17 August 2008 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- PRESS CONFERENCE: Government of Iraq Projects: Dr. al-Dabbagh, Aug. 17, 2008 MNF-I 17 Aug 2008 -- Dr. Ali al-Dabbagh, Government of Iraq spokesman, discusses the latest activities and projects of the Iraqi Government
- Troops in Iraq Catch Dozens of Suspects, Seize Weapons Caches AFPS 17 Aug 2008 -- Coalition and Iraqi forces detained dozens of suspects and seized scores of weapons and munitions in Iraq over the past three days, military officials said.
- Forces Kill More Than 30 Armed Militants in Afghanistan AFPS 17 Aug 2008 -- Coalition and Afghan forces killed at least 30 armed militants during fierce fighting in Afghanistan over the past week, military officials said.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Commander, U.S. 4th Fleet Tours Continuing Promise 2008 Mission Sites Navy NewsStand 17 Aug 2008 -- Rear Adm. Joseph Kernan, commander, U.S. 4th Fleet, toured medical, engineering and dental humanitarian sites in here Aug. 13 as a part of the first stop in the Caribbean Phase of Continuing Promise (CP) 2008.
- Warfighter Panel Addresses Needs at ONR S&T Conference Navy NewsStand 17 Aug 2008 -- The Naval Science and Technology (S&T) Partnership Conference closed Aug. 14 in Arlington, Va., wrapping up with a discussion on the future role of emerging technologies in support the warfighter.
- NMCB 133's Continues Goodwill Pacific Partnership '08 in Papua New Guinea Navy NewsStand 17 Aug 2008 -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 along with the Papua New Guinea Defense Force (PNGDF) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 13 in Popondetta after successfully completing several construction projects in support of Pacific Partnership 2008.
- Gates Voices Doubts About Swift Withdrawal of Russian Forces from Georgia AFPS 17 Aug 2008 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today expressed skepticism that Moscow would quickly remove its forces from Georgia, despite a reported pledge by the Russian president to begin a drawdown tomorrow.
- No Comparison Between Kosovo And South Ossetia RFE/RL 17 Aug 2008 -- In intervening in the conflict in the Georgian region of South Ossetia, Russia has asserted that its actions are justified in part on the legal precedent established by Kosovo's independence
- Medvedev Sets Date For Russian Withdrawal RFE/RL 17 Aug 2008 -- President Dmitry Medvedev said Russian regular forces will begin withdrawing from Georgia beginning on August 18.
- Moscow's Grip On Georgia -- What's Next? RFE/RL 17 Aug 2008
- Russia May 'Intend To Cripple Georgian Economy' RFE/RL 17 Aug 2008 -- International diplomatic activity appears to be making progress in the Russia-Georgia crisis, with Moscow saying today it will begin pulling back its troops on August 18.
- Russia to start troops' pullout from Georgia Aug. 18 - Medvedev RIA Novosti 17 Aug 2008 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Sunday during a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy that Russian troops would start their pullout from Georgia on August 18.
- Russia denies reports of troops occupying Georgian villages RIA Novosti 17 Aug 2008 -- Russia rejected on Sunday the Georgian authorities' statements that Russian peacekeepers had allegedly occupied the Georgian villages of Khashuri and Akhalgori.
- Russia's Medvedev speaks for OSCE larger role in S.Ossetia RIA Novosti 17 Aug 2008 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks for larger role of Europe's main security and human rights watchdog in the Georgian-South Ossetia conflict zone, the Kremlin press office said on Sunday.
- South Ossetians must decide their fate themselves - OSCE RIA Novosti 17 Aug 2008 -- The political fate of Georgia's breakaway republic of South Ossetia must be decided by South Ossetians themselves, Europe's main security and human rights watchdog said on Sunday.
- OSCE pledges aid to South Ossetia refugees RIA Novosti 17 Aug 2008 -- The international community will provide all necessary aid to refugees from war-torn South Ossetia following Georgia's assault on its breakaway republic, Europe's main security and human rights watchdog said on Sunday.
- France Says Russia to Begin Troop Pullout From Georgia Monday VOA 17 Aug 2008 -- Russia's president said Sunday that Russian troops will begin pulling out of Georgia on Monday, as Western leaders called on Moscow to abide by its commitments under a cease-fire deal
- US Repeats Demand for Russia to Honor Cease-fire With Georgia VOA 17 Aug 2008 -- The Bush administration says Russia must fully comply with a cease-fire signed with neighboring Georgia
- Pope Appeals for Humanitarian Corridor in Georgia VOA 17 Aug 2008 -- Pope Benedict XVI issued another strong appeal on Sunday for a humanitarian corridor to be opened to allow aid to get through to the displaced in Georgia
- Israel Approves Release of 200 Palestinian Prisoners VOA 17 Aug 2008 -- Israel has decided to release Palestinian detainees in a bid to advance the peace process
- No Deal Yet for Zimbabwe VOA 17 Aug 2008 -- A last ditch effort by southern Africa leaders to broker a deal between Zimbabwe's political leaders by the end of a regional summit, has faltered on one significant element
- The next 24 hours crucial for President Musharraf IRNA 17 Aug 2008 -- President Pervez Musharraf on Friday has said that he would not resign as he was elected by the parliament as president for five years and would continue to play his constitutional role for the country.
- Pakistan Coalition Finalizes Impeachment Charges VOA 17 Aug 2008 -- Members of Pakistan's ruling coalition say they have finalized a list of impeachment charges against embattled President Pervez Musharraf.
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