16 December 2012 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Self-sustaining unit builds improvements AFNS 16 Dec 2012 -- Throughout the Air Force, units depend on each other to successfully complete the mission. For example, without supply, maintainers wouldn't have the parts needed to make repairs.
- Peru May Purchase 24 Combat Helicopters from Russia RIA Novosti 16 Dec 2012 -- Peru intends to buy a consignment of 24 combat helicopters and eyes Russia as one of its potential suppliers along with France and the United States, Peruvian Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano said.
- Iran criticizes deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkey as provocative IRNA 16 Dec 2012 -- Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Sunday criticized deployment of Patriot missiles in Turkey by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as provocative.
- Iran Navy ready to expand presence in int'l waters: Commander IRNA 16 Dec 2012 -- Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said Sunday that the Iranian naval forces are ready to expand their presence in the international waters to serve national interests.
- Iran announces new 6-point peace plan for Syria IRNA 16 Dec 2012 -- Foreign Ministry on Sunday announced a new six-point peace plan for Syria.
- Syrian Warplanes Bomb Palestinian Camp in Damascus VOA 16 Dec 2012 -- Syrian opposition activists say government warplanes have bombed a Palestinian refugee camp on the southern outskirts of the capital, Damascus, killing at least eight people.
- Five Militants Killed In Pakistan Gunbattle RFE/RL 16 Dec 2012 -- Police say five militants were killed in a gunbattle in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, one day after an attack on an airport in the city left at least four civilians dead and more than 40 injured.
- Egypt Completes First Round of Constitution Referendum RIA Novosti 16 Dec 2012 -- Egyptian voting polls closed late on Saturday four hours later than it had been planned after the country completed the first round of the all-nation referendum on the draft Constitution.
- First Round of Voting Ends on Egypt Constitution VOA 16 Dec 2012 -- The polls have closed in the first round of voting in a referendum on Egypt's controversial new constitution.
- Egyptian Rights Groups Ask for Referendum 'Restage' VOA 16 Dec 2012 -- Tentative results from Saturday's first round of voting in Egypt's constitutional referendum are showing a narrow lead for supporters of the document. Opposition and civil society groups allege vote fraud, while the head of Egypt's electoral commission denied those charges.
- Iran, IAEA satisfied with talks in Tehran- MP IRNA 16 Dec 2012 -- A senior lawmaker said Sunday that Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are both satisfied with the outcome of the latest nuclear talks held in the Iranian capital.
- VP: Iran looking positively at talks with 5+1 IRNA 16 Dec 2012 -- Vice President Mohammad Reza Mir Tajeddini said Iran looks at talks with the 5+1 on its peaceful nuclear program with a positive attitude.
- Larijani: Some world powers create obstacle in Iran-G5+1 talks IRNA 16 Dec 2012 -- Majlis (Parliament) Speaker Ali Larijani lashed out at certain big powers for their efforts aimed at creating problems in the path of talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany).
- Georgia's Historic Transition Faces Crucial Tests In 2013 RFE/RL 16 Dec 2012 -- With the first-ever peaceful transfer of power through competitive and universally accepted elections, 2012 was a momentous year for Georgia.
- Japan's Governing Party Resoundingly Ousted in Shift to Right VOA 16 Dec 2012 -- Japan's governing party has suffered a crushing election defeat. Results of parliamentary elections Sunday show the next government will be formed by the Liberal Democratic Party. The conservatives and their allies are expected to take a more hawkish approach in confronting the country's neighbors, but what they plan to do to reverse Japan's long economic decline remains murky.
- Space Station's Orbit Raised Ahead of Crew Arrival RIA Novosti 16 Dec 2012 -- The International Space Station's orbit has been increased by almost 2.5 kilometers in a test of the station's new emergency debris avoidance system, Mission Control told RIA Novosti.
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