17 May 2015 Military News
- Airstrikes Target ISIL Tactical Units, Staging Areas AFPS 17 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 today.
- US raid inside eastern Syria kills 32 ISIL terrorists Press TV 17 May 2015 -- A US raid in eastern Syria has killed 32 members of the ISIL terrorist group, including four of its leaders, sources say.
- Taliban Attacks Disrupt Progress in Afghan Pakistan Relations VOA 17 May 2015 -- Just when the peace prospects between Pakistan and Afghanistan seemed to be improving, the Taliban carried out attacks that sent a strong signal about the pitfalls in the way of lasting peace in the region. In his visit to Kabul last week, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif denounced the Taliban's activities in Afghanistan and said the country's enemies could not be Pakistan's friends.
- U.S. Airlift Delivers Aid to People of Nepal AFPS 17 May 2015 -- Joint Task Force 505 continues its commitment to Nepal by conducting humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations, JTF 505 officials said today.
- Marines Killed in Nepal Helo Crash Identified, Recovered AFPS 17 May 2015 -- Joint Task Force 505 officials today identified the six U.S. Marines who were killed along with two Nepalese soldiers when their UH-1Y Huey helicopter went down in the mountains of Nepal May 12.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Blue Ridge Concludes Patrol, Completes Key Damage Control Certification NNS 17 May 2015 -- The U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, May 17, wrapping up a 35-day patrol and the successful completion of the Mobility Damage Control Warfare (MOB-D) assessment.
- US Actions May Prompt Russia to Consider Increasing Nuclear Arsenal Sputnik 17 May 2015 -- Mikhail Ulyanov, the Director of the Department for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control at the Russian Foreign Ministry, warned that US measures undermining global strategic stability may force Russia to grow its nuclear arsenal instead of carrying out further disarmament.
- Saudi Arabia to purchase nuclear arms from Pakistan: US Official Press TV 17 May 2015 -- Saudi Arabia has made a "strategic decision" to purchase "off-the-shelf" nuclear weapons from Pakistan, a US official says.
- Britain's Nuclear Deterrent is 'Disaster Waiting to Happen' – Whistleblower Sputnik 17 May 2015 -- The Royal Navy has begun an investigation into a devastating report by Navy whistleblower William McNeilly, who stated that he has witnessed a host of safety violations and security lapses in the course of his training with the Trident program.
- Tehran raps as "contradictory" US-Arab Camp David statement ISNA 17 May 2015 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman has denounced as "contradictory" a recent statement released by the United States and the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council at Camp David.
- Russia, China kick off Mediterranean naval war games Press TV 17 May 2015 -- Russia and China have kicked off joint war games under the name of "Sea Cooperation – 2015" in the Mediterranean Sea, Russian Defense Ministry says.
- CSTO Rapid Reaction Forces Carry Out Military Exercises in Tajikistan Sputnik 17 May 2015 -- CSTO holds military exercises of its rapid reaction forces on Sunday in Tajikistan.
- Saudi Arabia keeps bombarding Yemen despite truce Press TV 17 May 2015 -- Saudi Arabia has bombarded areas across Yemen as a five-day humanitarian ceasefire announced by Riyadh approaches its end.
- Displaced Yemeni President Hadi Believes Houthi Rebels to Be Defeated Soon Sputnik 17 May 2015 -- Displaced Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi said he is sure that the Houthi rebels will be defeated in the near future.
- Saudi-led Airstrikes Resume as Yemen Cease-Fire Ends VOA 17 May 2015 -- The Saudi-led coalition has resumed airstrikes against Shi'ite rebels in Yemen after the end of a five-day humanitarian cease-fire.
- Iraq's Ramadi 'falls' to ISIL Takfiris Press TV 17 May 2015 -- ISIL Takfiri terrorists have managed to bring under their full control the central Iraqi city of Ramadi, the provincial capital of al-Anbar.
- About 500 killed in Iraq's Ramadi in 2 days: Officials Press TV 17 May 2015 -- About 500 people have been killed in two days of fighting in the central Iraqi city of Ramadi before ISIL terrorists retreated from the troubled city, Iraqi officials say.
- Iraq's Ramadi Falls To Islamic State Group RFE/RL 17 May 2015 -- The Islamic State (IS) militant group has overrun Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's western Anbar province, chasing the Iraqi forces out of the city despite the support of U.S.-led air strikes targeting the IS positions.
- ISIL Militants Execute Over 500 People in Iraqi Ramadi – Official Sputnik 17 May 2015 -- Islamic State (ISIL) seized the major and the most important part of Ramadi, and executed 503 civilians, according to Vice-Chairman of Anbar Provincial Council Faleh Issawi.
- Islamic State Claims to Seize Ramadi VOA 17 May 2015 -- The Islamic State group on Sunday claimed to have seized the Iraqi provincial capital of Ramadi, giving the militants their largest victory this year after days of intense clashes.
- Nearly 300 killed near Palmyra as Syrian forces repel ISIL raid: Report Press TV 17 May 2015 -- Nearly 300 people have been killed near the ancient city of Palmyra in the central Homs Province since several days ago when Syrian troops staged a fierce resistance against a major offensive by ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
- Syria troops drive ISIL out of ancient city Press TV 17 May 2015 -- Syrian government troops have pushed the ISIL terrorists back from the remains of Syria's ancient city of Palmyra in the western province of Homs.
- Some 300 Killed in Fight for Palmyra Between ISIL and Syria Gov't Forces Sputnik 17 May 2015 -- About 300 people were killed in the clashes between the Syrian government's forces and the Islamic State jihadist group's (ISIL) near the ancient city of Palmyra, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
- Syrian Air Force Targets ISIL Positions Near Palmyra Sputnik 17 May 2015 -- Syrian Air Force fighter jets hit Islamic State (ISIL) targets close to the ancient city of Palmyra, Al Mayadeen reported Sunday.
- Chinese military leader urges U.S. to honor commitment on South China Sea People's Daily 17 May 2015 -- A Chinese military leader stressed China's unswerving determination to safeguard territorial integrity and urged the United States to honor its promises of not taking sides on the South China Sea issue.
- US, China clash over building projects in disputed areas Press TV 17 May 2015 -- The United States and China have clashed over Beijing's construction projects in disputed parts of the South China Sea.
- Nigerian Army Says Destroyed 10 Boko Haram Camps Sputnik 17 May 2015 -- Nigerian troops overran 10 Boko Haram camps in the Sambisa Forest, killing an 'unconfirmed' number of militants, the country's Defense Headquarters said in a statement.
- U.S., EU Slam Morsi Death Sentence RFE/RL 17 May 2015 -- The United States has expressed 'deep concern' about a death sentence issued by an Egyptian court against deposed Islamist president Muhammad Morsi and more than 100 others for their role in a mass jailbreak during the 2011 uprising.
- US 'Deeply Concerned' Over Morsi Death Sentence VOA 17 May 2015 -- The United States says it is 'deeply concerned' about the death sentences handed down to former President Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other defendants for a 2011 mass prison break.
- Tens Of Thousands Gather For Antigovernment Rally In Macedonia RFE/RL 17 May 2015 -- Tens of thousands of demonstrators attended an antigovernment rally in Macedonia's capital, Skopje, on May 17, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.
- Burundi President Makes First Appearance Since Failed Coup VOA 17 May 2015 -- Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has made his first public appearance since a coup attempt last week.
- Military threats endanger Iran-P5+1 nuclear talks: Velayati Press TV 17 May 2015 -- A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says military threats against Iran will endanger the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries.
- Kerry in Seoul for Talks With S. Korean Leaders VOA 17 May 2015 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in South Korea to discuss global, regional and bilateral issues with President Park Geun-hye and Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se.
- Remarks Before Meeting With Chinese President Xi Jinping US Dept. of State 17 May 2015
- US Senate Faces Deadline on Domestic Surveillance VOA 17 May 2015 -- The future scope of the U.S. government's domestic surveillance activities could be decided this week as Congress works to reauthorize soon-to-expire anti-terrorism efforts while reforming a controversial data collection program.
- German Intelligence Services Helped CIA in Search for bin Laden Sputnik 17 May 2015 -- Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) provided the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with important help in the search for slain al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, local media reported.
- Malaysia Launches New Effort to Resolve Boat Refugee Crisis VOA 17 May 2015 -- Malaysia launched new talks with its neighbors Sunday to try to resolve the deepening crisis of refugees stranded in Southeast Asia's waters on boats that no nation appears willing to let come ashore.
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