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07 May 2014 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 07 May 2014 [PDF]
  • U.S. Military to Assist in Search for Missing Nigerian Girls AFPS 07 May 2014 -- About 10 U.S. Africa Command military personnel will be part of a U.S. team assisting the Nigerian government in their efforts to find more than 250 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said today.
  • US Role Likely Limited in Nigerian Hunt for Abducted Schoolgirls VOA 07 May 2014 -- While Nigeria's government has accepted offers from the United States, Britain and France to send law enforcement and military experts to assist in the investigation of nearly 300 abducted Nigerian schoolgirls, experts say the U.S. role will likely be limited.
  • Last Marines exit Sangin, Afghanistan USMC News 07 May 2014 -- The final Marines and sailors of Forward Operating Base Nolay exited the Sangin Valley, leaving the 2nd Brigade, 215th Corps, Afghan National Army in full control of the FOB and the surrounding area for the first time without coalition forces in place since they first entered during 2006.
  • Regional Corps Battle School trains Afghan National Army soldiers on operating howitzer USMC News 07 May 2014 -- Soldiers with the 215th Corps, Afghan National Army conducted D-30 122 mm howitzer training aboard Camp Bastion, Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 7.
  • Coalition forces aid in humanitarian efforts AFNS 07 May 2014 -- A team of coalition forces to include an Italian C-130 Hercules and a C-130J-30 assigned to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, at Bagram Airfield assisted the Afghan government with humanitarian efforts this week.

Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • 7 May 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 07 May 2014
  • Militants break agreement, suspend evacuation of Homs Iran Press TV 07 May 2014 -- The evacuation of foreign-backed militants from the strategic Syrian Old City of Homs has been suspended after militants broke an agreement with Damascus.
  • Swelling Tide of Syrian Refugees Causes Strains in Jordan VOA 07 May 2014 -- A senior United Nations official says international support for Jordan is needed to head off growing resentment against Syrian refugees. He warns competition between the refugees and host communities for scarce resources is causing strains.
  • Buses Evacuate Rebels from Homs VOA 07 May 2014 -- Hundreds of Syrian rebels began withdrawing from parts of the besieged center of Homs city, under a cease-fire deal which hands back control to the government less than a month before Syria's presidential elections.
  • Tensions surge in S China Sea over energy resources Iran Press TV 07 May 2014 -- Tensions have flared up in the South China Sea among China, Vietnam and the Philippines over the energy-rich waters claimed by six nations.
  • Philippines Detains Chinese Fishermen in South China Sea VOA 07 May 2014 -- Philippine National Police officials say authorities have arrested a group of fishermen in a Chinese vessel in contested waters of the South China Sea.
  • Vietnam Accuses China of Ramming Vessels in S. China Sea VOA 07 May 2014 -- Vietnam says Chinese ships repeatedly rammed and used water cannons against Hanoi's patrol vessels in the South China Sea, where Beijing has placed an oil rig in disputed waters near the Paracel islands.
  • Somalia at 'risk of relapse' IRIN 07 May 2014 -- Three years after a famine claimed 260,000 lives in Somalia, 2.9 million people there are still affected by a multifaceted but desperately underfunded humanitarian crisis, and communities are just "one shock away from disaster", a host of aid agencies have warned in a joint campaign entitled "Risk of relapse."
  • Source: al-Shabab Systematically Targeting Informers VOA 07 May 2014 -- Late Sunday, Mohammed Salim Aliyan, an alleged informer to Kenyan government officials, was killed by unknown gunmen as he was about to enter his house in the coastal Kenyan town of Malindi.
  • Explainer: What Is Boko Haram? RFE/RL 07 May 2014 -- The Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has been in the headlines after it kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in the country's volatile north in recent weeks, and threatened to sell them as slaves.
  • Abubakar Shekau: Who Is the Leader of Boko Haram? VOA 07 May 2014 -- The video is grainy. The man speaking is brash, almost laughing at points. But his message is chilling: "I abducted your girls. … By Allah, I will sell them in the marketplace."
  • Islamist attack kills 125 in northeast Nigeria VoR 07 May 2014 -- The latest big Islamist attack in Nigeria has killed least 125 people, police said on Wednesday after gunmen rampaged through a town in the northeast, near the Cameroon border.
  • Plight of displaced South Sudanese on agenda as Ban addresses UN food committee UN News Centre 07 May 2014 -- Having just met with displaced, war-weary South Sudanese sheltering in United Nations compounds, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged immediate help to end hunger and malnutrition around the world, warning that up to a million people could be at risk of famine in a matter of months.
  • Solutions for Kenya's displaced must be determined by reality, not politics - UN expert UN News Centre 07 May 2014 -- The United Nations independent expert tasked by the Human Rights Council to look into conditions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) today ended his visit to Kenya with a call for a more rigorous and equitable approach to solving the IDP situation in that East African country.
  • Interview: Election Was 'Entirely Iraqi-Owned Process' RFE/RL 07 May 2014 -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Nikolay Mladenov was in Iraq for the country's parliamentary election on April 30. He talked with RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq correspondent Faris Omar about his assessment of the voting process.

News Reports

  • Separatists Continue to Seize Buildings in East Ukraine VOA 07 May 2014 -- Moscow-backed separatists seized the prosecutor's office in the town of Luhansk, just hours before one of the top leaders of the pro-Russian militants was released from custody by the Ukrainian government. The freeing of Pavel Gubarev appears to be the first step in tentative talks between the separatists and politicians in Kyiv.
  • Ukrainian Forces Appear to Make Little Progress in East VOA 07 May 2014 -- The Ukrainian government says its military forces have made gains in the east of the country over the last few days, but on the ground, armed pro-Russian separatists still appear to control large swaths of the road between Donetsk and Slovyansk. In Kramatorsk, a town near Slovyansk, civilians say they fear both sides in the conflict but are increasingly angered by the government's military operation.
  • Situation in eastern Ukraine stabilizes after Putin's meeting with OSCE head VoR 07 May 2014 -- The situation in the Donetsk region has stabilized; there are no hostilities, representative of the self-defense of Donbass said. 'The mortar fire in Slavyansk stopped. The situation also remains calm in Mariupol after the restoration of control over the city council. Neither is there any fighting in other towns of Donetsk region,' he said.
  • Press statements and replies to journalists' questions President of Russia 07 May 2014 --"In this context, we appeal too, to representatives of southeast Ukraine and supporters of federalisation to hold off the referendum scheduled for May 11, in order to give this dialogue the conditions it needs to have a chance."
  • Pro-Russians consider referendum postponement Iran Press TV 07 May 2014 -- Pro-Russia activists in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region say they will consider Russian President Vladimir Putin's call to postpone a planned May 11 referendum on autonomy.
  • Violent clashes erupt in Ukraine's Mariupol Iran Press TV 07 May 2014 -- Clashes have broken out between Kiev's troops and pro-Russia protesters in the southern Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, amid an ongoing crisis that has rocked the country for over a month.
  • US announces opposition to referendum in eastern Ukraine Iran Press TV 07 May 2014 -- The United States has announced its opposition to a planned independence referendum in eastern Ukraine, saying such a move could trigger new sanctions against Russia.
  • Explainer: Why The Russia-Ukraine Gas Dispute Is Making Europe Worried RFE/RL 07 May 2014 -- The European Union gets about one-third of its natural gas from Russia, and about half of that gas arrives in Europe via pipelines passing through Ukraine. Moscow is threatening to cut off natural-gas deliveries to Ukraine unless Kyiv promptly pays its outstanding bills. And that means the EU could potentially be caught in the cross fire.
  • Putin Calls For Postponement Of Referendums In East Ukraine RFE/RL 07 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on separatists in eastern Ukraine to postpone plans to conduct referendums on self-determination planned for May 11.
  • No Sign of Russian Withdrawal From Ukraine Border, Official Says AFPS 07 May 2014 -- Contrary to reports from Russia, there is no evidence of any troop withdrawals from its shared border with Ukraine, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said today.
  • Putin Calls on Ukrainian Federalists to Put Off May 11 Vote RIA Novosti 07 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday urged pro-federalization activists in southeastern Ukraine to postpone a referendum on self-determination to ensure the start of nationwide dialogue.
  • Helicopters, Armored Vehicles Used Against Protesters in Slaviansk RIA Novosti 07 May 2014 -- Security forces of the Kiev regime are employing armored vehicles and helicopter gunships to crack down on pro-federalization protesters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said Wednesday.
  • Ukrainian Commandos Land in Berdyansk RIA Novosti 07 May 2014 -- Ukrainian security forces have landed in the country's southeastern port city of Berdyansk in the Zaporozhe region amid an ongoing "anti-terror" operation, a local news service said Wednesday.
  • OSCE Chief Unveils Ukrainian Proposals at Meeting With Putin RIA Novosti 07 May 2014 -- OSCE Chairman-in-Office Didier Burkhalter has delivered to Moscow the organization's proposals on how to de-escalate the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.
  • Putin Urges Separatists in Ukraine to Postpone Referendum VOA 07 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin called on separatists in east Ukraine on Wednesday to postpone a referendum on secession for the mostly Russian-speaking region and said Moscow had withdrawn troops from the border with Ukraine.
  • Is Ukraine Military Ready to Thwart Russian Invasion? VOA 07 May 2014 -- The tensions in eastern Ukraine have put the spotlight on the nation's military and security forces.
  • Unclear gas causes poisonings in Ukraine's Mariupol city council building - media VoR 07 May 2014 -- Several people were poisoned with an unidentified gas in the city council building in Mariupol, Donetsk region, local media said in Wednesday. The newspaper Ilyichyovets said one person had been diagnosed with poisoning with unclear gas. There were other causes of injury as well, with seven people receiving first-degree chemical-inflicted eye burns, and one man hospitalized in a state of alcoholic intoxication and with multiple lacerations on both hands.
  • Four thousand ultra-right militants brought to Odessa - Russian official VoR 07 May 2014 -- Some 4,000 combatants supporting the Kiev authorities have been brought into Odessa, Georgy Fyodorov, deputy head of the Russian Civic Chamber's Committee for Coordination of Aid to Residents of Ukraine said Wednesday.
  • End of violence main condition for launching dialogue in Ukraine - President Putin VoR 07 May 2014 -- Russia demands that the current Kiev administration immediately halt all military operations in the southeastern regions of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. Russian President Vladimir Putin says the end of violence is an imperative condition for settling the Ukrainian crisis. 'An imperative condition of the beginning of this dialogue is the end of any violence: the engagement of both the armed forces - which is absolutely unacceptable - and illegal armed units of radicalized elements,' Putin told a press conference.
  • Self-defense forces fight for TV tower, checkpoints in Slavyansk - self-defense HQ VoR 07 May 2014 -- The Slavyansk self-defense forces are trying to regain control over several checkpoints and the television tower in the suburbs of Slavyansk, a representative of the city's self-defense forces told Interfax. 'Fighting is going on in the area of the television tower in the village of Andreyevka and in the area of the checkpoints in the village of Kombikormochny and in the area around the gas station. We are regaining control over the checkpoints,' the source said.
  • Claims that Moscow holds key to resolving crisis in Ukraine are Western ploy – President Putin VoR 07 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed as groundless the claims that Moscow holds the key to resolving the Ukrainian crisis. 'As for the key to resolving the problem being in Russia - it is a ploy of our Western partners which has no grounds to it,' he said at a press conference following his meeting with OSCE Chairman-in-Office Didier Burkhalter. Putin said that Russia cannot be regarded as a party of the current conflict in Ukraine.
  • Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra Ousted by Court VOA 07 May 2014 -- Thailand's Constitutional Court has ruled the country's caretaker prime minister and some of her Cabinet must step down for abuse of power. This comes after months of political deadlock, and renews concerns of the possibility of violence between supporters and opponents of the government.
  • Thailand court ousts prime minister over power abuse Iran Press TV 07 May 2014 -- Thailand's Constitutional Court has ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office over abuse of power.
  • Iran, IAEA reach agreement on inspection method of Arak reactor IRNA 07 May 2014 -- An official in Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) told IRNA Tuesday that AEOI and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have reached agreement on method of inspection of Arak heavy water reactor.
  • Interview: Election Was 'Entirely Iraqi-Owned Process' RFE/RL 07 May 2014 -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Nikolay Mladenov was in Iraq for the country's parliamentary election on April 30. He talked with RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq correspondent Faris Omar about his assessment of the voting process.
  • Israeli espionage on US at alarming level - report VoR 07 May 2014 -- Israel spies on the United States more than any other ally does and these activities have reached an alarming level, Newsweek magazine reported on Tuesday. The main targets are US industrial and technical secrets, the weekly said, quoting classified briefings on legislation that would make it easier for Israeli citizens to get visas to enter America.
  • China wants to enhance dialogue with Taiwan society: Xi Jinping CNA 07 May 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called for extended dialogue and interaction between the people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait to enhance understanding and bring them closer psychologically.
  • Beijing will not waver in preventing Taiwan independence: Xi CNA 07 May 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping told a visiting Taiwanese politician Wednesday that Beijing has several bottom lines in its relations with Taiwan, including not wavering in its resolve to prevent Taiwan independence.
  • Cross-Strait economic integration equals win-win: Xi People's Daily 07 May 2014 -- Economic integration will bring about mutual benefit and win-win results for the Chinese mainland and Taiwan and should not be disturbed, said top leader Xi Jinping.

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