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26 October 2009 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 26 Oct 2009 [PDF]
  • Oct. 25 airpower summary AFNS 26 Oct 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Oct. 25, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
  • Iraqis Arrest Bombing Suspects in Baghdad AFPS 26 Oct 2009 -- Iraqi forces, with U.S. advisors, conducted a series of operations today resulting in the arrest of 11 suspects in vehicle-bomb networks operating between Baghdad and Mosul.
  • Bombings Show Security Challenges, Official Says AFPS 26 Oct 2009 -- Terrorist bombings that struck Baghdad yesterday demonstrate the security challenges that exist there, a senior Defense Department official said here today.
  • Gulf Region Division cases colors in Iraq drawdown Army News 26 Oct 2009 -- When Maj. Gen. Michael Eyre and Command Sgt. Maj. Mitch Prater cased the colors of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division in a ceremony at Al Faw Palace Oct. 23, GRD became the first major division to leave the Iraqi theater as part of the drawdown.
  • U.S. military police unit trains IA police unit for first time Army News 26 Oct 2009 -- The training of Iraqi Police has been one of the most important missions for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, since the unit deployed to Kirkuk province. Currently, the Iraqi Police share responsibility for security in many parts of the province with the 12th Iraqi Army Division, who has organic military police assigned to its ranks
  • Mississippi Guardsmen ramp up excess equipment turn in Army News 26 Oct 2009 -- In preparation for the drawdown of U.S. forces and equipment from Iraq, the commander of a Mississippi Army National Guard battalion conducted an excess property inspection Oct. 11 at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq
  • Guard equipment to return from Iraq, Congress told Army News 26 Oct 2009 -- National Guard equipment will be returned from Iraq to the United States and Guard units can fill shortages with equipment currently in use in Iraq, Defense officials told Congress members Oct. 21
  • 3rd HBCT Soldiers kick off deployment Army News 26 Oct 2009
  • Combat engineers improve living conditions aboard COP USMC News 26 Oct 2009 -- Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 46, stationed at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, are doing what they can to give Marines living on small forward operating bases and combat outposts in western Iraq better living conditions
  • Obama Remembers Americans Killed in Afghanistan VOA 26 Oct 2009 -- U.S. President Barack Obama remembered the 14 Americans killed on Monday in two helicopter crashes in Afghanistan, saying they gave their lives to protect their country. Word of their deaths reached Washington in the midst of a detailed White House review of the president's Afghanistan war strategy.
  • More than 50,000 returning Afghan refugees benefit from UN shelter programme UN News Centre 26 Oct 2009 -- The United Nations refugee agency has nearly completed its shelter programme for more than 50,000 of the most vulnerable Afghan returnees this year, bringing to some 1.2 million those who have benefited since the re-integration project started in 2002.
  • Kerry: Afghan Surge Proposal 'Goes Too Far, Too Fast' VOA 26 Oct 2009 -- John Kerry, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says a proposal to send as many as 40,000 more American troops to Afghanistan "goes too far and too fast".
  • Obama Remembers Americans Killed in Afghanistan VOA 26 Oct 2009 -- U.S. President Barack Obama remembered the 14 Americans killed on Monday in two helicopter crashes in Afghanistan, saying they gave their lives to protect their country. Word of their deaths reached Washington in the midst of a detailed White House review of the president's Afghanistan war strategy.
  • Forces Kill Taliban Commander, Other Enemy Fighters AFPS 26 Oct 2009 -- Afghan and NATO forces have removed dozens of insurgents from fighting in Afghanistan in recent days, including a long-sought-after Taliban commander, military officials reported.
  • New Road to Link Both Sides of Afghan River AFPS 26 Oct 2009 -- The road to economic success here is paved and has bridges linking both sides of the Kunar River.
  • RCT-7 takes over counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan USMC News 26 Oct 2009 -- Regimental Combat Team 7 took over counterinsurgency operations throughout southern Afghanistan from Regimental Combat Team 3 during a ceremony here Oct. 24
  • Marines uncover weapons, drugs in Taliban stronghold USMC News 26 Oct 2009 -- Combined Anti-Armor Team 1 and Marines with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, uncovered weapons and drug caches during a two-day mission here Oct. 19-20
  • First Marine RCT in Afghanistan concludes historic deployment USMC News 26 Oct 2009 -- The most significant Marine Corps operation since the Battle of Fallujah in 2004 and the largest helicopter insertion since the Vietnam War took place July 2 as Marines spread out into the Helmand River valley to secure what was called one of the most violent provinces in all of Afghanistan at the time
  • NATO Helicopter Crashes in Afghanistan Kill 14 Americans VOA 26 Oct 2009 -- NATO officials in Afghanistan say three coalition helicopters crashed Monday in two unrelated incidents, killing at least 11 U.S. troops and three American civilians.
  • Helicopter Incidents Claim Lives in Afghanistan AFPS 26 Oct 2009 -- Separate helicopter incidents today claimed the lives of 11 U.S. servicemembers and three U.S. civilians in Afghanistan, military officials reported.
  • UN wants to see less fraud in second round of Afghan elections UN News Centre 26 Oct 2009 -- With just weeks to go before Afghans go back to the polls to choose between President Hamid Karzai and his challenger Abdullah Abdullah, the United Nations said today it wants to see a “better and cleaner” election in the 7 November run-off.
  • Lithuania rotates Afghanistan troops RIA Novosti 26 Oct 2009 -- Lithuania has rotated its military contingent in Afghanistan, where the Baltic state heads NATO's peacekeeping mission to restore the Ghor province, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.
  • French, Spanish military lose right to use Kyrgyz airbase RIA Novosti 26 Oct 2009 -- French and Spanish troops have left a Kyrgyz airbase formerly used by the U.S. military and now functioning as a center for Pentagon transits to Afghanistan, the center's spokesman said on Monday.
  • Pakistanis continue to flee violence in northwest, UN reports UN News Centre 26 Oct 2009 -- Nearly 14,000 people fleeing the latest round of clashes between Government forces and militants in the north-western Pakistani region of South Waziristan, have been registered, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.
  • Pakistan: 19 Militants Killed in S. Waziristan VOA 26 Oct 2009 -- The Pakistani army says it has killed 19 militants in a battle for control of a Taliban stronghold in South Waziristan.

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  • Obama Declares H1N1 Influenza National Emergency AFPS 26 Oct 2009 -- President Barack Obama signed a national emergency declaration on H1N1 influenza over the weekend to accommodate American health care facilities’ ability to address the pandemic.
  • Campaign Ends as Mozambique Prepares for National Elections VOA 26 Oct 2009 -- Political parties in Mozambique have ended their campaigns as voters prepare to go to the polls Wednesday to choose a president, parliament and provincial assemblies.
  • Unity Talks Fail to Ease Political Deadlock in Zimbabwe VOA 26 Oct 2009 -- Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai failed to resolve their differences during their first meeting since Mr. Tsvangirai's party boycotted the unity government 10 days ago.
  • EU Reviews Cooperation With The South Caucasus RFE/RL 26 Oct 2009 -- After years of cultivating bilateral ties with the three South Caucasus countries, the European Union is now looking to inject a new, regional dynamic into the relationship
  • US Issues Travel Ban Against Prominent Kenyan Official VOA 26 Oct 2009 -- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson held a flurry of meetings Monday with senior Kenyan officials and then announced a travel ban had been issued against one unnamed prominent official for impeding key government reforms. Three others are under threat to have their visas similarly revoked.



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