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16 July 2012 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 16 Jul 2012 [PDF]
  • Combined Force Kills Several Insurgents AFPS 16 Jul 2012 -- An Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents during an operation to detain a Taliban weapons specialist in the Arghandab district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province today, military officials reported.
  • Northern Route a Key Supply Network for NATO Troops in Afghanistan VOA 16 Jul 2012 -- Pakistan has recently re-opened a vital supply line to NATO troops in Afghanistan - the so-called southern route. But, NATO forces also use another major thoroughfare.
  • Afghan National Army soldiers soar with Operation Eagle's Flight Army News 16 Jul 2012 -- Afghan field artillery soldiers displayed deployment-ready skill, under the direction of deployment-ready leadership, during Exercise Eagle's Flight at Patrol Base Sorkh Bid in northern Kandahar province, July 11, 2012.
  • Afghan police, army find bomb-making lab during clearance operations Army News 16 Jul 2012 -- The Afghan Uniformed Police and Afghan National Army partnered with C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, to conduct clearance operations in the Shah Wali Kot district, Afghanistan, July 7-10.
  • Stryker BCTs in Afghanistan now equipped with precision mortars Army News 16 Jul 2012 -- The first-ever Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative, or APMI, round fired from a Stryker vehicle in Afghanistan accomplished what few conventional 120mm high-explosive mortars can achieve: a direct hit on a target with the first round fired.
  • USNS Rappahannock Fires After Vessel Ignores Warnings AFPS 16 Jul 2012 -- A security team aboard the USNS Rappahannock today fired on a small motor vessel after it disregarded warnings and rapidly approached the ship near Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, according to a U.S. Naval Forces Central Command news release issued today.

Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • 16 July 2012 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 16 Jul 2012
  • Critical funding shortage threatens humanitarian response for Syria – UN official UN News Centre 16 Jul 2012 -- The humanitarian response for Syria is facing a critical shortage of funds, a top United Nations relief official warned today, calling on the donor community to scale up their contributions to enable aid agencies to help those affected by the escalating crisis.
  • Russia Says Push For Syria Sanctions By West Is 'Blackmail' RFE/RL 16 Jul 2012 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused Western countries of trying to "blackmail" Russia to secure a new UN Security Council resolution that would threaten sanctions against Syria.
  • Syria Arms Ship En Route to St. Petersburg RIA Novosti 16 Jul 2012 -- A Russian ship purportedly carrying helicopter gunships to Syria will arrive in the port of St. Petersburg by the end of the month, the ship's owner, Femco, said on Monday.
  • Russia Sees Blackmail in Western Stance on Syria RIA Novosti 16 Jul 2012 -- Russia sees 'elements of blackmail' in the West's linking of new sanctions against Syria with the extension of the international observer mission there, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, and said it was unrealistic to expect Moscow to force President Assad to step down.
  • Syrian Fighting Reaches Capital VOA 16 Jul 2012 -- Syria moved armored vehicles into the capital Damascus as opposition fighters battled Syrian government forces in what residents described as the fiercest fighting yet inside the capital.
  • Clinton Meets Israeli, Palestinian Leaders VOA 16 Jul 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is wrapping up a 12-day, nine-country tour with a stop in Jerusalem, where on Monday she discussed a broad range of issues with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials.
  • Clinton, Israeli Leaders Discuss Iran, Syria, Egypt, Palestinians VOA 16 Jul 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is having talks with Israeli leaders on the conflict in Syria, the political transition in Egypt, and the perceived threat from Iran's nuclear program.
  • DR Congo, Rwanda Agree on 'Partial Solution' to M23 Rebellion VOA 16 Jul 2012 -- The Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda have agreed to a proposal for a neutral force to be stationed along their border. The agreement, signed by the presidents of the two countries on Sunday, says the proposed force would help to eradicate the Congolese rebel movement, the M23, and other armed groups in the region.
  • DR Congo: Security Council condemns attacks by rebel soldiers in country's east UN News Centre 16 Jul 2012 -- The Security Council today strongly condemned the attacks in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by the group of renegade soldiers known as M23, and demanded that all forms of support to armed groups in the country cease immediately.
  • Yemen: Ban welcomes launch of process for national dialogue conference UN News Centre 16 Jul 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the official launch of the preparatory process for the national dialogue conference in Yemen, his spokesperson said today.
  • YEMEN: Abyan Governorate emerges from war IRIN 16 Jul 2012 -- Damaged tanks, artillery pieces and other weaponry - some half-covered with sand - lie strewn on either side of the road about 12km west of Zinjibar city, capital of Yemen's southern Abyan governorate.
  • Analysis: Carrot or stick? - Nigerians divided over Boko Haram IRIN 16 Jul 2012 -- How to deal with Boko Haram violence splits Nigeria: in the north, the centre of bombings and shootings by the Islamist extremists, there is an almost universal demand for dialogue, while in the south the prevailing attitude is that there can be no negotiation with 'terrorists' until they end the insurrection that has killed more than 1,000 people since 2009.
  • MYANMAR: Access to health a worry in Rakhine State IRIN 16 Jul 2012 -- Aid workers are concerned about access to healthcare in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State, more than a month after communal violence left over 50,000 people displaced.

News Reports

  • Clinton: Iranian Nuclear Proposals 'Non-Starters' RFE/RL 16 Jul 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States will use "all elements of American power to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."
  • New UN campaign highlights financial and social costs of transnational organized crime UN News Centre 16 Jul 2012 -- The annual turnover of transnational organized criminal activities such as drug trafficking, counterfeiting, illegal arms trade and the smuggling of immigrants is estimated at around $870 billion, the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today, as part of a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the issue's financial and social costs.
  • Ukraine Opposition Looking to Impeach Yanukovych RIA Novosti 16 Jul 2012 -- The Ukrainian opposition is determined to impeach President Viktor Yanukovych, opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk said on Monday.
  • Thai Politicians Weigh Options Following Constitution Verdict VOA 16 Jul 2012 -- Thailand's political parties are weighing Friday's key court decision on proposals to amend the country's 2007 constitution. Some political factions are pressing the ruling party to defy the constitutional court, risking more serious political turmoil.

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