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29 October 2009 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 29 Oct 2009 [PDF]
  • Oct. 28 airpower summary AFNS 29 Oct 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Oct. 28 according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
  • Iraqi Forces Arrest Terrorism Suspects AFPS 29 Oct 2009 -- Iraqi forces, with U.S. advisors, arrested several terrorism suspects in Iraq in recent days, military officials reported.
  • Sheriff Cell 17 takes care of convoy emergencies Army News 29 Oct 2009 -- Convoys arrive at, depart from and pass through one of Iraq's primary logistics hubs, Joint Base Balad, Iraq, every day
  • 3rd HBCT Soldiers Kick Off Deployment Army News 29 Oct 2009 -- When Soldiers of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division waved "goodbye" to their loved ones and climbed on the bus that took them to the plane to haul them overseas, they were not going to Iraq. Not just yet
  • 2nd HBCT Cases Colors, Says Farewell Army News 29 Oct 2009 -- The Spartan Brigade marked the beginning of their fourth deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom by casing their brigade colors in a ceremony held on Cottrell Field, Oct. 23
  • USACE Compound in Iraq Named in Honor of Fallen Navy Officer Navy NewsStand 29 Oct 2009 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) compound on Camp Victory, Iraq, was officially designated Camp Wolfe on Oct. 22 in honor of Navy Cmdr. Duane Wolfe, who was killed in Fallujah, Iraq, May 25.
  • Parts From Wrecked Plane Become Training Aids AFPS 29 Oct 2009 -- U.S. and Iraqi airmen moved parts of a wrecked C-130 Hercules transport from here to New Al Muthana Air Base, where they will be used as training aids for Iraqi aircraft maintainers.
  • Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Geoff Morrell from the Pentagon DoD 29 Oct 2009 -- Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell
  • Obama Attends Return of Fallen US Soldiers From Afghanistan VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- U.S. President Barack Obama made an overnight trip to a military air base in the state of Delaware to meet a plane carrying the bodies of 18 U.S. soldiers and civilian personnel recently killed in Afghanistan.
  • U.S. Seeks to Counter Enemy’s ‘Weapon of Choice’ AFPS 29 Oct 2009 -- The Defense Department expects U.S. forces in Afghanistan to continue to be targeted by improvised explosive devices -- which have claimed more lives there than any other weapon -- while it seeks ways to counter the threat, officials said.
  • Afghanistan: Ban appeals to Member States for extra security for UN staff and premises UN News Centre 29 Oct 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today he will ask Member States to expedite measures to strengthen security to respond to the “dramatically escalated” threat against the United Nations, as witnessed by the deadly attack yesterday in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed five UN staff and injured several others.
  • Afghanistan Increases Polling Stations for Election VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- Afghan election officials say they plan to increase the number of voting stations for next week's presidential runoff election, despite concerns that could lead to more fraud than in the first vote.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Northern returnees need aid IRIN 29 Oct 2009 -- Several thousand people returning to their homes in the northern Afghan provinces of Sar-i-Pul and Jowzjan need help before winter, according to aid agencies and local officials.
  • Clinton, In Pakistan, Says 'This Is Not Your Fight Alone' RFE/RL 29 Oct 2009 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent a busy day in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, visiting a mosque and shrines, holding a lively town hall meeting with skeptical university students, and meeting with key local officials and opposition leader Nawaz Sharif
  • PAKISTAN: IDP hosts increasingly wary of undercover militants IRIN 29 Oct 2009 -- Fear and a growing wariness on the part of potential IDP hosts means some South Waziristan internally displaced persons (IDPs) are finding it hard to get accommodation in the neighbouring districts of Dera Ismail Khan and Tank
  • Clinton Suggests Pakistan Knows Where Al-Qaida Leaders Are VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says it is hard to believe that Pakistani authorities do not know where al-Qaida leaders are hiding.

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  • Senate Panel Votes To Expand Sanctions Against Iran VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- The U.S. Senate Banking Committee has voted Thursday to approve legislation that would impose sanctions on companies that help Iran acquire refined petroleum products. The bill aims to step up pressure on Iran to stop its uranium enrichment program. Lawmakers are targeting Iran's energy sector, and hoping that other nations will join the United States.
  • Supreme Leader Warns Opposition Leaders Against Questioning Presidential Vote RFE/RL 29 Oct 2009 -- Iran' s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has described questioning the country's disputed June 12 presidential vote as the "biggest crime."
  • IAEA Seeks Clarification To Iran's Nuclear Deal Response RFE/RL 29 Oct 2009 -- Iran has given an initial response to the UN's nuclear watchdog on a proposal that Tehran would export most of its uranium for enrichment, but the reply appears vague, with both Paris and Washington asking for clarification
  • UN nuclear watchdog receives initial response from Iran on fuel agreement UN News Centre 29 Oct 2009 -- Iran has submitted an initial response on a draft agreement on fuel for its civilian nuclear research facility to the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it was announced today.
  • Iran Hands Over Response On Nuclear Fuel Deal RFE/RL 29 Oct 2009 -- Iran has presented its response on a draft nuclear deal to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna
  • Iran's Ahmadinejad says ready to cooperate on nuclear fuel RIA Novosti 29 Oct 2009 -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday his country is ready to cooperate with Western powers on nuclear fuel and technology, but will not retreat "one iota" on its nuclear rights.
  • Russian expert cautious about Iran nuclear fuel response RIA Novosti 29 Oct 2009 -- Iran may be making positive noises about a draft agreement on nuclear fuel, but the international community must not relax yet, a senior Russian expert warned on Thursday.
  • Iran Adds Caveat to Nuclear Cooperation Deal VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- Iran has given its formal response to a U.N. plan for processing its nuclear material. Details remained sketchy, but it appears Tehran has put a few conditions on what appeared to be a take-it-or-leave-it deal.
  • H1N1 Vaccine Order Includes Enough for National Guard AFPS 29 Oct 2009 -- The Defense Department has acquired enough doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine to immunize all 460,000 members of the National Guard, officials announced today.
  • Russia's swine flu death toll climbs to five RIA Novosti 29 Oct 2009 -- A woman has died of swine flu in the Siberian Krasnoyarsk region, bringing Russia's death toll in the pandemic to five people, the regional health minister said on Thursday.
  • US Faces H1N1 Flu Vaccine Shortage VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is not enough H1N1 vaccine available for everyone in the United States. And schools and clinics around the U.S. are experiencing the results of the shortage.
  • Iraq Makes Arrests Over Deadly Blasts VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- The Iraqi military says it has arrested more than 60 security force members in connection with the recent series of bombings in Baghdad that killed about 155 people.
  • NASA officials give go for Space Shuttle Atlantis launch AFNS 29 Oct 2009 -- NASA's space shuttle Atlantis is targeted to begin an 11-day flight to the International Space Station with a Nov. 16 launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff is scheduled for 2:28 p.m. EST.
  • Yemen Arrests al-Qaida Suspect Among Six Somalis VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- Officials in Yemen say six Somalis have been arrested, including one suspected of having links with al-Qaida.
  • Guinea's Military Government Arrests Opponents VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- Military leaders in Guinea have arrested several leading pro-democracy advocates. The Obama Administration is restricting travel to the United States by members of the military government following the killing of opposition protestors one month ago.
  • US Envoys Extend Stay in Honduras in Bid to Help End Crisis VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- A team of senior U.S. diplomats has extended a stay in Honduras aimed at helping end the political crisis spawned by the ouster of elected President Manuel Zelaya in June. A resolution is seen as essential for the success of elections to be held there at the end of next month.
  • AFRICA: AU pushes the envelope on "climate migrants" IRIN 29 Oct 2009 -- An African international agreement has opened the door to a debate on the rights and protection of people displaced by natural disasters, with a nod to migration as a result of climate change.
  • EU Summit Likely To Be Mired In Disappointment RFE/RL 29 Oct 2009 -- The two-day European Union summit opening in Brussels later today is likely to be short on decisions and long on controversy
  • Crimean Tatar Leader Claims FSB Behind Murder Plan RFE/RL 29 Oct 2009 -- Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemilev says he believes Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) is behind a special operation to assassinate him, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports
  • Russia blasts reported U.S. pressure for Thais to extradite Bout RIA Novosti 29 Oct 2009 -- The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that it was unacceptable for the United States to apply pressure to secure the extradition of alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout from Thailand.
  • French Court Stops African Embezzlement Probe VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- A French appeals court has stopped an investigation into claims three African leaders embezzled millions of dollars from their countries to buy luxury property and cars in France. The plaintiffs say they will appeal the ruling.
  • UN Approves Commission to Study Guinea Massacre VOA 29 Oct 2009 -- The United Nations Security Council has approved creating a commission to investigate the massacre of opposition protesters in Guinea last month by government troops.
  • Yushchenko registers candidacy in Ukraine presidential election RIA Novosti 29 Oct 2009 -- Ukraine's Central Election Commission on Thursday registered incumbent President Viktor Yushchenko as a candidate for presidential elections scheduled for early next year in the ex-Soviet republic.
  • GOCE operational after passing review with flying colours Thales 29 Oct 2009 -- The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) spacecraft, developed and built by Thales Alenia Space for the European Space Agency (ESA), has completed its in-orbit commissioning and calibration phase, by successfully passing an in-flight test review last week. The satellite’s and the payload’s functionalities have been fully demonstrated and initial results from the first measurement campaign - initiated on September 15 and due to last through March 2010 - are already giving amazing results, even beyond the specifications in some frequency bands. Early measurements have been successfully correlated with existing models of the Earth gravity field and shown significantly higher level of spatial detail.

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