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Some Niger Delta Residents Call for Troops Withdrawal

A growing number of residents of Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta are demanding the immediate withdrawal of government troops from the region following a successful amnesty and cessation of hostilities. Troops have maintained a high-profile presence in the Niger Delta despite a halt in militant attacks on oil facilities and personnel in the past four months. Soldiers can still be seen at security checkpoints.

Generals respond to insurgent attack

Wounded Afghan civilians, who were attacked by insurgents while in the Tagab market in Kapisa province yesterday, were reassured the Afghan National Army will find the insurgent responsible.
"I promise you all and the Afghan people, we (the Afghan National Army) will meet the insurgent, really soon," said General Paikan Zamaray, 3rd Brigade, 201st Afghan National Army Corps Commander, during a press conference here today. The insurgent attack took place

Iraqis seek out, arrest 11 criminal suspects

Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) arrested 11 terrorism suspects in operations over the last two days, military officials reported.  Iraqi forces and U.S.

Team Combines Civilian, Military Expertise

The provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan's Panjshir province serves as a model for the continued integration of civilian assets into military operations to achieve a unified strategic goal. The Panjshir team is the only U.S. provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan that is civilian-led and military-commanded, combining resources from the Air Force, Army, Navy, State Department, U.S.

Bataan ARG/22nd MEU Departs 5th Fleet

The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) officially departed 5th Fleet and entered 6th Fleet's Area of Operations when the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) transited the Suez Canal and entered into the Mediterranean Sea recently. The Bataan ARG, which had been conducting maritime security operations in 5th Fleet's Area of Operations, and the 22nd MEU, which served as the theater reserve force for U.S.

Borinqueneers open doors to peace and security

"Borinqueneers" from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa opened the doors to its seventh Counter Terrorism Course for the Ugandan People's Defense Force (UDPF) at the Kasenyi Military Training center this summer. The four-month course, being taught by "Borinqueneer" Soldiers from the 1/65th Infantry Battalion of the Puerto Rico National Guard, will end this month. According to historical records, the men of the 1/65th came up with the nickname "Borinqueneer" during a long sea voyager while serving in the Korean War.

US-China Summit Ends With Vows of Cooperation

A Sino-American summit in Beijing has produced no breakthroughs, but vows of cooperation from the leaders of the two countries.    U.S.

Somali Pirates Free Spanish Boat With 36 Crew

Somali pirates have freed a Spanish fishing boat with 36 crew members after holding them for more than six weeks. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced the ship's release at a news conference Tuesday. He said the MV Alakrana is sailing toward safe waters and that all of its crew members are "safe and sound." Earlier Tuesday, pirates holding the ship told reporters they had received a multimillion dollar ransom for its release.   Asked whether a ransom was paid, Mr.

Nigerian Military Pursues Oil Thieves in Niger Delta

Nigeria's army says it will continue to beef up security around oil facilities in the Niger Delta to forestall illegal lifting of crude oil.