25 January 2008 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 25 Jan 2008 [PDF]
- MND-Center Soldier dies of non-combat related cause
- Jan. 24 airpower summary: Recon aircraft keep eye on enemy AFPN 25 Jan 2008
- Weapons cache found during Operation Yukon (Baghdad) MNF-I 25 Jan 2008 -- Coalition Forces and Concerned Local Citizens found a large weapons cache in southern Baghdad during Operation Yukon, part of the country-wide Operation Phantom Phoenix, Jan 20.
- Coalition Troops in Iraq Capture 12 Suspected Terrorists AFPS 25 Jan 2008 -- Coalition troops in Iraq captured seven suspected terrorists during operations today in Baghdad and Beiji, military officials said.
- USS Vicksburg Returns from Gulf Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2008 -- USS Vicksburg (CG 69) and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Light (HSL) 42 Detachment 5 returned from a six-month Persian Gulf deployment, Jan. 25.
- Army Investigating Battlefield-detainee Deaths Army News Release 25 Jan 2008 -- Army officials in Europe are cooperating fully with a U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command investigation into alleged misconduct by members of a Europe-based 1st Infantry Division unit involving detainees during a recent deployment to Iraq.
- Maliki Says Iraqi Forces Launching Offensive Against Al-Qaida VOA 25 Jan 2008 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says the government is launching a major offensive against al-Qaida in the northern city of Mosul, following two deadly bombing attacks in the city.
- Afghanistan: Official Says Iranian Mines Found In Taliban Commander's House RFE/RL 25 Jan 2008 -- An provincial police chief says authorities have discovered a weapons cache in western Afghanistan containing 130 land mines of different types that appear to have been imported from Iran.
- Pakistani President, in Britain, Rejects US Offer of Troops VOA 25 Jan 2008 -- Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf took his diplomatic offensive to Britain Friday at the start of a four-day visit. Speaking in London, the president quickly rejected any U.S. offer to send combat troops into Pakistan, and he chided the West for not acknowledging Pakistan's efforts to fight terrorism and for judging the country only on western notions of human rights and democracy
- Gunmen hijack 3 trucks load of weapons of Pakistani forces IRNA 25 Jan 2008 -- Suspected militants have hijacked three trucks loaded with arms of Pakistani security forces in a tribal region, a senior official said.
- Pakistani Army Says Up to 30 Militants Killed in Northwest VOA 25 Jan 2008 -- Pakistani military officials say troops have killed up to 30 militants during an operation in the country's northwest tribal region.
Defense Policy / Programs
- CENTAF's top enlisted Airman discusses war AFPN 25 Jan 2008 -- The command chief master sergeant of 9th Air Force and United States Central Command Air Forces kicked off a theater-wide tour Jan. 24 at a Southwest Asia air base.
- RAF activates unmanned aerial vehicle squadron at Creech AFPN 25 Jan 2008 -- Royal Air Force officials activated an unmanned aerial vehicle squadron Jan. 23 in the Reaper Hangar at Creech Air Force Base.
- Ops Chief Briefs Support Groups on Military Efforts Worldwide AFPS 25 Jan 2008 -- More than 150 people attending the America Supports You National Summit here today received a quick overview of the American military from U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Carter F. Ham, director for operations for the Joint Staff, .
- Essex Underway After Successful Winter Availability Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2008 -- The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) departed Sasebo, Japan for Spring Patrol, Jan 24.
- New US Commander Prepares for Africa Assignment VOA 25 Jan 2008 -- The U.S. military hosted an international exercise last week to help prepare the new commander of a coalition task force in East Africa for his deployment
- Soldiers Try out Improved Body Armor Army News 25 Jan 2008 -- For as long as the Army has used Interceptor Body Armor, Soldiers have complained that it is too heavy, too hot and too cumbersome.
- Senior Executive Service Appointments 25 Jan 2008
- USS Doyle Hosts DARPA Visit Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2008 -- USS Doyle (FFG 39) hosted members of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to a day at sea, providing them with a tour of the ship and a demonstration of counter-narcotic capabilities Jan. 16.
- Mighty 8 Hosts Leaders to Sea Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2008 -- USS Dubuque (LPD 8) "Mighty 8" hosted California business and community leaders, who were participating in the Navy's Leaders to Sea (LTS) program, Jan. 15-18.
- USS Philadelphia Returns After Highly Successful Deployment Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2008 -- The fast-attack submarine USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) returned home to friends and family at Naval Submarine Base New London, Jan. 24, after a successful six-month deployment as part of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Carrier Strike Group (CSG).
- PWD Chinhae Finds Energy Solutions in the Sun Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2008 -- The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Far East's Public Works Department (PWD) in Chinhae, Korea has initiated solutions to the base's energy needs by looking to the sun.
- NAVELSG Sailors Depart for Peacetime Mission in Antarctica Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2008 -- Nearly 60 Sailors from the Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) active-duty battalion Navy Cargo Handling Battalion (NCHB) 1, left Williamsburg, Jan. 18, for a peacetime mission.
- Carrier's Namesake Tests Catapult Navy NewsStand 25 Jan 2008 -- Marking a milestone in the construction of the U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier, George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), the ships namesake took part in the catapult system testing on the ship's flight deck, Jan. 25.
- Airmen keep mission running despite subzero temperatures AFPN 25 Jan 2008 -- At 16 degrees Fahrenheit, the Manas Air Base Weather Office issues an observed temperature advisory.
- Randolph, Civil Air Patrol kick off new support program AFPN 25 Jan 2008 -- A new pilot program between the Air Force and Civil Air Patrol officials is set to kick off with a meeting and orientation tour Jan. 28 at Randolph Air Force Base.
- France offers to supply new generation fighters to India IRNA 25 Jan 2008 -- As President Nicolas Sarkozy began talks with Indian leaders to boost Indo-French ties, a French company on Friday offered to sell 40 of its new generation Rafale fighters to New Delhi on a fast track basis to help Indian Air Force(IAF) maintain its combat edge.
- India, France to Boost Military Cooperation, Political Ties VOA 25 Jan 2008 -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he hopes an international consensus is near to allow countries like France to sell India peacetime nuclear technology
- Only a third of UK military helicopters operational IRNA 25 Jan 2008 -- Only a third of Britain's military helicopters are fit for front-line duty, seriously hampering operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to new figures obtained by the opposition Conservative Party.
- Russia terminates early-warning radar agreement with Ukraine RIA Novosti 25 Jan 2008 -- Russian lawmakers terminated on Friday an agreement with Ukraine on early warning and space monitoring systems, citing Ukraine's failure to provide adequate technical support to radar facilities located on its territory.
- Press Briefing by Dana Perino The White House 25 Jan 2008
- DoD News: Contracts for January 25, 2008
- Boeing and Lockheed Martin Team for Next Generation Bomber Program Boeing 25 Jan 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today announced they will team to perform studies and system development efforts including collaborative research and development in pursuit of the anticipated U.S. Air Force Next Generation Bomber program.
- General Dynamics Awarded $30 Million for Abrams Tank-Related Work General Dynamics 25 Jan 2008 -- The U.S. TACOM Lifecycle Management Command has awarded General Dynamics Land Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), two Abrams main battle tank-related contracts with a total value of $30.4 million.
- Torbuster Makes First Time Appearance at Pacific 2008 Rafael 25 Jan 2008 -- Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. will release its Torbuster, hard kill torpedo decoy to the public at Pacific 2008 in Sydney, Australia next week.
- DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL United Nations 25 Jan 2008
- Food rations reduced as a result of closure of Gaza crossings - UN agency UN News Centre 25 Jan 2008 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will be unable to provide a full ration to 10,000 Palestinians on Sunday after all three crossings for goods from Israel into the Gaza Strip were closed today, UN aid officials reported.
- Israeli air strikes kill at least four militants in Gaza RIA Novosti 25 Jan 2008 -- At least four Palestinian militants were killed during two separate Israeli air attacks on cars in Rafah, south Gaza, on Friday, local radio said.
- Egypt Begins Closing Gaza Border VOA 25 Jan 2008 -- Egyptian security forces have begun shutting down the border with the Gaza Strip two days after it was blown open by armed Gaza militants
- Egypt Increases Security as Palestinians Continue to Cross Gaza Border VOA 25 Jan 2008 -- Egypt has increased security around its now open border with the Gaza Strip, as Palestinians poured into the country for a second straight day to stock up on food, fuel and household supplies.
- Egypt moves to close Gaza border, clashes break out RIA Novosti 25 Jan 2008 -- Egypt moved on Friday to seal off its border with the Gaza Strip triggering clashes with Palestinians caught up in a week-long Israeli blockade of the Hamas-controlled enclave.
- PRESS CONFERENCE ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO United Nations 25 Jan 2008
- Backgrounder: Understanding Kenya's Politics cfr.org 25 Jan 2008
- UN expert urges action to help women victims of violence in DR Congo UN News Centre 25 Jan 2008 -- An independent United Nations expert today called for international action to help women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who have been victimized by violence, including sexual abuse and rape, perpetrated by both militia and Government troops and fostered by a culture of impunity.
- Bosnian Serb convicted by UN tribunal to serve jail term in Norway UN News Centre 25 Jan 2008 -- A former Bosnian Serb army commander convicted by the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia over his role in the notorious Srebrenica massacre in 1995 was transferred today to Norway to serve the remainder of his prison sentence.
- KENYA: Fears over rising IDP numbers in Mt Elgon IRIN 25 Jan 2008 -- The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the volatile district of Mt Elgon in western Kenya could increase due to the effects of the post-election violence that has hit parts of the country, according to an official of the Kenya Red Cross Society.
- Kosovo: EU Plays For Time As Thaci Signals Independence 'Very Soon' RFE/RL 25 Jan 2008 -- Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci has said sovereignty for the UN-administered province in Serbia is now only "an issue of days" in an apparent effort to keep up pressure on EU members and the United States to back a unilateral declaration of independence.
- At least ten killed in Beirut explosion RIA Novosti 25 Jan 2008 -- At least ten people were killed and many more injured when a powerful explosion shook a Christian area in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, local media said Friday.
- LEBANON: Emergency services stretched as injuries from attacks mount IRIN 25 Jan 2008 -- Lebanon's emergency and medical services are being stretched as they respond to the increasing incidents of political violence in the politically deadlocked country.
- Powerful Explosion Targets Lebanese Police Official VOA 25 Jan 2008 -- Lebanese officials say a car bomb blast in a Christian suburb of the capital Beirut has killed at least six people, including a top security official
- Armenia: Presidential Campaign Gets Under Way RFE/RL 25 Jan 2008 -- The nine candidates in the February 19 presidential ballot made public their respective manifestos and held their first meetings with voters on January 21, the first day of the election campaign
- Georgia: Opposition Mulls Options RFE/RL 25 Jan 2008 -- Despite Western assertions that the procedural violations registered during the January 5 preterm Georgian presidential ballot were not on a scale that could have altered the final outcome, the Georgian opposition still refuses to accept the legitimacy of Mikheil Saakashvili's reelection with a reported 53.47 percent of the vote for a second five-year term
- Georgia: State Department Official Bryza Sees Room For Improvement In Georgia RFE/RL 25 Jan 2008 -- David Kakabadze, the director of RFE/RL's Georgian Service, spoke to Matthew Bryza, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, in Tbilisi after the first stage of President Mikheil Saakashvili's inauguration on January 21.
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