12 August 2014 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 12 Aug 2014 [PDF]
- US Deploys Military Advisers to Northern Iraq VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says about 130 more U.S. military advisers have been deployed to northern Iraq, to assess ways in which Washington can help Baghdad deal with resurgent Islamist extremists.
- US Troops to Refrain from Returning to Iraq RIA Novosti 12 Aug 2014 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that US forces would not return to Iraq, but the US government will continue its support for the country.
- Obama Says US Planes 'in Position' to Attack Islamists in Iraq, Urges 'Inclusive' Cabinet RIA Novosti 12 Aug 2014 -- US President Barack Obama said the United States was ready to launch new airstrikes at Islamic State's military targets in northwestern Iraq if the militant group threatened the safety of Yazidi refugees stranded on Mount Sinjar, the White House said on Tuesday.
- Tornados ready to support humanitarian operations UK MOD 12 Aug 2014 -- The Royal Air Force has sent Tornado aircraft from RAF Marham to support humanitarian operations in Iraq if required
- U.S. Continues Humanitarian Airdrops in Northern Iraq AFPS 12 Aug 2014 -- TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 12, 2014 –The U.S. military has carried out a fifth airdrop of food and water to thousands of Iraqis threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Mount Sinjar.
- UK aid drops continue over Mount Sinjar in Iraq UK MOD 12 Aug 2014 -- Further lifesaving UK aid for thousands of displaced people has been dropped by the Royal Air Force on Mount Sinjar in Northern Iraq.
- Sacramento Marine keeps artillery unit primed during Afghan drawdown USMC News 12 Aug 2014 -- Hugging the fence line along the perimeter of Camp Bastion, dusty artillery firing positions are dug into the rocky earth. Three M777 Howitzers nicknamed "Death Wish," "Steve Bolton" and "Zeus," peer across the desert horizon, ready for a fire mission at a moment's notice.
- DoD Continues Aid to Combat Wildfires in Northwest AFPS 12 Aug 2014 -- Two Department of Defense C-130 aircraft equipped with U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems and under the command and control of U.S. Northern Command are assisting with wildfire suppression efforts in the Northwest, Great Basin, and elsewhere in the West at the request of the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.
Defense Policy / Programs
- PANAMAX Participants Learn from One Another While Preparing to Defend the Panama Canal NNS 12 Aug 2014 -- Leaders of the maritime component of PANAMAX 2014 paused Aug. 11, approximately halfway through the exercise, to assess its benefits so far.
- Remarks by Secretary Hagel at a Troop Event, San Diego, California DoD 12 Aug 2014 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
- Marines Strap Down, Prepare to Bring MEB Home from LSE-14 USMC News 12 Aug 2014 -- Marines with 1st Brigade Headquarters Group, 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade departed Camp Francis at Marine Corps Air Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Aug. 12, in the first of two convoys carrying the gear that filled out the camp and the combat operations center during Large Scale Exercise 2014.
- MEB, ESG personnel project sea power ashore at LSE-14 USMC News 12 Aug 2014 -- Marines and Navy personnel have worked side-by-side since the inception of the Marine Corps. So, it a common sight to see Marines and Sailors working closely together. What isn't a common sight is to see a Marine Expeditionary Brigade and sailors from an Expeditionary Strike Group working alongside one another ashore.
- Marines Call for Fire during Large Scale Exercise 2014 USMC News 12 Aug 2014 -- When going into combat, ground troops are frequently aided by fire support elements.
- Joint Press Conference by Secretary Hagel, Secretary Kerry, Foreign Minister Bishop, and Minister of Defense Johnston at AUSMIN in Sydney, Australia DoD 12 Aug 2014 -- Presenters: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State John Kerry, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, and Australian Minister of Defense David Johnston
- VMU-2 refines operational readiness at Avon Park USMC News 12 Aug 2014 -- Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 conducted training at Avon Park Air Force Range, Fla., July 28 – Aug. 8., working with Marine Special Operations Command and several Air Force fighter wings to refine their interoperability with joint-service ground and air assets.
- SPMAGTF-South conducts theater security cooperation in Brazil USMC News 12 Aug 2014 -- The Logistics Combat Element of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force South departed the future amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), August 4, for a theater security cooperation event at Marambaia Island, Brazil.
- Hurricane Hunters, Naval Academy Team Up for Research NNS 12 Aug 2014 -- A Navy research contingent of the Naval Academy's Training and Research in Oceanic and Atmospheric Processes in Tropical Cyclones, or TROPIC, internship program has teamed up with the Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters to gather storm data during a deployment to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Aug. 5 - 10.
- US partners with Greece for bilateral training AFNS 12 Aug 2014 -- Nearly 20 U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 480th Fighter Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, deployed to Souda Bay, Greece, for bilateral training with the Hellenic air force Aug. 11-23.
- Code change: Securing critical assets AFPS 12 Aug 2014 -- Once a year, the codes used to launch Minot Air Force Base's intercontinental ballistic missiles need to be updated. The manual process requires hundreds of Airmen work around the clock for three weeks straight to ensure all launch facilities are accessed and the missile code change is a success.
- £348 million warship contract delivers Clyde jobs boost UK MOD 12 Aug 2014 -- More than 800 Scottish jobs have been protected thanks to a multi-million-pound contract to build 3 new vessels for the Royal Navy.
- Russia holds drills in Kurile Islands Iran Press TV 12 Aug 2014 -- Russia has announced military exercises in the Pacific Ocean's Kurile Islands, a move which will likely anger Japan, which also has claims on the Islands.
- Russia, Egypt Agree to Boost Military Cooperation – Putin RIA Novosti 12 Aug 2014 -- Russia and Egypt have agreed to expand military cooperation, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
- Russian Air Force to Renew Aircraft, Helicopters by 2020 RIA Novosti 12 Aug 2014 -- Russia's Air Force is planning to renovate its pool of combat helicopters, strike and fighter aircraft, Air Force commander-in-chief Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said Tuesday.
- Russia Builds New $28Mln Fighter Jets RIA Novosti 12 Aug 2014 -- Russia's new Sukhoi fighter jets cost more than 1 billion rubles ($28 million), Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev, the Russian Air Force commander-in-chief, said Tuesday.
- Russian Army Arrives in Mongolia for Joint Military Exercise - Eastern Military District RIA Novosti 12 Aug 2014 -- Two military units from the Eastern Military District arrived Tuesday in Mongolia to participate in the bilateral military exercise Selenga 2014, Alexander Gordeyev, the district's representative said Tuesday.
- Czech Republic to Send Weapons to Iraq – Czech Defense Ministry RIA Novosti 12 Aug 2014 -- The Czech Republic is preparing to start sending weapons to democratic forces in Iraq fighting against Islamic State (IS) militants, Jan Pejsek, a representative of the Czech Defense Ministry, told RIA Novosti Tuesday.
- DPRK Expresses Its Will to Make Every Possible Effort to Preserve Peace and Security in Asia KCNA 12 Aug 2014 -- DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong, head of the DPRK delegation to the 21st ministerial meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum, made a speech on Aug. 10.
- August 12, 2014 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 12 Aug 2014
- Al-Maliki to play crucial role in Iraq politics: Al-Abadi Iran Press TV 12 Aug 2014 -- Iraq's prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi says the incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki "will remain a fundamental partner in the Iraqi political process."
- Iran congratulates Iraq on new premier designate Iran Press TV 12 Aug 2014 -- Iran has congratulated Haider al-Abadi for his nomination as the new Iraqi prime minister and the completion of the new government formation process in accordance with the country's constitution.
- Iraqi security forces must stay out of politics: Al-Maliki Iran Press TV 12 Aug 2014 -- Iraq's incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has ordered security forces to stay out of the ongoing political crisis in the country.
- Iran backs nomination of new Iraqi premier: Official Iran Press TV 12 Aug 2014 -- Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Shamkhani says the country supports the legal process for the appointment of Haider al-Abadi as the new Iraqi Prime Minister.
- UN urges action to stop 'genocide' of Izadi Kurds Iran Press TV 12 Aug 2014 -- United Nations' rights monitors have called for urgent international action to avoid a potential genocide of Izadi Kurds in the militancy-riddled northern Iraq within days.
- Amid spread of 'hatred and brutality,' Ban urges countries to do more to help Iraqi civilians UN News Centre 12 Aug 2014 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Iraqi security forces against intervening in the country's political process where heightened tensions, coupled with the current security threat from the armed group, the Islamic State, could lead the country into even deeper crisis.
- UNHCR: Kurdish Region Overwhelmed by Influx of Displaced VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- The U.N. refugee agency reports tens of thousands of people who have escaped from Sinjar Mountain in northwest Iraq through Syria have gone back into Iraq's Kurdish region over the past three days. The UNHCR warns the deepening displacement crisis brought on by the onslaught of militants in northern Iraq is overwhelming the ability of aid agencies to respond to the growing humanitarian needs.
- Iran Supports Choice For New Iraq Prime Minister RFE/RL 12 Aug 2014 -- Iran, a key ally of Iraq's embattled Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said it supports the nomination of Haidar al-Abadi to replace Maliki as premier.
- Northern Iraq: UN rights experts urge action to avoid mass atrocity, potential genocide UN News Centre 12 Aug 2014 -- A group of United Nations human rights experts today expressed grave concern at the imminent danger of massacre faced by the Yazidi population forced to flee Sinjar in northern Iraq and other minority communities currently exposed to attacks by members of the armed group, Islamic State (IS).
- PM-designate Abadi Gains Support of US, Iran VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- Iraq's new prime minister-designate won endorsements from uneasy mutual allies the United States and Iran on Tuesday as he called on political leaders to end crippling feuds that have allowed Sunni militants to seize a third of the country.
- EU Increases Aid to Displaced Iraqis VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- The European Union announced Tuesday it is increasing humanitarian assistance to Iraqis trapped by the fighting in their homeland, but pressure is mounting on Brussels to do more. France and Italy are calling for an emergency EU meeting to consider providing military assistance to Kurds fighting Islamist extremists in Iraq.
- Russian 'Humanitarian Aid': What We Know And Don't Know So Far RFE/RL 12 Aug 2014 -- The Kremlin's August 11 announcement that it would be sending 'humanitarian aid' to Ukraine has set off a dizzying round of geopolitical telephone.
- Donetsk People's Republic Exchanges Captives With Ukrainian Army RIA Novosti 12 Aug 2014 -- Independence supporters from the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and the Ukrainian Army have exchanged their captives with each other: self-defense forces freed four government servicemen, including one officer and one trooper, in turn seven militiamen were allowed to return home, a DPR representative told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
- Ukraine to Deny Access to Russian Aid Convoy VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- A convoy of nearly 300 Russian trucks is headed from Moscow to the Ukraine border, carrying what Russia says are hundreds of tons of aid to civilians in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine.
- As Showdown Looms, Humanitarian Situation Worsens in Eastern Ukraine VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- As Ukraine promises to deny entrance to a convoy of nearly 300 Russian trucks carrying what Russia says are aid to civilians in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine, the humanitarian situation is worsening in the region's besieged cities of Donetsk and Luhansk.
- Russia Says To Hand Over Aid Convoy To ICRC In Ukraine RFE/RL 12 Aug 2014 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry says a humanitarian convoy which is heading to eastern Ukraine from Russia would cross the border only 'under the aegis of the International Committee of the Red Cross.'
- Kyiv Says It Will Deny Access To Russian Aid RFE/RL 12 Aug 2014 -- A Ukrainian military spokesman says a humanitarian convoy being dispatched to eastern Ukraine by Russia will not be admitted into the country.
- Ukraine Says It Will Block Russian Aid Convoy VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- Ukrainian officials said they will not allow Russian trucks to cross the border after Moscow said it was sending a convoy to deliver humanitarian aid to besieged residents in rebel-held eastern Ukraine.
- Gaza hospitals, health facilities need urgent donor support: UN agency UN News Centre 12 Aug 2014 -- Hospitals and health facilities in Gaza are in dire need of support from the international donor community, a senior representative of the United Nations health agency today said following a visit to the Gaza Strip and Ramallah to survey the infrastructure there.
- Israel: 'No Progress' in Talks with Palestinians VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- The skies over Gaza were quiet for a second day Tuesday in the midst of a 72-hour cease-fire, but Israeli negotiators reported no progress in their talks with the Palestinians on a permanent end to fighting in the coastal enclave.
- US Monitors S. China Sea after Beijing Knocks Down Proposal VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- The United States says it will monitor contested waters of the South China Sea to see if there is any de-escalation of tensions - after China knocked down a U.S. proposal at the Southeast Asian forum in Myanmar to freeze provocative acts there. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Sydney to meet with Australian officials following the Myanmar meeting.
- US Says China, Not Washington, Responsible for South China Sea Tensions VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- The United States says it is trying to lower tensions in the South China Sea and accused China of 'fomenting instability' by its 'aggressive actions.' Washington's comments came amid Chinese criticism of a U.S. plan for a voluntary freeze on provocative actions in Beijing's maritime disputes with Southeast Asian nations such as the Philippines and Vietnam.
- Indian Prime Minister Blames Pakistan for Proxy War of Terrorism RIA Novosti 12 Aug 2014 -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sharply criticized neighboring Pakistan for continuing its proxy war of terrorism against India.
- India PM Slams Pakistan's Kashmir 'Proxy War' VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- The Indian prime minister has slammed what he called a "proxy war" being waged by Pakistan in Kashmir. The Indian leader was visiting the Indian side of the disputed region to inaugurate power projects as part of a push to develop infrastructure in the Himalayan state bordering Pakistan and China.
- In South Sudan, Security Council warns sanctions possible against 'spoilers' UN News Centre 12 Aug 2014 -- On a visit to South Sudan, the United Nations Security Council today reiterated that it is ready to impose sanctions against anyone who undermines the ongoing peace talks to stop the conflict which has uprooted some 1.5 million people and placed more than 7 million at risk of hunger and disease.
- US to Give S. Sudan $180 Million for Food VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- The United States will give South Sudan approximately $180 million in emergency food aid to help avert famine, the White House said.
- Over 100 killed in Boko Haram clashes in northeastern Nigeria Iran Press TV 12 Aug 2014 -- More than 100 civilians and several soldiers have been killed during clashes between Nigerian military forces and Takfiri Boko Haram militants in Nigeria's northeastern Borno State.
- Puntland Cuts Ties With Somalia Over Formation of New State VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region has cut ties with the central government after it learned of a plan to form a new federal state in the center of the country that would allegedly include part of the Puntland region.
- Libya: UN Mission condemns ongoing fighting despite repeated calls for ceasefire UN News Centre 12 Aug 2014 -- The United Nations mission assisting Libya today condemned the battles in the capital, Tripoli, which continue despite repeated international calls for an immediate ceasefire and appeals to refrain from the use of force to resolve political differences.
- UN Demands Whereabouts of South Koreans in North Korea VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- The United Nations has demanded to learn the whereabouts of 47 abducted foreigners in North Korea.
- Russian Humanitarian Aid? Past Recipients Say There's No Such Thing RFE/RL 12 Aug 2014 -- Nearly 300 Russian trucks are headed for the Ukrainian border. Moscow says they're filled with humanitarian aid. But many others are deeply skeptical, particularly countries in the former Soviet bloc with their own bitter memories of Russian 'assistance' in the form of military invasions.
- Sanctions Do Not Scare Russia - Medvedev RIA Novosti 12 Aug 2014 -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday said sanctions against Russia are not scary and any attempts of forced pressure on the country will not work.
- Ebola: WHO-convened ethics panel endorses use of experimental drugs UN News Centre 12 Aug 2014 -- A 12-member ethics panel convened by the United Nations health agency today reached "unanimous consensus" that it is ethical to treat Ebola patients with experimental drugs to counter the largest, most severe and most complex outbreak of the virus in history.
- WHO Endorses Experimental Drugs for Ebola Patients VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has given a green light for the use of unproven drugs to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in four West African countries.
- Europeans Will No Longer Resupply International Space Station VOA 12 Aug 2014 -- An unmanned European spacecraft has resupplied the International Space Station for the last time.
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