04 June 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 04 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- NATO to keep around 12,000 troops in Afghanistan next year - US official VoR 04 Jun 2014 -- A NATO-led training mission in Afghanistan next year is likely to total about 12,000 soldiers, including about 8,000 Americans, while some 1,800 Americans will conduct counter-terrorism missions, a senior US military official said on Wednesday.
- ISAF Defence Ministers discuss 2014 mission, election preparations NATO 04 Jun 2014 -- NATO Defence Ministers and their counterparts from ISAF partner nations met with Afghan Defence Minister Bismullah Khan Mohammadi on Wednesday (4 June 2014) to review progress in the ISAF mission and preparations for the second round of Afghan presidential elections. "The Afghan security forces did an outstanding job in securing the first round of presidential elections in April. The Afghan people showed great courage by turning out to vote in millions. Every single vote cast was a victory for democracy, and for Afghanistan," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said after the meeting.
- Afghan Candidates Take The Gloves Off RFE/RL 04 Jun 2014 -- Campaigning for the first round of Afghanistan's presidential election was generally amicable, with contestants steering clear of personal attacks. But the two remaining candidates and their supporters have taken off the gloves ahead of the final showdown on June 14.
- The End of an Era: 376th Air Expeditionary Wing inactivation ceremony AFNS 04 Jun 2014 -- Airmen gathered in front of the headquarters building for an inactivation ceremony June 3, for the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing as part of the overall Transit Center at Manas closure.
- Obama defends Bergdahl prisoner swap, but admits it's 'absolutely' a risk VoR 04 Jun 2014 -- President Obama, in his first public comments on the controversial trade of five Taliban prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl since the deal was announced, acknowledged Tuesday there's 'absolutely' a risk that the former Guantanamo inmates will try to return to the battlefield - but nevertheless defended the deal as in America's interest. The five hardened terrorists sprung from Guantanamo Bay for suspected deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's return could rejoin the jihad on America, the President conceded in defending his decision.
- Afghan Taliban Releases Video Showing US Soldier Handover VOA 04 Jun 2014 -- The Afghan Taliban has released a video showing its fighters handing over captured American soldier Bowe Bergdahl to the U.S. military in an eastern province that borders Pakistan Saturday.
- Statement by Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl DoD 04 Jun 2014
- Reservist has key role in Global Hawk mission over Nigeria AFNS 04 Jun 2014 -- ABC, NBC and PBS reported last month the Pentagon had confirmed the United States was flying high-altitude surveillance military aircraft over northeastern Nigeria in search of more than 250 kidnapped schoolgirls.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Obama: Eastern, Central European Allies 'Will Never Stand Alone' RFE/RL 04 Jun 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has reaffirmed the United States' 'unwavering' commitment to the security of Poland and other Eastern and Central European NATO allies after Russia's intervention in Ukraine.
- Press Conference by Secretary Hagel at NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium DoD 04 Jun 2014 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
- Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work's meeting with Japan Administrative Vice Minister of Defense Masanori Nishi DoD 04 Jun 2014
- USS Ross to be Forward Deployed to Rota, Spain NNS 04 Jun 2014 -- USS Ross (DDG 71) departed its Norfolk homeport June 3 on her way to Rota, Spain, as the second of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be forward deployed there.
- Southcom Chief Reaffirms Support to Honduran Anti-crime Efforts AFPS 04 Jun 2014 -- The commander of U.S. Southern Command visited Honduras this week and met with the Honduran president and top national security officials.
- DOD Approves Community Economic Adjustment Grant for the States of Michigan, Indiana and Ohio in Response to Reductions in Defense Expenditures DoD 04 Jun 2014 -- The Department of Defense announced today a community economic adjustment grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to a consortium of universities representing Michigan, Ohio and Indiana to provide on-call technical assistance to communities and small- and medium-size companies impacted by the current defense procurement drawdown.
- 13 Nations to Participate in 42nd Annual Exercise BALTOPS 2014 NNS 04 Jun 2014 -- Thirteen nations are scheduled to participate in the 42nd annual joint exercise Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) 2014, set for June 6-21, in the Baltic Sea.
- Theodore Roosevelt Prepares for INSURV NNS 04 Jun 2014 -- The Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) team will step aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) to begin the inspection, June 23.
- Southern Partnership Station 2014 Kicks Off in Belize NNS 04 Jun 2014 -- Although the Military Sealift Command joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) returned to homeport nearly a month ago, Spearhead is already moored to the pier in Big Creek, Belize.
- Phoenix Express 2014 Concludes NNS 04 Jun 2014 -- The eighth iteration of Phoenix Express 2014 concluded June 4, after three weeks of maritime security training scenarios ashore and at sea.
- Theodore Roosevelt Tests AFFF System NNS 04 Jun 2014 -- The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) completed Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) tests on the ship's flight deck and in the hangar bays, June 2.
- Harris Stresses Pacific Relationships During Visit to Japanese Training Ships NNS 04 Jun 2014 -- In a speech to a group of newly commissioned Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) officers June 3, Adm. Harry Harris Jr. stressed the importance of regional relationships in maintaining security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific while also commending them for their collective service.
- Hagel Urges European NATO Members to Boost Defense Budgets AFPS 04 Jun 2014 -- NATO European allies must dedicate more money to defense spending, and all are ready to do their part in the follow-on operation in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at NATO headquarters in Brussels today.
- NATO Defence Ministers decide to extend NATO's counter-piracy mission until 2016 NATO 04 Jun 2014 -- NATO Defence Ministers on Tuesday (3 June) decided to extend NATO's counter-piracy operation Ocean Shield until the end of 2016.
- Kremlin Calls NATO's Eastern Advance Destalilizing RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2014 -- NATO's advance to the East is of a destabilizing nature, head of Russia's Presidential Administration Sergei Ivanov said Wednesday, after United States' President Barack Obama called for greater military cooperation of the alliance's members to resist possible threats during his visit to Poland this week.
- NATO Grapples With Russian Moves in Ukraine VOA 04 Jun 2014 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Russia's annexation of Crimea and involvement in eastern Ukraine are the biggest threat to European security since the end of the Cold War, and he called on NATO allies to respond.
- NATO-Georgia Commission discusses Ukraine crisis, Georgia's progress on reforms NATO 04 Jun 2014 -- NATO Defence Ministers met with their Georgian counterpart, Irakli Alasania, on Wednesday (4 June) to discuss the regional implications of Russia's illegal aggression against Ukraine and to review Georgia's progress in reforming its defence sector. "NATO Allies do not, and will not, recognise Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.
- Chinese naval fleet pays four-day goodwill visit to Cameroon People's Daily 04 Jun 2014 -- The 16th escort taskforce of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) arrived at the harbor of Douala, Cameroon, on May 30, 2014, for a four-day-long goodwill visit to Cameroon.
- Remarks by President Obama at at 25th Anniversary of Freedom Day The White House 04 Jun 2014
- Remarks by President Obama at at 25th Anniversary of Freedom Day -- Warsaw, Poland The White House 04 Jun 2014
- Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest and Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes The White House 04 Jun 2014
- June 4, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 04 Jun 2014
- 4 June 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 04 Jun 2014
- Vietnam: China Still Attacking Ships Near Oil Rig VOA 04 Jun 2014 -- Vietnam says Chinese ships protecting a controversial oil rig in the South China Sea continue to attack Vietnamese ships on a daily basis.
- International Court Asks Beijing to Defend S. China Sea Claims VOA 04 Jun 2014 -- An international court is giving Beijing more time to defend its territorial claims in the South China Sea. But China has refused to participate in the arbitration case brought by the Philippines to clarify their territorial claims.
- Rising levels of violence in Syria resulting in growing humanitarian needs – UN official UN News Centre 04 Jun 2014 -- The demand by the Security Council for aid access to war-torn Syria has not produced the intended result, the United Nations humanitarian chief said today, while warning that the needs of those affected are rising steadily as the conflict rages on.
- Syria's Assad Wins Presidential Election by Landslide VOA 04 Jun 2014 -- As expected, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has won a third seven-year term in office, with a reported 89 percent of the vote. Voting took place Tuesday in parts of Syria controlled by the government, but was boycotted by opposition groups in areas they control. Officials say voter turnout was 73 percent.
- UN, Humanitarian Group Seek to Step Up Syria Aid VOA 04 Jun 2014 -- The United Nations' humanitarian chief said Wednesday that a Security Council resolution aimed at expanding the reach of humanitarian aid in Syria is not working, while violence continues to rise in the country. Separately, the head of the mission to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons said they will not meet the June 30 deadline for the elimination of all chemical agents.
- As Syria deadline nears, OPCW-UN mission focuses on swift removal of remaining chemicals UN News Centre 04 Jun 2014 -- Given that the 30 June 2014 deadline for the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons programme will not be met, the focus now is on the immediate removal of the remaining materials, the head of the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (OPCW-UN) said today.
- UN, OPCW press Syria on chemical weapons 'discrepancies' VoR 04 Jun 2014 -- Inspectors overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal have asked President Bashar al-Assad's government to clarify disparities in its original declaration on its cache of toxic gas, UN diplomats said on Wednesday. The envoys were citing remarks by Sigrid Kaag, head of the joint mission to Syria of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, who was briefing the 15-nation UN Security Council.
- Condemning worsening bloodshed in Libya, UN urges action on political, security fronts UN News Centre 04 Jun 2014 -- Citing aerial attacks, use of heavy weaponry and civilian casualties in Benghazi and elsewhere in eastern Libya, the United Nations today called for an end to the bloodshed and urged the country's officials to agree on precise means to counter terrorism and other challenges to security and state authority.
- Renegade Libyan General Survives Assassination Attempt VOA 04 Jun 2014 -- Rogue Libyan General Khalifa Haftar survived an assassination attempt at his residence in the eastern city of Benghazi, where he has been leading an offensive against Islamist militants.
- Iraq attacks kill 21, injure dozens: Official Iran Press TV 04 Jun 2014 -- At least 21 people have been killed and dozens injured in a series of attacks across Iraq, security and hospital officials say.
- Wave of attacks all across Iraq leaves 20 dead VoR 04 Jun 2014 -- A wave of attacks across Iraq, including twin car bombs in an ethnically mixed tinderbox city, killed 20 people Wednesday as a year-long surge of violence showed no signs of let-up.
- Tens of thousands protest against Yemeni army attack Iran Press TV 04 Jun 2014 -- Tens of thousands of Yemeni people have staged a protest on the streets of the capital, Sana'a, to condemn the army for attacking and killing Shia Houthi fighters.
- Yemeni security forces kill 2 al-Qaida militants in firefight People's Daily 04 Jun 2014 -- The Yemeni security forces clashed with suspected al-Qaida gunmen at a military checkpoint in the southeastern province of Hadramout on Wednesday, killing two terrorists and detaining four others, a government official told Xinhua.
- UN chief urges South Sudanese rivals to meet as required in peace accord UN News Centre 04 Jun 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged South Sudanese President Salva Kiir to meet with former Vice-President Riek Machar on Monday, as agreed to in the 9 May document that aimed to end the fighting in the world's newest country.
- Fresh round of South Sudan talks delayed Iran Press TV 04 Jun 2014 -- A new round of talks aimed at bringing an end to the months-long deadly crisis in South Sudan has been delayed once again.
- Somalia: UN aid chief calls for $60 million emergency funding through summer months UN News Centre 04 Jun 2014 -- The United Nations humanitarian chief today called for $60 million for the next three months to prevent Somalia "from slipping back into a major humanitarian crisis" as it did during the 2011 famine.
- Kenya turns up the heat on Somali refugees IRIN 04 Jun 2014 -- As security forces in Kenya continue to round up and detain thousands of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, most of them Somali, an agreement between the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Kenyan and Somali governments on the voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees is coming under strain.
- Deputy UN aid chief calls for more support for Colombians affected by conflict, disaster UN News Centre 04 Jun 2014 -- Thousands of people are forcibly displaced and hundreds killed every month in Colombia, a senior United Nations humanitarian official today said, calling for more support for people affected by five decades of armed conflict and natural disasters in the country.
- Senior UN relief officials call for crisis funding for Central African Republic UN News Centre 04 Jun 2014 -- Thousands of women and children fleeing the Central African Republic (CAR) for Cameroon arrive in a 'shocking state', malnourished and dangerously ill, the heads of two United Nations humanitarian agencies said today, warning that their funds are nearly exhausted and that hundreds of thousands of people could die unless urgent contributions are received.
- Rebels in Eastern Ukraine Take Government Border Posts VOA 04 Jun 2014 -- Ukraine struggled late Wednesday to regain control of key sections of its border with Russia, after pro-Russian separatists overran a military headquarters in an hours-long battle. A second border post in the eastern city of Luhansk also fell to rebels.
- Remarks by President Obama and President-elect Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine After Bilateral Meeting The White House 04 Jun 2014
- Obama: US Stands With Ukraine Against Russia's 'Dark Tactics' VOA 04 Jun 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama said the world must 'stand with those who seek freedom,' as he drew parallels between reforms taking place in Ukraine today and the elections in Poland 25 years ago that marked the beginning of the end of Communism.
- Ukraine starts mass production of armored personnel carriers for National Guard VoR 04 Jun 2014 -- Ukraine will start mass production of Dozor armored personnel carriers for the National Guard, Verkhovna Rada-appointed acting President of Ukraine Turchynov said on Wednesday.
- Kiev explores possible military emergency for Donetsk, Lugansk regions VoR 04 Jun 2014 -- Acting Ukrainian President Alexandr Turchinov asked the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council to explore the possibility of announcing the state of military emergency in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, according to the respective document published on the President's official website Tuesday.
- Putin accuses US of hypocrisy over Ukraine crisis Iran Press TV 04 Jun 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of hypocrisy in its "aggressive" attempts to punish Moscow for the crisis in Ukraine.
- Death toll from Ukraine clashes reaches 181: Official Iran Press TV 04 Jun 2014 -- The death toll from fresh clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukraine has reached 181, Ukraine's acting prosecutor general says.
- Obama Meets Privately With Poroshenko In Warsaw RFE/RL 04 Jun 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has met privately in Warsaw with Ukraine's President-elect Petro Poroshenko in a show of support for Kyiv amid a separatist insurgency in the east.
- Ukrainian Army Shows Mixed Performance Against Insurgents RFE/RL 04 Jun 2014 -- The Ukrainian Army can look powerful or weak in eastern Ukraine, depending on the battle. Its performance has included a significant success in retaking the Donetsk international airport from insurgents on May 26 but beyond that has been characterized by a mixed record at best and some notable setbacks at worst.
- Poll: Ukrainians Want Freedom From Outside Intervention RFE/RL 04 Jun 2014 -- A new poll shows that the vast majority of Ukrainians feel that no outside country has a right to be involved in decisions about their country's future.
- Ukrainian Army Shelling of Hospital in Donetsk Region Left 25 Dead RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2014 -- At least 25 people were killed in Tuesday's shelling of a hospital in the town of Krasnyi Lyman in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region, representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) said Wednesday.
- Ukrainian Gov't Guaranteed Arms, Collaboration to Right Sector - Leader RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2014 -- Ukraine's radical nationalist Right Sector movement claims the government guaranteed it provisions, armament and collaboration with state agencies in the course of the special operation in the country's east, the UNN news agency reports, citing the movement's leader Borislav Bereza.
- Ukraine's Turchynov Coordinating Military Operation Near Slaviansk RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2014 -- Ukraine's interim president and speaker of parliament Oleksandr Turchynov has arrived to a military command facility near the eastern city of Slaviansk and is coordinating the operation of armed forces against independence supporters, the press service of the Ukrainian parliament said Wednesday.
- At Least 18 Dead in Kiev's Attack on Eastern City of Krasnyi Lyman – Self-Defense RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2014 -- At least ten civilians, eight self-defense troops died in the fighting near Ukraine's eastern city of Krasnyi Lyman, independence supporters said Wednesday.
- Mercenaries Compensate for Ukrainian Army's Non-Effectiveness - Russian Intelligence RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2014 -- The fact that Kiev involves mercenaries to crack down on independence supporters in Ukraine's southeast points to the non-effectiveness of the Ukrainian army, former Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service Officer Leonid Reshetnikov said Wednesday.
- US Senator Says Ukraine Needs Arms, Not Training RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2014 -- The US should provide arms to the Ukrainian government, not training, US Senator Tom Coburn told RIA Novosti Wednesday.
- 300 Dead, 500 Injured in Self-Defense on June 3 - Ukraine Special Forces RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2014 -- Battles near Slaviansk and Krasnyi Lyman in the Donetsk region on Tuesday killed 300 self-defense officers and injured 45 Ukrainian soldiers, the national Special Forces said Wednesday.
- Around 90% of Donetsk Self-Defense Troops From Donbas - Commander RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2014 -- Alexander Khodakovsky, one of the chief commanders with self-defense forces of Ukraine's breakaway Donetsk Republic, has told RIA Novosti that the majority of its troops are residents of eastern and southern Ukraine who took to arms to protect their homes.
- Donetsk Republic Not 'Self-Sufficient' – Commander RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2014 -- Ukraine's independence-minded republic in Donetsk, the DPR, and the broader Donbas region stand a slim chance of creating a sovereign state, a commander of the Vostok battalion in the Donetsk People's Republic told RIA Novosti Tuesday.
- Ukrainian army resumed shelling in Slavyansk VoR 04 Jun 2014 -- The Ukrainian army resumed shelling in Slavyansk and continued military confrontation on Tuesday evening, steadily attempting to lock in the city, self-defense leader told RIA Novosti. 'The situation is very difficult for us. The opponents are constantly using planes against us, 2-3 strike fighters at a time (changing the flights as they work with several airfields) and 6-7 combat helicopters. A squadron of Uragan rocket launchers is headed our way, and Grad rocket launchers already operated in Semenovka today.
- US does everything to prevent potential for alliance between Russia and EU - Lavrov VoR 04 Jun 2014 -- The United States leads the way in limiting Russia's opportunities and does everything to prevent the potential for alliance between Russia and the EU, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. 'One gets the impression that Russia came under fire for most actively expressing an independent point of view in the world today, finding an independent policy its natural right. Naturally this line does not fit together with anyone's claims for being exceptional,' Lavrov said.
- World Pushes China on Human Rights on Tiananmen Anniversary VOA 04 Jun 2014 -- World leaders are using the 25th anniversary of China's deadly Tiananmen Square crackdown to urge Beijing to make progress on human rights.
- US Calls for Release of Detainees on Tiananmen Anniversary VOA 04 Jun 2014 -- The United States has called on China to free those detained ahead of the 25th anniversary of the violent Tiananmen Square crackdown on democracy activists which is believed to have left hundreds dead. A prominent Chinese dissident told a Washington audience the Chinese people are overcoming their fear of the government and speaking out more boldly for democratic change, which he said is 'inevitable.'
- Dispute Over Heaven Rages In Iran RFE/RL 04 Jun 2014 -- Twenty-five years after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's death, the clerical establishment ushered in by the Islamic republic's founding father is at odds over how far its influence on Iranians' lives should extend.
- NSA chief defends facial-recognition program Iran Press TV 04 Jun 2014 -- The director of the National Security Agency has defended the agency's daily collection of millions of online images from US citizens as "legal" and conducted for the purpose of countering terrorism.
- Germany launches probe into Merkel phone tapping Iran Press TV 04 Jun 2014 -- Germany has decided to launch a criminal investigation into the US eavesdropping on German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- Germany opens investigation over US snooping on Merkel phone VoR 04 Jun 2014 -- Germany's federal prosecutor said Wednesday he had opened an investigation over alleged snooping by the US National Security Agency on Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone.
- MERS death toll in UAE hits 10: Health Ministry Iran Press TV 04 Jun 2014 -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the latest country to confirm 10 deaths as a result of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), better known as the MERS virus.
- Thai Military Stages Pro-Coup Rally in Bangkok VOA 04 Jun 2014 -- Several hundred people turned out in Bangkok Wednesday for an entertainment-filled event put on by the Thai military, which carried out a bloodless coup on May 22nd. The performance was seen as a way for the public to show support for the army's action and serve as a public relations counterweight to sporadic but illegal rallies protesting the military takeover.
- Doctors Without Borders Worried About Spread of Ebola Outbreak VOA 04 Jun 2014 -- The ongoing Ebola outbreak is 'resurging' in Guinea, where the virus has killed about 200 people since it appeared in February, and in neighboring Sierra Leone, said Doctors Without Borders on Wednesday.
- Russia, US resume talks on new joint projects for ISS VoR 04 Jun 2014 -- Russia and the US have resumed talks on new joint projects regarding the International Space Station (ISS), the Russian daily Izvestia writes on Wednesday, referring to Oleg Orlov, First Deputy Director of the Institute for Medico-Biological Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
- Russia to Conduct First-Ever 'Extreme Space' Research Aboard Satellite RIA Novosti 04 Jun 2014 -- Russia is preparing to launch a scientific satellite that will, for the first time ever, give astrophysicists unique insight into the nature of extreme astrophysical phenomena such as cosmic gamma-ray bursts, according to the director of an institute participating in the study.
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