23 February 2014 Military News
- Afghan Taliban suspends secret talks with US Iran Press TV 23 Feb 2014 -- The Afghan Taliban has temporarily suspended the ongoing secret talks with the United States on a possible prisoners' swap, militant sources say.
- Pakistani fighter jets kill 38 Taliban militants Iran Press TV 23 Feb 2014 -- Pakistani fighter jets have bombed militant positions in the country's rugged northwestern tribal regions close to the border with Afghanistan, killing at least 38 militants and injuring several others.
- Pakistani Military Jets Pound Suspected Militant Hideouts RFE/RL 23 Feb 2014 -- Pakistan's military said at least 38 suspected insurgents were killed after government fighter jets pounded militant hideouts in the country's lawless tribal areas.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Growing Airmen, modernization and change vital to preserving airpower advantage AFNS 23 Feb 2014 -- Growing Airmen, dealing with organizational change and modernizing the force were key points from the top ranking officer in U.S. Air Forces Europe during a presentation focusing on preserving airpower advantage at the 30th annual Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition Feb. 20.
- Germany to tighten arms exports to S Arabia IRNA 23 Feb 2014 -- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier here Sunday announced plans to tighten arms export rules aimed at making German weapons sales more transparent.
- Military planning aircraft takeoff, landing drill on freeway CNA 23 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan's military said recently that it is planning a drill for its fighter jets to practice emergency landings and takeoffs on a section of a freeway in southern Taiwan, as part of this year's Han Kuang series of military exercises.
- Syria welcomes UNSC aid access resolution Iran Press TV 23 Feb 2014 -- Syria has welcomed a resolution passed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) demanding humanitarian aid convoys be allowed to access Syrian civilians trapped in the conflict.
- Syria ready to cooperate with UN aid resolution if it respects sovereignty VoR 23 Feb 2014 -- Syria said Sunday it is ready to cooperate with a rare UN Security Council resolution to allow humanitarian access, so long as it respects state 'sovereignty.'
- Taiwan's mainland affairs chief to meet China's cross-strait negotiator CNA 23 Feb 2014 -- Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council Minister Wang Yu-chi and China's chief negotiator with Taiwan, Chen Deming, will meet in Taipei Feb. 27, according to sources in the Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF).
- Ceasefire, aid proposed in mooted Sudan-rebel deal VoR 23 Feb 2014 -- Sudan and rebels in South Kordofan would adopt an immediate ceasefire and allow aid to reach more than one million people, says a proposed agreement issued as peace talks broke off last week.
- Ukraine to develop better Russia ties: Turchinov Iran Press TV 23 Feb 2014 -- Ukraine's acting President Oleksander Turchinov has announced Kiev's decision to forge better relations with Russia after its integration with the European Union.
- Russia's Kiev envoy recalled for consultations Iran Press TV 23 Feb 2014 -- Russia has summoned its ambassador to Ukraine to discuss what Moscow called the 'deteriorating situation' in Kiev, a day after President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted by the parliament.
- US warns Russia over military intervention in Ukraine Iran Press TV 23 Feb 2014 -- US National Security Advisor Susan Rice has warned Russia against sending military troops into Ukraine.
- Ukraine's Parliament Appoints Interim President RFE/RL 23 Feb 2014 -- Ukraine's parliament has voted to temporarily hand over the duties of president to parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov.
- Was Yanukovych's Ouster Constitutional? RFE/RL 23 Feb 2014 -- With opposition lawmakers now calling the shots, Ukraine's parliament spent February 23 steamrolling through a litany of key appointments -- including an interim president to replace ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych.
- As Heads Roll In Kyiv, Few Tears Shed For Divisive Education Minister RFE/RL 23 Feb 2014 -- As opposition lawmakers in Ukraine continue their purge of government officials, one ouster causing particular glee is that of the minister of education and science, Dmytro Tabachnyk.
- Russia to Delay Ukraine Bailout Until New Cabinet Is Formed RIA Novosti 23 Feb 2014 -- Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov warned Sunday that Moscow would put on hold the planned purchase of Ukrainian eurobonds as part of it financial aid to Kiev until Ukraine formed a new government.
- Embattled President Reportedly Blocked from Fleeing Ukraine RIA Novosti 23 Feb 2014 -- Ukraine's embattled president was blocked from taking a plane to Russia, hours after Ukrainian MPs voted to remove him from office, new parliamentary speaker said Sunday.
- Ukraine Says Economy in 'Critical State,' Russia Uncertain Over Aid RIA Novosti 23 Feb 2014 -- Ukraine's parliament speaker and interim president said on Sunday the national economy was in a "critical state" hours after Russia made it clear that it was yet undecided on planned financial aid to its neighbor.
- Ukraine Interim President Vows Moves Toward European Integration VOA 23 Feb 2014 -- Ukraine's new interim president is promising to chart a course toward European integration, now that Russian-backed president Viktor Yanukovych has been ousted.
- US Warns Against Russian Intervention in Ukraine VOA 23 Feb 2014 -- The Obama administration is warning Russia against intervening in Ukraine after the country's parliament ousted president Viktor Yanukovych and named an interim leader.
- Some 5,000 people gather in Kiev to protest Timoshenko's return to politics VoR 23 Feb 2014 -- About 5,000 gathered on Sunday on Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) in downtown Kiev to protest former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko's return to politics.
- US believes Ukraine's Yanukovych resigned as president - White House VoR 23 Feb 2014 -- The US believes that Viktor Yanukovych has left the office of the president of the Ukraine, adviser to the US President for National Security Susan Rice said to the NBC TV channel.
- Bringing of Russian troops to Ukraine would be 'grave mistake' - US national security adviser VoR 23 Feb 2014 -- US President Barack Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, said on Sunday it would be a 'grave mistake' for Russia to send military forces into Ukraine and that it is not in the interest of Russia, Europe or the United States to see Ukraine split apart.
- Russia's Putin, Germany's Merkel discuss Ukraine over phone - Kremlin VoR 23 Feb 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a telephone discussion about the situation in Ukraine, the press service of the Kremlin stated Sunday.
- Ukraine's Tymoshenko says she doesn't want post of PM, to meet Merkel soon VoR 23 Feb 2014 -- Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, freed from prison guard on Saturday after her arch-rival President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev, said on Sunday she did not want to be considered for the post of prime minister.
- Party of Regions lays blame for fatalities on Yanukovych VoR 23 Feb 2014 -- The Party of Regions parliamentary faction said on Sunday it laid responsibility for the situation in Ukraine and the resulting fatalities on Viktor Yanukovych and his team.
- Ukraine crisis: parliament appoints speaker Turchynov interim president VoR 23 Feb 2014 -- Ukrainian lawmakers on Sunday appointed parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov interim president, a day after they voted to oust President Viktor Yanukovych following three months of protests.
- Iran, G5+1 to reach agreement on N. issue, says Zarif ISNA 23 Feb 2014 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated that the country can reach an agreement with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany on Iranian nuclear issue.
- Iran unveils draft model of new oil contracts Iran Press TV 23 Feb 2014 -- Iran's Oil Ministry has unveiled the draft model of its new oil contracts aimed at drawing more foreign companies to develop Iran's hydrocarbon reservoirs.
- Iran resolved to reach final nuclear deal: Rouhani Iran Press TV 23 Feb 2014 -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed the peaceful nature of the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, expressing Tehran's determination to reach a "comprehensive and final" agreement with the six major world powers.
- Senior US Official Briefs Israel on Iran Nuclear Talks VOA 23 Feb 2014 -- Iran is topping the agenda as a senior official from the U.S. State Department visits Israel.
- US now spying on German govt. ministers Iran Press TV 23 Feb 2014 -- The US National Security Agency (NSA) has stepped up its espionage activities against senior government officials in Germany.
- NSA still spying on hundreds of Germany's political and economic elite VoR 23 Feb 2014 -- Far from giving up on its habit, the US National Security Agency is reportedly still wiretapping some 320 prominent German economists and politicians.
- US to Seek Extradition of Mexican Drug Lord VOA 23 Feb 2014 -- U.S. prosecutors say they plan to seek the extradition of a Mexican drug lord to stand trial in the United States, but it was not immediately clear which country will try him first.
- Thai ruling party leader vows tough response to protests Iran Press TV 23 Feb 2014 -- A senior leader of the ruling Puea Thai party has vowed a tough response to anti-government protesters paralyzing several parts of Bangkok.
- Analysts Fear Burma's Reforms Stalling VOA 23 Feb 2014 -- Analysts said there are fears Burma's program of political and economic reforms are stalling before the 2015 national elections. Bangkok rights concerns are growing as the foreign business community remains upbeat over Burma's long term economic potential.
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