06 November 2016 Military News
- ISIL Terrorist Locations Hit in Syria, Iraq AFPS 06 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.
- Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Raqqa DoD 06 Nov 2016
- Turkish, US Military Chiefs Discuss Kurds' Participation in Anti-Daesh Campaigns Sputnik 06 Nov 2016 -- US Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar spoke of the risks associated with the participation of the Kurds in the military operations against Daesh in Iraq and Syria, the Turkish General Staff said Sunday.
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- Russian Pacific Fleet Ships Detachment Finishes Visit to Indonesia Sputnik 06 Nov 2016 -- A detachment of ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet finished the visit to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.
- THAAD Decision Derails Seoul-Beijing Military Talks Sputnik 06 Nov 2016 -- Seoul and Beijing have suspended their high-level defense talks as a result of South Korea's decision to deploy a controversial American anti-missile system in the country.
- Taiwan to hold humanitarian rescue drill in South China Sea CNA 06 Nov 2016 -- The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) and the Navy will hold a joint drill in the South China Sea at the end of this month, it was announced on Sunday.
- Jordan, Egypt launch joint military drills in port of Aqaba Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- Jordan and Egypt have started joint wargames in the southwestern Jordanian port city of Aqaba in a bid to boost bilateral military cooperation.
- Poland to Acquire Additional Naval Strike Missiles, Submarines Sputnik 06 Nov 2016 -- Polish Deputy Defence Minister Bartosz Kownacki announced that Warsaw may soon purchase more submarines and naval strike missiles (NSMs) for the country's navy.
- Chinese Ships Conduct Patrol Mission Close to Disputed Islands in East China Sea Sputnik 06 Nov 2016 -- China's State Oceanic Administration (SOA) has confirmed that Chinese Coast Guard ships carried out a patrol mission in the East China Sea on Sunday, sailing close to the disputed islands, known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan.
- Japan protests to China over 'territorial violation' in East China Sea Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- Japan has protested to China over the entry earlier of Chinese coastguard vessels into disputed territory in the East China Sea.
- US wants 'local' forces in nascent op to capture Daesh-held Raqqah Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- "Local" forces must be in the "vanguard" of a fight to capture the Syrian Daesh-held city of Raqqah, says the US special envoy to the so-called coalition against the Takfiri terrorists.
- Syrian Kurds Launch Offensive to Retake IS Stronghold City of Raqqa VOA 06 Nov 2016 -- Kurdish-led Syrian forces, backed by U.S. air power and military advisers, launched an offensive Sunday to gain control of Raqqa, the northern Syrian city overrun by Islamic State extremists in 2014 and self-designated as the center of extremist rule.
- U.S.-Backed Syrian Kurds Announce Start Of Campaign To Retake Raqqa RFE/RL 06 Nov 2016 -- U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish-Arab forces have announced the start of a campaign to retake the Islamic State (IS) militant group's de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria.
- US-Backed Syrian Democratic Forces Announce Start of Raqqa Offensive Sputnik 06 Nov 2016 -- The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces' (SDF) rebel fighters have announced on Sunday the start of an offensive on Daesh's de facto capital of Raqqa.
- Offensive Begins to Retake IS 'Capital' in Syria VOA 06 Nov 2016 -- U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian forces launched an offensive Sunday to gain control of Raqqa, the Syrian city that has become the de facto capital for Islamic State militants.
- Western powers growing 'much weaker' in Syria, Assad says Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says Western powers are "becoming much weaker" in his conflict-ridden country as government forces, backed by fighters from allied popular defense groups, are gaining more ground in battles against foreign-backed terrorists.
- Syrian Kurds Call for International Support in Operation to Liberate Raqqa Sputnik 06 Nov 2016 -- The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) called on international and regional forces to support the operation to liberate the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh terrorist group.
- Daesh 'Started to Shrink' Only After Russia Launched Operation in Syria - Assad Sputnik 06 Nov 2016 -- The West is losing its positions in Syria as it cannot "explain to people what is going on," while Russia's involvement has significantly weakened Daesh terrorist group, Syrian President Bashar Assad said.
- Terrorist attack in Iraq kills 7 Iranian pilgrims, injures 61 others IRNA 06 Nov 2016 -- A terrorist suicide attack in the holy city of Samarra, north of the Iraqi capital, killed at least 7 Iranian pilgrims and injured 61 others Sunday morning, an Iranian official told IRNA.
- KRG has no choice but to deal with Baghdad: Kurdish lawmaker IRNA 06 Nov 2016 -- Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has no choice but to reach agreement with the Iraqi government, Kurdish Lawmaker Amin Bakr has said.
- Iraqi government forces push deeper into southern Mosul Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- Iraqi army soldiers have managed to liberate two villages south of the strategic northern city of Mosul as government soldiers, backed by fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, are trying to expel Daesh terrorists from the area.
- Multiple deadly bombings rip through Iraqi cities Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- Nearly two dozen people have been killed in a string of attacks that rocked Iraq's northern Salahuddin province as well as the capital, Baghdad, security sources say.
- Iraqi forces standing firm against terror: PM Abadi Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has vowed the elimination of the Daesh terror group in the near future amid advances on the ground by the army and allied fighters as part of the operation to liberate the city of Mosul.
- Five Daesh Warlords Leave Iraq's Nineveh Province With Several Million Dollars Sputnik 06 Nov 2016 -- Five Daesh high-ranking commanders stole group money and fled the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, local media reported.
- Iraqi Forces Slow Advance on Mosul's Eastern Side VOA 06 Nov 2016 -- Iraqi troops inside the embattled city of Mosul slowed their advance Sunday on the city's eastern front where Islamic State militants have taken over neighborhoods.
- Iraqi and Kurdish Commanders See Cracks in Jihadist Discipline VOA 06 Nov 2016 -- While there are no signs that the Islamic State group's forces are falling apart in northern Iraq under the pressure of the offensive on Mosul, the militants' last major urban stronghold in Iraq, commanders of both Kurdish and Iraqi military units have told VOA they see cracks emerging in jihadist discipline, indicating the resolve of some militants is weakening.
- Mali attack kills UN peacekeeper, civilians Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- A suspected militant attack in central Mali has killed one soldier from the United Nations peacekeeping mission and two other civilians.
- Boko Haram militants kill two Nigerian soldiers Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- Boko Haram Takfiri terrorists have killed at least two Nigerian soldiers and razed a village in the troubled northeastern part of the African country.
- More than 20 Killed in Renewed Fighting in Central Somalia VOA 06 Nov 2016 -- At least 24 people were killed and more than 80 others were wounded in a renewed fighting between Puntland and Galmudug state forces in the central Somali town of Galkayo, days after the two states agreed a cease-fire.
- Cross-border firing kills two Indian soldiers: Army Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- At least two Indian soldiers have been killed during an exchange of fire with Pakistani troops along the de facto border dividing the disputed region of Kashmir.
- Reset To Overload: Russia-U.S. Ties Have Changed, No Matter Who Wins The Election RFE/RL 06 Nov 2016 -- In January 2013, just before she left her position as secretary of state in U.S. President Barack Obama's administration, Hillary Clinton offered some parting advice for her boss about ties with Russia.
- Basic Law interpretation expected to counter 'Hong Kong independence' People's Daily 06 Nov 2016 -- China's top legislature began on Saturday to review a "draft interpretation" of part of Hong Kong's mini-constitution, the Basic Law.
- Anti-China protests in Hong Kong turn violent, police intervene Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- Police have used pepper spray to stop an escalation in protests against China's legal intervention in Hong Kong amid a deepening row over whether two pro-independence lawmakers should be barred from the territory's legislature.
- Anti-China protesters rally in Hong Kong Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- Pro-independence protesters have taken to the streets in Hong Kong to condemn Chinese control over the semi-autonomous region.
- Chinese premier proposes four principles guiding "16+1" cooperation People's Daily 06 Nov 2016 -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Saturday put forward four principles guiding the "16+1" cooperation mechanism with central and eastern European (CEE) countries.
- HDP financially backing terrorism, harming people: Turkish premier Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party, also known as the HDP, has been financially supporting terrorism and should pay a due price for what he calls harming the nation.
- Turkey's pro-Kurdish HDP partially boycotts parliament Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party, known as the HDP, has decided to halt its legislative activities in the parliament in protest at the recent arrest of its leaders and other lawmakers.
- Turkey's Pro-Kurdish Party Pulls out of Parliament VOA 06 Nov 2016 -- Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party announced Sunday that it is withdrawing from parliament after the unprecedented arrests of nine of its lawmakers, including the party's two co-leaders.
- U.S. official encourages Taiwan to expand international space CNA 06 Nov 2016 -- A U.S.official in charge of Taiwan related affairs has said that Washington supports Taipei's efforts to expand its participation in international activities in a constructive way.
- Two ex-presidential aides arrested in South Korea Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- A court in South Korea has issued arrest warrants for two former aides to President Park Geun-hye for their suspected involvement in a political scandal that has plunged the country in crisis.
- Former Secretary of South Korean President Arrested Amid Political Scandal Sputnik 06 Nov 2016 -- An Chong-bum, a former secretary of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, was arrested on Sunday over his alleged involvement in the political scandal around informal presidential aide, local media reported.
- Lebanon's president pledges to root out corruption Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- Lebanon's newly-elected President Michel Aoun has vowed to eliminate corruption and spare no effort to build a strong nation of united citizens.
- Bulgarians heading to polls in presidential election Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- People in Bulgaria are heading to the polls to cast their ballots in a presidential election set to decide the future of the Balkan country.
- Montenegro Says Russian 'Nationalists' Were Behind Plot To Kill Djukanovic RFE/RL 06 Nov 2016 -- Authorities in Montenegro say an investigation shows that Russian nationalists were behind an alleged coup attempt that included a plot to assassinate the country's pro-Western leader because of his plans to have the Balkan nation join NATO.
- Duterte's Words Point to 'Serious Shift' in Foreign Policy Toward Russia, China Sputnik 06 Nov 2016 -- Stung by the US State Department's decision to cancel the sale of 26,000 assault rifles for the Philippine police, the country's President Rodrigo Duterte called those responsible for the decision "monkeys" and "fools."
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