12 June 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 12 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- Afghanistan: UN official urges broad participation in historic run-off election UN News Centre 12 Jun 2014 -- As the Afghan people head toward a historic run-off presidential election that will culminate the country's first-ever democratic transfer of power, the top United Nations official there is encouraging them to actively participate in the polls, deliver the necessary change and help build a better future for their long-troubled nation.
- Afghan Officials: Taliban Can't Disrupt Runoff VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- A top Afghan security official says the Taliban are not capable of disrupting Saturday's nationwide presidential runoff election.
- US resumes Pakistan drone strikes, 16 reportedly killed VoR 12 Jun 2014 -- US drones killed 16 Islamist militants at their hideouts in north-western Pakistan, in the first strikes by the unmanned aircraft in almost six months, officials said Thursday.
- Pakistan Condemns US Drone Strikes VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- Two U.S. drone strikes have struck Pakistan's volatile North Waziristan tribal territory on the Afghan border, killing at least 16 suspected militants. The pre-dawn attacks on Thursday have ended the longest pause in the 10-year CIA-run drone campaign.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Three Pinholes Found in Red Hill's Empty Tank 5 NNS 12 Jun 2014 -- Navy contract workers found three small holes on Tank 5 at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility June 11 and 12.
- Admiral Testifies on Missile Defense Budget, Progress AFPS 12 Jun 2014 -- Critical upcoming flight tests, progress worldwide, growing missile proliferation and cybersecurity were among the topics Navy Vice Adm. James D. Syring discussed yesterday before a Senate panel.
- Whiteman B-2s train in UK AFNS 12 Jun 2014 -- Two B-2 Spirits flew to the U.S. European Command area of operations June 8 to train and integrate with U.S. and allied military forces in the region.
- Defense Logistics Agency Improves Support While Downsizing AFPS 12 Jun 2014 -- The Defense Logistics Agency is downsizing as the U.S. military reduces its role in overseas conflicts and operations, the agency's director said today.
- USS Vella Gulf Exits Black Sea NNS 12 Jun 2014 -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) departed the Black Sea after a series of engagements promoting peace and stability in the region, June 12.
- Misawa launches first Global Hawk AFNS 12 Jun 2014 -- The RQ-4 Global Hawk made its first operational flight out of Misawa Air Base on June 6.
- NATO Secretary General praises Spain's continued commitment to Alliance security NATO 12 Jun 2014 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Thursday (12 June 2014) praised Spain's continued investment in the Alliance shared security. "Our security is interconnected" he said, "and NATO faces more than one crisis, or one challenge. We face an arc of crises from the East to the South."
- Chinese navy fleet visits Namibia People's Daily 12 Jun 2014 -- A Chinese navy fleet consisting of two missile frigates and a supply ship docked at Namibia's Port of Walvis Bay on Wednesday, marking the beginning of China's first-ever navy visit to the Southwestern African country.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 6/12/2014 The White House 12 Jun 2014
- 12 June 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 12 Jun 2014
- Obama: Iraq Needs More Help From U.S., International Community AFPS 12 Jun 2014 -- Calling the situation in Iraq "clearly an emergency situation," President Barack Obama today said the Iraqi government will need more help from the United States and the international community to keep jihadists from getting a permanent foothold in the region.
- Iraq: as militants advance, UN swings into action on political, humanitarian fronts UN News Centre 12 Jun 2014 -- With Iraq facing "the most serious threats to its security in years," the top United Nations official in the country reiterated today the Organization's support for the Iraqi Government's efforts to combat terrorist groups in the wake of the crisis sparked by the militant takeover of key cities in the north.
- Iraq Launches Airstrikes Against Islamist Forces VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi government forces carried out airstrikes Thursday against fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The militant group seized several cities from the Iraqi army this week in a move that has caused alarm across the world. Analysts say the militants' advance has called into question the future of the Iraqi state.
- Iran Concerned by Turmoil in Iraq VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- Iran says it will fight terrorism in neighboring Iraq following the quick capture of several Iraqi cities this week by the Sunni Muslim militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
- Q&A with Kirkuk Governor Najmaldin Karim: Peshmerga to Stay 'As Long as Necessary' VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- The security situation in Iraq continued its lightening deterioration Thursday as Kurdish forces swept into the strategic northern city of Kirkuk after government troops fled attacks by al-Qaida-linked Sunni insurgents.
- Iraq Militants Threaten Move on Baghdad VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- Islamist Sunni militants are threatening to advance on Iraq's capital, pushing to within 100 kilometers to the north, after seizing several other key cities in a blow to the country's Shi'ite-led government.
- US Reaction: Obama Looking at All Options to Confront Iraq Insurgency VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- President Barack Obama said on Thursday that he is looking at all options in helping the Iraqi government face down a growing insurgency.
- UN Security Council to Meet on Iraq Crisis VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- The U.N. Security Council meets Thursday to discuss the deteriorating security situation in Iraq, as the United States promises new aid to the beleaguered Baghdad central government.
- US considers all the options in Iraq VoR 12 Jun 2014 -- US President Barack Obama said Thursday that his national security team was 'looking at all the options' as the crisis in Iraq unfolds, with Arab jihadists pushing towards Baghdad.
- Turkey says negotiating for release of 80 hostages held by Islamist in Iraq VoR 12 Jun 2014 -- Turkey is negotiating for the release of 80 nationals held by Islamist militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and cannot confirm reports that some of them have been freed, government officials said on Thursday. 'There are reports in the media about our citizens being released but we can't confirm these reports at this stage,' a Turkish official said. 'We have been holding negotiations since yesterday to secure our citizens and these negotiations are still ongoing.'
- Kurds in full control of oil city Kirkuk after Iraqi army flees VoR 12 Jun 2014 -- Kurdish forces are in full control of Iraq's oil-rich city of Kirkuk after the federal Iraqi army abandoned its bases there, a Kurdish military spokesman said on Thursday. Kirkuk is a city located at the heart of a long-running dispute between the federal government in Baghdad and the Kurds, who run their own autonomous region in the north of the country and have an armed militia called the 'peshmerga'.
- U.S. Officials Watching Events in Iraq Closely AFPS 12 Jun 2014 -- As Sunni militants advance on the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, Pentagon officials say they are watching events in the country closely and will continue to help Iraqi security forces build their defensive capacity.
- Aid agencies scramble to support Iraq displaced IRIN 12 Jun 2014 -- Cash-strapped aid agencies are scrambling to respond to an escalating humanitarian crisis after Islamist militants seized control of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, forcing an estimated half a million people to flee towards the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in the space of days.
- Iran shall not brook violence in Iraq: Rouhani Iran Press TV 12 Jun 2014 -- Iran's president says the Islamic Republic will not tolerate violence and terror as foreign-backed Takfiri militants wreak havoc in northern Iraq.
- Iraq to cooperate with Kurds to retake Mosul: Iraqi FM Iran Press TV 12 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari says Baghdad is set to work with the country's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region to push the militants out of the northern city of Mosul.
- Sen. Graham calls for air strikes on Iraq Iran Press TV 12 Jun 2014 -- Sen. Lindsey Graham has called on US President Barack Obama to authorize airstrikes in Iraq in order to halt the progress of al-Qaeda groups.
- ISIL To Implement Shari'a Law In Areas Under Its Control RFE/RL 12 Jun 2014 -- The Islamic State Of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) says it will start implementing strict Shari'a law in Mosul and other areas of Iraq it has overrun.
- Refugees From Mosul Wonder When To Go Back RFE/RL 12 Jun 2014 -- Aliya Muhammad says she and her family fled Mosul to save their lives when the Sunni fundamentalist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) routed the Iraqi Army in three days of fighting on June 6-9.
- President Rouhani, Iraqi PM stress fighting terrorism IRNA 12 Jun 2014 -- President Hassan Rouhani in a telephone conversation with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki discussed the latest developments in Iran as well as the way for uprooting terrorism.
- Japan summons China envoy over 'dangerous' flights Iran Press TV 12 Jun 2014 -- Japan has summoned China's ambassador to complain about two Chinese fighter jets flying "dangerously" close to Japanese surveillance planes in the East China Sea.
- Japan Summons China Ambassador Over Plane Incident VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- Japan has summoned China's ambassador in Tokyo to protest an incident in which two Chinese fighter jets flew 'dangerously close' to a pair of Japanese surveillance planes in the East China Sea.
- Gunfire Erupts Along DRC-Rwanda Border VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- Gunfire has erupted for a second day on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Fighting resumes on Rwanda-DRC border Iran Press TV 12 Jun 2014 -- Fighting has resumed on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) one day after heavy clashes in the region left five Congolese soldiers dead.
- In wake of clashes, UN envoy calls for restoring calm along DR Congo-Rwanda border UN News Centre 12 Jun 2014 -- Following clashes on Wednesday between the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda, a senior United Nations official has called on both sides to restore calm in the border area of Kibumba.
- Timely elections, political solutions to differences vital for Libya to move forward – Ban UN News Centre 12 Jun 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged all Libyans to remain engaged in the search for political solutions to resolve differences, while stressing the importance of the peaceful and timely holding of legislative elections later this month.
- No easy way forward for Al-Shabab defectors IRIN 12 Jun 2014 -- Anwar Ahmed*, 50, an Al-Shabab defector, was drawn to Somalia's Salafist armed group both by the promise of a wage and a belief in the Islamic ways of "rights and justice for all".
- CAR's unaccompanied children stuck in limbo IRIN 12 Jun 2014 -- The violence in Central African Republic forced 97,000 civilians to flee across the border to Chad. Some 1,200 of those in flight were unaccompanied or separated children, who now long to find their families and return to school and to safety, or at least some semblance of normality.
- Amid the violence, education suffers in South Sudan IRIN 12 Jun 2014 -- The latest conflict in South Sudan has undermined much of the progress that had been made in education there since a 2005 peace accord between Khartoum and southern rebels ended decades of civil war.
- Pledges and boycotts in Mauritania polls IRIN 12 Jun 2014 -- President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz will face four rival candidates in Mauritania's 21 June elections, which are being boycotted by the main opposition coalition on grounds that they are a sham and its supporters claiming that the outcome is a foregone conclusion.
- South Sudan Army Spokesman Says Desertion is 'Normal' VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- A spokesman for the South Sudan army, the SPLA, dismissed reports that thousands of soldiers have abandoned their posts in Jonglei state, saying the number was much smaller and 'desertion is normal' in modern armies.
- Experts: Slow International Response Contributed to Rise of Boko Haram VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- Experts say a slow international response to Boko Haram's crimes in Nigeria has contributed to its rise from a group of marauding militants into an Islamist insurgency and broader threat. A U.S. congressional panel held a hearing Wednesday to get updates on the group that has wreaked havoc in northeastern Nigeria for the past five years.
- Ukrainian Military Waits For Government To Act On Promises Of Support RFE/RL 12 Jun 2014 -- A day after his election as Ukrainian president on May 25, Petro Poroshenko vowed to finally provide the country's woefully neglected military with some much-needed care, declaring, 'Ukrainian soldiers will no longer be naked, barefoot, and hungry!'
- Ukraine's armed forces launche first ever incendiary raid against Slavyansk suburbs VoR 12 Jun 2014 -- A village of Semenovka near the Ukraine's eastern restive city of Slavyansk appears to have been targeted for a fire-bomb attack on Wednesday night, a source at the local self-defense headquarters told RIA Novosti Thursday. 'Late on Wednesday, Semenovka came under attack that apparently involved fire bombs. They exploded right above the village and split into smoldering fragments,' an eyewitness said.
- Over 15,000 refugees flee from conflict-grip Ukraine's east to Russia VoR 12 Jun 2014 -- About 15,000 refugees have crossed the border between Ukraine and Russia fleeing from areas of combat operation in Ukraine's southeastern regions, speaker of the parliament of the Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin.
- Kim Jong-un blasts N Korea's weather service for 'incorrect' forecasts VoR 12 Jun 2014 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has censured his country's weather service for 'incorrect' forecasts in a rare public dressing down of a government body in the reclusive nation, which suffers regular natural disasters.
- Iran to reduce Arak plutonium production: Official Iran Press TV 12 Jun 2014 -- Iran says it will scale down the annual production of plutonium at its Arak heavy water reactor to a tenth of its current output level as part of the Islamic Republic's confidence-building measures over its nuclear energy program.
- President Rouhani: Iranian nation moving towards moderation IRNA 12 Jun 2014 -- President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that the Iranian nation is moving on the road to moderation and all hope that the era of extremism around the globe comes to an end for ever.
- No Detail Too Small for Thai Junta VOA 12 Jun 2014 -- Thailand's army chief was named Thursday to head a committee to support small and medium enterprises in the county. As the ruling junta involves itself in deciding everything from sweeping political reforms to which broadcasters can air World Cup matches, some say the generals are getting bogged down in micro-managing.
- General Assembly urged to 'make UN more relevant' in global combat against terrorism UN News Centre 12 Jun 2014 -- As the United Nations General Assembly today began its review of its overall counter-terrorism strategy, a senior official urged Member States to take advantage of the opportunity "to make the UN more relevant" in the international effort to fight what he called "a destructive and deplorable malady."
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