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12 April 2012 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 12 Apr 2012 [PDF]
  • NATO and Afghanistan committed to partnership beyond 2014 NATO 12 Apr 2012 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on 12 April expressed the Alliance’s continued strong commitment to Afghanistan after talks with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul.
  • NATO Secretary General witnesses Afghan Army strength NATO 12 Apr 2012 -- During a visit to Afghanistan on 12 April, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visited the Afghan commandos at their training facility at Camp Morehead located in the outskirts of Kabul.
  • Afghan Troop Pullout to Make Things Worse - CSTO Chief RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2012 -- The planned 2014 withdrawal of international coalition forces from Afghanistan will only aggravate the situation in the country and the region, the head of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) said on Thursday.
  • 'Red Patchers' support aerial travel in Helmand Province USMC News 12 Apr 2012 -- In the Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II, infantry Marines and the shore party got mixed up after the initial landings on the beach. As gear and supplies were offloaded to support the assault, the shore party was unable to effectively direct the distribution of the cargo because they could not be distinguished in the swarm of other Marines on the beach. To mitigate the confusion, the shore party began wearing a red patch on their trousers and covers to identify themselves.
  • Royal Engineers ready for Helmand UK MOD 12 Apr 2012 -- Royal Engineers who will help develop road networks and canal and irrigation systems in Afghanistan have finished their final training exercise.
  • Afghan President Considers Holding Early Elections VOA 12 Apr 2012 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Thursday he is considering either holding elections a year earlier - in 2013 - or accelerating the withdrawal of international combat troops so that the country does not have to deal with major security and political transitions at the same time.

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  • Northcom Acknowledges North Korean Missile Launch, Failure AFPS 12 Apr 2012 -- North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command officials acknowledged today that U.S. systems detected and tracked a launch of a North Korean TaepoDong-2 missile at 6:39 p.m. EDT.
  • North Korea's Rocket Launch Fails VOA 12 Apr 2012 -- The United States and several Asian nations say North Korea launched a three-stage, long-range rocket early Friday, but that it appeared to fall apart and harmlessly crash into the sea shortly after blast off.
  • Ban renews call on DPR Korea to reconsider planned 'satellite' launch UN News Centre 12 Apr 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today renewed his call on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to reconsider its decision to launch a so-called 'application satellite' in a few days time, noting that such action is a clear violation of relevant Security Council resolutions.
  • Japan Remains on Alert Awaiting N. Korean Launch VOA 12 Apr 2012 -- Japanese authorities are expressing concern while countries in Asia wait for North Korea's planned rocket launch. As the first day of a five-day launch window passed without incident, Japan's Prime Minister repeated an appeal for the North to abandon plans to fire a satellite into orbit.
  • UN Chief Warns North Korea About Rocket Launch VOA 12 Apr 2012 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging North Korea to heed the call of the international community by canceling an upcoming rocket launch.
  • Regional Forces on Standby as N. Korean Launch Window Opens VOA 12 Apr 2012 -- Military forces in South Korea and Japan are standing by Thursday on the first day of a five-day window for a North Korean rocket launch that Pyongyang says will carry a weather satellite into space.
  • Taiwan keeping close tabs on North Korean satellite launch CNA 12 Apr 2012 -- The military has formed a joint emergency response center to closely monitor developments in a North Korean satellite launch plan, the Ministry of National Defense said Thursday.
  • G8 Ministers Urge Iran To Take Upcoming Talks Seriously RFE/RL 12 Apr 2012 -- the five UN Security Council members and Germany -- have been 'receiving signals' that Iran is going to bring new proposals to the table.
  • President criticizes US military expedition to region IRNA 12 Apr 2012 -- President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday criticized the military expedition planned by the US and its western allies into the regional countries.
  • Chinese newspapers support CPC's move to sack Bo Xilai CNA 12 Apr 2012 -- China's major newspapers voiced firm support Thursday for the Communist Party of China's (CPC's) decision to suspend former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai from party posts.
  • Mali's Interim President Takes Oath of Office VOA 12 Apr 2012 -- Mali has sworn in parliament speaker Dioncounda Traoré as its transitional president, launching the restoration of civilian rule after last month's coup d'état. In his inaugural speech, Traoré focused on northern Mali, saying the country is determined to recover regions occupied by rebels and Islamic militants, ideally by peaceful means but by all-out war if necessary.
  • Russia to Seek Repatriation of Bout, Yaroshenko – FM Lavrov RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2012 -- Moscow will take all possible legal steps to ensure the repatriation of Russian businessman Viktor Bout and pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko sentenced to long prison terms in the United States, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
  • Bout Calls on Russia to Sue U.S., Thailand in International Court RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2012 -- Convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who has been sentenced to 25 years in a U.S. jail, called on Russia on Thursday to file a lawsuit against the United States and Thailand to the International Court of Justice.
  • Russian Firm to Roll Out Moon Rover RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2012 -- The prototype of the Russian moon rover competing for the Google Lunar X PRIZE will be finished by summer, developers said on Thursday.
  • Putin Calls for Space Launch Development Strategy RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2012 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Thursday a national strategy was needed for the development of the country's space launch centers.
  • Russia Looks for Commercial Space Projects RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2012 -- Russia needs to invigorate its efforts to implement commercial space projects jointly with the European Space Agency and individual space powers, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

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