30 May 2013 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 30 May 2013 [PDF]
- Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Insurgents in Kunduz AFPS 30 May 2013 -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed three insurgents who opened fire during a search for a senior Taliban leader in the Archi district of Afghanistan’s Kunduz province.
- Afghan security forces thwart major attack on Kabul PressTV 30 May 2013 -- Afghan armed forces have foiled a potentially devastating attack on Kabul and seized a large quantity of weapons.
- Karzai Denounces Taliban for Killing Countrymen VOA 30 May 2013 -- Afghanistan's Taliban are killing Afghans and making a mockery of their claim to be fighting foreign invaders, President Hamid Karzai said.
- US must accept Kabul’s conditions to keep bases in Afghanistan: Karzai PressTV 30 May 2013 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the United States must accept conditions set by Afghans if it wants to maintain permanent military bases in Afghanistan.
- British military presence in Afghanistan costs UK taxpayer £15m per day PressTV 30 May 2013 -- An independent study has found that the UK military's presence in Afghanistan's Helmand province has cost the country more than 37 billion pounds so far.
- U.S. Soldier Accused In Afghan Slaughter To Plead Guilty RFE/RL 30 May 2013 -- A U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians has agreed to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty.
- US Soldier to Plead Guilty to Afghan Massacre to Avoid Death RIA Novosti 30 May 2013 -- US soldier Robert Bales accused of massacring 16 people, nine of them children, in southern Afghanistan last year, will plead guilty to avoid death penalty.
- US soldier that killed 16 Afghan civilians to avoid execution by plea deal PressTV 30 May 2013 -- A US Army sergeant charged with the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians while in Afghanistan as part of the US-led occupation force intends to plead guilty to the war crime.
- Red Cross halts work in Afghanistan after deadly attack PressTV 30 May 2013 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross has suspended operations across Afghanistan after a deadly attack on its office in the volatile eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.
- UN Mission in Afghanistan condemns deadly attack on the Red Cross UN News Centre 30 May 2013 -- The United Nations in Afghanistan today ‘strongly condemned’ a deadly attack on the International Committee for the Red Cross in Jalalabad.
- Sources: Pakistani Taliban Chooses New Second-In-Command RFE/RL 30 May 2013 -- The Pakistani Taliban have reportedly selected a new deputy leader.
- Pakistani Taliban Confirms Killing of Top Commander VOA 30 May 2013 -- The Pakistani Taliban has confirmed that its number two commander was killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike.
- Pakistan shows concerns at US drone strike IRNA 30 May 2013 -- Pakistan has expressed serious concern at the U.S. drone strike which killed at least five Taliban militants including a senior leader in North Waziristan tribal region.
- 17 militants killed in airstrike in NW Pakistan IRNA 30 May 2013 -- At least 17 militants were killed and several others injured when Pakistani jets bombed militant hideouts in north western Kurram tribal region.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Media Availability with Secretary Hagel enroute to Singapore DoD 30 May 2013
- Despite Hackers, DOD Retains Faith in Weapon Systems AFPS 30 May 2013 -- The United States military has “complete faith that our systems are secure and reliable,” a Pentagon spokesman said.
- Special Ops Commanders Seek Intel, Data-sharing Assets AFPS 30 May 2013 -- Senior commanders recently called on the defense industry to provide technologies that give special operations forces more capabilities.
- Remarks by Secretary Hagel at a Troop Event at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii DoD 30 May 2013
- Hagel, in Hawaii, Praises ‘Value Added’ Force Integration AFPS 30 May 2013 -- The tight integration in Hawaii between active duty service members, civilian defense employees and National Guardsmen points to the future of the overall force.
- Air Force to consolidate F-22 depot maintenance at Hill AFB AFNS 30 May 2013 -- Air Force officials announced May 29 they are consolidating depot maintenance for the F-22 Raptor at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
- USS Hue City Arrives in Jebel Ali NNS 30 May 2013 -- The guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) arrived in Jebel Ali with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Strike Group, May 27.
- South Korea, US stage joint military drill PressTV 30 May 2013 -- South Korean and US forces have conducted a fresh military exercise amid rising tensions on the troubled Korean Peninsula.
- 'Raiders' build skills, partnership during Desert Centurion Army News 30 May 2013 -- "Raider" Brigade troops and Kuwaiti Army soldiers demonstrated their heavy ordnance capabilities during Operation Desert Centurion, May 20-21.
- First Naval Construction Division to be Decommissioned NNS 30 May 2013 -- The First Naval Construction Division, after over a decade of globally overseeing Navy Seabee efforts, will be decommissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, May 31.
- After nearly 50 years, signal headquarters to relocate Army News 30 May 2013 -- After nearly 50 years on Fort Huachuca, Headquarters and Headquarters, 11th Signal Brigade, is relocating.
- MALS-31 makes big move USMC News 30 May 2013 -- Marines with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 31 reorganized more than 150 mobile facilities aboard the MALS-31 compound, May 17-19.
- White Sands builds 'enemy tanks' on budget Army News 30 May 2013 -- A target system has gotten an upgrade at White Sands Missile Range to become a more accurate, flexible threat representation for use in future training and testing missions in place of real vehicles.
- Global Drifter Buoys Released in Pacific Ocean NNS 30 May 2013 -- Sailors from the office of Naval Meteorology and Oceanography released ten global drifter buoys belonging to the University of California, San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
- USS Monterey Boards Dhow NNS 30 May 2013 -- Sailors assigned to USS Monterey successfully conducted their first Visit, Board, Search and Seizure mission, May 19.
- Monterey Assists Stranded Fishermen NNS 30 May 2013 -- USS Monterey provided local mariners with food, water and fuel during an approach and assist visit to a dhow (a sailing vessels usually lateen-rigged on two or three masts) in the Arabian Gulf, May 22.
- VMR-1 crew rescues stranded boater USMC News 30 May 2013 -- On May 20, a search and rescue team with Marine Transport Squadron 1 saved a boater who was stranded at sea for three days.
- USFF, PACFLT Announce Shipboard Organizational Clothing Update NNS 30 May 2013 -- U.S. Fleet Forces and U.S. Pacific Fleet announced the recommendations from a review on the requirements and the flame-resistant qualities of fleet organizational clothing.
- DOD Expands Safe Helpline with Innovative Peer Support System for Sexual Assault Victims DoD 30 May 2013
- Officials Reaffirm DOD’s Commitment to Fighting Sexual Assault AFPS 30 May 2013 -- Senior Pentagon officials reaffirmed the department’s commitment to eradicating sexual assault in the military.
- Carrier Air Wing Two Command Master Chief Reassigned NNS 30 May 2013 -- Commander, Carrier Air Wing Two's command master chief was temporarily reassigned May 28, pending an investigation into allegations of continued misconduct.
- Russia asks for compromise with Iran over S-300 contract IRNA 30 May 2013 -- Managing Director of Roos Technology Chemezov asked for reaching a judiciary compromise with Iran over the S300 contract signed with Tehran.
- Jordan Opens Plant to Make Russian Grenade Launchers RIA Novosti 30 May 2013 -- A Jordanian-Russian joint venture to produce RPG-32 portable rocket-propelled grenade launchers was unveiled in Jordan.
- Libya Seeks Russian Arms Supplies – Rostech CEO RIA Novosti 30 May 2013 -- A Libyan government representative has asked Russian authorities to resume frozen arms contracts.
- Russia, Norway to Hold Barents Sea Drills in June RIA Novosti 30 May 2013 -- Russian and Norwegian naval forces will conduct a joint exercise in the Barents Sea on June 4-7.
- Russian, Serbian Military Chiefs Discuss Collaboration RIA Novosti 30 May 2013 -- Russian General Staff chief Valery Gerasimov and his Serbian counterpart, Ljubisa Dikovic, discussed a renewed boost to bilateral collaboration on defense.
- INS Arihant nuclear reactor to be made critical next week IRNA 30 May 2013 -- India will activate the atomic reactor on-board the indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant next week.
- UN human rights expert urges global pause in creation of robots with ‘power to kill’ UN News Centre 30 May 2013 -- A pause in progress to “a world where machines are given the power to kill humans,” was urged by a United Nations independent human rights expert.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing, May 30, 2013 US Dept. of State 30 May 2013
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 30 May 2013 United Nations 30 May 2013
- UN human rights expert calls for a moratorium on lethal autonomous robots United Nations Human Rights 30 May 2013
- Country Reports on Terrorism 2012 US Dept. of State 30 May 2013
- Doubts Cast Over Reported S-300 Deliveries to Syria RIA Novosti 30 May 2013 -- Reports Syria’s president had confirmed receiving a consignment of Russian-manufactured S-300 air defense systems.
- Syria's Assad Vague on Delivery of Russian Missile System VOA 30 May 2013 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says Russia has begun fulfilling some of its weapons contracts.
- West Debates Whether to Arm Syrian Opposition VOA 30 May 2013 -- Short of weapons, rebel forces have been fighting the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad for more than two years.
- Jordanians Wary of US Force on Syrian Border VOA 30 May 2013 -- The United States has been slowly building a small military contingent on the Syrian border in Jordan as conflict rages in Syria.
- Report: Assad Claims Delivery of Russian Arms VOA 30 May 2013 -- Lebanese media say Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has acknowledged receiving a first shipment of a Russian air defense system.
- Assad Says Syria Receives First Shipment Of Russian Missiles RFE/RL 30 May 2013 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been quoted as saying Damascus has received the first shipment of an advanced Russian air-defense system.
- Syria already in possession of Russia's S-300 system: President Assad PressTV 30 May 2013 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says Damascus is already in possession of the first batch of S-300 missile defense systems from Russia.
- Russia to revise Syria arms deliveries after EU ban lifting: Defense minister PressTV 30 May 2013 -- Russia says it may reconsider its commitments to restrictions on the delivery of arms to the Syrian government.
- Syrian Opposition Admits Liberals to Anti-Assad Coalition VOA 30 May 2013 -- Syria's opposition, under pressure to broaden its Islamist-dominated leadership, struggled to overcome deep rifts and form a united front.
- Iran will not allow overthrow of Syria government: Iran deputy FM PressTV 30 May 2013 -- Iran’s deputy foreign minister for Arab and African affairs says the Islamic Republic will not allow the overthrow of the Syrian government.
- Syrian Opposition Demands Assad Departure Deadline VOA 30 May 2013 -- Syria's opposition is demanding a deadline for Bashar al-Assad to leave power if it is to attend proposed international peace talks.
- Syrian National Coalition Welcomes Geneva-2 Conference RIA Novosti 30 May 2013 -- The Syrian National Coalition welcomed the forthcoming international conference on Syria.
- Tehran conference can help end Syria crisis: Brahimi PressTV 30 May 2013 -- The UN-Arab League special representative for Syria has expressed hope that the Tehran conference on Syria would help bring about an end to the ongoing crisis in the Arab country.
- US demands Hezbollah pull out forces from Syria PressTV 30 May 2013 -- The United States has demanded the ‘immediate’ withdrawal of the forces of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah from Syria.
- Russia censures Syria opposition for trying to thwart peace efforts PressTV 30 May 2013 -- Russia says the foreign-backed Syrian opposition coalition is seeking to thwart peace efforts and provoke military intervention in Syria ‘through any means.’
- Russia Says Syrian Opposition Obstructing Peace Process RIA Novosti 30 May 2013 -- The Syrian National Coalition is attempting to disrupt resolution of the Syrian crisis and is pushing for foreign military intervention in the country.
- UN food relief agency ramps up operations in Syria, preparing to feed 3 million people UN News Centre 30 May 2013 -- The deputy head of the United Nations food relief programme wrapped up his visit to Syria.
- I might seek re-election in 2014 if Syrians want me to, Assad says PressTV 30 May 2013 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says he would seek reelection if the Syrian people want him to contest the 2014 presidential polls.
- Nigeria Arrests Lebanese Suspected of Hezbollah Ties VOA 30 May 2013 -- Nigerian authorities said they had arrested three Lebanese in northern Nigeria on suspicion of being members of Hezbollah.
- Rebel amnesty reinstated in Uganda IRIN 30 May 2013 -- Civil society in northern Uganda has welcomed the reinstatement of legislation granting blanket amnesty to members of armed groups who surrender.
- Beyond emergency needs in DRC IRIN 30 May 2013 -- Humanitarian response in the Democratic Republic of Congo should broaden beyond emergency needs to encompass underlying dynamics of conflict.
- Iraq ‘ready to explode’ unless leaders take action UN News Centre 30 May 2013 -- The intensifying violence in Iraq is “ready to explode” and may re-ignite widespread sectarian strife.
- Surging Violence, Sectarian Fears Haunt Iraq VOA 30 May 2013 -- Two months of bombings that have killed more than a thousand Iraqis has not, officials insist, been enough to tip the country back into the all-out communal blood-letting of a few years ago.
- 16 die in a wave of bomb blasts across Iraq PressTV 30 May 2013-- Security and medical officials says at least 16 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a series of bomb explosions across Iraq.
- Wave of Iraq Violence Continues VOA 30 May 2013 -- Iraqi authorities say a series of bomb attacks killed at least 16 people, mostly in the capital Baghdad, as the country struggles to contain a recent surge in sectarian violence.
- Attacks Claim More Lives in Iraq RFE/RL 30 May 2013 -- Iraqi officials say at least 11 people have been killed and many more injured in separate attacks.
- Taiwanese investigators to return from Manila after probe CNA 30 May 2013 -- Taiwanese investigators continued to question Filipino patrol personnel suspected of strafing a Taiwanese fishing boat and killing a crewman May 9.
- Japan releases Taiwanese fishing boat held for trespassing CNA 30 May 2013 -- A Taiwanese fishing boat that was detained by Japanese authorities for trespassing in waters south of Japan's Yaeyama Islands has been released.
- Palestinians from East Jerusalem seek safety in Israeli citizenship IRIN 30 May 2013 -- Braving social stigma, many Palestinians in East Jerusalem have in recent years applied for Israeli citizenship to escape insecurity.
- Reports: Russian Troops Detain Georgian Man RFE/RL 30 May 2013 -- Russian troops have reportedly detained a Georgian national near the administrative boundary between Georgia and its breakaway South Ossetia region.
- Khmer Rouge Leader Shows Remorse for Killings VOA 30 May 2013 -- A leader of the Cambodian Khmer Rouge expressed remorse for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people during the "Killing Fields" regime in the 1970s and accepted responsibility for the first time.
- Rwandan Held in Britain on Genocide Extradition Request VOA 30 May 2013 -- A man accused of genocide was arrested in Britain on Thursday after an extradition request from Rwanda.
- ICTY Acquits Former Serbian Intelligence Chief, Deputy RFE/RL 30 May 2013 -- The UN war crimes tribunal has acquitted former Serbian intelligence chief Jovica Stanisic and his deputy on war-crimes charges in Bosnia and Croatia during the 1990s.
- 20-percent enrichment for civilian purposes: Jalili PressTV 30 May 2013 -- Saeed Jalili says Iran began the enrichment of uranium to the 20-percent purity for medical purposes.
- Argentinian Prosecutor Says Tehran Infiltrating Continent RFE/RL 30 May 2013 -- An Argentinian prosecutor has accused Iran of "infiltrating" South America and setting up intelligence networks to carry out terrorist attacks on the continent.
- Canada To Freeze Trade With Iran RFE/RL 30 May 2013 -- Canada says it will freeze all trade with Iran over Tehran's nuclear program and human rights record.
- Canada imposes new bans on Iran PressTV 30 May 2013 -- Canada has announced more illegal unilateral sanctions against Iran, including bans on nearly all exports to and imports from the Islamic Republic.
- Iran's Presidential Hopefuls to Face Off Friday VOA 30 May 2013 -- The eight men vying to become Iran's next president are set to face off in the first of three televised debates.
- United States Takes Action to Facilitate Communications by the Iranian People and Targets Iranian Government Censorship US Dept. of State 30 May 2013
- U.S. Lifts Ban On Sale Of Communications Gear To Iranians RFE/RL 30 May 2013 -- The United States has lifted a ban on sales of communications equipment to Iranians and opened access to Internet services and social media.
- Rights Group: North Korean Refugees at Risk of Torture VOA 30 May 2013 -- A human rights group is urging North Korea to "immediately reveal" the whereabouts of nine North Korean refugees.
- UN rights expert concerned for defectors from DPR Korea UN News Centre 30 May 2013 -- United Nations human rights expert said he is extremely concerned for the protection of nine defectors from the DPRK.
- S. Korean Authorities Slammed for Denying June 15 Joint Declaration: KCNA Commentary KCNA 30 May 2013 -- Recently the DPRK proposed south Korea holding joint events to mark the anniversary of the June 15 joint declaration.
- ANC: Support for Mugabe's Party Will Lead to Progress VOA 30 May 2013 -- South Africa’s ruling party says it is taking an active role on the continent, a pronouncement that comes amid conflicts in Mali, Nigeria, Congo, Sudan, and the Central African Republic.
- Daghestan Eliminates Direct Election Of Republic's Leader RFE/RL 30 May 2013 -- Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Daghestan has eliminated direct elections for the republic's leader.
- Press Conference by Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights on His Recent Mission to Central Asia, 30 May 2013 United Nations 30 May 2013
- One Year Later, Doubts Swirl Around Kazakh Border-Guard Murders RFE/RL 30 May 2013 -- One year after 14 Kazakh border guards and a forest ranger were brutally murdered at a remote post on the Kazakh-Chinese border, Kazakhs remain unsettled by the case.
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