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09 December 2009 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 09 Dec 2009 [PDF]
  • Dec. 8 airpower summary AFNS 09 Dec 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Dec. 8 according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
  • Iraqis Arrest 8, Including Terrorist Leader AFPS 09 Dec 2009 -- A senior leader of the Promised Day Brigade terrorist group was among eight people Iraqi security forces arrested in three operations today, military officials reported.
  • Providers, civilian contractors work together to drawdown from Iraq Army News 09 Dec 2009 -- Civilian contractors have come together with 49th Transportation Battalion Soldiers to provide assistance to the countless units reducing personnel and equipment in country, as the drawdown from Iraq approaches.
  • 264th CSSB Takes Alternative Approach To Feed Its Flock Army News 09 Dec 2009 -- The 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), unit ministry team at Contingency Operating Base Speicher offers constructive ways for troops to cope with life issues and remain resilient during adversity.
  • Iraqis Say Al-Qaeda Suspected After Bombs Kill 127 RFE/RL 09 Dec 2009 -- Iraqi officials say Al-Qaeda militants are suspected of involvement in a series of up to five vehicle bomb attacks in the capital, Baghdad, that are reported to have killed at least 127 people and wounded more than 500 others.
  • Afghanistan Success Attainable, Petraeus Says AFPS 09 Dec 2009 -- Achieving success against extremists in Afghanistan is a challenging, yet attainable mission, the commander of U.S. Central Command said at a Capitol Hill hearing here today.
  • Incentives Show Promise for Afghan Forces AFPS 09 Dec 2009 -- Better pay for Afghan national security forces and a government-led emphasis on national service appear to be paying off in stronger recruiting, the commander responsible for recruiting and training them told reporters here today.
  • Gates Reviews Support Ops in Afghanistan AFPS 09 Dec 2009 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates spent the day today checking out operations supporting President Barack Obama’s new strategy for Afghanistan, including a new joint headquarters overseeing the tactical fight.
  • Program Rewards Afghans in Anti-IED Effort AFPS 09 Dec 2009 -- A new program backed by Afghan national security forces and Combined Joint Task Force 82 empowers Afghan citizens to take a stand against improvised explosive devices.
  • McChrystal Calls Guard’s Effort ‘Extraordinary’ AFPS 09 Dec 2009 -- The National Guard’s contribution in Afghanistan has been “extraordinary,” the commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan told Congress yesterday.
  • Logisticians Ready for Afghan Transportation Task AFPS 09 Dec 2009 -- U.S. military logisticians are up to the challenge of getting 30,000 more American troops into Afghanistan and moving troops and equipment from Iraq, the commander of U.S. Transportation Command said today.
  • Senior UN envoy urges more coordinated assistance for Afghanistan’s development UN News Centre 09 Dec 2009 -- The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan today called for the country’s key partners to ensure they work together in a more coordinated and streamlined way to move forward with supporting national development efforts.
  • Petraeus Praises Pakistan’s Anti-insurgent Efforts AFPS 09 Dec 2009 -- Pakistan’s months-long military offensive against internal insurgent threats is assisting the campaign in Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. Central Command said at a Capitol Hill hearing here today.
  • Afghan Forces Could Start to Lead Soon, Big Challenges Remain VOA 09 Dec 2009 -- Senior U.S. and NATO commanders in Kabul say Afghan forces will soon begin to take the lead in some combat operations, but will continue to need substantial allied support. And the head of training for the international effort says he faces a substantial challenge in the plan to recruit and train tens of thousands more Afghan soldiers and police officers.
  • U.S. will be successful in Afghanistan - Gen. Stanley McChrystal RIA Novosti 09 Dec 2009 -- The United States be successful in Afghanistan although it will be difficult, the top U.S. military commander in the war-ravaged Central Asian country said Tuesday.
  • Gates Visits New NATO Afghan Command Center VOA 09 Dec 2009 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the new Afghan strategy announced by President Barack Obama will give NATO and U.S. forces what they need to successfully defeat the Taliban.
  • Pakistan main party concerns at U.S. use of air bases IRNA 09 Dec 2009 -- Pakistan’s main religio-political party Wednesday expressed concern over Defence Minister’s statement that the Unites States is using two Pakistani air bases without any agreement.
  • PAKISTAN: Tough times for returning IDPs IRIN 09 Dec 2009 -- Tens of thousands internally displaced persons (IDPs) from northwestern Pakistan who have returned home over the past few months are finding it difficult to resume their former lives, despite the fact that some aid is now reaching them, according to aid agencies.

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