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19 June 2014 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 19 Jun 2014 [PDF]
  • Taliban hits NATO fuel trucks in Afghanistan East Iran Press TV 19 Jun 2014 -- The Taliban militants have targeted NATO fuel trucks in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar Province near the border with Pakistan, officials say.
  • Afghan Presidential Transition In Crisis Amid Election Fraud Allegations RFE/RL 19 Jun 2014 -- Although Afghan election officials were quick to declare Afghanistan's presidential runoff a success, allegations of massive fraud are pointing to a sad ending.
  • Closing Camp Bastion UK MOD 19 Jun 2014 -- By the end of this year, the UK's main military base in Afghanistan will have closed. Meet the man who will make it all happen.
  • Afghanistan won't turn into another Iraq: Karzai Iran Press TV 19 Jun 2014 -- Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has dismissed suggestions that his country could descend into the same situation as Iraq, which has recently been plagued by an al-Qaeda-linked militancy.
  • U.S. to Continue Support of Antiterror Efforts in Afghanistan AFPS 19 Jun 2014 -- The United States will continue to work with Afghan National Security Forces and support the fight against terrorism, a senior Defense Department official told a Senate panel yesterday.
  • Taliban attack NATO supplies in Afghan east, destroy dozens of trucks VoR 19 Jun 2014 -- Four Taliban militants struck a NATO post in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar on Thursday, destroying dozens of trucks and sparking a gun battle with polices, Afghan officials said. The attack took place in the parking compound of a NATO base near the Torkham crossing on the Pakistani border, near the Khyber Pass and a main supply route for NATO-led forces in land-locked Afghanistan.
  • Tango Battery provides artillery support for coalition forces in southwestern Afghanistan USMC News 19 Jun 2014 -- In a noncombat environment, a Marine Corps artillery battery is comprised of two platoons containing one type of weapon system, either M777A2 Howitzer cannons or High Mobility Artillery Rocket System launchers. However, the Marines of Tango Battery, 5th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, aboard Camps Bastion and Leatherneck have a unique makeup for an artillery battery.
  • Marines confiscate more than one metric ton of narcotics in Helmand province, Afghanistan USMC News 19 Jun 2014 -- Nearly a month into Afghanistan's summer fighting season, Marines with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, continued a series of disruption operations in Now Zad District. The battalion has established a continuous presence in Now Zad since April, conducting numerous disruption operations in the surrounding area to prevent potential attacks on Camps Bastion and Leatherneck.
  • Remarks by the President on the Situation in Iraq The White House 19 Jun 2014 -- "I just met with my national security team to discuss the situation in Iraq. Weve been meeting regularly to review the situation since ISIL, a terrorist organization that operates in Iraq and Syria, made advances inside of Iraq. As I said last week, ISIL poses a threat to the Iraqi people, to the region, and to U.S. interests. So today I wanted to provide you an update on how were responding to the situation."
  • Obama Outlines U.S. Plans to Aid Iraq VOA 19 Jun 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States "will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action" to blunt the rapid advance of Islamic militants that have been spreading sectarian violence in Iraq.
  • Obama Announces Military Advisers Heading to Iraq AFPS 19 Jun 2014 -- President Barack Obama today announced plans to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help the government in Baghdad combat a rapid advance by Sunni-led insurgents who have taken over towns and cities and routed Iraqi troops in the north and west of the country, a situation which the president said threatens to plunge Iraq into civil war.
  • Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Iraq DoD 19 Jun 2014
  • Still Waiting for Orders, US Military Has ISIL in Its Sights VOA 19 Jun 2014 -- The United States says that, for now, it is only sending military advisers to Baghdad to help the Iraqi government combat advances by militant Sunni Islamists, known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). But the Pentagon says U.S. forces are poised to strike - if ordered to do so.
  • American fighters begin reconnaissance flights over Iraq VoR 19 Jun 2014 -- American F-18 fighter from the aircraft carrier 'George Herbert Walker Bush' in the Persian Gulf began to fly reconnaissance missions over Iraq. This was reported on Wednesday TV 'Fox News.' According to its sources in the Pentagon, one of the goals of these flights is to demonstrate US commitment to decisive action on the situation in Iraq.
  • Chairman Discusses Iraq Situation in Note to Troops AFPS 19 Jun 2014 -- Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed the situation in Iraq in a note to troops issued today.
  • US Mission to Nab Benghazi Suspect Draws Fire VOA 19 Jun 2014 -- Libyan officials have condemned this week's U.S. operation that nabbed the alleged ringleader of the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. As VOA's Aru Pande reports, after the 2011 U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, the operation in Libya again raises questions of how far the United States can go to target terror suspects abroad.

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  • 19 June 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 19 Jun 2014
  • Iraq: As violence spreads, UN advisors warn of impact on minorities, agencies support fleeing throngs UN News Centre 19 Jun 2014 -- Two special advisors to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned today what could amount to war crimes committed in Iraq by terrorist and armed groups, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and raised special concern about the impacts of the deteriorating security situation on religious and other minorities.
  • Iraqi Forces, Militants Battle for Refinery VOA 19 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi government forces battled Sunni rebels for control of the country's biggest refinery on Thursday as Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki waited for a U.S. response to an appeal for airstrikes to beat back the threat to Baghdad.
  • Over 1,000 Chinese reportedly stranded in northern Iraq People's Daily 19 Jun 2014 -- Millions of volunteers have flocked to join Iraq's beleaguered security forces as a Sunni-led insurgency continues to overwhelm large parts of the country.
  • Chinese in Iraq feel rising pressure People's Daily 19 Jun 2014 -- Beijing seeks safety for citizens as sectarian violence intensifies. The Chinese government is keeping a wary eye on Iraq and its citizens there as the security situation in the country deteriorates.
  • Iraqi army retakes most parts of Nineveh's Tal Afar Iran Press TV 19 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi armed forces have reportedly regained control of almost all parts of a strategic town in Nineveh Province as well as the Abu Tayban region in the central city of Ramadi.
  • ISIL militants wage attack on Samarra Shia sites Iran Press TV 19 Jun 2014 -- Militants from the so-called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terror group have waged an attack on the holiest sites of Shia Muslims in the Iraqi city of Samarra in another act of terrorism.
  • US wants Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki to 'go' Iran Press TV 19 Jun 2014 -- A number of US officials have, either directly or indirectly, said that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki should "go" as militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are committing atrocious acts against Iraqis.
  • Iraqi Forces Battle To Hold Biggest Refinery RFE/RL 19 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi security forces on June 19 battled Sunni insurgents for control of the country's largest refinery in Baiji, some 200 kilometers north of Baghdad.
  • Anger, Threats in Ukraine's Capital Over Ceasefire Proposal VOA 19 Jun 2014 -- Separatists in Ukraine's restive east have rejected the government's offer of a unilateral ceasefire, and angry citizens in the streets of Kyiv have also given the idea a thumbs down. Many in the capital say they didn't stand for weeks in the bitter cold earlier this year to topple the former, Russia-friendly president - only for their new president to pander to Russian aggression.
  • Pro-Russians lose fierce battle in Krasny Liman Iran Press TV 19 Jun 2014 -- Pro-Russia protesters in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region have reportedly lost a fierce battle with government forces.
  • Clashes erupt in eastern Ukraine Iran Press TV 19 Jun 2014 -- A fierce battle has erupted between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russia protesters in Ukraine's troubled eastern regions.
  • Russia expects full-scale ceasefire in Ukraine: Lavrov Iran Press TV 19 Jun 2014 -- Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that Moscow expects the Ukrainian authorities to propose a full-scale rather than a temporary ceasefire in the country's southeastern part.
  • UN Says Hundreds Killed, Detained In Ukraine RFE/RL 19 Jun 2014 -- UN monitors in eastern Ukraine say they've recorded a steady rise in killing, tortures and abductions by pro-Russian armed groups.
  • No Humanitarian Corridors in Ukraine, Refugees Driven to Russia – Kremlin RIA Novosti 19 Jun 2014 -- No humanitarian corridors have been set up for those wanting to leave combat zones in eastern Ukraine, and people are being forced into Russia, Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov said Thursday.
  • Ukrainian Army, Luhansk Forces in Hostage Swap Talks RIA Novosti 19 Jun 2014 -- Defense forces in Ukraine's eastern Luhansk province are negotiating the possible exchange of hostages with the army loyal to President Petro Poroshenko, according to the leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR).
  • NATO Chief: More Russian Troops at Ukraine's Border VOA 19 Jun 2014 -- The head of NATO says Russia has resumed a troop build-up along its border with Ukraine, as Ukraine's president announced that he will sign an association agreement with the European Union.
  • Revised draft resolution on Ukraine submitted to UN – Russian Foreign Ministry VoR 19 Jun 2014 -- Russia has submitted a revised draft resolution on Ukraine to the UN Security Council, TASS cites Russia's high-ranking diplomat has as saying.
  • Russia surprised UN pays no attention to Ukrainian refugees' issue - Kremlin VoR 19 Jun 2014 -- Russian presidential chief of staff Sergei Ivanov says he is surprised at the fact that only Russia is rendering assistance to refugees from Ukraine, while international humanitarian organizations have still not joined these efforts.
  • Ukraine's army using Su-25 fighter bombers as heavy fighting in Artemovsk underway - Donetsk militia VoR 19 Jun 2014 -- An intense military operation is underway in the town of Artemovsk in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region, a local militia headquarters spokesman told Interfax on Thursday. 'The village of Zakatnoye, the town of Seversk and the outskirts of Artemovsk have come under fire. Militiamen are firing in response. Fierce fighting is underway using heavy military hardware on the part of Ukrainian government forces,' the spokesman said.
  • Expanding reach of relief efforts, UN refugee agency opens office in southern Syria UN News Centre 19 Jun 2014 -- As part of an ongoing plan to expand the reach of its humanitarian efforts in Syria, the United Nations refugee agency has opened a field office and warehouse in the southern city of Sweida and stocked it with aid items for onward delivery to thousands of internally displaced civilians.
  • Deploring continued use of heavy weapons, Ban urges Syrian parties to end violence UN News Centre 19 Jun 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the continued heavy shelling, aerial attacks and use of barrel bombs by the Syrian Government, and renewed his appeal to all parties to the conflict to end violence and seek a political solution.
  • Syria army pounds militant strongholds in Lebanon's Arsal Iran Press TV 19 Jun 2014 -- Syrian military forces have pounded the strongholds of foreign-backed militants of the notorious al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front in the Lebanese border village of Arsal.
  • Russia's contribution to UN humanitarian motion on Syria will rule out military measures VoR 19 Jun 2014 -- While Moscow has agreed to work over a United Nations Security Council's (UN SC) draft resolution on humanitarian access to Syria, authored by Australia, Jordan, Luxembourg, it warned against attempts to pass military measures in conducting humanitarian operations in that country.
  • South Sudan's Kiir: No Interim Government Without Me as President VOA 19 Jun 2014 -- South Sudan President Salva Kiir insisted Thursday he is committed to ending more than six months of conflict in his young country through dialogue, but said he will only agree to a peace deal if it guarantees that he will lead the transitional government.
  • War, rain and money - an anatomy of South Sudan's food crisis IRIN 19 Jun 2014 -- Across a swath of South Sudan, fields where green shoots should be poking through the wet soil lie untilled and overgrown; herds of cattle that would sustain communities through the lean season have been lost or stolen; food stores have been looted or burned.
  • Mali's leaders must do more to ensure lasting peace, ease humanitarian suffering - UN official UN News Centre 19 Jun 2014 -- A senior United Nations relief official today highlighted the need for "courageous leadership" by the authorities in Mali to tackle the country's political issues, warning that the already grave humanitarian situation is likely to deteriorate unless peace and stability are restored.
  • Tackling Sahel's enduring challenges requires regional, global cooperation - UN envoy UN News Centre 19 Jun 2014 -- The countries of Africa's Sahel region – struggling to cope with terrorism, weak governance and recurrent droughts ¬– need assistance to lay the foundations for stability and sustainable development, a United Nations special envoy told the Security Council today, urging greater cooperation between the region's Governments, neighbours and international partners.
  • CAR refugees seek city life in Cameroon IRIN 19 Jun 2014 -- Frustrated by their living conditions, refugees and other migrants are streaming into towns in eastern Cameroon in search of jobs and a fresh start. But there are concerns in the region about the impact of the new arrivals in urban areas and emerging tensions between the newcomers and existing town-dwellers.
  • Bangladesh-Myanmar border tensions pinch desperate Rohingya IRIN 19 Jun 2014 -- Tensions are rising as the deteriorating humanitarian situation and limited access to livelihoods for Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar's largely Buddhist Rakhine State lead to accusations that some are smuggling drugs across the border into neighbouring Bangladesh.
  • Philippines Seeks US Compensation for Reef Damage VOA 19 Jun 2014 -- The Philippines is asking the United States to pay more than a million dollars for damaging an internationally protected reef a year and a half ago. The reef is located in the Sulu Sea, on the opposite side of the South China Sea where the Philippines is in a dispute with China and four other nations.

News Reports

  • Ukrainian Parliament Relieves Outspoken Acting Ukrainian Foreign Minister of Duty RIA Novosti 19 Jun 2014 -- Ukraine's parliament upheld the president's proposal to relieve outspoken Ukrainian Acting Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia of his duties Thursday. The proposal, which needed 226 votes for majority approval, was backed by 319 lawmakers.
  • Russia's Deputy FM welcomes Ukraine president's choice for new foreign minister VoR 19 Jun 2014 -- Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin welcomed on Wednesday the choice of Ukrainian president, saying Pavel Klimkin, proposed for the post of Ukraine's Foreign Minister, was a professional and a very experienced diplomat. 'We know Pavel Klimkin very well, as he was Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, and after that ambassador to Germany,' Karasin said to Tass on Wednesday.
  • Report: N. Korea Holding Fewer Political Prisoners VOA 19 Jun 2014 -- The number of political prisoners in North Korea is significantly lower than previously thought, according to South Korea's latest white paper on the Stalinist country's human rights situation.
  • 'Germany unrivaled as NSA spying host in Europe' Iran Press TV 19 Jun 2014 -- A new report reveals that secret spying operations by the United States have been much more widespread in Germany than previously thought, raising questions about Berlin's possible complicity in the operations.
  • Germany was NSA stronghold for years - report VoR 19 Jun 2014 -- No other country in Europe plays host to a secret NSA surveillance architecture comparable to the one in Germany, said the report, published by the German Der Spiegel magazine on Wednesday. The report is based on classified documents exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.'NSA has developed an increasingly intimate relationship with Germany over the past 13 years while massively expanding its presence. Itis more active in Germany than anywhere else in Europe,' reports the paper.
  • Spain's King Felipe VI Urges National Unity VOA 19 Jun 2014 -- Spain's new King Felipe VI swore to serve the crisis-stricken nation as he launched his reign on Thursday.

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