17 May 2009 Military News
- Deadly Day in Afghanistan as US Investigates Shooting VOA 17 May 2009 -- Afghan authorities say militants attacked a police post and killed six officers in southern Helmand province Sunday.
- Pakistani Troops Close in on Militants, Over Million Displaced VOA 16 May 2009 -- Pakistan's military says troops are closing in on a key Taliban-held town in the northwest, as the United Nations confirmed more than a million people have been displaced in two weeks of fighting.
Defense Policy / Programs
- US Lawmakers Consider Guantanamo to be Both Prison and Courthouse VOA 17 May 2009 -- U.S. President Barack Obama's decisions to continue using military commissions to try terrorism detainees and to set a deadline for the closure of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has earned praise and criticism on the Sunday television talk shows, sometimes from unexpected corners.
- Ethnic Uighurs Held at Guantanamo Since 2002 VOA 17 May 2009 -- Roughly 240 detainees are still being held at the U.S. military prison at Guatanamo Bay, Cuba. Among them are 17 ethnic Uighurs, Muslims from western China, who have been held in Guantanamo since 2002. This is despite a U.S. determination that they are not enemy combatants.
- U.S., Royal Navy Partnership Enhances Readiness for Global Assignment Navy NewsStand 17 May 2009 -- In the midst of a full-fledged multinational exercise off the coast of the United Kingdom this May, U.S. Navy and Royal Navy leadership are collaborating with one another to form a stronger joint, allied force for current and future operations at sea.
- Naval force capable of conducting all missions: commander IRNA 17 May 2009 -- Commander of Iran's Naval Force Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said here on Sunday that at present the force is capable of conducting all missions assigned to it.
- Sri Lanka Rebels Concede Defeat VOA 17 May 2009 -- Sri Lanka's rebels have announced they would be laying down their guns to prevent what they call further unnecessary slaughter of Tamil civilians by government troops. The island nation's military says it has defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, ending a long civil war, and has rescued nearly 200,000 trapped civilians.
- Sri Lanka Readies for Major National Celebration Following Rebel Defeat VOA 17 May 2009 -- Sri Lanka is preparing for a major celebration following the battlefield defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, ending a quarter-century civil war. Joyous outbursts that are mixed with some lingering anxiety, especially among the minority Tamils who wonder what the new era will bring for them.
- Lankan troops capture last rebel-held coastline IRNA 17 May 2009 -- Dealing a massive blow to the rebels, Sri Lankan troops Saturday captured the last strip of the coastline held by the Tamil Tigers.
- Sri Lanka says civilians evacuated from war zone, rebels trapped RIA Novosti 17 May 2009 -- Sri Lanka's military said on Sunday that the tens of thousands of civilians who had been held hostage by Tamil Tiger separatists in the country's northern war zone have escaped, and that the rebels are now trapped.
- Darfur Rebel Leader to Appear Before ICC VOA 17 May 2009 -- The International Criminal Court says it has summoned a Darfur rebel faction leader to face suspected war crimes charges.
- ICC Prosecutor welcomes voluntary court appearance by Darfur rebel leader UN News Centre 17 May 2009 -- One of the three rebel commanders alleged to have directed the deadly September 2007 attack against peacekeepers in the war-ravaged Sudanese region of Darfur will voluntarily appear in the International Criminal Court (ICC) tomorrow, a move welcomed today by the Court's Prosecutor.
- Somali Insurgents Capture Town Near Mogadishu VOA 17 May 2009 -- Militant Islamists have captured a key town in southern Somalia as they press an offensive against the government.
- Israeli PM Begins US Visit for Talks on Mideast Peace, Iran VOA 17 May 2009 -- Israel's new prime minister begins a visit to Washington Sunday for talks with U.S. officials on Israeli-Arab peace prospects and Iran's nuclear program.
- Swine flu continues to spread, with 8,480 cases worldwide - WHO RIA Novosti 17 May 2009 -- The global caseload of human swine flu cases has reached 8,480 in 39 countries, the World Trade Organization said in an update released on Sunday.
- First case of A/H1N1 swine flu confirmed in China's capital RIA Novosti 17 May 2009 -- The first human case of A/H1N1 influenza has been confirmed in China's capital, bringing the number of human swine flu cases in mainland China to three, the news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday.
- Japan Confirms 72 New Swine Flu Infections VOA 17 May 2009 -- Japanese health officials have confirmed 72 more cases of the new strain of H1N1 influenza, making Japan the worst-affected country in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Aung San Suu Kyi: Healthy and Ready for Trial in Burma VOA 17 May 2009 -- Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she is in good health and ready to defend herself against new charges filed by the military government.
- India's Congress Party Starts Work on Forming a New Government VOA 17 May 2009 -- In India, the ruling Congress Party got down to the job of choosing partners and forming a new government, a day after it beat forecasts to win a better-than-expected victory in general elections. The Congress Party-led alliance has won 261 seats in the 543 member parliament, while its main rival, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party trails with 159 seats. The remaining seats have been won by an array of smaller parties.
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