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Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

DDN Editor’s Note: As part of some of the changes, a reader brought this to my attention. I have not changed anything from the original article. I added categories and tags, excepts, and a Department of Defense logo and republished this. As readers tell me what’s important to them, I try to make the story more accessible by allowing it to be picked up by searches. — George McGinn


From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News Release

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Aug. 27, 2016 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of yesterday’s strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.


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2015 In Review: A Start of Something Great

Headshot__George_McGinn.jpgEditor’s Note: This blog was started late in 2015 (October), and was actually mixed in with my personal blog before I split all the blogs out into their own, with their own Facebook and Twitter accounts.

So while the numbers seem low, I can tell you from looking at the stats for 2016 we are setting records and WordPress has noticed us quite a few times this year.

Splitting the four blogs at the time was a wise decision. It was a lot of work, but we succeeded and now we can expand this blog without it affecting the others.

Take for instance the Cosmology and Space Exploration blog. We have created pages where you can find apps, links to journals and news feeds, dedicated pages to projects and even a page for the media when a press release crosses our desk.

I wanted to test this idea there first, and it has been received favorably. So this year I have been working on doing the same for Daily Defense News. One thing I am struggling is putting up news from other countries. My struggle isn’t in providing the news, it is whether I should give each country its own page or mix them in with the main blog.

I am leaning towards individual pages per country. My reason is that right now the only news being reported are from US-Based defense organizations. And while they may contain news about other countries, there is a US slant to them (hey, the organization is writing and supplying the news). It would be logical that news coming from, say a British defense group would have a slant towards their country. That’s only fair.

Some of the other plans are also providing a list of apps for those wanting more defense and military news that we may not yet have. And I am working on a web-based CIA book of all countries, and many other features.

Some, do to the complexity of getting them done, will be implemented in 2017. Others before the end of this year, maybe even sooner.

I also want to hear from you. What would you like me to provide to you? My goal is to bring all the defense and military news here in one place so you do not have to visit a dozen websites and only get part of the story. Which is why I am going to include the news as reported from within other countries. It would be nice to know what the other countries are saying about, say, the same operations we are involved in.

If President Barack Obama says we are succeeding and all the other countries say something else, that may be something important to know about. Same if it is in reverse. Countries may say the US isn’t doing its part, yet you might find a story or series of stories that same something different. This is when news become really important.

Notice that none of the news comes from any organization that reports just the news. To me, with all the papers slanting their stories towards their reader’s political belief, that is not the inention of this site. The news should come from the men and women who are there, in the field, and not in some studio worrying if they have too much hair gel and are ready to give you their view of the news.

So remember, while looking at these summaries, when the 2016 numbers come out, you will see a drastic difference in the popularity, who in what countries are reading our stories, and what stories most readers find important.

So, if you have any suggestions to what you would like me to add to this site, either fill out the “Contact Us” page or send me an email to

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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The DoD Today (May 18, 2015)




Today in the Department of Defense, 5/19/2015
05/18/2015 05:08 PM CDT

Today in the Department of Defense, Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Secretary of Defense Ash Carter welcomes Tomasz Siemoniak, Poland’s defense minister, to the Pentagon with an honor cordon at 9:45 a.m. EDT at the Pentagon River Entrance. Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the Pentagon River Parking Pedestrian Bridge only. Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call 703-697-5131 for escort to the cordon.


Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey have no public or media events on their schedules.


Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall discusses the Defense Department’s focus on innovation at 8:15 a.m. EDT at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, McLean, Virginia.


Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Sandy Winnefeld provides keynote remarks at 10 a.m. EDT at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Future of Missile Defense conference, 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, District of Columbia.


Gen. John Kelly, commander, U.S. Southern Command, provides remarks at 4:30 p.m. EDT at the Atlantic Council on the future of U.S. defense cooperation in Latin America, 1030 15th St. NW, Washington, District of Columbia.


Use Pick a Day to go to a different day. Check Other Events for additional listings, including air shows, band concerts, Congressional hearings, reunions and much more.

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Pakistan’s Daily Security Briefs: May 4, 2015

The Pakistan Daily Security Briefs for May 4, 2015, have been compiled by Iqtidar Kahn, assistant editor of The Bureau of Investigative ReportingThey are made available at 4:00pm local time.

I include them here as this news most-likely will not be reported by US-based media. Information here have been collected by Kahn, including articles that have appeared in foreign press.

Enjoy reading the other side’s perspective, what is important to them, and about conflicts that you just won’t find anywhere else.

Editorial Snapshot

Polio watch: A three day polio campaign will begin in certain sensitive Union Councils (UCs) of Karachi from today. Fingers crossed for no casualties.

Senate, the upper house of parliament, to meet today:  The Senate session, which was summoned by the President last Thursday, is going to meet today at 16:00 hours local time.

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Defense Early Bird Briefs – May 4, 2015

The following information was collected and compiled by the editors of the Defense and Military Times magazine. Known as the Early Bird Briefs, this was edited by Oriana Pawlyk ( from The Military Times Magazine. I present it here as it appears from my email.

The editors over at the Military Times compile news by branch of service, by country, by industry contracts, by pending legislation in Congress or the Senate, etc. from many major news outlets, major blogs, and from the Department of Defense and its own publication, Military Times. 

Here are the Top 5. Click on “Continue Reading” link will take you to the rest of today’s news.

** Note: The Military Times is not affiliated with any government site. While there might be links to government sites, Military Times is published by Gannett Government Media, which is a subsidiary of Gannett Co., Inc.


(Military Times) There are 142 U.S. service members currently involved in earthquake relief efforts in Nepal, according to U.S. Pacific Command. That breaks down to 86 Marines, 38 soldiers and 18 airmen, PACOM spokesman Army Maj. David Eastburn told Military Times on Sunday. 
(Los Angeles Times) A shadowy new pro-government force has been deployed in the embattled Yemeni port city of Aden, according to reports Sunday, sparking speculation that ground troops from the Saudi-led coalition may have joined the battle against Houthi rebels and their allies. Saudi Arabia, however, denied that it had sent ground forces to Aden or any other part of Yemen. 
(USA Today) Afghan security forces have suffered record casualties this year as they combat Taliban rebels largely without the benefit of U.S. air power and other international military support they had come to rely on in the past, U.S. and Afghan officials said. 
(Stars & Stripes) With live explosives, smoke and rocket fire from helicopter gunships, American troops and their international partners are trying to give Iraqi soldiers a realistic idea of what they can expect when they take on Islamic State militants. 
(Defense News) Gen. Joseph Dunford, the commandant of the Marine Corps, is at the top of the list to become the next Joint Chiefs chairman, according to several sources. 

This Week in Defense News with Vago Muraudian

(Defense News) The Atlantic Council’s Steve Grundman and Capital Alpha Partners’ Byron Callan discuss Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s recently unveiled cyber initiative for the Pentagon. 
(Defense News) Maj. Gen. Robert Walsh, director of Navy expeditionary warfare, on how the Marine Corps is improving its amphibious skills. 
(Defense News) Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo, director of Navy undersea warfare, on core missile sub requirements. 
(Defense News) Culture change is needed at the Pentagon and Silicon Valley for Ash Carter’s new cyber strategy to succeed. 

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Daily Security Briefs Published from Islamabad, Pakistan – March 12, 2015

March 12th, Pakistan Security Note

Editorial Snapshot

Trouble in Toronto: A Pakistani man arrested in Toronto, Ontario for his alleged links with a terrorist group was plotting to blow up the US consulate and other buildings in the financial district located in downtown Toronto. The suspect was also in touch with Al-Qaeda leader Anwar Awlaki – who was killed in a drone strike in 2011 – in the past.

Death row controversy: A 23 year old man convicted of murder (of a seven year old boy) when he was 14 is set to get executed on March 19th. The development has stirred controversy about juvenile law in Pakistan, and in a country used to teenage suicide bombers, led to the difficult debate of how young does a person have to be before he/she can be termed a terrorist, legally.

Frankly, my dear Indian foreign ministry, I don’t give a damn: In response to the recent criticism from India about the meeting between the Pakistani envoy to New Delhi Abdul Basit and the hardliner Kashmiri separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani (which led to a cancellation of talks last summer between India and Pakistan) the Pakistani Foreign Office on Wednesday said that the meeting was a long standing practice and will continue in the future despite India’s objection.

Islamabad supports Rangers raid on MQM: Following the raid of the Rangers in the citadel of Karachi’s largest political party, MQM, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday absolved the paramilitary force of any wrongdoing and instead hailed the act as a “step in the right direction”. The statement was backed by the visit of the area’s top military commander to Rangers headquarters today in a show of solidarity. Meanwhile, no mainstream political party has come to the aid of the MQM since yesterday’s raid, with major players preaching due process for prosecuting the suspects arrested from the party’s offices and buildings.

India’s Unwelcome Daughter: The Delhi High Court has upheld the ban on the ‘rape documentary’, but the court is set to resume hearing about the ban on Wednesday.

Nabbed: Militant responsible for the deaths of several military and paramlitary officials, including a general, has been detained in Pakistan’s northwestern Upper Dir district.

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DoD Identifiess Air Force Casualty in Operation Inherent Resolve – Death Under Investigation

Note: This photo has not been identified as the dceased. (Photo Provided by U.S. Airforce)
Release No: NR-125-15
April 14, 2015



DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

Tech. Sgt. Anthony E. Salazar, 40, of Hermosa Beach, California, died April 13, at an air base in southwest Asia in a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.

He was assigned to the 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force Squadron, 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group, U.S. Air Forces Central Command.

Col. Edward Sholtis, a spokesman for U.S. Air Forces Central Command told Air Force Times Salazar was a mechanical systems repairman, whose job was to ensure facility operations at an air base in the Gulf region that is supporting operations against Islamic State militants.

For more information, media may contact the 452nd Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs Office at 951-655-4138.


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Defense Early Bird Briefs – April 14, 2015

Welcome to Defense and Military Times” all new Early Bird Brief, the mos comprehensive roundup of national and international headlines compiled by the world’s largest independent newsroom covering the global defense industry and military affairs. Please share your thoughts direectly with Early Bird Editor Oriana Pawlyk:

Today’s Top 5
    Iraqi leader arrives in Washington at turning point in ISIL battle
(Politico) Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is visiting Washington Tuesday at a crucial moment in the war against the Islamic State. 
    Putin Lifts Ban on Russian Missile Sales to Iran
(New York Times) President Vladimir Putin on Monday approved the delivery of a sophisticated air defense missile system to Iran, potentially complicating negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear program and further straining ties with Washington. 
    VA whistleblowers allege continued attacks, failures
(Military Times) Last July, when Dr. Christian Head testified before Congress about improper record keeping at the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Health Care system, he also detailed what department whistleblowers typically face when they speak out: isolation, defamation, and aggressive attacks. 
    The sequestration monster myth
(Politico) Defense Secretary Ash Carter warns that sequestration will make the nation “less secure.” Sen. John McCain says it will set the military “on a far more dangerous course.” And Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey says it will prompt “a dramatic change in how we protect our nation.” There’s just one problem: The sequestration monster lurking around the corner isn’t really coming. 
    Best for Vets: Employers 2015 rankings are out

(Military Times) With the unemployment rate for the latest generation of veterans routinely running below 7 percent, companies across all industries have realized how vets can boost bottom lines – and they’re fighting to bring people like you onboard. 


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Defensive News Early Bird Briefs – April 8, 2015

Welcome to Defense News’ all new Early Bird Brief, the most comprehensive roundup of national and international headlines compiled by the world’s largest independent newsroom covering the global defense industry and military affairs. 

The editors at Defense News and Military Times  hope you like thier redesign and look forward to your feedback. Please share your thoughts with Early Bird Editor Oriana Pawlyk:

Today’s Top 5
    U.S. promises to beef up defense aid to Persian Gulf allies
(Los Angeles Times) The White House has invited leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council nations – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman – to the presidential retreat at Camp David in coming weeks, though the date is not confirmed. U.S. officials are expected to make public new security arrangements at the meeting. 
    U.S. Defense Chief Warns of Al Qaeda’s Gains in Yemen
(New York Times) Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen is seizing territory, exploiting the recent turmoil in the country to capture areas in what has become a broad expansion by the Sunni extremist group, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter of the United States said on Wednesday. 
    CNN: Russians hacked White House computers
(USA Today) Russian hackers penetrated the White House’s computer system and gained access to information including private details of President Obama’s schedule, according to a report by CNN. 
    US, Japan announce expansion of defense ties
(Stars & Stripes) The United States and Japan will expand defense ties over cyberspace and regional security threats as they finalize the first revision of security guidelines between the two allies since 1997, defense chiefs from both nations said Wednesday. 
    North Korea Can Miniaturize a Nuclear Weapon, U.S. Says

(Bloomberg) North Korea has deployed its new road-mobile KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile and is capable of mounting a miniaturized nuclear warhead on it, the U.S.’s top homeland security commander said. 

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DoD Report: Coalition Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq

This report is from the  DoD News, Defense Media Activity for U.S. Department of Defense. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.

04/07/2015 06:12 PM CDT

DoD News, Defense Media Activity

SOUTHWEST ASIA, April 7, 2015 – U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, which took place between 8 a.m. yesterday and 8 a.m. today, local time, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

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