23 January 2018 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 23 Jan 2018 [PDF]
- Coalition Precision Strikes Kill Scores of ISIS Terrorists in Syria AFPS 23 Jan 2018 -- Precision strikes killed an estimated 145-150 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists near Shafah, Syria, Jan. 20, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 23 Jan 2018 -- The RAF are continuing to take the fight to Daesh in Syria.
- Kabul attack leaves multiple Americans killed, injured: State Department official Press TV 23 Jan 2018 -- A US State Department official has said that Americans were among the dead and injured in the weekend attack by Taliban militants on a luxury hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- 82nd Airborne certifies first class of Army's new Expeditionary Combat Medic course Army News 23 Jan 2018 -- A frantic call for a medic rings out from the front of the convoy. The unit had just started a patrol around the recently-liberated city when an IED had exploded in front of convoy's first vehicle, critically injuring the driver, who now lies unconscious on the side of the road.
- US Navy tracking 'Russian spy ship' off North Carolina Press TV 23 Jan 2018 -- The US Navy has started tracking a Russian spy ship off North Carolina, US officials say, days after the vessel departed a port in Trinidad and Tobago.
- Pentagon Eyes Expanded Counterterror Cooperation with Indonesia VOA 23 Jan 2018 -- The Pentagon is looking to boost counterterrorism cooperation with an elite Indonesian special forces group, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday during a visit to Jakarta.
- Deputy Secretary General in Istanbul: Turkey is a vital member of NATO NATO 23 Jan 2018 -- Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller highlighted Turkey's vital role in NATO in remarks at the National Defence University in Istanbul on Tuesday (23 January 2018).
- Defending the Treasure of Peace and Security - Keynote address by NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller at the National Defence University in Istanbul, Turkey NATO 23 Jan 2018
- UAE air force ordered to avoid escalating airspace dispute with Qatar: Official Press TV 23 Jan 2018 -- The air force of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been instructed "not to escalate" a growing civil aviation row with regional rival Qatar, an Emirati military official says.
- UAE Military Says Jets to Alter Routes Over S Arabia To Avoid Qatari Warplanes Sputnik 23 Jan 2018 -- A military official in the United Arab Emirates stated that its forces had orders not to escalate diplomatic crisis with Qatar.
- 2nd day of "Mohammad Rasoulallah" military drills ISNA 23 Jan 2018 -- The Iranian Army has begun the second and final day of annual military drills involving ground, naval, and aerial forces in the country's southern regions.
- Iran dismisses any negotiations on its defensive capabilities IRNA 23 Jan 2018 -- Iran will not engage in any talks with any country on its defensive capabilities, Iran's Government Spokesman Mohammad-Baqer Nobakht said on Tuesday.
- Iran Army conducts 2nd day of military exercises in southern regions Press TV 23 Jan 2018 -- The Iranian Army has begun the second and final day of annual military drills involving ground, naval, and aerial forces in the country's southern regions.
- Russia Protests New Effort To Punish Chemical Attackers RFE/RL 23 Jan 2018 -- Amid criticism from Russia, officials from dozens of countries are meeting in Paris for the launch of a new initiative targeting the perpetrators of chemical attacks.
- Department Press Briefing - January 23, 2018 US Dept. of State 23 Jan 2018
- 23 January 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 23 Jan 2018
- Saudi airstrike kills more Yemeni children in Sa'ada Press TV 23 Jan 2018 -- Saudi warplanes have carried out a fresh deadly attack on civilian areas in Yemen's northern province of Sa'ada to bring the toll from children falling victim to the attacks to seven in less than a day.
- Record 22.2 million people need humanitarian assistance in Yemen – UN aid chief UN News 23 Jan 2018 -- The top United Nations relief official has expressed his deep concern about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, noting that a record 22.2 million people are now in need of assistance – 3.4 million more than last year.
- Pentagon Chief Slams Ankara's Op in Syria Amid US-Turkey Row Over Kurds Sputnik 23 Jan 2018 -- Just a month after the US promised Turkey to halt its arms supplies to the Syrian Kurdish fighters, the Pentagon announced plans to created a 30,000-strong border force from Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Afrin, which has been dubbed as a "terrorist army" by Ankara.
- Mattis: Turkish Offensive 'Distracts' from Anti-IS Fight VOA 23 Jan 2018 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Tuesday issued a strong rebuke of Turkey's offensive against a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia in northern Syria, saying it is distracting from the fight against Islamic State militants.
- US Asks Turkey to Show Restraint in Syria VOA 23 Jan 2018 -- The United States is expressing concern about Turkey's offensive in northern Syria and top officials are appealing for restraint and fears that the conflict could spread.
- SDF Refute Reports of Turkish Troops' Deep Incursion in Syria Sputnik 23 Jan 2018 -- The Syrian Democratic Forces on Monday refuted the reports of Turkish troops making a significant headway of about five miles into the Syrian territory.
- Turkey arrests 42 over 'Syria offensive propaganda' Press TV 23 Jan 2018 -- Turkey has detained 42 people on accusations of "spreading terrorist propaganda" on social media about the country's offensive against a US-backed Kurdish militia group in northern Syria.
- Turkey strikes PKK bases in N Iraq amid Syria offensive Press TV 23 Jan 2018 -- Turkey has carried out airstrikes in northern Iraq against the strongholds of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants, whom it says were planning to launch attacks on Turkish soil.
- Turkey Reportedly Shells Kurdish Village in Northern Syria Sputnik 23 Jan 2018 -- The start of Ankara's ground operation in the region of Afrin against armed groups of Syrian Kurds which Turkey regards as terrorists has prompted strong condemnation from Syria, with Damascus calling it an assault on Syria's sovereignty.
- New Batch of US-backed Forces Finish Border Training in Northern Syria VOA 22 Jan 2018 -- The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria concluded a training course for 500 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces this week. The goal is to prepare them to protect their borders after the removal of IS in northern Syria.
- Syrian Army Reportedly Repels Nusra Attack in Northwestern Province Sputnik 23 Jan 2018 -- The Syrian army and its allied units on Tuesday repelled an attack by the Jabhat Fatal al Sham terror group (formerly known as Nusra Front) in the northwestern province of Latakia, local media reported, citing a military source.
- Kurds Say Drive FSA Forces Out of Syria's Village Bordering Turkey Sputnik 23 Jan 2018 -- The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) pushed the forces of the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army from a settlement located close to the village of Bulbul in northern Syria near the Turkish border, the YPG spokesman in Afrin told Sputnik on Tuesday.
- Picking Up the Pieces: Civil War Leaves 1.3 Million Iraqi Children Displaced Sputnik 23 Jan 2018 -- The United Nations has reported that a breathtaking 2.6 million Iraqis have been displaced during the three-year civil war with Daesh that has only concluded in December. Almost half of these millions are children.
- Fresh violence in Central African Republic sparks 'unprecedented' levels of displacement - UN UN News 23 Jan 2018 -- Surging violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has put unprecedented numbers of people on the run, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday, reporting that hungry, desperate arrivals being registered in neighbouring Chad say their houses have been torched and that armed groups are "killing anyone in their way."
- Conditions in Myanmar not yet suitable for Rohingya refugees to return safely - UN agency UN News 23 Jan 2018 -- The necessary safeguards for Rohingyas to return to Myanmar are absent, and there are ongoing restrictions on access for aid agencies, the media and other independent observers, the United Nations warned on Tuesday, two months after Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed on a plan for the refugees' voluntary return to their homes.
- Spain Warns Russia's Catalonia Hacking Efforts Could Intensify VOA 23 Jan 2018 -- Russian hacking operations to support Catalonian independence are continuing and could intensify, according to a report published this week by the Center for Strategic and Defense Studies, CESEDEN, a Spanish Defense Ministry think tank.
- Angola's New 'Terminator' President Vows to Kill Corruption VOA 23 Jan 2018 -- Since taking office four months ago, Angola's new president has made some attention-grabbing moves that he says are part of his campaign promise to clean up the nation's ailing, corruption-riddled economy.
- U.K. Freezes Assets Of Two Suspects In 2006 Litvinenko Killing RFE/RL 23 Jan 2018 -- The United Kingdom has frozen the assets of two Russians accused of carrying out the 2006 killing in London of former Federal Security Service officer Aleksandr Litvinenko.
- US bid to change Iran deal unlikely to yield positive results: Russia Press TV 23 Jan 2018 -- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says a new US push aimed at changing the terms of the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal is unlikely to bring forth "positive" results.
- EU wrong to think non-JCPOA concessions will keep Trump in the deal: Araghchi Press TV 23 Jan 2018 -- A high ranking Iranian official has stressed that EU states who think they can persuade US President Donald Trump to stay in Iran's nuclear deal by making non-JCPOA concessions are "totally wrong."
- Top U.S., French Diplomats Discuss Iran Nuclear Deal In Paris RFE/RL 23 Jan 2018 -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian as the U.S. administration is pressing ahead with efforts to convince European allies to address "flaws" in Iran's nuclear deal with world powers.
- Pence Underscores US Opposition to Iran Nuclear Deal VOA 23 Jan 2018 -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reiterated Tuesday the Trump administration's view that the international deal on Iran's nuclear program should be changed, and said moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is a tangible sign of U.S. commitment.
- Abe vows constitutional reform amid protests People's Daily 23 Jan 2018 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for an amendment to the constitution and pledged closer ties with China during a policy speech at this year's regular legislative session on Monday.
- Seoul rejects local criticism against planned North Korean Olympics participation Press TV 23 Jan 2018 -- The South Korean government has rejected local criticism that North Korea has been receiving too much attention because of its scheduled participation in the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.
- Chinese pressure would only strengthen Taiwan unity: president CNA 23 Jan 2018 -- China believes that Taiwan would submit to its control if it continues to pressure Taiwan, but that would only strengthen the unity of the people of Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said recently.
- China remains likely to attack Taiwan: Taiwanese president Press TV 23 Jan 2018 -- Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen says the likelihood remains for China to launch an attack on the self-ruled island, which is recognized by most world countries as Chinese territory.
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