14 November 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 14 Nov 2016 [PDF]
- Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 14 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.
- Chairman Confident of Success in Campaign Against ISIL AFPS 14 Nov 2016 -- With the fall of Mosul within sight, the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terror group will shift to other domains and areas, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a recent interview.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 14 Nov 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
- US forces, CIA may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan: ICC Press TV 14 Nov 2016 -- The International Criminal Court (ICC) has announced that the US military and the CIA may be guilty of carrying out war crimes in Afghanistan.
- ICC: US Forces, CIA May Have Committed War Crimes in Afghanistan VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- A preliminary investigation by the International Criminal Court has found that members of the U.S. Armed Forces and the CIA may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan through the "cruel or violent" interrogation of detainees, mostly between 2003-'04.
- Afghan President Wants UN to Add Taliban Chief to List of Terrorists VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- The Afghan government has asked the United Nations to include the Taliban's fugitive chief in its blacklist of individuals under travel and financial bans and arms embargo.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD Initiative Crowdsources U.S. Military Competitive Advantage AFPS 14 Nov 2016 -- Inspired by Defense Secretary Ash Carter's innovation initiatives, a think tank report about Air Force innovation and a recently released list of United Kingdom defense challenges, officials in the Defense Department's Office of Strategy and Force Development decided to crowdsource elements critical to retaining the U.S. military's competitive advantage.
- Carter: Ties to Tech, Innovation Communities Critical To DoD AFPS 14 Nov 2016 -- The ties between the Defense Department and commercial technology and innovation keep the U.S. military agile as it meets today's challenges and remains ready for the future, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said today.
In a forum hosted here by The Atlantic magazine and innovation firm 1776, the secretary discussed DoD's technology partnerships and the Force of the Future with The Atlantic's editor-in-chief, Jeffrey Goldberg
- Iwo Jima Departs New York Following Veterans Week NNS 14 Nov 2016 -- Amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) departed New York Nov. 14 after a port visit to the city where Sailors and Marines honored the service and sacrifice of all American veterans as part of Veterans Week NYC 2016.
- USS Somerset Arrives in Singapore NNS 14 Nov 2016 -- Amphibious transport dock USS Somerset (LPD 25) arrived in Singapore for a scheduled port visit, Nov. 13.
- USS Sampson Conducts PASSEX with New Zealand Tanker HMNZS Endeavour NNS 14 Nov 2016 -- U.S. Navy destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX) with Her Majesty's New Zealand Ship (HMNZS) Endeavour, a Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) fleet replenishment oiler, Nov. 12-13.
- USS Comstock, 11th MEU Strengthen Relationships during Keen Sword 17 NNS 14 Nov 2016 -- Amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45), embarked Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) concluded Exercise Keen Sword 17 (KS17) in Guam, Nov. 11.
- Remarks by Secretary Carter in a Media Availability En Route to California DoD 14 Nov 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- Remarks by Secretary Carter in an Interview Forum hosted by The Atlantic and 1776 DoD 14 Nov 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; Jeffrey Goldberg, editor in chief, The Atlantic
- Makin Island, 11th MEU, Malaysian Armed Forces Conduct Exercise Tiger Strike NNS 14 Nov 2016 -- Sailors aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and Marines with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) joined members of the Malaysian armed forces for Exercise Tiger Strike 16 in Lahad Datu, Malaysia, Nov. 10-13.
- Obama Reassures Allies That Trump Is Committed To NATO RFE/RL 14 Nov 2016 -- President Barack Obama says Donald Trump has indicated strong backing for NATO, despite statements to the contrary made by the Republican during his successful election campaign.
- Nervous EU Awaits Clarity from Trump on NATO VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- Statements made by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump during his campaign made members of the European Union nervous about the future of their relations with Washington and what has until now been seen as America's steadfast commitment to guarantee the security of Europe.
- Russian fighter jet crashes near Syria shores, pilot survives: Defence Ministry Press TV 14 Nov 2016 -- A Russian fighter jet has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea during a training mission near the Syrian shores, Russia's Defense Ministry says.
- Russian Fighter Plane Crashes In Mediterranean; Pilot Ejects Safely RFE/RL 14 Nov 2016 -- Russia's Defense Ministry says a MiG-29K fighter jet has crashed in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Syria after taking off from the deck of Russia's Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier.
- Poland Forming New Defense Force To Ward Off Threats From Russia RFE/RL 14 Nov 2016 -- Poland says it will build a new territorial defense force of 53,000 volunteers by 2019 in order to guard against threats from Russia.
- Iran, China sign agreement to boost defense-military cooperation Press TV 14 Nov 2016 -- Iran and China have signed an agreement to boost defense-military cooperation and fight terrorism.
- Iran defense might not open to talks, compromise: Qassemi Press TV 14 Nov 2016 -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman says the Islamic Republic's missile power is a matter of defense, which is not open to any negotiations or compromise at all.
- Defense costs could rise under new U.S. administration: NSB CNA 14 Nov 2016 -- The National Security Bureau (NSB) believes the United States could ask Taiwan to upgrade its self-defense capabilities after President-elect Donald Trump takes office, leading to an increase in Taiwan's military spending.
- November 14, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 14 Nov 2016
- Press Conference by the President The White House 14 Nov 2016
- 145 November 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 14 Nov 2016
- Trump Expected to Take Tough but Brief Action in South China Sea VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump did not make the maritime disputes in South China Sea a major part of his election campaign and his approach to Asia's most expansive sovereignty disagreement is still not clear.
- Flicker of Hope Still Burning for Yemen Peace Plan VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- Ending the war in Yemen was a "prime topic of discussion" for Secretary of State John Kerry in Oman, according to a senior administration official.
- Russia confirms militants used chemical weapons in Aleppo Press TV 14 Nov 2016 -- The Russian Defense Ministry confirms that militants in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo have carried out a chemical attack on members of the Syrian army.
- Syrian Arab Forces Trained to Join Kurdish-led Offensive on Raqqa VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- A local force of Arab tribesmen in northern Syria has been trained to fight alongside Kurdish fighters who are slowly advancing to recapture Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State, according to Kurdish commanders and tribal leaders.
- UN provides food assistance to 100,000 Iraqis as conflict in Mosul intensifies UN News 14 Nov 2016 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has provided food assistance to some 100,000 people fleeing the intensifying conflict in Mosul, including a distribution on Sunday to 25,000 people in Gogjali, while also working tirelessly with its partners to reach families that remain trapped in Mosul city and newly recovered areas.
- Tens of Thousands Displaced in Mosul as Battle Intensifies VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- The United Nations says more than 54,000 people have been displaced in Mosul, where a massive Iraqi military operation is underway to free the city from Islamic State militants.
- Nigeria's Biafra Separatists See Hope in Trump VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- The head of the Biafra separatist movement in Nigeria has written an open letter to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. The movement hopes Trump, who backed British voters' decision to leave the European Union, will also support a push for Biafra to win independence.
- Pakistan Blames India for Cross-border Shelling; 7 Troops Dead VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- Pakistan says that "unprovoked" overnight shelling by India across the disputed Kashmir frontier killed seven Pakistani troops.
- 30 killed as Myanmar's army intensifies crackdown on Muslims Press TV 14 Nov 2016 -- Myanmar's forces have killed dozens of Rohinya Muslims in its latest wave of crackdown on the country's most persecuted minority in western Rakhine State.
- US 'Deeply Concerned' Over Proposal to Legalize Settlements on Private Palestinian Land VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- The United States says it is "deeply concerned" over an Israeli measure that would legalize Jewish settlement outposts built on private Palestinian land.
- Trump, Putin discuss terrorism, normalizing ties Press TV 14 Nov 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump have discussed the importance of "normalizing" ties between Moscow and Washington.
- Kremlin: Putin, Trump Speak, Pledge 'Constructive Cooperation' RFE/RL 14 Nov 2016 -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 14 discussed battered bilateral ties between their countries in the first phone call between the two men since Trump's election last week.
- Putin Telephones to Congratulate Trump VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned congratulations to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump Monday and said Russia is ready for a "partner-like dialogue" with the United States.
- Cooperation only choice for US, China: Xi tells Trump Press TV 14 Nov 2016 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has advised US President-elect Donald Trump to pursue cooperation as the only means to maintain bilateral relations between the world's two largest economies.
- Xi Tells Trump: US-China Cooperation Is Key VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- China's president has offered the U.S. president-elect congratulations on his recent win at the polls in their first telephone conversation.
- Former US Envoy: Don't Expect Strategic Patience on N. Korea From Trump VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- A former senior diplomat under President George W. Bush says President-elect U.S. Donald Trump would quickly and unilaterally approve a preemptive military strike against North Korea to take out a standing inter-continental ballistic missile armed with a nuclear warhead.
- Obama doubts Trump will scrap Iran deal Press TV 14 Nov 2016 -- US President Barack Obama says his successor Donald Trump is unlikely to change a nuclear deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 group.
- Trump election seen as opportunity for U.S. to change Taiwan policy CNA 14 Nov 2016 -- The election of Donald Trump as U.S. president presents a "rare opportunity" for Washington to change its defense policy toward Taiwan, a former U.S. official said on Sunday.
- Three Minnesota Men Sentenced for Providing Material Support to ISIL US Dept. of Justice 14 Nov 2016 -- The first three of nine defendants expected to be sentenced this week for conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, were sentenced today in three separate hearings in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.
- Pro-Russia presidential candidate declares victory in Moldova Press TV 14 Nov 2016 -- Moldova's pro-Russian candidate Igor Dodon has declared victory in the presidential runoff after beating his West-leaning rival.
- Moldovans Protest Election Of Pro-Russia President RFE/RL 14 Nov 2016 -- Hundreds of people took to the streets of Moldova's capital on November 14 after a pro-Russia politician was declared the winner of the country's presidential runoff election.
- Bulgaria prime minister resigns as opposition wins presidency Press TV 14 Nov 2016 -- Bulgaria's pro-West Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has resigned following the electoral loss of the ruling party's favored candidate in the country's presidential polls.
- Moscow Clout Rises as Bulgaria, Moldova Elect Pro-Russia Leaders VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- Voters in Europe's poorest country, Moldova, and the European Union's poorest member, Bulgaria, elected Russia-leaning presidents Sunday.
- DRC Government Resigns in Deal Extending Kabila Presidency VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- In line with last month's agreement between supporters of Congolese President Joseph Kabila and an opposition faction, the country's prime minister, Augustin Matata Ponyo, announced his resignation Monday. A new government of national unity is expected to be named shortly, even though many opposition members are still against the agreement.
- 100 killed as Nigerian forces open fire at Shia gathering Press TV 14 Nov 2016 -- Nigerian armed forces have opened fire on a group of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN)'s followers, killing nearly 100 and injuring hundreds more in the northern city of Kano, the movement says.
- Manning Seeks Commuted Sentence for Leaks VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning, who is serving 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents, is asking President Obama to commute her sentence to time served.
- Russian Economy Minister Detained For Allegedly Taking $2 MIllion Bribe RFE/RL 14 Nov 2016 -- Russian Economy Minister Aleksei Ulyukayev has been detained for allegedly taking a $2-million bribe to facilitate state oil giant Rosneft's takeover of Bashneft last month, the Russian Investigative Committee said on November 15.
- Three Somali-Americans Sentenced for Plotting to Join IS VOA 14 Nov 2016 -- A U.S. judge in Minnesota has given jail time to three Somali-Americans found guilty of conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State, but rewarded two of them with lighter sentences for cooperating with the government.
- Nation makes final call on Turkey's EU membership: Erdogan Press TV 14 Nov 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says a referendum may be held in the country next year over the continuation of membership talks with the EU.
- Investigation Uncovers Poroshenko's, Allies' Spanish Coastal Villas RFE/RL 14 Nov 2016 -- Along the picturesque shores of Estepona in southern Spain's Costa del Sol lie some of Europe's most elegant resorts and luxury estates, whose owners and residents include Hollywood actors, superstar athletes, and some of the continent's political elite.
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