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Piracy – A Fact of Life for a Maritime Nation

World piracy stretches far back through the millennia of world history. It has inspired art and romantic literature over the centuries, to include the earliest forms of theater and cinema. For those who believe everything we buy and sell in America is produced in the U.S. they may be surprised to learn that 90-percent of American commerce comes here via the sea. This clearly defines the United States as a maritime nation. This has been true for over 200 years.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 2: Taliban Compound Struck; Militants Detained in Kandahar; ISAF Casualty

International forces conducted an air strike against a Taliban commander in a remote area of eastern Afghanistan yesterday. The Taliban commander was the target of the precision strike in Kunar province's Dara Noor District, which occurred in an open area away from civilian compounds or infrastructure.

MC-12 reaches 1,000th combat mission

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq (AFNS) -- Members of the 362nd Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron here, recently reached 1,000 combat sorties in the MC-12W aircraft only five months after arriving in-theater. Currently operating only at Joint Base Balad, the MC-12 is one of the Air Force's newest platforms for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Marine Expeditionary Unit, Kuwaiti Commandos participate in bilateral training exercise

At the Government of Kuwait’s invitation, Marines and Sailors of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) recently conducted a successful training exercise with a platoon from the Kuwaiti military’s 25th Commando Brigade on the uninhabited island of Bubiyan.

SWCCs Share Boarding Tactics with Fleet Sailors

U.S. Navy Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC) from Special Boat Team (SBT) 20 gave Sailors from USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and USS Dubuque (LPD 8) a three-week training course focusing on visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) tactics Nov. 2-24 on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek. VBSS is the term for maritime boarding actions designed to capture enemy vessels to combat terrorism, piracy and to conduct customs, safety and other inspections.

A cop-killer is dead

A cop killer is dead, and now is the time to start asking questions   http://www.examiner.com/x-4525-Seatt

Suicide Bomb Kills Pakistani Lawmaker

Pakistani officials say a teenage suicide bomber has killed a provincial politician in the country's volatile northwest. Authorities say the bomber blew himself up Tuesday and killed assembly member Shamsher Ali Khan at his house in Kanju, about 30 kilometers northwest of the Swat Valley's major town, Mingora.  Authorities say the attack occurred as the lawmaker was receiving guests at his home. Officials say about a dozen people were injured, including Khan's brother. Swat Valley was the focus of a military offensive to rid the northwestern area of Taliban militants. Insurgents in

5 Britons Detained in Iran

The British government says five Britons have been detained in Iran after their racing yacht may have inadvertently strayed into Iranian waters. The Foreign Office in London says Iranian naval vessels stopped the yacht on November 25 in the Persian Gulf.  In a Monday statement, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband says the crew was en route from Bahrain to Dubai when the incident occurred.  The yacht, owned by the Sail Bahrain company, was due to join the 580-kilometer Dubai-Muscat Offshore Sailing Race.  British news reports say the boat may have drifted into Iranian territory after