20 February 2010 Military News
- Airpower Summary: Feb. 16 AFNS 20 Feb 2010
- Airpower Summary: Feb. 15 AFNS 20 Feb 2010
- Dutch Government Collapses Over Afghanistan Mission VOA 20 Feb 2010 -- The Dutch coalition government has collapsed amid a political row over whether to extend the country's military mission in Afghanistan. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende was due to submit his government's resignation to Queen Beatrix later Saturday, leaving the future of its 1,600 soldiers stationed there uncertain.
- Dutch Cabinet Collapses Over Afghanistan Deployment RFE/RL 20 Feb 2010 -- The Netherlands' coalition government has collapsed over disagreements on extending Dutch troops' deployment in Afghanistan.
- Holbrooke Says Tajikistan Important For Outcome In Afghanistan RFE/RL 20 Feb 2010 -- U.S. envoy Richard Holbrooke said in Dushanbe today that Tajikistan was "a country of immense importance if one wants to have a peaceful outcome in Afghanistan," RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.
- Karzai Calls on Taliban to Accept Peace in Afghanistan VOA 20 Feb 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has renewed his call for the Taliban to accept peace and join with the government.
- Soldiers to get new cammo pattern for wear in Afghanistan Army News 20 Feb 2010 -- Starting this summer, Soldiers sent to fight in Afghanistan will wear an Army Combat Uniform with the "MultiCam" pattern instead of the standard-issue universal camouflage pattern.
- Pakistan air raids kill 30 militants: army IRNA 20 Feb 2010 -- Pakistani fighter planes Saturday killed 30 Taliban-linked militants in South Waziristan tribal region, the army said.
- U.S. troops help set up camp for Haitian families Army News 20 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Special Operations servicemembers used their diverse backgrounds and skill sets to help a non-governmental organization deliver and set up nearly 100 tents for Haitian citizens living in a camp in Port-au-Prince.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Ban on USB devices in Army remains -- for now Army News 20 Feb 2010 -- The ban on using USB devices on military computers remains, for now, in the Army -- despite a partial lift of the original ban by U.S. Strategic Command.
- Truman Flight Deck Receives New Non-Skid Navy NewsStand 20 Feb 2010 -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) began preparations for resurfacing the landing area of the flight deck with new non-skid Feb. 8, following several training exercises and carrier qualification periods at sea.
- NSWC Crane Aides in Prevention of Reverse Engineering of Military Systems Navy NewsStand 20 Feb 2010 -- Experts from Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane) participated in an anti-tamper (AT) study that will lead to increased protection of U.S. military systems and provide the warfighter with safer and more effective combat technologies.
- VFA 131 "Wildcats" Change Command Navy NewsStand 20 Feb 2010 -- Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131, the "Wildcats," held an airborne change of command ceremony Feb. 16 while deployed aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).
- USS Kentucky Change of Command Navy NewsStand 20 Feb 2010 -- USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) (GOLD) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Base Kitsap, Feb. 19.
- A Change of the Guard for USS Ohio Navy NewsStand 20 Feb 2010 -- USS Ohio (SSGN 726) (GOLD) held a change of command ceremony at Keyport Undersea Museum, Feb. 19.
- Navy commander: Iran is able to provide security in region IRNA 20 Feb 2010 -- Iran's Navy Commander Rear-Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said here on Friday evening that manufacturing Jamaran Destroyer is a message of peace and friendship for regional countries.
- Mihman-parast: Iranian-made destroyer poses no threat to region IRNA 20 Feb 2010 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mihman-parast said on Saturday that Iran’s first ever indigenously-designed destroyer aims to safeguard security of the Persian Gulf region and poses no threats to any country in the region.
- Destroyer building to continue more rapidly: Military official IRNA 20 Feb 2010 -- Commander of manufacturing plants of Iran's Navy said that production of destroyers will continue and in the next 2 years the second vessel will be delivered to the Navy.
- Russia to produce most arms domestically - deputy min. RIA Novosti 20 Feb 2010 -- Russia's Army will mostly use domestically-built arms, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin told Ekho Moskvy radio on Saturday.
- Fire at scrapped nuclear sub in north Russia extinguished RIA Novosti 20 Feb 2010 -- A nuclear submarine fire at the Zvezdochka shipyard in north Russia's Arkhangelsk Region was put out at 05:58 a.m. Moscow time (02:58 GMT) on Saturday, according to a company source.
- No radiation danger as scrapped nuclear sub catches fire in north Russia RIA Novosti 20 Feb 2010 -- A nuclear submarine being scrapped caught fire on Friday at the Zvezdochka shipyard in northern Russia's city of Severodvinsk, but there is no radiation danger, the city administration said.
- Dubai Police: New Evidence Implicates Mossad in Hamas Hit VOA 20 Feb 2010 -- There is more evidence pointing to Mossad involvement in the killing of a Hamas leader in Dubai.
- Nagorno-Karabakh Forces 'Committed' To Cease-Fire RFE/RL 20 Feb 2010 -- Military officials in Nagorno-Karabakh have denied violating a cease-fire following a report of casualties by Azerbaijan on February 18, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
- Sudan Government, Rebels Sign Truce VOA 20 Feb 2010 -- A major Sudanese rebel group in Darfur has signed a cease-fire agreement with Sudan's government following negotiations in neighboring Chad.
- Ivorian Opposition Denounces Gbagbo, Calls for More Protest VOA 20 Feb 2010 -- Ivorian opposition leaders renewed their condemnation Friday of President Laurent Gbagbo's dissolution of the government and electoral commission last week and continue to call on their supporters to demonstrate.
- Mihman-Parast: Iran to produce nuclear fuel plates within months IRNA 20 Feb 2010 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mihman-Parast said on Saturday that Iran is to produce nuclear fuel plates within the coming four months.
- Mihman-Parast: IAEA should uphold its prestige, identity IRNA 20 Feb 2010 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mihman-Parast said on Saturday that the IAEA should uphold its prestige and identity and never let the will of some specific countries be imposed on the international community through politically motivated moves.
- Amano's report contains nothing new: Soltaniyeh IRNA 20 Feb 2010 -- The recent report released by new IAEA chief Yukiya Amano contains nothing new on Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, said Iran's IAEA envoy.
- Key Iraqi Sunni Political Bloc Pulls Out of March 7 Parliamentary Election VOA 20 Feb 2010 -- A key Sunni political bloc declared Saturday that it would not take part in Iraq's March 7 parliamentary election. Saleh al-Mutlak, who was banned from running by a parliamentary committee, is pulling his National Dialogue Front out of the election with just over a week to go before voting is set to begin.
- UK police investigate third torture claim IRNA 20 Feb 2010 -- British police are investigating allegations that members of Britain’s secret services were complicit in the torture of Shaker Aamer, the last remaining British resident being held at Guantanamo Bay, it was reported Saturday.
- Ukraine president congratulates successor on legitimate victory RIA Novosti 20 Feb 2010 -- Ukraine's outgoing President Viktor Yushchenko congratulated on Saturday his successor Viktor Yanukovych on his legitimate election as president.
- Tymoshenko drops appeal contesting Ukraine election results RIA Novosti 20 Feb 2010 -- Ukraine's Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said on Saturday she would withdraw her legal appeal contesting the victory of Viktor Yanukovych in the recent presidential election runoff.
- Ukraine Prime Minister Withdraws Election Complaint VOA 20 Feb 2010 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has dropped her legal complaint over her rival's presidential election victory, saying the court is not interested in true justice.
- Niger Opposition Rally Calls on Coup Leaders for Elections VOA 20 Feb 2010 -- Niger's opposition party has called on the country's new military rulers to set up elections, two days after soldiers seized power in a coup.
- Former US Secretary of State Haig Dead at 85 VOA 20 Feb 2010 -- Former U.S. Secretary of State, retired four-star Army general and one-time presidential candidate Alexander Haig has died. He was 85.
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