22 January 2013 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 22 Jan 2013 [PDF]
- Combined Force Arrests Haqqani Network Facilitator AFPS 22 Jan 2013 -- A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani network facilitator in the Pul-e Alam district of Afghanistan's Logar province today, military officials reported.
- New Afghan Uniformed Police District HQ completed in Kushk Army News 22 Jan 2013 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delivered a newly-completed Afghan Uniformed Police District Headquarters to Afghan authorities Jan. 20 in Kushk District, Herat Province.
- Medical training prepares Afghan police for sustainability Army News 22 Jan 2013 -- Afghan Uniformed Police members received training on field medical techniques from Soldiers with Security Force Assistance Team Tombstone at the Spin Boldak District Police Headquarters, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Jan. 19.
- Pakistan Unhappy Over Reports US Drone Strikes Will Continue VOA 22 Jan 2013 -- Leaders in Pakistan are outraged at reported U.S. plans to continue controversial drone strikes against suspected al-Qaida-linked sanctuaries on Pakistani soil. They are calling it 'close to a perpetual war,' and say it is exactly opposite to what President Barack Obama stated in his inaugural speech on Monday.
- DOD Provides Airlift Support to Algeria Attack Victims AFPS 22 Jan 2013 -- The United States has provided airlift support to the Algerian government in the wake of recent terrorist attacks at a natural gas plant, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters here today.
- Pentagon Spokesman Commends France's Efforts in Mali AFPS 22 Jan 2013 -- Pentagon Press Secretary George Little praised French allies and said the United States will continue providing intelligence and airlift support against an al-Qaida-affiliated group in Mali.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Statement by Defense Press Secretary George Little on General John Allen, U.S. Marine Corps DoD 22 Jan 2013
- Scorpion's last strike: 603rd Air Control Squadron returns from final deployment before inactivation AFNS 22 Jan 2013 -- Airmen assigned to the 603rd Air Control Squadron here were greeted by hundreds of family members and friends Jan. 19 as they returned home from their final deployment in Southwest Asia before the squadron is inactivated later this year.
- Spokesman: Sequestration Planning Hinders Pentagon AFPS 22 Jan 2013 -- Preparations under way for the looming threat of major across-the-board Pentagon spending cuts are "a drag on the department," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
- Corps of Engineers completes Army's largest solar array installation Army News 22 Jan 2013 -- The largest solar power system in the U.S. Army is coming online at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., and officials gathered Jan. 16, to mark the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
- Army under secretary visits Alaska Army News 22 Jan 2013 -- Under Secretary of the Army Dr. Joseph Westphal capped a tour of the U.S. Pacific Command region with a visit to Fort Wainwright, Fort Greely and the Northern Warfare Training Center in central Alaska Jan. 17.
- USS Thach Deploys to 4th Fleet in Support of Operation Martillo NNS 22 Jan 2013 -- The Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) arrived Jan. 20 to the 4th Fleet's Area of Responsibility (AOR) for a scheduled six-month deployment to conduct Operation Martillo.
- President Promises Continued Support at Inaugural Ball AFPS 22 Jan 2013 -- President Barack Obama opened the first inaugural ball last night extending "extraordinary gratitude" to the men and women in uniform and promised to ensure they have everything they need as they defend Americans' freedoms every day.
- Northcom Pursues Closer Engagement With Mexico AFPS 22 Jan 2013 -- With a U.S. defense strategy focused heavily on the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East, officials at U.S. Northern Command here are enthusiastically advancing engagement to the United States' immediate southern border.
- Despite Smaller Budget, Air Force Seeks to Protect Satellites AFPS 22 Jan 2013 -- Despite tremendous budget uncertainty and a shrinking bottom line, the commander of the Air Force Space Command said that he will do his best to protect all of the Air Force's satellite constellations.
- Military Intelligence --this week in history. 23 January 1968 Army News 22 Jan 2013 -- The USS Pueblo, initially an Army general purpose supply vessel, was built in 1944. Although retired in 1954, it came back into service in 1966 under Operation Clickbeetle, a joint Naval Intelligence and National Security Agency (NSA) effort.
- Third tranche of Armed Forces redundancies announced UK MOD 22 Jan 2013 -- The Army has today announced which employment fields will be liable for tranche three of the Armed Forces Redundancy Programme.
- Taiwan's Navy conducts anti-submarine drill CNA 22 Jan 2013 -- The latest minehunters added to Taiwan's arsenal were shown in public for the first time as the country's Navy held an anti-submarine drill Tuesday to highlight its combat readiness.
- At opening of disarmament forum, Ban urges end to stalemate and resumption of talks UN News Centre 22 Jan 2013 -- As the 2013 session of the world's sole multilateral forum for disarmament negotiations opened in Geneva today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the body, which has failed to agree on its work programme for the past several years, to revive substantive talks without delay.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 1/22/2013 The White House 22 Jan 2013
- January 22, 2013 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 22 Jan 2013
- 22 January 2013 - Press Conference by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon at United Nations Headquarters United Nations 22 Jan 2013
- US Senators Urge Stronger Response to Syria Crisis VOA 22 Jan 2013 -- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators wants the Obama administration to boost direct assistance to Syrian opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, help neighboring countries care for Syrian refugees, and increase pressure for regime change in Damascus.
- UN Head, Envoy Criticize 'Outside Powers' Over Syria Arms RFE/RL 22 Jan 2013 -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the international envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, have criticized 'outside powers' for supplying arms to both the government and rebels in Syria.
- Despite trickle in funding flow, UN boosts Syria refugee assistance UN News Centre 22 Jan 2013 -- The United Nations refugee agency said today it is expanding humanitarian efforts to keep apace with the growing numbers of civilians fleeing the Syrian conflict and crossing into neighbouring countries, while warning that a lack of funding risked jeopardizing future assistance.
- Syria Activists: Car Bomb Toll at Least 42 VOA 22 Jan 2013 -- Syrian rights activists say the death toll from a suicide car bombing in the central province of Hama late Monday has risen to at least 42 people.
- Taiwan keeping close tabs on disputed Diaoyutai Islands CNA 22 Jan 2013 -- Taiwan has been closely monitoring the situation over the Diaoyutai Islands and has reaffirmed its sovereignty over the island group, according to Taiwanese officials Monday, amid growing tensions in the disputed area.
- Taiwan will not back down on Diaoyutais: Foreign Ministry CNA 22 Jan 2013 -- Foreign Minister David Lin said Tuesday that the Diaoyutai Islands in the East China Sea are inherent territory of the Republic of China and added that the government 'will not back down on any sovereignty issue.'
- Japanese Lawmaker in China for Talks on Island Dispute VOA 22 Jan 2013 -- A Japanese ruling party envoy is in China for talks aimed at reducing tensions over a bitter territorial dispute.
- High Turnout In Israel Expected To Return Netanyahu To Power RFE/RL 22 Jan 2013 -- Israelis are voting in a general election expected to return Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing coalition to power.
- Israelis Go to Polls in Heavy Turnout VOA 22 Jan 2013 -- Israelis flocked to polling stations Tuesday for a parliamentary election that is expected to give nationalist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a third term in office.
- Israeli Exit Polls Show Surprisingly Narrow Netanyahu Victory VOA 22 Jan 2013 -- In Israel, exit polls by the three television channels project that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing coalition has won more than 30 seats in parliament but has been weakened by a strong showing by centrist parties. Overall, Tuesday's polls project a slim majority of one or two seats for the right.
- Military and political tracks must proceed together to resolve Mali crisis – UN officials UN News Centre 22 Jan 2013 -- Success in tackling the ongoing crisis in Mali requires strong military action along with intense focus on the political challenges, while also addressing the dire humanitarian situation in the country, top United Nations officials stressed.
- Calm Restored After Rebels Flee Malian Towns VOA 22 Jan 2013 -- A reporter on the ground in northern Mali says most Islamist militants have fled the city of Gao since last week, when French warplanes bombed their positions.
- UN refugee agency reports growing number of people displaced by fighting in Mali UN News Centre 22 Jan 2013 -- The United Nations refugee agency today reported that the number of people fleeing the fighting in Mali is increasing, amidst reports of growing food shortages.
- Regional Response to Mali Could Lead to Pitfalls VOA 22 Jan 2013 -- With French troops driving back Islamist rebels in northern Mali, West African forces are expected to step in and help secure the country for new elections. This regional response has important implications for international efforts to fight terrorism.
- Uncertainty for Angolans stripped of refugee status in DRC IRIN 22 Jan 2013 -- Some 40,000 former Angolan refugees in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are living in limbo, unwilling to go home but lacking legal status in DRC.
- Thailand Calls for Regional Response to Rohingya Boat People VOA 22 Jan 2013 -- Thousands of Muslim Rohingya fleeing sectarian violence in Burma's Rakhine state have taken to the sea, ending up in Thailand, Malaysia and elsewhere. There are calls for a regional response to the humanitarian situation.
- Charles Taylor Appeals War Crimes Case VOA 22 Jan 2013 -- An international criminal court in The Hague opened an appeals trial of former Liberian president and warlord Charles Taylor, who was sentenced in 2012 for his role in atrocities committed during Sierra Leone's 1990s civil war.
- Khmer Rouge Tribunal Moves Forward Without 2 Defendants VOA 22 Jan 2013 -- The United Nations-backed tribunal investigating Cambodia's murderous Khmer Rouge movement was forced to cancel its hearings last week after two of the three defendants were taken to the hospital. The latest health scares have renewed fears about the case against the accused, all of whom are in their 80s.
- Security Council sharpens sanctions on DPR Korea in wake of ballistic missile launch UN News Centre 22 Jan 2013 -- Reiterating its condemnation of a December 2012 missile launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the United Nations Security Council more sharply targeted sanctions on that country, while again demanding an end to its nuclear and ballistic tests.
- UN Security Council Rebukes N. Korea, Tightens Sanctions VOA 22 Jan 2013 -- The U.N. Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution expanding and strengthening sanctions against North Korea. Tuesday's action was a response to Pyongyang's launch of a long-range rocket last month - a violation of existing U.N. resolutions.
- Security Council Poised to Tighten Sanctions against North Korea VOA 22 Jan 2013 -- The United Nations Security Council is expected, within the next several days, to tighten sanctions on North Korea. The action would be in response to Pyongyang's rocket launch last month, which violated a ban on the country using ballistic missile technology.
- Iran Detains Slovak for Suspected Espionage RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2013 -- A Slovakian national was detained in Iran on suspicion of espionage, the TASR-Slovakia news agency reported on Tuesday.
- Larijani: Iran will give crushing response to any attack on nuclear installations IRNA 22 Jan 2013 -- Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Tuesday that since Iran's peaceful nuclear program is of indigenous origin, it cannot be destroyed by any attack and Iran will give a crushing response to any aggression.
- West used US elections as pretext to stall Iran talks: Soltanieh IRNA 22 Jan 2013 -- The West used the US presidential elections as a ''pretext'' to stall the P5 plus 1 talks with Tehran, Iran's Ambassdor to the International Átomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali-Asghar Soltanieh said here Monday evening.
- Analysts Predict More Active Algerian Anti-terrorism Policy VOA 22 Jan 2013 -- Algeria's aggressive response to the hostage crisis at a remote Sahara natural gas plant came as no surprise to those who remember the nation's bloody civil war against Islamist fighters in the 1990s. Now analysts are predicting that the military operation, which killed dozens of people, could open the way for improving relations with former colonial power France and a more active stance against terrorism.
- Safety paramount for operation of 4th nuclear power plant: president CNA 22 Jan 2013 -- Taiwan's fourth nuclear plant will not begin operating before the most rigid safety standards have been met, President Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday.
- Clinton Prepares for Benghazi Testimony VOA 22 Jan 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is preparing to testify before Congress Wednesday on security failures associated with last September's attack on the U.S. mission in the Libyan city of Benghazi that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.
- Russia to Sign Final Mars Probe Deal in March RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2013 -- Russia's space agency Roscosmos and its European counterpart the European Space Agency (ESA) will sign a final agreement on March 15 on the ExoMars project, whose goal is to send unmanned probes to Mars, Roscosmos spokeswoman Anna Vedisheva said on Tuesday.
- Tymoshenko Killed MP Over Gas Market Feud - Prosecutor RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2013 -- The 1996 killing of Ukrainian businessman and lawmaker Yevhen Shcherban was caused by a conflict of interests in the country's natural gas market, the Prosecutor General's Office said on Tuesday.
- Aid agencies launch Yemen appeal IRIN 22 Jan 2013 -- Yemen needs a major boost in humanitarian support if the transition to political stability is to stand a good chance of succeeding, said aid workers at today's launch of the 2013 Humanitarian Response Plan.
- Widespread flooding hits Southern Africa IRIN 22 Jan 2013 -- Several Southern African countries are dealing with the effects of flooding following heavy rains over much of the region in the past week.
- African Union Sees Less Chance of Violence in Kenya Election VOA 22 Jan 2013 -- A visiting African Union (AU) delegation says it is satisfied with the steps Kenya's government and civil society have taken to avoid violence in the March 4 general election. The vote of confidence comes despite reports of political tension and clashes in parts of the country during last week's party primaries.
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