19 June 2015 Military News
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 19 Jun 2015 [PDF]
- Department of Defense Press Briefing with Brigadier General Thomas D. Weidley, chief of staff, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve via DIVDS from Southwest Asia DoD 19 Jun 2015 -- Presenters: Brigadier General Thomas D. Weidley, chief of staff, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve
- Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq AFPS 19 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.
- General: 'Significant' Gains Made by Anti-ISIL Forces in Northern Syria AFPS 19 Jun 2015 -- Anti-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant forces have made significant gains in northern Syria, which will have positive effects in Iraq as well, a senior U.S. Central Command official said today.
- 38 Taliban militants killed in Afghan army operations Press TV 19 Jun 2015 -- The Afghan army has killed 38 Taliban militants in operations carried out in the southern province of Helmand, Press TV reports.
- US drone strikes kill 14 in eastern Afghanistan Press TV 19 Jun 2015 -- Fresh US drone strikes have claimed the lives of at least 14 people in the troubled eastern part of Afghanistan, security sources say.
Defense Policy / Programs
- USS George H. W. Bush Arrives at Norfolk Naval Shipyard for PIA NNS 19 Jun 2015 -- Aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) arrived at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth June 16 for an extended Planned Incremental Availability (PIA).
- USS Jason Dunham Arrives in Kiel, Germany NNS 19 Jun 2015 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) arrived in Kiel, Germany, for a scheduled port visit, June 19.
- History-Making Ribbon Cutting at Camp Lemonnier NNS 19 Jun 2015 -- The only permanent U.S. military base on the African continent marked a major milestone with the completion of the first brick-and-mortar barracks at Camp Lemonnier, June 15 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
- Green Bay Recovers Distressed Mariners in Makassar Strait NNS 19 Jun 2015 -- Amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) rendered assistance to distressed mariners in the waters between the Indonesian islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi June 19.
- From Wales to Warsaw : collectively defending the Alliance - Comments made by NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow during the discussion NATO 19 Jun 2015
- Poland Stations More Foreign Soldiers Now Than During Cold War Sputnik 19 Jun 2015 -- Approximately 10,000 soldiers from 18 states are currently stationed in Poland, more than during the late Cold War years, a German newspaper reported, citing the Polish Ministry of Defense in what is part of NATO's alarming military muscle wrestling.
- New Russian Underwater Spy Robot to Trick Submarines, Evading Detection Sputnik 19 Jun 2015 -- The Russian robot submarine made an appearance at the international military forum, impressing with its new cutting edge technology.
- Putin: US Exit From ABM Treaty Pushes Russia Into New Arms Race Sputnik 19 Jun 2015 -- Global decisions, such as the US exit from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, push Russia into the new round of arms race, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the ST Petersburg International Economic Forum Friday.
- Russia, China do not create military blocs - Putin TASS 19 Jun 2015 -- Russia and China are by no means creating any military blocs against any other country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, as he answered questions at the full-scale meeting of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday.
- Russia needs strong army to defend peace - deputy defense minister TASS 19 Jun 2015 -- Russia needs a strong army to stand for peace, Deputy Defense Minister Ruslan Tsalikov said at the Army-2015 weapons show near Moscow, adding that the image of a career military in the Russian society had changed for the better over the past few years.
- Ukraine's Tornado Battalion Resisting Disarmament, Shoots Police Drone Sputnik 19 Jun 2015 -- A drone was used to prevent any massive military actions and to disarm the Tornado battalion which was dissolved by the Ukrainian Interior Ministry. The UAV came under fire near the battalion base in the city of Severodonetsk, according to Military Prosecutor Anatoly Matios.
- June 19, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 19 Jun 2015
- DoD News: Contracts for June 19, 2015
- United States Files Suit against Texas Subsidiary of BAE Systems Alleging False Claims under Army Contract for Trucks US Dept. of Justice 19 Jun 2015 -- The United States has filed a complaint against BAE Systems Tactical Vehicle Systems LP (BAE) for knowingly overcharging the Army for materials under a military truck contract, the Justice Department announced today. BAE is a subsidiary of BAE Systems Inc., headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, which is owned by BAE Systems plc, a global defense, security and aerospace company headquartered in London. BAE is located in Sealy, Texas.
- 19 June 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 19 Jun 2015
- UN launches new aid appeal as Yemen faces 'looming humanitarian catastrophe' UN News 19 Jun 2015 -- The United Nations relief arm has called for over one billion dollars in funding in order to lift Yemen from a devastating crisis that has plunged the country into severe food insecurity and left it on the brink of an all-out humanitarian disaster, the Organization today confirmed, as national stakeholders from the Gulf state wrapped up UN-backed political consultations in Geneva, Switzerland.
- Yemeni factions fail to reach deal in UN-backed peace talks Press TV 19 Jun 2015 -- Yemeni political factions involved in indirect negotiations in the Swiss city of Geneva have ended their deliberations without reaching an agreement.
- IS Digs Trenches, Cuts Fuel to Syria VOA 19 Jun 2015 -- Opposition activists in Syria say Islamic State extremists are digging trenches around their de facto capital of Raqqa and ordering civilians to stockpile food and essentials in preparation for a siege of the town by Kurdish-led forces.
- Syrian Refugee Children's Massive Health Crisis VOA 19 Jun 2015 -- Many Syrian children under 5 years old cannot remember life before violence and homelessness. At a sprawling refugee camp in Jordan, parents say their children suffer everything from epilepsy to incontinence as a result of trauma, and camp hospitals are not equipped to solve this complex health crisis.
- Russian FM Condemns Draft UN Srebrenica Resolution RFE/RL 19 Jun 2015 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that the adoption of a draft UN resolution on the United Nations' failure to stop the Srebrenica massacre would lead to further "ethnic tensions" in the Balkans.
- Sri Lanka returns land confiscated by military during decades-long war IRIN 19 Jun 2015 -- As a young girl, Kasthuri Udayakumaran's grandmother would tell her of a house where birds chirped as the morning sunlight streamed through the thick foliage of a peaceful village. It seemed like a fantasy, a world away from her home in the northern city of Jaffna where soldiers manned checkpoints and claymore mines exploded on dusty streets
- Mali: UN welcomes announcement by armed groups of withdrawal from eastern town UN News 19 Jun 2015 -- The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has welcomed the announcement made last night by the armed groups of the so-called "Platform" to withdraw from the town of Menaka, in accordance with the arrangements for a cessation of hostilities.
- Palestinian life in West Bank constrained by Israeli policies - UN expert UN News 19 Jun 2015 -- The international community must ensure the promise of universal human rights no longer rings hollow to Palestinian "living under the 48-year-long Israeli occupation," today said a UN independent expert.
- Country Reports on Terrorism 2014 - Special Briefing US Dept. of State 19 Jun 2015
- IS Prominent in Annual US Terror Report VOA 19 Jun 2015 -- The U.S. State Department says the number of terrorist attacks worldwide increased by 35 percent in 2014, with an 81 percent rise in the number of deaths.
- Greek Leader's Visit To Russia Spurs Talk Of Alternative Loan Deal RFE/RL 19 Jun 2015 -- A top Russian official has declined to say whether his country is going to lend money to Greece, ahead of a meeting between the Greek and Russian leaders June 19.
- Thailand confirms first MERS case as outbreak spreads – UN health agency UN News 19 Jun 2015 -- Thailand has confirmed its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, in a male traveller from Oman, and the World Health Organization (WHO) today is urging countries in Southeast Asia to step up vigilance and review preparedness to respond to the disease.
- Putin Denounces U.S. 'Ultimatums' And Says Russia Not 'Aggressive' RFE/RL 19 Jun 2015 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of trying to force its will on Moscow and insisted that Russia is not acting "aggressively" on the world stage.
- Russia Threatens Tit-For-Tat Response To European Asset Inquiries RFE/RL 19 Jun 2015 -- Tensions continue to mount between Russia and the West after Belgium, France, and Austria took steps this week to freeze Russian government assets to cover a settlement ordered by a European arbitration court in July.
- Paranoia As Policy RFE/RL 19 Jun 2015 -- Russia, it appears, is quickly becoming a nation of conspiracy theorists. According to a recent poll, 45 percent of Russians now believe in the existence of a secret global government "that controls the authorities of many countries." Just 32 percent said such an organization did not exist, while 23 percent said it was hard to answer.
- Iran commander rules out inspections of military sites Press TV 19 Jun 2015 -- A senior Iranian commander has reaffirmed that the Islamic Republic will not allow access to or inspections of its military sites under a potential nuclear agreement with six world powers.
- Pakistan turns up the heat on NGOs IRIN 19 Jun 2015 -- The recent closure of Save the Children* in Pakistan has further soured relations between NGOs and the government, potentially putting at risk life-saving programs for tens of thousands of people across the country.
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