15 June 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 15 June 2010 [PDF]
- Iraqis Arrest Terror Group Associates AFPS 15 Jun 2010 -- Iraqi security forces arrested two suspected al-Qaida in Iraq criminal associates during a combined operation northeast of the Iraqi capital today, military officials said.
- In-flight emergency safely managed by Balad C-130 crew AFNS 15 Jun 2010 -- After overcoming multiple mechanical problems, a C-130H Hercules crew from 777th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron safely landed their aircraft with 34 passengers aboard June 9 here.
- SWO 'operationalizes' weather for TF Wings' aviation mission in northern Iraq Army News 15 Jun 2010 -- Imagine a blinding, gusting wall of sand and dust five to eight thousand feet high, spanning 60 to 90 miles, moving at a rate of 35 to 60 kilometers an hour.
- Vipers provide critical air traffic services in USD-N Army News 15 Jun 2010 -- The importance of aviation operations in the current contemporary operating environment in Iraq cannot be overstated with hundreds of movements of troops, supplies and equipment daily.
- Making a difference in Dhi Qar Province Army News 15 Jun 2010 -- Soldiers of Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division have experienced the reconstruction of Iraq first hand while working with the Dhi Qar Provincial Reconstruction Team.
- U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers target weapon proficiency Army News 15 Jun 2010 -- Soldiers with Military Transition Team 5214 taught Iraqi soldiers from the 14th Iraqi Army's 52nd Brigade, 14th Division, basic range operations and assisted in making adjustments to the Iraqi soldiers' M-16 and M-4 rifles at a range here June 5, 2010. month at the base.
- Two more British soldiers killed in Afghanistan IRNA 15 Jun 2010 -- Two more British soldiers have been shot dead in separate incidents in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in London announced Tuesday.
- Joint team construction projects follow Afghan priorities AFNS 15 Jun 2010 -- Airmen and Soldiers are encouraging Afghan government officials to determine their own priorities for construction projects that will benefit people in the Zabul province.
- Mineral Resources Could Give Afghans New Hope AFPS 15 Jun 2010 -- An estimated $1 trillion of untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan could lead to economic sovereignty, easing the country’s financial dependency on the United States and international community, a top defense official said yesterday.
- Defense Officials Cite Progress, Challenges in Afghanistan AFPS 15 Jun 2010 -- U.S. and international forces are making progress in southern Afghanistan despite a tough and resourceful insurgency, defense officials told Congress today.
- British soldier dies from Afghan injuries IRNA 15 Jun 2010 -- A Royal Marine has died in a UK hospital after sustaining injuries in Afghanistan over the weekend, the Ministry of Defence announced Tuesday.
- Combined Force Kills Insurgents in Afghanistan AFPS 15 Jun 2010 -- An Afghan-international force killed several armed insurgents in Afghanistan’s Kapisa province while pursuing a Taliban commander last night, military officials said.
- Afghan Taliban reject report on ISI help IRNA 15 Jun 2010 -- Afghan Taliban Monday rejected a report as a ‘drama’ staged by US, Britain and NATO that Pakistan’s intelligence agency gives funding, training and sanctuary to Afghan Taliban on a scale much larger than previously thought.
- PAKISTAN: Four million in north denied rights, says AI IRIN 15 Jun 2010 -- Amnesty International (AI) has criticized the Pakistani government and the militants it is fighting in parts of Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa Province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on the border with Afghanistan for violating international humanitarian law and human rights, even though conditions in other areas, such as Swat, are improving.
- The Growing Threat In Pakistan’s Punjab RFE/RL 15 Jun 2010 -- Few Pakistanis rejoiced when the country's military high command announced victory against armed militants in the Orakzai tribal agency last week -- mainly because Punjab, the heartland of Pakistan, is still threatened by galloping Talibanization.
- Guard members respond to flooding in three states AFNS 15 Jun 2010 -- More than 400 National Guard members from three states have been called up for flood duty after heavy rains and snow run off caused cresting rivers this week.
- Obama Praises Military Support in Gulf AFPS 15 Jun 2010 -- President Barack Obama today praised the role the military is playing as part of oil spill response efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, and told military members at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla., they exemplify the resolve, determination and resilience the nation is demonstrating in the face of the disaster.
- Obama Chooses Mabus to Lead Gulf Restoration AFPS 15 Jun 2010 -- President Barack Obama in an address to the nation tonight announced that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will develop a long-term restoration plan for the Gulf Coast.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD News: Army Releases May Suicide Data DoD 15 Jun 2010-- The Army released suicide data today for the month of May. Among active-duty soldiers, there were nine potential suicides, and all remain under investigation. For April, the Army reported 10 potential suicides among active-duty soldiers. Since the release of that report, four have been confirmed as suicides, and six remain under investigation.
- DoD News: DOD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for May 2010 DoD 15 Jun 2010 -- The Department of Defense announced today its recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for May 2010.
- Services Meet or Exceed May’s Active-Duty Recruiting Goals AFPS 15 Jun 2010 -- The military services reported across-the-board active-duty recruiting successes in May, a traditionally slow recruiting month just before high school graduations.
- 816th Contingency Response Group inactivation ceremony takes parent wing into new era AFNS 15 Jun 2010 -- Five years after its creation, the 816th Contingency Response Group closed its doors, furled and cased its flag, and held its inactivation ceremony here June 11.
- Kearsarge Onloads 873 Tons of Ordnance Navy NewsStand 15 Jun 2010 -- Aviation ordnancemen (AO) and gunner's mates packed 873 tons of bombs, bullets and missiles into ammunition lockers and magazines aboard amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) at Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., June 7-9.
- USS Mahan Embarks Marine Biologists During SEASWITI Navy NewsStand 15 Jun 2010 -- Marine biologists and scientists working for Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Newport, R.I., embarked USS Mahan (DDG 72) June 4-9 during the Southeast Anti-Submarine Warfare Integration Training Initiative (SEASWITI) 10-3.
- New Systems Make Military Moves More Efficient Navy NewsStand 15 Jun 2010 -- With the busiest season for permanent-change-of-station (PCS) moves underway, officials at U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) are encouraging service members to take advantage of new systems designed to make the process more convenient and efficient.
- Soldiers graduate from Afghan language, culture program Army News 15 Jun 2010 -- Nearly 300 Fort Carson Soldiers graduated from a seven week Dari and Pashto language class June 11, in advance of their deployment to Afghanistan where they will be expected to help their battalion commanders better interact with the local population.
- The Army Modernization Strategy - Second Line of Effort Army News 15 Jun 2010
- Army's world-class facility enhances auditory research Army News 15 Jun 2010 -- The importance of a Soldier's ability to hear a wide range of sounds is critical to survival and mission success on the battlefield. In today's military environment, the harshness of various sounds produced by both military and non-military activities makes it difficult for the Soldier to separate useful signals from background noise.
- Black Dragons fire back during JRTC rotation Army News 15 Jun 2010 -- Soldiers assigned to A Battery, 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, provided fire support and assisted role playing Iraqi Army (IA) Soldiers during their combat outpost defense training at the Joint Readiness Training Center, here, June 12.
- Crane Army Ammunition Activity Participates in Exercise Golden Cargo 2010 Army News 15 Jun 2010 -- More than 400 Soldiers arrived at Crane Army Ammunition Activity June 5 to participate in the latest national military exercise called "Golden Cargo" which will take place this
- Pacific Partnership 2010 Visits Cambodia for the First Time Navy NewsStand 15 Jun 2010 -- At the invitation of the government of Cambodia, the hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and JDS Kunisaki (LST 4003) have arrived in Cambodia June 15 to visit Cambodia and cooperate with the Cambodian government on medical, dental, and engineering projects as a part of Pacific Partnership 2010.
- USS Emory S. Land Departs Pacific Northwest for New Homeport of Diego Garcia Navy NewsStand 15 Jun 2010 -- USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), one of only two submarine tenders in the Navy's ship inventory, departed Bremerton June 14, bound for its new forward-deployed homeport of Diego Garcia.
- NMCB 5 Receives 2009 Peltier Award Navy NewsStand 15 Jun 2010 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) recognized Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5 June 12 as the recipient of the 2009 Peltier Award.
- Swift Crew Delivers Handclasp Aid to Nicaraguan Hospital Navy NewsStand 15 Jun 2010 -- The crew aboard High Speed Vessel Swift 2 delivered humanitarian supplies to Alcaldia Municipal de Corinto in Corinto, Nicaragua, June 8.
- New Firearms Policy Released Navy NewsStand 15 Jun 2010 -- The Navy announced a policy change regarding personal firearms to consolidate and clarify the requirements for those who own these weapons.
- DoD News: Senior Executive Service Appointments and Reassignments DoD 15 Jun 2010-- Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced the following Department of Defense Senior Executive Service, appointments and reassignments
- USAFE officials invest $240 million in housing AFNS 15 Jun 2010 -- The continuing investment in military family housing and dormitories is keeping U.S. Air Forces Europe in line with the Year of the Air Force Family theme of building a great place to live, work and play.
- New Systems Make Military Moves More Efficient AFPS 15 Jun 2010 -- With the busiest season for permanent-change-of-station moves under way, officials at U.S. Transportation Command are encouraging servicemembers to take advantage of new systems designed to make the process more convenient and efficient.
- U.S. and Moroccan troops wrap up exercise African Lion 2010 USMC News 15 Jun 2010 -- U.S. service members taking part in African Lion 2010 wrapped up their training here June 9 in a final combined arms exercise with the Royal Moroccan Army.
- Navigator plans flights, aviation portion of exercise during AFRICAN LION 2010 USMC News 15 Jun 2010 -- Clad in a tan flight suit, U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Brett Trahan trades barbed jokes - the kind born of long hours spent working and living together - with his flight crew. Yet the group, no matter how familiar they may seem, treats him with a friendly respect. Trahan is legendary in his unit, and a hard worker; he is also marked. However, one would be hard pressed to recognize him as an endangered Marine Corps species if it weren’t for the unit patch sewn to his uniform, and two increasingly rare numbers typed into his service record book.
- MPF offload demonstrates Navy-Marine Corps Team, Latvian interoperability USMC News 15 Jun 2010 -- A simulated earthquake brings a humanitarian crisis to the Baltic Sea region and the Marines and Sailors from Charlie Company, 4th Landing Support Battalion and Naval Beach Group 2 arrive at the port to help.
- Lightening The Load: MARFORRES Corpsmen Receive Electronic Medical Record Training USMC News 15 Jun 2010 -- For Marine Forces Reserve corpsmen slated to deploy to combat zones, the days of hauling around large bins of medical and dental paper records are now quickly numbered, thanks to recent developments in the military medical community.
- Russia may import armor for military vehicles RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2010 -- The Russian Defense Ministry will wait for an answer from researchers before it decides to acquire foreign technology for the production of armor for light military vehicles, a senior military official said Tuesday.
- Russia to buy 10 billion euros in foreign arms by 2016 - paper RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2010 -- The Russian Defense Ministry may spend up to 10 billion euros on European and Israeli weaponry in the next five or six years, Russian daily Vedomosti reported on Tuesday.
- Russia to float out new nuclear submarine after delay RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2010 -- Russia on Tuesday launches a new nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarine after a short delay caused by technical reasons, the Sevmash shipyard said.
- France hands over night vision technology to Russia RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2010 -- Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Tuesday it had signed several contracts with the French defense firm Thales on the transfer of technology and delivery of communications equipment for Russian armored vehicles.
- June 15, 2010 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 15 Jun 2010
- Press Gaggle by Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton en Route Andrews Air Force Base, 6/15/2010 The White House 15 Jun 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for June 15, 2010
- BAE Systems and Iveco Defence Vehicles Pursue Marine Corps Personnel Carrier BAE Systems 15 Jun 2010 -- BAE Systems and Iveco Defence Vehicles have signed a licensing agreement to form the basis of a business arrangement for the pursuit of the U.S. Marine Corps Personnel Carrier (MPC) programme, with a vehicle based on the SUPERAV 8x8.
- Two CN235s for the Navy of Mexico ferried to their Mexican base EADS 15 Jun 2010 -- The two CN235s aircraft ordered by the Mexican Navy departed Airbus Military’s facility of San Pablo (Seville) with destination to the Navy’s air base of Tapachula, on Friday 11th June.
- Raytheon Receives $73 Million to Advance Patriot Capabilities for Taiwan and Kuwait Raytheon 15 Jun 2010 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) received a $73 million contract for spares as part of upgrades to Configuration-3 of the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System for Taiwan and Kuwait.
- General Dynamics Awarded Contract for Laser Energetics' Dazer LaserTM General Dynamics 15 Jun 2010 -- Light Fighting Technologies. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- Lockheed Martin Team Reaches 50 Percent Completion in Construction of Nation’s Third Littoral Combat Ship Lockheed Martin 15 Jun 2010 -- The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led industry team recently accomplished a key milestone by reaching the 50-percent completion mark in the construction of the nation’s third Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). LCS 3, named Fort Worth, is on track for delivery to the U.S. Navy in 2012.
- Thales leads European study on integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems into general air traffic Thales 15 Jun 2010 -- Thales today announced that it has reached the end of a decisive year-long European technical design study, called SIGAT – (Study on military frequency spectrum allocations for the Insertion into General Air Traffic of UAS).
- Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Continue Development of New Micro-Gyro for DARPA Program Northrop Grumman 15 Jun 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected to continue development of a miniature navigation grade gyro for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) that will provide precision navigation for size and power constrained applications.
- Raytheon Introduces New System for Tactical Networked Communications Raytheon 15 Jun 2010 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is introducing the new Enhanced Mobile Ad-Hoc Network Radio System™ to provide netted communications and tactical data for coalition interoperability.
- Sagem chosen as MBDA partner on Medium-Range Missile Sagem (Safran group) 15 Jun 2010 -- Through a partnership with missile manufacturer MBDA, Sagem (Safran group) will be in charge of the development and production of the firing post and infrared seeker on the Medium-Range Missile (MMP). This system is being offered within the scope of the planned replacement of France’s Milan antitank missiles towards 2015. The overall contract would cover 500 systems and 3,000 missiles, as well as significant potential for export contracts.
- Sagem’s Sigma 30 artillery navigation and pointing system deployed by first two Pinaka multiple launch rocket system regiments Sagem (Safran group) 15 Jun 2010 -- Sagem (Safran group) has completed delivery of its Sigma 30 artillery navigation and pointing systems to the first two regiments in the Indian army deploying the Pinaka multiple launch rocket system (MLRS).
- Thales and Rockwell Collins boost performance of FlexNet product line Thales 15 Jun 2010 -- Thales and Rockwell Collins have introduced a new 1.5 Mb service class for the FlexNet-Waveform that offers a greater range of services including imaging, video streaming, file transfer, web-based applications and messaging. The new capability also offers greater responsiveness for time-critical data transmissions by reducing latency for situational awareness and real-time services for cooperative engagements and weapon systems.
- Thales to supply electronic warfare programming stations for French Army and Navy helicopters Thales 15 Jun 2010 -- Thales has been selected by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) to supply 50 electronic warfare programming stations for seven families of helicopters in service with the French armed forces. The helicopters are the upgraded Cougar, EC725 HUS, Tiger standard 1 & 2, NH90, Gazelle and Puma operated by French Army aviation; and the Panther in service with the French Navy. The electronic warfare programming stations are scheduled for delivery by the end of the first quarter of 2012, following customer qualification starting in late 2011.
- 15 June 2010 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 15 Jun 2010
- Sphere Of Reluctance: Russia Hesitant About Kyrgyz Intervention RFE/RL 15 Jun 2010 -- Russia has long tried to claim the former Soviet space as a "sphere of influence," a privileged zone of responsibility where Moscow was free to act to keep the peace and preserve its interests.
- Scale of Ethnic Violence in Kyrgyzstan Remains Mystery VOA 15 Jun 2010 -- There are no exact figures on the scale of ethnic unrest that has hit southern Kyrgyzstan. They are lost in the chaos of what happened. No one is even certain why the violence erupted. Official casualty figures are contradictory and considerably lower than unofficial estimates. All that is known is that many people are dead and as many as 100,000 refugees, perhaps more, have been forced to abandon their homes in the cities of Osh and Jalalabad and other towns.
- Red Cross: Ethnic Violence Kills 'Several Hundred' in Kyrgyzstan VOA 15 Jun 2010 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross says ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan has killed several hundred people, and a U.N. official says the fighting began with coordinated attacks.
- UN Human Rights Officials say Kyrgyzstan Violence Appears Coordinated VOA 15 Jun 2010 -- The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says the violence in southern Kyrgyzstan appears to have started last week with a coordinated attack. The fighting has killed at least 170 people and wounded nearly 2,000 others.
- UN Political Chief Calls For Kyrgyzstan Aid Corridor RFE/RL 15 Jun 2010 -- A senior UN official has called for the urgent creation of a humanitarian corridor for aid to be delivered in Kyrgyzstan after five days of deadly ethnic violence in the south of the country.
- EU Expresses 'Great Concerns' Over Kyrgyz Violence, Pledges Aid RFE/RL 15 Jun 2010 -- Although not initially on the agenda of the EU foreign ministers' meeting, the situation in Kyrgyzstan forced its way to the top of the bloc's current list of concerns.
- Death toll in Kyrgyz ethnic clashes rises to 178 RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2010 -- At least 178 people have been killed in inter-ethnic clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan, including 132 in the country's second largest city of Osh, the 24.kg agency said on Tuesday, citing a health ministry report.
- Russia will not send peacekeepers to troubled Kyrgyzstan RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2010 -- Russia will not send peacekeeping forces to Kyrgyzstan, which has been hit by deadly inter-ethnic clashes in recent days, Russia's envoy to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said on Tuesday.
- Deadly clashes in south Kyrgyzstan fade out - Otunbayeva RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2010 -- Deadly clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan are gradually fading out, but the northern regions are still threatened by further unrest, the country's interim leader said on Tuesday.
- Number of Uzbek refugees from Kyrgyzstan grows to 83,000 RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2010 -- About 83,000 ethnic Uzbeks have fled to Uzbekistan from Kyrgyzstan, where ethnic violence has killed at least 170 people, an Uzbek emergencies ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.
- UN Security Council condemns interethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2010 -- The United Nations Security Council members condemned recent interethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan, urged to put an end to bloodshed and provide humanitarian aid to all civilians hurt in bloody clashes.
- Kyrgyzstan: Ban discusses crisis with leaders as UN mobilizes aid for civilians UN News Centre 15 Jun 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke with the head of Kyrgyzstan’s interim Government today regarding the crisis in the south, as United Nations agencies launched operations to assist the thousands of civilians affected by the violence.
- UN Urges Kyrgyzstan to Quell Ethnic Violence VOA 15 Jun 2010 -- The United Nations is urging Kyrgyzstan to protect civilians and put an end to ethnic violence in the south that has forced some 275,000 people to flee their homes.
- Kyrgyzstan Ethnic Violence Leaves Many Unanswered Questions VOA 15 Jun 2010 -- There are no exact figures on the scale of ethnic unrest that has hit southern Kyrgyzstan. They are lost in the chaos of what happened. No one is even certain why the violence erupted. Official casualty figures are contradictory and considerably lower than unofficial estimates. All that is known is that many people are dead and as many as 100,000 refugees, perhaps more, have been forced to abandon their homes in Osh and Jalalabad and other towns.
- Press Conference on Situation in Korean Peninsula United Nations 15 Jun 2010
- Pyongyang says S.Korea fabricated results of Cheonan sinking investigation RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2010 -- North Korea proposed at a UN Security Council session sending its own group of experts to South Korea to inquire in Seoul's investigation concerning the sinking of the Cheonan warship.
- UN to Distribute Turkish Flotilla Aid to Gaza VOA 15 Jun 2010 -- The United Nations says it will take responsibility for the cargo Israel seized from a flotilla of Turkish ships bound for the Gaza Strip last month and distribute it to Palestinians living there.
- Flotilla incident highlights need for radical shift on Gaza, says UN envoy UN News Centre 15 Jun 2010 -- A top United Nations official today stressed the need for a fundamental change in the situation in Gaza, noting that the recent tragedy involving an aid flotilla intercepted by Israel is just another reminder of why the blockade of the Strip is unsustainable and must end.
- Israeli Official says Lifting Gaza Blockage Poses Threat VOA 15 Jun 2010 -- A top Israeli security official says Israel would face a huge security threat if it lifted its blockade of Gaza.
- Russia praises Israel's decision to probe Freedom Flotilla assault RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2010 -- Russia praised on Tuesday Israel's decision to hold its own investigation into the storming of a humanitarian aid convoy but said the probe should be in line with international standards.
- DRC: Who’s who among armed groups in the east IRIN 15 Jun 2010 -- Armed groups have caused severe suffering in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the years. Below are listed some that are active in the Kivu region. This information is gathered from various sources:
- Number of refugees returning home drops to lowest in 20 years – UN report UN News Centre 15 Jun 2010 -- With major conflicts in Afghanistan and Somalia among those showing no signs of being resolved, the number of refugees voluntarily returning to their home countries last year plummeted to their lowest levels in two decades, according to a new United Nations report.
- ANALYSIS: Cautious welcome for ICC decision on crime of aggression IRIN 15 Jun 2010 -- The decision to include the crime of aggression under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is a step forward for international justice but raises expectations that the court may be unable to meet, say analysts.
- Sudan’s Government Committed to Keeping the Country Unified VOA 15 Jun 2010 -- A leading member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party told VOA President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s newly formed unity government is seeking to the keep the country whole during implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).
- Uganda Says 10 Soldiers Killed in Central African Republic VOA 15 Jun 2010 -- The Ugandan army says at least 10 of its soldiers were ambushed and killed in the Central African Republic last month while chasing Lord's Resistance Army rebels.
- Ban lauds Sierra Leone’s advances in firming up stability UN News Centre 15 Jun 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today hailed the “tremendous progress” Sierra Leone has made in consolidating peace and development less than one decade after the end of the West African nation’s brutal civil war.
- Security Council notes some progress on fate of persons missing since 1990-91 Gulf War UN News Centre 15 Jun 2010 -- Iraq and Kuwait have made some progress on the ground over the past year in their joint efforts to search for persons and property missing since the 1990-91 Gulf War, the Security Council said today, calling on the neighbouring countries to maintain the spirit of cooperation to enhance relations and regional stability.
- Security Council extends mandate of UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus UN News Centre 15 Jun 2010 -- The Security Council today extended by six months the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cyprus, where the world body is facilitating talks aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island.
- Call for prosecutions as Bloody Sunday report is published IRNA 15 Jun 2010 -- Britain’s longest and most expensive public inquiry into the killing of 14 unarmed civil rights demonstrators in Northern Ireland was being published Tuesday with calls for the prosecution of those responsible.
- Ireland expels Israeli diplomat over forged passports IRNA 15 Jun 2010 -- An Israeli diplomat is being expelled over the use of forged Irish passports in the assassination of a Hamas official in Dubai in January, Foreign Minister Michael Martins confirmed Tuesday.
- Ireland to Expel Israeli Diplomat Over Hamas Official Slaying VOA 15 Jun 2010 -- Ireland says it is expelling an Israeli diplomat because of the use of forged Irish passports in the killing of a Hamas official in Dubai earlier this year.
- Musavi Posts Green Movement Charter, Calls For Trial Of Vote Saboteurs RFE/RL 15 Jun 2010 -- Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi has published a charter that calls for reforms in that country while emphasizing the nonviolent nature of the opposition movement.
- Iran to continue peaceful nuclear program based on int'l, IAEA rules IRNA 15 Jun 2010 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said on Tuesday that Tehran, despite all pressures, will continue its peaceful nuclear activities within the framework of the international and IAEA rules and regulations.
- How Long Will It Take To Form An Iraqi Government? RFE/RL 15 Jun 2010 -- Iraq's parliamentary elections are now more than three months gone, but there are no signs the country will have a new government soon.
- American Citizen Hunting bin Laden Detained in Pakistan VOA 15 Jun 2010 -- Police in northern Pakistan say they have arrested an American who said he was on a solo mission to kill al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
- New Report Calls for Washington-Pyongyang Talks VOA 15 Jun 2010 -- In a new report, the Council on Foreign Relations, or CFR, is calling for the United States to take a more active role in dealing with challenges posed by North Korea, with recommendations that include bilateral talks about missile development as well as consultations with China about North Korea.
- Kyrgyzstan to seek Bakiyev's extradition in international courts RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2010 -- Kyrgyzstan will seek the extradition of deposed president Kurmanbek Bakiyev from Belarus through international courts, the deputy head of the interim government said on Tuesday.
- Russia launches 3 foreign satellites into orbit RIA Novosti 15 Jun 2010 -- Russia's Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) launched on Tuesday a converted Russian intercontinental ballistic missile carrying three foreign satellites from a missile site in the Urals region, a SMF spokesman said.
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