Stop NATO Updates on Libyan war: 11 April 2011

11 April 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO “Incinerates” Libyan Convoy In Most Intensive Day Of Bombing Since Taking Command
  • Commander: NATO “Dismantling” Libyan Military
  • Libyan War Allies, Democratic Confreres: Obama To Welcome Qatar’s Emir To White House
  • Pakistan: Mass Protest Against NATO Threat To Libya, World Peace
  • Uruguay Opposes Foreign Military Intervention In Bahrain, Libya
  • Libyan War: NATO Taps Bulgaria, Romania For Warships
  • Algeria, Cuba Call For Immediate Ceasefire In Libya
  • Washington Conference: Impact Of Arab World On Central Asia, Caucasus
  • Libyan Scenario Playing Out In Syria
  • Libyan Stalemate A Hot Potato For West
  • Libya On Agenda: Azerbaijan To Attend NATO Ministerial In Berlin
  • Only Six Percent Of Finns Support Providing Warplanes For NATO’s Libyan War

NATO “Incinerates” Libyan Convoy In Most Intensive Day Of Bombing Since Taking Command

Wall Street Journal

April 11, 2011

NATO Steps Up Libya Airstrikes, Bolstering Rebels

By CHARLES LEVINSON in Ajdabiya, Libya, and STEPHEN FIDLER in Brussels

NATO stepped up strikes on forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi Sunday, incinerating a convoy of vehicles laying siege to Ajdabiya and appearing to turn the tide toward rebel forces in the battle for control of the strategically vital city.

Meanwhile, a delegation of African leaders including South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma arrived in Tripoli Sunday for talks with Col. Gadhafi as his troops stepped up their offensive in Ajdabiya.

The talks are part of a regime-backed African Union initiative to end fighting and begin dialogue between rebels and the government in Tripoli. But success looked doubtful from the start, given that the sole demand for the rebels and the opposition in the east remained Col. Gadhafi’s departure — something non-negotiable for him and his core supporters.

Later the African Union’s commissioner for peace and security, Ramadan Lamamra of Algeria, told reporters in Tripoli that Col. Gadhafi formally accepted the initiative and that the African delegation except for President Zuma would travel to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in the east on Monday to hold discussions with opposition leaders there.

Rebels in Ajdabiya cheered the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Sunday for what appeared to be its most intensive day of attacks on ground forces since taking control of the campaign on March 31.

The alliance said Sunday it destroyed 11 tanks on the route to Ajdabiya and 14 tanks approaching the besieged rebel-held enclave of Misrata in western Libya, although it was impossible to verify the claim.

The bodies of pro-Gadhafi fighters lay amid the wreckage of about a dozen Land Cruisers…

Asked about Sunday’s uptick in activity, a NATO official said more than half-a-dozen nations were now carrying out strike missions, relieving pressure on the French and British air forces and giving the alliance more firepower.

—Sam Dagher in Tripoli contributed to this article.


Commander: NATO “Dismantling” Libyan Military

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

April 10, 2011

NATO strikes hit Gaddafi forces around Adjabiya and Misratah

Naples: NATO’s Operation Unified Protector continues to dismantle the fighting ability of the Gaddafi Regime throughout the country with particular attention to the two cities that are the most threatened, Ajdabiya and Misratah, where airstrikes near these two cities today have resulted in 25 Regime tanks being destroyed.

“[W]e continue to strike these forces hard, with 11 tanks destroyed today as they approached Ajdabiya, and 14 tanks destroyed earlier this morning in the outskirts of Misratah,” said Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard, Commander of Operation Unified Protector.

[A]ir strikes are also hitting ammunition bunkers and lines of communication to cut off these forces from their supplies.

“We are hitting the Regime logistics facilities as well as their heavy weapons…,” said the Commander. “One recent strike cratered the road leading to Ajdabiya, west of Brega, where his fuel and ammunition is being moved forward on large trucks. Further west we hit two more storage bunkers where the ammunition is coming from.”


Libyan War Allies, Democratic Confreres: Obama To Welcome Qatar’s Emir To White House

Trend News Agency

April 11, 2011

Obama to welcome Qatar’s Amir to White House

U.S. President Barack Obama will welcome Amir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to the White House on Thursday to discuss “a range of issues,” the White House said on Sunday, Xinhua reported.

It described Qatar as “an important partner of the United States,” saying Obama “looks forward to discussing a range of issues” with the Amir, including the recent developments in the Middle East and “Qatar’s leadership in the international effort to protect Libyan civilians.”

Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are the only two Arab countries to send warplanes to join the NATO-led military strikes against Libya, and the first meeting of the Contact Group on Libya will be held on Wednesday in Doha, capital of Qatar.

The Contact Group, formed on March 29 in London when top representatives from up to 40 countries and international organizations met on the future of Libya, is responsible for political governance of the military intervention and the implementation of UN resolutions.


Pakistan: Mass Protest Against NATO Threat To Libya, World Peace

News International

April 11, 2011

Protest against Nato attacks on Libya

-They said that the Western agenda of war for peace had caused millions of innocent deaths all across the world and this latest violation of life by the Nato forces needed to stop immediately.

-They demanded that if the UNO wanted to get rid of the tag of an American body to legalise all American acts then it should take prompt action against all pre-emptive and presumptive offensives advocated by America and Nato forces and should save all humanity from the terrorism and extremism of this bloc out to destroy world peace.

LAHORE: Workers of eight political parties and numerous civil society bodies held a massive protest demonstration in front of Punjab Assembly against the indiscriminate bombing by Nato forces of unarmed civilians in Libya and to mark 10 years of American terrorism in the name of War On Terror.

The Labour Party of Pakistan, Awami Party, Workers Party of Pakistan, Awami Jamhoori Forum, Inqalabi Socialists Tehrik, National Students Federation, National Trade Union Federation, Pakistan Kissan Rabta Committee and others participated in the demonstration and stressed upon the leftist parties of Pakistan to denounce America’s self-righteous terror campaign to serve its vested interests of global domination and demolition in the name of global peace and democracy.

The protestors were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans such as, No More War for Peace, Mind Your Own Business America, and NATO Leave Libya NOW. The protestors chanted Go America Go slogans and condemned American political expansionism through force.

Leaders from different parties, including Naeem Shakir, Talib Hussain, Irfan Chaudhry and Dr. Afshan Zaheer said that the utter disregard for human life shown by France, the USA and Britain by bombing innocent and unarmed civilians in Libya was the worst human rights disaster ever under the tag of the so-called saving of humanity.

They said that the Western agenda of war for peace had caused millions of innocent deaths all across the world and this latest violation of life by the Nato forces needed to stop immediately.

They demanded that if the UNO wanted to get rid of the tag of an American body to legalise all American acts then it should take prompt action against all pre-emptive and presumptive offensives advocated by America and Nato forces and should save all humanity from the terrorism and extremism of this bloc out to destroy world peace.

The protesters staged a token sit-in at the Faysal Chowk and blocked traffic which created an extendive traffic jam all along The Mall and all its connecting roads as well. The sit-in, although it was ended after 45 minutes, took a good while for the traffic to resume to its normal flow after the protest ended and the protestors dispersed.


Uruguay Opposes Foreign Military Intervention In Bahrain, Libya

Fars News Agency

April 9, 2011

Uruguay Opposes Military Interference in Bahrain, Libya

TEHRAN: Uruguayan Foreign Minister Luis Almagro, who is in Tehran on an official visit, voiced his country’s strong opposition to any foreign military intervention in Bahrain and Libya.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi here in Tehran on Saturday, Almagro announced that he and his Iranian counterpart had discussed the latest developments in the region, specially uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, during their talks today.

“We are against any military and foreign intervention in these countries, especially Bahrain and Libya,” Almagro stated.

He further stressed that Tehran and Montevideo share common views over different issues.

The Uruguayan minister hailed the age-old ties between Iran and his country and said, “We have very strong trade relations.”

“We are pleased to see Iran’s expanding ties with Uruguay and other Latin American states, including Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador, and we hope to witness further development of relations between Tehran and Montevideo,” Almagro underscored.

Since taking office in 2005, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has expanded Iran’s cooperation with many Latin American states, including Venezuela and Cuba.


Libyan War: NATO Taps Bulgaria, Romania For Warships

Sofia News Agency

April 11, 2011

Bulgaria Inspects Frigate before Joining NATO in Libya

Bulgaria’s Defense Minister, Anyu Angelov, is traveling Monday to the Black Sea city of Burgas to check in person the “Drazki” frigate’s readiness for joining NATO in Libya.

At the end of March, Bulgaria’s government approved the deployment of the navy frigate to take part in NATO’s Operation “United Protector” patrolling off Libya’s coast to enforce a UN arms embargo.

The frigate is to depart around April 15, 2011.

“Drazki” (i.e. “Daring”) will be manned by a 160-member crew. The Bulgarian Navy is in the process of preparing it for the NATO naval mission off the Libyan coast.

The Minister is going to meet with the frigate’s crew and commandment. The Drazki Commander, Captain Pancho Panchev, is going to brief Angelov, the Deputy Head of Defense Headquarters, Vice Admiral, Minko Kavaldzhiev, and the Commander of the Navy, Rear Admiral, Plamen Manushev.

The government approved sending the frigate for three months to the Mediterranean Sea to take part in the operation…

The cost of Bulgaria’s participation in the NATO weapons embargo operation in Libya can tower to BGN 4.5 M, according to Defense Minister, Anyu Angelov.

In 2009, Bulgaria purchased three second-hand frigates from Belgium – Drazki, Gordi (”Proud”), and “Verni” (”Faithful”) – and the Tsibar minesweeper. One of the frigates, Gordi, under the name F910 Weilingen as part of the Belgian Navy joined the UN maritime embargo against Iraq – Operation Southern Breeze during the First Gulf War – in 1990-1991 – a naval operation similar to the one in Libya.

In addition to sending in the Drazki frigate, Bulgaria has confirmed its readiness to send two medical teams for a ground humanitarian operation in Libya.

Neighboring Romania is also participating in the NATO naval operation off Libya’s coast with the King Ferdinand frigate. The Romanian frigate will be manned by a 205-member crew.


Algeria, Cuba Call For Immediate Ceasefire In Libya

Trend News Agency

April 11, 2011

Algeria, Cuba call for immediate cease-fire in Libya

Algeria and Cuba on Sunday called on all concerned parties in Libya to end clashes and launch peace talks as soon as possible, Xinhua reported.

In a joint news conference here with his Cuban counterpart Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, Algeria Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said they hoped the “fighting in Libya would end and dialogues would be launched soon.”

“Cuba has earlier condemned foreign intervention in Libya,” said Parrilla, who is on a three-day visit to Algeria, adding his country is “concerned about the killing of innocent civilians there.”

Meanwhile, the African Union (AU) on Sunday called for a comprehensive peace dialogue of all concerned parties in Libya.

The AU higher committee on the Libyan issue said in a statement at the end of its meeting in Mauritania that “disputing parties in Libya should cease fire immediately, and launch comprehensive peace dialogue that guarantees Libyan people’s aspirations to democracy, political reforms, justice, peace, security and social development.”


Washington Conference: Impact Of Arab World On Central Asia And Caucasus

Trend News Agency

April 11, 2011

Washington to host “Impacts of Arab World on Central Asia and Caucasus” conference

E. Tariverdiyeva

The School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington will host a conference on “The Impact of the Arab World on Central Asia and the Caucasus” on Feb.11, the Washington Daybook agency said.

The event will be attended by Anthony Bowyer, program manager for the Caucasus and Central Asia at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems; John Herbst, director of the Center for Complex Operations at the National Defense University and former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine; Halil Karaveli, senior fellow at CACI’s Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center and managing editor of Turkey Analyst; and Ross Wilson, director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council and former U.S. ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan.


Libyan Scenario Playing Out In Syria

Russian Information Agency Novosti

April 11, 2011

Nine servicemen killed in north Syrian ambush

DAMASCUS: The number of Syrian servicemen killed in an ambush on an armed forces unit in the country’s northwest has risen to nine, the Syrian SANA news agency reported on Monday.

The armed forces unit came under attack at a highway between the port cities of Latakia and Tartus on Sunday afternoon. Seven soldiers and two officers are among those killed, Sana said, quoting an official source.

Previous reports said one serviceman had been killed and dozens injured.

The agency said armed groups opened fire on ambulances, which arrived on the scene after the attack. An ambulance driver and nurses are among the many wounded.

Syrian media reports said at least 19 police and Security Forces officers were killed in clashes in the southern city of Daraa at the border with Jordan on Friday.


Libyan Stalemate A Hot Potato For West

People’s Daily

April 11, 2011

West plays ‘hot potato’ with Libyan crisis

Tian Wenlin

As the Libyan war reaches a stalemate, there have been increasingly louder calls for a peaceful solution to the current crisis through dialogue in the international community. Emerging countries, such as Turkey, South Africa and Russia, as well as European countries, such as Germany, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway, have all called for a resolution to the current crisis through peaceful dialogues.

The war has brought about too many uncertainties. Like many “unexpected consequences” that emerged in the aftermath of the U.S. military attack against Iraq, the military attack against Libya launched by the United Kingdom, France and the United States has also come across several “unexpected circumstances.”

The first of these surprises is the resilience of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. Second is the weakness of the Libyan opposition. It was too early for the West to put a bet on the rebels. Particularly, France prematurely terminated its diplomatic ties with the Gaddafi administration, leaving no room for reconciliation between the two sides.

Thereafter, the West had expected the opposition to win and overthrow Gaddafi’s regime, so they could get paid at odds of 2-1 on winning their political bets.

Unexpectedly, the military forces of the opposition were fractured, lacking a single command, necessary training and access to heavy weapons.

Therefore, they were often defeated by the government forces and could only come to a stalemate with the government under the West’s air support.

Currently, the Libyan war has become a “hot potato” for the West.

First, the West cannot afford the war economically and strategically. Waging high-tech wars is like “burning money.” The war is too heavy to afford for the European countries and the United States, which have not completely emerged out of the economic crisis. The longer the war is, the more countries in the West will find themselves at a disadvantage.

Furthermore, the war has also pushed up international oil prices, distressing European countries and the United States as oil-consuming countries. The United States has transferred military command to NATO, and the United Kingdom and France are already not as optimistic as they were.

Second, the West will encounter many military and legal troubles. Instead of “government oppressing civilians” that the West first believed, the situation in Libya has turned into a civil war with real guns. If the West continues to get involved, they will be considered as being partial to one side and their open intervention into a Libyan civil war will cause more civilian casualties.

This is completely contradictory to the West’s original intention of “protecting civilians.”

In regards to military actions, Western countries will have to dispatch ground forces in order to depose Gaddafi since the rebels lack fighting capacity. This is totally beyond the scope of the United Nation’s authority, and is likely to repeat the mistakes of the Iraq War.

In regards to legal principle, Western countries were suspected of taking advantage of loopholes in the U.N. resolutions and pursuing their own self-interests when they launched air strikes. The true faces of Britain and France will be exposed more significantly as the war continues.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad previously accused the West of fighting for the oil…

In a word, the military solution to the problem in Libya has come to an end and the political solution has been put on the agenda. However, military and political means are two sides of a coin and many unexpected problems are still waiting for solutions.


Libya On Agenda: Azerbaijan To Attend NATO Ministerial In Berlin

Trend News Agency

April 11, 2011

Deputy Minister to represent Azerbaijan at NATO Berlin ministerial

Baku: Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov will represent Azerbaijan at the Berlin ministerial of NATO, Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry told Trend.

A meeting of NATO foreign ministers will be held in Berlin on April 14.

The meeting, along with issues on the cooperation prospects within NATO, will discuss the current situation in Libya.


Only Six Percent Of Finns Support Providing Warplanes For NATO’s Libyan War

Helsingin Sanomat

April 11, 2011

Gallup: Few Finns are willing to send Hornets to Libya

Most poll respondents reject the idea of deploying Finnish fighters in the Libyan crisis

Only six per cent of Finns are in favour of Finland’s military contribution to the Libya operation “for example by committing Finnish Hornet fighters for the Libya operation”, indicates a survey commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat. The supporters of the National Coalition Party backed the sending of Hornet fighters to Libya most enthusiastically, but here, too, just 13 per cent of the party’s respondents were fully in favour.

The most popular response alternative represented the same moderate policy line as Finland’s foreign policy leaders have taken.

Around half of Finns felt that Finland should participate in the Libya operation only later, for example by protecting the evacuation of civilians and providing humanitarian aid.

One-fourth of Finns regarded even the provision of humanitarian aid as too much. In their opinion, Finland must not be involved in the Libya operation in any shape or form.

The voters of the True Finns took a particularly negative attitude toward Finland’s participation in the operation. Half of them chose the “absolute no” line.

In the camps of the Centre Party, the Social Democrats, and the Left Alliance, one-fourth of respondents supported complete withdrawal from participation.

Among the voters of the National Coalition Party and the Green League, around 13 per cent of respondents adhered to the strict “No” line.

Participation at a later stage, including protection of humanitarian aid shipments and potential evacuations, was supported most by voters of the Green League and the Left Alliance.

A party affiliation was the most significant underlying factor behind the opinions.

There was no great difference between men and women, except that the protection of humanitarian aid operations was slightly more supported by women.

Sweden has sent eight jet fighters to Libya.

Finland has been asked to participate in planning a potential EU battle group operation that would protect humanitarian aid transports and other actions in Libya.

FACTFILE: How was the survey conducted?

The poll was conducted in early March, involving interviews with 1,307 Finns aged 15 to 74, with the exception of the autonomous Åland Islands.

The respondents were asked:”The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is leading the alliance of Western countries that is monitoring the no-fly zone imposed on Libya by the United Nations Security Council. For example Sweden has made a decision to send eight jet fighters to Libya. Finland is not involved in the Libya operation. Do you think that Finland should participate in the operation?”

A total of five response alternatives were available: 1. Yes, for example by sending Finnish fighers to support the operation. 2. Yes, by participating in the alliance, but without a military contribution. 3. Cannot tell. 4. No, Finland should participate in the settling of the crisis later on, for example in the protection of potential evacuations and humanitarian aid. 5. No, Finland must not participate in the Libya operation in any way.

The margin of error in the survey is around 2.5 percentage points in either direction.

The poll was commissioned by Helsingin Sanomat and conducted by TNS Gallup.

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