23 October 2016 Military News
- Media Availability with Secretary Carter and Lt. Gen. Townsend at Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq DoD 23 Oct 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve
- Media Availability with Secretary Carter and General Stephen Townsend in Irbil, Iraq DoD 23 Oct 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; General Stephen Townsend, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve
- Carter Meets With Iraqi Prime Minister, Addresses Troops in Baghdad AFPS 23 Oct 2016 -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi yesterday in Baghdad and spoke with troops there about the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the ongoing military campaign to retake the city of Mosul.
- Military Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Iraq, Syria AFPS 23 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.
- US sends extra intelligence analysts to Iraq for ISIL data in Mosul Press TV 23 Oct 2016 -- The US military is sending dozens of additional intelligence analysts to Iraq to sort out a trove of information expected to be recovered from Daesh (ISIL) terrorists in the ongoing Mosul offensive.
- Afghanistan: Improving means of resolving water-rights disputes key to economic growth, avoiding conflict – new UN report UN News 23 Oct 2016 -- The demand for water to support agricultural development in conflict-plagued Afghanistan often results in high-stakes water-right disputes, according to a new United Nations report release today, which underscores the need for more effective and transparent means of resolving the differences.
- Pakistan 'Squeezing' Fugitive Taliban Leaders to Leave or Engage in Afghan Peace Process VOA 23 Oct 2016 -- Fugitive Afghan Taliban leaders are being increasingly pressured to relocate from Pakistan along with their families and businesses for refusing to join peace talks with Kabul, officials and insurgent sources told VOA in background interviews.
Defense Policy / Programs
- UK troops to bolster NATO mission in Kosovo UK MOD 23 Oct 2016 -- UK Armed Forces will increase their support to a NATO force in Kosovo, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced today.
- Chinese Naval Fleet Visits Vietnam Amid South China Sea Tensions Sputnik 23 Oct 2016 -- A Chinese naval fleet has arrived in Vietnam to promote military ties between the two countries, despite the ongoing tensions over contested areas of the South China Sea.
- Chinese naval fleet visits Vietnam to boost naval ties People's Daily 23 Oct 2016 -- A Chinese naval fleet arrived in Cam Ranh Port in central Vietnam on Saturday for a five-day visit to the country to promote military ties between the two sides.
- North Korea Blasts US, Japan, South Korea for 'Destabilizing Northeast Asia' Sputnik 23 Oct 2016 -- The North Korean Foreign Ministry has issued a statement condemning the joint US, Japanese and South Korean naval drills taking place in the Korean Peninsula over the weekend, warning that such maneuvers "constitute a threat to the DPRK (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea) and the whole of Northeast Asia."
- World's Oldest Aircraft Carrier Started Last Journey Sputnik 23 Oct 2016 -- India's INS Viraat, world's oldest aircraft carrier, started its last voyage on Sunday before decommissioning, local media reported.
- Yemeni precision missiles hit two Saudi bases in Najran Press TV 23 Oct 2016 -- Ballistic missiles launched by Yemeni forces have destroyed a Saudi national guard barracks and severely damaged a military base in the kingdom's region of Najran.
- Airstrikes Resume as Cease-Fire Ends in Yemen VOA 23 Oct 2016 -- A Saudi-led coalition resumed airstrikes Sunday near Yemen's capital, Sana'a. The strikes came just hours after a 72-hour cease-fire expired.
- Saudi warplanes resume bombing Yemen as truce expires Press TV 23 Oct 2016 -- Saudi Arabia has resumed its airstrikes against Yemen after the expiry of a three-day ceasefire in the war-ravaged country.
- Hezbollah fighters to remain in Syria until final victory achieved, Nasrallah says Press TV 23 Oct 2016 -- The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says the group's fighters will remain in neighboring Syria until they achieve the final victory over foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists and purge the crisis-hit Arab country of extremists.
- Syrian Army Regains Control Over Military Base in South of Aleppo Sputnik 23 Oct 2016 -- Syrian army regained full control over the air defense military base in the south of Aleppo, following the heavy fighting with terrorists, according to a source.
- Syrian troops advance on several fronts against Takfiri terrorists Press TV 23 Oct 2016 -- Syrian army soldiers and their allies have managed to wrest control of several areas across the country as they press ahead with their counterterrorism operations.
- Fighting Continues In Aleppo After Three-Day 'Humanitarian' Cease-Fire Ends RFE/RL 23 Oct 2016 -- Fighting is continuing in the besieged, rebel-held neighborhoods of eastern Aleppo, a day after the end of a 72-hour "humanitarian" cease-fire that had been declared by Syria's government and its main ally, Russia.
- Russian Warplanes Pummel Aleppo, Kurds and Syrian Rebels Clash North of City VOA 23 Oct 2016 -- Fierce clashes broke out this weekend in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, hours after a three-day cease fire ended with Russian and Syrian government warplanes launching waves of airstrikes and rebel militias targeting western districts held by Assad government troops with Grad rockets newly supplied by Gulf backers.
- Turkish Artillery, Tanks Support Kurds Taking Part in Mosul Operation Sputnik 23 Oct 2016 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that Turkish artillery and tanks are supporting the northern Iraqi Kurdish forces Peshmerga in the operation to liberate the Iraqi settlement of Bashiqa from the Daesh terrorist group.
- Iraq denies Turkish participation in Mosul ops Press TV 23 Oct 2016 -- Iraq's Joint Operations Command has denied a claim by the Turkish prime minister that military forces from his country were participating in operations to retake the northern city of Mosul from the Daesh terrorist group.
- Iraqi Special Units Reach Northern Outskirts of Mosul Sputnik 23 Oct 2016 -- Special counterterrorist units of Iraq reached the outskirts of the Qawsyat district, that is the first district that belongs to the northern part of Mosul, according to a military source.
- Iraqi Kurds, Turkish Artillery Pound IS Stronghold Near Mosul VOA 23 Oct 2016 -- Kurdish Peshmerga fighters backed by Turkish artillery on Sunday claimed major advances against Islamic State extremists outside Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, at one point claiming to have seized full control of the town of Bashiqa.
- Top advisor to Daesh ringleader killed in Mosul Press TV 23 Oct 2016 -- The Iraqi air force has killed a top advisor to Daesh's ringleader and second-in-command to the terror group's shadow governor for Mosul, as part of large-scale military operations to liberate the strategic northern city.
- Iraqi Forces Advance On Mosul; IS Militants Attack Western Iraqi Town RFE/RL 23 Oct 2016 -- Iraqi and Kurdish forces have advanced toward Mosul as part of an operation to retake the northern city from the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
- Iraqi Army Takes Village On Northern Approach Into Mosul RFE/RL 23 Oct 2016 -- Reports from northern Iraq say Iraqi government forces have entered the last settlement on the northern approach into the extremist-controlled city of Mosul.
- Turkey Ready To 'Take Measures' In Northern Iraq RFE/RL 23 Oct 2016 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Turkey is ready to "take measures" in northern Iraq because Ankara is not satisfied with promises from the United States and Baghdad about the role of Kurdish militants and Shi'ite militia fighters in the battle for Mosul.
- Prices, Poverty Soar in IS-held Parts of Iraq VOA 23 Oct 2016 -- When Peshmerga soldiers cut off Islamic State's supply route from Mosul to her village in Hawija, sugar prices suddenly shot up 30 times, according to Layla, a mother of three.
- Carter in Iraq, Gets Assessment of Mosul Fight VOA 23 Oct 2016 -- Iraqi and Kurdish forces were in a new offensive Sunday on a town near Mosul, as U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited the region to get an assessment of the battle to push Islamic State out of Iraq's second largest city.
- Turkish Army Destroys Over 50 Kurdish Self-Defense Forces' Targets Sputnik 23 Oct 2016 -- Turkish military forces hit 51 positions of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in northern Syria, according to the statement of Turkey's General Staff.
- Bomb attack kills 2 police officers in eastern Turkey Press TV 23 Oct 2016 -- Two police officers have been killed and at least 19 other people injured in a bomb attack blamed on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Turkey's eastern province of Bingol.
- 83 Nigerian soldiers still missing week after Boko Harm attack Press TV 23 Oct 2016 -- Eighty-three Nigerian troops are still missing in action almost a week after the Boko Haram Takfiri terrorists carried out a deadly ambush on a military outpost in the country's northeastern volatile state of Borno, officials say.
- Al-Shabab takes control of key town in central Somalia Press TV 23 Oct 2016 -- Al-Shabab Takfiri militants have retaken control of a key town in Somalia's central province of Hiran in the wake of the withdrawal of hundreds of Ethiopian troops serving with the African Union mission in the area.
- Colombia, FARC rebels start renegotiating peace deal Press TV 23 Oct 2016 -- The government in Colombia and the main rebel group in the country have started talks on redrafting a peace agreement that was rejected in a referendum earlier this month.
- Opposition-led Venezuela congress plans to bring Pres. Maduro to trial Press TV 23 Oct 2016 -- Venezuela's National Assembly has vowed to prosecute Nicolas Maduro for what it described as "violating democracy" after electoral officials suspended a recall referendum campaign that opposition parties had mounted against the South American country's leader.
- Women March Against Maduro's Government in Venezuela VOA 23 Oct 2016 -- Several thousand women marched on the streets of Caracas, Venezuela Saturday to protest against the suspension of a referendum effort that could have led to the ouster of President Nicolas Maduro.
- 'Little brown brother image' of Filipinos stunts Philippines: foreign secretary People's Daily 23 Oct 2016 -- The Philippine foreign secretary said on Saturday that the "little brown brother image" has thwarted the Philippines' growth and development, adding that separation from the United States is demanded in pursuing an independent foreign policy.
- Over 35,000 suspects arrested in Turkey over Gulen links: Media Press TV 23 Oct 2016 -- Ankara has arrested a total of more than 35,000 people over alleged links to US-based opposition figure Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of orchestrating a failed coup attempt in July.
- US warns citizens of terror attacks in Istanbul Press TV 23 Oct 2016 -- The United States has issued a stern warning about the possibility of terror attacks or attempted kidnapping of foreigners in Istanbul, Turkey.
- Rouhani: Nuclear deal result of Leader's prudence IRNA 23 Oct 2016 -- Iran's nuclear deal with world powers known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was the result of the Supreme Leader's prudence and an achievement by the Iranian people and the government of the Islamic Republic, says President Rouhani.
- Iran opposes any foreign meddling in countries' affairs: Leader's advisor Press TV 23 Oct 2016 -- A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran opposes meddling by any country in the internal affairs of other states.
- Opium cultivation spread in Afghanistan in 2016: UN office Press TV 23 Oct 2016 -- Afghanistan's cultivation of opium poppy for drugs has risen to its third-highest level in more than 20 years, says a United Nations (UN) agency, as the Taliban militants regain ground in the country.
- Afghanistan's Opium Cultivation Jumps 10 Percent In 2016 RFE/RL 23 Oct 2016 -- Afghanistan's cultivation of opium poppy has risen by 10 percent in 2016, according to a new report released by the United Nations.
- Lithuanians Vote for Change, Handing Win to Farmers' Union VOA 23 Oct 2016 -- Lithuanians voted for major change in parliamentary elections Sunday, handing victory to a farmers' union that previously held only one seat in parliament.
- Polls Open for Runoff in Parliamentary Election in Lithuania VOA 23 Oct 2016 -- Lithuanians are heading to the polls for runoffs in parliamentary elections that may give the opposition a chance to govern after four years of rule by a coalition led by Social Democrats.
- Spain's Socialist Workers' Party to grant Rajoy 2nd term Press TV 23 Oct 2016 -- Spain's Socialist Workers' Party, also known as the PSOE, has cleared the way for acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative People's Party (PP) to form a minority government, aiming to end a 10-month political deadlock in the country.
- New Turkish Constitution Draft Ready for Parliament Submission - Prime Minister Sputnik 23 Oct 2016 -- Binali Yıldırım, Prime Minister of Turkey and the leader of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) said that the draft of the new Turkey's constitution is ready for parliamentary approval.
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