23 September 2009 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 23 Sep 2009 [PDF]
- Sept. 22 airpower summary: B-1s provide overwatch for friendly forces AFNS 23 Sep 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and ISAF troops in Afghanistan during operations.
- Sept. 21 airpower summary: F-16s display shows of force AFNS 23 Sep 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and ISAF in Afghanistan during operations.
- Petraeus draws 'big picture' for Soldiers at Infantry conference Army News 23 Sep 2009 -- Gen. David Petraeus walked through “the big picture,” in respect to counterinsurgency operations in CENTCOM.
- Former ambassador discusses State Department's counterterrorism efforts Army News 23 Sep 2009 -- Former State Department coordinator for counterterrorism discussed lingering challenges.
- Reserve LAR company prepares for return to U.S. USMC News 23 Sep 2009 -- Marines of E/3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance lived and operated out of their armored vehicles in Ninewa province, Iraq.
- 1/8 Marines and sailors return from Iraq USMC News 23 Sep 2009 -- Friends and family welcome homed their Marines and sailors of the 1/8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division.
- MiTTs come home after year-long deployment to Iraq USMC News 23 Sep 2009 -- Marines and sailors returning home from a year-long deployment to Iraq as members of five Military Transition Teams.
- US Soldier Charged in Murder of Contractor in Iraq VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- The U.S. military says it is charging one of its soldiers with the murder of a civilian contractor in northern Iraq.
- Iraq Seeks Help To Clear 25 Million Land Mines RFE/RL 23 Sep 2009 -- Iraqi Brigadier General Salih Qaduri: Clearing that country of some 25 million unexploded land mines is a "major challenge."
- Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Geoff Morrell from the DoD Briefing Room, The Pentagon, Arlington Va. DoD 23 Sep 2009 -- Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell
- US Mideast Commander Endorses Afghanistan Assessment VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- Commander of all US forces in the Middle East and Central Asia endorsed the grim assessment by commander in Afghanistan.
- Caldwell: Mindset needs changing in order to help security forces Army News 23 Sep 2009 -- A cookie-cutter approach to helping Afghan forces is not what the people of Afghanistan need.
- There's no 'silver bullet' for Afghanistan, 4-star general says Army News 23 Sep 2009 -- Four-star general: Afghanistan is the major problem facing the US.
- Resource Decision on Afghanistan to Follow Strategy Review AFPS 23 Sep 2009 -- President Barack Obama and his national security team grapple with the way forward in Afghanistan.
- Afghanistan Troop Request Expected this Week During Strategy Review VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- Top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan will submit his formal troop request this week.
- U.S. military asks for more troops in Afghanistan - media RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2009 -- US Top military commander in Afghanistan asked President Obama to authorize sending up to 40,000 additional troops.
- Roadside Blasts Kill 12 Afghan Civilians VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- Police in Afghanistan say 12 civilians were killed in two roadside bombings in two days.
- 5 Afghan Civilians Killed in Roadside Bombing VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- Officials in Afghanistan say a roadside bomb has killed five Afghan civilians and wounded at least two others.
- Marine mentoring team and Afghan Border Police participate in trial by fire USMC News 23 Sep 2009 -- Marines were expecting about an hour-long patrol with the Afghan Border Police they are mentoring.
- 1-4 Infantry Soldiers return from Afghanistan ready to share lessons-learned Army News 23 Sep 2009 -- Soldier's of B/1-4th Infantry, arrived home after 8-month deployment to Afghanistan.
- Airmen deployed to Kandahar may be home for holidays AFNS 23 Sep 2009 -- Some active-duty Airmen deployed supporting the war on terrorism may get to go home 30 days early.
- New Afghan Roads Promote Peace, Prosperity AFPS 23 Sep 2009 -- New roads and bridges in Afghanistan’s Konar province are going a long way to help both residents and troops.
- Pakistani Officials Cite Gains in Anti-Insurgency Effort VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- Pakistan army says that its ongoing operations have severely dented the Taliban-led insurgency in the country's northwest.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Army's electronic warfare needs receive heightened emphasis Army News 23 Sep 2009 -- Enemy use of the electromagnetic spectrum against U.S. Soldiers has remained a persistent challenge.
- Navy Munitions Command Established on NAVSTA Rota Navy NewsStand 23 Sep 2009 -- Naval Station Rota Weapons Department officially became Navy Munitions Command Detachment Rota during a ceremony Sept. 21.
- USCG Sea Fox Commissioned at Keyport Navy NewsStand 23 Sep 2009 -- Northwest region military personnel and guests celebrated the commissioning of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Sea Fox.
- Aviano Airmen open doors to new NATO terminal AFNS 23 Sep 2009 -- Airmen processed their first passengers following the opening of the new terminal at Aviano Air Base.
- Airmen ensure communications capability for joint, coalition success AFNS 23 Sep 2009 -- Team traveling throughout England performing annual preventative maintenance inspections.
- EOD Detachment Marianas Removes UXO Navy NewsStand 23 Sep 2009 -- A three-man team from Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Detachment Marianas arrived in Rota Sept. 19 to help dispose of World War II-era ordnance.
- Mesa Verde Serves as Flag Ship for PANAMAX Navy NewsStand 23 Sep 2009 -- USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) added another role to the San Antonio-class as it tackled the responsibilities of command flag ship for PANAMAX 2009, Sept. 11-21.
- Forward Operating Location Manta closes AFNS 23 Sep 2009 -- American military officials donated equipment as operations at Forward Operating Location Manta, Ecuador, came to an end Sept. 18.
- Fighting floods, drugs in Central, South America Army News 23 Sep 2009 -- Nearly a quarter of the 1,100 individuals employed in the American section of Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, are Soldiers.
- Fort Riley, Fort Leonard Wood Soldiers work together on trench project Army News 23 Sep 2009 -- Soldiers from Fort Riley and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., are working together for the benefit of both installations.
- $500 Million Contract Awarded for Work in Hawaii Navy NewsStand 23 Sep 2009 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii awarded a Multiple Award Construction Contract to six construction companies.
- Re-organization of Warrior Transition Battalion gradual transition Army News 23 Sep 2009 -- The Warrior Transition Battalion is made up of Soldiers who require complex medical care.
- Defense Department to Announce Balanced Social Media Policy AFPS 23 Sep 2009 -- DoD officials plan to forward a social media policy to the department leadership within the next two weeks.
- Russia concludes third stage of Nerpa sub trials in Far East RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2009 -- Russia's Nerpa nuclear attack submarine successfully completed the third stage of sea trials.
- Russian general dismisses abuse of office allegations RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2009 -- Top Russian military official denied media allegations of abuse of office as part of a smear campaign against him.
- Russian military probes media reports on Airborne Troops chief RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2009 -- Official probe ordered into reports alleging the involvement of the Airborne Troops commander in criminal activities.
- Some 5,000 Chinese troops to march in National Day parade RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2009 -- Almost 5,000 soldiers will march at a military parade to mark 60 years since founding of the People's Republic of China.
- Seven people killed in Iranian military plane crash RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2009 -- At least seven people were killed in a crash of an Iranian military airplane outside Tehran, the national television has reported.
- UN should lead global efforts to counter piracy, Ukraine tells General Assembly UN News Centre 23 Sep 2009 -- Ukraine called for the creation of a UN office in Africa to spearhead global efforts against maritime piracy.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 23 Sep 2009
- Press Briefing by Gary Samore, Ambassador Alex Wolff, and Mike McFaul The White House 23 Sep 2009
- Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and Obama National Security Speechwriter Ben Rhodes, 9/23/09 The White House 23 Sep 2009
- DoD News: Contracts for September 23, 2009
- Raytheon Receiver Surpasses Milestone in Satellite Tracking Raytheon 23 Sep 2009 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has surpassed another milestone on its Modernized User Equipment program by achieving live satellite M-code tracking with its MUE receiver.
- GE to Supply MTU with LM2500 Gas Turbine to Power German Navy's F125 Frigate GE Marine 23 Sep 2009 -- GE Marine reports that it will supply MTU, Friedrichshafen, Germany, with one LM2500 gas turbine to power the German Navy's F125 frigate. MTU is a GE Marine System Supplier.
- Israel Aerospace Industries Will Supply Advanced Radar Systems Worth $280 Million to the Republic of South Korea Israel Aerospace Industries 23 Sep 2009 -- Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been awarded two contracts in the Republic of South Korea (ROK) to supply radar systems for fighter jets and advanced radar systems for air defense. The multi-year contracts are valued at $280 million.
- Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann hand over first serially produced Boxer vehicle Rheinmetall Defence 23 Sep 2009 -- The armed forces of Germany and the Netherlands take delivery today of an optimally protected, highly mobile transport vehicle with massive useful load carrying capacity.
- Helisim Inaugurates its First NH90 Simulator Thales 23 Sep 2009 -- Today, Helisim inaugurated its first NH90 flight simulator at the training center in Marignane (South of France) where it will be used to train military helicopter pilots. Helisim is a company jointly created by Eurocopter, Thales and DCI. The Australian Army Aviation, the French Navy and the French Army Air Corps (ALAT) will be the first customers to send their pilots to the Helisim facility for NH90 training.
- Israel, Palestinian meeting 'ineffectual' - Arab League RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2009 -- Deputy head of the Arab League: US-mediated meeting between Israeli PM Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas was "ineffectual."
- Palestinian leader says Israel must stick to 2008 accord RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2009 -- Palestinian President Abbas has insisted that Israel must honor commitments on borders made in 2008 talks.
- Israeli Foreign Minister Claims Success in US, Palestinian Summit VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- Israel's FM: PM Netanyahu's meeting was a success because it took place without preconditions.
- Lebanon: UN envoy holds talks with parliamentary leader UN News Centre 23 Sep 2009 -- UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon held discussions with one of the country’s senior parliamentary figures as part of UN efforts to promote an end to the current deadlock.
- Renewed fighting in Darfur sparks deep concern from Secretary-General UN News Centre 23 Sep 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban has expressed deep concern at an upsurge in fighting between Sudanese Government forces and rebels in Darfur.
- North, South Sudan in War of Words over Tribal Attacks VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- North Sudan is denying accusations from the South that it is arming tribal militias in southern territory, claiming the clashes are the result of poor governance on the part of the South's ruling party.
- EU Mission Intensifies Patrols In Georgia RFE/RL 23 Sep 2009 -- EU's monitoring mission in Georgia (EUMM) is intensifying its patrols in Georgia proper bordering the breakaway Georgian territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
- DR Congo: UN helps reintegrate former rebels into national army, police UN News Centre 23 Sep 2009 -- UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo began transferring detained former rebels who will be joining the Government army under a recent amnesty programme.
- Congolese Hail Rebel Release VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- In Democratic Republic of Congo, residents of the restive Kivu provinces are expressing relief after the government released 150 imprisoned rebels.
- Nigerian Militants Vow To Keep Weapons As Amnesty Deadline Looms VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- The main militant group in Nigeria's Niger Delta says its members will keep their weapons as the deadline to surrender them approaches.
- Mufti: Extremists Not Necessarily To Blame For North Caucasus Violence RFE/RL 23 Sep 2009 -- A senior Muslim official in Russia says the recent killing of a mufti in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region should not necessarily be blamed on Islamic extremists.
- PHILIPPINES: Illegal firearms compound Mindanao insecurity IRIN 23 Sep 2009 -- Proliferation of guns in turn perpetuates a cycle of violence that the government is struggling to contain.
- Taylor Denies Meeting With Rebel Leader on Eve of Sierra Leone War VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- Former Liberian President Charles Taylor denies testimony by a prosecution witness that he met with rebel-leader Foday Sankoh on the eve of the Revolutionary United Front's invasion of Sierra Leone.
- UN-backed tribunal for Rwandan genocide begins trial of former Government official UN News Centre 23 Sep 2009 -- Trial of a former senior Rwandan Government official accused of committing genocide got underway.
- Obama Says US Ready to Begin 'New Chapter' of International Cooperation VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- President Obama: US ready to begin a "new chapter" of international cooperation.
- At UN, United States calls for 'new chapter of international cooperation' UN News Centre 23 Sep 2009 -- US “stands ready to begin a new chapter of international cooperation,” its President Barack Obama told the General Assembly.
- Obama Seeks UN Cooperation to Solve World's Problems AFPS 23 Sep 2009 -- President Obama asked for global cooperation to solve pressing world problems like nuclear proliferation, terrorism and extremism, climate change and poverty.
- Obama Set To Bring Nonproliferation Case To UN RFE/RL 23 Sep 2009 -- Barack Obama plans to use opportunity to bring resolution advancing his goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.
- Obama, New Japanese Leader Hold First Meeting VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Japan's new Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama have reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-Japanese alliance.
- Libya's Gaddafi proposes Eastern HQ for UN RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2009 -- Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi suggested moving the United Nations Headquarters from New York to Beijing or New Delhi.
- Libya's Gadhafi Delivers Rambling Speech in First UN Address VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi critiqued decades of historic events during his first appearance before the UN General Assembly.
- Latin American Leaders Support Zelaya in UN Debate VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- Latin American leaders pressed for the return to office of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in their U.N. General Assembly speeches on Wednesday, as the deposed leader remained holed up in Brazil's embassy in Tegucigalpa.
- Ousted Honduran Leader Hopes for Talks Soon VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- Ousted Honduran President Zelaya: Hope that dialogue will soon be re-established with the current government.
- Constructive dialogue only way to overcome Honduran crisis - UN UN News Centre 23 Sep 2009 -- UN system in Honduras has called for the urgent establishment of a constructive and transparent dialogue to overcome the current political crisis facing the country.
- Honduran leader must be returned to power, Brazil tells UN debate UN News Centre 23 Sep 2009 -- Brazil’s President called for a return to power of Honduran leader Zelaya following the recent coup d’état in the Latin American nation.
- Interim Honduran President Offers Conditional Talks with Ousted Predecessor VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- Interim Honduran President Micheletti willing to hold talks with ousted President Zelaya.
- Brazil warns Honduras to stay away from its embassy RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2009 -- Brazil will not tolerate any hostile actions against its embassy in Honduras where deposed President Zelaya is holed up.
- Myanmar: Ban calls for international action to help ensure credible elections UN News Centre 23 Sep 2009 -- Myanmar’s friends and neighbours must “do more in the best interests of Myanmar and its people” by persuading the Government to hold credible elections next year.
- Malaysia Sees Increasing Political, Judicial Influence from Strict Muslims VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- Malaysia has long been viewed as model for a moderate and tolerant Islamic state.
- In Brief: Somaliland "should heed Kenyan election lessons" IRIN 23 Sep 2009 -- Stakeholders in Somaliland need to reach a consensus on the role the media can play before, during and after elections to avoid election violence.
- Spain detains Argentine 'death flight' pilot RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2009 -- Spanish police have detained a pilot suspected of involvement in the state-sanctioned murder of dissidents during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship in Argentina.
- Japanese PM wants to resolve territorial dispute with Russia RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2009 -- Japanese PM Hatoyama told Russian President Medvedev that he wants to resolve territorial dispute and conclude a peace agreement.
- Uganda Minister Defends Terrorism Charge Against Rioters VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- The Ugandan government has charged 29 people with terrorism for their alleged involvement in this month's deadly riots.
- Niger Human Rights Activist Comes Out of Hiding VOA 23 Sep 2009 -- A leading Niger human rights activist has vowed to continue his opposition to President Mamadou Tandja despite what he claims to be threats of assassination from security agents.
- UN peacebuilding official voices hope for stability in Guinea-Bissau UN News Centre 23 Sep 2009 -- A window of opportunity exists to consolidate peace in Guinea-Bissau, a senior official reported to the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission.
- Russia Navy frigate to provide security for Arctic Sea vessel RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2009 -- The Russian Navy's Ladny frigate will provide security for the Arctic Sea vessel until it is handed over to its owners.
- Polish parliament condemns 1939 Soviet 'aggression' RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2009 -- The lower house of Poland's parliament adopted on Wednesday a resolution condemning the entry of Soviet troops into Eastern Poland in September 1939.
- Ukraine parliament demands new probe into Yushchenko illness RIA Novosti 23 Sep 2009 -- Ukrainian parliament has demanded a probe into falsification of President Yushchenko's poisoning.
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