15 February 2009 Military News
- MND-B Soldier death (Baghdad)
- MND-C Soldier Killed by IED (Baghdad)
- Iraqi, Coalition Forces Detain Criminals, Find Bomb AFPS 15 Feb 2009 -- Iraqi security forces and U.S. soldiers detained three suspected criminals and discovered a roadside bomb yesterday and Feb. 13 while conducting operations in southern Baghdad’s Rashid district, military officials reported.
- Afghan Officials Join US Review of War Strategy VOA 15 Feb 2009 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his government will participate in President Barack Obama's strategic review of the war in Afghanistan. Mr. Karzai announced the agreement after meeting with U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke.
- U.S., Afghan Forces Capture Weapons Supplier AFPS 15 Feb 2009 -- Afghan National Army commandos and coalition forces captured a suspected weapons facilitator in the Anar Dara district of Afghanistan’s Farah province yesterday, military officials reported.
- Pakistani Taliban Calls 10-Day Swat Cease-Fire VOA 15 Feb 2009 -- The Taliban in Pakistan has declared a 10-day cease-fire in the northwestern Swat Valley out of respect for government talks.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Intelligence Community Sees Asia Rising AFPS 15 Feb 2009 -- U.S. intelligence planners predict the 21st century will be the time for the rise of Asia, the director of national intelligence said Feb. 12
- Carter Hall Training with Maritime Expeditionary Security Force Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2009 -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) served as a training platform for the Maritime Expeditionary Security Force (MESF).
- Pasadena Welcomes New Commander Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2009 -- the crew of USS Pasadena (SSN 752) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Pearl Harbor Feb. 13.
- ACU Sailors Play Key Role In Bataan's COMPTUEX Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2009 -- For personnel attached to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 4, launching and strapping down a 60-ton landing craft air cushion (LCAC) and securing and releasing 26 chains after arriving aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) is a frequent occurrence during the current Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPTUEX) which began in February.
- TARP Representative Contributes to Iwo Jima Readiness Navy NewsStand 15 Feb 2009 -- Sailors and Marines perform nearly all shipboard functions and tasks during deployments; however, some larger ships have embarked civilians who provide critical support and services to the Navy and Marine Corps team.
- Russia marks 20th anniversary of Soviet pullout from Afghanistan RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2009 -- Russia is celebrating on Sunday the 20th anniversary of the Soviet troops' withdrawal from Afghanistan.
- Gaza Truce Talks Stall Over Captive Israeli Soldier VOA 15 Feb 2009 -- Israel's war against the Islamic militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip ended four weeks ago, but a formal cease-fire remains illusive.
- Officials: LRA Threat 'Gravely Reduced' VOA 15 Feb 2009 -- Officials say Ugandan rebels who have terrorized central Africa are getting weaker in the face of a regional military offensive.
- 12 Tamil Tigers killed as Lankan jets pound LTTE boats IRNA 15 Feb 2009 -- As thousands of trapped Tamil civilians continue to flee the war zone, Sri Lankan troops mounted heavy pressure to overrun Tigers' last positions and in a heavy battle at least 12 LTTE cadres were killed.
- Venezuela holds referendum to vote on president term limits RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2009 -- Venezuelans are voting on Sunday in a referendum on a proposal to remove presidential term limits from the Venezuelan constitution for President Hugo Chavez.
- Clinton Leaves for Asia, First Foreign Trip as Secretary of State VOA 15 Feb 2009 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is departing for Asia on Sunday, her first trip abroad as President Barack Obama's chief diplomat.
- Zimbabwe Cabinet Pick Faces Terrorism Charges VOA 15 Feb 2009 -- Authorities in Zimbabwe have dropped treason charges against a would-be member of the new government, but still plan to bring him to court Monday to face other charges.
- Venezuela Votes on Lifting Term Limits for Chavez VOA 15 Feb 2009 -- Venezuelans are voting on a proposal to end term limits for elected officials, which would allow President Hugo Chavez to continue seeking re-election.
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