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IJC Operational Update, Feb. 24

An Afghan-international security force searched a vehicle yesterday just outside Marjah in Helmand's Nad Ali District after intelligence information indicated militant activity. A search of the vehicle indicated a Taliban commander was possibly in a nearby village, which the joint force searched with the assistance of local elders. During the operation the security force detained several men for further questioning. In other operations, an ANSF-ISAF patrol discovered a weapons cache consisting of 22 mortar rounds of various sizes in Manduzai District, Khost province yesterday.

Operation Moshtarak Update for Feb. 23

The last 24 hours have seen fewer engagements with insurgents. Despite this relative calm, IEDs and insurgent gunmen continue to pose a threat to civilians and security forces. Afghan national security forces are taking the lead in responding to local incidents, including a suicide IED attack in Lashkar Gah that killed eight Afghans and wounded 16. Afghan national police immediately responded to the attack site outside the Transport Department and bus station.

CROWS surge to Afghanistan along with troops

With the surge to Afghanistan now underway, thousands of XM-153 Common Remotely Operated Weapons Stations, known as CROWS, will soon be taking flight to strengthen U.S. Army forces in theater. Program Executive Office Soldier is ramping up its stateside logistics efforts and is in the process of establishing three new CROWS support sites in Afghanistan.

Sustainers improve morale and services for troops in Haiti

Servicemembers throughout Haiti have seen improved morale as a result of several quality of life improvements thanks to 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Soldiers and the rest of the team within Joint Logistics Command - Haiti. While support to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief continues, U.S. forces are now eating food other than MREs, receiving mail, and sending their dirty clothes out for laundry service. The first improvement to morale comes from enjoying meal supplements and "Heater Meals". Examples of meal supplements include shelf-stable milk and fresh fruit.

Airmen rediscover RED HORSE legacy in Haiti

Air Force engineers from the Kansas Air National Guard conducting a routine survey of the field adjacent to the airport in Port-au-Prince discovered a group of Airmen had been there before. While recently leveling the field, Airmen of the 190th Air Refueling Wing and 184th Intelligence Wing noticed the words "820 RHS 94 95 96" on an enormous concrete block. The podium shaped block was so large, engineers driving earthmovers left it in the center of the newly formed 24th Air Expeditionary Group encampment. "Discovering this was a complete surprise to me," s

China Tightens Internet Restrictions

China has tightened its controls on Internet use, requiring anyone who wants to set up a Web site to meet directly with government regulators. The new rules, published by the Technology Ministry this week, also require Web site owners to submit their identity cards and personal photos. A ministry statement says the measures will help the country deal with online pornography.  But human rights defenders say the regulations are just a new form of government censorship. China has about 380 million Internet users, the world's biggest online population.  The government carefully censors th

Zimbabweans Bid to Amend Draconian Security Law

For the first time since an inclusive government was sworn into power a year ago, steps have been taken to amend security legislation that enabled the previous government to detain thousands of people.  Since the government of national unity came to power, the Cabinet made up of ministers from ZANU-PF and the Movement for Democratic Change has not repealed any repressive legislation.  Nor has it been able to agree on a program to change the security and media laws that have long been criticized by pro-democracy groups. But proposed legislation will soon be put to parliament to amend secu