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22 December 2013 Military News

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Final B-52G eliminated under New START AFNS 22 Dec 2013 -- One rescue saw, two qualified technicians and less than 45 minutes later, the final B-52G Stratofortress accountable under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty was eliminated Dec. 19 at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group here, commonly referred to as the Boneyard.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

  • ICRC warns of dire humanitarian situation in Syria Iran Press TV 22 Dec 2013 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned over Syria's escalating humanitarian crisis, urging both sides involved to allow humanitarian assistance to reach besieged areas.
  • Obama: US may take action in S Sudan Iran Press TV 22 Dec 2013 -- US President Barack Obama says Washington will take action if needed after US forces were attacked in South Sudan.
  • South Sudan: Ban demands end to violence as UN mission relocates staff from Juba UN News Centre 22 Dec 2013 -- Amid escalating tensions and deadly clashes between military factions in South Sudan, the United Nations Mission in the country today announced that it has begun relocating staff from the capital, Juba, while Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has demanded that South Sudanese political and military leaders end all hostilities and targeted attacks against civilians.
  • Uganda Denies Troops Supporting South Sudan Leader VOA 22 Dec 2013 -- A spokesman for Uganda's Foreign Ministry has denied reports that the government in Kampala sent troops from the Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) to support South Sudan's President Salva Kiir in the ongoing conflict in Africa's newest nation.

News Reports

  • Araqchi: Enrichment, battle of wills between Iran, big powers IRNA 22 Dec 2013 -- Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said the issue of enrichment is a battle of wills between Iran and six world big powers.
  • Araqchi: G5+1 insists on implementing Geneva deal with Iran IRNA 22 Dec 2013 -- Deputy Foreign Minister and member of Iran's nuclear negotiating team Abbas Araghchi said on Sunday that EU foreign policy chief Catjerome Ashton has assured that G5+1 insists on speedy implementation of Geneva deal in order to clinch a final agreement with Iran.
  • Araqchi: IAEA inspectors' visit on Iran-agency agreement basis IRNA 22 Dec 2013 -- Deputy FM and top nuclear negotiator said a visit by International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors of Iranian nuclear facilities during recent days was in framework of agreement signed between Iran and agency during IAEA chief Yokia Amano's visit of Tehran.
  • Nuclear talks moving forward slowly: Zarif Iran Press TV 22 Dec 2013 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the nuclear negotiations with six world powers are moving forward slowly.
  • Khodorkovsky 'Will Help' Political Prisoners RFE/RL 22 Dec 2013 -- At his first news conference after his release from prison, former Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said he will try to help secure the release of other Russian political prisoners.
  • Khodorkovsky Says Won't Fund Russian Opposition RIA Novosti 22 Dec 2013 -- Former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was released from prison on Friday on a presidential pardon, said Sunday he will not fund Russia's opposition.
  • Khodorkovsky: Russia Still Has Political Prisoners VOA 22 Dec 2013 -- Russia's former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, recently pardoned by Russia's president, gave his first news conference Sunday after spending more than 10 years in prison on charges of embezzlement and tax fraud. Khodorkovsky appeared composed and thoughtful while he answered questions at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.
  • Report: CIA helped Colombia kill rebel leaders Iran Press TV 22 Dec 2013 -- The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has secretly helped the Colombian government kill at least two dozen rebel leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, an anti-US insurgency group, according to a report by The Washington Post.
  • US Lawmakers to Debate Proposed Intelligence Reforms VOA 22 Dec 2013 -- A U.S. lawmaker says the data collection practices of the National Security Agency will be the focus of a congressional hearing next month.
  • Israel Demands End to US Spying VOA 22 Dec 2013 -- Israel has reacted angrily to reports the country was a target of espionage by the United States.
  • China's moon rover continues lunar survey after photographing lander People's Daily 22 Dec 2013 -- China's first moon rover, Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, continued patrol explorations on the lunar surface after taking photos of the lander for the fifth and final time early on Sunday.
  • Ban urges international community to boost support for Philippines typhoon recovery plan UN News Centre 22 Dec 2013 -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the international community to scale up support for the massive typhoon recovery plan under way in the Philippines, where the Government-led effort that is helping millions of people rebuild their lives must be underpinned by measures to improve the country's preparedness and resilience to natural disasters.
  • Erdogan vows to punish rivals undermining his rule Iran Press TV 22 Dec 2013 -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned his opponents he will break their hands if they use a corruption scandal to weaken his government.

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