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27 February 2014 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 27 Feb 2014 [PDF]
  • Official Gives Congress Details on Fatal Helo Attack AFPS 27 Feb 2014 -- Two and a half years after 30 Americans were killed in what stands as the deadliest day for U.S. forces in the Afghanistan war, a top Defense Department official told Congress today no evasive action could have been taken that would have prevented Taliban insurgents from being able to fire at close range on an Army transport helicopter, an attack that killed everyone on board.
  • McRaven: Special Ops Ready for Post-2014 Afghanistan AFPS 27 Feb 2014 -- Special operations forces will be prepared for any decision made on the post-2014 U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command told Congress today.
  • NATO Begins Planning Afghan Force Withdrawal RFE/RL 27 Feb 2014 -- NATO defense ministers say the alliance is beginning to plan for a withdrawal of all NATO-led forces from Afghanistan by the end of the year.
  • ISAF Ministers discuss Afghan mission progress and post-2014 planning NATO 27 Feb 2014 -- NATO Defence Ministers and counterparts from ISAF partner nations met with Afghan Defence Minister Bismullah Khan Mohammadi on Thursday (27 February 2014), to review ISAF mission progress and to discuss NATO's relationship with Afghanistan after 2014. "We are focused on completing ISAF, but we also need certainty and predictability to launch our new mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan forces after 2014," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said after the meeting.
  • Pakistan Denies Protecting Pro-Taliban Haqqani Network VOA 27 Feb 2014 -- Pakistan claims its "precision" air strikes against suspected militant bases in and around the volatile North Waziristan border region are "successfully" underway. It denies reports in the American media, however, that the country plans no action against the Haqqani network, a key ally of the Taliban in Afghanistan, which is entrenched in the tribal territory and known for staging attacks on Afghan and U.S. forces.

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  • Biden: U.S. Supports Ukraine's New Government VOA 27 Feb 2014 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden telephoned Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to welcome the formation of a new government and pledge U.S. support as Ukraine undertakes reforms aimed at restoring the country's economic health.
  • NATO-Ukraine Commission stresses continued engagement NATO 27 Feb 2014 -- A meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC) on Thursday (27 February 2014) stressed the commitment of its members to the values of democracy and the rule of law. The meeting was a timely opportunity for Allies to discuss the momentous events in Ukraine.
  • Ukraine, West Warn Russia on Crimea Stand-off VOA 27 Feb 2014 -- Armed men seized the parliament in Ukraine's Crimea region on Thursday and raised the Russian flag, sounding alarm bells in Kyiv and the West, and prompting calls for Russia not to escalate tensions in Ukraine.
  • Ukraine's Yanukovych asks Russia to ensure his security - statement VoR 27 Feb 2014 -- Ukraine's ousted President Viktor Yanukovich asks Russia to ensure his 'personal security' as he fears a radical backlash from extremists who, according to his statement, 'seized power in the country'. 'I am recieveing threats, I have to ask Russia to ensure my personal security,' he said in a statement.
  • Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada confirms Yatsenyuk as Prime Minister VoR 27 Feb 2014 -- The Ukrainian parliament has elected former opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk as the country's prime minister. Yatsenyuk, a close ally of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, was backed by 371 of 417 participating MPs.
  • Russia urges West, NATO to realize responsibility for Ukraine's failed peace deal VoR 27 Feb 2014 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry has called on foreign partners who encouraged opposition rallies in Ukraine to realize their responsibility to work towards an agreement on settling the situation.
  • Ukraine: Crimean parliament sacks local gov't VoR 27 Feb 2014 -- The Crimean parliament on Thursday voted no-confidence in the Crimean Council of Ministers, said Olga Sulnikova, head of the information analysis department in the Crimean Supreme Council secretariat.
  • Ukraine: Crimea referendum on region's status to be held on May 25 VoR 27 Feb 2014 -- The special session of the Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has adopted a resolution on organizing and holding a Republican referendum concerning improvement of the status and powers of the ARC, the press service of the Parliament reported to the journalists.
  • In Crimea, A Simmering Cauldron RFE/RL 27 Feb 2014 -- The emerging crisis pitting ethnic Russians seeking integration with Moscow and Crimean Tatars who wish to remain in Ukraine is emblematic of the smoldering tensions that have been a fact of daily life on the sunny Black Sea peninsula for the last quarter-century.
  • Yatsenyuk Confirmed As Ukrainian PM, Calls For Unity RFE/RL 27 Feb 2014 -- Arseniy Yatsenyuk, one of the leaders of recent antigovernment protests in Ukraine, has been confirmed as the country's new prime minister.
  • Who's Who In Ukraine's 'Kamikaze' Cabinet RFE/RL 27 Feb 2014 -- It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. That was the message as Ukraine's parliament voted to approve a new cabinet that takes over a country still rocked by separatist clashes and spiraling into economic chaos.
  • Ukraine's East-West Divide: It's Not That Simple RFE/RL 27 Feb 2014 -- The threat seemingly appears during every Ukraine crisis. In 2004, governors in eastern Ukraine warned that Russia-friendly regions in the east would split if Viktor Yushchenko became president.
  • Armed Men Seize Crimea Parliament, Raising Tensions in Ukraine RIA Novosti 27 Feb 2014 -- Unidentified armed men apparently seeking closer ties with Russia on Thursday seized the parliament in the Crimean Peninsula in southern Ukraine.
  • Defiant Yanukovych Requests Russia Protection RIA Novosti 27 Feb 2014 -- Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych issued a defiant statement Thursday condemning the country's interim government and maintaining that he is still head of state.
  • Ukraine Warns Russia on Troop Movements RIA Novosti 27 Feb 2014 -- The interim president of Ukraine warned Thursday that any movement by Russian forces outside their bases in the southern republic of Crimea will be interpreted as an act of military aggression.
  • Ukraine's Parliament Confirms Government as Crises Loom RIA Novosti 27 Feb 2014 -- Ukraine's parliament on Thursday confirmed an interim government that includes leading figures of a protest movement that spearheaded the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych.
  • Venezuela Protests Reveal Deep Divide VOA 27 Feb 2014 -- Venezuela's largest protests since the death of longtime leader Hugo Chavez nearly one year ago are sweeping the country. Rampant inflation, violent crime and chronic shortages of basic goods are fueling the outrage that is dividing the South American nation.
  • Thai PM Given Deadline to Respond to Negligence Charge VOA 27 Feb 2014 -- Thailand's anti-corruption commission has charged the country's caretaker prime minister with negligence‚ an action that could force her ouster from office.
  • Iran power deters foes from aggression: Rouhani Iran Press TV 27 Feb 2014 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has lauded the Islamic Republic's enormous deterrence power, stressing that such power stops enemies from engaging in adventurism against Iran.
  • Speech of Kim Jong Un at Conference of Ideological Workers KCNA 27 Feb 2014 -- Supreme leader Kim Jong Un made a speech 'Let Us Hasten the Final Victory through a Revolutionary Ideological Offensive!' at the 8th Conference of Ideological Workers of the Workers' Party of Korea.
  • Agent of S. Korean Intelligence Service Interviewed KCNA 27 Feb 2014 -- Kim Jong Uk, an agent of the south Korean Intelligence Service (IS) who had been arrested while illegally intruding into the DPRK, was interviewed by domestic and foreign media persons at the People's Palace of Culture Thursday.
  • Report: British Spy Agency Snooped on Yahoo Webcam Chats VOA 27 Feb 2014 -- A published report say Britain's communications spy agency intercepted and stored screenshots from hundreds of thousands of webcams, and says the multi-year operation yielded a huge trove of intimate photographs of unsuspecting users.
  • Cuban 5 Spy Released from US Prison VOA 27 Feb 2014 -- A second member of the so-called 'Cuban Five' spy ring was released from a United States prison after being jailed for more than 15 years.
  • FBI knew about Al Qaeda terrorist attacks on US years before 9/11 - report VoR 27 Feb 2014 -- An informant working for the FBI had contact with terrorist leader Osama bin Laden eight years before the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, a newspaper reported Wednesday. An FBI mole inside the al-Qaeda terrorist network met with bin Laden and knew that he wanted to finance attacks, NBC news and The Washington Times reported.



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