27 November 2010 Military News
- TF Iron launches blimp over FOB Andar Army News 27 Nov 2010 -- Task Force Iron Rakkasan launched the first flight of the blimp over Forward Operating Base Andar Nov. 17.
- UN to help Afghan farmers to fend for their families without planting poppy RIA Novosti 27 Nov 2010 -- United Nations office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) vowed to help Afghan farmers to fend for their families without sowing poppy, its new executive director, Yuri Fedotov, said.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Exercises in Korea Long-planned, Sharp Says AFPS 27 Nov 2010 -- Movements of troops in South Korea and ships in the Yellow Sea are part of long-planned exercises and shouldn’t be seen as a response to North Korea’s Nov. 23 attack on Yeonpyeong Island, the commander of United Nations Command said today.
- Mullen: North Korea's Unpredictability Endangers Region AFPS 27 Nov 2010 -- The only thing predictable about the North Korean regime is its unpredictability, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a television broadcast today.
- US, South Korea Begin Military Exercises VOA 27 Nov 2010 -- The United States and South Korea have begun four days of joint military exercises in the waters off the Korean coast, in an effort to deter North Korea from launching further attacks across its border with the South.
- Heightened Diplomacy Before US-South Korean War Exercises VOA 27 Nov 2010 -- The United States and South Korea are continuing to prepare for military exercises in the Yellow Sea, despite warnings from North Korea. Chinese diplomats are trying to ease tensions in the region after North Korea shelled a South Korean island.
- Big Red One headquarters packing bags Army News 27 Nov 2010 -- The first Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 1st Infantry Division Soldiers to redeploy are scheduled to arrive at Fort Riley, Kan., before Christmas, but there is still a lot to be done between now and then to ensure they have smooth travels home.
- Russian, Chinese foreign ministers discuss Korean conflict RIA Novosti 27 Nov 2010 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi discussed on Saturday the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula and the necessity of not allowing it to escalate, according to a Russian ministry statement.
- As Tension Rises, South Korea Mourns Two Marines Killed In North Korean Attack RFE/RL 27 Nov 2010 -- South Korea has held funerals for the two Marines killed by the North's shelling of an island this week.
- Ban deplores rebel attack in north-east Central African Republic UN News Centre 27 Nov 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the recent rebel attack on the town of Birao in north-east Central African Republic (CAR), which occurred less than two weeks after the handing over of the United Nations mission's camps to the national authorities.
- UN human rights chief urges peaceful presidential poll in Côte d'Ivoire UN News Centre 27 Nov 2010 -- The United Nations human rights chief today voiced deep concern about reports of politically-motivated violence ahead of Sunday's presidential run-off in Côte d'Ivoire, and called on the candidates and their supporters to renounce such behaviour.
- Somali Parliament Approves Cabinet VOA 27 Nov 2010 -- Somalia's parliament has approved a new cabinet, after a prior attempt to endorse the ministers descended into chaos.
- Iran: Bushehr Nuclear Reactor Fully Loaded VOA 27 Nov 2010 -- Iran's nuclear chief says the country's first nuclear reactor is fully loaded and could be operational within months.
- U.S. Police Arrest Teenager Seeking To Carry Out Terror Attack RFE/RL 27 Nov 2010 -- A teenager has been arrested in the United States in connection with a plot to detonate what he thought was a car bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
- Foiled car bomb terrorist arrested in northwestern U.S. - agency RIA Novosti 27 Nov 2010 -- A teenager has been arrested in Portland, Oregon, after he attempted to blow up a car in the downtown area where thousands had gathered for festivities, the Fox News website reported on Saturday.
- Clinton Reaches Out to Several Countries about Wikileaks VOA 27 Nov 2010 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reached out to several countries ahead of the controversial website WikiLeaks imminent release of millions of secret and potentially embarrassing diplomatic cables.
- Iraq's PM Hopes to Have New Government by Mid-December VOA 27 Nov 2010 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says he hopes to have a new government in place by mid-December.
- For The Third Time In Two Years, Moldovans Head To The Polls RFE/RL 27 Nov 2010 -- Voters in Moldova return to the polls on November 28 for the country’s third parliamentary elections in less than two years.
- Final Preparations Set for Haiti Election VOA 27 Nov 2010 -- Final preparations are set for Sunday's election in Haiti, to choose a new president that will lead the nation still struggling from a massive earthquake. Some residents expressed concerns that political violence was still possible on election day.
- Election Concerns in Egypt Ahead of Sunday's Polling VOA 27 Nov 2010 -- Voters in Egypt are preparing to cast ballots Sunday in the country's first parliamentary elections since 2005, as complaints are made of election violations and harassment from opposition and rights groups.
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