21 January 2008 Military News
- MND-C Soldier attacked by IED (Arab Jabour)
- MNF-W forces attacked (Al Anbar)
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- DoD Identifies Army Casualty
- Jan. 20 airpower summary: E-3s provide eye in sky AFPN 21 Jan 2008
- Coalition Forces Kill Four, Nab 37, Destroy Weapons in Iraq AFPS 21 Jan 2008 -- Coalition and Iraqi forces killed four suspected terrorists, detained 37 others and destroyed weapons caches in Iraq the past five days, military officials said.
- Phantom Phoenix: More than 10 targets destroyed during ongoing air strikes in Arab Jabour MNF-I 21 Jan 2008 -- More than 10 targets were hit during an ongoing night air raid against suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq safe havens in Arab Jabour Jan. 20.
- US Military Bombs Suspected Militant Stronghold South of Baghdad VOA 21 Jan 2008 -- The U.S. military says it has carried out a third air assault on a suspected militant stronghold south of Baghdad.
- AFGHANISTAN: Landmines, UXO kill, maim hundreds in 2007 IRIN 21 Jan 2008 -- Landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO) and abandoned explosive ordnance (AXO) killed 143 and wounded 438 people in different parts of Afghanistan in 2007, according to UN Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan (UNMACA) statistics.
- British soldier killed, five injured in Afghan blastIRNA 21 Jan 2008 -- One British soldier has been killed and five others injured in an explosion in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in London announced Monday.
- Afghan President Declares Terrorism Biggest Threat to Nation VOA 21 Jan 2008 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says terrorism remains the biggest threat facing the country.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Air-to-ground missile launched from drone AFPN 21 Jan 2008 -- For the first time, an air-to-ground missile was launched from a full-scale aerial target drone, or FSAT.
- Reserve Airmen train Guardsmen on Raptor AFPN 21 Jan 2008 -- Reservists here are training members of the Air National Guard as part of total force integration.
- USS Taylor Makes Tampa Port Call for Navy Week Events Navy NewsStand 18 Jan 2008 -- The frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) arrived at cruise terminal six Jan. 18, to participate in a week of festivities and community service projects during Tampa Navy Week.
- Russian missile cruiser hits all test targets in Atlantic RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2008 -- The flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, the Moskva guided-missile cruiser, has successfully hit designated targets as part of a Navy exercise in the northern Atlantic Monday, a Navy spokesman said.
- Russia to deploy second S-400 regiment near Moscow in 2008 RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2008 -- Russia will deploy a second regiment equipped with new S-400 air defense systems at the end of 2008, a missile defense official said on Monday.
- Russian Navy begins exercises in the Atlantic RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2008 -- A Russian naval task force started exercises in the northern Atlantic on Monday, a Navy spokesman said.
- Russia will not pressure Poland on U.S. missile shield - Lavrov RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2008 -- Russia will not pressure Poland over its intention to host U.S. missile shield elements, although Moscow is still concerned over the plans, the Russian foreign minister said on Monday.
- Northrop Grumman Wins U.S. Navy Performance-Based Logistics Contract for Navigation Systems On Surface Ships and Submarines Northrop Grumman 18 Jan 2008 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a delivery order for the fourth year of a five-year contract to provide technical, logistics and material support for mission-critical systems installed on U.S. Navy surface ships and submarines.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 21 Jan 2008
- Israel moves to allow fuel into Gaza RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2008 -- Israel has decided to ease its transport blockade on the Gaza Strip and allow fuel to enter the enclave for electricity generation, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
- Israel says Hamas to blame for energy crisis in Gaza RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2008 -- An Israeli Foreign Ministry official said on Monday that Islamic group Hamas was to blame for an energy crisis in Gaza after Israel blocked fuel supplies to the Palestinian enclave.
- Gaza relief operations at risk unless crossing closures are lifted, says UN agency UN News Centre 21 Jan 2008 -- The United Nations agency tasked with helping Palestinian refugees warned today that it may have to halt its food distribution and other key operations inside the Gaza Strip if the closures continue at the crossing points into Gaza.
- Israel to Ease Blockade on Gaza VOA 21 Jan 2008 -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has decided to allow the delivery of some fuel and medical supplies into the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip beginning Tuesday.
- International Outcry Calls for End to Israeli Blockade of Gaza Strip VOA 21 Jan 2008 -- There is growing concern from the international community about the four-day Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip, after the territory's only power station shut down for lack of fuel
- Somalia: UN reports continuing tensions in north after clashes UN News Centre 21 Jan 2008 -- Tensions remain high in Somalia's disputed northern Sool region after violent clashes last week between troops from the self-declared autonomous Puntland and Somaliland provinces, according to United Nations humanitarian workers in the fractured Horn of Africa country.
- SOMALIA: Anti-government activities spreading, warns AU IRIN 21 Jan 2008 -- Forces opposed to the Somali government have expanded their insurgent activities to areas that were previously peaceful and could be planning attacks in the Middle and Lower Juba regions, the African Union (AU) has warned.
- International Criminal Court Prosecutor set to visit Central African Republic UN News Centre 21 Jan 2008 -- The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) heads to the Central African Republic (CAR) - where he is investigating allegations of massive war crimes - later this week to meet with victims of violence, representatives of civil society and senior Government officials.
- DR Congo: UN-backed peace summit extended UN News Centre 21 Jan 2008 -- The United Nations-backed conference seeking to bringing peace, security and development to the war-torn eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), scheduled to end today, has been extended.
- Armed Groups in Eastern DR Congo to Sign Cease-Fire Deal VOA 21 Jan 2008 -- Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say armed groups in the eastern Kivu provinces have reached a cease-fire agreement with the government.
- UN peacekeeping chief, Sudanese officials set for talks on Darfur force UN News Centre 21 Jan 2008 -- The head of United Nations peacekeeping is due to arrive in Sudan today for talks with senior Government officials on issues relating to the deployment of the joint UN-African Union Mission in Darfur, the war-wracked region in the country's west.
- No let-up in Kenya violence as political crisis continues, UN reports UN News Centre 21 Jan 2008 -- Deadly violence continues across parts of Kenya and the police presence remains heavy, the United Nations reports today, as the country reels from the crisis sparked by last month's disputed election.
- UN Peacebuilding Commission representative heads to Guinea-Bissau UN News Centre 21 Jan 2008 -- A senior Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) representative heads today to Guinea-Bissau for talks with Government officials, civil society groups, members of the private sector and international partners to help chart how the United Nations advisory body can help prevent the West African country from sliding back into war or chaos.
- UN mission conducts maritime drill off Lebanon's southern coast UN News Centre 21 Jan 2008 -- United Nations peacekeepers have carried out maritime exercises off the coast of southern Lebanon involving the amphibious landing of military personnel and equipment.
- Notorious Liberian Warlord Confesses to Killing Thousands VOA 21 Jan 2008 -- One of Liberia's most notorious rebel commanders has returned home to confess his crimes, saying his fighters killed 20,000 people during the country's civil war.
- 34 Sri Lankan rebels killed in army attack IRNA 21 Jan 2008 -- Stepping up the offensive against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) sans the ceasefire, Sri Lankan army killed at least 33 rebels, including two women, in the embattled north and lost one of its soldiers, news reports said.
- Thailand's Elected Parliament Reconvenes For First Time Since Coup VOA 21 Jan 2008 -- Thailand has an elected parliament this week for the first time since 2006, the year former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was deposed in a military coup.
- Serbia: Tadic, Nikolic Headed For Second-Round Showdown RFE/RL 21 Jan 2008 -- Serbian voters have sent the country's presidential election into a runoff that will pit pro-Western incumbent Boris Tadic against firebrand nationalist challenger Tomislav Nikolic.
- Nationalist wins first round in Serbian presidential polls RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2008 -- The nationalist Tomislav Nikolic appears to have won the first round of Serbia's presidential elections, but will face a runoff, according to preliminary results in Sunday's poll.
- Georgia: U.S. Official Sees Need For 'Serious Change,' Reconciliation RFE/RL 21 Jan 2008 -- Following the inauguration of President Mikheil Saakashvili to a second term on January 20, RFE/RL's Georgian Service Director David Kakabadze spoke to Matthew Bryza, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, in Tbilisi about the disputed presidential election, continuing opposition protests, and what he expects to see in Georgia in the coming months.
- Dmitry Medvedev registered as Russian presidential candidate RIA Novosti 21 Jan 2008 -- The Russian Central Election Commission Monday registered Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as a presidential candidate.
- Musharraf Pledges to Hold Free Elections, Honor Results of Next Month's Vote VOA 21 Jan 2008 -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has opened a four-nation tour of Europe, pledging that his country's legislative elections next month will be free and fair.
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