20 February 2011 Military News
- Taliban Attack on Afghan Bank Kills 40 VOA 20 Feb 2011 -- Afghan officials say a suicide attack on a Jalalabad bank has killed at least 40 people and wounded 73 others.
- Death toll in Afghan bank attack rises to 40 - health official RIA Novosti 20 Feb 2011 -- The death toll from an armed attack on a bank in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan has risen to 40 people, Saifur Rehman Ibrahimkhel, head of the Jalalabad Civil Hospital, said on Sunday.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Mullen Launches Middle East Trip in Saudi Arabia AFPS 20 Feb 2011 -- Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived here today for the first leg of a sweep through the Middle East to reassure friends of the U.S. commitment to regional stability, acknowledging he’s been “stunned” by the pace of the upheaval here.
- Essex ARG Completes Cobra Gold 2011 NNS 20 Feb 2011 -- The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) completed its part in the U.S and Kingdom of Thailand sponsored joint, multinational exercise Cobra Gold 2011 (CG 11) Feb. 19 in the Gulf of Thailand.
- North Korea's tunnel digging sparks speculation of nuke test - agency RIA Novosti 20 Feb 2011 -- North Korea has been digging special tunnels at a nuclear test site in Punggye-ri in the northern Hamgyong province, sparking concerns that it may be preparing for new nuclear tests, South Korea's news agency Yonhap reported on Sunday, citing government and military sources.
- Pakistan rejects Indian concern over nukes IRNA 21 Feb 2011 -- Pakistan has rejected concerns by Indian National Security advisor about the security of Pakistan nuclear weapons and said Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state and it has a credible and strong nuclear command system.
- Netanyahu Blasts Iran For Sending Ships Through Suez VOA 20 Feb 2011 -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accuses Iran of exploiting Egypt's political crisis by sending two warships through the Suez Canal.
- Israel expresses concerns over Iran's planned Suez crossing RIA Novosti 20 Feb 2011 -- The Israeli prime minister said on Sunday Israel "views with utmost gravity" the plans by Iran to send warships to the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal.
- ATK Strengthens Coastal Defense Capabilities With the Modular Advanced Weapon System (MAWS) ATK 20 Feb 2011 -- ATK (NYSE: ATK) introduced its newly-developed Modular Advanced Weapon System (MAWS) at the 10th International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
- France orders Wasp remote-controlled turrets for armored vehicles Sagem (Safran group) 20 Feb 2011 -- French defense procurement agency DGA has placed an order with Panhard, working with program co-contractor Sagem (Safran group), for 100 Wasp turrets as part of an operational emergency acquisition procedure.
- Thales unveils its new long range ground surveillance radar Ground Observer 80 Thales 20 Feb 2011 -- Thales, pioneer and world market leader in ground surveillance radars– presents its new long range Thales Ground Observer 80 (GO80) for the first time to international customers.
- NATO continues to entrust Thales with the operation of its communications network in Afghanistan Thales 20 Feb 2011 -- NATO has confirmed the role of Thales as operator of highly-secured Communication and Information Systems to the benefit of the nations of the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) for two additional years. This success reflects how thoroughly satisfied the users have been with regard to the quality of the service provided. and reinforces the partnership between all the stakeholders concerned, public and private.
- France orders new-generation Sperwer drones and remote video terminals from Sagem Sagem (Safran group) 20 Feb 2011 -- French defense procurement agency DGA has awarded Sagem (Safran group) a contract for the modernization and expansion of the French army’s fleet of Sperwer tactical drones and associated equipment.
- Palestinians decry US veto to UN Security Council Resolution IRNA 20 Feb 2011 -- Palestinians gathered in Ramallah to protest the US veto that nixed a council resolution on Israeli settlements.
- Japanese official says his Kuril statement not 'anti-Russian' RIA Novosti 20 Feb 2011 -- Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said his Saturday's statement on the Kuril Islands, which Moscow called 'ambiguous,' was not aimed against Russia.
- African Union Panel Heads to Ivory Coast Monday VOA 20 Feb 2011 -- Five heads of state from the African Union are expected to travel to Ivory Coast on Monday in hopes of resolving the political crisis between rival governments there.
- China Tightens Security Ahead of Calls for Nationwide Protests VOA 20 Feb 2011 -- China has increased the presence of security forces around the country in response to an on-line call for nationwide demonstrations in solidarity with the so-called "Jasmine Revolutions" in the Middle East.
- US Urges Arab Governments to Heed Calls for Change VOA 20 Feb 2011 -- The Obama administration says governments across the Middle East should lead the way to reform demanded by demonstrators in Libya, Bahrain and elsewhere.
- Anti-Government Protests Spread in North Africa VOA 20 Feb 2011 -- Thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Morocco and Tunisia Sunday, while there are reports of 173 people killed during clashes with security forces in eastern Libya.
- Supreme Leader acknowledges Islamic nature of uprising in Mideast IRNA 20 Feb 2011 -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that the popular uprising underway in Egypt, Tunisia and the other Islamic states are of Islamic nature.
- Ex-President's Daughter Arrested at Iran Protest VOA 20 Feb 2011 -- The daughter of Iran’s former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was arrested in Iran for taking part in a banned opposition rally, according to state television. Rafsanjani was released a short time later amid reports that Iranian security forces were cracking down on rallies in the country.
- Death Toll In Libya Rises Amid Fierce Crackdown RFE/RL 20 Feb 2011 -- Human rights groups say casualties in Libya have escalated sharply after government troops opened fire with machine guns on demonstrators in the country's second city, Benghazi. An unknown number of people are said to have been killed, including children.
- Libyan protests leave up to 200 people dead RIA Novosti 20 Feb 2011 -- Protests in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule have left up to 200 people dead, the U.K.'s Independent newspaper reported on Sunday.
- EU calls to stop violence in Libya, urges 'restraint' RIA Novosti 20 Feb 2011 -- The European Union's foreign policy chief has called on Libyan authorities to end violence in the country which has left up to 200 people dead.
- Libyan protests death toll nears 100 as snipers shoot crowd — media RIA Novosti 20 Feb 2011 -- At least 15 people were killed on Saturday when snipers reportedly opened fire at the crowd of mourners in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, bringing the overall death toll in six days of protests to 100.
- Clashes Reported in Libyain Capital Tripoli VOA 20 Feb 2011 -- Clashes between supporters and opponents of Moammar Gadhafi were reported in Tripoli, Libya's capital, Sunday as the Libyan leader tried to squelch the uprising against his 40-year rule.
- Bahrain Opposition Finalizing Demands VOA 20 Feb 2011 -- Opposition leaders in Bahrain say they are finalizing a list of demands that they will present to the country’s leaders. It comes after Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa called for a national dialogue to help defuse ongoing political unrest in the Persian Gulf nation.
- Bahrain Protesters Camp Out In Square Ahead Of Talks RFE/RL 20 Feb 2011 -- Bahrain's political future appeared on a knife-edge today as antigovernment protesters reoccupied the capital city's main square and vowed not to enter into talks with the ruling monarchy until a list of demands were met.
- Bahrain Protesters Set Up Camp at Site of Bloody Clashes VOA 20 Feb 2011 -- Anti-government demonstrators in Bahrain have set up camp at a symbolic site in the capital, Manama, where violent clashes with security forces left a number of people dead over the past week. The military seized control of the Pearl Roundabout on Thursday, but pulled out two days later after escalating tensions within the Gulf nation and growing criticism from abroad.
- Bahrain unrest to continue until government resigns - opposition RIA Novosti 20 Feb 2011 -- The Bahraini opposition said the unrest will continue until the government resigns, with protesters refusing to hold a dialogue with the country's authorities.
- Students Protest Against Yemen's President VOA 20 Feb 2011 -- More than 1,000 Yemeni students demonstrated Sunday in Sana'a, the capital, continuing more than a week of rallies demanding the departure of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
- Government spokesperson: Museveni Victory Deserved VOA 20 Feb 2011 -- The spokesperson for Uganda’s government said stability, peace and improved service delivery was, in her words, the trump cards that ensured long-time President Yoweri Museveni’s re-election victory in a vote the opposition dismissed as a sham.
- Uganda’s Museveni Wins Re-election As Opposition Cries Foul VOA 20 Feb 2011 -- Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has been declared the winner of Friday’s presidential poll. Mr. Museveni’s win gives him another five year elective term, setting the incumbent on course to lead Uganda for a cumulative 30 years since 1986.
- Intelligence agency asked to probe cases against U.S. shooter IRNA 20 Feb 2011 -- An application was moved in a Pakistani court on Saturday seeking directions to the country’s main spy agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) to hold the inquiry of cases against double murder U.S. man Raymond Davis.
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