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Feb. 16 – The Pakistani military captured Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a senior member of the Taliban's governing Quetta Council. Barader, a major player in the Afghan Taliban, is second-in-command to Osama bin Laden. He was reportedly arrested in Nowshera, a city in northwestern Pakistan. The capture, which was the fourth largest of a Taliban leader in the last month, is expected to improve relations between Pakistan and the United States. "Pakistan didn't do this for free," STRATFOR's director of analysis Reva Bhalla said. The country wants the U.S. to divert attention from Saudi Arabia, a Pakistani ally, in negotiations with the Afghan Taliban.
Feb. 22 - Police forces detained 51 military figures, comprised of Turkish air force, navy and military members, for plotting against the Islamic-rooted government. Called "Sledgehammer,” the plan allegedly involved bombing mosques to dismantle Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP). The incident brings light to the lingering tensions between the secular military, or "pashas,” and the Islamic-rooted AKP. Since 1960, the Turkish military has toppled four Turkish governments, but the arrest of 51 military figures is the largest military clampdown of this nature. In a press conference held in Spain, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan had no comment.
Feb. 24 - More than 30,000 demonstrators took to the streets in Athens, Greece in a 24-hour march to protest a government austerity program that calls for severe cuts to alleviate Greece's rising debt. The nationwide march led to the closings of schools, tax offices, all Greek flights and other public transportation, such as ferries and trains. Protesters, who chanted, "Billions for the rich, but nothing for us,” were generally peaceful, but police were forced to use tear gas on violent protestors throwing rocks and water bottles near parliament. The austerity program, which would simultaneously increase civilian taxes and cut wages, is expected to create massive civil unrest and unemployment in the future.
Feb. 28 - The 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver came to a close yesterday. The United States topped the medal count with record 37 medals, followed by Germany with 30 total medals and host country Canada with 26 medals. The next Winter Olympics will take place in Sochi, Russia in 2014.
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