02 July 2018 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 02 Jul 2018 [PDF]
- Coalition Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq AFPS 02 Jul 2018 -- Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
- Indian Embassy In Afghanistan Condemns Deadly Attack On Hindus, Sikhs RFE/RL 02 Jul 2018 -- The Indian Embassy in Kabul has condemned the deadly attack by a suicide bomber that targeted a group of Hindus and Sikhs in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar.
- Afghanistan: Bring 'architects' of latest 'appalling' suicide bombing to justice, says deputy UN mission chief UN News 02 Jul 2018 -- In the wake of dozens of civilian deaths – the most recent, a suicide attack in Jalalabad on Sunday – a high-level United Nations representative on the ground called for "the architects of this appalling crime" to be brought to justice.
- US Diplomat in Pakistan for Talks on Afghan Peace VOA 02 Jul 2018 -- A U.S. diplomat has begun crucial meetings with officials in Pakistan to seek their cooperation in pushing Taliban insurgents to engage in peace and reconciliation talks with the Afghan government.
Defense Policy / Programs
- 20th EBS aid in rescue off coast of Guam AFNS 02 Jul 2018 -- The B-52 is world-famous for its long-range capabilities, but during a routine flight near Guam June 25, 2018, crew members with the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, and deployed to Andersen AFB, were tasked with a unique situation: to use their aircraft's versatility in the search and rescue of a lost local vessel with six passengers onboard.
- Mattis Returns From Asia, Resets for NATO Summit in Brussels AFPS 02 Jul 2018 -- Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has just returned from a trip to China, South Korea and Japan and is immediately immersing himself in preparations for attending the NATO Summit in Brussels next week, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters today.
- On 100-year anniversary, Australian and U.S. forces join up for Exercise Hamel Army News 02 Jul 2018 -- On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Hamel, when U.S. and Australian forces first worked together during WWI to take on German forces in Le Hamel, France, in 1918, the long-time partners joined forces again for Exercise Hamel in Shoalwater Bay, central Queensland, Australia, from June 18 - July 1, 2018.
- 2/24 takes on MTX 3-18 USMC News 02 Jul 2018 -- The Marine Corps is an expeditionary force designed to fight anywhere in the world. Marines must project force rapidly, and accomplish a full spectrum of military operations and in every clime and place. This summer, Marines with 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division, proved their ability to operate in any clime and place in the mountains of Bridgeport, California, during Mountain Exercise 3-18.
- Step One, check – 31st MEU completes MEUEX USMC News 02 Jul 2018 -- The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit completed the first in a series of pre-deployment training events at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, June 28, 2018.
- Aussies, Marines take on amphibious warfare USMC News 02 Jul 2018 -- The Australian Defence Force brought on a small group of U.S. Marines to take part in an amphibious raid training, Exercise Sea Series 18, in Australia from May 18 to June 26, 2018.
- JMSDF, DESRON 15 Train in Indo-Pacific NNS 02 Jul 2018 -- Personnel from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) embarked the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), June 16 - 23.
- SPAWAR Implements New Policy to Modernize Engineering Systems NNS 02 Jul 2018 -- In response to the exponential increase in complexity of Navy technical systems, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has established a Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) policy to align key decision-making processes and streamline systems engineering capabilities across the Navy.
- Naval War College "Access and Influence" Symposium Focuses on Irregular Warfare NNS 02 Jul 2018 -- U.S. Naval War College's (NWC) Center for Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups (CIWAG) hosted its tenth annual symposium, "Access and Influence," at NWC June 26-27.
- Iwo Jima, 26th MEU Host CENTCOM, NAVCENT, Task Force 51/5 NNS 02 Jul 2018 -- The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) hosted a trio of senior military leaders June 22.
- Naval War College Launches First International Wargaming Course NNS 02 Jul 2018 -- U.S. Naval War College's (NWC) International Programs and NWC's Wargaming Department have teamed up to launch the first international wargaming course.
- A Navy First: Kearsarge ARG Completes First East Coast SWATT NNS 02 Jul 2018 -- The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) returned to homeport after completing the Navy's first East Coast ARG Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise, June 28.
- In Provocative Move, Putin Names Regiments After Ukrainian Cities, Warsaw, Berlin RFE/RL 02 Jul 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has named several military units after cities or other places in Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Germany, and Romania, a step that may be seen as provocative by people in those countries.
- Russia's Tu-22M3M Bomber to Be Able to Carry Up to 4 Kinzhal Missiles - Source Sputnik 02 Jul 2018 -- Russian long-range bomber Tu-22M3M (NATO reporting name: Backfire-C) will be able to carry up to four hypersonic missiles dubbed Kinzhal ("Dagger"), a source in the Russian defense industry told Sputnik on Monday.
- US Threatens to Ditch UK for France if Britain Doesn't Increase Defense Spending Sputnik 02 Jul 2018 -- US President Donald Trump has repeatedly pressed NATO members to increase defense spending, a topic that is expected to be hotly discussed at the alliance's summit in Brussels later this month.
- Defence Secretary cuts ribbon on Bolton-based missile factory UK MOD 02 Jul 2018 -- Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has today officially opened a Bolton-based factory where almost 700 staff are making multi-million-pound missiles for British soldiers, warships and fighter jets.
- Iran not to leave any threat unanswered: Military cmdr IRNA 02 Jul 2018 -- Any threats to Iran at any level will not be left unanswered as the Iranian armed forces will give a knockout response to the enemies, a senior commander said here on Monday.
- No anti-Iran threat will go unanswered: IRGC commander Press TV 02 Jul 2018 -- A senior Iranian commander says any threat against the Islamic Republic at any level will not be left unanswered, emphasizing that the country's Armed Forces are fully prepared to give a firm and crushing response to enemies.
- Japan Reduces Alert Level for North Korean Ballistic Missile Launches - Reports Sputnik 02 Jul 2018 -- Japan has lowered its alert level for North Korean ballistic missile launches amid the easing of tensions that resulted from the landmark June 12 summit between the US and North Korean leaders, the Kyodo news agency reported Monday, citing government sources.
- Taiwan's Apache choppers to be commissioned July 11: defense ministry CNA 02 Jul 2018 -- Taiwan's Army next week will officially commission all of its Apache attack helicopters purchased from the United States, having completed the necessary pilot training and verification of the fleet's combat capability, the defense ministry said Monday.
- French promoting Egypt's repression through arms sales: Rights groups Press TV 02 Jul 2018 -- Human rights groups have blasted France for what they call playing a part in Egypt's "bloody repression" of dissidents by providing the government of President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi with state-of-the-art weapons and surveillance systems.
- Military Plane Crashed During Test Flight in Bangladesh, 2 Pilots Dead – Reports Sputnik 02 Jul 2018 -- A military jet of Bangladesh's Air Forces crashed during a test flight in the country's western district of Jessore leaving two pilots dead, local media reported.
- China Downplays Exclusion from US-Led Naval Exercises VOA 02 Jul 2018 -- China, though barred from the world's largest multi-country naval exercises this year, will shrug off the slight because it has accumulated enough power in Asia's disputed seas to cause it little concern about the U.S.-led maneuvers, experts believe.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders The White House 02 Jul 2018
- 2 July 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 02 Jul 2018
- Yemen releases first video of drone operations against Saudi-led forces on western coasts Press TV 02 Jul 2018 -- The Yemeni army has for the first time released a video of the army's reconnaissance operations on the flashpoint western coasts conducted by a number of unmanned aerial vehicles.
- Saudi-Led Coalition Strikes Houthi HQ in Hodeidah Despite Ceasefire - Source Sputnik 02 Jul 2018 -- The Saudi-led coalition on Monday has carried out airstrikes against the headquarters of the Yemeni Houthi Ansar Allah movement in Hodeidah province in the west of the country despite the ceasefire, a source in the province told Sputnik.
- Terrorists surrender to Syrian Army in Daraa IRNA 02 Jul 2018 -- Terrorist groups in the city of Basri al-Sham in Daraa province, southern Syria accepted reconciliation with the country.
- British jets bombed Syrian forces in Tanf last month: Paper Press TV 02 Jul 2018 -- A British warplane directly attacked Syrian forces near the border with Iraq and Jordan last month, killing an army officer and injuring seven others, the Sunday Times daily has reported.
- Libya's Oil Exports Grind to Halt as Haftar's Army Block Eastern Terminals - NOC Sputnik 02 Jul 2018 -- Libya's oil exports have come to a virtual standstill after Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) blocked the remaining oil ports of Hariga and Zuwaytinah in a bid to wrestle control over the war-torn country's oil exports from the National Oil Corporation (NOC), the latter said Monday.
- UN chief applauds Bangladesh for 'opening borders' to Rohingya refugees in need UN News 01 Jul 2018 -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has applauded Bangladesh for giving a safe haven to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees driven from their homes in Myanmar by systematic and widespread violence.
- UN chief hears 'unimaginable' accounts from Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh Press TV 02 Jul 2018 -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he heard "unimaginable" accounts of atrocities as he paid a visit to the Bangladeshi camps sheltering Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled a state-sponsored ethnic cleansing campaign at home in Myanmar.
- UN chief hears 'heartbreaking accounts' of suffering from Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh; urges international community to 'step up support' UN News 02 Jul 2018 -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres visited Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh on Monday, declaring that "nothing could have prepared me for the scale of the crisis and extent of suffering" he witnessed there.
- Crimea 'inalienable' part of Russia, not to be discussed at Putin-Trump meeting Press TV 02 Jul 2018 -- The Kremlin says the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, which rejoined Russia after a referendum in 2014, is an "inalienable" part of the country and not a subject on the agenda of an upcoming meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump.
- 'Family, Country First': Trump's Lawyer Signals Possible Cooperation With Probe RFE/RL 02 Jul 2018 -- U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer said that he intends to "put family and country first," comments that suggest that he may be prepared to cooperate with federal prosecutors.
- Trump to warn Putin against election meddling in upcoming summit: Bolton Press TV 02 Jul 2018 -- US President Donald Trump believes Russia has interfered in American elections, National Security Adviser John Bolton says, adding that the American head of state will warn his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin against doing that once they meet later this month.
- Ahead Of Putin-Trump Summit, Kremlin Says Everything (Except Crimea) Up For Discussion RFE/RL 02 Jul 2018 -- The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin is open to searching for compromises with his U.S. counterpart on "all" issues except the status of Ukraine's Crimea region, which Moscow claims is part of Russia.
- Kim visits factory bordering China, arousing investment expectation People's Daily 02 Jul 2018 -- After three high-profile visits to China since March, North Korea leader Kim Jong-un made a rare yet well-publicized visit to a cosmetic factory in a China-North Korea border town in North Korea.
- U.S. to propose denuclearization plan to DPRK: Bolton People's Daily 02 Jul 2018 -- The United States was going to propose a program about the denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), said U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton on Sunday.
- New Trump-Kim Meeting Rumored, Pompeo Leaving Soon for Third North Korea Visit Sputnik 02 Jul 2018 -- The White House announced Monday that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be leaving for North Korea on July 5, marking his third visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
- Satellite Images Show North Korea Expanding Missile Facility - Reports Sputnik 02 Jul 2018 -- North Korea is completing the works on expanding its plant producing solid-fuel ballistic missiles, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing satellite images.
- US, North Korean Officials Hold Meeting in Demilitarized Zone – Reports Sputnik 02 Jul 2018 -- A team of US officials held a meeting with North Korean officials at the Panmunjom border village in the demilitarized zone, according to media reports.
- Iran exports 2.6mbd of crude oil, gas condensates in June IRNA 02 Jul 2018 -- Iran exported 2.610 million barrels a day of crude oil and gas condensates in June.
- Iran president begins key trip to Europe amid US threats Press TV 02 Jul 2018 -- President Hassan Rouhani has begun a crucial visit to Europe, where he is expected to discuss the fate of a nuclear agreement from which US President Donald Trump withdrew in May.
- Iran's Rohani Due In Switzerland, Austria Amid Nuclear-Deal Dispute RFE/RL 02 Jul 2018 -- Iranian President Hassan Rohani is traveling to Western Europe this week, amid continued uncertainty over the future of the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers.
- Protesters, Police Clash For Second Night In Southwestern Iran RFE/RL 02 Jul 2018 -- Demonstrators protesting over water scarcity in southwestern Iran have clashed with police for a second night, local media report.
- U.S. Official: Washington To Squeeze Iran On Oil Revenue RFE/RL 02 Jul 2018 -- A top U.S. State Department official said Washington is aiming to do as much as possible to shut off Iran's oil export revenues.
- Briefing With an Iran Diplomacy Update US Dept. of State 02 Jul 2018 -- Special Briefing by Brian Hook, Director of Policy Planning
- Iran Diplomat Arrested in 'Plot' to Bomb Opponents in France VOA 02 Jul 2018 -- A German newspaper says local police have arrested an Iranian diplomat on a highway in southeastern Germany on suspicion of involvement in a plot to bomb an Iranian opposition event in France.
- Ohio Man Arrested for Attemping to Assist a Foreign Terrorist Organization With Homeland Attack Plot US Dept. of Justice 02 Jul 2018 -- Demetrius Nathaniel Pitts, aka Abdur Raheem Rafeeq, aka Salah ad-Deen Osama Waleed, 48, of Maple Heights, Ohio, was charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda, a designated foreign terrorist organization. Pitts was arrested Sunday by members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.
- Saudi shortlists South Korea's KEPCO to bid for nuclear project Press TV 02 Jul 2018 -- South Korea's energy ministry says the state-run utility Korea Electric Power Corp (KEPCO) had been shortlisted to bid for Saudi Arabia's first nuclear power plants.
- S Korean Government Reaffirms Importance of Winning Saudi Nuclear Project Bid Sputnik 02 Jul 2018 -- South Korea's government recognizes the importance of winning Saudi Arabia's nuclear project tender and acknowledges that the competition will be tough, Trade, Industry and Energy Minister Paik Un-gyu said Monday.
- Self-buildup behind Party's 97th birthday People's Daily 02 Jul 2018 -- The Communist Party of China, which celebrated its 97th birthday on Sunday, has kept its vigor and vitality as the world's largest political party through continuous Party building efforts.
- Top Gulenist suspect dies of heart attack in Turkish prison Press TV 02 Jul 2018 -- A top suspect of the 2016 coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has died of a heart attack in prison, state-run news agency Anadolu reports.
- Saudi Arabia, UAE use Bahrain as 'trial balloons' for warmer ties with Israel: Report Press TV 02 Jul 2018 -- Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are using Bahrain as "trial balloons" for warmer ties with Israel, the Haaretz daily reports.
- Mexicans overwhelmingly voted for leftist Lopez Obrador: Exit polls Press TV 02 Jul 2018 -- Anti-establishment outsider Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has won Mexico's presidential election, exit polls show.
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