11 December 2011 Military News
- Afghan security against the willing of enemies: Ahmadinejad ISNA 11 Dec 2011 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a phone conversation with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai Saturday night said the unity of Afghan nation and establishment of peace and security in the country goes against the willing of their enemies.
- Operation Western Gambit clears insurgents in Now Zad USMC News 11 Dec 2011 -- Marines and sailors wait in the cold, dark, desolate Afghan desert. The air is heavy with moisture, teasing the troops with a potential downpour.
- Karzai: Death Toll in Attacks on Afghan Shi'ites Rises to 80 VOA 11 Dec 2011 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says Tuesday's rare sectarian attacks on minority Shi'ites in the country killed at least 80 people, significantly higher than the previously reported figure of 59.
- Pakistan forces take control of Shamasi base as U.S. troops pull out RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan's border guards took control of the Shamasi Airbase, previously used by U.S. troops for drone airstrikes in border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the News Tribe newspaper said.
- Pakistan: US Military Vacates Pakistani Air Base by Deadline VOA 11 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan says the U.S. military has vacated an air base in the country's southwest, meeting a deadline set by the Pakistani government in response to a NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last month.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US, S. Korea Plan Joint Naval Maneuvers KCNA 11 Dec 2011 -- The US and the south Korean military are contemplating regularly staging joint naval maneuvers next year.
- Enterprise Conducts FRS Carrier Qualifications NNS 11 Dec 2011 -- As the USS Enterprise conducts Fleet Replacement Squadron carrier qualifications in the Atlantic Ocean Dec. 10, there isn't a place on the ship where loud thundering noise isn't heard.
- National Guard tours Port of Houston Army News 11 Dec 2011 -- JTF-71 is the command and control for the FEMA Region VI homeland response force.
- India plans to make robot soldiers, robot mules RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2011 -- Indian scientists plan to make robot soldiers and cargo transporting robots for country's army, head of India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) Vijay Kumar Saraswat said on Sunday.
- Ban urges Alliance of Civilizations to fight extremism, promote tolerance UN News Centre 11 Dec 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged members of the Alliance of Civilizations today to combat extremism and promote tolerance at a time when universal values are being tested in many parts of the world, particularly in countries undergoing political transitions.
- Defectors Fight Syrian Troops As Opposition Begins General Strike VOA 11 Dec 2011 -- Syrian opposition sources say nearly to 20 people were killed across the country Sunday as bitter fighting erupted in several parts of the country. The fighting occurred as many towns and cities appear to have observed a call for a general strike.
- Medvedev dismissed most Saturday protesters' demands RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2011 -- President Dmitry Medvedev disagreed Sunday with the demands of the tens of thousands of Russians who took to the streets the day before in protest over the results and alleged fraud at the Dec. 4 legislative elections.
- Medvedev Orders Probe Of Russian Election Fraud Allegations VOA 11 Dec 2011 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday ordered an investigation into the allegations of electoral fraud during last week's parliamentary vote.
- US pursuing psychological war on Iran: Official IRNA 11 Dec 2011 -- A senior aide of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi, said that the US attempt to launch an Internet site entitled virtual embassy is in line with the US psychological warfare against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
- Intelligence Minister: US virtual embassy, a trap IRNA 11 Dec 2011 -- Intelligence Minister Hojjatoleslam Heydar Moslehi said that a website operating under the name of US Virtual Embassy is a trap and it pursues espionage activities.
- Iran: US aggressive action, evident breach of int'l rules ISNA 11 Dec 2011 -- Iran called violation of its air space by the U.S. drone 'evident instance of breach of all international rules and regulations.'
- Iran Says No To Returning U.S. Drone, But Hints At Deal RFE/RL 11 Dec 2011 -- A senior commander from Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says his country will not return an American surveillance drone captured by Iranian armed forces but also indicated willingness to reach a deal.
- Official: Iran among few countries possessing drone technology IRNA 11 Dec 2011 -- Deputy Commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami said Iran is among few countries which possess technology of unmanned aerial vehicle with scanning and reconnaissance systems.
- MP: Seizure of US drone proves Iran's might IRNA 11 Dec 2011 -- Rapproteur of Majlis Cultural Commission Sattar Hedayat Khah said on Sunday that Iran's success in landing the sophisticated US drone demonstrates the country's technological power before the international community.
- Iran will take US to Int'l Court over stealth aircraft intrusion IRNA 11 Dec 2011 -- Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday that Iran will take legal action with international organizations against the US over its stealth aircraft intrusion into Iranian airspace.
- Russia launches two telecoms satellites RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2011 -- A Proton-M carrier rocket with two telecommunications satellites onboard blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Sunday, Russia's space agency Roscosmos spokesman said.
- Côte d'Ivoire elections unfolding in a positive, calm atmosphere – UN envoy UN News Centre 11 Dec 2011 -- Voting for the parliamentary elections in Côte d'Ivoire today is occurring 'smoothly in a positive and calm atmosphere,' said the United Nations envoy in the country, who has been touring polling stations in Abidjan.
- Ivory Coast Elects Parliament VOA 11 Dec 2011 -- Voters in Ivory Coast looking to rebuild their war-torn country went to the polls in low numbers for a parliamentary election that will likely solidify the rule of President Alassane Ouattara. Though the threat of violence has been largely subdued, the opposition boycott looms over the vote and its results.
- Observers Question Integrity of DRC Vote VOA 11 Dec 2011 -- Electoral observers from the U.S.-based Carter Center say presidential results in the Democratic Republic of Congo were 'mismanaged,' compromising the integrity of a vote that gave President Joseph Kabila another five years in power. The leading opposition candidate is rejecting the poll.
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