21 February 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 21 Feb 2007 [PDF]
- MNF-W personnel attacked
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Press Briefing, Feb. 21, 2007 MNF-I 21 Feb 2007 -- TOPIC: SITUATIONAL UPDATE
- Feb. 21 airpower: B-1B hits enemy communications compound AFPN 21 Feb 2007 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 21.
- Seabees from 30th Naval Construction Regiment Begin Iraq Deployment Navy NewsStand 21 Feb 2007 -- Nearly 100 Seabees from the 30th Naval Construction Regiment (30th NCR) departed Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif. Feb. 21, beginning a 14-month Iraq deployment.
- No Serious Injuries in Helo Crash; Troops Kill, Detain Terrorists AFPS 21 Feb 2007 -- No one was seriously injured when a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter went down near Baghdad today, military officials reported.
- US Military: Black Hawk Helicopter Shot Down in Iraq VOA 21 Feb 2007 -- The U.S. military says a helicopter has apparently been shot down, the eighth crash of an American chopper in Iraq in the past month.
- Afghanistan: fighting in south hampering UN humanitarian efforts UN News Centre 21 Feb 2007 -- Security concerns and moving battle fronts in southern Afghanistan are severely limiting efforts to aid the local population in the battle-scarred region, a senior United Nations humanitarian official said today.
- US National Security Advisor Calls for Increased NATO Effort in Afghanistan VOA 21 Feb 2007 -- President Bush's national security advisor has urged NATO members to increase spending on alliance efforts in Afghanistan, warning that a failure there would undermine European and U.S. security.
- U.S. Senators Urge NATO Compensation Fund For Afghans RFE/RL 21 Feb 2007 -- Two high-ranking U.S. senators have urged NATO to create a trust fund for Afghan civilians harmed by NATO-led combat operations.
- AFGHANISTAN: Aid delivery limited by lack of information IRIN 22 Feb 2007
Defense Policy / Programs
- Transcript: DoD Press Briefing On Outpatient Care And Administrative Processes At Walter Reed Army Medical Center And The National Naval Medical Center 21 Feb 2007 -- Presenter: Dr. William Winkenwerder, Assistant Secretary Of Defense For Health Affairs; General Richard A. Cody, Vice Chief Of Staff Of The Army, Accompanied By Lt. General Kevin Kiley, Army Surgeon General
- Officials Offer No Excuses, Only Changes at Walter Reed AFPS 21 Feb 2007 -- Senior defense officials today said they take full responsibility for the recently reported poor-quality outpatient housing and bureaucratic hassles some servicemembers have experienced at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and offered up a "no excuses" approach to fixing the problems.
- NCHB 1 Returns from Antarctica Navy NewsStand 21 Feb 2007 -- Sailors attached to Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 1 at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Cheatham Annex, returned Feb. 14, from a 20-day deployment to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze.
- Vesely Takes Command of Forrest Sherman Navy NewsStand 21 Feb 2007 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98) held their first change of command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk on Feb. 16, where Cmdr. Dean Vesely relieved Cmdr. Michael Van Durick as commanding officer.
- Rice says US missile system to be deployed in Poland, Czech Republic aims at Iran IRNA 21 Feb 2007 -- US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday that the missile system the US has planned to deploy in Poland and the Czech Republic is aimed at a possible launch from Iran.
- Detainee Transfer Announced 21 Feb 2007 -- The Department of Defense announced today that it transferred seven detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Saudi Arabia
- Russia has no plans to build navy bases in Syria - FM Lavrov RIA Novosti 21 Feb 2007 -- Russia's foreign minister Wednesday denied reports about an alleged Russian-Syrian agreement to establish Russian Navy bases on Syria's Mediterranean coast in Tartus and Latakia.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 21 Feb 2007
- Press Gaggle by Tony Snow The White House 21 Feb 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for February 21, 2007
- BAE Systems Welcomes Announcement by UAE Air Force & Air Defence BAE Systems 21 Feb 2007 -- BAE Systems welcomes today's announcement by the United Arab Emirates Air Force and Air Defence (UAE AF & AD), that the new Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) has been chosen to compete for their fast jet training requirement.
- Boeing Deploys Japan KC-767 Boom for First Time Boeing 21 Feb 2007 -- A Boeing [NYSE: BA] flight test crew deployed the air refueling boom on the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's (JASDF) future KC-767 Tanker for the first time Feb. 17 in the skies over western Kansas.
- UAE down-select EADS for Air Tanker programme EADS 21 Feb 2007 -- The UAE Armed Forces General Head Quarter down-select the EADS A330 Multi Role Transport Tanker (MRTT) for the future air-to-air refuelling aircraft of the UAE Air Force & Air Defence (AF & AD).
- LOCKHEED MARTIN DELIVERS LIGHTWEIGHT PRIME MOVER VEHICLES TO THE U.S. MARINE CORPS Lockheed Martin 21 Feb 2007 -- Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT] Tactical Wheeled Vehicle (TWV) program has delivered four Lightweight Prime Mover (LWPM) vehicles to the United States Marine Corps. The LWPM will tow the new M777 lightweight 155-mm artillery howitzer.
- Raytheon HDAM Missile Successful in Test Flight Against Low-Power Radar Source Raytheon 21 Feb 2007 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) HDAM missile completed a series of free-flight tests by successfully engaging a radar system emitting low-power levels, a new accomplishment for an anti-radar missile. HDAM stands for HARM destruction of enemy air defense attack module.
- Sagem Défense Sécurité awarded contract for preparation study on future military telecommunications network Sagem (Safran group) 21 Feb 2007 -- Sagem Défense Sécurité (SAFRAN Group) has just signed a contract with France’s defense procurement agency (DGA, Délégation Générale pour l’Armement) to prepare the future armed forces network, SOCRATE NG*.
- France shows interest in Russian aircraft RIA Novosti 21 Feb 2007 -- France's top government officials expressed Wednesday their interest in buying Russian aircraft, including heavy helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles.
- Russian president expects serious coop with EADS RIA Novosti 21 Feb 2007 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday he expected cooperation with EADS, a European aerospace and arms giant, to be fruitful.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 21 Feb 2007
- Rice Reports on Mideast Visits to International Peace Partners Washington File 21 Feb 2007 -- The Quartet for Middle East peace welcomed a report on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and urged the two parties to continue their constructive dialogue.
- Quartet Urges Palestinian Unity Government to Recognize Israel VOA 21 Feb 2007 -- The international quartet on the Middle East has urged the pending new Palestinian unity government to recognize Israel's right to exist
- Israel's PM: No Compromise on Hamas, Iran and Syria VOA 21 Feb 2007 -- Israel's prime minister, Ehud Olmert, said Wednesday he will maintain contacts with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, but that achieving peace with the Palestinians will be difficult because a majority of Palestinians support Hamas
- United States Welcomes Approval of Somalia Peacekeeping Force Washington File 21 Feb 2007 -- The Security Council vote authorizing an African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Somalia was an important moment for the people of Somalia, U.S. officials say.
- SOMALIA: Plea to help 2,000 displaced families IRIN 21 Feb 2007 -- Civil society organisations in Somalia have appealed to the international community to help at least 2,000 families displaced over the past two weeks by violence in the capital, Mogadishu.
- UN Warns of Janjaweed Forces Assembling in Darfur VOA 21 Feb 2007 -- The United Nations has warned that Arab militia are assembling in large numbers in a western part of Sudan's war-torn Darfur region.
- SUDAN: More displacement amid continuing violence in Darfur IRIN 21 Feb 2007 -- Several thousand Sudanese civilians who were forced to flee their villages after fighting broke out between the Targem and Reziegat Maharia communities in South Darfur have moved to Kass town, where humanitarian agencies have started assisting them, the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said.
- YEMEN: As clashes escalate, humanitarian crisis unfolds IRIN 22 Feb 2007 -- Residents of the northern province of Saada could soon face a humanitarian crisis as clashes between government forces and followers of the deceased radical Shia leader Hussein Badr Eddin al-Houthi have escalated over the few past days, officials have warned.
- SENEGAL: Casamance fighting allegedly linked to elections IRIN 21 Feb 2007 -- Following three attacks by armed fighters in northern Casamance since the start of presidential election campaigns on 4 February, local government officials and supporters of the candidates are concerned that the rebels are trying to undermine Sunday's vote.
- Lebanon: UN reports Israeli air violations; Lebanese fire anti-aircraft round UN News Centre 21 Feb 2007 -- The Lebanese Army fired a round of anti-aircraft weapons today and there were a number of Israeli air violations over the United Nations peacekeepers' area of operation in the southern part of the country, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) reported.
- Kosovo Talks Enter Final Phase; March Deadline Set Washington File 21 Feb 2007 -- Talks to determine the future status of Kosovo entered their final phase February 21 in Vienna, Austria, where a U.S. diplomat said a settlement developed by the United Nations offers the best solution to end years of ethnic conflict.
- DRC: Ex-militiamen get life for murdering UN soldiers IRIN 21 Feb 2007 -- A military tribunal in Ituri District, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has sentenced five former militiamen to life imprisonment for killing two United Nations military observers in 2003.
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY SLOVAKIA’S FOREIGN MINISTER United Nations 21 Feb 2007
- Italian PM Resigns after Nine Months in Office VOA 21 Feb 2007 -- Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigned late Wednesday after his government lost a crucial parliamentary vote on foreign policy
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