07 September 2017 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 07 Sep 2017[PDF]
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Colonel Dillon via teleconference from Baghdad, Iraq DoD 07 Sep 2017 -- Presenter: Colonel Ryan Dillon, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve Spokesman; Eric J. Pahon, Defense Department Spokesman
- Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq AFPS 07 Sep 2017 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 16 strikes consisting of 30 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Command Changes in Fight Against ISIS, Mission Does Not, Official Says AFPS 07 Sep 2017 -- While leadership changed hands in Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve operations this week, the U.S. led-coalition's mission to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has not, said Army Col. Ryan Dillon, the task force's spokesman.
- Pakistan says ready to work with Afghanistan in all areas IRNA 07 Sep 2017 -- Foreign Minister of Pakistan Khawaja Muhammad Asif says that his country is ready to work closely with Afghanistan in all fields.
- Afghan forces increasingly on offensive against Taliban and ISIS, Army brigade commander says Army News 07 Sep 2017 -- Over the past year, Afghan military forces have switched from a largely defensive posture to an offensive one, bringing the fight to the enemy and recapturing ground lost in the last few years to the Taliban and Islamic State fighters, said Col. Larry Burris.
- DoD Leans Forward to Support Preparation and Response Efforts for Hurricane Irma DoD 07 Sep 2017 -- The Department of Defense is fully engaged with federal, state, territorial and international mission partners and remains postured to respond to requests for assistance to territories and states affected by Hurricane Irma. General Lori Robinson, Commander, U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), is the lead for DoD's domestic response.
- USS Wasp, USS Kearsarge, USS Oak Hill Support Relief Mission in Virgin Islands NNS 07 Sep 2017 -- The amphibious assault ships USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) along with the Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are supporting the lead federal agency in providing humanitarian relief efforts for Hurricane Irma.
- Reserve wing continues fire fighting efforts AFNS 07 Sep 2017 -- Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing sent a second Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130 to Fresno Air Tanker Base, California Sept. 6, 2017, to support ongoing aerial fire fighting efforts in the Western U.S.
- EPLOs provide critical coordination to FEMA disaster relief efforts AFNS 07 Sep 2017 -- As three CH-47 Chinooks flew into Joint Base San Antonio-Seguin Auxiliary Airfield from the west, , Col. Harry Hughes, an emergency preparedness liaison officer, quickly worked through how to alleviate a back-up of overflow truck traffic onto the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Incident Support Base.
- Northcom Begins Support for Hurricane Irma AFPS 07 Sep 2017 -- U.S. Northern Command began supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hurricane Irma response today as the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp arrived in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- California Guard Heads Out to Fight Fires, Assist With Hurricane Irma AFPS 07 Sep 2017 -- California National Guard soldiers completed fire hand crew training yesterday at Camp Roberts and are heading out to the Salmon-August Complex Fire near Etna, the Mission Fire near Oakhurst and wherever else they're needed.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Muhammad al-Khalid al- Hamad al-Sabah of the State of Kuwait DoD 07 Sep 2017/li>
- U.S., Indonesian Navies Enhance Training Objectives AFPS 07 Sep 2017 -- The U.S. and Indonesian navies have come together for the 23rd iteration of a bilateral exercise and skills exchange called Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training, or CARAT.
- New modular handgun system, Sig Sauer P320, in testing at Army sites across the country Army News 07 Sep 2017 -- Various service members will be at Fort Bragg over the next few weeks for testing of the new modular handgun system, the Sig Sauer P320, for the U.S. Army Operational Test Command based at Fort Hood, Texas.
- Alligator Dagger tests war-fighting capabilities USMC News 07 Sep 2017 -- In the early morning hours, two miles off the coast of Djibouti, sits an Amphibious Readiness Group/Marine Expeditionary Unit (ARG/MEU) preparing to come ashore in what will prove to be a visually breathtaking experience.
- Naval Station Mayport Sends Ships to Sea Ahead of Hurricane Irma NNS 07 Sep 2017 -- As a precautionary measure, U.S. Navy ships home ported at Naval Station Mayport are getting underway in anticipation of Hurricane Irma.
- 45th SW launches 5th OTV mission AFNS 07 Sep 2017 -- The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle Sept. 7, 2017, from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A.
- Chairman of NATO Military Committee, General Pavel met with Russian Chief of General Staff, General Gerasimov NATO 07 Sep 2017 -- General Petr Pavel, Chairman of the NATO Military Committee and General Valery Gerasimov, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation and First Deputy Minister of Defence met today, 7 September 2017, in Baku, Azerbaijan.
- NATO Secretary General meets EU Defence Ministers, attends cyber exercise NATO 07 Sep 2017 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg participated as an observer in a cyber exercise at the informal meeting of EU Defence Ministers in Tallinn on Thursday (7 September 2017). Mr. Stoltenberg highlighted that NATO-EU cooperation is "key" in responding to growing cyber threats, and that the two organisations have jointly responded to major attacks this year. He announced that NATO has invited the EU to participate in the Alliance's "Cyber Coalition" exercise in November - one of the largest such exercises in the world.
- NATO, Russia meet amid tensions over war games Press TV 07 Sep 2017 -- Top Russian and NATO commanders have met in a rare meeting ahead of planned rival war games by the two sides which have raised fears of further escalation in eastern Europe.
- Moldovan Troops To Join Exercises With NATO Countries Despite Dodon's Opposition RFE/RL 07 Sep 2017 -- Moldovan troops will take part in September 8-23 multinational military exercises in Ukraine despite pro-Russian President Igor Dodon's bid to keep them out of the drills.
- EU Defense Ministers Hold Cyberwar Game In Tallinn RFE/RL 07 Sep 2017 -- European Union defense ministers have gathered in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, for an informal meeting that included a cyberexercise aimed at testing the bloc's ability to respond to a potential attack by hackers on its military structures.
- France, Germany Denounce Russia's Strategy Of 'Intimidation,' Dispute Size Of War Games RFE/RL 07 Sep 2017 -- The French and German defense ministers have condemned Russia's upcoming military maneuvers with Belarus, saying Moscow is seeking to show off military might on the borders of the EU and NATO.
- Pakistan Says US Can't Win War on Terror Without It VOA 07 Sep 2017 -- Pakistan has vowed to stay engaged with the United States to help fight terrorism in neighboring Afghanistan, but said the war "cannot be won by excluding or confronting" Islamabad.
- Top general: Armed forces moving in path of Iran's defense shield IRNA 07 Sep 2017 -- Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri lauded the country's armed forces, the army in particular, for their pace of progress in upholding Iran's defense shield.
- Remaining THAAD elements transported to deployment site in South Korea People's Daily 07 Sep 2017 -- The remaining elements of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile interception system were transported Thursday morning to the site in southeast South Korea.
- Police clash with protesters in South Korea as more THAAD launchers arrive Press TV 07 Sep 2017 -- South Korean police have clashed with hundreds of demonstrators rallying against the deployment of more rocket launchers from a US missile system to their country.
- Department Press Briefing - September 7, 2017 US Dept. of State 07 Sep 2017
- Remarks by President Trump and Emir Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah of Kuwait in Joint Press Conference The White House 07 Sep 2017
- 7 September 2017 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 07 Sep 2017
- 40-truck aid convoy enters Syria's troubled Dayr al-Zawr Press TV 07 Sep 2017 -- Dozens of trucks carrying humanitarian aid have arrived in Dayr al-Zawr only two days after Syrian army forces, backed by allied fighters from popular defense groups, reached the eastern city and breached a nearly three-year siege imposed by the Daesh Takfiri terrorists on pro-government areas there.
- Coalition Confirms Syrian Military Gains in Deir el-Zour VOA 07 Sep 2017 -- The U.S.-led coalition to defeat Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has confirmed that Syrian military forces have made it to the Islamic State-held city of Deir el-Zour.
- US Monitors Russia-backed Syrian Army's Advances in Deir Ez-Zor VOA 07 Sep 2017 -- As the Syrian government forces, backed by allied militias and Russian airstrikes, continue to advance against the Islamic State group in Deir ez-Zor, Syria, the U.S.-led coalition says it is monitoring the army to ensure it does not cross a deconfliction zone established across the city.
- Syrian Army, Allies Face Arduous Test in Eastern Syria VOA 07 Sep 2017 -- The lifting of a vicious 32-month Islamic State siege of a Syrian regime enclave in Deir el-Zour city earlier this week marks a significant battlefield success for government forces. But the fight for eastern Syria is just beginning and analysts warn the toll in civilian casualties will be high.
- Israeli Warplanes Strike Alleged Syrian Chemical Weapons Facility VOA 07 Sep 2017 -- Syria says two people were killed when Israeli warplanes struck a military facility near Hama that Western nations allege is linked to Damascus' chemical weapons program. Syria claims to have handed over all of its chemical weapons, as part of an internationally-brokered deal in 2013, but the U.N. accuses Damascus of using chemical weapons on a number of times since.
- Israeli jets hit Syria army position in Hama Province, kill 2 soldiers Press TV 07 Sep 2017 -- At least two Syrian soldiers have been killed after Israeli fighter jets targeted an army position in the west-central province of Hama, in yet another act of aggression against the Arab country
- Syrian Army Says Israeli Jets Hit Military Site RFE/RL 07 Sep 2017 -- The Syrian Army says Israeli jets have hit one of its facilities in the country's west.
- US won't say whether considering sanctions against Myanmar Press TV 07 Sep 2017 -- The United States has expressed concerns about the deadly violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar but refused to address calls for international sanctions against the country.
- Some 164,000 Rohingya refugees fled fresh violence in Myanmar: UN Press TV 07 Sep 2017 -- The latest estimates by the United Nations show a fresh bout of violence against the Rohingya minority Muslims that erupted in Myanmar two weeks ago has forced a record number of people to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.
- US Deeply Concerned About Rohingya Crisis VOA 07 Sep 2017 -- The United States is expressing deep concerns and says it is in close contact with Myanmar's government on the situation in that country's northwestern Rakhine State, where tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee across the border to Bangladesh.
- Poroshenko: Peacekeepers Must Not Preserve 'Russia's Occupation' RFE/RL 07 Sep 2017 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that the purpose of a proposed UN-mandated peacekeeping mission in war-torn eastern Ukrainian must be to foster peace, not to cement what he called "Russia's occupation" of a chunk of his country.
- Reports: Trump Jr. Says He Sought Clinton Info, But Didn't Collude With Russians RFE/RL 07 Sep 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump's eldest son told Senate investigators that he met with a Russian lawyer in 2016 because he wanted to determine if she had damaging information about his father's Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, U.S. media are reporting.
- Facebook Says Russia-Based Operation Bought Ads Targeting U.S. Voters RFE/RL 07 Sep 2017 -- Facebook has informed U.S. investigators that the social network recently discovered it sold advertisements to a Russia-based operation targeting U.S. voters during last year's presidential election.
- Facebook Revelation on Russian-bought Political Ads 'Tip of the Iceberg' VOA 07 Sep 2017 -- Revelations that Russian-linked accounts paid for thousands of political ads to appear on Facebook during last year's presidential election may be just "the tip of the iceberg," according to a top U.S. lawmaker.
- Trump Says Middle East Nations Must Confront Iran, Terrorism RFE/RL 07 Sep 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump says nations in the Middle East must confront parties "such as the Iranian regime" as part of efforts to defeat "murderous" terror groups and radical militias in the region.
- Saudi dispute with Qatar could be solved 'fairly easily': Trump Press TV 07 Sep 2017 -- US President Donald Trump has offered to mediate an ongoing dispute between Qatar and its neighboring Arab states, adding that he thinks the issue could be resolved "fairly easily."
- Bipartisan Experts Call for Strengthening US State Department VOA 07 Sep 2017 -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has pledged to carry out a major reorganization of the U.S. State Department, with the results set to be announced on September 15.
- Key to Korean Peninsula issue is sanctions and dialogue: Chinese FM People's Daily 07 Sep 2017 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday that the key to solving the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula is both sanctions and dialogue.
- Conversation over phone between President Xi and Trump over Korean Peninsula tensions People's Daily 07 Sep 2017 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday had a phone call with his US counterpart Donald Trump to exchange ideas about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s nuclear issue amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
- Putin suggests North Korea will not give up nukes Press TV 07 Sep 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested that North Korea will not abandon its nuclear weapons program because Pyongyang views its missiles and atomic weapons as its only means of self-defense.
- Trump Says Hopes To Avoid Use Of Military Action On North Korea RFE/RL 07 Sep 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump said on September 7 that military action was an option in dealing with North Korea's nuclear threat, but he added that he hoped it could be avoided.
- Japan, South Korea Urge Russia To Support Tougher Sanctions On North RFE/RL 07 Sep 2017 -- The leaders of Japan and South Korea called for stronger sanctions against North Korea on visits to Russia's Vladivostok despite Russian President Vladimir Putin's warning against "pushing North Korea into a corner."
- Trump: 'It Will Be a Very Sad Day for N. Korea' if US Attacks VOA 07 Sep 2017 -- President Donald Trump warned Thursday that "it will be a very sad day for North Korea" if the United States takes military action against it.
- North Korean Challenge Comes at China From all Angles VOA 07 Sep 2017 -- Although China's official stance is that sanctions are not the answer to the increasingly tense situation on the North Korean peninsula, calls for action and concern about the situation are growing at home. This comes even as the government is working hard to limit broader discussion.
- Russia Advocating Conciliatory Approach to North Korea VOA 07 Sep 2017 -- Russia is increasingly advocating an arms control strategy to accept North Korea as a nuclear state, disagreeing with the United States and its allies, and even to a degree with China, which all support applying sanctions to force Pyongyang into denuclearization talks.
- Pyongyang's Nuclear Ambitions Stymie Education Efforts VOA 07 Sep 2017 -- Foreign-funded education institutions are scaling back their activities in Pyongyang as more and more governments issue travel warnings on North Korea after its nuclear and missile threats.
- Iran under 'most robust' nuclear inspection: IAEA Press TV 07 Sep 2017 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has defended the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, saying the Islamic Republic is under "the world's most robust" nuclear inspection regime.
- 2 Men Sentenced to Death for 1993 Mumbai Attacks VOA 07 Sep 2017 -- An Indian court sentenced two men to death Thursday for their involvement in the 1993 bombings in Mumbai that killed more than 250 people.
- UN: Poverty, Abuse of Power Push Young Africans Into Violent Extremism VOA 07 Sep 2017 -- Poverty, deprivation and state abuse of power are driving young Africans to join violent extremist groups, such as Boko Haram, al-Shabab and Islamic State, according to a "first-of-a-kind" study by the U.N. Development Program.
- Taiwan to maintain existing cross-strait policy: MAC CNA 07 Sep 2017 -- The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) reaffirmed its position on cross-strait relations on Thursday, noting there would be no shift in policy in the wake of recent personnel changes in the Cabinet.
- Kosovar President Nominates Ex-Guerrilla Commander Haradinaj As PM RFE/RL 07 Sep 2017 -- Kosovo's president has named former guerrilla commander Ramush Haradinaj as prime minister-designate and given him the mandate to form a new government, apparently ending a monthslong political crisis in the Balkan country.
- Serbian President Vucic In Bosnia For Official Visit RFE/RL 07 Sep 2017 -- Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has traveled to Bosnia-Herzegovina to address some of the issues outstanding since the breakup of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s and the bloody Bosnian War that followed.
- In Togo, Hundreds of Thousands Rally Against Gnassinbe Rule VOA 07 Sep 2017 -- Mobile internet services were blocked in Togo Thursday as authorities prepared for a second day of protests demanding an end to the five-decade dynastic hold on power by President Faure Gnassingbe and his family.
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