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U.S. Army Africa focuses on long-term threat reduction

Since the thwarted terrorist attack against Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day, news reports detailed the possibilities of security threats from Africa. Maj. Gen. William B. Garrett III, commander of U.S. Army Africa, spoke to that topic and his unit's ongoing initiatives during a Jan. 5 "DoDLive" Blogger's Roundtable. In the past year, U.S.

Oregon F-15s scramble to escort Hawaiian Airlines flight

Two Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagles, under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command, intercepted Hawaiian Air Flight 39 Jan. 6, in the vicinity of Portland, Ore. The F-15s, stationed at Portland Air National Guard Base, escorted the aircraft until it landed at Portland International Airport without incident at about 1:15 p.m.

Revolutionary Ship Readies for Commissioning

Pre-Commissioning Unit Independence (LCS 2) will be commissioned Jan. 16. Advanced technology, unique manning, and a very recognizable tri-hull � at first glance, nearly everything about Independence's steep angles, high bridge, and aluminum construction appears to be the first of its kind.

Suicide Bomber in Southern Russia Kills 6 Policemen

A suicide bombing in Russia's southern Dagestan republic Wednesday killed six policemen and wounded at least 16 other people. Authorities say a suicide bomber attempted to drive a car packed with explosives into a police station near Dagestan's capital, Makhachkala. Russian media report the blast left a two-meter wide crater, and that bomb fragments broke windows as far as 300 meters from the site. Dagestan borders Chechnya, where the long-running fight between Russian troops and Islamic separatists has spilled over into neighboring republics in the North Caucasus. Russian Presiden

Suicide Bomber Strikes in Kashmir as Drones Attack in Northwest Pakistan

A suicide bomber has struck a military facility in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, killing at least four soldiers and wounding 11 others.  This is the second incident in the region within a month, fueling fears Taliban militants are expanding their subversive activities.  Meanwhile, tribal sources and local officials say that at least 13 suspected militants were killed and many others wounded in back to back U.S.

US Diplomat Returns to Honduras

A senior U.S. diplomat is in Honduras for more talks on reuniting the parties involved in the long-running stalemate over President Manuel Zelaya's ouster last year. U.S. officials say Craig Kelly, the deputy assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere, arrived in the Central American nation Tuesday to meet with the deposed leader and his rival, interim President Roberto Micheletti.  Kelly is also expected to see President-elect Porfirio Lobo, who takes office January 27.  Kelly was also in Honduras in November to discuss the stalemate. State Department spokesman P.J.

IJC Operational Update, Jan. 6

An Afghan-international security force captured an insurgent commander and other militants in Kandahar last night. A joint security force went to a compound in the town of Adirah, in the Arghandab District after intelligence found militant activity in the area. During a search the joint force captured an insurgent commander involved in IED attacks and suicide bombings and other militants. In Khowst last night, a joint security force searched a compound in the village of Badi Kheyl and detained some insurgents.

Military Police enhance Iraqi EOD skills

When first assigned to advise and assist Amarah's Explosive Ordnance Detachment Provincial Headquarters in August 2009, Staff Sgt. Ryan Farrow and his squad of 14 Soldiers took the reins of a station that had previously had little interaction with U.S.

VMGR-352 Raiders Transport Troops, Cargo for MEB-Afghanistan

For the Marines in Afghanistan, the need for ammunition, fuel, water and other supplies is constant. But unlike in Iraq, most supplies need to be airlifted throughout the country due to fewer secure ground transportation routes.