22 June 2014 Military News
- Afghan pres. candidate releases vote fraud audio Iran Press TV 22 Jun 2014 -- The campaign team for Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has released audio recordings which allegedly show vote fraud in the election.
- Afghan Election Frontrunner Releases Recordings To 'Prove' Fraud Claims RFE/RL 22 Jun 2014 -- The campaign team of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has released audio recordings purportedly containing evidence of fraud against a top member of the country's Independent Election Commission (IEC).
- Pakistanis Flee North Waziristan VOA 22 Jun 2014 -- Pakistan says more than 300,000 people, including women and children have left its North Waziristan border district where an army counter-terrorism offensive is under way. But a senior minister has rejected U.N. reports that thousands of Pakistanis have also fled into Afghanistan to seek safety.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Target Missile Intercepted Over the Pacific Ocean During Missile Defense Exercise MDA 22 Jun 2014 -- The Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Air Force 30th Space Wing, the Joint Functional Component Command, Integrated Missile Defense, U.S. Northern Command and the U.S. Navy completed an integrated exercise of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) element of the nation's Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS).
- Royal Navy's new eyes in the sky UK MOD 22 Jun 2014 -- The Royal Navy's first ever remotely-piloted air system takes flight. Just 7 months after the Ministry of Defence ordered the system from Boeing Defence UK, footage released today, 22 June, shows ScanEagle taking flight from HMS Somerset in the Gulf.
- Russia's Air Force starts large-scale troop transfer in combat readiness check - Defense Ministry VoR 22 Jun 2014 -- The Russian Air Force has stared large-scale airlifting of personnel and materiel in a combat readiness check for troops in the Central Military District, the Defense Ministry press service report. The combat readiness test will last from June 21 to 28. The task set by the president is to assess the military's ability to perform their duties within existing time standards over the first 24 hours, Russian Defense Minister Shoigu said.
- Background Briefing in Amman, Jordan US Dept. of State 22 Jun 2014
- ISIL militants take control of border crossing Iran Press TV 22 Jun 2014 -- Takfiri militants of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have reportedly taking control of a crossing on the border between Iraq and Syria.
- US denied Iraq with key info on ISIL Iran Press TV 22 Jun 2014 -- A clandestine US intelligence center in Baghdad refused to provide Iraqi officials with sensitive information about insurgent groups including the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or ISIL, according to US media reports.
- Iraq smites ISIL Takfiri terrorists Iran Press TV 22 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi security forces have inflicted heavy losses on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group in their operations near the capital, Baghdad.
- Iran strongly opposes US interference in Iraq: Leader Iran Press TV 22 Jun 2014 -- Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has expressed Iran's strong opposition to US interference in Iraq's internal affairs.
- Obama Weighs in on Iraq Crisis VOA 22 Jun 2014 -- President Barack Obama continues to rule out sending U.S. combat forces to Iraq, while voicing concern about Sunni militants who have seized large swaths of territory north of Baghdad. Meanwhile, the Iraqi crisis has emboldened critics of Obama's foreign policy, including an architect of the Iraq War launched in 2003: former Vice President Dick Cheney.
- Iraqi Kurds Hope for a More Independent Future VOA 22 Jun 2014 -- Kurdish leaders fear Iraq is destined for a long sectarian civil war if Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refuses to step aside and insists on confronting militarily the Sunni Muslim uprising roiling the country.
- Sunni-Led Militants Capture More Iraqi Towns RFE/RL 22 Jun 2014 -- Sunni insurgents led by Al-Qaeda offshoot the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have captured three strategic towns in western Iraq and the first border crossing with Syria.
- ISIL Militants in Iraq Seize Border Crossings VOA 22 Jun 2014 -- Sunni militants in Iraq have seized two more border crossings, one with Syria and one with Jordan, in addition to the four nearby towns captured by insurgent forces since Friday.
- Iraq forces withdraw from western towns as Sunni militants continue offensive VoR 22 Jun 2014 -- Iraqi forces have made a 'tactical' withdrawal from three western towns, a security spokesman said on Sunday, as Sunni militants widened an offensive that has already overrun swathes of territory.
- Putin Repeats Call for Political Compromise in Ukraine VOA 22 Jun 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday again called for political compromise in Ukraine, saying a peace deal should ensure the rights of all Russian-speaking people in Ukraine's east.
- Putin Calls for 'Comprehensive' Dialogue With Ukraine VOA 22 Jun 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for a 'comprehensive' dialogue among all the conflicting parties in the crisis in eastern Ukraine that has killed hundreds.
- NATO praises ceasefire in Ukraine VoR 22 Jun 2014 -- NATO lauds the ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine and Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko's peace plan. The Alliance continues monitoring the situation and welcomes all initiatives on ceasing fire, a NATO official told TASS on Sunday. The situation in Ukraine and relations with Russia will be one of the priority issues of the upcoming NATO Council session at the level of foreign ministers scheduled for June 24-25.
- Truce rejected by Donetsk People's Republic VoR 22 Jun 2014 -- The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has rejected the truce, declared in compliance with President Petr Poroshenko's peace plan, reports Interfax. This announcement was made in a statement, signed by Igor Strelkov, leader of the militia of the 'Donetsk People's Republic,' and posted on Facebook by Donbass 'people's governor' Pavel Gubarev.
- Poroshenko ready for dialogue with Ukraine's east VoR 22 Jun 2014 -- Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko is urging people in the eastern regions to support his peace plan and settle issues through talks, the presidential press service reports.'The immediate and fast implementation of the peace plan will pave the way to political dialogue. I am inviting to this dialogue lawfully elected representatives of local self-governments, civil organizations and all others,' Poroshenko stressed in his message to the nation posted on the presidential website Saturday evening.
- Remarks With Egyptian Foreign Minister Shoukry After Their Meeting US Dept. of State 22 Jun 2014
- US Secretary Kerry Talks Democracy, Iraq During Egypt Visit VOA 22 Jun 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held talks on Sunday with President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo over concerns about Egypt's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and the threat that the conflict in Iraq poses to the Middle East.
- Thai Junta Alters Security Plan to Quell Southern Insurgency VOA 22 Jun 2014 -- Thailand's military junta is putting new security measures in place in a bid to calm the country's restive southern region, where fighting with Muslim separatists has claimed more than 5,000 lives in the past decade. The military leaders are also hoping to restart peace talks with insurgents.
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