Archive for January, 2009

Three families of firefighters killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 want to meet with President Barack Obama to urge him to reverse his decision to suspend the trial of five detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who admit roles in the terror attacks.

In a meeting with reporters at their attorney’s office on Sunday, the families deplored what they called “delays and confusion” in the former Bush administration’s effort to prosecute suspects in the 2001 attacks, which killed about 3,000 people, saying they want “a firm commitment” that the same process won’t continue under Obama.

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Special legal teams will defend Israeli soldiers against potential war crimes charges stemming from civilian deaths in the Gaza Strip, the prime minister said Sunday, promising the country would “fully back” those who fought in the three-week offensive.

The move reflected growing concerns by Israel that officers could be subject to international prosecution, despite the army’s claims that Hamas militants caused the civilian casualties by staging attacks from residential areas.

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Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Jan. 22, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

In Afghanistan, an Air Force B-1B Lancer destroyed a building in an anti-Afghan compound with a guided bomb unit-38. Enemy personnel were firing small arms and rocket-propelled grenades at coalition forces from a fighting position inside the building.

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Twenty-four F-22 Raptors and hundreds of Airmen deployed to the Pacific region for a three-month deployment in support of the Pacific global deterrence mission.

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Marines with Marine Corps Training and Advisory Group (MCTAG) left aboard the USS Nashville (LPD-13) Thursday to begin their deployment to the West Coast of Africa in support of Africa Partnership Station 2009 (APS-09).

This initiative creates an opportunity for the United States to partner with the host nation security forces and foster regional maritime safety and security.

The host nations will receive a variety of training from Marines who came from a variety of units across the U.S. but mainly from 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment.   This diverse group of 28 Marines and two Corpsmen will teach skills tailored to the country’s expressed needs.  The advisors will teach combat lifesaver skills, patrolling, Marine Corps Martial Arts, radio operations, and many other areas of expertise.  This training is an opportunity for both the host nation and the MCTAG trainer advisors.

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A new patrol in the U.S. Central Command is
working to make it unprofitable to be a pirate, the commander of U.S. Navy Central Command and 5th Fleet said Jan. 15.

Acts of piracy have “spiked” off the coast of Somalia with merchant vessels and crews being held for millions in ransom by pirates using AK-47 assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and ladders to take “low and slow” ships traversing one of the world’s busiest sea lanes.

The pirates come from a clan based on the northern coast of Somalia, Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney said, and they are in it for the money.

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USS SAN ANTONIO, At sea (NNS) — Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 is working closely with international navies in the Gulf of Aden to conduct counterpiracy operations and ensure a lawful maritime order in the region.

“We’re out here as a force, with the coalition nations, to ensure commerce flows freely throughout the world,” explained Rear Adm. Terry McKnight, commander, CTF 151. “We are working to achieve an objective of preventing piracy at sea. Over the past few years, we’ve learned from many combined operations that working with the coalition is key to our success throughout the world.”

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