16 February 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 16 Feb 2007 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Maj. Gen. Fil from Iraq 16 Dec 2007 -- Presenter: Commanding General Multinational Division, Baghdad and 1st Cavalry Division Maj. Gen. Joseph Fil Jr.
- U.S. Seeking To Disrupt Weapon Supply Networks in Iraq Washington File 16 Feb 2007 -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates says every effort is being made to disrupt the supply network of weapons -- including lethal hand-tooled explosives -- being used to kill coalition soldiers in Iraq.
- Feb. 16 airpower: F-15s show force AFPN 16 Feb 2007 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 16.
- Bomb-Making Factory Destroyed; Two Suspects Captured AFPS 16 Feb 2007 -- Coalition forces destroyed a munitions factory, detained two suspects and found scores of weapons in operations around Iraq over the past three days.
- US General: Violence in Iraq Down Since Start of Security Crackdown VOA 16 Feb 2007 -- The commander of U.S forces in Baghdad, Major General Joseph Fil, says violence in Baghdad has dropped significantly since the start of a security crackdown in Iraq in an effort to end sectarian violence.
- DoD Announces Force Adjustment 16 Feb 2007 -- The Department of Defense announced today the accelerated deployment of the 3rd Infantry Division headquarters, based in Fort Stewart, Ga. to Iraq
- New Baghdad Security Plan B-Roll MNF-I 16 Feb 2007 -- Operation Arrowhead Strike is a series of targeted raids and "knock and search" operations to clear neighborhoods of illegal militia activity.
- US Military Doubts Al-Masri Wounded in Clash with Iraqi Police VOA 16 Feb 2007 -- The U.S. military is casting doubt on reports that al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri has been wounded in a clash with government troops.
- Weapons Caches Found in Afghanistan; Two Suspects Detained AFPS 16 Feb 2007 -- Coalition forces found three weapons caches today and detained two suspected terrorists in operations around Afghanistan over the past three days.
- Analysis: Bush Afghan Broadside Targets NATO cfr.org 16 Feb 2007 -- The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) likes to think of itself as the most successful military alliance in history for its role in checking Soviet expansion during the Cold War
Defense Policy / Programs
- 820th Red Horse starts 'New Horizons' project in Nicaragua AFPN 16 Feb 2007 -- The opening ceremony for New Horizons Nicaragua was held here Feb. 15, marking a new beginning for the citizens of this small village in the Carazo District. New Horizons is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored readiness training exercise.
- Force Increase Necessary for War on Terror, Leaders Say AFPS 16 Feb 2007 -- The end-strength increases in the Army and Marine Corps will help reduce strain on the forces and position them for the long war against terrorism, the leaders of the two services said in congressional testimony yesterday.
- Corps Reaches Out to Former Marines AFPS 16 Feb 2007 -- The Marine Corps is reaching out to former Marines in its effort to grow the service, the Marine commandant said today.
- Recruiting is Solid Despite Difficulties, Defense Official Says AFPS 16 Feb 2007 -- Recruiting and retention remain solid despite a difficult recruiting market, a top Defense Department official said here yesterday.
- Recovery Effort Underway for Sunken MH-60S Helicopter Navy NewsStand 16 Feb 2007 -- A Navy salvage and recovery operation to bring up the wreckage of an MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter that crashed off the coast of California last month got underway Feb. 15.
- USS Kauffman Strengthens Relationships in Gabon Navy NewsStand 16 Feb 2007 -- As part of Commander, Naval Forces Europe/Commander, 6th Fleet's (CNE-C6F) long-term strategy to improve maritime security and safety in the Gulf of Guinea region, USS Kauffman (FFG 59) completed a four-day port visit here Feb. 14.
- Blue Ridge Provides Assistance, Spreads Goodwill in Cebu Navy NewsStand 16 Feb 2007 -- USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) Sailors, embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff members, Marines, as well as Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3 joined forces during their three-day port visit in Cebu from Feb. 11-14 to spread humanitarian relief throughout the community.
- HSC-28 Conducts Night Operations Training Navy NewsStand 16 Feb 2007 -- Sailors assigned to the "Dragon Whales" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 28 conducted combat readiness exercises Feb. 12 aboard MH-60S Knighthawk helicopters.
- Coast Guard Cutter Conducts Training at Little Creek Navy NewsStand 16 Feb 2007 -- The seagoing buoy tender USCGC Juniper (WLB 201), homeported in Newport, R.I., conducted underway training drills Feb. 12 in the Chesapeake Bay.
- USS Carter Hall Visits Galveston for Navy Week Navy NewsStand 16 Feb 2007 -- USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) arrived in Galveston, Texas on Feb. 15, to take part in the Galveston Navy Week festivities.
- Naval Coastal Warfare Group 1 Plans Way Ahead Navy NewsStand 16 Feb 2007 -- Commanding officers, executive officers and senior enlisted from approximately 15 units affiliated with Navy Coastal Warfare Group (NCWGRU) 1 met Feb. 9-11 at a conference held aboard Naval Base Coronado to review past accomplishments, highlight current needs and outline future goals.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 16 Feb 2007
- Press Briefing by Tony Snow The White House 16 Feb 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for February 16, 2007
- Russia to showcase high-tech arms at IDEX-2007 in UAE RIA Novosti 16 Feb 2007 -- Russia's leading defense companies will roll out an array of modern military technologies at an international exhibition in the United Arab Emirates that opens February 18, a spokesman for the state arms export monopoly said Friday.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 16 Feb 2007
- Rice Heads to Mideast To Renew Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks Washington File 16 Feb 2007 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice begins a weeklong trip to the Middle East February 16 intending to capitalize on recent contacts between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and to re-energize the long dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
- Backgrounder: Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) in Africa cfr.org 16 Feb 2007
- Rice: Palestinian Unity Deal Complicates Middle East Mission VOA 16 Feb 2007 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice leaves late Friday on a Middle East mission she admits has been complicated by last week's Mecca agreement between the main Palestinian factions for a unity government
- Israeli Police, Palestinian Protesters Clash Near Jerusalem Holy Site VOA 16 Feb 2007 -- Israeli police and Palestinian protesters have clashed near a hotly disputed holy place in Jerusalem after Friday Muslim prayers
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE ON LIBERIA United Nations 16 Feb 2007
- SUDAN: Military solution 'not an option' in Darfur IRIN 16 Feb 2007 -- A military solution is not an option in ending the crisis in Darfur, according to United Nations and African Union officials. Instead, the parties to the Darfur conflict must agree to a peace process.
- Moscow hoping for restart of stalled Georgia-Abkhazia talks RIA Novosti 16 Feb 2007 -- Moscow hopes that Georgia-Abkhazia talks, suspended last summer following Tbilisi's deployment of troops close to the breakaway province's border, will be resumed soon, Russia's Foreign Ministry said Friday.
- UN's Ban Accuses Sudan of Blocking Human Rights Mission VOA 16 Feb 2007 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has accused Sudan's president of breaking a promise to allow a human rights mission to visit Darfur
- Kagame: Rwanda Wants to Join Commonwealth VOA 16 Feb 2007 -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame says his country hopes to join the Commonwealth later this year, underlining a bitter rift with France.
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