02 August 2017 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 02 Aug 2017[PDF]
- Coalition Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq AFPS 02 Aug 2017 -- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria yesterday, conducting 12 strikes consisting of 16 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Afghanistan: UN condemns killing of civilians in Herat mosque attack UN News 02 Aug 2017 -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the UN political mission in Afghanistan have denounced last night's attack against worshippers gathered in a mosque in the city of Herat which killed at least 31 civilians and injured many more.
- Bomb attack hits foreign convoy in Afghanistan Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- A bomb explosion has targeted a convoy of international troops near the airport in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, causing some casualties, security officials say.
- NATO Convoy Attacked in Afghanistan, Casualties Reported VOA 02 Aug 2017 -- NATO's military mission confirms an attack Wednesday on its convoy in southern Afghanistan has caused casualties.
Defense Policy / Programs
- F.E. Warren AFB tests Minuteman III missile with launch from Vandenberg AFNS 02 Aug 2017 -- A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen from the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a single test reentry vehicle Aug. 2, 2017 at 2:10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Vandenberg AFB, California.
- US to test launch ICBM amid tensions over N Korea Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- The United States is preparing to test an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) following recent missile tests by North Korea, according to officials.
- DoD Restructures Acquisition, Technology Office to Improve Military Lethality, Speed AFPS 02 Aug 2017 -- The U.S. military is today the most powerful and technologically advanced fighting force on the planet, and reorganization within DoD aims at ensuring the military maintains its competitive advantage well into the future, said Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan today.
- Artillery units embrace 'hide and seek' tactics to gain decisive edge Army News 02 Aug 2017 -- Self-propelled artillery batteries from 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, have become proficient in eluding enemy forces following two consecutive multinational exercises in Germany and Romania, where the unit exploited its mobility and survivability skills.
- Army improving simplicity, strengthening capabilities with mission command network updates Army News 02 Aug 2017 -- The U.S. Army is implementing a plan to update mission command network software and hardware across 400 Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard units beginning later this year and continuing through 2019.
- Army's new integrated head protection system test jumps from the sky Army News 02 Aug 2017 -- Successful implementation of new body armor technology requires more than just engineers designing prototype systems in a lab. Feedback from Soldiers who will be using the technology is critical to ensuring that the U.S. Army continues to field world-class technology for its fighters.
- Carl Vinson Underway for Carrier Qualifications NNS 02 Aug 2017 -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departed her homeport of Naval Air Station North Island to complete fleet replacement squadron (FRS) carrier qualifications (CQ), July 31.
- Exercise Saxon Warrior '17 Begins NNS 02 Aug 2017 -- The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWBCSG) began participation in Exercise Saxon Warrior '17, Aug. 1.
- Bonhomme Richard Departs Brisbane NNS 02 Aug 2017 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) departed Brisbane, Australia, Aug. 1, following a scheduled four-day port visit.
- U.S. mulls dispatching 2 aircraft carriers to Korean Peninsula: S.Korean media People's Daily 02 Aug 2017 -- The United States was mulling dispatching two aircraft carriers to the Korean Peninsula in an apparent show of force following the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s test-launch of what it called an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday.
- Georgian President Says Pence Reassured Tbilisi Over NATO Bid RFE/RL 02 Aug 2017 -- Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili says his country's territorial integrity and its eventual membership in NATO were "clearly defined" during U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's July 31-August 1 visit to the South Caucasus country.
- Russian Base in Abkhazia Unaffected by Ammunition Blast - Defense Ministry Sputnik 02 Aug 2017 -- The personnel and facilities at the Russian military base in Abkhazia were not affected by an explosion at an ammunition depot of the Abkhazian Defense Ministry on Wednesday, spokesman for Russia's Southern Military District Col. Vadim Astafyev said.
- Qatar signs deal with Italy for warships amid row with Saudi Arabia Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- Qatar has signed a 5-billion-euro deal with Italy for seven warships amid a nearly two-month diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia and its regional allies.
- Dongfeng-26 can strike large moving targets within 4,000 kilometers: expert People's Daily 02 Aug 2017 -- Dongfeng-26 (DF-26), a ballistic missile with medium to long range, led the armament formations of the Rocket Force's parade debut to mark the 90th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). The missile can strike large moving targets within 4,000 kilometers, a military expert told the Global Times.
- Chinese naval fleet arrives in Helsinki after joint drill with Russia People's Daily 02 Aug 2017 -- A Chinese naval flotilla arrived in Helsinki, Finland early Tuesday after finishing its mission in the joint maneuvor with the Russian military in the Baltic Sea last week.
- China Adds Monster Supply Ship to Burgeoning Fleet Sputnik 02 Aug 2017 -- The fast-growing Chinese Navy commissioned its largest resupply vessel in history into service this week.
- Crashes Cripple Indian Already Inadequate Fighter Jet Strength Over Last 3 Years Sputnik 02 Aug 2017 -- Already short of more than 200 fighter jets from the required strength, the Indian defense ministry revelation that 37 fighter jet and helicopters were lost in accidents have further clouded the capability of Indian armed forces to tackle a hypothetical two-front attack by China and Pakistan.
- India's IL-78 Fleet Rusting Away Hangar-Less Since 2003, Says Auditor Sputnik 02 Aug 2017 -- India's top auditor, the Comptroller and Auditor General, has revealed that the Indian Air Force's (IAF) fleet of six IL-78 refueling aircraft has been rusting in the open because of a lack of hangars. There is only one hangar for the six planes, the CAG noted.
- Turkish Supreme Military Council replaces land, air and navy commanders Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- Turkey's top military body has decided to replace the land, air and naval commanders of the military in the latest shake-up of the armed forces following last year's failed coup, which the Ankara government blames on US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
- Turkey to Replace Army, Navy, Air Force Commanders VOA 02 Aug 2017 -- Turkey's top military body will replace its heads of the army, air force, and navy, Turkish media reported Wednesday.
- Briefing on Secretary Tillerson's Travel to the Philippines, Thailand, and Malaysia US Dept. of State 02 Aug 2017
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller, 8/2/2017, #5 The White House 02 Aug 2017
- 2 August 2017 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 02 Aug 2017
- China-Japan oil, gas field dispute flares up again Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- China has rejected Japanese protests to its oil and gas prospecting in the East China Sea, saying the operations occur in areas "indisputably" under its jurisdiction.
- Kremlin denies Reuters report estimating rise in casualties in Syria Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- Russia has dismissed as a "myth" a report by Reuters about a rise in the number of Russian military casualties in Syria this year.
- Moscow Rejects Reuters Report On Syrian Casualties RFE/RL 02 Aug 2017 -- Russia is disputing a report by the Reuters news agency that shows higher Russian casualties in Syria than has been officially reported.
- US-led coalition air raids kill 9 civilians in Syrian city Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- A pro-opposition monitoring group says at least nine civilians have been killed in airstrikes by the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in Syria.
- Militants, families transported from Lebanon to Syria under truce deal: Report Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- Buses carrying some 7,800 militants and their families have reportedly left Lebanon's highlands of Arsal for Syria under a ceasefire deal reached between the Hezbollah resistance movement and terrorists operating in the region.
- 253,000 civilians have returned to Mosul, Iraqi minister says Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- Iraqi Minister of Displacement and Migration Jassim Mohammed al-Jaaf says more than 250,000 internally displaced persons have returned to their homes in Mosul after government forces, backed by allied fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, retook the strategic northern city from Daesh terrorists last month.
- Iraqi Forces Launch Operation to Liberate Tal Afar From Daesh Sputnik 02 Aug 2017 -- Military forces of Iraq began operation against the Daesh terrorist group in order to retake the city of Tal Afar in the northwestern part of the country and have already liberated 18 villages in the region, according to the chief of staff of the defense ministry of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.
- Over 250,000 Refugees Returned Home Since Start of Operation in Iraq's Mosul Sputnik 02 Aug 2017 -- The number of people, who returned to their areas of inhabitancy in the Nineveh province since the start of the operation on Mosul liberation amounts to 253,300, according to the Iraqi Ministry of Displacement and Migration.
- Beijing's firm stance on China-India border dispute People's Daily 02 Aug 2017 -- China stated its position on Indian border troops trespassing into its territory from the Indian state of Sikkim on Wednesday. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Beijing will take all necessary measures to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests.
- China-India Border Crisis is Unfolding at 'Most Unfavorable Time' for Beijing Sputnik 02 Aug 2017 -- India should withdraw its troops from Chinese territory if it does not want war, according to a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman. His statement came amid the ongoing border standoff between Beijing and New Delhi in the region known as "Doklam" in India and "Donglang" in China.
- Arming Ukraine to escalate conflict, Russia tells US Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- Russia has warned that a reported plan by the United States to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons will further escalate the deadly conflict in eastern Ukraine.
- DR Congo: UN envoy expresses concern over arbitrary arrests, urges restraint UN News 02 Aug 2017 -- The United Nations envoy for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today expressed his concern over arbitrary arrests and detentions across the country, following civil society's call for the holding of elections before year-end and their peaceful protests against delays in the publication of the electoral calendar.
- Amid 'political impasse' in Burundi, Security Council urges all parties to cease violence UN News 02 Aug 2017 -- The United Nations Security Council today expressed "deep concern" over the political situation in Burundi – including increasing numbers of refugees and reports of torture, forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings – and strongly urged the Government and all parties to immediately cease and reject such violence.
- In South Sudan, UN peacekeeping chief says regional engagement 'good thing' for peace process UN News 02 Aug 2017 -- The United Nations peacekeeping chief said today the involvement of eastern African countries in revitalizing the peace process in South Sudan was among the main topics he discussed with that nation's President, describing such regional engagement "a good thing."
- Saudi regime forces kill civilian in Awamiyah as clashes continue Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- Saudi police forces have killed a civilian during their latest raid on the besieged Shia-majority town of Awamiyah.
- Trump "weighed in" on son's statement of Russia-related meeting: White House People's Daily 02 Aug 2017 -- The White House said Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump "weighed in" on a statement his eldest son had made about a controversial Russia-related meeting.
- Pence Says U.S. To Hold Russia 'Accountable For Its Actions' RFE/RL 02 Aug 2017 -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has told leaders of the Western Balkans that the United States will continue to hold Russia "accountable for its actions."
- Trump Signs Russia Sanctions Bill Into Law VOA 02 Aug 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a sanctions bill he declared is "significantly flawed" with "clearly unconstitutional provisions."
- President Trump Signs Anti-Russian Sanctions Into Law Sputnik 02 Aug 2017 -- US President Donald Trump has signed a new batch of sanctions into law which are directed against Russia, Iran and North Korea.
- Trump signs sanctions bill targeting Russia, Iran, North Korea Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- US President Donald Trump has reluctantly signed into law a bill by Congress that imposes new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, according to the White House.
- Tillerson says Trump not 'very happy' with new Russia sanctions bill Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says President Donald Trump is not happy with the new package of Congressional sanctions against Russia, particularly because they may hinder efforts to improve ties between the two countries.
- Trump Signs New Sanctions On Russia, Iran, North Korea; Calls Measure 'Significantly Flawed' RFE/RL 02 Aug 2017 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has signed into law new legislation imposing further sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea but called the bill "significantly flawed" and signaled that he might not fully implement the sanctions.
- Russian PM Medvedev on New Sanctions: 'US Declares Full-Fledged Trade War' Sputnik 02 Aug 2017 -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday that the United States declared a full-fledged trade war by introducing new anti-Russia sanctions, adding that there is no chance that the relations between the two states will improve.
- Trump Voices Concerns Over Russia Sanctions Law as He Signs Bill Sputnik 02 Aug 2017 -- President Donald Trump is adding a statement expressing concerns over the bill to sanction Russia, Iran and North Korea that he signed into law on Wednesday morning, according to media reports.
- Voting Company Claims Venezuelan Election Turnout Was 'Manipulated' VOA 02 Aug 2017 -- An electronic voting technology company that tracked voting in Sunday's Venezuelan elections to overhaul the country's constitution says the turnout was "manipulated" by at least 1 million votes.
- Venezuela's election turnout figures tampered with: Election company Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- A voting technology company claims that the turnout figures for Sunday's vote for the Constituent Assembly in Venezuela have been manipulated.
- Venezuelan Parliament Urges Prosecutors to Investigate Fraud in Elections Sputnik 02 Aug 2017 -- According to Venezuelan lawmaker Enrique Marquez, the Smartmatic's statement proved that the voting turnout data provided by the authorities were rigged, and it should be regarded as abuse of peoples' will and electoral fraud.
- Turnout Figures in Venezuelan Assembly Vote Manipulated - Election Company Sputnik 02 Aug 2017 -- The past elections of the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly faced the participation data manipulation, according to CEO of the Smartmatic company, which has provided electronic voting technology for elections in Venezuela.
- Saudi asks US judge to drop lawsuits over 9/11 attacks Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- Saudi Arabia has asked a US judge to dismiss the lawsuits that hold Riyadh responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks and seek damages for the victims.
- Adopting new resolution, UN Security Council moves to thwart terrorists' access to weapons UN News 02 Aug 2017 -- The United Nations Security Council today unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons, particularly small arms and light weapons, the "destabilizing accumulation and misuse" of which the 15-member body said "continue to pose threats to international peace and security and cause significant loss of life."
- Iran to show coordinated response to US violation of JCPOA ISNA 02 Aug 2017 -- Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary says the Islamic Republic will take a set of 'coordinated' countermeasures in response to the US breach of its commitments under the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.
- US breach of nuclear deal to face Iran coordinated response: Top official Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- A senior Iranian official says the country will meet Washington's breach of the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world countries, including the US, with a set of "coordinated" countermeasures.
- US: Iranian Launch a Provocative Step VOA 02 Aug 2017 -- The United States, Britain, France and Germany have called Iran's recent rocket test "inconsistent" with a U.N. Security Council resolution and asked the U.N. chief to investigate it.
- U.S. not blaming China for Korean Peninsula nuclear issue: Tillerson People's Daily 02 Aug 2017 -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that the United States does not blame China for the Korean Peninsula nuclear conundrum.
- U.S. would like to have dialogue with DPRK at some point: U.S. top diplomat People's Daily 02 Aug 2017 -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday that the United States would like to have dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) at some point.
- Germany orders Vietnamese intelligence services rep to leave in 48 hours People's Daily 02 Aug 2017 -- Germany on Wednesday ordered a representative of the Vietnamese intelligence services to leave the country within 48 hours, according to Xinhua News Agency.
- Nawaz Sharif achievements for Pakistan during his tenure as PM IRNA 02 Aug 2017 -- Former Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif despite his disqualification by the Supreme Court, has had some achievements during his four years tenure and his party will continue with the same policies and try to complete the half done projects by 2018 elections.
- Pakistan must detach self from US: Opposition leader Imran Khan Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan says Islamabad needs to detach itself from the United States and pull out of the "war on terror" in order to achieve prosperity and peace.
- Pakistani Taliban Chases Jihadi Pack With New Women's Magazine RFE/RL 02 Aug 2017 -- A new push by one of Pakistan's most notorious militant groups to attract female fighters looks like an effort to keep up with Islamic State (IS) and other extremists who have used such appeals to bolster their ranks with women and spread propaganda, close observers of the militants' strategies say.
- China offers aid to new friend Gambia Press TV 02 Aug 2017 -- China has offered to support Gambia in the sectors of infrastructure, agriculture, tourism, and other areas, following the African country's severance of formal ties with Taiwan.
- Karimova's Son Calls For Her Right To Defend Herself RFE/RL 02 Aug 2017 -- The son of Gulnara Karimova, the eldest daughter of the late longtime Uzbek President Islam Karimov, has called for her legal right to fight the charges against her in court.
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