25 November 2010 Military News
- U.S. Ambassador Sees No Major Changes In Afghan Review RFE/RL 25 Nov 2010 -- Karl Eikenberry, the U.S. ambassador to Kabul, is responsible for managing the civilian "surge" under President Barak Obama's Afghan strategy, as well as tending to the delicate relationship with President Hamid Karzai. Speaking to RFE/RL correspondent Abubakar Siddique on the sidelines of NATO's recent Lisbon summit, Eikenberry played down disagreements with the Afghan president and predicted no major changes in the Obama administration's ongoing review of its Afghan strategy.
- Russia wants NATO to resolve Afghan helicopter deal RIA Novosti 25 Nov 2010 -- Russia hopes that NATO will resolve the problems in financing a deal on the delivery of Mi-17 multipurpose helicopters to Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Leaders provide update, vector on Air Force space efforts at symposium AFNS 25 Nov 2010 -- Senior Air Force leaders, servicemembers and industry partners gathered for the Air Force Association's annual Global Warfare Symposium Nov. 18 through 19 here.
- USS George Washington Celebrates Thanksgiving Underway Navy NewsStand 25 Nov 2010 -- USS George Washington (CVN 73) pulled out of its forward operating port of Yokosuka, Japan Nov. 24.
- Navy Destroyers Join Abraham Lincoln Strike Group Navy NewsStand 25 Nov 2010 -- Guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92), USS Halsey (DDG 97) and USS Shoup (DDG 86) entered the 5th Fleet area of responsibility Nov. 25, rejoining USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) as part of their regularly scheduled deployment.
- USS Pearl Harbor Sailors, Marines Contribute in Singapore Navy NewsStand 25 Nov 2010 -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) arrived in Singapore for a port visit Nov. 17, after spending 78 consecutive days at sea.
- USS Peleliu visits Subic Bay Navy NewsStand 25 Nov 2010 -- Amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) arrived in Subic Bay for a port visit Nov. 22.
- C-12 Huron Contributes to GTMO Mission Navy NewsStand 25 Nov 2010 -- Naval aviators attached to the Air Operations department aboard Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, completed a passenger and cargo service flight in a C-12 Huron logistics aircraft from the base to Miami Nov. 24.
- Naval Facilities Expeditionary Logistics Center Hosts MRAP Talks Navy NewsStand 25 Nov 2010 -- Advocates for the safety of warfighters met at Naval Facilities Expeditionary Logistics Center (NFELC) Nov. 18 to discuss the future of their Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.
- China says joint US-South Korea exercises in Yellow Sea, provocative IRNA 25 Nov 2010 -- China on Thursday expressed concern about joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises in the Yellow Sea, while North Korea threatened further attacks on the South if there were more 'provocations.'
- S. Korea To Boost Military Power Off Coast RFE/RL 25 Nov 2010 -- South Korea has pledged to massively step up defenses on an island that came under deadly attack from Communist North Korea as tensions between the two neighbors threaten to reach breaking point.
- South Korea Plans to Beef Up Security Along Maritime Border VOA 25 Nov 2010 -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, held emergency meetings with top security and economic officials to determine a response to North Korea's shelling of a South Korean island. The government vows to increase security to protect its border areas.
- South Korean defense minister resigns over North's artillery attack RIA Novosti 25 Nov 2010 -- South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-young resigned after the handling of the deadly North Korean artillery attack, Yonhap news agency said on Thursday.
- South Korean Defense Minister Resigns in Wake of Attack VOA 25 Nov 2010 -- South Korea's defense minister has resigned his post in response to criticism of his handling of a deadly North Korean artillery strike on a South Korean island.
- Armenian Opposition Condemns President's NATO Summit Boycott RFE/RL 25 Nov 2010 -- The opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) has condemned as "irresponsible" President Serzh Sarkisian's decision to boycott the NATO summit in Lisbon in protest against the alliance's support for Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
- Russia military looks to recruit more foreigners RIA Novosti 25 Nov 2010 -- The Russian Armed Forces has eased its rules on recruiting foreign citizens into its ranks, according to amendments posted on the Defense Ministry website.
- India successfully tests N-capable Agni I missile IRNA 25 Nov 2010 -- India said on Thursday it successfully tested Nuclear capable Angi I missile.
- India places restrictions on dealing with Israeli defense companies IRNA 25 Nov 2010 -- India has placed restrictions on dealing with Israeli Defense companies, said Defense Minister A. K. Antony Wednesday in New Delhi.
- Russia expects UN Security Council to make statement on Korean armed conflict RIA Novosti 25 Nov 2010 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed hope the United Nations Security Council in the near future will make a statement on the armed conflict between North and South Korea.
- Admiral Mike Mullen links N. Korea's attack to leadership succession RIA Novosti 25 Nov 2010 -- A top U.S. military official linked the armed conflict between the two Koreas to the expected handing down of power in North Korea from Kim Jong-il to his son Kim Jong-un.
- China Urges Restraint on Korean Peninsula VOA 25 Nov 2010 -- China again is calling for both Koreas to remain calm and exercise restraint, following an artillery exchange between the two sides earlier this week.
- Israeli PM Angered by Palestinian Report on Western Wall VOA 25 Nov 2010 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called on the Palestinian leadership to renounce an official report asserting that the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites, is not Jewish.
- Sudan Ruling Party Supports Extension of Voter Registration Period VOA 25 Nov 2010 -- A prominent member of Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) told VOA his party and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) will soon hold discussions to extend the period of the ongoing voter registration process ahead of the 9th January referendum.
- YEMEN: Civilians flee violence to Saudi Arabia IRIN 25 Nov 2010 -- Escalating fighting between Houthi-led Shia rebels and pro-government militia in Yemen’s remote northwestern districts of Qutabir and Monabih has forced dozens of families across the border into Saudi Arabia, according to local officials.
- Analysis: Securing a peaceful divorce in Sudan IRIN 25 Nov 2010 -- A January referendum in Southern Sudan is likely to lead to the creation of a new country - the first in Africa since Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993 - but much work needs to be done to ensure the separation is more peaceful than that of its Horn of Africa neighbours.
- Côte d''Ivoire: UN official announces new measures to ensure credible election UN News Centre 25 Nov 2010 -- The United Nations envoy in Côte d''Ivoire today announced new measures to enhance the transparency and credibility of presidential election, three days ahead of the run-off poll in the West Africa country.
- Egypt's Ruling Party Calls for Probe of Independent Candidates VOA 25 Nov 2010 -- Egypt's ruling party has asked the public prosecutor to investigate 52 candidates who are running as independents in Sunday's parliamentary elections.
- With End To Impasse In Sight, Al-Maliki Asked To Form Iraqi Government RFE/RL 25 Nov 2010 -- Efforts to end Iraq's eight-month political stalemate moved significantly toward conclusion as the prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, was formally asked to form a national unity government embracing the country's bitterly-divided factions.
- Outgoing Iraqi PM Asked to Form New Government VOA 25 Nov 2010 -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani formally nominated outgoing Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki Thursday to form the next government. The nod was widely expected and Maliki will now be tasked with bringing together both foe and friend in his new administration. The move had been agreed upon in a deal between rival political parties two weeks ago.
- Supreme Leader hails undeniable role of Basij IRNA 25 Nov 2010 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised Thursday the unique and undeniable role of Basij (Volunteer Forces).
- Majlis speaker: Enemy cannot penetrate Iran IRNA 25 Nov 2010 -- Speaker of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Ali Larijani said Thursday that enemies cannot penetrate Iran as Iranians are a united nation.
- Iranian Students, Activists Condemn Planned Changes To Social Sciences RFE/RL 25 Nov 2010 -- Plans are afoot in Iran to bring the social sciences into line with Islamic teachings, leaving students like Sam worried.
- Russia denies drugs in spy suspect interrogation RIA Novosti 25 Nov 2010 -- A Russian Security Service official has dismissed claims that psychotropic drugs were used to interrogate a man later convicted of spying on Russia.
- ISS expedition prepares for return to Earth RIA Novosti 25 Nov 2010 -- The Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft crew on the International Space Station (ISS) is completing preparations for their return to Earth on Friday, a spokesman for Russian space agency Roskosmos said.
- ISS orbit adjusted prior to Soyuz spacecraft docking RIA Novosti 25 Nov 2010 -- The International Space Station (ISS) was moved to a higher orbit prior to the docking of Russia's Soyuz TMA- 20 spacecraft, a Mission Control spokesman said on Thursday.
- London mayor tells Bush to stay away from Britain IRNA 25 Nov 2010 -- London mayor Boris Johnson Thursday warned former US President George W. Bush to stay away from Britain and other European countries to promote his memoirs, saying that he may face arrest for torture.
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