16 September 2013 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 16 Sep 2013 [PDF]
- Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Carter's Travel to Afghanistan DoD 16 Sep 2013
- Helmand's Top Policewoman Dies After Attack RFE/RL 16 Sep 2013 -- Afghan officials say the highest-ranking female police officer in the country's southern Helmand Province has died from wounds inflicted by unknown attackers.
- Afghan policewoman dies of injuries PressTV 16 Sep 2013 -- Female Afghan police officer Nigar has died of injuries sustained in an attack in the southern province of Helmand.
- NATO Fuel Tankers Destroyed In Pakistan RFE/RL 16 Sep 2013 -- At least nine oil tankers carrying fuel for NATO forces stationed in Afghanistan have been destroyed in a fire in southwestern Pakistan.
- Pakistan to free Afghan Taliban leader PressTV 16 Sep 2013 -- A senior Pakistani official says Islamabad will soon release Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in a bid to help the ongoing peace process in neighboring Afghanistan.
- Deployed Airmen trailblazers of Reaper world AFNS 16 Sep 2013 -- Many of the iconic images from military operations are of U. S. Air Force legacy aircraft.
- Shadows provide mission support from the sky Army News 16 Sep 2013 -- Soldiers run 24-hour-a-day operations in order to keep situational awareness at all times.
- Afghan Presidential Election Process Begins VOA 16 Sep 2013 -- Election officials in Afghanistan have begun accepting the nominations of would-be candidates for presidential polls set for April 5.
- Registration for presidential candidates kicks off in Afghanistan PressTV 16 Sep 2013 -- Afghanistan’s presidential race has just begun with the opening of the nomination process as candidates register to succeed the incumbent President Hamid Karzai.
- Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Carter's Travel to Pakistan DoD 16 Sep 2013
- After Afghanistan Visit, Carter Flies to Pakistan, India AFPS 16 Sep 2013 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter wrapped up his trip to Afghanistan this morning and traveled on to India after spending the day in Pakistan.
- Islamabad won't be coerced into accepting militant terms PressTV 16 Sep 2013 -- Pakistan's army chief, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, says militants cannot “coerce” Islamabad into accepting their terms.
- Pakistani Taliban call for release of prisoners, withdrawal of troops IRNA 16 Sep 2013 -- Pakistani Taliban have called for the release of their prisoners and withdrawal of army from the tribal regions.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Statement from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Incident at Washington Navy Yard DoD 16 Sep 2013
- Pentagon Offers Resources as Navy Shooting Response Continues AFPS 16 Sep 2013 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is making Defense Department resources available to Navy officials as they deal with a still-unfolding shooting incident at the Washington Navy Yard.
- At Least 13 Dead in Gun Rampage at US Navy Center RIA Novosti 16 Sep 2013 -- At least 13 people were killed and several others wounded after a gunman went on a shooting rampage at a US Navy administrative center in Washington on Monday, officials said.
- Acting Air Force Secretary Describes Budget Choices AFPS 16 Sep 2013 -- The Air Force may have to “cut vertically” in fiscal year 2014 to achieve the savings needed under sequestration, the service’s acting secretary said here today.
- Fanning: Air Force Must Innovate to Prosper AFPS 16 Sep 2013 -- Acting Air Force Secretary Eric K. Fanning set the tone for the Air Force Association’s 2013 Air and Space Conference today by stressing the need for innovation and agility as the service looks to the future.
- Intelligence Agency Director Discusses Roadmap for Future AFPS 16 Sep 2013 -- Intelligence is a critical guarantor of U.S. national security, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency said.
- CNO Wraps up Weeklong Visit with PLA Navy NNS 16 Sep 2013 -- Commander in Chief of the People's Liberation Army Navy Adm. Wu Shengli concluded his visit to the United States.
- Carrier Air Wing 5 Reunites with George Washington for 2013 Patrol NNS 16 Sep 2013 -- The U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington welcomed aboard Carrier Air Wing 5 to continue its 2013 patrol, Sept. 14.
- Theodore Roosevelt Completes Flight Deck Certification NNS 16 Sep 2013 -- USS Theodore Roosevelt and Carrier Air Wing 1, successfully completed flight deck certification, Sept. 14, fulfilling an important milestone of getting the ship and its embarked airwing combat ready.
- Boxer, New Orleans Visit the Philippines NNS 16 Sep 2013 -- Sailors and Marines assigned to USS Boxer, and amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans arrived in Subic Bay, Philippines, Sept. 16 for a port visit and to begin a major bilateral exercise.
- Rising Thunder Promotes U.S.-Japan Partnership, Capability AFPS 16 Sep 2013 -- The first combined aviation live-fire exercise with U.S. and Japanese army forces firing AGM-114 Hellfire missiles proved to be a highlight of the ongoing Rising Thunder 13 exercise.
- U.S., Cambodian Airmen support Pacific Angel AFNS 16 Sep 2013 -- Nhaeng Nhang, Rominh and Tram Kok Health Centers are the sites for extensive renovation during Pacific Angel 13-5 Cambodia, a joint and combined humanitarian mission that began Sept. 9.
- Annual UNITAS Naval Exercise Wraps Up in Colombia NNS 16 Sep 2013 -- Naval forces from 15 partner nations concluded UNITAS 2013, the 54th annual multinational maritime exercise, Sept. 15 in Cartagena, Colombia.
- New Commander for USS New Mexico NNS 16 Sep 2013 -- Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico (SSN 779) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., Sept. 16.
- Press Secretary Details Military Aid to Colorado Flood Effort AFPS 16 Sep 2013 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been monitoring the events in northern Colorado.
- Army Evacuates Guardsmen, First Responders in Colorado AFPS 16 Sep 2013 -- As rain and cloud cover hampered military aviation operations in Colorado yesterday, the rising waters added Colorado National Guardsmen and first responders to the list of flood evacuees.
- Soldiers rescue more than 2,100 from Colorado floods Army News 16 Sep 2013 -- Colorado National Guard and active-duty Soldiers have rescued more than 2,100 people and hundreds of pets displaced by flooding in Colorado.
- President Obama to Award Medal of Honor The White House 16 Sep 2013
- Former Army Captain to Receive Medal of Honor in October AFPS 16 Sep 2013 -- President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor next month to former Army Capt. William Swenson for conspicuous gallantry during operations in Afghanistan’s Kunar province.
- 2nd Tanks promotes first female field grade officer USMC News 16 Sep 2013 -- For the first time in 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division history, a field grade officer billet is being filled by a female.
- NASA Visits USS San Diego in Preparation for Space Capsule Recovery NNS 16 Sep 2013 -- Senior project managers from NASA managing the Orion spacecraft's Exploration Flight Test visited USS San Diego in preparation for a test to retrieve the Orion space capsule in January.
- Navy Releases Special and General Courts-Martial Cases from August 2013 NNS 16 Sep 2013 -- The following reports the results of Special and General Courts-Martial tried within the United States Navy in August 2013.
- Russia’s Troubled Bulava Missiles Returned to Maker RIA Novosti 16 Sep 2013 -- All Bulava missiles from the same batch as the one that failed on September 6 will undergo additional tests by their manufacturer.
- Russian Nuclear Sub ‘Safe’ After Fire – Defense Ministry RIA Novosti 16 Sep 2013 -- There is no danger of a radioactive leak from a nuclear submarine in Russia’s Far East after a fire broke out during repairs.
- Fire on Nuclear Submarine in Russia’s Far East Extinguished RIA Novosti 16 Sep 2013 -- A fire that broke out on the K-150 Tomsk nuclear-powered submarine has been extinguished.
- Russia Reopens Military Base to Control Key Part of Arctic – Putin RIA Novosti 16 Sep 2013 -- Russia will reopen a military base in the New Siberian Islands, an Arctic archipelago north of Yakutia, to secure control of the strategic region.
- Putin Orders More Snap Checks of Army, Civil Services RIA Novosti 16 Sep 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin, supreme commander-in-chief of the nation’s armed forces, ordered a new series of snap checks of the military as well as civil services.
- Canadian Military Inspectors to Fly over Russia, Belarus RIA Novosti 16 Sep 2013 -- Canadian military inspectors will fly over the territories of Russia and Belarus starting from Monday as part of the international Open Skies Treaty.
- NATO Secretary General thanks Djibouti for counter-piracy efforts NATO 16 Sep 2013 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the President of Djibouti discussed counter-piracy efforts off the Horn of Africa and the situation in Somalia.
- US report: Israel has at least 80 nuclear warheads PressTV 16 Sep 2013 -- A newly released report in a US professional journal confirms that the Israeli regime possesses at least 80 operative nuclear warheads.
- Vietnam, Japan boost defense ties People's Daily 16 Sep 2013 -- The visit of Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera to Vietnam is of great significance to boost the strategic partnership between the two countries.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 9/16/2013 The White House 16 Sep 2013
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing, September 16, 2013 US Dept. of State 16 Sep 2013
- Turkey Says It Shot Down Syrian Helicopter RFE/RL 16 Sep 2013 -- Turkey says it shot down a Syrian military helicopter after it entered Turkish airspace.
- Turkey warplanes shoot down Syrian helicopter PressTV 16 Sep 2013 -- Turkey’s deputy prime minister says Turkish warplanes have shot down a Syrian military helicopter after violating the country’s airspace.
- Most Syrians killed in unlawful conventional attacks UN News Centre 16 Sep 2013 -- The vast majority of Syrians are killed in unlawful attacks using conventional weapons such as guns and mortars, with children making up a large proportion of the casualtie.
- UN Commission Says Abuses Widespread in Syria VOA 16 Sep 2013 -- The Commission of Inquiry on Syria calls the use of chemical weapons a war crime and says their alleged use is triggering a new urgency to bring an end to Syria’s 30-month-long civil war.
- US to Help Syrian Opposition Fight Chemical Weapons VOA 16 Sep 2013 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has signed an executive order directing the government to provide the Syrian opposition with aid and training to deal with any future chemical weapons attacks.
- Statement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on the UN’s Report on Chemical Weapons Use The White House 16 Sep 2013
- Statement by the NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the Presidential Determination with Respect to Syria The White House 16 Sep 2013
- Presidential Determination - Syria The White House 16 Sep 2013
- Secretary Kerry Remarks With French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague US Dept. of State 16 Sep 2013
- Kerry Sees ‘Consequences’ if Syria Violates CW Accord VOA 16 Sep 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States, Britain, France and, importantly Russia, agree Syria must face unspecified “consequences” if it does not live up to the agreement on its chemical weapons.
- Kerry briefs US allies on Syria deal with Russia PressTV 16 Sep 2013 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry met with top diplomats from France and Britain in Paris to brief them on a deal over Syria’s chemical weapons.
- West threats against Syria wreck peace talks: Russia PressTV 16 Sep 2013 -- Russia has warned that threatening the Syrian government with military force and UN resolutions could wreck peace talks aimed at resolving the crisis in the Arab country.
- Syria's Chemical Disarmament Deadline Is Fastest Ever Tried RFE/RL 16 Sep 2013 -- When chemical-weapons experts work with things as dangerous as mustard gas and sarin, they don't like to be rushed.
- ‘Clear and convincing’ evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria UN News Centre 16 Sep 2013 -- A United Nations team probing the possible use of chemical weapons in Syria has found “clear and convincing evidence” that Sarin gas was used.
- UN: 'Convincing Evidence' of Syria Chemical Attack VOA 16 Sep 2013 -- United Nations inspectors say there is "clear and convincing evidence" chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in an attack last month in Syria that killed hundreds of people.
- UN: 'Clear, Convincing' Evidence of Chemical-Weapons Use In Syria RFE/RL 16 Sep 2013 -- UN inspectors say they have "clear and convincing evidence" that chemical weapons were used "against civilians including children" during an August 21 attack in Syria.
- Rebels Furious Over Diplomatic Deal on Syria VOA 16 Sep 2013 -- Syrian rebels remain furious over a Russian-brokered deal on Syria’s chemical weapons that has averted U.S. strikes on Damascus.
- McCain: US-Russia deal ‘a loser’ PressTV 16 Sep 2013 -- Senator John McCain, an influential Republican from Arizona, has criticized as “a loser” the US agreement with Russia to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons.
- Syria’s Kurds Play Political Odds between Assad, Erdogan VOA 16 Sep 2013 -- Civil war may have devastated much of Syria over the past two-and-a-half years, but one part of the country – its northeastern Kurdish region – has been relatively unscathed.
- 10% of Syrian Rebels Linked to Al-Qaida – Study RIA Novosti 16 Sep 2013 -- Of the 100,000 rebels battling the Syrian government, one-tenth are part of factions linked to al-Qaida.
- 3 Charged With Terrorism Offenses In Osh RFE/RL 16 Sep 2013 -- Three men have been arrested in Kyrgyzstan's southern region of Osh on terrorism-related charges.
- Libya weapons smuggled into Syria: United Nations PressTV 16 Sep 2013 -- The UN Security Council's committee on Libyan sanctions says caches of weapons and ammunition are being smuggled into Syria.
- Libya’s democratic transition faces numerous challenges UN News Centre 16 Sep 2013 -- Two years after the fall of the authoritarian regime, Libya faces a number of challenges in ensuring that its democratic transition proceeds peacefully.
- Rifles battalion takes over UK element in Mali UK MOD 16 Sep 2013 -- Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Rifles (1 RIFLES) have assumed responsibility for the UK's contribution to the EU mission in Mali.
- Apply Niger demining lessons in Mali, Niger's ex-rebels urge IRIN 16 Sep 2013 -- Cooperation between ex-rebel fighters and government authorities in demining parts of northern Niger should inspire government and non-state actors in Mali.
- S. Sudan Army Denies Soldiers Killed Jonglei Civilians VOA 16 Sep 2013 -- South Sudan army officials have dismissed as an exaggeration the findings of a Human Rights Watch report that accuses soldiers of killing scores of members of the Murle community in Jonglei state.
- Bomber Kills 3, Injures 4 in Russia’s North Caucasus – Police RIA Novosti 16 Sep 2013 -- A suicide bomber killed three police officers and injured four others in an attack on a local Interior Ministry branch in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya.
- Sudanese President Applies for US Visa to Attend United Nations VOA 16 Sep 2013 -- The U.S. government says Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has applied for a U.S. visa to attend the United Nations General Assembly.
- Renewed Anti-Government Unrest Persists in Turkey VOA 16 Sep 2013 -- Istanbul is again witnessing anti-government protests.
- Iran wants nuclear dossier closed: Salehi PressTV 16 Sep 2013 -- Iran’s nuclear boss says the new administration favors the closure of its nuclear issue at the International Atomic Energy Agency.
- Korean Industrial Zone Re-opens VOA 16 Sep 2013 -- North and South Korea have reopened their joint factory zone in Kaesong, just north of their shared border.
- South, North Korea Reopen Joint Industrial Complex - Report RIA Novosti 16 Sep 2013 -- South and North Korea resumed the operation of their troubled joint industrial area with a trial-run production.
- DPRK Remains Firm in Its Will for Peace: KCNA Commentary KCNA 16 Sep 2013 -- Fruits are being yielded with much effort in the inter-Korean relations.
- South Korean Troops Shoot, Kill Man Trying to Swim to North RIA Novosti 16 Sep 2013 -- South Korean troops shot dead a man trying to swim across a river to North Korea.
- Police nab militant commanders in Pakistani city of Karachi PressTV 16 Sep 2013 -- Pakistani security forces have arrested four militant commanders of an outlawed terrorist group in the southern port city of Karachi.
- UN chief reaffirms support to Somali ‘New Deal’ approved at international conference UN News Centre 16 Sep 2013 -- The international community and Somalia begin a new partnership, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
- Donors Pledge $2.7 Billion in ‘New Deal’ for Somalia VOA 16 Sep 2013 -- Delegates from 50 countries across Africa, Europe and the Persian Gulf came together in Brussels Monday to sign a ‘New Deal Compact’ to help rebuild Somalia, after two decades of civil war and lawlessness.
- Ugandan President Accused of Abusing Army, Misusing Funds VOA 16 Sep 2013 -- The exiled Coordinator of Uganda’s Intelligence Services has called for the removal of President Yoweri Museveni from the High Command of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces.
- Kagame's Party Expected to Triumph in Rwandan Polls VOA 16 Sep 2013 -- Rwandans voted in a parliamentary election Monday expected to result in an easy win for the party of President Paul Kagame.
- Voter ID Card Controversy Mars Cameroon Campaign VOA 16 Sep 2013 -- Campaigning for parliamentary and local elections is officially underway in Cameroon, amid controversy over the alleged fabrication and buying of fake voter cards ahead of the September 30 poll.
- Japan Nuclear-Free As Last Reactor Halted RFE/RL 16 Sep 2013 -- Japan has gone nuclear-free as it switched off its last operating reactor for an inspection.
- Cambodian Parties Agree to Steps in Tense Post-Election Atmosphere VOA 16 Sep 2013 -- After nearly five hours of talks, Cambodia’s ruling party and the opposition have agreed to a series of steps designed to defuse the country’s tense post-election atmosphere.
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