03 September 2016 Military News
- Counter-ISIL Strikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 03 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.
- US Fires HIMARS Rockets at Daesh Targets in Syria From Across Turkish Border Sputnik 03 Sep 2016 -- US forces hit Daesh targets near the Turkish border in northern Syria overnight using its newly deployed high-mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS), the special envoy of the US president for the anti-Daesh coalition said Saturday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US upgrading F-15 fighter jets to match Russian, Chinese tech Press TV 03 Sep 2016 -- The US Air Force has started a $12 billion program to upgrade its aging fleet of F-15 warplanes, in an attempt to keep the three-decade old jet on par with Russian and Chinese models.
- Lithuania supplies Ukraine with lethal weaponry Press TV 03 Sep 2016 -- Lithuania has supplied about 150 tonnes of ammunition to Ukraine for the first time since 2014, says a spokesman for the country's Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- India's Deal for 36 Dassault Rafale Stealth Fighter Jets Reaches Final Phase Sputnik 03 Sep 2016 -- The Rafale fighter jet is believed to be the most dangerous warplane in the skies today combining semi-stealth capabilities with unparalleled thrust maneuvering providing air superiority.
- THAAD controversy rises in ROK amid president's slight change in position People's Daily 03 Sep 2016 -- Controversy resurfaced here over the deployment of a US missile shield, or Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), in the Republic of Korea (ROK) as ruling party lawmakers boycotted all parliamentary procedures in protest against the National Assembly speaker's remarks on THAAD.
- President salutes soldiers on Armed Forces Day CNA 03 Sep 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) praised soldiers for their contributions to safeguarding the country and saluted them for their efforts Saturday, Taiwan's Armed Forces Day.
- At least 3 killed in Saudi airstrikes on Yemeni province of Sa'ada Press TV 03 Sep 2016 -- At least three people, including a woman, have been killed in two separate Saudi aerial attacks against residential neighborhoods in Yemen's northwestern province of Sa'ada.
- Yemeni retaliatory attack leaves two Saudi soldiers dead: Report Press TV 03 Sep 2016 -- Yemeni army soldiers have reportedly launched retaliatory attacks against Saudi border guards in Saud Arabia's southwestern border region of Asir, leaving two soldiers dead.
- In meeting with Turkey's President, UN chief stresses country's key role in fighting ISIL UN News 03 Sep 2016 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, emphasizing the key role of Turkey in the fight against Da'esh (ISIL), Mr. Ban's office said.
- More Turkish tanks cross into northern Syria: Report Press TV 03 Sep 2016 -- Turkish tanks have crossed into northern Syria from Kilis province in a new phase of operation against Kurdish-led forces.
- Turkish Forces Open New Front in Syria, Enter Aleppo Province Sputnik 03 Sep 2016 -- The Turkish military opened a new front in its Euphrates Shield operation in neighboring Syria.
- More Turkish Tanks Roll Into Syria to Support Anti-IS Rebels VOA 03 Sep 2016 -- Turkey has sent more tanks into the northern Syrian village of al-Rai from Kilis province to support Syrian rebels fight Islamic State, Turkish media reported.
- Libya's unity government pushes to retake Sirte from Daesh Press TV 03 Sep 2016 -- Forces loyal to Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) have launched a final offensive to retake the city of Sirte from the Takfiri Daesh terrorists.
- Over 100 PKK militants killed or injured in clashes with Turkish security forces Press TV 03 Sep 2016 -- More than 100 members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group have been killed or wounded in clashes with Turkish army forces in the restive southeastern part of the country.
- Nearly dozen Turkish soldiers killed in clashes with PKK militants Press TV 03 Sep 2016 -- Nearly a dozen Turkish soldiers have been killed during separate clean-up operations against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in Turkey's restive eastern provinces of Mardin and Van.
- Malian army regains central town from militants Press TV 03 Sep 2016 -- The Malian army has managed to retake control of the central town of Boni from militants, officials say.
- At South Sudan sites for displaced, UN Security Council hears 'desperate appeals' for regional protection force UN News 03 Sep 2016 -- On the second day of its visit to South Sudan, a delegation from the United Nations Security Council today met with displaced people living in camps, known as "protection of civilians" sites, seeing first-hand "the human consequences of the failure of political leaders to bring peace back to their country."
- Uzbekistan's Karimov Laid to Rest VOA 03 Sep 2016 -- Uzbekistan's long-time leader, Islam Karimov, was laid to rest in his birthplace of Samarkand Saturday.
- Uzbeks Bury Strongman Karimov RFE/RL 03 Sep 2016 -- Uzbekistan buried long-ruling President Islam Karimov on September 3, a day after the government announced the death of the authoritarian leader following a stroke at the age of 78.
- Mugabe Returns to Zimbabwe Amid Ill Health Rumors VOA 03 Sep 2016 -- Zimbabwe's 92-year-old leader has returned home amid rumors his health is failing.
- Duterte declares "state of lawlessness" in S. Philippines after explosion People's Daily 03 Sep 2016 -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared Saturday "state of lawlessness" in southern island of Mindanao following a deadly attack allegedly perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf Group in Davao City.
- Bangladesh Hangs Islamist Leader for 1971 War Crimes VOA 03 Sep 2016 -- Bangladesh on Saturday executed a senior Islamist leader who was found guilty of war crimes during the 1971 war in which Bangladesh broke away from Pakistan.
- DRC Political Dialogue Stalls Over Opposition Demands VOA 03 Sep 2016 -- In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a political dialogue that started Thursday has been suspended over the weekend in the hope that more of the opposition will attend. But the main opposition bloc, known as the Rassemblement, has set pre-conditions for attending, which are some way from being met.
- Iraqi cleric calls for two-day strike against corruption Press TV 03 Sep 2016 -- Prominent Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has called upon Iraqi people to stage a two-day walkout along with a hunger strike in protest at what he calls Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's failure to properly fight against corruption and misappropriation of public funds.
- North Hamgyong Province of DPRK Suffered from Flood Damage KCNA 03 Sep 2016 -- It rained heavily with strong wind in North Hamgyong Province and other parts of the DPRK from August 29 to September 2, affected by a combination of typhoon-10 and low pressure field formed in the northwest.
- FM Spokesman Blasts U.S. Arms Buildup around Korean Peninsula KCNA 03 Sep 2016 -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to the question raised by KCNA Saturday as regards the reports about U.S. nuclear submarines sailing in the waters around the DPRK:
- Brazil's Ousted President Promises Strong Position Against New Government VOA 03 Sep 2016 -- Dilma Rousseff, ousted this past week as Brazil's president, says she has not elaborated on future projects but confirmed she has political plans.
- Russia Aims To Raise $11 Billion From Selling Stake In Rosneft RFE/RL 03 Sep 2016 -- Russia is pushing ahead with plans to try to raise over $11 billion through the sale of nearly one-fifth of state oil company Rosneft before the end of the year, President Vladimir Putin said.
- Putin Says Russia, OPEC Should Agree To Freeze Oil Output RFE/RL 03 Sep 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said he'd like to see Russia and the OPEC cartel reach a deal to bolster oil prices by freezing production, and he expects a dispute over Iran's involvement can be resolved.
- SpaceX scours data to try to pin down cause rocket explosion on launch pad People's Daily 03 Sep 2016 -- U.S. space firm SpaceX said Friday it has set up a team to investigate why its Falcon 9 rocket exploded on the launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
- China Times: Massive protest by military, civil servants, teachers CNA 03 Sep 2016 -- Retired and some active military personnel, civil servants and public school teachers took to the streets Sept. 3 to protest what they described as the smearing of them in the discussion of the retirement pension reform issue.
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