01 February 2009 Military News
- Soldier dies from non-combat related injury (Tikrit)
- Troops in Iraq Capture Three Militants, Discover Weapons AFPS 01 Feb 2009 -- Coalition and Iraqi forces detained three suspects and uncovered weapons caches in Iraq the past four days, military officials said.
- Forces Kill, Capture Militants in Afghanistan AFPS 01 Feb 2009 -- Coalition forces killed two militants and detained nine suspects during operations in Afghanistan yesterday, military officials said.
- Taliban Car Bomber Targets Foreign Troops in Kabul VOA 01 Feb 2009 -- Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan have claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing that wounded at least two Afghans in the capital, Kabul, Sunday.
- Top UN official to Afghanistan calls for push to end opium production UN News Centre 01 Feb 2009 -- Opium cultivation in Afghanistan is set to shrink this year, which could deal a major blow to the illicit drug industry, the top United Nations official to the war-torn country said today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Cooperation Provides Key for Central American Security, Southcom Leader Says AFPS 01 Feb 2009 -- The senior U.S. military officer focused on Latin America and the Caribbean arrived in Guatemala today to bolster the solid U.S.-Guatemalan partnership and underscore the growing importance of international and interagency cooperation in protecting regional stability.
- Weather Poses Tactical Advantage for Counterpiracy Task Force Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2009 -- Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 employs myriad surface and air assets to detect and deter piracy but also relies on the elements this time of year due to their impact on the number of attempted attacks on tankers and merchant vessels transiting through the Gulf of Aden.
- P-3 Orion Crews Soar Without Ever Leaving The Ground Navy NewsStand 01 Feb 2009 -- P-3C pilots and aircrews are now training on the cutting-edge Tactical Operational Readiness Trainer (TORT) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville.
- Israeli PM Threatens 'Disproportionate Response' to Palestinian Rockets VOA 01 Feb 2009 -- Fresh Palestinian attacks on Israel from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip have brought threats of renewed warfare.
- LEBANON: Climate change and politics threaten water wars in Bekaa IRIN 01 Feb 2009 -- In the shadow of Black Peak Mountain in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, an historic feud over irrigation is being slowly re-ignited, illustrating how increased water scarcity is triggering social conflict in Lebanon.
- Russia will not press CSTO to recognize Abkhazia, S.Ossetia RIA Novosti 01 Feb 2009 -- Russia will not press Collective Security Treaty Organization member states for recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
- Abkhazia rejects Georgia reports of incidents with Russian troops RIA Novosti 01 Feb 2009 -- Abkhazian police rejected Georgian reports that two Russian soldiers were allegedly killed in an incident in Abkhazia.
- AU Leaders Reject Libya's Union Government Proposal VOA 01 Feb 2009 -- A summit of African leaders has opened in Addis Ababa with a day-long discussion on a Libyan-backed proposal to form a union government. But, the Libyan-sponsored proposal encountered stiff resistance, and was effectively shelved.
- Zimbabwe to Amend Constitution for Unity Government VOA 01 Feb 2009 -- Zimbabwean lawmakers are expected to pass constitutional amendments that clear the way for a unity government between President Robert Mugabe and the opposition.
- Is Putinism On The Wane? RFE/RL 01 Feb 2009 -- At first glance, the scene looked familiar. Russian protesters gathered for an "unauthorized" demonstration, and riot police moved in to club, kick, disperse, and arrest them
- Russian Orthodox Church enthrones new patriarch RIA Novosti 01 Feb 2009 -- The Russian Orthodox Church enthroned on Sunday its new leader, Patriarch Kirill, at a ceremony held in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.
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