28 November 2010 Military News
- Army unit flies new unmanned aircraft in Iraq Army News 28 Nov 2010 -- An Army unit deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq, is shaping the future of the Army's unmanned aircraft systems program with a handful of its newest aircraft, the MQ-1C Gray Eagle.
- Mullen: U.S. Drawdown in Afghanistan to Begin in July AFPS 28 Nov 2010 -- The United States is “very committed” to begin drawing down its forces in Afghanistan in July, but large numbers will remain, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said on a televised broadcast today.
- Pakistan announces reward for spying on Taliban IRNA 28 Nov 2010 -- Pakistan on Saturday announced 10 million rupees (approximately 120,000) cash reward, security and employment for the individual who would spy for the government against Taliban, the country interior minister said Saturday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- George Washington Strike Group Begins Exercise with Republic of Korea Navy NewsStand 28 Nov 2010 -- The George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) entered the waters west of the Korean peninsula to participate in a combined military exercise with the Republic of Korea (ROK) on Nov. 28.
- US, South Korea deploy navy at Yellow Sea, China calls for talks IRNA 28 Nov 2010 -- Joint U.S.-South Korean naval exercises began at the Yellow Sea on Sunday as North Korea prepared surface-to-surface missiles on launchpads and China called for emergency meeting.
- S. Korea, U.S. start naval drills near N. Korean border RIA Novosti 28 Nov 2010 -- South Korea and the United States began on Sunday large-scale joint naval exercises in the Yellow Sea just days after North Korea's artillery attack on a S. Korean island that killed four people, the Yonhap news agency said.
- Chairman Discusses Afghanistan, Threats from Iran, Yemen AFPS 28 Nov 2010 -- The United States is “very committed” to begin drawing down its forces in Afghanistan in July, but large numbers will remain, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said on a televised broadcast today.
- Communications-Electronics recognized as three of the top 10 Army's greatest inventions for 2009 Army News 28 Nov 2010 -- Three U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's communications-electronics center technologies proven useful in the field by U.S. Soldiers will be recognized as part of the Top Ten 2009 Army's Greatest Inventions during an awards ceremony at the Army Science Conference Nov. 28 in Orlando, Fla.
- Greene Takes Command Army News 28 Nov 2010
- Supreme Leader lauds preparedness of Navy IRNA 28 Nov 2010 -- Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here on Sunday instructed the Islamic Republic Navy to focus on talents and innovations in order to guarantee its future.
- Russia lends Venezuela $4 bln to buy weaponry — Chavez RIA Novosti 28 Nov 2010 -- Moscow has recently loaned Venezuela $4 billion to buy Russian military hardware, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said.
- Russia to choose submarine for new Bulava missile tests by Dec 10 RIA Novosti 28 Nov 2010 -- The Russian government commission for testing Russia's Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile has completed its analysis of the missile's latest two successful launches and will choose a submarine for further tests by December 10, a source in the commission said on Sunday.
- Russian naval infantry receives floating body armor RIA Novosti 28 Nov 2010 -- The Russian naval infantry will soon be equipped with floating bulletproof life vests, the naval infantry commander said.
- Russia opens new chemical weapons destruction plant RIA Novosti 28 Nov 2010 -- Russia has launched a new facility to destroy its Soviet-era chemical weapons stockpiles, the country's technological watchdog Rostechnadzor said.
- South Korea Gives Cool Response to China's Call for Emergency Talks VOA 28 Nov 2010 -- Diplomatic efforts are underway in Asia to defuse tension on the Korean peninsula. But South Korea is effectively rejecting China's call to quickly convene multi-national talks to discuss North Korea. This comes as the United States and South Korea begin four days of naval drills seen as a show of strength to dissuade Pyongyang after last Tuesday's attack on Yeonpyeong island.
- US Senators Affirm US Ties with South Korea VOA 28 Nov 2010 -- U.S. senators of both political parties are resolutely reaffirming America's historic ties with South Korea, amid heightened tensions between North and South Korea.
- UN-AU mediator, Qataris kick off talks in Darfur on peace process UN News Centre 28 Nov 2010 -- Members of the Darfur mediation team, including the United Nations, the African Union and Qatar, have arrived in the strife-torn Sudanese region to begin several days of consultations aimed at advancing the ongoing peace process.
- Presidential Voting Under Way in Ivory Coast VOA 28 Nov 2010 -- Voting is under way in Ivory Coast to choose a president in a runoff election that is meant to reunite the country after a brief civil war. There is an overnight curfew through Wednesday in the wake of pre-election violence.
- China To Work With South To Ease 'Worrisome' Korea Standoff RFE/RL 28 Nov 2010 -- China, the main ally of communist North Korea, says it has agreed with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to work together to ease the serious confrontation between the North and South.
- China Calls for Urgent Talks to Ease Korean Tensions VOA 28 Nov 2010 -- North Korea's neighbor and close ally, China, has called for an emergency meeting of envoys to North Korean disarmament talks to defuse tensions on the tense Korean Peninsular.
- Officials Condemn Leaks, Detail Prevention Efforts AFPS 28 Nov 2010 -- Government officials condemned the publication of hundreds of thousands of sensitive, classified State Department cables by WikiLeaks today.
- Statement by the Press Secretary The White House 28 Nov 2010
- WikiLeaks attacked by hackers ahead of document dump RIA Novosti 28 Nov 2010 -- Whistleblower website WikiLeaks on Sunday came under cyber attack ahead of a release of a new trench of secret U.S. documents.
- Thousands of Classified US Documents Leaked on the Internet VOA 28 Nov 2010 -- More than a quarter of a million classified cables sent from U.S. embassies around the world to Washington have been leaked on the Internet. Despite warnings from the U.S. government that the leaks could put lives at risk, the website WikiLeaks published the files in conjunction with several major international newspapers.
- Polls Open In Moldova's Parliamentary Elections RFE/RL 28 Nov 2010 -- Polls have opened in Moldova for parliamentary elections that aim to end an extended power vacuum in the country.
- Visiting UN envoy urges Myanmar authorities to build on recent developments UN News Centre 28 Nov 2010 -- A United Nations envoy on Sunday encouraged Myanmar authorities to build on recent developments towards democracy and national reconciliation, and to address concerns about the recent elections.
- Haiti Candidates Allege Fraud Amid Voting VOA 28 Nov 2010 -- Twelve candidates in Haiti's presidential election called for Sunday's vote to be canceled amid allegations of fraud. Crowds took to the streets to demand an end to the flawed vote.
- Lebanese PM's Iran Visit Focuses on Hariri Assassination VOA 28 Nov 2010 -- Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri met with top Iranian officials Sunday during a three day visit to Tehran in what the Arab press is billing as a fence-mending trip. The trip comes as a special U.N. tribunal prepares to release its findings into the 2005 assassination on his father, former Prime Minster Rafik Hariri.
- Hezbollah Discounts Reports of Involvment in Lebanese Leader's Death VOA 28 Nov 2010 -- The leader of Hezbollah said Sunday that evidence allegedly being held by U.N. investigators claiming his militant group is responsible for the death of a former Lebanese prime minister is insignificant.
- Elections in Egypt Expected to Produce Gains for Ruling Party VOA 28 Nov 2010 -- Egyptians voted Sunday in parliamentary elections that are expected to increase the power and influence of the ruling party of President Hosni Mubarak.
- Commentary: Can Ukraine Follow Georgia's Lead In Reforms? RFE/RL 28 Nov 2010
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