14 January 2009 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 14 Jan 2009 [PDF]
- Jan. 13 airpower summary: C-130s support intra-theater airlift missions AFNS 14 Jan 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and ISAF in Afghanistan during operations.
- Pentagon: More Former Guantanamo Detainees Returning to Battlefield VOA 14 Jan 2009 -- US DoD: Number of former Guantanamo Bay detainees returning to terrorist activities on the rise.
- PRESS CONFERENCE: Operational, Security Update: Maj. Gen. Oates, MND-C, Jan. 14, 2009 MNF-I 14 Jan 2009 -- Maj. Gen. Michael Oates, commanding general, Multi-National Division - Center, and Ms. Joanne Cummings, political advisor, provide an update from Iraq
- Report Charts Continued Progress in Iraq AFPS 14 Jan 2009 -- The lack of essential services has replaced security as the major concern in Iraq, pointing to the progress the country has been making.
- Division Commander in Iraq Voices Concern over Election Meddling AFPS 14 Jan 2009 -- With violence levels greatly reduced, meddling from outside influences is a concern surrounding upcoming Iraqi elections.
- Iraqi Commission Formed To Take Detainees From U.S. Forces RFE/RL 14 Jan 2009 -- Iraq: Special commission formed to take over responsibility for thousands of detainees now in U.S. military custody.
- US: Iran a Major Threat to Iraq's Stability VOA 14 Jan 2009 -- The US Defense Department says Iran continues to pose a major threat to Iraq's long-term stability.
- NATO Tightens Rules of Engagement in Afghanistan VOA 14 Jan 2009 -- NATO says it has tightened its rules of engagement in Afghanistan in an attempt to minimize civilian causalities and reduce tensions.
- Karzai Critics Read Much Into Biden 'Tough' Talk RFE/RL 14 Jan 2009 -- Detractors of Afghanistan's embattled president were seizing on visit to Kabul as evidence that Karzai's cozy relations with US are over.
- Air Force Begins Airlift of Peacekeeping Equipment to Darfur AFPS 14 Jan 2009 -- The Air Force has begun airlifting Rwandan peacekeeping equipment and supplies to Sudan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Navy Announces Decision on Mayport Homebasing DoD 14 Jan 2009 -- Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations and Environment, B.J. Penn, today signed a record of decision for the Mayport Homeporting Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
- Clinton Suggests New Foreign Policy Attitudes, If Not New Policies RFE/RL 14 Jan 2009 -- Hillary Clinton gave an articulate accounting of the incoming administration's foreign-policy goals.
- Clinton Maps Approach to Iraq, Afghanistan at Confirmation Hearing AFPS 14 Jan 2009 -- Sen. Clinton: The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be top priorities for President-elect Barack Obama's administration.
- Detainee Treatment Remains Key as Officials Weigh Guantanamo's Future AFPS 14 Jan 2009 -- The Defense Department is focused on a way forward that protects America while also ensuring proper treatment.
- Report: Bush Official Says Suspected 9/11 Co-Conspirator Tortured VOA 14 Jan 2009 -- Top Bush administration official: US military tortured the alleged "20th hijacker" in the 2001 terrorist attacks on the US.
- Navy Announces Decision on Mayport Homebasing Navy NewsStand 14 Jan 2009 -- Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations & Environment signed a Record of Decision for the Mayport Homeporting Environmental Impact Statement Jan. 14.
- Task Force Prepares for Horn of Africa Mission AFPS 14 Jan 2009 -- Leaders preparing to deploy to Djibouti next month are getting a sense of the challenges they will face at Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa.
- U.S. military denies plans to set up bases in Kazakhstan RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2009 -- The United States has no plans to deploy military bases in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan in Central Asia.
- Kyrgyz Officials Not Commenting On Reports U.S. Will Leave Air Base RFE/RL 14 Jan 2009 -- Kyrgyz officials have declined comment on reports Kyrgyzstan will ask American-led forces to leave Manas Air Base.
- Shinseki Promises Transformation If Confirmed to Head VA AFPS 14 Jan 2009 -- Nominee to lead Department of Veterans Affairs promised he will transform the department into a 21st-century organization.
- Foreign assistance 'more plausible' to combat Somali pirates: MOFA CNA 14 Jan 2009 -- Foreign Minister Francisco H.L. Ou: seeking foreign assistance "more plausible" for Taiwan to deal with piracy in Gulf of Aden.
- DPRK Powerful with All People Armed KCNA 14 Jan 2009 -- An impregnable all-people defense system has been established nationwide in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 14 Jan 2009
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Dana Perino The White House 14 Jan 2009
- DoD News: Contracts for January 14, 2009
- Sierra Army Depot Deploys Savi Software to Automate Visibility and Management of Inventory Lockheed Martin 14 Jan 2009 -- Savi, a Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] company, has gone live with an automated asset and inventory tracking system at the Sierra Army Depot in northern California.
- Northrop Grumman to Supply Navigation Systems for New Fast Patrol Boats for Trinidad and Tobago Northrop Grumman 14 Jan 2009 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected to supply integrated bridge systems (IBS) for six fast patrol craft being built by Austal Shipyards in Australia for the government of Trinidad and Tobago
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 14 Jan 2009
- Hamas Awaits Israeli Cease-Fire Response VOA 14 Jan 2009 -- Hamas officials say they have given Egyptian mediators their views on a Gaza cease-fire plan with Israel, and are waiting for Israel's response.
- All parties to conflicts must be held to account in protecting civilians - UN official UN News Centre 14 Jan 2009 -- Strict respect for international law by all parties to fighting was critical to end the suffering.
- More rockets fired into Israel from Lebanon despite UN calls for restraint UN News Centre 14 Jan 2009 -- The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon reported that several rockets were fired at Israel from Lebanese territory.
- Israel's blocking of humanitarian aid to Gaza to urge Iran to adopt different strategy IRNA 14 Jan 2009 -- If Israel would block path humanitarian aid Iran would adopt a different strategy.
- Israel intensifies Gaza operation, targets Egypt border tunnels RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2009 -- Israel bombed southern Gaza aiming to destroy tunnels to Egypt while troops continued ground operations in the north.
- Israel not feeling international pressure to stop war in Gaza RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2009 -- Israel has not felt any serious international pressure that would force it to halt its military operations in Gaza.
- Economy unlikely to change while Hamas runs Gaza - Israeli FM RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2009 -- Residents in Gaza should not count on economic normalization and the lifting of blockades as long as Hamas is in power.
- Israeli troops open fire on south Lebanon after rocket attacks RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2009 -- Israeli troops opened fire on southern Lebanon in response to rockets fired from Lebanese territory.
- Bin Laden Urges Jihad Against Israel VOA 14 Jan 2009 -- A new audiotape attributed to Osama bin Laden is calling on Muslims to launch a jihad, or holy war, to stop Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip.
- Where is al-Qaeda? IRNA 14 Jan 2009 -- Al-Qaeda's silence against Gaza incidents reveals organization seeks to pave the way for US and Zionist regime's further hegemony.
- Ethiopia Says it Achieved Most of Its Objectives for Going into Somalia VOA 14 Jan 2009 -- Ethiopian troops handed over security to the Somalia Federal Transitional Government and a moderate Islamic militia group.
- DRC: Tables turn as rebel faction declares support for army IRIN 14 Jan 2009 -- A rebel splinter group in the Democratic Republic of Congo has said it is ready to back joint operations planned by the governments of DRC and Rwanda.
- Nigerian Militants Threaten to End Cease-Fire VOA 14 Jan 2009 -- Nigeria's most prominent militant group has renewed its threat to end a unilateral cease-fire after the military killed a gang leader.
- UN-African Union force thwarts kidnapping attempt of women in Darfur UN News Centre 14 Jan 2009 -- Troops from the joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur foiled an attempted abduction.
- Sudanese Planes Bomb Darfur Rebels VOA 14 Jan 2009 -- Sudan's military says it has bombed rebel positions in the war-ravaged Darfur region.
- Security Council approves 5,500 UN peacekeepers for Chad, Central African Republic UN News Centre 14 Jan 2009 -- The Security Council unanimously approved deployment of 5,500 peacekeepers to replace European troops in areas of Chad and Central African Republic.
- UN council demands Eritrea engage in efforts to resolve dispute with Djibouti UN News Centre 14 Jan 2009 -- The United Nations Security Council demanded today that Eritrea pull its forces from the contested area and cooperate with diplomatic initiatives.
- Sri Lankan Military Seizes Jaffna from Rebels VOA 14 Jan 2009 -- The Sri Lankan military says it has taken total control of the northern Jaffna peninsula, one of the Tamil rebels' last remaining strongholds of power.
- Japanese Reactionaries' Ambition for Grabbing Tok Islet under Fire KCNA 14 Jan 2009 -- Japanese Foreign Ministry publish new pamphlets in seven languages and distribute them to various countries.
- Missile Strike Targeted 2 Kenyan Al-Qaida Terrorists Linked to 1998 East Africa Embassy Blasts VOA 14 Jan 2009 -- No one has claimed responsibility for the New Year's Day deaths of 2 Kenyans suspected of helping to engineer the 1998 bombings of the United States embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
- Russia Proposes Gas Summit VOA 14 Jan 2009 -- Russia is proposing a summit of all countries involved in the current gas dispute between Moscow and Kyiv.
- With Gas Still Off, Europe Increasingly Critical Of Russia, Ukraine RFE/RL 14 Jan 2009 -- As Europe continues to ride out a severe cold snap, hopes of relief in the form of fresh Russian natural-gas supplies have been frozen.
- Tymoshenko says Kiev, Moscow must reach gas deal without EU help RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2009 -- Ukrainian PM Tymoshenko: Kiev and Moscow had to agree on gas contract at bilateral talks without Europe's mediation.
- Russia Endorses Slovak Plan for Gas Swap VOA 14 Jan 2009 -- Russia says it accepted a Slovak proposal to organize a natural gas swap under which Ukraine would export gas to heat-starved Slovakia.
- EU losing trust in Ukraine over gas transit row - Slovak PM RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2009 -- Slovak PM: European partners are losing trust in Ukraine over problems with Russian gas transits to the EU.
- Kiev refuses to accept Russian gas intended for Europe-Gazprom RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2009 -- Ukraine's national energy company Naftogaz refused to accept Russian gas due to be transited to Europe.
- International monitors confirm Kiev blocking gas transit- Gazprom RIA Novosti 14 Jan 2009 -- International monitors confirmed that Ukraine has blocked the transit of Russia's Europe-bound natural gas supplies.
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