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24 March 2010 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 24 Mar 2010 [PDF]
  • Airpower Summary: March 22 AFNS 24 Mar 2010
  • Afghanistan Troop Level to Eclipse Iraq by Midyear AFPS 24 Mar 2010 -- This summer will mark the first time since 2003 that the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will overshadow the American presence in Iraq, the top U.S. military officer told Congress today.
  • Iraqi Forces Arrest 5 Suspected Terrorists AFPS 24 Mar 2010 -- Iraqi forces with U.S. advisors arrested five men suspected of carrying out attacks for two terrorist groups operating in Iraq, military officials said.
  • Quartermasters train to stay fresh during deployment Army News 24 Mar 2010 -- The 263rd Quartermaster Company out of Fort Bliss, Texas, 541st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) continues to train their Soldiers on the technical and tactical skills of their laundry-service mission at Contingency Operating Base Taji, Iraq.
  • Military and civilian officials cut ribbon of Super jet Travel Agency at JBB Army News 24 Mar 2010 -- Military and Maitha General Trading group officials celebrated the grand opening of MGT's Superjet Travel Agency with a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 15 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.
  • Gates: Low-Level Reconciliation Growing in Afghanistan VOA 24 Mar 2010 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says as more troops flow into Afghanistan and they begin to implement the new U.S. strategy, there has been an increase in the number of low-level Taliban fighters who are surrendering. But as Afghan President Hamid Karzai begins talks with the leaders of the Taliban and related groups, Gates says he thinks it is too early to expect those committed militants to accept peace on what he considers reasonable terms.
  • Engineer and logistics battalions work together to fortify infantry battalion positions in Marjah USMC News 24 Mar 2010 --The heat of Marjah, Afghanistan has turned Cpl. Alton S. Floyd’s truck into a sauna. Already sweating, Floyd a wrecker operator for 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion flips the air conditioning on only to have hot, dusty, brown air blown into his vehicle. Nevertheless, Floyd appears driven as he pulls his vehicle into his unit’s convoy.
  • Marines conduct census patrols to better understand surrounding villages USMC News 24 Mar 2010 -- Marines from Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, along with soldiers from the 6th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 205 Corps, Afghan National Army, conducted a census patrol in the vicinity of Mian Poshteh, Garmsir District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, March 19.
  • A new year brings a new outlook for Muslims in Nawa USMC News 24 Mar 2010 -- Afghans celebrated the Islamic New Year at Nawa’s market square March 21, under a blanket of security provided by the Afghan national security forces and Marines from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.
  • Forces Capture Insurgents, Seize Weapons AFPS 24 Mar 2010 -- Afghan and international forces captured a Taliban subcommander and several other militants last night in operations in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar and Helmand provinces, military officials said.
  • Mullen, Gates Press Congress for Afghanistan Funding AFPS 24 Mar 2010 -- The stakes in Afghanistan are “too high for failure,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress today as he urged quick passage of funding legislation that supports operations there.
  • NATO: Russia Can Contribute More To Afghan War Effort RFE/RL 24 Mar 2010 -- NATO says Russia can contribute to the war effort in Afghanistan by training more counternarcotics agents and providing helicopters to the country's air force.
  • Afghan President Signs Economic Agreements On China Visit RFE/RL 24 Mar 2010 -- The presidents of Afghanistan and China have overseen the signing of new agreements aimed at strengthening the Afghan economy and stabilizing the volatile region.
  • Chinese, Afghan Presidents Meet in Beijing VOA 24 Mar 2010 -- Afghanistan's president is in China for talks aimed at strengthening political and economic ties between the two neighbors.
  • FM says Pakistan Will Prevail in Struggle with Insurgents VOA 24 Mar 2010 -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told top U.S. officials Wednesday his government will prevail in its struggle with the Taliban and other Islamic radicals. He spoke at the close of the first day of a bilateral dialogue that he said yielded a U.S. agreement to fast track delivery to Pakistan of key military supplies.
  • Pakistani Raid on Tribal Area Kills 21 VOA 24 Mar 2010 -- Pakistani officials say security forces and helicopter gunships have killed at least 21 suspected militants in the northwestern tribal region of Orakzai.

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