Archive for February, 2010

The first tsunami from Chile has reached Japan, and Hawaii and other Pacific areas have been spared any significant damage. (Feb. 27)

By:AssociatedPress

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In Japan, where hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from shorelines, the biggest wave following the magnitude-8.8 quake off Chile hit the northern island of Hokkaido. It was four feet high. There were no immediate reports of damage, though some piers were briefly flooded.

As the waves crossed the Pacific, they dealt populated areas — including the U.S. state of Hawaii — just glancing blows. blog it

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Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet has declared a “state of catastrophe” following the quake, which measured a significant 8.8 on the Richter scale.

Warnings have been issued for South American nations as well Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, Russia and many Pacific islands. blog it

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A massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, collapsing buildings, killing dozens and downing phone lines. President Michele Bachelet declared a “state of catastrophe” in central Chile and said the death toll was rising. blog it

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NATO said it hoped to secure the area in days, set up a local government and rush in development aid in a first test of the new U.S. strategy for turning the tide of the eight-year war. The offensive is the largest since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.

The Taliban appeared to have scattered in the face of overwhelming force, possibly waiting to regroup and stage attacks later to foil the alliance’s plan to stabilize the area and expand Afghan government control in the volatile south. blog it

One of the biggest helicopter assaults in British military history has been launched against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The Royal Welsh took the lead with their troops and Afghan partners flying at only 500ft above the desert, landing at a series of specified targets in the Nad-e-Ali area of Helmand under cover of darkness.
The Coldstream Guards, the Grenadier Guards and the Royal Welsh have all been on the ground testing the Taliban positions and trying to get the message out to local people that the battle is about restoring order and allowing normal government to develop.

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U.S. and coalition forces have pressed a major offensive against a Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan. As Mandy Clark reports, Taliban is certainly not giving up without a fight.

By:CBSNewsOnline

US Marines encounter little resistance as they enter the Taliban stronghold of Marjah in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

By:itnnews

More than 1000 British troops are engaged in the fiercest military offensive on the Taliban since the war in Afghanistan began.

By:itnnews

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USGS: Quake Centered Near Luther, Jones, Harrah

Geologists have confirmed another earthquake in central Oklahoma.

A 3.2-magnitude earthquake shook at about 11:30 p.m., according to a preliminary report from the United States Geological Survey. blog it

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Roughly 15,000 American, Afghan and NATO forces began an assault late Friday on the Taliban in the central Helmand town of Marjah in what senior military commanders are calling the largest operation since the start of the Afghanistan war.

Detecting multiple layers of insurgent defenses encircling the city, Cobra helicopters fired Hellfire missiles at tunnels, bunkers, and other defensive positions. Militants also flooded the main canal at the town’s entrance, making it more difficult for U.S.-led forces to enter on foot. blog it

By:DODvClips

British troops are engaged in fierce fighting with the Taliban in southern Afghanistan as Operation Moshtarak gets under way.
Operation Moshtarak – which means ‘together’ in the Dari language – will involve around 15,000 International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) and Afghan National Army troops.
The Ministry of Defence said Moshtarak was the first part of a three-stage plan to increase security in Afghanistan.

By:Sky News

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NATO and Afghan officials, meanwhile, urged militants holding Marjah, where an offensive is expected, to lay down their arms and warned civilians there to “keep your heads down.”

About 400 U.S. troops from the 5th Stryker Brigade as well as 250 Afghan soldiers and their 30 Canadian trainers moved into positions northeast of the town. blog it

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Our sources disclose: Syria pulled the wool of Israel’s eyes for the transfer by openly training Hizballah in the use of SA-2 and SA-6 surface-to-surface missiles. Israel had warned it would deem their passage into Lebanon Syrian casus belli by Syria.
The Fateh-110 is still more lethal, accurate and dangerous than the SA-2 and SA-3. it confronts Israel now with a Hizballah armed with a solid-fuel propellant, road-mobile, single-stage, short-range ballistic system weighing three tons with a half-ton warhead and a range of 250 kilometers. It is not deployed in surface batteries but fired from mobile launchers, which the solid propellant renders capable of firing at speed with little advance preparation, before returning to the fortified underground silos Hizballah has sunk in mountain areas across Lebanon. blog it

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Over the last 36 hours elements of the Royal Welsh, Grenadier Guards and Scots Guards have taken part in an air and ground ISAF operation to the south of Nad ‘Ali, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

The operation, being conducted with Afghan National Security Forces, is part of the preparation for a major ISAF offensive known as Operation MOSHTARAK.

Op MOSHTARAK has been planned to remove insurgents from areas of central Helmand not previously cleared by ISAF troops. blog it

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American and British forces poised to assault the Taliban stronghold of Marjah, in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, have begun targeting insurgent leaders for assassination, The Sunday Times reported.

Special forces have been infiltrating the town on “kinetic” missions — jargon for armed attacks.

“Special forces guys have been going in on assassination missions with the aim of decapitating the Taliban force,” a military source told the Sunday Times. blog it