Libyan war update/Stop NATO news: June 3, 2011

3 June 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO Maintains Deadly Nightly Onslaughts Against Libyan Capital
  • U.S. Recruits More Georgian Troops For NATO’s Afghan War
  • Four NATO Soldiers Injured In Afghan Bomb Attack
  • Clinton Applauds Czech Republic’s Willingness To Join NATO Missile System
  • U.S. Horn Of Africa Command Marks Death Of Soldiers In Djibouti
  • U.S. Eurasian/Caspian Energy Envoy To Visit Azerbaijan

NATO Maintains Deadly Nightly Onslaughts Against Libyan Capital

english.ruvr.ru/2011/06/02/51200386.html

Voice of Russia
June 2, 2011

NATO keeps bombing Tripoli

The NATO air force continues bombing Tripoli every single night, hitting not only administrative and military targets but residential buildings as well. Many hospitals have been destroyed and the rest lack personnel, Libya-based Ukrainian doctors told a news agency correspondent.

According to them, all other foreigners who worked in Tripoli hospitals departed as soon as military operations began. The Ukrainian medical staff hardly manages to aid all those who suffer from the air strikes.
Tripoli groceries can still provide enough food, even though prices have gone up. Another problem is an acute shortage of gasoline.

U.S. Recruits More Georgian Troops For NATO’s Afghan War

www.civil.ge/eng/article.php?id=23575

Civil Georgia
June 2, 2011

Georgia Likely to Send More Troops to Afghanistan

Tbilisi: Georgia, which already has over 900 troops in Afghanistan, will become the largest non-NATO contributor to ISAF operations, it has emerged after the White House released a readout of a meeting between Vice President Joe Biden and President Saakashvili.

The Georgian Ministry of Defense has not immediately responded to Civil.ge’s request for comment and one Georgian official told Civil.ge that the announcement on the issue would likely be made after the Georgian delegation returns back from Italy, where the meeting between Biden and Saakashvili was held.

“The Vice President expressed his appreciation to President Saakashvili for Georgia’s significant new contribution of forces to the International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] in Afghanistan, which will make Georgia the largest non-NATO contributor to ISAF,” the White House said after meeting between Biden and Saakashvili in Rome on June 1.

The announcement means that Georgia apparently has committed to send at least one more battalion to Afghanistan.

Currently the largest non-NATO contributor to the ISAF mission in Afghanistan is Australia with about 1,550 troops.

It means that Georgia, which currently has 925 soldiers in Afghanistan, most of them stationed in Helmand province, has to send more than 625 additional servicemen to exceed the Australian troop number and to become the largest non-NATO contributor to the ISAF mission.

Georgia has lost a total of eight soldiers in Afghanistan since joining the ISAF mission in November, 2009.

The Georgian MoD reported about the most recent fatality on May 27, saying that Junior Sergeant Lavrosi Ivaniadze from the 33rd battalion was killed in “a mine explosion during patrolling” in Helmand province.

Georgia had 2,000-strong troops in Iraq, which were withdrawn during the war with Russia in August, 2008. Georgia suffered three combat fatalities and at least 19 servicemen were injured in Iraq, where Georgia first deployed its troops in August, 2003. Also in Iraq one Georgian serviceman died in a car accident and one committed suicide.

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Four NATO Soldiers Injured In Afghan Bomb Attack

www.pajhwok.com/en/2011/06/02/4-isaf-soldiers-wounded-baghlan-blast

Pajhwok Afghan News
June 2, 2011

4 ISAF soldiers wounded in Baghlan blast
by Habib Rahman Sherzai

PUL-I-KHUMRI: Four international servicemembers were injured in a roadside bombing in the northern province of Baghlan, officials said on Thursday.

The incident took place at 10am when a military vehicle of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) struck a roadside bomb in the Anarkhel area of Baghlan-i-Markazi district.

The commander of 209th Shaheen Military Corps, Zalmay Weesa, told Pajhwok Afghan News one of the wounded soldiers was in critical condition.

Foreign troops cordoned off the area and did not allow people to pass by, said villager Gul Murad, 34.
ISAF confirmed the improvised explosive device attack, Taliban’s weapon of choice. However, the alliance gave no information regarding casualties.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the bomb attack, saying five foreign soldiers were killed and as many injured.

Clinton Applauds Czech Republic’s Willingness To Join NATO Missile System

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Russian Information Agency Novosti
June 3, 2011

Czech Republic wants to join NATO missile shield project

Warsaw: The Czech Republic would like to join the NATO European missile shield project, but no practical schemes have been discussed so far, First Deputy Prime Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said.

“We would be glad to play our part [in the missile defense project]…For the moment, we have no concrete schemes,” Schwarzenberg, who is also the country’s foreign minister, said after talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington.

He also said concrete plans may emerge after discussions on the issue by NATO members and between the U.S. and Russia.

Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas earlier said his country was ready to host an early warning radar on its territory.

Clinton, in her turn, said the United States “greatly appreciated the Czech Republic’s strong support of a European missile defense and NATO missile defense system.”

“We have discussed in detail at the highest levels of our defense cooperation what role the Czech Republic might play if it so chooses,” she said. “But that is something that we are in constant consultations about, and we will continue to work toward a mutually satisfactory outcome.”

Russia and NATO agreed to cooperate on the so-called European missile shield during the NATO-Russia Council summit in Lisbon in November 2010. NATO insists there should be two independent systems that exchange information, while Russia favors a joint system.

Russia is opposed to the planned deployment of U.S. missile defense systems near its borders, claiming they would be a security threat. The U.S. is reluctant to provide legally binding guarantees that the system will not be directed against Russia.

U.S. Horn Of Africa Command Marks Death Of Soldiers In Djibouti

www.africom.mil/getArticle.asp?art=6733&lang=0

Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa
June 2, 2011

AFRICOM Service Members Conduct Memorial Mission to Honor Fallen
By Master Sergeant Ray Bowden
CJTF-HOA Public Affairs

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti: More than 35 Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of
Africa (CJTF-HOA) service members climbed aboard two CH-53 Super Stallion
Helicopters on May 30, 2011, Memorial Day, and traveled to some of Djibouti’s
most remote regions to honor CJTF-HOA members who lost their lives in two
separate aircraft accidents.

The group’s first stop was atop a rocky plateau in the Godoria Range, along
Djibouti’s northern coast. On June 23, 2003, two CH-53 helicopter crews were
gathered around their aircraft on this high ground to observe a B-52
Stratofortress on maneuvers when an M117 general purpose bomb exploded, killing
U.S. Marine Captain Seth Michaud and injuring eight others. The second leg of
the mission took the group to a desolate beach on the Gulf of Aden where, on
February 17, 2006, two CH-53 helicopters collided in mid-air, killing eight
Marines, two airmen, and injuring two others.

CJTF-HOA members have participated in annual memorial flights since Memorial
Day, 2004.

U.S. Eurasian/Caspian Energy Envoy To Visit Azerbaijan

en.apa.az/news.php?id=148519

Azeri Press Agency
June 2, 2011

Special Envoy of U.S. Secretary of State for Eurasian Energy Richard Morningstar to visit Azerbaijan
Victoria Dementieva

Baku: Special Envoy of the U.S. Secretary of State for Eurasian Energy Richard Morningstar will visit Azerbaijan.

Press secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan Keith Bean told APA that Morningstar will lead the U.S. delegation at the Caspian Oil & Gas Exhibition in Baku on June 7-10. During the visit he will hold official meetings and discuss the issues of energy cooperation between U.S. and Azerbaijan.

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