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IJC Operational Update, Dec. 18: ISAF Assesses Claims of Civilian Casualties; Operational Update

ISAF is sending a team who will assess, with Afghan officials, reports of civilian casualties as a result of an ISAF operation in the Shah Wali Kot district of Kandahar yesterday. Initial operational reports indicate that men were emplacing an IED next to the road.

From group to regiment, regiment to battalion: Marines continue to drawdown in Iraq

Combat Logistics Battalion 46 officially took over for Combat Logistics Regiment 27 (Forward) as the logistics combat element during a Transfer of Authority ceremony aboard Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Dec. 16.

A Joint Connection in the Skies Over Afghanistan

Air Force tankers provide a vital in-flight refueling lifeline to extend Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 missions over Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). CVW 11 aircraft assigned to the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) leave the flight deck from hundreds of miles away to support troops on the ground in Afghanistan. The KC-10A Extender is an airborne gas station capable of delivering 350,000 pounds of fuel per mission to U.S. and coalition aircraft. "We work very well with our coalition partners both in the air, U.S.

Practice makes perfect for EOD

One mistake could mean your life and possibly the lives of other Marines.

Rescue crews train Japan Air Self Defense Force pilots

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. (AFNS) -- Japanese Air Self-Defense Force pilots teamed up with 129th Rescue Wing aircrews here for refueling training Dec. 7 to 18. Maj. Eiji Sekine and Capt. Takeshi Tokuda, UH-60J helicopter pilots assigned to the Air Rescue Wing at Komaki Air Base, Japan, and Maj. Masahiko Miyazaki and Capt.

WA lawmakers want to ban semi-auto rifles

Washington anti-gun lawmakers announce plans to ban "assault weapons"

US Drone Strikes Kill 12 in Western Pakistan

Pakistani intelligence officials say two suspected U.S.

Russia's Lavrov Says US Slowing Progress on Arms Pact

Russia's top diplomat is accusing the United States of holding up progress on a new nuclear arms treaty, saying he does not expect the presidents of Russia and the United States to sign a new accord when they meet Friday in Copenhagen. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on Thursday for Washington to accept deeper reductions to its nuclear arsenal and less intrusive verification measures than those in the current treaty. The two governments have been negotiating to replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as START.  Earlier this year, President Obama and his coun

Mexico Drug Cartel Chief Killed

One of Mexico's most-wanted drug gang leaders has been shot dead. Mexican navy officials said Wednesday Arturo Beltran Leyva, head of one of the most powerful drug crime syndicates, was killed by security forces in a shootout in a high-end residential complex in the city of Cuernavaca. At least three other gang members were also killed in the clash, while a fourth committed suicide. Beltran Leyva's death is a victory for President Felipe Calderon's drug offensive as gang-related violence is jumping.  Despite deploying nearly 50,000 troops against the cartels since taking office in 200