ISF arrest suspected AQI leader, member and 16 criminal associates
BAGHDAD – Iraqi Security Forces arrested a suspected Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) leader, another warranted individual and 16 criminal associates during a joint security operation conducted approximately 85km northwest of Baghdad today.
USACE breaks ground on new Iraqi air defense system
NASIRIYAH, Iraq – A ground breaking ceremony at the Nasiriyah Air Base was held recently marking the beginning of a new Iraqi air defense system. The $5.5 million Foreign Military Sales project includes a Sector Operations Center, an administration and training building, life support utilities, access roads and communications.
Modular school build saves time, cash
BALAD – In an attempt to provide as many new schools as possible for the children of Iraq, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is turning to modular construction to save time and money.
Forces Kill Key Terrorist in Afghanistan Firefight
WASHINGTON, May 25, 2010 – A combined Afghan-international security force killed a key al-Qaida leader and several other enemy fighters in a fierce gun battle in Afghanistan’s Paktia province this morning, military officials reported.
Families Can Visit Blue Star Museums For Free
I recently asked Heather Forsgren Weaver, a colleague of mine at American Forces Press Service, to be a regular contributor to Family Matters. Heather’s been heavily involved in this blog from the start. She edits, helps write and posts content on a daily basis. In this blog, Heather writes about enjoying the museums in the Nation’s Capital and the opportunity military families have to visit hundreds of museums for free this summer.
Face of Defense: Yeoman Displays Positive Attitude
MANAMA, Bahrain, May 25, 2010 – Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Clark says his flag staff office job at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command here is comparable to “working in the stock market on Wall Street.”
In Afghanistan, U.S. Military Was Warned Of Recent Kabul Suicide Attacks
On Tuesday, May 18, in busy rush hour traffic, a suicide bomber drove his Toyota minivan, packed with 1650 lbs. of explosives, alongside a NATO convoy in Kabul, Afghanistan and detonated. Eighteen people were killed, including five American soldiers and one Canadian. Forty-seven others were wounded.
Red Cross in Afghanistan gives Taliban first aid help
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it has given first aid training to Taliban members in Afghanistan. An ICRC statement said the organisation had provided basic training and first aid kits to about 70 members of the “armed opposition” last month.
Obama’s new security goals prize nonmilitary moves
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Obama administration’s new outline of national security goals says the U.S. must galvanize support abroad to tackle global troubles, a contrast to former President George W. Bush’s emphasis on going it alone and striking preemptively if necessary.
US warns over Beijing’s ‘assertiveness’
The commander of US forces in the Pacific has warned that China’s military is more aggressively asserting its territorial claims in regional waters. Admiral Robert Willard told the Financial Times: “There has been an assertiveness that has been growing over time, particularly in the South China Sea and in the East China Sea.”
Poland welcomes US soldiers, Patriot missiles
MORAG, Poland — The Polish defense minister has welcomed the arrival of an American Patriot missile battery in Poland. He says the presence of U.S. soldiers and equipment strengthens his country’s security and its relationship with the United States.
White House scandal called ‘impeachable offense’
If a Democratic member of Congress is to be believed, there’s someone in the Obama administration who has committed a crime – and if the president knew about it, analysts say it could be grounds for impeachment.
For Sestak Matter, a ‘Trust Us’ Response From White House
WASHINGTON — For three months, the White House has refused to say whether it offered a job to Representative Joe Sestak to get him to drop his challenge to Senator Arlen Specter in a Pennsylvania Democratic primary, as Mr. Sestak has asserted.
Troops to the Mexican border: Obama to send 1,200
WASHINGTON – Under pressure to take action, President Barack Obama is ordering 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said Tuesday, pre-empting Republican efforts to force a congressional vote to send the troops.
Threat of Terrorists Crossing The Border – WSBTV Investigates
In the Arizona border town of Douglas Arizona, border patrol agents say it’s a 24/7 game of cat and mouse. They use cameras, night vision and underground sensors to track and catch illegal immigrants who jump the fence between Mexico and the United States.
Regulators Push for Global Rule on Bank Capital
Capital is the body fat of banking: too much is debilitating, too little is fatal. During the financial crisis, as large banks burned through their capital reserves, governments were forced to add padding at public expense.
Debt Level, Spending Pose Risk to U.S.’s Aaa Credit Rating, Moody’s Says
The U.S. government’s Aaa bond rating will come under pressure in the future unless additional measures are taken to reduce projected record budget deficits, according to Moody’s Investors Service Inc.
Congressman Boycotts House Resolutions Saluting Sports Champions
A congressman is crying foul over House resolutions honoring sports heroes and championships teams — and he’s urging his fellow lawmakers to do the same. Freshman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is voting “present” on any sports resolutions that come to the House floor in protest of a time-honored tradition that he says has gone too far.
NYC community board OKs ground zero mosque plans
NEW YORK — After hours of contentious public comment, a New York City community board voted late Tuesday to support a plan to build a mosque and cultural center near ground zero.
Fisking the Washington’s Post’s Non-Confirmation Confirmation Of the SEIU Bank of America Demonstration and the D.C. Cops
A tempest developed in the conservative blogosphere over the weekend, with the D.C. police at the center of the storm. the language art of belittling: “a tempest (as in a teapot) developed in the conservative blogosphere.” A bit condescending.
DC Bank Protest: So, SEIU Now Owns the Cops Too?
As you know, last week SEIU staged a protest at the home of an attorney for Bank of America. On a quiet Sunday in the Maryland suburbs of DC, SEIU sent 500 protesters onto the front lawn of the home of Greg Baer, a former Treasury official in the Clinton Administration. Mr. Baer wasn’t at home but, unfortunately, his 14 year old son was. The protesters succeeded in terrorizing the boy.
Last chance to resolve nuclear crisis: Iran
TEHRAN — Iran’s hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged the United States and Russia Wednesday to back a nuclear fuel deal, warning it would be the last “opportunity” to resolve the atomic standoff.
Intel briefs: Israel says offense is best defense
Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon again has sounded the prospect that Israel may launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear enrichment facilities, which Israel and Western countries believe are a cover for making a nuclear bomb, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Hockey auction helps children’s hospital
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — An online auction of some Canadian Olympic hockey jerseys has raised $94,000 to help rebuild a children’s hospital in Haiti.