22 June 2008 Military News
- PRESS CONFERENCE: Operational Update: Rear Adm. Driscoll, Maj. Gen. Atta, June 22, 2008 MNF-I 22 Jun 2008 -- Rear Adm. Patrick Driscoll, MNF-I spokesman, and Maj. Gen. Qassim Atta, Iraqi spokesman, provide an Operational Update
- June 21 airpower summary: A-10s target anti-Afghan forces AFPN 22 Jun 2008
- Forces Detain Suspects, Seize Weapons Caches in Iraq AFPS 22 Jun 2008 -- U.S. and Iraqi forces discovered and confiscated weapons caches and captured insurgents during ongoing operations over the past several days in Iraq.
- Iraqi Forces Conduct Operations to Pacify Amarah AFPS 22 Jun 2008 -- After successful efforts to restore order in the Sadr City section of Baghdad, as well as Basra and Mosul, Iraqi security forces now are focused on conducting anti-insurgent operations in the southeastern city of Amarah, a senior U.S. military officer said in Baghdad today.
- Coalition Troops Kill Militants During Afghanistan Operations AFPS 22 Jun 2008 -- Coalition forces killed and captured a number of militants in Afghanistan over the past three days.
- AFGHANISTAN: Landmines impede civilians' return to volatile Arghandab IRIN 22 Jun 2008 -- Dozens of landmines have been discovered in Arghandab District, in the southern province of Kandahar, where fierce fighting between Taliban insurgents and the Afghan army backed by international forces has killed over 90 people, mostly insurgents, and displaced thousands of civilians, according to Afghanistan's Ministry of Defence (MoD).
- NATO targets Afghan border after coming under fire from Pakistan IRNA 22 Jun 2008 -- NATO forces launched artillery strikes across the Afghan border at attackers who fired at them from Pakistan.
- Afghanistan: Five Civilians Reported Killed In Cross-Border Attacks From Pakistan RFE/RL 22 Jun 2008 -- Afghan officials and the international coalition have reported four cross-border attacks on June 21 in which five civilians were killed
- Afghanistan: Legality Of 'Hot Pursuit' Into Pakistan Debated RFE/RL 22 Jun 2008 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai's threat to send troops after Taliban militants in neighboring Pakistan has kindled debate about cross-border military incursions and international law.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Center Develops Partnerships to Create Cutting-Edge Medical Technologies AFPS 22 Jun 2008 -- The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center is dedicated to advancing the discovery of new and novel medical technologies and research and following them through to implementation, said the center's director.
- Coalition Officers Visit USS Abraham Lincoln Navy NewsStand 22 Jun 2008 -- Members of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) serving in Bahrain visited USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) June 19 while conducting operations in the Arabian Gulf.
- Naval Base Kitsap Welcomes Coast Guard Cutter to Fleet Navy NewsStand 22 Jun 2008 -- More than 150 service members and guests, including some Sailors, attended a traditional commissioning ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Sea Devil (WPB 87368) held at Naval Base (NB) Kitsap Keyport pier, June 20.
- YEMEN: Humanitarian situation in the north 'deplorable' IRIN 22 Jun 2008 -- Living conditions for displaced civilians caught in ongoing clashes between government forces and a Shia rebel group in Saada Governorate, northern Yemen, have worsened as diesel and food supplies there are dwindling, according to an opposition party official.
- LEBANON: UNRWA "not satisfied" with pace of reconstruction in Palestinian camp IRIN 22 Jun 2008 -- One year on since the fighting between Islamist militant group Fatah al-Islam and the Lebanese army destroyed most of the northern Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp and displaced up to 40,000 of its residents, the pace of reconstruction remains grindingly slow.
- Israel Increases Flow of Supplies to Gaza as Truce Holds VOA 22 Jun 2008 -- Israel has begun easing its blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip under a truce agreement reached last week
- Factional Fighting in Northern Lebanon Kills 4 People VOA 22 Jun 2008 -- Lebanese officials say fighting between government supporters and opponents in Lebanon's second-largest city has killed four people, including a policeman.
- Gunmen Seize Chief of UN Refugee Agency's Somalia Operations VOA 22 Jun 2008 -- The U.N. refugee agency says a group of armed Somali gunmen have kidnapped the local head of its Somalia operations from his home outside Mogadishu.
- Central African Republic Rebels, Government Sign Peace Deal VOA 22 Jun 2008 -- The government of the Central African Republic has signed a peace accord with two of the country's main rebel groups.
- Ban voices concern after opposition pulls out of violence-ridden Zimbabwe polls UN News Centre 22 Jun 2008 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his concern over the political impasse in Zimbabwe, calling today's withdrawal of the opposition leader from next week's presidential run-off election a "deeply distressing" development that does not bode well for democracy in the Southern African nation.
- Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Pulls Out of Election VOA 22 Jun 2008 -- Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who won the most votes in the March 29 presidential poll, has pulled out of the second round of voting due Friday
- Broad Support For Zimbabwe Opposition Election Boycott VOA 22 Jun 2008 -- Citing the deadly risk to voters from escalating political violence and other factors, Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai announced on Sunday that his Movement for Democratic Change will not participate in the presidential run-off election slated for Friday
- Thailand's Prime Minister Faces Protests and Vote in Parliament VOA 22 Jun 2008 -- Thailand's Prime Minister says he will not step aside despite on-going protests but will face a no-confidence debate in parliament in the coming week
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