16 June 2018 Military News
- Afghanistan extends ceasefire with Taliban; UN urges both sides to work towards lasting peace UN News 16 Jun 2018 -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and the UN mission in Afghanistan welcomed on Saturday the Afghan Government's extension of the unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban, amid an outpouring of support for the truce from war-weary people all across the country.
- Suicide Blast Kills 25 Amid Afghan Cease-fire Celebration VOA 16 Jun 2018 -- At least 25 people were killed in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday when a suicide blast ripped through a crowd of government soldiers, Taliban insurgents and civilians celebrating a mutual temporary cease-fire during the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr. Islamic State claimed responsibility.
- Ammunition blast kills 20 in eastern Afghanistan IRNA 16 Jun 2018 -- Explosion of ammunition killed 20 members of Taliban and injured 16 others in Nangarhar Province, eastern Afghanistan.
- Blast kills 26 at gathering of Taliban, Afghan forces in Nangarhar Press TV 16 Jun 2018 -- An explosion has killed at least 26 people at a gathering of the Taliban and Afghan security officials in the eastern province of Nangarhar as the two sides were marking their unprecedented three-day ceasefire on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr Muslim holidays.
- Suicide Attack 'Kills At Least 25' Amid Afghan Cease-Fire With Taliban RFE/RL 16 Jun 2018 -- Afghan officials say a suicide bomber has killed at least 25 people in the eastern province of Nangarhar by blowing himself up at a gathering of Taliban and government armed forces marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan with a cease-fire.
- Afghan President Prolongs Ceasefire With Taliban After Daesh Suicide Attack Sputnik 16 Jun 2018 -- The suicide bomb explosion took place in Nangarhar province, Eastern Afghanistan Reuters reported, during celebrations of the Eid holiday. At least 26 people were killed: both Taliban militants and civilians.
- US senators call on Pentagon to fully disclose role in Yemen war Press TV 16 Jun 2018 -- Three US senators have called on the Pentagon to immediately disclose its role in the ongoing Saudi-led military operation on Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hudaydah, which has left millions of Yemenis at risk of starvation.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Commencement Address by Secretary Mattis at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy DoD 16 Jun 2018 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis
- Essex ARG 13th MEU Complete COMPTUEX NNS 16 Jun 2018 -- Sailors of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and Marines attached to 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed Composite Training Unit exercise (COMPTUEX) off the coast of Southern California, June 15.
- Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS Thomas Hudner NNS 16 Jun 2018 -- The Navy accepted delivery of future guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116) from shipbuilder General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW), June 15.
- Israel ecstatic over $1.2 billion drone deal with Germany Press TV 16 Jun 2018 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her efforts in the approval of a more than one-billion-dollar deal to lease military drones from Israel.
- U.S. Nominee Says Will Try To Prevent Russian Arms Sales To Allies RFE/RL 16 Jun 2018 -- Planned purchases of weapons from Russia by U.S. allies in the Middle East likely would violate U.S. sanctions against Moscow's defense sector, and Washington will work to discourage the sales, a top State Department nominee has said.
- Defense ministry mum on missile technology transfer CNA 16 Jun 2018 -- The defense ministry declined to comment on a report Saturday that an American global aerospace firm will be transferring critical missile technologies to Taiwan.
- Declassified archives show Taiwan's missile project in the '70s CNA 16 Jun 2018 -- Academia Historica has published the archives related to late President Yen Chia-kan (嚴家淦), revealing a blue print on Taiwan's missile development in the 1970s.
- Fatal Flaw Reportedly Paralyzes the 'Backbone of the British Royal Navy' Sputnik 16 Jun 2018 -- A number of Britain's top-notch warships ended up spending more time docked than at sea due to their temperature-sensitive engines.
- Chinese Navy Runs Anti-Aircraft Drills in South China Sea After B-52 Flyby Sputnik 16 Jun 2018 -- China's People's Liberation Army-Navy conducted anti-aircraft drills in the South China Sea on Friday, including shooting at dummy drone targets, following the US military's nuclear-capable B-52 flyover earlier this month.
- Aid Group: Yemenis Who Left Hodeida Might Not Return VOA 16 Jun 2018 -- Aid officials in Yemen say residents who have left the key port city of Hodeida to spend the Eid al-Fitr holiday with relatives elsewhere might not return, since Saudi-led forces have entered the city.
- French, US, UK forces aid push to seize Hudaydah: Report Press TV 16 Jun 2018 -- French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen supporting the ongoing Saudi-led military operation on the Red Sea port city of Hudaydah, Le Figaro newspaper has reported.
- Saudi-led Coalition Forces Enter Hodeidah Airport in Yemen - Reports Sputnik 16 Jun 2018 -- The Yemeni military backed by the Saudi-led coalition launched an offensive to seize Hodeidah from the Houthis on June 13 after the Shiite rebels had failed to respond to the government's offer to withdraw from the port city in order to peacefully resolve the conflict.
- Nicaragua Conflict Parties Agree to Call for Hostilities Cessation - Reports Sputnik 16 Jun 2018 -- Parties in Nicaragua conflict have agreed during negotiations to call for cessation of hostilities from all sides, media reported citing the Catholic Church mediating the talks.
- Nicaragua's government, civil groups agree to end violence, allow international probe Press TV 16 Jun 2018 -- The Nicaraguan government and civil groups have agreed to cease two months of violence and allow an international investigation into protests that have left at least 170 people dead.
- 1 dead, over dozen injured in clashes between police, protesters in Indian-controlled Kashmir Press TV 16 Jun 2018 -- At least one person has been killed and over a dozen others sustained injuries during one of several intense clashes that erupted between police forces and pro-independence protesters in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police say.
- US expected to quit UN's human rights council over anti-Israel 'bias' Press TV 16 Jun 2018 -- The United States plans to quit the United Nation's Human Rights Council, primarily over Washington's claim that the UN's main human rights body is biased against Israel, according to US and Western diplomats.
- Maduro accuses Colombian pres. of fueling conflict to set up US intervention Press TV 16 Jun 2018 -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos of trying to start an "armed conflict" between the two neighbors and draw a US intervention.
- Top aides ignored Trump request for summit with Putin: Report Press TV 16 Jun 2018 -- US President Donald Trump's top aides had been resisting his request for a one-on-one summit with the Russian President Vladimir Putin ever since he met his Russian counterpart in Vietnam last year, says a new report.
- Russian Government Submits Bill On Raising Retirement Age RFE/RL 16 Jun 2018 -- The Russian government has submitted proposed pension-reform legislation that would raise the retirement age -- long a sensitive issue in Russia.
- U.S. Warns Of 'Terrorism' Risk During World Cup In Russia RFE/RL 16 Jun 2018 -- The U.S. State Department is warning that "terrorists" may target World Cup venues in Russia, which is hosting the monthlong soccer tournament, but it did not point to any specific threat.
- Chinese, Russian presidents discuss Korea events on phone Press TV 16 Jun 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has held talks with his Chinese counterpart over the Korean Peninsula a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the Chinese capital.
- Dialog, cooperation key to maintaining Iran nuclear deal: China FM Press TV 16 Jun 2018 -- China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi says dialog and cooperation are key to maintaining a multilateral nuclear agreement signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015.
- Beijing Ready to Retaliate Against US Tariffs on Chinese Goods VOA 16 Jun 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump is going ahead with 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese technology imports, intensifying a trade dispute between the world's two largest economies.
- Leaked Erdogan Video Stokes Turkish Vote-Rigging Fears VOA 15 Jun 2018 -- A leaked video of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vote sparked fears of possible vote rigging ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for June 24.
- Greek Government Faces Censure Vote Over Macedonia Name Deal RFE/RL 16 Jun 2018 -- Greek lawmakers have entered the third and final day of debate on a no-confidence motion against the left-leaning government over a deal to end a decades-old dispute with neighboring Macedonia over the latter's name.
- Bosnia In Crosshairs Of Ethnic Nationalists And Their Allies RFE/RL 16 Jun 2018 -- "Foreigners giving up on Bosnia: country close to collapse." That's a recent headline from Sputnik, the Russian state media arm in Serbia since 2015.
- Ordered To Grow Red-Hot Chili Peppers, Uzbek Farmers May As Well Give 'Em Away Now RFE/RL 16 Jun 2018 -- Farmers in Uzbekistan's tightly controlled agriculture sector have been ordered by state authorities to grow cotton since the waning days of the Soviet Union.
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