13 March 2011 Military News
- The Pegasus has landed: HMH-463 arrives in southwestern Afghanistan USMC News 13 Mar 2011 -- A pair of Hawaii-based heavy helicopter squadrons traded reins during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, March 10.
- Roadside bomb kills one, injures three NATO soldiers in Afghanistan RIA Novosti 13 Mar 2011 -- A roadside bomb killed one and wounded three NATO soldiers in the Daykundi province in central Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) reported on Sunday.
- Servicemembers swap weapons for a day Army News 13 Mar 2011 -- AK-47 rifles, Squad Automatic Weapons, Steyr AUG models, M-4 carbines and even the Singaporean SAR 21s were up for test fire during a weapons familiarization range Mar. 11, at Multi-National Base Tarin Kot, Uruzgan province, Afghanistan.
- Suspected US Missile Strike Kills 6 in NW Pakistan VOA 13 Mar 2011 -- Pakistani officials say a suspected U.S. missile strike has killed at least 6 people believed to be militants in the northwestern part of the country.
- Okinawa Airmen deploy to support relief on mainland Japan AFNS 13 Mar 2011 -- Airmen here are mobilizing to support disaster relief operations following the earthquake and tsunami March 11 that struck mainland Japan.
- Yokota civil engineers lead building renovation for relief forces AFNS 13 Mar 2011 -- Airmen in the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron, aided by Red Cross workers and base community volunteers, prepared lodging facilities here March 12 for inbound disaster relief forces.
- U.S. Forces Provide Relief Aid to Japan AFPS 13 Mar 2011 -- U.S. military forces are working alongside their Japanese counterparts to provide aid as the country digs out in the aftermath of the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck March 11.
- III MEF continues relief efforts in support of Operation Tomodachi USMC News 13 Mar 2011 -- Marines and sailors from III Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) are supporting Government of Japan-led humanitarian aid/disaster relief operations in mainland Japan following the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and the subsequent tsunami that struck northern Japan March 11.
- USS John S. McCain Gets Underway for Search and Rescue NNS 13 Mar 2011 -- USS John S. McCain departed from Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka on March 12, to provide humanitarian assistance in Japan as directed.
- Naval Air Facility Atsugi Helicopters Deliver Food to Earthquake and Tsunami Survivors NNS 13 Mar 2011 -- Helicopters assigned to Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 14 transported 1,500 pounds of rice and bread to survivors.
- USS Tortuga Embarks Heavy Lift Helos for Disaster Response in Japan NNS 13 Mar 2011 -- USS Tortuga embarked two MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopters from Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 14 off the coast of Pohang, Korea on March 12.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Helicopter Detachment Setting Standard for Operations in Central Command AOR NNS 13 Mar 2011 -- Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command visiting Sailors assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 Det. 2.
- S. Korea Urged to Stop Their Moves for Confrontation and War KCNA 13 Mar 2011 -- The south Korean authorities' pursuance of the policy for confrontation and war leads to their self-destruction.
- China and Russia Agree to Work Together for Six-Party Talks KCNA 13 Mar 2011 -- China and Russia agreed to work together for the resumption of the six-party talks.
- Libya angry over Arab League's no-fly zone vote RIA Novosti 13 Mar 2011 -- Arab League's decision to impose a no-fly zone over Libya will have negative consequences for Arab nations, Libyan Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
- Libyan Rebels Retreat from Oil Port Under Fire from Pro-Gadhafi Forces VOA 13 Mar 2011 -- Libyan rebels have retreated from an eastern oil port under heavy shelling from advancing government forces - another setback to an opposition movement trying to topple Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
- Libyan Rebels Welcome Arab League Call for No-Fly Zone VOA 13 Mar 2011 -- Libya’s opposition reacted positively to Saturday’s vote by the Arab League supporting a no-fly zone in the country as fighting continued on the frontlines, with pro-Gadhafi forces said to be encroaching on the rebel stronghold of Bengazi.
- Israel Approves More Settler Homes in West Bank VOA 13 Mar 2011 -- Israel's Cabinet has made a controversial policy decision, following a Palestinian attack that left five people dead.
- South Sudan Accuses North of Ouster Plot, Genocide Plan VOA 13 Mar 2011 -- South Sudan has suspended pre-partition talks with the north, accusing Khartoum of planning to topple the south's government and kill its people.
- Japanese Engineers Struggle With Several Damaged Nuclear Reactors VOA 13 Mar 2011 -- The estimated death toll from last week's massive earthquake off the coast of Japan and resulting tsunami climbed past 10,000 people on Sunday as authorities raced to deal with the threat of multiple nuclear reactor meltdowns. Japan's prime minister says his country is facing its worst crisis since World War II.
- Japan Faces Worst Crisis Since WWII RFE/RL 13 Mar 2011 -- Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has called for the country to come together in order to overcome what he called the worst crisis facing the nation since World War II.
- Japan's Fukushima quake-hit nuke plant under control - UN nuclear watchdog RIA Novosti 13 Mar 2011 -- Japanese specialists have been able to bring under control the situation at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, damaged by Friday's devastating earthquake and posing the risk of a radiation leak, a source at the UN nuclear watchdog told RIA Novosti over the phone on Sunday.
- Japan's earthquake, tsunami death toll likely to exceed 10,000 RIA Novosti 13 Mar 2011 -- The death toll from a devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on Friday may climb to over 10,000 people in the Miyagi prefecture alone, local police chief Naoto Takeuchi said on Sunday.
- New blast may hit Japan's troubled nuke plant after tremor - government RIA Novosti 13 Mar 2011 -- A new blast may hit Japan's Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant damaged by Friday's devastating earthquake, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said on Sunday.
- Fears of nuclear disaster mount in Japan RIA Novosti 13 Mar 2011 -- As large-scale rescue efforts are under way in Japan following Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami, the country has faced a growing threat from its troubled Fukushima nuclear power plant. A blast that destroyed the building of the plant's Number One reactor on Saturday has raised concerns of a possible Chernobyl-scale nuclear disaster.
- Japan rates Fukushima nuclear accident as 4 on 7-point scale RIA Novosti 13 Mar 2011 -- The Japanese authorities have described the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant as a "nuclear accident with local consequences" in a report to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the DPA news agency said.
- Japanese Quake Survivors Await Relief VOA 13 Mar 2011 -- Hundreds of thousands of survivors of Japan's worst modern-day earthquake huddled for a third night Sunday in makeshift shelters, cut off from food supplies, heat, electricity and rescue, as engineers probe the source of a radiation surge at a second nuclear plant on Japan's northeastern coast.
- Japan Continues Rescue Operations Following Massive Quake, Tsunami VOA 13 Mar 2011 -- Efforts are continuing in Japan to locate and rescue thousands of people still unaccounted for after Friday's earthquake and tsunami.
- Bahraini Police Clash with Protesters Blocking Manama Highway VOA 13 Mar 2011 -- Bahraini police have fired tear gas at anti-government protesters blocking a highway into the capital's financial district, in one of the Gulf state's most violent confrontations since a deadly government crackdown on the opposition last month.
- Demonstrations Intensify in Several Arab Countries VOA 13 Mar 2011 -- Unrest is marking the beginning of another week in some Arab countries, with several governments trying to disperse protesters.
- Iran Slams US, EU for Their Stands on Its Nuclear Activities KCNA 13 Mar 2011 -- Ali-Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, lashed out at the U.S. and EU.
- IAEA under Political Influence - Iran KCNA 13 Mar 2011 -- Iran says a certain double-edged position in the report on the nuclear issue of Iran indicates the agency is still influenced by political pressure.
- Cuban Paper Slams US Cyber Warfare KCNA 13 Mar 2011 -- The Cuban newspaper Granma on March 8 carried an article denouncing the U.S. cyber warfare against Cuba.
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