11 October 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 11 Oct 2016 [PDF]
- Coalition Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 11 Oct 2016 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Pentagon Threatens Retaliation for Failed Missile Attack on US Ships in Red Sea VOA 11 Oct 2016 -- The Pentagon said it is evaluating a military response to failed missile attacks on U.S. naval ships in the Red Sea, warning Tuesday that nearby Yemen-based Houthi rebels thought responsible launched the missiles "at their own peril."
- Pentagon vows to retaliate for attack on US warships off Yemen Press TV 11 Oct 2016 -- The US military vows to retaliate for a missile attack that barely missed American warships in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen on Sunday.
- More Than A Dozen Killed In Attack On Shi'ite Mourners In Kabul RFE/RL 11 Oct 2016 -- A gunman has opened fire on a crowd of Shi'ite mourners who had gathered outside a shrine in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 14 people.
- Gunmen attack Kabul worshipers, 14 killed Press TV 11 Oct 2016 -- Gunmen have attacked worshipers at a shrine in the Afghan capital Kabul, opening fire on the people who were commemorating the ninth day of the month of Muharram.
- Afghanistan deploys forces to Lashkargah after Taliban attack Press TV 11 Oct 2016 -- Afghanistan has sent hundreds of troops to Lashkargah in a bid to purge the strategic city of Taliban militants after an attack by the resurgent group claimed the lives of 14 people.
- Gunmen Attack Shi'ite Shrine in Kabul, Killing 14 Worshippers VOA 11 Oct 2016 -- Gunmen, reportedly wearing Afghan police uniforms, stormed a packed shrine for Shi'ite Muslims in Kabul late Tuesday and opened fire, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 30 others.
- U.S. Military Task Force Aids Humanitarian Efforts in Haiti AFPS 11 Oct 2016 -- U.S. military personnel, ships, aircraft and humanitarian relief supplies arrived in Haiti over the weekend in support of the small island-nation after it was hard hit by Hurricane Matthew's wrath Oct. 4, Pentagon director of press operations Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Readout of Secretary Carter's Meeting with Mexico's Secretary of Defense, General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda DoD 11 Oct 2016
- Readout of Secretary Carter's Meeting with Chilean Minister of National Defense Jose Gomez DoD 11 Oct 2016
- Remarks by Secretary Carter in a Media Availability in Trinidad and Tobago DoD 11 Oct 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- Carter Highlights 'Tremendous Progress' in Hemisphere's Peace, Security AFPS 11 Oct 2016 -- The United States and its partners in the Western Hemisphere have made tremendous progress in strengthening and securing the region, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today in Trinidad and Tobago.
- Readout of Secretary Carter's Bilateral Meeting with Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Rowley and Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon DoD 11 Oct 2016
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's meeting with Brazilian Minister of Defense Raul Jungmann DoD 11 Oct 2016
- U.S. Marines, Singaporean Armed Forces strengthen bonds during Valiant Mark USMC News 11 Oct 2016 -- Marines with Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and soldiers with the Singapore Armed Forces exchanged techniques and tactics during platoon-level training at Range 410A at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Oct. 4-5, 2016, as part of Exercise Valiant Mark 2016.
- US, ROK Navies Conduct Exercise Ensuring Alliance Remains Ready to "Fight Tonight" NNS 11 Oct 2016 -- The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) began a series of exercises with the Republic of Korea (ROK) navy Oct. 10-15 to strengthen maritime interoperability and tactics, techniques and procedures.
- Mount Whitney Enters Black Sea NNS 11 Oct 2016 -- U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) entered the Black Sea, Oct. 10, in order to conduct theater security cooperation and key leader engagement events with allies and partners in the region.
- USS Iwo Jima Loads Relief Equipment on Way to Haiti NNS 11 Oct 2016 -- Amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) loaded relief equipment and personnel from aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) Oct. 10 as it steamed toward Haiti to join the disaster relief efforts.
- US, ROK Navies Hone Mine Countermeasure Capabilities at First Combined Mine Warfare Event NNS 11 Oct 2016 -- Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) and the Republic of Korea navy (ROKN), will join 10 United Nations Sending States in the first Combined Mine Warfare Event, Oct. 11-22.
- Nimitz Successfully Completes Sea Trials NNS 11 Oct 2016 -- Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) pulled into San Diego, Oct. 10, after completing a successful six-day sea trials and officially marking the completion of a 20-month extended planned incremental availability.
- Russia Suspends Nuclear Disposal Deals With US in Fallout Over Syria VOA 11 Oct 2016 -- As the damage continues to mount from Syria's Russia-backed offensive on Aleppo, so does the political fallout from the failed cease-fire agreement.
- Russian Bases Abroad 'Must be Politically and Militarily Viable' Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- Alexey Chepa, the deputy chair of the State Duma's Foreign Affairs Committee, recently said that restoring Soviet military bases in Latin America, Southeast Asia and Africa is in Russia's national interests, but journalist Evgeny Krutikov noted that such decisions must not only be politically expedient, but also militarily viable.
- West Rattled Over Russian Missiles on NATO Border VOA 11 Oct 2016 -- Russia's deployment of nuclear-capable missiles its enclave of Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea is a "wake-up call" for the West of the current dangers, according to analysts. Germany warns the tensions between Moscow and the West are more dangerous than during the Cold War.
- China, Russia criticize U.S. missile defense plan People's Daily 11 Oct 2016 -- China and Russia on Tuesday accused the United States of damaging global and regional stability with its missile defense plans.
- China, Russia slam US missile systems in Europe, South Korea Press TV 11 Oct 2016 -- Russia and China have condemned the United States for its decision to deploy missile systems in Europe and South Korea purportedly in response to Iranian and North Korean missiles.
- China, Russia Agree US Missile Defense to Harm Global Strategic Stability Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- Washington deliberately exaggerates the missile threat for the sake of boosting its military worldwide, China's Central Military Commission Joint Staff Department said.
- US Ignores Russian Offers to Reach Agreements Addressing Missile Defense Systems Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- According to the first deputy chief of the Russian General Staff's Main Operational Department, the US ignores Russia's proposals to reach agreements allaying concerns over its missile defense system deployment.
- US Missile Defense Network Poses Threat to Safe Use of Space by Any Country Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- US global missile defense network is posing a threat to free and safe use of outer space by any country, the Russian General Staff stated on Tuesday.
- China Boosts Military Ties With India Amid Border Violence Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- China and India have announced they are to deepen their military-to-military ties after holding their first-ever joint tactical exercises earlier this year. This comes despite growing political tension between Beijing and New Delhi over border incursions across the India-China border.
- Russia, Egypt to hold joint drills in mid-October Press TV 11 Oct 2016 -- Russia has announced plans to hold joint drills with Egyptian forces in Egypt in mid-October.
- Poland to Consider French Offers on Military Aircraft Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- Despite Poland's failed talks on purchase of 50 French Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal, Warsaw will consider other French offers on buying military aircraft, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski said.
- China: US seeks 'absolute military superiority' in Asia Press TV 11 Oct 2016 -- China has denounced US interventions in Asia, including in the South China Sea, and Washington's deployment of an advanced missile system in South Korea.
- Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Josh Earnest en route Greensboro, NC, 10/11/2016 The White House 11 Oct 2016
- October 11, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 11 Oct 2016
- 11 October 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 11 Oct 2016
- Beijing Reportedly Looking Into Mini Nuke Plant to Power South China Sea Islands Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- New developments in the region could increase tensions in the South China Sea.
- Yemen training civilians for anti-Saudi battles: Army official Press TV 11 Oct 2016 -- The Yemeni army says groups of civilians are now being trained in military camps across the country to prepare for the battleground against the Saudi military and its mercenaries.
- US could be implicated in war crimes in Yemen: Documents Press TV 11 Oct 2016 -- The United States could be implicated in war crimes for supporting Saudi Arabia's deadly military campaign in Yemen, American official documents show.
- Turkish PM Worried by Clinton's Remarks on Arming Kurds in Syria, Iraq Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- Ankara is concerned by Hillary Clinton's remarks she would mull arming Kurds in Syria and Iraq.
- Turkey's Military Operation in Syria May Be Expanded to East of Euphrates - PM Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Tuesday that a military operation in northern Syria could be expanded to the east of the Euphrates River if terrorists did not leave the area.
- Iraq censures 'irresponsible' remarks by Turkey's Erdogan Press TV 11 Oct 2016 -- The Iraqi government has criticized "irresponsible" remarks recently made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Turkish President Tells Iraq PM To 'Know His Place' RFE/RL 11 Oct 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi should "know his place" and added that a Turkish Army contingent in Iraq will not take orders from Baghdad.
- Turkey to Participate in Liberation of Iraq's Mosul From Daesh - Erdogan Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- Turkey would take part in the operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul occupied by Daesh, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday as cited by local media.
- Monitors: Russian Warplanes Resume Heavy Bombing in Aleppo VOA 11 Oct 2016 -- Monitors say Russian jet fighters on Tuesday resumed heavy bombing in rebel-held eastern districts of the war-shattered Syrian city of Aleppo, targeting two opposition-held neighborhoods and killing more than 20 people.
- Ban Ki-moon dealt a blow to UN's reputation: Syria Press TV 11 Oct 2016 -- Syria has strongly criticized outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, saying he dealt a blow to the world body's reputation during his tenure.
- Iran, Russia must boost strategic ties on Syria: Leader's advisor Press TV 11 Oct 2016 -- A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran and Russia must strengthen their strategic cooperation on regional and international issues, especially the ongoing crisis in Syria.
- Russia, China Have No Disagreements on Syria - Russian Deputy Defense Minister Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- There is no divergence of Russia's and China's opinion on the Syrian crisis and all attempts to find differences in their position on the issue are inconclusive, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Tuesday.
- Over 5,000 Syrian Refugees Return From Turkey to Jarablus Freed From Daesh Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- More than 5,000 Syrian refugees have returned to their homes from Turkey, following the liberation of the eastern city of Jarablus, Turkish Yeni Safak newspaper reported Tuesday.
- Syrian Army to Use All Military Means to Repel US Aggression Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- The Syrian army will deploy all its military means to repel aggression stemming from the United States, a source in the Syrian Defense Ministry told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
- Iraqi soldiers liberate region in Anbar Province from Daesh Press TV 11 Oct 2016 -- Iraqi government forces have launched an offensive in the beleaguered western province of Anbar, and managed to liberate a region there from the grip of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group.
- Two French Commandos Injured in Daesh-Linked Drone Attack in Iraqi Kurdistan Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- Two French commandos deployed in Iraqi Kurdistan were wounded in a drone attack by a militant group with connections to Daesh.
- Iraqi Soldiers Fully Liberate Island of Hit From Daesh Militants Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- The operation involved the efforts of an international coalition, particularly its aircraft, the Iraqi air force and the artillery.
- Iraqi Army Kicks Off Massive Offensive Against Daesh in Central Iraq Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- The Iraqi security forces backed by paramilitary groups launched an effort on Monday to squeeze Daesh out of the land strip along the border between the Salahudin and Diyala governorates, according to Iraqi commanders.
- Libya: France Accused of Playing Double Game Amid Split in EU Policy Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- While there have been calls in recent times for greater EU defense cooperation, concerns are growing over a divide in the union in regards to its policy in Libya, with France accused of undermining international efforts and offering support to both rival governments in the country.
- China refutes criticism of peacekeeping troops in South Sudan People's Daily 11 Oct 2016 -- China has refuted the criticism of a U.S. NGO, which accused the Chinese UN peacekeeping troops of abandoning their posts during a conflict. China has called the claims "groundless and malicious hype."
- Beijing dismisses allegations against peacekeepers, deploys helicopter unit People's Daily 11 Oct 2016 -- The Ministry of National Defense has dismissed recent allegations targeting Chinese peacekeepers in South Sudan, raised in a report by a US-based group, describing them as "sheer malicious hyping".
- Russian Duma to Review Bill to Add Crimean Waters to Special Economic Zone Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- A bill to make inland waters and territorial sea along Crimean shoreline part of a local special economic zone was submitted to the Russian State Duma, the latter said Tuesday in a statement.
- IRGC disbands terrorist gang in northwestern Iran Press TV 11 Oct 2016 -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has stymied an attempt by a team of counter-revolutionary terrorists to infiltrate the country via its northwestern province of Kurdestan.
- Colombia announces peace talks with second rebel group Press TV 11 Oct 2016 -- Colombia's government and the country's second biggest rebel group announce the start of peace talks after the shock rejection of a deal with the FARC guerrilla group in a referendum.
- Myanmar: UN adviser expresses deep concern at recent violence in Rakhine, calls for calm UN News 11 Oct 2016 -- The United Nations envoy for Myanmar today expressed his deep concern at the violent attacks by unidentified individuals and groups against border guards and security forces on 9 October and the resultant fighting that claimed the lives of security personnel and civilians in the three affected areas of Northern Rakhine.
- Supreme Court to Hear 9/11 Detainee Suit Against US Officials VOA 11 Oct 2016 -- The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on whether Muslims and other immigrants held for months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States can sue former Attorney General John Ashcroft and other officials.
- Obama Wants Humans on Mars by 2030s VOA 11 Oct 2016 -- President Barack Obama says with the help of private companies, the United States will send humans to Mars by the 2030s.
- Making Human Settlement of Space a Reality The White House 11 Oct 2016 -- Announcing two new NASA initiatives that build on the President's vision to enable humans to sustainably live and work in space.
- Putin cancels visit to France amid tensions Press TV 11 Oct 2016 -- France says Russian President Vladimir Putin has cancelled his visit to Paris planned for next Tuesday after the French insisted on holding talks only on Syria.
- Putin Cancels Paris Visit After Hollande Insists Talks Would Be Limited To Syria RFE/RL 11 Oct 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has nixed a planned visit to France next week amid a row over the war in Syria, after French President Francois Hollande reportedly sought to limit their meeting to a discussion of that five-year-old Mideast conflict.
- France: Putin Will Not Meet With Hollande for Syria-Only Talks VOA 11 Oct 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has canceled a planned visit to France after French President Francois Hollande insisted their meeting focus solely on Syria.
- Kazakh President Cancels Visits To Be Treated For 'Cold' RFE/RL 11 Oct 2016 -- Kazakhstan's presidential office says President Nursultan Nazarbaev is being treated for a cold and will be unable to make some planned trips abroad.
- US seeks to partition Syria to serve Israel: Nasrallah Press TV 11 Oct 2016 -- Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, has warned of plots by the US, Saudi Arabia and their regional allies to partition Syria in order to serve the Israeli regime's interests in the Middle East.
- Political polarization in DR Congo may spark 'large-scale violence,' UN envoy warns Security Council UN News 11 Oct 2016 -- Warning of an extremely fragile political situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where "actors on all sides appear more and more willing to resort to violence to achieve their ends," the top United Nations official in the country called today on the Security Council to urge the parties to return to dialogue, guarantee the right to peaceful opposition and to end impunity for violence.
- UN Warns of Possible 'Large-scale' Election Violence in DRC VOA 11 Oct 2016 -- The U.N.'s top diplomat in the Democratic Republic of Congo warned Tuesday the country has "entered a period of extreme risk to its stability," as the electoral crisis deepens.
- Danish Intelligence Reports Ex-Chief to Police for Revealing Secret Info Sputnik 11 Oct 2016 -- The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) has accused former director Jakob Scharf for revealing confidential information to the public and filed charges against him on Tuesday.
- China promises new support for Portuguese-speaking countries People's Daily 11 Oct 2016 -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has promised a total of 18 measures to support the development of Portuguese-speaking countries in Asia and Africa in the coming three years.
- Hurricane's impact on political process in Haiti reaffirms need to extend peackeeping mission - UN envoy UN News 11 Oct 2016 -- With Haiti facing the dual challenges of addressing the impact of Hurricane Matthew and restarting preparations for the holding of the much-anticipated elections, the United Nations envoy for the Caribbean country today expressed support for the recommended extension of the UN mission there by six months until mid-April 2017.
- Ban welcomes start of Guinea-Bissau talks as 'first step' in region-led effort to end political crisis UN News 11 Oct 2016 -- Welcoming the start of an inclusive dialogue among political leaders, civil society and religious communities of Guinea-Bissau today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged all the parties to engage in constructive discussions and "seize this opportunity for a favourable outcome" in the interest of the country's people."
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