20 January 2008 Military News
- PRESS CONFERENCE: Al-Qaeda in Iraq Update: Rear Adm. Smith, Jan. 20, 2008 MNF-I 20 Jan 2008 -- Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, Multi-National Force -Iraq's Communication Division, provides a detailed brief on Coalition Force efforts against al-Qaeda in Iraq over the past year
- Al Qaeda Remains Coalition's, Iraqi's Biggest Target AFPS 20 Jan 2008 -- Al Qaeda remains the most dangerous terror group in Iraq, and coalition and Iraqi security forces continue to attack it, Navy Rear Adm. Greg Smith, a spokesman for Multinational Forces Iraq, said today in Baghdad.
- Bombing Kills 6 in Iraq's Anbar Province VOA 20 Jan 2008 -- Officials in Iraq say a suicide bomber has killed six people in Anbar province, near the city of Fallujah.
- Roadside Bombs Decline in Iraq VOA 20 Jan 2008 -- A suicide bombing killed six people in Iraq's western Anbar province, but a prominent sheikh who was the target of the attack was not hurt
- Rebel Attacks Kill 12 in Southern Afghanistan VOA 20 Jan 2008 -- Officials in southern Afghanistan say violent attacks by Taliban fighters have killed at least 12 people, including five civilians hit by a roadside bomb near Kandahar.
- UN: More Than One Million People in Afghanistan Need Food VOA 20 Jan 2008 -- The United Nations says more than a million people in four western provinces of Afghanistan are in urgent need of food assistance
Defense Policy / Programs
- UN Condemns Israel's Tightening of Sanctions on Gaza VOA 20 Jan 2008 -- Gaza Strip's only power plant has shut down due to an Israeli border closure that is blocking fuel deliveries
- Israeli Cabinet Ministers Call for Assassination of Hezbollah Leader Nasrallah VOA 20 Jan 2008 -- Israel is threatening to target the leader of the Islamic guerrilla group Hezbollah in Lebanon
- Mortar Attack on Somali Presidential Palace as PM Arrives VOA 20 Jan 2008 -- Somalia's presidential palace has come under mortar attack, shortly after the country's prime minister arrived at the compound.
- YEMEN: Calls for humanitarian aid as hundreds are displaced by clashes IRIN 20 Jan 2008 -- Hundreds of citizens in Saada, a northern province of Yemen, have been displaced from their homes for a second time following a renewed bout of clashes between government forces and followers of Shia rebel leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, according to local residents.
- UN, AU envoys upbeat on prospects for restarting Darfur peace talks UN News Centre 20 Jan 2008 -- After meetings with the Government and the main rebel groups, the United Nations and African Union envoys for the Darfur peace process said they are hopeful that talks aimed at ending the conflict in the war-wracked Sudanese region can reconvene soon.
- Georgian President Sworn In For New Term RFE/RL 20 Jan 2008 -- Mikheil Saakashvili has been inaugurated for a second five-year term as president of Georgia, pledging to bring Tbilisi closer to the West and at the same time repair a deep rift with neighboring Russia.
- Serbs Vote In Pivotal Election RFE/RL 20 Jan 2008 -- Serbs have turned out in unexpectedly high numbers in a watershed presidential election that many observers view as crucial to the country's future direction
- Serbians vote in crucial presidential elections RIA Novosti 20 Jan 2008 -- Serbs vote Sunday in a presidential election seen to shape the Balkan state's future direction amid rising tensions over the status of Serbia's breakaway province of Kosovo.
- Serbian Voters Cast Ballots in Presidential Election VOA 20 Jan 2008 -- Serbs are voting Sunday in the first round of a presidential election that will determine whether incumbent pro-western President Boris Tadic will fend off a challenge from radical nationalist Tomislav Nickolic
- Taiwan Excluded From International Health Meetings VOA 20 Jan 2008 -- Taiwan warns the international community could be at heightened risk from diseases such as avian influenza because it is prevented from attending meetings on important health issues because of pressure from China
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