15 March 2009 Military News
- PRESS CONFERENCE: Operational Update: Brig. Gen. Rudesheim, March 15, 2009 MNF-I 15 Mar 2009 -- Brig. Gen. Frederick Rudesheim, deputy commanding general, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, provides an operational update
- March 14 airpower summary: B-1Bs support ground troops AFNS 15 Mar 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations March 14, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- March 13 airpower summary: A-10s strike enemy positions AFNS 15 Mar 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations March 13, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- AFGHANISTAN: Limited scope to absorb more refugees IRIN 15 Mar 2009 -- Life for Jamaluddin’s family was much better when they lived as refugees in Pakistan in the 1990s; things have got worse since they returned to Afghanistan in 2008.
- Militants torch NATO supply containers in Pakistan IRNA 15 Mar 2009 -- Suspected militants torched containers transporting supply for Afghanistan-based allied forces in Pakistan’s northwest early Sunday, authorities said.
- Attacks in Afghanistan Kill 6 NATO Troops, 3 Afghan Civilians VOA 15 Mar 2009 -- Officials in Afghanistan say insurgents have killed six NATO troops and three Afghan civilians since Saturday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- The Parachutist Badge-68 Proud Years Army News 15 Mar 2009 -- Army combat and special skill badges reflect the achievements, in peace and war, of U.S. Army Soldiers
- Naval Base Point Loma Assumes Custody of Newly Renovated BEQ Navy NewsStand 15 Mar 2009 -- A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the opening of a newly renovated Jones Hall Bachelor Quarters (BQ), aboard the Submarine Base Complex of Naval Base Point Loma in March.
- Yukon Delta Villages Welcomes Military Medical Teams Navy NewsStand 15 Mar 2009 -- Teams of Navy, Air Force and Army health care providers treated hundreds of villagers, and their pets, in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region of Western Alaska March 6-15 as part of Operation Arctic Care.
- CTF 151 Visits with Turkey's Chief of Navy, Highlights Cooperation Navy NewsStand 15 Mar 2009 -- The commander of Combined Task Force (CTF) 151, visited the Turkish chief of Navy March 11 aboard the Turkish frigate TCG Giresun (F-491).
- Taiwan to issue 1st quadrennial defense report CNA 15 Mar 2009 -- The Ministry of National Defense will release the country's first quadrennial (QDR) report Monday outlining plans for combat force streamlining and overhaul of the military commanding structure, sources familiar with military affairs said Sunday
- Taiwan should establish new combat abilities: strategists CNA 15 Mar 2009 -- The non-government Institute for Taiwan Defense and Strategic Studies (ITDSS) released a report Sunday on the Ministry of National Defense's (MND's) first quadrennial report due to be issued the following day, suggesting the government develop "persistent and asymmetric" combat abilities by upgrading information gathering and missile defense, as well as conducting military reforms
- Israel Pushes for Prisoner Swap With Hamas VOA 15 Mar 2009 -- Israel's outgoing government is pushing for what many describe as a lopsided prisoner swap with Palestinian militants.
- Blue helmets take over from European force in Chad, Central African Republic UN News Centre 15 Mar 2009 -- United Nations peacekeepers in Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) today took over the military and security responsibilities of European forces in the two strife-torn nations.
- Sudan: UN welcomes release of abducted relief workers in Darfur UN News Centre 15 Mar 2009 -- The joint United Nations-African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission to Darfur (UNAMID) has welcomed the safe release of four aid workers who had been abducted at gunpoint three days ago.
- Pakistan former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif put under house arrest IRNA 15 Mar 2009 -- The authorities Sunday issued orders to put former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif under house arrest to stop him from taking part in ‘long-march’ on Sunday, TV channels reported.
- Pakistan former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif fears arrest IRNA 15 Mar 2009 -- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sunday feared that he may be arrested or put under house arrest on the eve of ‘long-march’ on Islamabad to press for restoration of judges sacked by former President Pervez Musharraf in emergency rule in 2007.
- Pakistani denies ex-PM Nawaz Sharif’s arrest IRNA 15 Mar 2009 -- Pakistani government Sunday denied local media reports that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been put under house arrest.
- Long march begins from Lahore, heading towards Islamabad IRNA 15 Mar 2009 -- Long march has begun from Lahore. Nawaz Sharif is leading the march. Police deployment has been increased in Model Town in an effort to foil long march.
- Pakistan Protests Turn Violent in Lahore VOA 15 Mar 2009 -- Pakistani police clashed in Lahore with protesters opposing the country's year-old government, in the most violent demonstrations yet in a five-day standoff. Authorities at first tried to disperse protesters and arrest top leaders, but as thousands poured into the downtown, police abandoned the confrontation.
- Mauritanian Military to Proceed With Polls Despite Opposition VOA 15 Mar 2009 -- The leader of Mauritania 's military government has confirmed his intention to proceed with presidential elections in June. The plan has raised concern among the political parties that formed the government before the coup.
- El Salvador to Elect New President Sunday VOA 15 Mar 2009 -- Salvadoran citizens are voting Sunday for a new president in a race that could end two decades of conservative rule in the crime-plagued Central American country.
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