23 January 2013 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 23 Jan 2013 [PDF]
- Pakistan says world is concerned at U.S. drone attacks IRNA 23 Jan 2013 -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Tuesday told the parliament that the world is raising concerns on the civilian casualties in the American drone strikes.
- News Briefing with Army Lieutenant General Terry from the Pentagon DoD 23 Jan 2013 -- Presenter: Army Lieutenant General James L. Terry, Commander, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command and Deputy Commander, U.S. Forces - Afghanistan
- ISAF Training Mission Bolsters Afghan Gains, Commander Says AFPS 23 Jan 2013 -- As Afghan forces assume full security responsibility in their country, a "fundamental shift" in operations will occur, a senior NATO International Security Assistance Force commander said here today.
- Farah Directorate of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Completes Greenhouse Build NNS 23 Jan 2013 -- The head of the Farah Directorate of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Abdul Manan Matin, announced the completion of a demonstration greenhouse project at a ceremony at his facilities in Farah City, Jan. 23.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Investigation Clears Allen of Misconduct AFPS 23 Jan 2013 -- A Defense Department inspector general investigation into allegations of professional misconduct has cleared Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said yesterday.
- Multiservice Effort Keeps Aircraft Flying Army News 23 Jan 2013 -- The Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005 -- known for bringing the Army Materiel Command, the Security Assistnce Command, the 2nd Recruiting Brigade and other new tenants to Redstone Arsenal - can also take credit for growing the local footprint of a joint Department of Defense organization involved in providing aviation and missile parts for the Army.
- Texas Guardsmen build international relationship through training Army News 23 Jan 2013 -- The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, the army branch of the Japan Self-Defense Forces, received members of the Texas Army National Guard's 606th Military Police Company for a week of specialized detainee training at Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan.
- The Army Moves Toward Renewable Energy Goal for 2025 Army News 23 Jan 2013 -- The Army's goal to deploy 1 gigawatt of renewable energy projects by 2025 will help ensure that Army installations achieve high levels of energy security in the event of conventional grid outages.
- Lab testing seeks data on modified gunner protection design Army News 23 Jan 2013 -- The best way to evaluate the effectiveness of a product is to put it in the hands of the user, obtain feedback, and make adjustments accordingly
- Joint project develops airfield damage repair materials, techniques Army News 23 Jan 2013 -- Wanted: Airfield Damage Repair material, equipment and procedures to repair runways used by U.S. Air Force (USAF) fighter jets and cargo planes. The goal is to repair 120 craters in 6.5 hours using up to eight teams.
- "Island Knights" Embark Bonhomme Richard NNS 23 Jan 2013 -- The "Island Knights" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 embarked the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship, USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), the flagship of commander, Amphibious Force 7th Fleet, in preparation for an underway in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, Jan. 23.
- Maritime Professionals Prepare for Exercise Saharan Express 2013 NNS 23 Jan 2013 -- Military and civilian maritime professionals finalized the training agenda for exercise Saharan Express 2013 (SE13) during the final planning conference at the Royal Moroccan Navy Headquarters in Casablanca, Jan. 21-23.
- KC-135 tankers get a boost from innovative, fuel-saving engines AFNS 23 Jan 2013 -- Some decades-old KC-135 Stratotanker are drinking from the fountain of youth -- or at least the engines are.
- Strict Laws, Policies Frame Northcom, NORAD Operations AFPS 23 Jan 2013 -- Every time U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command get involved in a mission, a team of lawyers here pays extra close attention.
- Air Force Officials Aim to Eliminate Sexual Assault AFPS 23 Jan 2013 -- Following a nine-month investigation into sexual misconduct at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, the Air Force has implemented a comprehensive program aimed at eliminating sexual assault, senior Air Force leaders told Congress today.
- Sailors, Marines depart for Cambodia MEDEX 13-1 USMC News 23 Jan 2013 -- Marines and sailors with 3rd Medical Battalion departed Okinawa for Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Jan. 17 to conduct Cambodia Medical Exercise 13-1.
- Marines master bridge building USMC News 23 Jan 2013 -- As Marines traverse through the dense jungle, they stumble upon a 70-foot-wide trench approximately 50-feet-deep. Without hesitation, the Marines pull out a 100-foot rope and lower a Marine down to cross the trench and start building a one-rope bridge.
- Squadron consistently recognized for safety USMC News 23 Jan 2013 -- Safety isn't something that just happens, nor can it be considered separately from mission planning," said Capt. David M. Garcia, an aviation safety officer with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262. "A tactically sound plan is also an inherently safe plan by nature."
- Commander, Destroyer Squadron 60 visits USS Gonzalez NNS 23 Jan 2013 -- The commander of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 60 visited Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) during a port visit Jan. 18.
- Russian Navy to Get Dugon Landing Ships This Year RIA Novosti 23 Jan 2013 -- Russia's Navy is to receive its first three Project 21820 Dugon-class assault landing ships in 2013-2014, a navy representative said on Wednesday.
- Air Force showcases combat readiness ahead of Lunar New Year CNA 23 Jan 2013 -- The Republic of China Air Force demonstrated its air combat readiness and flight skills Wednesday at an airbase in the eastern county of Hualien to show its efforts to strengthen combat readiness ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 1/23/2013 The White House 23 Jan 2013
- 23 January 2013 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 23 Jan 2013
- Ban and Arab League chief confirm support for their joint representative on Syria crisis UN News Centre 23 Jan 2013 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Nabil Elaraby, today expressed unreserved support for the efforts of their Joint Special Representative in helping to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria.
- Lavrov: Demands For Assad's Ouster Hinder Peace Efforts RFE/RL 23 Jan 2013 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is blaming Syria's opposition for hindering efforts to end that country's violent internal conflict.
- Syrian harvests devastated as conflict continues, UN agricultural agency says UN News Centre 23 Jan 2013 -- Twenty-two months of conflict has left Syria's farming sector in tatters with production dropping severely, requiring urgent assistance to rural areas, the United Nations agricultural agency said today.
- Russian Evacuees from Syria Return Home VOA 23 Jan 2013 -- At least 77 Russian citizens evacuated from war-torn Syria have returned to Russia. The Kremlin remains a staunch ally of the Syrian government and says it is not conducting a mass evacuation.
- People return to battle-scarred Malian town of Diabaly IRIN 23 Jan 2013 -- Residents of Diabaly in the Ségou region of central Mali, have returned to find their town heavily scarred from the week of heavy shelling it endured until 21st January.
- Food insecurity the next crisis for northern Mali IRIN 23 Jan 2013 -- Many more northern Malians are likely to face severe food shortages in the coming days and weeks if markets remain blocked by border and road closures, and humanitarian access remains limited, warn food security agencies.
- Private Russian Airlines May Fly Troops in Mali - Lavrov RIA Novosti 23 Jan 2013 -- Only private Russian airlines may provide air transportation services to foreign countries sending forces to Mali during the current crisis, and the decision on whether to do so is up to them, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.
- African Force for Mali Could Double in Size VOA 23 Jan 2013 -- U.N. officials say an African intervention force now deploying in Mali could double from its envisioned 3,300 troops, as more soldiers are needed to help regain control from Islamist militants holding the country's north.
- Islamists Pose Serious Threat in Northern Mali, Clinton Says VOA 23 Jan 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the French and West African fight against Islamist militants in northern Mali is part of a necessary struggle against global terrorism.
- Palestinians: Israeli Settlement Plans Cross 'Red Line' VOA 23 Jan 2013 -- Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said Wednesday that if Israel continues its settlement expansion plans to the sensitive “E-1” area east of Jerusalem, the action would cross Palestinian “red lines” and the Palestinian Authority would seek redress at the International Criminal Court.
- Netanyahu May Need Centrists For Coalition RFE/RL 23 Jan 2013 -- With almost all the votes counted from the January 22 general elections in Israel, it appears Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may need the support of a new centrist party to form a coalition government.
- Israel's Netanyahu Pledges Broad Government After Close Win RIA Novosti 23 Jan 2013 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to create a broad coalition government on Wednesday, following a narrow victory for his bloc in an election that saw left and right take an almost equal number of seats.
- Rebuilding in Gaza between war and peace IRIN 23 Jan 2013 -- Ashraf Azzam, 33, stands in the ruins of his house in Zeitoun Area, Eastern Gaza City, destroyed in an Israeli bombing attack two months ago.
- Israeli-Palestinian peace process entering critical period, UN envoy tells Security Council UN News Centre 23 Jan 2013 -- The Middle East peace process is entering a critical period that requires "courageous" steps by Israelis and Palestinians to save the two-State solution, a senior United Nations envoy told the Security Council today, warning that the consequences of inaction could be dire for everyone.
- Israeli Election Results Have Regional Fallout VOA 23 Jan 2013 -- Preliminary election results show Israel's right-wing and center-left blocs winning an even split of seats in parliament -- a surprise result that leaves Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu working to form a new ruling coalition.
- Turkey-PKK Peace Talks Hit New Snag VOA 23 Jan 2013 -- Four leading members of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish political movement on Wednesday were denied a visit with Abdullah Ocala, imprisoned leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) movement.
- Rainforest riches a curse for civilians in northeast DRC IRIN 23 Jan 2013 -- For the past 10 months, a little-known conflict in a marginalized corner of northeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has left a trail of killing, abduction, rape and forced displacement, with few signs of an imminent resolution.
- CAR Rebels Break Terms of Cease-Fire VOA 23 Jan 2013 -- The prime minister of the Central African Republic (CAR) says members of a rebel coalition have broken terms of a peace deal and cease-fire reached earlier this month.
- Kenya Orders Somali Refugees to Go Home VOA 23 Jan 2013 -- Somali refugees living in Kenya are returning to Somalia by the hundreds after the Kenyan government ordered them to go back home. The Kenyan government says the presence of Somali refugees has led to the deterioration of security in the country. The Somalis themselves fear a government crackdown.
- Clinton: Benghazi Attack Part of Broader Challenge in Africa VOA 23 Jan 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last September's attack on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi was part of wider terrorist insecurity across North Africa. Clinton testified before Congress Wednesday about what she is doing to prevent such an attack in the future.
- Clinton Defends Commitment To Security In Benghazi Hearing RFE/RL 23 Jan 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has defended her department's commitment to security in a congressional hearing on last year's attack on a U.S. mission in Libya.
- Clinton Defends US Response to Deadly Benghazi Attack RIA Novosti 23 Jan 2013 -- In alternately emotional and combative testimony before the US Congress on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she quickly ordered security stepped up for American diplomats around the world following the deadly Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya, in which the American ambassador to the country was killed.
- Clinton Grilled on Security Lapses in Benghazi Attack VOA 23 Jan 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified Wednesday before a Senate Committee about last year's attack on the U.S. mission in the Benghazi, Libya, in a hearing that included sharp criticism from lawmakers on her handling of the incident.
- N. Korea Threatens Military Buildup After New UN Sanctions RIA Novosti 23 Jan 2013 -- North Korea vowed on Wednesday to strengthen its military capabilities and step up its controversial nuclear program shortly after the UN Security Council slapped new sanctions on the country over the December rocket launch, Yonhap reported.
- N. Korea Hints at Nuclear Test Following UN Resolution VOA 23 Jan 2013 -- North Korea has reacted swiftly to additional sanctions imposed on it by the United Nations Security Council. Pyongyang is remaining defiant and hinting of a third nuclear test.
- Soltanieh urges IAEA to accept reality of nuclear Iran IRNA 23 Jan 2013 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has to accept the reality of a nuclear Iran, Iran's Ambassador to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh said in an exclusive interview with IRNA in Berlin.
- Official cautions against enemy attempts to influence Iran's upcoming presidential election IRNA 23 Jan 2013 -- Deputy Minister of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics Naser Dehghan on Wednesday warned against the enemy's attempts to influence the upcoming presidential elections in Iran, urging the Iranian nation to remain vigilant.
- Lavrov Warns Against Strikes on Iran's Nuclear Sites RIA Novosti 23 Jan 2013 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday warned against the idea of strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities, as Israel's incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reelected to his post for a third term with a promise he would do all he could to prevent Iran getting a nuclear bomb.
- Short-lived Takeover of Eritrea's State Media Not a Coup Attempt, Says Journalist VOA 23 Jan 2013 -- Eritrean-born journalist Tewolde Tesfagabir says the brief seizure of the Information Ministry and state media in Asmara Monday was an effort by dissident soldiers to focus government attention on issues of concern to many Eritreans.
- SEF mulls locations for offices in China CNA 23 Jan 2013 -- The Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) said Wednesday that it would prefer to choose Chinese cities where most Taiwanese business operators and students are congregated as places to locate its China offices.
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