13 June 2018 Military News
- US-led warplanes strike northeastern Syria, kill four civilians Press TV 13 Jun 2018 -- Four civilians have been killed when the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group conducted an airstrike against Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah.
- Department Of Defense Press Briefing by Colonel Jackson via Teleconference DoD 14 Jun 2018 -- Presenter: Army Col. Scott Jackson, director, commander, 1st Security Forces Assistance Brigade, Resolute Supports
- Assistance Brigade Adds 'Extensive Tactical Depth' in Afghanistan, Commander Says AFPS 13 Jun 2018 -- Nearing its 100th day of its deployment in Afghanistan, the highly trained and specialized 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade for the NATO Resolute Support mission is seeing results, the brigade's commander said today.
- Hawaii National Guard Engineers Build Shelters for Volcano Evacuees AFPS 13 Jun 2018 -- Since June 7, engineers with the Hawaii Army National Guard have been constructing a community of emergency "micro-shelter" housing units here for residents displaced by the ongoing Kilauea eruption.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Army Paratroopers Participate in Baltic Region Exercise AFPS 13 Jun 2018 -- Army paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division deployed here to participate in an interoperability/readiness exercise with NATO allies and other U.S. partners.
- 82nd Airborne Division descends on the Baltics for Swift Response exercise Army News 13 Jun 2018 -- Just over a century since they first stepped foot in Europe, members of the All American Division once again traversed the Atlantic Ocean to demonstrate their unique capabilities that few other units in the United States military can emulate.
- Future USS Thomas Hudner to be Commissioned in Boston NNS 13 Jun 2018 -- On June 12, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced the newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, Pre-Commissioning Unit Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), will be commissioned during a ceremony Saturday, Dec. 1, in Boston.
- Go Long: US Navy Investing in Extended-Range Sub-Killing Torpedoes Sputnik 13 Jun 2018 -- The US Navy has awarded a multi-million dollar contract to develop torpedoes with a greater range, thus potentially enabling a new brand of underwater warfare.
- NATO should respect 'indivisible' security agreements: Lavrov Press TV 13 Jun 2018 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called on the NATO military alliance to respect agreements on "indivisible security," criticizing the US-led pact's growing military presence on the Russian borders.
- Russia Says New NATO Combat Readiness Plan A Threat To Security RFE/RL 13 Jun 2018 -- Russia says that a new NATO plan to enhance its combat readiness in Europe would weaken security on the continent, and is warning that Moscow would take that into account in its own military planning.
- China's transport aircraft Y-20 completes next level of training People's Daily 13 Jun 2018 -- China's largest domestically-developed transport aircraft Y-20 recently completed its first airborne jump and airdrop training together with airborne troops of the People's Liberation Army Air Force, said the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), Ltd. on its official micro-blog page on June 11.
- German Parliament Committee Supports Israeli Intel Drones Lease Plan - Reports Sputnik 13 Jun 2018 -- Germany's parliamentary budget committee supported Wednesday the military's plans to lease Israeli-built Heron-TP surveillance drones, with a debate promised over arming the UAVs, Reuters reported, citing committee sources.
- US approves $930 million deal to sell six Apache helicopters to India Press TV 13 Jun 2018 -- The United States has approved a $930 million deal to sell six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to the Indian military, according to the State Department and the Pentagon.
- 13 June 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 13 Jun 2018
- UN envoy urges self-restraint by all parties to Yemen war IRNA 13 Jun 2018 -- An attempt by a Saudi-led military coalition to take control of the Yemeni port of Hodeida from opposition Houthi forces will have serious consequences on an already dire situation for millions of civilians, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen said Wednesday.
- Yemen war casualties count hits 35,000 IRNA 13 Jun 2018 -- Yemeni Health Minister Taha Motawakel announced that the casualties of the Saudi-led coalition attacks on Yemen has reached 35,297.
- Yemen targets military town in southern Saudi Arabia IRNA 13 Jun 2018 -- The missile units of Yemeni army popular committees on Wednesday fired a ballistic missile at 'Al-Feisal' military town in Jizan, southern Saudi Arabia.
- UN 'extremely concerned' about Saudi-led assault on Yemen's Hudaydah Press TV 13 Jun 2018 -- The United Nations has expressed deep concern over an assault by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen's port city of Hudaydah as rights groups warn about the catastrophic repercussions of the offensive, which is considered the largest battle of the three-year war.
- Yemen war: Saudi-led forces begin assault on Hudaydah Press TV 13 Jun 2018 -- Forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition have launched an offensive against Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hudaydah in defiance of warnings by the UN and international rights groups against the catastrophic repercussions of such a military action.
- Yemeni Houthis Claim Attack on Saudi-Led Coalition Ship Near Al Hodeidah Port Sputnik 13 Jun 2018 -- The Houthi rebels, officially known as Ansar Allah, claimed Wednesday that they had struck an Arab coalition warship near the port of Al Hodeidah , where a fight between the Shia militia and government forces started in the earlier hours of the day.
- Saudi-Led Coalition-Backed Troops Launch Operation on Yemen's Hodeidah - Reports Sputnik 13 Jun 2018 -- Brigades of military forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition have launched an offensive on the port city of Hodeidah, according to media reports.
- Military escalation will have 'serious consequences' for Yemeni civilians, warns UN Special Envoy UN News 13 Jun 2018 -- An attempt by a Saudi-led military coalition to take control of the Yemeni port of Hodeida from opposition Houthi forces "will have serious consequences" on an already "dire" situation for millions of civilians, the UN Special Envoy for Yemen said on Wednesday.
- Urgent Talks Set at UN on Crisis in Yemen VOA 13 Jun 2018 -- The U.N. Security Council holds urgent talks Thursday on the situation in Yemen, where the Saudi-led coalition is pounding the vital rebel-held port city of Hodeidah.
- Syria's Assad says US, French, Turks, Israeli troops are occupying forces Press TV 13 Jun 2018 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says that the American, French, Turkish and Israeli troops present in his country are occupying forces.
- Iraqi Hashd al-Sha'abi fighters inflict losses on Daesh in eastern Syria Press TV 13 Jun 2018 -- Fighters from the Iraqi pro-government Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have pounded the positions of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Syria's eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr as the militants are seeking to sneak through the border into Iraq.
- Iran warns Iraq's Kurdistan after border terror attempts Press TV 13 Jun 2018 -- Tehran has officially protested to the Iraqi Kurdistan's authorities following a number of unsuccessful attempts by terror groups based in the semi-autonomous region to break into neighboring Iran.
- South Sudan's rebel leader accepts Ethiopian invitation to talks with president Press TV 13 Jun 2018 -- South Sudan's rebel leader Riek Machar has accepted an invitation by the Ethiopian government to hold talks with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa next week.
- Amnesty Calls for End to Violence in Cameroon VOA 13 Jun 2018 -- A new report by the international human rights group Amnesty International criticizes both the Cameroon military and separatists fighting the independence of the English speaking region for using unnecessary and excessive force. The rights group says civilians are frequently caught up in the violence.
- Amid Russia's World Cup Moment, Human Rights Concerns Linger VOA 13 Jun 2018 -- Back in 2010, President Vladimir Putin helped secure Russia's bid for the World Cup with guarantees he would introduce the world to an open and welcoming Russia.
- Pompeo: US Hopes for 'Major Disarmament' by N. Korea within 2 1/2 Years VOA 13 Jun 2018 -- The United States is hoping for "major, major disarmament" by North Korea within 2 1/2 years, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, the day after President Donald Trump signed an agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un calling for the end to Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.
- US Lawmakers Dismiss Trump Assertion that North Korea's Nuclear Threat Is Over VOA 13 Jun 2018 -- Several U.S. lawmakers are dismissing President Donald Trump's assertion on Twitter that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat. They also rejected any swift lifting of U.S. sanctions amid claims by Pyongyang that Trump agreed to sanctions relief during his meeting with Kim Jong Un.
- Trump: No More Nuclear Threat from North Korea VOA 13 Jun 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump declared Wednesday, "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea," as he returned home from a summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
- S.Korea says need to smooth DPRK-U.S. dialogue as Trump says halt of S.Korea-U.S war games People's Daily 13 Jun 2018 -- South Korea's presidential Blue House said Wednesday that it needs to consider ways to make the dialogue between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the United States go on smoothly after U.S. President Donald Trump commented on the halt of South Korea-U.S. war games.
- China, Moscow See Views Vindicated in Singapore Summit VOA 13 Jun 2018 -- China and Russia see the now-concluded Singapore summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un as vindicating their views on how the thorny issue of a nuclear armed North Korea could and should be approached. Security analysts, however, are less certain about the outcome of the summit, especially Trump's announcement that he would halt "war games" on the peninsula.
- Defector: Trump 'Stabbed the Heart' of North Koreans at Summit VOA 13 Jun 2018 -- Some North Korea defectors are feeling betrayed by U.S. President Donald Trump for his praise of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during their meeting in Singapore, rather than confronting him about widespread human rights violations committed by the repressive government in Pyongyang.
- N Korea told US that denuclearization depends on halting of hostilities Press TV 13 Jun 2018 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un told US president Donald Trump that denuclearization depends on ceasing antagonism between the two nations.
- McConnell threatens North Korea with 'maximum pressure' over deal Press TV 13 Jun 2018 -- US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has threatened North Korea with the policy of maximum pressure if it does not stick to the outcome of the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
- Russian Filmmaker Says Trump-Kim Summit A Coup For North Korean Propagandists RFE/RL 13 Jun 2018 -- A Russian film director who secretly documented methods employed by propagandists in North Korea says Pyongyang will use Kim Jong Un's Singapore summit with Donald Trump to present Kim as a leader who successfully stood up to the U.S. president.
- Pompeo: US Hopes for Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula Within 2.5 Years Sputnik 13 Jun 2018 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States hopes to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in two-and-a-half years, ABC News reported on Wednesday.
- Pyongyang's Commitment to Denuclearization Good But Should Be Verified - Paris Sputnik 13 Jun 2018 -- Pyongyang's stated commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is good news, but the implementation of the intention should be verified, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday.
- Remarks to Traveling Press US Dept. of State 13 Jun 2018 -- Special Briefing by Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State
- Kim, Trump commit to ties People's Daily 13 Jun 2018 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump signed an agreement after their historic summit on Tuesday in Singapore under the gaze of the world, committing to "new" diplomatic relations.
- Historic First DPRK-U.S. Summit Meeting and Talks Held KCNA 13 Jun 2018 -- Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, held the summit meeting and talks with Donald J. Trump, president of the United States of America, at Sentosa Island of Singapore on June 12, 2018 for the first time in the histories of the two countries.
- Kim Jong-un, Donald Trump Accept Each Other's Visit Invitations - Reports Sputnik 13 Jun 2018 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accepted US President Donald Trump's invitation to visit the US, and the US president has accepted Kim's invitation to visit Pyongyang, North Korean state news agency KCNA reported Tuesday.
- Iran blames Trump policies for high oil prices Press TV 13 Jun 2018 -- Iran says the hostile policies of US President Donald Trump are to blame for the rising prices of crude oil in international markets, rejecting his Wednesday attack against the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for the current supply situation.
- Iran to start constructing re-designed Arak heavy reactor soon: AEOI Press TV 13 Jun 2018 -- The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the country will soon start re-building the Arak heavy water reactor once China finishes examining the last phase of the re-designing process.
- Iran Might Start Building Nuclear Reactor in Arak in 2-3 Months - Reports Sputnik 13 Jun 2018 -- Tehran has completed the planning stage of a project for a new nuclear reactor in Arak and could proceed with construction in 2-3 months, Tasnim News Agency reported, citing representative of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Behrouz Kamalundi.
- Rouhani: Action Needed to Save Nuclear Deal VOA 13 Jun 2018 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says it will be difficult for Tehran to stay in the 2015 nuclear accord it signed with world powers if it cannot benefit from the agreement.
- Pakistan bars militant-linked group from forming political party Press TV 13 Jun 2018 -- A Pakistani group linked to the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks has been denied permission to register as a political party ahead of general elections scheduled to be held on July 25.
- Terrorism diverts resources from 'much-needed' development to 'costly' security, warns UN envoy for Central Africa UN News 13 Jun 2018 -- The scourge of terrorism and violent extremism continues to affect all of Central Africa and divert government resources from much-needed development programmes to costly security operations, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday.
- Taiwan thankful for U.S. support amid Chinese pressure: president CNA 13 Jun 2018 -- President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday expressed her thanks to the United States and other countries for supporting Taiwan at a time when China has attempted to change the status quo of the Taiwan Strait unilaterally.
- AIT head blames cross-strait impasse on China CNA 13 Jun 2018 -- The visiting chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) praised President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) Wednesday as a "pragmatic and reasonable leader" and said Beijing should take more responsibility for the stalemate in cross-Taiwan Strait relations.
- Three New Party members indicted for collusion with China CNA 13 Jun 2018 -- Three members of the opposition New Party's youth committee were indicted by Taipei prosecutors Wednesday on charges of violating national security laws in collusion with a convicted Chinese spy.
- US-North Korea ties 'no model' for China, Taiwan Press TV 13 Jun 2018 -- China says the United States' relations with North Korea cannot be compared with or regarded as a model for the relations between China and self-ruled Taiwan, calling the Taiwan issue a "purely internal affair."
- Beijing Warns US on 'One China' Policy Over New American 'Embassy' in Taiwan Sputnik 13 Jun 2018 -- On Wednesday, a spokesperson with China's Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council expressed opposition to any official contact between the US and Taiwan after the opening of a new compound for the New American Institute – a de facto American embassy – on the island.
- Massive Power Outage Hits Crimea RFE/RL 13 Jun 2018 -- A total blackout temporarily hit Crimea after what Russian officials said was an automatic shutoff at a substation providing power to the Russian-controlled Black Sea peninsula.
- Macedonian President to Veto Name Deal with Greece VOA 13 Jun 2018 -- Macedonia's President Gjorge Ivanov says an agreement reached Tuesday with Greece to change his country's name is detrimental for the Republic of Macedonia and that he would not sign it into law.
- Joint press statement by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and European Council President Donald Tusk on the solution to the "name dispute" NATO 13 Jun 2018 -- We welcome the agreement reached between Prime Ministers Tsipras and Zaev yesterday on a solution to the name dispute. We hope that this unique opportunity to relaunch the wider Western Balkan region's European and Euro-Atlantic integration will not be wasted. This agreement sets an example for others on how to consolidate peace and stability across the region.
- Greece, Macedonia reach deal on name dispute Press TV 13 Jun 2018 -- Greece and Macedonia have reached a deal to settle a dispute over the former Yugoslav republic's name, which nevertheless faces potential hardships before it can be considered final.
- Macedonia's New Name Wipes Last Vestige Of Yugoslavia From Official Map RFE/RL 13 Jun 2018 -- Yugoslavia, at least by name, is now history. A June 12 agreement on a new name for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia means the end of any official usage of the name Yugoslavia.
- Macedonian President 'Won't Sign' Name Deal With Greece RFE/RL 13 Jun 2018 -- Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov has said he won't sign a deal with Greece on the former Yugoslav republic's name, saying it violates the country's constitution.
- Kyrgyz, Uzbek Defense Officials Convene For First Time Since Soviet Collapse RFE/RL 13 Jun 2018 -- The top Kyrgyz and Uzbek defense officials have met to discuss cooperation for the first time since the two Central Asian countries gained independence when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
- Georgian Prime Minister Resigns After Antigovernment Protests RFE/RL 13 Jun 2018 -- Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili announced his resignation after a series of antigovernment protests shook the capital, Tbilisi.
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