08 June 2014 Military News
- DOD Statement on Sergeant Bergdahl DoD 08 Jun 2014
- US Lawmakers to Probe Bergdahl Release VOA 08 Jun 2014 -- Later this week, U.S. lawmakers will hold the first hearings into the prisoner swap that freed Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in return for five Taliban detainees.
- Military Source: Bergdahl Says He Was Beaten, Caged by Taliban VOA 08 Jun 2014 -- The U.S. soldier involved in the swap for five suspected Taliban terrorists is telling American military officials his captors at times tortured, beat and caged him during his nearly five years of captivity.
- Tehran-Sponsored Hospital Eyed With Suspicion In Afghanistan RFE/RL 08 Jun 2014 -- Afghanistan has been the recipient of millions of dollars in assistance from neighboring Iran. But while Kabul has accepted the much-needed support, it has often shown wariness of Tehran's motives.
- Militants Storm Karachi Airport, Pilgrims Killed Near Iran Border RFE/RL 08 Jun 2014 -- Heavily armed gunmen have attacked one of Pakistan's busiest airports, with reports early on June 9 saying at least seven people had been killed as a fierce battle continued.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Breedlove Emphasizes Afghanistan, Ukraine Among His Priorities AFPS 08 Jun 2014 -- Even with the winding down of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe says Afghanistan, along with Ukraine, remain among his top priorities.
- USS Missouri Returns from Surge Deployment NNS 08 Jun 2014 -- Virginia-class attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) returned home to Groton, Conn., June 8, after completing an 11-week surge deployment overseas.
- Breedlove Supports Returning European Sites to Host Nations AFPS 08 Jun 2014 -- The Defense Department will save money but will not reduce military readiness when it returns more than 20 sites across Europe that have been designated for return to host nations, the top U.S. military commander in Europe said.
- UK warship sent to Baltic sea on military drills to reassure allies - report VoR 08 Jun 2014 -- Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose has been deployed to the Baltic Sea to take part in the annual joint military exercise Baltops, the Daily Telegraph reported Sunday citing UK Defense Secretary Philip Hammond.
- Chinese navy fleet ends friendly visit to Angola People's Daily 08 Jun 2014 -- The 16th escort fleet of Chinese navy ended a three-day friendly visit to Angola and left the Luanda harbor on Saturday for Namibia on its African tour.
- Double Bombing Kills 18 in Iraq VOA 08 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi officials say a double bombing outside a Kurdish party office has killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 65 others.
- Nigerian newspaper says army prevented distribution Iran Press TV 08 Jun 2014 -- A Nigerian newspaper says the army has prevented the distribution of its Saturday edition copies, after it published a story alleging corruption among military generals.
- In Gaza, senior UN envoy pledges support as Palestinian unity government takes shape UN News Centre 08 Jun 2014 -- The senior United Nations envoy in the Middle East visited the Gaza Strip today for the first time since the signing of the Beach Camp Agreement and the formation of a Palestinian government of national consensus, and pledged the Organization's ongoing support as the nascent process moves forward.
- Voting Ends In Kosovo Poll RFE/RL 08 Jun 2014 -- Voting has ended in Kosovo's early parliamentary elections, which were called after the legislature was dissolved last month.
- EU not ready to accept Ukraine: France's FM Iran Press TV 08 Jun 2014 -- French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said that the European Union (EU) is not ready to accept Ukraine as a member.
- Fighting must end this week: Ukraine's Poroshenko Iran Press TV 08 Jun 2014 -- Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has said that fighting in the eastern regions of the country must stop by the "end of this week."
- Ukrainian military used multiple rocket launchers to shell Slavyansk – DPR VoR 08 Jun 2014 -- Kiev regime forces used Grad multiple rocket launchers to shell the center of Slavyansk, Chairman of the Supreme Council of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Rebuplic Denis Pushilin said. 'The military used Grad multiple rocket launchers to shell Slavyansk. We have no precise information about the number of casualties, except for one wounded militia fighter,' he said.
- Japan underreports 640 kg unused plutonium to IAEA People's Daily 08 Jun 2014 -- The Japanese government has not declared about 640 kg of unused plutonium in its annual report for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2012 and 2013, an amount enough to make 80 nuclear bombs, local media reported Saturday.
- Japan fails to report 640kg of unused plutonium to IAEA Iran Press TV 08 Jun 2014 -- Japan has failed to mention 640 kilograms of unused plutonium in its reports to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2012 and 2013.
- Japan makes list of abductees allegedly held as hostages by N Korea VoR 08 Jun 2014 -- Japan has made a list of some 470 citizens who are believed to have been abducted by the North Korean security services and filed it to Pyongyang, Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported Sunday, citing Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
- IAEO works with Iranian nuclear experts to set agenda for upcoming nuclear talks: IAEO spokesman IRNA 08 Jun 2014 -- Irans Atomic Energy Organization and Iranian nuclear experts are due to hold a joint meeting aimed to set the agenda for the next round of nuclear talks slated for June 16-20 in Vienna, said IAEO spokesman, Behrouz Kamalvandi on Sunday.
- Sisi takes office as new Egyptian president Iran Press TV 08 Jun 2014 -- Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi has officially taken office as Egypt's new president at a ceremony at the Ittihadiya presidential palace.
- El-Sissi Inaugurated as Egypt's President VOA 08 Jun 2014 -- Abdel Fattah el-Sissi was inaugurated Sunday as Egypt's eighth president, less than a year after he helped oust the country's first freely elected leader, Islamist Mohamed Morsi.
- Feature: Out from the shadows, victims of terrorism take centre stage at UN UN News Centre 08 Jun 2014 -- Imagine being caught up in a hotel bombing while vacationing abroad and you find yourself alone in a foreign hospital. You are treated for the severe physical injuries sustained in the horrific incident and are eventually released from the hospital. But you and your loved ones have no idea about where or to whom to turn to deal with the consequences of your having witnessed and become a victim of a terrorist attack.
- Opposition blames German gov't of unwillingness to investigate NSA mass surveillance cases VoR 08 Jun 2014 -- The German opposition consisting of the Left Party (LP) and the Alliance '90(The Green party) has accused the German government of disinclination to investigate the circumstances of the mass collection and analysis of the German users' data conducted by the US National Security Agency (NSA).
- India, China Hold Talks on Boosting Trade, Border Disputes VOA 08 Jun 2014 -- The Chinese and Indian foreign ministers have discussed ways to ease border tensions and enhance economic engagement in the Indian capital. It is the first high level interaction between the Asian giants since a new government took power in India.
- PM Thaci's Party Claims Victory in Kosovo Poll VOA 08 Jun 2014 -- The ruling Democratic Party of Kosovo is claiming victory and a likely third term for Prime Minister Hashim Thaci.
- Thai military tighten up security fearing anti-coup protests VoR 08 Jun 2014 -- Thousands of soldiers and police were deployed across Bangkok Sunday, an official said, as anti-coup protesters vowed to stage flash mob rallies in several locations in defiance of an army edict banning political assemblies, AFP reports.
- Bulgaria Suspends Work On South Stream Pipeline RFE/RL 08 Jun 2014 -- Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski has announced that Bulgaria is suspending work on the disputed Russian-backed South Stream gas pipeline following criticism from the European Union and United States.
- Towards manned orbital mission: Iran to build its own spacecraft VoR 08 Jun 2014 -- Iran has announced that it is planning to build its own orbital spaceship, the Fars news agency reports citing the head of the Iranian national space project, Mansur Kabganian.
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