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Vietnamese Political Activists Convicted

A Vietnamese court has convicted four political dissidents of subversion and sentenced them to up to 16 years in prison. The four went on trial in Ho Chi Minh City Wednesday for taking part in "activities aimed at overthrowing the people's administration," including promoting a multiparty state and collaborating with exiled Vietnamese pro-democracy groups.  U.S.-educated human rights lawyer  Le Cong Dinh and Le Thang Long received five-year sentences after the one-day trial.  A third defendant, Nguyen Tien Trung, received a seven-year sentence, while Internet entrepreneur Tran Huynh Duy

ECOWAS Will Help Guinea Organize Credible Elections, Says Official

An official of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says the regional body is ready to help Guinea organize a credible election within the next six months. ECOWAS Political Director Abdel-Fatau Musah said the regional body will provide financial and technical assistance to ensure Guinea’s upcoming election meets international standards. “ECOWAS right from the beginning has been very supportive…under ECOWAS Supplementary Protocol and Democracy and Good Governance, ECOWAS is obligated to assist member states organizing elections … ECOWAS already had advanced an amount of

IJC Operational Update, Jan. 20

An Afghan-international security force stopped a vehicle in an area east of the village of Hajji Ooddust, in the Panjway District of Kandahar yesterday.

ISF pursue Baghdad and northern-Iraq AQI networks, arrest 13

Iraqi Security Forces arrested 13 suspected terrorists Monday during three joint security operations conducted in Baghdad and northern Iraq targeting several suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) members. In southeastern Baghdad, ISF and U.S.

Jan. 19 airpower summary

Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations Jan. 19, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. Air Operations in Afghanistan: Chahar Bagh An Air Force MQ-9A Reaper operator provided armed overwatch and reconnaissance for friendly ground forces. The pilot observed suspicious activity in the vicinity of friendly forces and requested confirmation of position coordinates.

McChord deploys fourth C-17 in Haiti relief

The role of McChord Airmen in Haiti relief operations continued to grow Jan. 18 with the dispatch of a fourth C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The aircraft departed for Pope Air Force Base, N.C., to take on specialized teams and relief supplies for immediate transport into Haiti's Toussaint L' Ouverture International Airport. Airmen were then to airlift evacuees back to the U.S. McChord AFB Airmen are contributing to the national effort to alleviate suffering and save lives in the Caribbean nation through efforts that began Jan. 16, when Airmen operating from the U.S.

USS Bataan Receives MEDEVAC, Treats Three Injured Haitians

Amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) received two medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) helicopters at approximately 8:15 p.m. Jan. 19, with three injured Haitians aboard who received immediate medical care from the Bataan medical team. U.S.

JTF-Bravo deploys medical personnel to support Haiti disaster relief

A team of Joint Task Force-Bravo medical personnel deployed Jan. 17, in support of disaster relief efforts in Haiti following the devastating earthquake Jan. 12. Twenty-three members JTF-B medical element departed for Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where they will provide critical medical support to Joint Task Force-Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response, the joint U.S. military disaster relief mission there. "The Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen on our medical element team are ready and eager to help Haiti," said Col.