19 February 2011 Military News
- Building a foundation, 3rd ACR, Iraqi army practice basic combat skills Army News 19 Feb 2011 -- Iraqi Army Soldiers in Wasit province are continuing to make progress toward being a capable security force for their nation. Regularly working with United States Forces, the IA is retaining vital skills that will serve them well in the future.
- DCOM-Regional Support leadership conducts 'battlefield circulation' in southern Afghanistan Army News 19 Feb 2011 -- The leadership of Deputy Commander, Regional Support, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan, conducted a "battlefield circulation" or BFC Feb. 7-11 of the Regional Support Command-South area, headquartered at Kandahar Airfield.
- Army command sergeants major gather to better equip, sustain Soldiers in Afghanistan Army News 19 Feb 2011 -- More than 55 command sergeants major attended the Command Sergeant Major Sustainment and Equipping Conference at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 14-18, either in person or via video telephone conference, to discuss ways to equip Soldiers and improve the equipment available to Soldiers.
- U.S. firefighters bring fight to Afghanistan Army News 19 Feb 2011 -- On Sep. 11, 2001 a series of terrorist attacks brought down the Twin Towers killing thousands of innocent people including hundreds of New York City firefighters.
- IE-Doh! Taliban tactic fizzles in Garmsir, Afghanistan USMC News 19 Feb 2011 -- Cpl. Kerry Timms is from Shallow Water, Texas, and at times, he and the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment have skated on some pretty thin ice.
- Transportation Company puts in heavy miles to provide escort, deliver supplies to Soldiers Army News 19 Feb 2011 -- Driving the roads here in Afghanistan is quite a different experience from Iraq, according to Sgt. 1st Class Kelvin Windham and Staff Sgt. Davis Miranda of the 109th Transportation Company.
- GDP-ISAF kicks off mission rehearsal exercise, continues ISAF support USMC News 19 Feb 2011 -- The Republic of Georgia’s 33rd Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) arrived at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) here recently from Georgia to begin a month long training evolution that will serve as a final mission rehearsal prior to their upcoming deployment in support of International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan.
- Clinton Reaffirms Afghanistan Pullout Schedule, Urges Afghans To Split Al-Qaeda From Taliban RFE/RL 19 Feb 2011 -- In a wide-ranging policy speech at the Asia Society in New York, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has outlined Washington's priorities toward Afghanistan and Pakistan and reaffirmed the Obama administration's commitment to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
- 'New Yorker': US in Direct Talks with Taliban VOA 19 Feb 2011 -- A prominent U.S. magazine reported Friday the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has entered into "direct, secret talks with senior Afghan Taliban leaders."
- Pakistan Taliban say ex-spy official killed: report IRNA 19 Feb 2011 -- Pakistani Taliban said Saturday that they have killed a former official of the country’s intelligence agency, they had kidnapped in March last year in North Waziristan tribal region, state and private TV channels reported.
Defense Policy / Programs
- USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Hong Kong NNS 19 Feb 2011 -- Seventh Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived in Hong Kong on Feb. 20 for the ship's first port visit since March 2010.
- Republic of Korea CNO visits Dahlgren NNS 19 Feb 2011 -- Training and Readiness Center (ATRC) on board Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP), Dahlgren, Va., hosted the Republic of Korea Navy's (ROKN) chief of naval operations (CNO), Feb 14.
- Intelligence Personnel Keep Kearsarge Ships Informed NNS 19 Feb 2011 -- The ships belonging to Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) require vast amounts of intelligence to stay aware of possible maritime threats in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
- Salvadoran CNO Visits HSV Swift, Accepts Project Handclasp Delivery NNS 19 Feb 2011 -- El Salvador's senior naval officer went pier side to High Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) to accept a Project Handclasp delivery from the Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2011 team at Puerto Corsain, El Salvador, Feb. 18.
- NSSC New London Changes Commanders NNS 19 Feb 2011 -- Command of Naval Submarine Support Center (NSSC) New London changed hands during a ceremony Feb. 18 at Naval Submarine Base New London's Shepherd of the Sea Chapel.
- Enterprise, CVW-1, CCSG-12 Earn Retention Excellence Award NNS 19 Feb 2011 -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65), Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW 1) and Carrier Strike Group 12 (CCSG 12) earned the fiscal year 2010 Retention Excellence Award, Feb. 18.
- Carrier Air Wing 9 Changes Hands NNS 19 Feb 2011 -- Capt. Dale Horan relieved Capt. Paul Haas as Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 during a change-of-command ceremony Feb. 17.
- Iran, self-sufficient in defense radar manufacture: IRGC IRNA 19 Feb 2011 -- Deputy commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps for industrial research, Brigadier General Abolfazl Salehnejad, said on Saturday that Iran has become self-sufficient in manufacture of different kinds of radar systems for air defense.
- Jordan's King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) Awards Contract to ATK to Modify Two CASA-235 Military Transport Aircraft ATK 19 Feb 2011 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) announced it has received a contract from the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) of the Kingdom of Jordan to modify two of the country's CASA-235 transport aircraft into highly-capable and cost-effective special mission aircraft, according to the combined modification designs of both KADDB and ATK. Subject to U.S. government export licensing approval, the modified aircraft are expected to be delivered by the late spring of 2013. Terms of the contract were not announced.
- Ivory Coast Economy Drops Amid Political Impasse VOA 19 Feb 2011 -- As the political impasse persists in divided Ivory Coast, the West African country, which was once the region's economic powerhouse, faces further decline. Residents, diplomats, and analysts are very worried about the situation.
- Police Disrupt Ouattara Gathering in Ivory Coast VOA 19 Feb 2011 -- Ivorian security forces loyal to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo have disrupted a gathering of protesters backing his rival, Alassane Ouattara.
- Palestinian leadership to 'reevaluate' peace process after UN vote RIA Novosti 19 Feb 2011 -- The Palestinian leadership will "reevaluate" the peace process with Israel following the U.S. veto on the draft UN resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlements as illegal, the Jerusalem Post has reported.
- Russia hopes Japan will wade into calm discussion on peace treaty RIA Novosti 19 Feb 2011 -- Russia hopes that Japan will choose in favor of calm discussion on the possible conclusion of a formal peace treaty, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
- Anti-Government Movements Gain Traction as Yemen, Libya Face Crackdown VOA 19 Feb 2011 -- As pro-democracy movements gain momentum in the region, Yemen and Libya are cracking down on the protest movements that have been growing within their borders during the past week.
- Unrest Continues In Bahrain, Algeria, And Yemen RFE/RL 19 Feb 2011 -- There is no sign that unrest is abating in the Arab nations of Yemen, Algeria, and Bahrain.
- EU foreign policy chief 'concerned' by violence in Bahrain RIA Novosti 19 Feb 2011 -- The European Union's foreign policy chief has voiced concerns over the police crackdown on protesters in Bahrain, urging authorities to respect human rights.
- Anti-Government Protesters Storm Bahrain's Central Square VOA 19 Feb 2011 -- Thousands of anti-government demonstrators have marched into Manama's Pearl Roundabout, just two days after authorities used deadly force to seize and cordon off the area.
- Algerian Police Clamp Down on Rally in Capital VOA 19 Feb 2011 -- Hundreds of Algerian police broke up an anti-government rally in the capital Saturday, taking away at least one opposition member for questioning. Another opposition lawmaker was reportedly hospitalized.
- Libyan police storm protest camp, death toll rises RIA Novosti 19 Feb 2011 -- Libyan security forces stormed a protest camp in the eastern city of Benghazi early on Saturday, with eyewitnesses claiming some people have been killed and injured in the crackdown.
- Hundreds stage peaceful march in Oman demanding reforms RIA Novosti 19 Feb 2011 -- Hundreds of people have staged a peaceful Green March in Oman demanding major reforms in politics, economy and education, local media have reported.
- Armenian Opposition Leader Insists On Early Polls, Warns Of 'Egypt-Like' Unrest RFE/RL 19 Feb 2011 -- Opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrossian warned Armenia's leadership to hold fresh elections or face the kind of unrest that has rocked Arab states as he held his largest rally since the bloody suppression of his 2008 postelection protests in Yerevan on February 18, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
- Pakistani court issues Mushrraf's warrant in Benazir’s murder IRNA 19 Feb 2011 -- An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan Saturday issued unbailable warrants for former military president Pervez Musharraf in the 2007 assassination case of former premier Benazir Bhutto, for not appearing in the court, prosecutors said.
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