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Afghan-international Force Engages Insurgents in Baghlan

An Afghan-international security force came under fire from a large number of insurgents while conducting a patrol in Baghlan province, Jan. 27. The insurgents were firing rocket-propelled grenades across a river. The patrol called for air support. ISAF air assets bombed and strafed the insurgents in a tree line. ANSF forces estimate 12-20 insurgents were killed. The patrol continued its mission and suffered no injuries. There were no reports of civilian casualties in the operation.

'Houn Dawgs' finding IEDs in Afghanistan

Missouri's "Houn Dawgs" of the 203rd Engineer Battalion are sniffing out improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and rendering them harmless. Sustained by support from back home, members of the Missouri National Guard -- joined by Soldiers from Georgia, Kansas, South Dakota and Washington -- are prevailing in this dangerous mission. "We're all very proud to be here representing our state and our nation," Lt. Col.

Air Force medics evacuating critically ill from Haiti

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) -- A three-person medical team from the Wright-Patterson Medical Center here is providing aeromedical evacuation support to assist victims of the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The critical care air transport team, or CCATT, is staging from MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. with the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.

High-Speed Ferry Ships to Support Haiti Relief

High-speed ferry ships MV Huakai and MV Alakai are preparing to sail to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response to provide disaster relief following the Jan. 12 earthquake. Huakai and Alakai were originally built to serve as passenger and vehicle ferries in Hawaii but were turned over to the Maritime Administration's custody when the ferry service went bankrupt. The ships will be under operational control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) during Operation Unified Response. The ships' main tasks will be to transfer equipment and personnel in the region.

U.S., Japan airmen join forces for bilateral exercise

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) -- Airmen stationed in Japan and other locations around the world joined their Japanese counterparts and sister services to kick off the year's first bilateral exercise Jan. 22, here. The command post exercise, known as Keen Edge '10, runs until Jan. 27 and is designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. forces and Japan Self-Defense Forces.

Fallout continues over hearing on proposed gun ban in Washington State

Fallout continues from hearing on proposed 'assault weapon' ban Picking up on subtleties, gun rights activists are dissecting and analyzing testimony from supporters of the ban proposal, and pointing to glaring flaws in logic, firearms knowledge

Honduran Congress Grants Zelaya, Coup Plotters Amnesty

The Honduran Congress has approved amnesty for deposed President Manuel Zelaya and all those responsible for the coup that removed him from power. The vote past the legislature late Tuesday, just hours after a Honduran Supreme Court judge cleared senior military leaders of criminal charges for their roles in the coup that ousted Mr.

Guinea Swears in New Prime Minister

At his swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, Guinea's new Prime Minister, Jean-Marie Dore, promised to restructure the army and hold elections. Jean-Marie Dore assumed office as Guinea's new interim prime minister.  Outgoing Prime Minister Kabine Komara spoke at the ceremony. Mr. Komara asked his successor to consider restructuring Guinea's army.  He also spoke of the need to hold free and fair elections and to address Guinea's unemployment. Mr.

Malaysian Churches Face Violence

Christian churches in Malaysia are trying to cope with recent violence in the officially-Muslim, but religiously tolerant country. The violence followed a court ruling that overturned a government ban on the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims.  A Roman Catholic publication led the fight to overturn the ban. Christians had used the word “Allah” for “God” for hundreds of years.  But some Muslims worried that the practice could encourage Muslim conversions to Christianity, something that is illegal in Malaysia.  Eleven Christian churches, a Sikh temple and a mosque have been attacked