02 September 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 02 Sep 2016 [PDF]
- Counter-ISIL Strikes Hit Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 02 Sep 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.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 02 Sep 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
Defense Policy / Programs
- US, Philippine airmen talks aim to enhance interoperability AFNS 02 Sep 2016 -- The ability of multinational militaries to work, train and fight alongside each other is vital within the dynamic security environment of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, the Philippine Air Force vice commander told U.S. military members during a recent conference here.
- Hurricane Hunters fly into, collect data on Hurricane Hermine AFNS 02 Sep 2016 -- The Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew a fix mission Sept. 1 out of Keesler Air Force Base into Tropical Storm Hermine, which was upgraded to a hurricane mid-flight.
- Spanish aircrews train with US at Red Flag 16-4 AFNS 02 Sep 2016 -- Since its inception in 1975, Red Flag has served as the pinnacle of air-to-air combat training for the Air Force and its allies.
- NATO Secretary General praises Germany's contributions to the Alliance NATO 02 Sep 2016 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the recent German White Paper on Security Policy and the Future of the Bundeswehr – including the German government's commitment to participate even more in shaping international security – in an address to Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU) parliamentarians in the Bundestag on Friday (2 September 2016). He outlined how NATO is responding to challenges from the east and the south of the Alliance, stressing the importance of closer cooperation between NATO and the European Union.
- Russia's Vostochny Cosmodrome Facilities to Go Online by End of 2016 Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- All of Russia's Vostochny Cosmodrome facilities are planned to be put into operation by the end of the year, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Friday.
- Russian-Built Surveillance Plane Superior to Foreign Rivals - Defense Minister Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- The Russian-built Beriev A-100 airborne early warning and control (AWACS) aircraft will surpass its foreign rivals, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Friday.
- KPA Panmunjom Mission Exposes Adventurous Nature of Ulji Freedom Guardian KCNA 02 Sep 2016 -- The Panmunjom Mission of the Korean People's Army (KPA) released a white paper Friday exposing the adventurous nature of the joint military exercises Ulji Freedom Guardian expanded by the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet forces for decades.
- Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighter Allegedly Spotted Near Indian Border Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- This development is significant as it comes just days after China warned India against deploying the supersonic BrahMos missile in the same region.
- Beijing Develops New Long Range Bomber as Part of 'Transformation' Process Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- Chinese Air Force chief Ma Xiaotian told state media Friday that China is developing a new long-range bomber as part of an initiative to modernize the country's military.
- China Developing New-Generation Strategic Bomber Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- China is developing a new-generation strategic bomber that will soon be presented to the public, China's Air Force Commander Maj. Gen. Ma Xiaotian said.
- Iran has most secure airspace in Middle East: Commander IRNA 02 Sep 2016 -- Deputy Commander of Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense for operation affairs Brigadier General Alireza Elhami said that two years ago International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) officially declared Iran airspace is the most secure in the Middle East.
- Spy planes dare not enter Iran airspace: Commander Press TV 02 Sep 2016 -- No spy aircraft dare enter the Iranian airspace as the country's Air Defense Force constantly monitors the skies nationwide, particularly over southern waters, a senior commander says.
- President Tsai says she won't wink at 'stigmatization' of military CNA 02 Sep 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) pledged Friday that in the government's efforts to reform the country's retirement pension system, it will give special consideration to military personnel and will not wink at any attempts to stigmatize the military.
- New Saab Fighter Jet Gives Swedish Defense Unexpected Headache Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- The Swedish Air Force is facing major problems following its decision to acquire new Gripen E fighter jets. Whereas the plane itself is rather advanced, the training aircraft used for the training of pilots is outdated. Undisturbed, Saab hopes to throw new training jets into the bargain to fill the gap.
- Sweden Flirts With NATO Amid Drills Aimed at Deterring Russian 'Threat' Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- Today, Sweden and Finland kick off four-day-long joint exercises in the vicinity of Gotland off the coast of Sweden. The exercise's scenario is an armed attack against Sweden. As if by chance, a fresh defense report stated that Sweden's NATO membership 'could possibly deter Russia.'
- UN refugee agency: 2016 is deadliest year for refugees crossing to Europe via Central Mediterranean UN News 02 Sep 2016 -- The United Nations refugee agency today flagged that while the number of deaths of refugees seeking safety via the Turkey-Greece route into Europe has fallen dramatically, the use of the North Africa-Italy route has remained constant – with the latter experiencing an increase in the number of deaths, making 2016 the deadliest year so far for refugees in the Central Mediterranean.
- Militants Fighting in North of Hama Province Arrive From Damascus Suburb Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- Armed groups fighting in the north of Syrian Hama province are composed of militants who arrived from Darayya, southern suburb of Damascus, a source in the militia told RIA Novosti.
- Syrian Army Makes Strategic Breakthrough in Western Aleppo Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- The Syrian Army took control over the ruins of the Air Force technical college in western Aleppo and now controls over 60 percent of the 1070 Apartments District and the district of al-Hamadaniah.
- Syrian Army, Militia Launch Counteroffensive in Hama Province's North Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- The Syrian army and allied militia stopped terrorists' offensive and liberated a village in north of the Hama province.
- UN humanitarian chief sees first-hand harrowing conditions of refugees at Syria-Jordan border's berm UN News 02 Sep 2016 -- On a visit to northern Jordan today, the top United Nations humanitarian official saw first-hand the conditions that more than 70,000 Syrian refugees, mostly women and children, are having to stay in along the border with Syria – in the middle of the desert, under a blazing sun and with no food or water – amid talks with Jordanian authorities aimed at resolving their plight.
- Russian MoD Slams Pentagon's Comments on Russian Strike Killing Daesh Commander Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- Pentagon is completely unaware about the circumstances surrounding the killing of a Daesh senier commander in a Russian airstrike in Syria's Aleppo province, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.
- Iran urges 'swift pullout' of Turkish forces from Syria Press TV 02 Sep 2016 -- Iran has once again expressed concern over the continuation of Turkey's military incursion into Syria, urging all countries to respect the Arab country's national sovereignty and territorial integrity.
- Iran's Great Game RFE/RL 02 Sep 2016 -- Like rivers, wars surge and recede; like oceans they move in tides. Early this month, the tide of Syria's civil war appeared to turn sharply in favor of the rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad when they managed to break the regime's siege of the strategically vital city of Aleppo.
- Assyrians in Iraq Receive Coalition Support to Fight Daesh for First Time Ever Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- Assyrian militias fighting against Daesh in Iraq, received air support from the US led coalition for the first time ever during their fight against terrorists in Nineveh province.
- Rocket attack, bombings leave 15 dead, over 50 wounded in Iraqi capital Press TV 02 Sep 2016 -- At least 15 people have been killed and more than four dozen others injured in a series of bomb explosions and a rocket attack at residential neighborhoods across the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
- Turkish army airstrike, soldiers kill 20 Kurdish PKK militants Press TV 02 Sep 2016 -- Nearly two dozen members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group have been killed after Turkish military aircraft and army soldiers carried out a string of counter-terrorism operations against the militants in Turkey's southeastern province of Hakkari.
- Pakistani Military Official Admits Daesh Presence in Pakistan Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- Senior Pakistani military spokesman Asim Bajwa said at a Thursday news conference in the city of Rawalpindi that Daesh terrorists had made inroads into Pakistan, however, their expansion has been stopped by the Pakistani army. "The reverse process has begun now as Pakistani society has refused to accept the militant phenomena," Bajwa said.
- Suspected Taliban Suicide Bomber Hits Court Complex in Pakistan VOA 02 Sep 2016 -- Authorities in northwestern Pakistan say a suicide bombing attack on a court complex has killed at least 12 people and wounded about 50 others.
- Philippines explosion kills at least 12 people Press TV 02 Sep 2016 -- At least a dozen people have been killed in an explosion that hit Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's southern home city of Davao.
- Tokyo Has No Plans to Discuss Handing Over Two Kuril Islands to Japan Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- Tokyo has no plans to raise the issue of Russia handing over two of the four South Kuril Islands to Japan, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Friday, denying recent media reports.
- Russia, Japan to work on draft deal to end islands row Press TV 02 Sep 2016 -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to continue talks on the disputed Kuril islands in preparation for a meeting aimed at striking a deal to end the territorial row by December.
- UN Security Council arrives in South Sudan, aims to 'move the ball' on country's stability UN News 02 Sep 2016 -- A delegation from the United Nations Security Council today arrived in South Sudan, where it will reinforce recent messages made to the authorities as well as discuss how the UN peacekeeping mission there can help them improve the security and humanitarian situation in the wake of recent violence.
- 'Karimov Has Died.' Wait, 'He Didn't Die!': How The Media Grappled With Uzbek Leader's Fate RFE/RL 02 Sep 2016 -- The extreme official secrecy surrounding the condition of Uzbek President Islam Karimov, whose death was announced by the government on September 2, presented a certain conundrum for international news organizations: namely, when to report that the Central Asian autocrat had, in fact, died.
- In Karimov's Shadow - A Look At Shavkat Mirziyaev RFE/RL 02 Sep 2016 -- In a country whose government kept silent for four full days after revealing that its only post-Soviet leader was in the hospital with an undisclosed ailment, it's tough to read the tea leaves about who might come to power in the wake of President Islam Karimov, whose death was announced by Uzbek state TV on September 2.
- Uzbekistan Announces Death Of President Karimov RFE/RL 02 Sep 2016 -- Uzbek state TV has announced the death of President Islam Karimov, following days of unconfirmed reports suggesting the only post-independence leader of Central Asia's most populous country had already died.
- Uzbekistan Confirms Karimov's Death; Burial to Be in Samarkand VOA 02 Sep 2016 -- Uzbekistan's authoritarian ruler for more than 25 years, Islam Karimov, has died, the government announced Friday, and will be buried Saturday in Samarkand, the ancient Silk Road city where he was born.
- Obituary: Uzbek President Islam Karimov, Who Long Ruled With Fear, Dead At 78 RFE/RL 02 Sep 2016 -- Uzbek President Islam Karimov, who ruled Central Asia's most populous ex-Soviet republic with an iron fist for a quarter-century, has died at the age of 78.
- Condolences Begin For Karimov Despite Official Silence On Uzbek Leader's Fate RFE/RL 02 Sep 2016 -- Foreign leaders were expressing condolences to Uzbekistan on September 2 over the purported death of that country's longtime president, Islam Karimov, despite official silence from Tashkent since an announcement earlier in the day that the 78-year-old strongman's health was deteriorating.
- Analysis: The 'Day After' Has Arrived For Uzbekistan RFE/RL 02 Sep 2016 -- In Uzbekistan, the zero hour has finally come. For the first time in 25 years of independence, Uzbeks awake to a country not ruled by Islam Abdughanaevich Karimov.
- Uzbek Leader Has Died VOA 02 Sep 2016 -- The Uzbekistan government and parliament announced the death of President Islam Karimov in a joint statement Friday, September 2.
- Gabon Streets Deserted, Tensions High After Election Protests VOA 02 Sep 2016 -- Protesters in Gabon's capital city carried out widespread looting Friday, continuing the unrest that followed Wednesday's announcement that incumbent President Ali Bongo had narrowly defeated his challenger in a nationwide vote.
- Putin Denies Claims Russian Gov't's Involved in DNC Emails Hack Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin denied on Friday the claims that the Russian government was involved in hacks of the US Democratic National Committee's (DNC) e-mail server, in an interview with the Bloomberg agency.
- Putin 'Doesn't Know' Who Hacked U.S. Democratic Party Computers RFE/RL 02 Sep 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said he doesn't know who hacked the e-mails of U.S. Democratic Party-affiliated organizations but added that the Russian government had nothing to do with it.
- Putin Denies Hacking DNC VOA 02 Sep 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin maintained in an interview with media outlet Bloomberg that Russia had nothing to doing with the hacking of the U.S. Democratic National Committee.
- Putin Vs. Putin RFE/RL 02 Sep 2016 -- The emperor is at war with his inner godfather. The autocrat is battling his inner kleptocrat. The commissar is struggling with his inner crime kingpin.
- North Korea's Kim Reportedly Had Senior Official Executed for Bad Posture Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- North Korea's Minister of Education has reportedly been executed by firing squad for "not sitting properly" in parliament.
- FM Spokesman Slashes at U.S. Persistent Sanctions against DPRK KCNA 02 Sep 2016 -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to the question raised by KCNA Thursday as regards the U.S. persistent sanctions and pressure on the DPRK:
- US student kidnapped to teach English to DPRK leader: Reports Press TV 02 Sep 2016 -- An American student who has been missing and presumed dead for 12 years after a trip to China, turned out to have been kidnapped and forced to teach English to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, reports say.
- Opacity, Appetite for Salacious Stories Hamper North Korea Coverage VOA 02 Sep 2016 -- Reporting on developments inside secretive North Korea often becomes a guessing game, with some news organizations repeating salacious details that portray leader Kim Jong Un as ruthless and unhinged because there is great worldwide interest in it.
- German Intelligence Service Accused of 'Systematically' Violating Constitution Sputnik 02 Sep 2016 -- In a leaked report from the government's representative for data protection, Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany's Federal Intelligence Service was blamed for serious abuses of law.
- Spouse of US Woman Charged as Spy: China Hiding Evidence VOA 02 Sep 2016 -- The husband of an American woman who has been charged of spying on China said Thursday that Beijing is trying to cover up evidence that could exonerate her.
- Hong Kong Election Follows Rising Discontent VOA 02 Sep 2016 -- When People's Liberation Army soldiers rolled into Hong Kong at midnight on July 1, 1997 to resume China's sovereignty from the departing British, flag-waving crowds cheered their arrival at the territory's rural border with the mainland.
- UN Security Council strongly condemns terrorist attack against Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan UN News 02 Sep 2016 -- The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the recent terrorist bomb attack against the Chinese Embassy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, which caused injuries of embassy staff, stressing that diplomatic and consular premises must not be violated.
- China's largest carrier rocket arrives at launch center People's Daily 02 Sep 2016 -- The Long March-5, China's largest carrier rocket to date, arrived at a launch center in southern China on Sept. 1. The rocket is scheduled to be launched in November, according to national defense and aerospace authorities.
- China Rocket Launch Reportedly Failed VOA 02 Sep 2016 -- The South China Morning Post and multiple space enthusiast websites are reporting that China suffered a failed space launch Thursday morning, resulting in the destruction of "one of the country's most advanced earth observation satellites."
- Israel space agency: Satellite loss major blow Press TV 02 Sep 2016 -- Israel's space agency says the destruction of an Israeli "communication satellite" during a US test-launch amounts to a "severe blow" to the regime's aerospace industry.
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