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New commander takes helm at U.S. Army South

The Army component of U.S. Southern Command marked a new chapter in its storied history as the former special assistant to the commanding general of U.S. Army Special Operations Command took over U.S. Army South during a ceremony at the Fort Sam Houston Club Nov. 9. Army Maj. Gen. Simeon G. Trombitas succeeded Army Maj. Gen. Keith M. Huber who was subsequently promoted to lieutenant general and will serve as the deputy commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. The continuing mission of U.S.

Hoekstra claims Obama is blocking an investigation of Fort Hood attack.

Congressman Pete Hoekstra, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, claims the White House is blocking an investigation of the attack on Fort Hood. http://www.newsmax.com/headlines/hoekstra_obama_fort_hood/2009/11/10/284539.html

What the "C" stands for

The military blog "Mudville Gazette" discusses CNN's apparent effort to cover up information from one of their own interviews about the Fort Hood shooting: http://www.mudvillegazette.com/032881.html

Iran nervous since strike on Syrian nuclear site

Haaretz.com has cited reports from Der Spiegel that the relationship between Iran and Syria has become more tense, and that the increased tensions have affected relations between the two rogue countries. Iran has demanded the return of nuclear material sent to Syria prior to the 2007 raid, while Syria has refused unless payment has been rendered.

US Urges North Korea Not to Escalate Tensions in Yellow Sea

Washington has urged North Korea not to escalate tensions in the Yellow Sea following a naval skirmish between the North and South Korean navies Tuesday. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says Washington hopes Pyongyang will not take any further actions in the area that could be seen as an escalation. South Korea's military says one of its warships first fired warning shots at a North Korean boat that it says crossed the Korean maritime border off the west coast of the Korean peninsula. South Korea says the North K

Eritrea is Focus of Brussels Meeting

International experts and politicians are in Brussels for a two-day meeting on ways to harmonize European and American policy on Eritrea and other parts of the Horn of Africa.   The meeting is sponsored by Europe External Policy Advisors, a Brussels-based research group.  It is being held amid mounting international concern about Eritrea's human-rights policy and allegations the Eritrean government supports Islamist insurgents in neighboring Somalia. In August, U.S.

'Assassination' of Kenyan Gang Spokesman Condemned

A Kenyan human rights body is calling for an investigation into the killing of the spokesman of a major Kenyan gang, saying the leader told the group a few weeks prior that his life was in danger from a government hit squad.

Operational Update, Nov. 10: ANP, ISAF Seize 500,000 Pounds of Suspected Bomb Making Material in Kandahar; ISAF Detains Taliban Militants and Interdicts a Taliban Facilitator; ISAF Casualty

Afghan national police and ISAF forces seized 500,000 lbs. of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, 5,000 IED components and detained 15 people after a raid in Kandahar, Nov. 8. Based on reliable information, the patrol discovered 1,000 100-lb. bags of fertilizer, which is often used by insurgents to make explosives, and detained 15 people in a warehouse. After the initial find another 4,000 100-lb. bags of fertilizer were found in a nearby compound. Ammonium nitrate fertilizer is a key ingredient of homemade explosives and used in the majority of main charges for IEDs.

Army engineers take on new role in Iraq

JSS CONDOR — For many Soldiers here, the new “advise and assist” mission requires a rethinking of traditional roles in a stability operations environment. The engineers of 2nd Platoon, Company E, 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, are no different. Some people associate engineers here with route clearance missions, but that's only a small portion of the much larger skill set these Soldiers are learning to apply in new ways. Based at Contingency Operating Site Hunter in southern Maysan province, and attached to 2nd Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Saber,

AQI and ISI members pursued by Iraqi Police, 5 suspects arrested

Iraqi Police arrested five suspected members of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) terrorist organizations today during two joint security operations conducted in Diyala and Salah ad Din Provinces.   In Saytiyah, located approximately 110 km northeast of Baghdad, Iraqi Police and U.S. advisors searched for an alleged member of ISI, who is known to be directly linked to AQI. The warranted individual is suspected of facilitating attacks in Baghdad from remote locations in Diyala Province.

Forces Clear Taliban From Northern Afghan Province

More than 750 Afghan and international forces in recent days completed the largest operation to date in Afghanistan's Kunduz province, clearing the northern border area of hundreds of insurgent fighters, military officials reported. The combined forces conducted operations Nov. 1 - 6 in the province's northern region bordering Turkmenistan, killing more than 130 insurgents, including eight Taliban commanders.

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Birthday Message from Commanding Officer

  As we celebrate the 234th anniversary of the founding of our Corps, take pride in your contributions to our great nation, our great Corps and our great base.  It is teamwork and each Marine's commitment to the team that is the strength of our Corps.  So it is, too, for this iconic base of Marines, this home of expeditionary forces in readiness.

Hurricane Hunters fly into Ida

The Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters are flying non-stop into Hurricane Ida collecting critical weather data as the storm enters the Gulf of Mexico. The Hurricane Hunters of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron are assigned to the 403rd Wing and stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The team of reservists collected data to help determine the storm was gaining strength as it passed the Yucatan peninsula.

Combat ID technology evaluated in joint exercise

The largest exercise designed to examine advanced combat identification technologies that can reduce the risk of fratricide on future battlefields wrapped up recently. The U.S. Joint Forces Command exercise, Bold Quest 2009, was held at both Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. The joint exercise included participants from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division; the Marines, the Air Force, the Navy, and 10 partner nations. The exercise allowed U.S.

Command element Marines maintain marksmanship

Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s command element sustained their shooting abilities while on board USS Bonhomme Richard Nov. 8.