26 February 2010 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 26 Feb 2010 [PDF]
- Iraqi Forces Capture Suspected Assassin AFPS 26 Feb 2010 -- Iraqi security forces arrested a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq member believed to be responsible for numerous assassinations during a joint security operation conducted southwest of the Iraqi capital yesterday.
- Laughlin pilot helps launch Iraqi air force AFNS 26 Feb 2010 -- The former 47th Flying Training Wing inspector general and an instructor pilot here, returned from a deployment to Iraq four months early.
- 90th Sustainment Brigade cases colors, heads home Army News 26 Feb 2010 -- The 90th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) held a casing ceremony Feb. 19 outside the brigade headquarters building, to retire the brigade's colors for its re-deployment from Iraq.
- Building sustainable agriculture in the Iraqi heartland Army News 26 Feb 2010 -- Leaders of the Diwaniyah Provincial Reconstruction Team and the 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, recently completed the first step toward what is hoped to be a lasting source of income for many farmers in Diwaniyah.
- Detroit Arsenal Reservists Return Home Army News 26 Feb 2010 -- The second contingency team of the 127th Wing Air National Guard Security Forces Squadron returned Thursday, Feb. 25, from deployment in support of Operation New Dawn.
- Hillclimbers handle TF Wing's 'heavy lifting' in N. Iraq Army News 26 Feb 2010 -- A CH-47D Chinook helicopter can transport 30 passengers and internally load up to 15,000 pounds of cargo. It doesn't require a landing strip, and there is virtually no operating location it can't service.
- Pakistani Court Blocks Extradition of Top Afghan Taliban Commander VOA 26 Feb 2010 -- A Pakistani court has blocked the extradition of at least five captured Afghan Taliban leaders, including top Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
- Early Morning Explosions Kill 17 in Afghan Capital VOA 26 Feb 2010 -- Afghan authorities say attackers struck in central Kabul early Friday, killing at least 17 people and wounding 32 others in a series of explosions and gunfire. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying five suicide bombers were involved. This is the latest assault in Kabul since last month when Taliban insurgents carrying automatic weapons and wearing suicide vests attacked several heavily guarded Afghan government buildings.
- Militants Kill At Least 16 In Attack On Central Kabul RFE/RL 26 Feb 2010 -- At least 16 people have been killed and more than 36 wounded in a coordinated attack in the central, most fortified part of Kabul.
- Nine die in Kabul militant attack RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2010 -- At least 9 people were killed on Friday when Taliban militants launched a series of attacks on the Afghan capital Kabul, officials and regional media say.
- UN condemns deadly attack in Afghan capital UN News Centre 26 Feb 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations mission in Afghanistan have strongly condemned today's attacks in Kabul which caused the death and injury of many Afghan and foreign residents and for which the Taliban claimed responsibility.
- Forces in Afghanistan Find Drugs, Weapons AFPS 26 Feb 2010 -- Afghan and international patrols found three weapons caches in Afghanistan’s Helmand province yesterday.
- Airmen's mentorship brings power of airlift to Afghans AFNS 26 Feb 2010 -- Airmen with the 538th Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron are advising Afghanistan National Army Air Corps C-27 pilots and loadmasters here.
- Peace With Taliban Remains Elusive RFE/RL 26 Feb 2010 -- The leader of a band of about 40 fighters in Afghanistan's most violent province, Helmand, indicated that, given the chance, he would tell Hamid Karzai what the thinking is within the insurgent ranks.
- Germany to begin gradual withdrawal from Afghanistan in late 2011 IRNA 26 Feb 2010 -- German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Friday his country would start cutting troop levels in Afghanistan late next year only hours after the German parliament approved a new enlarged Afghan military mandate.
- Brigade deploys first task force in 65 years Army News 26 Feb 2010 -- Forty-two Soldiers from the 162nd Infantry Brigade recently deployed to Afghanistan to act as combat advisors to Afghan security forces. In short, they will get to practice what they preach. The 42 Soldiers of Task Force Tiger are the first Soldiers of the 162nd Inf Bde to deploy as a task force in support of combat operations since World War II. These Soldiers will fill a variety of roles as advisors for Afghan Security Forces.
- Third British soldier dies in three days in Afghanistan IRNA 26 Feb 2010 -- The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in London Friday announced that a third British soldier had been killed in Afghanistan in the past three days.
- Comfort Provides 300-Plus Blood Units in Haiti Navy NewsStand 26 Feb 2010 -- Medical staff members working in the blood bank aboard the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) have supplied more than 300 blood units for transfusions and replenishment as of Feb. 15.
- U.S. military assesses outlying support network in Haiti Army News 26 Feb 2010 -- The deputy commanding general of Joint Task Force-Haiti met with local non-governmental organizations and a U.S. Army civil affairs team during a visit to discuss the needs of communities outside the nation's capital Feb. 23.
- Fort Bragg Soldiers provide Task Force Haiti with clean clothes, showers Army News 26 Feb 2010 -- The 259th Field Service Company, part of the 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade, is providing Joint Task Force - Haiti with shower facilities and laundry services.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD News: DOD Releases Policy for Responsible and Effective Use of Internet-Based Capabilities DoD 26 Feb 2010 -- Today the Department of Defense released a policy memorandum regarding the safe and effective use of Internet-based capabilities, including social networking services (SNS) and other interactive Web 2.0 applications.
- Thumb drives/flash media still prohibited on Air Force network AFNS 26 Feb 2010 -- The ban on flash media use in the Air Force is still in place, although U.S. Strategic Command officials at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., issued an order Feb. 12 allowing limited use of removable flash media devices under very specific circumstances and "according to service guidelines."
- New Policy Authorizes Social Media Access, With Caveats AFPS 26 Feb 2010 -- Attention all Facebookers, Twitter tweeters and YouTubers: a new Defense Department policy authorizes you to access these and other Web 2.0 platforms from nonclassified government computers, as long as it doesn’t compromise operational security or involve prohibited activities or Web sites.
- VA officials announce funding for polytrauma center in San Antonio AFNS 26 Feb 2010 -- Department of Veterans Affairs officials announced the award of two contracts totaling $41.5 million to create a polytrauma center for the care of the most severely injured veterans and to improve the existing wards at the Audie L. Murphy VA Medical Center in San Antonio.
- Air Force officials announce E-8 selection stats AFNS 26 Feb 2010 -- Air Force officials here selected 1,269 of 13,741 eligible master sergeants for promotion to senior master sergeant for a selection rate of 9.24 percent, and the list will be released publicly at 8 a.m. CST March 4.
- Marines sweep through new counter-IED training lane USMC News 26 Feb 2010 -- he Combat Center opened its newest training venue here Feb. 18 when the Tactical Training Exercise Control Group ran one of the very first units through Op Barma in an effort to prepare Marines and sailors deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
- The Making of a Mountain Warfare Instructor USMC News 26 Feb 2010
- Fort Bragg green refuel site now open Army News 26 Feb 2010 -- In response to a Department of the Army directive to reduce petroleum products consumption, Fort Bragg is finally going "green."
- Fort Irwin breaks ground on new barracks, company HQ Army News 26 Feb 2010 -- A nondescript lot with a few tumbleweeds and sage bushes out in the High Desert will soon become a hub of activity for Soldiers at Fort Irwin and the National Training Center as leaders at Fort Irwin broke ground on an $18 million unaccompanied enlisted barracks and company operations facility.
- Leaders discuss enterprise approach to support training of a 21st century Army Army News 26 Feb 2010 -- "How should an Army and the Soldiers within it-whether they're enlisted, officer, warrant or civilian-learn in a continuum from the time they're assessed to the time they retire?"
- Fort Bragg new system integrates public works programs Army News 26 Feb 2010 -- April 1 is not going to be a day of fun and jokes at the Directorate of Public Works. After almost two years of preparation, Fort Bragg is switching to the General Fund Enterprise Business System.
- U.S. Training and Doctrine Command announces start of modernization for ACCP Army News 26 Feb 2010 -- The Training and Doctrine Command announces that starting March 3 curriculum for the Army Correspondence Course Program (ACCP) will begin migrating from the Interim Learning Management System (ILMS) to the Army Learning Management System (ALMS).
- 1185th DDSB supports buildup efforts at Port of Shuabia Army News 26 Feb 2010 -- "Sustain the Fight" initiative aims at providing the finest logistical support for warfighters currently performing duties in different areas of operation.
- 48th Chem Bde converges on Fort Polk Army News 26 Feb 2010 -- Commanders, command sergeants major and first sergeants from five chemical battalions and 27 companies across the 48th Chemical Brigade gathered at Fort Polk Feb. 17-19 for the first brigade off-site training event of the brigade's history. Fort Polk's 83rd Chemical Battalion, one of the brigade's subordinate commands, hosted the event, which included a brigade run, motor maintenance training, a live-fire exercise at Peason Ridge, hazardous materials response training, networking sessions for the battalion and company leaders and the Chemical Corps' evolving mission and technology.
- 5-25 Field Artillery acclimates, learns in Utah Army News 26 Feb 2010 -- Preparing for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 25th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, conducted infantry tactics training at Camp Williams, Utah, Feb. 15-16.
- Ghanaian delegation gets inside look at U.S. Africa Command headquarters Army News 26 Feb 2010 -- A delegation of media representatives from Ghana visited U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) headquarters as part of an orientation program to offer an in-depth look at the command's mission, February 22-26, 2010.
- Swift, Nicholas Visit Port Est, Reunion Navy NewsStand 26 Feb 2010 -- High speed vessel Swift (HSV 2) and USS Nicholas (FFG 47) arrived in Port Est for a three-day regularly scheduled port visit while operating in the Indian Ocean Feb. 16.
- Pacific Fleet Announces Pacific Partnership 2010 Navy NewsStand 26 Feb 2010 -- Preparations are underway to conduct the fifth in a series of annual U.S. Pacific Fleet humanitarian civic assistance (HCA) endeavors, known as Pacific Partnership 2010, to the Western Pacific and Southeast Asia.
- Carl Vinson Makes Port Call in Rio de Janeiro Navy NewsStand 26 Feb 2010 -- Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrived in Rio de Janeiro Feb. 26 as part of Southern Seas 2010, a component of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) Partnership of the Americas.
- United States Navy Ship Ingraham Arriving in Bangladesh Navy NewsStand 26 Feb 2010 -- The guided-missile frigate USS Ingraham (FFG-61) will conduct a port call in Chittagong, Bangladesh March 1-3. This is the first time Ingraham has visited Bangladesh.
- Mullen Discusses Marja, Personnel Policy Issues AFPS 26 Feb 2010 -- Progress in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, the decision to allow women to serve on Navy submarines, and the year-long “don’t ask, don’t tell” review now under way are the topics the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discusses in his latest podcast.
- Military Scientists Study Ionoshpere AFPS 26 Feb 2010 -- At a facility in a remote part of south-central Alaska, the largest radio transmitter on Earth sends high-frequency signals into the ionosphere to better understand the influence of charged particles on radio communications and satellite surveillance systems.
- Space command general: 2009 'a successful, transitional year' AFNS 26 Feb 2010 -- The commander of Air Force Space Command highlighted the command's achievements in his Year in Review -- 2009 memorandum Feb. 10.
- Wing plays major role in supporting Unified Endeavor AFNS 26 Feb 2010 -- More than 100 members of the 505th Command and Control Wing here recently helped prepare Soldiers for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan by providing predeployment training for soldiers participating in exercises at various locations.
- Special Operations Command officials host physical ability stamina test for special tactics Airmen AFNS 26 Feb 2010 -- Air Force Special Operations Training Center officials here are hosting a physical ability stamina test at 7:30 a.m. March 12 at the Special Tactics Training Squadron on Hurlburt Field.
- Academy Women to Become First Female Submariners AFPS 26 Feb 2010 -- Female sailors will begin serving on submarines by the end of next year, with Naval Academy graduates leading the way, Navy leaders told a Senate committee yesterday.
- Keeping communications strong USMC News 26 Feb 2010 -- Wars could not be fought without communication. It’s rumored that one of the downfalls of Napoleon Bonaparte was his terrible handwriting; his officers misunderstood the written orders and failed to execute them properly.
- Military Police Marines attend metal detection course USMC News 26 Feb 2010 -- Marines with Military Police Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, attended a two-day metal detecting course aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., Feb. 22 -23.
- Corps cracks down on excessive tattoos USMC News 26 Feb 2010 -- Maintaining high standards of military appearance is a pillar in the Corps’ history that has distinguished Marines for more than two centuries. Today, as the tattoo trend continues, the Corps still strongly supports the notion that excessive tattoos detract from the professional appearance expected of a Marine.
- US expanding sale of arms to India, Pakistan: Report IRNA 26 Feb 2010 -- The US’ claims that it is engaged in establishing peace around the globe, particularly in Asia, is a mockery as the US not only encourages but also expands arms race in the region for its own benefits.
- U.S. Hopes NATO’s Proposed Reforms Ready This Year AFPS 26 Feb 2010 -- U.S. officials hope a series of reforms envisioned for the 28-country NATO alliance will be available for review by member nations when they convene later this year, a senior defense official said today.
- Russia ready to accredit NATO diplomats for permanent work in Moscow RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2010 -- Russia is ready to provide permanent accreditation for NATO diplomats in Moscow in a sign of warming ties with the alliance, the country's envoy to NATO said on Friday.
- U.S. warns Russia against assertion in Baltic region RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2010 -- Though seeking to find new ways of working with Russia, the United States will not accept Moscow's policies in the Baltic region, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy said at a news conference in Tallinn on Friday.
- Iraq to Rehire Saddam-Era Army Officers VOA 26 Feb 2010 -- The Iraqi government says it will reinstate 20,000 army officers who served under Saddam Hussein and were fired after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.
- Russia set to buy unique French amphibious-assault ship RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2010 -- It appears that Russian-French talks on buying a Mistral-class amphibious-assault ship and building three other similar ships at Russian shipyards have now entered their final stage.
- Moscow continues talks with Paris on warship deal RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2010 -- Moscow and Paris have yet to clinch a deal on the purchase of a French warship and it will not be signed during the Russian president's visit to France on March 1-3, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday.
- Medvedev aide predicts spring signing of U.S.-Russia arms pact RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2010 -- A new strategic arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia to replace the expired START 1 treaty may be signed in March or April, a Russian presidential aide said on Friday.
- Russia to use Mistral-class carrier as command ship - source RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2010 -- If Moscow buys a Mistral-class helicopter carrier from France, it will be used principally as an amphibious command ship, a Russian Defense Ministry source said on Friday.
- Topol M missiles to be shown at Victory Day parade on Moscow's Red Square RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2010 -- Russia's new Topol M missile system will for the first time be shown at the Victory Day parade on May 9 on Moscow's Red Square, a spokesman for the Strategic Missile Forces said.
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 26 Feb 2010
- DoD News: Contracts for February 26, 2010
- Boeing Signs AU$44M Contract Expansion for Australian Army Rotary Wing Support Boeing 26 Feb 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] has signed an AU$44 million change proposal with the Commonwealth of Australia to increase the scope of the Army Aviation Training and Training Support (AATTS) contract.
- Northrop Grumman Awarded U.S. General Services Administration Contract Northrop Grumman 26 Feb 2010 -- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a contract to provide integrated business, technical and programmatic support for management, execution and process refinement initiatives within the U.S. Department of Defense.
- Raytheon Targeting System Achieves 750,000 Flight-Hour Milestone Raytheon 26 Feb 2010 -- A Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) airborne targeting system whose video imagery helps soldiers, intelligence analysts and commanders in the field make critical operating decisions recently exceeded 750,000 hours of flight.
- Military Communications Satellite Built By Lockheed Martin Achieves 10 Years In Service Lockheed Martin 26 Feb 2010 -- The U.S. Air Force’s Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) B8 satellite, built by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], has surpassed its 10-year design life of on-orbit service in providing secure and reliable communications capabilities for the warfighter.
- Raytheon Wins $886 Million Contract To Develop Next-Generation GPS Control Segment Raytheon 26 Feb 2010 -- The U.S. Air Force has selected Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) for an initial contract of $886 million to develop a new element of the Global Positioning System to improve the accuracy of information from GPS satellites.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Offices of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President United Nations 26 Feb 2010
- Israeli Troops Clash With Palestinians in Biblical Hebron VOA 26 Feb 2010 -- Israeli troops have clashed with Palestinians in the West Bank for the fifth straight day. Religious tensions are running high.
- UN Gives Gaza Probe 5 More Months VOA 26 Feb 2010 -- The U.N. General Assembly has adopted a resolution renewing pressure on the Israelis and Palestinians to conduct independent and credible investigations into crimes committed by both sides during the 22-day Gaza conflict that erupted in December 2008.
- General Assembly calls for ‘credible’ probes by both sides into Gaza conflict UN News Centre 26 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations General Assembly today called for “independent, credible” investigations by both the Israeli Government and the Palestinian side into the deadly conflict in the Gaza Strip that started in late 2008.
- UN blue helmets sent to scene of violence in north-west Liberia UN News Centre 26 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations Mission in Liberia has sent police and troops to help national authorities investigate an outbreak of violence in the country's north-west, where several people have reportedly been wounded in inter-communal clashes.
- Security Council extends UN mission in Timor-Leste for another year UN News Centre 26 Feb 2010 -- The Security Council today extend for another year the mandate of the United Nations mission working to promote peace, stability and development in Timor-Leste.
- No Nepal constitution without Maoists' govt: Prachanda IRNA 26 Feb 2010 -- Maoists supremo Prachanda has threatened to stall the promulgation of a new constitution if Nepalese political parties continue to oppose the formation of a "national unity government" led by his party.
- Clinton Sees Encouraging Signs For Korea Nuclear Talks VOA 26 Feb 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is encouraged by signs of progress in efforts to re-start Chinese-sponsored negotiations on North Korea's nuclear program. Clinton met Friday with South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-Hwan.
- US Envoy Says North Korea Nuclear Talks 'Will Resume' VOA 26 Feb 2010 -- Washington's main envoy on North Korean issues says the North appears ready to get talking again about getting rid of nuclear weapons.
- Israel Calls For Significant Sanctions Against Iran VOA 26 Feb 2010 -- Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak is calling for significant sanctions against Iran, saying it is clear the country wants to be a nuclear weapons power. Barak made the comments during a visit to Washington.
- Is Iran a Military Dictatorship? VOA 26 Feb 2010 -- “Iran is moving toward a military dictatorship,” warned U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking last week (16 February) in Doha, Qatar. Clinton raised new concerns about the power of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the growing military elite that now controls Iran’s nuclear program.
- Larijani: NPT unable to disarm IRNA 26 Feb 2010 -- Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said here Friday that problem with NPT is that it has no power for nuclear disarmament and it is something written only on paper.
- Soltanieh: IAEA’s Iran report imbalanced, not reflecting Iran’s views IRNA 26 Feb 2010 -- Iran’s envoy to international organizations in Vienna, Ali-Asghar Soltanieh, says the IAEA report is not balanced, failing to reflect Iran’s stances.
- Rigi confesses to links with US IRNA 26 Feb 2010 -- Leader of a notorious gang and of a terrorist group active east of Iran has in his first confessions stressed that he had links with the US and committed enormous crimes in the case of Iranian civilians.
- Commentary: Iran's Hard-Liners Look To Justify A Nuclear Arsenal RFE/RL 26 Feb 2010 -- During the commissioning ceremony for Iran's first domestically built destroyer earlier this month, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denied that Iran seeks to possess nuclear weapons. He said that weapons of mass destruction are haram, or forbidden by Islam, in the Islamic republic.
- U.S. Rejects Iran Claims Of Links To Sunni Rebel Group RFE/RL 26 Feb 2010 -- Washington has rejected accusations by Iran of U.S. backing for a Sunni Muslim rebel group whose leader was arrested in Iran this week.
- Clinton to Urge 'Constructive' Brazilian Approach to Iran VOA 26 Feb 2010 -- The U.S. State Department says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will urge Brazilian leaders next week to use their influence with Iran to prod Tehran toward cooperation with the world community on its nuclear program. Clinton leaves Washington for Uruguay late Sunday on a 5-nation Latin American trip.
- UN Security Council Ready To Lift Saddam-Era Sanctions RFE/RL 26 Feb 2010 -- The United Nations Security Council has indicated its readiness to lift remaining economic sanctions against Iraq, provided Baghdad complies with its international obligations.
- Colombian Court Ruling Prevents Uribe from Running Again VOA 26 Feb 2010 -- Colombia's Constitutional Court has rejected an effort by the country's president, Alvaro Uribe, to extend his time in office.
- US, Britain Back Nigeria's Acting Leader VOA 26 Feb 2010 -- The United States and Britain are offering support to Nigeria's acting president, Goodluck Jonathan, after the unexpected return of Nigeria's ailing leader prompted concerns of a possible power struggle.
- Security Council welcomes Iraq’s support for non-proliferation UN News Centre 26 Feb 2010 -- The Security Council today welcomed Iraq’s support for global efforts to limit the number of nuclear weapons and dismantle existing stocks.
- Independent UN probe into Bhutto killing wraps up latest visit to Pakistan UN News Centre 26 Feb 2010 -- The independent United Nations commission charged with examining the facts and circumstances behind the December 2007 assassination of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto has completed its latest visit to the country, a spokesperson for the world body announced today.
- Myanmar: Ban disappointed by denial of Aung San Suu Kyi’s release UN News Centre 26 Feb 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced disappointment that the continued appeal against her house arrest in Myanmar by prominent pro-democracy and opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was rejected again.
- Iran, Hezbollah Leaders Meet in Syria VOA 26 Feb 2010 -- The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group has met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Syria.
- Burma's Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Democracy Leader VOA 26 Feb 2010 -- Burma's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal for the release of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
- Turkey Detains 18 More Military Suspects in Alleged Coup Plot VOA 26 Feb 2010 -- The Turkish government has arrested another 18 high-ranking military officers in an alleged plot to overthrow the government.
- Thai Court Rules Against Thaksin on Assets VOA 26 Feb 2010 -- Thailand's Supreme Court has found former Thai leader, Thaksin Shinawatra, guilty of concealing assets and abuse of power during the time he was prime minister. The court also ordered the seizure of more than $1 billion in assets currently frozen by state.
- SOUTH AFRICA: Court releases illegally detained asylum seeker IRIN 26 Feb 2010 -- South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ordered the Department of Home Affairs on 24 February 2010 to immediately release an Ethiopian asylum seeker from "unlawful" detention after he had languished in repatriation centres for over nine months.
- Saakashvili Says Georgia Will Survive Putin Era RFE/RL 26 Feb 2010 -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has said his country survived the rule of despotic Persian shahs and can also survive the current Russian government, RFE/RL's Georgian Service reports.
- Yanukovych moves to give Russian official status in Ukraine RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2010 -- The party of new Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych will propose giving the Russian language official status at a regional level, Party of Regions deputy head Boris Kolesnikov said on Friday.
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