25 September 2016 Military News
- Military Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 25 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.
- Afghan forces kill top Pakistani Taliban commander Press TV 25 Sep 2016 -- Afghan security forces have killed one of the top Pakistani Taliban commanders along with at least 10 other militants in an area along the porous border between the two countries, militant sources say.
- Pakistani Taliban Leaders Reported Killed In Air Strike RFE/RL 25 Sep 2016 -- Three Pakistani Taliban leaders have reportedly been killed in joint Afghan and NATO air strikes in eastern Afghanistan, Pakistani security sources say.
- Airstrike Kills Senior Pakistani Militant Leader in Afghanistan VOA 25 Sep 2016 -- Suspected U.S. airstrikes in southeastern Afghanistan are believed to have killed a top commander of the extremist Pakistan Taliban and several of his partners.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US air force renewing nukes keep up with China, Russia Press TV 25 Sep 2016 -- The US Air Force plans to spend billions of dollars to replace its aging arsenal of intercontinental nuclear missiles in order to keep up with Russia and China, a military official says.
- Hawkeye: Russia's New 5th Gen Radar 'Can See a Soldier's Helmet' During Combat Sputnik 25 Sep 2016 -- Fifth-generation radar technology developed in Russia provides an absolutely unique resolution, which enables it to "see a soldier's helmet" during combat, a representative of the United Instrument Corporation told RIA Novosti.
- China conducts military exercises in Western Pacific Press TV 25 Sep 2016 -- China's Air Force has carried out a series of military drills and patrols in the Western Pacific region after passing through a strait between Japanese islands, a move that could escalate tensions in the region.
- China Deploys Stealth Drones to Guard Disputed Islands in South, East China Seas Sputnik 25 Sep 2016 -- Amid mounting tensions over disputed territories in the East and South China Seas, Beijing is preparing to launch stealthy UAVs to oversee and map contested waters and islands.
- DPRK's Nuclear Deterrence Guarantees Peace and Security of Country: Rodong Sinmun KCNA 25 Sep 2016 -- The DPRK's nuclear deterrence provides a sure guarantee for reliably deterring the U.S. moves for a nuclear war and firmly defending the peace and security of the country, says Rodong Sinmun Sunday in an article.
- India's Deployment of BrahMos Supersonic Stealth Missile is Making China Nervous Sputnik 25 Sep 2016 -- India's more hawkish foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with a major scoop up of international armaments has Beijing looking to their southern border with concern.
- Iran capable of producing missiles of every range, precision, destructive power IRNA 25 Sep 2016 -- Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said Iran was capable of designing and producing missiles of every range, precision and destructive power.
- Minister: 3 new missiles to be produced in next few months IRNA 25 Sep 2016 -- Defense minister has announced that three principal missile products will walk into the production area by the end of the Iranian calendar year on March 20, 2017.
- Sayyari: Iranian destroyers likely to visit Italian ports IRNA 25 Sep 2016 -- Navy Commander Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said here on Sunday that several Iranian destroyers may visit Italian ports in near future.
- Iran to produce 3 types of missiles by yearend: Defense minister Press TV 25 Sep 2016 -- Iran's defense chief says the Islamic Republic is set to unveil three new types of missiles in the coming months, adding that state-of-the-art ballistic missile Zolfaqar has been put on the production line.
- Iran Launches Production of First Domestically-Designed Ballistic Missile Sputnik 25 Sep 2016 -- Iran has kicked off the production of its first domestically-designed long-range missile dubbed Zolfaqar.
- South China Sea Claimants Blur Lines Between Military, Civilians VOA 25 Sep 2016 -- Southeast Asian nations have tried for years to establish a code of conduct for shipping, fishing and exploring for oil in the South China Sea. The idea is to avoid a conflict in the disputed, and potentially lucrative, waterway.
- Yemen's chief executive body offers amnesty for Hadi supporters Press TV 25 Sep 2016 -- The head of Yemen's Supreme Political Council says Ansarullah troops will halt retaliatory attacks if Saudi Arabia stops its relentless airstrikes.
- Yemen shoots down Saudi spy aircraft: Report Press TV 25 Sep 2016 -- Yemeni armed forces have shot down a Saudi unmanned aerial vehicle on an espionage mission in the country's airspace, media reports say.
- Turkey willing to join battle for Syria's Raqqah, says Erdogan Press TV 25 Sep 2016 -- Turkey's president has claimed that Ankara is willing to join a battle for the liberation of the Syrian city of Raqqah from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.
- Turkish Army to Go Further in Syria Establishing 'De Facto Safe Zone' - FM Sputnik 25 Sep 2016 -- According to the Turkish foreign minister, the country's forces will move further in the Syrian territory to create a "de facto safe zone."
- Return of peace to Syria 'almost impossible', Russia says Press TV 25 Sep 2016 -- Russia says the return of peace to war-torn Syria is almost "impossible," more than a week after US warplanes carried out several airstrikes against Syrian government forces, killing dozens.
- Syria Violence Escalates As UN Security Council Meets RFE/RL 25 Sep 2016 -- The United Nations Security Council has met in New York to discuss the spiraling violence in Syria, where a recent cease-fire has collapsed.
- UN Chief 'Appalled' By Aleppo Military Escalation RFE/RL 25 Sep 2016 -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is "appalled by the chilling military escalation" in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, his spokesman says.
- Battle for Aleppo: US-Backed Rebels Shut Off Water for 1.5 Million Civilians Sputnik 25 Sep 2016 -- The so-called "moderate" rebels turned off the water to 1.5 million civilians living in West Aleppo in retaliation for a Syrian Army airstrike on East Aleppo that allegedly left 250,000 residents without water setting the stage for an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.
- Russia, Turkey Reach a 'Gentleman's Agreement' on Syrian Airspace Sputnik 25 Sep 2016 -- Turkey and Russia are currently in talks over a protocol to coordinate combat flights in the Syrian airspace to prevent incidents, a Turkish military source told Hurriyet Daily News.
- UN Chief Calls Syrian Offensive on Rebel Held East Aleppo 'Chilling Escalation' Sputnik 25 Sep 2016 -- United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon sounded the alarm after the collapse of the ceasefire in Syria has given way to more violent fighting in recent days as the Assad regime looks to reclaim territory and tighten the siege of rebel dominated east Aleppo.
- At Security Council, UN envoy appeals for Russia and US cooperation to 'pull Syria back from the brink' UN News 25 Sep 2016 -- Amid the unprecedented military assault on eastern Aleppo, where fireballs from incendiary bombs "light up the pitch darkness," the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria today strongly appealed to the Security Council – particularly permanent members Russia and the United States – to rescue a recently collapsed cessation of hostilities, end the bloodshed and speed aid into the iconic city where, overall, some two million people remain under a de facto siege.
- UN Security Council Holds Urgent Talks on Aleppo, as Syrian, Russian Jets Pound Rebel-held Sector VOA 25 Sep 2016 -- The U.N. Security Council held urgent talks Sunday about the deadly surge of violence in Aleppo as Syrian and Russian jet fighters bombarded the rebel-controlled eastern sector of the Syrian city.
- 60 Daesh terrorists killed in Iraq's Anbar province: Reports Press TV 25 Sep 2016 -- At least 60 members of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group have reportedly been killed in Iraq's western Anbar Province.
- LPR Militia Says Intercepted Ukrainian Combat Drone With Explosives Sputnik 25 Sep 2016 -- According to an LPR represenative, the militia intercepted a Ukrainian drone loaded with explosives.
- Man Claiming to be Boko Haram's Abubakar Shekau Surfaces in Video VOA 25 Sep 2016 -- The leader of jihadist group Boko Haram reappeared in a video posted on social media Sunday, saying he is in good health and rejecting statements by the Nigerian army he has been seriously wounded.
- 11 killed in clashes between Chadian forces, Boko Haram militants Press TV 25 Sep 2016 -- At least four Chadian soldiers and seven militants from the Nigeria-based Takfiri group Boko Haram have been killed in cross-border clashes in the volatile Lake Chad region.
- Israel vows to complete work on wall surrounding Gaza 'in months' Press TV 25 Sep 2016 -- A senior Israeli military official says the construction of a massive underground barrier surrounding the besieged Gaza Strip will be completed "in a matter of months."
- UN chief commends Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders on 'remarkable progress' UN News 25 Sep 2016 -- Following a "productive" meeting today with Mustafa Akýncý, Turkish Cypriot leader, and Nicos Anastasiades, Greek Cypriot leader, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed their joint their joint commitment to intensify efforts even further, in line with their stated desire to achieve a comprehensive settlement in 2016.
- Former South Sudan VP ends ceasefire with government in Juba Press TV 25 Sep 2016 -- South Sudan's exiled rebel leader has called for war against the government, ending an internationally-backed peace deal.
- As Gabon high court upholds results in presidential poll, Ban says UN will support democratic process UN News 25 Sep 2016 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has taken note of the ruling of the Constitutional Court of Gabon on the appeals lodged against the preliminary results of the 27 August 2016 presidential poll, as well as its confirmation of Ali Bongo Ondimba as President-elect, according to a statement issued by a UN spokesperson today, which adds that the Organization will continue to support the democratic process in the West African country.
- 13 dead in various incidents after panic caused by shooting in DR Congo Press TV 25 Sep 2016 -- Over a dozen people have lost their lives in various incidents that followed a shooting in the troubled eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, a local official says.
- Explainer: Azerbaijan's Referendum Poses More Questions Than Meet The Eye RFE/RL 25 Sep 2016 -- Authorities in Azerbaijan are holding a referendum on September 26 over changes to the country's constitution that are expected to strengthen the grip on power of President Ilham Aliyev and his family. Here's what's at stake:
- Bosnian Serbs Back Disputed Holiday In Referendum RFE/RL 25 Sep 2016 -- Bosnian Serbs have voted overwhelmingly to maintain a Statehood Day holiday on January 9 in a controversial referendum held in defiance of a high-court ruling from Sarajevo.
- Tensions Rise As Bosnian Serbs Vote In Banned Referendum RFE/RL 25 Sep 2016 -- Voters in Bosnia-Herzegovina's autonomous Bosnian Serb entity have cast their ballots in a controversial referendum held in defiance of a high-court ruling from Sarajevo.
- China operates world's biggest radio telescope to discover 'laws of universe' Press TV 25 Sep 2016 -- World's largest radio telescope has become operational in southwestern China, with officials in Beijing saying that the project will help scientists search for alien life.
- Defense Secretary Carter, Gen Dunford Lash Out at Obama Over Iran Ransom Payment Sputnik 25 Sep 2016 -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter joined by leading defense officials say that they were not consulted before President Obama made the decision that they feel has sullied the name of the armed forces and emboldened Iranian forces.
- Mugabe: AU Will Form Splinter Group if Not Given Permanent UN Seat VOA 25 Sep 2016 -- Zimbabwe's president said Saturday that the African Union was planning to form a splinter group with countries such as Russia, China and India if the U.N. Security Council did not include members of his continent next year.
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