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04 August 2015 Military News

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  • Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualty Update 04 Aug 2015 [PDF]
  • Anti-ISIL Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 04 Aug 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.
  • Monitor Says Hundreds Of Civilians Killed By Coalition Air Strikes RFE/RL 04 Aug 2015 -- U.S.-led air strikes targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria have likely killed at least 459 civilians over the past year, an independent monitoring group said August 3.
  • Update: air strikes in Iraq UK MOD 04 Aug 2015 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations to assist the Iraqi government in its fight against ISIL.
  • Coalition trains Iraqi security forces to defeat ISIL USMC News 04 Aug 2015 -- With the ever-present threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, having a strong and capable fighting force to defeat them is a priority. The Iraqi army's 7th Division, with the help of Combined Joint Task ForceľOperation Inherent Resolve's multination coalition forces, are at the forefront of that fight.
  • US drone strikes kill 26 in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Press TV 04 Aug 2015 -- More than two dozen people have been killed in two separate US drone strikes in the troubled eastern Afghanistan, Press TV reports.
  • Kabul Unsympathetic To Mourning Mullah Omar RFE/RL 04 Aug 2015 -- led by Bamiyan's civil activists, local religious council leaders, and former mujahedin -- said any commemoration or tribute was 'unjustifiable' and 'unacceptable.'
  • Head of Taliban's Qatar Office Quits as Leadership Rift Grows VOA 04 Aug 2015 -- The head of the Afghan Taliban's political office in Qatar has resigned, and issued a highly critical statement that highlights growing internal schisms since last week's confirmation of the death of founder Mullah Mohammad Omar.
  • IMU Spells Out Grievances With Afghan Taliban RFE/RL 04 Aug 2015 -- The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) has accused the Taliban of deceit and collusion, and demanded that the Afghan militant movement tell the truth about the circumstances of its late leader's death.

Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • US Lawmakers Focus on Verifying Iran's Nuclear Compliance VOA 04 Aug 2015 -- U.S. lawmakers emerged from a closed-door meeting with top intelligence officials giving widely diverging views on America's ability to detect any cheating by Iran on the terms of last month's landmark international nuclear accord.
  • US Lawmakers Ponder Costs of Rejecting Iran Nuclear Deal VOA 04 Aug 2015 -- One day before U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a major speech urging approval of an international nuclear pact with Iran, U.S. lawmakers expected to vote on the deal wrestled with the possible consequences of rejecting it.
  • Increasing Violence in Burundi Stokes Fear of Civil War VOA 04 Aug 2015 -- The fear of civil war breaking out in Burundi is growing as violence and human rights violations in the country increase. The U.N. Human Rights Office says it is extremely worried about the situation in which activists and journalists are being targeted by agents of the country's national intelligence agency.
  • Church v state: a worrying dynamic for Burundi IRIN 04 Aug 2015 -- The growing schism between the Catholic Church and Burundi's political leadership is a particularly worrisome aspect of the fallout from President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term, which has already seen dozens killed in protests and 175,000 people, mostly women and children, flee the country since April.
  • Burundi: UN condemns assassination attempt on leading human rights defender UN News 04 Aug 2015 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations human rights office have strongly condemned the assassination attempt on Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, a leading Burundian human rights defender who was shot and wounded by unknown assailants in the capital on Monday.
  • Russia Files Revised Arctic Shelf Expansion Claim to UN Sputnik 04 Aug 2015 -- Russia has submitted a revised application to the United Nations seeking the expansion of its Arctic shelf border.
  • Russia files UN claim over vast Arctic Press TV 04 Aug 2015 -- Russia has filed a claim at the UN for a large swathe of the Arctic, more than a decade after its first claim was turned down.
  • Russia Delivers First Two RD-181 Rocket Engines Under $1Bln Contract to US Sputnik 04 Aug 2015 -- Russia has shipped two RD-181 rocket engines to the US under a $1 billion contract with US Orbital Sciences Corporation for the delivery of 60 engines for its Antares launcher.
  • Health 'time-bomb' as Yemen runs dry IRIN 04 Aug 2015 -- Yemen's water problem is not new but it is now so acute that the country is close to running dry. The vast majority of the population has no access to clean water, while state water companies are at risk of bankruptcy.
  • Lukashenka Vows Aggressors Against Belarus Will 'Die By The Sword' RFE/RL 04 Aug 2015 -- Belarus is the only honest, decent, and reliable ally Russia has got today.'

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