16 August 2014 Military News
- U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Near Sinjar, Irbil AFPS 16 Aug 2014 -- U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq yesterday, with remotely piloted aircraft successfully conducting airstrikes on two armed vehicles south of the village of Sinjar.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Dempsey Favors Building Vietnamese Naval Capabilities AFPS 16 Aug 2014 -- If the United States lifts the embargo against the sale of lethal weapons to Vietnam, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey would recommend providing materials for the Peoples' Navy, he said during a news conference in Ho Chi Minh City today.
- US and ROK Navies Sign ASW Charter to Increase Cooperation and Interoperability NNS 16 Aug 2014 -- Senior leaders from the U.S. and Republic of Korea navies signed a charter August 16 pledging to increase cooperation in future anti-submarine warfare training.
- USS Preble, USS John Paul Jones Join Pearl Harbor Ohana NNS 16 Aug 2014 -- The U.S. Middle Pacific Naval Fleet received two new additions as the guided-missile destroyers USS Preble (DDG 88) and USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) arrived to their new homeport of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) August 14 and 15 from San Diego.
- 7th Fleet Maintenance and Sustainment Summit Expands on Deployed Capabilities NNS 16 Aug 2014 -- More than 20 participants, both military and civilian, attended 7th Fleet Maintenance and Overseas Sustainment Summit hosted on board the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) in Santa Rita, Guam, Aug. 11 through Aug. 13.
- Zephyr Puts Pause on Patrols NNS 16 Aug 2014 -- The Cyclone-class coastal patrol ship USS Zephyr (PC 8) was lifted out of the water at Colonna's Shipyard Aug. 8 to undergo a projected 347-day, dry-docking phased maintenance availability.
- Riverine Training: The Next Generation NNS 16 Aug 2014 -- The Center for Security Forces is working towards developing a new training continuum for the Coastal Riverine Force, in response to new training requirements identified by the fleet last December.
- Reservists Play Major Role in PANAMAX 2014 NNS 16 Aug 2014 -- Navy Reservists from across the country played a major role in PANAMAX 2014, filling 161 billets on the Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) staff at Naval Station Mayport and 52 billets at Multi-National Forces South (MNFS) headquarters at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
- Prime Minister Commissions INS Kolkata India MoD 16 Aug 2014 -- The Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, commissioned INS Kolkata into the Indian Navy at a glittering ceremony held today at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai.
- Israeli troops violating Gaza ceasefire: Palestinian officials Iran Press TV 16 Aug 2014 -- Palestinian sources say Israeli forces have shelled several civilian sites across the besieged Gaza Strip in violation of a existing ceasefire.
- Ukraine Military Reinforces Positions Reclaimed from Rebels VOA 16 Aug 2014 -- Ukrainian soldiers are reinforcing positions in areas recently reclaimed from pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
- Skirmishes in Ukraine as Russian Aid Convoy Awaits Inspection VOA 16 Aug 2014 -- Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists skirmished near the Russian border Saturday but there was no sign of the conflict widening a day after Kyiv said it partially destroyed an armored column that had crossed the border from Russia.
- Pro-Russians open supply line in eastern Ukraine Iran Press TV 16 Aug 2014 -- Pro-Russian forces say they have opened up a supply line between the restive cities of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine.
- ICRC Awaits Kiev to Recognize Russia's Aid Convoy as Humanitarian Mission RIA Novosti 16 Aug 2014 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has sent a request to Kiev, asking to recognize the Russian convoy which is currently on the border with Ukraine, as humanitarian mission, no reply has been received yet, ICRC representative said.
- ICRC to Inspect Humanitarian Convoy Sent By Moscow on Russian Territory RIA Novosti 16 Aug 2014 -- Red Cross will inspect every car of Russia's humanitarian convoy to Ukraine while the cargo is on the Russian territory, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) regional delegation Pascal Cuttat said Saturday.
- China to support Iraqi gov't in stabilizing situation People's Daily 16 Aug 2014 -- China will continue to support the Iraqi government in stabilizing the situation in the country as soon as possible, said President Xi Jinping on Saturday.
- U.S. Warplanes, Kurdish Forces Attack Militants At Strategic Iraqi Dam RFE/RL 16 Aug 2014 -- Kurdish forces backed by U.S. warplanes have launched an attack on militants from the Islamic State in northern Iraq in the area around Mosul dam.
- In Iraq, US Airstrikes Near Strategic Mosul Dam VOA 16 Aug 2014 -- Officials say the U.S. military launched airstrikes Saturday as Iraqi forces launched an operation to re-take Mosul Dam from Islamic State militants.
- Fighting erupts between rival militias in Libya capital Iran Press TV 16 Aug 2014 -- Heavy fighting has broken out between rival militia groups in the Libyan capital of Tripoli shortly after the new UN envoy announced plans to visit the country soon for ceasefire negotiations.
- 34 killed in fresh Central African Republic attacks Iran Press TV 16 Aug 2014 -- A local official says at least 34 people have been killed after members of the Seleka movement carried out a series of attacks on remote villages in the violence-plagued Central African Republic (CAR).
- Reports: Ex-Seleka Rebels Kill 34 in CAR VOA 16 Aug 2014 -- Officials and witnesses in the Central African Republic say suspected Muslim rebels have killed at least 34 people over the past week in a series of raids on northern villages.
- Ban condemns attack on UN Mali base, declares it 'will not deter' peace efforts UN News Centre 16 Aug 2014 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the suicide attack on a United Nations base in Mali that killed two UN peacekeepers and injured seven others this morning.
- Kenya Announces Border, Flight Restrictions to Prevent Ebola VOA 16 Aug 2014 -- Kenya has closed its borders to travelers from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the country's health ministry said Saturday, an indication of growing fears about the Ebola outbreak afflicting growing regions of West Africa.
- Pakistan's Khan Vows Protests Until PM Quits RFE/RL 16 Aug 2014 -- Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan says he will lead protests in Islamabad along with tens of thousands of his supporters until Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif steps down.
- Electric Engines Keep Many Satellites in Orbit VOA 16 Aug 2014 -- Among the challenges of deep-space travel is the amount of fuel needed for long flights. One of the solutions could be the electrical engine, powered by electricity from solar panels. Such engines already are in use aboard many satellites.
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