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05 December 2011 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 05 Dec 2011 [PDF]
  • Official: Sustainment Skills Key in Iraq, Afghanistan AFPS 05 Dec 2011 -- As the United States wraps up operations in Iraq and looks to scaling back its force in Afghanistan, a senior defense official emphasized the importance of ensuring that Iraq's and Afghanistan's national security forces have the maintenance and logistics capabilities they'll need.
  • MPs secure routes in Baghdad for last convoys Army News 05 Dec 2011 -- Vehicles streamed by, neon blurs of yellow and red. Cars, vans, and 18-wheelers alike honked their hellos to the group of paratroopers walking along the dark edge of the highway. Their footfalls came quickly in an attempt to warm their feet, numbed from the cold, until they fell in cadence with the morning Call to Prayer blaring over loudspeakers.
  • Guard's last convoy puts Iraq in rearview mirror Army News 05 Dec 2011 -- With Operation New Dawn coming to a close, the Virginia Army National Guard left Iraq in its final convoy, Dec. 2.
  • Last commander of Joint Base Balad departs AFNS 05 Dec 2011 -- What began 14 months ago will conclude, with the transitioning the second largest U.S. base in Iraq to the Iraqi government.
  • NATO committed to Afghanistan throughout transition and beyond NATO 05 Dec 2011 -- BUG: "We confirm NATOs commitment to its Enduring Partnership with Afghanistan throughout transition and beyond, as part of the wider International Community's effort" Ambassador Bisogniero, NATO's Deputy Secretary General, said at the International Conference on Afghanistan today.
  • Bonn II aims not to come true through militarism: Iran official ISNA 05 Dec 2011 -- An Iranian Foreign Ministry official said aims of 'Bonn II' international conference on Afghanistan would not come true through militarism.
  • Bonn II final document confirmed by participants in expert meeting ISNA 05 Dec 2011 -- An Iranian Foreign Ministry official said the final document of Bonn II Conference was confirmed by all participants in the expert meeting.
  • Solid Warriors depart for downrange law enforcement mission Army News 05 Dec 2011 -- More than 120 Soldiers from 463rd Military Police Company said farewell to family and friends Dec. 5 during a deployment ceremony at Nutter Field House.
  • Operation Clean Sweep: 2nd MLG (FWD) leads the way with redeployment, retrograde USMC News 05 Dec 2011 -- Over the course of the last two months, Marines and sailors with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) have begun the process of accounting for, sorting and redistributing Regional Command Southwest's gear and equipment in Operation Clean Sweep aboard Camp Leatherneck.
  • CLC-6 engineers bolster Route 611 security forces during 'Eastern Storm' USMC News 05 Dec 2011 -- Fresh off a foot patrol, an infantryman with the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, stepped out of an expeditionary field shower facility only to traipse through a courtyard blanketed by the region's fine talcum powder-like sand where he was once again dusted with grime.
  • Pakistan, Taliban Make Presence Felt In Bonn By Their Absence RFE/RL 05 Dec 2011 -- The message coming from Bonn was clear: the international community intends to support Afghanistan after foreign combat troops leave the country, and that means new training for Afghanistan's security forces and further development aid for its economy.
  • Pakistan Holds Firm to Afghanistan Conference Boycott VOA 05 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan is holding firm to its boycott of the Bonn international conference on Afghanistan, and warns it will stay away from any future peace process unless its sovereignty and security concerns are better respected.
  • Bonn Conference Participants Tell Afghanistan 'We Will Not Abandon You' RFE/RL 05 Dec 2011 -- Leaders of the international community meeting in Bonn, Germany, have vowed to support Afghanistan after foreign troops withdraw by the end of 2014.
  • Challenges are many but Afghanistan's partners will stay the course – Ban UN News Centre 05 Dec 2011 -- The challenges ahead as Afghanistan seeks to consolidate peace and development are large but the international community will not be deterred in its support for the country's efforts, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged today at an international conference in Bonn.
  • Bonn Conference Focuses on Afghan Transformation VOA 05 Dec 2011 -- One decade ago, diplomats gathered in Bonn, Germany, to appoint a transitional government in Afghanistan. Now, with international combat forces set to leave in 2014, more than 100 delegations have come to Bonn for a conference on the future of Afghanistan.
  • Combined Forces Destroy Explosives-laden Building AFPS 05 Dec 2011 -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents and destroyed an explosives-laden building during a search for a Taliban leader in the Wali Muhammad Shahid Khugyani district of Afghanistan's Ghazni province Dec. 3, military officials reported.

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  • Runoff Vote in Cairo, Alexandria for Egypt's Parliament VOA 05 Dec 2011 -- Voters in Egypt's two largest cities and other areas are going to the polls in a series of runoff elections for parliament, with Islamist parties expected to build on strong results from the first round of voting last week.
  • Voters Oust Governments In Croatia, Slovenia VOA 05 Dec 2011 -- Voters have ousted governments in two former Yugoslav republics. In Croatia, a center-left opposition coalition defeated the incumbent conservatives, while in neighboring Slovenia a new center-left party won Sunday's parliament elections.
  • International Watchdogs Slam Russian Vote RFE/RL 05 Dec 2011 -- International election observers have said Russia's parliamentary polls were marred by violations and were tilted in favor of the ruling United Russia party, which managed to cling onto a majority in the December 4 polls despite dwindling popularity.
  • Yabloko party to contest State Duma election results RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2011 -- Grigory Yavlinsky, the leader of the Yabloko opposition party's electoral list, said his party will contest the results of Sunday's parliamentary elections that saw the ruling United Russia party balancing on the verge of the 50-percent mark.
  • United Russia's election results 'success' - Putin RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2011 -- The governing United Russia party has done well in the State Duma elections, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Monday.
  • Majority Narrows for Putin's Party in Russia Polls VOA 05 Dec 2011 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's ruling party has suffered surprisingly steep losses in parliamentary elections, giving the man who has dominated politics there for more than a decade a much reduced majority.
  • Support for Putin party drops as it hovers around 50-percent mark in parliamentary vote RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2011 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putins party suffered a sharp drop in support Sunday in parliamentary elections, winning the most votes but falling far short of the majority it has enjoyed for years and possibly failing to clear the 50-percent mark, early results showed.
  • WikiLeaks Assange granted right to appeal UK extradition RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2011 -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was granted on Monday the right to appeal his extradition from Britain to Sweden at the Supreme Court.
  • LIBYA: The funding dilemma IRIN 05 Dec 2011 -- Residual humanitarian needs in Libya have not been fully funded because of confusion over whether unfrozen Libyan assets are available, donors, aid workers and government officials said.
  • France to Test Nuclear Plant Security After Greenpeace Occupation VOA 05 Dec 2011 -- In a spectacular assault, the environmental group Greenpeace broke into a nuclear power plant in France Monday, as the French government is conducting nuclear safety tests. The gesture has fueled a hot debate over phasing out nuclear energy in Europe, and underscored divisions about nuclear power aired at climate talks in South Africa.
  • Former Ukrainian President Says Tymoshenko More Powerful In Jail RFE/RL 05 Dec 2011 -- Ukraine's first president, Leonid Kravchuk, says jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's political popularity is stronger now since she was sentenced, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.
  • Greece breached accord with former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia – UN court UN News Centre 05 Dec 2011 -- Greece breached a United Nations-facilitated accord with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia when it blocked its neighbour's attempt to become a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled today.

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