21 May 2013 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 21 May 2013 [PDF]
- Combined Force Wounds Taliban Leader, Arrests Insurgent AFPS 21 May 2013 -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force wounded a senior Taliban leader and arrested another insurgent in the Zharay district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province today, military officials reported.
- North West troops welcomed home from Afghanistan UK MOD 21 May 2013 -- Soldiers of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment were welcomed back from operations in Afghanistan by crowds in Cumbria yesterday, 20 May.
- Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif urges talks with Taliban Iran Press TV 21 May 2013 -- Pakistan's Prime Minister-elect Nawaz Sharif has called for peace talks with the Taliban militants.
- Oklahoma National Guard Responds in Tornado Relief Effort AFPS 21 May 2013 -- Nearly 250 members of the Oklahoma National Guard are assisting with victim search and security today in Moore, Okla., where a monster tornado left at least 24 dead, including nine children, authorities said.
- Senior Army Guard Leader Describes Tornado Response AFPS 21 May 2013 -- Some 250 Oklahoma National Guard members are helping with recovery efforts after a massive tornado pounded an Oklahoma City suburb yesterday, killing at least 24 people and leaving neighborhoods, homes and businesses flattened or twisted, a senior Army National Guard leader said today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- F-35A instructor pilots qualify in aerial refueling AFNS 21 May 2013 -- The initial cadre of F-35A Lightning II instructor pilots qualified in aerial refueling last week, adding another capability for student pilot training at the 33rd Fighter Wing's F-35 Integrated Training Center here.
- All-In: Army Engineers unite in solving global military engineering issues Army News 21 May 2013 -- In one of the most momentous occasions in the history of the United States Army Engineer Regiment, the 412th Theater Engineer Command's Engineer TEC-ASCC Planning Exercise (ENTAPE) has proactively brought all of the Army engineering components together to bridge capability gaps in an era of declining resources.
- Joint Information Environment Serves Warfighters, Official Says AFPS 21 May 2013 -- The Joint Information Environment isn't a program, it's an end state, the Defense Department's deputy chief information officer for information enterprise said at an industry conference here today.
- Hagel, Australian Counterpart Note Progress, Cooperation AFPS 21 May 2013 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith met for a working lunch at the Pentagon this afternoon, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
- Special Ops Components Adapt for Future Challenges AFPS 21 May 2013 -- Look for big changes in special operations forces as they shape for what's ahead after a dozen years of intensive, high-operational-tempo missions focused predominantly on Afghanistan and Iraq.
- DOD, VA and HHS Partner to Expand Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members and Families DoD 21 May 2013 -- Today, the Departments of Defense (DoD), Veterans Affairs (VA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the progress made to date on initiatives called for in President Obama's August 31, 2012 Executive Order to Improve Access to Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members, and their families.
- GW Combat Systems Dept. Proves Readiness NNS 21 May 2013 -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington's (CVN 73) Combat Systems Department recently completed a two-week readiness assessment, May 17.
- Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical UAS enters production phase USMC News 21 May 2013 -- The Department of the Navy announced May 15 that the RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) received Milestone C approval authorizing the start of low rate initial production.
- USAFE-AFAFRICA infrastructure under pressure AFNS 21 May 2013 -- U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa is seeing the ripple effect from sequestration. Budget cuts for this fiscal year to facilities sustainment and restoration are expected to cause readiness issues now and into the future.
- Massive tornado hits near Tinker AFB AFNS 21 May 2013 -- Nearly 250 members of the Oklahoma National Guard, as well as members of Tinker Air Force Base are assisting with victim search and security in Moore, Okla., where a tornado left at least 51 dead, including 20 children, authorities said.
- U.S. Marines, Sailors train Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Commandos USMC News 21 May 2013 -- U.S. Marines and Sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 13 began training Senegalese Companie de Fusilier Marine Commandos in Dakar, Senegal, April 6, 2013.
- USS Tortuga Arrives in Indonesia for Exercise CARAT '13 NNS 21 May 2013 -- JAKARTA, Indonesia - The forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) arrived in Jakarta today, marking the beginning of exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2013 (CARAT '13), May 21.
- Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Ships Visit Pearl Harbor NNS 21 May 2013 -- Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMDSF) ships, landing ship tank JS Shimokita (LST 4002); destroyer JS Atago (DDG 177) and helicopter destroyer JS Hyuga (DDH 181) departed Pearl Harbor May 20 following a five-day port visit.
- Two Warships Join Russia's Mediterranean Task Force RIA Novosti 21 May 2013 -- Two warships of Russia's Black Sea fleet joined the country's Mediterranean task force on Monday, a spokesman for the Russian Black Sea Fleet, Capt. First Rank Vyacheslav Trukhachyov, has said.
- Russia to Scrap World's Biggest Nuclear Subs RIA Novosti 21 May 2013 -- Russia will decommission and scrap two of the largest submarines in the world by 2018, a defense industry source told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
- Russia Develops New Air-Defense Target Simulator RIA Novosti 21 May 2013 -- Russia is developing an advanced target simulation system for its air defense units based on the short-range Pantsyr system, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
- Putin Calls on Shipbuilder to Speed Up Naval Deliveries RIA Novosti 21 May 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) on Tuesday for delays in delivery of warships to the Russian Navy and demanded the shipbuilders improve efficiency.
- Royal Navy takes the lead in international exercise UK MOD 21 May 2013 -- UK mine warfare experts have swapped Scotland for the Gulf to play a pivotal role in the world's largest ever mine countermeasures exercise.
- Systems failure might be cause of jet crash: Air Force CNA 21 May 2013 -- A systems failure might be the reason a two-seater Mirage 2000-5 fighter jet crashed into the Taiwan Strait Monday during a regular training mission, the Air Force said Tuesday, based on the results of an initial investigation.
- Iraq Reopens Russian Arms Deal Probe RIA Novosti 21 May 2013 -- Iraq's Central Criminal Court has resumed an investigation into officials suspected of corruption in a $4.2 billion deal to purchase Russian weapons, the head of the Iraqi Parliament's Integrity Committee, Bahaa al-Araji, said on Tuesday.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 5/21/2013 The White House 21 May 2013
- 21 May 2013 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 21 May 2013
- Number of Syrians in need of humanitarian aid rises to over 8 million – UN UN News Centre 21 May 2013 -- A senior United Nations humanitarian official reported today that the total number of people in need of assistance as a result of the ongoing conflict in Syria is now 8.3 million, representing about 38 per cent of the country’s population.
- Main al-Nusra Front commander killed in Qusayr clashes Iran Press TV 21 May 2013 -- The main commander of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front has been reportedly killed in clashes with the Syrian army in the western city of al-Qusayr.
- Syrian army destroys Israeli military vehicle in Golan Heights Iran Press TV 21 May 2013 -- Syria says its army has destroyed an Israeli military vehicle that had crossed the ceasefire line in the occupied Golan Heights.
- Syrian Opposition Meets in Madrid to Discuss Coming Talks RIA Novosti 21 May 2013 -- About 80 leaders of various Syrian opposition movements and organizations met on Monday in Madrid to forge a common position for the upcoming international conference on Syria, the EFE news agency reported.
- Kerry in Oman to Discuss Syria Peace Conference VOA 21 May 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Oman on his latest stop in a campaign to help arrange an internationally-sponsored Syrian peace conference.
- Wave of Violence Continues in Iraq VOA 21 May 2013 -- New attacks in three Iraqi cities have killed at least eight people and wounded dozens more, a day after more than 70 died in assaults on Shi'ite Muslims, stoking fears of a sectarian war with minority Sunnis.
- Taiwanese boat released after being detained by Japan CNA 21 May 2013 -- A Taiwanese fishing boat was released after being detained by the Japanese authorities early Tuesday in waters near Japan's Ishigaki Island for trespass, according to Taiwan's Fisheries Agency.
- Filipino Muslim rebels take tentative steps towards governance IRIN 21 May 2013 -- The oppressive summer heat bore down on this impoverished southern Philippine town on Mindanao Island as thousands gathered to hear a 'proxy candidate' of the country's largest Muslim rebel force address the crowd on the eve of recently concluded mid-term elections.
- UN concerned over clashes in Democratic Republic of Congo Iran Press TV 21 May 2013 -- The United Nations has expressed concern over recent clashes between armed men and government troops in eastern part of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
- UN envoy proposes set of principles to guide peace efforts in DR Congo UN News Centre 21 May 2013 -- The United Nations Envoy for Africa's Great Lakes Region today proposed a set of principles to guide immediate peace efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, while voicing concerns over renewed fighting in the eastern part of the country.
- Clashes Continue in Eastern DRC Ahead of UN Chief Visit VOA 21 May 2013 -- Soldiers have clashed with rebels for a second day in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, before a scheduled visit by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
- Emergency Response Grows in Chad VOA 21 May 2013 -- Emergency water supplies are being rushed to southeastern Chad where about 50-thousand people have fled fighting in Sudan's Darfur region. Several Arab tribes have been battling for control of mining operations there.
- Interior Min announces names of approved Pres. Election candidates IRNA 21 May 2013 -- Islamic Republic of Iran Interior Ministry minutes ago Tuesday evening announced names of approved candidates by Guardians Council for upcoming 11th IRI Presidential Elections.
- Masha'ie Supporters Headquarters issues communiqué following disqualification IRNA 21 May 2013 -- People's Supporters Headquarters of Esfndiar Rahim-Masha'ie issued a communiqué following announcement of legible candidates for 11th IRI Presidential Elections.
- Disqualification Of Rafsanjani Paves Way For Khamenei To Install Loyalist RFE/RL 21 May 2013 -- The decision by Iran's powerful Guardians Council to bar former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani from running in next month's presidential election paves the way for the country's establishment to bring a loyalist to power.
- Iran Bars Candidacies of Rafsanjani, Ahmadinejad Aide VOA 21 May 2013 -- Iran says a conservative body has barred two prominent figures from competing in next month's presidential election - moderate former president Hashemi Rafsanjani and a leading conservative allied to current president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
- Reports: Rafsanjani, Ahmadinejad Ally Barred From Iran Election RFE/RL 21 May 2013 -- Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and a close aide to outgoing President Mahmud Ahmadinejad have reportedly been barred from running in Iran's presidential election next month.
- Iran-IAEA talks not failed: FM spokesman IRNA 21 May 2013 -- Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry Abbas Araqchi said Tuesday that Iran's latest talks with the UN nuclear watchdog has not failed.
- Commander: Navy, Iran's strong arm in free waters IRNA 21 May 2013 -- Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the navy is the strong arm of the Islamic Republic of Iran in free waters.
- Iran naval forces ready to counter threats: Navy Commander Sayyari Iran Press TV 21 May 2013 -- Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari reiterates that the Islamic Republic is ready to counter any threats against the country.
- Iran Intelligence Ministry disbands two terrorist groups Iran Press TV 21 May 2013 -- The Iranian Intelligence Ministry says it has disbanded two terrorist groups that smuggled weapons into the country.
- Lawmakers, scholars urge Guardian Council to disapprove Rafsanjani Iran Press TV 21 May 2013 -- A number of Iranian lawmakers and religious scholars have called on the Guardian Council to not approve Expediency Council chairman and presidential hopeful, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi, for the June 14 election.
- North Korea's Kim Sends Envoy to China VOA 21 May 2013 -- A top envoy from North Korea is visiting China. His trip comes amid rising tensions between the two countries.
- DPRK Strives to Prevent Spread of Bird Flu Virus KCNA 20 May 2013 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea has been making big efforts to prevent the spread of the bird flu virus.
- Ex-Guatemala ruler conviction overturned Iran Press TV 21 May 2013 -- Guatemala's top court has overturned the genocide conviction of the country's former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, ordering his trial to restart.
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