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16 April 2010 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 16 Apr 2010 [PDF]
  • 13th CSSB headquarters company leaves for Iraq Army News 16 Apr 2010 -- The 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion\'s Headquarters and Headquarters Company shoved off Monday for a yearlong deployment to Iraq in which the unit will "virtually complete" President Barack Obama's directive to withdraw U.S. forces and equipment, the battalion commander said.
  • MPs enhance skills of border patrol police in Anbar Army News 16 Apr 2010 -- Border security policemen guarding Iraq's gateway to and from Jordan attended a week-long skills course taught by U.S. military advisors.
  • Army Sustainment Command Unit has Key Role in Retrograde Army News 16 Apr 2010 -- Members of the 2nd Battalion, 401st Army Field Support Brigade and its service provider, ITT, are diligently preparing for the unprecedented Responsible Drawdown from Iraq.
  • HMMWVs in a Can Army News 16 Apr 2010 -- The 2nd Battalion, 401st Army Field Support Brigade (2/401st AFSB), commanded by LTC Michael T. Wright, has well over 2,000 M1114 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) in its footprint on Camp Arifjan
  • Forces Capture Militants, Evacuate Civilians, Seize Weapons AFPS 16 Apr 2010 -- Afghan and international forces captured several insurgents, evacuated civilians after an explosion, and seized enemy weapons stockpiles in recent operations, military officials in Afghanistan reported.
  • Berlin still committed to Afghan strategy amid rising casualties IRNA 16 Apr 2010 -- The German government remains committed to its strategy in Afghanistan amid the mounting military death toll, chancellery spokesman Christoph Steegmans told the press here Friday.
  • NATO to stay in Afghanistan “as long as it takes”, says spokesman IRNA 16 Apr 2010 -- A NATO spokesman said on Friday that NATO is in short of trainers in Afghanistan to transit power to local officials and will stay there “as long as it takes to be successful”.
  • NMCB 133 Works to Expand Airfield in Western Afghanistan Navy NewsStand 16 Apr 2010 -- Several Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 arrived at Shindand Airfield in Afghanistan to provide general engineering support for the airfield's expansion in early March.
  • Troops in Afghanistan to say goodbye to leisure concessions Army News 16 Apr 2010 -- Beginning in May, service members stationed in Afghanistan will have a harder time finding a Pizza Hut - 50 Army and Air Force Exchange Service contracted concessions are slated for closure in anticipation of an additional 30,000 inbound troops.
  • Expansion in the North Army News 16 Apr 2010 -- The growth and expansion of areas occupied by 1st Brigade Combat Team in Northern Afghanistan has amplified and improved since the arrival of the thousands of Warrior Brigade Soldiers.
  • Soldiers Aid People of Gormach Army News 16 Apr 2010 -- Dozens of piles of gravel lay in downtown Gormach untouched since construction came to a halt months ago. Crumbling to the ground are local shops amid dusty streets where vendors offer basic items including bicycle parts and naan, the local flat bread.
  • Soldiers' Morale on Camp Spann Army News 16 Apr 2010 -- If you look beyond the dusty rocks and buildings there's a picturesque view of mountains almost every morning and clouds that hang like drapes. This is the scene at Camp Mike Spann where 1st Brigade Combat Team is setting up its headquarters in Afghanistan.
  • Counternarcotics In Afghanistan As A Spectator Sport RFE/RL 16 Apr 2010 -- Representing the EU was Pino Arlacchi, a worthy member of the European Parliament (MEP), no doubt, and a rapporteur on Afghanistan, but one whose policy-making powers within the EU amount to nothing. His report, to be adopted in May, will be nonbinding. In compiling it, Arlacchi's ex officio access to the EU's powers-that-be does not exceed that of a well-connected correspondent.
  • Military Engineers Help Haiti Build Better Future AFPS 16 Apr 2010 -- Efforts to help Haiti rebuild after a devastating Jan. 12 earthquake will continue after the joint U.S. military task force there winds down at the end of May, the task force’s chief engineer said yesterday.

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  • Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 16 Apr 2010
  • Key to successful peacebuilding efforts is political will, Ban tells Security Council UN News Centre 16 Apr 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need for strong political commitment by post-conflict countries and their international partners, saying it is the key to building lasting peace in the aftermath of war.
  • Darfur: UN-African Union Mission makes contact with four abducted peacekeepers UN News Centre 16 Apr 2010 -- The joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) established contact today with four of its peacekeepers who were abducted five days ago in the western Sudanese region.
  • DRC: Fighting foils exams in South Kivu IRIN 16 Apr 2010 -- Hundreds of final year secondary school students have been unable to sit all their national exams due to fighting between a faction of the Mayi-Mayi militia and the army in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) territory of Fizi, South Kivu Province, say officials.
  • Timor-Leste police resume control of second largest city from UN UN News Centre 16 Apr 2010 -- The United Nations handed over formal control today of policing operations in Baucau, Timor-Leste’s second largest city, to national police as part of an ongoing strategy to lessen the Organization’s direct control over the country’s nascent security operations.
  • UN agency lauds Tanzania’s move to naturalize ‘1972 Burundian refugees’ UN News Centre 16 Apr 2010 -- The top United Nations refugee official praised today Tanzania’s decision to grant citizenship to tens of thousands of Burundian refugees who fled their homeland some 38 years ago.
  • Cyprus Elections Leave Turkey's EU Bid in the Balance VOA 16 Apr 2010 -- This weekend Turkish Cypriots will go to the polls to elect a new leader. The election comes at a critical time, with ongoing UN-sponsored efforts to reunite the island. But the current Turkish Cypriot leader - who is facing a strong challenger - has warned if he is defeated those talks could fall apart. That is potentially bad news for Turkey's bid to join the European Union.
  • Voters Frustrated by South Sudan Polling Stations VOA 16 Apr 2010 -- Vote counting began Friday in Sudan after the nation wrapped up five-long days of polling. Sudan's first multiparty vote in 24 years was mandated by a 2005 peace deal, but the vote has already been tarnished by opposition boycotts and allegations of electoral rigging. Starting in the village of Terekeka, our correspondent recounts the five-day voting exercise in South Sudan, where mishaps marred but did not destroy the region's new democratic hopes.

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