21 July 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 21 Jul 2014 [PDF]
Defense Policy / Programs
- CNO's China Visit Builds Cooperation for Greater US, PLA Navy Relationship NNS 21 Jul 2014 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert departed the People's Republic of China (PRC) Friday after a successful four-day counterpart visit with military leaders, fleet units and leaders of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA).
- Fitzgerald Strengthens Relations with Japan through Goodwill Port Visit NNS 21 Jul 2014 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) arrived in Fukuoka, Japan, July 18 for a goodwill and friendship building port visit.
- US Military Inspectors to Fly Over Russian Territory RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2014 -- A group of United States inspectors will fly over Russia as part of the international Open Skies Treaty on July 21-26, a Russian Defense Ministry official said Monday.
- Readout of Secretary Chuck Hagel's call with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop DoD 21 Jul 2014
- Readout of Secretary Chuck Hagel's Call with Egyptian Minister of Defense Col. General Sedki Sobhy DoD 21 Jul 2014
- Pro-Kiev Forces Receive US Demining Robots for Special Op in Eastern Ukraine RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2014 -- The United States has provided the Ukrainian Army with demining robots for Kiev's military operation against independence supporters in eastern regions of the country, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said Monday.
- PLA gets new maps; first revamp in 30 years People's Daily 21 Jul 2014 -- Millions of updated maps are being distributed to members of the People's Liberation Army in the first upgrade in 30 years.
- Beijing Sends Spy Ship for US-Led Naval Drills RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2014 -- China has sent a surveillance vessel to international waters off Hawaii for the world's largest naval exercise, the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), as Beijing participates in the drills for the first time, Reuters has reported citing the US Navy.
- U.S. and S. Korean Authorities Warned of Their Reckless Acts KCNA 21 Jul 2014 -- A spokesman for the Policy Department of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK on July 20 issued a statement condemning the U.S. and its followers for kicking up a campaign over the DPRK's legitimate measures to bolster up its capability for self-defence.
- British Army celebrates new division in Germany UK MOD 21 Jul 2014 -- Soldiers from 1st (UK) Armoured Division paraded at Hammersmith Barracks in Herford, Germany, to mark their renaming as 1st (UK) Division.
- North Korea calls missile tests legitimate Iran Press TV 21 Jul 2014 -- North Korea says its latest missile tests are a legitimate exercise in self-defense, criticizing South Korea and the United States for calling the exercises provocative.
- North Korea Warns of Retaliation Over US, South Korea Hostile Actions RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2014 -- North Korea has threatened to retaliate against the United States and South Korea if they continue pestering Pyongyang over its recent missile test-launches it described as "routine drills," North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Monday.
- July 21, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 21 Jul 2014
- 21 July 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 21 Jul 2014
- Remarks With UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon US Dept. of State 21 Jul 2014
- Statement by the President on the Situation in Ukraine and Gaza The White House 21 Jul 2014
- Background Briefing on Secretary Kerry's Trip to Cairo, Egypt US Dept. of State 21 Jul 2014
- Gaza: UN issues emergency appeal, begins airlift to meet urgent humanitarian needs UN News Centre 21 Jul 2014 -- The United Nations agency assisting Palestinian refugees has issued an emergency appeal for $60 million to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza, including tens of thousands who have fled their homes in the wake of the current Israeli military offensive.
- Ban urges all parties to rally around efforts to end bloodshed, obtain Israel-Gaza ceasefire UN News Centre 21 Jul 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all parties to rally around collective international efforts to obtain an end to two weeks of bloodshed in Gaza and Israel and reach a ceasefire, as he continued his visit to the region with a stop in Cairo.
- Casualties Mount as Gaza Conflict Wears On VOA 21 Jul 2014 -- Heavy fighting continued Monday in Gaza, with Israeli war planes bombarding more than 50 Hamas targets, Hamas firing as many rockets back into the Jewish state, and the death toll topping 500.
- Kerry En Route to Cairo for Talks on Gaza VOA 21 Jul 2014 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Cairo for talks with Egyptian leaders and other senior officials on ways to end the fighting in Gaza.
- Israeli army confirms deaths of 22 soldiers Iran Press TV 21 Jul 2014 -- Israeli military sources have confirmed the deaths of at least 22 Israeli soldiers since the beginning of offensive against the besieged Gaza Strip.
- Israel tanks, jets continue pounding Gaza Iran Press TV 21 Jul 2014 -- Israeli tanks and warplanes have continued pounding the Gaza Strip for the 14th day, with the death toll among Palestinians rising to 508.
- 1000s of Gazans flee Israel shelling Iran Press TV 21 Jul 2014 -- Thousands of Palestinian civilians have fled their homes as the Israeli military keeps pounding their homes in the besieged Gaza Strip.
- Gaza: Nowhere to go IRIN 21 Jul 2014 -- Umm Mustafa, 50, is no stranger to the pain of leaving her home behind. Like many Gazans, the mother of eight finds herself sleeping restlessly in a UN shelter for the third time in eight years.
- Briefing the media on the newly revealed facts related to aircraft crash Malaysian Boeing-777 Russian Ministry of Defence 21 Jul 2014
- Ukrainian Su-25 fighter detected in close approach to MH17 before crash - Moscow RT 21 Jul 2014 -- The Russian military detected a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet gaining height towards the MH17 Boeing on the day of the catastrophe. Kiev must explain why the military jet was tracking the passenger airplane, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
- What The Russian Papers Are Saying About Flight MH17 RFE/RL 21 Jul 2014 -- Despite mounting evidence that Moscow-backed rebels are responsible for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Russia's print media paint a very different picture.
- Obama Urges Full, Unimpeded Ukraine Probe VOA 21 Jul 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama is calling on Russia to allow international investigators immediate, full, and unimpeded access to the site in Ukraine where a Malaysian passenger jet was shot down last week.
- Security Council condemns downing of Malaysian airliner, calls for international probe UN News Centre 21 Jul 2014 -- The Security Council today called for an international investigation into last week's downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger flight in eastern Ukraine, and demanded that armed groups allow unfettered access to the crash site and ensure that its integrity is maintained.
- Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes to Malaysia VOA 21 Jul 2014 -- A senior separatist leader, Aleksander Borodai, handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts in the city of Donetsk in the early hours of Tuesday.
- UN Demands Rebels Give Access to MH17 Site VOA 21 Jul 2014 -- The U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded on Monday that armed groups controlling the crash site in eastern Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down immediately allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
- Malaysian Plane Victims to Be Moved to Netherlands VOA 21 Jul 2014 -- Ukrainian officials say the search for bodies has ended at the site where a Malaysia Airlines plane came down, and all the bodies, or fragments of them, have been found. The officials say there is agreement with Russian-backed rebels who control the area to move the bodies by rail from the rebel-held city of Torez to government-controlled Kharkiv Monday night, where they will then be flown to Amsterdam for identification.
- Russia to blame for MH17 crash: Ukraine Iran Press TV 21 Jul 2014 -- Ukraine has once again blamed Russia for the crash of a Malaysian airliner in the eastern part of the country.
- Fighting continues in Ukraine's Donetsk Iran Press TV 21 Jul 2014 -- Fighting continues in Ukraine's eastern regions, as Ukrainian forces push ahead to retake the the Donetsk city, currently controlled by pro-Russian protesters.
- MH17 tragedy must not be politicized: Putin Iran Press TV 21 Jul 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says the tragic crash of a Malaysian passenger plane in Ukraine must not be politicized, calling for safe access for international experts to the site.
- Ukraine declares truce in crash site Iran Press TV 21 Jul 2014 -- Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has declared a ceasefire within a 40-kilometer zone around the crash site of a Malaysian passenger plane in the eastern part of the country.
- Obama Tells Russia To Use Its Influence With Ukrainian Rebels RFE/RL 21 Jul 2014 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has called on Russia to use its influence to stop pro-Russian separatists from obstructing access to the crash site of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.
- Flight MH17 Fact Sheet: Evidence Increasingly Points To Moscow RFE/RL 21 Jul 2014 -- Amid mounting circumstantial evidence that Russia-backed separatists caused the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, there also appears to be a concerted effort by Moscow to disseminate its own narrative and perhaps obstruct the investigation on the ground.
- Ukraine To Give Control Of Airline Crash Probe To International Experts RFE/RL 21 Jul 2014 -- Ukraine says it will hand over control of an investigation into the Malaysian airliner crash to international experts and suggested the Netherlands should lead the process.
- Ukraine Willing to Hand Over MH17 Crash Evidence to International Investigators RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2014 -- Ukrainian special services are ready to provide all data concerning last week's airliner crash in eastern Ukraine to an international commission investigating the tragedy, the Ukrainian president's press service said Monday.
- Russia Calls for Investigation of Foreign Mercenaries Participation in Ukraine Hostilities RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2014 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry on Monday demanded that Sweden, Finland, the Baltic states and France conduct a thorough investigation into alleged involvement of mercenaries from these countries in hostilities in eastern Ukraine.
- Ukrainian Rescuers End Search for Bodies of MH17 Crash Victims RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2014 -- Ukrainian rescue workers have completed their search for the bodies of Malaysian plane crash victims in eastern Ukraine, the bodies will be sent to Kharkiv later on Monday, a senior Ukrainian official said.
- MH17 Flight Crashed Within Ukrainian Missile Systems Firing Range - Russian Military RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2014 -- The Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed within the operating zone of the Ukrainian army's self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air Buk missile systems, the Russian military said Monday.
- Russia Denies Smuggling Military Hardware Into East Ukraine RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2014 -- Russia has never delivered Buk-M1 air defense missile systems or any other type of weaponry to independence supporters in eastern Ukraine, a senior Russian General Staff official said Monday.
- Russian Military Says Detected Ukrainian Su-25 Fighter Plane Close to MH17 Before Crash RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2014 -- An Ukrainian combat jet was detected in close approach to the Malaysian passenger plane shortly before it crashed in eastern Ukraine killing all 298 people on board, the Russian military said Monday.
- MH17 Lost Speed Shortly Before Vanishing From Radars - Russian Military RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2014 -- The Malaysia Airlines passenger plane started losing speed three minutes before it went off radar screens and crashed in eastern Ukraine, a senior official of the Russian General Staff said Monday.
- Ukraine to Suspend Military Action Within 25-Mile Radius of MH17 Crash Site RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2014 -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered Monday to stop all military action within a radius of the 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the site of the Malaysia Airlines plane crash in eastern Ukraine.
- Russian Ambassador Calls Militia Phone Call Intercepts Fake RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2014 -- The alleged recordings of intercepted phone calls between Russian military intelligence officers and Donetsk militiamen discussing the flight MH17 being downed in eastern Ukraine are fake, the Russian ambassador in India told Chennai daily newspaper The Hindu on Monday.
- Iraq tribal fighters gain ground against ISIL in Nineveh Iran Press TV 21 Jul 2014 -- Tribal fighters have successfully driven the ISIL Takfiri militants out of the Iraqi town of Sinjar in the northwestern province of Nineveh.
- Libya Revives Exports From Its Largest Oil Field RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2014 -- Oil exports from the largest Libyan oil field Sharara starting again on Monday, July 21 is a sign of the country's oil industry revival, Wall Street Journal reported Monday, quoting a spokesperson of the Libyan state company National Oil Corp (NOC).
- Briefing: Targeting CAR's predators IRIN 21 Jul 2014 -- The UN sanctions committee unveiled a report on 11 July detailing the alleged involvement of named individuals and armed groups in major human rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR). The report by a panel of experts on CAR also presents evidence on the groups' sources of funding and weapons, and names individuals believed to be involved in trafficking natural resources, and funding, organizing and manipulating armed groups.
- Ban urges Central Africans to seize reconciliation talks to usher in era of peace UN News Centre 21 Jul 2014 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the people of Central African Republic (CAR) to seize the opportunity of talks taking place in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, to advance reconciliation and "open a new page in their history."
- IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form VOA 21 Jul 2014 -- Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous format that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations' Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions.
- Russia to Build Nuclear Fuel Cycle Research Complex by 2017 RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2014 -- Russia's Scientific Research Institute of Atomic Reactors (RIAR) has received a license for the construction of a Polyfunctional Radiochemical Complex (PRC), according to NIIAR website.
- Australian Intelligence Service Calls for Broader Surveillance Powers RIA Novosti 21 Jul 2014 -- Access to telecommunications data is essential in order to protect Australian citizens, David Irvine, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) chief said Monday.
- African Union Official Anticipates Stronger Ties at US-Africa Summit VOA 21 Jul 2014 -- A senior official of the African Union said next month's US-Africa Summit in Washington should provide Africa and the United States an opportunity to enter into a strategic partnership.
- UN agency warns of fruit bat risk in West African Ebola epidemic UN News Centre 21 Jul 2014 -- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is urging increased efforts to improve awareness among rural communities in West Africa about the risks of contracting the Ebola virus from eating certain wildlife species, including fruit bats.
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