02 July 2016 Military News
- Military Strikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 02 Jul 2016 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Taliban Chief Warns Jihad Against US-led 'Occupation' to Continue VOA 02 Jul 2016 -- The new Taliban chief has called for the United States to end its "occupation" of Afghanistan, saying the Islamist insurgency is determined to "salvage" the country from the claw of the infidel occupation and mischief."
- US, Pakistani Officials Discuss Afghan Border Security VOA 02 Jul 2016 -- A group of influential American senators and other top officials begun an official trip to Pakistan on Saturday by meeting with the country's military chief to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and efforts to strengthen Pakistan's border security.
- 225 Daesh terrorists killed in east Afghanistan Press TV 02 Jul 2016 -- At least 225 Daesh terrorists have been killed during military operations in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province over the past week, local officials say.
- Taliban chief urges US to end Afghan 'occupation' Press TV 02 Jul 2016 -- The new leader of the Taliban militant group has called on the US to end its "occupation" of Afghanistan as foreign forces are still present in the country 15 years after Washington launched its so-called war on terror.
- Mixed Reaction in Pakistan to US Report on Civilians Killed By Drones VOA 02 Jul 2016 -- Reaction to the White House report on civilian casualties in drones was mixed in Pakistan, the country that has suffered the highest number of strikes and casualties outside active conflict zones.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US blasts Russian Navy ship's "erratic" maneuver Press TV 02 Jul 2016 -- The United States has hit out at Russia over a "high risk" maneuver of a Russian frigate near an American warship in the eastern Mediterranean.
- Visualizing threats: A decade of threat modeling AFNS 02 Jul 2016 -- Dynamic explosions, missile launches and air-to-air dogfights are just a few animations the National Air and Space Intelligence Center threat visualization team create to help communicate potential threats in the world.
- Netherlands May Join NATO Battalion in Lithuania - Defense Minister Sputnik 02 Jul 2016 -- The Netherlands plans to join NATO battalion in Lithuania under Germany's control, Lithuanian Defense Minister Juozas Olekas said Saturday.
- EU Mulls Own Army While Spending Billions on These 7 Defense Organizations Sputnik 02 Jul 2016 -- The UN Police (UNPOL)
- Russia to mobilize forces if Finland joins NATO: Putin Press TV 02 Jul 2016 -- Russia has threatened it will mobilize its forces to areas closer to its border with Finland should Helsinki choose to join the US-led military alliance of NATO.
- Success for Russia': Moscow Rises Into the Lead in Aerial Surveillance Sputnik 02 Jul 2016 -- Russia has become the first member of the Treaty on Open Skies to be allowed to use digital surveillance equipment during its observation flights. Moscow, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, will be able to maintain this technological advantage over Canada, Italy, France, the UK and the US, who still use analog cameras, for several years.
- Russian MoD Ready to Discuss Flight Transponder Use Over Baltics With NATO Sputnik 02 Jul 2016 -- The Russian Defense Ministry on Saturday said that its experts are ready to discuss with their NATO counterparts the use of flight transponder equipment in military flights over the Baltic Sea if the alliance is willing to implement such measures.
- President, premier call emergency meetings in wake of missile blunder CNA 02 Jul 2016 -- Two Navy non-commissioned officers involved in the accidental launch of a anti-ship missile were released early Saturday on bail as both the president and the premier prepared to call emergency meetings to manage the fallout of the unprecedented incident.
- President says missile mishap 'unforgivable' CNA 02 Jul 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Saturday that a Navy ship's misfiring of a missile a day earlier that caused one civilian death and three injuries was something that "absolutely cannot be forgiven."
- MND denies conspiracy theories regarding Navy missile fiasco CNA 02 Jul 2016 -- The Ministry of National Defense (MND) issued a detailed question-and-answer press release Saturday to debunk a string of conspiracy theories surrounding the Navy's misfiring of a missile a day earlier causing one civilian death and three injuries.
- President hears briefing on missile accident CNA 02 Jul 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) called a National Security Council (NSC) meeting Saturday to hear a briefing on the accidental launch of an anti-ship missile a day earlier.
- Minister apologizes to victim's family for missile blunder CNA 02 Jul 2016 -- Taiwan's Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) on Saturday apologized to the family of the captain of a Taiwanese fishing boat, who was killed after the Navy fired a supersonic anti-ship missile by mistake and hit the fishing boat that was operating in waters off the outlying county of Penghu.
- President Tsai says fatal missile blunder 'should not have occurred' CNA 02 Jul 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) expressed her deepest condolences Saturday to the family of a fisherman who was killed after the Navy fired a supersonic anti-ship missile by mistake and hit a Taiwanese fishing boat, saying that such an incident "should not have occurred."
- Premier vows to get to bottom of leaks over missile blunder CNA 02 Jul 2016 -- In an emergency meeting called Saturday, Premier Lin Chuan (林全) gave a directive that related government agencies must get to the bottom of military leaks related to a missile blunder a day earlier that caused the death of a Taiwanese fisherman.
- Mainland urges Taiwan to explain missile misfire People's Daily 02 Jul 2016 -- Mainland authorities are calling for a "responsible explanation" behind the fatal firing of a missile by a naval vessel from Taiwan on Friday.
- Iran Navy foils pirate attack on tanker IRNA 02 Jul 2016 -- The Iranian Navy successfully on Saturday thwarted a pirate attack on an oil tanker in vicinity of Bab-el-Mandeb Strait near the Gulf of Aden.
- Iran to stage military drills ISNA 02 Jul 2016 -- The Navy Commander of the Islamic Republic of Iran said Iran plans to organize regional and extra-regional joint exercises this year.
- F-35B Lightning II visits new homes for the first time UK MOD 02 Jul 2016 -- Friday 1st July 2016 marks an historic day for the UK as the future of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force combat air fleets, the F-35B Lightning II, flew over their prospective 'homes'; HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Prince of Wales in Rosyth and RAF Marham in Norfolk.
- China calls on Philippines to properly solve maritime disputes via negotiation People's Daily 02 Jul 2016 -- China on Friday called on the Philippines to work with China to use the power of negotiation to solve disputes on the South China Sea.
- UN reports two new cases of child abuse by peacekeepers in CAR Press TV 02 Jul 2016 -- The United Nations has reported two new cases of child sexual abuse charges against its peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) as the world body continues an investigation into similar cases.
- Iraqi army liberates region east of Ramadi Press TV 02 Jul 2016 -- The Iraqi army and allied volunteer fighters have managed to liberate an area east of the central Iraqi city of Ramadi, PressTV reports.
- Libya troops retake Sirte area after clashes with terrorists Press TV 02 Jul 2016 -- Forces loyal to the Libyan unity government have wrested control of a district south of the city of Sirte following heavy clashes with Takfiri Daesh terrorists, officials say.
- UN Security Council joins chorus condemning terrorist attack in Bangladesh UN News 02 Jul 2016 -- The United Nations Security Council has joined an international chorus condemning yesterday's terrorist attack on a café in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, for which Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) has claimed responsibility.
- UN officials condemn terrorist attack in Bangladesh UN News 02 Jul 2016 -- Senior United Nations officials have condemned the terrorist attack in a café in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka that reportedly killed 20 hostages over the weekend.
- 20 foreigners killed, 13 hostages rescued after Bangladesh siege: Army Press TV 02 Jul 2016 -- The Bangladeshi army says 20 civilians, all of them foreigners, have been killed by Daesh-linked gunmen after security forces ended a siege at a cafe in the capital, Dhaka.
- Twenty Foreign Hostages Killed In Bangladesh Siege RFE/RL 02 Jul 2016 -- A Bangladesh military official says 20 hostages, all foreigners, have been killed during a siege in the capital, Dhaka, where security forces stormed a restaurant and killed six gunmen holding the hostages.
- UN chief condemns terrorist attack in Bangladesh UN News 02 Jul 2016 -- Senior United Nations officials have condemned the terrorist attack in a café in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka that reportedly killed 20 hostages over the weekend.
- Dhaka on Lockdown After 20 Hostages Killed in Restaurant Standoff VOA 02 Jul 2016 -- Bangladesh authorities deployed heavy security throughout the capital Saturday following an 11-hour standoff with a group of militants who killed 20 mostly foreign civilians at an upscale restaurant.
- Death toll from Istanbul attacks rises to 45 Press TV 02 Jul 2016 -- Turkish media have updated the death toll from the recent terror attacks in Istanbul, saying 45 are now confirmed dead as a result of the bombings and the shooting attack at the Ataturk international airport.
- 95 years on, Xi wants CPC motivated, confident, clean People's Daily 02 Jul 2016 -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Friday called on his comrades to "stay true to the mission" taken up by the CPC 95 years ago.
- Political Flash Points Ahead for DRC VOA 02 Jul 2016 -- President Joseph Kabila is due to step down as head of state of the Democratic Republic of Congo in December but it is looking increasingly likely that this year's election will be delayed. Statements this week by the president and the lead opposition figure, now in exile, underscore the uncertainty of the central African nation's political future, and the potential flash points ahead.
- DPRK FM Spokesman Denounces U.S. for Pulling up DPRK over Non-existent Flesh Traffic KCNA 02 Jul 2016 -- A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK Saturday gave the following answer to the question put by KCNA as regards the fact that the U.S. took issue with the DPRK over non-existent flesh traffic:
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