30 October 2016 Military News
- Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 30 Oct 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.
- Afghan Forces Suffered 15,000 Casualties in First 8 Months of 2016 VOA 30 Oct 2016 -- Afghanistan's security forces battling the resurgent Taliban have suffered around 15,000 casualties, including 5,523 fatalities in the first eight months of 2016, says a U.S. government monitoring agency.
- Lashkar-e-Taiba Militants Killed by Afghan Government Airstrikes Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- At least 19 militants from the Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group have been killed and eight more wounded in airstrikes on the group's operating area near the border with Pakistan, the Afghan Ministry of Interior reported October 30.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Stealth Warriors: Russia to Build Six Varshavyanka Subs by End of November Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- A set of six Project 636.3 Varshavyanka diesel-electric submarines will be constructed in Russia by the end of November, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Adm. Vladimir Korolev said.
- 'Object 4202': New Russian Hypersonic Warhead to Be Coupled With Sarmat ICBM Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- The Russian military has successfully tested a new hypersonic weapon, currently known as "object 4202." Defense analyst Victor Litovkin told Radio Sputnik that the cutting-edge warhead is expected to be fitted onto the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM).
- All-Seeing Eye: Russia Builds Gigantic Military Radar in Arctic Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- Long-range radar capable of identifying aerial and sea targets hundreds of kilometers away will enter service on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Russian Arctic in 2017, Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported citing the Defense Ministry press service in Moscow.
- From War to Peace: Pensioned Off Chinese Nuclear Bunker Becomes a Museum Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- A top-secret nuclear bunker that was used to make plutonium for China's nuclear armory during the times of the Cold War has finally opened for tourists to poke around.
- China Assembles First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Resembling Soviet Varyag Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- China has assembled its first domestically-designed aircraft carrier built solely out of indigenous components, the latest major achievement in Beijing's large-scale efforts to upgrade its military. Currently known as the Type 001A, the warship bears resemblance to the Admiral Kuznetsov-class multirole aircraft carrier Varyag.
- Leaked Bundeswehr Documents Say Germany Will Lack Combat Capacity Soon Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- Germany may be unable to maintain a necessary level of combat capacity following problems with military aircraft procurement, according to leaked Bundeswehr documents.
- Saudi warplanes strike Yemen's Hudaydah, kill 60 Press TV 30 Oct 2016 -- At least 60 people have been killed in airstrikes by Saudi warplanes on a Red Sea port city in Yemen's western province of Hudaydah.
- Yemeni tribes joind hands to counter Saudi aggression Press TV 30 Oct 2016 -- Yemeni tribes in different provinces have joined forces to counter the deadly Saudi aggression against their country, vowing revenge for the blood of the innocent.
- 36 affected in fresh chemical attack by terrorists in Syria's Aleppo Press TV 30 Oct 2016 -- At least three dozen people have reportedly been affected after foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists launched a barrage of shells loaded with poisonous gas against two residential neighborhoods in Syria's embattled northwestern city of Aleppo.
- Syria govt. forces down spy drones in Dara'a Press TV 30 Oct 2016 -- Syria has shot down three spy drones operated by terrorists on the suburbs of the country's southwestern city of Dara'a.
- Russian UN mission: 16k killed by so-called moderate militants in Syria Press TV 30 Oct 2016 -- Russia's Permanent Mission to the United Nations says more than 16,000 people were killed by US-backed militants between February and September in Syria.
- Syrian Rebels Keep Up Offensive Against Western Aleppo RFE/RL 30 Oct 2016 -- Syrian insurgents are maintaining a push into government-controlled areas of Aleppo, using artillery, car bombs, and tanks to advance into the western part of the city.
- UN Envoy for Syria Shocked by Rebels' Attacks on Residential Areas in Aleppo Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said Sunday that he was appalled and shocked by the high number of rocket attacks launched by Syrian rebels on civilians in western Aleppo in the last 48 hours.
- Militants' Chemical Attack in Aleppo Turns Deadly With One Killed, 30 Injured Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- One person was killed and at least 30 injured as a result of a militants' chemical attack in southwestern Aleppo, according to Al Mayadeen TV-channel reported.
- Terrorists Use Chemical Weapons During Attacks in Aleppo - Militia Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- A local militia's member told RIA Novosti that terrorists used chemical weapons during attacks in Syria's Aleppo.
- Russia, Syria Have Not Conducted Any Flights Over Aleppo in 13 Days Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- Russian and Syrian aircraft have not carried out any flights over the Syrian city of Aleppo, unlike the US-led coalition over the Iraqi Mosul, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Sunday.
- Syrian Army Eliminates 500, Injures 1,000 Militants in Aleppo in 24 Hours Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- Syrian army and militia forces eliminated 500 and injured 1,000 terrorists in Aleppo, after repulsing an offensive in the south-eastern Aleppo, local media reported Saturday, citing a source.
- UN envoy on Syria 'shocked' and 'appalled' by indiscriminate rocket attack on western Aleppo UN News 30 Oct 2016 -- The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has said that he is "appalled and shocked" by the high number of rockets indiscriminately launched by armed opposition groups on civilian suburbs of Syria's western Aleppo in the past 48 hours.
- Scores Dead as Syrian Rebels Battle to Break Aleppo Siege VOA 30 Oct 2016 -- Fighting raged Sunday on the western edges of the Syrian city of Aleppo, with rebels trying to split a Russian-backed government force laying siege to the eastern half of the city by attacking it from the rear.
- Iraqi forces liberate over 60 villages near Daesh-held Mosul Press TV 30 Oct 2016 -- A high-ranking Iraqi security source says government forces have taken back more than 60 villages from Daesh Takfiri terrorists since the beginning of the massive and multi-pronged offensive to free the northern city of Mosul started nearly a fortnight ago.
- Iraq denies US claim of 'pause' in Mosul operations Press TV 30 Oct 2016 -- Iraq has denied a recent claim made by the US-led coalition supposedly targeting Daesh in the Arab country that there was going to be a "pause" in Iraqi military operations to liberate the northern city of Mosul.
- Erdogan warns Hashd al-Shaabi over entering Tal Afar Press TV 30 Oct 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey will increase its military presence in town of Silopi located on the border with Iraq, while issuing a warning to Iraq's Hashd al-Shaabi forces, also known as Popular Mobilization Forces.
- Daesh Terrorists in Mosul Not Receiving Reinforcements From Syria – Iraqi Army Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- No reinforcement of Daesh militants arrived in Mosul from the Syrian territory, in contrary, the terrorists are undertaking attempts to escape to Syria, Yahya Rasul Zubaidi, a spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Special Operations Command, said Sunday.
- Shiite Militia to Liberate Tal Afar From Daesh Despite Turkey's Objections Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- Despite Ankara's warnings, Shiite militia will participate in the liberation of the Iraqi city of Tal Afar with Sunni Turkmen population.
- Iraqi Shia Militia Opens Front Against Daesh West of Mosul Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- Iraqi Shia militia opened a new front against Daesh terror group west of Mosul, local media reported on Saturday.
- Encircling Mosul: Iraqi Shia Militias to Block Daesh Western Flank Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- On Friday, Iraqi Shia paramilitary groups announced they will join the ongoing battle for Iraq's Mosul, the largest Daesh stronghold, crucial for crushing the violent extremist group.
- Baghdad Bombings Kill 17 People, Wound 60 VOA 30 Oct 2016 -- Five explosions left at least 17 people dead and 60 wounded in Baghdad Sunday, authorities said.
- New Mosul-area Desert Camps Start Taking in Fleeing Villagers VOA 30 Oct 2016 -- As Iraqi families speed away from the frontlines of the battle against Islamic State in trucks, the thousands of tents in the desert countryside surrounding Mosul are slowly being occupied by fleeing villagers.
- Fears Mount of IS Resorting to Chemical Warfare VOA 30 Oct 2016 -- The sulfur dioxide fire Islamic State militants triggered last week is only the first stage in a plan that will see the extremists resort to chemical warfare in a bid to stave off Iraqi and Kurdish forces from retaking Mosul, the terror group's last major urban stronghold in Iraq, military experts fear.
- 4 Egyptian troops killed in Sinai clashes Press TV 30 Oct 2016 -- Four Egyptian soldiers have been killed in the restive Sinai Peninsula amid ongoing operations meant to root out terrorists from the region.
- Indian Army Destroys Four Pakistani Border Posts, Kills up to 20 Soldiers Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- The Indian army destroyed at least four Pakistan's border posts killing up to 20 soldiers, local NDTV TV-channel reported on Sunday.
- Dozens Killed in Violence in Central African Republic Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- Twenty-five people have been killed in the Central African Republic (CAR) over the past two days, the UN peacekeeping mission in the country reports.
- Somali Troops Recapture Village from al-Shabab VOA 30 Oct 2016 -- Somali government troops recaptured Goofgaduud in southern Somalia after al-Shabab militants briefly took control of the village Sunday, officials and witnesses said.
- In phone call with South African President, UN chief expresses hope country will 'reconsider' decision to withdraw from International Criminal Court UN News 30 Oct 2016 -- In a telephone conversation with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon regretted the country's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) and expressed hope that it would reconsider the decision before the withdrawal takes effect.
- 18 Turkish army pilots arrested over links to Gulen movement Press TV 30 Oct 2016 -- Turkish officials have arrested more than a dozen army pilots on charges of affiliation to the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of having orchestrated the failed July 15 coup.
- Turkey warned against reintroducing death penalty Press TV 30 Oct 2016 -- The Council of Europe has warned Turkey against reinstating the death penalty as a way of punishing the plotters of a mid-July coup attempt, saying reestablishing the measure would mean an end to Ankara's dreams for joining the European Union.
- Turkey shuts down Kurdish media, fires civil servants Press TV 30 Oct 2016 -- Turkey has closed down 15 media outlets and dismissed over 10,000 civil servants as the Ankara government widens its crackdown on opposition following the abortive July 15 military coup.
- Turkey Sacks 10,000 Civil Servants In Further Crackdown RFE/RL 30 Oct 2016 -- Turkish authorities have dismissed over 10,000 civil servants in an ongoing crackdown over the July failed coup attempt.
- Moldovans voting in first presidential election in 20 years Press TV 30 Oct 2016 -- People in Moldova have started casting their ballots in the country's first presidential election in two decades, in what is viewed as a battle between supporters of closer ties with Russia and those seeking integration with the European Union.
- Moldova Holds First Direct Presidential Poll Since 1990s VOA 30 Oct 2016 -- Moldova voted Sunday in its first popular presidential election since the 1990s that could move the former Soviet republic closer to the European Union or to closer relations with Russia.
- Iceland's Prime Minister Resigns After Parliamentary Elections – Reports Sputnik 30 Oct 2016 -- Iceland's Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson resigned following the results of parliamentary elections, which were held Saturday, media reported Sunday.
- No Party Wins Majority in Iceland Parliamentary Poll VOA 30 Oct 2016 -- Iceland's prime minister resigned Sunday after an election in which no party gained a parliamentary majority needed to form the next government.
- Iceland PM resigns after bitter defeat in snap votes Press TV 30 Oct 2016 -- Iceland's Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson has announced his resignation after his party suffered an unexpected defeat in the country's snap parliamentary votes.
- Georgians Vote In Second-Round Parliamentary Elections RFE/RL 30 Oct 2016 -- Georgians have gone to the polls on October 30 for a second round of parliamentary elections to decide the outcome of one-third of the seats in the 150-seat legislature.
- Saudi Arabia: Attack on World Cup Qualifier Foiled VOA 30 Oct 2016 -- Saudi Arabia says it foiled a plot to bomb a World Cup 2018 qualifying match earlier this month and has arrested terror suspects linked to the Islamic State militant group.
- Embattled confidante of S. Korean president returns to Seoul People's Daily 30 Oct 2016 -- Choi Soon-sil, a longtime confidante of South Korean President Park Geun-hye suspected of illicitly intervening in state affairs, returned to Seoul on Sunday, with prosecutors expected to summon her as early as next Monday.
- South Korea's President Accepts Resignation of Top Aides VOA 30 Oct 2016 -- South Korea's president who is in the middle of an influence-peddling scandal accepted the resignation of several of her top aides Sunday.
- Pakistan police arrest over 100 supporters of Imran Khan Press TV 30 Oct 2016 -- Pakistani police have arrested more than 100 supporters of opposition leader Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party who entered Islamabad ahead of a planned protest in the capital, the interior minister says.
- Pakistan minister resigns for suspected role in leaking info to daily Press TV 30 Oct 2016 -- A key Pakistani minister "has been directed to step down" for his suspected role in leaking government information to media that implicates the country's powerful military in acts of extremism overseas.
- China's development, stability require strong core leadership People's Daily 30 Oct 2016 -- As China has entered a crucial stage in the building of a "moderately prosperous society in all respects", a strong core leadership is needed to ensure the development and prosperity of the nation.
- Zarif: Iran most powerful state in region IRNA 30 Oct 2016 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic of Iran with reliance on genuine principles of the Islamic revolution is the most powerful state in the region.
- Iran most powerful state in Middle East: Zarif Press TV 30 Oct 2016 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic is the most powerful state in the Middle East region through reliance on the high values and genuine principles of the Islamic Revolution.
- Nuclear energy, symbol of glory: AEOI head IRNA 30 Oct 2016 -- Nuclear energy has turned into a symbol of glory and the nation's dignity, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said here Sunday.
- KMT should urge China to recognize ROC's existence: DPP CNA 30 Oct 2016 -- The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) urged opposition Kuomintang Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) on Sunday to call on Beijing to "squarely face the fact that the Republic of China exists."
- KMT chairwoman heads to Beijing CNA 30 Oct 2016 -- Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) departed for China on Sunday to attend a cross-Taiwan strait forum.
- Bahrain's banned opposition group appeals against dissolution Press TV 30 Oct 2016 -- Bahrain's banned al-Wefaq National Islamic Society has appealed against a court ruling on its dissolution over terrorism-related charges, officials say.
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