06 May 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 06 May 2016 [PDF]
- Counter-ISIL Strikes Target Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 06 May 2016 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- US Returns to Yemen to Help Fight AQAP VOA 06 May 2016 -- U.S. military personnel are back on the ground in Yemen in an effort help drive al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) from the port city of Mukalla.
- US forces in Yemen to help Saudi coalition: Pentagon Press TV 06 May 2016 -- A US military force is in Yemen to help Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their alleged fight against al-Qaeda militants in the country's south, the Pentagon says.
- Taliban captives freed by Afghan special forces Press TV 06 May 2016 -- More than 60 prisoners held by the Taliban militants have been freed by Afghan forces in the southern province of Helmand.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Pentagon Hopes to Combat Retaliation for Reported Sex Assault VOA 06 May 2016 -- Pentagon officials said this week they don't have enough information to determine the extent of retaliation experienced by sex assault victims after reporting their cases to superiors.
- Eucom 'Ready to Fight' if Deterrence Fails, Commander Says AFPS 06 May 2016 -- Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, a career infantry officer, assumed command of U.S. European Command and became NATO's supreme allied commander this week.
- E2C puts future in Marines' hands USMC News 06 May 2016 -- From the bow and arrow to the service rifle and signal fires to radios, military technology has evolved dramatically over the years to overcome the challenges of the time. Military leaders have discovered that with advanced equipment spread across the battlefield, today's new challenge is energy.
- Romania, U.S. host multi-national exercise to strengthen allied partnerships USMC News 06 May 2016 -- Forces from Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Moldova, the United Kingdom and the United States will conduct a multi-lateral exercise to improve readiness and strengthen NATO alliances.
- 7th Fleet Flagship Arrives in Shanghai NNS 06 May 2016 -- U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), arrived in Shanghai for a regularly scheduled port visit May 6, during its 2016 patrol season.
- Spearhead Completes APS Mission in West Africa NNS 06 May 2016 -- The Navy's first expeditionary fast transport vessel USNS Spearhead (T-EPF 1), returned to her homeport, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Virginia, May 5.
- Navy, Air Force Solve Critical F/A-18 Parts Issue, Celebrate Success NNS 06 May 2016 -- Ensuring safe, reliable components are available to support the Navy's F/A-18 legacy Hornet was the focus of a partnership celebration at Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex's 402nd Commodities Maintenance Group (CMXG) at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia, May 5.
- US 3rd Fleet Participates in 2016 Wildland Firefighting Exercise NNS 06 May 2016 -- U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and civilian ground and aviation units from U.S. 3rd Fleet, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL Fire) and the San Diego Sheriff's Department participated in the 2016 Wildland Firefighting Exercise, May 5.
- HURREX Citadel Gale 16 Exercise Begins May 9 NNS 06 May 2016 -- Navy Installations Command and U.S. Fleet Forces Command are scheduled to jointly conduct the annual hurricane preparedness exercise, HURREX/Citadel Gale 2016, May 9-20 in preparation for the upcoming Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean area hurricane season.
- AF Reserve, ANG Airmen prepare for 2016 wildland fire season AFNS 06 May 2016 -- More than 400 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Airmen from across the country gathered May 2-6 to be certified on the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System in preparation for the 2016 wildland fire season.
- NATO's European missile system goes online Press TV 06 May 2016 -- A new missile site operated by NATO has been launched in Romania, bringing the Western military alliance's European missile system online.
- Deputy Secretary General: NATO membership will ensure Montenegro's long term security NATO 06 May 2016 -- Becoming the 29th member of NATO will ensure Montenegro's long-term stability, sovereignty and security, NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow said during a visit to Montenegro on Friday (6 May).
- Russia slams NATO's joint drills with Georgia Press TV 06 May 2016 -- Russia has criticized NATO's upcoming joint military exercises in Georgia, calling them a provocative step to intentionally destabilize the Caucasus region.
- Inspection teams to cover all of military People's Daily 06 May 2016 -- 10 new teams taking posts in departments, theater commands of CMC to 'purify PLA'
- Russia, China to hold military exercise Press TV 06 May 2016 -- Russia and China are to hold their first ever computer-assisted joint military exercise to improve cooperation and coordination between their militaries.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 5/6/16 The White House 06 May 2016
- May 6, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 06 May 2016h li>
- 6 May 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 06 May 2016
- Respect for different faiths 'bedrock' and 'prerequisite' of world peace, UN General Assembly told UN News 06 May 2016 -- Mutual respect for different faiths and cultures is the "bedrock" of a world at peace and "prerequisite" for achieving many of the goals to which humankind and the United Nations aspire, the General Assembly was told today.
- Taiwanese patrol boats reach waters near disputed Pacific atoll CNA 06 May 2016 -- Two Taiwanese patrol boats reached international waters near a Japanese-controlled atoll in the Western Pacific Friday in an effort to strengthen the protection of Taiwanese fishermen operating in the area, according to the Coast Guard Administration (CGA).
- President proposes international arbitration on Okinotori dispute CNA 06 May 2016 -- President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) reiterated Friday during a meeting with a visiting Japanese politician Taiwan's hope of seeking international arbitration on the Okinotori atoll dispute.
- Syria: UN condemns camp bombing, underlines political solution 'more urgent than ever' UN News 06 May 2016 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other senior United Nations officials today "unreservedly" condemned yesterday's bombing of two camps for displaced people in Sarmada, located in north-western Syria, which according to early reports by first responders, killed around 30 civilians including children.
- Russia Says It Brokered Truce Extension in Aleppo VOA 06 May 2016 -- Russia says it has brokered a 72-hour extension for a local cease-fire in the ravaged Syrian city Aleppo, where recent fighting between the Syrian regime and rebels has left nearly 300 people dead.
- Al-Nusra Front carried out attack on Syria displaced camp: Russia Press TV 06 May 2016 -- Russia's Defense Ministry has accused the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terror group of carrying out a recent deadly attack on a camp for internally displaced persons in northwestern Syria.
- Syrian army denies striking displaced camp near Turkey Press TV 06 May 2016 -- The Syrian military has strongly dismissed media reports that its military aircraft carried out a series of deadly airstrikes against a camp for the internally displaced people near the border with Turkey.
- Syria army fighting terrorists in Aleppo village Press TV 06 May 2016 -- Syrian government forces are fighting back a major offensive by al-Qaeda's branch in Syria, al-Nusra Front, in southern Aleppo amid reports that scores of the militants have lost their lives in fierce clashes.
- More Than 70 Dead in Syria After Jihadists Retake Syrian Village Near Aleppo VOA 06 May 2016 -- Battles between al-Qaida-linked fighters and Syrian government forces left 73 people dead in a village near Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Friday.
- Political impasse adds 'new layer of complications' to Iraq's complex challenges - UN envoy UN News 06 May 2016 -- A profound political crisis has engulfed Iraq, adding "a new layer of complications to the already complex set of military, security, humanitarian, economic and human rights challenges," the United Nations envoy for the country warned today, urging the Government, constitutional and political leaders, and civil society to work together to break the impasse and advance reforms.
- Over 50 mass graves unearthed in various parts of Iraq: UN Press TV 06 May 2016 -- Over 50 mass graves have been found in various parts of Iraq after retaking the areas from the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, the UN Special Envoy for Iraq Jan Kubis says.
- Russia-Japan Leaders Meet as Tensions Loom VOA 06 May 2016 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was in Russia Friday hoping to ease strained relations between Tokyo and Moscow before President Vladmir Putin heads to China for a bilateral summit next month.
- Putin To Discuss Kurile Islands Dispute With Japanese Leader RFE/RL 06 May 2016 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi to deepen ties and try to resolve a long-running territorial dispute.
- Feature: Central African Republic's Parliament seated after UN support for polls UN News 06 May 2016 -- The top United Nations official in the Central African Republic (CAR) met this week with the new National Assembly, which took office after a series of successful elections supported by UN peacekeepers in the country.
- Despite small upturns, UN experts note deteriorating human rights in Occupied Palestinian Territories UN News 06 May 2016 -- A United Nations human rights committee has completed its annual evaluation of the situation affecting millions of people living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, during which representations were made by civil society organizations, UN representatives and Palestinian officials on a wide range of issues affecting the Palestinian and Syrian people in territories occupied by Israel.
- Kim Jong Un Makes Opening Address at Seventh Congress of WPK KCNA 06 May 2016 -- Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), made the following opening address at the Seventh Congress of the WPK:
- Seventh Congress of WPK Opens with Splendor KCNA 06 May 2016 -- The Seventh Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) opened here with splendor Friday.
- WPK Seventh Congress Congratulates Working People and Officials on Their Labor Feats in 70-day Campaign KCNA 06 May 2016 -- The Seventh Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Friday sent a congratulatory message to the working people and officials of institutions, industrial establishments and co-op farms who performed shining labor feats in the 70-day campaign of loyalty.
- 7th Congress of WPK Sends Congratulatory Message to Service Personnel of KPA and KPISF KCNA 06 May 2016 -- The 7th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Friday sent a congratulatory message to the service personnel of the Korean People's Army (KPA) and the Korean People's Internal Security Forces (KPISF) on having made unprecedented achievements and innovations in the drive for defending socialism while taking the lead in the general revolutionary advance and devotedly safeguarded the Congress under the Songun leadership of the respected Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un.
- Kim Jong Un Consolidates WPK as Motherly Party KCNA 06 May 2016 -- The history of the dear respected Kim Jong Un's guidance over the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) is woven with epic of warm love for the people.
- KCNA Report on Conclusion of 70-Day Campaign in DPRK KCNA 06 May 2016 -- The Korean Central News Agency Thursday released a report on the successful conclusion of the 70-day campaign with a great victory to be specially recorded in the history of the Korean nation under the guidance of Marshal Kim Jong Un.
- DPRK's Nuclear Deterrence Is Indisputable: Rodong Sinmun KCNA 06 May 2016 -- The DPRK's remarkable bolstering of capability for nuclear attack made it possible to mount it on the U.S. imperialists any time it pleases.
- Newspapers Editorially Greet 7th Congress of WPK KCNA 06 May 2016 -- Newspapers here editorially greet the 7th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) opening today.
- Press Review KCNA 06 May 2016 -- The following are the major news items and articles in the DPRK's leading newspapers Friday:
- North Korea leader hails 'historic' nuclear tests Press TV 06 May 2016 -- North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un has hailed the recent nuclear and missile tests by his military as unprecedented despite global reaction to the tests which led to fresh economic sanctions against the country.
- Monitor: Satellite Images Show N. Korea Nuclear Test Could Be Near VOA 06 May 2016 -- A U.S. monitoring group said Friday that North Korea might be preparing to carry out a nuclear test as the communist country holds its first ruling party congress in 36 years.
- Pyongyang kicks off rare political event in 36 years Press TV 06 May 2016 -- North Korea has kicked off the first congress of its ruling party in 36 years, in a move believed to be aimed at getting approval for leader Kim Jong-un's ideology of developing the economy and nuclear weapons.
- North Korea Bars Foreign Media from Party Congress VOA 06 May 2016 -- After inviting hundreds of international journalists to cover its first ruling party congress in 36 years, North Korea barred the media from entering the actual event.
- Philippine Presidential Race Heats Up Days Before Vote VOA 06 May 2016 -- With the race for Philippine president shaping up to be one big popularity contest between the four main contenders, the economic gains, security alliances and foreign policy of the current administration hang in the balance.
- Turkey's Erdogan rejects EU calls to amend terror laws Press TV 06 May 2016 -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected the European Union's demand to change the country's terror laws in return for lifting Schengen visa requirements on Turkish nationals.
- Erdogan Rules Out Reforming Turkey's Anti-terror Laws VOA 06 May 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a tough message Friday to the European Union, telling supporters in a conservative Istanbul stronghold that though his country is facing terrorist attacks, reforming its anti-terror laws is out of the question.
- Poland Charges Warsaw Lawyer With Spying For Russia RFE/RL 06 May 2016 -- Poland has charged a Warsaw lawyer with dual Polish-Russian citizenship with spying for Russian military intelligence, a prosecutor has said.
- Unaccompanied refugee and migrant children in Europe 'falling between the cracks' - UNICEF UN News 06 May 2016 -- New data reveal that a record 96,500 unaccompanied refugee and migrant children applied for asylum across Europe in 2015, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today, calling for urgent measures to protect these children from the serious risks of abuse, exploitation and trafficking.
- Opponents Turn Up Pressure on South Africa's Zuma VOA 06 May 2016 -- It has been a tumultuous week for politics in South Africa as challenges to President Jacob Zuma and the ruling African National Congress party continue.
- No More Space Race for US, Rivalry Gives Way to Collaboration VOA 06 May 2016 -- While many Americans celebrate May 5 as Cinco de Mayo, the anniversary of a Mexican military victory, science nerds recognize the date as a technological milestone: the day the United States first put a man into space.
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