31 May 2015 Military News
- Coalition Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 31 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 33 Taliban militants in mop-up operations Press TV 31 May 2015 -- Afghan security forces have killed more than 30 Taliban militants and wounded several others during clean-up operations across the country over the past 24 hours.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US GMD Anti-Missile Defense System Plagued by Defects, Report Finds Sputnik 31 May 2015 -- Despite being warned about the system's flaws, the Pentagon has pushed ahead with its plans to deploy 44 of its anti-missile interceptors by the end of 2017.
- Navy Statement on USS Ross (DDG 71) Interaction with Russian Aircraft U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet 31 May 2015
- US Navy Reveals Details of Ship's Interaction with Russian Jets Sputnik 31 May 2015 -- The US Navy Sixth Fleet issued a statement which shed some light on Saturday's incident in which, according to a Russian military source, Russian Su-24 jets warned the USS Ross destroyer away from Russian territorial waters.
- NATO Submarine U34 Arrives in Estonia to Support Mission in the Baltic Sea Sputnik 31 May 2015 -- The German submarine U34 has joined the Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO (SNMG2) and Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE (SNMCMG1) in the Baltic Sea to support NATO operations in the area.
- Russian Air Force Chief Praises Ka-52 Attack Helicopter as World's Best Sputnik 31 May 2015 -- The Commander of the Russian Air Force praised the Russian Ka-52 Alligator attack helicopter as the world's best; the comments came during the aerial acrobatics contest "Aviadarts 2015" in the city of Voronezh, in the South-West of Russia.
- Russian Aerospace Defense Forces to Hold 200 Summer Exercises Sputnik 31 May 2015 -- According to Defense Ministry, Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces (ADF) will launch over 200 combat training exercises this summer starting Monday.
- Russia's Admiral Nakhimov Battle Cruiser to Return to Service by 2018 Sputnik 31 May 2015 -- Russia's Admiral Nakhimov nuclear-powered battle cruiser will return to service after being upgraded by 2018, the Russian Navy's Shipbuilding Department's deputy head said Saturday.
- South China Sea Air Defense Zone Hinges on Security Threats - Beijing Sputnik 31 May 2015 -- A decision on establishing China's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in disputed waters of the South China Sea should be based on an assessment of the security situation in the region, according to a senior Chinese military official.
- Senior PLA official meets with counterparts during sidelines of Shangri-La Dialogue People's Daily 31 May 2015 -- Admiral Sun Jianguo, Vice Chief of Staff of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), separately met with Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee Pathick de Rousiers, Chairman of NATO Military Committee Knud Bartels, as well as Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tea Banh on Saturday during the second day of 14th Shangri-La Dialogue.
- India to buy only 36 French Rafale jets, citing high cost Press TV 31 May 2015 -- India says it will purchase only 36 Rafale warplanes from France due to high price tag, dashing France's hopes for a much more lucrative deal.
- Chinese Admiral Calls Island-Building 'Justified, Legitimate, Reasonable' VOA 31 May 2015 -- China has strongly rejected U.S. criticism of its land reclamation activities in the South China Sea.
- China opposes Carter's comments on construction in South China Sea People's Daily 31 May 2015 -- China on Saturday opposed U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter's remarks that China's island-building activities in the South China Seaare undermining security in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Vice FM stresses China is a staunch proponent of peace and stability in the South China Sea People's Daily 31 May 2015 -- China is a staunch proponent of peace and stability in the South China Sea, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said in a signed article on Saturday.
- China defends construction work on disputed islands Press TV 31 May 2015 -- A Chinese military official says his country's ongoing construction work on disputed islands in the South China Sea has defense purposes and is meant to enhance China's capabilities toward meeting its international obligations, including those regarding environmental issues.
- Saudi forces flee base amid Yemeni retaliation Press TV 31 May 2015 -- The Yemeni army, backed by fighters from the Popular Committees, has targeted a Saudi military base near the border between the two countries in a retaliatory attack, forcing the Saudi soldiers to flee the area.
- Saudis still using cluster bombs against Yemen: HRW Press TV 31 May 2015 -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) says evidence shows Saudi Arabia has been pounding neighboring Yemen with internationally banned cluster bombs, warning that such attacks are "harming civilians."
- PM: Iraq lost 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles to ISIL Press TV 31 May 2015 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has acknowledged that security forces lost 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles when the ISIL Takfiri group overran the northern city of Mosul.
- Large group of ISIL militants flee Iraq Baiji: Ministry Press TV 31 May 2015 -- A large group of the ISIL Takfiri militants have fled the central parts of the northern Iraqi city of Baiji in the restive Salahuddin Province, Iraq's Defense Ministry says.
- Syria Kurdish fighters drive ISIL militants out of 12 villages Press TV 31 May 2015 -- Kurdish forces have recaptured a dozen villages from the ISIL Takfiri terrorists near the Syrian northern province of Raqqa.
- Syria army thwarts ISIL attack in Hasakah Province Press TV 31 May 2015 -- The Syrian army has repelled an attack by ISIL Takfiri militants on Arab country's military posts in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah.
- Syria: UN envoy condemns death of at least 70 civilians in Aleppo UN News 31 May 2015 -- The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has strongly condemned the death of at least 70 civilians in Syria's northern Aleppo province by barrel bombs dropped from government helicopters.
- IS Claims Misrata Attack on Libya Dawn VOA 31 May 2015 -- On the western fringe of its self-declared caliphate, Islamic State militants detonated a car bomb near the Libyan city of Misrata Sunday, killing five people at a security checkpoint.
- Five killed in eastern Ukraine violence Press TV 31 May 2015 -- At least five people have been killed in eastern Ukraine clashes over the past 24 hours, Ukrainian military sources say.
- Week-long clashes in Somalia leave 35 dead Press TV 31 May 2015 -- A week of clashes in villages near Somalia's border with Ethiopia has killed at least 35 people, mostly civilians, officials and traditional elders say.
- Interim CAR President Seeks International Help VOA 31 May 2015 -- Central African Republic's interim president is pleading with the international community to help develop the war-ravaged country. She says although there are high prospects for peace to return, the humanitarian situation in CAR remains a major problem.
- UN rights chief urges inquiry into violations by international forces in Central African Republic UN News 31 May 2015 -- The United Nations human rights chief has urged several States to intensify their efforts to investigate long-standing allegations that soldiers in their forces sent to keep the peace in the Central African Republic (CAR) may have committed very serious violations, including killing of civilians and sexual exploitation of local women.
- East African States Call on Burundi President to Postpone June Elections Sputnik 31 May 2015 -- Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza should postpone elections in the country scheduled for June, East African leaders said in a joint statement on Sunday.
- In Burundi, UN Special Adviser urges all parties to engage in talks to calm tensions UN News 31 May 2015 -- At the conclusion of his two-day visit to Burundi, Adama Dieng, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, warned of increased tensions and the risk of further violence, unless all parties engage in open dialogue to resolve the crisis and calm tensions.
- E. African Leaders Call for Delaying Burundi Election VOA 31 May 2015 -- East African Community leaders say Burundi elections should be delayed at least six weeks.
- U.S., Iran hold ministerial nuclear talks ahead of final deadline People's Daily 31 May 2015 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday held here a six-hour talk on the remaining differences of the Iran nuclear issue.
- Iran nuclear talks on right track: Majlis speaker Press TV 31 May 2015 -- Speaker of Iran's parliament (Majlis), Ali Larijani, says the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 group of global powers are moving forward with negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program on the right track.
- US Senate Starts Debate Over National Security Surveillance VOA 31 May 2015 -- The U.S. Senate, in an unusual Sunday session, has started debating whether to extend its authorization of the country's vast national security surveillance operation, or let it lapse at midnight as the current law expires.
- Russian Opposition Deputy Says Lavrov Must Confirm, Explain EU Blacklist RFE/RL 31 May 2015 -- A Russian opposition lawmaker has said in a formal inquiry that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov needs to explain why 89 politicians from 17 European countries have been banned from entering Russia.
- IMF Lowers Ukraine's 2015 Growth Forecast To Negative 9 Percent RFE/RL 31 May 2015 -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it has lowered its forecast for Ukraine's war-battered economy, predicting the economy will contract by 9 percent during 2015 -- due in large part to 'the unresolved conflict in the east.'
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