07 September 2012 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 07 Sep 2012 [PDF]
- Airstrike in Helmand Kills Taliban Attack Cell Leader AFPS 07 Sep 2012 -- A precision airstrike killed a Taliban cell leader yesterday during a security operation in the Nad-e Ali district of Afghanistan's Helmand province, military officials reported.
- DOD Welcomes Designation of Haqqani Network as a Terrorist Group AFPS 07 Sep 2012 -- The Defense Department has welcomed the decision by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to designate the Haqqani network a terrorist organization, Pentagon Spokesman George Little said today.
- Statement by George Little on the Haqqani Network DoD 07 Sep 2012
- US Designates Pakistan's Haqqani Network as Terror Group VOA 07 Sep 2012 -- The U.S. is declaring the Pakistan-based Haqqani network a terrorist organization, a move that paves the way for tough financial sanctions against the militant group.
- Pakistan, Afghanistan, US discuss Taliban safe passage IRNA 07 Sep 2012 -- Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States have discussed issues relating to safe passage to Afghan Taliban militants, who want to join peace process, officials said.
- Prince Harry arrives in Afghanistan to begin tour of duty UK MOD 07 Sep 2012 -- Prince Harry, known as Captain Wales in the military, arrived today at Camp Bastion in Helmand province to start an operational tour as an Apache helicopter pilot.
- Marines Aid Fight Against Drugs, Transnational Crime AFPS 07 Sep 2012 -- Officials at Joint Interagency Task Force South are welcoming the contributions that a 200-member Marine Corps detachment is making toward tracking drug traffickers and other transnational criminals.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Panetta Welcomes New National Guard Chief AFPS 07 Sep 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta hosted a change of responsibility ceremony here this morning, swearing in Army Gen. Frank Grass as the new National Guard Bureau chief and paying tribute to outgoing chief Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley's nearly 40 years of service.
- Napolitano Honors Outgoing National Guard Bureau Chief AFPS 07 Sep 2012 -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano honored the outgoing chief of the National Guard Bureau, Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley here today, presenting him with the Homeland Security Department's Distinguished Service Medal.
- Pentagon Welcomes New Chief of National Guard Bureau AFPS 07 Sep 2012 -- Cabinet secretaries, service chiefs and other government and military leaders gathered here this morning for a Pentagon ceremony marking a change in leaders for the nation's National Guard Bureau.
- NSWC PCD Supports Future Fleet, ONR's T-Craft NNS 07 Sep 2012 -- Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) engineers are supporting two specific technology transitions related to the Office of Naval Research (ONR)'s Transformable Craft 'T-Craft.'
- USS Louisville Holds Change of Command NNS 07 Sep 2012 -- A time-honored change of command ceremony was held aboard Los Angeles-class submarine USS Louisville (SSN 724) at the submarine piers at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Sept. 6.
- USS Farragut Departs Germany, Arrives in France NNS 07 Sep 2012 -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99) arrived in La Rochelle, France, for a port visit, Sept. 7.
- Readout of Secretary Panetta's Meeting with Montenegro Minister of Defense Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic DoD 07 Sep 2012
- AF Expeditionary Center wraps up wargame AFNS 07 Sep 2012 -- Approximately 65 air mobility experts wrapped up participation in Air Mobility Command's Global Mobility Wargame 2012 at the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center here.
- Wolf Pack Defenders go virtual to train AFNS 07 Sep 2012 -- One might assume the term 'gunship' would most likely be overheard on a documentary for 20th century naval engineering.
- Fighting birds with birds AFNS 07 Sep 2012 -- The 22nd Air Refueling Wing Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard program is being overhauled with new contractors employing the use of a falcon to keep skies clear from avian adversaries.
- NATO Secretary General commends strong security cooperation with Azerbaijan NATO 07 Sep 2012 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen commended Azerbaijan for its progress in defence reforms and called for closer security cooperation during his first visit to the country on Friday.
- NATO Chief Warns Baku Pardon Could Harm Peace Efforts RFE/RL 07 Sep 2012 -- On a visit to Baku, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said he is "deeply concerned" over the pardoning of an Azerbaijani officer who killed an Armenian serviceman in Hungary eight years ago.
- Army Reserves regiment soars to new heights with Wildcat trials UK MOD 07 Sep 2012 -- Army Reserves ground crew were all set to soar to new heights as they tested out the Army's next-generation helicopter, the Wildcat, during their annual training exercise.
- Scottish Government publishes Armed Forces Commitments Paper UK MOD 07 Sep 2012 -- A united approach to ensure the well-being of Scotland's Service personnel and veterans was announced on Wednesday, 5 September, by Veterans Minister for the Scottish Government Keith Brown and senior representatives of the three Armed Services in Scotland.
- Ukraine to Halve Armed Forces by 2017 RIA Novosti 07 Sep 2012 -- The Ukrainian Armed Forces are to be downsized almost 50 percent by 2017, General Staff chief Igor Nikolaenko said on Friday.
- New Russian ICBM Can Carry Bigger Warhead - Expert RIA Novosti 07 Sep 2012 -- Russia's new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile will have a 5-ton warhead, which is four times that of its predecessors, a former military commander said on Friday.
- Pakistan celebrates Defence Day IRNA 07 Sep 2012 -- Pakistan celebrated Defence day on Thursday to commemorate those soldiers who died in the country's war with India in 1965.
- September 7, 2012 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 07 Sep 2012
- Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jay Carney en route New Hampshire, 9/7/2012 The White House 07 Sep 2012
- 7 September 2012 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 07 Sep 2012
- UN raises humanitarian appeal to $347 million to help growing number of Syrians in need UN News Centre 07 Sep 2012 -- The United Nations and its partners today increased their humanitarian appeal for Syria from $180 million to $347 million, due to the doubling of the number of people in need since July, to 2.5 million.
- UN refugee agency scales up operations in Syria as number of displaced continues to grow UN News Centre 07 Sep 2012 -- The United Nations refugee agency announced today it is scaling up its emergency response for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Syria, with its share of the UN's revised Syria Humanitarian Response Plan now seeking $41.7 million – more than double the amount sought previously.
- At Least 5 Killed in Damascus Mosque Attack VOA 07 Sep 2012 -- An explosion outside a mosque in Syria's capital killed five security personnel and wounded several others Friday, as fighting raged in other areas of Damascus and dozens of bodies were reported found in two neighborhoods.
- Full text of Ma's speech on East China Sea Initiative guidelines CNA 07 Sep 2012 -- The following is the full text of the speech President Ma Ying-jeou delivered on Pengjia Islet Friday in which he proposed guidelines for implementing his East China Sea Initiative.
- Full Text of 'East China Sea Peace Initiative' guidelines CNA 07 Sep 2012 -- The Presidential Office on Friday released the full text of implementation guidelines for carrying out President Ma Ying-jeou's East China Sea Peace Initiative.
- Taiwan reasserts claim to Tiaoyutais amid report of Japan deal CNA 07 Sep 2012 -- Taiwan reaffirmed its claim to the Tiaoyutai Islands on Friday amid a Japanese media report that Japan will formally nationalize the disputed island chain in the East China Sea on Sept. 11.
- President to hold teleconferences with coast guard in South China Sea CNA 07 Sep 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou will hold videoconferences with the Coast Guard Administration's (CGA's) command center and its outposts in Taiwan-controlled islands in the South China Sea when he visits Pengjia Islet on Friday, CGA sources said.
- Lawmakers, reporters land on Pengjia Islet CNA 07 Sep 2012 -- A group of ruling Kuomintang lawmakers landed on Pengjia Islet Friday, ahead of President Ma Ying-jeou's arrival on the isle near the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- President Ma visits Pengjia Islet CNA 07 Sep 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou made his first-ever visit to Pengjia Islet near the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea on Friday.
- Taiwan will not recognize deals involving Tiaoyutais: president CNA 07 Sep 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday that Taiwan will not recognize any deal involving ownership of the Tiaoyutai Islands amid reports Japan's government plans to purchase three of them from private owners.
- Ma proposes Taiwan-Japan-China talks on Tiaoyutais CNA 07 Sep 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said on Friday that Taiwan, Japan and mainland China should shelve their differences over the sovereignty of the Tiaoyutai Islands and hold peaceful dialogue before jointly exploring and developing resources in nearby waters.
- Ma calls for peaceful dialogue over territorial disputes CNA 07 Sep 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou Friday called for peaceful dialogue and mutually beneficial negotiations over the disputed Tiaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
- Pengjia Islet gets rare attention from Ma's visit CNA 07 Sep 2012 -- Pengjia Islet drew rare attention Friday when President Ma Ying-jeou used it as a stage to reassert Taiwan's sovereignty over the nearby Tiaoyutai Islands and promote a peace initiative in the East China Sea.
- ISRAEL-OPT: Upping sticks and heading for Ramallah IRIN 07 Sep 2012 -- An increasing number of Palestinian citizens of Israel are moving to Ramallah in the West Bank in search of jobs, education or what they perceive as a more congenial environment.
- ECOWAS Continues to Block Arms Shipment to Mali VOA 07 Sep 2012 -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is blocking an arms shipment to Mali at the port of Conakry amid concern that the weapons could wind up in the wrong hands.
- Politics Hinders Capture of Somalia's Kismayo VOA 07 Sep 2012 -- NAIROBI, Kenya — For months, the media have used words like 'looming' and 'imminent' to describe a long-anticipated, concerted military assault on Somalia's coastal city of Kismayo, the last remaining stronghold of militant group al-Shabab, and the financial hub for its operation.
- Somali Parliament Prepares to Elect President VOA 07 Sep 2012 -- Somali presidential candidates are taking turns addressing parliament, as lawmakers get set to elect a new leader for the country.
- Senior UN official condemns latest violence in northern Kosovo UN News Centre 07 Sep 2012 -- The United Nations deputy envoy for Kosovo today deplored the latest outbreak of violence there following a shooting incident that left one Kosovo Police officer wounded.
- US Ambassador Says South Sudan Faces Challenges, Opportunities VOA 07 Sep 2012 -- The United States Ambassador to South Sudan Susan Page said her government is working to create economic opportunities for youth in South Sudan, while at the same time encouraging the new country to diversify its economy, allow press and media freedoms and actively promote good governance.
- South Sudanese Official Praises Obama's Candor VOA 07 Sep 2012 -- Luka Biong Deng, co-chairman of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee and a former Sudanese government minister, said he was impressed with U.S. President Barack Obama's acceptance speech Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in the U.S. state of North Carolina.
- Ryabkov: Iran-IAEA cooperation is satisfactory IRNA 07 Sep 2012 -- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the cooperation between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is at a satisfactory level.
- Canada Cuts Ties with Iran RIA Novosti 07 Sep 2012 -- Canada has frozen diplomatic relations with Iran and will expel Iranian diplomats from Canada, Foreign Minister John Baird announced on Friday.
- Russia Denies 'Systemic Crisis' in Space Industry RIA Novosti 07 Sep 2012 -- Russia's space industry is not in crisis despite some local problems, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Friday.
- Guinea: UN envoy welcomes Electoral Commission chief's resignation UN News Centre 07 Sep 2012 -- The United Nations envoy for West Africa today welcomed the resignation of the President of Guinea's National Independent Election Commission (CENI), noting that the announcement was crucial towards resolving the country's ongoing political impasse.
- GUINEA: The missing parliament IRIN 07 Sep 2012 -- Guineans are hopeful that the 5 September resignation of the electoral commission president - one of the opposition's principal demands - will break a political impasse and move the country to a long-overdue parliamentary election.
- CHAD: Floods affect tens of thousands IRIN 07 Sep 2012 -- Tens of thousands of people have been affected by flooding in parts of central, eastern and southern Chad following heavy rains in August. Thousands of hectares of crops and hundreds of houses have also been destroyed.
- UGANDA: Floods displace 15,000 in northern Uganda IRIN 07 Sep 2012 -- Floods have forced at least 15,000 people to leave their homes in northern Uganda, where the deluge has destroyed houses, crops, roads and bridges.
- Myanmar: UN refugee agency 'seriously concerned' over returns from China UN News Centre 07 Sep 2012 -- The United Nations refugee agency is 'seriously concerned' over reports that China has sent back from its Yunan province groups of Myanmar nationals who sought safety there from violence in neighbouring Myanmar's Kachin state.
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