10 July 2012 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 10 Jul 2012 [PDF]
- Combined Force Kills Several Insurgents AFPS 10 Jul 2012 -- An Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents during a search for the leader of a Taliban attack cell in the Chimtal district of Afghanistan’s Balkh province.
- Afghan Progress Shows Surge Strategy’s Success, DOD Officials Say AFPS 10 Jul 2012 -- A range of successes shows the surge strategy in Afghanistan has been effective.
- Afghans Say Extrajudicial Execution Was Un-Islamic RFE/RL 10 Jul 2012 -- Under Shari'a law, death by stoning is prescribed in cases of adultery committed by married men and women.
- Lincoln Concludes Operations in Support of OEF NNS 10 Jul 2012 -- Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 2, embarked aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, completed their final combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom this deployment.
- 9th Commando building project nears completion, turnover to Afghan Army Army News 10 Jul 2012 -- A large building project managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South will be crossing the finish line before the end of the summer.
- ISAF Continues Improvements to Afghan Hospital, Officials Say AFPS 10 Jul 2012 -- The International Security Assistance Force has made significant improvements to save what had been a “broken” medical system for treating Afghan security forces.
- Pakistani Islamists Protest Over NATO Supply Routes RFE/RL 10 Jul 2012 -- Thousands of supporters of hard-line religious groups have marched into the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, to protest their government's decision to reopen supply lines for U.S.-led NATO troops in Afghanistan.
- Pakistani alliance announces more anti-NATO marches IRNA 10 Jul 2012 -- A Pakistani alliance of dozens of religious and political parties announced to organize two more long-march rallies against government's decision to allow NATO forces use its land routes for in Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DOD News Briefing with George Little and Capt. Kirby from the Pentagon DoD 10 Jul 2012
- Russian Army Chief Starts Visit to the United States RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2012 -- The chief of Russia's Armed Forces General Staff, Gen. Nikolai Makarov, will arrive in the United States on a three-day working visit focusing on U.S. missile defense plans.
- DOD Working to Halt Budget Sequestration, Little Says AFPS 10 Jul 2012 -- The Defense Department is working to avoid the possibility of budget sequestration.
- Taiwan might give up on F-16C/D, pursue F-35B instead CNA 10 Jul 2012 -- Taiwan might give up attempting to purchase 66 F-16C/D fighter jets and pursue F-35B fighters as an alternative, due to budgeting issues.
- Carl Vinson Enters Planned Incremental Availability Period NNS 10 Jul 2012 -- USS Carl Vinson's crew is putting on hard hats and safety goggles for a planned incremental availability period July 5-Feb. 1, 2013.
- ONR Sensor and Software Suite Hunts Down more than 600 Suspect Boats NNS 10 Jul 2012 -- A new sensor and software suite sponsored by the Office of Naval Research returned from West Africa after helping partner nations track and identify target vessels of interest.
- Network Integration Evaluation speeds fielding of Army encryption capability Army News 10 Jul 2012 -- The Army's 75th Ranger Regiment is already reaping the benefits of advanced encryption tools for their Rifleman Radios in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
- Third generation of the Army's tactical communications network becomes chartered program Army News 10 Jul 2012 -- The third generation of the network moves ahead, becoming a formally chartered program.
- 603rd ACS strikes for final time at Aviano AFNS 10 Jul 2012 -- Another chapter of Air Force history came to a close July 3 at Aviano Air Base as the 603rd Air Control Squadron called "Primo," the unit call sign, for the last time before the unit is inactivated.
- 40th ESB Soldiers return from Honduras deployment Army News 10 Jul 2012 -- Approximately 20 Soldiers returned after taking on a support mission in Honduras.
- U.S. Forces Accused of Treating S. Koreans as Criminals KCNA 10 Jul 2012 -- MPs of the Osan U.S. air base in Kyonggi Province treated south Koreans as criminals on July 5.
- USS Frank Cable Ready To Sail NNS 10 Jul 2012 -- Submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) is returning to her homeport in Guam after a six-month overhaul in dry-dock, July 7.
- Marines, West African Partners Kick Off Exercise Western Accord 2012 USMC News 10 Jul 2012 -- Approximately 600 U.S. Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen, along with about 600 African partner-nation troops, officially kicked off Exercise Western Accord 2012.
- Navy Issues New Shore Energy Policy to Achieve Energy Security Goals NNS 11 Jul 2012 -- The Navy issued a new energy policy that will drive energy consumption reduction at all Navy installations, transform the shore energy culture and seek new or existing technical solutions for reducing energy.
- Russian Army Eyes New Grenade Launcher RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2012 -- The Russian Ground Forces expect to receive an advanced grenade launcher soon, force chief commander Col. Gen. Vladimir Chirkin said.
- RAF Typhoons move to Northolt for Olympics UK MOD 10 Jul 2012 -- Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft have arrived at RAF Northolt ahead of their role providing air security throughout the Olympic Games.
- British and French troops parachute together UK MOD 10 Jul 2012 -- British and French troops have performed parachute jumps using each other's aircraft and equipment as they work towards a closer relationship.
- Taiwan President lauds Air Force's rescue efforts, defense capabilities CNA 10 Jul 2012 -- President Ma praised the Air Force's defense capabilities and rescue response efforts.
- Taiwan commissions new additions to rescue squadron CNA 10 Jul 2012 -- Taiwan's Air Force formally commissioned three search-and-rescue helicopters purchased from France to beef up its disaster response capabilities at a ceremony in Taipei.
- Taiwan MND apologizes for drone crash CNA 10 Jul 2012 -- The Ministry of National Defense apologized to residents of the county of Taitung for inconvenience caused when a target drone crashed.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing, July 10, 2012 US Dept. of State 10 Jul 2012
- DoD News: Contracts for July 10, 2012
- Russia Signs Light Helicopter Accord With AgustaWestland RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2012 -- Russian Helicopters signed an agreement with Europe's AugustaWestland to jointly design and produce a new 2.5 ton-class single-engine helicopter.
- Interjet Takes Up Option For Sukhoi Superjets RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2012 -- Mexico's Interjet airline is to take up an option to buy five more Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliners in addition to the 15 planes previously ordered.
- Armavia Snubs Superjet for Foreign Rivals RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2012 -- Armenia's national airline Armavia announced it had no intention of buying more Russian-built Superjet 100 medium-haul aircraft.
- Irkut Downgrades Malaysia MS-21 Contract to Option RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2012 -- Russia’s aircraft builder Irkut has downgraded a firm contract for 50 MS-21 medium-haul airliners to Malaysia’s Crecom to option status.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 10 July 2012 United Nations 10 Jul 2012
- Russia Hedges Its Bets with Syria VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- Russia appeared to signal it may eventually distance itself from President Bashar al-Assad's embattled government.
- Annan Warns of Disaster Without End to Syria Crisis VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- United Nations envoy Kofi Annan has warned that failing to resolve the crisis in Syria could bring unimaginable consequences.
- Syrian Opposition Group Rejects Assad Talks RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2012 -- Syria's main opposition group, the Syrian National Council, rules out any forms of dialogue with the country’s authorities.
- UN-Arab League envoy highlights role of Iran in helping end conflict in Syria UN News Centre 10 Jul 2012 -- The Joint Special Envoy for the United Nations and the League of Arab States for the Syrian Crisis, Kofi Annan, highlighted the role that Iran could play in helping resolve the crisis in Syria.
- Annan Backs Iran Playing 'Positive' Role In Ending Syria Crisis RFE/RL 10 Jul 2012 -- Visiting international envoy Kofi Annan has said in Tehran that Iran can play a “positive” role in resolving the Syrian crisis, and that the Islamic republic has offered support for ending the conflict peacefully.
- Cyprus May Take In Up To 200,000 Syrian Refugees RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2012 -- Cyprus is ready to shelter up to 200,000 people fleeing violence-hit Syria where fighting between pro-government forces and opposition continues for the last 16 months.
- Russian Official Pledges Suspension Of New Arms Sales To Syria RFE/RL 10 Jul 2012 -- A Russian arms official has suggested that Moscow will not deliver fighter planes or other new weapons to Syria while the situation there remains unresolved.
- Russia Sends Warships to Mediterranean VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- For the last year, the Russian government has tried to project an image of neutrality in the increasingly bloody conflict in Syria.
- Russian Warships Head For Syrian Port RFE/RL 10 Jul 2012 -- Warships from three Russian fleets have left their home ports for exercises in the Mediterranean Sea.
- Russian Warships to Exercise in Atlantic, Mediterranean RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2012 -- A Russian naval task force will perform combat training missions in the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, the Defense Ministry said.
- Armed Militants Resume Destruction of Timbuktu Shrines VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- The militant group Ansar Dine has resumed the destruction of Muslim shrines in the northern Malian city of Timbuktu.
- Operations to help displaced Malians threatened by low funding – UN refugee agency UN News Centre 10 Jul 2012 -- The operation to support Malian refugees is threatened by a critically low level of funding, the UN refugee agency said.
- US Congressional Panel Examines Boko Haram Violence in Nigeria VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- A subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs held a hearing on U.S. policy toward Nigeria.
- Boko Haram Warns Christians to Convert or 'Not Know Peace Again' VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- The Islamist militant group known as Boko Haram is now claiming responsibility for Sunday’s attack on a funeral that killed scores of people, including two prominent politicians.
- Great Lakes Foreign Ministers Set to Meet Over DRC Crisis VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- A Ugandan official says foreign ministers in the Great Lakes region are scheduled to begin discussions to help resolve the Democratic Republic of Congo’s security crisis.
- DRC Says It Has Proof of Rwandan Troop Attacks VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- The Democratic Republic of Congo’s information minister says his administration has proof that Rwandan soldiers and senior officers are directly engaged in combat operations inside his country.
- Briefing: Crisis in North Kivu IRIN 10 Jul 2012 -- Some 220,000 people have been freshly displaced in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo since a group of former rebels integrated into the national army mutinied.
- UN Concerned DRC Rebels Get Support From Rwanda VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, says it is seeing more signs that the rebel M23 movement is getting support from Rwanda.
- Aid Slow to Reach Somali Region Free of al-Shabab VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- In this Somali seaside village, the former headquarters of insurgent group al-Shabab is being converted into a hospital.
- Clinton Backs Vietnamese Efforts to Resolve S. China Sea Dispute VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is backing Vietnam's efforts to resolve a dispute over mineral and fishing rights in the South China Sea.
- Ban warns of ‘dangerous standstill’ in Israeli-Palestinian peace process UN News Centre 10 Jul 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban warned of the current “dangerous standstill” in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
- At UN-Arab League meeting, Ban flags role of cooperation in Middle East peace process UN News Centre 10 Jul 2012 -- Noting the impasse in the Middle East peace process, Secretary-General Ban said the United Nations and the League of Arab States must together “create the conditions for meaningful negotiations.”
- Senior U.S. Diplomat Heads To Israel, West Bank RFE/RL 10 Jul 2012 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns is scheduled to travel to Israel and the West Bank this week as part of a Middle East tour that also included stops in Egypt and Yemen.
- Gunmen kill 6 security men in Pakistan’s Punjab province IRNA 10 Jul 2012 -- Unidentified men Monday attacked a camp of Pakistani security forces in eastern Punjab province and killed at least security personnel.
- Thomas Lubanga Dyilo sentenced to 14 years of imprisonment ICC 10 Jul 2012
- Statement: Office of the Prosecutor on Lubanga sentence ICC 10 Jul 2012
- International Criminal Court sentences former Congolese warlord to 14 years in prison UN News Centre 10 Jul 2012 -- The International Criminal Court sentenced Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, a former Congolese warlord, to 14 years of imprisonment for his involvement in child soldier recruitment.
- ICC Jails Congo Warlord For 14 Years In Landmark Case RFE/RL 10 Jul 2012 -- Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo has become the first person to be sentenced by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
- Statement by the President on the 17th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide The White House 10 Jul 2012
- Bosnia Marks 17th Anniversary of Srebrenica Massacre VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- Bosnia-Herzegovina is set to mark the 17th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre of thousands of Muslim men and boys at the hands of Bosnian Serb forces.
- Egyptian Supreme Court Again Rejects Presidential Decree On Parliament RFE/RL 10 Jul 2012 -- Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court has "frozen" a decree by newly elected President Muhammad Morsi ordering the country's dissolved parliament to reconvene.
- Egyptian Lawmakers Meet, Defying Military VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- Egypt's new president briefly reconvened parliament Tuesday in defiance of the military, which dissolved the legislature last month based on a high court order.
- Egypt's Dissolved Parliament Meets In Defiance Of High Court, Military RFE/RL 10 Jul 2012 -- Egypt's parliament has briefly convened in what's seen as a challenge to the Supreme Court and powerful military, both of whom have called for the dissolution of the Islamist-dominated chamber.
- Egypt Parliament Meets Despite Court Ruling RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2012 -- The lower house of the Egyptian parliament reconvened on Tuesday despite the Constitutional Court’s decision to dissolve it.
- U.S. House Panel Probes UN Agency's Tech Shipments RFE/RL 10 Jul 2012 -- A U.S. House panel has launched a probe into whether a UN agency sent computers and other technology to Iran and North Korea.
- Iran, G5+1 to resume talks IRNA 10 Jul 2012 -- Iran and Group 5+1 will resume nuclear talks in near future, Chairman of the Majlis Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi said.
- U.S. Calls On Iran To Release Christian Pastor RFE/RL 10 Jul 2012 -- The United States has called on Iran to release Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who was imprisoned in 2009 and condemned to death for converting from Islam to Christianity.
- N. Koreans Wonder Who's That Girl with Kim Jong Un? VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- Images from North Korea showing a young woman accompanying the country's new leader are getting the attention of analysts and intelligence officials.
- ASEAN Hoping for Removal of Burma Sanctions VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- As senior ministers in Southeast Asia meet for a high-level summit in Cambodia this week, some observers are already looking ahead to 2014.
- Contempt-Exemption Bill Goes To Pakistan's Upper House RFE/RL 10 Jul 2012 -- A bill that would exempt senior Pakistani government ministers from contempt-of-court proceedings has been sent for debate in the upper house of the Pakistani parliament after its approval by the lower house.
- Late S. Korean Dictator's Daughter Seeks Presidency VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- South Korea's Park Geun-hye has formally launched her campaign for president of the country her father, the late Park Chung-hee, once ruled with an iron fist.
- Secretary Clinton Remarks With Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh After Their Meeting US Dept. of State 10 Jul 2012
- Secretary Clinton Remarks at American Chamber of Commerce Reception and Commercial Signings US Dept. of State 10 Jul 2012
- Clinton Promotes US Investment, Human Rights in Vietnam VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Vietnam where she is promoting U.S. investment and raising human rights concerns.
- Partial Vote Count Indicates Jibril Leads in Libya Election VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- Sources close to Libya's electoral commission are saying that a coalition of political parties led by former interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril is leading in 8 out of 13 of the country's electoral districts.
- UN human rights chief calls on Kyrgyzstan to address corruption and discrimination UN News Centre 10 Jul 2012 -- The United Nations human rights chief called on Kyrgyzstan to boost its efforts to address corruption and discrimination.
- Former Israeli Prime Minister Olmert Convicted Of Corruption RFE/RL 10 Jul 2012 -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty of one corruption charge but acquitted of two other counts.
- Former Israel PM Convicted But Escapes Fraud Charge RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2012 -- The Jerusalem District Court cleared former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of fraud and corruption charges but found him guilty of breach of trust.
- Russian Duma Endorses WTO Membership Agreement RFE/RL 10 Jul 2012 -- Russia's State Duma has ratified the agreement under which the country will join the World Trade Organization.
- Duma Ratifies Russia’s WTO Accession Protocol RIA Novosti 10 Jul 2012 -- The State Duma, the lower house of Russian parliament, voted to ratify a protocol on Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization.
- Upsurge in Cholera Threatens Thousands in Sahel VOA 10 Jul 2012 -- The United Nations Children's Fund and World Health Organization are warning of an alarming upsurge in cholera across West Africa's Sahel region.
- UNICEF warns of growing risk of cholera upsurge in Africa’s Sahel region UN News Centre 10 Jul 2012 -- The United Nations Children’s Fund warned that a recent upsurge in the Sahel of cholera is putting more and more people, especially malnourished children, at risk.
- Twelve Charged In Serbia Over Setting Fire To U.S. Embassy RFE/RL 10 Jul 2012 -- Serbia charged 12 people accused of setting fire to the U.S. Embassy during riots against Kosovo's declaration of independence in 2008.
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