07 June 2019 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- U.S. Military Commander Says Iran Backed Off Potential Attack After U.S. Bolstered Force RFE/RL 07 Jun 2019 -- The top U.S. military commander in the Middle East says Tehran backed off an apparent attack against U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region after the recent bolstering of American forces there, but he added that the threat from Tehran remains "very real."
- US General Claims Iranian 'Threat' in Gulf Region Remains 'Imminent' Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- The US moved an aircraft carrier strike group, a bomber strike force, and a number of ground forces to the Persian Gulf region, citing an undisclosed threat from Iran amid heightening political tensions between Washington and Tehran.
- Indiana National Guard promotes interoperability at United Front VIII Army News 07 Jun 2019 -- Indiana National Guard's 19th CBRN Enhanced Response Force Package, Israeli Homefront Command, National Rescue Unit and Indiana's Task Force 1 participated in a week-long search and rescue operational training at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center from May 30 to June 6.
- Readout of Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan's Meeting with Greek Minister of Defense Evangelos Apostolakis DoD 07 Jun 2019
- Pearl Harbor Welcomes USS Hawaii Home From Deployment NNS 07 Jun 2019 -- The Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) returned home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after completing its latest six-deployment June 6.
- Norfolk Naval Shipyard Supported D-Day with Building, Modernizing Five Different Types of Ships NNS 07 Jun 2019 -- A 50-mile stretch of beaches determined the fate of the western world.
- US Army Reportedly Seeking to Deploy Hypersonic Weapons in Apparent Attempt to Keep Up With Russia Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- The development comes just a few days after Russia's Defence Ministry announced it had successfully test-launched a new interceptor missile system in Kazakhstan.
- Hill AFB Airmen bring F-35A, fifth-gen capabilities to European defense exercise US Air Force 07 Jun 2019 -- Airmen deployed from the active duty 388th and Reserve 419th Fighter Wings at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, recently wrapped up the F-35A Lightning II's first participation in a large, European air-and-missile defense exercise.
- BALTOPS 2019 Begins In Germany NNS 07 Jun 2019 -- Maritime forces from 18 nations commenced the in-port operations for the 47th annual multinational exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) in the Baltic Sea, June 9-21.
- Pennsylvania National Guard rehearses emergency preparedness Army News 07 Jun 2019 -- Approximately thirty Soldiers, Airmen and civilian employees with the Pennsylvania National Guard's Joint Operations Center (JOC) conducted a Continuity of Operations (COOP) exercise June 3-5 here and at the 193rd Special Operations Wing facility in State College, Pa.
- 7th Fleet Statement on Unsafe Maneuver by Russian Destroyer NNS 07 Jun 2019 -- At approximately 11:45 am on June 7, 2019 while operating in the Philippine Sea, a Russian Destroyer (UDALOY I DD 572) made an unsafe maneuver against guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG-62), closing to approximately 50-100 feet putting the safety of her crew and ship at risk.
- US Navy accuses Russian Navy of 'unsafe and unprofessional' approach Press TV 07 Jun 2019 -- The US Navy has accused the Russian Navy of an "unsafe and unprofessional" approach after a Russian destroyer nearly collided with one of American guided missile cruisers in the Philippine Sea.
- US to Lodge Formal Protest With Russia Over Naval Manoeuvre - Acting Defence Secretary Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- The United States will lodge a formal protest with Russia over a near collision between a US Navy cruiser and a Russian destroyer in the East China Sea, acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan said.
- Russian Destroyer, U.S. Missile Cruiser Almost Collide Near Philippines RFE/RL 07 Jun 2019 -- A U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser and a Russian destroyer came within meters of one another in an encounter near the Philippines, and U.S. officials accused the Russian ship of "unsafe and unprofessional" conduct.
- Russian warship avoids collision with US cruiser in East China Sea: defense ministry Global Times 07 Jun 2019 -- Russian anti-submarine destroyer Admiral Vinogradov managed to avoid a collision with US guided-missile cruiser Chancellorsville in the East China Sea on Friday, with the latter conducting a dangerous maneuver, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
- Russia blames US warship for causing near collision in East China Sea Press TV 07 Jun 2019 -- Russia says a dangerous maneuver by a US naval ship nearly caused a collision with its destroyer in the East China Sea.
- Russia Accuses US Destroyer of Creating Dangerous Situation For Its Ship in East China Sea Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- Several parts of the South China Sea are contested by six regional states, while in fact, China controls the vast majority of the territory. The US is actively trying to contest Beijing's dominance in the region by sending military ships there.
- NATO Pays 'Very Close Attention' to Activities of Russia, China in Europe Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- Following the deterioration of relations between Moscow and Western states in 2014, NATO forces have intensified drills in Europe, as well as reconnaissance flights near Russia's borders.
- Department of Defense Off-Camera Press Briefing on Turkey's Participation in the F-35 Program DoD 07 Jun 2019 -- Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen M. Lord and Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy Andrew Winternitz
- US stops accepting new Turkish pilots to train on F-35 fighter jets Press TV 07 Jun 2019 -- The United States says it has no plans for the time being to accept any additional Turkish pilots to train on F-35 fighter jets as part of a planned program between the two countries.
- US Stops Accepting New Turkish Pilots to Train on F-35 Fighter Jets - Report Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- The two NATO allies have disputed for months over Ankara's purchase order for Russia's S-400 air defence systems, which Washington claims could pose a threat to US F-35 fighter jets.
- US Gives Turkey Two Months to Drop S-400 Deal With Russia - Report Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- Earlier, acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has formally informed Turkey that it will not be allowed to buy F-35 fighter jets if it goes ahead with plans to purchase Russian S-400 air defense systems.
- Russia to Start Supplying Turkey with S-400 Air Defenсe Systems in 2 Months - Rostec CEO Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- Russia will begin deliveries of advanced S-400 air defence systems to Turkey in two months, Sergey Chemezov, CEO of Rostec state corporation, said.
- S-400 Not Interoperable With NATO Systems, May Exploit F-35 Capabilities - NATO Commander Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- Russian S-400 air defence systems are not interoperable with NATO systems and may even attempt to exploit F-35 fighter jets' capabilities, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Tod Wolters said.
- India Seeks 100 Israeli Advanced Bunker Buster Bombs Allegedly Used in Balakot Strike Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- The development comes months after Pakistan's claims that the Indian Air Force's pre-dawn air strike against alleged terror infrastructure on 26 February did not hit the intended targets, because no buildings in Balakot inside Pakistan were destroyed.
- Zarif says Iran's missiles not designed for nukes IRNA 07 Jun 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, referring to the US pouring arms for killing Yemeni people, said Iran's missileds are not designed for nukes.
- Unlike Pompeo's claim, Iran's missiles not for delivering nukes: FM Zarif Press TV 07 Jun 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has categorically rejected a claim by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about Iran's missile program, saying Tehran does not seek to develop nuclear weapons.
- Moscow receives no purchase order from Iran for S-400 system: Russia IRNA 07 Jun 2019 -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said on Friday that Moscow has not received any purchase order from Tehran for S-400 missile defense system.
- No request from Iran over sale of S-400 missile defense systems: Russia Press TV 07 Jun 2019 -- Russia says it has received no request from Iran for its S-400 missile defense systems, rejecting a recent report that Moscow had turned down Tehran's demand amid rising tensions in the region.
- Russia Didn't Receive Request for S-400 Air Defence Systems From Iran - Deputy Prime Minister Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- Russia has not received any requests from Iran for delivering its S-400 air defence systems, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov told Sputnik on Friday.
- Trump allows US bomb parts to be built in Saudi Arabia: Report Press TV 07 Jun 2019 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump has reportedly permitted the construction of US high-tech bomb and missile parts in Saudi Arabia, a move that could give the kingdom the green light to ramp up the use of modern weaponry in its protracted aggression on impoverished Yemen.
- 'We Are Not Going to Attack Russia With F-16s' – Bulgarian Defence Minister Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- Bulgaria's Minister of Defence Krasimir Karakachanov, in a statement on Bulgarian National Television, said that the country is seeking to acquire new jet fighters in order to upgrade its air force as part of the modernisation of the armed forces, but is not going to attack anyone.
- Counterterrorism Aid Brings US, Philippines Closer after Years of Doubt VOA 07 Jun 2019 -- Talks on expanding U.S. aid for the Philippine fight against terrorism in its restive southland would help bring the two countries closer after a fractious period marked by Manila's new friendship with Beijing, analysts said.
- 7 June 2019 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 07 Jun 2019
- Is IS Gaining Foothold in Mozambique? VOA 07 Jun 2019 -- A recent attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) terror group in a northern province in Mozambique signals a growing presence of extremist groups in the southeast African country, experts contend.
- Syrian Army Repels Terrorist Attack, 140 Militants Estimated Dead - Russian MoD Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- According to the Russian centre for Syrian reconciliation, militants attacked Hama province on 6-7 June.
- Over 70,000 in Syria's Al-Hawl Camp Need Aid - UN Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- More than 1,500 refugees have already left Syria's Al-Hawl refugee camp, but the more than 70,000 people who remain in the settlement need immediate assistance and protection, United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Senior Humanitarian Advisor Najat Rochdi said in a statement on Thursday.
- Attacks on Civilians, Infrastructure in Syria Might Be War Crimes VOA 07 Jun 2019 -- The United Nations is demanding an immediate end to indiscriminate attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure in northwest Syria, warning the warring parties their actions might amount to war crimes.
- Libya's migrants and refugees with tuberculosis 'left to die' in detention centres UN News 07 Jun 2019 -- Migrants and refugees suffering from tuberculosis are being left "effectively to die" in a Libyan detention centre south of Tripoli, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Friday, citing reports that those returned to shore by the coastguard have been disappeared or sold to traffickers.
- Daesh Claims Responsibility For Two Car Bombs at Libya's Eastern Forces Camp - Report Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- At least 18 people were wounded in two car bomb explosions on Sunday that targeted a military unit in Libya's eastern coastal city of Derna, Reuters reported.
- Four Pakistan Soldiers Killed In IED Blast RFE/RL 07 Jun 2019 -- Four Pakistani soldiers were killed when their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED) on June 7 in North Waziristan.
- Bombs Blast Kills 4 Soldiers, 4 Shiite Muslims in Pakistan VOA 07 Jun 2019 -- Authorities in Pakistan say a roadside bombing Friday near the Afghan border killed at least four soldiers and injured four others, while two separate bomb blasts in the country's southwest region killed five people belonging to the minority Shi'ite Muslim community.
- Zelenskiy Vows 'Tough' Response As More Ukrainian Soldiers Die In The East RFE/RL 07 Jun 2019 -- Ukraine says fresh clashes with Russia-backed separatists in the country's east have claimed the lives of two of its soldiers, raising to six the number of Ukrainian troops reported killed this week and prompting President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to urge Moscow to "rein in" the separatists.
- Four Suspected Militants Killed By Security Forces In Indian Kashmir RFE/RL 07 Jun 2019 -- At least four militants, including two former police officers, were killed in India-administered Kashmir on June 7 during an operation launched by the security forces, officials said.
- Trump cancels tariffs on Mexico after deal on migration Press TV 07 Jun 2019 -- US President Donald Trump says that the United States has reached a deal with Mexico over a surge of migrants on their common border, thereby cancelling tariffs against Mexico City.
- U.S.-Mexico Joint Declaration US Dept. of State 07 Jun 2019 -- "The United States and Mexico met this week to address the shared challenges of irregular migration, to include the entry of migrants into the United States in violation of U.S. law."
- Conclusion of Negotiations with Mexico US Dept. of State 07 Jun 2019
- As Tariff Threat Looms, US, Mexico Discuss Migration VOA 07 Jun 2019 -- The United States still plans to make good on a threat to impose 5% tariffs on Mexican goods Monday, despite progress in border security negotiations that entered their third day on Friday.
- KSA, UAE, Norway brief UN Security Council on preliminary findings of investigation into coordinated attacks on four oil tankers off Fujairah Port SPA 07 Jun 2019 -- The Permanent Representatives to the United Nations of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Kingdom of Norway, on Thursday briefed members of the United Nations Security Council on the preliminary findings of the investigation into the coordinated attacks on four oil tankers that took place in the morning of 12th May 2019 off the port of Fujairah.
- UNSC assigns no blame despite UAE's claims on oil tanker attacks Press TV 07 Jun 2019 -- A UN Security Council's meeting on the recent vessel attacks near Fujairah has yielded no result, as member states refused to blame any party despite the UAE's claim that a "state actor" was behind the incident.
- Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Norway At UN Blame 'State Actor' For May 12 Tanker Attacks RFE/RL 07 Jun 2019 -- Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), and Norway have told the UN Security Council that the recent attack on four oil tankers off the U.A.E. coast was a "sophisticated and coordinated" operation most likely conducted by a "state actor."
- UAE, Norway, Saudi Arabia Claim Limpet Mines Used in Tanker Attacks Were Deployed by Divers Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- On 12 May, four oil tankers, including two Saudi vessels and a United Arab Emirates (UAE)-flagged ship, were targeted in a mysterious attack off the United Arab Emirates' exclusive economic zone.
- Regional Bloc Calls On Russia, Other Venezuelan Allies To Help Oust Maduro RFE/RL 07 Jun 2019 -- A regional bloc of countries in the Americas has called on the international community to put more pressure on Venezuela's allies, including Russia, to resolve the growing crisis in the South American country and help remove its "illegitimate" government.
- Moscow Ready to Send More Defence Experts to Venezuela If Necessary - Foreign Ministry Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- Russia is ready to increase the number of its military experts in Venezuela to maintain Russian-made military equipment if the enhanced presence of such experts is necessary, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Director of the Latin American Department Alexander Schetinin said Friday.
- The United States Supports Extension of Validity for Venezuelan Passports US Dept. of State 07 Jun 2019
- Four million have now fled Venezuela, UN ramps up aid to children who remain UN News 07 Jun 2019 -- The number of people who have left Venezuela to escape the country's ongoing political and economic crisis, has reached some four million, the UN announced on Friday.
- Arab League urges commitment to Sudan's peaceful path Global Times 07 Jun 2019 -- The Arab League (AL) on Friday called on Sudan's parties to avoid any action that may lead to the escalation of tension and deviation from the peaceful path necessary for concluding the country's political transition process.
- Ethiopian PM Attempts Mediation of Sudan Crisis VOA 07 Jun 2019 -- Ethiopia's prime minister urged "courage" as he met Friday with Sudan's ruling generals and opposition leaders to try to ease the political crisis that has gripped Sudan since the overthrow of longtime President Omar al-Bashir.
- UN proposes to dispatch rights monitors to violence-hit Sudan Press TV 07 Jun 2019 -- The United Nations (UN) has expressed "grave" concern about the human rights situation in Sudan following a military crackdown on a protest camp in Khartoum that killed dozens of people.
- Accountability in Sudan 'crucial' to avoid 'further bloodshed', says UN rights office UN News 07 Jun 2019 -- Now in its fifth day, a crackdown by the military authorities in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, with dozens reported killed, has prompted a "gravely concerned" UN human rights office (OHCHR) to propose the "rapid deployment" of a monitoring team to look into allegations of serious rights violations.
- Ethiopia's Abiy in Sudan to Broker Talks VOA 07 Jun 2019 -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in the Sudanese capital Friday to mediate talks between the ruling military council and leaders of the pro-democracy protest movement after a military crackdown this week that left more than 100 people dead.
- The Week In Russia: Old Allies, New 'Best Friends' RFE/RL 07 Jun 2019 -- President Vladimir Putin misses out on the D-Day commemorations in Britain and France but takes center stage at the annual economic conference in his hometown. He also gets pandas and a pat on the back from Chinese leader Xi Jinping, but clouds loom over the St. Petersburg forum as U.S. diplomats stay away to protest the prosecution of American investor Michael Calvey.
- Putin Lashes Out At U.S. At Economic Forum, As Jailed American Investor Calvey Send His Regrets RFE/RL 07 Jun 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has asserted that the United States is seeking to "spread its jurisdiction" worldwide, accusing Washington of risking the eruption of trade wars and real wars.
- Designations Targeting Iran's Largest Petrochemical Company for Support to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) US Dept. of State 07 Jun 2019
- Treasury Sanctions Iran's Largest Petrochemical Holding Group and Vast Network of Subsidiaries and Sales Agents US Treasury 07 Jun 2019 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today against Iran's largest and most profitable petrochemical holding group, Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (PGPIC), for providing financial support to Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters (Khatam al-Anbiya), the engineering conglomerate of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). In addition to PGPIC, OFAC is designating PGPIC's vast network of 39 subsidiary petrochemical companies and foreign-based sales agents.
- US Imposes New Sanctions on Iran Amid Escalation Sputnik 07 Jun 2019 -- Since pulling out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, last May, the US has reinstated all sanctions against Tehran and introduced more.
- US Treasury hits Iran's petrochemical industry with sanctions Press TV 07 Jun 2019 -- The administration of US President Donald Trump has announced new sanctions on Iran, targeting the country's petrochemical industry, including its largest petrochemical holding group, called Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (PGPIC).
- Raising issues beyond JCPOA fail to save treaty : Iran IRNA 07 Jun 2019 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Friday that raising issues beyond Iran's nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will not help save the multilateral accord; rather it would create further mistrust among the remaining parties to the deal.
- Russia's president backs JCPOA, rejects what's being done against Iran Press TV 07 Jun 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has once again stressed the importance of preserving the multilateral nuclear agreement signed between Iran and major world powers in 2015, saying Moscow does not approve of "what is being done against Iran."
- Iran says Macron's remarks to deepen distrust among JCPOA parties Press TV 07 Jun 2019 -- Iran says comments made by the French president in his meeting with US President Donald Trump will be of no help to saving the Iran nuclear deal and will just further deepen distrust among its signatories.
- U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Iranian Oil Giant RFE/RL 07 Jun 2019 -- The U.S. Treasury Department has announced sanctions against Iran's Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (PGPIC), as part of a series of moves to pressure Tehran to negotiate a new agreement to restrict its nuclear and ballistic-missile programs.
- Russia, China unite against US economic brinkmanship Press TV 07 Jun 2019 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, say the global economic system must change in such a way as to stop the United States from being able to exert economic pressure on world countries.
- Xi, Putin meet in St. Petersburg People's Daily 07 Jun 2019 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on Thursday here in the latter's hometown.
- China vows to 'fight to the end' if US intensifies trade war Press TV 07 Jun 2019 -- China has vowed to "fight to the end" if the US decides to intensify its trade war amid a renewed threat by the President Donald Trump to impose additional tariffs on Chinese exports.
- May Steps Down as Leader of Britain's Conservative Party VOA 07 Jun 2019 -- British Prime Minister Theresa May steps down as leader of the Conservative Party on Friday, and the first round of voting to elect her successor is expected next week.
- May resigns as party leader, but remains as British PM Global Times 07 Jun 2019 -- Theresa May stepped down Friday as leader of Britain's governing Conservative Party, but she will remain as prime minister until her successor is chosen.
- Liberian Leader Tested by Mass Anti-Government Protest VOA 07 Jun 2019 -- Thousands of protesters gathered Friday in Monrovia, marking Liberia's largest anti-government demonstration since George Weah became president in early 2018.
- Malawi Protesters Clash with Police as Election Results Challenged VOA 07 Jun 2019 -- Malawi police used tear gas Thursday to disperse supporters of the opposition Malawi Congress Party protesting President Peter Mutharika's re-election.
- Lawyer Reveals Details Of Yushchenko Corruption Probe RFE/RL 07 Jun 2019 -- A lawyer for former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has disclosed some details of the corruption charges his client is facing in the high-profile case.
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