18 April 2010 Military News
- US Military Helicopter Crashes in Northern Iraq VOA 18 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. military says one of its helicopters has crashed in northern Iraq, killing an American soldier and injuring three others.
- Odierno Says US Withdrawal From Iraq on Track VOA 18 Apr 2010 -- The commander of U.S. forces in Iraq says the planned withdrawal of American troops is on schedule despite ongoing political uncertainty in Baghdad, and an increase in attacks by militants. General Ray Odierno talked about the situation on the ground during an interview broadcast Sunday on American television.
- NATO Soldier Killed in Afghanistan VOA 18 Apr 2010 -- NATO says one of its service members has died from a roadside bomb attack in southern Afghanistan.
Defense Policy / Programs
- DoD News: Statement by Secretary Robert M. Gates DoD 18 Apr 2010-- The New York Times sources who revealed my January memo to the National Security Advisor mischaracterized its purpose and content.
- Mullen: Diplomacy Best Approach to End Iran's Nuclear Proliferation AFPS 18 Apr 2010 -- Although a U.S. military approach in Iran would hinder Iranian nuclear proliferation, military might isn’t necessarily the best solution, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said today.
- Pentagon Says U.S. Has Iran Options RFE/RL 18 Apr 2010 -- The U.S. Defense Department says Defense Secretary Robert Gates believes President Barack Obama and his national security team "have spent an extraordinary amount of time and effort considering and preparing for the full range of contingencies" regarding Iran's nuclear program.<
- Decommissioned Battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64) Relieved of Duty Navy NewsStand 18 Apr 2010 -- The city of Norfolk officially took over stewardship of the decommissioned Iowa-class battleship, USS Wisconsin (BB-64), during a ceremony at The National Maritime Center on April 16.
- Iran has largest army in ME: Commander IRNA 18 Apr 2010 -- Commander of Army’s Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad-Reza Pourdastan has said that Iran had the biggest army in the Middle East region.
- Turkish Cypriots go to polls in crucial vote RIA Novosti 18 Apr 2010 -- Residents of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus vote in a presidential election on Sunday, which could further complicate the island's reunification process and Turkey's accession to the EU.
- Turkish Cypriots to cast ballot in unrecognized, but crucial vote RIA Novosti 18 Apr 2010 -- Residents of the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will cast their ballot on Sunday in crucial elections which might further complicate the island's reunification process and Turkey's accession to the EU.
- Vote Count Begins in Turkish-Cyprus Election VOA 18 Apr 2010 -- Turkish Cypriots went to the polls Sunday to elect their president in a vote seen as crucial to the future of reunification talks.
- Credibility of Sudan's Vote Thrown into Further Doubt VOA 18 Apr 2010 -- The legitimacy of Sudan's elections has been thrown into further doubt following reports from observation teams the election will not meet international standards. Opposition parties in Khartoum say the vote was rigged and that they will not accept its results.
- Ahmadinejad: Nuclear weapons threaten int'l community IRNA 18 Apr 2010 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday that danger of nuclear weapons threatens the international community.
- Tehran int'l conference emphasizes need for disarmament, Mottaki IRNA 18 Apr 2010 -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Sunday that Tehran International Conference on Disarmament of Nuclear Weapons and Non-Proliferation emphasized the need for Disarmament.
- Int’l efforts for disarmament a must: Soltanieh IRNA 18 Apr 2010 -- Iran's Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency Ali Asghar Soltanieh said on Sunday that basic measures should be taken by the international community to prevent the impacts of nuclear weapons on humanity.
- Disarmament confab focuses on full implementation of NPT: speaker IRNA 18 Apr 2010 -- Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday that while the US nuclear conference tried to deny the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Tehran meeting is to fully implement the NPT.
- Iran Seeks Talks On Nuke Fuel Swap RFE/RL 18 Apr 2010 -- Iran plans to hold talks with all members of the UN Security Council in an effort to break a deadlock over a planned uranium exchange deal.
- People No Longer Fleeing Homes In Iraq VOA 18 Apr 2010 -- International Organization for Migration says people in Iraq no longer are fleeing their homes to escape violence. An IOM report indicates tens of thousands of displaced Iraqi families have returned to their places of origin. Four years ago, the bombing of the Al-Askari Mosque in the northern city of Samarra triggered a mass exodus.
- PAKISTAN: Relief work suspended after dozens killed in IDP camp attack IRIN 18 Apr 2010 -- Relief work has been suspended at the Kacha Pakha camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) on the outskirts of Kohat town in northwestern Pakistan after two bomb attacks killed at least 41 IDPs, according to officials and media reports.
- Bomber kills 7 in NW Pakistan: police IRNA 18 Apr 2010 -- A suicide bomber attacked a police station in northwest Pakistan and killed at least seven persons Sunday morning, police chief said.
- Pakistan President to sign key amendments bill on Monday IRNA 18 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari will sign on Monday key constitutional amendments that will strip him of his sweeping powers, presidential spokesman said on Sunday.
- Extremist group claims twin blasts which killed 34 in Pakistan IRNA 18 Apr 2010 -- An extremist group claimed responsibility for twin bomb blasts at a registration camp of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Pakistan’s northwest which killed at least 34 people and injured dozens others, a senior official said.
- Pakistan Suicide Bomb Attack Kills 7 VOA 18 Apr 2010 -- Pakistan police say a suicide car-bomber attack on a police station killed seven people, including a child, and wounded 26 in northwest Pakistan Sunday.
- Poland's First Couple Buried In Krakow RFE/RL 18 Apr 2010 -- Amid the sound of wailing sirens and ringing church bells, Poles paid their last respects to deceased President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, as they were laid to rest on April 18 in Krakow following an elaborate state funeral.
- Poland buries President Kaczynski RIA Novosti 18 Apr 2010 -- Poland on Sunday said goodbye to President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, Mary, who died last week in a plane crash near Smolensk in western Russia.
- Ousted Kyrgyz president welcome in Belarus - Lukashenko RIA Novosti 18 Apr 2010 -- Belarus is ready to receive former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and give him and his family whatever help they need, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Sunday.
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