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Karadzic Rejects Legitimacy of Hague Tribunal

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has filed a motion with the U.N. war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, challenging the legitimacy of the court to prosecute him. Karadzic faces life in prison on charges that include genocide and crimes against humanity during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.

Guinea Military Arrest Human Rights Official

Guinea's military government has arrested a prominent human rights official while United Nations investigators are in the country to find out what happened when more than 150 opposition protestors were killed two months ago.  Soldiers detained human rights leader Mouctar Diallo when he returned to the capital, Conakry, after a visit to his home village. Diallo's wife, Djenabou Diallo, says he was arrested on Thursday by men from the special service against banditry and the fight against drugs.  She says she has been denied permission to see him. Tierno Madjou Sow, President of Guinea'

IJC Operational Update: Nov. 30: Thousands of Hats Delivered to Afghan Children

ISAF service members serving in the Lithuanian-led provincial reconstruction team in western Afghanistan distributed thousands of handmade hats to schoolchildren in Ghowr province Nov. 25. Almost 2,000 hats were given to Afghan children in Chaghcharan by members of the PRT during the final phase of the project, "Warm Hats for Afghan Children." The project began in August, when Lithuanian service members asked their countrymen and women to knit hats for Afghan children to wear during the winter months.

Missing Paratrooper Found

KABUL, Afghanistan (Nov. 30) - The second U.S. paratrooper who was missing after being swept away by a fast moving current while on an airdrop re-supply mission Nov. 4 in western Afghanistan was found yesterday. Sergeant Brandon Islip, 24, was recovered from the Bala Murgahab River in Badghis province after a local Afghan citizen provided information on his whereabouts.

Iraqi Police arrest AQI IED-cell members near Baghdad, Kirkuk

Iraqi Police arrested four suspected members of IED-cells belonging to al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) today during two joint security operations near Baghdad and Kirkuk. During a joint security operation conducted in Karmah, west of Baghdad, Iraqi Police arrested an alleged associate of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device cell believed to be responsible for attacks targeting government buildings and civilians in Baghdad.   Intelligence sources led the security team to a location where the suspect was known to be hiding.

Security forces train for deployment at Fort Dix

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. - Members of the 113th Security Forces Squadron of the District of Columbia Air National Guard recently attended the Air Force Phoenix Warrior Training Course here at the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center. Security forces members from several states attend the course to learn skills they may need to use while deployed in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

‘First-strike Ration’ Aims for Better Nutrition

Several military organizations are working together to provide soldiers with healthy, good-tasting, sustainable and nutritionally sound combat rations.   “We’re charged with a fairly awesome task, and that is to fuel the Defense Department's most flexible and adaptable weapons platform, and that of course is the individual warfighter," said Gerry Darsch, director of the Defense Department’s Combat Feeding Program at the Massachusetts-based Natick Soldier Systems Center. He spoke during a Nov.

Bloomberg Misfires, Again

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg heads a group called “Mayors Against Illegal Guns.”  The name is deceptive – Bloomberg is mostly interested in further restricting legal gun ownership. His most recent tirade comes in the wake of the Fort Hood shooting.  In an op-ed­ in the Washington Post, Bloomberg complains that the FBI is not allowed to keep a registration list of gun owners. Federal law prohibits the government from maintaining or compiling a registration list of gu

US Expresses Support for Honduran Election

The United States says it supports Sunday's presidential election in Honduras as an "essential" part of a solution to that country's ongoing political crisis.  State Department spokesman Ian Kelly says the U.S. thinks it is important that the people of Honduras have the opportunity to "express their votes in a free and transparent way." But ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says the U.S.

Prosecutors Seek 40 Years for Khmer Rouge Prison Chief

Prosecutors for Cambodia's genocide tribunal are demanding a former Khmer Rouge prison chief be jailed for 40 years for his role in the deaths of thousands of Cambodians. Kaing Guek Eav, known as Duch, expressed deep remorse in the packed courtroom in Phnom Penh Wednesday. He apologized to the Khmer Rouge victims and their relatives, taking responsibility for the deaths of more than 12,000 people who were starved and tortured under his watch. Prosecutor William Smith told the U.N.-backed tribunal that Duch should be held accountable for what he called the "unrelenting brutality" at th

Somali Insurgents Order Halt to Imported Food Aid

Islamist insurgents in Somalia have told the United Nations' World Food Program to stop importing food aid into the country. The group al-Shabab said in a statement Wednesday that the massive importing of food is ruining Somalia's agriculture sector. The rebels said the WFP must start buying food from local farmers for distribution to the needy. Al-Shabab warned Somali businesses to stop working with the U.N.

ISF arrest suspected terrorist after three year pursuit

Iraqi Security Forces, advised by U.S. forces, arrested Harith Sa’dun Dawud Al-Rubayi, a suspected leader of a terrorist group, and a suspected associate, Mortuda Nasir Hamud, in Diyala province Nov. 22. A warrant was issued by the Highest Judicial Court of Muqdadiyah for Harith’s arrest for suspicion of murder, kidnapping and violent explosives attacks against Iraqi citizens and ISF units.

3rd Combat Aviation Brigade Arrives in Afghanistan

Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division's Combat Aviation Brigade uncased their colors in a transfer of authority ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Nov. 24. "The 3rd Infantry Division is a world-renowned fighting organization that is known for two things: starting a fight, and finishing one," said Col. Don Galli, commander of the 3rd CAB.

Secretary Issues Holiday Season Message

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today issued a holiday season message giving thanks to the military men and women who put their lives on the line every day.  "This time of year calls on Americans to reflect on and give thanks for the freedoms and prosperity we enjoy. Of course, we can only do so because of those who put their lives on the line every day: the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who bear repeated deployments, hardships, and danger – without fail and without complaint. "Many have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Nellis Airmen work behind the scenes to ensure exercise success

Every year, Airmen here support the largest air mobility exercise in the United States. This Mobility Air Forces Exercise, or MAFEX, is essential in making sure both Soldiers and Airmen are prepared to coordinate jointly during overseas contingencies. The MAFEX is part of the U.S. Air Force Weapon School curriculum designed to culminate months of training that the students have received and challenge them to plan and execute a joint forcible entry airborne assault operation, integrating assets from across the world.