07 September 2009 Military News
- Sept. 6 airpower summary: A-10s deter enemy activity AFNS 07 Sep 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Sept. 6, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- Bombs Across Iraq Kill 18 VOA 07 Sep 2009 -- Police in Iraq say a spate of bombings across the country Monday killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 40 others.
- Afghan Rights Group Says Mostly Civilians Killed in NATO Airstrike VOA 07 Sep 2009 -- An independent Afghan rights group says most of those killed last week in a controversial NATO airstrike on two hijacked fuel trucks were "non-combatants." The deadly attack is now the subject of a NATO investigation.
- EU Leaders Call For Afghan Conference Amid Growing Uneasiness RFE/RL 07 Sep 2009 -- Britain, Germany, and France have jointly called for a United Nations-led conference on Afghanistan to develop a plan for transferring more security responsibilities to the Afghan authorities
Defense Policy / Programs
- Pacific Partnership Returns to Republic of Marshall Islands Navy NewsStand 07 Sep 2009 -- Pacific Partnership 2009 returned to the Republic of the Marshall Islands for 12 days as part of a four-month mission when USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4), an underway replenishment ship, arrived here Sept. 7.
- Brazil in talks to buy French fighter jets RIA Novosti 07 Sep 2009 -- Brazil is negotiating the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, French media reported on Monday, citing a joint statement by the two countries' presidents.
- Russia's strategic missile forces to play war games on Sept. 8-11 RIA Novosti 07 Sep 2009 -- Russia's Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) will conduct on September 8-11 large-scale command-and-staff exercises involving over 2,000 personnel, an SMF spokesman said on Monday.
- Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs en route Cincinnati, Ohio The White House 07 Sep 2009
- Brazilian submarines : DCNS passes major milestone towards one of Group’s biggest contracts ever DCNS 07 Sep 2009 -- On 3 September 2009, DCNS signed detailed contracts in Rio de Janeiro for the construction of four conventional-propulsion submarines for the Brazilian Navy and a vast technology transfer programme covering design assistance - under the Brazilian Navy's design authority - with the non-nuclear portion of Brazil's first nuclear-powered submarine and assistance with the design and construction of both a naval base and a naval shipyard.
- SOMALIA: Record number of displaced at 1.5 million IRIN 07 Sep 2009 -- The number of conflict- and drought-displaced Somalis has reached 1.55 million, despite a drop in the past two months in the rate of displacement from the capital, Mogadishu, according to the UN.
- SRI LANKA: UNICEF defends spokesman after expulsion order IRIN 07 Sep 2009 -- The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has defended its spokesman in Sri Lanka, saying the official did nothing wrong after the government ordered his expulsion from the country.
- Fresh round of UN-backed Darfur peace talks to start next month UN News Centre 07 Sep 2009 -- United Nations-backed mediation talks aimed at resolving the long-running conflict in Darfur between the Sudanese Government and the region's armed movements will resume late next month, it was announced today.
- YEMEN: Children bear brunt of Saada conflict IRIN 07 Sep 2009 -- Living with a host family in the capital Sanaa, Hamid al-Dhahiri never thinks about returning to his home village in Saada Province where fighting between the army and Houthi rebels claimed the lives of his wife and two of his six children on 14 August.
- One and a Half Million Somalis Now Displaced VOA 07 Sep 2009 -- In Somalia, the number of displaced people is now estimated to be more than one and a half million. The latest figure comes from the U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR.
- Ukrainian troops not involved in South Ossetia war - Yushchenko RIA Novosti 07 Sep 2009 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has denied that Ukrainian military units fought for Georgia during the August 2008 war with Russia over South Ossetia.
- British Court Convicts 3 in Liquid Explosives Plot VOA 07 Sep 2009 -- Three British Muslims have been found guilty of conspiring to kill thousands of people three years ago by blowing up trans-Atlantic jetliners with liquid explosives.
- Somaliland Elections Postponed Once Again VOA 07 Sep 2009 -- Elections in the breakaway republic of Somaliland have been postponed again. Somaliland's election commission said it reached its decision after determining the vote scheduled for later this month could not be properly held in the current political environment.
- ElBaradei admits stalemate with Iran over nuclear program RIA Novosti 07 Sep 2009 -- The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog said on Monday the organization had reached a "stalemate" with Iran over its nuclear program.
- Iran's Powerful Revolutionary Guard Chief Comes Under Fire RFE/RL 07 Sep 2009
- Iran ready for international talks, but not on nuclear issue RIA Novosti 07 Sep 2009 -- Iran's president said on Monday he was ready to talk with the five veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council plus Germany but would not discuss its nuclear program, Iran's Press TV reported.
- UN agency says it is facing 'stalemate' with Iran over nuclear programme UN News Centre 07 Sep 2009 -- The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog warned today that the agency has reached a deadlock with Iran over most aspects of its nuclear programme as he urged the country to credibly answer the international community's concerns over potential military dimensions to the programme.
- IAEA Board Discusses Iran's Nuclear Program VOA 07 Sep 2009 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-member board has begun talks focused on controversial nuclear activities in Iran and Syria, among other subjects. This week's meeting in Vienna comes as support grows among Western nations for tougher U.N. sanctions against Iran.
- KMT secretary-general tapped to be new premier CNA 07 Sep 2009 -- Ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Vice Chairman and Secretary-General Wu Den-yih was named Monday as the man who will take over as premier following the resignation Thursday of Premier Liu Chao-shiuan along with the rest of his Cabinet, according to Presidential Office spokesman Wang Yu-chi
- Chu said he could not turn down appointment CNA 07 Sep 2009 -- Taoyuan County Magistrate Eric Liluan Chu, who will become vice premier in the new Cabinet, offered his apology Monday to residents of Taoyuan, where he has been the county chief since 2001, for leaving office before the end of his term at the end of year
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