02 February 2011 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 02 Feb 2011 [PDF]
- Straw voices differences with Blair on Iraq war IRNA 02 Feb 2011 -- Former British foreign secretary Jack Straw admitted that there was a “difference” with former PM Blair over using military action against Iraq.
- Exodus Of Christians From Iraq Intensifies RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- Concern that an ongoing exodus of Christians may result in the disappearance of one of the country's oldest religious communities.
- Forces Detain Haqqani Facilitator in Khost Province AFPS 02 Feb 2011 -- Afghan and coalition forces detained a Haqqani terrorist network facilitator and another suspected insurgent in the Sabari district of Afghanistan’s Khost province.
- US military denies cluster munitions in Afghanistan IRIN 02 Feb 2011 -- US-led international forces say they do not have stockpiles of cluster munitions in Afghanistan and have not used them in the war against Taliban insurgents since March 2002.
- C-17s deliver largest OEF fuel resupply AFNS 02 Feb 2011 -- Three C-17 Globemaster IIIs carrying 120 bundles dropped the largest resupply of fuel ever to a remote military outpost in Afghanistan.
- Woven mats cut convoy time in Paktika Army News 02 Feb 2011 -- With the suggestion of one Soldier from 3/E/1-506th Infantry, the time to deliver supplies was dramatically reduced during the unit's most recent combat logistics patrol.
- Halfway Home: Motor transport Marines keep on truckin' USMC News 02 Feb 2011 -- Marines with Motor Transport Companies A and B, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward), continue to deliver supplies to units in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
- Afghan, Pakistani Troops Exchange Fire, One Killed RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- Officials say one Pakistani soldier was killed when Afghan and Pakistani troops exchanged fire across the border.
- USAG Baumholder readies Bayonet Brigade for deployment Army News 02 Feb 2011 -- The US Army Garrison Baumholder to help Soldiers of the 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team prepare for deployment to Afghanistan by the end of February.
- Bomb Blast Kills 9 in NW Pakistan VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- Police in Pakistan say a bomb blast has killed nine people in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
- Bomb Blast In Pakistan Kills At Least Nine RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- A bomb blast in Pakistan has killed at least nine people.
- Bomb blast kills 6 in NW Pakistan IRNA 02 Feb 2011 -- A bomb blast killed at least 6 people and injured several others in the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar.
- CMF-Tasked Australian Patrol Aircraft Disrupts Pirates in Arabian Sea NNS 02 Feb 2011 -- An Australian AP-3C Orion aircraft assisted a merchant vessel under attack by pirates in the Arabian Sea, Jan. 28.
- Cape St. George Assists Iranian Mariners NNS 02 Feb 2011 -- Guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) provided assistance to an Iranian dhow after receiving a distress call, Jan 31.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Message from the President on the New START Treaty The White House 02 Feb 2011
- Letter from the President on the New START Treaty The White House 02 Feb 2011
- New START Treaty to Take Effect Feb. 5 AFPS 02 Feb 2011 -- With President Barack Obama scheduled to sign the new strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia, the stage will be set for formal exchange of papers.
- Obama Signs Nuclear Treaty VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- President Barack Obama has signed the New START strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia. The treaty is to take effect by the end of the week.
- U.S. President Signs New Nuclear Deal With Russia RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has signed ratification documents for a new nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia.
- U.S. president to sign START treaty ratification papers Wednesday RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2011 -- US President Obama will sign ratification documents for a new Russia-US strategic arms reduction deal.
- Mullen: Civilian-Military Partnerships Critical to World Affairs AFPS 02 Feb 2011 -- The importance of strong civilian-military partnerships has never been greater.
- Air Force officials announce FY11 additional force management measures AFNS 02 Feb 2011 -- Air Force leaders announced involuntary force management programs Feb. 2 to reduce personnel as a supplement to the voluntary programs announced in December.
- Army Reserve Chief Cites Reservists' Value AFPS 02 Feb 2011 -- Senior military officer expressed hope won’t cut what he called one of the most cost-effective weapons in its arsenal: its reserve components.
- Researchers harness wave energy in research simulations AFNS 02 Feb 2011 -- Researchers here recently harnessed more than 99 percent of the energy in a simulated ocean wave and are preparing to take their emerging technology to the next level.
- USS Harry S. Truman Makes First E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Launch NNS 02 Feb 2011 -- The E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, the Navy's newest airborne early warning and control aircraft, made its first launch Feb. 1, from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
- Ronald Reagan Strike Group Departs for JTFEX, Final Deployment Preparations NNS 02 Feb 2011 -- The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group and its crew of more than 6,000 Sailors, departed San Diego Feb. 2.
- Hickam C-17 drops a Navy boat over Pacific AFNS 02 Feb 2011 -- It was 0'dark-thirty and only the blue line of runway lights met the joint Air Force and Navy crew under the wings of a C-17 Globemaster III.
- Air Defenders participate in joint training in Korea Army News 02 Feb 2011 -- 6-52nd Air Defense Artillery part of a joint kill chain exercise known as Fleet Synthetic Training-Joint.
- Truman Helps Train Future Pilots NNS 02 Feb 2011 -- Pilots from five Fleet Replacement Squadrons (FRSs) embarked aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), began the final stage of their pilot training, Jan. 27
- Blue, green team helps create smooth landings aboard the USS Essex USMC News 02 Feb 2011 -- An AV-8B Harrier jet pilot does his preflight checks and prepares for take-off.
- 81st SRP team gets a new(er) place to live Army News 02 Feb 2011 -- Soldiers of the 81st Regional Support Command Soldier Readiness Processing team began moving into their new home on Monday, January 24.
- Net Zero is 100 Percent Benefit Army News 02 Feb 2011 -- The Army has a bold vision for managing natural resources on its installations: they will become net zero.
- Guard Response Grows After Massive Storm AFPS 02 Feb 2011 -- About 2,500 National Guard members now are conducting relief and rescue operations in nine of the 30 states affected by the blizzard conditions and severe winter storms.
- National Guard Responds to Winter Storm AFPS 02 Feb 2011 -- In response to blizzard conditions and strong winter storms across a third of the country, about 1,100 National Guard members from 11 states have been activated or are on standby.
- Army Nurse Corps Celebrates 110th Anniversary Army News 02 Feb 2011 -- The Army Nurse Corps, on Feb. 2, 2011, celebrates its 110th anniversary and another chapter in its rich tradition of dedicated service.
- U.S. Soldiers fight foot-and-mouth disease in Korea Army News 02 Feb 2011 -- U.S. Soldiers sprayed down humvees leaving the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex to help prevent the spread of foot-and-mouth disease Jan. 22.
- Russia's 2nd Graney class nuclear sub to enter service in 2015 RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2011 -- The Russian Navy will receive a second Graney class nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarine in 2015.
- Russia's contender for Indian fighter deal to stay grounded at Aero India RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2011 -- Russia's MiG-35 will not fly in the Aero India 2011 air show in Bangalore later this month.
- 2 Indian Army officers killed in chopper crash IRNA 02 Feb 2011 -- A Chetak helicopter of the Indian Army crashed in a residential area in Nashik, in Maharashtra state, killing two officers.
- Taiwan agencies moving to clear executed soldier's name CNA 02 Feb 2011 -- Based on a directive by President Ma, the MOJ is working with the MND to clear the name of the late Air Force Private Chiang Kuo-ching.
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, 2/2/2011 The White House 02 Feb 2011
- U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing, February 2, 2011 US Dept. of State 02 Feb 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for February 02, 2011
- BAE Systems to Modernize Bradley Vehicles through $47 Million Contract BAE Systems 02 Feb 2011 -- BAE Systems recently received a $47 million contract modification to enhance 95 of its most survivable vehicle – Bradley – by replacing old and damaged components with updated equipment and technology.
- Northrop Grumman Signs Long-Term Agreement for F-35 Components With Australian Supplier Quickstep Northrop Grumman 02 Feb 2011 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has delivered the next installment of its commitment to expand international participation in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program by signing a long-term JSF parts agreement with advanced materials company Quickstep Technologies, North Coogee, Australia.
- SAIC Wins Contract to Provide Security and Force Protection Services to Department of Defense SAIC 02 Feb 2011 -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) announced today it was awarded a contract by the U.S. Army, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville to provide physical security and force protection systems in support of the Department of Defense (DoD) and other government agencies. The multiple award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract has a three year base period of performance, one two-year option and a ceiling value of $650 million dollars for all awardees.
- Sikorsky Aerospace Services Delivers Second UH-60 A-A to L Recapitalization Aircraft for Customs & Border Protection Agency Sikorsky 02 Feb 2011 -- Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) today delivered the second UH-60 aircraft that has undergone “A-A” to “L” recapitalization for use by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Agency (CBP). Distinguished as the fifth helicopter off the original BLACK HAWK helicopter production line, this fully upgraded UH-60L model will execute national security missions mandated by the CBP.
- Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, 2 January 2011 United Nations 02 Feb 2011
- Press Conference by Security Council President on Work Programme for February, 2 February 2011 United Nations 02 Feb 2011
- Secretary-General sets out broad agenda for strengthening human protection UN News Centre 02 Feb 2011 -- Ban: Action to protect people from man-made or natural calamities stands at the centre of the United Nations purposes and principles.
- Security Council to discuss linkage between conflicts and under-development UN News Centre 02 Feb 2011 -- The Security Council will this month devote a high-level session to some of the root causes underlying conflict in the world, such poverty and under-development.
- Patriotic Stand for National Reunification KCNA 02 Feb 2011 -- The stand of attaching importance to the nation is what the Korean people should take for the country's reunification.
- DPRK-Russia Diplomats Exchange Views KCNA 02 Feb 2011 -- The minister councilor of the DPRK embassy in Moscow and the vice-director of the First Asian Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry met in Moscow.
- AU Mission in Ivory Coast Encounters Obstacles VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- The prime minister for the U.N.-certified winner of Ivory Coast's presidential election says African Union mediation is the last chance for a peaceful resolution of the political crisis.
- Africans Debate Wisdom of Expected Secession of Southern Sudan VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- For some Africans, southern Sudan’s expected independence is a cautionary tale; others see it as a pathway for their regions to gain full sovereignty.
- Rising number of child landmine victims in Somaliland IRIN 02 Feb 2011 -- Somalia's self-declared independent region of Somaliland has experienced an increase in landmine and unexploded ordnance explosions.
- DR Congo: UN peacekeepers rescue kidnapped police without firing a shot UN News Centre 02 Feb 2011 -- United Nations peacekeepers in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo have rescued six national police officers kidnapped by rebels without paying a ransom or firing a shot.
- Iranian Pleads Not Guilty In Nigeria Arms Seizure RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- An Iranian man charged with orchestrating an illegal arms shipment into Nigeria pleaded not guilty on February 1 to the charges against him.
- 'We Won't Burn Down Their Homes Like They Do In Chechnya' RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- The Kabardino-Balkaria-Karachai wing of the North Caucasus insurgency adopted a brazen new tactic this week.
- Ban cites continuing need for UN police support for Timor-Leste UN News Centre 02 Feb 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban: There is a continued need for a United Nations police presence to support the fledgling institution.
- UN expert calls on Burundi to set up national human rights body without delay UN News Centre 02 Feb 2011 -- An independent UN expert welcomed the adoption of the law on setting up Burundi’s national human rights body.
- US Decries Use of 'Thugs' Against Egyptian Protesters VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- The United States Wednesday condemned what it says was the use of "thugs" against democracy demonstrators in central Cairo.
- Egyptian Opposition Accuses Mubarak of Sowing Violence VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- Egyptian opposition figures accused the government of allowing Cairo's central Tahrir square to be engulfed in violence.
- Former Egyptian Diplomat ElBaradei Becomes Face of Mubarak Opposition VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- Former Egyptian diplomat Mohamed ElBaradei has emerged as a prominent voice of the opposition to President Hosni Mubarak.
- Israel Concerned Egypt Upheaval Could Radicalize Arab Neighbors VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- The Israeli government is watching the violent unrest in Egypt with the primary concern that a radically aggressive Islamist regime could take over in Cairo.
- Mullen Reiterates Confidence in Egyptian Military AFPS 02 Feb 2011 -- America’s senior military officer today reiterated his admiration for the Egyptian military and continued to call for calm in the region.
- Egypt Rejects Western Calls for Quick Political Transition VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- The Egyptian foreign ministry has rejected calls from Western powers for an immediate start to a political transition in Egypt.
- One dead, some 400 injured as Cairo clashes continue RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2011 -- One person was killed and at least 400 injured as supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak clashed with opposition protesters in Cairo.
- Governments, Rights Groups Decry Attacks on Journalists in Egypt VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- Belgium has demanded that Egyptian authorities release a Belgian journalist detained and beaten while covering the violent uprising on the streets of Cairo.
- Mubarak Supporters Clash With Anti-Government Protesters in Cairo VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- Clashes have broken out in Cairo between supporters and opponents of embattled President Hosni Mubarak.
- Violence Escalates Between Mubarak Supporters, Opponents in Cairo VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- Violence escalated in Cairo's Tahrir Square Wednesday as supporters of embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak clashed with protesters who have been calling for the president to step down.
- Egypt's opposition urges more protests as army calls for calm RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2011 -- The Egyptian opposition has called on protesters to continue rallying until embattled President Hosni Mubarak steps down.
- Protesters injured in Cairo clashes RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2011 -- Some 100 people have been injured as supporters of the veteran Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak attacked protesters in Cairo to suppress the demonstration.
- Mubarak Supporters, Antigovernment Protesters Clash In Cairo RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- Clashes have broken out in and around Cairo's Tahrir Square between antigovernment demonstrators and supporters of President Hosni Mubarak.
- Club wielding Mubarak forces clash with protesters in Cairo IRNA 02 Feb 2011 -- A group of members of the groups organized by the Egyptian government, known as supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, are reportedly clashing with protesting people in al-Tahrir Square.
- Egypt still in turmoil despite Mubarak's Tuesday speech IRNA 02 Feb 2011 -- The Egyptian capital city of Cairo is still in turmoil despite Hosni Mubarak's short speech on Tuesday which increased the protesters' fury in Egypt.
- Russia warns against outside pressure on Egypt - Lavrov RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2011 -- Russia is against putting external pressure on the Egyptian leadership and people and believes that the country has to decide itself how to resolve the current political crisis.
- Transition to democracy in Egypt 'must begin now' - Obama RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2011 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has said the "orderly transition" in Egypt "must begin now," stopping short of calling for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave his office.
- Political transition in Egypt, if any, should take place now, says UN chief UN News Centre 02 Feb 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban once more urged restraint by all sides in Egypt, as pro- and anti-government protesters clashed.
- Ban Ki-moon Condemns Egypt Violence VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- U.N. Secretary General Ban called violence against peaceful protesters "unacceptable."
- Cameron, Ban condemn 'despicable" violence in Egypt IRNA 02 Feb 2011 -- Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday condemned 'despicable' scenes of violence in the Egyptian capital Cairo, where supporters of President Hosni Mubarak attacked demonstrators calling for his removal.
- British Prime Minister Calls For Urgent Transition in Egypt VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- Britain’s prime minister has joined the chorus of international leaders calling for an immediate political transition in Egypt.
- UK waits reaction to Mubarak's offer to step down at election IRNA 02 Feb 2011 -- The British government is waiting for the reaction of the Egyptian people before deciding whether to back President Hosni Mubarak’s offer to step down at the next elections but the initial response appears negative.
- Egypt's Mubarak vows not to run for new term RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2011 -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has announced he will not run for a new term in office in September elections and will focus his efforts on crucial reforms to resolve the current political crisis in the country.
- Mubarak not to run for next presidential race IRNA 02 Feb 2011 -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said on Tuesday he would quit power in September, angering protesters who want an immediate end to his 30-year rule.
- Iraqis Worry Egyptian Crisis May Affect Arab Summit In Baghdad RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- Iraqi lawmakers say the political crisis in Egypt and unrest in other Arab countries could affect the Arab League summit scheduled for March in Baghdad.
- Oil And Other Markets Get Increasingly Nervous Over Egyptian Crisis RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- Anyone watching oil prices this week could be forgiven if they thought Egypt is a major oil producer.
- EGYPT: Cairo residents grapple with food shortages, security threats IRIN 02 Feb 2011 -- New Egyptian PM Shafiq said his priority was to secure steady supplies of food, and Minister for Social Solidarity Ali Moselhi said Egypt had sufficient wheat stocks.
- Egyptian officials seek asylum in UAE IRNA 02 Feb 2011 -- Several high-ranking Egyptian government officials have sought asylum in the UAE, according to certain informed sources in Abu Dhabi.
- Safavi: Egyptian-Tunisian revolutions inspired by Iran's Islamic Revolution IRNA 02 Feb 2011 -- Supreme Leader's Advisor for Military Affairs Major General Seyed Yahya Rahim Safavi says Egyptian and Tunisian people’s revolutions are inspired by Iran’s Islamic Revolution.
- Could The New 'Age Of Rage' Sweep Syria? RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- Hermetically sealed from Western influence, alienated from the United States, and still technically at war with Israel, Syria is the great unknown in the contagion of rage spreading across the Middle East.
- Tunisia Islamist Leader Does Not Support an Islamic State VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- Islamist leader Rachid Ghanouchi has been in Tunisia's spotlight since returning to the North African country after more than two decades in exile.
- Yemeni President Will Not Seek New Term VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has announced he will not seek another term in office, as opposition groups prepared to renew protests calling for an end to his decades-old rule.
- Yemen's Saleh says won't extend his term as opposition threatens with protests RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2011 -- Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh: Would not seek reelection after his term expires in 2013.
- Jordan's New PM Begins Talks on Forming Cabinet VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- Jordan's prime minister-designate began consultations on forming a new government a day after being appointed by King Abdullah.
- Iran's Opposition Leaders Call for Permission To Protest RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- Iranian opposition leaders Musavi and Karrubi have called on officials to allow the opposition movement to hold street protests.
- Alarmed at rise in killings, UN rights chief urges Iran to halt executions UN News Centre 02 Feb 2011 -- UN human rights chief once again called on the Government to halt the use of the death penalty.
- UN Rights Chief Slams Iran for Large Number of Executions VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, expresses alarm at the dramatic increase in executions in Iran since the beginning of this year.
- UN: Iran Steps Up Executions RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- Iran has witnessed a dramatic increase in executions so far in 2011.
- DJIBOUTI: Interview with President Guelleh IRIN 02 Feb 2011 -- IRIN interviewed Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh on 27 January in Arta about the drought, humanitarian challenges and regional issues.
- Kazakhstan parliament approves bill on early presidential elections RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2011 -- Kazakhstan's parliament approved amendments to the country's constitution allowing the head of state to announce early presidential elections.
- Kazakh Parliament Passes Bill On Early Polls RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- Kazakhstan's parliament today approved amendments to the constitution allowing President Nursultan Nazarbaev to call an early presidential election.
- Kenya's Parliament Speaker to Rule on Presidential Appointments VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- The chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs will rule whether President Mwai Kibaki flouted the new constitution following his recent appointments to four key government positions.
- Kyrgyzstan's Elite Police Unit: Both Defenders And Defendants RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- Lawmakers praised the officer of the state security service's elite Alfa group for defending the people and the state against "terrorists" who had killed three policemen before Babaraymov's unit got the call.
- Kyrgyz Protesters Demand Release Of Former President's Nephew RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- Some 30 people in the southern Kyrgyz city of Jalal-Abad are demanding the immediate release of Sanjar Bakiev, the jailed nephew of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev.
- Fraud claims dampen hopes for "peace-building" poll IRIN 02 Feb 2011 -- Hopes that a presidential election in the Central African Republic could improve stability and security have been undermined by the opposition’s dismissal of the ballot.
- Central African Republic President Re-Elected VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- The electoral commission in the Central African Republic says the president has been re-elected with nearly thirds of the vote.
- Niger Vote Results Being Announced VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- Niger's electoral commission has begun releasing provisional results for Monday's presidential and parliamentary elections meant to hand the country back over to civilians after nearly a year of military government.
- AU Summit Reveals Growing African Resentment Toward Western Values VOA 02 Feb 2011 -- This week’s African summit was partly a celebration of shared values, and partly a display of Africa’s growing resentment at what many perceive as values imposed from outside.
- Some Banned Belarusians Say EU Sanctions Will Not Hurt Them RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- Some of the Belarusian officials and others who were sanctioned say the measures will not hurt them.
- Lukashenka Releases Critics With Just One Little Catch RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- Two critics of authoritarian Belarusian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka have been released and placed under house arrest.
- Russia Slams Belarus Crackdown, Sanctions RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- Russian FM Lavrov today: Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka's crackdown was "unacceptable," but sanctions "politically motivated."
- Medvedev drops 'pardon' for Khodorkovsky hint RIA Novosti 02 Feb 2011 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has asked the "legal expert community" to look into the case of former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
- Medvedev To Let Experts Study Khodorkovsky Case RFE/RL 02 Feb 2011 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has agreed to let a team of legal experts study the case of Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
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