17 July 2013 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 17 Jul 2013 [PDF]
Defense Policy / Programs
- First B-52 departs to depot for communications upgrade AFNS 17 Jul 2013 -- The first B-52H Stratofortress departed Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 16 is enroute to the depot at Tinker AFB, Okla., for the Combat Network Communications Technology, or CONECT, upgrade.
- DOD Leaders Understand Pain Caused by Budget Cuts, Hagel Says AFPS 17 Jul 2013 -- Pentagon leaders understand the pain military and civilian workers are going through as the effects of deep spending cuts unfold, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in South Carolina this morning.
- Remarks by Secretary Hagel at Civilian Employee Town Hall Meeting at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina DoD 17 Jul 2013 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
- Mongolian, US armed forces announce participation in multinational exercise USMC News 17 Jul 2013 -- Mongolian Armed Forces and U.S. Pacific Command have announced their participation in Exercise Khaan Quest 2013, scheduled to be held at Five Hills Training Area, and the city of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Aug. 3-14.
- Hagel Announces Cuts to Headquarters Staffs AFPS 17 Jul 2013 -- Pentagon leaders will reduce their staffs by 20 percent as the Defense Department works to craft a strategy-based spending plan that accounts for likely future spending cuts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said yesterday.
- Additional Missile Defense Tests Necessary, Official Says AFPS 17 Jul 2013 -- Following recent testing failures, the director of the Missile Defense Agency told Congress today that he is committed to a full evaluation of the way forward for the nation's ballistic missile defense system.
- Unmanned drone crashes at Tyndall AFNS 17 Jul 2013 -- An unmanned QF-4 drone, assigned here to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group, crashed on the drone runway during take-off at 8:25 a.m., July 17, 2013. No personnel were injured during the incident.
- U.S.-Australia System Promotes Logistics Interoperability AFPS 17 Jul 2013 -- A new logistics tracking system between the United States and Australia will help to ensure faster, more coordinated responses to humanitarian crises and other contingencies while laying the foundation for closer cooperation across the Asia-Pacific region, the senior U.S. Pacific Command logistics director reported.
- USS Bonhomme Richard Participates in Exercise Talisman Saber 2013 NNS 17 Jul 2013 -- The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) officially began participating in exercise Talisman Saber 2013 (TS13) July 15.
- HSC-25 Sailors Operate Forward, Help Guam Community NNS 17 Jul 2013 -- Forward-deployed Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 supported their sister school during a community relations event at Simon Sanchez High School (SSHS) in Yigo, Guam July 17.
- VP 47 P-3 Patrols the Black Sea During Sea Breeze 2013 NNS 17 Jul 2013 -- The Golden Swordsmen of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 flew their first mission July 16 in support of the multinational surface ships operating in the Black Sea on the first day of the underway operations phase of Sea Breeze 2013.
- Pacific Partnership Tests Water Quality on Tarawa NNS 17 Jul 2013 -- Pacific Partnership 2013 environmental health specialists from the New Zealand Army are testing the quality of water from a number of rainwater catchment systems throughout Tarawa atoll in the Republic of Kiribati, July 16.
- USS Hartford Receives Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy NNS 17 Jul 2013 -- The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) received the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy during a ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London, July 16, for being Atlantic Fleet's most improved Navy vessel in 2012.
- USS Houston Departs for Western Pacific Deployment NNS 17 Jul 2013 -- Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam July 15 for a scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific region.
- CVN 77 Completes Another Historic Underway NNS 17 Jul 2013 -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) returned to its homeport of Norfolk after a successful completion of yet another historic underway, July 16.
- Putin Approves 'Unmatched' Far East Exercise Results RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2013 -- President Vladimir Putin praised the Russian military's performance Wednesday in an extensive snap check of combat readiness of unprecedented scale in Russia's Far East this week.
- Over 40 Aircraft Start War Games in W. Russia RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2013 -- Russia's Air Force has begun a large-scale exercise in the west of the country involving the 'biggest-ever deployment of the service's new Sukhoi Su-34 strike aircraft,' a Defense Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.
- DPRK FM Spokesman Urges Panamanian Authorities Let Apprehended Crewmen, Ship of DPRK Leave KCNA 17 Jul 2013 -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry gave the following answer to a question put by KCNA on Wednesday as regards the case of the DPRK trading ship Chongchongang apprehended in Panama:
- N. Korea Demands Release of Seized Ship VOA 17 Jul 2013 -- North Korea is demanding that Panama release a Pyongyang-flagged ship seized in Panamanian waters, saying the commandeered Cuban arms shipment on board was part of a legitimate deal.
- Panama seizes N Korean ship for arms transport from Cuba Iran Press TV 17 Jul 2013 -- Panamanian officials have announced detaining a North Korean flagged ship at the Panama Canal, alleging that the vessel, which departed from Cuba, was engaged in arms trafficking.
- Cuba Admits Its Missile Parts Found on N. Korean Ship VOA 17 Jul 2013 -- The Cuban foreign ministry has acknowledged that a North Korean ship seized near the Panama Canal was carrying a shipment of weapons from Cuba.
- Damavand destroyer to join Iran naval fleet: Navy Cmdr. Iran Press TV 17 Jul 2013 -- Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the Navy will launch its new indigenous destroyer, Damavand, in the near future.
- Army commander apologizes over corporal's death CNA 17 Jul 2013 -- Army Commander General Lee Hsiang-chou bowed and apologized Wednesday at a press conference over the death of Army corporal Hung Chung-chiu from heatstroke.
- Military prepares for approaching tropical storm CNA 17 Jul 2013 -- The military said Wednesday that it has opened an emergency center and has thousands of servicemen on standby for disaster relief operations as Tropical Storm Cimaron approaches Taiwan.
- Remarks With Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh After Their Meeting US Dept. of State 17 Jul 2013
- July 17, 2013 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 17 Jul 2013
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 7/17/2013 The White House 17 Jul 2013
- 17 July 2013 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 17 Jul 2013
- Spokesman: Iran has not sent arms to Syria IRNA 17 Jul 2013 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi said Iran has not sent any arms to Syria.
- Obama Nominee Calls UN Response to Syria 'Disgrace' VOA 17 Jul 2013 -- President Barack Obama's nominee for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says the U.N. Security Council's response 'to the slaughter in Syria' is a 'disgrace that history will judge harshly.'
- South Sudan: UN humanitarian chief urges access to civilians trapped by Jonglei fighting UN News Centre 17 Jul 2013 -- Alarmed by the deteriorating situation in Jonglei, where deadly clashes between multiple parties have left thousands of people cut off from aid, the top United Nations humanitarian official today urged an immediate end to the violence and appealed for access to all those in need in the strife-torn region of South Sudan.
- DRC Army Advances in 4th Day of Battle VOA 17 Jul 2013 -- The Democratic Republic of Congo's army has continued advancing in a fourth day of fighting against M23 rebels near the eastern city of Goma.
- ECOWAS Promises Mali Election Help VOA 17 Jul 2013 -- The president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says the regional bloc is working with its international partners, other stakeholders, and Mali's government to ensure a successful July 28 presidential election in Mali.
- Countries must not waiver in pursuit of justice, says head of International Criminal Court UN News Centre 17 Jul 2013 -- Marking International Criminal Justice Day, the head of the world's first permanent court set up to try war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide today stressed the need to ensure that the countries do no waiver in the pursuit of justice.
- Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian Talks Getting Closer VOA 17 Jul 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Israel and the Palestinians are moving closer to resuming peace talks.
- Chad returnees strain aid resources IRIN 17 Jul 2013 -- Thousands of Chadians, most of them children, have returned home, fleeing insecurity in parts of neighbouring Central Africa Republic (CAR), Darfur, Libya and Nigeria. The returnees, most of whom are seeking shelter in their country's remote border regions, are in need of emergency assistance in the form of protection and basic services, according to a senior humanitarian official.
- No ID, no security - the dilemma of Sri Lanka's returnees IRIN 17 Jul 2013 -- Close to 100,000 returnees in Sri Lanka's north lack national identity cards (NICs), more than four years after the end of the country's decades-long civil war.
- Kerry: No Rush to Judgment on Morsi Ouster VOA 17 Jul 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Egypt's new interim leaders need to restore stability following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. He told Arab League foreign ministers in Jordan that the Obama administration is not rushing to declare this a coup, an important legal distinction that would affect U.S. aid to Egypt.
- Pro-Morsy protests continue in Egypt after new cabinet takes office Iran Press TV 17 Jul 2013 -- Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi continue their protests, as the country's interim government takes office.
- Pro-Morsi protesters stage fresh protest rally in Cairo Iran Press TV 17 Jul 2013 -- Supporters of Egypt's deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, have staged a mass protest rally in Cairo against the country's new interim government.
- Morsi Loyalists Protest as Egypt's New Government Begins Work VOA 17 Jul 2013 -- Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi are continuing their mass protests against the political transition underway in Egypt, following the formation of a new interim Cabinet that has no members from Islamist parties.
- Bangladesh sentences Muslim leader to death Iran Press TV 17 Jul 2013 -- A Bangladesh tribunal has sentenced to death a top leader of Jamaat-e-Islami party for his role in the mass killings during the country's 1971 independence war.
- Lawmakers Question Collection of Americans' Phone Records VOA 17 Jul 2013 -- Democratic and Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on the Judiciary have questioned why the National Security Agency is collecting the phone records of millions of Americans, when the majority of the calls are not relevant to any terrorist investigations.
- Germany military knew of US spying: Report Iran Press TV 17 Jul 2013 -- A German newspaper has revealed that the German military has for years been aware of US spying program PRISM despite Berlin's claim that it did not know of the surveillance operations.
- Putin Says U.S. Ties More Important Than Snowden 'Squabbles' RFE/RL 17 Jul 2013 -- President Vladimir Putin says Russian-American ties are more important than the issue of the fugitive former U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who is currently sheltering at a Moscow airport.
- White House Again Urges Russia to Reject Snowden Asylum Bid RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2013 -- The White House on Tuesday dismissed allegations that former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden is being persecuted by the US government and again called on Moscow to reject his request for asylum and send him back to the United States to stand trial on charges of espionage and theft.
- US Sends Extradition Requests for Snowden - WikiLeaks RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2013 -- The United States sent extradition requests for former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden to five countries, WikiLeaks said in its Twitter account on Wednesday.
- US-Russia Relations Bigger Than Snowden Affair Says Putin RIA Novosti 17 Jul 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin praised relations between Russia and the United States Wednesday, saying they are more important than any intelligence scandal.
- Lawyer Says Snowden Could Seek Russian Citizenship VOA 17 Jul 2013 -- Edward Snowden's attorney says the fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker has not ruled out the possibility of seeking Russian citizenship.
- Russia: 5+1G eager to hold new round of talks with Iran IRNA 17 Jul 2013 -- Russian Foreign Ministry announced here Tuesday that the group of five UNSC veto members and Germany is eager for holding a new round of nuclear talks with the Islamic Republic of Iran in near future.
- FM: Talks will continue with G5+1 IRNA 17 Jul 2013 -- Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said Wednesday that members of the Group 5+1 have voiced readiness to resume talks with Iran and that Tehran would definitely continue the talks in future.
- P5+1 eager to resume talks with Iran: Russia Iran Press TV 17 Jul 2013 -- Russia says the P5+1 group of world powers is willing to resume its comprehensive talks with Iran in the near future.
- Iran nuclear activities irreversible: Lawmaker Iran Press TV 17 Jul 2013 -- An Iranian lawmaker says Tehran's nuclear energy activities are irreversible, stressing that the next Iranian administration will use transparency to disambiguate the issue.
- Iran to hold nuclear contamination drills: Official Iran Press TV 17 Jul 2013 -- Head of Iran's Passive Defense Organization says the Islamic Republic plans to hold exercises in the near future to increase its preparedness for any possible nuclear contamination scenario.
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