27 July 2014 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Jacoby: Transnational Gangs Pose Regional Threat AFPS 27 Jul 2014 -- Transnational criminal gangs based in Mexico and Central America pose a threat to the region, Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., the commander of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado yesterday.
- Northern Command Chief Explains Key Mission Areas AFPS 27 Jul 2014 -- U.S. Northern Command epitomizes the changes over the past decades in defending the United States of America, Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., the commander of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, said yesterday.
- DIA Chief: Transparency Builds Public Trust AFPS 27 Jul 2014 -- Transparency has to be a watchword for the intelligence community if it is to regain the public's trust, Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said here yesterday.
- Putin Marks Navy Day At Base For Nuclear Submarines RFE/RL 27 Jul 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin marked the country's 'Navy Day' on July 27 by visiting the northern port of Severomorsk, home to Russia's Northern Fleet.
- Transfer of Ukrainian Weaponry from Crimea to Remain Suspended Amid Ongoing Clashes RIA Novosti 27 Jul 2014 -- Russia decided not to resume the suspended transfer of military equipment, left in the Crimea to Kiev against the backdrop of ongoing fights in the east of Ukraine, the Russian Black Sea Fleet commander Admiral Alexander Vitko said on Sunday.
- Fifth Borei Class, Fourth Yasen Class Submarines to Form Backbone of Russian Navy RIA Novosti 27 Jul 2014 -- The fifth strategic nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine 'Knyaz Oleg' (Borei-class) and the fourth multi-purpose attack submarine 'Krasnoyarsk' (Yasen-class) in the next decade will become the basis for the Navy, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said on Sunday.
- Russia's Navy Replenishes Ship, Submarine Supply RIA Novosti 27 Jul 2014 -- Russian Navy celebrates its professional holiday on Sunday by putting two new submarines into service and expects a new warship in the fall and several additional ships for its Black Sea Fleet off the Crimean coast in the next three years.
- Mistral Base in Russia's Far East to be Built by Fall 2015 RIA Novosti 27 Jul 2014 -- The construction of a Mistral-class carriers base in Russia's Far East port of Vladivostok will be completed by next year's fall, a senior Defense Ministry official said on Saturday.
- Ukraine's Westernization to Destroy its Economy - Air Force Commander RIA Novosti 27 Jul 2014 -- Ukraine's rejection of military-technical cooperation with Russia and its westernization will destroy the country's economy, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Forces said.
- Israel Resumes Gaza Shelling, Says Hamas Violated Own Cease-fire VOA 27 Jul 2014 -- Israeli forces began shelling in the Gaza Strip late Sunday hours after Hamas declared a 24-hour cease-fire. The Israeli government said it was resuming military operations because Palestinian fighters had not observed previous calls for a truce.
- Israel, Hamas Resume Gaza Fighting VOA 27 Jul 2014 -- Israel says it has resumed its raids in Gaza because Palestinians have ignored the 24-hour extension of a humanitarian cease-fire that was requested by the United Nations.
- Palestinians do not coexist with occupiers: Hamas Iran Press TV 27 Jul 2014 -- Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Meshaal has demanded Israel lift its blockade of Gaza, warning that "Palestinians cannot coexist with the occupiers."
- Egypt destroys 13 more Gaza tunnels Iran Press TV 27 Jul 2014 -- Egypt has demolished 13 more tunnels between the country and the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli blockade for the past seven years.
- Israel resumes deadly strikes against Gaza Strip Iran Press TV 27 Jul 2014 -- Israel has put an abrupt end to a humanitarian ceasefire requested by the United Nations, resuming its fatal military attacks against Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, Press TV reports.
- Netanyahu Says Israeli Operations Will Continue In Gaza RFE/RL 27 Jul 2014 -- Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israeli military operations in Gaza will continue as he accuses Hamas of violating a cease-fire.
- Israel Extends Ceasefire, Hamas Refuses Until Troops Withdraw from Gaza RIA Novosti 27 Jul 2014 -- The Israeli Security Cabinet voted to extend the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip until Sunday midnight, according local Channel 1, while the Hamas movement refused the truce until Israel withdraws its troops from the territory occupied by the enclave.
- Gaza: UN renews appeal for humanitarian ceasefire leading to political talks UN News Centre 27 Jul 2014 -- Welcoming the broadly observed 12-hour humanitarian pause in the Gaza conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon renewed his appeal to all parties to declare a week-long ceasefire as a prelude to restarting political negotiations.
- U.S. Shares Photos It Says Show Shelling Of Ukrainian Troops From Russian Territory RFE/RL 27 Jul 2014 -- The U.S. State Department on July 27 released satellite images that Washington says support claims rockets have been fired from Russia into Ukraine during the last week.e
- US: Images Prove Russia Fired Rockets into Ukraine VOA 27 Jul 2014 -- United States officials have released satellite images (see below) they say show that Russia has fired rockets against Ukrainian forces in the last week, in support of separatist rebels.
- 13 dead in fierce fighting in Ukraine east Iran Press TV 27 Jul 2014 -- Fierce fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russians has left at least 13 people dead in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region, officials say.
- Over 40K Ukrainians arrive in Russia's Rostov region Iran Press TV 27 Jul 2014 -- Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations says the number of Ukrainian refugees that have been accommodated in Russia's Rostov Province has exceeded 40,000.
- OSCE plans to fly drones over eastern Ukraine Iran Press TV 27 Jul 2014 -- The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is planning to deploy drones to monitor the conflict zone in Ukraine's volatile eastern regions, reports say.
- Dutch, Australian Inspectors Abandon Plans To Visit Crash Site Amid Fighting RFE/RL 27 Jul 2014 -- Fighting between Ukrainian troops and separatists has caused a team of international inspectors to give up plans to visit the crash site of MH17 for the day.
- Malaysia Says Ukraine Separatists To Allow Int'l Police At Crash Site RFE/RL 27 Jul 2014 -- Malaysia says it has agreed with Ukrainian rebels to allow international police personnel access to the crash site of Flight MH17.
- Malaysian Police To Arrive at MH17 Crash Site Wednesday - Prime Minister RIA Novosti 27 Jul 2014 -- Nearly 70 Malaysian policemen will arrive in Ukraine on Wednesday, July 30, as part of the international group, ensuring security of MH17 crash site, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Sunday.
- Malaysia, Independence Forces in Donetsk Agree on Police Deployment at MH17 Crash Site RIA Novosti 27 Jul 2014 -- Malaysia and the authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) have reached an agreement, granting international police forces access to the MH17 crash site in Ukraine, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said in a Facebook post on Sunday.
- Ukrainian Army Shells Southeastern City of Avdiivka, Five Killed - Militia RIA Novosti 27 Jul 2014 -- The Ukrainian Army shelled the city of Avdiivka in Donetsk Region, with five people reported killed, a militia representative told RIA Novosti on Sunday.
- Ukraine's Tank Convoy Enters Eastern City of Shakhtarsk, Battles Underway - Militia RIA Novosti 27 Jul 2014 -- A large convoy of Ukraine's National Guard armored vehicles entered the city of Shakhtarsk in Donetsk Region, aiming to complete the siege of Donetsk, the clashes in the streets broke out, a local militia representative told RIA Novosti on Sunday.
- Russia Establishes Expert Group to Help Investigate Flight MH 17 Crash in Ukraine RIA Novosti 27 Jul 2014 -- Russian Transport Ministry has formed an expert team, headed by the deputy head of Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya), to participate in the investigation of the Malaysian Boeing 777 crash in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, the press service of the ministry reported on Sunday.
- MH17 Crash Investigators Hampered by Fighting in Ukraine VOA 27 Jul 2014 -- A team of international crash investigators and police officers was forced to cancel a visit to the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines plane Sunday in eastern Ukraine. Heavy fighting has been reported between government forces and rebels close to the area where Flight MH17 came down ten days ago.
- 18 Dead in Donetsk Fighting VOA 27 Jul 2014 -- Fighting between Ukrainian government forces and separatist rebels killed at least 18 people in Donetsk on Sunday, as an international monitoring team delayed its visit to the crash site of a downed airliner out of security concerns.
- About 100 killed in two weeks of clashes in Tripoli Iran Press TV 27 Jul 2014 -- Nearly 100 people have been killed in two weeks of fighting among militants in Libya's capital, Tripoli, over control of the city's international airport.
- Kerry: Libya evacuation not permanent Iran Press TV 27 Jul 2014 -- Secretary of State John Kerry said personnel evacuated from the US embassy in Tripoli, Libya early Saturday would return as soon as the security situation improved.
- Scores Dead in Libya Violence VOA 27 Jul 2014 -- A violent 24 hours in Libya has left 61 people dead, raising the toll to nearly 150 in two weeks of clashes in the North African country.
- Cameroon Reviewing Military Strategy after Boko Haram Attacks VOA 27 Jul 2014 -- Information Minister Issa Tchiroma says Cameroon has increased its troop level at the border with neighboring Nigeria to 3,000, vowing the administration in Yaoundé will go to any extent to prevent Boko Haram militants from using the country as a base to launch attacks on neighboring countries.
- Boko Haram Suspected in Cameroon Kidnappings VOA 27 Jul 2014 -- Suspected Boko Haram fighters have kidnapped an influential traditional ruler and Muslim spiritual leader in northern Cameroon along with his family. The kidnappers also seized the wife of a government minister during their raid in the border town of Kolofata, near Nigeria's Borno State.
- Syria Retakes Homs Gas Field from Hardline Group VOA 27 Jul 2014 -- Syrian army said on Sunday it recaptured a gas field east of the central city of Homs that was seized by hardline Islamic State fighters earlier this month.
- Video: ISIL beheads 50 Syrian soldiers, puts heads on poles Iran Press TV 27 Jul 2014 -- Newly-released video footage shows the ISIL Takfiri terrorists summarily executing at least 50 Syrian government soldiers in the troubled northern Syria.
- Liberian Doctor Dies of Ebola VOA 27 Jul 2014 -- A senior doctor working at Liberia's largest hospital has died of Ebola.
- Iran to launch 10 new refineries in S. Pars gas field ISNA 27 Jul 2014 -- Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said 10 new refineries are expected to come on-stream in South Pars region in the south of the country.
- Iran's South Pars exports rise by 49% ISNA 27 Jul 2014 -- Iran's year-on-year exports from the South Pars natural gas field increased 49 percent in the last Persian calendar month (ended July 22), an Iranian Customs official said.
- US, Europe Demand Harsher Russia Sanctions VOA 27 Jul 2014 -- A senior British official is calling for the 2018 World Cup to be moved from Russia as punishment for the country's role in the Ukraine crisis, as calls intensify from both sides of the Atlantic for tougher sanctions on Moscow.
- 20 Turkish police charged in wiretapping probe Iran Press TV 27 Jul 2014 -- Turkish prosecutors have charged 20 police officers with forging official documents and illegally eavesdropping on top officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
- Kim Jong Un Guides Rocket Firing Drill of Strategic Force of KPA KCNA 27 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, guided a rocket firing drill of the strategic force of the KPA on the spot.
- Kim Jong Un Visits Kumsusan Palace of Sun KCNA 27 Jul 2014 -- Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to pay tribute to President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il at 00:00 on July 27, the 61st anniversary of the victory of the Korean people in the Fatherland Liberation War.
- KPA Service Personnel Meet to Vow to Achieve Cause of National Reunification KCNA 27 Jul 2014 -- A meeting of service personnel of the Ground, Naval, Air and Anti-Air Forces and Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army (KPA) took place at the plaza of the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun Sunday, the 61st anniversary of the victory of the Korean people in the Fatherland Liberation War. They vowed to glorify forever the undying feats President Kim Il Sung, invincible and iron-willed commander, and leader Kim Jong Il performed by winning the victory in the war against imperialism and achieve the great cause of national reunification under the leadership of Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un.
- Anniversary of Victory in Fatherland Liberation War Celebrated in DPRK KCNA 27 Jul 2014 -- The army and the people of the DPRK significantly celebrated the 61st anniversary of the victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.
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