24 June 2018 Military News
- Afghan-Based 'Terrorists' Attack Pakistani Border Fencers VOA 24 Jun 2018 -- Pakistan's military says Afghanistan-based "terrorists" on Sunday ambushed one of its border fencing teams and killed a soldier.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Press Gaggle by Secretary Mattis DoD 24 Jun 2018 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis; Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska
- Macedonia's Accession to NATO to Be Mistake With Consequences - Russian EU Envoy Sputnik 24 Jun 2018 -- Russia's Permanent Representative to the EU Vladimir Chizhov in an interview with the Ekathimerini newspaper expressed hope that the settlement of the name dispute between Athens and Skopje would contribute to the stability but suggested that Macedonia’s subsequent accession to NATO would be a “mistake with consequences.”
- MND declines to comment on reported medical aid drill with U.S. CNA 24 Jun 2018 -- The Ministry of National Defense on Sunday declined to comment on a news report that Taiwan's military will join the United States in an exercise that will focus on medical emergencies at sea.
- Iraq says it killed 45 Daesh terrorists in Syria strike IRNA 24 Jun 2018 -- Iraq said Saturday it had killed 45 jihadists from the ISIS group, including senior members, in an air strike in eastern Syria, the second such operation in less than a month.
- FSA militiamen join Syrian army units to fight Daesh, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Press TV 24 Jun 2018 -- Militiamen from the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) have joined forces with Syrian government forces in the country's southern de-escalation zone to fight foreign-sponsored and Takfiri Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, militant groups.
- US using chemical weapons as pretext for intervention in Syria: President Assad Press TV 24 Jun 2018 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the United States is using the issue of chemical weapons as a pretext to carry out an attack against the Syrian army.
- US-backed militants declare 'curfew' in Syria's Raqqah Press TV 24 Jun 2018 -- US-backed militants reportedly declare a curfew in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah, citing alleged Daesh movements.
- Syrian forces make gains in Dara'a province's eastern countryside Press TV 24 Jun 2018 -- Syrian government forces have liberated two villages in the Dara'a province's eastern countryside as they warm-up for a major offensive against militants holed up in the region.
- Monitoring Group Says Russian Jets Aid Syria In New Assault RFE/RL 24 Jun 2018 -- A monitoring group says Russian jets have struck rebel-held areas in southern Syria in the first such attacks since Moscow agreed to a cease-fire in July 2017, endangering one of the so-called "de-escalation" zones.
- FSA Rebel Units Join Syrian Army to Fight Daesh, Nusra Terrorists - Russian MoD Sputnik 24 Jun 2018 -- The statement comes just a day after the Syrian army and the FSA jointly repelled an attack by over a thousand of al-Nusra Front terrorists in the Syrian southern de-escalation zone.
- Russian Military Demines Syria's Al-Naseriyah, South Douma Sputnik 24 Jun 2018 -- Mine clearance operations have been successfully completed in Syria's settlement of al-Naseriyah in the southwestern Rif Dimashq province as well as in the southern districts of Douma, located in the Damascus suburbs, the Russian Defense Ministry's Syria reconciliation center said late on Saturday.
- Senior Iranian Commander Killed in Syria - Reports Sputnik 24 Jun 2018 -- Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps announced Saturday that one of its commanders died earlier on Friday in a fight against Daesh gunmen in the northeastern part of Syria.
- Israel Fires Patriot Missile at Drone in Syria Sputnik 24 Jun 2018 -- The Israel Defense Forces reported that they had fired a Patriot missile into Syrian airspace, targeting a drone approaching from Syria.
- Kushner: US Will Unveil Mideast Peace Plan Soon VOA 24 Jun 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump's point man in the Middle East has wound up a peace mission to the region.
- Kushner Schooled by Abbas After Claiming Palestinian Leader Fears US Peace Plan Sputnik 24 Jun 2018 -- Palestine's President Mahmoud Abbas has warned the White House against "alternatives and illusion," which he said are aimed at preventing the creation of a Palestinian state.
- First Troops Deployed in Canada's Controversial Mali Peacekeeping Mission Sputnik 24 Jun 2018 -- About a dozen Canadian troops landed at a UN base in Mali on Sunday morning, kicking off a year-long peacekeeping deployment that garnered controversy long before it began.
- Trump will 'likely' meet Russia's Putin in near future: Pompeo Press TV 24 Jun 2018 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says President Donald Trump will "likely" meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the months ahead to discuss persisting tensions between the two countries.
- S.Korea, DPRK agree to hold reunion of separated families from Aug. 20 to Aug. 26 People's Daily 24 Jun 2018 -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday agreed to hold the reunion of Korean families separated across the inter-Korean border in the Aug. 20-Aug. 26 period at the DPRK's scenic resort of Mount Kumgang.
- US bent on destroying nuclear deal: Iran FM Press TV 24 Jun 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the United States is determined to destroy a key 2015 nuclear agreement signed between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries in a bid to force Iran to walk away from the deal.
- Erdogan Claims Victory In Turkish Elections RFE/RL 24 Jun 2018 -- Incumbent Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that unofficial results from Turkey’s presidential election show that he won outright in the first round. Erdogan also said the alliance led by his Justice and Development Party (AKP) has won a parliamentary majority.
- Vote Count Under Way In Pivotal Turkish Elections RFE/RL 24 Jun 2018 -- The counting of votes is under way across Turkey in presidential and parliamentary elections that are being seen as a test of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's grip on power after more than 15 years of increasingly authoritarian rule.
- Erdogan, AKP Lead in Turkish Election With Around 50% of Votes - Reports Sputnik 24 Jun 2018 -- The incumbent president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is leading in the country's snap elections, with 56,5% after half of the votes counted, the Anadolu news agency reported, citing Supreme Electoral Council of Turkey. Erdogan's main rival, Muharrem Ince of the CHP received 28,6%.
- Voting officially ends in Turkey's elections with Erdogan's party ahead Press TV 24 Jun 2018 -- Voting has officially ended in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections with preliminary results showing the country's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party ahead of other contestants.
- Polls open in Turkey in biggest test for Erdogan Press TV 24 Jun 2018 -- Turkish voters have begun casting their ballots in presidential and parliamentary elections in the biggest test for President Tayyip Erdogan since he came to power more than a decade and a half ago.
- Thaci, Vucic In Belgium For Talks On Normalizing Kosovo-Serbia Ties RFE/RL 24 Jun 2018 -- Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and his Serbian counterpart, Aleksandar Vucic, have come together in the Belgian capital for EU-mediated talks aimed at normalizing bilateral relations.
- Hundreds Of Macedonians Protest Country's Name Change RFE/RL 24 Jun 2018 -- Hundreds of people gathered in the center of the Macedonian capital late on June 23 to protest against a landmark agreement with Greece to rename the country.
- Moldovans Protest Nullification Of Chisinau's Mayoral Election Results RFE/RL 24 Jun 2018 -- Thousands of people demonstrated in Moldova's capital, Chisinau, on June 24 to protest the nullification of mayoral election results that had shown a victory for a pro-Western candidate.
- Second Person Dies After Ethiopian Blast VOA 24 Jun 2018 -- Ethiopia's health ministry says a second person has died following the blast Saturday at a political rally in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. Officials say 150 people were injured in the explosion.
- UN chief condemns explosion at election rally in Zimbabwe that injured dozens, including senior politicians UN News 24 Jun 2018 -- The UN Secretary-General has condemned an explosion which took place at an election rally in Zimbabwe on Saturday, not long after President Emmerson Mnangagwa left the stage after addressing the crowd, according to news reports.
- Zimbabwe President Uninjured in Blast at Rally VOA 24 Jun 2018 -- An explosion at a campaign rally for Zimbabwe's president that injured 49 people will not delay next month's election, officials said Sunday.
- Millions of Poor Not Benefiting from Ghana's Booming Economy VOA 24 Jun 2018 -- A United Nations report finds millions of people in Ghana are not benefiting from that country's booming economy, but remain mired in poverty. The U.N. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has submitted the results of his 10-day fact-finding mission to Ghana in April to the U.N. Human Rights Council.
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