18 July 2015 Military News
- Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Targets in Syria, Iraq AFPS 18 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.
- In Baghdad, Dempsey Speaks with Leaders, Troops About ISIL AFPS 18 Jul 2015 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff made an unannounced visit here today to discuss progress in the ongoing fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
- Roadside bomb kills six policemen in western Afghanistan Press TV 18 Jul 2015 -- At least six police officers have been killed in a bomb explosion that destroyed their vehicle in Afghanistan's western province of Herat.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Fire and Fury; 2nd CEB, 1/8 conduct urban breaching techniques to prepare for upcoming deployment USMC News 18 Jul 2015 -- Approximately 30 Marines with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion and nine Marines with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment participated in an urban demolitions range at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, July 10.
- Eurofighter Completes Flight Trials on New Typhoon Enhancements Sputnik 18 Jul 2015 -- In an effort to keep the 25-year-old Eurofighter Typhoon competitive against the Russian Su-35, Airbus Defence and Space (DS) has finished flight tests of the jet's improved maneuverability.
- India Invites Foreign Contractors to Help Build Advanced Carrier Sputnik 18 Jul 2015 -- The Indian Navy has reportedly sent requests for proposals to four potential foreign contractors to assist it in constructing a state-of-the-art aircraft carrier.
- US Delivers 100 Humvees to Ukraine - Ambassador Sputnik 18 Jul 2015 -- Washington will deliver to Ukraine another 100 humvees, according to US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt.
- Analyst Urges US to Back Philippines in Maritime Dispute VOA 18 Jul 2015 -- A prominent American security expert has suggested to Congress that the U.S. declare the security of shoals and islands controlled by the Philippines in the disputed area of the South China Sea falls within the scope of their bilateral treaty.
- Yemeni army targets military base in southern Saudi Arabia IRNA 18 Jul 2015 -- The Yemeni army launched missile attacks on a strategic military base in Southern Saudi Arabia on Saturday in retaliation for Riyadh's continued airstrikes on their nation.
- Yemen Government Forces Claim to Have Captured Aden Sputnik 18 Jul 2015 -- Members of Yemen's exiled government say Saudi-backed fighters have recaptured the strategic port city of Aden from Houthi rebels on Friday, marking a significant shift in an intense conflict that has torn the country apart. But Houthi leaders are contesting the claim, saying the fight is still on.
- White House Condemns 'Abhorrent' Car Bombing At Iraqi Market RFE/RL 18 Jul 2015 -- The White House has condemned a devastating July 17 car bombing in the busy market of an Iraqi town that has killed at least 120 people, one of the deadliest attacks carried out by Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq.
- 96 ISIL Takfiri militants slain in Iraqi army airstrikes Press TV 18 Jul 2015 -- Nearly 100 Takfiri ISIL terrorists, including several militant commanders, have been killed in separate operations by the Iraqi air force in the country's crisis-hit western province of Anbar.
- More Than 100 Killed in Iraq Car Bomb VOA 18 Jul 2015 -- Iraqi officials said that up to 115 people, including women and children, were killed in a suicide car bombing in the country's eastern Diyala province, in one of the deadliest attacks carried out by Islamic State militants since they overran large parts of Iraq.
- Government troops, allied forces kill scores of militants across Syria Press TV 18 Jul 2015 -- Army units in Syria have carried out widespread operations across the country, killing scores of militants.
- ISIL uses chemical arms against Syrian Kurdish people Press TV 18 Jul 2015 -- ISIL Takfiri terrorist group has used chemical weapons against Syrian Kurdish forces during a late June attack.
- Islamic State Used Poison Gas Against Kurds In Iraq, Syria RFE/RL 18 Jul 2015 -- The Islamic State group used poison gas in attacks against Kurdish-controlled areas of Syria and Iraq in late June, Kurdish militia and monitoring groups said July 18.
- Report: IS May Have Used Chemical Agents on Kurds VOA 18 Jul 2015 -- Kurdish fighters and weapons experts say the Islamic State militant group has fired chemical weapons on Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq.
- Pro-Russians in Ukraine 'to withdraw certain armored vehicles' Press TV 18 Jul 2015 -- Self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine have expressed their readiness to withdraw armored vehicles with weapons that have calibers of less than 100 millimeters from the front line in the conflict-stricken region under the terms of the Minsk II peace agreement.
- DPR Asks OSCE to Monitor Withdrawal of Less Than 100mm Weapons in E Ukraine Sputnik 18 Jul 2015 -- The self-proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics (LPR and DPR) are currently awaiting Kiev's response to proceed with the agreement to observe the withdrawal of weapons with a caliber of less than 100mm from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, according to a DPR envoy to the Ukraine reconciliation talks Denis Pushilin.
- Despite Nuclear Deal, Iran Won't Alter Security Policy - Supreme Leader Sputnik 18 Jul 2015 -- Nuclear deal will not change Iran's view of the "arrogant US government" since, in his opinion, the positions of Washington and Tehran on regional issues remain completely opposite.
- Iran won't bow to excessive demands on security, defense: Leader Press TV 18 Jul 2015 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran will never bow to excessive demands over its 'defense and security' capabilities.
- Supreme Leader: Iran's Stance Toward U.S. 'Won't Change' RFE/RL 18 Jul 2015 -- Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has said the Islamic republic's opposition to the 'arrogant' United States "will not change" despite a landmark nuclear agreement reached earlier this week with world powers.
- Iran's stance towards 'arrogant' U.S. won't change: Khamenei People's Daily 18 Jul 2015 -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saturday the nuclear agreement would not change the country's stance towards the 'arrogant' United States.
- Nuclear conclusion proved Iran sanctions futile: President Rouhani Press TV 18 Jul 2015 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the conclusion of nuclear talks proved that the policy of pressure and sanctions against the Islamic Republic is of no avail.
- Obama: Iran Nuclear Deal Goes Further Than Any Before VOA 18 Jul 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says the deal to get Iran to stop developing nuclear weapons does 'more than anyone has done before' to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.
- Obama Cautions Over 'Dishonest' Criticism of Iran Nuclear Deal to Come Sputnik 18 Jul 2015 -- US President Barack Obama said that the Iran nuclear agreement will make America and the world safer and more secure.
- Russia's Stake in Iran Nuclear Deal VOA 18 Jul 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Russia was a 'help' in securing the deal to limit Iran's nuclear program.
- Saudi Arabia Says It Stopped IS Attacks, Arrests 400 VOA 18 Jul 2015 -- Top Saudi Interior Ministry officials announced Saturday that the kingdom had arrested 431 people, mostly Saudis, suspected of belonging to Islamic State sleeper cells.
- Avoiding Lustration in Ukraine: Senior Prosecutor Evades Sweep Of Yanukovych-Era Officials RFE/RL 18 Jul 2015 -- Ukrainian prosecutor Oleh Valendyuk should have been out of a job last fall, the victim of a lustration law meant to clear away members of former President Viktor Yanukovych's team after his ouster at the hands of pro-European protesters.
- Russia Calls Ukrainian Constitutional Changes Inadequate RFE/RL 18 Jul 2015 -- Russia has rejected proposed changes in Ukraine's constitution as not going far enough to fulfill Ukraine's obligations under the Minsk peace accord.
- Benefits of Renewing US-China Nuclear Deal Argued VOA 18 Jul 2015 -- While U.S. government officials and industry advocates have told lawmakers that renewing a nuclear cooperation deal with China would be beneficial to the U.S., some lawmakers and experts said they are concerned about issues such as proliferation, diversion of civilian nuclear technology and export control.
- Burundi rivals hold talks ahead of key presidential polls Press TV 18 Jul 2015 -- The Burundian government and opposition groups have opened a new round of crisis talks as part of a last-ditch effort to resolve a major political turmoil over a controversial presidential bid for a third consecutive term in office.
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