23 September 2007 Military News
- Explosive-formed penetrator strikes MND-B patrol
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Navy Casualties
- Press Conference: Rear Adm. Mark Fox and Dr. Tahseen Sheikhl, Sept. 23, 2007 MNF-I 23 Sep 2007
- Oct. 22 airpower summary: Tankers give gas to go AFPN 23 Oct 2007
- Twelve Terrorists Killed, 26 Detained In Iraq Operations AFPS 23 Oct 2007 -- Coalition troops killed 12 terrorists and detained 26 suspects during a series of operations across Iraq today.
- Sept. 22 airpower summary: Loadmasters supply forces AFPN 23 Sep 2007 -- Coalition airpower supported coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Sept. 22, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- U.S., British Efforts To Stabilize Iraq-Turkey Border Intensify Washington File 23 Oct 2007 -- Stepped-up diplomatic efforts to reduce tensions along Iraq's northern border with Turkey after cross-border attacks by the terrorist group Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were the focus of an October 22 meeting between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband.
- 19 Terrorists Killed, 80 Detained During Four Days of Operations in Iraq AFPS 23 Sep 2007 -- Coalition and Iraqi forces killed 19 terrorists and detained some 80 others during operations in Iraq since Sept. 20.
- Gettysburg's Versatility Enhances Regional Maritime Security Operations Navy NewsStand 23 Sep 2007 -- Guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group, is operating in the Central Command area of responsibility providing air surveillance and conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) with coalition forces.
- Coalition Troops Kill 5 Taliban During Afghanistan Firefight AFPS 23 Oct 2007 -- Coalition forces in Afghanistan killed five Taliban militants during a firefight in the Jeldak district of Zabul province today.
- Afghan Survey Reports Dramatic Increase in Security Concerns VOA 23 Oct 2007 -- A new survey of public opinion in Afghanistan indicates a sharp rise in concern over security
- Afghanistan: UN Hosting Reconstruction Meeting RFE/RL 23 Sep 2007 -- An international meeting is taking place in New York to review the progress of reconstruction in Afghanistan, six years after the fall of the Taliban regime.
- High-level gathering urges sustained international support for Afghanistan UN News Centre 23 Sep 2007 -- Participants at a high-level meeting convened today at the United Nations by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Afghan President Hamid Karzai called for sustained international efforts to support the war-torn nation as it proceeds on the difficult path towards peace and development.
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Paul McHale, Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, and Brig. Gen. Peter Aylward from the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. 23 Oct 2007 -- Presenter: Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Paul McHale, Chief of the National Guard Bureau Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, and Deputy Director, Anti-Terrorism/Homeland Defense Joint Staff Brig. Gen. Peter Aylward
- Military Personnel, Assets Help to Battle California Fires AFPS 23 Oct 2007 -- Military personnel and assets are helping out in the most serious outbreak of wildfires in California in years.
- Guard to Support California Firefighting mission Army News 23 Oct 2007 -- The California National Guard has been directed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to make 1,500 Guardmembers available to support efforts to fight at least 14 wildfires that are ravaging the drought-stricken southern part of the state.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Wargame explores Air Force options for 2030 AFPN 23 Oct 2007 -- While exercising the strategic proverb of a legendary 16th Century samurai warrior, 130 military strategists and planners gathered here Oct. 14 through 19 to explore future Air Force constructs based on technologies and concepts of the year 2030.
- Defense, VA Team Proposes Disability Process Changes AFPS 23 Oct 2007 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates gave an interagency task force studying the disability rating system for wounded warriors its marching orders: "Aside from the war itself, we have no higher priority."
- Faulenberg Returned to German Authorities Army News 23 Oct 2007 -- Wuerzburg's Faulenberg Kaserne, a military installation since 1877 and home to U.S. Soldiers since 1947, has been returned to the German government.
- Transcript: Joint Press Conference with Secretary Gates and Prime Minister Topolanek from Prague, Czech Republic 23 Oct 2007 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek
- DoD Names New Senior Tribal Liason 23 Oct 2007 -- The Department of Defense has announced that David Sanborn, an enrolled member of the Penobscot Nation, will be the department's new senior tribal liaison.
- HSC-85 Sailors Help Fight San Diego Blaze Navy NewsStand 23 Oct 2007 -- Aircrew Sailors assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 85 aided the San Diego California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) and the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services (OES) in fighting wildfires throughout the San Diego area.
- USS Whidbey Island Arrives in 5th Fleet Navy NewsStand 23 Oct 2007 -- USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations Oct. 21 to conduct Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in regional waters.
- NASSG Completes Two Exercises Navy NewsStand 23 Oct 2007 -- With the Expeditionary Strike Group Integration exercise completed, the Nassau Strike Group (NASSG) continued its training and readiness operations by successfully completing the Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint (FST-J) 08-2 exercise from Oct. 9-19.
- NASNI Provides Shelter for Families Displaced by Raging Wildfires Navy NewsStand 23 Oct 2007 -- More than 600 military family members found shelter on Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI) Oct. 23, after raging wildfires in the greater Southern California area burned an estimated 200,000 acres, destroying more than 1,000 homes and displacing more than 300,000 San Diego County residents.
- RIVRON 1 Sailors Return Home Navy NewsStand 23 Oct 2007 -- Approximately 150 Sailors from Riverine Squadron (RIVRON) 1 returned to Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek (NABLC), Oct. 22, following a seven-month deployment to Iraq.
- Coalition Officers Tour USS Miami Navy NewsStand 23 Oct 2007 -- Naval officers from Pakistan and Germany visited USS Miami (SSN 755) on Oct. 21.
- Bonhomme Richard ESG Departs Australia Navy NewsStand 23 Oct 2007 -- Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG), which includes USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), USS Denver (LPD 9) and USS Rushmore (LSD 47) completed a scheduled port visit to Fremantle and Perth on Oct. 21.
- U.S.: Defense Secretary Says 'Nobody Wants A New Cold War' RFE/RL 23 Oct 2007 -- a wide-ranging exclusive interview with RFE/RL, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said the United States is not in a new Cold War with Moscow and that Washington still holds out hope that democracy will take hold in Russia
- Bush Highlights Need for Missile Defense in Europe VOA 23 Oct 2007 -- President Bush says the need for a U.S.-led missile defense in Europe is urgent, given the growing threat from Iran
- Airmen support space shuttle launch AFPN 23 Oct 2007 -- Members of the 45th Space Wing here supported NASA's successful launch of Space Shuttle Discovery Oct. 23 from Space Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center on the 23rd mission to the International Space Station.
- Army Astronaut Lifts Off for Space Station Army News 23 Oct 2007 -- Army Astronaut Col. Douglas H. Wheelock blasted off at 11:48 a.m. today as the Space Shuttle Discovery launched from Kennedy Space Center, Fla., with a mission of delivering equipment to the International Space Station.
- Vice Chairman Talks Intelligence at Geospatial Conference AFPS 23 Oct 2007 -- Intelligence sharing between nations needs to be re-examined and improved, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here yesterday.
- Humanitarian Mission Continues as Comfort Arrives in Guyana Navy NewsStand 23 Sep 2007 -- After seeing and treating thousands of patients in 10 countries, hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) arrived in Georgetown, Guyana, Sept. 23, continuing its four-month humanitarian assistance deployment.
- MSD 22 Provides Security Aboard and Ashore Navy NewsStand 23 Sep 2007 -- An 80-person security detachment provided protection for hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) while in Port-of-Spain, as part of its humanitarian mission there, Sept. 16-22.
- Comfort Departs Trinidad and Tobago Navy NewsStand 23 Sep 2007 -- Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Port-of-Spain, Sept. 22, having been the longest ship to pull pierside there.
- U.S. Military Forces Wrap up Hurricane Felix Relief Efforts Navy NewsStand 23 Sep 2007 -- U.S. military forces have wrapped up support to the Hurricane Felix disaster relief effort in Nicaragua after airlifting more than 490,000 pounds of aid to those in need, an operation that was heavily supported by two U.S. Navy ships.
- Deputy Commander, U.S. Navy Central Forces Command, Visits Kearsarge Strike Group Navy NewsStand 23 Sep 2007 -- The Deputy Commander, U.S. Navy Central Forces Command (NAVCENT), visited Sailors and Marines of the Kearsarge Strike Group Sept. 7-8.
- Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 23 Oct 2007
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 23 Oct 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for October 23, 2007
- SAIC GeoRover(R) Software Products Selected for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Workstation SAIC 23 Oct 2007 -- Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) announced today that its GeoRover(R) geospatial software was selected by the National Geospatial- Intelligence Agency (NGA) as part of the NGA Integrated Exploitation Capability (IEC) workstations baseline, Version 6.1.
- Turkey Makes Diplomatic Push To Avert Iraq Incursion RFE/RL 23 Oct 2007 -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan met Iraqi officials in Baghdad today to urge them to take a harder line against Kurdish rebels operating along their shared border.
- Turkey Rejects Ceasefire From Kurdish Rebels VOA 23 Oct 2007 -- Turkey's foreign minister, Ali Babacan, has rejected a ceasefire offered by Kurdish rebels of the Kurdistan Workers Party or PKK, in northern Iraq
- SRI LANKA: Tourism industry hit by renewed conflict IRIN 23 Oct 2007 -- The drop in Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals, mainly because of security concerns, has been precipitous in recent months, leaving thousands of people on part-time pay or jobless.
- Mass surrender by rebels in India's Northeastern state IRNA 23 Oct 2007 -- Indian security forces achieved yet another milestone on Tuesday in their endeavor to bringing peace to the Northeastern state of Assam by motivating 33 terrorists including two women cadres of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and two cadres of Karbi Longri National Liberation Front (KNLF) to surrender.
- With Nepal at crossroads, Ban Ki-moon urges parties to agree on future steps UN News Centre 23 Oct 2007 -- The peace process in Nepal is facing unprecedented challenges, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report, urging the parties there to reach agreement on future steps, including a realistic timetable for elections that were to have been held next month but have been postponed to an as yet undetermined date.
- Risk of protracted status quo and negotiations on Western Sahara - Ban Ki-moon UN News Centre 23 Oct 2007 -- The recent two rounds of United Nations-sponsored talks between Morocco and the Frente Polisario on Western Sahara were positive but they could not be described as negotiations, given the two sides largely rejected each other's views, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his latest report on the issue.
- Top Ugandan rebel surrenders in neighbouring DR Congo, says UN mission UN News Centre 23 Oct 2007 -- A senior commander of the Lord's Resistance Army, the northern Ugandan rebel group, has surrendered in the northeast of the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Nations peacekeeping mission to that country reported today.
- Former Rebels Call for UN Mediation in Sudan VOA 23 Oct 2007 -- Former rebels in southern Sudan have asked the United Nations to call a special meeting to resolve a dispute with the national government in the North over implementation of a peace agreement
- Lord's Resistance Army Officer in Custody in DRC VOA 23 Oct 2007 -- A high-ranking member of Ugandan rebel group the Lord's Resistance Army is being held in the Congolese capital Kinshasa, after giving himself up to Congolese authorities, a U.N. spokesman says
- Ethiopia's Leader Downplays Attack By Rebel Group VOA 23 Oct 2007 -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has shrugged off claims by a rebel group that it has killed more than 250 government troops in clashes during the past few days
- Middle East Quartet backs 'substantive and serious' meeting set for later this year UN News Centre 23 Sep 2007 -- The international meeting on Israeli-Palestinian peace scheduled for later this year in Washington should be "substantive and serious" so that the two sides can finally end their conflict and devise a durable two-state solution, members of the Middle East diplomatic Quartet said today after a meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
- Israel to Release 90 Palestinian Prisoners This Week VOA 23 Sep 2007 -- Israel will release more Palestinian prisoners this week in a bid to advance the peace process
- Myanmar: UN envoy to visit earlier than planned UN News Centre 23 Oct 2007 -- Myanmar has agreed to allow United Nations Envoy Ibrahim Gambari, who is currently touring regional capitals to garner support ahead of a planned visit to the country in mid-November, to visit even sooner, the spokesperson for the world body announced today.
- Voting in UN-monitored ballot on self-determination for Tokelau moves to atolls UN News Centre 23 Oct 2007 -- Voting in the referendum to determine whether Tokelau, a group of three small and isolated atolls, should have self-government in free association with New Zealand has moved to the atolls themselves, the United Nations team of observers monitoring the ballot has reported.
- Pakistan Police Arrest Opposition Party Leaders Ahead of Election VOA 23 Sep 2007 -- Police in Pakistan have arrested at least four leading figures in political parties opposed to the re-election of President Pervez Musharraf
- Protests by Monks, Nuns and Civilians Escalate in Rangoon VOA 23 Sep 2007 -- Thousands of Buddhist monks have been joined by an equal number of civilians, marching in Burma's commercial capital, Rangoon, for a sixth consecutive day
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