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05 March 2012 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 05 Mar 2012 [PDF]
  • Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader AFPS 05 Mar 2012 -- An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader March 3 in the Chahar Darah district of Afghanistan's Kunduz province, military officials reported.
  • New mission partners First Army mentors with Afghan Security Forces Army News 05 Mar 2012 -- Soldiers from First Army units located across the United States began preparations in January to deploy to Afghanistan as a part of new specialized teams that will begin this spring to train and assist Afghan Security Forces.
  • Suicide Bomber Attacks Bagram US Base in Afghanistan VOA 05 Mar 2012 -- A suicide bomber has killed at least two Afghan civilians and wounded four others after detonating explosives at the gates of the U.S. military base at Bagram, just north of Kabul.
  • Zaranj-based Afghan forces expand capabiltites, develop skills USMC News 05 Mar 2012 -- Barely a mile from the Afghanistan/Iranian border a group of Afghan National Security Forces are experiencing a level of success coalition forces hope spreads throughout the country.
  • Future of Afghan village kindled by Marines USMC News 05 Mar 2012 -- To a district in Afghanistan that was once overlooked by its government, 2nd Lt. Andrew McGann cares for it like a member of the community.
  • Precision Rocket Artillery changes the Battlefield USMC News 05 Mar 2012 -- There was enough explosive material to construct hundreds of improvised explosive devices. Marines from 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment lacked the power to destroy the huge IED cache. They called for fire, and eight rockets landed within seconds of being fired. According to the after action report from the artillery platoon, all rounds impacted on target, the site was destroyed, and there was no collateral damage.
  • TA soldiers welcomed home from Afghanistan UK MOD 05 Mar 2012 -- Territorial Army soldiers paraded through Liverpool on Saturday, 3 March 2012, following their return from a demanding tour in Afghanistan.
  • Army signallers listen in on Taliban UK MOD 05 Mar 2012 -- Armed with receivers, satellite communications and other systems, 14 Signal Regiment serve as the finely-tuned ears of the British Army.
  • Sea King squadron home from Helmand UK MOD 05 Mar 2012 -- After more than 15 months in Afghanistan, 854 Naval Air Squadron has returned home to Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall.
  • Guardsmen Provide Aid to Tornado-stricken Areas AFPS 05 Mar 2012 -- More than 700 National Guard soldiers and airmen are supporting civilian authorities today in four states recovering from tornadoes and floods.

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News Reports

  • International Monitors Say Russia Vote Skewed For Putin RFE/RL 05 Mar 2012 -- International election monitors say Russia's presidential election was clearly skewed in favor of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
  • News Analysis: Putin Wins A Battle, But Is He Losing The War? RFE/RL 05 Mar 2012 -- and have taken to the streets to make their case. He is faced with an elite that is bitterly split over the need to reform and modernize the economy and political system.
  • U.S. 'Looks Forward' to Working with Putin RIA Novosti 05 Mar 2012 -- The United States looks forward to working with president-elect Vladimir Putin after the results are certified and he is sworn in as Russia's president, the State Department said on Monday.
  • Opposition Rallies Against Putin's Victory RIA Novosti 05 Mar 2012 -- Thousands of opponents of president-elect Vladimir Putin rallied on Pushkinskaya Square in downtown Moscow on Monday evening, denouncing his victory at the presidential polls as illegitimate.
  • International Monitors Differ on Russian Vote Fairness RIA Novosti 05 Mar 2012 -- International monitors gave different assessments of Russia's presidential elections that secured Vladimir Putin a third term in the Kremlin.
  • Putin to Order Probe into Election Violations RIA Novosti 05 Mar 2012 -- Russian president-elect Vladimir Putin said on Monday he plans to instruct the Central Election Commission (CEC) to investigate all suspected violations during the vote.
  • Prokhorov to Set Up Party, Run for President Again RIA Novosti 05 Mar 2012 -- Billionaire presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov, who came in third place in Russia's presidential race according to preliminary results, said he did not consider the elections fair and vowed to run for the presidency again, 'and not just once.'
  • OSCE Observers: Russian Election Skewed in Favor of Putin VOA 05 Mar 2012 -- A statement from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe says there was no real competition. It says abuse of government resources ensured that the winner was never in doubt.
  • UN atomic watchdog reiterates concern over Iran's nuclear programme UN News Centre 05 Mar 2012 -- The head of the United Nations atomic watchdog today highlighted ongoing serious concerns about a possible military dimension to Iran's nuclear programme, adding that the country has tripled its monthly production of enriched uranium.
  • IAEA Mulls Solutions to Iran Nuclear Impasse VOA 05 Mar 2012 -- The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog says Iran's nuclear program and its possible military dimensions remain a serious concern. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano's remarks come as U.S. and Israeli leaders meet on Iran in Washington.
  • Obama: Window Remains for Peaceful Solution to Iran Nuclear Issue VOA 05 Mar 2012 -- President Barack Obama says he believes there is still time to achieve a peaceful solution to the Iran nuclear issue, but that Iran's leaders need to make a decision to forsake pursuit of nuclear weapons. Mr. Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed Iran, troubled Israel-Palestinian peace efforts, and the Arab Spring during a meeting at the White House.
  • Iran annuals CIA spy death sentence ISNA 05 Mar 2012 -- Iranian Supreme Court annulled Amir Mirza Hekmati's death sentence.
  • Iran criticizes Amano for repetitive statement to Board of Governors IRNA 05 Mar 2012 -- Iranian Representative to International Atomic Energy Agency Ali Akbar Soltanieh said on Monday that the statement presented by IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano to Board of Governors was repetitive.
  • Obama, Netanyahu Discuss Iran As IAEA Expresses Serious Nuclear Concerns RFE/RL 05 Mar 2012 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has told visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States' commitment to Israel's security is "rock solid."
  • IAEA Mulls Solutions to Iran Nuclear Impasse VOA 05 Mar 2012 -- The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog says Iran's nuclear program and its possible military dimensions remain a serious concern. International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano's remarks come as U.S. and Israeli leaders meet on Iran in Washington.
  • MAC reiterates sovereignty and independence of ROC CNA 05 Mar 2012 -- The Republic of China (ROC) is a sovereign and independent nation and maintaining cross-Taiwan Strait peace is the responsibility of both sides, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Monday as China reiterated its opposition to Taiwan's independence.
  • KMT welcomes proposal for Taiwan-China relations CNA 05 Mar 2012 -- A senior ruling Kuomintang (KMT) official on China affairs said Monday that the party welcomes the continuing warm ties between Taiwan and China, as Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pledged to expand cross-Taiwan Strait relations this year.
  • Taiwan should strengthen deterrence capabilities: scholar CNA 05 Mar 2012 -- Constrained by a limited defense budget, Taiwan should strengthen its deterrence capabilities but also maintain friendly ties with China to lower the possibility of a war across the Taiwan Strait, an international affairs scholar said Monday.
  • Lockheed Martin GOES-R Geostationary Lightning Mapper Instrument Completes Sensitivity Testing Lockheed Martin 05 Mar 2012 -- The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) – R Series Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) spaceflight instrument Engineering Development Unit completed optical-electronic lightning sensitivity testing in January at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto and showed excellent performance.
  • Northrop Grumman Continues to Make Progress on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Spacecraft as Key Component Completes Design Northrop Grumman 05 Mar 2012 -- An important spacecraft component that will enable NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to deliver clear images passed its Critical Design Review at Northrop Grumman Corporation. Now cleared for manufacturing, it represents an important step in the spacecraft's progress.

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