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24 December 2013 Military News

Defense Policy / Programs
Defense Industry
Other Conflicts
News Reports

Current Operations

  • Afghanistan releases over 500 Taliban prisoners Iran Press TV 24 Dec 2013 -- The Afghan government says it has released more than 500 Afghan and Pakistani Taliban prisoners during the past 15 months.
  • US may ease stance on Afghan deal Iran Press TV 24 Dec 2013 -- A report says the United States may be easing its stance toward a controversial security pact with Afghanistan, days before the December 31 deadline.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Russia to Test-Fly New Bomber in 2019 RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2013 -- The Russian Air Force plans to begin test flights of a new strategic bomber in 2019, the commander of the long-range fleet said Monday.
  • Russia Test Fires New Yars Ballistic Missile RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2013 -- Russia carried out a successful test-firing of an RS-24 Yars ballistic missile from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwest Russia on Tuesday, a military representative said.
  • Ivan Gren Landing Ship to Join Russian Navy in 2015 – Shipyard RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2013 -- The Yantar shipyard in the Russia's western-most region, Kaliningrad, said Tuesday that the delivery of a new large landing ship to the Russian navy had been delayed until 2015.
  • Russia Set to Launch 3 Military Satellites RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2013 -- A Russian Rokot carrier rocket will lift off from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia early on Wednesday to put three military satellites into orbit, the Defense Ministry said.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Exiled Internet Spy Snowden Says Mission Accomplished RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2013 -- Former US security contractor Edward Snowden has accomplished his mission of sparking debate by revealing classified United States government documents about the programs he worked on, he said in his first sit-down interview with journalists since arriving in Russia.
  • NSA Leaker's 'Mission Accomplished' Comment Derided by Lawmaker VOA 24 Dec 2013 -- Fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden's comments that he "already won" his battle with the National Security Agency have provoked a strong reaction from a lawmaker who oversees America's intelligence-gathering programs.
  • UN rights experts criticize proposed UK investigation into torture allegations UN News Centre 24 Dec 2013 -- Two United Nations human rights experts today criticized the British Government's decision to replace an independent judge-led inquiry into the United Kingdom's involvement in torture and abuses of people detained overseas in counter-terrorism operations with a parliamentary inquiry.
  • N. Korea Nuke Restart 'More Extensive' Than Expected VOA 24 Dec 2013 -- A U.S.-based research group says North Korea has likely made 'a more wide-ranging, extensive' effort to restore its main nuclear site than previously thought.
  • Iran, G5+1 talks to be resumed in coming days, says Zarif ISNA 24 Dec 2013 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced that the country and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany will hold experts negotiations in coming days.
  • Salehi: IAEA inspectors soon to visit Gachin mine IRNA 24 Dec 2013 -- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi said on Tuesday that inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency will soon visit Gachin uranium mine in Bandar Abbas, Hormuzgan Province.
  • IAEA to visit Gachin uranium mine soon: Salehi Iran Press TV 24 Dec 2013 -- The Iranian nuclear chief says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors will soon visit the Gachin uranium mine in Bandar Abbas, southern Iran.
  • Car Bomb Blast Hits Egyptian Police Compound VOA 24 Dec 2013 -- Egyptian officials are blaming a car bomb for an early morning explosion that killed at least 13 people when it ripped through police headquarters in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura.
  • Egypt Proclaims Muslim Brotherhood 'Terrorist' Organization RFE/RL 24 Dec 2013 -- Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a 'terrorist' organization.
  • 'Iran to launch new indigenous carrier by 2015' Iran Press TV 24 Dec 2013 -- A senior Iranian aerospace official says the Islamic Republic plans to launch into space a new indigenously designed and manufactured carrier by the end of the next Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2015).
  • Russia and Kazakhstan Agree 3-Year Space Center Deal RIA Novosti 24 Dec 2013 -- Russia and Kazakhstan have agreed a three-year roadmap for the joint use of the Baikonur space center, the Russian presidential administration said on its website Tuesday.

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