08 November 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 08 Nov 2016 [PDF]
- Coalition Targets ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 08 Nov 2016 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Human Shields: Kabul Blames Taliban for Civilian Deaths in US Kunduz Airstrikes Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- A special Afghan government commission continues to investigate the US-led airstrikes that killed more than 30 people, including women and children, in the province of Kunduz last week.
Defense Policy / Programs
- EOD Mobile Unit 6 Completes Joint Training in Kuwait NNS 08 Nov 2016 -- Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 6, currently embarked aboard aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike), returned from Camp Beuhring in Udairi, Kuwait, after completing specialized sustainment training, Oct. 25-31.
- US, UK, South Korean air forces conduct strategic exercise AFNS 08 Nov 2016 -- The Royal Air Force operated its largest deployment of equipment and personnel to the Korean Peninsula since the 1950s during Invincible Shield, a combined interoperability exchange, which is taking place Nov. 1-10.
- Innovative cyber program protects critical Tyndall AFB assets AFNS 08 Nov 2016 -- The 325th Communications Squadron became the first Air Combat Command squadron to join a new initiative to ensure Tyndall Air Force Base is able to train and project unrivaled combat airpower.
- Frank Cable Returns from Indo-Asia-Pacific Region Deployment NNS 08 Nov 2016 -- Sailors and civilian mariners of submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) completed a five-month deployment, returning to their homeport at Naval Base Guam, Nov. 8.
- PACFLT Team Implements Rating Modernization NNS 08 Nov 2016 -- U.S. Pacific Fleet's new rating modernization Operational Planning Team (OPT) is seeking input from Sailors as the team works to help shape the Navy's transition from enlisted ratings to Navy Occupational Specialty (NOS) codes.
- Latest drones to improve Chinese military capability People's Daily 08 Nov 2016 -- China expects great outcomes with the further development of its domestically developed Caihong series drones, Global Times reported.
- China, India pledge to enhance mutual trust, safeguard border peace People's Daily 08 Nov 2016 -- Senior defense officials from China and India vowed on Tuesday to enhance the strategic mutual trust and pragmatic cooperation between the two nations.
- Turkey Ready to Discuss Developing Missile Defense System With Russia Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- Ankara intends to discuss its plans on its missile defense system development with a number of parties, including Russia.
- Georgian Defense Minister Outlines Reform Plans RFE/RL 08 Nov 2016 -- Speaking on November 7 at a press conference pegged to his first 100 days in office, Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria announced plans for reform of the country's army, air force, and air-defense system, but ruled out as too costly building a new naval capacity. Izoria also said that after several months of consultations, it had been decided to preserve conscription into the army, but in a slightly different format than before.
- UK to sell off military lands for housing purposes Press TV 08 Nov 2016 -- British Defense Minister Michael Fallon says that government is auctioning off 56 of its military sites to reduce running costs and release more land for housing purposes.
- Estonian Defense Forces Commander Urges EU Countries to Boost Military Spending Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- The EU member states should increase their defense budgets, Commander-in-Chief of the Estonian Defense Forces Lt. Gen. Riho Terras said Tuesday.
- Serbia Agrees to Joins EU's Greece-Led Balkan Battlegroup Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- Serbia has signed an agreement to join the the Balkan Battlegroup (HELBROC) of the European Union Military Staff, the county's Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
- Finland Equips Arctic Rescue Teams Based on Russian Experience Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- The Finnish Interior Ministry has applied Russia's experience in equipping its Arctic rescue teams, Interior Minister Paula Risikko announced on Tuesday.
- Poland to Buy Thousands of Drones to Protect Territory – Defense Minister Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- Defense Minister stated that Poland's Defense Ministry is planning to buy a swarm of drones to protect the national territory.
- 8 November 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 08 Nov 2016
- China-Malaysia Meeting Showcases Quiet Cooperation on Maritime Dispute VOA 08 Nov 2016 -- A recent upbeat meeting between the leaders of China and Malaysia showcased extended bilateral cooperation despite their maritime sovereignty dispute in the South China Sea.
- US Slams Russian Plans to Strike Terrorists Around Aleppo VOA 08 Nov 2016 -- Russian plans to launch new strikes on parts of war-ravaged Syria are being met with contempt in Washington, which is accusing Moscow of trying to show off its naval capabilities at the expense of innocent civilians.
- Turkey Raises Concerns Over Role Of Syrian Kurds In Operation To Retake Raqqa RFE/RL 08 Nov 2016 -- Turkey says the United States has promised Ankara that U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces will only be involved in a siege of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, but would not enter the city itself.
- Turkish Army Destroys 57 Daesh Targets in Northern Syria – General Staff Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- General Staff said that Turkish forces have destroyed a total of 57 Daesh terrorist group targets alongside one Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) position in the past 24 hours as part of the Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria.
- Ankara Accuses US of Arming Syrian Kurds Despite Assurances to the Contrary Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- Ankara accused Washington of arming Kurdish People's Protection Units in Syria despite assurances to the contrary.
- Russian Report: Attack From Aircraft Carrier on Aleppo Imminent VOA 08 Nov 2016 -- A Russian news report says Russia's lone aircraft carrier and other warships armed with precision weapons are preparing to strike the war-ravaged northern Syrian city of Aleppo. The Interfax news agency said Tuesday the attack would come "within the next few hours."
- Russian navy to attack Aleppo militants on Wednesday: Defense Ministry source Press TV 08 Nov 2016 -- Russia's Mediterranean-stationed naval group will launch a major offensive against militants near Syria's divided city of Aleppo on Wednesday, says a Russian Defense Ministry source.
- Russia's Aircraft Carrier Group Prepares Strike on Terrorists in Aleppo Province Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- A source within Russia's Ministry of Defense told Gazeta.ru that the Navy's aircraft carrier group is ready to launch a strike targeting Daesh terrorists in the province of Aleppo in the next 24 hours. The attack, which will likely engage Kalibr cruise missiles, will target militants outside of Aleppo, and not the residential areas.
- Syrian army retakes key Aleppo district from militants Press TV 08 Nov 2016 -- Syrian army forces and allied fighters have managed to wrest control of a strategic neighborhood on the southwestern outskirts of Aleppo as the city has turned into a major frontline in the Damascus government' anti-terror fight.
- Blitzkrieg Through the Desert: Syrian Army Storms Terrorist-Held Oil Fields Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- The Syrian Army and its militia allies have regained control of arms caches, oil and gas fields and other strategic near Palmyria in east Homs province, a military source on the front line told Sputnik.
- My Enemy's Enemy Is Still My Enemy: The Assault On Mosul RFE/RL 08 Nov 2016 -- On June 30, 2014, around three weeks after the extremist group that was then known as Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) captured Iraq's second city of Mosul, its spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani declared the establishment of a caliphate across Iraq and Syria. ISIL, he continued, was no more: instead the group would know be known as Islamic State (IS). With the capturing of vast swaths of territory, the most successful terrorist brand in modern history had been born.
- Daesh kidnaps 295 ex-Iraqi security forces near Mosul: UN Press TV 08 Nov 2016 -- Daesh has abducted 295 former members of Iraqi Security Forces near the city of Mosul, the United Nations says as the Takfiri terrorist group is suffering considerable setbacks on the ground due to advances by the Iraqi troops.
- Iraqi forces unearth new mass grave near Mosul Press TV 08 Nov 2016 -- Government forces in Iraq have found a mass grave containing the skeletal remains of some 100 decapitated bodies in a town recently liberated from the Daesh terrorist group near the strategic northern city of Mosul.
- Kurdish Troops Mopping Up Iraq's Bashiqa Liberated From Daesh Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- Kurdish Peshmerga are mopping up the northern Iraqi town of Bashiqa that has recently been liberated from Daesh, a spokesman of the Peshmerga forces' command told Sputnik on Tuesday.
- ISIL forces civilians towards Mosul airport; UN rights office probes reports of mass graves UN News 08 Nov 2016 -- Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) fighters have forced 1,500 families towards the airport in Mosul, the United Nations human rights wing said today, adding that it is also looking into reports of mass graves near the city, where military operations are under way to oust the terrorists.
- Peshmerga Liberate Bashiqa, But Still Face Blasts and Danger VOA 08 Nov 2016 -- The adult son of the peshmerga commander nearly collapsed when they told him his 55-year-old father had been killed by a jihadist suicide bomber in the northern Iraq town of Bashiqa. The bomber had emerged from a confounding network of tunnels in the wrecked town early Tuesday and had run at the veteran peshmerga with his arms out in an embrace.
- African Union leaders gather in Ethiopia for peace in Libya Press TV 08 Nov 2016 -- African Union (AU) leaders have gathered in Ethiopia to push for a solution to the conflict in Libya.
- Libyan National Army Ensures Protection of Country's Oil Facilities Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- Libyan National Army led by Gen. Khalifa Haftar after regaining control over the country's oil ports placed them under management of Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC), as well as ensured the protection of oil facilities, the army's Spokesman Col. Ahmed Mismari said on Tuesday.
- Fresh Indian fire kills three more civilians in Kashmir: Pakistan Press TV 08 Nov 2016 -- Pakistani officials say Indian troops have opened fire across the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing at least three civilians.
- At Least Four People Killed, Five Injured in Shelling on India-Pakistan Border Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- At least four people were killed and five injured as a result of the latest round of cross-border shelling between Indian and Pakistani troops in the disputed Kashmir region.
- Blast kills 2, injures 31 UN troops in DR Congo Press TV 08 Nov 2016 -- An explosion has killed at least two people and wounded 32 UN peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo's eastern province of North Kivu.
- DR Congo: Explosion in Goma kill one civilians, wounds peacekeepers, UN Mission reports UN News 08 Nov 2016 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has confirmed that an explosion in Goma killed a girl and wounded 32 Indian peacekeepers, five of whom are in serious condition, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, told reporters today.
- Positive outlooks mired by divisive rhetoric in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Security Council told UN News 08 Nov 2016 -- Briefing the United Nations Security Council, High Representative Valentin Inzko said that though there have been some positive developments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, these have been overshadowed by parties focusing exclusively on the ethnic distribution of the population around the country.
- U.S. Voters Begin Casting Ballots In Divisive Presidential Election RFE/RL 08 Nov 2016 -- U.S. voters have begun casting ballots in a deeply divisive presidential election that could be determined by a few closely contested states where the major-party candidates -- Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump -- courted voters on the final day before the vote.
- U.S. Voters Begin Casting Ballots In Divisive Presidential Election RFE/RL 08 Nov 2016 -- WASHINGTON -- U.S. voters have begun casting ballots in a deeply divisive presidential election that could be determined by a few closely contested states where the major-party candidates - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump - courted voters on the final day before the vote.
- U.S. Voters Go To The Polls In Historic Presidential Election RFE/RL 08 Nov 2016 -- Americans are heading to the polls to elect a new president after one of the most contentious campaigns in U.S. history.
- Is Russia Trying to Influence the US Election? VOA 08 Nov 2016 -- As the U.S. presidential campaign heads into its final hours, Kremlin presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov issued Russia's own last appeal to U.S. voters: Russia has no intention of interfering in America's elections.
- Egypt court denies government appeal over islands deal with Saudi Arabia Press TV 08 Nov 2016 -- A court in Egypt has turned down a government appeal against an earlier ruling that had voided a maritime border agreement between Cairo and Riyadh over the control of two strategic Red Sea islands.
- South Korean president agrees to cede some power Press TV 08 Nov 2016 -- South Korea's scandal-hit President Park Geun-hye has said she will give the parliament the power to choose a prime minister with a more active role in a bid to ease public anger over her presidency.
- S Korean President Withdraws Prime Minister Nomination Amid Opposition Pressure Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye withdrew Kim Byong-joon's nomination for the prime ministerial post after caving in to opposition pressure amid a political scandal, local media reported on Tuesday.
- South Korean President Agrees to Withdraw Prime Minister Nominee VOA 08 Nov 2016 -- South Korea's embattled president, Park Geun-hye, says she will allow the country's parliament to select a new prime minister, a major political concession as she seeks to survive a growing political scandal.
- Malaysian Protest Rally to Go Ahead Despite Threats VOA 08 Nov 2016 -- A leading Malaysian campaign for political and electoral reform is pressing ahead with a major rally this month despite pressure from the government and threats and violence against rally supporters.
- Pro-Russian politician wins first round of Bulgaria election Press TV 08 Nov 2016 -- Bulgaria's opposition candidate, Rumen Radev, who has urged the European Union to lift sanctions against Russia, has won the first round of the country's presidential election.
- Xi stresses sound environment for public opinion People's Daily 08 Nov 2016 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday stressed the importance of "a sound environment for public opinion," calling it crucial for governance and national stability.
- EU's Juncker warns Turkish president on visa deal Press TV 08 Nov 2016 -- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he would be held responsible if Ankara fails to meet all the requirements set by the EU to have the privilege of accessing the bloc's visa-free travel zone.
- Germany main sponsor of anti-Ankara terrorists: Turkish FM Press TV 08 Nov 2016 -- In its harshest stance against Germany yet, Turkey has accused Berlin of being the country offering the highest level of support to alleged anti-Ankara terrorists.
- Turkish FM Slams Germany for Allegedly Supporting PKK, Gulen Followers Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- Ankara has tensions with Berlin because the latter supports those "against Turkey", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
- Turkey Trades Criticisms With EU, Germany In Sign Of Worsening Relations RFE/RL 08 Nov 2016 -- Turkey's Foreign Ministry has rejected criticism by European foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini as "unacceptable," saying the European Union does not understand Ankara's sensitivities in the fight against terrorism.
- KCNA Commentary Blasts U.S. Attempt to Create NATO of Asian Version KCNA 08 Nov 2016 -- The U.S. is now working in real earnest to expand its military bloc for carrying out its strategy for world domination.
- Three Indian Diplomats Leave Pakistan Amid Spy Scandal - Reports Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- Three Indian diplomats left Pakistan for India afer thet were suspected of terrorist and subversive activities by the local authorities, five other Indian diplomats, suspected in a number of crimes by Islamabad, were still in Pakistan, according to local media.
- German police arrest 5 suspected Daesh recruiters Press TV 08 Nov 2016 -- German police have arrested five people accused of working as recruiters for the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in the country.
- 5 Men Suspected of Recruiting for Islamic State Arrested in Germany VOA 08 Nov 2016 -- Five men were arrested Tuesday in Germany on accusations of recruiting fighters for the Islamic State terrorist group. Justice Minister Heiko Mass called the arrests "an important blow to the extremist scene in Germany."
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