26 July 2013 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 26 Jul 2013 [PDF]
- US terror drone strike kills two in eastern Afghanistan Iran Press TV 26 Jul 2013 -- At least two people have been killed in a strike by a US assassination drone in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nuristan.
- Taliban say destroyed 15 NATO tankers Iran Press TV 26 Jul 2013 -- Taliban militants say they have torched at least 15 NATO tankers carrying fuel for the US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan's western province of Farah.
- Afghanistan Analysts Network: US holds inmates in Bagram's secret jail Iran Press TV 26 Jul 2013 -- The Afghanistan Analysts Network says it has found that the U.S. is running a secret jail at Bagram Airbase in which Afghan inmates are being tortured.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US lawmakers vow to restrict surveillance Iran Press TV 26 Jul 2013 -- US lawmakers have vowed to step up their campaign against the government's massive spying program after the House of Representatives on Wednesday narrowly defeated an amendment to curtail it.
- B-52 CONECT: A reboot for the Digital Age AFNS 26 Jul 2013 -- One thing is certain: it's not your father's B-52.
- CNO Defends LCS Program in Wake of GAO Skepticism NNS 26 Jul 2013 -- The Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program was under a microscope this week after news of an electrical problem resulted in a brief loss of power for USS Freedom (LCS 1) over the weekend and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a critical, 72-page report today scrutinizing the cost of the program.
- Biden, Abe Agree to Strengthen US-Japan Alliance VOA 26 Jul 2013 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Japanese prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to strengthen their nations' alliance amid growing tensions between Japan and China over a group of islands in the East China Sea.
- Closing arguments heard in Pfc. Manning trial Army News 26 Jul 2013 -- Pfc. Bradley Manning's release of classified material did immeasurable harm to national security and put lives at risk, said the prosecutor in his closing arguments July 25.
- Eighth Army activates digital liaison detachment Army News 26 Jul 2013 -- Eighth Army established the 2503rd Digital Liaison Detachment to serve as the primary link with the Republic of Korea Ground Component Command.
- Marine Forces South SC Team Train Latin America Partners, Instill Pride USMC News 26 Jul 2013 -- SC Team has traveled throughout Latin America and the Caribbean training partner nation marine corps and naval infantries in a variety of military classes and tactics.
- Russian Defense Ministry Signs $100 Mln Deal to Overhaul 3 Tu-160 Bombers RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2013 -- Russia's Defense Ministry has signed a 3.4 billion ruble ($103 million) contract with the Tupolev design bureau and Kazan Aircraft Plant to upgrade three Tu-160 Blackjack strategic bombers, Tupolev said Friday.
- New Russian Attack Sub to Have Advanced Sensors RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2013 -- Russia's latest Project 885M Yasen-class attack submarine will have an advanced sonar system allowing it to detect enemy ships at an early stage, the submarine's engineering bureau said on Friday.
- Defense Minister unveils military reform measures CNA 26 Jul 2013 -- Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu unveiled Friday a series of measures to reform human rights protection faults in the military that were exposed by the July 4 death of an Army conscript.
- Ma orders study of ways to reform military law CNA 26 Jul 2013 -- Stressing the importance of reforms to the military justice system, President Ma Ying-jeou asked three top government organs -- the Executive Yuan, Legislation Yuan, and Judicial Yuan -- to begin discussions and conduct a joint study on the reform of military law, a spokesperson said Friday.
- 3 YORKS becomes 1 YORKS UK MOD 26 Jul 2013 -- The Yorkshire Regiment held an Exchange of Colours parade in Warminster yesterday, as it reorganises as part of Army 2020 restructuring.
- July 26, 2013 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 26 Jul 2013
- 26 July 2013 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 26 Jul 2013
- Syria Opposition Leaders Meet UN Security Council VOA 26 Jul 2013 -- Leaders of Syria's main opposition coalition have told the United Nations Security Council they are dedicated to democracy and oppose extremism.
- Turkey to warn Syria Kurds against attempts for autonomy Iran Press TV 26 Jul 2013 -- Turkey says its intelligence agency will warn the head of Kurdish fighters of Syria's Democratic Union Party (PYD) against any unilateral move to establish an autonomous Kurdish political structure in northern Syria.
- Syria army gains ground in clashes in Homs neighborhoods Iran Press TV 26 Jul 2013 -- Syrian government troops have gained ground in clashes against the foreign-backed militants in two neighborhoods in the western city of Homs.
- UN agency concerned over detention of Syrian refugees in Egypt UN News Centre 26 Jul 2013 -- The United Nations today voiced concern over the detention of an increasing number of Syrian refugees in Egypt, including several minors, amid growing anti-Syrian sentiment in the country.
- Japan sends fighter jets near disputed islands in East China Sea Iran Press TV 26 Jul 2013 -- Japan has dispatched fighter jets to thwart a Chinese military plane flying near a chain of disputed islands claimed by both Beijing and Tokyo.
- Malian refugees trickling back home IRIN 26 Jul 2013 -- Malians are slowly returning from refuge in neighbouring Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger as stability improves more than a year after a military coup and an insurgency shook the West African country.
- Analysis: In search of a regional Rohingya solution IRIN 26 Jul 2013 -- Thousands of Rohingyas from Myanmar are fleeing persecution to countries elsewhere in the region, underscoring the need for a stronger regional solution, activists and experts say.
- Egyptians Pour Into Cairo, Alexandria Streets VOA 26 Jul 2013 -- Clashes have broken out in Cairo and Alexandria as tens of thousands of Egyptians are taking to the streets in massive shows of support for the military and the Muslim Brotherhood.
- Pro and anti-Morsi protesters clash in Egyptian capital, Cairo Iran Press TV 26 Jul 2013 -- Fresh clashes have erupted between thousands of supporters and opponents of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, in Egypt's capital city of Cairo, security sources say.
- Ousted Egyptian President Ordered Held, Faces Charges RFE/RL 26 Jul 2013 -- An Egyptian court has ordered that ousted President Muhammad Morsi be held in detention on charges that include carrying out killings and collusion with the Palestinian group Hamas.
- UN officials urge Egyptian authorities to respect rule of law, human rights UN News Centre 26 Jul 2013 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations human rights chief have voiced growing concern about developments in Egypt and called on authorities to ensure respect for the rule of law and international human rights standards.
- Tunisia Charges 'Islamist Extremists' Murdered Opposition Leader VOA 26 Jul 2013 -- Tunisia's government says a leading opposition figure assassinated Thursday and another political leader killed earlier this year were killed by bullets from the same gun.
- Tunisia Faces Protests After Opposition Figure Killed RFE/RL 26 Jul 2013 -- Tunisia's interior minister says that secular opposition politician Muhammad Brahmi was killed with the same gun that was used to kill his party's leader six months earlier.
- Al-Qaida Linked to Tunisia Assassination VOA 26 Jul 2013 -- Tunisia is blaming al-Qaida-linked extremists for killing a leading opposition politician.
- North Korea warns South over Kaesong Iran Press TV 26 Jul 2013 -- North Korea has warned South Korea of bringing back the troops that were stationed at the closed jointly-run Kaesong Industrial Zone.
- North Korea, China hold talks in Pyongyang amid regional tensions Iran Press TV 26 Jul 2013 -- North Korea's leader has held a meeting with China's vice president in Pyongyang, with Beijing calling for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, a report says.
- Russia not to extradite Snowden to US: Presidential spokesman Iran Press TV 26 Jul 2013 -- Russia will not extradite former contractor to U.S. National Security Agency turned whistleblower Edward Snowden to the White House, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin says.
- US Tells Russia It Won't Seek Death for Snowden RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2013 -- The United States has assured Russia that it will not seek the death penalty for Edward Snowden or torture the fugitive former intelligence contractor, the US Justice Department said Friday amid Washington's ongoing efforts to secure Moscow's assistance in returning him to the United States to face espionage charges.
- Snowden Will Stop Leaks If Given Asylum in Russia - Putin's Spokesman RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2013 -- Fugitive US former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden will "no doubt" stop leaking security information if he is given temporary asylum in Russia, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Friday.
- US, Russian Security Agencies Discuss Snowden VOA 26 Jul 2013 -- Russia says its security agency is talking with its U.S. counterpart about American intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, but vowed that it would not expel him to the United States to face espionage charges.
- US Tells Russia It Won't Seek Death Penalty for Snowden VOA 26 Jul 2013 -- The United States is telling Russia it will not seek the death penalty or torture American intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, if Moscow expels him to the United States to face espionage charges.
- Russia's Progress M-18M Spacecraft Splashes Down in Pacific RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2013 -- Fragments of Russia's Progress M-18M space freighter sunk safely in the Pacific Ocean after re-entering the atmosphere on Friday, a spokesman for the Russian mission control center said.
- Ariane-5 Orbits Europe's Largest Telecoms Satellite RIA Novosti 26 Jul 2013 -- An Ariane-5 carrier rocket deployed two satellites on Friday, including Europe's largest telecommunications satellite ever manufactured, the European Space Agency said on its website.
- Ahead of Mali's presidential election, Ban stresses need for peaceful, credible polls UN News Centre 26 Jul 2013 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged all Malians to cast their ballots in Sunday's presidential election, a vital step to restoring constitutional order in the crisis-hit country, and to ensure that the polls are free and fair.
- Cambodia: UN expert calls for fair, peaceful vote, ahead of National Assembly elections UN News Centre 26 Jul 2013 -- As Cambodians prepare to go to the polls this Sunday, a United Nations independent expert has reiterated his call for free, fair and peaceful election that is underpinned by respect for human rights before, during and after polling day.
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