30 September 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 30 Sep 2016 [PDF]
- Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 30 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.
- French warplanes scrambled to Mosul on 'anti-Daesh' mission Press TV 30 Sep 2016 -- French fighter jets have taken off from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean on a so-called mission against Daesh terrorists in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
- UNAMA condemns US drone strike in Nangarhar Press TV 30 Sep 2016 -- The United Nations has condemned a US drone strike in Afghanistan that killed more than a dozen civilians and injured over a dozen others.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Remarks by Secretary Carter in a Press Conference, Ko Olina, Hawaii DoD 30 Sep 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- Remarks by Secretary Carter at ASEAN Defense Informal DoD 30 Sep 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- 'Ghost Rider' in the sky: B-52 departs Tinker in historic flight AFNS 30 Sep 2016 -- The first B-52H Stratofortress to be resurrected from long-term storage at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) to rejoin the active strategic bomber fleet soared into the sky from Tinker Air Force Base Sept. 27.
- 576th FLTS realigns administratively under 20th Air Force AFNS 30 Sep 2016 -- The Air Force Global Strike Command Operations Directorate will transfer administrative control of the 576th Flight Test Squadron to the 20th Air Force Commander effective Oct. 1.
- UNITAS 2016 Wraps up in Panama City NNS 30 Sep 2016 -- Over 1000 naval and security forces from 11 nations said goodbye to Panama City, Panama as they concluded UNITAS 2016 during a ceremony, Sept. 28.
- US Joins Allies, Partners in Singapore for Deep Sabre 2016 NNS 30 Sep 2016 -- U.S. personnel from across the U.S. Pacific Command joined nation partners and allies in Singapore for Exercise Deep Sabre, Sept. 27-30.
- Navy Conducts Longest Range AAW Intercept from USS Princeton NNS 30 Sep 2016 -- During the Naval Integrated Fire Control - Counter Air (NIFC-CA) test, USS Princeton (CG 59), equipped with the latest Aegis Baseline 9, successfully processed data from a remote airborne sensor to engage and destroy an over-the-horizon threat representative target using Standard Missile-6 (SM-6).
- U.S. Military Building $100 Million Drone Base In Central Niger RFE/RL 30 Sep 2016 -- The United States military says it is building a $100 million temporary base for surveillance drones in central Niger to help the West African country fight militant groups and protect its borders.
- New aircraft carrier's development in 'orderly progress' People's Daily 30 Sep 2016 -- The development of China's next-generation aircraft carrier is in "orderly progress," confirmed Senior Colonel Yang Yujun, spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense (MOD), at a routine press briefing on Thursday.
- China urges US, South Korea to cancel THAAD deployment Press TV 30 Sep 2016 -- Beijing has urged Washington to cancel the imminent deployment of a controversial missile system to South Korea, saying that militarization of the Korean Peninsula could "seriously harm the strategic interests of China."
- South Korea picks new site for THAAD missile installment Press TV 30 Sep 2016 -- Seoul has announced a new location for the installment of a controversial United States missile system in South Korea, amid local and international opposition to the deployment.
- South Korea Moves US Anti-Missile System to Golf Course VOA 30 Sep 2016 -- South Korea has announced a new location for an advanced U.S. missile defense unit.
- September 30, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 30 Sep 2016
- 30 September 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 30 Sep 2016
- Three Chinese fishermen Die after ROK Coast Guard Throws Sound Bombs People's Daily 30 Sep 2016 -- Three Chinese fishermen died on Thursday when a fire started on their boat inside the western South Korean territorial waters, officials reported.
- Yemeni forces kill Saudi soldier in cross border attack Press TV 30 Sep 2016 -- Yemeni forces have killed a Saudi soldier in a cross border attack, which came in retaliation for Riyadh's deadly air raids against its southern neighbor.
- UNICEF completes mobile health campaign aimed at children and women in Yemen UN News 30 Sep 2016 -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has reported that, along with its partners, the agency has completed a drive reaching more than 600,000 children under five years old and some 180,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women in conflict-torn Yemen with critical health and nutrition services.
- UN fails to launch independent probe into rights abuses in Yemen Press TV 30 Sep 2016 -- The UN Human Rights Council has once again failed to launch an independent investigation into Saudi rights violations in Yemen amid "aggressive" lobbying by the kingdom.
- Turkey might continue Syria incursion for years Press TV 30 Sep 2016 -- A senior Turkish official says Ankara's military incursion into Syria could last for years if necessary.
- Lavrov Accuses U.S. Of Trying To Protect Militant Extremists In Syria RFE/RL 30 Sep 2016 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the United States of trying to protect a militant extremist group in Syria in its effort to overthrow the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
- Fewer than 30 doctors left in war-torn Aleppo, UN health agency warns UN News 30 Sep 2016 -- There are now less than 30 doctors working in Aleppo city, down from 35 several days ago, a senior official of the United Nations health agency said today, highlighting the deteriorating healthcare capacity in the war-battered area.
- Ban to set up probe into deadly attack on UN-Syrian Arab Red Crescent aid convoy in Western Aleppo UN News 30 Sep 2016 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will establish an internal United Nations Board of Inquiry to investigate the deadly 19 September incident involving a UN–Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) relief operation to Urum al-Kubra, a town in western Aleppo Governorate.
- Russia's Syria Campaign Seen Purely as Bid to Prop Up Assad VOA 30 Sep 2016 -- The Russian air force's bombing campaign in Syria marked its first anniversary Friday, with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying there was no "time frame" for the operation.
- WHO Calls for Evacuation of Sick, Wounded From Aleppo VOA 30 Sep 2016 -- The World Health Organization called Friday for the immediate evacuation of hundreds of sick and wounded people from eastern Aleppo, Syria.
- Militant rocket attacks kill 13 in Syria's Aleppo Press TV 30 Sep 2016 -- At least 13 civilians have been killed in terrorist rocket attacks targeting several neighborhoods in Syria's northwestern city of Aleppo.
- Syrian forces in fierce battles with militants in Aleppo Press TV 30 Sep 2016 -- Syrian government troops have engaged in fierce clashes with foreign-backed militants in Aleppo, as they continue their push to recapture the terrorist-held districts of the key town.
- Syrian army troopers deal major blows to Takfiri militants Press TV 30 Sep 2016 -- Army forces in Syria have carried out mop-up operations against foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists across the violence-wracked Arab country, inflicting heavy losses on them.
- Obama Condemns 'Barbarous Russian and Syrian Regime Airstrikes' in Aleppo VOA 30 Sep 2016 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the "barbarous Russian and Syrian regime airstrikes" on civilians in eastern Aleppo.
- Turkish security forces kill six Kurdish PKK militants Press TV 30 Sep 2016 -- At least six Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants have been killed during fierce clashes with Turkish security forces in the country's northern province of Ordu.
- UN refugee agency urges better measures for people crossing contact line in eastern Ukraine UN News 30 Sep 2016 -- The United Nations refugee agency today called on authorities in Ukraine to help ease the plight of some 26,000 people who cross the dividing line between Government-controlled and non-Government-controlled areas of the crisis-gripped country daily.
- UN warns of worst humanitarian crisis by Boko Haram Press TV 30 Sep 2016 -- The United Nations has urged more donations to satisfy the humanitarian needs of people affected by Boko Haram militancy, warning that the world's worst humanitarian crisis awaits the Lake Chad Basin if enough is not done.
- Colombia: UN mission begins working to verify compliance with historic peace deal UN News 30 Sep 2016 -- Nine representatives of the Government of Colombia, as well as nine members from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia–People's Army (FARC-EP) and 18 international observers from the UN mission in the country have started working together at the joint Monitoring and Verification Mechanism headquarters in Bogota.
- Colombia ex-rebels apologize for 2002 massacre Press TV 30 Sep 2016 -- A commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have officially asked for forgiveness days after signing a peace treaty that has brought a new spirit of reconciliation to the nation.
- UNHCR: 100,000 Trapped in Surrounded South Sudanese Town VOA 30 Sep 2016 -- The United Nations refugee agency reports that 100,000 people are effectively trapped by violence in the South Sudanese town of Yei. With no one allowed in or out, it warns, the town could soon face a food shortage.
- South Sudan: 100,000 people trapped in Yei, UN refugee agency warns UN News 30 Sep 2016 -- Urgent humanitarian assistance is needed for some 100,000 people trapped in the South Sudanese town of Yei, where the security situation deteriorated rapidly after renewed conflict broke out in Juba, the capital, in early July, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.
- UN refugee agency, African host countries agree on final steps on Rwandan refugees UN News 30 Sep 2016 -- The UN refugee agency and delegations from African countries as well as the African Union (AU) agreed today on final steps to end the protracted Rwandan refugee situation after seven years of negotiations.
- UN Sees 'Unparalleled' Suffering in Africa's Lake Chad Area VOA 30 Sep 2016 -- The United Nations warns that conditions in Central Africa's Lake Chad basin are threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, among them many children. Food is short throughout the region, which has been ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency.
- New US Background Investigations Bureau to Open VOA 30 Sep 2016 -- A new U.S. government bureau opens Monday to strengthen the security clearance process that has suffered from backlogs and a security breach that compromised the information of more than 20 million Americans.
- US Congress has 'buyer's remorse' on 9/11 bill: White House Press TV 29 Sep 2016 -- The White House has censured the US Congress for having "buyer's remorse" over overriding President Barack Obama's veto of legislation allowing relatives of the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.
- Analysis: 'Barbarous' Syria Bombings, MH17 Blame: What Consequences Could Russia Face? RFE/RL 30 Sep 2016 -- In terms of its reputation, Russia has had one of its worst weeks ever. Incensed that Moscow is pushing ahead with the "barbarous" bombing of Aleppo and angry over an attack on an aid convoy that is widely blamed on Russian and Syrian forces, the United States is threatening to stop all cooperation with the Kremlin on Syria. And an international investigation concluded that it was a Russian missile system, smuggled into separatist-held territory in Ukraine and then spirited back across the border, that brought down a Malaysia Airlines jet in 2014 and killed all 298 people aboard.
- Russia Applauds OPEC Accord But Says It Will Maintain Output RFE/RL 30 Sep 2016 -- Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak has praised the OPEC oil cartel's agreement to curb production but signaled that Russia intends to keep output at its current record levels.
- Turkish police raid prison, courthouses in post-coup probe Press TV 30 Sep 2016 -- Police in Turkey have raided the country's biggest prison and courthouses to arrest prison guards and employees deemed linked to the failed July coup in the country.
- UN adviser on preventing genocide alarmed over 'disrespectful' comments by Philippines President UN News 30 Sep 2016 -- The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed alarm today at public comments by President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, in which he reinforced a campaign to kill millions of drug addicts in the Philippines and compared it to the massacre of millions of Jews by Hitler during the Holocaust in Nazi Germany during the Second World War.
- Chinese Official: Countering Dalai Lama Influence is 'Highest Priority' VOA 30 Sep 2016 -- China's newly appointed Communist Party secretary of the Tibetan Autonomous Region said Friday that countering the Dalai Lama's influence in Tibet was Beijing's highest regional priority.
- Iranian Theme Park Teaches Children War Tactics VOA 30 Sep 2016 -- Iran opened a military theme park this week, designed to educate children as young as eight-years-old on how to fight in a war and fire weapons at its perceived Western enemies.
- Iran may reverse steps if JCPOA violated: Nuclear chief Press TV 30 Sep 2016 -- Iran warns the West to keep its end of the bargain in last year's nuclear agreement, saying any failure could prompt Tehran to radically reverse the steps it has taken under the deal.
- Flood Damage Rehabilitation Makes Fast Progress KCNA 30 Sep 2016 -- A work is progressing apace to reconstruct the flood-hit areas of North Hamgyong Province, the DPRK.
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