31 July 2011 Military News
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 30 Jul 2011
- Chairman Pleased with Afghan Progress, Concerned About Corruption AFPS 31 Jul 2011 -- The security aspect of operations in Afghanistan is going well, and now governance and development must catch up, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
- Afghans Must Address Corruption, Criminal Networks, Mullen Says AFPS 31 Jul 2011 -- The Afghan government must address corruption and criminal organizations subverting the will of the people, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said here today.
- 12 Police, Child Killed in Southern Afghanistan Suicide Blast VOA 31 Jul 2011 -- A suicide bomber in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province detonated his explosives-laden car Sunday, killing 12 police officers and a child and wounding a dozen others.
- Suicide Blast At Southern Afghan Police Station Kills 13 RFE/RL 31 Jul 2011 -- Afghan authorities say a suicide car bomber who blew himself up at the gate of the police headquarters in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the southern Helmand Province, killed up to 12 police officers and a child.
- US seeks to represent Afghans incapable to run country: Iran envoy ISNA 31 Jul 2011 -- Iranian ambassador to Afghanistan Fada Hossein Maleki said serial murders of Afghan military commanders and political leaders show the US scenario to represent Afghans as insufficient.
- Iran says Afghanistan-US security deal dangerous for world ISNA 31 Jul 2011 -- The Head of Afghanistan office of Iranian Foreign Ministry Mohsen Pak-Aein said Afghanistan-US security deal is dangerous for the region and the world.
- Afghan opiates remain global threat, says new UNODC study IRNA 31 Jul 2011 -- Afghanistan remains by far the largest source of the global illicit trade in opium and heroin, which generated some US$ 68 billion in 2009 - a sum exceeding the GDP of many countries - according to a study.
- Royal Military Police train Afghan Local Police in Lashkar Gah USMC News 31 Jul 2011 -- Royal Military Police with Theater Provost Group have been busy recently helping turn Afghan locals into Afghan Local Police at Patrol Base Bolan-T, Lashkar Gah District, Helmand province.
- Viking quest: Service members endure Danish march in Helmand USMC News 31 Jul 2011 -- During the early morning hours of July 26, more than 100 coalition service members aboard Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, put on their body armor, shouldered their rucksacks and picked up their rifles. They assembled at the entrance of Camp Viking and waited for the command to move out.
- Texas battalion's good neighbor policy helps keep Helmand base secure USMC News 31 Jul 2011 -- Marines and sailors with the Houston-based Lone Star Battalion, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, have been conducting security and counterinsurgency operations in the vicinity of the Camp Leatherneck-Camp Bastion complex since deploying to Afghanistan in January.
- Afghan Civil Order Police brigade activates in Helmand capital USMC News 31 Jul 2011 -- The Afghan National Civil Order Police's 5th Brigade officially took control of its own command during a stand-up ceremony in the Helmand provincial capital of Lashkar Gah, July 25.
- Pakistani militants kill pro-govt tribal elder IRNA 31 Jul 2011 -- Suspected militants Sunday shot dead chief of a pro-government tribal peace committee near the tribal region of South Waziristan, police said.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Wasp Returns to Sea to Conduct Sea Trials NNS 31 Jul 2011 -- When the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) departed Norfolk Naval Station July 7 for sea trials and air certifications, many of her Sailors probably didn't imagine the full scope of what this underway period meant for the ship and crew.
- Wasp Begins Aviation PALSCERT NNS 31 Jul 2011 -- USS Wasp (LHD 1) operations department began certifying the ship's Precision Approach Landing System (PALS) July 11 taking an important step in preparing the ship to be deployment ready.
- Wasp Hosts Trident Warrior Experiment 2011 NNS 31 Jul 2011 -- Trident Warrior 2011 (TW11) began July 26 aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) with the first in a series of numerous technological experiments. The annual event, scheduled to run until August 1, is designed to test mature emerging technologies, tactics, techniques and procedures.
- German Green lawmakers sue gov't over secret Saudi tank deal IRNA 31 Jul 2011 -- Germany's opposition Green party is to take the government to the country's constitutional court over its refusal to reveal secret details of a highly controversial tank deal with Saudi Arabia, the Hamburg-based news magazine Der Spiegel said Sunday.
- U.S. Senate calls on Russia to pull out from Abkhazia, S. Ossetia RIA Novosti 31 Jul 2011 -- The U.S. Senate unanimously adopted last Friday a resolution calling on Russia to respect Georgia's territorial integrity and to withdraw its troops from Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
- Syria: UN chief condemns latest bloody violence against civilians UN News Centre 31 Jul 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his deep concern over reports from Syria that hundreds of protesters have been killed or injured in the city of Hama and other towns across the country during the weekend.
- Opposition Gunmen Battle Syrian Troops After Tank Assault On Hama RFE/RL 31 Jul 2011 -- Scores of opposition gunmen were reportedly battling Syrian Army troops in Hama after troops stormed the city just before dawn in a bid to crush pro-democracy demonstrations.
- Syrian Raid on Hama Kills 80 VOA 31 Jul 2011 -- Syrian activists say soldiers backed by tanks have fired on citizens during a raid in the flashpoint city of Hama, killing at least 80 people.
- Iran strongly criticizes IAEA director-general for anti-Iran remarks IRNA 31 Jul 2011 -- Iran on Sunday strongly criticized Director-General of International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano for his anti-Iran statement at Conference on Disarmament in Matsumoto city of Japan.
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