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08 December 2009 Military News

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  • Dec. 7 airpower summary AFNS 08 Dec 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Dec. 7 according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
  • DoD News: DoD Announces Replacement Unit for Iraq Rotation DoD 08 Dec 2009 -- The Department of Defense announced today the alert for mobilization of a replacement unit scheduled to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • U.S., Iraqi Forces Capture 5 After Balad Attack AFPS 08 Dec 2009 -- U.S. forces today assisted Iraqi security forces in arresting five people after an indirect-fire attack on Joint Base Balad, Iraq.
  • Odierno Cites Iraq’s ‘Deliberate, Steady Progress’ AFPS 08 Dec 2009 -- On the eve of holding parliamentary elections early next year, Iraq continues to make steady progress as a sovereign country that is a valued U.S. ally in the Middle East, the commander of Multinational Force Iraq said in Killeen, Texas, yesterday.
  • US, Coalition Sailors Practice Firefighting On Iraqi Oil Platform Navy NewsStand 08 Dec 2009 -- The Sailors of guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) conducted a joint damage control drill with coalition Sailors assigned to Commander Task Force – Iraqi Maritime (CTF-IM) aboard Al Barsa Oil Terminal (ABOT) Dec. 3.
  • Blair had been warned about lack of planning before Iraq invasion IRNA 08 Dec 2009 -- A senior British officer revealed Monday how he urged former prime minister Tony Blair to delay the 2003 invasion of Iraq because preparations for dealing with the aftermath were not in place.
  • Transcript: Joint Press Conference with Secretary Gates and President Karzai from Kabul, Afghanistan DoD 08 Dec 2009 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai
  • Transcript: Media Availability with Secretary Gates en route to Afghanistan DoD 08 Dec 2009 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
  • Forces Kill Militants, Detain Suspects AFPS 08 Dec 2009 -- Combined Afghan and international forces killed seven militants and detained several suspected insurgents in operations today in Afghanistan.
  • McChrystal Says Pieces in Place for Success AFPS 08 Dec 2009 -- The core goal of American forces in Afghanistan is to defeat al-Qaida and disrupt and degrade the Taliban, the commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan told Congress today.
  • National Guard key to president's Afghan agriculture initiative Army News 08 Dec 2009 -- The National Guard continues to make a significant contribution to developing agriculture in Afghanistan, one of the initiatives that President Obama discussed Dec. 1, in his speech to the nation.
  • Eikenberry Stresses Civilian Component in Afghanistan AFPS 08 Dec 2009 -- While the increase of 30,000 American troops in Afghanistan has garnered most of the headlines, a concurrent increase on the civilian side also is occurring, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan told Congress today.
  • McChrystal Calls Afghan Training Crucial to Mission Success AFPS 08 Dec 2009 -- The training of tens of thousands of additional, capable Afghan soldiers and police is among the crucial tasks necessary to achieving success in Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan told Capitol Hill legislators here today.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Civilians killed, displaced by clashes in Helmand - aid group IRIN 08 Dec 2009 -- Up to 2,000 families have been forced out of their homes in Nawzad District in the southern Afghan province of Helmand following clashes between Taliban insurgents and government forces over the past week, according to the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS).
  • US Commander: Next 18 Months Decisive for Afghanistan VOA 08 Dec 2009 -- The top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan told a congressional panel Tuesday that the next 18 months will be decisive. The U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan also spoke to a House of Representatives Armed Services Committee hearing.
  • Gates: NATO Steps Up, Pakistan Makes Strides AFPS 08 Dec 2009 -- NATO’s commitment of 7,000 additional troops for the International Security Assistance Force it leads in Afghanistan comes as a pleasant surprise to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who calls it a sign of the alliance’s renewed commitment there.
  • Gates Visits Afghanistan, Meets With Karzai RFE/RL 08 Dec 2009 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has reportedly affirmed Washington's commitment to Afghanistan in a meeting with Hamid Karzai during a previously unannounced visit to Kabul
  • Gates Meets With Karzai, Other Afghan Leaders AFPS 08 Dec 2009 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here today, the first senior U.S. official to visit with Afghan President Hamid Karzai since President Barack Obama’s announcement last week of his new strategy for Afghanistan.
  • Gates to Check Readiness for Incoming Forces AFPS 08 Dec 2009 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here today to ensure troops in Afghanistan have what they need to accommodate the incoming 30,000 soldiers and Marines, and to tell them, “We are in this thing to win.”
  • Surge Shows Enduring Commitment, Gates Says AFPS 08 Dec 2009 -- The deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan underscores the enduring U.S. commitment to Afghanistan and its people, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.
  • Villagers Embrace Marines, Afghan Forces AFPS 08 Dec 2009 -- A previous fear of the Taliban would have kept the people of Amir Agha hidden in their compounds as Marines patrolled through their fields and town, but their willingness to talk has increased with a growing sense of security.
  • 100th British soldier killed in Afghanistan this year IRNA 08 Dec 2009 -- UK military leaders have played down the landmark significance of the 100th British soldier to be killed in Afghanistan so far this year, urging the public not to judge the war by casualties alone.
  • Afghanis condemn, protest against NATO for killing civilians RIA Novosti 08 Dec 2009 -- Afghan citizens in the eastern Laghman province staged a shocking demonstration on Tuesday condemning NATO for killing civilians during a military operation near the provincial administrative center, local television reported.
  • US Commander in Afghanistan: Obama's Strategy Achievable VOA 08 Dec 2009 -- The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says President Barack Obama's new war strategy is achievable, and that the number of American combat troops there can be reduced beginning in mid-2011.
  • Karzai, Gates Agree Afghans Need Long-Term International Commitment VOA 08 Dec 2009 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says it could take 20 years for Afghanistan to be able to pay for its own security, although he has said he hopes his new army and police force will be able to take over security control in five years. President Karzai spoke at a joint news conference in Kabul with U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
  • Gates to US Troops: 'We're in . . . to Win' in Afghanistan VOA 08 Dec 2009 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates flew into Kabul on Tuesday to tell Afghan leaders that they need to move faster to increase the size and competence of their security forces, and to tell embattled U.S. troops that the United States is "in this thing to win."
  • 10 dead, twenty-five injured in two bomb explosions in Lahore IRNA 08 Dec 2009 -- At least 10 people were killed and over 40 others seriously injured including women and children in 2 bomb explosions in Moon Market, Iqbal Town, Lahore Monday evening.
  • Death toll from Pakistan’s twin blasts reaches 49 IRNA 08 Dec 2009 -- Death toll from twin blasts in the Pakistani eastern city of Lahore reached 49, officials said Tuesday.
  • 12 killed in blast in eastern Pakistan: rescue officials IRNA 08 Dec 2009 -- At least 12 persons were killed when a bomb blast ripped through an army area in the Pakistani eastern city of Multan on Tuesday, rescue team said.
  • Bomb Blasts Across Pakistan Kill More Than 70 Since Monday VOA 08 Dec 2009 -- Pakistani officials say since Monday, more than 70 people have died in bombings across the country. In the latest attack, police say a bomb blast near an intelligence office in the central city of Multan killed at least 12 people and severely damaged several buildings.

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  • Al-Qaida Remains Dangerous, Mullen Says AFPS 08 Dec 2009 -- Al-Qaida remains a danger, and the area along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan is the epicenter of global Islamic extremism, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Foreign Press Center here today.
  • DoD News: New Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army Invested DoD 08 Dec 2009 -- The Army yesterday invested three new civilian aides to the secretary of the Army (CASAs) in a ceremony held in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes
  • Bataan ARG Returns from Deployment Navy NewsStand 08 Dec 2009 -- Sailors and Marines of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) completed a successful seven-month deployment Dec. 8 when USS Bataan (LHD 5) and USS Ponce (LPD 15) arrived at Norfolk Naval Station and USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) returned to Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek, Va.
  • Bataan Returns to Heroes' Welcome Navy NewsStand 08 Dec 2009 -- Friends and family of Sailors and Marines aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) lined Pier 10 on Naval Station Norfolk Dec. 8 to welcome home Bataan's crew following a seven-month deployment conducting Maritime Security Operations in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility.
  • 26 MEU communications more than just hot air USMC News 08 Dec 2009 -- “Any station this net, any station this net, this is echo-five-bravo, radio check, over.”
  • Ion Tiger Fuel Cell Unmanned Air Vehicle Sets Flight Endurance Record Navy NewsStand 08 Dec 2009 -- The Naval Research Laboratory's Ion Tiger, a hydrogen-powered fuel cell unmanned air vehicle (UAV), flew 26 hours and 1 minute, Nov. 16-17, carrying a 5-pound payload, setting another unofficial flight endurance record for a fuel-cell powered flight.
  • Naval Leader Planning Guide Now Available Navy NewsStand 08 Dec 2009 -- The Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD) completed the 2010 edition of the Naval Leader Planning Guide (NLPG) and the Naval Leader Weekly Planner (NLWP).
  • Mustin Departs Malaysia After International Exhibition Navy NewsStand 08 Dec 2009 -- USS Mustin (DDG 89) departed Langkawi, Malaysia, Dec. 5 after a five-day port visit.
  • New Warfare Designator Making its Way to the Fleet Navy NewsStand 08 Dec 2009 -- Nine officers at Navy Personnel Command were among the first Sailors Navy-wide to receive the Professional Aviation Maintenance Officer (PAMO) warfare designator during a ceremony Dec. 4.
  • Fitzgerald Concludes SHAREM 163 Navy NewsStand 08 Dec 2009 -- Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) completed the Ship Anti-Submarine Warfare Readiness and Evaluation Measurement (SHAREM) 163 exercise Dec. 7, off the coast of Okinawa, Japan.
  • NSA Bahrain Changes Leadership Navy NewsStand 08 Dec 2009 -- Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain held a change of command ceremony Dec. 6 in Manama, Bahrain.
  • Russia to keep silo-based ballistic missiles in future RIA Novosti 08 Dec 2009 -- Russia's Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) will keep both silo-based and mobile ballistic missile systems in service until at least 2020, the SMF commander said on Tuesday.
  • Russia to decide on buying Mistral warship by yearend - military RIA Novosti 08 Dec 2009 -- Russia will decide by the end of 2009 whether to purchase a Mistral class amphibious assault ship from France, the chief of Russia's General Staff said on Tuesday.
  • Putin prioritizes weapons procurement for Russian army RIA Novosti 08 Dec 2009 -- The Russian defense industry should focus its efforts on the production of modern weaponry, including tanks and armored vehicles, for the Russian Armed Forces, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.
  • Russia restores full-scale military priesthood RIA Novosti 08 Dec 2009 -- Some 30 priests will be sent to serve at Russia's military bases as part of a program aimed at restoring full-scale military priesthood, a spokesman for the Russian Holy Synod said on Tuesday.
  • Russian paratroopers to receive new weaponry in near future RIA Novosti 08 Dec 2009 -- The Russian Airborne Troops will receive a variety of advanced weaponry, including BMD-4M airborne infantry fighting vehicles (AIFV), in the next few years, the Airborne Troops commander said.
  • US Ready to Expand Military Help for Pakistan VOA 08 Dec 2009 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the United States is prepared to expand defense cooperation with Pakistan as quickly as that country wants, particularly in the wake of continuing attacks inside Pakistan by groups linked to the Taliban and al-Qaida.
  • Ban presents next steps to move ahead on plan to rid world of nuclear weapons UN News Centre 08 Dec 2009 -- Highlighting recent progress in efforts to achieve nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged nations to build on the momentum, laying out a number of steps to move the process forward.
  • Defence pact with Russia to boost defence capability: India IRNA 08 Dec 2009 -- India on Wednesday voiced confidence that its agreement with Russia on a 10-year military and technical cooperation from 2011 would help enhance the operational capability of its defence forces in the next decade.
  • Nepal Army chief to visit India on December 11 IRNA 08 Dec 2009 -- Nepal's Army chief Chhatra Man Gurung will pay a week-long visit to India this week, his first foreign trip after assuming office, during which he will be conferred with the honorary title of general of Indian Army.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 08 Dec 2009

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