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06 December 2011 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 06 Dec 2011 [PDF]
  • 380th Engineer Company returns home from Iraq Army News 06 Dec 2011 -- The U. S. Army Reserve's 380th Engineer Company headquartered in Greenville, Miss., returned home Nov. 28, 2011.
  • Army Chief discusses Iraq drawdown, transition at Fort Hood Army News 06 Dec 2011 -- As American forces are scheduled to be out of Iraq by the end of this month, they are leaving the nation in a position to sustain the long-fought peace that has been established over the past nine years, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said Tuesday at Fort Hood.
  • Iraq: UN calls for more time to resolve issue of camp residents UN News Centre 06 Dec 2011 -- The United Nations envoy for Iraq today voiced concern over the situation in a camp housing several thousand Iranian exiles and urged the Iraqi Government to extend the deadline for closing down the settlement as efforts continue o find a peaceful solution that conforms with international law.
  • UN Urges Iraq Not to Close Iranian Dissident Camp VOA 06 Dec 2011 -- The U.N.'s top envoy for Iraq is asking Baghdad not to close a camp for Iranian dissidents by the end of this year. Martin Kobler told the U.N. Security Council Tuesday that the United Nations is working with the residents of Camp Ashraf and the Iraqi government to find a solution for resettling the camp's 3,000 residents, but will not resolve the issue before the December 31 deadline.
  • Senior Leaders Condemn Insurgent Suicide Attacks AFPS 06 Dec 2011 -- WASHINGTON, Dec. 6, 2011 – Afghan President Hamid Karzai and senior U.S. military and diplomatic leaders in Afghanistan jointly condemned today's terrorist attacks in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif that reportedly killed and wounded dozens of innocent Afghan civilians observing the Ashura religious festival, military officials reported.
  • Dozens killed in two suicide blasts in Afghanistan IRNA 06 Dec 2011 -- Twin suicide bombings killed dozens in Afghanistan on Tuesday when they attended a mourning session on martyrdom anniversary of Hazrat Hossein Ibn Ali (AS), the third Imam of Prophet Mohammad's (Peace Be Upon Him and His Progeny) infallible household.
  • Scores Killed In Afghanistan Blasts RFE/RL 06 Dec 2011 -- Authorities in Kabul say more than 50 worshippers were killed and about 150 others injured in a suicide bomb attack on a Shi'ite shrine in the Afghan capital
  • Twin Bombings Tear Through Afghan Shi'ite Holy Day VOA 06 Dec 2011 -- On the holiest day of the Shi'ite Muslim calendar, two terrorist bomb attacks in Afghanistan apparently targeting Shi'ite worshippers have killed nearly 60 people. The attacks come less than 24 hours after the conclusion of a major international conference in Germany on ways to stabilize Afghanistan.

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  • Clinton Meets with Syrian Opposition VOA 06 Dec 2011 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with senior Syrian National Council members in the Swiss capital to discuss their specific ideas for transitioning toward democracy, especially any ideas that include reaching out to minorities.
  • Hundreds Arrested On Second Night Of Opposition Protests In Russia RFE/RL 06 Dec 2011 -- Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was among hundreds of people arrested at a protest in central Moscow on the second consecutive night of public anger over parliamentary elections marred by widespread accusations of fraud.
  • Vote fraud charges require examination - Medvedev RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2011 -- Complaints of irregularities in Russia's recent legislative elections need to be investigated but videos purporting to show fraud are not incontestable proof of cheating, President Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday.
  • United Russia election slump inevitable after years in power - Putin RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2011 -- Vladimir Putin, Russian Prime Minister and leader of the ruling United Russia party, said on Tuesday the decline in the party's support, as shown in Sunday's elections, had been inevitable.
  • Clinton: Russia elections 'neither free nor fair' RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2011 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for an investigation into Sunday's parliamentary elections in Russia amid reports of widespread vote fraud and election violations, in comments a senior Russian official described as 'strange.'
  • McCain warns Putin of approaching 'Arab Spring' RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2011 -- U.S. senator John McCain, known for his staunch criticism of Russia, warned Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that Russia would see an 'Arab Spring' of its own, following the post-election street protests.
  • Troops Patrol Moscow to Prevent Election Protests VOA 06 Dec 2011 -- Russian troops patrolled central Moscow Tuesday in an effort to deter more protests, a day after thousands of demonstrators gathered to denounce an election they say was fraudulent.
  • Clinton Raises Russian Election Concerns at OSCE VOA 06 Dec 2011 -- One day after thousands protested in Moscow against the Russian parliament elections that international observers and opposition leaders say were marred by fraud, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raised the issue at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
  • Iran safest country for diplomats: ambassador IRNA 06 Dec 2011 -- Iran is safest country for foreign diplomats, Ali-Reza Salari, Iranian ambassador in Bern said Monday.
  • Radiation Contamination in Japanese Baby Formula Sparks Recall VOA 06 Dec 2011 -- A leading Japanese food manufacturer says radioactive cesium has been detected in its baby formula - the latest food scare to grip the country since the nuclear disaster at a power plant northeast of Tokyo nine months ago.
  • Bird flu in Nepal: SSB issues high alert IRNA 06 Dec 2011 -- Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has directed people in border area here not to bring poultry from Nepal in the wake of the outbreak of bird flu in that country.
  • NASA Confirms First Earth-Sized Planet in a Sun-like Star's Habitable Zone VOA 06 Dec 2011 -- NASA's Kepler space telescope has confirmed the discovery of the first so-called super-Earth planet ever found orbiting a Sun-like star from a habitable distance.
  • Scientists say 'diamond planets' in our galaxy possible RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2011 -- A group of scientists from the Ohio State University said some terrestrial planets in our galaxy could contain up to 50 percent diamond, the Space.com portal reported.
  • NASA announces discovery of first earthlike planet in habitable zone RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2011 -- NASA said its Kepler mission has confirmed its discovery of a first earthlike planet in the habitable zone, the area where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface.
  • BANGLADESH: Border killings mount despite no-shooting decree IRIN 06 Dec 2011 -- The death toll at the Bangladesh-India border continues to mount three months after the Indian government instructed its border security forces to stop shooting civilians suspected of being undocumented migrants or a threat to national security, say local residents.
  • Jason-1 celebrates 10 years of space-based altimetry Thales 06 Dec 2011 -- Thales Alenia Space joins French space agency CNES and NASA of the United States to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Jason-1 satellite launched on December 7, 2001. Thales Alenia Space originally teamed up with French Space Agency CNES to develop the technology for the Poseidon spaceborne altimeter, and tested on the Topex satellite as early as 1992, marking a real revolution in oceanography. The accuracy of the measurements delivered by this high-precision instrument demonstrated the thermohaline circulation (movement of currents) in the oceans, a major energy engine governing the global climate, as well as the rise in sea levels due to global warming.



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