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12 December 2012 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 12 Dec 2012 [PDF]
  • Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader, Detains 3 Suspects AFPS 12 Dec 2012 -- An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader and detained three suspected insurgents during an operation in the Ghazni district of Afghanistan's Ghazni province, military officials reported.
  • Panetta Arrives in Kabul to Thank Troops, Meet With Commanders AFPS 12 Dec 2012 -- After spending time with U.S. troops and officials in Kuwait, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has landed here to thank troops for their exceptional service, especially during the holidays when it's harder to be far from family and friends.
  • Royal Marines help train latest batch of Afghan police officers UK MOD 12 Dec 2012 -- Royal Marines have helped the latest batch of Afghan police officers complete their training in Helmand.
  • Afghanistan Deadline Pushes Pakistan, US Closer VOA 12 Dec 2012 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Kabul on a previously unannounced visit Wednesday to discuss the U.S. presence in Afghanistan after international combat troops complete their withdrawal in 2014. American, Afghan and Pakistani officials have recently ramped up talks on regional security and agreed to cooperate on defense priorities. Fear of the consequences of failure in Afghanistan appears to be pushing the sides closer together.

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  • EGYPT: Fresh worries for religious minorities IRIN 12 Dec 2012 -- Almost two years ago, Joseph Ibrahim, a 48-year-old father-of-two and a member of Egypt's Coptic Christian minority, was in the frontline of the opposition to Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak.
  • Egypt Opposition Urges 'No' Vote in Constitution Referendum RIA Novosti 12 Dec 2012 -- Egypt's largest alliance of opposition parties, the National Salvation Front, called on Wednesday for voters to reject a draft Constitution during a referendum due later this week.
  • Egypt Unity Talks Postponed VOA 12 Dec 2012 -- The Egyptian army says unity talks set for Wednesday between Islamist-backed President Mohamed Morsi and the country's secular opposition have been postponed. No new date was set.
  • Little Compromise Ahead of Egyptian Referendum VOA 12 Dec 2012 -- Three days before Egypt is to hold a referendum on a draft constitution, confusion and tensions continue to roil the political scene.
  • Bushehr nuclear power plant to become operational soon IRNA 12 Dec 2012 -- Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Fereydoun Abbasi said Wednesday that the nuclear power plant of Bushehr in southern Iran would preliminarily become operational soon.
  • No technical problem in Bushehr power plant: IAEO Chief IRNA 12 Dec 2012 -- Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Fereydoun Abbasi said Wednesday that there is no technical problem in the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran.
  • Ban urges greater cooperation on regional challenges among Central Asian nations UN News Centre 12 Dec 2012 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for greater cooperation amongst the countries of Central Asia, urging them to deepen their links to address the region's challenges and to seize opportunities for shared progress.
  • Putin, In Annual Address, Denounces Foreign Meddling RFE/RL 12 Dec 2012 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his annual address to parliament, has warned against outsiders interfering with Russia's internal affairs.
  • Yamal Satellite Heads Back on Track RIA Novosti 12 Dec 2012 -- A Russian Yamal-402 satellite used its own engines and fuel for the third time on Wednesday to continue a push to its planned geostationary orbit, following a partial launch failure last weekend, Russia's Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) company said.
  • Swedish TV: How Millions In Telecoms Bribes End Up In Karimova's Pocket RFE/RL 12 Dec 2012 -- A new TV documentary airing on Sweden's SVT public television offers startling eyewitness accounts of how Uzbekistan's ruling regime negotiates, and extracts, millions of dollars in bribes from foreign investors.

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