10 March 2017 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 10 Mar 2017[PDF]
- Coalition Strikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 10 Mar 2017 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 22 strikes consisting of 82 engagements against ISIS targets yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Comment Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry in connection with the accusations of the Russian Federation to address the support of the Taliban Movement Ministry of Foreign Affairs 10 Mar 2017 -- "We pay attention to put forward recently by representatives of command of foreign military contingents deployed in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, as well as some Afghan officials in charge of the Russian Federation, the address of the alleged support of the Taliban Moscow (DT). The Russian side "incriminated" DT supply of weapons, financing the activities of this extremist organization, and even assist in the establishment on Afghan territory militant training camps. Needless to say, this is not supported by any evidence."
- Nation-building amid insurgency 'an uphill struggle' for Afghanistan - UN envoy UN News 10 Mar 2017 -- The United Nations envoy for Afghanistan today highlighted both the visible progress the conflict-torn country has made and the challenges lie ahead, urging the Government to redouble efforts while calling for continued international political and financial support.
- IS Taking New Strategy in Afghanistan VOA 10 Mar 2017 -- The attack in Kabul that killed at least 30 people this week, claimed by the Islamic State militants, was different in strategy from the group's past assaults.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Special US Visa Program for Afghans on Hold VOA 10 Mar 2017 -- Faced with a shrinking pool of visas, the U.S. embassy in Kabul has started turning away Afghan military translators and other Afghan nationals seeking to immigrate to the United States through a decade-old special visa program.
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Gen. Neller in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 10 Mar 2017
- Statement by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Purported Actions Detrimental to Good Order and Discipline DoD 10 Mar 2017
- AF uses first drone for C-17 post flight inspection AFNS 10 Mar 2017 -- The 412th Test Wing's Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force used a quadcopter to conduct a maintenance inspection of the exterior of a C-17 Globemaster III here March 6, 2017.
- Pacific allies, partner nations to meet for first Pacific F-35 Symposium AFNS 10 Mar 2017 -- JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AFNS) -- The F-35 Lightning II will take center stage during the Pacific Air Forces' inaugural F-35 Symposium next week. The two-day conference will mark the largest gathering of F-35 experts to include senior officers and warfighters from Japan, Australia, South Korea as well as the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.
- More munitions, prepositioned stocks big priorities, says G-4 Army News 10 Mar 2017 -- Lt. Gen. Aundre Piggee, Army G-4, identified for lawmakers the top two items the Army considers priorities for funding.
- U.S.-Japan conduct aerial integration training during Forest Light 17-1 USMC News 10 Mar 2017 -- U.S. Marines and members of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force conducted aerial integration training on an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and JGSDF CH-47 Chinook helicopters during exercise Forest Light 17-1 in the Camp Soumagahara, Gunma Prefecture, Japan, Mar. 10, 2017.
- US Navy, JMSDF Complete Annual Bilateral Training Exercise MultiSail 17 NNS 10 Mar 2017 -- Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) completed the annual bilateral training exercise MultiSail 17, March 10.
- Navy Conducts Successful Missile Test Firing NNS 10 Mar 2017 -- The U.S. Navy conducted a successful structural test firing of the Surface to Surface Missile Module (SSMM) from Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Detroit (LCS 7) Feb. 28 off the coast of Norfolk.
- Japan, US holding joint drills in East China Sea Press TV 10 Mar 2017 -- Marine forces from Japan and the United States are conducting joint military exercises in the East China Sea amid an escalation of tensions in the region.
- Russian Aerospace Forces to Receive Three An-148 Passenger Aircraft in 2017 Sputnik 10 Mar 2017 -- Three Antonov An-148 passenger aircraft will join the ranks of the Russian Aerospace Forces by 2018.
- Russian Aerospace Forces to Get 16 Sophisticated Su-34 Bombers This Year Sputnik 10 Mar 2017 -- Russia's Aerospace Forces will get 16 new Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers this year.
- China begins equipment installation on homegrown aircraft carrier People's Daily 10 Mar 2017 -- The major construction and design work of China's second aircraft carrier has been completed, bringing the country one step closer to establishing its own carrier fleet, according to a PLA authority.
- China to reduce army reserves as part of military reform People's Daily 10 Mar 2017 -- China will reduce its army reserve while increasing reserves for other services, said a senior officer of the country's national defense mobilization department on Wednesday, on the sidelines of the ongoing sessions of the National People's Congress (NPC).
- China upgrading navy to first class: Military officials Press TV 10 Mar 2017 -- Senior Chinese military officials say their navy has been equipped with advanced hardware and is being upgraded to the highest global level.
- Chinese Stealth J-20 Jet Enters Service With PLA Sputnik 10 Mar 2017 -- China has put its new Chengdu J20 stealth fighter jet in service, in efforts to develop a marine corps and a "first class" Navy, while simultaneously narrowing the military gap with US. Beijing's military is undergoing major upgrades, complete with advanced submarines and anti-satellite missiles, all under the supervision of President Xi Jinping.
- Indian Navy Can Be a Sitting Duck For Mines From Next Year Sputnik 10 Mar 2017 -- Indian Navy needs at least 24 mine counter-measure vehicles to plug the shortfall. China has more than 100 such minesweepers and mine counter-measure vehicles.
- Iran Friendship Flotilla berths at Russian port Press TV 10 Mar 2017 -- A fourth Iranian "Friendship Flotilla" has sailed for Russia across the Caspian Sea, docking at a port city in North Caucasus.
- Tokyo's Rising Military Might Threatens to Upset Fragile Pacific Balance Sputnik 10 Mar 2017 -- Japan's Defense Minister Tomomi Inada stated that the country's Self-Defense Forces have the right to launch strikes against enemy territory, raising concerns about the prospects of Tokyo's ongoing military buildup.
- US State Department approves weapons sales to Saudi Arabia Press TV 10 Mar 2017 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump has approved the resumption of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia which critics have linked to Riyadh's killing of civilians in Yemen, reports say.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 3/10/2017, #21 The White House 10 Mar 2017
- 10 March 2017 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 10 Mar 2017
- As fresh violence in Yemen sends thousands their homes, UN agency urges international support UN News 10 Mar 2017 -- With tens of thousands of civilians forced to flee their homes following a spike in fighting across western and central Yemen, the United Nations refugee agency today appealed for more international support, as well as unrestricted access within the country so that it can reach those now facing "abysmal conditions."
- On new day of campaign, Saudi jets kill more Yemenis Press TV 10 Mar 2017 -- At least 26 people have been killed in airstrikes by Saudi warplanes on a market in the western Yemeni province of Hudaydah.
- Yemenis kill 2 Saudi troops, several militants in retaliatory attacks Press TV 10 Mar 2017 -- Two Saudi forces and two of their mercenaries have been killed during a retaliatory attack by Yemeni forces against the kingdom's soil.
- Turkey shells border posts near Syria's Manbij, kills army soldiers Press TV 10 Mar 2017 -- Turkish military forces have shelled the positions of Syrian government troops and their allied fighters from popular defense groups in the country's northwestern province of Aleppo, leaving several soldiers dead and injured.
- Syria calls on UN to force Turkey to withdraw troops Press TV 10 Mar 2017 -- Syria has called on the United Nations and the Security Council to oblige Turkey to immediately withdraw its "invading forces" from the Syrian territory, stop cross-border attacks and maintain regional and international security and stability.
- Security Council encourages Syrian parties to take part in UN-supported talks 'without preconditions' UN News 10 Mar 2017 -- Looking forward to the early resumption of the United Nations-facilitated intra-Syrian negotiations, the Security Council today encouraged the Syrian parties to return to talks in good faith "and to engage constructively and without preconditions" on the agenda set out by UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura when they resume.
- Putin, Erdogan Pledge Cooperation To Help Bring End To Syrian Conflict RFE/RL 10 Mar 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, citing improved bilateral ties, pledged to work together to help bring an end to the conflict in Syria.
- Putin hails closer Moscow-Ankara ties on Syria crisis Press TV 10 Mar 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised close interactions between Moscow and Ankara as part of efforts to find a promising solution to the nearly six-year-long foreign-sponsored militancy in Syria, which has killed thousands of people and left the Arab country in ruins.
- Israel Warns Russia That Iran's Presence In Syria Blocks Peace Deal RFE/RL 10 Mar 2017 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told Russian President Vladimir Putin there can never be peace in Syria as long Iran maintains troops and advisers there.
- Syrian Democratic Forces Pledge to Defeat Daesh 'Capital' Raqqa Single-Handedly Sputnik 10 Mar 2017 -- The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which include US-backed Kurdish and Arab fighters, are ready to liberate the Syrian city of Raqqa from Daesh without support from foreign troops, according to SDF spokesman Jihan Sheikh Ahmed.
- Damascus Calls on UN to Make Turkey Stop Aggression and Withdraw Army From Syria Sputnik 10 Mar 2017 -- Syria's Foreign Ministry has sent complaints to the UN Secretary-General and UN Security Council President over the Turkish army's continuing "aggression" against the war-torn country, the SANA news agency reported Friday.
- Syrian Troops Reach Euphrates Bank for First Time in Four Years Sputnik 10 Mar 2017 -- Syrian government forces have reached the Euphrates bank east of Khafsah for the first time in four years, maintaining control of a nine-mile coastline, the Russian General Staff said Friday.
- Iraqi forces achieve fresh territorial gains in, near Mosul Press TV 10 Mar 2017 -- Iraqi government forces have registered more territorial gains in Mosul as they continue their joint operations with fighters from allied Popular Mobilization Units to push Takfiri Daesh terrorists out of their last urban stronghold in the Arab country.
- Peshmerga Confirm Plans for Iraqi Army Overhaul Don't Involve Kurdistan Forces Sputnik 10 Mar 2017 -- An Iraqi government proposal to allow armed militias to become officially affiliated with the Iraqi armed forces does not concern the Peshmerga, whose independence is guaranteed by the constitution, Jibar Yawir, Secretary-General of the Kurdistan regional government's Peshmerga Ministry, told Sputnik.
- Iraqi Forces Liberate Amle District in West Mosul From Daesh Sputnik 10 Mar 2017 -- Iraqi army liberated district in southwestern Mosul from militants of the Daesh, according to media reports.
- Turkey: UN report details allegations of serious rights violations in country's southeast UN News 10 Mar 2017 -- The UN human rights office today published a report detailing allegations of massive destruction, killings and numerous other serious human rights violations committed between July 2015 and December 2016 in southeast Turkey.
- UN Accuses Turkey of Massive Destruction, Torture in Kurdish Areas VOA 10 Mar 2017 -- A new report accuses Turkey's security forces of widespread and systematic human rights violations, including massive destruction of towns and killings of mainly Kurdish people in the southeast.
- Aid Groups Fear Mass Expulsion of Western NGOs From Turkey VOA 10 Mar 2017 -- United Nations officials and international aid workers fear the Turkish government is gearing up to shutter more Western nongovernment organizations working with Syrian refugees and overseeing cross-border relief missions inside Syria following the expulsion Tuesday of Mercy Corps, one of the world's biggest humanitarian nonprofits.
- With fighting near industrial sites, UN expert warns Ukrainians of chemical disaster risk UN News 10 Mar 2017 -- Unless the fighting in eastern Ukraine is stopped and precautions are taken to secure industrial facilities in the area, the armed conflict could lead to a catastrophic chemical disaster, an independent United Nations human rights expert today warned.
- Iran's sovereignty over 3 Islands irrefutable, ever-lasting: FM spox IRNA 10 Mar 2017 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said Iran's sovereignty over the three Persian Gulf islands of the Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb and the Lesser Tunb is an irrefutable and a perpetual fact.
- Violence, Displacements in Colombia Continue Despite Peace Deal - UNHCR Sputnik 10 Mar 2017 -- Violence continues to uproot thousands of people in Colombia, despite a peace agreement signed last November between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
- Colombian fighting displaced more than 900 families since January - UN agency UN News 10 Mar 2017 -- Despite a peace agreement, ongoing fighting in the Colombian Pacific Coast has displaced more than 3,500 people so far this year – many of them from the Afro-Colombian or indigenous communities, the United Nations refugee agency today announced.
- US will 'use the full force of the law' on WikiLeaks: Pence Press TV 10 Mar 2017 -- US Vice President Pence has said the Trump administration will "use the full force of the law" to go after those involved in WikiLeaks' latest episode after the whistleblower website released thousands of documents that reveal the CIA's hacking and spying secrets.
- Russia deems leaked data on CIA plausible: FM Lavrov Press TV 10 Mar 2017 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Moscow considers the information recently leaked about the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)'s hacking techniques as "quite plausible."
- UN Aid Chief: 20 Million People in 4 Countries Face Starvation, Famine VOA 10 Mar 2017 -- The United Nations says it needs $4.4 billion by July to prevent famine in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeastern Nigeria.
- Briefing by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, March 10, 2017 Russia Ministry of Foreign Affairs 10 Mar 2017
- Navalny: Political Change in Russia Is Only Solution to Corruption VOA 10 Mar 2017 -- Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny recently caused a stir on the internet with a documentary-style video about the lifestyle of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that has already been viewed millions of times.
- Chinese man held incommunicado for alleged espionage CNA 10 Mar 2017 -- The Taipei District Court on Friday detained a Chinese man incommunicado who has been accused of trying to gather classified information, in violation of Taiwan's National Security Act.
- S. Korean president permanently removed from office as court upholds impeachment People's Daily 10 Mar 2017 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye was ousted as the country's head of state after on Friday the constitutional court upheld a motion to impeach the scandal-ridden leader.
- Impeachment of South Korean President Approved by Constitutional Court Sputnik 10 Mar 2017 -- The South Korean Constitutional Court has upheld the parliament decision on impeaching the president.
- Impeached Leader Was South Koreas's First Female President VOA 10 Mar 2017 -- Park Geun-hye, the recently ousted president of South Korea, was the country's first female head of state.
- South Korean Businesses in China Feel Backlash Over Seoul Missile Deployment VOA 10 Mar 2017 -- A growing number of South Korean companies are feeling the impact from China's backlash over Seoul's decision to begin deployment of a U.S.-made missile defense system at home. Chinese employees of South Korean companies and those working for related industries are also getting caught up in the diplomatic spat.
- South Korea tourism faces losing revenues due to strained China ties Press TV 10 Mar 2017 -- South Korea's tourism faces losing billions of dollars of revenues due to strained relations between Seoul and Beijing over the deployment of a US missile system.
- China opposes all forms of cyber attacks, urges US to stop such actions People's Daily 10 Mar 2017 -- China opposes all forms of cyber attacks, and urges the US side to stop eavesdropping, monitoring, spying and launching cyber attacks against China and other countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang stressed at a regular press conference on Thursday.
- Chinese leaders discuss economy, Belt&Road with lawmakers People's Daily 10 Mar 2017 -- Premier Li Keqiang and other leaders on Thursday discussed economic upgrading, Belt and Road Initiative, people's congress system, poverty alleviation, anti-corruption campaign and other topics with national lawmakers.
- EU Leaders Voice Concern About Russia Destabilizing Balkan States RFE/RL 10 Mar 2017 -- Leaders of the European Union are voicing concern about "external influences" fueling divisions in the Western Balkans after recent moves by Russia and its Balkan allies to block closer ties with the West.
- China Vows 'Strike' Against Dalai Lama as Tibetans Mark Uprising VOA 10 Mar 2017 -- As Tibetans around the world marked the 58th anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day, Chinese officials in Beijing vowed to "resolutely strike" against the "Dalai Lama clique's separatist activities."
- Malaysian police confirm DPRK man killed in airport to be Kim Jong Nam People's Daily 10 Mar 2017 -- Malaysian police for the first time confirmed on Friday that a Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) man killed in Kuala Lumpur airport to be Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of DPRK leader Kim Jong Un.
- Ethiopia's State of Emergency Seen as Tool to Silence Dissent VOA 10 Mar 2017 -- It's been five months since Ethiopia declared a state of emergency in response to widespread protests and unrest, and there are no signs indicating when it might end.
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