25 May 2009 Military News
- Pakistan Taliban Says It Will Stop Fighting in Swat Valley VOA 25 May 2009 -- The Taliban says it will stop attacking security forces in the main city of Pakistan's northwestern Swat Valley.
- Pakistan forces secure parts in Taliban-controlled main city IRNA 25 May 2009 -- Pakistani forces have secured parts in a main town, under Taliban control, in Swat valley and have killed 10 militants in 24 hours.
- 10 killed as Pakistani jet planes bomb militants' hideouts IRNA 25 May 2009 -- Pakistani jet planes bombed suspected hideouts of Taliban militants in Orakzai tribal agency, killing 8 militants and 2 civilians.
- USS Lake Champlain Rescues More Than 50 Mariners in Distress Navy NewsStand 25 May 2009 -- USS Lake Champlain responded to a vessel in distress in the Gulf of Aden May 23, rescuing 52.
Defense Policy / Programs
- GW Sailors, FAST Marines Cross-Train on Shipboard Security Measures Navy NewsStand 25 May 2009 -- Marines assigned to FASTPAC Company, 5th Platoon conducting joint security force training.
- C4ISR 'Phase Two' program expected to begin this month Army News 25 May 2009 -- Aberdeen Proving Ground preparing to accommodate relocating employees as a result of implementation of 2005 BRAC law.
- Corps steers evolution of future landscape at APG Army News 25 May 2009 -- Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Division operates from two Integrated Program Offices at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
- Fort Lee readies for arrival of U.S. Army Ordnance Center and Schools Army News 25 May 2009 -- Contractors began erecting the remaining pieces on the Route 36 flyover bridge and are on schedule for a May 2010 completion date.
- Fort Lee builds ordnance training complex north of Rt. 36 Army News 25 May 2009 -- Fort Lee North Range a component of the new U.S. Army Ordnance Center and Schools being built across from Route 36.
- Marine, Moroccan 'hurcs' come together for African Lion exercise USMC News 25 May 2009 --Marines from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 234 traveled to conduct bi-lateral training with the Royal Moroccan Air Force.
- Russia pledges continued aid, security assistance for Africa RIA Novosti 25 May 2009 -- Russia will continue its efforts as a permanent member of the UNSC to help build a collective security system in Africa.
- Russia appoints new Airborne Troops chief RIA Novosti 25 May 2009 -- Lt. Gen. Vladimir Shamanov has been appointed the new commander of the Russian Airborne Troops.
- Non-combat deaths in Russian Armed Forces total 131 since Jan. 1 RIA Novosti 25 May 2009 -- A total of 131 Russian servicemen have died in non-combat-related incidents since the start of 2009.
- Ukraine, Russia to discuss Black Sea Fleet facilities in June RIA Novosti 25 May 2009 -- Russia and Ukraine have agreed to hold their next round of talks on the future of Russia's naval facilities in the Crimea.
- Russian destroyer prevents Somali pirate attack on cargo vessel RIA Novosti 25 May 2009 -- A destroyer from Russia's Pacific Fleet fired warning shots at Somali pirates as they tried to seize a ship.
- Pratt & Whitney’s Completes F-35 Propulsion Sustainment Study in Australia Pratt & Whitney 25 May 2009 -- Pratt & Whitney has completed the F-35 Lightning II Propulsion Sustainment Study for the Australian New Air Combat Capability (NACC) team providing detailed recommendations and requirements for the support of the F135 engine powering F-35 Lightning II.
- SRI LANKA: UN Human Rights Council to discuss plight of IDPs IRIN 25 May 2009 -- Human rights groups have welcomed a decision by the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) to address the condition of more than a quarter of a million conflict-displaced in Sri Lanka in a special session.
- Sri Lanka to Hold Local Elections in North VOA 25 May 2009 -- Sri Lanka says it will hold elections in northern areas that were caught up in the devastating war between the military and Tamil rebels.
- OPT: Gaza liquidity crisis having tangible humanitarian impact IRIN 25 May 2009 -- A banking and liquidity crisis is affecting the lives of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip: Civil servants are struggling to get their salaries, and humanitarian aid is being delayed. Thousands of welfare benefit recipients are not getting their dues.
- SOMALIA: Aid work in Mogadishu grinding to a halt IRIN 25 May 2009 -- Local NGOs in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, have set up a task force in a bid to mobilise urgent help for thousands of displaced civilians.
- Somali Government Denies Hard-Line Insurgent Claims VOA 25 May 2009 -- Somalia's new government has sharply denied the administration is unraveling with increasing attacks by Islamic insurgents.
- Joint UN-African Union mission condemns North Darfur fighting UN News Centre 25 May 2009 -- The hybrid AU-UN Mission in Darfur condemned heavy fighting in Umm Baru which left over 50 people injured.
- Mounting Niger Delta Tensions Fuel Calls for Ceasefire VOA 25 May 2009 -- The operation by Nigerian military and police to root out militants from the Niger Delta entered its tenth day Monday without letup.
- Nigerian Militants Attack Oil Pipelines VOA 25 May 2009 -- Nigeria's main militant group says it has attacked major oil pipelines in the oil-rich Niger Delta, preventing five flow-stations from feeding Chevron tanks.
- America Marks Memorial Day, Honors War Dead VOA 25 May 2009 -- Americans are marking the Memorial Day holiday, when the nation honors its war dead.
- Americans Honor War Dead on Memorial Day VOA 25 May 2009 -- President Obama among the Americans observing Memorial Day, national holiday to honor those who have died in military service to the country.
- Israel's Ultra-Nationalist Party to Propose Loyalty Oath VOA 25 May 2009 -- Israeli FM Lieberman's ultra-nationalist party plans to introduce a bill that would require Israelis to pledge loyalty to Israel.
- Georgian Officers Charged Following Mutiny RFE/RL 25 May 2009 -- Two Georgian military officers have been officially charged with attempting to overthrow the government.
- Nepal's Prime Minister Sworn Into Office VOA 25 May 2009 -- Nepal's Communist Party leader Madhav Kumar Nepal was sworn in as prime minister.
- Madhav Nepal sworn in as prime minister of Nepal RIA Novosti 25 May 2009 -- Newly-elected PM Kumar Nepal was sworn in during a ceremony overseen by the country's president in Kathmandu.
- ASEM Foreign Ministers Derailed by Burma, North Korean Nuclear Test VOA 25 May 2009 -- FMs of 45 Asian and European countries met for talks on the global economy but found themselves wrapped up with Burma and North Korea.
- European Union Urges Immediate Release of Aung San Suu Kyi VOA 25 May 2009 -- The European Union is urging Burma to immediately release democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners.
- MIDDLE EAST: Swine flu cases appear in Egypt, Kuwait, UAE IRIN 25 May 2009 -- Confirmed cases of A(H1N1) influenza have been reported in new countries in the Middle East.
- Swine flu outbreak expected to stabilize soon: health minister CNA 25 May 2009 -- Taiwan now preparing to prevent an epidemic in autumn/winter season this year.
- Alert level up as 1st case of domestic infection confirmed (roundup) CNA 25 May 2009 -- Taiwan Central Epidemics Command Center raised flu alert level after the first case of domestic infection was confirmed.
- Second swine flu case confirmed in Russia RIA Novosti 25 May 2009 -- A second person, recently arrived in Russia from the Dominican Republic, has been diagnosed with swine flu.
- Hong Kong Asks Students to Stay in America Due to Swine Flu VOA 25 May 2009 -- Hong Kong has asked students in the United States to defer travel back home if they have symptoms of the flu.
- ANC Denies 'Purging' Opposition From Government VOA 25 May 2009 -- South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) has denied its opponents' accusations of purging opposition sympathizers from government.
- Ethiopia Conspiracy Suspects Again Denied Bail VOA 26 May 2009 -- An Ethiopian judge has again denied bail for 40 suspects jailed last month in connection with an alleged plot to destabilize the country.
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