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Merkel dismisses U.S. request for a lot more military aid against Islamic State

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday brushed off what a Germany magazine stated was a request from the United States to provide far more military aid in the fight against Islamic State.

“I think Germany is fulfilling its portion and we do not need to have to speak about new concerns associated to this question at the moment,” Merkel told the ZDF broadcaster when asked about the Der Spiegel magazine report of the U.S. request.

Der Spiegel reported on Saturday that U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter had sent a letter asking for a larger military contribution from Germany, a week after parliament approved a program to join the campaign in Syria.

A German Defense Ministry spokesman confirmed a letter had been received from the United States and its content was under consideration, providing no further particulars.

Der Spiegel said the letter did not make distinct demands and was equivalent to requests sent to other U.S. partners.

Germany’s mission contains six Tornado reconnaissance jets, a frigate to protect the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, refueling aircraft and up to 1,200 troops.

The deployment is a direct response to a French appeal for solidarity soon after militant attacks in Paris killed 130 people. Germany does not strategy to carry out air strikes in Syria.

Germany has over the past two years shown a developing readiness to commit troops to foreign missions.

Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen mentioned final week Germany may well require larger armed forces to cope with the a lot more assertive function.

More than three,000 personnel are currently deployed overseas and the Syria mission will raise that by up to 1,200. Von der Leyen also wants to send 650 troops to Mali to help the French campaign against Islamist militants there.

Germany last year began arming Iraqi Kurds fighting Islamic State.

(Reporting by Sabine Siebold Writing by Joseph Nasr Editing by Alison Williams)

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Burundi military internet sites attacked, 12 insurgents killed

NAIROBI Gunmen attacked military sites in Burundi’s capital on Friday and 12 of the assailants have been killed although 20 have been arrested following heavy fighting, the army stated.

Soldiers told Reuters at least five of their quantity had been also killed, but an official army spokesman said they have been only wounded in the latest flare-up in a nation that Western powers worry might be sliding back into ethnic conflict.

The sound of firing echoed across the capital Bujumbura throughout Friday following heavy gunfire and blasts erupted in the early hours. Residents said streets had been empty and police have been out in force at a time when men and women typically head to work.

The outbreak of violence, the worst considering that a failed coup in Might, is unnerving for a region that remains volatile two decades after the genocide in neighboring Rwanda.

The U.N. Safety Council was briefed on the developments in Burundi late on Friday. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Energy, who is president of the council for December, stated the 15-member body was ready to take into account “further measures.”

“The members of the Security Council demand that all armed groups place aside their arms and cease all forms of destabilizing activities in order to finish the cycle of violence and retaliation,” Power told reporters.

Until now, battle lines in Burundi’s crisis have followed the political divide. But Western powers and regional nations fear old ethnic rifts could reopen.

The United States stated it was concerned by the fighting and the African Union referred to as for dialogue.

The United States named for the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva to hold a specific session on Burundi next Thursday. The contact got the needed backing of 1-third of the body’s 47 members so the session will go ahead, the United Nations stated.

Burundi’s 12-year civil war, which ended in 2005, had pitted rebel groups of the Hutu majority, like 1 led by existing President Pierre Nkurunziza, against what was then an army led by the Tutsi minority. Rwanda has the same ethnic mix.

Evening-time gunfire and sporadic blasts have become typical in Bujumbura in the course of a crisis set off in April by Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term, which opponents – frequently recognized as ‘Sindumuja’ – said violated a deal that ended the civil war. Nkurunziza won a disputed election in July.

But residents stated Friday’s flare-up was considerably a lot more intense.

“Sindumuja attempted to attack military camps but they failed,” presidential media adviser Willy Nyamitwe wrote on Twitter, describing the raids as “a diversion” to attempt to free of charge prisoners.

“Predicament is returning to normal as firearms are seized, numerous Sindumuja assailants killed or arrested,” he wrote.

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Army spokesman Gaspard Baratuza told state radio 12 of the insurgents have been killed and 20 were detained after attempting to storm military bases to seize weapons. He said 5 soldiers were wounded. “The scenario has now normalized,” he added.

Earlier, a soldier who had spoken to colleagues inside a base in Bujumbura’s northern Ngagara district told Reuters at least two soldiers had been killed. An officer at internet sites in the south of the city mentioned 3 soldiers have been killed in these locations.

The soldiers asked not to be identified.

Kenya Airways, RwandAir and Ethiopian Airlines all canceled their flights to Burundi. The Kenyan carrier mentioned there were no personnel to enable them to fly. But Nyamitwe said the airport was nevertheless open despite the cancellations.

Burundi’s political crisis led to the failed coup in May possibly. One particular of the generals behind that attempt stated in July the group nevertheless aimed to topple the president. Other plotters were caught and are due to face trial in the town of Gitega from Dec. 14.

Specialists voiced fears that the army, which was restructured following the civil war to include both expert troops and rebel fighters, may well fracture, igniting a broader conflict.

A deputy presidential spokesman wrote on Twitter that the cabinet was meeting as scheduled on Monday and would discuss the 2016 budget, but not the thought of declaring a state of emergency. He said the aim of the “armed gang” was to totally free prisoners.

Alongside the raid on Ngagara camp, two southern web sites have been attacked – ISCAM, which is a larger institute for officers, and a camp next to it, identified as BASE, soldiers said. Muha camp nearby was not a target regardless of earlier reports, they mentioned.

In the attacks on southern websites, a soldier stated the assailants, some of them wearing military uniforms, very first targeted a police station close to ISCAM. At the exact same time, the attackers launched an assault on BASE, said the soldier.

(Added reporting by Clement Uwiringiyimana in Kigali, Aaron Maasho in Addis Ababa and Edith Honan in Nairobi, and Tom Miles in Geneva, Michelle Nichols at the United Nations Writing by Edmund Blair Editing by Tom Heneghan and Ken Wills)

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Putin orders military to be ‘extremely tough’ to protect Russian forces in Syria

Globe | Fri Dec 11, 2015 five:55am EST

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MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin on Friday ordered Russia’s armed forces to act in an “very hard way” in Syria to protect Russian forces striking Islamic State targets there.

“Any targets threatening our (military) group or land infrastructure must be immediately destroyed,” Putin mentioned, speaking at a Defence Ministry occasion.

(Reporting by Maria Kiselyova and Vladimir Soldatkin Writing by Dmitry Solovyov Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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Military sites in Burundi capital attacked, says official, soldiers

Globe | Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:47am EST

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NAIROBI Military sites had been attacked in Burundi’s capital in the course of a night of heavy gunfire and explosions, an official and soldiers said on Friday, the most recent flare up in violence in a nation Western powers fear will slide back into ethnic conflict.

Presidential media adviser Willy Niyamitwe mentioned on Twitter that opponents attacked military camps as element of “a diversion” to cost-free prisoners but said the raids “failed”. Two soldiers, who asked not be named, told Reuters attacks targeted 3 military websites, citing colleagues they spoke to on the scene.

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3 Islamic State leaders killed in recent strikes: U.S. military

WASHINGTON The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria has killed the group’s finance minister and two other senior leaders in air strikes in current weeks, a U.S. military spokesman said on Thursday.

Army Colonel Steve Warren told a Pentagon briefing coalition strikes had killed Abu Salah, Islamic State’s economic minister, in late November.

“He was 1 of the most senior and seasoned members of ISIL’s monetary network and he was a legacy Al Qaeda member,” Warren said.

Warren stated Salah was the third member of the finance network who had been killed in as numerous months.

“Killing him and his predecessors exhausts the understanding and talent required to coordinate funding inside the organization,” Warren added.

According to a Brooking Institute report, Abu Salah’s true name is Muafaq Mustafa Mohammed al- Karmoush.

Warren stated a senior leader responsible for coordinating the group’s extortion activities and an additional leader who acted as an executive officer had also been killed.

The Islamic State, which the United States calls the wealthiest militant group of its sort in history, has a quantity of income streams.

It has built up what amounts to a “sturdy and resilient financial portfolio,” funded by oil sales, extortion, and sales of antiquities, mentioned Thomas Sanderson, an professional on terrorism at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Lately, U.S. defense officials estimated that Islamic State was earning about $ 47 million per month from oil sales prior to October.

That very same month, the Pentagon began an operation recognized as “Tidal Wave II” targeting Islamic State’s oil income.

Warren stated it was too early to inform what the impact of the strikes had been and that it was similar to a boxing match.

“You function the body in (the) early rounds and perhaps you will not get a knockout from those early round body shots, but several rounds later you are going to see your… opponents knees start to get weak … and now he’s beginning to get set up for the knockout,” Warren mentioned.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali and David Alexander Editing by Tom Brown)

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China military tells officers to hold their tongues on reform concerns

BEIJING Higher-ranking officers in the Chinese army need to hold their tongues about concerns more than military reform and lead from the front to make sure the rank and file are on board, the People’s Liberation Army stated on Monday.

President Xi Jinping unveiled a broad-brush outline of the reforms last month, searching for further modernization of the command structure of the world’s largest armed forces, which includes job losses, to far better enable it to win a modern war.

Xi is determined to modernize at the same time as China becomes far more assertive in its territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas. China’s navy is investing in submarines and aircraft carriers, although the air force is developing stealth fighters.

The reforms, kicked of in September with Xi’s announcement he would reduce service personnel by 300,000, have been controversial.

The military’s newspaper has published a series of commentaries warning of opposition to the reforms and worries about lost jobs.

In a front-page commentary in the People’s Liberation Army Day-to-day, the military’s political department, in charge of ideology and making certain loyalty to the ruling Communist Party, said the accomplishment or failure of reform depended on top officers “top from the front and setting a fine instance”.

“It is forbidden to speak nonsense, make irresponsible comments, have your personal points of view, act as you see fit or feign compliance,” it stated, in a piece also carried in the party’s official People’s Daily.

Special consideration should be paid to what ordinary soldiers consider and sensitive subjects “effectively resolved”, it added.

“(You) must organize and handle nicely public opinion, specially on the Net, and fight an active battle to create a great atmosphere for promoting reform,” the piece mentioned.

Xi’s reforms contain establishing a joint operational command structure by 2020 and rejigging existing military regions, as effectively as cutting troop numbers.

The military commentary said that the reforms had been unprecedented in their scope and for the interest groups they touch upon.

“Deepening military reform is a big test that cannot be avoided, and we have begun our assault and entered deep waters,” it added.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard Editing by Nick Macfie)

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German parliament approves military campaign against Islamic State in Syria

German parliament approves military campaign against Islamic State in Syria | Reuters

World | Fri Dec 4, 2015 eight:26pm EST

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BERLIN Germany’s decrease residence of parliament on Friday authorized government plans to join the military campaign against Islamic State in Syria.

Of the 598 lawmakers who took part in the vote, 445 voted for, 146 against and seven abstained.

The mission will contain sending six Tornado reconnaissance jets, a frigate to help defend the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, refueling aircraft and up to 1,200 military personnel. Germany will not join nations like Britain, France, the United States and Russia in conducting airstrikes.

(Reporting by Joseph Nasr Editing by Noah Barkin)

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U.S. calls for probe of reports of Myanmar military atrocities

WASHINGTON The United States on Thursday referred to as for a credible, independent investigation by Myanmar’s government of reports of military atrocities in the country’s Shan State, saying they had been reprehensible, if true.

A rights group, the Shan Human Rights Foundation, accused Myanmar’s army last week of bombing schools and Buddhist temples, firing on civilians and rape in an offensive against ethnic rebels in eastern Myanmar that has uprooted a lot more than ten,000 individuals.

“We are concerned by reports of Burmese military atrocities, including allegations of indiscriminate attacks on civilian populations and infrastructure, rape, and other acts of sexual violence,” mentioned Katina Adams, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Division.

“These allegations, if true, are reprehensible, and we urge the Government of Burma to undertake a credible, independent investigation into these allegations, and to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.”

Last month, the senior U.S. diplomat for Asia, Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel, was in Myanmar, which is also identified as Burma. He met Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing and urged the military to exercising restraint and to perform to promote peace and reconciliation in conflict places. 

Myanmar has fought ethnic groups in its borderlands off and on for decades, causing huge displacement inside the nation and forcing hundreds of thousands to seek refuge across the border in Thailand.

In October, a military-backed civilian government that replaced a military junta in 2010 signed a ceasefire with eight armed ethnic groups. But the deal fell brief of its nationwide billing, with seven of the 15 invited groups declining to sign, including the Shan State Army-North and the Kachin Independence Army.

After 2010, the country embarked on U.S.-backed reforms toward elections that were held last month. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won in a landslide, but her celebration has but to take power.

According to activists in Shan state, the army has shelled six villages, shot and injured three individuals, and fired on 17 villagers who are now missing, because Oct. six.

The Shan Human Rights Foundation stated it had documented eight circumstances of sexual violence since April 2015, which includes a 32-year-old lady gang-raped by ten soldiers on Nov. five although her husband was tied up under their farm hut in Ke See township.

The Myanmar government has not responded to requests for comment about the fighting in Shan state.

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom Editing by Dan Grebler)

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Mum’s the word as Myanmar’s Suu Kyi begins military rapprochement

NAYPYITAW Myanmar’s opposition was tight-lipped on Thursday about talks in between leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s top common, citing the want for goodwill with its future government partners to make certain a smooth path to workplace.

Nobel laureate Suu Kyi met on Wednesday with Min Aung Hlaing, the head of a military she need to work with in energy-sharing executive, regardless of her party securing an overwhelming public mandate in a Nov. 8 common election.

Her National League for Democracy (NLD) won a lot more than 4-fifths of the vote, but a constitution written by the military before it ceded power in 2011 guarantees its nominees get three important cabinet posts and a vice-president position.

The talks have been hugely symbolic with the figurehead of a once persecuted pro-democracy movement discussing Myanmar’s future with the chief of a military that utilised an iron fist to monopolise power for 5 decades.

“We need to be, for the time getting, tight lipped,” senior NLD member Win Htein told Reuters, when asked what they discussed.

“We have been struggling for more than 27 years to reach this stage. We are asking repeatedly, repeatedly to have a dialogue. What occurred yesterday, our wish was fulfilled.”

Regardless of the NLD’s sweeping win, public doubts linger about the military’s government role given its record of political intervention and profitable network of organizations that could be impacted by future policy shifts.

Complicating that difficult equation is Suu Kyi’s intent to alter articles of a constitution that not only grants the military a veto on amending it, but excludes her from becoming president due to her sons’ foreign citizenship.

Suu Kyi’s ties with the generals have warmed because she joined parliament in 2012, but had been tested when the NLD gathered 5 million signatures in a petition urging lawmakers to vote to remove the military’s legislative veto.

That failed, and she criticized Min Aung Hlaing for interfering in democracy.

Their hour-long talks appeared to be cordial, nonetheless, described by a smiling Min Aung Hlaing as “very nice”.

Win Htein said the NLD would not rock the boat and had been ordered to keep strategy a secret.

Khin Zaw Win of the Tampadipa Institute believe-tank said the gag order was understandable offered the NLD’s inexperience, but Suu Kyi herself ought to tread very carefully obtaining stirred controversy by announcing a plan to control a nominee president.

“Their leader identified it prudent to inform them to keep quiet,” he mentioned. “At the very same time … she is putting the brakes on the MPs but is herself going complete swing.”

(Reporting by Aung Hla Tun and Timothy Mclaughlin Writing by Martin Petty Editing by Robert Birsel)

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New U.S. force for Iraq to quantity around one hundred -U.S. military

WASHINGTON A new force of specific operations troops becoming deployed by the United States to Iraq will likely number about one hundred, U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren stated on Wednesday.

“It will be … almost certainly about 100, perhaps a little bit much less,” mentioned Warren, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State. “It is really going to be a majority support personnel, every thing from … aviators to collectors. So actual forces who will do offensive or kinetic operations, it’s a really modest number, double digit.”

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the deployment of the force in congressional testimony on Tuesday. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, had told Reuters on Tuesday that the total number may be about 200.

A cap on the quantity of U.S. forces authorized to operate in Iraq, currently at 3,550, would be raised by about one hundred, Warren stated.

“We anticipate that … when we combine the actual trigger pullers with all of the various assistance personnel that are required, the finish state is going to be about 100 up from where we are now,” Warren said.

(Reporting by Yeganeh Torbati and Phil Stewart Editing by Doina Chiacu and James Dalgleish)

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