19 January 2013 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Remarks by Secretary Panetta and Secretary Hammond in Britain DoD 19 Jan 2013 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, United Kingdom Secretary of State for Defense Philip Hammond
- Panetta Calls for 'Innovative' Allied Action AFPS 19 Jan 2013 -- The hostage crisis in Algeria has ended, but information on what exactly happened and how many people were killed remain unclear, the U.S. and British defense chiefs told reporters here today.
- Multi-national leadership program to improve mission planning AFNS 19 Jan 2013 -- Airmen with the 493rd Fighter Squadron from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, are participating in the Tactical Leadership Program here Jan. 16 to Feb. 7.
- USS Guardian Investigation to Include Faulty Chart Data NNS 19 Jan 2013 -- A U.S. Navy investigation to assess the circumstances surrounding the USS Guardian (MCM 5) grounding that occurred in Philippine waters will include information on faulty digital navigation chart data that misplaced the location of Tubbataha Reef.
- CNO Expands Brazil Partnership NNS 19 Jan 2013 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert concluded a weeklong visit to Brazil Saturday, Jan. 19 where he spoke with naval leadership, toured multiple navy and marine corps bases, and expanded maritime partnership opportunities.
- U.S.-made Sparrow missiles could be included in exercise again CNA 19 Jan 2013 -- U.S.-made Sparrow missiles that were excluded from last year's military exercises after a mishap the previous year could be included in future war games if further tests confirm its safety, the Air Force said Saturday.
- S. Koreans Plan to Stage Drill KCNA 19 Jan 2013 -- The 8th Corps of the south Korean army announced it would stage a drill in Ryongdong, south Korean Kangwon Province from Jan. 21.
- Taiwan, China Complete Direct Undersea Data Cable VOA 19 Jan 2013 -- Telecommunications operators in mainland China and Taiwan finished a landmark undersea fiber optic data transmission cable Friday. The 270-kilometer line from Taipei to Fuzhou in China caps more than four years of first-ever transit and commerce links between the old political rivals. It may also invite business from telecom firms far beyond China.
- France Calls on African Forces to Take Lead in Mali VOA 19 Jan 2013 -- France's foreign minister has called on African forces to take the lead in the military campaign against Islamist rebels occupying northern Mali. But a highly anticipated meeting Saturday in the Ivorian capitol, Abidjan, featuring heads of state from the West African regional body ECOWAS ended without any major announcements about the African deployment.
- Obama: Blame for Algeria Tragedy Rests With Terrorists AFPS 19 Jan 2013 -- The nation's thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured in the terrorist attack in Algeria, and the blame for the tragedy rests with the terrorists who carried it out, President Barack Obama said today.
- Local Al-Qaeda Affiliates In Western Sahara Shift To Global Jihad Agenda RFE/RL 19 Jan 2013 -- Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb -- Experts say it is too early to judge whether a French-led offensive against Islamic militants in the west African country of Mali will be successful or will result in a long-lasting Afghan-style quagmire.
- Algeria: Assault Ends Hostage Crisis RFE/RL 19 Jan 2013 -- Algeria says its forces have stormed a natural gas complex in the Sahara desert, ending a four-day-old hostage crisis.
- More Hostages Released As Algeria Standoff Continues RIA Novosti 19 Jan 2013 -- More hostages have been released as the standoff between Algerian security forces and an al-Qaeda-backed Islamist group continues at a gas plant in southeastern Algeria.
- Security Council condemns terrorist attack in Algeria UN News Centre 19 Jan 2013 -- Members of the Security Council have strongly condemned this week's terrorist attack at the gas facility in Amenas, Algeria, that resulted in numerous deaths and injuries.
- Panetta: US Will Work With Africans to Fight al-Qaida VOA 19 Jan 2013 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the United States will continue to work with Algeria and other African countries to fight terrorists. The secretary spoke in London after Algerian troops had launched a second attack against gunmen holding hostages at a natural gas facility, resulting in additional deaths.
- Algeria Hostage Crisis Ends With More Bloodshed VOA 19 Jan 2013 -- Algeria's interior ministry says the nation's hostage crisis has ended with 23 hostages and 32 militants killed in the violence. On Satuday the ministry said Saturday security forces managed to free 107 foreign hostages and 685 Algerians.
- Iran not to give up its rights in Caspian Sea IRNA 19 Jan 2013 -- Iran would never give up its rights in the Caspian Sea and is fully committed to international conventions and agreements, said a senior parliamentarian Saturday.
- Clinton to Testify on Benghazi Attack VOA 19 Jan 2013 -- Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to testify to Congress next week about the September terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
- Sarkisian Expects 'Competitive' Armenian Presidential Vote RFE/RL 19 Jan 2013 -- President Serzh Sarkisian has dismissed the suggestion that he won't be facing any true competition in Armenia's presidential election next month, adding that 'nurturing' rivals is not the government's job.
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