11 February 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 11 Feb 2010 [PDF]
- Iraqi Forces Capture Terrorist Leader, Others AFPS 11 Feb 2010 -- Iraqi Security Forces captured an explosives and assassination-cell leader and four additional suspected terrorists today during three operations here and in northern Iraq to suppress al-Qaida in Iraq, military officials said.
- USACE, Iraqi army open 'Location Command' facility Army News 11 Feb 2010 -- A new Iraqi army post built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officially opened its doors Feb. 9, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Tikrit. Construction on the facility, aptly named "Location Command," began in an open field near Tikrit in June of 2008.
- 5/7 Cav takes 'reins' of command at FOB Falcon Army News 11 Feb 2010 -- The leaders of 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, headquartered at Fort Stewart, took command of their area of responsibility in Iraq during a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Falcon, Jan. 22.
- 563rd Military Police Company returns from Iraq Army News 11 Feb 2010 -- Soldiers of 563rd Military Police Company, 91st Military Police Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, returned Feb. 3 from a yearlong deployment in Iraq, much to the delight of their waiting Families and friends during a welcome home ceremony at Magrath Gym.
- Quartermaster company augments 402nd Army Field Support Brigade Army News 11 Feb 2010 -- More than 150 Soldiers of the 249th Quartermaster Company have deployed to support 402nd Army Field Support Brigade reset and retrograde missions, marking the first time an active-duty company has been assigned to an AFSB.
- NATO Pursues New Strategy for Countering Afghan Insurgency VOA 11 Feb 2010 -- In recent days, NATO forces have been urging civilians to leave the town of Marjah in Helmand province before coalition forces launch a major offensive against the insurgents. Meanwhile, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is offering to negotiate with Taliban leaders while simultaneously encouraging their followers to join the central government in Kabul.
- 201st Military Intelligence Battalion cases colors anticipating deployment to Afghanistan Army News 11 Feb 2010 -- The 201st Military Intelligence Battalion cased its colors Feb. 5 as it prepares to deploy very soon to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
- Forces Remove Two Taliban Commanders From Fight AFPS 11 Feb 2010 -- Afghan and international forces captured one Taliban commander and killed another as part of multiple operations across Afghanistan last night, military officials reported.
- PAKISTAN: Shia IDPs fearful of being targeted IRIN 11 Feb 2010 -- Shias displaced from Orakzai Agency near the Pakistan-Afghan border and now living with hosts in Hangu and Kohat districts, North West Frontier Province (NWFP), say they feel unprotected and vulnerable living alongside other internally displaced persons (IDPs) who are predominantly Sunni.
- 15 Killed Near Police Station in NW Pakistan VOA 11 Feb 2010 -- Pakistani authorities say they suspect suicide bombers were responsible for separate blasts that killed at least 15 people near a police training facility in the northwest town of Bannu.
- Pakistan army helicopter crashes in tribal region IRNA 11 Feb 2010 -- Pakistan army says one of its gunship helicopters has crashed in a tribal region Wednesday.
- Suicide bomber kills 19 security men in Pakistan IRNA 11 Feb 2010 -- A suicide bomber Wednesday killed at least 19 security men, including an officer, in Pakistan’s tribal region near Afghan border, officials and witnesses said.
- US Vice President Biden: Pakistan Biggest Security Concern VOA 11 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says the security situation in Pakistan worries him more than that of Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan.
- Keesler medical teams aid Haiti relief efforts AFNS 11 Feb 2010 -- Airmen on 81st Medical Group critical care air transport teams here completed eight medical missions to provide care to victims of the Haiti earthquake who were airlifted from Haiti to hospitals in Florida, as of Feb. 7.
- HAITI: Tarps, not tents, please IRIN 11 Feb 2010 -- With the rainy season just weeks away in Haiti, where over a million people are still living in the open, there is an urgent need for waterproof shelter best met by tarps rather than tents, according to aid workers.
- USS Underwood, HSL-60 Return Home from Haiti Operations Navy NewsStand 11 Feb 2010 -- Guided-missile frigate USS Underwood (FFG 36) and Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron (Light) (HSL) 60, returned home to Mayport, Fla. on Feb. 9, after a one-month deployment to Port-Au-Prince area of Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response.
- Bataan's SAR Detachment Makes World Food Program Push to Haiti Navy NewsStand 11 Feb 2010 -- A detachment from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, embarked aboard USS Bataan (LHD 5), spent the early days of Operation Unified Response primarily conducting search and rescue missions and medical evacuations, but as conditions have changed so does the mission focus of the squadron.
- NHB Team Aboard Bataan Supports Haiti Relief Effort Navy NewsStand 11 Feb 2010 -- Doctors, nurses and hospital corpsmen from Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) have been embarked on board multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) since Jan. 17.
- 15th Finance Soldiers deploy to Haiti Army News 11 Feb 2010 -- After 10 days of intense, focused training and deployment preparation, 26 Soldiers of D Detachment, 15th Finance Management Company, are deploying this week to Haiti to serve in support of Operation Unified Response.
- Resolute Warriors make it happen in Haiti Army News 11 Feb 2010 -- Approximately 900 Soldiers assigned to the 7th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Eustis, Va., including troops from Fort Lee\'s 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and the 10th Transportation Company, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., are deployed to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response with the first wave of Soldiers having literally hit the ground running in mid-January to provide critical logistic support that has resulted in the delivery of desperately needed rice to some 138, 000 Haitian families.
- Press Conference on Situation in Haiti United Nations 11 Feb 2010
- Senior UN officials praise improving security situation in Haiti UN News Centre 11 Feb 2010 -- Almost a month after a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti, senior United Nations officials said today that the security situation in the Caribbean country has recovered to being nearly the same as it was before the disaster and that the thousands of additional troops and police officers requested by the Security Council are on the way.
- Airmen fly Haitian earthquake patients to U.S. for medical care AFNS 11 Feb 2010 -- Ten members of the 375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron here returned Jan. 30 from supporting earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.
- Airmen, Soldiers continue delivering troops, aid to Haiti AFNS 11 Feb 2010 -- Airmen and Soldiers from Joint Base Langley-Eustis and Fort Lee, Va., continued support of Operation Unified Response, loading nearly 70 tons of gear and supplies and more than 70 Soldiers aboard two C-17 Globemaster IIIs Feb. 8 and 9.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Gates Pays Tribute to Wilson Legacy in Afghanistan AFPS 11 Feb 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today remembered former Rep. Charlie Wilson, a 12-term Congressman from Texas, as “an extraordinary patriot” for his work in liberating Afghanistan from Soviet occupation.
- Charlie Wilson, Congressman Who Helped Drive Soviets Out Of Afghanistan, Is Dead RFE/RL 11 Feb 2010 -- Swashbuckler, womanizer, playboy -- all are appropriate words to describe Charlie Wilson, the larger-than-life former U.S. congressman who has died of heart failure at the age of 76..
- Chasing the U-2 AFNS 11 Feb 2010 -- "Gentlemen, start your engines."
- USS Ronald Reagan Wins Third Battle "E" Award Navy NewsStand 11 Feb 2010 -- Sailors assigned to aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) won the Battle Efficiency Ribbon, or Battle "E" Award, Feb. 10.
- Fort Rucker engineer unit deactivates Army News 11 Feb 2010 -- After calling Fort Rucker home for nearly 40 years, B Company, 46th Engineer Battalion's "Bravo Beast" Soldiers said goodbye Feb. 10 during a deactivation ceremony at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum.
- Army Aviation gunners discuss future issues Army News 11 Feb 2010 -- Gunnery Soldiers, instructors and other related personnel from different installations and allied countries discussed issues facing their craft during the Gunnery Working Group conference here Feb. 1-5.
- USS Carl Vinson Gets Well Deserved Down Time Navy NewsStand 11 Feb 2010 -- USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) stopped at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., for some much needed liberty Feb. 6 on their way home from relief efforts in Haiti.
- Top MP warns NATO to heed new Russian military doctrine RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2010 -- NATO should view Russia's new military doctrine as a signal the alliance needs to change its attitude if it wants better relations with Moscow, a senior Russian parliamentarian said Thursday.
- Russian forces form the core of the CIS Air Defense System RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2010
- Taiwan's top national security official resigns CNA 11 Feb 2010 -- Taiwan's top national security aide to President Ma Ying-jeou, announced his surprise resignation Thursday, citing family and health reasons.
- Veteran diplomat Hu named Taiwan's top national security aide CNA 11 Feb 2010 -- President Ma Ying-jeou wasted no time to appoint his new top national security advisor as Hu Wei-chen was selected to fill the void left by Su Chi, who resigned as the Secretary General of the National Security Council Thursday.
- UN official decries disarmament forum for lack of progress UN News Centre 11 Feb 2010 -- The Conference on Disarmament, the world’s sole multilateral disarmament negotiating forum, faces becoming irrelevant to international relations given its recent lack of progress, a senior United Nations official warned today.
- Remarks to the Press US Dept. of State 11 Feb 2010
- Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and CEA Chair Christina Romer, 2/11/10 The White House 11 Feb 2010
- ATK Composite Technology Supports Recent Atlas V Launch ATK 11 Feb 2010 -- Alliant Techsystems' (NYSE: ATK) composite technology supported today's successful launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The launch placed NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory into orbit.
- Boeing Teams With Hindustan Aeronautics Limited for P-8I Weapons Bay Doors Boeing 11 Feb 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it has formally signed a contract with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the India-based manufacturer to provide weapons bay doors for eight P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft that will be delivered to the Indian navy.
- Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Provide Rate Sensor Assemblies for the M1A1 Abrams Tank Northrop Grumman 11 Feb 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been selected by General Dynamics Land Systems to supply LRS-2000 Rate Sensor Assembly units for the Stabilized Commander's Weapon Station (SCWS) on the U.S. Army M1A1 Abrams tank.
- Northrop Grumman Delivers First Production STARLite Radars to U.S. Army Northrop Grumman 11 Feb 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) recently delivered the first two production AN/ZPY-1 STARLite radars for the U.S. Army's Extended Range / Multi-Purpose Unmanned Aerial System.
- Oshkosh Defense Awarded $5 Million FHTV Delivery Order Oshkosh 11 Feb 2010 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has been awarded a delivery order valued at more than $5 million from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) to produce more than 15 next-generation Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks (HEMTT). The order was issued under the Army’s Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) III contract.
- SAIC Awarded $12 Million Delivery Order to Develop U.S. Army Aviation Crew Member Simulators SAIC 11 Feb 2010 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced that it was awarded a delivery order by the U.S. Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) to develop the first integrated crew member simulators for CH-47 and UH-60 helicopters under the Non-rated Crew Member Manned Module (NCM3) program. The NCM3 simulators will integrate with the Army's Aviation Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (AVCATT) simulators. The contract has a 28 month base period of performance, a single option for a second variant, and a total value of more than $12 million if the option is exercised. Work will be performed primarily in Orlando, Fla. The delivery order was awarded under the second STRI (simulation, training and instrumentation) Omnibus Contract (STOC II).
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 11 Feb 2010
- Official Says MONUC Continues Help with Integrating Ex-Combatants Into Army VOA 11 Feb 2010 -- An official of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) says the group has been successful in helping with the integration of tens of thousands of former combatants into Congo’s national army.
- UN war crimes tribunal sentences former Rwandan soldier to 15 years in prison UN News Centre 11 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations-backed tribunal tasked with trying atrocities committed during the 1994 massacre in Rwanda of ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus today handed down a 15-year prison sentence to a former soldier, convicting him of direct and public incitement to commit genocide.
- Sudan: UN rights expert reports positive steps, but lack of progress in key areas UN News Centre 11 Feb 2010 -- Despite positive steps by the Sudanese authorities towards human rights in the country’s different regions, deficiencies persist in key areas, an independent United Nations expert said today.
- Some grounds for hope in Darfur conflict, UN peacekeeping official says UN News Centre 11 Feb 2010 -- Although sporadic fighting persists in Sudan’s Darfur region, where the Government and rebels have waged a deadly seven-year war, and formal talks for a political solution have not yet been possible, recent positive developments give rise for some optimism, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official said today.
- UN: Sudan at 'Critical Juncture' VOA 11 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations says the next 12 months in Sudan will be critical to ending the Darfur conflict and bringing a democratic transition to the country. With national elections scheduled for April and a referendum on the determination of Southern Sudan early next year, a senior U.N. official warned Thursday it is urgent that several key issues in Darfur be resolved.
- SUDAN: UXO threat to development, elections IRIN 11 Feb 2010 -- Major routes in Sudan have been cleared of landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXOs) but there are still areas where the devices threaten civilians, as well as affecting aid and development efforts, say officials.
- PHILIPPINES: Young men paying high price for Mindanao conflict IRIN 11 Feb 2010 -- Armed conflict and protracted displacement in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao are taking their toll on young men in many areas such as education, and forcing them into adult roles, say aid workers.
- President reaffirms Iranian resolve not to produce bomb IRNA 11 Feb 2010 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday reaffirmed Iranian resolve not to produce nuclear bomb because of ideological beliefs, though is capable of doing so.
- Iran delivers first batch of 20 pc fuel to produce isotopes IRNA 11 Feb 2010 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that Iran managed to deliver the first batch of 20 percent fuel on Wednesday to produce isotopes.
- Mottaki: West’s stands towards Iran’s nuclear program illogical IRNA 11 Feb 2010 -- IRI foreign minister said here Wednesday evening West’s stands towards Iran’s peaceful and logical nuclear program is irrational and illogical.
- Iran Touts Nuclear Advances Amid Reports Of Protests, Arrests RFE/RL 11 Feb 2010 -- Iranian opposition leaders are reported to have come under attack and their supporters have clashed with security forces, as Iran marks the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
- Cut-Offs Hamper Iran Communications, Social Sites RFE/RL 11 Feb 2010 -- Internet, mobile phone, e-mail, and SMS services in Iran have reportedly been disrupted, apparently in an attempt by authorities to prevent opposition activists from communicating and organizing protests.
- Report: Iran Leading Jailer Of Journalists In 2009 RFE/RL 11 Feb 2010 -- According to the International Press Institute's (IPI) annual review of world press freedom, Iran has become the leading jailer of journalists in the world.
- Russian, Iranian diplomats discuss Tehran's uranium enrichment RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2010 -- Russian and Iranian diplomats discussed on Thursday the situation around Tehran's nuclear program on the back of an announcement made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad earlier in the day that Iran had produced its first stock of 20%-enriched uranium.
- Iran produces first stock of enriched uranium RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2010 -- Iran has produced its first stock of 20%-enriched uranium, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the Iranian Fars news agency on Thursday.
- China urges more diplomacy on Iran RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2010 -- The Iranian nuclear issue should be resolved through diplomatic means, China said on Thursday, just days after Washington had urged new "significant" sanctions against Tehran.
- Iran Protesters Clash With Security Forces VOA 11 Feb 2010 -- Iranian opposition demonstrators clashed with security forces and paramilitary militiamen across the county Thursday during celebrations to mark the anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.
- On Revolution Day Iran Says Uranium Further Enriched VOA 11 Feb 2010 -- Iran's president has told a crowd gathered for the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that Iran has made its first batch of further-enriched uranium. The announcement is likely to provoke more criticism from from abroad, while the anniversary celebrations have drawn opposition at home.
- Iran vows to produce nuclear fuel only for domestic use RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2010 -- Iran's nuclear chief has said that Iran will use 20%- enriched uranium to produce nuclear fuel solely for domestic purposes.
- Japan, South Korea Unite in Demand for North Korean Nuclear Talks VOA 11 Feb 2010 -- The top diplomats of Japan and South Korea are closing ranks on their demand that North Korea return to negotiations to end its nuclear weapons programs. After a meeting in the South Korean capital, Tokyo's foreign minister also offered regrets aimed at soothing historical Korean grievances.
- UK security service should be more accountable, says Carlile IRNA 11 Feb 2010 -- A new system for monitoring Britain’s Security Service was needed in the wake of the Binyam Mohamed torture allegations and claims that parliament was misled, according to the government’s reviewer of terror laws.
- Ukraine's Tymoshenko Finally Appears, But Next Move Unclear RFE/RL 11 Feb 2010 -- After three days of suspense, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko appeared in public for the first time today since her loss to Viktor Yanukovych in the presidential election.
- Yanukovych camp says beating Tymoshenko in court RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2010 -- Viktor Yanukovych's opposition Party of Regions said on Thursday they were winning the court battle over Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's complaints of vote-rigging in Ukraine's presidential election.
- Tymoshenko Refuses to Concede Ukraine Election Defeat VOA 11 Feb 2010 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko continues to resist calls to concede election defeat despite growing domestic and international consensus that Sunday's vote gave the presidency to her opponent, Viktor Yanukovych. In her first public appearance since the election, Ms. Tymoshenko did not mention the vote, but attacked projected winner Viktor Yanukovych for breaking campaign promises.
- Atlas V launches solar observatory from Cape Canaveral AFNS 11 Feb 2010 -- Officials from the 45th Space Wing here launched a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 here at 10:23 a.m. EST Feb. 11.
- NASA Launches Observatory to Study Sun and Space Weather VOA 11 Feb 2010 -- The sun is the driving force behind the Earth's climate, but changes in the sun affect more than just the weather on this planet. NASA has launched its Solar Dynamics Observatory, which is expected to deliver unparalleled images of the sun. These images will allow scientists to study "space weather" that can affect satellite communications, navigation systems and even electrical power lines here on Earth.
- Iraq expels U.S. security staff linked to civilian deaths RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2010 -- The Iraqi authorities have ordered several hundred former employees of the U.S. Blackwater security firm to leave the country in seven days, local television reported.
- For Bosnia’s Dodik, Referendum Law Means It's Make Or Break Time RFE/RL 11 Feb 2010 -- The parliament of Republika Srpska on February 10 pushed through a law that will allow the Bosnian entity to conduct referendums. The controversial law comes at the urging of the republic's prime minister, Milorad Dodik, who has threatened to use a public plebiscite to challenge the authority of Bosnia's international minders or even break from the country's Muslim-Croat republic.
- Lieberman Calls Serb Republic Referendum Law 'Disappointing And Alarming' RFE/RL 11 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman today criticized a move by the Bosnian Serb parliament to approve a law on referendums that could be used to call for secession from Bosnia.
- EU Leaders Pledge Coordinated Action To Help Greece RFE/RL 11 Feb 2010 -- European Union leaders, meeting today in Brussels, said they are prepared to take joint action to help Greece's troubled economy in order to avoid a broader economic crisis in the eurozone that could undermine the stability of the common currency.
- Thai court orders release of arms cargo plane crew RIA Novosti 11 Feb 2010 -- The Thai criminal court ordered on Thursday the release of the crew of a cargo plane that was seized with illegal weaponry from North Korea on board, a court spokesman said.
- UN expert hopes to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi in upcoming trip UN News Centre 11 Feb 2010 -- A United Nations independent human rights expert today voiced hope that he will be able to hold talks with pro-democracy leader and Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi when he visits Myanmar next week.
- Acting Nigerian President's Appointment Opens Field for 2011 Election VOA 11 Feb 2010 -- The appointment of Vice President Goodluck Jonathan as Nigeria's acting leader opens the field for the ruling party's candidate for 2011. Lawmakers made the move more than 10 weeks after President Umaru Yar'Adua left for a hospital in Saudi Arabia.
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