15 June 2014 Military News
- Vote Counting Under Way in Afghan Presidential Runoff VOA 15 Jun 2014 -- Vote counting is under way in Afghanistan where voters chose a new president in a runoff election between candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani.
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- Pennsylvania Gold Sets New Record for Longest Ohio-Class SSBN Patrol NNS 15 Jun 2014 -- USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) with its Gold Crew aboard, returned home to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor June 14 following a 140-day strategic deterrent patrol, setting a new record for the longest patrol completed by an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine.
- Army well-prepared to thwart threats to territorial integrity: Commander IRNA 15 Jun 2014 -- The Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran command council is carefully considering the latest international and regional developments and well-prepared to thwart any threat to territorial integrity, Deputy Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Forces Brigadier General Kiumars Heydari said on Sunday.
- Iraq - Press Statement US Dept. of State 15 Jun 2014
- Iraqi Government Prepares to Defend Baghdad VOA 15 Jun 2014 -- In a bid to reassure the situation is under control, Iraqi state TV shows video of hundreds of volunteers standing in front of a military recruiting station Sunday. They interviewed military commanders to reinforce the message that popular enthusiasm to fight Sunni militants from the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is strong.
- US Readies Options for Iraq Conflict VOA 15 Jun 2014 -- The United States is repositioning military assets closer to Iraq, as Baghdad braces for a possible attack by Sunni militants that have seized large swaths of territory in the country. Meanwhile in Washington, the risks and merits of some form of U.S. military intervention in Iraq is a topic of heated debate.
- US committed to help Iraq in fight against militants: Kerry Iran Press TV 15 Jun 2014 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States is committed to helping Iraq beat back al-Qaeda-linked militants who have vowed to march toward the capital, Baghdad.
- Nearly 300 terrorists killed in Iraqi army operations Iran Press TV 15 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi military forces have killed nearly 300 Takfiri militants in separate attacks across the country as they get the upper hand in the battle against the militants.
- U.S. Sends Carrier To Gulf, Urges New Iraqi Government RFE/RL 15 Jun 2014 -- Washington has sent an aircraft carrier into the Gulf to provide U.S. President Barack Obama with military options if the security situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate.
- Iraq, ISIL Militants Clash Near Syrian Border VOA 15 Jun 2014 -- The insurgent offensive threatening Iraq spread to the northwest of the country on Sunday, when Sunni militants launched a dawn raid on a town close to the Syrian border, yet Iraq claimed that its security forces had 'regained the initiative' after stalling the militants' march toward Baghdad.
- Unrest in Iraq: premier appeals for unity in fight against insurgency VoR 15 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Saturday urged his compatriots to be united in fighting a widening Sunni-led insurgency as neighboring Iran offered to help stem the rebellion, DPA reports. 'We all belong to one country and one religion and shoulder the same responsibility,' the Shiite premier said in televised remarks from the central city of Samara.
- Syria army recaptures strategic town near Turkish border Iran Press TV 15 Jun 2014 -- The Syrian army has recaptured the strategic town of Kassab near the country's border with Turkey in the northwestern province of Latakia.
- Libya: four killed, 14 wounded in fresh clashes in Benghazi VoR 15 Jun 2014 -- A renegade Libyan general Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive on Sunday against Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi, that left four people killed and 14 wounded, medical officials said on Sunday, according to Reuters. Dozens of families had to flee the port city in the latest bout of turmoil to hit the North African oil-producing nation.
- Lavrov Urges Kerry To Rein In Kyiv's Offensive In East RFE/RL 15 Jun 2014 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone call to use his influence over Ukraine's leaders to convince them to suspend Kyiv's military offensive in the separatist east.
- NATO does not intend to deploy troops to Ukraine - NATO chief VoR 15 Jun 2014 -- NATO has no plans to deploy troops on Ukrainian soil, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Sunday. Rasmussen said that NATO intends to submit a package of measures to its member countries' foreign ministers for review at the end of this month. The package would include assistance to Ukraine in reforming the country's defense sector and modernizing its armed forces.
- Iran ready for final nuclear deal: Rouhani Iran Press TV 15 Jun 2014 -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic is ready to reach a final deal with the P5+1 countries on Tehran's nuclear energy program based on international regulations.
- Soyuz кocket puts Russian GLONASS-M navigation satellite into orbit VoR 15 Jun 2014 -- The Soyuz-2.1b rocket with GLONASS-M navigation satellite on board has been successfully launched from Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia, Aerospace Defense Forces spokesman Colonel Alexei Zolotukhin said.
- First MERS case reported in Bangladesh VoR 15 Jun 2014 -- Bangladesh on Sunday reported its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus infection in a man returning from the United States through Abu Dhabi, Reuters reports.
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