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08 June 2018 Military News

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  • Defeat-ISIS/Da'esh Defense Ministerial Joint Statement DoD 08 Jun 2018 -- The text of the following statement is a joint release of defense ministers of Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Secretary General of NATO. They were joined by senior representatives from Albania, New Zealand, Poland, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.
  • Coalition Partner Forces Kill 7 ISIS Terrorists in Southern Syria AFPS 08 Jun 2018 -- Coalition trained and backed partner forces killed seven Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists in southern Syria June 4, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said today.
  • U.S. General: Military Operations Against IS To Intensify During Cease-Fire RFE/RL 08 Jun 2018 -- The top U.S. general in Afghanistan said military operations against Islamic State (IS) militants will intensify during a temporary cease-fire announced by the Afghan government.
  • Deadly Attacks Across Afghanistan After Cease-Fire Announced RFE/RL 08 Jun 2018 -- Militants have carried out deadly attacks across Afghanistan, a day after the government announced a unilateral cease-fire with the Taliban that will come into effect next week.
  • Report Alleges Australian Forces Committed War Crimes In Afghanistan RFE/RL 08 Jun 2018 -- A secret government inquiry has alleged that members of the Australian special forces committed war crimes in Afghanistan, local media said.
  • Afghanistan Making Progress Toward Peace, Mission Commander Says AFPS 08 Jun 2018 -- Afghanistan is making progress toward peace even as fighting continues, the commander of NATO's Resolute Support mission, said today.
  • UN welcomes temporary ceasefire announcement by Afghan Gov't IRNA 08 Jun 2018 -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the week-long ceasefire announced by the Government of Afghanistan with the Taliban and called on the militant group to reciprocate the temporary pause.
  • Afghan president declares 9-day truce in country IRNA 08 Jun 2018 -- Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in a message declared a nine-day ceasefire in the country called for in a fatwa issued by Afghan ulama.
  • NATO Defence Ministers discuss progress in Afghanistan NATO 08 Jun 2018 -- NATO Defence Ministers today (8 June 2018) concluded a two-day meeting in Brussels with a discussion of the Alliance's training mission in Afghanistan, and its continuing support to the Afghan government and Afghan security forces.
    Left to right: General John W. Nicholson (Commander Resolute Support); NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg; Tariq Shah Bahramee (Minister of Defence, Afghanistan); NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller
  • Australia's special units accused of war crimes in Afghanistan Press TV 08 Jun 2018 -- A report says Australia's special forces have been accused of committing war crimes in Afghanistan and having a "disregard for human life" in the war-torn country.
  • US Asks Pakistan to Facilitate Afghan-Taliban Peace Talks VOA 08 Jun 2018 -- The United States has confirmed it is asking Pakistan for help in facilitating the Afghan government's direct peace talks with the Taliban insurgency.
  • Attack in Somalia Kills U.S. Service Member, Wounds Others AFPS 08 Jun 2018 -- A U.S. special operations service member was killed and four other U.S. service members and a partner force service member were wounded as the result of an enemy attack during an operation today in Jubaland, Somalia, U.S. Africa Command officials said.

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  • Mueller indicts Russian citizen, files new charges against Manafort Press TV 08 Jun 2018 -- US Special Counsel Robert Mueller has filed new criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort as well as Russian citizen and former Manafort operative Konstantin Kilimnik.
  • U.S. Special Counsel Charges Russian Associate Of Ex-Trump Campaign Chief RFE/RL 08 Jun 2018 -- U.S. authorities have indicted a Russian man who was a key associate in Ukraine for President Donald Trump's ex-campaign chief on obstruction of justice and other charges.
  • New Charges Filed Against Manafort in Russia Probe VOA 08 Jun 2018 -- The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election escalated the pressure Friday on President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, bringing additional charges against him in connection with several alleged attempts Manafort and a former associate made to influence two witnesses in his case.
  • Trump Calls for Russia's Reinstatement to G-7 VOA 08 Jun 2018 -- Russia should be invited back to the summits of leading advanced countries, U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for the Group of Seven meeting in Canada.
  • Trump Calls For Russia To Rejoin G7, Deepening Divide With U.S. Allies RFE/RL 08 Jun 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump has called for readmitting Russia into the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrialized nations, a call that puts him directly at odds with some of the United States' closest allies.
  • Trump says Russia shall be invited to G7 meeting Press TV 08 Jun 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has called for the rejoining of Russia to a leading group of industrialized nations prior to his visit to the upcoming G7 summit.
  • Mysterious New Spy Radar Appears in Cuba Sputnik 08 Jun 2018 -- A new "signals intelligence" facility appearing in satellite imagery of Bejucal, Cuba, over recent months is capable of signal interception, ballistic missile monitoring and tracking objects in outer space, but analysts are puzzled about who provided the financing to build the facility.
  • Jury Convicts Former CIA Officer of Espionage US Dept. of Justice 08 Jun 2018 -- Today, a federal jury convicted Kevin Patrick Mallory, 61, a former Central Intelligence Agency case officer of Leesburg, Virginia, on espionage charges related to his transmission of classified documents to an agent of the People's Republic of China.
  • Former CIA Officer Convicted of Spying for China VOA 08 Jun 2018 -- A U.S. jury outside Washington has convicted a former CIA officer on charges that he spied for China.
  • North Korea Uses US Tech for 'Destructive Cyber Operations' VOA 08 Jun 2018 -- North Korea's senior leadership has been exploiting loopholes in international sanctions to obtain the U.S. technology that Pyongyang uses to conduct "destructive cyber operations," according to a global cyberthreat intelligence company.
  • After Years of Dim Prospects, New Possibilities for N. Korean Economy VOA 08 Jun 2018 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been signaling his desire to open up the reclusive state's economy, ushering in what some analysts believe could be a "reform and opening up era" similar to what happened in China four decades ago. But how far North Korea is willing to go and what concrete measures it is willing to or could take remain unclear, especially with sanctions still firmly in place.
  • Trump says willing to invite DPRK's Kim to U.S. if summit goes well People's Daily 08 Jun 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday that he is willing to invite Kim Jong Un, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), to visit the United States for further talks if their summit negotiations in Singapore go well.
  • Talks Held between FMs of DPRK and Singapore KCNA 08 Jun 2018 -- Talks were held between the foreign ministers of the DPRK and Singapore at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on Thursday.
  • No prospect for talks with US on new deal: Iran Press TV 08 Jun 2018 -- Iran has vehemently ruled out the possibility of holding talks with the United States on a new agreement, urging Washington to stop its rhetoric of threat in addressing the civilized and great Iranian people and use the language of wisdom and respect instead.
  • Macron to Trump: Don't push Iran to leave nuclear deal Press TV 08 Jun 2018 -- French President Emmanuel Macron has called on the US not to push Iran to leave the 2015 nuclear deal as he urged world leaders to stand up to the threat of a new US "hegemony".
  • Iran to sue Boeing for unilateral cancellation of deal Press TV 08 Jun 2018 -- Tehran will sue Boeing at international tribunals after the US planemaker said it will not deliver aircraft to Iran in light of American sanctions, an Iranian lawmaker says.
  • US Reportedly Sought Saudi Backing Before Trump Quit Iran Nuke Deal Sputnik 08 Jun 2018 -- Shortly before US President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw his country from the Iran nuclear deal, the White House reportedly attempted to ensure that Saudi Arabia would help maintain oil prices at a stable level.
  • Iran Urges World To Resist U.S. 'Bullying,' Compensate Iran's Losses RFE/RL 08 Jun 2018 -- Iran's top diplomat is asking world powers that remain committed to its 2015 nuclear deal to resist what he called U.S. "bullying tactics" and ensure that Iran is compensated for economic losses that result from U.S. withdrawal from the agreement.
  • Chinese Telecom Giant To Pay $1 Billion In Iran Sanctions Case RFE/RL 08 Jun 2018 -- The United States and China have reached a deal that allows the Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. to stay in business in exchange for paying an additional $1 billion in fines for having violated U.S. sanctions against Iran and North Korea.
  • Foreign investment in Saudi Arabia collapses under bin Salman Press TV 08 Jun 2018 -- Foreign investment in Saudi Arabia has collapsed under Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his extensive economic reform agenda, according to new data by the United Nations.
  • WHO Cautiously Optimistic About Halting Ebola Spread in DR Congo VOA 08 Jun 2018 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) says it is cautiously optimistic about containing the spread of the Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo, but warns that much work lies ahead. Thirty eight of 62 suspected cases have been confirmed. Of this total number of confirmed cases, 27 people have died.
  • Russia's Soyuz MS-09 Spacecraft With 3 Crew Members Docks With ISS Sputnik 08 Jun 2018 -- Russian Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft carrying three crew members has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS), a Sputnik correspondent reported from the Mission Control Center.
  • Bulgaria Moves To Revive Russian Nuclear Project Suspended In 2012 RFE/RL 08 Jun 2018 -- The Bulgarian parliament has approved a plan to revive the Belene nuclear power plant five years after the Russian project was suspended due to financing problems and concerns about relying too heavily on Russian energy.
  • From drought to floods in Somalia; displacement and hunger worsen, says UN UN News 08 Jun 2018 -- After four consecutive poor rainy seasons that brought Somalia to the brink of famine, the country is now seeing near-record rainfall, and with it, flooding that has already displaced hundreds of thousands of people, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.

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