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15 February 2010 Military News

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  • Operation Moshtarak Clearing Phase Continues AFPS 15 Feb 2010 -- The clearing phase of Operation Moshtarak in the center of Afghanistan’s Helmand province continued yesterday, with combined Afghan and international forces conducting a number of mounted and dismounted patrols, military officials reported.
  • AFGHANISTAN: Offensive delays polio immunization drive in Helmand IRIN 15 Feb 2010 -- Under-five children in Nad Ali District, Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, are missing out on polio immunization due to an ongoing military operation against the Taliban by Afghan and NATO forces.
  • Civilian deaths ‘serious setback’ to Afghan surge - UK military chief IRNA 15 Feb 2010 -- Britain’s Chief of the Defence Staff admitted Monday that the killing of 12 civilians in Helmand had damaged Operation Moshtarak's efforts to win support of local communities in Afghanistan.
  • Marjah Offensive Puts Afghan Civilians On The Front Line RFE/RL 15 Feb 2010 -- NATO and Afghan forces are pushing deep into the town of Marjah -- a major smuggling hub and Taliban stronghold -- on the third day of a large-scale offensive in Helmand Province.
  • UN officials warn of threat to aid as fighting steps up in southern Afghanistan UN News Centre 15 Feb 2010 -- United Nations officials in Afghanistan have called on combatants to the current fighting between Afghan and NATO forces and Taliban militants in the south of the country to respect the neutrality of humanitarian workers and to allow the provision of aid to civilians displaced by the conflict.
  • Polio the target of UN-backed vaccination scheme in Afghanistan and Pakistan UN News Centre 15 Feb 2010 -- Millions of Afghan and Pakistani children will receive polio vaccinations this week as part of a coordinated effort by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN political mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) to tackle the spread of the deadly disease.
  • Military says Afghan Offensive Making Steady Progress VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- Top military commanders in Afghanistan say a major anti-Taliban offensive in the southern Helmand Province is making steady progress. But the United Nations has expressed concern over reports of civilian deaths in the fighting and has called for warring sides to ensure protection of non-combatants.
  • Suspected U.S. Drone Strike Kills 3 in Pakistan VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- Pakistani officials say a suspected U.S. drone strike killed at least three militants in a northwestern tribal region Monday, a day after a similar attack in the same area.
  • UN agency launches Web tool to help aid workers get food to Haitians in need UN News Centre 15 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today launched an interactive Web-based tool containing information on usable roads, crop calendars and damaged areas in Haiti to help aid workers in the Caribbean country better distribute food and combat shortages in the wake of last month's earthquake.

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  • Russia 'fixing' technical issues delaying S-300 deliveries to Iran RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Russia is resolving the technical problems which have delayed the delivery of advanced S-300 air defense systems to Iran, a Russian defense industry official said on Monday.
  • No new nuclear proposals to Iran - Russia RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Russia dismissed on Monday reports that world powers had made new offers to Iran on uranium reprocessing in a bid to defuse growing tensions over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
  • Iran considers 'new' nuclear proposal from Russia, U.S., France RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Iran's top nuclear official said on Monday the Islamic Republic was considering a new offer from Russia, the United States and France on nuclear fuel enrichment, the ILNA news agency reported.
  • France, Russia and US Deny New Nuke Deal Presented to Iran VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- Iran's nuclear energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi says France, Russia and the United States have presented a new proposal to Tehran involving the exchange of its stockpile of low grade uranium. But U.S., Russian and French officials are denying a new offer has been presented.
  • Clinton Urges Iranians to 'Take Back Authority' from Revolutionary Guards VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday she hopes Iran's mainstream leaders can recapture authority from the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps that she said threatens to take the country toward a military dictatorship. Clinton is in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on the last leg of Gulf trip focusing on Iran's nuclear program.
  • West Criticizes Iran Rights Record At UN Council Meeting RFE/RL 15 Feb 2010 -- Western countries expressed concern today at the UN Human Rights Council over the violent methods employed by Iran against protests over the country's disputed presidential election
  • U.S., Israel Seek To Shore Up Support For Tough Iran Stance RFE/RL 15 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is meeting with the Saudi leadership in Riyadh today, hoping to enlist the kingdom in persuading China to support a tougher stand against Iran's nuclear ambitions.
  • Iran Says Studying New Nuclear Fuel Deal VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- Iran says it is studying new proposals for a nuclear fuel deal from the United States, Russia and France, though Paris and Moscow deny that any new offers were made.
  • Clinton: Iran Heading Toward Military Dictatorship VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States believes Iran is becoming a military dictatorship, adding that Iran's elite military force, the Revolutionary Guard, is "in effect, supplanting the government."
  • Japanese Human Rights Advocates Pressure North Korea VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Il will celebrate his birthday tomorrow. Human rights advocates in Japan are using that anniversary to step up pressure on the isolated country. They are calling on North Korean citizens to overthrow their government and asking Japan to help fund the effort.
  • Iraqi Election Bans Raise Fears Of Sectarianism, Renewed Violence RFE/RL 15 Feb 2010 -- Concerns are growing in Iraq that an election blacklist crafted by a Shi'a-led panel is exacerbating tensions between Sunni and Shi'ite Arabs -- threatening prospects for reconciliation.
  • International Space Station's 'Room with a View' in Place VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- Astronauts have managed to move the International Space Station's so-called "room with a view" into position. NASA officials say the astronauts had to grapple with a series of challenges to get the job done.
  • Terror scare over US passenger forces flight back to UK IRNA 15 Feb 2010 -- A British Airways (BA) flight had to return to London two hours into its journey after a terror scare over an American passenger, it was revealed Monday.
  • India Investigates Possible Militants' Involvement in Pune Blasts VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- Indian police are investigating the possible involvement of an Indian Islamist group and Pakistan-based militants in a bomb blast that killed nine people in the Western city of Pune. The blast occurred just one day after India and Pakistan scheduled their first peace talks in more than a year. The talks are likely to go ahead despite the bombing attack.
  • Plotters Jailed for Australian Terror Conspiracy VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- Five men convicted of a terrorist conspiracy in Australia's biggest city, Sydney, have been given jail sentences of 23 to 28 years. The men were found guilty late last year of charges that included possessing bomb-making instructions and explosive chemicals.
  • Tymoshenko to challenge Ukraine poll results in top court on Tues. RIA Novosti 15 Feb 2010 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's presidential election campaign headquarters said on Monday it would contest rival Viktor Yanukovych's victory in court tomorrow.
  • Ukraine Presidential Vote Faces Court Challenge VOA 15 Feb 2010 -- Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is mounting a formal legal challenge against the results of Ukraine's recent presidential election, amid indications that apparent winner Viktor Yanukovych may be inaugurated as early as February 25.
  • Former Armenian Official Arrested For Leaking Presidential Order RFE/RL 15 Feb 2010 -- The Armenian Defense Ministry says a former senior ministry official has been arrested on suspicion of disclosing a secret government order that made military involvement possible in the suppression of the 2008 opposition protests in Yerevan, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.

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