14 February 2010 Military News
- Moshtarak, Other Operations Continue in Afghanistan AFPS 14 Feb 2010 -- Operation Moshtarak, the Afghan-led initiative to assert government authority in the center of Afghanistan’s Helmand province, completed its first day of clearing operations yesterday, military officials reported.
- Off-target Rockets Prompt Apology for Civilian Casualties AFPS 14 Feb 2010 -- International forces in Afghanistan have suspended use of an artillery rocket system, pending a review of an incident today in which two rockets missed their target and killed 12 civilians in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.
- NATO Acknowledges Responsibility for Killing 12 Civilians During Afghan Offensive VOA 14 Feb 2010 -- NATO has acknowledged responsibility for killing 12 Afghan civilians during a major U.S.-led offensive against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.
- Mines, Gunfire Slow Progress In Afghan Offensive RFE/RL 14 Feb 2010 -- Reports from Afghanistan says that thousands of Afghan and allied troops are trying to consolidate gains on the second day of a major offensive against the Taliban in the southern province of Helmand.
- U.S. drone kills five militants in northwest Pakistan RIA Novosti 14 Feb 2010 -- At least five militants were killed in Pakistan's North Waziristan region on the border with Afghanistan on Sunday during a U.S. drone attack, Pakistani security officials said.
- Suspected U.S. Drone Strike Kills 7 in NW Pakistan VOA 14 Feb 2010 -- A suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's lawless northwestern tribal belt killed seven militants Sunday.
- SURFPAC Surgeon Joins International Haiti Relief Effort Navy NewsStand 14 Feb 2010 -- The force surgeon for Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) is currently acting as the surgeon for Joint Forces Maritime Component Commander in Haiti following a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated the country Jan. 12.
- Carter Hall Returns to GTMO, On-loads More Relief Supplies Navy NewsStand 14 Feb 2010 -- USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) returned to Naval Base Guantanamo Bay (GTMO), Cuba, Feb. 10 and loaded more than 200 pallets of food and humanitarian relief supplies to support Operation Unified Response in Haiti.
- Navy, NGOs Bring Hope to Haiti Navy NewsStand 14 Feb 2010 -- A Maritime Civil Affairs Team dispatched from USS Bataan (LHD 5), works with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like Hope for Haiti in Carrefour, to distribute relief aid to displaced Haitians in the region.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Biden, Cheney Spar Over Terror Policy VOA 14 Feb 2010 -- The current and former vice presidents of the United States sparred over terror policy Sunday on American television.
- NAVFAC Southwest Holds Conference for Camp Pendleton ARRA Naval Hospital Project Navy NewsStand 14 Feb 2010 -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest held a pre-proposal conference at Liberty Station Naval Training Center Promenade in San Diego Jan. 14 for the Recovery Act project to build a new hospital at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
- CFAY Rolls Out Navy Working Uniform Navy NewsStand 14 Feb 2010 -- Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka's (CFAY) Navy Exchange (NEX) rolled out the new Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Feb. 10.
- Airfield Lighting Project Off to a Bright Start Navy NewsStand 14 Feb 2010 -- The airfield at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (NAS JRB) New Orleans will soon be much brighter thanks to a $14.9 million project funded under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
- Russia-U.S. arms cuts treaty must be equal for both — Lavrov RIA Novosti 14 Feb 2010 -- A new treaty on nuclear arms reduction between Russia and the United States will not be granting any unilateral benefits, the Russian foreign minister said.
- Moscow wants explanation on U.S.-Bulgaria missile shield talks RIA Novosti 14 Feb 2010 -- Moscow waits for detailed explanations concerning U.S. plans to deploy elements of its missile shield in Bulgaria, the Russian foreign minister said.
- YEMEN: Small arms sales heading underground IRIN 14 Feb 2010 -- The government has started imposing tough new restrictions on arms dealers in local markets, but this is merely pushing the trade underground, say local NGO activists and military officials.
- Ivorian Opposition Coalition to Demand President Gbagbo’s Resignation VOA 14 Feb 2010 -- A leading member of Ivory Coast’s opposition coalition says the group will Monday demand the resignation of embattled President Laurent Gbagbo after he dissolved the government and the electoral commission ahead of this year’s election.
- Analyst Sees Potential Problems With Sudan's April Elections VOA 14 Feb 2010 -- Campaigning for Sudan’s first multi-party election in 24 years is underway after kicking off over the weekend.
- Clinton Urges Iran to Change 'Dangerous' Nuclear Policy VOA 14 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says it is time for Iran to be held to account for what she said is that country's "pursuit of nuclear weapons." Clinton spoke at a forum on U.S.-Islamic relations in Doha, Qatar, where that Gulf states' prime minister urged more efforts at dialogue with Tehran.
- Iranian Crackdown on Baha'is, Opposition Activists, Journalists Continues VOA 14 Feb 2010 -- The Iranian press is reporting that a number of Baha'is have been arrested, along with opposition activists, journalists, and human-rights defenders, during an ongoing crackdown. U.S. officials will speak Monday at a U.N. Human Rights Commission meeting in Geneva to urge Iran to improve its human-rights record.
- Netanyahu Heads to Russia with Call for 'Crippling Sanctions' on Iran VOA 14 Feb 2010 -- Israel's leader is heading to Russia to discuss an escalating crisis over Iran's nuclear program.
- 8 killed, 32 injured in a powerful bomb blast in Pune IRNA 14 Feb 2010 -- Eight persons were killed and thirty two others were injured in a powerful blast in Pune, a city of Maharashtra state Saturday evening.
- Indian Bakery Blast Kills Nine, Wounds 57 VOA 14 Feb 2010 -- Indian officials are investigating who may be responsible for a bombing that killed nine people and wounded scores of others late Saturday in the western city of Pune.
- NASA astronauts complete 2nd spacewalk to hook up plumbing RIA Novosti 14 Feb 2010 -- Endeavour shuttle astronauts successfully completed their second spacewalk early on Sunday to install plumbing for a new technological module of the International Space Station, NASA officials said.
- Astronauts Complete Spacewalk Early After Ammonia Leak VOA 14 Feb 2010 -- The International Space Station's newest room has working power after spacewalking astronauts managed to hook up plumbing to the module despite a leak of ammonia coolant.
- Yanukovych Officially Declared Winner; Tymoshenko Vows To Fight RFE/RL 14 Feb 2010 -- Ukraine's Central Election Commission has officially declared Viktor Yanukovych the winner of the presidential election held on February 7, but Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is claiming fraud and has pledged to take the case to court.
- Yanukovych rules out Tymoshenko's premiership in Ukraine RIA Novosti 14 Feb 2010 -- Ukraine's president-elect, opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych, said Sunday he would not let his rival Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko remain on her post but pledged to take into account the interests of her supporters.
- Yanukovych officially named winner of Ukraine presidential election RIA Novosti 14 Feb 2010 -- Opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych won Ukraine's presidential election, the country's Central Election Commission (CEC) officially declared Sunday.
- Ukraine PM to Challenge Presidential Election Results VOA 14 Feb 2010 -- Ukrainian election officials say they will not consider Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's complaints of presidential election fraud. Opposition leader Victor Yanukovich defeated Ms. Tymoshenko by 3.5 percentage points in the February 7 runoff election. Voters have mixed feelings about Ms. Tymoshenko's attempts to win the presidency.
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