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September 11, 2014

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Obama Announces Counter-terror Campaign Against ISIL

SOURCE:  Department of Defense / DoD News / Defense Media Activity

By Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON – The United States will lead a broad coalition of nations to take the fight to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, President Barack Obama said in a nationally televised address tonight at the White House.

The president vowed to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, and added that he will not hesitate to target the terrorists with airstrikes in Syria as well as in Iraq.

The trigger for the announcement was the formation of a unity government in Iraq, he said.

“ISIL poses a threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, and the broader Middle East including American citizens, personnel and facilities,” he said. “If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region including to the United States.”

Though there is no evidence of an attack planned on the U.S. homeland, the president said, ISIL leaders have threatened America and its allies. “Our intelligence community believes that thousands of foreigners including Europeans and some Americans have joined them in Syria and Iraq,” he said. “Trained and battle-hardened, these fighters could try to return to their home countries and carry out deadly attacks.”

Taking threat seriously

The United States is taking the ISIL threat seriously and will meet all threats with strength and resolve, the president said.

In August, Obama ordered limited U.S. military airstrikes against ISIL to protect Americans and stop the ISIL advance into Iraq. “Since then, we have conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes in Iraq,” he said. “These strikes have protected American personnel and facilities, killed ISIL fighters, destroyed weapons, and given space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory. These strikes have helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.”

But while American military power can make a decisive difference, “this is not our fight alone,” he said. Iraqis and other Arab partners must do their parts in securing the region and confronting the threat.

That coalition is coming together with the objective of degrading and ultimately destroying ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy, the president said.

American air power in cooperation with Iraqi boots on the ground will strike at the terrorists. “Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are,” Obama said. “That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

Increasing U.S. support

As part of the strategy, the United States will increase support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. “In June, I deployed several hundred American service members to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi security forces,” Obama said. “Now that those teams have completed their work and Iraq has formed a government we will send an additional 475 service members to Iraq.”

These American forces will not have a combat mission, but they will provide Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment. “We will also support Iraq’s efforts to stand up national guard units to help Sunni communities secure their own freedom from ISIL control,” the president said.

As part of this, the United States will continue its ramp-up of efforts to train and supply the moderate Syrian opposition. “Tonight, I again call on Congress to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters,” Obama said. “In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its people; a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all.”

Another front in the counter-terrorism campaign is to work with allies and friends around the world to cut ISIL’s funding, improve intelligence on the terror group and strengthen defenses.

Finally, the United States will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by ISIL. “This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities,” Obama said. “We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homelands.”

Other nations pitch in

Nations will support each of these legs of the strategy in different ways. Some already are flying humanitarian missions alongside U.S. Air Force crews. Others will work to train and supply Iraqi, Kurdish and moderate Syrian forces. Pilots of other nations will fly fighter jets alongside Americans. Still others will share intelligence.

“This is American leadership at its best: we stand with people who fight for their own freedom, and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity,” he said.

All this will take time, the president said.

“Any time we take military action, there are risks involved especially to the servicemen and women who carry out these missions,” he said. “But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil.”

The counter-terrorism campaign requires a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever it exists, “using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground,” he said. “This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.”

The approach also is consistent with the one he outlined at West Point, N.Y. in May. That is to use American force against those threatening America’s core interests, “but to mobilize partners wherever possible to address broader challenges to international order,” he said.

Hagel: Military is ready

The American military is ready for this new campaign, said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a written statement released after the president’s speech. “The men and women of the U.S. armed forces are ready to carry out the orders of our commander-in-chief, to work with our partners across government, and to work with our friends and allies around the world to accomplish this mission,” he said.

Hagel stressed that this effort is not limited to simply military action.

“As the president made clear, American military power cannot alone eradicate the threats posed by ISIL to the United States, our allies, and our friends and partners in the region,” he said. “Iraq’s continued political progress toward a more inclusive government will be critical, as will our coalition’s use of all instruments of power military, law enforcement, economic, diplomatic, intelligence and humanitarian assistance in coordination with countries in the region.”

PHOTO(s) OF THE DAY – 911 Remembrance

SOURCE:  Department of Defense /Defense News Lead Photo

Lights illuminate the American flag at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va., Sept. 10, 2014.  The Pentagon Memorial was created to remember and honor those lost at the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.)

Lights illuminate the American flag at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va., Sept. 10, 2014. The Pentagon Memorial was created to remember and honor those lost at the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.)

Coalition forces in Regional Command (SouthWest) salute as the United States flag is raised during the 9/11 ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Sep 11, 2014. The ceremony was held to commemorate the terrorist acts that occurred on September 11, 2001. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dustin D. March/Released)

Coalition forces in Regional Command (SouthWest) salute as the United States flag is raised during the 9/11 ceremony aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Sep 11, 2014. The ceremony was held to commemorate the terrorist acts that occurred on September 11, 2001. (Official U. S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dustin D. March/Released)

Sgt. Rovin Seosankar, a financial analyst, and Sgt. Jennifer Pineda, the Milpay noncommissioned officer in charge, with the 4th Financial Management Sustainment Detachment, New York National Guard, pose with a 9/11 commemorative flag Sept. 9, 2014, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The 4th FMSD will run on Sept. 11 in honor of New Yorkers who responded to the attack on the World Trade Center twin towers. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rich Stowell)

Sgt. Rovin Seosankar, a financial analyst, and Sgt. Jennifer Pineda, the Milpay noncommissioned officer in charge, with the 4th Financial Management Sustainment Detachment, New York National Guard, pose with a 9/11 commemorative flag Sept. 9, 2014, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The 4th FMSD will run on Sept. 11 in honor of New Yorkers who responded to the attack on the World Trade Center twin towers. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Rich Stowell)

Rise in international terrorist threat means companies must take action now, warns head of Corps Security

SOURCE:  Cision

Peter Webster, chief executive of Corps Security, has issued a stark warning to organizations that the increased likelihood of a terrorist attack means they must recognize the threat, take it seriously and do everything possible to minimize the danger to people, property and assets. His comments come after the home secretary, Theresa May, recently announced that the UK’s terror threat level has been raised from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’ in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

Severe is the second highest of five possible UK threat levels that have been used by the government since 2006 to warn of terrorist activity. It indicates the likelihood of a terrorist attack in the UK is highly likely, although speaking at the time Theresa May stressed that there was no information to suggest an attack was imminent.

However, Peter Webster believes that all organizations – particularly those with strong links to the USA or UK – must step up their counter terrorism activities. Drawing on his vast knowledge and experience as leader of the nation’s leading provider of specialist security solutions, Peter Webster said, ‘I fully appreciate that this is easier said than done and countering covert threats can be difficult. However, what I find concerning is that there is sometimes a reluctance to look at the bigger picture in terms of identifying the reasons that a particular organization could be a target, where a threat might originate from and what to do about it.’

Peter Webster argues that the key to effective preventative action is for companies to undertake a comprehensive risk and threat assessment. He concluded, ‘One of the main barriers to effective security is a “silo mentality” rather than an inclusive policy of shared thinking, planning and action using the concept of convergence of security risk.  Adopting this approach will require some organizations to re-examine their existing security strategies but it is only by doing so that they will be in the best possible position to address this clear and present danger.’

Titled Corps Thinking, Peter Webster’s regular blogs examine the issues affecting the security industry and have become an established industry platform for debate and discussion. To read his latest blog and to access others, visit http://www.corpsthinking.com , where you can also voice your opinion.

New staff added to support continuing strong growth for AB Vista in China

SOURCE:  Cision

The AB Vista sales and technical services team has been expanded following the appointment of three new staff members to support the company’s recent strong growth in China.

Shi Xuegang will be responsible for sales and technical services to AB Vista distributors and customers in South China, whilst Li Pengfei will perform the same role for North China. The third new member of staff, He Tiantian (Celine), has been employed to support the team on technical and regulatory matters.

A graduate from Gansu Agricultural University, Gansu, with an MSc in animal science, Xuegang joins AB Vista from Du Pont Animal Nutrition. Previous experience includes the delivery of feed enzyme technical support and training to customers and distributors in North China, as well as managing product developing trials.

Pengfei moves from the China Animal Husbandry Group, where he was involved in various aspects of the importation, registration and sale of feed additives. Whilst studying at the China Agriculture University, Beijing, Pengfei undertook a two month internship in the USA as part of the Novus international graduate scholarship scheme.

Celine graduated from Lewis & Clark College, Portland, and was most recently working as a research assistant for the Global Health Centre, Oregon. Previous roles include acting as conference interpreter for Gansu Agricultural University and a laboratory internship at the Langzhou Veterinary Research Institute.

“Strong sales growth in North Asia, and China in particular, is making it an increasingly important region for AB Vista,” states Dr Y.J. Ru, AB Vista’s Technical Sales Director for North Asia. “We’re excited to welcome three new staff to the team, and look forward to working with them to expand sales and technical support in China.”

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