31 January 2010 Military News
- New Iraqi tanker unit takes the lead Army News 31 Jan 2010 -- Just before dawn, an Iraqi officer approached Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Regiment, and began pointing at the nearest U.S. vehicle.
- NATO Commander Sees Pivotal 2010 for Afghanistan AFPS 31 Jan 2010 -- Just returned from an international conference on Afghanistan, NATO’s top military commander expressed confidence that the critical pieces are being put into place to make 2010 a turning point for Afghanistan’s future.
- Afghan President Calls for Reconciliation with Taliban VOA 31 Jan 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has renewed his call for Taliban militants to stop fighting his government and accept Afghan law.
- Karzai Appeals To Taliban To Lay Down Arms RFE/RL 31 Jan 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said he would try his best to reach out to the Taliban leadership under a new peace plan aimed at luring militants away from violence.
- U.S. drone kills Taliban chief in Pakistan's tribal belt RIA Novosti 31 Jan 2010 -- Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud has been killed in a U.S. drone missile strike, Pakistan state television reported on Sunday.
- Pakistan Army Investigates Report Mehsud is Dead, Taliban Denies Report VOA 31 Jan 2010 -- The Pakistani army said Sunday it is investigating reports that Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud died from injuries sustained in a U.S. drone missile strike in mid-January.
- Comfort Cares for Man Buried Alive After 13 Days in Rubble Navy NewsStand 31 Jan 2010 -- A Haitian man survived with no food, sunlight or human contact for 13 days was rescued from the rubble and is being treated by medical staff aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), anchored off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
- C-130 returns after delivering relief supplies to Haiti CNA 31 Jan 2010 -- An Air Force C-130 transport plane returnedto Taiwan Sunday after an unprecedented 40,000-kilometer round-tripflight to deliver medical supplies and relief goods toearthquake-ravaged Haiti, one of Taiwan's 23 diplomatic allies.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Reportedly Beefing Up Defenses in Persian Gulf VOA 31 Jan 2010 -- U.S. media reports say the United States is speeding up the deployment of anti-missile defenses in four Persian Gulf nations as it continues to confront Iran over its nuclear program.
- Naval Meteorology Focused on Naval Operations Navy NewsStand 31 Jan 2010 -- Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC) chief of staff explained to delegates at the American Meteorological Society's annual meeting, Jan. 18 in Atlanta the role the command plays in Navy operations.
- Naval Forces Central Command CMC Reflects on 30 Years of Service Navy NewsStand 31 Jan 2010 -- U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said goodbye to their command master chief after a retirement ceremony Jan. 26.
- Naval Base San Diego Club Converted to Waterfront Recreational Center Navy NewsStand 31 Jan 2010 -- After an extensive two-year renovation, the Naval Base San Diego Waterfront Recreation Center opened Jan. 28.
- US Arms Sales to Taiwan Latest Hit to Sino-American Ties VOA 31 Jan 2010 -- Sino-American ties are being buffeted by several difficulties -- the most recent being the announcement of a U.S. arms sale to Taiwan, an island China regards as a renegade province. Experts acknowledge there will be disagreements, but say they hope the U.S.-China relationship will be strong enough to withstand negative developments.
- China Says U.S. Arms Sales To Taiwan Hurt National Security RFE/RL 31 Jan 2010 -- China has escalated the rhetoric in a dispute over planned U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, saying the move would damaged its national security.
- Talk of the day -- News digest of local media -- Arms sales CNA 31 Jan 2010
- Representative clarifies U.S. stance on arms sales to Taiwan CNA 31 Jan 2010 -- Taiwan's top representative in theUnited States on Saturday said Washington has reassured him that itspolicy on selling arms to Taiwan remains unchanged and that it willnot "consult" Beijing on any such sale.
- U.S. still assessing sale of F-16 fighters, submarines to Taiwan CNA 31 Jan 2010 -- The government is still negotiating withthe United States over the sale of advanced F-16 C/D fighter planesand diesel-electric submarines to Taiwan, Premier Wu Den-yih saidSunday after the two items were left out of an arms package intendedfor Taiwan.
- Navy denies Chinese submarine spotted in waters off Taiwan CNA 31 Jan 2010 -- The navy denied a news report Sunday that aChinese submarine was spotted in Taiwan's territorial watersrecently.
- US defends decision to sell arms to Taiwan despite China reaction RIA Novosti 31 Jan 2010 -- The United States insisted Saturday that its decision to sell arms to Taiwan is right despite severe criticism from China.
- NATO slashes its Kosovo peacekeeping contingent to 10,000 RIA Novosti 31 Jan 2010 -- NATO said it cut the alliance's peacekeeping contingent in Kosovo to 10,000 troops.
- YEMEN: Officials warn of humanitarian crisis as IDP population doubles IRIN 31 Jan 2010 -- With the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Yemen having reached 250,000, more than double the number that existed before the current round of fighting between the army and Houthi-led rebels broke out on 12 August 2009, aid workers and local officials have warned of a lack of shelter and basic services for them.
- Number of people uprooted by violence in Yemen tops 250,000: UN IRNA 31 Jan 2010 -- As the humanitarian crisis in Yemen continues to deepen, the United Nations refugee agency last weekend said that it estimates that 250,000 civilians have been uprooted since clashes in the country erupted in 2004.
- UN chief lands in Cyprus to usher reunification talks into final stages UN News Centre 31 Jan 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders for the significant progress made under United Nations-backed talks on reunifying Cyprus, as he arrived on the Mediterranean island for the first time.
- Israel: Slain Hamas Commander Was Top Weapons Smuggler VOA 31 Jan 2010 -- Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas are trading accusations and threats after the killing of a top Hamas commander in the United Arab Emirates.
- Rebel Leader Claims Readiness to Liberate Congolese VOA 31 Jan 2010 -- The leader of the Patriotic Front for the Liberation of Congo armed group says President Joseph Kabila’s government has failed to keep its promise and has vowed to liberate the Democratic Republic of Congo soon.
- UN political chief to start four-nation East Asian visit in DPR Korea UN News Centre 31 Jan 2010 -- The top United Nations political official is set to kick off a four-nation visit to East Asia in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to a statement attributable to the spokesperson for the Secretary-General released today.
- Iran does not take seriously Clinton's remarks on engagement offer IRNA 31 Jan 2010 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Sunday that Tehran does not take seriously the statement made by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over failure of US offers to negotiate with Iran over nuclear program.
- Obama Administration: Undecided on Terror Trial Venue VOA 31 Jan 2010 -- The Obama administration says no decision has been reached on where to hold trials for accused terrorists, including the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. The issue resurfaced after the administration backed away from plans to hold civilian trials in New York City.
- Gadhafi Blasts AU as He Steps Down as Chairman VOA 31 Jan 2010 -- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has stepped down as chairman of the 53-nation African Union, but not without firing a few verbal broadsides at the organization. Mr. Gadhafi chastised his fellow heads of state for refusing to go along with his plan for a "United States of Africa."
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