Posts Tagged ‘CENTCOM’

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Daily International News 07.28.10

July 28, 2010

Daily International News
July 28, 2010

Northeast Asia
Japan hangs two death row inmates
[BBC]
“Freak wave” damages Japan supertanker off Oman
[Reuters]
Strict immigration rules may threaten Japan’s future
[WaPo]
China to send 2 pandas to Japan in diplomatic move
[AP]
China’s government news chief ‘missing’ in Britain
[Telegraph]
Deadly explosion hits Chinese plastics factory
[Reuters]
Worst floods in a decade in China, 30,000 trapped
[AP]
China Pushes to End Public Shaming
[NYT]
Escaped South Korean prisoner of war ‘sent back to North after fleeing to China’
[Guardian]

AfPak
Central Command pick backs Afghan strategy
[Wash Times]
Blast kills 25 on bus in southern Afghanistan
[LAT]
Pakistan plane crashes, all 152 on board dead
[Reuters]
David Cameron: Pakistan is promoting the ‘export of terror’
[Telegraph]

Middle East
Hans Blix: Blair government became ‘prisoner’ of US before war in Iraq
[Guardian]
Pentagon can’t account for how it spent $2.6 billion in Iraqi funds, audit finds
[WaPo]
Iran to pay for new babies to boost population
[AP]
Israel rejects Abbas terms for direct talks
[AFP]
Alleged al Qaeda message mourns comrade, mentions flotilla raid
[CNN]
Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Israeli PM Netanyahu meet
[CNN]

Africa
We can build United States of Africa, Gaddafi says
[Reuters]
Egyptian policemen go on trial in torture case
[Reuters]
11 Somalis killed in gunbattle in Mogadishu
[AP]

Europe
Report finds Russians may not be in compliance, could sink new START pact
[WaPo]
Catalonia bans bullfighting in landmark Spain vote
[BBC]
German aid workers kidnapped in Darfur are freed [BBC]
Iceland defies EU fishing rules as bid talks open
[BBC]

Domestic
BP-Lockerbie hearing postponed
[Politico]
House approves $37 billion war-funding bill
[WaPo]
GOP senators leaning toward yes on New START
[FP]
WikiLeaks Founder Defends Afghan War-Data Release
[Bloomberg]
Holder Says U.S. Probing Afghanistan Document Leaks
[Bloomberg]
Incoming BP CEO thinks, but ‘can’t guarantee,’ oil flow has ended
[CNN]
Gingrich defines Mosque Exclusion Zone for New York
[Salon]
Former Arlington superintendent, deputy subpoenaed
[Salon]

Americas
Venezuela nabs 6 Colombian paramilitary suspects
[AP]
Mexico police find human heads dumped near Durango
[BBC]
4 journalists reported missing in northern Mexico
[AP]
Climate change set to boost Mexican immigration to the US, says study
[CSM]

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At State, Holbrooke Says New US Afghan Team Strong

July 13, 2010

Fifteen months ago, the world had never heard the term ‘SRAP.’ In the city with the self-proclaimed worst acronyms, from MANPADS (man portable air defense system) to MINUSTAH (English translation: UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti), SRAP, or Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, took some time to catch on. But now, in addition to the US’s venerable (or wounded, however you look at it) Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, there are now 35 international SRAP counterparts. This development over the past year and a half not only calls to attention the increased focus on the Civ-Mil cooperative efforts in the region, but also to the resurgent, and I argue, continually strong diplomat position of Ambassador Holbrooke.

Although recently described as a “wounded animal” in the obviously contentious Rolling Stone piece documenting 10-days with then ISAF and US Forces-Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the forever strong-willed, if not tired, Amb. Holbrooke painted a picture of a newly strengthened US team working on Afghanistan and Pakistan. After first playfully catching State Department Spokesman and Assistant Secretary PJ Crowley for his “AfPak” faux pas, Holbrooke set out to laud his current and past team associates. On newly minted ISAF commander Petraeus, he said that “David Petraeus is one of the most extraordinary people to wear a uniform that I’ve ever known” and that his transition into the position has been “seamless.” He also pointed out that General Petraeus is just as committed to the Civilian-Military cooperative effort at General McChrystal was, all without even evoking the former Commander’s name.

On derogatory comments made by current JFCOM and future CENTCOM Commander General Mattis on Afghan people, Holbrooke’s first response was, “He’s a Marine, right?” Later, when asked to remind the press what was said in the RS article, Holbrooke joked to the premier AP reporter at State, “Don’t you have to be accredited to be here?”

The only point on which Holbrooke seemed to call into question the strength of the current team is in the recent loss of Jack Lew, current Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources slated to take over the OMB from Peter Orzag. On this point, Holbrooke stated that his leaving “leaves enormous shoes to fill” but reiterated that his new role at OMB will allow him to place a heavier emphasis on the region’s need in the overall budget.

The combination of friendly derision and a strong handle on the crowd is the reason why this reporter always enjoys a stateside visit from the US SRAP. And although the strength of his position has been questioned in the past, I will agree with other colleagues in that it seems as though now, at least, he and his partners are a good position to go forward.

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Daily International News 07.09.10

July 9, 2010

Daily International News
July 9, 2010

Japan/Koreas
Japan DPJ may stumble in vote, fiscal reform at risk
[Reuters]
NKorea: Imprisoned American tried to kill himself
[AP]
NKorea proposes talks with US over ship sinking
[AP]
UNSC draft statement on Cheonan sinking
[Korea Times] and  UN condemns SKorea ship sinking [AP]
S. Korea approves new humanitarian assistance to N. Korea
[Yonhap]
Prosecutors raid SKorea prime minister’s office
[AP]

China
U.S. Presses China on Currency
[WSJ]
Google says Beijing renews China license
[AP]
China says Japanese reports on its military expenditure “groundless”
[Xinhua]
China finds more milk tainted with deadly melamine
[AP]

AfPak
Suicide bombers kill 62, wound 111 in Pakistan
[AP]
Taliban commander captured as NATO raids intensify
[AP]
Petraeus reviews directive meant to limit Afghan civilian deaths
[WaPo]

Europe/UK
U.S., Russia Swap Agents
[WSJ]
Cold War redux: US, Russia swap 14 spies in Vienna
[AP]
Slovak president appoints new government
[AP]
Italian journalists strike over Berlusconi wiretap bill
[BBC]
Trichet moves to shore up eurozone confidence
[EU Observer]
UK envoy’s praise for Lebanon cleric draws Israel anger
[BBC]
3 Britons Convicted in Plot to Blow Up Airliners
[NYT]

Middle East
Iraq: Suicide bomber kills 6 in Baghdad
[AP]

Africa
Somalia, at War, Rummages for Cash
[WSJ]
ICC Suspends Trial of Warlord Accused of Recruiting Child Soldiers
[All Africa]
Top Rwanda genocide suspect Uwinkindi pleads not guilty
[BBC]
Libya allows 400 Eritreans to stay
[AFP]

Domestic
Obama Presses BP to Recover More Oil
[NYT]
James Mattis, Marine Corps general, to take over U.S. Central Command
[WaPo]
IMF Urges U.S. to Consider Higher Taxes, Social Security Cuts
[WSJ]
Crowds storm streets after verdict in killing of unarmed black man
[CNN]