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Suspected Maoists Abduct Indian Workers

Police in eastern India say Maoist rebels have abducted 15 workers who were engaged in a bridge construction project.

Local authorities say about 50 armed rebels stormed the construction company's office in Bihar state on Tuesday, taking away laborers. The company is building a bridge in the area.

Police say an extensive search operation was underway to rescue the kidnapped workers.

Maoist rebels, known as Naxalites or Naxals, have infiltrated more than 20 Indian states.

Nepal Parties Agree on Deal for Former Rebels

Nepal's main political parties have agreed to a deal that integrates thousands of former Maoist fighters into the country's army. The move is expected to booster the country's peace process some five years after the end of the civil war.

Under the agreement some 6,500 of the 19,000 former Maoist rebels, who have been living in camps since the end of the conflict in 2006, will be integrated into the army. The rest will receive a pay-offs of up to $11,500 to start a new life.

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents and detained one suspected insurgent during an operation in search of a Haqqani network leader in Yahya Khel district, Paktika province, yesterday.

The leader oversees multiple insurgent fighting cells and is responsible for numerous attacks against Afghan forces.

The security force observed two armed insurgents during the operation. Assessing an immediate threat, the security force engaged, killing the individuals.

Multiple weapons and bomb making materials were seized by the security force during the operation.

Afghan National Army maintains progress in Garmsir

When 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment arrived in Garmsir, the Afghan National Army acted as augments to the infantry squads of the battalion. There were only a few un-partnered positions and 2nd Kandak, 1st Brigade, 215th Corps was spread throughout the district in groups of three or four soldiers.

Now, nearing the four-year mark of their presence in Garmsir, the kandak is functioning as a unit. Where there were fire teams before, there are now squads. With mentoring and advice from 1/3, the kandak has consolidated its forces into elements that can operate independently.

MC-12 reaches major milestones in Afghanistan

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Airmen from the 4th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron here achieved three major milestones in the month of October supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

The squadron, which operates the MC-12 Liberty, surpassed 10,000 sorties flown, 50,000 flight hours and supported ground operations that led to the capture or elimination of more than 4,000 targets.

Beaufort Marines support fight in Afghanistan

More than 3,000 Marines and sailors of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), go about the work of serving as the air combat element in southwestern Afghanistan, they do so without a Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet squadron for thousands of miles.

But that hasn’t stopped hundreds of Marines from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C., from participating in this war.

“I volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan,” said Cpl. Matthew Staley, a Marine attached to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 40 at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.

First Army trains Ohio National Guard for Afghanistan mission

Trainer/mentors from the 1/306th Battalion went to Mississippi to run a four-day field training exercise for the 1/134th Field Artillery Battalion, a National Guard unit headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 20-23.

The exercise was the last training the unit received in preparation for an upcoming deployment.

USS Mesa Verde Visits Greece

The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) anchored off the coast of Corfu, Greece, for a scheduled port visit, Oct. 30.

This is Mesa Verde's first port visit in 65 days of operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

"It's good to have everyone recharge their batteries," said Cmdr. John P. Pienkowski, Mesa Verde's executive officer. "It also gives a chance to see a new port and enjoy the different culture. It's a chance to be [goodwill] ambassadors for the United States. We can exchange ideas and be exposed to a different culture and learn from each other."

Airmen transport wounded Libyan fighters to U.S.

BOSTON, Mass. (AFNS) -- Nearly two dozen wounded Libyan fighters were evacuated from Libya to here Oct. 29 aboard a C-17 Globemaster III.

At the request of State Department officials, the Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta directed two missions supporting the humanitarian assistance effort in Libya.