21 January 2013 Military News
- Insurgent Suicide Squad Attacks Kabul Traffic Police Headquarters VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- A group of Taliban suicide bombers stormed the headquarters of traffic police in Kabul early on Monday, the second such attack in the Afghan capital in less than a week.
- Taliban Claim Attack on Afghan Capital VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- Afghan officials say a suicide car bombing followed by other explosions and gunfire has rocked the capital, wounding 10 people, including four police.
- Standoff With Afghan Insurgents Ends In Kabul RFE/RL 21 Jan 2013 -- A shoot-out with insurgents at Kabul's traffic-police headquarters has come to an end.
- Taliban’s release sparks fresh tensions IRNA 21 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan cannot attach the condition on freed Afghan Taliban prisoners to negotiating with the Afghan government, a Pakistani official has said.
- Afghan Officials Deny Torture In Prisons RFE/RL 21 Jan 2013 -- Afghan officials have denied claims by the United Nations that prisoners in government custody were being tortured.
- Despite curbs on target killings, CIA to get free hand in Pakistan IRNA 21 Jan 2013 -- The Obama administration is finalising a rule book for target killings but these restrictions will not apply to Pakistan where the CIA will be free to direct drone strikes in Pakistani tribal areas.
- NATO Missiles Arrive in Turkey RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2013 -- The Suecia Seaways cargo ship with Patriot missiles onboard arrived Monday at the Turkish port of Iskenderun.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Obama Takes Oath of Office Recognizing Military Contributions AFPS 21 Jan 2013 -- President Barack Obama took the ceremonial oath of office for his second term as the 44th U.S. president and commander in chief on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
- Africa Security Challenges Demand Obama's Attention VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- As U.S. President Barack Obama begins his second term in office, his administration faces urgent security challenges in Africa.
- African Union Seeks Washington Partnership to Combat Terrorism VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- The deputy chairman of the African Union says the continental body seeks to strengthen the partnership with President Barack Obama’s administration to combat global terrorism.
- Russia Sells Record $15 Bln of Arms in 2012 RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2013 -- Russia sold a record $15.16 billion worth of weaponry in 2012 while expanding its foreign client list.
- Italian Combat Vehicle in New Fight With Russian Tigr RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2013 -- A controversial contract for the delivery of Italian light multirole vehicles to Russia appears to have survived the recent reshuffle of the Russian Defense Ministry's leadership.
- Russia to Hold Black Sea Antiterror Drills RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2013 -- A Russian naval force will hold antiterrorism exercises in the Black Sea within the next few days.
- Iran, Oman to hold joint naval drill IRNA 21 Jan 2013 -- District Commander of Iran's Navy Captain Omid Golestaneh said that the Islamic Republic of Iran and Oman will hold joint naval drill in waters off Bandar Abbass port city.
- Iran dispatches new fleet of warships to Northern Indian Ocean IRNA 21 Jan 2013 -- The Iranian Navy's 24th fleet, including two destroyers named 'Sabalan' and 'Kharg', were dispatched from the first naval zone on an extraterritorial mission to the Northern Indian Ocean.
- Jamaran destroyer back home from mission in int'l waters IRNA 21 Jan 2013 -- First home-made destroyer, Jamaran was back home on Sunday from its 68-day mission in international waters.
- 21 January 2013 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 21 Jan 2013
- Iranian Ammunition Surfaces in African Conflicts VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- For years, unmarked ammunition has been turning up in some of Africa's bloodiest conflict zones — Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast.
- Security Council strongly endorses ‘multidimensional approach’ to UN peacekeeping UN News Centre 21 Jan 2013 -- The United Nations Security Council endorsed an approach to peacekeeping that focuses more sharply on laying the groundwork for lasting stability in conflict-plagued countries.
- UN humanitarian fund provides $100 million to help save lives in ‘neglected’ crises UN News Centre 21 Jan 2013 -- The United Nations humanitarian chief announced the allocation of some $100 million from an emergency account to boost operations in 12 poorly- funded crises ranging from Afghanistan to Yemen.
- French, Malian Troops Retake Rebel-Controlled Town VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- French and Malian troops have retaken the town of Diabaly in central Mali from Islamist militants.
- Ansaru Militants Claim Attack on Nigerian Soldiers VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- An Islamist militant group known as Ansaru is claiming responsibility for killing two Nigerian soldiers and wounding eight others in an attack on a military convoy headed to Mali.
- Islamists kill Nigerian soldiers heading to Mali IRIN 21 Jan 2013 -- Two Nigerian soldiers were killed and five others seriously injured in a 19 January attack on a military detachment heading for deployment in Mali.
- Mali Security Measures Hinder Humanitarian Access to Civilians VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- Concern is growing for Malian civilians caught in the fighting in the north and central parts of the country.
- Terrorist Attack in Algeria US Dept. of State 21 Jan 2013
- Algerian PM: 37 Foreign Workers Killed in Gas Complex Siege VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- Algeria's prime minister said 37 foreign workers were killed during the hostage crisis at a remote desert gas complex, with five others still missing.
- Algerian PM: 37 Foreigners Killed In Hostage Crisis RFE/RL 21 Jan 2013 -- Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalik Sellal says 37 foreigners from eight different countries were killed during a four-day standoff after militants attacked a gas facility in the east of the country, seizing dozens of hostages including foreigners.
- Algeria: 48 Hostages Killed RFE/RL 21 Jan 2013 -- Algerian security sources are now saying it appears at least 48 hostages were killed during the four-day siege at a gas complex in the eastern part of the country.
- Algeria to Raise Death Toll From Islamist Siege at Gas Complex VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- Algeria is expected to raise the death toll from the hostage crisis at a natural gas complex, as preliminary reports showed that at least 80 people were killed.
- 7 Japanese Confirmed Killed in Algeria VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- Japan has confirmed that at least seven of its nationals died after they were taken hostage by militants in Algeria.
- Ban, Joint Special Representative meet on ending suffering in Syria UN News Centre 21 Jan 2013 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Joint Special Representative of the world organization and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, met in New York today for intensive discussions on ending the mounting toll and humanitarian anguish in Syria.
- Syrian Opposition Delays Forming Government VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- The Syrian opposition has postponed forming a transitional government.
- Two Planes to Evacuate Russians from Syria RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2013 -- The Russian Emergencies Ministry will send two planes to evacuate Russians from Syria.
- Syrians Ferry Needed Goods From Iraq VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- The ongoing conflict in Syria has led to chronic fuel and food shortages.
- China Challenges US Statements on Island Dispute VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- China's foreign ministry is pushing back on statements from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about a chain of islands claimed by both Japan and China.
- Peace initiative consistent with U.S. stance: ROC envoy CNA 21 Jan 2013 -- The gist of President Ma's East China Sea peace initiative is consistent with the U.S. stance on the territorial dispute over the Diaoyutai Islands in the region.
- Pakistan's ISI Admits To Detentions Without Evidence RFE/RL 21 Jan 2013 -- Pakistan's powerful security service has admitted to holding seven suspected militants for more than a year without sufficient evidence to try them.
- Despite Cease-Fire, Fighting Continues in Burma's Kachin State VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- Sporadic fighting has continued between Burma's army and ethnic Kachin rebels in Burma's north Kachin state, despite a government-declared unilateral cease-fire.
- Joseph Kony’s Bodyguard Killed in CAR VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- The chief bodyguard to warlord Joseph Kony has been killed by the Ugandan army in the Central African Republic, according to the Uganda military.
- UN-African Union mission in Darfur reaffirms support for resumed peace talks UN News Centre 21 Jan 2013 -- The United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur reaffirmed its readiness to assist all parties.
- Challenges abound as aid reaches Yemen’s south IRIN 21 Jan 2013 -- Assistance is increasing to Yemen’s southern governorate of Abyan, as it emerges from war and tens of thousands of people return home.
- Talks Stalled On Troubled Uzbek District In Kyrgyzstan RFE/RL 21 Jan 2013 -- Talks to resolve the tense situation in Uzbekistan’s Sokh district, an exclave inside Kyrgyzstan's Batken Province, have stalled.
- Briefing: Sri Lanka’s Muslim IDPs 25 years on IRIN 21 Jan 2013 -- Almost three years after the Sri Lankan government looked into resettling up to 100,000 Muslims displaced, thousands of Muslim families still find themselves in limbo.
- South African Court Convicts Nigerian for Deadly Bombing VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- A South African court has found a Nigerian man guilty on terrorism charges for masterminding bombings that killed 12 people in 2010.
- Bangladesh War Tribunal Sentences Cleric to Death VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- Bangladesh's war tribunal has sentenced an Islamic cleric to death for what court calls crimes against humanity for his actions during the country's 1971 war for independence from Pakistan.
- Bangladeshi Islamic Preacher Sentenced To Death For War Crimes RFE/RL 21 Jan 2013 -- A Bangladeshi court has sentenced an Islamic cleric to death for collaborating with Pakistani forces during the country's war for independence 41 years ago.
- Inaugural Address by President Barack Obama The White House 21 Jan 2013
- Obama Begins Second Term Amid Celebration, Ceremony VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- On a sunny, cool day in the nation's capital, flag-waving crowds of hundreds of thousands of people turned out for inauguration ceremonies and celebrations of President Barack Obama's second term of office.
- Obama Inaugurated For Second Term As U.S. President RFE/RL 21 Jan 2013 -- Barack Obama has been inaugurated for his second term as president of the United States.
- Obama Calls for Unity, Action in Inauguration Speech RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2013 -- US President Barack Obama took the oath of office for his second term before several hundred thousand people at his public inauguration ceremony.
- China Wary, Africa Hopeful as Obama Begins Second Term VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- China said it is "cautiously optimistic" about its relations with the United States as President Barack Obama begins his second term as the American leader.
- Israel Votes As Hope For Renewed Peace Process Remains Dim RFE/RL 21 Jan 2013 -- The economy and Iran's disputed nuclear program are the key issues on the agenda as Israeli voters head to the polls on January 22.
- Soldiers Seize Eritrean Information Ministry VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- A group of dissident soldiers in Eritrea has seized control of the information ministry - a rare challenge to the government of President Isaias Afewerki.
- Kenya Electoral Commission Promises Credible Vote VOA 21 Jan 2013 -- Kenya’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has promised to organize a credible vote in the March 4th general election following a meeting with political parties.
- Is Armenian Presidential Election An Exercise In Futility? RFE/RL 21 Jan 2013 -- The Armenian presidential election scheduled for February 18 differs from earlier ballots in two key respects.
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