16 February 2014 Military News
- Afghan Presidential Candidates Finish Second Day Of Debates RFE/RL 16 Feb 2014 -- Afghan presidential candidates have concluded their second consecutive day of a televised debate.
- Afghan Insurgent Group to Join Presidential Election VOA 16 Feb 2014 -- A key Afghan group fighting alongside the Taliban against NATO forces has announced it will formally participate in the upcoming presidential elections in Afghanistan. Some members of the Afghan insurgency are allegedly hiding in neighboring Pakistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Gettysburg Embarked Helicopter Detachment Completes 1000th Flight Hour NNS 16 Feb 2014 -- Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 74, Det. 2, embarked aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), successfully conducted its 1,000th flight hour of the current deployment, Jan. 17.
- USS Gettysburg Marks 15,000th Aircraft Check-in of Deployment NNS 16 Feb 2014 -- Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) reached 15,000 aircraft in-flight check-ins, Feb. 11.
- Hazardous Materials Removed from Daiki Maru 7 NNS 16 Feb 2014 -- The U.S. Navy, in partnership with other federal and local agencies, removed heavy oil, diesel fuel, and batteries from the grounded Japanese commercial fishing vessel Daiki Maru 7 in outer Apra Harbor Feb. 16.
- President reiterates Taiwan's goal to build small but strong force CNA 16 Feb 2014 -- Speaking to retired military officers and supporters of unification, President Ma Ying-jeou Sunday outlined Taiwan's efforts to streamline the military and maintain effective deterrence through strength instead of size.
- Iran obtains self-sufficiency in building missile-launching destroyers ISNA 16 Feb 2014 -- Iran's Navy Commander Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said the country has obtained self-sufficiency in building destroyers equipped with torpedo-launching missile, as hailing the Iranian experts' capability in building systems locally.
- McCain urges Syria military intervention Iran Press TV 16 Feb 2014 -- Hawkish US Senator John McCain has called on the Obama administration to employ its already-devised plan of military intervention against the Syrian government.
- Syrians hold rallies in support of Assad government Iran Press TV 16 Feb 2014 -- Thousands of Syrians have held demonstrations across the country to express their support for the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
- Britain, France Blame Assad For Geneva Failure RFE/RL 16 Feb 2014 -- Britain and France have blamed the Syrian government for the failure of the internationally backed Geneva peace conference, after a second round of talks ended on February 15 with a final session that lasted only 27 minutes.
- Killing in Syria Accelerates as Both Sides Dig In VOA 16 Feb 2014 -- The killing in Syria is accelerating with a surge in fighting across the war-torn country between government forces and rebels. Opposition activists say the death toll in the past three weeks has been the highest since the uprising started against President Bashar al-Assad almost three years ago.
- C.A.R. Capital Tense After Militia Disarmament Operation VOA 16 Feb 2014 -- The C.A.R. capital Bangui remains tense Sunday, one day after French and African troops embarked on a major operation to disarm local militias known as the anti-balaka. Those groups are accused of carrying out revenge attacks against Muslims. The attacks have caused tens of thousands to flee the capital in recent weeks.
- EU to send troops to CAR next month: French official Iran Press TV 16 Feb 2014 -- A French official says European Union (EU) forces will be deployed to the Central African Republic (CAR) from next month.
- Militants kill 90 in Nigeria village raid: Reports Iran Press TV 16 Feb 2014 -- Suspected members of the militant group Boko Haram have killed at least 90 people, including women and children, in an attack on a village in northeast Nigeria, witnesses have said.
- Iraq's Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr quits politics Xinhua 16 Feb 2014-- Iraq's firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Sunday announced that he is leaving political life and closed his offices in order to stop the 'evil acts' by some people under the name of his Sadr family.
- New centrifuges, Arak reactor top talks agenda: Official Iran Press TV 16 Feb 2014 -- An Iranian nuclear negotiator says the upcoming talks between Iran and six major world powers will focus on new and advanced centrifuges and Arak heavy water reactor.
- Iran, World Powers Focus In on Final Deal VOA 16 Feb 2014 -- International diplomacy with Iran over its controversial nuclear program enters a thorny phase as on Tuesday when negotiators from Iran and six world powers gather for talks in Vienna.
- Myanmar journalists face trial for blowing lid off alleged chemical arms plant VoR 16 Feb 2014 -- Myanmar police have charged five journalists with 'disclosing state secrets' after their newspaper carried a story about an alleged chemical weapons factory, state media reported Sunday.
- Australia concedes spying on Indonesia Iran Press TV 16 Feb 2014 -- The Australian government concedes spying on Indonesian firms, saying the operation meant to ensure the interests of Canberra's allies.
- Snowden's top-secret document shows surveillance of US law firm - report VoR 16 Feb 2014 -- The National Security Agency was involved in the surveillance of an American law firm while it represented a foreign government in trade disputes with the United States, The New York Times reported in a story based on a top-secret document obtained by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden.
- NSA's Australian allies spied on Indonesia-contracted US law firm VoR 16 Feb 2014 -- An American law firm advising Indonesian government on trade disputes with the United States has been reportedly caught up in yet another tangle of the National Security Agency espionage dragnet. This is according to the New York Times that has revealed a fresh top secret document provided by NSA's ex-contractor Edward Snowden.
- Germany may step up counter-espionage measures against United States VoR 16 Feb 2014 -- Germany may resume active counter-espionage operations against US and other Western agents after decades of only minimal monitoring, the news magazine Der Spiegel reported Sunday.
- China reports new H7N9 cases, cities ban poultry trading People's Daily 16 Feb 2014 -- Chinese cities have stepped up control of the live poultry trade as the number of human H7N9 bird flu infections continues to rise.
- Ban condemns deadly attack on Egyptian tour bus in Sinai UN News Centre 16 Feb 2014 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today's terrorist attack on a bus in the southern Sinai town of Taba, which reportedly killed four people and wounded many others.
- 4 Killed in Blast on Egypt Tour Bus VOA 16 Feb 2014 -- An explosion has hit a tourist bus at Egypt's Taba border crossing with Israel, killing at least three South Korean travelers and the Egyptian bus driver. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.
- Needs remain 'enormous' in Philippines 100 days after Typhoon Haiyan - UN UN News Centre 16 Feb 2014 -- The United Nations and its partners in the Philippines are warning today that millions of people still require urgent assistance to rebuild their lives and livelihoods, 100 days after Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, cut a swath of devastation across the archipelago.
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