22 February 2009 Military News
- PRESS CONFERENCE: MNF-I Operational Update: Maj. Gen. David Perkins, Feb. 22, 2009 MNF-I 22 Feb 2009 -- Maj. Gen. David Perkins, MNF-I Spokesman, discusses the provincial elections and provides an update on progress in Iraq
- Feb. 21 Airpower Summary: JTACS ensure mission success AFNS 22 Feb 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations Feb. 21, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- Iraqi Forces Arrest Criminals, Discover Munitions AFPS 22 Feb 2009 -- Iraqi security forces reported arresting a suspected criminal and discovering munitions during a patrol Feb. 19 in southern Baghdad’s Rashid district.
- NATO Confirms Insurgent Leader Killed in Southern Afghanistan VOA 22 Feb 2009 -- NATO forces in Afghanistan have confirmed that insurgent leader Mullah Mahmood was killed in fighting with troops in southern Afghanistan.
- "It's too risky to be an aid worker" IRIN 22 Feb 2009 -- Over the past year, aid workers have increasingly been attacked and harassed in Afghanistan, particularly in the volatile southern provinces
- Pakistan announces ceasefire with militants in Swat valley IRNA 22 Feb 2009 -- Pakistani government Sunday announced ceasefire with the militants in the restive northwest valley Swat valley.
- Pakistan seeks to remove US concerns over Swat peace deal: FM IRNA 22 Feb 2009 -- Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi vowed Sunday that during his trip to Washington he would seek to remove the concerns of the United States over the introduction of Islamic laws and setting up of Islamic courts.
- Three Pakistani Taliban factions form alliance IRNA 22 Feb 2009 -- Three Pakistani Taliban groups in the country's Waziristan tribal region have formed an alliance after burying the hatchet, according to an announcement from the Taliban
- Taliban in Northwest Pakistan Kidnap Official Despite Peace Talks VOA 22 Feb 2009 -- Pakistan's government says Taliban militants have kidnapped a government official and his six bodyguards in the Swat valley, despite ongoing peace talks there.
Defense Policy / Programs
- USS Ronald Reagan Wins Second Battle E Navy NewsStand 22 Feb 2009 -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Sailors received word Feb. 17 the ship had won its second Battle E award, given to the most battle-ready carrier in the Pacific fleet.
- BAE SYSTEMS UNVEILS VEHICLE ARMOR SOLUTIONS AND COMPONENTS FOR THE MIDDLE EAST MARKET BAE Systems 22 Feb 2009 -- BAE Systems is unveiling for the first time in the Middle East the armored Toyota HiLux and a Gunner Protection Kit demonstrator, at the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) from February 23-26. The displays highlight BAE Systems’ armor integration and survivability capabilities.
- BAE SYSTEMS’ DISPLAYS LATEST ARMOURED VEHICLE DEVELOPMENT BAE Systems 22 Feb 2009 -- BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa is now offering an enhanced mine protected variant of the successful RG32M, providing even greater crew safety and blast survivability.
- BAE SYSTEMS LAUNCHES NEW VARIANT OF SOUTH AFRICA’S MOST SUCCESSFUL EXPORT MINE PROTECTED VEHICLE BAE Systems 22 Feb 2009 -- BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa, has launched the latest version of its acclaimed RG series of mine resistant personnel carrier vehicles.
- Eurocopter Committed to Meet the Military Requirements of the Middle East Region EADS 22 Feb 2009 -- “With a strong footprint in the region, we continue to see a demand for our helicopters for military use.
- Russia begins to capture new Arab arms markets - envoy RIA Novosti 22 Feb 2009 -- Russia is beginning to capture new arms markets of Arab countries that were earlier oriented to the West, the head of the Russian Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation said.
- SRI LANKA: UN humanitarian chief makes plea for civilian safety IRIN 22 Feb 2009 -- At the end of a three-day visit to Sri Lanka, John Holmes, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, urged that combatants ensure the safety of tens of thousands of civilians who remain trapped within areas of heavy fighting in northern Sri Lanka.
- 10 civilians killed by LTTE cadres in Sri Lanka IRNA 22 Feb 2009 -- Ten civilians including two children were killed while five others sustained serious injuries when a group of suspected LTTE cadres opened indiscriminate small arms fire at Kirimetiya in Iginiyagala.
- Egypt Temporarily Opens Gaza Crossing VOA 22 Feb 2009 -- Egypt is partially opening its border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. The border crossings are a key issue in Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire talks.
- Lebanese prime minister condemns Israeli artillery attack IRNA 22 Feb 2009 -- The Lebanese Prime Minister condemned Israeli artillery fire into Lebanon.
- DR Congo: UN envoy tells Rwandan Hutu militia to leave Congolese soil UN News Centre 22 Feb 2009 -- The top United Nations official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has again urged combatants fighting with a Rwandan militia group in the volatile North Kivu province of the DRC to put down their arms and return home.
- Darfur: Thousands flee to African Union-UN peacekeepers base for safety UN News Centre 22 Feb 2009 -- Aerial bombardments over the South Darfur town of Muhajeria, the scene of recent violent clashes between Sudanese Government forces and a rebel militia, have forced thousands to a United Nations peacekeepers base in search of safety, the joint African Union-UN mission to the region (UNAMID) reported today.
- Nigerian City Under Curfew After Clashes VOA 22 Feb 2009 -- Nigerian officials imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew Sunday in the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi following clashes over places of worship. Hundreds of troops and police have been deployed to restore order after a day of rioting. Gilbert da Costa reports from Abuja.
- Burundian Peacekeepers Killed in Mogadishu Attack VOA 22 Feb 2009 -- The African Union says 11 troops from Burundi were killed Sunday when insurgents attacked an AU peacekeeping base in Somalia's capital.
- Somali’s New 36-Member Cabinet Larger Than Speculated VOA 22 Feb 2009 -- The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah has welcomed the announcement of the new Somali cabinet by the new Prime Minister Omar Shamarke.
- Lugar Urges Reconsideration of US-Cuba Relations VOA 22 Feb 2009 -- Senator Richard Lugar, a Republican Senator, is urging the United States to reconsider its relations with Cuba.
- Iran Blocks Websites Promoting Khatami RFE/RL 22 Feb 2009 -- Iranian authorities have reportedly blocked websites promoting the presidential bid of Mohammad Khatami.
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