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17 February 2010 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 17 Feb 2010 [PDF]
  • Iraqis Detain Weapons Dealer, Bomb Maker AFPS 17 Feb 2010 -- Iraqi security forces arrested a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq weapons dealer and two other suspected terrorists during a series of combined operations in Baghdad today.
  • 308th teaches Iraqi mechanics 'Pride in Performance' Army News 17 Feb 2010 -- The Iraqi Army's adoption of the humvee as a normal part of their tactical vehicle fleet has created the need for expert mechanics trained on the famous truck.
  • U.S. forces continue to shift responsibility to Iraqis Army News 17 Feb 2010 -- U.S. military leaders returned four camps to the government of Iraq in the country's southern region Jan. 30.
  • One step closer to drawdown Soldiers sign over Joint Security Station Army News 17 Feb 2010 -- The Government of Iraq took ownership of Joint Security Station 799 from Company C, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during a Feb. 14 ceremony.
  • Paratroopers prep for U.S-Iraqi combined training Army News 17 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Army paratroopers took a first step toward a combined U.S. - Iraqi airborne training exercise when 183 paratroopers jumped onto Iraqi soil here Feb. 12 as part of their sustained airborne training.
  • Iraq takes major step toward securing coastline Army News 17 Feb 2010 -- As part of the effort by the government of Iraq to increase the stability and international standing of the country, the Iraqi Navy officially welcomed two new ships to its fleet during a ceremony along the country's southern coast Feb. 14.
  • Iran Continues to Subvert Iraq, Officials Say AFPS 17 Feb 2010 -- As national elections in Iraq loom on the horizon, Iran continues to subvert its western neighbor’s security and political infrastructure, top American military officials said.
  • Mystery Of Taliban Military Leader's Capture Deepens RFE/RL 17 Feb 2010 -- The capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's top military leader and second-most-influential leader within its ranks, has been confirmed. But the circumstances and reasons behind his detention are anything but clear.
  • Afghanistan Operations Seize Suspects, Weapons AFPS 17 Feb 2010 -- Combined Afghan and international forces uncovered weapons caches and detained suspected insurgents during multiple operations in Afghanistan today.
  • 470th Military Intelligence Brigade deploys Soldiers to Afghanistan Army News 17 Feb 2010 -- When a number of Soldiers of the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade embraced their spouses this Valentine's Day weekend, they were also saying goodbye.
  • Afghans, Airmen conduct rescue mission following flash flood AFNS 17 Feb 2010 -- Afghan National Army Air Corps members led a rescue operation in which they, along with their U.S. advisors from the 738th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group, rescued 83 Afghan villagers during a flash flood Feb. 8 in Kandahar.
  • Afghan Army Claims Part of Town at Center of Southern Offensive VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- Afghan soldiers raised their national flag Wednesday over the main market in the southern town at the center of a major offensive against the Taliban.
  • White House Calls Taliban Commander's Capture 'Big Success' VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- The White House and the Pakistani military are confirming that top Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is in custody.
  • Afghan Army Raises Flag Over Key Town VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- The Afghan army raised the national flag Wednesday over the main market in the southern town at the center of a major offensive against the Taliban.
  • Analysts: Taliban Commander Arrest Signals Change in Pakistani Mindset VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- As the U.S.-led coalition targets a major Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan, U.S. officials say they have captured the group's top military commander in Pakistan, with the help of Pakistani authorities. The arrest of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar follows reports that Pakistani Taliban leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, died in a suspected U.S. missile strike in Pakistan earlier this year. Our correspondent in Islamabad examines the U.S.-Pakistani relationship in the fight against the Taliban.
  • Army Aviation Plays Key ‘Moshtarak’ Role AFPS 17 Feb 2010 -- When Operation Moshtarak kicked off here Feb. 13, Army helicopter crews from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade inserted nearly 300 Marines and Afghan security forces into Marja, Afghanistan, under cover of darkness.
  • AFGHANISTAN: No camp for Marjah displaced IRIN 17 Feb 2010 -- The government and aid agencies have decided not to set up a camp for hundreds of families displaced by fighting between pro-government forces and the Taliban in the Marjah area of the southern province of Helmand.
  • Taliban 'using human shields' against NATO, Afghan forces RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Taliban militants are using women and children as living shields as they attempt to counter a major NATO and Afghan army offensive, the chief of the Afghan General Staff said on Wednesday.
  • Pakistan confirms capture of top Taliban military commander RIA Novosti 17 Feb 2010 -- Pakistan confirmed on Wednesday that the top Taliban military commander had been captured last week, the BBC reported.
  • Humanitarian actors need urgent funding to aid Afghans, says UN official UN News Centre 17 Feb 2010 -- A senior United Nations official today appealed for support for a nearly $900 million plan to assist Afghanistan’s most vulnerable communities who have been affected by natural disasters and conflict, as well as to support longer-term development and reconstruction.
  • What Does ‘Victory’ In Marjah Mean? RFE/RL 17 Feb 2010 -- After eight years of war in Afghanistan marked by inept military planning and support for corrupt politicians, brutal mercenaries, drug lords, and capricious regional chiefs, the U.S. government and media are placing considerable emphasis on a new war strategy inspired by President Barack Obama's "surge" of 30,000 troops into the fray and General Stanley McChrystal's policy aimed at reducing civilian casualties.
  • Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Ambassador Lucke and Lt. Gen. Keen from Haiti DoD 17 Feb 2010 -- Presenter: U.S. Special Coordinator for Relief and Reconstruction Ambassador Lewis Lucke and Commander, Joint Task Force Haiti Lt. Gen. Ken Keen
  • US Haiti Relief Effort in Transition to Civilian Phase VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- The commander of U.S. military relief efforts in Haiti said Wednesday that the operation is becoming more civilian and more Haitian, but that there is still an important role for his troops in the earthquake-ravaged country.
  • Naval Aviation Reserve VR Forces Provide Critical Support to Haiti Navy NewsStand 17 Feb 2010 -- Answering the call for help and leaving behind their civilian lives, hundreds of Naval Reservists assigned to fleet logistic support squadrons (VRs) deployed Jan. 14 to support Haiti relief efforts as part of Operation Unified Response.
  • Demand Dwindles for U.S. Forces in Haiti, Official Says AFPS 17 Feb 2010 -- The need for U.S military forces in Haiti is dwindling as Haitian authorities and nongovernmental organizations begin to accept a greater share of relief efforts in the ravaged country, an American military official said.
  • Haitian health needs shift to post-operative care – UN UN News Centre 17 Feb 2010 -- The focus of relief efforts in Haiti has shifted to post-operative care as the recovery process enters its second month, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.
  • France's Sarkozy Offers Aid Package for Haiti VOA 17 Feb 2010 -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy has proposed an aid package to Haiti worth about $447 million over the next two years to help rebuild the earthquake-ravaged country.
  • JFCC-Space continues to support Haiti mission AFNS 17 Feb 2010 -- Members of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space here are continuing to support relief efforts in Haiti by providing space effects such as satellite communications and position timing and navigation services.

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