NATO Newslinks 28 May 2011

28 May 2011 —

NATO Targets Tripoli Facility
Voice of America
Photo: AP NATO says it targeted a vehicle storage area in a complex where leader Moammar Gadhafi sometimes lives. The French news agency (AFP) says white smoke could be seen rising from the blast site. Earlier Saturday, explosions from NATO airstrikes …

NATO says destroyed Gadhafi compound guard towers
Montreal Gazette
TRIPOLI, May 28 (Reuters) – NATO aircraft destroyed the guard towers at
Moammar Gaddhfi’s compound in Tripoli, a NATO official said on Saturday,
then staged a rare daytime air strike on the Libyan capital, heightening
pressure on him to quit. …

News Analysis / James M. Dorsey: NATO is betting on the wrong horse in Libya …
The international community including NATO needs to talk to tribal leaders
still loyal to Mr. Qaddafi. (File Photo) By JAMES DORSEY Libyan leader
Colonel Moammar Qaddafi is hanging tough three months into punishing NATO
attacks on his military and …

Two NATO soldiers killed in attacks in southern Afghanistan
Monsters and
Kabul – Two soldiers from the NATO-led International Security Assistance
Force (ISAF) were killed Saturday in attacks in southern Afghanistan, the
alliance said. One soldier was killed in a roadside bomb while another was
killed in a suspected …

NATO’s Attack On Libya Is an Attack On Africa
Black Star News
If African leaders were able to rally and repudiate NATO’s merciless and
destructive bombardment of Libya and forcing it to halt, so that the
African Union (AU) peace plan can be implimented it would represent the
greatest victory in the history of the …

Nato bombs fall near Kadhafi compound
By RFI Nato bombs fell near Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s Bab Al-Aziziya
compound on Saturday morning in the fourth successive day of attacks on the
target. Another attack took place nine hours earlier. Three bombs were
dropped near Bab Al-Aziziya, …

Karzai wants Afghans to take control of night raids
Reuters Canada
Karzai, who has previously riled US and NATO leaders with criticism of
night raids, said in a statement from his office that Afghan troops should
be carrying out the sensitive operations themselves. “President Hamid
Karzai ordered the Defense Ministry …

NATO airstrikes…Mourning in Missouri…California wildfire
9&10 News
DEAUVILLE, France (AP) — There have been overnight NATO airstrikes in
Libya. Two of the attacks have been heard in the capital, Tripoli.
Meanwhile, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (dih-MEE’-tree med-VYEH’-dyev)
says Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi …

Blast at Afghan governor palace
BBC News
Initial reports suggest Western and Afghan troops are among the casualties,
a Nato spokesman told Reuters news agency. Some reports suggest a senior
police commander has been killed, but there is no confirmation. Afghanistan
has seen a series of …

Bulgarian Defense Ministry Refutes Plans of NATO Radar
There are no plans to have a radar from the US/NATO missile shield on the
Botev peak in the Stara Planina (Balkan) Mountain Range, the Bulgarian
Defense Ministry announced. Currently, Bulgaria has participated in the
missile shield only with some …

Reports of NATO and Afghan casualties in Takhar blast – NATO
KABUL (Reuters) – Initial reports suggest that an explosion at the
governor’s compound in Afghanistan’s northern Takhar province on Saturday
killed or wounded several NATO troops and members of the Afghan security
forces, a spokesman for NATO-led …

Attack helicopters will change face of Libyan war
Irish Times
THE ARRIVAL of British and French attack helicopters in the war in Libya is
confirmation that Nato intends to inflict a decisive defeat on Col Muammar
Gadafy, and that keeping within the UN safe fly zone mandate may come a
distant second. …

Bands from six nations to perform at NATO music festival in Kaiserslautern
Stars and Stripes
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Tickets are available for the 22nd annual NATO
Music Festival, which will feature several hundred military musicians and
bands from six nations. Bands performing at this year’s show, scheduled for
June 11 at Fritz-Walter …

French Mirages on Libya mission forced to land in Malta
VALLETTA — Two French Mirage F1 fighter planes taking part in NATO’s
Libya bombing campaign were forced to make an emergency landing in Malta on
Saturday after running short of fuel, aviation authorities said. It is the
fourth time since April that a …

After Mladic, NATO says learned Srebrenica lesson
Reuters Africa
By David Brunnstrom BRUSSELS, May 27 (Reuters) – NATO said on Friday its
Libyan intervention showed it had learnt the lesson of Srebrenica, when
international intervention failed to stop the massacre of 8000 Muslims by
forces of arrested war crimes …

Russian submarine to join NATO exercise for first time
Expatica Spain
A Russian submarine will take part in the world’s biggest submarine rescue
exercise with its former Cold War foe NATO next week, the Western military
alliance said Friday. The Russian submarine, the first to participate in
any NATO exercise, …

French flagship
BBC News
By Jonathan Beale Defence correspondent, BBC News The French aircraft
carrier Charles de Gaulle is operating off the Libyan coast as part of the
Nato operation against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. The BBC got
exclusive access on board the pride of …

Police Among 75 Killed In Nuristan Airstrike
Bakhtar News Agency
Saturday, May 28, 2011 Kabul (BIA) Sixty-eight Taliban fighters and 17
policemen were killed in an airstrike by NATO-led international soldiers in
Doab district of eastern Nuristan province on Friday. Sixty-eight Taliban
fighters and 17 policemen were …

Vecer: Macedonia has met NATO membership criteria, says president
Focus News
Macedonia is a country that has met all criteria for the NATO membership,
said Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov in an address at the summit of the
Central European countries, Vecer daily writes. In Ivanov’s words, there is
an irrational reason for …

RAF jets bomb Tripoli control centre
RAF jets were among Nato forces which struck a command and control centre
where Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi sometimes lives. The alliance
said the dictator was not a target and there was no way of knowing whether
he was there at the time of …

Libya Blasts ‘Within Gaddafi Compound’
Sky News
The Nato airstrike signals a possible switch in tactics by the forces
trying to unseat Colonel Gaddafi. The explosions followed a fifth straight
night of air strikes, adding to military and diplomatic pressure on Col
Gaddafi to end his 41-year reign. …

‘Afghan deployment is non-combat’
The News International
ALMATY: Kazakhstan said on Friday it planned to send four non-combat
officers to join Nato-led forces in Afghanistan. Kazakhstan, where 70 per
cent of the 16.4 million population are Muslim, will become the first
former Soviet republic in Central Asia …

Tripoli raid targetted command centre: NATO
Ahram Online
“Three bombs were dropped on the Tripoli target,” a NATO mission spokesman
told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding that the strike took place
around 1:00 am local time (1100 GMT Friday). For the fourth successive
night, powerful blasts rocked Bab …

Afghan police: Bomber attacks governor’s compound
Houston Chronicle
Mustafa Quraishi AP Afghan President Hamid Karzai, right, addresses a joint
press conference with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, unseen,
as an Afghan Presidential bodyguard holds the Afghan flag, left, at the
Presidential palace in Kabul …

In Shift, Russia Agrees to Try to Talk Qaddafi Into Leaving
New York Times
Russia’s criticism of NATO attacks had become increasingly tough over the
last months, reviving a longstanding critique of American unilateralism
that had quieted since Mr. Obama took office. By signing on to the effort,
Mr. Medvedev is taking a gamble …

Highest Distinction for 3 Ace Pilots from Greece – the Best Pilots of NATO
Greek Reporter
These people are the ones who make our Air Force stand out in any
participation and in any exercise at NATO level and in multinational
exercises in which we take part in. We are proud to accept the
congratulations and admiration of everyonel. “

Obama reassures east European allies
The Australian
US President Barack Obama has reassured east European allies that
cooperation over missile defence with their Soviet-era master Moscow does
not mean NATO will cede partial control to Russia. “We believe that missile
defence is something we should be …

Robert Fulford: Oh how the mighty Liberals have fallen
National Post (blog)
They created the modern public service and, through it, created the welfare
state and our foreign policy, including our roles in NATO and the UN. They
presided over half a century of prosperity. They brokered, more or less
successfully, the conflicting …

NATO: Cyber Defense and the New Strategic Concept
Information Warfare Monitor
By Editor Published: May 27, 2011 Tags: Cyberstrategy, NATO Despite the
launch of NATO’s New Strategic Concept in Lisbon, there remain many
unanswered questions regarding the Alliance’s mission in cyberspace.
Experts have attempted to decipher the …

Two Royal Marines killed in bomb blast in Afghanistan as death toll for the …
Daily Mail
And NATO has now confirmed that two more soldiers were killed in attacks in
the south of the country earlier today. The latest fatalities take the
death toll for Coalition forces to 13 this week. The two British soldiers,
from 42 Commando Royal Marines …

Russia calls for Gadhafi to step down
Niagara Falls Review
By REUTERS TRIPOLI, Libya — Russia believes Libyan leader Moammar
Gadhafishould quit and could help broker his departure, a senior Russian
official said on Friday in an important boost to NATO powers keen on ending
his 41-year rule. …

PM to extend Libyan mission
Globe and Mail
Canada has lent jet fighters and other military assets to a NATO-led
mission in Libya, where besieged leader Moammar Gadhafi is murdering his
own people in a civil war. During the G8 meetings, the Prime Minister sided
with the more gung-ho members of …

In diplomatic shift, Russia calls for Gadhafi to step down
CNN International
Moscow has been a strong critic of the NATO-led mission in Libya, arguing
that the scope of the organization’s air campaign against Gadhafi’s forces
far exceeds the civilian protection mandate approved by the UN Security
Council. …

African Union Calls for End to NATO Strikes on Libya — News from …
By Jason Ditz
An African Union summit in Ethiopia ended with a call for NATO to halt all
air strikes against Libyan territory. The AU Peace and Security
Commissioner insisted that the strikes are going far beyond the UN mandate
1973 and are necessary …

US and NATO should give Russia guarantees on missile defense …
Tom Collina, a research director at the Arms Control Association, says the
US has to find ways to reassure Moscow that the projected US anti-missile
shield in Europe is no danger to Russia.

Afghan president moves to stop NATO night raids | The Associated …
By The Associated Press
The Afghan president ordered on Saturday that only Afghan forces may carry
out special operations and night raids, and not NATO troops — an effort
meant to stymie popular anger over the international troops’ nighttime
assaults that he …

Muammar Gaddafi’s Wife says NATO Strikes on Her Family are “War …
By Jane Jamison
Sofia and Muammar Gaddafi. CNN has an exclusive interview with Muammar
Gaddafi’s wife, Sofia. She says NATO should be prosecuted for war crimes
against her children and life has no meaning anymore… …

Fresh NATO raids target Libyan capital |
By marketmaker
Fresh NATO-led air strikes on Saturday targeted the district of Tripoli
where Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi has his residence, after G8 world powers
intensified the pressure on the strongman to step down.For the fourth
successive night, …

NATO-led air strikes target the district of Tripoli where Libyan …
NATO-led air strikes target the district of Tripoli where Libyan leader
Moammar Gadhafi has his residence – AFP.

NATO soldier dies in Afghanistan insurgent attack | Home “ Other …
NATO said an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan has killed a service

Weasel Zippers “ Blog Archive “ Gaddafi’s ‘Wife’: Persecute NATO …
By Jason
Gaddafi’s ‘Wife’: Persecute NATO! Life Has No Value Anymore.. Skip to 40
seconds in. CNN talks to who they believe is Muammar Gaddafi’s wife by
phone about the on-going battles in Libya. Muammar’s ‘wife’ says they are
being attack by …

Insurgent Attack Kills NATO Soldier In Afghanistan – KHAAMA PRESS
By Ghanizada
NATO has confirmed the incident happened on Saturday which resulted in
death of one of its service members, but they have not disclosed further
details regarding the deceased member yet. The number of international
service members …

Fernando plays key role in NATO program on climate change and …
By William G. Gilroy
Most of us have become aware of the potential for climate change to lead to
such drastic conditions as sea level rise, drought, crop failures…

bryan – 7 U.S. Troops Among 8 NATO Killed In Afghanistan
By bryan
Eight NATO service members were killed Thursday in Afghanistan, including
seven U.S. troops who died when a powerful bomb exploded in a field where
they were patrolling on foot, officials said. Two Afghan policemen also
died and two …

Rare daytime NATO air strike rocks Tripoli | Libya TV
By Libya TV
NATO bombed several sites in the capital last night, Libyan state
television and Arab news channel Al Arabiya reported. The Libyan
broadcaster said NATO raids also caused “human and material” damage
near Mizda, to the south. …

NATO strikes guard towers of Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli | The …
By BNO News
TRIPOLI (BNO NEWS) — NATO aircraft on Friday evening destroyed guard
towers belonging to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s main compound in
Tripoli, the multinational force said on Saturday. The attack on the Bab
al-Aziziyah compound …

Fernando plays key role in NATO program on #climate change and …
By Shiva
That is the conclusion of a NATO workshop on climate change, human health
and national security in which Harindra Joseph S. Fernando, Wayne and Diana
Murdy Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences at the
University of …

NATO aircraft pound Tripoli; U.S. envoy courts rebels – CNN
A barrage of at least 18 rockets struck Tripoli Tuesday, killing 19 people
and wounding another 150 in the heaviest onslaught since NATO’s aerial
strikes …

NATO Choppers Wound Pakistani Troops – The Daily Beast
Another match flicked at the tinderbox of U.S.-Pakistani relations: Local
intelligence officials say NATO helicopters from Afghanistan intruded into

NATO airstrikes pound Tripoli |
TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — NATO warplanes repeatedly hit targets in Tripoli
early Tuesday in what appears to be the heaviest night of bombing of the
Libyan …

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