29 December 2011 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 29 Dec 2011 [PDF]
- Afghan-led Force Captures Taliban Leader AFPS 29 Dec 2011 -- An Afghan-led, coalition-supported security force captured a Taliban leader in the Ghorak district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province today, military officials reported.
- Afghan, Coalition Forces Partner to Destroy Explosives AFPS 29 Dec 2011 -- Afghan soldiers, U.S. sailors and members of a local provincial reconstruction team partnered to dispose of more than 250 pieces of confiscated unexploded ordnance, improvised explosive device materials, mines and ammunition here Dec. 27, officials said.
- Afghan Commandos practice medical evacuations Army News 29 Dec 2011 -- Medics from the Afghan National Army's 5th Commando Kandak trained on the proper loading and unloading of casualties onto medical evacuation aircraft in Mazar-E Sharif, Dec. 27.
- Pakistan: US report on NATO attack not based on facts IRNA 29 Dec 2011 -- Pakistan said on Thursday that it is reviewing a Pentagon report over the last month NATO attack on two Pakistani posts which killed 24 soldiers.
Defense Policy / Programs
- U.S. to Sell F-15 Fighters to Saudi Arabia AFPS 29 Dec 2011 -- The United States will sell 84 new F-15 fighter jets and upgrades for 70 existing aircraft to Saudi Arabia under a nearly $29.4 billion agreement, U.S. officials announced today.
- U.S. inks $29.4 bln F-15 deal with Saudi Arabia RIA Novosti 29 Dec 2011 -- The U.S. has concluded a $29.4 billion deal with Saudi Arabia to supply 84 new F-15 fighter jets and upgrade 70 other F-15s already in service with the Saudi air force, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Joshua Earnest said.
- Fire breaks out during Russian nuclear sub repairs, no radiation threat RIA Novosti 29 Dec 2011 -- A fire broke out at the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine on Thursday during repairs at a shipyard in northern Russia, the local emergencies ministry department said.
- Russia owes rent on military bases unpaid for 4 years – Kyrgyz President RIA Novosti 29 Dec 2011 -- Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev described Russia as a key strategic partner but claimed that Moscow had not paid rent for military installations on the country's territory for the past four years.
- Chinese army delegation in India, Indian team to visit China in January IRNA 29 Dec 2011 -- As part of confidence building measures, a 29-member Chinese army delegation undertook a four-day visit of India which will be reciprocated by sending an army team led by a Major General next month.
- India to revamp its submarine fleet IRNA 29 Dec 2011 -- Faced with a fast-depleting underwater combat army India is planning a major rejig of its submarine production plants to ensure its operational readiness does not get further eroded in the years ahead.
- Sayyari: Navy tests new weapons in the sea Velayat-90 drills IRNA 29 Dec 2011 -- Navy Commander Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Thursday that the Navy tested new weapons in the sea Velayat-90 drill.
- Air Force jetfighters carry missions for Velayat-90 war games IRNA 29 Dec 2011 -- Air Force jet fighters hit the targets of hypothetical enemy on the third day of Velayat-90 amphibious war games in the sea and costal areas.
- US aircraft carrier spotted by Iran navy during drills - official IRNA 29 Dec 2011 -- An aircraft carrier belonging to the US Navy was identified in the area where the Velayat-90 drill is underway in south of the country, said the spokesman for the maneuver on Thursday.
- Iran To Meet Hormuz 'Threats With Threats' RFE/RL 29 Dec 2011 -- A senior commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards has responded to U.S. warnings over possible Iranian moves in the Strait of Hormuz by suggesting Tehran would counter any "threats" with threats of its own.
- Iran Rejects US Warning Against Closing Strait of Hormuz VOA 29 Dec 2011 -- Iran has rejected a U.S. warning against blocking oil shipments through the strategic Strait of Hormuz, as a war of words between the two countries continues.
- UN voices concern at reports of human rights abuses in Côte d'Ivoire UN News Centre 29 Dec 2011 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d'Ivoire today voiced deep concern about reports of numerous human rights violations by members of the country's armed forces.
- December 29, 2011 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 29 Dec 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for December 29, 2011
- Boeing Statement on Saudi Arabia Purchase Agreement Boeing 29 Dec 2011 -- Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney today welcomed the announcement by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that it has reached an agreement to purchase from the U.S. government 84 new Boeing F-15 fighter aircraft and to upgrade 70 of its existing F-15s.
- Raytheon Awarded Airborne Radar Contracts at Year's End Worth $320 Million Raytheon 29 Dec 2011 -- Raytheon Company booked $320 million this month in new contract awards related to its active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar programs for domestic and international customers.
- Raytheon Awarded U.S. Navy Systems Contracts With Combined Potential Value of Nearly $72 Million Raytheon 29 Dec 2011 -- Raytheon Company has received two separate contract awards from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) of the United States Navy for work on: the Phalanx, SeaRAM and Land-based Phalanx weapons systems; and on NATO SEASPARROW surface missile systems.
- Raytheon Acquires Cybersecurity and Software Engineering Firm Henggeler Computer Consultants Raytheon 29 Dec 2011 -- Raytheon Company has acquired privately held Henggeler Computer Consultants, Inc., further extending Raytheon's capabilities to serve the cybersecurity, enterprise architecture and systems engineering needs of customers in the intelligence community as well as in the Department of Defense.
- Syrian Forces Kill 19 as Monitors Visit More Regions VOA 29 Dec 2011 -- As thousands protested across Syria against the government, activists say Syrian security forces killed at least 19 people on Thursday, including some in an area visited by Arab League monitors.
- Analysis: Libya's long road to disarmament IRIN 29 Dec 2011 -- Mistrust of Libya's interim administration is likely to deter tens of thousands of revolutionary fighters from complying with a massive new demobilization plan, according to analysts and former rebels.
- Over 20 killed in Turkish air raid at Iraq border RIA Novosti 29 Dec 2011 -- More than 20 alleged diesel smugglers have been killed in an overnight air raid by Turkish Air Forces on a predominantly Kurdish-populated area at the Turkish border with Iraq, local media reported on Thursday.
- Civilian Deaths Claimed in Turkish Airstrike VOA 29 Dec 2011 -- Turkey's military carried out airstrikes late Wednesday in the mountainous border region with Iraq and says it was targeting Kurdish rebels. Local officials report 35 people were killed and say the victims were civilian smugglers, not fighters.
- BANGLADESH: Indigenous groups face land-grabbing in north IRIN 29 Dec 2011 -- Northern Bangladesh's mostly Hindu indigenous people are still coming under land-grabbing pressure from the country's predominantly Bengali Muslim population, say activists.
- Solemn National Memorial Service for Kim Jong Il Held KCNA 29 Dec 2011 -- A solemn national memorial service for Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, was held in Pyongyang Thursday.
- North Korea Hails Kim Jong Un as 'Supreme Leader' VOA 29 Dec 2011 -- With a distant siren the only sound, an ocean of people bowed silently Thursday before North Korea's Kim Jong Un.
- North Korean Refugees Seek Freedom Via Thailand VOA 29 Dec 2011 -- Since 2004 the number of North Koreans arriving in Thailand each year has risen from just a few dozen to more than 2,000. North Koreans fleeing oppression in their homeland secretly travel across China and Laos to reach Thailand - where authorities generally do not send them back home. Most refugees eventually end up in South Korea.
- Pakistani Officials Acknowledge Closer Ties with China VOA 29 Dec 2011 -- During a year marked by increasing strain on the relationship between Pakistan and the United States, Pakistani officials publicly emphasized closer ties with China.
- Kazakh Criminal Case Opened Over Police Actions In Zhanaozen Deaths RFE/RL 29 Dec 2011 -- Kazakhstan's Prosecutor-General's Office has launched a criminal investigation into actions taken by police during riots earlier this month in the western city of Zhanaozen that left more than a dozen protesters dead.
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