01 February 2014 Military News
- Karzai won't sign security pact with US: NATO Iran Press TV 01 Feb 2014 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says Afghan President Hamid Karzai will not sign a security pact with the United States that would allow thousands of foreign troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014.
- Two US warships headed to Black Sea ahead of Olympics Iran Press TV 01 Feb 2014 -- Two American warships are headed into the Black Sea in advance of the Winter Olympics in Russia, reflecting concerns about the security of the games.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Hagel Meets With Defense Leaders at Munich Conference AFPS 01 Feb 2014 -- On the sidelines of the 50th Munich Security Conference in Germany today, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with leaders from Germany, the United Kingdom, Israel, Georgia and India to discuss military relationships and common interests.
- Hagel: Future Requires Renewed Era of Partnership AFPS 01 Feb 2014 -- In a changing security and fiscal environment, the Defense Department will seek to collaborate more closely with European allies, especially to help build the capabilities of other global partners, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
- Secretary Kerry and Secretary Hagel Question and Answer at the Munich Security Conference DoD 01 Feb 2014 -- Presenter: Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger; Secretary of State John Kerry; Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
- Read-out of Secretary Hagel's meeting with incoming German Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen DoD 01 Feb 2014
- Read-out of Secretary Hagel's meeting with UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond DoD 01 Feb 2014
- Read-out of Secretary Hagel's meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon DoD 01 Feb 2014
- USS Lake Erie Completes its Role in Koa Kai NNS 01 Feb 2014 -- The guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG70) completed its part in exercise Koa Kai 14-1 on Jan. 29 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
- Belarus to upgrade its Su-27 fighters People's Daily 01 Feb 2014 -- Belarus will repair and upgrade its Su-27 aircraft which have been decommissioned, Chairman of the State Military-Industrial Committee Sergei Hurulev told reporters
- Chinese AEW&C aircraft effective for mission over E China Sea People's Daily 01 Feb 2014 -- Since the establishment of the East China Sea air defense identification zone (ADIZ), the Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) has constantly been a subject of public discussion.
- Ban urges annual Munich security summit to back UN efforts in Syria, DR Congo, South Sudan UN News Centre 01 Feb 2014 -- Amid a global landscape filled with both volatility and opportunity, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged leaders attending an annual security conference in Germany to work together – and with the United Nations –"to build the world of security that people deserve and that is within our power to deliver."
- Over 136,000 killed in Syria crisis: NGO Iran Press TV 01 Feb 2014 -- The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has put the death toll from the Syrian crisis at more than 136,000.
- Ban: Syria Talks Need More Seriousness, Urgency VOA 01 Feb 2014 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says Syria's government and its political opponents should bring greater seriousness and urgency to international efforts to end their conflict. Their first round of talks ended Friday with little progress on how to end the fighting or increase humanitarian access.
- Syria rejected US talks bid without Kerry apology - FM Muallem Voice of Russia 01 Feb 2014 -- Syria's foreign minister said Saturday his delegation had rejected a US request for direct talks unless Secretary of State John Kerry apologised for his remarks at the Geneva-2 talks.
- South Sudan rebel leader says president should resign Iran Press TV 01 Feb 2014 -- South Sudan's rebel leader, Riek Machar, says President Salva Kiir should step down, accusing Juba of attempting to sabotage the peace talks aimed at ending the violence in the country.
- AU force recaptures CAR's Sibut from Seleka fighters Iran Press TV 01 Feb 2014 -- The African Union (AU) peacekeeping force deployed to the Central African Republic (CAR) says it has regained control of the town of Sibut from Seleka fighters.
- CAR President Vows Protection for Muslims VOA 01 Feb 2014 -- The new president of the Central African Republic, Catherine Samba-Panza, has promised that starting next week, the country's security forces will be re-organized to protect Muslims as well as Christians.
- World Comes Together to Fund CAR Peacekeeping Mission VOA 01 Feb 2014 -- The African Union says international donors have pledged $314 million to fund an African peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic. The announcement came at the end of a donor conference held at African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa.
- Security Council condemns 'heinous' terrorist attack in northern Lebanon UN News Centre 01 Feb 2014 -- The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the "heinous" terrorist attack which killed at least four people and wounded dozens of others today in Hermel, Lebanon, a town near the country's northern border.
- Kerry Says Ukrainians' Desire For Freedom 'Not Zero-Sum' RFE/RL 01 Feb 2014 -- torture -- inflicted on protest leader Dmytro Bulatov, who was found yesterday after having been missing for a week,' Carney said.
- Klitschko Says Ukrainians Have Proven Their Determination, Appeals For Support RFE/RL 01 Feb 2014 -- Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko says that the Ukrainian people have shown their will for political change despite violence against them.
- Defense minister rules out armed forces' intervention in Ukraine crisis Voice of Russia 01 Feb 2014 -- The defense minister has ruled out the possibility of Ukraine's armed forces intervening in the current domestic political crisis unless a state of emergency or martial law is declared.
- Thais Prepare to Vote Amid High Security, Heightened Fears of Violence VOA 01 Feb 2014 -- Thai voters are preparing to cast ballots amid intense security on Sunday, less than 24 hours after at least six people were injured by gunshots and explosions when fighting broke between supporters and opponents of embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in a northern Bangkok Puea Thai Party stronghold.
- Iran receives first installment of $4.2b frozen oil revenue Iran Press TV 01 Feb 2014 -- Following the implementation of a nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and the six world powers, Tehran has received the first installment of its USD 4.2-billion funds previously blocked overseas, an Iranian diplomat says.
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