31 December 2009 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 31 Dec 2009 [PDF]
- Airpower Summary: December 27 AFNS 31 Dec 2009
- Airpower Summary: December 28 AFNS 31 Dec 2009
- Report: Iran's Revolutionary Guards Orchestrated Kidnapping Of Britons RFE/RL 31 Dec 2009 -- A British newspaper says that Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps orchestrated the 2007 kidnapping of five Britons in Iraq and took them to Iran within a day of their abduction.
- Forces Capture Militants, Seize Weapons AFPS 31 Dec 2009 -- Afghan and international security forces captured suspected militants and seized weapons in Afghanistan yesterday, military officials reported.
- Marines, Sailors Undertake Deployment in Afghanistan AFPS 31 Dec 2009 -- Walking off the loading ramp of a C-17 cargo plane and into vibrant sunlight, members of the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment arrived at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, Dec. 15.
- Rodriguez Calls Partnerships Key to Afghan Success AFPS 31 Dec 2009 -- Building partnerships and understanding the nature of Afghanistan and its people are keys to achieving success in that country, the commander of NATO’s Joint Command in Kabul said.
- UN welcomes Pakistan’s protection of registered Afghans refugees UN News Centre 31 Dec 2009 -- The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed Pakistan’s decision to continue extending hospitality for the next three years to some 1.7 million registered Afghan refugees living within its borders.
- Eight Americans, Five Canadians Killed In Afghan Attacks RFE/RL 31 Dec 2009 -- In what is being described as one of the worst attacks ever against the CIA, a suicide bomber penetrated a foreign military base in the southeastern Afghan province of Khost on December 30 and killed eight American civilians.
- Blast kills 8 U.S. personnel in eastern Afghanistan RIA Novosti 31 Dec 2009 -- Eight Americans, reportedly working for the CIA, have been killed in a suicide bombing at a U.S. military base in eastern Afghanistan, local media reported on Thursday.
- Half of UK’s new armoured vehicles out of service in Afghanistan IRNA 31 Dec 2009 -- More than half of new Mastiff armoured vehicles sent to Afghanistan to protect British troops from roadside bombs are out of service, according to official figures from the Ministry of Defence.
- Afghanistan: top UN envoy voices concern over mounting civilian toll UN News Centre 31 Dec 2009 -- As the United Nations investigates a joint raid by Afghan and international forces in which 10 people – mostly students – were killed, the world body’s top envoy to Afghanistan today appealed to all groups, both government and insurgent, to step up efforts to distinguish between civilians and combatants.
- Afghan Taliban Claim Responsibility for Attack on CIA Employees VOA 31 Dec 2009 -- Taliban militants are taking credit for separate attacks that killed eight Americans, including seven CIA officers, inside a U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan, as well as four Canadian soldiers and a journalist in the south.
- UN agency distributes 35,000 tents to Pakistanis displaced by military offensive UN News Centre 31 Dec 2009 -- The United Nations refugee agency has rushed assistance to hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis driven from their homes by an intense military assault against militants in South Waziristan since October, including around 35,000 tents and 54,000 aid kits.
- National Guard Provides New York Security Support AFPS 31 Dec 2009 -- As New Yorkers and visitors gear up for New Year’s Eve celebrations, National Guard soldiers and airmen will remain on duty in support of homeland security missions across the state.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Raptors to deploy to Guam AFNS 31 Dec 2009 -- Fifteen F-22 Raptors are scheduled to deploy to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in January 2010 for approximately three months.
- 86th AW expands U.S. Air Forces Africa support with first Super Hercules flight AFNS 31 Dec 2009 -- The first C-130J Super Hercules mission in support of U.S. Air Forces Africa, or 17th Air Force, opened up doors to a future partnership of support between the 86th Airlift Wing and upcoming missions into Africa.
- Servicemember Voting Laws Reflect Changes AFPS 31 Dec 2009 -- Laws have changed and servicemembers who want to vote need to be aware of these changes, the director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program said.
- Funds Help Nations Develop Counterterrorism Capabilities AFPS 31 Dec 2009 -- The United States does not have the desire, resources or will to be the world’s policeman.
- India, Russia agree on price of Admiral Gorshkov aircraft carrier IRNA 31 Dec 2009 -- India and Russia agreed on final price for Gorshkov aircraft carrier.
- Yemen, Saudi Arabia Fight Shi'ite Rebels in Northern Yemen VOA 31 Dec 2009 -- Yemen's bid to control and defeat al-Qaida on its territory is not its only challenge. In a remote part of northern Yemen, along the border with Saudi Arabia, another conflict has been raging - between government forces and rebels who the government suspects of operating with Iran's backing.
- Conflict in Yemen Intensifies As More People Flee VOA 31 Dec 2009 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross reports conditions are continuing to deteriorate in northern Yemen where fighting between the government and al-Houthi rebels has been raging for the past five months. A Red Cross official tells VOA large numbers of civilians continue to flee the conflict zone in search of safety.
- UN receives pledge to respect refugee rights from Central African rebel leader UN News Centre 31 Dec 2009 -- The force commander of United Nations peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been assured by the leader of a major armed group that it will respect the rights of refugees amid heightening tensions in the country’s northeast, it was announced today.
- CAR: Clash in northern town of N’délé prompts security fears IRIN 31 Dec 2009 -- Quartier Sultan in N’délé, a town in northern Central African Republic, was badly hit by fighting on 26 November when troops from the Central African Armed Forces (FACA) pushed back an incursion by rebel fighters from the Convention of Patriots for Justice and Peace (CPJP).
- DR Congo: UN rushes food to thousands displaced by ethnic fighting UN News Centre 31 Dec 2009 -- The United Nations is rushing food to thousands of displaced Congolese in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where tribal clashes have driven 130,000 people from their homes.
- Iranian Security Apparatus Beefs Up Presence in Tehran VOA 31 Dec 2009 -- The Iranian government is escalating a crackdown on the opposition with more threats of arrests and possible executions. Eyewitness reports say security has been beefed up in the capital, Tehran, amid calls for more opposition protests.
- Larijani: Political groups should steer clear of foreign enemy IRNA 31 Dec 2009 -- Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Thursday that all the political groups should steer clear of foreign enemy.
- Judiciary Force: Insiders urged to separate rows with system’s enemies ASAP IRNA 31 Dec 2009 -- Judiciary Force issued a communiqué Wednesday denouncing insults against sanctity of Ashoura, urging insiders to separate rows with antagonists and IRI system’s enemies as soon a possible, or to wait for punishment.
- Speaker praises nation’s presence to protest Ashura sacrilege IRNA 31 Dec 2009 -- IRI Parliament Speaker here Wednesday after attending nationwide pro-Leader rally praised Iranian nation’s broad presence at event in defense of Ashura cause’s sanctity.
- Mass rally of pro-Leader ralliers in Tehran splendid IRNA 31 Dec 2009 -- Millions of Tehrani pro-leader ralliers marched in an around Tehran’s Enghelab Square Wednesday evening, denouncing insults against 3rd Shi’a Imam on eventful Ahoura Day of last week.
- Moscow denies knowledge of uranium deal between Iran, Kazakhstan RIA Novosti 31 Dec 2009 -- Moscow has no knowledge of an alleged uranium deal between Iran and Kazakhstan but will look into the allegations, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday.
- Interview: Nuclear Expert Believes Iran Likely Wants Kazakh Uranium For Civil Purposes RFE/RL 31 Dec 2009 -- is Iran's stockpile of uranium oxide diminishing or does it have another agenda?
- Ban to extend independent probe into Bhutto killing UN News Centre 31 Dec 2009 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is to extend the mandate of the independent United Nations commission charged with examining the facts and circumstances behind the December 2007 assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto by another three months, it was announced today.
- UN Relocates Some Staff in Pakistan VOA 31 Dec 2009 -- The United Nations says it is temporarily relocating at least 20 percent of international staff members in Pakistan because of security concerns.
- India asks Pakistan to dismantle terror infrastructure IRNA 31 Dec 2009 -- India Thursday asked Pakistan to dismantle terror infrastructure on its soil which is being used to launch attacks on India.
- Swine Flu death toll in India raises to 919 IRNA 31 Dec 2009 -- With four more persons succumbed to Swine Flu in India, the countrywide toll raised to 919, it was reported on Thursday.
- Obama Discusses Airline Attack With Intelligence Officials VOA 31 Dec 2009 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has been briefed on early reports about last week's aborted airline terror attack. The president has received a report on how a Nigerian man suspected of terrorist links boarded a U.S.-bound jetliner and allegedly tried to bomb it.
- Background Briefing by Senior Administration Official, 12/31/09 The White House 31 Dec 2009
- Obama Receiving Report on Airline Attack Probe VOA 31 Dec 2009 -- President Barack Obama is receiving a preliminary report Thursday on how a young Nigerian man allegedly boarded a U.S.-bound jetliner with explosives for an attempted Christmas Day attack last Friday.
- US Embassy Issues New Year's Eve Attack Warning for Indonesia's Bali VOA 31 Dec 2009 -- The United States Embassy in Jakarta has warned Americans that an attack may occur on the resort island of Bali on New Year's Eve.
- BANGLADESH: Ever so vulnerable to storms, floods and sea level rises IRIN 31 Dec 2009 -- Low-lying Bangladesh with its 230 rivers and dense population of over 150 million has long been prone to flooding, soil erosion and saltwater intrusion, but climate change could aggravate the situation, experts and government officials warn.
- INDONESIA: Tsunami early warning system a work in progress IRIN 31 Dec 2009 -- Five years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, Indonesia’s early warning system remains a work in progress, officials and experts say.
- Lithuania set to shut down 2nd unit of Ignalina NPP RIA Novosti 31 Dec 2009 -- Lithuania shuts down on Thursday the second power unit of its only nuclear power plant, the Ignalina NPP, in line with its commitment to the European Union.
- UN food chief calls for bolstered support to feed world’s hungry billion UN News Centre 31 Dec 2009 -- With the number of chronically hungry people topping one billion for the first time in history, a coordinated effort to feed the world is crucial for the coming year, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.
- UN rights experts call for end to Thai expulsion of Lao Hmong UN News Centre 31 Dec 2009 -- Reports of ongoing forcible return of a large number of ethnic Lao Hmong, despite a chorus of international protests, including from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, have sparked the concern of independent United Nations human rights experts.
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