21 May 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 21 May 2014 [PDF]
- Afghan Runoff Campaign Starts Amid Fear and Hope VOA 21 May 2014 -- The two frontrunners in Afghanistan's presidential election will start political campaigning on Thursday in their final bid to succeed President Hamid Karzai.
- Letter from the President --War Powers Notification on Chad The White House 21 May 2014
- US Using Chad as Base in Search for Nigerian Girls VOA 21 May 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has deployed 80 U.S. military personnel to Chad to help find more than 250 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants last month in neighboring Nigeria.
- US Involvement in Nigeria Is Critical, House Hearing Told VOA 21 May 2014 -- A15-year-old girl, the sole survivor of an attack on her family by Boko Haram, served as the emotional centerpiece of a House hearing on the terrorist group on Wednesday.
- Pakistani Air Strikes Target Terrorists VOA 21 May 2014 -- Pakistan's army has launched a series of air strikes against suspected terrorist hideouts in the country's remote northwest and says it has killed at least 60 militants. The onslaught comes after a series of militant bombings in the country.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Standard Missile Completes First Test Launch from Aegis Ashore Test Site MDA 21 May 2014 -- The Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Navy, and sailors at the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex and Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), successfully conducted the first flight test involving components of the Aegis Ashore system.
- DARPA Innovations Advance National Security AFPS 21 May 2014 -- The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Information Innovation Office, or I2O, is hosting DARPA Demo Day 2014 in the Pentagon's courtyard today to highlight the agency's ongoing contributions to preserving and expanding the Defense Department's information technology superiority.
- Oscar Austin Departs Norfolk for U.S. 6th Fleet NNS 21 May 2014 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79) departed Naval Station Norfolk, May 20, for a two-month deployment to the North Atlantic and the Baltic Sea.
- Forward-Deployed Air Wing Prepares for Patrol on Historic Island NNS 21 May 2014 -- Pilots, maintainers and air crew personnel assigned to the seven fixed-wing aircraft squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 5 (CVW-5) spent 10 days on Iwo To, Japan (formerly Iwo Jima), May 9 - 19, preparing for the upcoming patrol aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) by completing field carrier landing practice (FCLP).
- TR Tracks Aerial Target During Combat System Ship Qualification Trial NNS 21 May 2014 -- The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt's (CVN 71) close-in weapons system (CIWS) successfully tracked and fired upon a mobile aerial target during a Combat System Ship Qualification Trial (CSSQT) air-towed drone unit (TDU) gun exercise (GUNEX), May 20.
- USS Theodore Roosevelt Conducts Mock Mass Casualty Drill NNS 21 May 2014 -- Sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt's (CVN 71) Medical and Air Departments participated in a flight deck mass casualty drill to measure the ship's responsiveness to large simultaneous casualties, May 20.
- Shiloh Bids Farewell to Hakodate Following Celebration of 160-Year Friendship NNS 21 May 2014 -- Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) departed Hakodate, May 20, after a port visit to commemorate the 160th Anniversary of Commodore Matthew C. Perry's visit in 1854.
- Phoenix Express Participants Prepare for At-Sea Portion with Pre-Sail Conference NNS 21 May 2014 -- Members of maritime forces from European, North African and U.S. Naval forces participated in a pre-sail conference kick-off for Exercise Phoenix Express 2014 (PE14) at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center (NMIOTC) in Souda Bay, May 21.
- Special Ops Commander Appeals to Industry for Force, Family Preservation AFPS 21 May 2014 -- All the equipment, the greatest plans and weapons systems in the world won't be worth much if the force is broken, U.S. Special Operations Commander Navy Adm. William H. McRaven told the Special Forces Industry conference in Tampa, Fla., yesterday.
- NATO Secretary General calls on political leaders in Skopje to continue reform efforts NATO 21 May 2014 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Thursday (22 May 2014) stressed that the Alliance's door to new members remains open and urged political leaders in Skopje to strive to find an acceptable solution on the name issue. "NATO's door is open. As we agreed at the Bucharest NATO Summit in 2008, you will receive an invitation to NATO once a mutually acceptable solution to the name issue is found," said the Secretary General. "So I urge you to continue your efforts to strive for a solution. The time is now."
- NATO Chiefs of Defence give military advice for the Wales Summit NATO 21 May 2014 -- In a two-day Military Committee meeting, Chiefs of Defence of the 28 Allied nations discussed a wide range of security issues and provided clear and unequivocal military advice to Ministers and Heads of State and Government on the key Summit themes.
- NATO: Russia's Moves Have Changed Europe, the World AFPS 21 May 2014 -- Russia's annexation of Crimea and threats to southern and eastern Ukraine has made the world a different place, a senior NATO military official said.
- NATO Military Chairman Opens Defense Chiefs' Meeting AFPS 21 May 2014 -- Russia's actions in Ukraine, Afghanistan, and NATO transformation are important topics for discussion as the alliance's Chiefs of Defense conference gets underway here today.
- NATO Secretary General in visit to Sarajevo expresses Alliance support for Balkans NATO 21 May 2014 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in a visit to Sarajevo on Wednesday (21 May 2014) expressed sincere condolences for the lives lost in the recent devastating floods that hit Bosnia and Herzegovina. 'My thoughts are with the families and communities affected,' the Secretary General said. 'We stand ready to help in any way we can if requested.'
- Belarus ratified agreement with Russia on GLONASS cooperation VoR 21 May 2014 -- The lower house of the National Assembly of Belarus on Wednesday has ratified an agreement on cooperation in the field of the deployment and development of the Russian GLONASS satellite navigation system.
- Chinese, Russian naval forces gather for 'Joint Sea-2014' drill People's Daily 21 May 2014 -- The naval forces of China and Russia are scheduled to conduct the 'Joint Sea-2014' drill in the northern waters and aerial space of the East China Sea from May 20 to 26.
- China champions new Asian security concept: Xi People's Daily 21 May 2014 -- China is a strong champion of the Asian security concept and is working to put it into practice, Chinese President Xi Jinping said here on Wednesday.
- China's Xi Warns Asian Countries on Military Alliances VOA 21 May 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Asian countries against building what he sees as unhelpful military alliances, in what is seen as a swipe at nations that have developed closer defense ties with the United States.
- May 21, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 21 May 2014
- 21 May 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 21 May 2014
- Syria: UN human rights chief denounces hardship wrought on Aleppo's residents UN News Centre 21 May 2014 -- The United Nations human rights chief today condemned the "flagrant disregard" for international human rights and humanitarian law – both by the Syrian Government and by some armed groups – that has led to tremendous suffering for civilians in Aleppo.
- Moscow to veto UN resolution on referring Syria to ICC - Russian envoy VoR 21 May 2014 -- Russia will veto a resolution on referring the conflict in Syria to the International Criminal Court, Russian Permanent Representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin said.
- N Korea threatens to strike S Korea warships near sea border VoR 21 May 2014 -- North Korea threatened Wednesday to launch an attack on South Korean warships without warning if there was even a 'trifling' provocation near their disputed Yellow Sea border. A South Korean naval ship fired warning shots Tuesday after three North Korean patrol boats crossed the sea boundary. On Wednesday the North's military accused South Korea of 'an intentional grave provocation' at a time when North Korean vessels had been chasing Chinese boats fishing illegally in the area.
- US Weighs Options in Libya VOA 21 May 2014 -- The Obama administration is considering moves in Libya including a possible evacuation of Americans and possibly shuttering the embassy as a political crisis has engulfed the unstable nation in violence.
- Libya's navy chief wounded in attack in Tripoli VoR 21 May 2014 -- The Libyan navy's chief of staff, his driver and two guards were wounded on Wednesday when gunmen attacked his convoy in Tripoli, the navy spokesman said. Rear Admiral Hassan Abu Shnak was on his way to work when gunmen blocked his convoy in a western district of the capital and opened fire, Colonel Ayub Kassem said.
- International Criminal Court rejects Libya bid to try Gaddafi's son Saif VoR 21 May 2014 -- The International Criminal Court on Wednesday rejected a final bid by Tripoli's lawyers to try slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam in Libya, meaning he must now be transferred to The Hague.
- New Attacks Reported in Nigeria VOA 21 May 2014 -- Suspected Islamist militants have killed nearly 30 people in two villages near Chibok, the northern Nigerian town where hundreds of school girls were kidnapped last month.
- Mali: Ban urges immediate end to fighting amid rapidly deteriorating situation in Kidal UN News Centre 21 May 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his deep concern at the rapidly deteriorating situation in the northern Malian town of Kidal, where the United Nations says renewed violence threatens to once again destabilize the country.
- Mali army launches offensive against separatist northern town VoR 21 May 2014 -- Mali has launched a military offensive on Wednesday to retake control of a northern Tuareg separatist stronghold, the government said, and witnesses reported intense fighting with machine gun and heavy weapons fire. The clashes threaten efforts to find a peaceful solution to the long cycle of Tuareg rebellions in the desert north. It also upsets plans by France and several West African countries to combat Islamist militants operating elsewhere in the region.
- After assault on staff, UN in South Sudan calls for aid workers to be protected UN News Centre 21 May 2014 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan today demanded unhindered freedom of movement for aid workers after alleged members of South Sudan's security forces assaulted and illegally detained two UN staff.
- UN's West Africa envoy strongly condemns double bombings in Nigeria UN News Centre 21 May 2014 -- The United Nations envoy for West Africa has strongly condemned the double bombings that targeted a market in the Nigerian city of Jos and resulted in the deaths of over 100 people and the wounding of scores more.
- Australia-Cambodia refugee deal sparks criticism IRIN 21 May 2014 -- Human rights activists have strongly criticized a controversial deal between Australia and Cambodia which could see up to 1,000 refugees settled in the country.
- Dempsey Discusses Russian Tactics in Ukraine AFPS 21 May 2014 -- Russia's annexation of Crimea and its threats to eastern and southern Ukraine amount to an "alarming use of both military force and subversion" the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
- Troops withdraw to help Kiev vote: Russia Iran Press TV 21 May 2014 -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin says withdrawal of troops from regions near Ukraine was meant to help create favorable conditions for the Ukrainian presidential vote.
- US accuses Russia of no full withdrawal from Ukraine border Iran Press TV 21 May 2014 -- US Army Secretary John McHugh has accused Moscow of not withdrawing Russian troops from the borders of Ukraine completely.
- Ukraine: UN official cites 'worsening' human rights situation in southern, eastern regions UN News Centre 21 May 2014 -- The southern and eastern regions of crisis-racked Ukraine are now awash in weapons and the scene of numerous cases of illegal detentions and abductions, a senior United Nations human rights official warned today, noting that he had discussed with the parties some rights-based and humanitarian de-escalation measures.
- Biden Warns Russia Against Undermining Ukraine Poll RFE/RL 21 May 2014 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has warned Moscow against undermining the upcoming Ukrainian presidential election. Speaking in Bucharest alongside Romanian President Traian Basescu on May 21, Biden said that 'we must be resolute' in enforcing sanctions against Moscow and that tougher measures could come if the May 25 polls are undermined.
- In Eastern, Southern Ukraine, The Police Sometimes Melt Away RFE/RL 21 May 2014 -- Outside the burnt out shell of Odesa's Trade Union building, Angela Sedova places flowers around a makeshift memorial to the over 40 mainly pro-Russian protesters who died after being engulfed in flames during clashes with Ukraine-unity demonstrators.
- Putin Questions Ukraine Vote Legitimacy VOA 21 May 2014 -- President Vladimir Putin raised doubts Wednesday about the legitimacy of Ukraine's upcoming presidential election but said Russia is moving its troops away from the Ukrainian border to help create favorable conditions for Sunday's vote.
- Elections in Ukraine must be nationwide and free - Russian Foreign Ministry VoR 21 May 2014 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry is urging the Kiev authorities to ensure fairness in the coming presidential elections to be held in Ukraine on May 25. 'Of course, the presidential elections themselves are a step in the right direction. So it is especially important to ensure they are of a truly nation-wide and free character. A path towards this is via a wide compromise within Ukrainian society regarding the constitutional grounds of the state,' the Russian Foreign Ministry Information and Press Department said in a statement.
- Russia, US maintain permanent contacts over Ukraine - Russian Defense Ministry VoR 21 May 2014 -- Russia's and the US defense agencies maintain permanent contacts over Ukraine, Russia's Defense Ministry top official said. 'The defense officials are holding substantial talks in a sincere atmosphere,' the chief of the Russian Defense Ministry Main Directorate for International Military Cooperation, Sergei Koshelev told Rossiya 24 TV Channel on Wednesday.
- US feigns concern over Magnitsky case while Kiev uses artillery and armor against civilians - Moscow VoR 21 May 2014 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry will not leave the expansion of the so-called 'Magnitsky list' without response, being guided both by the principle of reciprocity and considerations of justice. 'We regard the US Administration's decision to impose visa and financial sanctions on 12 Russian citizens within the framework of the so-called 'Magnitsky list' as groundless and stemming from a cynical desire to exploit a human tragedy for dirty political purposes,' Dolgov said in a statement posted on the ministry's website on Wednesday.
- Russian troops withdrawn from drills near western borders to avoid speculations on Ukraine's elections - Putin VoR 21 May 2014 -- It has been decided to send subdivisions of the Armed Forces, which held drills near Russian's western border, to their sites of permanent deployment in order to avoid speculations during the elections in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
- China, Russia Sign Major Gas Deal VOA 21 May 2014 -- China and Russia signed a long-awaited, 30-year agreement for natural gas worth an estimated $400 billion on Wednesday, securing the world's top energy user a major new source of the clean-burning fuel, Chinese state media and the AP reported.
- China, Russia ink long-awaited gas deal People's Daily 21 May 2014 -- China and Russia on Wednesday inked the long-awaited gas deal in Shanghai, ending the decade-long natural gas supply talks between the two neighbors.
- Russia, China seal major gas deal, bypass US dollar Iran Press TV 21 May 2014 -- Russia has signed a major deal with China for the export of natural gas to the world's second largest economy.
- China's Alleged Cybertheft Could Cost US Billions VOA 21 May 2014 -- A U.S. manufacturer was in the midst of a trade dispute with Asian competitors it said was flooding the market with cut-rate solar panels when it learned of a glaring new vulnerability: Its online communications were being hacked.
- Spying Charges Underscore US, China National Security Differences VOA 21 May 2014 -- The U.S. indictment of Chinese army officers on charges that they spied on American industries reveals a basic disagreement about what the two nations consider as their legitimate national security interests. That disagreement is affecting relations between Washington and Beijing.
- Spy charges expose U.S. cyber hegemony mentality People's Daily 21 May 2014 -- The United States has indulged in its cyber hegemony mentality again as it filed ungrounded commercial cyber espionage charges against five Chinese military officers.
- NSA illegally surveilles big companies all over the world to steal trade secrets VoR 21 May 2014 -- The US National Security Agency has never said what it was seeking when it illegally invaded the computers of Petrobras, Brazil's huge national oil company, but Brazilians assumed: the company's troves of data on Brazil's offshore oil reserves, or perhaps its plans for allocating licenses for exploration to foreign companies, the New York Times reports.
- US to reveal justification for drone strikes on US citizens VoR 21 May 2014 -- The White House will reportedly comply with a court order to reveal a secret memo describing its legal justification for using drones to kill US citizens suspected of terrorism overseas. The Justice Department had been weighing whether to appeal a court order to disclose the memo but informed the White House on Tuesday that it would not, the official said. The decision came on the eve of a Senate vote on President Obama's nomination of David J. Barron, one of the memo's authors, to a federal appeals court judgeship.
- Thailand's army chief calls meeting of political rivals VoR 21 May 2014 -- Thailand's army chief will chair a meeting Wednesday between representatives from both sides of the country's bitter political divide, a day after declaring martial law, a military spokeswoman said.
- Thai Army Chief Meets Political Rivals VOA 21 May 2014 -- A day after Thailand's army chief declared martial law, he gathered top politicians and protest leaders for talks in Bangkok. The talks are intended to try to break the six-month political deadlock that continues to damage the country's economy.
- Final deal to be reached by win-win approach, says Rouhani ISNA 21 May 2014 -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated that win-win approach could help reaching a final agreement on Iranian nuclear issue.
- Iran, IAEA agree on 5 more practical measures Iran Press TV 21 May 2014 -- The Islamic Republic of Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have agreed to five new practical measures for more cooperation.
- Iran, UN atomic watchdog agree on further steps to address nuclear concerns UN News Centre 21 May 2014 -- The United Nations and Iran have agreed on additional practical measures aimed at allaying concerns about the country's nuclear programme, which its officials have stated is for peaceful purposes but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions.
- Mubarak Convicted of Embezzlement VOA 21 May 2014 -- A Cairo court sentenced former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to three years in prison for embezzlement. His sons Ala'a and Gamal were given four-year sentences. The sentences can be appealed by Mubarak, who has already been in detention for three years on various charges.
- India's New Muscle Man, Narendra Modi RFE/RL 21 May 2014 -- As India prepares to swear in its new prime minister on May 26, the rest of the world is waiting to see what the hard-line Narendra Modi meant when he vowed to take a more 'muscular' foreign policy tack and to make the world's most populous country a force befitting its size.
- Replacement of Russia's RD-180 rocket engine may cost US $1.5 bln and six years to develop VoR 21 May 2014 -- The development of a rocket engine to replace Russia's RD-180 used by US Atlas-5 space launch vehicle may cost the United States $1.5 billion and will take as long as six years, the Bloomberg news agency reports, citing a team of Pentagon advisors.
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