13 May 2011 Military News
- OIF/OEF/OND Casualty Update 13 May 2011 [PDF]
- Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 5/13/2011 The White House 13 May 2011
- Bin Laden's Operational Role Debated VOA 13 May 2011 -- It is widely agreed that the plot to mount terrorist attacks in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 sprung from the mind of Osama bin Laden.
- White House: US Has Had Access to bin Laden Widows VOA 13 May 2011 -- White House spokesman Jay Carney says the United States has had access to Osama bin Laden's widows in Pakistan.
- Pakistan PM says ties with CIA break down IRNA 13 May 2011 -- Pakistan's PM Gilani has said that cooperation between the county’s main spy agency and the American CIA has been broken.
- U.S. Aid To Pakistan Faces Challenges After Bin Laden Operation RFE/RL 13 May 2011 -- On May 10, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher introduced the "Defund United States Assistance to Pakistan Act of 2011" in the House of Representatives
- Osama's death divides Pakistan IRNA 13 May 2011 -- Pakistan seems to be divided after the US Special Forces killed Osama Bin Laden.
- Pakistan top leadership condemn US Osama raid IRNA 13 May 2011 -- Pakistan's top political and military leadership condemned the US unilateral action in violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 12 May 2011
- NATO Press briefing on Libya by Carmen Romero, the NATO Deputy Spokesperson and Wing Commander Mike Bracken, Military Spokesman for Operation Unified Protector NATO 13 May 2011
- HMS Liverpool fires on Gaddafi forces UK MOD 13 May 2011 -- The Commanding Officer of Royal Navy destroyer HMS Liverpool has praised his 'cool and professional' crew after they silenced a Libyan shore battery.
- Forces Detain Insurgents in Badghis Province AFPS 13 May 2011 -- Combined forces apprehended several suspected insurgents yesterday in the Murghab district of Afghanistan’s Badghis province.
- 1-38 Cav. thwarts Taliban threats during Operation Gryphon Hold Army News 13 May 2011 -- Soldiers assigned to 1st Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, hindered Taliban activity in the Mazgarey Mountain Range during operation Gryphon Hold, April 25-27, 2011.
- Coalition Works to Reintegrate Insurgents AFPS 13 May 2011 -- For insurgents in Afghanistan who choose to lay down arms and align themselves with the government, the road to reintegration starts with the ISAF force reintegration cell.
- Is 'Arab Spring' Coming To Kabul? RFE/RL 13 May 2011 -- Will the wave of antigovernment dissent in the Middle East reach Afghanistan?
- Marines begin reintegration through Air Force Deployment Transition Center AFNS 13 May 2011 -- More than 100 Marines arrived by air here April 27 for a brief stay at the Air Force Deployment Transition Center.
- Pakistani Taliban Say Suicide Bombings Avenge Death Of Bin Laden RFE/RL 13 May 2011 -- Pakistan's Taliban has claimed responsibility for their first major attack to avenge Osama bin Laden's death.
- Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility for twin attacks IRNA 13 May 2011 -- Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for twin bomb attacks on a training center of security forces in the country’s northwest.
- Ban deplores deadly suicide bombing at Pakistani military training centre UN News Centre 13 May 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban has condemned suicide bombings at a military training centre in north-western Pakistan.
- 80 Killed in Pakistan Suicide Bombing VOA 13 May 2011 -- Pakistani officials say two bomb blasts at a training center for local security forces in the country’s northwest have killed at least 80 people and wounded over 120 others.
- Death toll rises to 86 in Pakistan paramilitary base blasts RIA Novosti 13 May 2011 -- The death toll has risen to 86 in a suspected twin suicide bombing at a paramilitary force academy in north-western Pakistan.
- In Pakistan's Tribal Areas, Doubts About Development RFE/RL 13 May 2011 -- It's an axiom in the "war on terror" that to free areas from the grip of militants, you have to develop them economically.
- Guard responds to emergency calls as Mississippi rises Army News 13 May 2011 -- Louisiana National Guardsmen from the 139th Regional Support Group and the 225th Engineer Brigade helped raise a levee to protect 240 homes from potential flooding in Krotz Springs, May 12.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Russia may take action over U.S. missile shield RIA Novosti 13 May 2011 -- Russia's deputy defense minister has said action could be taken if the US deploys its new missile defense system near Russia's borders.
- Missile defense talks with U.S. 'difficult' - Russian FM RIA Novosti 13 May 2011 -- Missile defense talks between Moscow and Washington are going through a complicated phase.
- Army Released April Suicide Data DoD 13 May 2011
- Third Army seeks new solutions during container conference Army News 13 May 2011 -- Personnel from throughout Third Army's area of responsibility gathered for the bi-annual container management conference at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait May 10-12. Troops from all service branches and civilians came from Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, camps in Kuwait and the United States to discuss current operations, pool best practices in container management and set conditions for container management for operations throughout Third Army's area of responsibility.
- Malawi Defence Force masters vital combat lifesaver training at MEDREACH 11 Army News 13 May 2011 -- Soldiers from the 399th Combat Support Hospital instructed Malawi Defence Force (MDF) medical staff and Soldiers from the 404th Maneuver Enhancement Battalion, May 5, at the Kamuzu Barracks, on a variety of procedures to help them better respond to combat-related injuries.
- Army working to streamline disability evaluation system Army News 13 May 2011 -- Army leaders told lawmakers Wednesday the service is revamping its disability evaluation system because the current process is inefficient.
- U.S., Dutch partnership benefits both nations during aviation training Army News 13 May 2011 -- Active duty and National Guard U.S. Soldiers are training with 139 Dutch soldiers as part of a combined effort to benefit both forces.
- CNO Speaks at Brookings Institution NNS 13 May 2011 -- The chief of naval operations (CNO) delivered remarks and answered questions at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., May 13.
- TR Prepares to Undock with Fast Cruise NNS 13 May 2011 -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) held a 'fast cruise' May 12 during its Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) in preparation to flood the ship's dry dock, and to move the ship pier side at Newport News Shipbuilding, which will be the ship's first underway since 2009.
- Lincoln Strike Group Changes Command NNS 13 May 2011 -- Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9 held a change of command ceremony aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), May 13.
- NAVSEA to Co-Host Third Annual International Frigate Working Group NNS 13 May 2011 -- The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Deputy Commander for Surface Warfare (SEA 21) and Commander, Naval Surface Force are scheduled to host the third meeting of the International Frigate Working Group May 16-20 in San Diego, Calif.
- USS Alabama Returns to Bangor NNS 13 May 2011 -- Trident ballistic missile submarine USS Alabama (SSBN 731)(Blue) returned to its homeport of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash., after a 45-day strategic deterrent patrol, May 10.
- NAVOCEANO Dedicates IT Center NNS 13 May 2011 -- The Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) located at John C. Stennis Space Center, Miss., held a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony May 12 for a state-of-the-art, 2800 square feet, computer facility that will serve the office well into the future.
- Kearsarge ARG Almost Home NNS 13 May 2011 -- Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) ships are scheduled to return to Naval Station Norfolk May 16, following an extended deployment.
- Royal Saudi Navy Training Director Views Combat Systems Training NNS 13 May 2011 -- The Center for Surface Combat Systems (CSCS) and Aegis Training and Readiness Center (ATRC) hosted the head of training for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), in order to support the Navy's training missions with partnered allied nations, May 6.
- Bataan Visits ITS Garibaldi, Strengthens Coalition Ties NNS 13 May 2011 -- Leadership from the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) embarked aboard the Italian carrier ITS Giuseppe Garibaldi (C 551) May 10 to allow the two coalition partners to strengthen ties through shared experiences, ideas and insight.
- USS Blue Ridge Arrives in Osaka NNS 13 May 2011 -- The 7th Fleet command ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) arrived at Osaka, Japan, May 13 for a port visit that will strengthen already strong ties between the United States and Japan.
- National Guard leaders talk fiscal constraints, cost-effective solutions AFNS 13 May 2011 -- As part of the total force, the National Guard has successfully transformed into an operational force, the top National Guard leader said here May 11.
- 1st MAW hosts Black Knights, Hawks USMC News 13 May 2011 -- The Marines and sailors of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 and Marine Fighter Attack All-Weather Squadron 533 on Okinawa as part of the Marine Corps' Unit Deployment Program.
- Immersive Technology Fuels Infantry Simulators AFPS 13 May 2011 -- Rocket-propelled grenades explode, villagers scream in Arabic, squad members move together through the rough streets past animal pens and bazaar stalls, and the hot air carries local sounds and smells.
- MEDREACH 11 Builds Capabilities, Cooperation AFPS 13 May 2011 -- Army Col. Marcus De Oliveira, the U.S. Army Africa chief of staff, closed the MEDREACH 11 medical humanitarian assistance exercise praising the participating U.S. and Malawi Defense Force troops.
- EPLOs supporting Mississippi River flood response effort AFNS 13 May 2011 -- The recent flooding along the Mississippi River has disrupted lives and commerce, and now the next threat is to several parishes in Louisiana.
- Bulava launches to resume mid-June RIA Novosti 13 May 2011 -- The Russian Defense Ministry said it has scheduled a new round of test launches of its troubled Bulava missile for mid-June.
- Russia to deploy 2nd S-400 air defense regiment near Moscow RIA Novosti 13 May 2011 -- A second regiment equipped with advanced S-400 Triumf air defense systems will be put on combat duty on May 15.
- Russia sends destroyer to protect shipping off Somali coast RIA Novosti 13 May 2011 -- A Russian task force led by Northern Fleet's destroyer Severomorsk will start patrolling waters in the Gulf of Aden in June.
- Army's Apache fires first Hellfire missiles at sea UK MOD 13 May 2011 -- British Army Apache helicopters have recently fired Hellfire missiles for the first time whilst flying from a Royal Navy warship.
- May 13, 2011 - U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing US Dept. of State 13 May 2011
- DoD News: Contracts for May 13, 2011
- BAE Systems Wins U.S. Army Contract to Manage and Operate Radford Army Ammunition Plant BAE Systems 13 May 2011 -- BAE Systems has been selected by the U.S. Army to manage, operate and maintain the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in southwest Virginia. The operating contract includes a 10-year base plus three five-year options, which, if fully exercised, will extend the award thru 2036. Initially, the Army has awarded approximately $850 million to the company for the first 10 years.
- Raytheon Receives Contract to Produce Additional APG-79 AESA Radars Raytheon 13 May 2011 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has received a contract from Boeing for the second procurement in the four-year Multi-Year III program to produce and deliver APG-79 active electronically scanned array radars for F/A-18 Super Hornet tactical aircraft.
- Thales's Lightweight Multirole Missile to enter production Thales 13 May 2011 -- Following three years of development, Thales UK's Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) will now move forward into full development, qualification and initial production following contract award by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).
- 13 May 2011 - Daily Press Briefing by the Offices of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General and the Spokesperson for the General Assembly President United Nations 13 May 2011
- Press Conference on United Nations Financial Situation United Nations 13 May 2011
- Gadhafi Says NATO Cannot Reach Him VOA 13 May 2011 -- Libyan state television has broadcast an audio message from Moammar Gadhafi in which the Libyan leader assures his people that he is alive.
- Gates: US Remains Cautious Over Libyan Rebels VOA 13 May 2011 -- Representatives from the Libyan opposition are in Washington this week to meet senior U.S. officials.
- Libyan Opposition to Meet With US Officials VOA 13 May 2011 -- A delegation from Libya's Transitional National Councilsits down for talks with U.S. officials in Washington.
- ICC Prosecutor Seeks Libya Arrest Warrants VOA 13 May 2011 -- The prosecutor of the ICC says he will seek arrest warrants next week for three people considered responsible for crimes against humanity in Libya.
- Survivors of Libyan boat tragedy give fresh accounts to UN refugee agency UN News Centre 13 May 2011 -- The UN refugee agency has received fresh accounts from the survivors of a boat disaster that killed more than 60 people earlier this year.
- Libyan Refugees Describe Brutalizing Boat Ordeal VOA 13 May 2011 -- Survivors of a boat that left Tripoli on March 25 describe the brutalizing ordeal they and their fellow passengers were forced to endure on this perilous journey.
- UN resumes food deliveries in two Southern Sudanese states after assurances UN News Centre 13 May 2011 -- The UN World Food Programme is resuming operations in two Southern Sudanese states.
- COTE D'IVOIRE-LIBERIA: Fighting rumours with fact IRIN 13 May 2011 -- Thousands of refugees in eastern Liberia want to know what has happened to their family members, about the state of their villages, and whether it is safe to go home.
- Ivory Coast's Ouattara Seeks Close Ties with Senegal VOA 13 May 2011 -- Sworn in as president just last week, Mr. Ouattara now sits at the helm of a deeply divided country.
- EGYPT: Jury out on promise to open Rafah IRIN 13 May 2011 -- Egypt’s new leadership has promised to open the Rafah crossing into Gaza permanently after more than five years of partial and occasionally full closure.
- Palestinians Prepare to 'Mourn' Israel's Creation VOA 13 May 2011 -- Palestinians have announced plans to begin a series of marches and rallies leading up to Sunday's commemoration of what they call Naqba (catastrophe).
- Somali political bickering undermines peace process - UN envoy UN News Centre 13 May 2011 -- Political divisions between Somalia’s transitional Government and interim Parliament have undermined the momentum of the country’s peace process.
- SOMALIA: Disquiet over new NGO law IRIN 13 May 2011 -- Some provisions of new legislation governing the activities of NGOs in Somaliland could undermine international humanitarian activity.
- Aid Groups Warn of Somalia Food Crisis VOA 13 May 2011 -- With seasonal rains failing across Somalia, a coalition of non-governmental organizations is urging immediate action to fight what they are calling one of the "worst droughts in recent memory."
- EU Troika begins visit to Kashmir IRNA 13 May 2011 -- A delegation of EU Troika, which began its visit to Kashmir, met Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and pro-Independence leader Yasin Malik both of whom apprised the visitors of the latest situation prevailing in the state.
- Medvedev says Georgian war most difficult decision as president RIA Novosti 13 May 2011 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev described on Friday the deployment of Russian troops in the breakaway Georgian republic of South Ossetia in 2008 as one of the hardest decisions of his presidential career.
- Bosnian Serbs Call Off Controversial Referendum RFE/RL 13 May 2011 -- The Bosnian Serb leadership has called off a controversial referendum that had sparked a political crisis and threatened to sour ties with the international community.
- Serbia Calls For UN Probe Of Kosovo Organ Trafficking Allegations RFE/RL 13 May 2011 -- Serbia's FM Jeremic has called on the UN to lead a probe into allegations that Kosovo rebels traded in organs taken from Serbian prisoners during the Kosovo conflict in 1999.
- Cambodia War Crimes' Tribunal Prosecutors at Odds VOA 13 May 2011 -- Prosecutors at the Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh are at odds this week after investigating judges said they have completed their work on their third case.
- Refugee numbers in East Africa rises, as internal displacement declines slightly - UN UN News Centre 13 May 2011 -- The number of refugees in 10 countries in Eastern Africa has risen to nearly 1.4 million, an eight per cent increase since September, the United Nations humanitarian office said today in an update that shows that the majority of the new asylum-seekers travelled to Kenya and Ethiopia.
- Security situation improves in eastern Chad, but concerns remain - UN official UN News Centre 13 May 2011 -- The withdrawal of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Chad at the end of last year so far does not appear to have adversely affected security in eastern Chad, the UN's top humanitarian official told the Security Council today.
- Statement by the President on the Resignation of Middle East Envoy George Mitchell The White House 13 May 2011
- Obama Middle East Envoy Resigns VOA 13 May 2011 -- President Barack Obama has announced the resignation of his Middle East envoy, George Mitchell.
- U.S. Middle East Envoy Mitchell Resigns RFE/RL 13 May 2011 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has announced the resignation of U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell after two years in the post.
- Russia Warns Against Foreign Intervention In Syria RFE/RL 13 May 2011 -- Russia has warned against intervention in Syria, with FM Lavrov calling on the Syrian opposition not to seek a repeat of the "Libya scenario."
- Thousands Continue Protest Across Syria VOA 13 May 2011 -- Scattered protests were reported in at least a dozen Syrian towns and cities following midday prayers Friday.
- At Least 1 Dead as Syrian Forces Fire on Protesters VOA 13 May 2011 -- Human rights groups say at least one person has been killed after Syrian security forces opened fire on protesters Friday in the central city of Homs.
- Syrian Troops Deployed In Cities Ahead Of Protests RFE/RL 13 May 2011 -- Soldiers backed by tanks were deployed across Syrian cities ahead of protests against President Bashar al-Assad's regime expected later on May 13.
- Over 3,000 protesters rally in Syria RIA Novosti 13 May 2011 -- Over 3,000 protestors took to the streets in Syria on Friday, despite two days of violent crackdowns on demonstrators.
- Yemeni President Vows to Stay, At Least 3 Dead in Protests VOA 13 May 2011 -- Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh says he has no immediate plans to leave his post, as thousands of anti-government activists in the capital rallied for his resignation.
- Iranian Women's Relatives Concerned With Poor Jail Conditions RFE/RL 13 May 2011 -- The families of female political prisoners transferred to a notoriously harsh prison say they are extremely concerned.
- Egyptian Muslims, Copts Dampen Religious Feuds VOA 13 May 2011 -- Tensions between Christians and Muslims in Egypt have boiled over into sporadic violence for many years.
- Thousands Demand Reform in Egypt, Mubarak's Wife Hospitalized VOA 13 May 2011 -- Thousands gathered in Cairo's main square urging an end to sectarian violence, continued political reforms and support of the Palestinian cause.
- Mubarak's wife detained in corruption probe RIA Novosti 13 May 2011 -- Egypt's authorities have ordered the detention of Suzanne Mubarak, the wife of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
- In Egypt, Thousands Demand Reform, Peace VOA 13 May 2011 -- Thousands gathered in Cairo's main square urging an end to sectarian violence, continued political reforms and support of the Palestinian cause.
- UN officials warn of escalating human rights violations across Middle East UN News Centre 13 May 2011 -- UN human rights officials voiced deep concern about the situation in Syria, Bahrain and Yemen.
- 'Libya scenario' dangerous for region - Lavrov RIA Novosti 13 May 2011 -- Russian FM Lavrov warned on Friday of the dangers of a repetition of the fighting that has engulfed Libya in other countries in North Africa and the Middle East.
- Russia promises to urge Iran to meet IAEA requirements RIA Novosti 13 May 2011 -- Russia will seek to persuade Iran to comply with the requirements of the international nuclear watchdog.
- Myanmar: UN envoy meets with leading Government and opposition figures UN News Centre 13 May 2011 -- A top UN official wrapped up a visit to Myanmar, where he met with senior members of the country’s newly installed Government and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
- India's Ruling Congress Party Gets Boost From State Elections VOA 13 May 2011 -- India’s Congress Party, which heads the ruling coalition, has notched up some significant victories in crucial regional elections.
- Belarusian Prosecutors Demand Seven Years For Opposition Leader RFE/RL 13 May 2011 -- Belarusian prosecutors have demanded a seven-year prison sentence for opposition leader Andrey Sannikau.
- Belarus state prosecutor demands 7-year term for opposition leader RIA Novosti 13 May 2011 -- Belarusian state prosecutors demanded a 7-year jail term for a high-profile opposition leader.
- Russia to heed WWII views in foreign policy RIA Novosti 13 May 2011 -- Russia will take into account acts of disrespect towards Soviet World War II victims when deciding its foreign policy with its neighbors, President Dmitry Medvedev.
- Medvedev calls for equal access to state media for parties RIA Novosti 13 May 2011 -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev demanded that regional election commissions provide political parties with equal access to airtime in state media.
- AFGHANISTAN: Imported wheat prices raise concerns IRIN 13 May 2011 -- The rising cost of imported wheat flour is contributing to food insecurity in Afghanistan because so many urban families rely on it, officials say.
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