13 August 2016 Military News
- Counter-ISIL Strikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 13 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.
- Pakistan Hopeful, Afghanistan Skeptical of Reviving Taliban Peace Talks VOA 13 Aug 2016 -- A top Pakistani official is expressing optimism about restarting the stalled Afghan peace talks, but there are no signs that Kabul is ready to rejoin the process.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Report: Russia's Hypersonic 7680MPH Nuclear Glider Armed With ICBMs Almost Ready Sputnik 13 Aug 2016 -- The lethal hypersonic nuclear glider that looks to revolutionize defense aviation could travel the distance from Moscow to London within 13 minutes and could penetrate NATOs missile defense system.
- China's 'milestone' in deep-sea research People's Daily 13 Aug 2016 -- China is capable of exploring depths of 10,000 meters below the surface of the ocean after the Tan Suo Yi Hao, the mother ship of a 4,500-meter manned submersible, returned to her home port of Sanya, Hainan province, on Friday.
- China to Deploy Lethal Fleet of 'Carrier Killer' Ballistic Missile Destroyers Sputnik 13 Aug 2016 -- Beijing recently produced its eleventh "carrier killer" destroyer and is set to deploy a fleet of the fearsome battleships to the South China Sea in an attempt to ward off American naval forces.
- Iran withdraws complaint against Russia over S-300 system IRNA 13 Aug 2016 -- Member of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mohammad-Ebrahim Rezaie said on Saturday that Iran has taken back its file against Russia over the S-300 system.
- US Supplying $490Mln Worth of Aegis Systems to Japan, S. Korea Navies Sputnik 13 Aug 2016 -- The Department of Defense announced that the US Navy has ordered Aegis systems costing nearly half a billion dollars' for the navies of Japan and South Korea under the Foreign Military Sales program.
- Japan to Lend Spy Vessels to Philippines as Tensions Rise in South China Sea Sputnik 13 Aug 2016 -- In a bid to stymie Chinese influence in the region, the Japanese government plans to deliver two patrol vessels to the Philippines, and provide surveillance aircraft.
- Pakistan invites Iran, Turkey to hold int'l naval exercise IRNA 13 Aug 2016 -- Pakistan is scheduled to hold an international naval exercise AMAN-17 in North Arabian Sea from February 10-14 next year, according to Pakistan Navy.
- Saudi warplanes hit Yemen, kill 17 civilians in 24 hours Press TV 13 Aug 2016 -- At least 17 civilians, including women and children, have been killed and nearly two dozen others injured in about 90 airstrikes carried out by Saudi warplanes on Yemen in 24 hours.
- Yemen Lawmakers Meet in Sana'a VOA 13 Aug 2016 -- Yemen's Houthi rebels gathered members of parliament in Sana'a Saturday for the first time in two years, in an attempt at asserting their dominance over the internationally recognized government.
- Yemen parliament convenes in defiance of Hadi's Saudi-backed resigned govt. Press TV 13 Aug 2016 -- Yemen's parliament has held its first session since the outbreak of conflict in the Arab country almost two years ago, in a move to challenge the Saudi-backed resigned government.
- Nine killed, 20 inquired in militant rocket attack on Aleppo Press TV 13 Aug 2016 -- At least nine people have been killed and 20 more injured by Takfiri militants' rocket fire in Syria's northwestern city of Aleppo.
- Thousands flood back to Syria's Manbij with Daesh kicked out Press TV 13 Aug 2016 -- The citizens of Manbij are flooding back to the northern Syrian town one day after it was wrestled from the grip of Daesh by the Kurdish-Arab alliance, known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF),
- Syrian army forces recapture village east of Damascus Press TV 13 Aug 2016 -- Syrian army soldiers, backed by fighters from popular defense groups, have liberated a village on the eastern outskirts of the capital, Damascus, following intense clashes with foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants.
- Syria's Key City of Manbij Liberated From Daesh, Militants Seek to Escape Sputnik 13 Aug 2016 -- There is evidence that Daesh militants are attempting to flee the Syria's city of Manbij and the Syrian Army, backed by the US coalition, liberated the city, according to the US Department of Defense.
- Jubilant Syrians Hail Extremists' Defeat, Liberation of Manbij VOA 13 Aug 2016 -- Thousands of jubilant Syrian civilians returned Saturday to the ruined northern city of Manbij, a day after U.S.-backed fighters drove the last Islamic State extremists from their stronghold near the Turkish border.
- Iraqi forces drive terrorists out of villages near Mosul Press TV 13 Aug 2016 -- Iraqi security forces have liberated four villages south of the strategic northern city of Mosul from the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group, continuing a push to flush the extremists out of the city.
- EU vows to back Kiev amid escalating tensions with Russia over Crimea Press TV 13 Aug 2016 -- The European Union has vowed continued support for Ukraine amid growing tensions between Kiev and Moscow around the Crimean Peninsula.
- South Sudan to conditionally accept additional UN peacekeepers Press TV 13 Aug 2016 -- South Sudan says it will accept an additional contingent of UN peacekeeping troops if Juba can negotiate the number, mandate, weapons and the contributing countries to the force.
- UN to send 4,000 soldiers to South Sudan despite govt. opposition Press TV 13 Aug 2016 -- The United Nations Security Council has authorized the deployment of a 4,000-strong protection force to the conflict-hit South Sudan despite Juba's strong opposition to the move.
- South Sudan Government to Meet on New UN Resolution VOA 13 Aug 2016 -- South Sudan's information minister says the government in Juba would soon meet to decide on a way forward following a decision by the U.N. Security Council authorizing a 4,000-member regional protection force for the capital, Juba.
- Turkey rejects UN allegations of rights abuse Press TV 13 Aug 2016 -- Turkey has rejected allegations of rights abuse made by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, criticizing him for the unacceptable remarks.
- Over 81,000 People Suspended, Dismissed After Attempted Coup in Turkey Sputnik 13 Aug 2016 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that 76,597 people were suspended from work and 4,897 dismissed in a speech at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara after the attempted coup in Turkey.
- U.S. Vice President Biden To Visit Turkey RFE/RL 13 Aug 2016 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is to visit Turkey on August 24 amid tensions between Ankara and Western powers over a massive crackdown on dissent following the country's abortive coup attempt last month.
- The Gulen Schools In Central Asia RFE/RL 13 Aug 2016 -- The events in mid-July in Turkey, events Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called an attempted coup, have had implications on Turkey's relations with many countries. Erdogan blames Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in self-exile in the United States, for being the mastermind behind the alleged plot to overthrow his government.
- Struggle Under Way For Control Of Strategic Russian Port RFE/RL 13 Aug 2016 -- For the past several years, the volume of goods and crude oil shipped through the commercial port of Makhachkala on Daghestan's Caspian coast has been declining, from 4.8 million tons in 2010 to 3.8 million in 2015 and 1.6 million in the first six months of 2016. Yet notwithstanding that decline, a cutthroat competition is under way for control of the state-owned port, which is scheduled for privatization by auction before the end of this year.
- Nahavandian: JCPOA to be utilized for Resistance Economy IRNA 13 Aug 2016 -- Head of the Presidential Office Mohammad Nahavandian said on Saturday that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been utilized to develop the Economy of Resistance and economic progress.
- MP: Russia to help Iran build 2 nuclear power plants IRNA 13 Aug 2016 -- Rapporteur of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission announced that Russia will help Iran to construct two 2,000-megawatt power plants in the near future.
- Bangladesh police nab five militants planning bomb attacks Press TV 13 Aug 2016 -- Bangladeshi security officials have announced the arrest of five local members of a militant group that allegedly intended to carry out bombings in capital Dhaka.
- Venezuela court upholds opposition leader's jail term Press TV 13 Aug 2016 -- A Venezuelan court has rejected an appeal by jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez against the 14-year prison sentence handed down to him for his involvement in anti-government protests.
- Inflation-hit Venezuela raises minimum wage by 50% Press TV 13 Aug 2016 -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced a 50-percent hike in minimum wage with a soaring inflation leaving the South American country on the verge of economic collapse.
- Thailand Hunts for Bombers After Attacks Kill 4 VOA 13 Aug 2016 -- Thai officials are searching for those responsible for 11 small bomb attacks that killed four people and wounded dozens of others in several key tourist towns Thursday night and Friday morning.
- What Will the Next US President Mean for Africa? VOA 13 Aug 2016 -- As the first U.S. president with familial ties to Africa, President Barack Obama has left a mark and a legacy on the continent. Among his signature achievements is Power Africa, which aims to add 60 million new electrical connections to light up the continent.
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