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May 30, 2012

News Briefs May 30, 2012

Iran relaunches Russian-made submarine

Iran’s state TV is reporting the country’s navy relaunched one of its Russian-made submarines after repairing its systems with locally-made replacement parts.

Iran has tried to build a self-sufficient military program since 1992.

The May 29 report says that navy personnel overhauled the Taregh, one of its three Kilo class submarines, replacing 18,000 components including radar-evading cover, engine parts, propellers and radars.

State TV showed video of the relaunch from a dry dock in an Iranian port .

Iran added the three Kilo class submarines to its underwater fleet in early 1990s soon after it founded its submarine unit. Several smaller Iranian-built submarines have also been deployed by its navy. AP

 

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,857

As of May 29, 2012, at least 1,857 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.

At least 1,545 military service members have died in Afghanistan as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers.

Outside of Afghanistan, the department reports at least 113 more members of the U.S. military died in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Of those, 12 were the result of hostile action.

The AP count of total OEF casualties outside of Afghanistan is one more than the department’s tally.

The Defense Department also counts three military civilian deaths.

Since the start of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, 16,024 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department. AP




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