11 July 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 11 Jul 2014 [PDF]
- Kerry hopes for solution in Afghanistan Iran Press TV 11 Jul 2014 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry says he hopes to find a solution for Afghanistan's disputed election.
- Kerry: 'Very Critical Moment' For Afghanistan, Amid Poll Dispute RFE/RL 11 Jul 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Afghanistan for talks aimed at resolving the election crisis.
- Afghanistan: UN proposes new audit plan to resolve stand-off over disputed election UN News Centre 11 Jul 2014 -- With President Hamid Karzai's successor still undeclared, the United Nations in Afghanistan today proposed an additional audit plan that would take up to two weeks to complete, in an effort to help resolve the stand-off.
- Background Briefing on the Secretary's Trip to Afghanistan US Dept. of State 11 Jul 2014
- Kerry Seeks Solution to Afghan Vote Dispute VOA 11 Jul 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says he has 'high hopes' for a quick resolution to disputed elections results in Afghanistan, where he arrived Friday to mediate an end to the political crisis between the two presidential candidates who are squabbling over the outcome of last month's runoff vote.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Remarks by Secretary Hagel at a troop event, Fort Rucker, Alabama DoD 11 Jul 2014 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
- George Washington Carrier Strike Group Arrives in Busan to Promote Friendship, Goodwill NNS 11 Jul 2014 -- The George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK) for a scheduled port visit, July 11.
- Vella Gulf Completes Participation in Breeze 2014 NNS 11 Jul 2014 -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) and other naval forces from Bulgaria, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Romania completed the at-sea portion of Exercise Breeze, July 11.
- US Increases Interoperability with Japan in First GUAMEX NNS 11 Jul 2014 -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Pinckney (DDG 91) completed the first Guam Exercise (GUAMEX) alongside the Japan Maritime Defense Force (JMSDF), July 9.
- Stratcom Chief Outlines Deterrence Challenges AFPS 11 Jul 2014 -- Strategic deterrence in the 21st century is complicated, challenging and vastly different from that of the Cold War, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said yesterday.
- Hill AFB plays key role in delivering F-16s to Indonesia AFNS 11 Jul 2014 -- The combined efforts of Hill Air Force Base's Ogden Air Logistics Complex, F-16 System Program Office, Defense Logistics Agency and several other Defense Department organizations will culminate in the initial delivery of three of 24 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft to the government of Indonesia July 14.
- Readout of Secretary Hagel's Call with Israeli Minister of Defense Ya'alon DoD 11 Jul 2014
- Joint Press Briefing by Secretary Hagel and Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 11 Jul 2014 -- Presenters: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera
- Hagel, Onodera Discuss Reinterpretation of Japan's Constitution AFPS 11 Jul 2014 -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has held his first meeting with his Japanese counterpart since the government in Tokyo announced it would reinterpret the country's pacifist constitution to allow Japan to take on greater military responsibilities beyond self-defense.
- Russia, India to Hold Naval Exercises in Sea of Japan RIA Novosti 11 Jul 2014 -- A task force from the Indian Navy will arrive in the port of Vladivostok in Russia's Far East on July 14 to take part in joint exercises with the Russian Pacific Fleet, a spokesman for Russia's Eastern Military District said Friday.
- Japan must correct attitude as prerequisite for leaders' meeting: spokesman People's Daily 11 Jul 2014 -- China on Friday urged Japan to correct its attitude on history and territorial issues as a prerequisite to mend strained bilateral ties.
- KMT veterans to enjoy social welfare in Nanjing People's Daily 11 Jul 2014 -- Former Kuomintang (KMT) soldiers who fought Japanese aggressors about 70 years ago will be included in the social security system in the eastern city of Nanjing, local authorities said Thursday.
- 11 July 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 11 Jul 2014
- Israel, Hamas Trade Blows in 4th Day of Warfare VOA 11 Jul 2014 -- Fighting intensified as Israel continued its Gaza offensive for a fourth day Friday, with Palestinian militants continuing rocket attacks on the Jewish state and rocket fire coming from Lebanon for the first time.
- Israel's Gaza Offensive Continues VOA 11 Jul 2014 -- Israel pressed on for a fourth day Friday with its Gaza offensive, as Palestinian militants kept up rocket attacks on the Jewish state.
- Palestinian Attacks on Tel Aviv Continue for Fourth Day RIA Novosti 11 Jul 2014 -- The Israeli Army intercepted three Palestinian missiles above its second most populated city Tel Aviv, which has been under attack for four days, while an operation against militants in Gaza is being carried out, the Army's press service said Friday in a statement.
- Death Toll in Gaza Nears 100 Since Start of Israeli Military Campaign - Health Ministry RIA Novosti 11 Jul 2014 -- The total number of deaths in the Gaza Strip is approaching 100, a representative of the Palestinian Health Ministry told RIA Novosti Friday.
- Alarmed at rising death toll in Gaza, UN rights chief appeals to all sides to protect civilians UN News Centre 11 Jul 2014 -- Voicing alarm at the Israeli military operations resulting in the killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, as well as the indiscriminate firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel, the United Nations human rights chief today appealed to all sides to abide by their obligations to protect civilians.
- Israeli airstrikes on Palestine could violate laws of war - UN VoR 11 Jul 2014 -- Israel could be breaking the laws of war by bombing Palestinian homes in the Gaza Strip, the UN's human rights office said on Friday. 'We have received disturbing reports that many of the civilian casualties, including of children, occurred as a result of strikes on homes,' said spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani.
- UN mission reports rocket fire from south Lebanon towards Israel UN News Centre 11 Jul 2014 -- The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has reported that earlier today, its radar revealed that three rockets originating from the general area of Ain Arab in south Lebanon were fired towards Israel.
- Baghdad slams Kurdistan for seizing key oil fields Iran Press TV 11 Jul 2014 -- Iraqi Oil Ministry has slammed semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) over seizure of at least two key oil fields near the northern city of Kirkuk.
- Iraq's Kurds Suspend Participation In Government RFE/RL 11 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's Kurdish politicians are suspending all of their participation in government in protest against Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's accusation that the Kurds were harboring Sunni militants fighting his government.
- Kurds claim control of disputed oilfields in Iraq VoR 11 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region claimed control of disputed northern oilfields Friday, a move sharply condemned by Baghdad as relations between the two sides hit a new low, Reuters reports. 'Members of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and Kirkuk Oil Protection Forces moved to secure the oilfields of Bai Hassan and the Makhmour area,' the region's government said in a statement.
- Kurdish Forces Seize Two Iraqi Oil Fields VOA 11 Jul 2014 -- Kurdish peshmerga have seized two northern Iraqi oil fields near Kirkuk amid rising tensions between Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdistan region.
- Russia closes three border crossings with Ukraine Iran Press TV 11 Jul 2014 -- Russian officials say they have closed three major border crossings with Ukraine amid heavy fighting in Ukraine's eastern regions.
- Thirty Ukrainian Troops Possibly Killed In Rebel Missile Attack RFE/RL 11 Jul 2014 -- An adviser to Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says separatist rebels in the east may have killed as many as 30 government soldiers in a rocket attack.
- Up to 30 of Ukraine's Special Forces Feared Dead in Militia Attack - Donetsk Republic RIA Novosti 11 Jul 2014 -- Independence supporters shelled a convoy of Ukrainian special forces vehicles near Zelenopolye village in Luhansk region, and up to 30 military officers are feared dead, a representative from the headquarters of the Donetsk People's Republic told RIA Novosti on Friday, with Ukraine's Interior Ministry confirming the information.
- Luhansk Defense Forces Acquire Aviation – Republic's Leader RIA Novosti 11 Jul 2014 -- Luhansk militia will soon have its own air force, the leader of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Luhansk, Valeriy Bolotov said.
- Independence Supporters Announce Downing of Ukrainian Air Force Attack Plane RIA Novosti 11 Jul 2014 -- Independence supporters in the eastern city of Luhansk have shot down a Ukrainian Air Force attack airplane, Oksana Chigrina, a spokeswoman for the supporters, told RIA Novosti on Friday.
- Syria: UN agency urges Europe to shoulder more of refugee challenge UN News Centre 11 Jul 2014 -- With Syria heading into its fourth year of conflict, a United Nations agency today called on Europe to do more to help Syrian refugees, after a new report found that some nations in the region are turning back asylum seekers and 'shouldering only a small part' of the challenges.
- Over 170,000 people killed in Syria crisis: Report Iran Press TV 11 Jul 2014 -- More than 170,000 people, one-third of them civilians, have been killed in the ongoing foreign-sponsored crisis in Syria, a report says.
- South Sudan: UN agency seeks massive boost in funding, warns of 'refugee exodus' UN News Centre 11 Jul 2014 -- The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) appealed on Friday for $658 million to respond to South Sudan's growing regional refugee crisis, with as many as 715,000 refugees expected by the end of the year.
- DRC, Rwanda Ease Tensions Over Border Trade VOA 11 Jul 2014 -- Relations between the DRC and Rwanda took a turn for the worse on June 11 when Congolese and Rwandan troops clashed at the border near Goma. After several hours of firefights, the dead bodies of five Congolese soldiers were found by the Red Cross just inside Rwanda.
- Expulsion of US spy chief inevitable: Germany Iran Press TV 11 Jul 2014 -- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has defended the government's decision to expel the CIA station chief in Berlin as an inevitable response to fresh allegations of US spying.
- Germany, US to Discuss Spy Expulsion VOA 11 Jul 2014 -- Germany's foreign minister says he will raise the issue of U.S. spying on his country when he sees Secretary of State John Kerry in Vienna in the coming days.
- News Analysis: Xi's speech delivers key messages to U.S., world People's Daily 11 Jul 2014 -- Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech to a China-U.S. dialogue on Wednesday has delivered important messages to the U.S. and the world.
- China-US Talks Crucial to Repair Relations VOA 11 Jul 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other top administration officials concluded their visit to China on Thursday for the Strategic and Economic Dialogue, but did not report any breakthroughs. Their trip came at a key moment in U.S. China relations which have been tested by many events over the last year.
- Chinese 'hackers broke into US government network' Iran Press TV 11 Jul 2014 -- US media report say Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of an American government agency in an effort to acquire personal information on thousands of employees.
- AEOI chief optimistic about Iran's nuclear talks Iran Press TV 11 Jul 2014 -- Director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi has expressed optimism about the prospect of the nuclear talks between Tehran and the Sextet of powers.
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