22 January 2008 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 22 Jan 2008 [PDF] Incorrectly labeled as Jan. 24, 2008
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Maj. Gen. Hertling from Iraq 22 Jan 2008 -- Presenter: Commander, Multinational Division-North and 1st Armored Division Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Geoff Morrell from the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. 22 Jan 2008 -- Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell
- Jan. 21 airpower summary: F-16s provide show of force AFPN 22 Jan 2008
- RCT-5 takes the reins in western Anbar MNF-I 22 Jan 2008 -- Regimental Combat Team 5 relieved Regimental Combat Team 2 in a ceremony at Camp Ripper Jan. 22.
- Coalition forces pound al-Qaida stronghold in Iraq AFPN 22 Jan 2008 -- Aircrews of B-1B Lancers, Navy F/A -18 Hornet pilots, Army 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers and Iraqi forces cleared out an al-Qaida stronghold 30 miles southeast of Baghdad late night Jan. 20 and early morning Jan. 21.
- Coalition Forces in Iraq Capture 18 Terrorists AFPS 22 Jan 2008 -- Coalition forces today captured 18 suspected terrorists during anti-insurgent operations conducted across northern Iraq and the Baghdad area, military officials said.
- Al Qaeda Can Run, But Can't Hide in Northern Iraq, General Says AFPS 22 Jan 2008 -- The tables have turned for al Qaeda in northern Iraq, as a surge of operations there in the new year has put terrorists on the run looking for new places to hide, a commander in the region said today.
- MEDEVAC Crews Brave Enemy Fire to Save Soldiers Army News 22 Jan 2008 -- Aero-medical evacuation crews from Task Force Marne faced enemy gunfire to deliver five injured Soldiers to safety Jan. 18.
- Engineers Overcome Challenges to Build Electricity Substation AFPS 22 Jan 2008 -- Of the nearly 3,800 projects the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division has completed across Iraq in four years, one stands out because of the special challenges it posed.
- Seabee Crane Crew Provides Lift Inside and Outside the Wire Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2008 -- The crane crew attached to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 1 completed their 23rd crane mission of their ongoing deployment.
- Militants' Attacks Highlight Violence Along Afghan Border VOA 22 Jan 2008 -- Islamic militants attacked and killed five Pakistani soldiers in the country's tribal mountainous region near the border with Afghanistan as analysts say the al-Qaida-linked fighters appear to be gaining more control of the region
- Top US Military Leader Arrives in Pakistan as Violence Escalates in Tribal Region VOA 22 Jan 2008 -- A top U.S. military commander has arrived in Pakistan for talks, as Pakistani forces continue to battle al-Qaida-linked militants along the Afghan border.
- Coalition Troops in Afghanistan Capture 7 Insurgents AFPS 22 Jan 2008 -- Coalition forces detained seven suspected insurgents during anti-Taliban operations yesterday in Afghanistan's Zabul province, military officials said.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Pentagon Officials Remain Confident in MRAPs Despite First Casualty AFPS 22 Jan 2008 -- Defense Department officials' confidence in mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles is unshaken after a deadly roadside bomb in Iraq marked the first time a U.S. servicemember was killed while traveling in one of the armored vehicles.
- MRAP Production Facility Demonstrates Industry's Commitment AFPS 22 Jan 2008 -- As Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates was just a few miles away in Charleston last week, praising American industry for galvanizing to support deployed troops, modern-day "Rosie the Riveters" here were working around the clock moving mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles through the production line.
- Defense Department Works to Eliminate Gaps in Medical Care AFPS 22 Jan 2008 -- The trauma care that U.S. servicemembers receive is the best in the world, but the Defense Department must continue to eliminate gaps in the medical process as patients move from DoD facilities to the Department of Veterans Affairs and to private hospitals, a senior Pentagon medical official said.
- Stuttgart Opens Warrior Transition Unit Army News 22 Jan 2008 -- U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart has activated its Warrior Transition Unit as part of the Army's new mandated Medical Action Plan.
- USS Port Royal Visits Bahrain Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2008 -- USS Port Royal (CG 73) departed Mina Salman pier, Bahrain, Jan. 15 after an eight-day visit.
- Pacific Northwest Sub Crews Win Battle "E" Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2008 -- USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23) and USS Maine (SSBN 741) (Blue and Gold) were awarded the Battle Efficiency "E" award for 2007 in ceremonies Jan. 17 and 18.
- Sao Tome Welcomes Africa Partnership Station Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2008 -- Africa Partnership Station (APS), aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) arrived here Jan. 21.
- CTG 515.1 Changes Command Navy NewsStand 22 Jan 2008 -- Commander Task Group (CTG) 515.1 bid farewell to its commanding officer during a change of command ceremony Jan. 20 on board USNS Stockham (T-AK 3017) inport Puerto Princesa, Republic of the Philippines.
- Secretary Bolton Retires from Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Army News 22 Jan 2008 -- Claude M. Bolton Jr. formally left his position as assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology during a retirement ceremony Jan. 18 at the Pentagon.
- Providing shelter is a BEAR AFPN 22 Jan 2008 -- Air, water, food and shelter are the basic essentials for life. But when Airmen deploy to an environment where no one has lived before, these essentials need to be brought in.
- Defense authorization bill impacts potential degree programs AFPN 22 Jan 2008 -- With the finalization of the 2008 defense authorization bill, Air University will have the authority to grant a new master's degree in flight test engineering to graduates of the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
- Russia to respond 'appropriately' to Ukrainian NATO membership RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2008 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that the country would have to take "appropriate measures" if Ukraine were to join NATO.
- Russia Again Warns Ukraine on NATO Plans VOA 22 Jan 2008 -- Russia is again warning Ukraine that any move to join NATO will "seriously" complicate bilateral ties and force Moscow to take "appropriate action."
- Ukraine set to propose 'concrete steps' for NATO membership RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2008 -- Ukrainian Defense Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov proposed during a meeting with a top NATO official on Tuesday concrete steps aimed at strengthening cooperation with the 26-nation alliance.
- Russian military to purchase 10-15 Mi-28N helicopters per year RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2008 -- Russia's Defense Ministry is planning to purchase at least 10-15 Mi-28N Night Hunter attack helicopters every year until 2015, a ministry official said on Tuesday.
- Russian Navy uses supersonic cruise missile to hit test target RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2008 -- The flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet has effectively engaged a designated target with a supersonic cruise missile as part of a Navy exercise in the northern Atlantic, a Navy spokesman said Tuesday.
- Russian Air Force receives new Mi-28N attack helicopters RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2008 -- Two new Mi-28N Night Hunter helicopter gunships will be transferred to the Russian Air Force on Tuesday by the manufacturer, an AF spokesman said.
- Russian strategic bombers join naval exercise in the Atlantic RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2008 -- Two Russian strategic bombers will participate Tuesday in a joint naval exercise currently underway in the northern Atlantic, an Air Force spokesman said.
- Pakistan starts mass production of JF-17 fighters - national TV RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2008 -- Pakistan began on Tuesday the mass assembly of a JF-17 fighter at an aircraft-manufacturing plant in the northwest of the country, national television reported.
- Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 22 Jan 2008
- Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 22 Jan 2008
- DoD News: Contracts for January 03, 2008
- Boeing Awarded $14.9 Million A-10 Wing Modeling Contract Boeing 22 Jan 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has been awarded a $14.9 million U.S. Air Force contract for systems engineering and modeling services for the A-10 Wing Replacement program.
- CACI Awarded $25 Million Contract to Continue Support for Naval Shipyard Training and Education Programs CACI 22 Jan 2008 -- CACI International Inc (NYSE:CAI) announced today that it has been awarded a $25 million task order by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to continue support of the comprehensive Naval Shipyard Training and Education Program (NSTEP).
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL AND THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT United Nations 22 Jan 2008
- Despite Israeli Blockade, Palestinian President Reaffirms Commitment to Peace VOA 22 Jan 2008 -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he remains committed to peace talks, despite the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip and heavy fighting there between Hamas militants and Israeli forces
- ISRAEL-OPT: UN, aid agencies appeal for US$461 million for oPt IRIN 22 Jan 2008 -- UN agencies and aid organisations launched a US$461.9 million appeal on 22 January for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
- Israeli Blockade Eased as Fuel, Supply Trucks Enter Gaza VOA 22 Jan 2008 -- Israel has allowed a one-day delivery of food and fuel to the Gaza Strip, partially lifting a nearly week-long blockade of the territory.
- UN to hold emergency meeting on Gaza fuel crisis RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2008 -- The UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Tuesday to discuss the crisis triggered by Israel's fuel blockade to the Gaza Strip in response to rocket attacks from the Hamas-run territory.
- Israel resumes limited fuel supplies to Gaza RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2008 -- Israel eased the blockade to the Gaza Strip on Tuesday allowing fuel and medicine to be bought into the Palestinian enclave, local media said.
- UN-backed peace summit in DR Congo ends with possible deal in reach UN News Centre 22 Jan 2008 -- The United Nations-backed peace summit in the war-torn eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reportedly ended today, with delegates said to be hammering out a final agreement between the Government and various armed groups.
- 5.4 Million Dead in DRC Since 1998, Says New Survey VOA 22 Jan 2008 -- A new report says the number of people who've died in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo is much higher than previously thought
- DRC: The displaced just want peace IRIN 22 Jan 2008 -- News that parties to the bloody conflict in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) said they would sign a peace treaty was welcomed by those displaced by the civil strife, who just want calm restored so they can return home.
- PRESS CONFERENCE BY PROSECUTOR OF SPECIAL COURT FOR SIERRA LEONE United Nations 22 Jan 2008
- NIGER: Rebels raid town in south east IRIN 22 Jan 2008 -- An anti-government rebel group in Niger has claimed responsibility for an attack on the southeastern town Tanout near the eastern humanitarian aid hub Zinder on 21 January.
- Armed groups uproot 2,000 more Colombians, UN refugee agency says UN News Centre 22 Jan 2008 -- Some 2,000 people, many of them children, have fled the countryside for refuge in cities and villages after being threatened by irregular armed groups in north-eastern Colombia, the latest victims of long-running conflicts that have uprooted 3 million people overall, the United Nations refugee agency reported today.
- UN voices concern as first camp opens for displaced Central Africans UN News Centre 22 Jan 2008 -- Authorities in the Central African Republic (CAR) have opened the troubled country's first camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) after a rise in bandit attacks in the north, and United Nations humanitarian officials warn that continuing violence means the number of displaced may only grow in the weeks ahead.
- Taylor trial at UN-backed court 'historic' in ending impunity, says prosecutor UN News Centre 22 Jan 2008 -- The Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) today stressed the "historic" importance of the war crimes trial of former Liberian leader Charles Taylor in signalling an end to impunity, even at the highest level.
- Amnesty Says Darfuris Face Insecurity in Camps Full of Weapons VOA 22 Jan 2008 -- A report by Amnesty International describes the worsening security situation for internally displaced people in Darfur
- LEBANON: Deminers find new cluster bomb sites without Israeli data IRIN 22 Jan 2008 -- Deminers clearing Israeli-dropped cluster bombs in south Lebanon are turning up an average of 10 new sites per month, while Israel continues to ignore requests for data that would assist clearing the estimated one million unexploded bomblets, which continue to kill and maim civilians and decimate rural livelihoods.
- SRI LANKA: No "military" solution, departing peace monitors warn IRIN 22 Jan 2008 -- The 2002 ceasefire agreement (CFA) between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) showed its first serious cracks almost three years before its eventual demise.
- KENYA: IDPs face uncertain future as plan to close city camp gets under way IRIN 22 Jan 2008 -- Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) living on the site of an annual trade fair in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, have vowed to stay put, despite a government directive to close the camp.
- Georgia ready for compromise with Russia - acting FM Bezhuashvili RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2008 -- Georgia is ready for compromise with Russia, but not to the detriment of its national interests, the tiny ex-Soviet republic's acting foreign minister said on Tuesday.
- US Ambassador Calls Kenyan Government Charges 'Propaganda' VOA 22 Jan 2008 -- The U.S. ambassador to Kenya has angrily denounced print and broadcast advertisements placed by the government of President Mwai Kibaki, which accuses the United States and other Western countries of contributing to post-election violence in the country
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