08 June 2012 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 08 Jun 2012 [PDF]
- Combined Force Detains Taliban Leader AFPS 08 Jun 2012 -- An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader during an operation in the Wali Muhammad Shahid Khugyani district of Afghanistan’s Ghazni province.
- On the cusp of durable success in Helmand UK MOD 08 Jun 2012 -- Recently returned from Helmand, Brigadier Patrick Sanders says the years of effort and sacrifice are producing results.
- Allen Visits Afghan Officials, Families of Dead AFPS 08 Jun 2012 -- The commander of International Security Assistance Forces today visited Afghan officials and the families of civilians reportedly killed during a June 6 airstrike and issued an apology for the attack.
- NATO Commander Apologizes For Afghan Civilian Deaths RFE/RL 08 Jun 2012 -- The U.S. commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan has apologized over the deaths of up to 18 civilians in a coalition air strike on June 6.
- Dozen Escape In Taliban Prison Break RFE/RL 08 Jun 2012 -- Afghan officials said at least 14 criminals, including Taliban fighters, escaped after a bomb blew a hole in a wall at a prison in the country's north.
- Russia May Supply Ammunition for ISAF Troops in Afghanistan RIA Novosti 08 Jun 2012 -- Five U.S. defense firms have invited Russia for the first time to become a subcontractor on the delivery of Russian-made ammunition for coalition forces in Afghanistan.
- Kyrgyz Prosecutors Want To Clarify Manas Bribe Claim RFE/RL 08 Jun 2012 -- The Kyrgyz Prosecutor-General's Office has asked the U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, to explain his claim that Russian officials in 2009 paid bribes to Kurmanbek Bakiev in an attempt to shut down the U.S. military complex at Manas.
- China Pledges 'Selfless Help' to Afghanistan VOA 08 Jun 2012 -- China's president pledged "selfless help" to Afghanistan on Friday, as the leaders of the two countries agreed to upgrade their trade, aid, investment and security relations.
- Beijing, Kabul Sign Cooperation Pact RFE/RL 08 Jun 2012 -- Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, have moved to strengthen ties between their nations, pledging closer cooperation as NATO-led forces prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014.
- Military Remains Focused on Finding Missing Soldier AFPS 08 Jun 2012 -- The Defense Department remains focused on efforts to return the only U.S. service member known to be in Taliban captivity to his family.
- E-Mails By U.S. Taliban Hostage Express 'Shame' At Being American RFE/RL 08 Jun 2012 -- A U.S. magazine has published e-mails written by an American soldier being held hostage by the Taliban that suggest he was considering deserting the U.S. military even before his capture three years ago.
- U.S. POW in Afghanistan ‘Ashamed to Be American’ RIA Novosti 08 Jun 2012 -- A 26-year-old U.S. Army sergeant, Bowe Bergdahl, who is currently a prisoner of the Afghan Taliban, said in an e-mail sent to his parents shortly before his capture in 2009 that he was “disillusioned” by the U.S. war in Afghanistan.
- UN rights official questions U.S. drones IRNA 08 Jun 2012 -- A top United Nations human rights official has questioned legality of the American drone strikes in Pakistan and called for a probe into the attacks and civilian casualties.
- Blast kills 14, injures over 48 other people in SW Pakistan IRNA 08 Jun 2012 -- A bomb blast near a religious seminary killed 14 people and injured nearly 48 others in the Pakistani city of Quetta.
- Blast near Gov't bus kills 21 in Pakistan IRNA 08 Jun 2012 -- A bomb blast near a bus of government employees killed at least 21 people, including women and children, in the northwest Pakistan.
- Pakistan Bus Bomb Kills 19 VOA 08 Jun 2012 -- A bomb has blown up a bus full of government employees in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing at least 19 people, Pakistan's second lethal blast in as many days.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Remarks by President Obama and President Aquino of the Philippines after Bilateral Meeting The White House 08 Jun 2012
- Statement on the President’s Meeting with President Aquino of the Philippines The White House 08 Jun 2012
- Secretary Clinton Hosts a Lunch for President of the Republic of the Philippines Benigno S. Aquino III US Dept. of State 08 Jun 2012
- Obama, Aquino to Discuss Regional Security VOA 08 Jun 2012 -- Regional security issues and the Philippines' role in a U.S. re-balancing of strategic priorities toward the Asia-Pacific will be high on meeting agenda.
- Navy Standardizes Command Qualifications NNS 08 Jun 2012 -- Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, approved an instruction governing the Navy's Command Qualification Program June 4, setting the standards for qualifying and screening Navy commanding officers.
- Future Games gives leaders tools to chart Army's future Army News 08 Jun 2012 -- The Army's role in the nation's future defense strategy is becoming broader and the Training and Doctrine Command is working to ensure that it is ready.
- Army expands early separation program for non-deployers Army News 08 Jun 2012 -- In an effort to enhance readiness for deploying units, the Army will expand its Enlisted Involuntary Early Separation Program for some Soldiers.
- USS Mount Whitney Participates in BALTOPS 2012 NNS 08 Jun 2012 -- USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) is currently participating in Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2012, an invitational joint and combined exercise designed to enhance multinational maritime capabilities and interoperability, and improve involvement in the larger Baltic region theater security cooperation strategy.
- HSV 2 Makes APS Port Visit in Maputo NNS 08 Jun 2012 -- High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) arrived in Maputo, Mozambique June 8 for a seven-day port visit in support of Africa Partnership Station (APS) East 2012.
- USS Hawaii Visits Yokosuka during Western Pacific Deployment NNS 08 Jun 2012 -- The Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Hawaii (SSN 776) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific, June 9.
- Deputy Secretary Discusses Strategy With Academy Faculty AFPS 08 Jun 2012 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter sat down with some of the U.S. Military Academy's leading thinkers on military strategy, doctrine and history here this week to gain their insights into the Army's past and future.
- Yongsan reaches new agreement with ROK Air Force unit Army News 08 Jun 2012 -- Col. William P. Huber, garrison commander for U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, and Col. Kim, Ik-Hyun, support group commander for 15th Composite Wing, signed an international Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the two units.
- Air advisors prepare Colombian air force for Red Flag AFNS 08 Jun 2012 -- A broken aircraft and several delays at the airport didn't stop the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron from arriving in Colombia on June 3 to begin its building partner capacity mission here.
- 83rd CBRN Battalion joins home of 3rd ID Army News 08 Jun 2012 -- Friends, Family Members and Soldiers welcomed 83rd Chemical Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Battalion to Fort Stewart, moving over 800 miles from Fort Polk, La., officially by uncasing the battalion colors, May 31.
- Panetta Calls for Leadership on Suicide Prevention AFPS 08 Jun 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, in an internal memo written last month, addressed the issue of military suicides, calling it one of the most complex and urgent problems facing the department.
- Judge Upholds Charges Against Alleged Document Leaker AFPS 08 Jun 2012 -- The military judge trying the case of alleged WikiLeaker Army Pfc. Bradley Manning rejected a defense motion to throw out 10 of the 22 charges against him.
- Russia Tests Ballistic Missile On Kazakh Soil RFE/RL 08 Jun 2012 -- The Russian Defense Ministry announced that an intercontinental ballistic missile has been successfully test-fired from a military field in Russia.
- India's Russian-built Aircraft Carrier Starts Sea Trials RIA Novosti 08 Jun 2012 -- The Indian Navy's Russian-built aircraft carrier Vikramaditya began sea trials early in the White Sea.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing, June 8, 2012 US Dept. of State 08 Jun 2012
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 08 June 2012 United Nations 08 Jun 2012
- Secretary Clinton Remarks With UN-Arab League Joint Special Envoy for Syria Kofi Annan Before Their Meeting US Dept. of State 08 Jun 2012
- Shots Target UN Monitors in Syria VOA 08 Jun 2012 -- The United Nations says its unarmed monitors in Syria were shot at and blocked from investigating the site of a newly reported mass killing.
- UN Observers At Alleged Syria Massacres Site As Diplomatic Pressure Spikes RFE/RL 08 Jun 2012 -- UN observers have reached a central Syrian village where a massacre has reportedly taken place.
- After earlier obstructions, UN observers reach reported location of massacre in Syria UN News Centre 08 Jun 2012 -- After earlier obstructions, UN observers reached the Syrian village of Mazraat al-Qubeir, where a massacre of civilians reportedly took place.
- Annan, Clinton Meet on Syria as Violence Escalates VOA 08 Jun 2012 -- international envoy Kofi Annan called for additional pressure on the Syrian government as he met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington.
- U.S., Russian Officials Meeting On Syrian Crisis RFE/RL 08 Jun 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's diplomatic coordinator on the Syrian conflict is meeting Russian officials in a bid to find common ground on how to respond to the crisis.
- U.S. Delegation Visits Moscow as Syria Crisis Deepens RIA Novosti 08 Jun 2012 -- U.S. State Department officials met with Russian Foreign Ministry diplomats in Moscow to try to hammer out a common position on the escalating crisis in Syria.
- Analysis: Principles or pragmatism? Negotiating access in Syria IRIN 08 Jun 2012 -- A Syrian government response plan satisfies minimum humanitarian principles of neutrality and impartiality but falls short of the unhindered access the international humanitarian community was calling for.
- African Leaders Want UN Support for Mali Military Intervention VOA 08 Jun 2012 -- African leaders meeting in Ivory Coast are calling for United Nations backing for military intervention in northern Mali, which is currently controlled by rebels.
- Somali Militia Says Forces Move Closer to al-Shabab Stronghold VOA 08 Jun 2012 -- A spokesman for a militia aligned with Somalia's Transitional Federal Government says troops are moving closer to al-Shabab's principal remaining stronghold of Kismayo.
- Malawi Cancels AU Summit Over Bashir Controversy VOA 08 Jun 2012 -- Malawian Vice President Khumbo Kachali said the African Union will relocate an upcoming heads of state summit following his country's refusal to host war crimes suspect Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
- More funding key as UN agency assists civilians fleeing violence in DR Congo UN News Centre 08 Jun 2012 -- The United Nations World Food Programme stressed the need for sufficient resources as it strives to meet the needs of a growing number of people displaced by violence in eastern DRC.
- Azeri Army ‘Ready’ to Flush Armenians Out of Karabakh RIA Novosti 08 Jun 2012 -- Azerbaijan’s Armed Forces are ready to clear Nagorno-Karabakh of its "Armenian occupiers" anytime, Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Ali Gasanov said.
- Russia Urges Israel to Stop Settlement Expansion RIA Novosti 08 Jun 2012 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday called on Israel to abandon plans to build new apartments in the West Bank warning it would hurt the peace process in the Middle East.
- UN expert deeply concerned over two Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike UN News Centre 08 Jun 2012 -- An independent United Nations human rights expert today expressed deep concern over the fate of two Palestinian prisoners detained without charges by Israel, and called for their immediate release.
- Wanted Gang Leader Killed in Dagestan RIA Novosti 08 Jun 2012 -- A gunman who was killed along with another six militants in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan early was a long-sought after gang leader.
- Six Militants Killed in Dagestan RIA Novosti 08 Jun 2012 -- Six militants were killed during a special operation in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, a source in the republican Interior Ministry said.
- Serbian President Nikolic Again Denies Srebrenica Was Genocide RFE/RL 08 Jun 2012 -- The new Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has again said that the killing of 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb forces at Srebrenica in 1995 was not genocide.
- UN: Meeting with Iran ‘disappointing’ UN News Centre 08 Jun 2012 -- The United Nations atomic watchdog said that no progress was made today during a meeting with Iranian officials.
- UN Watchdog, Iran Fail to Make Progress on Nuclear Issue VOA 08 Jun 2012 -- Representatives from the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog and Iran hit an impasse in talks on providing inspectors possible access to a military site that is key to Iran’s controversial nuclear program.
- Iran, UN Watchdog Meet Over Disputed Military Site VOA 08 Jun 2012 -- Representatives from the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog met with the Iranian envoy to the agency, Ali Asghar Soltanieh to discuss possible access to a military site.
- Iran, IAEA Hold Talks In Vienna RFE/RL 08 Jun 2012 -- A fresh round of talks between the United Nations nuclear watchdog and Iran has been taking place at the International Atomic Energy Agency's headquarters in Vienna.
- Egypt to Vote on Constitution Ahead of Presidential Runoff RIA Novosti 08 Jun 2012 -- Both houses of the parliament of Egypt will consider setting up a commission to form the country’s new constitution on June 12 ahead of the presidential runoff later in the month.
- Egyptian Expats in US Vote for Mubarak Successor VOA 08 Jun 2012 -- Egyptian Americans holding Egyptian citizenship started voting at Egypt’s diplomatic missions around the United States this week to help choose a president for their ancestral homeland 10,000 kilometers away.
- Israel to Hold Illegal Immigrants in Tent Camps RIA Novosti 08 Jun 2012 -- The Israeli authorities plan to build tent camps for 20,000-25,000 illegal immigrants from Africa before the end of the year, the Israeli Defense Ministry said in a press release.
- Ugandan President’s Achievements Challenged VOA 08 Jun 2012 -- The leader of Uganda’s opposition Forum for Democratic Change said he will not participate in any future elections organized by President Yoweri Museveni unless fundamental changes are made in the country’s electoral laws.
- Serbian Foreign Minister Wins Top UN Post After Bitter Fight RFE/RL 08 Jun 2012 -- Serbia's Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic has won a vote to become the UN General Assembly president after a hard-fought diplomatic tussle with a Lithuanian candidate.
- Japanese PM Wants Nuclear Plant Reopened VOA 08 Jun 2012 -- Japan's prime minister has called for the reopening of an idle nuclear plant, saying Japan cannot do without atomic energy.
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