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  • wingover 11:34 am on March 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Multinational naval exercise begins in Pakistan 

    Multinational naval exercise begins in Pakistan.

    Chinese, Pakistani and Nigerian marine special force corps have group photos taken during the multinational Naval Peace Exercise “Aman 09” in Pakistan, March 7, 2009. The multinational Naval Peace Exercise “Aman 09” began on Friday in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi. The navies from 12 countries took part in the exercise with their battleships, maritime aircraft and other forces.

  • wingover 10:29 am on March 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Chinese Navy ship arrives at Pakistani port for multinational exercises 

    Chinese Navy ship arrives at Pakistani port for multinational exercises – People’s Daily Online.

    Chinese Navy destroyer “Guangzhou” Thursday arrived at the southern Pakistani port of Karachi for multinational exercises.

    Exercise AMAN 09 is scheduled to be conducted in the North Arabian Sea from March 5-14, 2009. Navies of some 30 countries are expected to take part in or observe the exercises.

    This is the second exercise of AMAN series. AMAN is an Urdu word meaning “PEACE”. Slogan of AMAN exercise is “Together for Peace”.

    First of the AMAN series was held in March 2007 when 14 ships of Bangladesh, China, France, Italy, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States navies participated.

  • wingover 11:43 am on March 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Turkish Army sends tank-armed troops to border with Iraq 

    كونا : Turkish Army sends tank-armed troops to border with Iraq – 28/02/2009.

    ISTANBUL, Feb 28 (KUNA) — The Turkish Army has beefed up troop concentrations along the border with neighboring Iraq in a move seen as a prelude to launching a new round of attacks on Kurdish separatists’ hideouts, the daily Hurriyet said in its Saturday edition.

    The newspaper quoted military sources as saying that convoys of tanks were roaring in the direction of the border regions from the region of Shirnak, southeastern Turkey Observers said the military builup on the border would be followed with the launch of a series of attacks on bases of the activists of the Workers Party of Kurdistan, better known as the PKK.
    They based their anticipation on the fact that the Turkish Army, over the past years, launched wide-scale military offensives against the Kurds after the onset of the spring season, when snow blanketing large areas of the mountainuous regions start melting.

  • wingover 10:26 am on February 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Secret U.S. unit trains commandos in Pakistan 

    Secret U.S. unit trains commandos in Pakistan – International Herald Tribune.

    BARA, Pakistan: More than 70 United States military advisers and technical specialists are secretly working in Pakistan to help its armed forces battle Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the country’s lawless tribal areas, American military officials said.

    The Americans are mostly Army Special Forces soldiers who are training Pakistani Army and paramilitary troops, providing them with intelligence and advising on combat tactics, the officials said. They do not conduct combat operations, the officials added.

    They make up a secret task force, overseen by the United States Central Command and Special Operations Command. It started last summer, with the support of Pakistan’s government and military, in an effort to root out Qaeda and Taliban operations that threaten American troops in Afghanistan and are increasingly destabilizing Pakistan. It is a much larger and more ambitious effort than either country has acknowledged.

    Pakistani officials have vigorously protested American missile strikes in the tribal areas as a violation of sovereignty and have resisted efforts by Washington to put more troops on Pakistani soil. President Asif Ali Zardari, who leads a weak civilian government, is trying to cope with soaring anti-Americanism among Pakistanis and a belief that he is too close to Washington.

  • wingover 9:54 am on February 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    S Korea, U.S. to conduct joint military exercise 

    S Korea, U.S. to conduct joint military exercise_English_Xinhua.

    SEOUL, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) — South Korea and the United States will conduct a joint military exercise in March, the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC) said Wednesday.

    According to the CFC, the U.S. military will mobilize a total of 26,000 troops during the March 9-20 exercise to test its ability to quickly deploy forces in case of invasion to South Korea.

    Among the 26,000 U.S. troops, 12,000 will come from the U.S. forces stationed in South Korea while the rest 14,000 will be deployed from abroad, the CFC said.

  • wingover 8:53 am on February 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Military Exercise Sparks Earthquake Panic in China 

    ABC News: Military Exercise Sparks Earthquake Panic in China.

    A military exercise in southern China set off mass panic among local residents who thought an earthquake had struck with about 100,000 people fleeing their homes, state media reported Saturday.

    Frightened residents slept outdoors following the live-fire exercise Wednesday by an air force brigade near the city of Hengyang in Hunan province, the Xinhua News Agency said.

    Pressure waves from exploding bombs shook homes and rattled windows, and rumors of an earthquake spread quickly by phone and over the Internet, the report said.

    Earthquake fears spread throughout China after last May’s massive temblor in Sichuan province that left about 90,000 people dead or missing. The 7.9 magnitude quake rocked buildings in Beijing and other cities thousands of miles (kilometers) from the epicenter.

    “Apparently, the residents are more vigilant after the strong earthquake hitting Sichuan province last May,” Xinhua quoted local official Liu Xinghua as saying.

    Notices were issued by local governments on Thursday reassuring people that no earthquake had occurred, Xinhua said. Liu said he worked until 3 a.m. on Friday trying to persuade villagers to go back home, but “many of them still feel unsafe.”

  • wingover 12:32 pm on February 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    US and Philippines plan military exercises 

    Philippines plan military exercises in insurgency hotbeds.

    MANILA: Communist rebels accused the Philippines government Wednesday of using military exercises with the US as a front for attacking insurgents who have been waging a decades-old Maoist campaign.

    About 6,000 US troops will join 2,500 Filipino soldiers in the manoeuvres from April 16 to 28. The main part will take place at Filipino military bases north and south of Manila, said Major Ramon Zagala, the Filipino spokesman for the annual Balikatan (Shoulder to Shoulder) exercises. He added that US military medics and engineers would also conduct clinics and build schools and other basic infrastructure in the Bicol region southeast of Manila and the adjacent Masbate island group. Both areas are known to be hotbeds for the Communist Party of the Philippines’ New People’s Army (NPA), which has been waging a 40-year rebellion.

    Someday they will be calling you an insurgent?

  • wingover 2:36 pm on February 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    German troops on sovereign French soil 

    BBC NEWS | Europe | ‘French base’ for German troops.

    German troops will be stationed in France for the first time since World War II, under plans reportedly being drawn up by both countries.

    A battalion is likely to be based in Alsace-Lorraine – a region France and Germany have fought over in the past.

    A French defence ministry spokesman said Paris had agreed to the proposal made by Germany earlier this year, according to the AFP news agency.

    It is thought some 500 soldiers could be posted somewhere in eastern France.

    The German magazine Der Spiegel says the border town of Colmar is the likely location, but the French media has reported Strasbourg, Metz or Bitche as possible bases.

    The soldiers would be part of the Franco-German brigade set up in 1989, which is already about 5,000 troops strong.

    Nearly half of those are French servicemen based in south-west Germany.

  • wingover 10:51 am on January 23, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Army defends treating Taliban next to UK soldiers 

    Army defends treating Taliban next to UK soldiers | Metro.co.uk.

    The British Army is defending the practice of treating injured soldiers in the same hospitals as their Taliban opponents.

    Servicemen have expressed anger at having to share the same wards as their enemy combatants in Afghanistan.

    But the Ministry of Defence said that it was standard practice for all patients to be treated together in conflicts.

    Taliban combatants are routinely treated at the Camp Bastion Field Hospital, in line with the Geneva Convention.

    According to the BBC, some service personnel at Camp Bastion have complained about the practice.

    “My friends who were injured were waking up in the hospital to find Taliban in the bed next to them,” one was quoted as saying. “A lot of people are getting injured out there, and the last thing they want to see when they come round is the Taliban on the same ward. It’s just not right.”

    Another said they were “appalled” by the practice, adding: “I know we have to treat them under the Geneva Convention, but no one should have to wake up in the same place as someone who may have injured them or their mates.”

    The Ministry of Defence said the same level of care was provided for all patients at the Camp Bastion Field Hospital.

    “This does sometimes include local nationals and enemy forces,” a spokesman said. “They are guarded at all times, segregated where possible, and nursed behind screens to afford all patients the necessary level of care, protection and dignity.

    “We provide medical care under the Geneva Convention and are subject to inspections from the International Red Cross.”

  • wingover 1:21 pm on January 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    China’s top legislature approves treaty on SCO joint military exercises 

    China’s top legislature approves treaty on SCO joint military exercises _English_Xinhua.

    BEIJING, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) — China’s top legislature on Saturday voted to approve a multilateral treaty on joint military exercises.

    The pact, signed by defense ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states in Kyrgyzstan on June 27, 2007, was submitted by the State Council, or Cabinet, to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC).

    The treaty covers issues involved in military exercises, including authorizing institutions, decision making, consulting mechanisms, compensation of losses and judicial issues.

    It took interim effect on June 27, 2007, which guaranteed the success of the “Peace Mission-2007” joint anti-terrorism military exercises held by the SCO from Aug. 9 to 17, 2007.

    The SCO, founded in 2001, has six members: China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. It aims to enhance security, trade, cultural, military and judicial cooperation.

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