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11 March 2011 Military News

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  • OIF/OEF Casualty Update 11 Mar 2011 [PDF]
  • 5th Signal Command Soldiers Deploy to Afghanistan Army News 11 Mar 2011 -- More than 80 Soldiers with 5th Signal Command's A Company, 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, were given a noble farewell as they started their journey to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
  • Gates Warns Coalition Not to Abandon Afghanistan VOA 11 Mar 2011 -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates called on NATO allies and other nations with troops in Afghanistan not to make what he called "ill-timed, precipitous, or uncoordinated" withdrawals after the United States begins its gradual drawdown in July. Gates met with representatives of the 47 other contributing nations and the Afghan defense minister Friday morning.
  • Afghan Mission ‘At Critical Juncture,’ Gates Tells NATO AFPS 11 Mar 2011 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates challenged a gathering of 48 NATO defense ministers here today to commit money and people, at what he called “a critical juncture for our mission in Afghanistan.”
  • Airstrike in Afghanistan Kills Terrorist Leaders AFPS 11 Mar 2011 -- International Security Assistance Forces conducted a precision airstrike yesterday targeting two Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan terrorist organization leaders in the Dara Soof Payan district of Afghanistan’s Samangan province yesterday, military officials reported.
  • Patrols get 1/3 ready to work with ANA soldiers USMC News 11 Mar 2011 -- Marines from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, put their last three weeks’ worth of training to the test with a patrol accompanied by Afghan role players March 8, 2011. Their actions were assessed by members of the Advisor Training Group.
  • Pakistan army chief says 'terrorists disrupt regional peace' IRNA 11 Mar 2011 -- Pakistan Army Chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, said on Friday that ‘terrorists have disrupted peace and stability in the region and threatened our way of life’.
  • Pakistan Says Drone Strikes Have Been Effective VOA 11 Mar 2011 -- A top Pakistani military commander acknowledged this week that the U.S drone strikes against militant hideouts have been an effective weapon in the anti-militancy fight.
  • Marines Airlift 45 Egyptians Home From Tunisia AFPS 11 Mar 2011 -- A Marine Corps KC-130 aircraft has airlifted 45 Egyptians from Djerba, Tunisia, to Cairo in the latest transport of refugees from Libya, Pentagon spokesman Marine Corps Col. Dave Lapan said today.

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  • Obama Offers Aid, Condolences to Japan VOA 11 Mar 2011 -- U.S. President Barack Obama says Americans are sending their thoughts and prayers to the Japanese people after Friday’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. The president says the United States is ready to help.
  • Japan's Tsunami Death Toll Seen Reaching 1,000 VOA 11 Mar 2011 -- Japan's central island of Honshu is waking up to scenes of widespread death and devastation from a massive earthquake and tsunami that hit its Pacific coast Friday, with local media saying as many as 1,000 people may have been killed.
  • Fire break out at nuclear power plant after Japanese quake IRNA 11 Mar 2011 -- A fire has broken out at one of Japan's nuclear power plants after the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on Friday, according to news agency reports.
  • Hundreds Feared Dead After Quake, Tsunami Hit Northeastern Japan RFE/RL 11 Mar 2011 -- Hundreds of people are feared dead after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit northeastern Japan today, triggering a tsunami that swept away houses, vehicles, boats, and buildings.
  • Japan evacuates 2,000 people near nuclear plant RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2011 -- Some 2,000 people living near northeast Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant were told to evacuate on Friday following a massive earthquake.
  • Earthquake, tsunami wreak havoc in Japan RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2011 -- The massive earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on Friday left thousands without drinking water and provoked panic buying.
  • US Offers Japan 'Immediate' Earthquake Aid VOA 11 Mar 2011 -- The United States says it is prepared to immediately offer Japan whatever assistance it might need in the wake of Friday’s massive earthquake. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States has flown coolant to a threatened Japanese nuclear power plant.
  • Saudi Arabian police tighten security ahead of new riots RIA Novosti 11 Mar 2011 -- Police in Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh have tightened security measures ahead of expected anti-government riots, a local policeman told RIA Novosti on Friday.
  • US Defense Secretary in Bahrain to Discuss Reforms VOA 11 Mar 2011 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has traveled to Bahrain for talks with the kingdom's leaders about calls for reforms in Bahrain and elsewhere in the Middle East.
  • Soltanieh asks Amano to report US, Europe non-compliances to Board IRNA 11 Mar 2011 -- Iran’s IAEA envoy, Ali-Asghar Soltanieh, on Friday urged the IAEA Chief Yukia Amano to report the non-compliance of the US and the European countries hosting nuclear weapons, with their obligations undertaken under the NPT to IAEA Board of Governors.
  • Battered And Bruised, Rafsanjani May Have Fought His Last Battle RFE/RL 11 Mar 2011 -- In the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film "Jaws," the shark's death was meant to convey an air of finality -- only for the man-eating fish to reappear in ever-more lethal forms in a series of increasingly desultory sequels.
  • Biden Backs Moldovan Reforms, Territorial Integrity RFE/RL 11 Mar 2011 -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was in Moldova today for a brief visit to encourage reform in the impoverished nation and push for a peaceful settlement of its separatist conflict.
  • UN voices sorrow and pledges assistance after deadly quake and tsunami strike Japan UN News Centre 11 Mar 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep sorrow today and offered the full support of the United Nations after a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Japan, killing dozens of people and destroying towns, villages and large swathes of infrastructure.
  • Libyan Crisis Threatens Regional Food Security VOA 11 Mar 2011 -- The crisis in Libya could put food security at risk, not only in Libya, but in neighboring countries as well.

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