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Mexico Making Progress in War on Drug Cartels

On December 16, Mexican marines stormed a luxury apartment in Cuernavaca, near Mexico City, and killed Arturo Beltran Leyva, head of one of the country's largest drug trafficking organizations. A couple of weeks later, authorities arrested his brother, Carlos, further disrupting the command structure of the criminal enterprise. These were portrayed as important victories for Mexican President Felipe Calderon, whose war on drug gangs has been blamed for a wave of violence across the country in the past few years.

Weapons Caches Found

Afghan and ISAF forces found a weapons cache in the Shindand District of Herat yesterday.

IJC Operational Update, Jan. 11

An Afghan-international security force searched a compound on the east side of Kandahar City and detained suspected militants. In Khowst last night, a joint security force captured a Haqqani facilitator and other militants responsible for bombing attacks, after searching a compound southeast of the village of Sherubawut, in the Nagir Shah Kot district. The security force recovered multiple weapons, including a machine gun, ammunition and hand grenades. In Nangarhar last night, an Afghan-international security force searched a compound south of the village of Mandakurak, in the Chaparh

Iraqi Forces Arrest Suspected Terrorists

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2010 – Iraqi security forces arrested five suspected terrorists during operations today in Baghdad and northern Iraq, military officials said.  The 44th Iraqi Army soldiers arrested a Promised Day Brigade explosives-cell member and two suspected criminal associates during a joint security operation in northeastern Baghdad. Acting on a court-issued warrant, the Iraqi soldiers with U.S.

Air Force officials scramble F-16s in response of unruly air passenger

Two F-16 Fighting Falcons under the direction of Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region officials launched at 11:44 a.m. Jan.

Special Operations aviation eyes faster transport

Army Special Operations aviation needs faster helicopters to meet the speed and range requirements needed to conduct operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the 160th SOAR commander. Col. Clayton M. Hutmacher, commander, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), discussed regiment initiatives during the Association of the United States Army's Institute of Land Warfare Army Aviation Symposium and Exposition, Jan. 5-7 in Arlington, Va. "I think the way ahead for us is we have go to break that 120-knot barrier," he said.

Battle 'E' Awarded to USS Georgia

USS Georgia (SSGN 729) Blue and Gold crews were awarded the 2009 Battle Efficiency award, or Battle "E," by Submarine Squadron 16 at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. on Jan. 8. "The criterion for the Battle "E" is for the overall readiness of the command to carry out its assigned wartime tasks. While both of our King Bay SSGNs excelled in operational readiness in 2009, Georgia exemplified our force commander's criterion, and I am proud to recognize them for the Battle Efficiency "E" award," said Capt. Tracy Howard, commodore, Submarine Squadron 16.

Into Thine Hand I Commit My Spirit

Arghandab, Afghanistan New Year's Eve, 2009 On this small base surrounded by a mixture of enemy and friendly territory, a memorial has been erected just next to the Chapel.  Inside the tepee are 21 photos of 21 soldiers killed during the first months of a year-long tour of duty.  The fallen will belong forever to the honor rolls of the 1-17th Infantry Battalion, 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, and they will join the sacred list of names of those who have given their lives in service of the United States of America.

When it comes to civil rights, hypocrisy abounds

Voting rights for convicts are more important than gun rights