23 February 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 23 Feb 2007 [PDF]
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- MNF-W personnel attacked
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Feb. 23 airpower: Airlifters move people and cargo daily AFPN 23 Feb 2007 -- U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have released the airpower summary for Feb. 23.
- Five Insurgents Killed, 12 Suspects Caught in Iraq Operations AFPS 23 Feb 2007 -- Five insurgents were killed, 12 terrorism suspects were captured, and hidden weapons were seized in various operations in Iraq over the last few days, military officials reported.
- American forces arrest Ammar Hakim in Iraq IRNA 23 Feb 2007 -- American forces in Iraq arrested Ammar Hakim Friday morning while he was returning from Iran to his country.
- Afghanistan: Taliban Attacks Signal Start Of Spring Offensive RFE/RL 23 Feb 2007 -- Taliban fighters have launched a series of attacks this month across western, southern, and eastern Afghanistan -- signaling that their expected spring offensive is now under way.
- Afghanistan: Amnesty Bill Places Karzai In Dilemma RFE/RL 23 Feb 2007 -- The Afghan National Assembly's passage of a resolution granting blanket amnesty for human rights violations to all sides in more than two decades of fighting in Afghanistan has presented President Hamid Karzai with a dilemma
- Thousands March on Afghan Capital, Supporting Amnesty for War Criminals VOA 23 Feb 2007 -- Thousands of former mujahedin rallied in central Kabul to support a controversial new amnesty law
- Russia, Afghanistan coordinate Afghan debt settlement - FM Lavrov RIA Novosti 23 Feb 2007 -- Russia and Afghanistan have coordinated the terms of settlement of Afghanistan's debt to the former U.S.S.R., which, according to Russian experts' estimates, totals $10 billion, Russia's foreign minister said Friday.
- NY Times: US Staged Anti-Terror Campaign from Ethiopia VOA 23 Feb 2007 -- Officials in Ethiopia are vehemently denying a report in The New York Times newspaper, which says that the U.S. military secretly used an airstrip inside Ethiopia to conduct attacks against Islamic militants in Somalia last month
Defense Policy / Programs
- South Korea to Get Control of Its Forces in Wartime by 2012 VOA 23 Feb 2007 -- The United States and South Korea have agreed to dissolve their joint command in Seoul by 2012, giving South Korea control of its own military forces in case of war
- U.S. Secretary of Defense and Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Release Joint Statement 23 Feb 2007 -- United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Kim Jang Soo issued a joint statement summarizing their visit today in Washington, D.C.
- Cheney Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Asia, Pacific AFPS 23 Feb 2007 -- Vice President Richard B. Cheney today in Australia reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to peace, progress and freedom in the Asia-Pacific region.
- DoD Overhauling Disability Evaluation System AFPS 23 Feb 2007 -- The Defense Department is putting in place reforms to its disability evaluation system and working to ensure the decisions of the Disability Advisory Council are fast and fair, Pentagon officials said today.
- Chairman Visits Brigade Using New 'Reset' Process AFPS 23 Feb 2007 -- The 25th Infantry Division's 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team here is the first unit to employ the Army's new "reset" process to rapidly refurbish everything from M-16 rifles to state-of-the-art Stryker combat vehicles.
- New Agency Director to Guide DoD Business Transformation AFPS 23 Feb 2007 -- A new Defense Department agency designed to drive and accelerate improvements to the department's business operations now has its first director.
- Navy Says Fair Winds and Following Seas to USS Ogden Navy NewsStand 23 Feb 2007 -- The San Diego-based Austin-class amphibious transport dock USS Ogden (LDP 5) was decommissioned during a ceremony Feb. 21 at Naval Base San Diego.
- MDSU 1 Completes Emergent Repair of Chinese Flagged Merchant Vessel Navy NewsStand 23 Feb 2007 -- The "Heavy Lifters" of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 responded to a request Jan. 19 from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to provide assistance to the Chinese-flagged motor vessel (M/V) Tong Cheng when it reported hull damage and progressive flooding.
- SECNAV Tours State of the Art Shipyard Navy NewsStand 23 Feb 2007 -- Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Donald C. Winter toured A.P. Moller-Maersk's Odense Steel Shipyard on Feb. 20 to see how the company -- which historically builds large commercial shipping units -- transitioned into the Danish defense industry.
- HSL 43 Holds Change of Command Navy NewsStand 23 Feb 2007 -- Cmdr. Matthew F. Coughlin succeeded Cmdr. Arturo M. Garcia as commanding officer Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 43 in a change of command ceremony here Feb. 22.
- Transcript: Remarks by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Adm. Edmund Giambastiani 23 Feb 2007 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani
- DoD and NASA Partner on National Strategy for Aeronautical Testing 23 Feb 2007 -- The Department of Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration recently signed an agreement focusing efforts to develop an integrated national strategy for managing their respective aeronautical test facilities
- Cheney Says Free Nations Cannot Allow Safe Havens for Terrorism VOA 23 Feb 2007 -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney says that nations like the United States and Australia "simply cannot indulge" in the option of ignoring "safe havens" for terrorist groups around the world
- 46 Nations Agree to Seek Cluster Bomb Ban by 2008 VOA 23 Feb 2007 -- 46 of 49 countries attending a conference in Norway on cluster bombs have agreed to seek a ban on the controversial munitions by 2008.
- Press Briefing by Tony Fratto The White House 23 Feb 2007
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 23 Feb 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for February 23, 2007
- EADS North America Opens Russellville, Arkansas Facility for the Development of Deployable Shelter Systems EADS 23 Feb 2007 -- EADS North America today officially opened its newest U.S. facility, which specializes in integrated shelter solutions for military, homeland security and disaster recovery applications.
- EADS supplies protected rescue stations for operations abroad EADS 23 Feb 2007 -- EADS is assisting the German Armed Forces in its deployment of German soldiers abroad by providing protected containers for medical treatment
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 23 Feb 2007
- Chad: Ban Ki-moon proposes peacekeeping force with some 11,000 personnel UN News Centre 23 Feb 2007 -- With eastern Chad facing major turmoil sparked by clashes between Government and Sudan-based rebel forces, forays by Sudan-based militia and ethnic violence, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is proposing to send an 11,000-strong United Nations peacekeeping mission to protect civilians and deter cross-border attacks.
- Timor-Leste: UN investigates deadly violence near camp for displaced persons UN News Centre 23 Feb 2007 -- United Nations police today in Timor-Leste are investigating deadly violence that erupted at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near the capital's airport, in which one Timorese was killed and two injured.
- U.S. Diplomat Sees Progress in Somalia Washington File 23 Feb 2007 -- Somalia's struggle to form a unified government after 15 years of clan warfare is achieving success, thanks to partners in the Horn of Africa region like Ethiopia and with help from the United Nations, the African Union (AU) and the United States, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston told the Council on Foreign Relations February 22 in Washington.
- Sri Lanka Rebels to Resume Struggle for Homeland VOA 23 Feb 2007 -- In Sri Lanka, the rebel Tamil Tigers say they are resuming their struggle for an independent homeland
- Rare Protest in Burma Brought to Quick End VOA 23 Feb 2007 -- The day after the Burmese authorities allowed a rare public demonstration in Rangoon, official media have warned that the protest was illegal
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