03 February 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 03 Feb 2014 [PDF]
- Karzai sees 'no good' with US presence in Afghanistan Iran Press TV 03 Feb 2014 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says he has seen "no good" with the presence of American forces in his country, prompting further speculations of a breakdown of trust between Kabul and Washington.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Nigerian, U.S. air forces partner for disaster relief seminar AFNS 03 Feb 2014 -- 'If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.'
- How AF locates, recovers downed aviators AFNS 03 Feb 2014 -- An isolated military member may be equipped with many survival tools, but perhaps the most important is confidence in the people tasked to conduct his or her rescue.
- U.S., Italy Sign Training Agreement AFPS 03 Feb 2014 -- The Defense Department and Italy's defense ministry have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote joint training and education for peacekeeping operations.
- 1st ANGLICO, JGSDF conduct fire-support exercises USMC News 03 Feb 2014 -- U.S. Marines with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company and soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force conducted fire-support coordination training during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 30, 2014.
- USS Elrod Arrives in Morocco NNS 03 Feb 2014 -- Guided-missile frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) arrived in Morocco for a scheduled port visit, Feb. 2.
- 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company conducts fire-support exercises USMC News 03 Feb 2014 -- U.S. Marines with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company and soldiers from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force conducted fire-support coordination training during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 30, 2014.
- US sends ballistic missile destroyer to Spain to support NATO missile shield Voice of Russia 03 Feb 2014 -- The US deployed a ballistic missile defense destroyer to Spain to boost NATO's anti-missile shield in Europe. Washington says the deployment is aimed at curbing possible missile threats from Iran while Russia considers the move as a national security threat.
- NATO flies with partners over Iceland for first time NATO 03 Feb 2014 -- Fighter jets from NATO and partner countries began to conduct a wide range of air defence-related flying activities over Iceland on Monday (3 February 2014), in the first event of its kind to be held on the island.
- New surveillance system for Royal Navy aircraft carriers UK MOD 03 Feb 2014 -- Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers will get helicopter-borne early warning systems 18 months earlier than planned, saving £22 million.
- Russia threatens to quit nuclear treaty with US Iran Press TV 03 Feb 2014 -- Russia has warned that Moscow may consider quitting the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) as the United States has deployed a ballistic missile destroyer to Spain.
- Russia to Deploy More Su-25 Combat Planes at Kyrgyz Airbase RIA Novosti 03 Feb 2014 -- Russia will deploy four additional Su-25 ground attack aircraft at the Kant airbase in Kyrgyzstan in 2014, Russia's Central Military District said Monday.
- Iran optimizes Hag missile system ISNA 03 Feb 2014 -- Iranian experts at Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base have optimized Hag missile.
- Iran produces new fighter jet: Cmdr. Iran Press TV 03 Feb 2014 -- Iran has manufactured a new generation of jet fighters totally designed and developed by local experts, says a top military commander.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 2/3/14 The White House 03 Feb 2014
- February 3, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 03 Feb 2014
- 3 February 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 03 Feb 2014
- Iraqi forces prepare to retake Fallujah Iran Press TV 03 Feb 2014 -- Iraqi government forces have started preparation efforts aimed at regaining control over Anbar Province's restive city of Fallujah from al-Qaeda-linked militants.
- January Deadliest Month In Iraq In More Than Five Years RFE/RL 03 Feb 2014 -- Reports from Iraq say that at least 12 people have been killed in a spate of car bombings in and around Baghdad.
- Syria: UN agency appeals for long-term access to starving, desperate civilians in besieged camp UN News Centre 02 Feb 2014 -- While confirming today's delivery of more than 700 food parcels to the desperate, malnourished civilians stranded in a hard-hit area outside the Syrian capital of Damascus, the United Nations agency tasked with protecting Palestinian refugees throughout the Middle East, reiterated its call for long-term access to meet the enormous needs, as Syria's three-year civil war grinds on.
- Al-Qaida Disavows Syria Militant Group VOA 03 Feb 2014 -- Al-Qaida has announced it is severing ties with a militant group fighting in Syria.
- UN action in South Sudan has saved thousands of lives, says peacekeeping chief UN News Centre 03 Feb 2014 -- The United Nations decision to shelter 85,000 civilians on its peacekeeping bases in South Sudan during recent fighting saved thousands or even tens of thousands of lives, the UN peacekeeping chief stressed today, citing it as an example of what the world body stands for.
- Rebels accuse South Sudan forces of breaking ceasefire Iran Press TV 03 Feb 2014 -- Rebels fighting the government of South Sudan have accused Juba of breaking a ceasefire, just over a week after the agreement was reached between the two sides.
- UN urges demonstrators to remain calm after stoning UN cars in DR Congo UN News Centre 03 Feb 2014 -- The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) today urged demonstrators to use peaceful means to express themselves after protestors stoned several UN vehicles, injuring at least one peacekeeper and four local civilians.
- In Mali, Security Council gets first-hand look at UN efforts to restore stability UN News Centre 03 Feb 2014 -- The Security Council today wrapped up a two-day visit to Mali, where it got a first-hand look at United Nations efforts to assist the West African nation as it emerges from crisis and tackle a host of political, security, development and humanitarian challenges.
- UN seeks $2 billion in international aid for Africa's Sahel region UN News Centre 03 Feb 2014 -- The United Nations and its global humanitarian partners today appealed for $2 billion on behalf of some 20 million people desperate for food in Africa's Sahel region, where violence and insecurity has created protracted internal displacement and where population growth is outstripping food production.
- Fighting resumes between Houthis, pro-Salafi militants Iran Press TV 03 Feb 2014 -- New clashes have erupted between Houthi fighters and pro-Salafi militants following the recent seizure of militant strongholds by the Houthis in northern Yemen.
- Amano: Iran acting in framework of its Geneva agreement commitments IRNA 03 Feb 2014 -- Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said here Sunday Iran is cooperating well with IAEA and performing its commitments in the framework of the Geneva nuclear agreement.
- Iran-Sextet talks build confidence: Zarif Iran Press TV 03 Feb 2014 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has stressed the importance of further negotiations with six major world powers to build confidence.
- Sweden's Bildt Visits Iran To 'Reach Out A Hand' RFE/RL 03 Feb 2014 -- Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt is due in Iran for a four-day visit aimed at bolstering Iran's interim nuclear deal with the West.
- Olson: US-Pakistan Relations Still Challenging, Improving VOA 03 Feb 2014 -- U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson has been Washington's top diplomat in Islamabad since late 2012, at a time when the two countries have focused on repairing their often strained relationship. He expressed concerns over Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, the situation in Afghanistan and the fight against militant groups in Pakistan's tribal regions.
- Analysis: As Protests Continue, Attention Focuses On Ukraine's 'Thin Blue Line' RFE/RL 03 Feb 2014 -- our entire subunit -- to submit our resignations,' the man said. 'We are not going to carry out criminal orders.'
- Ukrainian Opposition Presses For Further Concessions RFE/RL 03 Feb 2014 -- Ukraine's opposition is pressing for further concessions from President Viktor Yanukovych to end more than two months of antigovernment protests.
- Ukraine president returns to work while opposition ready to take power Voice of Russia 03 Feb 2014 -- The Ukrainian opposition leaders claim that they are ready to take the power and rule the country, although some weeks ago they rejected Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych offer to take the post of prime minister to opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the position of deputy PM to Vitaly Klitschko.
- Thailand voting process will take several weeks: Officials Iran Press TV 03 Feb 2014 -- Thai election officials say it could take several weeks to re-stage voting in some regions where Feb.2 election was disrupted by demonstrators.
- Thai Election Commission Says Conflict Threatens Further Voting VOA 03 Feb 2014 -- Electoral officials in Thailand say they can not schedule further voting in the nation's tense national election until protests that hampered the polling ends. Anti-government protesters disrupted voting Sunday and have vowed to continue mass street demonstrations to topple the caretaker government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
- Libya's supply of chemical weapons completely destroyed - report Voice of Russia 03 Feb 2014 -- Libya's supply of mustard gas has been completely destroyed with help from the United States and other countries, the New York Times reported Monday.
- Gagauzia Voters Reject Closer EU Ties For Moldova RFE/RL 03 Feb 2014 -- An overwhelming majority of voters in a referendum held in the autonomous Moldovan region of Gagauzia have voted for integration with a Russia-led customs union.
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