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16 June 2011 Military News

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  • Al-Zawahri Named Al-Qaeda Leader RFE/RL 16 Jun 2011 -- Al-Qaeda has reportedly appointed Ayman al-Zawahri as its leader following last month's killing of long-time chief Osama bin Laden.
  • Al-Qaida Appoints Egyptian Zawahri as New Leader VOA 16 Jun 2011 -- A Jihadist website has announced that Ayman al-Zawahri, Osama bin Laden's deputy, is the new leader of al-Qaida, as had been expected since the killing of bin Laden in May.
  • Syrian Forces Expand Assault in Northwest Region VOA 16 Jun 2011 -- Syrian rights activists say the country's security forces are expanding their assault in the northwest region that for days has been under a military crackdown.
  • Islamist Group Claims Responsibility for Nigeria Bombing VOA 16 Jun 2011 -- Militant Islamist group Boko Haram is claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing outside a police headquarters in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, Thursday. At least two people were killed and several others wounded in the blast.
  • UN Considers Splitting Al-Qaeda-Taliban Blacklist RFE/RL 16 Jun 2011 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has placed enormous importance on his reconciliation and reintegration plan, aimed at drawing moderate Taliban members away from the battlefield and back into society.
  • Indonesian Cleric Sentenced to 15 Years in Terror Trial VOA 16 Jun 2011 -- Radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was sentenced to 15 years in jail on Thursday for terrorism, marking the latest development in the country's fight against Islamic radicalism.
  • India, Canada to complete ratification of nuclear-deal soon IRNA 16 Jun 2011 -- India and Canada are close to completing the ratification process of their civil nuclear agreement, paving the way for transfer of technology, sale of atomic reactors as well as uranium.
  • 7 million doses of H1N1 vaccine to be destroyed in India IRNA 16 Jun 2011 -- It was a race for preparing the country's first ever vaccine against the H1N1 virus or swine flu. In Pune, Serum Institute of India took up the challenge and launched the indigenously developed vaccine, Nasovac, in July last year. But now that the pandemic has retreated, the institute will have to discard at least 7 million unused doses.
  • Without Constitution, cross-strait ties will go nowhere: President CNA 16 Jun 2011 -- President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday that the Republic of China Constitution is very important and remains the basis upon which the government deals with relations across the Taiwan Strait.



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