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Somali Insurgents Order Halt to Imported Food Aid

Islamist insurgents in Somalia have told the United Nations' World Food Program to stop importing food aid into the country. The group al-Shabab said in a statement Wednesday that the massive importing of food is ruining Somalia's agriculture sector. The rebels said the WFP must start buying food from local farmers for distribution to the needy. Al-Shabab warned Somali businesses to stop working with the U.N.

ISF arrest suspected terrorist after three year pursuit

Iraqi Security Forces, advised by U.S. forces, arrested Harith Sa’dun Dawud Al-Rubayi, a suspected leader of a terrorist group, and a suspected associate, Mortuda Nasir Hamud, in Diyala province Nov. 22. A warrant was issued by the Highest Judicial Court of Muqdadiyah for Harith’s arrest for suspicion of murder, kidnapping and violent explosives attacks against Iraqi citizens and ISF units.

3rd Combat Aviation Brigade Arrives in Afghanistan

Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division's Combat Aviation Brigade uncased their colors in a transfer of authority ceremony at Bagram Airfield, Nov. 24. "The 3rd Infantry Division is a world-renowned fighting organization that is known for two things: starting a fight, and finishing one," said Col. Don Galli, commander of the 3rd CAB.

Secretary Issues Holiday Season Message

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today issued a holiday season message giving thanks to the military men and women who put their lives on the line every day.  "This time of year calls on Americans to reflect on and give thanks for the freedoms and prosperity we enjoy. Of course, we can only do so because of those who put their lives on the line every day: the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who bear repeated deployments, hardships, and danger – without fail and without complaint. "Many have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Nellis Airmen work behind the scenes to ensure exercise success

Every year, Airmen here support the largest air mobility exercise in the United States. This Mobility Air Forces Exercise, or MAFEX, is essential in making sure both Soldiers and Airmen are prepared to coordinate jointly during overseas contingencies. The MAFEX is part of the U.S. Air Force Weapon School curriculum designed to culminate months of training that the students have received and challenge them to plan and execute a joint forcible entry airborne assault operation, integrating assets from across the world.

Papers filed in Chicago gun-ban case

Should individual states be required to honor your guarantees under the Bill of Rights? Phoenix-based Bloomfield Press has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to say yes, in an amicus ("friend of the court") brief just filed. The goal is to require states to be bound by the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. They are not currently obligated to do so. This principle is up for review in McDonald v. Chicago, expected to be argued at the High Court in February, 2010, and decided by June.

Brazil's President Welcomes Iranian Leader

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says Iran should negotiate with the West for a "just" solution to the country's controversial nuclear program. The Brazilian leader made his comments Monday as he welcomed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Brasilia.  U.S.

Pakistan Says 18 Militants Killed in New Operation

Pakistani officials say troops backed by helicopters killed at least 18 militants during the latest offensive in the country's lawless tribal belt bordering Afghanistan. Defense officials said they launched the offensive Tuesday to target insurgents blamed for recent bombings in the country. On Monday, Pakistan's military said troops killed 18 militants while pursuing Taliban fighters during a second day of clashes in the town of Shahu Khel.  The clashes took place in the Orakzai region, near South Waziristan where Pakistani forces have been pressing an with an offensive against Talib

Zimbabwe Parties Resume Talks

Talks to resolve issues that threaten the unity of Zimbabwe's shaky inclusive government got under way on Monday. The talks started after the deadline set by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for the parties that make up the unity government to fully implement the so-called Global Political Agreement, or GPA, the deal that brought about the national unity government. On November 5 a SADC summit in Maputo gave the feuding parties 15 days to implement the outstanding issues. If this did not happen, SADC would send South Africa's President Jacob Zuma to break the logjam.

IJC Operational Update, Nov. 24: Afghan-International Security Forces Detain Militants in Three Provinces; ANA Soldiers Complete Medic Course; ISAF Casualty

Several militants in Kandahar province were detained by an Afghan- international security force today. One of the suspects is a known Taliban facilitator responsible for the financial and logistical support of militant elements in the area. Tips from intelligence sources led the joint force to search compounds near the village of Bahay Dehe Sufla, southwest of Kandahar City. The compounds were searched without incident.

Joint teamwork keeps foreign fighters from crossing borders

Intelligence reporting indicated that foreign fighters could be located in a town in Iraq's northwestern Ninewah province near the Syrian border. A short time later, ground forces moved through the city. Simultaneously, Hawaii-based Soldiers flying two UH-60 Black Hawks inserted Iraqi commandos and Michigan-based infantrymen near the main supply route to prevent vehicles and personnel fleeing the town, Nov.

Marines prepare Georgian Soldiers for deployment to Afghanistan

About half a kilometer away from two companies of Georgian Soldiers lies the objective—an old, run-down air traffic control tower. A cluster of off-white, weathered and tattered buildings, removed of all doors and windows, are the skeletal remains of Vasiani Air Base, a Russian-era military base about 15 miles east of Tbilisi that has been abandoned and unmaintained since the early 1990s.

USS Rentz Assists Mariners in Distress

USS Rentz (FFG 46) responded to a distress call Nov. 20 from Motor Vessel Adnan Wahd, which was taking on water while at sea in the Central Arabian Gulf. M/V Adnan Wahd reported a hole in its hull and that the crew could not bring the flooding under control.

Thailand SEA Games Crisis in Laos

Elements of the Royal Thai Third Army and Thai military, at the apparent orders of Thai Prime Minister Abhisit, Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwon and Army Chief General Anupong, have dramatically increased pressure and coercive measures on Lao Hmong refugees prior to the Southeast Asia Games (SEAG or SEA Games)as more soldiers are being sent to Ban Huay Nam Khao and Nong Khai, Thailand. Prior to the SEA Games, in recent weeks, elements of the Thai Third Army and Ministry of Interior have loaded and removed nearly a half dozen Army truck loads of forks, knives and spoons that have been seize