20 July 2013 Military News
- Afghan forces kill 29 Taliban militants in separate operations Iran Press TV 20 Jul 2013 -- Afghan national security forces have killed twenty-nine Taliban militants and wounded twenty-four others during separate cleanup operations across the country.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Secret Court Renews Phone Surveillance Program VOA 20 Jul 2013 -- The secret U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has renewed the government's authority to continue collecting millions of telephone records - one of the classified counter-terrorism programs that was disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
- US, Royal Australian Navy Complete TS 13 Torpedo Exercise NNS 20 Jul 2013 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) and a Royal Australian Navy (RAN) submarine participated in a torpedo exercise in the Coral Sea, July 19, in support of exercise Talisman Saber 2013 (TS 13).
- Nimitz Scores Above Average In Maintenance Inspection NNS 20 Jul 2013 -- A maintenance and material management inspection (3MI) was conducted July 16-18 aboard aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Combat Logistics Force Ships underway for Talisman Saber exercise NNS 20 Jul 2013 -- Navy Combat Logistics Force ships USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10), USNS Wally Schirra (T-AKE 8) and USNS Yukon (T-AO 202) are steaming off the coast of northeastern Australia this week, providing vital logistics support to U.S. and Australian ships participating in Talisman Saber 2013.
- 'I Will Now Read My Orders;' USS Wasp Changes Command NNS 20 Jul 2013 -- The crew of amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) held a change of command ceremony in Norfolk, July 18.
- Dempsey to Visit Afghanistan, Meet With Dunford, Others AFPS 20 Jul 2013 -- Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey will visit Afghanistan to meet with Afghan, NATO and U.S. leaders.
- Deputy Defense Secretary Travels to Israel, Uganda, Ethiopia AFPS 20 Jul 2013 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter began a weeklong trip today that will take him first to Israel and then to Uganda and Ethiopia in sub-Saharan Africa.
- UK revokes 5 Egypt arms export licenses, 212 remain in place Iran Press TV 20 Jul 2013 -- Britain says it has withdrawn five export licenses to Egypt to prevent British goods being used in unrest and lead to more civilian deaths.
- India welcomes defense cooperation with Iran: Minister Iran Press TV 20 Jul 2013 -- Indian Defense Minister A. K. Antony has welcomed the expansion of defense cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran in different sectors.
- President vows to get to bottom of death of army conscript CNA 20 Jul 2013 -- President Ma Ying-jeou apologized Saturday to the family of an Army corporal who died in confinement earlier this month and vowed to uncover the truth behind the strange circumstances surrounding his death.
- Defense minister hopes for more time to probe soldier's death CNA 20 Jul 2013 -- Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu paid a second visit to the family of dead army conscript Hung Chung-chiu on Saturday and expressed hope for more time to investigate the suspicious death of the soldier.
- Kurdish militants seize checkpoint in northeast Syria Iran Press TV 20 Jul 2013 -- Kurdish militants have reportedly seized a checkpoint controlled by al-Qaeda-linked militants and taken their weapons and ammunition in northeastern Syria near the border with Turkey.
- Egypt to Review Ties with Syria VOA 20 Jul 2013 -- Egypt says it will re-examine its diplomatic relations with Syria, which became strained under the government of President Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted earlier this month.
- Tentative Deal Reached to Resume Israeli-Palestinian Talks - US RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2013 -- After four days of shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday evening a deal had been reached to resume direct peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.
- Israel to Free Some Palestinian Prisoners in Exchange for Talks VOA 20 Jul 2013 -- Israel has agreed to release a 'limited' number of Palestinian prisoners, a day after the two governments agreed to head back to negotiations in hopes of settling long-standing differences.
- Human rights central to Colombia's peace process, UN official stresses during visit UN News Centre 20 Jul 2013 -- Respect for human rights will be critical as Colombia transitions from conflict to peace, a top United Nations official stressed, noting in particular that the rights of victims must be at the centre of the Government's negotiations with rebel groups.
- No new developments regarding Tehran, Washington talks: Iran Iran Press TV 20 Jul 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi says there have been no new developments with regards to direct negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the US.
- Litvinenko's Widow to Seek Open Inquiry into Husband's Death RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2013 -- Marina Litvinenko, the widow of former Russian Federal Security Service agent who died of radioactive poisoning in London in 2006, said on Friday she would continue seeking a public inquiry into her husband's death.
- Russian opposition leader vows to go ahead with Moscow mayor bid Iran Press TV 20 Jul 2013 -- A day after being released from prison, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has arrived in Moscow, vowing to push ahead with a bid to become the capital's mayor.
- Navalny Arrives In Moscow, Vows To Win Mayoral Election RFE/RL 20 Jul 2013 -- Convicted Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny has arrived in Moscow after being released on bail while he appeals his conviction on embezzlement charges.
- Navalny Returns to Moscow, Confirms Bid For Mayor RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2013 -- Convicted Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was freed by a court on Friday pending appeal, arrived back in his home city of Moscow by train Saturday morning and told a cheering crowd of supporters that he will run for mayor of the Russian capital in an upcoming election.
- Navalny Returns to Moscow to Run for Mayor VOA 20 Jul 2013 -- Anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny is back in Moscow after being freed on bail pending an appeal of his theft conviction. The opposition leader says he is ready to campaign for Moscow's upcoming mayoral election.
- China Launches 3 Research Satellites RIA Novosti 20 Jul 2013 -- China's Long March-4C carrier rocket successfully orbited three satellites for scientific experiments on Saturday, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
- Jailed DRC Opposition Leader Said to Be Seriously Ill VOA 20 Jul 2013 -- A leading opposition politician in the Democratic Republic of Congo is seriously ill in prison, his wife says, and not receiving the treatment he needs. Human rights organizations and a worldwide lawmakers union have called for the release of Diomi Ndongala but his wife Patrizia says the authorities are not listening.
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