17 September 2016 Military News
- Coalition halts airstrike in progress against possible Syrian military position CENTCOM 17 Sep 2016 -- Earlier today Coalition aircraft conducted an airstrike south of Dayr Az Zawr, Syria. Coalition forces believed they were striking a Da'esh fighting position that they had been tracking for a significant amount of time before the strike.
- Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on Coalition Airstrike in Syria DoD 17 Sep 2016 -- The Department of Defense continues to gather information on a coalition airstrike in Syria earlier today. While we are still trying to determine all the facts, if we mistakenly struck a Syrian military position we regret doing so, especially the loss of lives.
- Counter-ISIL Strikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 17 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.
- U.S. Military Says Air Raid Near Syrian Forces Halted RFE/RL 17 Sep 2016 -- The U.S. military has said it stopped an air raid against Islamic State (IS) militants in eastern Syria after Russian officials said it may have bombed Syrian army troops.
- U.S. Pays $1.2m In Landmark Payment To Drone Victim In Pakistan RFE/RL 17 Sep 2016 -- The U.S. government has paid $1.2 million to the family of an Italian aid worker killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan in a landmark deal.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Secretary Mabus Names Two Destroyers for Medal of Honor Recipients NNS 17 Sep 2016 -- In a ceremony at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Sept. 17, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, DDG 125, will be named Jack H. Lucas in honor of the Marine Corps hero and Medal of Honor recipient. Mabus also announced that DDG 126 would be named Louis H. Wilson Jr. in honor of the 26th commandant of the Marine Corps who was also a Medal of Honor recipient.
- US grounds 15 F-35 aircraft after declaring them combat ready Press TV 17 Sep 2016 -- The United States has grounded dozens of its controversial F-35 fighter jets less than two months after declaring the warplanes ready for combat.
- US Coast Guard Orders Continued Development of New Patrol Boat Fleet Sputnik 17 Sep 2016 -- A Florida shipbuilding company has won a contract to continue work on designing nine new patrol boats, or offshore cutters, to guard US domestic waters, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a press release.
- Russian Nuclear Doctrine Unchanged Despite Escalation Claims - Official Sputnik 17 Sep 2016 -- Russia has stressed to its four Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) nuclear state partners that claims of it lowering its threshold for nuclear weapon use and increasing its military doctrine's reliance on nuclear weapons are untrue, a senior official from the Russian Foreign Ministry told Sputnik.
- Russian Subs to Don New Generation Noise Absorbing Tiles Sputnik 17 Sep 2016 -- Russia has launched the production of advanced noise absorbing materials for its fourth-generation nuclear submarines, Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported, citing Techmash Concern's press service in Moscow.
- 'British military incapable of defending country against Russia' Press TV 17 Sep 2016 -- The United Kingdom would not be able to confront serious military powers, like Russia, in the event of a conventional conflict, a former senior commander has warned.
- UK Defense Ministry Says Placed $3.2Mln Order for New Missile-Confusing Decoys Sputnik 17 Sep 2016 -- The UK Ministry of Defence on Friday said it ordered 2.5 million pounds ($3.2 million) worth of the newly developed BriteCloud anti-missile decoy systems to test their operability.
- Israel has hundreds of nukes pointed at Iran: Powell Press TV 17 Sep 2016 -- Israel has 200 nuclear weapons and apparently all of them have been aimed at Tehran, according to former US secretary of state Colin Powell's leaked emails from March 2015.
- Iran's IRGC speedboats send shivers down US spine: Top commander Press TV 17 Sep 2016 -- The chief of staff of Iran's Armed Forces has stressed the role of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in safeguarding the country, saying the forces have "humbled" US warships.
- Washington's Will: Japan to Increase 'Engagement' in South China Sea Sputnik 17 Sep 2016 -- In the latest South China Sea escalation, Japan's new Defense Minister has announced plans to conduct provocative "freedom of navigation" exercises through the region.
- NATO experts take part in Taipei security meeting for first time CNA 17 Sep 2016 -- An ultra low-profile national security conference was held recently in Taipei with more than 10 international experts in the fields of global, international and national security participating, including experts from NATO making their first visit to Taiwan.
- Czech Military to Get New Rifles, Anti-Tank Guns as Part of Modernization Sputnik 17 Sep 2016 -- The Czech Ministry of Defense plans to purchase about 16,000 CZ 75 pistols, 8,500 rifles and over 300 advanced anti-tank guns as part of weaponry modernization of its ground forces, the ministry's spokesperson said.
- Turkey Removes Military Units From City Centers Following Coup Attempt Sputnik 17 Sep 2016 -- The Turkish authorities have finished removal of military units from Ankara's and Istanbul's city centers as a precautionary measure in the aftermath of the July's failed coup attempt, Defense Minister Fikri Isik said Friday.
- Iran rejects Saudi allegations on Yemen IRNA 17 Sep 2016 -- Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations in a statement released on Saturday rejected allegations by Saudi Arabia about arms transfers to Yemen and the violations of Security Council Resolution 2216.
- One killed in Israeli drone attack in Syria's Golan Heights Press TV 17 Sep 2016 -- Syrian military positions have been targeted in an Israeli drone attack in the southwestern Syrian province of Quneitra located in the Golan Heights.
- Israel Says 'Iron Dome' System Intercepted Projectiles Fired From Syria VOA 17 Sep 2016 -- Israel said Saturday that it had used its "Iron Dome" missile defense system to destroy two rockets fired from Syria, marking what officials said was the first time the short-range system had been activated to intercept projectiles fired by combatants in Syria's civil war.
- US Ambassador Rips Russia for Calling UN Session on Syria VOA 17 Sep 2016 -- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations blasted Russia for calling the U.N. Security Council into emergency session late Saturday to review an apparently errant U.S. bombing run that may have killed dozens of Syrian government troops.
- Only Syrian troops observe truce: Russian Defense Ministry People's Daily 17 Sep 2016 -- The Syrian government troops alone are observing a ceasefire agreement in the war-torn country brokered by Russia and the United States, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.
- Russia says 62 Syrian forces killed in US-led coalition raids on army positions Press TV 17 Sep 2016 -- Russia says 62 Syrian forces have been killed in airstrikes by US-led coalition jets on army positions near Dayr al-Zawr military airport.
- US responsible for any collapse of Syria ceasefire, Russia warns Press TV 17 Sep 2016 -- A senior Russian military official has blasted the United States for failing to meet its obligations under a recently implemented ceasefire in Syria, saying Washington will be to blame if the truce deal falls apart.
- Obama Warns U.S. May Walk Away From Syria Deal Unless Aid Flows RFE/RL 17 Sep 2016 -- U.S. President Barack Obama warned that the United States may walk away from a Syrian cease-fire deal reached with Russia last week unless Syria allows humanitarian aid to reach needy people.
- Monitors: US-led Coalition Jets Kill Dozens of Syrian Troops VOA 17 Sep 2016 -- Syrian war monitors and Russian officials say U.S.-led coalition warplanes bombed Syrian army positions in the east of the country Saturday, killing as many as 80 government fighters who were battling Islamic State extremists for control of the area.
- Fresh clashes kill 3 Turkish troops, 4 PKK militants in restive southeast Press TV 17 Sep 2016 -- At least three Turkish soldiers and four members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group have been killed during fresh clashes in the restive southeastern part of the country.
- US says won't recognize outcome of Russian elections in Crimea Press TV 17 Sep 2016 -- The United States has denounced upcoming Russian parliamentary elections planned for the Crimean peninsula, saying it "does not recognize the legitimacy" of the process.
- Putin Says Crimea Not Annexed By Russia, It Was 'Reunified' RFE/RL 17 Sep 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow did not annex the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in 2014 but claimed it was "reunified" with Russia.
- US Condemns Russian Elections in Crimea VOA 17 Sep 2016 -- The U.S. says it will not recognize the outcome of Russian parliamentary elections planned for Crimea Sunday, the first since Russia annexed the Ukrainian peninsula in 2014.
- Norwegian hostage in Philippines freed after one year Press TV 17 Sep 2016 -- Members of the notorious Abu Sayyaf militant group have released a Norwegian national, one year after he was taken hostage in a high-end tourist resort.
- Joint Niger-Chad troops kill 38 Boko Haram terrorists Press TV 17 Sep 2016 -- At least 38 militants from the Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group have been killed in joint military operations by troops from Niger and Chad in southeast Niger over the past week, officials say.
- FARC Hosts Group's Final Conference in Colombia VOA 17 Sep 2016 -- The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - FARC - is scheduled to host a week-long meeting beginning Saturday in the jungle conclave known as Yari Plains.
- Russians Vote In Parliamentary Elections RFE/RL 17 Sep 2016 -- where voters are bussed around polling stations, voting at each one, after obtaining absentee ballots -- in the city of Barnaul in the southern Siberian region of Altai.
- DPRK's Nuclear Warhead Explosion Test Did Not Have Any Adverse Impact on Ecological Environment KCNA 17 Sep 2016 -- Relevant organs of Russia, China and Japan officially confirmed that the DPRK's nuclear warhead explosion test did not have any adverse impact on ecological environment of their countries.
- More Relief Materials Supplied to Flood-hit Areas KCNA 17 Sep 2016 -- Trains and trucks carrying relief goods are arriving in the flood-hit areas of the DPRK one after another.
- Flood Damage Rehabilitation Drive in DPRK KCNA 17 Sep 2016 -- The inhabitants in flood-hit North Hamgyong Province of the DPRK have turned out as one in the recovery efforts.
- Astronauts given comfort upgrade on China's new space lab People's Daily 17 Sep 2016 -- New space lab will be equipped with Bluetooth, better lighting, sound dampening, exercise equipment and other features
- Russia Postpones Soyuz MS-02 ISS Mission Launch Over Short Circuit Glitch Sputnik 17 Sep 2016 -- The launch of Russia's new series Soyuz MS-02 manned spacecraft scheduled for September 23 was delayed due to a technical fault involving a short circuit that was revealed during a test, a space industry source told RIA Novosti on Saturday.
- Russia postpones space flight to ISS for 'technical reasons' Press TV 17 Sep 2016 -- Russia has reportedly canceled a planned manned space launch expected to take place within a week due to what it described as "technical reasons" without further elaboration or setting a new launch date.
- Taiwanese passport ranks as 29th most powerful in the world CNA 17 Sep 2016 -- Taiwanese passports rank as the 29th most powerful in the latest global passport index, which was recently cited in the World Economic Forum website.
- Thousands rally for reforms, against corruption in Iraq Press TV 17 Sep 2016 -- Thousands of the supporters of prominent Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr have staged demonstrations across the country to demand what they call the containment of rampant corruption and the formation of a technocrat government.
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