Archive for August, 2009

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In the early morning desert heat, a squad of infantry Marines patrols through a seemingly empty field in the southern Helmand Province. Without warning, they start taking heavy fire from a distant compound. To overwhelm the enemy, the patrol leader calls for indirect fire support.
Lance Cpl. Daniel A. Flynn
Regimental Combat Team 3

CAMP BARBER, Afghanistan-Marines with Battery D, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, fire a 200-pound rocket from a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System during a test-fire at Camp Barber, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Feb. 15, 2009. The HIMARS is a mobile rocket system used by the El Paso, Texas-based reserve battery, which is here to support Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Afghanistan as a fire support asset.<br /> SPMAGTF-A's mission is to conduct counterinsurgency operatio
Cpl. Stauffer, 2/15/2009 10:15 AM
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The opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) is expected to win 300 of the
480 seats in the lower house of Japan’s Diet, ousting the Liberal Democrats,
who have governed Japan for all but 11 months since 1955, according to
projections by the major television networks.
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LOS ANGELES — A spike in underground rumblings on a section of the San Andreas fault has seismologists on edge. It’s the same section of the fault that produced a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in 1857.

Experts aren’t sure if the vibrations are an indication of an imminent earthquake. They do say, however, that deep tremors mean underground stress which could raise the risk of a major quake.
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Troops of Pakistan army position near Lal mosque as authorities are planning a crackdown in Islamabad

NEARLY three months after the Pakistani army retook the Swat valley from the
Taliban, corpses are appearing on the streets almost every day.

This time the killings are about revenge. The bodies are suspected militants
or Taliban collaborators. Their killers are alleged to be the security
forces, although this is denied officially.
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Jerusalem issues angry response to latest atomic watchdog’s report on Iran; account fails to reflect Tehran’s concealment, deception efforts, Israel says, urges international community to adopt decisive position vis-à-vis Iranians
The Foreign Ministry slammed Saturday the latest United Nations report on Iran’s nuclear program, claiming that the International Atomic Energy Agency is holding back some information.
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Tunnel, dug inside building located about 1.5 kilometers from border fence, aimed at smuggling terrorists into Israel. IDF says strike a response to rocket fire; no injuries reported in Strip

Photo: AFP
Palestinian sources reported of the strike in the Sajaiyeh neighborhood, and did not report of injuries.
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The Chief of the Defence Staff has said today that while the UK strategy in Afghanistan is the right one, the outcome depends on the will power to see it through in the long term and whether the Afghans themselves can make progress in areas of governance.

British troops take a break

British troops take a break while on operations in Afghanistan
[Picture: Sgt Dan Harmer RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2009]

More boots on the ground are needed he said but that they need to be Afghan boots.

“We face extremist Islamist groups who pursue a campaign of global terrorist violence in order to further their ideological ends. These groups pose a direct threat to the UK, its citizens and their interests, so must be countered.”

Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup

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Gordon Brown has visited British troops in Afghanistan to counter criticism that the war effort is being undermined by a lack of equipment and personnel.

Gordon Brown

Mr Brown meets British soldiers at Camp Bastion in Lashkar Gah

The Prime Minister has come under fire for failing to lead from the front on the war.
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Jack Straw decided two years ago it was in the UK’s “overwhelming interests” to make the Lockerbie bomber eligible for return to Libya, it is claimed.

The Justice Secretary reportedly made the decision after discussions between Libya and BP over an oil exploration deal had hit difficulties.
and claims the issue is irrelevant as Megrahi’s release eventually came on compassionate grounds.
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FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq —  Gen. Douglas MacArthur had his signature corncob pipe. Soldiers got cigarettes in their C-rations during World War II. Even today, America’s war on tobacco seems to have largely bypassed the military.
Now a proposal to make the forces smoke-free is drawing strong reactions from troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, even though the Pentagon itself says any ban is a long way off.
“Your nerves get all rattled and you need something to calm you down,” said Staff Sgt. Jerry Benson of San Bernadino, California, with the 5th Stryker Brigade in southern Afghanistan.