10 January 2010 Military News
- Blast in Afghanistan Kills 2, Including British Journalist VOA 10 Jan 2010 -- British officials say a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan has killed a veteran British war correspondent and a U.S. Marine.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Chairman Calls Strategy Year’s Greatest Challenge AFPS 10 Jan 2010 -- Executing the president’s strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan presents his biggest challenge, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told CNN host Fareed Zakaria today.
- U.S. to double security funding to Yemen, but no troops RIA Novosti 10 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. is set to double its financial aid to Yemen, but has no intentions to send ground troops to the country where al Qaeda has become an increasing threat, CNN said on Sunday citing a high-ranking defense official.
- Rwanda to Issue Habyarimana Assassination Report VOA 10 Jan 2010 -- Rwanda’s government has announced it would Monday release a report that investigated the assassination of former President Juvenal Habyarimana.
- Israel Reacts Angrily to US Threat of Sanctions VOA 10 Jan 2010 -- The stalled Middle East peace process is continuing to raise tensions between Israel and the United States. Israel says Washington is blaming the wrong party.
- Israeli Air Strike Kills 3 Palestinians in Gaza VOA 10 Jan 2010 -- An Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip has killed three Palestinian militants hours after Israel's prime minister vowed an immediate response to attacks from the territory.
- Palestinians say 'no guarantees' of Shalit's safety RIA Novosti 10 Jan 2010 -- The leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command (PFLP-GC) said on Sunday there were no guarantees of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit's safety.
- African Cup Kicks Off in Angola Despite Deadly Attack on Togo's Team VOA 10 Jan 2010 -- The African Cup of Nations football tournament kicks off in Luanda Sunday with the opening match between Angola and Mali. The tournament is going ahead despite an attack on the team from Togo that killed three people and wounded at least seven more.
- Tragedy-Hit African Nations Cup Kicks Off, Without Togo RFE/RL 10 Jan 2010 -- The biannual Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament is due to start with fireworks and champagne at a massive stadium in the Angolan capital, Luanda, where the hosts play Mali in the opening match.
- Ban calls for success of Sudan peace pact through efforts by all IRNA 10 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon used 5th anniversary of the peace pact that ended more than 20 years of civil war in Sudan on Saturday to urge the parties to redouble their efforts towards reconciliation and the successful completion of remaining benchmarks.
- MP warns west over procrastination on fuel supply to Tehran reactor IRNA 10 Jan 2010 -- An Iranian lawmaker on Sunday warned the western countries over procrastination to supply 20 percent fuel to Tehran reactor and said that otherwise Iran has to launch 20 percent enrichment to keep the medical research reactor working.
- Iran’s missile deterrent power above enemies' imagination IRNA 10 Jan 2010 -- Iran’s missile deterrent power is highly above the enemies’ imagination, Minister of Defense Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said on Sunday.
- Speaker urges opposition figures to distance themselves from rioters IRNA 10 Jan 2010 -- Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani urged opposition figures to distance themselves from anti-religion and anti-revolutionary rioters.
- Iran Parliament Report Blames Torture on Former Tehran Prosecutor VOA 10 Jan 2010 -- Months after Iranian opposition leaders denounced acts of torture and rape at the infamous Kahrizak detention center, the country's parliament has released a report detailing incidents of mistreatment and suspicious deaths. Notorious former Tehran prosecutor general Saeed al-Mortazevi was blamed by the report.
- Terror plot suspect says more plane bombers being taught RIA Novosti 10 Jan 2010 -- The key suspect in the failed Christmas Day plane bombing said some 20 young men were being taught in Yemen to blow up airliners, CBS News said on Sunday citing informed sources.
- Senator McCain: Wrong to Give Nigerian Bomb Suspect Civilian Rights VOA 10 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Senator John McCain says the Nigerian accused of attempting to blow up a Detroit-bound U.S. airliner on Christmas Day (December 25) should be tried as an enemy combatant in a military court.
- Yemeni President Proposes Conditioned Talks with al-Qaida VOA 10 Jan 2010 -- Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he is willing to negotiate with al-Qaida members who renounce violence and lay down their weapons. The offer goes against the aims of the United States and other nations that are seeking to help Yemen vanquish the local al-Qaida off-shoot.
- Pakistani lawmaker escapes unhurt in bomb attack IRNA 10 Jan 2010 -- A Pakistani provincial lawmaker escaped unhurt in a roadside bomb attack in northwestern city of Peshawar, police said.
- Three Days of Violence in Karachi Kill 35 VOA 10 Jan 2010 -- Three days of violence in Pakistan's commercial hub, Karachi, have killed at least 35 members of various political parties.
- PACE delegation to monitor Ukrainian presidential elections RIA Novosti 10 Jan 2010 -- A delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will monitor the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine and publish results during a PACE winter session in late January, a representative of the organization's apparatus said.
- Radiation level normal at Volgodonsk NPP after emergency shutdown RIA Novosti 10 Jan 2010 -- Background radiation level is normal at the Volgodonsk nuclear power plant in south Russia after an emergency shutdown, the Russian nuclear watchdog Rosenergoatom said on Sunday.
- Volgodonsk NPP shuts down 1st power unit in emergency mode RIA Novosti 10 Jan 2010 -- The first power unit of the Volgodonsk nuclear power plant in south Russia was shut down by an emergency protection system on Sunday, the plant's spokesman said.
- Croats Vote In Presidential Runoff RFE/RL 10 Jan 2010 -- Croats are voting today in a presidential runoff between a left-wing professor and the populist Zagreb mayor, with the winner hoping to lead the Balkan country into the European Union.
- Exit Polls Show Croatian Social Democrat Winning Presidency VOA 10 Jan 2010 -- Croatian TV exit polls show opposition Social Democrat Ivo Josipovic headed for a big win in Sunday's presidential election.
- Thailand files new charges against arms plane crew RIA Novosti 10 Jan 2010 -- New charges have been filed against the crew of an arms-laden cargo plane seized in Bangkok in mid-December, the Bangkok Post newspaper has said citing police sources.
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