29 October 2016 Military News
- Counter-ISIL Strikes Target Terrorists in Iraq AFPS 29 Oct 2016 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- US Audit: Afghan Stabilization Programs Were Unsuccessful Overall VOA 29 Oct 2016 -- A U.S. government monitoring agency says that more than two dozen programs that cost more than $2.3 billion "were unsuccessful overall as implemented in Afghanistan."
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- USS Illinois Joins the Fleet NNS 29 Oct 2016 -- The U.S. Navy with assistance from the First Lady Michelle Obama commissioned and brought to life the newest Virginia class submarine, USS Illinois (SSN 786), during a ceremony attended by more than 2,500 at Naval Submarine Base, New London on Oct. 29, 2016.
- Iran Navy flotilla docks at Tanzanian port IRNA 29 Oct 2016 -- Iran's 44th naval fleet docked at Tanzania's Port city of Dar es Salaam on Saturday in line with the country's strategy of increasing its naval presence in high seas.
- Iran Navy's 44th flotilla docks at Tanzania port Press TV 29 Oct 2016 -- An Iranian Navy fleet has docked at Tanzania's Port city of Dar es Salaam in line with the Islamic Republic's strategy of expanding its naval presence in the high seas.
- UK to open permanent military base in Bahrain: Report Press TV 29 Oct 2016 -- The United Kingdom will open a massive permanent military base in Bahrain and deploy warships in the Persian Gulf, a new report has revealed.
- Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz en route Orlando, FL The White House 29 Oct 2016
- Chinese Vessels No Longer in Disputed Shoal – Philippines' Defense Chief Sputnik 29 Oct 2016 -- Philippines' Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Friday that Chinese coast guard ships have left the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.
- Yemen's Hadi rejects UN peace proposal to end war Press TV 29 Oct 2016 -- The resigned president of Yemen, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, has rejected a peace proposal by the United Nations special envoy for Yemen aimed at ending the 19-month war on the impoverished Arab country, saying the plan "rewards" the Houthi Ansarullah movement, which is backed by Yemeni people.
- Militants Launch Offensive in Aleppo District, May Attack Castello Road Sputnik 29 Oct 2016 -- Militants in Aleppo have launched an offensive in Bustan az-Zakhra district and may soon attack the area near the Castello Road, a militia source told RIA Novosti.
- Syria fights off massive Takfiri assault for 2nd day Press TV 29 Oct 2016 -- Syrian troops are battling a fresh push by foreign-backed militants to break an army siege over the strategic city of Aleppo after repelling their initial offensive on Friday.
- Iran rules out military solution to Syria crisis Press TV 29 Oct 2016 -- President Hassan Rouhani has reiterated Iran's stance that the crisis in Syria should be resolved through "political" means only.
- Russian jet flew close to US fighter in Syria: Officials Press TV 29 Oct 2016 -- A Russian fighter plane has dangerously flown close to a US warplane over eastern Syria, US defense officials say.
- Russia Blames U.S. For Near Miss Over Syria RFE/RL 29 Oct 2016 -- A Russian Defense Ministry spokesman has blamed U.S. forces for a near-miss of planes over Syria earlier this month.
- Syria: Security Council strongly condemns attacks against schools and shelling of Russian Embassy UN News 29 Oct 2016 -- The United Nations Security Council has condemned in the "strongest terms" an attack yesterday on the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Syria's capital Damascus as well as the widely reported recent attacks on schools in the country, according to separate statements issued late yesterday.
- Airstrikes, Fighting Continue in Aleppo VOA 29 Oct 2016 -- Syrian government forces and their allies launched a counteroffensive Saturday under the cover of airstrikes trying to regain control of areas they had lost to insurgents the day before in the northern city of Aleppo, activists and state media said.
- Iraqi forces, allies inch closer to Daesh-controlled Mosul Press TV 29 Oct 2016 -- Iraqi government soldiers, backed by allied fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, have recaptured more areas and villages around the strategic northern city of Mosul in a large-scale offensive aimed at ending the control of Daesh militants there.
- Hashd al-Shaabi fighters launch operation west of Mosul Press TV 29 Oct 2016 -- Volunteer fighters from Iraq's Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Units, have begun an offensive to take back Mosul from Daesh terrorists.
- Shi'ite Militias Join Battle for Mosul VOA 29 Oct 2016 -- Iraqi forces advanced into a town south of Mosul Saturday as an Iraqi Shi'ite militia joined the offensive by opening up a new front to the west.
- Rights groups urge probe into new Myanmar abuses against Rohingya Muslims Press TV 29 Oct 2016 -- Rights groups have called for an independent investigation into reports that Myanmar forces are killing, raping and torturing villagers in the restive Rakhine region, home to Rohingya Muslims.
- Suicide Bombers Kill 9 People in Northeastern Nigeria VOA 29 Oct 2016 -- Two suicide bombings killed at least nine people and injured 24 others Saturday morning in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the heart of the seven-year-old insurgency by the Boko Haram militant group.
- Two terror bomb attacks kill 9 people in NE Nigeria Press TV 29 Oct 2016 -- Two bomb explosions, blamed on the Boko Haram terrorist group, have killed at least nine people and injured 24 others in Nigeria's northeastern restive province of Borno, officials say.
- Two Indian soldiers killed in ambush near Kashmir borderline Press TV 29 Oct 2016 -- Two Indian soldiers have been killed during battles with Pakistani troops and suspected militants along the tense borderline in the disputed Indian-controlled Kashmir region, military authorities say.
- UN mission condemns killings and increased violence in the Central African Republic UN News 29 Oct 2016 -- Denouncing recent violence and increasing tensions in parts of the Central African Republic (CAR), in particular the town of Bambari, resulting in the deaths of 25 individuals, the United Nations mission in the country has called for an end to the attacks and reprisals as well as appealed for dialogue to resolve the situation.
- Russia to Allocate $1.5Bln to Federal Space Program in 2017 - Draft Budget Plan Sputnik 29 Oct 2016 -- The financing of the Russia's 2016-2025 federal space program will reach some 92.5 billion rubles ($1.47 billion) in 2017, according to the draft laws database of the State Duma.
- Erdogan govt. to submit proposal reviving death penalty to parliament Press TV 29 Oct 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his government intends to reintroduce the death penalty as a way of punishing those behind a failed mid-July coup.
- Cabinet told to conform to CPC Central Committee with Xi as "core" People's Daily 29 Oct 2016 -- Premier Li Keqiang has called upon the leading Party group of the State Council, China's cabinet, and various departments to keep their thoughts, politics and acts in line with the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping as the core.
- KCNA Commentary Accuses Obama Group of Invective Hurting Dignity of DPRK KCNA 29 Oct 2016 -- The Obama group before retirement are expending their last efforts in their campaign to hurt the dignity of the DPRK.
- Dozens Arrested As Pakistani Police Clash With Opposition Activists RFE/RL 29 Oct 2016 -- Pakistani riot police wielded batons and fired tear gas at stone-throwing opposition activists who rallied in Islamabad in defiance of a government ban on demonstrations on October 28.
- Pakistan Allows Islamists to Rally, Despite Crackdown on Political Activists VOA 29 Oct 2016 -- Authorities in Pakistan have come under severe criticism for a crackdown on political activists trying to hold an anti-government demonstration, but allowing a proscribed radical Islamist group to rally in the heart of the nation's capital.
- Thousands protest in S Korea, demand president resignation over leaking scandal Press TV 29 Oct 2016 -- Thousands of people in South Korea have staged a protesting rally against President Park Geun-hye, calling on her to resign over allegations that she leaked important official documents to a close friend and allowed her to interfere in important state affairs.
- Embattled S Korean president urges top advisers to resign Press TV 29 Oct 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who stands accused of leaking official state documents to a close friend, has ordered 10 of her senior secretaries to step down in a bid to reshuffle her cabinet.
- South Korean President Embroiled in Scandal VOA 29 Oct 2016 -- South Korea's president is embroiled in a scandal over allegations she has allowed a friend to have access and input into important state affairs.
- Russian Envoy Cries Foul, Vows To Regain UN Rights Council Seat RFE/RL 29 Oct 2016 -- Russian officials have cried foul at being voted off the United Nations' Human Rights Council and vowed to regain Moscow's seat in a bid next year.
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