11 April 2010 Military News
- Scrap project beautifies Basra Army News 11 Apr 2010 -- Iraqi and U.S. officials welcomed Iraqi media to view a surprising sight April 1, 2010: an empty lot. Until recently, the lot in Basra, Iraq, had been the site of a huge pile of scrap metal as tall as surrounding buildings.
- Obama Administration Calls Karzai 'A Reliable Partner' VOA 11 Apr 2010 -- The Obama administration is downplaying differences with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, calling him "a reliable partner." In a series of joint appearances on American television, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates talked about Afghanistan, Iran, and the upcoming nuclear summit in Washington.
- Karzai, McChrystal Meet Elders in Northern Afghanistan VOA 11 Apr 2010 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the head of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan have made another public show of unity before expected military action against insurgents.
Defense Policy / Programs
- CBS News Interview with Secretary Gates and Secretary Clinton DoD 11 Apr 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
- ABC News Interview with Secretary Gates and Secretary Clinton DoD 11 Apr 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
- NBC Interview with Secretary Gates and Secretary Clinton DoD 11 Apr 2010 -- Presenter: Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
- 2 Hurlburt Field Airmen die in CV-22 crash AFNS 11 Apr 2010 -- Department of Defense officials announced April today 11 the deaths of two Airmen deployed from Hurlburt Field and were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom when they died in a crash of a CV-22 Osprey April 9 near Kandahar, Afghanistan.
- Blue Ridge Arrives in Jakarta Navy NewsStand 11 Apr 2010 -- USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and embarked 7th Fleet staff Sailors and Marines of the Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team, 1st Company pulled into Jakarta Apr. 11 to the sound of the Indonesian army band playing "Anchors Aweigh" to greet the 7th Fleet amphibious command ship.
- Submarine Squadron Four Changes Commanders Navy NewsStand 11 Apr 2010 -- Capt. Robert E. Clark II turned over command of Submarine Squadron Four (CSS4) to Capt. Michael Bernacchi during a change of command ceremony aboard the historic ship Nautilus at the Submarine Force Library and Museum April 9.
- Enterprise Crew Begins Fast Cruise Navy NewsStand 11 Apr 2010 -- Sailors aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) began participating in a fast cruise exercise April 11 at the conclusion of an extended overhaul period.
- Army Officials Tour Explosive Ornance Disposal and Diving Learning Site to Streamline Training Navy NewsStand 11 Apr 2010 -- U.S. Army officials visited the Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving (CEODD) Learning Site at Naval Station Great Lakes March 23-25, in an effort to streamline their training process.
- Brown Relieves Radice During Beachmaster Unit Two Change of Command Navy NewsStand 11 Apr 2010 -- Cmdr. Robert M. Brown relieved Cmdr. Richard A. Radice as Commanding Officer of Beachmaster Unit (BMU) Two during a change of command ceremony at the unit May 6.
- Gates Discusses New Nuclear Posture, U.S. Relations With Karzai AFPS 11 Apr 2010 -- While the new U.S. Nuclear Posture Review removes some of the intentional ambiguity from the country’s nuclear policy, “all options are on the table” for countries like North Korea and Iran, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.
- Rocket range tests skills, develops leadership for assaultmen in Djibouti USMC News 11 Apr 2010 -- The Marines don’t just let anybody fire high explosive rockets intended on destroying enemy bunkers and penetrating armor. But with the training Weapon’s Platoon received in the desolate landscape of this east-African country, the Corps can rest assured that some of their up and coming warriors are prepared to deliver.
- Iran’s 1st medium-range air defense missile system completed IRNA 11 Apr 2010 -- Minister of Defense Ahmad Vahidi inaugurated Iran’s first advanced medium-range air defense missile system in a ceremony held on Sunday.
- Israel Issues Order Enabling Deportations of 'Illegal' West Bank Residents VOA 11 Apr 2010 -- Israel has issued an order allowing its forces to deport Palestinians and others from the occupied West Bank if the military deems them to be residing there illegally.
- Wesley Clark: We Did The Right Thing In 1999 RFE/RL 11 Apr 2010 -- Few former U.S. military leaders have more direct experience with the Balkans than Wesley Clark, who was NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe during the Kosovo crisis. Clark, who is now retired from the military, heads the consulting group Wesley K. Clark Associates, based in Little Rock, Arkansas. RFE/RL correspondent Nikola Krastev caught up with the former NATO commander at the Asia Society in New York. In a wide-ranging interview he discusses the challenges facing the region then and now.
- First Day of Voting Ends in Sudan VOA 11 Apr 2010 -- Polls closed in the first of three-days of voting in Sudan's election - amid reports of missing ballots, delayed openings and confusion among election workers and voters. Polling officials are promising a better day Monday in the country's first multi-party elections in 24 years.
- Poland Mourns President, Leaders Killed in Plane Crash VOA 11 Apr 2010 -- Russian and Polish officials are working together to determine the cause of the plane crash in western Russia that killed Poland's president and other top officials.
- Poles Mull Political Implications Of Plane Tragedy RFE/RL 11 Apr 2010 -- As Poles mourn the loss of their president and scores of the country’s top civilian and military leaders in a plane crash on April 10, they are only just beginning to ponder the implications for Poland’s political landscape.
- Poland In Deep Mourning After Crash RFE/RL 11 Apr 2010 -- Polish President Lech Kaczynski's remains have returned to Warsaw as a stunned nation continued to mourn a day after he and much of the country's political elite perished in a plane crash in Russia.
- The Kaczynski Legacy RFE/RL 11 Apr 2010
- Lech Kaczynski's body brought to presidential palace as Poles line Warsaw streets RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2010 -- The mourning procession with the body of Polish President Lech Kaczynski who died in an air crash arrived on Sunday at the presidential palace as tens of thousands of Poles lined the streets to pay last tribute.
- Polish president Kaczynski's coffin brought to Warsaw RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2010 -- A military plane on Sunday brought to Warsaw the body of Polish President Lech Kaczynski who died in an air crash on Saturday.
- Diplomatic Efforts Underway in Kyrgyzstan to Resolve Standoff VOA 11 Apr 2010 -- Diplomacy is intensifying in Kyrgyzstan to defuse the Central Asian nation's political crisis. A provisional government has taken power in the capital, but a defiant president, who has fled to the south of the country, is refusing to step down.
- Kyrgyz Interim Government Piles Pressure On Ousted President RFE/RL 11 Apr 2010 -- Kyrgyzstan's interim leader says the provisional government is considering arresting the country's president to put him on trial for the deaths of dozens of people in bloody clashes between antigovernment protesters and security forces earlier this week.
- Reporter's Notebook: The Mountain Roza Otunbaeva Has To Climb RFE/RL 11 Apr 2010 -- Roza Otunbaeva may be the head of Kyrgyzstan’s interim government, but she’s the country’s chief mourner as well.
- Overthrown Kyrgyz president Bakiyev feels responsible for riots RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2010 -- Overthrown Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev who fled Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek following mass riots said Sunday he feels personal responsibility for the unrests that left over 80 killed.
- Bakiyev urges UN to send peacekeepers to Kyrgyzstan RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2010 -- Overthrown Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev urged the United Nations on Sunday to send its peacekeepers to the Central Asian republic to prevent further riots following the recent uprising that killed 81 people.
- Thai PM Calls for Investigations Over Protest Bloodshed VOA 11 Apr 2010 -- Medical officials in Thailand say more than a dozen people have been killed and more than 800 others injured in clashes between anti-government protesters and soldiers in the center of the capital, Bangkok. The demonstrators are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. Mr. Abhisit has called for a full investigation into the violence and has refused to step down.
- Supreme Leader derides US president for posing nuclear threat IRNA 11 Apr 2010 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday derided US President Barack Obama for posing nuclear threat to the international community.
- Iran to Complain to UN About US 'Threat' to Use Nuclear Weapons VOA 11 Apr 2010 -- Iran says it will complain to the United Nations about what it calls a U.S. threat to attack Iran with nuclear weapons.
- Iraqi PM's Alliance: Election Tainted by Up to 750,000 Fraudulent Votes VOA 11 Apr 2010 -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's political grouping says its investigation into last month's parliamentary election has uncovered evidence of fraud affecting up to 750,000 votes.
- International Nuclear Security Summit Set to Begin in Washington VOA 11 Apr 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with the prime ministers of India and Pakistan before the Monday start of a nuclear security summit in Washington. During the two-day event, nearly four dozen nations will discuss ways to secure nuclear material from terrorists and other threats, in what is the largest gathering of world leaders hosted by a U.S. president in more than 60 years.
- Press Briefing on the President's Bilateral Meetings and the Upcoming Nuclear Security Summit The White House 11 Apr 2010
- WHO Reviews H1N1 Flu Pandemic VOA 11 Apr 2010 -- The World Health Organization is starting a review process Monday to examine the world's response to the H1N1 Flu pandemic. A committee composed of 29 independent experts from around the world will be meeting between April 12 and 14 to take stock of what has been done and what needs to be done in future pandemics.
- Shuttle Discovery astronauts carry out 2nd of three scheduled spacewalks RIA Novosti 11 Apr 2010 -- U.S. Discovery space shuttle astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Clay Anderson have begun the second of three scheduled spacewalks, NASA reported on Sunday.
- Astronauts Complete 2nd Spacewalk at International Space Station VOA 11 Apr 2010 -- Astronauts from the U.S. space shuttle Discovery have completed their second spacewalk outside of the International Space Station orbiting the Earth.
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