26 April 2009 Military News
- Any Pakistan-Taliban deal means strengthening extremism IRNA 26 Apr 2009 -- Any agreement between Pakistan and Taliban can strengthen extremist tendencies and have negative consequences for both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
- Pakistani Taliban disallow army convey to enter Swat valley: spokesman IRNA 26 Apr 2009 -- Pakistani Taliban militants Saturday did not allow a convoy of security forces to enter their stronghold Swat valley, fearing that they may launch fresh offensive, the Taliban spokesman said.
- Pakistani Taliban loot 7 trucks of chemicals in Swat valley IRNA 26 Apr 2009 -- Pakistani Taliban in the restive Swat valley Saturday looted seven trucks of chemical ‘ammonium nitrate’ which could be used in making bombs, officials and truck drivers said.
- Pakistani Forces Launch Offensive Against Taliban Militants VOA 26 Apr 2009 -- Authorities in Pakistan say that paramilitary forces backed by helicopter gunships on Sunday killed at least 30 Taliban militants in the North-West Frontier Province. The offensive followed growing international criticism that the Pakistani government is abdicating authority to the Taliban and extremists.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Air Force chief offers perspective to acquisition community AFNS 26 Apr 2009 -- Some 700 Air Force senior leaders, acquisition professionals and defense industry partners met at the campus of Sinclair Community College April 20 to 22 to address challenges faced by the military acquisition, technology and logistics community.
- Obama Outreach Weighed in Mideast VOA 26 Apr 2009 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has made dialogue with the Middle East a priority in his early months in office. As the Obama administration approaches the 100 day mark, regional leaders are assessing the result.
- USS New Orleans Enters Dry Dock Navy NewsStand 26 Apr 2009 -- USS New Orleans entered a dry dock in Bahrain to continue repair work on the ship's hull.
- Southern Partnership Station, HSV Swift Complete Mission Navy NewsStand 26 Apr 2009 -- High speed vessel Swift arrived to officially mark the completion of the Southern Partnership Station 2008-2009 mission.
- Korean Service Corps train at North Star Range Army News 26 Apr 2009 -- Training for 82 of the 176 men of the 15th Korean Service Corps stationed on Camp Stanley began on North Star Range.
- Russian attack aircraft to join military drills in Kyrgyzstan RIA Novosti 25 Apr 2009 -- Russian Su-25 Frogfoot close air support aircraft will take part on Saturday in the active phase of the military exercises conducted by Kyrgyzstan's Armed Forces, the Kyrgyz Defense Ministry said.
- CSTO Discusses Rapid Reaction Force With Rahmon RFE/RL 26 Apr 2009 -- Nikolai Bordyuzha: Discussed the creation of a CSTO rapid reaction force with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.
- Israel Rejects Preconditions for Talks with Syria VOA 26 Apr 2009 -- Israel's new government is offering to resume peace negotiations with Syria. But it wants to change the ground rules.
- ISRAEL-OPT: UN survey highlights psychological trauma in Gaza IRIN 26 Apr 2009 -- The UN Inter-Agency Gender Task Force (IAGTF), a mechanism for integrating gender concerns into UN policies and programmes, on 23 April published the results of a household survey on the needs and perceptions of men and women in the aftermath of Israel’s recent 23-day military offensive in Gaza.
- 23 more LTTE cadres surrender to security forces IRNA 26 Apr 2009 -- Even as the talks with UN Chief John Holmes is in progress in Colombo, there are confirmed reports of 23 more LTTE cadres surrendering to the Security forces at Valliagamadam .
- Sri Lanka Rejects Tamil Tiger Ceasefire VOA 26 Apr 2009 -- Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels, on the verge of total military defeat, have declared a cease-fire. But the military immediately rejected it, saying surrender to Sri Lankan forces is the only option. The development comes as the top U.N. humanitarian official is in the country pressing for greater and immediate access to the dwindling combat zone.
- Sri Lanka: Top UN relief official to call for release of civilians trapped in fighting UN News Centre 26 Apr 2009 -- The top United Nations humanitarian official arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday to press for the release of tens of thousands of civilians still confined to a shrinking pocket of land on the country's north-east coast, which has been fiercely defended by separatist Tamil rebels against a Government military offensive since December.
- 11 Darfur Rebels Get Death Penalty for Khartoum Attack VOA 26 Apr 2009 -- A Sudanese court has sentenced another 11 Darfur rebels to death for a deadly attack on the capital last year.
- Press Briefing On Swine Influenza, 4/26/09 The White House 26 Apr 2009 -- Ress Briefing On Swine Influenza By Secretary Napolitano, Department Of Homeland Security, John Brennan, Assistant To The President For Homeland Security And Counterterrorism, Dr. Richard Besser, Acting Director, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, And Robert Gibbs, Press Secretary
- CDC Media Availability on Human Swine Influenza Cases Center for Disease Control 26 Apr 2009
- WHO updates report on Swine Influenza IRNA 26 Apr 2009 -- In response to cases of swine influenza A/H1N1, reported in Mexico and the United States of America, the Director-General convened a meeting of the Emergency Committee to assess the situation and advise her on appropriate responses.
- GOVERNOR PATERSON ACTIVATES HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PLAN; PUTS STATE ON ‘HIGH ALERT’ FOR SWINE FLU Office of the Governor of New Yorkorbital 26 Apr 2009 -- Governor David A. Paterson today announced that he has activated New York State's health emergency preparedness plan, and put the State on high alert to quickly identify and respond to any cases of swine flu
- Russia sets up commission to prevent swine flu outbreak RIA Novosti 26 Apr 2009 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has set up a government commission to prevent the spread of swine flu in the country, the government's press secretary said on Sunday.
- WHO, US Declare Swine Flu Emergencies VOA 26 Apr 2009 -- The World Health Organization is expressing concern about a possible swine flu pandemic as the number of confirmed cases rises in the United States and Mexico - and new cases have been reported in Canada. The Obama administration declared a public health emergency to mobilize federal and state resources to combat the infectious viral illness.
- Ukraine Marks Chernobyl's 23rd Anniversary VOA 26 Apr 2009 -- Ukraine paid homage Sunday to the victims of the 1986 Chernobyl power plant catastrophe, the world's worst civilian nuclear accident.
- Clinton Assures Support for Lebanon VOA 26 Apr 2009 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made an unannounced stop in Lebanon. Clinton expressed hope that Lebanon's June parliamentary elections will be free and fair.
- Kyrgyz Police Detain 80 After Interethnic Tensions RFE/RL 26 Apr 2009 -- The Kyrgyz Interior Ministry says about 80 people have been detained after a rally reportedly turned violent in the town of Petrovka, 45 kilometers west of the capital, Bishkek.
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