21 February 2011 Military News
- NATO Strike Kills Afghan Family VOA 21 Feb 2011 -- Afghan officials say a NATO air strike, targeting suspected militants, has killed a civilian couple and their four children in Nangarhar province.
- Fresh Civilian Casualties Weigh On NATO-Kabul Relations RFE/RL 21 Feb 2011 -- The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has announced that is investigating a claim that it is responsible for killing six family members in an air strike in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar.
- NTM-A leadership tours Afghanistan capital region FOBs Army News 21 Feb 2011 -- The new deputy commanding general of the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan visited a training site and three Forward Operating Bases for the Afghan National Army Feb. 15.
- Drone Attacks Kill 11 in Pakistani Tribal Regions VOA 21 Feb 2011 -- Pakistani officials say air strikes by suspected U.S. drones have killed at least 11 people in a tribal region close to the Afghan border.
Defense Policy / Programs
- USS George H.W. Bush Strike Group Certified Combat Ready NNS 21 Feb 2011 -- The George H.W. Bush (GHWB) Carrier Strike Group is certified ready for combat operations after successfully completing its first Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX), Feb. 21.
- Essex Amphibious Ready Group Arrives in Thailand NNS 21 Feb 2011 -- Ships of the forward-deployed Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in Pattaya, Kingdom of Thailand, for a scheduled port visit Feb. 21 after completing the multinational exercise Cobra Gold 2011.
- Spanish Frigate Joins USS George H.W. Bush Strike Group For Pre-deployment Exercises NNS 21 Feb 2011 -- The George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Carrier Strike Group successfully completed its first Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) and Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) Feb. 21, with significant involvement from the Spanish frigate ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbón (F-102).
- Many NAVFAC Washington ARRA Projects to Wrap Up in 2011 NNS 21 Feb 2011 -- Since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was signed on Feb. 17, 2009, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington has awarded 18 contracts (totaling $86.7 million), focusing on critical infrastructure and energy projects.
- Mullen Continues Middle East Trip in Qatar AFPS 21 Feb 2011 -- The top U.S. military officer arrived here in the Qatari capital today, continuing his weeklong trip through the Middle East after concluding what he called frank, reassuring talks with leaders in Saudi Arabia about widespread regional unrest.
- Maritime Contingency Force remains ready USMC News 21 Feb 2011 -- CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters broke the silence of the early morning hours as they soared toward a ship refusing to comply with orders of the U.S. Navy.
- SecAF takes stock of progress, future challenges AFNS 21 Feb 2011 -- During remarks to the Air Force Association's 27th Annual Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition here Feb. 18, the Air Force's senior ranking official reviewed the service' s priorities and underscored Air Force commitment to making the most of available resources in a challenging fiscal environment.
- Two Iranian Warships to Pass Through Suez Canal Tuesday VOA 21 Feb 2011 -- Two Iranian naval vessels are expected to pass through Egypt's Suez Canal into the Mediterranean on Tuesday.
- Russia to continue military cooperation with Japan RIA Novosti 21 Feb 2011 -- Russia will not cease military cooperation with Japan or any other countries in the Asia-Pacific Region, a source from the Defense Ministry said on Monday.
- AU Delegation Trying to Solve Ivory Coast Crisis VOA 21 Feb 2011 -- Heads of state from the African Union are traveling to Ivory Coast Monday in hopes of resolving the political crisis between rival governments there.
- DRC: Rights activists decry threats IRIN 21 Feb 2011 -- Direct threats, anonymous telephone calls and intimidating mobile-phone text messages are among the tactics human rights activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) say are being used to undermine their work amid a deteriorating security climate.
- Senior UN official condemns Israeli demolition of Palestinian shelter UN News Centre 21 Feb 2011 -- A senior United Nations official today condemned the demolition of temporary tented structures sheltering families from the weather in Khirbet Tana near the West Bank city of Nablus, the second such incident affecting this community this month.
- UN-African mission voices concern at rebel warning against using Darfur airports UN News Centre 21 Feb 2011 -- The United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur today voiced its grave concern after a rebel leader warned that airports in the strife-torn region, as well as the rest of Sudan, have been designated as military targets and could be vulnerable to attacks by his group.
- DR Congo mass rape verdicts send strong signal to perpetrators – UN envoy UN News Centre 21 Feb 2011 -- A senior United Nations official has welcomed today's verdicts by a military court in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which mark the first time that a high-ranking commander and several other army personnel were arrested, tried and sentenced for conflict-related sexual violence in the strife-torn nation.
- UN chief urges restraint by Arab leaders as protests continue UN News Centre 21 Feb 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has once again called for the non-use of force and respect for basic freedoms, as he voiced concern about reports of escalating violence and bloodshed amid the protests in North Africa and the Middle East.
- Unrest In Libya Dominates EU Foreign Ministers Meeting RFE/RL 21 Feb 2011 -- European Union foreign ministers have roundly condemned the killing of antigovernment protesters in Libya as they gathered in Brussels to map out a strategy to handle the fallout from the unrest sweeping the Middle East.
- Hillary Rodham Clinton Press Statement - Situation in Libya US Dept. of State 21 Feb 2011
- Libyan Regime Under Siege as Protests Escalate VOA 21 Feb 2011 -- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi briefly appeared on state television early Tuesday as his faltering 40-year regime showed more signs of crumbling in the face of a widespread popular uprising that has escalated into open, deadly confrontation.
- US: Gadhafi Must Stop 'Bloodshed' VOA 21 Feb 2011 -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned the violence against anti-government protesters in Libya and called on Moammar Gadhafi's government to stop what she described as the "unacceptable bloodshed" taking place in the North African nation.
- Oil Firms Pull Workers Out of Libya VOA 21 Feb 2011 -- World oil prices rose sharply on Monday as violence in Libya sparked worries that energy supplies could be disrupted. The price of Brent crude oil in London, the benchmark for much of the world, jumped more than two percent to hit its highest price since 2008. The unrest prompted some major oil companies to start pulling their workers out of Libya as clashes between protesters and government security forces escalate.
- Britain urges nationals to leave Libya IRNA 21 Feb 2011 -- The British Foreign Office is urging UK nationals to leave Libya unless they have a pressing need to stay following the killing of scores of protesters in recent days.
- Qaddafi Rule Under Growing Pressure As Protests Intensify RFE/RL 21 Feb 2011 -- Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's 42-year rule appears under threat as antigovernment unrest has spread to the capital, Tripoli, while protesters claimed control of the country's second-largest city, Benghazi.
- Libya's Justice Minister resigns in protest at crackdown RIA Novosti 21 Feb 2011 -- Libya's Justice Minister Moustapha Abdel Jalil has resigned in protest at "the excessive use of force" used against demonstrators during continuing unrest, the Libyan paper Quryna said on Monday.
- Libyan protestors seize control of Benghazi RIA Novosti 21 Feb 2011 -- Hours after the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi vowed to suppress anti-governmental unrest, protestors claimed control of Benghazi, the country's second city, the Al Jazeera TV channel reported.
- Gaddafi: 40 years of the riddle of the sands RIA Novosti 21 Feb 2011 -- Muammar Gaddafi has ruled Libya for over 40 years in a unique, sometimes eccentric style, hallmarked by his penchant for safari suits, sunglasses, Bedouin tents, rambling speeches and a 40-member all-female bodyguard detail.
- Libyan People's Hall on fire as protesters riot RIA Novosti 21 Feb 2011 -- A government building in the Libyan capital Tripoli is ablaze after anti-government protesters went on the rampage, the Al-Arabiya TV news channel said on Monday.
- Libya's ambassadors to India, Arab League resign in protest against government RIA Novosti 21 Feb 2011 -- Libyan Ambassador to India Ali al-Essawi resigned in protest against his government's violent crackdown on demonstrators who have called for the ouster of the country's leader, Muammar Gaddafi, the Indian Express daily website reported on Monday.
- Gaddafi's son blames opposition from outside for unrest in Libya RIA Novosti 21 Feb 2011 -- Sayf al-Islam Gaddafi, a son of the Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, has blamed opposition members outside the country of organizing protests in Libya.
- Libyan Protests Escalate With Fires, Gunfire Reported VOA 21 Feb 2011 -- Reports from Libya indicate the more than 40-year-rule of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is under siege from an escalating popular uprising that is turning violent and destructive.
- Libyan Protests Spread to Capital VOA 21 Feb 2011 -- Dozens of people are reported to have been killed in Tripoli Monday as anti-government protests that began in eastern Libya spread to the capital.
- World Leaders Slam Libya Violence VOA 21 Feb 2011 -- Leaders from throughout the world are demanding a peaceful resolution of the turmoil in Libya.
- EU Denounces Libya Violence; Prepares to Evacuate Nationals VOA 21 Feb 2011 -- The European Union has denounced the harsh crackdown by Libyan authorities against anti-government protesters as reports emerge of scores of dead in the capital Tripoli.
- Bahrain Protests Continue; No End in Sight VOA 21 Feb 2011 -- Anti-government protests in Bahrain have reached the one-week mark, and despite a lull in violence, there seems to be no end in sight to the country’s political unrest.
- Yemen's President Offers Reforms in Bid to Calm Growing Turmoil VOA 21 Feb 2011 -- Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh is vowing to undertake political and constitutional reforms, in a bid to calm protests that have been shaking the country for more than ten days.
- Five Killed in Morocco Unrest VOA 21 Feb 2011 -- Morocco's interior minister says authorities have found five charred bodies in a burned bank after demonstrations erupted into unrest.
- Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood to establish political party RIA Novosti 21 Feb 2011 -- Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood movement has decided to establish a political party, a senior member said Monday.
- EGYPT: Counting the post-revolution costs IRIN 21 Feb 2011 -- Many people in Egypt have been directly or indirectly affected by 17 days of street protests which ended on 11 February with the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak.
- Khamenei Praises Arab Revolts As Iran Crushes Its Own Protests RFE/RL 21 Feb 2011 -- Iran's Islamic regime and the opposition Green Movement have embarked on a tug-of-war to voice solidarity with the antigovernment demonstrations convulsing Arab countries, as Iran's own long-dormant protest organizations shows signs of reviving
- Iranian Diplomat Resigns To Join Green Movement RFE/RL 21 Feb 2011 -- Ahmad Maleki, the head of Iran's consular office in Milan, has resigned his post to protest the Iranian government's "barbaric actions against the Iranian nation," RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.
- Exporting Nonviolent Revolution, From Eastern Europe To The Middle East RFE/RL 21 Feb 2011
- Medvedev fires FSB deputy chief RIA Novosti 21 Feb 2011 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed Federal Security Service (FSB) deputy head Vyacheslav Ushakov over his poor performance, press secretary Natalya Timakova said on Monday.
- Pelaez says never suspected her husband of spying for Russia RIA Novosti 21 Feb 2011 -- Peruvian-born journalist Vicky Pelaez, accused of being in an espionage ring for Russia in the United States, said she never worked for the Russian secret service and did not suspect that her husband was involved.
- Reports: American Detained in Pakistan Works for CIA VOA 21 Feb 2011 -- News reports quote a senior Pakistani intelligence official as saying the U.S. consulate employee accused of shooting two men in Lahore is a spy for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
- Tymoshenko Says Opposition Relatives Being 'Terrorized' RFE/RL 21 Feb 2011 -- Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko says the authorities are "terrorizing" opposition politicians and their relatives, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.
- IRAQ: Government vows to improve food aid system IRIN 21 Feb 2011 -- The Iraqi government has pledged to improve the state-run food aid system in the wake of sporadic protests and long-standing discontent over the quality and targeting of the rations provided.
- Proposed U.S. Budget Trims Assistance To Caucasus, Central Asia RFE/RL 21 Feb 2011 -- U.S. President Barack Obama sent Congress his $3.7 trillion budget proposal for 2012 on February 14, promising that it would reduce the deficit by $1.1 trillion over the next decade.
- Yahsat first satellite Y1A shipped to launch site Thales 21 Feb 2011 -- The Yahsat first satellite Y1A built by Astrium and Thales Alenia Space has left the Astrium facilities in Toulouse, France, and was transported by air to Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for its launch by an Ariane 5 vehicle in March 2011.
- First four satellites in the Globalstar Second Generation constellation in position and ready for service Thales 21 Feb 2011 -- The first four Globalstar Second Generation satellites have been successfully positioned in their operational orbit, marking the start of service for this new constellation. After the launch by Arianespace and Starsem using a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur on October 19, 2010, Thales Alenia Space teams took charge of orbital positioning operations, at the Globalstar control center in Milpitas, California..
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