10 December 2011 Military News
- US Ambassador: Afghan Attacks Will Not Spur Sectarian War VOA 10 Dec 2011 -- The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan says this week's deadly attacks on Shi'ites in Afghanistan will not spark a cycle of sectarian violence in the war-torn country.
- Taliban Leader Claims Peace Talks Going On With Pakistan VOA 10 Dec 2011 -- A senior leader of the Pakistani Taliban says his group has opened peace talks with the government.
- USACE cuts costs, saves resources in Afghanistan Army News 10 Dec 2011 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District-South is implementing measures to streamline business processes and save tax-payer dollars.
Defense Policy / Programs
- George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group Returns from Deployment NNS 10 Dec 2011 -- Nearly 6,000 Sailors aboard the ships of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) returned to their homeport in Norfolk Dec. 10, following a seven-month deployment supporting operations with the U.S. Navy's 5th and 6th fleets.
- USS George H.W. Bush Returns from First Deployment NNS 10 Dec 2011 -- USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) returned to its homeport of Norfolk, Va., Dec. 10, after completing its historic first combat deployment.
- Walter Reed Bethesda Lab Completes Successful Inspection NNS 10 Dec 2011 -- The Pathology and Laboratory Department at Walter Reed National Medical Center (WRNMMC) completed a 'highly successful' unannounced inspection by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), Nov. 29.
- 11th MEU Corpsmen Conduct Combat Stress Training aboard USS New Orleans NNS 10 Dec 2011 -- Hospital corpsmen assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted combat stress training Dec. 9 while deployed aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) as the ship conducted operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
- USS Anzio Returns Home from Deployment NNS 10 Dec 2011 -- Guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) returned to its homeport of Norfolk, Va., Dec. 10, after completing a seven-month deployment in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR).
- USS Mitscher Returns to Homeport NNS 10 Dec 2011 -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) returned to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., Dec. 10, after a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 6th areas of responsibility.
- Enterprise Conducts General Quarters Drill NNS 10 Dec 2011 -- Sailors participated in a general quarters (GQ) drill, aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Dec. 5.
- New Commanding Officer Assumes Helm of VP-62 NNS 10 Dec 2011 -- Patrol Squadron (VP) 62 held a change of command ceremony onboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Dec. 3.
- VR-59 Passes Milestone of 150,000 Class A Mishap-Free Hours NNS 10 Dec 2011 -- Boeing Global Transport and Executive Systems (GTES)presented a trophy to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 59 Dec. 1 after the squadron passed a major safety milestone as it recorded 150,000 Class A mishap-free hours of flight Dec. 1.
- Liberian, Yemeni Women Awarded Nobel Peace Prize VOA 10 Dec 2011 -- Two women from Liberia and one from Yemen were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Saturday for their efforts to peacefully bring change to their countries. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman received their awards at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway.
- Moscow Protesters Demand New Elections RFE/RL 10 Dec 2011 -- Tens of thousands of demonstrators have gathered at a Moscow square to protest last week's legislative elections, which gave a slim majority to the ruling United Russia party.
- Russians Come Out In Force Against 'Election Fraud,' More Mass Rallies Threatened RFE/RL 10 Dec 2011 -- The Russian opposition on December 10 called on the authorities to annul election results marred by alleged violations and threatened more anti-Kremlin rallies as tens of thousands demonstrated across the country.
- Tens of thousands of Russians join nationwide vote protest RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2011 -- Tens of thousands of Russians turned out in cities across the country on Saturday in mass peaceful protest over recent elections they claim were rigged in favor of Vladimir Putin's governing United Russia party, authorities said.
- U.S. hopes for Russia post-election protests to be peaceful RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2011 -- The United States hopes Saturday protests against the results of Russia's parliamentary polls will be peaceful, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland has said.
- Tens of Thousands Protest Alleged Voter Fraud in Russia VOA 10 Dec 2011 -- Protesters came out across the world's largest country to demand clean elections and to say what, only one week ago, was unsayable.
- Dy FM: US spy drone intrusion a provocative act IRNA 10 Dec 2011 -- Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Qashghavi said here on Saturday the intrusion of the US advanced spy drone into the Iranian airspace was a provocative act.
- US officials shocked by Iran's superiority in electronic warfare IRNA 10 Dec 2011 -- One week after the Iranian electronic warfare unit of the Iranian Armed Forces brought down a US advanced drone on a reconnaissance mission in the Iranian airspace, the US officials expressed concern about Iran's success.
- Official: US should apologize for violating Iran's airspace IRNA 10 Dec 2011 -- A senior Iranian military official said the US government should speedily apologize to Tehran for illegally violating Iran's airspace in a hostile move.
- Issues in Tehran-London ties not to leave any impact on G 5+1 talks IRNA 10 Dec 2011 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Saturday that recent developments in ties between Tehran and London will leave no impacts of talks with G5+1 on the country's peaceful nuclear activities.
- Congo Government Says Opposition Creates Climate of Fear VOA 10 Dec 2011 -- In the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Joseph Kabila's government says the main opposition candidate is creating a climate of fear by refusing to accept the president's re-election.
- Noriega gets final clearance for extradition to Panama RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2011 -- Former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega has received final medical clearance to be extradited to Panama from France, where he is serving out a prison sentence for murder and money laundering.
- Ban welcomes swearing in of Yemen's new government UN News Centre 10 Dec 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today the swearing in of the Government of National Unity in Yemen, calling it an important milestone in implementing the transitional agreement in the country.
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