28 August 2016 Military News
- Military Strikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 28 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.
- Afghan Forces Readying to Launch Offensive to Retake Eastern District VOA 28 Aug 2016 -- Afghan security forces are preparing to launch an operation to retake an eastern border district a day after it fell to the Taliban, officials said Sunday.
- Raid on Seminary in Pakistan Detains 100 Suspected Afghan Militants VOA 28 Aug 2016 -- Pakistani security forces have raided a madrassa, or Islamic seminary, in the southwestern city of Quetta and rounded up around 100 Afghan nationals for suspected links to militant groups, officials said.
Defense Policy / Programs
- USS Freedom Suffers Casualty NNS 28 Aug 2016 -- The Navy's first littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) experienced a casualty to one of the ship's main propulsion diesel engines (MPDE) July 11, caused by a leak from the attached seawater pump mechanical seal that resulted in seawater entering the engine lube oil system.
- Russia Shifts Fighter Jets, Bombers to Bolster Aerospace Forces Fleet in Crimea Sputnik 28 Aug 2016 -- Russian advanced bombers and jet fighters have been relocated to western part of Russia as a part of snap combat readiness inspection. MiG-39 and MiG-31 fighter jets have been relocated to mainland Russia while Su-34 bombers have been moved to Crimean Peninsula.
- Russia Relocates Airborne, Marine Troops to Crimea as Part of Snap Inspection Sputnik 28 Aug 2016 -- Russian Defense Ministry said that Russia has repositioned its airborne troops and marines to ranges located in Crimea and the Krasnodar Territory in the country's south as part of the ongoing snap combat readiness inspections.
- Russia puts defense systems on combat duty amid ongoing large-scale drill People's Daily 28 Aug 2016 -- The advanced S-300 and S-400 air defense systems of the Russian Southern Military District are being put on combat duty in new positions as part of an ongoing large-scale snap drill, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.
- Independent Chinese travelers continue to increase: president CNA 27 Aug 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Saturday that the number of Chinese nationals who travel independently to Taiwan has continued to increase, dismissing concerns that visitors from China have declined since her inauguration.
- Defense university to be fined for expelling HIV-positive student CNA 27 Aug 2016 -- Health Minister Lin Tzou-yien (林奏延) upheld Saturday a decision by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to impose a NT$1 million (US$31,900) fine on National Defense University for discriminating against an HIV-positive student in 2013.
- Critical Data for Indian and Australian Submarines Compromised by Major Hack Sputnik 28 Aug 2016 -- French ship building company DCNS has lost some 20,000 pages regarding their Scorpene-class submarine, compromising contracts with India and Australia.
- Saudis Revealed as Possible Secret Buyer of Ukraine's 'Grom' Missile System Sputnik 28 Aug 2016 -- Earlier this month, Ukrainian media reported that significant progress had been made on the development of a Grom-2, a new tactical ballistic missile system meant to compete with Russia's Iskander SRBM. Now, new information has become available regarding the weapons system, including its secretive financier.
- US, China Prepare for Electronic Warfare Standoff in South China Sea Sputnik 28 Aug 2016 -- As tensions in the South China Sea region continue to rise, both the US and China appear ready and willing to engage in a contest of electronic warfare capabilities.
- Brunei, Vietnam vow to fully, effectively implement DOC on South China Sea People's Daily 28 Aug 2016 -- Brunei and Vietnam agreed on Saturday to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC).
- Yemen's Supreme Political Council ready to restart peace talks Press TV 28 Aug 2016 -- Yemen's Supreme Political Council says it is ready to restart peace talks if the regime in Riyadh stops attacking the impoverished Arab country.
- Saudi warplanes strike more areas in crisis-hit Yemen Press TV 28 Aug 2016 -- Saudi military aircraft have carried out a new round of strikes against several areas across Yemen, prompting more retaliatory attacks by Yemeni armed forces.
- US, Russia fail to reach deal on Syria truce Press TV 28 Aug 2016 -- The US and Russia say they have been unable once again to forge a comprehensive agreement on increasing cooperation to end the conflict in Syria that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.
- 35 civilians killed in Turkey raids in Syria: Report Press TV 28 Aug 2016 -- At least 35 civilians have reportedly been killed and 75 others wounded in fresh Turkish artillery fire and airstrikes on northern Syria.
- Turkish Airstrikes in Syria Kill 35 Civilians as Rebels Seize Territory Under Militant Control VOA 28 Aug 2016 -- Syrian rebels supported by Turkey have taken control Sunday of at least four villages and one town from Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria amid reports that Turkish airstrikes claimed the lives of at least 35 civilians in the area.
- Turkish-Backed Syrian Rebels Advance Toward Syrian Kurds At Manbij RFE/RL 28 Aug 2016 -- Turkey's army and an allied Syrian rebel group called Sultan Murad were advancing toward the Syrian-Kurdish held city of Manbij on August 28 as fighting between the sides escalated in northern Syria.
- Turkish forces kill 9 PKK militants in southeast Press TV 28 Aug 2016 -- Turkish forces on Sunday engaged militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the southeastern province of Hakkari near the border with Iraq.
- Libyan forces preparing to fully retake Sirte from Daesh Press TV 28 Aug 2016 -- Forces loyal to the Libyan unity government say they are preparing for a final "decisive" push to fully liberate the Daesh-held city of Sirte, in a months-long operation which has seen hundreds of troops dead.
- Two soldiers killed as fresh clashes erupt in eastern Ukraine Press TV 28 Aug 2016 -- Two Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in a fresh wave of fighting between government forces and pro-Russia militants in the east of the country.
- Boko Haram leader injured in airstrike: Nigeria president Press TV 28 Aug 2016 -- Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed that Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group, has been injured in an airstrike.
- Colombia Government, FARC Rebels to Sign Peace Accord in September VOA 28 Aug 2016 -- Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – FARC – are scheduled to officially sign a deal to end half a century of war late next month, officials said Saturday.
- Ban 'deeply concerned' over tensions in south-western Western Sahara UN News 28 Aug 2016 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is deeply concerned over the tense situation that has developed in the narrow buffer strip in south-western Western Sahara between the Moroccan berm and the Mauritanian border as a result of changes in the status quo and the introduction of armed units from Morocco and the Polisario Front in close proximity to each other.
- U.S. Slashed for Taking Issue with "Human Rights" Issue of DPRK: Foreign Ministry Spokesman KCNA 28 Aug 2016 -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to a question raised by KCNA Sunday as regards the U.S. renewed accusation against the DPRK over its "human rights" issue:
- UN Security Council slams DPRK's latest missile launch People's Daily 28 Aug 2016 -- The UN Security Council "strongly condemned" the launching of a submarine-launched ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Aug. 23, saying that the launch is "in grave violation of" the Pyongyang's international obligations under relevant Security Council resolutions.
- North Korea hits back at UN after condemnation of missile tests Press TV 28 Aug 2016 -- North Korea has strongly dismissed a recent statement by the United Nations (UN) condemning its recent ballistic missile launches, threatening to take "eventful action" over the UN criticism.
- Iran to break ground for two new nuclear power plants: Official IRNA 28 Aug 2016 -- Financial resources have been allocated for construction of two new nuclear power plants in Iran, says the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.
- Armed Forces must deter enemy's aggression: Ayatollah Khamenei Press TV 28 Aug 2016 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the country's Armed Forces must boost their preparedness to deter any enemy aggression.
- Iran Detains Member Of Nuclear Negotiation Team RFE/RL 28 Aug 2016 -- Iran says it has detained a member of its negotiation team with world powers on suspicion of spying.
- Iran Arrests a 'Spy' Who Helped Negotiate a Landmark Nuclear Deal VOA 28 Aug 2016 -- Iran has arrested a member of a team that played a role in negotiating a milestone nuclear agreement with world powers.
- Erdogan Renews Call for the Death Penalty VOA 28 Aug 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated his support for the death penalty, saying its reinstatement would fulfill the wishes of the Turkish majority.
- Gabon opposition candidate claims victory in presidential vote Press TV 28 Aug 2016 -- Jean Ping, Gabon's main opposition presidential candidate, says he has won the elections despite similar claims by the rival camp led by incumbent Omar Bongo.
- Uzbekistan's President Karimov Hospitalized For 'Necessary Medical Treatment' RFE/RL 28 Aug 2016 -- Uzbekistan's Cabinet of Ministers says President Islam Karimov has been hospitalized and is receiving "necessary medical treatment" in Tashkent.
- Bangladesh, US Agree to Enhance Cooperation to Fight Terrorism VOA 29 Aug 2016 -- Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed a "very clear" desire to cooperate with the U.S. "very, very closely" on fighting terrorism, said Secretary of State John Kerry who announced the two countries had agreed to "additional steps by which our intelligence and law enforcement will work together to try to get ahead of this."
- India Tests Rocket Engine Able to Cheapen Space Launches Tenfold Sputnik 28 Aug 2016 -- ISRO's scramjet engine technology will slash the cost of access to space by up to 90 percent by reducing the amount of oxidizer necessary to help propel spacecraft into orbit.
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