27 June 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 27 Jun 2016 [PDF]
- Carter Hails Iraqi Fallujah Success as Counter-ISIL Milestone AFPS 27 Jun 2016 -- Defense Secretary Ash Carter today congratulated Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Iraqi people for freeing the city of Fallujah from the grip of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
- Six F-16 Jets Depart Belgium to Assist Anti-Daesh Coalition in Syria, Iraq Sputnik 27 Jun 2016 -- Six F-16 fighter aircraft, which departed from Kleine Brogel Air Base in Belgium, will be based in Jordan and will perform reconnaissance and surveillance tasks for six months in Syria and Iraq, according to local media.
- Counter-ISIL Strikes Target Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 27 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.
- Statement from Secretary Carter on Fallujah DoD 27 Jun 2016
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 27 Jun 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
- Fresh US drone strike kills nearly two dozen people in Afghanistan Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- Nearly two dozen people have been killed in a fresh US drone strike in a restive district in northern Afghanistan, local sources say.
- Kabul's Peace Talks With Hekmatyar Deadlocked VOA 27 Jun 2016 -- An Afghan insurgent group says differences over the presence of U.S.-led international troops in Afghanistan have left its peace talks with the government deadlocked.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Marines join forces to conduct command, control training in Jamaica USMC News 27 Jun 2016 -- Marines from several detachments of Intelligence Support Battalion joined forces to help kick off Phase II of exercise Tradewinds 2016 by assuming command and control responsibilities and helping support 17 partner nations learn various C2 functions in a classroom environment.
- Teamwork, airlift keys to success of exercise in Gabon AFNS 27 Jun 2016 -- Delivering a global response force (GRF) is something the Airmen of the 62nd Airlift Wing practice regularly, but, up until now, that response force has never been brought to the African continent like it was for exercise Central Accord 2016.
- Wasp Amphibious Ready Group Departs on Deployment NNS 27 Jun 2016 -- More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22 MEU) departed from Norfolk and Little Creek, Virginia, and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, June 25.
- Preparing the Crew to Deliver Global Comfort NNS 27 Jun 2016 -- U.S. Navy Sailors and civil service mariners (CIVMARs) attached to USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) conducted a Comfort Exercise (COMFEX) at Naval Station Norfolk, June 20-24.
- Panama Canal Expansion Completed NNS 27 Jun 2016 -- Leadership aboard Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), alongside Commander, United States Southern Command Adm. Kurt Tidd and U.S. ambassador to Panama John D. Feeley, hosted a Panama Canal Expansion ceremony while in port Balboa, Panama, June 25.
- PAC SAG Reunites in South China Sea NNS 27 Jun 2016 -- Participating units of a U.S. 3rd Fleet Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) reunited while on routine patrol in the South China Sea, June 27 after conducting nearly three months of theater security operations in the Indo-Asia Pacific.
- Pacific Partnership 2016 Arrives in Philippines NNS 27 Jun 2016 -- Pacific Partnership 2016 arrived in Legazpi, Philippines June 27 aboard USNS Mercy (T-AH 19), marking the seventh year Pacific Partnership has visited the Philippines since 2006.
- USS Frank Cable Continues on Deployment After Successful Port Visits in Philippines NNS 27 Jun 2016 -- Forward-deployed submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) departed Cebu, June 25, its second port call in the Republic of the Philippines.
- Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Conducts Exercise with Turkish Naval Forces NNS 27 Jun 2016 -- Units from the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG) and Turkish Naval Forces participated in a combined exercise, June 25.
- John C. Stennis Strike Group Enters 3rd Fleet NNS 27 Jun 2016 -- The John C. Stennis Strike Group (JCSSG) crossed the International Date Line, entering the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations, June 25.
- The Great Green Fleet Explained NNS 27 Jun 2016 -- Named to honor President Theodore Roosevelt's Great White Fleet, the Navy's Great Green Fleet is ushering in a new era of energy innovation.
- U.S. Ambassador To Russia: NATO 'Most Effective Defensive Alliance' In History RFE/RL 27 Jun 2016 -- The U.S. ambassador to Russia has tried to allay Moscow's concerns about NATO's intentions ahead of a crucial summit next week while offering an impassioned defense of the alliance, which he says has been forced to respond to Kremlin aggression in Ukraine.
- Canadian Frigate Sails in Support of NATO Operations in the Baltic Sea Sputnik 27 Jun 2016 -- The Canadian frigate Charlottetown will participate in Operation Reassurance 2016, a US-led multinational effort to conduct constant air, land and sea operations in Eastern and Central Europe.
- Norwegian Fighter Jets Defend Iceland From Mythical Russian Attack Sputnik 27 Jun 2016 -- Iceland's airspace and near-by swaths of the Barents Sea are being patrolled by Norwegian fighter jets on a daily basis. The goal of this combined NATO effort is yet again to fence off "hostile" Russia.
- Remarks With NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg US Dept. of State 27 Jun 2016 -- Remarks by John Kerry, Secretary of State
- Kerry Reassures NATO Member Nations Over Brexit Vote VOA 27 Jun 2016 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday Britain's vote to leave the European Union (EU) will not have an adverse impact on North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) military and political prowess.
- NATO Secretary General meets Secretary Kerry for talks on Warsaw Summit, UK referendum NATO 27 Jun 2016 -- Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg held talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry at NATO headquarters on Monday (27 June 2016) on next week's Warsaw Summit, and the implications of the UK's vote on membership in the European Union.
- NATO starts massive war games in Ukraine Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- Member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), including forces from the US, have launched a large-scale military exercise in westerns Ukraine.
- Russian Military Tests Readiness With Snap Inspections VOA 27 Jun 2016 -- Russia recently wrapped up nine days of inspections of its military forces in order to judge their readiness. Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered the inspections, which lasted from June 14 to 22.
- UK flexes military muscle in Gibraltar with nuke sub Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- The UK has sent one of its nuclear submarines to Gibraltar, amid a long-running territorial dispute with Spain that escalated after Britain's exit from the European Union (EU).
- UK Armed Forces help Tunisian forces fight violent extremism UK MOD 27 Jun 2016 -- UK military support to counter-IED training in Tunisia has been extended for an additional year, the Defence Secretary has announced.
- India Joins Missile Control Regime: 'Now Has Role in Setting Geopolitics' Sputnik 27 Jun 2016 -- India officially joined the Missile Control Technology Regime as a full member on Monday.
- India Joins Missile Technology Control Regime Partnership Sputnik 27 Jun 2016 -- India on Monday became the 35th member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) partnership, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
- India Joins the Missile Technology Control Regime US Dept. of State 27 Jun 2016
- Iran to transform air defense power in Persian Gulf, Sea of Oman: Cmdr. Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- A high-ranking Iranian military commander says the Islamic Republic plans to significantly reinforce its air defense power in the areas covering the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
- Georgia Has No Financial Means to Create Naval Forces Sputnik 27 Jun 2016 -- Georgia lacks financial resources to establish its naval forces, Georgian Defense Minister Tinatin Khidasheli said Monday.
- Taiwan-US to Test Missile Defense System as Threat of War with China Grows Sputnik 27 Jun 2016 -- In its push for full independence, Taipei looks to the Obama administration for support, a move that could result in a catastrophic war.
- Taiwan to test-fire missile system in US Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- Taiwan has announced that it plans to carry out the first test of its latest missile system in the US amid tensions with China.
- Turkey allows German defense minister's visit to air base Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- Turkey has agreed to grant a visit to German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to an air base south of the country a day after the minister reacted angrily to Ankara's refusal to allow a trip to the base by a German political delegation.
- Remarks With Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 27 Jun 2016 -- Remarks by John Kerry, Secretary of State
- Remarks With British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond US Dept. of State 27 Jun 2016 -- Remarks by John Kerry, Secretary of State
- Remarks With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu US Dept. of State 27 Jun 2016 -- Remarks by John Kerry, Secretary of State
- June 27, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 27 Jun 2016
- Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz, 6/27/16 The White House 27 Jun 2016
- 27 June 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 27 Jun 2016
- UN officials call for boost in solidarity and funding to meet growing humanitarian needs UN News 27 Jun 2016 -- The international community must act with urgency and solidarity to deliver on the commitments generated at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, this past month, in order to adequately respond to and prevent crises and build resilience on a global scale, senior United Nations officials emphasized today.
- Multiple bombings hit Yemen's Mukalla, leave 19 people dead Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- At least 19 people have been killed and 15 others sustained injuries after multiple coordinated bomb attacks rocked the southeastern Yemeni port of Mukalla.
- Negotiating sides close to comprehensive solution in Yemen peace talks: Houthis Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- A spokesman for Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement, which is involved in peace talks with Saudi-backed former regime officials in Kuwait, says the two sides are close to reaching a comprehensive solution to the conflict in the country.
- Nusra Front in Northern Syria Receives 100 Surface-to-Air Missiles Sputnik 27 Jun 2016 -- The Nusra Front militants in the north of Syria got 100 surface-to-air (SAM) missiles, designed to be launched from the ground to destroy aerial targets, in particular, aircraft or other missiles, according to local media.
- Jordanian Intel Stole US Arms for Syrian Rebels on Regular Basis Sputnik 27 Jun 2016 -- A journalist investigation has revealed that Jordanian intelligence officers kept stealing US-provided arms intended for Syrian rebels and sold them on the black market for their own profit.
- UNICEF deplores killing of children in eastern Syria UN News 27 Jun 2016 -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has spoken out against the reported killing of 25 children in recent air-strikes in the Syrian town of al-Quriyah, in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor.
- Iraq: UN sending extra food rations to provide for thousands displaced from Fallujah UN News 27 Jun 2016 -- Expressing concern about the extremely dire conditions for more than 85,000 people who have fled the besieged Iraqi city of Fallujah and its surroundings over the last month, the United Nations food relief agency today said it is sending additional rations to provide immediate food relief to the growing number of displaced.
- Israeli premier vows to continue Gaza blockade after Turkey deal Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu says the existing maritime blockade on the Palestinian Gaza Strip will remain in place following a deal with Turkey on the normalization of Ankara-Tel Aviv ties.
- In Jerusalem, Ban urges two-State solution to Israel-Palestine conflict UN News 27 Jun 2016 -- Following a meeting with Israel's President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said that nearly 50 years of occupation of Palestinian land has not brought security for Israelis, stressing that only a negotiated two-State solution could bring the legitimate aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians to fruition.
- Hezbollah condemns Lebanon's terrorist attacks Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- The Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, has denounced Monday terrorist blasts in eastern Lebanon, saying that some countries and entities in the Middle East and across the world are providing terrorists with covert and overt support.
- Nigerians Split Over Negotiating with Oil Militants VOA 27 Jun 2016 -- Nigeria's government is trying to talk its way out of an unfolding crisis in its oil-producing Niger Delta region, but activists and traditional leaders are divided over whether negotiation is the best solution.
- UN allocates $13 million from emergency fund to support people in north-eastern Nigeria UN News 27 Jun 2016 -- The top United Nations relief official today released $13 million from a fund that supports rapid humanitarian responses – known as the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) – to provide life-saving assistance to 250,000 people in areas of north-east Nigeria that have just become accessible.
- Secretary-General condemns killing of UN peacekeeper in Central African Republic UN News 27 Jun 2016 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the recent killing in Bangui of a peacekeeper serving with the UN operation in the Central African Republic (CAR), his spokesman said today.
- Hundreds Reportedly Killed or Injured in S. Sudan Attacks VOA 27 Jun 2016 -- Relative calm has returned to Wau, South Sudan, after an outbreak of deadly violence which began Friday evening and continued through Monday morning, say local officials and residents.
- UN Security Council strongly condemns deadly Al-Shabaab attack on Mogadishu hotel UN News 27 Jun 2016 -- The United Nations Security Council has "condemned in the strongest terms" a recent deadly attack by Al-Shabaab on a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu that killed several people, including a serving government minister.
- US, Somalia Launch New Chapter in Relations VOA 27 Jun 2016 -- The United States has filled a diplomatic void in Somalia, swearing in its first ambassador to that country in 25 years.
- Kerry, Leaders Warn Against Punishing Britain VOA 27 Jun 2016 -- Britain's crisis deepened Monday as British and EU officials scrambled to deal with the shock of British voters' decision to leave the European Union, and ease both anger and the uncertainty that has plunged the country into what some describe as its worst disarray since World War II.
- EU to Britain: No Talks Before Formal Exit Process VOA 27 Jun 2016 -- The message sent Monday by German, French and Italian leaders was clear: No formal or informal talks with Britain until it triggers Article 50 – the clause that formally sets in motion the two-year period for it to leave the European Union.
- Germany Rules Out Informal 'Brexit' Talks Amid Diplomacy RFE/RL 27 Jun 2016 -- Germany has warned that there will be no informal talks on the conditions for Britain leaving the European Union without London filing formal notice of its intent to quit, as top EU and U.S. officials scrambled to contain the fallout from the vote.
- New EU Policy Document Calls Russia 'Strategic Challenge' RFE/RL 27 Jun 2016 -- A new European Union policy document describes Russia as "a key strategic challenge," wording that constitutes a compromise between member states that are more hawkish toward Moscow and those resisting an escalation of rhetoric.
- Russia Rejects Much Engagement Sought by US, Ambassador Tefft Says VOA 27 Jun 2016 -- The United States is seeking to engage and involve Russia on a range of international issues – including the most sensitive to their relations – but is often given the cold shoulder, according to U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft.
- Erdogan Expresses Regret Over Russian Pilot's Death RFE/RL 27 Jun 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Teyyip Erdogan has written to Russian President Vladimir Putin to express "condolences" to the family of a pilot who died after Turkish forces shot down a Russian warplane and to appeal for a return to "friendly ties."
- Erdogan Sends Condolences to Putin Over Death of Russian Su-24 Pilot Sputnik 27 Jun 2016 -- According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Erdogan "is sorry" and is willing to deal with the crisis in the relations between two countries.
- Ankara apologizes to Moscow over downing Russian jet Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has apologized to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over Ankara's shooting down of a Russia's military jet last year which shattered ties between the two countries.
- Moscow, Ankara step up measures to smooth ties: Turkish deputy PM Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- Turkish deputy prime minister says his country and Russia have stepped up measures to normalize ties soured since last November.
- Israel, Turkey 'reach normalization deal' Press TV 27 Jun 2016 -- Israel and Turkey have reached an agreement on the normalization of their relations six years after an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid flotilla killed 10 Turkish activists in high seas and sent their ties spiraling into a cycle of tensions.
- Turkey, Israel End 6 Years of Diplomatic Strain VOA 27 Jun 2016 -- The Israeli and Turkish prime ministers announced the restoration of full diplomatic relations, frozen for six years following the killing of Turkish activists who sought to break Israel's economic blockade of Gaza.
- Open Letter to Authorities, Political Parties, Organizations and Individuals of S. Korea and Overseas KCNA 27 Jun 2016 -- The north side preparatory committee for the joint conference of political parties and organizations and individual personages in north and south of Korea and overseas for peace and independent reunification of the Korean peninsula Monday sent an open letter as regards the holding of a great national conference for reunification on the occasion of the 71st anniversary of Korea's liberation to the south Korean authorities including chiefs of offices of Chongwadae, the prime minister, ministers and vice-ministers, officials concerned of the south Korean National Assembly including Chairman Jong Se Gyun, Vice-Chairmen Pak Ju Son and Sim Jae Chol, leading officials of the Minju Party, the Saenuri Party, the Party of People and the Party of Justice of south Korea, chief vice-chairman of the Advisory Council for Democracy and Peaceful Unification of south Korea, the president of the Red Cross of south Korea, heads of local autonomous bodies of south Korea, the South Side Committee for Implementing the June 15 Joint Declaration and other reunification movement organizations, religious and civic and public organizations, socio-cultural and economic cooperative organizations, Ri Hui Ho, Rim Tong Won, Pak Ji Won, Jong Se Hyon, Jong Tong Yong, Ri Jong Sok, Ri Jae Jong and others related to the Pyongyang meeting, more than a hundred of famous individuals and overseas compatriotic organizations and personages.
- DPRK proposes inter-Korean conference for reunification People's Daily 27 Jun 2016 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday proposed a conference with South Korea to discuss reunification of the Korean nation and peace on the Korean Peninsula.
- UN Office Builds Human Rights Case Against Pyongyang VOA 27 Jun 2016 -- While North Korea's dismal human rights record has been overshadowed of late by its latest round of provocative nuclear and missile tests, the United Nations is continuing to build the case to prosecute Kim Jong Un and his leadership for crimes against humanity.
- Leaked Salaries Cast Iran Officials In Harsh Light, But To What End? RFE/RL 27 Jun 2016 -- Simmering anger in Iran's hard-line media over official salaries has forced President Hassan Rohani's administration onto the defensive with a likely reelection bid for the relative moderate on the horizon.
- Moldovan Court Sentences Former PM to 9-Year Term VOA 27 Jun 2016 -- A court in the impoverished former Soviet republic of Moldova has sentenced former prime minister Vlad Filat to nine years in prison after finding him guilty of corruption and abuse of power while in office.
- Tunisia's Five-Year Itch RFE/RL 27 Jun 2016 -- Tunisia's first president, Habib Bourguiba, has made a triumphant return to the tree-lined grand boulevard bearing his name in the capital.
- Popular Party Wins Spanish Elections Sputnik 27 Jun 2016 -- Popular Party won the parliamentary elections in Spain and will defend its right to stay in power, leader of the party and acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said late Sunday.
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