18 June 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 18 Jun 2014 [PDF]
- Abdullah Demands Stoppage Of Afghan Presidential Vote Count RFE/RL 18 Jun 2014 -- Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has demanded a halt to vote-counting in the country because of allegations of widespread fraud and called for the UN to oversee the process.
- Fraud Allegations Threaten Historic Afghan Political Transition VOA 18 Jun 2014 -- Afghanistan's frontrunner presidential hopeful says the ballot counting process should stop, alleging widespread vote fraud. The political turmoil threatens to derail a transfer of power from one democratically elected government to the next.
- Afghanistan: UN urges respect for electoral processes as candidate questions run-off vote UN News Centre 18 Jun 2014 -- Following the announcement today by an Afghan presidential candidate that he will suspend cooperation with the electoral process, the United Nations has called for respect of the country's Constitution and laws, as well as its independent electoral institutions.
- US: Benghazi Suspect Was Planning More Attacks VOA 18 Jun 2014 -- The United States has told the U.N. Security Council that the suspected leader of the deadly 2012 assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya was planning to target more Americans.
- Benghazi Suspect Arrest Could Provide Valuable Information VOA 18 Jun 2014 -- The capture of Libyan terror suspect Ahmed Abu Khatallah could provide valuable information about the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. While viewed as a political victory for President Barack Obama, the volatile issue of how his administration handled the attack appears unlikely to go away anytime soon.
- Possible Iraq Action Requires Clearer Picture, DOD Leaders Say AFPS 18 Jun 2014 -- The Iraqi government has requested U.S. airstrikes to help it put down a fast-moving rebellion by Sunni insurgents, but the Defense Department's top civilian and military leaders told senators today that a clearer picture of the situation on the ground -- as well as clear objectives -- are necessary for airstrikes or other military intervention to be effective.
- Air Force Ready If Called Upon for Iraq, James Says AFPS 18 Jun 2014 -- The Air Force is fully engaged in planning efforts to provide options for the situation in Iraq and is ready to provide its capabilities if necessary, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said here today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- 12th War Crimes Suspect Formally Charged at Guantanamo AFPS 18 Jun 2014 -- The 12th suspect to be charged for alleged war crimes against the United States was arraigned today before a military commission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- Prosecution, Defense Discuss Hadi Arraignment AFPS 18 Jun 2014 -- The chief prosecutor in military commission war crimes hearings on terrorist acts against the United States called a suspect who was arraigned today a high-ranking al-Qaida leader who served as a liaison between the extremist group and the Taliban.
- Air Force Secretary Outlines Changes for Nuclear Force AFPS 18 Jun 2014 -- Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James today outlined new incentives and measures designed to change the culture of the service's nuclear force.
- Stratcom Chief: U.S. Must Stay Vigilant, Capable to Fight Strategic Threats AFPS 18 Jun 2014 -- A strategic attack against the United States is remote but the nation must stay vigilant and capable if it is to address the carefully planned and potentially global threats that are part of today's evolving security environment, Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney said today.
- Reserve KC-10 tanker aircrew trains with RAF fighter pilots AFNS 18 Jun 2014 -- A KC-10A aircrew from the 78th Air Refueling Squadron here refueled several Royal Air Force Typhoon GR4Fs over the North Sea June 6 during an infrequent air refueling training mission.
- NEXCOM Gives $51.9 Million to MWR NNS 18 Jun 2014 -- The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) announced June 18 that its fiscal year 2013 audited financial report showed a $51.9 million contribution to Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).
- Total Force Readiness Has Atrophied, Air Force Secretary Says AFPS 18 Jun 2014 -- While elements of the Air Force are always prepared to meet the country's readiness needs, total force readiness has deteriorated, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told the Defense Writers Group here today.
- Hagel: Proposed Defense Budget Tailored to Meet Future Threats AFPS 18 Jun 2014 -- After more than a decade of large, land-based operations driven by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the proposed Defense Department budget for the coming fiscal year focuses on new and emerging threats, including those in cyberspace, with the department proposing significant reductions in the size of the Army and Marines, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a Senate panel today.
- Malmstrom completes final Minuteman III configuration AFNS 18 Jun 2014 -- Air Force Global Strike Command met a major milestone June 16, when maintainers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, removed the last multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle in the Air Force intercontinental ballistic missile inventory from a Minuteman III.
- Agile Spirit 14's CPX key to U.S., Georgian planning partnerships USMC News 18 Jun 2014 -- In its fourth iteration, Agile Spirit has grown from a battalion-level training engagement to include, for the first time, an integrated, brigade-level command-post exercise during its two-week evolution.
- Russia to Fulfill All Military Contract Obligations with Iraq RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2014 -- All the military contract obligations with Iraq will be fulfilled, Igor Sevastyanov, the head of the Russian delegation to the Eurosatory 2014 international defense and security exhibition and deputy director of Russia's arms exporter Rosoboronexport told journalists Wednesday.
- NATO's Expansion Policy to Lead to New Divisional Lines in Europe – Russian Envoy RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2014 -- NATO's continuing expansion policy that ignores equal and indivisible security will lead to the emergence of new divisional lines in Europe, Russia's envoy to the alliance, Alexander Grushko said Wednesday.
- Russian Army Ready for Any Developments in Ukraine, World RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2014 -- The Russian Army is ready for any developments in Ukraine or anywhere in the world and Russian defense industry can quickly replace any imports, including those from Ukraine, Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a State Duma meeting behind closed doors.
- June 18, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 18 Jun 2014
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 6/18/2014 The White House 18 Jun 2014
- DoD News: Contracts for June 18, 2014
- Russia Receives Foreign Orders for S-400 Anti-Aircraft Systems RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2014 -- Orders from abroad for S-400 Triumf anti-aircraft weapons systems are being processed, Igor Sevastyanov, the head of the Russian delegation to the Eurosatory 2014 international military exhibition, told journalists Wednesday.
- 18 June 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 18 Jun 2014
- Iran not to deploy troops to Iraq: Top cmdr. Iran Press TV 18 Jun 2014 -- The Iranian military's top brass says the Islamic Republic will not deploy forces to neighboring crisis-hit Iraq, suggesting that the Arab country is itself capable of defeating the Takfiri terrorists.
- Many more join Iraq army to fight against ISIL militants Iran Press TV 18 Jun 2014 -- Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi volunteers have responded to calls by the country's highest religious authority to fight militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
- Militants attack Iraq's biggest oil refinery Iran Press TV 18 Jun 2014 -- The members of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group have attacked a main oil refinery in Iraq as they press ahead with their offensive in the war-torn country.
- Maliki Says Iraqi Forces 'Regaining The Initiative' RFE/RL 18 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki says government forces are 'regaining the initiative and striking back' after militants from an Al-Qaeda splinter group seized large swaths of territory in the north of the country.
- Iraq Requests U.S. Air Strikes Against ISIL Fighters RFE/RL 18 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari says Baghdad has asked the United States to conduct air strikes against Islamic militants that control large parts of Iraq.
- US Official Says Iraq Requests Airstrikes VOA 18 Jun 2014 -- The top U.S. military official says the Iraqi government has requested U.S. airstrikes to aid the fight against Sunni Islamist militants who have taken over key cities of northern Iraq.
- Militants Attack Iraq's Main Oil Refinery VOA 18 Jun 2014 -- Sunni Islamist militants have attacked Iraq's main oil refinery, causing damage to the site, in the latest stage of a surge that has included seizing territory across northern Iraq.
- Iraq requests US air strikes on jihadists - Iraqi FM VoR 18 Jun 2014 -- Iraq has asked the United States for assistance against jihadist-led Sunni militants that have seized key cities and large swathes of the country by launching air strikes, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Wednesday. 'Iraq has officially asked Washington to help under the security agreement (between the two countries), and to conduct air strikes against terrorist groups,' Zebari told reporters in Saudi Arabia.
- John McCain calls for US military intervention in Iraq, wants Maliki to resign VoR 18 Jun 2014 -- As the implacable advance of ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) militants in Iraq continues, several US senators called for a new bombing campaign against the jihadists and for the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to step down.
- UN cites total breakdown of law and order as 'climate of fear' grips eastern Ukraine UN News Centre 18 Jun 2014 -- With United Nations monitors reporting today that armed separatists have used killings, abductions and torture to instil a "climate of intimidation and fear" in eastern Ukraine, the world body's human rights chief urged all armed groups to put down their weapons, end the violence and begin the process of long-term reconciliation.
- Ukraine's Poroshenko to declare ceasefire in east Iran Press TV 18 Jun 2014 -- Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says he will soon order a unilateral ceasefire in the country's troubled east as part of a broader plan to end the bloodshed in the region.
- Ukraine's Poroshenko Promises Unilateral Cease-Fire RFE/RL 18 Jun 2014 -- Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has announced plans for a unilateral cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, where government forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists.
- Over 13,500 Ukrainian Refugees Staying in Russia RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2014 -- Russian authorities have estimated there are more than 13,500 Ukrainian refugees in Russia now, a security services source said Wednesday.
- Poroshenko Says Ukraine at War, Southeast 'Brainwashed' RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2014 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared Wednesday his country was at war and said its army had been deliberately destroyed over the past years, according to Ukraine's UNIAN news agency.
- Poroshenko Ready to Negotiate with Leaders in East Ukraine RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2014 -- Petro Poroshenko is ready to negotiate with "people with authority" in the east of Ukraine, the Ukrainian president's envoy for conflict resolution in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions Irina Gerashchenko said.
- Poroshenko's 'arms surrender' offer a trick - Donetsk People's Republic VoR 18 Jun 2014 -- A spokesman for the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), Miroslav Rudenko, has rejected a proposal by Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko for self-defense fighters in the east of the country to surrender their arms. 'Poroshenko's proposal to surrender arms is simply a tactical trick,' he said. 'If people give in to it, a new purge will begin. We shall not surrender our arms,' Rudenko said.
- Martial law in eastern Ukraine to lead to increased levels of violence - Churkin VoR 18 Jun 2014 -- Imposition of martial law in eastern Ukraine is a wrong step and will lead to increased levels of violence, warned Russia's permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin. 'If the current violence is not enough, the military situation seems to lead to its growth. This is the wrong thing to do' the diplomat said, commenting on the forthcoming Verkhovna Rada's appeal to President Petr Poroshenko.
- Spokesman for Donetsk Republic dismisses Poroshenko's statement as absurd VoR 18 Jun 2014 -- Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko's assurances about ceasefire 'have an absolutely absurd sounding', Alexandr Borodai, the Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) said to ITAR-TASS Wednesday in a comment on a statement that Poroshenko made earlier on the same day. 'Poroshenko's statement is absurd,' Borodai said. 'He says he is stepping up his military operation now and mopping up the border, after which our people's guard must disarm itself voluntarily and without any prior conditions.'
- Mali: UN peacekeeping chief cites progress on political track as key to stability UN News Centre 18 Jun 2014 -- The time for peace talks in Mali is now, the United Nations peacekeeping chief told the Security Council today, underscoring the importance of a successful political process to the country's stability and reversing the sharp deterioration in the security situation in the northern town of Kidal.
- China Accuses Vietnam of Hyping Oil Rig Dispute VOA 18 Jun 2014 -- Talks between Chinese and Vietnamese officials in Hanoi over disputed waters turned turbulent Wednesday, as China's representative accused his counterparts of 'hyping up' the conflict.
- Cameroon's Military Seizes War Weapons VOA 18 Jun 2014 -- Cameroon's military has arrested an arms dealer and uncovered a huge number of weapons buried in a border village by suspected Boko Haram fighters. The Nigerian militant group has been using northern Cameroon as a base to avoid Nigerian security forces.
- Life Trickles Back in South Sudan's Bor VOA 18 Jun 2014 -- Nearly 100,000 people who fled Bor at the height of the fighting in South Sudan have returned in recent weeks, trying to rebuild lives in a city that is only a shadow of what it used to be.
- Poroshenko And Putin Hold Talks RFE/RL 18 Jun 2014 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have spoken about a possible ceasefire in eastern Ukraine where Ukrainian forces have been clashing with pro-Russian separatists.
- Poroshenko's Right-Hand Man Emerges RFE/RL 18 Jun 2014 -- Every move that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko makes is being examined as if under an electron microscope.
- Ukraine's Poroshenko Suggests Relieving Foreign Minister Deshchytsia from Post RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2014 -- President Petro Poroshenko has suggested dismissing acting Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia, the Ukrainian parliament said Wednesday.
- US Pledges $10m to Fight Ukraine Corruption VOA 18 Jun 2014 -- The head of the U.S. government's development agency has announced new financial support for anti-corruption initiatives in Ukraine. The visiting USAID chief said America stands by Ukraine in its quest to enact reform.
- Ministry of Foreign Trade Reorganized as Ministry of External Economic Affairs KCNA 18 Jun 2014 -- The DPRK decided to reorganize the Ministry of Foreign Trade as the Ministry of External Economic Affairs of the DPRK by merging the Joint Venture and Investment Commission of the DPRK and the State Economic Development Committee of the DPRK with it.
- National Meeting Held to Mark 50th Anniversary of Kim Jong Il's Start of Work at C.C., WPK KCNA 18 Jun 2014 -- A national meeting took place here on Wednesday to mark the 50th anniversary of leader Kim Jong Il's start of work at the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK).
- Iran ready to take final step towards resolving nuclear issue: President IRNA 18 Jun 2014 -- If the international community recognizes Irans right for peaceful use of nuclear energy, Tehran will be ready to take the final step towards resolution of the issue, President Hassan Rouhani said here on Wednesday.
- Iran producing different classes of 'Toufan' missiles ISNA 18 Jun 2014 -- Iran has produced seven classes of 'Toufan' (Storm) missiles, Head of Iran's Aerospace Organization General Mehdi Farahi announced.
- 'Jask to turn into Iran's 2nd oil export terminal' Iran Press TV 18 Jun 2014 -- A high-ranking Iranian official says Iran's port city of Jask in the southern province of Hormozgan will turn into the country's second crude oil export terminal in the near future.
- Spain Prepares for Felipe's Coronation VOA 18 Jun 2014 -- A teary-eyed King Juan Carlos on Wednesday signed an act of parliament sealing his abdication of the Spanish crown after a four-decade reign, clearing the way for his 46-year-old son, Felipe VI, to be sworn in as king Thursday morning.
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