02 December 2013 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 02 Dec 2013 [PDF]
- Pakistan Pledges Support for Afghan-Taliban Peace Talks VOA 02 Dec 2013 -- In his first visit to Afghanistan since he took office in June, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Saturday promised to support Afghan President Hamid Karzai's efforts to seek peace and reconciliation with the Taliban.
- Handover of UK headquarters team in Afghanistan UK MOD 02 Dec 2013 -- A new headquarters team has arrived at Joint Force Support (Afghanistan) in Camp Bastion, Helmand province.
- After recent attacks on Afghan aid workers, UN official urges respect for humanitarian staff UN News Centre 02 Dec 2013 -- Expressing deep regret at the recent deaths of nine Afghan aid workers in two separate attacks, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the country has called on all actors in Afghanistan to respect and uphold the neutrality and independence of relief workers.
- 2 December 2013 - Press Conference by Regional Head of United Nations Development Programme on Relief and Reconstruction Efforts in Philippines United Nations 02 Dec 2013
Defense Policy / Programs
- Biden to Raise US Concerns Over Air Defense Zone VOA 02 Dec 2013 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is in Japan -- the first stop of a six-day Asian tour at a time of heightened tensions over China's newly declared air defense zone.
- Remarks by General Dempsey, Denis McDonough, Jeremy Bash, Secretary Hagel, Deputy Secretary Carter, and Stephanie Carter in the Pentagon Auditorium DoD 02 Dec 2013 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel; Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin E. Dempsey; Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter; Denis McDonough, White House Chief Of Staff; Jeremy Bash, Former Chief of Staff to the 23rd Secretary of Defense
- Last 'new' Phantom returns to service AFNS 02 Dec 2013 -- The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron received the last of the 'new' QF-4 aerial targets as the Vietnam-era aircraft landed here Nov. 19.
- Carter Bids Farewell to the Defense Department AFPS 02 Dec 2013 -- Senior Defense Department, White House and congressional leaders bade farewell to Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter today in a Pentagon ceremony marked by both laughter and tears.
- USS Howard Departs for Western Pacific Deployment NNS 02 Dec 2013 -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Howard (DDG 83) depart Naval Base San Diego on an independent deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean, Dec. 2.
- Mission Possible: Simulation-based Training and Experimentation on Display NNS 02 Dec 2013 -- A unique system that merges the virtual and real worlds to train Sailors for combat scenarios was unveiled Dec. 2 in Orlando.
- KC-135 brings force extension to Iceland AFNS 02 Dec 2013 -- The 351st Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron and the KC-135 Stratotanker deployed from Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, make up an important part of the 48th Air Expeditionary Group here in Iceland.
- First P-8A Poseidons Report for Duty NNS 02 Dec 2013 -- The Navy's newest, most advanced maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, arrived in Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan for its inaugural deployment Dec. 1.
- CVW 5 says Sayonara after Completing Patrol with GWSG NNS 02 Dec 2013 -- Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, the embarked air wing of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), completed its end of patrol fly off, Dec. 1.
- Advanced US Navy patrol planes arrive in Okinawa Iran Press TV 02 Dec 2013 -- Two of US Navy's new P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft have arrived in Okinawa, Japan, Navy officials said on Monday, as Washington is trying to boost its military presence around China.
- NATO Foreign Ministerial to focus on Afghanistan, boosting ties with partners NATO 02 Dec 2013 -- Afghanistan, partnerships with Russia and Georgia, and preparations for next year's Summit of Allied leaders are top issues to be discussed during a two-day NATO Foreign Ministerial which starts on Tuesday (3 December 2013).
- Arctic Made Priority for Russian Navy in 2014 RIA Novosti 02 Dec 2013 -- Russian naval forces are set to make the Arctic a priority region, boosting combat training and scouting lesser-known areas of the icy territory in 2014, a navy spokesman said Monday.
- China communicates with others on air zone: FM spokesman People's Daily 02 Dec 2013 -- China has communicated with related countries on its newly established Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday.
- Air Force officials pinpoint ADIZ overlap with China CNA 02 Dec 2013 -- Air Force officials said Monday that the overlapping area of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) and China's ADIZ over the East China Sea covers some 23,000 square kilometers, not 67,000 sq. km. as it said last week.
- Taiwan Air Force operating normally in zone overlapping with China CNA 02 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan's Air Force patrols in its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) have not been impacted by China's demarcation of an ADIZ that partially overlaps Taiwan's, Defense Minister Yen Ming said Monday.
- 'One degree' change behind Taipei flight information zone trouble CNA 02 Dec 2013 -- The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aimed at facilitating air traffic control when it expanded the Taipei Flight Information Region one degree east in 1955, but the move also caused 'trouble' for Taiwan's aviation authorities.
- No Chinese military aircraft have entered Taiwan's ADIZ: minister CNA 02 Dec 2013 -- No military aircraft from China have entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) since Beijing's recent demarcation of an ADIZ over the East China Sea, Defense Minister Yen Ming said Monday.
- Taiwan's ADIZ remains unchanged: defense minister CNA 02 Dec 2013 -- Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) remains unchanged and none of the country's military training operations or patrols within the area have been affected by China's recent demarcation of an ADIZ over the East China Sea, Defense Minister Yen Ming said Monday.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 12/2/2013 The White House 02 Dec 2013
- December 2, 2013 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 02 Dec 2013
- 2 December 2013 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 02 Dec 2013
- UN: Syria War Crimes Evidence Implicates Assad VOA 02 Dec 2013 -- The United Nations' top human rights official says evidence collected by U.N. investigators implicates Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and members of his inner circle in crimes against humanity and war crimes.
- Syria militants take part of Syrian Christian town of Ma'loula Iran Press TV 02 Dec 2013 -- Foreign-backed militants operating inside Syria have moved into the center of the Christian town of Ma'loula after several days of fighting.
- Taiwan belongs to Republic of China: president CNA 02 Dec 2013 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday there should not be any controversy over Taiwan's status because a peace treaty signed between the Republic of China and Japan in 1952 unequivocally recognizes Taiwan as part of the ROC's territory.
- UN peacekeeping chief in Eastern DR Congo to inaugurate new protection technology, sees progress UN News Centre 02 Dec 2013 -- On a visit to the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) today, the head of United Nations peacekeeping operations said that the situation in the region, where civilians have suffered through recurrent insurgencies, showed evidence of improvement, and gave hope for further progress.
- Ban welcomes successful second round of municipal elections in Kosovo UN News Centre 02 Dec 2013 -- Welcoming the peaceful conduct of local Kosovo elections, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all actors to build on the success of the polls and to continue to constructively in the European Union-facilitated dialogue on normalizing relations between Belgrade and Pristina.
- Nigerian City Under 24-Hour Curfew After Attack VOA 02 Dec 2013 -- Authorities in Nigeria have imposed a 24-hour curfew in the main northeastern city of Maiduguri after suspected Islamic militants attacked an air force base and army barracks.
- C.A.R PM Calls for Aid, Foreign Troops VOA 02 Dec 2013 -- The interim prime minister of the Central African Republic says stabilizing his violence-plagued country will require foreign financial aid as well as the deployment of international troops.
- Mass returns from Saudi risk instability in Yemen IRIN 02 Dec 2013 -- Around 200,000 Yemeni expatriate workers have returned from Saudi Arabia since June, according to estimates from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), amid a sharp escalation in deportations as Saudi authorities crack down on those breaking labour laws - developments that risk increasing poverty and destabilizing the transition in Yemen, say analysts.
- Education struggling to gear up in Mauritania's Mbera camp IRIN 02 Dec 2013 -- Just 4,298 of the 14,000 primary school-aged children in Mbera refugee camp in eastern Mauritania are enrolled in camp schools, aid agencies estimate. Now that the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is moving on from covering the emergency needs to longer-term issues, agencies are grappling with the challenge of getting enough schools built, improving education quality, and coming up with a continuum plan so that Malian refugee children have decent schools to return to when they go home.
- France sends 200 new troops to CAR Iran Press TV 02 Dec 2013 -- More than 200 new French troops have arrived in the Central African Republic (CAR) to join an African-led stabilization force in the country.
- UN envoy stresses urgency of appointing new Premier to maintain Somalia's progress UN News Centre 02 Dec 2013 -- The United Nations envoy in Somalia today highlighted the urgency of appointing a new Prime Minister as soon as possible to maintain the progress made so far in the Horn of Africa nation, after incumbent Abdi Farah Shirdon lost a confidence vote in parliament.
- Nigerian Militants Leave Path of Destruction Near Maiduguri VOA 02 Dec 2013 -- The Nigerian army says suspected Boko Haram militants attacked military and police installations on the outskirts of the northern city of Maiduguri early Monday - the first major attack in the Borno state capital since the government imposed a state of emergency in May. There has been no official word on the number of dead or wounded on either side.
- China launches probe and rover to moon People's Daily 02 Dec 2013 -- China launched the Chang'e-3 lunar probe with its first moon rover aboard early on Monday.
- Putin Signs Decree to Establish New Space Corporation RIA Novosti 02 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed into law a decree to establish a state corporation that will consolidate developers and manufacturers of spacecraft.
- Putin Signs Decree to Implement Sanctions Against North Korea RIA Novosti 02 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to implement UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea, the government's legal information website said Monday.
- Terrorism threat against US increasing: Intel chairs Iran Press TV 02 Dec 2013 -- The leaders of congressional intelligence panels say terrorism threat against the United States is increasing and that the intelligence community has less ability to counter "a growing number of threats.'
- Who's Who In Ukraine's 'EuroMaydan' Protests RFE/RL 02 Dec 2013 -- RFE/RL looks at the politicians and street organizers driving Ukraine's 'EuroMaydan' protests following President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to reject an EU trade deal under pressure from Moscow.
- Ukraine protests show signs of coup: PM Iran Press TV 02 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has criticized the ongoing democratic protests in the country, saying they show 'all the signs of a coup'.
- Ukrainian PM Says Opposition Planning Coup, As Protests Continue RFE/RL 02 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov says protests in Kyiv and other cities in the country have 'all the signs of a coup d'etat.'
- EU, Ukraine Agree to Continue Deal Talks RIA Novosti 02 Dec 2013 -- The presidents of Ukraine and the European Commission on Monday agreed to continue talks regarding association and free-trade deals that Ukraine recently said it would postpone.
- Putin Condemns Ukraine Protests as 'Pogroms' RIA Novosti 02 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that events unfolding in Ukraine should not be described as a revolution, but were rather more reminiscent of a "pogrom."
- Thailand premier refuses to step down Iran Press TV 02 Dec 2013 -- Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has rejected as unconstitutional protesters' demand to step down.
- Thai Prime Minister Rejects Calls to Step Down VOA 02 Dec 2013 -- Thailand's prime minister says she is open to negotiations to defuse the country's political crisis, but remains unwilling to bow to her opponents' demands to turn over the government to an unelected council. Yingluck Shinawatra also says the country's influential military will remain neutral in the standoff.
- Egypt police fire tear gas to disperse protesters in Alexandria Iran Press TV 02 Dec 2013 -- Riot police in Egypt's second largest city of Alexandria have fired tear gas at a large crowd of protesters demanding the abolition of a new law that restricts demonstrations.
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