02 November 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 02 Nov 2016 [PDF]
- Military Strikes Target ISIL in Iraq AFPS 02 Nov 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.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 02 Nov 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
- Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on Strike Against al-Qaeda Leader in Syria DoD 02 Nov 2016 -- U.S. forces conducted an airstrike on Oct. 17 in Marib Governorate, Syria, killing Haydar Kirkan, a long-serving and experienced facilitator and courier for al-Qaeda in Syria.?
- Transregional Strikes Hit al-Qaida Leaders in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan AFPS 02 Nov 2016 -- Strikes in October against al-Qaida operatives in Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan show the transregional nature of both the terrorist group and the approach to countering them, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said today.
- Afghanistan: International support to Kunduz remains essential, says UN Mission UN News 02 Nov 2016 -- The United Nations will do everything in its power to support the people of Kunduz in, the political chief of UN mission in Afghanistan told Government officials, civil society and media professionals in the restive northern province, where the security situation has remained tense since the provincial capital was briefly overtaken by the Taliban in late 2015 and was attacked again in October this year.
- UN Demands Afghanistan End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists VOA 02 Nov 2016 -- Media defenders in Afghanistan say at least 11 journalists have died and hundreds more forced to flee from fighting in the first 10 months of 2016, making it the deadliest year for the country.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Defense Department Seeks Ideas for Preserving U.S. Competitive Advantage AFPS 02 Nov 2016 -- After 15 years of continuous combat operations focused on counter-terrorism, irregular warfare, and nation building, the Joint Force is now preparing for a future that demands skill across the full range of military operations, including high-end, multi-domain warfare against large state competitors.
- Senior Military Leaders Discuss Potential Deployment, Logistics Challenges AFPS 02 Nov 2016 -- Senior military leaders discussed potential challenges their commands may face in supporting future operations during a meeting of defense industry partners in St. Louis, Missouri, yesterday.
- Remarks by Secretary Carter at a troop event, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri DoD 02 Nov 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- Media Availability with Secretary Carter in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri DoD 02 Nov 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- USS John S. McCain Conducts Routine South China Sea Patrol NNS 02 Nov 2016 -- Forward-deployed, Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) conducted routine operations while transiting through the South China Sea, Oct. 30.
- U.S.-Japan Self-Defense Forces to Conduct Combined Amphibious Operations off Guam, Tinian NNS 02 Nov 2016 -- U.S. forces are set to partner with the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) in amphibious operations off Guam and Tinian as part of Keen Sword 17, Nov. 1-11.
- Emory S. Land, Frank Cable Benefit from New Support Buildings NNS 02 Nov 2016 -- Three military construction (MILCON) projects which will increase repair capabilities for submarine tenders USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) and USS Frank Cable (AS 40) are scheduled to be completed in December.
- Carl Vinson Conducts Live-Fire Exercise NNS 02 Nov 2016 -- Crew members aboard aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) conducted a live-fire exercise with the ship's RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile weapons systems and Phalanx Close-In Weapons System Nov. 2.
- NATO Secretary General: We are as united as ever NATO 02 Nov 2016 -- NATO Defence Ministers wrapped up two days of talks in Brussels on Thursday, which marked progress in creating four NATO battalions in the Baltic States and Poland, closer cooperation with the European Union and training for Iraqi officers.
- Estonia Accuses Russia of Violating Country's Airspace 2 Times on Tuesday Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- The General Staff of the Estonian Defense Forces on Wednesday reiterated its accusations against Russia over alleged violations of the country's airspace by their aircraft two times on Tuesday.
- NATO Builds Up Capabilities on Russian, Belarusian Borders Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the US and other NATO members are actively building up their offensive potential on the western borders of Russia and Belarus.
- Russia, NATO Hold Simultaneous Military Drills In Balkans RFE/RL 02 Nov 2016 -- Russian paratroopers have launched joint exercises with Serbian military units at the same time as NATO is holding exercises in neighboring Montenegro.
- Russian Lower House Ratifies Agreement to Combine Forces With Abkhazia Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- The Russian lower house of parliament adopted a bill ratifying an agreement to combine the Russian Armed Forces with those of Abkhazia, according to background documentation published Wednesday.
- Four Ships of Russian Pacific Fleet Arrive in Jakarta Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- Four ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet arrived in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta's port of Tanjung Priok.
- Bulgarian Government Approves Additional $8.7Mln Spending to Upgrade MiG-29 Jets Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- Bulgaria's government announced on Wednesday it had approved an extra 15.4 million levs spending ($8.7 million) to ensure the airworthiness of its Air Force's MiG-29 fighter aircraft, media reported.
- Attacking ships is the 5th-generation stealth fighter jets' capability People's Daily 02 Nov 2016 -- China's biggest air show kicked off Tuesday with a brief but spectacular display of its latest aviation technology, with the debut of its latest stealth fighter jet thrilling spectators.
- China initiates country's first centimeter-level positioning system People's Daily 02 Nov 2016 -- China has launched its first centimeter-level positioning system, which can significantly improve the accuracy of its domestic navigation satellite system.
- Belarus Signs Over 20 Arms Delivery, Upgrade Deals With Russia in 2016 Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- Minsk has inked over 20 contracts in the supply and upgrades of Russian weapons in 2016.
- North Korea to launch missile in three days: US sources Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- North Korea is gearing up for launching an intermediate-range ballistic missile in the next three days, US sources say.
- As J-20 Takes Flight, India Yet to Firm-up its Plan on Next Gen Stealth Aircraft Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- India watched with anxious interest the much awaited appearance of J-20 which is expected to provide long range, hard to detect strike capacity to the Chinese Air Force from 2018.
- UK troops to provide further support to Colombia UK MOD 02 Nov 2016 -- The Defence Secretary has praised the UK's relationship with Colombia as further UK personnel prepare to visit the Latin American country.
- Iran's Armed Forces will never be caught off guard: Senior cmdr. Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- A senior Iranian commander says "Iran's Armed Forces will never be caught off guard" by any threats.
- Defense minister gives assurances on U.S. arms sold to Taiwan CNA 02 Nov 2016 -- Facing lawmakers' doubts that the United States might have sold Taiwan weapons of poor quality, Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) gave assurances Wednesday that all of the weapons supplied met Taiwan's requirements.
- November 2, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 02 Nov 2016
- Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz en route Chapel Hill, NC, 11/2/2016 The White House 02 Nov 2016
- 2 November 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 02 Nov 2016
- Funding shortfall for UN emergency response fund could have 'devastating impact' UN News 02 Nov 2016 -- The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has warned that an imminent funding shortfall could severely impact its response to sudden onset or rapidly deteriorating emergencies as well as forgotten crises during the end of 2016 and early 2017 and ultimately have a devastating impact on the lives of people in need.
- Yemeni forces shoot down Saudi reconnaissance aircraft: Report Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- The Yemeni army, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees, has reportedly shot down a Saudi unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on an espionage mission near the country's airspace.
- Turkey's Foreign Minister Calls Iraq's Prime Minister 'Weak Politician' Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday called Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar Abadi "a weak politician" unable to fight Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants, outlawed in Turkey.
- Turkey Moving Armored Vehicles to Kilis on Syrian Border Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- Turkish armored personnel carriers and other military vehicles were transfered to the border town of Kilis, near Syria, according to local media.
- Syrian army liberates Aleppo district from terrorists' grip Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- Syrian army forces have managed to regain control of a neighborhood of Aleppo from the Jaish al-Fatah terrorist group in their latest advance against militants in the contested northwestern city.
- Russian foreign minister: Sooner Syria crisis ends the better Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has underlined the necessity of finding a swift political solution to the deadly conflict gripping Syria, particularly the divided city of Aleppo.
- Russian president orders humanitarian pause in Syria's Aleppo Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin has ordered a 10-hour humanitarian pause in Aleppo on Friday, calling on the militants operating there to stop fighting and leave the embattled Syrian city.
- Daesh Terrorists Pushed Away From Northern Region of Aleppo After Clashes Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- The Daesh armed groups were pushed from the northern region of Syria's Aleppo by the Free Syrian Army, according to the statement of the FSA command.
- Syrian Army Eliminates Almost All al-Nusra Front Jihadists in Southern Daraa Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- Syrian government forces have eliminated nearly all militants belonging to the Jabhat Fatah al Sham (also known as al-Nusra Front, or Jabhat al-Nusra) terrorist group in southern parts of Daraa city in southwestern Syria, local SANA reported Wednesday, citing a military source.
- Russia Plans Halt in Aleppo Airstrikes VOA 02 Nov 2016 -- The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday that it would observe a 'humanitarian pause' on Friday to allow both rebels and civilians to leave the embattled city.
- Daesh gathers Mosul residents to be used as human shields: Locals Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- Residents of the Daesh-held Iraqi city of Mosul say the Takfiri terrorist group is forcibly gathering civilians for possible use as human shields against the Iraqi forces conducting a major operation to liberate the city.
- Over 100 Daesh terrorists killed amid Iraq push to retake Mosul Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- More than 100 Daesh terrorists have been killed as Iraqi forces, backed by army air power, keep fighting their way into the northern city of Mosul, the last Daesh stronghold in the Arab country.
- We don't want war with Turkey but are ready for it: Iraq Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- Baghdad says it will dismantle Turkey if it invades Iraq after Ankara deploys tanks and heavy artillery on its border.
- 10,000 Displaced Iraqis Return to Nineveh As Battle for Mosul Rages Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- An Iraqi parliament member reported Wednesday that ten thousand Nineveh residents had returned to their villages, having left briefly due to conflicts taking place to take back Mosul from Daesh militants.
- Iraqi State-Sponsored Militia Ready to Fight Daesh Terrorists in Syria Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- PMF commander of the Turkmen unit said that the armed forces of the Popular Mobilization Forces, an Iraqi state-sponsored militia organization, are ready to fight Daesh terrorists not only in Iraq, but also in Syria.
- Closing in on Mosul, Iraqi Army Finds Wake of Destruction VOA 02 Nov 2016 -- Soldiers say the Iraqi army is closing in on Mosul, fighting less than a kilometer from the city limits as it battles Islamic State militants in Iraq.
- Kenya to withdraw troops from UN mission in South Sudan Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- Kenya says it will withdraw from the United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon dismissed the Kenyan commander of the mission over its failure to protect civilians.
- Kenya Angry at UN, Will Pull its Peacekeepers From South Sudan VOA 02 Nov 2016 -- Kenya says it will pull its peacekeepers from South Sudan, a day after the U.N. secretary-general fired the Kenyan general who is the force commander of the U.N. mission there.
- South Sudan Analysts: Firing UNMISS Commander Long Overdue VOA 02 Nov 2016 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's decision Tuesday to fire the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) force commander is long overdue, say South Sudanese analysts.
- UN gives commanders of South Sudan peacekeepers the axe Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- United Nations' Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has dismissed and called for the immediate replacement of the commander of peacekeeping forces in South Sudan, in reaction to a damning report which shows the failure of the mission to protect civilians and UN staff during a deadly violence that erupted in the capital Juba earlier this year.
- Germany Extends Involvement in UN Missions in Sudan, S. Sudan Until 2018 Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- Bundeswehr's involvement in the United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), and the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) will be extended until the end of 2017, maintaining a regular level of staff, up to 50 soldiers at each point, according to government spokesman Steffen Seibert.
- Myanmar's Rakhine Violence Flares as Army Moves In VOA 02 Nov 2016 -- Myanmar's Rakhine State is no stranger to conflict or controversy.
- South Korea coast guard opens fire on Chinese fishing boats Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- South Korean coast guard vessels have opened fire on Chinese trawlers allegedly fishing illegally off South Korea's coast, prompting Beijing to censure Seoul.
- India, Pakistan withdraw diplomats amid tensions Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- India and Pakistan have decided to withdraw diplomats as tensions between the two nuclear powers of the South Asia region keep escalating.
- Russian Lawmaker Says No Talks Under Way To Hand Kuriles To Japan RFE/RL 02 Nov 2016 -- Russia will never give the disputed Kurile Islands to Japan and no talks are under way for a possible handover, the head of Russia's upper chamber of parliament said.
- Rewards Offered For Capture Of North Caucasus Insurgency Leaders RFE/RL 02 Nov 2016 -- The Chechen Interior Ministry and the Federal Security Service (FSB) directorate for Chechnya have posted rewards of up to 5 million rubles (approximately $80,000) for information leading to the capture of two North Caucasus militant leaders, neither of whom has shown any sign of life for at least a year.
- Western Saharan refugees face looming food shortage, UN agencies warn in appeal for donor support UN News 02 Nov 2016 -- Three United Nations agencies operating in Algeria appealed today for continued donor support for refugees from Western Sahara, warning that insufficient funding makes imminent a cut in basic food rations.
- UN envoy calls for concerted efforts to avoid rolling-back of gains in Africa's Great Lakes UN News 02 Nov 2016 -- The United Nations envoy for the Great Lakes region today highlighted the challenges posed by armed groups which continue to threaten the region's stability and called for concerted efforts to avert any reversal of the commendable gains it has achieved thus far.
- Deputy UN chief urges Central African lawmakers to act as 'defenders of dialogue and reconciliation' UN News 02 Nov 2016 -- Addressing the National Assembly of the Central African Republic (CAR) today, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told the legislators that the country's people had given them a clear mandate, and as such, he urged them not only to play their traditional role as parliamentarians, "but also as defenders of dialogue and reconciliation."
- Clinton Campaign Calls On FBI To Disclose Inquiry On Possible Russia-Trump Ties RFE/RL 02 Nov 2016 -- U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign manager has called on the FBI to disclose what it learned in an inquiry into ties between Russia and Republican candidate Donald Trump.
- Report released on corruption allegations against Zuma Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- South Africa's corruption watchdog has released the findings of a probe into corruption allegations against President Jacob Zuma.
- Unrest in Pretoria as Zuma Corruption Report Released VOA 02 Nov 2016 -- Police in South Africa's capital fired rubber bullets Wednesday to disperse protesters who gathered near President Jacob Zuma's office, demanding that he resign.
- Germany's Merkel censures Turkey for media crackdown Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has voiced concern about Turkey's widening crackdown on the media.
- Human Rights Group Says Moscow Office Sealed VOA 02 Nov 2016 -- Amnesty International says staff of its Moscow branch arrived at work Wednesday morning to find their office sealed with a notice from municipal authorities warning people not to enter.
- Moscow Authorities Seal Off Amnesty International's Russia Office RFE/RL 02 Nov 2016 -- Moscow authorities abruptly sealed off the office of Amnesty International (AI), barring staff from entry in what the head of the rights watchdog's Russian representation called an "unfriendly and even violent action."
- Putin's Push for Law on 'Russian Nation' Gets Mixed Reviews VOA 02 Nov 2016 -- President Vladimir Putin has urged Russia's parliament to develop and implement federal legislation on "the Russian nation" to clarify and further regulate ethnic relations in the country. While the proposal has not been fleshed out, it is receiving mixed reviews.
- Putin Appoints Ex-Foreign Intelligence Chief Chairman of Almaz-Antey Concern Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- Mikhail Fradkov has been appointed chairman of the Board of Directors of the state-owned Almaz-Antey concern.
- South Korean president's confidante faces detention Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- Prosecutors in South Korea have requested an arrest warrant for Choi Soon-sil, President Park Geun-hye's long-time friend, as Park's popularity plunges over allegations of favoritism.
- South Korea announces new premier, finance minister amid Park scandal Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- South Korea has named a new prime minister and finance minister amid a political scandal concerning President Park Geun-hye allegedly letting a close friend meddle in state affairs.
- South Korea 'Shaman Gate': President's State Policy Decided by Cult Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- The unprecedented political scandal threatening to unseat South Korea's President Park Geun-hye is gathering pace.
- Former secretary to S. Korean president summoned for alleged involvement in scandal People's Daily 02 Nov 2016 -- An Jong-beom, former secretary to South Korean President Park Geun-hye, was summoned by prosecutors on Wednesday for his alleged involvement in a scandal.
- S.Korean president's cabinet reshuffle boycotted by opposition parties People's Daily 02 Nov 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday reshuffled the cabinet by appointing a figure in the opposition bloc as new prime minister, but opposition parties agreed to boycott parliamentary hearing for new appointments citing lack of communications with the parliament.
- S.Korean president reshuffles cabinet amid controversial scandal People's Daily 02 Nov 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday reshuffled the cabinet, naming new prime minister, deputy minister for economic affairs and public safety minister amid a controversial scandal surrounding her longtime confidante, Park's office said.
- China's Xi lashes out at political cliques, election fraud People's Daily 02 Nov 2016 -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has lashed out at graft and political conspiracy in the Party and called for an uncorrupt political ecology.
- FM Spokesman Slams Anti-DPRK Remarks of U.S. Deputy Secretary of State KCNA 02 Nov 2016 -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK Wednesday gave the following answer to the question raised by KCNA with regard to the reckless remarks made by Blinken, U.S. deputy secretary of State, pulling up the DPRK over its measures for bolstering nuclear deterrence for self-defence:
- DPRK Will Go Straight along Road Chosen by Itself: Rodong Sinmun KCNA 02 Nov 2016 -- U.S. and other Western media are vying with each other to report that the present U.S. administration is racking its brain over how to cope with the steady bolstering of the DPRK's nuclear attack capability whereas its line of simultaneously developing the two fronts is registering unimaginable achievements.
- Supreme Leader: Iran will steer clear of US, talks with US bring nothing IRNA 02 Nov 2016 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Iran will steer clear of the US and that negotiations with the United States brought nothing.
- China plans commercial space voyages for 2020 People's Daily 02 Nov 2016 -- China's state-owned commercial aerospace manufacturer and provider has planned a three-step strategy to ignite the country's space tourism industry, Global Times reported.
- Poll Shows More Ukrainians Support NATO, Dislike Russia RFE/RL 01 Nov 2016 -- The number of Ukrainians who support their country becoming a member of NATO has increased while their feelings toward Russia are "cold," according to a new opinion poll.
- Ukraine Hopes Law to Reveal Lawmakers' Wealth Will Aid EU Path VOA 02 Nov 2016 -- A new law in Ukraine forcing senior officials to declare their wealth has revealed the scale of riches held by those in power. Members of the Cabinet alone hold $7 million in cash. Other lawmakers declared luxury cars, expensive watches and artwork. Analysts say the revelations show how far Ukraine still has to go to eradicate corruption.
- KMT-CPC forum opens in Beijing CNA 02 Nov 2016 -- The 11th meeting between Taiwan's Kuomintang (KMT) and the Communist Party of China (CPC) opened in Beijing on Wednesday, with more than 200 people in attendance, including KMT Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱).
- KMT-CPC bridge 'too important to be cut off': KMT chairwoman CNA 02 Nov 2016 -- Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), chairwoman of Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang (KMT), said Wednesday the bridge her party has built with the Communist Party of China (CPC) for exchanges between the two sides of Taiwan Strait is too important to be cut off.
- 10,000 Police Forces Deployed in Islamabad as Opposition Rally Kicks Off Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- A total of 10,000 police personnel has been deployed in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad to ensure security at a rally held by the Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) opposition movement, local media reported Wednesday.
- Venezuela opposition scraps Maduro trial, but presses demands Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- Venezuela's opposition has postponed a symbolic trial of President Nicolas Maduro in parliament, but threatened to quit reconciliation talks with the government if Caracas fails to meet its demands.
- UNSC urges formation of 'unity government' in Lebanon Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has expressed optimism about the recent election of Michel Aoun as the new Lebanese president, voicing hope that the development would help resolve the political crises in the Mediterranean country.
- Moldovan Presidential Candidate Calls Rival's Crimea Remarks 'High Treason' RFE/RL 02 Nov 2016 -- Moldovan presidential candidate Maia Sandu has suggested her opponent, Igor Dodon, made treasonous comments in saying that Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula is now effectively part of Russia, two years after being annexed by Moscow.
- 35 Leaders, Groups Listed as 'Predators of Press Freedom' VOA 02 Nov 2016 -- Turkish President Erdogan, Saudi Arabia's King Salman, and the Islamic State Terror Group are recent additions to the list of "Predators of Press Freedom" released by Reporters without Borders to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists Wednesday.
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