06 February 2011 Military News
- Karzai calls for reconciliation with moderate Taliban elements IRNA 06 Feb 2011 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Sunday called for greater efforts to accelerate the reconciliation process with moderate Taliban elements.
- Afghanistan security handover to begin on March 21 - president RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2011 -- The first phase of handing control of Afghanistan's provinces from international forces to Afghan security forces will start on March 21, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday.
- Karzai Sets March 21 as Start of Security Transfer to Afghan Forces VOA 06 Feb 2011 -- The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, says he plans to announce next month the first phase of the transition of security from NATO troops to Afghan forces.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Truxtun Conducts Gunnery Exercise During Composite Training Unit Exercise NNS 06 Feb 2011 -- The USS Truxtun (DDG 103) Weapons department conducted a gunnery exercise (GUNEX), Jan. 23, during a Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) with the George H.W. Bush (GHWB) Strike Group.
- Gridley Arrives in Tomakomai for Port Visit NNS 06 Feb 2011 -- San Diego-based guided-missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) arrived in the northern Japanese city of Tomakomai for a port visit Feb. 5 marking the first visit by a U.S navy vessel in more than 16 years.
- Second Fleet Commander Visits USS Gettysburg (CG 64) NNS 06 Feb 2011 -- Commander, U.S. Second Fleet, Vice Adm. Daniel P. Holloway visited the guided missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), Feb. 3.
- Seabees, Marines Complete School Renovations in Guatemala NNS 06 Feb 2011 -- Seabees assigned to Detail Bravo of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 28 and Marines with 2nd Marine Logistics Group wrapped up two weeks of subject matter expert exchanges with Guatemalan sailors and soldiers with a project completion ceremony Feb. 4.
- Iran, Oman begin joint maneuver in Gulf of Oman IRNA 06 Feb 2011 -- The Islamic Republic of Iran and Oman kicked off their second joint naval maneuver in the Gulf of Oman on Sunday.
- Iran unveils fixed, mobile stations ISNA 06 Feb 2011 -- Iran inaugurated two fixed and one mobile stations to receive remote sensing pictures on Sunday in presence of Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi.
- UN chief urges restraint after latest Thai-Cambodian border clashes UN News Centre 06 Feb 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday voiced concern about repeated armed clashes between Cambodia and Thailand around their common border, and called on both sides to exercise restraint and resolve their dispute through dialogue.
- Thai-Cambodia Cross-Border Shelling Intensifies VOA 06 Feb 2011 -- Border clashes between Thailand and Cambodia intensified Sunday as thousands of Thai residents fled villages near the disputed area of Preah Vihear. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen sent a letter to the United Nations Security Council, calling for an emergency meeting to help end the fighting.
- Sudan Referendum Commission to Announce Final Results Monday VOA 06 Feb 2011 -- An official of South Sudan’s Referendum Commission said senior members of the organization are scheduled to meet President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and his cabinet in the capital, Khartoum, before announcing the outcome of the landmark referendum late Monday.
- Jhalanath Khanal Sworn in as Nepal's New PM VOA 06 Feb 2011 -- Nepal's newly elected Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal was sworn in Sunday at a ceremony in Kathmandu, ending a seven-month political stalemate that has delayed the drafting of a new constitution.
- Palestinians disappointed by Middle East Quartet's settlement stance RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2011 -- Palestinians on Sunday said they were disappointed that the Middle East Quartet refused to heed their call for unilateral statehood and failed to take a strong stance on Israel's settlement construction, when it met on February 5 in Germany.
- Saakashvili says August war aimed to end Georgia's democracy RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2011 -- Georgia's leader Mikheil Saakashvili said Russia planned to give a blow to Georgia's democracy and disrupt hydrocarbons supplies to Europe during the August 2008 conflict.
- 50 Killed in Sudan Army Infighting VOA 06 Feb 2011 -- Sudan's military says recent army infighting related to southern Sudan's anticipated independence has killed at least 50 people.
- Chechen Rebel Leader Promises More Terror Attacks on Russia VOA 06 Feb 2011 -- Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov is vowing to carry out more terrorist attacks on Russia, and says Moscow faces "a year of blood and tears" if it does not relinquish control of the largely-Muslim North Caucasus.
- Egyptian VP Holds Unprecedented Talks with Muslim Brotherhood VOA 06 Feb 2011 -- The Egyptian government on Sunday offered a package of concessions after an unprecedented meeting with the officially banned Muslim Brotherhood as well as other opposition figures.
- Obama: Egypt Will Not Go Back to 'What it Was' VOA 06 Feb 2011 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says he believes Egypt will not go "back to what it was" now that pro-democracy demonstrators have made known their demands for free and fair elections through nearly two weeks of continuous street protests.
- People gather in Cairo's Tahrir sq. despite heavy rains IRNA 06 Feb 2011 -- Satellite television images show that the number of people gathering in Cairo's Tahrir square has gained momentum despite relentless heavy rain, indicating the people of Egypt have kept their pledges.
- Egyptian Opposition Says Talks Were 'Positive' But 'Inconclusive' RFE/RL 06 Feb 2011 -- Egyptian opposition groups say their meeting today with Vice President Omar Suleiman was 'positive' but yielded nothing specific to meet their demands.
- Egyptian opposition demands Mubarak step down, parliament removed, fair elections held RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2011 -- Egypt's current parliament must be removed, a new one formed in fair elections, and a new government formed from all of the participants of the revolution, Muhammad Ayed, a leader for the opposition Youth Group January 25, told RIA Novosti.
- Cairo vigilantes take law and justice into their own hands RIA Novosti 06 Feb 2011 -- Residents in Cairo have taken the law into their own hands because of the absence of police, creating what is obviously chaos in a huge tourist city the likes of New York City, a RIA Novosti correspondent has reported.
- Protests Continue in Egypt; Muslim Brotherhood Joins Crisis Talks VOA 06 Feb 2011 -- Egypt's largest opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, is participating in unprecedented talks with the government, as protesters calling for an end to President Hosni Mubarak's nearly 30-year rule rallied for a 13th day.
- Egypt Banks Reopen for Several Hours, Stock Market Stays Shut VOA 06 Feb 2011 -- The Egyptian government has tried to restore a sense of normality in Cairo after almost two weeks of opposition protests by re-opening banks and encouraging people to return to work.
- Clinton: US to Wait-and-See on Brotherhood's Talks With Mubarak Government VOA 06 Feb 2011 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Washington will adopt a wait-and-see approach to the involvement of Egyptian Islamists in talks with Egypt's government on resolving political unrest in that nation.
- YEMEN: Frustration turns to demands for change IRIN 06 Feb 2011 -- In the past two weeks, Yemen has been rocked by some of the biggest anti-government demonstrations seen in a decade, as young people facing a grim economic future vent their frustration on the streets.
- Tunisia Suspends Activities of Former Ruling Party VOA 06 Feb 2011 -- Tunisia's interior ministry has suspended activity by the former ruling party of deposed President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in an attempt to put an end to violent clashes and protests around the country.
- US spies stand trial behind closed doors IRNA 06 Feb 2011 -- The American citizens who entered the Islamic Republic of Iran illegally stood trial on Saturday behind closed doors.
- US Hikers Plead Not Guilty in Iran Spy Case VOA 06 Feb 2011 -- Three American hikers have pleaded not guilty in an Iranian court to charges of spying and illegally entering Iran in 2009.
- U.S. 'Hikers' Standing Trial In Iran RFE/RL 06 Feb 2011 -- The trial in Iran of two U.S. citizens accused of espionage opened today after a delay in which the pair spent some 18 months in jail.
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