06 February 2010 Military News
- Iraq Militant Video Shows Abducted American VOA 06 Feb 2010 -- A Shi'ite militant group in Iraq has released a video of a man it apparently kidnapped, and who appears to be a U.S. contractor who disappeared last month.
- 7 Civilians Killed in Afghan Border Police Mistake VOA 06 Feb 2010 -- An Afghan police official says border police have shot and killed seven civilians after mistaking them for insurgents.
- At least 25 killed in "twin" blasts in Pakistan RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2010 -- At least 25 people have been killed and over 100 injured by two subsequent blasts in Pakistan's financial capital, Karachi, local media reported on Saturday.
- Norfolk-Based Strike Group Making a Difference in Haiti Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2010 -- The Sailors assigned to Carrier Strike Group 2 (CSG 2) find themselves in a unique position to render assistance to the relief efforts in Haiti. They are "Boots dry" in Port-Au-Prince.
- World Health Organization, Military Team up to Deliver Radios, Medical Supplies in Haiti Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2010 -- Hundreds of people in Haitian cities received hand held radios and medical supplies Feb. 4 through assistance provided by U.S. military personnel and members of the World Health Organization (WHO).
- BMU 2 Provides Humanitarian Relief to Haiti Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2010 -- In the weeks following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Sailors from Beach Master Unit (BMU) 2 have been working together to provide a wide range of services to support the ongoing humanitarian relief efforts at the Killick Haitian Coast Guard Base.
- NMCB 7 Supports Operation Unified Response Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2010 -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7's 85-man Air Detachment is currently deployed to Port Au Prince Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response.
- PACNORWEST Sailors Support Haiti Relief Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2010 -- Humanitarian aid and military personnel from the Pacific Northwest are en route to Haiti to support the relief efforts of Operation Unified Response.
- JTF-H continues to provide support to World Food Program, Haitian people. Army News 06 Feb 2010 -- Joint Task Force - Haiti is in its seventh day of continuing to support the World Food Program's structured bulk food distribution program here today.
- Maryland Guard Soldiers rescue stranded motorist during snow emergency Army News 06 Feb 2010 -- Showing the National Guard's strength and capabilities during emergencies such as the massive snowstorm currently hitting the Mid-Atlantic region, a team of Maryland National Guard Soldiers rescued a stranded motorist this morning.
- Guard Supports Washington Blizzard Response AFPS 06 Feb 2010 -- More than 100 soldiers and airmen from the District of Columbia National Guard were on duty yesterday and today supporting the district's emergency response to a weekend blizzard.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Press Conference with Secretary Gates from Ankara Turkey DoD 06 Feb 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
- USS Freedom Readies for Maiden Deployment Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2010 -- USS Freedom (LCS 1), the Navy's first littoral combat ship, is underway off the coast of Florida for final training and certification prior to its maiden deployment to the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) region.
- Amphibious Squadron 11 Works with Thai Counterparts at Sea Navy NewsStand 06 Feb 2010 -- Amphibious Squadron Eleven (PHIBRON 11), embarked on the forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) for spring patrol 2010, welcomed aboard four officers of the Royal Thai armed forces Jan. 22 to observe amphibious operations at sea.
- UK urged to reopen corruption investigation into Saudi arms deal IRNA 06 Feb 2010 -- The UK is being urged to reopen corruption investigations into the country’s largest defence manufacturer after BAE Systems agreed a plea bargain to pay a record criminal corporate fine to close US inquiries.
- Iran Nuke Deal, Rise Of China Are Hot Topics At Munich Conference RFE/RL 06 Feb 2010 -- The biggest news at this year’s Munich Security Conference came in the dead of night.
- Russia, NATO reaffirm plans to boost ties RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2010 -- Russia and NATO reaffirmed plans to step up cooperation following a freeze in relations, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.
- US Defense Secretary Offers Turkey More Help on PKK VOA 06 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Turkish officials in Ankara Saturday he will look for additional ways the United States can help Turkey deal with Kurdish guerrillas along its border with Iraq.
- Russia says U.S. missile plans hamper nuclear arms cuts talks RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2010 -- Washington's continued efforts to build a missile defense shield in Europe have complicated nuclear arms reduction talks with Russia, Russia's deputy prime minister said on Saturday.
- Russia urges U.S., Europe for joint assessment of missile threats RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2010 -- Moscow highlighted the need to carry out an assessment of missile threats jointly with both Washington and Europe in response to U.S. plans to deploy missile defense elements in Romania.
- Soviet Chemical Weapons Expert: Dumping Was 'Common Practice' RFE/RL 06 Feb 2010 -- A Soviet chemical weapons expert says he is nearly certain that a report claiming the Soviet military dumped chemical weapons and radioactive waste in the Baltic Sea during the 1990s is accurate, RFE/RL's Tatar-Bashkir Service reports.
- Russian warship helps to thwart pirate attack near Somalia RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2010 -- A Russian frigate, the Neustrashimy (Fearless), took part in an operation to thwart a pirate attack on Slovenia's Ariella cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden, The Times said on Saturday.
- Production lines inaugurated for 2 new advanced missiles IRNA 06 Feb 2010 -- Minister of Defense Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi inaugurated Saturday the production lines of two new advanced guided missiles.
- Iran Announces Production of 2 New Missiles VOA 06 Feb 2010 -- Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi indicated Saturday that two new missiles with sophisticated capabilities will go into production at recently constructed facilities. He touted the missiles' merits at a test-firing ceremony, just days after the successful launch of a rocket carrying mice, a turtle and worms into space.
- Rebel Leader Convicted in Yemen VOA 06 Feb 2010 -- In Yemen, Yahya al-Houthi, the political leader of a northern rebellion, who now lives in Germany, was sentenced to prison in a Yemeni court on Saturday. This comes as both sides report intensified fighting, despite recent promises for peace.
- Iranian FM highlights "good talks" with IAEA chief IRNA 06 Feb 2010 -- Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki here Saturday pointed to "good talks" with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Yukiya Amano, on the nuclear issue.
- EU's Ashton backs further dialogue with Iran on nuclear impasse IRNA 06 Feb 2010 -- European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Saturday voiced support for further diplomatic talks with Iran over its nuclear program.
- Russia urges Iran to reassure world about nuclear program RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2010 -- Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov on Saturday urged Iran to address international concerns about its disputed nuclear program.
- Iran, IAEA agree on nuclear fuel swap scheme RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2010 -- Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have agreed on a scheme of nuclear fuel swap, but some details are still to be coordinated, the Iranian foreign minister said on Saturday.
- Iranian FM upbeat on reaching a nuclear fuel swap deal IRNA 06 Feb 2010 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki expressed cautious optimism on reaching a nuclear fuel exchange agreement.
- Gates: Iran’s Nuke Program Puts Middle East at Risk AFPS 06 Feb 2010 -- Iran’s nuclear program continues to put security in the Middle East at risk despite international pressure to halt its efforts, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.
- US Defense Chief Downplays Possibility of Iran Nuclear Deal VOA 06 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says if Iran is serious about accepting the international offer that could end the dispute over its nuclear program, it should do so soon, and through official channels. Gates was speaking to reporters in Ankara, in response to a statement by Iran's foreign minister at a conference in Germany.
- Bomb blast injures 9 in Pakistan’s southwest IRNA 06 Feb 2010 -- At least 9 people were injured in a bomb attack targeting a vehicle of paramilitary troops in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta on Saturday, witnesses and police said.
- Death toll from Karachi twin-bombing reaches 33: minister IRNA 06 Feb 2010 -- Death toll from twin-bombing, targeting Shiite Muslims in the Pakistani port city of Karachi on Friday, has reached 33, provincial health minister said.
- Twin suicide attacks kill 25 in Karachi: minister IRNA 06 Feb 2010 -- Two suicide bomb attacks targeting Shiite Muslims killed 25 people in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, provincial health minister said.
- Thousands Attend Funeral for Pakistan Bomb Victims VOA 06 Feb 2010 -- Thousands of people gathered in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi Saturday to attend a funeral for those killed in two bomb attacks.
- Ukraine Girds For Tense Presidential Runoff Vote RFE/RL 06 Feb 2010 -- Ukraine is gearing up for a tense runoff vote to choose a new president.
- Ukrainian power player says ready to be PM in any Cabinet RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2010 -- Former central banker Sergei Tigipko, who came third in the first round of Ukraine's presidential election, reiterated on Saturday he was ready to be prime minister if either of the two candidates wins a runoff.
- Iraq Planning Currency Redenomination RFE/RL 06 Feb 2010 -- The Iraqi Central Bank is planning to redenominate the national currency in an effort to ease transactions and allow people to carry less paper money, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.
- Belarusians Will Need Identification To Enter Internet Cafes RFE/RL 06 Feb 2010 -- A Belarusian official says that people will only be allowed to enter Internet cafes with their passports or other ID beginning this summer, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.
- Top U.S. Official Discusses Turkey With Armenian Officials RFE/RL 06 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg has reportedly assured Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian that the normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations is "very important" for the United States, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
- US Judge Awards Liberians $22 Million in Torture Case VOA 06 Feb 2010 -- A federal court in the U.S. state of Florida has awarded five Liberians $22.4 million in damages for torture ordered by the son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor.
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