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  • Obama’s Corporate Tax Blunder

    06/10/2015 5:25:34 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 9, 2015 | MICHAEL MANDEL
    YOU probably haven’t heard of the BEPS project — but you soon will. Short for Base Erosion and Profit Shifting, the BEPS Project is the focus of a rapidly moving effort by the Group of 20 countries to create a new set of international tax principles designed to better capture tax revenue from multinational companies like Apple, Google and Starbucks. The Obama administration signed on to the BEPS Project in the expectation that it would strengthen the American tax base and enable Washington to hold on to more corporate tax revenues. But as the project heads for its end-of-year...
  • Supreme Court extends protections for multinational companies

    01/14/2014 1:17:18 PM PST · by Lurking Libertarian · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 14, 2014 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended protection for multinational companies from lawsuits in the United States over conduct that took place in other countries. The justices threw out a case in California that sought damages from Daimler AG for its alleged complicity in atrocities committed in Argentina’s 1976-to-1983 “Dirty War.” The company manufactures Mercedes-Benz automobiles and has a subsidiary, Mercedes-Benz USA, that does business in California and other states. But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for a unanimous court, said those connections were too tenuous to mean the company could be sued in U.S. courts. Ginsburg said that under the...
  • Iran Threatens To Hit Turkey If US, Israel Attack

    11/26/2011 11:15:51 AM PST · by edpc · 59 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 26 Nov 2011 | Ali Akbar Dareine
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will target NATO's missile defense installations in Turkey if the U.S. or Israel attacks the Islamic Republic, a senior commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard said Saturday. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Guards' aerospace division, said the warning is part of a new defense strategy to counter what he described as an increase in threats from the U.S. and Israel.
  • UK Expects Israeli Attack On Iran Next Month With US Logistical Support

    11/13/2011 10:45:11 AM PST · by drewh · 23 replies · 2+ views
    A senior Foreign Office official says British government ministers have been told to expect Israeli military action in the wake of the UN watchdog report "as early as Christmas or very early in the new year," the London Daily Mail reported. The ministers were told that Israel would strike Iran's nuclear sites "sooner rather than later" – with "logistical support" from the US. According to the British paper, which has good military and intelligence ties in London, President Barack Obama would "have to support the Israelis or risk losing Jewish-American support in the next presidential election." The bigger concern is...
  • Dual-National Iranians Flee, Fearing Israeli Attack

    11/13/2011 1:02:56 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/11/11 | Chana Yaar
    Iranians who are able to flee their country are doing so, fearing an Israeli attack, Voice of Israel state radio reported Sunday. Iranian business people who hold dual citizenship with passports from European nations are allegedly leaving in droves. They apparently fear that Israel is preparing to attack Iran's nuclear facilities to eliminate President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's oft-repeated threat to annihilate the Jewish State. In a radio interview, a Palestinian Authority business owner with strong ties in Iran reported that many Iranians fear a “major attack” by Israel that would cause “terrible damage,” especially in Tehran. The source had returned to...
  • Global Economy? 23 Facts showing Std. of Living Of our Middle Class pushing to 3rd World Levels

    03/03/2011 1:50:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 03/03/2011 | Michael Snyder
    Global Economy? 23 Facts Which Prove That Globalism Is Pushing The Standard Of Living Of The Middle Class Down To Third World Levels From now on, whenever you hear the term "the global economy" you should immediately equate it with the destruction of the U.S. middle class. Over the past several decades, the American economy has been slowly but surely merged into the emerging one world economic system. Unfortunately for the middle class, much of the rest of the world does not have the same minimum wage laws and worker protections that we do. Therefore, the massive global corporations that...
  • WikiLeaks reportedly gets info on ‘pillars of society’

    01/17/2011 11:58:53 AM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 1/17/11 | Kate Gibson
    Former Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer on Monday gave WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange data on about 2,000 clients that he contends may have evaded taxes, published reports said. At a press conference in London, Elmer told reporters about 40 politicians and “pillars of society” were among the individuals he gave Assange information on, the reports said. Elmer told The Observer newspaper during the weekend that the individuals named in the data include “business people, politicians, people who have made their living in the arts and multinational conglomerates — from both sides of the Atlantic.” Elmer once headed the Cayman Islands office...
  • Multinational Task Force Targets Pirates

    01/08/2009 3:34:17 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 373+ views
    MANAMA, Bahrain, Jan. 8, 2009 – A new multinational task force is focusing solely on counter-piracy operations in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Red Sea, the commander of the combined maritime forces in the region said. The force created the Maritime Security Patrol Area in the Gulf of Aden in August to support international efforts to combat piracy. Coalition efforts included Combined Task Force 150, which conducted maritime security operations -- such as the deterrence of drug smuggling and weapons trafficking. "Some navies in our coalition did not have the authority to conduct...
  • Multinational recovery exercise kicks off at Davis-Monthan

    12/12/2008 5:19:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 205+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Tech. Sgt. Kerry Jackson, USAF
    12/12/2008 - DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. (AFNS) -- More than 850 ground recovery forces and 51 aircraft from the Department of Defense and numerous other countries kicked off a personnel recovery and combat search and rescue exercise Dec. 8 here. The two week-long Angel Thunder 2008 exercise allows U.S. and international military forces and numerous national, multinational and interagency personnel recovery assets to train through the full spectrum of personnel recovery capabilities -- preparation, planning, execution and adaptation. "Angel Thunder is a very unique program, built by the combat search and rescue community from the grass roots level, that...
  • 1st Cavalry Division Takes Multinational Division Baghdad Reins

    11/15/2006 3:48:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 460+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Karl Johnson, USA
    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, Nov. 15, 2006 -- Under the clear, morning skies of a promising new day in Baghdad, the 1st Cavalry Division took the reins for Multinational Division Baghdad from the 4th Infantry Division during a transfer of authority ceremony here today. Army Maj. Gen. Joseph F. Fil Jr., left, commanding general of 1st Cavalry Division; Army Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, center, commanding general of Multinational Corps Iraq; and Army Maj. Gen. James D. Thurman, commanding general of 4th Infantry Division, salute the American flag during the national anthem at a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp...
  • General: 'Multi-National force committed to the Government of Iraq'

    09/19/2006 7:34:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 252+ views
    BAGHDAD — Coalition forces reiterated their commitment to the Iraqi security forces and the Government of Iraq on Monday, pledging to stand by them as they face the complex challenges inherent in building and protecting a new democracy. During a joint press conference, representatives of the Iraqi government and the multi-national Coalition discussed ongoing efforts to secure peace and prosperity throughout the country. Brig. Gen. Qassim Mousawi, spokesman for the general commander of the Iraqi Armed Forces, discussed the strength of Iraqi forces and the positive trend in the number of Iraqis who have volunteered to serve their country. “The...
  • Britain Offers More Troops For Afghanistan If Allies Refuse

    09/09/2006 8:13:52 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 350+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9-10-2006 | Mark Townsend
    Britain offers more troops for Afghanistan if allies refuse Mark Townsend, defence correspondent Sunday September 10, 2006 The Observer (UK) More British troops and helicopters are on standby for deployment to Afghanistan, a highly controversial development that will compound unease over UK operations in the increasingly volatile Helmand province. If other members of the Nato alliance refuse to supply the reinforcements of soldiers and equipment demanded by its military chief, Whitehall sources have conceded for the first time that extra UK troops will make up the shortfall. Despite concerns that the British army is being stretched too far, The Observer...
  • Hundreds More Troops Are Needed To Beat Taliban, Warns NATO Chief

    09/07/2006 7:33:08 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 678+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-8-2006 | Richard Westmacott
    Hundreds more troops are needed to beat Taliban, warns Nato chief By Richard Westmacott in Kabul (Filed: 08/09/2006) Nato's senior military commander yesterday called for hundreds of reinforcements to combat the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, where he said fighting was reaching a "decisive moment". 35 British troops have died since 4,500 began arriving earlier this year US Gen James Jones said that the commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan, British Lt Gen David Richards, needed more troops soon. "We have to give the commander additional insurance in terms of some forces that can be there, perhaps temporarily, to make sure...
  • Australia To Boost Iraq Deployment - Defense Minister

    09/03/2006 8:37:25 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 4 replies · 461+ views
    Dow Jones Business News ^ | September 3, 2006
    <p>Australia will boost its military force in Iraq by an extra 38 personnel and 4 Bushmaster troop carrying vehicles, Defense Minister Brendan Nelson said Monday.</p> <p>Nelson announced the extra troops in Canberra after returning from visiting Australian troops in Iraq and Afghanistan from Aug. 28 to Sept. 2.</p>
  • Dutch F-16 crashes in Afghanistan

    09/01/2006 3:25:21 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 12 replies · 570+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | September 01 2006
    The Dutch defence ministry has confirmed that a Dutch F-16 fighter plane has crashed in Afghanistan, killing the 29-year-old pilot. It is thought the crash was an accident and not the result of hostile fire as the jet was flying at high altitude when it came down. The crash occurred in the province of Ghazni, which is directly north of Uruzgan province, where the Dutch mission in Afghanistan is based. A US rescue team has recovered the body and wreckage, and a Dutch team is investigating the incident.
  • NATO soldier, 3 coalition soldiers killed in Afghanistan

    NATO soldier, 3 coalition soldiers killed in Afghanistan Last Updated Fri, 11 Aug 2006 15:14:57 EDT CBC News A NATO soldier and three coalition soldiers were killed Friday in separate incidents in Afghanistan on Friday. There was no immediate information on the nationality of the soldiers. The NATO soldier was killed when a suicide bomber slammed into a military convoy, a NATO spokesman said. The attack happened on a highway in the southern part of Kandahar province, said Maj. Vincent Tassel, a NATO spokesman. A man claiming to be a Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the blast. Battle with extremists...
  • Dutch commandos kill 18 in Afghanistan

    07/21/2006 9:59:02 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 1,024+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/21/06 | Mike Cooper - ap
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Dutch commandos killed 18 enemy fighters who set up positions in rugged hills overlooking a Dutch camp in southern Afghanistan, the country's military chief said Friday. There were no Dutch casualties during a 10-day mission. "If we had not done something then our soldiers could have come under fire and the construction of our camp could have been hindered," Gen. Dick Berlijn, commander of the Dutch armed forces, told reporters in The Hague. Berlijn said the Taliban fighters were massing on terrain on both sides of the Baluchi Valley, about 6 miles north of where Dutch...
  • Israel would agree to the deployment of a multi-national force in southern Lebanon.

    07/23/2006 5:44:11 AM PDT · by Republicain · 37 replies · 628+ views
    BBC News ^ | 07/23/2006
    Meanwhile, Israeli Defence Minister Amir Peretz has said that Israel would agree to the deployment of a multi-national force in southern Lebanon. Mr Peretz, who was speaking after a meeting in Jerusalem with the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said Israel would support the deployment of a Nato force, "due to the weakness of the Lebanese army". UK minister to meet Israeli counterpart But he stressed that the current operation in Lebanon would continue until Hezbollah had been pushed away from the border, and reiterated that the fate of two Israeli soldiers captured by Hezbollah was key to resolving the...
  • More Diggers for Afghanistan

    07/22/2006 8:37:24 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 188+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 23rd July 2006
    AUSTRALIA is likely to send more troops to Afghanistan to protect engineers about to be deployed to that country, Defence Minister Brendan Nelson says. Dr Nelson said the Special Operations Task Group already in Afghanistan, which includes elite Special Air Service soldiers, will come home as planned at the end of September. But the minister said worsening security in southern Afghanistan may require extra protection for the reconstruction taskforce Australia was about to send to the country. "The threat level and the risks in Afghanistan have been increasing substantially over the last few months," Dr Nelson said on Channel 9....
  • "Remarkable" decline within multinational forces losses in Iraq - US

    06/30/2006 7:22:02 PM PDT · by Wiz · 11 replies · 783+ views
    Kuwait News Agency ^ | 2006 Jun 29
    BAGHDAD, June 29 (KUNA) -- The US-led multinational forces in Iraq have observed a remarkable decline in its losses and that 74 percent of terrorist attacks have its focus on innocent civilians, said on Thursday the spokesman of the forces, Maj.Gen. Willian B. Caldwell IV. Addressing a news conference, Caldwell said at least 60 to 70 foreign terrorists are killed in Iraq every month. He noted that 57 foreign fighters were killed at the hands of American and Iraqi forces since early June. At least 587 terrorist suspects have been detained in the week ending June 28, the spokesman said,...
  • Japan - Koizumi announces plan to pull Japan's troops from Iraq

    06/19/2006 9:47:08 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 610+ views
    Kyodo News (Japan) ^ | June 20, 2006
    Excerpt - Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi announced a plan on Tuesday to withdraw Japanese ground troops from the southern Iraq city of Samawah, ending their aid and reconstruction mission that started with the dispatch order issued in January 2004. At a meeting of executives of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party before making the announcement, Koizumi said of the Iraq mission, ''A chapter has been finished. I will announce the withdrawal today.'' Koizumi held a news conference on the withdrawal of the Ground Self-Defense Force troops after meeting with leader of the LDP's ruling coalition partner, New Komeito, as well as...
  • Australia PM: Troops Won't Leave Iraq Soon

    06/17/2006 11:31:59 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies · 587+ views
    Forbes ^ | Sunday, June 18, 2006 | AP
    Australia troops will still have a role in Iraq after foreign forces hand over security to Iraqi forces in the country's south, Prime Minister John Howard said Sunday, indicating his country's troops would not be brought home soon. Iraq's Deputy Prime Minister Salam Zikam Ali al-Zubaie said on Friday that Iraq has an agreement to take over security responsibilities from Japanese, Australian and British troops in southern Iraq this month. About 460 Australian troops are providing security for the Japanese contingent of 600 in Iraq's southern Muthanna province. In total, Australia has about 1,320 troops in Iraq and the Middle...
  • Japan denies Iraq pullout

    06/16/2006 12:06:24 PM PDT · by yankeedame · 7 replies · 259+ views
    News.Com.AU ^ | 06/16/06 | staff writer
    Japan denies Iraq pullout From correspondents in Tokyo 17-06-2006 From: Agence France-Presse   JAPAN denied a newspaper report today that it was considering pulling its troops out of southern Iraq after Britain told Tokyo the multinational forces in the south would soon hand over responsibility for security to the new Iraqi Government. <I>The Yomiuri</I> newspaper reported today that Britain had told Japan the transfer of the security authority for Muthanna Province in southern Iraq would be announced on June 20 and the transfer would be carried out promptly. Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe told reporters he was unaware of...
  • U.S.-led coalition in Iraq dwindles as Italy and South Korea cut troops

    05/30/2006 3:04:07 PM PDT · by lizol · 8 replies · 373+ views
    CNews ^ | May 30, 2006 | WILLIAM J. KOLE
    U.S.-led coalition in Iraq dwindles as Italy and South Korea cut troops By WILLIAM J. KOLE VIENNA, Austria (AP) - It's a coalition of the dwindling. The U.S.-led multinational force in Iraq is losing troops from two of its most important allies - Italy and South Korea - and up to a half dozen other members could draw down their forces or pull out entirely by year's end. The withdrawals are complicating the U.S. effort to begin extracting itself from the country, where a fresh onslaught of deadly attacks on coalition forces is testing the resolve of key partners such...
  • 1,000 Serbs Serving With U.S. Forces in Iraq

    05/29/2006 5:52:50 AM PDT · by Banat · 40 replies · 1,153+ views
    Blic (Belgrade) ^ | 06/29/06 | M. Ivanovich
    1,000 Serbs Serving With U.S. Forces in IraqAbout a thousand people from Serbia are on active duty in Iraq, wearing US uniform and fighting alongside the Americans, writes Belgrade daily "Blitz." Jacqueline (Zhaklina) Chetich's dream came true last Tuesday when, along with 83 other foreigners, she became a U.S. citizen at a ceremony held at a military base near Baghdad. Like Jacqueline, many other Serbs currently serving in Iraq hope to one day become U.S. citizens and earn what they could only dream about in Serbia. Jacqueline joined the U.S. Forces in Germany three years ago. She took part in...
  • Multinational Experiment is a Success, General Says

    05/19/2006 5:51:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 205+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, May 19, 2006 – A recently completed international experiment successfully explored a "holistic" approach to dealing with conflict situations, the general who heads U.S. Joint Forces Command and serves as NATO's supreme allied commander for transformation, said today. "We have moved from thinking only about major combat operations to thinking about the entire spectrum of conflict," Air Force Gen. Lance Smith said via telephone from a senior leadership seminar in Brussels, Belgium. "The experiment delved in a lot of areas, but primarily looking at a stabilization and reconstruction." The general was speaking about Multinational Experiment 4, an international test...
  • Canada to extend Afghan mission

    05/17/2006 4:37:45 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 4 replies · 199+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 18 May 2006
    PRIME Minister Stephen Harper warned today that would unilaterally extend the deployment of Canadian troops in Afghanistan by one year if Parliament failed to pass a motion to extend the mission longer. "This government is not in a position to simply walk away or to run away," Mr Harper told the House of Commons. "If we do not get a mandate (from) Parliament to extend for two years and beyond, we will proceed cautiously with a one-year extension." Thereafter, Mr Harper said he would ask voters for a mandate to extend it further. Canadian MPs will vote today in what...
  • A fifth French soldier killed in Afghanistan

    05/15/2006 7:16:48 AM PDT · by Eurotwit · 8 replies · 393+ views
    Expatica ^ | May 15, 2006 | Expatica
    KABUL, May 15, 2006 (AFP) - A French soldier was killed Monday in a blast during a mine clearance operation near Afghanistan's main international airport in the capital, the French military said. The soldier, aged 22, was seriously hurt in the explosion and died later of his wounds, the military said in a statement. France has now lost five soldiers in Afghanistan since deploying to the country in 2001, weeks after the hard-line Taliban government was removed from power by a coalition led by the United States, a spokesman said. Two were killed in action in the south in the...
  • French Forces Rejoin Operation Enduring Freedom

    05/11/2006 11:00:55 PM PDT · by DTAD · 51 replies · 890+ views
    SOUTHWEST ASIA: The French Navy Carrier Air Wing returned to the coalition fight last week, flying their first missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom since November. "Our main mission while we are here is to support troops on the ground and contribute to reconnaissance efforts as well," said Lt. Col. Gerard Brunel, commander of the French detachment at the Combined Air Operations Center. It is Central Command Air Forces policy not to disclose the specific location of its forward headquarters or the CAOC.
  • French Forces Rejoin Operation Enduring Freedom

    05/09/2006 4:15:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 554+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Melissa Koskovich
    SOUTHWEST ASIA, May 9, 2006 – The French Navy Carrier Air Wing returned to the coalition fight last week, flying their first missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom since November. "Our main mission while we are here is to support troops on the ground and contribute to reconnaissance efforts as well," said Lt. Col. Gerard Brunel, commander of the French detachment at the Combined Air Operations Center. It is Central Command Air Forces policy not to disclose the specific location of its forward headquarters or the CAOC. The French also hope to strengthen cooperation with countries in the Indian...
  • Danish Troops to Stay in Iraq (Heja Danmark!)

    05/05/2006 12:54:30 PM PDT · by SegerSkriv · 13 replies · 614+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 05 May 2006 | David R. Sands
    COPENHAGEN -- Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said yesterday that the furor over cartoons of the prophet Muhammad had "strengthened our resolve for the long haul" and that Danish troops would remain in Iraq. In an interview with The Washington Times in his Copenhagen office, Mr. Rasmussen brushed off a Danish television report of plans to cut Denmark's 530-man deployment in Iraq by nearly one-fifth in July. "It is clearly our intention to stay in Iraq as long as we are requested by the Iraqi government, as long as our presence is based on a U.N. mandate, and as...
  • Polish Defense Minister Proud to Have Polish Army Protecting Freedom in Iraq

    04/24/2006 9:39:59 AM PDT · by lizol · 44 replies · 721+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | Apr 24, 2006 | Sebastian Kwiatkowski
    Polish Defense Minister Proud to Have Polish Army Protecting Freedom in Iraq by Sebastian Kwiatkowski Posted Apr 24, 2006 Radek Sikorski travelled a long and winding road on his voyage to become Polish defense minister. When communist dictator Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski sent troops to the streets in Poland, Sikorski, at age 18, sought political asylum in Great Britain. Later, with a master's degree from Oxford University in his pocket, he travelled through Soviet-occupied Afghanistan with a Kalashnikov (AK-47) in hand as a war correspondent. As a foreign affairs expert, the author, journalist and World Press Photo prize winner, he is...
  • Multinational Experiment Lessons Already Benefiting Coalition Ops

    03/07/2006 4:58:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 235+ views
    SUFFOLK, Va., March 7, 2006 – While participants in an international experiment taking place here and at 10 sites around the world are looking at ways to improve future coalition operations, their findings are already being applied to coalition efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. Joint Forces Command officials explained today. About 800 participants from seven nations and NATO, many of them at the command's Joint Futures Lab here and others overseas, are midway through an experiment designed to promote interagency and intergovernmental cooperation. Multinational Experiment 4, which kicked off in February, is part of a series of international experiments...
  • The good fight (Why Canadian troops are in Afghanistan)

    03/06/2006 8:08:34 AM PST · by GMMAC · 12 replies · 694+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Mon 06 Mar 2006 | Lorne Gunter
    The good fight National Post Mon 06 Mar 2006 Page: A19 Section: Issues & Ideas Byline: Lorne Gunter Near the end of the federal election campaign, NDP Leader Jack Layton said the "warlike offensive role" Canadian troops have assumed in southern Afghanistan was wrong. "The peacekeeping role is one that Canadians support. Offensive roles are not roles that Canadians support, and certainly our party does not support." We're lovers, not fighters. Put some flowers in our hair and pass the bong, man. According to this logic, fighting the Taliban and al-Qaeda in southern Afghanistan -- a mission Canada took...
  • Cartoon Jihad = Reconnaissance in Force

    02/19/2006 9:31:57 AM PST · by genefromjersey · 4 replies · 272+ views
    The Morning Paper | 02/19/06 | vanity
    Cartoon Jihad = Reconnaissance in Force The protests over “blasphemous” cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed continue to spread and intensify: Nigeria, Indonesia ,Turkey ,Pakistan,Libya,Syria,Lebanon,Afghanistan,Somalia,Egypt,Algeria,Kashimir,Yemen,Malaysia ,SaudiArabia , Denmark, Norway , Russia , France , Germany , Britain , Canada , Italy , and ,of course, the USA. While the “great thinkers” of the Western world –(including Ex-President Clinton) -beat their breasts and abase themselves with cries of “ Oh,where did we go wrong ? “ ,the Islamic militants – who started the whole fuss – are conducting a brilliant “reconnaissance in force “ against the West – and against their own...
  • Iraqi, Multinational Forces Destroy Roadside Bombs, Find Weapons

    02/18/2006 4:29:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 258+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 18, 2006 | Multinational Division Baghdad news release
    Iraqi Special Troops Company and Macedonian Rangers executed Operation Level Sand this morning at 1 a.m. north of Baghdad to neutralize terrorist activity and destroy weapons caches in the area. The operation netted 18 suspected terrorists and resulted in the confiscation of 10 AK-47 assault rifles and three pistols. Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 6th Iraqi Army Division, and 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, worked together to disrupt insurgent activity northwest of Baghdad in a combined cordon-and-search operation that began about 11:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and ended yesterday morning. The 6th IA and 2-22...
  • (Canadian) Cdn troops prepared for battle (Afghanistan)

    02/02/2006 8:13:46 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 13 replies · 937+ views
    Canoe ^ | JOHN WARD
    OTTAWA (CP) - Canada's new mission in the perilous southern region of Afghanistan will be dangerous, with no guarantees that everyone will come home safely, says the man in charge of the force. Brig.-Gen. David Fraser, who will lead 2,200 soldiers into the Kandahar region this month, says their training and equipment will reduce the risks. But in a province where suicide bombers and roadside booby traps are part of the landscape, the threat remains high. "This is a dangerous mission, this is a dangerous environment," Fraser said. "We can mitigate the risk, but I can't reduce the risk to...
  • More Dutch troops for Afghanistan

    02/02/2006 7:09:58 PM PST · by Panerai · 7 replies · 366+ views
    BBC ^ | 02/02/2006
    The Netherlands will send an extra 1,400 troops to southern Afghanistan, after parliament ended six months of wrangling to approve the deployment. Despite opposition from one of three parties in the ruling coalition, most MPs supported the plan, including those from the main opposition Labour party. Nato, the UN and US have been urging the Netherlands to send the extra troops to bolster peacekeeping work. Polls show that Dutch public opinion is almost equally divided on the issue. Many Dutch MPs had demanded assurances that the country's troops would not have to work under US forces in Afghanistan. Democrats-66, the...
  • Small Nation Helps Build Democracy in Iraq, Afghanistan

    02/01/2006 4:03:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 437+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 1, 2006 | Capt. Steve Alvarez, USA
    MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., Feb. 1, 2006 – Estonia is helping two nations rebuild in the wake of extremism and a violent dictatorship. Its forces are now deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, and the country is a coalition partner at U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla. An Estonian soldier checks a map while patrolling in Iraq. Estonia has troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Photo courtesy of Estonian Defense Forces   Estonia sent 23 soldiers to Afghanistan, a number that will grow to 150 by 2007, said Estonian army Maj. Kuido Pettai, the senior national representative for Estonia...
  • International Coalition Strong Heading into Fifth Year

    01/28/2006 11:31:35 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 269+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 27, 2006 | Capt. Steve Alvarez, USA
    MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., Jan. 27, 2006 – Just one day after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, nations around the world mobilized and formed a military coalition. Their goal: to combat global terrorism. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the coalition, which is headquartered at U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla. Today, CENTCOM officials said, 63 nations are supporting the global war on terror. Since the coalition's inception, 27 nations have deployed more than 22,000 troops to Iraq. In Afghanistan, coalition nations have deployed more than 3,000 troops hailing from 42 nations. These figures exclude U.S. forces....
  • Germany Donates 10,000 Pistols to Afghanistan

    01/26/2006 11:44:32 AM PST · by BurbankKarl · 22 replies · 1,185+ views
    Defend America ^ | 1/26/2006 | By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mason T. Lowery
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 26, 2006 — The capabilities of the Afghan National Security Forces were enhanced Jan. 24 by a donation of 10,000 9mm German Walther P-1 pistols from the German Armed Forces. The weapons were divided evenly between the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police in a ceremony at the Afghan Security Forces Depot. The donation is the result of a weapons request made by the U.S. Embassy in Berlin one year ago, according to Dr. Rainald Steck, German Ambassador to Afghanistan. “This donation will enable (the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police) to contribute...
  • Thanks, America!

    01/26/2006 7:37:23 AM PST · by fanfan · 54 replies · 2,636+ views
    The Edmonton Sun ^ | Thu, January 26, 2006 | Editorial Board
    It was a heroes welcome on Tuesday night for the soldiers injured by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan last week that also killed Canadian diplomat Glyn Berry. Cpl. Paul Franklin was the only one of the three conscious for the trip, and he declared himself happy to be home. We're glad to have him home. The more seriously wounded soldiers, Pte. William Salikin and Cpl. Jeffrey Bailey, were heavily sedated for the nine-hour flight from Germany, where all three were sent to start the long road to recovery from their injuries. And a long road it will be. Franklin will...
  • 5000 new British troops for Afghanistan

    01/26/2006 6:24:27 AM PST · by albionvectis · 7 replies · 353+ views
    BBC News ^ | 26th January 2006 | BBC News
    The number of UK troops in Afghanistan will increase by nearly 5,000, the Defence Secretary John Reid has said. The £1 billion deployment will push the total number of troops there by July to a peak of 5,700, he told the Commons. Mr Reid said the "potent force", which will include attack helicopters, would be there to "protect and deter". The majority will be sent to the south, to the volatile Helmand area, which Mr Reid acknowledged was a "more demanding area" than others in Afghanistan. Heroin The deployment will take place over three years, with the total number of...
  • 'UK to deploy up to 4,000 troops in Afghanistan'

    01/25/2006 11:38:18 AM PST · by knighthawk · 5 replies · 384+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | January 25 2006 | AFP
    Britain plans to order up to 4,000 of its toughest troops to start deploying in Afghanistan from April or May, the Sun tabloid reported on Wednesday. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence was not immediately available to comment on the story. Defence Secretary John Reid on Thursday will inform soldiers from the 16 Air Assault Brigade and the Parachute Regiment of their mission to Helmand province, The Sun said, quoting an unnamed "senior government figure". "There is no doubt this will be a dangerous exercise. But it is a vital mission for Britain to lead," the source told the...
  • 4,000 British troops to be sent to troubled Afghan province

    01/25/2006 11:48:33 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 1 replies · 216+ views
    paktribune ^ | January 25 2006
    THOUSANDS of British combat troops are expected to be sent to one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan. John Reid, the Defence Secretary, is said to be ready to announce that 4,000 soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade, built around the 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, will be sent to the Helmand province to help with its reconstruction. Ministers have said that the rise in suicide bombings in Afghanistan is of great concern. Al-Qaeda forces have killed 100 US soldiers and thousands of civilians, and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s al-Qaeda group in Iraq is believed to have set up a...
  • 140 soldiers leave for Afghanistan (Canada)

    01/22/2006 10:38:55 AM PST · by Daralundy · 21 replies · 1,636+ views
    Canadian Press via Canada.com ^ | January 22, 2006 | Julia Necheff
    EDMONTON -- It is the life of a soldier to bid farewell to loved ones and face the dangers ahead. And it is the lot of military families to let them go. The tightly knit Edmonton Garrison played out this age-old ritual during an emotional farewell Saturday morning as about 80 soldiers departed for conflict-ridden Afghanistan -- the first wave of a major new deployment of Canadian troops to the danger zone. The planes carrying the soldiers eastward landed at Canadian Forces Base Shilo in Manitoba later Saturday to pick up another 60 soldiers, en route to Germany at first....
  • Australia Sends More Troops to Afghanistan

    01/09/2006 6:40:44 PM PST · by ncountylee · 4 replies · 243+ views
    AP/TBO ^ | January 9, 2006
    SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Australia will deploy 110 additional soldiers and two helicopters to help fight rising violence in Afghanistan, the defense minister said Tuesday. The extra forces will support a contingent of 190 Australian personnel already serving in Afghanistan, Defense Minister Robert Hill said in a statement. "I am pleased that Australia is now able to make a further contribution to help build a stable and secure Afghanistan and effectively combat threats of terrorism," Hill said. Australia took part in the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 but its troop numbers there had dwindled to one soldier before the...
  • Aussie forces stay on

    01/08/2006 10:32:02 PM PST · by Dundee · 3 replies · 264+ views
    The Australian ^ | January 07, 2006 | John Kerin
    Aussie forces stay on THE decision by the US to pull 29,000 troops out of Iraq will have little effect on Australia's own plans to reduce its military commitments in the war-torn country. US President George W. Bush announced this week that about 7000 US combat troops were being withdrawn from a base force of 138,000, reducing troop strength in the country by about 5per cent. The withdrawal is in addition to 22,000 troops who were sent to Iraq last year, specifically to bolster security for two elections. The US is also cutting its force in Afghanistan by a further...
  • Fond farewells as the Royal Scots begin final tour of duty

    01/05/2006 9:55:58 AM PST · by SittinYonder · 8 replies · 510+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Thu 5 Jan 2006 | JOANNA VALLELY
    ROYAL Scots soldiers today bade a fond farewell to their loved ones as they set off for their final mission before the famous regiment is disbanded. Around 90 soldiers left Dreghorn Barracks this morning bound for Iraq. By Monday, more than 500 members of the 373-year-old Edinburgh-based regiment - the oldest infantry regiment in the British Army - will be stationed in Baghdad and Basra. While they are there, the proud regiment will be consigned to history, with the minimum of fuss. On March 28, the Royal Scots will merge with the Kings Own Scottish Borderers to become one of...
  • Elite (Canadian) Troops Bound for Afghanistan

    01/04/2006 6:14:33 PM PST · by NorthOf45 · 20 replies · 6,358+ views
    National Post via www.canada.com ^ | January 04, 2006 | Chris Wattie
    Elite troops bound for Afghanistan Allies consider backing out of dangerous mission Chris Wattie National Post January 04, 2006 The Canadian Forces is sending up to 100 commandos from its elite Joint Task Force 2 to Afghanistan this month, the largest contingent of special forces Canada has ever sent overseas, the National Post has learned. Between 75 and 100 soldiers of JTF-2 will arrive just ahead of a 2,000-member Canadian battle group that is deploying to the restive southern province of Kandahar amid growing warnings of high casualties and a looming enemy offensive in the region. Defence sources familiar with...