09 May 2009 Military News
- U.S. Soldier dies in vehicle accident in Baghdad (Baghdad)
- U.S. Soldier dies of non-combat related causes (Balad)
- Taliban Forced Civilians to Remain in Targeted Buildings, Petraeus Says AFPS 09 May 2009 -- Taliban operatives shaking down villages for money appear to have forced civilians to remain in buildings that were bombed in the course of a long May 4 firefight, the commander of U.S. Central Command said today.
- Investigators Say Afghan Civilians Died in Airstrikes VOA 09 May 2009 -- A joint U.S.-Afghan investigation has found that civilians were killed several days ago in airstrikes against Taliban forces. Officials are still trying to determine how many civilians were among the dead, but they said there are indications that Taliban fighters tried to encourage civilian deaths by forcing villagers into the battle zone.
- 44 candidates register for Afghan presidential elections RIA Novosti 09 May 2009 -- Forty-four candidates, including two women, have registered for the upcoming elections on August 20 in Afghanistan, the Central Election Commission said on Saturday.
- UN expands presence in Afghanistan with new office in the north UN News Centre 09 May 2009 -- The United Nations opened its 20th office in the northern Sar-i-Pul province of Afghanistan on Saturday, continuing the world body's drive to promote development across the strife-torn nation.
- Pakistan army say 55 more militants killed in Swat valley IRNA 09 May 2009 -- Pakistani security forces Saturday ‘killed as many as 55 militants’ in various areas of the Swat valley, the army said.
- Pakistan PM says army fighting guerilla war against militants IRNA 09 May 2009 -- Pakistani security forces are fighting guerilla war against the Taliban-linked militants in the country's northwest and the offensive will continue till the 'terrorists are eliminated', Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Saturday.
- Pakistan forces kill 143 militants in Swat Valley: army IRNA 09 May 2009 -- Pakistani security forces have killed 143 militants in insurgency-hit Swat Valley during 24 hours as forces have intensified operation to eliminate and expel miscreants, Pak Army said Friday.
- Suspected US Drone Fires Missiles in NW Pakistan VOA 09 May 2009 -- Pakistani security officials said a suspected U.S. drone (unmanned) aircraft has fired missiles at a site in the tribal region of northwestern Pakistan.
- Pakistani Troops Swarm Swat Valley; Residents Trapped VOA 09 May 2009 -- Pakistani troops backed by helicopter gunships and war planes are pounding Taliban militants in the northwestern Swat Valley, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee while others have been trapped. Pakistani military officials said Saturday 55 militants have been killed in what is being described as an effort to eliminate militants from the region.
- U.S drone attack kills 10 in Pakistan's tribal region IRNA 09 May 2009 -- A U.S drone aircraft struck Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal region on Saturday, killing 10 people, a TV channel reported.
- Pakistani Leaders Unite Against Taliban, al-Qaida AFPS 09 May 2009 -- Pakistani leadership is united in opposing the Taliban occupation of the Swat Valley, and the leaders also understand a “whole-of-government” counterinsurgency strategy is necessary in the country, the chief of U.S. Central Command said today.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Republicans: Closing Guantanamo 'Dangerous' VOA 09 May 2009 -- The opposition Republican Party said U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is "dangerous." A Republican lawmaker said the president is endangering national security.
President Obama has long promised to close Guantanamo, where 241 suspected terrorists are held, by January, 2010. Senator Kit Bond of the central state of Missouri said the president has no plan for where to send the detainees when the facility is closed.
- Petraeus says al-Qaeda has made Pakistan its global base IRNA 09 May 2009 -- Senior leaders of al-Qaeda are using sanctuaries in Pakistan's lawless frontier regions to plan new terror attacks and funnel money, manpower and guidance to affiliates around the world, according to a top American military commander.
- Russia to link missile defense in Europe with nuclear arms treaty RIA Novosti 09 May 2009 -- Russia will link U.S. plans for a missile shield in Europe with the issues of strategic offensive armaments in relations with the United States, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Sunday.
- India downplays Chinese presence in Indian waters IRNA 09 May 2009 -- Downplaying Chinese naval exercises with Southeast Asian countries in the Indian Ocean, Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta on Saturday said it did not mean that they are establishing bases.
- 80 LTTE cadres killed as Army moves closer into Tiger areas IRNA 09 May 2009 -- Sri Lankan Naval forces Saturday foiled a Sea Tiger attack and sank two rebel boats killing 14 militants.
- Rights Group Says Sri Lanka Shelled Hospitals VOA 09 May 2009 -- The group Human Rights Watch has accused Sri Lankan government forces of repeatedly shelling hospitals in the northern war zone during an ongoing offensive against separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.
- Darfur Rebels Clash With Pro-Government Forces VOA 09 May 2009 -- Darfur rebels from the Justice and Equality Movement say they have clashed with pro-government forces in the region.
- Taiwan reaffirms sovereignty over South China Sea islands CNA 09 May 2009 -- Taiwan reaffirmed Saturday its sovereignty over several island groups in the South China Sea in the wake of recent bids by Malaysia and Vietnam to extend the outer limits of their continental shelves to include the disputed region
- Thousands of Egyptians abandon Umrah plans amid flu fears RIA Novosti 09 May 2009 -- Thousands of Muslims in Egypt have cancelled their plans to conduct a pilgrimage to the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina this year due to the threat of A/N1H1 virus, Egyptian newspaper Al-Masri al-Yaum said on Saturday.
- WHO: Swine Flu Spreads to 29 Countries VOA 09 May 2009 -- The World Health Organization announced Saturday that the new H1N1 swine flu virus has spread to 29 countries, while Costa Rica reported its first death and Mexico reported three additional deaths.
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