31 July 2016 Military News
- Officials Provide Details of Latest Counter-ISIL Strikes in Syria, Iraq AFPS 31 Jul 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.
- Calm Before Storm as Counter-ISIL Coalition Plans Mosul Offensive AFPS 31 Jul 2016 -- Right now there is a tactical pause in Iraq, but not an operational pause, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said on background today.
- Taliban attacks kill two dozen Afghan police officers in Helmand Press TV 31 Jul 2016 -- At least two dozen Afghan police officers have been killed in a series of attacks by the Taliban militants in the southern province of Helmand in 48 hours, local officials say.
- Kabul Slams China Over Reported Taliban Visit VOA 31 Jul 2016 -- The Afghan government has shown its displeasure over reports that a Taliban delegation visited China, saying Beijing should not provide "a platform" to groups that are involved in the killing of Afghans.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Air Force, Navy plan near total replacement of nuclear weapons Press TV 31 Jul 2016 -- The US Air Force has solicited industry proposals to build a new fleet of land-based nuclear missiles and also replace its air-launched nuclear cruise missiles in a bid to almost entirely rebuild the country's nuclear arms.
- Pacific Partnership 2016 Completes First Live Search, Rescue Field Training Exercise in Da Nang, Vietnam NNS 31 Jul 2016 -- Pacific Partnership service members from New Zealand, the United States and Australia, supported a Da Nang Border Guard-led search and rescue (SAR) field training exercise (FTX) July 26.
- Pacific Partnership 2016 Departs Vietnam NNS 31 Jul 2016 -- Service members taking part in Pacific Partnership 2016 departed from Da Nang, Vietnam, July 28 after completing two weeks of disaster response training, medical and engineering subject-matter expert exchanges, cooperative health engagements, and community relations events.
- New Modification of Tigr Armored Vehicles Tested in Russia Sputnik 30 Jul 2016 -- The latest modifications of Russian-made Tigr all-terrain armored combat vehicle recently underwent a series of trials at the Arzamas Machinery Plant testing range.
- Russian Military Forces in Crimea Possess Modern Air Defense S-400 Systems Sputnik 30 Jul 2016 -- Russian military forces in Crimea are in possession of modern air defense S-400 systems, a source from military in Crimea told RIA Novosti Friday.
- Russian Bio Warfare Force Heads to Arctic as Zombie Anthrax Hospitalizes 40 Sputnik 31 Jul 2016 -- The infection appears to have spread among the local deer population as the virus was unleashed when the unseasonably hot summer heat thawed its host.
- Russia Nears Completion of Military Compounds' Construction in Arctic Sputnik 31 Jul 2016 -- Russia is completing the construction of the Northern Fleet's compounds on two Arctic islands.
- Russian Northern Fleet Warships to Go on Trip to Arctic Islands in September Sputnik 31 Jul 2016 -- A detachment of Russia's Northern Fleet warships will carry out an expedition to the Arctic islands on the Northern Sea Route in September, the fleet's commander told reporters.
- Russia's Borei-Class Nuclear Subs Can Penetrate Any Missile Defense System Sputnik 31 Jul 2016 -- The Borei-class (NATO reporting name Dolgorukiy class) nuclear-powered submarines are capable of penetrating any missile defense system owing to its advanced weaponry, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Sunday.
- Russian Black Sea Fleet to Receive 3 New Guided Missile Frigates by Year-End Sputnik 31 Jul 2016 -- Russia's Black Sea Fleet will receive three new guided missile Project 11356 frigates by the end of the year, Fleet Commander Adm. Aleksander Vitko said on Sunday.
- US-S Korea Military Drills Proceed as N Korea Warns of 'Vicious' Showdown Sputnik 31 Jul 2016 -- Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are at a fever pitch as rhetoric spouted from Pyongyang's top brass is even more militaristic than ever before with statements of direct action and declarations of war.
- DPRK condemns THAAD deployment on Korean Peninsula People's Daily 31 Jul 2016 -- After Seoul and Washington decided in early July to introduce the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense, or THAAD, onto the Korean Peninsula, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) immediately voiced strong condemnation and even threatened to take "physical countermeasures" to deal with the missile system.
- China starts building its first polar icebreaker People's Daily 31 Jul 2016 -- China is planning to build its first domestically produced polar icebreaker.
- Fire contained at IRGC garrison in southeast Tehran IRNA 31 Jul 2016 -- A huge fire caused by short circuit at the Shahid Pazoki garrison in Varamin's Pishva district near Tehran was controlled successfully with no casualties due to the on-time presence of firefighting squads, it was reported on Sunday.
- Yemen's Houthi movement rejects UN peace plan Press TV 31 Jul 2016 -- Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement and their allies have rejected as unacceptable a United Nations peace plan for the country, saying the plan lacks any initiative for establishing a unity government in the war-torn country.
- Yemen Government Agrees to UN Peace Deal VOA 31 Jul 2016 -- Yemen's internationally recognized government has conditionally agreed to a U.N. peace plan, the country's minister of foreign affairs said Sunday.
- Civilians leaving eastern Aleppo via corridors set up by army Press TV 31 Jul 2016 -- Dozens of Syrian families have left the besieged militant-controlled eastern parts of Aleppo through humanitarian passages set up by the Syrian army.
- Syrian State Media Says 169 Aleppo Civilians Used 'Safe Corridor' RFE/RL 31 Jul 2016 -- Syria state media says a total of 169 civilians, mostly women over the age of 40, have left besieged eastern parts of Aleppo through a "safe corridor" that Moscow and Damascus say they have set up to evacuate people from opposition-held parts of the city.
- Russian Military: Four More Humanitarian Corridors Will be Opened in Aleppo Sputnik 31 Jul 2016 -- Russian and Syrian military are going to establish four more humanitarian corridors in the besieged city of Aleppo, in addition to three existing corridors that already helped hundreds to reach safety.
- Diplomat: Syria Ready to Resume Peace Talks Without 'Preconditions' VOA 31 Jul 2016 -- The Syrian government says it is ready to resume United Nations-sponsored peace talks with the opposition in Geneva at the end of August, "without preconditions without any external interference."
- Daesh Commanders Fleeing Mosul Amid Iraqi Army's Liberation Campaign Sputnik 31 Jul 2016 -- Daesh warlords are leaving Iraq's Mosul amid a large campaign to obliterate the terrorists, the country's defense minister said.
- Daesh leaders, families fleeing Mosul: Iraqi minister Press TV 31 Jul 2016 -- The Iraqi defense minister says some Daesh Takfiri commanders have fled Mosul in northern Iraq as the army and allies push forward to liberate the city form the grip of militants.
- 4 killed as militants storm two energy facilities in N Iraq Press TV 31 Jul 2016 -- Militants have attacked a gas facility and an oil station near Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk, killing at least four of its employees.
- 4 Turkish soldiers killed in clashes with PKK militants Press TV 31 Jul 2016 -- Clashes between Turkish army and militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) have claimed the lives of four Turkish soldiers.
- At least nine killed in twin car bombings in Mogadishu Press TV 31 Jul 2016 -- Al-Qaeda-linked militants have attacked a police base in Somali capital with two car bomb blasts, leaving at least nine people dead, including four attackers.
- South Sudan Appointed Delegation to UN Questioned VOA 31 Jul 2016 -- A spokesman for Sudanese opposition leader Riek Machar has called on the international community not to engage or acknowledge Taban Deng Gai, who recently replaced Machar as the deputy to South Sudan President Salva Kiir.
- Turkey dismisses nearly 1,400 military personnel over botched putsch Press TV 31 Jul 2016 -- Turkey sacked nearly 1,400 military personnel suspected of having links with US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the recent botched coup in the country.
- Turkey Says FBI and CIA Behind Failed Coup, Gulen 'Only a Pawn' Sputnik 31 Jul 2016 -- The Erdogan regime continues to play with fire renewing accusations that the United States spearheaded a complex conspiracy to overthrow the Turkish government.
- Turkey-EU Refugee Deal Dead as Ankara Demands Visa-Free Travel or They Walk Sputnik 31 Jul 2016 -- The Turkish Foreign Ministry demands that the European Union provide immediate Visa-free entry throughout the Eurozone or Ankara will back away from a deal to stem the flow of migrants.
- Turkish Army, Navy, Air Force Transferred to Defense Ministry's Command Sputnik 31 Jul 2016 -- Turkey's general staff was deprived of controlling the Army, Air Force and Navy. The branches were transferred to the country's defense ministry by a presidential decree.
- Turkey Intensifies Failed Coup Crackdown VOA 31 Jul 2016 -- Turkey intensified its crackdown Sunday on officials who allegedly played a role in the failed coup in mid-July, dismissing nearly 1,400 military personnel.
- Tunisia parliament votes to oust PM Essid Press TV 31 Jul 2016 -- Tunisia's Prime Minister Habib Essid has been voted out of office by the country's parliament.
- Remaining Gunmen In Armenia Standoff Surrender RFE/RL 31 Jul 2016 -- The remaining opposition gunmen holed up in a police station in Yerevan have laid down their arms, ending a two-week standoff with the Armenian authorities, which has left two police officers dead.
- Armenia gunmen surrender after two week standoff with police Press TV 31 Jul 2016 -- A two-week-long standoff between Armenian police and a group of anti-government gunmen who had seized a police station has come to an end after the armed group surrendered.
- Venezuela's attorney general seeks annulment of MPs' reinstatement Press TV 31 Jul 2016 -- Venezuela's attorney general has asked the country's parliament to cancel the reinstatement of three opposition lawmakers who had been suspended by the Supreme Court over allegations of voting fraud.
- 3 states behind leaking data on Iran nuclear program: Official Press TV 31 Jul 2016 -- A senior Iranian official says three countries were involved in the leak to the media of confidential information about the country's long-term nuclear program, which prompted a strong protest from Tehran.
- Chinese Media: Australia an 'Ideal Target to Strike' Over South China Sea Sputnik 31 Jul 2016 -- The state-run Global Times issued a scathing editorial calling for war between Beijing and Canberra if Australia continues to meddle in the South China Sea dispute.
- Russia likely to provide Iran satellite components ISNA 31 Jul 2016 -- Components for Iranian satellites may be produced by Russia's Roscosmos space corporation, said Russian Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov after meeting with Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Vaezi in Moscow.
- Theresa May delays China-France nuclear plant at Hinkley Point Press TV 31 Jul 2016 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May has personally intervened to delay the construction of a controversial nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C to further review the costly project.
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