06 July 2018 Military News
- OIF / OND / OEF / OIR / OFS Casualty Update 06 Jul 2018 [PDF]
Defense Policy / Programs
- Mattis Plans Visits to Croatia, Norway After Attending NATO Summit AFPS 06 Jul 2018 -- Defense Secretary James N. Mattis plans to visit Croatia and Norway next week after he attends NATO's summit, Defense Department officials announced today.
- USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams Arrives at Naval Station Norfolk NNS 06 Jul 2018 -- The U.S. Navy's newest expeditionary sea base (ESB), USNS Hershel "Woody" Williams (T-ESB 4), arrived at Naval Station Norfolk, July 5, after completing its 15,000 nautical mile maiden voyage from San Diego, California.
- NATO Seasparrow Conducts Successful Flight Test of ESSM Block 2 NNS 06 Jul 2018 -- The NATO Seasparrow Project Office recently conducted a successful flight test of the Evolved Seasparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2, intercepting a BQM-74E aerial target, the U.S. Navy announced, July 5.
- Burlington (EPF 10) Completes Builder's Trials NNS 06 Jul 2018 -- The Navy's tenth Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel, Burlington (EPF 10), successfully completed Builder's Trials, June 29.
- Polish Defense Ministry MiG-29 Crashes in the Town of Paslek, Pilot Killed Sputnik 06 Jul 2018 -- The circumstances of the accident are being studied by the investigative commission for aviation accidents, the Polish Ministry of Defense reports.
- Russia Offers Cost-Effective Proposal to Build Next-Gen Submarines in India Sputnik 06 Jul 2018 -- The proposal could become an alternative to the tender for the purchase of six new diesel-electric submarines which will cost the Indian Navy approximately $10 billion.
- Turkey to Retaliate if US Slaps Sanctions Over S-400 Purchase - Ankara Sputnik 06 Jul 2018 -- Relations between the US and Turkey have seriously deteriorated after Washington threatened not to sell Ankara F-35 fighters if it buys S-400 missile systems from Moscow, as well as imposing sanctions if the situation remains unchanged.
- 6 July 2018 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 06 Jul 2018
- Saudi city of Jizan targeted by Yemen missile IRNA 06 Jul 2018 -- Yemeni army missile unit and popular committees fired a missile at the industrial city of Jizan in southeast Saudi Arabia late Friday.
- Yemeni forces launch ballistic missile at industrial target in Saudi Arabia Press TV 06 Jul 2018 -- Yemeni army forces, supported by allied fighters from the Houthi Ansarullah movement and those from Popular Committees, have fired a domestically-designed and -developed ballistic missile at a strategic economic target in Saudi Arabia's southwestern border region of Jizan in retaliation for the Riyadh regime's brutal military aggression against the impoverished country.
- Yemen army advances despite Saudi-led assault Press TV 06 Jul 2018 -- Yemen's army has made significant gains across the country's west coast, despite an unrelenting Saudi Arabian-led assault.
- Agreement reached in Bosra al-Cham for ceasefire IRNA 06 Jul 2018 -- An agreement was reached between Syrian Government and terrorist groups in Bosra al-Cham city, SANA reported on Friday evening.
- Syria to take control of southern areas after reaching deal with militants Press TV 06 Jul 2018 -- The Syrian government has reached a deal with militants in the southwestern province of Dara'a under which Damascus will retake control of the remaining cities and towns of the province from the anti-government forces.
- Takfiri militants agree to renounce violence as deal with Russia on south Syria looms Press TV 06 Jul 2018 -- Foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants say they have agreed to surrender their munitions and renounced violence as they are close to reaching a deal with Russia, which includes a ceasefire and the handover of the southwestern Syrian province of Dara'a to government forces.
- Syria forces liberate villages in Dara'a, close to seizing Jordan border crossing Press TV 06 Jul 2018 -- Syrian troops have established full control over a string of villages in the country's southwestern province of Dara'a near Jordan in a bid to reopen the strategic Nasib border crossing.
- Russia-Backed Syrian Forces Take Key Border Site After Deal With Rebels RFE/RL 06 Jul 2018 -- Syrian government forces supported by Russian military police have taken over a key border crossing with Jordan after a deal was reached between rebels and Russian mediators, Syrian state media and a war monitor say.
- OPCW Found No Trace of Nerve Agents in Syria's Douma - Preliminary Report Sputnik 06 Jul 2018 -- The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has announced in a report that it found that chlorine had been used in an attack in the Syrian city of Douma. However, there was no evidence that nerve agents had been used in the attack.
- Syrian General: Militants Are Fleeing From Army, Leaving Foreign Weapons Behind Sputnik 06 Jul 2018 -- A senior commander in the Syrian Arab Army has spoken with Sputnik and revealed that government forces have advanced to within 4 km of the Jordanian border and have regained control of most of the villages in eastern Daraa.
- Syrian Army Takes Control of Nasib Border Crossing Point With Jordan Sputnik 06 Jul 2018 -- The main crossing point was taken just a day after Syrian government forces reached the border with Jordan during an offensive in the south of the country.
- Israel airstrike hits Syrian army position in occupied Golan Heights Press TV 06 Jul 2018 -- An Israeli military aircraft has targeted a Syrian army position in the Golan Heights after a projectile allegedly fired from Syria landed in the occupied territory.
- European Parliament slams UAE for 'destabilizing' Somalia over Qatar crisis Press TV 06 Jul 2018 -- The European Parliament has condemned the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia for cutting financial support to Somalia for its neutrality on a rift between a Saudi-led quartet and Qatar.
- New identity cards deliver recognition and protection for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh UN News 06 Jul 2018 -- Rohingya refugees sheltering in Bangladesh will soon have credit card-sized plastic IDs – many possessing, for the first time ever, an individual identity document – providing another level of protection, according to the United Nations refugee agency.
- British Police Hunt Object That May Have Poisoned Couple With Novichok RFE/RL 06 Jul 2018 -- British police are scouring sections of Salisbury and Amesbury in southwest England, searching for a container feared to be contaminated with traces of the deadly nerve agent Novichok.
- Russia Denies Role in Latest Britain Poisoning VOA 06 Jul 2018 -- Russia is denying any role in the poisoning of a British couple who British authorities insist are the latest victims of Novichok – allegedly a Russian-made military-grade nerve agent first implicated in an assassination attempt on a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil last March.
- US Secretary of State Pompeo in Pyongyang for nuclear talks Press TV 06 Jul 2018 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in North Korea to press Pyongyang for a "more detailed commitment" to denuclearization following Kim Jong-un's historic summit with President Donald Trump.
- EU Says Iran, World Powers To Continue Talks Aimed At Saving Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 06 Jul 2018 -- EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says world powers and Iran have agreed to continue talking, including on economic measures, over how to save the 2015 nuclear deal.
- JCPOA joint commission meeting ends by releasing statement IRNA 06 Jul 2018 -- The meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna on Friday ended by releasing a statement calling for full and effective implementation of Iran nuclear deal.
- Meeting Iran demands necessary for preserving JCPOA: Rouhani IRNA 06 Jul 2018 -- President Hassan Rouhani Thursday night underlined the need for paying attention to and meeting the demands of the Islamic Republic of Iran by other parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
- Nuclear deal parties resolved to stand up to US departure: Iran FM Press TV 06 Jul 2018 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says all the remaining signatories to a 2015 landmark nuclear agreement have political will to stand up to the United States' move to withdraw from the deal.
- JCPOA States Without US to Create Mechanism to Maintain Trade With Iran - Lavrov Sputnik 06 Jul 2018 -- Trade With Iran Without Using US Dollar
- Ankara Pushes Back Over US Iran Sanctions VOA 06 Jul 2018 -- Ankara has criticized Washington's hardline policy toward Tehran, and with Turkey's cooperation seen as vital to enforcing U.S. sanctions against Iran, analysts say a new confrontation could be looming.
- U.S. has ignited largest trade war in economic history: China's MOC People's Daily 06 Jul 2018 -- With the 25-percent additional tariffs on Chinese products worth 34 billion U.S. dollars effective on Friday, the United States has ignited the largest trade war in economic history, said a Ministry of Commerce (MOC) spokesperson.
- US sanctions three top Nicaraguan officials over violence, corruption Press TV 06 Jul 2018 -- The United States has imposed sanctions on three senior Nicaraguan officials, including the country's police chief, accusing them of attacking anti-government protesters, human rights abuses and corruption.
- Pakistan court gives 10-year jail term to ousted Prime Minister Sharif Press TV 06 Jul 2018 -- A Pakistani anti-corruption court has handed down a 10-year jail term to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a corruption case linked to his family's purchase of upscale flats in London.
- Former Pakistan PM Sentenced To 10 Years In Corruption Case RFE/RL 06 Jul 2018 -- A Pakistani anticorruption court has sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison over the purchase of upscale London apartments, prosecution lawyer Sardar Muzaffar Abbas said.
- Pakistan Court Sentences Sharif to 10 Years in Prison VOA 06 Jul 2018 -- An anti-corruption court in Pakistan sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison on Friday and fined him more than $10.5 million for failing to explain how he and his children acquired expensive overseas property.
- Saudi still detaining dozens from 'corruption' purge Press TV 06 Jul 2018 -- Saudi Arabia is keeping dozens of people, including one prince, who were arrested in a so-called anti-corruption purge last November, The Wall Street Journal reports.
- Erdogan vows more efficiency in Turkish government Press TV 06 Jul 2018 -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised to turn the new executive system in the country into a more efficient government compared to the old system.
- Turkey issues arrest warrants for nearly 350 over links to Gulen network Press TV 06 Jul 2018 -- Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for nearly 350 people, including soldiers, on suspicion of affiliation to a movement led by US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Ankara government accuses of having masterminded the July 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- May wins support from UK government on Brexit plan Press TV 06 Jul 2018 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May has managed to secure a cabinet agreement for her Brexit plans aimed at pressing for "a free trade area for goods" with the European Union.
- Ukraine's New Law on National Security US Dept. of State 06 Jul 2018 -- "The United States welcomes Ukraine's new Law on National Security, adopted by the Rada June 21 and signed by President Poroshenko July 5."
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