15 May 2011 Military News
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 14 May 2011
- Libya Offers Truce to UN in Return for NATO Cease-fire VOA 15 May 2011 -- Libya's prime minister has offered a truce to a visiting United Nations envoy in return for an immediate NATO cease-fire
- British Defense Chief: NATO Needs to 'Up Ante' in Libya VOA 15 May 2011 -- The head of Britain's armed forces is urging NATO to broaden its range of bombing targets in Libya amid fears the conflict might end in a stalemate.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Carter Hall Offloads 26th MEU NNS 15 May 2011 -- USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) offloaded the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) in Camp Lejeune and Morehead City, N.C., May 12.
- USS Carl Vinson Welcomes Republic of Philippines President NNS 15 May 2011 -- Sailors of Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 welcomed aboard the president of the Republic of Philippines May 14.
- Carrier Strike Group 1 Arrives in Manila Bay, Philippines NNS 15 May 2011 -- Sailors of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 arrived in Manila Bay, Philippines, May 15 for a scheduled port visit following the conclusion of 95 days supporting maritime theater security operations for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
- Mason Wins Green 'H' Award NNS 15 May 2011 -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) was named as a 2010 Force Health and Wellness Unit Award, or Green 'H', winner, May 3.
- Thai, US Marines form brotherhood through sniper training USMC News 15 May 2011 -- The road to becoming a U.S. Marine Corps sniper is a long one, but pride and brotherhood are the rewards for those who complete it.
- History Shapes Current Operations Army News 15 May 2011 -- In the October 2008 edition of Field Manual 3-07, Stability Operations, Lieutenant General William B. Caldwell IV, characterizes the current era of uncertainty and persistent conflict as a time in which the lines separating war and peace, friend and foe, have blurred and no longer conform to the clear delineations that we once understood.
- Iran to build warships, large destroyers, minister says ISNA 15 May 2011 -- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said the country plans to build warships, large destroyers and research ocean liner.
- Violence Spreads Along Israel's Borders As Palestinians Coordinate Protest VOA 15 May 2011 -- Israeli troops have fired at protesters along Israel's borders with Lebanon and Syria. At least 10 people have been killed as thousands of Palestinians mobilized to mark the anniversary of the uprooting of Palestinians that resulted from the creation of the state of Israel.
- Over 100 Palestinians wounded in clashes with Israel RIA Novosti 15 May 2011 -- At least 100 Palestinians were wounded on Sunday in clashes with Israeli troops in different areas of the West Bank, the Palestinian satellite channel Al Aksa said.
- Ban urges restraint after day of deadly clashes across the Middle East UN News Centre 15 May 2011 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has led a chorus of United Nations calls for all sides in the Middle East to exercise maximum restraint after a day of clashes around the region in which at least a dozen people are reported to have died.
- Syrian Crackdown in Border Town Enters Second Day VOA 15 May 2011 -- Syrian government militia forces continued their siege of the town of Talkalakh on the Lebanese border for a second day Sunday, firing tank shells and rocket-propelled grenades into the besieged city.
- UN: North Korea, Iran Share Ballistic Missile Technology VOA 15 May 2011 -- A classified United Nations report says North Korea and Iran have routinely shared ballistic missile technology in violation of U.N. sanctions, and diplomats say China has sought to block release of the report.
- Japan starts evacuation outside 20 km radius of troubled Fukushima nuke plant RIA Novosti 15 May 2011 -- The Japanese authorities have started evacuation of people who live outside the 20 kilometer radius from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, NHK TV channel reported on Sunday.
- Japan: Partial Fuel Meltdown Occurred Within Hours of Disaster VOA 15 May 2011 -- The operator of a severely damaged nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan says new evidence shows that a partial nuclear fuel meltdown occurred within hours of a massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region two months ago.
- President: Bin Laden in US hands long before being killed IRNA 15 May 2011 -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad revealed Sunday that Bin Laden was in the hands of the US military forces long before being killed.
- U.S. Charges Six With Aiding Pakistani Taliban RFE/RL 15 May 2011 -- Three Pakistani men arrested in the United States on suspicion of supporting the Pakistani Taliban originally come from the Swat district of northwestern Pakistan, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal reports.
- Kerry Says US Relations With Pakistan at Critical Moment VOA 15 May 2011 -- With relations between Pakistan and the United States in a deep rift following the raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden, U.S. Senator John Kerry traveled to Islamabad for talks with Pakistani authorities.
- Australia and Thailand Pressure Burma on Rights Record VOA 15 May 2011 -- Australia and Thailand have called for Burma to raise its human rights record, including the release of all political prisoners, before taking up the chair of the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations in 2014.
- Ghana Ruling Party Not In Crisis, Says Official VOA 15 May 2011 --A leading member of Ghana's ruling National Democratic Congress [NDC] has denied reports that his party is in crisis after two prominent partisans announced plans to challenge President John Atta Mills for the party's nomination.
- As Haiti swears in President, UN calls for new political, social and economic pact UN News Centre 15 May 2011 -- Welcoming Haiti's first ever transfer of power from one democratically elected president to another, the United Nations has urged the country's new leader, his Government and the people to harness the political goodwill to 'rebuild together a new Haiti.'
- France Reacts Strongly to IMF Chief Arrest on Sex Assault Charges VOA 15 May 2011 -- There is strong reaction in France over the sexual assault charges against International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Considered a leading French presidential contender, Strauss-Kahn was arrested by New York City police late Saturday.
- NYC Police Charge IMF Chief With Attempted Rape VOA 15 May 2011 -- The head of the International Monetary Fund is awaiting arraignment Sunday in New York City after his arrest on sexual assault charges.
- NASA confirms final Endeavour blastoff scheduled for Monday RIA Novosti 15 May 2011 -- NASA on Saturday confirmed that the final launch of the shuttle Endeavour, which has been put off several times due to technical failures, will take place on Monday.
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