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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.

Travis officials conduct mass launch

Members of the 60th and 349th Air Mobility wings conducted the base's first mass launch of nine aircraft Dec.

Army studies high-altitude health effects

Climate and altitude commonly inhibits the optimal effectiveness of servicemembers in many theater operations. In the mountainous country of Afghanistan in particular, servicemembers are asked to perform at thousands of feet above sea level, oftentimes hindering their cognitive and physical performance. At the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) Thermal and Mountain Medicine Division in Natick, Mass., researchers are studying the causes and medical effects of high-altitude exposure.

Should churches stay out of the gun rights battle?

Should churches remain neutral in gun rights battle? Do churches have any business mixing in firearms rights politics?

Al-Qaida Militants Retreat from Strategic Somali Town

Somalia's al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab militants say they have made a tactical retreat from Dhusamareb, the central Somali town al-Shabab attacked three days ago in a bid to oust a rival Islamist group.  Al-Shabab views Dhusamareb as an important stepping stone in its quest to put all of Somalia under al-Shabab control. The spokesman of the Islamist militia Ahlu-Sunna Wal-Jamaa, Sheik Abdullahi Sheik Abu Yusuf, says al-Shabab was forced to withdraw from Dhusamareb after losing numerous fighters during Saturday's day-long battle.   Abu Yusuf says more than 100 bodies of al-Shabab fighters ha

Cuba Criticizes New US Arline Passenger Screening Rules

Cuba has described as "anti-terrorist paranoia" new U.S. rules that tighten security checks for airline passengers who travel from or through the Caribbean island and 13 other countries en route to the United States. Cuban authorities criticized the new security policies Monday in an article published in the state-run Granma newspaper.  The article noted that the United States accuses Cuba of supporting terrorism. The new security procedures follow the botched Christmas Day bombing attempt on a Detroit-bound U.S.