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12 May 2013 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • Carter Praises Progress on Afghan Transition AFPS 12 May 2013 -- Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with senior U.S. and Afghan officials here today to praise them for their efforts on the transition to Afghan-led security, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
  • Afghan artillery soldiers support Operation Pamier Army News 12 May 2013 -- As a part of Operation Pamier, the Afghan National Army's D-30 Platoon from Forward Operating Base Orgun-E, displaced for the first time ever in support of a maneuver operation.

Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • Gates warns against US military involvement in Syria Iran Press TV 12 May 2013 -- Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has warned against Washington's military intervention in the Syria, describing the move a 'mistake.'
  • Iran FM denounces use of chemical weapons in Syria Iran Press TV 12 May 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria, expressing Iran's readiness to attend an international conference on the ongoing crisis in the Arab country.
  • Syria denies involvement in Turkey's Reyhanli car bombings Iran Press TV 12 May 2013 -- Syria has denied allegations that it was behind two car bombings which killed 46 people in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli.
  • Ankara Blames Syria For Deadly Car Bombings RFE/RL 12 May 2013 -- Turkey's government is blaming Syrian forces for two car bombs that killed 40 people and wounded more than 100 in a Turkish town near the border with Syria.
  • Over 40 Killed in Turkish Blast, Syria Blamed RIA Novosti 12 May 2013 -- At least 43 people were killed on Saturday in twin blasts in Turkey, which the country's top officials blamed on Syrian special services, the Hurriyet Daily News reported.
  • Syria Denies Responsibility for Turkey Blasts RIA Novosti 12 May 2013 -- Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi on Sunday rejected Turkey's allegations that Damascus was responsible for two car bombings that killed over 40 people in a Turkish town near the Syrian border and wounded dozens of others.
  • EU Provides Additional $85 Mln Humanitarian Aid to Syria RIA Novosti 12 May 2013 -- The European Commission announced on Sunday the allocation of an additional 65 million euros ($84.5 million) in humanitarian aid to war-torn Syria.
  • Erdogan Vows Turkey Will Stay Out of Syria's 'Quagmire' VOA 12 May 2013 -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to stay out of Syria's civil war, a day after a double car bombing struck a Turkish town near the Syrian border, killing at least 46 people.
  • Turkey Arrests 9 in Deadly Car Bombing Investigation VOA 12 May 2013 -- Nine people have been arrested in Turkey in connection with twin car bombings that killed at least 46 people Saturday in a town close to the Syrian border. Syria is denying Turkish charges of involvement.
  • Taiwan rejects 'frivolous' response from Manila CNA 12 May 2013 -- Taiwan rejected Manila's latest response Sunday to the death of a local fisherman at the hands of Philippine law enforcement personnel as 'frivolous,' saying it was both 'insincere and not helpful to finding a solution' to the standoff.
  • Manila promises impartial probe into fishing boat tragedy CNA 12 May 2013 -- Philippines authorities offered their 'deepest sympathies and condolences' Sunday to the family of a Taiwanese fisherman who was killed in a shooting incident involving a Philippines patrol boat, and vowed to conduct an 'impartial, transparent and expeditious' investigation into the tragedy.
  • President vows to stand firm on demands in row with Philippines CNA 12 May 2013 -- President Ma Ying-jeou promised the relatives of a fisherman who was killed recently in an incident involving a Philippine patrol vessel that the Taiwan government will stand firm on its demand for an apology and compensation for the family's loss.
  • 'S Sudan soldiers ransacked UN stores' Iran Press TV 12 May 2013 -- South Sudanese soldiers have ransacked stores of the United Nations in the east of the country, humanitarian sources say.

News Reports

  • Sharif Looks Set To Form New Pakistani Government RFE/RL 12 May 2013 -- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is poised to form his country's next government following elections notable for a high turnout in the face of Taliban violence.
  • Secretary-General hails successful elections in Pakistan; first ever transfer of civilian Government UN News Centre 12 May 2013 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Government and people of Pakistan on the successful conduct of national and provincial elections, hailing the polls, for which millions of voters turned out, as a major democratic step.
  • Former PM Nawaz Sharif Set to Lead Pakistan Once Again VOA 12 May 2013 -- The initial, unofficial, results in Pakistan's landmark elections for a new national assembly and government are in, and veteran politician and two-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif looks set to lead the country once again. Pakistanis are looking to the new government with hope that it will be able to solve the country's deep economic and security problems.
  • National Observers Note Irregularities in Pakistan Elections VOA 12 May 2013 -- Pakistan's Election Commission on Sunday endorsed the country's landmark elections that will see the first civilian-to-civilian transfer of power via the ballot box in the country's history. It declared the country's elections for a new national assembly and government leadership as "largely free and fair." But Pakistani non-governmental observers noted voting irregularities and terror attacks in parts of the country meant that not everyone's voice was heard.
  • India Hopes for Better Ties with Pakistan VOA 12 May 2013 -- With former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appearing set to take power in Pakistan, India has expressed hope that relations with its arch rival will improve, while Afghanistan is hoping for more cooperation in ending the Taliban insurgency.
  • France reports second case of SARS-like virus Iran Press TV 12 May 2013 -- France has reported its second case of infection with a deadly new SARS-like virus as investigation to identify other potential cases continues.
  • US Senator Alleges Benghazi Attack 'Cover Up' VOA 12 May 2013 -- A high-ranking Republican Senator has labeled the Obama administration's initial characterizations of last year's deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya as a "cover up." Senator John McCain is calling for a special investigative committee to further probe the administration's actions after the September assault that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador.
  • Failure to pick frontrunners could split vote: Iranian hopefuls Iran Press TV 12 May 2013 -- Many Iranian Reformist, Principlist and independent hopefuls say the failure to choose frontrunners could split the vote in the upcoming presidential election, Press TV reports.
  • Libyan gunmen end siege of ministries: Officials Iran Press TV 12 May 2013 -- Libyan gunmen demanding the expulsion of Gaddafi-era officials from the government have lifted their siege of two ministries, officials say.
  • Mars One colonization scheme submits 78,000 applications Iran Press TV 12 May 2013 -- Some 78,000 people from 120 countries have applied for a one-way trip project of settlement in the Red Planet run by the Dutch nonprofit company Mars One.
  • Egyptians Wonder When, If, Mubarak Case Will End VOA 12 May 2013 -- The latest postponement of the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has left some wondering if justice will ever be served.

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