30 May 2011 Military News
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 29 May 2011
- Petraeus notes success in Southern Helmand USMC News 30 May 2011 -- Gen. David Petraeus, the commanding general of International Security Assistance Force, toured Camp Dwyer on Memorial Day to evaluate Regimental Combat Team 1's progress in Southern Helmand province.
- Suicide Attacks in Normally Peaceful Herat Kill 4 VOA 30 May 2011 -- Authorities in western Afghanistan say twin suicide attacks in the city of Herat have killed four people and wounded at least 33 others.
- Iran doubts whether NATO is doing professional job in Afghanistan IRNA 30 May 2011 -- Iran on Monday deplored civilian deaths in NATO's blind air raids in Afghanistan even after President Hamid Karzai banned NATO's night raids on civilian areas.
- Afghan soldiers graduate from driver's course USMC News 30 May 2011 -- Thirty-five soldiers and five Commandos from the 215th Corps, Afghan National Army, graduated from the driver's course at the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest aboard Camp Leatherneck, May 26.
- PAKISTAN: Backgrounder on Khyber Agency militancy IRIN 30 May 2011 -- The Khyber Agency in Pakistan has emerged in recent times as a centre of sectarian conflict - partially as a result of the spillover of deep-rooted differences between Sunni and Shia Muslims in the nearby Kurram Agency and partially as a reaction to efforts by hardline Sunni groups to establish their writ in the area.
- Pakistan to launch new anti-Taliban operation IRNA 30 May 2011 -- Pakistan has decided to launch military offensive in North Waziristan Agency tribal area, the stronghold of the militants, adjacent to border with Afghanistan, a leading newspaper reported on Monday.
- Why Are There No Indigenous Political Parties In Pakistan's Tribal Areas? RFE/RL 30 May 2011
Defense Policy / Programs
- Obama Taps Dempsey, Winnefeld as Chairman, Vice Chairman AFPS 30 May 2011 -- President Barack Obama announced his choices as chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during a Rose Garden ceremony today.
- Dempsey Career Reflects Adaptability, Creativity AFPS 30 May 2011 -- The man President Barack Obama has chosen to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has 37 years of experience and a reputation as a creative thinker.
- Winnefeld Mixes Battlefield, Pentagon Expertise AFPS 30 May 2011 -- Navy Adm. James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld Jr., President Barack Obama's pick to be the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has a combination of battlefield experience and headquarters expertise.
- Statement by Defense Secretary Robert Gates on CJCS, VCJCS, and Chief of Staff for the Army DoD 30 May 2011
- Statement by Adm. Mike Mullen on CJCS, VCJCS, and Chief of Staff for the Army DoD 30 May 2011
- Nations Apart, Warriors Together USMC News 30 May 2011 -- Romanian Marines and soldiers and U.S. Marines with Black Sea Rotational Force 11 recently trained together here in counterinsurgency and peacekeeping operations, improving their skills, sharing their military experiences, and preparing for the many situations that might arise in both countries' support of the Overseas Contingency Operation in Afghanistan.
- Mullen: Pakistan Leaders Want to Cooperate With U.S. AFPS 30 May 2011 -- Navy Adm. Mike Mullen today said he came away from his recent meeting with Pakistani leaders convinced of their commitment to work with the United States on security, intelligence and development.
- Merkel to push for Eurofighter deal during India visit IRNA 30 May 2011 -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel will push for the sale of 126 Eurofighters when she visits India on Tuesday, German government circles were quoted saying in Berlin on Monday.
- India, Pakistan resume defence secretary level talks IRNA 30 May 2011 -- India and Pakistan on Monday resumed the two-day defence scretary level talks in New Delhi.
- Astrium contracted to destroy First World War chemical weapons EADS 30 May 2011 -- The French Ministry of Defence has selected Astrium as prime contractor for the SECOIA programme (French abbreviation for 'destruction site for stockpile of old weapons'), which covers the design, construction and operation of a specialised plant for the destruction of chemical weapons from World War 1.
- South Africa's Zuma in Libya to Try to Broker Cease-Fire VOA 30 May 2011 -- South African President Jacob Zuma is in Libya to try to broker a cease-fire between the government of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and rebels fighting to oust him.
- Lawyer Says Mladic Won't Live To See Trial RFE/RL 30 May 2011 -- The defense lawyer of Ratko Mladic says the former Bosnian Serb military chief is so ill he won't live to see the start of his trial on genocide and war crimes charges.
- North Sudan Demands South Pull Troops From Two States VOA 30 May 2011 -- The government of north Sudan is demanding the south withdraw its troops from two key border states by Wednesday.
- Cambodian Complains of Thai Aggression Before World Court VOA 30 May 2011 -- Cambodia's foreign minister has told the International Court of Justice in The Hague that Thai aggression is to blame for a recent series of deadly border clashes between the countries.
- OPT: Educated, unemployed youth - a recipe for trouble IRIN 30 May 2011 -- The lack of job opportunities for young people in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) has created an unemployment crisis that could further destabilize the Arab region, experts warn.
- Attack on peacekeepers will not deter UN's work in Lebanon, says commander UN News Centre 30 May 2011 -- The attack that injured six United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon last week will not deter the world body from its work in the country, the commander of the force pledged today.
- Violence On Three Fronts In Yemen After Government Crackdown RFE/RL 30 May 2011 -- Violence has been reported on three fronts in Yemen today, with government troops firing on demonstrators in the southern city of Taiz, militants battling government troops in the restive province of Abyan, and clashes reported in the northern part of the capital, Sanaa.
- Yemen Fighting Intensifies on More Fronts, At Least 20 Killed VOA 30 May 2011 -- Witnesses in the southern Yemeni city Taiz say at least 20 people have been killed when troops broke up an anti-government demonstration, while in nearby Zinjibar, government forces are trying to regroup after being routed by militants.
- Activists: Syrian Crackdown Kills 14 Civilians VOA 30 May 2011 -- Syrian rights activists say a military crackdown on opposition protesters in central Syria has killed at least 14 civilians since Sunday.
- Arab nations need to ensure sustainable transition to democracy – UN rights chief UN News Centre 30 May 2011 -- The top United Nations human rights official today stressed the need to ensure that the 'promising' first steps taken by some countries in the Middle East and North Africa in response to calls for reform are followed up with measures to ensure a sustainable transition to democracy.
- Polish daily points to evidence about secret CIA prisons in Poland IRNA 30 May 2011 -- The Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza reported Monday it had gathered evidence that the CIA had a secret prison in Poland following years of speculations and rumors.
- Iran says pursuing issue of allegedly-arrested diplomat in Cairo ISNA 30 May 2011 -- An Iranian Foreign Ministry official said the country is pursuing the issue of arrest of an Iranian diplomat in Cairo through officials and diplomatic channels.
- Egypt has apologized for diplomat arrest: Iran ISNA 30 May 2011 -- Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said Egyptian authorities have apologized for arrest of an Iranian diplomat.
- Germany To End Nuclear Power By 2022 RFE/RL 30 May 2011 -- Germany has announced it will shut down all its nuclear plants by 2022, making it the first industrialized country to abandon nuclear power.
- NASA, Lockheed Martin & Ball Aerospace Team Complete On-Orbit Orion MPCV Navigation System Test During STS-134 Shuttle Mission Lockheed Martin 30 May 2011 -- In an unprecedented on-orbit maneuver, Commander Mark Kelly completed the first ever Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV)-like approach to the International Space Station at 3:24 a.m. CDT today as part of the Sensor Test for Orion Relative Navigation Risk Mitigation (STORRM).
- Thales Alenia Space delivers first Cygnus PCM to Orbital Sciences Corporation Thales 30 May 2011 -- Turin, May 30, 2011 – Thales Alenia Space announced that it has delivered to Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) its first Pressurized Cargo Module (PCM) developed to transport cargo to the International Space Station.
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