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USS Freedom Readies for Maiden Deployment

USS Freedom (LCS 1), the Navy's first littoral combat ship, is underway off the coast of Florida for final training and certification prior to its maiden deployment to the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) region. Counter-illicit trafficking (CIT), damage control, and systems training began soon after Freedom's arrival at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., on Jan. 25. "This training is extremely important for Freedom and will help us prepare for the CIT mission we expect to perform while in the 4th Fleet area of operations," said Lt. Cmdr.

U.S. gains momentum destroying chemical weapon stockpiles

The U.S. Army has destroyed more than 70-percent of its stockpiles of chemical weapons -- some dating as far back as to the World War I era -- as part of an elaborate, decades-long process slated to be largely completed by 2012, service officials said. "As of 26 January, 2010, the U.S. has destroyed a 22,322 tons of the original 31,500 tons," said Greg Mahall, chief of Public Affairs for the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA). The U.S.

3rd Bn., 11th Marines, presents Purple Hearts

 
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Zero tolerance shares hysteria of anti-gun movement

Zero tolerance shares hysteria of anti-gun movement Follow-up to the Brady Campaign v.

In Nigeria, Court Ruling Calls Week-end Election into Question

In Nigeria, there’s speculation that the gubernatorial elections set for Saturday in Anambra State may be called off.  Yesterday, the Federal High Court in Lagos ruled that the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) is not competent to conduct or organize the poll.

Shi'ites Targeted by Bombings in Karachi

Two bomb explosions in southern Pakistan have left at least 25 people dead and wounded scores of others. Police have yet to determine whether one of the attacks was the work of a suicide bomber.

10 American Missionaries in Haiti Charged with Kidnapping and Criminal Association

Haitian authorities have charged 10 American missionaries with child kidnapping and criminal association for allegedly trying to take 33 Haitian children out of the country illegally. Haiti's government has suggested the case could be transferred to the United States but, for the moment, the ten have been returned to a jail in the capital Port-au-Prince where they have been held since their arrest last Friday.

IJC Operational Update, Feb. 5

An Afghan-international security force searched a compound south of the village of Bangluk, in the Kalakan district of Kabul province after intelligence information indicated militant activity and detained a few insurgents. In other operations, a joint ANSF-international security force arrested several suspected insurgents and confiscated a weapons cache in the Paghman district of Kabul yesterday.

COP Keating Investigation Findings Released

U.S. Forces Afghanistan released the findings from the investigation into the Oct. 3, 2009 complex attack on Combat Outpost Keating in the Kamdesh district of Nuristan province, Afghanistan. Soldiers of B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Calvary heroically repelled a complex attack from an enemy force of 300, killing approximately 150 enemy fighters. The attack resulted in the deaths of eight U.S. Service members and the wounding of 22 more.