24 February 2011 Military News
- OIF/OEF Casualty Update 24 Feb 2011 [PDF]
- DOD News Briefing with Sgt. Maj. Hill and Sgt. Maj. Roshan via Teleconference from Afghanistan DoD 24 Feb 2011 -- Presenter: U.S. Command Sergeant Major Marvin Hill, Senior Enlisted Leader of International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, and Afghan Sergeant Major of the Army Roshan Safi, Sergeant Major of the Afghan National Army
- Afghan Forces Expand, Gain Capability AFPS 24 Feb 2011 -- The Afghan army is growing fast and simultaneously struggling with the need to educate and train its noncommissioned officer corps, the senior enlisted leader of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan said today.
- Petraeus Orders Probe of Rolling Stone Allegations AFPS 24 Feb 2011 -- Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, will appoint an investigator to determine the facts of issues raised in a Rolling Stone magazine article that appeared today.
- Petraeus Orders Investigation of Alleged Psy Ops Against US Officials VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan has ordered an investigation into allegations published in Rolling Stone Magazine that his deputy for training Afghan forces ordered a psychological operations unit to help him convince visiting U.S. officials to provide more money for his effort. Officials see the training program as crucial to achieving their goal of handing full security responsibility to the Afghan forces in 2014.
- Bringing more bark to fight in Afghanistan AFNS 24 Feb 2011 -- To counter the growing improvised explosive device threat in Afghanistan, as well as detect the well-established drug trade here, the increased use of military working dogs have become a critical part of daily operations. Not only can they detect explosives and drug hoards, they can actively engage the enemy and alert the patrols of imminent danger.
- Coalition Forces Detain Militants, Find Weapons AFPS 24 Feb 2011 -- Afghan and coalition troops captured several insurgents, including a Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin terrorist leader, yesterday in Afghanistan, military officials reported.
- Caldwell Lauds Afghans’ Force Increase AFPS 24 Feb 2011 -- As the United States and NATO surged 40,000 additional combat troops into Afghanistan last year, the Afghan army and police forces also surged, growing to 258,700 by September, the general in charge of the training effort said yesterday.
- NATO asks Ukraine to send military instructors to Afghanistan RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2011 -- NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Thursday the alliance has asked Ukraine to consider allocating military instructors to help train Afghan security forces.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Air Force announces next tanker aircraft AFNS 24 Feb 2011 -- Air Force and Defense Department officials announced the award of an engineering and manufacturing development contract valued at more than $3.5 billion for the KC-46A aerial refueler to The Boeing Company today.
- Air Force Announces KC-46A Tanker Contract Award DOD 24 Feb 2011 -- The Department of the Air Force announced today the award of an engineering and manufacturing development contract valued at more than $3.5 billion for the KC-46A aerial refueler to Boeing Co. of Seattle, Washington.
- DOD News Briefing with Deputy Secretary Lynn and DOD senior leaders to announce the Air Force KC-46A Tanker contract award DoD 24 Feb 2011 -- Presenter: Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn; Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Ashton Carter; Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley; and Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz
- Boeing Wins Aerial Tanker Contract AFPS 24 Feb 2011 -- The Boeing Co. has won the contract to produce the Air Force’s KC-46A aerial refueling aircraft, replacing the Eisenhower-era KC-135s and the Reagan-era KC-10s.
- Mullen Visits Horn of Africa Task Force AFPS 24 Feb 2011 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff took time today during his whirlwind trip through the Middle East to visit with troops of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, whose full-time focus here is on maintaining stability and preventing conflict.
- USS Gettysburg Completes JTFEX NNS 24 Feb 2011 -- USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and embarked Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70, completed a successful Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) as part of the George H.W. Bush (GHWB) Carrier Strike Group, Feb. 20.
- NMCB 74 Crew Assists with Engine Swap NNS 24 Feb 2011 -- The crane crew of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 assisted Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 2 with an engine swap in Rota, Spain, when a routine 600-hour maintenance check uncovered a damaged turbine, Jan. 5.
- Navy to Disestablish 19 NJROTC units NNS 24 Feb 2011 -- The Navy will disestablish 19 Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) units, effective June 30.
- Navy Accepts Delivery of Future USS William P. Lawrence NNS 24 Feb 2011 -- The Navy officially accepted delivery of the future USS William P. Lawrence from Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding during a ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss, Feb. 23.
- T-AKE USNS Washington Chambers Accepted into Military Sealift Command's Fleet NNS 24 Feb 2011 -- Military Sealift Command (MSC) accepted delivery of its newest dry cargo/ammunition ship, USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11), during a ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO Ship Yard San Diego Feb. 23.
- Guatemalan Sailors, Marines Host Water Survival Skills Exchange NNS 24 Feb 2011 -- USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) Sailors and Security Cooperation Task Force (SCTF) Marines wrapped up water survival and search and rescue (SAR) information exchanges with Guatemalan service members at Santo Tomas Naval Base, Feb. 18.
- USS Michigan (SSGN 727) Blue Crew Completes Deployment NNS 24 Feb 2011 -- USS Michigan (SSGN 727)(Blue) Sailors returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash., Feb. 21-23, following a three-month deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility.
- NMCB 74 Seabees Improve Rota Kennel NNS 24 Feb 2011 -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74, Seabees completed an expansion to a dog kennel aboard Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota, Spain, Feb. 16.
- Navy Security Team Trains with Salvadoran Security Forces NNS 24 Feb 2011 -- Sailors assigned to a U.S. Navy security team concluded a week-long subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) with Salvadoran sailors, port authority officers and police officers at Puerto Corsain, El Salvador, Feb. 24.
- USS Shoup Visits Tasmania NNS 24 Feb 2011 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86), pulled into the city of Hobart on the Tasmania island state of Australia for a port visit, Feb. 15.
- Navy Region Hawaii Conducts Solid Curtain Citadel Shield '11 NNS 24 Feb 2011 -- Various commands throughout Navy Region Hawaii participated in Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield '11 (SC-CS 11), an annual security training exercise held by U.S Fleet Forces Command and Navy Installations Command, Feb. 22-25.
- SPS 2011 Completes Multiple Construction Projects at El Salvadoran Schools NNS 24 Feb 2011 -- Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 28 Seabees and Marines from the 2nd Marine Logistics Group partnered with El Salvadoran sailors to complete three rehabilitation and repair projects in La Union, El Salvador, Feb. 23, in support of Southern Partnership Station (SPS) 2011.
- USAFWS takes new approach to generating leaders AFNS 24 Feb 2011 -- U.S. Air Force Weapons School officials recently modified their syllabus to reflect that it is not only the Air Force's most challenging tactical training, but also a program designed to produce the Air Force's next generation of great leaders.
- McChord Airmen survive New Zealand earthquake unscathed AFNS 24 Feb 2011 -- About 35 McChord Airmen, 15 of them from the Air Force Reserve Command's 446th Airlift Wing, are in Christchurch, New Zealand, where a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Feb. 22. The remaining McChord Airmen in Christchurch belong to the active-duty 62nd Airlift Wing here.
- 2nd Signal Brigade conducts Full Spectrum Exercise Army News 24 Feb 2011 -- More than 60 Soldiers with 2nd Signal Brigade are conducting a Full Spectrum joint exercise, Operation Deuce Lightning Feb. 1 to Mar. 4, working outside their normal strategic day-to-day work.
- JFCC-Space commander highlights need for improved space situational awareness AFNS 24 Feb 2011 -- Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Functional Component Command for Space, returned Feb. 1 from a two-day trip to Tel-Aviv, Israel, that included a keynote speech and meetings with Israeli military leaders.
- Aircraft Shoot Down Assessment Team conducts exercise Army News 24 Feb 2011 -- Officers from all military branches participated in a joint exercise here in mid-February as part of the Aircraft Shoot Down Assessment Team.
- U.S. Army partners with UK defense group Army News 24 Feb 2011 -- U.S. Army and British defense officials partnered Feb. 17 to strengthen research and development ties.
- Paratroopers get back to basics with JOAX Army News 24 Feb 2011 -- After almost 10 years of deployments, the exercise was all about getting back to the basics of parachute assault and full-spectrum operations skills that leaders said might have atrophied.
- Army wants to develop Soldier as decisive weapon Army News 24 Feb 2011 -- The Army needs to continue investing in and developing new technologies which help make Soldiers themselves a decisive weapon in combat, service leaders told hundreds of industry and military attendees here Feb. 23 at the Association of the United States Army Winter Symposium.
- Picatinny exceeds Army's energy reduction goal 5 years ahead of schedule Army News 24 Feb 2011 -- The energy management team at Picatinny Arsenal recently surpassed the Army-wide goal to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent five years ahead of schedule.
- Yuma's Avengers embark on 13th MEU USMC News 24 Feb 2011 -- Marine Attack Squadron 211 and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 Marines embarked on the USS Boxer Feb. 22, 2011, from San Diego for a seven-month deployment with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
- GIS mapping important to MCLB USMC News 24 Feb 2011 -- Editor’s note: This is the seventh article of an eight-part series on Inside Installation and Environment Division.
- Mullen: Quest Incident Personalizes Counterpiracy Focus AFPS 24 Feb 2011 -- Condemning pirates who killed four Americans aboard a private sailing vessel this week, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff vowed today that the United States, as part of a strong international coalition, will continue to pursue this growing threat.
- Mullen, Mattis Meet With Omani Counterparts AFPS 24 Feb 2011 -- Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command, met here today with their Omani counterparts to discuss defense matters of mutual concern, Mullen’s spokesman reported.
- U.S. reiterates call for further arms reduction talks with Russia RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2011 -- The U.S. administration is ready to conduct talks with Russia on further nuclear arms reductions, including non-strategic weapons, a senior State Department official said.
- Russia to buy 1,000 helicopters by 2020 RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2011 -- Russia's Defense Ministry announced plans on Thursday to buy 100 ships, over 600 aircraft and 1,000 helicopters under a 2011-2020 arms procurement program.
- Russia in talks with France on 'future soldier' gear RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2011 -- Russia is holding talks with France on the purchase of Felin advanced "future soldier" equipment, which includes new combat clothing with body armor and a new ballistic helmet, weapons, and a portable computer.
- Russian military abandons defense satellite after failed launch RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2011 -- The Russian defense ministry said on Thursday it would not use a military satellite that was sent into the wrong orbit earlier this month.
- Russia postpones navigation satellite launch from Plesetsk RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2011 -- The launch of the Glonass-K navigation satellite, scheduled to take place Thursday from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia was postponed for 24 hours, a defense ministry spokesman said.
- Ukraine 'interested' in European missile defense - NATO chief RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2011 -- Ukraine is interested in cooperating with NATO in building the European missile defense system, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Thursday.
- Navy Commander: Mission to be accomplished heedless of threats IRNA 24 Feb 2011 -- IRI Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said here Wednesday night Iranian warships would accomplish their commission heedless of Israel's hue and cry and phony threats.
- Iranian military to 'greet' warships in Syria amid Israeli concern RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2011 -- Senior Iranian military figures are in the Syrian capital Damascus for a ceremony to greet the arrival of two Iranian warships later on Thursday.
- Iranian Warships Dock in Syria VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- Two Iranian naval ships have docked in Syria after passing through Egypt's Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea - an act Israel had called a "provocation."
- Indian Navy deploys surveillance aircraft in Seychelles IRNA 24 Feb 2011 -- Indian Navy has deployed a Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft in the Seychelles for carrying out anti-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean Region.
- Azerbaijani General Dismissed After Conscript Killings RFE/RL 24 Feb 2011 -- Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has dismissed and demoted a military commander following the death of seven servicemen in a shooting incident, RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service reports.
- Moldovan Defense Minister: NATO Membership Key For Joining EU RFE/RL 24 Feb 2011 -- Moldovan Defense Minister Valeriu Marinuta says joining NATO is crucial to gaining European Union membership, and belonging to the Atlantic alliance is no longer a taboo subject in his country, RFE/RL's Moldovan Service reports.
- UAE, Russia sign $74-million contract on modernization of amphibious vehicles RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2011 -- The United Arab Emirates and Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport signed a $74-million contract on the modernization of 135 Russian BMP-3 (amphibious infantry fighting vehicle), UAE Armed Forces official spokesman Major-General Obaid Al Hairi Salem Al Ketbi said on Thursday.
- February 24, 2011 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 24 Feb 2011
- Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 2/24/2011 The White House 24 Feb 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for February 24, 2011
- Boeing Receives US Air Force Contract to Build Next-Generation Refueling Tanker Boeing 24 Feb 2011 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has received a contract from the U.S. Air Force to build the next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft that will replace 179 of the service's 400 KC-135 tankers.
- EADS North America statement concerning U.S. Air Force Tanker selection EADS 24 Feb 2011 -- EADS North America officials today expressed disappointment and concern over the announcement by the U.S. Air Force that it had selected a high-risk, concept aircraft over the proven, more capable KC-45 for the nation’s next aerial refueling tanker.
- Lockheed Martin JLTV Platform Maturity Grows Beyond 145,000 Combined Testing Miles Lockheed Martin 24 Feb 2011 -- Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE:LMT] Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) has reached a key maturity milestone, accumulating over 145,000 combined internal and government testing miles across its family of vehicles. U.S. Army and Marine teams continue to accumulate durability miles as part of a 12-month test and evaluation phase at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., and Yuma Proving Grounds in Yuma, Ariz.
- Lockheed Martin and Global Aerospace Logistics Partner to Provide Sensor Solutions for UAE Armed Forces Lockheed Martin 24 Feb 2011 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Gyrocam Systems, LLC, and Global Aerospace Logistics, LLC, today announced the signing of a teaming agreement to offer proven, low risk, best value solutions to address the immediate and future Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) sensor needs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces.
- Northrop Grumman Delivers U.S. Navy's Newest DDG 51 Class Destroyer, William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) Northrop Grumman 24 Feb 2011 -- The U.S. Navy accepted Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) latest Aegis guided missile destroyer today in a ceremony held on the fantail of the Navy's newest ship. William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) is the 28th DDG 51 Class destroyer built at the company's shipbuilding operations in Pascagoula.
- Northrop Grumman Completes Main Mast Installation on USS Theodore Roosevelt Northrop Grumman 24 Feb 2011 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) completed a significant work performance milestone on the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) with the installation of the final section of the ship's main mast today.
- Hawkei prototypes delivered to Australia’s Department of Defence for testing Thales 24 Feb 2011 -- Thales Australia has delivered two prototypes of its ground-breaking Hawkei vehicle to Australia’s Department of Defence.
- Northrop Grumman Awarded Contract to Begin Low Rate Initial Production of Next Generation Automatic Test Station for U.S. Army Northrop Grumman 24 Feb 2011 -- The U.S. Army has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) a $50 million contract authorizing low rate initial production (LRIP) of the Army's replacement for its current Integrated Family of Test Equipment (IFTE) and other Army off-platform testers.
- Northrop Grumman Selected to Develop Collaborative Navigation System for U.S. Air Force Program Northrop Grumman 24 Feb 2011 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), in partnership with the University of Minnesota, has been selected to develop a collaborative navigation system under the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) Collaborative Robust Integrated Sensor Positioning Program.
- Thales Australia and General Dynamics Ordnance Tactical Systems announce long-term strategic teaming agreement Thales 24 Feb 2011 -- Thales Australia and U.S.-based General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems have signed a long-term strategic teaming agreement to cooperate in the Australian ordnance market.
- Northrop Grumman Fire Scout Completes First Unmanned Test Flights on Littoral Combat Ship Northrop Grumman 24 Feb 2011 -- The Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) -built MQ-8B Fire Scout vertical takeoff and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (VTUAV) achieved a significant development milestone in November when it flew its first test flights from the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS-1).
- 24 February 2011 - Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General United Nations 24 Feb 2011
- Concrete international intervention needed in Israeli-Palestinian conflict – UN envoy UN News Centre 24 Feb 2011 -- A senior United Nations official today called for “credible and effective international intervention” to break the impasse in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, noting that a negotiated solution would help stabilize a Middle East currently in ferment.
- Security Council extends UN mission in Timor-Leste for another year UN News Centre 24 Feb 2011 -- The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste for another year so that it can continue to assist the fledgling nation consolidate peace, democracy and the rule of law, as well as support the preparations for the parliamentary and presidential elections planned for 2012.
- Dialogue Key to Peace with Pakistan, Says India VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- As India and Pakistan get ready to restart peace talks after more than two years, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says dialogue is the only way to resolve their differences. The embattled Indian leader is also vowing to tackle inflation and punish those guilty of corruption -- two issues which have put his government on the ropes at home.
- Human rights situation in Côte d’Ivoire getting worse, says UN report UN News Centre 24 Feb 2011 -- A new United Nations report highlights an ongoing pattern of human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings, abductions and excessive use of force, in Côte d’Ivoire since the November election and warns that the situation is only getting worse.
- Sudan Rebel Group Denies Role in Libya Anti-Protest Violence VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- The spokesman for the Darfur-based Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has denied accusations that members of his group are acting as mercenaries for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to suppress anti-government protesters.
- Libyan Minister Accuses Gadhafi of Lockerbie Attack VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- Libya's former justice minister, who has resigned following the government's crackdown on protestors there, says the country's leader Moammar Gadhafi personally ordered the Lockerbie plane bombing in 1988. Mr. Gadhafi has always denied that he knew of the plans to carry out the attack. The claim has reignited the debate over whether Western countries were too quick to welcome Mr. Gadhafi back into the international community.
- U.S., Allies Monitor Libya Situation, Mullen Says AFPS 24 Feb 2011 -- U.S. defense officials are monitoring the civil unrest in Libya and will provide President Barack Obama with a range of options, the nation’s top military officer told reporters traveling with him today.
- UN labour chief joins in condemning violent Libyan repression of protesters UN News Centre 24 Feb 2011 -- The United Nations labour chief today added his voice to the chorus condemning Libya’s leaders for the deadly violence against mass protests, stressing that the North African country is a further example of the risks to those who fail to heed widespread unemployment and poverty.
- Thousands Fleeing Libyan Violence Cross Into Tunisia VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- Thousands of people fleeing violence in Libya streamed across Tunisia's southeastern border post of Ras El Jedir, where local citizens had mobilized food and transportation.
- Obama Consults World Leaders on Libyan Crisis VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- President Barack Obama is talking with other world leaders about how to address the crisis in Libya. The president spoke by telephone Thursday with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and is expected to do the same with British Prime Minister David Cameron.
- US Seeks Libya's Expulsion From UN Human Rights Council VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- The United States said Thursday it will seek Libya’s expulsion from the U.N. Human Rights Council as an initial step to try to bring an end to violence in the North African country. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join in a meeting of the U.N. panel on Monday in Geneva.
- Qaddafi Blames Al-Qaeda For Violence In Western Libya RFE/RL 24 Feb 2011 -- Libya's embattled ruler Muammar Qaddafi has called on the people of Zawiya to stop fighting - saying violence in the city was caused by youths who are "stoned on drugs" and taking orders from Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
- World Grapples For Response In Libya RFE/RL 24 Feb 2011 -- International momentum is building for action against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s regime for a protest crackdown that has killed hundreds in more than a week.
- Ukrainian Medical Staff Flee Libya, But No Word On Qaddafi's Nurse RFE/RL 24 Feb 2011 -- Ukrainian nationals fleeing the violence in Libya have described to RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service a tense situation in the Mediterranean country, which has fully descended into the throes of civil war.
- EU threatens sanctions against Gaddafi as violence continues RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2011 -- The European Union is considering implementing sanctions against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi as the authorities in the North African country continue to use violent methods to quash a prolonged uprising.
- U.S. to discuss Libyan violence with partners RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2011 -- The U.S. will hold discussions with its partners worldwide to prepare a response to violence in Libya, U.S. President Barack Obama said.
- UN chief urges 'prompt and peaceful' transition in Libya RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2011 -- The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on the international community to show unity and ensure a "prompt and peaceful" transition in Libya.
- Libyan Opposition Movement Moves Westward, as Bloody Uprising Continues VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi continue to attack anti-government protesters, but the opposition groups appear to be gaining more of a foothold, despite the brutal crackdown.
- Libya's Leader Blames al-Qaida for Protests VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has blamed Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida terrorists for the anti-government protests in his country.
- Foreigners Flee Libya Violence, Pour Into Egypt VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- Thousands of foreigners caught in the violence in Libya are struggling to leave. Some are able to board aircraft, ferries and other ships chartered by their governments, while others are pouring across the borders of neighboring Egypt. Many have been helped to safety by Libyans under siege themselves.
- Gadhafi Loyalists Reinforce Grip on Tripoli, Protests Spread VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- Fighters loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi are reinforcing their grip on the capital, Tripoli, as a growing popular uprising spreads across the eastern half of the country.
- NATO Not Planning to Interfere in Libya VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the alliance has no plans to intervene in the unrest in Libya.
- MP: Libyan people angered by brutal carnage IRNA 24 Feb 2011 -- Head of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said on Thursday that merciless carnage of protestors in Libya would make people much more infuriated.
- EGYPT: Economy to take a hit from Libya turmoil IRIN 24 Feb 2011 -- The return home of thousands of Egyptian workers from Libya following mass protests against the Gaddafi regime, will mean the loss of millions of dollars in remittances and possible unemployment for the returnees, a leading economist warns.
- Germany sends warships to Libya to evacuate nationals IRNA 24 Feb 2011 -- Germany has dispatched three warships to Libya to evacuate German nationals trying to flee the strife-torn north African country, the website of the Hamburg-based weekly news magazine Der Spiegel reported Thursday.
- Bahrain to go on nationwide strike if government refuses to resign RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2011 -- Protestors in Bahrain will stage more protests and a nationwide strike if the government refuses to resign on Thursday, an opposition activist told RIA Novosti.
- Bahraini Opposition Leader Detained in Lebanon VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- An exiled Bahraini opposition leader who was pardoned by the country's king has been detained in Lebanon.
- Why Iran Is Different RFE/RL 24 Feb 2011 -- On first glance, it looks like an archetypal no-brainer; a large Middle Eastern country with a repressive regime and a simmering, angry protest movement.
- Tunisia: UN human rights team lays out path for transition to democracy UN News Centre 24 Feb 2011 -- The clear separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judicial branches in Tunisia after the ouster of its long-time ruler is vital for the North African country’s future, with human rights and dignity at its core, a United Nations mission reported today.
- Myanmar’s human rights abuses burden region with exodus of refugees – UN expert UN News Centre 24 Feb 2011 -- Human rights violations in Myanmar are burdening other countries in the region, with an influx of refuges fleeing a host of abuses from forced labour and land confiscation to arbitrary detention and sexual violence, a United Nations expert warned today.
- Aung San Suu Kyi Notes Parallels Between Middle East and Burma VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- Nobel Laureate and pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi says the people of Burma are closely following events in the Middle East, where largely peaceful protests have forced governments out of office in Tunisia and Egypt.
- US Space Shuttle Discovery Launched on Final Flight VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- The U.S. space shuttle Discovery has thundered into orbit on its final flight to carry supplies to the International Space Station.
- ATK's Solid Rocket Boosters Help Launch Space Shuttle Discovery ATK 24 Feb 2011 -- ATK's (NYSE: ATK) Reusable Solid Rocket Motors (RSRM) ignited at 4:53 p.m. EST, launching the Space Shuttle Discovery and its crew on their 11-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Since the inaugural flight of the space shuttle, 266 space shuttle solid rocket motors have been launched to date, with 53 full-scale ground tests allowing ATK and NASA to constantly improve safety, techniques and processes.
- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne's Space Shuttle Main Engines Power Delivery of Parts and Cargo Module to the International Space Station Pratt & Whitney 24 Feb 2011 -- Three Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME) today successfully powered the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on Mission STS-133 to deliver spare parts and a modified cargo transfer module that will be permanently attached to the International Space Station (ISS) to provide additional storage space.
- Aid Agencies Report Severe North Korean Food Shortage VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- Five American aid agencies report the food shortage in North Korea has become severe. They are appealing for quick assistance to feed the isolated country’s most vulnerable people. There are hurdles, however, to resuming aid to North Korea.
- UN chief urges disarmament forum to start work on fissile material ban treaty UN News Centre 24 Feb 2011 -- The United Nations Conference on Disarmament (CD), the world’s sole multilateral forum on the issue, must move ahead vigorously on a treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear devices or risk slipping into irrelevance, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today.
- Virginia Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Providing Material Support and Encouraging Violent Jihadists to Kill U.S. Citizens US DoJ 24 Feb 2011 -- Zachary Adam Chesser, 21, of Fairfax County, Va., was sentenced today to 25 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for communicating threats against the writers of the South Park television show, soliciting violent jihadists to desensitize law enforcement, and attempting to provide material support to Al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization.
- Judge Says WikiLeaks' Assange Can Be Extradited To Sweden RFE/RL 24 Feb 2011 -- A court in Britain has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden to face rape and sexual-assault allegations.
- British court to extradite Assange to Sweden RIA Novosti 24 Feb 2011 -- A British court on Thursday ruled Julian Assange, the enigmatic founder of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, should be extradited to Sweden where he is wanted on sex assault charges.
- Conflict, Protests Roil Thailand Ahead of Elections VOA 24 Feb 2011 -- Thailand’s government is under pressure from all sides; the insurgency in the south is ramping up, it is fighting with Cambodia over territory, and two different groups are staging regular, anti-government protests.
- Advancing decolonization process will require greater efforts by all, says Ban UN News Centre 24 Feb 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged greater cooperation between the United Nations body dealing with decolonization, the administering countries and the remaining 16 Non-Self-Governing Territories so that the people of these territories can exercise their right to self-determination.
- Kosovo's New President Takes Office Amid Controversy RFE/RL 24 Feb 2011 -- Just three years after unilaterally declaring independence, the new country of Kosovo is learning the old truth that politics makes strange bedfellows.
- Soaring Global Food Prices Keep Consumers - And Rulers - Guessing RFE/RL 24 Feb 2011 -- At first glance there would seem to be little that unites the revolution in Egypt, the struggle to combat drought in China, and campaign politics in Pakistan. Yet it turns out that all three of these stories have something in common: the spike in global food prices.
- Russia, EU Spar Over Energy Policy At Brussels Meeting RFE/RL 24 Feb 2011 -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has warned that continued instability in North Africa and skyrocketing world energy prices pose a "serious threat to the world," making the security of gas supplies pumped by pipeline from Russia to Europe more important than ever.
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