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Pakistan Foreign Minister: Offensive 'Very Successful'

Pakistan's foreign minister says his country's military is likely to uproot Taliban militants hiding in the mountains along the Afghan border by late December.  Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Sunday in Malaysia that Pakistan's offensive in South Waziristan has been "very successful" and has the Taliban fighters "on the run."  He spoke on the sidelines of a conference for developing Islamic countries. Pakistan's army says its forces killed nine terrorists and apprehended two others in the last 24 hours of the offensive.  It says two soldiers died in the fighting.  The mil

Russian Military Plane Crashes, 11 Dead

Russian authorities say a heavy-lift military cargo plane has crashed on takeoff in eastern Siberia, killing all 11 people on board. Investigators say the huge four-engine Ilyushin IL-76 had just taken off Sunday from Mirny, in the Yakutia region, when it rolled at an altitude of about 20 meters, crashed, and burst into flames. The plane, bound for the Siberian city of Irkutsk, went down in an open field about two kilometers from the runway. There were no reports of injuries on the ground.

Citizen's tip leads to hidden weapons

A concerned local citizen recently contacted U.S. Soldiers about a site insurgents used to store weapons here, just northwest of Abu Ghraib. With the help of local Iraqi Army Soldiers, the Fort Lewis-based troops assigned to Company A, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, quickly sprang into action and dug up the insurgent’s weapons cache, Nov.

Operational Update, Nov. 2: Afghan-International Security Force Detains Taliban Militant in Kandahar

A joint Afghan-International Security Assistance Force operation detained one militant in Kandahar province on Sunday while in pursuit of a Taliban District leader and senior commander of a sizable militant element in the area. The joint force targeted a location outside of the village of Daylanur, north of Kandahar City, after intelligence indicated militant activity. The joint force used escalation of force measures to stop two motorcycles travelling south toward the city.

ISF arrest 2 during search of suspected terrorist safe house in Baghdad

Iraqi Security Forces arrested two individuals today during a joint security operation searching for a suspected terrorist safe house in northern Baghdad.   Iraqi Security Forces and U.S. advisors, searched one building in a northern Baghdad neighborhood allegedly used to house Lebanese Hizbollah terrorist members. Based on evidence found at the scene, the security team arrested two individuals suspected of acquiring illegal weapons and financing Lebanese Hizbollah operations.

U.S. seeks to counter enemy's 'weapon of choice'

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Defense Department officials here said Oct. 29 that they expect U.S. forces in Afghanistan to continue to be targeted by improvised explosive devices -- which have claimed more lives there than any other weapon -- while it seeks ways to counter the threat. As President Barack Obama and his advisers weigh decisions on the next phase of the Afghan war, Defense Secretary Robert M.

Essex Departs for Annual Exercise 21G

The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) departed Sasebo, Japan, Nov. 1 for a scheduled deployment. Essex's deployment comes at the end of a successful two-month ship's restricted availability (SRA) and will feature Annual Exercise (ANNUALEX) 21G, conducted annually with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) to enhance interoperability between the U.S. and Japanese navies. "The crew and contractors did an outstanding job getting the ship ready to get back underway," said Capt. Troy Hart, Essex's commanding officer.

1st Tanks rolls through largest Steel Knight

First Tank Battalion, along with other units from 1st Marine Division, completed Steel Knight, a Marine Corps Air Ground Task Force level exercise, at the Combat Center Oct. 26.

Army always seeking improvements to combat uniform

Nothing says pride like a Soldier in uniform. Today's Soldier has much to be proud of in the current Army Combat Uniform (ACU). As Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston said, the ACU was designed by Soldiers, for Soldiers. Developed with functionality in mind, many design aspects of the uniform lend themselves to low maintenance, such as the 50/50 cotton/nylon wrinkle-free fabric and the shine-free boots.