04 July 2016 Military News
- Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 04 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.
Defense Policy / Programs
- NATO Secretary General outlines Warsaw Summit agenda NATO 04 Jul 2016 -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Allied leaders, meeting in Warsaw on Friday and Saturday (9 July), will take key decisions to strengthen the Alliance's defence and deterrence and project stability beyond NATO's borders.
- Stoltenberg: NATO Looking to Meet With Russia After Warsaw Summit VOA 04 Jul 2016 -- NATO is seeking another formal meeting with Russia after the Western military alliance holds a summit in Warsaw later this week.
- Moldovan Defense Minister Denies Existence of NATO Arms Supplies to Moldova Sputnik 04 Jul 2016 -- Moldova's Defense Minister Anatolie Salaru said that NATO has not delivered any arms or armaments to the country.
- US, Canada to Hold Observation Flight Over Russia Sputnik 04 Jul 2016 -- Еhe head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Nuclear Risk Reduction Center said that the United States and Canada will carry out an observation flight over Russia's territory under the Open Skies Treaty.
- Putin Creates National Guard Force RFE/RL 04 Jul 2016 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on the creation of a National Guard.
- Putin Signs Law to Assign Veteran Status to Russian Military in Syria Sputnik 04 Jul 2016 -- All Russian military personnel who were involved in the 6-month-long operation are to be assigned veteran status, which presupposes special support and aid from the government, according to the document, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Flight Tests of Russia's Advanced PAK FA Fighters Almost Completed - Sukhoi Sputnik 04 Jul 2016 -- According to the Sukhoi aircraft manufacturer, flight tests of Russia's Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA) fifth-generation fighter aircraft are at the final stage.
- Delivery of New Sukhoi T-50 Jets to Russian Aerospace Forces to Begin 2018 Sputnik 04 Jul 2016 -- According to Sukhoi aircraft manufacturer, Russia will start serial production and deliveries of the Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA) fifth-generation fighter aircraft to the country's Aerospace Forces in 2018.
- Turkish FM Denies Saying Ankara Will Open Incirlik Airbase to Russia Sputnik 04 Jul 2016 -- Turkey is ready to cooperate with Russia on the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group, but there are no talks on using the Incirlik airbase, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Monday.
- Turkey Turns To Russia In Fight Against IS RFE/RL 04 Jul 2016 -- Is it just a show of resolve, or a new conviction - or desperation? The Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said on July 4 in Istanbul that Turkey might "open the Incirlik air base" to Russia "as we did to all others who actively fight" the Islamic State extremist group. "We cooperate with anyone who fights against [IS], so why not work together with Russia?"
- Ankara may let Moscow use Incirlik base to fight Daesh: Turkey FM Press TV 04 Jul 2016 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says his country is open to allowing Russia to use the Incirlik Air Base in south-central Turkey to launch airstrikes against the positions of Daesh in Syria, as Ankara and Moscow further move to mend fences.
- Kremlin Only Learned of Turkey's Airbase Proposal Through Media - Spokesman Sputnik 04 Jul 2016 -- Kremlin spokesman stated that Kremlin found out about about Turkey's proposal regarding the Incirlik airbase through the media.
- Turkey Could Allow Russia to Use Incirlik Air Base - Foreign Minister Sputnik 04 Jul 2016 -- According to the Turkish Foreign Finister, Russia might be allowed to use Incirlik Air Base.
- China to hold drills near Xisha Islands People's Daily 04 Jul 2016 -- China will hold military exercises this week in the South China Sea ahead of a UN arbitration ruling, with analysts saying the drills are meant for peacekeeping while showing that China is capable of defending its territorial sovereignty.
- Delivery of China's new 052D destroyers to begin soon, military expert says People's Daily 04 Jul 2016 -- The fourth 052D guided-missile destroyer will soon be put into use, according to Cao Weidong, a Chinese military expert, in an interview with China Center Television.
- President Tsai promises reform of Taiwan military CNA 04 Jul 2016 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Monday that Taiwan's military culture needs critical reforms and better integration with the rest of the society and she is working toward those goals.
- U.S. offers technical help after Taiwan's missile mishap: minister CNA 04 Jul 2016 -- The United States has been notified about Taiwan's accidental firing of a anti-ship missile on July 1 and has offered to provide technical assistance, Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lee (李大維) said Monday.
- Missile firing not expected to impact regional situation: report CNA 04 Jul 2016 -- The July 1 accidental firing of a missile by the Navy is not expected to impact the situation in the region, but China has used the opportunity to put pressure on Taiwan, according to the National Security Bureau.
- President reminds military school graduates of mission CNA 04 Jul 2016 -- In a speech at their graduation ceremony, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) encouraged military school graduates Monday to fully devote themselves in any post to which they are assigned and to behave honorably.
- Germany Arms Export Volume in 2015 Doubled Compared to 2014 Sputnik 03 Jul 2016 -- The volume of arms exports from Germany in 2015 has almost doubled since 2014, reaching its highest level since 2000, local media reported Sunday, citing the Ministry of Economy.
- 'The Best Aircraft I've Flown': India's Pilots Cheer 1370mph Tejas Fighter Sputnik 03 Jul 2016 -- The indigenous jet comes in at about one-tenth of the unit cost of an American made fighter jet with combat specifics that wowed the India's most venerable fighter pilots.
- Commander: Enemies afraid of Islamic Revolution's strength IRNA 04 Jul 2016 -- The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Commander Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi said in this southern province on Monday that enemies are afraid of Islamic Revolution's strength.
- Iran to hold 5 major war games ISNA 04 Jul 2016 -- Commander of Khatamol-Anbia Air Base Farzad Esmaili said Iran will unveil new missile systems and radar.
- Netanyahu Hints at Acquiring F-35B Fighter or V-22 Hybrid Copter Sputnik 04 Jul 2016 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suggested Thursday that Israel is looking into buying US-made next generation vertical takeoff aircrafts.
- Russia's Irkut to Finish Su-30 Fighter Jets Deliveries to Algeria in 2017 Sputnik 04 Jul 2016 -- According to annual report, Russia's Irkut aircraft manufacturer will finish the deliveries of 14 Sukhoi Su-30MKA multirole fighters to Algeria in 2017.
- Latvian MoD Refutes Information on 1,000 Canadian Troops Deployment Sputnik 04 Jul 2016 -- Canadian soldiers will be stationed in Latvia after the NATO Warsaw summit, Latvian Chief of Defense Raimonds Graube said Monday.
- Poland Sends 150 Troops, Four Military Aircraft to Kuwait for Mission Sputnik 04 Jul 2016 -- Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz called dispatching Polish soldiers to Kuwait historical event for the country.
- Good as New! Finland to Buy Second-Hand Howitzers From South Korea Sputnik 04 Jul 2016 -- Finland's Ministry of Defense, which has been suffering from budget cuts, has been discussing the procurement of second-hand military equipment with South Korea in order to update its forces in the most cost-effective manner.
- Sweden's Saab Suffers Setback Selling Submarines Sputnik 04 Jul 2016 -- The recently-nationalized Swedish military company Saab has suffered yet another setback in its attempts to sell submarines abroad. Poland, one of the countries Saab had pinned its hopes upon, has initiated closer cooperation with the German Navy. Germany is one of Saab's top competitors in the sale of submarines.
- South Korea to Build Artificial Reefs in Yellow Sea VOA 04 Jul 2016 -- South Korea is planning to build 80 artificial reefs near the de facto maritime border with North Korea in an effort to thwart what Seoul says is illegal fishing by Chinese boats.
- China never a bully in South China Sea: experts People's Daily 04 Jul 2016 -- Former deputy head of China's national political advisory body Ling Jihua was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday for taking bribes, illegally obtaining state secrets and abuse of power.
- China holds out olive branch to Philippines over dispute Press TV 04 Jul 2016 -- China says it is ready to start negotiations on its territorial dispute with the Philippines if Manila ignores a court ruling expected next week on the discord over the South China Sea.
- Okinotori dispute to be on agenda of Taiwan-Japan maritime talks CNA 04 Jul 2016 -- The dispute between Taiwan and Japan over fishing in waters surrounding the Japan-controlled Okinotori atoll will be on the agenda of the two nations' first dialogue on the issue in Taipei in late July, Taiwan's top fisheries official said Monday.
- Taiwan to not compromise on sovereignty in South China Sea: official CNA 04 Jul 2016 -- Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) said Monday that Taiwan has no way of knowing how an international court will rule in a dispute between the Philippines and China over the South China Sea, but it will stand up for its sovereignty.
- Saudi Arabia intensifies airstrikes on Yemen Press TV 04 Jul 2016 -- Saudi warplanes have intensified the airstrikes on Yemen to support militants loyal to Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi – who has resigned as Yemen's president – fighting against Yemeni forces, despite a UN-brokered ceasefire.
- US-backed group claims Nusra has abducted its commander Press TV 04 Jul 2016 -- Militants trained by the US military to fight the Syrian government have accused al-Qaeda's Syrian branch, al-Nusra Front, of having kidnapped their commander, even as the two groups have extensive collaboration in the foreign-backed militancy in Syria.
- Total of 173 Settlements Have Joined Syria Ceasefire - Russian Military Sputnik 04 Jul 2016 -- The number of settlements that have joined the ceasefire regime in Syria has increased to 173, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday.
- Iraq executes five following deadly Baghdad bomb attacks Press TV 04 Jul 2016 -- The Iraqi Justice Ministry has announced the execution of five Iraqi convicts following two devastating bomb blasts in Baghdad that claimed the lives of over 200 people.
- Iraqi forces kill 50 Daesh terrorists in Salahuddin province Press TV 04 Jul 2016 -- At least 50 members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group have been killed while 40 other arrested in a series of counter-terrorism operations against the extremists across Iraq.
- Daesh kills eight of own members in Iraq Press TV 04 Jul 2016 -- The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group has killed eight of its own members in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk allegedly for escaping battles with Iraqi security forces.
- Islamic State Claims Baghdad Attack, Iraq's Deadliest Since 2007 VOA 04 Jul 2016 -- The death toll from Sunday's suicide truck bombing in the Iraqi capitol of Baghdad continues to rise as more bodies are recovered from the rubble.
- Israel Approves Plans for 800 Settler Houses in, Outside East Jerusalem Sputnik 04 Jul 2016 -- Israel approved consturction of 800 houses for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem and the nearby West Bank settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim, according to local media.
- Warning two-state solution 'slipping away,' UN denounces Israel's demolition of Palestinian homes UN News 04 Jul 2016 -- The United Nations today condemned Israel for demolishing Palestinians' homes in the occupied West Bank in the middle of last night, amid the prospect of the two-state solution to the Middle East conflict already "slipping away."
- First Trucks of Turkish Aid Arrive in Gaza VOA 04 Jul 2016 -- Trucks carrying about 10,000 tons of aid from Turkey have begun arriving in Gaza via Israel, a week after Turkey and Israel mended ties.
- UN rights chief warns of violence re-escalating in Central African Republic UN News 04 Jul 2016 -- The United Nations human rights chief today warned that the security and human rights situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) may be starting to deteriorate again, after a series a major incidents in the capital of Bangui and rural areas.
- US Lawmakers Pay Rare Visit to Pakistan's Restive North Waziristan VOA 03 Jul 2016 -- A U.S. congressional delegation led by Republican Senator John McCain undertook a rare trip in a military helicopter to Pakistan's restive North Waziristan tribal region Sunday, before concluding a two-day visit to the country and heading for neighboring Afghanistan.
- Blast Reported Outside Prophet's Mosque In Saudi City Of Medina RFE/RL 04 Jul 2016 -- Saudi media have reported a suicide bombing near the Prophet's Mosque, one of the Islam's holiest sites, in the Saudi city of Medina.
- Blast Rocks Saudi Checkpoint at Muslim Holy Site VOA 04 Jul 2016 -- An explosion has rocked a checkpoint outside of one of Islam's holiest sites, the Prophet's Mosque in the Saudi city of Medina.
- Bangladesh Mourns; Investigators Question Hostages Rescued From Attack VOA 04 Jul 2016 -- Investigators are questioning some of the hostages who were rescued from Saturday morning's attack on an upscale restaurant in the Bangladeshi capitol of Dhaka that left 20 patrons and two police officers dead.
- Newly Disclosed US Document Shows Possible Saudi Links to 9/11 Attacks VOA 04 Jul 2016 -- A new list of names that possibly links Saudi Arabia to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and Washington has come to light, even as President Barack Obama weighs whether to release a still-secret 28-page report about Riyadh's alleged connection to the funding of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
- Corrupt Ling Jihua gets life sentence People's Daily 04 Jul 2016 -- Former deputy head of China's national political advisory body Ling Jihua was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday for taking bribes, illegally obtaining state secrets and abuse of power.
- Aide to former Chinese president given life sentence Press TV 04 Jul 2016 -- A Chinese court has sentenced an aide to former president, Hu Jintao, to life in jail for corruption and abuse of power.
- Chinese companies face increasing threat in Africa People's Daily 04 Jul 2016 -- As China continues to globalize, the imminent threat of terrorism will increasingly haunt the world's second largest economy, especially in Africa, experts warned at a forum last weekend.
- UN inquiry panel welcomes strong resolution on human rights in Eritrea UN News 04 Jul 2016 -- A United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry panel today welcomed a resolution that brings justice for the people of Eritrea who have suffered gross human rights violations over the past 25 years "a step closer" to being realized.
- 'As Long As I'm Dead, My Family Is Alive': Defector Recalls Daring Escape From North Korea RFE/RL 04 Jul 2016 -- As a hotel manager in his hometown of Pyongyang, the capital, Dzhon was one of the few North Koreans to be in close contact with foreigners.
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