10 November 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 10 Nov 2016 [PDF]
- Coalition Targets ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 10 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 10 Nov 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
- US Says Its Airstrikes Killed 64 Civilians in Iraq, Syria VOA 10 Nov 2016 -- The United States military said Wednesday its airstrike campaign targeting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria killed 64 civilians and injured 8 others during the past year.
- German Parliament Backs Cabinet Bid to Prolong, Expand Anti-Daesh Operations Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- The German parliament backed the government proposal on Thursday to extend military deployment to a Turkish base and to provide personnel for NATO spy jets to monitor Daesh in Syria.
- Six dead, over 100 hurt in Taliban bombing of German consulate in Afghanistan Press TV 10 Nov 2016 -- At least six people have lost their lives and over 100 others sustained injuries in a car bomb attack that targeted the German consulate building in Afghanistan's northern province of Balkh, officials say.
- Afghanistan May Have to Accommodate 1.5 Million Refugees in 2016 VOA 10 Nov 2016 -- Afghanistan will reportedly take in more than 1.5 million Afghan refugees by the end of the year, challenging the government at a time when Kabul is already struggling against resurgent Taliban militants and an emerging Islamic State group (IS).
Defense Policy / Programs
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 10 Nov 2016 -- Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook
- Exercise Tonnerre Lightning exhibits trust, teamwork, training AFNS 10 Nov 2016 -- Around-the-clock, whether for combat operations or humanitarian aid, Airmen are ready to respond anywhere. Until they get that call, however, Airmen hone their skills through exercises and realistic training.
- Carter Urges Congress to Adopt Budget Amendment AFPS 10 Nov 2016 -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter today urged Congress to adopt a proposed budget amendment that he said is "vitally important for our national security."
- Statement from Secretary Ash Carter on release of the budget amendment DoD 10 Nov 2016 -- "The budget amendment the administration proposed today is vitally important for our national security, and I strongly urge Congress to adopt it."
- Montgomery Arrives in San Diego: Maiden Voyage Complete NNS 10 Nov 2016 -- Independence-variant littoral combat ship USS Montgomery (LCS 8) completed its maiden voyage upon arriving at its new homeport of San Diego Nov. 8.
- Brazilian Naval Training Frigate Visits Naval Station Mayport NNS 10 Nov 2016 -- U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet (USNAVSO/FOURTHFLT) is hosting the Brazilian navy training frigate during a three-day port visit to Mayport as part of a deployment designed to train Brazilian midshipmen, Nov 10.
- "Darkhorse" trains for future during ITX USMC News 10 Nov 2016 -- Marines with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, are putting their own spin on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center's Integrated Training Exercise. The 28-day exercise is currently the longest-lasting training evolution that occurs at the installation and involves a series of progressive live-fire exercises that assess the ability and adaptability of a force of more than 3,500 Marines and sailors.
- Navy, Coast Guard Rescue Three Boaters Near Molokai NNS 10 Nov 2016 -- A Navy helicopter crew rescued three boaters off Maui following a Coast Guard notification of the distress beacon Nov. 8.
- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Returns to the Kingdom of Bahrain for Second Port Visit NNS 10 Nov 2016 -- For the second time during their 2016 deployment, the crew of aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) pulled into the Kingdom of Bahrain for a port visit, Nov. 1-5.
- USS New Hampshire Returns from Deployment NNS 10 Nov 2016 -- Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) returned to its homeport at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, from a regularly scheduled deployment, Nov. 9.
- Nations Gather in Singapore to Plan Pacific Partnership 17 NNS 10 Nov 2016 -- Pacific partnership staff and partner nation representatives met in Singapore, Nov. 8-10, for a planning conference to finalize details for the upcoming mission, slated for the spring of 2017.
- Russian ships chase away Dutch sub engaged in 'awkward' maneuvers Press TV 09 Nov 2016 -- A Russian naval group stationed in the Mediterranean was forced to chase away a Dutch submarine after it approached them for monitoring purposes, says the Russian Ministry of Defense.
- Russia Says Drives Off 'Dangerously' Close NATO Submarine In Mediterranean RFE/RL 10 Nov 2016 -- Russian warships in the eastern Mediterranean Sea drove away a Dutch submarine that Moscow contended was shadowing its squadron in a "dangerous" way.
- UK, Norway Agree to Cooperate on Maritime Patrols, Winter Training Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- In particular, the defense ministries of the two countries agreed to cooperate on a maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to reduce costs and increase operational effectiveness.
- UK and Norway agree new cooperation on Maritime Patrol Aircraft UK MOD 10 Nov 2016 -- The UK and Norway stepped up their defence relationship today, as Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon announced new cooperation on Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) and exercises.
- UK inaugurates massive military base in Bahrain Press TV 10 Nov 2016 -- The UK has officially opened a massive naval base in Bahrain, the first time in four decades that London is opening such a facility in the Persian Gulf region.
- Defense Minister Offers Hawkish 'Personal' Views on India's Nuclear Doctrine Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- Although India takes pride in its doctrine of no-first-use (NFU) of nuclear weapons, the Indian Defense Minister feels this policy should not be rigid.
- Trump May Require Increase in Japan's Expenditures Under Security Treaty Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- Newly elected US President Donald Trump may demand an increase in Japanese military expenditures as well as equal terms in the Washington-Tokyo agreement on security, Trump's national security advisor Bert Mizusawa said Thursday.
- Trump 'pledges to defend South Korea' in departure from campaign rhetoric Press TV 10 Nov 2016 -- South Korean diplomatic sources have reportedly said that US President-elect Donald Trump has pledged his commitment to an existing security alliance between Washington and Seoul, despite his campaign rhetoric that the US would potentially abandon its Asian ally.
- South Korea to Promote Bilateral Defense Deals With US Under Trump Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- South Korea intends to develop cooperation with the new US administration and promote major bilateral agreements in the defense sphere, South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-goo said Thursday.
- Top commander: Iran's missile power acts as deterrence force IRNA 10 Nov 2016 -- Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri underlined that Iran's missile power prevents the enemies from even thinking of attacking the country.
- 10 November 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 10 Nov 2016
- Senior UN police officers brief Security Council on their work and challenges they face UN News 10 Nov 2016 -- Briefing the Security Council today, police chiefs from United Nations missions highlighted the work of their respective units and informed the Council members of the challenges their officers face the ground.
- Yemeni demonstrators call for formation of government Press TV 10 Nov 2016 -- Yemeni people have held a rally in the capital Sana'a to call for an immediate formation of a government in the face of a Saudi military campaign against the impoverished nation.
- Daesh Leader Choosing Successor in Case of Own Death Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- According to media reports, Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is choosing a successor among his supporters who would replace him in the event of his death.
- Coalition Closing in on Heart of Islamic State, But Not its Head VOA 10 Nov 2016 -- For weeks, Iraqi forces backed by U.S. and coalition air power have moved ever closer to the city of Mosul, the heart of the Islamic State terror group's holdings in Iraq.
- Netanyahu: Israel, Russia, US 'Need to Destroy Daesh' Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- Russia, Israel and other partners should work together to fight global terrorism, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.
- Turkey Worried Occupation of Raqqa Too Big a Temptation for Kurds to Pass Up Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- Turkey remains at loggerheads with the US-backed Syrian Kurds over the Raqqa offensive. Turkish retired Brigadier General Haldun Solmaztürk explained to Sputnik Turkiye that Ankara is worried that the Kurds will be too tempted to keep the city under their control and that the US will do nothing to prevent it.
- Syria: UN envoy urges action to avert mass hunger in eastern Aleppo ahead of 'killer' winter UN News 10 Nov 2016 -- The United Nations humanitarian envoy for Syria today urged actions to stave off the threat of mass hunger in eastern Aleppo before the arrival of winter that he fears could be "a real killer" for a quarter of a million people trapped there.
- Russia rejects UN plea to extend Aleppo ceasefires Press TV 10 Nov 2016 -- Russia has rejected a UN request to prolong future humanitarian pauses in Syria's battered city of Aleppo, saying such a move would enable the foreign-backed militants operating there to regain strength.
- UN Presents Plan for Saving Syrian Aleppo Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- The United Nations are proposing a plan consisting of four parts for saving Syrian city of Aleppo, Senior Adviser to UN Special Envoy for Syria Jan Egeland said Thursday.
- Number of Syrian Settlements Joining Ceasefire Reaches 918 Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- Four Syrian settlements joined the truce in the war-torn country in the last 24 hours amid 41 regitered ceasefire violations, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
- Syrian Army Destroys Jabhat Fatah al Sham Unit in Daraa Province Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- The clashes between Syrian armed forces and the Jabhat Fatah al Sham (formerly known as the Nusra Front) terror group occurred in the southwestern province of Daraa, resulting in at least 15 extremist either wounded or killed, according to local media.
- UN: Eastern Aleppo Faces Mass Starvation This Winter VOA 10 Nov 2016 -- The United Nations warns that besieged eastern Aleppo in northern Syria faces mass starvation this winter if U.N. aid agencies are blocked from distributing desperately needed food supplies to 250,000 trapped civilians.
- Civilian death toll in Iraq nearly doubles from September to October - UN UN News 10 Nov 2016 -- The number of civilians killed in Iraq last month has nearly doubled since September according to recently released figures by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
- Iraq: Fostering reconciliation should complement military victories against ISIL, Security Council told UN News 09 Nov 2016 -- Alongside liberating the country's territory from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh), it is essential that processes are undertaken to "capture the hearts and minds" of all Iraqis from all parts of Iraq for it to be peaceful and united, the United Nations envoy to the country told the Security Council today.
- Pentagon Spokesman: Iraqi Troops Force Defensive Choices for ISIL AFPS 10 Nov 2016 -- Iraqi security forces continue to apply pressure on multiple fronts in the operation to retake the country's second-largest city of Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters today.
- Iraqi troops preparting for advance toward Mosul airport Press TV 10 Nov 2016 -- Iraqi security forces are preparing to advance towards Mosul International Airport on the southern outskirts of the northern city, the last Daesh bastion in the country.
- Iraqi Army Liberates Several Districts of Mosul From Daesh Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- The Iraqi Army and Kurdish fighters have liberated several districts in the eastern part of Mosul from Daesh terrorists.
- Iraqi Army Liberates Village Near Mosul From Daesh Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- Iraqi troops have retaken a village to the east of Mosul from Daesh.
- Zahra District of Eastern Mosul Liberated by Iraqi Military Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- According to media reports, the counterterrorist units of the Iraqi army liberated on Thursday Zahra quarter in eastern Mosul from the militants of the Daesh terrorist group.
- Revenge Looms in Mosul as IS Victims Seek Justice VOA 10 Nov 2016 -- The kids sitting in the battered car fleeing the besieged Iraqi city of Mosul were wide-eyed at the towering armored trucks and the hordes of soldiers from Iraq's Golden Division in their trademark black combat fatigues. Playing up for reporters and photographers at the checkpoint, they described the airstrikes they had endured with even wider-eyes.
- Turkish Armed Forces Kill 19 PKK Members in Southeast of Country - General Staff Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- According to the country's General Staff, Nineteen members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) outlawed in Turkey were killed in the southeastern province of Mardin by the Turkish Armed Forces.
- Myanmar army raid taking terrible toll on Muslim kids: UNICEF Press TV 10 Nov 2016 -- The UN children's agency UNICEF says Myanmar's military crackdown on Muslim-majority Rakhine state is taking a "terrible toll" on children following earlier reports of rape and other atrocities.
- Ukrainian sabotage group detained in Crimea: Russia Press TV 10 Nov 2016 -- Russia says it has arrested a group of Ukrainian saboteurs suspected of planning attacks against military sites and vital infrastructure in the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.
- Ukrainian Defense Ministry Sabotage Group Detained in Crimea - Security Service Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- Russia's Federal Security Service stated that an Ukrainian Defense Ministry's secret subversive group has been detained in Sevastopol on suspicion of preparing acts of sabotage on military sites in Crimea.
- UN allocates $12 million in humanitarian funding to support people in Central African Republic UN News 10 Nov 2016 -- A senior United Nations relief official today announced the release of $12 million from the Humanitarian Fund in Central African Republic (CAR) for 26 projects for national and international non-governmental organizations and UN agencies in the sub-Saharan country.
- 20 Killed in Renewed Fighting Between South Sudan Army, Unknown Gunmen VOA 10 Nov 2016 -- Nearly 20 South Sudanese were killed and at least 10 others wounded Wednesday and Thursday in renewed fighting in Yei River state's Kaya, in Yambio, and in the former Upper Nile state. Government and armed opposition forces accuse each other of starting the attacks.
- US Intelligence Officials Concerned Over Trump Presidency Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- US intelligence agencies are wary of Donald Trump becoming the new US president due to the election winner's unpredictability, local media reported, citing security officials.
- Trump, Putin have really close positions in foreign policy: Kremlin Press TV 10 Nov 2016 -- A high-ranking Russian official says he sees a great deal of similarity between US President-elect Donald Trump's foreign policy approach and that of Russia's President Vladimir Putin, expressing hope that the strained relations between Moscow and Washington would improve.
- Thousands Protest Trump's White House Win In Cities Across U.S. RFE/RL 10 Nov 2016 -- Thousands of demonstrators have protested against Donald Trump's unexpected election as president in cities across the United States from Boston to Los Angeles.
- Trump's Challenge: The Powerful Women of NATO VOA 10 Nov 2016 -- When he takes office as U.S. president, Donald Trump will work shoulder to shoulder with leaders of NATO's top member states, who happen to be women, and observers are expecting some awkward moments.
- President-elect Trump Now Focusing on Filling Top Foreign Policy Posts VOA 10 Nov 2016 -- With a stunning presidential victory behind him, Donald Trump now turns his attention to filling Cabinet positions that will be instrumental in shaping America's foreign policy over the next four years.
- Russia Says Its Officials Were in Contact With Trump Campaign VOA 10 Nov 2016 -- Russian government officials were in contact with members of Donald Trump's campaign prior to Tuesday's election, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Thursday.
- Trump Win Fuels Fears, Celebrations in Australia VOA 10 Nov 2016 -- Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has spoken with U.S. president-elect Donald Trump, who said the long-standing alliance between the two nations was of great importance to Washington.
- 'Very Risky Period': Trump's Effect On U.S.-Russian Relations, As Seen In Moscow RFE/RL 10 Nov 2016 -- Two days after the election of real-estate tycoon Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, independent Russian political analysts are wrestling with what it could mean for bilateral relations.
- Russian Diplomats Met With Trump, Clinton Teams During Campaign RFE/RL 10 Nov 2016 -- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says Russian diplomats spoke with the teams of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the U.S. presidential election campaign.
- Trump, Putin Have 'Phenomenally Close Conceptual Approach to Foreign Policy' Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump have shared an astoundingly close approach to foreign policy, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.
- At United Nations, It's Watch, Wait on Trump VOA 10 Nov 2016 -- The election of Donald Trump has left many U.N. diplomats nervous because of the candidate's isolationist talk on the campaign trail and his loud disregard for the United Nations.
- Terror Groups Giddy Over Trump Victory VOA 10 Nov 2016 -- It did not take long for some of the world's most notorious terror groups to start celebrating Donald Trump's win in the U.S. presidential election, trying to leverage it on social media to attract more fighters to their causes.
- Taiwan-U.S. cooperation and exchanges unchanged: premier CNA 10 Nov 2016 -- Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said on Thursday that existing cooperation and exchange programs between government agencies from Taiwan and the United States will not be changed.
- On North Korea, Trump Could Change Everything VOA 10 Nov 2016 -- After winning the U.S. presidential election, President-elect Donald Trump has tried to reassure allies in Northeast Asia that are apprehensive at the possibility he may follow through on the radical policy changes he suggested during the campaign.
- Modi Quick to Hail Trump Win as India Sees Upturn in Ties Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- In contrast to the Indian industry's cautious, the political class is laying down the red carpet for US President-elect Donald Trump. It is hoping the convergence between the Modi Government and Trump on identifying Pakistan as a nursery for terrorists will lead to an uptick in ties between India and the US.
- Erdogan Calls Trump, Proclaims 'New Era' In U.S.-Turkey Relations RFE/RL 10 Nov 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and discussed improving relations and cooperating in fighting terrorism, Turkish officials say.
- Turkey seeks long jail terms, life sentences in pro-Kurdish daily trial: Media reports Press TV 10 Nov 2016 -- Turkish prosecutors are seeking long jail terms or life sentences for nine staff of a now closed pro-Kurdish newspaper on charges of belonging to a terrorist group.
- Turkey violating UN judge's diplomatic immunity: UN court Press TV 10 Nov 2016 -- Turkey has violated a UN judge's diplomatic immunity after arresting him as part of its post-coup crackdown, says a UN court.
- Turkey to Renew Bid for Cleric Gulen Extradition After Trump Enters White House Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- Taha Ozhan, who heads the Tuskish parliament's foreign affairs commission, said that Ankara will ask the United States to extradite a Muslim cleric it blames for staging the July coup after Donald Trump is sworn in as US president.
- Erdogan: Turkey's Influence Surpasses Territorial Borders Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- The people of Syria, Iraq, the Balkans and Crimea live beyond Turkish geographical borders, but they remain important for Turkey at the spiritual level, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
- Philippines' Duterte vows to stop picking fight with U.S. People's Daily 10 Nov 2016 -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to stop picking a fight with the United States, saying Donald Trump has been elected as president.
- Pakistan Asserts Leadership of Haqqani Network in Afghanistan VOA 10 Nov 2016 -- Pakistan says recent killings of Haqqani Network leaders in Afghanistan show that allegations Islamabad is harboring the terrorist group are misplaced.
- Envoy: Amano's report shows Iran's commitment to nuclear deal IRNA 10 Nov 2016 -- Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi underlined that the new report published by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano on Iran's nuclear activities verifies Iran's commitment to the nuclear deal.
- Kamalvandi: Trump cannot ignore JCPOA, Tehran ready for worst case IRNA 10 Nov 2016 -- A senior official with Iran's nuclear agency said that the Islamic Republic of Iran has prepared itself for the worst situation, adding that the US president-elect Donald Trump cannot neglect the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and it has to abide by.
- China pulsar test satellite enters designated orbit People's Daily 10 Nov 2016 -- China's pulsar test satellite entered its designated orbit following its launch at 7:42 a.m. Thursday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.
- South Africa's Zuma secures vote of confidence for third time Press TV 10 Nov 2016 -- South African President Jacob Zuma has survived a no-confidence vote, the third in less than a year, over what the opposition called "reckless leadership."
- In Moldova, Smears, Orthodox Church Target Pro-EU Candidate Ahead Of Runoff RFE/RL 10 Nov 2016 -- As Moldova's presidential election heads for a runoff vote on November 13, pro-EU candidate Maia Sandu has become the target of increasing smear attacks by supporters of rival pro-Moscow candidate, Igor Dodon.
- Montenegro's PM accuses pro-Russia opposition of assassination attempt Press TV 10 Nov 2016 -- Montenegro's outgoing Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic has accused a pro-Russia opposition alliance of being responsible for an alleged assassination attempt against him during the Balkan county's parliamentary elections less than a month ago.
- Chinese Veteran Law Enforcement Official to Head Interpol VOA 10 Nov 2016 -- A Chinese senior public security official is the new head of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).
- Interpol elects Chinese official as new president, Russian as deputy Press TV 10 Nov 2016 -- The International Criminal Police Organization, or Interpol, has appointed a senior Chinese security official as its new president and a Russian official as its vice president, the intergovernmental body says.
- China's Vice Minister of Public Security Hongwei Elected Interpol Head Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- According to reports, Chinese Vice Minister of Public Security Hongwei Meng was elected the new president of the International Criminal Police Organization.
- Russian Police Official Elected Interpol's Vice President For Europe RFE/RL 10 Nov 2016 -- A Russian police official has been elected as a vice president for Interpol for the first time.
- Russian Becomes Interpol Vice President for First Time Since Moscow Joined Body Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- A Russian citizen was elected Interpol's vice president by 127 votes in support with only 10 against.
- One Year on, Calls for Ethiopia to Discuss Issues With Protesters VOA 10 Nov 2016 -- It is now one year since persistent, sometimes violent anti-government protests started in Ethiopia's Oromia region. How much closer are the Oromos, Ethiopia's largest ethnic group, to achieving their demands for more political freedom and economic inclusiveness? Opposition activists addressed members of the European Parliament this week in Brussels.
- Disqualified Ghanaian Candidate Seeks Ouster of Electoral Commission Chief VOA 10 Nov 2016 -- Hassan Ayariga, the twice disqualified presidential candidate of Ghana's opposition All People's Congress, is calling on the chairperson of the country's electoral commission to step down with immediate effect, before next month's general elections.
- New Lebanese government brings 'mood of optimism' needed to address ongoing challenges - UN envoy UN News 10 Nov 2016 -- Despite continuing challenges, a mood of optimism has taken hold in Lebanon following the recent election of President Michel Aoun and additional political breakthroughs are expected.
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