24 July 2015 Military News
- Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 24 Jul 2015 [PDF]
- Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 24 Jul 2015 -- Coalition military forces 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.
- Centcom Spokesman: Iraq Progresses in Taking Back Ramadi AFPS 24 Jul 2015 -- Iraqi security forces are making progress on multiple axes in their battle to retake the city of Ramadi from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant control, a U.S. Central Command spokesman said today.
- U.S. Airstrike Kills Senior Al-Qaida Leader AFPS 24 Jul 2015 -- The Defense Department confirmed that a senior al-Qaida leader was killed earlier this month by a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement issued today.
- Pentagon says US airstrike killed al-Qaeda commander in Afghanistan Press TV 24 Jul 2015 -- US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says a US airstrike has killed a senior al-Qaeda commander and two other militants in Afghanistan this month.
- Kabul-Taliban peace talks set for end of July: Official Press TV 24 Jul 2015 -- Representatives from the Afghan government and the Taliban will hold the second round of their peace negotiations in late July, an Afghan official says.
- US Strike Kills Top al-Qaida Leader in Afghanistan VOA 24 Jul 2015 -- The U.S. military said an airstrike earlier this month in southeastern Afghanistan killed a top al-Qaida commander.
- China to Host Next Afghan-Taliban Talks VOA 24 Jul 2015 -- Afghan officials said a new round of peace talks with the Taliban will take place next week in China.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Statement on Safety at Recruiting Centers DoD 24 Jul 2015
- Joint Exercise Brings Together Port Opening Experts AFPS 24 Jul 2015 -- A military and civilian joint service team deployed here this week for U.S. Transportation Command's assessment of Joint Task Force Port Opening airport and distribution operations.
- Seventh WGS satellite launch successful after weather delay AFNS 24 Jul 2015 -- Five o'clock in the 'City of Angels' typically signals the end of a day's hard work. It's a time when most Los Angeles metropolitan area commuters pile on to the freeways and Metro Rail system, returning to their homes during the long summer evening.
- Votel Discusses Special Operations Challenges AFPS 24 Jul 2015 -- The "hyper connectivity" of the world today complicates an already complex set of global security issues, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said today at a security forum in Colorado.
- Pacom Chief: China's Land Reclamation Has Broad Consequences AFPS 24 Jul 2015 -- China's land reclamation in the South China Sea could have far-reaching U.S. security and economic consequences by disrupting international rules and norms that have supported the global community for decades, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command said today.
- Remarks by Secretary Carter at a Troop Event in Erbil, Iraq DoD 24 Jul 2015-- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- Laboon Returns From Deployment NNS 24 Jul 2015 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58) returned to Naval Station Norfolk, July 24, after a six-month deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations (AOR).
- JSDF, Marines train for disasters USMC News 24 Jul 2015 -- Marines with Marine Corps Installations Pacific and Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III Marine Expeditionary Force, worked alongside the Japan Self-Defense Force and Okinawa Emergency Services in the Churashima Rescue Exercise July 23, at Camp Naha, Okinawa, Japan.
- US, Singapore Navies Complete Complex Training, Achieve New Milestones During CARAT 2015 NNS 24 Jul 2015 -- The U.S. Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy completed the 21st annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore after 11 days of comprehensive training both at sea and ashore, July 24.
- US, Singapore Navies Complete Joint CARAT Exercises Sputnik 24 Jul 2015 -- The exercises of the US and Singapore this year included a five-day sea phase involving ships, submarines and aircraft operating together.
- Final West Coast Frigate, USS Gary, Decommissioned NNS 24 Jul 2015 -- Past and current crew, plank owners, former and current commanding officers, namesake relatives and friends and family gathered at Naval Base San Diego July 23 to bid farewell to USS Gary (FFG 51), the last remaining Oliver Hazard Perry-class guided-missile frigate on the West coast after 31 years of service.
- US Stryker carriers in Europe outgunned by Russian armored vehicles: Report Press TV 24 Jul 2015 -- US armored carriers in Europe are outgunned by their Russian counterparts and need a fast-track upgrade in anticipation of a military conflict with Russia, US Army officials say.
- US Stryker Carrier Outgunned by Russian Armored Vehicles Sputnik 24 Jul 2015 -- NATO's Saber Strike 2015 exercises which recently ended the Baltics revealed that US armored carriers are outgunned by their Russian analogues and need to be upgraded, Defense News reported citing Army officials.
- Moscow to Beef Up Baltic Fleet in Response to NATO - Russian Captain Sputnik 24 Jul 2015 -- The Baltic Sea always played an important geopolitical role, and Russia should strenghten its Baltic Fleet to counter the NATO's build-up along its Western borders, Russian Captain Mikhail Nenashev said.
- Ultimate Power: Russian Army Receives Brand New Tornado Artillery Systems Sputnik 24 Jul 2015 -- The Russian Army has received 20 cutting edge Tornado-G launchers boasting devastating power.
- Russia to Optimize Military Presence in Central Asia - Defense Minister Sputnik 24 Jul 2015 -- The Russian Defense Ministry is discussing ways to optimize the operations of its military contingent in Central Asian nations over the next five years, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Friday.
- Russia to Rearm Troops on Kuril Islands by September Sputnik 24 Jul 2015 -- Russia will rearm its troops stationed on the Kuril Islands by September, the defense minister said.
- Rearmament of Russian army units on Kurils to be completed by September - minister TASS 24 Jul 2015 -- Russia's Defense Ministry is conducting a scheduled rearmament of troops stationed on the Kuril Islands, Defense Minister, General Sergey Shoigu said at a meeting of the ministry's collegium on Friday.
- Two Varshavyanka-Class Stealth Subs to Join Russian Black Sea Fleet in 2015 Sputnik 24 Jul 2015 -- Two elusive, virtually undetectable submarines with extended combat ranges and the ability to strike land, surface and underwater targets will join the Black Sea Fleet by the end of 2015.
- Russian missile forces start combat readiness check in Central Military District TASS 24 Jul 2015 -- Russia's Strategic Missile Force has started maneuvers in the Orenburg Region with the involvement of a missile brigade from the Central Military District and Iskander-M tactical missile systems, Aide to the District's commander Yaroslav Roshchupkin said on Friday.
- Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania Set Up Joint Military Brigade Sputnik 24 Jul 2015 -- Defense Ministers of Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania will sign an agreement Friday to set up a joint military force, which is expected to hold its first drill early next year.
- Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova Should Form Joint Battalion - Lithuanian Official Sputnik 24 Jul 2015 -- The creation of a joint force will prove the three countries' ability to cooperate, a Lithuanian politician said.
- China's first Blue Army gives PLA some bitter lessons People's Daily 24 Jul 2015 -- China's first Blue Army of the PLA (People's Liberation Army), set up in 2012, is the former armored division of the 65th Army under the Beijing Military Region. With the aim to toughening up the PLA troops by making soldiers practice as if they were fighting a real war, the Blue Army plays the enemy and conducts confrontation drills with the PLA's 'red army'.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's Meeting with Iraqi Kurdistan Regional President Masoud Barzani DoD 24 Jul 2015
- Carter Commends Iraqi Government, Security Forces AFPS 24 Jul 2015 -- In Baghdad yesterday as part of a weeklong trip to the Middle East, Defense Secretary Ash Carter praised Iraqi forces for their efforts to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and commended Iraqi officials for working to create the inclusive government required for sustained success against ISIL.
- US Defense Chief Meets Kurdish Leaders in Iraq VOA 24 Jul 2015 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is meeting Kurdish leaders during an unannounced visit to the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan Region.
- Commander: Iran's modern missiles ready to confront any aggressor IRNA 24 Jul 2015 -- Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri said the country's state-of-the-art missiles are ready to give a crushing response to enemies' possible threats.
- July 24, 2015 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 24 Jul 2015
- 24 July 2015 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 24 Jul 2015
- Four civilians die in new Saudi airstrikes on Yemen Press TV 24 Jul 2015 -- At least four civilians have lost their lives in a fresh round of Saudi airstrikes against various regions across Yemen.
- Iraq's Sunni Tribes Urged to Revolt Against IS VOA 24 Jul 2015 -- A group of tribal leaders in Iraq's Anbar province is urging locals to revolt against Islamic extremists and support Iraqi forces as they gear up for battle to recapture the key cities of Fallujah and Ramadi.
- Iraqi army liberates key village from ISIL in Anbar Press TV 24 Jul 2015 -- The Iraqi army, backed by volunteer forces, has managed to liberate the village of Jarah from the ISIL in the western province of Anbar, as it continues its battle against the Takfiri terrorists.
- US Pledges Support to Kurdish Forces in Iraq in Fight Against ISIL Sputnik 24 Jul 2015 -- US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter praised the Kurdish Peshmerga's actions against the Islamic State.
- Turkey, US agree on no-fly zone over Syria: Turkish Hurriyet daily Press TV 24 Jul 2015 -- An agreement reached between Turkey and the United States on what they call cooperation against the ISIL terrorist group also includes establishing a no-fly zone over the Arab country, a Turkish newspaper says.
- Turkish warplanes carry out airstrikes in Syria Press TV 24 Jul 2015 -- The Turkish government has confirmed that its warplanes have launched attacks on targets inside neighboring Syria said to be the positions of ISIL Takfiri terrorists.
- Turkey Opens Bases to US Aircraft, Joins Anti-ISIL Airstrikes Sputnik 24 Jul 2015 -- Ankara allowed Washington to use its air bases for airstrikes against ISIL, the foreign ministry said.
- Turkey Hits IS in Syria, Allows US to Use Base VOA 24 Jul 2015 -- Turkey launched cross-border airstrikes against Islamic State targets Friday and opened its air bases to U.S. warplanes attacking extremist forces in Syria.
- Regional Forces Step Up in Syria as US-Led Campaign Falters VOA 24 Jul 2015 -- The U.S. government revealed earlier this month that its plan to train and equip thousands of "moderate rebels" to fight the Islamic State in Syria has not materialized. But with Turkey joining the fight and Syria's government advancing on ISIS-controlled areas, officials say they hope more localized efforts will yield better results.
- Yarmouk camp no longer besieged, UN rules IRIN 24 Jul 2015 -- The United Nations has quietly removed a major Palestinian camp from its list of besieged areas in Syria, despite not being able to deliver aid there for four months, and to the shock of residents.
- 35 killed as Turkish warplanes bomb IS targets in Syria People's Daily 24 Jul 2015 -- A total of 35 militants of the Islamic States (IS) were killed as Turkish F-16 fighters bombed the IS targets on the side of Syria near the southern Turkish province of Kilis early Friday morning, local media reported.
- Lack Of Funds Threatens Efforts To Recover Ukraine's Dead Soldiers RFE/RL 24 Jul 2015
- Somalia, AU capture Shabab stronghold: Defense minister Press TV 24 Jul 2015 -- Somali government forces, backed by African Union (AU) soldiers, have captured the southwestern Bay region's town of Dinsoor from al-Shabab militants.
- As health needs rise in Somalia, funding hits new low, cutting off 1.5 million from care - UN UN News 24 Jul 2015 -- Somalia – a country where every two hours a mother dies due to pregnancy complications – is facing cuts in life-saving health services because of the lowest funding levels in seven years, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO).
- Nigerian Army Claims Progress Against Boko Haram Despite Attacks VOA 24 Jul 2015 -- Nigeria's army is making significant strides in the fight against Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the Sambisa forest and its environs, according to military spokesman Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman.
- African Union Finally Releases Report on South Sudan Atrocities VOA 24 Jul 2015 -- The African Union on Friday released a long-awaited report into alleged atrocities committed during South Sudan's 19-month-long conflict, but only gave the report to representatives of President Salva Kiir's government.
- Kerry to Discuss Iran Nuclear Deal in Qatar VOA 24 Jul 2015 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has announced plans to travel to Qatar early next month to discuss the Iran nuclear agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council, a group that has expressed concerns about Iran's influence in the region.
- Parchin visit only within Iran-IAEA roadmap: Salehi Press TV 24 Jul 2015 -- A senior Iranian nuclear official says any visit to the Parchin military site near the capital, Tehran, will be carried out only based on a roadmap agreed upon by Tehran and the UN nuclear body aimed at sorting out outstanding issues regarding the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
- Kerry Says Iran Nuclear Deal Will Help Thwart Arms Race RFE/RL 24 Jul 2015 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he is 'absolutely convinced' that the internationally brokered deal to lift sanctions against Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program will reduce the chances of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East if it is implemented.
- Medvedev Upbeat About Russian Economy, Ties With Europe RFE/RL 24 Jul 2015 -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he expects Russia's recession-hit economy to start growing again at the end of the year, while he hopes for improving economic ties with friendly countries in southeastern Europe.
- Ukraine Bars Communists From Elections RFE/RL 24 Jul 2015 -- Ukraine's Justice Ministry has barred communists from running in upcoming local elections after the passage of new legislation.
- Obama Arrives in Kenya Amid Tight Security VOA 24 Jul 2015 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in Kenya, amid extremely tight security, for the start of a landmark two-day visit.
- Burundi's President Nkurunziza declared winner of election Press TV 24 Jul 2015 -- Official election results in Burundi show that incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza has won a third consecutive term in office.
- US Denies It's Set to Free Israeli Spy VOA 24 Jul 2015 -- U.S. officials are denying a report by the The Wall Street Journal that says the Obama administration is preparing to release convicted spy Jonathan Pollard early to help ease tensions with Israel.
- China Starts Construction of Another Nuclear Power Plant People's Daily 24 Jul 2015 -- China started construction of another nuclear power plant project, the sixth unit of the Hongyanhe plant in Liaoning province on Friday.
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