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We are on brink of war: N Korea   *Blames US move to host military drill with S Korea  *S Korea names new defence minister *Anger grows in Seoul over handling of attack  Yeonpyeong/Seoul, Nov 26 North Korea warned today that US-South Korean plans for joint military drill have put the peninsula on the brink of war, and appeared to launch its own artillery drills within earshot of an island it showered with a deadly barrage this week.  disaster: A South Korean marine base housing its K-9 self-propelled guns burns after it was hit by North Korean artillery shells in this November 23 picture. disaster: A South Korean marine base housing its K-9 self-propelled guns burns after it was hit by North Korean artillery shells in this November 23 picture.   The fresh artillery blasts came just after the top US commander in South Korea, Gen Walter Sharp, toured the country's Yeonpyeong Island in a show of solidarity with Seoul and to survey damage from Tuesday’s hail of North Korean artillery fire that killed four persons.  “The situation on the Korean peninsula is inching closer to the brink of war due to the reckless plan of those trigger-happy elements to stage again war exercises targeted against the (North),” the North's official KCNA news agency said. Tensions have soared between the Koreas since the North’s strike Tuesday destroyed large parts of this island, killing two civilians as well as two marines in a major escalation of their sporadic skirmishes along the sea border. The heightened animosity between the Koreas is taking place as the North undergoes a delicate transition of power from leader Kim Jong Il to his young, inexperienced son Kim Jong Un, who is in his late 20s and is expected to eventually succeed his ailing father. Meanwhile, South Korea named a career soldier as its new defence minister on Friday amid mounting criticism of the government’s response to Tuesday’s attack by North Korea, its heaviest bombardment since the 1950-53 Korean War. The presidential Blue House appointed Kim Kwan-jin, 61, former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, to replace Kim Tae-young, who quit yesterday.  distress: People weep after offering their condolences at a memorial altar for two dead Marines at a hospital in south of Seoul. distress: People weep after offering their condolences at a memorial altar for two dead Marines at a hospital in south of Seoul. — Reuters  “(We) think nominee Kim, well-respected for professionalism and conviction, is the right person for the post in order to restore trust from people and boost morale in the entire military,” presidential secretary Hong Sang-pyo told a news briefing.  The United States is sending in an aircraft carrier group, led by the nuclear-powered USS George Washington, to the Yellow Sea for the military exercises with South Korea starting on Sunday.  Planned before this week's attack, the four-day manoeuvres are a show of strength which, besides enraging North Korea, have already unsettled China. There’s a growing anger among the people with some members of the government and Opposition lawmakers accused the military of responding too slowly. Hundreds of former South Korean soldiers held a protest rally in the border town of Paju on Friday. — Agencies  China’s fresh warning  Beijing warned on Friday against military acts near its coastline ahead of US-South Korean naval exercises.The military moves have unsettled N Korea and China, its only real ally. “We oppose any unilateral military act conducted in China's exclusive economic zone without approval," China's Foreign Ministry said in an online response to a question regarding China's position on the George Washington participating in joint naval exercises. The exclusive economic zone is a maritime zone up to 200 nautical miles from a country's coast.
Kasab should live, says 26/11 martyr's father  NDTV Correspondent, Updated: November 26, 2010 22:32 IST Ads by Google  Launching Lenovo V460 – Intel® Core™ i3 powered affordable Laptop for growing businesses.  PLAYClick to Expand & Play Mumbai:  On the second anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack the father of slain NSG commando Sandeep Unnikrishnan feels that Kasab should live.  "Last year when I was here I said that Kasab should die. This year I feel let Kasab live because it will strengthen our resolve to fight terrorism," said K Unnikrishnan.  Unnikrishnan was speaking after a cycle rally which was staged as a tribute to the martyrs of 26/11.  Asked further if Kasab should be tried again, K Unnikrishnan said there was no need for any trial and the talk of retrial is "absolutely absurd".      * Share this on     * NDTVTwitter     * NDTVNDTV Social     * Share with MessengerLive Messenger     * NDTVGmail Buzz     * NDTVPrint   Unnikrishnan however lamented the manner in which the political parties tried to hijack his effort. He was miffed at the fact that the rally was "politicised". (Watch)  His son Sandeep Unnikrishnan was an NSG commando who was killed during a shootout at the Taj on November 26, 2008. Kasab has already been awarded death sentence for his attempt of wage war against India.
<a href="" target="_new"><IMG SRC="" WIDTH=728 HEIGHT=90 BORDER=0></a> '5 terror camps along LoC, Pak Army gives covering fire' November 26, 2010 22:54 IST Tags: Mohammad Saleem Rahmani, Pakistan Army, Keel, Nawab Shah Sindh, Abu Saad Share this Ask Users Write a Comment  About five launching pads are operating along the Line of Control [ Images ] where at least 50 terrorist are present at any given time ready to infiltrate, a foreign terrorist nabbed recently by security forces has revealed.  Mohammad Saleem Rahmani alias Abu Saad, hailing from Nawab Shah in Pakistan, said the camps were located at Chamb, Keel, Athmuqam and the Lepa Valley on the Pakistani side.  Rahmani said he 'infiltrated through the Keel sector and that the Pakistan Army allowed their group to cross the bridge after contacting their seniors.'  "The Pakistan Army helps the terrorists in infiltration by giving covering fire," he disclosed  A police spokesman said that the arrested foreign terrorist disclosed that 'potential jihadis of different conflict-ridden regions of the world converge at Muzaffarabad and after assessing the linguistic familiarity of the potential jihadis, they are sent to regions like Kashmir [ Images ], Chechnya and Afghanistan'.  Rahmani said he was 'indoctrinated at Masjid Ibrahim Khalil at Nawab Shah Sindh.  "The Masjid was sealed in the aftermath of 26/11, as the Mumbai [ Images ] attackers were motivated and indoctrinated there. This camp was reopened within two days of closure," he added.  He said that like other potential jihadis, he too was imparted training at Mansara district of Sarhad state of Pakistan.  "The basic training course runs for one month, which is known as Dor-e-Aam, during which basic training on the handling of weapons is provided besides religious indoctrination. Every week, 40 to 50 potential jihadis are imparted training at this camp. Nasar Javaid and Abu Saad were at the helm of affairs at the Mansara camp."  They were then shifted to Muzaffarabad for further rigorous training.  "This training period is known as Duri-e-Khas, which runs for 3 months during which field craft, battle tactics and shooting tactics are imparted. About 250 to 300 terrorists are present at this camp at any time." Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar
Navy, Air Force conduct joint training exercise in Visakhapatnam Source:ANI    Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 21:50 Comments (0) Send to Mobile Print SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend Do you want $25.000 - to bring your idea to life? Take part in the Big Bang Challenge Ads by Google  The Navy and the Air Force jointly conducted a training exercise here on Friday with the aim of strengthening the unified command of the Indian defence services.  The objective of the exercise was to give an opportunity to soldiers to learn about the capabilities and qualities of the other divisions of the armed forces.  As part of the exercise amphibian crafts performed various naval exercises. The equipments were modified to suit the geographical conditions of islands where heavy tanks and army trucks can move easily in deep water.  A fleet of ships, including the INS Jalashwa, conducted exercises to prove the offensive and defensive capabilities of the Eastern Fleet.  During training, all personnel visited each other's defence bases to learn about their strong and weak points.  "We are giving as much training as possible to our people because sometimes you have to take few people extra or rotate people around faster, and that's how you keep your personnel ready for it," said Karamveer Singh, a senior naval officer of the Eastern Naval Command.  "What we do is between the Coast Guard and the Navy, we time-share in terms of air assets. Patrolling can be done by air means like electronic surveillance and presence. Between these three methods and between Indian Navy and Coast Guard, you tend to withdraw," added Singh. (ANI)
Boeing Offers CH-47 Chinook Heavy-lift Helicopters to Indian Army  Boeing, a leading American defense and aerospace company, has offered India the CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopters in response to a Ministry of Defence Request-for-Proposal (RFP) for 15 transport helicopters for the Indian Army.  Confirming exclusively to India Defence, Dr. Vivek Lall, Vice President, Boeing Defense, Space and Security, India said:  “We also responded to the RFP for 15 transport helicopters with our CH-47 Chinook. We believe the CH-47 Chinook offers India a powerful workhorse helicopter, as capable in supporting the Indian Army in rugged high-altitude outposts, as it will help build India’s infrastructure and bringing life-saving relief supplies to victims of natural disasters. Chinooks will offer India heavy-lift and high-altitude transportation for multitude of military, humanitarian, rescue, disaster relief, fire-fighting and nation-building missions in all climates and conditions and altitudes. They are ideally suited for India’s vast distances, austere environments and high altitudes.”  The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is a twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. Its top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) was faster than contemporary utility and attack helicopters of the 1960s. It is one of the few aircraft of that era that is still in production and front line service with over 1,179 built to date.  Its primary roles include troop movement, artillery emplacement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external-cargo hooks. Chinooks have been sold to 16 nations with the US Army and the Royal Air Force being the largest users and it has seen action in the Vietnam war, Iran-Iraq war, Falklands war and is currently in operation in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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