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New York begins Vigilant Guard exercise

  The New York National Guard along with local officials from Erie County and the cities of Tonawanda, Buffalo and Niagara Falls joined with other state, regional and federal officials to formally announce the launch of the largest emergency response exercise to have ever been conducted in Western New York. "Vigilant Guard is an opportunity for military and civilian professionals to train together and prepare for a potential catastrophe we all naturally hope will never happen," said Brig. Gen.

Pakistan Army: Troops Reach Key Taliban Strongholds

Pakistan's army says its forces have reached key Taliban strongholds in the region of South Waziristan, as its offensive moves deeper into militant-held territory. The military says troops captured a "major part" of Sararogha and have also entered Ladha. It says "intense fighting" is taking place in the streets of Ladha for control of the town. A military statement says 30 militants have been killed in South Waziristan in the last day.

ICC Prosecutor Faces Uphill Challenges in Kenya Case

A group representing victims of Kenya's post-election violence is urging The Hague to intervene and prosecute those most responsible for the organized slaughters.

Authorities in Zimbabwe Charge Lawyer With Obstruction for Objecting to Subpoena

Police in Zimbabwe Tuesday released a lawyer arrested Monday for objecting to a subpoena issued for his client, Peter Hitschmann, who served a prison term for possession of weapons in connection with an alleged 2006 plot to assassinate President Robert Mugabe. Attorney Mordecai Mahlangu was charged with obstructing justice after he wrote to Attorney General Johannes Tomana to protest the subpoena directing Hitschmann to testify in the terrorism trial of Senator Roy Bennett of the Movement for Democratic Change. Bennett, a former white commercial

Madagascar Talks Open With Plea for Compromise

Talks on Madagascar's political impasse have opened in Addis Ababa with a plea for rival factions to put aside mutual animosities for the sake of the country's economic survival. The atmosphere was tense as leaders of Madagascar's four main political movements met for a fourth round of negotiations on formation of a transitional government. Madagascar's de-facto President Andry Rajoelina sat at one side of the large African Union plenary hall.

Operational Update, Nov. 4: Afghan-International Security Forces Detains Militants in Five Operations

Afghan-international security forces detained several militants and recovered multiple weapons and explosives during five operations Tuesday. An Afghan-international security force detained several militants in Kandahar province while in pursuit of a Taliban commander associated with IED attacks in the province. Acting on intelligence that indicated the presence of the Taliban commander, the joint force targeted a vehicle outside of the village of Mokhanjak in Meyan Nashin District.

ISF arrest 21 in Baghdad, Bayji on suspicion of AQI VBIED activity

Iraqi Security Forces arrested 21 individuals during two joint security operations today targeting vehicle-borne improvised explosive device network members in Baghdad and Bayji.   Iraqi Security Forces operating in western Baghdad arrested 17 suspects while serving a warrant for an individual allegedly involved in VBIED attacks. The joint security team searched several buildings and sequestered multiple individuals for questioning.

ANP Confiscate 600 Pounds of Ammonium Nitrate, Neutralize Enemy Fighters

The Afghan national army, assisted by coalition forces, conducted a cordon and search in western Oruzgan province, Oct. 31, in order to increase security in support of the Afghanistan presidential run-off elections. The operation led to the seizure and safe destruction of 600 pounds of ammonium nitrate used to create roadside bombs. Several armed enemy fighters were killed after an unsuccessful attempt to engage the ANA with small arms fire. No civilians were injured during this operation.

ANA, ANP Detain Four, Kill Eleven in Zabul Province

The Afghan national army and Afghan national police, assisted by Coalition forces, conducted a cordon and search in the Arghandab District, Oct. 30, to search for a weapons cache and known insurgent leadership. The operation led to the detainment of four insurgents and several others being killed. The intent of the operation was to decrease roadside bomb usage along the major highway going into Qalat City in Deh Chopan.

Enhanced Combat Skills course preps Marines for Afghanistan

"Possible IED, possible IED." The patrol halts as Marines locate a possible threat to the mission, an improvised explosive device. Part of being a Marine is to be ready for any situation, whether it's overseas or back home. Marines with Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, prepared themselves for future deployments to Afghanistan by taking the week-long Enhanced Combat Skills Course at Camp Pendleton, Oct.

Little Rock officials lead joint force training effort at exercise

POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. (AFNS)  -- Members of the 19th Airlift Wing from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., took the lead at the Joint Forcible Entry Exercise 10-01 held here Oct. 25 through 29.  The purpose of the JFEX is to re-establish forcible entry capability through airpower by combining Army and Air Force training needs, said Col. Dave Kasberg, the 19th Operations Group commander and JFEX air mission commander. "It's an integrated, joint focus with a common intel scenario," he said.

New system allows vehicle GPS to track location while in flight

Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 27th Field Artillery (HIMARS), drove their High Mobility Artillery Rocket System out the rear of an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., Oct. 22, with a new advancement that will get them into the fight faster. The 'Hot Panel' program allows the HIMARS to link into an aircraft's GPS and track itself in the air, anywhere in the world.

DESRON 50 Expands Maritime Security Mission

In the 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR), the men and women of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 50 play a vital role in providing maritime security by protecting sea lanes, conducting naval presence missions and ensuring freedom of navigation throughout the Arabian Gulf. Although previously focusing on similar missions in the North Arabian Gulf, DESRON 50 has expanded its focus to include the mission of Combined Task Group 152.1, supporting Combined Task Force (CTF) 152 in working with coalition and regional partners to ensure maritime security throughout the Arabian Gulf. "Our new taski