The B2 Stealth Bombers and Libya Operations

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

U.S. military declaring war on Qaddafi via e-mail.

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

War on Libya and Control of The Mediterranean

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

Who are the Libyan Freedom Fighters?

  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

NATO agreed to take command of the Libya no-fly zone without assuming responsibility for air strikes against Libyan military targets that sparked discord within the 28-nation alliance. The agreement among members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization means the U.S. will likely stay in charge of the attacks on Muammar Qaddafi’s ground forces, which continued overnight. many in Tripoli.

By Gregory Viscusi and Tony Capaccio (Updates with more strikes in second paragraph. See EXTRA and MET for more on unrest in the Middle East and North Africa.) March 25 (Bloomberg) — NATO agreed to take command of the Libya no-fly zone without assuming responsibility for air strikes against Libyan military targets that sparked discord … Continue reading

Details on the progression of war in Libya

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

The Marine Corp's 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit with 2,200 Marines is in Libya.

ONSLOW COUNTY — We’ve seen Camp Lejuene Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan and now they are joining the fight against Libya. About 2,200 Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit will take part in support operations based aboard USS Kearsarge at sea. Those support operations have thus far included air strikes and one rescue operation. … Continue reading

Who provided Libya Russian made SA-24 anti-aircraft missiles?

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

Operation ELLAMY: the UK's contribution to the action in Libya

 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

Thermal photos have been released that show temperature in the fuel rod pool above boiling point. With photos.

Kurt Nimmo March 22, 2011 – It looks like the Japanese and Obama will try to cover-up the out of control reactors and exposed fuel rods at Fukushima the same way the U.S. government covered-up the Gulf oil disaster. Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan has proclaimed he can see “light at the end of … Continue reading

The Attack On Libya Renews Debate Over Congressional Consent

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

Rival tanks deploy in streets of Yemen's capitol. Yemeni leader says he wants to step down at the end of the year rather than cede power to the Generals who sided with the protesters.

By AHMED AL-HAJ Associated Press  SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s embattled U.S.-backed president said Tuesday that a military coup would lead to civil war and pledged to step down by year’s end but not hand power to army commanders who have joined the opposition.”Any dissent within the military institution will negatively affect the whole nation,” … Continue reading

Generals Revolt in Yemen

by Margaret Coker WSJ March 22, 2011 A contingent of Yemen’s key military commanders defected to the political opposition Monday, the most significant challenge yet to the ability of the country’s president, a U.S. ally against al Qaeda, to hold on to power. The development followed a bloody weekend crackdown on pro-democracy protesters that left … Continue reading

China, after abstaining in U.N. vote, criticizes airstrikes on Gaddafi forces

// By Keith B. Richburg, Monday, March 21,2011 BEIJING — China on Monday stepped up its criticism of the U.S.-led airstrikes against Libya, using the Communist Party’s main media organs to say the military intervention undermines the United Nations charter. “The military attacks on Libya are, following on from the Afghan and Iraq wars, the third … Continue reading

Libya: The role of US Africa Command(AFRICOM) and Russias take on NATO's 4th war in 12 years

  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

Details on the Libyan Air Defense System and Surface to Air Missile (SAM) Network

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

NATO assets in or on the way to Libyan theatre, via AP

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

Navy Vice Admiral Wlliam E. Gortney briefs reporters on Operation Odyssey Dawn, video and article

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

U.S. jets bombed Gadhafis fortified compound last night

  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

Smoke begins billowing from reactors 3 and 4 this morning causing evacuation of emergency personnel. Power returned to reactors 1 and 2. Japanese officials are being tight lipped on the reason for the new smoke.

By Yuji Okada and Tsuyoshi Inajima – // Mar 21, 2011 Bloomberg Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said he can see “light at the end of the tunnel” as workers at the troubled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant reconnected power to two of the failed reactors. In a flurry of announcements today, Kan said progress was … 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

Report: Libya agrees to free New York Times journalists.

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

Tokyo Electric Says Cooling Pump Started at Fukushima Plant’s No.5 Reactor

By Yuji Okada – // Mar 19, 2011   Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it restarted the residual-heat removal pump at the No. 5 reactor of its stricken Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, one of the least damaged at the facility. The utility began cooling the pool in the reactor that contains spent fuel rods, it … Continue reading

More attacks on Christians in Orissa India Christian leaders fear large-scale violence like that of Kandhamal in 2008. Hindu extremists have attacked Koya tribal Christians in villages in a remote area of Orissa state at least 15 times since Dec. 8, 2010

NEW DELHI, March 4 (CDN) —  Hindu extremists have attacked Koya tribal Christians in villages in a remote area of Orissa state at least 15 times since Dec. 8, 2010, Christian leaders said.   In the latest incident in Murliguda, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Malkangiri town, about 60 assailants from the Hindu extremist … 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

New York Times says 4 of its journalists reporting from Libya have gone missing

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

Bahrain declares martial law with arrival of thousands of Saudi troops on Tuesday

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

Thousands of Saudi troops cross into Bahrain after weekend of violence

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

Japan races to avert multiple nuclear meltdowns. Fallout said to likely reach U.S. West Coast

  By ERIC TALMADGE and MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press (AP:KORIYAMA, Japan) Japan’s nuclear crisis intensified Sunday as authorities raced to combat the threat of multiple reactor meltdowns and more than 170,000 people evacuated the quake- and tsunami-savaged northeastern coast where fears spread over possible radioactive contamination. Nuclear plant operators were frantically trying to keep temperatures … Continue reading

Latest on the explosion at Japan's nuclear plant.Radiation currently leaking from plant. Bumped from a 10 to a 20km evacuation area. Out of the 55 Japanese nuclear plants 11 went off yesterday and 5 are having serious coolant issues.

3/12/11 11:13am Video of explosion – —————————————————————————————— Radiation leaking from Japan’s quake-hit nuclear plant – Japan’s Fukuyima nuclear plant explodes – Explosion Destroys Walls of Japanese Nuclear Reactor Building, NHK Reports – Meltdown May Be In Progress At Fukushima No. 1 Nuke Plant – Japan Reactor Fuel Rods May Have Begun to Melt, … Continue reading

Devastating 8.9 earthquake rocks Japan. Was followed by more than 50 aftershocks within 24 hours, many in the 6.0 range.

By MALCOLM FOSTER, Associated Press  3/11/2011 TOKYO – A ferocious tsunami unleashed by Japan’s biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it carried away ships, cars and homes, and triggered widespread fires that burned out of control. Hours later, the waves washed ashore on Hawaii and the U.S. … Continue reading

Japan scrambles to avert radiation leak at nuclear plant after 8.9 quake on Friday.

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

David Cameron last night gave British backing to calls for air strikes against Colonel Gaddafi. England's Cameron and France's Sarkozy have submitted a joint letter to NATO requesting a no fly zone and bombing campaign.

By Tim Shipman  11th March 2011 Markets plunge after crackdown in Saudi city David Cameron last night gave British backing to calls for air strikes against Colonel Gaddafi. He joined forces with Nicolas Sarkozy after the French president demanded immediate action to tackle the dictator, amid signs the international community is fiddling while Libya burns. … Continue reading

As AWACS Prowl Skies Above Libya, U.S. Contemplates How to Aid Rebels

Adding to the question of a Western presence in Libya this morning are several reports that surfaced over the weekend claiming that: U.S. AWACS jets are crisscrossing the skies above Libya requesting details on Libyan flight patterns from Maltese air traffic controllers; a British SAS team escorting a U.K. “diplomat” en-route to meet with rebels was briefly taken prisoner by those … Continue reading

Ivory Coast: Western-Backed Ouattara Rebels Outgun Government Forces, Take town in West near Liberian border using heavy weapons.

  Agence France-Presse March 6, 2011 Pro-Ouattara forces seize town in western I Coast: sources Ivory Coast: Testing Ground For U.S.-Backed African Standby Force Former rebels now loyal to presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara on Sunday wrested control of a town in western Ivory Coast from forces backing his rival, Laurent Gbagbo, sources from both sides … Continue reading

British Defense Secretary Liam Fox has confirmed media reports of SAS special forces along with a diplomat being captured in Libya

Voice of Russia March 6, 2011 UK admits SAS incursion British Defense Secretary Liam Fox has confirmed media reports about eight members of the SAS commando unit made their way into Libya. A report in The Sunday Times earlier claimed the unit had been seized by rebel forces in Libya as they tried to put … Continue reading

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have carried out air strikes on the outskirts of a rebel-held eastern town, continuing a counter-offensive against anti-government protesters trying to topple the government.

VOA News March 07, 2011 Witnesses say Libyan warplanes struck positions around the oil port of Ras Lanuf on Monday. There were no reports of casualties. Earlier, residents were seen leaving the town, fearing an attack by pro-Gadhafi forces after deadly assaults Sunday on other rebel-held cities. News agencies said people also were clearing out … Continue reading

U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin Deliver First-Of-Its-Kind Missile Warning Spacecraft; SBIRS(Space Based Infrared System) GEO-1 to be processed for May 2011 launch.

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 7th, 2011 — The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] team has delivered the first geosynchronous (GEO-1) Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) spacecraft to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., where it will be prepared for an early May liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V launch vehicle. SBIRS … Continue reading

The only Christian in Pakistan's Cabinet was murdered on Wednesday. Shahbaz Bhatti was the federal minister of minority affairs.

Pakistan (MNN) ― An advocate for Christians in Pakistan will be laid to rest today, and the government is observing three days of mourning. Even as Pakistan’s clerics and other senior leaders condemned Wednesday’s assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, Christians took to the streets in Lahore, expressing their ire. Bhatti was the federal minister of minority … Continue reading