17 November 2012 Military News
- Pakistan Frees Nine Taliban Leaders RIA Novosti 17 Nov 2012 -- The Pakistani government has released nine leading members of the radical Islamist Taliban group at the request of the government of Afghanistan and the Afghan High Peace Council, Pajhwok news agency reported on Saturday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Obama Begins South Asian Trip To Reinforce U.S. 'Pivot' Toward Region RFE/RL 17 Nov 2012 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has begun his first postelection trip abroad - a whirlwind tour of three South Asian countries aimed at reinforcing the White House's foreign policy pivot toward the Asia Pacific region.
- USS Hartford Returns from Deployment NNS 17 Nov 2012 -- The Los Angeles class attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) returned to Naval Submarine Base New London from a regularly scheduled deployment Nov. 17.
- Plane of South Korean Air Force Crashes KCNA 17 Nov 2012 -- A plane of the 8th combat air division under the south Korean air force crashed in Hoengsong County, Kangwon Province.
- IDF Operation Pillar of Defense - Saturday, November 17 Updates Israel Defense Forces 17 Nov 2012
- Israel Launches 200 Air Strikes on Gaza VOA 17 Nov 2012 -- Israel carried out more than 200 air strikes on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip Saturday, as Palestinian rocket fire continued to paralyze southern Israel. At least 40 Palestinians, including 13 civilians, and three Israeli civilians have been killed since the Israeli offensive began on Wednesday.
- Israel, Hamas Exchange Fierce Attacks VOA 17 Nov 2012 -- Israel and Hamas exchanged fierce attacks Saturday, as Israeli forces continued massing along the Gaza border in preparation for a possible ground invasion.
- Israel Faces Stronger Hamas As Fears Loom Of New Gaza War RFE/RL 17 Nov 2012 -- As Israel faces off with Hamas, it is clear that the militia is stronger this time than it was during the last Gaza War in the winter of 2008-09.
- Hamas Chief In Egypt As Violence Continues In Gaza, Israel RFE/RL 17 Nov 2012 -- The head of the Palestinian group Hamas has met with officials in Egypt on the conflict with Israel around the Gaza Strip.
- Arab League Sends Delegation To Gaza RFE/RL 17 Nov 2012 -- Arab ministers have met in Cairo, agreeing to send a delegation to Gaza led by Arab League chief Nabil El-Araby that should be there no later than November 19 and possibly as soon as November 18.
- Israeli Airstrike Destroys Hamas Headquarters RIA Novosti 17 Nov 2012 -- Israel destroyed the Hamas movement's government headquarters in Gaza overnight on Saturday as the two sides continued to exchange missiles in escalating violence in the region.
- Israeli Govt. Authorizes Call-Up of 75,000 Reservists RIA Novosti 17 Nov 2012 -- The Israeli Cabinet has authorized the military to mobilize up to 75,000 reservists in anticipation of a possible ground offensive on Gaza, the local media reported.
- Security Council condemns fresh attacks by M23 rebels in eastern DR Congo UN News Centre 17 Nov 2012 -- The Security Council, meeting in an emergency session on Saturday, strongly condemned the latest attacks by the M23 rebel group, which displaced more civilians in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and prompted the United Nations peacekeeping force there to deploy attack helicopters to support the national army.
- Congo Rebels Sieze New Town In Renewed Fighting VOA 17 Nov 2012 -- United Nations helicopters have failed to stop rebels from taking control of another town in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Petraeus Says CIA Saw Terrorists Behind Libya Attack RIA Novosti 17 Nov 2012 -- Former US spy chief David Petraeus testified on Friday that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from the beginning saw terrorists' hands in the Sept. 11 attack on a US embassy compound in Libya that left four Americans dead, according to US lawmakers.
- Sierra Leone Votes Peacefully VOA 17 Nov 2012 -- Balloting was calm and enthusiastic in Sierra Leone Saturday as the country voted in presidential, parliamentary and local elections. Polling stations opened more or less on time to long lines of voters in the capital, Freetown, Saturday. Voters said peace and progress were on their minds.
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