29 May 2015 Military News
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 29 May 2015 [PDF]
- Airstrikes Deny ISIL Forces Tactical Advantages AFPS 29 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.
- Afghan forces kill some 80 Taliban militants Press TV 29 May 2015 -- Afghan security forces have killed nearly 80 Taliban militants and injured over 90 others during security operations in troubled northern Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD Announces Comprehensive Review of DoD Laboratory Procedures, Processes, and Protocols Associated With Inactivating Spore-Forming Anthrax DoD 29 May 2015 -- After consulting with Secretary Carter, Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work ordered today a comprehensive review of DoD laboratory procedures, processes, and protocols associated with inactivating spore-forming anthrax.
- French air force visit strengthens partnership AFNS 29 May 2015 -- Since its standup in 2009, Air Force Global Strike Command has worked to build and maintain a strong relationship with its allies in the French air forces.
- Odierno: Army End Strength Issue Still Unsettled AFPS 29 May 2015 -- When the Army's chief of staff retires this August, one thing he'll be leaving for his successor is the unfinished business of how big the Army will be and how it will be appropriated, he told the Defense Writers Group yesterday.
- USS Topeka Arrives in Guam NNS 29 May 2015 -- The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) arrived at its new homeport of U.S. Naval Base Guam May 29.
- Spain agrees to permanently host US military base Press TV 29 May 2015 -- Spain says it has approved an agreement authorizing the permanent military presence of the United Sates at a southern Spanish base for deployment on missions to Africa.
- US to Form Permanent Military Base in Spain for African Missions Sputnik 29 May 2015 -- US have pledged to pay Spain 26 million euros to allow US to form a permanent military base at Moron de la Frontera near Seville.
- Baltic states mull missile system against Russia Press TV 29 May 2015 -- The three Northern European countries on the Baltic Sea are considering the deployment of a joint air defense system in response to what they describe as security concerns over Russia's activities in the region.
- NATO Secretary General describes missile defence as transatlantic teamwork on visit to the USS Carney NATO 29 May 2015 -- Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg commended the key US contribution to NATO's missile defence capability in a visit to the USS Carney, an Aegis destroyer, at Naval Station Mayport in Florida on Friday (29 May 2015). The destroyer will set sail to Rota, Spain, in September to be part of the Alliance's ballistic missile defence system alongside three sister ships.
- Russia Bashes NATO Chief's Statements 'Aimed at American Audience' Sputnik 29 May 2015 -- The statements made by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during his visit to Washington contradict declared intentions to improve relations with Moscow in order to ensure global security, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday.
- Russia Will Respond to NATO's Missile Defense Buildup in Europe – General Sputnik 29 May 2015 -- Russia will adequately respond to what it sees as an "unrestrained expansion" of NATO's missile defenses, a top defense ministry official said on Friday.
- Russia concerned over upcoming missile defense drills involving US TASS 29 May 2015 -- Russia's Defense Ministry has voiced concerns over the At Sea Demonstration-2015 exercises planned for this autumn that will involve the US and will simulate interception of Russian ballistic missiles.
- Supersonic Tu-160 Strategic Bomber to Increase Russia's Military Capability Sputnik 29 May 2015 -- Russia will considerably increase its arsenal of Tupolev Tu-160 ('White Swan') heavy strategic bombers, unique machines, able to attack its targets at high speeds, US journalist Zachary Keck pointed out.
- Russia Completes 2014 State Arms Procurement by 97% - Deputy Minister Sputnik 29 May 2015 -- Russia's 2014 state arms procurement program is 97 percent complete with the remainder to be fulfilled in the third and fourth quarters of 2015, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said Friday.
- Russian defense minister sets more complicated tasks for military snap check TASS 29 May 2015 -- Paratroopers and special force units that have been alerted on Friday will seize hypothetical enemy's aerodromes within a combat readiness check of the Air Force and air defense units of the Central Military District, the Russian Defense Ministry press service reported.
- Russian Defense Ministry slams NATO's allegations concerning military snap check in Russia TASS 29 May 2015 -- Russian Defense Ministry has come up with a comment on NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's allegation that Russia is using the snap exercise underway at the moment to cover up redeployment of troops to Ukraine.
- Kyrgyz-Russian military drills to enter active phase June 2 TASS 29 May 2015 -- The active phase of the Russian-Kyrgyz maneuvers that are underway in Kyrgyzstan will begin on June 2, the press service of the Russian Air Force Base in Kant (Kyrgyzstan's Chui Province) told TASS on Friday. The base's equipment and personnel are also engaged in the exercise.
- India Test Fires Harpoon Missile From Fighter Jet for First Time Sputnik 29 May 2015 -- The Harpoon missile built by Boeing was launched by the Indian Air Force from a fighter plane at a pre-designated target.
- United Arab Emirates (UAE) - Guided Bomb Units (GBU-31s and GBU-12s) DSCA 29 May 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for Guided Bomb Units (GBU-31s and GBU-12s) and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $130 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Press Briefing by the Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 5/29/15 The White House 29 May 2015
- May 29, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 29 May 2015
- 29 May 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 29 May 2015
- No Chinese Weapons on Reclaimed Island in South China Sea - Beijing Sputnik 29 May 2015 -- China denied any knowledge of weapons it allegedly placed on a reclaimed island in the South China Sea, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said in Beijing on Friday.
- China exercises 'maximum restraint' on South China Sea issues People's Daily 29 May 2015 -- While China has a firm resolve to defend the country's national sovereignty, maritime rights and interests, it advocates solving disputes through negotiation and maintains 'maximum restraint', military experts told People's Daily Online in a discussion on the White Paper about China's military strategy.
- No one tells us what to do, Beijing says People's Daily 29 May 2015 -- Beijing has hit back at US criticism of its land reclamation operations around the Nansha Islands in the South China Sea, saying, 'No one has the right to instruct China on what to do.'
- U.S. unwise to set up enemies through military drills People's Daily 29 May 2015 -- Recently the U.S. has conducted an intensive series of exercises with various countries that have attracted the world's attention and triggered discussion about the real intention behind its high-profile actions. Some experts believe U.S. attempts to involve China and Russia in military competition and that may backfire, as it finds itself trapped in a vicious circle of military expansion.
- America's irresponsible actions detrimental to stability of the South China Sea People's Daily 29 May 2015 -- The United States has been aggravating the situation in the South China Sea recently through a series of irresponsible actions which have interfered with regional stability.
- US surveillance of Chinese artificial islands shows weaponary: Report Press TV 29 May 2015 -- The United States says its surveillance of China's artificial islands indicates that Beijing has positioned weaponry on one of the islands it has built in the South China Sea, according to a new report.
- Yemen Ansarullah fighters make fresh gains in Aden Press TV 29 May 2015 -- Yemen's Ansarullah fighters, backed by allied army units, have made fresh gains in the southern Yemeni city of Aden.
- Yemenis Adjust to Life Under Houthi Rule VOA 29 May 2015 -- At a café in the capital, Sana'a, the day after 80 people were killed in the bloodiest day of the Yemen conflict so far, there are no lights, no waiters and no food.
- At debate, UN and Security Council renew pledge to counter foreign terrorist fighters UN News 29 May 2015 -- The increasing number of foreign terrorist fighters populating the front-lines of the world's conflict zones is cause for deepening concern and requires the international community's bolstered efforts to combat the scourge, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today as the Security Council renewed its resolve in addressing this growing threat to international peace and security.
- Experts: IS Skilled at Gathering Intelligence, Adjusting Tactics VOA 29 May 2015 -- While U.S. and coalition partners pluck intelligence on Islamic State extremists from the militants' communications or movements and then bomb them from the air, the militant group is gathering its own intelligence from city streets and preparing the ground for its next battlefield moves.
- Thousands Fleeing Ramadi Are Stuck at Baghdad Checkpoint VOA 29 May 2015 -- The United Nations refugee agency reports thousands of Iraqis who have fled the bloody takeover of Ramadi by so-called Islamic State militants are stuck at checkpoints in Anbar province and barred from entering the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. The UNHCR is appealing to Iraqi authorities to ease restrictions.
- UN says 85,000 Iraqis have fled ISIL violence in Ramadi Press TV 29 May 2015 -- About 85,000 people have fled the Iraqi city of Ramadi since mid-May, when Takfiri ISIL terrorists seized the capital of the western province of Anbar, the UN says.
- Iraq's latest gains over ISIL herald more: Cmdr. Press TV 29 May 2015 -- The secretary general of Iraq's Asaib Ahl al-Haq volunteer forces says the recent army victories against the ISIL in the northern province of Salahuddin herald the liberation of more neighboring areas from the Takfiri terrorists, Press TV reports.
- UN 'deeply concerned' by desperate situation facing thousands of Iraqis fleeing Ramadi UN News 29 May 2015 -- Some 85,000 Iraqis have fled fighting in the central city of Ramadi but as temperatures in the region soar, thousands more still on the move are facing obstacles in reaching safety such as lack of proper shelter and "onerous requirements" for documentation, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.
- Libya: UN envoy hopes new draft of political deal can be agreed within four weeks UN News 29 May 2015 -- Libya is on the verge of economic collapse amid ongoing violence, political infighting and efforts by terrorists to "build strong bases" throughout the country, the envoy facilitating the United Nations efforts to restore peace there said as he briefed journalists on meetings held in Brussels discussing the situation in the North African country and efforts towards a political transition.
- Thousands flee violent upsurge in northern Mali IRIN 29 May 2015 -- A spike in violence in northern Mali has driven the number of people displaced in the country above 100,000, many of them urgently needing food, water and shelter as time runs out before the rainy season begins.
- Ramping up northern Mali relief efforts, UN refugee aims to assist thousands newly displaced by violence UN News 29 May 2015 -- Across northern Mali, a flare-up in clashes between armed groups has spurred a renewed exodus of people fleeing the violence and their homes, the United Nations refugee agency said today, reporting difficulties in reaching the beleaguered populations with critical humanitarian aid.
- N. Mali Fighting Displaces Tens of Thousands VOA 29 May 2015 -- Tens of thousands of people are fleeing their homes in northern Mali as clashes escalate between pro- and anti-government armed groups. The U.N. refugee agency reports many of the newly displaced have seen their houses looted and burned and their shops and livestock pillaged.
- South Sudan: UN officials call for international engagement to de-escalate country's conflict UN News 29 May 2015 -- As South Sudan's civil conflict continues to escalate, three senior United Nations officials have urged all stakeholders in the country to reach a sustainable solution to the crisis through inclusive dialogue and foster a lasting peace based on accountability and reconciliation.
- DRC Asks US for New Great Lakes Envoy VOA 29 May 2015 -- Lawmakers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have called on the U.S. to name a new envoy to the Great Lakes region, to replace the retired Russ Feingold.
- Donbass Military Operation Costs Kiev $5-7 Million a Day - Yatsenyuk Sputnik 29 May 2015 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk also said that Germany decided to unveil a €500 million loan for Kiev to modernize the country's energy system and to restore the Donbass region.
- US Takes Cuba Off Terrorism List VOA 29 May 2015 -- The United States on Friday dropped Cuba from a blacklist designating the communist country as a state sponsor of terrorism in another step toward the resumption of diplomatic links between the two nations after a five-decade standoff.
- Rescission of Cuba as a State Sponsor of Terrorism US Dept. of State 29 May 201
- UN envoy urges restraint among all Burundian parties; heads to region for weekend summit on crisis UN News 29 May 2015 -- The United Nations Special Envoy for Burundi today travelled to Tanzania where he hopes an East African community summit over the weekend will help reinforce dialogue among the Burundian parties amid concerns raised by UN agencies that the current political instability and violence puts children at risk and could lead to a humanitarian crisis.
- Burundi's Political Crisis May Become Humanitarian One VOA 29 May 2015 -- Conditions in Burundi continue to deteriorate as violent demonstrations lead to more deaths, injuries and displacement, United Nations aid agencies say, warning the political crisis could become a humanitarian one.
- Nigeria's Buhari Sworn In as President VOA 29 May 2015 -- Amid tough times and high hopes for change in Africa's most populous nation, Nigeria's new president Muhammadu Buhari took the oath of office on Friday in the capital Abuja.
- Obama Steps Up Pressure for Renewal of Surveillance Measures VOA 29 May 2015 -- President Barack Obama is stepping up pressure on the U.S. Senate, which appears set for a political showdown Sunday when it meets only hours before some key surveillance powers of the National Security Agency are set to expire.
- Hard Transition Imperils Tunisia's Arab Spring VOA 29 May 2015 -- Tunisia remains the one hopeful story to come out of the Arab Spring, the only country in the region that overthrew a dictator and emerged a democracy.
- Iran not to discuss military sites access with P5+1: Araqchi Press TV 29 May 2015 -- A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator has reaffirmed that inspections of Iran's military sites and interviews with Iranian nuclear scientists will not be on the agenda of the Islamic Republic's nuclear talks with the P5+1 states.
- Kim Jong Un's Sister Reemerges Amid Childbirth Rumor Sputnik 29 May 2015 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister, who was believed to be pregnant, reappeared in public after fifty days' absence, local media reported Friday, reinforcing speculation that she might have given birth earlier this month.
- N Korea Military Hackers Could Launch Deadly Attacks – Prominent Dissident Sputnik 29 May 2015 -- North Korean military hackers are capable of attacks on power plants and banks, and could severely destroy infrastructure, as well as kill people, a prominent North Korean defector and rights activist said Friday.
- Hong Kong CEO Tries to Shift Focus from Election Reform VOA 29 May 2015 -- Hong Kong's government could vote as early as next month on a controversial electoral reform plan that was the subject of mass demonstrations late last year.
- Islamic State Claims Saudi Mosque Blast VOA 29 May 2015 -- At least four people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.
- Russian Rights Activists Slam Putin's Crackdown on NGOs VOA 29 May 2015 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed into law a bill giving prosecutors the power to declare foreign and international organizations 'undesirable' in Russia, shut them down, and punish any Russian citizens involved. Supporters say the legislation is to prevent threats to Russia's constitutional order, defense, or state security.
- Saakashvili Confirmed As Governor Of Ukraine's Odesa Region RFE/RL 29 May 2015 -- Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has been appointed governor of Ukraine's southwestern Odesa region, a move that could exacerbate tensions between Kyiv and Moscow amid Ukraine's shaky cease-fire with Russian-backed separatists.
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