11 July 2016 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 11 Jul 2016 [PDF]
- Carter Salutes Iraqi Forces, Announces 560 U.S. Troops to Deploy to Iraq AFPS 11 Jul 2016 -- DDuring his visit to Baghdad today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Iraqi leaders, coalition commanders and U.S. troops and also announced that the United States, in close consultation with the Iraqi government, will deploy an additional 560 troops to Iraq to assist in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to a DoD news release.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 11 Jul 2016 -- British forces have continued to conduct air operations in the fight against Daesh
- Counter-ISIL Strikes Target Terrorists in Syria, Iraq AFPS 11 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 Secretary Commends Iraqi Forces, Announces New Accelerants to Combat ISIL in Visit to Iraq DoD 11 Jul 2016 -- Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met today in Baghdad with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi and other Iraqi leaders, commending them for recent progress in the fight against ISIL, including the capture of a strategic airfield near the town of Qayyarah that will aid operations to free Mosul.
- Remarks by Secretary Carter at a Troop Event in Iraq DoD 11 Jul 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter
- Media Availability with Secretary Carter and Lt. Gen. MacFarland in Iraq DoD 11 Jul 2016 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter; Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland, commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve
- US troops to bolster Iraq's fight on ISIL: White House Press TV 11 Jul 2016 -- The new American troops set to be sent to Iraq will be used to bolster the successes the Iraqi military has already achieved in fight against Daesh, says the White House.
- US to Send 560 More Troops to Iraq VOA 11 Jul 2016 -- The United States will deploy 560 more troops to Iraq to help shape the fight to retake Mosul from Islamic State, following the recent seizure of a key airbase near the city by Iraqi forces.
- Afghanistan's Ghani Urges Pakistan to Expel Insurgents From Its Soil VOA 11 Jul 2016 -- Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani is again urging neighboring Pakistan to expel militant groups that are fighting his country.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Detainee Transfers Announced DoD 11 Jul 2016 -- The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Muhammadi Davlatov and Mansur Ahmad Saad al-Dayfi from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Serbia.
- Serbia Offers Two Former Guantanamo Detainees Humanitarian Resettlement US Dept. of State 11 Jul 2016 -- The United States is grateful to the Republic of Serbia for offering humanitarian resettlement to two individuals formerly in U.S. custody at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility.
- SPMAGTF-SC Engineer Marines participate in horizontal construction projects alongside Hondurans USMC News 11 Jul 2016 -- Marines with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command's engineer teams worked on horizontal construction projects alongside Honduran engineers at Puerto Castilla, Honduras, June 23-July 1.
- Crisis Response Marines test heavy lifting capabilities with Helicopter Support Team USMC News 11 Jul 2016 -- Landing support specialists braved the rough rotor wash beneath an MV-22B Osprey to deliver supplies during a helicopter support team exercise, July 6, 2016.
- PALS-16 commences to build Indo-Asia Pacific partnerships USMC News 11 Jul 2016 -- U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific commenced the second annual U.S. Pacific Command Amphibious Leaders Symposium 2016 (PALS-16) with the gathering of representatives from 22 partner and allied nations from the Indo-Asia-Pacific region in San Diego, July 10.
- Whidbey Island Visits Augusta Bay, Sicily NNS 11 Jul 2016 -- Amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) pulled into Augusta Bay, Sicily for a scheduled port visit July 11.
- Center for Information Dominance Changes Name NNS 11 Jul 2016 -- Capt. Bill Lintz, Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) commanding officer, announced the information warfare (IW) community's training arm officially changed its name from Center for Information Dominance (CID) to CIWT, July 7.
- President Obama Visits EODMU 8 during Inaugural Visit to Rota NNS 11 Jul 2016 -- President Barack Obama made his inaugural visit to Naval Station Rota, July 10, and spoke to more than 2,400 U.S. and Spanish service members gathered at the Explosive Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8 headquarters.
- Pacific Partnership 2016 Departs Philippines NNS 11 Jul 2016 -- Pacific Partnership 2016 departed its second mission stop, the Republic of the Philippines July 11, after completing two weeks of humanitarian assistance and disaster response training, medical subject matter expert exchanges, cooperative health engagements and community relations events.
- Michigan undocks, ending historic refit NNS 11 Jul 2016 -- Although USS Michigan (SSGN 727) only moved a few dozen yards July 8 when it left Dry Dock 2 for nearby Pier 5, the brief journey was a major step forward for the sub, the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF), and the Navy.
- South Sudan Leaders Can't Control Their Troops, Former Defense Official Says VOA 11 Jul 2016 -- President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar are not in control of their troops, according to South Sudan's former deputy minister of defense.
- USSTRATCOM Detects, Tracks North Korean Missile Launch USSTRATCOM 11 Jul 2016 -- U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) systems detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean submarine missile launch at 9:28 p.m. CDT, July 8, 2016. The launch of a presumed KN-11 submarine-launched ballistic missile occurred off the coast of Sinpo.
- N Korea vows 'physical response' to US, South Press TV 11 Jul 2016 -- North Korea has pledged "physical response" to US deployment of the sophisticated THAAD missile system in Korean Peninsula.
- Iran blasts NATO communiqué on missile program ISNA 11 Jul 2016 -- Iran rejected the NATO conference communiqué on Iranian missile program, saying that it is repeating previous unfounded claims.
- Iran rejects NATO claims on missile work Press TV 11 Jul 2016 -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry has dismissed a recent NATO communiqué concerning the Islamic Republic's missile program as "a repetition of past baseless allegations."
- July 11, 2016 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 11 Jul 2016
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 7/11/16 The White House 11 Jul 2016
- 11 July 2016 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 11 Jul 2016
- International Court Ruling on China, Philippines Dispute Could Be Vital VOA 11 Jul 2016 -- An international tribunal will issue a ruling on Tuesday (July 12) on a territorial dispute between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea. Though the decision will not determine sovereignty of the territory in question, it could have wide-ranging implications for China's sweeping claims in one of the world's most important and bitterly contested waterways.
- Taiwan reaffirms stance on eve of ruling on South China Sea disputes CNA 11 Jul 2016 -- Taiwan on Monday reaffirmed its stance on its claims in the South China Sea a day before an international tribunal is to rule on a dispute between the Philippines and China in the region.
- Taiping defenses unaffected by South China Sea ruling: CGA CNA 11 Jul 2016 -- A ruling set to be handed down Tuesday by an international tribunal on a dispute between the Philippines and China over territorial issues in the South China Sea will not affect Taiwan's defenses on Taiping Island there, Coast Guard Administration (CGA）Director-General Lee Chung-wei（李仲威）said Monday.
- Islamic State Is Losing Ground, But Is It Even More Dangerous Than Ever? RFE/RL 11 Jul 2016 -- the blending of asymmetrical and more traditional warfare. Coalition military commanders quickly learned that it was not enough to capture territory, but that territory had to be held, preferably by local forces which had to be convinced of the worthiness of the cause.
- New Syrian government takes oath of office before Assad Press TV 11 Jul 2016 -- The members of the new Syrian government have taken the constitutional oath of office before the country's President Bashar al-Assad.
- Syria: UN airlifts bring humanitarian lifeline to northeast governorate of Al Hassakeh UN News 11 Jul 2016 -- The first United Nations World Food Programme-chartered flight carrying relief aid reached Al Hassakeh Governorate in Syria's northeast over the weekend, an area cut off from food and humanitarian supplies for more than six months.
- Fight for Control of Largest Syrian City Intensifies VOA 11 Jul 2016 -- Clashes between Syrian government forces and rebel groups have escalated in the northern city of Aleppo, with pro-Assad troops determined to impose a siege on rebel-held areas of the largest city in the country.
- Iraqi airstrike kills senior member of Daesh Press TV 11 Jul 2016 -- A high-ranking member of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group has been killed in an Iraqi airstrike in the province of Salahuddin, north of the capital, Baghdad.
- Renewed heavy fighting breaks out in South Sudan capital Press TV 11 Jul 2016 -- Heavy fighting has continued in South Sudan between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels backing former vice president, Riek Machar, for the fifth day in a row.
- 'Time to massively reinforce UN action' on South Sudan, Ban says ahead of Security Council meeting UN News 11 Jul 2016 -- Ahead of a meeting with the United Nations Security Council tomorrow on South Sudan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the body to impose an immediate arms embargo, enact additional targeted sanctions on leaders and commanders blocking implementation of the peace deal, and to fortify the UN mission in the country, which has seen a resurgence of deadly violence in recent days.
- UN Chief Calls for Arms Embargo, Sanctions on South Sudan VOA 11 Jul 2016 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday urged the Security Council to impose an arms embargo and targeted sanctions on South Sudan, where violence has resumed.
- Al-Shabab Takes Control of Key Port Town VOA 11 Jul 2016 -- Somali militant group al-Shabab has taken control of the strategic port town of Merca, 100 kilometers south of the capital, residents and officials said on Monday.
- Shabab attack on Somali base kills 10 soldiers Press TV 11 Jul 2016 -- The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militants in Somalia have killed at least 10 soldiers in an attack on a military base southwest of the capital, Mogadishu.
- West Africa and Sahel must step up intelligence gathering, UN envoy tells Security Council UN News 11 Jul 2016 -- Countries in West Africa and the Sahel must expand intelligence gathering capacities to counter militant threats, such as those posed by Boko Haram, the head of the United Nations operation for that region said today.
- Philippine troops kill 40 Daesh-linked Abu Sayyaf militants Press TV 11 Jul 2016 -- The Philippine army has killed at least 40 members of the Daesh-affiliated Abu Sayyaf militant group and injured 25 others in the country's volatile south, a military official says.
- Venezuela's Maduro Defiant as More Companies Cut Ties with Country VOA 11 Jul 2016 -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro remained defiant during a nationally televised speech Monday, calling a recent decision by banking giant Citibank to close Venezuela's national accounts an "inquisition" by U.S. President Barack Obama.
- DPRK Foreign Ministry Informs Asian Diplomatic Envoys of Current Situation KCNA 11 Jul 2016 -- The Foreign Ministry of the DPRK Monday held a meeting to inform the diplomatic envoys of Asian countries here of the situation as regards the fact that the U.S. has recently driven the situation on the Korean peninsula to an unpredictable phase while perpetrating illegal hostile acts of insulting dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK over the "human rights issue".
- DPRK Foreign Ministry Spokesman Warns U.S. of Its Moves for Nuclear War KCNA 11 Jul 2016 -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry released a statement on Monday as regards the U.S. ever more undisguised military moves to render the situation on the Korean Peninsula extremely tense.
- DPRK Government Sends Message to U.S. Government KCNA 11 Jul 2016 -- The DPRK government sent the U.S. government a message on July 10 through the DPRK permanent mission to the UN in connection with the fact that the U.S. recently impaired the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK by releasing what they call "report on human rights" and "list of targets of special sanctions" related to the DPRK.
- Artillery Bureau of General Staff of KPA Strongly Warns against U.S. and S. Korea's Decision to Deploy THAAD KCNA 11 Jul 2016 -- The U.S. and the south Korean puppet group decided to deploy THAAD despite the unanimous opposition and rejection of the DPRK and many other countries.
- North Korea Cuts Diplomatic Communication With US VOA 11 Jul 2016 -- North Korea says it is closing one of the last lines of communication with the United States in retaliation for Washington placing sanctions on leader Kim Jong Un for human rights abuses.
- North Korean Defector Children Escape 'Stateless' Status VOA 11 Jul 2016 -- A South Korean Christian missionary organization is helping some of the thousands of children of North Korean defectors living in China escape their "stateless" status and lives of poverty and abuse.
- Iran, France to cooperate on building fusion reactor: Official IRNA 11 Jul 2016 -- Iran and France have agreed to develop ties in the international nuclear fusion research and engineering project, known as the ITER, says the spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization.
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