26 February 2011 Military News
- APG honors Maryland National Guard unit as it deploys Army News 26 Feb 2011 -- C/2-224th Aviation Regiment and detachments of the Maryland Army National Guard will support Operation New Dawn in Iraq for one year.
- MSV Champion Crew Rescues Family Adrift at Sea NNS 26 Feb 2011 -- Navy Reserve and active duty crew members assigned to Maritime Support Vessel (MSV) Champion rescued five family members, including two small children, while transiting the Philippine Sea Feb. 24.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Japan, US to Stage Missile-intercepting Training KCNA 26 Feb 2011 -- Japan and the U.S. reportedly plan to stage a mock training for detecting, tracking and intercepting ballistic missiles in in Japan.
- Gates Tells US Army to Take New Approach VOA 26 Feb 2011 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Friday that the U.S. Army must restructure itself or risk losing important mid-level leaders and not being prepared for the conflicts of the future.
- Mullen: Anniversary Reaffirms U.S.-Kuwaiti Bonds AFPS 26 Feb 2011 -- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff joined in festivities today celebrating the 20th anniversary of Kuwait’s liberation during Operation Desert Storm and the 50th anniversary of its independence.
- Kuwaiti Troops Recall Invasion, Friendships Forged AFPS 26 Feb 2011 -- Kuwaiti Capt. Adel Khubert was just a 10-year-old boy when Saddam Hussein’s Republic Guard screamed over the border from Iraq and took Kuwait by siege Aug. 2, 1990.
- Kuwait Celebrates 20 Years of Liberation VOA 26 Feb 2011 -- Kuwait has marked two decades of liberation from Iraq by staging a large military parade made up of servicemen from many of the coalition countries that took part in the Persian Gulf War. A total of 34 nations helped to drive Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait 20 years ago, bringing the conflict to an end.
- Russia to deploy units on Iturup, Kunashir Islands - defense minister RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2011 -- Russia will deploy military units on Iturup and Kunashir, part of the Kuril Islands, Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Saturday.
- Russia launches Glonass-K satellite RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2011 -- The Russian Space Forces have successfully launched a new Glonass-K navigation satellite from the Plesetsk space center, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Saturday.
- Russia confirms plans to supply Syria with Yakhont missiles RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2011 -- Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Saturday Russia has not dropped its plans to supply Syria with Yakhont missiles.
- Q&A: U.S. Ambassador Says 'Status Of Kosovo Is Settled' RFE/RL 26 Feb 2011 -- It has been a week of dramatic political events in Kosovo that saw the election of businessman Behgjet Pacolli as president and the confirmation of a new government headed by Prime Minister Hashim Thaci.
- Fighting Spreads as Ivory Coast Draws Closer to Return to Civil War VOA 26 Feb 2011 -- Ivory Coast is moving closer to a return to civil war with rebels claiming to have captured new territory in the west and supporters of the incumbent president calling for attacks against foreigners and U.N. peacekeepers.
- Security Council imposes sanctions on Libyan authorities in bid to stem violent repression UN News Centre 26 Feb 2011 -- The Security Council today voted unanimously to impose sanctions against the Libyan authorities, slapping the country with an arms embargo and freezing the assets of its leaders, while referring the ongoing violent repression of civilian demonstrators to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
- UN Security Council Meets On Libya Amid Continuing Unrest RFE/RL 26 Feb 2011 -- The UN Security Council is meeting again to discuss a sanctions resolution against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi in a bid to stop his crackdown on antigovernment protesters.
- Turkish naval ship may guard ferry evacuating Russians from Libya RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2011 -- The Russian Emergencies Ministry plans to engage a Turkish naval ship to provide security for Russians and citizens of other countries who will be evacuated by Saint Stefan ferry from the Libyan port of Ras Lanuf.
- Obama signs order to impose sanctions against Libyan officials RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2011 -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday signed an Executive Order regarding sanctions against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his government and family, and sent a letter to Congress on the matter.
- Ban phones leaders of Saudi Arabia and Italy to discuss situation in Libya UN News Centre 26 Feb 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today had telephone discussions with King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on developments in Libya, as he continues to reach out to world leaders to urge them to support the international effort to stop the violence in the North African country.
- Much of Libya Outside of Government Control as Popular Protests Continue VOA 26 Feb 2011 -- Scattered protests continued in Libya Saturday, amid reports of further defections by former top officials to the side of the insurgents. Popular protests also continued in Yemen and several other Arab countries, as well.
- UN Security Council Discusses Possible Libya Sanctions VOA 26 Feb 2011 -- The U.N. Security Council is holding a rare Saturday session to discuss imposing possible sanctions against the government of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in a bid to end his bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters.
- US Shutters Libya Embassy VOA 26 Feb 2011 -- The United States Friday suspended operations at its embassy in Libya after U.S. diplomatic personnel were airlifted out of the country. However, officials say diplomatic contacts with representatives of the Moammar Gadhafi government continue.
- Obama Calls for Gadhafi's Immediate Departure VOA 26 Feb 2011 -- President Obama is calling for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down immediately. The call came in a statement issued by the White House detailing a private phone conversation Mr. Obama had with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
- Egyptian Military Apologizes for Using Force on Protesters VOA 26 Feb 2011 -- The Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces, currently in charge of the Egyptian government, has issued an apology after members of the military police beat some protesters in Cairo early Saturday.
- 3 Killed in Clashes Between Protesters And Security Forces in Tunisia VOA 26 Feb 2011 -- Tunisia's Interior Ministry says three people were killed Saturday in clashes between security forces and anti-government demonstrators.
- Powerful Yemeni Tribal Chiefs Join Opposition VOA 26 Feb 2011 -- Two powerful tribal chiefs in Yemen have joined the movement to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh, after more than a week of popular uprising.
- Foreign Minister criticizes west's reaction to Iran's nuclear activities IRNA 26 Feb 2011 -- Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, in meeting with a Japanes senior diplomat, criticized western countries behavior towrds Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.
- Normal activities underway at Bushehr nuclear plant IRNA 26 Feb 2011 -- Spokesman for Iran’s Nuclear Energy Organization Hamid Khadem Ghaemi said on Saturday that technical activities at Bushehr nuclear power plant are quite normal.
- Iranian, Syrian Navy officials mull plan to build sea structures IRNA 26 Feb 2011 -- Iranian Navy is ready to cooperate with the Syrian Navy to build marine structures such as water breaker, jetty and port installations, Iran's Navy commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said on Saturday.
- Iran says its warships arrival in Mediterranean Sea in line with int'l norms ISNA 26 Feb 2011 -- Iranian Navy Commander Brigadier General Habibollah Sayyari said Iranian warships' arrival in Mediterranean Sea is in line with international norms.
- Iran says IAEA confirms no diversion in nuclear work ISNA 26 Feb 2011 -- Iranian ambassador to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh said the agency has confirmed again there is no diversion to military purposes in Iranian nuclear program.
- Iran calls Senegal's cutting of diplomatic ties "illogical" ISNA 26 Feb 2011 -- Iran called Senegal's cutting of bilateral diplomatic ties "illogical."
- Shuttle Discovery docks with ISS for final time RIA Novosti 26 Feb 2011 -- The U.S. Discovery shuttle has successfully docked to the International Space Station (ISS), the NASA said on Saturday.
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