10 December 2009 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 10 Dec 2009 [PDF]
  • MND-B Soldier death
  • Dec. 9 airpower summary AFNS 10 Dec 2009 -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Dec. 9 according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
  • Post-Iraq war decisions made in advance by US, UK inquiry says IRNA 10 Dec 2009 -- Controversial key decisions on Iraq's new administrative and military structures were made by the US in the weeks after the 2003 invasion, Britain’s former special representative in Baghdad Sir John Sawyers revealed Thursday.
  • Iraqis Arrest Suspected Terrorists AFPS 10 Dec 2009 -- Iraqi security forces arrested two terrorism suspects in operations over the last two days, military officials reported.
  • Drawdown Tracks With Iraqi Progress, General Says AFPS 10 Dec 2009 -- Three weeks before Multinational Corps Iraq cases its colors and rolls into the new U.S. Forces Iraq organization, its commander said plenty of operational activity still is under way in partnership with Iraqi security forces and on track with the U.S. drawdown timetable.
  • Terror Attacks Dominate Gates’ Meetings in Baghdad AFPS 10 Dec 2009 -- The recent spate of violence that has rocked the Iraqi capital dominated Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ talks here today with President Jalal Talabani and Iraq’s Presidency Council, all pledging to continue working cooperatively to combat it.
  • Time Right to Transfer Security to Iraqis, Odierno Says AFPS 10 Dec 2009 -- It is necessary and right that Iraqi soldiers and police assume security responsibilities for their people, the commander of Multinational Force Iraq said in New York City yesterday.
  • Gates Meets with Talabani in Baghdad VOA 10 Dec 2009 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates flew to Baghdad, after a 48-hour visit to Afghanistan, to press Iraqi leaders to resolve their differences over the status of the autonomous Kurdish region and the disputed city of Kirkuk. But his plan to meet with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was thwarted by a parliamentary uproar over a series deadly bombings on Tuesday.
  • Gates to Discuss Progress, Drawdown in Baghdad AFPS 10 Dec 2009 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here today to meet with Iraqi and U.S. military leaders about continuing progress toward building Iraqi security forces and drawing down the U.S. force presence here to 50,000 by late August.
  • Continuing partnerships: 1st Bn., 37th AR meet local Sons of Iraq Army News 10 Dec 2009 -- For units preparing to depart Iraq, passing on hard-earned partnerships is important, and it's always easier to do on a full stomach.
  • 24th Finance brings cash to outlying posts Army News 10 Dec 2009 -- For Soldiers at small outposts in Iraq, buying movies, hygiene products and luxury items isn't as easy as just going to a store and swiping a credit card.
  • 699th Maintenance Company returns home for Christmas Army News 10 Dec 2009
  • Transcript: DoD News Briefing with Adm. Mullen from the Pentagon DoD 10 Dec 2009 -- Presenter: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen
  • US Military: Afghan Surge Begins Next Week VOA 10 Dec 2009 -- U.S. Admiral Michael Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the military's focus now is the rapid deployment of 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan and the initial elements of the surge will begin arriving next week.
  • Provincial reconstruction team builds up Zabul to benefit Afghans, future generations AFNS 10 Dec 2009 -- The Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team is on a nine-month tour assisting the Afghan government in bringing about stability through governance, reconstruction and development.
  • Obama Promises Conditions-based Afghanistan Transition AFPS 10 Dec 2009 -- Any changes in U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan when security responsibility starts to transfer to the Afghans in July 2011 will be considered in light of the situation on the ground at that time, President Barack Obama said today in Oslo, Norway.
  • Surge Will Provide All Forces Needed, Mullen Says AFPS 10 Dec 2009 -- President Barack Obama’s decision to send in an additional 30,000 U.S. troops and further contributions from NATO allies will give the commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan “all the forces he needs in 2010 to reverse the momentum of a growing and increasingly lethal insurgency,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
  • Army, Marines Adjust ‘Reset’ for Afghan Buildup AFPS 10 Dec 2009 -- As the U.S. military answers President Barack Obama’s order to reinforce efforts in Afghanistan, the Army and Marine Corps are adjusting their plans to redeploy working and serviceable equipment, top military officers told Congress today.
  • McChrystal Concludes Hearings on Afghanistan AFPS 10 Dec 2009 -- The commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan today wrapped up a round of hearings on Capitol Hill regarding the new U.S. approach to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Afghan Government Must Be Credible, McChrystal Says AFPS 10 Dec 2009 -- Among the many factors White House and Pentagon officials say will drive success in Afghanistan, developing a credible government there may be the most challenging, the commander of U.S. and international forces there said yesterday.
  • Gates Says US, Afghan Ties Are Long-Term VOA 10 Dec 2009 -- As he ended a two-day visit to Afghanistan, Thursday, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Afghan military commanders the United States intends to be their partner for a long time to come.
  • Afghan Security Leaders Thank Gates for Support AFPS 10 Dec 2009 -- Senior Afghan military and national police leaders gathered today at Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ departure to thank him for his support for President Barack Obama’s new strategy for Afghanistan and a strong military team to support it.
  • Most Surge Troops Identified, Official Says AFPS 10 Dec 2009 -- The military component that coordinates the forces that fight America’s wars has allocated almost all of the troops that will take part in the Afghanistan surge.
  • German parliament to probe deadly Afghan airstrike IRNA 10 Dec 2009 -- German lawmakers are to investigate the controversial September 4 Afghan air strike which killed as many as 142 people, many of them civilians.
  • UK troops responsible for less than 3% of Afghan population IRNA 10 Dec 2009 -- Despite having by far the second largest number of Nato troops in Afghanistan, Britain’s area of responsibility in Helmand province is equivalent to less than three per cent of the country’s estimated 28.5 million population.
  • UN envoy urges more coordinated assistance for Afghan development IRNA 10 Dec 2009 -- The top United Nations envoy in Afghanistan Wednesday 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.
  • Northern Afghan militants side with authorities as winter comes RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2009 -- Militants in Afghanistan's snow-covered northern province of Baghlan have begun putting down their arms and siding with authorities as the cold winter sets in.
  • U.S. drone kills four militants in Pakistan RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2009 -- At least four people were killed in Pakistan's troubled tribal belt in an airstrike on a suspected militant base by a U.S. drone, Pakistan's Geo TV said on Thursday citing local authorities.
  • 589 terrorists killed in Rah-e-Nijat operation: ISPR IRNA 10 Dec 2009 -- 589 terrorists have so far been killed in Rah-e-Nijat operation in S. Waziristan, while 79 security forces personnel have embraced matyrdom.
  • Guardsmen in Two States Respond to Winter Storm AFPS 10 Dec 2009 -- As the first major winter storm of the season continues to drop snow and ice throughout the Midwest, elements of the Iowa and Wisconsin National Guard are ready to assist state and local authorities in responding to emergency calls.

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  • Clinton Calls 'Exploratory' Meeting with North Korea 'Quite Positive' VOA 10 Dec 2009 -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says U.S. envoy Stephen Bosworth's mission to North Korea this week was "quite positive" even though it yielded no firm commitment by Pyongyang to return to Chinese-sponsored talks on its nuclear program. It was the Obama administration's first high-level meeting with North Korea.
  • Moscow praises recent U.S.-North Korea talks RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2009 -- Moscow hopes that recent groundbreaking direct talks between a U.S. official and North Korea will lead to the reclusive Communist state returning to six-party talks on its nuclear program.
  • China says U.S.-N.Korea meeting to help restart six-party talks RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2009 -- The talks held between a U.S. special envoy and North Korea will help restart six-party negotiations on the Korean peninsula denuclearization, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said on Thursday.
  • 'Useful' US Visit to North Korea Yields No Date for Nuclear Talks VOA 10 Dec 2009 -- The top U.S. envoy on North Korean nuclear disarmament says he had good discussions in Pyongyang, but secured no formal commitment for the North to come back to negotiations.
  • US, UK, France Poised to Seek New Sanctions Against Iran VOA 10 Dec 2009 -- Japan's U.N. ambassador, who heads the Security Council Sanctions Committee on Iran, briefed the council on violations of existing resolutions that have taken place during the last three months.
  • Intelligence Min: Some insiders assist arrogance in confrontation against divine values IRNA 10 Dec 2009 -- Intelligence Min referring to role of some insiders in soft war said here Wednesday arrogance and its allies have always confronted revolution and its divine values; some insiders’ assistance to their plots is noticeable.
  • Russia pledges to complete Iran's first nuclear plant on time RIA Novosti 10 Dec 2009 -- Russia is fully committed to completing the construction of Iran's first nuclear power plant on schedule, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said on Thursday.
  • Pakistan Arrests Five Americans, Terror Link Probed RFE/RL 10 Dec 2009 -- U.S. and Pakistani officials say five foreign nationals have been arrested in Pakistan and are being investigated for possible links to extremist groups.
  • 5 American Men Arrested in Pakistan VOA 10 Dec 2009 -- Pakistani officials say five American men arrested in Pakistan recently are being investigated for alleged links to extremist groups. Family members and U.S. authorities have been searching for five missing U.S. students from the Washington, D.C. area since their disappearance in late November.
  • Police in Pakistan Link 5 US Nationals to al-Qaida VOA 10 Dec 2009 -- Police in Pakistan say five American nationals they arrested this week in an eastern town have told interrogators they arrived in the country to join "jihad" or a holy war.
  • India to Request Interrogation of Mumbai Terror Attack Suspect VOA 10 Dec 2009 -- India is expected to eventually request extradition of an American citizen charged in Chicago with alleged involvement in planning last year's terror attack on Mumbai. India is preparing its own criminal case against the 49-year-old man.
  • Guinea Arrests 100 Soldiers VOA 10 Dec 2009 -- Guinea's military government says it has arrested about 100 soldiers as it investigates the shooting of military ruler Captain Moussa Dadis Camara.
  • Guinea Politicians Denounce Military's Suspension of Regional Mediation VOA 10 Dec 2009 -- Guinea says it will not take part in those talks until the return to power of its military ruler who is recovering from last week's attack by members of the presidential guard.
  • Zelaya Apparently Set to Leave for Mexico VOA 10 Dec 2009 -- Officials with the Honduran interim government have confirmed reports that it will allow ousted President Manuel Zelaya to leave the country after spending three months confined at the Brazilian Embassy.
  • Iraqi Lawmakers Question Maliki about Security VOA 10 Dec 2009 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is facing tough questions from lawmakers about security lapses in the capital, two days after an attack killed 127 people and wounded 400 in Baghdad.
  • Fourth round of cross-strait talks to open Dec. 22 in Taichung CNA 10 Dec 2009 -- The fourth round of talks between the chief cross-Taiwan Strait negotiators on each side -- Taipei-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung and Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) President Chen Yunlin -- will be held Dec. 22 in Taichung, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) announced Thursday.
  • Swine flu toll across India reaches 655 IRNA 10 Dec 2009 -- With the four more persons died due to swine flu in India, nationwide toll in the pandemic reaches 655.
  • Indian Government Concedes to Demand for New Southern State VOA 10 Dec 2009 -- In the wake of crippling protests, the Indian government has agreed to carve out a new state out of the southern state, Andhra Pradesh. There are fears this could give momentum to similar demands in other parts of the country.
  • Torture still rife 25 years after adoption of treaty banning it, UN experts warn UN News Centre 10 Dec 2009 -- Although 146 States of the 192 Member States of the United Nations ratified or acceded to the international convention outlawing torture, the practice is still rife worldwide 25 years after the treaty’s adoption, the UN Committee against Torture warned today.
  • Facing funding shortfall, Burundi’s election needs international support – UN UN News Centre 10 Dec 2009 -- The Security Council today called on the international community to support the preparation of elections in Burundi next year after the top United Nations official in the small Central African country warned that a lack of funding was challenging the “significant advances” already made after decades of ethnic and factional war.

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