15 June 2015 Military News
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 15 Jun 2015 [PDF]
- Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 15 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.
- UK continues to play leading role in countering ISIL UK MOD 15 Jun 2015 -- Alongside the ongoing air strike campaign, the UK military continues to play a leading role in the fight against ISIL.
Defense Policy / Programs
- White House: US Obligated to Protect NATO Allies VOA 15 Jun 2015 -- The White House says a U.S. plan to deploy forces in eastern Europe and the Baltics is still in its early planning stages, and says it is part of a decades-old NATO mandate to protect European allies.
- Decision on US military depots in Poland expected soon - Poland's defense minister TASS 15 Jun 2015 -- The decision on establishing US military depots on Poland's territory is due to be taken in the near future, the country's defense minister said in an interview with the Rzeczpospolita daily on Monday.
- Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work's Visit to Canada DoD 15 Jun 2015
- USNS Safeguard Conducts Turnover with USNS Salvor in 7th Fleet NNS 15 Jun 2015 -- Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) relieved USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) of duties in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, June 12.
- USNS Spearhead Begins Mission in SOUTHCOM AOR NNS 15 Jun 2015 -- The U.S. Navy is deploying joint high speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) to Central and South America and the Caribbean to conduct subject-matter expert exchanges and orientations in support of a regional exercise, June 15 to Oct. 10.
- BALTOPS 2015 integrates amphibious NATO forces USMC News 15 Jun 2015 -- Marines from four NATO nations come together during BALTOPS from June 7-17. U.K. Royal Marine Commandos, Finnish Coastal Jaegers, Swedish and U.S. Marines integrate to practice expeditionary, ship-to-shore assaults to enhance their capability to work together as a combined amphibious force.
- Nations conduct amphibious landing in Sweden USMC News 15 Jun 2015 -- NATO and partner nations stormed the shores of Sweden, June 13, during an amphibious landing part of Baltic Operations 2015.
- Kearsarge, 26th MEU Begin ARG Exercise NNS 15 Jun 2015 -- Sailors from the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (KSGARG) and Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) kicked off the KSGARG/MEU Exercise (ARGMEUEX) in the waters east of of the United States June 13.
- USNS Lewis B. Puller Delivered to Fleet NNS 15 Jun 2015 -- The Navy's first Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) variant of the Mobile Landing Platform, USNS Lewis B. Puller, was delivered to the Navy in San Diego, June 12.
- US Deploys Heavy Weaponry in Europe; Russia to 'Answer Adequately' Sputnik 15 Jun 2015 -- Russia will provide an 'adequate answer' to the deployment of the US heavy weaponry in Eastern Europe and the Baltics, a senior Defense Ministry official said on Monday, commenting on earlier claims that the Pentagon is poised to station battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weaponry in several Eastern European countries.
- Official: Russia Will Respond if US Weapons Moved to Its Borders VOA 15 Jun 2015 -- A Russian official has called plans by Washington to station heavy military equipment along Russia's borders the "most aggressive step" since the Cold War and vowed that Moscow would respond appropriately.
- Three More Prototypes of Sukhoi T-50 Fighter to Start Flight Tests in 2015 Sputnik 15 Jun 2015 -- Three additional prototypes of Russia's Sukhoi T-50 fifth-generation fighter will begin flight tests in 2015, head of the United Aircraft Corporation, Yuri Slyusar said Monday.
- France's Dassault Offers Russia Tools to Build Own 'Mistral' Sputnik 15 Jun 2015 -- French software company and partner of Mistral maker DCNS, Dassault Systemes, said that it is ready to provide Russia's shipbuilding industry with 3D modeling tools.
- New guard ships to reinforce Russian northern border - Deputy PM TASS 15 Jun 2015 -- The Project 22100 Ocean border guard ships will reinforce Russia's borders in the north, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday at a ceremony of laying down a new serial ship of the project at the Zelenodolsk shipyard in the Republic of Tatarstan.
- Russia-Egypt naval drills aimed against no one - deputy navy commander TASS 15 Jun 2015 -- The goal of the Russian-Egyptian naval exercise Friendship Bridge-2015 was securing peace, it was not aimed against any state or a third party, Russian deputy Navy Commander Alexander Fedotenkov said on Sunday at a news conference dedicated to the results of the first Russian-Egyptian naval drills Friendship Bridge-2015 that ended on Saturday.
- Russia, India in talks on comprehensive modernization of Su-30MKI fighter jets TASS 15 Jun 2015 -- Russia and India are holding talks on comprehensive modernization of Su-30MKI fighter jet, deputy head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Konstantin Biryulin told TASS on Monday at the opening of Le Bourget Paris Air Show 2015.
- Wary of NATO, Belarus Begins Ukraine Border Drills Sputnik 15 Jun 2015 -- Belarus began military drills on its border with Ukraine on Monday, as the country becomes increasingly wary of instability and NATO activity at its borders.
- US Sent $140Mln Military Aid to Ukraine - Assistant State Secretary Sputnik 15 Jun 2015 -- The United States has provided $140 million in 'defensive' military equipment to Ukraine as Washington continues to debate whether or not to supply lethal weapons to Kiev, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said Monday.
- Top DPRK leader watches test fire of new type anti-ship rockets People's Daily 15 Jun 2015 -- Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un recently watched a test fire of new-type anti-ship rockets, the official KCNA news agency reported Monday.
- Kim Jong Un Watches New Type Anti-ship Rocket Launching Drill KCNA 15 Jun 2015 -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, watched a drill of firing new type anti-ship rockets.
- US to complete armored vehicles transfer to Uzbekistan soon - Pentagon TASS 15 Jun 2015 -- The US Army plans to complete the transfer to Uzbekistan of armored vehicles, namely mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles, a US defense ministry official has told TASS.
- AU to Send Military Experts to Burundi VOA 15 Jun 2015 -- African leaders meeting at a summit in South Africa have agreed to send military experts to Burundi, following weeks of violent protests there sparked by the president's decision to run for a third term.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 6/15/2015 The White House 15 Jun 2015
- June 15, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 15 Jun 2015
- DoD News: Contracts for June 15, 2015
- UTC Announces Intention To Exit Helicopter Business United Technologies 15 Jun 2015 -- United Technologies Corp. today announced that it will pursue the separation of the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies, subject to final Board approval. This announcement follows a review of strategic alternatives for Sikorsky announced earlier this year. A decision on whether Sikorsky will be spun off or sold is expected by the end of the third quarter.
- US Aerospace Giant to Spin Off Black Hawk Helicopter Manufacturer Sikorsky Sputnik 15 Jun 2015 -- US aerospace giant United Technologies Corp said that it intends to sell or spin off its Sikorsky helicopter unit by the third quarter of this year.
- Russia to develop engines for new strategic bombers on time - defense firm TASS 15 Jun 2015 -- Russia's plans to restart production of Tupolev Tu-160 (NATO reporting name: Blackjack) supersonic strategic bombers are unlikely to delay development of engines for the PAK DA 5th-generation aircraft, United Engine-Making Corporation Head Vladislav Masalov said on Monday.
- Russia developing new-generation network-centric warfare system - manufacturer TASS 15 Jun 2015 -- Russia has developed a new-generation electronic warfare system fitted out with equipment for network centric operations, the United Instrument-Making Corporation (UIMC) said on Monday.
- Russia's new 'microwave cannon' to disable enemy drones within 10 km radius TASS 15 Jun 2015 -- Russia's United Instrument Manufacturing Corporation (UIMC) has developed a 'microwave cannon' capable of disabling enemy aircraft and drones within the range of 10 kilometres, a UIMC representative told TASS on Monday.
- 15 June 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 15 Jun 2015
- Diagnosing Africa Conflict VOA 15 Jun 2015 -- A new research project focuses on Africa's capacity to prevent, contain and resolve conflicts. The Canadian-based Center for International Governance Innovation said a better understanding is needed of the dimensions of armed conflict and power struggles.
- UN Urges Humanitarian Truce in Yemen VOA 15 Jun 2015 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon is calling for a truce among warring parties in Yemen during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. the call comes as national reconciliation talks are set to begin in Geneva.
- In Geneva, Ban says international community has 'obligation to act' for Yemen peace UN News 15 Jun 2015 -- The international community has not a moment to lose if it is to help end the fighting in Yemen and broker a lasting peace for the country, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today as he urged stakeholders to "make the most of the momentum of opportunity."
- Death toll in Yemen's Jawf, Ta'izz strikes rises to 35 Press TV 15 Jun 2015 -- The death toll from the latest Saudi airstrikes on Yemen's provinces of al-Jawf and Ta'izz has risen to 35.
- Iraqi forces kill 39 ISIL terrorists in Salahuddin Press TV 15 Jun 2015 -- Iraqi government forces backed by allied Popular Mobilization Units have killed nearly 40 ISIL Takfiri terrorists during separate mop-up operations in Iraq's troubled northern province of Salahuddin.
- Syria: UN special envoy arrives in Damascus for talks with Government officials UN News 15 Jun 2015 -- The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura has begun a visit to the capital, Damascus, following an invitation by the Government to visit the country, according to a spokesman for the Organization.
- Kurdish Forces Seize IS Supply Route in Syria VOA 15 Jun 2015 -- Syrian monitors say Kurdish fighters have seized nearly all of a major Syrian border town from Islamic State, cutting off a key militant supply route.
- 20 dead, 100 wounded in rocket attacks on Aleppo Press TV 15 Jun 2015 -- Foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists in Syria have carried out over 250 rocket attacks on residential areas of the strategic city of Aleppo, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens others.
- UN's Syria envoy in Damascus to settle crisis Press TV 15 Jun 2015 -- The United Nations special envoy to Syria has arrived in the capital, Damascus, for talks with the government of President Bashar al-Assad in order to find a political solution to the ongoing crisis in the Arab country.
- Syrian Kurds retake major road to Tel Abyad Press TV 15 Jun 2015 -- Syrian Kurds have made new advances in their offensive against ISIL Takfiri militants in northeast Syria, cutting off a major supply line to the terrorists.
- Islamic State Suffering Setbacks in Libya VOA 15 Jun 2015 -- A few days ago fighters with Islamic State's affiliate in Libya were gloating about recent battlefield successes and appeared poised to launch an offensive on oil fields near Sirte, the coastal city they overran last month. But in recent days they suffered two serious reversals.
- Bashir arrives home after AU summit in South Africa Press TV 15 Jun 2015 -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has arrived home after taking part in the 25th African Union Summit in the South African city of Johannesburg amid a court case trying to compel South African authorities to arrest him over alleged war crimes and genocide.
- Bashir Back in Sudan After Defying SA Court Order VOA 15 Jun 2015 -- Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir flew home from South Africa Monday, defying a Pretoria court order to remain in the country until it decided whether he should be arrested on war crimes and genocide charges.
- South Sudanese refugee influx in Sudan 'an emergency within an emergency' - UN UN News 15 Jun 2015 -- The United Nations refugee agency reported today that some 14,000 South Sudanese – mainly women and children – have fled into Sudan over the weekend, describing the situation as "an emergency within an emergency."
- AU Backs Expanding South Sudan Peace Talks, US Envoy Says VOA 15 Jun 2015 -- The United States' Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan, Donald Booth, said Monday that delegates at the African Union summit have endorsed a proposal by East African bloc IGAD to significantly expand the number of mediators at South Sudan's peace talks.
- Nigerian President Vows to Take Lead Against Boko Haram VOA 15 Jun 2015 -- Nigerian security forces must take the lead in battling the Boko Haram insurgency, President Muhammadu Buhari told VOA in an exclusive interview, as he appeared to push back against pressure from neighboring Chad and Niger for more autonomy in fighting the militants within Nigeria.
- UN chief condemns deadly Boko Haram attack in Chad UN News 15 Jun 2015 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned a series of deadly bombings in the Chadian capital of N'Djamena which reportedly killed more than 25 people and injured dozens of others, according to a spokesperson for the United Nations.
- Donetsk People's Republic Will Never Be Part of Ukraine – Leader Sputnik 15 Jun 2015 -- Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) head Alexander Zakharchenko said that DPR is an independent state and will never be a part of Ukraine.
- Senior Colombian rebel commander killed in battle Press TV 15 Jun 2015 -- Colombia's military has killed a rebel commander of the county's second largest leftist guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN).
- Pakistan Shaping New Afghanistan Policy VOA 15 Jun 2015 -- Pakistan has rejected assertions it has promised Afghanistan to "pick up" fugitive Taliban leaders and deliver them to the negotiating table to sign a peace pact with the Afghan government. A senior government official speaking Monday also defended a landmark pact recently reached between spy agencies of the two countries, describing it vital for joint counterterrorism efforts.
- North Korea Open to Talks, With Conditions VOA 15 Jun 2015 -- North Korea says it is open to talks with South Korea if conditions are met.
- Stand of DPRK to Bring about Landmark Turn in Improving Inter-Korean Relations Clarified KCNA 15 Jun 2015 -- The DPRK government Monday released a statement to mark the 15th anniversary of the north-south summit, the first of its kind in the history of national division, and the publication of the June 15 joint declaration.
- Officials Expect Korea MERS Outbreak to End Before July VOA 15 Jun 2015 -- South Korean health officials reported five new MERS cases Monday, bringing the total number of infected to 150 people, but said the rate of new infections is declining.
- MI6 Spy Pullout Goes Unnoticed in China After Snowden Files 'Compromised' Sputnik 15 Jun 2015 -- China has no information concerning British intelligence agents, the country ministry's spokesman Lu Kang said Monday.
- German BND spy agency plans reforms after NSA spy scandal Press TV 15 Jun 2015 -- Head of Germany's BND foreign intelligence service has announced plans to restructure the spy agency in a bid to avert yet another US National Security Agency (NSA) spying scandal that engulfed it earlier this year though he has affirmed that BND remains dependent on the US spy agency to carry out its work.
- Russian Official: Nuke Deal Can Be Reached with Iran before June 30 Deadline VOA 15 Jun 2015 -- A top Russian official said he is confident world powers and Iran can reach a deal on Tehran's nuclear program by a June 30 deadline.
- Tensions High as Hong Kong Vote Looms VOA 15 Jun 2015 -- Police in Hong Kong say they have arrested nine people and seized explosives, days before lawmakers vote on how the city-state will choose its next leader. Pro-democracy activists say the vote will likely mark the beginning of a longer struggle.
- UN nuclear chief encourages 'cradle-to-grave' plans for managing spent fuel and radioactive waste UN News 15 Jun 2015 -- Projecting that the use of nuclear power will continue to grow in the coming decades, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today urged countries with nuclear energy programmes to share their spent fuel and radioactive waste management know-how with less-experienced countries.
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