03 September 2012 Military News
- Coalition Forces in Afghanistan Work to Prevent Insider Attacks VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- Coalition forces in Afghanistan say they are looking for ways to prevent so-called green-on-blue attacks, in which Afghan security forces turn their weapons on international troops.
- Afghan Leader Names Appointees To Key Security Portfolios RFE/RL 03 Sep 2012 -- Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has named appointees to be the new ministers of defense and interior, and head of intelligence.
- Royal Navy team keep helicopters going in Afghanistan UK MOD 03 Sep 2012 -- A specialist Navy team has clocked up six years fixing damage to all British military helicopters in Afghanistan.
- Clinton Condemns Attack on US Personnel in Pakistan VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is condemning the attack on U.S. consulate personnel in Pakistan, deploring what she called a "cowardly act of suicide bombing and terrorism."
- U.S. Says Consular Workers Hurt In Peshawar Blast RFE/RL 03 Sep 2012 -- The US Embassy in Pakistan says two Americans working for the U.S. Consulate in the northwestern city of Peshawar were wounded in a bomb attack that targeted their vehicle.
- Car Bomb Targets US Consulate Vehicle in Pakistan VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- A suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a U.S. government car in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar.
- 2 Americans die as bomb hits US consulate car in Pakistan IRNA 03 Sep 2012 -- A bomb hit an American consulate car in the Pakistani northwestern city of Peshawar and killed two Americans and three other people.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Rodong Sinmun on US Missile Defense in Asia-Pacific KCNA 03 Sep 2012 -- Recently the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff opened to the public a plan to deploy another new radar system in the southern part of Japan.
- USNS Mercy Arrives at Pearl Harbor NNS 03 Sep 2012 -- USNS Mercy arrived in Pearl Harbor Sept. 2, nearing the end of a five-month deployment in support of Pacific Partnership 2012.
- Russia to Build New ICBM by 2018 - SMF Chief RIA Novosti 03 Sep 2012 -- Russia will build a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile by 2018, Strategic Missile Forces commander Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said.
- Russia to Complete Helicopter Gunship Deal to Brazil in 2012 RIA Novosti 03 Sep 2012 -- Russia has delivered the next batch of Mi-35M Hind E attack helicopters to Brazil and will complete the contract by the end of the year.
- Russian Warships Back from U.S. after Drills RIA Novosti 03 Sep 2012 -- A Russian Pacific Fleet task force has returned to the Russian Far Eastern port of Vladivostok following an international military exercise.
- Iran General Claims Progress On New Air Defense System RFE/RL 03 Sep 2012 -- The commander of Iran's air defense forces has said that Iran has completed about 30 percent of a new missile defense system.
- Navy to expand presence in international waters IRNA 03 Sep 2012 -- Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said that Iran’s naval forces are to expand their presence in the international waters in order to safeguard the country’s interests and rights.
- New Syria Envoy Fears Task 'Nearly Impossible' RFE/RL 03 Sep 2012 -- The new United Nations-Arab League envoy on the Syrian conflict says he fears it will be "nearly impossible" to achieve a diplomatic solution to the 17-month-old conflict.
- France Warns Syria on Chemical Weapons Use VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says Western powers would have a "massive" response to any use of chemical or biological weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces.
- As violence spreads, fewer places for Syrians to find refuge, UN agency warns UN News Centre 03 Sep 2012 -- The worsening conditions and deepening violence in Syria is making it increasingly difficult for displaced civilians to find refuge.
- Syrian Activists: Air Strike Kills 18 in North VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- Syrian activists say a government air strike has killed at least 18 people in a residential area in the country's north, while a car bomb has killed five people in a Damascus suburb.
- Russia: Syria Rebels’ Airport Threat ‘Unacceptable’ RIA Novosti 03 Sep 2012 -- Russia said it would work with other countries to ensure that the rebel Free Syria Army stops making “unacceptable” threats.
- Five Killed, Dozens Injured in Damascus Blast RIA Novosti 03 Sep 2012 -- Five people were killed and about 30 injured in a car bomb blast in the Jaramana neighborhood of Damascus, the third in the past week.
- Sixty Syrian Rebels Reported Killed RIA Novosti 03 Sep 2012 -- Syrian government forces on Monday killed 60 rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the west of the country.
- LEBANON-SYRIA: The refugee minefield IRIN 03 Sep 2012 -- Progress in terms of providing more and better aid to the steady influx of Syrian refugees in Lebanon is being held back by government indecision stemming from fears that the ongoing violence in Syria may destabilize the country’s fragile politics.
- Kurdish Rebels Clash With Turkish Forces, 29 Reported Killed RFE/RL 03 Sep 2012 -- Turkish officials say Kurdish rebels have attacked a security complex in southeastern Turkey, triggering clashes that have left at least nine members of the Turkish security forces dead.
- Secretary Clinton Remarks With Indonesian Foreign Minister Raden Mohammad Marty Muliana Natalegawa US Dept. of State 03 Sep 2012
- United States-Indonesia Relations US Dept. of State 03 Sep 2012
- U.S. Institutional Support for ASEAN US Dept. of State 03 Sep 2012
- US Looks to Singapore, Indonesia to Help Calm Tensions in S. China Sea VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Asia where she is discussing efforts by U.S. allies Indonesia and Singapore to help calm tensions over rival territorial claims in the South China Sea.
- Clinton Urges ASEAN, China to Agree Maritime Conduct Code VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has begun a visit to Indonesia by urging the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and China to agree on a code of conduct for resolving territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
- Taiwan: No concessions on sovereignty over disputed Tiaoyutais CNA 03 Sep 2012 -- President Ma reaffirmed his unswerving stance that there will be no concessions regarding the Republic of China's sovereignty over the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands.
- Aliyev Faces Growing Criticism For Pardon RFE/RL 03 Sep 2012 -- Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev faces growing international criticism for pardoning an Azerbaijani army officer who was sentenced to life in prison for the 2004 ax murder of an Armenian military officer.
- Moscow Criticizes Baku For Releasing Killer Of Armenian RFE/RL 03 Sep 2012 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry has criticized Azerbaijan and Hungary over the release of an Azerbaijani army officer who had been sentenced to life in prison for killing an Armenian military officer.
- Russia Condemns Azerbaijani 'Ax Killer' Pardon RIA Novosti 03 Sep 2012 -- Russia condemned on Monday the pardon given to an Azerbaijani army officer who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering an Armenian soldier in Hungary in 2004.
- UN Tribunal Rejects Karadzic Request For New Trial RFE/RL 03 Sep 2012 -- The UN's war crimes court has rejected a request by Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic for a new trial.
- UN Court Denies Karadzic Request for New Trial RIA Novosti 03 Sep 2012 -- The International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia has rejected a motion by Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic for a retrial.
- Identity, Motives Of Intruders Onto Georgian Territory Remain Unclear RFE/RL 03 Sep 2012 -- Official Georgian accounts of the incursion into Georgian territory last week of a group of armed men from Daghestan leave many key questions unanswered.
- Some 200 Militants Killed in N. Caucasus Since Jan. RIA Novosti 03 Sep 2012 -- About 200 militants have been killed and over 230 detained in Russia’s troubled North Caucasus so far this year.
- Russian Activists Accuse Kremlin Of Trying To 'Forget Beslan' RFE/RL 03 Sep 2012 -- September 3 was a solemn day in Russia - the Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorist Attacks.
- Clinton Begins Asia Tour VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's trip to Asia includes a visit to Beijing this week, where she will meet with Chinese leaders and try to tackle a broad range of issues.
- White House: 'No Daylight' Between US, Israel Over Iran Nuclear Program VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- The White House says Israel and the United states are commited to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, but there is still time to pursue diplomacy.
- Iran Warns of Oil Price Hike RIA Novosti 03 Sep 2012 -- The current embargo on Iranian oil and political pressure on the Islamic Republic will result in higher oil prices on international markets, Petroleum Minister Rostam Qasemi said.
- Iran in Talks with Russian Oil, Gas Companies - Minister RIA Novosti 03 Sep 2012 -- Tehran is conducting negotiations with Russian companies about cooperation in the oil and gas sector, Petroleum Minister Rostam Qasemi said.
- Veiled Female News Anchor May Signal Waning of Secular Egypt VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- A long-standing ban against veiled women newscasters on Egyptian state TV was lifted over the weekend, following a decision by the new Islamist-dominated government's top media official.
- HRW Report Calls for Turkey to End Impunity for State Killings VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- U.S.-based Human Rights Watch is calling for Turkey's government to hold to account those responsible for serious human-rights violations.
- Violence Cripples Pakistan's Economic Hub VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi is the country’s economic engine and home to some 20 million people.
- Pakistan's 'Blasphemy Girl' Remains in Detention VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- The bail hearing of a Pakistani Christian girl arrested more than two weeks ago on blasphemy charges was adjourned Monday and rescheduled for Friday.
- Pakistani Girl's Blasphemy Bail Hearing Postponed RFE/RL 03 Sep 2012 -- A 14-year-old Pakistani Christian girl accused of blasphemy will remain in jail until at least September 7.
- EU, UN Weigh Sanctions After Gambian Executions VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- Nine prisoners were recently shot dead by a firing squad on the orders of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, prompting intense criticism from international bodies and rights groups including the European Union, the United Nations and Amnesty International.
- New Kyrgyz Ruling Coalition Agreed RFE/RL 03 Sep 2012 -- Three political parties in Kyrgyzstan have signed an agreement to form a new ruling coalition.
- Kyrgyz Ambassador in Minsk Sacked Amid Photo Scandal RIA Novosti 03 Sep 2012 -- Kyrgyz ambassador to Belarus Erik Ansanaliyev has been sacked after images of the wanted former Kyrgyz president’s brother made in Minsk appeared on the internet.
- Dos Santos, MPLA Claim Big Win in Angola VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- With nearly all of the votes counted, the party of Angolan President José Eduardo Dos Santos is claiming an overwhelming victory in last Friday's parliamentary elections.
- Angola Ruling Party Breezes to Election Win VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- Election results in Angola show the party of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos sweeping to an easy victory.
- Ethiopia Looks to a Future Without Meles Zenawi VOA 03 Sep 2012 -- Ethiopia is starting to look to the future, following the death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who was buried after a state funeral on Sunday.
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