20 November 2016 Military News
- U.S., Coalition Continue Strikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 20 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 Reported Killed In Drone Strike In Afghanistan RFE/RL 20 Nov 2016 -- Afghan officials say a top commander of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group has been killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike in eastern Afghanistan.
- USS Sampson Concludes Relief Effort Support to New Zealand NNS 20 Nov 2016 -- USS Sampson (DDG 102) and two embarked MH-60R helicopters from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 concluded relief effort support to the residents of Kaikoura, New Zealand, Nov. 19.
Defense Policy / Programs
- McCain on torture: I don't give a damn what Trump wants to do Press TV 20 Nov 2016 -- Senator John McCain has issued a stiff warning to President-elect Donald Trump on the subject of torture, insisting the United States would not reinstate waterboarding.
- Senator McCain Pledges to Oppose Bringing Back Waterboarding Sputnik 20 Nov 2016 -- John McCain vowed to oppose reinstating the interrogation technique of simulated drowning if President-elect Donald Trump demanded this.
- Defense, Spy Chiefs to Face House Panel After Reported Attempt to Oust NSA Head Sputnik 20 Nov 2016 -- US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and National Intelligence Director James Clapper were asked late Saturday to appear before a House select committee by the end of the year after they reportedly urged President Barack Obama to fire National Security Agency (NSA) chief Michael Rogers.
- NATO Multinational Military Exercise Iron Sword 2016 Kick Off in Lithuania Sputnik 20 Nov 2016 -- NATO multinational military exercise Iron Sword 2016 kicked off in Lithuania, with 4,000 troops participating, the country's Defense Ministry announced on Sunday.
- Israel's Netanyahu aims to buy German submarines despite brewing scandal Press TV 20 Nov 2016 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he is resolute in purchasing three German submarines as an unfolding scandal surrounding him reveals that personal interests have been involved in the billion-dollar deal.
- Press Conference by President Obama in Lima, Peru The White House 20 Nov 2016
- No U.S role in humanitarian rescue drill in South China Sea: CGA CNA 20 Nov 2016 -- The United States will not play any role in a Taiwan drill scheduled to be held in the South South China Sea at the end of this month, the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Sunday evening.
- On the Cessation of Hostilities in Yemen US Dept. of State 20 Nov 2016
- Saudis target Yemen in flagrant violation of truce Press TV 20 Nov 2016 -- Saudi fighter jets have carried out more air raids against Yemen in violation of a ceasefire declared by Riyadh itself in the war-torn country.
- Yemen's Authorities Accuse Houthi Rebels of Seizing Ships With Humanitarian Aid Sputnik 20 Nov 2016 -- Houthi rebels have seized ships with humanitarian aid in the Red Sea harbor, Yemen's Minister of Local Administration Abdulraqeeb Fath said.
- One Turkish Soldier Killed, Five Injured During Military Operation in Syria Sputnik 20 Nov 2016 -- One Turkish soldier was killed during Ankara's Euphrates Shield operation to liberate northern Syria from terrorists, and five were injured in an attack by the Daesh militants, the Turkish General Staff said on Sunday.
- UN chief denounces attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Syria's Aleppo UN News 20 Nov 2016 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as well as senior humanitarian officials have condemned attacks that have killed and maimed scores of civilians in Syria, including children, and called on all parties to cease such attacks as well as to ensure unhindered humanitarian access to the people in need.
- Syria FM dismisses UN proposal for east Aleppo autonomy Press TV 20 Nov 2016 -- Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has strongly dismissed a United Nations proposal concerning the establishment of an autonomous region run by foreign-backed Takfiri militants in the eastern part of the strategically northwestern city of Aleppo.
- 17 killed, dozens injured in terrorist mortar fire in Syria's Aleppo Press TV 20 Nov 2016 -- Foreign-backed militants have launched mortar attacks across Syria's northern province of Aleppo, leaving at least 17 people dead and dozens more wounded.
- Syria Says No To Autonomous Administration In East Aleppo RFE/RL 20 Nov 2016 -- The Syrian government has rejected a proposal by the United Nations to grant Aleppo's rebel-held areas autonomy to help restore calm to the northern city.
- Syria: Senior UN relief officials 'appalled' by escalation of fighting; call for unconditional humanitarian access UN News 20 Nov 2016 -- Expressing shock and deep sadness at the recent escalation of fighting in several parts of Syria and its resulting impact on Syrians, senior United Nations humanitarian officials have called on all parties to cease indiscriminate attacks targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, as well as to ensure sustained, unconditional and unimpeded access to the millions people in urgent need.
- Syria Rejects UN Plan to End Aleppo Airstrikes VOA 20 Nov 2016 -- Syria's foreign minister on Sunday rejected a United Nations proposal that would grant autonomy to the devastated eastern sector of Aleppo, where rebels seeking to topple the government are locked in a months-long battle with government forces and their Russian allies.
- Rebel Fire Kills 7 Children in Aleppo VOA 20 Nov 2016 -- Syrian sources say rebel shelling on a school killed at least seven children Sunday in the government-held part of Aleppo. Dozens of other people were reported to have been wounded by the rocket fire on the Furqan neighborhood.
- Iraqi forces kill, injure some 240 Takfiris in anti-terror fight Press TV 20 Nov 2016 -- Amid battles to rid Iraq of Daesh terrorists, the country's armed forces have carried out fresh operations, killing and wounding around 240 Takfiri militants on several fronts.
- Jihadists, Insurgents Plundering State Arsenals Across Sahel VOA 20 Nov 2016 -- A new report, the most extensive on illicit weapon flows in the Sahel in several years, confirms arms looted from huge Libyan stockpiles after the ouster of Colonel Moammar Gadhafi have fueled Islamist insurgencies in North and West Africa since 2012.
- Heavy clashes occur in northern Myanmar town People's Daily 20 Nov 2016 -- Heavy clashes between Myanmar government forces and some ethnic armed groups occurred near the 105th Mile Muse Border Trade Zone in Shan State north Sunday morning, resulting in some casualties, local sources said.
- UN, international partners underline need to ensure legitimacy and credibility of elections in Somalia UN News 20 Nov 2016 -- Noting that the electoral process in Somalia is "going much better than many predicted," the United Nations envoy in the country underlined the need to ensure that the legitimacy of the process is preserved and called on electoral bodies to investigate any credible reports of violations of rules and regulations.
- Somalia Elections Not Credible, Country's Auditor General Says VOA 20 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.
- Sarkozy concedes defeat in French presidential primary Press TV 20 Nov 2016 -- France's former President Nicolas Sarkozy has bid farewell to politics after conceding defeat in the first round of the country's right-wing presidential primary.
- Germany's Merkel Announces Run for 4th Term VOA 20 Nov 2016 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Sunday she is seeking a fourth term as head of government.
- Xi, Duterte agree to further improve ties, boost cooperation People's Daily 20 Nov 2016 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Philippine counterpart, Rodrigo Duterte, met here Saturday and pledged to further promote bilateral ties and strive for more cooperation fruits.
- S. Korean president suspected of conspiring with indicted confidante, former aides People's Daily 20 Nov 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye is suspected of having conspiring with her longtime confidante and former aides, who were indicted on Sunday for multiple charges, prosecutors said in an interim announcement of investigation results.
- South Korean prosecutors say President Park had major role in scandal Press TV 20 Nov 2016 -- Embattled South Korean President Park Geun-hye will likely be finding it increasingly difficult to contain public anger over an influence-peddling scandal involving one of her close friends as prosecutors have now attributed a major "collusive" role in the case to the president herself.
- S Korean Administration Claims Implicating President in Corruption Case Biased Sputnik 20 Nov 2016 -- The administration of South Korean President Park Geun-hye has accused the prosecutor's office of reaching unfounded and politically biased interim investigation results with regard to accusations of the president's involvement in the corruption scandal, Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday.
- South Korea Prosecutors Implicate President Park in Friend's Corruption Case Sputnik 20 Nov 2016 -- South Korea's prosecutors suspect President Park Geun-hye played a part in the corruption scandal.
- A million protesters march in S. Korea to demand Park's resignation People's Daily 20 Nov 2016 -- Almost one million South Koreans marched on Saturday night to demand the resignation of President Park Geun-hye over her biggest political scandal since she took office in February 2013.
- Iran's surplus heavy water sent to Oman: AEOI Press TV 20 Nov 2016 -- The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says that Tehran has transferred an amount of its surplus heavy water to Oman for commercial purposes.
- Roscosmos Ready to Continue Delivering Mixed Crews to ISS After 2018 Sputnik 20 Nov 2016 -- Russia's Roscosmos state space corporation is ready to continue the delivery of mixed crews to the International Space Station (ISS) after 2018 using Russian manned spacecraft, Roscosmos head Igor Komarov told reporters on Sunday.
- Turkish president warns NATO against sheltering 'terrorist' soldiers Press TV 20 Nov 2016 -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned NATO against sheltering "terrorist" soldiers after Turkish officers in the military alliance's command reportedly sought asylum in the wake of the abortive mid-July coup.
- Turkey can join Shanghai Pact instead of EU: Erdogan Press TV 20 Nov 2016 -- The Turkish president says his country should not be "fixated" on joining the European Union and could instead seek accession to the Eurasian Shanghai Pact organization dominated by China and Russia
- APEC Leaders Push Back Against Protectionism VOA 20 Nov 2016 -- Leaders of 21 Asia-Pacific nations have ended their annual summit with a call to resist protectionism and protect the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact, which has been thrown into uncertainty after the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president.
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