30 May 2009 Military News
- May 29 airpower summary: F-16 provides show of force AFNS 30 May 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations May 29, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- Joint operation clears Nassir factory Army News 30 May 2009 -- Soldiers from the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team conducted a large-scale joint operation, May 24 with members of the Iraqi Army.
- Militants Killed, Governor Wounded in Afghan Violence VOA 30 May 2009 -- Afghan officials say at least 30 Taliban militants and nine Afghan soldiers have been killed in an ongoing battle in northwestern Afghanistan.
- Gates Calls on Asian Partners for Help in Afghanistan AFPS 30 May 2009 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today called on U.S. allies in Asia to render more aid to bolster the fight in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan Claims Victory Over Militants in Swat Valley Capital VOA 30 May 2009 -- The Pakistani military says it has prevailed over Taliban militants in Mingora, the main town in Swat Valley. The military says it gained control a week after re-entering the town to dislodge Taliban fighters.
- Terror Attacks, Threats Put Pakistanis Cities on High Alert VOA 30 May 2009 -- The Pakistani government has put the country's major cities on high alert after this week's deadly terrorist attacks in Lahore and Peshawar./li>
- Pakistan increases reward for Taliban militants IRNA 30 May 2009 -- Pakistan has increased reward it has offered for tips leading to the capture alive or dead of 21 Taliban leaders and commanders in Swat valley, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Friday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- White House: Obama Speech to Engage Muslim Community VOA 30 May 2009 -- White House officials say U.S. President Barack Obama will emphasize his "personal commitment" to improving U.S. relations with Muslims around the world in a long-awaited speech in Egypt on Thursday.
- Gates Outlines Administration’s Asia Security Strategy AFPS 30 May 2009 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates opened the “Shangri-La Dialogue” Asia security summit here today outlining a broad set of regional security issues and promising continued support from the U.S. administration.
- Gates Delivers Keynote Address to Open Asia Security Conference AFPS 30 May 2009 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates delivered the keynote address today to open the “Shangri-La Dialogue,” an annual Asia security conference in Singapore sponsored by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
- Gates: 'Painful' Sanctions May Be Required Against North Korea VOA 30 May 2009 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says "painful" sanctions against North Korea may be the only way to peacefully end its nuclear program. Speaking to a summit of Asian defense leaders in Singapore, he also urged Asian support for Afghanistan.
- Italian Minister Says EU Should Decide Unanimously on Gitmo Inmates VOA 30 May 2009 -- Italy's interior minister said Saturday that European Union members must agree unanimously over accepting ex-detainees from the Guantanamo military base. He also expressed worry that the suspected terrorists might move easily through the union's loose borders.
- Australia Mulls Taking US Detainees VOA 30 May 2009 -- The Australian government says it is considering resettling some U.S. detainees from the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
- New Air Traffic Control Tower Improves Warfighting Effectiveness Navy NewsStand 30 May 2009 -- Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field's air traffic controllers, the team that helps direct the traffic for one of the Navy's busiest airfield, got to move into their new air traffic contol tower May 25.
- Warfare Center's Imagery Software Provides Critical Capability to Fleet Navy NewsStand 30 May 2009 -- System engineers from Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Port Hueneme began installation of software-based, enhanced imagery capability aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during the week of May 18.
- China's Contribution to UN Peacekeeping Grows VOA 30 May 2009 -- As the United Nations finds its peacekeeping missions stretched around the world, one major power is making a difference. China, a country that once criticized UN peacekeeping operations as interference with national sovereignty, is now a major troop contributor. Close to 2,200 Chinese are now wearing the characteristic blue helmets of U.N. peacekeepers.
- UN mission in DR Congo assists military in offensive against Hutu rebels UN News Centre 30 May 2009 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced on Saturday that it is supporting Congolese government forces (FARDC) in an ongoing effort to flush out an ethnic Hutu militia, committing atrocities against civilians in the east of the vast African country.
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