28 September 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 28 Sep 2016 [PDF]
- Military Strikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 28 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.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 28 Sep 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
- Carter: 600 Troops to Deploy to Enable Iraqis to Retake Mosul From ISIL AFPS 28 Sep 2016 -- About 600 American troops will be deployed to Iraq to further enable local security forces as they prepare to retake the key Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today.
- Statement from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on additional support to Iraqi counter-ISIL efforts DoD 28 Sep 2016 -- The coalition to defeat ISIL continues to achieve results on the battlefield, and I congratulate Iraqi security forces on their recent progress, including the operation to free Sharqat. The coalition will continue to increase the pressure on ISIL in Mosul and wherever it seeks refuge in Iraq.
- US to deploy 600 more troops to Iraq to help fight Daesh: Pentagon Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- The US military is deploying 600 more troops to Iraq to help government forces fight the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in the city of Mosul, according to the US Defense Department.
- US to Deploy 615 More Troops to Iraq VOA 28 Sep 2016 -- The U.S. and Iraq have agreed on a plan that will send about 600 additional American troops to Iraq to help retake Mosul from Islamic State, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Wednesday.
- 21 killed, 'mostly civilians,' in US drone attack in Afghanistan Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- A US drone strike has killed at least 21 people in the eastern Nangarhar province, with Afghan sources saying that more than a dozen of them were civilians.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Carter: Nuclear Triad Needs Investment for Future AFPS 28 Sep 2016 -- All three legs of the nuclear triad operate with a high degree of readiness, reliability and excellence, but the aging systems need more investment for the future, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.
- Remarks by Secretary Carter in a Press Gaggle in Albuquerque, New Mexico DoD 28 Sep 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- San Jacinto Visits United Arab Emirates NNS 28 Sep 2016 -- Guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) wrapped up its four-day port visit to Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 26.
- John C. Stennis Gets Underway NNS 28 Sep 2016 -- USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) got underway from Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Washington to conduct routine training, Sept. 27.
- Hue City Renders Assistance to Distressed Fishermen NNS 28 Sep 2016 -- Guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66), part of the George H. W. Bush Carrier Strike Group, responded to a distress call from U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Jacksonville, Florida, involving a 26-foot fishing vessel located 43 nautical miles off the coast of Mayport, Florida, Sept. 23.
- US, Romania Ink Defense Cooperation Pact for Black Sea Region Sputnik 28 Sep 2016 -- Romanian and US officials have concluded a strategic dialogue, with an agreement to upgrade NATO air and sea defenses in the Black Sea and establish a Romanian-led ground-force brigade, US Department of State spokesman Mark Toner announced in a press release.
- Bombs Away: Russia to Build Unique Mine-Clearing Robot Based on Armata Sputnik 28 Sep 2016 -- A remote-controlled reconnaissance and demining vehicle capable of finding and defusing mines and destroying enemy fortifications is currently being developed in Russia, Izvestia wrote, adding that it is likely to use the same tracks as the Armata tank.
- Japan's Naval Chief Rules Out Joint-US Freedom of Navigation Patrols VOA 28 Sep 2016 -- Japan's top naval officer has said Tokyo has no plans to conduct freedom of navigation (FON) operations in the South China Sea, either alone or with the U.S. Navy, contradicting earlier comments by Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada.
- Leader calls for preparedness of Armed Forces to defend country IRNA 28 Sep 2016 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called for preparedness of the armed forces to play their role in case of necessity.
- Armed Forces must stand ready against enemy threats: Leader Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- Leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the country's Armed Forces should always stand ready in the face of enemy threats against the nation.
- U.S. to deploy THAAD system in S. Korea "as soon as possible": official People's Daily 28 Sep 2016 -- The United States intends to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea "as soon as possible," a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.
- US to station THAAD in S Korea 'as soon as possible' Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- The United States aims to expedite the deployment of an advanced missile system to South Korea, amid ongoing threats from Pyongyang and opposition on behalf of Beijing.
- THAAD Opposition Fades After 5th North Korean Nuke Test VOA 28 Sep 2016 -- Opposition to the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system is weakening in South Korea's National Assembly in the face of North Korea's rapid advancement of it nuclear and ballistics missile capabilities.
- Chinese navy to receive first sailing training ship 'Polang' People's Daily 28 Sep 2016 -- A formation ceremony for a new navy fleet was held in Guangzhou, Guangdong province on Sept. 26. Within the new fleet is China's first sailing training ship, "Polang."
- India to Roll Out Exclusive Repair Facility for Scorpene-Class Submarines Sputnik 28 Sep 2016 -- Undeterred by its recent data leak controversy, the Indian government will go ahead with plans to set up an exclusive repair facility for Scorpene-class submarines, in what is being seen as a major morale booster for French shipbuilder DCNS.
- Eavesdropping Norway Rolls Out Two New Spy Ships Sputnik 28 Sep 2016 -- The Nordic states have been pouring billions into their militaries, citing an imaginary Russian "threat." For the first time in history, Norway possesses two spy ships due to an unprecedented measure. It insists these are necessary due to Russia's accumulation of forces and increased activity in the North.
- President Duterte vows to end joint US-Philippines drills Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says his administration will end the long-running joint military drills with the United States, emphasizing that an upcoming exercise slated for next month will be the last between the two countries.
- US, Philippine Marines to Conduct Joint Exercise PHIBLEX 33 Sputnik 28 Sep 2016 -- Marines from the United States and the Philippines will conduct a landing exercise known as PHIBLEX 33 in different locations in the Philippines on October 4, the US Pacific Command (PACOM) said in a press release.
- Duterte: Next US-Philippines Military Exercise Will be the Last VOA 28 Sep 2016 -- The president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, says a joint military exercise scheduled to begin next week between his country and the United States will be the last between the two countries.
- September 28, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 28 Sep 2016
- Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Josh Earnest en route Fort Lee, Virginia The White House 28 Sep 2016
- 28 September 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 28 Sep 2016
- FM calls on Singapore to respect China's sea stance People's Daily 28 Sep 2016 -- China's foreign ministry called on Singapore to respect China's stance on the South China Sea issue on Tuesday, a further indication that China is upset about Singapore's enthusiasm for an increasing US presence in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Singapore Accuses Beijing Media of Fabricating Story on South China Sea Sputnik 28 Sep 2016 -- Singapore's ambassador to China has accused the Global Times, a major Chinese news outlet, of publishing an article containing falsehoods. China, however, insists the article is reporting the truth.
- Two Strikes in Yemen Kill 4 Terrorists AFPS 28 Sep 2016 -- The U.S. military successfully struck two al-Qaida targets in central Yemen in the past week, killing four al-Qaida operatives.
- Fresh Saudi raids claim four Yemeni civilian lives Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- At least four civilians, including a child, have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries in Saudi air strikes against residential areas across conflict-ridden Yemen.
- Turkey to finish construction of wall along Syria border in 5 months Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- Turkish officials say the construction of a wall along the Syrian border that Ankara plans to use against illegal crossing will be completed in five months.
- US should meet obligation to separate Syria militants: Russia Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- Russia has called on the United States to honor its commitment to make a distinction between terrorists operating in Syria and the so-called moderate opposition that is enjoying unwavering support from Washington.
- Syrian army destroys militants' tunnel in Aleppo Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- The Syrian army has detected and destroyed a tunnel used by the foreign-backed Takfiri militants in the northwestern city of Aleppo.
- Syria militants get 'excellent' amount of foreign-supplied Grad rockets Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- A militant commander in Syria says its group has received foreign-supplied surface-to-surface Grad rockets amid the escalation of fighting in the embattled northwestern city of Aleppo.
- Syria jets pound militant bases in Aleppo Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- Syrian aircraft have started launching "concentrated airstrikes" against militant-held areas inside and around the northwestern city of Aleppo.
- U.S. Threatens To End Cooperation With Russia Over Aleppo Assault RFE/RL 28 Sep 2016 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has threatened to cut off all cooperation with Russia over Syria unless Moscow and its Syrian allies end an ongoing air assault on the city of Aleppo.
- Several Underground Tunnels Used by Militants Blown Up in Old Aleppo in Syria Sputnik 28 Sep 2016 -- Syrian special forces blew up several underground tunnels used by jihadists in the liberated al-Farafira district not far from Aleppo's historic Old City, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported Wednesday from the scene.
- Ban calls on UN Security Council for decisive steps to end attacks on hospitals, medical staff UN News 28 Sep 2016 -- Denouncing a surge in "horrific attacks" on hospitals, clinics and medical staff, most recently in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Security Council today to take decisive steps to end such obvious war crimes and hold the perpetrators accountable.
- 'No words left' to describe suffering of children in Aleppo - UNICEF UN News 28 Sep 2016 -- Children in Aleppo are trapped in a "living nightmare," a senior official of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today, stressing yet again, the direness of the situation, particularly for the children, in Syria's war-ravaged Aleppo.
- US Warns Russia over Aleppo as UN Condemns 'War Crimes' VOA 28 Sep 2016 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the attacks on the two largest hospitals in rebel-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo as "war crimes." The comments came as the U.S. threatened to cut off contact with Russia over Syria unless it takes steps to halt the assault on Aleppo.
- Syria Return Rhetoric Sparks Refugee Fears VOA 28 Sep 2016 -- As bombs tear apart the buildings and families within the decimated Syrian city of Aleppo following another broken cease-fire, a few hundred kilometers away in Lebanon, one refugee contemplated the idea of returning to Syria.
- Iraqi joint forces start operation to free Anbar district Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- Government and volunteer tribal forces in Iraq have kicked off an offensive to recapture a district in the conflict-ridden western province of Anbar from the Takfiri Daesh terrorists.
- UN food relief agency reaches town in northern Iraq for first time in two years UN News 28 Sep 2016 -- For the first time in more than two years, the United Nations food relief agency has distributed urgently-needed food for people in and around the northern Iraqi town of Shirqat, which was under siege and cut off from humanitarian access from 2014 until earlier this month.
- East Libya's General Asks Russia for Weapons, Military Support Against Daesh Sputnik 28 Sep 2016 -- Libya's Gen. Khalifa Haftar, who leads forces loyal to the Tobruk-based Council of Deputies, has requested Russia to end its arms embargo on Libya and begin supplying weapons and military equipment to eastern Libyan forces, a Russian diplomatic source said Wednesday.
- Joint Investigation Team Report on the Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 US Dept. of State 28 Sep 2016 -- The United States welcomes the interim report of the Joint Investigation Team on the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.
- Investigators: Missile that Downed MH17 was Brought in from Russia VOA 28 Sep 2016 -- International investigators say a Malaysian airliner that crashed over eastern Ukraine in July 2014 was shot down by a surface-to-air missile that was transported into the country from Russia.
- International Criminal Probe Blames Missile From Russia For MH17 Tragedy RFE/RL 28 Sep 2016 -- An international criminal investigation into the MH17 tragedy in eastern Ukraine in 2014 has determined the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet was shot down by a Buk antiaircraft missile fired from separatist controlled territory in Ukraine.
- Russia 'Disappointed' In MH17 Investigation, Dismisses Probe As 'Biased' RFE/RL 28 Sep 2016 -- Russian officials have decried the interim results of an international investigation that found that the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet that crashed in eastern Ukraine in July 2014 was shot down by an antiaircraft missile transported from Russia and fired from rebel-controlled territory in Ukraine.
- Statement by the NATO Secretary General on MH-17 investigation NATO 28 Sep 2016 -- The downing of flight MH17 on July 17 2014 was a global tragedy which cost the lives of 298 people. As the UN Security Council has concluded, those responsible should be held accountable.
- Missile that downed MH17 came from Russia: joint investigation team People's Daily 28 Sep 2016 -- The Buk missile that downed flight MH17 was brought from Russia and fired from a region in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian rebels, according to the Joint Investigation Team's (JIT) report released Wednesday by the Netherlands Public Prosecutor's Office.
- Russia rejects downing Malaysia plane, refutes probe findings Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- Russia has strongly dismissed alleged involvement in the 2014 downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight over the skies of Ukraine after a Dutch-led investigation indicated the blame rests with Moscow.
- Dutch Investigators Present Report on MH17 Crash, Russia Considers Probe Biased Sputnik 28 Sep 2016 -- The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) on Wednesday presented a report on the details of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 plane in 2014, saying that it was downed by a Buk missile system which was allegedly brought from Russia, however Moscow disagreed with the team's conclusions.
- Donetsk Republic on JIT MH17 Report: 'The Conclusions Are Wrong' Sputnik 28 Sep 2016 -- The Donetsk People's Republic dismissed the Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team's conclusions which stated that the MH17 was downed from independence supporters-controlled area.
- China urges Pakistan, India to settle differences over Kashmir Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- China has urged Pakistan and India to settle their differences over Kashmir amid recent tensions in the disputed Himalayan region.
- A settlement to Cypriot dispute 'closer than ever before, but there's still a way to go' - UN Special Adviser UN News 28 Sep 2016 -- On 22 August 2014, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that he had appointed Mr. Espen Barth Eide of Norway as his new Special Adviser on Cyprus, replacing Mr. Alexander Downer of Australia, who had stepped down four months earlier, in April.
- South Sudan Condemns Machar's Threats of War VOA 28 Sep 2016 -- South Sudan's government has condemned statements calling for a return to armed conflict by former Vice President Riek Machar.
- US Congress overwhelmingly overrides Obama's veto of 9/11 bill Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- The US Congress has voted to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation that allows victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia for any role in the plot.
- US Congress Overrides Obama Veto of 9/11 Bill VOA 28 Sep 2016 -- The U.S. Congress has voted to override President Barack Obama's veto of a bill that would allow lawsuits against Saudi Arabia for the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Wednesday's tallies in both houses of Congress were overwhelming and marked the first time an Obama veto has been overturned.
- Intelligence chiefs warn of 'terrorist diaspora' after Daesh fall Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- US intelligence and counterterrorism officials warn that the military campaign to rout Daesh in Iraq and Syria will create a "terrorist diaspora" in the West, putting the US in a period of "sustained vulnerability" for years to come.
- Syrian Electronic Army Hacker Pleads Guilty US Dept. of Justice 28 Sep 2016 -- Peter Romar, 37, a Syrian national affiliated with the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), pleaded guilty today to felony charges of conspiring to receive extortion proceeds and conspiring to unlawfully access computers. Romar was previously extradited from Germany on request of the U.S.
- US Probes More Chinese Firms for Breaching DPRK Sanctions VOA 28 Sep 2016 -- More Chinese companies and individuals are under investigation for suspected violations of sanctions on North Korea's nuclear proliferation, a senior U.S. official indicated Wednesday.
- Transport Ships Leave for Flood-hit Areas KCNA 28 Sep 2016 -- Transport ships loading cement leave Nampho City for the flood-hit areas of North Hamgyong Province, the DPRK one after another.
- Material Assistance for Flood-hit Areas Brisk in DPRK KCNA 28 Sep 2016 -- South Phyongan and North Hwanghae provinces of the DPRK are taking active part in rendering material assistance to the flood-hit areas of the country's North Hamgyong Province, in hearty response to the appealing call of the Workers' Party of Korea.
- DPRK's Leading Papers Accuse U.S. of Escalating Tension on Korean Peninsula KCNA 28 Sep 2016 -- The U.S. is entirely to blame for pushing the situation on the Korean peninsula to the uncontrollable danger of the outbreak of a nuclear war, say DPRK's leading newspapers on Wednesday in their commentaries.
- U.S., S. Korean Warmongers' Attempt at Preemptive Nuclear Strike at DPRK Will Only Precipitate Their Self-Ruin KCNA 28 Sep 2016 -- Shortly ago, the U.S. and the south Korean puppet forces openly blustered that they would officially apply the "three-phase tailored deterrent strategy" to make a preemptive nuclear strike at the DPRK while claiming that the DPRK's successful nuclear warhead explosion test "made its nuclear threat" potential.
- '32,000 arrested in Turkey for Gulen links' Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- The Turkish Justice Department says it has arrested 32,000 people for suspected links to opposition leader Fethullah Gulen, whose extradition from the US has been a top demand by Ankara and a major source of tensions with Washington.
- Not Enough Courtrooms in Turkey: 32,000 Coup Arrests Tax Country Infrastructure Sputnik 28 Sep 2016 -- On Wednesday, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said that Ankara will need to build more courthouses in the country to accommodate the 32,000 people arrested in connection with July's failed coup.
- US-Turkish Tensions Re-emerge VOA 28 Sep 2016 -- Turkish media reported diplomatic tensions dogged the now-concluded two-day visit to Ankara of U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Brett McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter Islamic State.
- Former Israeli president Shimon Peres dies at 93 Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, known as the regime's "last remaining founding father," has died almost two weeks after suffering a stroke.
- China, Myanmar vow to strengthen law enforcement, security cooperation People's Daily 28 Sep 2016 -- China and Myanmar have vowed to strengthen law enforcement and security cooperation.
- U.S. values Taiwan's international contribution: official CNA 28 Sep 2016 -- Washington values Taiwan's ability to participate in international affairs, particularly in international organizations for which statehood is not a prerequisite, and believes Taiwan has a lot to offer the international community, a senior U.S. State Department official said Tuesday.
- DPP calls for continued dialogue between Taiwan, China CNA 28 Sep 2016 -- The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Wednesday urged China to maintain the status quo across the Taiwan Strait and continue the dialogue and communication between the two sides.
- Islamabad Regional Summit In Doubt As More Countries Reportedly Withdraw RFE/RL 28 Sep 2016 -- A major regional summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad, Pakistan, in November might be canceled after Bangladesh and India have said they will not attend.
- Bangladesh Will Not Attend South Asian Regional Summit in Pakistan VOA 28 Sep 2016 -- Bangladesh pulled out of a regional summit to be held in Islamabad in November, a day after India announced that it would not attend the meeting in the aftermath of a deadly attack on an Indian army base close to Pakistan's border.
- Putin's Chechnya Strongman Tightens Grip as Future Stability in Question VOA 28 Sep 2016 -- At a polling station in Chechnya's capital, Grozny, children in traditional costume danced to music as voters walked past to cast their ballots.
- US Sanctions Congolese High-level Officials VOA 28 Sep 2016 -- The U.S. government has imposed sanctions on high-level Congolese officials it says are responsible for the decline of democracy and human rights in the country.
- Amnesty Cancels Thailand Torture Report Event After Police Warnings VOA 28 Sep 2016 -- Police in Thailand's capital threatened Wednesday to arrest human rights researchers with Amnesty International over an event tied to a new report detailing allegations of "torture and other ill treatment" by the military and police.
- Catalonia president vows to hold independence vote in 2017 Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont has said he would call an independence referendum in 2017 despite objections from Spain.
- Nigeria given 7-day ultimatum to release Shia cleric Zakzaky Press TV 28 Sep 2016 -- A group in Nigeria has renewed its demand for the unconditional release of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky from detention.
- Philippine President Turns to Russia, China Amid Coup Threat and War on Drugs Sputnik 28 Sep 2016 -- Amid a current cool in relations with Washington, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte now wants to turn to Russia and China using them as a counterbalance to the US and the West.
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