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Royal Thai and U.S. Marines Reunite for Joint CBRN Training

More than 50 Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) service members from the Royal Thai Navy, Marines, Airforce and 19 U.S. Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) reunited and exchanged CBRN knowledge and tactics, Feb. 3-10, as part of Cobra Gold 2010 (CG ’10).

 “This was our second year working together,” said Staff Sgt. Marco Flores, 31st MEU CBRN chief.

Coming Soon - New Crew-Served Weapons Training on Navy E-Learning

Center for Security Forces announced the upcoming release of four additions to its weapons safety training series on Navy E-Learning this April. Debuting are Web-based lessons for the crew-served weapons (CSW) M2HB 50 caliber machine gun, M240 and MK44 7.62 millimeter medium machine gun, and the MK19 Mod III 40 millimeter grenade machine gun.

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Starbucks campaign brings out the worst in people

Anti-Starbucks campaign affirms fear, loathing and bigotry of anti-gun lobby The first sign of a problem is denial, and Brady Campaign Presi

Sri Lanka Justices to Hear Appeal on Presidential Candidate's Arrest

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has cleared the way for an appeal to be heard challenging the arrest of former military chief and Presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka. The Sri Lankan high court has cleared the way for a hearing later this month on a fundamental rights petition concerning the detention of former General Fonseka. Justices also ordered the government to allow him to have access to visiting family members and medicine. The political opposition contends Fonseka's arrest Monday on conspiracy charges was illegal.

South African President Under Pressure for Personal Misconduct

Churches and opposition leaders in South Africa are criticizing President Jacob Zuma's leadership after he admitted to fathering a child out of wedlock. The criticism follows Mr. Zuma's state of the nation speech which appeared to be overshadowed by the scandal. The Anglican church of South Africa Friday criticized what it called President Jacob Zuma's misconduct.

VOA, BBC, Deutsche Welle Condemn Iran for Blocking Broadcasts

Voice of America, the BBC and Deutsche Welle have condemned Iranian authorities for what they say is the illegal jamming of their broadcasts to Iran. The international broadcasters released a joint statement Friday accusing Iran of jamming their shared satellite. They said the move violates international agreements and called on satellite operators to pressure Iran to stop. The U.S.

Tymoshenko Refuses to Concede Ukraine Election Defeat

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko continues to resist calls to concede election defeat despite growing domestic and international consensus that Sunday's vote gave the presidency to her opponent, Viktor Yanukovych.  In her first public appearance since the election, Ms. Tymoshenko did not mention the vote, but attacked projected winner Viktor Yanukovych for breaking campaign promises. Speaking at a meeting of her Cabinet, Ms.

IJC Operational Update, Feb. 12

An Afghan-international security force stopped an individual in Kandahar's Panjwayee district near Chalghur after intelligence information indicated militant activity and detained him for further questioning. In Logar last night, a joint security force searched a compound near the town of Kandwalah, in the Mohammad Agha district after intelligence information indicated militant activity.

Afghan-International Security Force Are Conducting a Joint Investigation Into Incident in Paktiya

The Interior Ministry and the International Security Assistance Force are conducting a joint investigation in the incident in Paktiya province in the Gardez district near the village of Khatabeh today. A joint Afghan-international security force found the bound and gagged bodies of two women and dead bodies of two men in a compound during an operation last night. "ISAF continually works with our Afghan partners to fight criminals and terrorists who do not care about the life of civilians.

Essex Completes Successful Cobra Gold 2010

The forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex successfully completed exercise Cobra Gold 2010 (CG 10) Feb. 11 operating in the Gulf of Thailand and surrounding waters. Throughout the exercise, Essex Sailors and Marines of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) worked alongside forces of the Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Singapore and Japan to enhance multinational interoperability in the Pacific region. "Multinational exercises like Cobra Gold are invaluable," said Capt. Donald Schmieley, commander, Amphibious Squadron 11.

Airmen, Soldiers continue delivering troops, aid to Haiti

Airmen and Soldiers from Joint Base Langley-Eustis and Fort Lee, Va., continued support of Operation Unified Response, loading nearly 70 tons of gear and supplies and more than 70 Soldiers aboard two C-17 Globemaster IIIs Feb. 8 and 9. The 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron team worked alongside Airmen from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and Soldiers from nearby Forts Eustis and Lee to load the gear and people aboard C-17s from Hickam AFB, Hawaii. Air transporters from the 633rd LRS have worked around the clock since Jan.