20 June 2015 Military News
- Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 20 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.
- Munitions Airmen provide the means for combat airpower AFNS 20 Jun 2015 -- Munitions Airmen assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron make an impact here every day by building the weapons needed for the combat airpower mission.
- Afghanistan rejects record rise in military casualties Press TV 20 Jun 2015 -- Authorities in Kabul have denied media reports of a drastic rise in the number of casualties among Afghan security forces, who are engaged in heavy battles with Taliban militants across the war-torn country.
- US drone strike kills 7 in eastern Afghanistan Press TV 20 Jun 2015 -- At least seven people have been killed in the latest US drone strike on Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar, Press TV reports.
Defense Policy / Programs
- GW Arrives in Brisbane, Australia NNS 20 Jun 2015 -- USS George Washington (CVN 73) arrived in Brisbane, Australia for a six-day goodwill port visit, June 19.
- US to Attack Enemy With Iron-Spraying Bombs Instead of Cluster Munitions Sputnik 20 Jun 2015 -- The United States is moving towards replacing cluster munitions with 227-kg iron-spraying bombs, Flightglobal reported.
- Russia Reveals Two Different Warships to Replace Mistrals Sputnik 20 Jun 2015 -- Russian-made Priboy and Lavina, two amphibious helicopter carriers, will replace the Mistral-class warships that France failed to deliver to Russia.
- Russia Deploys New Radar Stations in Arctic Sputnik 20 Jun 2015 -- Russia is deploying new radar stations on its islands in the Arctic Ocean, with Russian fighters aircraft expected to arrive there soon, the deputy commander of the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces said on Saturday.
- Hitting Everything That Flies: New Russian MANPAD Verba Knows No Equals Sputnik 20 Jun 2015 -- The Russian military is receiving new man-portable air-defense systems that outshine such powerful weapons as the Stinger and Igla-S.
- Russia's MiG to Develop Fifth-Generation Jet Fighter Sputnik 20 Jun 2015 -- The MiG-35 4++ generation advanced multirole fighter could be used as a platform for building the new fifth-generation aircraft.
- New Russian Military Drone Can Detect Highly Camouflaged Objects Sputnik 20 Jun 2015 -- The new Merlin-21b surveillance drone is equipped with a dual-band radar. The vehicle is capable of conducting aerial surveillance in any weather conditions and in any time of the day.
- Super Weapon: China Reveals Deadly New Armor-Piercing Gun Sputnik 20 Jun 2015 -- China has revealed the world's most powerful armor-piercing gun canon that could be used for the next generation of Chinese main battle tanks.
- Iraqi forces kill 182 Takfiri ISIL militants Press TV 20 Jun 2015 -- Iraqi government forces backed by air power have engaged militants from the Takfiri ISIL group during various clean-up operations across the crisis-hit country and killed at least 182 extremists.
- Battle Over Former IS Turf in Syria Threatens New Conflict VOA 20 Jun 2015 -- The already complex battlefield of Syria could soon get even more complicated.
- U.S. Senators Call For Arming Ukraine RFE/RL 20 Jun 2015 -- U.S. Senator John McCain has again called on the United States to send weapons to Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russia separatists in the east of the country.
- Mali: Ban welcomes the signature of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation by remaining parties UN News 20 Jun 2015 -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed Saturday the signature, earlier today, of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali by the Coordination coalition of armed groups in Bamako.
- Tuareg-led rebels agree to Mali's landmark peace deal Press TV 20 Jun 2015 -- Tuareg-led rebels in Mali have signed a landmark peace deal, in a bid to end years of unrest in a nation battered by ethnic divisions and al-Qaeda-linked militancy.
- 15 killed in clashes between al-Shabab, Somali forces in Afgooye Press TV 20 Jun 2015 -- At least 15 people have been killed during overnight clashes between Somali security forces and al-Shabab militants.
- Egyptian soldiers kill 15 militants in volatile Sinai Peninsula Press TV 20 Jun 2015 -- Egyptian government forces have carried out separate operations in the violence-plagued Sinai Peninsula, killing more than a dozen Takfiri militants.
- Army troopers detain 20 FARC rebels in SW Colombia Press TV 20 Jun 2015 -- Colombian army forces have arrested at least 20 rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) during separate raids on a number of houses in the country's southwestern department of Narino.
- Iran rejects US State Department report as baseless IRNA 20 Jun 2015 -- Foreign Ministry spokeswoman on Saturday rejected the US State Department's annual terrorism report in its Iran section as quite baseless.
- U.S.: Iran Still Supports Terror Activity Despite Nuclear Talks RFE/RL 20 Jun 2015 -- Iran's support for international terror groups remained undiminished last year and even expanded some, despite its hopes for relief from global economic sanctions, the Obama administration has said.
- N. Koreans in Middle East Told to Stay Put Over MERS Fears VOA 20 Jun 2015 -- North Korea ordered its diplomats and workers stationed in the Middle East to temporarily remain there as fears grow about Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which has killed at least 24 people in South Korea.
- Russia Warned France Of Reprisals Months Before Yukos Asset Freeze RFE/RL 19 Jun 2015 -- Months before French authorities froze Russian assets over a $50 billion arbitration judgement, Moscow threatened retaliatory measures targeting not only France's government and companies, but its citizens as well, according to a document seen by RFE/RL.
- One Year In, Ukraine's President Faces Huge Challenges VOA 20 Jun 2015 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spent his first year in office struggling against Russia-backed rebels in the east, a crumbling economy and deep-rooted corruption. While facing unprecedented challenges, Poroshenko has put Ukraine on a European path. But political analysts say more reforms are needed to satisfy supporters in the western part of the country while winning over the Russia-leaning east.
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