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31 May 2012 Military News

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  • Combined Force Detains Taliban Leader AFPS 31 May 2012 -- An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader as well as multiple other insurgents and seized more than 700 rounds of ammunition during an operation in the Panjwai district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province today, military officials reported.
  • UN Says Civilian Death Rate in Afghanistan is Unacceptable VOA 31 May 2012 -- The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) says civilian casualties from the Afghan conflict remain at 'unacceptably high levels' despite a 21-percent drop in conflict-related deaths during the first four months of this year.
  • Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-North completes construction, transfers provincial Army News 31 May 2012 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-North's recently completed and transferred its $7.4 million provincial police headquarters project to Afghanistan National Police in Pul-e 'Alam, Logar Province.
  • Afghan Army and Marines investigate Wushtan USMC News 31 May 2012 -- Helicopters landed in a field during the early morning darkness, May 17, delivering the Marines of Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, and soldiers of the Afghan National Army to the outskirts of the town of Wushtan to begin Operation Sangin United Horizons.
  • Landing support Marines conduct first helicopter support team mission with unmanned aerial vehicle USMC News 31 May 2012 -- The Marine Corps has recently used the unmanned aerial vehicle, commonly known as a drone, as a cargo transportation platform in Helmand Province. The UAV is able to bring supplies, equipment and gear to preprogrammed coordinates placed in a computer system.
  • Marine Engineers Transfer Authority in Afghanistan USMC News 31 May 2012 -- After a successful deployment providing general engineering support to both 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) and 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), 9th Engineer Support Battalion relinquished their responsibilities to 8th Engineer Support Battalion in a transfer of authority ceremony here, May 30.
  • USS Taylor Renders Assistance to Distressed Yemeni Dhow NNS 31 May 2012 -- Guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) rendered assistance to a distressed Yemeni fishing dhow experiencing mechanical problems, May 19-21.

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  • 31 May 2012 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 31 May 2012
  • Press Conference by High Commission for Refugees on 2012 Report United Nations 31 May 2012
  • UN Predicts More Refugees in Next Decade VOA 31 May 2012 -- The United Nations refugee agency said Thursday that the world will see increasing numbers of refugees during the next 10 years as the factors causing mass population flight grow.
  • REFUGEES: Moving out of the shadows IRIN 31 May 2012 -- When night falls in the Dadaab refugee complex in eastern Kenya, nearly half a million refugees are plunged into darkness. The lack of light robs schoolchildren of the possibility of studying and provides perfect cover for thieves and rapists.
  • UN refugee agency warns of worsening global displacement over next ten years UN News Centre 31 May 2012 -- The number of displaced persons worldwide will significantly grow over the next ten years due to factors such as conflict, natural disasters and climate change, according to the flagship publication of the United Nations refugee agency, launched today, which stresses that international solidarity is needed to address the issue.
  • Panetta Calls Syrian Situation 'Intolerable' AFPS 31 May 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called the situation in Syria 'intolerable' and said the United States will continue to work with the international community to get Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down.
  • Pentagon: In Syria, Iran Helps Asad, al-Qaida Foments Violence AFPS 31 May 2012 -- In Syria, where Bashar al-Asad's government continues to massacre its population, Iran is supporting the regime and members of al-Qaida are in the country for their own purposes, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby told reporters today.
  • Syria Blames Massacre On Terrorists, Amid Warnings Of Civil War RFE/RL 31 May 2012 -- Syria has blamed a weekend massacre on "armed groups" amid warnings from the international community that the country is on the brink of civil war.
  • Is Syria's Bashar al-Assad Guilty of War Crimes? VOA 31 May 2012 -- The images from Houla in Syria had a sickening familiarity: bodies wrapped in white shrouds, lined up in a large pit in the center of town while grieving relatives cried and wailed. In all, a reported 108 people, all victims of last week's Houla massacre, were being buried, 49 of them children.
  • Clinton Tells Russia Its Syria Policy Leading to Civil War RIA Novosti 31 May 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Russia on Thursday that its refusal to sanction UN action against Syria could see the outbreak of a civil war in the Middle Eastern country.
  • Actions outside UN Security Council Likely in Syria - Rice RIA Novosti 31 May 2012 -- The worst and most likely scenario in Syria might be the option of acting outside of the UN Security Council's authority, the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, said on Wednesday.
  • UN-Arab League envoy discusses situation in Syria with King of Jordan UN News Centre 31 May 2012 -- The Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for the Syrian Crisis, Kofi Annan, today met with King Adbullah II Bin Al Hussein of Jordan, for talks on developments in neighbouring Syria.
  • 4 Dead as Syrian Troops Shell Massacre Town VOA 31 May 2012 -- Rights activists say Syrian forces have again attacked the central area of Houla where more than 100 people were massacred last week.
  • US Slams Russia, Warns of Promoting Civil War in Syria VOA 31 May 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slammed Russia Thursday, blaming 'very strong opposition' from Moscow for blocking efforts to put together an international coalition to remove Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power.
  • Mounting Syrian Death Toll Prompts Intervention Calls in US VOA 31 May 2012 -- A mounting death toll in Syria is prompting calls for stronger international action to oust President Bashar al-Assad. While the Obama administration is backing diplomacy, sanctions, and non-lethal aid to promote change, a U.S. lawmaker is demanding stronger measures.
  • Pro-Assad Militias Under Scrutiny After Syrian Massacre VOA 31 May 2012 -- Syrian pro-government militiamen known as the 'shabiha' are facing international scrutiny for their alleged role in the May 25 massacre of more than 100 civilians in the central Syrian town of Houla.
  • With needs rising, UN refugee agency issues fresh appeal to assist uprooted Malians UN News Centre 31 May 2012 -- The United Nations refugee agency today appealed for $153.7 million to assist Malians uprooted by insecurity and taking refuge in neighbouring countries in West Africa's Sahel region, sharply revising the funding request made earlier this year.
  • UN tribunal convicts former Rwandan minister of youth for genocide UN News Centre 31 May 2012 -- The United Nations tribunal trying key suspects implicated in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda today convicted the country's former youth minister of genocide and crimes against humanity, and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
  • Briefing: Peace-making role for West African trade bloc IRIN 31 May 2012 -- With a string of political crises in West Africa over the past few months it has been a busy time for mediators of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), which has a mandate and history of intervention - which in terms of scale sets it apart from other trading blocs in Africa.
  • ASEAN Sees Role as Regional Security Forum VOA 31 May 2012 -- Asia's rise on the global economic stage - and the growing competition for resources that entails - is leading the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to position itself as a shaper of security architecture to avoid regional conflicts, especially after recent tensions over the South China Sea.
  • Israel Returns Bodies of Palestinian Militants VOA 31 May 2012 -- Israel has returned the bodies of dozens of militants to the Palestinian territories for burial.
  • Taylor Sentence Sparks Justice Debate in Liberia VOA 31 May 2012 -- The sentencing of former Liberian president Charles Taylor on Wednesday was heralded as an historic moment for Sierra Leone. But in neighboring Liberia, many say the justice and reconciliation process is only just beginning. As Taylor was handed a 50-year jail term, Liberian rights groups and activists were debating whether Taylor's allies and rivals should also be subject to international justice.
  • Briefing: Ruptures and repercussions in Mali* IRIN 31 May 2012 -- While both European and African leaders continue to warn against partition in Mali, the rival movements backing a new, independent state in the north of the country have failed to follow through on a joint agreement to form the Islamic Republic of Azawad, leaving the project uncertain and raising suspicions that their show of unity masked deep divisions.
  • Long-term investment crucial for Somalia's recovery, development – UN envoy UN News Centre 31 May 2012 -- The top United Nations official for Somalia today called for greater investment in the Horn of Africa nation, as international partners gathered to renew their commitment to the country's recovery and development and to support the ongoing political transition.
  • UN calls for better civilian protection as DR Congo violence uproots tens of thousands UN News Centre 31 May 2012 -- With close to 100,000 people uprooted from their homes by the recent wave of violence in the province of North Kivu, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the UN humanitarian agency today renewed its call for better measures to protect civilians and more aid for distressed families.
  • Is Boko Haram a 'Foreign Terrorist Organization'? VOA 31 May 2012 -- Some American lawmakers want the U.S. State Department to designate Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization, a formal move that would trigger automatic sanctions against the Islamist militant group. The lawmakers say the Justice Department in Washington supports the designation. However, some Nigerians say this could complicate efforts to negotiate a truce with Boko Haram, and scholars contend it could actually make Boko Haram stronger.

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