03 January 2010 Military News
- Afghan President Still Looking for New Ministers after Cabinet Rejection VOA 03 Jan 2010 -- A day after Afghanistan's parliament rejected 70-percent of President Hamid Karzai's Cabinet nominees, U.N and Afghan officials have said the decision will delay efforts to create a functioning government.
- Top UN envoy calls for 'demilitarized' international approach in Afghanistan UN News Centre 03 Jan 2010 -- The international community must demilitarize its overall approach in Afghanistan to ensure sustainable gains in the political and humanitarian realms, the outgoing top United Nations envoy to the South Asian nations said today.
- Suspected US Drone Strike Kills 2 in NW Pakistan VOA 03 Jan 2010 -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected U.S. drone missile strike has killed at least two people in the country's Taliban-dominated North Waziristan tribal region.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Ike Takes Part in Dramatic Rescue at Sea Navy NewsStand 03 Jan 2010 -- Only hours after departing for its 2010 deployment, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) diverted from flight operations to assist the U.S. Coast Guard in a rescue at sea the night of Jan. 2, saving the life of a stranded mariner.
- Pakistan army reacts to Indian general’s remarks IRNA 03 Jan 2010 -- Pakistan military on Saturday at highest level came up with a harsh reaction to remarks from Indian army chief that Indian forces are ready to battle Pakistan and China at the same time.
- Indian army chief rhetoric betrays lack of strategic acumen IRNA 03 Jan 2010 -- Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Tariq Majid on Saturday came up with a tough reaction to the reported remarks from Indian army chief that Indian military is ready to battle Pakistan and China at the same time.
- India describes China's involvement in projects in PoK as illegal IRNA 03 Jan 2010 -- India has described China's involvement in several projects in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), as illegal. New Delhi has conveyed its concern to Beijing over this as well as supply of Chinese weapons to Pakistan.
- Settlers Protest West Bank Construction Freeze VOA 03 Jan 2010 -- Jewish settlement councils have declared a general strike to protest the Israeli government's freeze on construction in West Bank communities. Settlement leaders demonstrated outside the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem as the Cabinet held its weekly meeting. They carried signs saying, you can freeze in the North Pole, but not in Israel.
- At Least 30 Killed in Central Somalia Fighting VOA 03 Jan 2010 -- The death toll is up to at least 30 from a battle between two Islamist groups in central Somalia.
- Liberians React to Temporary Lifting of Arms Embargo VOA 03 Jan 2010 -- The U.N. Security Council has lifted its arms embargo on Liberia for one year, primarily to allow its peacekeeping mission there to receive military equipment. But it also allows the government of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to acquire arms and training to fight crime.
- Interior minister warns rioters IRNA 03 Jan 2010 -- Minister of Interior Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar on Sunday warned the rioters and said that police will strongly restore law and order.
- Majlis rejects government demand to withdraw targeted subsidies bill IRNA 03 Jan 2010 -- The Iranian Parliament (Majlis) rejected a request by the government to withdraw the bill on the targeted subsidies.
- Iran waiting to reach agreement on Tehran Reactor fuel: Spokesman IRNA 03 Jan 2010 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman said Iran is waiting to reach an agreement on Tehran Research Reactor fuel with related sides.
- Iran Says It Will Make Own Highly Enriched Uranium If Unavailable From West RFE/RL 03 Jan 2010 -- Iran has warned that it will produce more highly enriched levels of nuclear fuel if there is no deal with the West to provide it with such material for use in a Tehran medical research reactor, The Associated Press reports.
- Iranian Government Goes on Attack, Refusing Reconciliation with Opposition VOA 03 Jan 2010 -- Key hardline figures in the Iranian government are pushing for severe punishment for opposition activists, with no pardon or reconciliation. Opposition websites indicate more arrests have been made from their ranks.
- Brown Says Extremists Seeking Foothold In Weaker States RFE/RL 03 Jan 2010 -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says that Islamist extremists driven out of Pakistan and Afghanistan will doubtless reemerge in struggling states like Yemen and Somalia.
- Britain matches U.S., shuts Yemen embassy 'for security reasons' RIA Novosti 03 Jan 2010 -- Britain followed the lead of the United States on Sunday and closed its embassy in Yemen due to an unspecified security threat.
- White House: Al-Qaida Threat Closes US Embassy in Yemen VOA 03 Jan 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama's top counter-terrorism advisor says a threat from an al-Qaida affiliate led to the closure of the American embassy in Yemen. VOA's Paula Wolfson reports this same group has been linked to the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a U.S. airliner.
- Obama Adviser: No Information Connected Clues About Airline Bomb Plot VOA 03 Jan 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser says intelligence agencies did not miss a "smoking gun" that could have prevented the failed Christmas Day attack on a U.S.-bound jetliner.
- Russia will not face swine flu epidemic in 2010 - Onishchenko RIA Novosti 03 Jan 2010 -- There is no threat of an H1N1 influenza epidemic in Russia in 2010, the country's chief sanitary doctor Gennady Onishchenko said on Sunday.
- Yushchenko urges Ukrainians not to vote for 'Moscow project' RIA Novosti 03 Jan 2010 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko called Sunday on voters in the upcoming presidential elections to reject the two leading candidates, who he said would do Russia's bidding.
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