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11 June 2014 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 11 Jun 2014 [PDF]
  • Taliban Threatens Violence as Afghans Prepare to Vote VOA 11 Jun 2014 -- Voters in Afghanistan go to the polls Saturday, June 14 for the presidential runoff election that is expected to pave the way for the nation's first peaceful, democratic transfer of power. But the election comes during a violent insurgency, and Taliban militants are threatening to disrupt the polls.
  • Hagel Defends Bergdahl Swap RFE/RL 11 Jun 2014 -- Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has told a Congressional committee that the United States needed to act quickly to secure the release of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from five years of captivity by the Taliban.
  • Prisoner Swap Part of Long Tradition, DOD Counsel Says AFPS 11 Jun 2014 -- The exchange that led to the return of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is part of a tradition of prisoner exchanges between opposing forces during wartime, Defense Department General Counsel Stephen W. Preston told members of Congress today.
  • Hagel: Bergdahl Recovery Consistent With U.S. Laws, Values AFPS 11 Jun 2014 -- The recovery of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban was fully consistent with U.S. law, U.S. interests and the U.S. military's core values, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the House Armed Services Committee today.
  • Hagel Defends Taliban Prisoner Swap VOA 11 Jun 2014 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said exceptional circumstances did not allow time to provide advance notice to Congress about the release of captured Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.
  • US Navy, Coast Guard capture semi-submersible drug vessel in Eastern Pacific; seize $107 million of cocaine NNS 11 Jun 2014 -- Working with the Colombian Navy and Air Force, U.S. Navy and Coast Guard forces aboard USS Ingraham (FFG 61) captured a semi-submersible vessel packed with $107 million worth of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific in May.

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  • 11 June 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 11 Jun 2014
  • We must be prepared to invest more in peacekeeping, Ban tells Security Council debate UN News Centre 11 Jun 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today told the United Nations Security Council that the international community must be prepared to invest in peacekeeping and peacebuilding at a "key moment for this flagship UN activity" as he highlighted new trends and approaches affecting operations, whose budget is approaching $8 billion.
  • Iraqi Security Officials: Militants Seize Tikrit VOA 11 Jun 2014 -- Islamist militants, advancing across parts of northern Iraqi, have seized the city of Tikrit and forced as many as 500,000 people to flee.
  • Iraq's second city seized by jihadists VoR 11 Jun 2014 -- Jihadists overrun Iraq's second city of Mosul and string of Sunni Arab northern towns on Tuesday. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki asks parliament to declare state of emergency and announces government to arm citizens to fight jihadists and their allies. 'All of Nineveh province fell into hands of militants,' parliament speaker Osama al-Nujaifi says to journalists in Baghdad. Gunmen are heading south towards neighboring Salaheddin province, he added.
  • ISIL militants capture city of Tikrit in Iraq Iran Press TV 11 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi security officials say militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have seized control of the central Iraqi city of Tikrit.
  • Falling Fast: Iraqi Army Flees Militant Assault In North RFE/RL 11 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi militants have seized two provincial capitals in two days as they continue a lightning offensive that is almost effortlessly removing a wide swath of northern Iraq from government control.
  • Tikrit Overrun; Turkish Diplomatic Staff Said Kidnapped In Mosul RFE/RL 11 Jun 2014 -- Reports say Al-Qaeda-linked militants have seized the Turkish Consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and kidnapped members of the diplomatic mission.
  • U.S. Worried About Security Situation In Iraq, Offers Help RFE/RL 11 Jun 2014 -- The United States has expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in Iraq and pledged 'any appropriate assistance' to the Iraqi government.
  • Iraq: UN chief, Security Council deplore kidnapping of Turkish diplomats in Mosul UN News Centre 11 Jun 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council today deplored the kidnapping of Turkish diplomats in the Iraqi city of Mosul, while the United Nations humanitarian arm reported that hundreds of thousands of people have fled the area amid rising violence.
  • US Pledges to Help Iraq Repel Militants VOA 11 Jun 2014 -- With security in Iraq quickly deteriorating, the United States on Wednesday pledged 'any appropriate assistance' to help the Iraqi government fend off a rapid military advance by Islamist militants.
  • ISIS Takeover in Mosul Displaces Thousands VOA 11 Jun 2014 -- The extremist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) seized control of the western half of Mosul, Iraq's second largest city on June 6. Three days later, Iraqi security forces retreated, leaving the entire city in the hands of the jihadis. According to the U.N., up to half a million people have fled the city, raising concerns over a new humanitarian crisis.
  • ISIL storms Turkey's Mosul consulate, kidnaps staff Iran Press TV 11 Jun 2014 -- Militants from the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have seized the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
  • Iraq to take tough action against militants: Maliki Iran Press TV 11 Jun 2014 -- Iraq's premier promises his country will take tough action against the al-Qaeda-linked militants who have taken control of the northern province of Nineveh.
  • Syria ready to help Iraq fight terrorism: Ministry Iran Press TV 11 Jun 2014 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government says it is prepared to help Baghdad in its fight against terrorism, a day after the takeover of Iraq's Mosul by al-Qaeda-linked militants.
  • Iran steps up security along borders: Official Iran Press TV 11 Jun 2014 -- Iran has intensified security measures along its borders amid escalating terrorist attacks in neighboring countries, says a top Iranian official.
  • Iraq Government Loss of Mosul Poses Wider Implications VOA 11 Jun 2014 -- Analysts warn the Iraqi government's loss of the country's second-largest city, Mosul, to an al-Qaida splinter group poses a threat not just to Iraq, but the wider Middle East region. U.S. officials acknowledge a serious deterioration of the security situation and urge the Shi'ite-dominated Baghdad government to reach out to the country's disgruntled minority populations.
  • Militants seize 48, including Turkish consul, children in Iraq's Mosul VoR 11 Jun 2014 -- Militants stormed the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday and kidnapped 48 people including the head of the diplomatic mission, a Turkish government official said. '48 Turks including the consul, staff members, guards and three children were abducted,' the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. 'All are doing well,' the official said. The kidnappings came a day after the Mosul consulate said fighters from the powerful jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized 28 Turkish truck drivers.
  • Syrian gov't ready to help Iraq fight jihadist terror VoR 11 Jun 2014 -- The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Wednesday it is willing to help Baghdad in the fight against 'terrorism,' a day after jihadists overran Iraq's second city Mosul. 'The foreign-backed terrorism that our brothers in Iraq are facing is the same that is targeting Syria,' said the foreign ministry.
  • 'Dialogue' to define Assad's new term in office: paper People's Daily 11 Jun 2014 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says national dialogue will characterize his new term in office, according to his recent interview with the Lebanese al-Akhbar newspaper published Wednesday.
  • Syria army tightens noose around militants Iran Press TV 11 Jun 2014 -- The Syrian army has stepped up its operations against the foreign-backed Takfiri militants operating inside Syria, inflicting heavy losses on them.
  • Territorial dispute not totality of China-Philippines relations: Philippine president People's Daily 11 Jun 2014 -- Philippine President Benigno Aquino III reiterated on Tuesday that the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China is not the totality of the relationship between the two countries.
  • Sea Dispute Spotlights Plight of Vietnamese Fishermen VOA 11 Jun 2014 -- Vietnamese captain Dang Van Nhan has been left idle in his hometown of Da Nang following the sinking of his ship in the South China Sea last month.
  • South Sudan Rivals Given 60 Days to Set Up Transition Government VOA 11 Jun 2014 -- South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and his rival in the country's six-month-old conflict, Riek Machar, have pledged at a summit of East African leaders in Addis Ababa to set up a transitional government within 60 days and to allow immediate, unhindered access to people in need.
  • South Sudan's president, rebel leader agree on gov't talks Iran Press TV 11 Jun 2014 -- South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to hold talks on forming a transitional government in a bid to end the civil war in the world's youngest country, Press TV reports.
  • Ban strongly condemns car bombing resulting in death of UN peacekeepers in Mali UN News Centre 11 Jun 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned today's car bomb attack on a United Nations camp in Mali that resulted in the death of four peacekeepers from Chad.
  • Japan accuses China of conducting dangerous flights Iran Press TV 11 Jun 2014 -- Tokyo has lodged a diplomatic complaint with China, accusing Beijing of flying its fighter jets "dangerously" close to Japanese military planes.
  • Clans clash in Somalia's Lower Shabelle IRIN 11 Jun 2014 -- Inter-clan clashes over the last week in Somalia's southern Lower Shabelle region have killed approximately 30 and have forced over 250 to take refuge in African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) bases, according to the organization.
  • CAR requests ICC probe into violence Iran Press TV 11 Jun 2014 -- The Central African Republic (CAR) has requested the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate crimes which have committed in the country over the past two years.

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