16 November 2012 Military News
- Combined Force Arrests Insurgents in Search for Taliban Leader AFPS 16 Nov 2012 -- A combined Afghan and coalition force in Afghanistan's Helmand province arrested several suspected insurgents today during a search for a Taliban leader who facilitates the transfer of weapons and is involved in ambush attacks targeting Afghan and coalition forces, military officials reported.
- McRaven: No Evidence Pakistan Knew bin Laden's Location AFPS 15 Nov 2012 -- The commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said yesterday that a post-raid assessment concluded there is no evidence that the Pakistani government knew the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Petraeus Testifies on Benghazi Attack VOA 16 Nov 2012 -- Former CIA Director David Petraeus has told a congressional panel that he believed from the onset that the September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya was the work of terrorists.
- SATMO TAFT tailors UH-60M training to 'Swedish Way' Army News 16 Nov 2012 -- Providing the 'Total Package' through Foreign Military Sales is not just about providing equipment or materiel, it's about providing international partners a capability that supports U.S. Combatant Commands. And that's exactly what the U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization, or SATMO, a subordinate command of the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command and its major command, Army Materiel Command, is doing.
- RAM Warn brings current equipment into the future Army News 16 Nov 2012 -- Soldiers from Air Defense Artillery Management, Brigade Aviation Element, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, assessed the Rocket, Artillery and Mortar Warning system here during Network Integration Evaluation 13.1.
- U.S. Army South closes annual staff talks with Chilean army Army News 16 Nov 2012 -- Maj. Gen. Frederick S. Rudesheim, the U.S. Army South commanding general, joined Brig. Gen. Alejandro Arancibia, the Chilean army international affairs director, during the closing ceremony of the army-to-army staff talks between the two armies here Nov. 7, to sign a memorandum of understanding detailing more than two dozen events that are scheduled to be conducted throughout the next year.
- Army to close its National Capital Region contracting center Army News 16 Nov 2012 -- The U.S. Army will close its National Capital Region contracting center next year, the Army announced Nov. 16.
- 5th AR conducts route clearance training for deploying Reserve engineers Army News 16 Nov 2012 -- Division West's 5th Armored Brigade recently trained the Army Reserve's 402nd Engineer Company on route clearance procedures here before the engineers deploy to Afghanistan.
- Systems engineering expertise leads to increased counterfire target acquisition radar capabilities Army News 16 Nov 2012 -- A seamless link from development to production helped to distinguish a recent Department of Defense-awarded radar as one of the top five 2012 defense programs of excellence in systems engineering in October.
- Army research centers partner for improved ammunition packaging Army News 16 Nov 2012 -- U.S. Army research and development centers are collaborating to design new ammunition packaging that could yield significant cost savings and improve battlefield capability, officials said.
- Carter Hall Holds Change of Command NNS 16 Nov 2012 -- USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) held a change of command ceremony aboard Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Nov. 16.
- Research Comes Home to Roost: Six Years Later, Revelle Returns NNS 16 Nov 2012 -- After a six-year voyage on the high seas, braving crashing waves and typhoon-force winds around the world in the name of science, research vessel (R/V) Roger Revelle is coming home to San Diego Nov. 16.
- Navy Takes Steps to Address Issues Affecting Sailors AFPS 16 Nov 2012 -- The Navy is taking steps to address several issues that are affecting its sailors, the chief of naval operations said here today.
- Greenert: Navy at Its Best When Forward-deployed AFPS 16 Nov 2012 -- With warfighting the central focus of the Navy's mission, the Navy is best when it is out and about, Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, chief of naval operations, said here today.
- Remarks by Secretary Panetta at ASEAN Meeting, Siem Reap, Cambodia DoD 16 Nov 2012 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta
- Panetta Meets with Southeast Asian Counterparts AFPS 16 Nov 2012 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta met here today with his counterparts from 10 countries that are part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, during his first visit to Cambodia since taking office.
- 2012 Phoenix Award Announced DoD 16 Nov 2012
- NAVSEA and RMCs Partner to Complete USS Porter's Voyage Repairs; Return Ship to Homeport NNS 16 Nov 2012 -- After its collision with a large Japanese-owned merchant vessel near the Strait of Hormuz, U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) completed voyage repairs in Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, and returned to Norfolk, Va., Nov. 4.
- Abraham Lincoln Marks 23 Years of Service to Nation NNS 16 Nov 2012 -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) celebrated the 23rd anniversary of her commissioning, Nov. 11.
- HS-15 Officially Transitions to HSC-15 NNS 16 Nov 2012 -- Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 15 officially transitioned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 15 during a ceremony, Nov. 15, at Naval Air Station North Island.
- Another Defense Contract Fraud Inquiry Underway RIA Novosti 16 Nov 2012 -- The Russian Interior Ministry said on Friday it had uncovered a possible embezzlement of 53 million rubles (almost $1.7 million) in state funds by a defense subcontractor.
- Royal Marines storm former Cold War base UK MOD 16 Nov 2012 -- Royal Marines and Albanian forces recently joined together for an assault on an abandoned Soviet submarine base as part of Exercise Albanian Lion.
- HMS Monmouth sharpens skills for the Gulf UK MOD 16 Nov 2012 -- The ship's company of Royal Navy warship HMS Monmouth have been keeping themselves in shape and ready for operations in the Gulf while transiting the Mediterranean.
- Royal Marines stateside for live firing exercise UK MOD 16 Nov 2012 -- Despite the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Sandy, 42 Commando Royal Marines have commenced training in Twentynine Palms, California.
- November 16, 2012 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 16 Nov 2012
- 16 November 2012 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 16 Nov 2012
- SYRIA: Turkey opens up to international aid in camps IRIN 16 Nov 2012 -- Turkey has treated Syrians fleeing to its territory better than most countries in the world ever would or could. Refugees receive three hot meals a day and live in modern facilities, in much better conditions, they say, than their counterparts in Lebanon and Jordan.
- Europe Mulls Increased Support For Syrian Opposition VOA 16 Nov 2012 -- Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague met with Syrian opposition leaders in London Friday and said he was encouraged by their discussions. London's meeting comes after France became the first western nation to accept the opposition coalition as the legitimate government-in-exile. European countries are considering new ways to up their assistance to the Syrian opposition.
- IDF Operation Pillar of Defense - Friday, November 16 Updates Israel Defense Forces 16 Nov 2012
- Israel, Gaza Continue Rocket Exchanges as Israel Readies Ground Forces VOA 16 Nov 2012 -- Aerial volleys between Israel and Hamas-led Gaza continued Friday with one rocket landing in a field outside Jerusalem.
- ISRAEL-OPT: Border communities prepare for the worst IRIN 16 Nov 2012 -- Sderot's streets are empty, its schools and shops closed. Residents of this southern Israeli town are accustomed to the alarm that sounds almost daily as rockets fired from Gaza land here. But the upsurge in violence in recent days is, for some, the last straw.
- UN human rights chief urges all parties in Gaza and Israel to pull back from confrontation UN News Centre 16 Nov 2012 -- The United Nations human rights chief today urged all parties in Gaza and Israel to pull back from an 'increasingly dangerous confrontation' and respect their obligations under humanitarian law to protect citizens, according to her spokesperson.
- Egypt Warns Israel of 'Price to Pay' RIA Novosti 16 Nov 2012 -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Friday warned Israel against the continuation of its military operation in Gaza, saying it will have to pay 'a heavy price.'
- Egypt Seeks Israel-Gaza Truce VOA 16 Nov 2012 -- Egypt's prime minister has vowed to intensify his country's efforts to achieve a truce as the deadly aerial volleys between Israel and Hamas-led Gaza continued Friday with one rocket landing in a field outside Jerusalem.
- Security Council extends mandate of UN peacekeeping force in Abyei UN News Centre 16 Nov 2012 -- The Security Council today extended until 31 May 2013 the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping force for Abyei, an area contested by South Sudan and Sudan.
- War Crimes Court Acquits Croatian Generals RIA Novosti 16 Nov 2012 -- In a ruling condemned by Serbia, the UN war crimes tribunal on Friday overturned the verdicts against two Croatian generals convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
- UN war crimes tribunal overturns convictions of two former Croatian generals UN News Centre 16 Nov 2012 -- A United Nations war crimes tribunal today overturned the convictions of two former Croatian generals who were found guilty last year of various crimes against humanity during the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, and ordered that they be released immediately.
- Briefing: DRC's M23 rebellion under pressure IRIN 16 Nov 2012 -- Heavy fighting broke out on 15 November in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo between M23 rebels and government forces (FARDC), breaking a virtual truce that had lasted on the frontlines between these forces for nearly three months.
- DRC Army, M23 Rebels Compete for Militia Allies VOA 16 Nov 2012 -- The Democratic Republic of Congo's army and the M23 rebels in the east of the country are both trying to forge alliances with militias or armed groups. The M23 is reported to have allied with nine armed groups including some notorious human-rights abusers, while the army has been trying to integrate several militias into its ranks, so far with uneven results.
- Myanmar: Ban welcomes Government moves to address violence in Rakhine state UN News Centre 16 Nov 2012 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed moves by Myanmar's leadership to address the violence taking place in the southeast Asian country's Rakhine state as 'steps in the right direction,' according to his spokesperson today.
- Briefing: Myanmar's Rohingya crisis IRIN 16 Nov 2012 -- Five months after communal violence erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine State, the plight of the 800,000 Muslim Rohingya there has worsened: Renewed violence in late October left more than 100,000 displaced, according to the government.
- China Inflexible on Sea Disputes Ahead of ASEAN Summit VOA 16 Nov 2012 -- China's territorial disputes with its neighbors are expected to top the agenda when regional leaders, including heads of state from U.S., China, Japan, Australia and others meet in Cambodia in the coming days.
- UN refugee agency reports sharp increase in arrivals at South Sudan camp UN News Centre 16 Nov 2012 -- The United Nations refugee agency is reporting a sharp rise in new arrivals at South Sudan's largest refugee camp owing to escalating fighting in the South Kordofan region of neighbouring Sudan.
- Growing number of internally displaced Yemenis returning to their homes – UN refugee agency UN News Centre 16 Nov 2012 -- The United Nations refugee agency today announced that it is seeing growing numbers of internally displaced people returning to their homes in southern Yemen – the first major fall in displacement there in 18 months.
- Burkina Faso: Mali Rebels Ready for Dialogue VOA 16 Nov 2012 -- Burkina Faso says two Malian rebel groups are ready to open talks aimed at ending Mali's ongoing political crisis.
- WATER: Enough in the Nile to share, little to waste IRIN 16 Nov 2012 -- As Ethiopia's massive dam-building plans continue to cause disquiet in downstream Egypt, new research suggests there is sufficient water in the Nile for all 10 countries it flows through, and that poverty there could be significantly eased as long as access by small-scale farmers is boosted.
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