05 June 2016 Military News
- Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 05 Jun 2016 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Bomb blast kills lawmaker, three others in Afghan capital Press TV 05 Jun 2016 -- A powerful bomb explosion in the Afghan capital of Kabul has killed a parliament member and at least three other people, security sources say.
- Afghanistan: UN condemns attack targeting Logar judicial officials UN News 05 Jun 2016 -- The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned today's attack in Pul-e-Alam town of Logar Province in which seven civilians were killed and more than 20 injured.
Defense Policy / Programs
- New C-130J contract to save DOD millions AFNS 05 Jun 2016 -- The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Mobility Directorate signed a multiyear contract with Lockheed Martin to procure 78 C-130J Super Hercules with the option to buy up to 83 over the next five years.
- U.S. and Philippine Navy, Marines enhance maritime cooperation during CARAT NNS 05 Jun 2016 -- U.S. Sailors and Marines will join the Armed Forces of the Philippines June 6-10 for CARAT Philippines 2016.
- USS Ronald Reagan Returns to Tip of Spear NNS 05 Jun 2016 -- The Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and crew began her 2016 patrol after departing Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) June 4.
- Firm line taken on the South China Sea dispute People's Daily 06 Jun 2016 -- The Syrian army on Saturday entered the administrative borders of the northern province of al-Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State (IS) group, as jihadist groups in the northern province of Aleppo unleashed a wide-scale offensive against government troops' positions.
- China, US warn each other over islets Press TV 05 Jun 2016 -- A top Chinese military official has denounced US "provocations" in the South China Sea, saying it does not fear "trouble" over the territorial dispute.
- Air defense zone over South China Sea 'provocative': Kerry Press TV 05 Jun 2016 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned China against establishing an air defense zone over the disputed South China Sea, calling the move a "provocative and destabilizing act."
- Kerry Urges 'All Nations to Find a Diplomatic Solution' in South China Sea VOA 05 Jun 2016 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking in Beijing at the start of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, called on all parties in the region to "find a diplomatic solution" to rising tensions in the disputed South China Sea.
- UN chief condemns attacks in Yemen's Taiz, calls on parties to negotiate 'in good faith' UN News 05 Jun 2016 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned attacks in the Yemeni city of Taiz, which were carried out with heavy weapons, including rockets, mortars and artillery.
- Syrian army squeezing on IS de facto capital al-Raqqa People's Daily 05 Jun 2016 -- The Syrian army on Saturday entered the administrative borders of the northern province of al-Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State (IS) group, as jihadist groups in the northern province of Aleppo unleashed a wide-scale offensive against government troops' positions.
- Syria censures Western countries for double standards over terrorist groups Press TV 05 Jun 2016 -- Syria has censured several western countries over refusal to recognize hostile groups operating in the country as terrorist organizations.
- Turkish troops, militants mass in Aleppo: Russian monitor Press TV 05 Jun 2016 -- A Russian ceasefire monitoring center in Syria says more than 2,000 militants have gathered in a northern neighborhood of the embattled city of Aleppo for an offensive.
- Syrian Army Makes Headway in IS-held Raqqa VOA 05 Jun 2016 -- The Syrian army continues to move into the northern province of Raqqa, home to the de facto capital of the self-claimed caliphate of the Islamic State group fighting in Syria and neighboring Iraq.
- Iraqi forces score breakthrough into IS stronghold in Fallujah People's Daily 05 Jun 2016 -- Iraqi security forces on Saturday pushed into the besieged city of Fallujah and seized part of a district in southern the city after fierce clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants, a security source told Xinhua.
- Daesh shooting civilians attempting to flee Iraq's Fallujah Press TV 05 Jun 2016 -- The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) says Daesh terrorists are directly targeting civilians who attempt to flee the Iraqi city of Fallujah as government forces retake key areas in the besieged city.
- Iraqi forces liberate 47 villages around Fallujah Press TV 05 Jun 2016 -- Iraqi forces have liberated 47 villages located near the city of Fallujah from the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group, a top Iraqi military commander says.
- US admits to failures in retaining Iraqi army, limiting militia role Press TV 05 Jun 2016 -- US military officials have admitted to failure of their efforts to "retrain and reunify" Iraq's regular army and generate enough combat units in a bid to limit the influence of locally-trained volunteer militia forces.
- Libyan premier rejects foreign military intervention Press TV 05 Jun 2016 -- The Libyan prime minister has dismissed the possibility of an international military intervention purportedly aimed at boosting the anti-Daesh fight in the conflict-plagued country.
- Turkish air raids, army operations kill 27 separatist militants: Military Press TV 05 Jun 2016 -- The Turkish military says it has killed 27 members of a separatist Kurdish group during a series of air and ground operations in the country's mainly-Kurdish southeast.
- Peruvians Voting in Tight Runoff for Presidency VOA 05 Jun 2016 -- Voters in Peru are selecting a new president Sunday.
- Taiwan, China testing each other's bottom lines: security agency CNA 05 Jun 2016 -- Taipei and Beijing, deadlocked over the "1992 consensus," are testing each other's bottom lines in regard to the political foundation of their bilateral relations, the National Security Bureau (NSB) has said, suggesting that Taipei keep communicating with its rival and try to build a bridge of mutual trust.
- Tsai urges China to embrace democratic reform CNA 04 Jun 2016 -- China should treasure those among its people who seek democracy and earn more respect from the world community by allowing its people to enjoy more political rights, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said on the 27th anniversary of the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing.
- Tsai, Ma urge China to embrace democratic reform CNA 04 Jun 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) urged China to treasure those among its people who seek democracy, saying that it can earn more respect from around the world by allowing its people to enjoy more political rights, on the 27th anniversary of the June 4th, 1989 bloody crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing.
- North Korea slam US money laundering label Press TV 05 Jun 2016 -- North Korea has strongly denounced the US for labeling it a hub for money laundering, saying the "desperate" move only shows the inefficiency of sanctions against Pyongyang.
- Crimean Tatars Face Russian Crackdown VOA 05 Jun 2016 -- Topuz Bakhtiyar's large family was fast asleep in their first-floor apartment in a five-floor building on Tsvetochnaya Street in the city of Yalta, Crimea, early in the morning of February 12 when a group of heavily armed masked men broke the windows and stormed the apartment. Shouting commands in Russian, the raiders locked the women in one room, the kids in another, and searched the house. They then handcuffed Bakhtiyar and took him away, leaving the family in shock and with some bloody scratches from broken glass.
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