22 September 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 22 Sep 2016 [PDF]
- Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on U.S.-Russia Video Conference DoD 22 Sep 2016
- Counter-ISIL Strikes Target Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 22 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.
- Coalition Has Momentum to End ISIL's Hold in Iraq, Syria, Dunford Says AFPS 22 Sep 2016 -- The coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has the momentum to end the terror group's hold in Iraq and Syria, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.
- Unwise to share intelligence with Russia on Daesh: Top US general Press TV 22 Sep 2016 -- The top US military officer says it would be unwise to share intelligence with Russia if Washington and Moscow were to ever work together against the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in Syria.
- Afghanistan signs peace accord with militant group Press TV 22 Sep 2016 -- The Afghan government has inked a landmark peace deal with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of a militant group, following lengthy negotiations that could pave the way for him to make a comeback to political life.
- Kabul Seals Key Peace Deal With Notorious Warlord VOA 22 Sep 2016 -- Afghanistan's unity government, after months of troublesome negotiations, has signed a long-delayed draft peace agreement with the country's second largest insurgent group, led by a fugitive warlord with a history of war crimes and rights abuses.
- Afghanistan Signs Peace Deal With Hard-Line Militant Group RFE/RL 22 Sep 2016 -- The Afghan government has signed a draft peace accord with notorious exiled warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for his return after years of fighting the central authorities.
- 'Butcher Of Kabul' Returns As Afghanistan's New Hope For Peace RFE/RL 22 Sep 2016 -- Hundreds of rockets raining down on the city every day. The sound of gunfire crackling through deserted streets. Mangled bodies littering roads controlled by warring factions.
- Peace Agreement Between Afghan Government and Hizb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) US Dept. of State 22 Sep 2016 -- The United States welcomes the peace agreement negotiated and signed between the Afghan government and representatives of Hizb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HIG). The only avenue to achieve lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan is through dialogue and negotiations.
Defense Policy / Programs
- SMC exercises contract options to procure two additional GPS III satellites AFNS 22 Sep 2016 -- The Space and Missile Systems Center awarded a contract option to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company to procure two additional Global Positioning System III satellites today.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's Meeting With Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull DoD 22 Sep 2016
- Carter Describes Security Challenges, Budget Issues at Senate Panel Hearing AFPS 22 Sep 2016 -- With just eight days remaining before the end of the fiscal year, Defense Secretary Ash Carter today implored the Senate Armed Services Committee to pass the fiscal year 2017 defense budget request.
- Coalition forces conduct Exercise Black Alligator USMC News 22 Sep 2016 -- As the Marines approached the hill overlooking the combat town, machine-gunners took their positions to provide suppressive fire while engineers and rifleman made their advance on the facility. As the Marine Corps' premier combined-arms, live-fire training installation, this style of training is routine at the Combat Center. However, this exercise was made unique by the country the combatants serve.
- Secretary of the Navy Names Two Littoral Combat Ships NNS 22 Sep 2016 -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Sept. 22, that the next Freedom and Independence variant Littoral Combat Ships will be named USS Marinette (LCS 25) and USS Mobile (LCS 26) to recognize the two cities' significant contribution to Navy ship building.
- Navy-Marine Corps Conduct First Non-Combatant Evacuation Exercise in Oman NNS 22 Sep 2016 -- U.S. Marines and Sailors from the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) with U.S. Embassy-Muscat and Royal Omani Police conducted the first non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO) exercise in Muscat, Sept. 20-21.
- DESRON 7 Staff Complete Exercise Valiant Shield NNS 22 Sep 2016 -- Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 7 staff disembarked amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), Sept. 21, following completion of their duties during exercise Valiant Shield 2016.
- USS Fort Worth Enters US 3rd Fleet Area of Operations NNS 22 Sep 2016 -- Littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) sailed across the international date line Sept. 21, officially marking its transition into the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations as it transits to its homeport of San Diego.
- U.S. fighter jet reportedly crashes off coast of Okinawa, Japan People's Daily 22 Sep 2016 -- Japan's Defense Ministry said Thursday that a U.S. fighter jet had reportedly crashed off the coast of the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa.
- US bomber flies near North Korean border Press TV 22 Sep 2016 -- The United States has flown two supersonic bombers over South Korea for the second time, with one of them coming very close to the border with North Korea.
- U.S. Let B-1Bs Fly in Sky above S. Korea KCNA 22 Sep 2016 -- The U.S. imperialists urgently let two B-1B nuclear strategic bombers fly in the sky above south Korea.
- US B-1 bombers approached North Korea's border: report Press TV 22 Sep 2016 -- The two American B-1B strategic bombers that flew over North Korea on Wednesday had approached North Korea's border, US officials say.
- Russia's TOS-1A 'Sunheat' Heavy Flamethrower Just Nearly Doubled Its Range Sputnik 22 Sep 2016 -- The TOS-1A Solntsepyok ('Sunheat') heavy flamethrower needs little introduction. The system has been successfully deployed by the Syrian and Iraqi armies against Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) terrorists. Now, the system has become even more deadly, with testing of new shells which would nearly double the system's range entering its final stages.
- Russian Armata Tank Becomes Impervious to Depleted Uranium Shells Sputnik 22 Sep 2016 -- A new modification of an active protection system designed by Russian scientists has effectively made the Armata tank impervious to depleted uranium armor-piercing discarded sabot (APDS) shells.
- Russia to Supply Angola With Upgraded Mi-24P Attack Helicopters Sputnik 22 Sep 2016 -- Russia to Supply Angola With Upgraded Mi-24P Attack Helicopters
- KPA General Staff Clarifies Its Stand to Retaliate against U.S. and S. Korean Puppet Warmongers' Provocation KCNA 22 Sep 2016 -- A spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army (KPA) issued a statement Thursday as the south Korean puppet warmongers have gone reckless in their moves at the instigation of the U.S. imperialists recently.
- Google Reviewing Request to Blur Map of Disputed South China Sea Islet VOA 22 Sep 2016 -- Google says it is reviewing a request from Taiwan to blur satellite images of the government's chief islet in the South China Sea.
- Press Briefing by the Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 9/22/16 The White House 22 Sep 2016
- 22 September 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 22 Sep 2016
- Communique on the Situation in Yemen US Dept. of State 22 Sep 2016 -- The following is the text of a joint communique on the situation in Yemen from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
- Turkish army targets Syria after rocket attack blamed on Daesh Press TV 22 Sep 2016 -- Turkey has targeted Syrian border areas allegedly in response to a rocket attack on the southern Turkish border town of Kilis, which was blamed on the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group.
- Turkey Exerts New Influence in Syria VOA 22 Sep 2016 -- More than five years of relentless war have fragmented Syria like a jigsaw puzzle. The task of reassembling the pieces increasingly seems to rest not with Western policymakers, Gulf princes or Iranian ayatollahs but with Russia and now Turkey, some diplomatic observers say.
- Background Briefing on the Meeting of the International Syria Support Group US Dept. of State 22 Sep 2016 -- Special Briefing by Senior Administration Officials
- Diplomacy Falters as Syria Launches New Offensive VOA 22 Sep 2016 -- Syria announced a fresh, major offensive against besieged rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Thursday, as foreign ministers met and failed again in New York to agree on any diplomatic plan to try to stop the war.
- US bombed Syrian troops for an hour: Assad Press TV 22 Sep 2016 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that US airstrikes on Syrian troops on Saturday were "intentional" and lasted for nearly one hour.
- Syrian Army Announces Major Offensive Against Terrorists in Eastern Aleppo Sputnik 22 Sep 2016 -- Syrian government forces have launched a major operation against terrorists in the eastern outskirts of Aleppo.
- Assad Rejects Claims Syrian, Russian Forces Struck Aid Convoy En Route to Aleppo Sputnik 22 Sep 2016 -- In an interview with Associated Press news Agency Syrian President Bashar Assad rejected claims that Syrian or Russian forces were behind the attack on the humanitarian convoy near Aleppo.
- Daesh, Jabhat Fatah al Sham Shell Cities in Syria Sputnik 22 Sep 2016 -- Terrorists have shelled cities in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Damascus and Homs.
- Assad: Syrian Conflict Will 'Drag On' With No End in Sight VOA 22 Sep 2016 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says that the deadly civil war in his country, now in its sixth year, is going to "drag on" with no end in sight.
- US General: 'Russians Are Responsible' for Attack on Syria Aid Convoy VOA 22 Sep 2016 -- America's top military officer said Russia bears ultimate responsibility for an airstrike on a U.N. humanitarian convoy in Syria, and that he does not favor sharing military intelligence with Moscow in the Syrian conflict.
- US Growing More Wary of Russia's Syria Strategy VOA 22 Sep 2016 -- Russia's ability to leverage its intervention in Syria into any sort of ongoing advantage on the world stage may be starting to wane with the current cease-fire deal still in shambles.
- Iraqi forces reach center of key town near Mosul Press TV 22 Sep 2016 -- Iraqi military and volunteer forces have reached the center of a strategic town near the Daesh stronghold of Mosul.
- 13 killed as Libya's unity government pushes to retake Sirte from Daesh Press TV 22 Sep 2016 -- At least 13 people have been killed during fresh violent clashes between the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and forces loyal to Libya's UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte, medical and military sources say.
- US, Russia Stand Ready to Provide Lethal Aid to Libyan Security Forces Sputnik 22 Sep 2016 -- According to a joint communique released by the US Department of State, United States, Russia and dozens of other countries said they are prepared to provide lethal assistance to Libyan military forces in the fight against the Daesh.
- Joint Communique on Libya US Dept. of State 22 Sep 2016 -- The following is the text of a joint communique on Libya by Algeria, Canada, Chad, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Niger, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union, United Nations, the League of Arab States, and the African Union.
- Ukraine, pro-Russians agree on military pullback in three hot spots Press TV 22 Sep 2016 -- The Ukrainian government and the pro-Russia forces fighting each other in eastern Ukraine have agreed on a deal to withdraw troops from three battered front line areas.
- Troop Withdrawal From Three Locations in Eastern Ukraine to Begin Thursday Sputnik 22 Sep 2016 -- Kiev's envoy to the Contact Group on Ukraine said that conflicting parties will begin pulling out their troops from three locations in eastern Ukraine, with troop withdrawal to begin in four additional locations on October 5.
- India Hits Back at Pakistan, Calling Archrival 'Terrorist State' VOA 22 Sep 2016 -- India has reacted sharply to Pakistan's criticism of its suppression of protests in Kashmir, calling the archrival a "terrorist state."
- Pakistan accuses India of 'unprecedented arms build-up' Press TV 22 Sep 2016 -- Pakistan has accused India of an "unprecedented arms build-up" along its border, warning that it would take all steps necessary to halt the move as tensions escalate between the two neighbors.
- India's Border Force Refutes Reports of Pakistani Troop Mobilization Sputnik 22 Sep 2016 -- Some Indian newspapers have reported the increased movement of Pakistani troops along the international border and line of control.
- Palestinians still long for peace, but will never accept 'temporary solutions,' President Abbas tells UN UN News 22 Sep 2016 -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly to declare 2017 "the international year to end the Israeli occupation of our land and our people," and exert all efforts to end the decades of injustice imposed upon the Palestinian people and provide a unique opportunity for peace, stability and coexistence to prevail in the region.
- Negotiated settlement a 'win-win' solution to benefit all Cypriots, President tells UN UN News 22 Sep 2016 -- Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Cyprus' President today highlighted progress made so far on negotiations between the two communities of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots towards a unified country.
- Somali Militants Attack Kenyan Police Station VOA 22 Sep 2016 -- Al-Shabab militants say they have attacked a police station in northeastern Kenya near the border with Somalia.
- Rights Groups Call on AU to Stick With International Court VOA 22 Sep 2016 -- A coalition of human rights groups called on African Union leaders Thursday to abandon consideration of plans to urge withdrawal of its members from the International Criminal Court.
- DRC Violence Further Complicates National Dialogue VOA 22 Sep 2016 -- DRC President Joseph Kabila blamed the opposition for this week's deadly protests and again endorsed dialogue. The U.N. human rights chief, however, slammed what he called the government's "extremely confrontational response" to protesters, saying at least 50 people were killed.
- 28 protesters, four police officers killed in Congo clashes: Police Press TV 22 Sep 2016 -- Police in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) say 32 people have been killed during two days of clashes between protesters and anti-riot forces in the capital, Kinshasa.
- As DRC Tensions Rise, Central Africa Region Watches VOA 22 Sep 2016 -- December 19, 2016, is a date hangs over Joseph Kabila's head, as well as the nation he has ruled for 15 years, the Democratic Republic of Congo - and over fragile central Africa.
- At Assembly debate, President of Sierra Leone cites urgent need for UN Security Council reform UN News 22 Sep 2016 -- Calling for urgent reform at the United Nations and in particular at the Security Council, the President of Sierra Leone today stressed that national and global efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will not alone deliver the promise of an inclusive and fairer world.
- Maduro recall referendum not to be held this year: Electoral authority Press TV 22 Sep 2016 -- Venezuela's electoral authority has announced that a recall referendum against President Nicolas Maduro will not be held this year in a blow to the opposition.
- Venezuela Election Authority Shoots Down Maduro Recall Bid VOA 22 Sep 2016 -- Venezuela's National Electoral Council dismissed calls for a recall vote against unpopular socialist President Nicolas Maduro in 2016, but left the door open for activists seeking his ouster.
- Putin Taps Duma Speaker As New Foreign Spy Boss In Latest Kremlin Shakeup RFE/RL 22 Sep 2016 -- President Vladimir Putin has appointed parliament speaker Sergei Naryshkin as head of Russia's foreign intelligence agency, the latest in a series of personnel firings, appointments, and shuffles at the Kremlin and top security agencies.
- Putin Names Duma Speaker As New Spy Boss RFE/RL 22 Sep 2016 Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to appoint former parliament speaker Sergei Naryshkin as the chief of the country's foreign intelligence agency (SVR).
- Tsar Putin? Zhirinovsky Raises Eyebrows With Remarks At Kremlin Ceremony RFE/RL 22 Sep 2016 -- they do the Kremlin's bidding on most issues, particularly when it comes to foreign policy, but are rivals of United Russia and sometimes criticize it vocally.
- Navalny Calls On Russian Elections Chief To Quit Over 'Falsifications' RFE/RL 22 Sep 2016 -- Prominent Russian opposition figure Aleksei Navalny has called on Central Election Commission (CEC) chief Ella Pamfilova to resign over alleged falsifications in the September 18 parliamentary elections, which gave the ruling United Russia party a constitutional majority in the State Duma and kept liberal Kremlin critics out of the lower parliament house.
- U.S. Lawmakers Accuse Russia Of Trying To Influence U.S. Election RFE/RL 22 Sep 2016 -- Leading Democrats on the congressional intelligence committees have accused Russia of trying to influence the November 8 U.S. election via computer hacking and called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to "order a halt to this activity."
- President Rouhani: Fighting terrorism needs real democracy IRNA 22 Sep 2016 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressed that uprooting terrorism in the region will not be possible in the absence of democracy, upholding citizenship rights and economic development.
- Rouhani urges UN, all JCPOA parties to help maintain, strengthen nuclear deal IRNA 22 Sep 2016 -- President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the UN and all parties involved in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) have to help uphold and strengthen the land mark nuclear agreement which is a symbol of dialogue and cooperation instead of disagreement at the international arena.
- Iran, P5+1 foreign ministers to discuss implementation of nuclear deal Press TV 22 Sep 2016 -- Foreign ministers of Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are meeting in New York Thursday to discuss implementation of a nuclear deal they reached last year.
- Post-9/11 security policies may be genesis of today's borderless violent extremism, Iran tells UN UN News 22 Sep 2016 -- The century that began with terror in New York City should not continue with the spread of hatred, violence and destruction in the Middle East and North Africa, Hassan Rouhani, the President of Iran, told the United Nations General Assembly today, underscoring that the most pressing issue that world leaders need to address is how to tackle terrorism in a comprehensive manner.
- S.Korean president expresses worry about possible DPRK provocations People's Daily 22 Sep 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Thursday expressed worry about possible provocations from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) amid signs that Pyongyang may have completed preparations for another nuclear test and ballistic missile launch.
- DPRK Red Cross Society Warns Park Geun Hye Group against Anti-DPRK Rhetoric KCNA 22 Sep 2016 -- As reported, the strongest storm accompanied by downpour in the meteorological observation since the liberation of Korea hit several cities and counties along the Tuman River in the northern tip of Korea recently, causing huge damage.
- Security Council adopts resolution on countering terrorist threats to civil aviation UN News 22 Sep 2016 -- The global aviation system is of vital importance to economic development and prosperity, and all States must strengthen, both individually and collectively, aviation security measures, in order to secure a stable and peaceful global environment, the United Nations Security Council declared today.
- Terror Threat Remains High 6 Months After Brussels Attacks VOA 22 Sep 2016 -- Six months after the attack on the Brussels airport and a metro station, survivor Pauline Graystone says she and her family are okay.
- Indian Space Organization Gears Up for First Multi-Orbit Mission Sputnik 22 Sep 2016 -- ISRO hopes to outperform other stakeholders in the lightweight satellite launcher category by exhibiting its capability to carry out multi-orbit missions.
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