Friday, June 17, 2011

DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated June 17, 2011

DTN News: U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Dated June 17, 2011
(NSI News Source Info) WASHINGTON - June 17, 2011: U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) Contracts issued June 17, 2011 are undermentioned;



Alliant Techsystems, Inc., Plymouth, Minn., was awarded on June 15 a $45,735,354 firm-fixed-price contract. This award will provide for the renovation of M4 selectable lightweight attack munitions (SLAM) to the new M4A1 configuration and production of the M320A1 SLAM improved functional trainer kits. Work will be performed in Plymouth, Minn.; Eden Prairie, Minn.; and Mankato, Minn., with an estimated completion date of June 15, 2015. Bids were solicited through the Internet with three bids received. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15QKN-11-D-0153).

The Protective Group, Inc., Miami Lakes, Fla., was awarded on June 15 a $38,409,232 firm-fixed-price contract. This award will provide for 515 UH-60 A/L/M Ballistic Protection System (BPS) kits; 265 HH-60 L/M BPS kits; 305 installation cockpit doors (Crew A); 305 installation cockpit doors (Crew B); and 135 UH-60 Medevac BPS kits. Work will be performed in Miami Lakes, Fla., with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2015. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-10-D-0155).

Thayles Raytheon Systems Co., LLC, Fullerton, Calif., was awarded on June 15 a $34,296,690 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. This award will provide for fiscal 2010 Sentinel engineering services contract base year and four option year periods for a total of 290,200 man hours. Work will be performed Fullerton, Calif., with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2014. One bid was solicited with one bid received. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-10-C-0348.


BAE Systems Technology Solutions & Services, Inc., Rockville, Md., is being awarded a $33,286,477 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00421-09-C-0102) to exercise an option for engineering and technical services and supplies for the design, development, integration, test and evaluation, maintenance and logistics support of communication-electronic platform, equipment, systems and subsystems in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division’s Special Communications Requirements Division. The estimated level of effort for this option is 374,000 man-hours. Work will be performed in Chesapeake, Va. (41 percent); Spring Lake, N.C. (22 percent); California, Md. (11 percent); San Diego, Calif. (10 percent); St. Inigoes, Md. (7 percent); Afghanistan (2.3 percent); Iraq (2.2 percent); Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (2 percent); Hollywood, Md. (1 percent); Fort Bragg, N.C. (1 percent); and Panzer Kaserne, Germany (0.5 percent). Work is expected to be completed in June 2012. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, St. Inigoes, Md., is the contracting activity.


ITT Corp., Van Nuys, Calif., is being awarded an $11,908,704 firm-fixed-price contract to provide the purchase, testing, delivery, and installation of one Airport Surveillance Radar/Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (ASR/MSSR) system for the Royal Air Force of Oman with a Mode 4 capability for terminal surveillance of aircraft in support of air traffic control mission requirements at Masirah Air Base in Oman and enhancements of the ASR/MSSR system located at Thumrait Air Base in Oman. ESC/HBAK, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., is the contracting activity (FA8730-11-C-0004).

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DTN News - BOEING NEWS / AIRLINES NEWS: Boeing Delivers GECAS' 275th Next-Generation 737

DTN News - BOEING NEWS / AIRLINES NEWS: Boeing Delivers GECAS' 275th Next-Generation 737
(NSI News Source Info) SEATTLE, - June 17, 2011: Boeing (NYSE: BA) delivered to GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) its 275th Next-Generation 737 yesterday. GECAS leasing customer, China United Airlines, will operate the milestone airplane, a Next-Generation 737-800.
"Taking delivery of our 275th Next-Generation 737 speaks to the success of the airplane and the value it brings to the market," said Norman C.T. Liu, president and CEO of GECAS. "Over the years, GECAS has successfully leased many 737s to airlines around the world."
To date, GECAS has ordered 349 Next-Generation 737 models.
The latest members of the Boeing 737 family -- the 737-600/-700/-800/-900ER models -- continue the 737's popularity and reliability in commercial jet transport. The Next-Generation family has won orders for more than 5,691 airplanes. Boeing has delivered more than 3,622 Next-Generation 737s through April 30, 2011.

Contact: Tim Bader North America/Leasing Communications Boeing Commercial Airplanes 425-717-0672 Tim.S.Bader@Boeing.Com

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DTN News - PAKISTAN NEWS: China Gains On U.S., Pakistan Relations Turning Soar Since Osama Raid

DTN News - PAKISTAN NEWS: China Gains On U.S., Pakistan Relations Turning Soar Since Osama Raid
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(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - June 17, 2011: Weeks after the death of Osama bin Laden, U.S. officials are continuing to press Pakistan to do more against militancy, with few visible results as bilateral tensions continue to intensify.
Since the top-secret raid that killed the al Qaeda leader near Islamabad last month, Washington has sent a host of top officials, including CIA chief Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to call in Islamabad, ramping up pressure on an already strained alliance.
Analysts say Washington may be seeking to goad Pakistan into assaulting militant havens in North Waziristan or into going after bomb-making factories believed to be fueling violence in neighboring Afghanistan.
Officials in Pakistan, facing intense public pressure over the unilateral raid, have pushed back by throwing out U.S. military trainers and warning that scoldings from Washington may send it into China's open arms.
"Pakistan is making it clear that despite what United States does or says, it will do what it considers to be in its national security interests," said Lisa Curtis, a South Asia expert at the Heritage Foundation in Washington.
"We need to hunker down and prepare for a pretty rocky period; the United States will have to show some patience."
Tensions in an uneasy alliance revived after the September 11 attacks have been stoked further by what members of Pakistan's powerful military see as deliberate leaks to the media from the Obama administration, including stories suggesting the influential Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani is in danger of losing his job. Another recent story reported that Pakistanis who collaborated with the CIA at home were arrested.
"They are trying to capitalize as much as possible on ... the killing of Osama bin Laden," a senior Pakistani military official said on condition of anonymity.
U.S. officials denied such a campaign.
"We prefer to have direct conversations with the Pakistanis about the areas where we agree and disagree," said Tommy Vietor, spokesman for the National Security Council. "We have no interest in having this conversation through the press."
Tempers may be flaring, but the United States needs the help of Pakistan's army to guarantee Afghanistan does not collapse when it withdraws. Pakistan meanwhile needs U.S. military aid and its support at multilateral organizations.
"It's not a friendly relationship, so normal diplomacy doesn't work. But you don't want to wage war because that would be counterproductive," said Kamran Bokhari, an analyst at global intelligence firm STRATOR.
Another wedge in recent weeks has been the increase in strikes by remotely piloted U.S. drones against militants who do not target the Pakistani state but focus on U.S., NATO and Afghan forces across the border.
Since June 3, 66 people have been killed by drone strikes, mostly in areas controlled by Taliban leader Maulvi Nazir, prompting Nazir to vow more attacks in Afghanistan.
"Now they are targeting those who are to some extent friendly to us. This will not be helpful," said a senior security official in Peshawar.
Overt pressure does not seem to have worked well in Pakistan's long relationship with the United States.
That does not appear to have changed now as the civilian government of President Asif Ali Zardari and the powerful military face an unprecedented public rebuke from Pakistanis embarrassed by the Navy SEAL raid on bin Laden's compound.
"Everyone is angry over U.S. action (on bin Laden)," said a senior Pakistani security official on condition of anonymity.
"Americans themselves know it and that's why they are trying to increase pressure to get things done. But it will not work like this," the official said.
Pakistanis often complain that Washington overlooks the lives of Pakistani soldiers and civilians lost in the bloody campaign against militants in recent years.
"Within the army there is a lot of anguish regarding what is happening," said retired general Talat Masood.
But Husain Haqqani, the Pakistani ambassador in Washington, said the two countries were working through their issues and would emerge on the other side.
"The U.S.-Pakistan relationship faces challenges, but it remains robust," he said.
(Additional reporting by Zeeshan Haider and Kamran Haider in Islamabad, Faisal Aziz in Karachi, and Caren Bohan in Washington and Mark Hosenball in London; editing by Warren Strobel and Cynthia Osterman)
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DTN News - BATTLE FOR LIBYA: Rebels Dismiss Election Offer, NATO Pounds Tripoli

DTN News - BATTLE FOR LIBYA: Rebels Dismiss Election Offer, NATO Pounds Tripoli
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - June 17, 2011: NATO planes resumed bombardments of Tripoli after Muammar Gaddafi's son said the Libyan leader was willing to hold elections and step aside if he lost, an offer rejected by rebels and the United States.
Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam told an Italian newspaper that the elections could be held within three months and transparency could be guaranteed through international observers.
He said his father would be ready to cede power if he lost the election, though he would not go into exile.
But Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi appeared to throw the potential concession into question, saying on Thursday that the leader of the revolution was not concerned by "any referendum."
A visiting Russian envoy said the Libyan leadership had reiterated that Gaddafi's departure was a "red line."
The rebel leadership in the eastern stronghold of Benghazi rejected Gaddafi's son's election offer.
"We tell him (Saif al-Islam) that the time has passed because our rebels are at the outskirts of Tripoli, and they will join our people and rebels there to uproot the symbol of corruption and tyranny in Libya," rebel spokesman Abdel Hafiz Ghoga told Al Jazeera television.
A U.S. State Department official also dismissed the election idea, saying it was "a little late for that."
The proposal -- which follows a series of moves the Libyan leader's officials portray as concessions but Western powers dismiss as ploys -- comes at a time when frustration is mounting in some NATO states at slow military progress.
Rebel advances toward Tripoli have been slow, while weeks of NATO strikes pounding Gaddafi's compound and other targets have failed to end his 41-year-old rule.
In the latest raids, eight loud explosions were heard in southeast and southwest Tripoli late on Thursday and planes could be heard overhead. Libyan state television said NATO had hit targets in the Al-Ferjan district of the city.
The NATO intervention in Libya has been going on for nearly 13 weeks -- longer than many of its backers anticipated -- and the strains are beginning to show within the alliance.
NATO officials have said they may not have the resources for a sustained campaign, and Republicans in the U.S. Congress have questioned the legal grounds for continued U.S. involvement.
House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said lawmakers had options for dealing with the conflict, including "the power of the purse" -- an implicit threat to cut off funding.
Libya-watchers say Gaddafi is using his political skills, honed during decades when he was able to survive despite being an international pariah, to try to exploit divisions.
Adding to the pressure on NATO, Russia and China issued a declaration underlining their concerns about the air strikes.
Russia and China decided in March not to use their veto power at the United Nations to block intervention on Libya, but have said NATO risks going beyond the U.N.-authorised mandate to protect civilians.
Rebel forces are now fighting Gaddafi's troops on three fronts: in the east of the country around the oil town of Brega, on the road to Tripoli from the rebel-held port of Misrata, and in the Western Mountains southwest of Tripoli.
They have made slow but important gains in the past few weeks in the mountains and near Misrata, bringing the front closer to Tripoli from the east and southwest.
Gaddafi has called the rebels "rats" and says NATO's campaign is colonial aggression to steal Libya's oil.
In Misrata, the rebels say they are recruiting fighters from the government-held neighboring town of Zlitan before advancing.
Zlitan, just 160 km (100 miles) from Tripoli, is the next major town on the Mediterranean coast road to the capital. Capturing it would be a major victory.
Kalefa Ali, a rebel spokesman in the Western Mountains town of Nalut, told Reuters that despite shelling by Gaddafi forces in Nalut and the Wazin border crossing with Tunisia on Thursday, the rebels would push forward.
"We think we will be able to drive Gaddafi's forces out of the Western Mountains altogether within days," he said.
(Writing by John Irish; editing by Mark Trevelyan)
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Libya rebels control two villages in west: AFP

Egyptian Gazette - ‎Jun 15, 2011‎
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Libya rebels on diplomatic upswing, but lose battle

AFP - Jean-Pierre Campagne - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
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Russian envoy in Libya for mediation

Channel News Asia - ‎22 hours ago‎
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Tripoli bombed as Libya rebels make advances

Channel News Asia - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
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Russian envoy heads for Tripoli as rebels advance

AFP - Imed Lamloum - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
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We have sufficient means for Libya campaign: NATO commander

The Express Tribune - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
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NATO leaders in talks amid fresh Libya strikes

AFP - Imed Lamloum - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
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Rebels make western advances on Tripoli road

AFP - Jean-Pierre Campagne - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
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Russia envoy expected in Tripoli: spokeswoman - ‎Jun 15, 2011‎
Mikhail Margelov left Tunisia on Wednesday evening to travel to the Libyan capital by car, his spokeswoman Varvara Paal told AFP. During his visit, which will last only a day, he will meet the prime minister and foreign minister, but was not scheduled ...

Gaddafi's son offers elections

Press TV - ‎10 hours ago‎
In an interview with Italian Corriere della Sera newspaper in the capital Tripoli on Thursday, Seif al-Islam said, “Elections is the only painless way to exit from the impasse in Libya," AFP reported. “We could hold them within three months. ...

Gaddafi 'not ready' to go

News24 - ‎14 hours ago‎
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Gaddafi forces shell Zintan, kill 7

Hindustan Times - ‎Jun 12, 2011‎
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Gaddafi offered way out amid deadly clashes

Channel News Asia - ‎Jun 11, 2011‎
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Gaddafi is not leaving Libya - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
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The Homemade Weapons of Libya's Rebel Forces

National Journal - Alan Taylor - ‎Jun 15, 2011‎
(Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images) # View original. 6 A rebel takes stock of weapons and ammunition in a munitions storage hangar at a government military base which they captured in Ajdabiya, on March 1. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) # View original. ...

German FM visits Libyan rebel capital

Egyptian Gazette - ‎Jun 13, 2011‎
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Libya rebels on diplomatic upswing, but lose battle

Jakarta Globe - Jean-Pierre Campagne - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
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Libyan rebels regain ground in key oil port

The Australian - ‎Jun 12, 2011‎
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Libya conflict spreads to key oasis city: rebels - ‎Jun 12, 2011‎
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Gadhafi Plays Chess With Russian Visitor

ABC News - ‎Jun 13, 2011‎
(Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images) As the world awaits Moammar Gadhafi's next move, the Libyan leader has been playing chess with the visiting Russian head of the World Chess Federation. The federation is headed by the eccentric Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, ...

24 Libya rebels killed in fierce fighting in Port Brega

Los Angeles Times - Patrick J. McDonnell, Amro Hassan - ‎Jun 13, 2011‎
(Faraj Zughaid / AFP/Getty Images / June 13, 2011) By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times Clashes near the Libyan city of Port Brega left two dozen antigovernment fighters dead Monday in some of the fiercest battles in weeks along the front ...

Amid bombings, Gaddafi has time to play chess

NOW LEBANON - Angie Nassar - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
(AFP/Libyan TV) “Here was the Libyan leader, nearly three months into a NATO bombing campaign that lately has been focused unapologetically on killing him, sitting down calmly and pensively for a game that prizes, above all, the ability of exponents to ...

Gaddafi plays chess as fighting rages

Daily Nation - ‎Jun 13, 2011‎
Photo/AFP/LIBYAN TV and COLIN SUMMERS An image grab taken from Libyan state television on June 13, 2011 shows Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi (left) playing chess with the head of the World Chess Federation in Tripoli on June 12, 2011. ...

Libyan troops fire rockets into Tunisia - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
(Gianluigi Guercia / AFP - Getty Images) Share Back to slideshow navigation Rebel fighters inspect the inside of a mosque thought to have been used by snipers loyal to Gadhafi, after heavy clashes with pro-Gadhafi forces on the front line at Dafniya, ...

NATO drops leaflets, attacks Tripoli again

Herald Sun - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
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Libyan rebels advance as more NATO bombs land in Tripoli

Herald Sun - ‎Jun 15, 2011‎
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'Gaddafi in talks with rebels'

Hindustan Times - ‎7 hours ago‎
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In Libya, sustained fighting renewed near capital

Los Angeles Times - Patrick J. McDonnell, Amro Hassan - ‎Jun 11, 2011‎
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Fighting flares in Libyan western port: rebels

The Daily Star - ‎Jun 12, 2011‎
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Gaddafi forces shell Zintan: report

Times LIVE - ‎Jun 12, 2011‎
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Rebels eye Tripoli push as Gaddafi son offers election

Reuters Africa - ‎37 seconds ago‎
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Rebels eye Tripoli push as Gaddafi son offers election

Reuters UK - Zohra Bensemra, Maria Golovnina - ‎5 minutes ago‎
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DiManno: Digging through the stage-managing in Libya

Toronto Star - Rosie DiManno - ‎Jun 13, 2011‎
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Canada to recognize Libya's rebel government

Toronto Star - Hassan Ammar - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
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DiManno: Every Gadhafi picture tells a story

Toronto Star - Rosie DiManno - ‎Jun 12, 2011‎
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Is tally for extending Libya mission 'substantially underestimated'?

Globe and Mail - Jane Taber - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
As MPs prepare to debate extending Canada's mission in Libya on Tuesday, the left-leaning think tank puts the cost between $80-million and $85-million. Mr. MacKay, however, estimates a total bill of just $60-million. Should Canada extend its commitment ...

DiManno: Libyan battlefield reports are clear as mud

Toronto Star - Rosie DiManno - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
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Canada recognizes Libya's rebel council as legitimate voice

Globe and Mail - Campbell Clark - ‎Jun 15, 2011‎
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How social media users are helping NATO fight Gadhafi in Libya

Globe and Mail - Graeme Smith - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
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Tim Harper: Civility trumps clarity in Commons debate on Libya

Toronto Star - Sean Kilpatrick - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
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Questions raised about Libyan mission as MPs vote to extend it to September

Vancouver Sun - Barbara Yaffe - ‎Jun 15, 2011‎
As MPs voted on Tuesday to extend Canada's military effort in Libya, questions about the mission continue to be raised. And why not? Even as the North African nation has been pummelled unrelentingly for ...

Libya motion denounces state-sponsored 'rape'

Toronto Star - Ivan Sekretarev - ‎Jun 13, 2011‎
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Parliament extends Libya mission, Ottawa backs anti-Gadhafi rebels

Globe and Mail - Campbell Clark - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
Parliament Tuesday evening formally extended Canada's military mission in Libya to the end of September, and the Harper government endorsed the country's rebels as the true representatives of its people. By an overwhelming 294-1 margin, MPs approved ...

Where's the Libya mission off-ramp?

Ottawa Citizen - Peter McKenna - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
A rebel fighter carries a rocket-propelled grenade launcher during fighting between the towns of Ryayna and Zawyat Bagul in Libya. The political decision had already been made before Tuesday's debate. ...

Libya debate gets under way

Montreal Gazette - Tobi Cohen - ‎Jun 13, 2011‎
Canada's future role in NATO's ongoing intervention in Libya is up for debate Tuesday, setting the stage for the first true test of the new official Opposition's handling of critical foreign affairs and ...

Defence Minister MacKay defends Libya extension - ‎Jun 15, 2011‎
Defence Minister Peter MacKay appears on Canada AM from CTV studios in Ottawa, Wednesday, June 15, 2011. One day after Parliament voted overwhelmingly to extend Canada's mission to Libya by several months, Defence Minister Peter MacKay acknowledged ...

Baird defends Libya mission as House debate nears - ‎Jun 12, 2011‎
Despite a growing perception that the United Nations-sanctioned NATO mission in Libya has evolved beyond its original objectives, Canada's foreign affairs minister says its overall purpose remains the same. While NATO initially worked to establish a ...

NDP cooling to extension of Libya mission

Toronto Sun - Mark Dunn - ‎Jun 13, 2011‎
The official NDP Opposition is showing signs of cold feet towards Canada's military engagement in Libya to stop a dictator from massacring innocent civilians. On the eve of the party's national convention in ...

The people Canada is fighting for in Libya

Globe and Mail - Josh O'Kane - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
If Colonel Moammar Gadhafi's regime no longer represents Libyans, who are the people that Canada is now supporting? The National Transitional Council officially formed on March 5 at a meeting of representatives from each of Libya's then-liberated ...

Feds to vote on extending Libya mission

Toronto Sun - Kristy Kirkup - ‎Jun 12, 2011‎
Politicians are preparing to discuss and vote on Canada¹s role in combat efforts in Libya. A parliamentary debate on NATO military actions in the North African state will take place Tuesday and a vote will follow ...

Libyan rebels gain in Western mountains

Montreal Gazette - Youssef Boudlal - ‎Jun 15, 2011‎
Libyan rebels pushed deeper into government-held territory south of the capital on Wednesday, but their advance came as strains began to emerge in the Western alliance trying to topple Moammar Gadhafi. ...

Libya mission deserves debate

Calgary Herald - ‎Jun 13, 2011‎
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has promised that Parliament will this month debate extending Canada's involvement in the NATO-led mission in Libya. His majority government rightly favours continuing the country's deployment there, and if he wants to ...

MPs vote for more air strikes against Libyan strongman

CANOE - Mark Dunn - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
Canadian fighter jets will continue bombing troops and thugs loyal to Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi and the bloody strongman himself after the House of Commons approved a 90-day, $34 million extension of the ...

Canada to boost humanitarian aid in Libya

Montreal Gazette - Tobi Cohen - ‎Jun 15, 2011‎
OTTAWA - Canada will officially recognize the rebels fighting the regime of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi as the country's legitimate representatives, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Tuesday. ...

British prime minister: Gadhafi's 'time running out' - Adam Schreck, Hadeel Al-Shalchi - ‎Jun 16, 2011‎
KHOMS, Libya — Britain's prime minister said Wednesday that time is running out for Moammar Gadhafi's forces, as the Libyan government tried to deny reports that rebels were making fresh gains toward the capital ...

German ministers visit Libyan city of Benghazi for talks with rebels

The Canadian Press - ‎Jun 13, 2011‎
BERLIN — Germany's foreign and development aid ministers are making an unannounced visit to the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi for meetings with rebels. The Foreign Ministry said Guido Westerwelle and Dirk Niebel stopped in Benghazi Monday as they ...

Gadhafi lifeline threatened

The Province - ‎Jun 13, 2011‎
Supporters of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi chant slogans during a pro-Gaddafi rally in Tripoli on Sunday. Col. Moammar Gadhafi's forces faced the prospect of losing its last lifeline to the outside world following an uprising in the city of Zawiyah, ...

House of Commons votes to extend mission in Libya

680 News - Cormac MacSweeney - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
OTTAWA - Members of the House of Commons have voted 294-1 to extend the military mission in Libya until September. The vote took place Tuesday evening. The only vote against the motion was cast by Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. ...

Libya rebels on diplomatic upswing, but lose battle

AFP - Jean-Pierre Campagne - ‎Jun 14, 2011‎
BENGHAZI, Libya — Libyan rebels were on a diplomatic upswing Tuesday, gaining Canada's recognition one day after Germany's, and made some gains on the western battle front against Moamer Kadhafi's troops. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Canada ...
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