18 June 2011 Military News
- NATO and Libya - Operational Media Update: 17 Jun 2011
- Fighting in Northwest Libya, NATO Pounds Tripoli VOA 18 Jun 2011 -- Clashes have erupted between forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and rebels in the northwestern city of Nalut.
- Incident involving opposition forces on 16 June 2011 NATO 18 Jun 2011 -- NATO has looked into reports of an airstrike that hit opposition forces in the area of Brega and can confirm that NATO aircraft hit military vehicles on 16 June 2011. This incident occurred in an area of conflict between Qadhafi forces and opposition forces.
- German defense minister rips NATO's military mission in Libya IRNA 18 Jun 2011 -- German Defense Minister Thomas de Maziere on Saturday lashed out at NATO's controversial military operation in Libya.
- Slovakia to send 20 special services officers to Afghanistan RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2011 -- Slovakia will send 20 special services officers to Afghanistan for the first time since the U.S.-led international coalition began its operation against Taliban two decades ago, the Slovak TASR news agency has reported quoting the country's defense minister.
- Karzai Announces Peace Talks with Taliban VOA 18 Jun 2011 -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the United States and other foreign powers are holding talks with the Taliban aimed at ending the nearly decade-long war.
- Iran, Afghan defense ministers agree to develop military cooperation IRNA 18 Jun 2011 -- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier-General Ahmad Vahidi conferred on Saturday with his Afghan counterpart General Abdul Raheem Wardak on ways to expand military cooperation between the two countries.
- Iran says would help sustainable peace in Afghanistan ISNA 18 Jun 2011 -- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said the Islamic Republic of Iran would make efforts for establishment of sustainable peace and security in Afghanistan.
- Pakistan summon Afghan envoy over incursion IRNA 18 Jun 2011 -- Pakistan on Saturay summoned the Afghan envoy and a strong protest was launched over a recent incursion of militants into its territory from Afghanistan, the Foreign Ministry said.
- Pakistan panel to probe lapses prior to US operations to kill Osama IRNA 18 Jun 2011 -- Pakistan will name a new commission to ascertain the facts about the presence of Osama bin Laden in the country and to probe the U.S. unilateral raid that killed the al-Qaeda chief.
Defense Policy / Programs
- APS-5 conducts site survey in Japan Army News 18 Jun 2011 -- Personnel from Army Prepositioned Stocks-5 in Kuwait sent to conduct a site survey of APS-4 operations in Korea and to visit Watercraft Equipment Base, Yohohoma North Dock, Japan.
- Sea Breeze 2011 Comes to a Close NNS 18 Jun 2011 -- Exercise Sea Breeze 2011 successfully finished after a closing ceremony and combined press conference at the Ukrainian Officer's Club in Odessa, June 18.
- GW Conducts Carrier Qualifications NNS 18 Jun 2011 -- Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 pilots returned to USS George Washington (CVN 73), now underway in the Western Pacific, for carrier qualifications (CQ) as a kickoff to the carriers 2011 Summer Patrol, June 16.
- NSWC Panama City Demonstrates Unmanned Systems Technology NNS 18 Jun 2011 -- The Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) is hosting an Office of Naval Research (ONR) Mine Countermeasures (MCM) Science and Technology (S&T) Demonstration in Panama City, Fla., June 13–23, to display the latest in unmanned technology.
- NAVICP Activates Operational Supply Planning Department NNS 18 Jun 2011 -- The Naval Inventory Control Point (NAVICP) officially activated its Operational Supply Planning Department with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Philadelphia, June 16.
- U.S. congresswoman says Russian-French Mistral deal threatens U.S. security RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2011 -- A purchase of French-built Mistral class amphibious assault ships by Russia poses a threat to U.S. security and is aimed against Washington's allies, the chairwoman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee has said.
- Raytheon Re-Introduces 250-Pound Paveway™ Precision-Guided Munition Raytheon 18 Jun 2011 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) is re-introducing its 250-pound Paveway laser-guided precision munition to the warfighter inventory. Raytheon's combat-proven Paveway is a kit that transforms 'dumb' bombs into precision guided weapons.
- Raytheon's Small Diameter Bomb II Completes Control Test Vehicle Flight Raytheon 18 Jun 2011 -- Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) completed its first post-contract award control test vehicle flight of the Small Diameter Bomb II.
- Raytheon Joint Standoff Weapon C-1 Completes Captive-Flight Test Series Raytheon 18 Jun 2011 -- The U.S. Navy completed a series of captive-flight tests on Raytheon Company's (NYSE: RTN) Joint Standoff Weapon C-1, putting the warfighter one step closer to gaining a net-enabled standoff weapon with moving maritime target capability.
- Nascent talks underway to help resolve Libyan crisis – UN chief UN News Centre 18 Jun 2011 -- While an agreement to end the crisis in Libya is still a long way off, the beginnings of a negotiation process have begun under the auspices of the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.
- S. Korea military fires at passenger jet by mistake RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2011 -- South Korean troops fired at a civilian airplane near the disputed Yellow Sea border with North Korea, misidentifying it as one of the communist country's military planes, but no damage occurred, Yonhap said on Saturday.
- U.S. seeks to try Syria's Assad in Hague criminal court RIA Novosti 18 Jun 2011 -- The White House is gathering information on alleged human rights abuses by Syrian security forces for possible consideration by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website, quoting U.S. officials.
- Syria Expands Crackdown on Dissent VOA 18 Jun 2011 -- Syrian tanks stormed the town of Bdama near the border with Turkey Saturday, wreaking destruction, according to witnesses. Residents of the border region also continue to flee to neighboring Turkey, which is housing them in several refugee camps.
- Germany eases export control laws for India's nuclear sector IRNA 18 Jun 2011 -- Germany announced easing of export control laws to allow India access to dual use items, marking a major development that will benefit the expanding nuclear energy sector here.
- Iraq To Use Saddam's Palaces As Resorts, Museums RFE/RL 18 Jun 2011 -- The Iraqi government says several of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's most lavish palaces will be transformed into tourist facilities, museums, and galleries, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.
- Taiwan appreciates U.S. congressional support for its cause CNA 18 Jun 2011 -- Taiwan is grateful for all the support voiced by U.S. lawmakers and scholars at a hearing sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on June 16, Taiwan's representative office in the United States said Friday in a statement.
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