27 December 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 27 Dec 2007 [PDF]
- Troops Kill 11 Insurgents, Detain 19 in Iraq Operations AFPS 27 Dec 2007 -- Coalition troops killed 11 insurgents and captured 19 others during separate operations in Iraq today, military officials reported.
- Troops Detain 2 Extremists Tied to Soldiers' Abduction AFPS 27 Dec 2008 -- Iraqi police and U.S. special operations forces seized two suspected extremists believed to be complicit in the kidnapping of three U.S. soldiers in early May, U.S. military officials said today.
- 'Ironhorse' Brigade Officer Reflects on Progress in Iraq AFPS 27 Dec 2008 -- When the senior leadership and soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division's 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team arrived in Iraq nearly 15 months ago, the security situation here was quite different from the one they now experience as they patrol the streets throughout their area of operations.
- U.S., Afghan Forces Seize 2 Terrorists, Find Weapons Cache AFPS 27 Dec 2007 -- Afghan and U.S. security forces detained two suspected terrorist bombers and seized a weapons cache during separate operations in Afghanistan Dec. 24.
- AFGHANISTAN: Blocked roads threaten food security IRIN 27 Dec 2008 -- Heavy snowfall has blocked roads to at least 10 districts in Badakhshan Province, northeastern Afghanistan, Monshi Abdul Majid, the governor of Badakhshan, told IRIN on 27 December.
- Retired general says Soviet incursion of Afghanistan justified RIA Novosti 27 Dec 2008 -- The invasion by Soviet troops of Afghanistan on December 25, 1979 was fully justified, a retired Afghan army general said on Thursday.
- UN, EU Envoys Comply With Afghan Expulsion Orders RFE/RL 27 Dec 2007 -- A UN and an EU diplomat have left Afghanistan after they were expelled by the government in Kabul, which accused them of meeting with insurgents in the southern Helmand Province.
- Expelled UN, EU Diplomats Leave Afghanistan VOA 27 Dec 2007 -- Two diplomats from the United Nations and European Union have left Afghanistan after local authorities ordered their expulsion for allegedly holding unauthorized talks with Taliban insurgents
- Bhutto's Death Felt Keenly In Kabul RFE/RL 27 Dec 2007 -- The death of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in an apparent suicide attack outside the capital, Islamabad, has shaken the country's political landscape and underscored the threat that politically motivated violence poses in Pakistan and the region.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Germantown Provides Assistance to Iranian Dhow Navy NewsStand 27 Dec 2008 -- Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) provided assistance to an Iranian fishing dhow Dec. 27 in the Arabian Sea.
- Porter Makes Mark in Seychelles with Community Relations Projects Navy NewsStand 27 Dec 2008 -- After arriving in Port Victoria for a port visit, Dec. 17, Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) volunteered their time with two community relations projects to help the local community.
- Enhanced Health Information Sharing Supports Care of Wounded Warriors 27 Dec 2007 -- The Department of Defense (DoD) announced the organization-wide release of enhancements that allow DoD to share electronic health information with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) through the Bidirectional Health Information Exchange (BHIE) and the Clinical Data Repository/Health Data Repository (CHDR) interfaces.
- Von Braun Complex Phase III Contract Awarded MDA 27 Dec 2007 -- The U.S Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $221.2 million contract to Archer Western Contractors, Ltd., headquartered in Atlanta, for design and construction of the third and largest phase of the Von Braun Complex on Redstone Arsenal, Ala
- Russian arms exports could be worth about $7.5 billion in 2008 RIA Novosti 27 Dec 2007 -- Russia could export weaponry worth about $7.5 billion in 2008, the head of the Russian Technology state-run corporation said on Thursday.
- Russia trains Greek Tor-M1 crews RIA Novosti 27 Dec 2008 -- Russia is training a group of Greek military specialists to operate Tor-M1 air defense systems in service with the Hellenic Army, a senior military official said on Thursday.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 27 Dec 2007
- Press Gaggle by Scott Stanzel The White House 27 Dec 2007
- Turkey Launches Operation Against Kurdish Rebels Near Iraq Border VOA 27 Dec 2007 -- Turkish officials say military troops have launched a fresh operation against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey near the Iraqi border.
- SENEGAL: Neither war nor peace in Casamance after 25 years IRIN 27 Dec 2008 -- The assassination of the presidential peace envoy to Senegal's troubled Casamance region in December will not derail the peace process, government officials say, yet according to observers the peace process is dragging and 25 years after the start of the secessionist rebellion the region remains in a state of neither war no peace.
- DRC: Nkunda calls ceasefire as Kivu peace conference postponed IRIN 27 Dec 2008 -- Renegade Congolese Gen Laurent Nkunda, whose forces are battling government troops in eastern DRC's North Kivu Province, has declared a unilateral ceasefire in the run-up to a major conference aimed at restoring peace and security to the region, an announcement the government dismissed as irrelevant.
- UN mission calls on Ethiopia, Eritrea to show restraint after shooting incident UN News Centre 27 Dec 2007 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission monitoring the ceasefire between Ethiopia and Eritrea today called on both sides to show maximum restraint after a shooting incident in the border area where the two countries fought a two-year war that ended in 2000.
- Olmert, Abbas Meet in Jerusalem to Advance Peace Talks VOA 27 Dec 2007 -- Israeli and Palestinian leaders held a summit meeting today in Jerusalem in a bid to advance the Middle East peace process
- Clashes Escalate at Sea, on Shore between Sri Lankan Military, Tamil Rebels VOA 27 Dec 2007 -- The Sri Lankan military is continuing a campaign to further weaken Tamil rebels, attacking them at sea and on land in the latest clashes in the 25-year-old civil war.
- Pakistan's Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto Assassinated VOA 27 Dec 2007 -- Pakistan's former prime minister and opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday at a campaign rally just two weeks before parliamentary elections.
- Bhutto Assassination Condemned by World Leaders Washington File 27 Dec 2007 -- President Bush joined world leaders in shocked condemnation of the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and called for continued progress toward democratic reforms in Pakistan.
- World Leaders Condemn Bhutto Assassination VOA 27 Dec 2007 -- Leaders from around the world have condemned the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
- Bush Condemns Bhutto Assassination VOA 27 Dec 2007 -- President Bush has condemned the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto
- President and Mrs. Bush Extend Condolences Regarding Assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Condemn Violence The White House 27 Dec 2007
- Riedel: Bhutto's Assassination 'Almost Certainly' Work of Al-Qaeda cfr.org 27 Dec 2007
- Backgrounder: Pakistan's Institutions and Civil Society cfr.org 27 Dec 2007
- Analysis: Pakistan After Bhutto cfr.org 27 Dec 2007 -- Pakistan's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was killed December 27 in a gun and bomb attack (NYT) following a preelection rally near Islamabad
- Iran strongly condemns assassination of Benazir Bhutto IRNA 27 Dec 2007 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini here on Thursday strongly condemned assassination of Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto who was killed in a suicide attack at a campaign rally.
- India expresses shock over Benazir's assassination IRNA 27 Dec 2007 -- Expressing shock over the brutal assassination of Pakistan former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, India Thursday described Benazir as an 'outstanding woman leader of the subcontinent'.
- Secretary-General voices outrage at assassination of ex-leader of Pakistan UN News Centre 27 Dec 2007 -- Expressing his shock and outrage at the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the "heinous crime" and called for those behind the attack to be brought to justice.
- Security Council urges calm following 'reprehensible' terrorist attack in Pakistan UN News Centre 27 Dec 2007 -- Condemning the deadly terrorist attack that killed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and at least a dozen others in the northern city of Rawalpindi, the United Nations Security Council called on all Pakistanis to show restraint in the wake of today's tragedy.
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