22 June 2015 Military News
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 22 Jun 2015 [PDF]
- Military Airstrikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 22 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.
- UN Urges Direct Afghan Peace Talks VOA 22 Jun 2015 -- The top U.N. envoy for Afghanistan on Monday welcomed renewed interest in peace talks between the government and the Taliban, but said it could not happen without direct engagement between the parties.
- In the face of growing insecurity, Afghanistan still needs support, Security Council told UN News 22 Jun 2015 -- It is absolutely clear that Afghanistan continues to need the support of the international community, as well as the sustained attention of the Security Council, Nicholas Haysom, the head of the UN mission in the country said today, warning the Security Council that there is no room for "complacency."
- US Condemns Taliban Attack on Afghan Parliament VOA 22 Jun 2015 -- A group of heavily armed Taliban suicide bombers stormed Afghanistan's parliament Monday as the House was in session to decide whether to endorse Defense Minister-designate Masoom Stanekzai.
- Pakistan Discloses Secret Afghan, Taliban Talks VOA 22 Jun 2015 -- Pakistan disclosed Monday that it recently facilitated secret talks in the northwestern Chinese city of Urumqi between Afghan envoys and Taliban representatives, and another round of negotiations is expected soon as part of efforts to promote peace and reconciliation.
- Taliban capture another district in Afghan province Press TV 22 Jun 2015 -- A second district in Afghanistan's northern province of Kunduz has fallen to the Taliban militants amid their recent advances in the area.
- 7 militants, 2 civilians dead in attack on Afghan parliament building Press TV 22 Jun 2015 -- Major explosions followed by gunfire have rocked Afghanistan's parliament building in the capital, Kabul, resulting in the death of the seven assailants and at least two civilians.
- Taliban Attack On Kabul Parliament Repelled, Attackers Killed RFE/RL 22 Jun 2015 -- A suicide bomber and several gunmen staged a brazen attack on the Afghan parliament on June 22, killing two civilians in an assault claimed by the Taliban, while in the north a second district in two days fell to the militants.
- Afghan Official: Taliban Capture Another Northern District RFE/RL 22 Jun 2015 -- An Afghan official says the Taliban have captured a second district in the northern province of Kunduz following intense clashes with local security forces.
- U.S. Airstrike Kills Person of Interest in Benghazi Attack AFPS 22 Jun 2015 -- A June 15 U.S. airstrike in Mosul, Iraq, killed a known Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant operative and organizational intermediary who was a person of interest in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack against U.S. personnel in Benghazi, Libya, Pentagon officials announced today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Joint Press Conference with Secretary Carter, German Defense Minister Von Der Leyen, Norwegian Defense Minister Soreide, the Netherlands Defense Minister Hennis-Plasschaert in Munster, Germany DoD 22 Jun 2015 -- Presenters: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; Ursula von der Leyen, defense minister of Germany; Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide, defense minister of Norway; Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, defense minister of the Netherlands
- Remarks by Secretary Carter at Atlantik Brücke: US, Germany, & NATO are Moving Forward Together', in Berlin, Germany DoD 22 Jun 2015 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- USS George HW Bush Enters Norfolk Naval Shipyard NNS 22 Jun 2015 -- The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) (GHWB) entered Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) to begin a scheduled planned incremental availability (PIA), June 16.
- ESG-2/USS Wasp Test Procure-to-Pay Process NNS 22 Jun 2015 -- When USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Cole (DDG 67), USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), USS New Hampshire (SSN 778), members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, and Expeditionary Strike Group 2 (ESG 2) completed Fleet Week Port Everglades last month, more than 8,805 guests had toured America's ships and 2,351 Sailors and Marines had experienced the city's southern hospitality.
- Female Enlisted Sailors Selected for Submarine Service NNS 22 Jun 2015 -- With the release of NAVADMIN 142/15 'FY16 Enlisted Women in Submarines Selections', the first group of enlisted female Sailors from across the Navy has been chosen to serve in the U.S. Navy's submarine force.
- Anatolian Eagle 15 concludes AFNS 22 Jun 2015 -- Anatolian Eagle 15, a joint training exercise between the Turkish and U.S. air forces, concluded here June 18.
- James shares priorities with USAFE-AFAFRICA AFNS 22 Jun 2015 -- Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James talked with U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Airmen and civilians during an all call here June 19.
- Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson responds to Alaska wildfires AFNS 22 Jun 2015 -- Firefighters from the 673rd Civil Engineer Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson recently assisted with the Division of Forestry's efforts in containing the Sockeye wildfire near Willow, Alaska.
- U.S. Marines participate in Baltic Sea's largest maritime exercise USMC News 22 Jun 2015 -- In continuation of ongoing commitment to NATO and regional security, more than 300 U.S. Marines are participating in BALTOPS 2015.
- Maritime Raid Force, 26th MEU conducts VBSS training USMC News 22 Jun 2015 -- Force Reconnaissance Marines and special amphibious reconnaissance corpsmen provide the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit with capabilities that extend beyond the barriers of every day operations. The MEU becomes more than just combat ready with recon assets; they gain surveillance, ship-born raid, airborne raid and visit, board, search and seizure capabilities. The Recon Marines comprise more than the standard unit. They are the Maritime Raid Force.
- NEPMU-7 Supports Annual Baltic Operations Exercise NNS 22 Jun 2015 -- Two preventive medicine technicians (PMTs) from Navy Environmental Preventive Medicine Unit (NEPMU) 7 deployed to provide public health support in preparation for the annual Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2015, June 5-20.
- Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group Departs U.S. 5th Fleet NNS 22 Jun 2015 -- The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (IWOARG), with embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), departed U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations (AOO), June 21.
- SECNAV Completes Visit to Estonia NNS 22 Jun 2015 -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus met with Commander of the Estonian Navy Capt. Sten Sepper aboard the Estonian Navy's flagship minesweeper, the ENS Admiral Cowan, June 19.
- SECNAV Meets with Bosnia and Herzegovina's Minister of Defense NNS 22 Jun 2015 -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus met with Bosnia and Herzegovina's Minister of Defense Zekerijah Osmic during an official visit to the Balkan nation June 22.
- Millinocket Arrives in Micronesia for Pacific Partnership NNS 22 Jun 2015 -- The Military Sealift Command joint high speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3) arrived in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, June 21 for the ship's second stop of Pacific Partnership 2015.
- Pentagon chief lauds US bid to store heavy weapons in Eastern Europe Press TV 22 Jun 2015 -- US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has lauded Washington's decision to station heavy weaponry in Eastern Europe, and vowed the United States will defend its allies against Russia.
- Carter, NATO Defense Chiefs to Focus on Russia VOA 22 Jun 2015 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Monday there is neither a desire for a return to a Cold War nor for a new conflict with Russia, and that economic sanctions are having an effect in countering Russian 'aggression' in Ukraine.
- Press conference by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg ahead of the NATO Defence Ministers meetings NATO 22 Jun 2015
- Lithuania: NATO jets escort Russian military planes 10 times on June 15-21 TASS 22 Jun 2015 -- NATO fighters based at the Lithuanian air base Zokniai took off ten times from June 15 to 21 to follow up Russian military planes, the Lithuanian Defence Ministry said in a weekly survey of situation in the airspace issued on Monday.
- Background Briefing on the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue US Dept. of State 22 Jun 2015
- US, China Acknowledge Areas of Tension VOA 22 Jun 2015 -- U.S. and Chinese officials were frank in discussing differences between the two countries Tuesday, as they opened key annual talks, but both sides agreed that confrontation was not in the world's best interest.
- US, China Kick Off Wide-ranging Talks VOA 22 Jun 2015 -- U.S. and Chinese officials have launched three days of high-level talks in Washington on issues including climate change, cyber security and maritime concerns.
- US, Japan conduct naval drills with Philippines near Chinese islands Press TV 22 Jun 2015 -- The United States and Japan have launched war games with the Philippines near islands in the South China Sea amid growing tensions with Beijing over the islands.
- Philippines, US, Japan Hold Military Drills Near S. China Sea VOA 22 Jun 2015 -- Military exercises between the United States and the Philippines opened Monday, at the same time that the Japanese and Philippine navies started joint training. Both operations are being held on the island province of Palawan, located near the hotly contested South China Sea.
- Advanced Su-35, Su-30SM Jets to Be Deployed in Russia's Western Regions Sputnik 22 Jun 2015 -- A squadron of new Su-35 and Su-30SM jet fighters will join the air forces of the Russian Western Military District by the end of 2015, the press office of the district reported.
- Russian Navy to Build New Aircraft Carrier After 2025 - Military Source Sputnik 22 Jun 2015 -- The new vessel would lend support to the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, the only aircraft carrier currently in the Russian Navy.
- Construction of Russian aircraft carrier to start after 2025 - source TASS 22 Jun 2015 -- The construction of Russia's promising aircraft carrier will start after 2025, a source in the country's military-industrial complex told journalists on Monday.
- Russian Northern Fleet mine sweepers hold drills in Barents Sea TASS 22 Jun 2015 -- Groups of mine sweepers from Russia's Northern Fleet held drills in the Barents Sea to practice the tasks of detecting mines and escorting submarines, Fleet spokesman, Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga said on Monday.
- HMS Enterprise to replace HMS Bulwark in the Mediterranean UK MOD 22 Jun 2015 -- Michael Fallon has announced HMS Enterprise will replace HMS Bulwark in support of the EU mission to tackle the migration in the Med.
- UK Provides Further Equipment to Kurdish Fighters Tackling ISIL UK MOD 22 Jun 2015 -- The Defence Secretary has announced that the UK will supply a further £600,000 worth of military equipment to the Kurdish Peshmerga.
- Iran Navy sends 35th flotilla to high seas Press TV 22 Jun 2015 -- The 35th flotilla of the Iranian Navy has set off for high seas to safeguard naval routes for the country's vessels operating in the region.
- Russia Could Offer Iran Antey-2500 Instead of S-300 Sputnik 22 Jun 2015 -- Rumor has it that Russia and Iran will sign a deal for the delivery of the brand new Antey-2500 anti-ballistic missile systems as soon as the talks on recalling Tehran's $4 billion lawsuit against Russia regarding the non-delivery of S-300 air defense systems end successfully.
- German Army 30 Percent Underarmed - Bundeswehr Inspector Sputnik 22 Jun 2015 -- The German armed forces are 30 percent underequipped and will need years to bring their lacking arsenals up to speed, Lt. General Bruno Kasdorf, Inspector of the German Army, warned in a radio interview on Sunday.
- Lithuanian PM Denies Any Arms Supplies to Ukraine Sputnik 22 Jun 2015 -- Lithuania has not made any decisions about supplying arms to Ukraine, the country's Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius said on Sunday.
- Australia - AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles DSCA 22 Jun 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia for AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $69 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on June 19, 2015.
- Kim Jong Un Watches Flight Training of First Women Supersonic Fighter Pilots KCNA 22 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 flight training of women supersonic fighter pilots Jo Kum Hyang and Rim Sol.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Press Secretary, 6/22/2015 The White House 22 Jun 2015
- June 22, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 22 Jun 2015
- 22 June 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 22 Jun 2015
- Security Council has 'obligation to act now' to protect civilians from ISIL - UN rights expert UN News 22 Jun 2015 -- A United Nations expert appointed by the world body's Geneva-based Human Rights Council appealed today for the Security Council to take immediate action to enforce international law and protect civilians living "in daily fear for their lives" in areas controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL) where "shocking crimes are being committed on an industrial scale."
- Fresh Saudi airstrikes kill 8 in Yemen's Hajjah Press TV 22 Jun 2015 -- At least eight people have been killed in fresh Saudi aerial attacks in northwestern Yemen as Riyadh's military campaign against the impoverished country continues unabated.
- Syrian forces retake west of Palmyra from ISIL Press TV 22 Jun 2015 -- Syrian government forces have made further military progress in its bid to recapture the ancient city of Palmyra, reopening a major route for oil and gas supply to the capital Damascus.
- Hezbollah, Syria thwart ISIL attack in Qalamoun Press TV 22 Jun 2015 -- Fighters of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah and the Syrian army troops have repelled an attack by the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group in the border region of Qalamoun, west of Syria.
- Turkey Warns US About Kurdish Advances in Syria VOA 22 Jun 2015 -- Turkey has warned the United States and Western powers of red lines when it comes to the Kurds and their military advances against Islamic extremists in northern Syria, including a firm position the Kurds must not threaten the territorial integrity of Syria by seeking their own autonomous Kurdish State.
- Will the UN's Gaza report force change? IRIN 22 Jun 2015 -- A United Nations investigation accusing Israel and Palestinian armed groups of alleged war crimes in last summer's Gaza conflict caused a stir on Monday.
- UN report on 2014 Gaza conflict finds evidence of possible war crimes by both Israel and Palestinian groups UN News 22 Jun 2015 -- A new report released by a United Nations investigative panel on the possible commission of war crimes in Gaza during the 2014 conflict between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in the enclave, has gathered substantial information finding the allegations to be credible, the Organization's human rights office announced today.
- UN denounces human suffering in Gaza war as unprecedented Press TV 22 Jun 2015 -- A highly anticipated United Nations report on the latest war on Gaza has decried as "unprecedented" the devastation and human suffering left behind by Israel's 2014 attack on the enclave.
- Colombia vs. Venezuela: Fight for the Maritime Borders Sputnik 22 Jun 2015 -- Both countries have claimed an area in the Gulf of Venezuela near the Guajira Peninsula since they gained independence from Spain in the 19th century. The main factor that gives strategic importance to these waters is the fact that it connects the Caribbean Sea and Lake Maracaibo, an important source of crude petroleum for Venezuela.
- Central African Republic: Ban appoints panel to investigate UN response to sexual abuse allegations UN News 22 Jun 2015 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a panel to investigate the response of the United Nations to allegations of sexual abuse surrounding a deployment of foreign military forces in the Central African Republic (CAR), a spokesperson for the Organization has announced.
- South Sudan: UN mission reports five people injured in shooting at Juba marketplace UN News 22 Jun 2015 -- The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today reported that five internally displaced persons (IDPs) – four women and one man – were shot during an incident early Saturday evening.
- US: More Work Ahead for Mali Following Peace Deal VOA 22 Jun 2015 -- The Obama administration says Mali has a lot of work ahead following the signing of a peace agreement between Tuareg rebels and the government.
- Unrest Reported at Congo Camp for Ex-militiamen VOA 22 Jun 2015 -- A riot has been reported at a military camp holding more than 800 ex-militiamen in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are demanding to be freed and sent back to their home areas, but the government says the situation is under control.
- Myanmar Offers Peace Deal to Kokang Rebels VOA 22 Jun 2015 -- The government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, says it has offered a peace deal to Kokang rebels it has been fighting since February near the border with China.
- FM: Difficult days ahead as Iran nuclear deadline approaching IRNA 22 Jun 2015 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) are entering very intensive era, and said that political will remains the key to reaching a final deal by July 1.
- Iran-G5+1 nuclear talks at sensitive stage: Rouhani ISNA 22 Jun 2015 -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said negotiations between Iran and the G5+1 group of countries over Tehran's nuclear program have reached a sensitive stage.
- Differences somewhat reduced on Iran nuclear deal: Negotiator Press TV 22 Jun 2015 -- A senior Iranian nuclear negotiator says gaps between Iran and six major world powers over the final text of a possible comprehensive deal on Tehran's atomic case have partly narrowed, yet progress has not been made as expected.
- Iranian Ex-President Says U.S. Seeks Arrest Of Hidden Imam RFE/RL 22 Jun 2015 -- Iran's former hard-line President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has reportedly said that the United States is working to arrest the Hidden Imam, who according to Shi'ite belief went into hiding in the 10th century and will reappear to bring justice to Earth.
- EU Extends Russia Sanctions for 6 Months VOA 22 Jun 2015 -- European Union foreign ministers formally agreed Monday to extend economic sanctions against Russia for an additional six months in response to the country's role in neighboring Ukraine.
- APC Weddings, Tank Biathlon: Russia's Martial Mood RFE/RL 22 Jun 2015 -- Here comes the bride - in an armored personnel carrier (APC). Forget those Hummer stretch limousines. These days, several companies in Moscow are renting out APCs for couples riding off into matrimony -- part of a military craze that is permeating Russia amid the conflict in Ukraine and a Kremlin drive to boost patriotism.
- Guinea Reacts to Indictment of Generals for 2009 Massacre VOA 22 Jun 2015 -- Human rights activists welcomed the indictment of two generals in Guinea for the massacre of protesters six years ago. But some question whether the indictments are aimed at a former military ruler who is planning to run in the upcoming elections.
- Guinea, Sierra Leone Still Have Ebola VOA 22 Jun 2015 -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is still not over. Health officials continue to report cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Liberia was declared Ebola-free on May 9th.
- China Creates High-Sensitive Electric 'Eye' to Revolutionize Space Docking Sputnik 22 Jun 2015 -- Chinese space engineers designed the world's most sensitive sensor that enables autonomous rendezvous and docking of two spacecraft more safely and efficiently.
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