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19 December 2013 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 19 Dec 2013 [PDF]
  • Hagel, Dempsey Continue Focus on Afghanistan AFPS 19 Dec 2013 -- The United States is still at war, and DOD leaders will continue to focus on Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.
  • Bagram runway reopens, first F-16s arrive AFNS 19 Dec 2013 -- The first of several F-16 Fighting Falcons arrived at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Dec. 15.
  • Iran Looks to Deepen Ties to Afghanistan VOA 19 Dec 2013 -- Amid a dispute with the United States over a long-term security deal, Afghanistan is pursuing closer ties with neighboring Iran. The diplomacy could signal an increasing regional role for Tehran in Afghan affairs after most international troops leave Afghanistan in 2014.

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  • White House: Obama Would Veto Any New Iran Sanctions VOA 19 Dec 2013 -- The White House says President Barack Obama would veto any new legislation imposing additional sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.
  • Salehi: Nuclear fuel for Tehran's reactor reserved for 4 years IRNA 19 Dec 2013 -- Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi said on Thursday that Iran has reserved nuclear fuel for Tehran's reactor for four years and there is nothing to worry about in this regard.
  • Iran deal obviates excuse for US missile system: Lavrov Iran Press TV 19 Dec 2013 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has reiterated that the implementation of a recent nuclear deal between Iran and the six world powers leaves no place for the deployment of a US missile system in Europe.
  • Putin Describes Ukraine Deal As 'Brotherly' Help RFE/RL 19 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered his thoughts on Ukraine, the Winter Olympics, a prison amnesty, Iran's nuclear program, and Edward Snowden, among other issues, during a marathon four-hour press conference,
  • Yanukovych Defends Bailout, Tells West To Stay Out RFE/RL 19 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has defended Kyiv's bailout deal with Moscow, and told the West not to interfere in Ukraine's current political crisis.
  • Ukraine Put EU Association on Hold, Not Rejected It - President RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2013 -- Kiev put its political association and free-trade talks with the European Union on hold, but is ready to resume them if favorable terms are offered, the Ukrainian president said Thursday.
  • Russia's Top Diplomat Says EU Trying to Dictate Ukraine's Future RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2013 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday accused the European Union of trying to dictate to Ukraine.
  • Yanukovych: West Should Stay Out of Ukraine Crisis VOA 19 Dec 2013 -- Ukraine's embattled president harshly criticized the West on Thursday for supporting massive street protests calling for his ouster and announced plans to partially join a Moscow-led economic union - a move likely to deepen the country's political crisis.
  • Putin: I envy Obama, he gets away with spying Iran Press TV 19 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he envies his US counterpart Barack Obama because he can spy on his allies without any consequences.
  • Putin Calls Snowden 'Noble,' Says Never Met Him RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin described Edward Snowden, the former US National Security Agency contractor who has received temporary asylum in Russia, as a noble man, but denied having ever met him.
  • Putin Envies Obama's Ability to Spy on the World RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2013 -- President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he envied US President Barack Obama's ability to spy on the rest of the world.
  • Inquiry asserts UK complicity with US in rendition, torture Iran Press TV 19 Dec 2013 -- A newly-revealed inquiry shows that British intelligence agents have been involved in the controversial US rendition program, which involved torturing terror suspects.
  • General Assembly adopts consensus text backing right to privacy in digital age UN News Centre 19 Dec 2013 -- Deeply concerned that electronic surveillance, interception of digital communications and collection of personal data may negatively impact human rights, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a consensus resolution strongly backing the right to privacy, calling on all countries take measures to end activities that violate this fundamental "tenet of a democratic society."
  • AWOL Taiwanese intelligence officer held in U.K. CNA 19 Dec 2013 -- A Taiwanese military intelligence officer who went absent without leave and fled to the United Kingdom in July 2012 has been detained as the Taiwanese authorities seek her deportation.
  • Corruption Probe Seen as Challenge to Turkish PM's Authority VOA 19 Dec 2013 -- Turkish police have detained at least 49 people in Istanbul and Ankara as part of a high-level corruption probe into alleged bribery connected to public tenders. The move is being widely interpreted as a challenge to the authority of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
  • Peru destroys 20 clandestine airstrips Iran Press TV 19 Dec 2013 -- A special elite unit of the Peruvian armed forces has destroyed at least 20 hidden aircraft runways in the country, which were used to fly drugs out of the jungle to Bolivia and Brazil.
  • Space Telescope Begins Its Journey to Stars RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2013 -- An ambitious European space telescope has separated successfully from its Russian launch vehicle and started moving towards its working orbit 1.5 million kilometers above Earth, the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, said.

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