05 December 2009 Military News
- Dec. 4 airpower summary AFNS 05 Dec 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Dec. 4 according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- Analyst terms as ambiguous new US strategy for Afghanistan IRNA 05 Dec 2009 -- Pakistani political and defence analyst Maj Gen. (Retd.) Jamshed Ayaz Khan has termed as ambiguous the new US strategy for Afghanistan.
- US, British, Afghan Troops Push into Taliban Area VOA 05 Dec 2009 -- U.S. Marines pressed deeper into a key Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan Saturday, in an offensive aimed at disrupting the militants' supply line.
- Pakistan a Key Factor in Obama's New Afghan Strategy VOA 05 Dec 2009 -- U.S. President Barack Obama is sending 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan by mid-2010, and plans to start withdrawing American forces after July 2011, depending on the situation on the ground. Some experts say the troop surge with a deadline is not ideal, but might reassure the region in more than one way.
- ISAF Spokesman Acknowledges Afghan Concern Over U.S. Exit Plan RFE/RL 05 Dec 2009 -- The spokesman for NATO-led forces in Afghanistan has acknowledged Afghan concern over U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to begin withdrawing U.S. forces from the country in 2011, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports.
- Afghan Tribal Elder Kidnapped In Zabul Province RFE/RL 05 Dec 2009 -- A tribal elder in Afghanistan’s southern Zabul Province was kidnapped late on December 3 and found dead the next day, RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan reported.
- National Guard Soldiers Prepared for Future Afghanistan Deployments VOA 05 Dec 2009 -- Answering President Barack Obama's call for 30,000 additional troops to serve in Afghanistan, National Guard soldiers across the United States are preparing for future deployments. In the Midwestern state of Illinois, National Guard soldiers just completed a deployment to Afghanistan.
- Pakistan not acting as mercenary in war on terror: Gilani IRNA 05 Dec 2009 -- Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said that Pakistan is fighting war against terror in its own interest and strongly rejects the notion being carried out on any other country's behest.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Protesters Decry Decision to Use US Court for 9/11 Trial' VOA 05 Dec 2009 -- Protesters have gathered outside a federal courthouse in New York City to denounce the Obama administration's decision to try the five alleged plotters of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States in the civilian court system. Both survivors of Sept. 11 attacks and concerned New Yorkers at the rally say the terror suspects are war criminals and their trials should be held in military court.
- USS Freedom Reaches Major Milestone Towards Maiden Deployment Navy NewsStand 05 Dec 2009 -- The Navy's first littoral combat ship (LCS), USS Freedom (LCS 1), has successfully completed another major milestone in preparation for her upcoming maiden deployment.
- Eastern Africa Standby Force Reaches Milestones at Conclusion of Exercise Navy NewsStand 05 Dec 2009 -- After four days of working through incidents, simulated local hostilities, and logistical challenges, the newly forged Eastern Africa Standby Force completed its Field Training Exercise, capping it off with a closing ceremony at Grand Bara, Djibouti Dec. 4.
- Navy Christens Newest Virginia-Class Submarine Missouri Navy NewsStand 05 Dec 2009 -- With the spray of bubbly from a champagne bottle, PCU Missouri (SSN 780), the Navy's newest Virginia-class attack submarine, was christened during a late morning ceremony at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., Dec. 5.
- Cheyenne Holds Change of Command Ceremony Navy NewsStand 05 Dec 2009 -- The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Pearl Harbor Dec. 4.
- Pasadena Returns to Pearl Harbor Navy NewsStand 05 Dec 2009 -- Los Angeles-Class fast-attack nuclear powered submarine USS Pasadena (SSN 752) returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor Dec. 4, following a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific region.
- USS Wayne E. Meyer Arrives in San Diego Navy NewsStand 05 Dec 2009 -- USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, arrived at its new homeport in San Diego Dec. 4, where the ship will be stationed after transiting from the Bath Iron Works Shipyard in Bath, Maine.
- Sailors Bring LCU 1665 to Life Navy NewsStand 05 Dec 2009 -- A 12-member team, serving aboard landing crafty utility (LCU) 1665 while operating with the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) on a scheduled deployment, emodies the type of versatility desired in every Sailor.
- Intra-Service Team Clears Drainage Ditches at New Orleans Base Navy NewsStand 05 Dec 2009 -- Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) New Orleans service members from every military branch participated in a base-wide effort to clear drainage ditches and canals Dec.4.
- Russia could extend military presence off Somali coast RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2009 -- Russia is ready to extend its anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia, Russia's envoy to NATO has said.
- Russia, NATO form working group on missile defence - Rogozin RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2009 -- Russia and NATO have formed a working group on missile defense issues and the first meeting will be held in January, Russia's envoy to the military alliance said on Friday.
- Crimean Tatar Leader Backs EU, NATO Membership For Ukraine RFE/RL 05 Dec 2009 -- The outgoing leader of Crimea's Tatars says that NATO membership for Ukraine is the safest way to avoid a repeat of the Russian-Georgian war of 2008, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.
- India, France discuss defence cooperation IRNA 05 Dec 2009 -- India and France discussed issues relating to the security situation in South Asia and global security issues.
- Rwanda And Zambia Now Mine-Free VOA 05 Dec 2009 -- The 2nd review conference of the anti-personnel landmine ban treaty has concluded in the Colombian city of Cartagena with two African countries announcing they are mine free.
- Darfur: UN-African Union force condemns 'cowardly' attack against blue helmets UN News Centre 05 Dec 2009 -- The joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) today spoke out against the “cowardly” attack against its forces yesterday that claimed the lives of three blue helmets.
- Timor-Leste police resume control of country's largest district from UN UN News Centre 05 Dec 2009 -- The United Nations handed over formal control today of policing operations in the country's largest district of Viqueque to the police of Timor-Leste, part of an ongoing strategy to lessen the UN's direct control over the country's nascent security operations.
- Martial Law Declared in Philippine Province After Massacre VOA 05 Dec 2009 -- Philippine officials have put a southern province under martial law and have arrested the patriarch of a powerful clan following last week's massacre of 57 people.
- Somali PM Calls for Plan Like US Afghan Strategy VOA 05 Dec 2009 -- Somalia's prime minister is asking for U.S. President Barack Obama's vision for Afghanistan to be applied to his country.
- Iran never tolerates double-standard policies, Mottaki IRNA 05 Dec 2009 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Saturday that the Islamic Republic of Iran never tolerates double-stand policies of the western countries consistent with Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities.
- Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant progressing well - Russian minister RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2009 -- The final stage of construction of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant is moving forward at a good pace, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was told on Saturday.
- Iran's Nuclear Chief: 20 Enrichment Sites Needed VOA 05 Dec 2009 -- Iran's nuclear chief says that Tehran will build 20 new nuclear enrichment plants the size of its facility at Natanz, amid more diplomatic posturing as negotiations between Tehran and the West remain stalled.
- 40 killed, 80 injured in Rawalpindi mosque suicide attack IRNA 05 Dec 2009 -- At least 40 people martyred and more than 80 injured when suicide bombers stormed a packed mosque at Parade Lane in Rawalpindi .
- Armenia, Russia To Build Nuclear Power Plant RFE/RL 05 Dec 2009 -- The Armenian government has unveiled plans to create a Russian-Armenian joint venture tasked with building a nuclear power station to replace the country's outdated nuclear plant, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
- Soldiers in Guinea Searching for Shooter of Military Leader VOA 05 Dec 2009 -- Soldiers in Guinea are searching for the former head of the presidential guard whose men are accused of shooting and wounding the country's military leader. VOA West Africa Correspondent Scott Stearns reports, Guinea's defense minister has returned from a trip abroad while the country's military leader is being treated at a hospital in Morocco.
- Tests of Angara rocket postponed to 2012 over lack of funds RIA Novosti 05 Dec 2009 -- The test launch of Russia's new Angara carrier rocket, which had been scheduled for 2011, have been put back by one year due to lack of financing, space agency Roscosmos said on Saturday.
- Doubts Rise As Kazakhstan Prepares For OSCE Chairmanship RFE/RL 05 Dec 2009 -- Even before Kazakhstan's bid to chair the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was accepted in late 2007, controversy over the country's dubious rights record and dedication to democratic principles was simmering
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