15 July 2019 Military News
- Taliban roadside bomb kills 11 people, wounds dozens in Afghanistan's Kandahar: Officials Press TV 15 Jul 2019 -- At least 11 civilians have lost their lives and dozens more sustained injuries as the result of a roadside bombing attack by Taliban militants in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, officials say.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Statement by Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman on the Nomination of Dr. Esper to be Secretary of Defense DoD 15 Jul 2019
- DOD Releases Digital Modernization Strategy DoD 15 Jul 2019 -- The Department of Defense released its Digital Modernization Strategy on July 12, 2019. This strategy will guide the DOD Information Technology transformation.
- Chief of Staff Eric Chewning Ethics Briefing DoD 15 Jul 2019 -- Eric Chewning, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense
- USS Carney Departs the Black Sea NNS 15 Jul 2019 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) began its southbound transit from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea July 14, 2019, after conducting maritime security operations and exercise Sea Breeze 2019.
- Australian Prime Minister Visits USS Ronald Reagan During Talisman Sabre 2019 NNS 15 Jul 2019 -- Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison visited USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) underway in the Coral Sea July 12, during Talisman Sabre.
- Sea Breeze 2019 concludes in Odesa, Ukraine NNS 15 Jul 2019 -- Exercise Sea Breeze 2019 (SB19) ended with a closing ceremony in Odesa Ukraine, July 12, after two weeks of intense, multinational training.
- VX-9 Resumes Flight Operations at NAWS China Lake Following Earthquakes NNS 15 Jul 2019 -- Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine (VX-9) resumed normal flight operations July 10 on Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (NAWSCL) after the base and the surrounding city of Ridgecrest sustained two earthquakes of 6.4 and 7.1 magnitudes.
- NAWS China Lake Public Works Department Restores Base Utilities NNS 15 Jul 2019 -- In the wake of multiple earthquakes that occurred on July 4-5, 2019, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (NAWSCL) sustained damage to multiple facilities and loss of utilities to numerous base services.
- First Use of Shipboard Option for Maritime Operations Centers Makes Navy More Expeditionary NNS 15 Jul 2019 -- The Navy's Shore and Expeditionary Program Office (PMW 790) recently demonstrated the viability of moving maritime operations center (MOC) capabilities and staffs to an expeditionary environment on ships of opportunity. The successful demonstration is a first step toward putting fleet commanders closer to operational activities.
- USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) Participates in DSCA Exercise NNS 15 Jul 2019 -- The Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) demonstrated its emergency response capabilities by conducting amphibious operations to load and unload mobile equipment to train how to properly respond to a natural disaster and to provide humanitarian assistance, July 11.
- NATO Secretary General: Canada makes essential contributions to international peace and security NATO 15 Jul 2019 -- Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg paid tribute on Monday (15 July 2019) to Canada's vital role in the Alliance, including with forces for NATO missions and operations, and increased defence spending. Mr. Stoltenberg was speaking during a visit to Canadian Forces Base Petawawa with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
- Qatar opens largest naval base amid US-Saudi military drills Press TV 15 Jul 2019 -- Qatar, which is home to the biggest US military base in the Middle East, has opened its own largest naval base amid ongoing tensions with Saudi Arabia, currently holding joint military drills with American forces.
- China hosting African military leaders for week-long security forum in Beijing Press TV 15 Jul 2019 -- Beijing is hosting African military leaders for a week-long summit aimed at strengthening China-Africa military relations, with discussions expected to mainly focus on peace and security across the continent.
- PLA drills off SE coast could involve all branches, a 'warning' to Taiwan secessionists: insiders Global Times 15 Jul 2019 -- The recently announced People's Liberation Army (PLA) drills near the southeast coast of the Chinese mainland could feature all five military branches in a large scale joint exercise, and it might be tailored as a warning to Taiwan secessionists, mainland military insiders said.
- China Planning Demonstrative Military Drills Off Taiwan in Wake of US Arms Sale – Reports Sputnik 15 Jul 2019 -- Earlier, Beijing announced that it would sanction US defence companies doing business with Taiwan after the State Department said it had approved a $2.2 billion arms deal with the island, which Beijing considers a breakaway province.
- Beijing, Chinese companies will cut ties with US firms selling arms to Taiwan: China Press TV 15 Jul 2019 -- China says the government and Chinese companies will sever business ties with US firms selling arms to self-ruled Taiwan, over which Beijing claims sovereignty, a move that will likely further deteriorate the already strained relations with Washington.
- U.S. lawmaker supports Taiwan arms sales in response to China threat CNA 15 Jul 2019 -- Representative Michael McCaul, member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Sunday the committee approved a recent U.S. arms sales to Taiwan in response to increased Chinese aggression.
- How China Will Dominate Taiwan's 2020 Presidential Election Campaign VOA 15 Jul 2019 -- Taiwan's presidential race kicked off Monday with China the top issue as a Beijing-friendly mayor won the chief opposition party's primary to face an incumbent who wants Beijing to keep a distance.
- Indian Navy Floats Tender for Underwater Weapons Systems for its French-Origin Submarines Sputnik 15 Jul 2019 -- Months after India's French-origin Scorpene-class submarine started operating without primary underwater weapons systems, the Indian Navy has finally launched a tender worth over $300 million to arm its diesel-electric submarines.
- Indian Air Force Set to Purchase All-Terrain Vehicle Amid Rising Jet Crashes Sputnik 15 Jul 2019 -- The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to purchase all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) amid the service's failure to rescue and retrieve its men for a month, after an AN-32 transport aircraft crashed in Arunachal Pradesh state, near the Chinese border.
- Iran to promote defense power: Iran Defense Min IRNA 15 Jul 2019 -- Iranian military forces will continue promoting their defense power, Iran's Minister of Defense and Logistics of the Armed Forces Brigadier-General Amir Hatami said on Monday.
- Ninth Plane With Russian S-400 Components Arrives in Turkey - Ankara Sputnik 15 Jul 2019 -- The ninth plane carrying components of Russian S-400 air defence system arrived in Turkey on Monday, the Turkish Defense Ministry said.
- Eighth Aircraft With Russian S-400 Air Defenсe System Parts Arrives in Turkey – Ankara Sputnik 15 Jul 2019 -- The Turkish Defence Ministry said on Monday that an eighth plane carrying components of Russia's S-400 air defence system had arrived in Turkey.
- Turkey Looks Back at Failed Coup VOA 15 Jul 2019 -- Turkey commemorated a three-year-old failed military coup Monday, as the fallout over the botched takeover deepens political divisions within the country and strains ties with its Western allies.
- Construction begins on F35 infrastructure at RAF Lakenheath UK MOD 15 Jul 2019 -- Work has started on buildings that will be home to 2 US Air Force F35 squadrons at RAF Lakenheath.
- 15 July 2019 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 15 Jul 2019
- Yemen sides agree to reinforce Hudaydah ceasefire Press TV 15 Jul 2019 -- The warring sides in Yemen have agreed to take measures towards invigorating a standing ceasefire over al-Hudaydah, a key western port taking in the majority of the violence-racked country's imports.
- Coalition forces intercept, shoot down two unmanned drones, launched from Sanaa, by Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia, targeting civilian districts, in Khamis Mushait, Joint Command of Coalition Forces "Coalition to Support Legitimacy, in Yemen reports SPA 15 Jul 2019 -- Colonel Turki Al-Malki, the official spokesman of Coalition Forces "Coalition to Support Legitimacy, in Yemen" said that the coalition forces intercepted and shot down this evening two unmanned drones, launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist militia from Sana'a, towards civilians and civilian targets, in Khamis Mushait city.
- Saudi forces suffer heavy losses in Yemeni retaliation Press TV 15 Jul 2019 -- Yemeni army and popular committees have killed or injured 10 Saudi-paid militiamen in Saudi Arabia's southwestern region of Jizan.
- Syria FM calls for expansion of strategic ties with Iran Press TV 15 Jul 2019 -- Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem has called for expansion of strategic ties with Iran as well as preserving high-level coordination and consultation between the two countries.
- Syria Likely to Turn to Russia for Fuel VOA 15 Jul 2019 -- The impounding last week off the coast of Gibraltar by British marines of an Iranian tanker loaded with oil destined for war-wracked Syria may force Damascus to turn to Russia to help alleviate its acute fuel shortages, say analysts and diplomats.
- Russia rejects starting talks with Japan on return of islands: Kyodo Press TV 15 Jul 2019 -- Russia has rejected starting talks with Japan on the return of two disputed islands despite an agreement last year, in a move that could further delay the signing of a peace treaty, Kyodo news agency says.
- When Russia-Backed Forces Boasted They Shot Down A Ukrainian Military Plane…That Was Actually MH17 RFE/RL 15 Jul 2019 -- The wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was still smoldering in the countryside of eastern Ukraine, the remains of the 298 people aboard strewn across several kilometers of rolling fields of wheat and sunflowers, when Russian media began relaying news of a downed plane in the area.
- Russian, Ukrainian Officials Discuss Prisoner Swap RFE/RL 15 Jul 2019 -- Russian and Ukrainian officials say they are holding talks on a major prisoner swap just days after their countries' presidents discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine and a possible prisoner exchange in their first telephone call.
- DRC Refugees Flooding Into Uganda to Escape Armed Conflict VOA 15 Jul 2019 -- Aid workers in Uganda say armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has doubled the flow of refugees in past weeks, straining humanitarian funding. Many DRC refugees brave cold nights and risk big waves on Lake Albert to reach the Ugandan border.
- US Moves to Restrict Asylum for Southern Border Arrivals VOA 15 Jul 2019 -- The Trump administration is moving to block most asylum-seekers at America's southern border, a move that would largely affect Central Americans who cross through Mexico.
- Sudanese Military Demand to Reverse Court's Ruling on Internet Ban Lift - Source Sputnik 15 Jul 2019 -- The Sudanese Justice Ministry filed an appeal to a court in Khartoum against the recent ruling to end the nationwide Internet ban declared by Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) several weeks ago as the country shook to a new escalation of political protests, a source in the ministry said on Monday.
- Moscow Election Commission Chief Scraps Meeting With Independent Candidates RFE/RL 15 Jul 2019 -- A meeting between the Moscow Election Commission chief and independent candidates for the city council, or City Duma, has been canceled.
- Russian Scientist, 77, Under House Arrest On Treason Charges RFE/RL 15 Jul 2019 -- Authorities in Russia have arrested a 77-year-old researcher at a Russian rocket- and spacecraft-design institute on treason charges.
- Priority Concerns as Norwegian Intelligence Reportedly Shares Data With US Ahead of Own Authorities Sputnik 15 Jul 2019 -- The Norwegian Intelligence Service was allegedly the first to learn of the disaster involving the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk, yet chose to share the highly sensitive data with the US first.
- EU Announces Strides in Iran Trade Mechanism Amid Nuclear Deal Scramble VOA 15 Jul 2019 -- The European Union says talks are under way on whether a barter mechanism aimed at salvaging some trade with Iran might include oil, as Europeans scramble to ease tensions between Iran and the United States.
- Iran Threatens to Revert to Pre-2015 Nuclear Development Levels VOA 15 Jul 2019 -- Iran is threatening to restore its nuclear program to its status before Tehran signed the 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers.
- Britain's Top Diplomat: Iran Nuclear Deal Can Be Saved VOA 15 Jul 2019 -- British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Monday that the international deal on Iran's nuclear program "isn't dead yet," and that while the opportunity to find a resolution to the current crisis surrounding the agreement is closing, it is still possible to keep it alive.
- China urges US to stop wrong moves on Iran nuclear issue Global Times 15 Jul 2019 -- China calls on the United States to stop its wrong moves on the Iran nuclear issue and respect the legitimate rights and interests of all parties, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Monday.
- Iran will sell its oil, but never its dignity: FM Zarif IRNA 15 Jul 2019 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says his country will sell oil but not its dignity, in a reference to talks under the US sanctions and pressures.
- Instex has become operational, other European states mulling joining it: EU IRNA 15 Jul 2019 -- The European Union says its trade mechanism with Iran, INSTEX, has become operational with many other European states willing to join the channel.
- Reduction in Iran's JCPOA commitment giving opportunity to diplomacy: AEOI spokesman IRNA 15 Jul 2019 -- Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi says that Iran's decision to decrease its commitments in the JCPOA is not based on obstinacy, but to give diplomacy an opportunity to signatories to carry out their obligations.
- EU top diplomat: Brussels meeting focuses on preserving JCPOA IRNA 15 Jul 2019 -- High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said the Monday meeting in Brussels will focus on Iran nuclear deal.
- Iran ready to hold talks with U.S. if sanctions lifted: Rouhani People's Daily 15 Jul 2019 -- Iran is ready to hold negotiations with the United States if Washington lifts sanctions against Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday.
- UN voices concern over Trump administration's curb on Iran top diplomat Press TV 15 Jul 2019 -- The United Nations has expressed concerns about curbs imposed on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif by the administration of US President Donald Trump.
- EU's Mogherini: Iran commitment reduction no significant JCPOA noncompliance Press TV 15 Jul 2019 -- European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal do not view Tehran's move to scale back some of its commitments under the agreement as significant noncompliance and have not indicated any intent to trigger the accord's dispute mechanism.
- Iran: European signatories must take practical steps to implement JCPOA Press TV 15 Jul 2019 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman says European signatories to a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), must take practical steps to facilitate implementation of the agreement.
- Official: Iran may return to pre-JCPOA conditions Press TV 15 Jul 2019 -- The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says Tehran is planning to go back to the conditions preceding the landmark 2015 nuclear deal unless European signatories fulfill their obligations.
- Iran Ready to Hold Talks With US if Sanctions Lifted - Rouhani Sputnik 15 Jul 2019 -- Iran is ready to hold negotiations with the United States if Washington lifts sanctions and gives up "bullying", Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday.
- Police Used Batons, Pepper Spray Against Protesters in Hong Kong VOA 15 Jul 2019 -- Anti-government protesters who fought running battles with police inside a Hong Kong shopping center were "rioters," city's pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam said Monday.
- India Delays Its Lunar Launch of Chandrayaan 2 Mission Minutes Before Launch Sputnik 15 Jul 2019 -- Indian Chandrayaan 2 mission was to send an orbiter, lander and rover to the lunar south pole.
- First Case of Ebola Detected in DRC's Goma - Health Ministry Sputnik 15 Jul 2019 -- The Congolese Health Ministry said in a press release on Sunday that the first case of Ebola has been detected in the city of Goma more than 350 km (220 miles) away from where a pandemic originated a year ago.
- 'We won't get to zero cases of Ebola without a big scale-up in funding,' UN relief chief warns UN News 15 Jul 2019 -- Deadly, attacks on health workers in Ebola-hit areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including one at the weekend that left two dead, are an indication that combating the disease outbreak will require far greater international support, UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said on Monday.
- WHO: Spread of Ebola to DRC's Goma Could be 'Game-Changer' VOA 15 Jul 2019 -- The head of the World Health Organization warns the spread of Ebola to a large city in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo could have dire consequences. The WHO chief spoke Monday at a high-level meeting that examined current efforts to contain the growing Ebola epidemic in Congo.
- Zuma Denies Corruption Allegations to Investigators VOA 15 Jul 2019 -- Former South African president Jacob Zuma has denied allegations of corruption, saying he was a victim of conspiracies to end his career, ruin his reputation and kill him.
- EU To Unblock Some Financial Aid To Moldova Due To Reform Progress RFE/RL 15 Jul 2019 -- The European Commission has announced it will unlock millions of euros in financial aid to Moldova thanks to some progress on reforms made by the impoverished Eastern European country.
- Arrest Warrant Issued For Former Secretary Of Kyrgyz Defense Council RFE/RL 15 Jul 2019 -- Kyrgyz authorities have issued an arrest warrant in absentia for the former secretary of Kyrgyzstan's Defense Council, Busurmankul Tabaldiev, on corruption charges.
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