30 January 2010 Military News
- More than 3,000 Soldiers moved in first fixed-wing redeployment out of Taji Army News 30 Jan 2010 -- More than 3,000 Soldiers participated in the first fixed-wing redeployment operation out of Camp Taji, Iraq, Jan. 27.
- Iraqi Soldiers test skills in mass casualty exercise at Taji Army News 30 Jan 2010 -- U.S. military medics held a mass casualty simulation for Iraqi Army medics to exercise their combat medicine skills Jan. 27 at Camp Taji, Iraq.
- Operations company maintains presence at Basra during transition Army News 30 Jan 2010 -- The 159th Seaport Operations Company, an inland cargo transfer company, is directly responsible for the Central Receiving and Shipping Point at Contingency Operating Location Basra, Iraq.
- Louisiana maintenance team keeps vehicles on road Army News 30 Jan 2010 -- The 546th Maintenance Support Team out of Fort Polk, La., keeps vehicles at Contingency Operating Location Basra, Iraq, mission ready and on the road.
- Four Afghan Soldiers Killed in NATO Air Strike VOA 30 Jan 2010 -- Afghan and NATO officials say a coalition air strike mistakenly killed four Afghan soldiers.
- US secretly training Afghan security forces in Germany: report IRNA 30 Jan 2010 -- The United States is secretly training Afghan security forces in the south German state of Bavaria, the Hamburg-based weekly Der Spiegel said in a report on Saturday.
- US drone attack kills 9 in Pakistan’s tribal region IRNA 30 Jan 2010 -- A US drone strike has killed at least nine people in Pakistan 's North Waziristan tribal region, officials said.
- 2nd Brigade Combat Team delivers food to thousands Army News 30 Jan 2010 -- The 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team is working to feed more than 50,000 Haitians displaced by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that left much of the infrastructure of the country's capital city in shambles, killing an estimated 150,000 and leaving around 400,000 homeless.
- U.S., U.N. team with Haiti to expand humanitarian assistance effort Army News 30 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. military continues to work in conjunction with inter-agency organizations and the government of Haiti to meet the critical needs of the Haitian people.
- VP-62 Flies Haiti Missions Navy NewsStand 30 Jan 2010 -- Crew members from Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville flight line boarded a Patrol Squadron 62 P-3C Orion Jan. 27 in support of Operation Unified Response in Haiti.
- NAVFAC Mobile Power Plants to Support Haiti Relief Efforts Navy NewsStand 30 Jan 2010 -- Five mobile power plants and six technicians from the Mobile Utility Support Equipment (MUSE) division of Naval Facilities Expeditionary Logistics Center will depart today for Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in support of Operation Unified Response.
- UN food agency begins major scale up of aid to earthquake victims in Haiti UN News Centre 30 Jan 2010 -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today began ramping up its operations in Haiti by opening 16 fixed food distribution sites offering supplies to some 2 million people affected by the massive earthquake in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
- US Military Suspends Medical Evacuations from Haiti VOA 30 Jan 2010 -- The U.S. military says it has stopped flying Haitian earthquake victims to the United States for medical care following concerns by some state governments over who will pay for their treatment.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Freedom Arrives In Mayport, Prepares For Maiden Deployment Navy NewsStand 30 Jan 2010 -- USS Freedom (LCS 1), the Navy's first littoral combat ship (LCS), arrived at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Jan. 26 to begin final preparations for her maiden deployment.
- USS George H.W. Bush Completes Post Shakedown Availability Navy NewsStand 30 Jan 2010 -- Program Executive Office (PEO) Aircraft Carriers announced the successful completion of the Post Shakedown Availability/Selected Restricted Availability (PSA/SRA) for USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Jan. 28.
- Lincoln Strike Group Changes Command Navy NewsStand 30 Jan 2010 -- Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 held a change of command ceremony aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Jan. 29.
- Blair criticised for lack of remorse over the Iraq war IRNA 30 Jan 2010 -- Former prime minister Tony Blair has been widely criticised for showing a lack of remorse when giving evidence at the Iraq inquiry and leaving significant questions unanswered in leading Britain into the 2003 war.
- Britain Evaluates Blair's Defense Of Iraq War RFE/RL 30 Jan 2010 -- The British press is responding today to former Prime Minister Tony Blair's six-hour defense on January 29 of his Iraq war policy before a government inquiry panel.
- Commandant wants good suggestions to improve the Corps USMC News 30 Jan 2010 -- The Marine Corps is looking for a few good suggestions.
- MOFA welcomes U.S. announcement of arms sales to Taiwan CNA 30 Jan 2010 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) welcomed on Saturday the U.S. government's announcement that it would sell Taiwan US$6.4 billion worth of defensive arms, calling it clear evidence of good Taiwan-U.S. ties.
- US Defends Arms Deal with Taiwan VOA 30 Jan 2010 -- China announced suspension of military exchanges, security talks with US, also threatened sanctions on US firms that sell arms to Taiwan.
- China threatens U.S. firms with sanctions over Taiwan arms RIA Novosti 30 Jan 2010 -- China threatened on Saturday to impose sanctions against U.S. firms that will sell arms to Taiwan.
- China suspends military contacts with U.S. over Taiwan arms RIA Novosti 30 Jan 2010 -- China suspended on Saturday military contacts with the U.S. over its plans to sell $6.4 billion worth arms to Taiwan, the official Xinhua agency reported.
- China warns U.S. about arms sales to Taiwan RIA Novosti 30 Jan 2010 -- China summoned the U.S. ambassador on Saturday warning him about consequences for bilateral relations of planned arms sales to Taiwan.
- China Suspends Military Exchanges with US VOA 30 Jan 2010 -- China said it will suspend military exchanges and security talks with the United States and threatens to halt cooperation on other issues because of the U.S. plan to sell arms to rival Taiwan.
- Pilot error likely to blame for Russian jet fighter Jan. 14 crash RIA Novosti 30 Jan 2010 -- A Russian Su-27 Flanker fighter crash in the Far East earlier this month was likely caused by pilot error, a source close to the investigation said on Saturday.
- Russia to sell $1.8 bln in arms to Libya RIA Novosti 30 Jan 2010 -- Libya will buy 1.3-billion-euro ($1.8 billion) worth of arms from Russia under a new contract, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Saturday.
- Russia says talk of $2 bln arms contract with Libya premature RIA Novosti 30 Jan 2010 -- Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport confirmed on Saturday ongoing arms talks with Libya, but said no new contracts have been signed yet.
- Yemeni Rebel Leader: Ready to Accept Cease-fire VOA 30 Jan 2010 -- A rebel leader from northern Yemen says he is ready to agree to a cease-fire with the government.
- Nigerian Oil Militants Declare Resumption of Hostilities VOA 30 Jan 2010 -- Nigeria's main militant group in the Niger Delta says it will resume attacks on oil facilities, three months after calling a cease-fire. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) was responsible for some of the region's biggest attacks in recent years.
- Rafsanjani: Iranian nuclear program, irreversible IRNA 30 Jan 2010 -- Chairman of the Expediency Council Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Saturday that Iranian nuclear program is irreversible.
- Iranian Opposition Leaders Reported to Call for More Protests on February 11 VOA 30 Jan 2010 -- Iran's top opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi met Saturday, calling for more protests on the Feb. 11th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and condemning the execution Thursday of two young opponents of the regime. Meanwhile, Iran's judiciary says that 16 more opposition protesters have been put on trial, and 37 others are set to be tried.
- US Republicans Question Treatment of Christmas Day Terror Suspect VOA 30 Jan 2010 -- A top Republican in the U.S. Senate is questioning the Obama administration's treatment of the man arrested in connection with the attempted bombing of a U.S. airliner last month.
- Officials Say Obama Administration Considers Moving 9/11 Trial VOA 30 Jan 2010 -- The White House is facing strong political opposition to plans to hold trials in New York for five key suspects in the September 11 World Trade Center attacks. New York's mayor Michael Bloomberg recently asked the Obama administration to hold the trial somewhere else.
- Tymoshenko sure of election victory, says any margin enough RIA Novosti 30 Jan 2010 -- Yulia Tymoshenko, the runner-up in Ukraine's presidential race, has said she was sure of her victory a week before the second round of voting, the UNIAN news agency has reported.
- Gadhafi's AU Re-Election Bid Encounters Fierce Opposition VOA 30 Jan 2010 -- Dozens of African heads of state and government are gathering in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa for a summit that could decide the future course of continental politics. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is encountering fierce opposition as he tries to retain the AU chairmanship.
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