05 November 2016 Military News
- Strikes Target ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 05 Nov 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.
- US vows to probe 33 civilian deaths after airstrike in Afghanistan Press TV 05 Nov 2016 -- The commander of US forces in Afghanistan has promised an investigation into the recent death of more than 30 Afghan civilians, including women and children, in an airstrike.
- US Military: Counter-Taliban Action 'Very Likely' Caused Civilian Casualties VOA 05 Nov 2016 -- The United States military says this week's deadly clashes with Taliban insurgents in northern Afghanistan "very likely" harmed civilians.
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- German army finds 20 Takfiri infiltrators Press TV 05 Nov 2016 -- The German army has found 20 Takfiri militants in its ranks who had enlisted to gain weapons and tactical training to use later in terrorist attacks.
- German Military Uncovers 'Islamists' Within Its Ranks Sputnik 05 Nov 2016 -- Germany's Military Counterintelligence Service (MAD) has discovered at least 20 "Islamists" among the country's armed forces and has put another 60 under surveillance for suspected Islamist leanings, German media reported November 5.
- IRGC deputy commander: Iran's deterrent might is very destructive IRNA 05 Nov 2016 -- Deputy Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami said on Saturday that Iran's deterrent might is very destructive against any type of aggression and is to give a crushing response to the enemies.
- Japan Investing in Djibouti Military Base to Counter China's Influence in Africa Sputnik 05 Nov 2016 -- Tokyo plans to expand its outpost located in Djibouti to counterbalance China's rising influence in the region at a time when Beijing is constructing its first overseas military base in the small African nation and spending tens of billions on regional investment projects, London-based researcher Rob Edens wrote for the National Interest.
- Russian militants in Syria pose threat once back home: Medvedev Press TV 05 Nov 2016 -- A large number of Russians, currently active in the ranks of terrorist groups in Syria, might also launch terror attacks once they return home, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warns.
- Militant offensive on Aleppo kills 74 Syrians in 8 days: Group Press TV 05 Nov 2016 -- Dozens of civilians have lost their lives since foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants launched an offensive against the government-held part of the Syrian city of Aleppo more than a week ago, a Britain-based monitoring group says.
- Militant shelling wounds two Russian troops, Syrian journalist Press TV 05 Nov 2016 -- Foreign-backed militants have fired rockets at a humanitarian corridor established by Syria and Russia in Aleppo, wounding two Russian troops and a Syrian journalist.
- Syrian Army Destroys al-Nusra Front Units in Daraa Province Bordering Jordan Sputnik 05 Nov 2016 -- The Syrian government troops destroyed several units of the Jabhat Fatah al Sham (formerly known as al-Nusra Front) terror group in the southwestern province of Daraa bordering Jordan, state-run media reported.
- Opposition-Run Media Reports Shelling in Aleppo Province VOA 05 Nov 2016 -- The opposition-run Syrian news agency Thiqa posted a video online Saturday purported to show a missile falling on Darat Izza, a town in northwestern Aleppo province.
- Iraqi Forces Fighting Islamic State Surge Toward Mosul Airport RFE/RL 05 Nov 2016 -- Iraqi security forces converging on Mosul from the south have driven Islamic State (IS) fighters from the center of a town just several kilometers from the large northern city's airport.
- UK spies believe Daesh chief escaped Mosul: Boris Johnson Press TV 05 Nov 2016 -- UK intelligence sources believe that Daesh chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has managed to escape the besieged Iraqi town of Mosul, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says.
- Multiple bomb blasts leave ten civilians dead in, around Iraq's Baghdad Press TV 05 Nov 2016 -- At least 10 people have been killed and 37 others wounded in a series of bomb explosions that ripped through residential neighborhoods in and around the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, security and medical officials say.
- Iraq forces advance against Daesh in Mosul from city's south Press TV 05 Nov 2016 -- Iraqi troops have pushed into the center of the last town before Mosul where Daesh terrorists await a final offensive by the army and volunteer forces to drive them out.
- Iraqi Government Forces Advance Slowly, Steadily Into Mosul VOA 05 Nov 2016 -- Iraqi government forces traded artillery fire Saturday with Islamic State militants as they attempted to advance into areas of eastern Mosul. Government media reported the troops had entered at least five eastern districts of the city within the past 48 hours and that bitter fighting was continuing.
- Foreign diplomats urge Myanmar to probe rights violation Press TV 05 Nov 2016 -- Foreign diplomats have called on Myanmar's government to launch a transparent inquiry into human rights violations in the western Rakhine state, home to many Rohingya Muslim minorities.
- Daesh claims responsibility for killing of Egyptian general in Sinai Press TV 05 Nov 2016 -- The Takfiri terrorist group of Daesh, which is mainly active in Iraq and Syria, has claimed responsibility for the killing of an Egyptian general in Egypt's restive North Sinai Province.
- Second Egyptian General Killed In Sinai In Two Weeks RFE/RL 05 Nov 2016 -- An Egyptian general was killed by militants near his home in North Sinai, the military said, the second soldier of his rank to be shot dead in as many weeks.
- Suicide Car Bomb Kills at Least Three in Somalia VOA 05 Nov 2016 -- A car bomb attack near the parliament building in Somalia's capital Mogadishu killed at least three people and wounded six others on Saturday, a security official and witnesses said.
- Advisers Point to Key Differences Between Clinton, Trump on China Policies VOA 05 Nov 2016 -- How do the two leading U.S. presidential candidates differ in their policies toward China? In the latest VOA China 360 podcast, senior advisers to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump provided exclusive insight into three key differences between the Democratic and Republican nominees.
- US ready to hack Kremlin, Russian infrastructure: Report Press TV 05 Nov 2016 -- US military hackers have penetrated Russia's political heart and its critical infrastructure and are ready to cause damage in case Moscow attempts to disrupt the upcoming presidential election in America, a report says.
- US Military Hackers Claim Penetration of Russian Infrastructure Sputnik 05 Nov 2016 -- US military hackers have penetrated Russia's electric grid, telecommunications networks and Kremlin's command systems, making them vulnerable to attack by secret American cyber weapons, according to a series of reports by a major US television network.
- Istanbul court orders imprisonment of 9 Cumhuriyet journalists Press TV 05 Nov 2016 -- A court in the Turkish city of Istanbul has ordered the imprisonment of nine of 13 journalists and staffers of a major opposition newspaper, saying they should go to jail pending trial.
- World Leaders Condemn Turkey's Arrest Of Kurdish Lawmakers RFE/RL 05 Nov 2016 -- World leaders have strongly condemned Turkey's arrest of a dozen Kurdish lawmakers in a widening crackdown on dissent since a failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Turkish Police Disrupt Protest Over Journalists' Arrests VOA 05 Nov 2016 -- Turkish police used water cannon and tear gas on hundreds of protesters Saturday in Istanbul to disrupt a march in support of an opposition newspaper whose staff had earlier been arrested as part of a government crackdown.
- Former Putin Bodyguard Named FSB Deputy Director RFE/RL 05 Nov 2016 -- A former bodyguard of Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named the deputy director of the country's Federal Security Service (FSB).
- Police use tear gas to disperse banned protest in DR Congo Press TV 05 Nov 2016 -- Police in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have used tear gas to disperse demonstrators who participated in a banned opposition protest calling for President Joseph Kabila to step down before the year's end.
- Police Use Armored Vehicles, Tear Gas and Soccer to Block DRC Rally VOA 05 Nov 2016 -- Riot police and armored vehicles deployed to a public square in Kinshasa on Saturday, firing tear gas to break up a rally by supporters of popular opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, president of the Rassemblement, the largest anti-government coalition in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- South Africa's Zuma censures judiciary amid corruption probe Press TV 05 Nov 2016 -- South African President Jacob Zuma has censured an investigation into corruption allegations against him as a new example of the judiciary's growing interference in the democratic system.
- HK opposition has no respect for Basic Law People's Daily 05 Nov 2016 -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government told the media on Friday they have been informed by the central government that an interpretation to Hong Kong's Basic Law Article 104 has been included in the schedule of the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee. It's said that the NPC itself brought up the subject of interpretation.
- Koreans rally in big numbers, urge Park to resign Press TV 05 Nov 2016 -- Thousands of South Koreans have taken to the streets, calling on President Park Geun-hye to resign amid deepening fallout from a corruption scandal.
- Tens of Thousands Protest Against South Korea's President VOA 05 Nov 2016 -- Tens of thousands of South Koreans protested in the streets of their capital Saturday, demanding President Park Geun-hye's resignation over a scandal involving her longtime confidante and former advisers.
- DPRK Government Will Make Every Effort to Ensure Rights of People and Improve Their Living KCNA 05 Nov 2016 -- There was a discussion on agenda item "Human Rights Protection and Promotion" from Oct. 28 to 31 at the meeting of the Third Committee (society, human rights and humanitarianism) of the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations.
- Taiwan regrets exclusion from Interpol assembly CNA 05 Nov 2016 -- Taiwan on Saturday expressed its deep regret and discontent with the International Criminal Police Organization's (Interpol) rejection of its bid to attend the organization's upcoming general assembly.
- China urged not to block Taiwan internationally CNA 05 Nov 2016 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Saturday urged China stop obstructing Taiwan's efforts to take part in international activities, after the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) rejected Taipei's request to attend its upcoming general assembly, apparently due to a objection from Beijing.
- Basque Separatist ETA Leader Arrested in France VOA 05 Nov 2016 -- The leader of the once-feared Basque separatist group ETA was arrested Saturday in southwestern France during a joint operation by French and Spanish security forces, Spanish officials said.
- Xinhua Insight: China proposal boosts pragmatic cooperation among SCO members People's Daily 05 Nov 2016 -- A six-pronged proposal laid out by Chinese Premier Li Keqiangat the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) prime ministers' meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, will help the alignment of China's Belt and Road Initiative with the development strategies of other SCO member states.
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