24 July 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 24 Jul 2014 [PDF]
- Amid audit delay, UN in Afghanistan proposes criteria for ordering recounts UN News Centre 24 Jul 2014 -- As the audit of the Afghan presidential election resumed today, the United Nations proposed a set of criteria to the country's main electoral body for separating valid votes from fraudulent ballots cast in the June presidential run-off.
- Air Guardsmen, Reservists Help Battle Western Wildfires AFPS 24 Jul 2014 -- Air reserve components are providing crews and planes to support civilian firefighting efforts in the West, the commander of the effort said in a DoD News interview.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Army Needs Balance, Interoperability, Odierno Says AFPS 24 Jul 2014 -- In the debate about how large the Army should be as the Defense Department faces the return of sequestration spending cuts in fiscal year 2016, it's more important than ever to build a balanced force, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said last night.
- Intelligence Must be Applied to be Useful, Official Says AFPS 24 Jul 2014 -- Intelligence collection alone isn't sufficient to secure the nation, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael G. Vickers said here today.
- Odierno: Information, Instability Travel at Similar Speeds AFPS 24 Jul 2014 -- As the world has become more interconnected and information travels faster than ever before, it also has become more unpredictable and dangerous, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said here last night.
- Malabar 2014 Kicks Off NNS 24 Jul 2014 -- Naval forces from India, Japan and the United States will participate in exercise Malabar 2014, July 24 - 30.
- Russia Sending Weapons To Iraqi Government RFE/RL 24 Jul 2014 -- Russia is supplying Iraq's government with military helicopters and warplanes.
- Ukraine Asks US and NATO for Elecronic Warfare Equipment - Reports RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2014 -- Kiev asked US and NATO to provide them with electronic warfare equipment, capable to counter anti-aircraft systems, The Daily Beast reported.
- France rejects UK censure of Russia deal Iran Press TV 24 Jul 2014 -- French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has accused the UK of hypocrisy following criticism by London against France's sale of built Mistral warships to Russia.
- China's land-based missile interception test successful People's Daily 24 Jul 2014 -- China has announced the success of a land-based missile interception test.
- China Conducts Successful Ballistic Missile Defense Test RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2014 -- China has conducted a successful land-based anti-missile test on its territory, China's Defense Ministry said Thursday in a statement published on its website.
- Gaggle by Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz, 07/24/14 The White House 24 Jul 2014
- July 24, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 24 Jul 2014
- 24 July 2014 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 24 Jul 2014
- Explosion Hits UN-run School in Gaza VOA 24 Jul 2014 -- International concern is mounting after a series of explosions hit the United Nations-run school in the northern Gaza Strip, killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens more.
- 'Appalled' by attack on UN-run school in Gaza, Ban urges halt to all fighting UN News Centre 24 Jul 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he is "appalled" by the news of an attack on a United Nations-run school in Gaza where hundreds of people had taken refuge from the ongoing hostilities, adding that the incident underscores the need to stop all fighting immediately.
- UN-run School in Gaza Hit During Israeli Offensive VOA 24 Jul 2014 -- International concern is mounting after a series of explosions hit the United Nations-run school in the northern Gaza Strip, killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens more.
- Israeli tanks shell UN-run school in Gaza, kills 16 Iran Press TV 24 Jul 2014 -- Israeli tank shells has slammed into a UN-run school in the northern Gaza Strip, killing at least 16 Palestinians.
- Gaza faces food, water shortage: UN official Iran Press TV 24 Jul 2014 -- UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has expressed deep concern over shortage of food and water in the Gaza Strip as Israel continues its offensive in the besieged enclave for the 17th day.
- 733 Palestinians killed in Israeli offensive on Gaza Iran Press TV 24 Jul 2014 -- At least 733 Palestinians have been killed and 4,605 wounded in 17 days of Israeli aerial and ground offensives in the besieged Gaza Strip.
- US: Russia Firing Artillery Across Ukraine Border VOA 24 Jul 2014 -- The United States is accusing Russia of firing on Ukrainian military positions in troubled eastern Ukraine from inside Russia. And Washington contends Moscow intends to supply pro-Russian rebels with bigger and more powerful weaponry to fight Kyiv's forces.
- Australia Seeks to Secure MH17 Crash Site in Ukraine VOA 24 Jul 2014 -- Australia has sent 50 police officers to London in anticipation of deploying them to eastern Ukraine to secure the Malaysian plane crash site as part of a proposed international team.
- US to send military advisers to Ukraine Iran Press TV 24 Jul 2014 -- The US military has announced plans to dispatch a team of advisers to Ukraine in a bid to assist Kiev in its military confrontation with pro-Russia forces in the east of the country.
- As Attention Focuses On Dead, Ukraine Crash Site Remains Gray Zone RFE/RL 24 Jul 2014 -- In the Netherlands, some 1,000 relatives of those who died aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 gathered on July 23 in Eindhoven to receive the first bodies returned from the crash site in eastern Ukraine.
- Russian Investigators Say Ukrainian Military Involved in Crimes Against Civilians RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2014 -- The Russian Investigative Committee knows the names of at least 40 Ukrainian military personnel who have committed crimes against civilians in their country, committee head Alexander Bastrykin said Thursday.
- US Claims of Flight MH17 Downing by Militia Remain Unfounded – Russia's Defense Ministry RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2014 -- The United States has not yet provided any documented evidence to prove that the rocket that brought down the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was launched from militia-controlled territory, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Thursday.
- Ukraine's Claim of Russia Downing Attack Aircraft 'Hogwash' - Defense Ministry Source RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2014 -- The Russian Defense Ministry has labeled Ukraine's claim that two Su-25 attack aircraft were shot down in eastern Ukraine from Russia as "hogwash."
- Ukraine Struck Russian Territory 9 Times in June-July - Russian Deputy Defense Minister RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2014 -- Russia has registered nine strikes on its territory from Ukraine during the period of June and July of this year, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Thursday.
- Donetsk Commander Denies Telling Media Militia Had Buk Missiles During MH17 Crash RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2014 -- A leader of the independence supporters in the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk, Commander of the Vostok Battalion Alexander Khodakovsky, denied having told Reuters that militia forces possessed Buk missiles when the Malaysia airliner crashed in the region, RT television channel reported Thursday.
- Ukraine Militia Denies Tampering with Evidence at MH17 Crash Site RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2014 -- The Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) on Wednesday dismissed Western media allegations that militia manipulated physical evidence at the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine.
- Regional Approach to ISIL is Needed, Official Tells Senate AFPS 24 Jul 2014 -- When the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant marched into Mosul, Iraq, whether the Iraqis could defend Baghdad was a critical first question, a senior Defense Department official said today.
- 60 killed in attack on Iraqi prisoner convoy Iran Press TV 24 Jul 2014 -- At least 60 people have been killed in Iraq in an attack on a prisoner convoy in Baghdad Province.
- UN panel pays out nearly $1.2 billion in reparations for Iraq's invasion of Kuwait UN News Centre 24 Jul 2014 -- The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), which settles the damage claims of those who suffered losses due to Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, today made $1.19 billion available to the Government of Kuwait.
- Ban underscores UN support for secure, inclusive, peaceful Iraq during visit UN News Centre 24 Jul 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored his full support for efforts to overcome the division's plaguing Iraq and build a secure, prosperous and peaceful country for all, during a stop there as part of his current visit to the region.
- Nigeria: UN envoy condemns renewal of heinous Boko Haram attacks on civilians UN News Centre 24 Jul 2014 -- The United Nations envoy for West Africa today strongly condemned the latest killing of civilians reportedly by the Boko Haram group in two Nigerian regions.
- World Bank: Boko Haram Stalls African Aid Projects VOA 24 Jul 2014 -- Threats and killings by Islamist militants are jeopardizing World Bank-funded agriculture, health and water projects in parts of Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad, a bank official says.
- Security Council, UN officials welcome signing of Central African Republic ceasefire UN News Centre 24 Jul 2014 -- The Security Council and senior United Nations officials have welcomed the signing of an agreement on the cessation of hostilities by the parties in the Central African Republic (CAR) and highlighted the need to follow this up with national reconciliation and reconstruction efforts.
- CAR Cease-fire Implementation Faces Myriad Challenges VOA 24 Jul 2014 -- A cease-fire deal agreed upon by warring militias in the Central African Republic is a welcome development for the war-torn country, though Implementing the accord will not be an easy task.
- Turkey Feeling Strain From Hosting Syrian Refugees VOA 24 Jul 2014 -- Turkey has maintained an open door policy for people fleeing the conflict in neighboring Syria, but recent violent protests in several cities indicate many Turks are feeling the strain from harboring the one million refugees. Authorities say they may soon force the tens of thousands of Syrians living on the streets into camps.
- Fouad Massoum Elected Iraqi President VOA 24 Jul 2014 -- The Iraqi parliament elected 76 year-old Kurdish lawmaker Fouad Massoum to be president Thursday, breaking a major political log-jam. Contentions remain, however, over who will fill the more important post of prime minister.
- Fouad Massoum Elected Iraqi President VOA 24 Jul 2014 -- Iraq's parliament has elected Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum as the country's new president, hours after militants killed at least 51 prisoners and eight policemen in an attack on a convoy north of Baghdad.
- Iraqi parliament elects Fuad Masum as president Iran Press TV 24 Jul 2014 -- The Iraqi parliament has elected veteran Kurdish politician, Fuad Masum, to serve as the country's next president amid efforts to form a new government.
- Ukraine PM Quits as Stage is Set for Early Poll VOA 24 Jul 2014 -- Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced he is resigning, amid the break-up of the country's ruling coalition in parliament.
- Ukrainian Prime Minister Resigns RFE/RL 24 Jul 2014 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has resigned after two major partners in his coalition announced their withdrawal to allow President Petro Poroshenko to start the procedure for new parliamentary elections.
- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk Announces Resignation RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2014 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday following the collapse of the ruling European Choice parliamentary coalition.
- Ukrainian Lawmakers Quit Coalition to Enable Parliament's Dissolution RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2014 -- Ukraine's Svoboda and UDAR parties announced Thursday their factions in the Ukrainian parliament were quitting the majority coalition, paving the way for the dissolution of parliament.
- Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Dissolves Communist Party Following Newly Introduced Rules RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2014 -- The speaker of Ukraine's parliament, Oleksandr Turchynov, dissolved the country's Communist Party during Thursday's session.
- McCain Dissatisfied With EU Sanctions on Russia, Calls for Tougher Measures RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2014 -- US Senator John McCain told The Telegraph on Wednesday that the European sanctions imposed on Russia are "a joke" and will only strengthen Moscow's resolve.
- Norwegian Intelligence Warns of New Terrorist Act Threatening Country RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2014 -- Norwegian security services received information that within days the country may be the target of a terror attack, Benedicte Bjoernland, the head of the Norwegian Police Intelligence Service (PST) said during a press conference Thursday.
- European court slams Poland for helping in CIA renditions Iran Press TV 24 Jul 2014 -- The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that Poland broke the European human rights convention by allowing the CIA to run a secret jail on its territory.
- EU Court Fines Poland for Hosting CIA 'Black Sites' VOA 24 Jul 2014 -- In a landmark ruling, Europe's top human rights court has found Poland violated the rights of two terrorism suspects by allowing the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to secretly imprison them in the country more than a decade ago.
- Biological Tests Onboard Russia's Foton-M Satellite Held as Planned RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2014 -- Biological experiments onboard of Foton-M, a research spacecraft carrying life in space, are being held according to schedule despite a communication breakdown with the spacecraft, Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) press secretary Oleg Voloshin told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
- Russian Biosatellite Can Operate Autonomously – Roscosmos RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2014 -- The reception of telemetry data from the Foton-M, a research spacecraft carrying life in space, even after connection with the biosatellite was lost proves that it can operate autonomously for a long time, Roscosmos, Russia's Federal Space Agency, said in a statement Thursday.
- Russian Progress M-24m Cargo Spacecraft Docks with ISS RIA Novosti 24 Jul 2014 -- A Russian Progress M-24M cargo spacecraft, sent off into orbit from Baikonur space center early on Thursday, has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS), a representative of the mission control center in Russia told RIA Novosti.
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