13 January 2013 Military News
- Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate Regarding the War Powers Resolution The White House 13 Jan 2013
- Taliban Prisoner Releases Are High-Risk, Low-Reward RFE/RL 13 Jan 2013 -- After having little success playing it safe, the Afghan government is gambling on a risky new strategy to convince the Taliban that the road to peace runs through Kabul.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121 Changes Command NNS 13 Jan 2013 -- Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121 held a change of command ceremony aboard Naval Station Norfolk, Jan. 11.
- Lavrov Rejects Assad's Exit as Precondition for Dialogue RIA Novosti 13 Jan 2013 -- Moscow believes that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's exit cannot be a precondition for a deal to resolve the country's crisis, Russia's foreign minister said on Sunday.
- Syrian Warplanes Bomb Damascus Suburbs VOA 13 Jan 2013 -- Syrian fighter jets bombed the Damascus suburbs Sunday, killing at least nine people, including a number of children, in a government offensive to dislodge rebels from strategic areas around the capital.
- France Says 'Heavy Losses' Inflicted In Mali RFE/RL 13 Jan 2013 -- President Francois Hollande says French air strikes have inflicted "heavy losses" on Islamist rebels in the West African nation of Mali.
- French Planes Bomb Rebel Positions in Mali VOA 13 Jan 2013 -- France attacked Islamists targets in Mali for the third straight day on Sunday, bombing an key northern town held by the extremists.
- African Troops Ready to Help Neighboring Mali Fighting Militants VOA 13 Jan 2013 -- Troops from Mali's neighbors are expected to start arriving Sunday to help France in the third day of a battle to push back Islamic extremists in Mali's north.
- Israeli Police Evict Palestinian Protesters from Tent Camp RIA Novosti 13 Jan 2013 -- Israeli police evicted Palestinian activists from a tent village they had set up on a West Bank site designated as the area for a new Jewish settlement, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Sunday.
- Israel Vows to Build in West Bank Site After Evicting Protesters VOA 13 Jan 2013 -- Israel's prime minister has vowed to move ahead with settlement building in a Palestinian-claimed area near Jerusalem, after Israeli security forces evicted more than 100 Palestinian protesters from the site.
- Burma's Kachin Conflict Escalates VOA 13 Jan 2013 -- In Burma's north, an 18-month-long battle between Kachin rebels and Burmese troops has escalated in recent weeks, with the military's use of airpower. While the fighting continues, Burma's ethnic leaders are gathering to discuss whether the peace process can continue.
- Shias sit-in continues in Quetta IRNA 13 Jan 2013 -- The sit-in of Hazara Shia community entered second day as they refused to bury the dead of Thursday's bombings, till the army takes control of Quetta, local media reported on Saturday.
- Shiites refuse to end protest unless army deployed in Quetta IRNA 13 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.
- Egyptian Court Orders Retrial for Mubarak VOA 13 Jan 2013 -- An Egyptian appeals court has ordered a retrial for ousted former president Hosni Mubarak, given a life sentence during a highly publicized trial last year.
- Iraq's Sadr Demands 'Fair Implementation' of National Security Laws VOA 13 Jan 2013 -- Iraq's prominent radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has called for the fair implementation of national security laws that have drawn weeks of protests from minority Sunnis who see them as biased against their community.
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