10 May 2009 Military News
- U.S. Navy, Air Force Provide Maritime Support for Iraqi Military (Baghdad) MNF-I 10 May 2009-- The U.S. Navy and Air Force recently teamed up to support and train the newly formed Iraqi Navy with maritime mission support along the northern area of the Arabian Gulf, where a large percentage of Iraq's oil is exported
- US Says Will Not Stop Air Strikes in Afghanistan VOA 10 May 2009 -- The U.S. National Security Advisor says Washington will not stop air strikes in Afghanistan despite Afghan complaints about civilian casualties caused by the raids.
- AFGHANISTAN: Can aid money be made more effective? IRIN 10 May 2009 -- Insecurity; lack of national capacity; unclear goals; blurred lines between military, humanitarian and development interventions; widespread corruption; and lack of coordination have reduced aid effectiveness in Afghanistan, experts say.
- Thousands Flee Fighting in Northwestern Pakistan VOA 10 May 2009 -- Pakistani authorities have allowed thousands of people to flee a northwestern region where government troops are battling Taliban militants.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US House Speaker Pelosi in Iraq for Unannounced Visit VOA 10 May 2009 -- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Iraq and the United States will need to improve intelligence gathering in preparation for an American troop withdrawal.
- Top Obama Administration Officials Speak Out On Pakistan, Afghanistan VOA 10 May 2009 -- U.S. officials are stressing the threat posed to South Asia by Taliban militants, as they assess the results of the recent U.S.-Afghan-Pakistani summit in Washington. President Barack Obama met at the White House last Wednesday with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.
- USNS Comfort begins Mission in Antigua and Barbuda Navy NewsStand 10 May 2009 -- An opening ceremony was held to celebrate the arrival of hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) and its crew as part of Continuing Promise 2009 (CP09) May 6.
- USS George Washington Underway for Sea Trials, Carrier Quals Navy NewsStand 10 May 2009 -- USS George Washington (CVN 73), with its crew of approximately 3,200 Sailors, departed from its forward-deployed homeport in Yokosuka, Japan, May 6 for sea trials and carrier qualifications in the Western Pacific after successfully completing its first Selective Restricted Availability (SRA).
- Putin: NATO War Games in Georgia Hurt US-Russian Ties VOA 10 May 2009 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says NATO war games in Georgia are hurting Washington's efforts to rebuild diplomatic ties with Moscow.
- ISRAEL-OPT: What’s happening at Kerem Shalom? IRIN 10 May 2009 -- Kerem Shalom is currently the only entry point for commercial and humanitarian goods from Israel into Gaza, and as such has become a life-line, but how does it work?
- 2,000 civilians killed in Sri Lanka war zone IRNA 10 May 2009 -- Over 2,000 Tamil civilians were killed in a single night during 'indiscriminate barrage of shelling by the Sri Lanka Army on the safety zone' in the island's north.
- Hundreds of Civilian Casualties Reported in Last Sri Lanka's Combat Zone VOA 10 May 2009 -- There are contradictory accusations in Sri Lanka about who is to blame for the latest carnage caused by heavy shelling in the northern war zone. The military and the rebels are blaming each other for the large number of reported civilian casualties.
- Fighting Kills At Least 39 in Somali Capital VOA 10 May 2009 -- Witnesses in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, say fighting between rival Islamist groups has killed at least 39 people and injured dozens more.
- Israeli Group Says Government Plan Cements Hold on Jerusalem VOA 10 May 2009 -- An Israeli rights group says a government plan to develop parks and tourist sites in east Jerusalem will significantly change the landscape of the contested city and cement Israel's hold there.
- Nepal's President Calls for Majority Government VOA 10 May 2009 -- Nepal remains in political crisis with the continued failure to form a new government, following the resignation of the Himalayan country's Maoist prime minister.
- Indonesia's President Yudhoyono Wins Parliamentary Polls VOA 10 May 2009 -- Indonesia's Electoral Commission has declared the Democrat Party of incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono the winner of last month's parliamentary polls. The widely predicted results places President Yudhoyono's party well ahead of its nearest rivals. But no one party has been able to achieve the necessary numbers to nominate a Presidential candidate.
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