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10 February 2010 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 10 Feb 2010 [PDF]
  • Feb. 9 airpower summary AFNS 10 Feb 2010 -- Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations Feb. 9, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.
  • Operations in Iraq Net 20 Terrorism Suspects AFPS 10 Feb 2010 -- Iraqi security forces arrested 20 suspected terrorists in operations in Iraq over the last two days, military officials reported.
  • Q-West mayor cell transitions to 15th STB Army News 10 Feb 2010 -- The Contingency Operating Location Q-West mayor cell transitioned from the 2nd Battalion, 198th Combined Arms to the Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), during a small ceremony here Feb. 1.
  • Forces Capture Subcommanders, Seize Weapons, Drugs AFPS 10 Feb 2010 -- Afghan and international forces captured two suspected enemy subcommanders and seized caches of weapons and drugs in recent operations in Afghanistan, military officials reported.
  • U.S. Official: 'Good Governance Is Best Defense Against Afghan Insurgency' RFE/RL 10 Feb 2010 -- U.S. national security adviser James Jones talked to RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan correspondent Jawad Mojahid about the security situation in Afghanistan, and what the United States aims to do to improve it.
  • Commander's Accession Could Mark Increasingly Anti-Shi'a Course Of Pakistani Taliban RFE/RL 10 Feb 2010 -- Even before the death of Hakimullah Mehsud has been categorically confirmed, speculation is rife as to who would succeed him as the leader of Pakistan's most lethal extremist organization.
  • Medical teams render assistance after Afghanistan avalanches AFNS 10 Feb 2010 -- A series of avalanches struck a high pass in the Parwan Province of Afghanistan that have reportedly killed or injured hundreds of Afghan travelers. The avalanches, which occurred Feb. 8 and 9th, cut off a major route between Kabul and northern Afghanistan.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Concerns over emergency health care in Helmand offensive IRIN 10 Feb 2010 -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has voiced concern about access to health care for conflict-affected people in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, where a much-publicized offensive by thousands of Afghan and foreign forces is under way.
  • NATO creates "kill or capture" list for Taliban: German report IRNA 10 Feb 2010 -- NATO has created a "kill or capture" list for Taliban leaders, the weekly news magazine Stern reported Wednesday on its website.
  • Afghan opium crop to fall in 2010 - UN report RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2010 -- Opium cultivation in Afghanistan is likely to decrease in 2010, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said in a report released on Wednesday.
  • Opium production in Afghanistan may fall in 2010, UN reports UN News Centre 10 Feb 2010 -- The cultivation of opium – raw material for the world's deadliest drug, heroin – in Afghanistan could drop this year, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today, as bad weather is forecast during the country's current growing season.
  • South Korean Peacekeepers Depart For Haiti VOA 10 Feb 2010 -- South Korea has dispatched the first group of what will eventually be more than 200 peacekeeping troops in Haiti. VOA was there for the soldiers' departure from South Korea's main international airport.
  • PAKISTAN: Security fears hamper bomb victims’ treatment IRIN 10 Feb 2010 -- Four days after two bomb blasts on the same day killed 35 people in Pakistan’s commercial capital, Karachi, injured survivors are still trickling into the accident and emergency department of the city’s Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC).
  • Suicide Attacker in Pakistan Kills 18 Near Khyber Pass VOA 10 Feb 2010 -- Officials in northwest Pakistan say a suicide bomber blew himself up near a tribal police patrol Wednesday, killing at least 18 people, including 11 officers, and wounding more than 15 others.
  • Mobility Airmen deliver rapid response to aid Haiti AFNS 10 Feb 2010 -- Airmen and assets from Air Mobility Command quickly mobilized for the Haitian relief effort to establish the capability for sustained air mobility operations here.
  • ACU-2 Provides Relief to Haiti During Unified Response Navy NewsStand 10 Feb 2010 -- As part of Operation Unified Response, the crew of Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2 has been working non-stop from dropping off a Marine Air-Ground Task Force assigned to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), to carrying approximately 300 tons of cargo to Killick Haitian Coast Guard Base.
  • Civil Affairs Team Coordinates Assistance with Government Officials in Cap Haitien Navy NewsStand 10 Feb 2010 -- A civil affairs team from the Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command met with the delegate of Cap Haitien Feb. 5 to discuss the city's current capabilities and how the team can assist the local government.
  • US Military Collaborates with Haitian Relief Organization, Salvation Army Navy NewsStand 10 Feb 2010 -- The combined efforts of the Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command, the Navy HM-14 squadron from Norfolk, Va., the Jenkins-Penn Haitian Relief Organization and the Salvation Army resulted in the delivery of 1,000 pounds of supplies to Cap Haitien Feb. 7.

Defense Policy / Programs

  • Miliband forced to release torture evidence IRNA 10 Feb 2010 -- The British Foreign Office Wednesday was forced to release secret CIA evidence that former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed was effectively tortured while he was being held in Pakistan.
  • British Government Loses Court Battle Over Former Guantanamo Detainee VOA 10 Feb 2010 -- A British court has ordered the government to disclose secret intelligence about the treatment of a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, who alleges he was tortured while in U.S. custody with the knowledge of British agencies.
  • DoD News: Secretary Gates on Death of Congressman Charlie Wilson DoD 10 Feb 2010
  • Samuel B. Roberts Arrives in Lagos, Nigeria Navy NewsStand 10 Feb 2010 -- USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) pulled into Lagos, Nigeria, to conduct a series of military-to-military interactions, theater security cooperation engagements and community relations (COMREL) projects Feb. 10.
  • USS Cole Deploys from Naval Station Norfolk Navy NewsStand 10 Feb 2010 -- The Arleigh Burke-class, guided missile destroyer, USS Cole (DDG 67) deployed from Naval Station Norfolk, Feb. 8 for a scheduled seven-month deployment to the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf area of operations.
  • Army Space Power Wargame Seminar II Army News 10 Feb 2010 -- Early yesterday morning, Brig. Gen. Kurt S. Story, deputy commanding general for operations, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT), kicked off the Army Space Power Wargame Seminar II here. The focus of the event is Land Component Operations in Degraded, Denied and Disrupted Space Operations Environment. The four-day event is a follow-on to last month's Warfighter's Forum and brings together key Army and industry leaders who will provide their insight and subject matter expertise.
  • 1st Brigade Combat Team cases colors for deployment to Afghanistan Army News 10 Feb 2010 -- The 1st Brigade Combat Team cased its colors Feb. 9 at Magrath Gym, officially making the final preparations for its upcoming deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • NMCB 3 Completes Base Improvement Project in Rota Navy NewsStand 10 Feb 2010 -- Nine Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 3 completed phase one of a sidewalk construction project at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota, Spain, Feb. 1.
  • A Bittersweet Final Homecoming for USS Philadelphia Navy NewsStand 10 Feb 2010 -- Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) returned to Naval Submarine Base New London Feb. 3, after a mission to the U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility - marking an end to her final routine deployment.
  • Air Force, Navy support functions begin merging into Joint Base Charleston AFNS 10 Feb 2010 -- Jan. 31 marked the beginning of the transitional period of initial operational capability for Joint Base Charleston officials, with the end-goal of full operational capability for the joint base by the end of fiscal 2010.
  • Travel routes connect South Korea, expand Japan services AFNS 10 Feb 2010 -- Pacific-based Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines will soon have more options available for traveling to and from the United States beginning this April, with the re-routing of current Patriot Express flights and the addition of a third weekly flight.
  • ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Demands Study, Gates Says AFPS 10 Feb 2010 -- The Defense Department’s review of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, which bans gays from serving openly in the military, will help to ensure readiness and unit cohesion remain intact if Congress repeals it, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in an interview aired last night.
  • Gates Europe Trip Takes on Middle Eastern Focus VOA 10 Feb 2010 -- The United States announced Wednesday it is freezing the assets of a senior commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, Gen. Rostam Qasemi, and four corporations it says are involved in spreading weapons of mass destruction. The moves further tighten U.S. government efforts to pressure Iran to abandon its alleged nuclear weapons program, and come as the United States is working to convince the United Nations Security Council to impose broader sanctions. The announcement also comes the day after U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates returned from six days in Europe, focused largely on the Iran issue.
  • Defence review must address low readiness of UK forces, say MPs IRNA 10 Feb 2010 -- The government’s planned Strategic Defence Review should take account of the current low readiness levels of the Armed Forces and the need for their effective recuperation, the Defence Select Committee said Wednesday.
  • Submarine procurement plan not dropped: defense ministry CNA 10 Feb 2010 -- The military has not dropped its plan to procure submarines to help beef up Taiwan's self-defense capability, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a statement Wednesday.
  • President touts arms buildup, combat preparedness CNA 10 Feb 2010 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday that a successful humanitarian mission carried out by an Air Force C-130 transport plane delivering relief goods to earthquake-ravaged Haiti late last month signifies that Taiwan's military buildup and combat preparedness is sufficient.
  • Russia Probes Bonuses For Punished Army Officer RFE/RL 10 Feb 2010 -- The Russian military is investigating a report that several army officers censured last year for beating recruits were given large financial bonuses, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.
  • Vietnam joins group of Russia's largest arms buyers - expert RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2010 -- Vietnam is turning into a major buyer of Russian armaments after India, with several contracts worth billions of U.S. dollars signed recently, a Russian expert said on Wednesday.

Defense Industry

Other Conflicts

News Reports

  • Salehi: 20 percent enrichment process in progress IRNA 10 Feb 2010 -- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said on Wednesday that the process of producing 20 percent enriched uranium is properly developing, adding that the president will expound on it to the people tomorrow.
  • US proposal on Tehran reactor, illogical: spokesman IRNA 10 Feb 2010 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mihman-Parast said on Wednesday that the US proposal that Iran shut down its Tehran research reactor and purchase medical isotopes instead is illogical.
  • Iranian Revolution: Post-Election Unrest Reveals Cracks In The Republic RFE/RL 10 Feb 2010 -- In the wake of the 1979 revolution, Iranians chose an Islamic Republic as the form of government that would embody their revolutionary ideals.
  • Washington Hits Iran's Revolutionary Guard With New Sanctions RFE/RL 10 Feb 2010 -- The United States has imposed new sanctions on a leader and several affiliates of Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) over its suspected involvement in spreading weapons of mass destruction.
  • U.S. introduces new sanctions against Iran's Islamic Guards Corps RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2010 -- The U.S. Treasury Department has further extended sanctions against Iran's Islamic Guards Corps (IRGC), the department said on its website on Wednesday.
  • Iran sanctions should help strengthen nonproliferation - deputy Russian FM RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2010 -- Any new sanctions against Iran should work toward the strengthening of the nonproliferation regime, a deputy Russian foreign minister said Wednesday in a signal that Moscow will not back strong punitive action against Tehran.
  • US to Target Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps with New Sanctions VOA 10 Feb 2010 -- The United States is targeting affiliates of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps with new sanctions designed to curtail the activities of individuals and companies involved in Iran's nuclear and missile program.
  • Iranian Opposition Calls for More Demonstrations VOA 10 Feb 2010 -- Iran's police chief is warning opposition protesters that security forces "will not allow anyone to disrupt" official ceremonies marking Thursday's anniversary of the country's 1979 revolution. Opposition leaders have called on supporters to turn out for a "peaceful demonstration."
  • Timing Uncertain for Next Steps by Congress on Iran Sanctions VOA 10 Feb 2010 -- With President Obama's announcement this week that his administration is working with new urgency to ratchet up sanctions against Iran's government over its nuclear program, attention is again turning to legislation pending in Congress to increase economic pressure. Iran's announcement that it is enriching uranium to 20 percent is likely to accelerate action by House and Senate lawmakers to formulate and send a final bill to President Obama targeting Iran's energy sector, but timing remains uncertain.
  • Endeavour shuttle docks with International Space Station RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2010 -- The NASA Endeavour space shuttle has successfully reached the International Space Station (ISS), NASA said on its website on Wednesday.
  • Vote rigged in Ukraine - Tymoshenko headquarters RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2010 -- Ukraine's presidential election was rigged in some regions and this has been proven legally, a Ukrainian first deputy prime minister said Wednesday.
  • Ukraine's Yanukovych says premier should resign, join opposition RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2010 -- Viktor Yanukovych, who preliminary results showed narrowly winning Ukraine's presidential election, on Wednesday urged his opponent, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, to resign and move into the opposition.
  • Ukraine vote count shows win for Yanukovych, recount demanded RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2010 -- Viktor Yanukovych narrowly won Ukraine's presidential election with 48.95% of the vote, according to preliminary results announced on Wednesday after election authorities finished counting ballots.
  • New Ukrainian Leader Faces Weak Public Support VOA 10 Feb 2010 -- Aides to Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko say she is planning a legal challenge to Sunday's presidential election results, which showed a victory for former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych. In any case, the new president will assume power with less than 50 percent of the vote and amid deep public distrust toward governmental institutions.
  • Sri Lanka Prez dissolves parliament; general elections on 8th April IRNA 10 Feb 2010 -- The General Election in Sri Lanka will be held on April 8. The Gazette notification issued on Tuesday says the nominations will be accepted from 19 of this month to 26th Feb.
  • Ban voices concern to Sri Lankan leader over recent developments UN News Centre 10 Feb 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his concerns about recent developments in Sri Lanka, where a defeated presidential candidate has been arrested and Parliament dissolved, to the leader of the South Asian country and announced plans to dispatch his top political official to the island nation for further dialogue.
  • U.S. Embassy Cautions Bosnian Serbs On Referendum Bill RFE/RL 10 Feb 2010 -- The United States has said it would regard as "provocative" any referendum that threatens the sovereignty or territorial integrity of Bosnia-Herzegovina, RFE/RL's Balkan Service reports.
  • What Yanukovych's Victory Means For Georgia RFE/RL 10 Feb 2010 -- Viktor Yanukovych's victory in Ukraine's presidential election is an unpleasant result for Georgia.
  • Governments, Businesses Underline Commitment To Save Baltic Sea RFE/RL 10 Feb 2010 -- Political and business leaders from the Baltic Sea region have pledged to save what they call "one of the most polluted seas in the world."
  • Thai prosecutors to release crew of arms cargo plane RIA Novosti 10 Feb 2010 -- Thai prosecutors on Thursday will announce a decision to drop charges against the crew of a cargo plane that was seized with illegal weaponry from North Korea on board, Thailand's The Nation internet news site has reported.
  • Nigerian President's Supporters Question Legality of Acting President VOA 10 Feb 2010 -- Some supporters of Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua plan a legal challenge to the appointment of vice president Goodluck Jonathan as acting leader. Nigerian lawmakers made the move more than ten weeks after President Yar'Adua left for medical treatment in Saudi Arabia.

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