09 January 2008 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 09 Jan 2008 [PDF]
- MND-North Soldiers attacked by small arms fire (Salah ad Din)
- MND-N Soldiers attacked by HBIED (Diyala)
- Iran says U.S. video recording of Gulf ship incident a fake RIA Novosti 09 Jan 2008 -- A senior official in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards has said the U.S. video recording of Sunday's alleged confrontation between Iranian and U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf was a fake.
- Iran Claims US Faked Video Showing Gulf Standoff VOA 09 Jan 2008 -- Iran and the United States are now trading allegations about a recording of the a confrontation between U.S. Navy warships and Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboats in the Strait of Hormuz earlier this week
- PRESS CONFERENCE: Maj. Gen. Bergner, Maj. Gen. Hertling, Jan. 9, 2008 MNF-I 09 Jan 2008 -- Maj. Gen. Kevin Bergner, Multi-National Force - Iraq spokesman, and Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, Commander of Multi-National Division - North, provide an operational update
- Jan. 8 airpower summary: C-17s fly aeromedical evacuations AFPN 09 Jan 2008
- Air strike destroys safe house, reveals large cache AFPN 09 Jan 2008 -- Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots dropped two 500-pound bombs Jan. 6, destroying an al-Qaida safe house near Busayefi, Iraq, where improvised explosive devices were made and stored.
- Coalition Forces Detain 6 in Northern Iraq AFPS 09 Jan 2008 -- Coalition forces detained six suspects today during operations targeting al Qaeda networks in northern Iraq, officials reported.
- New U.S. Offensive Targets al Qaeda in Northern Iraq AFPS 09 Jan 2008 -- American military forces in northern Iraq have launched a new offensive targeting al Qaeda elements operating in the region, senior U.S. military officers posted in Iraq said today.
- Coalition Medics Conduct Operation With Iraqi Police AFPS 09 Jan 2008 -- Medics from 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, and 489th Civil Affairs Battalion, a reserve unit from Knoxville, Tenn., attached to 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, conducted a medical operation in Tameem, southeast of Baghdad, Jan. 5.
- Operation Marne Thunderbolt continues (Arab Jabour) MNF-I 09 Jan 2008 -- Coalition Force events in support of Operation Marne Thunderbolt continued to reduce the ability of al-Qaeda in Iraq operating in areas south of Baghdad Jan. 5 and 6.
- Operation Iron Harvest clears al-Qaeda from northern Iraq (Baquba) MNF-I 09 Jan 2008 -- Multi-National Division - North Soldiers began Operation Iron Harvest to pursue al-Qaeda in Iraq and extremist elements from the region.
- Operation Marne Thunderbolt clears al-Qaeda from southeast Baghdad MNF-I 09 Jan 2008 -- Marne Thunderbolt is the latest in a series of combat operations by Multi-National Division - Center, focused on pursuing the enemy and clearing al-Qaeda safe havens southeast of Baghdad.
- Cavalry Unit Rules the Sky: Hits 20,000 Flight Hours in Iraq MNF-I 09 Jan 2008 -- An air cavalry unit in Iraq has found itself ringing in the New Year by flying to a remarkable milestone.
- 6 US Troops Killed in Booby-Trapped House During Offensive in Northern Iraq VOA 09 Jan 2008 -- The U.S. military reports six American soldiers were killed Wednesday in a bobby-trapped house during a new operation in northern Iraq
- U.S. Troops Mentor Afghan Artillery Platoon AFPS 09 Jan 2008 -- A smiling jester grins down from their ballcaps, but the soldiers who wear them are all business. And when they go looking for a fight in Afghanistan's Zabul province, the big guns that cover them are no joke either.
- Afghanistan: A First Step Toward 'Turning' Moderate Taliban? RFE/RL 09 Jan 2008 -- For years, Afghan officials including President Hamid Karzai have extended an olive branch to moderate Taliban to lay down their arms and back the government.
- Pakistan denies U.S troops, intelligence agents operating in tribal areas IRNA 09 Jan 2008 -- Pakistan has said that U.S troops and intelligence agencies are not operating inside its tribal areas and described American media reports as baseless.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Army Destroys Half of Chemical Stockpile Army News 09 Jan 2008 -- As of Dec. 10, the Army has safely destroyed 50 percent of the United States' chemical-agent stockpile since beginning to comply with the Chemical Weapons Convention April 29, 1997.
- Air Combat Command clears selected F-15s for flight AFPN 09 Jan 2008 -- Air Combat Command officials cleared a portion of the F-15 Eagle A through D model aircraft Jan. 9 for flying status and recommended a limited return to flight for Air Force units worldwide following engineering risk assessments and data received from multiple fleet-wide inspections.
- CNO Tours Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Navy NewsStand 09 Jan 2008 -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead toured Portsmouth Naval Shipyard here Jan. 8 as part of an eight-day trip visiting private and public shipyards throughout the U.S.
- NECC Focuses on Language and Cultural Training for Mission Success Navy NewsStand 09 Jan 2008 -- For Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Sailors who deploy on missions throughout the world, cultural awareness and language training is essential to the success of those duties.
- NAVFAC Southwest Begins Installation Process of Large Scale Wind Turbine Navy NewsStand 09 Jan 2008 -- Installation of the Marine Corps' first large scale wind turbine at Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Barstow began Jan. 8, with a kick-off meeting between Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest, MCLB, and Southern California Edison (SCE).
- SECDEF Visits EODMU-3, Presents Bronze Stars Navy NewsStand 09 Jan 2008 -- Secretary of Defense, the Honorable Robert Gates, presented eight Bronze Stars to members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 1 and 3 at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado on Jan. 7.
- Soldiers Learn to Rappel to Enhance Capabilities Navy NewsStand 09 Jan 2008 -- Sailors assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit 8 Det. 20 helped qualify fellow service members in rapelling during a training session Jan. 4
- NMCB 5 Seabees Arrive in Sasebo Navy NewsStand 09 Jan 2008 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 5, based in Port Hueneme, Calif., arrived at Fleet Activities Sasebo on Dec. 6, for a six-month deployment where they will support base operational readiness by performing facility upgrades and installation projects.
- Russia Accepts RIMPAC Invitation Navy NewsStand 09 Jan 2008 -- Russia has accepted an invitation to participate in this summer's Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) naval exercises, Adm. Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, stated at the 7th annual Hawaii-U.S. Military Partnership Conference Jan. 3.
- South Korean civic leaders gain insight on Air Force mission AFPN 09 Jan 2008 -- Gunsan civic leaders received a firsthand look at how the United States and South Korean air forces work together to maintain peace and stability in the region Jan. 7 during a tour of Kunsan Air Base.
- Hickam's C-17s deliver anywhere AFPN 09 Jan 2008 -- In the off-chance the C-17 Globemaster III can't land somewhere to deliver its cargo, that cargo may just come coasting out of the back of the aircraft -- with a parachute attached, of course.
- Eielson maintainers use AFSO 21 to improve performance AFPN 09 Jan 2008 -- Members of the 354th Maintenance Squadron's Aerospace Ground Equipment Flight here recently implemented Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st century initiatives to reorganize the unit to save resources and manpower.
- Soldiers Implement New Contract Training in Kuwait Army News 09 Jan 2008 -- Soldiers with the 1st Theater Sustainment Command put their Contracting Officer Representative training to work and saved the Army thousands of dollars while curbing fraud, waste and abuse.
- Guard Providing Relief in Nevada Flooding Army News 09 Jan 2008 -- Nevada Sen. Harry Reid inspected the flooded town of Fernely, Nev., in an Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Monday and requested President George Bush declare the Fernley flood a disaster, making home and business owners and the town eligible for federal aid.
- Logistics Officers Don New Branch Insignia Army News 09 Jan 2008 -- The first wave of more than 10,000 logistics officers exchanged their branch insignia at a Fort Lee ceremony Wednesday, following the Jan. 1 establishment of the Logistics Branch.
- Warrior Transition Office Focuses on Soldiers, Families Army News 09 Jan 2008 -- The deputy director of the Warrior Transition Office pledged Tuesday that his office, medical officials and Warrior Transition Unit cadre will always listen to concerns wounded warriors and their Families might have about their care.
- Senior Russian diplomat flies to Warsaw for missile shield talks RIA Novosti 09 Jan 2008 -- Russia's deputy foreign minister will fly to Warsaw on Wednesday night to discuss the planned deployment of U.S. missile shield elements in Poland, a ministry spokesman said.
- Polish PM Wants New US Security Guarantees on Missile Shield VOA 09 Jan 2008 -- Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk says he wants extra security guarantees from the United States, before his government will agree to U.S. plans for a missile defense shield on Polish soil.
- Russia launches full-scale production of new-generation warplane RIA Novosti 09 Jan 2008 -- Russia has started full-scale production of the Su-34 Fullback fighter bomber at a Siberian aircraft plant, plane maker Sukhoi said on Wednesday.
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 09 Jan 2008
- Press Gaggle by National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and Press Secretary Dana Perino The White House 09 Jan 2008
- Press Briefing by National Security Advisor Steve Hadley The White House 09 Jan 2008
- DoD News: Contracts for January 09, 2008
- India, Russia yet to achieve breakthrough on Gorshkov deal IRNA 09 Jan 2008 -- India and Russia are yet to achieve a breakthrough on resolving the Gorshkov deal, which has been in a deadlock over pricing.
- Northrop Grumman Team to Compete for Army's Aerial Common Sensor Northrop Grumman 09 Jan 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that it will lead a team to compete for the U.S. Army's Aerial Common Sensor (ACS), an airborne platform that will provide the warfighter with actionable intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition capability.
- BAE SYSTEMS WINS U.S. ARMY CONTRACT FOR NEW ENGINEERING/EOD VEHICLES WORTH POTENTIALLY $2.288 BILLION BAE Systems 09 Jan 2008 -- BAE Systems has been selected by the U.S. Army to be the sole producer of the new Medium Mine Protected Vehicle (MMPV), and has been awarded an initial $20 million delivery order under the $2.288 billion MMPV program.
- Boeing Delivers 36 Chinook Helicopters in 2007 Boeing Boeing 09 Jan 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] in 2007 delivered 36 Chinook helicopters to U.S. Army and international customers, meeting scheduled commitments and matching the program's performance during the Army's model upgrade program in the early 1990s.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 09 Jan 2008
- Bush Cites 'Historic Opportunity' to Fight Terror, Support Peace AFPS 09 Jan 2008 -- President Bush kicked off his week-long Middle Eastern trip today pledging continued U.S. support to fighting extremism.
- U.S./Middle East: Bush Opens Major Regional Tour RFE/RL 09 Jan 2008 -- U.S. President George W. Bush has arrived in Israel for the first leg of a Middle East tour that will also take him to a number of Arab states in an effort to encourage Israeli-Palestinian peace and rally support to contain Iranian influence in the region.
- Bush Arrives in Middle East VOA 09 Jan 2008 -- President Bush has arrived in Israel - the first stop on a Middle East journey designed to bolster the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and foster unity on Iran
- Bush Says Now Is Time for Mideast Peace VOA 09 Jan 2008 -- President Bush says the time is right for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and both sides have tough choices to make
- Serbia rules out use of force against breakaway Kosovo RIA Novosti 09 Jan 2008 -- Serbian Defense Minister Dragan Sutanovac said on Wednesday that Belgrade would not use military force to thwart Kosovo's drive for independence.
- SRI LANKA: Poor security restricting aid access in north IRIN 09 Jan 2008 -- The rapidly deteriorating security situation in Sri Lanka has already affected the ability of aid agencies to work in the conflict-ridden north.
- DRC: Aid tops agenda as Kivus conference gets under way IRIN 09 Jan 2008 -- Four days after the opening ceremony, a major conference aimed at restoring peace and stability in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Kivu provinces finally got off the ground on 9 January at the University of the Great Lakes in Goma, with the region's humanitarian "catastrophe" topping the agenda.
- Sri Lankan Army captures LTTE territory in Mannar IRNA 09 Jan 2008 -- Sri Lanka Wednesday claimed to have captured Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)-held territory in north-western Mannar following fierce clashes that left 19 rebels dead and 30 wounded.
- UN urges parties in southern Sudan peace accord to settle outstanding issues UN News Centre 09 Jan 2008 -- Hailing the third anniversary of the peace accord that ended two decades of civil war in southern Sudan, the United Nations today called on all parties to resolve outstanding issues, including redeployment of forces and demarcation
- UN team investigates reported rocket attack against Israel from Lebanon UN News Centre 09 Jan 2008 -- A United Nations investigation team, including forensics and explosives experts, have inspected a site in northern Israel where two Katyusha rockets fired from southern Lebanon are reported to have landed and UN peacekeepers have combed locations for potential launching sites.
- Ban Ki-moon says progress slow in achieving targets of Ivorian peace accord UN News Centre 09 Jan 2008 -- While security and political conditions in Côte d'Ivoire have improved in recent months, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has cautioned that these are fragile gains given the slow progress in achieving key benchmarks of last year's peace agreement, including dismantling militias.
- Darfur peacekeeping force faces greatest risks since the 1990s - top UN official UN News Centre 09 Jan 2008 -- The top United Nations peacekeeping official today warned the Security Council that the new, critically under-manned and under-equipped mission in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region faced "probably the greatest risk" to a UN operation in more than a decade.
- Western Sahara: UN-led talks end with parties pledging to step up negotiations UN News Centre 09 Jan 2008 -- The latest round of United Nations-led discussions on Western Sahara wrapped up today, with Morocco and the Frente Polisario agreeing on the need to move into a more intensive and substantive phase of negotiations.
- Ex-Security Officer Testifies at Charles Taylor Trial VOA 09 Jan 2008 -- One of Charles Taylor's ex-bodyguards has testified at his former boss' trial in The Hague
- UN Security Council Condemns Attack on Darfur Peacekeepers VOA 09 Jan 2008 -- The U.N. Security Council has unanimously condemned an attack Monday on a supply convoy of U.N.-African Union peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur region
- Hillary Clinton, John McCain Score Victories in New Hampshire Washington File 09 Jan 2008 -- New Hampshire voters showed up in record numbers and surprised many by casting their ballots for Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John McCain in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary January 8.
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY UNITED NATIONS EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR TO UPDATE HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN KENYA United Nations 09 Jan 2008
- Mediation Underway In Kenya To Resolve Election Crisis VOA 09 Jan 2008 -- The head of the African Union, Ghanaian president John Kufour, has held separate talks with both sides in Kenya's election crisis
- KENYA: Hospitals treating hundreds in post-poll violence IRIN 09 Jan 2008 -- Hospitals in areas affected by the post-election violence that rocked Kenya in the last week of December and early January have been treating hundreds of patients for injuries inflicted with machetes, arrows and spears, as well as gunshot wounds and burns.
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