25 December 2009 Military News
- Taliban Release Video of Captive US Soldier VOA 25 Dec 2009 -- The Taliban has released a new video that purportedly shows a U.S. soldier who was captured in Afghanistan almost six months ago. The video was sent to various media organizations on Friday, along with a demand for a prisoner exchange.
- Pakistani PM vows not to allow Taliban re-organize again IRNA 25 Dec 2009 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Thursday said that his government will not allow Taliban to re-organize after the death of their leader Baitullah Mehsood.
- Pakistani jets kill 10 in tribal region IRNA 25 Dec 2009 -- Pakistani fighter planes Friday bombed the hideouts of suspected militants in a tribal region and killed 10 people, officials and locals said.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Ukraine denies links to N. Korean arms plane RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2009 -- Ukraine denied on Friday allegations that a cargo plane loaded with illegal weaponry from North Korea was charted by a Ukrainian company.
- Somali Insurgent Group Denounces UN Sanctions on Eritrea VOA 25 Dec 2009 -- Somalia's Islamist and nationalist opposition group Hizbul Islam has sharply denounced U.N. sanctions imposed Wednesday on the Eritrean government for allegedly supporting the insurgency against the U.N.-backed transitional government in Somalia.
- U.S. Says Flight Incident Terrorism Related VOA 25 Dec 2009 -- U.S authorities say an incident Friday involving a small explosion on a flight from Amsterdam to the U.S. city of Detroit was "an attempted act of terrorism."
- Ayat. Khatami asks Imam Khomeini’s loyalists to oppose Islamic Rep. enemies IRNA 25 Dec 2009 -- Substitute Friday prayers leader of Tehran Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami here Friday called on the late Imam Khomeini’s loyalists to stand against foreigners and support of the sacred Islamic Republic system.
- Ahmadinejad: West not brave enough to come clean IRNA 25 Dec 2009 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says some Western countries are using Iran's nuclear program as a pretext to put pressure on the Islamic Republic.
- Iranian Cleric Warns Opposition Not to Use Religious Ceremony to Protest VOA 25 Dec 2009 -- A top pro-government cleric is warning Iranians Friday not to take advantage of one of Shi'ite Islam's most sacred holy days to create a free-for-all protest against the government.
- Imprisonment of Chinese dissident deeply concerns UN human rights chief UN News Centre 25 Dec 2009 -- The top United Nations human rights official voiced deep concern today over the verdict and severe sentencing of a prominent Chinese writer, warning that this represents a serious setback for human rights in China.
- China Sentences Dissident to 11 years in Prison VOA 25 Dec 2009 -- A Beijing court issued the sentence Friday following a two-hour trial earlier in the week. A group of U.S and European diplomats were among those who stood outside the court after they were barred from the courtroom.
- Nine swine flu deaths in Pakistan prompt fear IRNA 25 Dec 2009 -- The death of at least nine people from H1N1 influenza since May 2009 has led to rising public fear and concern, and experts are calling on the government to introduce more preventative measures.
- Pakistani police get 10-day time to question 5 Americans IRNA 25 Dec 2009 -- A court in Pakistan Friday sought a 10-day time to question five American men over terrorism charges, who believed to have gone missing from Washington D.C. area last month, and were arrested earlier this month, court officials said.
- Pakistan Remands Suspected American Militants for More Questioning VOA 25 Dec 2009 -- Investigators in Pakistan are getting more time to question five young Americans suspected of trying to join a militant group.
- Iran Confirms Bin Laden’s Daughter Is At Saudi Embassy RFE/RL 25 Dec 2009 -- Iran has confirmed that a daughter of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has recently turned up at the Saudi Embassy in Tehran seeking permission to leave the country.
- Yushchenko, Yanukovych spokesmen deny conspiracy ahead of polls RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2009 -- Spokesmen for both Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych denied on Friday their conspiracy ahead of presidential polls.
- Yushchenko's conspiracy to become PM after polls exposed RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2009 -- A senior official at Ukraine's secretariat published on Friday a secret deal pledging current leader Viktor Yushchenko the post of premier if opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych wins presidential polls, Unian said.
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