01 June 2018 Military News
- Operation Roundup Hits ISIS Remnants in Iraq, Syria AFPS 01 Jun 2018 -- Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners increased offensive activity against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Iraq and Syria throughout May.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Readout from Bilateral Engagement with Indonesian Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu DoD 01 Jun 2018
- Readout of Secretary Mattis' Meeting with Vietnam Minister of National Defense Ngo Xuan Lich DoD 01 Jun 2018
- Readout of Bilateral Meeting with Japan Defense Minister DoD 01 Jun 2018
- Readout of Secretary Mattis' Meeting with Southeast Asian Counterparts DoD 01 Jun 2018
- Corps to award sole source orders for cold weather boots and socks USMC News 01 Jun 2018 -- Marines will stay warm during ambient cold weather operations with new boots and socks.
- Wear Test of Two-Piece Flame Resistant Variant Begins NNS 01 Jun 2018 -- Based on a strong demand signal from the fleet, U.S. Fleet Forces (USFF) Command, on May 14, began fitting Sailors for a wear test to prototype a two-piece flame resistant organizational clothing variant.
- US Air Force Begins Operating Reaper Drones in Poland Sputnik 01 Jun 2018 -- The US Air Force's MQ-9 Reaper drones were recently stationed at a Polish air base and have now initiated operations, the second deployment of the drones in Europe since March.
- BALTOPS 2018 Begins in Klaipeda NNS 01 Jun 2018 -- Exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS), the premier maritime-focused exercise in the Baltic Region, takes place in the Baltic Sea from June 1-15, 2018.
- US military looking at deploying THAAD missile system in Germany Press TV 01 Jun 2018 -- The United States military is looking to deploying an advanced anti-missile radar system in Germany.
- NATO Members Agree to Locate New Logistics Command in Germany's Ulm - Reports Sputnik 01 Jun 2018 -- The NATO members states have agreed to establish a NATO Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) in southern German city of Ulm, media reported Friday.
- Czech Lower House Supports Boosting Troops Numbers in Int'l Military Missions Sputnik 01 Jun 2018 -- Members of the lower chamber of the Czech parliament on Friday supported increasing the number of military personnel in Czech contingents of international military missions, the parliament's press service said in a statement.
- China's J-20 stealth jets conduct combat training People's Daily 01 Jun 2018 -- China's self-developed J-20 stealth fighter jets recently conducted cooperative combat training with J-16 and J-10c among other fighter jets, boosting the air force's combat strength, Xinhuanet.com reported on June 1.
- Eyeing China, India's PM Calls for Indo-Pacific 'Rule-Based Order' VOA 01 Jun 2018 -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered a thinly veiled criticism of China, even while insisting on closer relations with Beijing, during a speech Friday in Singapore.
- India Will Continue to Stick to S-400 Deal Despite US Opposition – Reports Sputnik 01 Jun 2018 -- The chairman of the US House Armed Services Committee, William Thornberry, has warned that India's decision to purchase S-400 missile systems from Russia would ride roughshod over New Delhi-Washington cooperation.
- Saudi Arabia: S-400 sale talks with Russia 'advancing well' Press TV 02 Jun 2018 -- Saudi Arabia says negotiations over the purchase of Russian S-400 missile system are "advancing well."
- Saudi king threatens to wage war on Qatar over possible S-400 deal: Report Press TV 01 Jun 2018 -- Saudi King Salman has reportedly threatened to take military action against Qatar if Doha purchases the S-400 aerial defense system from Russia.
- Taiwan begins assembly of new advanced jet trainers CNA 01 Jun 2018 -- Assembly of Taiwan's new advanced jet trainers (AJT) officially began Friday with a launch ceremony held at the Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) in Taichung.
- India and Singapore Sign Logistic Cooperation Agreement Sputnik 01 Jun 2018 -- India and Singapore have reaffirmed their views on maritime security and have expressed a commitment to a rules-based order. The leaders of both countries have also agreed on the need to maintain an open, stable and fair international trade regime.
- Navy Upgrade Will Steel Philippines Against China, Terrorists, Foreign Boats VOA 01 Jun 2018 -- A proposed upgrade to the Philippine navy, which lags behind its Asian peers, will help the country fend off Muslim rebels, foreign fishing boats and ships from China, experts in the region say.
- 1 June 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 01 Jun 2018
- US warns of ability to take down Chinese man-made islands Press TV 01 Jun 2018 -- A Pentagon official has warned China that the US military could "take down" Beijing's artificial islands in the South China Sea.
- Yemeni forces down Saudi Apache helicopter: Report Press TV 01 Jun 2018 -- Yemeni forces have reportedly shot down a Saudi Apache helicopter gunship in the southwestern region of Jizan, in a retaliatory attack that killed all those on board.
- Pentagon: Planned Syria attack on US allies 'bad policy' Press TV 01 Jun 2018 -- The Pentagon has called on the Syrian government to reconsider its plans to launch attacks on Kurdish militants and allied US forces which have been operating in areas in northeastern Syria.
- Israeli, Russian Defense Ministers Discuss Iranian Military Presence In Syria RFE/RL 01 Jun 2018 -- Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman visited Moscow on May 31 for talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, on Israeli concerns about Iran's military presence in Syria.
- Assad Raises Possibility Of Conflict With U.S. Forces, Allies In Syria RFE/RL 01 Jun 2018 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has raised the possibility of conflict between his army and U.S. forces in Syria if they do not withdraw from the country soon - prompting a warning from the Pentagon.
- Pentagon Claims Assad's Call for US Troops to Pull Out of Syria 'Bad Policy' Sputnik 01 Jun 2018 -- President Bashar Assad has made it plain that American troops should leave Syria and that Damascus is ready for talks with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
- UN: 95 Iraqis killed,163 injured in May IRNA 01 Jun 2018 -- According to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, around 95 Iraqi were killed and 163 more injured by terrorists in May 2018.
- UNHCR raises alarm over deadly detention centre escape in Libya UN News 01 Jun 2018 -- More than a dozen people have been killed or wounded by traffickers as they attempted to flee a detention centre in Libya last month, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Friday, describing it as the "latest horror story" to emerge from the war-torn country.
- UN agencies and Myanmar lay groundwork for possible Rohingya return UN News 01 Jun 2018 -- United Nations agencies and Myanmar have agreed a framework which it is hoped will lead to the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, but only if their "voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable" return from camps in Bangladesh can be guaranteed.
- US Uses UN Veto to Block Resolution Critical of Israel VOA 01 Jun 2018 -- The United States has vetoed a U.N. Security Council draft resolution seeking protections for Palestinian civilians, while a U.S.-drafted text that blamed the Palestinian militant group Hamas for the recent surge in violence also failed.
- Security Council fails to adopt competing texts on protection of Palestinian civilians in Gaza UN News 01 Jun 2018 -- The United Nations Security Council on Friday failed to adopt two competing draft resolutions; one produced by Kuwait, in response to the killing of dozens of Palestinian protestors in Gaza, and the other tabled by the United States, which vetoed the initial resolution saying it was "grossly one-sided" against Israel.
- US will 'unquestionably veto' UN resolution on protecting Palestinians: Haley Press TV 01 Jun 2018 -- US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said Washington will "unquestionably veto" a UN draft resolution calling for the protection of Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.
- UN Extends Sanctions on South Sudan Until Mid-July VOA 01 Jun 2018 -- A U.N. Security Council resolution to extend sanctions on South Sudan has been renewed for 45 more days after the U.S.-led effort passed at the U.N. Thursday.
- UN Chief Seeks More Support for Mali Peacekeeping Force VOA 01 Jun 2018 -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres marked the 70th birthday of the world body's peacekeeping operations this week by paying a visit to Mali. The West African nation hosts a U.N. mission known as MINUSMA. Guterres reinforced his commitment to the mission, which is the deadliest ongoing mission for U.N. peacekeeping forces, but also asked for more support to keep it strong.
- Trump, U.S. Allies Exchange Barbs Amid Growing Fears Of Trade War RFE/RL 01 Jun 2018 -- The White House says U.S. President Donald Trump has told French President Emmanuel Macron in a telephone conversation that a U.S. trade imbalance with Europe must be addressed.
- Trump: June 12 Meeting With N. Korean Leader Is Back On VOA 01 Jun 2018 -- Afterward, Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn that the June 12 summit in Singapore between him and North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, was back on.
- Remarks by President Trump after Meeting with Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea The White House 01 Jun 2018
- Kim Jong Un Receives Russian FM KCNA 01 Jun 2018 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Thursday received Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on a visit to the DPRK at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse.
- S. Korea, DPRK starts high-level talks at Panmunjom People's Daily 01 Jun 2018 -- High-level officials of South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) started talks at the border village of Panmunjom on Friday, Seoul's unification ministry said.
- Pyongyang blasts 'US hegemonism' as Koreas meet Press TV 01 Jun 2018 -- North Korea has hit out at the US "hegemony" but suggested the two Koreas hold a joint celebration of the anniversary of a historic 2000 inter-Korean summit this month in the South.
- North Korea's Kim Tells Lavrov He's Committed To 'Denuclearization' In 'Stages' RFE/RL 01 Jun 2018 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov his commitment to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula "remains unchanged and consistent and fixed," the official KCNA news agency reported on June 1.
- South Korea Wants Russia to Play Bigger Role in Korean Peace Process Sputnik 01 Jun 2018 -- South Korea's Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam on Friday thanked Russia for its support and urged it to play a bigger role in the Korean peace efforts.
- Trump Expected to Receive Personal Letter from N. Korean Leader VOA 01 Jun 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump is set to receive a personal letter Friday from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of preparations for a potential summit later this month between the two men.
- Pompeo: 'Real Progress' in Talks With Kim's Deputy on Potential Summit VOA 01 Jun 2018 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said "real progress" had been made in negotiations Thursday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's top deputy in New York toward holding a potential summit between Kim and President Donald Trump.
- N. Korea Continues Cyberattacks Ahead of Summit VOA 01 Jun 2018 -- Even as it signals a willingness to give up its nuclear arms, North Korea is brandishing another well-known weapon in its arsenal: cyber.
- EU, China share commitment to save nuclear deal: Mogherini Press TV 01 Jun 2018 -- The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc and China share commitment to preserve a nuclear agreement signed between Iran and major world powers in 2015 and to work for its continuation.
- Iraq's Hakim rejects claims he talked to US in Kuwait trip Press TV 01 Jun 2018 -- Senior Iraqi cleric Ammar Hakim has dismissed media reports that he held talks with a US envoy during a recent trip to Kuwait, saying the claims are purely meant to sabotage efforts to form a united coalition government.
- Pakistan Appoints Interim PM to Oversee New Polls VOA 01 Jun 2018 -- A former Pakistani chief justice has taken the helm as his country's caretaker prime minister pending the outcome of parliamentary elections scheduled for July 25.
- Al-Qaeda issues warning to Saudi crown prince Press TV 02 Jun 2018 -- The Yemen-based al-Qaeda offshoot has warned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over his "sinful projects" which Takfiri groups believe threaten the basis of the Wahhabi ideology.
- Despite Progress, Ebola Danger Remains in DRC VOA 01 Jun 2018 -- There is hope that the world's latest Ebola virus outbreak may be contained in the coming weeks, top experts from the World Health Organization and Doctors Without Borders (Medicins San Frontieres) say.
- Ukraine Arrests Suspect In Alleged Babchenko Assassination Plot, Prosecutor Names 'Hit Man' RFE/RL 01 Jun 2018 -- Borys Herman, the man suspected of overseeing a plot to assassinate journalist Arkady Babchenko, has been remanded in custody by a Kyiv court.
- Greeks Plan Protests Against Compromise Deal On Macedonia's Name RFE/RL 01 Jun 2018 -- Greeks opposed to a compromise solution to a decades-old dispute with Macedonia over its name are planning to protest in cities across northern Greece next week, protest organizers said.
- Georgian President Meets With Protest Leader After Top Prosecutor Quits RFE/RL 01 Jun 2018 -- Georgian President Georgi Margvelashvili has met with the leader of a protest in downtown Tbilisi a day after chief prosecutor Irakli Shotadze resigned following a rally by thousands of people protesting against what they said was political influence in the trial of youths allegedly involved in a double killing last year.
- Nicaragua: UN condemns loss of lives in protest-related violence; calls on Government to allow in UN rights monitors UN News 01 Jun 2018 -- The United Nations has called on Nicaragua to allow access to the Organization's human rights arm into the country amid reports that over 100 people have been killed and more than 1,000 injured in over six weeks of anti-Governments protests.
- Italy's Political Deadlock Ends With Swearing-In of New Government VOA 01 Jun 2018 -- After three months of political deadlock following inconclusive March 4 elections, Italy has a new government. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, a political novice, and his ministers were sworn in Friday. The government is backed by the populist 5-Star Movement and the right-wing League.
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