07 September 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 07 Sep 2016 [PDF]
- Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 07 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.
- Afghanistan: UN aid chief calls for scaled-up support to one million people on the move UN News 07 Sep 2016 -- Seeking $150 million for aid efforts in Afghanistan, the top United Nations relief official today called on the international community to urgently scale up its support for the war-torn country so that it can meet the rising humanitarian needs of more than one million people who are on the move, either internally displaced or returning from neighbouring countries.
- Taliban militants advance on Uruzgan provincial capital Press TV 07 Sep 2016 -- The capital of Afghanistan's central province of Uruzgan is on the brink of falling into militants' hands in the wake of an advance by Taliban, who have taken position within a few kilometers of the city.
- US Military Says Airstrikes Killed 13 Militants in Yemen VOA 07 Sep 2016 -- The U.S. military says a series of airstrikes targeting al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen during the past two weeks killed 13 militants and injured one other.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Joint Press Conference by Secretary Carter and Secretary Michael Fallon DoD 07 Sep 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; U.K. Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon
- Remarks by Secretary Carter at the University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford, England. DoD 07 Sep 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; Visiting Professor Lawrence Freedman, University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government
- Navy's most advanced warship, USS Zumwalt departs Bath Iron Works NNS 07 Sep 2016 -- The Navy's newest and most technologically advanced surface ship, future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) departed Bath Iron Works, Sept. 7, marking the beginning of a 3-month journey to its new homeport in San Diego.
- Navy Training Aircraft Mishap at NAS Meridian NNS 07 Sep 2016 -- Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian reported a T-45C Goshawk jet aircraft assigned to Training Air Wing 1 crashed Wednesday at approximately 1:15 p.m. while conducting a training flight.
- Carter: U.S., U.K. Continue to Stand Together in a Changing World AFPS 07 Sep 2016 -- The United States and the United Kingdom continue to stand together in the face of aggression by Russia and barbarism by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today in Oxford, England.
- Readout of Secretary Carter's Meeting with Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman DoD 07 Sep 2016
- US Pacific Command Forces to Come Together for Exercise Valiant Shield NNS 07 Sep 2016 -- Forces from the U.S. Pacific Command are scheduled to participate in exercise Valiant Shield (VS) 2016 Sept. 12-23, in Guam and around the Marianas Island Range Complex.
- Patrol Squadron 45 Conducts Static Display at Naval Support Activity Naples NNS 07 Sep 2016 -- Sailors from Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 flew a P-8A Poseidon to Naval Support Activity Naples Sept. 6 in support of a static display to highlight the aircraft and the improved capabilities it brings to the region.
- Chilean Navy Submarine Arrives in San Diego for CHILEMAR VI NNS 07 Sep 2016 -- The Chilean Navy diesel-electric submarine SS Thomson (SS 20) arrived at Naval Base Point Loma on Sept. 6 to participate in the bi-lateral exercise CHILEMAR VI.
- US warship veers after Iran boat approach: Pentagon Press TV 07 Sep 2016 -- The US military has claimed that an American warship patrolling in the central Persian Gulf changed its course after a speedboat operated by Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) came within 100 yards (91 meters) of it.
- North Atlantic Council visits Georgia to confirm NATO's enduring support NATO 07 Sep 2016 -- NATO will reconfirm the importance of its partnership with Georgia during a two-day visit of the North Atlantic Council (NAC) starting on Wednesday (7 September 2016).
- Joint press point with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili NATO 07 Sep 2016
- Kiev Intends to Leave Joint Russia-Ukraine-NATO Program on An-124 Use Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- Kiev intends to leave the Ukraine-Russia-NATO SALIS program on the use of An-124 transport planes, the CEO of the Ukrainian aircraft maker said Wednesday.
- State Parties to UN-backed treaty agree to aim for clearance of cluster bombs by 2030 UN News 07 Sep 2016 -- An annual meeting of State Parties to the United Nations-backed pact banning cluster bombs ended today in Geneva, with an agreement on a target to complete by 2030 clearance of these explosive remnants of war that kill large numbers of civilians.
- Activists Aim For Cluster Munitions Free World By 2030 VOA 07 Sep 2016 -- A three-day conference on strengthening the treaty banning the use of cluster munitions has ended on a high note. More than 100 state parties have agreed to set a target date of 2030 for the clearance of these weapons from contaminated states.
- Russia scrambles jets to intercept US spy planes over Black Sea Press TV 07 Sep 2016 -- The Russian Defense Ministry says it has scrambled SU-27 fighter jets to intercept US surveillance planes attempting to approach the Russian border over the Black Sea.
- Close Intercepts of US Units by Russia Could 'Unnecessarily Escalate Tensions' Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- Close-range intercepts of US military aircraft have the potential to unnecessarily escalate tensions between Russia and the United States, and could result in a miscalculation or accident which results in serious injury or death, according to statement of the US Department of Defense.
- Russian Intercept of US Spy Plane Performed Safely - Russian Ministry of Defense Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- Russian planes performed in strict adherence to international flight safety, according to the official statement of the Russian Defense Ministry.
- Russian SU-27 Jet Intercepts US Navy Spy Plane Over Black Sea Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- A Russian fighter jet carried out an intercept of US spy plane flying over the Black Sea, according to US Defense officials, cited by the Reuters news agency.
- Sarmat ICBM: 8 Megatons at Hypersonic Speeds, Arriving 2 Years Ahead of Schedule Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- On Monday, a defense industry official told Russian media that the mass production of the RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, a new multi-warhead, super-heavy missile designed to defeat anti-missile systems, would begin in 2018, two years ahead of schedule. Defense analyst Vladimir Tuchkov explains what made this possible.
- Russia Seeks to Supply Mi-17 Antarctic-Suited Helicopters to Chile Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport Deputy Director General Sergey Goreslavsky said that the arctic and polar variant of the Mi-17 type helicopter could be popular in Chile, a country which is implementing a policy of exploring the Antarctic.
- Russia Catching Up on Rivals in Military Drone Manufacturing Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Yuri Borisov said that Russia had reached the level of top world armies in drone manufacturing.
- Russian Defense Ministry to Buy at Least 1 PAK FA Fighter Squadron in 2017 Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- Russian Deputy Minister Yuri Borisov said that mass production of the PAK FA will start in 2017 and the Russian Defense Ministry plans to buy at least one squadron of these aircraft in the first batch.
- Russia's Admiralty to Deliver Six Stealth Subs to Pacific Fleet by 2021 Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- Russia's Admiralty Shipyard plans to deliver stealth submarines to the Pacific Fleet by 2021, the shipyard's director said Wednesday.
- Russia's UVZ Corporation to Deliver 42 Self-Propelled Artillery by 2019 Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) machine industry company signed contract with the Russian Defense ministry on the delivery of 42 self-propelled artillery to the Russian Armed Forces by 2019, according to the research and production corporation's director.
- First Prototype Engine for Russia's Advanced Fighters to Be Ready by October Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- United Engine Corporation's spokesperson has been manufacturing crutial parts of the aircraft manufacturing.
- DPRK FM Spokesman Rejects UN Security Council's Press Release KCNA 07 Sep 2016 -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK gave the following answer to the question raised by KCNA Wednesday as regards the fact that the UN Security Council took issue with the DPRK's routine ballistic rocket launch exercise:
- Japan Developing New Alert System Amid N Korea's Missile Launches Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- The Japanese government is developing a new emergency system to issue faster warnings in case of Pyongyang's missile launches, media reported on Wednesday.
- Iran drops S-300 lawsuit against Russia ISNA 07 Sep 2016 -- Tehran has fully withdrawn its lawsuit filed against Russia on the S-300 missile systems, Vladimir Kozhin, Russia's Presidential Aide for Military Technical Cooperation, told TASS.
- India Set to Bolster Its Defense Ties With Russia Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- India-Russia defense ties are set for boost as the Indian defense ministry is stepping up the negotiations for the impending India-Russia defense deals.
- Kazakhstan to Receive Su-30 Fighters, Mi-17 , Mi-35 Helicopters From Russia Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- Kazakhstan's armed forces will receive multirole fighters and transport helicopters from Russia this year.
- Price Wars: Norway's Defense Minister Under Fire Over Costly F-35 Fighter Jets Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide has landed in hot water for supposedly playing down the purchase cost of pricey US-made F-35 fighter jets. Meanwhile, unforeseen and skyrocketing expenses are feared to leave even larger dents in the country's defense, which has become increasingly dependent on NATO.
- Poland Places Supply Order for 8 US Patriot Missile Defense Systems Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- Poland is determined to place a supply order for eight Patriot surface-to-air missile systems with the US government.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes The White House 07 Sep 2016
- September 7, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 07 Sep 2016
- 6 September 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 07 Sep 2016
- Philippines President Seeks 'Soft Landing' in South China Sea Dispute Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte seeks a "soft landing" conclusion of the South China Sea dispute with China, Duterte's spokesman, Ernesto Abella, said Wednesday.
- South China Sea Tensions Persist at ASEAN VOA 07 Sep 2016 -- The Philippines published photos Wednesday of what appears to be Chinese naval ships building an island in the contested South China Sea, just before a summit of Asian nations.
- China, ASEAN reaffirm free navigation, overflight over South China Sea People's Daily 07 Sep 2016 -- China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Wednesday reaffirmed their respect of freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea under principles of international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
- Japan's Abe 'seriously concerned' about China's territorial claims Press TV 07 Sep 2016 -- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Tokyo is "seriously concerned" about China's claims in the East and South China seas.
- Turkey May Be Limited in Helping to Drive IS From Raqqa VOA 07 Sep 2016 -- While Turkey's president says Ankara and Washington are discussing joint military action in Raqqa, the Syrian headquarters of the Islamic State group, Turkey's options may be limited.
- Over 100 Terrorists Killed During Ankara's Operation in Northern Syria Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli said that more than 100 terrorists were killed since the beginning of the Euphrates Shield military operation in northern Syria, while five Turkish soldiers died and 19 more sustained injuries during the operation.
- Turkey Ready to Join US in Liberating Raqqa VOA 07 Sep 2016 -- Turkey would be ready to join any future operation proposed by the United States to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State, according to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Syrian army denies chemical attack claims Press TV 07 Sep 2016 -- Syria's army has denied claims that its forces carried out a chemical attack on a militant-held area in Aleppo recently.
- Turkey's actions could complicate situation in Syria: Russia Press TV 07 Sep 2016 -- Russia has voiced deep concerns over the advances made by Turkish troops in Syrian territory, warning that such actions could make the conflict gripping the Arab country more complicated.
- Last-ditch Attempt Seen for Syria Cease-fire Pact VOA 07 Sep 2016 -- Intensive diplomatic efforts have resumed in what some observers see as a last-ditch effort to bring about a cease-fire in Syria.
- Fighting Displaces About 100,000 People in Syria in 8 Days VOA 07 Sep 2016 -- Fighting between Syrian government army and insurgents in Syria's central Hama province forced about 100,000 people to leave their homes between August 28 and September 5, the U.N. humanitarian agency said Wednesday.
- New armed group threatens to attack Niger's uranium mines Press TV 07 Sep 2016 -- A new armed group has threatened to carry out attacks on Niger's uranium mines in protest against marginalization of the minority Toubou population.
- Rebels claim to have killed 12 Angola soldiers Press TV 07 Sep 2016 -- Angola's rebels claim they have killed 12 soldiers in clashes that erupted in the oil-rich north of the country.
- Nigeria army detains suspected Avengers militants Press TV 07 Sep 2016 -- Nigeria's army says it has arrested militants suspected of working with Niger Delta Avengers (NDA), including their leader, for conducting sabotage activities against the country's oil and gas facilities.
- 12 militants killed in clashes with Iran forces in West Azarbaijan Press TV 07 Sep 2016 -- Iranian security forces have killed 12 counter-revolutionary militants in the northwest of the country near the border with Iraq.
- Trump Strikes Back At Clinton Over U.S. Relations With Russia RFE/RL 07 Sep 2016 -- U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has charged that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, would be unable to stand up to tough adversaries like Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Somali Ban on Popular Narcotic Takes Effect VOA 07 Sep 2016 -- Somalia's ban on flights importing the popular narcotic khat from Kenya appears to be holding up in the capital, Mogadishu, although a region to the north is defying the ban.
- Turkey expels 73 more military personnel over coup Press TV 07 Sep 2016 -- Turkey has expelled dozens of new officers and soldiers as part of its crackdown on plotters and sympathizers of the July 15 coup attempt.
- Leader demands UN inquiry into deaths of Iranian pilgrims, blood money IRNA 07 Sep 2016 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday demanded an international and Islamic inquiry into deaths of Iranian pilgrims and blood money the Saudis must pay to the families who lost their loved ones.
- U.S. transfers $1.3 bln more in cash to Iran after initial payment ISNA 07 Sep 2016 -- US has transferred $1.700 billion to Iran in cash using currencies other than dollars.
- US Spy Chief: Russians Do It 'All the Time,' But Won't Blame Moscow in DNC Hack Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Wednesday at the annual Intelligence and National Security Summit in Washington that Russian hackers attempt to penetrate American networks "all the time," but he stopped short of attributing recent hacks on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and other Democratic institutions to Moscow.
- DPRK FM Spokesman Demands Pullout of U.S. Forces from S. Korea KCNA 07 Sep 2016 -- September 8 this year marks 71 years since the U.S. military occupation of south Korea.
- Minju Joson Urges U.S. to Make Switchover in Policy towards DPRK KCNA 07 Sep 2016 -- In recent days experts on Korean affairs and media of the world share the views that the DPRK has made very rapid progress in the strategic offensive force.
- Rodong Sinmun Slams U.S. Trumpeting about "Human Rights" KCNA 07 Sep 2016 -- A spokesperson for the White House in the recent press conference reeled off a spate of vituperation peppered with lies and fabrications, expressing "concern" over the "human rights situation" in north Korea.
- Taiwan protests Armenia's deportation of 78 Taiwanese to China CNA 07 Sep 2016 -- Taiwan on Wednesday lodged a strong protest against Armenia's forced deportation of 78 Taiwanese citizens suspected of telecom fraud to China, demanding an explanation from the Armenian authorities.
- Britain to Begin Construction on Calais Wall to Contain Migrants VOA 07 Sep 2016 -- Britain plans to start building a wall in the northern French port of Calais as part of measures to contain migrants, junior Home Office Minister Robert Goodwill said Wednesday.
- New Snowden Leak: NSA's 'Collect All the Signals' Spy Strategy Started in the UK Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- While mass metadata collection may be most closely associated with US intelligence agencies, new Snowden documents reveal that the tactic was originally deployed across the Atlantic.
- ISRO to Use Indigenous Cryogenic Engine to Launch Advanced Weather Satellite Sputnik 07 Sep 2016 -- The advanced weather satellite will improve night imaging capabilities and will play an important role in searching for distressed naval vessels.
- Hong Kong Councilor: Beijing Manipulated Election VOA 07 Sep 2016 -- A pro-Beijing Liberal Party candidate who recently dropped out of Hong Kong's Legislative Council election alleged Wednesday that three mainlanders had made threats that forced him to quit.
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