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17 December 2006 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Detainee Transfer Announced 16 Dec 2006 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred seven detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Afghanistan, five detainees to Yemen, three detainees to Kazakhstan, one detainee to Libya, and one detainee to Bangladesh.
  • New Uniforms Expected Summer 2008 Navy NewsStand 17 Dec 2006 -- Task Force Uniform announced Dec. 14 that the fleet can expect to see two new uniforms appearing in Navy Exchanges by late Summer of 2008.

Defense Industry

  • Pratt & Whitney’s F135 Engine Powers Joint Strike Fighter First Flight Hamilton Sundstrand 17 Dec 2006 -- Pratt & Whitney’s F135 engine accelerated to full power and lifted the F-35 Lightning II to first flight at approximately [time] today. The ensuing hour-long inaugural flight, a culmination and validation of more than 15 years of engine development, saw the Pratt & Whitney engine effortlessly push the aircraft to 20,000 feet.

Other Conflicts

  • Armed Palestinian Factions Agree to a Ceasefire in Gaza VOA 17 Dec 2006 -- Officials in the Gaza Strip say Palestinian factions have reached an agreement to stop fighting after days of violence threatens to sink the Palestinian territory into civil war.
  • Palestine: Clashes Escalate Between Hamas, Fatah RFE/RL 17 Dec 2006 -- Forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas gathered around his Gaza City office and home today after one of his bodyguards was killed in clashes with the rival Hamas movement.
  • Ivory Coast Prime Minister Seeks to Resume Peace Efforts VOA 17 Dec 2006 -- Ivory Coast's prime minister is downplaying his differences with President Laurent Gbagbo and promises to resume the process of disarmament of fighters and national identification of undocumented northerners in preparation for general elections

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