09 October 2016 Military News
- 24k internally displaced Afghans have fled Kunduz, UN says Press TV 09 Oct 2016 -- The United Nations says the number of war-displaced civilians in Afghanistan's Kunduz has reached 24,000 as fierce street battles continue between government forces and Taliban militants in the strategic northern city.
- Seven dead as Afghan army copter crashes Press TV 09 Oct 2016 -- An Afghan military helicopter has crashed due to a technical failure in northern Afghanistan, leaving all the seven people on board dead, officials say.
- Taliban Militants Shoot Down Afghan Army Helicopter in Northern Baghlan Province Sputnik 09 Oct 2016 -- According to media reports, Afghan Army Mi-17 helicopter was shot down by the Taliban militants in country's northern province of Baghlan while attempting to deliver weapons to the base under siege close to the provincial capital of Pol-e-Khomri.
- Department of Defense's Preparation, Support, and Recovery Efforts for Hurricane Matthew DoD 09 Oct 2016 -- The Department of Defense continues to monitor Hurricane Matthew closely in order to assess impacts on installations and personnel and to be prepared to provide assistance if needed.
- Virginia Guard Prepares for Possible Hampton Roads Flooding AFPS 09 Oct 2016 -- The Virginia National Guard is staging about 160 soldiers in the Hampton Roads area with Humvees, light/medium tactical trucks and chainsaws to be ready to assist with possible flood-response operations caused by Hurricane Matthew.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Lavrov Says U.S. Actions Threaten Russia's National Security RFE/RL 09 Oct 2016 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that the United States has been taking "aggressive steps" that threaten Russia's national security.
- Russia Rules Out Using Plutonium Falling Under Deal With US to Make Weapons Sputnik 09 Oct 2016 -- Under no circumstances Russia is going to use for military purposes plutonium falling under the agreement with the US, which Moscow abandoned, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.
- Yemenis hold mass protest to condemn Saudi carnage in Sana'a Press TV 09 Oct 2016 -- Thousands of Yemenis have taken to the streets of the capital, Sana'a, to denounce a recent Saudi airstrike that left hundreds of civilians dead or injured and prompted global condemnations.
- Yemen's Ex-President Calls on Houthis to Mobilize Forces Along Saudi Border Sputnik 09 Oct 2016 -- Former President of Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh urged Houthi rebels to mobilize troops along the border with Saudi Arabia in response to a deadly airstrike on funeral, which he believes was conducted by the Saudi-led coalition, media reported on Sunday.
- Houthis Not to Negotiate With UN Until Violence in Yemen Stops Sputnik 09 Oct 2016 -- Khaled Saeed, a member of Houthi Supreme Political Council and participant in peace talks, said that Yemen is under the siege "from land, air and sea" while the United Nations is failing to address the situation.
- People in Yemen's Sanaa Protest Airstrike on Funeral in Front of UN Office Sputnik 09 Oct 2016 -- Tens of thousands of people in Yemen participated in demonstration in front of a local UN office in the capital city of Sanaa after Saudi airstrike that killed over 140 people., according to local media.
- UN chief, senior humanitarian officials strongly condemn attack in Yemen that killed over a hundred people UN News 09 Oct 2016 -- Senior United Nations officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, have condemned an attack in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, that killed more than 140 people and injured at least five hundred more. They also called for swift and impartial investigations into the incident.
- Thousands Protest in Yemen Against Deadly Airstrikes VOA 09 Oct 2016 -- Thousands of marchers took to the streets of Yemen's capital, Sana'a, Sunday to protest an apparent Saudi-led coalition airstrike that killed more than 140 people at a funeral on Saturday. A United Nations observer said more than 500 others were wounded.
- Syria troops continue anti-terrorist offensive in Aleppo Press TV 09 Oct 2016 -- Syrian government troops and allied forces have purged militants from territories in the west-central province of Hama, adding to the gains recently made against the terrorists in the province.
- Syria terror group officially joins al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Press TV 09 Oct 2016 -- A major terrorist group in Syria, with links to the so-called moderate militants in the Arab country, has officially joined the ranks of the notorious Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, which is linked to al-Qaeda.
- Russia will protect its assets if US strikes Syrian bases: Lavrov Press TV 09 Oct 2016 -- Russia says it will safeguard "its assets" in Syria if the United States plans to bombard the military airfields of the Syrian government.
- Syrian jets pound positions of terrorists in Idlib, Hama, Homs Press TV 09 Oct 2016 -- Syrian fighter jets have pounded positions of foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists in the three provinces of Idlib, Hama and Homs.
- Syrian Forces Push Through Rebel-Held Eastern Aleppo VOA 09 Oct 2016 -- Syrian government forces continued their offensive on rebel-held eastern Aleppo, after the U.N. Security Council failed to pass a resolution Saturday on a truce to end the deadly bombing of the city.
- Apocalypse Or Bust - The Battle For Dabiq RFE/RL 09 Oct 2016 -- The town of Dabiq, in northern Syria, around 25 miles from Aleppo, with its population of just under 3,500, is an unimpressive site for a battle that is supposed to herald the Apocalypse.
- Sectarian Disputes Plague Planning for Long-Awaited Battle of Mosul VOA 09 Oct 2016 -- With the long-awaited military assault on Mosul possibly just days away, U.S. officials are scrambling to resolve flaring disputes between allies in the coalition to liberate Iraq's second largest city, the Islamic State's last major urban stronghold in Iraq.
- 18 People Killed in Car Bomb Attack in Southeastern Turkey VOA 09 Oct 2016 -- Ten Turkish soldiers and eight civilians were killed Sunday when suspected Kurdish militants detonated a car bomb outside a military checkpoint in Hakkari province in southeast Turkey.
- 2 police officers killed, 6 missing in attacks in Myanmar's Rakhine state Press TV 09 Oct 2016 -- Myanmar has announced that attacks on three police posts along the country's western border with Bangladesh have claimed the lives of at least two officers while six more remain unaccounted for.
- Senior Republicans Drop Support For Trump Ahead Of U.S. Presidential Debate RFE/RL 09 Oct 2016 -- Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are preparing to meet in their second face-to-face presidential debate, nearly one month before the election.
- Claims of Russia's Involvement in Cyberattacks Against US 'Hysterical Campaign' Sputnik 09 Oct 2016 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called claims of Russia's involvement in cyberattacks against the US entities 'hysterical campaign.'
- Ruling Party Prevails In Georgian Parliamentary Elections RFE/RL 09 Oct 2016 -- Georgia's governing party has won parliamentary elections according to near-complete results released amid accusations of vote rigging from the opposition.
- Georgia ruling party leads in parliamentary polls: Early results Press TV 09 Oct 2016 -- Early results show the ruling Georgian Dream party is leading in Georgia's parliamentary polls, while allegations of vote rigging from the opposition have sparked fears of instability in the Caucasus nation.
- Ethiopia imposes state of emergency to end riots Press TV 09 Oct 2016 -- The Ethiopian government has declared a nationwide state of emergency following days of riots and protests that have gripped the country.
- Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency to Stop Protests VOA 09 Oct 2016 -- The Ethiopian government has announced a six-month state of emergency in response to intensifying and deadly anti-government protests across the country.
- President again urges Beijing to hold dialogue with Taiwan CNA 09 Oct 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Sunday reiterated her appeal to Beijing to hold dialogue with Taiwan and stressed that her government is dedicated to building sustainable cross-strait relations.
- Beijing warns Taipei after Tsai discussed 'independence' in interviews People's Daily 09 Oct 2016 -- The Chinese mainland's will to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity remains rock solid, a mainland spokesman said Thursday, after Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen spoke with foreign media.
- Ghana Presidential Candidate Promises Inclusive Government VOA 09 Oct 2016 -- The presidential candidate for Ghana's opposition All People's Congress (APC) is promising an all-inclusive government, which, he says, is the only way to solve the myriad of problems Ghanaians face.
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