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Satellite Rocket Launched from Vandenberg for National Reconnaissance Office

Liftoff of the United Launch Alliance Heavy Rocket: A classified defense satellite was lofted into orbit Thursday by the largest rocket ever launched from the West Coast, the Air Force said. Ares rocket launched Delta IV nited Launch Alliance Heavy Rocket carrying the NROL 49 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Public Taiwan Missile Test Tuesday Has High Failure Rate

Taiwan tested a batch of missiles Tuesday, hoping to reassure a population wary of Chinese intentions. But a high failure rate at the widely publicized event may have given it the opposite effect. Taiwan test-fired 19 missiles, but about one-third missed their targets. The missile tests were the first held in full view of the press for almost 10 years. The...

At Least 50 People Killed, 150 injured at Police Recruitment Center in Tikrit, Iraq

Video shows aftermath of most deadly attack in Iraq since last October 31, 2010. A suicide bomber blew himself up after detonating his explosives belt in a crowd of police recruits on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people and undercutting Iraqi security efforts as the nation struggles to show it can protect itself without foreign help. The attack was the deadliest...

Tankers Set On Fire at Dera Murad Jamali, Pakistan

Gunmen attacked 14 tankers carrying fuel for U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan as they sat parked at a roadside restaurant in southwest Pakistan on Saturday, officials said. More than a dozen tankers were set on fire Saturday by eight Islamist militants as the tankers were parked at a restaurant in Dera Murad Jamali, Pakistan.

Greater London Metropolitan Police Service Seeking Protestor with Petrol Bomb, Others

Met Police have released footage of students they want to track down relating to violence and disorder charges at last year's protests in November, 2010. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is the territorial police force responsible for policing Greater London, excluding the "square mile" of the City of London which is the responsibility of the City of London Police. The...

Lebanon Government Collapse

Hizballah and its Christian ally Michel Aoun abruptly quit the Lebanese unity government Wednesday, January 12, 2011 in a move that could pave the way for their seizure of power in Beirut. Michel Aoun is a Lebanese politician and former military commander. From September 22, 1988 to October 13, 1990, he served as Prime Minister and acting President of...

Gates: North Korea Could Have ICBM and Strike the Continental US Within 5 Years

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warned Tuesday that North Korea was within five years of being able to strike the continental United States with an intercontinental ballistic missile, and said that, combined with its expanding nuclear program, the country “is becoming a direct threat to the United States.” See The New York Times Gates Warns of North Korea Missile Threat...

1,400 Additional Troops to Afghanistan

The office of US Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that the US will send an additional 1,400 marines to Afghanistan, mostly to southern regions, in anticipation of an increase in fighting with improved weather conditions. The US-led coalition in Afghanistan is under pressure to show security gains before White House-mandated troop reductions begin in July.

Salman Taseer, Governor of Punjab Province in Pakistan Assassinated by Zealot Body Guard Over ‘Blasphemy’

Police say Governor Salman Taseer was assassinated in a shopping market by one of his body guards. Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab, Pakistan's wealthiest and most populated province, was shot dead Tuesday by a zealot bodyguard who told interrogators he was angry over the politician's opposition to blasphemy laws. Taseer was a member of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)...

OPERATION VIGILANT EAGLE: Air Terror Drill Intercepts, Investigates Hijacking in Simulated Air Terrorist Operation

A first-of-its-kind hijacking exercise involving the U.S., Canadian and Russian militaries went "flawlessly," and a similar drill is planned next year, an American officer said. Russian Federated Air Force, the USAF and Candian Air Force worked a training exercise that simulated terrorists hijacking a Boeing 757 in the Alaskan region of the North American Aerospace Defense Command. Other aircraft involved...