05 May 2015 Military News
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 05 May 2015 [PDF]
- ISIL Tactical Units, Fighting Positions Destroyed in Airstrikes AFPS 05 May 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.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on New Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff DoD 05 May 2015
- Obama Nominates Joe Dunford as Chairman of Joint Chiefs VOA 05 May 2015 -- President Barack Obama has nominated Marine General Joseph Dunford, Jr. as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Emerald Warrior-15 a complete success AFNS 05 May 2015 -- More than 2,100 members participated in Emerald Warrior, an annual Air Force Special Operations Command two-week joint service, interagency and partner nation exercise that concluded here May 1.
- U.S. Marines work with British, Canadian forces USMC News 05 May 2015 -- The Marines and Sailors of 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, kicked off Exercise Maple Resolve 2015 with the Canadian Armed Forces at the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Center, Camp Wainwright, Alberta, May 2, 2015.
- Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group Conducts PMINT NNS 05 May 2015 -- Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4 and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) began PHIBRON-MEU Integrated Training (PMINT) May 4 off the northeast coast of the United States.
- USS Shiloh Arrives in Busan to Enhance Relationships with Republic of Korea NNS 05 May 2015 -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea, for a port visit, May 4.
- Final Flight of the East Coast P-3C Orion NNS 05 May 2015 -- The Patrol Squadron (VP) 26 'Tridents,' based out of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, are currently conducting missions in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. This is the Navy's final active duty deployment of the P-3C Orion aircraft from the East Coast.
- Team Carl Vinson Reaches 10,000th Launch, Recovery Milestone NNS 05 May 2015 -- The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 recently launched and recovered the 10,000th aircraft of the current deployment.
- Several NATO members, Sweden stage military drills in Europe Press TV 05 May 2015 -- A number of NATO members and Sweden have launched large-scale military drills in Europe amid ongoing tensions with Russia.
- Balts Say Russian Navy Bullying Undersea Cable Crews RFE/RL 05 May 2015 -- Workers laying a cable beneath the Baltic Sea are on the front line in Lithuania's struggle for energy independence from Moscow.
- Russia to adjust national security strategy due to Ukrainian crisis, other threats TASS 05 May 2015 -- Russia's Security Council has taken a decision to adjust the national security strategy till 2020 and the doctrine of Russia's information security, Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev said in a feature article to be published in Wednesday's issue of the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.
- Russian Northern Fleet confirms combat capability - defense minister TASS 05 May 2015 -- The newly formed Strategic Command of Russia's Northern Fleet during the winter training period has confirmed its combat capability, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Tuesday.
- Russian army conducted nearly 900 exercises in winter training period - defense minister TASS 05 May 2015 -- The Russian Armed Forces conducted 886 exercises of different level during the winter training period, including 260 multiservice force drills, fulfilling all the planned tasks, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Tuesday.
- Canadian Frigate Joins NATO Anti-Submarine Warfare Drills in North Sea Sputnik 05 May 2015 -- The Canadian Department of National Defense announced that her Majesty's Canadian Ship Fredericton joined the annual NATO anti-submarine training exercises in the North Sea.
- Canada's Navy Modernization Ends Up a Costly Drawn-Out Nightmare Sputnik 05 May 2015 -- In the ever amplifying race for domination of the world's oceans, the Canadian government had set aside a small fortune to upgrade its navy. But after a series of snags, Ottawa may be forced to pay an even larger sum on even fewer ships.
- Two Chinese Naval Ships Enter Black Sea Heading to Novorossiysk Sputnik 05 May 2015 -- The purpose of entry of the ships into the Black Sea waters is still unknown, as there are no reports of previous visits of the Chinese ships.
- China Develops Fourth-Generation Nuclear Sub Sputnik 05 May 2015 -- China completed the development of its fourth-generation nuclear submarine, media reports said late last week.
- Iran Army to promote air defense radar network ISNA 05 May 2015 -- Iran plans to add 23 mm cannons to the radar network of air defense of the Army Ground Force, said an Iranian Army Ground Force Commander general Hesameddin Abbaspour.
- Iran warns off US destroyer, spy planes in Gulf of Aden Press TV 05 May 2015 -- An Iranian destroyer has warned off a US warship and a couple of reconnaissance aircraft in the strategic Gulf of Aden.
- Iran strongly defends territorial, high seas: Commander Press TV 05 May 2015 -- Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the Islamic Republic's naval forces strongly defend both the country's territorial waters and the high seas.
- Turkey to End Import Dependence of Defense Industry by 2023 - Erdogan Sputnik 05 May 2015 -- Turkey is going to completely abandon the import of defense industry products in 2023, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the opening ceremony on Tuesday of IDEF 2015, the 12th International Defense Industry Fair, in Istanbul.
- Supplies of Antey-2500 missiles to Turkey fully within its powers to decide TASS 05 May 2015 -- Possible supplies of the Antey-2500 antiaircraft missile systems to Turkey stay fully within the latter country's powers to decide, Anatoly Aksyonov who chairs a delegation of the Russian state weaponry exporting corporation to the 12th international defence industry fair IDEF'15 told TASS.
- UK Royal Air Force Set to Guard Baltic Airspace Sputnik 05 May 2015 -- British crews substituted their Spanish counterparts and are also expected to take part in ongoing military drills in Estonia.
- Japan - V-22B Block C Osprey Aircraft DSCA 05 May 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan for V-22B Block C Osprey aircraft and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $3 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale
- Iraq - Ammunition DSCA 05 May 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for Ammunition and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $395 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.
- Jordan - UH-60M VIP Blackhawk Helicopter DSCA 05 May 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Jordan for a UH-60M VIP Blackhawk helicopter and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $21 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.
- Indonesia - AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Missiles DSCA 05 May 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Indonesia for AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $47 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.
- Malaysia - AIM-120C7 AMRAAM Missiles DSCA 05 May 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Malaysia for AIM-120C7 AMRAAM Missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $21 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.
- May 5, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 05 May 2015
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 5/5/2015 The White House 05 May 2015
- DoD News: Contracts for May 05, 2015e
- Russian Arms Exporter Plans to Expand Deliveries to Turkey Sputnik 05 May 2015 -- Russian-Turkish technological cooperation will continue in joint projects to include short-range missile defense systems, tactical digital communications, orbital space systems, as well as various military and marine equipment.
- Russian arms exporter to present T-90S tank, Night Hunter copter at Turkey defense fair TASS 05 May 2015 -- Russia's main arms exporter Rosoboronexport will present at the International Defense Industry Fair IDEF-2015 in Turkey about 20 samples of Russian defense products, including the T-90S tank and Mi-28NE combat helicopter, head of Rosoboronexport's delegation Anatoly Aksyonov told TASS in an interview on Tuesday.
- 5 May 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 05 May 2015
- US Top Diplomat Heads to Saudi Arabia as Yemen Deteriorates VOA 05 May 2015 -- In the first few weeks of the Saudi offensive, Ghaida'a Motahar, a wife and the mother of a 4-month-old son, tried to get used to the bombings in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a. But it late April, a Houthi military base was bombed near her house.
- Yemen conflict death toll nears 650, with UN rights office spotlighting plight of 3 million disabled UN News 05 May 2015 -- The conflict in Yemen has now taken at least 646 civilian lives and injured more than 1,300 others, according to UN human rights monitors who also drew attention today to the desperate plight of persons with disabilities who are facing increasing difficulties in meeting their basic needs.
- French pres. voices support for Saudi war on Yemen Press TV 05 May 2015 -- French President Francois Hollande has expressed support for Saudi Arabia's brutal military aggression against Yemen a day after Paris sold 6.3-billion-euro (USD-seven-billion) worth of fighter jets to Qatar.
- Fuel shortage leads to Yemen hospital shutdowns IRIN 05 May 2015 -- For a doctor in the middle of a warzone, Hamoud al-Jehafi has spent very little time in recent days dealing with patients.
- Yemenis inspired by Iran revolution: IRGC cmdr. ISNA 05 May 2015 -- Senior Iranian commander lauded the Yemeni people's resistance against hegemonic powers, saying Yemen's revolutionary move has been inspired by Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.
- 45 militants killed in clashes between Iraq army, ISIL in Salahuddin Press TV 05 May 2015 -- Clashes between Iraq's army and the ISIL Takfiri militants continue unabated in northern Salahuddin province with Iraqi air force killing at least 45 militants.
- UN envoy announces start of talks aimed at achieving return to political track on Syria UN News 05 May 2015 -- A series of consultations that began today in Geneva aim to redouble international efforts in search of a political process to resolve the conflict in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, told journalists today.
- UNICEF brings aid to displaced Yarmouk families in previously inaccessible Damascus suburb UN News 05 May 2015 -- The United Nations children's agency participated in two missions this week to provide humanitarian assistance to families recently displaced from Yarmouk camp, the spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.
- Hezbollah, Nusra Square Up for Rematch VOA 05 May 2015 -- Following recent gains in the north of the country, Syrian rebels and their allies are preparing for a new offensive further south against President Bashar al-Assad's ally Hezbollah, the Lebanese radical Shi'ite movement, for control of a strategic region on the border with Lebanon.
- China urges Philippines to stop provocation on sea disputes People's Daily 05 May 2015 -- China on Monday urged the Philippines to stop 'malicious hyping and provocation' on territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
- China Slams Philippines for 'Illegal Construction' in South China Sea Sputnik 05 May 2015 -- China's territorial claims to the Spratly Islands, which are believed to be rich in oil and gas reserves, run counter to those of the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei and Vietnam.
- One killed, 4 injured in new clashes in east Ukraine Press TV 05 May 2015 -- Fresh clashes in Ukraine's volatile eastern region have left a volunteer pro-government fighter dead.
- CAR Militias Agree to Free Child Soldiers VOA 05 May 2015 -- The U.N. Children's Fund reports leaders of armed groups in the Central African Republic have agreed to release all child soldiers under their control and to end future recruitment.
- Kerry Makes Historic Trip to Somalia in Show of Support VOA 05 May 2015 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made a surprise visit to Somalia on Tuesday to show support for the war-torn country and its efforts to restore normalcy after more than 20 years of chaos.
- Remarks in Mogadishu, Somalia US Dept. of State 05 May 2015
- More funding needed to tackle 'massive' humanitarian needs in Sudan - UN relief official UN News 05 May 2015 -- The international humanitarian community in Sudan has appealed for more funds to respond to the "massive" needs in the country that has been long-affected by conflict and poverty, a senior United Nations relief official said today.
- Senior UN relief official urges international assistance as Niger and Chad shoulder regional crisis UN News 05 May 2015 -- Beset by multiple crises themselves, Niger and Chad are making heroic efforts to cope with the impact of the turmoil swirling around them, but the international community is failing in its responsibility to share the burden, a senior official for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today.
- UNICEF and EU begin airlift of 80 metric tonnes of humanitarian supplies to quake-hit Nepal UN News 05 May 2015 -- Humanitarian supplies to meet the emergency needs of some of the 1.7 million children affected by the April 25 earthquake in Nepal are being airlifted in to the capital, Kathmandu, as the United Nations children's agency works with the European Union (EU) to provide much needed relief from the effects of the disaster.
- Iran says won't be making any special concession in nuclear talks Press TV 05 May 2015 -- A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator says international inspections of the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities are not an "extraordinary" issue, adding that Iran will be offering no "special concession" in the nuclear talks with the P5+1 group of countries.
- Araqchi: Sanctions should be lifted on day of agreement IRNA 05 May 2015 -- Senior member of the Iranian nuclear negotiations team Abbas Araqchi said sanctions against Iran should be lifted on the very day on which the final agreement is to be implemented.
- French lawmakers approve controversial bill on surveillance powers Press TV 05 May 2015 -- Lawmakers in France have unanimously approved a controversial bill that, if endorsed by the upper house, will provide the government with sweeping surveillance powers on the citizens.
- US: Too Early to Say IS Was Behind Texas Attack VOA 05 May 2015 -- The United States is not ready to credit the Islamic State terror group with carrying out Sunday's attack on a convention center outside Dallas, Texas.
- Gunman In Texas Muhammad Shooting Well-Known To FBI RFE/RL 05 May 2015 -- The U.S. government extensively investigated a gunman who opened fire at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas, and prosecuted him in 2010 for lying about his intent to carry out Islamic extremist attacks, authorities said May 4.
- IS Claims Responsibility in Texas Shooting VOA 05 May 2015 -- The Islamic State militant group is claiming responsibility for Sunday's attack on a convention center outside Dallas, Texas, where a contest for cartoons depicting Islam's Prophet Muhammad was taking place.
- Security Council hears Liberia briefing as country anticipates being declared 'Ebola-free' UN News 05 May 2015 -- Liberia is expected to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) within the week if no more new cases of the disease are discovered before then, the top United Nations official in Liberia said today as she briefed the Security Council.
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