By Tony Capaccio -May 6, 2011 Small Wars Journal A United Technologies Corp. (UTX) Black Hawk helicopter carrying U.S. Navy SEALs to Osama Bin Laden’s hideout was downed by an air vortex caused by unexpectedly warm air and the effect of a high wall surrounding the compound, not mechanical failure or gunfire, according to … Continue reading
Iranian Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali Saturday accused the German electronics giant Siemens with helping U.S. and Israeli teams craft the Stuxnet worm that is responsible for the attack on his country's nuclear facilities.
April 18, 2011 by Gregg Keiser – An Iranian military commander Saturday accused the German electronics giant Siemens with helping U.S. and Israeli teams craft the Stuxnet worm that attacked his country’s nuclear facilities. According to the Islamic Republic News Service (IRNA), Iran’s state news agency, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali laid some of the … Continue reading
Syria lifts "emergency law' that has been in place for 48 years. law gave the government a free hand to arrest people without charge and extended the state's authority into every aspect of citizens' lives. The new laws also abolish the State Security Court, but the interior ministry also passed a law that says citizens must obtain permission to demonstrate, the agency said, hours after the ministry imposed a total ban on political gatherings.
19 Apr 2011 Syria’s government has passed a bill lifting the country’s emergency law, in place for 48 years, just hours after security forces fired on protesters. Tuesday’s move is a key demand of pro-reform demonstrators who have been holding protests across the country for weeks. A senior lawyer said Bashar al-Assad, Syria’s president, was yet to … Continue reading
04/13/11 PressTV Saudi anti-government protesters have once again taken to the streets east of the country, condemning the kingdom’s military intervention in Bahrain. Expressing solidarity with anti-government protesters in Bahrain, demonstrators in the city of Qatif called for the immediate withdrawal of Saudi troops from the neighboring country. Saudi Arabia deployed 1,000 troops to Bahrain … Continue reading
A large explosion at Iran’s main energy pipeline hub Friday was caused by sabotage, an influential member of Parliament said Sunday.
By Thomas Erdbrink, Sunday, April 10, 4:03 PM TEHRAN — A large explosion at Iran’s main energy pipeline hub Friday was caused by sabotage, an influential member of Parliament said Sunday. The blast, which sent balls of fire into the air outside the Shiite religious center of Qom, targeted three major gas pipelines. The explosion comes … Continue reading
With clouds overhead in the salty air, irritable Pacific waves swelled to up to four feet. Perfect conditions, in other words, for the Navy to fry a small boat with a laser beam — a major step toward its futuristic arsenal of ray guns. Researchers mounted the Maritime Laser Demonstrator, a solid-state laser, aboard the … Continue reading
The Pentagon’s mad-science arm wants robotic death-from-above, on demand. And the key to getting it done just might be holograms. Let me explain. Right now, authorizing and targeting air strikes is a process that’s sometimes bureaucratic, and sometimes dangerous as hell. Bureaucratic as in the Stanley McChrystal phase of the Afghanistan war, when it took … Continue reading
Qaddafi forces close in on control of Ajdabiya. Rebels have taken very heavy mortar fire there for the past week. Ajdabiya is the last roadblock before Qaddafi forces get to the rebels' stronghold of Benghazi 90 miles to the North. If Ajdabiya falls the oil port of Brega falls with it.
By Michael Georgy AJDABIYAH, Libya | Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:30am EDT AJDABIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s artillery heavily bombarded Ajdabiyah and his forces forced their way inside on Sunday in their most determined assault on the strategic eastern town for at least a week. Rebels cowered in alleyways from sustained artillery, rocket and … Continue reading
Last night NBC's Tom Brokaw said on the nightly news “I was told on the way in here that the Saudis are so unhappy with the Obama administration for the way it pushed out President Mubarak of Egypt that it sent high level emissaries to China and Russia to tell those two countries that Saudi Arabia now is prepared to do more business with them(Guess the bow at the G20 wasn't enough Mr. Obama).” I wonder if this is why Defense Secretary Gates got to Saudi Arabia 2 days ago? I think the U.S. and Britain just got busted trying to oust the House of Saud for the last time. If the BRIC nations just gained the Saudi's oil the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan were for nothing(I'm sure Brzezinski is freakin right the heck out right now). India would much rather receive their oil from the Saudi's rather than the U.S. oil interests' plan of sending it through the TAPI pipeline from the Persian Gulf. The current American administration and the British would not lose Saudi oil without war or ousting the regime. That's a fact.
Wednesday, April 06, 2011 By Susan Jones (CNSNews.com) – Reporting from Baghdad, Iraq yesterday, NBC’s Tom Brokaw said the Saudi Arabian monarchy is “so unhappy with the Obama administration for the way it pushed out President Mubarak of Egypt” that it has sent senior officials to the Peoples’ Republic of China and Russia to seek expanded business … Continue reading
This is the only ticket capable of defeating Obama in 2012. This is not who I hope would be the President, but if someone were of the opinion that a more pragmatic approach to the selection of the candidates should be taken to ensure Obama’s removal this is the ticket I would recommend. —————————————————————————————— President- David Petraeus bio can … Continue reading
Libyan rebels to sell their first oil this week. Reuters reports that the Libyan rebel alliance already has its own central bank and money printing machines.
And so the real goal of the Libyan “No Fly Zone” succeeds: Reuters reports that the Libyan rebel alliance, which already has its own central bank and supposedly fiat printing machines, is about to sell its first oil cargo in the coming week.”The agency said Liberian-registered tanker Equator was due to arrive in the rebel-held … Continue reading
I love it when CNN is forced to go off script. A guest former CIA officer Michael Scheurer exposes our involvement in Libya for what it is. Includes video.
The American Dream April 4, 2011 Every once in a while, establishment control of the mainstream media cracks for a moment. In an effort to achieve higher ratings, mainstream news programs will invite guests on that promise to be “interesting”, but then they will say something that is not part of the script … Continue reading
Petraeus said to be leaving as commander of forces in Afghanistan. Supposedly he has interest in the Supreme Allied Commander Europe position. I wouldn't be surprised if he politics his way into the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs position. I'm guessing Gingrich will be keeping close tabs on Petraeus' next move. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs would be a tempting vote for many in 2012 with our current military posture. My guess is though that he takes the CIA job Panetta will be vacating. With Petraeus still having Generals Mattis(CENTCOM Commander)and Allen(Deputy CENTCOM Commander that is probably going to replace Petraeus in Afghanistan) as the Army's most powerful Generals for the foreseeable future control of the CIA may be too much power for him to pass up. Or too much consolidated power for the Council on Foreign Relations to pass up. Petraeus, Allen(He was the first Marine Corps officer inducted as a Term Member of the Council), and Mattis assist the Council.
by Laura Rozen David Petraeus, perhaps the most celebrated American general of his generation, is likely to leave his job as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan this summer, multiple defense officials say. Petraeus, who stepped into the post last summer after President Barack Obama fired Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal for comments his aides … Continue reading
by Rick Rozoff On the morning of March 31 the North Atlantic Treaty Organization assumed full command of military operations against Libya, effecting the transfer of air, naval and preliminary ground operations from U.S. Africa Command’s Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn to NATO’s Operation Unified Protector. In NATO’s words, “The Alliance has the assets in … Continue reading
Edward Yeranian | Cairo March 30, 2011 President Bashar al-Assad told parliament that Syria will defeat those behind a “plot” against his country. Assad said he would continue on the path of reform for Syria – but did not announce the lifting of a state of emergency, as protesters have desired. Members of the Syrian … Continue reading
31.03.2011 19:13 By RFE/RL A second senior Libyan official has resigned his post in Muammar Qaddafi’s government in as many days. Ali Abdel-Salam al-Treki, a former foreign minister and the current rotating president of the UN General Assembly, had been named to represent Libya at the United Nations after a wave of defections early in … Continue reading
Fukushima nuclear plant to be entombed in concrete as Japan admits it has lost battle with crippled reactors. U.S. sends specialist Marine unit to assist in decontamination.
By Richard Shears 31st March 2011 Up to 1,000 bodies of victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami have not been collected because of fears of high levels of radiation. Police sources said bodies within the 12-mile evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant had been ‘exposed to high levels of radiation after … Continue reading
Libyan rebels are fleeing Eastward after forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi drove rebels from key oil port.
VOA News March 30, 2011 Libyan rebels are frantically fleeing eastward after forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi drove them Wednesday from a key oil port. Western news reports from outside Ras Lanuf say rebels are retreating amid intense fighting with pro-government forces shelling them and firing rockets. The reports said large numbers of rebels … Continue reading
Up to 40 people were killed and 100 others wounded when gunmen stormed into the provincial council of Salahudin province on Tuesday and held hostages in the building, including council members
TIKRIT, Iraq, March 29 (Xinhua) — Up to 40 people were killed and 100 others wounded when gunmen stormed into the provincial council of Salahudin province on Tuesday and held hostages in the building, including council members, a provincial police source told Xinhua. “Our latest reports said that 40 people were killed and some 100 … Continue reading
by Emile Schepers U.S. participation in the war in Libya appears to be coordinated out of a former French Foreign Legion base in Djibouti, a tiny country of a half million souls at the very tip of the Horn of Africa. This is the forward base of AFRICOM, the unified command for African action … Continue reading
Israel deploys new anti-rocket defense system. The system, developed by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defence Systems with the help of US funding, is designed to intercept rockets and artillery shells fired from a range of between four and 70 kilometres (three and 45 miles).
By Yoav Lemmer (AFP) – 5 hours ago BEERSHEVA, Israel — Israel on Sunday stationed the first batteries of its “Iron Dome” short-range missile defence system in the south of the country, but stressed the initial deployment was experimental. The unique multi-million dollar system was stationed outside the southern city of Beersheva, days after it … Continue reading
French fighter jets have shot down at least five Libyan Galeb planes and two Mi-35 combat helicopters in the past two hours, the country's defense ministry reported on Saturday. Most around Misrata and Zintan.
RIA Novosti 03/26/2011 MOSCOW, March 26 (RIA Novosti) – French fighters jets shot down at least five Libyan Galeb planes and two Mi-35 combat helicopters in the past two hours, the country’s defense ministry reported on Saturday. “During their missions, French warplanes launched several airstrikes in the regions of Zintan and Misrata,” the ministry reported … Continue reading
by Angus Batey Ares Defense 03/26/11 After my visit to Whiteman Air Force Base in 2009 I know I’ll always feel a more than passing interest in the B-2 fleet. But it was still quite an odd feeling when I realised that the aircraft I spent a couple of hours sitting inside and walking around … Continue reading
Libyan Leaders, Soldiers Face Cyber and Information Attacks by David A. Fulghum at 3/25/2011 Libyan communications and radar are being jammed, networks are being exploited and some senior commanders are getting personal messages. These electronic, cyber and information attacks are part of the assault on Tripoli’s forces. “With this type of operations, a key … Continue reading
by Rick Rozoff Stop NATO March 25, 2011 Libya is also one of only five of Africa’s 54 countries that have not been integrated into, which is to say subordinated to, the new U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). A year after assuming the post of president of the French Republic in 2007, and while his … Continue reading
The world is facing a very unpredictable and potentially dangerous situation in North Africa and the Middle East. What began as a memorable, promising, relatively nonviolent achievement of New Politics – the Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt – has morphed very swiftly into a recrudescence of old habits: America, already mired in two decade-long … Continue reading
Operation Odyssey Dawn Operating under the authority provided by U.N. Security Council resolution 1973, coalition forces, composed of military assets from the United States, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Canada, launched on March 19, 2011 Operation Odyssey Dawn against targets inside Libya and aimed at protecting civilians from attacks perpetrated by pro-Muammar Al-Qadhafi forces. Acting … Continue reading
by David A. Fulghum at 3/23/2011 A new, much-dreaded, short-range anti-aircraft missile made in Russia has turned up in the hands of Libyan government forces. The Russian-made SA-24 Grinch can shoot down coalition aircraft effectively at altitudes up to about 11,000 ft. That would not affect most combat patrols, which are being flown … Continue reading
by Sean Meade at 3/22/2011 Angus Batey writes: Operation ELLAMY, as the UK’s contribution to the enforcement of UN Security Council resolution 1973 is known by the British Defense Ministry (MoD), is apparently succeeding in its aims. Not only has the Libyan air defence system and command-and-control network been severely disrupted by the allied … Continue reading
By CHARLIE SAVAGE NYT Published: March 21, 2011 WASHINGTON — President Obama is facing criticism that crosses the political divide for not seeking Congressional authorization before ordering the American military to join in attacks of Libyan air defenses and government forces. Some Democratic lawmakers — including Representatives Jerrold Nadler of New York, Barbara Lee … Continue reading
Stop NATO March 20, 2011 Following similar developments in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt, anti-government protests began in Libya on February 15. On March 19 the U.S., France and Britain delivered air and cruise missile attacks against targets in Libya: 112 Tomahawk missile strikes from U.S. and British submarines and warships in the Mediterranean Sea … Continue reading
INTRODUCTION Libya possesses one of the most robust air defense networks on the African continent, falling second only to Egypt in terms of coverage and operational systems. Libyan strategic SAM assets are primarily arrayed along the coastline, ostensibly defending the bulk of the Libyan population and preventing foreign incursion into Libyan airspace. THE STRATEGIC SAM … Continue reading
U.S. pounds Libyan air defenses, assessing damage today. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen says there are conditions in which Gadhafi may stay in power
By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led international military assault on Libya could achieve its stated goals without forcing Moammar Gadhafi from power, the top U.S. military officer said Sunday as the bombing campaign continued. After a barrage of attacks by sea-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles Saturday, an array of U.S. warplanes – … Continue reading
Assets massing for Libya military action (AP) – 1 day ago Here’s a look at some of the international military assets in or heading to the region to help enforce the U.N.-sanctioned no-fly zone over Libya: France: —Deployed eight Rafale and four Mirage jets to survey rebel-held Benghazi; one fired on a Libyan military vehicle … Continue reading
by SWJ Editors March 20, 2011 Via Armed Forces Press Service: Navy Vice Adm. Wlliam E. Gortney, director of the Joint Staff, briefed reporters at the Pentagon on the launch of “Operation Odyssey Dawn.” “The goals of these initial operations are essentially twofold: first, to prevent further attacks by regime forces on Libyan citizens … Continue reading
By Maria Golovnina and Michael Georgy TRIPOLI | Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:02am EDT TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Western forces launched a second wave of air strikes on Libya overnight and officials in Tripoli said a missile intended to kill Muammar Gaddafi had destroyed a building in his fortified compound. “It was a barbaric bombing,” … Continue reading
U.S. military: Operation Odyssey Dawn has begun; French warplane downed; U.S. and U.K ships fire 122 plus cruise missiles from ships in the mediterranean. Russia Deplores Foreign Military Action In Libya; Articles can be found at link provided.
Operation Odyssey Dawn: U.S. Leads Onslaught Against Libya Libya: French Warplane Downed, Civilians Killed U.S. Fires Over 100 Cruise Missiles: West Bombs Civilian Targets, Oil Depots In Libya Venezuela Calls For End To Western Attack On Libya NATO’s First African War French Warplanes Begin Libyan War, Aircraft Carrier On Way U.S. Launches Cruise Missile Attacks … Continue reading
U.S. and European nations began bombing Moammar Gadhafi's forces and air defenses with cruise missiles and airstrikes Saturday, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war.
By RYAN LUCAS and HADEEL AL-SHALCHI, Associated Press – BE NGHAZI, Libya – The U.S. and European nations pounded Moammar Gadhafi’s forces and air defenses with cruise missiles and airstrikes Saturday, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war in support of an uprising that had seemed on the verge of defeat. The … Continue reading
By CHRIS HAWLEY Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have said they will release four New York Times journalists who were captured during fighting in the eastern part of the country, the newspaper said Friday.The four planned to drive to the Egyptian border and fly out of … Continue reading
French jets begin No-Fly patrols over Libya. Daring Qaddafi to shoot one down. Pro-Qaddafi forces have entered parts of Benghazi, Al Arabiya TV reported. Forces advancing included tanks, it said, adding that 11 fighters loyal to Qaddafi were killed. A BBC correspondent reported seeing government tanks on a bridge. The rebels said they shot down one of their own fighter jets.
that By Helene Fouquet and Leon Mangasarian 19 March 2011 (Updates with Paris meeting starting in seventh paragraph. For more on the Middle East turmoil, see EXTRA and MET.) March 19 (Bloomberg) — French military jets flew over Libya, ready to enforce an air-exclusion zone to halt Muammar Qaddafi’s attacks on rebels, as Western leaders … Continue reading
Libya's rebel stronghold of Benghazi came under attack on Saturday morning, with at least two air strikes and sustained shelling of the city's south sending thick smoke into the sky.
Shelling, air strikes on Libyan rebels in Benghazi (AFP) – 9 hours ago BENGHAZI, Libya — Libya’s rebel stronghold of Benghazi came under attack on Saturday morning, with at least two air strikes and sustained shelling of the city’s south sending thick smoke into the sky. Multiple explosions could be heard from the centre of … Continue reading
U.N. Security Council gets the votes, no fly zone has been ordered over Libya. U.N. Resolution 1970 is also to allow "all necessary measures" to be taken "to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in (Libya), including Benghazi, while excluding an occupation force".
Thu Mar 17, 2011 The United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution ordering a no-fly zone over Libya, while suspending the country from the Human Rights Council. Resolution 1970 authorizes a no-fly zone over Libya and to allow “all necessary measures” to be taken “to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under … Continue reading
By JEREMY W. PETERS Published: March 16, 2011 The New York Times said Wednesday that four of its journalists reporting on the conflict in Libya were missing. Editors said they were last in contact with the journalists, who were reporting from the eastern city of Ajdabiya, on Tuesday morning New York time. And despite secondhand … Continue reading
Scientists Project Path of Japanese Radiation Plume – A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across the Pacific, and touching the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday.
By WILLIAM J. BROAD Published: March 16, 2011 A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across the Pacific, and touching the Aleutian Islands on Thursday before hitting Southern California late Friday. Health and nuclear experts emphasize that radiation in the plume … Continue reading
By Lin Noueihed and Frederik Richter 03/15/11 MANAMA (Reuters) – Bahrain declared martial law on Tuesday, looking to end weeks of protests by the island’s Shi’ite Muslim majority, with Saudi troops on hand in the Sunni-ruled kingdom to help quell the unrest. The three-month state of emergency will hand considerable powers to Bahrain’s security forces, … Continue reading
Global Research, March 15, 2011 Irish Times BAHRAIN – There was a defiant mood last night among Bahrain’s pro-democracy protesters who said they viewed the unprecedented intervention of between 2,000 and 6,000 Saudi-led troops as “an illegal occupation”. Numbers at the protest encampment at Pearl Square in the capital, Manama, swelled well beyond the usual 50,000 … Continue reading
Third explosion at Japanese reactor. Japan has asked the US for help to keep the American-designed reactors from going into meltdown. A top Japanese official said the fuel rods in all three of the most troubled nuclear reactors at Daiichi appeared to be melting. The head of the IAEA said the Japanese government has asked the agency for help and the US confirmed experts were being sent to the plants 150 miles north of Tokyo.
Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:45pm GMT * Problems not at critical level -local officials quoted * U.S. Air Force delivers coolant to nuclear plant * Thousands of residents evacuated as precautionary measure (Adds researchers’ quotes, background) By Osamu Tsukimori and Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO, March 11 (Reuters) – Thousands of residents were evacuated from an … Continue reading