26 June 2018 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 26 Jun 2018 [PDF]
- Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIS Targets in Syria, Iraq AFPS 26 Jun 2018 -- Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners have accelerated offensive activity against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq throughout May and June, officials reported today.
- Update: air strikes against Daesh UK MOD 26 Jun 2018 -- The RAF are continuing to take the fight to Daesh in Syria.
- UN official sees 'unprecedented opportunities' to make progress on peace in Afghanistan UN News 26 Jun 2018 -- The coming months will present critical opportunities for the international community to review assistance to Afghanistan, as the country works towards a lasting peace, stable democracy and self-reliance, the top United Nations official there told the Security Council in New York on Tuesday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Official Highlights DoD Role in Supporting Global Stabilization Efforts AFPS 26 Jun 2018 -- The Defense Department has redefined its goals in global stabilization and security efforts and is focusing on transitional, small-scale stabilization working by, with and through its partners, a defense official said today.
- Transcom Nominee: U.S., Partners Face Increasingly Complex Security Environment AFPS 26 Jun 2018 -- The United States and its global partners face an increasingly complex security environment that requires a joint force that's relevant to the times, the nominee to be the next commander of U.S. Transportation Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.
- Ohio National Guard becoming the brains of the operation Army News 26 Jun 2018 -- In the body, the brain controls all functions and movements. It receives intelligence from sources such as the eyes in order to give proper commands to muscles in response. Not a single body part moves without direct instruction from this central hub of the nervous system. On a firing range, a similar hub looms over shooters just like the brain looms over the body. No trigger finger twitches, no Soldier budges without clear direction from the control tower.
- First Army works with Guard unit to help build readiness Army News 26 Jun 2018 -- If Army units were sports teams, an Exportable Combat Training Capability exercise would be their quarterfinals, coming before a training center rotation, which is followed by a deployment. Members of the Idaho Army National Guard's 116th Calvary Brigade Combat Team are having their quarterfinal here this month. Helping them in this crucial stage of the readiness cycle are Observer Coach/Trainers, or OC/T's of First Army Division West's 189th Combined Arms Training Brigade.
- Mobility challenges in the European theater Army News 26 Jun 2018 -- Since the end of World War II, the Army has occupied and forward-stationed combat formations of various sizes and compositions throughout Europe, primarily to be a credible deterrent force to the Soviet threat. Europe transitioned from a continent at war to a continent undergoing reconstruction and rehabilitation, and the U.S. military's freedom of movement slowly began to erode as European nations gradually exerted sovereignty over their transportation networks.
- Press Conference by Secretary Mattis and Sen. Sullivan in Alaska DoD 26 Jun 2018 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis; Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska
- Ronald Reagan, Antietam, Chancellorsville arrive in Manila NNS 26 Jun 2018 -- The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) arrived in Manila, Philippines, for a regularly scheduled port visit, June 26.
- Truman Departs Marseille, France NNS 26 Jun 2018 -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) is back at sea following a scheduled port visit to Marseille, France, June 21-25.
- CNO Strengthens Naval Partnerships in Norway NNS 26 Jun 2018 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson visited Norway to strengthen maritime partnerships and international relationships, June. 24 - 26.
- Future USS Indiana Delivered to Navy NNS 26 Jun 2018 -- The Navy accepted delivery of future attack submarine USS Indiana (SSN 789), the 16th submarine of the Virginia class, June 25.
- US aircraft carrier docks in Manila in show of 'enduring' Pacific presence Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- The USS Ronald Reagan has made a visit to the Philippines amid rising tensions in the South China Sea region.
- NATO unveils new joint air power strategy NATO 26 Jun 2018 -- NATO air forces must be able to defend against peer competitors and anticipate the growing role of cyber and space-based assets, according to a new NATO joint airpower strategy released on Tuesday (26 June 2018). While air power has played a central role in NATO's collective defence and crisis management for decades, the strategy is the first of its kind since NATO was founded in 1949.
- Strengthening Australia's Maritime Patrol Capability Prime Minister of Australia 26 Jun 2018 -- The security of Australia's maritime borders will be significantly strengthened with another major military investment. The Turnbull Government will invest $1.4 billion and acquire the first of six MQ-4C Triton remotely piloted aircraft through a cooperative program with the United States Navy.
- Australia - AEGIS Combat System Equipment for Australia Surface Combatants DSCA 26 Jun 2018 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia of equipment associated with the integration of the CEAFAR 2 Phased Array Radar System with the AEGIS Combat System for an estimated cost of $185 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Spain - AEGIS Combat System DSCA 26 Jun 2018 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Spain of five (5) AEGIS Weapons Systems (AWS) for an estimated cost of $860.4 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- Counter-amphibious landing operation held in Taichung CNA 26 Jun 2018 -- A counter-amphibious landing operation involving personnel from tri-service forces was held in Taichung Tuesday to test the Armed Forces' combat readiness.
- Chinese military vessels conducting daily drills near Taiwan Strait: Army Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- A fleet of Chinese warships has been carrying out combat exercises in waters near the Taiwan Strait on a daily basis for more than a week, much to the dissent of self-ruled Taiwan, which is claimed by China as part of its territory, amid heightened tension between Beijing and the island state.
- US warns Turkey against S-400 purchase from Russia Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- The United States has once again warned Turkey against the purchase of S-400 air defense missile systems from Russia, threatening to impose sanctions on Ankara and also stop delivery of F-35 fighter jets.
- UK military needs more money to work with US, NATO: MPs Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- British lawmakers have warned the Prime Minister Theresa May the country's armed forces need more money to maintain "interoperability" with the US and other members of the NATO military alliance.
- 26 June 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 26 Jun 2018
- Nine people killed, nearly dozen injured as Saudi-led jets hit bus in Yemen Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- At least nine civilians have been killed and nearly a dozen others sustained injuries after warplanes belonging to a Saudi-led military coalition struck a bus carrying internally displaced persons (IDP) in war-battered Yemen's western province of Hudaydah.
- EU urge ceasefire in Yemen's Hudaydah amid Saudi-led offensive Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- The European Union has expressed "extreme concern" over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in war-battered Yemen, calling for a ceasefire in the port city of Hudaydah.
- Over 45,000 civilians displaced following clashes in southwestern Syria: UN Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- The UN says over 45,000 people have been displaced following the ongoing conflicts in Syria's southwestern province of Dara'a, warning that the number could double if clashes continue.
- Syrian army enters strategic town near Jordanian border Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- Syrian army forces have regained control of the Laja area in Dara'a Province from the Takfiri terrorists, the first major gain in its liberation operation in the southwestern areas near the Jordanian border.
- Aid teams respond to escalating southwest Syria conflict: 750,000 civilians are at risk UN News 26 Jun 2018 -- Vital humanitarian relief continues to reach Dera'a in south-west Syria, where 750,000 people are at risk and at least 45,000 people have been displaced amid a government-led offensive to regain opposition-held areas, UN aid teams said on Tuesday.
- UN: Battle for Syrian Enclave of E. Ghouta Marked by War Crimes VOA 26 Jun 2018 -- The U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria accuses all warring factions in that country of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in the battle for control of eastern Ghouta, a besieged enclave in the suburbs of the capital, Damascus.
- IS Terror Group Surges in Iraq's Disputed Territories VOA 26 Jun 2018 -- The disputed territories between the Iraqi central government and autonomous Kurdistan region in the northeast of the country have recently witnessed a rise in Islamic State attacks, foreshadowing long-term security threats and forcing people from dozens of villages to flee their homes.
- Libya's Government of National Accord says there is only one legitimate oil company Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- The UN-backed government in Libya has warned that any attempt by a rival administration in the east to export oil independently will be thwarted.
- 13 Myanmar Officials Implicated in Atrocities Against Rohingya VOA 26 Jun 2018 -- Amnesty International says it has credible evidence implicating 13 Myanmar officials, including a top military commander, in crimes against humanity for their roles in the campaign against Rohingya Muslims that began in August.
- EU Sanctions 7 Myanmar Generals over Rohingya Crackdown VOA 26 Jun 2018 -- A top Myanmar general sanctioned by the European Union for his role in the brutal crackdown on ethnic Rohingya Muslims has been fired.
- 'Crimes against humanity,' 'war crimes' and risk of new ethnic violence in DR Congo, warn UN experts UN News 26 Jun 2018 -- Defence and security forces along with the Kamuina Nsapu and Bana Mura militias have committed "crimes against humanity and war crimes" in the of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Kasai region, United Nations experts said on Tuesday following an investigation.
- UN experts accuse DR Congo troops, militia of 'crimes against humanity' Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- UN human rights investigators have accused security forces and militia fighters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) of committing atrocities amounting to war crimes and crimes against humanity in the restive central region of Kasai.
- Aliyev: Baku Wants Peaceful Resolution On Nagorno-Karabakh But 'War Not Over' RFE/RL 26 Jun 2018 -- Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has talked tough at a military parade, calling the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region "primordially Azerbaijani territory" and saying Baku will never accept its "occupation."
- Guterres condemns killing of Bangladeshi peacekeeper in South Sudan, during armed attack on UN convoy UN News 26 Jun 2018 -- The UN chief on Tuesday condemned the killing of a peacekeeper from Bangladesh, who was supporting the delivery of humanitarian aid to vulnerable civilians in South Sudan.
- Mali: UN chief calls for calm as clashes leave over 20 dead in Mopti UN News 26 Jun 2018 -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appealed for calm and restraint in the Mopti region of central Mali, where over 20 people are reported to have been killed in intercommunal clashes over the weekend.
- US Supreme Court Upholds Trump's Travel Ban VOA 26 Jun 2018 -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the Trump administration's travel restrictions on citizens from five Muslim countries, handing President Donald Trump a victory in enforcing one of his most controversial policies.
- US Supreme Court upholds Trump's travel ban against Muslims Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- The US Supreme Court has upheld President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban targeting several Muslim-majority countries, handing one of the biggest victories of his presidency.
- Russian Billionaire's Firm Moves To Dismiss U.S. Election Meddling Case RFE/RL 26 Jun 2018 -- A Russian company accused of helping fund a propaganda operation aimed at swaying the 2016 U.S. presidential election in Donald Trump's favor has asked a U.S. judge to dismiss the case brought against it by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
- S.Korea, DPRK begin talks to connect, modernize inter-Korean railways People's Daily 26 Jun 2018 -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) began talks Tuesday to discuss ways to connect and modernize inter-Korean railways.
- US to 'reassess' N Korea talks if Kim fails to deliver: Pompeo Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States stays committed to talks with North Korea but will "reassess" all ties if North Korea leader Kim Jong-un fails to deliver on denuclearization promises that he made to President Donald Trump.
- North, South Korea mull connecting railways Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- Officials from North and South Korea have met to discuss connecting the railways that run useless across their border amid a rapprochement on the long-divided peninsula.
- IRGC foils Takfiri terrorists' infiltration plot in SE Iran Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- The Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has killed three members of a terrorist group during clashes in the country's southeastern border with Pakistan.
- EU requests for US waivers on Iran trade 'unanswered' Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- France says a joint request by Europe's three largest economies from the US to exempt their companies from sanctions for doing business with Iran has gone unanswered.
- U.S. Warns Countries To Halt Iranian Oil Imports By November RFE/RL 26 Jun 2018 -- The United States is pushing countries to halt Iranian oil imports from early November, a senior State Department official said on June 26, warning that Washington will not grant any sanction waivers.
- Senior State Department Official On U.S. Efforts to Discuss the Re-imposition of Sanctions on Iran With Partners Around The World US Dept. of State 26 Jun 2018 -- Special Briefing by Senior State Department Official
- US to World Companies: Cut Iran Oil Imports or Face Sanctions VOA 26 Jun 2018 -- A senior State Department official has told reporters the United States expects companies all over the world to cut their crude oil imports from Iran to zero by November 4 or face U.S. sanctions.
- New round of arrests starts in Turkey after Erdogan win Press TV 26 Jun 2018 -- Turkish judiciary officials have ordered the detention of more individuals suspected of involvement in an abortive coup in 2016.
- Readout of the Meeting in Morocco of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS US Dept. of State 26 Jun 2018 -- Senior diplomatic representatives from the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS met today in Morocco to review the global campaign. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition Brett McGurk provided an update on progress in Iraq and Syria and outlined the Coalition's increasing focus on defeating ISIS's global networks.
- UN global counter-terrorism strategy review an 'overarching vision for the future': Assembly President UN News 26 Jun 2018 -- While there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution to address the challenges posed by terrorism worldwide, international cooperation is key to counter the scourge, the President of the United Nations General Assembly said on Tuesday, as the body adopted a review of the UN's global counter-terrorism strategy.
- Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic Congo is 'largely contained': WHO UN News 26 Jun 2018 -- Almost two months after the start of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), United Nations health experts announced on Tuesday that the deadly disease has "largely been contained".
- Cocaine and opium production worldwide hit 'absolute record highs' - major threat to public health says UN study UN News 26 Jun 2018 -- The scourge of opium-based drugs and cocaine are a bigger global threat to public health and law enforcement than ever before, according to the latest World Drug Report, released on Tuesday by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
- EU Ministers Give Cautious 'Green Light' To Start Talks With Macedonia, Albania RFE/RL 26 Jun 2018 -- European Union member states have given a cautious green light to opening accession negotiations with Albania and Macedonia, requiring both countries to demonstrate progress on reforms before the first talks can begin next year.
- Macedonian President Refuses To Sign Off On 'Criminal' Name Change RFE/RL 26 Jun 2018 -- Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov has refused to sign off on an agreement to change the country's name to North Macedonia, calling it a "criminal act" that violates the Balkan country's constitution.
- Moldovans Protest Top Court's Voiding Of Mayoral Election RFE/RL 26 Jun 2018 -- Dozens of protesters rallied outside city hall in the latest demonstration following a Supreme Court decision that threw out the results of this month's mayoral election in the Moldovan capital.
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