30 May 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 30 May 2007 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- Transcript: DoD Briefing with Brig. Gen. Wiggins from the Pentagon Briefing Room, Arlington, Va 30 May 2007 -- Presenter: Deputy Director For Operations, Joint Staff Brigadier General Wiggins
- Last of US Surge Forces Arrive in Iraq VOA 30 May 2007 -- The U.S. military says all 20,000 additional combat troops President Bush ordered to Iraq in January have now arrived, with the last unit set to be fully operational in a couple of weeks
- May 29 airpower: Predators sting the enemy AFPN 30 May 2007 -- Coalition airpower supported coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations May 29, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- U.S., Iraqi Troops Seize 47 in Iraq Operations AFPS 30 May 2007 -- Iraqi and coalition forces captured 47 suspected terrorists, including some suspected terror-cell chieftains, and seized contraband weaponry during operations across Iraq over the past few days, military officials reported.
- Officers Describe al Qaeda Prison Rescue Mission AFPS 30 May 2007 -- Officers from the U.S. Army battalion that freed 41 prisoners from an al Qaeda in Iraq hideout May 27 provided details on the operation yesterday.
- Turkish Forces Mass on Iraqi Border Amid Talk of Incursion VOA 30 May 2007 -- Turkey has sent more troops and tanks to the Iraqi border, as speculation grows about a possible Turkish incursion against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq.
- Georgian Troops To Take Charge Of Security In Iraqi Governorate RFE/RL 30 May 2007 -- Georgian Defense Minister Davit Kezerashvili today said additional Georgian troops being sent to Iraq in June will be tasked with patrolling the city of Al-Kut in Wasit Governorate, about 185 kilometers southeast of Baghdad.
- NATO: Seven Soldiers Killed in Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan VOA 30 May 2007 -- NATO says seven of its soldiers were killed when their helicopter crashed late Wednesday in southern Afghanistan.
- Afghanistan: EU Prepares To Launch Police-Training Mission RFE/RL 30 May 2007 -- The European Union is preparing to launch a police-assistance mission to train and advise police officers in Afghanistan.
- Khowst PRT Winning the Fight in Afghanistan Army News 30 May 2007 -- Less than 10 miles from training camps that produced many of the 9/11 hijackers, a team of coalition servicemembers are working together to make sure the area once home to Osama Bin Laden's terrorist organization becomes an environment that will deny such people a support base ever again.
- AFGHANISTAN: Food aid trucks come under increasing attacks IRIN 30 May 2007 -- Dozens of commercial trucks carrying World Food Programme (WFP) food aid to vulnerable communities in different locations in Afghanistan have been attacked by armed men over the past few months, the UN agency said on Wednesday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- WMD-CST Teams Certified For Utah And Nevada 30 May 2007 -- The Department of Defense (DoD) notified Congress today that Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CST) have been certified for the Utah and Nevada National Guard.
- Airmen put C-130 back in the fight AFPN 30 May 2007 -- A C-130 Hercules team flying a mission over Afghanistan had problems with engine No. 2 and was forced to land at an abandoned air strip in May outside Shindand, Afghanistan, but they were not left alone for long.
- Kitty Hawk Returns From Sea Trials Navy NewsStand 30 May 2007 -- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) returned to Yokosuka on May 7 after conducting sea trials in the Tokyo Bay.
- Kearsarge Conducts NEO Drill Navy NewsStand 30 May 2007 -- Sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) conducted a noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) drill with Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) on May 28 while underway off the coast of North Carolina.
- Incentives for IAs Improve Navy NewsStand 30 May 2007 -- The Task Force Individual Augmentation update announced in NAVADMIN 136/07, released May 29, contains the Navy's latest improvements to incentives for Sailors who serve as IAs.
- VBSS More Than Boardings Navy NewsStand 30 May 2007 -- The sun stared down on the North Persian Gulf as Sailors from USS Preble's (DDG) visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team embarked a pair of rigid-hull inflatable boats (RHIB) preparing to depart Preble May 29.
- ESG 2 Visits USS Bataan in Jordan Navy NewsStand 30 May 2007 -- Rear Adm. Garry Hall, Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 visited the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) on May 21, while the ship was in port in the country of Jordan.
- Russia to stay on course with NATO - official RIA Novosti 30 May 2007 -- Russia does not intend to scale down its cooperation with NATO, but is skeptical about the outlook for relations, a senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday.
- Ukraine insists on Russian naval base withdrawal by 2017 RIA Novosti 30 May 2007 -- Ukraine's defense minister reiterated Wednesday that Russia must withdraw its naval base from Ukraine's Crimea Autonomy by 2017, in compliance with a previous bilateral agreement.
- Fifth truck convoy leaves Russian military base in Georgia RIA Novosti 30 May 2007 -- The fifth military convoy left a Russian military base in Georgia Wednesday as part of a 2006 deal on the withdrawal of Russian military bases from the South Caucasus country, a spokesman for Georgia's Defense Ministry said.
- SCO conducts counter-terrorism exercises in Kyrgyzstan RIA Novosti 30 May 2007 -- A Eurasian security bloc comprising five former Soviet republics and China started Wednesday an active phase of joint counter-terrorism exercises at a lake in eastern Kyrgyzstan.
- Lithuanian minister denies inviting U.S. to deploy missile shield RIA Novosti 30 May 2007 -- Lithuania's defense minister rejected Wednesday international media reports that he had approached NATO with a proposal to deploy elements of a U.S. missile shield in his country.
- Russia: Missile Test Heightens Arms Race Fears RFE/RL 30 May 2007 -- Russia has tested new strategic and tactical missiles at a time when tensions with the United States remain high over Washington's plans to locate parts of a missile-defense system in Central Europe.
- Russian officials tout Iskander, MIRV as "21st century weapons RIA Novosti 30 May 2007 -- The commander of the Russian Ground Forces, Alexei Maslov, said Wednesday Russia has "a 21st century weapon," following two successful missile tests Tuesday.
- Press Briefing by Tony Snow The White House 30 May 2007
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 30 May 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for May 30, 2007
- General Dynamics NASSCO Lays Keel of Sixth T-AKE Ship, USNS Amelia Earhart 30 May 2007 -- General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), today held a keel-laying ceremony for the sixth ship in the U.S. Navy's T-AKE program
- ATK Awarded Precision Guidance Kit Contract After Multi-Day Competitive Shoot-Off ATK 30 May 2007 -- Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK) has received an initial 18-month, $18 million system design and development (SDD) contract from the United States Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) to proceed with development of the company's revolutionary precision guidance kit (PGK) for 155mm artillery
- U.S. Navy and Raytheon Demonstrate Surface-to-Surface Evolved SeaSparrow Missile At-Sea Firing Raytheon 30 May 2007 -- The U.S. Navy, in conjunction with Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), successfully completed an at-sea firing of the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile using the MK 57 MOD 12 fire control system.
- COMMONWEALTH ORDERS ADDITIONAL BUSHMASTERS Thales 30 May 2007 -- Under the contract Thales Australia will supply the vehicles in five variants based on existing build configurations, to be delivered no later than 30 March 2009.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 30 May 2007
- Diplomatic Quartet calls on both sides to 'work constructively' towards peace UN News Centre 30 May 2007 -- The Middle East diplomatic Quartet issued a wide-ranging statement today calling on Israel and the Palestinians to work constructively to create an environment where there can be progress towards Palestinian statehood that is consistent with previous international agreements and resolutions.
- LEBANON: Aid agencies concerned about security in refugee camp IRIN 30 May 2007 -- The heaviest fighting in a week between the Lebanese army and Fatah al-Islam militants in Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon has raised security concerns for humanitarian workers delivering relief to thousands of Palestinians remaining in the camp.
- Sri Lanka to decide truce fate in two weeks IRNA 30 May 2007 -- Sri Lanka today said it will decide within two weeks whether to maintain the Norwegian-brokered ceasefire agreement with Tamil Tigers in the backdrop of escalating violence.
- Ban Ki-moon condemns massacre of civilians in DR Congo UN News Centre 30 May 2007 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned in the strongest possible terms the recent massacre of civilians in the war-ravaged east in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), calling on those responsible to be brought to justice.
- UGANDA: WFP suspends operations in northeast after ambush IRIN 30 May 2007 -- Gunmen ambushed a convoy of United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) trucks in northeastern Uganda's Karamoja region, killing a driver and forcing the agency to temporarily suspend operations in the drought-hit area, the agency and the Ugandan military said.
- HORN OF AFRICA: 'Improved approach needed towards disarmament' IRIN 30 May 2007 -- Intermittent efforts to disarm, sometimes forcibly, up to 20 million pastoralists in the Horn of Africa, who are believed to possess five million firearms, have failed and a better approach has to be found to persuade them to give up their weapons, participants at a conference said.
- Russia Again Warns On Kosovo RFE/RL 30 May 2007 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at the start of a meeting of G8 foreign ministers in Potsdam, Germany, that only talks between Belgrade and Pristina could solve a row over independence for the Serbian province.
- Security Council votes to establish Hariri assassination tribunal UN News Centre 30 May 2007 -- The Security Council agreed today that the special tribunal set up to try the suspected killers of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri will enter into force on 10 June unless Lebanon ratifies the tribunal itself before that date.
- U.N. Security Council Establishes Lebanon Court Washington File 30 May 2007 -- The U.N. Security Council voted May 30 to establish a special tribunal to hear cases arising from the international investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005.
- UN Security Council Approves Hariri Assassination Tribunal VOA 30 May 2007 -- The U.N. Security Council has created an international tribunal to try suspects in the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri
- World: Amnesty International Answers Critics Of Report RFE/RL 30 May 2007 -- Amnesty International's recent 2007 human rights report harshly criticized the United States for what it called Washington's "breathtakingly shameless" doublespeak on human rights
- World Bank: Bush To Announce Zoellick As New Chief RFE/RL 30 May 2007 -- U.S. President George W. Bush is expected to announce today his nominee to head the World Bank. According to reports, his choice is Robert Zoellick, a former trade representative and top diplomat.
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