19 November 2016 Military News
- Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 19 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.
- Top IS Commander Killed In Drone Strike In Afghanistan RFE/RL 19 Nov 2016 -- A top commander of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group has been killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike in eastern Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- NATO DSG and CMC attend Halifax International Security Forum NATO 19 Nov 2016 -- NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller and Chairman of the Military Committee Gen. Petr Pavel attended the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada on Friday and Saturday (18-19 November 2016).
- Turkey Mulls Buying Advance Russian Air-Defense System RFE/RL 19 Nov 2016 -- Russia and Turkey will open negotiations about the possible purchase by Ankara of the advanced Russian-made S-400 air-defense system.
- Kim Jong Un Guides Firing Contest among Women MLRS Gunners of KPA KCNA 19 Nov 2016 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, guided a firing contest among women multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) gunners selected from the large combined units of the KPA.
- Pentagon Plans To Stop Buying Russian Helicopters For Afghanistan RFE/RL 19 Nov 2016 -- The Pentagon has notified Congress that it plans to stop buying Russian Mi17 helicopters for Afghanistan and will start buying American helicopters.
- Fresh Saudi bombardment violates Yemen truce Press TV 19 Nov 2016 -- Saudi Arabia's warplanes have conducted fresh airstrikes against Yemen, violating a 48-hour ceasefire which the kingdom announced earlier.
- Saudi Arabia announces 48-hour ceasefire in Yemen Press TV 19 Nov 2016 -- Saudi Arabia has announced a renewable 48-hour ceasefire to begin at noon Saturday in Yemen, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reports.
- Yemen: UN envoy announces resumption of cessation of hostilities UN News 19 Nov 2016 -- Announcing the resumption of a comprehensive of hostilities in the war-torn Gulf nation, the United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has called on all parties to ensure that it leads to a permanent and lasting end to the conflict.
- Yemen 48-Hour Cease-fire Begins VOA 19 Nov 2016 -- A 48-hour truce by Saudi-led military forces in Yemen began Saturday (at 09:00 UTC) and will be extended if the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels maintain a commitment to it and allow aid into areas under siege.
- Hilltop village of Tal Saman freed from Daesh Press TV 19 Nov 2016 -- An alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters -- the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces -- has seized the strategic hilltop village of Tal Saman from the Daesh terrorist group in Syria.
- Terrorists kill 17 protesting closure of Aleppo exit routes: Russia Press TV 19 Nov 2016 -- Russia says foreign-backed militants have opened fire on Syrians protesting the closure of a humanitarian corridor out of the battered city of Aleppo, killing 17 civilians and wounding over three dozen more.
- White House Scolds Russia, Syria for Aleppo Hospital Bombings VOA 19 Nov 2016 -- White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice warned the Syrian regime and its Russian backers Saturday that they will be held accountable for the "heinous" bombings of hospitals in rebel-held portions of Aleppo.
- Iraqi forces retake Mosul southern front, kill 950 Takfiris Press TV 19 Nov 2016 -- In their latest push to liberate Mosul, Iraqi forces say they have won back full control of the city's southern front, killing over 950 members of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group.
- Displacement Spikes as Fighting in Mosul Intensifies VOA 19 Nov 2016 -- More than one month after the start of the battle for Mosul, the United Nations reports a marked increase in the number of people fleeing densely-populated urban areas of the beleaguered Iraqi city.
- Iraqi Coalition Pushes for Full Control of Jihadist Stronghold West of Mosul VOA 19 Nov 2016 -- Iraqi coalition commanders said Saturday that Shi'ite militia allied with the government were in full control of Islamic State military installations at Tal Afar, as the coalition pressed to gain full control of the city west of Mosul from IS fighters.
- Pakistani army says it shot down Indian drone near Kashmir border Press TV 19 Nov 2016 -- The Pakistani military has shot down an Indian "spy drone" in the disputed Kashmir region shortly after four Pakistani children were killed by Indian mortar fire.
- Security Council 'deeply alarmed' over escalation of ethnic violence in South Sudan UN News 19 Nov 2016 -- Strongly condemning attacks against civilians, ethnically targeted killings, hate speech, and incitements to violence in South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council called for urgent steps to address increasing hate speech and ethnic violence, and to promote reconciliation among the people, including through a process of justice and accountability.
- Noting upcoming elections in Mali, Ban urges Government to engage with all actors to diffuse tensions UN News 19 Nov 2016 -- Ahead of local elections in Mali, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has encouraged the Government to pursue a constructive dialogue with all stakeholders to defuse tensions that may arise before and after the poll and to ensure that the holding of the elections do not compromise the advances made towards peace in the country.
- Bangladesh prevents 125 Rohingya Muslims from entering country Press TV 19 Nov 2016 -- Bangladeshi coast guards have pushed back 125 Rohingya Muslims, mostly women and children, as the desperate group attempted to enter the Bangladeshi territory to flee violence and persecution back in their home country Myanmar.
- US military officials urge Obama to remove NSA chief Press TV 19 Nov 2016 -- High-ranking military officials in the United States have urged President Barack Obama to remove the director of the notorious National Security Agency.
- US 'Will Not Torture People,' McCain Insists VOA 19 Nov 2016 -- The U.S. "will not torture people," Republican Senator John McCain told an audience at a security forum Saturday, adding that he didn't care what stance President-elect Donald Trump had taken on the issue.
- British parliament approves draconian surveillance measure Press TV 19 Nov 2016 -- The British parliament has approved a controversial bill which provides new bulk surveillance powers to police and intelligence services that critics have condemned as the most intrusive of any Western country.
- South Koreans rally anew against President Park Press TV 19 Nov 2016 -- South Koreans have taken to the streets in the capital, Seoul, and elsewhere in fresh rallies demanding the resignation of the scandal-hit President Park Geun-hye.
- Vice President: Iran to speed up construction of new nuclear plants in Bushehr IRNA 19 Nov 2016 -- Vice President and Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran is going to pace up construction operation of two new nuclear power plants in Bushehr by paying the first installment by end of current Iranian year (to end March 20, 2017).
- Leader appoints new Iranian Army second-in-command Press TV 19 Nov 2016 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has appointed Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan as the second-in-command of the Iranian Army.
- Iran, France stress JCPOA implementation Press TV 19 Nov 2016 -- Iran and France have laid emphasis on the full implementation of a nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and six other countries, including the European state.
- Russian Economics Minister's Arrest: Part of Crackdown on Government 'Liberals'? VOA 19 Nov 2016 -- The arrest of Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev on Monday for allegedly accepting a large bribe has triggered speculation that hardliners at the top of Russia's power hierarchy are moving against so-called system liberals in the government, including officials involved in formulating economic policy.
- Veteran US Astronaut Sets Another Record in Orbit VOA 19 Nov 2016 -- The International Space Station has gained three new residents, including the oldest and most experienced female astronaut ever to orbit the world.
- Trump Adviser Wants To Extradite Turkish Cleric Blamed For Coup Attempt RFE/RL 19 Nov 2016 -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's choice to be national security adviser has suggested that Washington should improve its relations with Turkey by extraditing a cleric whom Ankara blames for a coup attempt in July.
- First Ukrainian President Says Sanctions Not Enough, Must Negotiate For Peace RFE/RL 19 Nov 2016 -- Ukraine's first president, who help usher in the peaceful dissolution of the Soviet Union 25 years ago, said Ukraine's leaders today must find a similarly peaceful resolution of the separatist conflict in the east.
- Tens of Thousands Rally in Kuala Lumpur, Demanding Fair Elections VOA 19 Nov 2016 -- Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied Saturday in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, pressing for political reforms as well as clean and fair elections. The gathering was largely peaceful, despite worries beforehand over possible clashes with pro-government supporters.
- Somalia Elections Not Credible, Country's Auditor General Says VOA 19 Nov 2016 -- Somalia's ongoing parliamentary elections have no credibility becauses of vote buying, fraud, intimidation and violence, the country's auditor general said in an exclusive interview with VOA Somali.
- Indian Groups Protest Bill to Grant Citizenship to Bangladeshi Hindus VOA 19 Nov 2016 -- As religious violence targeting Hindus continues in Bangladesh, many Bangladeshi Hindus said they feel increasingly unsafe in the Muslim-majority nation, and they are planning to move to Hindu-majority India.
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