18 January 2010 Military News
- Airpower Summary: January 15 AFNS 18 Jan 2010
- Airpower Summary: January 16 AFNS 18 Jan 2010
- Airpower Summary: January 17 AFNS 18 Jan 2010
- Engineers respond to UXO on jobsite Army News 18 Jan 2010 -- Engineers of the 317th Engineer Company discovered an unexploded ordnance (UXO) while leveling a 32-acre field on Victory Base Complex, Jan. 12.
- Engineers help improve communication between the U.S. and Iraqi forces Army News 18 Jan 2010 -- Engineer Soldiers of 1434th Engineer Company are constructing a new joint operations center and planning annex at Contingency Operating Station Carver to provide better communication and coordination capabilities between U.S. Forces and the Iraqi Army.
- Gates: Initial Progress Shows Afghanistan Strategy On Track AFPS 18 Jan 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates cited progress in areas of southern Afghanistan as evidence that the new U.S. strategy is making an impact.
- Gunbattle Erupts in Afghan Capital VOA 18 Jan 2010 -- A Taliban assault targeting several government buildings in Kabul has left at least five people, two civilians and three security personnel dead and more than 70 wounded. Afghan officials say security forces killed all the seven attackers. Taliban extremists claim to have launched the well-coordinated assault.
- US Envoy Says Taliban Attack on Kabul 'Not Surprising' VOA 18 Jan 2010 -- Taliban gunmen have launched a major assault on Afghanistan's capital, targeting government ministries and other buildings. The daylight attack came as U.S. and Indian government officials were plotting strategy in New Delhi for an upcoming international conference on Afghanistan.
- Afghan police, Taliban militants shoot it out in Kabul RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- Afghan police engaged in a gun battle in the center of Kabul on Monday with Taliban militants suspected of being part of a suicide bombing, local media reported.
- Afghanistan: top UN envoy deplores militant attacks in Kabul UN News Centre 18 Jan 2010 -- The top United Nations envoy to Afghanistan today strongly condemned this morning’s coordinated deadly attacks, for which the Taliban have claimed responsibility, in the capital, Kabul, decrying the militants’ “staggering disregard” for civilians.
- Afghan President Says Kabul 'Under Control' RFE/RL 18 Jan 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says security in the capital, Kabul, is now under control after militants launched a series of attacks in the heart of the city that left at least 12 dead.
- McChrystal Commends Afghan Forces in Stabilizing Kabul AFPS 18 Jan 2010 -- Afghan National Security Forces countered an insurgent attack here in the capital city today, and with help from international forces, are securing the area where several explosions and small arms fire were reported this morning.
- AFGHANISTAN: Too early to press drought alarm - experts IRIN 18 Jan 2010 -- Afghanistan has had an unusually dry winter, but experts and officials warn that pressing the drought alarm would be premature, and could drive up food prices.
- Boots hit the ground with shovels in hand; Marines fortify observation post USMC News 18 Jan 2010 -- A mounted patrol rolls up a mud path past spools of coiled concertina wire, which are uncurled as the column of vehicles passes and pulls into Observation Post Huskars, in Helmand province, Jan. 14, 2010.
- Marines, ANSF respond to local riot USMC News 18 Jan 2010 -- A riotous crowd gathered within the Garmsir District Center bazaar, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 12.
- Press Briefing on the U.S. Government Response to the Haiti Earthquake The White House 18 Jan 2010
- Air deliveries provide critical supplies to earthquake victims AFNS 18 Jan 2010 -- Airmen from U.S. Southern Command's air component, Air Force South, conducted an air delivery mission Jan. 18 in an effort to provide an alternate distribution point for relief supplies to Haitian earthquake victims.
- Puerto Rico ANG operationally ready AFNS 18 Jan 2010 -- Whether providence or coincidence, the Airmen in the Puerto Rico Air National Guard are proving their readiness and relevance in support of Operation Unified Response while preparing for a major readiness inspection.
- Hospital Ship Comfort to Support Operation Unified Response Haiti Navy NewsStand 18 Jan 2010 -- Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Jan. 16 beginning a five to seven day transit to Haiti, where more than 800 military and civilian aid workers aboard the ship will provide relief in response to the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation Jan. 12.
- USNS Grasp, Divers Arrive in Port-au-Prince, Begin Port Assessments Navy NewsStand 18 Jan 2010 -- USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) arrived in Haiti Jan. 18 and began coordinated joint diving operations in the port of Port-au-Prince in support of Operation Unified Response.
- Maritime Civil Affairs Team Aboard Bataan Prepares to Assist in Haiti Navy NewsStand 18 Jan 2010 -- Nine members of the Maritime Civil Affairs Team (MCAT) arrived on board the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) Jan. 14 and have been preparing to go into Haiti to make a difference.
- Bataan's Medical Team Prepare for Unknown in Haiti Navy NewsStand 18 Jan 2010 -- To prepare for the possibility of treating Haitian earthquake survivors, medical professionals aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) conducted a mass casualty drill Jan. 17.
- Haitian relief effort needs strong international coordination, stress UN officials UN News Centre 18 Jan 2010 -- United Nations officials have stressed the need for a strongly coordinated effort to bring vital assistance to the roughly 3 million people affected by last week’s earthquake in Haiti, amid the devastated infrastructure and logistical challenges in the wake of the disaster.
- Floating US Navy Hospital Heads to Haiti VOA 18 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort is heading to Haiti to help treat survivors of last week's devastating earthquake.
- Puerto Rico ANG evacuates 70 from Haiti AFNS 18 Jan 2010 -- Airmen from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard's 156th Airlift Wing returned from Haiti with precious cargo Jan. 17 after delivering much needed supplies to a country crippled from a recent earthquake.
- New Jersey base gets evacuees from Haiti on road home AFNS 18 Jan 2010 -- A flight carrying 44 evacuees arrived here late Jan. 16 in a continuing effort to assist U.S. citizens in Haiti after the country was devastated by a 7.0-maginitude earthquake Tuesday.
- Military, civilian leaders assess, plan relief ops AFNS 18 Jan 2010 -- Base leaders met with civilian representatives Jan. 17 to assess current operations and plan for further support in response to the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti Jan. 12.
- McChord role in Haiti relief grows AFNS 18 Jan 2010 -- The role of McChord Airmen in Haiti relief operations continued to grow Jan. 18 with the dispatch of a third C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at 8 p.m.
- Florida Guard Establishes Flight Center for Haiti AFPS 18 Jan 2010 -- The Florida Air National Guard's 101st Air and Space Operations Group here is paving the way for air operations in the emergency response to Haiti.
- Bill Clinton in Haiti as Relief Efforts Make Progress VOA 18 Jan 2010 -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the United Nations special envoy to Haiti, is visiting that earthquake-ravaged country, where relief efforts are gaining momentum as tens of thousands of survivors await food, water and other basic necessities.
- UN Chief Asks Security Council to Authorize More Troops, Police for Haiti VOA 18 Jan 2010 -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, just back from a whirlwind tour of earthquake devastated Haiti, has asked the Security Council to boost the U.N. stabilization mission by as many as 3,500 troops and police as soon as possible.
- Aid Flow to Haitians Improving VOA 18 Jan 2010 -- U.S. and U.N. officials say the flow of aid to destitute Haitian earthquake survivors is improving, despite continued looting, gang activity, and scuffles on the streets of Port-au-Prince.
- Europe Pledges More Than $500 Million in Haiti Quake Relief VOA 18 Jan 2010 -- The European Union on Monday pledged nearly $200 million in short-term aid to help Haiti recover from the earthquake and is earmarking almost $300 million in longer-term assistance. Individual European countries have also pledged more than $100 million.
- Search for Survivors Offers Small Glimmer of Hope as Aid Trickles to Haiti VOA 18 Jan 2010 -- U.S. officials say a trickle of international aid is beginning to reach survivors of Haiti's massive earthquake, but impassable roads, limited airlift capability and other challenges are complicating that effort. As anger and restlessness escalate in the Hatian capital, Port-au-Prince, there were some signs of hope amid the destruction as rescue workers dug through crumbled buildings, and in some instances, freed trapped survivors.
- Iran dispatches medical team to Haiti IRNA 18 Jan 2010 -- Iran's Red Crescent Society dispached first group of Iranian doctors and relief workers to the quake-hit Haiti.
- Ban vows support for quake victims in Haiti IRNA 18 Jan 2010 -- Touching down in the capital of Haiti, which was devastated by last week's catastrophic earthquake, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sunday pledged the United Nations' support for the victims of the disaster.
- Haiti has not managed to tackle disarray in food aid distribution IRNA 18 Jan 2010 -- Aid workers have not managed to tackle desperation mixed with anger and frustration at the slow pace of aid distribution, provoking a second day of violence in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.
- SCMAGTF takes on new mission, equipment to aid in Haiti disaster relief USMC News 18 Jan 2010 -- The Africa Partnership Station 10 Security Cooperation Marine Air Ground Task Force is deploying to Haiti to assist the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit in disaster relief efforts after an earthquake devastated the Caribbean nation Jan. 12.
- Ban Ki-moon calls to beef up UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said he asked the Security Council on Monday to beef up the peacekeeping contingent in quake-hit Haiti by 1,500 policemen and 2,000 troops.
- Ban calls for more peacekeepers to be sent to quake-devastated Haiti UN News Centre 18 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an additional 3,500 United Nations troops and police officers to be deployed to Haiti, which was devastated last week by a catastrophic earthquake, to ensure that aid reaches the victims of the disaster as quickly as possible.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Gates Seeks to Broaden India Partnership AFPS 18 Jan 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is slated to leave today for India to discuss the comprehensive, strategic partnership between the United States and India, and ways to expand it to provide broader regional security.
- Safety Measures Protect Ship From Piracy Navy NewsStand 18 Jan 2010 -- Jamaica-flagged Motor Vessel (M/V) Miltiades came under attack and successfully deterred suspected pirates Jan. 17, while transiting approximately 130 nautical miles southwest of Al Mukalla, Yemen.
- Ukraine will never join military bloc, including NATO - Yanukovych RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- Ukraine's opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych, supported by more than a third of the voters in the country's presidential election, has said Ukraine will never join a military alliance.
- Russian military command-and-control to go fully mobile by 2012 RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- The Russian Armed Forces will be fully equipped with a new-generation mobile command-and-control system by 2012, an industry expert said Monday.
- India, Russia close to $1.2 bln deal for 29 navy fighters RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- Russia and India are poised to sign a $1.2 billion contract for another 29 MiG-29K fighter jets for the Indian Navy, an Indian daily reported on Monday.
- HMS Edinburgh makes naval history as she docks for final refit BAE Systems 18 Jan 2010 -- HMS Edinburgh has entered the dry dock in Portsmouth for a major overhaul under a £17.5 million contract with BAE Systems.
- Boeing Begins A-10 Thunderbolt Wing Assembly for US Air Force Boeing 18 Jan 2010 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has begun assembling the first A-10 Thunderbolt replacement-wing set at its Macon facility. The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing the contract, worth up to $2 billion, in June 2007 to provide as many as 242 A-10 replacement-wing sets through 2018.
- General Dynamics AMSEA Awarded $27 Million Contract by Military Sealift Command General Dynamics 18 Jan 2010 -- General Dynamics American Overseas Marine (AMSEA) has been awarded a $27.2 million operations and maintenance services contract by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC).
- Royal Australian Navy Test-Fires Raytheon Standard Missile-2 Raytheon 18 Jan 2010 -- The Royal Australian Navy fired Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Standard Missile-2 Block IIIA anti-air warfare missile during recent tests on board the HMAS Melbourne.
- New Zealand Army selects Thales for multi-year Small Arms Ammunition supply Thales 18 Jan 2010 -- Thales is Australia's leading supplier of munitions, propellants, ordnance and related logistics to the Australian Defence Force, with many years' experience in high quality manufacturing and product innovation.
- First S-70iTM Helicopter Nearing Completion at Sikorsky Facility in Poland Sikorsky 18 Jan 2010 -- The first S-70iTM BLACK HAWK helicopter, an international variant of the BLACK HAWK helicopter, is nearing completion on the assembly line at PZL Mielec, a Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. company in Poland.
- NASA Global Hawk Continues Flight Expansion in Preparation for Environmental Research Missions as Part of the 2010 GloPac Campaign Northrop Grumman 18 Jan 2010 -- Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) announced today that the NASA Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has completed 10.4 hours for pilot training and flight characterization in preparation for the Global Hawk Pacific (GloPac) Campaign set to start this spring.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 18 Jan 2010
- NIGERIA: Thousands displaced in Jos riots IRIN 18 Jan 2010 -- Several thousand residents of Jos, in central Nigeria, are displaced after their homes burned in deadly sectarian clashes, according to residents and the local Red Cross.
- Merkel reiterates "importance" of reviving Mideast peace talks IRNA 18 Jan 2010 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel here Monday reaffirmed "the importance" of jump-starting the bogged down Mideast peace process following her talks with the prime minister of the Zionist regime, Benjamin Netanyahu.
- Armenian Foreign Minister Warns Turkey, Cools Karabakh Peace Talk RFE/RL 18 Jan 2010 -- Turkey will risk reversing its unprecedented rapprochement with Armenia if it persists in linking the process with a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict desired by Azerbaijan, Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian has said.
- DPRK on Reasonable Way for Sept. 19 Joint Statement KCNA 18 Jan 2010 -- The DPRK's proposal for concluding a peace treaty is a reasonable way for comprehensively and fully implementing the September 19 Joint Statement, declared a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry of the DPRK in a statement issued Monday.
- Iran blames West for unrealistic approach on nuclear issue RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- Iranian Foreign Minister spokesman has blamed Western countries in unwillingness over the recognition of Iranian nuclear rights, Iranian official news agency IRNA reported.
- Blair called to give Iraq evidence on January 29 IRNA 18 Jan 2010 -- Former prime minister Tony Blair is to be questioned over his role in the Iraq war on January 29, it was announced Monday.
- Iran, Iraq to set up technical committees on border demarcation IRNA 18 Jan 2010 -- Iran and Iraq have decided to set up technical committees on border demarcation both on the ground and at sea.
- Some Iraqis Angry Over Possible Banning of Candidates from Election VOA 18 Jan 2010 -- Shock, anger and confusion have overtaken Iraq's political class due to expectations that more than 1,000 candidates in the upcoming parliamentary election will be banned for alleged ties to the Ba'ath party. The move further threatens hopes for a smooth election, key to a U.S. withdrawal.
- Iraq Parliamentary Campaign Raises Fears Of Sectarian Strife RFE/RL 18 Jan 2010 -- The list of nearly 500 candidates barred from running in Iraq's upcoming parliamentary poll has yet to be finalized, but it is already fanning sectarian tensions.
- Iraq Setting Up Economic Zones In Border Regions RFE/RL 18 Jan 2010 -- An Iraqi minister says the government plans to set up special economic zones near the borders of neighboring countries, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.
- Infighting Guts Iraqi Student-Exchange Program RFE/RL 18 Jan 2010 -- An Iraqi lawmaker says an ambitious student-exchange program launched by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has sent only 10 students abroad in two years, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.
- 40,000 Pakistanis die in terrorist attacks: parliamentary chief IRNA 18 Jan 2010 -- Terrorist attacks in Pakistan have killed about 40,000 people and 2,250 security personnel, the chairman of the Senate Defence Committee told a British delegation on Monday.
- Karachi Seen As Key To Pakistan's Future RFE/RL 18 Jan 2010 -- Muslim migrants who made Karachi their home after migrating from India to the new state of Pakistan in 1947.
- WHO Says H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic Not Over VOA 18 Jan 2010 -- The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan say the H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic is not as serious as anticipated. But, she says this is no time to relax, as the Pandemic is not over. Chan spoke at the opening of WHO's weeklong Executive Board meeting in Geneva.
- WHO: Vaccines for H1N1 Influenza Are Safe VOA 18 Jan 2010 -- The World Health Organization says vaccines for H1N1 Swine Flu pandemic are safe and people should have no fear of debilitating side affects. A Senior WHO Official warns people are putting their health and lives at risk by not getting vaccinated. The Swine Flu pandemic tops the agenda of this week's Executive Board meeting.
- INDONESIA: Bird flu cases down but risk remains high IRIN 18 Jan 2010 -- Indonesia reported fewer deaths from bird flu in 2009, but health specialists warn that the risk to humans remains high.
- Al-Qaida Denies Local Commander Killed in Yemen Attack VOA 18 Jan 2010 -- A statement attributed to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is challenging Yemen's claim it killed a top militant commander and five other members of the local terror offshoot.
- UK terror suspects allowed to claim damages IRNA 18 Jan 2010 -- The High Court in London ruled Monday that two terrorist suspects could sue for damages for being subjected to control orders.
- Five Americans in Pakistan Allege Torture VOA 18 Jan 2010 -- Detained American Muslims, center, are escorted by Pakistan police officers after appearing in anti-terrorist court in Sargodha, 4 Jan 2010
- Top Finishers Eye Round Two In Ukraine Presidential Vote RFE/RL 18 Jan 2010 -- With nearly all the votes counted in Ukraine, pro-Moscow Viktor Yanukovych is set to face Orange Revolution leader Yulia Tymoshenko in what analysts say will be a tough campaign ahead of an early February runoff.
- Ukrainian Election Heading To Tough February 7 Runoff RFE/RL 18 Jan 2010 -- The top two finishers in Ukraine's presidential election appear to be headed for a tough runoff vote on February 7.
- Yanukovych leads Ukraine election with nearly all ballots counted RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- Opposition Party of Regions leader Viktor Yanukovych has a more than 10% lead over his closest rival Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine's Sunday presidential election with 99.5% of the ballots counted.
- Tymoshenko camp suspects Yanukovych of 3% vote theft RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- The camp of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko accused on Monday the frontrunner in the Ukrainian presidential election, opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych, of stealing 3% of the premier's votes.
- Yanukovych's staff accuses Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc of provocations RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- The Ukrainian opposition Party of Regions led by Viktor Yanukovych was "surprised" by a claim of a Georgian female journalist who said she had been beaten by Yanukovych's bodyguards while trying to ask him a question, a party spokeswoman said on Monday.
- Ukraine presidential candidate's office claims election fraud RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- The deputy head of the parliamentary fraction led by Vladimir Lytvyn, the Ukrainian parliament speaker and a candidate in Sunday's presidential race, said on Monday he considered results of the first round of the election invalid over large-scale fraud, the Ukrainian Unian news agency said.
- Yushchenko's office says may contest polls results in court RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- The head of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko's office has said the rulings issued by the country's court ahead of Sunday's presidential elections provide candidates with an opportunity to contest the election results.
- Ukraine voter turnout exceeds 67% - election commission RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- The voter turnout at Sunday's presidential election in Ukraine was 67.05%, the ex-Soviet state's Central Election Commission said citing data on 76 electoral districts in 22 regions out of a total of 225 districts.
- Next Ukrainian President: East or West? VOA 18 Jan 2010 -- The top two vote-getters in Sunday's Ukrainian presidential election are often stereotyped as the pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovch and pro-Western Yulia Tymoshenko. They face a run-off on February 7. The orientation of Ukraine's next president is of particular interest to the country's immediate neighbors - Russia and Poland.
- Russia to orbit 2 satellites, ISS freighter from Baikonur in Feb. RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- Russia will launch two international satellites as well as a freighter to the International Space Station (ISS) next month from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, the Federal Space Agency said Monday.
- After 30 Years, Man Who Tried To Kill Pope Freed From Turkish Jail RFE/RL 18 Jan 2010 -- Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who shot and seriously wounded Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's square in Rome nearly 30 years ago, has been released from a high-security jail near the Turkish capital, Ankara.
- Thai court extends arms cargo plane crew custody by 12 days RIA Novosti 18 Jan 2010 -- Thailand's Criminal Court has extended by 12 days the custody of the crew of an arms-laden airplane seized in Bangkok in mid-December, criminal prosecutors said Monday.
- UN humanitarian arm allocates $100 million to respond to 14 neglected crises UN News Centre 18 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations today allocated some $100 million to boost the humanitarian response in 14 ongoing but underfunded emergencies, ranging from Afghanistan to Yemen, where people are suffering the effects of hunger, malnutrition, disease and conflict.
- Guinea's Camara Backs Interim Government, Calls for Calm VOA 18 Jan 2010 -- Guinea's injured military leader is calling on his supporters to back plans for a transitional government.
- UN-backed group backs efforts to reach compromise to political crisis in Guinea UN News Centre 18 Jan 2010 -- A United Nations-backed group has voiced support for the efforts shown by all sides in Guinea to reach a compromise to the political crisis that has engulfed the poor West African nation since Government forces opened fire on unarmed protesters at a rally last year and killed at least 150 people.
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