19 September 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 19 Sep 2007 [PDF]
- MND-B unit targeted by small arms fire attack
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualties
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- MND-B Soldier attacked during combat operations
- Press Conference: Maj.Gen Kevin Bergner, Mirembe Nantongo, September 19, 2007 MNF-I 19 Sep 2007
- Sept. 18 airpower summary: A-10s provide security AFPN 19 Sep 2007 -- Coalition airpower supported coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations Sept. 18, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- Iraqi, Coalition Forces Net Suspects, Kill Insurgents, Seize Weapons AFPS 19 Sep 2007 -- Iraqi and coalition forces nabbed dozens of suspects, killed five others and confiscated or destroyed weapons caches across Iraq over the past three days, military officials said.
- Operation Dragon Talon II nets arrests, cache discoveries MNF-I 19 Sep 2007 -- Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers and Iraqi Army troops continued Operation Dragon Talon II in the southern part of the Iraqi capital Sep. 17 with the capture of two individuals suspected of anti-Coalition activities and the confiscation of several weapons caches.
- Troops Thwart Insurgent Ambush, Nab Suspect in Afghanistan AFPS 19 Sep 2007 -- Afghan and coalition forces killed more than a dozen enemy fighters when they foiled an insurgent ambush, and combined forces captured one suspect this morning in Afghanistan, military officials said.
- Analysis: NATO Combats Afghan Deployment Cracks cfr.org 19 Sep 2007 -- Opposition leaders in Germany are calling for an end to military involvement (IHT) in Afghanistan. Mounting combat casualties have party leaders in Canada also urging a pullout
- Afghanistan: UN-backed immunization drive starts amid calls for end to violence UN News Centre 19 Sep 2007 -- United Nations agencies have teamed up with Government health workers to carry out a polio immunization drive in insurgency-affected areas in southern and eastern Afghanistan, just days before the end of a nine-week campaign aimed at achieving an end to violence in the strife-torn nation on and around 21 September, Peace Day.
- Canada, the Netherlands Seek More NATO Troops for Afghanistan VOA 19 Sep 2007 -- Canada and the Netherlands are urging other members of the NATO alliance to send troops to southern Afghanistan to help fight Taleban militants.
- Afghanistan: Should NATO Rethink Its Strategy In Fighting The Taliban? RFE/RL 19 Sep 2007 -- NATO has thus far responded to the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan with brute military force.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Agency activates 2nd Weather Group AFPN 19 Sep 2007 -- In streamlining the way the Air Force Weather Agency functions, the 2nd Weather Group activated Sept. 19 at the Bennie Davis Maintenance Facility here.
- USS Mitscher Returns from Deployment in South America Navy NewsStand 19 Sep 2007 -- More than 200 Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) returned to their homeport at Naval Station Norfolk Sept. 18 after a six-month deployment in support of Partnership of the Americas (POA).
- Submarine Squadron 3 Changes Command Navy NewsStand 19 Sep 2007 -- Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 3, held a change of command ceremony Sept. 6 aboard Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Minneapolis Saint Paul (SSN 708) at the Naval Station Pearl Harbor submarine piers.
- HSC-28 Sailors Keep Birds in the Air; Patients and Staff Moving Navy NewsStand 19 Sep 2007 -- Helicopter Sea Combat (HSC) Combat Squadron 28 members worked long hours in more than 100-degree temperatures aboard hospital ship USNS Comfort's (T-AH 20) flight deck in Port-of-Spain, Sept. 18, to keep the humanitarian mission going strong.
- Civilian pay raises become more performance-based AFPN 19 Sep 2007 -- Department of Defense officials will use half of a January 2008 government-wide pay increase to adjust base salaries for eligible National Security Personnel System employees.
- Personnel Center streamlines retirement actions AFPN 19 Sep 2007 -- Personnel officials have streamlined the retirement process by consolidating a portion of the workload of 84 military personnel flights into one service center.
- Air Force will not cut special duty assignment pay in 2008 AFPN 19 Sep 2007 -- Air Force officials here recently announced that previous plans to reduce special duty assignment pay are being rescinded.
- Air Force secretary announces provisional Cyber Command AFPN 19 Sep 2007 -- The secretary of the Air Force announced the Air Force is officially standing up a provisional Cyberspace Command during his address at the Air Force 60th anniversary celebration Sept. 18 at the Pentagon.
- 'Fratricide' Reduction Focus of NTC Exercise Army News 19 Sep 2007 -- U.S. Joint Forces Command joined coalition partners to conduct force-on-force operations here to assess combat identification to improve combat effectiveness and reduce fratricide.
- Georgia: What Is Behind Expansion Of Armed Forces? RFE/RL 19 Sep 2007 -- Georgia's parliament voted overwhelmingly on September 14 to adopt a bill aimed at enlarging the country's armed forces by forming an additional fifth brigade numbering 2,500 men.
- Russia promises not to build up arms during CFE moratorium RIA Novosti 19 Sep 2007 -- Russia will not scale up armaments for the duration of a moratorium on the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty, a senior Defense Ministry official told Russia's parliament Wednesday.
- Russia could return to CFE Treaty if NATO ratifies - diplomat RIA Novosti 19 Sep 2007 -- Russia could lift its moratorium on the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) if NATO countries ratify the amended version of the document, a senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday.
- Russia still worried by U.S. missile defense plan - chief of staff RIA Novosti 19 Sep 2007 -- Moscow views the U.S. missile defense program in Central Europe as anti-Russian, but has sufficient capability to counter it, a top military official said Wednesday.
- Russia says no progress on missile shield talks with U.S. RIA Novosti 19 Sep 2007 -- Russia and the United States have failed to make progress during two rounds of consultations on the deployment of U.S. missile defense elements in Europe, a senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday.
- Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 19 Sep 2007
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 19 Sep 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for September 19, 2007
- Hamilton Sundstrand selects Distributed Energy Systems to develop electrolysis cell stacks for submarine oxygen generation systems Hamilton Sundstrand 19 Sep 2007 -- Hamilton Sundstrand, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), has selected Distributed Energy Systems' (NASDAQ: DESC) hydrogen generation business to develop and supply electrolysis cell stacks that produce breathable oxygen within nuclear submarines.
- BAE SYSTEMS CONDUCTS FIRST EVER SHOTS OF ADVANCED PRECISION KILL WEAPON SYSTEM FROM AN AIRCRAFT BAE Systems 19 Sep 2007 -- BAE Systems today shot two guided Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) rockets from a U.S. Marine Corps Cobra helicopter.
- SAIC OneSAF(R) Team Delivers OneSAF(R) Version 1.5 SAIC 19 Sep 2007 -- SAIC's OneSAF(R) (One Semi-Automated Forces) team recently released the OneSAF(R) Objective System Version 1.5 software to the Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI).
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 19 Sep 2007
- Sinai Peacekeepers Are the Quiet Success of Camp David Accords Washington File 19 Sep 2007 -- The light blue helmets of United Nations peacekeepers may be known the world over, but under the dark orange berets of the Multinational Force and Observers serve soldiers from 11 nations whose quarter century of quiet success in keeping the peace along the Egyptian-Israeli border holds many lessons for future international peacekeeping missions.
- Cutting off essential services to Gaza breaches Israeli obligations - Ban Ki-moon UN News Centre 19 Sep 2007 -- Israel's decision to interrupt the provision of essential services, such as electricity and fuel, to the Gaza Strip contravenes its obligations under international humanitarian and human rights towards the territory's civilian population, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, voicing concern at the move.
- Rice Begins Peace Mission as Israel Declares Gaza an 'Enemy Entity' VOA 19 Sep 2007 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has begun a two-day peace mission to the Middle East
- ISRAEL-OPT: World Bank says donors need long term plan for OPT IRIN 19 Sep 2007 -- A new report by the World Bank warns that international aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been "reactive" and not governed by long-term development goals.
- Rice: US Agrees With Israel That Gaza is a 'Hostile Entity' VOA 19 Sep 2007 -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the United States agrees with Israel that the Gaza Strip is a "hostile entity" now that it is controlled by the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
- Israel Decides to Brand Gaza 'Enemy Entity' VOA 19 Sep 2007 -- Top Israeli Cabinet ministers have decided to declare the Gaza Strip an "enemy entity," opening the way for cuts in vital supplies to the Palestinian territory controlled by the militant Islamic group Hamas.
- Syria Calls Israel's Proposal For Talks Insincere VOA 19 Sep 2007 -- Syria has rejected Israel's call to hold unconditional peace talks with Damascus.
- COTE D'IVOIRE: No war, no peace five years after rebellion IRIN 19 Sep 2007 -- In Côte d'Ivoire five years after a rebellion carved up a country and a people already burdened by ethnic strife, the government is set to begin an operation to tackle the grievance at the heart of the revolt: granting undocumented Ivorians ID papers and the rights that go with them.
- COTE D'IVOIRE: Chronology since the 2002 military uprising IRIN 19 Sep 2007 -- National Electoral Commission announces that long-overdue presidential elections could be held in October 2008 but the final decision remains with the government.
- DRC: Displaced civilians scared to return to North Kivu town IRIN 19 Sep 2007 -- Thousands of Congolese civilians who were displaced in August by fighting in Sake town, North Kivu Province, are still living in camps out of fear that fighting could resume, a UN official said.
- DRC: Regional ministers push to end violence in the east IRIN 19 Sep 2007 -- The UN Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) and the Congolese army should step up efforts to eliminate "negative forces" in order to improve the security situation in eastern Congo, regional foreign ministers said.
- UN official appeals for political compromise in Nepal UN News Centre 19 Sep 2007 -- Both the Government of Nepal and the Maoists have renewed their commitment to the country's peace process in conversations with the top United Nations political official, who today urged them to reach a political compromise in the broader interest of the peace deal, which ended a decade-long bloody civil war that killed some 15,000 people in the country.
- Nepalese Leadership Hopeful Maoists Will Return to Government VOA 19 Sep 2007 -- A day after Nepal's former Maoist insurgents bolted from the country's interim government, there is hope they may soon return, allowing planned national elections to go ahead unhindered at the end of this year
- U.S. Special Envoy Cites Widespread 'Lack of Confidence' in Somali Government cfr.org 19 Sep 2007
- India to Allow Tourists on Disputed Glacier VOA 19 Sep 2007 -- India is allowing a group of tourists to visit the Siachen glacier in the disputed region of Kashmir for the first time, despite objections by Pakistan
- Mali Government Officials: Rebels Agree to Cease-Fire, Hostage Release VOA 19 Sep 2007 -- Government officials in Mali say Tuareg rebels have agreed to release hostages captured during recent fighting with the military in the country's northeast.
- NEPAL: Fears of renewed civil war as Maoists quit government IRIN 19 Sep 2007 -- There are growing concerns in Nepal that the country could be dragged back into a civil war as former Maoist rebels quit the government on 19 September.
- Russian Authorities Claim Top Militant Killed In Daghestan RFE/RL 19 Sep 2007 -- Russian officials say an Islamic militant suspected in a number of fatal attacks in Daghestan has been killed following a protracted gun battle with authorities.
- Five Years Into Ivorian Conflict, International Forces Disengage from Front Line VOA 19 Sep 2007 -- United Nations peacekeepers and French rapid reaction forces are gradually pulling back from front lines of the Ivory Coast conflict, giving more of a role to Ivorian forces, five years after the conflict began
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY UNITED NATIONS LEGAL COUNSEL ON SPECIAL TRIBUNAL FOR LEBANON United Nations 19 Sep 2007
- Bomb in Lebanon Kills Christian Member of Parliament VOA 19 Sep 2007 -- A powerful car bomb, targeting a pro-government Christian member of parliament, exploded in an east Beirut suburb, killing the legislator and six other people and wounding some 20 others
- Anti-Syrian Politician Killed in Beirut Blast VOA 19 Sep 2007 -- Lebanese security sources say at least four people were killed in Beirut in a bomb attack targeting an anti-Syrian politician.
- Japan's Prime Minister Candidates Confident on Extending Afghan Mission VOA 19 Sep 2007 -- The two candidates to succeed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played down their differences in a subdued news conference in Tokyo
- Cambodian Police Arrest Former Khmer Rouge Leader VOA 19 Sep 2007 -- The former second-in-command of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime has been arrested and is being held in a specially-built prison outside Phnom Penh
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