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28 November 2012 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 28 Nov 2012 [PDF]
  • Afghanistan Supply Network Provides Economic Opportunity AFPS 28 Nov 2012 -- The Northern Distribution Network that U.S. Transportation Command helped establish three years ago to supply U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan laid the foundations for strong U.S. partnerships in Central Asia and Russia and for the region's long-term economic security, the Transcom commander said.
  • Afghan, Coalition Forces Arrest Haqqani Leader AFPS 28 Nov 2012 -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a local Haqqani leader in the Sabari district of Afghanistan's Khost province today, military officials reported.
  • Afghan Clerics Want Power To Issue Legally Binding Fatwas RFE/RL 28 Nov 2012 -- Islamic clerics on Afghanistan's Ulema Council are the country's religious authorities, but their opinions on questions of Islamic law are treated as guideposts rather than legally binding decrees.
  • Afghan Security Forces close out Kalak Hode Army News 28 Nov 2012 -- A major Afghan National Security Forces, or ANSF, operation to clear insurgents from the southern Afghanistan province of Uruzgan during Nov. 4 to 20, once again demonstrated ANSF's ability to operate independently.
  • ISAF improves Afghanistan's judicial system Army News 28 Nov 2012 -- Coalition forces are working with Afghan forensic evidence collection teams to ensure criminal evidence stands up in court.
  • Outload Execution to Support Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort Army News 28 Nov 2012 -- In late Oct. 2012, Hurricane Sandy, a 'once-in-a-100 years' storm ripped through the mid-Atlantic States, leaving behind it a path of death and destruction. Coastal areas were flooded, millions were without power, and thousands were homeless. On 4 Nov., the 82nd Sustainment Brigade, under the command of Col. Christopher Sharpsten, received notification from XVIII Airborne Corps that it was to provide sustainment mission command for a logistics task force in support of the Hurricane Sandy NORTHCOM Response Force.

Defense Policy / Programs

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Other Conflicts

  • 28 November 2012 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 28 Nov 2012
  • Syria: Ban strongly condemns terrorist bombings in Damascus UN News Centre 28 Nov 2012 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned 'in the strongest possible terms' the terrorist bombings in the Syrian capital, Damascus, this morning which have left dozens killed and injured.
  • UN humanitarian chief says Syria's neighbours need more help as refugee crisis grows UN News Centre 28 Nov 2012 -- As refugees continue to flee the violence in Syria, the United Nations humanitarian chief today called on the international community to help the country's neighbours as they struggle to deal with the worsening crisis.
  • Larijani: Artilleries, tanks cannot bring democratic reforms to Syria IRNA 28 Nov 2012 -- Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Wednesday democratic reforms in Syria cannot be carried out through artilleries and tanks.
  • Syrian Opposition Accuses Turkey of Allowing Mercenaries RIA Novosti 28 Nov 2012 -- A key member of the unrecognized Syrian opposition accused Turkey on Wednesday of allowing Saudi mercenaries to enter through its border with Syria.
  • Explosions in Damascus Kill At Least 34 VOA 28 Nov 2012 -- Twin car bombs Wednesday ripped through a suburb of Syria's capital populated mostly by Christians and Druze, killing at least 34 people.
  • UN Investigates Alleged Human Rights Abuses in Goma VOA 28 Nov 2012 -- The spokesman for the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) says the group is investigating alleged human rights violations in Goma.
  • DRC: Growing humanitarian needs in Goma IRIN 28 Nov 2012 -- When clashes broke out on 22 November between the M23 rebels and government-allied Mai Mai militias in the town of Sake, near the Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) border with Rwanda, 6,000 people fled down a dead-end road to Nzulo Village on the edge of Lake Kivu. By the following day, they were once again living in a war; M23 soldiers had arrived and were forcing the young men to help them build their camp on a nearby hilltop.
  • Security Council extends sanctions on DR Congo rebels, condemns latest attacks by M23 UN News Centre 28 Nov 2012 -- The Security Council today extended the arms embargo and other sanctions imposed against armed rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), while expressing its intention to consider additional targeted sanctions against the leadership of the M23, the rebel fighters that recently occupied the eastern provincial capital of Goma.
  • DRC Government Accuses M23 of Scores of Murders VOA 28 Nov 2012 -- The Democratic Republic of Congo's government has accused the M23 rebels of murdering more than 60 people and wounding more than 200 since they captured the city of Goma last week. The United Nations says it can confirm there have been killings in Goma but cannot say who was responsible.
  • Uncertainty Takes Toll on Civilians in Eastern DRC VOA 28 Nov 2012 -- The rebellion in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has displaced tens of thousands of people, many of whom had been uprooted before, sometimes more than once. As the M23 rebels prepare to withdraw from the city, the impending security vacuum could actually make the situation worse.
  • Philippines refuses to stamp on controversial Chinese passports CNA 28 Nov 2012 -- The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs announced Wednesday that it will not affix its seal on new Chinese passports in which a controversial map indicates China's claim of sovereignty over the entire South China Sea.
  • Analysis: Hurdles to Nigerian government-Boko Haram dialogue IRIN 28 Nov 2012 -- Attempts by the Nigerian government and the Boko Haram militia to peacefully resolve a three-year-old insurgency by the Islamist group have thus far floundered, dashing hopes of an imminent end to the violence which has claimed hundreds of lives.
  • Pending issues between Sudan and South Sudan having negative security effects – UN UN News Centre 28 Nov 2012 -- The United Nations peacekeeping chief today warned that the lack of progress on outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan is having a negative impact on the stability of the latter, putting at risk the progress made since it gained independence from the former in 2011.
  • SOUTH SUDAN: Getting healthcare to hard-to-reach areas IRIN 28 Nov 2012 -- Decades of war and a lack of development have left a majority of South Sudan's population without access to any form of healthcare, resulting in some of the world's worst health indicators. In a country where only one in four people has access to medical facilities, virtually everyone qualifies as 'hard to reach', and those attempting to expand healthcare access face daunting challenges.
  • Support Mounting for Upgraded UN Status for Palestinians VOA 28 Nov 2012 -- The U.N. General Assembly will decide Thursday whether to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority at the world body from an entity to a non-member state. The Palestinians chose this day for the vote because it is the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
  • Ivory Coast Has New Cabinet, Security Challenges Remain VOA 28 Nov 2012 -- Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara flexed his political muscles last week when he reshuffled his Cabinet, but analysts say the president's influence over the security sector of the government remains limited.
  • Accepting status quo on Western Sahara 'serious miscalculation,' warns UN envoy UN News Centre 28 Nov 2012 -- The conflict over the final status of the territory of Western Sahara has gone on for far too long and must be resolved, the United Nations envoy dealing with the issue stressed today, adding that any acceptance of the status quo a 'serious miscalculation.'
  • Yemeni parties reach agreement paving way for holding of national dialogue – UN envoy UN News Centre 28 Nov 2012 -- The United Nations envoy for Yemen said today that an agreement has been reached to resolve the last contentious issue of the allocation of seats for the all-inclusive national dialogue conference that is a key element of the country's democratic transition.
  • Violence Forces Burmese Muslims Out of Kyaukphyu VOA 28 Nov 2012 -- During Burma's communal violence in Rakhine state in October, an entire Muslim neighborhood burned to the ground in Kyauk Phyu, a coastal town on Ramree island. A month later, residents still have not returned.
  • Philippines, Vietnam Refuse to Stamp New Chinese Passport VOA 28 Nov 2012 -- The Philippines has become the second Asian nation to refuse to stamp China's new electronic passports, which include a controversial map depicting the South China Sea's disputed waters as Chinese territory.

News Reports

  • Opponents Blame Muslim Brotherhood for Egyptian Leader's 'Overreach' VOA 28 Nov 2012 -- Hundreds of Egyptians continued to demonstrate for a sixth consecutive day against President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday as two of Egypt's highest courts said they will suspend work in protest of his decree last week granting himself judicial immunity.
  • Work Starts On New Chornobyl Shelter RFE/RL 28 Nov 2012 -- Workers have raised the first section of a structure that will eventually cover the exploded reactor at Ukraine's Chornobyl nuclear power station.
  • Arak research reactor progressing based on schedule- AEOI chief IRNA 28 Nov 2012 -- The Arak heavy water research reactor project is under way based on schedule thanked to the endeavors of the Iranian experts, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoun Abbasi Davani said Wednesday.
  • Iran Refuels Nuclear Plant RIA Novosti 28 Nov 2012 -- The Bushehr nuclear power plant has been refueled and is ready to resume operations, the IRNA news agency reported on Wednesday.
  • Some Asian Media Don't Get Joke About 'Sexy' Kim VOA 28 Nov 2012 -- When the satirical U.S. newspaper and website The Onion named North Korea's portly young leader this year's 'Sexiest Man Alive,' a lot of readers online around the world had a good laugh. But in China and South Korea the satire appeared to be lost in translation and has been re-published as straight news - a story gleefully reported by international media outlets Wednesday.
  • In Brief: SARS-like virus in the Middle East IRIN 28 Nov 2012 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a global alert after six cases of a virus resembling the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) were discovered in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

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