29 July 2006 Military News
- CENTAF releases airpower summary for July 29 AFPN 29 Jul 2006 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials released the airpower summary for July 29.
- Two F-16s reach milestone AFPN 29 Jul 2006 -- Two F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 421st Expeditionary Fighter Squadron passed 6,000 flying hours during two recent Operation Iraqi Freedom combat missions over Iraq.
- NATO Taking Over Critical Provinces in Southern Afghanistan Washington File 29 Jul 2006 -- U.S. General James Jones, NATO's top operational commander, is expected July 31 to issue formal orders for the military alliance to begin operating in four critical provinces of southern Afghanistan, including Kandahar.
- NATO Prepares for Major Expansion in Afghanistan VOA 29 Jul 2006 -- The NATO alliance faces a huge test in a bid to secure southern Afghanistan as it takes over security operations there.
- Coalition Forces Detain al-Qaida Suspects in Afghanistan VOA 29 Jul 2006 -- U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan say they have detained four suspected al-Qaida operatives in the eastern part of the country.
- Pace Outlines Progress in Afghanistan AFPS 29 Jul 2006 -- The top U.S. general yesterday told the Afghan people they have made huge strides and that Afghan forces are now helping protect the country.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Tomcat Chapter Draws to a Close Navy NewsStand 29 Jul 2006 -- A long, storied chapter in naval aviation history came to a close July 28 with the final aircraft carrier flight operations for F-14 Tomcats, fighter jets that have spent more than 32 years in the fleet but are now retiring and making room for F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.
- Successful Multinational RIMPAC 2006 Exercise Concludes Navy NewsStand 29 Jul 2006 -- The 20th multinational Rim of the Pacific exercise (RIMPAC) concluded July 28 after a month of intensive warfare training conducted off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands.
- Navy Region Hawaii Develops New Technology In Hazardous Waste Disposal Navy NewsStand 29 Jul 2006 -- Navy Region Hawaii, in partnership with Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Service Center, is developing new technology to biologically treat expired shelf life solvent-based paint.
- U.S. Navy Supports Chilean UNITAS Navy NewsStand 29 Jul 2006 -- Navies from seven countries, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Spain and the United States, are participating in exercise UNITAS 2006 Pacific Phase, from July 24 through Aug. 4 off the coast of Chile.
- RIMPAC 2006 comes to a close AFPN 29 Jul 2006 -- The 20th multinational Rim of the Pacific Exercise, or RIMPAC, came to an end July 28. The exercise, a month-long simulation of intense warfare operations off the coast of Hawaii, comprised a coalition force of eight nations employing 35 ships, 160 aircraft and 19,000 sailors.
- New-generation sub to enter service soon-Navy chief RIA Novosti 29 Jul 2006 -- A new-generation multi-role lead submarine will enter service with the Northern Fleet in the foreseeable future, Russia's Navy commander said Saturday.
- Pakistan welcomes US Congress clearance of F-16 jets sale IRNA 29 Jul 2006 -- Pakistan on Saturday welcomed the Congress approval to the sale of Lockheed Martin's F-16 fighter jets to the country because the Congress was technically run out of time to stop it.
- UN mission in Lebanon aids civilians as fighting persists UN News Centre 29 Jul 2006 -- With heavy fighting between Israel and Hizbollah continuing in Lebanon today, the United Nations Interim Force (UNIFIL) there continued providing aid to civilians while protesting to both sides for firing near its positions.
- Rice Sees Lebanese Statement a Positive Step Washington File 29 Jul 2006 -- .S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the Lebanese cease-fire plan announced on the evening of July 28 after a six-hour meeting of the Lebanese cabinet is "most certainly a positive step."
- Lebanese City Stages Second Mass Burial VOA 29 Jul 2006 -- The three hospitals in the southern Lebanese city of Tyre on Saturday held their second mass burial since the start of the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah militants in Lebanon
- Bush: Rice Pushing UN Force for Lebanon VOA 29 Jul 2006 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is back in the Middle East Sunday, with plans for a United Nations force to separate Israeli troops and Hezbollah militants fighting in southern Lebanon.
- France Urges Israel to Reconsider Rejection of 72-Hour Truce VOA 29 Jul 2006 -- Israel's rejection of a U.N.-proposed 72-hour truce in the conflict with Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon has drawn criticism from France, which ruled Lebanon between the World Wars
- Rice Back in Middle East for Talks With Israeli, Lebanese Officials VOA 29 Jul 2006 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is back in the Middle East Saturday for another round of talks with Israeli and Lebanese officials on ending more than two weeks of fighting
- UNHCR Sends First Convoys of Relief Supplies to Lebanon VOA 29 Jul 2006 -- The U.N. refugee agency is sending the first convoys of aid for Lebanon from Syria today
- Hezbollah Threatens Rocket Attacks Further into Israel VOA 29 Jul 2006 -- Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah says his guerrilla group will fire more rockets further into central Israel
- Rice Welcomes Cease-Fire Pledge By Hizballah Ministers RFE/RL 29 Jul 2006 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today welcomed the agreement by Lebanon's Hizballah cabinet members to seek an immediate cease-fire that would include the disarming of Hizballah fighters.
- LEBANON: Arab nations more generous than Western counterparts IRIN 29 Jul 2006 -- Arab nations are donating huge amounts of funds to Lebanon, following the destruction of the country's infrastructure and massive loss of lives as a result Israel's aerial bombardment on Lebanese territory which began on 12 July.
- LEBANON: Fleeing Lebanese seek shelter with Palestinian refugees IRIN 29 Jul 2006 -- Some 925 Lebanese families have sought refuge in the impoverished al-Bas Palestinian camp in central Tyre since Israel's air attacks against Lebanon began on 12 July, according to Ali Naji, head of the Committee for the Aid of Refugees (CAR).
- LEBANON: An environmental disaster looms IRIN 29 Jul 2006 -- Lebanon is facing an environmental crisis after an Israeli air strike on the Jiyeh power station, about 20km south of Beirut caused 10,000 tonnes of oil to spill into the Mediterranean sea.
- Russia presses for Georgia's immediate withdrawal from Kondori RIA Novosti 29 Jul 2006 -- Russia is insisting on Georgia's immediately withdrawing its forces from the Kondori Gorge in Abkhazia, a self-proclaimed republic in Georgia, which must be monitored by Russian peacekeepers and UN observers, a top peacekeeper said Friday.
- Abkhazia parliament asks Russia for protection RIA Novosti 29 Jul 2006 -- Abkhazia's parliament adopted a statement Saturday calling on Russia to protect the self-proclaimed Georgian republic as a Georgian police operation in the Kodori Gorge continues.
- Situation in Kodori Gorge calm-Abkhaz Defense Ministry RIA Novosti 29 Jul 2006 -- The situation in the Kodori Gorge, in Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia where Tbilisi authorities have conducted a police operation, is quiet, a first deputy defense minister of the self-proclaimed republic said Saturday.
- Following withdrawal of SPLA forces, UN mission leaves Kassala in eastern Sudan UN News Centre 29 Jul 2006 -- The United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) today held a "farewell ceremony" in the State of Kassala, in the eastern part of the country, where the operation finished overseeing the withdrawal of forces under a peace agreement that marked the end of a 21-year conflict separate from the one that more recently engulfed the vast Darfur region.
- Sri Lanka bombs Tigers for fourth day IRNA 29 Jul 2006 -- As the violence continues to escalate in the island country, the Sri Lankan Air Force jets bombed Tamil Tiger positions in the island's restive east for a fourth day in a battle over water supplies.
- India begins fresh talks with N-E separatists IRNA 29 Jul 2006 -- Indian peace negotiators are beginning fresh talks Saturday with a frontline separatist group of the northeast in Bangkok to save a nine-year-old ceasefire from breaking down, officials said.
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