04 April 2010 Military News
- Three Massive Bombs Rock Baghdad, at Least 30 Killed VOA 04 Apr 2004 -- Iraqi authorities say at least 41 people have been killed in three massive explosions in Baghdad. More than 200 people have been wounded in the blasts, which came as politicians struggle to form a new government.
- Baghdad bombing leaves one dead, three injured at German embassy IRNA 04 Apr 2010 -- One of Sunday's triple bombings in Baghdad killed at least one local Iraqi staff member at the German embassy and wounded three other local employees at the diplomatic mission, the German Foreign Ministry announced in Berlin.
- Over 30 Iraqis killed, 160 wounded in three car bomb blasts IRNA 04 Apr 2010 -- Iraqi officials say three car bomb blasts rocked central Baghdad Sunday, killing at least 30 people and wounding more than 160 others.
- Three Explosions Rock Central Baghdad RFE/RL 04 Apr 2010 -- Three explosions have struck central Baghdad within minutes of one another, killing at least 30 and wounding up to 170.
- At least 30 killed in Baghdad blasts targeting embassies RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2010 -- Three car bombs exploded in the Iraqi capital on Sunday, killing at least 30 people and injuring more than 200 in coordinated attacks that security officials said targeted foreign diplomatic missions.
- Karzai Assures Tribal Leaders Of ‘Cooperation, Consultation’ RFE/RL 04 Apr 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai and NATO and U.S. commander General Stanley McChrystal today met with tribal leaders in the southern city of Kandahar ahead of an expected military push into the area, a Taliban stronghold.
- German troops accidentally kill Afghan soldiers RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2010 -- German troops operating in Afghanistan have killed at least five Afghani soldiers in a friendly fire incident in the country's northern Kunduz province.
- Thirty militants, six soldiers killed in Pakistan offensive RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2010 -- Thirty militants and six soldiers have been killed in an operation held by Pakistani troops in the country's northwest, the Voice of America has said.
- Pakistan Troops Kill Militants in NW Pakistan VOA 04 Apr 2010 -- The Pakistani military says its troops have killed nearly 40 militants in two separate attacks Sunday in the northwest region of the country.
- Bataan Arrives Home After 10 Weeks in Haiti Navy NewsStand 04 Apr 2010 -- Nearly 1,100 Sailors and Marines attached to the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD5) returned to Norfolk April 3 following 10 weeks supporting Operation Unified Response in Haiti.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Obama, Medvedev To Sign New Arms Pact VOA 04 Apr 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will meet in Prague on Thursday to sign a treaty further reducing both countries' nuclear stockpiles. The signing is expected to boost each country's national security and strengthen the U.S.-Russian relationship.
- Blue Ridge Pulls into Kota Kinabalu Navy NewsStand 04 Apr 2010 -- USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked 7th Fleet staff Sailors arrived in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, April 3 for a port visit during a scheduled spring deployment.
- Joint Region Marianas Hosts Change of Command Navy NewsStand 04 Apr 2010 -- Joint Region Marianas held a change of command ceremony at Guam High School's gymnasium on board U.S. Naval Hospital Guam in Agana Heights, Guam, March 27.
- Gunston Hall Delivers Project Handclasp Material to Sao Tome Charity Navy NewsStand 04 Apr 2010 -- Sailors from Beach Master Unit 2, along with Maritime Civil Affairs Team (MCAT) 203, USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) and Africa Partnership Station (APS) West, delivered 27 pallets of wheelchairs and computers to an organization in Sao Tome March 23.
- South Korea calls off search for missing sailors RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2010 -- South Korea has called off a rescue operation for more than 40 sailors who remain unaccounted for since a warship sank last week in the Yellow Sea, the South Korean Yonhap news agency has said.
- S. Korean Army Fires Gun toward DPRK Post in DMZ KCNA 04 Apr 2010 -- The south Korean puppet forces committed grave armed provocation in the Demilitarized Zone in the eastern sector of the front on Sunday.
- Ban urges ongoing efforts against use of landmines UN News Centre 04 Apr 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for continued efforts to rid the world of landmines and explosive remnants of war, and lauded mine action workers for their dedication despite the dangers posed by the indiscriminate weapons.
- GLOBAL: Spotlight on landmines IRIN 04 Apr 2010 -- Landmines and the explosive remnants of war kill or injure 15,000-20,000 people a year in at least 78 countries, according to the UN Mine Action Centre. While several international agreements exist to regulate or ban landmines, most notably the Mine Ban Treaty in 1999, momentum is gathering to do more to minimise these effects of armed conflict for humanitarian reasons.
- Israel Allows Clothing, Shoes Into Gaza VOA 04 Apr 2010 -- Israel has allowed the first commercial shipment of shoes and clothing into the Gaza Strip in almost two years.
- Congo’s Army Will Soon Retake Seized Airport From Rebels, Says MONUC official VOA 04 Apr 2010 -- A top official says peacekeepers from the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) are supporting Congo’s national army to retake an airport seized by rebels after an early Sunday morning surprised attack.
- Former Armenian President Meets With U.S. Karabakh Mediator RFE/RL 04 Apr 2010 -- Former Armenian President Robert Kocharian has met Washington's top Nagorno-Karabakh negotiator in Yerevan to discuss the current status of Armenian-Azerbaijani peace talks, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
- Iran to unveil another nuclear achievement soon IRNA 04 Apr 2010 -- Iran's another nuclear achievement will be unveiled during the country's National Nuclear Day ceremony to be held on April 9, a senior official said Sunday.
- Beijing believes in resolve of Iran's nuclear issue through talks IRNA 04 Apr 2010 -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mihman-Parast said on Sunday that the priority of the Chinese government is the resolve of Iran’s nuclear issue through negotiations and dialogue.
- No major change to occur with another anti-Iran sanction IRNA 04 Apr 2010 -- Head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Ala’eddin Boroujerdi said Sunday that adopting another sanction against Iran would cause no major change in the country.
- Fuel swap should not be used as lever against other nations: Jalili IRNA 04 Apr 2010 -- Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili said here on Sunday that nuclear fuel swap should be considered as bilateral cooperation for peaceful nuclear activities.
- Iran to Host Nuclear Disarmament Talks VOA 04 Apr 2010 -- Iran says it will host a nuclear disarmament conference later this month, right after a U.S.-sponsored nuclear security summit. Nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili says Tehran wants to promote nuclear disarmament while encouraging peaceful nuclear energy production.
- Dagestan train blast seen as continuation of terror attacks in Russia RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2010 -- The bombs that went off on a railway track in the Republic of Dagestan in Russia's North Caucasus can be seen as the continuation of the recent terrorist attacks in Russia, a high-placed security officer said.
- Dagestan train blast equivalent to 6 kg of TNT - security service RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2010 -- Two bombs that went off on a railway track in the Republic of Dagestan in Russia's troubled North Caucasus region had the force of 6 kg in TNT equivalent, the Federal Security Service said on Sunday.
- Bomb Derails Freight Train in Dagestan VOA 04 Apr 2010 -- Russian authorities say two bombs blew up Sunday along railroad tracks in the southern republic of Dagestan, derailing a freight train in another apparent terrorist attack.
- Russia's Soyuz piloted spacecraft docks with world orbiter RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2010 -- A Soyuz TMA-18 piloted spacecraft with a new space crew has docked with the International Space Station (ISS) in the automatic mode, Mission Control said on Sunday.
- India rejects allegations of waging water war with Pakistan IRNA 04 Apr 2010 -- India has described as preposterous and completely unwarranted the allegations that it is stealing Pakistan's share of river waters and waging a water war.
- Free speech, press freedom crucial for democracy, Ban tells Kyrgyz leaders UN News Centre 03 Apr 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his visit to Central Asia on Saturday with a stop in Kyrgyzstan, where he stressed the need to protect all human rights, including free speech and press freedom.
- Thai Street Protests Continue Despite Government Threats VOA 04 Apr 2010 -- Thailand's Prime Minister has called on anti-government protest leaders to move their protest rally site from a key business area or the leaders face prosecution. The demonstrators launched their rally three weeks ago to force the government to resign. The government is still hoping to avoid a confrontation with protesters.
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