By SOF Editor on Fri, 01/29/2010 - 11:06am
On Jan. 14, two days after a magnitude 7 earthquake shook Haiti, an international team of naval officers and associated partners was on board the USS Gunston Hall in Norfolk, Va.
The ship was fully loaded with food for a maritime security exercise in sub-Saharan Africa when Navy Capt. Cynthia Thebaud, commander of Destroyer Squadron 60, received a call to head to Haiti.
“I don't think you could find a ship that has a better composition of people and things on board for this type of mission,” Thebaud said during a Jan.
By SOF Editor on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 12:02pm
A prominent ethnic rebel group in Burma has rejected the government's accusation that its members are responsible for two bomb explosions in a central town Tuesday.
The Karen National Union issued a statement Tuesday "categorically" denying any involvement in the blasts in the town of Kyaukkyi. The group accuses Burma's military authorities of instigating violence in order to win the 2010 election.
Burma's state-run media reported Wednesday that authorities had arrested 11 people for allegedly planning terrorist attacks in the Rangoon area. A report in The New Light of Myanmar
By SOF Editor on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 12:00pm
Iranian media report that two men have been executed, one of whom was put on trial following post-election unrest last year. But human-rights groups and the man's lawyer say he was in prison before the protests began.
State media announced the executions of the two men early Thursday.
The two are identified as Mohammad Reza Ali-Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour.
The semi-official ISNA news service and pro-government sources linked the men with nine others sentenced to death in connection with the unrest that followed the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last year.
By SOF Editor on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 11:57am
Britain's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government orders freezing the assets of terror suspects are unlawful.
By SOF Editor on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 11:50am
An Afghan-international security force came under fire from a large number of insurgents while conducting a patrol in Baghlan province, Jan. 27.
The insurgents were firing rocket-propelled grenades across a river. The patrol called for air support. ISAF air assets bombed and strafed the insurgents in a tree line. ANSF forces estimate 12-20 insurgents were killed.
The patrol continued its mission and suffered no injuries.
There were no reports of civilian casualties in the operation.
By SOF Editor on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 11:49am
Missouri's "Houn Dawgs" of the 203rd Engineer Battalion are sniffing out improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and rendering them harmless.
Sustained by support from back home, members of the Missouri National Guard -- joined by Soldiers from Georgia, Kansas, South Dakota and Washington -- are prevailing in this dangerous mission.
"We're all very proud to be here representing our state and our nation," Lt. Col.
By SOF Editor on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 11:42am
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) -- A three-person medical team from the Wright-Patterson Medical Center here is providing aeromedical evacuation support to assist victims of the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
The critical care air transport team, or CCATT, is staging from MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. with the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.
By SOF Editor on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 11:37am
High-speed ferry ships MV Huakai and MV Alakai are preparing to sail to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response to provide disaster relief following the Jan. 12 earthquake.
Huakai and Alakai were originally built to serve as passenger and vehicle ferries in Hawaii but were turned over to the Maritime Administration's custody when the ferry service went bankrupt.
The ships will be under operational control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) during Operation Unified Response.
The ships' main tasks will be to transfer equipment and personnel in the region.
By SOF Editor on Thu, 01/28/2010 - 11:34am
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) -- Airmen stationed in Japan and other locations around the world joined their Japanese counterparts and sister services to kick off the year's first bilateral exercise Jan. 22, here.
The command post exercise, known as Keen Edge '10, runs until Jan. 27 and is designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. forces and Japan Self-Defense Forces.
By SOF Editor on Wed, 01/27/2010 - 12:08pm
Fallout continues from hearing on proposed 'assault weapon' ban
Picking up on subtleties, gun rights activists are dissecting and analyzing testimony from supporters of the ban proposal, and pointing to glaring flaws in logic, firearms knowledge
By SOF Editor on Wed, 01/27/2010 - 11:59am
The Honduran Congress has approved amnesty for deposed President Manuel Zelaya and all those responsible for the coup that removed him from power.
The vote past the legislature late Tuesday, just hours after a Honduran Supreme Court judge cleared senior military leaders of criminal charges for their roles in the coup that ousted Mr.
By SOF Editor on Wed, 01/27/2010 - 11:58am
At his swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, Guinea's new Prime Minister, Jean-Marie Dore, promised to restructure the army and hold elections.
Jean-Marie Dore assumed office as Guinea's new interim prime minister. Outgoing Prime Minister Kabine Komara spoke at the ceremony.
Mr. Komara asked his successor to consider restructuring Guinea's army. He also spoke of the need to hold free and fair elections and to address Guinea's unemployment.