29 June 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 29 June 2010 [PDF]
- Airpower Summary: June 28 AFNS 29 Jun 2010
- Airpower Summary: June 27 AFNS 29 Jun 2010
- Iraqis Arrest 16 Terrorism Suspects AFPS 29 Jun 2010 -- Iraqi security forces arrested 16 suspected criminal associates of the al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist organization in recent operations, military officials reported.
- Petraeus: Progress in Afghanistan, but Tough Times Ahead VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- The U.S. Army General who President Barack Obama wants to send to lead American and coalition forces in Afghanistan told members of the Senate on Tuesday that there are already signs of success from the new strategy and troop surge the president announced in December. General David Petraeus told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the effort to establish security and develop Afghanistan's government and security forces will continue to be difficult, but he said he believes it can succeed.
- Key Senate Committee Approves Petraeus to Lead Afghan War VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday voted in favor of General David Petraeus to become the next commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.
- Petraeus Discusses Pros, Cons of July 2011 Deadline AFPS 29 Jun 2010 -- Senators questioned Army Gen. David H. Petraeus repeatedly on his understanding of the July 2011 target date to begin pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee today.
- Petraeus Calls Afghanistan a Test of Wills AFPS 29 Jun 2010 -- Afghanistan is a test of wills, and the enemy has to know the United States and its allies have the will to prevail, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus said before the Senate Armed Services Committee today.
- Former Taliban cut past ties, return to Afghan society during reintegration shura USMC News 29 Jun 2010 -- For six Afghan men, the reintegration shura was the start to a new chapter in each of their lives. Each man smiled ear-to ear, as he symbolically handed an AK-47 rifle to Haji Sattar, the Helmand provincial deputy governor. They were ready to put their Taliban affiliations behind and return to Afghan society.
- Key Senate Panel Approves Petraeus For Afghan Command RFE/RL 29 Jun 2010 -- A U.S. Senate panel has given President Barack Obama's choice of commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan its full backing, clearing the way for confirmation by the full upper house later this week.
- Afghanistan Visit Gives Mullen Reassurance, Concern AFPS 29 Jun 2010 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday that he returned from Afghanistan this week reassured that U.S. and NATO forces remain on track there, but also concerned about the synergy among terrorist groups in the region.
- AFGHANISTAN: NATO draws flak for fighting insecurity with aid IRIN 29 Jun 2010 -- Abdul Hadi, a taylor, is ambivalent: “Yes the bazaar is better now than it was before because the Marines are here to provide security. Before it was the Taliban who controlled security - things were secure then but the Taliban used to threaten to chop off people’s hands if they were found stealing. But people here are happy whoever brings security - either the Taliban or Marines. As long as business can be done."
- General Petraeus Testifies at Nomination Hearing for Afghan Command VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- The U.S. general nominated to lead U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan is warning of a tough fight ahead as troops battle a growing Taliban insurgency.
- Senate Expected to Swiftly Confirm US General for Afghan War VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- A Senate panel is questioning four-star General David Petraeus, who has been nominated to take over command of around 140,000 U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
- Afghan Protest Against NATO Turns Violent VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- An Afghan protest against NATO forces turned violent Tuesday, with at least 20 people injured in clashes with police near Kabul.
- Afghan, International Forces Detain Insurgents AFPS 29 Jun 2010 -- An Afghan and international force detained a number of suspected insurgents including a Taliban facilitator in Afghanistan’s Helmand province last night, military officials reported.
- Officials Deny Karzai Met Insurgent Leader RFE/RL 29 Jun 2010 -- Pakistani and Afghan officials have dismissed reports that Afghan President Hamid Karzai met a top militant leader in Kabul in a meeting arranged by the Pakistani army, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal reports.
- Attack on UN vehicle in Afghan capital leaves one staff member dead UN News Centre 29 Jun 2010 -- The United Nations has confirmed that one of its vehicles was shot at this morning in the Afghan capital, Kabul, resulting in the death of one staff member.
- Pakistan May Transfer Captured Taliban Commander To Afghanistan RFE/RL 29 Jun 2010 -- A spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai says Pakistan may extradite a captured top Taliban commander to Afghanistan, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal reports.
- Texas Guard Prepares for Season's First Hurricane AFPS 29 Jun 2010 -- About 2,500 members of the Texas National Guard are on standby in anticipation of Tropical Storm Alex, which is expected to become a hurricane and hit the lower Texas coast late July 1 or early July 2.
- National Guard battles flood waters in four states Army News 29 Jun 2010 -- Almost 300 National Guard members from four states helped to battle flood waters last week and through the weekend.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Survival, evasion, resistance and escape program enhanced by range support operations AFNS 29 Jun 2010 -- Air Force officials incorporated Code of Conduct into its survival, evasion, resistance and escape program to help Airmen evade capture and sharpen their survival skills while in enemy territory.
- RIMPAC 2010 Officially Opens Navy NewsStand 29 Jun 2010 -- Top military leaders from 14 partner nations held a press conference to officially launch the 2010 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise at Lockwood Hall on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam June 28.
- One-of-a-kind MSC Ship Trains to Deliver Fuel to Shore Navy NewsStand 29 Jun 2010 -- The crew of Military Sealift Command offshore petroleum distribution system ship MV Vice Adm. K.R. Wheeler trained June 21-26 to do something that no other ship in the world can do: pump fuel to shore from a tanker as far as eight miles out to sea.
- Line-Crossing Ceremony Becomes International Event During Southern Partnership Station 2010 Navy NewsStand 29 Jun 2010 -- Sailors and Marines from the U.S., Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Uruguay crossed the equator together aboard USS New Orleans (LPD 18), June 26, during a three-month deployment in support of Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2010.
- Nimitz Prepares for Underway with Fast Cruise Navy NewsStand 29 Jun 2010 -- Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) successfully completed a 14-hour fast cruise June 28.
- FISC San Diego Holds Change of Command Navy NewsStand 29 Jun 2010 -- Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) San Diego, a Naval Supply Systems Command component under Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers (COMFISCS), held a change of command ceremony June 25 aboard the aircraft carrier museum USS Midway in San Diego.
- Pacific Partnership 2010 Collaborates with Cambodian Navy during Medical Exchange Navy NewsStand 29 Jun 2010 -- Command hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) conducted a subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) with Cambodian navy service members at Ream Naval Training Center as part of Pacific Partnership 2010's visit to Sihanoukville.
- Taylor Arrives in Split, Croatia Navy NewsStand 29 Jun 2010 -- USS Taylor (FFG 50) arrived in Split, Croatia, June 24, as part of a scheduled port visit to further strengthen the relationship between the United States and Croatia.
- U.S. Army South's New Horizons-Haiti 2010 exercise an international effort Army News 29 Jun 2010 -- From the moment they leave their encampment each morning on the outskirts of Gonaives, Haiti, to the moment they return each evening, the troops of Task Force Kout Men (Creole for Helping Hands), are demonstrating the United States' continued commitment to the people of Haiti.
- Guard MPs train in Haiti during New Horizons Army News 29 Jun 2010 -- Nevada National Guard Soldiers of the 485th Military Police Company participated in the U.S. Army South New Horizons - Haiti 2010 Task Force Kout Men at several engineering and medical training exercise sites in the Gonaives area of Haiti from June 10 to June 26.
- U.S. Army South and Army Reserve Soldiers Prepare for New Horizons Army News 29 Jun 2010 -- Army Reserve Soldiers, with the 399th Combat Support Hospital out of New York, prepare medicine bags at the New Horizons - Haiti 2010 encampment June 27 for the patients they will see at the U.S. Army South New Horizons Ennery medical assistance site.
- Aviation fuel savings: AMC leading the charge AFNS 29 Jun 2010 -- Air Mobility Command has the largest fleet of the biggest airframes in the Air Force and they are the Department of Defense's largest aviation fuel customer, consuming 28 percent of DOD's aviation fuel use, but AMC Airmen are leading the charge in making energy a consideration in everything they do.
- Airmen conduct ground breaking aeromedical evacuation mission AFNS 29 Jun 2010 -- Members of the 451st Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron executed the first U.S. and British aeromedical evacuation mission to airlift non-validated casualties June 9 in Afghanistan.
- Ukrainian airmen visit Ramstein, gain knowledge of AF capabilities AFNS 29 Jun 2010 -- Airlifters from the Ukrainian air force visited here June 21 through 25 to participate in an engagement focused on airlift interoperability.
- Chairman Cites Importance of U.S.-Pakistan Ties AFPS 29 Jun 2010 -- The United States is working hard to regain Pakistan’s trust after several years without a relationship, but it’s going to take time, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday.
- Carter Promotes Pentagon Procurement Efficiency AFPS 29 Jun 2010 -- The Defense Department must become more efficient in providing the military capabilities the nation needs, a senior Pentagon official said here yesterday.
- DoD News: Senior Executive Service Appointment and Reassignment DoD 29 Jun 2010-- Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced the following Department of Defense Senior Executive Service appointment and reassignment
- Corps releases Marine Operations Concept 2010 USMC News 29 Jun 2010 -- The Marine Corps released the Marine Operations Concept 2010 on June 29, a guiding document written by the staff of the Marine Corps Combat Development Command under guidance from the commandant of the Marine Corps that explains how the Marine Corps must provide the nation with two key capabilities: assuring littoral access and winning “small wars.”
- Black Sea Rotational Force arrives in Bulgaria for last leg of training USMC News 29 Jun 2010 -- The Marines and Sailors of Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Tank Battalion, are currently training with Bulgarian soldiers at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, as part of the fourth and final peacekeeping operation training course of the Black Sea Rotational Force 2010 deployment.
- China to hold six-day military drills in South China Sea RIA Novosti 29 Jun 2010 -- The Chinese Navy will hold six-day military drills in the South China Sea from Wednesday, allegedly in response to planned U.S.-South Korean exercises in the Yellow Sea, local media reported on Tuesday.
- Large-scale military maneuver drills kick off in Russia's Far East RIA Novosti 29 Jun 2010 -- The Vostok 2010 military drills started off in the Russian Far East after motorized, missile and artillery brigades were raised on alert on Tuesday, a drills spokesman said.
- Half of Moscow Region Kubinka military airfield to go under hammer RIA Novosti 29 Jun 2010 -- The Russian Defense Ministry will auction part of the Moscow Region Kubinka military aerodrome in July for 212 million rubles ($8.6 million), a statement published on the ministry's website said.
- New commander to lead Russian Black Sea Fleet from August RIA Novosti 29 Jun 2010 -- Vice Adm. Vladimir Korolyov will be appointed commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in August, a spokesman for the Russian Navy said on Tuesday.
- Russia starts large-scale military drills in Far East RIA Novosti 29 Jun 2010 -- The Russian Armed Forces started on Tuesday large-scale Vostok-2010 military exercises in Siberia and the country's Far East, a spokesman for the Far Eastern military district said.
- Britain's Iraq War Inquiry Resumes VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- Britain's Iraq war inquiry began again on Tuesday after suspending its hearings for the country's general elections. Former U.N. inspector Hans Blix is among those called to appear before the five-member panel in the coming weeks.
- UN Chief Urges Resumption On Nuclear Talks RFE/RL 29 Jun 2010 -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that he favors a negotiated settlement on the Iran nuclear nonproliferation issue even after the UN Security Council voted earlier this month for a fresh round of sanctions on Iran.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 6/29/10 The White House 29 Jun 2010
- June 29, 2010 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 29 Jun 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for June 29, 2010
- BAE Systems Participates In RAAF F/A-18 Hornet Centre Barrel Replacement Program BAE Systems 29 Jun 2010 -- BAE Systems participated as the primary subcontractor to L-3 MAS (Canada) in the successful completion of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18 Hornet Centre Barrel Replacement (CBR) Program.
- £8.6M WEAPON ENHANCEMENT IMPROVES TORNADO AIRCRAFT CAPABILITY BAE Systems 29 Jun 2010 -- BAE Systems has been awarded an £8.6M contract to integrate improved weaponry onto the Tornado GR4 fleet, by the UK Ministry of Defence.
- Boeing Statement on Pentagon Acquisition and Procurement Initiative Boeing 29 Jun 2010 -- Ashton Carter, U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, announced June 28 that the Department of Defense is launching an initiative to reduce overhead costs by approximately $100 billion over the next five years, and transfer the savings to modernization programs and to ensure the readiness of the current force. The Boeing Company today issued the following statement:
- General Dynamics Awarded $14 Million by U.S. Army for 25mm and 30mm Ammunition General Dynamics 29 Jun 2010 -- General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has been awarded two contracts from the Project Manager for Maneuver Ammunition Systems (PM MAS) at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., for production of 30mm M789 High Explosive Dual Purpose (HEDP) ammunition and Phase III development of 25mm scalable fuze technology. The total value of the two contracts is more than $14 million.
- THAAD Weapon System Achieves Lowest Endo Intercept to Date, Maintains 100% Success Rate Lockheed Martin 29 Jun 2010 -- The Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] conducted a successful flight test of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Weapon System today at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, HI. This flight test was THAAD’s seventh intercept to date and proved the system’s ability to intercept a unitary target in the low endo-atmosphere.
- Key Sensor Delivered for NPP Satellite Northrop Grumman 29 Jun 2010 -- An advanced infrared sensor designed to improve weather forecasting around the world has been delivered for integration and testing on the precursor satellite to the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS). The Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS), a key sensor for the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) was delivered June 18 by Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) subcontractor ITT to a Ball Aerospace facility in Boulder, Colo.
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Propulsion System Successfully Maneuvers THAAD Interceptor to Destroy Ballistic Missile Target Pratt & Whitney 29 Jun 2010 -- The Divert and Attitude Control System (DACS) developed by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully positioned a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor that successfully destroyed an incoming Short Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM) in the low endo-atmosphere. Today’s flight test was conducted at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is under contract to produce the DACS for Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT], the THAAD prime contractor and systems integrator. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
- Northrop Grumman-Built Aegis Destroyer Gravely (DDG 107) Performs Well in the Ship's Acceptance Trial Northrop Grumman 29 Jun 2010 -- The Northrop Grumman Corporation-built (NYSE:NOC) Aegis guided missile destroyer Gravely (DDG 107) returned successfully from her first-ever sea trial last week in the Gulf of Mexico. Reaching this milestone paved the way for delivery to the U.S. Navy later this summer. The destroyer is being built by the company at its Gulf Coast facilities in Pascagoula, Miss.
- IMI Exhibits at Eurosatory 2010 Israeli Military Industries 29 Jun 2010 -- Israel Military Industries (IMI) participation at the Eurosatory 2010 international military fair provided an insight into the company's leading position as a provider of defense weapon systems and technologies for force protection and modern land warfare.
- 29 June 2010 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President United Nations 29 Jun 2010
- UN Denies Bringing Heavy Weapons Into Korean DMZ VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- The United Nations command in Korea is denying Pyongyang's allegation that U.S. and South Korean forces introduced "heavy weapons" into the demilitarized zone last Saturday.
- China Rebuffs Western Criticism Over North Korea VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- China is rejecting Western criticism that it is not doing enough to condemn North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean navel vessel.
- Israeli FM: No Palestinian State by 2012 VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says there is no chance of establishing an independent Palestinian state within the next two years. Lieberman says he is an "optimistic" person but does not believe there is a possibility of Palestinian statehood by 2012 - a target date set by international negotiators.
- Demolitions, new settlements in East Jerusalem could amount to war crimes – UN expert UN News Centre 29 Jun 2010 -- An independent United Nations expert today urged Israel to prevent further rights violations in East Jerusalem, warning that population transfers in or from occupied territory are war crimes under international law.
- Lavrov says peace in Middle East possible in two years RIA Novosti 29 Jun 2010 -- Reaching a peaceful solution to the Middle East conflict in two years is a "realistic objective," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday during his visit to the West Bank.
- Russia observes all norms on weapons supplies to Mideast - Lavrov RIA Novosti 29 Jun 2010 -- Russia will strictly abide by norms of international law regarding the supplies of its weapons to the Middle East, the Russian foreign minister said on Tuesday.
- Russia to maintain contacts with Hamas - Lavrov RIA Novosti 29 Jun 2010 -- Russia will continue to maintain its contacts with the radical Palestinian group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, the Russian foreign minister said on Tuesday.
- EGYPT: Thousands of Gazans trek to Cairo for medical treatment IRIN 29 Jun 2010 -- Thousands of Gazans are taking advantage of an open border crossing with Egypt since 1 June to seek treatment for a range of illnesses in Cairo hospitals.
- Darfur: UN-African mission welcomes peace deal between warring tribes UN News Centre 29 Jun 2010 -- Two warring tribes in Sudan’s Darfur region have signed a United Nations-facilitated reconciliation agreement aimed at ending nearly four months of violent clashes that have killed more than 200 people and displaced hundreds of others from their villages.
- Top UN official in Sudan welcomes endorsement of referendum commission UN News Centre 29 Jun 2010 -- The head of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) today welcomed the appointment of an independent body that will oversee preparations for a referendum on whether southern Sudan should secede from the rest of the country.
- SUDAN: Thousands displaced by Darfur clashes IRIN 29 Jun 2010 -- Ongoing clashes between various armed groups in western Sudan have intensified since May, displacing 725 households from Jebel Mara to Hassa Hissa camp in Zalingei, West Darfur, aid workers said.
- SUDAN: A test for the African Union IRIN 29 Jun 2010 -- The African Union (AU) is to play a key role in discussions between Northern and Southern Sudan following a referendum that is widely expected to initiate the secession of the latter.
- 6 more shot dead on Kashmir military line IRNA 29 Jun 2010 -- Indian army Tuesday claimed to have six armed foreign militants shot dead in an encounter on the dividing Line of Control (LOC) in Kupwara sector of Kashmir.
- Protests spread in Kashmir, curfew extended to more areas IRNA 29 Jun 2010 -- Curfew was extended to more towns Tuesday and government was mulling calling in army as violent demonstrations demanding an end to Indian rule were fast spreading to other areas of Kashmir.
- UN picks new judge for World Court, extends terms of judges for war crimes tribunals UN News Centre 29 Jun 2010 -- The Security Council and the General Assembly today elected Xue Hanqin to fill a vacancy in the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ), while the Council separately extended the terms of judges of the UN war crimes tribunals for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and the 1990s conflicts in the former Yugoslavia.
- Strengthening rule of law vital to tackling today’s challenges, say UN officials UN News Centre 29 Jun 2010 -- Strengthening the rule of law is essential to tackling some of the most urgent global challenges, as well as enhancing justice and accountability within the United Nations itself, top officials told the Security Council today.
- Clinton to Tackle Nagorno-Karabakh, Georgia Issues During Trip VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- Officials say Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will discuss lingering problem issues from the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict, and the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the trip to eastern Europe and the Caucasus region she begins Thursday. Clinton will visit Poland, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia in the five-day trip.
- New U.S. Blueprint for Space Exploration Unveiled VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- The Obama administration has issued a new national space policy for the United States that emphasizes exploration, international cooperation, environmental monitoring and fostering a robust U.S. space industry.
- State Department Downplays Damage of Russian Spy Case VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- The State Department said Tuesday the break-up of an alleged Russian spy ring by U.S. law enforcement officials need not derail Obama administration efforts to improve relations with Moscow. The spy arrests come less than a week after a Washington visit by Russian President Dmitri Medvedev.
- Spy Scandal Will Not Derail US-Russia Relations, Analysts Say VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- A total of 10 people are in U.S. custody, apparently members of a Russian espionage ring. In this report from Washington, Senior Correspondent André de Nesnera says the arrests came days after President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Dmitri Medvedev hailed better relations between the two countries.
- Russia: Spy Suspects Did Not Act Against US Interests VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry has acknowledged that Russian citizens were arrested as spying suspects in the United States, but says they "did not commit any actions aimed against the interests of the United States."
- Russia Calls U.S. Spy Charges 'Baseless,' Regrets Timing RFE/RL 29 Jun 2010 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry says the arrest of 10 alleged Russian spies in the United States is a throwback to the Cold War.
- Spy scandal casts shadow on Obama-Medvedev 'burger diplomacy' RIA Novosti 29 Jun 2010 -- U.S. authorities arrested 10 people on Tuesday on charges of spying on behalf of Russia.
- Russia wants explanation from U.S. over arrested 'Russian spies' - Lavrov RIA Novosti 29 Jun 2010 -- Russia wants an explanation from the United States over the arrest of 10 suspected Russian spies, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.
- Russia Says US Spy Allegations 'Groundless' VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry says allegations of a Russian spy ring in the United States are "groundless" and "unseemly." Meanwhile, an 11th spy suspect, who had been at large, was arrested in Cyprus on Tuesday. The Canadian man was arrested in Nicosia at the request of Interpol as he tried to board a flight for Budapest.
- Mottaki: Countries should act more efficiently in talks with Iran IRNA 29 Jun 2010 -- Iran’s Foreign Minsiter Manouchehr Mottaki said countries involved in talks with Iran should act more efficiently.
- President Ahmadinejad: US plan to isolate Iran will fail IRNA 29 Jun 2010 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here on Tuesday that the US plans to isolate Iran will fail.
- Iran sends letters to UNSC member states IRNA 29 Jun 2010 -- Iran sent separate letters to members of the United Nations Security Council over the council's latest anti-Iran resolution, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Tuesday.
- Iran produces 20-percent enriched fuel whenever necessary: FM IRNA 29 Jun 2010 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said here on Tuesday that Iran will produce 20-percent enriched fuel whenever the country needs it.
- Rafsanjani Criticizes Iranian Political Situation RFE/RL 29 Jun 2010 -- Former Iranian President Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani, a top Iranian cleric who has supported the opposition, has severely criticized the country's political situation, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.
- US Designates Mugabe as Financier of Terrorism VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- The U.S. Treasury Department has placed Zimbabwe's president, his wife, and his nephew on its list of people believed to have funded terrorist groups.
- UN issues warning on shelter as refugees return in large numbers to Kyrgyzstan UN News Centre 29 Jun 2010 -- Fewer than 400 of the estimated 100,000 refugees who fled when violence erupted in Kyrgyzstan nearly three weeks ago remain in Uzbekistan, the United Nations reported today, warning that that most of the returnees and the people who are internally displaced have no proper shelter after their homes were destroyed during the unrest.
- Iran, Israel, Oil, Expected to Top Obama-Abdullah Talks VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah visits President Obama at the White House Tuesday with current tensions over Iran's nuclear program and Palestinian statehood expected on the agenda. The visit comes just days before Mr. Obama is set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
- Obama, Saudi King Agree on Need to Press for Mideast Peace VOA 29 Jun 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah have agreed on the need to press for Middle East peace in a "bold" way.
- Kyrgyz Leader To Meet Vote Observers RFE/RL 29 Jun 2010 -- Kyrgyz interim leader Roza Otunbaeva will meet on June 29 with representatives of foreign observer missions after voters overwhelmingly backed a new constitution in a referendum.
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