19 July 2014 Military News
- Drone Strike in Pakistan Kills Militants Near Afghan Border VOA 19 Jul 2014 -- A U.S. drone strike is said to have killed at least a dozen militants in Pakistan's volatile North Waziristan region, where the Pakistani military is engaged in a counter-terrorism offensive that could include targeting extremists involved in deadly cross-border raids in Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's phone call Hagel with the Netherlands' Minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaer DoD 19 Jul 2014
- Readout of Secretary Chuck Hagel's Call with Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Han DoD 19 Jul 2014
- Readout of Secretary Chuck Hagel's Call with the former Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Kim Kwan Jin DoD 19 Jul 2014
- USS Elrod Returns to Norfolk NNS 19 Jul 2014 -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Elrod (FFG 55) returned to Norfolk Naval Station today following the successful completion of her final scheduled deployment.
- ROK Navy Embarks George Washington, Improves Bilateral Warfighting Readiness NNS 19 Jul 2014 -- Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) Commander, Maritime Task Flotilla (MTF) 7 Rear Adm. Kim Jong-Il, and members of his staff, embarked the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) and Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam (CG 54) and USS Shiloh (CG 67) as part of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) for five days while conducting bilateral operations off the coast of the Republic of Korea.
- No hiding place in China's anti-corruption war People's Daily 19 Jul 2014 -- One disgraced ex-military chief; one fazed vice chairman of China's top political advisory body; a handful of crushed vice governors; and close to 30 felled ministerial-level officials.
- Military leader calls for 'mass work' in Xinjiang People's Daily 19 Jul 2014 -- Vice chairman of China's Central Military Commission Xu Qiliang has urged troops stationed in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to help local people in practical things to help stabilize the region.
- Ukraine: Russians Shot Down Malaysia Flight VOA 19 Jul 2014 -- Ukraine's counterintelligence chief says his country has 'compelling evidence' that shows Russians played a role in shooting down a Malaysia Airlines flight over a separatist-controlled region near the Russian border.
- Dutch PM Urges Russia's Putin to Help Plane Disaster Probe VOA 19 Jul 2014 -- Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says he had a 'very intense' phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday, in which he urged the Russian leader to use his influence over Ukraine's separatists to help in the investigation of the Malaysian plane shot down over Ukraine.
- China Hesitant to Accuse Russia for Plane Crash VOA 19 Jul 2014 -- The missile attack against a civilian airliner high above eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 aboard, is already seen as a pivotal moment in the Ukraine crisis. China has said the conflict is an internal struggle that should be negotiated peacefully, but has resisted joining Western-led sanctions against Moscow.
- Malaysian Transport Minister to Ukraine to Investigate Crash VOA 19 Jul 2014 -- Malaysia's transport minister is heading to Ukraine to join officials of his government already there preparing to assist in the investigation of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
- Parts of Lugansk retaken by Ukraine army Iran Press TV 19 Jul 2014 -- Ukraine says it has retaken parts of the eastern city of Lugansk from pro-Russian forces.
- OSCE Team Denied Full Access To Ukraine Crash Site RFE/RL 19 Jul 2014 -- Armed separatists in eastern Ukraine have for a second day prevented international observers from reaching the wreckage of a Malaysian airliner that was shot down on July 17, killing all 298 people on board.
- Border With Russia Helps Luhansk Republic Hang On RFE/RL 19 Jul 2014 -- Since the Ukrainian government reestablished control over the eastern city of Slovyansk on July 5, the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic has been on the defensive.
- US MH17 remarks resemble Iraq WMDs tale: Russia Iran Press TV 19 Jul 2014 -- A Russian official says US remarks over the crash of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine resemble Washington's hasty conclusions on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
- Moscow Surprised by Countries Voicing Theories on Boeing Crash Before Investigation RIA Novosti 19 Jul 2014 -- Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday it was baffled by several countries imposing pressure on investigators by voicing their theories about the causes of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 crash in eastern Ukraine.
- US Conclusions on Boeing Crash in Ukraine Resemble Statements on Iraq's Weapons - Rogozin RIA Novosti 19 Jul 2014 -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin compared Washington's hasty conclusions on the cause of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 crash in Ukraine to its statement on Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction made years ago.
- Turkey Says MH 17 Crash in Ukraine 'Act of Terrorism,' Calls for Investigation RIA Novosti 19 Jul 2014 -- Turkish Foreign Ministry has called a plane crash in eastern Ukraine an act of terrorism that requires thorough investigation.
- Kiev, Militia Agree to Create Safety Zone at MH17 Crash Site RIA Novosti 19 Jul 2014 -- Kiev's authorities and militia forces operating in eastern Ukraine agreed to create a security zone around the Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777 crash site, the head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) Valentyn Nalyvaichenko said Saturday.
- Malaysian Experts Arrive in Ukraine to Investigate MH17 Crash, Authorities Coming-Reports RIA Novosti 19 Jul 2014 -- A group of 131 specialists from Malaysia en route to the site of the Boeing-777 crash in Eastern Ukraine, arrived in Kiev airport, while the Malaysian authorities are still working on getting safe access to the site, Malaysian and US media reported Saturday.
- Kiev Handing Data on Ukrainian Missiles Could Help Investigation of MH 17 Crash - Moscow RIA Novosti 19 Jul 2014 -- The documents with records on Ukrainian surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles could help determine which missile systems were used against the Malaysia Airlines Boeing-777, if Kiev hands them to international experts, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said in an interview with Rossyia 24 channel Saturday.
- Self-Defense Forces Say Ukrainian Troops Prepare Assault on Donetsk RIA Novosti 19 Jul 2014 -- Self-defense militia of People's Republic of Donetsk observes government forces massing near its western borders, a representative of independence supporters said Saturday citing commander Igor Strelkov.
- Israel Advances on Hamas Targets in Ground Offensive VOA 19 Jul 2014 -- Israeli soldiers say they have repelled a cross-border tunnel raid and uncovered more than a dozen tunnels into Israel, while Palestinian medics say more Israeli air strikes and shelling have killed 25 more Palestinians.
- Gaza's Hospitals Under Fire in Israeli Operations VOA 19 Jul 2014 -- Basman Alashi, the director of the al-Wafa Rehabilitation Center in Gaza, said he received a call at 8:45 pm last Thursday with a warning: leave the building, an assault will begin in ten minutes.
- France to send 3K troops to ex-colonies Iran Press TV 19 Jul 2014 -- French president has announced the redeployment of 3,000 French military forces in five of its former colonies across northwest Africa as part of a so-called anti-terrorist operation.
- Iraqi army launches major offensive in Anbar Province Iran Press TV 19 Jul 2014 -- Iraqi army forces backed by thousands of volunteers have launched a major offensive against Takfiri militants in Anbar Province.
- Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age VOA 19 Jul 2014 -- Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and so has the nature of space exploration.
- US to Allow Iran Access $2.8 Bln Of Frozen Assets During Extension Period Of Nuclear Talks RIA Novosti 19 Jul 2014 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry announced Saturday that the United States will grant Iran access to $2.8 billion of its frozen assets during the four-month extension period of nuclear talks with six powers.
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