25 October 2009 Military News
Defense Policy / Programs
- Oct. 24 airpower summary: C-130s provide tactical airlift AFNS 25 Oct 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and ISAF troops in Afghanistan during operations.
- Two Car Bombs Kill At Least 132 In Baghdad RFE/RL 25 Oct 2009 -- Twin suicide car bombs have killed at least 132 people in central Baghdad, the bloodiest bombing in the Iraqi capital this year.
- At least 136 killed in two car bombings in Iraqi capital RIA Novosti 25 Oct 2009 -- At least 136 people were killed and more than 500 wounded in one of this year's deadliest attacks in Iraq on Sunday, the Vesti TV channel reported.
- Secretary-General condemns 'senseless' double bombings in Baghdad UN News Centre 25 Oct 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the double bombings which killed and wounded hundreds today in Baghdad, and called on all Iraqis to work to protect the progress the country has achieved so far.
- Twin Bombings Rock Central Baghdad, at Least 130 Killed VOA 25 Oct 2009 -- Iraqi police say two car bombs have claimed the lives of more than 130 people in central Baghdad. More than 200 others have been wounded in the Sunday blasts.
- Former UN Envoy To Kabul Suggests Emergency Administration For Afghanistan RFE/RL 25 Oct 2009 -- When former Spanish diplomat Fransesc Vendrell was first appointed as a UN envoy to Afghanistan in early 2000, the existing circumstances required him to be based in neighboring Pakistan
- Afghan President, Main Rival Reject Power Sharing VOA 25 Oct 2009 -- Afghanistan's president and his main electoral challenger say the country's political future should be decided at the ballot box, not through the formation of a coalition government. But President Hamid Karzai's primary political rival continues to express concern over electoral fraud that plagued the country's first round of voting in August.
- Afghan Presidential Contender Committed to Runoff Vote, if Clean VOA 25 Oct 2009 -- The second-round challenger to Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai says he is committed to the run-off election -- as long as the process is transparent and credible.
- AFGHANISTAN: More than an olive branch IRIN 25 Oct 2009 -- A major opium producer just a few years ago, Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar is now believed to be opium free, amid signs the once flourishing olive business is undergoing a revival.
- Coalition Assets Rescue Civilian Mariner at Sea Navy NewsStand 25 Oct 2009 -- A merchant mariner who fell overboard was rescued Oct. 25 at approximately 8:00 a.m. by coalition naval assets operating as part of Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 in the Central Arabian Gulf.
Defense Policy / Programs
- BHR ARG, 11th MEU Paint School in Timor-Leste Navy NewsStand 25 Oct 2009 -- Sailors and Marines from the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) teamed up to paint a local school in Manatuto, Timor-Leste during a community service project, Oct. 19-20.
- U.S. warship pays visit to Estonia RIA Novosti 25 Oct 2009 -- A U.S. missile destroyer, which was a target of a terrorist attack in 2000, has arrived on a friendly visit to the port of Tallinn, the U.S. Embassy in Estonia said.
- Israeli Police Storm Disputed Jerusalem Holy Site VOA 25 Oct 2009 -- There was violence today at the most sensitive holy shrine in Jerusalem revered by both Muslims and Jews. At least 15 Palestinians were arrested, but there were no serious injuries.
- Nigerian Rebels Declare Indefinite Ceasefire VOA 25 Oct 2009 -- Nigeria's most prominent armed group has declared an indefinite ceasefire to allow for peace talks with government.
- Serbia Pledges Cooperation Before Karadzic Trial VOA 25 Oct 2009 -- A stand-off is expected Monday between former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and the U.N. court in The Netherlands as the war crimes suspect says he will boycott the start of the long-awaited trial.
- UN Calls for War Crimes Investigation in Sri Lanka VOA 25 Oct 2009 -- The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is calling for an independent, international investigation of possible war crimes committed during the last few months of the war in Sri Lanka. The UN agency says there should be a full inquiry into what did or did not happen during the final stages of the country's long-lasting civil war.
- UN nuclear inspectors arrive in Iran to visit newly-disclosed facility UN News Centre 25 Oct 2009 -- Inspectors from the United Nations atomic watchdog have arrived in Iran to visit a recently-disclosed uranium enrichment facility.
- UN Inspectors in Iran for Nuclear Plant Visit VOA 25 Oct 2009 -- United Nations nuclear inspectors are in Iran for a three-day visit to examine one of Iran's controversial uranium enrichment sites.
- UN nuclear inspectors arrive in Iran RIA Novosti 25 Oct 2009 -- Four UN nuclear inspectors arrived in Iran early on Sunday to inspect the country's second uranium enrichment facility near the city of Qom, the Xinhua news agency reported.
- U.S., N. Korea officials meet in New York over nuclear issues RIA Novosti 25 Oct 2009 -- Senior U.S. and North Korean negotiators held a meeting on Saturday in New York to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the resumption of stalled nuclear talks, a U.S. diplomat said.
- Russian authorities confirm rapid spread of swine flu RIA Novosti 25 Oct 2009 -- The official number of swine flu cases in Russia has grown by 130 cases in 24 hours to total 1,174, and shows the spread of the virus within the country, the top sanitary official said on Saturday.
- Polls Give Former Guerrilla Leader Edge in Uruguay Elections VOA 25 Oct 2009 -- Voters in Uruguay are casting ballots Sunday in a presidential election that pits former guerrilla leader Jose Mujica against former president Luis Lacalle.
- Tunisians Vote in Presidential Election VOA 25 Oct 2009 -- Tunisians voted Sunday in a presidential election that is expected to be another landslide victory for incumbent President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
- Tymoshenko Opens Populist Drive For Ukrainian President RFE/RL 25 Oct 2009 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko officially launched her bid for the presidency at a massive populist rally in Kyiv's Independence Square.
- PM Tymoshenko says 'Ukraine's future is with Europe' RIA Novosti 25 Oct 2009 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was officially nominated as candidate for president, told supporters that Kiev could build neighborly relations with Moscow, but its future lay with Europe.
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