23 November 2012 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 23 Nov 2012 [PDF]
- 2 Killed in Afghanistan Suicide Bomb Attack VOA 23 Nov 2012 -- Afghan officials say a suicide car bomber has attacked government offices in eastern Afghanistan, killing two people and wounding at least 70, including several NATO service members.
- Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader AFPS 23 Nov 2012 -- An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader in Afghanistan's Kandahar province yesterday, military officials reported.
Defense Policy / Programs
- SecAF visits Kadena AFNS 23 Nov 2012 -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley visited with Kadena Shoguns here Nov. 21 as part of a multi-day tour to the Pacific.
- CNO and MCPON Visit Hue City NNS 23 Nov 2012 -- Chief Of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (AW/NAC) Michael D. Stevens visited guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City (CG 66) Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22.
- CNO and MCPON Visit Ike NNS 23 Nov 2012 -- The Chief of naval operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens visited USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) over the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 22-23.
- US Moves Osprey Drills from Okinawa to Guam RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2012 -- US and Japanese officials have agreed to move some exercises involving US Osprey transport aircraft from Okinawa to the Pacific island of Guam, the NHK public broadcaster reported.
- Russia Reiterates Concern Over NATO Missiles in Turkey RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2012 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated on Friday Moscow's concern over the possible deployment of US Patriot air defense systems in Turkey.
- New Kalashnikov Has 'Range of Defects' - Test Agency RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2012 -- The latest version of Russia's world-famous Kalashnikov assault rifle, the AK-12, has shown up a range of problems during initial testing, the head of the weapons-making agency responsible for trials of the new gun said on Friday.
- Russian Troops Get Six Pantsir-S Air Defense Systems RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2012 -- Six Pantsir-S short-range air defense systems were handed over to air defense units of Russia's eastern military district, the head of air defense troops of Russia's Air Forces, Maj. Gen. Viktor Gumenny, said on Friday.
- Russian Ex-Defense Ministry Official Charged With Fraud RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2012 -- Russia's ex-Defense Ministry official Yevgeniya Vasilyeva has been charged with large-scale fraud and placed under house arrest, Russia's Investigative Committee spokesman said on Friday.
- India Tests Missile Interceptor RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2012 -- The Indian Army carried out a successful test on Friday of its Advanced Air Defense (AAD) anti-ballistic missile interceptor, IANS reported.
- Fifty-one new Foxhound vehicles for the front line UK MOD 23 Nov 2012 -- The MOD is investing £46m in acquiring fifty-one new Foxhound patrol vehicles for soldiers serving on the front line in Afghanistan.
- HMS Northumberland prepares for patrol UK MOD 23 Nov 2012 -- Sailors and Royal Marines from Royal Naval warship HMS Northumberland have carried out final boarding training in Crete for their upcoming maritime policing patrol in the Indian Ocean.
- Ban offers UN help to extend reach of code of conduct to prevent spread of ballistic missiles UN News Centre 23 Nov 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged the help of the United Nations to build on the achievements of a widely agreed code of conduct for preventing the spread of ballistic missiles.
- Syrian Opposition Coalition to Open Office in Turkey RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2012 -- The National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (SNCROF) will soon open its office in Istanbul, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday.
- As cold weather sets in, UN agencies deliver winter aid supplies to help Syrians cope UN News Centre 23 Nov 2012 -- United Nations agencies have begun delivering winter packages containing items such as blankets, thermal clothing and hygiene kits for thousands of Syrian families across the country and in neighbouring nations as temperatures begin to drop.
- Beijing urged to face reality of Republic of China's existence CNA 23 Nov 2012 -- Taiwan has urged China to face the reality of the Republic of China's existence and avoid taking inappropriate action that could provoke unnecessary disputes.
- China should not break cross-strait stability: president CNA 23 Nov 2012 -- President Ma Ying-jeou hopes China will not take inappropriate action to break the hard-earned stability across the Taiwan Strait, a Presidential Office spokesman said Friday.
- China's new passports unacceptable, harmful to mutual trust: Taiwan CNA 23 Nov 2012 -- China's inclusion of Taiwan as part of its national map and pictures of Taiwanese scenic spots in its new passports is unacceptable, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Friday in a strongly worded statement.
- Israeli Gunfire Kills Palestinian Near Gaza Border VOA 23 Nov 2012 -- Israeli gunfire at the Gaza Strip border has killed a Palestinian — the first death since a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants halted eight days of deadly fighting.
- EGYPT-OPT: Contingency planning, despite ceasefire IRIN 23 Nov 2012 -- Aid agencies in Egypt are updating contingency plans in case an uncertain ceasefire, agreed on 21 November between Israel and Hamas, the ruling party in the Gaza Strip, does not hold.
- UN human rights experts deplore high toll on civilians of Gaza-Israel violence UN News Centre 23 Nov 2012 -- While welcoming the recent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, a group of independent United Nations human rights experts today deplored the high price paid by civilians in both Gaza and Israel during the recent escalation of violence.
- DRC President Suspends Army Chief VOA 23 Nov 2012 -- The commander of the Democratic Republic of Congo's land forces has been suspended pending an investigation. General Gabriel Amisi is accused in a United Nations report of selling weapons to armed groups.
- UN concern for civilians grows as fighting continues in eastern DR Congo UN News Centre 23 Nov 2012 -- United Nations humanitarian agencies today voiced their growing concern for civilians affected by the recent fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the situation remains 'alarming' as rebel fighters continue their advance across North Kivu province.
- On visit to South Sudan, senior UN official spotlights 'forgotten refugee crisis' UN News Centre 23 Nov 2012 -- A senior United Nations official today highlighted the need to assist some 60,000 displaced persons living in South Sudan's largest refugee camp close to the border with Sudan, describing their situation as a forgotten crisis.
- On anniversary of peace pact, UN official urges Yemenis to move forward with transition UN News Centre 23 Nov 2012 -- Marking the first anniversary of the signing of Yemen's peace agreement, a senior United Nations official today called on the country's leaders to address pending issues that will enable the launch of the national dialogue – a key element of the democratic transition.
- UN starts flying in emergency aid for displaced in Myanmar's Rakhine state UN News Centre 23 Nov 2012 -- The United Nations refugee agency today announced it has started an aid airlift for those displaced by the recent inter-communal violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
- Egypt's Morsi Defends New Powers Amid Protests VOA 23 Nov 2012 -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi addressed a crowd of supporters in front of the presidential palace Friday, insisting that his top priority is to achieve the goals of Egypt's 2011 revolution. The speech came as thousands demonstrated across the country in the wake of a new presidential decree announced Thursday giving Morsi sweeping powers.
- Egyptian Protests Turn Violent VOA 23 Nov 2012 -- Protesters in several Egyptian cities have attacked the offices of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, as rival pro- and anti-government groups demonstrate in Cairo about a new presidential decree.
- Egypt's Morsi Defends New Powers RFE/RL 23 Nov 2012 -- who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood and was installed in June after a presidential election -- also said he was not against a 'real and strong' opposition in Egypt.
- Egypt Opposition Protests 'Constitutional Declaration' RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2012 -- Egypt's democratic opposition took to the streets on Friday to protest President Mohamed Morsi's new constitutional declaration, which gives him sweeping new powers that critics say amounts to a coup.
- Isolating ringleaders and financiers vital to combating piracy – UN official UN News Centre 23 Nov 2012 -- It is vital to isolate the ringleaders and financiers of piracy to effectively combat this scourge, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said, as he ended a 10-day mission to East Africa.
- UN team to travel to Bahrain to discuss accountability for human rights abuses UN News Centre 23 Nov 2012 -- A United Nations assessment team will head to Bahrain in early December, at the invitation of the Government, to discuss the judicial system and accountability for present and past human rights abuses, it was announced today.
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