11 June 2015 Military News
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 11 Jun 2015 [PDF]
- Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 11 Jun 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.
- ISIL Fears Coalition Air Power, General Says AFPS 11 Jun 2015 -- At the hub for air operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and across the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, intelligence shows that coalition air power is making a difference in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, the Combined Forces Air Component commander said recently.
- White House: No Immediate Plans for More Bases in Iraq VOA 11 Jun 2015 -- The White House says there are no immediate plans to open up more bases in Iraq. The remarks come a day after President Obama authorized 450 additional troops to a fifth Iraqi base to assist local forces in the fight against the Islamic State militant group in Anbar province.
- New Base Opens Possibilities for Iraqi Forces, Dempsey Says AFPS 11 Jun 2015 -- The addition of up to 450 troops and the opening of a training base in Taqaddam, Iraq, is an adjustment to the campaign, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
- US weighs more military bases in Iraq: Top general Press TV 11 Jun 2015 -- The United States is considering establishing additional military bases in Iraq as the Obama administration is adjusting its strategy against the ISIL terrorist group, according to the top American general.
- US Has 'No Specific' Plans to Build More Military Bases in Iraq Sputnik 11 Jun 2015 -- Washington has no immediate plans to open new military bases in Iraq, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said.
- US Military Chief: More American Training Bases in Iraq Possible VOA 11 Jun 2015 -- The U.S. military chief said Thursday the United States is considering creating more train-and-advise hubs for Iraqi troops, even as it prepares to open a new base in Anbar province with 450 military personnel.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Communication Airmen hardwire Baltops mission AFNS 11 Jun 2015 -- In support of Baltic Operations 2015 June 5-20, a team of Airmen from the 1st Combat Communications Squadron deployed to Powidz Air Base, and were charged with the responsibility of maintaining all communication requirements for the Air Force at the installation.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's Meeting With People's Republic of China Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission DoD 11 Jun 2015
- Dempsey to Naples-based Troops: Military Must be Forward-Deployed AFPS 11 Jun 2015 -- The United States military needs to be forward-deployed because America does not want to "play a home game," Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said in an all-hands call at the naval air facility here.
- Navy Christens Littoral Combat Ship Gabrielle Giffords DoD 11 Jun 2015 -- The Navy will christen its tenth littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), during a midday ceremony June 13 at Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Alabama. LCS 10 is named after former United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
- Rushmore Departs Indonesia NNS 11 Jun 2015 -- The Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47) departed Manado, Indonesia, after a four-day port visit, June 9.
- USS Chancellorsville Brings Newest Technology to US 7th Fleet NNS 11 Jun 2015 -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) and its crew of 350 Sailors entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), June 11.
- New Zealand troops working with Australian, U.S. forces in major exercise People's Daily 11 Jun 2015 -- The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) on Thursday released more details on its first-ever role in Australia's largest military exercise with United States forces.
- NATO Secretary General in visit to Montenegro stresses value of Euro-Atlantic integration NATO 11 Jun 2015 -- Joining the Euro-Atlantic family would be a win-win for Montenegro and the Alliance, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday (11 June 2015) during a visit to Podgorica.
- After 10 Years And 30 Deaths, Georgians Question Their NATO Ambitions RFE/RL 11 Jun 2015 -- Georgia has paid a high price for its ambition to join NATO. On June 16, the South Caucasus country will bury the 30th soldier killed in support of the Euro-Atlantic alliance's missions in Afghanistan. Corporal Ramaz Davitaia died on June 8 of grievous wounds suffered in Helmand Province in June 2012.
- Russian Navy to get large landing ship Pyotr Morgunov in 2018 TASS 11 Jun 2015 -- The Russian Navy will get the Pyotr Morgunov large landing ship, laid down on Thursday at the Kaliningrad-based Yantar shipyard, in 2018, head of Navy's shipbuilding department Vladimir Tryapichnikov told reporters.
- Moscow is concerned about possible US use of force in space - Russian Foreign Ministry TASS 11 Jun 2015 -- Moscow is concerned about the persistent refusal of the United States to participate in the negotiation of international agreements on the prevention of the deployment of weapons in space, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday in a commentary on the US State Department's annual Report on Adherence to and Compliance With Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments.
- Russian Navy to get new generation super heavy landing ship by 2020 TASS 11 Jun 2015 -- The Russian Navy will receive by 2020 the first new-generation landing ship that will be many times heavier than the Ivan Gren class vessels and will be able to carry several helicopters, head of the Navy's shipbuilding department Vladimir Tryapichnikov told reporters on Thursday.
- Moscow concerned over US medico-biological labs placement at Russian borders TASS 11 Jun 2015 -- Moscow is deeply concerned over the Pentagon's activity to place its medico-biological laboratories near Russian borders, Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
- Russia, Egypt drill air defense with F-16 fighters in Mediterranean TASS 11 Jun 2015 -- Navy men of Egypt and Russia during the Bridge of Friendship-2015 joint exercises in the Mediterranean Sea have conducted a drill to organize air defense that involved the F-16 jet fighters, Russian Navy spokesman Captain First Rank Igor Dygalo said on Thursday.
- Military dialogue key to building trust between China, US People's Daily 11 Jun 2015 -- General Fan Changlong, vice-chairman of the Communist Party of China's Central Military Commission, currently on a multi-city US tour, is China's highest-level military leader to visit the country since 2012.
- Beijing Conducts Drill in Western Paific Ocean Amid S China Sea Tensions Sputnik 11 Jun 2015 -- Chinese naval forces aircraft joined a fleet to take part in military drill in the western Pacific Ocean.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 6/11/2015 The White House 11 Jun 2015
- June 11, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 11 Jun 2015
- 11 June 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 11 Jun 2015
- Saudi airstrikes kill 32 civilians across Yemen Press TV 11 Jun 2015 -- More than 30 civilians have reportedly been killed in Yemen when Saudi warplanes conducted a fresh round of airstrikes against the neighboring country.
- Analysts: US Needs Better Strategy in Fighting IS VOA 11 Jun 2015 -- After a rare victory this week, Iraqi soldiers greeted the media, displaying weapons and 24 blindfolded young men they said were captured fighters for the so-called Islamic State.
- Turkey moves to restrict inflow of Syrian refugees Press TV 11 Jun 2015 -- Turkey is taking a series of measures in order to restrict the inflow of Syrian refugees, who are fleeing the ongoing fighting between the terrorist ISIL militant group and Kurdish forces near Turkey-Syria border.
- Nusra terrorists kill 40 villagers in northwest Syria Press TV 11 Jun 2015 -- Members of the al-Qaead-linked al-Nusra Front terrorist group have executed more than three dozen civilians in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib.
- India to Continue Troops' Buildup Along Myanmar Border Sputnik 11 Jun 2015 -- India's high-ranking officials agreed in a Thursday meeting to continue to increase pressure along the country's border with Myanmar, a source in the Indian Home Ministry told Sputnik.
- India's Army Raid in Myanmar Changes Security Scenario Mindset - Minister Sputnik 11 Jun 2015 -- According to local media, the Indian Army crossed the border into Myanmar on Tuesday and killed some 115 Indian insurgents who fled to the neighboring country after having murdered 30 Indian soldiers in three separate attacks in May and June.
- Russian forces launch 'counter-terrorism' operation in Dagestan Press TV 11 Jun 2015 -- A "counter-terrorism" operation has been launched by military forces in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Dagestan.
- Ukraine army shelling kills 5 civilians: DPR Press TV 11 Jun 2015 -- At least five civilians have been killed in the Ukrainian army's shelling of a residential area in the volatile eastern city of Gorlovka.
- Over 40 killed in Boko Haram attacks in northeast Nigeria Press TV 11 Jun 2015 -- Takfiri Boko Haram militants have killed more than 40 people in a series of attacks in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, local residents say.
- Buhari Wants Nigeria to Head Anti-Boko Haram Force VOA 11 Jun 2015 -- At a meeting of heads of state designed to address the struggle against the Boko Haram insurgency, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said his country must lead the fight against the group.
- Colombia's peace talks at risk amid renewed clashes, warns UN refugee agency chief UN News 11 Jun 2015 -- Concerned at the recent armed clashes amid the ongoing peace talks on Colombia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, today said these incidents have the potential to "derail" a long sought peace process, increasing risks for the civilian population.
- Central Africa still burdened by multidimensional crisis, Security Council told UN News 11 Jun 2015 -- The Central Africa region is still facing many challenges, including an economic crisis aggravated by the drop in oil prices, rising youth unemployment, and terrorist activities, as well as the cross-border impact of crises in Central African Republic (CAR) and Burundi, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for the sub-region warned today.
- Central African Republic: UN body urges creation of environment conducive for elections UN News 11 Jun 2015 -- The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission has called on all stakeholders in Central African Republic (CAR) to help promote an environment conducive to holding elections ahead of the country's upcoming parliamentary vote.
- Gaza: UN envoy welcomes temporary opening of Rafah crossing UN News 11 Jun 2015 -- The United Nations special envoy on the Middle East has welcomed the Government of Egypt's decision to temporarily open a critical border crossing for residents of Gaza as a result of the dialogue between Palestinian and Egyptian authorities.
- Power Urges Ukrainian People to Keep Pressing for Reform VOA 11 Jun 2015 -- U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power urged the Ukrainian people to move from demanding change in their country to helping create it.
- Ukraine Hints At Calling Debt Moratorium This Summer RFE/RL 11 Jun 2015 -- A top Ukrainian official has warned that she may invoke a moratorium on the country's debt payments before reaching an agreement with creditors to restructure debts.
- Iran nuclear deal achievable by deadline: IAEA envoy Press TV 11 Jun 2015 -- Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says a final nuclear deal between Tehran and the P5+1 group of world powers is "achievable" by the end of the June 30 deadline, Press TV reports.
- Switzerland, Austria probe reports of spying on Iran nuclear talks Press TV 11 Jun 2015 -- Switzerland and Austria say they are investigating reports that spyware linked to Israel targeted the hotels hosting the closed-door nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 states.
- Switzerland, Austria Investigate Alleged Spying At Iran Nuclear Talks RFE/RL 11 Jun 2015 -- Authorities in Switzerland and Austria say they have started investigating possible espionage at nuclear talks involving Iran and six major powers that were hosted by both countries.
- In Post-Election Scramble, Turkey Puts IS Fight on Hold VOA 11 Jun 2015 -- Hundreds of Turkish parliamentarians have six weeks to form a government. But after more than a decade of one-party dominance, and a history of failed coalitions in Ankara, experts tell VOA there may be little change in how Turkey deals with the biggest elephant in the regional zoo: the Islamic State.
- Turkey's AKP Party Struggles to Mend Internal Rift VOA 11 Jun 2015 -- In the wake of its worst-ever electoral setback, Turkey's former ruling party, the AKP, faces a protracted analysis of what went wrong during its parliamentary election campaign – a debate that is expected to reveal a deep rift within its ranks.
- China's Ex-Security Chief Sentenced to Life in Prison VOA 11 Jun 2015 -- Chinese state media say former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been sentenced to life in prison following a secret trial. According to the Xinhua news agency, Tianjin's Intermediate People's Court found Zhou guilty of corruption, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets.
- Chinese professor seeks bail in suspected espionage case People's Daily 11 Jun 2015 -- Chinese professor Hao Zhang who was accused of economic espionage by the US government is seeking release from custody on bail Wednesday in North California.
- Over 20 fake mobile phone towers found in UK Press TV 11 Jun 2015 -- More than 20 fake phone poles, which are said to be tools to spy on public communications, have been found in the United Kingdom, according to a new investigation.
- China's Xi meets Aung San Suu Kyi People's Daily 11 Jun 2015 -- President Xi Jinping met with a delegation from Myanmar's National League for Democracy (NLD), headed by NLD chair Aung San Suu Kyi, on Thursday afternoon at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing.
- Stigma leaves Liberia's Ebola workers high and dry IRIN 11 Jun 2015 -- Liberia's Ebola outbreak has been over for a while, so what has happened to all those burial teams, contact tracers, Ebola Treatment Unit health workers, community mobilisers, ambulance drivers? What are they doing now?
- Decline in Ebola cases stalls in West Africa, UN health agency reports UN News 11 Jun 2015 -- The number of Ebola cases in West Africa has increased for the second straight week, with the number of cases that arose from unknown sources of infection highlighting the challenges still faced in finding and eliminating every chain of transmission, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
- MERS infections rise to 122, 1 Chinese infected in S. Korea People's Daily 11 Jun 2015 -- The number of South Koreans diagnosed with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) increased to 122 since the first case was reported on May 20, while the first case of Chinese infection was reported, the health ministry said on Thursday.
- UN urges greater use of advance passenger information to stem flow of foreign terrorist fighters UN News 11 Jun 2015 -- A United Nations counter-terrorism body is calling for expanding the use of advance passenger information (API) to stem the flow of foreign terrorist fighters, and recommends a number of measures to help overcome the challenges associated with using this important tool.
- Pakistani-American Brothers Sentenced in NYC Terror Plot VOA 11 Jun 2015 -- Two Pakistani-American brothers were sentenced to long prison terms Thursday for a bomb plot to attack New York City in 2012.
- Australia's Abbott Warns of Islamic State's 'Global Ambitions' VOA 11 Jun 2015 -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned Thursday of the Islamic State group's 'global ambitions' and said more must be done to combat the organization's extremist mass appeal.
- US Teen Pleads Guilty to Providing Material Support to IS VOA 11 Jun 2015 -- An American teenager has admitted in court that he tried to help Islamic State militants recruit supporters and raise funds.
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