I MEF/ I MHG host holiday party

Four-year-old Angel Munoz sat on Santa’s lap and was too excited to tell him what he wanted for Christmas. He smiled and stared at the jolly, bearded man dressed in red, until he snapped out of his daze and said, “I want video games for Christmas.”More than 400 service members and their families shared in […]

Band of brothers reunite in Iraq

Spc. Karl Johnson363 MPAD“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers: For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother,” wrote William Shakespeare in Henry V. Shakespeare described the lifelong bond formed between Soldiers who stand together in battle. He called that bond brotherhood.In Iraq today, some brothers quite literally […]

The Mossad’s foreign operations have often embarrassed Israel

If the recent assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai is confirmed as a Mossad operation, it will not be the first time that Israeli agents have used or tried to obtain foreign passports.Forty-nine-year-old Mahmoud ­al-Mabhouh was found dead in his room at the Al-Bustan Rotana hotel last month, and within days Hamas officials claimed […]

Armed Forces Retirement Home Receives Prestigious Accreditation

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON – For the first time in its history, the Armed Forces Retirement Home has applied for and received accreditation from the prestigious Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities – Continuing Care Accreditation Commission. The accreditation, which will extend through August 2013, results from the findings of an on-site survey of […]

Bahrain’s hospitals are used as bait

In Bahrain, to be wounded by security forces has become a reason for arrest and providing healthcare has become grounds for a jail sentence. During the current civil unrest, Bahraini health facilities have consistently been used as a tool in the military crackdown against protesters.The muted response from key allies outside of the region such […]

NGOs critical of UN role in combating Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army

The UN’s regional strategy to combat the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), launched at the end of June, has failed to make any headway, according to a coalition of 11 NGOs.A joint report, Getting back on track, issued ahead of the UN security council deliberations on the LRA, scheduled for Tuesday, claims that progress towards achieving […]

Migrants’ perilous boat journey to Lampedusa – timeline

A boat carrying as many as 500 Eritreans has sunk near the Italian island of Lampedusa, killing scores. Here are recent reports from Italy’s southern shores, a key entry point to the European Union for migrants travelling through north Africa.8 July Pope Francis makes his first visit as pope outside of Rome to Lampedusa. In […]

REF team speeds improved equipment to Soldiers

Story by: Staff Sgt. Monica R. GarreauKANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan —- Fielding a new piece of equipment to the entire Army can take up to 10 years. But in the Global War on Terrorism, Soldiers need updated equipment — and they need it now.That’s where the Rapid Equipping Force comes in. Based at Kandahar Airfield in […]

Virtual cadavers may help surgeons save limbs and lives

Soldiers will have full-body scans stored on their medical files to help surgeons rebuild them should they become injured in war, under plans drawn up by US doctors. The proposals call for computed tomography (CT) scans to create “virtual twins” of soldiers before they are deployed, so that surgeons in field hospitals can download their […]

Tokyo’s rightwing governor plans to buy disputed Senkaku Islands

The governor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara, has angered China after announcing plans to buy a group of islands at the centre of a long-running territorial dispute.Both countries claim sovereignty over the uninhabited islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyu in China, which are surrounded by rich fishing grounds and potentially large natural […]

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