21 November 2007 Military News
- Roadside bomb targets MND-B patrol
- Press Conference: Operational Update: Gen. Zibari, Adnan al-Asadi, Lt. Gen. Dubik, Maj. Gen. Bergner, Nov. 21, 2007 MNF-I 21 Nov 2007 -- Gen. Babaker Zibari, Iraqi Armed Forces chief of staff; Adnan al-Asadi, deputy interior minister; Lt. Gen. James Dubik, Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq commander; and Maj. Gen. Kevin Bergner, Multi-National Force - Iraq Strategic Effects director, provide an operational update from Iraq, Nov. 21, 2007
- Nov. 20 airpower summary: Aircrew help airdrop, resupply AFPN 21 Nov 2007
- Coalition Troops Kill 4 Terrorists, Detain 4 in Iraq AFPS 21 Nov 2007 -- Coalition forces killed four terrorists and captured four suspects during operations targeting al Qaeda in Iraq leaders conducted in central and northern Iraq today, officials reported.
- US Military Helicopter Crashes in Iraq, 2 Coalition Soldiers Killed VOA 21 Nov 2007 -- A U.S. military helicopter has crashed southeast of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killing two coalition soldiers and injuring 12 others.
- Suicide Car Bombing in Ramadi Kills 6 VOA 21 Nov 2007 -- Iraqi officials say six people have been killed and several wounded in a suicide car bomb blast in Ramadi, the capital of western Anbar province.
- Advisors Working to Build Afghan Forces Sustainment Systems AFPS 21 Nov 2007 -- The biggest challenges Afghanistan's security forces face are not recruiting, training or fighting, but have more to do with building the systems that will sustain the country's forces, a senior advisor in the region said this week.
- AFGHANISTAN: Revitalise transitional justice system - UN human rights commissioner IRIN 21 Nov 2007 -- The government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the international community involved in Afghanistan must recommit to the Action Plan for Peace, Reconciliation and Justice (APPRJ) - known as transitional justice - which is expected to address crimes committed in the past three decades in the war-torn country, said the UN high commissioner for human rights, Louise Arbour.
- UN Rights Chief Laments Troops' Role In Afghan Civilian Deaths RFE/RL 21 Nov 2007 -- Visiting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has criticized insurgents and international troops in Afghanistan for the mounting civilian death toll.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Wounded Warriors Entitled to Keep Bonus Payments Army News 21 Nov 2007 -- Soldiers who become ill or are wounded while on active duty are entitled to keep all recruitment bonuses due them.
- Bush Presses Congress for Iraq War Funding VOA 21 Nov 2007 -- President Bush is pressing Congress to approve his latest budget request for the war in Iraq, where he says leaders are beginning to make progress toward political reconciliation
- Ramstein receives first upgraded C-130 AFPN 21 Nov 2007 -- Bigger, faster, stronger. That is what the Air Force has in mind with its new J model C-130 Hercules aircraft, unveiled at Ramstein Nov. 9, and meant to replace the C-130E.
- Entire F-15 fleet returning to flight AFPN 21 Nov 2007 -- Gen. John D.W. Corley, commander, Air Combat Command, sent a message Nov. 21 to F-15 pilots, weapons systems officers and maintenance professionals outlining the actions the Air Force has taken following the Nov. 2 F-15C Eagle mishap that resulted in the loss of the aircraft.
- Bright Star brings together coalition forces AFPN 21 Nov 2007 -- Sixty Charleston Airmen recently participated in the oldest training exercise in the U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility aboard three C-17 Globemaster IIIs.
- Airmen practice runway repair, RAAF airmen observe AFPN 21 Nov 2007 -- Approximately 110 personnel, most from the 36th Civil Engineer Squadron, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, attended the Det. 1, 554th Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer Silver Flag exercise here last week.
- AMC aircrews reach million sorties milestone AFPN 21 Nov 2007 -- Air Mobility Command passed a major milestone Nov. 19, when an AMC aircraft flew the command's one millionth sortie since September 11, 2001.
- Wilford Hall Medical Center: 50 years of medical excellence AFPN 21 Nov 2007 -- Hospital officials and guests commemorated Wilford Hall Medical Center for 50 years as the Air Force's medical flagship in a ceremony here Nov. 16 that marked medical excellence from 1957-2007.
- Fairford Airmen prepare for shuttle launch AFPN 21 Nov 2007 -- When the Space Shuttle Atlantis, mission number STS-122, launches on Dec. 6, a world will stand watching
- Warrior Transition Unit Draws Praise in Germany Army News 21 Nov 2007
- DoD Names Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics 21 Nov 2007 -- The Department of Defense today announced John J. Young Jr. has taken over the duties as the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.
- U.S. EOD Experts Share Techniques with AFP Navy NewsStand 21 Nov 2007 -- Subject matter expert exchanges between Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines (JSOTF-P), explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) experts and their Philippine Marine counterparts held Nov. 12-13 on Jolo, provided both nations with a wealth of practical field experience and techniques.
- Second Fleet, Air Force Collaborate to Test Technology Navy NewsStand 21 Nov 2007 -- The Air Force's Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2008-1 (JEFX 08-1) wrapped up Nov. 16.
- HMS Victory Commanding Officer Visits USS Constitution Navy NewsStand 21 Nov 2007 -- The commanding officer of the oldest commissioned warship in the world, HMS Victory, joined the captain and crew of USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, for three days in the Charlestown Navy Yard in what might be a history-making visit Nov. 5-7.
- NMCB 1 Pours on Another Triumph Navy NewsStand 21 Nov 2007 -- Seabees with U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1, Guam Detachment completed their first overhead concrete pour at the Orote Point concrete masonry unit-block (CMU) mechanics' shop on board Naval Base Guam, Nov. 20.
- Department of Homeland Security Gets New Facility in Gulfport Navy NewsStand 21 Nov 2007 -- A new facility for the Gulfport Air and Marine Detachment of the Department of Homeland Security is near completion on Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport after Hurricane Katrina leveled the facility in 2005.
- Russia completed troop withdrawal from Georgia a year early RIA Novosti 21 Nov 2007 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Russia had completed the withdrawal of its troops from Georgia almost a year early than the agreed deadline, despite Tbilisi's unfriendly foreign policy.
- Russian Air Force to receive six upgraded Su-24 bombers RIA Novosti 21 Nov 2007 -- Russia's Air Force is to get six upgraded Su-24 Fencer frontline bombers with another six set for upgrade, an Air Force spokesman said on Wednesday.
- New Russian airborne troops chief appointed RIA Novosti 21 Nov 2007 -- Lieutenant General Valery Yevtukhovich has been appointed commander of the Russian Airborne Troops, a Defense Ministry source said Wednesday.
- DoD News: Contracts for November 21, 2007
- General Dynamics Awarded $89 Million for Improved Abrams SEP Reset General Dynamics 21 Nov 2007 -- The U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), $89 million for work on the Abrams Improved Systems Enhancement Package (SEP) Reset (ISR).
- GE Awarded Advanced Affordable Turbine Engine Contract by U.S. Army GE Aviation 21 Nov 2007 -- GE has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract by the U.S. Army covering the next phase of the Advanced Affordable Turbine Engine (AATE) program. Under this contract, GE will continue to collaborate with the Army and invest in state-of-the-art engineering and design proficiencies that will help establish the next-generation military attack and utility helicopter powerplant.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 21 Nov 2007
- Press Conference By Deputy Prosecutor Of International Criminal Court To Provide Updates On Current Trials, Investigations United Nations 21 Nov 2007
- United States Announces Annapolis Conference on Middle East Washington File 21 Nov 2007 -- Forty-nine nations, organizations and individuals have been invited to attend the U.S.-sponsored international Middle East conference November 26-28 in Annapolis, Maryland, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack says.
- U.S. issues invitations for Mideast peace conference RIA Novosti 21 Nov 2007 -- The U.S. State Department has announced that 49 countries and institutions have been invited to a Mideast peace conference set for November 27 in Annapolis, Maryland.
- ISRAEL-OPT: Inside the maze: movement restrictions in the West Bank IRIN 21 Nov 2007 -- Traffic news on the radio in the West Bank is more likely to be about checkpoints and barriers than jams and accidents, as a complex system of controls and permits can make a short journey for work, family or medical reasons into a time-consuming marathon, according to a new UN report.
- Israel lifts Gaza export restrictions RIA Novosti 21 Nov 2007 -- Israeli authorities have lifted restrictions on the export of flowers and strawberries from the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian exporters' association spokesman said Wednesday.
- Israel approves supply of 25 armored cars to Abbas RIA Novosti 21 Nov 2007 -- Israel has authorized the supply of 25 armored vehicles to Palestinian security forces in the West Bank ahead of a Mideast peace conference, government officials said on Wednesday.
- Egypt Confirms Attendance at Mideast Peace Conference VOA 21 Nov 2007 -- Egypt says its foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, will attend a Mideast peace conference in the U.S. city of Annapolis near Washington next week.
- Security Council welcomes DR Congo-Rwanda agreement on threats to peace UN News Centre 21 Nov 2007 -- The Security Council today commended the recent agreement of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda to work together against threats to peace and stability in the region, calling it "an important milestone towards the definitive settlement of the problem of illegal armed groups" operating in the turbulent far east of the DRC.
- DRC: Ituri displaced receive aid IRIN 21 Nov 2007 -- An estimated 10,000 people who fled October clashes between militias and government troops in the Ituri district of northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have this week started receiving relief from humanitarian organisations, the UN said.
- Russia says Kosovo's independence will cause instability RIA Novosti 21 Nov 2007 -- A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday that if Kosovo unilaterally declared independence it would lead to a new escalation in the Balkans.
- First officers from UN specialized police unit deploy for Chad to start key training role UN News Centre 21 Nov 2007 -- The first officers from the United Nations Standing Police Capacity will depart for Chad today to start training recruits for a specialized Chadian police unit responsible for providing security to the 300,000 or so internally displaced persons and Sudanese refugees affected by the conflict in neighbouring Darfur.
- Security Council extends EU Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina for another year UN News Centre 21 Nov 2007 -- The Security Council today extended for another year the mandate of the European Union Stabilization Force (EUFOR) tasked with ensuring continued compliance with the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement ending the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- US Concerned About Mounting Humanitarian Crisis in Somalia VOA 21 Nov 2007 -- The United States Wednesday expressed serious concern about the humanitarian situation in Somalia, where an estimated one million people have been displaced by civil warfare, mainly around the capital Mogadishu
- SOMALIA: Exodus continues as IDPs surpass one million IRIN 21 Nov 2007 -- Despite a lull in fighting in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, hundreds of families are still fleeing the city, joining what the UN has estimated to be one million displaced people (IDPs).
- SRI LANKA: Humanitarian access improving in resettlement areas in east IRIN 21 Nov 2007
- Pakistani Authorities Release More Political Detainees, Including Former Cricket Star VOA 21 Nov 2007 -- Hundreds of Pakistani political activists, including former cricket star and opposition leader Imran Khan, were released from prison Wednesday.
- Pakistani Officials Predict Musharraf May Soon Abandon Army Post VOA 21 Nov 2007 -- Pakistan's attorney general says conditions may be appropriate in the coming days for President Pervez Musharraf to honor his pledge to step down as army chief
- Leader of Banned Baloch Rebel Group Killed by Pakistani Security Forces VOA 21 Nov 2007 -- The leader of a banned rebel group in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan has been killed by security forces.
- BANGLADESH: Donors pledge over US$120 million in aid to cyclone victims IRIN 21 Nov 2007 -- The international community has pledged over US$120 million in relief and rehabilitation assistance to victims of Cyclone Sidr, the Bangladesh government has confirmed.
- UN's role in resolving Myanmar crisis should be strengthened, says envoy UN News Centre 21 Nov 2007 -- The United Nations Special Envoy for Myanmar said today that the good offices role of the Secretary-General would need to be "beefed up in terms of its effectiveness," in case dialogue between the Government and the opposition in the troubled South-East Asian nation intensifies.
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