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Airmen aid in search for stranded hiker

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) -- Members of the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center here aided in search operations with local and state agencies to save a stranded man late Dec. 1 in the Sonoran Desert in Apache Junction, Ariz. The young man was hiking on Superstition Mountain, became stranded and was suffering from hypothermia. He placed a 911 call on his cell phone when his phone battery died.

Al-Qaida Affiliated Groups Claim Responsibility for Kidnappings in West Africa

A terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaida is claiming responsibility for last month's kidnapping of three Spanish aid workers in Mauritania and a Frenchman in Mali.   The Algerian-based group al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb made the kidnapping claim in an audio tape given to the Al Jazeera television network. A man identifying himself as Saleh Abu Mohammad says that France and Spain will be informed later about the kidnappers' demands. Spain says it can not confirm the validity of the claim, but is investigating the report. Three Spanish aid workers were kidnapped November 29 sout

UN Launches 2010 Appeal for Aid to Zimbabwe

The United Nations has launched its 2010 Consolidated Appeal Process for humanitarian assistance to Zimbabwe. Speaking at the launch, U.N. Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Catherine Bragg, said the money asked for is much less than the $719 million requested for this year. "The CAP 2010 already outlines lesser needs than any other CAP launched in Zimbabwe," said Catherine Bragg. "At a total of $378 million, almost 50 percent less than the year before." Brag, who is also the U.N.

Russia to Help India Build 4 Nuclear Reactors

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says Russia will help his country build four new nuclear power plants.  Mr. Singh made the announcement after meetings in Moscow with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. President Dmitri Medvedev says the heads of the Russian and Indian atomic energy agencies initialed the agreement to foster nuclear cooperation between the two countries for years to come. Mr.

IJC Operational Update: International Security Assistance Force Denies Civilian Casualty Claim in Lagham; ISAF Casualty

An Afghan-international security force killed seven militants and detained four others in Laghman province early today while pursuing a Taliban IED facilitator responsible for several suicide attacks in the region. "We are aware of civilian casualty allegations, however there are no operational reports to substantiate those claims of harming civilians, including women and children during this operation," said Navy Capt.

Security forces Airmen end operations at Camp Bucca

Members of the 887th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron officially ended operations during a deactivation ceremony Dec. 3 at Camp Bucca, Iraq. The furling of the squadron guidon marked the end of the squadron's three-year partnership with the Army providing counterinsurgency, detainee operations and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support. The 887th ESFS was activated in May 2007.

Heroes Remembered During the 68th Pearl Harbor Day

The U.S. Navy and the National Park Service hosted a joint memorial ceremony at Kilo Pier on Naval Station (NAVSTA) Pearl Harbor to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7. More than 2,000 people attended the event, including 45 survivors of the bombing, which took the U.S. by surprise 68 years ago. The theme of this year's ceremony was "But Not in Shame." To observe the start of the attack at 7:55 a.m., the Pearl Harbor-based guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) blew the ship's whistle, which commenced a moment of silence.

Alert mission protects U.S. airspace, interests

Shaw Air Force Base Airmen supporting the Operation Noble Eagle alert mission provide quick-reaction support to protect U.S. airspace and significant events like presidential movements and space shuttle launches. "We have to be ready if the alarm goes off at 2:30 in the morning," said Master Sgt. William Martin, the alert NCO in charge. "I want everything to be ingrained in (the Airmen) so they can get the mission done." Recently, the alert Airmen were tested by Exercise Fertile Keynote.

Medal of Honor recipient laid to rest

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jerry Beckett said a final farewell to his former commander and lifelong friend, retired Col.