18 November 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 18 Nov 2016 [PDF]
- Counter-ISIL Strikes Hit Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 18 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.
- USS Sampson Sailors Assist New Zealand Residents Affected by Earthquake NNS 18 Nov 2016 -- Sailors assigned to USS Sampson (DDG 102) flew ashore Nov. 18 to support New Zealand forces in rendering assistance to residents affected by the recent earthquake in the rural areas of Kaikoura.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Carter Praises Special Operations, Criticizes Continuing Resolution AFPS 18 Nov 2016 -- America's special operations forces are a potent part of the "Force of the Future," Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters yesterday in Florida.
- C-17 Weapons Instructor Course relocates to JB Lewis-McChord AFNS 18 Nov 2016 -- Air Mobility Command will save $12 million annually by moving a weapons squadron and weapons instructor course from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington beginning the summer of 2017, officials announced Nov. 18.
- Ready Group takes part in Vigilant Ace 17-1 USMC News 18 Nov 2016 -- Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 225 and other elements of Marine Aircraft Group 12 from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, arrived at Osan Air Force Base, Korea, Nov. 15, 2016, to conduct unit level training and participate in exercise Vigilant Ace 17-1.
- Nitze Completes Successful Manama Port Visit NNS 18 Nov 2016 -- After 50 days at sea, the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) recently completed a mid-deployment voyage repair (MDVR) in Manama, Bahrain.
- USS Makin Island arrives in Singapore NNS 18 Nov 2016 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) arrived in Singapore for a scheduled port visit, Nov. 18.
- Readout of the Secretary General's phone call with US President-elect Donald Trump NATO 18 Nov 2016 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke by phone today with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. The Secretary General congratulated the President-elect on his election victory and said that he was looking forward to working with him and his national security team.
- A strong transatlantic bond in uncertain times - Speech by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at an event hosted by the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) NATO 18 Nov 2016 -- (As delivered)
- Putin: Russia working to develop new weapons Press TV 18 Nov 2016 -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin has announced Kremlin's plans to work on developing new weapons to ensure a strategic global arms balance.
- US wrapping up sale of 104 warplanes to Qatar, Kuwait Press TV 18 Nov 2016 -- The US State Department has authorized the sale of 104 F-15 Strike Eagle and F/A-18 warplanes to Qatar and Kuwait, a move that Washington says is aimed at bolstering foreign policy interests.
- Pakistan's navy pushes Indian submarine out of its waters Press TV 18 Nov 2016 -- Pakistan's navy says it has "pushed" an Indian submarine out of the Pakistani waters amid rising tensions between the two countries.
- Military personnel jailed for spying to lose pensions CNA 18 Nov 2016 -- Military personnel will have their pensions revoked if they are jailed for national security or state secret offenses, according to an amendment that cleared the Legislative Yuan on Friday.
- November 18, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 18 Nov 2016
- 18 November 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 18 Nov 2016
- Saudi mercenaries kill 24 Yemenis in mortar attack on bazaar Press TV 18 Nov 2016 -- At least two dozen people have lost their lives after Saudi-backed militants loyal to the former Yemeni government launched a mortar attack on a bazaar in the southwestern province of Ta'izz.
- Turkish tank shelling kills at least 5 Syrians, wounds dozens near Aleppo Press TV 18 Nov 2016 -- At least five civilians have been killed and some 43 others sustained injuries after Turkish troops opened artillery and tank fire on the outskirts of the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo.
- Security Council extends the mandate of joint UN-OPCW body on chemical weapons in Syria UN News 18 Nov 2016 -- The Security Council has extended, for an additional year, the mandate of the United Nations-Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Joint Investigative Mechanism, the body tasked with identifying those behind chemical weapons attacks in the Syrian conflict.
- Iraqi volunteer forces retake more areas in Nineveh from Daesh Press TV 18 Nov 2016 -- Iraqi fighters from pro-government Popular Mobilization Units have reportedly liberated more areas in the embattled northern province of Nineveh as they are joined by government forces in arduous battles to drive the Takfiri Daesh militants out of the conflict-ridden Arab country.
- Iraqi soldiers advance deeper into eastern Mosul Press TV 18 Nov 2016 -- Iraqi forces move to reinforce their toehold in the eastern part of Mosul amid their ongoing push to liberate the key northern city from the clutches of the Takfiri Daesh terror group.
- Iraq: Sustained funding 'crucial' as Mosul displacement grows, says UN refugee agency UN News 18 Nov 2016 -- The United Nations refugee agency today stressed the crucial need for sustained funding to support humanitarian operations for the displaced from Mosul, a major Iraqi city where, for the past month, Government forces have been fighting to expel violent extremists.
- Violence has displaced 30k in Myanmar's Rakhine: UN Press TV 18 Nov 2016 -- The United Nations says violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state has left up to 30,000 people displaced since October.
- Myanmar: UN urges aid access, warns of rights violations after 'lockdown' in northern Rakhine state UN News 18 Nov 2016 -- Deeply concerned about the safety and wellbeing of civilians in the northern part of Rakhine state in Myanmar, United Nations entities today urged the country's authorities to take immediate actions to address humanitarian and human rights situations.
- Trump Names CIA Director, National Security Adviser, And Attorney General RFE/RL 18 Nov 2016 -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has moved to fill some of the top positions in his government by selecting a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director, a national security adviser, and an attorney general.
- Trump Said To Offer Top Military Adviser Job To Fierce Obama Critic RFE/RL 18 Nov 2016 -- President-elect Donald Trump has offered former military intelligence chief Michael Flynn the job of national security adviser, U.S. news media reported on November 17.
- Outsider Picks by Trump Could Give US Intelligence a Jolt VOA 18 Nov 2016 -- President-elect Donald Trump's first selections for key national security posts may say little about his foreign policy vision, but they do seem to emphasize a commitment to take the country's intelligence agencies out of their comfort zone.
- How the Government Grants Security Clearances VOA 18 Nov 2016 -- Jared Kushner, a real estate developer married to Ivanka Trump, helped engineer his father-in-law's successful run for the White House. This week brought news that President-elect Donald Trump is seeking a top-secret clearance for Kushner, likely to remain a close adviser, so he can attend security briefings.
- NATO confirms Turkish officers seeking asylum in member states Press TV 18 Nov 2016 -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says some Turkish officers with the military alliance have applied for asylum in member countries where they serve in the wake of Ankara's post-coup purge.
- UN expert warns on Turkish government's 'draconian measures' on freedoms of expression UN News 18 Nov 2016 -- The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of opinion and expression raised concerns over the Turkish Government's widespread measures to erode independent opinion and freedom of expression in the country.
- UN Calls on Turkey to Release Post-Coup Attempt Prisoners VOA 18 Nov 2016 -- A United Nations Special Rapporteur said Friday the Turkish government is "imposing draconian measures that limit freedom of expression" and called on the country's leaders to release those held in prison for exercising their rights.
- Illinois Man Sentenced to 40 Months in Federal Prison for Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL US Dept. of Justice 18 Nov 2016 -- Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 21, of Bolingbrook, Illinois, was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison and 20 years supervised release, for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization, by attempting to travel overseas to Syria to join ISIL.
- Law amendment passed to disband Special Investigation Division CNA 18 Nov 2016 -- Taiwan's Legislative Yuan on Friday passed an amendment to dissolve the Supreme Prosecutors Office's Special Investigation Division (SID), established in 2007 to investigate allegations of corruption by senior government and military officials.
- Amnesty Says Russia's Foreign Agents Law 'Assault On Freedom,' Damaging NGOs RFE/RL 18 Nov 2016 -- Amnesty International says Russia's controversial "foreign agents" law is an "assault on freedom of expression" that has caused dozens of NGOs to curtail their operations and others to shut down.
- Iran fulfilling heavy water obligations under JCPOA: AEOI Press TV 18 Nov 2016 -- Iran has remained committed to its obligations, including those concerning its heavy water stockpiles, under last year's landmark nuclear agreement signed between the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of countries, a senior Iranian nuclear official says.
- Iran Nuclear Deal Opponents to Trump: Don't 'Rip it Up' VOA 18 Nov 2016 -- Republicans and other long-time opponents of an international nuclear agreement with Iran have walked back calls to scrap the deal and are now urging the incoming Trump administration to stiffen it rather than unravel what President-elect Donald Trump once termed as "the worst deal ever negotiated."
- Two astronauts return from China's longest-ever space mission Press TV 18 Nov 2016 -- Two Chinese astronauts have successfully returned to the Earth from China's longest manned space mission to date.
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