18 February 2010 Military News
- Airpower Summary: Feb. 14 AFNS 18 Feb 2010
- Airpower Summary: Feb. 13 AFNS 18 Feb 2010
- Airpower Summary: Feb. 12 AFNS 18 Feb 2010
- Deployed Global Hawks surpass 30,000 combat flying hours, 1,500 sorties AFNS 18 Feb 2010 -- One of the largest unmanned aerial systems operating in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, the RQ-4 Global Hawk, surpassed 30,000 combat flying hours and 1,500 combat sorties Feb. 10 here.
- Commercial Movement Division manages Iraqi transportation companies Army News 18 Feb 2010 -- In the past seven months, the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) has aided in the expansion of Al Sequir's Iraqi Transportation Network and other companies that support the movement of equipment and supplies throughout Iraq.
- Press conference reveals progress in Babil Army News 18 Feb 2010 -- Key leaders with the Babil Provincial Reconstruction Team and the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, held a press conference Feb. 15, 2010, at Forward Operating Base Kalsu, to present U.S. personnel to the Iraqi media and discuss current and future efforts in rebuilding Iraq's essential services.
- Iraqi Army's UAVs give troops the big picture Army News 18 Feb 2010 -- The RQ-11 Raven miniature unmanned aerial vehicle provides Iraqi troops on the ground quick, accurate aerial surveillance to support operations and assess potential threats.
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Maj. Gen. Carter from Afghanistan DoD 18 Feb 2010 -- Presenter: Commander, NATO-ISAF Regional Command South Maj. Gen. Nick Patrick Carter, British Army
- Forces Uncover Multiple Weapons Caches in Afghanistan AFPS 18 Feb 2010 -- Combined patrols of Afghan and international security forces uncovered multiple weapons caches during operations throughout Afghanistan yesterday.
- Assault on Taliban Stronghold Yields Early Progress AFPS 18 Feb 2010 -- NATO and Afghan forces have made early progress in an ongoing offensive on a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan, but have encountered some stiff resistance and may need another 25 to 30 days to secure the entire area, a top military official said.
- Capture of No. 2 Taliban Leader Called ‘Significant Win' AFPS 18 Feb 2010 -- The recent capture of the Afghan Taliban’s No. 2 leader and top operational commander represents a “significant win,” a White House official said.
- NATO Says 30 Days Needed to Secure Marjah VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- NATO commanders in southern Afghanistan says allied troops will need 25 to 30 days to overcome what he called "stiff resistance" from Taliban fighters and secure Marjah.
- Afghan Governor: Two Senior Taliban Leaders Arrested in Pakistan VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- Afghan officials say authorities in Pakistan have arrested two senior Taliban commanders, who were acting as "shadow governors" in northern Afghanistan. The reported arrests come days after U.S. and Pakistani officials revealed they have been interrogating the Taliban's top operational commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani, also known as Mullah Baradar.
- Civilians Who Remained Behind Endure Marjah Offensive RFE/RL 18 Feb 2010 -- Ahead of the massive offensive being conducted in the Helmand Province city of Marjah, young farmer Rahman Shah fled for the safety of nearby Lashkar Gah.
- AFGHANISTAN: Where patients fear to tread IRIN 18 Feb 2010 -- The only functioning health post in conflict-affected Marjah in Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan, is not being used because people fear they could get caught in crossfire if they try and get there, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
- Analysts: Afghan Taliban Links to al-Qaida Murky VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- The militant jihadist groups operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan have some common ideology with each other, but not necessarily the same goals. Analysts say the Afghan Taliban has been putting some distance between itself and al-Qaida, at least publicly, with an eye toward future negotiations, while the Pakistani Taliban has gone in the opposite direction.
- Afghanistan Wants Custody of Captured Taliban Leader VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- Afghan intelligence officials are requesting that a recently captured top Taliban commander be turned over to Afghan authorities.
- Taliban meets Afghan govt's envoys in Maldives IRNA 18 Feb 2010 -- A Maldives government spokesman said Thursday that delegations representing the Taliban and the Afghan government held talks in the Maldives at the end of January.
- Pakistan confirms arrest of top Taliban leader IRNA 18 Feb 2010 -- Pakistan's Army Wednesday confirmed arrest of top Taliban Commander, Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar.
- Blast Kills 25 in NW Pakistan VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- Authorities in Pakistan say a bomb blast in a northwest tribal region has killed at least 25 people.
- USS Bataan Turns Over Mission in Grand Goave, Continues Relief Efforts Navy NewsStand 18 Feb 2010 -- Crew members aboard the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) turned over relief operations in Grand-Goave, Haiti, Feb. 15, having completed their final Sailors Ashore Mission (SAM) in this location.
- Civil Affairs Team Helps Strengthen U.N., Government of Haiti, NGO Network in St. Marc Navy NewsStand 18 Feb 2010 -- A Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command civil affairs team assigned to St. Marc is helping to strengthen the network of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and Government of Haiti members that will continue to operate as the U.S. military reduces its role.
- Soldiers bring fresh, clean water to Haiti Army News 18 Feb 2010 -- Since they arrived last month, some American Soldiers here have been saving lives by purifying and distributing clean water.
- U.S. Army Civil Affairs teams making a difference in Hinche Army News 18 Feb 2010 -- A civil affairs team from U.S. Army Special Operations Command along with United Nations officials and non-governmental organizations helped facilitate the distribution of food and medical aid Feb. 13 for more than 380 families from the Haitian city of Hinche.
- U.S. Army South to Support Customs Mission in Haiti Army News 18 Feb 2010 -- A six member team from U.S. Army South is on the way to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response to help facilitate the return of Soldiers and equipment currently deployed there. The team includes civilian and three Soldiers from the Provost Marshal's Office, and two Soldiers from the U.S. Army South Special Troops Battalion.
- Press Conference by Force Commander of United Nations Mission in Haiti United Nations 18 Feb 2010
- AMC Total Force provides hope to Haiti AFNS 18 Feb 2010 -- One day after an earthquake devastated the island nation of Haiti Jan. 12, Air Mobility Command Airmen along with its total force partners began operations to support the crippled nation.
- Haiti: UN launches largest-ever appeal for natural disaster UN News Centre 18 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations and its aid partners today issued a call for nearly $1.5 billion to assist 3 million Haitians – one third of the Caribbean nation’s population – following last month’s colossal earthquake, making it the largest-ever humanitarian appeal launched in the wake of a natural disaster.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Biden: Better Conventional Arms Will Allow Nuclear Drawdown AFPS 18 Feb 2010 -- Plans to strengthen conventional U.S. military equipment and warheads will allow the United States to draw down its nuclear arsenal while maintaining deterrence, Vice President Joe Biden said today.
- Biden Argues for Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Stresses No Unilateral Disarmament VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that the Obama administration remains committed to the nuclear test ban treaty and efforts to stop the spread of atomic weapons. But, Biden stressed that the United States will not disarm unilaterally.
- U.S. to pump money into nuke stockpile, increase security RIA Novosti 18 Feb 2010 -- The United States intends to boost funding for maintaining its nuclear stockpile while stepping up its nuclear deterrent, a top U.S. official said during the Second Annual Nuclear Deterrence Summit in Virginia.
- Transcript: DOD News Briefing with Geoff Morrell from the Pentagon DoD 18 Feb 2010 -- Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell
- New unmanned aerial system tests advanced missile Army News 18 Feb 2010 -- The Army's newest and most advanced Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), the Extended Range/Multi-Purpose (ER/MP) UAS, has successfully completed a series of tests with the HELLFIRE® II UAS --- a missile specially engineered to fire from a UAV with a 360-degree targeting ability, service officials said.
- Florida Begins Second Deployment Navy NewsStand 18 Feb 2010 -- The guided-missile submarine, USS Florida (SSGN 728) (Blue) departs for its second SSGN deployment Feb. 16.
- USS Cleveland, Marines Participate in Maritime Defense Exercise Navy NewsStand 18 Feb 2010 -- USS Cleveland (LPD 7) participated in a maritime infrastructure defense exercise Feb. 16, with six U.S. and coalition surface combatants operating near the Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal in the North Arabian Gulf.
- Integrated sensor technology provides Soldiers with full spectrum response Army News 18 Feb 2010 -- Recent wars have ushered in a totally new way of conducting operations: coordinated sensor warfare.
- Tigersharks battalion reunites with 10th Mountain Division Army News 18 Feb 2010 -- The 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment "Tigersharks," a battalion that recently moved to Fort Drum from Fort Stewart, Ga., received an official welcome here as a unit of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade during an uncasing ceremony Feb. 5 in a hangar at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield.
- 80th Training Command first Reserve unit to earn Safety Streamer Army News 18 Feb 2010 -- The 80th Training Command, the Army's third largest Army Reserve unit, became the first Reserve unit to receive the Army Safety Excellence streamer during a ceremony Jan. 30 in Virginia Beach, Va.
- IED trainer helps prepare warfighters for Afghanistan Army News 18 Feb 2010 -- Beginning in February, Afghanistan-bound Soldiers and service members can access "ROC"-solid training to help counter improvised explosive device threats.
- Fort Rucker officials break ground on new post chapel Army News 18 Feb 2010 -- With a toss of some cold, red Alabama clay, Fort Rucker and Army construction leaders officially broke ground on a new 22,600-square foot chapel at Guthrie Airfield Tuesday.
- JSOTF-P Selected for Civil Affairs Evaluation Test Program Army News 18 Feb 2010 -- U.S. service members and supporting contractors from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Joint Test and Evaluation (JT&E) Program selected the Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) as the location for a 30-day field test of newly developed civil information management procedures Jan. 15-Feb. 15.
- DoD, Navy Break Ground on New Liberty Station CDC Navy NewsStand 18 Feb 2010 -- The principal deputy under secretary of defense (Comptroller) and other distinguished guests helped break ground Feb. 17 on a new Child Development Center (CDC) in the Lincoln Military Housing community at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, Calif.
- USS Seawolf Changes Hands Navy NewsStand 18 Feb 2010 -- USS Seawolf (SSN 21) bid farewell to their commanding officer during a change of command ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap in Bangor, Wash., Feb. 17.
- Naval Station Mayport Breaks Ground on New CDC Navy NewsStand 18 Feb 2010 -- Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport Sailors and invited guests participated in a Feb. 9 ground breaking ceremony for the base's new Child Development Center (CDC).
- NSWC Panama City Hosts Ceremony for New Littoral Warfare Facility Navy NewsStand 18 Feb 2010 -- Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 18 for the command's new Littoral Warfare Systems Facility (LWSF).
- VCNO Visits Eisenhower Sailors Navy NewsStand 18 Feb 2010 -- Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert visited the crew of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Feb. 16 to address Sailors deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
- Rescue Effort Continuing in Navy Helicopter Crash Navy NewsStand 18 Feb 2010 -- The wreckage of a U.S. Navy MH-60S "Knighthawk" helicopter has been located in a remote area of West Virginia following a crash Feb. 18.
- CSTARS trains Air Force trauma teams AFNS 18 Feb 2010
- Coast Guard Stands Ready For Challenges, Commandant Says AFPS 18 Feb 2010 -- The U.S. Coast Guard stands ready to confront current and future challenges, said Adm. Thad W. Allen, commandant of the service.
- Defense Civilians Prepare For Overseas Deployment AFPS 18 Feb 2010 -- The Civilian Expeditionary Workforce, introduced in January 2009, is up and running at full speed.
- Spring to Mark Start of Personnel System Transition AFPS 18 Feb 2010 -- The Defense Department is on track to transition the majority of its more than 220,000 civilian employees out of the National Security Personnel System by Sept. 30, more than a year ahead of deadline, the official heading up that transition said today.
- No plans to move Russian Black Sea fleet to Abkhazia - Bagapsh RIA Novosti 18 Feb 2010 -- Russia and Abkhazia have not discussed the redeployment of Russia's Black Sea fleet warships from Ukraine's Crimea to the former Georgian republic, the Abkhazian leader said on Thursday.
- France expects Russian decision soon on buying Mistral warship RIA Novosti 18 Feb 2010 -- French naval shipbuilder DCNS said on Thursday it expected to receive a final answer from Russia soon on buying a Mistral-class helicopter carrier.
- Russia-U.S. arms talks unaffected by anti-missile plans - U.S. envoy RIA Novosti 18 Feb 2010 -- Washington's new missile shield plans for Eastern Europe will not affect nuclear arms reduction talks with Russia, the U.S. ambassador to Moscow said on Thursday.
- Romania, Moldova start talks on U.S. anti-missile shield plans RIA Novosti 18 Feb 2010 -- Romania and Moldova began bilateral talks on U.S. missile defense plans in Europe in the Moldavian capital on Thursday, Moldova's Foreign Minister said.
- Kyrgyz President's Brother Creates Elite Military Unit RFE/RL 18 Feb 2010 -- The younger brother of Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev has created an elite military unit that he will control, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.
- IRAQ: Local NGOs welcome cluster bomb ban IRIN 18 Feb 2010 -- Iraqi NGOs working in the field of landmine and unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance have welcomed the ratification of an international convention banning the use of cluster bombs.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 18 Feb 2010
- Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Aboard Air Force One En Route Denver, Colorado; 2/18/2010 The White House 18 Feb 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for February 18, 2010
- Raytheon to Provide Improved Track Correlation and Fusion Capability Raytheon 18 Feb 2010 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has been awarded a $4.8 million contract to develop and install a system that will provide improved intelligence and information sharing to the Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S).
- Boeing: Project Vigilare Command and Control System Passes Factory Acceptance Testing Boeing 18 Feb 2010 -- Boeing Defence Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], this week announced that Project Vigilare, a Network Centric Command and Control System (NC3S) solution for the Royal Australian Air Force, has passed factory acceptance testing. The system, already installed at the Northern Regional Operational Centre (NROC), will undergo on-site acceptance testing in March and operational testing at mid-year before being accepted by the Commonwealth of Australia.
- U.S. Army Selects Northrop Grumman's 100kW Solid-State Laser for Field Tests at Its High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility Northrop Grumman 18 Feb 2010 -- The solid-state laser system from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) that produced the most powerful beam ever from a continuous wave, electric laser last year is joining other pioneering speed-of-light weapons demonstrators for field tests at the Army's High Energy Laser System Test Facility (HELSTF), N.M.
- Northrop Grumman Provides Critical Information to First Responders During Haiti Relief Effort Northrop Grumman 18 Feb 2010 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) was recently dispatched by the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) to acquire imagery and collect data of ports and harbors in the Republic of Haiti, providing critical information to first responders after the January 12, 2010 earthquake.
- OTB to support military exercise between Germany and South Africa Denel 18 Feb 2010 -- The fourth Cape of Good Hope exercise between Germany and South Africa will take place during February and March 2010. Following the highly appraised support rendered by OTB during previous exercises, the Denel subsidiary and multipurpose test range has again been contracted by the German BWB (Bundesamt fûr Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung) to provide essential support during this exercise.
- France orders 3,400 Sagem (Safran group) AASM Inertial / laser-guided AASM air-to-ground weapons Sagem (Safran group) 18 Feb 2010 -- French defense procurement agency DGA awarded Sagem (Safran group) a major contract in late December 2009 for AASM (Armement Air-Sol Modulaire) modular air-to-ground weapons to be deployed by the French air force.
- Bushmaster Single Cab Utility selected for next stage of vehicles program Thales 18 Feb 2010 -- Thales Australia's Bushmaster family of vehicles has received another boost, with the Single Cab Utility downselected for the Department of Defence's LAND 121 Phase 3 program.
- Oshkosh Defense Awarded $24 Million for M-ATV Upgrade Kits Oshkosh 18 Feb 2010 -- Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), announced today it has received two awards valued at more than $24 million from the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) for MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) kits for the support of communication equipment and electrical system upgrades. The combined undefinitized orders consist of more than 2,090 upgrade kits for the vehicles.
- Raytheon Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer Completes Critical Design Review Raytheon 18 Feb 2010 -- Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer (MALD-J™) variant completed a major milestone when it passed a U.S. Air Force critical design review (CDR).
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 18 Feb 2010
- UK summons Israel envoy over Hamas assassination IRNA 18 Feb 2010 -- The Israeli ambassador to Britain has been summoned over the use of forged UK passports by the alleged assassins of a Hamas official in Dubai.
- Britain, Ireland Press Israel On Dubai Killing RFE/RL 18 Feb 2010 -- The British and Irish governments have summoned Israel's ambassadors in London and Dublin to discuss the apparent use of fake British and Irish passports by the alleged killers of a Hamas commander in the United Arab Emirates.
- Interpol Posts Wanted Notice in Hamas Assassination VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- The international police agency Interpol has issued a wanted notice for 11 suspects in the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai last month.
- Britain Questions Israeli Ambassador About Dubai Hamas Assassination VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- Britain is investigating the use of fake British passports by the alleged killers of a Hamas commander last month in Dubai and the Foreign Office has queried Israel's ambassador about it.
- UK prepared to protect Falklands, says Gordon Brown IRNA 18 Feb 2010 -- Britain has made "all the preparations that are necessary" to protect the Falklands, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Thursday amid a renewed dispute with Argentina over the oil deposits around the South Atlantic Islands.
- Ivory Coast Will Vote This Year, Says Presidential Advisor VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- An advisor to Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo says the leader will ensure a free and transparent election this year contrary to opposition claims.
- Abkhaz Leader: 'We Are An Independent Country And That Will Not Change' RFE/RL 18 Feb 2010 -- Ties between Abkhazia and Russia have blossomed at a frantic rate ever since Moscow recognized the Georgian breakaway republic's independence following the Russia-Georgia war in 2008.
- MYANMAR: Political uncertainty pushes out ethnic minorities IRIN 18 Feb 2010 -- A restive political situation in Myanmar has prompted thousands of Burmese refugees to flee to neighbouring countries, and the numbers are expected to grow as uncertainty continues, analysts and aid workers warn.
- Top UN envoy intensifies talks in Côte d'Ivoire to ensure elections remain on course UN News Centre 18 Feb 2010 -- The top United Nations envoy in Côte d'Ivoire is holding intensive talks with all sides in the divided West African country to ensure that last week’s dissolution of the Government and the independent electoral authority does not affect repeatedly delayed elections, currently slated to be held next month.
- Independent UN expert warns of threat of mass deportations from Thailand UN News Centre 18 Feb 2010 -- A large number of migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos face the threat of deportation from Thailand if the Government goes ahead with its nationality verification process, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned today.
- In Eastern India, Maoist Rebels Kill Ten Villagers VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- In eastern India, Maoist rebels have attacked a village, killing 10 people and wounding at least 20 others. This is the second major strike by the guerrillas. this week.
- Encouraging signs in Timor-Leste but core challenges persist, Ban warns UN News Centre 18 Feb 2010 -- Many of the underlying causes that contributed to the 2006 political crisis in Timor-Leste remain, despite recent encouraging signs, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns, calling the country’s security and justice institutions fragile and possibly unable to withstand another major crisis.
- Soldiers Topple Niger's President VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- Soldiers in Niger say they have toppled President Mamadou Tandja.
- Niger President Reported Held in Coup Attempt VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- Diplomatic and military sources say Niger President Mamadou Tandja has been seized by mutinous soldiers during a coup attempt in Niger's capital.
- Gunfire Reported Around Niger's Presidential Palace VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- There was shooting and several small explosions around the presidential palace in Niger Thursday.
- Ban closely following developments in Niger after reported coup UN News Centre 18 Feb 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is closely following developments in Niger, where renegade soldiers reportedly stormed the presidential palace earlier today and the whereabouts of the West African nation’s leader remains unclear.
- NIGER: Constitution crisis turned coup IRIN 18 Feb 2010 -- Small vendors abandoned their stalls as the typical lunch hour break opened with gunfire at the presidential palace shortly after 1pm local time in Niger’s capital, Niamey. Firing continued intermittently with the military blocking all roads leading to the palace. Government helicopters were circling the city and fired in the afternoon, according to residents.
- ECOWAS Abhors Coup D’états, Says President Chambas VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- The President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is expressing concern over tensions in Niger after mutinous soldiers ousted embattled President Mamadou Tandja in a coup d’état Thursday. li>Attempted Coup Underway in Niger's Capital VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- Witnesses reported heavy gunfire started about midday local time.
- NIGER: Timeline of constitution controversy IRIN 18 Feb 2010 -- Calls to change Niger’s constitution to allow President Mamadou Tandja to stay in office have been met with protests from parts of Niger’s civil society, a negative ruling from the country’s highest court and a regional sanctions threat. Against the backdrop of the onset of the rainy season - and attendant concerns of heightened flooding and malnutrition - preparation continues to hold a constitutional referendum on 4 August. Below is a timeline of events that may affect Niger’s governance, regional trade and aid.
- Obama Meets With Dalai Lama at White House VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has met with the Dalai Lama Thursday, defying China's warnings against the meeting. The president encouraged Tibetans and the Chinese government to resolve their differences through dialogue.
- Obama Meets Dalai Lama at White House VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet, at the White House Thursday despite intense protests from China.
- West has no choice but to accept nuclear Iran: diplomat IRNA 18 Feb 2010 -- A senior Iranian diplomat said that West should face up to the fact that Iran has currently become a nuclear country, it was reported Thursday.
- Iran says looks to UN agency to protect its nuclear rights RIA Novosti 18 Feb 2010 -- Iran hopes the International Atomic Energy Agency will produce an unbiased report on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program and protect its right to nuclear energy, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
- Iran Sentences Man To Death For Ties To Monarchist Group RFE/RL 18 Feb 2010 -- An Iranian court has sentenced Amir-Reza Arefi to death for ties to an illegal group called the Iranian Royalist Society, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.
- New York prosecutors bring new charges against Russian 'Merchant of Death' RIA Novosti 18 Feb 2010 -- Russian businessman and alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout, dubbed the "Merchant of Death," is facing new charges in New York for concealment of illegal income.
- Russian arms dealer says unsurprised over new U.S. charges RIA Novosti 18 Feb 2010 -- Russian businessman and alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout, dubbed the "Merchant of Death," said on Thursday he was not surprised at the new indictment brought against him in New York.
- 'Merchant of Death' Faces New Extradition Hearing in Thailand VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- The alleged arms dealer to the world, Viktor Bout, could face another extradition hearing in Thailand after new charges were filed against him in New York. The possibility comes after a Thai court ruled it could not extradite Bout to face charges in the United States of supporting terrorism.
- Kremlin Calls for Major Russian Police Reduction VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- Russian President Dmitri Medvedev is calling for major police reforms, including a 50 percent reduction in the number of officials working at Interior Ministry headquarters and sub-units. The Kremlin leader is also seeking to increase compensation for Interior Ministry police.
- Russia's Medvedev Orders Police Cuts, Cleanup RFE/RL 18 Feb 2010 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has fired two deputy interior ministers and 16 other high-ranking police officials as part of a reform of the country's beleaguered law enforcement bodies.
- BANGLADESH: Rohingya humanitarian crisis looms IRIN 18 Feb 2010 -- A violent crackdown on undocumented Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh is pushing humanitarian conditions to the brink at a makeshift camp for them, aid workers and campaigners warn.
- EGYPT: H1N1 flu down but not out IRIN 18 Feb 2010 -- The number of H1N1 influenza patients has fallen sharply in Egypt since the start of 2010, but health officials say they are bracing for a second wave of infections.
- US Policy Appears to Single Out Arab, Muslim Travelers VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- Civil liberties advocates are joining Arab and Muslim American groups in expressing concern over the government's recent decision to single out travelers from more than a dozen mostly Middle Eastern countries for increased scrutiny.
- International Space Station Now Has New View of World VOA 18 Feb 2010 -- Crew members of the U.S. space shuttle Endeavour opened the shutters on the International Space Station's new observation deck Wednesday, revealing a spectacular view of Earth.
- What Can Washington Expect From Renewed Ties With Damascus? RFE/RL 18 Feb 2010 -- President Barack Obama's decision to send a U.S. ambassador back to Syria after a five-year absence restores a diplomatic relationship that just two years ago would have been unthinkable.
- Thales Alenia Space shipped the second ComSatBw satellite to Kourou Thales 18 Feb 2010 -- Thales Alenia Space announced today that it has shipped to the Kourou spaceport the second ComSatBw satellite, which will be launched on March 24 by an Ariane 5 ECA. As satellite prime contractor, Thales Alenia Space designed, built, integrated, tested and delivered both ComSatBw satellites on behalf of EADS Astrium, the space segment prime contractor.
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