30 April 2011 Military News
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 29 April 2011
- Statement by the Secretary General on Qadhafi threat toward Italy NATO 30 Apr 2011
- NATO Says No to Offer For Talks as Fighting in Libya Continues VOA 30 Apr 2011 -- NATO has rejected an offer from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for negotiations to end the conflict in Libya. A NATO official said that NATO operations will go on as long as civilians in Libya are threatened.
- TF Duke 'Vipers' take fight to enemy Army News 30 Apr 2011 -- Success in all wars, regardless of how large they may be, frequently comes down to the collective actions of individuals and small units.
- Commentary: Regional Powers Gear Up For Afghan Intrigue - Even As West Looks Away RFE/RL 30 Apr 2011
- 3,000 Guard members respond to disasters Army News 29 Apr 2011 -- About 3,000 National Guard members were responding to weather-related domestic disasters in 11 states on Friday, many in tornado-ravaged Alabama, while hundreds still tackled rising waters in North Dakota, the epicenter of flooding now challenging seven states.
- Army North exercises hurricane response capacity Army News 29 Apr 2011 -- It was back to basics for military disaster response personnel here as they set up a joint operations center to coordinate the Department of Defense response to a simulated Category 4 hurricane in Mississippi.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Wasp's Crew Ensures Ship Is Ready for Sea Trials NNS 30 Apr 2011 -- USS Wasp's (LHD 1) three-month long shipyard period came to an end April 27 with the start of the ship's sea trials period.
- Navy Seabees Build New Schools In Espirtu Santo NNS 30 Apr 2011 -- Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 began working with Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF) engineers April 7 during Pacific Partnership 2011 to build three new school buildings and bathrooms around the island of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu.
- Combat Operational Stress Control Conference Concludes in San Diego NNS 30 Apr 2011 -- The 2011 Navy and Marine Corps Combat Operational Stress Control (COSC) Conference concluded April 29 at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego.
- Warrior's Night concludes phase one of U.S., Senegalese exchange USMC News 30 Apr 2011 -- Before the day's festivities can begin, the Marines of second platoon, Ground Combat Element, Security Cooperation Task Force, Africa Partnership Station 2011 are all business. Standing at attention alongside Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service operators and Senegalese Marine and Air Commandos, the task force welcomed the arrival of the U.S. Ambassador to Senegal, Marcia S. Bernicat.
- Moscow keeps tactical nuclear weapons cuts issue low-key - Russian senator RIA Novosti 30 Apr 2011 -- Russia considers the reduction of tactical nuclear weapons, which has been actively promoted by the United States, a low-key issue, senior Russian senator Mikhail Margelov said after talks with top U.S. officials in Washington.
- Gaddafi ready for ceasefire, refuses to step down RIA Novosti 30 Apr 2011 -- Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi said in a live television address on Saturday he was still ready for peace talks with NATO, but has no plans to step down.
- Gaddafi calls on war with Italy RIA Novosti 30 Apr 2011 -- Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Saturday called on war with Italy, citing Italy's 'colonization' attempts.
- Russia aware of allies' ground campaign plans in Libya - Lavrov RIA Novosti 30 Apr 2011 -- Moscow is aware of the coalition's plans about the ground military campaign in Libya, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.
- Hamas leader says administration ready to quit for unity RIA Novosti 30 Apr 2011 -- Hamas leader in power of the Gaza Strip said on Saturday that the movement's government is ready to resign as part of a Palestinian national reconciliation.
- Thailand, Cambodia break truce - media RIA Novosti 30 Apr 2011 -- Thai and Cambodian have exchanged gunfire near a disputed temple despite a cease-fire agreement between them, local media reported on Saturday.
- EU support of Georgian claims may trigger new conflict - South Ossetia RIA Novosti 30 Apr 2011 -- Comments by EU's top diplomat Catherine Ashton which has backed Georgia's rootless territorial claims to South Ossetia, may incite Georgia into new acts of aggression, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Ossetia said on Saturday.
- Over 50 people killed in Day of Rage protests in Syria RIA Novosti 30 Apr 2011 -- More than 50 protestors were killed in clashes with Syrian security forces on Friday as thousands took part in 'Day of Rage' demonstrations against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, Al Jazeera repoted, quoting activists.
- EU imposes arms embargo on Syria RIA Novosti 30 Apr 2011 -- The European Union has imposed an arms embargo on Syria and will consider further sanctions against the regime in the coming days, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Saturday.
- Syrian Army Sends Reinforcements to Daraa VOA 30 Apr 2011 -- After a bloody day of anti-government protests Friday in which say at least 62 people were reported killed, eyewitnesses said Saturday that Syrian tanks and helicopters had entered the southern city of Daraa, where the uprising began six weeks ago. Witnesses reported heavy gunfire and shelling in the city near the border with Jordan.
- Yemeni president refuses to sign power transition deal RIA Novosti 30 Apr 2011 -- Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has refused to sign a power transition plan which would see his resignation within 30 days, a source in Yemen's opposition said on Saturday.
- Yemeni Opposition Says President Refused to Sign Transition Agreement VOA 30 Apr 2011 -- Yemen's main opposition group says President Ali Abdullah Saleh has refused to sign an agreement that calls for his resignation as part of a plan to end the country's unrest.
- U.S. to help Taiwan handle nuclear emergencies CNA 30 Apr 2011 -- Taiwan will sign a letter of intent with the United States on cooperation in handling nuclear or radiation emergencies, the deputy minister of the Cabinet-level Atomic Energy Council (AEC) said Saturday.
- Germany Says Al-Qaida Suspects Were Planning Bombing VOA 30 Apr 2011 -- German officials say three suspected al-Qaida members arrested on Friday had been planning a bomb attack in the country.
- Putin calls development of space industry Russia's top priority RIA Novosti 30 Apr 2011 -- Development and advancement of the national rocket and space industry is a priority for Russia, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Saturday.
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