11 September 2017 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 11 Sep 2017[PDF]
- Officials Release Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 11 Sep 2017 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria on Sept. 9-10, conducting 78 strikes consisting of 91 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- NATO convoy attacked near Bagram airfield outside Afghan capital Press TV 11 Sep 2017 -- Casualties have been reported after a bomber attacked a convoy of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, officials say.
- Taliban Car Bomber Attacks NATO Convoy VOA 11 Sep 2017 -- A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-packed car into a NATO military convoy wounding "a small number" of foreign troops and Afghan civilians Monday in Afghanistan, officials say.
- Air Force delivers doctors, aid to Florida AFNS 11 Sep 2017 -- Three C-17s from Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina and Dover Air Force Base, Delaware flew more than 300 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to Orlando, Florida, Sept. 9, 2017, in anticipation of Hurricane Irma's landfall Sept. 10.
- Travis AFB transports critical aid in support of Hurricane Irma relief operations AFNS 11 Sep 2017 -- A C-17 Globemaster III departed Travis Air Force Base, California, during the early morning hours Sept. 9, 2017, enroute to Puerto Rico to deliver a team of search and rescue personnel assigned to Federal Emergency Management Agency's Texas Task Force 1 in support of Hurricane Irma relief operations.
- Kentucky Air Guardsmen evacuate personnel following Hurricane Irma AFNS 11 Sep 2017 -- For the second time in two weeks, special operators and aircrews from the Kentucky Air National Guard deployed to support hurricane rescue operations, evacuating more than 170 U.S. citizens from the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten today.
- Oregon National Guardsmen Help Battle Wildfires AFPS 11 Sep 2017 -- A sky full of ash looms overhead while Oregon Army and Air National Guardsmen work around the clock to help contain the threat of fires consuming the Oregon hills near here since July.
- Northcom Positions Military Assets to Support Irma Relief Missions AFPS 11 Sep 2017 -- U.S. Northern Command is working through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to support authorities in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to provide lifesaving and life-sustaining relief to those in affected areas.
- Almost 10K Army personnel engaged in Irma response and relief operations Army News 11 Sep 2017 -- The Total Army, which includes active duty, Reserve, and Army National Guard personnel, remains involved in or prepared to support state, territory and other federal agencies as part of Hurricane Irma relief operations, Army spokesman Col. Patrick Seiber said yesterday.
- Update of DoD Response to Hurricane Irma DoD 11 Sep 2017 -- The Department of Defense is well postured with naval, air, and ground assets to initiate response operations in Florida today and will continue response operations throughout the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico (VIPR) region.
- Press Briefing by PresSecretary Sarah Sanders and Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert The White House 11 Sep 2017
- Oregon National Guard supports firefighting efforts for Chetco Bar Fire Army News 11 Sep 2017 -- A sky full of ash looms overhead while Oregon Army and Air National Guard members work around the clock to help contain the threats of wildfires across the state. As of September 8, 2017, nearly 600 Oregon Guardsmen have volunteered to join the fight against the wildfires, working alongside local, state and federal agencies to battle one of the worst fire seasons in Oregon's history.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US, Nepal team up for disaster response training AFNS 11 Sep 2017 -- Ten U.S. Air Force air advisors from the 36th Contingency Response Group, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, embarked on a journey over 4,000 miles away from their tropical duty station to the mountainous country of Nepal, where they participated in a subject-matter expert exchange with 20 members from the Nepalese Army, Nepal Police, Nepal Armed Police Force, Nepal Airlines and Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal Aug. 21-25, 2017.
- E-8C JSTARS evacuate to Tinker AFB AFNS 11 Sep 2017 -- Five E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft from the 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, evacuated to Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, to escape the path of Hurricane Irma Sept. 9, 2017.
- Colorado National Guard deploys mountain infantry to Slovenia for Triglav Star Exercise Army News 11 Sep 2017 -- The Colorado Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry (Mountain) has deployed nearly 100 Soldiers to Slovenia, to participate in a multi-national overseas deployment training exercise.
- After the landing: 15th MEU comes ashore during Alligator Dagger USMC News 11 Sep 2017 -- Fine clouds of dust form so thick it distorts visibility, as Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (15th MEU) arrive ashore in U.S. Navy landing craft, air cushions assigned to Assault Craft Unit 5 aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22), bringing with them everything they need for combat operations and sustainment for the next two weeks during Exercise Alligator Dagger.
- Lincoln Tests F-35C Lightning II at Sea NNS 11 Sep 2017 -- The Nimitz-Class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) became one of the few ships in the fleet to trap and launch the F-35C Lightning II, Sept. 3.
- Dragon Masters Deactivated Friday after Six Decades of AMCM Excellence NNS 11 Sep 2017 -- After 63 years of flying test and evaluation mission flights, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division "Dragon Masters" Aviation Unit was deactivated in a ceremony Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.
- India to Provide More Assistance to Afghan Defense Forces VOA 11 Sep 2017 -- India will provide more assistance to Afghan defense forces and implement new development projects in the war-torn country.
- Lebanon to complain to UN over Israeli jets, spy device Press TV 11 Sep 2017 -- Lebanon plans to file a complaint with the United Nations against Israel for planting spy devices and violating the country's airspace.
- Sweden Upping Its Ability to Chase Submarines Amid Two Major Baltic Exercises Sputnik 11 Sep 2017 -- The Swedish Navy has two major military drills scheduled for September (Aurora and Northern Coasts) to boost the Nordic country's defensive abilities against a fictitious enemy which bears striking similarities to Russia. Sweden is also working hard to "reclaim" its submarine detection capabilities after a series of painful setbacks.
- Belarus To Battle Fake State 'Veishnoria' In Zapad Exercise RFE/RL 11 Sep 2017 -- It has a foreign ministry, flag, and even briefly had its history outlined on Wikipedia. Russia accuses it of stirring up trouble in Belarus.
- China's Central Military Commission finishes inspection People's Daily 11 Sep 2017 -- China's Central Military Commission (CMC) said it has completed an eight-month inspection work on military reform.
- India's Most Powerful ATGM Nag Missile Passes Flight Trials Sputnik 11 Sep 2017 -- Developers claim the missile is far superior than Javelin of US and Israeli Spike missile. It assimilates advanced technologies including the imaging infrared radar (IIR) seeker with integrated avionics, a capability which is possessed by few nations in the world.
- DoD News: Contracts for September 11, 2017
- China plans to catch up with advanced aero engine producers in 20 years People's Daily 11 Sep 2017 -- "China plans to catch up with the advanced aero engine producers in 20 years," said Cao Jianguo, chairman of the Aero Engine Cooperation of China (AECC).
- 11 September 2017 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 11 Sep 2017
- UNICEF: Decades of progress for children at risk across Middle East and North Africa UN News 11 Sep 2017 -- Nearly one-in-five children across the Middle East and North Africa – over 90 per cent of whom live in conflict-affected countries – need immediate humanitarian assistance, according to new analysis by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
- The Japan Times: China, Japan need to shelve Diaoyutais dispute CNA 11 Sep 2017 -- An editorial in Monday's edition of the Japan Times has asked China and Japan to shelve the dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands and instead focus on improving bilateral ties.
- Emirati soldier, military pilot killed in Yemen war, UAE says Press TV 11 Sep 2017 -- A soldier and a pilot of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) taking part in the Saudi-led war on Yemen have been killed in two separate incidents, the Emirati military says.
- Syrian forces preparing to fully retake Dayr al-Zawr from Daesh Press TV 11 Sep 2017 -- Syrian army soldiers and allied forces are getting ready to fully liberate the eastern part of city of Dayr al-Zawr from the clutches of Daesh Takfiri terrorists.
- US asks Syria militant groups to retreat to Jordan amid army advances: Sources Press TV 11 Sep 2017 -- The US and its allies have urged two militant groups fighting the government in southeastern Syria to retreat into Jordan in the face of army advances, Reuters has quoted militant sources as saying.
- Syria's Deir ez-Zor Forerunner of Victory Over Daesh Sputnik 11 Sep 2017 -- For the second consecutive day, red lights emanating from tracer ammunition sparkle in the sky over Deir ez-Zor in celebration of the Syrian government forces' significant breakthrough in the fight against terrorists.
- Syrian Democratic Forces Vow to Avoid Conflict With Gov't Troops in Deir ez-Zor Sputnik 11 Sep 2017 -- Units of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) opposition alliance, manned mainly by Kurdish militias, promise not to attack the Syrian government forces in Deir ez-Zor, SDF spokesman Talal Silo told Sputnik on Monday.
- Iraqi Army Has Recaptured 90% of Territory Once Held by Daesh Terrorists Sputnik 11 Sep 2017 -- According to a spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi's office, Iraqi government forces have recaptured over 90 percent of the territory which had been occupied by Daesh terrorists.
- Somali army repels al-Shabab after attack on military base Press TV 11 Sep 2017 -- Government forces in Somalia have seized control of a town near the border with Kenya, after the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militant group attacked a Somali military base there and left a number of soldiers dead.
- Somalia: 20 Killed in Three Separate Attacks VOA 11 Sep 2017 -- At least 16 people were killed, most of them regional government soldiers, after al-Shabab militants attacked the Somali town of Beled Hawo on Monday, officials and residents said. Four other people were killed in incidents elsewhere in the country.
- Putin Says UN Peacekeepers Could Be Deployed Throughout Ukraine Conflict Zone RFE/RL 11 Sep 2017 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signaled his willingness to look into the idea of deploying UN peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine not only along the conflict line separating Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists, but also in other areas where monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) work.
- Bangladesh offers land to shelter Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing Myanmar Press TV 11 Sep 2017 -- Bangladesh has agreed to free land for a new camp to shelter some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled an escalation of violence in Myanmar.
- UN human rights chief points to 'textbook example of ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar UN News 11 Sep 2017 -- The United Nations human rights chief today lashed out at the treatment of the Rohingya in Myanmar which has led to more than 300,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh in the past three weeks, as security forces and local militia reportedly burn villages and shoot civilians.
- Militants kill 18 police forces in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula Press TV 11 Sep 2017 -- At least 18 police forces, including a general, have been killed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after militants ambushed their convoy, in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in the restive region since January.
- Policemen Gunned Down in Ferocious Terrorist Attack in North Sinai, Egypt Sputnik 11 Sep 2017 -- Reportedly five police officers were killed and six injured in a ferocious terrorist attack on a police convoy in the north of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, local media reported Monday; other sources put the death toll as high as 18.
- Indian forces kill two suspected militants, capture one in Kashmir Press TV 11 Sep 2017 -- Indian forces have killed two suspected militants and captured another in an overnight gun battle in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, triggering protests from locals.
- 'War is Being Won,' Says Head of Regional Force Battling Boko Haram VOA 11 Sep 2017 -- The head of the multinational task force fighting Boko Haram says the war against the militants is being won, but warned that suicide bombings remain a threat, killing close to 400 people in Nigeria and Cameroon since April.
- New mission in Colombia ready to boost confidence for stable peace, says UN envoy UN News 11 Sep 2017 -- As the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia prepares to begin its activities, its chief expressed the hope today that, with the support of the Security Council, the new operation should be able to strengthen the country's confidence for a stable peace.
- Top UN official commends Niger for tackling complex humanitarian crisis UN News 11 Sep 2017 -- A top United Nations official today commended the Government of Niger for tackling the country's complex humanitarian crisis, including leading the provision of life-saving aid to hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable, and highlighted the need to address its root causes.
- Justice Department Asks Supreme Court to Uphold Refugee Ban VOA 11 Sep 2017 -- The Trump administration asked the country's highest court on Monday to block a lower court ruling that would allow refugees with formal assurances from U.S. resettlement agencies to come to the United States.
- IAEA chief says Iran meeting nuclear deal obligations IRNA 11 Sep 2017 -- nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the nuclear deal is being implemented, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General said.
- Iran says ready to respond US nuclear deal violations IRNA 11 Sep 2017 -- Should Washington withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran's Foreign Ministry Headquarters to Monitor the Implementation of the agreement would be the one to decide about the issue, senior diplomat said here on Monday.
- Iran abiding by nuclear-related commitments under JCPOA: IAEA Press TV 11 Sep 2017 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again confirmed that Iran has lived up to its commitments under the 2015 landmark nuclear agreement it signed with the P5+1 group of countries.
- No nuclear ties between Iran, North Korea: FM spokesman IRNA 11 Sep 2017 -- Foreign media reports on Iran-North Korea nuclear cooperation is not thought-out, and far from reality, a senior Iranian official said on Monday.
- China, Russia join unanimous UNSC vote for US-backed sanctions on North Korea Press TV 11 Sep 2017 -- The UN Security Council has unanimously voted to adopt fresh US-backed sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear tests.
- Security Council approves toughest resolution yet against DPR Korea UN News 11 Sep 2017 -- The Security Council today unanimously agreed to impose tighter sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), imposing limits on oil exports, banning the country’s textile imports and access to gas liquids, and more closely inspecting cargo ships going in and out of its ports.
- South Korea Supports Tough Sanctions Against North but Not Tactical Nukes VOA 11 Sep 2017 -- Frustrated by North Korea's continued provocations and perhaps prodded by criticisms from U.S. President Donald Trump, the South Korean government has shifted away from engagement oriented policies to more strongly align with U.S.-led efforts to pressure the Kim Jong Un government into denuclearization talks.
- DPRK warns U.S. of reactions by "ultimate means" if UN imposes new sanctions People's Daily 11 Sep 2017 -- PYONGYANG, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Monday warned that the United Stateswould face a "series of action tougher than it has ever envisaged" if Washington pushes through a new UN resolution imposing extra sanctions on Pyongyang.
- Pyongyang: US will pay 'due price' for spearheading anti-N Korea resolution Press TV 11 Sep 2017 -- North Korea has said that Washington will pay for leading a UN Security Council resolution over its latest nuclear test.
- North Korea Threatens 'Greatest Pain' Against U.S. In Push For UN Sanctions RFE/RL 11 Sep 2017 -- North Korea says the United States will suffer its "greatest pain" ever if Washington is successful in pushing the United Nations Security Council for stronger sanctions against Pyongyang.
- Further development of DPRK nuclear programme cause of grave concern - UN atomic energy chief UN News 11 Sep 2017 -- Noting signs suggesting that a nuclear plant in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) could be operating, the head of the United Nations atomic agency called on the country's leadership to comply fully with its obligations under Security Council resolutions.
- UN Security Council to Vote on New North Korea Sanctions VOA 11 Sep 2017 -- The United Nations Security Council is set to vote on a new round of economic sanctions against North Korea, in response to its continuing nuclear program and missile tests.
- Hundreds of thousands rally for Catalan's independence from Spain Press TV 11 Sep 2017 -- Hundreds of thousands of people have staged a rally in Barcelona to show support for Catalonia's separation from Spain in the upcoming independence referendum.
- Thousands of Catalans Gather in Barcelona for Independence Rally on National Day Sputnik 11 Sep 2017 -- Some 400,000 people took to the streets of Barcelona on Catalonia's national day in support of Catalan independence.
- Saakashvili's Ukrainian border breach sparks row as president slams ex-governor Press TV 11 Sep 2017 -- The Ukrainian president has lambasted former Georgian leader and Ukrainian governor Mikheil Saakashvili for illegally crossing into Ukraine to reclaim his citizenship.
- Saakashvili Faces 'Serious' Criminal Charges After Entering Ukraine RFE/RL 11 Sep 2017 -- KYIV -- Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says Mikheil Saakashvili is wanted on "serious" criminal charges after entering Ukraine illegally on September 10 and sparking a brawl on the border with Poland.
- Keep it Civil: Russia Urges Dialogue to End Gulf Crisis Sputnik 11 Sep 2017 -- Qatar and its Middle Eastern adversaries must quickly enter into dialogue to solve an ongoing dispute, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on a diplomatic visit to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Sunday
- Ruling Party Dominates Russian Elections Amid Low Turnout, Opposition Claims Strong Moscow Showing RFE/RL 11 Sep 2017 -- The ruling United Russia party has dominated a slew of regional and local elections marked by low turnout and claims of voter suppression, but liberal opposition candidates appeared to gain a toehold in Moscow with a strong showing in races for district councils in the capital.
- Saudi authorities arrest 20 opponents amid talk of king's abdication Press TV 11 Sep 2017 -- Saudi security forces have reportedly arrested nearly 20 people, known for opposing the absolute monarchy in the Persian Gulf kingdom, in the past 24 hours.
- EU Lawmakers Push For More Robust Eastern Partnership RFE/RL 11 Sep 2017 -- EU lawmakers are pushing for an end to international data roaming charges between the EU and Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, a trust fund for Ukrainian investment, and possibly more sanctions on Russia ahead of a summit in Brussels in November.
- UN: Human Rights Protections Threatened by Growing Authoritarianism VOA 11 Sep 2017 -- Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the United Nations' high commissioner for human rights, painted a dark picture of growing violations and abuse around the world in an address to delegates at the opening of the 36th session of the U.N. Human Rights Council Monday.
- Analysts: Success of Pakistan's New Counterterrorism Policy Hinges on Implementation VOA 11 Sep 2017 -- Counterterrorism authorities in Pakistan are planning to introduce a new policy to curb extremism in the country. But analysts say only a thorough and effective implementation of the strategy would help the country rid itself of the carnage.
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