Friday, October 2, 2009

Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee. (Ezekiel 38:2-6)

New post-Soviet force begins military exercises

Oct 2, 2009

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) - Thousands of troops from Russia and four other ex-Soviet nations began military exercises in southern Kazakhstan on Friday, the first of its kind for the newly formed NATO-style rapid-reaction force.

Moscow is hoping the force will help bolster the power and prestige of the seven-nation Collective Security Treaty Organization, which Russia is hoping will help counterbalance NATO but to date has been seen largely as a mere talking shop.

More than 7,000 troops gathered at the Matybulak training grounds for the maneuvers, which are expected to last two weeks, the
Kazakh Defense Ministry said in a statement on its Web site.

Therefore shall her young men fall in the streets, and all her men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 50:30)

In a three-hour meeting Wednesday at the White House, senior advisers challenged some of the key assumptions in Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's blunt assessment of the nearly eight-year-old war, which President Obama has said is being fought to destroy al-Qaeda and its allies in Afghanistan and the ungoverned border areas of Pakistan.

McChrystal, commander of the 100,000 NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, has asked Obama to quickly endorse his call for a change in military strategy and approve the additional resources he needs to retake the initiative from the resurgent Taliban.

Obama summoned McChrystal early Friday to a meeting in Copenhagen aboard Air Force One before Obama left the Danish capital, where he addressed the International Olympic Committee to back Chicago's bid for the 2016 Summer Games. McChrystal had been in London and flew to Copenhagen specifically to meet face-to-face with the president. The White House said the meeting in Obama's forward cabin on Air Force One lasted 25 minutes, after which McChrystal left the plane.

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