24 January 2010 Military News
- Delay to Afghan polls will ensure better preparations, UN envoy says UN News Centre 24 Jan 2010 -- The top United Nations official in Afghanistan has welcomed today''s decision to postpone the country''s parliamentary elections by four months, saying it will give election authorities more time to prepare for the polls.
- Three US Soldiers Killed in Afghan Unrest VOA 24 Jan 2010 -- NATO says two separate bomb explosions killed three U.S. service members Sunday in southern Afghanistan. No other details were given.
- Afghan Parliament Elections Postponed to September VOA 24 Jan 2010 -- Election authorities in Afghanistan have postponed a parliamentary election due in May this year, because of funding and security concerns. The polls are now scheduled to be held on September 18.
- Afghan Election Commission Postpones Parliamentary Vote RFE/RL 24 Jan 2010 -- In a move likely to be welcomed in Western capitals, election authorities in Afghanistan have postponed that country's parliamentary elections until mid-September.
- Afghanistan postpones parliament poll - election official RIA Novosti 24 Jan 2010 -- Afghanistan has postponed its parliamentary elections by four months until September over the shortage of funds and security concerns in the war-torn country, the election commission said.
- Pakistani Militants Kill 6 for Alleged US Spying VOA 24 Jan 2010 -- Pakistan officials say militants in the restive northwest tribal region have killed six men after accusing them of spying for the U.S.
- Death Toll Rises in Haiti Quake Rises to 150,000 VOA 24 Jan 2010 -- The Haitian government says the confirmed death toll from the massive earthquake that devastated the capital nearly two weeks ago has risen to 150,000.
- Combat controllers crucial to Haiti earthquake relief AFNS 24 Jan 2010 -- Thanks to a specialized group of Airmen used to working in austere locations, airlift operations in Haiti were possible in the initial days after an earthquake destroyed much of the capital, and since then these Airmen have made the airport one of the busiest in the world.
- USS Normandy Serving a Dual Role in Humanitarian Relief Efforts Navy NewsStand 24 Jan 2010 -- The Norfolk-based guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) is supporting relief efforts in the air, at sea and ashore for victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
- NAVSO/C4F Visits Big Horn Prior to Haiti Deployment Navy NewsStand 24 Jan 2010 -- The commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (NAVSO) and U.S. Fourth Fleet (C4F) visited the crew of USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) Jan. 24, prior to their deployment in support of Operation Unified Response.
- Nassau Arrives in Haiti Navy NewsStand 24 Jan 2010 -- The amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4) arrived off the coast of Haiti on Jan. 23, and began providing humanitarian assistance immediately when they received medical casualties from the earthquake-stricken nation.
- USS Fort McHenry Supports Medical Clinic in Haiti Navy NewsStand 24 Jan 2010 -- The medical, dental and religious ministries teams aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) will augment relief efforts at a medical clinic in Baie de Grand Goave, Haiti, after conducting a site visit there Jan. 22.
- USS Fort McHenry Supports Canadian Ship in Haiti Relief Navy NewsStand 24 Jan 2010 -- The amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) began providing amphibious transportation support to the Canadian ship HMCS Athabaskan (DDH-282), off the coast of Haiti Jan. 22.
- Haiti Relief Supplies Arrive Aboard Bataan, Ready for Distribution Navy NewsStand 24 Jan 2010 -- Sailors and Marines aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5) successfully completed a vertical replenishment (VERTREP) and connected replenishment (CONREP) with dry cargo/ammunition ship USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) Jan. 23, bringing aboard relief supplies for the people of Haiti.
- Gunston Hall and MCAT Sailors Deliver Hope to Haitians Navy NewsStand 24 Jan 2010 -- Sailors from the dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) and embarked Maritime Civil Affairs Team (MCAT) 203 delivered food to Haitian civilians Jan. 22.
- HAITI: Hungry and angry IRIN 24 Jan 2010 -- More than 100 people were pressed against the iron gates of the mayor's office in the Port-au-Prince suburb of Petionville. "When will we get that food?" voices called out to the mayor, Claire Lydia Parent, who stood behind the closed gates.
- Navy Aircraft Carrier Playing Major Roll in Relief Efforts Navy NewsStand 24 Jan 2010 -- USS Carl Vinson is playing a pivotal role for operations in support of relief efforts in eathquake-striken Haiti.
- Joint Logistics Hub Stays Busy in Relief Effort Navy NewsStand 24 Jan 2010 -- The air terminal at Naval Station Guantanamo (GTMO) Bay, Cuba, remained active Jan. 23-24 as flights filled with a variety of humanitarian assistance support continued to arrive and depart in support of Operation Unified Response.
- Kentucky ANG combat controllers assist with parachute drops, airfield operations in Haiti AFNS 24 Jan 2010 -- Two combat controllers from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123d Special Tactics Squadron have been hard at work since arriving here Jan. 16, setting up drop zones and helicopter landing zones, and providing airfield operations and air traffic control at Port-au-Prince International Airport.
- Colorado-based AF Reservists deploy in support Haiti earthquake relief AFNS 24 Jan 2010 -- Approximately 50 Air Force Reservists and two C-130 Hercules from Colorado's 302nd Airlift Wing left here, Jan. 22 to fly humanitarian missions in support of Haitian relief efforts. The AF Reservists will support airlift operations including aeromedical evacuation and aerial delivery missions, transporting much needed food and water as well as other relief supplies.
- First shipment of propane set to arrive in Haiti US Coast Guard 24 Jan 2010 -- The first shipment of propane following the earthquake in Haiti is expected to arrive at the Thor fuel pier, in Port-au-Prince Harbor, Sunday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Deputy Secretary Visits U.K. to Promote Defense Cooperation AFPS 24 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III is slated to address attendees at the European Security and Defense Conference and members of Great Britain’s Parliament at the House of Commons here tomorrow.
- USS Essex Embarks 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit for Spring Patrol Navy NewsStand 24 Jan 2010 -- The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) on-loaded more than 1,100 Marines assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Jan. 22-24 in preparation for the ship's annual spring patrol throughout the Western Pacific region.
- USS Los Angeles Decommissions at the Port of Los Angeles Navy NewsStand 24 Jan 2010 -- After 33 years of patrolling the oceans, USS Los Angeles (SSN 688) was decommissioned in its namesake city, Los Angeles Jan. 23. The ceremony was held as a part of the five-day long Los Angeles Navy Days.
- Plan for "Field Tactical Exercises" Announced in S. Korea KCNA 24 Jan 2010 -- The 53rd Infantry Division of the south Korean puppet army announced that it would launch "midwinter field tactical exercises" on three stages from Jan. 25 to the end of February, according to south Korea's Yonhap News.
- Study: Most Darfur Deaths Due to Disease, Not Violence VOA 24 Jan 2010 -- A new study on the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region finds that at least 80 percent of deaths in the war were caused by disease rather than violence.
- Rights Groups Chastise Egypt Over Gaza VOA 24 Jan 2010 -- Human Rights Watch has criticized Egypt for its role in cutting off people in the Gaza Strip from the rest of the world. But Egypt's president rejects any criticism of fortifying its border with the Palestinian territory.
- President: good news about nuclear enrichment to be announced soon IRNA 24 Jan 2010 -- The Iranian president said on Sunday that good news on 20 percent enrichment of nuclear fuel will be announced during the Islamic Revolution anniversary by the next two weeks.
- HRW Calls Iran Crackdown On Protests A 'Human Rights Disaster' RFE/RL 24 Jan 2010 -- Iran's crackdown on opposition protests following June's disputed presidential election was a "human rights disaster," U.S.-based Human Rights Watch said.
- Iran Threatens to Produce Own Nuclear Fuel VOA 24 Jan 2010 -- Iran's president says his country is resolved to produce its own highly enriched uranium if the West is unwilling to accept Iran's counter-proposal to a U.N. deal worked out last November.
- New Bin Laden Message Warns of More Attacks VOA 24 Jan 2010 -- A new message attributed to al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden claims responsibility for sending the failed airplane bomber to the United States last month. The message says attacks will continue as long as the U.S. supports Israel.
- Bin Laden claims responsibility for Christmas plane bomb attempt RIA Novosti 24 Jan 2010 -- Al-Qaeda leader bin Laden claimed responsibility for the failed attack on a U.S. airliner on December 25 in a new audio message and vowed to carry out further attacks.
- N.Korea lashes out at South's talk of preemptive strike RIA Novosti 24 Jan 2010 -- North Korea on Sunday lashed out at the South's remark earlier this month that it could launch a preemptive strike against Pyongyang's nuclear facilities, calling the comment 'a declaration of war."
- Former Canadian Ambassador Admits To Spying For CIA RFE/RL 24 Jan 2010 -- Canada's former ambassador to Tehran has admitted to spying for the United States and serving as the "de facto CIA station chief" after the U.S. Embassy seizure in 1979.
- Russian specialists raise space station's orbit RIA Novosti 24 Jan 2010 -- Russian specialists have completed the operation to raise the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) by about 5 km (3 miles), Mission Control said on Sunday.
- Sri Lanka Chooses Tuesday between Incumbent President and His Former Top General VOA 24 Jan 2010 -- An unusual political irony is reaching a climax on the South Asian island nation of Sri Lanka.
- Tymoshenko seeks other candidates' support in Ukraine vote RIA Novosti 24 Jan 2010 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is facing opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych in a presidential runoff, pledged on Sunday to fulfill defeated candidates' promises, if she won the vote.
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