17 January 2010 Military News
- Afghan Parliament Recesses Without Confirming Cabinet VOA 17 Jan 2010 -- Afghanistan's parliament will leave for its winter recess without President Hamid Karzai filling the vacancies for nearly half of his Cabinet.
- Pakistani Taliban chief releases audio to dispel death romous IRNA 17 Jan 2010 -- Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsood Saturday released an audio message to dispel rumours in local media that he was killed in a U.S drone attack a few days ago.
- Suspected US Drone Strike Kills at Least 20 in Pakistan's South Waziristan VOA 17 Jan 2010 -- Pakistani officials say a suspected U.S. drone missile strike has killed at least 20 militants. Authorities say the toll could rise.
- Press Briefing by Conference Call on Relief Efforts in Haiti The White House 17 Jan 2010
- JB MDL welcomes evacuees from Haiti AFNS 17 Jan 2010 -- Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst officials welcomed more than 250 evacuees from Haiti Jan. 15 following a 7.0-magnitude earthquake there.
- AMC Airmen critical to Operation Unified Response assisting Haiti earthquake victims AFNS 17 Jan 2010 -- As Air Mobility Command continues to support the U.S. military's Haitian relief effort, Operation Unified Response, senior officials are laying out a map to establish long-term sustainment and international collaboration.
- AFSOC Airmen save Haitian earthquake victim, land more than 600 aircraft on island AFNS 17 Jan 2010 -- Special-operations Airmen from Hurlburt Field, Fla., hit the ground sprinting earlier last week, kicking off the U.S. Southern Command's overall Haiti humanitarian mission.
- HAITI: Bottlenecks slow aid delivery IRIN 17 Jan 2010 -- Haiti’s tiny international airport has been overwhelmed by the international response to the earthquake disaster, clogging up the emergency effort, according to aid workers.
- HAITI: Arab aid making its way IRIN 17 Jan 2010 -- (See end for list of pledges and donations added on 11 February) Governments and NGOs in the Middle East have begun mobilising humanitarian aid for the survivors of a devastating earthquake in Haiti that may have killed some 50,000 people, according to the Haitian Red Cross.
- HAITI: Africa lends a hand IRIN 17 Jan 2010 -- Africa has not been left behind in the scramble to provide international assistance to Haiti.
- Obama Permits Reserve Activations for Haiti Effort AFPS 17 Jan 2010 -- President Barack Obama yesterday signed an order allowing the Defense Department to call certain military reservists to active duty as a result of humanitarian operations in Haiti.
- Colonel Describes Orderly Traffic at Haiti Airport AFPS 17 Jan 2010 -- Six hundred flights carrying humanitarian personnel, relief provisions and evacuees have transited through the Port-au-Prince, Haiti, airport since the U.S. Air Force began operating there a day after a magnitude 7 earthquake rocked Haiti Jan. 12.
- Troops Set Up Front Lines for Survival in Haiti AFPS 17 Jan 2010 -- As the sun rises over the sweeping palms here, not much is certain about Army Lt. Col. Mike Foster’s day.
- UPDATE: U.S. Navy Delivers Assistance, Capabilities to Unified Response Navy NewsStand 17 Jan 2010 -- As the maritime component of Unified Response, the U.S. Navy is part of a larger U.S. Government effort led by the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in response to the request for assistance from the Government of Haiti after the devastating earthquake of Jan. 12.
- USS Normandy Arrives off Coast of Port-Au-Prince Navy NewsStand 17 Jan 2010 -- The cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) arrived off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan. 17 to support Operation Unified Response, the joint U.S. military relief effort for earthquake victims.
- NHB Staff Preparing to Support Relief Efforts in Haiti Navy NewsStand 17 Jan 2010 -- Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) has quickly mobilized staff members to support the humanitarian assistance and disaster response in Haiti.
- Gunston Hall Deploys in Support of Relief Operations in Haiti Navy NewsStand 17 Jan 2010 -- USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) departed Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story Jan. 15 as part of the U.S. Navy humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts for the victims of the earthquake near Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
- USS Carl Vinson Receives Haitian MEDEVAC Patients Navy NewsStand 17 Jan 2010 -- The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) received seven injured Haitian civilians at approximately 7:30 p.m. EST Jan. 16 when a U.S. Coast Guard MH-60J Jayhawk helicopter on a medical evacuation mission was forced to divert due to weather.
- In Haiti, Secretary-General vows support for quake victims UN News Centre 17 Jan 2010 -- Touching down in the capital of Haiti, which was devastated by this week's catastrophic earthquake, today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged the United Nations' support for the victims of the disaster.
- Ohio Task Force One to ready depart for Haiti from WPAFB AFNS 17 Jan 2010 -- An 80-member urban search and rescue team is packed and ready to go here, hoping their unit will be the next to fly into earthquake ravaged Haiti.
- AMC continues to deliver in support of Haiti earthquake relief operations AFNS 17 Jan 2010 -- Since relief operations began Jan. 13, AMC aircraft have delivered more than 340 passengers and 323 tons of emergency cargo to Haiti.
- West Virginia Air Guard Operates Staging Area AFNS 17 Jan 2010 -- Airmen with the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing are working around the clock here in an effort to get critical, life-saving supplies to Haiti's earthquake victims.
- Haitian earthquake survivors land at Joint Base Andrews AFNS 17 Jan 2010 -- An 89th Airlift Wing C-32 carrying 22 survivors of the Haitian earthquake landed at Joint Base Andrews just after midnight Jan. 17.
- Security Role in Haiti to Gain Prominence, Keen Says AFPS 17 Jan 2010 -- The security side of U.S. humanitarian relief operations in Haiti will take on a larger role as violence increases in the aftermath of the magnitude 7 earthquake that struck five days ago, the top U.S. commander in Haiti said today.
- UN scales up assistance to Haiti's tremor victims IRNA 17 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations is continuing to rush urgently-needed relief to Haiti, which was struck on Tuesday by a devastating earthquake that is estimated to have impacted one third of the people of the Caribbean nation.
- Rescuers still finding survivors in Haiti, UN reports UN News Centre 17 Jan 2010 -- Search-and-rescue teams from around the world continue to work around the clock to pull survivors out of the rubble in the wake of Tuesday's devastating earthquake in Haiti, the United Nations reported today, as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to arrive in the Caribbean nation to show solidarity with the Haitian people.
- UN Chief Arrives in Haiti VOA 17 Jan 2010 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Haiti, where he has come to express his support for victims of Tuesday's massive earthquake.
- Red Cross Appeals For $100 Million For Haiti VOA 17 Jan 2010 -- The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is appealing for $100 million for Haiti. The appeal covers emergency relief and long-term recovery assistance for 300,000 people over the next three years.
- Former US Presidents Make Televised Appeal for Haiti Aid VOA 17 Jan 2010 -- Former U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are going directly to the American people with a joint appeal to help the Haitian earthquake victims. One day after they were asked by President Barack Obama to help mobilize public support, they were seen in a series of joint appearances on American television.
- Fundraising Initial Focus of Overseas Haitian Aid Efforts VOA 17 Jan 2010 -- Former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are urging Americans to donate money to responsible aid groups helping with the rescue efforts in Haiti.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Deputy Under SECNAV Visits APS East Navy NewsStand 17 Jan 2010 -- Deputy under secretary of the Navy visited Africa Partnership Station (APS) East platforms High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) and USS Nicholas (FFG 47) in Mombasa, Kenya, Jan. 14.
- Israeli Defense Minister Visits Turkey to Mend Fences VOA 17 Jan 2010 -- A senior Israeli official visited Turkey amid strained relations between the two regional allies.
- Gaggle by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs aboard Air Force One en route Andrews AFB, 1/17/10 The White House 17 Jan 2010
- Major Players Meeting Concludes Without Clarity RFE/RL 17 Jan 2010 -- Six major powers have met in New York to discuss what further action to take against Iran for its failure to curb its nuclear program.
- Anti-Iran meeting in New York ends with no result IRNA 17 Jan 2010 -- Five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany after negotiating for around four hours about Iran nuclear program ended their meeting without any result.
- FM Spokesman: Failure of 5+1 meeting only natural IRNA 17 Jan 2010 -- Spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry Ramin Mihman-Parast said the failure of 5+1 meeting which took place in New York was only natural.
- Yushchenko Apparently Loses Ukrainian Presidency VOA 17 Jan 2010 -- Exit polls announced within minutes after elections ended in Ukraine indicate the country's current and former prime ministers will emerge from a field of 18 candidates to face one another in a run-off in three weeks. Incumbent President Viktor Yushchenko appears out of the running with a reported fifth-place finish.
- Exit Polls In Ukraine Put Yanukovych Ahead, But With Tymoshenko In Strong Second RFE/RL 17 Jan 2010 -- Exit polls from today's presidential election in Ukraine show pro-Russia opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych leading with 31.5 percent of the vote, with Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko making an unexpectedly strong showing in second place with 27.2 percent.
- Yanukovych leading with over 30% in Ukraine election -exit polls RIA Novosti 17 Jan 2010 -- Opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych is leading with over 30% of the vote in the first round of Ukraine's presidential election on Sunday, exit polls said.
- Ukraine presidential election voter turnout 44.5% - commission RIA Novosti 17 Jan 2010 -- The voter turnout at Ukraine's presidential election on Sunday was 44.55% as of 15:00 local time (13:00 GMT), the ex-Soviet state's Channel 5 reported citing the country's Central Election Commission.
- Yuschenko still confident of victory in Ukrainian election RIA Novosti 17 Jan 2010 -- Incumbent President Viktor Yushchenko is still confident of his victory in Sunday's presidential elections, despite low ratings, the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN reported.
- Ukraine votes in crucial presidential elections RIA Novosti 17 Jan 2010 -- Ukrainians are voting on Sunday in the first presidential elections since the 2004 Orange Revolution, in a ballot set to determine the ex-Soviet republic's relations with Russia and Europe.
- Iraq's 'Chemical Ali' gets new death sentence RIA Novosti 17 Jan 2010 -- Ali Hassan al-Majid, a former Iraqi official better known as 'Chemical Ali,' has been sentenced to death for ordering a poison gas attack on Kurds, local media reported on Sunday.
- Iraq's 'Chemical Ali' Sentenced to Death VOA 17 Jan 2010 -- An Iraqi court has sentenced a notorious cousin of former dictator Saddam Hussein to death by hanging for ordering the gassing of Iraqi Kurds in 1988.
- Political Opponents in Guinea Nominate 2 for PM VOA 17 Jan 2010 -- Political opponents of Guinea's military government have nominated two people to be the new prime minister as part of a transitional government leading to elections. It is part of a deal reached in Burkina Faso that includes the country's injured military leader remaining outside Guinea for the time being.
- TAJIKISTAN: Appeal for earthquake rebuilding support IRIN 17 Jan 2010 -- While the international humanitarian community attempts to get relief to hundreds of thousands of survivors of the devastating 12 January Haiti earthquake, the Tajikistan government has appealed for support to build seismic resistant houses after some 7,000 people were affected by a 5.3-magnitude earthquake that shook the country on 2 January.
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