05 February 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 05 Feb 2010 [PDF]
- Iraqi Forces Arrest Terrorism Suspects AFPS 05 Feb 2010 -- Iraqi security forces, aided by U.S. advisors, arrested seven terrorism suspects in operations in Iraq today and yesterday, military officials said.
- 514th Maintenance Company convoys to Speicher for command visit Army News 05 Feb 2010 -- Members of the 514th Maintenance Company's movement control team out of Fort Drum N.Y., went on a convoy to Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq, as part of a command visit Jan.30.
- 66 Iraqis launch torture cases against British troops IRNA 05 Feb 2010 -- Lawyers for 66 Iraqis, claiming torture and abuse at the hands of UK soldiers, started legal action Friday calling for a single inquiry into Britain’s detention policy during the Iraq war.
- Security Council backs international strategy for Afghanistan UN News Centre 05 Feb 2010 -- The Security Council today welcomed the communiqué from the recent international conference on Afghanistan, saying it set a clear agenda and agreed priorities for peace and security in the country, and was underpinned by a comprehensive strategy for the Government in Kabul.
- US Offers Armored Vehicles to Allies in Afghanistan VOA 05 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told NATO allies Friday the United States will provide them with heavily armored vehicles and advanced technology to help protect their troops in Afghanistan from the increasing use of roadside bombs by the Taliban and related groups.
- Gates Pledges Mine-resistant Vehicles to Allies AFPS 05 Feb 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today pledged surplus mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles along with expanded access to classified information to U.S. allies to help in combating the threat of improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan.
- Force Detains Suspects, Seizes Weapons in Afghanistan AFPS 05 Feb 2010 -- A combined Afghan and international security force detained several suspected insurgents and seized weapons and opium in recent operations, military officials reported.
- Any pact with Taliban must guarantee rights of Afghan women – UN panel UN News Centre 05 Feb 2010 -- Any agreement between the Afghan Government and the Taliban should include a clear commitment to protect women’s human rights, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women said today.
- U.S. diplomat responds cautiously to Georgia military transit offer RIA Novosti 05 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg said on Friday that Georgia's offer of military cargo transit for NATO troops to Afghanistan should be studied by U.S. military officials before it could be accepted.
- Ex-Pakistani generals question US soldiers presence in country IRNA 05 Feb 2010 -- Former Pakistani army generals have expressed serious concern over the presence of American solders in the country’s northwest remote and asked the government to tell the nation real facts.
- Elmendorf Airmen deliver relief supplies to Haiti AFNS 05 Feb 2010 -- Elmendorf Air Force Base crewmembers from the 517th and 249th airlift squadrons continue to support Haiti relief efforts Jan. 31 after 13 days at Charleston AFB, S.C.
- Unified Response transitions to Haitian self-sustainment Army News 05 Feb 2010 -- Haiti is beginning to transition to the next phase of its involvement in Operation Unified Response, following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked the island nation of Haiti about two weeks ago, said Col. Gregory Kane, the JTF-H and XVIII Airborne Corps operations officer, Monday.
- Bill Clinton arrives in Haiti as UN quake relief coordinator UN News Centre 05 Feb 2010 -- The former United States president Bill Clinton flew into Haiti today in his expanded role as United Nations coordinator of international quake relief efforts, and immediately pledged to see the tasks through to its successful conclusion "long after the television crews have gone and emergency response teams have returned to their home countries."
- Beachmaster Unit Aboard Bataan Clears the Way for Relief in Haiti Navy NewsStand 05 Feb 2010 -- Beachmaster Unit Two (BMU-2) embarked aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) has been working the beaches of Grand Goave, Haiti, to keep disaster relief supplies packed aboard air cushion landing craft (LCAC) moving between shore and ship and into the hands of the Haitian people who need them most.
- Normandy Provides Helping Hand to Villages on La Gonave Navy NewsStand 05 Feb 2010 -- Sailors from USS Normandy (CG 60) delivered humanitarian assistance to the population in the Haitian island of La Gonave Feb. 2 in support of Operation Unified Response.
- First U.S. Navy Ship to Respond to Haiti Returns After Deployment Navy NewsStand 05 Feb 2010 -- After a humanitarian mission to Haiti, and an independent deployment of more than six months, the guided-missile destroyer USS Higgins (DDG 76) returned to San Diego Feb. 3.
- Carter Hall M-Div Keeps the Gears Turning for Operation Unified Response Navy NewsStand 05 Feb 2010 -- USS Carter Hall's (LSD 50) Main Propulsion Division (M-Div) has suported Operation Unified Response since the ship deployed Jan. 14, and they are determining factor in the ship's ability to bring humanitarian aid and assistance to earthquake victims in Haiti.
- 4th Fleet Commander Visits USNS Lewis and Clark before Deployment to Haiti Navy NewsStand 05 Feb 2010 -- Rear Adm. Vic Guillory, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. Fourth Fleet, visited USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1) Feb. 1 prior to its departure to join Operation Unified Response.
- FISC Jacksonville is Navy's Main Supply Point for Haiti Relief Effort Navy NewsStand 05 Feb 2010 -- Operation Unified Response has quickly become Fleet and Industrial Supply Center (FISC) Jacksonville's central focus since being designated Commander Task Force 43's advanced logistics support site following the earthquake that struck Haiti Jan 12.
- USSOUTHCOM Commander visits Killick, Proud of Accomplishments Navy NewsStand 05 Feb 2010 -- The commander of U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) visited the medical triage and treatment center in Killick, Haiti, Feb. 3 where to observe firsthand the work of U.S. service members and Haitian volunteers providing medical care to earthquake victims.
- HAITI: Schools slow to reopen IRIN 05 Feb 2010 -- A call by Haiti’s government for schools to reopen in areas spared by the earthquake has gone largely unheeded because of parents’ fears and financial woes.
- Dozens of additional UN Police start work in Haiti to help local officers UN News Centre 05 Feb 2010 -- More than 100 additional United Nations police officers are already on the ground to help Haiti, which was devastated by a massive earthquake last month, following a call by the Security Council for extra forces to support the beleaguered Caribbean nation.
- Guardsmen Prepare for Second Major East Coast Storm AFPS 05 Feb 2010 -- Schools are closing, weekend activities are being cancelled and the federal government here will shut down four hours early today, but the National Guard is on duty in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia in anticipation of a major winter storm.
- NORAD Plans Air Patrols for Super Bowl AFPS 05 Feb 2010 -- Fighter jet crews from North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Continental United States Region will be busy Feb. 7 protecting the skies around Sun Life Stadium in Miami during Super Bowl XLIV.
- Military Prepares to Support Super Bowl XLIV AFPS 05 Feb 2010 -- As the excitement builds in the minutes before the Super Bowl kickoff, four Air National Guard F-15 Eagle fighter jets will scream over Miami’s Sun Life Stadium in a dramatic show of military support for the big game.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD News: Army to Increase Fiscal 2010 Base Operating Support by $500 Million DoD 05 Feb 2010-- Secretary of the Army John M. McHugh and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. announced today that the Army is taking steps to increase funding by $500 million for Base Operating Support (BOS) in fiscal 2010.
- Harry S. Truman Strike Group Participates in Sustainment Exercise Navy NewsStand 05 Feb 2010 -- The USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and key elements of its carrier strike group (CSG) recently completed a successful sustainment training exercise (SUSTAINEX) in preparation for its next deployment.
- USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Otaru Navy NewsStand 05 Feb 2010 -- USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) pulled into Otaru, Japan, Feb. 5 for a scheduled port visit.
- Energy Contract Saves Navy in Hawaii Money, Megawatt Hours Navy NewsStand 05 Feb 2010 -- The Navy held an important kickoff meeting Feb. 3 at Navy Region Hawaii for an $8.1 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) awarded in late December 2009 to NORESCO LLC.
- USS Essex Participates in Cobra Gold 2009 Navy NewsStand 05 Feb 2010 -- The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) arrived off the coast of Thailand Feb. 1 to take part in exercise Cobra Gold 2010 (CG 10).
- Naval Station Rota Makes Significant Strides in Energy Efficiency Navy NewsStand 05 Feb 2010 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command awarded a $8.3 million delivery order as phase I of a larger Environmental Savings Performance Contract at Naval Station Rota Jan. 20.
- Navy Phases Out Enlisted Field Service Records Navy NewsStand 05 Feb 2010 -- Like wash khakis and dungarees, the old brown-folder enlisted field service record (FSR) will soon become a thing of the past as the Navy eliminates the paper record in 2010.
- Joint Force Core Staff Taking Reins of Combined Task Force Navy NewsStand 05 Feb 2010 -- A new core staff for Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CHTF-HOA), made up of mostly Navy individual augmentees, began transitioning headquarters' responsibilities Feb. 4.
- QDR reveals Army on target for energy security Army News 05 Feb 2010 -- Language in the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, released Feb. 1, supports the Army's ongoing efforts to achieve energy security.
- Press Conference with Secretary Gates from Istanbul, Turkey DoD 05 Feb 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- 2 NCOs helps save aircrew, B-1B AFNS 05 Feb 2010 -- Two 379th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron master sergeants helped save four B-1B Lancer aircrew lives and prevented the loss of the $283.1 million aircraft during its emergency landing shortly after midnight Jan. 18 here.
- Air Force medical units merge in San Antonio AFNS 05 Feb 2010 -- All Air Force medical treatment facilities in San Antonio merged under the 59th Medical Wing here Feb. 1.
- Mullen Urges Self-Reflection, Sober Analysis by Leaders AFPS 05 Feb 2010 -- Leaders need self-reflection and sober analysis in all situations, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during the National Prayer Breakfast here yesterday.
- Study Measures Traumatic Brain Injury AFPS 05 Feb 2010 -- Scientists at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center and a professor at Columbia University are working on a collaborative study measuring brain damage on traumatic brain injury patients.
- Military to Continue China Outreach, Official Says AFPS 05 Feb 2010 -- The U.S. military will continue to reach out to China’s military to foster relations as both nations expand their presence in the Asia-Pacific region, the Pentagon’s deputy assistant secretary for Asian and Pacific affairs said yesterday.
- The 'Reset' At One Year: The View From Moscow RFE/RL 05 Feb 2010 -- Vladimir Putin was in favor of Barack Obama's reconfigured missile defense plan before he was against it.
- Russian president approves new military doctrine RIA Novosti 05 Feb 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has approved the country's new military doctrine which allows preventive nuclear strikes against potential aggressors.
- Russian, U.S. MPs to discuss new arms cuts treaty after April's nuclear summit RIA Novosti 05 Feb 2010 -- U.S. and Russian members of parliament will meet in Washington to discuss the ratification of a nuclear arms reduction pact to replace the outdated START treaty after a nuclear summit due in the U.S. capital in April, a senior Russian lawmaker has said.
- Moscow irked by U.S. missile shield plans for Romania RIA Novosti 05 Feb 2010 -- Moscow is apprehensive about U.S. plans to deploy missile defense elements in Romania, a senior Russian MP said Friday.
- Moscow wants answers from U.S. on Romania missile shield plan RIA Novosti 05 Feb 2010 -- Moscow is waiting for clarification from the United States over its plans to deploy missile defense elements in Romania, the Russian foreign minister said Friday.
- U.S. missiles in Romania would threaten Russia - analyst RIA Novosti 05 Feb 2010 -- U.S. plans to place elements of its global missile shield in Romania pose a real threat to Russia's national security, a Russian military analyst said on Friday.
- Could NATO Membership For Russia Break Impasse In European Security Debate? RFE/RL 05 Feb 2010 -- As global policymakers gather for the annual Munich Security Conference, Russia is growing more strident in its complaints that the European security system is dysfunctional.
- 46th Munich Security Conference opens RIA Novosti 05 Feb 2010 -- The 46th Munich Security Conference opened in the German Bavarian capital on Friday, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported.
- Russia to grant Sri Lanka $300 mln loan to buy armaments RIA Novosti 05 Feb 2010 -- Russia will grant Sri Lanka a $300-million loan to buy armaments and dual purpose products, the Russian ambassador said Friday.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Offices of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President United Nations 05 Feb 2010
- Head of key regional group advocates closer ties with UN to tackle security threats UN News Centre 05 Feb 2010 -- The head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) today called for boosting the body’s partnership with the United Nations to tackle threats to peace and security.
- New Darfur Peacekeeping Chief to Join Doha Peace Process VOA 05 Feb 2010 -- The head of the joint African Union/United Nations mission in Darfur is heading to the Qatari capital, Doha to join international efforts to broker a peace deal between Sudan's government and Darfuri rebels. The Doha talks appear to be picking up momentum as the Darfur peacekeeping mission UNAMID expands its role in the political arena.
- Funding crisis threatens UN aid efforts in Yemen UN News Centre 05 Feb 2010 -- Two United Nations agencies today warned that a lack of funding is hampering their efforts to assist the estimated 250,000 civilians uprooted by conflict in Yemen, with the UN refugee agency saying it has received less than three per cent of the needed cash.
- DR Congo: UN sounds alarm over armed attacks against camps for displaced UN News Centre 05 Feb 2010 -- The emergency relief wing of the United Nations voiced deep concern today over the dire humanitarian situation and safety of more than 1 million people forced to flee their homes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a result of violent conflict in the region.
- BURUNDI: Female ex-combatants picking up the pieces IRIN 05 Feb 2010 -- By age 15, Annonciata Nduwimana was an accomplished fighter for Burundi's opposition Forces nationales de liberation (FNL) and knew how to kill in battle.
- Côte d’Ivoire: UN urges calm as violence mars voter registration appeals process UN News Centre 05 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire has deplored recent violence in the towns of Katiola and Divo and appealed for calm as the voter registration appeals process for the upcoming elections takes place.
- Ban sends report to General Assembly on follow-up to inquiry into Gaza conflict UN News Centre 05 Feb 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has transmitted a report to the General Assembly on the follow-up to the report made by the United Nations fact-finding mission into the deadly conflict in the Gaza Strip at the start of last year.
- Humanitarian crisis persists in Somalia with malnutrition rampant in young, UN warns UN News Centre 05 Feb 2010 -- A widespread humanitarian crisis persists in war-torn Somalia, with an estimated 3.2 million people, or 42 per cent of the population, in need of emergency aid or livelihood support, and one in six children acutely malnourished and requiring specialist care, according to a United Nations update released today.
- Serbian nationalist leader faces fresh contempt of court charges at UN tribunal UN News Centre 05 Feb 2010 -- The leader of the Serb Radical Party was today charged with contempt of court by the United Nations war crimes tribunal for the Balkans over allegedly revealing details about protected witnesses in his own trial.
- Northern Ireland Agrees to Save Power-Sharing Deal VOA 05 Feb 2010 -- The British and Irish prime ministers unveiled a breakthrough agreement in Northern Ireland Friday that saves the province's peacemaking coalition government of Catholics and Protestants.
- Despite U.S. Conviction, Questions Still Swirl Around Case Of Pakistani Scientist RFE/RL 05 Feb 2010 -- When a 12-member jury in New York City this week convicted Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui of trying to kill her U.S. interrogators in Afghanistan, the reaction back home was swift.
- North Korea Says It Will Release 'Repentant' US Missionary VOA 05 Feb 2010 -- North Korea says it will release American Robert Park, a Christian activist who deliberately crossed into North Korea more than a month ago. Pyongyang's official news agency quotes Park as regretting his actions and having a complete change of heart about the North.
- Israel Weighs Options in Iran Nuclear Threat VOA 05 Feb 2010 -- For the last few years, Israel has made the case that Iran poses a serious threat to its existence and it has not ruled out the possibility of a preemptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities.
- Clinton: Time to Move Toward New Iran Sanctions VOA 05 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday it is time to move toward new sanctions against Iran, given the lack of a clear response from Tehran to a proposal to ease concern about its nuclear intentions. Senior officials of the six major powers conducting nuclear diplomacy with Tehran held a telephone conference call Friday.
- Russia urges Iran to respond to uranium enrichment compromise RIA Novosti 05 Feb 2010 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sent a tough warning to Iran on Friday, saying its nuclear program could be discussed at the UN Security Council if Tehran fails to respond to Western compromises.
- Clinton Opposes Exclusion of Sunnis From Iraq Election VOA 05 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday the United States would oppose any new effort to exclude large numbers of Sunni Arab politicians from Iraq's March 7 parliamentary elections. Iraq's most senior Sunni official, Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi discussed the issue in Washington this week with top administration officials.
- Ba'ath Dispute Delays Iraq Election Campaign RFE/RL 05 Feb 2010 -- Iraq's electoral commission says the start of campaigning ahead of next month's parliamentary elections will be delayed by five days.
- Powerful Explosions Kill More Than 30 Shi'ite Pilgrims in Karbala VOA 05 Feb 2010 -- Two powerful explosions targeting Shi'ite pilgrims in Iraq have killed more than 30 people in the holy city of Karbala. The attack was the latest in a series of similar deadly bombings this week.
- UN refugee agency to facilitate absentee voting for Iraq’s upcoming elections UN News Centre 05 Feb 2010 -- A large number of Iraqi refugees sheltering in neighbouring countries will be able to vote in Iraq’s parliamentary elections early next month with help from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the agency announced today.
- Ukraine Presidential Race Ends, Tensions High VOA 05 Feb 2010 -- Polls open in Ukraine Sunday following a bitterly fought campaign for the presidency between Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych. They defeated 16 other candidates in first round balloting on January 17. Finalists seem to have disenchanted more people than they inspired.
- Tensions In Ukraine Rise As Presidential Candidates Stage Final Rallies RFE/RL 05 Feb 2010 -- together with predicted snow and further dropping temperatures -- Ukraine's two presidential candidates appealed to voters in their final campaign appearances ahead of a pivotal election on Sunday that's being overshadowed by accusations of possible vote-rigging and threats of mass street protests.
- Ukraine Needs A President Who Can Break The Spell RFE/RL 05 Feb 2010 -- No matter who is ultimately elected Ukrainian president in the February 7 runoff, the winner cannot become president of all Ukrainians. The mere fact of being elected will not make the winner president of all Ukrainians.
- Yushchenko orders enhanced security for Ukraine presidential runoff RIA Novosti 05 Feb 2010 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has put into force a decision of the National Security and Defense Council to enhance security measures for the presidential election's second round slated for Sunday.
- Two suicide attacks kill over 20 in Karachi IRNA 05 Feb 2010 -- Two suicide attacks, targeting Shiite Muslims, killed up to 20 people in the Pakistani port city of Karachi on Friday, police and health officials said.
- Shi'ites Targeted by Bombings in Karachi VOA 05 Feb 2010 -- Two bomb explosions in southern Pakistan have left at least 25 people dead and wounded scores of others. Police have yet to determine whether one of the attacks was the work of a suicide bomber. Ayaz Gul reports for VOA from Islamabad.
- U.S.-China spat would not turn uncontrollable: former premier CNA 05 Feb 2010 -- Washington and Beijing may have given each other a hard time over a host of disputes, including arms sales to Taiwan, the Google controversy and the Dalai Lama, but such spats would not escalate to an uncontrollable, a senior adviser to President Ma Ying-jeou said here Thursday.
- Russia's space freighter docks with International Space Station RIA Novosti 05 Feb 2010 -- Russia's Progress cargo spaceship, launched on a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) earlier this week, docked with the orbital station in an automatic regime on Friday.
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