Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Daily News Snippets (Dec 10, 2014)

ISAF Joint Command (IJC) has shut down. Established in November 2009 the command (3-star billet) served as NATO's operational headquarters in Afghanistan. At its peak, IJC controlled over 130,000 troops from more than 40 nations across six regional commands. Read more in "ISAF Joint Command ends mission, makes history", ISAF News, December 8, 2014.  

Read a news report about Najiba Ahmadi - a quiet revolutionary working to end violence against Afghan women (The Independent, Dec 7, 2014).

The move to integrate women into combat arms is proceeding. The Army has selected 31 female Soldiers to be "Observer/advisers". They will report to Ranger School in January 2015 to observe men going through Ranger School from January to March. Read more in "Female advisers will report to all-male Army Ranger School in January", The Washington Post, December 9, 2014. (OMG!).

While visiting Tactical Base Gamberi (used to be FOB Gamberi) Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel attempted to explain the difference between the withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq. Read a DoD news report here (Dec 8, 2014).

Integrity Watch Afghanistan celebrated the International Anti-Corruption day on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Read all about it here. (Integrity Watch Facebook, Dec 9, 2014).

A program to help Afghan interpreters escape retribution by the Taliban for assisting the U.S. military in Afghanistan may see some new life if Congress does the right thing. Congress is looking at approving 4,000 more visas for Afghan interpreters; but that number is still thousands short of the visas that are needed. Read more in a news report by The Washington Times, December 8, 2014.

In a video posted by the Wall Street Journal LTG Michael T. Flynn, former director of the U.S. Defense Department Intelligence Agency is interviewed about intelligence gathering in Afghanistan. See the video here (7 minutes).

The 2014 SPECA Economic Forum was recently held in Turkmenistan. The forum is a gathering of representatives from land-locked nations (Afghanistan would be one of them) to increase economic prosperity through the establishment of transit routes. This forum was held to look at how regional cooperation can most effectively contribute to the stabilization and economic development of Afghanistan. Read more in "Central Asian cooperation forum reviews connectivity successes in Afghanistan", UNESCAP, December 8, 2014.

The Australian Defence Force's (ADF) Heron remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) has flown its last mission from Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan. Read more in a news report by, December 8, 2014.

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