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16 December 2013 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 16 Dec 2013 [PDF]
  • Australian Defence Force completes mission in Uruzgan Australian Department of Defence 16 Dec 2013 -- The Australian Defence Force mission in Uruzgan has concluded and the majority of ADF members are on their way home.
  • Afghanistan's Karzai Presses for Indian Support, Investment VOA 16 Dec 2013 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has concluded a four-day visit to India, during which he encouraged New Delhi to boost investment and military support in his country. The trip comes as the Afghan leader continues to delay signing a security agreement with the United States.
  • DOD Continues Central African Republic Peacekeeping Support AFPS 16 Dec 2013 -- The Defense Department sent another Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport jet from Burundi to the Central African Republic today in support of the African Union-led International Support Mission in that beleaguered nation, Army Col. Steve Warren, a Defense Department spokesman, told reporters here.

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News Reports

  • China plans to launch Chang'e 5 in 2017 People's Daily 16 Dec 2013 -- China plans to launch lunar probe Chang'e-5 in 2017, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.
  • Yutu gets rolling on the moon People's Daily 16 Dec 2013 -- China's first lunar rover and the lander took pictures of each other near mid-night on Sunday, marking the complete success of the country's Chang'e-3 lunar probe mission.
  • NSA considers Edward Snowden amnesty Iran Press TV 16 Dec 2013 -- The US National Security Agency is offering a controversial amnesty to American whistleblower Edward J. Snowden in exchange for the confidential documents he is keeping about the super spy agency.
  • Kerry calls Zarif IRNA 16 Dec 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that US Secretary of State John Kerry has called his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.
  • Rafsanjani: West must abide by promises IRNA 16 Dec 2013 -- Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Monday that the western governments must respect the diplomatic custom to abide by undertakings in line with the Geneva agreement on November 24.
  • Iran's Zarif expresses dissatisfaction with new US sanctions ISNA 16 Dec 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a phone call with his US counterpart John Kerry voiced Iran's dissatisfaction with the new US sanctions against Iran.
  • Iran has never sought access to WMD: Rouhani Iran Press TV 16 Dec 2013 -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says the country has never sought Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and believes possession of such arms would not serve its national interests, whatsoever.
  • Geneva deal must ensure Iran N-rights: Larijani Iran Press TV 16 Dec 2013 -- Iran's Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says the nuclear Agreement between Tehran and the Sextet of powers must ensure the Islamic Republic's nuclear rights and lead to the removal of sanctions.
  • Iran determined to finalize nuclear agreement: Zarif Iran Press TV 16 Dec 2013 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran is committed to reaching a final comprehensive agreement with the Sextet of world powers over its nuclear energy program.
  • EU pledges readiness to lift anti-Iran sanctions Iran Press TV 16 Dec 2013 -- European Union says it is ready to suspend some sanctions against Iran as soon as experts check that Tehran is implementing the terms of a nuclear deal reached in Geneva.
  • Indonesia Arrests 3 Terror Suspects VOA 16 Dec 2013 -- Indonesia says it has arrested three more members of a terrorist network linked to the August bombing of a Buddhist temple in Jakarta.
  • Ashton, Lavrov Say Kyiv Should Have 'Free Choice' Between EU, Russia RFE/RL 16 Dec 2013 -- The European Union and Russia have both said Ukraine should have a 'free choice' when it comes to choosing whether to pursue closer ties with the West or with Moscow.
  • Russia Denies Blackmailing Ukraine Over EU Deal RIA Novosti 16 Dec 2013 -- Russia has never threatened Ukraine with sanctions over a cooperation agreement with the European Union, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.
  • Ukraine Ruling Party Demands Cabinet Reshuffle VOA 16 Dec 2013 -- Ukraine's ruling party has demanded a sweeping Cabinet reorganization in a sign the leadership is seeking to placate protesters opposed to an economic pact with Russia.
  • One month on, UN renews pledge to help Philippines recover from deadly typhoon UN News Centre 16 Dec 2013 -- Just over a month since Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, the United Nations and its partners today agreed on the need to act quickly to help the affected communities rebuild their lives, as well as learn lessons from the international community's response to the disaster.
  • UN, partners seek record $13 billion to bring life-saving aid to millions in 2014 UN News Centre 16 Dec 2013 -- The United Nations and its partners will need nearly $13 billion in funding to reach millions of people with life-saving aid in 2014, with half of that sought for those affected by the deepening crisis in Syria.

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