07 July 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 07 Jul 2014 [PDF]
- Initial Results Show Ghani Ahead in Afghan Election VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- Preliminary results from last month's (June 14) Afghan presidential runoff vote indicate former finance minister Ashraf Ghani is well ahead of his rival candidate Abdullah Abdullah, who topped the first round of voting.
- Afghan Elections Preliminary Run Off Results US Dept. of State 07 Jul 2014
- Afghan Officials Say Ghani Leads Initial Presidential Vote Count RFE/RL 07 Jul 2014 -- Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission says preliminary results from the June 14 second round presidential ballot show Ashraf Ghani with 56.44 percent of the vote compared to 43.56 percent for Abdullah Abdullah.
- Ghani Leads in Afghan Poll, Early Results Show VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- Afghan election officials say, based on preliminary results, Ashraf Ghani leads in the presidential race with 56.44 percent of the vote. Abdullah Abdullah comes in second with 43.56 percent of the vote.
- Cape Ray Begins Neutralizing Syrian Chemical Materials AFPS 07 Jul 2014 -- Teams aboard the MV Cape Ray have begun neutralizing Syrian chemical materials, a Pentagon spokesman said here today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Pacific Fleet commander kicks off RIMPAC 2014 USMC News 07 Jul 2014 -- U.S. Navy Adm. Harry Harris, Pacific Fleet commander, kicked off the 24th Rim of the Pacific exercise, explaining the significance of this year's RIMPAC and how it is designed to benefit those involved during a conference here June 30, 2014.
- Mount Whitney Arrives in Zeebrugge, Belgium for Navy Days NNS 07 Jul 2014 -- The U.S. 6th Fleet command and control ship USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) arrived in Zeebrugge, Belgium, July 3 to participate in the Belgian Navy Days 2014.
- KC-46A groundbreaking ceremony marks giant step forward for air refueling AFNS 07 Jul 2014 -- A new era in Air Force air refueling capabilities took a giant step forward June 30.
- USS Vella Gulf Arrives in Black Sea NNS 07 Jul 2014 -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) entered the Black Sea, July 7, to promote peace and stability in the region.
- Vella Gulf Conducts Underway Engagement with Turkish Navy NNS 07 Jul 2014 -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) conducted joint maritime operations with the Turkish navy fast attack craft TCG Dogan (P 340) and TCG Marti (P 341) after departing Kusadasi, Turkey on July 6.
- Secretary General calls on Europe and America to renew their commitment to transatlantic security NATO 07 Jul 2014 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called on America and Europe to renew their commitment to shared security in light of the new threats the world is facing, in a speech delivered at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington on Monday (7 July) ahead of his meeting with president Barack Obama.
- China Lambasts Japan's Wartime Aggression to German Chancellor VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Beijing where she met Monday with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
- Xi criticizes denial of Japan's aggression on war anniversary People's Daily 07 Jul 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday underscored the intractability of history as the nation commemorated the start of the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression 77 years ago.
- Kim Jong Un Inspects Defence Detachment on Ung Islet KCNA 07 Jul 2014 -- Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, inspected the defence detachment on Ung Islet honored with the title of the Three-Revolution Red Flag, which is defending an outpost in the East Sea of Korea.
- July 7, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 07 Jul 2014
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest, 7/7/2014 The White House 07 Jul 2014
- DoD News: Contracts for July 07, 2014
- Russia Sells $5.6Bln in Arms in First Half of 2014 - Putin RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2014 -- Russian weapons and military hardware sales to foreign countries were $5.6 billion in the first half of 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday.
- 7 July 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 07 Jul 2014
- New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa IRIN 07 Jul 2014 -- The World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have launched an urgent appeal to address a funding shortfall that has already resulted in food ration cuts for a third of all African refugees. As of mid-June, nearly 800,000 refugees in 22 African countries have seen their monthly food allocations reduced, most of them by more than half.
- UN calls on Iraqi leaders to agree on Speaker, hold next Parliament session UN News Centre 07 Jul 2014 -- Ahead of tomorrow's elections, the United Nations envoy for Iraq has called on the country's political leaders to reach an agreement on a Speaker for the Council of Representatives as soon as possible.
- Maliki seeks to discard US for Iran, Russia: Report Iran Press TV 07 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is reportedly considering plans to abrogate the country's security deal with the US and establish closer links with Iran and Russia.
- Iraq's new parliament postpones session until August 12 Iran Press TV 07 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's new parliament has postponed a key session scheduled for Tuesday due to lack of agreement on the post of speaker.
- Iraqi Parliament Postpones Next Session Until August 12 RFE/RL 07 Jul 2014 -- Iraqi State Television says that the country's parliament has postponed its next session until August 12.
- Russia, Partners Discussing Possible Meeting on Iraq Under UN Aegis - Foreign Ministry RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2014 -- Moscow is in discussions with its partners on the possibility of an international meeting regarding Iraq under the aegis of the UN, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told RIA Novosti in an interview Monday.
- Iraq Parliament Deadlocked, Postpones Next Session VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's deadlocked parliament has postponed its next session until mid-August, unable to decide how to split political power even as Baghdad faces a militant Islamic insurgency that has edged close to the capital.
- Syrian army soldiers advance in Aleppo Iran Press TV 07 Jul 2014 -- Syrian army soldiers have made fresh advances and laid siege to several militant-held parts of Syria's largest city, Aleppo.
- Russia Wants Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia to Join Syria Reconciliation Talks RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2014 -- Moscow has reiterated its proposal to engage Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and other states in the Syrian reconciliation effort, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said in an interview with RIA Novosti Monday.
- Ukraine: Amidst intensified military offensive, Ban condemns violence against civilians UN News Centre 07 Jul 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the "continued, unlawful" acts of armed fighters in Ukraine after reports that they are regrouping in eastern provinces, and urged Ukrainian authorities to exercise maximum restraint and protect civilians.
- Retreating Ukraine Rebels Dig In at Donetsk VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- Pro-Russian separatists retreating ahead of a Ukrainian military offensive in eastern Ukraine dug in Monday in the city of Donetsk, building barricades and erecting checkpoints along main roads.
- Some 24,000 Ukrainian Refugees Accommodated in Russia's Rostov Region RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2014 -- Almost 24,000 refugees from Ukraine are staying in Russia's Rostov Region, the regional emergency department reported Monday.
- Russian Foreign Ministry Continues to Record Humanitarian, War Crimes in East Ukraine RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2014 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry continues to record humanitarian and war crimes in the southeast of Ukraine, and is striving to put a halt to the violence in the region, the ministry's Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov said Monday.
- Bridges to Donetsk Destroyed as Ukraine Battles Separatists VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- Three bridges into rebel-held Donetsk were destroyed Monday, as Ukrainian forces continue to fight pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country
- Russian Checkpoint Officials Evacuate Due to Shelling in Ukraine – Customs RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2014 -- The staff of the Novoshakhtinsk checkpoint in Russia's southern Rostov Region had to evacuate Monday due to shelling at the adjoining Ukrainian Dolzhansky border crossing, Russia's Southern Customs Administration said Monday.
- 3 Suspects Confess to Killing Palestinian Teen VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- Israeli investigators say three of the six Jewish suspects accused of killing a Palestinian teenager have confessed to the crime and re-enacted it for authorities.
- Israeli PM Speaks to Slain Palestinian Teen's Father VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- Israel's prime minister phoned the father of a murdered Palestinian teenager on Monday to promise that the attackers would be prosecuted, the government said, as anger over the killing fueled Arab street protests.
- Flooding threat adds to woes of IDPs in Myanmar's Rakhine State IRIN 07 Jul 2014 -- Recent heavy rain, coupled with the after-effects of a recent aid worker pull-out, is prompting health concerns in Myanmar's western Rakhine State for the more than 140,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) mostly from the persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority.
- Myanmar Begins Controversial Citizenship Verification Process VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- The Muslim stateless residents of northern Rakhine state have long identified themselves as "Rohingya," a term recognized by the United Nations, and foreign nations, including the United States.
- DPRK Government Statement Calls for Ending Confrontation and Improving North-South Ties KCNA 07 Jul 2014 -- The government of the DPRK released the following statement Monday, 20 years since President Kim Il Sung left his last signature on a historic document related to Korea's reunification.
- Pyongyang calls for reunification with Seoul on principles of federalization VoR 07 Jul 2014 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has offered South Korea to adopt a set of measures intended to open the way for reconciliation and unity, the official KCNA news agency reported.
- More than 60 Kidnapped Women Escape in Nigeria VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- Authorities in Nigeria say more than 60 women kidnapped in mid-June escaped during the weekend from their presumed Boko Haram captors. But hundreds of other girls kidnapped in April remain missing. Women and girls were kidnapped when Boko Haram attacked the village of Kummabza in northern Borno state.
- South China Sea Disputes Likely to Dominate US-China Talks VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel travel to Beijing this week for meetings with their Chinese counterparts on trade and security issues. Those talks are expected to include discussions on new Chinese oil rigs in disputed waters off Vietnam that are driving up tensions in the South China Sea.
- UN Notes Unprecedented Influx of Refugees into Cameroon VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said an unprecedented number of refugees from the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) and Nigeria are still flowing into Cameroon, fleeing violence by anti-Balaka and Boko Haram militias. Many of the refugees are wounded and traumatized.
- South Sudan Official Orders Curfew Violators to be Shot Dead VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- South Sudan Interior Minister Aleu Ayieny Aleu said Monday that anyone who violates the curfew in the capital is a criminal and security officers are under orders to shoot them dead.
- US double agent allegation serious: Merkel Iran Press TV 07 Jul 2014 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel says allegations of spying against a suspected US double agent are serious, as German ministers call for swift answers from Washington.
- US Says It Will Help Resolve German Spy Allegation VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- The United States says it will work with Germany to resolve concerns over whether one of its intelligence employees was a double agent spying for Washington, but is declining to say whether the allegation is true.
- A Bogeyman In Russia, U.S. Envoy Appears Poised For Moscow Job RFE/RL 07 Jul 2014 -- In Moscow they have called him a regime-change expert, a "diplomatic diversionist" dispatched by Washington to foment unrest in Russia's neighboring states. And now he appears to be headed to Russia, where Kremlin surrogates warn he may try to do the same.
- South Stream Pipeline Construction to Profit Russian, European consumers - Lavrov RIA Novosti 07 Jul 2014 -- Both Russian and European consumers will benefit from the South Stream gas pipeline construction, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with Bulgarian Focus News Agency.
- Eduard Shevardnadze, Former Georgian President, Dies RFE/RL 07 Jul 2014 -- Eduard Shevardnadze, the former Georgian president and Soviet foreign minister, died on July 7 at the age of 86.
- Tensions High as Protesters Rally in Kenya's Capital VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- A festive atmosphere in Nairobi's Uhuru Park belies the tension surrounding Monday's political rally, with concerns among the population and the government that it could boil over into violence.
- Islamist Insurgency Fueled by Global Finance Web VOA 07 Jul 2014 -- The little cans were at cash registers everywhere in Kuwait, where I lived during much of the 1990s. Covered with pictures of children in anguish amid burning rubble, these cans collected coins and cash for "Palestinian Relief" or the like. Sometimes, I put my change into these cans, causing the person behind the counter to often give me a puzzled look. Then, I learned from my Kuwaiti friends that these collection cans were not always helping those kids – many were funding Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and other violent groups.
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