Left-leaning Anakpawis party-list Representative Rafael Mariano said Oplan Bayanihan was patterned after the US Counter-Insurgency (COIN) Guide in January 2009, which shifts the strategy of combating insurgency toward a "whole of nation and people-centered" approach.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Afghanistan TODAY December 25, 2010 - Leaders Surprise Coalition Troops On Christmas....NSI News Source Info # 1380
DTN News - SPECIAL REPORT: Brits Making Merry Christmas At Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia....NSI News Source Info # 1378
Friday, December 24, 2010
DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Pakistan TODAY December 24, 2010 - Militants Launch Coordinated Attacks In Pakistan....NSI News Source Info # 1376
He said that 24 militants were killed in the clashes that went on for several hours but displayed the bodies of only eight militants to the local media. “Our assessment is based on militants’ intercepts and chatter,” the official said.
The simultaneous attacks, in the Baizai area close to the Afghan border, were the biggest since Pakistani forces launched operations in the lawless tribal regions along the border.
A government official said that militants in the Mohmand region, a mountainous, heavily forested area with easy escape routes to Afghanistan, have largely been confined to a small area that adjoins Pakistan’s Bajaur tribal area and Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar Province. The strategic location makes it relatively easy for militants to organize.
“All the bad guys are now there,” Amjad Ali Khan, the administrator of the Mohmand region, said. “Kunar’s border region has gone to the dogs due to the absence of international forces there. These guys go there and come back to launch attacks on our forward positions.”
Officials said that the authorities had planned an operation to flush out militants from the remaining pockets of Mohmand but lack of resources caused a delay.
“Action will get under way shortly,” Mr. Khan said.
On Dec. 6, suicide bombers struck the administrative headquarters of Mohmand, killing 43 people and wounding more than 60.
The hugely important and stunning painted wood panel is now visible in its original coloured glory, showing a pale-faced Jesus with black curly hair and rosy cheeks.
His hand has three digits raised and two down as if blessing the person looking at him.
He has a halo and is wearing a gown and is perched on his mother's knee and she too has a halo.
The monks at the Monastery of St Stephen on an island in Lake Hayq in the north of the African country believe the icon, known as The One Who Listens, to be miraculous.
DTN News - WIKILEAKS BREAKING NEWS: WikiLeaks ~ Israel Bombed Syrian Nuclear Facility....NSI News Source Info # 1374
DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Iranian Officer Captured In Afghanistan: NATO....NSI News Source Info # 1373
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Medvedev's spokeswoman Natalya Timakova said on Thursday that when he signed the New START treaty with President Barack Obama, they agreed that the ratification process should be conducted simultaneously.
She said that Medvedev voiced hope that both houses of Russian parliament would ratify the pact, but added that they would need some time to analyse the Senate's conditions for its ratification before making their decision.
Legislators in the Kremlin-controlled parliament had said before the Senate landmark ruling on Wednesday that they would approve the treaty quickly after it was ratified in the US
Lower house speaker Boris Gryzlov, however, told reporters on Thursday that the Senate's ratification resolution contained some conditions and the legislators need to study the text carefully before making their decision.
He added that the State Duma may ratify the pact on Friday if the text of the treaty itself remained unchanged.
"If these conditions don't change the text of the treaty, we may pass a ratification bill even tomorrow," Gryzlov said.
DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Pakistan TODAY December 23, 2010 - ISI Chief Won't Appear In US Court Over 26/11: Pakistan PM....NSI News Source Info # 1371
DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: South Korea Conducts Fresh Military Exercise North Of Seoul....NSI News Source Info # 1370
About 800 troops joined the drill near Pocheon, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the border with North Korea, said an official at the Defense Ministry who declined to be named, citing government policy. The exercise began at around 2:42 p.m., according to a pooled report from journalists.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
DTN News - SPECIAL REPORT: *Afghan National Army (ANA) ~ Afghanistan In Pictures Of The Day - December 22, 2010....NSI News Source Info # 1369
The U.S. with the help of international partners including the U.K, France, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Romania, Bulgaria and Mongolia are tasked with creating a functional Afghan National Army. The Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan (CSTC-A) has the primary responsibility for training and mentoring of the ANA while formal training courses are administered at the Kabul Military Training Center (KMTC), National Military Academy of Afghanistan (NMAA), or Command and General Staff College (CGSC).
While CSTC-A has primary responsibility for managing the training and mentoring of all ANA forces, CJTF-Phoenix, under the CSTC-A command, has the specific responsibility to “mentor the ANA in leadership, staff , and support functions; planning, assessing, supporting, and execution of operations; and training doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures.”
Currently, Task Force Phoenix has one brigade-sized element and resources from the Air Force, Navy, Marines and various contractors. The increase in forces over the course of 2009 will nearly double the troops in TF-Phoenix.
After 5 years of training, mentoring and capacity building, the ANA has begun to show substantive, measurable results. In 2007, the ANA led 45 percent of all operations, participating and assisting in many more. This grew to 62 percent in the spring and summer of 2008, as the ANA is increasingly capable of leading operations.
DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Boeing Receives US Air Force Contract For C-17 Training Devices....NSI News Source Info # 1368
DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Lockheed Martin Receives Order From U.S. Customs And Border Protection For Additional P-3 Orion MLU Kits....NSI News # 1367
“This award reinforces CBP’s support of our proven, cost-effective solution for providing the P-3 fleet with 20-plus years of added operational capability,” said Ray Burick, Lockheed Martin P-3 Programs and Greenville Operations vice president. “CBP has been a forward thinking partner in our MLU program, and we look forward to strengthening this relationship.”
The officials allege the Kornet missiles the militants possess came from Iran. They provided no proof.
The officials spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss such matters.
At a time of rising violence along the Gaza border, Israel's military chief disclosed Tuesday that militants fired a Kornet for the first time earlier this month, puncturing an Israeli tank.
As a result, the defense officials say Israel has decided to move dozens of tanks equipped with the new Israeli-developed system, which detects incoming projectiles and shoots them down before they reach the armored vehicles.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: India, Russia Sign Deal For Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft....NSI News Source Info # 1365
The contract envisages joint development of preliminary design contract (PDC) for the advanced fighter jet and will involve Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) from India and the Sukhoi Design Bureau and Rosoboronexport on the Russian side.
Asian Defense News: Major 7.4-magnitude quake hits near Japanese islands: USGS....NSI News Source Info # 1363
DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Pakistan TODAY December 21, 2010 - U.S. Military Seeks To Expand Raids In Pakistan....NSI News Source Info # 1362
The proposal, described by American officials in Washington and Afghanistan, would escalate military activities inside Pakistan, where the movement of American forces has been largely prohibited because of fears of provoking a backlash.
Monday, December 20, 2010
DTN News - DEFENSE NEWS: Boeing-Built C-17 Fleet Surpasses 2 Million Flight Hours....NSI News Source Info # 1361
The representative mission, flown by a U.S. Air Force C-17, airdropped 74,000 pounds of jet fuel in support of U.S. and coalition troops just south of Kabul.
YALA, Thailand (AFP) - – Five people, including at least two soldiers, were killed in the latest wave of violence in Thailand's insurgency-plagued far south, police said.
Unknown gunmen travelling in a pick-up truck on Saturday shot dead two government troops providing security for Buddhist monks receiving alms in Yala, one of three Muslim-majority southern provinces under a state of emergency.
Asian Defense News: Philippines to adopt US strategy in counter-insurgency starting....NSI News Source Info # 1359
Asian Defense News: Indonesia police say aged cleric was terror chief....NSI News Source Info # 1358
Asian Defense News: Indonesia police say aged cleric was terror chief....NSI News Source Info # 1358
SOLO, Indonesia (AFP) - – Indonesian police on Tuesday revealed fresh details of the terrorism allegations against radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, saying he was the figurehead of a new Al-Qaeda-style terror network.
National Anti-Terror Agency (BNPT) director Petrus Golose said the grizzled 72-year-old preacher was assembling a new network featuring some of the region's most wanted militants when their plans were discovered in February.
ISLAMABAD (AFP) AFP - Monday, December 20 - – Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao vowed Sunday to boost strategic cooperation with Pakistan as he wrapped up a three-day visit to Islamabad that concluded deals worth around 35 billion dollars.
"It is our collective objective to strengthen strategic ties between our two countries," he told a joint session of Pakistan's parliament before returning to China Sunday afternoon.
YEONPYEONG ISLAND, South Korea – South Korea's military staged live-fire drills from an island just miles (kilometers) from rival shores Monday, despite Pyongyang's threats of catastrophic retaliation for the maneuvers.Seoul launched fighter jets, evacuated hundreds of residents near its tense land border with the North and sent residents of islands near disputed waters into underground bunkers in case of attack, but the North finally said it would hold its own fire.
Asian Defense News: Rebels hold Afghan army centre after deadly attack....NSI News Source Info # 1355
KUNDUZ, Afghanistan - Dec 20, 20100 (AFP) - – Militants were occupying an army recruitment centre in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said, in one of two attacks against Afghan military personnel that killed 13 people.The building in Kunduz was being held by two rebels who survived an attack on the centre that had been carried out by four militants armed with suicide vests and automatic rifles, an official said.