Af/Pak & Other News (12/20/2012)

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Update: Pakistan reports 9th death in polio team attacks:

http://news.msn.com/world/update-pakistan-reports-9th-death-in-polio-team-attacks



Female Vaccination Workers, Essential in Pakistan, Become Prey:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/21/world/asia/un-halts-vaccine-work-in-pakistan-after-more-killings.html?pagewanted=all



Polio workers speak out on Pakistan attacks:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20799518



Pakistani clerics unite to condemn polio workers’ killings:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/20/pakistani-clerics-unite-to-condemn-polio-workers-killings/



A Victory Worth Denying:

http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htwin/articles/20121220.aspx




L&T Delivers 1st Interceptor Boat to Indian Coast Guard:

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20121220/DEFREG03/312200005/L-T-Delivers-1st-Interceptor-Boat-Indian-Coast-Guard?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE



Navy Gets First of 8 P-8I Maritime Surveillance Aircraft from Boeing:

http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/141180/indian-navy-gets-first-boeing-p_8i.html



Russia To Nudge India Toward Buying BMP-3s:

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20121220/DEFREG03/312200004/Russia-Nudge-India-Toward-Buying-BMP-3s?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE



Russian Helicopters Delivers Latest Consignment of Mi-17B-5s to India:

http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/141171/russia-delivers-latest-mi_17b_5-batch-to-india.html





Reports of Israeli drones operating in Azerbaijan spark Iranian
condemnation, threats:

http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2012/12/reports_of_israeli_d.php





Yemeni president restructures army, eliminates Saleh cronies:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/12/20/256089.html




Iraq: Women In Charge:

http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htterr/articles/20121220.aspx




Syrian rebels fight for strategic town in Hama province:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-syria-crisisbre8aj1fk-20121120,0,2593869.story



Whither the Free Syrian Navy:

http://www.informationdissemination.net/2012/12/whither-free-syrian-navy.html



Al Qaeda grows powerful in Syria as endgame nears:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/20/us-syria-crisis-qaeda-idUSBRE8BJ06B20121220




U.N. warns of foreign influx into sectarian Syria war:

http://news.yahoo.com/u-n-warns-foreign-influx-sectarian-syria-war-124458021.html;_ylt=AqSQJEI5OJnTP.uycrbbQmWs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNsazNlYWxhBG1pdANUb3BTdG9yeSBGUARwa2cDODE1MTU3ZjItN2QzNy0zZWQzLWExYTktNzEwZTRmOGI4NTZjBHBvcwM1BHNlYwN0b3Bfc3RvcnkEdmVyAzA4NTAwODAzLTRhYTgtMTFlMi05ZGZjLTljNTJjNmJjYjIyNg--;_ylg=X3oDMTFpNzk0NjhtBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25z;_ylv=3




Report: Al Qaeda emir's hand in Egypt and Syria:

http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2012/12/die_welt_al_qaeda_emirs_hand_i.php




IDF phasing out M-16 in favor of Israeli-made Tavor:

http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=296521



Analysis: IAF preparing surprises for enemies:

http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=296606




General strike shuts down Palestinian Authority:

http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-general-strike-palestinian-authority-20121219,0,2095709.story




Libyan fear slows probe into attack on US mission in Benghazi:

http://news.msn.com/world/libyan-fear-slows-probe-into-attack-on-us-mission-in-benghazi



At Benghazi Hearing, State Dept. Concedes Errors:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/21/us/politics/state-dept-calls-security-during-benghazi-attack-unacceptable.html?_r=0



4 State Department officials quit after report on Benghazi attack:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/middleeast/la-fg-benghazi-report-20121220,0,7144548.story




Soldiers turn hijackers of N.Korea ship in Somali port:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/19/somalia-piracy-idUSL5E8NJ3CP20121219




Third Voyager arrives at RAF Brize Norton:

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/third-voyager-arrives-at-raf-brize-norton-380441/




U.S. To Deploy Newest Weapons to Asia-Pacific:

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20121219/DEFREG02/312190009/U-S-Deploy-Newest-Weapons-Asia-Pacific?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE



Army seeks death for Sgt. Robert Bales in Afghan shooting rampage:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-robert-bales-court-martial-afghan-slaying-20121219,0,385597.story




Watch Darpa’s Headless Robotic Mule Respond to Voice Commands:

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/12/darpa-ls3/



Cassidian develops electro-optics to protect against laser-guided
weapons:

http://alert5.com/2012/12/20/cassidian-develops-electro-optics-to-protect-against-laser-guided-weapons/



Tomahawk’s Chops: xGM-109 Block IV Cruise Missiles:

http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/Block-IV-xGM-109-Tomahawk-Chopped-07423/



While Report on CIA Abuse Stays Secret, Senators Blast Tinseltown
Torture:

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/12/torture-report/



Pakistani-born man accused of New York terror plot:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-terror-charges-20121220,0,6226052.story



X-47B UCAS-D, Back on Land:

http://www.aviationweek.com/Blogs.aspx?plckBlogId=Blog:27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7&plckPostId=Blog:27ec4a53-dcc8-42d0-bd3a-01329aef79a7Post:0802cf0c-0909-4cdf-b402-999b7e5373bc





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