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Burma Sentences 4 Activists to Hard Labor as UN Human Rights Envoy Visits

The Burmese opposition says military authorities sentenced four activists to prison terms with hard labor on the same day that a U.N. human rights expert began a mission to Burma. Opposition members say a Burmese court sentenced the four women to two years in prison Monday as U.N.

IJC Operational Update, Feb. 17

An Afghan-international security force searched a compound in the village of Alozi, in the Pul-e Alam District of Logar province after intelligence information indicated militant activity. While searching the compound the joint force captured a Taliban sub-commander, responsible for the movement of weapons and leading IED attacks against Afghan and coalition troops. In Nimroz province last night, a joint security force searched a compound outside the village of Chah Mowia, in the Kash Rod District after intelligence discovered militant activity.

Operation Moshtarak Update for February 16

The military phase of Operation Moshtarak remains on track. The insurgents are tactically adept, have resilience and are cunning, so continued tactical patience on the part of the combined force is important. Mining is significant in areas, and the combined force must be very deliberate in its movement in order to minimize local Afghan and combined force casualties. On the ground, the conduct of Operation Moshtarak is visibly demonstrating that the force has changed the way it operates and that it is working with and for the people of Afghanistan.

Freedom Gets Underway For Maiden Deployment

The Navy's first littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS 1), left Naval Station Mayport Feb. 16 for her maiden operational deployment to the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) areas of focus. During the independent deployment, Freedom will participate in counter-illicit trafficking (CIT) operations off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Central and South America and the Caribbean Sea. A U.S.

Charleston Airmen serve as liaison in Haitian repatriation effort

A small team of officers at Joint Base Charleston was recently called upon to bridge the gap between South Carolina repatriation efforts and Air Force flights transporting Haiti evacuees to Charleston International Airport in South Carolina. For weeks, Air Force space-available airlift had transported evacuees to other areas of the United States, but after an announcement the week of Feb. 7 that flights into Charleston's airport were planned, the need for Airmen to act as an intermediary became apparent. Col.

Marines help injured hiker on California mountainside

Two Miramar Marines put their medical training to work Monday while hiking in the wooded, rocky terrain of the Mount Woodson summit trail in Poway.

What started out as just regular 10-mile hike for Lance Cpls.

Campus shootings, Clemmons tapes show impotency of gun control

Campus shooting, Clemmons tapes show fallacy of gun control