18 December 2011 Military News
- US Troops Leave Iraq, Ending Almost 9 Years of War VOA 18 Dec 2011 -- The last convoy of U.S. soldiers has left Iraq, ending an almost nine-year long U.S.-led war that ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and left Iraqis with a fragile democracy still facing insurgents and sectarian divisions.
- New troop medical clinic brings health care to Camp Zafar Army News 18 Dec 2011 -- A newly constructed troop medical clinic will allow the Afghan National Army to provide expanded routine medical services to its soldiers assigned to Camp Zafar near Herat.
Defense Policy / Programs
- USS Pearl Harbor Hosts Reception to Close Theater Security Cooperation Exercises NNS 18 Dec 2011 -- Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) Sailors and Marines attended a reception with senior military and civilian officials from the U.S., Cambodia and other nations aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52), Dec. 17.
- Two upgraded early warning aircraft returned from U.S. CNA 18 Dec 2011 -- Two early warning aircraft that were sent to the United State in June last year for upgrades have been returned and will be tested soon, military sources said Sunday.
- US Administration behavior, deceptive: Defense minister IRNA 18 Dec 2011 -- Defense Minister Brigadier-General Ahmad Vahidi on Sunday described US move to impose sanctions against senior Iranian military officials as 'preposterous'.
- Israel Releases 550 Palestinian Prisoners VOA 18 Dec 2011 -- Israel has released 550 Palestinian prisoners in the second stage of a deal with Hamas that brought home one Israeli soldier after five years of captivity in the Gaza Strip.
- Arab Officials: Syria's Assad to Sign Peace Plan Soon VOA 18 Dec 2011 -- Senior Arab officials say they expect Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to quickly sign an Arab League peace plan aimed at ending his deadly crackdown on a nine-month-long opposition uprising.
- Senior UN official deplores deadly Ivorian clashes UN News Centre 18 Dec 2011 -- The top United Nations official in Cote d''Ivoire today deplored the deadly clashes in the west of the country that have reportedly killed at least six people this weekend.
- Arrested CIA spy elaborates on his mission in IR Iran: TV IRNA 18 Dec 2011 -- Upon an order by the US President Barack Obama to Iran's desk at the US Central Intelligence Agency, that desk was commissioned to take part in a trilateral project in a fully clandestine manner with the Israel's Mossad and UK's MI6 against IR Iran.
- More Protests in Russia Over Alleged Election Fraud VOA 18 Dec 2011 -- Thousands marched again Sunday in Moscow and St. Petersburg against alleged fraud in this month's Russian parliamentary elections.
- Egypt: Ban voices alarm after fresh round of deadly clashes in Cairo UN News Centre 18 Dec 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on transitional authorities in Egypt to show restraint after several days of clashes between security forces and protesters in the capital, Cairo, have reportedly killed at least 10 people and injured hundreds more.
- Third Day of Violence Rocks Cairo VOA 18 Dec 2011 -- Egyptian anti-government activists and security forces have engaged in a third day of street battles in Cairo as protesters demand that the country's military rulers hand power immediately to a civilian administration.
- Vaclav Havel, Playwright Who Triumphed Over Czechoslovakia's Communist Rule, Dead At 75 RFE/RL 18 Dec 2011 -- Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright-turned-president and the leading figure in the peaceful revolution that toppled communism in Czechoslovakia, has died. He was 75.
- World Reacts To Vaclav Havel's Death RFE/RL 18 Dec 2011 -- "Hero." "Exceptional." "Incorruptible." Those are just some of the tributes pouring in, as the word mourns the passing of former Czech President Vaclav Havel.
- Former Czech president Havel dies aged 75 - TV RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2011 -- Former Czech President Vaclav Havel, one of the leading anti-Communist dissidents of the 1970s and 1980s, has died aged 75, the Czech television reported on Sunday.
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