27 June 2015 Military News
- Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 27 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.
- Afghan forces kill 68 Taliban militants in mop-up operations Press TV 27 Jun 2015 -- Afghan security forces have killed more than 60 Taliban militants and wounded several others during clean-up operations across the war-torn country over the past 48 hours.
Defense Policy / Programs
- NATO Buildup in East Europe Inadequate, 'Burden' for Member-States - Moscow Sputnik 27 Jun 2015 -- The results of the meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels on June 24-25 reaffirmed that the strategic course of the alliance taken in September 2014 to achieve military and political dominance in Europe has not changed, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement late Friday.
- Russia to Receive Fifth-Generation Nuclear Submarine by 2020 Sputnik 27 Jun 2015 -- Russia is building a new, fifth-generation nuclear submarine, the Diplomat reported.
- France Unwilling to Pay Russia More Than 1Bln Euros for Mistral Deal Fail Sputnik 27 Jun 2015 -- France is unwilling to pay Russia more than €1 billion for refusing to deliver Mistral helicopter-carriers, French magazine Challenges wrote.
- China Builds Top Secret Midget Submarine Sputnik 27 Jun 2015 -- Satellite imagery from October 2014 shows what appears to be a new midget submarine at China's Wuchang shipyard.
- India's Upgraded Attack Submarine to Re-Enter Service Sputnik 27 Jun 2015 -- The Indian Navy's INS Sindhukirti to undergo final trials before officially re-entering into service with the Indian Navy next month.
- Iraqi F-16 fighter jet pilot killed in training mission in US Press TV 27 Jun 2015 -- An Iraqi pilot has been killed when his F-16 fighter jet crashed during a training mission in the United States, the Iraqi Defense Ministry says.
- US compares China's policy in South China Sea to Russia's in Ukraine Press TV 27 Jun 2015 -- The United States has accused China of "unilaterally and coercively" pursuing territory in the South China Sea, comparing its policy to that of Russia in eastern Ukraine.
- Iraqi airstrikes kill 61 ISIL militants Press TV 27 Jun 2015 -- At least 61 ISIL Takfiri terrorists have been killed in separate operations by the Iraqi air force in the violence-plagued western province of Anbar and the northern province of Kirkuk.
- Syria declares Hasakah 'safe' city after fight against ISIL Press TV 27 Jun 2015 -- The Syrian government says the flashpoint city of Hasakah is now safe, denying reports that the Takfiri ISIL terrorists have captured major facilities there.
- Kurdish forces drive ISIL terrorists out of Kobani: Report Press TV 27 Jun 2015 -- Kurdish forces have succeeded in pushing the ISIL Takfiri terrorists from Syria's strategic town of Kobani, near the border with Turkey, a report says.
- Kurdish Fighters Drive IS From Kobani VOA 27 Jun 2015 -- Kurdish fighters have driven the Islamic State group from the Syrian border town of Kobani, two days after the jihadists took over several of the town's neighborhoods, according to a Syrian watchdog group and activists.
- Nuclear deal possible if other side stops excessive demands: Zarif IRNA 27 Jun 2015 -- Foreign Minister Mohammad Javd Zarif said it is necessry that the other side in nuclear talks 'accept the realities', adding that if they recognize the rights of Iranian people and stop excessive demands, then a nuclear deal is definitely accessible.
- Zarif: Reaching 'good agreement' important not meeting deadline ISNA 27 Jun 2015 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif reiterated that a good agreement in nuclear talks is important not meeting the deadline.
- Big Disputes Greet Kerry, Zarif In Last-Ditch Meetings Over Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 27 Jun 2015 -- The U.S. and Iranian foreign ministers will meet June 27 to try to settle major differences over an agreement providing Iran with sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear activities.
- Iran Nuclear Negotiators Face 'Tough Issues' VOA 27 Jun 2015 -- Secretary of State John Kerry said Iran nuclear negotiators are hopeful they will be able to reach an agreement but still need to work through some "very tough issues."
- Major Sticking Points Remain in Iranian Nuclear Negotiations VOA 27 Jun 2015 -- When Iran and world powers reached a framework in April for a final comprehensive nuclear agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama hailed the accord as one that would 'cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon.'
- Hundreds Killed In Grisly Attacks Tied To Islamic State During Ramadan RFE/RL 27 Jun 2015 -- A gunman killed dozens of people at a Tunisian beach resort, a suicide bomber blasted away dozens more at a mosque in Kuwait, and Islamic militants massacred hundreds of civilians in separate battles in Syria and Somalia June 26.
- European Intelligence Agencies Prepare for More Attacks VOA 27 Jun 2015 -- European countries raised their terrorist threat levels this weekend fearing that Ramadan, the holy month when Muslims seek to exercise humility and charity and come closer to Allah, may hold more attacks similar to those on Friday that left over 60 dead and hundreds wounded across three continents.
- South Korea Reports One New MERS Case VOA 27 Jun 2015 -- South Korea reported one new case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, Saturday, bringing the country's total number of cases to 182, the largest number of cases outside Saudi Arabia.
- Guinea Quarantines Coastal Towns to End Ebola VOA 27 Jun 2015 -- Guinea authorities have implemented a quarantine this week aimed at finally ending the spread of Ebola in the country's coastal region, the one area where the virus continues to claim lives.
- List of North Korean Prison Camp Inmates Released VOA 27 Jun 2015 -- A South Korean civic group has released a list of North Koreans believed to be imprisoned in a North Korean prison camp and called for an investigation.
- China's Slowing Economy Poses Challenges VOA 27 Jun 2015 -- China's slowing economy has caught the attention of some U.S. policymakers and other observers, who warn not to underestimate the Asian country and who also see opportunities for more Chinese investment in the United States.
- Burundi to Hold Elections - Despite Opposition Boycott VOA 27 Jun 2015 -- The legislative elections will take place Monday – despite efforts to delay them. The European Union, African Union, East African Community and United Nations secretary general have asked that they be postponed until the opposition and the government can agree on how to ensure the elections will be transparent and inclusive.
- Iraq confirms arrest of senior Saddam-era official Press TV 27 Jun 2015 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has confirmed that Iraqi forces have detained Abd al-Baqi al-Saadun, a senior aide to former dictator Saddam Hussein.
- Rwanda-UK Relationship Tested by Spy Arrest VOA 27 Jun 2015 -- The arrest this week of Rwandan spy chief in the United Kingdom over alleged war crimes is seen by some as a test of the relationship between the two countries.
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