06 December 2009 Military News
- Dec. 5 airpower summary AFNS 06 Dec 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations Dec. 5 according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
- US Officials: No Swift Exit from Afghanistan VOA 06 Dec 2009 -- Days after President Barack Obama unveiled a new U.S. war strategy in Afghanistan, U.S. officials are stressing an eventual drawdown of American troops will be done gradually and in a manner that allows Afghan forces to assume security responsibilities.
- Top Leaders Spell Out President’s Strategy AFPS 06 Dec 2009 -- Even as hundreds of Marines launched a new offensive in southern Afghanistan, top U.S government and military officials made the Sunday morning news-show circuit here today spelling out President Barack Obama’s new war strategy.
- Deployment length, dwell time, and end of stop loss not affected by Afghanistan troop increase Army News 06 Dec 2009 -- In a joint message to senior Army leaders on Dec. 2, Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey, Jr. stated that the Afghanistan troop increase will not affect plans underway to restore balance.
- Soldiers convoy building materials, support FOB expansion Army News 06 Dec 2009 -- During 2009, troops from the 286th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion supported the first Afghan build-up by transporting equipment, supplies and building materials to numerous forward operating bases
Defense Policy / Programs
- U.S. Says No Trace Of Bin Laden For 'Years' RFE/RL 06 Dec 2009 -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said the United States has had no reliable information on the whereabouts of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in years.
- Boeing's 3rd WGS Satellite Sends 1st Signals From Space Boeing 06 Dec 2009 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has acquired the first on-orbit signals from the third of six Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellites. The signals indicate that the spacecraft is healthy and ready to begin orbital maneuvers and operational testing. WGS is the latest U.S. Department of Defense satellite communications system.
- Israel Says Settlement Freeze Proves it Wants Peace VOA 06 Dec 2009 -- Israel is blaming the Palestinians for the failure to revive U.S.-sponsored peace talks. An Israeli concession on West Bank settlements is not enough for the Palestinians and too much for Jewish settlers.
- Darfur: security situation worsens after deadly attacks on UN-African peacekeepers UN News Centre 06 Dec 2009 -- The security situation in the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur has deteriorated in the wake of attacks that claimed the lives of five peacekeepers, the joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in the area (UNAMID) reported today.
- Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant progressing well - Russian minister IRNA 06 Dec 2009 -- The final stage of construction of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant is moving forward at a good pace, Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko said on Saturday.
- Majlis Official stresses Iran's right on having fuel cycle IRNA 06 Dec 2009 -- Majlis director general in international affairs said here nuclear fuel cycle is Iran's strategic right and we should maintain our stances in this issue.
- Russian min.: Bushehr Power Plant being completed at good speed IRNA 06 Dec 2009 -- Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko, in a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin here on Saturday afternoon, said Bushehr Power Plant is being completed 'at good speed'.
- U.S., Britain are Iran's "main enemies" - Khamenei RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2009 -- The United States and Britain are Iran's "main enemies," the Islamic republic's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was quoted by the Press TV channel as saying.
- Iran's Supreme Leader Blames West for Student Protests VOA 06 Dec 2009 -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blasted the United States and other Western countries for stirring up trouble inside Iran, a day before students are expected to hold peaceful demonstrations on university campuses across Iran.
- US National Security Adviser: 'Clock is Ticking' on Iran VOA 06 Dec 2009 -- The U.S. national security adviser says Washington is still open to nuclear negotiations with Iran, but the picture is not a "good one."
- US Envoy in South Korea on Way to Pyongyang VOA 06 Dec 2009 -- The U.S. special representative for North Korea policy arrived in South Korea Sunday on his way to Pyongyang to try to persuade the communist country to return to nuclear disarmament talks.
- Doctors seek new inquest into death of Iraq whistleblower IRNA 06 Dec 2009 -- Six senior doctors have started legal action to force a new inquest into the 2003 death of David Kelly, amid suspicion that the former Iraq weapons inspector may have been murdered and did not commit suicide as originally claimed.
- Swine Flu Hits Gaza Strip VOA 06 Dec 2009 -- Health officials in the Gaza Strip confirmed the territory's first five cases of swine flu on Sunday.
- Iraq's Parliament Approves Election Law VOA 06 Dec 2009 -- Iraqi lawmakers overcame long-standing divisions Sunday to pass a law needed to conduct parliamentary elections early next year.
- Morocco Says Health of Guinea's Injured Military Leader 'Not Worrying' VOA 06 Dec 2009 -- Morocco says Guinea's military ruler has undergone successful surgery for gunshot wounds sustained on Thursday in an apparent assassination attempt. Guinea's military government is offering a reward for the capture of the former head of the presidential guard whose men are accused of carrying out the attack.
- Military Junta Spokesman Says, Guinea’s Leader to Return Wednesday VOA 06 Dec 2009 -- The spokesman for Guinea’s military junta says Captain Dadis Moussa Camara is scheduled to return Wednesday from Morocco after receiving treatment following last week’s assassination attempt.
- Guinea Offers Reward for Capture of Shooter of Military Leader VOA 06 Dec 2009 -- Guinea's military government is offering a reward for the capture of the former head of the presidential guard whose men are accused of shooting and wounding the country's military ruler. Regional leaders are calling for a return to civilian rule in Guinea be early next year.
- Exit Polls: Bolivia's President Easily Wins Re-election VOA 06 Dec 2009 -- Exit polls in Bolivia show that leftist President Evo Morales has easily won re-election.
- Romanians Vote In Presidential Runoff RFE/RL 06 Dec 2009 -- Voting is under way in Romania in a hotly contested presidential runoff that could resolve months of political crisis amid severe economic strains.
- Serbia's Tadic optimistic over Kosovo independence hearings RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2009 -- Serbian President Boris Tadic has said a decision of the International Court of Justice on the Kosovo issue should be awaited with optimism, the Tanjug news agency said.
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