29 November 2007 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 29 Nov 2007 [PDF]
- Small-arms fire hits MND-B Soldier (Baghdad)
- DoD Identifies Marine Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Nov. 28 airpower summary: B-1B supports OIF, OEF AFPN 29 Nov 2007
- Coalition Troops Detain 12 in Iraq Operations AFPS 29 Nov 2007 -- Coalition forces detained 12 suspects during operations today targeting al Qaeda in central and northern Iraq.
- Reconstruction Team Works to Improve Agriculture for Iraqi Farmers AFPS 29 Nov 2007 -- The Baghdad 5 embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team, attached to the 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, is closely coordinating with the Inma Agribusiness Program to work with Iraqi farmers in the region here.
- NMCB 1 Seabees Forming Professional Bonds with their Iraqi Counterparts Navy NewsStand 29 Nov 2007 -- Nearly a month after six seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 were augmented to the 7th Iraqi Division Military Training Team (MiTT) a professional bond has formed with their Iraqi army counterparts.
- F-16 destroys house filled with explosives in Iraq AFPN 29 Nov 2007 -- An F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot launched a bomb to destroy a house-borne improvised explosive device Nov. 25 near Maderiyah in Iraq.
- Air Force MQ-1 crashes in Iraq AFPN 29 Nov 2007 -- An Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle crashed Nov. 29 at approximately 11 a.m. local time.
- Backgrounder: The Troubled Afghan-Pakistani Border cfr.org 29 Nov 2007
- Bin Laden Urges Europeans to Stop Helping US in Afghanistan VOA 29 Nov 2007 -- An audio recording purportedly from al-Qaida terrorist network leader Osama bin Laden urges European countries to stop helping the U.S. military with the war in Afghanistan.
- U.S. Military Mentors Work With Afghan Police AFPS 29 Nov 2007 -- Road maps of Faryab province mark roads as "drivable," "possibly drivable" and "maybe drivable," but a police mentoring team there often drives where there are no roads at all.
- NATO Says Air Raid in Nuristan Province Did Not Kill Afghan Workers VOA 29 Nov 2007 -- NATO says evidence collected at the site of an airstrike against a Taliban leader in northeastern Afghanistan shows the attack was successful and did not result in the deaths of 14 construction workers.
- AFGHANISTAN: Red Crescent calls for closer cooperation with UN, donors IRIN 29 Nov 2007 -- The growing humanitarian needs of Afghans must come ahead of political and strategic priorities and the UN and other international donors ought to "better recognise" the pivotal role of the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) when dealing with humanitarian emergencies in Afghanistan, Fatima Gailani, president of the ARCS, told IRIN on 29 November.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Bush to Urge Congress to Approve Supplemental War Funding VOA 29 Nov 2007 -- President Bush wants Congress to give American troops more money for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
- US Seeks Clarification from China on Naval Dispute, But Wants to 'Move On' VOA 29 Nov 2007 -- The United States is seeking clarification from China on the reasons several U.S. Navy ships were denied entry to Hong Kong Harbor last week
- China Denies 'Misunderstanding' about US Ships VOA 29 Nov 2007 -- The Chinese government has denied that a "misunderstanding" led to its refusal to allow U.S. warships to dock in Hong Kong, and has hinted it may be retaliating for recent U.S. actions
- Ronald Reagan and CVW 14 Underway for TSTA/FEP Navy NewsStand 29 Nov 2007 -- USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 departed San Diego Nov. 27 to complete Tailored Ship's Training Assessment (TSTA), an intense training period designed to prepare the ship and embarked air wing for prompt and sustained combat operations at sea.
- Conference makes virtual training a reality AFPN 29 Nov 2007 -- The special weapons and tactics team quickly moves through the terrorist camp to the front of a safe house while forces from air and sea take out the rest of the camp. With precise and quick tactics, the team proceeds though the house, takes out the remaining terrorists, secures the hostage, and brings her home safely.
- Bush Discusses Long-Range Military Plans AFPS 29 Nov 2007 -- President Bush is at the Pentagon today to discuss his long-range plans for the U.S. military with senior civilian and military leaders.
- Defense Department Outlines Recoupment Policies AFPS 29 Nov 2007 -- Defense Department policy prohibits services from recouping bonuses and other pay from servicemembers who do not complete their military contracts due to no fault of their own.
- Army Funds Crunch Would Affect Installations Worldwide AFPS 29 Nov 2007 -- Installation operations and quality of life programs for soldiers and their families would be affected worldwide if the Army doesn't receive additional funding from Congress soon, a senior officer said here today.
- Defense Department, VA Test New Disability Eval System AFPS 29 Nov 2007 -- The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have teamed to test a pilot disability evaluation program that officials hope will streamline the confusing and often frustrating process for servicemembers and their families.
- Soldiers Train While Supporting Simulation Conference Army News 29 Nov 2007 -- Army Reserve Soldiers gained experience on simulators this week as several commands showcased their technologies at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference in the Orlando Convention Center.
- USS Crommelin Deploys to Caribbean Navy NewsStand 29 Nov 2007 -- Guided missile frigate USS Crommelin (FFG 37) departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor on Nov. 27, for a six-month deployment to the Caribbean.
- F-22 endures 3-week, cold-weather test at Eielson AFPN 29 Nov 2007 -- An F-22 Raptor came here for three weeks in November to test the aircraft's braking system on ice in time for the first snow at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, home to several F-22s since August.
- >DoD and VA Begin Pilot Disability Evaluation System 29 Nov 2007 -- The Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently implemented a pilot test for disability cases originating at the three major military treatment facilities and the VA hospital in the national capital region
- Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Reserve Component Command Change of Command Navy NewsStand 29 Nov 2007 -- Capt. John E. Cole assumed leadership of the Navy's largest reserve component command Nov. 16, when he relieved Capt. Ronald L. Harrell as commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Reserve Component Command (RMARCC) at Naval Station Norfolk.
- Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 29 Nov 2007
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 29 Nov 2007
- DoD News: Contracts for November 29, 2007
- Lockheed Martin-built Trident II D5 Missile Achieves Record 120 Successful Test Launches in a Row Lockheed Martin 29 Nov 2007 -- The U.S. Navy conducted a successful test launch today of a Trident II D5 Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) built by Lockheed Martin
- Boeing Completes First Flight of Second KC-767 Tanker for Japan Boeing 29 Nov 2007 -- A Boeing [NYSE: BA] aircrew completed the first flight of the second KC-767 for Japan Nov. 18 following an extensive modification that transformed it from a commercial airplane to a military tanker.
- Netherlands Police Agency orders six Eurocopter EC135 Helicopters EADS 29 Nov 2007 -- The Ministry of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands signed a contract on November 28 for six Eurocopter EC135 P2i light twin-engine helicopters for the Dutch Police, KLPD (Korps landelijke politiediensten).
- L-3 Teams With GE Aviation For KC-10 Aircraft Extension Program L-3 Communications 29 Nov 2007 -- L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) announced today that its Integrated Systems (L-3 IS) subsidiary has signed an exclusive teaming agreement with GE Aviation for the U.S. Air Force KC-10 Aircraft Extension Program (AEP).
- Raytheon Canada Awarded $22.4 Million to Perform Repair and Overhaul Activities for Canadian Navy Radar Systems Raytheon 29 Nov 2007 -- The Canadian government has awarded a contract to Raytheon Canada Limited for the repair, overhaul, engineering and upgrade services for eight AN/SPS-49 (V) radar systems for the Canadian Navy.
- Putin signs decree to turn arms dealer Rosoboronexport into JSC RIA Novosti 29 Nov 2007 -- Russia's state-controlled arms exporter Rosoboronexport will be transformed into an open joint stock company, following a decree signed by the Russian president, the Kremlin press office said on Thursday.
- Space Tracking and Surveillance System's Second Satellite Completes Successful Thermal Vacuum Testing At Northrop Grumman Northrop Grumman 29 Nov 2007 -- The second of two Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) demonstration satellites being built by prime contractor Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing.
- Thales celebrates the delivery of the 15 new Mirage 2000-5 aircraft to Greece Thales 29 Nov 2007 -- In a ceremony held last Friday at the Tanagra Air Force base in Athens, Greece, Thales together with Dassault Aviation and Safran, celebrated the end of the delivery of the fifteen new Mirage 2000-5 aircraft with the Greek Minister of Defense, Mr. Evanghelos Meimarakis and French Minister of Defense, Mr Hervé Morin. In late 2000, the Hellenic Air Force had ordered a series of new Mirage 2000-5 Mk2 aircraft.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 29 Nov 2007
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS ON INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT MEETING United Nations 29 Nov 2007
- Palestinian state vital to Israel's existence - PM Olmert RIA Novosti 29 Nov 2007 -- If negotiations on an independent Palestinian state fail it will threaten Israel's very existence, the Israeli prime minister said.
- Hamas Calls on UN to Rescind 1947 Partition Vote VOA 29 Nov 2007 -- The Palestinian militant group Hamas has called on the United Nations to rescind its 1947 vote that partitioned then British-ruled Palestine into two states, one Jewish and one Arab.
- CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC-CAMEROON: CAR refugees in Cameroon fear returning home IRIN 29 Nov 2007 -- Settled in eastern Cameroon where they fled to escape masked attackers who hacked off people's ears, killed, kidnapped and raped with impunity, 45,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) do not envisage going home.
- UN Force Commander in DR Congo urges peaceful resolution to clashes in east UN News Centre 29 Nov 2007 -- The Force Commander of the United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) today urged a peaceful resolution of clashes in the country's troubled eastern region, but said his troops stood ready to support Government efforts to resolve the problem militarily if necessary.
- Top UN envoy meets with Somali President and Prime Minister UN News Centre 29 Nov 2007 -- The top United Nations envoy for Somalia today discussed the ongoing crisis in the Horn of Africa nation with the country's President and Prime Minister.
- Security Council team holds talks in eastern district of Timor-Leste UN News Centre 29 Nov 2007 -- The Security Council delegation visiting Timor-Leste to assess the work of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the tiny nation (UNMIT) today travelled to the eastern district of Baucau for talks with local authorities, political party representatives, UN officials and police officers.
- KENYA-SUDAN: UN agency to repatriate 3,000 Sudanese by December IRIN 29 Nov 2007 -- The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, will repatriate at least 3,000 Sudanese from the Kakuma camp in northwestern Kenya by end-December, an official told IRIN.
- Russian diplomat denies weapons deployment in Nagorny Karabakh RIA Novosti 29 Nov 2007 -- Russia is not deploying weaponry in the disputed Nagorny Karabakh territory, scene of a 1988-1994 conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia that left 30,000 people dead, a Russian diplomat said on Thursday.
- Russia set to raise UN peacekeeping contribution 50% to $120 mln RIA Novosti 29 Nov 2007 -- Russia plans to increase its contribution to the UN peacekeeping program from the current $80 million to $120 million in 2008, a deputy foreign minister said Thursday.
- Ivory Coast Rebels, Government Agree to Disarmament Date VOA 29 Nov 2007 -- The government and rebels in Ivory Coast have agreed to begin disarming their troops by December 22 before integrating them into a new national army.
- Press Conference By Senior United Nations System Influenza Coordinator United Nations 29 Nov 2007
- White House Welcomes Musharraf Announcement to Lift Emergency Rule VOA 29 Nov 2007 -- The White House has welcomed word from Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf that he intends to lift emergency rule on December 16
- Pakistan's Musharraf sworn in as civilian president RIA Novosti 29 Nov 2007 -- Pervez Musharraf was sworn in for a second presidential term in Pakistan on Thursday as a civilian leader, a day after he stepped down as military commander.
- Pakistan's Musharraf Sworn In as Civilian President; Plans to Lift Emergency Rule VOA 29 Nov 2007 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has been sworn in for a second five-year term, a day after he kept his promise to step down as army chief
- Myanmar crisis tops talks between UN envoy and Cambodian Foreign Minister UN News Centre 29 Nov 2007 -- Continuing his consultations with regional leaders, the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Myanmar today conferred with Cambodia's Foreign Minister on United Nations efforts to promote dialogue and reconciliation between the Government and the opposition in the troubled South-East Asian nation.
- Cooperation between UN and OSCE stronger than ever, says Ban Ki-moon UN News Centre 29 Nov 2007 -- Whether it is collaboration on Kosovo or cooperation to address common economic and security challenges, the ties between the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are stronger today than ever before, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a high-level gathering of the group in Madrid.
- Thousands of Venezuelans Protest Proposed Constitutional Changes VOA 29 Nov 2007 -- Thousands of Venezuelans are protesting in the capital, Caracas, against President Hugo Chavez's proposed constitutional changes ahead of a national referendum on Sunday.
- Russian opposition leader Kasparov released from custody RIA Novosti 29 Nov 2007 -- Russian opposition leader Garry Kasparov has been released after five days in custody, a member of his United Civil Front party said on Thursday.
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