25 April 2015 Military News
- Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Targets AFPS 25 Apr 2015 -- U.S. and coalition military forces 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.
- Military: US, Allies Conduct 15 Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq VOA 25 Apr 2015 -- Coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State in Syria and Iraq on Saturday.
- USS Theodore Roosevelt Returns to Arabian Gulf NNS 25 Apr 2015 -- The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) escorted by USS Normandy (CG 60), transited the Strait of Hormuz from its station in the Arabian Sea to the Arabian Gulf April 24, to rejoin other U.S. and coalition forces supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
Defense Policy / Programs
- New AF maintenance technology keeps aging tankers flying AFNS 25 Apr 2015 -- The 92nd Maintenance Squadron now uses a new technologically advanced parts fabrication machine extending the life of one of the Air Force's oldest airframes -- the KC-135 Stratotanker.
- Carter Visits Silicon Valley Companies to Enhance DoD Technology Innovation AFPS 25 Apr 2015 -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter yesterday wrapped up a two-day trip to California's Silicon Valley, where he focused on renewing the longstanding relationship between the Defense Department and the wellspring of technology innovation found in that part of the nation.
- US seeks access Philippine military bases as it pivots to Asia Press TV 25 Apr 2015 -- The United States has asked the Philippines to provide access to eight military bases for rotating American troops, planes, and ships as Washington "pivots" to the Asia-Pacific region to curb China's economic and military growth.
- NATO to Bulk Up Its Base in Poland Sputnik 25 Apr 2015 -- NATO continues to increase its presence in Eastern Europe. The defense ministers of Germany, Poland and Denmark agreed to add more soldiers at NATO's Multinational Corps Northeast, based in Poland.
- Russian Black Sea Fleet Plans to Receive Two New Subs by End of 2015 Sputnik 25 Apr 2015 -- Russia's Black Sea Fleet will receive two new Varshavianka-class submarines by the end of 2015, with another four on the way to modernize the grouping.
- Best Friends Forever: Pakistan to Receive 110 Fighter Jets From China Sputnik 25 Apr 2015 -- China will provide another 50 JF-17 Thunder fighter jets to Pakistan over the next three years.
- Iranian warships present in Gulf of Aden: Commander IRNA 25 Apr 2015 -- Iran Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the Navy's 34th flotilla are currently patrolling in the waters of Gulf of Aden in the mouth of Bab-el-Mandeb Strait.
- IRGC monitoring all moves in Persian Gulf ISNA 25 Apr 2015 -- The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) naval force is monitoring all moves in the Persian Gulf, said Commander of the Second Naval Zone of the IRGC Ali Razmjou.
- Iran ready to receive S-300 missile system ISNA 25 Apr 2015 -- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan said the country is ready to receive S-300 missile system, expressing the hope that it would come true in the current Iranian calendar year, (started on March 21, 2015).
- Argentina to Buy Three Russian Helicopters Sputnik 25 Apr 2015 -- Argentinean government decided to buy three Russian Mi-171E helicopters, country's Minister of Defense Agustin Rossi said Friday.
- Saudi warplanes target military base east of Yemeni capital Press TV 25 Apr 2015 -- A major military camp in Yemen's capital has come under attack by Saudi warplanes, as Riyadh continues its aggression against the southern Arabian Peninsula state.
- 38 killed in clashes in south Yemen Press TV 25 Apr 2015 -- Clashes between Yemen's Ansarullah fighters of the Houthi movement and al-Qaeda militants have claimed the lives of 38 people in the south of the country.
- Ban appoints Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed as new special envoy for Yemen UN News 25 Apr 2015 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appointed Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania as his Special Envoy for Yemen after Jamal Benomar of the United Kingdom stepped down from the role.
- Militants make gains in Syria's northwestern Idlib Province Press TV 25 Apr 2015 -- Militant groups have made gains in Syria following a joint offensive on a major government-held town in the northwestern province of Idlib.
- Somali Refugees Deny Camps Used to Train and Plan Terror VOA 25 Apr 2015 -- The Kenyan government has attributed recent terror attacks in the country to the presence of Somali refugees at the sprawling Dadaab camps, a claim denied by the refugees.
- UN official in Darfur says mission's peacekeepers acted proportionately in response to attacks UN News 25 Apr 2015 -- The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today reiterated that its peacekeepers responded proportionately to two attacks launched against them by armed men in Kass, South Darfur, this week.
- Removal of sanctions, basic issue of nuclear talks: Deputy FM IRNA 25 Apr 2015 -- Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht-e Ravanchi said removal of sanctions is considered as the basic issue of negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group.
- Iran, G5+1 start drafting on sanctions removal: Araqchi ISNA 25 Apr 2015 -- A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator said Iran and the G5+1 group have started drafting the text of mechanisms related to the removal of sanctions imposed on Tehran over its peaceful nuclear program.
- Secretary-General appoints new acting Special Representative for UN Mission against Ebola UN News 25 Apr 2015 -- The United Nations Secretary-General today announced the appointment of Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands as the Secretary-General's Acting Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).
- Egyptian Space Authority Denies Losing Control of EgyptSat 2 Satellite Sputnik 25 Apr 2015 -- On Thursday, the Russian Izvestiya newspaper reported, citing a source in the RSC Energia (Russian rocket and space corporation), that EgyptSat 2 on April 14 did not respond to commands from the Earth and control over the satellite was lost.
- CIA Leaker Seeks Lighter Sentence Just Like Petraeus - Reports Sputnik 25 Apr 2015 -- Lawyers for a former CIA officer found guilty of giving away information of a secret mission to thwart Iran's nuclear program said he is entitled to a lighter sentence just like that recently given to former CIA Director David Petraeus, according to media reports.
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