Iraqi Forces Target al-Qaida in Mosul, Baghdad
WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 – Iraqi security forces killed seven al-Qaida in Iraq members and captured three others during June 5 security operations in northern Iraq.
Afghan, International Forces Kill, Capture Insurgents
WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 – Afghan and international forces killed a Taliban commander and other insurgents in Afghanistan’s western province of Farah, military officials reported.
Medal of Honor Recipients Promote Mental-Health Support
WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 – Twenty-eight Medal of Honor recipients recently launched the “Medal of Honor – Speak Out” campaign to encourage troops struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and other health problems to take advantage of services to help them.
Nominations Open for Military Family Award
Over the past year, I’ve met some incredible military families. In the Scott family, for instance, all six of Bruce and Mary Scott’s children have joined the military, continuing a long line of military family tradition. I wrote about them in an American Forces Press Service Special Report, “Family Tradition: Scott Children Continue Legacy of Service.”
Veteran Reflects on Battle of Midway
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) — U.S. Navy veteran Francis Fabian remembers where he was 68 years ago during the Battle of Midway. “I was floating in the South Pacific Ocean, for 16 hours, hanging onto a life raft,” said Fabian, of Charlestown, R.I. “There were no sharks, but I remember getting hit on the hand by something in the water. It must have been a Portuguese Man O’ War. Whew! I can still feel it!”
Face of Defense: Medal Comes After 66 Years
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 8, 2010 – World War II-era Coast Guardsman Harry Milton Daube, 88, the last living survivor of the sinking of the USS Leopold, was presented the Purple Heart Medal during a June 4 ceremony at his home in New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Gold price hits new record as it breaks through $1,250
The price of gold rose to an all-time high point above $1,250 an ounce on Tuesday, as investors nervous about the weak state of the global economy sought safety in the precious metal.
Medicaid Cut Places States in Budget Bind
Having counted on Washington for money that may not be delivered, at least 30 states will have to close larger-than-anticipated shortfalls in the coming fiscal year unless Congress passes a six-month extension of increased federal spending on Medicaid.
High School: N.J. Terror Suspect Dangerous as Student
An administrator at a New Jersey high school says one of two terrorism suspects over the weekend was considered so dangerous as a student that he was taught outside the classroom with a security guard present.
Suspicious Bags – A New Jihadi Terror Tactic In New York and DC
ABC News reports a recent internal FBI report warns federal, state and local authorities to be alert for a potential new tool in the jihadi terror arsenal – the placing of suspicious, but harmless, bags in public places to inspire fear, disrupt public transportation and tie up police and bomb squads.
Officer Credited in NJ Terror Bust Part of NYPD’s Secret Weapon
They are culled from thousands of Police Academy recruits because of their Middle Eastern or Asian descent, their fluency in foreign languages, and life experiences, including military service.
Twelve Americans Detained in Yemen
Yemeni authorities have 12 Americans in custody, and the arrests may be linked to a joint U.S.-Yemeni anti-terror campaign, a State Department spokesman said Monday. Spokesman PJ Crowley told reporters the U.S. was trying to get more information, but did not provide any further details.
‘God bless’ to be banned in schools?
Lawmakers in Florida have decided to slap down school boards whose members try to appease the ACLU with a “consent decree” or other agreement that limits student, faculty and staff religious and speech rights protected by the First Amendment.
Obama Seeking “Ass To Kick” Over Oil Spill
“I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”
Hamas prevents flotilla aid from entering Gaza
More than a week after the Israeli navy forcibly intercepted a flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, the 10,000-ton cargo of the seven ships has yet to reach Palestinians.
Ideas for ‘reverse flotillas’ gain steam
Although most of the recent talk regarding flotillas has revolved around ships sailing toward Gaza, at least two plans have emerged for “reverse flotillas” – from Israel toward Turkey – to highlight what organizers have labeled the Turks’ “shameless hypocrisy” in their criticisms of the Jewish state.
Putin Backs U.N. Probe of Flotilla Raid
ISTANBUL—Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Tuesday his country would raise the issue of an investigation into the Israeli boarding of an aid ship off Gaza at the United Nations, calling the Israeli action “a crude violation of international law.”
Russia, Iran in joint venture for nuclear plant
Russia and Iran will establish a joint venture to operate Tehran’s first nuclear plant set to come online this summer, Sergei Kiriyenko, chief of Russia’s nuclear state corporation, said on Tuesday.
Russia, Turkey and Iran Meet, Posing Test for U.S. Diplomacy
ISTANBUL — Leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran convened at a security summit meeting in Istanbul on Tuesday in a display of regional power that appeared to be calculated to test the United States just days before a scheduled American-backed debate in the United Nations Security Council on imposing tighter sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program.
Spanish civil servants strike over cuts
Madrid, Spain (CNN) — Spain’s civil servants went on strike Tuesday to protest the government’s decision to cut their pay 5 percent this year and freeze it next year as part of an austerity plan to reduce the country’s deficit.
China says it will keep blocking online content
BEIJING (AP) – China vowed Tuesday to keep a tight grip on the Internet, saying it would continue to block anything considered subversive or threatening to “national unity.”