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Remains of Air Force officer recovered in Haiti

Maj. Kenneth Bourland's remains were found Feb. 7 at the Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, more than three weeks after the hotel collapsed following the 7.0 earthquake Jan. 12. Major Bourland, 37, of Birmingham, Ala., was assigned to U.S. Southern Command, headquartered in Miami, and had traveled to Haiti on official business the day of the earthquake. He had been selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel in June 2009. Action is pending on a posthumous promotion to lieutenant colonel.

Seattle mayor wants your help; California cop Facebook outrage

Seattle mayor seeks input on new top cop, plus OUTRAGE in California! Golden

Thai Government, UN, Civic Groups Look to Protect Burma Refugees

Civic and refugee activist groups hope talks with the Thai government will ensure the safety of Karen refugees from Burma who face deportation. Talks Wednesday between civic groups and Thailand's Human Rights Commission came after strong efforts by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, diplomats and rights groups prevented the deportation of 1,700 Karen. The Thai military last Friday tried to push the Karen back to Burma, which they fled last year to avoid fighting between Karen rebels and the Burmese military. Soe Aung, a Burmese activist, says now it is important for refu

Iranian Opposition Kept Off Guard Ahead of 1979 Celebrations

With two days to go before the anniversary celebration of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, authorities are slowing the internet and disrupting mobile phone service in what is believed to be an effort to disrupt opposition protests.  A top religious leader is also urging Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to release prisoners. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei boasts about the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution on state TV, two days tbefore the official celebration.  Meanwhile, on several Web sites, Iran's opposition is urging supporters to turn out for a "peaceful anti-government pr

White-Owned Companies May be Forced to Give Up Majority Stakes in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's unity government is plunged into another crisis as new regulations designed by President Robert Mugabe's loyalists demand that 51 percent of all companies be given to blacks.

IJC Operational Update, Feb. 10

An Afghan-international security force searched a compound outside the village of Ya qubi, in the Sabari District of Khowst province, last night after intelligence information confirmed militant activity. During the search the combined force captured a Haqqani sub-commander responsible for coordinating attacks on Afghan and coalition forces. He is also accused of arranging delivery of weapons to other Haqqani networks.

Feb. 9 airpower summary

Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations Feb. 9, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. Air Operations in Afghanistan: Close-Air Support Lashkar Gah A coalition aircraft provided armed overwatch for friendly forces. The aircraft conducted several reconnaissance missions for friendly ground forces.

March C-17 crew completes mission to Haiti

A March Air Reserve Base C-17 Globemaster III aircrew returned home Feb. 1 after flying a five-day humanitarian mission to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The nine-member crew from the 729th Airlift Squadron took 171,400 pounds of cargo and 25 Army and Air Force servicemembers into Haiti and airlifted 263 evacuees and aid workers out in a C-17. March ARB officials have sent six missions and 40 Airmen to help move cargo into and evacuees out of Haiti since Jan. 15 as part of Operation Unified Response.

A different kind of mission

Fort Knox's 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) has deployed before, but never like this. The 3d ESC completed a 15-month deployment to Iraq in August 2009. Now, the unit is in Haiti. The command's Soldiers didn't expect to be deployed again so soon, but Haiti's January 12th earthquake changed all that. "The minute I saw it on the news, what was happening, I looked at my wife and said, 'We're gonna go. The 3d ESC will be needed,' and a few days later, here we are," said 3d ESC Inspector General and Atlanta, Ga. native Maj. Lee Kemp. The 3d ESC's deputy commander, Col.