17 June 2018 Military News
- Afghanistan extends ceasefire with Taliban IRNA 17 Jun 2018 -- Afghanistan government has extended its unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban following an initial truce observed by both sides over the Eid festival period.
- Blast in eastern Afghanistan kills 32 as Taliban reject ceasefire extension Press TV 17 Jun 2018 -- A bomb attack has killed at least 32 people in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar amid an announcement by the Taliban militants that they would not extend their temporary ceasefire with Afghan security forces and that fighting would resume in the crisis-hit country.
- At Least 10 Killed In Latest Suicide Bombing In Eastern Afghanistan RFE/RL 17 Jun 2018 -- A suicide bombing near the governor's office in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar has killed at least 10 people, officials say - the second such bombing in the province in as many days.
- Suicide Blast Kills 19 in Afghanistan, Taliban Ends Cease-Fire VOA 17 Jun 2018 -- A suicide bomb attack has killed at least 19 people and wounded more than 50 others in eastern Afghanistan, a day after a deadly attack in the same area targeted government soldiers and Taliban insurgents celebrating a temporary cease-fire during the Muslim festival Eid al-Fitr.
Defense Policy / Programs
- USNS Trenton Transfers Rescued Mariners NNS 17 Jun 2018 -- The Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS Trenton (T-EPF 5) conducted a passenger transfer of 41 people with ships from the Italian Coast Guard off the coast of the island of Lampedusa, Italy, June 17.
- USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Crushes INSURV NNS 17 Jun 2018 -- Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) successfully completed the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV), June 15.
- USS Ronald Reagan Completes CORE I NNS 17 Jun 2018 -- The U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) completed Core I, June 16.
- U.S. 7th Fleet Completes Theater Security Cooperation Patrol NNS 17 Jun 2018 -- Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet personnel completed a month-long theater security cooperation (TSC) patrol in the Indo-Pacific, June 15.
- USS Mount Whitney Finishes BALTOPS 2018 NNS 17 Jun 2018 -- The Blue Ridge-class command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) concluded the 46th iteration of exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) in Kiel, Germany, June 15.
- Trump Calls Cessation of Military Drills Near Korean Peninsula Own Initiative Sputnik 17 Jun 2018 -- US President Donald Trump said on Sunday that it was him, who initiated cessation of military drills near the Korean Peninsula during the talks with North Korea.
- South Korea, US May Announce Large-Scale Military Exercises Suspension - Reports Sputnik 17 Jun 2018 -- South Korea and the United States are expected to announce the suspension of large-scale military exercises this week, local media reported citing a government source.
- South Korea, US to announce suspension of large-scale drills: Korean source Press TV 17 Jun 2018 -- The United States and South Korea are reportedly expected to announce the suspension of their "large-scale" military drills, amid diplomatic openings with North Korea.
- Russia Launches Soyuz-2.1b Carrier Rocket With Glonass-M Navigation Satellite Sputnik 17 Jun 2018 -- Russia launched a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket from the Plesetsk space center on Sunday to orbit a Glonass-M satellite, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
- Real Reason Iraq's 35th Mechanized Brigade Swapped Abrams Tanks for T-90s Sputnik 17 Jun 2018 -- The 35th Brigade of the Iraqi Army's 9th Armored Division has replaced its M1A1M Abrams main battle tanks with Russian T-90s. The US media have claimed that the decision was the result of Pentagon concerns about the Abrams falling into the hands of Iranian-backed militias. However, Russian observers say the T-90 is simply a better tank for Iraq.
- No country allowed to use Incirlik Air Base against Iran: Turkish PM IRNA 17 Jun 2018 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said that no country will be allowed to use Incirlik Air Base against Iran.
- UN says nearly 5,000 families displaced in Yemen's Hudaydah Press TV 17 Jun 2018 -- The United Nations says nearly 5,000 families have been displaced in Yemen's western province of Hudaydah, whose capital port city has been under unprecedented attacks by a Saudi-led military coalition and militia loyal to the impoverished country's former government since June 13.
- Houthis say Saudi-led forces bogged down outside Hudaydah Press TV 17 Jun 2018 -- Yemen's Houthi fighters have dismissed reports that Saudi-led forces have seized the airport in the port city of Hudaydah, saying the aggressors are on the retreat on all front lines.
- Turkish fighter jets 'neutralize' 35 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq Press TV 17 Jun 2018 -- Turkish military aircraft have "neutralized" nearly three dozen members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group when they carried out a string of airstrikes against terrorist hideouts in Iraq's northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
- Turkish jets target high level PKK meeting in Iraq's Qandil Press TV 17 Jun 2018 -- Turkish fighter jets have targeted a Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) meeting in Iraq's Qandil mountains, says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Bomb attacks kill 31 in Borno state of northeastern Nigeria Press TV 17 Jun 2018 -- At least 31 people have been killed in two separate bomb attacks carried out at crowded spots in northeastern Nigeria.
- US efforts to resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict destined to fail: Official Press TV 17 Jun 2018 -- The Palestinian Authority says the so-called peace plan, which has been promoted by the United States to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is "meaningless" as it lacks the support of Palestinians.
- India to resume military operations in Kashmir Press TV 17 Jun 2018 -- India will resume military operations against armed groups in disputed Kashmir following the end of a rare 30-day suspension for Ramadan.
- Trump Election HQ Denied 'Russian' FBI Agent $2Mln for Dirt on Clinton - Reports Sputnik 17 Jun 2018 -- Donald Trump's election headquarters in 2016 denied a man from Russia, who called himself Henry Greenberg, $2 million for compromising data on Trump's rival Hillary Clinton, the Washington Post newspaper reported Sunday, citing two Trump's advisers.
- Trump Renews Defense of North Korea Agreement VOA 17 Jun 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump renewed his defense Sunday of the agreement he reached with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, saying it already has led to an end to Pyongyang's nuclear tests and "rockets flying all over the place."
- UN Official: 'Time' to Talk Human Rights With North Korea VOA 17 Jun 2018 -- Concerned by the lack of any reference to human rights in the joint statement issued at the historic summit between Washington and Pyongyang, the United Nations special rapporteur on North Korea says "this is the time" for the U.S. to pressure North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to engage in a dialogue with the international community to improve the lives of North Korea's people.
- Dialogue, cooperation key to preserve JCPOA: China's FM ISNA 17 Jun 2018 -- "Dialogue and cooperation are the key for preserving Iran's nuclear deal, not sanctions," Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi said in a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.
- 80 percent of Taiwanese disapprove of China's pressure CNA 17 Jun 2018 -- A recent survey found about 80 percent of the public disapproved of the recent moves by China to squeeze Taiwan's international space, a consensus the pollster said was supported by people irrespective of gender, age, education level, party affiliation, ethnicity, and area of residence in Taiwan.
- China has higher favorable than unfavorable rating in Taiwan: poll CNA 17 Jun 2018 -- More Taiwanese see China in a favorable than unfavorable light, but nearly 80 percent of the public disapprove of China's recent actions, including enticing Burkina Faso to cut formal ties with Taiwan, according to a survey released Sunday.
- May says needs to ensure parliament won't block Brexit Press TV 17 Jun 2018 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May says that it is essential to ensure that parliament could not block Brexit.
- Right-Wing Candidate Wins Colombia Presidential Poll VOA 17 Jun 2018 -- Right-wing lawmaker Ivan Duque won Colombia's presidential election Sunday, promising to rewrite the government's 2016 peace accord with former FARC rebels.
- Colombia Presidential Contest Presents Sharp Choice VOA 17 Jun 2018 -- A leftist former guerrilla and a young conservative lawmaker are vying Sunday for the Colombian presidency, with the outcome a referendum on the government's fragile 2016 peace accord with FARC rebels.
- Colombians to vote in presidential election runoff Press TV 17 Jun 2018 -- Colombians are to take to the polls on Sunday to elect their next president who will, in turn, determine the fate of a 2016 peace deal between the Bogota government and the FARC guerrilla group.
- Moscow, Riyadh eye 1.5m bpd OPEC output hike Press TV 17 Jun 2018 -- Russia says it will join Saudi Arabia to ask the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to increase production by 1.5 million barrels a day (bpd) in the third quarter of 2018.
- Russia, Saudis Agree To Request Increase In OPEC+ Oil Output RFE/RL 17 Jun 2018 -- Russia and Saudi Arabia will ask OPEC to increase oil output by 1.5 million barrels a day in the third quarter of 2018 to counter fears that U.S. sanctions on Iran could disrupt supplies.
- Greece, Macedonia sign deal, face opposition still Press TV 17 Jun 2018 -- The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia have officially signed an accord to rename the former Yugoslav republic as the "Republic of North Macedonia," potentially ending a dispute between the two countries.
- Macedonia, Greece Sign 'Brave, Historic' Agreement On Name Change RFE/RL 17 Jun 2018 -- The foreign ministers of Macedonia and Greece have signed a historic agreement on a modified name for the former Yugoslav republic, a major step in ending a 27-year dispute.
- Turkish Presidential Candidate Gives Jail Cell TV Speech VOA 17 Jun 2018 -- A Turkish presidential candidate made his campaign speech Sunday from jail.
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