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30 December 2016 Military News

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  • Turkey Troops Killed Some 1,170 Daesh Fighters During Euphrates Shield Operation Sputnik 30 Dec 2016 -- Turkish forces have killed 1,171 fighters from the Daesh jihadist group, as well as 291 militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) since the beginning of the Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria in August, the Turkish General Staff said in a Friday statement.
  • Syrian government forces regain control over western village Press TV 30 Dec 2016 -- Syrian army soldiers, supported by fighters from popular defense groups, have managed to liberate a village in the western province from the grip of Daesh terrorist group as a nationwide ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey, which excludes the Takfiris, appears to be largely holding.
  • Syria ceasefire holds despite militant breaches Press TV 30 Dec 2016 -- The all-Syria ceasefire, brokered by Russia and Turkey, is holding across the country despite initial instances of violations by foreign-backed militants, a monitoring group and militant sources say.
  • Russian Jets Strike Daesh Positions Near al-Bab to Support Turkish Troops Sputnik 30 Dec 2016 -- After brokering a ceasefire agreement between the Syrian government and opposition rebel groups, Russia bolstered Turkish military operations in the fight against Daesh, with three airstrikes around al-Bab.
  • Kurds to Be Included in Syrian Gov't If They Lay Down Arms - Ankara Sputnik 30 Dec 2016 -- The Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) will participate in the formation of the new government on condition they agree to lay down arms and support Syrian territorial integrity, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday.
  • Turkish Troops Kill Daesh Military Commander in North Syria Sputnik 30 Dec 2016 -- The Turkish Air Force has killed a military commander of Daesh terrorist group in an airstrike conducted in the northern part of Syria, the Turkish General Staff said in a Friday statement.
  • Nationwide Ceasefire Takes Effect in Syria Sputnik 30 Dec 2016 -- A major agreement between the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad and armed opposition groups was reached on Thursday and supported by Russia, Iran and Turkey as guarantors of the peace process. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the news after emerging as a key peace broker. Last week, foreign ministers from Russia, Iran, and Turkey convened in Moscow to discuss resolutions that could bring peace and stability to the region.
  • Iraqi forces make headway in fresh offensive to retake Mosul Press TV 30 Dec 2016 -- Iraqi government soldiers and their allied forces have made great achievements in their renewed push to take back the strategic northern city of Mosul from Takfiri Daesh militants.
  • Fighting in Mosul Resumes After Two Weeks of Calm VOA 30 Dec 2016 -- Iraqis in Mosul faced car bombs and airstrikes Friday on the second day of a renewed push to retake the city following two weeks of relative calm.
  • Five senior PKK figures detained in southern Turkey: Interior Ministry Press TV 30 Dec 2016 -- The Turkish Interior Ministry says at least five high-profile figures of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have been arrested during a series of counter-terrorism operations against the militant group as well as its affiliate, the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), in the southern part of the country.
  • 'Tornado' Trial Tests Kyiv's Ability To Rein In Rogue Paramilitaries RFE/RL 30 Dec 2016 -- PRYVILLIA, Ukraine -- Eighteen months after the last of the Kyiv-backed militiamen vacated this weary town near the front lines of Europe's only active war, School No. 32 is a crime scene.
  • Millions in Ukraine are in need of humanitarian assistance, UN relief wing reports UN News 30 Dec 2016 -- According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), an estimated 3.8 million people in Ukraine are in need of humanitarian assistance and 2.2 million are suffering as a result of no access to quality health services.
  • France hints at plan for 'long' military stay in Chad Press TV 30 Dec 2016 -- Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says French troopers stationed in Chad should "prepare for a long war" against regional militants, in a remark that reveals France's plans for prolonged military presence in its former African colony.
  • Georgia Considers Referendum on Renaming South Ossetia to Alania Illegitimate Sputnik 30 Dec 2016 -- Georgia condemns South Ossetia's initiative to hold a referendum on the republic renaming to Alania and considers the process illegitimate, Georgia's Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality Ketevan Tsikhelashvili said Friday.
  • In December alone, UN food relief agency assists one million people in northeast Nigeria UN News 30 Dec 2016 -- In December, the United Nations food aid agency has delivered food or cash to more than a million people in conflict-affected zones in northeast Nigeria, meaning that over half of those in need of urgent humanitarian assistance have now been reached.

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