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IJC Operational Update, Feb. 2

An Afghan-international security force detained several suspected militants in Kandahar during two operations yesterday. During the first operation, the combined force searched a vehicle near Lowy Manarah in the Arghandab District after intelligence information indicated militant activity, and detained a few individuals for further questioning. In the second operation, a combined force searched a vehicle near Sparwan in the Panjwayee District and detained an individual. In Khowst last night, an Afghan-international combined force searched a compound in the village of Ya qubi, in the S

USS Carl Vinson Departs Haiti; Carrier Rendered Critical First Response

The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departed the waters near Port-au-Prince, Haiti Feb. 1 after rendering humanitarian assistance to the victims of a massive 7.0 earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation Jan. 12. Arriving on station less than 72 hours after the quake, Carl Vinson immediately rendered assistance. Over two weeks, Vinson and its embarked 19 helicopters flew more than 2,200 sorties, delivering more than 166 tons of food, 89,000 gallons of water and 38,700 lbs.

Airmen airdrop relief supplies to Haitians

Charleston Air Force Base Airmen airdropped approximately 14,000 bottles of water and 14,500 Meals, Ready to Eat Jan. 23 to the outlying area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The airdrop mission was flown as part of Operation Unified Response to save lives and bring relief to Haitians suffering after the Jan. 12 7.0 earthquake devastated the island nation. Lt. Col. Leon Strickland, the 437th Operations Group standardization and evaluation chief, began working the airdrop mission Jan.

Cobra Gold 2010 kicks off in Thailand

Cobra Gold 2010, the annual combined, joint exercise featuring armed forces of United States, Thailand and more than 20 other nations began Feb. 1, in Thailand's eastern province of Rayong. Singapore, Japan and Indonesia are participating in the three-week training exercise, the largest of its type in the world. South Korea is also participating for the first time. About 11,500 personnel, including 6,000 from the U.S., will take part. U.S. Ambassador Eric G. John described Cobra Gold, in its 29th year, as "an important symbol of U.S.

Countdown on for national parks carry

Countdown on for national parks carry.

China Steps Up Criticism of US-Taiwan Arms Sale

China has stepped up its criticism of the latest U.S. arms sale to Taiwan. The $6.4-billion arms package -- announced Friday -- has already prompted Beijing to suspend military exchanges and security talks with Washington, and threaten sanctions against U.S.

Rebel Leader Claims Readiness to Liberate Congolese

The leader of the Patriotic Front for the Liberation of Congo armed group says President Joseph Kabila’s government has failed to keep its promise and has vowed to liberate the Democratic Republic of Congo soon. General Gadi Ngabo says he will continue the struggle of former Congolese renegade army general Laurent Nkunda. “I’m General Ngabo Gadi (and) I want to liberate Congo because Congo has problems,” he said. Congo’s media reported that Emmanuel Msengiyumva has abandoned the national army (FARDC) to join forces with Ngabo in anticipation of their rebellion. Ngabo said the reneg

Russia, Libya Sign $1.8 Billion Arms Deal

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says Moscow has agreed to sell Libya weapons in a $1.8 billion deal. Mr.

IJC Operational Update, Feb. 1

An Afghan-international security force searched a compound in the town of Chahar Bagh, in the Nahr-e-Saraj District of Kandahar last night and detained several suspected insurgents. In Khowst province last night, a joint security force searched a series of compounds south of the village of Goldar, in the Sabari district and detained several insurgents. The combined force found several weapons, including automatic rifles and ammunition. No shots were fired and no Afghan civilians were harmed during these operations.