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25 September 2012 Military News

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Other Conflicts
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Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 25 Sep 2012 [PDF]
  • Partnered Coalition Operations Continue Despite Insider Attacks AFPS 25 Sep 2012 -- Partnered operations between coalition and Afghan forces are continuing despite a decision by the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan to scale them back in response to a series of deadly insider attacks, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today.
  • Southern Strike III takes swing at enemy forces, supplies Army News 25 Sep 2012 -- Long after midnight with most residents here fast asleep, 3rd Zone Afghan Border Police and International Security Assistance Force members quietly launched their surprise air assault mission in conjunction with Operation Southern Strike III, an Afghan-led mission that took place in Spin Boldak and Takhteh Pol districts, Sept. 1-9.
  • Combined Force Kills Taliban Weapons Dealer AFPS 25 Sep 2012 -- An Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban weapons dealer and destroyed his cache of illegal weapons during an operation in the Omnah district of Afghanistan's Paktika province today, military officials reported.
  • 40 Commando takes command in Nahr-e Saraj UK MOD 25 Sep 2012 -- 40 Commando Royal Marines officially completed the transfer of command of Combined Force Nahr-e Saraj (North) on 21 September 2012 from the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.
  • US drone kills 2 al-Qaeda operatives in Pakistan: report IRNA 25 Sep 2012 -- Two key al Qaeda linked operatives, including an operational commander have been killed in a recent US drone strike in North Wazirsitan Agency, a Pakistani media report said Tuesady.
  • Study Says Drones Kill More Civilians Than U.S. Acknowledges RFE/RL 25 Sep 2012 -- A joint study by researchers at two U.S. universities says the U.S. drone program over Pakistan's tribal regions has killed far more civilians than U.S. officials have acknowledged.

Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • World leaders reaffirm commitment at UN event to help post-conflict nations build peace UN News Centre 25 Sep 2012 -- The United Nations Peacebuilding Commission today reaffirmed its commitment to assisting post-conflict countries in achieving sustainable peace, and emphasized the need for a comprehensive and coordinated response to their security and development challenges.
  • Leaders at UN Express Concern About Anti-Islam Violence, Syria VOA 25 Sep 2012 -- U.S. President Barack Obama urged world leaders to speak out strongly against violence and extremism in the wake of an anti-Islam video that sparked international protests. Speaking Tuesday at the start of the U.N. General Assembly annual debate, Obama and other leaders also demanded an end to the violence that has killed more than 20,000 people in Syria.
  • Syrian Rights Group: Dozens 'Arbitrarily' Detained in Banias VOA 25 Sep 2012 -- A Syrian human rights group says security forces have arrested at least 68 people, including three children, over the past few days in and around the coastal city of Banias.
  • Blasts Hit 'Security Forces Base' in Damascus RIA Novosti 25 Sep 2012 -- Several explosions on Tuesday shook a school building allegedly occupied by security forces and pro-government militias in Damascus, al-Jazeera reported.
  • Satellite Images Show Scope of Syrian Military Moves VOA 25 Sep 2012 -- Satellite images released Tuesday show the scope of Syrian military activity in neighborhoods of the besieged Syrian commercial center, Aleppo.
  • Japan Coast Guard Drives Off Taiwanese Fishing Boats RIA Novosti 25 Sep 2012 -- Forty Taiwanese fishing vessels which had earlier sailed into Japanese waters around a group of disputed islands have since left, the Japanese coast guard reported on Tuesday according to TV channel NHK.
  • Taiwanese fishing boats on way back after Diaoyutai protest CNA 25 Sep 2012 -- Taiwanese fishing boats began returning home late Tuesday morning after sailing to the Diaoyutai Islands to stand up for Taiwan's sovereignty over the small island chain in the East China Sea.
  • Ma calls for U.S. to remain neutral on Diaoyutais dispute CNA 25 Sep 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou hopes that the United States will remain neutral on the sovereignty dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea because such a stance will be more helpful to efforts to resolve the row.
  • Japanese envoy visits Taiwan to address Diaoyutais row CNA 25 Sep 2012 -- The president of Japan's Interchange Association arrived Taiwan on Tuesday for a meeting with Foreign Minister Timothy Yang to explain Japan's recent move to nationalize the disputed Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea.
  • Taiwan's Diaoyutais protest makes splash in China CNA 25 Sep 2012 -- China's state media highlighted Tuesday news that Taiwanese fishing boats had entered waters near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands and that Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) vessels had a standoff with their Japanese counterparts.
  • Coast guard lauded for unyielding stance during Diaoyutais protest CNA 25 Sep 2012 -- Taiwan must be tough in defending its sovereignty, a ruling Kuomintang (KMT) lawmaker said Tuesday, applauding a coast guard flotilla for its unwavering protection of Taiwanese fishing boats during a protest in the waters off a disputed island chain in the East China Sea.
  • UN agency voices concern as renewed fighting forces more Sudanese to flee UN News Centre 25 Sep 2012 -- A return to fighting in Sudan's Southern Kordofan state between Government forces and a rebel group has unleashed a new wave of refugees seeking sanctuary from the violence, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.
  • UN hails closing of Sri Lankan displaced persons camp UN News Centre 25 Sep 2012 -- The United Nations today welcomed the closing of a Sri Lankan camp that was once the world's largest refuge for people displaced from the conflict with 225,000 residents but called for an urgent solution for a handful of people who are still unable to return home.
  • Sudans Making Progress on 3rd Summit Day VOA 25 Sep 2012 -- Sudan and South Sudan made significant progress on the third day of their summit in the Ethiopian capital, but nothing has been signed yet.
  • Agreement Eludes Sudan, South Sudan Presidents VOA 25 Sep 2012 -- The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan failed to reach an agreement on the second day of a summit between their two countries. The negotiations between Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and South Sudan's Salva Kiir, focusing on oil and border disputes, face many difficulties.
  • Nigerian Military Claims Progress Against Boko Haram VOA 25 Sep 2012 -- The Nigerian military says it killed 35 Islamist militants and arrested more than 150 in recent days in two northeastern states. The military says this is a sign it is overpowering the group known popularly as Boko Haram. But some analysts say battles will not be enough to eliminate the threat
  • DRC: Children bear brunt of conflict in the east IRIN 25 Sep 2012 -- Children in the Kivu provinces of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are not only getting caught in the crossfire of the area's ongoing violence, but also facing health risks, threats of forced recruitment by local and foreign militias, and interrupted educations, say officials.
  • At UN session, Cyprus leader calls on Turkey to cease 'gunboat diplomacy' UN News Centre 25 Sep 2012 -- President Demetris Christofias of the Republic of Cyprus today called on Turkish Cypriot leaders to return to talks to reunite the divided island and accused Turkey of provocative behaviour, gunboat diplomacy and trying to alter the country's ethnic make-up.
  • Three men found guilty of contempt at UN-backed Sierra Leone war crimes court UN News Centre 25 Sep 2012 -- The United Nations-backed court set up to try suspects indicted for war crimes in Sierra Leone today found three senior members of the country's former Armed Forces Revolutionary Council guilty of contempt for tampering with a former prosecution witness.
  • Ghana Has Peace Stake in Ivory Coast, Says Official VOA 25 Sep 2012 -- A joint Ghana and Ivory Coast task force will launch an investigation soon into cross border attacks on military installations in Ivory Coast, according to Chris Kpodo, Ghana's deputy foreign minister.

News Reports

  • Iran's President Takes New York By Storm, One Last Time RFE/RL 25 Sep 2012 -- The "Mahmud Ahmadinejad Show" is off to a quick start, with the Iranian president revealing some fresh material as he prepares to address the UN General Assembly this week.
  • General Assembly Opens After Ahmadinejad Outburst RFE/RL 25 Sep 2012 -- World leaders are gathering at United Nations headquarters in New York for the start of the annual UN General Assembly Debate.
  • Iran to Defend itself if Attacked by Israel - Ahmadinejad RIA Novosti 25 Sep 2012 -- Iran would defend itself if Israel were to attack it, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.
  • U.K. To Extradite Radical Muslim Cleric To U.S. RFE/RL 25 Sep 2012 -- Britain is preparing to extradite radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to the United States after the European Court of Human Rights ruled that he can be sent to the United States to face terrorism charges.
  • Kenya's Terrorism Bill Faces Rejection VOA 25 Sep 2012 -- Kenya's terrorism bill, due to be brought to parliament for debate this week, faces rejection as Muslim leaders and legal experts call for changes to some clauses that they say infringe on their constitutional rights.
  • Tymoshenko Faces New Charges RIA Novosti 25 Sep 2012 -- The Ukrainian Prosecutor's General Office has enough evidence to charge jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the 1996 murder of prominent politician Yevhen Shcherban, First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin said on Tuesday.
  • Pakistan: UN agency begins food distribution to thousands affected by floods UN News Centre 25 Sep 2012 -- The United Nations today announced it has begun food distributions to tens of thousands of people affected by monsoon floods in the Sindh province of Pakistan, adding that it plans to expand assistance to the Balochistan province later this week.
  • Yemen sliding into humanitarian crisis, warns UN food relief agency UN News Centre 25 Sep 2012 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up operations in Yemen, where more than 10 million people – almost half the country's population – are estimated to need food assistance and the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate.
  • New Space Station Crew Approved RIA Novosti 25 Sep 2012 -- A Russian state commission on Tuesday approved the main and backup crews of a new expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) ahead of the launch on October 23.

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