01 January 2013 Military News
- Afghanistan Welcomes Taliban Prisoner Release VOA 01 Jan 2013 -- Afghanistan is welcoming Pakistan's release of eight Afghan Taliban prisoners as an important step in the peace process.
Defense Policy / Programs
- India, Pakistan Exchange Nuclear Facilities List VOA 01 Jan 2013 -- India and Pakistan have exchanged lists of their nuclear installations and facilities as part of an ongoing agreement.
- Nour missile successfully test-fired IRNA 01 Jan 2013 -- The indigenous surface-to-surface Nour missile has been successfully test-fired by the Iranian Navy on the fifth day of the Velayat 91 drills underway in the country's southern territorial waters off this Persian Gulf province.
- Iran Navy successfully test-fires Qader missile on 5th day of Velayat 91 drill IRNA 01 Jan 2013 -- Iranian Naval forces have successfully test-fired the indigenous surface (coast)-to-sea Qader missile on the fifth day of the Velayat 91 drills underway in Iran's southern territorial waters off this Persian Gulf province.
- Taiwan to complete 1st upgrades to locally made fighters in 2013 CNA 01 Jan 2013 -- Taiwan is set to complete the first stage of a plan to upgrade locally built indigenous defense fighters (IDFs) by the end of 2013 in an effort to counter the military threat from China, according to the Ministry of National Defense.
- Military tries to rescue pension fund with servicemen's taxes CNA 01 Jan 2013 -- Military personnel had their incomes taxed for the first time ever last year, and some of their tax withholdings have been used to rescue a pension fund for government employees, a military spokesman said Tuesday.
- EU Urges Talks in Central African Republic RIA Novosti 01 Jan 2013 -- The EU's Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton has again expressed concern over continuing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) and urged the parties to negotiate a peaceful settlement.
- Rebels Threaten Capital Despite Unity Offer in CAR VOA 01 Jan 2013 -- Residents are anxiously celebrating the new year in the Central African Republic where a tense standoff is under way between the government and rebels who are threatening to invade the capital, Bangui.
- CAR Negotiations May Not Be Possible VOA 01 Jan 2013 -- The Central African Republic capital of Bangui remained tense Tuesday as rebels threatened to take the last major government stronghold, the city of Damara, just 75 kilometers away. President Francois Bozize said he is willing to negotiate a unity government. However, rebels say he must go. It remains to be seen whether or not a negotiated solution is still possible.
- Syria Begins New Year With More Violence VOA 01 Jan 2013 -- Syrian government troops and rebel forces fought Tuesday on the outskirts of Damascus and near the city of Aleppo.
- ASEAN Leader to Push Consensus on South China Sea Disputes VOA 01 Jan 2013 -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has appointed its first secretary-general from Vietnam, a one-party communist state and one of four ASEAN members in conflict with China over territory in the South China Sea. ASEAN has struggled over the past year to form a consensus on the issue and having a leader from Vietnam will keep the spotlight on the dispute. But political analysts say Vietnamese leadership will also be more reserved and cautious in seeking agreement on the issue.
- North Korean Leader Makes Rare TV Speech RIA Novosti 01 Jan 2013 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for reconciliation with the South and said his country would strive to raise living standards, in the first New Year TV address by a North Korean head of state for 19 years on Tuesday.
- N. Korea's Kim Calls for More Weapons, End to Confrontation VOA 01 Jan 2013 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has used a New Year speech to call for the development of more advanced weapons, as well as an 'end to confrontation' on the Korean peninsula.
- Mehmanparast: Bushehr power plant operating in routine, normal manner IRNA 01 Jan 2013 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that the Bushehr power plant is operating in a routine and normal manner.
- No agreement made on date, venue of next talks with 5+1 IRNA 01 Jan 2013 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday no agreement has been made on date or venue of the next round of talks between the G5+1 and Iran.
- Sayyari: No movements in region possible out of Iran's surveillance IRNA 01 Jan 2013 -- Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said there is no need for the presence of any ultra-regional countries to guarantee security in the region.
- Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Cell Reportedly Detained in UAE VOA 01 Jan 2013 -- The United Arab Emirates has arrested an ``Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood cell'' that trained local Islamists in how to overthrow Arab governments, a Sharjah-based newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing an unnamed source familiar with the investigation.
- 7 Aid Workers Gunned Down in Pakistan VOA 01 Jan 2013 -- Gunmen have ambushed a vehicle carrying Pakistani aid workers, killing seven people in northwest Pakistan.
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