Saturday, April 23, 2011

Predator drone strike in Libya

The United States launched its first Predator drone strike in Libya today, the Defence Department said in a statement.

It did not provide details on the target of the strike, saying only that it occurred in the early afternoon local time in Libya.

US Defence Secretary Robert Gates announced on Thursday that the unmanned aircraft would be used in Libya for Hellfire missile attacks on the forces of leader Muammar Gaddafi.

General James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the US plan called for keeping two patrols of armed Predators above Libya at any given time, permitting better surveillance – and targeting – of Gaddafi’s forces. The drones are based in the region but typically flown by remote control by pilots in the United States.

The US military has been using other drones to target militants along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. The drones in Libya were not taken from Afghanistan, US officials said. – Reuters

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Helicopter Crashed in Sibu

A helicopter crashed when taking off from Dataran Sibu in East Malaysia in the heart of the city at 1.40pm Monday after its three passengers, including an aide to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had already disembarked.

The pilot, who was the only one inside when it happened, was rushed to the Sibu Hospital. His condition is unknown.

Press Secretary to the Education Minister, Hafiz Abdul Halim, who was walking towards the RH Hotel, less than 100m from the square when it happened, was shocked.

"There was no problem with the helicopter when we took off from Bintangor or during the ride. I was walking towards the hotel when I heard a crash," said Hafiz, who was with two security officers in the helicopter.

Muhyiddin and his special officer had landed at the same square in separate helicopters shortly before the incident. They were also returning from Bintangor.

"The deputy prime minister and his entourage are safe," Hafiz said.

Monday, April 4, 2011

UN plane crashed in Congo

UN plane crashed in CongoOne person survived the crash of a U.N. plane that killed 32 others in the Congo on Monday, U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said.

The aircraft, a Bombardier CRJ-300 jet which carried 33 people, belonged to MONUSCO, the U.N. mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a Congo Transportation Ministry official.

The plane crashed early afternoon Monday while attempting to land at the Kinshasa airport after a flight from Goma in the eastern part of the vast nation in central Africa, the official said.

The Kinshasa airport reported strong thunderstorms and sustained winds of 37 kph (23 mph) at the time.

U.N. Peacekeeping Director Alain Le Roy said the aircraft missed the airstrip likely because of the wind, but he cautioned the investigation was in its early stages.

Most of those on board were U.N. personnel; five worked for other agencies, Le Roy told reporters.

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said America "stands ready to assist the U.N. in the aftermath of this terrible accident."

"As we know well, a stable and prosperous future for the DRC must begin with peace for its people, and U.N. personnel have worked courageously to strengthen the protection of the nation's women, men and children after years of strife," Rice said.