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Aerial Bombing Kills 22 Colombian Rebels

Colombian officials say a New Year's Day aerial bombing killed 22 rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The death toll reported Saturday is higher than earlier reports. Authorities say the early Friday morning attack took place in the province of Meta. Military officials now say ground troops captured eight rebels in the area, including five who were wounded.  Initial reports said 13 fighters had been captures. Meta is a lucrative cocaine-producing region for the rebels. The FARC has been fighting the Colombian government for four-and-a-half decades and

IJC Operational Update, Jan. 4

An Afghan-international security force searched a compound north of the village of Seyyed Amon in the Nawah-ye-Barakzai District of Helmand province last night after intelligence confirmed militant activity in the area and detained the suspected militants. In an operation in Kandahar last night, an Afghan-international security force searched a compound in north Kandahar City and detained suspected militants. No shots were fired and no Afghan citizens were harmed during either operation. In other operations, an Afghan-international security force discovered two steel cylinders full of

ISF arrest suspected AQI explosives expert

Iraqi Security Forces arrested a suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) explosives expert today during a joint operation conducted in southern Baghdad. ISF and U.S.

NMCB 74 'Paves the Way to Victory' in Southern Afghanistan

Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 are improving some key convoy routes in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. NMCB 74's mission is to build short roads where vehicles often get stuck in deep wadis - dried up river beds. Five of these areas have been selected for renovation by NMCB 74's road crew detail. If left alone, these routes could become impassable for military convoys in the winter months during the rainy season. "These roads are going to be a lot better than originally planned," said Lt. j.g. Christopher Waldrop, road crew detail officer in charge.

Ike Takes Part in Dramatic Rescue at Sea

Only hours after departing for its 2010 deployment, Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) diverted from flight operations to assist the U.S. Coast Guard in a rescue at sea the night of Jan. 2, saving the life of a stranded mariner. Responding to a vessel-in-distress call, the U.S. Coast Guard requested Eisenhower's aid in the successful extraction of a man whose sailboat had capsized in rough waters approximately 300 miles off the coast of Elizabeth City, N.C.

86th AW expands U.S. Air Forces Africa support with first Super Hercules flight

The first C-130J Super Hercules mission in support of U.S. Air Forces Africa, or 17th Air Force, opened up doors to a future partnership of support between the 86th Airlift Wing and upcoming missions into Africa. The mission's aircraft commander, Maj. Robert May of the 37th Airlift Squadron, and his crew were tasked to fly into Mali Dec. 19 to bring home 17 troops who were assisting with training Malian forces. The significance of this mission is two-fold, Major May said. "First, we now recognize the capability of the J-model aircraft," he said.

BLM Seeks Public Comment on Clark County Environmental Assessment

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Vegas Field Office is seeking public comments on the Clark County Shooting Park Environmental Assessment (EA) in regard to the transfer of 2,880 acres of public land to Clark County, Nev., to be used as a centralized shooting park facility. The lands are located north of Decatur Boulevard. The 45-day review period began December 16 and ends January 29, 2010. The BLM released an initial Environmental Assessment on August 3, 2009 for a 30 day public comment period. During the first comment period, the BLM received 1,046 comment letters.

The Army Needs To Get A Grip On The New Generation

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What IS 'common sense' firearm legislation?

What is 'common sense' firearm legislation?

A New Year's Message from Oliver North

For most of us, the end of one year and the beginning of another is a time to reflect on the past and make resolutions for the future.  This past year, my FOX News team and I were embedded with America’s finest: the men and women of our Armed Forces, during our 16th trip to report on the fight against radical Islamic terror. It has been my great blessing to have spent most of my life in the company of real American heroes, all our soldiers, sail

Iran Jams Satellites to Block Transmissions by VOA, BBC

Broadcasters in the United States and Britain say the Iranian government has been jamming international satellite transmissions into the country. Television programs by VOA's Persian News Network and a number of radio broadcasts by U.S.-supported news organizations have been affected by the Iranian jamming.  The interference has been aimed at a communications satellite system used by many countries. Iranian authorities have not responded to inquiries by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the agency that oversees all U.S.

Gunmen Kills 4 in Finnish Shopping Mall

Police in Finland say they have found a body they believe to be the gunman who killed five people in a shooting Thursday at a shopping center in the Finnish city of Espoo. Police superintendent Jukka Kaski said the suspect is 43-year-old Ibrahim Shkupolli, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo.  His body was found in an apartment in Espoo.  Police suspect suicide. Police say they also found a body believed to be that of Shkupolli's former girlfriend in another apartment.  She is identified as a Finnish woman born in 1967.  Officials say she had taken out a restraining order against the suspect.

Eritrean Official Denies Sponsoring Insurgents to Destabilize Neighbors

Eritrea’s information minister has described as an unfortunate publicity stunt accusations that President Isaias Afeworki’s government is arming insurgents to destabilize both Ethiopia and Sudan ahead of their scheduled elections in 2010. Ali Abdu said the countries are exploiting the recent United Nations arms embargo imposed on Eritrea. “This is simply a political prostitution and it’s meant to exploit the recent UN resolution, and this click is a comic click of liars. I mean they don’t even blink when they lie.

IJC Operational Update, Dec. 31

An Afghan-international security force captured a couple of suspected militants yesterday in Kandahar province while pursuing a Taliban district commander. The joint security force searched a vehicle near Kandahar City after intelligence indicated militant activity. The joint force stopped the vehicle without incident and detained the occupants. Also in Kandahar last night, an Afghan-international security force detained a suspected militant while searching for a Taliban commander. The joint force went to a compound in north Kandahar City after intelligence found militant activity.

Airmen save lives by providing close-air support throughout Afghanistan

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Whether they are conducting patrols on the ground, riding in convoys or performing clearing operations in villages to search for insurgents, coalition forces know members of the 354th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron here stand ready 24 hours a day and seven days a week to provide close-air support anywhere throughout Afghanistan. This includes armed overwatch, armed reconnaissance and armed convoy escort with the A-10 Thunderbolt II. "We get to work with the guys on t