09 February 2014 Military News
- Civilian casualties continue to rise in Afghanistan: UN report Iran Press TV 09 Feb 2014 -- A new United Nations report says there has been a sharp increase in civilian casualties in Afghanistan during recent years.
- Pakistani Taliban set several conditions for peace talks Iran Press TV 09 Feb 2014 -- Peace talks between the Pakistan government and Taliban have reached a new deadlock, as militants set several tough conditions for the ongoing dialog process.
- Pakistani Official says Afghanistan-Taliban Peace Deal Possible VOA 09 Feb 2014 -- A top Pakistani official says he believes a peace deal between Afghanistan and the Taliban is possible provided the government in Kabul shows flexibility.
Defense Policy / Programs
- New AC-130J completes first test flight AFNS 09 Feb 2014 -- After more than a year of modification maintenance, the newly created AC-130J Ghostrider took to the sky for the first time as a gunship here Jan. 31.
- Chairman Promises Vigorous Military Ethics Campaign AFPS 09 Feb 2014 -- Recent lapses in military ethics have Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey's full attention, and he promises a military campaign to reinvigorate the profession of arms.
- Gunston Hall Deploys NNS 09 Feb 2014 -- The amphibious dock-landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) departed Naval Station Norfolk, Feb. 8, beginning an eight-month deployment as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG).
- CNO Reinforcing Ethics NNS 09 Feb 2014 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert released a video blog message Sunday reinforcing the Navy's commitment to ethics, particularly integrity.
- US, China trade warning over ADIZ Iran Press TV 09 Feb 2014 -- China has accused the US of undermining peace and development in the Asia-Pacific urging Washington to hold a rational and fair attitude towards the developments in the region.
- Iran Says Fleet Sent Toward United States RFE/RL 09 Feb 2014 -- An Iranian naval commander says Iranian warships have been sent toward the maritime borders of the United States in response to the positioning of U.S warships in the Persian Gulf
- Iran sends navy to US border, Pentagon doubts it Voice of Russia 09 Feb 2014 -- The United States does not believe that Iran really sent its warships to American shores. An unnamed source at the Pentagon said they have no concern about it.
- Iran welcomes UN-Syria deal to supply humanitarian aid to Homs IRNA 09 Feb 2014 -- Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham on Sunday expressed pleasure with the agreement reached between the Syrian government and UN resident envoy for the exit of non-military forces from certain areas of Homs and dispatch humanitarian aid to the area.
- 800 civilians evacuated from Syrian city of Homs Iran Press TV 09 Feb 2014 -- Hundreds of Syrians have been evacuated by aid teams from besieged districts in the western city of Homs as operations to save civilians continue.
- UN humanitarian chief urges safe passage for aid delivery to Syrians in need UN News Centre 09 Feb 2014 -- A top United Nations official said she is deeply disappointed that a three-day humanitarian pause agreed between the parties to the Syrian conflict was broken on Saturday and aid workers were deliberately targeted as they tried to deliver food and medicine to Homs.
- Governor says 600 Evacuated from Syria's Embattled Homs VOA 09 Feb 2014 -- The governor of Syria's war-battered city of Homs says that more than 600 people were evacuated Sunday from rebel-held parts of the city.
- 611 civilians evacuated from opposition-controlled old town - Homs governor Voice of Russia 09 Feb 2014 -- As many as 611 civilians have been evacuated from the opposition-controlled old town quarters in Homs, the SNA news agency quoted Homs Governor Talal al-Barrazi as saying on Sunday. According to al-Barrazi, the ceasefire agreement may be extended for three days more to give local residents an opportunity to leave dangerous areas.
- Red Crescent brings first batch of aid to besieged Homs despite mortar fire Voice of Russia 09 Feb 2014 -- The Syrian Red Crescent Saturday delivered a first batch of much-needed aid to civilians trapped for nearly two years in rebel-held areas of Homs city, despite coming under fire from mortars.
- CAR Violence could force all Muslims to flee: HRW Iran Press TV 09 Feb 2014 -- The unrelenting violence in the Central African Republic could force its entire Muslim population to flee the country, Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.
- South Sudan Peace Talks to Resume Monday VOA 09 Feb 2014 -- Peace negotiations between South Sudan's warring factions will resume Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, according to Ethiopia's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Dina Mufti.
- Snowden beat NSA with cheap software: report Iran Press TV 09 Feb 2014 -- US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden used cheap and widely available software to gain access to top secret documents, a senior intelligence official told The New York Times.
- Snowden programmed Googlebot-like crawler to collect NSA data Voice of Russia 09 Feb 2014 -- The fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden who alerted the world to America's dragnet data collecting programs run by the National Security Agency reportedly used a Googlebot-like crawler program to scoop tons of files on the spy agency's online activities.
- UK spies accused of using 'dirty tricks' to trap targets Iran Press TV 09 Feb 2014 -- New Leaks show that British spies have employed "dirty tricks" to trap nations, hackers, terror groups, arms dealers and suspected criminals.
- Iran, IAEA reach agreement on 7 more practical measures IRNA 09 Feb 2014 -- Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Sunday reached agreement on seven more practical measures which Tehran will take by May 15, 2014.
- Bushehr nuclear power plant off for fuel change operation IRNA 09 Feb 2014 -- The Bushehr nuclear power plant is switched off for its first fuel change operations after successfully operating for 7,000 hours, it was reported in this Persian Gulf provincial capital city on Sunday.
- Iran to hold radiation defense drill, exercising nuclear leak control ISNA 09 Feb 2014 -- Iran plans to hold a maneuver dubbed 'radiation defense' in a bid to practice management of nuclear leak late April or early May, Head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali announced on Sunday.
- Iran, IAEA agree on more practical steps ISNA 09 Feb 2014 -- Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) agreed to take seven more concrete measures in line with the joint statement signed between the two sides on early November.
- Iran, IAEA issue joint statement in Tehran Iran Press TV 09 Feb 2014 -- Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) release a joint statement following two days of intense negotiations in the Iranian capital.
- Iran agrees to act on nuclear cooperation after IAEA talks-IRNA Voice of Russia 09 Feb 2014 -- Iran has agreed to take seven practical, preliminary measures on nuclear cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by May 15, the country said in a joint statement with the UN nuclear watchdog on Sunday.
- N. Korea Rescinds Invitation for US Envoy to Seek Bae's Release VOA 09 Feb 2014 -- U.S. officials say North Korea has rescinded an invitation for an American envoy to visit for talks on seeking the release of imprisoned missionary Kenneth Bae.
- Ukraine On Terror Alert Amid Explosion Threats RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2014 -- Ukrainian security agents are on high alert following reports of planned explosions in the country that could cause mass casualties, the national security service said Sunday.
- Egypt Accuses Brotherhood of Forming Military Wing VOA 09 Feb 2014 -- Egypt's Interior Ministry has accused the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood of forming a 'military wing' to attack police and security forces.
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