22 May 2011 Military News
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 21 May 2011
- NATO destroys Libyan warship RIA Novosti 22 May 2011 -- NATO aircraft patrolling the skies above Libya carried out 147 sorties on Saturday, destroying a warship and a tank, an alliance spokesperson said on Sunday.
- Why The Taliban Won't Negotiate RFE/RL 22 May 2011 -- The Taliban have resoundingly rejected reports that they are conducting direct talks with the United States. In a press statement released on May 18, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid dismissed recent media reports of possible peace negotiations.
- Taliban Fighters Raid Govt. Building in Afghan East, Killing 7 People VOA 22 May 2011 -- Afghan authorities say Taliban suicide bombers disguised as border policemen have attacked a local government office in eastern Afghanistan, killing seven Afghans.
Defense Policy / Programs
- USS McCampbell Departs Singapore NNS 22 May 2011 -- Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell (DDG 85) departed Singapore May 21.
- Strong Military is Key to Long-term U.S. Success, Gates Says AFPS 22 May 2011 -- The ultimate guarantee against success of aggressors, dictators and terrorists in the 21st century is the size, strength and global reach of the United States military, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.
- EU Opens Diplomatic Office in Libyan Rebels' Stronghold VOA 22 May 2011 -- The European Union has opened a diplomatic office in the Libyan rebels' eastern stronghold of Benghazi. The event comes amid a stepped-up NATO campaign against Libya's Gadhafi regime.
- Remarks by the President at the AIPAC Policy Conference 2011 The White House 22 May 2011
- Obama Addresses Questions About Mideast Peace Approach VOA 22 May 2011 -- Speaking on Sunday to the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States, President Barack Obama has addressed what he called questions raised about his remarks last week concerning the Israel-Palestinian peace process.
- Obama restates Mideast peace position to pro-Israel lobby group RIA Novosti 22 May 2011 -- U.S. President Barack Obama stood in front of Washington's biggest pro-Israeli lobby on Sunday and reiterated that peace between Israel and the Palestinians should be based on the country's pre-1967 borders.
- Militants Attack Karachi Military Base, 4 Killed VOA 22 May 2011 -- At least four people have been killed in an intense battle inside a military base in the Pakistani city of Karachi.
- Sudan Government Cancels UN Meetings, Captures Disputed Abyei Town VOA 22 May 2011 -- Sudan has rebuffed attempts by the United Nations Security Council to intervene in a territorial dispute that threatens to mar the birth of a new Southern Sudanese state. The council responded with a strong warning that nothing should come in the way of the South’s independence in July.
- Sudan Ruling Party Official Insists Abyei Region Belongs to the North VOA 22 May 2011 -- A prominent member of Sudan's ruling National Congress Party [NCP] says northern soldiers took over the disputed oil-rich region to ensure peace, stability and improved security.
- Sudan's Disputed Abyei Region Under Northern Control VOA 22 May 2011 -- Sudan's northern government says it has taken control of the disputed Abyei region, raising the specter of a new civil war with south Sudan as that region prepares for independence.
- Sudan: Ban strongly condemns escalating violence in Abyei UN News Centre 22 May 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the continuing escalation of violence in Sudan's disputed area of Abyei, including increased troop movements and exchanges of heavy and small arms fire between the security forces of the Governments of Sudan and Southern Sudan.
- Côte d'Ivoire: Ban pledges continued UN support for Ivorians emerging from conflict UN News Centre 22 May 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commiserated with residents of an internally displaced persons' (IDP) camp in a suburb of Côte d'Ivoire's commercial capital, Abidjan, pledging that the United Nations will stand with them as they endeavour to rebuild their lives and restore stability in their country.
- Minister outlines dismantling of US spy network IRNA 22 May 2011 -- Information Minister Heydar Moslehi said coordination of people with the Information Ministry resulted in striking a fatal blow on the sophisticated spy network affiliated to the US' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
- Radioactive debris hampers efforts to cool reactor at Japan quake-hit nuke plant RIA Novosti 22 May 2011 -- The operator of Japan's quake-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is facing the challenge of removing highly radioactive debris to proceed with the efforts to stabilize the Number 3 reactor, NHK television channel reported on Sunday.
- Yemeni President Refuses to Sign Gulf Plan in Private VOA 22 May 2011 -- An accord reached through the Gulf Cooperation Council that would have paved the way for the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh fell through after he insisted opposition parties attend a public signing ceremony at the presidential palace.
- Shuttle astronauts complete 6th-longest spacewalk RIA Novosti 22 May 2011 -- Two NASA astronauts from the space shuttle Endeavour completed the sixth-longest spacewalk in history on Sunday after needing extra time to finish maintenance work on the International Space Station.
- Government cites ''92 consensus' in response to 'two Chinas' proposal CNA 22 May 2011 -- The government is adhering to the '1992 Consensus' in its dealings with China, the Presidential Office said Sunday, after a former U.S. official suggested that Beijing consider accepting the idea of 'two Chinas.'
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