26 September 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 26 Sep 2016 [PDF]
- Uptick in Violence in Syria; ISIL 'Knows No Boundaries,' DoD Spokesman Says AFPS 26 Sep 2016 -- The Defense Department has no reason to doubt reports that Russia and Syria are responsible for a deadly attack on an aid convoy near the Syrian city of Aleppo, the Pentagon's press operations chief said here today.
- Counter-ISIL Strikes Hit Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 26 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.
- IS Retakes Control of Former Strongholds in Afghanistan VOA 26 Sep 2016 -- Officials and witnesses in Afghanistan say fighters linked to Islamic State have regained control of most of the militant group's former strongholds in the country, weeks after retreating to remote mountain hideouts in the face of major Afghan security operations.
- Afghan Official Confirms Airstrike Killed Senior Pakistani Militant Leader VOA 26 Sep 2016 -- Afghanistan's ambassador to Islamabad has released a statement confirming the killing of a top Pakistani Taliban commander in Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Remarks by Secretary Carter in a Press Gaggle at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota DoD 26 Sep 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Cartere
- Remarks by Secretary Carter to troops at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota DoD 26 Sep 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Cartere
- Carter: DoD Will Rebuild, Sustain its Nuclear Deterrence Enterprise AFPS 26 Sep 2016 -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter kicked off a visit to DoD's nuclear deterrence enterprise, telling airmen at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, that DoD will invest, innovate and sustain to rebuild that enterprise's capabilities that remain the bedrock of U.S. defense strategy.
- Joint Forces Complete Biennial Valiant Shield 2016 NNS 26 Sep 2016 -- Units from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Air Force completed the biennial exercise Valiant Shield 2016 (VS16), Sept. 23.
- Momsen Arrives in Saipan NNS 26 Sep 2016 -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) arrived in Saipan for a regularly scheduled port call, Sept. 24.
- USS Chancellorsville Arrives in Guam NNS 26 Sep 2016 -- Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) arrived in Guam for a routine port visit Sept. 24.
- Ike Departs Jebel Ali NNS 26 Sep 2016 -- Sailors assigned to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike), Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW3), Destroyer Squadron Two Six (DESRON 26) and Carrier Strike Group Ten (CSG 10) enjoyed liberty during a four-day port visit to Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, Sep. 20-24
- Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group Completes Certification Exercise NNS 26 Sep 2016 -- Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) successfully completed a two-week Certification Exercise (CERTEX) Sept. 22 off the coast of Southern California.
- US, South Korea Exercise for Military Option With Naval Drill VOA 26 Sep 2016 -- The United States and South Korea conducted naval exercises Monday as the potential for regional conflict is incrementally growing over North Korea's advancing nuclear threat.
- The Three Ages of NATO: An Evolving Alliance - Speech by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Harvard Kennedy School NATO 26 Sep 2016
- Iceland Says Russian Bombers Taking 'Risks' Near Passenger Jets RFE/RL 26 Sep 2016 -- Russian military aircraft recently flew under an Icelandic passenger jet without being detected by radar, raising alarms about their risky behavior, Icelandic officials said on September 26.
- Import Substitution: Glonass Satellites to Switch to Russian Electronics Sputnik 26 Sep 2016 -- By 2020 a Russian GLONASS K-2 global positioning satellite in place, built entirely from Russian-made parts as part of the government's ongoing effort to substitute imports amid sanctions, Izvestia reported.
- Russian Gov't Approves Agreement With Armenia to Form Joint Caucasus Air Defense Sputnik 26 Sep 2016 -- The Russian government has approved an agreement with Armenia to establish a joint regional air defense in the Caucasus, a decree published on the official portal for legal information Monday stated.
- Russian Armata Vehicles to Sport Smart Fire-Suppression Gear With 'Black Boxes' Sputnik 26 Sep 2016 -- Russia's Armata tanks and Kurganets and Bumerang APCs will be fitted out with an intellectual fire-suppression system with "black boxes" to register everything that happens on board.
- PLA hones real combat ability for stronger military People's Daily 26 Sep 2016 -- More than three years ago, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made improving the army's combat strength a major focus in building a strong army, an idea that has since been the key goal of the military.
- President Xi expects strong, modern rocket force People's Daily 26 Sep 2016 -- Chinese President Xi Jinpingon Monday instructed the People's Liberation Army(PLA) Rocket Force to improve its strategic capacity and build a strong and modern rocket force.
- China Planning To Help Tajikistan Protect Afghan Border RFE/RL 26 Sep 2016 -- Tajikistan says China plans to finance and build several outposts for Tajik border guards along the Tajik-Afghan border.
- Lithuania Plans to Spend Over $112Mln on Norwegian Air Defense Systems Sputnik 26 Sep 2016 -- Lithuania is planning to spend over 100 million euros ($112 million) to purchase the NASAMS air defense systems manufactured in Norway, Defense Minister Juozas Olekas said on Monday.
- Iran's defense doctrine based entirely on deterrence: Commander IRNA 26 Sep 2016 -- Iranian Army's Ground Forces Commander Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said here on Monday that the country's defense doctrine is based entirely on deterrence.
- Iran Navy remit stretches 1000s of kilometers: Cmdr. Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the Iranian naval forces' sphere of activity stretches thousands of kilometers.
- UK military, MI6 need to be scaled back: Labour leader Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has backed an official inquiry into British troops' possible crimes abroad, while calling for smaller armed forces and intelligence services in Britain.
- UN chief: Survival of humanity depends on total elimination of nuclear weapons IRNA 26 Sep 2016 -- Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon stressed on Monday the urges world nations to work collectively to totally eliminate nuclear weapons as this is the only way to guarantee survival of humanity.
- On International Day, UN renews call for global elimination of nuclear weapons UN News 26 Sep 2016 -- The world faces growing nuclear dangers and tensions, yet progress in multilateral nuclear disarmament has come to a "standstill," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today, reiterating a call for complete global nuclear disarmament as the international community marks the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.
- Remarks During Discussion With Victims of Conflict Representing Disadvantaged Youth, Former Combatants, and Landmine Victims US Dept. of State 26 Sep 2016
- Roundtable With Traveling Press US Dept. of State 26 Sep 2016 -- Remarks by John Kerry, US Secretary of State
- Secretary Kerry's Meeting with Venezuelan President Maduro US Dept. of State 26 Sep 2016
- September 26, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 26 Sep 2016
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 9/26/16 The White House 26 Sep 2016
- 26 September 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 26 Sep 2016
- Japan Scrambles Jets in Response to China's Military Air Drills Near Okinawa Sputnik 26 Sep 2016 -- Over 40 China's H-6K bombers, Su-30 fighter jets and air tankers flew through Japanese islands on Sunday while heading to large-scale military drills in the Western Pacific.
- Tokyo objects to Chinese planes flying over disputed territory Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- Japan has warned China against expanding its military activity to the skies over disputed East China Sea islands after Chinese warplanes flew near the area over the weekend.
- Japan Leery About China Fighter Jet Activity VOA 26 Sep 2016 -- Japan warned China Monday about sending fighter jets over a disputed territory that both countries claim in the East China Sea.
- Four Saudi forces killed in Yemen retaliatory attack on Najran Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- The Yemeni army and popular committees have launched a retaliatory artillery attack against a Saudi military base in the kingdom's southwestern province of Jizan, killing at least four soldiers.
- Saudi-Led Coalition Seeks Political Settlement Rather Than Ceasefire in Yemen Sputnik 26 Sep 2016 -- The Saudi-led Arab coalition strives for a comprehensive political solution to the conflict rather than a ceasefire in Yemen, coalition's spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri said Monday.
- Islamic State 'Dead Set' on Using Chemical Weapons VOA 26 Sep 2016 -- Part of the Islamic State terror group's plan to turn the northern Iraqi city of Mosul into "hell on earth" could well include a barrage of homemade chemical weapons.
- FM: Turkey may send troops deeper into Syria Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Turkey is planning to send troops deeper into Syrian territory to establish what it calls a safe zone.
- Kurdish Forces Retreating East of Euphrates River in Syria - Turkish Deputy PM Sputnik 26 Sep 2016 -- A major part of Syrian Kurdish troops is moving to the east of the Euphrates River. Ankara considers this change important for security in the region.
- Aid Workers: Warplanes Bomb Syria's Aleppo for 4th Straight Day VOA 26 Sep 2016 -- Aid workers in the devastated Syrian city of Aleppo say Syria and its Russian allies stepped up their bombing campaign on rebel-held eastern parts of the city Monday, killing nearly 100 people on the fourth consecutive day of mayhem and death.
- Syria: Joint UN-Red Crescent relief convoy reaches besieged cities for first time in five months UN News 26 Sep 2016 -- The United Nations and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) have delivered life-saving food aid to 60,000 people under siege in four Syrian towns, their first supplies since April, but extreme concern persists for 250,000 people trapped in Aleppo, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported today.
- Syria ready to support formation of unity government: FM Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- Syria says it is ready to engage in initiatives that could lead to the establishment of a unity government in the war-torn country.
- Attack on Syrian forces proved US assisting terror groups: Larijani Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has criticized the United States for bombing a Syrian military air base in the eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, stating that the attack provided ample proof that Washington is taking sides with the terrorist groups.
- Ahrar al-Sham terrorists planning chemical attack in Syria: Ja'afari Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- Syria has told the United Nations that Ahrar al-Sham militants plan a white phosphorus attack on civilians in order to blame it on Syrian government forces.
- Russia Under Fire At UN After Deadly Aleppo Bombings RFE/RL 26 Sep 2016 -- Britain, France, and the United States have lashed out at Russia for its actions in Syria, amid an intensification of the bombing campaign over the northern city of Aleppo.
- World Food Program Delivers Humanitarian Aid to 4 Besieged Towns in Syria Sputnik 26 Sep 2016 -- The World Food Program delivered food and humanitarian supplies to four besieged towns in Syria on September 25, UN Secretary-General deputy spokesman Farhan Haq announced at a press briefing on Monday.
- Russia, Assad Using More Destructive Weaponry in Bid to Subdue Aleppo VOA 26 Sep 2016 -- The size of the bomb craters is becoming larger and the destructive power is growing of the missiles that Russian and Syrian government warplanes are launching at civilians and rebels in Aleppo.
- Daesh could use mustard gas to defend Mosul: Pentagon Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- The Pentagon says that Daesh could use mustard gas to defend against an offensive by the Iraqi forces to retake Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.
- Iraqi forces thwart Daesh attack south of Mosul Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- Iraqi army troops have managed to repel an attack by Daesh Takfiri terrorists on a recently liberated town to the south of Mosul.
- Bombing, violent clashes kill 10 troops in southeast Turkey Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- A roadside bomb attack and violent clashes with militants have claimed lives of at least nine Turkish soldiers across Turkey's largely Kurdish southeast, security sources say.
- Russia Claims New Radar Data Shows Rebels Didn't Down MH17 RFE/RL 26 Sep 2016 -- The Russian Defense Ministry has released new radar data it says shows the missile that downed a Malaysian Airlines flight over Ukraine in 2014 was not fired from territory controlled by Russia-backed separatists.
- Russia Claims New Images Show Rebels Did Not Down MH17 RFE/RL 26 Sep 2016 -- Russia has released what it claims are radar images showing that the missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was fired from territory that was not controlled by pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine.
- Bullet-pens used to sign historic Colombia-FARC peace deal Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- Bullet pens have been used to sign a historic peace deal between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group.
- As Colombians bid farewell to 'decades of flames,' Ban pledges UN support to historic peace deal UN News 26 Sep 2016 -- Colombians are "bidding farewell to decades of flames and sending up a bright flare of hope that illuminates the world," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in Cartagena, welcoming the signing by the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP) of a peace deal ending more than 50 years of conflict.
- Remarks With Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 26 Sep 2016 -- Remarks by John Kerry, US Secretary of State
- The Americas' Longest War Ends with Peace Accord Signing in Cartagena VOA 26 Sep 2016 -- A final peace agreement between Colombia's government and a national guerrilla movement was signed Monday, bringing an end to the longest-running insurgency in the Western Hemisphere.
- After Signing, Colombian Peace Agreement May Still Face Hurdles VOA 26 Sep 2016 -- The formal peace agreement between the Colombian government and the rebel group FARC that will be signed in the port city of Cartagena on Monday, ending the longest running conflict in the Americas, faces one more hurdle before its implementation.
- Colombia's president to sign peace deal with FARC leader Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- The president of Colombia is due to sign a peace deal with the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to bring more than 50 years of war to an end.
- South Sudan's Riek Machar Calls for Armed Struggle VOA 26 Sep 2016 -- Former South Sudan First Vice President Riek Machar has called for an armed struggle against the government of President Salva Kiir – a move that could mark a renewal of the country's civil war.
- Nigeria's Buhari Talks Boko Haram, Niger Delta Avengers, Corruption VOA 26 Sep 2016 -- Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said his government is not ready to negotiate with Boko Haram until it is clear who is leading the terror group.
- Clinton, Trump Clash In Bitter Debate, Spar Over Russian Hacking RFE/RL 26 Sep 2016 -- U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sparred over economic and foreign policy in a tense one-on-one debate on September 26, with the two rivals exchanging insults and interrupting each other in the first of three such match-ups ahead of the November 8 election.
- Azerbaijani Voters Said To Approve Greater Powers For Aliyev RFE/RL 26 Sep 2016 -- Over 90 percent of Azerbaijan's voters supported the extension of the presidential term from five to seven years, with about 72 percent of the ballots counted, Baku's Central Election Commission announced.
- Voting Ends In Azerbaijan's Constitutional Referendum RFE/RL 26 Sep 2016 -- Polls have closed in Azerbaijan where voters cast their ballots in a controversial referendum on constitutional amendments.
- Next Step Unclear for Gabon's Jean Ping VOA 26 Sep 2016 -- Gabon's president Ali Bongo is due to be sworn in on Tuesday after the country's highest court validated his re-election Friday. Opposition leader Jean Ping rejected the court's ruling and said he "will not retreat" but his next steps are unclear.
- Bosnian Serbs vote for 'Statehood Day' despite court ban Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- Bosnia's minority Serbs have voted in favor of a controversial holiday despite the country's highest court banning the move, raising the stakes in already tense tensions with Muslims and Croats.
- Saudi cuts bonuses, salaries to deal with budget deficit Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- Saudi Arabia has announced a series of cutbacks in its public bonuses and salaries of ministers as the kingdom struggles to cope with financial woes such as slumping oil prices and rising military expenditures.
- Iran Delivers 38 Tonnes of Heavy Water to Russia in September Sputnik 26 Sep 2016 -- Tehran has delivered 38 metric tonnes of heavy water to Russia this month.
- Salehi: Parties to JCPOA have failed to fulfill obligations IRNA 26 Sep 2016 -- Iranian Vice-President and head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday that the parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action have failed to fulfill their obligations.
- Four Chinese Nationals and China-Based Company Charged with Using Front Companies to Evade U.S. Sanctions Targeting North Korea's Nuclear Weapons and Ballistic Missile Programs US Dept. of Justice 26 Sep 2016 -- Four Chinese nationals and a trading company based in Dandong, China, were charged by criminal complaint unsealed today with conspiring to evade U.S. economic sanctions and violating the Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators Sanctions Regulations (WMDPSR) through front companies by facilitating prohibited U.S. dollar transactions through the United States on behalf of a sanctioned entity in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and to launder the proceeds of that criminal conduct through U.S. financial institutions.
- Chinese Company Charged with Facilitating North Korea Money Laundering VOA 26 Sep 2016 -- The United States has announced criminal charges and economic sanctions against a Chinese company for alleged support of North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
- US sanctions Chinese firm, individuals over North Korea Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- The United States has imposed sanctions on four Chinese individuals and a Chinese firm for having trade ties with North Korea.
- DPRK Wins Another Victory in Confrontation with U.S.: Rodong Sinmun KCNA 26 Sep 2016 -- The DPRK succeeded in assessing the explosive power of a nuclear warhead through a single test. This helped remarkably bolster up its nuclear strike capability and made it possible to produce various type smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear warheads with much higher striking power as many as it desires. Rodong Sinmun on Monday observes this in a commentary.
- Swiss voters approve new surveillance law Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- Voters in Switzerland have supported a new surveillance law which provides the country's security apparatus with enhanced powers to fight terrorism and cyber crimes.
- Swiss Voters Approve Law Enhancing Intelligence Agencies Powers Sputnik 26 Sep 2016 -- The Swiss voted in favour of a new law providing the country's intelligence services with a wide range of surveillance options, the preliminary results on the government website indicated.
- US congressional leaders vow to override Obama's veto of 9/11 bill Press TV 26 Sep 2016 -- US congressional leaders from both political parties have vowed to swiftly override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation that allows victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.
- Indian Police Arrest Six Militants Planning Terror Attacks in Southern States Sputnik 26 Sep 2016 -- India's police arrested on Monday six members of radical Islamist group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) planning terror acts in the country during a special anti-terrorist operation in the states of Assam and West Bengal, Joint Commissioner of Kolkata Police Vishal Garg said.
- India Successfully Puts Eight Satellites Into Orbit Sputnik 26 Sep 2016 -- Indian rocket PSLV on Monday successfully put eight satellites from four countries into orbit, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said in a statement.
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