16 December 2006 Military News
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- CENTAF releases airpower summary for Dec. 16 AFPN 16 Dec 2006 -- In Afghanistan Dec. 15, an Air Force B-1B Lancer and A-10 Thunderbolt IIs along with Royal Air Force GR-7s provided close air support for International Security Assistance Force troops in contact with Taliban extremists near Now Zad.
- NATO Orders Taliban To Leave Afghan Districts RFE/RL 16 Dec 2006 -- NATO-led forces in Afghanistan have ordered Taliban fighters to leave two southern districts or be forced out.
- US Senator McCain Blasts European Allies in Afghanistan VOA 16 Dec 2006 -- U.S. Senator John McCain criticized America's NATO allies for not doing enough to help defeat Taleban insurgents in Afghanistan
Defense Policy / Programs
- Air Force releases KC-X draft request for proposals AFPN 16 Dec 2006 -- Air Force officials announced Friday the release of an updated draft Request for Proposals for the KC-X, the aerial tanker replacement aircraft.
- Engineers contribute to F-35 initial flight success AFPN 16 Dec 2006 -- The Dec. 15 initial flight of the new F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, or JSF, came after more than six years of development and testing at Arnold Engineering Development Center here.
- Hope for Peace Remains Despite Palestinian Conflict, Rice Says Washington File 16 Dec 2006 -- Despite recent tensions between Palestinian factions, there still is a chance to move forward with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, but there must be "some resolution of the Palestinian internal conflict," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says.
- Abbas Calls Early Elections in Challenge to Hamas VOA 16 Dec 2006 -- The Palestinian president has called early elections in a major challenge to the ruling Islamic militant group Hamas
- Russia plans to open strategic dialogue with Japan next year-FM RIA Novosti 16 Dec 2006 -- Russia hopes its strategic dialogue with Japan will start next year, the Russian foreign minister said Saturday.
- Nepalese Government, Rebels Agree on Temporary Constitution VOA 16 Dec 2006 -- Nepal's ruling parties and communist rebels have agreed on an interim constitution that paves the way for the rebels to join the government
- Renegade Somali Lawmaker, Islamists Sign Pact VOA 16 Dec 2006 -- A Somali lawmaker acting on his own accord, and the nation's powerful Islamists, have pledged to end hostilities and resume peace talks, in what is seen as a symbolic gesture.
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