10 June 2014 Military News
- UN in Afghanistan condemns deadly attack on de-miners in central region UN News Centre 10 Jun 2014 -- The top United Nations official in Afghanistan today condemned the killing of eight Afghan de-miners and the wounding of another three in an attack in what remains one of the most heavily mined countries in the world.
- DOD Spokesman: Bergdahl Needs Time, Space for Reintegration AFPS 10 Jun 2014 -- Bowe Bergdahl continues to recover and work through the reintegration process at Landstuhl Regional Hospital in Germany, a day before Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs members of Congress on how the Army sergeant came to be freed.
- Possible Friendly Fire Leaves 5 U.S. Service Members Dead AFPS 10 Jun 2014 -- Five American troops were killed yesterday during a security operation in southern Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today.
- Breedlove: New Afghan President Will Be Willing Partner AFPS 10 Jun 2014 -- NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe expressed confidence the new Afghan president will be a willing partner in making better opportunities for his people, which begins with signing the bilateral security agreement that would allow U.S. forces to remain in Afghanistan beyond the year's end.
- Ahead of Afghan run-off election, UN calls for improved polling process UN News Centre 10 Jun 2014 -- As Afghans prepare to vote in the presidential run-off, senior United Nations officials in the country are calling on key stakeholders to improve the electoral process, and reminding policymakers that Afghan men, women and children should be meaningfully involved in the peace efforts and future direction of their country.
- Friendly Fire Suspected in Deaths of 5 US Troops in Afghanistan VOA 10 Jun 2014 -- Afghan officials say five U.S. troops killed Monday in southern Afghanistan were fired on by mistake in a coalition air strike.
- Boehner: Americans 'Less Safe' After Bergdahl Deal VOA 10 Jun 2014 -- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said the Obama administration has made Americans 'less safe' by releasing five Taliban prisoners in exchange for the freedom of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.
- Gunmen attack security training center near Karachi airport Iran Press TV 10 Jun 2014 -- Militants have mounted an attack on a training center outside Karachi's international airport in southern Pakistan a day after an all-night siege at the facility left nearly 40 people dead.
- Pakistani Forces Repel Another Karachi Attack VOA 10 Jun 2014 -- Pakistani forces repelled an attack near Karachi's airport Tuesday, less than 48 hours after a brazen Taliban siege on Pakistan's busiest airport that left at least 36 people dead.
- Taliban claims responsibility for second Pakistan Karachi airport attack - spokesman VoR 10 Jun 2014 -- The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack on Karachi's airport, the second in as many days. At least two gunmen fired on a security checkpost outside the airport before escaping the area. There were no casualties.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Rear Adm. Kirby in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 10 Jun 2014-- Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby
- USS Vella Gulf Conducts Exercises with Turkish Navy NNS 10 Jun 2014 -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) participated in a bilateral underway engagement with the Turkish navy corvette TCG Bykada (F 512) in the Black Sea, June 10.
- Airmen wrap up 'Eager Lion' over Jordan skies AFNS 10 Jun 2014 -- For the past two weeks, Airmen from around the world converged in Jordan to provide airpower to sister services and partner nations throughout Exercise Eager Lion 2014.
- Russian Action Creates New Paradigm in Europe, Breedlove Says AFPS 10 Jun 2014 -- The Russian annexation of Crimea and its actions on the Ukraine border have prompted NATO to undergo future self-evaluations in three areas, the alliance's supreme allied commander for Europe said last week.
- Dempsey, Service Chiefs Meet With British Prime Minister, Chiefs AFPS 10 Jun 2014 -- Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the U.S. service chiefs met in London today with British Prime Minister David Cameron at No. 10 Downing Street and with their counterparts at the British Defense Ministry.
- Department of the Navy Seeks Biofuels on a Large Scale NNS 10 Jun 2014 -- In a major step for the Department of the Navy's efforts to increase operational readiness and mission effectiveness by reducing its reliance on petroleum, at least 37 million gallons of drop-in biofuels are being sought as part of its F-76 marine diesel and JP-5 shipboard jet fuel supply in the upcoming Inland/East/Gulf Coast bulk fuels solicitation released by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy on June 9. Bids are due by July 9, and deliveries of fuel will start April 1, 2015. The Inland/East/Gulf Coast is the single largest bulk fuels acquisition program, and is valued in excess of $3.5 billion.
- Logistics Leaders Tour Hakozaki Fuel Depot NNS 10 Jun 2014 -- U.S. Navy logistics leaders toured fueling operations onboard Defense Fuel Support Point (DFSP) Hakozaki on the island of Azuma located within Tokyo Bay, Japan, June 5.
- Blue Ridge Performs CUES Training with Japanese NNS 10 Jun 2014 -- U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) practiced Codes for Unplanned Encounters at Sea (CUES) with Japanese vessel JDS Kunisaki (LST-4003), June 2.
- SECNAV Emphasizes Presence, Partnerships During Visit to Sweden NNS 10 Jun 2014 -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus spoke at the People and Defense Forum during a visit to Sweden June 9, highlighting the importance of naval presence and international partnerships.
- No Plans for Anti-Missile Defense in Georgia, Ukraine - Nuland RIA Novosti 10 Jun 2014 -- The United States does not plan to establish an anti-missile defense system in Georgia or Ukraine, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said Tuesday.
- RIMPAC drill signals China-U.S. trust building People's Daily 10 Jun 2014 -- The Chinese navy's unprecedented participation in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multinational naval exercises has sent a positive signal for building trust between China and the United States.
- NATO Secretary General says transatlantic relationship is ''critical'' to security NATO 10 Jun 2014 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, speaking at the Transatlantic Bond Project Conference in Brussels on Tuesday (10 June 2014), stressed the importance of a strong relationship between Europe and North America to address current security risks and threats. "Transatlantic resolve and unity will be critical in meeting all these complex challenges", he said. "NATO is the unique political and military instrument that allows us to muster that transatlantic resolve, and translate it into unified action".
- NATO's expansion eastward is counterproductive - FM Lavrov VoR 10 Jun 2014 -- 'There are the same criteria in the military-political sphere as in economy or humanitarian sphere: the need to meet the commitments one has undertaken. All Euro-Atlantic states have an obligation to ensure indivisible security in the region and an OSCE commitment not to ensure the security of one state at the expense of other countries,' Lavrov said on Monday after meeting Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja.
- Russia starts maneuvers to counter NATO drills Iran Press TV 10 Jun 2014 -- The Kremlin has launched military maneuvers in response to war games by a Western military alliance near the Russian border as tensions simmer between Moscow and NATO.
- Russia warns against NATO eastward expansion Iran Press TV 10 Jun 2014 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned that any eastward expansion or military build-up by the NATO alliance near Russia's borders will be counterproductive.
- Military Drills Underway in Russia's Western Kaliningrad Region RIA Novosti 10 Jun 2014 -- Military drills involving Russian airborne troops and forces from the Baltic Fleet began in the Kaliningrad region under the command of the Russian Western Military District commander, the Russian Defense Ministry's press service said.
- Russia starts military drills simultaneously with NATO maneuvers VoR 10 Jun 2014 -- Russia starts military drills in Kaliningrad Region simultaneously with NATO's maneuvers. Military drills are being held under command of Western Military District troops commander.
- T-50 Fighter Jet Fire Near Moscow Not to Affect Test Run RIA Novosti 10 Jun 2014 -- An accident with an advanced Russian T-50 fifth-generation fighter jet, which briefly caught on fire while landing near Moscow, will not affect the schedule of planes' test runs, Sukhoi company said Tuesday.
- Russian Paratroopers Test Multi-Purpose Armored Vehicles RIA Novosti 10 Jun 2014 -- The Russian Airborne Forces (VDV) have started testing eight advanced multi-purpose Rakushka armored personnel carriers in field conditions, military spokesman Yevgeny Meshkov said Tuesday.
- Twenty SU-27 Fighter Jets to Be Based at Crimea's Belbek Airbase RIA Novosti 10 Jun 2014 -- Twenty SU-27 fighter jets are to be relocated to Belbek airbase in Crimea by the end of 2014, a source at the Russian Ministry of Defense told RIA Novosti Tuesday.
- Collective Security Treaty Organization to develop military element of the organisation VoR 10 Jun 2014 -- Participants in the session of the Council of Defense Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) on Tuesday have agreed to develop the military element of the organisation, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said. 'We've exchanged our opinions about the military and strategic situation and the situation in the CSTO responsibility area influenced by general international trends, as well as events in neighboring regions in the past two months,' Shoigu said.
- Jet fighter crash in Spain: pilot killed VoR 10 Jun 2014 -- Eurofighter jet crashes killing its pilot at attemt of landing at air base in southwestern Spain on Monday, defence ministry said. 'A Eurofighter crashed on landing at the start of the runway of the Moron base,' - ministry spokesman.
- June 10, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 10 Jun 2014
- Press Briefing by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 6/10/2014 The White House 10 Jun 2014
- 10 June 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 10 Jun 2014
- Iraq premier calls for state of emergency Iran Press TV 10 Jun 2014 -- The Iraqi prime minister has asked the parliament to declare a state of emergency after extremist militants took control of the northern province of Nineveh.
- Islamic Militants Take Control Of Iraq's Mosul RFE/RL 10 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is asking parliament to declare a state of emergency after Al-Qaeda-linked militants seized control of one of the largest cities in the country.
- Islamic Militants Seize Mosul From Iraq Government Forces VOA 10 Jun 2014 -- The Iraqi government is calling for parliament to declare a state of emergency, after militants from the al Qaida-affiliated 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' seized control of most of the northern city of Mosul and Nineveh Province.
- Militants' Brazen Attack On Mosul And What It Means For Iraq RFE/RL 10 Jun 2014 -- Militants believed to be associated with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized key buildings in Iraq's northern city of Mosul late on June 9, taking over the provincial capital's headquarters and other administrative buildings after military and police forces abandoned their positions. Here is what we know about the group and what the attack could mean for Iraq:
- Militants seize eastern part of Iraqi city of Mosul VoR 10 Jun 2014 -- Insurgents have taken over the eastern part of Iraq's northern city of Mosul following days of heavy clashes with government forces, according to residents who escaped the area and spoke on Tuesday. The provincial council and some security offices are located in the eastern part of the city.
- U.S. Condemns ISIL Assault on Mosul US Dept. of State 10 Jun 2014
- Iraq: amid rising violence, Ban urges political leaders to show unity in face of threats UN News Centre 10 Jun 2014 -- Urging all political leaders in Iraq to show national unity against the myriad threats facing the country, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed grave concern about the "serious deterioration" of security in Mosul, and condemned the recent spate of terrorist attacks that have left scores of dead and wounded in Iraq's northern and eastern provinces.
- Syria troops find militants' tunnel near capital Iran Press TV 10 Jun 2014 -- Syrian army units have found a secret tunnel in the countryside of Damascus that was used by foreign-backed militants to transfer forces and arms in and out of the capital's suburbs.
- UN agency concerned about reported abuse as thousands continue to flee Myanmar UN News Centre 10 Jun 2014 -- The United Nations refugee agency said today it was receiving increasing reports of abuse and exploitation as people continue to seek safety overseas two years after inter-communal violence erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
- Suspected Boko Haram Insurgents Attack Cameroon Village VOA 10 Jun 2014 -- More than 300 heavily armed men suspected to be members of the Nigerian radical group Boko Haram have attacked the locality of Gorsi Tourou in North Cameroon, burning churches and looting property.
- China Pushes Assimilation to Calm Xinjiang Unrest VOA 10 Jun 2014 -- China's remote Xinjiang region is facing growing ethnic unrest, becoming one of Chinese President Xi Jinping's biggest challenges. At a recently concluded top-level meeting on the resource-rich region, Xi outlined policies aimed a promoting more assimilation of Xinjiang's Uighur minorities.
- Joint Statement on National Dialogue in Sudan US Dept. of State 10 Jun 2014
- Relief funds nearly exhausted for crisis in Central African Republic – UN agencies UN News Centre 10 Jun 2014 -- Less than a week after an urgent funding appeal by the heads of the lead UN food and refugee agencies, lack of donor attention threatening to cut off aid to thousands trying to escape violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) emerged again today as a top item in the bi-weekly humanitarian briefing in Geneva.
- Ukrainian border guards claim to be abandoned by Kiev VoR 10 Jun 2014 -- 'We do not complain, we are ready to fight, but we still haven't got any orders or commands and we do not understand what to do,' border guards of the Izvarino checkpoint said to the Ukrayinska Pravda newspaper. According to the newspaper, the military believe themselves to be 'the 9th company', because everybody has forgotten about them.
- Donetsk militia claims to have destroyed Ukraine army roadblock between Slovyansk, Kramatorsk VoR 10 Jun 2014 -- A militia commander from the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic', Igor Strelkov, has claimed that the Ukrainian Armed Forces' roadblock between the cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk was destroyed.
- Ukraine's southeast does not trust Poroshenko's humanitarian corridor promise VoR 10 Jun 2014 -- Leaders of the Donetsk People's Republic doubt that the order of Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko to open humanitarian corridors will be fulfilled. 'The promise to open humanitarian corridors was given a long time ago but regretfully these are just words. We have heard about that decision but we doubt its implementation,' Donetsk People's Republic Vice-Premier Andrei Purgyn said.
- Ukraine self-defense forces destroy one military Grad MLRS near Slavyansk VoR 10 Jun 2014 -- Ukrainian servicemen open artillery fire on Slavyansk in the Donetsk Region during periods when local residents try to leave the city, spokeswoman for the people's mayor said. Soldiers of self-defense forces near embattled eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk destroy at Grad multiple-launch rocket system.
- Ukraine orders humanitarian corridors in east Iran Press TV 10 Jun 2014 -- Newly elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered the creation of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians a way to flee the conflict-hit areas of the east.
- Russia Welcomes Creation Of Humanitarian Corridors In Eastern Ukraine RFE/RL 10 Jun 2014 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow welcomes Ukraine's decision to establish humanitarian corridors in eastern Ukraine where government forces continue fighting pro-Russian separatists.
- Lavrov Urges Kiev to Stop Military Crackdown, Begin Talks with East Ukraine RIA Novosti 10 Jun 2014 -- Kiev must stop its military operation in eastern Ukraine and start direct dialogue with independence supporters, otherwise the crisis in the country will continue for a long time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
- Lavrov Says Dialogue Needed in Ukraine Regardless of Differences RIA Novosti 10 Jun 2014 -- Russia and its partners are convinced that dialogue and cessation of violence are vital for reconciliation in Ukraine regardless of how the sides interpret the Ukrainian crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
- Some 2,000 National Guard Members Deployed at Luhansk Airport RIA Novosti 10 Jun 2014 -- Approximately 2,000 gunmen with Ukraine's National Guard have been stationed at the Luhansk airport in the country's east, an independence supporter told RIA Novosti Tuesday.
- Poroshenko to Establish Humanitarian Corridor in Special Operation Areas RIA Novosti 10 Jun 2014 -- Newly elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered the heads of law enforcement structures in the country to form a humanitarian corridor for civilians that want to leave the areas where the special operation is ongoing, Ukraine's presidential press service said Tuesday.
- Rohani: Iran 'Will Do Its Best' To Secure Nuclear Deal RFE/RL 10 Jun 2014 -- President Hassan Rohani says Iran will do all it can to secure a deal with world powers on its disputed nuclear program.
- British intelligence urgently in search of Russian-speaking staff VoR 10 Jun 2014 -- If you are young, jobless, speak Russian and live in the UK, you have a great career opportunity – amid the Ukrainian crisis British intelligence has revealed that there is a shortage of Russian speakers in the Armed Forces, The Telegraph writes citing a document it obtained.
- Singapore Alleges Shipping Company Helped N. Korea Smuggle Arms VOA 10 Jun 2014 -- Singapore has filed charges against a shipping company it says was helping North Korea try to acquire illegal weapons.
- Israel Elects Hard-Liner Rivlin as Next President VOA 10 Jun 2014 -- Israel has elected as its next president a conservative lawmaker who is opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state.
- China issues white paper on policy in Hong Kong People's Daily 10 Jun 2014 -- The Chinese central government on Tuesday published a white paper detailing the 'one country, two systems' practice in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), stressing the policy as a basic state policy despite new circumstances.
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