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24 February 2011 Military News

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  • 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.

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  • 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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