08 July 2015 Military News
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 08 Jul 2015 [PDF]
- Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Targets in Iraq, Syria AFPS 08 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.
- Afghanistan: UN officials welcome direct talks between Government and Taliban UN News 08 Jul 2015 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Representative in Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom have welcomed direct talks held between Afghan Government and Taliban representatives in Islamabad, Pakistan – urging both parties to move towards reconciliation and peace.
- US drone strikes in Afghanistan kill 43 Press TV 08 Jul 2015 -- At least 43 people have been killed in two separate US drone strikes in the eastern Afghan province of Nanagarhar, Press TV reports.
- Afghan gov't, Taliban militants to meet again after Pakistan talks Press TV 08 Jul 2015 -- Representatives from the Afghan government and the Taliban militant group have agreed to continue peace talks after landmark negotiations in Pakistan, Islamabad says.
- Afghan forces kill 75 Taliban militants in mop-up operations Press TV 08 Jul 2015 -- Afghan security forces have killed more than 70 Taliban militants and wounded more than two dozen others during various clean-up operations across the war-stricken country over the past 24 hours.
- Afghans Driven By Taliban Offensive To Northern Haven RFE/RL 08 Jul 2015
- Pakistan Hosts First Afghan, Taliban Peace Talks RFE/RL 08 Jul 2015 -- Pakistan's government says a meeting on July 7 between Afghan government and Afghan Taliban representatives ended with an agreement to continue talks toward achieving peace and reconciliation.
Defense Policy / Programs
- NNSA, Air Force Complete Successful B61-12 Life Extension Program Development Flight Test at Tonopah Test Range National Nuclear Security Administration 08 Jul 2015 -- The United States Air Force (USAF) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) completed the first development flight test of a non-nuclear B61-12 gravity bomb at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada on July 1, 2015.
- Carter: Vietnam War, Veterans Taught Important Lessons AFPS 08 Jul 2015 -- As the United States and Vietnam mend and strengthen relations, a congressional ceremony here today commemorated a time 50 years ago when the two nations parted ways.
- U.S., Australian Forces 'On Board' for Talisman Sabre Exercise 2015 NNS 08 Jul 2015 -- More than 260 military and civilian augmentees from Australia and the U.S. arrived aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), July 6, bringing additional manpower and competencies to the U.S. 7th Fleet staff prior to the start of exercise Talisman Sabre 2015.
- ASWEX Promotes Stability, Security During Talisman Sabre NNS 08 Jul 2015 -- The George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) participated in a multi-unit anti-submarine warfare exercise (ASWEX) as part of Talisman Sabre 2015 (TS15), July 7-8.
- NATO Flexing Military Muscle in Black Sea War Games Sputnik 08 Jul 2015 -- NATO ships entered the Black Sea to take part in major war games dubbed BREEZE 2015 as part of what the United States refers to as the reassurance of its NATO allies that the country is committed to their security, which Moscow justifiably sees as flagrant saber-rattling.
- Russia to Launch Space Based Missile Warning System Sputnik 08 Jul 2015 -- Russia will have a space-based missile approach warning system up and running by 2020, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin announced on Wednesday.
- Russia Developing Multipurpose Missile Launchers for Brand New Warships Sputnik 08 Jul 2015 -- Russia is developing a multi-role missile launcher for ship-borne missiles to be equipped on state-of-the-art watercraft of the Russian Navy, Technodynamika's head Maxim Kuzyuk told RIA Novosti.
- $1.3 Billion Compensation for Mistral Non-Delivery 'More Reasonable' Sputnik 08 Jul 2015 -- The two Mistral-class helicopter carriers built for the Russian Navy will not be delivered to Russia and the cancellation of the contract could cost Paris $1.3 billion, French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Monday.
- New Generation Self-Homing Missile Will Bolster Russian Air Defense Sputnik 08 Jul 2015 -- Russia's air defenders will soon be using super-maneuverable missile systems equipped with new generation munitions, a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.
- Russian antisubmarine ships go on combat duty in Pacific TASS 08 Jul 2015 -- Russian small antisubmarine ships have entered the Pacific for combat duty missions, Pacific Fleet spokesman Roman Martov said on Wednesday.
- Hackers take over Patriot missile battery in southern Turkey Press TV 08 Jul 2015 -- Unknown hackers have reportedly taken over the German-owned Patriot air and missile defense systems stationed in southern Turkey on the border with crisis-hit Syria, and given it unspecified commands.
- Legacy of Coup Probes Haunt Effectiveness of Turkish Military VOA 08 Jul 2015 -- Turkish forces remain massed on the Syrian border, with Ankara warning it may intervene to secure the frontier; but, with hundreds of senior military officers jailed or forced into retirement as a result of investigations over coup plotting, questions are being raised over what impact this has had on military capabilities.
- Ukraine Ramps Up Arms Production Amid Crisis Sputnik 08 Jul 2015 -- Since January Ukrainian armorers have built 36 times more weapons than they did during the same period of last year, the country's top arms maker announced on Wednesday.
- US Defense Contractor Supplies Jordan With Modern Border Security Equipment Sputnik 08 Jul 2015 -- The US sent sensors, communications, command and control equipment to Jordan to help the country guard its borders with Syria and Iraq.
- Egypt - Border Security Mobile Surveillance Sensor Security System DSCA 08 Jul 2015 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Egypt for Border Security Mobile Surveillance Sensor Security System and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $100 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 7, 2015.
- McCain: US Should Ease Restrictions on Sale of Lethal Weapons to Vietnam Sputnik 08 Jul 2015 -- The United States should loosen its ban on the sale of lethal military equipment to Vietnam to help the country improve maritime security, US Senator John McCain state din a press release.
- July 8, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 08 Jul 2015
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 7/8/15 The White House 08 Jul 2015
- 8 July 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 08 Jul 2015
- Saudi warplanes target Yemeni soldiers defecting to Houthis Press TV 08 Jul 2015 -- Latest airstrikes carried out by Saudi warplanes as well as clashes on the Yemeni-Saudi border have killed several soldiers who had defected to the Houthi Ansarullah forces, a military source says.
- 69 killed, dozens injured in Saudi attacks on Yemen Press TV 08 Jul 2015 -- At least 69 people have been killed and dozens of others sustained injuries in attacks by Saudi Arabia on Yemen.
- Iraq forces continue Baiji mop-up operations Press TV 08 Jul 2015 -- Iraqi army forces backed by volunteer fighters are engaged in operations to cleanse the oil-rich city of Baiji in the northern province of Salahuddin from Takfiri ISIL militants, Press TV reports.
- Iraqi forces kill 109 ISIL Takfiris during cleanup operations Press TV 08 Jul 2015 -- Iraqi government forces, backed by fighters from Popular Mobilization units, have carried out a series of clean-up operations across Iraq, killing dozens of Takfiri ISIL militants.
- Displaced And Traumatized By IS, Yazidis Try - And Fail - To Reach Europe RFE/RL 08 Jul 2015 -- Thousands of Yazidis who fled to Turkey after Islamic State militants overran Sinjar in northern Iraq in August 2014 are trying to reach Europe, where they say they want to seek asylum.
- Syria army takes control of areas near Palmyra Press TV 08 Jul 2015 -- The Syrian army has reportedly pushed militants with the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group from three areas near the ancient city of Palmyra in the country's central province of Homs.
- UN says Israeli blockade of Gaza blocks reconstruction efforts Press TV 08 Jul 2015 -- A top official in the United Nations has called on the Israeli regime to end its "inexcusable" siege on the Gaza Strip as the blockade has hampered reconstruction in the coastal enclave just one year after Israeli raids on the area devastated hundreds of homes.
- Amid stalled reconstruction, UN official says 'root causes' of Gaza crisis still unresolved UN News 08 Jul 2015 -- The root causes of last year's conflict in Gaza – which claimed nearly two thousand lives and ravaged large swathes of the Palestinian enclave – remain unaddressed despite a growing humanitarian crisis in the area, the head of the United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees has warned.
- UN officials recall 'horror' of Srebrenica as Security Council fails to adopt measure condemning massacre UN News 08 Jul 2015 -- As the United Nations Security Council failed to adopt a resolution that some of its permanent members called "vital" and others called "divisive," senior UN officials stressed that the horror of the genocidal massacre at Srebrenica continued to haunt the Organization 20 years after thousands of ethnic Bosnian Muslim men and boys were slaughtered during a week of preventable brutality.
- Russia Vetoes UN Srebrenica Resolution RFE/RL 08 Jul 2015 -- Russia has vetoed a United Nations resolution that would have described the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica as 'genocide.'
- South Sudan: four years on, UN marks 'grim' independence anniversary amid ongoing conflict UN News 08 Jul 2015 -- The people of South Sudan are preparing to mark the fourth anniversary of their country's founding amid ongoing suffering, unconscionable levels of violence and unspeakable sexual abuse, according to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
- UN Official Calls for Arms Embargo on South Sudan VOA 08 Jul 2015 -- The U.N.'s head of peacekeeping, Hervé Ladsous, urged the Security Council on Wednesday to impose a comprehensive arms embargo on both the government and opposition in South Sudan.
- S. Sudan Rebel Leader: Fighting Continues If Kiir Remains VOA 08 Jul 2015 -- South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar said President Salva Kiir should resign and dissolve his government at midnight Wednesday, when the country's 2011 transitional constitution is set to expire.
- At Least 13 Killed in Boko Haram Attack on Northern Cameroon VOA 08 Jul 2015 -- Media reports and eye witnesses in northern Cameroon say at least 13 people have been killed in an attack by Boko Haram fighters. Government officials say at least three attackers were also killed in the fighting.
- Saudi Arabia Casts Wary Eye on Iran Deal VOA 08 Jul 2015 -- As Iran and world powers move toward a possible nuclear deal, Saudi Arabia faces drastic geopolitical shifts. Analysts say lifting sanctions on Iran could greatly increase competition for oil sales, as well as create other far-reaching consequences for the kingdom.
- Iran Nuclear Talks Get Heated As Clock On Deal Runs Down RFE/RL 08 Jul 2015 -- Negotiations between Iran and major world powers became testy as Iran at the last minute raised the issue of eliminating broad United Nations sanctions over its conventional arms and missile programs, diplomats said.
- Iran Says Offering 'Constructive Solutions' In Nuclear Talks RFE/RL 08 Jul 2015 -- A senior Iranian diplomat said on July 8 that Iran has presented 'constructive solutions' to resolve disputes in its nuclear talks with six major powers.
- US, Iranian Nuclear Negotiators Meet in Vienna VOA 08 Jul 2015 -- Top U.S. and Iranian negotiators met for at least three hours Wednesday in Vienna to try to iron out differences in a nuclear agreement, one day after world powers extended yet another deadline to reach a final deal.
- Araqchi: Text of Iran-P5+1 agreement almost complete IRNA 08 Jul 2015 -- Deputy Foreign Minister Abbass Araqchi has said the text of final agreement between Iran and the world six major powers is almost complete.
- With fast action to rescue staple crops 'we can save lives' in DPR Korea,' UNICEF says UN News 08 Jul 2015 -- Children are already suffering as a result of drought in some parts of the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea (DPRK), where deaths of young children attributed to diarrhoea have increased seriously in the first six months of 2015 in the drought-affected provinces, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
- Psyops, Mind Games, And Madmen RFE/RL 08 Jul 2015 -- His proposal was slapped down by the Kremlin, dismissed by the Foreign Ministry, and ridiculed by prosecutors. But Yevgeny Fyodorov persisted nevertheless. Just hours after the Prosecutor-General's Office said that Fyodorov's appeal for an investigation into the legality of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania's independence 'had no legal prospects' and was 'devoid of common sense,' he was on television insisting he was right.
- Russian Lawmakers Target U.S. Groups Under 'Undesirables' Law RFE/RL 08 Jul 2015 -- Russian authorities have taken a step toward banning 12 foreign organizations, including several prominent U.S.-based democracy-promotion groups, under a new law meant to rid the country of 'undesirable' outfits deemed a threat to its security.
- 'Morpho' Hacking Group Presents Major Corporate Security Threat VOA 08 Jul 2015 -- A previously unknown group of highly-trained hackers presents a major new digital security risk for corporations, according to a report released today by the web security firm Symantec.
- Ebola cases evade detection due to ongoing lack of trust in communities – UN UN News 08 Jul 2015 -- The origin of the new cluster of Ebola cases is "not yet well understood," the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today about the outbreak in West Africa where a residual lack of trust in the response means that some cases still evade detection for too long, increasing the risk of further transmission.
- Tunisia to Build Moat, Wall of Sand Against Terror VOA 08 Jul 2015 -- Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid says his country is starting to build a wall of sand along the border with neighboring Libya, along with a moat, to stop terrorists from infiltrating Tunisian territory. The Tunisian government has been taking preventive measures to try to stop a repeat of the terror attack which left 38 people dead – most of them foreign tourists – on June 26.
- Czech Parliament Expands Intelligence Service Powers Sputnik 08 Jul 2015 -- The Czech parliament has adopted amendments to a law on intelligence services that significantly expands their powers, head of the parliament press service Roman Zamboch said Wednesday.
- Buhari Vows Recovery of Looted Nigerian Funds VOA 08 Jul 2015 -- For years, Nigerian presidential administrations have pledged to get money back from their predecessors. Former president Goodluck Jonathan's administration, for instance, secured a deal to recover money from late dictator Sani Abacha.
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