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Pakistani Officials Say Army Will Not Go After Haqqani Network

Pakistani officials said Monday that the nation's military will not launch an offensive against the terrorist Haqqani network, despite growing pressure from Washington to do so.

CNN quoted an unnamed Pakistani military official as saying the military had decided not to target the Haqqani network. He said it is stretched too thin battling militants in northwest Pakistan and “not in a position to undertake an operation at this point” to take on the Haqqanis, who are believed to be based in North Waziristan.

Tribesman Kill Yemeni Commander in Base Attack

Yemeni officials say anti-government tribesman have seized a base operated by troops loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh, killing a commander and capturing 30 soldiers.

The defense ministry said Monday's attack on a base north of the capital, Sana'a, killed Ali al-Keleibi, a commander in the elite Republican Guard. Officials said four tribesman were also killed in the fighting.

Mass Grave Found in Libya With 1,270 Bodies

Libya's interim rulers say they have found a mass grave believed to hold the remains of 1,270 inmates killed by Moammar Gadhafi's security forces in a notorious 1996 massacre at Tripoli's Abu Salim prison.

Investigators found the site, a field scattered with bone fragments, using information obtained from witnesses and former Gadhafi officials. Authorities believe the bodies were kept in the prison before they were buried in 2000 just outside the building's walls.

15 Dead in Philippines Clash

Philippine authorities say 13 suspected Muslim militants and two marines were killed Sunday in the southern Philippines, when a little-known rebel group attacked a military outpost on Jolo island.

A military spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, said about 50 gunmen attacked the garrison, triggering a two-hour battle near a village in Sulu province. He said 13 of the assailants' bodies were later recovered, and said five marines were wounded.

He tied the pre-dawn attack to a radical organization with ties to the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militant group.

ISAF Joint Command morning operational update

A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents and confiscated multiple weapons during an operation in search of a Taliban leader in Nurgal district, Kunar province.

The leader plans attacks against Afghan forces in Nurgal and Khas Kunar districts.

Afghan aviators soar toward self-reliance

The Afghan National Army’s Air Force recently completed its first unassisted helicopter-borne medical evacuation, flying a stabilized patient from Camp Shorabak in Helmand province to Kandahar Airfield.

Currently, the Marines and sailors of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), in partnership with other NATO coalition forces, provide almost all aviation support in southwestern Afghanistan.

Squadron 70 commands Iraqi skies

Iraqi Lt. Col. As’ad and Iraqi Maj. Ahmad regularly pilot a Sama CH-2000 military tactical surveillance aircraft on four-hour flights, viewing the skies of Southern Iraq from an eagle’s perspective. They use this to their advantage on the lookout for smuggling and other illegal activity on the borders with Kuwait and Iran.

Coalition forces deny insurgency movement, money in Afghanistan

Military experts have long-deemed limiting the enemy’s movement as vital to an effective campaign.

In the deserts of southwestern Afghanistan, this can prove challenging. There are few roads. Tire tracks cut across the sand like a child’s crayon scrawling on a wall. Traditional vehicle checkpoints can become ineffective, as the enemy can simply avoid them.

“Once you stop one vehicle at a checkpoint on the ground, you can be pretty confident the traffic will stop from there,” said Sgt. Joseph B. Holcombe, an infantryman with 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, from Haughton, La.

HC-130J arrival brings promise of improved personnel recovery

Air Combat Command officials received its first HC-130J Combat King II after Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz flew the aircraft to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and officiated an arrival ceremony Sept. 24.

The delivery of the new C-130 model from Georgia was significant for the personnel recovery mission, as the predecessor HC-130P/N King begins to be replaced with the newer HC-130Js.