09 January 2018 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 09 Jan 2018 [PDF]
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- Rethink readiness to prepare for next war, says Army's top logistics general Army News 09 Jan 2018 -- The Army's senior logistician told National Guard leaders to ensure their units are ready for the next war, because wherever and whenever it is, it will take the total force to fight and win.
- Coordinating together guarantees mission success USMC News 09 Jan 2018 -- U.S. Marines with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12, Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 and Marine Wing Support Squadron 171, all based out of Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, conducted hot-pit refueling and hot-reload training on U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornets at Naval Air Station Pohang, Republic of Korea, Dec. 12-13, 2017.
- USS Ross Departs on Sixth FDNF Patrol NNS 09 Jan 2018 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG 71) departed Naval Station Rota, Spain, Jan. 8, to begin its sixth forward-deployed naval forces (FDNF) patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.
- USS San Diego Arrives in Guam NNS 09 Jan 2018 -- The amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22) and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Guam for a scheduled port visit Jan. 9.
- Integrated Army cyber activities teams playing pivotal role in warfare Army News 09 Jan 2018 -- Cyber-Electromagnetic Activities, or CEMA, teams are now routinely operating with brigades at combat training centers and sometimes during home-station training, said Maj. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr., commander of the Cyber Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon, Georgia.
- NATO Secretary General discusses preparations for July Summit with President Pahor of Slovenia NATO 09 Jan 2018 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed President Borut Pahor of Slovenia to NATO Headquarters on Tuesday (9 January 2018) for discussions about the Alliance's adaptation and preparations for the NATO Summit in July. Mr. Stoltenberg thanked Slovenia for important contributions to NATO, including troops to the KFOR mission, contributions to the Alliance's mission in Afghanistan and to a NATO multinational battlegroup in Latvia.
- Denmark and Italy help secure Baltic Airspace NATO 09 Jan 2018 -- Demark and Italy are to keep the skies of the Baltic safe as part of NATO's Air Policing mission in the region. Danish F-16 jets will fly from Šiauliai Air Base in Lithuania, while Italy's Eurofighters will operate in a supporting role from Ämari in Estonia. Allies have been taking turns to police Baltic airspace since 2004, when Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined NATO.
- Norway Strengthens Ties With US as Arctic Region Gains Importance VOA 09 Jan 2018 -- Norway is perhaps best known in the world as the host country of the Nobel Peace Prize, a distinction fully in keeping with its record of maintaining peace and prosperity within its borders.
- Sweden, Finland Join Forces in Submarine Hunting Sputnik 09 Jan 2018 -- The Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) has signed a series of agreements with its Finnish counterpart aimed at stepping up anti-submarine defense in the Baltic Sea.
- China's second aircraft carrier to hold first sea trials: expert People's Daily 09 Jan 2018 -- China's second aircraft carrier might conduct its first sea trials in February, military analysts said after Taiwan media reported that China's first aircraft carrier the Liaoning sailed near the island on Friday.
- Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning to boost PLA combat capacity: experts People's Daily 09 Jan 2018 -- Chinese military experts on Monday praised the country's first aircraft carrier Liaoning's increasing fighting capacity after it reportedly passed through the Taiwan Strait heading south on Jan. 5.
- Senior Chinese general faces trial over corruption Press TV 09 Jan 2018 -- A senior Chinese military commander is to face prosecution over involvement in bribery, as President Xi Jinping steps up his flagship anti-corruption campaign.
- Iran's missile capability is not threatening: defense minister ISNA 09 Jan 2018 -- Iranian defense minister emphasized that the country's missile capability didn't threaten friends, neighbors and other countries and it has defensive use to confront just with specific and planned threats and its range, altitude and its precision are defined accordingly.
- Army ready to foil any threat: Iranian Commander IRNA 09 Jan 2018 -- The Army is ready to thwart any type of enemy's threats, Iranian top military commander said on Tuesday.
- US Denies Pakistani Claims of Suspension of Military or Intel Cooperation VOA 09 Jan 2018 -- The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad is denying Pakistan's claims it has suspended military or intelligence cooperation with the United States.
- Saudis seeking to acquire Israeli Iron Dome missiles: Report Press TV 09 Jan 2018 -- Saudi Arabia has reportedly been seeking to get its hands on Israel's so-called Iron Dome missile system amid reports that the two regimes have plans to normalize their relations and unite against Iran.
- Saudis Reportedly Interested in Bolstering Defense With Israel's Iron Dome Sputnik 09 Jan 2018 -- Saudi military experts allegedly examined the Israeli military technology in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, amid reports that Israelis and Saudis are planning to join efforts in their standoff against Iran.
- Japan – Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA Missiles DSCA 09 Jan 2018 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles for an estimated cost of $133.3 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Press Gaggle - January 9, 2018 US Dept. of State 09 Jan 2018
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders The White House 09 Jan 2018
- 9 January 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 09 Jan 2018
- At Least 25 Houthi Rebels Killed in Clashes With Gov't Troops in Yemen – Reports Sputnik 09 Jan 2018 -- At least 25 Shia Houthi rebels were killed in clashes with forces loyal to current Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in the city of Al Bayda in the country's south, local media reported on Tuesday.
- New Saudi airstrike leaves dozen civilians dead in Yemen's Ta'izz Press TV 09 Jan 2018 -- At least a dozen more civilians have lost their lives when Saudi fighter jets carried out an airstrike in an area of Yemen's southwestern province of Ta'izz as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its devastating aerial bombardment campaign against its conflict-plagued southern neighbor.
- Russian troops remaining in Syria can fight terror attacks on bases: Kremlin Press TV 09 Jan 2018 -- Moscow says the number of Russian troops remaining in Syria following the collapse of Daesh is sufficient for defending its bases against any possible militant attack.
- Russia Hints At U.S. Involvement In Drone Attack On Its Air Base, Naval Facility In Syria RFE/RL 09 Jan 2018 -- Russia has hinted at U.S. involvement in recent drone attacks against its air base and its naval facility in western Syria.
- Turkey Summons Russian, Iranian Envoys Over Syria Safe Zone Violation - Reports Sputnik 09 Jan 2018 -- Turkey has lodged a diplomatic protest over claims about attacks in Syria's Idlib safe zone by the Syrian army, Daily Sabah reports citing sources in Ankara's Foreign Ministry.
- Syrian Army Reports Israeli Missile Attack on Greater Damascus Sputnik 09 Jan 2018 -- According to Syria's state media, the Syrian Army reported that Israel had attacked targets near the war-torn nation's capital with jets and ground-to-ground missiles early on Tuesday, causing damage.
- As Syria war grinds on, Syrian refugees in Lebanon are becoming poorer, more vulnerable - UN UN News 09 Jan 2018 -- More than half the war-weary Syrian refugees in Lebanon are living in extreme poverty and borrowing money for food and to pay rent has become commonplace, the United Nations reported Tuesday.
- 'Syrian army hits Israeli jet, intercepts missiles near Damascus' Press TV 09 Jan 2018 -- Syria's army says its air defense systems have hit an Israeli aircraft and intercepted a number of rockets fired at targets on Syrian soil as the Tel Aviv regime continues its acts of aggression against the Arab country.
- Turkey to continue military operation in northern Syria: Erdogan Press TV 09 Jan 2018 -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is to keep up its so-called Euphrates Shield military operation in northern Syria, which serves to keep Kurdish militants away from its borders.
- Turkey Will Continue Euphrates Shield Op in Syria's Afrin, Manbij - Erdogan Sputnik 09 Jan 2018 -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday during a parliamentary address to his party that Turkish the military will continue its Euphrates Shield operation in Syria's Afrin and Manbij regions.
- 2 killed in renewed anti-India protest in Kashmir Press TV 09 Jan 2018 -- A renewed wave of anti-India protests in Kashmir has left two people killed as security forces fired indiscriminately at stone-throwing demonstrators south of the Himalayan territory.
- Egypt's Security Forces Kill 8 Extremists in Sinai Peninsula Sputnik 09 Jan 2018 -- The Egyptian security forces killed eight extremists in the north of the Sinai Peninsula during a special operation, the country's Interior Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
- Rohingya children trapped in 'appalling' conditions in Myanmar's Rakhine state - UNICEF UN News 09 Jan 2018 -- While the eyes of the world are on Myanmar's northern Rakhine and Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh, more than 60,000 Rohingya children remain nearly forgotten, trapped in appalling camps in central Rakhine where the shelters teeter on stilts above garbage and excrement, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported Tuesday.
- China attack on Taiwan unlikely during a Korean-U.S. war: scholars CNA 09 Jan 2018 -- Two American scholars on Monday expressed disagreement with a Canadian expert's view that if war breaks out between the United States and North Korea, China would use the opportunity to attack Taiwan.
- U.S. opposes China's unilateral launch of new flight routes CNA 09 Jan 2018 -- The United States is concerned about China's unilateral activation of four aviation routes near the median line of the Taiwan Strait and opposes one-sided actions to alter the status quo across the strait, a senior U.S. policy advisor said Monday.
- ICAO has yet to respond on new Chinese flight routes: source CNA 09 Jan 2018 -- Taiwan has expressed its concern to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) over Beijing's recent unilateral activation of four aviation routes close to the median line of the Taiwan Strait, a government source told local media Tuesday.
- High-ranking Hamas figure shot, critically injured in Gaza Strip Press TV 09 Jan 2018 -- A senior leader of Palestinian Islamic resistance movement, Hamas, has suffered a serious gunshot wound to his head, and has been hospitalized in critical condition.
- UN refugee agency urges Israel to halt forced relocation of African asylum seekers UN News 09 Jan 2018 -- The United Nations refugee agency on Tuesday appealed to the Israeli Government to not forcibly send Eritrean and Sudanese refugees or asylum seekers to sub-Saharan Africa.
- South Sudan Warring Parties Deny Holding Political Detainees, POWs VOA 09 Jan 2018 -- Both the South Sudan government and rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar say they are not holding political detainees or prisoners of war.
- Bogota, ELN Rebels Start Round 5 of Peace Talks Sputnik 09 Jan 2018 -- The Colombian authorities and rebels from the National Liberation Army (ELN) group launched on Tuesday the fifth round of reconciliation talks in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said.
- U.S. Special Counsel Said To Seek Trump Interview RFE/RL 09 Jan 2018 -- U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has informed the White House that he probably will seek to interview President Donald Trump as part of his probe into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, U.S. media are reporting.
- Russia Rejects CIA Chief's Assertion It's Meddling In U.S. Congressional Elections RFE/RL 09 Jan 2018 -- Russian officials on January 8 rejected an accusation by CIA Director Mike Pompeo that Russia is attempting to interfere in U.S. congressional elections this year and has been meddling in U.S. elections "for decades."
- Highly classified U.S. spy satellite may be lost after SpaceX launch: media reports People's Daily 09 Jan 2018 -- A highly classified U.S. spy satellite that was launched aboard a SpaceX rocket on Sunday failed to reach orbit and might have been lost, U.S. media reported Monday, citing officials briefed on the mission.
- US Spy Satellite Believed to Be Lost in Failed SpaceX Launch - Reports Sputnik 09 Jan 2018 -- A classified US spy satellite code-named Zuma is presumed to be lost after it failed to reach low-Earth orbit on board a Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket, media reported Tuesday.
- DPRK to send high-ranking delegation to S.Korea-hosted Winter Olympics People's Daily 09 Jan 2018 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will send a high-ranking delegation, athletes and a cheering squad to the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, its delegation said Tuesday at the inter-Korean talks held on the north-south border.
- All North Korea's nukes aimed at US not 'brethren' South Korea: Pyongyang Press TV 09 Jan 2018 -- North Korea says all of its nuclear weapons are aimed at the US not Pyongyang's "brethren" in South Korea, asserting that its nuclear program will be non-negotiable in the coming talks with Seoul, as the two foes have just begun their first official dialogue in more than two years amid escalating tension over the North's controversial weapons program.
- North Korea agrees to send officials, athletes to Winter Olympics in South: Seoul Press TV 09 Jan 2018 -- All eyes are on the two Koreas as the approaching Winter Olympics provides a perfect opportunity for the two unfriendly neighbors to engage in some fence mending. Preliminary reports suggest North Korea has said it will send a delegation of high-ranking officials, athletes, and a cheering squad to the Pyeongchang games in the South next month.
- Seoul, Pyongyang Agree to Hold Talks to Ease Tensions Ahead of Winter Olympics Sputnik 09 Jan 2018 -- Earlier, it was reported that the representatives of the Koreas had met for the first time in two years in the demilitarized zone to talk about the steps that could be taken to soothe ever-growing tensions on the peninsula and North Korea's participation in the upcoming Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
- North Korea Plans to Send High-Level Delegation to Olympic Games Sputnik 09 Jan 2018 -- Pyongyang said that it has plans to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang to cheer on the team, according to local media.
- Talks Between South Korea and North Korea on the Winter Olympics US Dept. of State 09 Jan 2018-- "The United States welcomes the January 9, meeting between the Republic of Korea and North Korea aimed at ensuring a safe, secure, and successful Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang."
- UN chief welcomes progress on inter-Korean talks as vital to reducing tensions in region UN News 09 Jan 2018 -- Welcoming the progress made during Tuesday's high-level inter-Korean talks in the small border village of Panmunjom, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres spotlighted, among others, the agreement to reopen military channels as critical to reducing tensions in the region.
- North, South Korea Agree to Hold Talks to Improve Relations VOA 09 Jan 2018 -- North and South Korea agreed Tuesday to hold military talks to improve relations, the two nations announced after their first formal discussions in more than two years.
- Korea Talks Welcomed, But With Skepticism VOA 09 Jan 2018 -- The United States and United Nations on Tuesday welcomed steps to ease tensions between North and South Korea after the two rival states held their first face-to-face talks in two years.
- Recent damage inflicted on Iran by U.S. will gain a response ISNA 09 Jan 2018 -- On the anniversary of the January 9th, 1978 uprising, thousands of people from Qom met with Ayatollah Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, this morning January 9, 2018.
- 'Big Mouth Basiji' Takes Offensive In Defense Of Iranian Regime RFE/RL 09 Jan 2018 -- Iran's "Big Mouth Basiji" has never met a pro-government event he didn't like. And in the face of the biggest challenge to the regime in years, Tehran's omnipresent cheerleader has been using whatever means possible to shout out his criticism of ongoing antigovernment protests.
- EU, Iranian Ministers Say Preserving Nuclear Deal On Agenda At Meeting This Week RFE/RL 09 Jan 2018 -- The foreign ministers of the European Union and Iran have said their scheduled talks in Brussels on January 11 will focus on preserving Iran's 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, which is seen as under threat from the United States.
- Lawmaker Says 3,700 Arrested In Iran, Khamenei Points Finger At U.S. RFE/RL 09 Jan 2018 -- An Iranian lawmaker says that about 3,700 people have been arrested during antigovernment protests, while Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is claiming that Tehran foiled what he called attempts by the United States and Britain to create unrest.
- US, UK 'Failed' to Destabilize Iran Through Recent Protests - Supreme Leader Sputnik 09 Jan 2018 -- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that the United States and the United Kingdom had "failed" to create unrest in Iran during recent mass protests in the country.
- Khamenei: US Will Fail to Cause Unrest in Iran VOA 09 Jan 2018 -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday said the United States would "fail miserably" if it attempted to interfere in Iranian affairs.
- Iranian Lawmaker: 3,700 Arrested in Anti-government Protests VOA 09 Jan 2018 -- An Iranian lawmaker says about 3,700 people have been arrested in anti-government protests across Iran, a much higher number than previously estimated.
- Pakistani Court Grants Bail To Pro-Taliban Cleric RFE/RL 08 Jan 2018 -- A Pakistani court has granted bail to pro-Taliban cleric Sufi Mohammad, days after Washington suspended security assistance to Pakistan until it takes "decisive action" against Islamic militants.
- Bomb hits police vehicle in Pakistan's Balochistan, 7 killed Press TV 09 Jan 2018 -- At least seven people, including five police officers, have been killed and nearly two dozen others wounded in a bomb blast that struck a police vehicle in southwestern Pakistan.
- Pakistani court frees anti-US cleric amid row with Trump Press TV 09 Jan 2018 -- A Pakistani court has ordered the release of an anti-US cleric amid growing tensions between Islamabad and Washington over the so-called war on terror and a range of other issues.
- Erdogan Accuses US of 'Political Coup Attempt' VOA 09 Jan 2018 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Tuesday said a sanctions-busting court case in New York involving Turkish nationals is a "political coup attempt" against him and his government. With Erdogan also threatening military action against a key U.S. ally in Syria, relations between the NATO allies could deteriorate further.
- Nigerian forces attack protesters demanding release of prominent Shia cleric Press TV 09 Jan 2018 -- Nigerian government forces have opened fire on demonstrators demanding the release of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky.
- Defying Court Ban, Republika Srpska Goes Ahead With 'Statehood Day' RFE/RL 09 Jan 2018 -- Bosnian Serb leaders have held the biggest celebrations ever to mark the Day Of Republika Srpska, a disputed "statehood day" in the Bosnian Serb entity that has been banned by Bosnia-Herzegovina's Constitutional Court.
- Macedonian Deputy PM In Athens For Talks On Name Dispute RFE/RL 09 Jan 2018 -- Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani has met with Greek government officials in Athens in an effort to settle a decades-old dispute over the name Macedonia.
- Brinkmanship, lack of compromise will only deepen DR Congo political crisis, Security Council told UN News 09 Jan 2018 -- Political brinkmanship and a refusal to compromise will only result in further delays in preparations for elections and deepening of the political crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has been gripped by a recent spate of violent protests, the United Nations peacekeeping chief told the Security Council Tuesday.
- UN Chief Urges DRC Elections to Go Ahead as Scheduled VOA 09 Jan 2018 -- The U.N. secretary-general is urging authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo not to further delay general elections but to hold them, as promised, at the end of this year.
- Egypt extends state of emergency for three months Press TV 09 Jan 2018 -- Egyptian lawmakers have approved an extension by another three months of a state of emergency that was imposed early last year following deadly attacks on Coptic Christians.
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