15 July 2013 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 15 Jul 2013 [PDF]
- UN mission welcomes progress on key Afghan election law ahead of 2014 polls UN News Centre 15 Jul 2013 -- The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has welcomed the approval of a law regulating the structure and responsibilities of the country's electoral management bodies, calling it a key step for ensuring credible presidential and provincial council polls next year.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Remarks by Secretary Hagel to Soldiers & Civilians at Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, N.C. DoD 15 Jul 2013 -- Presenters: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel; General Daniel B. Allyn
- ACV team seeks Marines' insight into vehicle requirements USMC News 15 Jul 2013 -- Marines in the infantry and Assault Amphibious Vehicle communities can provide valuable insight into the requirements for the next Amphibious Combat Vehicle, said Dr. John Burrow, executive director for Marine Corps Systems Command and director of the Marine Corps ACV team.
- Hagel Meets With Troops on Fort Bragg, Discusses Budget AFPS 15 Jul 2013 -- In an uncertain and dangerous world, American service members are helping to build a better future for all mankind, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today during a town hall meeting at Fort Bragg, N.C.
- National commission to visit 13 bases AFNS 15 Jul 2013 -- The 'National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force' is planning to visit 13 Air Force locations, beginning with Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., on July 16.
- Combat Air Forces to resume flying AFNS 15 Jul 2013 -- Combat Air Forces, or CAF, units from multiple commands began flying again today after many stopped flying in April of this year due to sequestration.
- Werewolves return from UDP USMC News 15 Jul 2013 -- Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 returned to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, July 11.
- Platinum Lion 13 underway in Bulgaria USMC News 15 Jul 2013 -- Nearly 200 U.S. Marines and sailors with Black Sea Rotational Force 13 joined soldiers from Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, today at Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria, to mark the official start of Exercise Platinum Lion 13.
Platinum Lion, which will run through all of July, marks the first time a force will operate out of the new administrative and support facilities constructed in Novo Selo, which were completed in December 2012.
- US, Liberian military deliver medical support to remote mining villages USMC News 15 Jul 2013 -- U.S. service members treating patients in Gondor Town, Liberia, watched as a man and young girl approached them, the girl's wrist bent at an odd angle, her hand hanging uselessly.
- Sea Breeze 2013 Plants Roots for the Future NNS 15 Jul 2013 -- Ukrainian and U.S. participants from Exercise Sea Breeze 2013 visited with students from two Odessa secondary schools Saturday, July 13, where they planted four trees to commemorate the event.
- GWCSG Kicks Off Talisman Saber 13 NNS 15 Jul 2013 -- U.S. and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Sailors from the George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) began their portion of Talisman Saber 2013 off the northeast coast of Australia, July 15.
- New Zealand Takes Phase Lead as Pacific Partnership Arrives in Kiribati NNS 15 Jul 2013 -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) arrived in the Republic of Kiribati for Pacific Partnership 2013, July 15.
- U.S. Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy Commence 19th CARAT Singapore NNS 15 Jul 2013 -- The 19th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Singapore exercise commenced with an opening ceremony at Changi Naval Base, July 15.
- 19 Hospitalized in US-Ukraine Army Exercise - Ministry RIA Novosti 15 Jul 2013 -- Nineteen servicemen from different foreign armies participating in a Ukrainian-US exercise have been hospitalized with non-life-threatening problems, Ukraine's Defense Ministry said on Monday.
- Senior State Department Official On Secretary Kerry's Trip To Amman, Jordan US Dept. of State 15 Jul 2013
- Romanian, US Military Inspectors to Fly Over Russia, Belarus RIA Novosti 15 Jul 2013 -- Romanian and US military inspectors will make surveillance flights over the territories of Russia and Belarus under the international Open Skies Treaty starting on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
- 15 July 2013 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 15 Jul 2013
- Uganda unprepared for influx of DRC refugees IRIN 15 Jul 2013 -- Some 66,000 Congolese refugees have crossed into Uganda in recent days, following fighting between Ugandan rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) national army (FARDC). Their arrival has left the Ugandan government and humanitarian agencies struggling to meet the refugees' needs amid funding challenges.
- DR Congo clashes leave at least 130 people dead Iran Press TV 15 Jul 2013 -- Clashes between army forces and rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have left at least 130 people dead, including 10 soldiers, the government says.
- DR Congo: UN blue helmets on 'high alert' as M23 rebels advance towards Goma UN News Centre 15 Jul 2013 -- United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are on high alert today and stand ready to use force to protect civilians in Goma from an advancing rebellion by the March 23 movement (M23), the top UN official in the country said, urging all parties to exercise restraint.
- Amid rapid influx of Congolese refugees, UN rushes emergency aid to Uganda UN News Centre 15 Jul 2013 -- The United Nations refugee agency is today sending an emergency shipment of tents, blankets and sleeping mats as part of its efforts to assist some 66,000 refugees who have sought safety in western Uganda over the last five days after fleeing fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
- DRC Says 120 Rebels Killed in East VOA 15 Jul 2013 -- The Democratic Republic of Congo says its forces have killed 120 rebels and captured another dozen in fighting in North Kivu province.
- New returnees in South Sudan living on the margins IRIN 15 Jul 2013 -- Benjamin Mogga heads the community protection committee (CPC) in Aru, a dusty South Sudanese town hugging the road between Juba and the Ugandan border. He volunteered for the position three years ago and is responsible for the more than 200 returnees in his area, helping them reintegrate into the community and ensuring that they have access to justice. It has not been an easy job.
- Nearly 200 civilians wounded in South Sudan tribal clashes Iran Press TV 15 Jul 2013 -- Nearly 200 civilians have been injured in violent clashes between rival tribes in South Sudan's largest state, a UN official says.
- South Sudan: UN, partners reach stranded civilians in Jonglei amidst more violence UN News Centre 15 Jul 2013 -- The United Nations and its humanitarian partners in South Sudan have for the first time this year gained access to areas in Pibor County where thousands of people have been stranded in the swampy bush, a senior UN official said, urging communities there to "halt the cycle of violence" that has killed and displaced civilians in Jonglei state.
- In Lebanon, UN officials get first-hand look at plight of Palestinian refugees from Syria UN News Centre 15 Jul 2013 -- Senior United Nations officials learned about the many hardships facing Palestinian refugees from Syria during a recent visit to a camp in southern Lebanon, as well as the difficulties facing the UN agency assisting them owing to lack of funding.
- Central Asia: Security Council lauds UN regional centre's preventive diplomacy efforts UN News Centre 15 Jul 2013 -- The Security Council today reaffirmed the importance of the use of preventive diplomacy and early warning mechanisms to assist in the peaceful settlement of disputes, and acknowledged the role of the United Nations regional office in assisting countries in Central Asia to respond to threats and challenges.
- Press Availability in Cairo, Egypt US Dept. of State 15 Jul 2013 -- Press Availability, William J. Burns, Deputy Secretary of State
- Morsi Supporters Clash With Egyptian Security Forces VOA 15 Jul 2013 -- Hundreds of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi clashed Monday night with security forces in Cairo while demanding his return to power.
- Egypt orders arrest of 7 Muslim Brotherhood leaders Iran Press TV 15 Jul 2013 -- Egypt's public prosecutor has ordered the arrest of seven Muslim Brotherhood leaders amid simmering tensions in the country.
- Visiting U.S. Envoy Urges Egypt's Military To Avoid Political Arrests RFE/RL 15 Jul 2013 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns says the United States has called on Egypt's military to avoid politically motivated arrests.
- Burns: US Will Not Impose its Model on Egypt VOA 15 Jul 2013 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said the United States will not try to impose its model of democracy on Egypt and that it recognizes only Egyptians can determine their future.
- Iran's 1st vertical flight drone unveiled in Isfahan IRNA 15 Jul 2013 -- A research firm's vertical drone was unveiled at Isfahan's Science and Technology Township in the presence of Deputy Science, Research and Technology Minister, Mohammad-Mahdi Nezhad-Nouri on Sunday.
- Russia Yet to Receive Official Snowden Asylum Request – Migration Service RIA Novosti 15 Jul 2013 -- Russia's Federal Migration Service (FMS) has not yet received a request for asylum from fugitive former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, the service told RIA Novosti Monday.
- Russia Seeks to Swap Spies Jailed in Germany - Report RIA Novosti 15 Jul 2013 -- Moscow is holding talks with Berlin over the possible exchange of a married couple convicted in Germany earlier this month of being Russian intelligence agents, a newspaper report said on Monday.
- Cambodia's royal pardon for opposition leader a step towards reconciliation – UN expert UN News Centre 15 Jul 2013 -- A United Nations independent expert today welcomed Cambodia's royal pardon of opposition leader Sam Rainsy which was granted ahead of the elections in the country later this month, saying this represented an important step towards reconciliation.
- Bangladesh Sentences Islamist Leader for War Crimes VOA 15 Jul 2013 -- In Bangladesh, a controversial war crimes court has sentenced a top Islamist leader to 90 years in prison for his role in atrocities committed during the country's war of independence. The sentencing of 90-year-old Ghulam Azam has triggered violent clashes in which two people have died and several have been injured.
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