24 November 2016 Military News
- Counter-ISIL Strikes Target Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 24 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.
- Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on U.S. Casualty in Syria DoD 24 Nov 2016
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- USS Zumwalt out of service due to malfunction Press TV 24 Nov 2016 -- The US Navy has been forced to temporarily retire USS Zumwalt, its most advanced warship, due to a major malfunction.
- NATO Open to Dialogue With Russia - Stoltenberg Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that "for NATO it is not a problem" if its allies discuss different issues with Russia.
- NATO Chief Admits Increased Defense Spending Amid Eastern Buildup Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has hit back at suggestions by US President-elect Donald Trump that the military alliance is "obsolete," saying member nations are now increasing defense spending and building up forces on the Russian border.
- Despite Brexit, UK Aims to Remain 'Cornerstone' of NATO Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- The United Kingdom will continue to play a key role in NATO after leaving the European Union, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
- Finnish Defense Minister Warns Of Accidents Amid Baltic Sea Buildup RFE/RL 24 Nov 2016 -- Finland's defense minister has warned of the potential of accidents or unforeseen confrontations amid the ongoing military buildup in the Baltic Sea.
- Russian Black Sea Fleet Receives Final Varshavyanka-Class Sub Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- The Russian Navy commissioned on Thursday the sixth and final Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarine for the Black Sea Fleet, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the official ceremony.
- Belarus, Poland Sign Military Cooperation Plan for 2017 Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- Belarus and Poland signed on Thursday a plan of bilateral military cooperation for 2017, the Belarusian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
- Taihang engines do not pose safety hazard: experts People's Daily 24 Nov 2016 -- Chinese experts have denounced speculation by foreign media that the country's best warplane engine may pose safety risks.
- Chinese naval training ship arrives in Sydney for visit People's Daily 24 Nov 2016 -- Chinese naval training ship Zheng He arrived in Sydney Harbor on Wednesday for a four-day stop as part of its latest training exchange and goodwill voyage for 68 days.
- China to Boost Military, Anti-Terrorism Cooperation With Latin America People's Daily 24 Nov 2016 -- China plans to boost its political, economic, development, military and anti-terrorism cooperation ties with the Latin American and Caribbean region, the Chinese government said in a policy paper released Thursday.
- India Unable to Integrate Missiles, Looks to Israel for Combat Drones Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- The Indian Government had put a contract for Heron drones on hold for a year in the hope that defense scientists will produce an alternative.
- UK Confirms Future Deployment of 800 Troops to Estonia Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- The United Kingdom will send 800 soldiers to Estonia, as it promised at the NATO July summit, UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said Wednesday.
- Russia detains ex-naval officer suspected of spying for Ukraine Press TV 24 Nov 2016 -- Russia's security service has arrested a former naval officer in the Crimean peninsula for allegedly spying for Ukraine.
- Russia's Ex-Black Sea Fleet Member Detained for Passing State Secrets to Ukraine Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- According to Federal Security Service, a former service member of the Russian Black Sea Fleet has been detained in Crimea on suspicion of gathering intelligence on the fleet's activities and passing state secrets to Ukraine.
- Sayyari: Naval forces enjoy highest capabilities IRNA 24 Nov 2016 -- Navy commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said here on Thursday that Iran's naval forces are capable enough to produce their necessary equipment with the highest technology.
- Police to probe Netanyahu submarine purchase scandal Press TV 24 Nov 2016 -- Israel's attorney general has ordered police to launch an investigation into a scandal involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the billion-dollar purchase of three submarines from Germany.
- New military chief of general staff appointed CNA 24 Nov 2016 -- Army Commander Gen. Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) has been appointed as the military's chief of the general staff, replacing Gen. Yen Teh-fa (嚴德發), who is to retire on Dec. 1, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced Thursday.
- Turkey to Buy Over 50 Super Mushshak Trainer Planes From Pakistan Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- Turkey has signed a $50-million agreement with Pakistan on the purchase of 52 Super Mushshak primary trainer aircraft by 2019.
- Greek Defense Minister Warns Ankara Against Revision of Lausanne Treaty Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos warned Ankara against attempts to reconsider the 1923 Lausanne Treaty, under which Turkey ceded parts of Eastern Thrace and certain Aegean islands to Greece, a source familiar with the matter told RIA Novosti Thursday.
- Turkey claims Syrian airstrike killed 3 soldiers Press TV 24 Nov 2016 -- Turkey claims a Syrian airstrike killed three Turkish soldiers and wounded 10 others overnight, raising the ante in its military invasion of the Arab country.
- Iraqi forces retake more districts from Daesh in E Mosul Press TV 24 Nov 2016 -- Iraqi forces have managed to purge Daesh terrorists from three more neighborhoods in eastern Mosul as part of a major battle to retake the strategic city.
- Iraq Blast Claimed By IS Kills More Than 80, Mostly Iranian Pilgrims RFE/RL 24 Nov 2016 -- A suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State (IS) militants has killed at least 80 people, most of them Iranian pilgrims, some 100 kilometers south of Baghdad, according to Iraqi officials.
- 16 dead, thousands displaced in CAR clashes: UN Press TV 24 Nov 2016 -- At least 16 people have lost their lives and thousands of civilians have been displaced in the Central African Republic (CAR) during recent clashes between rival armed groups in the country, the United Nations (UN) says.
- Myanmar pursues ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims: UN official Press TV 24 Nov 2016 -- A high-ranking United Nations official says Myanmar authorities have stepped up persecution of Rohingya Muslims in the Southeast Asian country, and are actually conducting a campaign of "ethnic cleansing" against members of the community.
- Nigeria army killed 150 separatists during peaceful rallies: Amnesty Press TV 24 Nov 2016 -- Amnesty International says Nigeria's security forces killed at least 150 supporters of a separatist group during peaceful anti-government protests in a one-year period in the African country.
- 150 Biafra Separatists Killed in Crackdown: Report VOA 24 Nov 2016 -- It was on May 30 when Agatha Ikefuna, a nurse who lives in Onitsha, a city in southeastern Nigeria, was trapped by a series of military roadblocks.
- 'Immediate action' needed as millions in north-eastern Nigeria face food insecurity - UN UN News 24 Nov 2016 -- Warning that ongoing unrest and rising inflation have left more than five million people in restive north-east Nigeria facing acute food insecurity, the United Nations agriculture agency today appealed for $25 million through May 2017 to support irrigated vegetable production and micro-gardening in the dry season, as well as rebuild livestock systems.
- Colombia signs new peace accord with FARC rebels Press TV 24 Nov 2016 -- The government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, have signed a revised peace agreement, aiming to end a half century of hostilities in the Latin American country.
- UN chief welcomes new peace deal between Colombian Government and FARC-EP UN News 24 Nov 2016 -- Welcoming the signing today of the new peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP), United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed the hope that Colombians will "come together at this time to move the peace process forward."
- Colombia, FARC Rebels Sign New Peace Deal Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army ) rebels Rodrigo Echeverri (also known as Timochenko) have signed a new peace deal in Bogota.
- Pakistan Air Force Chief Urges India to 'Show Restraint' Amid Border Tensions Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- Pakistan's Air Force Chief Sohail Aman said that India should demonstrate "some restraint" amid the escalation of situation on the military control line in the disputed region of Kashmir.
- Ban 'deeply concerned' about deteriorating situation along 'Line of Control' in Kashmir UN News 24 Nov 2016 -- "Deeply concerned" about the deterioration of the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir in recent days, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all involved to prioritize the restoration of calm and stability in order to prevent any further escalation and loss of life.
- Official Says Russia's Missile Deployment to Kurils Not to Influence Peace Talks Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- Russia's deployment of missile systems to the southern Kuril Islands that are subject to a dispute between the countries will not influence bilateral talks on the peace treaty, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Thursday.
- Trump rejecting intelligence briefings since vote, officials say Press TV 24 Nov 2016 -- US President-elect Donald Trump has been rejecting daily intelligence briefings since his election victory on November 8, officials say.
- European Parliament votes to freeze Turkey's accession talks Press TV 24 Nov 2016 -- The European Parliament has voted in favor of a freeze of membership talks with Turkey over Ankara's heavy-handed crackdown following a failed coup in mid-July.
- EU Parliament Votes In Favor Of Halting Turkey Membership Talks RFE/RL 24 Nov 2016 -- European Union lawmakers have voted in favor of suspending membership talks with Turkey, in a move aimed at sending a signal to Ankara amid a sweeping internal crackdown.
- Turkish Teachers In Pakistan Face Uncertain Fate As Deportation Looms RFE/RL 24 Nov 2016 -- A senior educator in the PakTurk chain of private schools has decried the impending deportation of its staff and their families from Pakistan, claiming the shutting down of the institution has left hundreds of people in limbo.
- European Parliament Votes in Favor of Resolution to Freeze Turkey's Accession Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- The European Parliament has voted on Thursday in favor of a non-binding resolution on freezing Turkey's EU accession talks.
- Turkey's Unprecedented Crackdown Sparks Little Unrest VOA 24 Nov 2016 -- The trial resumed Thursday in Turkey for journalists and editors from the pro-Kurdish newspaper Ozgur Gundem, which was shut down in August for alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) separatist group.
- US, China agree on tougher sanctions against North Korea: Diplomat Press TV 24 Nov 2016 -- The United States and China have agreed on a fresh round of tough sanctions to be enforced by the United Nations Security Council against North Korea in response to Pyongyang's latest nuclear test, a senior UN diplomat says.
- S Korean Opposition Wants to Vote on Impeachment of President in Early December Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- Party's floor leader Woo Sang-ho said that South Korea's main opposition Democratic Party is going to seek vote on impeachment of President Park Geun-hye in December amid the ongoing political scandal.
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