03 July 2015 Military News
- Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 03 Jul 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.
- Clashes, air strikes against IS militants kill 72 in Iraq People's Daily 03 Jul 2015 -- Up to 72 people were killed on Thursday in clashes and air strikes by U.S.-led coalition and Iraqi aircraft targeting Islamic State (IS) militants in the provinces of Salahudin and Anbar, security sources said.
- US drone strike kills senior ISIL leader: Pentagon Press TV 03 Jul 2015 -- The US military says it has taken out a senior ISIL leader, who has been in charge of moving militants and weapons from Libya to Syria.
- US-Funded Afghan Police 'Destabilizing Country, Empowering Militia Groups' Sputnik 03 Jul 2015 -- Following recent Taliban gains in the north of Afghanistan and ongoing instances of violence, local security forces are coming under fresh scrutiny, with a report accusing the US-funded Afghan Local Police (ALP) of destabilizing the country, and in some cases, empowering militia groups.
- US Operates Top Secret Drone Bases Inside Somalia Sputnik 03 Jul 2015 -- Already receiving fierce criticism for operating drone bases on foreign soil – sometimes without the host country's knowledge – the US has begun expanding its operations in Africa. But according to reports, the Pentagon has been running a base in Somalia, completely in secret, to conduct drone missions and train elite Somali forces.
Defense Policy / Programs
- China Slams 'Cold War Mentality' of US's New National Military Strategy Sputnik 03 Jul 2015 -- Beijing has expressed its annoyance over the US Defense Department's new National Military Strategy, saying that it 'groundlessly exaggerates' China's threat and demonstrates that the US is stuck in a 'Cold War mentality.'
- Reserve, Guard tankers improve safety with pods AFNS 03 Jul 2015 -- The Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve are scheduled to receive three new system pods that will allow tankers to safely get closer to the fight for refueling.
- MiG-29 Fulcrum Multirole Jet Fighter Crashes in Southern Russia Sputnik 03 Jul 2015 -- The pilot was able to eject before the crash, the source said.
- Russia Ramps Up Black Sea Fleet With Modernized War Aircraft Sputnik 03 Jul 2015 -- The aviation units of Russia's Black Sea Fleet Air Force, Air Defense and Naval aviation have received modernized attack aircraft and fighter jets, including Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-30M2 fighters, Mil Mi-28 attack helicopters and Mi-8MTPR electronic warfare helicopters.
- Russian Defence Ministry not to cut back on State Program of Armaments until 2020 TASS 03 Jul 2015 -- The Russian Defence Ministry has no plans to curtail the State Program of Armaments until 2020 and does not expect reductions in the State Defence Order for 2016-2018, Deputy Defence Minister Yury Borisov told reporters on Friday.
- Russian Navy to get 12 ships in 2015, including 11 from repairs TASS 03 Jul 2015 -- The Russian Navy will receive in 2015 a total of 12 warships, including 11 - from repairs, Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov told reporters on Friday.
- Test-launches of new MLRS to be completed by end of 2015 - manufacturer TASS 03 Jul 2015 -- Test-launches of new multiple rocket launcher systems (MLRS) of 300mm caliber will be completed by the end of 2015, deputy general director of NPO Splav Gennady Kalyuzhny told TASS on Friday.
- Russia's new Lider destroyer project to be ready in 2016 - USC TASS 03 Jul 2015 -- Basic design of the future Lider (Leader) class destroyer will be presented to the Navy in two versions in the first quarter of 2016, director of the state defence order department of Russia's United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) Anatoly Shlemov told TASS on Friday.
- Russia ready to export Iskander missile complexes to Saudi Arabia TASS 03 Jul 2015 -- Russia is ready to supply Iskander tactical missile complexes to Saudi Arabia, Igor Sevastyanov, a deputy director general of Russia's state weaponry trading corporation Rosoboronexport said on Friday.
- Biochemical Weapons Expert Flees N Korea Sputnik 03 Jul 2015 -- According to South Korean news agency reports, North Korean expert in biochemical weaponry was reportedly carrying at least 15 gigabytes of information on the results of 'human experiments' conducted in his home country.
- Chinese military promises more time of private life People's Daily 03 Jul 2015 -- The People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Thursday introduced a new regulation which allows soldiers to enjoy more free time.
- China, Italy agree to strengthen military cooperation People's Daily 03 Jul 2015 -- China and Italy agreed to boost military cooperation during a meeting between Xu Qiliang, vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC), and visiting Italian Defense Ministry secretary-general Enzo Stefanini on Friday.
- Singapore navy launches 1st Littoral Mission Vessel People's Daily 03 Jul 2015 -- Singapore's Minister for Defense Ng Eng Hen on Friday officially launched 'Independence', the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN)'s first Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), which marked a significant milestone for the LMV program.
- Rosoboronexport to supply to China Zubr landing craft ordered in Ukraine TASS 03 Jul 2015 -- Russia's arms exporter Rosoboronexport intends to fulfill the contract on the supply of the Zubr landing ships to China, Rosoboronexport deputy CEO Igor Sevastyanov told reporters on Friday at the International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS-2015) in St. Petersburg.
- Yemen: despite major obstacles and insecurity, UN continuing to deliver aid to displaced UN News 03 Jul 2015 -- The United Nations is working to deliver humanitarian aid in war-torn Yemen despite widespread insecurity, port delays and severe restrictions on access, several of the Organization's agencies and partners confirmed today, citing efforts to provide everything from emergency shelters to food and other basic necessities to tens of thousands of people displaced by fighting and airstrikes.
- Conflict in Yemen Blocks Humanitarian Aid VOA 03 Jul 2015 -- The escalating war in Yemen is hampering delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid to millions in Yemen, United Nations aid agencies report. The agencies say only a fraction of the country's 21 million-plus people in need are receiving aid.
- About 130 ISIL Takfiris slain in Iraqi army mop-up operations Press TV 03 Jul 2015 -- Iraqi government forces, backed by Popular Mobilization units, have engaged ISIL Takfiri militants during a series of clean-up operations across the crisis-stricken Arab country, killing dozens of the extremists in the process.
- Turkey threatens to launch military intervention in Syria Press TV 03 Jul 2015 -- Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says his country would not hesitate to launch a military intervention in Syria in case of what he referred to as a potential threat to Turkey's "security."
- US to send first group of trained militants into Syria: Officials Press TV 03 Jul 2015 -- The US military is preparing to send its first batch of trained militants into Syria in the next several weeks as a ground force against the ISIL terrorist group, according to a report.
- Ukraine routinely passes up chances of peace: Russia Press TV 03 Jul 2015 -- Russia's foreign minister has accused Ukraine of routinely missing the opportunity of reaching an agreement with pro-Moscow forces on the implementation of the Minsk peace deal.
- Malaysia Pushes For UN Tribunal On MH17 Downing; Russia Balks RFE/RL 03 Jul 2015 -- Malaysia told the United Nations Security Council July 2 it plans to push for a UN-backed tribunal to prosecute those suspected of shooting down a passenger airliner last year in eastern Ukraine.
- Who Are The Russian Generals That Ukraine Says Are Fighting In The Donbas? RFE/RL 03 Jul 2015 -- The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has prepared a dossier laying out evidence for what it calls 'Russian aggression against Ukraine.'
- US, UN Condemn Mali Attack Claimed by Al-Qaida VOA 03 Jul 2015 -- The United States has condemned "in the strongest possible terms" Thursday's ambush on a convoy of U.N. peacekeepers in Mali, in which six people were killed and five more were wounded.
- Boko Haram Slays 11 'Defectors' in Nigeria VOA 03 Jul 2015 -- Witnesses say Boko Haram militants have executed 11 members who were accused of deserting the Islamist extremist group.
- Can the UN's agency for Palestinians be fixed? IRIN 03 Jul 2015 -- Facing what its commissioner-general Pierre Krähenbühl called its "most serious financial crisis ever," this week the UN agency for Palestinian refugees announced it would let go around 100 foreign employees on short-term contracts, roughly half of all its international employees.
- Kerry, Zarif Meet on Key Iran Nuclear Disputes VOA 03 Jul 2015 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Friday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna to discuss key disputes that prevented nuclear negotiators from meeting a June 30 deadline for an agreement.
- Iran, IAEA agree to set timetable to resolve technical nuke issues: president People's Daily 03 Jul 2015 -- Iran will resolve remaining technical nuclear issues in close cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in a specific timetable, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said here on Thursday.
- Zarif Says 'Never Been Closer' To Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 03 Jul 2015 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said a lasting nuclear deal with Iran has 'never been closer.'
- The Father Of Iran's Nuclear Program Recalls How It All Began RFE/RL 03 Jul 2015 -- It was late in 1973 when Akbar Etemad got the call -- the shah wanted to discuss ways to launch a nuclear program that would cement Iran's place among the world's modern nations.
- Putin: West 'Pressures' Russia Because of Its 'Independent' Policies VOA 03 Jul 2015 -- President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia is being pressured because it is carrying out independent foreign and domestic policies.
- Jews Are Fleeing Russia Because Of Putin RFE/RL 03 Jul 2015 -- Just a year ago, Russian journalist Vladimir Yakovlev was one of Moscow's most influential media figures. Today, he lives a quiet life in Tel Aviv and has swapped his Russian passport for an Israeli one.
- France rejects asylum request by WikiLeaks founder Press TV 03 Jul 2015 -- France has rejected an asylum request by the founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, saying he does not face "an immediate danger" to justify asylum.
- Pakistan Army Officer, Dozen Others Killed In Suspicious Train Accident RFE/RL 03 Jul 2015 -- At least 14 people including a senior army officer were killed July 2 when a train carrying more than 200 fell into a canal in Pakistan after the partial collapse of a bridge.
- Ebola: as virus resurfaces in Liberia, UNICEF teams and supplies arrive in affected areas UN News 03 Jul 2015 -- In a speedy response to Liberia's first confirmed cases of Ebola in more than three months, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has begun distributing emergency supplies in the affected communities including tents for isolating those under quarantine, hygiene kits and chlorine and buckets for handwashing stations.
- Russia Launches Soyuz Rocket With Progress Vessel Carrying Supplies to ISS Sputnik 03 Jul 2015 -- The Soyuz-U carrier rocket with the Russian Progress cargo spacecraft has set off for the ISS.
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