05 July 2011 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 05 Jul 2011 [PDF]
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 04 Jul 2011
- US Senate Postpones Libya Vote VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- The U.S. Senate has postponed voting on a resolution authorizing limited American military involvement in Libya.
- HMS Brocklesby returns from Libya mission UK MOD 05 Jul 2011 -- Royal Navy minehunter HMS Brocklesby was given a hero's welcome by friends and family as she returned to Portsmouth Naval Base.
- Combined Security Forces Kill, Detain Several Insurgents AFPS 05 Jul 2011 -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents and detained several others during an overnight security operation in the Sherzad district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.
- Obama Meets With New Afghanistan Team, Defense Secretary VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- President Barack Obama discussed the U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan with the new U.S. commander and new U.S. ambassador.
- Petraeus Says Afghan Fight To Shift East RFE/RL 05 Jul 2011 -- The outgoing commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan says the focus of the war there is about to shift.
- Pakistan, Afghanistan condemn cross border attacks IRNA 05 Jul 2011 -- Pakistan and Afghanistan condemned 'loss of life and destruction of property' on both sides by militants.
- Britain's Cameron Promises Support For Afghanistan Despite Drawdown RFE/RL 05 Jul 2011 -- British PM Cameron has pledged greater humanitarian support for Afghanistan in light of the British troop drawdown set for 2014.
- Cameron: Britain Committed to Afghanistan VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron made an unannounced stop in Afghanistan.
- German-Franco military brigade to send 500 troops to Afghanistan IRNA 05 Jul 2011 -- Some 500 soldiers of the German-Franco military brigade will be sent to Afgahnistan by the end of this month.
- Coalition transitions first buildings to Afghan control Army News 05 Jul 2011 -- Afghan National Security Forces at Camp Hero, Kandahar province, were the first in Afghanistan to transition coalition-maintained buildings to complete Afghan control.
- Pakistan forces face no Taliban resistance IRNA 05 Jul 2011 -- Pakistani military forces, backed by gunships and fighter jets, advanced on Taliban stronghold in a tribal region and consolidated positions.
- Top US official in Islamabad for counterterrorism talks IRNA 05 Jul 2011 -- A top US official has arrived in Islamabad for counterterrorism talks with Pakistani officials.
- U.S. General Warns Insurgent Attacks Threaten Iraq RFE/RL 05 Jul 2011 -- The top U.S. military commander in Iraq says a failure to curb militant bombings and other attacks there could lead to foreign investors pulling out.
- At Least 35 Killed in Iraq Bombings VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- Two bombs have exploded outside a government building north of Baghdad, killing at least 35 people.
- Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs gives thanks for Operation Tomodachi AFNS 05 Jul 2011 -- High-ranking officials from the U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy were invited to Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 30 in appreciation of Operation Tomodachi.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Missile Defense Plan Goes Ahead Without Czech Support VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- The Czech Republic has decided not to participate in the U.S. ballistic missile system for Europe.
- Navy UCAS-D Achieves Milestone aboard Eisenhower NNS 05 Jul 2011 -- A team from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program office accomplished the first carrier touchdown of an F/A-18D surrogate aircraft.
- Rapid prototyping brings future to Soldiers Army News 05 Jul 2011 -- Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center initiated an Immediate-Action prototyping effort in support of Soldiers in Operation Enduring Freedom.
- Future USS California Successfully Passes Sea Trials NNS 05 Jul 2011 -- Future USS California returned to Newport News, Va., July 2 after successfully completing the its initial sea trials.
- Inaugural COA Forum Emphasizes Importance of U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa NNS 05 Jul 2011 -- Naval Postgraduate School, along with Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International, hosted the inaugural Cultural and Organizational Awareness Forum.
- Air Force weather leaders meet to appraise career field AFNS 05 Jul 2011 -- Leaders from across the Air Force weather career field met up at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center here recently to discuss present operations and the future of the weather career field.
- USS Carr Wraps Six-Day Visit to St. Petersburg NNS 05 Jul 2011 -- USS Carr concluded a six-day port visit to St. Petersburg, Russia, July 3.
- Air Force EWO graduates from Navy Growler training AFNS 05 Jul 2011 -- An electronic warfare officer became the first Air Force EWO to graduate from the 10-month-long Navy EA-18G Growler training at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash., June 28.
- First cavalry scout trainees arrive at Fort Benning armor school Army News 05 Jul 2011 -- More than 65 recent high school graduates turned Soldiers are the first cavalry scouts to train at the Armor School on Harmony Church.
- Pacific Partnership Team Arrives in Federated States of Micronesia NNS 05 Jul 2011 -- The Pacific Partnership 2011 team arrived in Micronesian waters for the final phase of the mission, July 3.
- California guardsmen rescue lost hiker AFNS 05 Jul 2011 -- Airmen from the California Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing conducted a successful mission, rescuing a missing hiker near Pioneer, Calif., on the Fourth of July.
- US Repatriates 122 Migrants to Cuba, Haiti VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- The U.S. Coast Guard has repatriated more than 120 Cuban and Haitian migrants picked up at sea.
- Speech by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen: "Russia and NATO: so much to gain" NATO 05 Jul 2011
- NATO Secretary General stresses Russia cooperation in St Petersburg NATO 05 Jul 2011 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen stressed the importance of developing cooperation with Russia.
- Russia's threats to create new offensive system 'unnecessary' - NATO chief RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2011 -- NATO secretary general: Russia should not seek new weapons to counter nonexistent threats from the West.
- Senior Russian army officers resign over military reforms - paper RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2011 -- Several influential members of the top brass have resigned due to differences with the head of Russia's General Staff.
- Russian military exposes another extortion case RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2011 -- Internal security officers in Russia's Black Sea Fleet have uncovered an extortion scheme organized by officers in a naval aviation unit.
- Russia sends 2nd expedition to support its Arctic claims RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2011 -- Nuclear-powered icebreaker Rossiya will leave the port of Murmansk to accompany research vessel Academician Fyodorov.
- India to test "air variant" of BrahMos missile IRNA 05 Jul 2011 -- India will test the air variant of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile before the end of 2012.
- India offers to train Kyrghyz troops for UN mission IRNA 05 Jul 2011 -- In a bid to enhance its military-to-military relations, India has offered to assist Kyrghyzstan in a wide range of areas, particularly training in UN peacekeeping operations.
- Iranian submarine returns home ending surveillance mission IRNA 05 Jul 2011 -- Iranian 'Younes' submarine has returned home at the end of its first international mission which was completed successfully.
- Iran indigenous submarine returns home after mission in int'l waters ISNA 05 Jul 2011 -- Iranian "Younes" submarine, sent to international sea, returned home on Tuesday.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 7/5/2011 The White House 05 Jul 2011
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing, July 5, 2011 US Dept. of State 05 Jul 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for July 05, 2011
- Boeing Awarded $99.5M Contract to Upgrade US Air Force B-1B Bomber Boeing 05 Jul 2011 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced it has been awarded a $99.5 million contract by the U.S. Air Force to integrate three major modifications on the B-1 Lancer bomber fleet. This contract is for the first lot of modification kits of a planned multi-lot production contract to upgrade the service's B-1s.
- General Dynamics Awarded $13 Million for Development of Advanced Submarine Technologies General Dynamics 05 Jul 2011 -- General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $12.5 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to develop advanced submarine technologies for current and future undersea platforms. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman Successfully Test Systems Required to Operate X-47B Unmanned System From an Aircraft Carrier Northrop Grumman 05 Jul 2011 -- The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) have successfully completed a demonstration of the ship-based software and systems that will allow the X-47B unmanned air vehicle to operate from the deck of an aircraft carrier.
- Raytheon UK Awarded Four-Year Support Contract for U.K. Paveway™ Raytheon 05 Jul 2011 -- Raytheon UK has been awarded a 10 million pounds Sterling (approximately $16 million), four-year contract to provide continued in-service support for both current and legacy U.K. Paveway™ Weapon Systems for the U.K. Ministry of Defence. Raytheon UK will be responsible for key support activities including configuration management, design support, obsolescence, safety management, spares provision and quality assurance.
- Cassidian Joins the Global Fight Against Cyber Crime EADS 05 Jul 2011 -- As a founding member of the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA) launched this month, Cassidian will help international law enforcement agencies enhance the online safety & security of business communities.
- Lockheed Martin Team Completes Design Milestone for GPS III Program Lockheed Martin 05 Jul 2011 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has successfully completed on-schedule a System Design Review (SDR) for future Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellite increments planned under the U.S. Air Force's next generation GPS III program.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 5 July 2011 United Nations 05 Jul 2011
- Press Conference by Security Council President on Work Programme for July, 5 July 2011 United Nations 05 Jul 2011
- At Least 11 Libyan Rebels Killed in Misrata Clashes VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- At least 11 Libyan rebels have been killed in clashes with pro-government forces near the opposition-held city of Misrata.
- Libya Looks Toward Talks, But Quick Results Unlikely VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- There are reports of talks between representatives of the Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and members of the opposition.
- Turkey Backing Libyan Opposition VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- Marking a shift in its position, Turkey is putting its full weight behind the Libyan opposition, promising $200 million and calling forColonel Moammar Gadhafi to go.
- Despite Military Struggles, Rebels Plan for Post-Gadhafi Libya VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- Libyan rebels have been bogged down in their military fight to unseat Moammar Gadhafi.
- NATO wants UN to help Libya move to democracy - Rasmussen RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2011 -- NATO wants the UN to play the leading role into Libya's transition to democracy once leader Muammar Gaddafi steps down.
- France refuses to comment on reports of Gaddafi guarantees RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2011 -- The French Foreign Ministry declined to comment on a Russian media report that Paris was ready to provide security guarantees to Col. Muammar Gaddafi.
- Russian Report Suggests Qaddafi Willing To Step Down If Protected RFE/RL 05 Jul 2011 -- The Russian newspaper "Kommersant," quoting an unnamed Russian official, has reported that Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi is willing to resign if promised protection.
- African Union Says ICC Prosecutions Are Discriminatory VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- The African Union says it will not cooperate with the International Criminal Court arrest warrant for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
- Libya: UN introduces regular vessel to ferry aid from Benghazi to Misrata UN News Centre 05 Jul 2011 -- The UN World Food Programme has launched the first ship with a regular schedule to ferry relief supplies and aid workers from the Libyan city of Benghazi to Misrata.
- Dozens of Suspected Militants Killed in Yemen VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- Yemen's state-run news agency says about 40 suspected al-Qaida militants have been killed in clashes with military forces in southern Abyan province.
- Suspected Militants Killed in Yemeni Airstrikes VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- Yemeni military officials say at least five suspected al-Qaida militants have been killed in a series of airstrikes over southern towns.
- PNA supports any Quartet decision to help resume Israeli-Palestinian talks - Fatah RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2011 -- The Palestinian Authority will hail any decision by the Mideast Quartet that would help resume Israeli-Palestinian talks.
- Fatah envoys arrive in Moscow for talks ahead of Quartet meeting RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2011 -- Russian FMi Lavrov will hold talks in Moscow with a group of Palestinian officials prior to an upcoming meeting of international mediators of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
- Russia hopes Quartet meeting to help resume Israeli-Palestinian talks RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2011 -- Russia hopes that the meeting of the Quartet of international mediators of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will create opportunities for the resumptions of direct talks.
- Abbas aide brands peace procces a 'trap' for Palestinians IRNA 05 Jul 2011 -- A close aide of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the western-backed Middle East process has become a 'trap' for Palestinians.
- French Boat Heads to Gaza, Eludes Greek Flotilla Crackdown VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- Activists trying to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza scored their first gain in days when a small French pleasure boat slipped out of Greek waters bound for Palestinian shores.
- Greek court frees U.S. captain of Freedom Flotilla ship RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2011 -- The captain of a U.S. ship intercepted by the Greek authorities while sailing to Gaza as part of Freedom Flotilla II was freed on Tuesday.
- Greece intercepts 2nd ship from Freedom Flotilla II RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2011 -- Greek authorities intercepted late a second ship from the Freedom Flotilla II during an attempt to break through Israel's blockade of Gaza.
- Israel halts handover of militants' bodies to Palestinians RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2011 -- Israel froze on Tuesday its decision to hand over bodies of dozens of militants to the Palestinian Authority, which was announced on Monday.
- Fatah wants speed-up of prisoner exchange with Hamas RIA Novosti 05 Jul 2011 -- Inter-Palestinian reconciliation will help to speed up the exchange of political prisoners between rival political movements Hamas and Fatah.
- UN gets ready for next phase of its South Sudan role UN News Centre 05 Jul 2011 -- Four days before South Sudan becomes independent from the rest of Sudan, the United Nations is preparing for the next phase of its role in the region.
- Sudan Ruling Party Denies Internal Split Over Agreement With SPLM VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- A prominent member of Sudan's ruling National Congress Party says his group is satisfied with an agreement signed with the Sudan People's Liberation Movement.
- Analyst: Contentious Issues Likely Will Persist as Sudan Splits VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- East African leaders meeting in Ethiopia have called on the international community to grant debt relief to Sudan and remove the country from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
- KCNA on S. Korean Authorities' Plan on West Sea Islands KCNA 05 Jul 2011 -- The south Korean forces are vociferating about the "comprehensive plan for the development of the five islands in the West Sea."
- KCNA on S. Korean Provocation against DPRK KCNA 05 Jul 2011 -- The south Korean's recent serious provocations against the DPRK escalate north-south confrontation.
- UN: One-Quarter of Somali Population Now Displaced VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- The United Nations refugee agency says drought and violence have now driven one-quarter of Somalia's 7.5 million people from their homes.
- Azeri border guard killed due to his ignorance, says Iran ISNA 05 Jul 2011 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast: Azeri border guard was killed due to ignoring orders came from Iranian border guards.
- Illegal entry, cause for limited Iran-Azerbaijan border engagement IRNA 05 Jul 2011 -- IRI Interior Minister’s Security and Disciplinary Affairs Deputy Ali Abdollahi spoke of occurrence of a limited engagement at the Iranian side of the Iran-Azerbaijan border.
- Dutch Court Rules in Favor of Srebrenica Victims VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- An appeals court in the Netherlands has ruled that the Dutch state is responsible for the deaths of three Bosnian Muslims during the 1995 massacre in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica.
- Court: Dutch State Responsible For Three Srebrenica Deaths RFE/RL 05 Jul 2011 -- A Dutch appeals court has issued a landmark ruling holding the Dutch state accountable for the killing of three Bosnian Muslim men during the 1995 massacre in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica.
- Srebrenica victims win lawsuit against The Netherlands government IRNA 05 Jul 2011 -- The appeals court in The Netherlands held the Dutch government responsible for the deaths of three Bosnian Muslim men slain by Serbs during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia.
- At Least 6 Killed in Syrian Flashpoint City VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- Pro-government forces in Syria have opened fire in the central city of Hama, killing at least six people.
- Reconciliation Talks Begin in Bahrain VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- Bahrain's Sunni rulers and opposition leaders have begun a national dialogue on the reform demands made by the kingdom's majority Shi'ites.
- Bahrain to Begin National Dialogue Following Protests VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- Bahrain is set to hold the first session in a national dialogue on reform demands made by majority Shi'ites who led mass pro-democracy protests earlier this year.
- Secretary-General welcomes start of national dialogue in Bahrain UN News Centre 05 Jul 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban welcomed the start of a process of national dialogue in Bahrain.
- Egyptian Court Acquits Mubarak-Era Ministers VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- An Egyptian court has acquitted three former ministers from ex-President Hosni Mubarak's administration of corruption charges.
- China Vows to Remain 'Vigilant' in Restive Xinjiang VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- The Chinese government is dismissing reports claiming human rights abuses continue in China's far-west mainly Muslim province, Xinjiang.
- Chinese Security Efforts Questioned Two Years After Xinjiang Riots VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- Communist Party-controlled Global Times newspaper: Region is "over-emphasizing stability preservation."
- Dalai Lama Arrives in US Capital VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, arrived in Washington D.C. to celebrate his birthday and guide followers of Tibetan Buddhism in a 10-day prayer and meditation ritual.
- Suu Kyi Sees Nothing New Yet in Burmese Leadership VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says some people have deceived themselves into thinking a new government has brought change to her country.
- UN Chief Welcomes 'Orderly Conduct' of Thai Election VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is welcoming the "orderly conduct" of Thailand's parliamentary election.
- Asian Observer Group Commends Thai Election, Cites Minor Flaws VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- An Asian election monitoring group has hailed Thailand's nationwide election as final results were tallied for being generally peaceful, orderly and allowing the public to express their voice.
- In Brief: Thai elections peaceful, say observers IRIN 05 Jul 2011 -- Thailand's general elections were held in a peaceful and orderly manner, say observers, despite deep social divisions and recent political violence.
- Malaysia: UN rights office concerned at reported crackdown ahead of planned protests UN News Centre 05 Jul 2011 -- The UN human rights office voiced concern about measures being taken by authorities in Malaysia.
- Malaysian Electoral Reform Activists to Move Protests VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- Organizers of a major election reform movement in Malaysia have agreed to move their rally to a stadium instead of marching through the streets.
- DPR Korea: UN launches emergency operation to avoid food shortages UN News Centre 05 Jul 2011 -- The UN World Food Programm has launched an emergency food supply operation in the DPRK.
- SRI LANKA: Returnees struggle in post-war zone IRIN 05 Jul 2011 -- More than two years after Sri Lanka's decades-long civil war officially ended, returnees to remote villages face tough times and uncertain futures, despite governmental and international efforts at reconstruction.
- Liberia begins Political Campaigning Tuesday for October Elections VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- Political campaigning begins Tuesday for Liberia's presidential election in October where President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is seeking a second term.
- Haitian reconstruction must ensure human rights and social justice - UN official UN News Centre 05 Jul 2011 -- Senior UN human rights official: Post-earthquake development efforts in Haiti should be based on people’s rights.
- Belarus Jails, Fines Scores After Antigovernment Protests RFE/RL 05 Jul 2011 -- At least 140 people have been sentenced to short terms in jail or fined for taking part in antigovernment protests in Belarus.
- Chavez Marks Venezuelan Independence VOA 05 Jul 2011 -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has marked the nation's independence by addressing troops in a televised address.
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