06 April 2015 Military News
- Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 06 Apr 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.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Defense Secretary: US Opening New Phase of Asia Pivot VOA 06 Apr 2015 -- The Obama administration is opening a new phase of its strategic 'rebalance' toward Asia and the Pacific by investing in high-end weapons - such as a new long-range stealth bomber, refreshing its defense alliance with Japan and expanding trade partnerships, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Monday.
- Carter Discusses U.S. Rebalance to Asia-Pacific Region AFPS 06 Apr 2015 -- U.S. re-emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region makes sense regionally and globally, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at Arizona State University today.
- Remarks on the Next Phase of the U.S. Rebalance to the Asia-Pacific DoD 06 Apr 2015 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter
- Army accepts 100th Apache 'Echo' model Army News 06 Apr 2015 -- In late March, the Army accepted delivery of the 100th AH-64E Apache helicopter.
- Army releases Manpack Radio draft RFP for competitive radio marketplace Army News 06 Apr 2015 -- The U.S. Army has released a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for full and open competition to procure additional Manpack Radios.
- US Navy Kicks Off Naval Engagement Activities with Vietnam NNS 06 Apr 2015 -- The U.S. Navy began the sixth annual Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) with the Vietnam People's Navy April 6, as both nations celebrate the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2015.
- Media Availability with Secretary Carter enroute to Japan DoD 06 Apr 2015 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter
- Readout of Secretary of Defense call with Saudi Arabia's Minister of Defense Prince Mohammed bin Salman DoD 06 Apr 2015
- Polar Growl strengthens allied interoperability, bomber navigation skills AFNS 06 Apr 2015 -- Two pairs of B-52 Stratofortresses completed simultaneous, round-trip sorties from their U.S. bases of Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, and Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, to the Arctic and North Sea regions, respectively, April 3.
- USS Tornado Shipyard Fire Drill Successful NNS 06 Apr 2015 -- Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) conducted a fire drill April 1 aboard USS Tornado (PC 14) while the ship was in dry dock to test the ability of the crew, shipyard workers and the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department (JFRD) to integrate in what could be a real-world situation.
- Missile testing unit validates strategic deterrent AFNS 06 Apr 2015 -- The 576th Flight Test Squadron, which conducts Minuteman III launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, holds the unique distinction as the sole intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test unit in the Department of Defense.
- Combat Support Agency Counters Worldwide IED Threats AFPS 06 Apr 2015 -- The organization that has fought for a decade to defeat improvised explosive devices used by American enemies in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has become a combat support agency, its director said in a recent interview.
- USNS Comfort Arrives in Miami for CP-15 Ship Tours, Liberty NNS 06 Apr 2015 -- Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Miami April 4 to host various tours and a distinguished visitor luncheon prior to its first Continuing Promise 2015 (CP-15) mission stop.
- US, Philippines double troops for annual war games Press TV 06 Apr 2015 -- The United States military is doubling the number of troops it is sending to the Philippines to participate in the annual war games this month.
- Comments to the media by the NATO Spokesperson on NATO-Russia founding act, NATO Missile defence systems NATO 06 Apr 2015 -- In view of misleading media reports, this is what NATO Spokesperson Oana Lungescu actually told a Russian news outlet on Saturday (3 April) in response to a series of questions about the NATO-Russia Founding Act and NATO missile defence.
- US, Estonian Inspectors to Conduct Observation Flight Over Russia Sputnik 06 Apr 2015 -- American and Estonian specialists will fly over the territory of Russia and Belarus under the Treaty on Open Skies on April 6-11, head of Russia's National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center Sergei Ryzhkov has announced.
- Russian Warships to Enter Baltic Sea for Rocket, Torpedo Exercises Sputnik 06 Apr 2015 -- Warships from Russia's Baltic Fleet are preparing to enter the open seas for rocket, artillery, and torpedo exercises, the Russian Defense Ministry's Western Military District's press service said Monday.
- Full Speed Ahead: Russia Starts Caspian Naval Drills Sputnik 06 Apr 2015 -- A detachment of Russian Navy assault boats has begun drills in the Caspian Sea, according to the press service of Russia's Southern Military District.
- Yemen rescue mission demonstrates China's constructive role People's Daily 06 Apr 2015 -- A Chinese navy warship transported 225 foreign nationals out of war-torn Yemen last week, a move that supports Foreign Minister Wang Yi's statement that China is 'on the same boat' with the rest of the world.
- S. Korea Watching for Possible North Korea Missile Launch VOA 06 Apr 2015 -- South Korea said its military remains vigilant against a possible missile launch by North Korea following media reports that Pyongyang might launch a ballistic missile before a planned visit to Seoul this week by U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.
- Missile Fears Proved Futile: Reports on N Korea's No-Sail Zone Dismissed Sputnik 06 Apr 2015 -- North Korea has not notified the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and neighboring countries of its declaration of a no-fly, no-sail zone off its coast and is showing no signs of any immediate ballistic missile launch, Seoul's defense ministry says on Monday.
- Pakistan - AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters and AGM-114R Hellfire II Missiles DSCA 06 Apr 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Pakistan for AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters and AGM-114R Hellfire II Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $952 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.
- Far-Right Leader Named Ukrainian Military Adviser RFE/RL 06 Apr 2015 -- The controversial leader of Ukraine's ultranationalist Right Sector paramilitary group has been named an army adviser.
- Thailand interested in buying Russian weapons - prime minister TASS 06 Apr 2015 -- Thailand is interested in military and technical cooperation with Russia, the country's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said in an exclusive interview with TASS first deputy director general Mikhail Gusman dedicated to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's upcoming visit to Bangkok on April 7-8.
- Senior UN official calls for disarmament push amid uptick in global tensions UN News 06 Apr 2015 -- The United Nations disarmament chief today urged Member States to work actively and seek common ground on disarmament issues related to nuclear weapons and conventional arms amid a period of increasing global tensions and violence.
- April 6, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 06 Apr 2015
- 6 April 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 06 Apr 2015
- Civilian casualties, humanitarian concerns mounting as Yemen fighting continues - UN UN News 06 Apr 2015 -- The violence in Yemen continues to wreak havoc upon the country's civilian population and restrict humanitarian access to those most in need amid a spate of aerial attacks and ground incursions, the United Nations has reported.
- Analysis: Several Factors Motivate Saudi Outreach to Pakistan VOA 06 Apr 2015 -- Saudi Arabia's bid to get Pakistani military support for the Saudi-led effort against Houthi rebels in Yemen is designed to "scare" the Iranians, says Charles Schmitz, an analyst at the Middle East Institute.
- Pakistan Weighs Joining Saudi-led Coalition in Yemen VOA 06 Apr 2015 -- Pakistan's parliament opened a special session Monday to discuss Saudi Arabia's request for the government to join its military coalition against Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen.
- Planned Red Cross aid shipment to Yemen delayed amid fighting Press TV 06 Apr 2015 -- The Red Cross says logistical issues have delayed the dispatch of an otherwise ready-to-go emergency aid consignment to Yemen amid continuing military strikes against the country by Saudi Arabia.
- Saudi-Led Coalition Airstrikes Hit Yemeni Border Town Sputnik 06 Apr 2015 -- The Saudi-led coalition of Arab states has launched another series of airstrikes in Yemen hitting the town of Razeh in the Saada province at the border with Saudi Arabia, a Sputnik correspondent reported Monday citing eyewitnesses.
- Iraqi forces to work with Kurds to liberate Nineveh: PM Press TV 06 Apr 2015 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced that the country's government forces will cooperate with Kurdish Peshmerga fighters to liberate Iraq's northern province of Nineveh from ISIL Takfiri militants.
- Trapped civilians 'more desperate than ever' amid fighting in Yarmouk camp, warns UN agency chief UN News 06 Apr 2015 -- The current escalation is "more desperate than ever" for civilians in Yarmouk displaced persons camp which is currently housing thousands of Palestinians on the outskirts of Damascus, the head of the United Nations agency concerned with the well-being of Palestinian refugees warned today.
- UN Security Council Condemns Siege of Syria's Yarmouk Camp VOA 06 Apr 2015 -- The U.N. Security Council has strongly condemned the siege of a Palestinian refugee camp in the Syrian capital by self-proclaimed Islamic State militants and fighters from the Nusra Front. In an emergency session Monday, the Council called for the protection and safe evacuation of civilians and access for humanitarian aid workers to the approximately 18,000 people still living in the Yarmouk camp.
- Al-Qaeda militants kidnap nearly 300 Kurds in NW Syria: PYD Press TV 06 Apr 2015 -- Kurdish officials say al-Qaeda-linked militants have kidnapped nearly 300 Kurdish civilians at a checkpoint in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.
- Hamas-linked group in Yarmouk to force out ISIL Press TV 06 Apr 2015 -- Palestinian fighters affiliated with the Gaza-based Hamas Islamic resistance movement have engaged in the battle to force the ISIL Takfiri terrorists from the besieged Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, a report says.
- Moscow Hosts Second Round of Intra-Syrian Talks Sputnik 06 Apr 2015 -- A second round of intra-Syrian talks will again bring together officials from the current government of President Bashar Assad and Syrian opposition figures.
- Somali President: Kenya Should Not Build Wall VOA 06 Apr 2015 -- Somalia's president is urging Kenya to avoid drastic measures as it tries to stop cross-border attacks by al-Shabab.
- Kenyan warplanes strike Shabab camps in Somalia Press TV 06 Apr 2015 -- Kenyan military aircraft have pounded two camps of al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militants in southern Somalia following the recent attack on a university in Kenya that left nearly 150 people dead.
- Kenyan Airstrikes Target Al-Shabab in Somalia VOA 06 Apr 2015 -- Kenyan warplanes have attacked targets in neighboring Somalia, days after gunmen from Somali militant group al-Shabab killed 148 people at a Kenyan university.
- Boko Haram Attacking Cameroon for Supplies VOA 06 Apr 2015 -- Despite a decrease in deadly attacks, Cameroon said suspected Boko Haram fighters have been seizing food and livestock from farmers and cattle ranchers on its northern border with Nigeria for the past few weeks. Most of the food producers are now relocating to safer areas away from the border.
- Moniz: Iran Deal Would Shut Down All Pathways to a Nuclear Bomb VOA 06 Apr 2015 -- The Obama administration is making a push to sell to the public the framework Iran nuclear deal reached recently, before members of Congress return from a holiday recess next week. At a White House briefing Monday, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who played a key role at the international Iran nuclear talks in Switzerland, came to the podium to tell reporters the preliminary agreement would shut down all pathways Iran could have to produce a nuclear bomb.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, 4/6/2015 The White House 06 Apr 2015
- Obama: Iran Deal 'Once-in-a-Lifetime' Chance VOA 06 Apr 2015 -- President Barack Obama said the framework nuclear agreement reached last week with Iran represents a "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity to bring some stability to the Middle East - stability which would be good for Israel as well as other nations. However, some members of the U.S. Congress remain unconvinced and a key U.S. lawmaker plans to go ahead with legislation requiring Obama to submit any final agreement to Congress for debate and a vote.
- President stresses continuation of talks to reach final nuclear deal IRNA 06 Apr 2015 -- President Hassan Rouhani stressed continuation of talks in order to reach the final nuclear deal with G5+1.
- Rouhani: Iran-G5+1 agreement seeks sanctions lift ISNA 06 Apr 2015 -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said a recent agreement reached with the G5+1 group on Iran's nuclear program seeks removal of all anti-Iran sanctions, not their suspension.
- Final N. deal to facilitate Iranian oil tankers' presence in European market ISNA 06 Apr 2015 -- The final nuclear deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany would pave the way for Iranian oil tankers' presence in European market, said Managing Director of National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) Ali Akbar Safaei.
- Obama Hails Iran Deal As Netanyahu Slams It RFE/RL 06 Apr 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have continued their broad disagreement on the framework deal on the Iranian nuclear program that was agreed upon last week.
- Obama: Internal Threats Pose Greater Risk to Gulf States than Iran Sputnik 06 Apr 2015 -- Internal issues and political dissatisfaction may pose a greater threat to Arab Gulf states than an attack from Iran, according to US President Barack Obama.
- Corker working overtime to get veto-proof majority to ensure Congress review of Iran deal Press TV 06 Apr 2015 -- The chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee says he is within a few votes of being able to override a presidential veto of his legislation that would prevent the Obama administration from lifting sanctions against Iran until Congress reviews a nuclear deal.
- Ukraine Decentralization May Now Be on the Table - After Year of Civil War Sputnik 06 Apr 2015 -- the issue of defense, national security, foreign policies, fight against corruption, protection of rights and freedoms regarding guaranteeing sovereignty and territorial integrity.
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