10 June 2019 Military News
- Data on US Efforts in Afghanistan Being Kept From Public VOA 10 Jun 2019 -- An oft-cited assessment used to measure U.S. progress in Afghanistan, recently tossed aside by commanders, is still being collected, but is no longer available to the public.
- Civilians 'must never be a target,' says UN in Afghanistan, amid troubling number of casualties during Ramadan UN News 10 Jun 2019 -- The United Nations has urged all parties to the "ongoing intense conflict" across Afghanistan to meet their obligations to protect civilians from harm, denouncing a spate of attacks by militants which killed more than 100 civilians in Kabul alone during Ramadan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- U.S. Army partners with Kuwaiti counterparts for exercise Army News 10 Jun 2019 -- Kuwait Special Forces soldiers, armed with automatic weapons, quickly navigate four-tactical vehicles through the compound and come to a screeching halt at strategic locations in the vicinity of their objective. Immediately, the soldiers dismount their vehicle and secure the area and wait for the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team not far behind.
- Special Forces train Red Flag Rescue at Camp Navajo Army News 10 Jun 2019 -- It's 7:00 in the morning, the sun is still cresting over the pine trees at Camp Navajo, and light rain is falling. Inside brick company headquarters buildings, men assigned to 7th Group Special Forces strap gear onto body armor and check radios. Chatter is light. The men move purposefully, but unhurried. The mood seems strangely peaceful for less than a dozen men preparing for a rapid assault mission.
- Navy's Presidential Helicopter Program Approved for Production of Six Aircraft NNS 10 Jun 2019 -- The Navy's Presidential helicopter program awarded a $542 million contract to Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, June 10, 2019 to build six VH-92A aircraft, spares and support equipment.
- NSA Bahrain Successfully Completes FEP NNS 10 Jun 2019 -- Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain successfully completed the Final Evaluation Problem (FEP) operational assessment that took place June 2-6.
- U.S. 2nd Fleet Staff Embarks USS Mount Whitney for BALTOPS 2019 NNS 10 Jun 2019 -- Staff members attached to U.S. 2nd Fleet embarked aboard U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), June 6.
- US, Royal Thai Navy Conclude CARAT Thailand 2019 NNS 10 Jun 2019 -- The 25th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Thailand concluded during a ceremony aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided missile destroyer USS Antietam (CG 54) at Sattahip Naval Base June 8.
- Boxer Arrives in Phuket, Thailand for Port Visit NNS 10 Jun 2019 -- The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Phuket, Thailand June 8 for a scheduled port visit.
- US Commander Considers Expanding American Forces in Mideast Amid Iran 'Threat' Sputnik 10 Jun 2019 -- Head of US Central Command Gen. Frank McKenzie had requested in early May that an aircraft strike force, B-52 bombers, troops and an anti-missile system be sent to the region, referring to "specific" threats to the US and allied forces as well as interests in Iraq and elsewhere.
- Air Force leaders discuss strategy, policy at CORONA South 2019 US Air Force 10 Jun 2019 -- Top Air Force leaders convened June 3-7, for the CORONA South summit at MacDill Air Force Base.
- 169th FW wrap up Arctic Challenge exercise in Sweden US Air Force 10 Jun 2019 -- U.S. Airmen, equipment and F-16CJ Fighting Falcon aircraft assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard's 169th Fighter Wing successfully finished the three-week Arctic Challenge Exercise 19.
- MAG-16 Stands Ready USMC News 10 Jun 2019 -- While the marine layer hanging over southern California evaporated, squadrons of aircraft formed up across the runway at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar early in the morning on June 6, 2019. Seven squadrons with Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing conducted a massive training evolution during which 26 MV-22B Ospreys and 14 CH-53E Super Stallions took flight and soared over Southern California in an awesome display of combat power and capabilities.
- US, Sweden Conduct Reconnaissance in Baltic Drill Near Russia's Border Sputnik 10 Jun 2019 -- Baltops is NATO's largest exercise series in the Baltic Sea. This year's 47th edition has gathered 8,600 US and European troops from 18 nations.
- New radar system immune to 'radar killer' missiles Global Times 10 Jun 2019 -- China's maritime early warning radar system is immune to "radar killer" missiles and is capable of detecting stealth aircraft, according to its developer in a recent interview with media.
- Beijing Has a Plan to Outpace the US Military's Weaponry by 2049 Sputnik 10 Jun 2019 -- A new report by a Washington think tank warns it is "long past time" the Pentagon took the Chinese military-technological drive seriously, as Beijing has a plan to technically outpace the US military by 2049 and develop the ability to wage war on its own terms.
- Iran has placed no order to buy Russian S400: FM Spox IRNA 10 Jun 2019 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in his weekly press conference on Monday that Iran does not need extra S-400 anti-missile defense system and placed no order for.
- Stealth Fighter Autopsy: Japanese Military Reveals What Caused F-35 Crash Sputnik 10 Jun 2019 -- A representative of the Japanese Air Self-Defence Force claimed that they found "nothing abnormal" about the aircraft's body, which led the officials to suspect human error as the cause of the stealth fighter's demise.
- US senators seeking to block Trump's Saudi arms sales Press TV 10 Jun 2019 -- US senators are pushing hard against a raft of planned arms sales to Saudi Arabia after President Donald Trump said he was circumventing Congress to push them through.
- US taking no step to create S-400 working group: Turkey Press TV 10 Jun 2019 -- A senior Turkish official says the United States has not moved to create a joint working group to discuss Ankara's pending procurement of Russian S-400 missile defense systems.
- Turkey Has 'Plans B, C, D' to Replace F-35 With Su-57, J-31 if US Blocks Delivery – Report Sputnik 10 Jun 2019 -- The US has threatened to strip Turkey of its participation in the F-35 program, and promised that it would not deliver the advanced new fighter jet to Ankara unless it pulls out of its S-400 air defence system deal with Russia.
- US Hasn't Responded to Turkey's Offer to Create Working Group on S-400s - Defence Industry Chief Sputnik 10 Jun 2019 -- Washington has repeatedly expressed its concerns over Ankara's decision to purchase Russia's S-400 air defence system, suggesting the platform would pose a threat to US and NATO systems, including the F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighter.
- Department Press Briefing – June 10, 2019 US Dept. of State 10 Jun 2019
- Remarks to the Press US Dept. of State 10 Jun 2019 -- Remarks by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State
- Contracts for June 10, 2019
- Sikorsky Receives Contract to Build Presidential Helicopters Lockheed Martin 10 Jun 2019 -- Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, (NYSE: LMT) will build six production VH-92A Presidential Helicopters under a contract from the U.S Navy. These helicopters are part of the 23 aircraft program of record for the U.S. Marine Corps.
- Trump Raises Possible Concerns Over Raytheon-United Technologies Merger Plan Sputnik 10 Jun 2019 -- US President Donald Trump on Monday said that he is somewhat concerned about the merger plans of defence contractor Raytheon and technology business United Technologies.
- 10 June 2019 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 10 Jun 2019
- China Will Treat US Drones as Move to Dent its Contested Maritime Claims VOA 10 Jun 2019 -- Officials in Beijing will treat $47.9 billion in U.S. drone sales approved for Southeast Asia as another effort to dent their claims to the disputed South China Sea, experts believe, and lash back verbally as well as economically.
- Intensified fighting in Syria's NW could force 2 million Syrians to flee to Turkey, warns UN Press TV 10 Jun 2019 -- The United Nations has warned that up to two million Syrians could flee to Turkey if fighting further escalates in the northwestern parts of the Arab country.
- UN Security Council extends arms embargo on Libya for another year Press TV 10 Jun 2019 -- The United Nations (UN) Security Council has once again authorized a European Union mission to combat illegal arms transfers to Libya and implement an arms embargo on the conflict-ridden North African country.
- Myanmar unwilling to repatriate Rohingya Muslim refugees, says Bangladesh PM Press TV 10 Jun 2019 -- Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has strongly denounced Myanmar for delays in the repatriation of persecuted Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled violence in the neighboring country about two years ago.
- Pakistan Begins Crackdown On Islamist Terror Camps - Indian Intelligence Sputnik 10 Jun 2019 -- New Delhi (Sputnik): The crackdown comes in the backdrop of crucial Plenary and Working Group meetings of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – the global watchdog on anti-money laundering and combating financing terror networks – scheduled to be held in the US city of Orlando between 16-21 June.
- Russia Argues Against Ukraine's Black Sea Case Before Arbitration Panel RFE/RL 10 Jun 2019 -- An international arbitration panel in the Netherlands has begun preliminary hearings of Kyiv's case over Moscow's alleged violations of its rights to coastal waters around Ukraine's Crimea region, which Russia seized in 2014.
- US envoy's annexation remarks encourage violation of Palestinians' rights: Hamas Press TV 10 Jun 2019 -- The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has lashed at US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman after he said the Tel Aviv regime has the right to annex "some" of the West Bank, arguing such comments amount to "legitimization of settlement expansion activities" in the occupied territories.
- Ramallah Decries US Ambassador Claims About Israel's 'Right to Annex' Part of West Bank Sputnik 10 Jun 2019 -- The Palestinian Foreign Ministry harshly decried on Monday recent statements by US Ambassador in Tel Aviv David Friedman on Israel's "right" to retain part of the West Bank, describing it as a continuation of Washington's unconditional support for its ally's policy of occupation and "colonial" expansionism.
- Gunmen kill 43 in several attacks on Nigeria villages Press TV 10 Jun 2019 -- At least 43 people have been killed after gunmen, riding motorbikes, attacked villages in northern Nigeria.
- Scores killed in 'barbaric' attack on Mali village, UN chief urges restraint, calls for 'dialogue' to resolve tensions UN News 10 Jun 2019 -- Nearly 100 people were reportedly killed during an attack on a traditional Dogon hunters' village in Mali on Sunday, prompting a call from UN chief António Guterres for authorities to act fast and "bring the perpetrators to justice".
- At Least 95 Killed in Mali Massacre VOA 10 Jun 2019 -- At least 95 people were killed Monday in central Mali when armed men attacked a village overnight, shooting people and setting homes on fire.
- Georgia's Breakaway South Ossetia Region Holds 'Elections' For Parliament RFE/RL 10 Jun 2019 -- Elections for the legislative body in the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia were held on June 9.
- Justice Department to Turn Over Mueller Probe Documents VOA 10 Jun 2019 -- Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives reached a deal Monday for the Justice Department to turn over crucial documents collected by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice by trying to thwart his probe of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
- 'Their tone was an ultimatum,' Mexico FM details Trump bullying Press TV 10 Jun 2019 -- Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard is releasing more details about the last-minute deal with the Trump administration, noting that their tone was "an ultimatum."
- Confusion Follows Trump Claim of Additional Mexico Deal VOA 10 Jun 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump faced questions Monday afternoon about his recent deal with Mexico to control immigration, but provided little clarity on what he said were undisclosed portions of the agreement when he spoke with journalists.
- Trump Announces Additional Unspecified Mexico Deal VOA 10 Jun 2019 -- President Donald Trump says the United States has signed what he called "another very important part of the Immigration and Security deal with Mexico," without revealing any details about its contents.
- Sudan nationwide 'civil disobedience' campaign enters day two Press TV 10 Jun 2019 -- A nationwide "civil disobedience" campaign by Sudanese protesters which has left streets in the capital largely deserted enters a second day.
- Protesters in several Haitian cities urge President Moise's ouster over graft scandal Press TV 10 Jun 2019 -- Two people have been shot and killed as Haitian security forces engage in clashes with a large crowd of protesters demanding the ouster of President Jovenel Moise over a graft scandal in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
- Russia Wants US to Substantiate 'Nods' Toward Mending Ties With Practical Steps - Kremlin Sputnik 10 Jun 2019 -- The US administration has been recently making "nods" toward mending ties with Russia, but Moscow would like Washington to substantiate this with some practical steps, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said on Monday.
- Directive Reveals Canada's Military Spies May Gather Data on Country's Citizens - Report Sputnik 10 Jun 2019 -- The August 2018 document says that while information on Canadian citizens can be gathered inadvertently during unrelated operations, such information can still be stored, shared and used to supplement future authorized investigations.
- Zarif: Trump's economic war cause of all tensions IRNA 10 Jun 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message pointed to his frank talks with his German counterpart, saying Trump's economic war is the cause of all tensions.
- EU trying JCPOA to go on: German FM IRNA 10 Jun 2019 -- German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas reiterated support by three European states for the Iranian nuclear deal, saying that the European Union is trying to compensate for the vacuum of the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and this issue is to uphold the nuclear deal.
- FM spox urges Europe, Germany to help preserve JCPOA IRNA 10 Jun 2019 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi in a message on Monday urged Europe and Germany to help preserve Iran nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by their practical initiatives.
- Iran, Europe pursue preserving JCPOA, avoiding tensions in region: Zarif ISNA 10 Jun 2019 -- Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif said, Iran, European Union and Germany follow the purpose of preserving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and avoiding tensions and conflicts in the region.
- We barely count on INSTEX: Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman ISNA 10 Jun 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi stressed that Iran barely counts on the Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges (INSTEX).
- Iran succeeds in defeating global consensus against it: FM Zarif ISNA 10 Jun 2019 -- Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif says US' policies toward the Islamic Republic have not been changed but Iran succeeded in defeating global consensus against Tehran.
- Europe must resist US economic terrorism against Iran: President Rouhani Press TV 10 Jun 2019 -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says European countries must resist the United States' economic terrorism against the Iranian nation and live up to their obligations as per a nuclear deal signed between Tehran and six world powers in 2015.
- IAEA chief worried about increasing tensions over Iran nuclear work Press TV 10 Jun 2019 -- The UN nuclear agency's chief says he is "worried about increasing tensions" over Iran's nuclear program, calling for de-escalation efforts as Tehran expresses dissatisfaction with European actions to offset the effects of the US withdrawal from a 2015 international deal.
- German FM in Tehran, pledges no 'miracles' on JCPOA Press TV 10 Jun 2019 -- German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says his country remains firm in supporting the 2015 nuclear deal but can't pull off "miracles" in the face of US pressures on Iran.
- Iran not happy with Europe on INSTEX as FM Maas visits Press TV 10 Jun 2019 -- Iran says European governments have failed to meet its expectations in implementing the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) to protect the 2015 nuclear deal, criticizing their "lack of will" to deal with America's pressure against Tehran.
- Tehran Warns U.S., Allies About Waging 'Economic War' Against Iran RFE/RL 10 Jun 2019 -- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has said during a meeting in Tehran with Germany's foreign minister that Iran thinks the nuclear deal it struck with world powers in 2015 is worth saving despite current tensions.
- UN Nuclear Watchdog Says Iran Steps Up Enriched Uranium Production Sputnik 10 Jun 2019 -- The IAEA head also warned that he's worried about tensions over the Iranian nuclear programme, and expressed hope that the situation can be resolved via dialogue.
- Iran Will Never Start War, Will Destroy Any Party Who Invades Iran - Zarif Sputnik 10 Jun 2019 -- Earlier, the US Treasury Department imposed new Iran-related sanctions, targeting the country's petrochemical sector, which includes a petrochemical holding with a vast network of subsidiaries and sales agents.
- US Voices Concerns Over Erosion of Hong Kong's Autonomy From China VOA 10 Jun 2019 -- U.S. officials and lawmakers are voicing grave concerns over the erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy from China, a day after one of the city's largest protests since its handover from British to Chinese control in 1997.
- Hong Kong Pushes Forward with Extradition Bill Despite Protest VOA 10 Jun 2019 -- Hong Kong will proceed with its controversial plan to allow people to be extradited to mainland China to face charges, even after a massive protest on Sunday, the city's top leader said.
- Central government firmly supports Hong Kong in amending extradition legislation: FM Global Times 10 Jun 2019 -- China's central government firmly supports the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government in amending the extradition legislation and sternly objects to any foreign intervention in Hong Kong's legislative affairs, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
- Hong Kong leader: Extradition bill won't be dropped despite protests Press TV 10 Jun 2019 -- Hong Kong's leader says the administration has no plan to cancel a bill that will authorize extraditions to mainland China despite mass protests against the proposed measure in the autonomous region.
- Hong Kong Government Says It Will Not Withdraw Extradition Bill - Report Sputnik 10 Jun 2019 -- Hong Kong has been in the state of unrest for several weeks now due to the new amendment to the extradition bill, which is about to go to vote on 12 June. Once approved, the amendment will allow extraditions of escapees to any jurisdiction Hong Kong has no formal deals with, including mainland China.
- Pompeo's claims about China full of lies and fallacy: FM Global Times 10 Jun 2019 -- China has said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's claims about China are "full of lies and fallacy," which only harm his own image and his country's credibility in the world.
- China's rare-earth exports plunge 16% in May Global Times 10 Jun 2019 -- China's rare-earth export slump in May reflects the country's policy tone to control rare-earth supplies, one expert said on Monday. He predicted that the slump might accelerate in the next few months as China considers launching measures to cut rare-earth exports to the US amid the trade war.
- Chinese Exports of Rare Earth Minerals Drop Like a Rock Amid Escalating Trade War With US Sputnik 10 Jun 2019 -- Earlier, officials from the Pentagon and the US Department of Commerce indicated that they were looking to make deals with other rare earth producers worldwide in a bid to reduce the US reliance on Chinese supplies of the strategic minerals.
- Nechirvan Barzani was sworn in as new president of Iraq's Kurdistan region Press TV 10 Jun 2019 -- The parliament of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region has sworn in Nechirvan Barzani, the prime minister of the region, as its president, in an attempt to complete the formation of the cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).
- The Biggest Loser In The Kazakh Presidential Election Could Be The Government's Reputation RFE/RL 10 Jun 2019 -- The election-day figures from Kazakhstan are in. Officials said nearly 80 percent of eligible voters cast ballots. Front-runner Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev was said to have received more than 70 percent of the vote. Several thousand people around Kazakhstan demonstrated against the election. More than 500 were detained.
- More Arrests In Almaty Overnight As Kazakhs Protest Election Results RFE/RL 10 Jun 2019 -- Reports from Kazakhstan say authorities have been arresting demonstrators in some districts of the country's largest city, Almaty, after hundreds of people gathered to protest the official results of the June 9 presidential election.
- Nazarbayev's Hand-Picked Successor Declared Winner in Kazakhstan VOA 10 Jun 2019 -- Kazakhstan's interim president, the hand-picked successor of long time ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev, was declared the winner of Sunday's presidential election, defeating six other government-approved candidates.
- Pakistan's former president arrested over corruption charges Press TV 10 Jun 2019 -- Pakistan's former President Asif Ali Zardari has been detained in connection with a high-profile money laundering case that saw millions of dollars allegedly siphoned out of the country.
- Pakistan's Ex-President Zardari Arrested In Money Laundering Case RFE/RL 10 Jun 2019 -- Pakistani authorities have arrested former President Asif Ali Zardari on corruption charges.
- Former Pakistan President Zardari Arrested Over Bank Fraud Charges Sputnik 10 Jun 2019 -- Asif Ali Zardari, the husband of late ex-Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, allegedly opened hundreds of bank accounts in the names of labourers, security guards, and other poor people of the country by influencing his power and position as president and political leader of a ruling party to launder money.
- Pakistan Arrests Ex-President Zardari on Corruption Charge VOA 10 Jun 2019 -- Anti-corruption authorities in Pakistan have arrested the country's former president, Asif Ali Zardari, for his alleged role in a multi-million-dollar money laundering case.
- Cameroon Arrests More Opposition Supporters as Protest Efforts Intensify VOA 10 Jun 2019 -- Cameroon has detained hundreds more supporters of opposition leader Maurice Kamto, who is facing treason charges after leading protests and asserting that he won last October's presidential election.
- Rival Moldovan Governments Meet Separately As Russia Sides With New Alliance RFE/RL 10 Jun 2019 -- Two rival governments, each declaring itself legitimate, have held separate meetings in Moldova, as Russia threw its support behind a new ruling coalition between the Moscow-friendly Socialist Party and a pro-European Union bloc.
- U.S. Diplomat Says Kosovo Should Lift Tariffs On Serbia, Work To 'Normalize' Relations RFE/RL 10 Jun 2019 -- U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer has said during a visit to Belgrade that Kosovo's tariffs on imports from Serbia are "an obstacle" to the "future of the region."
- Many Zimbabweans Still Distressed 3 Months After Cyclone Idai VOA 10 Jun 2019 -- Cyclone Idai ripped through eastern Zimbabwe three months ago, after striking Mozambique and Malawi. On Monday, a top U.N. official for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief said Zimbabweans in the storm-hit areas are still struggling to get food and medicine.
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