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22 July 2018 Military News

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  • Statement on the Continued Success of Operations to Defeat ISIS in Syria US Dept. of State 22 Jul 2018 -- "We congratulate the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on their successful operations to liberate al-Dashisha, Syria, from the scourge of ISIS. Dashisha since 2013 has been a key stronghold and transit route for ISIS fighters, weapons, and suicide bombers between Syria and Iraq. The SDF now controls the area, with Iraqi Security Forces controlling the Iraqi side of the border."
  • Pakistan: Ghani's Overtures to Taliban Give Hope for Afghan Peace VOA 22 Jul 2018 -- Afghanistan hosted a new round of ongoing wide-ranging discussions with Pakistan Sunday in an effort to build mutual confidence and work together to bring an end to the Afghan conflict.
  • Deadly Bomb Hits Kabul Minutes After Exiled Dostum Returns Home VOA 22 Jul 2018 -- Afghan authorities say a powerful bomb went off near Kabul's international airport Sunday, killing at least 16 people and wounding 60 others, just minutes after first vice president, Abdul Rashid Dostum, returned home from exile.
  • Afghanistan's vice president escapes deadly bombing Press TV 22 Jul 2018 -- Nearly a dozen people have been killed and at least 14 others injured in a bombing carried out at Kabul's airport, where scores had gathered to welcome home Afghanistan's Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, who had been in exile.
  • Afghan Vice President Dostum Escapes Suicide Attack; 14 Others Killed RFE/RL 22 Jul 2018 -- Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum narrowly escaped a deadly suicide bombing at Kabul airport as he returned home from more than a year in exile in Turkey over allegations of torturing and abusing a political rival.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Truman Strike Group Returns to Norfolk, Remains Ready NNS 22 Jul 2018 -- Nearly 6,500 Sailors of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) arrived in Naval Station (NS) Norfolk, Virginia, July 21.
  • Exercise Sea Breeze 2018 Concludes NNS 22 Jul 2018 -- The 18th iteration of exercise Sea Breeze concluded following a closing ceremony in Odessa, Ukraine, July 17.
  • Multi-National Mine Countermeasure Coalition Participate in RIMPAC 2018 NNS 22 Jul 2018 -- Mine Countermeasures Squadron Three and Mine Countermeasures Division Three One, based at Naval Base Point Loma, are leading a coalition of international maritime forces throughout the month of July conducting Mine Countermeasure (MCM) operations as part of the Southern California component of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2018.
  • RIMPAC 2018 Hosts Submarine Rescue Symposium NNS 22 Jul 2018 -- Approximately 30 submarine officers and civilian contractors from 13 nations attended a Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise 2018 submarine rescue symposium hosted at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, July 9.
  • Special Operations Forces Practice Submarine Insertion during RIMPAC 2018 NNS 22 Jul 2018 -- Members of the multinational special operations force supporting the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise participated in a submarine insertion evolution at sea off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, July 9.
  • RIMPAC Mine Warfare Operations Underway in SOCAL NNS 22 Jul 2018 -- Commander Task Force (CTF) 177, led by U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Dave Welch, commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) and the Navy's Global Mine Warfare Commander, kicked off the Southern California (SOCAL) portion of the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise with mine warfare training operations, which run from June 27 to Aug. 2.
  • NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego Supports RIMPAC 2018 NNS 22 Jul 2018 -- NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center (FLC) San Diego is lending its support to the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) this July as the Navy trains with 24 other nations to improve interoperability between Pacific Rim armed forces.
  • Israeli Head of Naval Operations Visits USS Bonhomme Richard during RIMPAC 2018 NNS 22 Jul 2018 -- Amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) welcomed Israeli Navy Rear Adm. Ido Ben-Moshe, head of naval operations, for a ship's tour, July 18, during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 exercise.
  • Pentagon surprised by Trump-Putin military deals Press TV 22 Jul 2018 -- The US Defense Department has been reportedly caught off guard by reports of military agreements between President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, during their recent meeting in Finland.
  • Argentina Ready to Host Several US Military Bases - Reports Sputnik 22 Jul 2018 -- Argentina's President Mauricio Macri has given the green light to the creation of several US military bases on his country's territory, media reported citing sources.
  • Japan's Expenses for US Aegis Ashore Systems Deployment to Grow by 30% - Reports Sputnik 22 Jul 2018 -- The Japanese Defense Ministry plans to increase expenditures for deployment of a US land-based missile defense systems, Aegis Ashore by 20-30 percent up to 250 billion yen ($2.2 billion), The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper reported citing military sources on Sunday.
  • Mattis Reportedly Slams Turkey's HR Record, Supports Delivery of F-35s Sputnik 21 Jul 2018 -- Ankara has been facing difficulties in its acquisition of the F-35 despite making all the necessary payments, including contributing to its development. The US Congress has attempted to block Turkey from obtaining the fifth generation jet, citing security concerns due to Ankara's purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems.

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