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15 February 2014 Military News

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  • Makin Island Completes Ammunition Onload NNS 15 Feb 2014 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) successfully completed an ammunition onload, Feb 14.
  • USS George H.W. Bush departs for 2nd Deployment NNS 15 Feb 2014 -- USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) departed for its 2nd deployment Feb. 15.
  • Naval Base Guam and Partners Complete Initial Cleanup, Assessment NNS 15 Feb 2014 -- The U.S. Navy, in partnership with other federal and local agencies, completed initial assessments and cleanup of the beach at Spanish steps near the grounded Japanese commercial fishing vessel Daiki Maru in outer Apra Harbor Feb. 15.
  • USS Houston Returns to Pearl Harbor NNS 15 Feb 2014 -- Friends and families gathered at the submarine piers on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to welcome home the crew of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Houston (SSN 713) as she returned to Pearl Harbor from a deployment to the Western Pacific Region, Feb. 14.
  • Naval Base Guam Leads Unified Command NNS 15 Feb 2014 -- The U.S. Navy, in partnership with other federal and local agencies, has stood up a unified command structure to assess and mitigate potential environmental impacts due to the grounding of the Japanese commercial fishing vessel Daiki Maru in outer Apra Harbor Feb. 13.
  • Iran to complete new missile system by 2016 ISNA 15 Feb 2014 -- Iran plans to complete a domestically developed missile system, which is more advanced than the Russian-made S-300 system, by March 2016, a senior Iranian commander said.

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  • Syrian Peace Talks Hit Dead End RFE/RL 15 Feb 2014 -- The final day of the second round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva ha been scheduled for February 15, but delegates from both sides said on February 14 that the process had reached a dead end.
  • UN-Arab League envoy apologizes to Syrian people over stalemate in peace talks UN News Centre 15 Feb 2014 -- Calling an end to the latest round of United Nations-backed talks in Geneva on Syria's civil war, Lakhdar Brahimi apologized to the Syrian people on Saturday for the lack of progress on halting the bloodshed in their country, and urged Government and opposition negotiators to go back to their bases and reflect on their responsibility and "on whether they want this process to continue or not."
  • Future of Deadlocked Syria Talks in Question VOA 15 Feb 2014 -- U.N. mediator Lakhdar Brahimi apologized to the Syrian people Saturday as the latest round of peace talks in Geneva between Syria's government and the opposition ended without agreement.
  • Syrian rebels to get antiaircraft missiles from Saudis - report VoR 15 Feb 2014 -- Saudi Arabia, frustrated by the deadlock in the second round of Geneva 2 talks, has reportedly offered to supply the rebels with anti-aircraft missiles. Meanwhile Russia has accused the US of once again hijacking peace talks and pushing for regime change.
  • Security Council welcomes resumed Sudanese peace talks, urges accord on Blue Nile, Kordofan states UN News Centre 15 Feb 2014 -- The United Nations Security Council has called on the Sudanese Government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement–North (SPLM-N) to reach an accord on ending nearly three years of conflict in strife-torn South Kordofan and Blue Nile, as peace talks resumed in Ethiopia late last week.
  • French troops will stay in CAR 'longer than planned' Iran Press TV 15 Feb 2014 -- The French Defense Ministry says the country's intervention in the Central African Republic (CAR) could take "longer than planned."
  • Peacekeepers disarm Christian militants in CAR Iran Press TV 15 Feb 2014 -- International peacekeepers in the capital of the Central African Republic have started to disarm Christian militants accused of committing atrocities against the country's Muslims.
  • Chinese FM expounds South China Sea policies People's Daily 15 Feb 2014 -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday stated China's basic view and policy on the South China Sea during talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

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