08 June 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 08 Jun 2016 [PDF]
- Counter-ISIL Strikes Continue in Syria, Iraq AFPS 08 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.
- Pressure From Local Forces Restricts ISIL, Inherent Resolve Spokesman Says AFPS 08 Jun 2016 -- Local forces in Iraq and Syria are pressuring the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at multiple points on the battlefield, restricting the terrorist army's mobility and options, the Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said today.
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Col. Garver via teleconference from Baghdad, Iraq DoD 08 Jun 2016 -- Presenter: Colonel Christopher Garver, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman
- US Boosts Military Presence in Mediterranean VOA 08 Jun 2016 -- The U.S. has sent two aircraft carriers to the Mediterranean Sea to support European interests and operations against Islamic State militants.
- Ghani Introduces Key Security Nominees to Afghan Parliament VOA 08 Jun 2016 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday introduced his nominees for the posts of minister of defense and head of intelligence to parliament for approval.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Minot B-52s begin Baltops 16 flying ops AFNS 08 Jun 2016 -- A B-52H Stratofortress aircrew from Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, conducted their first flying training mission in support of the multinational exercise Baltops 16 on June 7 from Royal Air Force Fairford.
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work's Meetings With Swedish Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist DoD 08 Jun 2016
- Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work's Meeting With Montenegrin Minister of Defense Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic DoD 08 Jun 2016
- Squadrons arrive at Eielson AFB to participate in Red Flag-Alaska 16-2 USMC News 08 Jun 2016 -- Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314, and Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, traveled to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, to participate in exercise Red Flag-Alaska 16-2, June 2-17, 2016.
- Exercise Habu Sentinel 16 tests Marines' CBRN response capabilities USMC News 08 Jun 2016 -- Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Response Element Marines from 3rd Marine Division, CBRN defense platoon, Headquarters Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force, tested their operational capabilities during exercise Habu Sentinel 16 at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, from May 30 to June 8, 2016.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Enters US 6th Fleet NNS 08 Jun 2016 -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG) entered the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations June 8 in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe.
- Pacific Partnership 2016 Arrives in Timor Leste NNS 08 Jun 2016 -- Pacific Partnership 2016 arrived in Timor Leste June 8 for the sixth time in the past eleven years and the first mission stop for Hospital Ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19).
- Truman Strike Group Continues Mission Against ISIL NNS 08 Jun 2016 -- Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group marked its 205th day of deployment, June 7, continuing its mission to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
- Two US F-16s crash after mid-air collision Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- Two American F-16 warplanes have crashed over eastern Georgia after a mid-air collision during "routine night-flying operations."
- US, NATO Allies converge for war-time scenario USMC News 08 Jun 2016 -- Armed Forces from 13 NATO countries, including Marines with the Black Sea Rotational Force and Combat Logistics Regiment 2, will gather for Exercise Saber Strike. They are taking part in an annual exercise to improve their ability to quickly move troops and prepositioned equipment from caves in Norway wherever the next conflict should occur.
- NATO Secretary General: Georgia is moving closer to the Alliance NATO 08 Jun 2016 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili to NATO Headquarters on Wednesday (8 June 2016) for talks on the Alliance's partnership with Georgia and ongoing reform efforts. During a joint press conference with President Margvelashvili, Mr. Stoltenberg praised Georgia for its contributions to Euro-Atlantic security and its strong commitment to NATO.
- NATO Secretary General stresses Alliance commitment to Western Balkans NATO 08 Jun 2016 -- NATO's commitment to security and stability in the Western Balkans and Kosovo's political situation topped the agenda in talks between NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Mr Hashim Thaci of Kosovo at NATO headquarters on Wednesday (8 June).
- HMS Kent shadows Russian submarine in North Sea UK Royal Navy 08 Jun 2016 -- A Royal Navy warship is shadowing a Russian submarine sailing towards the English Channel.
- Brexit Raises Fear of Aggressive Russia in Baltics VOA 08 Jun 2016 -- Political analysts say a vote in favor of Britain leaving the European Union would raise concerns among the former Soviet states in the Baltics and eastern Europe that are now EU members and neighbor a resurgent Russia.
- Russia surprised UK needs help to track submarines near surface Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- Russia has poked fun at the UK's intercept of one of its submarines, saying it was surprised that the Royal Navy needed NATO's help in tracking a submarine travelling at slow speeds "in surface position."
- UK warship intercepts Russian submarine near English Channel Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- The British navy has intercepted a Russian submarine as it was cruising toward the English Channel, UK media report.
- Iran Navy provides safety for 2,500 vessels in high seas: Sayyari IRNA 08 Jun 2016 -- Iran Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habbibollah Sayyari said on Wednesday that so far 41 Iranian fleets dispatched to the Gulf of Aden have succeeded to provide safety of 2,500 cargo and tanker vessels in open seas.
- China military fleet to get 1,000 large strategic aircraft Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- The Chinese military's aerial transport squadron is to be boosted by as many as 1,000 large strategic aircraft, with Beijing seeking to model the force after its American and Russian counterparts.
- June 8, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 08 Jun 2016
- Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Josh Earnest en route New York, NY, 6/8/2016 The White House 08 Jun 2016
- 8 June 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 08 Jun 2016
- Chinese FM statement on settling disputes between China, the Philippines in South China Sea through bilateral negotiation People's Daily 08 Jun 2016 -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday issued a statement on settling disputes between China and the Philippinesin the South China Seathrough bilateral negotiation. Following is the full text of the statement:
- China urges Philippines to immediately cease arbitral proceedings People's Daily 08 Jun 2016 -- China on Wednesday again urged the Philippines to stop its arbitral proceedings and return to the right track of settling relevant disputes in the South China Sea through bilateral negotiation with China.
- Beijing calls on Washington to halt spy flights over East China Sea Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- Beijing has called on Washington to halt its surveillance flights over the East China Sea after Chinese jets intercepted a US flight in the region.
- Syria Kurdish-Arab forces close in on Daesh-held Manbij Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- Thousands of Syrian civilians have fled the key town of Manbij held by Daesh, as forces closes in on the Takfiri group's northern stronghold, a London-based monitor says.
- Syria: UN agencies deplore recent attacks in Aleppo; hundreds of people killed or injured UN News 08 Jun 2016 -- The United Nations humanitarian wing today spoke out against the latest escalation of violence in the Syrian city of Aleppo, where dozens of casualties have been reported in attacks on two medical facilities.
- US to Russia: Use Leverage to Distribute Aid in Syria VOA 08 Jun 2016 -- The U.S. has stepped up pressure on Syria's key ally, Russia, to use its influence to get humanitarian aid to besieged parts of the country.
- Up to 90k civilians holed up in Iraq's Fallujah: UN official Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- A United Nation official says up to 90,000 civilians are believed to be trapped in the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah, a stronghold of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.
- Iraqi PM urges military to intensify battle for Fallujah liberation Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has urged the country's military commanders to intensify the liberation operation for the city of Fallujah in Anbar province.
- Iraqi forces retake more areas near Fallujah in Anbar Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- Iraqi forces have managed to liberate more areas near the strategic city of Fallujah in Anbar province from the control of the Daesh terrorist group, tightening noose around the militants in the city.
- Iraq to retake Fallujah from Daesh within few days: Commander Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- A high-ranking Iraqi army commander says government forces, together with fighters from allied Popular Mobilization units, are poised to liberate Fallujah from Daesh within the next few days.
- Iraq PM sacks intel. chief, other officials Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- Iraq's prime minister has fired the country's intelligence chief, the head of the state media, and the chief executives of six state-owned banks amid calls to enact reforms within the political and economic establishments.
- Fallujah Fight Not Stopping Baghdad Attacks VOA 08 Jun 2016 -- The Iraqi offensive against Islamic State militants in Fallujah has not caused terrorist attacks in Baghdad to subside, as some inside the Iraqi capital expected, a military spokesman in Baghdad said Wednesday.
- Rebels kidnap 100 civilians in DR Congo: UN Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- Suspected Ugandan rebels have kidnapped about 100 people during an attack in the troubled northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the UN says.
- Chad sends 2,000 forces to Niger to fight Boko Haram Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- Chad has sent some 2,000 troops to neighboring Niger to help the fight against Boko Haram following last week's terrorist attacks by the Takfiri militants in the Nigerien town of Bosso.
- Prosecutor for UN ex-Yugoslav tribunal warns of negative regional political situation UN News 08 Jun 2016 -- The top official of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) today updated the Security Council on the latest developments in his work, cautioning that while there have been positive developments in national war crimes justice and the Tribunal is on track to fulfil its mandate by the end of next year, the political situation in the region is not keeping pace.
- Savchenko Says Willing To Hold Peace Talks With Separatists RFE/RL 08 Jun 2016 -- Ukrainian airwoman Nadia Savchenko says she is willing to talk with Russia-backed separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine to try to end the nation's two-year-old conflict.
- Lebanon finds spy device hidden in fake rock Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- The Lebanese army says it has dismantled a spy device hidden inside a fake rock in the Chouf forest district southeast of the capital, Beirut.
- S.Korea expresses worry about DPRK's restart of plutonium reprocessing People's Daily 08 Jun 2016 -- South Korea's unification ministry in charge of inter-Korean affairs on Wednesday expressed deep worry about a report that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) had restarted plutonium reprocessing activities at its main nuclear complex.
- North Korea Again Seen Producing Plutonium for Nuclear Bombs VOA 08 Jun 2016 -- South Korea's government on Wednesday declined to directly confirm the reported resumption of plutonium production in North Korea but said it is "watching the relevant movements closely with serious concern."
- Iran urges reciprocal measures by E3/EU+3 to advance JCPOA implementation IRNA 08 Jun 2016 -- Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi on Wednesday stressed that reciprocal measures and full implementation of the commitments by E3/EU+3 is the essential foundation of the JCPOA.
- Iran reminds IAEA duty to keep confidential information IRNA 08 Jun 2016 -- Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency Reza Najafi on Wednesday reminded the UN nuclear agency to keep the confidential information Iran provides as per the regular report.
- President Rouhani: Removal of sanctions improves people's conditions IRNA 08 Jun 2016 -- President Hassan Rouhani underlined the importance of the removal of the sanctions which were imposed against Iran on the economic conditions of Iranians.
- Ban calls for calm, commitment to rule of law amid reported clashes in Papua New Guinea UN News 08 Jun 2016 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed concern about reports of violent clashes between students and police in Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea.
- Dozens injured, 4 dead in riots across PNG Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- Dozens of people are wounded and four reported killed in Papua New Guinea after police open fire on a student demonstration in the capital and riots erupted across the country.
- Nazarbaev: Aqtobe Attacks Orchestrated From Abroad RFE/RL 08 Jun 2016 -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has claimed that the attackers who carried out the recent attacks that rocked the northwestern city of Aqtobe "received instructions from abroad," and suggested that suspects will face the death penalty.
- UN Inquiry finds crimes against humanity in Eritrea UNOHCHR 08 Jun 2016 -- Crimes against humanity have been committed in a widespread and systematic manner in Eritrean detention facilities, military training camps and other locations across the country over the past 25 years, according to a new report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea, released Wednesday.
- Crimes against humanity committed in Eritrea, warns UN group UN News 08 Jun 2016 -- Officials in Eritrea have committed crimes against humanity, including enslavement, rape and torture, across the country over the past 25 years, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea.
- UN to continue to follow up on human rights abuse allegations in Central African Republic UN News 08 Jun 2016 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he has taken note of the release earlier this week of a report by Human Rights Watch on the Central African Republic (CAR), stating that he shares the non-profit organization's concerns regarding impunity for human rights violations.
- Indian PM Modi Addresses US Congress, Calls for Closer Ties VOA 08 Jun 2016 -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday and called for a closer relationship between India and the U.S., particularly in the area of terrorism.
- Nuland: Russia Feeling 'Pain' Of U.S. Sanctions RFE/RL 08 Jun 2016 -- A top U.S. official says economic sanctions continue to be the most powerful leverage Washington has over Russia, and that those measures have thwarted potential Russian efforts to seize larger swaths of Ukrainian territory, including the capital.
- Turkish police targeted in deadly car bombing Press TV 08 Jun 2016 -- Turkish security sources say at least four people have been killed after a powerful car bomb attack hit a police station in the southeastern province of Mardin on Wednesday.
- Is the Pentagon Safe From Cyberattacks? VOA 08 Jun 2016 -- A hacker only needs to succeed once to break into a system.
- President reaffirms goal of nuclear-free Taiwan by 2025 CNA 08 Jun 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) stressed Wednesday that her administration's goal to phase out nuclear power by 2025 "has never changed and will never change."
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