02 August 2014 Military News
- US-led air raids kill dozens in three Afghan provinces Iran Press TV 02 Aug 2014 -- A number of US-led assassination drone strikes have killed scores of people in three provinces across Afghanistan, local sources say.
Defense Policy / Programs
- RIMPAC 2014 Concludes with Enhanced Cooperation among 22 Nations NNS 02 Aug 2014 -- The world's largest international maritime exercise, Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014, concluded with the participation of 22 nations, 49 surface ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California, August 1.
- GWCSG Builds Trust, Partnerships during Kainan-so visit NNS 02 Aug 2014 -- Thirty-six Sailors from the George Washington Carrier Strike Group participated in a community relations (COMREL) project at Kainan-so Nursing Home in Sasebo, Japan, August 2.
- Moscow Says EU 'Quietly' Lifts Ban on Military Equipment Supplies to Kiev RIA Novosti 02 Aug 2014 -- The EU member states have agreed "behind the back" to lift restrictions on supplying Kiev with military equipment that may be used for internal repressions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
- Ukrainian Military Plan to Buy Drones for Photo Survey RIA Novosti 02 Aug 2014 -- Ukraine's military plans to buy unmanned aircraft for photo and video survey, an advisor of the Ukrainian interior minister told UNIAN news agency on Saturday.
- Japan Gives Vessels to Vietnam to Boost Maritime Security VOA 02 Aug 2014 -- Japan will give Vietnam six used vessels as part of an aid package to help the Southeast Asian country improve its maritime security.
- UN warns of 'rapidly unfolding' health disaster in Gaza UN News Centre 02 Aug 2014 -- Weeks of intense fighting has left medical services and facilities in the Gaza Strip "on the verge of collapse," according to senior United Nations officials in the region who today warned that a health disaster of widespread proportions is rapidly unfolding as the conflict grinds on.
- Israel: Missing Soldier Killed in Action VOA 02 Aug 2014 -- The Israeli army says it has determined that the 23-year-old soldier it earlier said was captured by Hamas on Friday was killed in action.
- PM: Gaza Mission to Last as Long as Necessary VOA 02 Aug 2014 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israeli troops will finish the job of destroying Hamas tunnels under the Gaza-Israel border and continue to operate in accordance with Israel's security needs.
- US Approves $225M for Israel's Iron Dome VOA 02 Aug 2014 -- The armed wing of Hamas say it does not know the whereabouts of an Israeli solider that Israel has accused it of abducting, but speculated that he was likely killed in an Israeli strike.
- Israel partially withdraws from Gaza: Hamas Iran Press TV 02 Aug 2014 -- The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas says Israeli forces have partially withdrawn from the war-stricken Gaza Strip.
- Israel war machinery kills at least 1,654 Gazans Iran Press TV 02 Aug 2014 -- Latest figures show the Palestinian death toll from Israel's aerial and ground offensives against the blockaded Gaza Strip has risen to at least 1,654.
- Hamas says Israeli soldier may have been killed Iran Press TV 02 Aug 2014 -- Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has denied capturing an Israeli soldier, saying the missing trooper might have been killed in an Israeli airstrike.
- Israel Shells Gaza As It Searches For Soldier RFE/RL 02 Aug 2014 -- Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry says four of its troops have been killed near the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
- Israel's Prime Minister Says Gaza Operation to Continue RIA Novosti 02 Aug 2014 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday that the operation in Gaza is due to continue in line with Israel's security needs even after Hamas tunnels are destroyed, the BBC has reported.
- Egypt Still Ready to Host Israel-Palestinian Talks VOA 02 Aug 2014 -- Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi has told journalists that the Egyptian peace proposal to end the conflict in Gaza was 'still on the table' and that Egypt would like see a rapid conclusion to the violence.
- In Ukraine, Shelling Disrupts MH17 Probe VOA 02 Aug 2014 -- Fresh fighting Saturday around the site of a Malaysian airliner that crashed more than two weeks ago in eastern Ukraine hampered an international team of experts searching for human remains there.
- Ukraine Struggles To Find Strategy For Getting Back Crimea RFE/RL 02 Aug 2014 -- both sides agreed to an arbitrational consideration of the situation. In the current case, I don't know anyone who can imagine that Russia would agree to participate in such a process. And that is the problem -- not a lack of mechanisms.'
- Ukrainian Troops Moving Tochka-U Missile Launchers to Donetsk - Militia RIA Novosti 02 Aug 2014 -- Independence supporters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic said on Saturday that the Ukrainian government troops are moving Tochka-U short-range ballistic missile systems to Donetsk.
- Ukraine May Soon Acquire High-Precision Weapons – Russian Senator RIA Novosti 02 Aug 2014 -- EU's decision to lift ban on exports of military technology and equipment to Ukraine may soon result in Kiev acquiring high-precision weapons to be used in the country's east and also in Russia, a member of the Russian Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Valery Shnyakin, said.
- Ukraine's Grad Rocket Launchers Shell Russia's Rostov Region – Border Security Service RIA Novosti 02 Aug 2014 -- Nine shells have been fired from Ukraine's Grad multiple rocket launchers, according to preliminary reports, and exploded on the territory of Tarasovsky District in Russia's Rostov Region, Vasily Malev, a representative of the Russian Security Service in the Rostov Region told RIA Novosti Saturday.
- Pyongyang urges UN meeting on upcoming US-South Korea drills Iran Press TV 02 Aug 2014 -- North Korea has called on the UN Security Council to hold an emergency session over the upcoming joint military drills by South Korea and the United States.
- Tunisia closes border with Libya Iran Press TV 02 Aug 2014 -- Tunisia has reportedly closed its main border crossing with Libya.
- Libya's New Parliament Meets Amid Ongoing Violence VOA 02 Aug 2014 -- Libya's newly-elected parliament held its first meeting Saturday in the eastern city of Tobruk, as fighting between armed factions continued in Benghazi and the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
- Azerbaijani Defense Ministry Says Four Soldiers Killed Near Karabakh RFE/RL 02 Aug 2014 -- Although the raging fighting and heated rhetoric in eastern Ukraine still command the headlines, the dispute between Kyiv and Moscow over Crimea simmers on and seems as intractable as ever.
- OSCE Urges Immediate Settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict RIA Novosti 02 Aug 2014 -- OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Didier Burkhalter and members of the Minsk Group have expressed "deep concerns" amid rising violence in Nagorno-Karabakh, at the center of a territorial dispute between Armenia and neighboring Azerbaijan.
- Events in Nagorno-Karabakh Violate Ceasefire Agreements – Russian Foreign Ministry RIA Novosti 02 Aug 2014 -- Recent escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which led to numerous casualties, is a serious violation of ceasefire agreements, a spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.
- Syrian army kills 50 Takfiri militants near Lebanese border Iran Press TV 02 Aug 2014 -- Initial reports say Syrian government troops backed by Hezbollah fighters have killed at least 50 Takfiri terrorists from the ISIL and al-Nusra Front near the Lebanese border.
- Japan's naming of islands adds to lingering tension People's Daily 02 Aug 2014 -- The Foreign Ministry said on Friday that Japan's unilateral decision to name China's Diaoyu Islands was 'invalid' as it persisted in fueling lingering territorial tensions.
- Obama defends John Brennan despite calls for his resignation Iran Press TV 02 Aug 2014 -- US President Barack Obama says he has "full confidence" in CIA Director John Brennan, as calls grow for his resignation over a damning report that found his agency spied on the Senate.
- Obama Admits CIA 'Tortured Some Folks' After 9/11 RIA Novosti 02 Aug 2014 -- US President Barack Obama has admitted that the CIA used controversial techniques of torture against al-Qaeda suspects in the aftermath of 9/11, Reuters reported.
- American Ebola Victim Returns to US VOA 02 Aug 2014 -- An American doctor who was stricken with the Ebola virus while helping victims in Liberia has returned to the United States, becoming the first known Ebola patient on U.S. soil.
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