13 February 2010 Military News
- Airpower Summary: Feb. 11 AFNS 13 Feb 2010
- Airpower Summary: February 10 AFNS 13 Feb 2010
- Training Iraqis to rain steel from above Army News 13 Feb 2010 -- As the U.S. military prepares to leave all of Iraq's security in the hands of Iraqi forces, the training the two forces have conducted has created a military capable of defending Iraq's sovereignty from any threat.
- Engineers upgrade electrical system at key Iraqi agency Army News 13 Feb 2010 -- Sustainable electrical power in Iraq has been in short supply for generations. Even before the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, Iraqis only had electricity for two to four hours a day. And most Iraqi citizens just work around the outages, and carry on without electricity.
- New oil service center opens at JBB Army News 13 Feb 2010 -- Officials with the Mayor's Cell and Shaykh Shehab Ahmed Al-Tmime celebrated the opening of the new oil service center with a ribbon cutting ceremony Feb. 8 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.
- Iraqi commands train to train others Army News 13 Feb 2010 -- Trained in advanced operations, close quarters marksmanship, information gathering and taking action against possible threats, Iraqi commandos have a wide array of skills to teach and guide other Iraqi Army units on how to function in combat.
- Clearing Operations Begin in Central Helmand AFPS 13 Feb 2010 -- Key military clearing operations for Operation Moshtarak have begun in the central part of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Afghan government officials announced today.
- NATO, Afghan Troops Push into Taliban Stronghold VOA 13 Feb 2010 -- U.S.-led NATO troops and Afghan forces launched a much anticipated ground offensive early Saturday in southern Afghanistan. The operation is codenamed "Moshtarak," which in Dari means "together." Its goal is to regain control of one of the Taliban's largest remaining strongholds. Afghan officials say 20 suspected militants have been killed so far. NATO said roadside bombs killed three American service members and another soldier Saturday, while a fifth soldier was shot and killed.
- Gunston Hall Completes Mission in Haiti Navy NewsStand 13 Feb 2010 -- The Whidbey Island-class dock-landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) departed the waters near Carrefour, Haiti, Feb. 12 after providing humanitarian assistance to the Haitian people as part of Operation Unified Response, following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked the Caribbean island Jan. 12.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Lynn Seeks Australian Cooperation in Cybersecurity AFPS 13 Feb 2010 -- The alliance between the United States and Australia goes back to 1908 and has strengthened through shared sacrifices on the battlefields of World War I to actions against al-Qaida in Afghanistan, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said here today.
- Deputy Secretary Discusses U.S.-Australia Alliance AFPS 13 Feb 2010 -- U.S. officials are “very satisfied” with the contributions Australia is making in Afghanistan and will not ask the nation for more troops in the country, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said during an interview here.
- UN, CSTO can cooperate in peacekeeping - Russian envoy RIA Novosti 13 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations and the Russia-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) have good opportunities to cooperate in peacekeeping, Russia's envoy to the UN told the UN Security Council on Friday.
- Yanukovych opens door to Russian navy keeping base in Ukraine RIA Novosti 13 Feb 2010 -- Viktor Yanukovych, the expected next Ukrainian president, says he cannot rule out Russia's Black Sea Fleet remaining in Ukraine after its lease on the Sevastopol naval base expires in 2017.
- Gaza War Crimes Fallout Deepens Political Rift in Israel VOA 13 Feb 2010 -- A year after Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip, fallout from the war is deepening political divisions in the Jewish state. The three-week conflict claimed the lives of 1,400 Palestinians, according to Arab accounts, and 13 Israelis.
- Ivory Coast Opposition: President No Longer Recognized VOA 13 Feb 2010 -- A coalition of opposition parties in Ivory Coast says it no longer recognizes President Laurent Gbagbo as the country's head of state.
- Iraqi Appeals Court Confirms Ban of Dozens of Candidates as Political Tension Mounts VOA 13 Feb 2010 -- Former Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi, whose influential political bloc in parliament was expected to win major support in upcoming March elections, says that he is "suspending his campaign," in the wake of the decision to bar several top Sunni political figures for alleged ties to the Ba'ath Party of ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
- Terror Bombing Hits Popular Bakery in Pune, India VOA 13 Feb 2010 -- At least nine people died and more than 40 were injured in an explosion at one of the most popular hangouts in the western Indian city of Pune. Authorities say they believe the blast at a bakery, popular with foreign visitors, is the first terror attack in the country in 14 months.
- NASA Astronauts Open Tranquility's Doors VOA 13 Feb 2010 -- The U.S. space agency NASA says the doors of the International Space Station's newest addition have been opened and several astronauts ventured inside for the first time.
- Tymoshenko announces election of Yanukovych illegitimate RIA Novosti 13 Feb 2010 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has announced that the election of Viktor Yanukovych as president was illegitimate.
- Crew of arms-laden cargo plane fly home from Thailand RIA Novosti 13 Feb 2010 -- The crew of the cargo plane detained in Thailand in December on suspicion of arms smuggling have landed in Kazakhstan, but bad weather delayed their flight home to the southern Kazakh city of Shymkent.
- Myanmar: Ban welcomes release of leading opposition politician UN News Centre 13 Feb 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the release today of a prominent opposition politician in Myanmar after six years of house arrest, saying he hopes the move will lead to a more credible and inclusive political process.
- Campaigning Begins for Sudan's Presidential Vote VOA 13 Feb 2010 -- Presidential contenders in Sudan kicked off their campaigns Saturday for the African country's first multiparty election in 24 years.
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