12 May 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 12 May 2014 [PDF]
- DOD Official: 16 U.S. Troops on Search Team for Nigerian Girls AFPS 12 May 2014 -- A total of 16 military personnel from U.S. Africa Command have joined the interdisciplinary team led by the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, to help in finding hundreds of kidnapped girls, a Pentagon spokesman said today.
- 2nd CEB clears the way for last Marines to depart Sangin, Afghanistan USMC News 12 May 2014 -- Marines with 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion conducted multiple route clearance missions during retrograde operations in northern Helmand province, Afghanistan, May 3-5.
- Estonian soldiers bid farewell to coalition counterparts in Helmand province USMC News 12 May 2014 -- Soldiers with the Estonian Contingent gathered for a flag-lowering ceremony aboard Camps Bastion and Leatherneck as they bid farewell to their coalition counterparts, May 9.
- CLB-7 Marines, sailors complete convoy out of Forward Operating Base Nolay for final time USMC News 12 May 2014 -- Units currently deployed to Afghanistan are conducting missions to decrease the amount of gear and personnel aboard forward operating bases and combat outposts. One of the units providing this type of support is Combat Logistics Battalion 7.
- Taliban Launches Spring Offensive in Afghanistan VOA 12 May 2014 -- The Taliban launched its annual 'spring offensive' Monday with a series of attacks across Afghanistan.
- Afghan Election: Rasul Emerges As Potential Kingmaker RFE/RL 12 May 2014 -- The balance of Afghanistan's presidential election has tilted significantly in favor of front-runner Abdullah Abdullah after he secured a key endorsement.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DOD Needs New Base Closure Round, Senior Official Says AFPS 12 May 2014 -- The Defense Department is calling on Congress to authorize another round of base realignments and closures because of excess capacity that is cutting into funding for troop readiness and other higher priority needs, a senior DOD official said.
- Dempsey Says Defense Budget Uncertainty Must End AFPS 12 May 2014 -- Uncertainty on the defense budget must end, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told North Carolina reporters over the weekend.
- Dempsey Expresses Confidence in VA Chief Shinseki AFPS 12 May 2014 -- Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki is "one of the most decent human beings who ever wore the uniform or who led the nation's Army," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said over the weekend.
- NOAA, Hurricane Hunters team up for awareness tour AFNS 12 May 2014 -- An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircrew with their WC-130J Hercules and a team of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hurricane forecasters visited three Mexican and two Caribbean cities May 4-11 as part of the annual Caribbean Hurricane Awareness Tour.
- Nimitz Arrives Home After Completing Certifications NNS 12 May 2014 -- More than 3,000 Sailors on board the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) returned to their homeport in Everett, Wash., May 12, following two weeks at sea conducting various certifications.
- EODMU 8 Participates in Exercise Open Spirit 2014 NNS 12 May 2014 -- Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8 (EODMU 8) are participating in the international naval force exercise Open Spirit 2014, which kicked off its active phase in the Irbe Strait and the waters off the western Latvia coast, May 12.
- USS Taylor Conducts Underway Engagement with Turkey NNS 12 May 2014 -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) participated in a bilateral underway engagement with the Turkish navy in the Black Sea, May 11.
- USS Taylor Exits Black Sea NNS 12 May 2014 -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) departed the Black Sea after a series of engagements that promoted peace and stability in the region, May 12.
- DOD Official Testifies on Dangers of 'Space Junk' AFPS 12 May 2014 -- One congresswoman summed up the issue succinctly during a House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing May 9: space junk is a growing problem.
- Czech Republic Opposes Hosting NATO Troops – Defense Minister RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- The Czech Republic does not support the permanent stationing of NATO troops in the country in connection with the situation in Ukraine, Czech Defense Minister Martin Stropnicky said in an interview with the Reuters news agency.
- NATO Deputy Secretary General stresses value of partnership in visit to Moldova NATO 12 May 2014 -- NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow said that the Alliance is interested in strengthening its partnership with the Republic of Moldova at the start of a three-day visit to the country which started on Monday (12 May 2014).
- France won't cancel warship deal with Russia - sources VoR 12 May 2014 -- France will press ahead with a $1.66 billion contract to sell helicopter carriers to Russia because cancelling the deal would do more damage to Paris than to Moscow, French diplomatic sources said on Monday, according to Reuters.
- Russia destroys 80% of its chemical weapons arsenal VoR 12 May 2014 -- Russia accomplishes its international commitments in the field of chemical weapons destruction in full and on schedule.
- China to set up nuclear emergency team People's Daily 12 May 2014 -- China is working to form a 300-member state-level rescue team specialized in nuclear emergencies, said a senior official here Monday.
- China to hold second nuclear security drill in 2015 People's Daily 12 May 2014 -- China will hold a national-level nuclear security exercise next year, said a nuclear emergency response office with the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense on Monday.
- North Korea Test Could Further Fray Ties With China VOA 12 May 2014 -- North Korea says it could soon carry out its fourth nuclear test. If it does, analysts say China is likely to support tougher sanctions at the United Nations, and even carry out some actions of its own. It is not clear whether Beijing has enough leverage to deter the North's leader Kim Jong Un from taking other actions to forward his nuclear ambitions.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, 5/12/2014 The White House 12 May 2014
- May 12, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 12 May 2014
- 12 May 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 12 May 2014
- Presidential candidates start campaigns in Syria Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- Syria's presidential election candidates have started their campaigns in the country.
- UN chief urges maximum restraint amid reported breaches of South Sudan ceasefire UN News Centre 12 May 2014 -- Political dialogue is the only answer to the conflict in South Sudan, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, as he urged maximum restraint by all parties amid accusations of breaches of the ceasefire agreement signed just a few days ago.
- New Report Links Arms Trading, S. Sudan Conflict VOA 12 May 2014 -- A report released by the Small Arms Survey documents evidence Sudan has been the primary supplier of mostly Chinese-made weapons to insurgent groups going back to conflicts surrounding South Sudan's eventual independence in 2011.
- Kiir: South Sudan Vote to be Delayed, Latest Ceasefire Broken VOA 12 May 2014 -- South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has said elections scheduled for next year will have to be delayed to give South Sudanese time to reconcile after months of fighting that has killed thousands and displaced more than 1.2 million.
- S Sudan government forces, rebels violate ceasefire Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- The South Sudanese army soldiers and rebels have engaged in renewed heavy fighting, breaking a fresh ceasefire deal and dashing hopes of ending a five-month civil war.
- At international meeting on Jerusalem, Ban urges Israelis, Palestinians to resume negotiations UN News Centre 12 May 2014 -- Continued inaction in the Middle East peace process could lead to further instability in the region, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today at an international meeting in Turkey, reiterating his calls on Israelis and Palestinians to avoid unilateral steps that would aggravate the situation and diminish prospects for negotiations to resume.
- Vietnam, China Exchange Water Cannon Spray Near Disputed Oil Rig VOA 12 May 2014 -- Vietnam's state-run media says one of the country's patrol ships has exchanged water cannon fire with Chinese vessels in an escalating dispute over Beijing's placement of an oil rig in disputed waters of the South China Sea.
- Boko Haram offers to swap kidnapped girls for prisoners Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- Nigeria's Boko Haram Takfiri militants have released a new video, purportedly showing a group of kidnapped schoolgirls.
- Challenges of Central Africa require continued international support, says UN envoy UN News Centre 12 May 2014 -- Significant gains have been made in recent years in combating the threat of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) but the countries of Central Africa still face numerous challenges that require continued international support, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council today.
- Iraq: UN envoy concerned about impact of ongoing fighting on civilians in Fallujah UN News Centre 12 May 2014 -- The top United Nations envoy in Iraq says he remains concerned at reports of increased armed activities in Fallujah, in Anbar province, and its impact on civilians.
- UN mission condemns attacks on Libyan security personnel, civilians UN News Centre 12 May 2014 -- The United Nations mission in Libya today voiced deep concern about ongoing violence across the country and condemned attacks on security personnel and civilians.
- US Says It Does Not Recognize E. Ukraine Polls VOA 12 May 2014 -- The United States says it does not recognize the results of "so-called" referendums held on Sunday in eastern Ukraine, viewing them as 'a transparent attempt to create disorder.'
- Despite recent escalation, full-blown conflict in Ukraine can be averted – Ban UN News Centre 12 May 2014 -- There is still time to avert a full-blown conflict in Ukraine, where the crisis continues to escalate, particularly in the east and south of the country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.
- Donetsk Region Rejects Ukraine's Upcoming Presidential Vote RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic will not participate in Ukraine's upcoming presidential election on May 25, DPR Co-Chairman Denis Pushilin said Monday.
- Ukraine's Donetsk Region May Decide on Independence RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic may decide in the next few hours whether to remain part of Ukraine or secede from the country, DPR Co-Chairman Denis Pushilin said Monday.
- Nearly 90% of Voters Support Independent Donetsk People's Republic RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- Up to 89.7 percent of voters in a referendum on Sunday in Eastern Ukraine's Donetsk Region backed independence for the region, the head of the election committee said Monday.
- Ammunition for Special Forces Airlifted for Slaviansk Operation RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- Ammunition for servicemen is being transferred by plane to the area of an ongoing special operation in eastern Ukraine's Slaviansk, the country's acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said Monday.
- Ousted Ukraine Leader Says Fascism Reigns in Country RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has demanded the interim authorities immediately withdraw their troops as well as mercenaries from the southeastern Ukraine and condemned the rise of a fascist regime in the country.
- Luhansk Keeps Open Possibility of Referendum on Joining Russia RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- The leadership of the Luhansk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine does not rule out the possibility of a referendum on joining Russia, said Vasiliy Nikitin, a representative of the region's self-defense forces.
- Majority of Voters Back Luhansk Independence in Referendum RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- Over 96 percent of voters in Ukraine's easternmost Luhansk region supported the independence of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic during a referendum on Sunday, Electoral Committee Head Aleksandr Malykhin said Monday.
- Ukraine's Luhansk Region Seeks Recognition of Independence RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- The self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic will file an independence bid with the United Nations, Southeastern Army Press Secretary Vasiliy Nikitin said Monday.
- Moscow Respects Choice of Ukrainian People in Referendums RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- The Kremlin said Monday it respects the choice that the people in Ukraine's southeastern Donetsk and Luhansk provinces made during referendums on self-rule on Sunday and hopes the government in Kiev will follow suit.
- Almost 98% Vote for Self-Rule In Ukraine's Luhansk - Election Committee RIA Novosti 12 May 2014 -- Between 94 and 98 percent of eligible voters in Ukraine's easternmost region of Luhansk have voted for greater autonomy from the regime in Kiev, the head of the region's Central Election Committee said Monday.
- Donetsk Separatists Call For Moscow Absorption Following Vote RFE/RL 12 May 2014 -- Pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk on May 12 declared independence and asked Russia to consider absorbing the eastern Ukrainian region.
- Explainer: How Ukraine's Referendums Broke The Rules RFE/RL 12 May 2014 -- The voting did not pass without violence. At least one person was reported killed in the western Donetsk city of Krasnoarmiisk.
- Russia Calls For Talks Between Kyiv, Separatists On Self-Rule RFE/RL 12 May 2014 -- The Russian government says Ukrainian officials in Kyiv should hold talks with pro-Russian separatists on the results of widely disputed self-rule referendums in eastern Ukraine.
- Ukraine's Lugansk declares itself sovereign state VoR 12 May 2014 -- Ukraine's self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic on Monday declared itself a sovereign state following a referendum on the status of the region, People's Governor of the Lugansk region Valery Bolotov said. 'We have chosen our own path of independence from tyranny and bloody dictatorship by Kiev junta, from fascism and nationalism. We have chosen the path of freedom and the rule of law,' Bolotov said in an address to residents of the Lugansk region.
- Putin, OSCE chairman-in-office note importance of establishing dialogue between Kiev, southeastern Ukraine VoR 12 May 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Swiss President, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Chairman-in-Office Didier Burkhalter have discussed the Ukrainian issue on the telephone. 'Following the meeting held in Moscow on May 7, the discussion of the situation in Ukraine was continued taking into account the referendum results in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions,' the Kremlin press office said.
- Lugansk People's Republic not to have Ukrainian presidential election on May 25 VoR 12 May 2014 -- There will be no Ukrainian presidential election in the Lugansk People's Republic on May 25 due to the new status of the region, Army of the Southeast spokesman Vasily Nikitin told a press conference in Lugansk on Monday.
- Donetsk residents came to referendum because people had reached their wits' end - Yanukovych VoR 12 May 2014 -- Viktor Yanukovych said he understands the decision made by the people of Donetsk region to come to the referendum and vote for their independence.
- Moscow respects expression of Donetsk, Lugansk residents' will - Kremlin VoR 12 May 2014 -- Russia was closely following the preparations for and the course of the referendums in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine, and respects the choice made by the population, the Kremlin said. 'We have taken note of high voter turnout despite attempts to derail the voting and we condemn the force used, including military hardware, against civilians, which lead to fatalities,' the Kremlin said.
- Ukraine east referendums have zero credibility: UK Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- British Foreign Secretary William Hague has condemned the independence referendums held in eastern Ukraine, claiming that they lack credibility.
- No need for new international talks on Ukraine: Russia Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has ruled out the need for new international talks on Ukraine, saying tensions in the Eastern European country will only de-escalate if rival sides hold direct talks.
- US has no real military option in Ukraine: Gates Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said that President Barack Obama's options in Ukraine are limited and that his country has no "military option" there.
- Ukraine slams independence votes as 'farce' Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- Ukraine's interim President has slammed the independence referendums held in two eastern regions of the country as a "farce without any legal basis."
- East Ukraine referendum: 90% of voters support statehood of Donetsk People's Republic VoR 12 May 2014 -- Almost 90 percent of voters in Ukraine's Donetsk Region said 'yes' answering the referendum question whether they support the Act of state self-rule of the Donetsk People's Republic, Roman Lyagin, head of the republic's central electoral commission, said. The final results of the vote will be announced on May 12.
- EU expands sanctions against Russia: Diplomats Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- The European Union (EU) has ramped up sanctions against Russia over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the bloc's diplomats say.
- EU sanctions 13 Russians, two companies VoR 12 May 2014 -- Ministers of foreign affairs of 28 EU member countries have included another 13 people and 2 Crimean companies to the sanctions list against Russia, a European diplomatic source told TASS on the margins of the ministerial meeting on Monday.
- African Union Urges Global Intelligence-Sharing Against Terrorism VOA 12 May 2014 -- The deputy chairman of the African Union (AU) has called for robust international cooperation and intelligence-sharing to help defeat increasing terrorism on the continent, following the abduction of Nigerian school girls by militant group Boko Haram, last month.
- Second Case of MERS Identified in US VOA 12 May 2014 -- A second patient in the United States has been diagnosed with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, a virus first identified in Saudi Arabia that's new to humans.
- DOD Lab Identified First Cases of Middle East Coronavirus AFPS 12 May 2014 -- A Defense Department-funded lab in Egypt detected the earliest-known cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, a new coronavirus strain that is infecting people on the Arabian Peninsula, an expert from DOD's global disease surveillance system said.
- ISIL to take war to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- Al-Qaeda-affiliated group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has threatened to take its war with the terrorist al-Nusra Front to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
- Thai Caretaker PM: Elections First, Then Reforms VOA 12 May 2014 -- Demonstrators trying to bring down Thailand's beleaguered government left behind their encampment in a Bangkok park and set up a new base near the traditional seat of government on Monday. But the caretaker prime minister, speaking to reporters for the first time in his new role, insists elections remain the best way forward.
- US court lifts ban on Russian rocket engines Iran Press TV 12 May 2014 -- A ban on US aviation companies prohibiting them from buying Russian rocket engines has been lifted after a federal judge ruled the purchases do not violate US sanctions against Russia.
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