12 January 2013 Military News
- Obama: Mission Objective in Afghanistan 'Within Reach' AFPS 12 Jan 2013 -- The mission objective to prevent al-Qaida from using Afghanistan to launch attacks against the United States is within reach, President Barack Obama said in his weekly address to the nation today.
- Obama Says US to Accelerate Afghanistan Troop Withdrawal RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2013 -- US President Barack Obama said Friday that the US-led coalition in Afghanistan would hand control of security in the war-torn nation to Afghan forces as of Spring 2013, a transition that comes ahead of schedule in Washington's drawdown of troops in the country.
- Obama: End of Afghan War in Sight VOA 12 Jan 2013 -- U.S. President Barack Obama said in his weekly address that the core U.S. objective for going to war in Afghanistan is within reach.
Defense Policy / Programs
- NGA Receives Third Joint Meritorious Unit Award AFPS 12 Jan 2013 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter presented the Joint Meritorious Unit Award to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency during a ceremony at the organization's headquarters here yesterday.
- Nimitz Strike Group Surface Action Group Ships Depart for Deployment NNS 12 Jan 2013 -- Sailors from four guided-missile destroyers in the Nimitz Strike Group Surface Action Group (SAG), will depart for a Western Pacific deployment Jan. 14.
- USS Gary Crew Cleans and Paints Youth Center in Panama During Operation Martillo NNS 12 Jan 2013 -- Crewmembers of guided missile frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) cleaned and painted a local Youth Outreach Center in a recent port visit just before the holidays as part of a Community Relations project Dec 21.
- Taiwan to get first batch of new Apache helicopters in October CNA 12 Jan 2013 -- Taiwan is expected to get six Apache attack helicopters in October this year, according to military sources.
- Soldier's Death Sparks Baku Protests RFE/RL 12 Jan 2013 -- Hundreds of people have been demonstrating on Fountains Square in the center of the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, to raise awareness about the deaths of young army conscripts.
- Three-Party Syria Meeting Ends with No Solution RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2013 -- International Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi said after talks with Russian and US diplomats on Friday that a political solution to the Syrian conflict is unlikely to emerge in the near future.
- Syrian Rebels Claim Capture of Key Military Airbase RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2013 -- Syrian opposition fighters have taken control over a key military airbase in the north of the country delivering another serious blow to government forces, Al-Jazeera reported.
- Pakistan suspends cross-LoC bus service between J&K and PoK IRNA 12 Jan 2013 -- In yet another setback to cross-LoC travel, Pakistan on Friday decided to suspend 'Paigam-e-Aman' bus service between Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Jammu and Kashmir.
- India and Pakistan Square Up Over Kashmir RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2013 -- India and Pakistan are rushing to reinforce their armed forces in the disputed border area of Kashmir, following a spate of clashes between their armies last week across the so-called Line of Control which left several soldiers dead, Indian TV channel Zee News reported.
- France Joins Mali Anti-Islamist Battle RFE/RL 12 Jan 2013 -- France's Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says a French helicopter pilot has been killed in combat against Islamist rebels in the west African state of Mali.
- French Troops Intervene in Mali Crisis RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2013 -- French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has confirmed that a French military contingent arrived in Mali to help the government troops stop the advance of Islamist militants to the country's south.
- Mali Crackdown Should be UN/Africa-Led – Kremlin Envoy RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2013 -- The ongoing military operation against the Islamist insurgency in Mali, which was recently joined by French forces, should be led by either the United Nations or countries of the region, the Kremlin's envoy to Africa said on Saturday.
- French Forces Push Militants From Northern Mali Town VOA 12 Jan 2013 -- French airstrikes have driven back Islamist militants who captured a key town in northern Mali, and a West African regional bloc has authorized the immediate deployment of more troops into the country.
- France Takes Bold Action to Counter Islamists in Africa VOA 12 Jan 2013 -- French troops sustained their first losses, after launching a military offensive against Islamist radicals in Mali and a failed hostage rescue attempt in Somalia. Both developments represent a new, more muscular reaction by the French government to the Islamist threat in Africa.
- French Military Agent Apparently Killed in Raid VOA 12 Jan 2013 -- French officials say a military agent held hostage in Somalia since 2009 is believed to have been killed during an overnight raid by French troops trying to rescue him, although his captors say he is alive and well.
- Bangui Begins Move Toward Unity Government VOA 12 Jan 2013 -- The Central African Republic's president has begun implementing a peace agreement with rebels that calls for a unity government in Bangui.
- Spanish company rules out accusation of selling nuclear equipment to Iranall Company IRNA 12 Jan 2013 -- A Spanish company producing industrial devices has denied the accusation that nuclear equipment has been sold to Iran.
- Shiites refuse to end protest unless army deployed in Quetta IRNA 12 Jan 2013 -- Hundreds of Shiites Saturday refused to end sit-in unless the army is deployed in Quetta where a string of deadly blasts killed nearly 100 people on Thursday.
- Anger Rises in Pakistan Over Killings of Shi'ite Muslims VOA 12 Jan 2013 -- Anger and frustration rose in Pakistan Saturday over bomb blasts that killed almost 100 Shi'ite Muslims, with critics saying the government is failing to protect the nation's religious minority.
- Virginia Man Gets 25 Years for Shooting Spree AFPS 12 Jan 2013 -- Yonathan Melaku, 24, of Alexandria, Va., was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release, for damaging property and firearm violations involving five separate shootings at military installations in Northern Virginia between October and November 2010 and attempting to injure veterans' memorials at Arlington National Cemetery, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
- Boston Reels Under Flu Outbreak VOA 12 Jan 2013 -- With flu cases spiking in the U.S. city of Boston, the mayor has taken an unusual step. He has declared a public health emergency and is urging people to get vaccinated. While not everyone believes there is a crisis, the declaration is making many Bostonians take action.
- Russian Space Industry to Double Output by 2020 – Program RIA Novosti 12 Jan 2013 -- An ongoing reform of Russia's ailing space industry should double its output by 2020, according to a new state program published on Saturday.
- Scientists Find Milky Way's Spine VOA 12 Jan 2013 -- Scientists have announced the discovery of a spine-like structure within the Milky Way that might help explain the dynamics of galactic formation. The Milky Way is the spiral galaxy we live in and is one of billions of such vast pinwheel-like formations scattered throughout the universe, each containing hundreds of billions of stars.
- Fresh Documents Link Uzbek President's Daughter To Swedes In TeliaSonera Case RFE/RL 12 Jan 2013 -- Did Scandinavian telecoms giant TeliaSonera pay Gulnara Karimova upwards of $300 million in bribes in order to break into the Uzbek mobile-phone market?
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