01 May 2011 Military News
- REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON OSAMA BIN LADEN The White House 01 May 2011 -- "Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children."
- Obama Announces Death of Osama Bin Laden VOA 01 May 2011 -- Twenty-five minutes before midnight on a Sunday night, President Obama made an announcement that the American people had waited almost ten years to hear.
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 30 April 2011
- NATO strikes command and control facility in Tripoli NATO 01 May 2011 -- NATO continued its precision strikes against Qadhafi regime military installations in Tripoli overnight, including striking a known command and control building in the Bab al-Azizya neighbourhood shortly after 1800 GMT Saturday evening.
- Afghans assume weapons repair mission from coalition Army News 01 May 2011 -- The Afghan National Army's 207th Corps has taken another step forward towards self-sustainment, by assuming responsibility April 21 for unit level maintenance and repair of the corps' small arms and crew served weapons systems.
- Afghan Taliban launch spring offensive IRNA 01 May 2011 -- Afghan Taliban say they would begin spring offensive across Afghanistan for May 1st and will launch attacks on foreign troops, Afghan security forces, government officials and members of the High Peace Council.
- Afghan Taliban Uses Child Bomber at Start of Spring Offensive VOA 01 May 2011 -- Afghan officials say a 12-year-old suicide bomber killed four people and wounded 12 others Sunday in eastern Paktika province, on the first day of the Taliban's promised spring offensive.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group Arrives in Phuket NNS 01 May 2011 -- Three ships and more than 5,000 Sailors and Marines from the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group (CSG) arrived in Phuket, Thailand, May 1, for a scheduled port visit.
- Iranian Navy's 14th fleet heads for Gulf of Aden IRNA 01 May 2011 -- Iran's fourteenth fleet of warships has been sent to the Gulf of Aden in order to defend the Iranian vessels passing through the waterway from the regular attacks by pirates there.
- Top air force officer outlines latest achievements IRNA 01 May 2011 -- A senior officer at Iran's Air Force Sunday outlined the latest achievements made by the domestic experts of the air force including producing ultra heavy bombs and smart weaponry.
- Western Missions Attacked After Qaddafi Survives NATO Air Strikes RFE/RL 01 May 2011 -- UN buildings and some foreign missions were targeted by angry crowds following a NATO air strike that reportedly killed a son of Muammar Qaddafi.
- Gaddafi's killed son Saif al-Arab was civilian student - agency RIA Novosti 01 May 2011 -- The youngest son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Arab, who was killed during a NATO airstrike on a wealthy residential area in Tripoli on Saturday, was a postgraduate student majoring in economy and not a military person, Libyan state-run JANA news agency reported.
- Russia doubts statement that NATO not targeting Libya's Gaddafi - Foreign Ministry RIA Novosti 01 May 2011 -- Russia doubts the statements by the NATO coalition that NATO airstrikes are not targeting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.
- Libyan ambassador expelled from Britain after embassy attack RIA Novosti 01 May 2011 -- The British authorities made a decision on Sunday to expel the Libyan ambassador to London following an attack on the British embassy in Tripoli by forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
- US Lawmakers Respond to Latest NATO Attacks on Libya VOA 01 May 2011 -- U.S. legislators of both parties are affirming support for NATO airstrikes that reportedly killed one of Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Gadhafi's sons and three of his grandchildren.
- Pro-Gadhafi Crowds Vow Revenge for Deadly Strike VOA 01 May 2011 -- Crowds have rallied at the Tripoli compound of Moammar Gadhafi, after the government said the Libyan leader narrowly escaped a NATO airstrike that killed one of his sons and three grandchildren. NATO denies any individuals were targeted.
- Israel freezes cash transfer to Palestinians RIA Novosti 01 May 2011 -- The Israeli government announced on Sunday that it would hold up an $89 million cash transfer to the Palestinian Authority because of a reconciliation deal between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah, regional media reported.
- Palestinian unity process needs to promote peace, security and non-violence – Ban UN News Centre 01 May 2011 -- Intra-Palestinian reconciliation should take place in a way that promotes peace, security and non-violence, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed, just days after Hamas and Fatah announced they had reached an agreement to form a national unity government and hold elections within a year.
- Uganda: UN human rights chief deplores 'excessive' use of force by authorities UN News Centre 01 May 2011 -- The United Nations human rights chief today urged Ugandan authorities to immediate halt the use of 'excessive' force against opposition politicians and protesters, saying it was only fuelling the crisis in the African nation, where at least eight people have been killed and hundreds of others injured in recent weeks.
- Tens of Thousands of Sri Lankans Protest UN Report on Wartime Abuses VOA 01 May 2011 -- Tens of thousands of Sri Lankans rallied in Colombo Sunday to protest a U.N. report that says the government may have committed serious human rights violations in the final months of a civil war that ended in 2009.
- Reconciliation Panel Announced in Ivory Coast VOA 01 May 2011 -- Ivory Coast's president says former prime minister Charles Konan Banny will lead a reconciliation panel set up to heal divisions from the country's political crisis.
- Syrian Troops Arrest Hundreds in Daraa VOA 01 May 2011 -- Witnesses say authorities in Syria have arrested hundreds of people - many of them in the flashpoint city of Daraa - as troops backed armored vehicles roam the streets trying to crush protests against President Bashar al-Assad.
- Salehi: Iran's reply to Ashton's letter ready IRNA 01 May 2011 -- Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday that Iran has received a new letter from EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and is to reply it after hearing the views of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
- FM spokesman rejects US claims on human rights IRNA 01 May 2011 -- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mihman-parast, in a press conference in Havana, rejected US assertions on human rights.
- Iran says its nuclear facilities are highly safe ISNA 01 May 2011 -- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said the country's nuclear facilities are in the highest level of safety.
- President Ma emphasizes no use of force CNA 01 May 2011 -- President Ma Ying-jeou of the Republic of China told German media that Taiwan will adhere to the principle of no unification, no independence, no use of force in promoting relations with mainland China.
- Space shuttle Endeavour's final launch postponed again RIA Novosti 01 May 2011 -- The final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, scheduled for Monday, has been postponed again as NASA specialists have failed to fix technical problems with the spacecraft's engine compartment, the U.S. space agency said.
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