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June 6, 2012

News Briefs June 6, 2012

U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan at 1,870

As of June 5, 2012, at least 1,870 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 1,554 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, 16,277 U.S. service members have been wounded in hostile action, according to the Defense Department. AP

 

New Zealand signs partnership agreement with NATO

New Zealand has signed a partnership agreement with NATO.

The agreement states that despite its distance from member nations, New Zealand can partner with NATO on issues like terrorism, military training and intelligence.

Prime Minister John Key says the agreement formalizes and builds on a relationship that goes back to 2003, when New Zealand first sent troops to Afghanistan. About 145 New Zealand troops remain in Afghanistan but they are to pull out next year.

Key signed the agreement June 4 in Brussels with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The agreement comes as New Zealand seeks a non-permanent spot on the U.N. Security Council during 2015-16. New Zealand has also been strengthening military ties with the United States. AP

 

Air Force officials cancel Alabama conference

The U.S. Air Force has cancelled an annual conference to be held this summer in Montgomery, Ala., because of budgetary concerns.

Air Force officials said in a news release that they had cancelled the 2012 Air Force Information Technology Conference scheduled for Aug. 27-29 in Montgomery.

Air Force officials said this year’s conference was cancelled because financial resources are “heavily constrained” and all Air Force events are being studied carefully.

The conference has been held annually since 1983, but was cancelled five times in the past for budgetary reasons.

The conference gives Air Force and industry IT users a chance to communicate with each other and to study and discuss best practices. AP




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