20 Dec

Other Events, December 20, 2009

US transfers Guantanamo detainees

Twelve inmates sent to Yemen, Afghanistan and Somaliland from the US military prison.
US jail to hold Guantanamo inmates
Yemen weighs rehabilitation issue
Life after Guantanamo
Guantanamo conditions ‘deteriorate’
Forecasters warn snowfall could reach highest level seen in a decade.
Main rebels groups to unite with “force and belligerence” against government.
Dutch deny Chavez aggression claim
US spy drone videos ‘hacked’
Credit Suisse ‘broke curbs on Iran’
Mexican drug lord shot dead
US House passes Iran sanctions bill
Bernanke named ‘Person of the Year’
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12/20/09 dpa: Two Iraqi policemen gunned down, oil line damaged by bomb

Two policemen were gunned down Sunday in separate incidents in Mosul, some 400 kilometres north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, security officials said.

12/20/09 AP: Iran troops leave disputed oil well

Iraqi troops escorted workers back to a remote oil well Sunday after Iranian forces withdrew as a standoff on the two countries’ disputed border appeared to wane.

12/20/09 VOA: Iraq Says Iranian Troops Withdrawn From Oil Well

Iraqi officials say Iranian troops have withdrawn from a disputed oil well on their border.A government spokesman says the Iranians left during the night.

12/20/09 AFP: Pipeline sabotage halts Iraq oil exports

Oil exports from northern Iraq have been halted by a sabotage attack on the pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan, oil ministry spokesman Assem Jihad says.

12/20/09 LATimes: California Guard troops attacked in Afghanista

A California Army National Guard group was attacked Saturday by a “complex double-ambush” from Taliban fighters along a treacherous mountain road in eastern Afghanistan while the unit was returning from helping farmers in isolated villages, the Army reported today.

12/20/09 AP: In Afghan war, officer flourishes outside the box

You may wonder how Thomas Gukeisen made it to lieutenant colonel, and by age 39 at that. He breaks Army rules and operates by his own rendition of counterinsurgency warfare whose arsenal includes Afghan poetry, chaos theory and the thoughts of a 17th-century English philosopher.

12/20/09 Xinhua: 10 Taliban militants killed in S. Afghanistan

Afghan National Army(ANA) backed by NATO-led forces eliminated 10 Taliban militants during a cleanup operation in Taliban’s former stronghold Helmand province, spokesman for local administration said on Saturday.

12/19/09 NYTimes: Afghan Killing Bares a Karzai Family Feud

On Oct. 16, four sport utility vehicles barreled into Karz, Afghanistan, the hometown of the country’s president, Hamid Karzai, and pulled up to the home of one of his cousins, Yar Mohammad Karzai.

12/19/09 wiadomosci: Polish soldier killed in Afghanistan

22-year-old Michael pin serial Senior killed while exchanging fire with the rebels talibskimi in Afghanistan – said Lt. Col. Dariusz Kacperczyk, a spokesman for Operational Command. To 16 fatal victim in Polish Military Contingent in the country.

12/19/09 wiadomosci: Polski ?o?nierz zgin?? w Afganistanie

22-letni st. szeregowy Micha? Ko?ek zgin?? w czasie wymiany ognia z talibskimi rebeliantami w Afganistanie – poinformowa? pp?k Dariusz Kacperczyk, rzecznik prasowy Dowództwa Operacyjnego. To 16. ofiara ?miertelna w Polskim Kontyngencie Wojskowym w tym kraju.

12/19/09 MoD: Soldier from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment killed in Afghanistan

a soldier from 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. The soldier died from wounds received as a result of an explosion that happened whilst on a foot patrol in the Nad-e-Ali area, central Helmand Province on the morning of 19 December 2009.


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