02 January 2013 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 02 Jan 2013 [PDF]
- Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader, Seizes IED Materials AFPS 02 Jan 2013 -- An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader in the Shah Wali Kot district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province today, military officials reported.
- AFGHANISTAN: Bleak humanitarian outlook for 2013 IRIN 02 Jan 2013 -- More violence and a worsening humanitarian situation are likely in Afghanistan in 2013, say aid agencies.
- Mass. detachment assumes Preventive Medicine duties in southern Afghanistan Army News 02 Jan 2013 -- A ceremony was held Dec. 3, 2012, here, commemorating the transfer of authority from the 792nd Preventive Medicine Detachment based out of Lubbock, Texas, to the 794th Preventive Medicine Detachment, based out of Fort Devens, Mass.
- Pakistan frees 8 Afghan Taliban leaders IRNA 02 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan has said it has released eight Afghan Taliban leaders including former Justice Minister, Mulla Noor-ud-Din Turabi.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Statement by Secretary Panetta on Sequestration Delay DoD 02 Jan 2013
- Panetta Thanks Congress, Seeks End to Sequestration AFPS 02 Jan 2013 -- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta expressed his gratitude to U.S. lawmakers for delaying sequestration and voiced optimism for finding a permanent way to avoid an additional $500 billion in budget cuts.
- Legislators Avoid Fiscal Cliff, Delay Sequester Process AFPS 02 Jan 2013 -- Congress has avoided the fiscal cliff, but Pentagon Press Secretary George Little called on the body to continue efforts to permanently eliminate the threat of sequestration.
- Vehicle swap mission saves Army money Army News 02 Jan 2013 -- The idea was simple enough: Fort Hood, Texas, had a crane destined for Fort Polk. Fort Polk had 12 Humvees destined for Fort Hood.
- Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet announces 2012 Battle Efficiency award winners NNS 02 Jan 2013 -- Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) announced the recipients of the 2012 Battle Efficiency (Battle 'E') award in an official message to the submarine force, Jan. 1.
- DOD Offers Non-medical Counseling to Troops, Families AFPS 02 Jan 2013 -- The Defense Department continues to ensure the well-being of service members and their families through no-cost, short-term, non-medical counseling in the interests of military and family readiness, a defense official said.
- USS Bremerton Arrives in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines NNS 02 Jan 2013 -- Sailors and civilian mariners from submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) conducted a coordinated tended mooring to bring Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN 698) into Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines Dec. 29.
- Seabees Complete Laundry Facility Addition at Guatemalan Peacekeeping Base NNS 02 Jan 2013 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 27 completed the construction of a facility addition at the Comando Regional de Entrenamiento de Operaciones de Mantenimiento de Paz (Regional Peacekeeping Operations Training Command - 'CREOMPAZ') military base Guatemala, Dec. 30.
- Maneuver 'Velayat 91' a display of Iran's defensive ability IRNA 02 Jan 2013 -- Navy Commander called maneuver 'Velayat 91' as a display of Iran's navy defensive abilities and a message of peace and friendship to regional countries.
- Iranian advanced combat helicopter becomes operational IRNA 02 Jan 2013 -- The advanced combat helicopter dubbed 'Toofan 2' became operational on Wednesday.
- Russia to Hold Large-Scale Mediterranean, Black Sea Naval Drills RIA Novosti 02 Jan 2013 -- Russia will hold large-scale naval drills in the Mediterranean and Black Seas in late January with the involvement of warships from the Northern, Baltic, Black Sea and Pacific Fleets, the Russian Defense Ministry's press office reported on Wednesday.
- Lithuania to Pay Compensation to Soviet Army Deserters RIA Novosti 02 Jan 2013 -- Lithuania will pay compensation to Lithuanians who refused to serve in the Soviet Army after the Baltic republic announced its independence from the Soviet Union in 1990 and were punished for their decision, the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
- January 2, 2013 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 02 Jan 2013
- 2 January 2013 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 02 Jan 2013
- Data suggests Syria death toll could be more than 60,000, says UN human rights office UN News Centre 02 Jan 2013 -- Data analysis suggests that the death toll in the ongoing conflict in Syria has surpassed 60,000, the United Nations human rights office said today.
- Syria Air Strike Hits Gas Station, Dozens Killed VOA 02 Jan 2013 -- Opposition activists in Syria say government warplanes bombed a gasoline station near Damascus on Wednesday, reportedly killing dozens of people as they waited for fuel.
- S. Korea Dismisses North's Call for Reduced Tensions VOA 02 Jan 2013 -- South Korea has dismissed a New Year's Day speech by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un calling for reduced tensions with Seoul.
- CAR President Fires Defense Minister, Army Chief VOA 02 Jan 2013 -- Central African Republic President Francois Bozize has fired his son as defense minister and fired the army chief of staff, after a string of victories by rebel forces.
- UN renews call for dialogue to resolve crisis in Central African Republic UN News Centre 02 Jan 2013 -- The United Nations continues to follow the situation in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) with serious concern and calls on both the Government and the rebels to resolve the current crisis through dialogue, a spokesperson for the world body said today.
- Regional Troops Warn C.A.R. Rebels to Stop Advance VOA 02 Jan 2013 -- The government of the Central African Republic and a rebel coalition in the north appear to be moving closer to regionally mediated talks planned for next week. In the meantime, a Central African regional force continued to reinforce its position outside the capital, Bangui, on Wednesday, warning both the government and the rebels that further hostilities would not be tolerated.
- Ban urges political reconciliation amid reported air strikes in Myanmar's Kachin state UN News Centre 02 Jan 2013 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today took "serious note" of the most recent reports indicating air strikes against targets in Myanmar's Kachin state, where tens of thousands of civilians were forced from their homes last year due to fighting between the Government and rebels.
- UN Warns Burma on Airstrikes in Kachin VOA 02 Jan 2013 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on Burmese authorities to refrain from any action that could endanger the lives of civilians or promote further conflict in Kachin state.
- Burma Admits Air Strikes Targeted Kachin Rebels VOA 02 Jan 2013 -- The Burmese government has confirmed that it carried out air strikes this week against ethnic rebels in northern Kachin state, raising fresh concerns about the country's reform and fragile peace processes.
- UN peacekeeping mission dismisses rumours related to armed group in eastern DR Congo UN News Centre 02 Jan 2013 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today dismissed several rumours related to the presence of an armed group in the country's east.
- Darfur: two abducted UN peacekeepers freed after 136 days in captivity UN News Centre 02 Jan 2013 -- Two United Nations peacekeepers who had been abducted in Sudan's Darfur region were released today, after 136 days in captivity.
- Former Timorese president José Ramos-Horta appointed UN envoy to Guinea-Bissau UN News Centre 02 Jan 2013 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed former Timorese President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate José Ramos-Horta as the new United Nations envoy to Guinea-Bissau.
- Thailand to Deport Rohingya Muslim Asylum Seekers VOA 02 Jan 2013 -- Thai authorities say Rohingya Muslim refugees allegedly fleeing sectarian violence and persecution in western Burma must be sent back to their homeland.
- SOUTH SUDAN: Tensions grow between refugees and host community IRIN 02 Jan 2013 -- The earth in Maban County, South Sudan, is already dry and cracked, and even a faint breeze raises a haze of brown dust.
- Analysis: From emergency aid to early recovery in northern Uganda IRIN 02 Jan 2013 -- Fleets of NGO-owned 4x4s crisscross northern Uganda, as they did during the region's two-decade war, but now, rather than provide emergency relief, they are supporting economic activities for hundreds of thousands of formerly displaced people.
- VP: Venezuela's Chavez in 'Delicate' Condition VOA 02 Jan 2013 -- The vice president of Venezuela says President Hugo Chavez is in a 'delicate' condition after cancer surgery last month in Cuba.
- Iran decries Western governments analysis about sanctions on Iran IRNA 02 Jan 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman on Wednesday derided the western governments for looking at sanctions as a leverage to get concession from Iran.
- Ghana Presidential Inauguration to Proceed Despite Opposition VOA 02 Jan 2013 -- The inauguration of President John Dramani Mahama will go ahead as originally planned January 7, despite a court challenge by the main opposition party, according to a government official.
- Seven NGO workers killed in NW Pakistan IRNA 02 Jan 2013 -- Seven teachers, six women and a man, working at Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) operated school were shot dead on Tuesday in north western district of Swabi, police said.
- After The Storm: Trends To Watch In Russia In 2013 RFE/RL 02 Jan 2013 -- As 2012 wound down in Russia, the soaring expectations for change that accompanied the civic awakening and mass protests at the year's dawn had clearly faded. But the social, economic, and political forces that spawned them will continue to shape the landscape well into the new year.
- Ethiopia Breaks Up Islamist Militant Cell VOA 02 Jan 2013 -- Ethiopian police have arrested 15 suspected militants allegedly trained by Islamist rebels in neighbouring Somalia and who were plotting attacks in Ethiopia, the country's intelligence agency said on Wednesday.
- What Happened To The Arab Spring? RFE/RL 02 Jan 2013
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