21 November 2010 Military News
- NATO Unity Aids Comprehensive Afghan Strategy, Mullen Says AFPS 21 Nov 2010 -- After years of fighting the war in Afghanistan without enough NATO or U.S. forces, new agreements reached at the NATO Summit this weekend have brought unity to the multinational effort in that nation, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.
- US Officials Confident on 2014 Date to End Combat in Afghanistan VOA 21 Nov 2010 -- U.S. officials are expressing confidence that a 2014 date for ending international combat operations in Afghanistan will be met, with Afghan security forces assuming a lead role in defending their nation by then.
- Taliban Rejects NATO Withdrawal Timetable VOA 21 Nov 2010 -- The Afghan Taliban has dismissed NATO's plan to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, calling it a sign of failure.
- In Lisbon, NATO, Afghan Leaders Outline Exit Plan RFE/RL 21 Nov 2010 -- NATO leaders at a two-day summit in Lisbon have backed plans to begin transferring control to Afghan forces next year with an eye to full Afghan control by 2014, while assuring Kabul that they will not abandon it.
- Commentary: Is A Negotiated Peace Possible In Afghanistan? RFE/RL 21 Nov 2010 -- During a recent trip to Afghanistan, everyone was talking about the government’s peace talks with the Taliban and other insurgents. For the past few years, most Afghans have been saying that peace cannot be restored from the barrel of a gun but only by reconciliation with the insurgents and through their reintegration into society.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Clinton Says START Treaty is 'Beyond Politics' VOA 21 Nov 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Senate ratification of a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia should be "beyond politics."
- Biden Calls on Congress to Fund U.S. Commitments to Iraq AFPS 21 Nov 2010 -- Iraq has made tremendous progress, but the country still needs American support, Vice President Joe Biden said in a commentary that ran in The New York Times this morning.
- Gates Sets Nov. 30 for 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Report Release AFPS 21 Nov 2010 -- The report of a working group he created to research the ramifications for the Defense Department if the law banning gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military is repealed will be released to Congress and the public Nov. 30, Defense Department officials announced here today.
- Gates Terms NATO Summit 'Tremendous Success' AFPS 21 Nov 2010 -- The NATO summit that concluded yesterday in Lisbon, Portugal, was a “tremendous success” from the U.S. standpoint, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.
- Essex Sailors, 31st MEU Marines Experience Hong Kong Navy NewsStand 21 Nov 2010 -- Sailors and Marines assigned to the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit experienced Hong Kong Nov. 17-19 through a variety of tours offered by the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department.
- The Tokyo Trials Army News 21 Nov 2010 -- One of the many actions taken by Allied Forces during their post-World War II occupation of Japan was to establish the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) to conduct what are commonly known as the Tokyo Trials.
- Russia to monitor nuclear programs jointly with NATO — Medvedev RIA Novosti 21 Nov 2010 -- Russia will jointly with NATO monitor the nuclear programs of some countries, including Iran, President Dmitry Medvedev said.
- Three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68 Engines Help Boost Classified Satellite Pratt & Whitney 21 Nov 2010 -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne today helped boost a classified satellite for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The satellite was onboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket, powered by three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne RS-68 engines and one upper-stage RL10B-2 engine. Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne is a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company.
- Abbas rules out Israeli-Palestinian peace talks until Israel halts settlements RIA Novosti 21 Nov 2010 -- Palestinians will not resume peace talks with Israel until it fully halts the construction of Jewish settlements on occupied territories, including East Jerusalem, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday.
- Opposition Mounts to US Plan for Israeli Settlement Freeze VOA 21 Nov 2010 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his Cabinet to try to shore up support for a 90-day moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank that is aimed at reviving Middle East peace talks.
- Palestinian President: No Peace Talks Without Settlement Freeze VOA 21 Nov 2010 -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinian Authority will not return to peace talks with Israel unless the Israelis halt settlement construction in all of the Palestinian territories, including disputed East Jerusalem.
- Fighting Kills At Least 13 in Central Somalia VOA 21 Nov 2010 -- Witnesses in central Somalia say at least 13 people have been killed in fighting between Islamist insurgents and a pro-government militia.
- Dayton Peace Accords Remembered, 15 Years Later RFE/RL 21 Nov 2010 -- On November 21, 1995, on a gray and secluded U.S. Air Force base in the midwestern state of Ohio, three Balkan leaders would approve a historic deal putting an end to 3 1/2 years of war in Bosnia.
- Diplomats Hold Talks in Asia About N. Korea's Uranium Enrichment Program VOA 21 Nov 2010 -- U.S. diplomats, intelligence officers and other officials have rushed to Asia for consultations following North Korea's claim to have secretly constructed a uranium enrichment facility. Among the South Korean responses under discussion: bringing American nuclear weapons back into the country.
- Mullen Calls North Korea’s Actions ‘Very Dangerous’ AFPS 21 Nov 2010 -- Revelations that North Korea has secretly built a large uranium enrichment facility validates long-standing concerns about that nation’s nuclear intentions and is a destabilizing force in the region, the top U.S. military officer said today.
- US Official: North Korea Continues to Destabilize Region VOA 21 Nov 2010 -- The top U.S. military officer says reports that North Korea is expanding its nuclear activities indicate the reclusive nation is continuing on a path to destabilize the region.
- Nations Should Be Cautious in Dealings With Iran, Gates Says AFPS 21 Nov 2010 -- Though sovereign nations can have relationships with any other nations they choose, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today, countries that choose to have a relationship with Iran should do so carefully, in light of its track record of ignoring U.N. Security Council Resolutions.
- Rosatom denies Russian origin of polonium in Litvinenko's case RIA Novosti 21 Nov 2010 -- Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom on Sunday denied claims by the British media that former Russian security officer Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned with polonium originated from Russia.
- France Rejects Al-Qaida Demands for Hostage Release VOA 21 Nov 2010 -- France has rejected a demand by al-Qaida of the Islamic Maghreb that it negotiate with al-Qaida leader Osama bin Ladin for the release of five French hostages, kidnapped in Niger in September.
- Haiti: UN official concerned over slow funding response to cholera appeal UN News Centre 21 Nov 2010 -- The top United Nations humanitarian official in Haiti has voiced concern over the slow response to an appeal sent out nine days ago seeking $164 million to curb the spread of the cholera outbreak that has infected nearly 20,000 people and killed hundreds over the past month.
- Soldiers in Madagascar End Barracks Mutiny VOA 21 Nov 2010 -- A four-day revolt by solders at an army base in Madagascar has ended with the surrender of the mutineers.
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