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Sri Lanka: 25 Terrorists Killed In Clashes At Vavuniya And Jaffna Fdls (9/28/2007)
Troops successfully retaliated and repulsed an LTTE attempt of advance today (27) at 2p.m, at the Nagarkovil FDLs killing five terrorists, security sources said.
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General: Gates Likely to Approve Accelerated Army Plus-up (9/28/2007)
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today he”s “inclined to approve” an Army request to expand its end strength faster than initially planned to reduce stress on the force.
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Singapore: Prime Minister Salutes National Servicemen (9/28/2007)
Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong paid tribute to the critical role National Servicemen (NSmen) have played in ensuring peace and prosperity for Singapore these past 40 years
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Brunei: Departing Ceremony For The 4th Contingent Of RBAF International Monitoring Mission For Philippines (9/28/2007)
RIMBA, Tuesday 25 Sept - Six Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) personnel who are representing Brunei Darussalam to participate in the fourth (4th) group of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) to the Republic of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) departed for Mindanao,
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Sri Lanka: Sea Battle In Northern Waters; 03 LTTE Boats Destroyed And Over Dozen Terrorists Killed- Pulmoddai (9/28/2007)
The elite sea borne squadron of the Sri Lanka Navy on patrol yesterday (27), in seas off Pulmoddai foiled an LTTE attempt to evacuate its trapped cadres in Peraru and Kumpurupiddi jungles, in a fierce, hours long sea battle destroying three LTTE boats and killing over a dozen sea tigers, security sources revealed.
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Sri Lanka: LTTE Claymore Blast Kills Three Civilians And Injure Sixteen Others- Jaffna[ 2nd Lead] (9/28/2007)
LTTE terrorists carried out a cowardly claymore attack killing two civilians instantly and injuring seventeen others at Chunnakkam in Jaffna this morning, September 27th.
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Sri Lanka: Govt Encouraging LTTE To Come To Talks - Foreign Minister (9/28/2007)
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama yesterday expressed the view that the LTTE would respond positively to attempts being made to bring it to the negotiating table. "The Government is ready for talks, has always been.
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Australia: Royal Australian Navy Takes Lead Role In Middle East (9/28/2007)
A Royal Australian Naval officer has assumed command of one of the most senior Coalition navy positions in the Gulf.
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Australia: Bilateral Defence Relationship Strengthened (9/28/2007)
Today, I had the pleasure of welcoming to Australia the People”s Liberation Army – Navy Task Group consisting of a Chinese destroyer, Haerbin, and replenishment ship, Hongzehu.
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General: Admiral Details Tenets for New Maritime Strategy (9/28/2007)
Any new U.S. maritime strategy must have at its core joint military capability, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command said here today.
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Brunei: Welcoming Home Ceremony For The 3rd Contingent Of RBAF International Monitoring Mission (IMT) From Mindanao, The Republic Of The Philippines (9/28/2007)
Six Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) personnel from the third (3rd) group of the International Monitoring Mission (IMT) arrived safely home from the Republic of Philippines today on board the Royal Brunei Air Force”s CN235 aircraft that landed at the Hangar “B” Rimba Air Base at about 1550 pm.
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General: Navy to Unveil New Maritime Strategy (9/28/2007)
The U.S. Navy will unveil a new maritime strategy next month that will address the demands of a globalizing world, a top military official said Sept. 27.
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General: Stable Afghanistan Vital to Central Asia, Europe, United States (9/28/2007)
The security and well-being of the trans-Atlantic community depend on successfully stabilizing Afghanistan so that it will not be a source of narcotics or a haven for terrorists, U.S. and European officials say.
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General: Intel Deputy Highlights ISR Transformation Progress (9/28/2007)
The transformation of Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance was among the airpower topics highlighted during the Air Force Association”s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition here.
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General: Northrop Grumman”s KC-30 Tanker Successfully Completes First Flight (9/28/2007)
The first KC-30 Tanker aircraft completed its maiden flight today, underscoring the production strategy selected by Northrop Grumman Corporation”s (NYSE:NOC) KC-30 industry team for the U.S. Air Force”s KC-135 tanker replacement program.
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General: Lockheed Martin Awarded USAF Contract for 45 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (9/28/2007)
Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) for 45 additional Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP). The follow-on order will be funded by a defense emergency supplemental bill; contract terms have not been finalized.
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General: Lockheed Martin Aircraft Deliver Global Air Superiority And Multi-Mission Airlift Solutions (9/28/2007)
A Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] official said today that the Corporation”s Aeronautics company has “strong products, solid performance and a great future.”
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General: Lockheed Martin Awarded B-1B Sniper Pod Contract (9/28/2007)
Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has been awarded a $2.8 million follow-on contract by the Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] to support full Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) functionality on the U.S. Air Force B-1B aircraft. Integration activities began in June 2007.
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Sri Lanka: Press Conference By Foreign Minister Of Sri Lanka (9/27/2007)
Briefing the press at United Nations Headquarters in New York this morning [26 Sep 07], Rohitha Bogollagama, Sri Lanka”s Minister for Foreign Affairs, highlighted the main points of President Mahinda Rajapaksa”s statements to the General Assembly yesterday and Monday”s high-level event on climate change.
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Australia: Defence”s Military Justice System Enhancements On Track (9/27/2007)
With just over three months left of a two-year implementation schedule, Defence is on track to put in place the most significant changes its military justice system has seen in more than 20 years.
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Myanmar: Myanmar: Time for Urgent Action (9/27/2007)
New York/Brussels, 25 September 2007: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon should hold urgent talks with the foreign ministers of China, India and Singapore, the current ASEAN chair, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and lead a joint attempt to encourage peaceful dialogue in Myanmar/Burma.
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Philippines: Army Troops Discover NPA Camp In Ilocos Norte (9/27/2007)
Army troops from the 50th Infantry Battalion, under the direction of its Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Roy T. De Vesa, while conducting combat patrol discovered an abandoned NPA communist terrorists camp in Barangay Barangobong, Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte at about 4:30PM on September 25, 2007.
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Philippines: NPA Rebels Attack Cantilan Police Station (9/27/2007)
More than 150 NPA rebels wearing military and police uniforms young and adults (men and women, even a ten year-old boy carrying a handgun) attacked the local police station here at around 12:30 pm last Sunday, September 23.
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Philippines: Philippine Army Calls For Vigilance (9/27/2007)
In the wake of sporadic attacks on cell sites of a telecommunication firm in the Bicol region, a ranking official of the Philippine Army”s 5th Infantry Division stressed the need for a round-the-clock vigilance among the civilian population to thwart any evil attempt to seize or destroy public utilities or infrastructure facilities.
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India: Indian Air Force”s Platinum Jubilee Air Display (9/27/2007)
The Indian Air Force celebrates its 75th anniversary on 08 Oct 2007. To commemorate this occasion, an air display by 75 aircraft will form part of the Air Force Day Parade Cum investiture ceremony.
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Sri Lanka: LTTE Terrorists Explode Claymore Mine In Public Market - Jaffna (9/27/2007)
LTTE terrorists carried out a cowardly claymore attack killing two civilians and injuring seventeen others at Chunnakkam in Jaffna this morning, September 27th
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Sri Lanka: Catholic Priest Feared Killed By LTTE Terrorists- Wanni (9/27/2007)
Pro-LTTE websites this evening (September 26) announced that a Catholic priest working for an NGO had been killed in a bomb blast that took place deep inside the terrorists dominated territory in Wanni. These websites have already made their usual accusation that SL Army Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) is responsible for the killing.
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Brunei: Doa Selamat Ceremony For The 4th RBAF IMT Contingent To Mindanao, Republic Of Philippines (9/27/2007)
A Doa Selamat [farewell pray] ceremony for six (6) Royal Brunei Armed Forces personnel who will be representing Brunei Darussalam”s forth (4th) contingent International Monitoring Team (IMT) to the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was held at Berakas Garrison Surau today.
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Australia: Lockheed Martin Awarded $20.6 Million For Fire Control System Upgrade To Support Enhanced Missile Australian Navy Frigate (9/27/2007)
The Commonwealth of Australia awarded Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] a contract valued at US$20.6 million to upgrade the MK92 Fire Control System to support the introduction of Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) capability into the Royal Australian Navy Adelaide-class guided missile frigates (FFGs).
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Sri Lanka: Catholic Priest On Humanitarian Mission Killed In DPU Claymore Attack (9/27/2007)
Rev. Fr. Nicholaspillai Packiyaranjith, 40, the Mannaar district coordinator of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) was killed when Sri Lanka Army Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) attackers launched a Claymore attack on his Hiace vehicle, at Kalvi”laan on Maangku”lam - Ve”l”laangku”lam road, Wednesday evening, Tamileelam Police officials in Mallaavi said. Fr. Ranjth was bringing baby milk and essential humanitarian supplies for displaced children in his vehicle, JRS sources in Mannaar said.
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General: Bush to Ask for $42 Billion for War Operations (9/27/2007)
President Bush will ask Congress for another $42 billion to fund operations in the war on terror in fiscal 2008, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Senate Appropriations Committee today.
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Australia: Boeing-Insitu ScanEagle UAV Logs 5,000 Flight Hours in Support of Australian Army Operations (9/27/2007)
Boeing Australia Limited and Insitu, Inc., today announced that the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has provided 5,000 hours of eye-in-the-sky surveillance and reconnaissance services to Australian Army forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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Australia: New JSF Work For Australian Industry (9/27/2007)
I am pleased to announce that Australian companies have won new work on the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program once again demonstrating the international competitiveness of Australian industry.
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Australia: New Look Navy Uniform (9/27/2007)
The Royal Australian Navy is set to benefit from a new two-piece fire-retardant uniform, complete with improved safety boots.
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Australia: Diggers Defeat Taliban Attack In Heavy Fighting (9/27/2007)
In their heaviest fighting to date, Australian soldiers with the Reconstruction Task Force (RTF) in Afghanistan have successfully repelled a prolonged attack by approximately 50 Taliban extremists.
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Australia: Land 17 Artillery Replacement Project To Improve Army”s Firepower (9/27/2007)
Defence has released solicitation documents for the replacement of the Army”s artillery with new, more capable systems that will enhance the firepower of the Australian Army
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General: Rolls Royce Selected By US Military For Advanced Technology Development Program (9/27/2007)
Rolls-Royce has been selected for the HEETE (Highly Efficient Embedded Turbine Engine) advanced technology program to design next-generation propulsion systems for the US Air Force. The work will be carried out by the company”s LibertyWorks™ research unit in Indianapolis, Indiana, US.
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General: Additional Pentagon Budget Request Reflects Petraeus” Recommendations (9/27/2007)
The additional budget request for the war on terror that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will present to Congress today reflects troop-level recommendations made by the senior U.S. commander in Iraq, a Pentagon spokesman said today. (Video)
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