Libyan war updates/Stop NATO news: June 11, 2011: NATO Air Strike Kills Algerian Family In Libya

11 June 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO’s Air War In Libya: 10,570 Air Missions, 3,999 Strike Sorties
  • NATO Air Strike Kills Algerian Family In Libya
  • Libya Claims To Have Shot Down Three NATO Helicopters
  • Unrest In Arab World Heightens Turkey’s NATO Role
  • Kyrgyzstan: NATO Central Asian Office Ratified
  • NATO Headquarters: Cooperation With Azerbaijan Discussed

NATO’s Air War In Libya: 10,570 Air Missions, 3,999 Strike Sorties

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization

June 11, 2011

NATO and Libya

Allied Joint Force Command NAPLES, SHAPE, NATO HQ

Over the past 24 hours, NATO has conducted the following activities associated with Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR:

Air Operations

Since the beginning of the NATO operation (31 March 2011, 08.00GMT) a total of 10570 sorties, including 3999 strike sorties, have been conducted.

Sorties conducted 10 JUNE: 131

Strike sorties conducted 10 JUNE: 49


NATO Air Strike Kills Algerian Family In Libya

Ennahar Online

June 10, 2011

NATO airstrike killed an Algerian family in Libya

NATO forces planes, conducting raids against Libya, have killed an Algerian family in the oil city of Ben Jawad, near Ras Lanuf.

The Algerian family, from the town of Hassi Bahbah in southern Algeria, consisted of the wife, Benkacem Nicira, 41 and her two sons, Sadiki Abdelmalek, 22, and Bilal, 19.

According to relatives of the victims, they learned the sad news the day before yesterday through the husband of their daughter who lives in Hassi Messaoud, who was himself informed by a Libyan communal guard who told him that his ex-wife and his son were victims of a NATO airstrike.

According to the victim’s brother, his sister lived in Libya with her husband and her two sons since 1999, after family problems, she divorced her husband and remained in Libya, where she had a job. The latter, according to her brother, came for the last time in Algeria in 2005.


Libya Claims To Have Shot Down Three NATO Helicopters

Deutsche Presse-Agentur

June 10, 2011

Tripoli claims to have shot down NATO helicopter

Libyan government forces have shot down a NATO helicopter, Libyan state television reported Friday. DPA reported.

“The People’s Armed Forces have dropped down early today a NATO helicopter,” Al-Jamahiriya channel reported, citing a military source. “This is the third helicopter to be shot down since NATO began to use them.”

NATO deployed attack helicopters for the first time on Libya earlier this month…

“There is no indication at this time of any NATO aircraft of being shot down,” a NATO official said…


Unrest In Arab World Heightens Turkey’s NATO Role–2011-06-09

Hürriyet Daily News

June 9, 2011

Arab unrest boosts Turkey’s NATO role

Ankara: The pending transformation of the NATO air base in ?zmir into a key land base for the alliance reflects concerns about security amid the ongoing Arab Spring, security experts have said.

The Aegean base was chosen for its new mission because of its strategic location, Nihat Ali Özcan of the Ankara-based Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey, or TEPAV, told the Hürriyet Daily News on Thursday.

“NATO’s command restructuring has a lot to do with the Arab Spring,” Özcan said. “The West places the utmost priority on the developments in the Middle East and North Africa. And it appears this process will take a long time, resulting in a serious security vacuum.”

In addition to ?zmir, Turkey’s air base in the Central Anatolian province of Konya, which has been used since 2009 for air refueling for AWACS aircraft joining the Afghanistan operation, will see a new institutional restructuring as part of the reform strategy.

Joint command headquarters will remain at Brunssum in the Netherlands and at Naples, while the main maritime headquarters will be at Northwood in Britain and the main air command at Ramstein in Germany.


Kyrgyzstan: NATO Central Asian Office Ratified

Central Asia Online

June 10, 2011

Kyrgyzstan ratifies hosting NATO office

BISHKEK: The Kyrgyz parliament ratified a treaty under which Kyrgyzstan will host NATO’s Central Asian office June 10, media reported.

The location of the office is rotated every three years and is currently in Kazakhstan, media reported.

Hosting the coalition’s Central Asian office will mean better military and technical co-operation and more access to grants, the Kyrgyz Defence Ministry has said.

Kyrgyzstan is part of the coalition’s Partnership for Peace.


NATO Headquarters: Cooperation With Azerbaijan Discussed

Trend News Agency

June 10, 2011

Azerbaijan-NATO cooperation discussed

K. Zarbaliyeva

Baku: Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel General Safar Abiyev attended a meeting of defense ministers of non-NATO members supporting the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan on June 9.

The meeting was held at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels.

At the meeting, the ministers discussed ISAF operations….

On the same day, Minister Safar Abiyev met with NATO new Special Representative to South Caucasus James Appathurai.

The meeting discussed relations between Azerbaijan and NATO, enhancing operational interaction with NATO, Azerbaijan’s support for the ISAF operation in Afghanistan and other issues.

Views were exchanged on the process of resolving the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

Within his visit, Abiyev met with the Polish Defense Minister Bogdan Klich. The sides discussed cooperation in defense sphere.

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