29 December 2013 Military News
- Rocky Future for Afghanistan, US Intelligence Warns VOA 29 Dec 2013 -- A leading U.S. newspaper says an intelligence report on Afghanistan predicts gains made by the United States and its allies will be lost by 2017, with the Taliban and other groups becoming increasingly influential as international forces leave.
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- Readout of Secretary Hagel's Call with Egyptian Minister of Defense General Al-Sisi DoD 29 Dec 2013
- Russia Army to get modern air defense systems in 2016 Iran Press TV 29 Dec 2013 -- A high-ranking Russian military figure says the country's armed forces will be equipped with advanced self-propelled and medium-range surface-to-air Buk-M3 missile defense systems in 2016.
- UNHCR completes first aid airlift to Syria via Iraq Iran Press TV 29 Dec 2013 -- The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) says it has, for the first time, managed to fly humanitarian aid to a difficult-to-access region in Syria from neighboring Iraq.
- Syria committed to Iran's presences in Geneva 2: FM Iran Press TV 29 Dec 2013 -- Damascus says it is committed to the Islamic Republic of Iran's participation in the Geneva 2 conference on the situation in Syria next month.
- Syria army continues mop-up operations Iran Press TV 29 Dec 2013 -- The Syrian army has conducted successful clean-up operations across the Arab country, inflicting heavy losses on foreign-sponsored militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
- UN: Syria Unlikely To Meet Dec. 31 Target RFE/RL 29 Dec 2013 -- The United Nations says it's 'unlikely' Syria's government will meet a December 31 deadline to move its most dangerous chemical arms out of the country.
- Rebels stop advance on Bor, says South Sudan Iran Press TV 29 Dec 2013 -- South Sudan's government says thousands of fighters loyal to rebel leader Riek Machar have halted an advance on a major town in the violence-hit country.
- South Sudan does not need escalation of crisis, UN says as armed youths march on Bor UN News Centre 29 Dec 2013 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan today voiced concern about reports of large numbers of armed youths moving towards the Jonglei state capital of Bor and called on all those with influence to convince them to immediately halt their advance and avoid a further escalation of the current crisis.
- UN Concerned by Reports of 'White Army' Near S. Sudan Town VOA 29 Dec 2013 -- The United Nations says it is concerned by reports that thousands of armed youth loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar are preparing an attack on a South Sudan town.
- Darfur: Ban deplores latest attack on African Union-UN peacekeepers UN News Centre 29 Dec 2013 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned a "cowardly" attack on a convoy of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) that left two peacekeepers dead, and called on the Sudanese authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.
- African Union to Sign Troop Agreement with Rwanda VOA 29 Dec 2013 -- The African Union (AU) plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Rwanda this week that will enable the government in Kigali to send troops to help with efforts to stabilize the Central African Republic (CAR), says Eloi Yao, AU spokesman.
- UN chief urges maximum restraint after exchange of fire across Israeli-Lebanese border UN News Centre 29 Dec 2013 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged maximum restraint by all sides after today's rocket attack on Israel from southern Lebanon, which was then followed by artillery fire from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF).
- NSA collects data from undersea cables Iran Press TV 29 Dec 2013 -- The US National Security Agency (NSA) has collected sensitive data on key undersea optical fiber telecommunications cables between Europe, North Africa and Asia.
- NSA intercepting laptops purchased online to install spy malware Iran Press TV 29 Dec 2013 -- According to a new report from Der Spiegel based on internal NSA documents, the signals intelligence agency's elite hacking unit (TAO) is able to conduct sophisticated wiretaps in ways that make Hollywood fantasy look more like reality.
- New York Times Benghazi Report Disputed VOA 29 Dec 2013 -- A top Republican lawmaker is disputing a report in the New York Times asserting no connection between al-Qaida and the 2012 attack in Benghazi that killed America's ambassador to Libya.
- Velayati: US has no option except for yielding to Geneva accord IRNA 29 Dec 2013 -- Advisor to the Supreme Leader, Ali Akbar Velayati, said on Sunday that the US has no option except for yielding to Geneva accord.
- Araqchi: Geneva deal to be implemented late January IRNA 29 Dec 2013 -- Member of Irans nulcear negotiating team Abbas Araqchi said on Sunday that in case no problems arise, the Geneva deal between Iran and G5+1 will be implemented late January 2014.
- Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant halts activities for 2 months for refueling IRNA 29 Dec 2013 -- Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant halted its activities on Saturday for two months aimed at refueling, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali-Akbar Salehi said on Saturday.
- Ukraine's 'Euromaidan' Opposition Vows More Pressure, Threatens Strike RFE/RL 29 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian opposition leaders at a weekly antigovernment rally that attracted tens of thousands of people have called for continued protests and a national strike after the winter holidays.
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