16 September 2017 Military News
- Officials Release Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq AFPS 16 Sep 2017 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 28 strikes consisting of 33 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- 601st AOC's AMD provides critical link during hurricane relief AFNS 16 Sep 2017 -- In the throes of a hurricane, emerging requirements for military air assets throughout the affected area can create a chaotic web of demand signals with varying levels of priority.
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- CIA seeking authority to conduct drone attacks in Afghanistan Sputnik 16 Sep 2017 -- The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is seeking authority from the White House to carry out covert drone attacks in Afghanistan and other war zones, along with the Pentagon, which has so far the lead role for conducting such airstrikes in the country.
- UAE, US ground forces to launch joint military drill Press TV 16 Sep 2017 -- The ground forces of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States are to begin a joint military exercise in Abu Dhabi later on Saturday.
- Yak-130 Trainer Jet Crashes Near Airfield in Central Russia, Pilots Eject Sputnik 16 Sep 2017 -- A Yakovlev Yak-130 advanced trainer and combat jet has crashed near the Borisoglebsk airfield in south-central Russia, the Russian Defense Ministry said Saturday.
- Ten Su-25SM3 Warplanes Arrive: The Latest Incarnation of Russia's 'Flying Tank' Sputnik 16 Sep 2017 -- The Russian Aerospace Forces are due to get more than ten advanced Su-25SM3 close air support planes before the end of this year. Viktor Pryadka, head of the Avintel aviation technology alliance, told Sputnik that the latest Su-25 shows great potential.
- DPRK confirms another medium-range ballistic missile drill People's Daily 16 Sep 2017 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) confirmed on Saturday that it conducted another medium-range ballistic missile drill Friday under the personal guidance of its top leader Kim Jong Un.
- China, Laos agree to boost military exchanges, cooperation People's Daily 16 Sep 2017 -- China and Laos have vowed to deepen bilateral high-level military exchanges and cooperation during a visit by Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan to Laos which concluded on Saturday.
- India's Home-Grown Land Mine-Plowing Trawl System Passes Blast Trials Sputnik 16 Sep 2017 -- The trawl system is capable of breaching a variety of landmines, including passive and active influence mines, and would help the Indian Army's mechanized forces advance safely to combat zones in the event of a war.
- IRGC infiltrates into US military's command centers: Aerospace Force Commander ISNA 16 Sep 2017 -- A senior Iranian commander says that over the recent years, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has infiltrated into the US military's command centers and has evidence of their support for Daesh terrorists.
- Iran's 'father of all bombs' dwarfs US biggest non-nuclear bomb: Commander Press TV 16 Sep 2017 -- A senior Iranian commander says Iran possesses domestically-made 10-ton "father of all bombs" that dwarfs the most powerful non-nuclear weapon of the US.
- Ukraine's Defense Budget to Increase by Almost 15% in 2018 Sputnik 16 Sep 2017 -- The ratio of Ukrainian military expenditures to its GDP is the highest in Europe and in 2018 Ukraine's defense spending is likely to rise.
- World Hunger Swells as Conflict, Climate Change Grow VOA 16 Sep 2017 -- The United Nations reports world hunger is rising because conflicts and problems related to climate change are multiplying. The report finds about 815 million people globally did not have enough to eat in 2016 – 38 million more than the previous year.
- Saudi airstrikes kill seven civilians in Yemen's Ma'rib Press TV 16 Sep 2017 -- Saudi Arabia's airstrikes have killed seven civilians, including women and children, and injured five others in Yemen's central province of Ma'rib.
- Russian Strike Wounds Syrian Democratic Forces Troops AFPS 16 Sep 2017 -- At approximately 12:30 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time today, Russian forces struck a target east of the Euphrates River in Syria near Dayr Az Zawr, causing injuries to coalition partner forces, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials announced.
- Russia denies bombing positions of US-backed SDF forces in eastern Syria Press TV 16 Sep 2017 -- The Russian military has flatly rejected a claim that its warplanes have bombed the positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria's flashpoint province of Dayr al-Zawr.
- De-escalation zones don't mean Turkish troops presence: Syria official Press TV 16 Sep 2017 -- The Syrian government has welcomed an agreement on implementing lasting ceasefire in a de-escalation zone in the conflict-plagued Arab country, stressing such a consensus does not grant Turkish military forces authorization to stay in Syria.
- US won't be satisfied unless Syria's Assad leaves power: US official Press TV 16 Sep 2017 -- US Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley has repeated Washington's opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying that the US will not be "satisfied" as long as the Syrian leader is in power.
- Syria forces ignore US-backed militants, advance past Euphrates Press TV 16 Sep 2017 -- Russia says Syrian government forces have crossed the Euphrates River in their push to liberate the Dayr al-Zawr Province from Daesh, ignoring a warning by a ragtag group of militants that receives US backing.
- Syrian troops will fight US-backed militia to free Arab country: Assad aide Press TV 16 Sep 2017 -- The political and media adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says government troops, backed by fighters from allied popular defense groups, will fight any force, including the US-backed militia, to fully liberate the Arab country plagued with terrorism for over six years.
- U.S. Coalition Says Allies Hit By Russian Strike In Syria RFE/RL 16 Sep 2017 -- The U.S.-led coalition battling Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria says the Russian military has struck forces backed by Washington in the war-torn country, injuring several allied fighters.
- US-Led Coalition Accuses Russia of Striking US-Backed Forces Near Deir ez-Zor Sputnik 16 Sep 2017 -- Following the reports of six SDF fighters injured in an air strike in Syria Pentagon blames Russian air forces.
- Iraqi army liberates Daesh-held Akashat town near Syria border Press TV 16 Sep 2017 -- Iraqi government forces, backed by allied fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, have liberated Akashat town near border with Syria from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.
- Iraqi Forces Launch Operation to Liberate East of the Country From Daesh Sputnik 16 Sep 2017 -- The Iraqi military announced on Saturday it had launched an operation to clear the parts of eastern Iraq under Daesh control fro terrorists.
- UN says over 400,000 Rohingya have entered Bangladesh as Dhaka seeks help Press TV 16 Sep 2017 -- The United Nations says so far more than 400,000 desperate Rohingya Muslims have fled the violence in Myanmar and crossed into neighboring Bangladesh, as Dhaka pleads for global help to cope with the humanitarian crisis.
- Bangladesh protests Myanmar airspace violations Press TV 16 Sep 2017 -- Dhaka has protested the repeated violations of its airspace by Myanmar as tensions escalate between the two sides on the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, which has triggered an exodus of refugees into Bangladesh.
- Bangladesh Government to Build Camp for 400,000 Rohingya Muslim Refugees VOA 16 Sep 2017 -- The Bangladesh government plans to construct a large camp to house some 400,000 Rohingya Muslims who have poured in from neighboring Myanmar over the past three weeks, officials said.
- How Stable Is North Ossetia? RFE/RL 16 Sep 2017 -- Just one year after his confirmation as Republic of North Ossetia-Alania head, former prime minister and brewery magnate Vyacheslav Bitarov is facing multiple challenges, ranging from allegations that the parliamentary elections held on September 10 were rigged to the presence of militants reportedly affiliated with the extremist group Islamic State (IS).
- UN refugee agency 'shocked' by killings in eastern DR Congo UN News 16 Sep 2017 -- Expressing shock and sadness over the violent death of numerous Burundian nationals – among them likely refugees and asylum seekers – in Kamanyola town, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations refugee agency called for an investigation into the incident.
- Congolese Security Forces Kill 36 Burundian Refugees VOA 16 Sep 2017 -- Congolese security troops killed at least 36 Burundian refugees and injured more than 100 others during confrontations Friday over plans to return some of the refugees to their home country, officials and local activists said.
- At Least Six Killed as Rival Somali Troops Clash in Mogadishu VOA 16 Sep 2017 -- At least six people were killed and eight others wounded Saturday when rival Somali government forces clashed in the capital, Mogadishu, officials and witnesses said.
- Britain raises terror threat level to critical People's Daily 16 Sep 2017 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday that the terror threat level is raised to critical, which means a further terrorist attack in Britain may be imminent.
- British police arrest man linked to London tube bombing Press TV 16 Sep 2017 -- The British police have arrested a man in the southern port of Dover in connection to a London commuter train bombing that injured 30 people a day earlier.
- British Police Evacuate Area in London Suburb After Arrest in Subway Bombing VOA 16 Sep 2017 -- Armed British police searched a home Saturday in a London suburb and evacuated the surrounding area as a precaution after an earlier arrest in connection with Friday's rush hour bombing on a London subway train that injured 30 people.
- Ambassador: US should show more efforts in Korean Peninsula crisis People's Daily 16 Sep 2017 -- The United States should do more to resolve the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula than it has, Chinese Ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai said on Friday.
- UN Security Council condemns DPRK over missile launch, stresses political solution People's Daily 16 Sep 2017 -- The UN Security Council on Friday condemned "the highly provocative launch of a ballistic missile" by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and expressed commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the crisis.
- China, Russia Reject U.S. Call For More 'Direct Actions' To Rein In North Korea RFE/RL 16 Sep 2017 -- China and Russia have rejected a call from the United States to take more "direct actions" to deter North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, and said it is up to Washington to defuse the threat through negotiations.
- Trump's UN Priority: Global Diplomatic Isolation of North Korea VOA 16 Sep 2017 -- President Donald Trump will push the case for tightening the global economic isolation of North Korea at next week's U.N. General Assembly meeting, according to two senior officials who say he will argue that the failure of diplomacy increases the likelihood of war.
- JCPOA a great success of negotiation table in a complicated issue ISNA 16 Sep 2017 -- Iranian President has met the President of the Chamber of Representatives of Belgium in Tehran on Saturday.
- China says human rights dialogue should be constructive, not shaming People's Daily 16 Sep 2017 -- China on Friday said countries should carry out constructive dialogue and cooperation in the field of human rights.
- Foreign Ministry: UK should stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs People's Daily 16 Sep 2017 -- Chinese Foreign Ministry on Friday refuted the United Kingdom government's latest six-monthly report to parliament on Hong Kong, urging the UK to stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs.
- Lawmakers of Iraq's Kurdistan region approve independence referendum Press TV 16 Sep 2017 -- Iraqi Kurdish legislators of the country's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region have approved a plan to hold a referendum on independence from Baghdad later this month, a contentious move spearheaded by regional President Masoud Barzani that has faced bitter opposition from the central government and several other countries, including neighboring Iran, Turkey and Syria.
- Moscow Police Launch 'Hooliganism' Probe Over Assault Against Navalny Aide RFE/RL 16 Sep 2017 -- Police in Moscow have opened a criminal investigation on suspicion of "hooliganism" after a top campaign aide for opposition politician and anticorruption activist Aleksei Navalny was attacked by an unknown assailant wielding a metal pipe.
- Russian Athletes Suspected In Sochi Doping Ring To Face Charges Soon RFE/RL 16 Sep 2017 -- The first charges against Russian athletes suspected of having been part of a doping ring at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi may soon be issued by the International Olympic Committee, the head of a committee investigation has said.
- Bashkirs Rally In Defense Of Native Language RFE/RL 16 Sep 2017 -- A mass demonstration has been held in Ufa, the capital of the Russian region of Bashkortostan, to support the official status of the Bashkir language.
- Russia's Digital Weapons Refined on Virtual Battlefield' of Ukraine VOA 16 Sep 2017 -- It was a Friday in June, a short workday before a public holiday weekend in Ukraine, and cybersecurity expert Victor Zhora had left the capital, Kyiv, and was in the western city of Lviv when he got the first in a torrent of phone calls from frantic clients.
- 'Blackmail' and 'Betrayal'! Turkish Minister Slams EU for Imperiling Membership Sputnik 16 Sep 2017 -- The war of words between the European Union and their tenuous ally Turkey continues to intensify, with a Turkish official accusing the EU of "blackmail" for threatening to kill Turkey's membership bid. This came after the EU head accused Turkey of taking "giant strides" away from the union.
- Ukraine's Prosecutor Says Saakashvili Won't Face Arrest Or Extradition RFE/RL 16 Sep 2017 -- Ukraine's top prosecutor has said former Georgian President and Ukrainian regional governor Mikheil Saakashvili will not be arrested for defying authorities with his dramatic return to the country after his citizenship was canceled.
- Egypt court upholds life sentence handed down to Morsi Press TV 16 Sep 2017 -- A life sentence given to Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi has been upheld, a move that apparently shows the government in Cairo has no intention of easing a crackdown on the followers of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.
- Venezuela denounces Trump's planned crisis talks as 'rival dialog' Press TV 16 Sep 2017 -- Caracas has censured as "rival dialog" US President Donald Trump's planned talks with Latin American leaders on the political crisis in Venezuela, days after the government and opposition resumed reconciliation negotiations.
- Venezuelan President Commits to Pricing Oil in Yuan to Counter US Sanctions Sputnik 16 Sep 2017 -- Nicolas Maduro stated that Venezuela had already begun publishing prices for its oil in Chinese yuan in a bid to avoid the US dollar and counter US sanctions.
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