15 January 2012 Military News
- New airframe adds strike capability to Afghan air force AFNS 15 Jan 2012 -- In the Afghanistan government's continued effort to independently battle counterinsurgency, a new tool will be added to their arsenal designed to allow versatility, reconnaissance and precision weapons placement to the growing Afghan air force.
- USACE turns over operations and maintenance responsibility to Afghan Air Force Army News 15 Jan 2012 -- The Afghan Air Force, specifically the 205th Atal Corps' Kandahar Air Wing, became responsible for the operations and maintenance of five new buildings on Kandahar Airfield Jan. 14.
- USACE trains Afghans to operate and maintain facilities Army News 15 Jan 2012 -- Successfully transitioning operations and maintenance responsibilities to the Afghan National Army's Directorate of Public Works, is the underlying reason for a new a training program designed to teach Afghans the fundamentals of building O&M.
- 368th Engineer Battalion returns from Afghanistan Army News 15 Jan 2012 -- Family members, military and community leaders honored more than170 Reserve Soldiers of the 368th Engineer Battalion with a Welcome Homeceremony at Southern New Hampshire University, Jan.12, 2012.
- Pakistan dismisses US report on NATO strikes IRNA 15 Jan 2012 -- Pakistan's top leaders have rejected a US central command, Centcom, report about the inquiry report of the November NATO strikes on two border posts which had killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
- Pakistani Intelligence: Taliban Leader Believed Killed in US Drone Strike VOA 15 Jan 2012 -- Pakistani intelligence officials say the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, may have been killed in a January 12 U.S. drone strike in the North Waziristan tribal region.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Navy Aircrew Assists in At-Sea Rescue NNS 15 Jan 2012 -- An aircrew assigned to Patrol Squadron 47, operating from Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, sprang into action to help rescue 68 people adrift on a powerless raft in the Mediterranean Sea, Jan. 15, more than 80 miles from the southwest coast of Malta.
- Iran to inaugurate new defense projects soon: Defense minister IRNA 15 Jan 2012 -- Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said that his ministry is going to inaugurate several defense and satellite-launching projects during Ten-Day Dawn ceremonies (marking the anniversary of the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution).
- Navy commander: Iran always in full control of Hormuz Strait IRNA 15 Jan 2012 -- Iran's Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that Iran has always been in full control of the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
- Syrian president grants general amnesty IRNA 15 Jan 2012 -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree granting a general amnesty for crimes committed in the context of the events taking place since March 15, 2011 till the date of issuing the decree.
- German spy warship detected off the Syrian coast: report IRNA 15 Jan 2012 -- A German warship has been detected off the coast of Syria as part of a spying mission, the Hamburg-based weekly news magazine Der Spiegel reported Sunday.
- Syrian president grants general amnesty RIA Novosti 15 Jan 2012 -- President of Syria Bashar al-Assad has issued a decree granting a general amnesty, the official government news agency SANA reported on Sunday.
- UN chief urges Syrian President to stop killing his own people UN News Centre 15 Jan 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today renewed his call on the Syrian leadership to end the ongoing bloodshed in the country, stating that the era of one-man rule and the perpetuation of family dynasties are crumbling.
- Arab League to Review Observers' Final Syria Report Next Sunday VOA 15 Jan 2012 -- The Arab League says its foreign ministers will meet next Sunday to review a final report by observers sent to Syria to determine whether its government is honoring pledges to stop cracking down on an opposition uprising.
- Militants Storm Police Building in Western Iraq, Killing 7 Officers VOA 15 Jan 2012 -- Iraqi authorities say militants have raided a government security compound in the western city of Ramadi, killing at least seven policemen and wounding about 15 other people.
- US, Zionist spies involved in scientist assassination: Ayat. Khatami IRNA 15 Jan 2012 -- Tehran's substitute Friday prayers leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ahmad Khatami said here on Sunday that it goes without saying that the US and Zionist intelligence services were involved in the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan.
- IR Iran will retaliate its scientists' assassinations: Moslehi IRNA 15 Jan 2012 -- Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi said the Islamic Republic of Iran will give a decisive and crushing response to the recent terrorist acts by agents of Mossad, CIA and MI6 which resulted in martyrdom of Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan.
- VP: Zionists undoubtedly behind killing of Iranian scientist IRNA 15 Jan 2012 -- First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi said here on Sunday that the Zionist regime was undoubtedly behind the assassination of the Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan.
- Iran blames countries disclose names of scientists ISNA 15 Jan 2012 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the country blames those who disclosed the names of the country's nuclear scientists.
- Mehmanparast: Persian Gulf security among Iran's top priorities IRNA 15 Jan 2012 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Sunday that the Islamic Republic of Iran attaches importance to maintaining the security of the Persian Gulf region and this should be achieved through collective cooperation among regional countries.
- S Leader's bureau chief: West has launched psychological warfare in region IRNA 15 Jan 2012 -- Supreme Leader's Bureau Chief Brigadier General Mohammad Shirazi said on Sunday that the western countries have launched a psychological warfare in the region through spread of rumors on displacement of their naval ships.
- Iran says there are enough demands for its oil ISNA 15 Jan 2012 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said there are enough demands by another countries for Iran's oil.
- Iran Warns Neighbors Against Raising Oil Exports RFE/RL 15 Jan 2012 -- Iran has warned its Persian Gulf neighbors not to raise their oil exports if the West imposes an embargo on Iranian oil supplies.
- Russian Phobos-Grunt Mars probe falls in Pacific Ocean RIA Novosti 15 Jan 2012 -- Doomed Russian Phobos-Grunt Mars probe that's been stuck in Earth orbit for two months has crashed down in the Pacific Ocean on late Sunday.
- Former IAEA chief ElBaradei drops Egyptian presidency bid RIA Novosti 15 Jan 2012 -- Ex-IAEA chief and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei pulled out of the race for the Egyptian presidency due to dissatisfaction with the current military rule.
- French Foreign Minister Meets Burmese Opposition Figure VOA 15 Jan 2012 -- France's top diplomatic envoy met with Burma's leading opposition figure Sunday, as he became the latest Western official to visit the Asian nation following a series of fast-paced reforms. The trip comes shortly after the United States restored full diplomatic ties with Burma.
- No big changes forecast in Taiwan's diplomatic situation CNA 15 Jan 2012 -- Taiwan's diplomatic situation will remain largely unchanged following President Ma Ying-jeou's victory in Saturday's presidential election, a former Taiwan representative to the U.S. said Sunday.
- Ma promises to leave legacy after second term CNA 15 Jan 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou vowed Sunday to leave a legacy in Taiwan, after he was re-elected Saturday for a second four-year term.
- Re-elected Ma vows to strengthen U.S.-Taiwan ties CNA 15 Jan 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou stressed Sunday that further strengthening bilateral ties between Taiwan and the United States will be one of the most important goals of his new administration over the next four years.
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