01 August 2017 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 01 Aug 2017[PDF]
- Strikes Continue Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq AFPS 01 Aug 2017 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 29 strikes consisting of 35 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Powerful bomb explosion kills over 20 Shia Muslims in western Afghanistan Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- More than 20 people have been killed and several others injured in a powerful explosion inside a mosque belonging to Shia Muslims in western Afghanistan.
- Key Afghan politicians urge return of Vice President Dostum Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- Prominent political figures in Afghanistan have called on the government to allow retired General Abdul Rashid Dostum, a vice president, to return home from Turkey.
- US Military Helicopter Makes Hard Landing in Eastern Afghanistan VOA 01 Aug 2017 -- A U.S. UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter suffered mechanical problems that resulted in a hard landing during operations near Achin, Nangarhar early this morning, a spokesman for NATO's Resolute Support mission said.
- Declassify Afghan Child Sex Report, Government Watchdog Tells Pentagon VOA 01 Aug 2017 -- The U.S. government oversight agency for operations in Afghanistan has requested the Pentagon declassify a report detailing alleged sexual abuse of children by Afghan soldiers.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Air Force Buying Leftover Russian Jets for President's Ride Sputnik 01 Aug 2017 -- The US Air Force is buying two 747 aircraft left out in the cold by a bankrupt Russian firm for President Donald Trump's personal ride: Air Force One.
- U.S., International Partners Kick Off Mobility Guardian Exercise AFPS 01 Aug 2017 -- Nearly 30 partner nations are participating alongside U.S. counterparts during Air Mobility Command's Mobility Guardian exercise, which kicked off across Washington state yesterday and concludes Aug. 12.
- Army aims to field new weapon sight that wirelessly pairs with night vision goggles Army News 01 Aug 2017 -- In the next 18 months or so, the Army expects to field two new systems to dismounted Soldiers that will allow for more rapid acquisition of targets, even those hidden by darkness, smoke or fog.
- Network evaluation modernizes tactical network capabilities, provides crucial feedback Army News 01 Aug 2017 -- Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), are getting an opportunity to work with the latest enhancements to the Army's tactical network technologies during Network Integration Evaluation 17.2, which began here July 11.
- Khaan Quest 2017 Opening Ceremony USMC News 01 Aug 2017 -- Khaan Quest 2017, a multinational peacekeeping exercise hosted by the Mongolian Armed Forces (MAF) and co-sponsored by U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), kicked off with the opening ceremony at Five Hills Training Area, Mongolia on July 23, 2017.
- Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group Begins COMPTUEX NNS 01 Aug 2017 -- The ships of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (TRCSG) departed, Aug. 1, for Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), the final work-up phase prior to deployment scheduled later this year.
- USS Donald Cook Departs Portsmouth, England NNS 01 Aug 2017 -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departed Portsmouth, England, after a regularly scheduled port visit Aug. 1.
- Carrier Air Wing 5 Conducts Navigation Training over Historic Solomon Island Sites NNS 01 Aug 2017 -- Thirty-six aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 conducted navigation training in the Solomon Islands, July 31, flying near historic naval aviation sites.
- Mobility Guardian, AMC's premier exercise AFNS 01 Aug 2017 -- Train like we fight is the focus of the inaugural iteration of the largest scale exercise in Air Mobility Command history.
- Ike Excels During 3MI NNS 01 Aug 2017 -- After months of preparation and practice, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) performed extremely well in the Maintenance Material Management Inspection (3MI), July 28-30.
- Pence Reaffirms U.S. Solidarity With Georgia, Denounces Russian 'Aggression' RFE/RL 01 Aug 2017 -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has reaffirmed Washington's support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity during a visit to Tbilisi and denounced Russia's "aggression" and "occupation" of Georgian territory.
- Georgian Lawmaker Believes Pence's Tbilisi Visit to Bring Georgia Closer to NATO Sputnik 01 Aug 2017 -- US Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Georgia reiterates the support of the United States for the country's aspirations to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and is bringing Georgia a step closer to the Alliance, a Georgian lawmaker and member of the foreign relations committee, George Tsereteli, told Sputnik.
- In Georgia, Pence Assures Eastern Europe of US Backing VOA 01 Aug 2017 -- On the latest leg of his first official tour of Eastern Europe, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence assured regional allies the United States will stand by their side.
- Russian Planes Intercepted by NATO Jets During Training Mission - MoD Sputnik 01 Aug 2017 -- Two Russian MiG-31 Foxhound fighter jets and an An-26 Curl military transport aircraft carried out a planned training flight over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea on Tuesday when they were intercepted by two NATO fighters, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
- Anti-Sabotage Defense Installed at Russian Navy Base in Syria's Tartus Sputnik 01 Aug 2017 -- According to reports, an anti-sabotage boundary has been created along the coastline of the Russian Navy maintenance and support facility in the Syrian city of Tartus.
- Republic of Iraq - Follow-On Technical Support (FOTS) for U.S. Origin Navy Vessels and a Ship Repair Facility DSCA 01 Aug 2017 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Iraq for Follow-On Technical Support (FOTS) for U.S. origin Navy vessels and a ship repair facility. The estimated cost is $150 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Qatar, Turkey to hold joint naval drills in Persian Gulf: Report Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- Qatar says it is reportedly set to hold joint naval exercises with Turkey in the Persian Gulf waters as part of joint efforts to fight terrorism in the region.
- Turkey, Qatar Launch Massive Two-Stage Joint Military Drills Amid Gulf Row Sputnik 01 Aug 2017 -- A two-stage joint exercise, bringing together militaries of Turkey and Qatar started in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday as part of the 2014 bilateral security agreement, Turkish media reported.
- Xi delivers important speech at rally marking PLA's 90th anniversary People's Daily 01 Aug 2017 -- President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) is moving rapidly toward "strong" informationized armed forces.
- PLA is 'capable, prepared to safeguard sovereignty' People's Daily 01 Aug 2017 -- The Chinese army will step up the pace of improving its joint combat capabilities and "stand ready to fight and win at any time", State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Chang Wanquan said on Monday.
- Facts & Figures: China's overseas peacekeeping operations People's Daily 01 Aug 2017 -- This year marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army of China, with the country's role as a responsible power fully embodied through its active participation in overseas peacekeeping missions.
- Xi wants "capable, brave and virtuous" armymen "with soul" People's Daily 01 Aug 2017 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for a new generation of "capable, brave and virtuous" armymen "with soul" in order to build a strong military.
- Xi lauds army's great achievements in 90 years People's Daily 01 Aug 2017 -- President Xi Jinping on Tuesday expounded on the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA)'s great achievements over the past nine decades.
- Opening Ceremony of China's First Overseas Military Base Takes Place in Djibouti Sputnik 01 Aug 2017 -- The opening ceremony of China's first overseas military base, a naval logistical facility of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), took place on Tuesday in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa, Chinese media reported.
- China opens its first army support base overseas Xinhua 01 Aug 2017 -- A ceremony marking the entry of troops into the Chinese People's Liberation Army's (PLA) support base in Djibouti was held on Tuesday in the base's barracks.
- North Korea Lacks Technology to Strike US Mainland, Analysts Say VOA 01 Aug 2017 -- North Korea still lacks a key technology needed to deliver a nuclear weapon to the U.S. mainland, according to analysts, who nevertheless acknowledge the intercontinental ballistic missile that the North launched last week marked a significant milestone for Pyongyang's military program.
- Pentagon Detects North Korean Submarine Activity, Ejection Tests - Reports Sputnik 01 Aug 2017 -- The US Defense Department detected highly unusual levels of North Korean submarine activity just days after Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), media reported.
- Iran's Navy flotilla docks on Oman IRNA 01 Aug 2017 -- The 47th strategic flotilla of the Islamic Republic of Iran Navy berthed at the Port of Salalah in Oman this morning.
- 'Strategic Autonomy': France and Germany Flesh Out Plans for EU Army Sputnik 01 Aug 2017 -- France and Germany have drawn up new plans for cooperating to defend Europe in an attempt to achieve "strategic autonomy" for the EU in defense matters.
- Kyrgyzstan to Receive Two Russian An-26 Transport Aircraft Next Week Sputnik 01 Aug 2017 -- The Russian Defense Ministry will provide Kyrgyzstan with two An-26 transport aircraft on August 9, the press service of Kyrgyz Armed Forces' General Staff told Sputnik Tuesday.
- Remarks at a Press Availability US Dept. of State 01 Aug 2017-- Remarks by Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, 8/1/2017, #4 The White House 01 Aug 2017
- 1 August 2017 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 01 Aug 2017
- Deadly combination of cholera, hunger and conflict pushes Yemen to 'edge of a cliff' - senior UN official UN News 01 Aug 2017 -- Describing the situation in Yemen as "very bleak," with "no end in sight," a senior United Nations official envoy today said the war-torn country, already reeling from malnutrition and dwindling health care, is plummeting into further distress amid a deadly cholera outbreak and looming famine.
- U.S.-backed forces capture southern part of Syria's Raqqa from IS People's Daily 01 Aug 2017 -- The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured the southern part of Syria's northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, a monitor group reported on Tuesday.
- US-backed Syrian Kurds make gains south of Raqqah against Daesh Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- A so-called monitoring group says the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) battling to drive Daesh Takfiri terrorists out of Syria's northern city of Raqqah say they have made fresh territorial gains south of the city and established control over a new neighborhood there.
- Turkey, US accuse each other of terror sponsorship in Syria Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- Turkey and the United States have been accusing each other of supporting various terrorist groups in Syria.
- Iraq's Hashd al-Sha'abi forces retake 17 villages southeast of Tal Afar from Daesh Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- Iraqi fighters from Popular Mobilization Units have liberated more than a dozen villages near Tal Afar as pro-government forces and army soldiers work on a planned offensive to expel the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group out of its remaining urban strongholds in the country.
- Violent anti-India protests erupt in Kashmir after rebel leader killed Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- The killing of a top Kashmiri commander and his comrade by New Delhi forces has sparked massive protests and violent clashes across the Indian-controlled Himalayan valley.
- Indian Forces Kill Lashkar Boss in Kashmir Valley Sputnik 01 Aug 2017 -- Indian forces killed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief commander Abu Dujana in an encounter at Hakripora village in Pulwama district on Tuesday. The operation began at 4 am this morning after an intelligence report suggested that Dujana had come to meet his wife at their home on Monday night.
- Report Links Kiir, Machar to Recent South Sudan Crimes VOA 01 Aug 2017 -- A new Human Rights Watch report accuses nine leaders in both of South Sudan's warring parties of committing serious rights violations and possibly war crimes during 2016 and 2017.
- In South Sudan, UN peacekeeping chief urges an end to fighting to give peace process 'better chance' UN News 01 Aug 2017 -- The conflict in South Sudan has to end in order to give the peace process there "a better chance of success," the top United Nations peacekeeping official said today, kicking off a three-day trip to the African country.
- Saudi forces set ablaze Shia homes in restive Awamiyah Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- Saudi forces have set fire to homes belonging to Shia residents in the besieged town of Awamiyah that has been the scene of a heavy-handed regime crackdown on the minority community.
- UN migration chief visits Nigeria's northeast; new fund allocates $10.5 million UN News 01 Aug 2017 -- The United Nations has scaled up its efforts to tackle the humanitarian crisis in northeast Nigeria, through a visit by its top migration official and the allocation of $10.5 million from a new fund.
- Trump dictated son's misleading statement on Russia meeting: Report Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- US President Donald Trump has reportedly dictated a misleading statement in which his son said a meeting between him and a Russian lawyer was centered on adopting Russian children.
- Trump Dictated Son's Statement on Meeting With Russian Lawyer Sputnik 01 Aug 2017 -- US President Donald Trump allegedly personally dictated a statement that was later issued by his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., in which the president's son claims he had met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya to discuss adoption, US media reported.
- Germany Urges EU To Fight Back Against Russia Sanctions Bill RFE/RL 01 Aug 2017 -- Germany's economics minister on July 31 urged the European Union to fight back against new sanctions by the United States that could penalize Western companies doing business with Russia.
- 'We'll Make This Thing Run Ourselves Аnd Тo Hell With The Russians': U.S. Diplomat Recalls Last Major Expulsion In Moscow RFE/RL 01 Aug 2017 -- Someone had to clean the toilets. Someone had to lug that fresh milk into the embassy. And it couldn't be the ambassador.
- Tillerson Says Neither Trump Nor Him Happy About Anti-Russia Sanctions Sputnik 01 Aug 2017 -- Tillerson said neither he nor Donald Trump were happy about the Congress' decision to approve sanctions against Russia.
- Experts Say Russian Retaliation Against US Could Backfire VOA 01 Aug 2017 -- Russian authorities are now barring American diplomats and their families from a U.S. recreational residence on the outskirts of Moscow, part of sweeping retaliatory measures announced by Kremlin leader Vladmir Putin.
- Pence: Reversing Sanctions Requires Russia to Change VOA 01 Aug 2017 -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says diplomatic actions taken by Russian in response to fresh sanctions will not deter U.S. commitment to its security and that of its allies.
- DHS Waives Environmental Laws in Building Border Wall VOA 01 Aug 2017 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is exempting itself from complying with environmental and other laws in constructing a wall along the Southern California border with Mexico, the agency said Tuesday.
- Venezuela arrests two top opp. Leaders Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- Venezuelan has arrested two prominent opposition leaders following a controversial vote to choose an assembly which can dissolve the current opposition-led legislature.
- McMaster glosses over question comparing Erdogan to Maduro Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- US President Donald Trump's national security adviser, General H. R. McMaster, has awkwardly dodged a question about Washington's dual policy regarding the recent political developments in Venezuela and Turkey.
- Maduro: Imperial US bans won't intimidate me Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has dismissed US sanctions imposed on him after the Sunday vote on a new assembly, saying Washington's threats cannot intimidate him, and that he will not "listen to orders from the empire."
- 2 Venezuelan Opposition Leaders Seized from Homes VOA 01 Aug 2017 -- Two Venezuelan opposition leaders who were on house arrest have been seized from their homes by state security forces, two days after a controversial vote creating a national assembly to rewrite the constitution.
- Venezuela: UN rights chief 'deeply concerned' by detention of opposition leaders UN News 01 Aug 2017 -- The top United Nations human rights official today expressed deep concern about the detention of two opposition leaders by Venezuelan authorities after Sunday's elections for a Constituent Assembly convened by President Nicolás Maduro.
- US Secretary of State to North Korea: 'We are Not Your Enemy' VOA 01 Aug 2017 -- America's top envoy is sending a message to North Korea that "we are not your enemy," while the White House continues to assert that all options remain on the table to halt Pyongyang's ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.
- Sen. Graham says Trump ready to go to war with North Korea Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- A Republican senator says US President Donald Trump would go to war to destroy North Korea rather than allow it to develop a long-range nuclear-armed missile.
- North Korea can hit most of US: Intel officials Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- North Korea's missiles are capable of hitting targets across most of the United States, American intelligence officials claim, citing evidence from Pyongyang's latest missile test.
- China rejects Trump's criticism over North Korea Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- China slams US President Donald Trump for pointing the finger of blame at Beijing over the North Korean military program, calling on all sides to make joint efforts towards the resolution of the issue.
- Russia, China Hit Back After U.S. Criticizes Them Over North Korea Crisis RFE/RL 01 Aug 2017 -- Russia and China hit back at the United States on July 31 after U.S. leaders blamed them for not doing enough to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
- Russia, India Sign Contract for Design of 3rd Stage of Kudankulam NPP Sputnik 01 Aug 2017 -- According to Atomstroyexport group, Russia and India have signed contracts on design of the third stage of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant.
- UK threatens tech companies over message encryption 'problem' Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- The UK government has once again threatened tech companies over development of message encryption tools, saying they should either cooperate with security and intelligence services to solve the "problem" or face stricter laws.
- Iran Accuses U.S. Of Violating Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 01 Aug 2017 -- Iran says it has lodged a complaint with the commission responsible for overseeing the implementation of the 2015 nuclear agreement over U.S. sanctions imposed on the country last month.
- Iran complains to JCPOA commission over new US bans: Larijani Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says the Islamic Republic has lodged a complaint with the joint commission supervising implementation of Iran's nuclear deal with six world powers over the new sanctions imposed by the United States on Tehran.
- Iran Minister lauds space rocket test IRNA 01 Aug 2017 -- Iran has achieved its goal as succeeded to launch Simorgh (Phoenix) satellite carrier, the country's Defense Minister said on Tuesday.
- Truth Elusive in Case of Assassinated Lawyer in Myanmar VOA 01 Aug 2017 -- After the prominent lawyer U Ko Ni was gunned down in broad daylight as he departed Yangon's airport on January 29, authorities moved quickly, arresting four suspects and later holding a rare news conference to share details about the investigation.
- Shahid Khaqan Abbasi elected as Pakistan PM IRNA 01 Aug 2017 -- Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz candidate Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan on Tuesday.
- Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is Pakistan's new prime minister Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a close ally of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has been elected by the country's parliament to replace the disqualified premier.
- Sharif Loyalist Abbasi Elected Pakistani Prime Minister RFE/RL 01 Aug 2017 -- Pakistani lawmakers have elected a new prime minister to replace Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted last week over corruption allegations.
- Abbasi Takes Oath as Pakistan's New Prime Minister VOA 01 Aug 2017 -- Shahid Khaqan Abbasi took the oath of office Tuesday as Pakistan's new prime minister to replace Nawaz Sharif, who was disqualified by the country's highest court last week on corruption charges.
- Pakistan extends house arrest of Hafiz Saeed Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- Pakistani authorities have reportedly ordered an extension in the house arrest of Hafiz Saeed, the leader of charity group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and the one accused by the United States and India of orchestrating 2008 attacks on the Indian financial capital of Mumbai that killed 166 people.
- Turkey launches trial of some 500 coup suspects Press TV 01 Aug 2017 -- Turkey has launched the trial of about 500 individuals accused of leading a failed coup attempt last year, in the largest legal process in the country's modern history.
- Saakashvili Lashes Out At Poroshenko And Vows To Return To Ukraine RFE/RL 01 Aug 2017 -- Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president and Odesa regional governor who was recently stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship, says he intends to return to Ukraine.
- Military Solution to Doha Diplomatic Row Excluded - Qatari Defense Minister Sputnik 01 Aug 2017 -- Qatari Minister of State for Defense Khalid bin Mohammad Attiyah said that the crisis between Qatar and some Arab states should be resolved only through dialogue.
- UAE Reportedly Sought to Host Taliban Embassy but Eventually Lost to Qatar Sputnik 01 Aug 2017 -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) competed with Qatar for the support of the United States to host the embassy of the Taliban terrorist group (outlawed in many countries, including Russia,) media reported, citing emails leaked by the Global Leaks anonymous hacker group.
- International Sting Hits Dark Web's Promise of Anonymity VOA 01 Aug 2017 -- They are known as the "dark Web" – encrypted corners of the internet that promise anonymity to customers who want to buy or sell illegal drugs, weapons and other contraband.
- Rwanda Election Chief: Vote Not 'Foregone Conclusion' VOA 01 Aug 2017 -- Three days before the presidential election in Rwanda, the country's electoral commission says it is not bothered by people who suggest the outcome is a fait accompli.
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