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China’s People’s Liberation Army has been conducting live ammunition drills in the East China Sea during the last week.

The fleet’s main forces, including dozens of warships, fighter aircraft, submarines and missile units, carried out 16 combat training programs ranging from anti-missile techniques to searching for and attacking submarines, according to a captain of one of the warships.

This is in response to the Japanese government signing a contract last Tuesday to purchase the Diaoyu or Senkaku Islands, although there is a dispute as to who is the true owner of the islands.

By:NTDTV

In the East China Sea, China’s navy, Fishery Administration and Maritime Surveillance Agency conducted a joint drill amid ongoing tensions over islands disputed with Japan.

State television CCTV reported that the exercise involved 11 military and civilian vessels of the East China Sea fleet and eight types of aircraft. The navy’s brigade of medical ships, tugboats, jet fighters and rescue helicopters was joined by law enforcement vessels and helicopters deployed by the two participating civilian partners, according to CCTV.

By:GlobalCrisisNews

 

Operation Moshtarak aims to attack the insurgency both militarily and politically, but it also offers insurgents the opportunity to lay down their weapons and live a normal life. RCS2010, Afghanistan Produced by William Bonnett.

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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.

Read More Here: Sky News

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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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

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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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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

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Friday, Jan. 22, Damascus ordered a Level 4 mobilization of Syria’s army reserves for deployment to the Golan Heights on the Israeli border, to meet what it calls “IDF plans of attack.” DEBKAfile‘s military sources interpret Level 4 as referring to Syrian armored and commando brigades.

In Lebanon, too, Hizballah has placed “all its forces” on a state of military preparedness. Our intelligence sources report that this order applies to the Iranian proxy’s strongholds across southern Lebanon and the Beqaa Valley, but not to its command posts in Beirut and other Lebanese cities.

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The world is more dangerous than ever, and U.S. military is trying to defend against an ever-changing enemy. David Martin reports on military preparedness for CBS’ “Where America Stands”

By:CBSNewsOnline

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Like their fellow soldiers in Germany, Vietnam or Korea, those deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq have created a language all their own, filled with black humor, cultural references and even the occasional crudity.

Most of us have heard of RADAR — originally a military acronym standing in for the cumbersome term “Radio Detection and Ranging.”

We may even have encountered, or experienced, the occasional SNAFU, for “Situation Normal: All (Fouled) Up.”

But what on Earth is a “death blossom?” Or a “fobbit,” for that matter?

Slang terms referring to features of a base are also common, for example, a sign someone put next to an oil-filled puddle on a base in Afghanistan reading, “Rainbow Lake.” blog it