24 May 2015 Military News
- Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 24 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.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus Names Virginia-Class Submarine USS New Jersey DoD 24 May 2015 -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony today in Jersey City, New Jersey, to announce that SSN 796, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS New Jersey.
- 'Zero to Full Speed': Carrier Air Wing 5, George Washington Completes Carrier Qualifications NNS 24 May 2015 -- Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) completed its carrier qualifications (CQ), May 23.
- Team Vinson Departs U.S. 7th Fleet NNS 24 May 2015 -- Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group with embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 departed the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations (AOR) after supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, May 23.
- Amid Russia tensions, US nuclear bombers to conduct military drills in Sweden Press TV 24 May 2015 -- The Pentagon is planning to send nuclear bombers to Sweden for a military exercise next month amid growing tensions with Russia over the Ukraine crisis.
- Russia's New Armata Tank Hard to Rival - Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sputnik 24 May 2015 -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that foreign countries lag behind Russia in terms of advanced tank-building technology by some 15-20 years.
- UN peace talks on Yemen postponed Press TV 24 May 2015 -- A United Nations conference aimed at restarting peace talks in Yemen has been postponed as Saudi Arabia's war on the impoverished country goes on.
- Saudi warplane downed by Yemeni army NE of Sa'ada Press TV 24 May 2015 -- Yemeni army has shot down a Saudi warplane northeast of the northern city of Sa'ada, as Al Saud regime continues its aerial attacks against its southern neighbor unabated.
- Yemeni forces hit Saudi Arabia with rockets Press TV 24 May 2015 -- Yemeni forces have targeted Saudi areas across the border with Yemen, injuring at least seven Saudis.
- Carter: Iraqi Forces Failed to Fight for Ramadi AFPS 24 May 2015 -- Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant extremists took control of Ramadi last week when Iraqi forces failed to fight for the city and instead withdrew, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an interview broadcast on CNN's "State of the Union" program this morning.
- US Officials Criticize Iraqi Troops After Fall of Ramadi VOA 24 May 2015 -- Senior U.S. officials on Sunday questioned the will of Iraqi forces in the ongoing battle against Islamic State militants, drawing a sharp response from Baghdad and fresh criticism in Washington about President Barack Obama's strategy to defeat the group.
- US defense secretary blames Iraqi military for fall of Ramadi Press TV 24 May 2015 -- US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has blamed the Iraqi military for the fall of the city of Ramadi, saying that Iraqi forces had no will to fight ISIL.
- Iraqi Security Forces Drive ISIL Out of East Ramadi Sputnik 24 May 2015 -- Iraqi security forces on Saturday regained control over the city of Khalediyah, located to the east of the Anbar province's capital, Ramadi, according to the local police.
- McCain: US must deploy thousands of troops to Iraq Press TV 24 May 2015 -- John McCain, the chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee, says the United States must deploy thousands of troops to Iraq to defeat the ISIL terrorist group, which captured the Iraqi city of Ramadi last week.
- Iraqi Special Forces First to Flee Ramadi VOA 24 May 2015 -- Kurdish commanders say Islamic State extremists were able to capture Ramadi a week ago because elite U.S.-trained Iraqi soldiers abandoned their posts 48 hours before the jihadis launched their final assault on the western Iraqi city. Their retreat left Iraqi units remaining in Ramadi and defending the strategic city dangerously exposed.
- Syrian troops kill 300 militants in Idlib province Press TV 24 May 2015 -- Syrian troops have killed more than 300 foreign-backed militants and injured hundreds of others in a large-scale military operation in the northwestern Idlib province, which broke the nearly month-long siege of the Jisr al-Shughour Hospital.
- ISIL kills 400 civilians in central Palmyra: Syria TV Press TV 24 May 2015 -- The ISIL Takfiri terrorists have massacred 400 civilians, mostly women and children, during their onslaught on the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, Syrian state TV reports.
- South Korea Adds New Conditions To Lifting Sanctions Against North Sputnik 24 May 2015 -- South Korea added a new layer of conditions to the lifting of sanctions after North Korea proposed to investigate the incident which led South Korea to instigate the sanctions.
- Pyongyang Repeats Request for Inter-Korean Probe Into Cheonan Sinking Sputnik 24 May 2015 -- North Korea has reportedly repeated its call for a new joint investigation into the sinking of a South Korean warship in 2010 in an attempt to ward off accusations of its involvement in the incident and prompt Seoul to lift its sanctions.
- Top UN official in South Sudan urges accountability for human rights violations UN News 24 May 2015 -- The United Nations Special Representative for South Sudan, Ellen Margrethe Løj, has urged accountability and justice for those responsible for gross human rights violations committed as a result of South Sudan's continuing fighting.
- Somalia: UN official condemns killing of parliamentarian, reiterates support for political process UN News 24 May 2015 -- The top United Nations official in Somalia has condemned a deadly attack against two Somali Members of Parliament (MP) and reiterated the Organization's support for the country's democratic process.
- Boko Haram Surrounds Havens With Land Mines VOA 24 May 2015 -- Chad and Cameroon say huge numbers of land mines planted by Boko Haram fighters along Cameroon's border with Nigeria are a danger to people, livestock and soldiers. The two countries have deployed specialized units of their military to detect and destroy the mines.
- Burundi: UN chief condemns killing of opposition politician as tensions in country rise UN News 24 May 2015 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of a Burundian politician and his bodyguard in a move that threatens to further destabilize the country amid simmering political tensions and a growing humanitarian crisis.
- Crisis in Macedonia Requires Meaningful and Swift Measures VOA 24 May 2015 -- The political crisis in Macedonia has been a cause of concern for the United States and other international interests. The international community has called on Macedonia's leaders to take concrete measures in support of democracy to end the crisis.
- Ethiopia Ruling Party Expected to Win Big in Sunday Vote VOA 24 May 2015 -- Ethiopians voted in elections Sunday that are expected to give the ruling EPRDF party another five-year hold on power. There were no reports of election-related violence and African Union observers said the voting was 'orderly.'
- Congressional Inaction Could End Controversial Domestic Spying Program VOA 24 May 2015 -- This week, a U.S. spy agency is reportedly winding down its collection of Americans' telephone records after Congress failed to reform or extend the once-secret program that expires June 1.
- No inspection of military sites, interview with nuclear scientists: Araqchi IRNA 24 May 2015 -- Iran's senior nuclear neogitator Abbass Araqchi said on Sunday Iran has reiterated that it will neither allow access to its military sites nor any interview with its nuclear scientists.
- Iran will not allow military sites inspection: Araqchi Press TV 24 May 2015 -- A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator says Tehran will not allow the inspection of its military sites as part of a prospective nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of countries.
- Defiant And Mercurial, Chechnya's Kadyrov Flexes His Muscles RFE/RL 24 May 2015 -- He's told his forces to shoot Russian officers operating in his fiefdom without his permission, accused the U.S. government of complicity in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and blessed the reportedly bigamous marriage of a local police chief to a minor. Such have been the recent exploits of Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed leader of Russia's Chechnya region whose pronouncements and behavior have appeared increasingly mercurial, even for a man already renowned for his flamboyant - and often menacing - public persona.
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