25 December 2013 Military News
- US drone strike kills 4 in Pakistan's N Waziristan Iran Press TV 25 Dec 2013 -- At least four people have been killed after a US assassination drone fired two missiles at a building in Pakistan's North Waziristan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- United States and Japan to Negotiate Environmental Stewardship Agreement DoD 25 Dec 2013 -- The Department of Defense welcomes the announcement today in Tokyo that the United States and Japan will negotiate a framework to further address environmental stewardship of United States military activities in Japan.
- City of Corpus Visits Yokosuka during Western Pacific Deployment NNS 25 Dec 2013 -- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) arrived at Fleet Activities Yokosuka Dec. 23 for a visit as part of its deployment to the Western Pacific.
- 3 Russian Military Satellites Put Into Orbit RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2013 -- Three military satellites launched from Russia early Wednesday morning have reached their target orbit, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.
- Russia takes delivery of 100 helicopters in 2013: Official Iran Press TV 25 Dec 2013 -- The aviation fleet of Russia's Air Force has taken delivery of more than 100 combat-ready helicopters in 2013, an official says.
- Russian Navy Pilot Training Center Completion Delayed to November RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2013 -- The Russian navy has pushed back the intended in-service date for a new deck-landing training installation by almost a year for undisclosed reasons, a building contractor involved in the project said Wednesday.
- Russia to Modify Mi-8 Helicopter for Arctic Warfare RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2013 -- Russia's Ulan-Ude aircraft manufacturing plant said Wednesday that it is developing a variant of the famed Mi-8 transport helicopter for use by the military in harsh Arctic climate.
- Russian Air Force Received 12 Su-35 Fighter Jets in 2013 RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2013 -- Russia's Sukhoi aircraft maker delivered a total of 12 advanced Su-35 multirole fighters to the Russian air force this year, the air force commander said Wednesday.
- Iran researchers build new unmanned aerial vehicle Iran Press TV 25 Dec 2013 -- Iran has unveiled a new domestically designed and manufactured unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) which can be used for a number of civilian and military purposes.
- Russia, China to Ensure Security of Syrian Chemical Stockpile RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2013 -- Russia and China are in charge of providing security for the Syrian government's chemical arsenal as it is being taken out of the country, a senior Russian diplomat said on Wednesday.
- French tanks dispatched to Bangui airport amid gunfire Iran Press TV 25 Dec 2013 -- Around a dozen French tanks have been sent to the airport of the Central African Republic's capital amid intense gunfire in the neighboring areas.
- African Union: CAR Tension Reduced After Troops Increase VOA 25 Dec 2013 -- Violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has gradually decreased following increased joint patrols by African led forces and French troops in the capital, Bangui, and other parts of the country, according Eloi Yao, African Union spokesman.
- Ban urges peaceful end to conflict in message broadcast to people of South Sudan UN News Centre 25 Dec 2013 -- In an appeal broadcast in South Sudan on Wednesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon renewed his call on its leaders to settle their differences peacefully and pledged to help end the violence that has wracked the world's youngest nation over the past 10 days.
- U.S. Calls for Immediate Talks in South Sudan AFPS 25 Dec 2013 -- American officials including Secretary of State John F. Kerry have made calls to leaders throughout Africa and the world seeking a solution to the crisis in South Sudan, U.S. State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said in a statement issued yesterday.
- Calls for Peace in South Sudan as Army, Rebels Clash VOA 25 Dec 2013 -- U.S. and U.N. officials are renewing calls for peace in South Sudan, amid growing ethnic violence and more clashes between the army and rebel soldiers.
- S. Sudan Unrest Brings Ethnic Chasm to Forefront VOA 25 Dec 2013 -- As the United Nations moves to deploy more peacekeepers to South Sudan, witnesses say the country is slipping toward civil war. The political conflict between President Salva Kiir and his former vice president has laid bare ethnic tensions that could potentially tear apart the world's newest country.
- Russia's Supreme Court Orders Review of Khodorkovsky Cases RIA Novosti 25 Dec 2013 -- Russia's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a review of past cases against the country's former richest man Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who received a presidential pardon last week after spending more than a decade in Russian jails.
- Egyptian Government Labels Muslim Brotherhood A Terrorist Group RFE/RL 25 Dec 2013 -- The Egyptian government has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group.
- Condemning latest violence, UN chief urges Egyptians to find common ground UN News Centre 25 Dec 2013 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the deadly terrorist attack that took place on Tuesday on the police headquarters in Mansoura, Egypt, while also voicing concern at the deteriorating human rights and political climate in the country.
- Snowden delivers alternative Christmas message Iran Press TV 25 Dec 2013 -- American whistleblower Edward Snowden has delivered his "Alternative Christmas Message" via Britain's Channel 4, saying his revelations about the scale and scope of Washington's spying activities were to enable people to have a say in how their governments are run.
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