USMC Super Cobra attack helicopters strike ISIS in Libya

Source: Daily Nation/AFP

US Marines are using AH-1Z Viper Super Cobra attack helicopters to mount close-range airstrikes against Islamic State militants in the Libyan city of Sirte, the US navy said Thursday.

The gunship attacks, the first of their kind to be confirmed in over two months, were launched overnight from the USS San Antonio, an amphibious transport dock ship deployed off the North African state.

A statement from the US navy’s base at Naples in southern Italy said the Cobras were carrying out “precision airstrikes” during combat operations in Sirte, a coastal city where IS loyalists established a base in 2015.

 

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Russian army to get new motorized squads of high-speed saboteurs

Source: RBTH

The Russian Defense Ministry is to form special mobile squads based on motorized troops, the Izvestiya newspaper has reported.

The military want new squads that will be capable of slipping through enemy defenses on light armored vehicles and strike from the rear and flanks. These will be formed of numerically small groups of saboteurs, which will appear in the Southern and Central military districts in the coming years.

The new military units are also expected to feature special anti-tank and artillery battalions.

“The creation of new mobile units is associated with the emergence of new types of war,” Ivan Konovalov, head of the sector of military policy and economy of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, told RBTH. “These units will be used not only to carry out sabotage, but also to fight guerrillas or rebels and suppress insurgencies.”

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Britain is deploying an additional 250 troops to Mosul

Source: Express

BRITAIN is deploying 250 troops to Iraq today in readiness for a major ground and air offensive on Mosul.

Soldiers from 4 Btn The Rifles Regiment will be sent to Al-Anbar governate, where IS launched its first attack in Iraq and one the most dangerous areas in the country.

Each has been equipt with a gas mask and Nuclear, Chemical and Biological clothing following warnings three weeks ago by the Pentagon that US troops, based just 60 miles away, may have been targetted by an Islamic State mustard gas attack.

The UK force  will include specialists from 22 Engineer regiment, a medical unit and signallers who will train Iraq’s 7th Infantry Division.

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Russia deploys nuclear-capable missiles systems to Kaliningrad

Source: RBTH

The Russian military have more than once relocated the Iskander ballistic missile systems to the Kaliningrad region and will continue doing so in future for training purposes, spokesman of the Russian Defense Ministry Major General Igor Konashenkov told reporters on Oct. 8.

“The Iskander ballistic missile system is mobile, as during the training process units of the missile forces year-round improve their skills covering big distances across the Russian territory by various means: by air, by sea and by own movement,” the general said.

“Here, the Kaliningrad region is not an exception, and to there those units have been relocating and would be relocated during the training courses of the Russian Armed Forces,” he added.

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Russian FSB Special Forces Battling ISIS in the North Caucasus

Source: AAWSAT

Russia said Friday its security forces killed six militants in the volatile North Caucasus including an envoy from ISIS who had spent time in Syria and had been planning terrorist attacks.

Special forces of the FSB security police “neutralized” four fighters in Nazran, the largest city in the Ingushetia region, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAK) said in a statement quoted by Interfax news agency.

The FSB officers persuaded them to free a child kept in a house, after which the rebels opened fire. Four militants were killed in the shoot-out.

“According to preliminary information, among the neutralized bandits was an emissary of ISIS, Zabairi Sautiyev, who arrived from Syria to renew terrorist activity in the (Ingushetia) region.”

Another two militants were killed in a special operation conducted in the rural area of Gazi-Yurt outside Nazran, NAK said.

The Russian North Caucasus is one of the major sources of foreign jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq.

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Russia holds massive nuclear war exercise involving 40MILLION people

Source: The Sun

RUSSIA is holding a massive evacuation drill for more than 40million people to prepare for nuclear war.

More than 200,000 emergency services personnel and soldiers will use 50,000 pieces of equipment during the massive civil defence exercise.

As international tension builds following attacks in Syria, Russian state officials are preparing terrified citizens for a nuclear war – which they say would be started by America.

Today’s exercise is being run by EMERCOM, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry.

Civil Defence Department director Oleg Manuilov told Interfax: “Training will be held from October 4 to 7 and will be attended by more than 40 million people, more than 200 thousand professionals rescue units and 50 thousand pieces of equipment.”

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Russia expands Pacific bomber patrols

Source: BBC

Russia has prepared a new strategic bomber division in the far east to patrol a huge area of the Pacific where the US military is especially active.

Tupolev Tu-22M3 and Tu-95MS bombers will fly from Siberia as far as Hawaii, Guam and Japan, all of which host major US naval and air bases, Russia’s Izvestia daily reported.

Russia has sent Tu-22M3s on bombing runs in Syria and Tu-95s regularly carry out patrols near Western Europe.

Nato has criticised Russia’s flights.

Britain’s RAF and other Nato air forces regularly scramble fighters to monitor the Russian bombers’ movements over the North Sea and Atlantic.

A Russian defence ministry official told Izvestia dozens of the Tupolevs would be based at Belaya and Ukrainka, in eastern Siberia.

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Saudi airstrikes kill dozens of militias near Jazan

Source: Al Arabiya

Saudi Arabia’s Apache helicopters killed dozens of Houthi militias and Republican Guard officers – who are loyal to deposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh – in targeted air strikes on Thursday at the border near the southwestern Saudi province of Jazan.

Saudi forces also repelled an attack by militias off the Yemeni border, an Al Arabiya News correspondent reported, which targeted Asir region, south of Makkah.

The Apache attacks come after a Houthi rocket landed on Wednesday in Jazan and injured a Yemeni resident in al-Tawal village.

Saudi Arabia has been ramping up counter-attacks in recent days after militias launched several cross border rocket attacks.

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How Many Military Missions Does The US Now Carry Out In Africa Every Year?

Source: Frontera

Each spring, AFRICOM presents a summary to the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) on the past year’s military operations in the region. In the 2016 briefing, the U.S. Defense Department’s then chief of AFRICOM, General David Rodriguez stated that, “In fiscal year 2015, we conducted 75 joint operations, 12 major joint exercises, and 400 security cooperation activities.” This amounts to more than double the number total missions during in the first year AFRICOM was launched in 2008.

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Exercise Bersama Lima-South China Sea

Source: IBT

Military officials from New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and Britain are holding exercises in the South China Sea this month in the latest display of force aimed at telling Beijing to back off on its claims to the disputed territory, one of the world’s most important shipping routes.

The three-week, multinational exercise known as “Exercise Bersama Lima” will include navy, army and air force servicemen from the participating nations. Officials said the event organized by Singapore is aimed at regional security and disaster relief support,according to media reports.  

The countries make up the Five Power Defense Arrangements military pact, which requires members to consult each other and take action if there is an armed attack on Malaysia or Singapore.

Indonesia’s armed forced also plan to hold large scale military exercises this month with all of its three service branches in the Natuna Islands region in the South China Sea.

Growing tensions between China and its neighboring nations, which are backed up by the U.S., have sparked concern about a looming conflict in the region over the disputed waterway.

Operation Odyssey Lighting-US bombing in Libya intensifies

Source: Stars and Stripes

In all, 20 airstrikes were launched Sunday as the Operation Odyssey Lightening campaign in Libya headed into its third month, bringing the total number of strikes to 201.

AFRICOM is targeting an increasingly small area in the coastal city of Sirte, which is the focus of the U.S. mission in Libya. The airstrikes are in support of an offensive by ground forces aligned with the internationally backed Libyan government.

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India hits Pakistan back with surgical strikes across Line of Control

Source: India Today

The Indian Army today said it has conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan, killing several terrorists and causing significant casualties to their hideouts.

“The Army has conducted surgical strikes on terror launch pads on the LoC and significant casualties have been caused. The motive of this operation was to hit out at the terrorists who were planning to infiltrate into our territory,” Director General of Military Operation (DGMO) Lt General Ranbir Singh said today in a joint press conference with officials from the Ministry of External Affairs.

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Boots on the Ground: British Special Forces in Syria

Source: Telegraph

The BBC published photos of around a dozen special forces soldiers on four vehicles heavily equipped with weapons.

The pictures, taken in June, represent the first direct evidence of the troops’ involvement in Syria rather than just training rebels in Jordan.

The BBC said that the photos were taken immediately after an Isil attack had killed nine of the rebels at the southeastern Al Tanaf base.

The troops were deployed in a defensive role but carried an arsenal of equipment including sniper rifles, heavy machine guns and anti-tank missiles.

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Pentagon to send about 600 more troops to Iraq to help retake Mosul from Islamic State

Source: LA Times

Te Pentagon plans to send about 600 additional troops to Iraq to help launch a long-awaited offensive to retake Mosul in coming weeks, the most ambitious operation yet in the two-year military campaign against Islamic State.

The escalation, which has been approved by the White House, suggests the challenges U.S.-backed Iraqi ground forces will face in assaulting a heavily defended major urban center that is Islamic State’s self-declared capital in Iraq and the largest city under its control anywhere.

An Iraqi victory in Mosul would effectively end Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate in Iraq. President Obama would like to see the militants ejected or defeated in Iraq before he leaves office in January.

The Pentagon has about 6,000 troops, mostly operating as advisors and trainers, in Iraq. U.S.-led coalition warplanes based outside Iraq have carried out thousands of airstrikes since mid-2014.

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Marines May See Future Fights in Mega-Cities, Planners Say

Source: Military 

The Marines‘ fresh-off-the-presses operating concept deposits readers in the center of a military debrief, set at the base here in the year 2026.

Company- and field-grade officers are rehashing a major effort: Operation Littoral Resolve, the largest integrated naval force operation since the 1950 Battle of Inchon during the Korean War.

It’s never made clear where this fictional offensive takes place, but the officers in the scenario describe operations in a dense coastal city, during which Marines must monitor social media patterns to get a sense of who’s friendly and how to interact with the population.

In this world, drones are everywhere providing real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, various Marine Corps elements from dispersed small infantry elements to special operations teams to coastal riverine elements integrate seamlessly, and the emerging technology of today features prominently in the fight.

“Working from our F-35 feeds, we sent up our [unmanned aircraft system] killers to take out their crew-served positions and command posts,” a Marine expeditionary unit company commander reports in the debrief, referring to the new Joint Strike Fighter. “The mortar section got fire capped and was able to drop precision rounds right where the squad leaders told us to put ’em. They tapped the app and had rounds on target.”

Futuristic, yes, but also an educated projection of what fights 10 years from now will look like, according to the 32-page Marine Corps Operating Concept released Wednesday.

The document, intended to reboot the Expeditionary Force 2021 strategy of 2014, echoes the original document’s interest in small-unit operations in a dispersed environment and naval operations, but devotes more attention to the role emerging technology, electromagnetic signature monitoring and increasingly pervasive surveillance where information is used as a weapon will play in the fight.

It also anticipates the challenge of operating in densely populated littoral mega-cities, where Marines must operate in close proximity to large numbers of civilians and loyalties are often unclear. The document also anticipates the possibility of conflict with a peer or near-peer enemy force, in which Marines have to monitor their own signature to ensure it’s not giving them away.

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Belarus Is Preparing For A Donbass-Like Hybrid War Conflict

Source: Belarus Digest

On 14-20 September 2016 the Belarusian Armed Forces conducted large-scale military drills.

Despite the fact that these military exercises were planned, they demonstrate a significant shift in security policy as Minsk increasingly takes into consideration possible risks and challenges from Russia.

It seems that the Belarusian Armed Forces are preparing for a possible Donbass-like hybrid conflict in light of increasing pressure from the Kremlin.

Full-spectrum pressure from the Kremlin

As a matter of fact, Belarus is in a position of uncertainty in regards to what to expect from Russia. Permanent trade wars between Belarus and Russia have become the new normal since the Ukraine-Russia conflict. Moreover, there is also a possibility of gas and oil wars because there isstill no consensus on a new agreement. This is why Minsk has voiced profound dissatisfaction with the efforts of the Eurasian Economic Union and the Union State.

These sore spots in Belarus-Russia relations have given reason for the Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenka to heavily criticise various integration programmes with Russia. He has also expressed his concerns about certain unfriendly actions as “pressure that he would not tolerate”.

What’s more, at the beginning of this year Kremlin decided to deploy two mechanised brigades not far from the Belarus-Russia border. One of them is stationed in Klintsy, Briansk region, 40 km from the Belarusian border and will be upgraded to a mechanised regiment. The other one is located in Yelnya, Smolensk region, 90 km from the Belarusian border, and will be reinforced to a mechanised division at the beginning of 2017. Because this will be the first time the Kremlin deploys mechanised formations directed towards Belarus, it is necessary to speak about full-spectrum pressure on Belarus, not only economic, but political and military as well.

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Turkey’s special ops ‘Maroon Berets’ launch operation against PKK

Source: YeniSafak

Maroon Berets, the special operation team of the Turkish military, have been deployed to Turkey’s southeastern province of Hakkari on Tuesday to fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorists.

Reports said that the Special Forces units, known as “Bordo Bereliler” in Turkish, were deployed on Gerdan Tepe of Yeşilova village close to the Iraq border in Şemdinli District.

The move came after a group of PKK terrorists opened fire on vehicles working for road construction in the area.

Meanwhile, combat helicopters hit some pre-determined points used by PKK terrorists.

It was unclear the whether the special forces engage direct action against the PKK so far.

The operation was part of an ongoing mega operation against the PKK in Hakkari, that killed more than 300 terrorists in recent weeks.

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U.S. Africa Command conducted a self-defense strike in Somalia

Source: U.S. Africa Command

On September 26, in coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. forces conducted a self-defense strike against al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-associated terrorist group, in

Caba, near Kismayo, Somalia.

During a Somali-led counterterrorism operation, a group of armed al-Shabaab fighters attacked, threatening the safety and security of the Somali force and their U.S. advisors. Somali forces returned fire in self-defense, killing several militants.  However, enemy fighters continued to attack the Somali force. In response, the U.S. conducted a self-defense strike to neutralize the threat, killing four (4) enemy fighters.

 

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