14 August 2016 Military News
- Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 14 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.
- Pentagon 'Sinking' Millions of Dollars Into Spies-for-Hire to Work in Syria Sputnik 14 Aug 2016 -- It appears that Pentagon has publicly acknowledged that private intelligence contractors are now battling on the ground in Syria along with the US troops, providing "intelligence analysis services"; a fact noticed by the US-based news website The Daily Beast.
- Taliban attacks kill nearly a dozen Afghan police officers Press TV 14 Aug 2016 -- Nearly a dozen Afghan police officers have been killed and several others injured in a series of attacks by the Taliban militants in the country's troubled north and east, local security officials say.
- Afghan Officials See Foreign Fighters Playing Key Role in Helmand Fighting VOA 14 Aug 2016 -- Taliban militants fighting Afghan security forces in southern Helmand province are being strengthened by an elite new commando force called 'Sara Khitta' - the Red Brigade in the Pashto language.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Russian Air Force Gets New Anti-Stealth Fighter Jets and Multi-Purpose Aircraft Sputnik 14 Aug 2016 -- The Russian Defense Ministry reports that since the beginning of the year the Russian Aerospace Forces have received over 30 new advanced aircraft along with over 30,000 units of aircraft weapons.
- Russia's $300 Bln Plan to Modernize Army by 2020 Still on Target Sputnik 14 Aug 2016 -- Russian Defense Minister said that Russia strictly sticks to the plan on rearmament and development of its army.
- Japan to develop new missiles, deploy them near disputed territory: Report Press TV 14 Aug 2016 -- Japan is to develop new land-to-sea missiles and deploy them on its remote southern islands, local media say, as tensions with China increase over disputed territories.
- Spokesman for DPRK Foreign Ministry Hits out at Germany's Projected Sale of Missiles to S. Korea KCNA 14 Aug 2016 -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to the question raised by KCNA Sunday as regards Germany's projected delivery of attack missiles to south Korea:
- Seoul to Increase Number of Hyunmoo Missiles to Counter Pyongyang Nuclear Threat Sputnik 14 Aug 2016 -- South Korea plans to increase the number of ballistic missiles to counter Pyongyang's nuclear and missile threats, according to local media.
- Yemeni Army Expels Al-Qaeda Extremists From Capital of Abyan Governorate Sputnik 14 Aug 2016 -- Yemeni government's forces carried out intensive fights against radicals from al-Qaeda group and liberated Zinjibar town, the capital of Abyan Southern Governorate, according to local media.
- 51 civilians killed in fresh shelling, airstrikes in Syria's Aleppo People's Daily 14 Aug 2016 -- At least 51 people were killed Saturday as a result of rebels' shelling and airstrikes in Syria's northern city of Aleppo, a monitor group reported.
- Syrian Army Repelling Attacks in North-Western Aleppo Sputnik 14 Aug 2016 -- Groups of terrorists have been carrying out attacks on Syria's government forces in the north-western Aleppo, which Damascus troops continue to thwart, a RIA Novosti correspondent said Sunday.
- Terrorists Severely Damage Major Power Plant in Syria's Hama Province Sputnik 14 Aug 2016 -- Al-Zara power plant, which is one of the major power plants in war-torn Syria, was damaged by shelling carried out by the Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al Sham (formerly known as Nusra Front) terrorists, according to local media.
- Russian Hmeymim Base Crucial to Combat Jihadists on Syrian Outskirts Sputnik 14 Aug 2016 -- Russian air base Hmeymim in Syria is necessary to fight against militants' positions on country's distant outskirts, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Sunday.
- US-Backed Syrian Fighters Targeting New IS-Held Town VOA 14 Aug 2016 -- A U.S.-backed coalition of Syrian fighters, fresh from driving Islamic State extremists from a key northern city, says it will now target another IS-held town near the Turkish border.
- Russia warplanes pound Daesh positions in eastern Syria Press TV 14 Aug 2016 -- Russian fighter jets have carried out fresh airstrikes on Daesh positions near the eastern Syrian city of Dayr al-Zawr, inflicting heavy damage on the Takfiri terrorist group.
- Daesh uses chemical weapons in recent attack in Iraqi village Press TV 14 Aug 2016 -- The Daesh Takfiri terrorists have used internationally-banned chemical weapons in their recent attack against civilians in a village in northern Iraq.
- Kurdish Peshmerga forces liberate 6 villages east of Mosul Press TV 14 Aug 2016 -- Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces have liberated five villages near Mosul from Takfiri Daesh militants as army troops and allied fighters are battling to drive the terrorists out of the militant-held northern city.
- Forces loyal to Libya's GNA tighten noose around Daesh in Sirte Press TV 14 Aug 2016 -- Forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) tightened the noose around the Daesh Takfiri terrorists in Sirte Sunday as they continue to push the militants out of their stronghold in the country.
- India Accuses Pakistan of Ceasefire Violations First Time in 4 Months Sputnik 14 Aug 2016 -- According to local media reports, India accused Pakistan of violating the ceasefire in Kashmir for the first time in four month.
- India Ready for Dialogue With Pakistan, Demands to Stop Supporting Terrorists Sputnik 14 Aug 2016 -- Ministry of External Affairs spokesman said that India welcomes dialogue with Pakistan but demands that Islamabad put an end to its support of terrorist organizations.
- Militia clashes with police in DR Congo, 19 killed Press TV 14 Aug 2016 -- Authorities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo say 19 people have been killed in clashes between police and militia groups in the African country.
- 2 civilians, soldier killed in South Sudan clashes Press TV 14 Aug 2016 -- Three people have died in clashes between government forces and militants backing the opposition in South Sudan.
- Boko Haram releases new video of kidnapped girls Press TV 14 Aug 2016 -- The Takfiri Boko Haram militants have released a new video purportedly showing some of the girls who they kidnapped from the Nigerian town of Chibok in 2014.
- New 'Proof of Life' Video Shows Dozens of Kidnapped Chibok Girls VOA 14 Aug 2016 -- Nigeria's government says it is reaching out to Boko Haram after a new video surfaced online Sunday showing as many as 50 of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in 2014. The militant group says several girls have died, and they are demanding a prisoner swap for the rest.
- Over 81,000 sacked, suspended over failed coup: Turkey PM Press TV 14 Aug 2016 -- The Turkish prime minister says more than 81,000 people have been dismissed or suspended from work over suspected links to US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the failed mid-July coup.
- Failed Coup Just Latest Crisis Pushing Turkey Away From West RFE/RL 14 Aug 2016 -- The effects of the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey continue to ripple through the country, and indeed far beyond. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has placed blame for the coup attempt squarely at the feet of cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania.
- North Korea Threatens US With Nuclear Strike at 'Slightest Provocation' Sputnik 14 Aug 2016 -- Pyongyang accused Washington of an attempt to invade the North Korea on Saturday and has threatened the United States with a nuclear strike at "the slightest provocation," local media reported on Saturday.
- Iran optimistic about JCPOA, not about US: Rouhani Press TV 14 Aug 2016 -- President Hassan Rouhani says Iran's positive attitude towards last year's nuclear agreement with the P5+1 does not represent its view about the United States and other world powers.
- Suspected Shi'ite Insurgent Group On Trial In Azerbaijan RFE/RL 14 Aug 2016 -- Eighteen men said to be members of an extremist religious group that sought to provoke mass unrest in order to seize power went on trial beginning on August 4 in Baku's Court for Serious Crimes.
- Bahrainis hold demonstration in solidarity with Sheikh Qassim Press TV 14 Aug 2016 -- Bahraini people have staged another mass rally to express their support for distinguished Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, who recently had his citizenship removed by the regime in Manama.
- Protesters Demand Philippines President Not Honor Marcos with State Burial VOA 14 Aug 2016 -- Hundreds of protesters braved heavy rain in the Philippine's capital Sunday, denouncing President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to honor the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos with a state burial in a heroes cemetery.
- Thai Police Say They Know Who Was Behind Recent Deadly Bombings VOA 14 Aug 2016 -- Thai police say they know who was behind a recent series of deadly bombings, and that at least one man has been detained for questioning.
- Shenzhou-11 manned spaceship reaches launch ground People's Daily 14 Aug 2016 -- China's Shenzhou-11 spaceship, set to take two astronauts into space, was delivered to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China on Saturday.
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