28 November 2012 Military News
- 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
- NMCB 14 Commanding Officer Relieved of Duty NNS 28 Nov 2012 -- Capt. Roger Motzko, Commodore, 3rd Naval Construction Regiment (NCR), relieved Capt. Sean McDonell Nov. 27, due to his loss of confidence in McDonell's ability to command Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 14.
- 'Space junk' growing issue for AF space operations AFNS 28 Nov 2012 -- Members of the 1st and 7th Space Operations Squadron took notice when an upper stage Russian rocket disintegrated in low earth orbit Oct. 16. The break up introduced an estimated 500 pieces of debris into an area where the U.S. operates a multitude of satellites, further congesting an already crowded orbit around Earth.
- Navy's Information Dominance and Cyber Leaders Sign Major Strategy Documents NNS 28 Nov 2012 -- Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance/Director of Naval Intelligence, Vice Adm. Kendall L. Card, and Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. TENTH Fleet, Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, signed three strategy documents earlier this week in a ceremony at the Pentagon.
- Winnefeld Discusses Defense Strategy, Budget Link AFPS 28 Nov 2012 -- The fiscal 2014 defense budget request will be a chance for the department to adjust funding to support the defense strategic guidance issued in January this year, Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said
- DOD Notifies Troops of South Carolina Cyber Intrusions AFPS 28 Nov 2012 -- The Defense Department and South Carolina officials are notifying military members and families who paid state income taxes there that they may have been victims of information/identity theft as a result of several recent cyber intrusions.
- Marines prepare to deploy and train African partner nations USMC News 28 Nov 2012 -- More than 130 Marines from 32 different Reserve training centers came together at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. last month to get to know each other and prepare to face the unique challenges presented by operating independently in Africa.
- Tomodachi Registry Monitors Japan-posted Troops, Families AFPS 28 Nov 2012 -- U.S. Army Public Health Command headquartered here played a significant public health role in the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
- Retired Generals Send Letter to Congress Concerning Suicide Prevention 28 Nov 2012
- Russian Combat Vehicles Not Tested on Pigs – Firm RIA Novosti 28 Nov 2012 -- A leading Russian maker of armored fighting vehicles (AFV) denied on Wednesday that its products are pig-tested.
- Submerged Severodvinsk Sub Test Fires Cruise Missile RIA Novosti 28 Nov 2012 -- Russia's newest attack submarine, the Yasen class Severodvinsk, successfully fired a cruise missile while submerged, a source in the United Shipbuilding Corporation told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.
- CIS Members Hold Joint Air Defense Drills RIA Novosti 28 Nov 2012 -- Members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) started on Wednesday large-scale drills to test the capabilities of their joint air defense network, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
- Navy monitoring, thwarting any approach to territorial waters by foreign vessels IRNA 28 Nov 2012 -- Navy Commander Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Wednesday that the Iranian Navay is monitoring and thwarting any approach to territorial waters by foreign vessels round the clock.
- Jazayeri: Iran's navy revealed its strategic role in trans-regional developments IRNA 28 Nov 2012 -- Deputy Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri on Wednesday said that the Iranian naval forces have revealed their strategic role and capabilities in trans-regional developments.
- No foreign warship allowed to approach Iran's territorial waters IRNA 28 Nov 2012 -- Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Wednesday that the Iranian naval forces have not yet allowed any foreign warship to approach the country's territorial waters.
- Two Ghadir-class submarines joins Iran Navy IRNA 28 Nov 2012 -- Two Ghadir-class submarines joined Iran's Navy in a ceremony in this southern port city on Wednesday.
- Two hovercraft join Iranian Navy IRNA 28 Nov 2012 -- Two hovercraft joined Iran's Navy in this Persian Gulf province Wednesday during a ceremony held on the occasion of the national Navy Day (November 27).
- Iran's missile-launching warship built to enhance navy military might – commander IRNA 28 Nov 2012 -- Navy Commander Rear Admiral Amir Sayyari said Iran's Sina-7 missile-launching warship was designed and produced to enhance the country's military might.
- Pakistan Test Fires Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile RFE/RL 28 Nov 2012 -- Pakistan's military says it has successfully test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
- Pakistan tests nuclear capable ballistic missile IRNA 28 Nov 2012 -- Pakistan Wednesday successfully conducted the launch of a medium-range nuclear-capable missile, the military said.
- Pakistan offers reward for info on Taliban spokesman IRNA 28 Nov 2012 -- Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has announced a reward for anyone who provides information about the Taliban spokesman.
- November 28, 2012 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 28 Nov 2012
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 11/28/2012 The White House 28 Nov 2012
- DoD News: Contracts for November 28, 2012
- Serbia to Build Armored Vehicles with Russian Components RIA Novosti 28 Nov 2012 -- Serbia and Russia will collaborate in the manufacture of several modifications of armored fighting vehicles at a new plant in Serbia, Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Wednesday.
- Russian Army Firms 'Embezzled' $257 Mln in 2012 RIA Novosti 28 Nov 2012 -- Companies controlled by the Russian Defense Ministry embezzled more than a combined 10 billion rubles ($257 million) this year, investigators said on Wednesday.
- Russia Denies Losing Indian Arms Tenders RIA Novosti 28 Nov 2012 -- Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport denied on Wednesday media reports that it had lost tenders on the delivery of heavy-lift helicopters and aerial tankers to the Indian air force.
- 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.
- 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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