17 December 2005 Military News
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Bulgarians end service in MNDCS MNF-I 17 Dec 2005 -- Bulgarian contingent duty in Multinational Division Central South came to an end Dec. 17.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Stennis Completes Sea Trials After Upgrades Navy NewsStand 17 Dec 2005 -- The Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) returned to homeport in Bremerton, Wash., Dec. 17 after completing the first weeklong phase of sea trials.
- Ronald Reagan Strike Group Returns Following Successful JTFEX Navy NewsStand 17 Dec 2005 -- The crew of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) returned home Dec. 17 to Naval Air Station North Island after completing Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 06-2 off the coast of Southern California with Commander, Carrier Strike Group 7.
- TAIWAN DEFENSE BUDGET TO BE BOOSTED TO 3% OF GDP BY 2008: PRESIDENT CNA 17 Dec 2005 -- The nation's defense spending will be increased to 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2008 as part of the government's efforts to boost Taiwan's defense capability, President Chen Shui-bian said Saturday.
- Tamil Tiger Rebels Reject Sri Lanka's Peace Talks Offer VOA 17 Dec 2005 -- Tamil Tiger rebels have rejected an offer from the Sri Lankan government to hold another round of peace talks because of a dispute over the venue for the session.
- UN Investigator Reported Confident Syria Behind Hariri Assassination VOA 17 Dec 2005 -- The head of the United Nations commission investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has directly accused Syria of being behind the February killing.
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