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12 December 2013 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 12 Dec 2013 [PDF]
  • US backs off Dec. deadline for Afghan pact Iran Press TV 12 Dec 2013 -- The administration of US President Barack Obama has said the deadline for signing a security agreement with the government of Afghanistan could be extended to January despite an earlier ultimatum that the agreement must be signed by the end of December.

Defense Policy / Programs

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • 12 December 2013 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 12 Dec 2013
  • UN team finds 'credible information' on more cases of chemical weapons use in Syria UN News Centre 12 Dec 2013 -- The United Nations team probing the use of chemical weapons in Syria, which in September found "clear and convincing evidence" of Sarin gas attacks against civilians, including children, in the Damascus area, today reported "credible information" that such weapons were used against soldiers and civilians in other parts of the country.
  • UN Report Confirms Chemical Weapon Use in Syria VOA 12 Dec 2013 -- The U.N. mission tasked with assessing whether chemical weapons have been used in the Syrian conflict has concluded in its final report that they were used.
  • Western-backed FSA commander flees Syria Iran Press TV 12 Dec 2013 -- A top Western-backed commander of the opposition forces in Syria has been driven out of the country by Takfiri militants, report said.
  • Lebanon: as winter storm bears down, UN and partners ramp up aid for Syrian refugees UN News Centre 12 Dec 2013 -- The United Nations and its humanitarian partners are ramping up efforts to assist more than 800,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon who are facing the onslaught of cold weather, rains and snowfall as a massive winter storm named "Alexa" moves across the region.
  • RAF flies second wave of vehicles to French peacekeepers UK MOD 12 Dec 2013 -- The RAF has delivered more French armoured vehicles to the Central African Republic in support of France's peacekeeping operation.
  • Updated timeline of Boko Haram attacks and related violence IRIN 12 Dec 2013 -- Despite a fierce crackdown on insurgent group Boko Haram by Nigerian security forces, violence in northeastern Nigeria has not abated. Over 100 people have been killed in attacks in recent weeks, and some fear the violence will only worsen as the 2015 elections approach. Thousands of troops have been fighting Boko Haram in the north since President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in May 2013. Rights groups have accused all involved - Boko Haram, the government's Joint Task Force and civilian vigilante groups - of carrying out human rights abuses, putting civilians at risk of violence from all sides.
  • Civilian vigilante groups increase dangers in northeastern Nigeria IRIN 12 Dec 2013 -- Members of civilian vigilante groups known as the "civilian joint task force" (CJTF) are taking an increasingly active role in the government's fight against Boko Haram (BH). But while some residents call them heroes, others fear they are inciting BH to more directly target civilians, that they are committing abuses themselves and that they are eroding the already strained rule of law in Nigeria's northeast.
  • LRA Rebels Surrender to Ugandan Army VOA 12 Dec 2013 -- The spokesman for Uganda's People's Defense Force (UPDF), says 19 fighters from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have surrendered following intense international pressure on the rebel group.
  • Economic life slows to a crawl amid crackdown in North Sinai IRIN 12 Dec 2013 -- This is the third installment of a four-part series on the impact of militancy and counter-terrorism in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
  • Congo and M23 Rebels Sign Peace Deal VOA 12 Dec 2013 -- A Kenyan presidential spokesman says the Democratic Republic of Congo and M23 rebels have signed a peace agreement in Nairobi. Spokesman Manoah Esipisu announced the agreement on his Twitter account on Thursday.

News Reports

  • North Korea Announces Execution of Leader's Uncle VOA 12 Dec 2013 -- North Korea's state media have announced the execution of leader Kim Jong Un's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, for attempting to overthrow the state. The declaration comes just days after Jang was publicly ousted from power for alleged disloyalty and corruption.
  • Ashton: Yanukovych Wants To Sign EU Deal RFE/RL 12 Dec 2013 -- European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has said Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych told her he still 'intends to sign' a key trade and cooperation agreement with the EU.
  • News Analysis: Flip-Flops Point To Splits In Yanukovych's Circle RFE/RL 12 Dec 2013 -- Just hours after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych called for roundtable talks with the opposition, police forcefully moved against demonstrators in Kyiv under the cover of darkness - and hopes of a negotiated settlement to the standoff were dashed.
  • Putin Invites Kiev to Work With Customs Union at Expert Level RIA Novosti 12 Dec 2013 -- If Ukraine wants to take part in projects that Russia is carrying out with Belarus and Kazakhstan as part of the Customs Union, it is welcome to send expert-level delegations, the Russian president said Thursday.
  • Ashton: Ukraine 'Intends to Sign' Agreement with EU VOA 12 Dec 2013 -- European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych 'intends to sign' a trade and cooperation agreement with the EU that he rejected last month, setting off massive anti-government protests.
  • Window Closing for New US Sanctions on Iran VOA 12 Dec 2013 -- The chairman of the U.S. Senate committee that has crafted existing sanctions against Iran is speaking out against new penalties while international negotiations continue to limit Tehran's nuclear program.
  • Iran's nuclear activities not slowed down: Salehi IRNA 12 Dec 2013 -- Vice-President and the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi on Thursday dismissed certain remarks claiming that parts of Iran's nuclear activities have slowed down describing them as "baseless and wrong".
  • IRGC Commander: Supreme Leader's Words, Nation's Guidelines IRNA 12 Dec 2013 -- Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Commander Brigadier General Aziz Ja'fari referring to Iran's Geneva deal with Sextet said here Thursday Supreme Leader's comments in that and in every field are Iranian nation's guidelines.
  • US sanctions groups supporting Iran's nuclear energy program Iran Press TV 12 Dec 2013 -- The United States has issued new sanctions against a number of companies and individuals for "providing support for" Iran's nuclear energy program.
  • No slowdown in peaceful nuclear activities: Iran Iran Press TV 12 Dec 2013 -- The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has dismissed claims that the country's nuclear activities have slowed down, saying the Islamic Republic's peaceful nuclear work is well underway on all fronts.
  • US Targets More Companies Evading Iran Sanctions VOA 12 Dec 2013 -- The United States has targeted more than a dozen companies and individuals for evading international sanctions against Iran and for providing support for Tehran's nuclear program.
  • Putin Gives Annual Address RFE/RL 12 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has used his annual state-of-the-nation speech to address topics ranging from domestic issues such as interethnic relations and immigration to international concerns such as Iran and Ukraine.
  • Development of Far East, Siberia 'National Priority' – Putin RIA Novosti 12 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin called for tax breaks and improved investment conditions in Siberia and Russia's Far East on Thursday, naming the nation's business development toward the Pacific Ocean a national priority of the century.
  • Africa's vast Sahel region threatened by terrorism, organized crime, Ban warns UN News Centre 12 Dec 2013 -- Terrorism, trafficking in arms, drugs and people, and other transnational forms of organized crime are threatening security in Africa's vast sub-Saharan Sahel region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today.
  • Bangladesh court upholds death penalty Iran Press TV 12 Dec 2013 -- The Supreme Court of Bangladesh has upheld the death penalty for high-profile member of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, Abdul Quader Molla, dismissing his appeal for a final review.
  • Bangladesh executes opposition leader Iran Press TV 12 Dec 2013 -- Bangladesh has executed a high-profile member of Jamaat-e-Islami party, Abdul Quader Molla, over crimes he allegedly committed during the independence war from Pakistan in 1971.
  • Thai PM Calls for Talks as Protesters Keep Up Pressure VOA 12 Dec 2013 -- The political drama in Thailand continues Thursday as protesters intent on ousting the prime minister cut off electricity to her office in the capital. Meanwhile, Yingluck Shinawatra was in Chiang Mai, a city in her party's political stronghold, where she repeated calls for dialogue to resolve the weeks-old crisis.

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