28 July 2011 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 28 Jul 2011 [PDF]
- ISAF Condemns Insurgent Attacks in Afghanistan AFPS 28 Jul 2011 -- The International Security Assistance Force joined Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and the country’s Ministry of Interior in condemning insurgent attacks in Uruzgan province.
- 21 civilians killed in S Afghanistan's suicide attacks IRNA 28 Jul 2011 -- Suicide attackers killed at least 21 people, 12 of them young children, when they targeted government buildings in southern Afghanistan.
- Taliban Launches Coordinated Assault in Southern Afghanistan VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- Afghan authorities say militants launched an hours-long assault using explosives and gunfire on government buildings in the volatile southern province of Uruzgan.
- Attack On Southern Afghan Government Compound Kills At Least 19 RFE/RL 28 Jul 2011 -- Suicide bombers armed with guns killed at least 19 people and wounded another 35 in southern Afghanistan.
- Twenty killed in Taliban attack RIA Novosti 28 Jul 2011 -- Around 20 people were killed and 37 injured after Taliban gunmen attacked the city of Tirin Kot in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan Province.
- Taliban kill regional police chief in Afghanistan RIA Novosti 28 Jul 2011 -- Taliban fighters have killed the chief of police in the town of Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
- U.S. Accuses Iran Of Secret Deal With Al-Qaeda RFE/RL 28 Jul 2011 -- The United States has accused Iran for the first time of a secret pact with Al-Qaeda under which the Islamic republic helps funnel cash, militants and weapons to Afghanistan and Pakistan through its territory.
- UK MPs call for publication of full cost of Afghan war IRNA 28 Jul 2011 -- The Ministry of Defence must put into the public domain the full cost of military operations in Afghanistan.
- Deputy Notes Progress of Afghan Training Mission AFPS 28 Jul 2011 -- Before 2001, Afghanistan had a lot of warriors, but few disciplined soldiers or police.
- U.S. Soldier Found Guilty Of Killing Afghan Civilian RFE/RL 28 Jul 2011 -- A U.S. National Guardsman who shot an Afghan electrician in the head at close range last year has been found guilty of premeditated murder.
- Report Clears Afghanistan Training Commander AFPS 28 Jul 2011 -- The U.S. Army general who leads the coalition training effort for Afghanistan’s security forces has been cleared of allegations that he used psychological operations personnel to try to influence visiting dignitaries.
- Taliban Not Lying Low In Waziristan RFE/RL 28 Jul 2011 -- Three months ago, the Mehsud and Wazir tribes were convinced by Pakistani authorities and international agencies to return to their villages.
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 27 Jul 2011
- Air Force communicators prepare for operational role UK MOD 28 Jul 2011 -- Communications specialists based at Royal Air Force Leeming have spent ten days in the field preparing for their forthcoming role in support of operations in Libya.
- Twin Bombings Kill At Least 12, Injure 28 In Iraq RFE/RL 28 Jul 2011 -- Officials said two bombs have exploded in the Iraqi city of Tikrit, killing at least 12 people and injuring at least 28 others.
- Bomb Blasts Kill 15 in Iraq VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- Iraqi officials say at least 15 people have been killed by two bomb blasts outside a bank where soldiers and police officers had gathered to collect their paychecks.
- U.S. Still Open To Iraqi Request For Military Presence After 2011 RFE/RL 28 Jul 2011 -- A US official says Washington is confident Iraqi security forces can cope with the challenges facing their country after U.S. forces withdraw.
- Security Council extends UN mission in Iraq by another year UN News Centre 28 Jul 2011 -- The Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq for another year.
- $1Billion in Iraqi Reparations Released to Kuwait VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- A United Nations' commission has approved the release of more than $1 billion in compensation payments for victims of Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
- US Maintains Quiet Counterterrorism Effort in Philippines VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. dispatched a military team to the Philippines to help the Manila government root out militant Islamic extremist groups.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Vice Chief of Naval Operations Outlines Priorities at Senate Hearing NNS 28 Jul 2011 -- President Barack Obama's choice to be the next Chief of Naval Operations outlined his priorities during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing July 28.
- DDG 1000 Program Tests Integrated Power System NNS 28 Jul 2011 -- The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) observed live tests of the DDG 1000 Integrated Power System (IPS) at the Land Based Test Site at Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division - Ship Systems Engineering Station (NSWCCD-SSES) July 22.
- Minuteman III test launch terminated due to anomaly AFNS 28 Jul 2011 -- Air Force controllers conducted a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base.
- U.S. missile shield may be precursor for Iran attack RIA Novosti 28 Jul 2011 -- Russia's envoy to NATO said that the US might use the European missile defense project as preparation for an attack on Iran.
- Russia against U.S. missile shield elements in Black Sea RIA Novosti 28 Jul 2011 -- Russia is opposed to deploying sea-based missiles and radars of the planned U.S. missile shield in Europe in Black Sea region.
- DOD Working Toward Full Financial Audits, Comptroller Says AFPS 28 Jul 2011 -- The Defense Department has improved its financial processes and is on its way to meeting a congressional mandate of having all of its accounts ready for regular audits in 2017.
- Greenert Outlines Priorities at Senate Hearing AFPS 28 Jul 2011 -- President Barack Obama’s choice to be the next chief of naval operations outlined his priorities during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing.
- Army preparing to produce JLTVs Army News 28 Jul 2011 -- After refining requirements, Army developers are poised to conduct a full and open competition geared toward formal production.
- Jacoby: Relationships Drive Northcom, NORAD Missions AFPS 28 Jul 2011 -- The job of commanding the U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command will require building confidence and trust among the many partners involved.
- Police: US Soldier Close to Targeting Military Personnel VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- Police say a U.S. soldier arrested after bomb-making material was found in a motel room in the U.S. state of Texas planned to target military personnel.
- Walter Reed's Legacy Will Endure, McHugh Says AFPS 28 Jul 2011 -- Walter Reed Army Medical Center has built a lasting legacy, Army Secretary John M. McHugh said at a ceremony in which the 102-year-old hospital cased its colors.
- Russia's Arctic force may include paratroopers RIA Novosti 28 Jul 2011 -- Units of the Russian Airborne Troops may be deployed in the Arctic as part of a permanent multi-branch contingent in the region.
- India inks defence cooperation pact with Mongolia IRNA 28 Jul 2011 -- Giving a fillip to its ties with Mongolia, India signed a defence cooperation agreement with the northeast Asian country.
- Intruder aircraft will be shot down: Indian Air Force IRNA 28 Jul 2011 -- Indian Air Force Vice-Chief designate Air Marshal K K Nohwar said if any enemy aircraft violates India's air sovereignty it will be shot down.
- Cyprus Cabinet Resigns Amid Public Outcry VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- A Cyprus government official says the country's Cabinet has agreed to step down at the request of President Dimitris Christofias.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 28 Jul 2011
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, 7/28/2011 The White House 28 Jul 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for July 28, 2011
- ATK Awarded $109 Million Contract to Develop Joint and Allied Threat Awareness System (JATAS) for U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Aircraft ATK 28 Jul 2011 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) and teammate BAE Systems announced their industry team has been awarded a $109-million contract by the U.S. Navy for the Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) of the Joint and Allied Threat Awareness System (JATAS), a next-generation warning system designed to enhance aircraft survivability against man-portable air-defense systems, small-caliber weapons and rocket-propelled grenades.
- Gowind OPV L'Adroit begins first sea trials DCNS 28 Jul 2011 -- The Gowind offshore patrol boat L'Adroit began its first sea trials on Wednesday 27 July for DCNS to validate the seakeeping and other nautical qualities of the vessel.
- General Dynamics Awarded $42 Million for RG-31 MRAP Upgrade Work General Dynamics 28 Jul 2011 -- The U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems–Canada a $41.6 million contract modification for the installation of upgrade kits for RG-31 Mk5E vehicles previously delivered under the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle program. General Dynamics Land Systems, the Canadian company's parent corporation, is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).
- Lockheed Martin Littoral Combat Ship Program Full Speed Ahead Lockheed Martin 28 Jul 2011 -- A Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led industry team is preparing the nation's third Littoral Combat Ship, Fort Worth, to start sea trials this fall.
- U.S. Army Selects Lockheed Martin's SMSS Autonomous Vehicle for Afghanistan Deployment Lockheed Martin 28 Jul 2011 -- The U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force, through the Robotics Technology Consortium, selected the Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) to deploy to Afghanistan for a first-of-its-kind military assessment. SMSS will deploy as the winner of the Project Workhorse Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) competition sponsored by the Army.
- Lockheed Martin Awarded $72M to Help TSA Upgrade and Install New Airport Security Equipment Lockheed Martin 28 Jul 2011 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has been awarded two regional task orders totalling $72 million to help TSA integrate and deploy new passenger screening and security equipment at airports across the east and central United States. The task orders were awarded under the TSA's Security Equipment Systems Integration (SESI) Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) vehicle and include one base-year plus one option-year.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 28 July 2011 United Nations 28 Jul 2011
- As key global treaty turns 60, UN urges better refugee protection measures UN News Centre 28 Jul 2011 -- A top UN official called for innovative ways to protect millions of uprooted people.
- Truce and transitional pact key to ending Libyan crisis UN News Centre 28 Jul 2011 -- Ceasefire and agreement on transitional arrangements that fulfil the aspirations of the Libyan people the only sustainable options for a political solution.
- Libyan Rebels Say Military Chief Shot Dead VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- Libya's rebel leadership council says its top military commander has been shot dead by assailants.
- Libyan Rebels Claim Success After New Offensive VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- Libyan rebels say they have seized the western town of Ghezaia, after launching an offensive in the region.
- Has Somalia's Famine Weakened al-Shabab? VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- One of the biggest obstacles to providing aid to Somalia has been the heavy hand of the al-Qaida linked militant group al-Shabab.
- Eritrea planned massive attack against African Union summit UN News Centre 28 Jul 2011 -- The Eritrean Government planned a massive attack on an African Union meeting held earlier this year, according to a new UN report.
- 10 Killed in Battle to Keep Somali Aid Flowing VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- At least 10 people are reported to have been killed in the Somali capital Mogadishu, as African Union and government forces battle militants to protect the flow of food aid.
- Fighting Breaks Out In Somali Capital RFE/RL 28 Jul 2011 -- Reports say heavy fighting has broken out between government forces backed by African Union (AU) troops and Islamist rebels in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
- UN refugee agency seeks additional funding for Horn of Africa emergency UN News Centre 28 Jul 2011 -- The UN refugee agency revised upwards the amount of funds it requires to effectively respond to the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.
- KENYA-SOMALIA: Fourth Dadaab camp yet to open despite government pledge IRIN 28 Jul 2011 -- A fourth camp for refugees in Dadaab, northeastern Kenya, lies empty, despite an announcement of its imminent opening.
- UN Peacekeepers Deployed to Disputed Abyei Region VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- The top United Nations peacekeeping official says 500 troops have been deployed to the disputed Abyei region.
- South Sudan Becomes African Union's 54th Member VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- The African Union has admitted the newly independent nation of South Sudan as its 54th member.
- US, North Korea Begin Talks in New York VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- North Korean diplomats have arrived at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, where U.S. special envoy Stephen Bosworth greeted them.
- Message from the President Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergecy with Respect to Lebanon The White House 28 Jul 2011
- Notice from the President Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergecy with Respect to Lebanon The White House 28 Jul 2011
- Taiwan issue not internal affair of mainland China CNA 28 Jul 2011 -- The Republic of China is an independent sovereign state and any issue related to Taiwan is not an internal affair of mainland China.
- Kosovo: UN mission voices deep concern at recent clashes in north UN News Centre 28 Jul 2011 -- The UN peacekeeping force in Kosovo voiced deep concern about the ongoing situation in northern Kosovo.
- NATO Concerned About Kosovo After Deadly Border Clashes VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- The U.N. Security Council is holding an emergency session to discuss Kosovo, where the NATO military alliance and the European Union are struggling to restore a tense peace.
- UN Security Council To Hold Urgent Meeting On Kosovo Violence RFE/RL 28 Jul 2011 -- The UN Security Council has called an urgent meeting at the request of Serbia to discuss violence and flaring tensions in northern Kosovo.
- NATO peacekeepers attacked in northern Kosovo RIA Novosti 28 Jul 2011 -- Unknown gunmen attacked NATO peacekeepers in northern Kosovo for the second time in the past few hours.
- Kosovo border post demolished after attack 'from Serbian side' - media RIA Novosti 28 Jul 2011 -- A bulldozer demolished a border crossing post in northern Kosovo after it was attacked by a group of unknown people.
- Burma Democracy Leader Urges Talks to End Ethnic Conflicts VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has issued what she calls an "earnest appeal" for the government and ethnic groups to begin immediate peace talks.
- Tajik Amnesty To Include Some Opposition Fighters RFE/RL 28 Jul 2011 -- Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has sent a proposal to parliament that would grant an amnesty for up to 8,000 prisoners, including some former United Tajik Opposition fighters.
- Report: Nearly 3,000 'Disappeared' During Syria Crackdown VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- A global activist group says nearly 3,000 people have "disappeared" in Syria since March during the government's crackdown.
- Will Egypt Be Able to Restore Security, Stability? VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- Post-revolution Egypt is struggling to rebuild its political system and revive its economic development, but instability is hindering progress on both fronts.
- Unmet Demands Make For 'Second' Revolution In Egypt RFE/RL 28 Jul 2011 -- Riding a sea of change that arose in Tunisia and eventually swept across the Arab world, Egyptians took to the streets on January 25 in protest against the regime of Hosni Mubarak.
- Mubarak Trial to be Held in Cairo VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak will face trial next week in Cairo.
- Trial Of Egypt's Mubarak To Be Held In Cairo RFE/RL 28 Jul 2011 -- Egypt's official news agency MENA reports that ex-president Hosni Mubarak and others will be put on trial in Cairo on August 3 over their alleged involvement in the killing of protesters.
- UK minister visits Egypt amid concerns over reforms IRNA 28 Jul 2011 -- Britain's Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Alistair Burt, is in Cairo for a two-day visit to offer the UK government's support for Egypt amid concerns that reforms are being thwarted.
- Amnesty International: Displaced Ivorians Fear Going Home VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- Hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled their homes in Ivory Coast during the recent political crisis are too scared to go back, according to the international campaign group Amnesty International.
- Ban to appoint experienced Dutch diplomat to head UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire UN News Centre 28 Jul 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban announced his intention to appoint Bert Koenders of the Netherlands as his Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire.
- Malawi Government Shocked by MCC Aid Withholding Decision VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- Malawi’s government said it is surprised by the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s decision to withhold $350 million worth of aid.
- Do Norway Killings Signal Change in Europe’s Attitude Toward Islam? VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- The recent shocking tragedy in Norway has highlighted the disconnect between European nations and their Muslim populations.
- Norway Says Attacker Worked Alone VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- Norway's security chief says it appears increasingly likely that the suspect in last week's attacks that killed 76 people acted alone.
- Counterterrorism Experts to Review Norway's Security Services VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- Counter terrorism experts from the European Union and Norway will meet in Brussels to discuss ways to prevent attacks.
- Security cameras caught Breivik shortly before blast in Oslo RIA Novosti 28 Jul 2011 -- Twin terror attack suspect Anders Behring Breivik was filmed by security cameras near the prime minister's offices in Oslo.
- Norway Police End Search For Bodies At Island RFE/RL 28 Jul 2011 -- Norwegian police ended the search for bodies near Utoeya island, where an anti-Islam extremist killed 68 people in a shooting rampage last week.
- Breivik ‘underwent paramilitary training in Belarus’ RIA Novosti 28 Jul 2011 -- Belarusian opposition politician: Norway’s twin terror suspect Anders Behring Breivik trained at a secret paramilitary field camp in Belarus earlier this year.
- Joint UN-Timorese police training exercise takes place ahead of elections UN News Centre 28 Jul 2011 -- UN police officers serving in Timor-Leste have held a joint training exercise with national police officers to ensure that presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for next year take place smoothly.
- Zambia Election Set for September 20 VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- Zambia's President Rupiah Banda has set national and local elections for September 20, and will seek his first full term in office.
- The Short Distance Between Sanity And Madness In Turkmenistan RFE/RL 28 Jul 2011 -- Cases are demonstrative of a tried and true tactic of the Turkmen regime: sending critics to mental institutions.
- Adviser Backs Away From Nazarbaev's Succession Comments RFE/RL 28 Jul 2011 -- A Kazakh presidential adviser says his statements regarding President Nursultan Nazarbaev's possible successor were his own thoughts and not something he discussed with the president.
- New Peruvian President Sworn In VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- Ollanta Humala has been sworn in as the new president of Peru, succeeding outgoing President Alan Garcia.
- UK loses appeal to send Palestinian leader back to prison IRNA 28 Jul 2011 -- The UK government has pledged to keep the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel under surveillance after losing permission to appeal against the release of Sheikh Raed Salah on bail to fight being deported.
- Venezuela's Chavez Says He Feels Reborn VOA 28 Jul 2011 -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is celebrating his 57th birthday, comparing himself to a phoenix risen from the ashes.
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