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Al-Shabab Militants Divided over Tactics, Foreign Control

A rising dispute between militants in Somalia may have split the country's al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group into two factions.

Maoist-led Protests Intensify in Nepal

In Nepal, Maoists have intensified protests as a 6-month long standoff with the government shows no signs of ending. The political impasse threatens a historic peace pact which ended a violent Maoist-led insurgency, and brought them into the political mainstream 3 years ago. The three-day general strike called by Maoists this week was not what most people in Nepal had expected to witness at the start of the year.

MONUC Ready to Repel Rebel LRA Attack, Says Spokesman

A spokesman for the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) says the group is ready to fend off any possible attack by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels. Kevin Kennedy assured Congolese not to panic after rumors surfaced that LRA rebels are planning to attack villages ahead of the Christmas festivities. “First of all I would have to say we will caution people not to panic.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 22: Militants Killed, Detained in Kandahar, Wardak, Khowst; ISAF Casualty

An Afghan-international security force killed a few militants and detained another militant in Ghazni province Monday night. The joint force went to a series of compounds in the Andar District near the village of Zara Gerda after intelligence sources confirmed militant activities.

Troop B, 3-61 CAV Trains ANA on M-16 Rifle

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Ben R. Salentine, of Colorado Springs, Colo., the platoon leader for 3rd platoon, Troop B, started the day by meeting with ANA 1st Lt.

Air Force mechanics keep MRAPs rolling

CAMP TAJI, Iraq (AFNS) -- Five Air Force vehicle maintainers deployed to Iraq and assigned to Detachment 3 of the 732nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron here are working to keep security forces personnel on the road, but they aren't working on patrol cars. The maintainers work on more than 60 vehicles, the most challenging being the mine resistant ambush protected vehicle on which they have had no prior training. "My Airmen are not sent to technical schools to learn how to work on MRAPs.

Full Service Fuel Stop: VMGR-252 Supports Training with Mid-Air Refueling

A KC-130J Hercules aircraft from Cherry Point’s Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 performed mid-air refueling over  the waters of the Atlantic in support of a training mission,  Dec. 15.

Hurricane Hunters fly first winter storm

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. (AFNS) -- Members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron here have been tasked by National Weather Service officials to fly their first winter storm of the season on the East Coast starting Dec.

Don't bring a gun to a snowball fight - "So, only cops should have guns, eh?"

Don't bring a gun to a snowball fight. Maybe some cops should not have guns, eh? (Question: What would happen to a private citizen who pulled a gun in this kind of situation?)

North Korea Threatens to Open Fire in Disputed Sea Area

North Korea has warned South Korean military and fishing boats to stay clear of a disputed maritime area, or risk being fired on. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency Monday said the move is a response to what the North calls "frequent intrusions by warmongers in the South Korean military." North Korea has refused for decades to accept a maritime border known as the Northern Limit Line, mandated by the United Nations after a 1953 armistice halted fighting in the Korean War.  North and South Korea fought two deadly naval battles in the area in 1999 and 2002, and the South badly

Madagascar Political Crisis Deepens

The head of Madagascar's transitional authority, Andry Rajoelina, announced a decree Sunday naming retired army Colonel Albert Camille Vital as prime minister. On Friday, Rajoelina dismissed Prime Minister Eugene Mangalaza who had been named two months ago as part of a power-sharing agreement with three opposition groups. He indicated he was withdrawing from the agreement and announced parliamentary elections would be held in March.  The new parliament would choose a prime minister and draft a new constitution. Rajoelina did not mention presidential elections.  Under the current const

Dutch Seek Explanation over Chavez Remarks

The Dutch government says it has asked Venezuela's ambassador to clarify remarks by President Hugo Chavez accusing the Netherlands of planning aggression against Venezuela. The comment Friday comes one day after President Chavez said the Netherlands was allowing the United States to use Dutch islands off Venezuela's Caribbean coast for a possible military attack against his country. The Venezuelan leader provided no evidence to support his allegations, and State Department spokesman Ian Kelly Thursday told the Associated Press the allegations were "baseless." The United States has lon

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 21: Militants Killed in Wardak, Detained in Helmand; Soldiers Complete Mine Training

An Afghan-international security force killed a couple of militants in Wardak province today while pursuing a small group of Taliban. The joint security force searched a compound near the village of Andar in the Nerkh District after intelligence sources determined the location of militant activities. During the operation the security force came under fire, returned fire and killed the militants. In another operation today, a joint force detained a small group of militants, including a Taliban weapons facilitator, in Helmand province.

ERB arrests suspected terrorist recruiter, VBIED facilitator

Constables of an Emergency Response Battalion, partnered with U.S. forces, arrested Ali Hussein Hassan Farhat in northern Iraq, Dec.