04 August 2012 Military News
- Afghan Parliament Votes to Dismiss 2 Top Ministers VOA 04 Aug 2012 -- Afghanistan's lawmakers on Saturday fired the country's ministers of defense and interior for being unable to stop cross border attacks from Pakistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Training Pilots Qualify Aboard Truman NNS 04 Aug 2012 -- Sailors and Marines from pilot training squadrons (VT) embarked the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) to begin carrier qualifications Aug. 3.
- USS Emory S. Land Completes Thailand Port Visit NNS 04 Aug 2012 -- The crew of submarine tender USS Emory S Land (AS 39) wrapped up their theater security cooperation (TSC) and friendship mission to Thailand, Aug. 3.
- Fourth generation of Fateh missile tested successfully, minister IRNA 04 Aug 2012 -- Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said the fourth generation of the Fateh 110 missile was test-fired successfully.
- Iran Successfully Tests Upgraded Short-Range Missile RIA Novosti 04 Aug 2012 -- Iran has successfully test-fired an upgraded version of a short-range ballistic missile, Iranian Defense Minister Brig.-Gen. Ahmad Vahidi said Saturday.
- Iran Tests Missile with New Guidance System VOA 04 Aug 2012 -- Iran's defense minister, Ahmad Vahidi, says that Tehran has tested a new version of its Fateh 110 short-range missile. He claims the newer missile can hit 'enemy' targets in neighboring countries, and targets at sea in the Persian Gulf. Lebanon's Hezbollah reportedly has stockpiles of an earlier version of the missile.
- Australia, New Zealand to Re-establish Ties With Fiji Military VOA 04 Aug 2012 -- Australia's decision to re-establish diplomatic ties with Fiji's military government has been criticized by human rights campaigners. They argue Australia and New Zealand are acting prematurely to restore links to Fiji's army rulers, who seized power in a bloodless coup in the South Pacific island nation in 2006.
- Fleet commander removed for `discipline violations': military CNA 04 Aug 2012 -- The military said Saturday that the commander of a Navy fleet that sailed off its designated course during a recent military exercise had been punished for 'serious discipline violations,' but denied that the decision was made following pressure from Japan.
- 48 Iranians Kidnapped in Syrian Capital VOA 04 Aug 2012 -- State-run media in Tehran say 48 Iranian nationals were kidnapped aboard a bus in Damascus, just a few kilometers from a battle between government troops and rebels fighting against the Assad government.
- Syrian Forces Push for Control of Damascus, Aleppo VOA 04 Aug 2012 -- Explosions have rocked the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Saturday, and the northern city of Aleppo as security forces try to push rebels from their remaining strongholds.
- Sudan, South Sudan Settle Oil Dispute RIA Novosti 04 Aug 2012 -- Sudan and South Sudan have struck a deal on how to share their oil wealth, one of a series of disputes that brought the rivals to the brink of war earlier this year.
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