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11 May 2014 Military News

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  • Bombing Kills 5 During Afghan Runoff Campaign VOA 11 May 2014 -- Authorities say a suicide car bombing in southern Afghanistan killed at least five people and wounded about 40 others, including soldiers. The violence continues as candidates campaign for the country's runoff presidial vote.
  • Abdullah wins key ally in Afghan presidential race VoR 11 May 2014 -- Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah received a boost in the race for the Afghan presidency on Sunday when one of the pre-election favourites dropped out and backed his team ahead of next month's expected run-off, Reuters reports.
  • No US troops to aid search for abducted Nigeria schoolgirls - Hagel VoR 11 May 2014 -- The United States has no plans to send troops to Nigeria to help recover hundreds of schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist group Boko Haram, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview broadcast on Sunday. 'There's no intention, at this point, to (put) American boots on the ground,' Hagel told ABC television's 'This Week' program.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Hagel: The United States Remains an Unrivaled Power AFPS 11 May 2014 -- While some around the world believe the United States is a weakening superpower, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today defended America as the world's dominant force.
  • US, Philippines continue their joint war games Iran Press TV 11 May 2014 -- The US and Philippines troops execute a mock boat raid assaults near a military camp in Cavite province, south of Manila. The assaults are part of 10-day joint exercises between the two countries that have begun on May 5.
  • Iran to install missiles with 4-km range on helicopters ISNA 11 May 2014 -- Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said the country will install missiles with the range of four kilometers on helicopters.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Whither Ukraine? CNN map says in Pakistan TV-Novosti 11 May 2014 -- The American news giant, CNN, has reshaped the world a bit in their live coverage of events in Ukraine. The eastern part of the European country got pinned miles and miles away from where it actually is in Pakistan.
  • EU terms east Ukraine sovereignty votes as illegal Iran Press TV 11 May 2014 -- The European Union has said that it will not recognize the outcomes of referendums on declaring sovereignty in eastern Ukraine.
  • US private troops fighting alongside Ukrainian army against pro-Russians Iran Press TV 11 May 2014 -- Hundreds of American privates soldiers from a security company with a record of alleged atrocities in Iraq are fighting along with the Ukrainian army against the pro-Russian activists in southeast of Ukraine, according to media reports.
  • Polls closed in several eastern Ukrainian cities Iran Press TV 11 May 2014 -- Polls have closed in several eastern Ukrainian cities after people cast their ballots in referendums on declaring sovereignty.
  • Ukraine army seizes state buildings in Krasnoarmeysk Iran Press TV 11 May 2014 -- Ukraine's National Guard troops have taken control of two state buildings in the city of Krasnoarmeysk in Ukraine's eastern region of Donetsk, self-defence forces say.
  • Over 80% cast ballot in Luhansk vote: Local officials Iran Press TV 11 May 2014 -- Over eighty percent of eligible voters in Ukraine's eastern Luhansk region have taken part in a referendum on declaring sovereignty, according to local officials.
  • US blasts Russia over referendums in Ukraine's eastern regions Iran Press TV 11 May 2014 -- The United States has criticized Russia for referendums in Ukraine's eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, saying Washington will not recognize the results.
  • Ukraine's Separatists, Weapons At The Ready, Preside Over Referendums RFE/RL 11 May 2014 -- There wasn't much to see at the polling station in School No. 52 in the eastern city of Luhansk, where a trickle of voters shuffled in to cast ballots on independence from Ukraine.
  • Separatists Claim Victory In East Ukraine Self-Rule Vote RFE/RL 11 May 2014 -- Pro-Russian separatists have claimed a decisive victory in a self-rule vote they held in two eastern Ukrainian regions amid reports of at least one person being killed by Ukrainian security forces.
  • Ukraine Separatists Claim 89 Percent Voted for 'Independence' of Donetsk Region VOA 11 May 2014 -- Organizers of Sunday's independence referendum in Ukraine's eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk say 89 percent of those who cast ballots voted in favor of seceding from Ukraine.
  • After Disputed E. Ukraine Votes, US Focuses on May 25 Poll VOA 11 May 2014 -- Referendums went forward Sunday in eastern Ukraine in two regions seeking possible independence from Kyiv, despite widespread statements condemning the votes as illegal and illegitimate. The controversial votes were held as Ukraine prepares for a nationwide poll on May 25 to elect a new president.
  • Ukrainian servicemen kill civilian in Donetsk region town of Krasnoarmeysk - reports VoR 11 May 2014 -- Servicemen of the Ukrainian national guards have killed a civilian in the town of Krasnoarmeysk in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region, Denis Pushilin, a co-chairman of the government of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, said, according to Itar-Tass. 'They (Ukrainian law enforcers) were impeding the referendum. Members of the elections commission have barely escaped,' he added.
  • New entity to be formed after referendum in Ukraine's southeast – Donetsk region people's governor VoR 11 May 2014 -- A new constituent entity will be formed in Ukraine after the referendum in its eastern Lugansk and Donetsk regions, people's governor of Ukraine's Donetsk region Pavel Gubarev, who has been recently released from prison in Kiev, told the Russia 24 television channel, according to Itar-Tass.
  • Donetsk region referendum turnout nears 70% VoR 11 May 2014 -- About 70% of voters have taken part in a referendum over self-determination in the Donetsk region, said Roman Lyagin, the chief election official of the Donetsk People's Republic, according to Interfax. 'By 4 pm, the turnout was 69.21 percent,' he told a press conference. Over 2,298,000 people have cast their votes in the Donetsk region referendum, the election official added. The highest turnout, over 80%, was registered in the Kalinin district and in Donetsk, the lowest, 24.57 percent in Mariupol, Lyagin said.
  • Kiev uses helicopters, APCs, National Guard in Lugansk region to thwart referendum VoR 11 May 2014 -- So-called National Guard units made up of neo-Nazi extremists are reportedly heading for Lugansk, eastern Ukraine, to disrupt voting in Sunday's referendum on the future status of the Lugansk region, a source in the elections commission of the Krasny Luch district told Interfax.
  • Iran to use tubular centrifuges for vaccine production ISNA 11 May 2014 -- Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said tubular centrifuges will be used for vaccine production.
  • Iran missile power limit, stupid idea: Leader Iran Press TV 11 May 2014 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the Western expectation that the Islamic Republic limit its missile power is a "stupid" idea.
  • Iran, P5+1 to start drafting final deal in new talks: Araqchi Iran Press TV 11 May 2014 -- Iran and the six world powers plan to start drafting the text of a comprehensive agreement in their upcoming round of nuclear talks, a senior member of the Iranian negotiating team says.
  • Iran Offers 'Transparency' in Nuclear Talks VOA 11 May 2014 -- President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday he wanted Iran to do a better job of explaining its nuclear program to prevent 'evil-minded'' people misleading world opinion, two days before Tehran resumes talks with world powers on its disputed atomic activity.
  • Iran's Khamenei says West's calls to limit missiles 'stupid' VoR 11 May 2014 -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that Western expectations for the Islamic Republic to limit its missile program were 'stupid and idiotic,' Reuters reports. The Supreme Leader also called on the country's Revolutionary Guards to mass-produce missiles. The United States and its allies have said they are worried about Iran's missile program as they fear the weapons could carry nuclear warheads. Iran has long denied having any plans to develop atomic weapons.
  • N Korea accuses South of using story about spy drones for politics, denies links with it VoR 11 May 2014 -- North Korea is not linked with unmanned aerial systems found in South Korea, a group of experts of the North Korean state defence committee stated. North Korea also accused South Korea Sunday of fabricating a story about crashed spy drones in order to divert attention from its ferry disaster.
  • Israel denies accusations of spying on US VoR 11 May 2014 -- Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz on Saturday angrily denied the latest media charge of Israeli spying on its US ally and said that someone was trying to sour bilateral relations.
  • Saudi Arabia announces 13 more deaths from MERS coronavirus VoR 11 May 2014 -- Saudi Arabia has announced 13 more deaths from the MERS coronavirus, as the World Health Organisation prepared for an emergency meeting over worries about the spread of the disease.
  • Romania Wants Russia To Explain Official's Threatening Remarks RFE/RL 11 May 2014 -- Romania wants an explanation from Russia over threatening remarks made by a senior Kremlin official.
  • Thailand Tightens Security as Tensions Escalate VOA 11 May 2014 -- Thailand faces a crucial week in its long running political crisis, as fears of violence and civil strife have led to calls by senior security officials to tighten security.

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