02 May 2015 Military News
- US Probes Report of Civilian Deaths in Airstrike in Syria VOA 02 May 2015 -- The U.S. Central Command said Saturday that it was investigating claims that a U.S.-led airstrike in northern Syria killed at least 52 civilians, including seven children.
- Afghanistan, Taliban to Hold Two Days of Talks VOA 02 May 2015 -- A 20-member delegation from Afghanistan is headed to Qatar to hold two days of talks with Taliban representatives aimed at ending Afghanistan's long war.
Defense Policy / Programs
- CP-15 Crew Completes Mission Stop in Guatemala NNS 02 May 2015 -- Military Sealift Command hospital ship, USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), departed Guatemala May 1 after completing a nine-day mission stop in support of Continuing Promise 2015 (CP-15).
- US worried about losing Yemeni base for special ops: General Press TV 02 May 2015 -- The commander of US special military operations is expressing "very great concern" about losing Yemen as a base for US counterterrorism efforts against al-Qaeda affiliates in the Arabian Peninsula.
- Congress Orders Faster Repairs for US Navy Cruisers Sputnik 02 May 2015 -- US lawmakers are seeking to shorten the amount of time Navy cruisers can be taken out of service to receive upgrades. While ships are typically docked for four years to administer improvements, Congress is concerned that such a long time span could leave the US fleet vulnerable to perceived Russian and Chinese threats.
- Russia to Unveil Brand New Military Hardware at Victory Day Parade Sputnik 02 May 2015 -- Cutting-edge artillery systems, famous fighter jets and intercontinental ballistic missiles will show their power during the victory parade in Moscow. Legendary T-34 battle tanks will drive alongside new-generation Armata tanks, considered the deadliest by experts.
- UN warns of Yemen infrastructure collapse due to fuel shortage Press TV 02 May 2015 -- The UN has warned of imminent collapse of infrastructure in Yemen due to a major fuel shortage in the war-torn country, which has been under Saudi airstrikes since late March.
- Saudi airstrikes target several locations in northwest Yemen Press TV 02 May 2015 -- Saudi fighter jets have launched several airstrikes on the northwestern Yemeni province of Sa'ada, as Riyadh continues aggression against its southern neighbor.
- Thirty killed, 9 injured in explosions across Iraq Press TV 02 May 2015 -- At least 30 people have lost their lives and nine others have been wounded in separate bomb blasts across war-torn Iraq, security sources say.
- Amid reports of new attack on Yarmouk camp, UN agency urges Syria to halt military operations in civilian areas UN News 02 May 2015 -- After a reported overnight attack on Yarmouk refugee camp, the United Nations relief agency assisting Palestinians across the Middle East has called on the Syrian Government to refrain from using explosive weapons in populated areas, "including airborne weapons, whose indiscriminate effects expose civilians to imminent danger and suffering."
- In Syria, Fluid Loyalties Complicate US Efforts VOA 02 May 2015 -- Four years ago, Syria's president launched a crackdown on demonstrators protesting his authoritarian rule.
- Pakistani army air raids kill over 40 militants Press TV 02 May 2015 -- Pakistani military fighter jets have pounded militant positions in Pakistan's rugged northwestern tribal region close to the border with Afghanistan, killing at least 44 militants.
- Ukrainian Battalion Says Fighting Underway in Shirokino Sputnik 02 May 2015 -- The Azov battalion reported fighting between its forces and militia supporters in eastern Ukraine.
- UN Denies Child Sex Abuse Cover Up in CAR VOA 02 May 2015 -- The United Nations denies trying to cover up allegations of sexual abuse of children by French soldiers in the Central African Republic.
- Colombia's ex-chief of security police given 14-year jail term Press TV 02 May 2015 -- The former head of Colombia's secret police has been sentenced to 14 years in jail for illegal wiretapping on politicians, judges and journalists.
- German Spy Agency BND Used Data Collected for NSA – German Newspaper Sputnik 02 May 2015 -- Germany's foreign intelligence agency BND not only collected information on European politicians and companies for US intelligence but also used data obtained via spying and mass surveillance for its own purposes, according to the Bild newspaper.
- 'Nepal is not alone,' UN and EU aid chiefs say, reaffirming commitment to assist quake-hit country UN News 02 May 2015 -- Wrapping up their visit to Nepal, the United Nations and European Union aid chiefs stressed that while relief teams are working around the clock to assist the thousands of people affected by the devastating earthquake that struck the tiny Himalayan nation one week ago today, aircraft and helicopters are urgently needed, as are emergency shelters, particularly for people in hard-hit rural areas.
- Nepal Officials Slammed Over Aid Response VOA 02 May 2015 -- The United Nations and numerous non-governmental organizations seeking to assist quake-stricken Nepal are blaming the country's weak government, with a reputation for inefficiency and corruption, for hindering the massive relief effort.
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