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13 August 2012 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 13 Aug 2012 [PDF]
  • NATO: Most 'Green on Blue' Attacks Due to Grievances, Stress VOA 13 Aug 2012 -- At least seven coalition soldiers have been killed by Afghan security forces or gunmen wearing their uniforms in the last week alone. NATO said Monday that such attacks are often the result of personal disputes and will not derail the coalition's plans to transfer security responsibilities to local forces by the end of 2014 is on track.
  • K-9 teams help the fight in Afghanistan Army News 13 Aug 2012 -- Soldiers on today's modern battlefield have tools that we all know well. We often think of rifles, hand grenades and up-armored vehicles - but what about dogs? Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, known as the 'Dragons,' are changing the game when it comes to finding roadside bombs in their area of operations.
  • Combined Force Arrests Senior Insurgent Leader AFPS 13 Aug 2012 -- An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a senior Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan terrorist group leader in the Chahar Darah district of Afghanistan's Kunduz province today, military officials reported.
  • Cavalrymen swap tanks for Warthogs in Helmand UK MOD 13 Aug 2012 -- A squadron of cavalrymen have swapped their Challenger 2 tanks for Warthog armoured vehicles as they support the Afghan security forces in Helmand province.
  • Afghan Policeman Fires on NATO Troops VOA 13 Aug 2012 -- Officials say an Afghan police officer has opened fire on U.S.-led NATO troops, in the fifth such attack in a week.
  • N.C. guardmen return to wildfire missions in Idaho AFNS 13 Aug 2012 -- The North Carolina Air National Guard's 145th Airlift Wing will return to flying Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS)-equipped C-130s Aug. 14, six weeks after four of the unit's Airmen were killed in a C-130 crash during a fire fighting mission in South Dakota.
  • Forest Service Requests More Aircraft for Firefighting Operations AFPS 13 Aug 2012 -- More forest fires in the western United States have prompted the U.S. Forest Service to call in two additional C-130s equipped with the Mobile Airborne Fire Fighting System, or MAFFS.
  • NATO vessel Rotterdam frees hijacked dhow NATO 13 Aug 2012 -- On 13 August 2012, the armed boarding team of the Dutch naval vessel HNLMS Rotterdam freed a pirated vessel in the Gulf of Aden and detained six suspected pirates.

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  • Change Atop Egyptian Military 'No Surprise' to US VOA 13 Aug 2012 -- The Obama administration says it is not surprised by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's move to change his country's top military leaders. The United States says what is important now is for Egypt's civilian and military leaders to complete the country's democratic transition.
  • Egypt Reshuffle Puts New Defense Chief, Vice President in Spotlight VOA 13 Aug 2012 -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's surprise Sunday reshuffle of senior government positions has put the spotlight on two officials who were little known outside of Egypt: his new defense minister and new vice president.
  • U.S. Hopes Egyptian Civilian, Military Leaders Work Together AFPS 13 Aug 2012 -- U.S. defense officials were expecting Egypt’s new president to name his own defense team and hope civilian and military leaders can work together to address the country’s problems, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today.
  • Egyptian President Morsi Defends Army Chief Sacking RFE/RL 13 Aug 2012 -- Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi has said his move to order the retirement of two of the country's top generals was for "the benefit of this nation."
  • Morsi Says Top Military Dismissals are in Egypt's Interests RIA Novosti 13 Aug 2012 -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi said on Monday that the dismissal of the country's powerful defense minister and a top military general was done in the interests of his country.
  • Egyptian Media: Military Shakeup 'Revolutionary' VOA 13 Aug 2012 -- Egyptian media outlets are hailing as 'revolutionary' a decision by President Mohamed Morsi to dismiss the once-powerful defense minister and curtail the military's authority.
  • Iranian Lawmakers Slam Earthquake-Relief Efforts RFE/RL 13 Aug 2012 -- Iranian parliament members from regions hit by the twin earthquakes on August 11 have harshly criticized the authorities' relief efforts.
  • U.S. Iran Sanctions Threaten Ties With Russia – Official RIA Novosti 13 Aug 2012 -- Relations between the United States and Russia may suffer as a result of new, wide-ranging U.S. sanctions introduced against Iran, a Russian Foreign Ministry official said on Monday.
  • Belarusian Detained for Espionage RIA Novosti 13 Aug 2012 -- The Belarusian KGB detained a resident of Brest in the southwest of the country for attempted espionage, according to a statement released on Monday by the KGB's Center for Information and Public Relations.
  • Ramstein Spy Linked to Russia RIA Novosti 13 Aug 2012 -- A NATO civilian worker arrested last week on suspicion of espionage in western Germany has been linked to Russian intelligence, The Times reported on Monday.
  • YEMEN: Time running out for solution to water crisis IRIN 13 Aug 2012 -- Under a staircase, clinging to a wall of Sana'a's Grand Mosque, groups of women and children lug plastic canisters to the leaky spigots of a public fountain. Some small children struggle with canisters nearly their size as they weave slowly between the fountain and the pushcarts used to wheel the water back home.
  • Signal Found From Lost Indonesian Satellite RIA Novosti 13 Aug 2012 -- Contact has been made with an Indonesian telecommunications satellite that went missing following a failed launch last week, a Russian rocket firm said on Monday.

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