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29 December 2009 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 29 Dec 2009 [PDF]
  • Iraqi Forces Arrest Terrorist Suspects AFPS 29 Dec 2009 -- Iraqi forces, aided by U.S. advisors, arrested nine suspected terrorists today in Iraq, military officials reported.
  • Rule of Law Director Discusses Iraqi Transitions AFPS 29 Dec 2009 -- U.S. forces are training and advising Iraqi officials in forensics, evidence collection, human rights and how a legal system is managed in a democracy.
  • Forces Capture Taliban Commanders in Afghanistan AFPS 29 Dec 2009 -- Afghan and international security forces captured some Taliban commanders and other suspected militants and seized weapons yesterday in Kandahar and Khowst, Afghanistan, military officials reported.
  • Insecurity lowers Afghan returns 2009, UN reports UN News Centre 29 Dec 2009 -- The number of Afghan refugees trickling home from Iran and Pakistan plummeted this year, with the United Nations refugee agency pinning the blame for the low number of returns on insecurity, limited economic opportunities and political insecurity in the wake of August’s national polls.
  • Afghanistan Determined to Hold May Parliamentary Elections VOA 29 Dec 2009 -- Afghanistan says it is determined to hold parliamentary elections in May, despite Western concerns that the Kabul government has not corrected the fraud that marred the August presidential vote.
  • Georgia Air Guard Teams With Fighting 48th in Afghanistan AFPS 29 Dec 2009 -- Georgia Air National Guardsmen assigned to the 165th Air Support Operations Squadron have teamed up with 48th Infantry Brigade soldiers in eastern Afghanistan.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Refugee returns in 2009 lowest since 2002 IRIN 29 Dec 2009 -- The number of Afghan refugees who returned home from Pakistan and Iran in 2009 has dropped to the lowest level since 2002, according to the government and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
  • British deaths in Afghanistan double in 15 months IRNA 29 Dec 2009 -- A British soldier has been killed in the Kajaki area of Helmand province brining the total number of UK fatalities to 244 since the overthrow of the Taliban regime in 2001, the Ministry of Defence has announced.
  • Berlin backs off threats to boycott London Afghan confab IRNA 29 Dec 2009 -- The German government on Tuesday backed off its threats to boycott next month's London conference on Afghanistan, IRNA office in Belin reported.
  • Russia's Lavrov to take part in Afghanistan talks on January 28 RIA Novosti 29 Dec 2009 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will take part in an international conference on Afghanistan in London on January 28, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.
  • PAKISTAN: Displaced suffer as winter sets in IRIN 29 Dec 2009 -- Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from conflict-hit areas in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) have been experiencing increased hardship as temperatures drop to freezing in many northern regions, IDPs have told IRIN.
  • Guard Members Respond to Holiday Storms AFPS 29 Dec 2009 -- More than 100 National Guard soldiers and airmen responded over the holiday and through the weekend to support callouts by governors in four Midwest states hit by severe winter weather.

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