05 July 2018 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 05 Jul 2018 [PDF]
- Kabul Sends Delegation To Northern Province To Ease Tensions RFE/RL 05 Jul 2018 -- The Afghan government has sent a delegation to the northern province of Faryab to ease tensions that gripped the area following the arrest of a powerful militia commander.
- Pakistan Played Role in Afghanistan's Eid Cease-Fire VOA 05 Jul 2018 -- Pakistan played a key role in the June cease-fire Afghanistan made with the Taliban, designed to allow the country to celebrate the holy festival of Eid peacefully.
- US Official: Pakistan Action Needed Against Afghan Taliban VOA 05 Jul 2018 -- A senior American diplomat has again criticized Pakistan for its inability to translate promises into action against various terror and extremist groups operating from Pakistani soil.
- Pakistan Rejects US Call to Single-Handedly Push Afghan Taliban Into Peace Talks VOA 05 Jul 2018 -- Pakistan has urged the Taliban to accept the Afghan government's unconditional offer of peace talks and rejected once again U.S. demands to single-handedly bring the insurgents' leaders to the negotiating table.
Defense Policy / Programs
- 301st Rescue Squadron supports SpaceX resupply rocket launch AFNS 05 Jul 2018 -- Airmen from the 301st Rescue Squadron supported the successful launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket June 29, 2018. The launch of the Falcon 9 marked its fifteenth commercial resupply services mission lifting off at 5:42:42 a.m. EDT, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
- US to send next generation nukes to Turkey Press TV 05 Jul 2018 -- The United States is preparing to send an unknown number of its next generation nuclear weapons to military bases across Turkey and other NATO countries in Europe, according to a new report.
- From nothing to something – Cargo City takes shape AFNS 05 Jul 2018 -- Construction is nearly complete on 'Cargo City,' a new operating location for U.S. and coalition forces to conduct aerial port operations in Kuwait. This aerial port will continue to serve as a major-military logistics point, and also functions as the largest aerial port of debarkation in the Middle East.
- Australian, US forces team up for Exercise Hamel Army News 05 Jul 2018 -- On the 100th anniversary of WWI's Battle of Hamel, when U.S. and Australian forces first fought side by side against German forces in Le Hamel, France, the longtime partners once again joined forces -- this time for Exercise Hamel at Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area in central Queensland, Australia, from June 18-July 1.
- The Department of Defense Announces its Digital Engineering Strategy DoD 05 Jul 2018 -- Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin released the Department of Defense Digital Engineering Strategy today.
- NATO's Oldest Allies Unite NNS 05 Jul 2018 -- From July 2 to July 6, aircraft from Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1), embarked aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), are conducting integrated flight operations with French Naval Aviation aircraft as part of French Air Defense week.
- Trump 'flirted with idea of invading Venezuela last year' Press TV 05 Jul 2018 -- A new report says US President Donald Trump asked several of his top foreign policy advisers last year about the possibility of a "military option" against oil-rich Venezuela.
- Ukraine to Take Part in NATO Summit Despite Hungarian Objection VOA 05 Jul 2018 -- The NATO alliance has no plans to abandon its strong support for Ukraine despite concerns from the Hungarian government, which became public this week.
- Turkey to sell four corvette ships to Pakistan Navy: Defense minister Press TV 05 Jul 2018 -- Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli says Ankara has won a tender to build four corvettes for the Pakistan Navy, describing the deal as "the largest defense export of Turkey in one agreement."
- PLA navy to get first female captain in history People's Daily 05 Jul 2018 -- The People's Liberation of Army (PLA) Navy is expected to have a female captain for the first time in history, the official PLA Daily reported.
- UAE military delegates visited Israel over F-35 fighter jets: Report Press TV 05 Jul 2018 -- A military delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reportedly visited the Israeli-occupied territories for talks with the regime's air force on the "performance" of advanced US-made F-35 stealth fighter jets.
- DoD News: Contracts for July 05, 2018
- Boeing and Embraer to Establish Strategic Aerospace Partnership to Accelerate Global Aerospace Growth Boeing 05 Jul 2018 -- Boeing and Embraer announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a strategic partnership that positions both companies to accelerate growth in global aerospace markets.
- 5 July 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 05 Jul 2018
- Yemeni drones target Saudi command centers in Aden IRNA 05 Jul 2018 -- Military attack drones operated by the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees for the first time have successfully bombarded a US and Saudi military command headquarters in Aden.
- Scores of Saudi mercenaries slain, injured in Yemeni drone strike Press TV 05 Jul 2018 -- Scores of Saudi-sponsored militiamen loyal to Yemen's former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi have lost their lives when Yemeni army soldiers and fighters from allied Popular Committees launched a drone strike against their positions in Yemen's southern port city of Aden.
- Yemen parties underscore 'strong desire' for peace, UN Envoy reports UN News 05 Jul 2018 -- Warring parties in Yemen have expressed their "strong desire" to achieve peace, the United Nations Envoy for the country has reported.
- Syrian town Seida liberated from terrorists: Media IRNA 05 Jul 2018 -- Syria's Armed Forces have liberated the Town of Seida in the country's southern Daraa province, Syrian media reported on Thursday.
- Militants in Syria's south return to talks with Russia amid efforts to end fighting Press TV 05 Jul 2018 -- Militants in southern Syria say they are returning to talks with Russia, an ally of the Damascus government, after a one-day pause in negotiations.
- Syrian government troops recapture strategic Saida town in southeastern Dara'a Press TV 05 Jul 2018 -- Syrian army soldiers have managed to establish full control over a strategic town in the country's southwestern province of Dara'a, as they are engaged in counter-terrorism operations to put an ultimate end to the presence of foreign-backed Takfiri militants in the eastern and southeastern sectors of the province.
- Syria: Civilians caught in crossfire, UN refugee chief urges Jordan to open its border UN News 05 Jul 2018 -- The head of the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, appealed on Thursday for Jordan to open its border with south-west Syria to help protect around 750,000 civilians who are "caught in the crossfire", amidst airstrikes and heavy shelling.
- Syrian Government Forces Close In on Jordanian Border VOA 05 Jul 2018 -- Syrian government forces appear to have consolidated control over a handful of villages in the region of Daraa, near Jordan, in an apparent bid to reopen the Nasib border crossing, an economic lifeline for Damascus. Media reports say Syrian government forces now control a border checkpoint with Jordan "for the first time in three years."
- Army tightens noose around terrorists in eastern Daraa IRNA 05 Jul 2018 -- Units of the Syrian Arab army tightened the noose around dens and gatherings of terrorists near the Old Customs and Saida town in the eastern and south-eastern side of Daraa.
- Refugees Criticize UN-Myanmar Repatriation Deal VOA 05 Jul 2018 -- Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar for Bangladesh amid a brutal army crackdown last year are criticizing a repatriation agreement between the Myanmar government and two U.N. agencies, following the leak of a draft of the deal online last week.
- US Officials: Trump Will Be Tough on Russia During Meetings VOA 05 Jul 2018 -- U.S. officials are seeking to assure an anxious Western bloc that President Donald Trump will reinforce American resolve to confront Moscow during the upcoming North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit and his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
- Huntsman: Russia's 'Malign Activity' To Top Trump's Meeting With Putin, NATO RFE/RL 05 Jul 2018 -- The U.S. ambassador to Russia has defended President Donald Trump's decision to meet with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and insisted that it was up to Moscow to reverse the downward spiral in relations with Washington.
- EU Officially Extends Russia Sanctions Through January 2019 RFE/RL 05 Jul 2018 -- The European Union has officially extended until January 31, 2019, the economic sanctions first placed on Russia after its 2014 annexation of Crimea and its backing of separatists in eastern Ukraine.
- Russia says UK shows no interest in joint probe into nerve agent use Press TV 05 Jul 2018 -- Russia says the United Kingdom shows no interest in conducting a joint investigation into an alleged nerve agent attack on a former Russian double spy in southern England some four months ago, as an almost similar incident occurred in the same region in Britain over the weekend.
- UK police investigating new Novichok nerve agent attack Press TV 05 Jul 2018 -- The UK counter-terrorism police have launched an investigation into what they say is another attack on British citizens with the Russian nerve agent Novichok, the same poison that was used in March against Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal.
- UK Police: Poisoned Couple Handled 'Contaminated Item' VOA 05 Jul 2018 -- British police said Thursday that a couple left critically ill in the same area where a former Russian spy was poisoned earlier this year "handled a contaminated item."
- Inter-Korean Basketball Games for Reunification Opens in Pyongyang KCNA 05 Jul 2018 -- North-south basketball games for reunification opened in Pyongyang.
- IRGC ready to act on Rouhani's warning on US oil bans: Chief commander Press TV 05 Jul 2018 -- Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says it stands ready to put in action President Hassan Rouhani's latest position that if Tehran were not able to export its crude oil through the Strait of Hormuz, no other country would be able to do so.
- Russia says will leave no stone unturned to keep Iran nuclear deal alive Press TV 05 Jul 2018 -- Russia says it will do everything possible to keep the 2015 Iran nuclear deal alive after the US chose to unilaterally abandon the international agreement, vowing continued trade cooperation with Tehran despite the return of American sanctions.
- Iran may alter cooperation level with IAEA: Rouhani Press TV 05 Jul 2018 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has one again stressed that his country may leave the 2015 nuclear deal if the remaining parties to the agreement fail to secure Tehran's rights.
- Iran, Pentagon Trade Warnings Over U.S. Effort To Block Iranian Oil Exports RFE/RL 05 Jul 2018 -- The United States and Iran have traded warnings over U.S. efforts to block Iran's oil exports, with Tehran suggesting that it could retaliate by blocking oil tankers from leaving the Persian Gulf.
- Tehran Summons European Envoys Over Arrest Of Iranian Diplomat In Germany RFE/RL 05 Jul 2018 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the French and Belgian ambassadors and Germany's chargé d'affaires to protest the arrest of an Iranian diplomat in Germany, Iranian news agencies reported on July 4.
- FM underlines Iran commitment to JCPOA IRNA 05 Jul 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a Thursday tweet emphasized Iran's commitment to the JCPOA.
- Turkish PM Signals End to Controversial Emergency Rule VOA 05 Jul 2018 -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has indicated the end of emergency rule before it expires two weeks from now, on July 19.
- Macedonian Parliament OKs Name Deal With Greece, For Second Time RFE/RL 05 Jul 2018 -- Macedonia's parliament has voted for a second time to ratify an agreement with Greece to change the former Yugoslav republic's name, after the president temporarily blocked the deal.
- No New EU-Azerbaijan Pact Without Progress On Human Rights RFE/RL 05 Jul 2018 -- The European Parliament has listed a number of conditions for deepening ties between the EU and Azerbaijan, including ensuring that fundamental freedoms are respected in the South Caucasus nation.
- Treasury Sanctions Three Nicaraguan Individuals for Serious Human Rights Abuse and Corrupt Acts US Treasury 05 Jul 2018 -- The United States is deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in Nicaragua. We condemn the violence perpetrated by security forces and others that have resulted in the death of at least 220 demonstrators, and nearly 1,500 injured. Since protests began on April 18, the Nicaraguan government's violent response has included beatings of journalists, attacks against local TV and radio stations, and assaults on mothers mourning the deaths of their children. Accordingly, today the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Nicaraguan National Police Commissioner Francisco Javier Diaz Madriz (Diaz) and Secretary of the Mayor's Office of Managua Fidel Antonio Moreno Briones (Moreno) for being responsible for, or the leaders of entities involved in, serious human rights abuse in Nicaragua.
- EU Lawmakers Back Partnership Pact With Armenia, Call On Government To Pursue Reforms RFE/RL 05 Jul 2018 -- The European Parliament has given its green light to an agreement on deepening Armenia's links with the European Union, while calling on the government of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian to pursue reforms.
- EU Parliament Blasts 'State Capture' Of Moldova Courts RFE/RL 05 Jul 2018 -- European lawmakers have expressed serious concern over the "further deterioration" of democratic standards in Moldova, after local courts invalidated the results of the mayoral election in the capital, Chisinau.
- Senior Administration Officials Previewing Global Magnitsky Designations US Dept. of State 05 Jul 2018 -- Special Briefing by Senior Administration Officials
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