03 July 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 03 Jul 2014 [PDF]
- Afghanistan: UN welcomes additional audit of polling stations in presidential run-off election UN News Centre 03 Jul 2014 -- The preliminary results from Afghanistan's run-off presidential election will be announced on Monday, following a delay to allow an audit of a number of polling stations, both moves welcomed today by the United Nations.
- DLA Sells Non-military Property to Afghan Buyers AFPS 03 Jul 2014 -- Defense Logistics Agency representatives met here in late June with a commercial Afghan company to conduct the first sale of useable non-military vehicles, appliances and furniture no longer needed by the U.S. government.
- New RAF Reapers take to the skies UK MOD 03 Jul 2014 -- Five more RAF Reaper remotely-piloted aircraft have begun supporting operations in Afghanistan.
- Chairman Describes U.S. Interests in Iraq AFPS 03 Jul 2014 -- The United States has sent troops back to Iraq because it is in America's interest for the country to remain stable and to counter Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.
- Pentagon reveals secret military presence in Somalia: Report Iran Press TV 03 Jul 2014 -- US military "advisors" have been secretly operating in Somalia for years, officials disclosed.
- US Admits Military Presence in Somalia, Eyes Expansion RIA Novosti 03 Jul 2014 -- The US military advisers have been covertly working in Somalia since 2007, and Washington eyes to expand its presence in the country, Reuters reported Wednesday citing a sour in the White House.
- US Has Trainers, Advisers, Military Coordinators in Somalia VOA 03 Jul 2014 -- The U.S. military has acknowledged having an expanded presence in Somalia, helping African and Somali government forces battle Islamist insurgents.
- Three mini-factories of explosive devices found in Pakistan's 'tribal zone' VoR 03 Jul 2014 -- Three mini-factories producing improvised explosive devices were found on Wednesday night in the agency Northern Waziristan of the Pakistani 'tribal zone' during the ongoing military operation against the Taliban. This was reported by the electronic version of the newspaper 'Express Tribune'.
Defense Policy / Programs
- RPA unit moves to 'Emerald Coast' AFNS 03 Jul 2014 -- The 919th Special Operations Wing welcomed the 2nd Special Operations Squadron, its remotely piloted aircraft unit, to the Emerald Coast.
- Department of Defense Press Briefing by Secretary Hagel and Gen. Dempsey in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 03 Jul 2014 -- Presenters: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey
- Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby on F-35 Fleet Grounding DoD 03 Jul 2014
- USS Howard Returns from Deployment NNS 03 Jul 2014 -- The guided missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) returned to Naval Base San Diego from a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean, July 3.
- Navy Looks to Biofuels to Sail the Great Green Fleet in 2016 NNS 03 Jul 2014 -- Ships and aircraft in the next Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise could be running on biofuels, and they won't even need to know it, according to speakers at an Alternative Fuels Overview briefing for RIMPAC 2014 participants.
- USS Virginia Returns from Surge Deployment NNS 03 Jul 2014 -- Attack submarine USS Virginia (SSN 774) returned home to Groton, Conn., July 3, after completing a 14-week surge deployment overseas.
- SecAF visits missile wings, highlights progress AFNS 03 Jul 2014 -- Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James visited Air Force Global Strike Command's three missile wings June 30 - July 1 to meet with Airmen and discuss changes made in the force over the past six months.
- Hagel Praises Latvia's Efforts to Boost Defense Spending AFPS 03 Jul 2014 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met at the Pentagon today with Latvia's Minister of Defense Raimonds Vējonis and congratulated him for the Baltic nation's progress toward increasing defense spending.
- NATO ships enter Black Sea NATO 03 Jul 2014 -- Four NATO ships entered the Black Sea today in a regularly scheduled deployment to enhance NATO solidarity and readiness in the region.
- Russian Shipbuilders to Service Mistral Warships on Their Own – Defense Ministry RIA Novosti 03 Jul 2014 -- Russian shipbuilders are capable of servicing Mistral-class helicopter carriers, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said Thursday.
- Ukraine Names New Defense Minister RIA Novosti 03 Jul 2014 -- The Ukrainian parliament named Valerii Heletei the country's new defense minister Thursday.
- PLA backs ousting of corrupt military leader People's Daily 03 Jul 2014 -- All units of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) have voiced support to the expulsion of Xu Caihou from the Communist Party of China (CPC) for alleged corruption, the PLA Daily said.
- People's Daily scolds ousted military leader People's Daily 03 Jul 2014 -- The Communist Party of China's People's Daily has scolded the ousted Xu Caihou as a 'borer' in the military.
- US delays delivery of F-16s to Iraq Iran Press TV 03 Jul 2014 -- The United States has delayed the planned delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Iraq, blaming the deterioration of security situation in the country.
- North Korea Pursues Strategic Guided-Missile Tests - Reports RIA Novosti 03 Jul 2014 -- North Korea is planning to pursue strategic guided-missile tests, despite the international calls to limit its weapons program, Agence France-Presse reported Thursday citing a spokesman for the Korean People's Army (KPA) Strategic Force.
- Japan's removal of ban on collective self-defense stirs international unease People's Daily 03 Jul 2014 -- The Japanese cabinet has approved a resolution that would allow the country to exercise the right of collective self-defense by reinterpreting the Pacifist Constitution.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 7/3/2014 The White House 03 Jul 2014
- 3 July 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 03 Jul 2014
- How Iraq came apart: a timeline IRIN 03 Jul 2014 -- Iraq is experiencing one of the largest internal population displacements in the world.
- Kurdish forces not to leave Kirkuk: Barzani Iran Press TV 03 Jul 2014 -- The leader of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region says the Kurdish Peshmerga forces will not withdraw from the Iraqi city of Kirkuk.
- Saudi Arabia Reportedly Deploys Soldiers to Border with Iraq VOA 03 Jul 2014 -- Saudi Arabia has reportedly amassed 30,000 troops along its border with Iraq, amid growing fears that Sunni militants are planning to advance on the kingdom.
- ISIL militants seize major oil field in eastern Syria Iran Press TV 03 Jul 2014 -- Takfiri militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have seized control of a major oil field from a rival militant group in eastern Syria.
- McCain calls for arming of Syria militants against ISIL Iran Press TV 03 Jul 2014 -- US Senator John McCain presses for increased military aid to militant groups in Syria to fight a "two-front war" against both the government of President Bashar al-Assad and ISIL terrorists controlling large swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria.
- Transfer of Syria CW completed: Pentagon Iran Press TV 03 Jul 2014 -- The United States Department of Defense has confirmed that the process of transferring Syria's chemical weapons from a Danish container to an American vessel is completed off the Italian coast.
- Syrian Jets Bomb Border Areas With Iraq RFE/RL 03 Jul 2014 -- Syrian aircraft have bombed border areas between Syria and Iraq, killing three Iraq civilians according to local officials.
- Syria: UN agency warns of grave risks to refugees if funding gaps remain unmet UN News Centre 03 Jul 2014 -- Failure to close the funding gap to meet the needs of the growing number of people fleeing the conflict in Syria could mean grave risks for the refugees as well as for the stability of the region, according to the United Nations refugee agency.
- Putin voices concern over Ukraine crisis Iran Press TV 03 Jul 2014 -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin has expressed "deep concern" over the increasing number of civilian casualties and refugees in Ukraine's eastern regions.
- Air raids kill 9 in east Ukrainian town Iran Press TV 03 Jul 2014 -- Ukrainian military forces have allegedly carried out two airstrikes on the densely-populated residential areas of the Cossack settlement of Luganskaya in east of the country causing numerous casualties and major devastation.
- Fighting Continues As Ukrainian President Announces Military Shakeup RFE/RL 03 Jul 2014 -- Ukrainian government forces are pressing their offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the east, as the country's president announced a military shakeup.
- Moscow Expects Kiev to Return to Ceasefire, Stop Attacking Civilian Objects RIA Novosti 03 Jul 2014 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry said Moscow expects the results of Wednesday's four-party ministerial meeting in Berlin will persuade Kiev to return to its previous ceasefire agreement.
- Two Buildings Damaged in Russia Following Artillery Firing in Ukraine RIA Novosti 03 Jul 2014 -- A bus and a customs terminals have been damaged as a result of an artillery firing from the Ukrainian territory which hit Novoshakhtinsk border crossing post located in Russia, a representative of Southern regions' customs service told RIA Novosti Thursday.
- Poroshenko May Be Ready to Resume Cease-fire VOA 03 Jul 2014 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he is ready to resume a cease-fire in his military campaign against pro-Russian separatists if certain conditions are met.
- Ukrainian gov't forces attack village near Lugansk for 3rd day in a row VoR 03 Jul 2014 -- Ukrainian government forces have been launching artillery attacks against the village of Metalist outside of Lugansk for the third day in a row. Shell explosions were heard every one or two minutes in the direction Metalist and the village of Luganska on Wednesday evening, Interfax correspondent reports.
- Israel Moves Reinforcements to Gaza Border VOA 03 Jul 2014 -- The Israeli army is moving troop reinforcements toward the border with Gaza after an increase in rocket fire from the Palestinian territory.
- Analysis: Targeted assistance needed for DRC's former child soldiers IRIN 03 Jul 2014 -- Recent high profile moves against militia commanders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have done little to stem child recruitment into armed groups, and much more needs to be done to prevent it, stop re-recruitment, and rehabilitate victims.
- Al-Shabab Militants Kill Somali Lawmaker in Mogadishu VOA 03 Jul 2014 -- A member of Somalia's parliament has been killed in a shooting for which the militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility.
- China, South Korea Expand Economic Ties VOA 03 Jul 2014 -- China and South Korea agreed to expand economic ties and reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearized Korean peninsula, as Chinese President Xi Jinping began a state visit to Seoul.
- Following Abduction Talks, Japan to Lift Some North Korea Sanctions VOA 03 Jul 2014 -- Japan has agreed to lift some sanctions against North Korea, as the two countries continue talks on Japanese citizens kidnapped by Pyongyang.
- FBI: Colorado Woman Had Plan to Aid ISIL, Wage Jihad VOA 03 Jul 2014 -- A 19-year-old Colorado woman, arrested in April and accused of providing material support to Islamic insurgents, told FBI agents several times that she wanted to take part in holy war overseas, even though she knew it was illegal, recently released federal court records show.
- US Warns of Terrorist Attack on Ugandan Airport VOA 03 Jul 2014 -- The U.S. embassy in Uganda warned of a possible terrorist attack on Entebbe International Airport in Uganda.
- Threat of attack to Uganda's Entebbe airport reported by US VoR 03 Jul 2014 -- The US warned its citizens in Uganda on Thursday about a 'specific threat' of an attack on Entebbe International Airport, which is near the capital Kampala, according to a message on the US Embassy website. It said information from Uganda's police indicated that the attack could take place between 9 pm and 11 pm local time on Thursday, adding that citizens planning to travel at that time might consider reviewing their arrangements.
- Background Briefing on the P5+1/Iran Discussions US Dept. of State 03 Jul 2014
- Iran, G5+1 wrap up opening session of sixth round of talks in Vienna IRNA 03 Jul 2014 -- The opening session of sixth round of talks between Iran and Group 5+1 wrapped up here on Thursday morning.
- Iran Deputy FM: No agreement with G5+1, if Iran's red lines not met ISNA 03 Jul 2014 -- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister said the country would not reach a deal with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany if Iran's 'red lines' are not observed.
- Iran-P5+1 resume nuclear talks in Vienna Iran Press TV 03 Jul 2014 -- Iran and six world powers have resumed talks over Tehran's nuclear energy program in the Austrian capital, Vienna.
- Russia Launches Rokot Carrier Rocket with Three Satellites RIA Novosti 03 Jul 2014 -- Russia launched on Thursday a light-class Rokot carrier rocket with three telecoms satellites from its northern Plesetsk space center, the Defense Ministry said.
- Myanmar's Parliament Seeks to Repeal Military Veto VOA 03 Jul 2014 -- Myanmar's legislature is the cornerstone of its four-year-old civilian government, but reserves one quarter of parliamentary seats for appointed military representatives, giving them veto power over all constitutional amendments. The legislature is now considering amending the constitution to remove this veto power, which international observers say is a key step in affirming the country's transition to civilian rule.
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