Thursday, September 22, 2016

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 22, 2016

DW: German defense minister labels fight against 'IS' in Iraq a success

Ursula von der Leyen has said that arming and training the Kurdish Peshmerga army in the north of Iraq was the correct strategy. Germany has also been supplying local forces with equipment and weapons.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has labeled the fight against the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) in Iraq a success.

"[IS] has suffered a significant defeat and is being pushed back into the Mosul area," von der Leyen said during a stop-off in Amman, Jordan, en route to Baghdad.

"It shows that our strategy to arm and train local forces, so that they can fight for the freedom of their home country, was the correct path," she said.

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Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- September 22, 2016

Islamic State fired crude chemical weapons on US troops – Pentagon -- The Guardian

Sailor Dies While Supporting ISIS Airstrikes in Mediterranean --

US Military Will Be in Mideast for 'a Long Time,' Carter Tells Troops --

Russia to send aircraft carrier to Syria as ceasefire hangs in balance -- CNN

Former parliament speaker to head Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service -- TASS

Russia's TOS-1A 'Sunheat' Heavy Flamethrower Just Nearly Doubled Its Range -- Sputnik

Over 60 Topol, Topol-M, Yars missile launchers taking part in Russia's large-scale drills -- TASS

Russian Armata Tank Becomes Impervious to Depleted Uranium Shells -- Sputnik

Russian Votes From Syria Hint At Size of Military Deployment -- Newsweek

China, Russia rapidly building arms for space war -- Washington Times

Philippines, Russia discuss military trade and technologies -- IHS Jane's 360

Taiwan Asks Google to Blur Military Facilities on Disputed Island Itu Aba: Reuters -- NBC

UK military investigating hundreds of alleged abuses in Afghanistan -- The Guardian

Self-harming among British military personnel up by a third -- The Guardian

State Department Clears $1.9B Sale of KC-46A Tankers to Japan -- Defense News

US Senate refuses to block Saudi Arabia arms sale -- DW

Carter: Budget Instability Jeopardizes US Interests -- Defense News

LCS Program Still 'On Track' Despite Breakdowns, CNO Says --

USS Zumwalt to Remain in Virginia for Repairs -- AP

Despite Budget Woes, US Air Force Pushing for Nuclear Missile Modernization -- Sputnik

Planned ICBM Replacement To Move Forward Without Consensus On Cost -- Defense News

The Military's Biggest Helicopters May Be the Most Dangerous for Pilots and Passengers -- Popular Mechanics

Army to Launch Another Competition for New Soldier Radio --

Indictment: Military boots made in China said 'Made in the USA' -- USA Today

Military Tattoo Policies May Thwart Potential Recruits: Carter --

You Can Buy Your Own Military Surplus Humvee -- Maxim

Obama orders climate change be considered in military planning -- Washington Examiner

Predator drones surpass 4 million flight hours -- UPI

Cybersecurity is threatening America’s military supremacy -- Paul Martini, Tech Crunch

Special Forces as Military Observers in Modern Combat -- Rick Chersicla, RCD

Why America's Enemies (Especially North Korea) Should Still Fear the B-1B Bomber -- Dave Majumdar, National Interest

The Lessons From 9/11 for U.S. National Security -- John L. Chapman & Karl-Henrik Smith, RCD

Former admirals and generals warn Trump is 'dangerous' to military and country -- Stars and Stripes

More Retired US Military Officials Endorse Trump -- Algemeiner

Trump and the generals -- Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings

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