial disputes Press TV 11 Aug 2016 -- The Philippines has called on China to respect maritime law to settle disputes in the South China Sea and the East China Sea, almost a month after Beijing dismissed an international tribunal ruling against Chinese territorial claims in disputed areas in the South China Sea.
- Turkey calls for joint anti-Daesh operations with Russia Press TV 11 Aug 2016 -- Turkey has urged Russia to conduct joint operations against Takfiri Daesh terrorists in Syria amid efforts by Ankara and Moscow to mend relations damaged by the downing of a Russian jet last year.
- Russia ready to extend daily truce in Syria's Aleppo: UN Press TV 11 Aug 2016 -- The United Nations says Russia is prepared to prolong its recently-declared pause in fighting in Aleppo in a bid to facilitate the entry of humanitarian convoys into the northwestern Syrian city.
- Syrian army forces recapture several areas in southern Aleppo Press TV 11 Aug 2016 -- Syrian army soldiers and allied popular defense groups have gained more grounds in Aleppo as they are trying to flush Daesh terrorists and other foreign-sponsored militants out of the strategic city.
- Syria: UN refugee agency 'gravely concerned' by attacks on civilians, internally displaced persons UN News 11 Aug 2016 -- The United Nations refugee agency has expressed grave concern at the dire situation of civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo and at attacks on internally displaced people (IDP) settlements in its Idleb Governorate.
- Syrian Doctors Appeal for End to Bombings, Sieges in Aleppo VOA 11 Aug 2016 -- A group of doctors in the battered northern Syrian city of Aleppo sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama describing the devastation there and pleading for action to stop sieges and attacks against civilians.
- Russia Considers Extending Humanitarian Pause in Aleppo VOA 11 Aug 2016 -- Russia is willing to discuss the lengthening of its three-hour daily suspension of military action in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, according to U.N. officials who are also investigating reports that a bomb containing chlorine gas was used by the Syrian military in the area.
- Libya's GNA forces retake 70 percent of Sirte from Daesh Press TV 11 Aug 2016 -- Fighters affiliated with Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) have liberated "70 percent" of the coastal city of Sirte, the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group's last stronghold in the North African country.
- Canadian Company Supplied Armored Vehicles to Libya Despite UN Arms Embargo Sputnik 11 Aug 2016 -- Canada-based Streit Group reportedly shipped dozens of armored personnel carriers to Libya despite the UN embargo.
- 7 Myanmar soldiers on trial admit to killing villagers: Witnesses Press TV 11 Aug 2016 -- Seven Myanmarese soldiers have acknowledged during a rare court martial hearing that they were involved in the June killing of five villagers in northern Shan State, witnesses say.
- Turkey Bombs Kurdish Rebels in Iraq After Deadly Attacks VOA 11 Aug 2016 -- Turkey carried out airstrikes against Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq and raided pro-Kurdish political offices in Istanbul after deadly bombings blamed on the rebels hit southeastern Turkey.
- Ukrainian president puts troops on alert near Crimea, in Donbass amid Kiev-Moscow tensions Press TV 11 Aug 2016 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has put all military troops and units near Crimea and in the east of the country on the highest level of alert, amid growing tensions and fears of military confrontation between Kiev and Moscow.
- Ukraine Puts Troops On Alert As Tension Rises After Russia's Crimea 'Terror' Claim RFE/RL 11 Aug 2016 -- Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have escalated one day after Moscow claimed it thwarted an incursion into Russia-held Crimea by Ukrainian saboteurs, with Kyiv putting troops near the peninsula on highest alert and Russia announcing increased security measures and new naval exercises in the Black Sea.
- Ukraine Builds Up Armed Forces on Crimea Border Sputnik 11 Aug 2016 -- Ukraine has built up its armed forces on the border with Crimea in accordance with President Poroshenko's combat readiness order, the country's chief of the general staff said.
- Russian Envoy: There Is No Going Back on Crimea VOA 11 Aug 2016 -- Russia's U.N. envoy said Thursday the issue of Crimea's annexation "will never be revisited."
- Militants blow up Nigeria pipeline as Chevron protest goes on Press TV 11 Aug 2016 -- Militants have blown up another crude pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the oil-rich region of Delta Niger.
- Ex-officials' Calls for UN Intervention in S. Sudan Seen as Treasonous VOA 11 Aug 2016 -- A South Sudanese diplomat in the United States says his government canceled the passports of five former officials of the Juba government because they were campaigning for the country to be taken over as a U.N. protectorate.
- Analysts: Salvaging South Sudan Peace Agreement Faces Challenges VOA 11 Aug 2016 -- Following 20 months of violence in South Sudan, a peace agreement was signed in August 2015 that was intended to stop fighting between the rival forces of President Salva Kiir and his former first vice-president Riek Machar's SPLM-IO.
- Pakistan-based Rebel Leader Warns India Over Kashmir Violence VOA 11 Aug 2016 -- The head of a Pakistan-based militant group fighting Indian rule in Kashmir has warned that his followers will storm the cease-fire line that divides the region unless New Delhi ends its current wave of violence against Kashmiris.
- With long-term strategy, UN protects civilians in Gaza from threat of unexploded munitions UN News 11 Aug 2016 -- Hostilities in the Gaza Strip dating back to 2014 and earlier still pose serious threats to life and physical integrity in the tine enclave as explosive remnants of war (ERW) and other legacy hazards remained littered throughout the strip, said the United Nations humanitarian wing, spotlighting a sustainable strategy to mitigate those risks.
- Clashes Stall Aid in Northern Mali VOA 11 Aug 2016 -- Recent clashes in northern and central Mali are hampering the deployment of humanitarian assistance, leaving vulnerable populations with limited or no access to health care, food, water and shelter.
- US needs to choose either Gulen or Turkey: Erdogan Press TV 11 Aug 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the United States to extradite US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen blamed by Ankara for the failed military coup in the country last month.
- Turkish Admiral Disappears Into US, Reportedly Seeking Asylum VOA 11 Aug 2016 -- A Turkish admiral posted in the United States has disappeared and is reported to have sought asylum after being sought by Turkish authorities to return home and participate in legal proceedings following charges of military espionage.
- How the Islamic State Militant Group Was Founded, Gained Influence VOA 11 Aug 2016 -- Known as Islamic State, the group of hard-line jihadists that once dominated large areas of Iraq and Syria is infamous for its sheer brutality, including beheadings, drownings, burning people alive, rape, and the promotion of slavery.
- Are UN Sanctions Against North Korea Working? VOA 11 Aug 2016 -- It continues to be difficult to gauge the effectiveness of the United Nations sanctions imposed on North Korea in March for conducting its fourth nuclear test and launching a long range rocket earlier this year.
- FM: lifting sanctions not one and only goal of nuclear talks IRNA 11 Aug 2016 -- Removal of sanctions was not one and only goal of nuclear negotiations, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday.
- China holding 107 deported Taiwanese fraud suspects: official CNA 11 Aug 2016 -- A total of 107 Taiwanese nationals are currently being held in China after they were deported from other countries on suspicion of involvement in telecommunications fraud, Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正), deputy minister of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), said Thursday.
- MAC vows to improve government-to-government dialogue with Beijing CNA 11 Aug 2016 -- The government's top priority at present is to improve government-to-government communication with Beijing to maintain existing mechanisms in cross-Taiwan Strait relations, a Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) official said Thursday.
- Joint Statement on Recent Developments in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela US Dept. of State 11 Aug 2016
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