09 February 2013 Military News
- AF EOD techs train Afghan border police AFNS 09 Feb 2013 -- Afghan Border Police explosive ordinance disposal technicians are one step closer to being qualified after a joint training validation event with U.S. Air Force EOD technicians, Feb. 5.
- CSAF and CMSAF visit Bagram Airmen AFNS 09 Feb 2013 -- On their first visit to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody had many words for the Airmen here.
- Afghan Mission Will Determine Troop Numbers, Dempsey Says AFPS 09 Feb 2013 -- The mission in Afghanistan will determine the number of American troops who will still be deployed there after 2014, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
- 569th Engineer Company transfer of authority Army News 09 Feb 2013 -- The 569th Engineer Company (Mobility Augmentation Company) from, Fort Carson, Colo., signaled the end of their record setting tour in Afghanistan with a transfer of authority and awards ceremony Feb. 2 here.
- Nearly 3000 die in U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan: official IRNA 09 Feb 2013 -- A top Pakistani told a parliamentary committee that about 3000 people have been killed in the U.S. drone attacks after the operation started in 2004.
- US drone kills 8 in Pakistan IRNA 09 Feb 2013 -- An American spy aircraft on Friday fired missiles into Pakistan's north western tribal region killing at least Eight people, local media reported.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Chairman Discusses Department's Financial Woes AFPS 09 Feb 2013 -- The Defense Department's financial problems will affect deployed troops, but not directly, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
- Locklear Warns of Territorial Disputes Escalating to Conflict AFPS 09 Feb 2013 -- Amid reports of an incident between China and Japan near the Senkaku Islands, the top U.S. commander in the Asia-Pacific reiterated the need to resolve territorial disputes peacefully and to develop a code of conduct to support the process.
- Ospreys make debut in Thailand USMC News 09 Feb 2013 -- Four MV-22B Ospreys landed at Wing One Royal Thai Air Force Base, Nakhon Ratchasima, Kingdom of Thailand, Feb. 8 in preparation for exercise Cobra Gold 2013.
- National Guard troops in New England respond to massive blizzard Army News 09 Feb 2013 -- Citizen-Soldiers in the Northeast assisting state authorities in the aftermath of Nemo.
- U.S. will help Taiwan maintain adequate self-defense: Kerry CNA 09 Feb 2013 -- The United States will continue its commitment to Taiwan and will help Taiwan maintain adequate defense capability, new U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said recently in response to questions from the Senate.
- U.S. senator urges Taiwan to increase defense budget CNA 09 Feb 2013 -- Taiwan needs to increase its defense budget, as members of the U.S. Congress are pushing the Obama administration to sell F-16 C/D multirole jet fighters to Taiwan, U.S. Senator John Cornyn said in a statement Friday.
- Russia Set for Contacts with Syria Opposition Offices in US RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2013 -- Russia is ready to meet with heads of the Syrian opposition offices, which are planned to be set up in Washington and New York, Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin said.
- U.S. report details rich resources in South China Sea CNA 09 Feb 2013 -- The South China Sea, with its potential as a rich source of hydrocarbons, is locked in territorial disputes among neighboring countries, a United States government agency said recently in a report.
- Men Wearing Explosives Arrested in Mali VOA 09 Feb 2013 -- Malian officials say two men who were allegedly wearing explosives were arrested near Gao on Saturday, a day after a suicide bomber attacked a military checkpoint near the northern city.
- Security Council to Assess Somalia Mission VOA 09 Feb 2013 -- The U.N. Security Council is preparing to consider a report on Somalia from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that includes options and recommendations for a future U.N. role in the country.
- Anti-Iran sanctions ineffective: deputy FM IRNA 09 Feb 2013 -- Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Ali Asghar Khaji said the era of using economic sanctions to bring the countries to their knees is over, adding that anti-Iran sanctions proved ineffective.
- Kerry: Obama Wants Diplomatic Solution to Iran VOA 09 Feb 2013 -- New U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says President Barack Obama remains committed to a diplomatic solution over Iran's disputed nuclear program, but is ready to do 'whatever is necessary' to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.
- Tunisia's Islamists Rally in Support of Ruling party VOA 09 Feb 2013 -- Thousands of Islamists marched in Tunisia's capital Saturday a day after the funeral of secularist politician Chokri Belaid, who was shot dead earlier in the week. The demonstration is the latest signal of deepening divisions in this North African country.
- UN chief condemns attack on Iranian exile camp in Iraq UN News Centre 09 Feb 2013 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned a mortar attack on an Iranian exile camp near Iraq's capital, Baghdad, which reportedly killed six people and injured several others.
- Indian Parliament attack convict hanged IRNA 09 Feb 2013 -- Mohammed Afzal Guru, convicted of involvement in the audacious attack on Indian Parliament in 2001, was hanged on Saturday and buried in Delhi's Tihar Jail, six days after a mercy plea was rejected by the President.
- Russian Court Orders Udaltsov Under House Arrest RFE/RL 09 Feb 2013 -- A Moscow court has ordered the leader of the Left Front opposition movement, Sergei Udaltsov, placed under house arrest until April 6.
- Russian Progress M-16M Fragments Sink in Pacific RIA Novosti 09 Feb 2013 -- Fragments of Russia's Progress M-16M cargo spacecraft that did not burn up in the Earth's atmosphere splashed down in a non-navigational area of the Pacific on Saturday, Mission Control said.
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