October 26, 2010

News from the Home Front: 10/26/2010

Military Vote in Question After DOJ Gives Illinois 'Pass' on MOVE Act, Advocacy Group Warns - Military voters from the land of Lincoln could be shut out of the midterm election after the Justice Department reached an agreement with Illinois that gave the state “a pass” for violating federal election law, an advocacy group warned Monday. (READ MORE)

Smart Phone App Helps Track Post-Deployment Emotional Health - The Department of Defense announced today the release of a free smart phone mobile application that will make it easier for servicemembers and veterans to track their emotional health after deployments. (READ MORE)

Iran Injects Fuel Into First Nuclear Reactor - Iran began loading fuel into the core of its first atomic power plant on Tuesday, moving closer to the start up of a facility that leaders have touted as defying of international efforts to curtail the country's nuclear ambitions. (READ MORE)

Funeral for Bradford soldier killed in Afghan blast - The funeral of a soldier from West Yorkshire who was killed in an explosion in southern Afghanistan is to take place. (READ MORE)

Howard warns against Afghan withdrawal - FORMER prime minister John Howard has weighed into the debate over the war in Afghanistan, warning withdrawal would risk nuclear-armed Pakistan falling under greater terrorist influence. (READ MORE)

Soldier charged in Afghan killing kept in solitary - The soldier who tried to blow the whistle on an alleged plot to kill Afghan civilians for sport has been put in solitary confinement in a windowless cell for 23 hours a day, his family said. (READ MORE)

GOP may change Afghan endgame - Republicans have vowed increased oversight if they win control of either, or both, chambers of Congress next Tuesday — and with the war in Afghanistan, there’s little doubt they would seek more clarity from the administration on an endgame. (READ MORE)

US Voices Concern Over Iranian Cash Money For Afghanistan - The United States has voiced concerns over reports about the office of Afghan President Hamid Karzai receiving cash donations from Iran, saying the international community has "every reason" to be wary of Tehran's attempts to have a "negative influence" on Afghanistan. (READ MORE)

Funeral For Aid Worker Killed In Afghanistan - Representatives from the UK and US governments will join hundreds of mourners at the funeral of Linda Norgrove. (READ MORE)

Tonga sends first troops to Afghanistan - THE Pacific Island nation of Tonga has sent off its first troops to be deployed in Afghanistan, where they will serve alongside the British military, officials said. (READ MORE)

Ex-NYer accused of failed effort to join Taliban - A Hawaii man accused of traveling to Pakistan in a failed effort to join the Taliban or similar group has been arrested. (READ MORE)

Bulgaria Could Up Effort in Afghanistan - Bulgaria is doing a lot through the NATO mission in Afghanistan and it is doing it very well, is the assessment of US Ambassador to Sofia, James Warlick. (READ MORE)

Afghanistan dog lands Arctic home - An orphaned sheep dog from Afghanistan is getting used to Canada's Arctic, thanks to a Canadian who adopted it — then had to search for the dog when it ran off in its new surroundings. (READ MORE)

DOD Announces New Chief Information Officer - Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today his appointment of Teri Takai as Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (CIO). (READ MORE)

Iran stops fully refueling British planes in retaliation against oil agreement - In retaliation for an agreement between the United States and European oil companies that has made it impossible for Iran's national airline to refuel its planes in most of Europe, the Islamic Republic has stopped fully providing the only British airline flying to Tehran with fuel. (READ MORE)

Webb vows to block Pentagon nominations - Sen. Jim Webb says he will place a hold on all Department of Defense civilian and flag or general officer nominations until the department complies with his request for information related to the proposed closure of the Joint Forces Command. (READ MORE)

WikiLeaks’ Redaction Doesn’t Remove Danger - Despite WikiLeaks’ attempt to redact the names of Iraqi informants from its recent leak of classified military reports, some of those people are still in danger, a Pentagon spokesman said today. (READ MORE)

WikiLeaks Docs Raise Questions of Obama Policies - President Barack Obama stepped into the White House pledging to end George W. Bush's gloves-off approach to interrogations and detention — but a flood of leaked documents suggests that some old habits were hard to break. (READ MORE)

Former child soldier convicted of murder in U.S. soldier's death - A former child soldier from Canada was convicted of war crimes Monday, the fifth prisoner brought to justice by military commissions since the controversial tribunal was created nearly nine years ago — the others being a cook, a propagandist, a driver and a onetime kangaroo skinner. (READ MORE)

Army Pledges Not to Cut Family Programs - Army leaders yesterday promised to leave family support programs intact when looking for ways to reduce the service's budget. (READ MORE)

Deaths of JBLM soldiers described in WikiLeaks reports - Casualty reports describing the deaths of dozens of Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers can be found in hundreds of thousands of pages of classified Iraq war documents published last weekend by WikiLeaks. (READ MORE)

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