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June 27, 2014

News Briefs June 27, 2014

U.S. to disband anti-terror force in Philippines

American and Filipino officials say the U.S. is disbanding an anti-terror task force composed of hundreds of elite military forces after more than a decade of helping fight al Qaeda-linked militants in the southern Philippines.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said June 26 that the Philippines has been notified by U.S. officials of their plan to deactivate the Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines, adding the number of American military personnel has been considerably been reduced in the south.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Kurt Hoyer says the success of the task force in helping Filipino forces beat back militants has led American military planners “to begin on a transition plan where the JSOTF-P as a task force will no longer exist.” Some U.S. troops will remain to ensure the militants cannot recover. AP

 

Pilot who crashed in air show died of burns

An autopsy report says the pilot of a vintage biplane that crashed during a Northern California air show died of burns.

The Air Force June 25 says a Solano County autopsy report concluded extensive thermal injuries killed 77-year-old Eddie Andreini.

His plane crashed before 85,000 people during a May 4 show at Travis Air Force Base.

The plane was upside down and 20 feet off the ground for a stunt where a knife attached to it was supposed to cut a ribbon.

Instead, investigators say the plane struck the runway, slid and burst into flames before coming to a stop. AP

 

U.N. demands end to military action in Golan Heights

The U.N. Security Council is strongly condemning the recent intense fighting between the Syrian government and opposition forces in the Golan Heights and demanding an end to all military activity in the area that has separated Syrian and Israeli forces since 1974.

A resolution unanimously adopted by the council June 25 echoes Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s finding that ongoing military activities in the area of separation “have the potential to escalate tensions” between Israel and Syria, jeopardize the cease-fire between the two countries and pose a risk to civilians and U.N. personnel.

The resolution extends the U.N. mission monitoring the Israeli-Syrian cease-fire until Dec. 31.

In the latest incident June 22, forces in Syria struck an Israeli civilian vehicle as it drove in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. AP

 

Boeing acquires Ventura Solutions

Boeing has acquired Ventura Solutions Inc., a hardware and software engineering company that provides custom solutions for government customers.

The latest in a series of acquisitions that enhance Boeing’s information and security capabilities, Ventura Solutions is now part of Boeing Network & Space Systems.

Ventura Solutions is based in Annapolis Junction, Md., and has approximately 140 employees.

Terms of the purchase are not being disclosed.




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