08 February 2014 Military News
- Civilian casualties in Afghanistan up 14 per cent last year, says new UN report UN News Centre 08 Feb 2014 -- Civilian casualties in Afghanistan rose by 14 per cent last year, according to a new report released on Saturday by the United Nations, which also found that it was the worst year since 2009 in terms of the number of women and children killed or injured as a result of conflict-related violence.
- Afghanistan Continues to Be Hub of Poppy Cultivation VOA 08 Feb 2014 -- A recent U.S. government report notes that more Afghan land is under poppy cultivation today than it was under the Taliban in 2002. Demand for drugs, especially on the streets of rich countries, and the poor economic and security situation in Afghanistan are often cited by experts as the reasons for the failure of the fight to combat poppy cultivation.
- Gen.: US shifts focus to Afghan election Iran Press TV 08 Feb 2014 -- The incoming No. 2 American commander in Afghanistan claims that Washington is shifting its focus from a controversial security pact with Kabul to the country's upcoming election.
- VMGR-252 returns from Afghanistan USMC News 08 Feb 2014 -- More than 80 Marines and Sailors with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point returned from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan Feb. 2 and 5.
- 2nd MAW Fwd returns after year long deployment USMC News 08 Feb 2014 -- More than 30 Marines and Sailors with 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) returned to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Jan. 30, marking an end to aerial support operations across southwestern Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Warlords 'fight' in winter environment USMC News 08 Feb 2014 -- A quiet winter morning in a mountain field, the natural silence is shattered by a landing helicopter. Marines quickly exit the helicopter into knee deep snow, and drag their 90-pound packs through the snow to set up security, then rapidly trudge through the snow to the nearby tree line.
- Bataan Amphibious Ready Group Deploys NNS 08 Feb 2014 -- More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BAT ARG) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) departed from Naval Station Norfolk for an eight-month deployment, Feb. 8.
- Makin Island Continues At-Sea Qualifications NNS 08 Feb 2014 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) continued conducting sea qualifications, Feb. 3-7 in preparation for the ship's upcoming scheduled deployment.
- U.S. navy committed to presence in Bahrain: commander People's Daily 08 Feb 2014 -- The U.S. navy is committed to its presence in Bahrain to ensure free flow of trade primarily in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a top U.S. Navy commander said on Saturday.
- Pentagon needs extra $4.5 bln to fix failed missile defense systems Voice of Russia 08 Feb 2014 -- The United States Department of Defense intends to request $4.5 billion in additional spending over the next five years to boost its missile defense systems, according to a Reuters report.
- China urges U.S. to drop ADIZ remarks People's Daily 08 Feb 2014 -- China on Saturday urged the United States to drop irresponsible remarks on the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea to avoid detriment to stability in the region.
- Barrel Bombs Sow Terror in Syria VOA 07 Feb 2014 -- Every war brings a new terror and in recent weeks so-called barrel bombs dropped from helicopters into rebel-held areas by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad have emerged as the latest weapon of terror to kill and maim thousands of mostly innocent civilians.
- Clashes erupt in Syrian city of Homs, truce violated Iran Press TV 08 Feb 2014 -- Clashes have broken out around militant-held districts of Syria's Homs city as the UN is poised to deliver aid to civilians on the second day of a humanitarian truce.
- Rocket Fire Delays Relief to Besieged Syrian City VOA 08 Feb 2014 -- Renewed fighting hampered a U.N. relief effort in Syria's war-battered enclave of Homs on Saturday, a day after a three-day humanitarian pause in violence took effect.
- Four Red Cross employees injured as trucks enter besieged Syria areas Voice of Russia 08 Feb 2014 -- Four employees of the Syrian Red Cross have been injured during the humanitarian operation in Homs, Al Mayadeen TV Channel reported on Saturday.
- Anbar governor gives militants one-week ultimatum Iran Press TV 08 Feb 2014 -- The governor of Iraq's Anbar Province has given militants controlling the city of Fallujah one week to surrender as government troops are making headway against al-Qaeda-linked forces in the area.
- Nearly 9,000 flee CAR violence to Cameroon: UNHCR Iran Press TV 08 Feb 2014 -- The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says nearly 9,000 people have fled the violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) to neighboring Cameroon.
- Putin, Yanukovych Meet On Sidelines Of Olympics RFE/RL 08 Feb 2014 -- Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has returned to Kyiv after holding crisis talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi.
- Russian Official Denies Role in US Envoy Conversation Leak RIA Novosti 08 Feb 2014 -- A Russian ministerial aide who kick-started a scandal over a leaked conversation about Ukraine between US diplomats has denied he was responsible for the leak.
- Russia committed to second aid tranche to Ukraine - minister Voice of Russia 08 Feb 2014 -- Russia will stick to its pledge to give Ukraine a second tranche of a $15-billion loan, but has not yet allocated the sum as it waits for repayment of a $2.7 billion gas debt, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Saturday.
- NSA collects under 30% of phone call records despite effort to get it all Voice of Russia 08 Feb 2014 -- The National Security Agency collects less than 30 percent of all US phone calls, much less than previously thought, according to media reports.
- N Korea returns jailed US citizen to labor camp Iran Press TV 08 Feb 2014 -- North Korea has sent jailed American citizen Kenneth Bae from hospital back to a labor camp, US officials say.
- Kamalvandi: Iran-IAEA talks progressing IRNA 08 Feb 2014 -- Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Saturday that Iran-IAEA talks are progressing and will continue on Sunday.
- Deputy AEOI Chief: None of Nuclear Centers to Be Shut Down, or Eliminated IRNA 08 Feb 2014 -- None of Iran's nuclear centers will be shut down, or eliminated and there is no need to heed the hue and cry of the foreign media, deputy managing director of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) for safeguards and security affairs said Saturday.
- IAEA talks good, constructive: AEOI spokesman Iran Press TV 08 Feb 2014 -- Iran says negotiations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have been constructive, saying the two sides will resume talks on Sunday.
- There is no Internet censorship in Turkey - Erdogan Voice of Russia 08 Feb 2014 -- Turkey's prime minister hit back at suggestions that new Internet regulations will limit freedom of expression, ahead of a planned demonstration in Istanbul against the curbs on Saturday.
- Analysis: Pressure Mounts On Moldova As It Nears Long-Sought EU Accords RFE/RL 08 Feb 2014 -- Moldova was long saddled with the moniker 'the poorest country in Europe.' But this summer, after more than three years of painstaking preparation, Chisinau is set to sign a landmark Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade (DCFT) pact with the European Union.
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