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08 December 2011 Military News

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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 08 Dec 2011 [PDF]
  • Cost of Libya operations UK MOD 08 Dec 2011 -- The net additional cost of Operation ELLAMY - costs incurred by the Department on operations which would not otherwise be incurred - is estimated at £212m, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond announced today.
  • DOD News Briefing with Maj. Gen. Hook via Teleconference from Afghanistan DoD 08 Dec 2011 -- Presenter: Director of the International Security Assistance Forces Force Reintegration Cell Maj. Gen. David Hook (Royal Marines)
  • Troops Get Supplies Despite Pakistan's Border Closing AFPS 08 Dec 2011 -- U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan will receive the supplies they need to perform their missions regardless of Pakistan's closure of its border with Afghanistan, Pentagon officials said today.
  • Combined Force Seizes, Destroys Drug Cache AFPS 08 Dec 2011 -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force confiscated a drug cache containing about 10,000 pounds of hashish during a patrol in the Zurmat district of Afghanistan's Paktiya province today, military officials reported.
  • Afghan, US forces combine for flightline security patrol AFNS 08 Dec 2011 -- History was made Dec. 3 at Kandahar Airfield when Afghan air force security forces partnered with their U.S Air Force counterparts for a flightline security patrol for the first time.
  • Sectarian Terror Attack Fuels Afghan-Pakistan Tension VOA 08 Dec 2011 -- This week's suicide bomb attack that killed dozens of Shi'ite Muslims at a Kabul shrine has significantly heightened tensions between Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan. The Afghan president has vowed to confront Pakistan's government over the issue. Islamabad, for its part, is seeking to soothe riled emotions.
  • General: Afghan Reintegration Program Will Take Time AFPS 08 Dec 2011 -- Permanently removing insurgents from the fight and reintegrating them into their Afghan communities is a gradual process that will take time, the International Security Assistance Force officer directing coalition support to that Afghan-led effort said today.
  • US: No Combat Role for Troops in Uganda VOA 08 Dec 2011 -- The State Department's chief Africa diplomat said Wednesday U.S. troops sent to Uganda to help local forces fight the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group will not engage in combat operations themselves. Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson says the marauding LRA has been degraded but remains a serious threat to Uganda and three neighbors in Central Africa.
  • U.S., Honduran partners help more than 1,100 flood victims AFNS 08 Dec 2011 -- More than 20 medical personnel from Joint Task Force-Bravo provided general medical care to more than 1,100 flood victims Nov. 29 and 30 here.

Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • 8 December 2011 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 08 Dec 2011
  • Syria Blames Oil Pipeline Explosion on Sabotage VOA 08 Dec 2011 -- There has been a major explosion in a Syrian pipeline carrying oil to a refinery near the restive city of Homs. This, as violence from the country's nine-month uprising escalates.
  • U.S.: Syria's Assad 'Disconnected' Or 'Crazy' RFE/RL 08 Dec 2011 -- The United States says Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must be either "disconnected" from reality or "crazy," after Assad claimed that he was not responsible for the killing of thousands of anti-regime protesters by Syrian security forces.
  • Reducing flow of arms in Central Africa crucial for regional security - Ban UN News Centre 08 Dec 2011 -- Stemming the flow of illicit arms in Central Africa can help reduce the growing threat of piracy and maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea, disrupt the activities of trans-national armed groups, notably the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), and prevent acts of terrorism and election-related tensions, Secretary-Ban Ki-moon said today.
  • Somali and Sudanese issues top discussions between Ban and Kenyan leaders UN News Centre 08 Dec 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today discussed the situation in Somalia and Sudan with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, with the United Nations chief taking note of progress since the adoption by Somalia's leadership of a political roadmap on the restoration of peace and stability in the Horn of Africa country.
  • Security fragile as stalemate over Abyei persists – senior UN official UN News Centre 08 Dec 2011 -- The security situation in the disputed area of Abyei remains fragile, with both South Sudan and Sudan failing to withdraw their armed forces as agreed under a demilitarization pact reached in June, the head of United Nations peacekeeping told the Security Council today.
  • Côte d'Ivoire: UN envoy voices concern about violent pre-election incidents UN News Centre 08 Dec 2011 -- Three days before Ivorians go to the polls to vote in crucial parliamentary elections, the top United Nations official in the West African country has expressed concern over a series of violent incidents provoked by armed men surrounding some of the candidates.
  • SUDAN: Security 'volcano' ready to blow in the east IRIN 08 Dec 2011 -- Five years after a peace deal was signed to end a rebellion in eastern Sudan, a perceived failure to address the marginalization that sparked the uprising could unleash a new wave of violence, according to several officials.
  • SOMALIA: Aid ban, insecurity 'could lead to more deaths' IRIN 08 Dec 2011 -- Officials are warning of an escalation in the humanitarian crisis in Somalia if the ban imposed by Al-Shabab insurgents, on 16 aid agencies is not reversed.
  • Desperation, Hunger in South Sudan as Refugees Flee Bombs VOA 08 Dec 2011 -- Desperation and hunger are growing in South Sudan's Doro refugee camp where more than 20,000 people have fled bombings in Sudan's Blue Nile state in recent weeks. Thousands more refugees are expected to arrive at this unprepared makeshift camp seeking safety and services.
  • UN: Abyei 'Fragile;' Borders Tense VOA 08 Dec 2011 -- The United Nations' peacekeeping chief says the security situation in the disputed region of Abyei, which both Sudan and South Sudan claim, is fragile. Hervé Ladsous told the Security Council on Thursday that a joint border monitoring mechanism needs to be created to build confidence between the two sides and prevent a return to war between the two states.

News Reports

  • White House Outlines Plan Against 'Homegrown' Extremist Threats VOA 08 Dec 2011 -- The Obama administration on Thursday released an implementation plan for intensified efforts to counter so-called "homegrown" violent extremism in the United States.
  • Medvedev calls for investigation into alleged poll fraud RIA Novosti 08 Dec 2011 -- President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday that all allegations of fraud during Sunday's parliamentary polls should be investigated.
  • Putin says U.S. encouraging Russian opposition RIA Novosti 08 Dec 2011 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the U.S. authorities on Thursday of sponsoring the opposition in Russia and urged harsher punishments for those acting on orders from 'foreign states.'
  • Medvedev: Russian Election Results Should be Investigated VOA 08 Dec 2011 -- Russian President Dimitry Medvedev says accusations of fraud that led to large protests following Sunday's parliamentary elections should be investigated.
  • FM spokesman lambasts launch of US virtual embassy in Tehran IRNA 08 Dec 2011 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said launching of the US virtual embassy in Tehran indicates that Washington has admitted its big mistake of cutting off relations with the Iranian nation.
  • German TV uncovers secret CIA prison in Romanian gov't building IRNA 08 Dec 2011 -- Germany's ARD television network reported Thursday that the CIA ran a secret prison inside a Romanian government building as late as 2006.
  • US Attorney General Faces Critics Mexico Gun Operation VOA 08 Dec 2011 -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is defending his Justice Department's record and is pushing back against what he terms politically motivated attacks by Republican lawmakers over the 'Operation Fast and Furious' gun scandal. More than 50 Republican lawmakers want Holder to resign over an operation in which U.S. law enforcement officers allowed suspects to walk off with weapons believed to be heading for the top levels of Mexican drug cartels.
  • Congo Election Results Delayed Again VOA 08 Dec 2011 -- Election officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have again delayed the results of presidential and legislative elections. Opposition supporters are rejecting partial returns that show President Joseph Kabila heading for reelection.
  • Astrium awarded Sentinel 5 Precursor contract from ESA EADS 08 Dec 2011 -- Astrium has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) as prime contractor for the Sentinel-5 Precursor satellite (S5p) a low-cost mission to monitor atmospheric chemistry.

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