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June 10, 2013

News Briefs June 10, 2013

Camp Pendleton unveils tribute to Afghanistan dead

A memorial honoring 89 Marines and Navy medical corspmen killed in Afghanistan has been unveiled in Southern California.

Friends, family and comrades were on hand June 6 at the Camp Pendleton Marine base for the dedication of a granite slab. It bears the names of 5th Marine Regiment members killed during Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Los Angeles Times says Gen. John Kelly spoke at the ceremony, telling families he regretted their loss from the bottom of a broken heart. His son, Robert, was killed in Afghanistan three years ago.

Kelly said the fallen join what he called an ìunbroken list of heroesî from other wars.

The memorial cost more than $50,000 and was funded by donations from local residents, veterans and regimental supporters. AP

Japan, France to tighten nuclear, defense ties

Japan and France have agreed to cooperate more on nuclear technology and to discuss joint development of military equipment, vowing to raise the tenor of their partnership.

Visiting French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a joint statement June 7 pledging to prevent nuclear proliferation while raising safety standards for nuclear energy.

Abe is keen to promote Japanese exports of atomic technology despite the disaster in northeastern Fukushima following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami. Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Areva of France are cooperating on construction of a reactor in Turkey.

Summit talks were followed by the exchange of agreements on various joint projects, including nuclear fuel recycling and tourism promotion.

Hollande’s three-day state visit ended June 8. AP

Marines, sailor arrested in San Diego sweep

Authorities in San Diego, Calif., say seven active-duty Marines, seven former Marines and a Navy sailor are among 50 people arrested in a law enforcement sweep that busted up crime rings allegedly dealing in illegal drugs, stolen military gear and cars.

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced the 64-count indictment Thursday following an eight-month investigation.

Dumanis says undercover detectives infiltrated the rings across the county and invited suspects to a storefront. The suspects were videotaped selling weapons, stolen cars, cocaine, methamphetamine, and military contraband, including bullet-proof vests, Kevlar helmets, night-vision goggles, gas masks, and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition and high-capacity magazines.

The case yielded nine firearms and 92 stolen vehicles worth nearly $700,000.

Charges include vehicle theft, gun possession to insurance fraud, among others. AP




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