Small teams of 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit Marines landed in northern Haiti Jan. 24 to survey damage and meet with locals to assess the current situation in population centers that had not been evaluated for earthquake damage since relief efforts began last week.
"Don't leave me," said a young Haitian girl, her arms and head bandaged after being badly burned. She reached out to a nearby nurse, "Am I going to die?"
"No, not today. Don't you worry," the nurse said. The girl settled back onto her litter.
Farther down the row of litters a Haitian man was chanting, his breath fogging the oxygen mask over his mouth in urgent gasps. The man, a recent amputee, waved his remaining arm in the air like a preacher before a congregation.
The Norfolk-based guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60) is supporting relief efforts in the air, at sea and ashore for victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
U.S. Navy Capt. Jeffrey T. Griffin, Normandy's commanding officer and U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael Hansen, officer-in-charge of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Light (HSL) 46 Detachment 3 "Screaming Seagulls" spoke to bloggers and blogger journalists during a Jan. 22 "DoDLive" bloggers roundtable.
Normandy arrived off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti Jan.
According to an Agence France Press report, as many as 2,000 Karen have fled into the jungles of Burma in the wake of Burmese army attacks on their villages. The Free Burma Rangers have stated they do not believe that a major attack is underway, but that three villagers were killed in the attacks.
An unusual political irony is reaching a climax on the South Asian island nation of Sri Lanka. The two proclaimed heroes of the recently-ended quarter century civil war, who are openly accusing each other of war crimes, are facing off in the country's presidential election Tuesday. The two Sinhalese Buddhists have focused their campaigns on persuading the minority, mostly Hindu, Tamils, who bore the brunt of the war, to vote for them. The election is being closely watched by international agencies and donor governments.
Russian President Dmitri Medvedev says a new arms control treaty with the United States is 95 percent complete, but that U.S. missile defense plans are still an issue.
Mr. Medvedev said Sunday he is optimistic a new deal will be reached soon.
But he called it "sly" to talk about cutting nuclear arms without talking about missile defense.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has called U.S. plans for a missile defense system for Europe the main obstacle to a new arms treaty.
U.S. officials say the arms control talks would only cover strategic offensive weapons.
The Haitian government says the confirmed death toll from the massive earthquake that devastated the capital nearly two weeks ago has risen to 150,000.
Officials said Sunday the number does not include outlying areas such as Jacmel, where many other bodies are believed to be buried under rubble.
Authorities have estimated that the final toll will reach 200,000.
The government officially called off search and rescue operations on Friday, but international rescue teams pulled a man from the rubble of a grocery store in Port-au-Prince on Saturday.
Tim Callahan, an official with the U
The 3rd Emergency Response Unit arrested four individuals today during a joint security operation conducted in Bayji, located approximately 99 km southwest of Kirkuk, to arrest a suspected member of an AQI explosives cell.
Based on a warrant issued by an Iraqi court, Iraqi Police and U.S.