27 August 2016 Military News
- Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 27 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.
- Taliban overrun district in eastern Afghanistan Press TV 27 Aug 2016 -- The Taliban militants have overrun a district in eastern Afghanistan after government forces withdrew to avoid civilian casualties.
- Afghan Officials: Taliban Capture District in East After Heavy Fighting VOA 27 Aug 2016 -- Afghan officials say Taliban insurgents overran and captured a district in the country's east following heavy fighting with Afghan security forces that left several police and militants dead and many more wounded.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Luke receives Air Force's 100th F-35 on heels of IOC announcement, unit activation AFNS 27 Aug 2016 -- The F-35 Lightning II program took another huge step forward Aug. 26 when the Air Force's 100th F-35, designated AF-100, arrived here following the recent announcement of the fifth-generation jet fighter's initial operational capability.
- Russia's Next-Gen A-100 AWACS Steps Ahead of US Counterpart Sputnik 27 Aug 2016 -- The Beriyev A-100 Premier "flying radar," able to detect enemy targets hundreds of kilometers away, will be flight-tested next March, Izvestia wrote citing a Defense Ministry source in Moscow.
- Developer of Russian Sineva Ballistic Missile to Fulfill 2016 Contracts on Time Sputnik 27 Aug 2016 -- The manufacturer of the Russian Sineva intercontinental ballistic missile promised to fulfill its contracts on time.
- Russian S-300, S-400 Air Defense Systems Put on Combat Duty in New Areas Sputnik 27 Aug 2016 -- Russian S-300 and S-400 air defense systems of the Southern Military District are starting combat duty in new position areas as part of snap combat readiness drills, the Russian Defense Ministry informs.
- Iran Now Eyeing Sukhoi Jets After Success With Russian S-300s Sputnik 27 Aug 2016 -- Iran feels safe with the S-300 air defense systems and its own analogue, the Bavar 373, and is now mulling the purchase of Sukhoi jets from Russia for its air force, Gazeta.ru wrote citing Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehgan.
- Philippines Threaten 'Bloody Confrontation' with Beijing Over South China Sea Sputnik 27 Aug 2016 -- The bombastic Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte moved to escalate tensions in the South China Sea knowing that the United States is under a treaty obligation to defend the Philippines.
- Yemen's Houthis reject Kerry's initiative for peace Press TV 27 Aug 2016 -- Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement has rejected an initiative put forth by US Secretary of State John Kerry to resolve the crisis in the war-torn country.
- Turkish Warplanes Hit Kurdish Positions In Northern Syria RFE/RL 27 Aug 2016 -- Turkish warplanes hit the positions of U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria on August 27, days after Ankara launched a major operation to clear the region of Islamic State (IS) militants and Syrian Kurdish forces.
- Turkish solider killed in rocket attack near Syria's Jarablus Press TV 27 Aug 2016 -- A rocket attack on a Turkish tank has killed one soldier and injured three others close to the northern Syrian town of Jarablus.
- Darayya under government control after militants evacuated: Syria army Press TV 27 Aug 2016 -- Syrian forces have established full control over Darayya, a besieged suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus, after militants and civilians were evacuated under a deal with the government.
- U.S., Russia Say Near Accord On Renewed Syrian Cease-Fire, Talks RFE/RL 27 Aug 2016 -- Washington and Moscow inched toward agreeing on a renewed cease-fire in Syria but fell short of announcing a deal after a daylong meeting between top diplomats in Geneva on August 26.
- UN envoy urges all sides to quickly agree truce to ease suffering in Aleppo UN News 27 Aug 2016 -- Stressing that "time is of the essence" amid the increasingly dire situation in Aleppo, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria today called for all sides in the conflict to agree by Sunday on allowing aid delivery and repairs for the war-ravaged city's power and water systems to provide some relief for the nearly two million people trapped there.
- More Airstrikes in Syria, One Day After Lengthy US-Russia Talks VOA 27 Aug 2016 -- At least 15 civilians were reportedly killed in barrel bomb attacks by suspected government helicopters on a rebel-held district of Aleppo Saturday.
- Iraq's Khaldiyah Island fully purged from Takfiri militants: PM Press TV 27 Aug 2016 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced the full liberation of the city of Khaldiyah from the hands of the Daesh terrorists group.
- Lynching of 2 Women in DRC Fuels Worries Over Rising Ethnic Tensions VOA 27 Aug 2016 -- Two women traveling in a minibus were dragged out and burned by a mob this week in the town of Butembo in eastern Congo where other travelers have narrowly escaped lynching in the past week. Some observers say politicians are partly to blame for heightened community tensions in the DRC's North Kivu province.
- North Korea Threatens to Unleash 'Nuclear Hammers of Justice,' Open Fire in DMZ Sputnik 27 Aug 2016 -- One day after a successful ballistic missile test, North Korea has threatened to engage in a nuclear strike against the United States and has suggested it will soon open fire on lighting equipment being used by the US and South Korea in the DMZ.
- Security Council strongly condemns DPRK missile launches UN News 27 Aug 2016 -- The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) launch of a ballistic missile from a submarine on 23 August, which follows a series of recent tests and launches the Council said is a "grave violation" of the DPRK's international obligations and "in flagrant disregard" of repeated calls to halt such activity.
- Bangladesh Police Kill Dhaka Cafe Attack Prime Suspect VOA 27 Aug 2016 -- Police in Bangladesh say they killed three Islamist extremists Saturday after raiding a militant hideout just outside the country's capital, Dhaka. The suspected mastermind of last month's deadly attack on a cafe filled with foreigners is reported to be among those killed.
- Zimbabwe Protests Intensify, But Will It Bring Change? VOA 27 Aug 2016 -- The grievances of the opposition protesters who marched in Zimbabwe's capital Friday can be summed up in one word: In the Shona language, zvakwana, in Ndebele, sokwanele, and in English, enough.
- Voters in Gabon Head to Polls After Tense Presidential Campaign VOA 27 Aug 2016 -- In Gabon, more than half a million voters are expected to go to the polls today (Saturday) to pick their next president in a one-round election.
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