12 July 2013 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 12 Jul 2013 [PDF]
- US plans long-term military presence in Afghanistan PressTV 12 Jul 2013 -- A senior American diplomat says the United States is hopeful of striking a deal with the Afghan government over the US troops’ presence in the war-ravaged country beyond the 2014 deadline.
- Deadly Suicide Bomb Attack Near Kabul RFE/RL 12 Jul 2013 -- A suicide bomber has targeted a police checkpoint on the outskirts of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul.
- ISAF Helicopter Goes Down In Northern Afghanistan RFE/RL 12 Jul 2013 -- NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan says one of its helicopters has gone down in the northern province of Baghlan.
- Taliban down US helicopter in Afghanistan PressTV 12 Jul 2013 -- Taliban militants claim their fighters have downed a helicopter belonging to the US-led forces in the northern Baghlan Province of Afghanistan.
- Afghan Mayor Shot Dead Over Cosmetic Row RFE/RL 12 Jul 2013 -- Abdul Rassoul, district mayor of Deh Salah in the northern province of Baghlan, was gunned down by a shopkeeper during a raid late on July 6.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Readout of Secretary Hagel’s Meeting with Chinese State Councilor Yang DoD 12 Jul 2013
- Pacom Commander Discusses North Korea Situation AFPS 12 Jul 2013 -- North Korea’s historic, alternating cycle of provocative attacks and inconclusive negotiations is well known.
- Navy's First Mobile Landing Platform Departs San Diego NNS 12 Jul 2013 -- USNS Montford Point (MLP 1) departed San Diego July 12 for Naval Station Everett, Wash.
- Next rotation of Special-Purpose MAGTF Africa 13 arrives in Italy USMC News 12 Jul 2013 -- Next iteration of Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 13 arrived for their six-month rotation in support of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa.
- A 5,000-mile journey to recovery AFNS 12 Jul 2013 -- An active-duty Air Force crew aboard a C-17 Globemaster III made history July 10 while flying specialized medical teams and a patient requiring equipment never before used on board a tran-Atlantic mission.
- Indiana Guard Promotes First African-American to General AFPS 12 Jul 2013 -- Army Col. Wayne Black of the Indiana National Guard will be promoted to brigadier general during a July 13 ceremony held at the Indiana War Memorial.
- The Barracks continues uniform evaluation for female Marines USMC News 12 Jul 2013 -- Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., is conducting an ongoing evaluation of female uniforms and covers during the 2013 parade season.
- DARPA-Funded Robot Designed for Disaster Relief Tasks AFPS 12 Jul 2013 -- One of the most-advanced humanoid robots ever built was introduced to the public yesterday in Waltham, Mass.
- First Airman Resilience Center opens at Altus AFB AFNS 12 Jul 2013 -- A new Airman Resilience Center opened its doors during a ribbon cutting ceremony here July 11.
- C6F Visits USS Bainbridge During Stop in Naples NNS 12 Jul 2013 -- Vice Adm. Frank C. Pandolfe, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, visited the guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), July 11, while the ship made a port call to Naples, Italy.
- Sea Breeze 2013 Participants Conduct Amphibious Landing for Disaster Relief Demonstration NNS 12 Jul 2013 -- Multinational partners participating in Exercise Sea Breeze 2013 conducted an amphibious landing operation demonstration in support of simulated disaster relief activities July 11.
- Putin Orders Snap Combat-Readiness Check in Eastern Russia RIA Novosti 12 Jul 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a snap check of combat readiness to begin that night in the Eastern Military District.
- UK residency rules for Armed Forces recruits UK MOD 12 Jul 2013 -- The government has announced that UK residency rules for new Armed Forces recruits have been reviewed.
- July 12, 2013 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 12 Jul 2013
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 7/12/2013 The White House 12 Jul 2013
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 12 July 2013 United Nations 12 Jul 2013
- UN agency concerned over new restrictions for Syrian refugees fleeing to Egypt UN News Centre 12 Jul 2013 -- The United Nations refugee agency said today it is concerned about reports of a number of flights carrying Syrians being turned back from airports in Egypt, and reiterated its call on all Governments to admit and protect Syrians who have fled the conflict in their country.
- Al-Qaeda Reportedly Kills Syrian Rebel Commander RFE/RL 12 Jul 2013 -- The opposition Free Syrian Army says an Al-Qaeda-linked rebel group has killed one of its top commanders.
- Syrian Rebels Say al-Qaida Militants Killed Commander VOA 12 Jul 2013 -- Members of a rebel group fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad say one of their top commanders has been killed by al-Qaida-linked militants also fighting in Syria.
- Syria militants kill FSA commander amid growing infighting PressTV 12 Jul 2013 -- A group of Takfiri militants in Syria have reportedly killed a senior commander of the so-called Free Syrian Army amid growing infighting.
- Russia, Syria Exchange Files on Foreign Fighters - Official RIA Novosti 12 Jul 2013 -- Russian and Syrian special services are exchanging data over reports that hundreds of foreign rebels are fighting in Syria.
- Doubt Over Syrian Steps to Control Hyperinflation VOA 12 Jul 2013 -- The Syrian government is moving to shore up the value of its free-falling currency, imposing harsh penalties on black-market dealing in foreign currencies.
- DRC Peace Talks Stall, Rebels Say VOA 12 Jul 2013 -- Peace talks in Kampala, Uganda, between the Democratic Republic of Congo’s government and the M23 rebels have stalled again, according to the rebels.
- Humanitarian needs in Somalia remain immense, UN official says during visit UN News Centre 12 Jul 2013 -- Despite gradual improvements in the humanitarian situation in Somalia, the needs remain immense, a senior United Nations relief official said today, calling for greater investment to break the cycle of crisis in the Horn of Africa nation.
- Suicide Bomber Kills 2 in Somalia VOA 12 Jul 2013 -- At least two people are dead in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, after a suicide bomber attacked a convoy of African Union troops.
- Bomb blast targeting Mogadishu airport kills 2 PressTV 12 Jul 2013 -- At least two people have been killed in a powerful explosion and the ensuing gunfire near the heavily-fortified Mogadishu International Airport.
- On-Going Violence in Jonglei State, South Sudan US Dept. of State 12 Jul 2013
- South Sudan: Amid reports of fresh clashes in Jonglei state, UN mission urges restraint UN News Centre 12 Jul 2013 -- The United Nations Mission in South Sudan expressed deep concern over reports of new clashes in strife-torn Jonglei state.
- UN Prolongs S.Sudan Peacekeeping Mission for Another Year RIA Novosti 12 Jul 2013 -- The UN Security Council has extended a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan for another year.
- Nigerian Court Denies Bail to Hezbollah Suspects VOA 12 Jul 2013 -- Federal High Court in Abuja has refused bail for three Lebanese-Nigerian men accused of stockpiling weapons and plotting terrorist attacks for Hezbollah
- Readout of the Vice President’s Phone Call with Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Osama Nujayfi The White House 12 Jul 2013
- Dead, Wounded In Kirkuk Cafe Blast RFE/RL 12 Jul 2013 -- Officials in Iraq say at least 18 people have been killed and upward of 25 others wounded in an explosion in the northern town of Kirkuk.
- Car bomb blast outside Shia mosque kills 10 in northern Iraq PressTV 12 Jul 2013 -- At least 10 people have been killed after a car bomb exploded outside a Shia mosque in northern Iraq.
- Violence In Iraq Claims 40 Lives RFE/RL 12 Jul 2013 -- Violence across Iraq on July 11 claimed at least 40 lives.
- Militants kill policeman in Egypt Sinai PressTV 12 Jul 2013 -- Militants have attacked a police armored vehicle at a security checkpoint in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing a policeman.
- Israel says ready to build 10,000 more illegal settler units PressTV 12 Jul 2013 -- The Israeli regime says it is prepared to ‘immediately’ construct 10,000 illegal settler units in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in an attempt to lower housing costs.
- Kosovo Adopts Amnesty For Serbs RFE/RL 12 Jul 2013 -- Kosovo's parliament has adopted an amnesty for Serbs who had rebelled against the government.
- No consensus on implementation of cessation clause for Rwandan refugees IRIN 12 Jul 2013 -- The future of tens of thousands of Rwandan refugees living in Africa remains uncertain.
- UN-AU mission condemns attack that killed seven peacekeepers in Darfur UN News Centre 12 Jul 2013 -- The joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today strongly condemned the attack on one of its patrols, which killed seven peacekeepers and wounded 17 military and police personnel.
- DPRK Busy with Preparations to Mark War Victory Day KCNA 12 Jul 2013 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is seething with preparations for significantly celebrating the 60th anniversary of the victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.
- U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Outcomes of the Strategic Track US Dept. of State 12 Jul 2013
- U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue V Strategic Track Select Outcomes US Dept. of State 12 Jul 2013
- US, China to Restart Investment Talks VOA 12 Jul 2013 -- The United States and China have agreed to restart negotiations on a bilateral investment treaty that could expand Chinese market access for American investors.
- Parallels Drawn Between Turkey and Egypt's Political Turmoil VOA 12 Jul 2013 -- Turkey's prime minister is drawing parallels between the country's 1997 military coup that ousted an Islamist led government and forced early elections to Egypt's recent upheaval.
- Was the Military Ouster of Morsi a Coup... or Not? VOA 12 Jul 2013 -- On July 3, the Egyptian military ousted the democratically elected president and senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Morsi.
- US Calls for Morsi's Release VOA 12 Jul 2013 -- The Obama administration is calling on Egyptian authorities to release deposed president Mohamed Morsi from detention.
- Another Day of Mass Protests in Divided Egypt VOA 12 Jul 2013 -- Egypt is bracing for another day of mass protests Friday with supporters and opponents of ousted president Mohamed Morsi taking to the streets.
- Pro, Anti-Morsi Groups Rally in Cairo VOA 12 Jul 2013 -- Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi are turning out in force Friday, responding to calls by the Muslim Brotherhood for huge nationwide protests across the country.
- Morsi Supporters Assemble In Defiance Of Ouster RFE/RL 12 Jul 2013 -- Tens of thousands of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi have gathered in Cairo calling for his reinstatement, as anti-Morsi protesters also prepared to stage large rallies.
- Pro- and Anti-Morsi protesters stage fresh rallies in Cairo PressTV 12 Jul 2013 -- Thousands of supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, have held fresh rival rallies across the Egyptian capital amid simmering political tensions in the country.
- Turkey’s Erdogan slams military coup in Egypt as ‘illegitimate’ PressTV 12 Jul 2013 -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has voiced strong opposition against a military coup in Egypt that ousted President Mohamed Morsi, denouncing the move as ‘illegitimate.’
- More Downpour to Hit DPRK KCNA 12 Jul 2013 -- The DPRK is likely to be affected by a strong rainy front between July 14 and 16.
- Downpour Continues in DPRK KCNA 12 Jul 2013 -- Downpour has continued in the central areas of the DPRK on Friday, too.
- Flood Damage in Central Areas of DPRK KCNA 12 Jul 2013 -- Flooding by downpour and heavy rains has brought damage to the central areas of the DPRK.
- Iran dismisses MKO allegation of secret nuclear site PressTV 12 Jul 2013 -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry has rejected allegations accusing Tehran of building a secret nuclear site.
- EU foreign policy chief to meet P5+1 officials over talks with Iran PressTV 12 Jul 2013 -- EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton is to meet top officials from the P5+1 group of world powers to discuss the bloc’s future talks with Iran.
- Japan, S Korea Rift Widens With Court Ruling on Wartime Abuses VOA 12 Jul 2013 -- A court in South Korea this week for the first time ordered a Japanese company to pay compensation to victims of forced labor during Japan's colonial rule.
- Amnesty Accuses Zimbabwe Police of Intimidation VOA 12 Jul 2013 -- Amnesty International released a report on Friday accusing Zimbabwean police of clamping down on basic freedoms as elections approach.
- Five Of Six Legally-Run Tajik Madrasahs Suspended RFE/RL 12 Jul 2013 -- Tajik authorities have suspended the operation of five of the country's six legally-run madrasahs.
- Source of Contamination at Fukushima Nuclear Plant Unknown VOA 12 Jul 2013 -- Fresh revelations about radiation contamination are prompting new concerns in Japan.
- Cambodian King Approves Opposition Leader Pardon VOA 12 Jul 2013 -- The Cambodian government announced Friday that opposition leader in exile Sam Rainsy has been pardoned and is free to return to the country ahead of the general election scheduled for July 28.
- Despite progress, UN finds faults with Australia's off-shore asylum processing centre UN News Centre 12 Jul 2013 -- Despite recent improvements, conditions at centre currently housing 250 people seeking asylum in Australia do not meet international standards.
- Russia Angered by US Talk of Magnitsky List Expansion RIA Novosti 12 Jul 2013 -- Russia’s Foreign Ministry reacted angrily to statements from US officials this week that Washington could expand the so-called Magnitsky List.
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