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  • Russia Seeks Access to Bases in Eight Countries for Its Ships and Bombers

    02/28/2014 4:25:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    cns news ^ | 2/28/14 | Patrick Goodenough
    (CNSNews.com) – At a time of escalated tensions with the West over Ukraine, Russia says it is negotiating with eight governments around the world for access to military facilities, to enable it to extend its long-range naval and strategic bomber capabilities. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday the military was engaged in talks with Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Algeria, Cyprus, the Seychelles, Vietnam and Singapore. “We need bases for refueling near the equator, and in other places,” ITAR-Tass quoted him as saying. Russia is not looking to establish bases in those locations, but to reach agreement to use facilities there when...
  • Russia Seeks Access to Bases in Eight Countries for Its Ships and Bombers

    02/28/2014 11:00:03 AM PST · by Errant · 26 replies
    CNS News ^ | 28 February 2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    At a time of escalated tensions with the West over Ukraine, Russia says it is negotiating with eight governments around the world for access to military facilities, to enable it to extend its long-range naval and strategic bomber capabilities. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday the military was engaged in talks with Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Algeria, Cyprus, the Seychelles, Vietnam and Singapore. “We need bases for refueling near the equator, and in other places,” ITAR-Tass quoted him as saying. Russia is not looking to establish bases in those locations, but to reach agreement to use facilities there when required. The...
  • July 4th fireworks scrapped at a number of bases

    06/30/2013 5:27:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6/30/13 | Jennifer C. Kerr
    WASHINGTON- The Fourth of July won´t have a patriotic boom in the sky over some military bases because budget cuts and furloughed workers also mean furloughed fireworks. Independence Day celebrations have been canceled at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base and at the Army´s Fort Bragg, both in North Carolina. The annual July Fourth celebration also has been scrapped at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga. The reason is money - namely the lack of it. The failure in Washington to follow up a 2011 budget pact with additional spending cuts meant $85 billion across-the-board cuts
  • Obama’s defense budget reneges on base closure promise

    04/10/2013 12:00:42 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 10, 2013 | Rowan Scarborough
    President Obama is backtracking from his campaign promise that “I don’t think now is the time” for another round of military base closures across the country. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday presented the $526 billion defense budget request for fiscal 2014, which explicitly calls for shutting down facilities in a process called Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). “BRAC is the only effective means of achieving infrastructure consolidation,” the Pentagon said. “This BRAC round adds $2.4 billion to costs in the next five years but would eventually save substantial sums. The actual closing of bases would involve a multiyear...
  • Report: Hizbullah Sets Up Bases Near Syria's Chemical Arsenal

    01/28/2013 4:11:10 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 5 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/28/2013 | Chana Ya'ar
    The Lebanon-based Hizbullah terrorist organization is setting up bases in Syria close to known chemical weapons storage facilities, according to a source quoted in a report published Monday by Israeli Hebrew-language news outlet Ynet. Hizbullah, which is generously funded and equipped by Iran, has been working to shore up the government forces backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, together with Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards. But even with that assistance, the loyalists are beginning to lose their grip on the country, and it appears likely that Assad’s regime may soon fall. If it does, there is a strong likelihood that he may...
  • Newspaper: Iran-linked operatives attempted to assassinate U.S., Israeli diplomats

    05/28/2012 4:49:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    JTA ^ | May 28, 2012 | unattributed, Washington Post
    Operatives linked to Iran tried to kill foreign diplomats, including Israelis and Americans, in at least seven countries over 13 months, the Washington Post reported. New evidence uncovered by investigators in four countries linked the assassination attempts to either Iran-backed Hezbollah militants or operatives based inside Iran, the Post reported Monday, citing U.S. and Middle Eastern security officials. The officials reportedly said that the assassination attempts stopped in early spring, when Iran began to take a softer tone with the West. Shortly after, Iranian officials formally accepted a proposal to resume negotiations with six world powers on proposals to limit...
  • With Friends Like These…

    04/01/2012 5:29:35 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 10 replies
    http://noisyroom.net ^ | 4.1.12 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Reports from American Intelligence are being leaked to the public to put pressure on Israel to keep them from attacking Iran. Israel and Azerbaijan have struck a 1.6 billion dollar drone and defense deal, supposedly giving Israel access to their bases if they attack Iran. This means the Israelis would not have to refuel if they do attack and that is a game changer. Last Thursday, Ambassador John Bolton, being the straight shooter he is, laid it out succinctly on Fox News. He accused this administration of leaking information deliberately to deter Israel from defending herself. He was responding to...
  • Russia moves strategic nuclear missiles to Cuba

    08/02/2012 10:27:22 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 45 replies
    Pravda ^ | 1 August 2012 | Lyuba Lulko
    With the full consent of the Cuban leadership, on May 11 of this year, our country has not only resumed work in the electronic center of Lourdes, but also placed the latest mobile strategic nuclear missiles "Oak" on the island. They did not want to do it the amicable way, now let them deal with this," Putin said.
  • The US Will Re-Open Massive Philippine Bases Not Occupied Since The Cold War (Clark and Subic Bay)

    06/08/2012 10:36:57 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 155 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6/8/12 | Robert Johnson
    With the U.S. moving the majority of its naval fleet to the Pacific, commanders are eagerly looking for invitations to park the planes and ships that will be pouring into the region. Travis Tritten at Stars and Stripes reports that the Pentagon has apparently been fanning the old flame of friendship with the Philippines and will be re-opening two bases it left in 1991 — Subic Bay and Clark Air Base. The U.S. had a falling out with the island nation in the early nineties and pulled out of the bases, which were then built-up by a series of private...
  • Kremlin says eyeing new naval bases abroad

    11/25/2010 1:03:50 PM PST · by jerry557 · 10 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 11/25/10 | Alexei Anishchuk
    MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday Russia was looking to open new naval bases abroad to increase the global reach of a military that shrunk abruptly when the Soviet Union collapsed. Soviet forces drew on over a dozen naval bases in Europe, South America, Africa and South East Asia in the 1970s and 1980s; but post-Soviet economic crisis, fuel shortages and a rundown of the military confined forces largely to home bases. Vladimir Putin began rebuilding military power after he assumed the Russian presidency in 2000. Last year, state news agency Itar-Tass cited military sources saying Russia...
  • New program will boost security at military bases (FBI's eGuardian replaces TALON)

    10/09/2010 1:57:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/06/10 | Lolita C. Baldor
    New program will boost security at military basesBy Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press Writer Wed Oct 6, 5:42 pm ET WASHINGTON – Nearly a year after a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, the Pentagon is taking new steps to beef up security and surveillance programs at its bases, and will join an FBI intelligence-sharing program aimed at identifying future terror threats, U.S. officials said. The new partnership with the FBI's eGuardian program comes two years after the Pentagon shut down a controversial anti-terror database that collected reports of suspicious activity near military installations. The now-defunct program, called TALON, was...
  • Taliban attack Nato bases in Afghanistan's Khost area

    08/28/2010 1:31:54 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | August 28th 2010 | Staff
    Taliban insurgents have attacked two coalition bases in eastern Afghanistan, Nato forces say. Coalition forces repelled both attacks, killing 13 militants and capturing others, the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said. The coalition suffered some casualties as a result of the fighting in Khost province, south-east of Kabul. The Taliban said about 30 fighters, including suicide bombers, were involved in the two separate assaults. Continue reading the main story Taliban ConflictCivilian toll shows Nato dilemma Q&A: Fighting the Taliban Who are the Taliban? Challenges for Afghan forces The attacks on Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khost province and nearby...
  • US returns more bases to Iraqi government

    02/02/2010 5:34:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 121+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
    SALAH AD DIN PROVINCE – In accordance with the U.S. - Iraq Security Agreement to reduce the U.S. troop presence here to 50,000 by August, two more U.S. bases were returned to the Government of Iraq, Feb. 1. The historic Mahmoon Palace and the Sharqat Joint Coordination Center were both transitioned back to the GOI from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. The Iraqi Receivership Secretariat, Sameer Al-Haddad, signed for both centers. The Mahmoon Palace was built as a place to celebrate Saddam Hussein birthdays, and it still contains ornate chandeliers, columns and decorative tiled floors and...
  • More US Camps returned to Iraqi government

    01/11/2010 4:13:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 160+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | 17th Fires Brigade
    BASRAH — U.S. military leaders here returned camps Hutch and Area 51 (No.. not that Area 51), located within the Shaibah Training Center, to the Government of Iraq, Jan. 9. The 14th Iraqi Army Division and the Department of Border Enforcement's 51st Brigade will continue to use the facilities as American forces draw down. "The handover highlights Iraq's growing confidence, capacity and capability to provide a stable and self-reliant country," said Lt. Col. Charles Roede, 17th Fires Brigade executive officer and the senior U.S. leader of the day's events. "The base returns do not mean we are ending our partnership...
  • Pakistan zeroes in on major Taliban bases

    11/01/2009 9:08:31 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 534+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/1/09 | Zeeshan Haider
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani forces are zeroing in on two major Taliban bases in South Waziristan region as their offensive pushes deeper into militant bastion on the Afghan border, the military said on Sunday. The army launched a major assault in South Waziristan on September 17 to seize control of the lawless land after a string of attacks by militants, including a stunning assault on the army headquarters that killed more than 150 people. The offensive is a major test for the Pakistani government and the military to stem the rising tide of Islamist militancy and is being closely followed...
  • Pact signed to expand US use of Colombia bases

    10/30/2009 7:36:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 275+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/30/09 | Frank banak - ap
    BOGOTA – In a private, low-key ceremony, the U.S. ambassador and three Colombian ministers on Friday signed a pact giving American personnel expanded access to military bases in this drug-producing country, a deal that Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has called a threat to the region's security. Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez said the 10-year deal takes effect immediately and restricts U.S. military operations to Colombian territory — alluding to fears expressed by leftist leaders in the region that it would make Colombia a base for asserting U.S. power in South America. Details of the pact, which aims to boost drug and counterinsurgency...
  • US planning missile bases in Poland: report

    09/25/2009 6:54:27 AM PDT · by maquiladora · 93 replies · 5,420+ views
    AFP ^ | 25/9/2009
    WARSAW — The United States aims to establish missile bases in Poland, after having scrapped plans fiercely opposed by Russia to deploy a missile shield in the country, a Polish newspaper reported Friday. Citing Polish diplomatic sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, Gazeta Wyborcza said Washington aimed to set up a permanent short- and medium-range missile base as well as deploy mobile missile batteries. The plan is set to take shape within days, said Gazeta Wyborcza, a leading daily that is considered well informed on the issue. It said Andrzej Kremer, Poland's deputy foreign minister, was due to travel...
  • Russian Fortress of Brick Icicles and other cool photos[Warning! Mega Graphic Heavy!]

    02/18/2009 9:05:28 AM PST · by BGHater · 14 replies · 1,187+ views
    Live Journal ^ | 16 Feb 2009 | Live Journal
    The reason for it to have such a strange look is because it was used later by Russian army to test the influence of Russian alternative to napalm inside of the brick houses. Due to very high temperature of napalm the bricks started melting just like ice melts in the spring forming the icicles, but those icicles are of red brick.
  • Bill creates detention camps in U.S. for 'emergencies'

    02/01/2009 8:02:02 PM PST · by Man50D · 207 replies · 6,712+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | February 01, 2009 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Fla., has introduced to the House of Representatives a new bill, H.R. 645, calling for the secretary of homeland security to establish no fewer than six national emergency centers for corralling civilians on military installations. The proposed bill, which has received little mainstream media attention, appears designed to create the type of detention center that those concerned about use of the military in domestic affairs fear could be used as concentration camps for political dissidents, such as occurred in Nazi Germany. The bill also appears to expand the president's emergency power, much as the executive order...
  • Clones, Synthetics, Organic Robotoids And Doubles

    11/29/2008 9:17:28 AM PST · by Fennie · 11 replies · 668+ views
    Scientists working in secret got serious about cloning in the early 1960's. Abortions began to be performed wholesale at this time to provide fetal tissue for their cloning work. The young generation of Americans are asking, When will cloning of people take place. The answer is that it already has long ago. An article written by Andrew Kimbrell that was placed in many leading daily papers across the U.S. is quite revealing. He comes right up to almost telling people what has been going on.
  • Bush Urges Russia to Close Bases in Georgia - US to train Georgian troops

    02/25/2004 6:59:17 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 349+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 25, 2004 | David Morgan
    President Bush urged Moscow to abandon two Soviet-era military bases in Georgia as he met on Wednesday with the newly elected leader of the strategically placed Caucasus state. Sitting with President Mikhail Saakashvili in the Oval Office, Bush told reporters he would help build good relations between Georgia and Russia. He said Russia should honor a promise to remove the bases, which it made during the 1999 Istanbul summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. "The Istanbul commitment made it very clear that Russia would leave those bases," Bush said after a closed-door meeting with Saakashvili, whose...
  • U.S. Isn’t Seeking Permanent Bases in Iraq, Ambassador Says

    06/05/2008 4:35:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 108+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 5, 2008 – The United States is not seeking permanent military bases in Iraq as it negotiates legal and military agreements with the Iraqi government, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker said here today. Speaking at the State Department, Crocker called published reports that the United States is trying to set up permanent bases “flatly untrue.” “There clearly is going to be a need” for a U.S. and coalition military presence in Iraq beyond the end of the year, Crocker said. But the status of forces agreement, when adopted, “is not going to be forever, particularly as...
  • U.S. defense secretary denies permanent bases in Iraq

    01/24/2008 7:28:40 PM PST · by jdm · 7 replies · 49+ views
    news.xinhuanet.com ^ | Jan. 25, 2008 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates denied on Thursday that the country is vying to establish permanent bases in Iraq. "I think it is pretty clear that such an agreement would not talk about force levels. It would not involve -- we have no interest in permanent bases," he told reporters. Gates made the remarks as President George W. Bush's administration pushes for negotiation on a long-term agreement with Iraq on the U.S. forces presence. However, State Department spokesman Tom Casey told reporters on Thursday that the plan would be just a "status of forces agreement"...
  • Taking Science on Faith

    11/24/2007 5:45:11 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 51 replies · 198+ views
    NY Times ^ | 23 November 2007 | PAUL DAVIES
    SCIENCE, we are repeatedly told, is the most reliable form of knowledge about the world because it is based on testable hypotheses. Religion, by contrast, is based on faith. The term “doubting Thomas” well illustrates the difference. In science, a healthy skepticism is a professional necessity, whereas in religion, having belief without evidence is regarded as a virtue. The problem with this neat separation into “non-overlapping magisteria,” as Stephen Jay Gould described science and religion, is that science has its own faith-based belief system. All science proceeds on the assumption that nature is ordered in a rational and intelligible way....
  • Bases, Roads Contribute to Security in Afghanistan

    11/06/2007 3:34:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 380+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. Ashley Dellavalle, USA
    PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Nov. 6, 2007 – U.S. Army engineers are building forward operating bases and roads in support of forces providing security to the people of Afghanistan. A soldier from Alpha Company, 864th Engineer Battalion, puts finishing touches on a B-Hut that will house Polish soldiers in the village of Kushamond in Afghanistan’s Paktika province. Photo by Capt. Ashley Dellavalle, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Despite harsh conditions due to “moon-dust” -- very fine silt that permeates every crevice at Forward Operating Base Kushamond -- the soldiers of Company A, 864th Engineer Battalion, from Fort Lewis,...
  • New Bases, Barracks, Buildings Foster Iraqi Prosperity

    09/27/2007 5:03:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 101+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 26, 2007 – New buildings constructed under the guidance of coalition forces are sparking prosperity for Iraqi citizens, a senior U.S. military engineer in Iraq said today. “It’s a concept of ownership,” Navy Capt. Joe Hedges told online journalists and “bloggers” during a conference call from Baghdad. “We’re using Iraqi funds to build Iraqi facilities.” Hedges is assistant chief of staff for the engineering directorate of Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq. His team is currently working to build military bases, barracks, airfields, schools and a hospital on 12 different sites in Iraq. “I’m excited,” Hedges said. “I think...
  • Military bases see a baby boom

    07/25/2007 12:46:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 762+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/25/07 | Kristan M. Hall - ap
    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Army Spc. John Luckey and his wife, Kerry, already had five children and no plans for more when he came home from a year's duty in Iraq. But there was romance in the California air when the entire family went on a vacation to see the giant redwoods. Nine months later, Kerry Luckey gave birth to a daughter, EmLee Rae. Apparently many military couples at Fort Campbell celebrated like the Luckeys when about 20,000 soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division came home last fall, because the military hospital here is now seeing a baby boom. The...
  • Crowds gather for anti-US march (Italy).

    02/17/2007 6:52:38 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 5 replies · 489+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, February 17, 2007
    Special trains and buses brought in protesters from across Italy Thousands of people have been arriving in the north-eastern Italian city of Vicenza for a march against a planned extension of the US army base there.Organisers say the majority of local people are opposed to US plans. They say Prime Minister Romano Prodi has ignored strong local objections. Thousands of extra police are on duty in Vicenza for what is planned as a peaceful march. There are fears that extremist fringe groups will try to cause violence. Vicenza's mayor fears the march will be infiltrated by left-wing extremists from...
  • China military to tour U.S. bases

    10/29/2006 5:48:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 85 replies · 1,290+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/29/06 | Audrey McAvoy - ap
    HONOLULU - A Chinese military delegation will begin a five-day tour of U.S. military installations in Hawaii and California on Monday and meet with senior U.S. officers in the latest step to repair military ties between the two countries. About 30 midlevel military commanders in the People's Liberation Army, including division and brigade commanders, will visit U.S. Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii, tour a guided missile destroyer in San Diego and observe a Marine training at Camp Pendleton, Calif. It is the third such visit by Chinese military officers since the countries agreed last October to increase military exchanges. U.S....
  • Iraq's leader wants long-term US presence

    09/24/2006 10:45:20 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 18 replies · 667+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 25 September 2006
    IRAQI President Jalal Talabani has called for a long-term US military presence in Iraq, saying his country will need two permanent US air bases to deter "foreign interference." He made the comments in an interview published today.
  • News Blackout Imposed On American Arms Flights Refuelling At British Bases (Israel)

    08/01/2006 6:02:46 PM PDT · by blam · 19 replies · 716+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-2-2006 | Thomas Harding
    News blackout imposed on American arms flights refuelling at British bases By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent (Filed: 02/08/2006) The Government refused last night to give details of the flights entering Britain containing American arms destined for Israel. There was also a suggestion that all arms flights via Prestwick airport, near Glasgow, were suspended following pressure from Scottish Labour MPs afraid of the political impact in their constituencies. An Atlas Air Boeing 747 cargo jet at Prestwick Airport Although Government officials have admitted that two flights, carrying GBU28 bunker-busting bombs, arrived at Prestwick the weekend before last and several others came...
  • Dozens of bases transferred to Iraqis

    07/20/2006 4:12:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 292+ views
    An Iraq Army Sgt. Maj. (left) yells out final instructions to the troops of 4th Battalion, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, prior to pass and review July 13. The 4/1-4 Iraqi Army conducted a turn-over of authority of Forwarding Operating Base O'Ryan and surrounding area south of Balad, Iraq, from the U.S. Army's 1-8 Combined Arms Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jeremy L. Wood) BAGHDAD – Because of the increasing abilities of Iraqi security forces, Coalition forces have been able to transfer to Iraqi control dozens of forward...
  • Dozens protest U.S. naval ship, NATO supplies arriving in Crimea

    05/29/2006 1:35:07 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 70 replies · 1,502+ views
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 29 2006
    (AP) Dozens of people protested the arrival of U.S. and NATO military equipment on Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, accusing the military alliance of interfering in the ex-Soviet republic's internal affairs, a navy official said Monday. The Sunday night protest was sparked by the arrival at the port of Feodosiya of the USS Advantage, which was to take part in an NATO-sponsored exercises this summer, Ukrainian naval spokesman Volodymyr Bova said, speaking by telephone from the Black Sea port of Sevastopol. Russia's NTV television showed several dozen local residents trying to prevent cargo trucks from unloading equipment from a ship, while others...
  • America Supports You: NBA Trophy Tour to Visit U.S. Military Bases

    04/20/2006 6:10:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 213+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 20, 2006 – The NBA and Toyota announced April 18 the launch of a 2006 Finals Trophy Tour to five military bases in the heartland of the U.S. The 2006 Finals Trophy Tour will visit Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., May 13; Fort Leavenworth, Kan., May 19; Fort Bliss, Texas, June 1; Fort Riley, Kan., June 24; and Fort Carson, Colo., July 3, according to an NBA news release. The tour was developed by Toyota and the NBA, in conjunction with the United Service Organizations, to thank the U.S. armed forces for their dedication and service. The customized...
  • Army transferring bases to Iraqi forces

    03/06/2006 3:03:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 180+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | 4th Infantry Division and 10th Mountain Division PAOs
    BALAD, Iraq (Army News Service, March 6, 2006) – A 4th Infantry Division brigade announced this weekend that it will turn over responsibility for Forward Operating Base O’Ryan, near Balad, Iraq, to the Iraqi Army March 10. This transition of responsibility is one of many ceremonies to come, officials said, as more Iraqi Army units prepare to take responsibility for the security of their country. Last week, the 10th Mountain Division transferred Forward Operating Base Constitution to the Iraqi Army. Along with the base, the Iraqi troops took over operations of western Baghdad and eastern Abu Ghraib. This transfer of...
  • Bulgaria, U.S. Negotiate a Third Possible Military Base in Bulgaria

    03/01/2006 9:42:28 AM PST · by DTAD · 7 replies · 361+ views
    Bulgaria’s Defense Minister Veselin Bliznakov said March 1 Sofia was now negotiating with the United States over the establishment of a third military base in the country. The talks concerned “the possible inclusion” of the Graf Ignatievo airport, near Plovdiv in southern Bulgaria, to the list of U.S. facilities. ”This possibility emerged in the last stage of negotiations,” Bliznakov told reporters in Sofia Wednesday but said he could not speculate about the outcome of the talks. The Graf Ignatievo airbase has been modernized to meet NATO standards.
  • DoD to Restrict Cell Phone Use on Military Bases

    01/05/2006 4:10:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 458+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 5, 2005 | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2006 – Defense Department installations have begun implementing new cell phone restrictions for drivers on military bases. The new regulation, published in the Federal Register in April 2005, states that anyone driving a motor vehicle on a DoD installation cannot use a cell phone unless the vehicle is safely parked or the driver is using a hands-free device. Many installations already have implemented the new restrictions, and the rest will implement the rules on their own schedule, said John Seibert, assistant for safety, health and fire protection for DoD. There is no deadline for installations to implement...
  • No Plans for Long-Term Bases, Rumsfeld Says

    12/23/2005 11:26:48 AM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 411+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 23, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq, Dec. 23, 2005 – The United States has not discussed basing American troops in Iraq, and would do so only following negotiations with the new Iraqi government, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today. "At the moment, there are no plans for long-term bases in the country," Rumsfeld told a Marine during a question and answer session here today. The secretary said the subject has not been discussed because until the most recent election, there was no one to speak with. He said the United States has been working with successive transitional governments in Iraq about...
  • U.S.: What Is Strategy For Bases In Former Soviet Bloc?

    12/08/2005 1:27:46 AM PST · by twinself · 15 replies · 578+ views
    Radio Liberty ^ | 07 December 2005 | Andrew TULLY
    Romania and the United States have signed an agreement that would establish the first U.S. military bases in an Eastern European country from the former Soviet bloc. The United States already has the rights to a base in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan, and is in the process of vacating one in neighboring Uzbekistan. With the United States already possessing a military presence in much of the world, what does it want with even more foreign bases? Washington, 7 December 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Romanian President Traian Basescu seemed as pleased to be hosting the bases as the Americans are...
  • Russia sees no threat in US military bases in Romania

    12/07/2005 11:08:22 AM PST · by jb6 · 6 replies · 355+ views
    RBC News ^ | 07.12.2005
    RBC, 07.12.2005, Moscow 14:18:50.Russia sees no threat in the US-Romanian agreement concerning deployment of four military bases in Romania so far, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told journalists today. He added that the defense ministry insiders had been aware that the decision was upcoming. However, they know nothing about the size of the bases. Ivanov said that conclusions would only be made after Russia had learned about the size of the bases.
  • Rice signs US-Romania bases deal

    12/06/2005 11:34:26 AM PST · by wanderin · 11 replies · 558+ views
    BBC News World Edition ^ | 12-06-2005 | BBC News
    Rice signs US-Romania bases deal The deal marks a major shift in US strategy in Europe US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has signed a deal allowing the US to use military bases in Romania. It is the first such deal to be signed with a former communist country in eastern Europe. Ms Rice arrived in Romania from Germany, on the second leg of a European tour overshadowed by a controversy about CIA operations. She stressed that the US does not carry out or condone torture, but did not comment on alleged secret CIA prisons. She has defended the CIA...
  • NC: Illegal immigrants on bases raise concerns

    10/21/2005 11:42:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 728+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/21/05 | Estes Thompson - ap
    RALEIGH, N.C. - Scores of illegal immigrants working as cooks, laborers, janitors, even foreign-language instructors have been seized at military bases around the country in the past year, raising concerns in some quarters about security and troop safety. The immigrants did not work directly for the military but for private contractors, as part of a large-scale effort by the Pentagon to outsource many routine rear-echelon jobs and free up the troops to concentrate on waging war. Some worry that this fast-growing practice could make U.S. military installations more vulnerable to security breaches. "We can't let down our guard," said Rep....
  • America Supports You: 'Voices' to Tour Military Bases

    09/29/2005 5:44:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 204+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Sep 29, 2005 | Rudi Williams
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2005 – The National Endowment for the Arts launched its "Great American Voices Military Base Tour: Unforgettable Melodies from Opera and Broadway" during a special performance Sept. 28 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery here. The kick-off event featured a performance by soprano Harolyn Blackwell, and a preview performance by the Washington National Opera's "Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program," which will visit the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and Picatinny Arsenal in Wharton, N.J., as part of the tour. The Great American Voices Military Base Tour is presented in coordination with the Defense Department...
  • Iran prepares war plans, to strike bases incase of US mobilization

    09/24/2005 10:24:39 PM PDT · by Abbas Razza Khan · 55 replies · 1,698+ views
    India Defence ^ | NewsInsight
    Iran has identified seven US bases in the region to attack in case there is the smallest sign of American mobilisation to its borders, and the military assets have been broadly identified to be in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, and Djibouti. Official sources said Iran has also threatened US warships and specific military assets in the Persian Gulf in case it moved for a naval blockade, and these decisions were taken by the Iranian national security council after president Mohammad Ahmadinejad’s combative speech in the UN General Assembly, where he said that in the face of U.S....
  • ECONOMIC QUESTIONS SURROUND RUSSIAN BASE WITHDRAWAL IN GEORGIA

    08/29/2005 7:20:10 AM PDT · by jb6 · 7 replies · 316+ views
    Eurasianet ^ | Friday, August 26, 2005 | Theresa Freese
    ECONOMIC QUESTIONS SURROUND RUSSIAN BASE WITHDRAWAL IN GEORGIA Theresa Freese 8/22/05 As Russia completes the first stage of its base withdrawal from Georgia, residents of Ajara are concerned about the economic implications of the departure of Russian troops. The parameters for Russia’s withdrawal from its last two remaining military bases in Georgia were set by a joint declaration singed in late May. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive]. While eager to see the Russian military leave, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has acknowledged that the withdrawal could exacerbate "social issues." Government officials recognize that Russia’s withdrawal will have a broad...
  • Russian Fleet in Crimean Doldrums

    08/17/2005 3:19:29 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 17 replies · 709+ views
    BBC ^ | 15 August 2005 | Staff
    Once the pride of the Soviet navy, Russia's Black Sea Fleet can still put on an impressive display. But it could soon be fighting for its own survival, the BBC's Helen Fawkes reports from Sevastopol, in Crimea. Thousands of Ukrainians lined the harbour at Sevastopol to watch the powerful show of strength in a demonstration battle for the public by the fleet, which is based in Crimea. A fighter jet swooped low over the southern tip of Ukraine to attack a giant warship from the Russian navy. The vessel returned gunfire and green torpedoes cut through the water towards advancing...
  • U.S. Loses Key Base in Central Asia

    08/01/2005 3:25:21 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 8 replies · 639+ views
    BBC ^ | 30 July 2005 | Staff
    Karshi-Khanabad air base in south-eastern Uzbekistan, which the US has been given six months to leave, has played a key role in supporting US operations in Afghanistan since 2001. Its location in a secure area, a short journey from the border with Afghanistan, makes it an ideal logistical centre outside the field of military operations. Known by US troops as K2, it is used as a landing base for humanitarian goods, which are then taken by road into often inaccessible areas of northern Afghanistan. Its long runway also makes it useful for refuelling large military aircraft. Flight curbs Uzbekistan's authoritarian...
  • US Wins limited assurances on Kyrgyz base ( Rumsfeld's High-Level Visit Pays Off - Sort of)

    07/26/2005 6:49:31 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 5 replies · 225+ views
    Reuters ^ | 26 July 2005 | Will Dunham
    BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan assured the United States on Tuesday that it could keep its base in the former Soviet Central Asian state to support American military operations in Afghanistan. But remarks by the Kyrgyz leadership, under pressure on the issue from old ally Russia, fell short of providing the United States with an open-ended right to stay for as long as it wished. "I wouldn't pack your bags," visiting Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told U.S. troops at the base at Manas international airport, 30 km (17 miles) east of the capital Bishkek, in an upbeat comment after talks with...
  • Romania moving closer to base access deal with U.S.

    07/24/2005 4:53:15 PM PDT · by Panerai · 4 replies · 377+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sunday, July 24, 2005 | Russ Rizzo
    U.S. and Romanian officials are drawing closer to a deal that could give the U.S. military wide access to as many as five bases here, Romania’s defense minister said during a visit Sunday to an army training base. An arrangement could be reached as soon as September, Defense Minister Teodor Atanasiu said in an interview with Stars and Stripes. Atanasiu said he offered the United States five bases in a proposal that the Romanian government supports. He said U.S. officials are considering three of them, including Babadag, where 1,500 U.S. and Romanian soldiers are training this month. Also being discussed...
  • Local Issues, China Behind Central Asian Pullout Call

    07/21/2005 8:32:10 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 10 replies · 366+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 20 July 2005 | Andre de Nesnera
    For the past several years, the United States has stationed forces in the central Asian countries of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. Marshall Goldman, a long time-expert on Russia and the former Soviet Union, says the United States planned to send troops there following the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. "After September 11th and the United States' decision to go after the Taleban and Osama bin Laden, who was then in Afghanistan, the United States was looking for places to establish air bases, so that it could supply what became the invasion force in Afghanistan," said Mr....