Libyan war updates/Stop NATO news: June 14, 2011

14 June 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO’s Libyan War Air Campaign: 10,971 Flights, 4,164 Combat Sorties
  • Clinton: African Union Must Betray, Depose Founder Gaddafi
  • Video And Text: NATO Air Strike Hits Libyan Medical Factory
  • NATO’s Top Military Commander In Malta To Discuss Libyan War
  • NATO, South Korean Partner Discuss East Asia, Afghanistan, Libya
  • U.S. Guided Missile Warship Headed To Baltic Sea
  • Poland: “Permanent Rotation Of American Military Aircraft”
  • Azerbaijan Meeting: “NATO: Political And Military Alliance For The 21st Century”
  • U.S. In Secret Talks To Prolong Afghan Military Presence Past 2014
  • Security Tightened In Belgrade Over NATO Conference

NATO’s Libyan War Air Campaign: 10,971 Flights, 4,164 Combat Sorties

Click to access 20110614_110614-oup-update.pdf

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

June 14, 2011

NATO and Libya

Allied Joint Force Command NAPLES, SHAPE, NATO HQ

(more information: http://www.jfcnaples.nato.int)

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 10971 sorties, including 4164 strike sorties, have been conducted.

Sorties conducted 13 JUNE: 149

Strike sorties conducted 13 JUNE: 62

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Clinton: African Union Must Betray, Depose Founder Gaddafi

http://en.trend.az/regions/world/usa/1890930.html

Deutsche Presse-Agentur

June 13, 2011

Clinton: Africa must abandon Gaddafi, support democracy in Libya

-She noted that while Gaddafi had been instrumental in creating and funding the AU, which was founded in 2002, African states had the duty to help support his ouster from power.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday called for African nations to abandon Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi, saying he was a menace to his people, dpa reported.

“For as long as Mr Gaddafi remains in Libya, the people of Libya will be in danger. Gadaffi must leave power. I urge all African states to call for a genuine ceasefire and to call for Gaddafi to step aside”, Clinton said in a speech to the African Union (AU) in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

In the first speech by a US secretary of state to the body, Clinton asked the 53-member organization to support the transition to democracy in Libya.

She noted that while Gaddafi had been instrumental in creating and funding the AU, which was founded in 2002, African states had the duty to help support his ouster from power.

The AU, which has sought a negotiated solution to the conflict, has condemned NATO airstrikes against Gaddafi’s power bases in the country.

Clinton made her remarks towards the end of a five-day trip to Africa, which began on Friday. Prior to her current stay in Ethiopia, the top US diplomat visited Zambia and Tanzania.

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Video And Text: NATO Air Strike Hits Libyan Medical Factory

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/video/2011-06/14/c_13928582.htm

Xinhua News Agency/CNTV

June 14, 2011

NATO air strike hits medical factory in Libya

Video

BEIJING: In Libya foreign media representatives were taken to a factory near Zawiya, hit by NATO airstrikes two days earlier.

According to Libyan government officials, the factory produces crucial medical supplies that could help save lives. Damaged military vehicles in a site next to the factory were seen through holes around the perimeter, leading to speculation that it WAS the target of the attack.

Meanwhile on Monday, government artillery fire rained down on rebel forces but failed to stop their advance into key grounds, west of their stronghold of Misrata, which they control as well the eastern third of Libya. The rebels also claim to have taken parts of the oil port of Zawiya, 30 kilometers west of the capital Tripoli.

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NATO’s Top Military Commander In Malta To Discuss Libyan War

http://www.di-ve.com/Default.aspx?ID=72&Action=1&NewsId=84000&newscategory=36

DI-VE

June 14, 2011

NATO commander in Malta for talks

NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, Admiral James Stavridis, is in Malta for talks with Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi, in a visit which was not formally announced by the Maltese government.

Adm. Stavridis confirmed that he was in Malta through his Twitter account, stating that Malta “provides superb help to NATO w/emergency landings & airspace & response to refugees as Libya ops continue” in a post.

The US Navy 4-star admiral – who is also the Commander of the US European Command – was taken to the Armed Forces of Malta’s maritime base in Haywharf soon after his arrival.

The talks with Dr Gonzi are expected to focus on the situation in Libya…

Malta has…been indirectly involved in military operations after 12 NATO aircraft which found themselves in difficulty made emergency landings at its airport…

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NATO, South Korean Partner Discuss East Asia, Afghanistan, Libya

http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2011/06/14/49/0301000000AEN20110614007300315F.HTML

Yonhap News Agency

June 14, 2011

S. Korea, NATO to hold fourth annual policy consultations

SEOUL: South Korea and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will hold their fourth annual policy consultations in Brussels Tuesday to discuss cooperation in regional and global security issues, the foreign ministry here said.

Though it is not a NATO member, South Korea has worked closely with the Brussels-based military alliance…through policy consultations, personnel exchanges and training programs, the ministry’s spokesman, Cho Byung-jae, said. South Korea has also stationed troops to protect its civilian reconstruction workers in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

“At this meeting, the two sides plan to discuss various international security issues and matters of mutual concern, including NATO’s new Strategic Concept; Korea-NATO cooperation and partnership-strengthening measures; regional issues in Northeast Asia, Afghanistan and Libya; cyber security, anti-piracy and anti-terrorism cooperation; as well as energy security,” Cho told reporters at a press briefing.

South Korea’s ambassador for international security, Lee Hyun-ju, and NATO’s assistant secretary general for political affairs and security policy, Dirk Brengelmann, will lead the talks, he said.

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U.S. Guided Missile Warship Headed To Baltic Sea

http://www.wavy.com/dpp/military/uss-carr-to-leave-for-baltic-sea

WAVY

June 13, 2011

USS Carr to leave for Baltic Sea

Carr to leave Tuesday for three-month deployment

NORFOLK, Va. – The guided missile frigate USS Carr will leave Tuesday for a three-month deployment.

Carr will be deploying to the Baltic Sea to support theater security cooperation efforts, a news release from the Navy said.

During its deployment, the crew of nearly 200 will conduct operations and exercises with various northern European countries.

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Poland: “Permanent Rotation Of American Military Aircraft”

http://arabnews.com/world/article454148.ece

Reuters

June 13, 2011

US, Poland sign aviation accord

WARSAW: NATO allies Poland and the United States signed a deal on Monday for the stationing of US Air Force personnel on Polish soil, a symbolically important move for Warsaw as it keeps a nervous eye on neighboring Russia.

The accord, endorsed by US President Barack Obama during his visit to Warsaw late last month, provides for the establishment of a small air detachment to train Polish pilots in use of F-16 warplanes and C-130 transport planes. “This memorandum of understanding means that by the end of 2012 we will have in Poland a detachment allowing for the permanent rotation of American military aircraft, both combat and transport aircraft,” Defense Minister Bogdan Klich said.

“From 2013 we plan the regular and periodic presence of aircraft and the training of pilots four times a year,” Klich told reporters after the signing ceremony with the US ambassador to Poland, Lee Feinstein.

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Azerbaijan Meeting: “NATO: Political And Military Alliance For The 21st Century”

http://en.apa.az/news.php?id=149375

Azeri Press Agency

June 13, 2011

Baku to host roundtable “NATO: a Political & Military Alliance of 21st Century”

Victoria Dementieva

Baku: A round table entitled “NATO: a Political and Military Alliance of the 21st century” will be held in Baku on June 15, 2011, APA reports.

Participants of the round table will discuss Azerbaijan-NATO cooperation, NATO’s new policy after Lisbon Summit, the significance of this summit for the alliance’s future and NATO-European Union cooperation.

Romanian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Nicolae Ureche, MPs, diplomats accredited in Baku, and political analysts will participate at the round table.

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U.S. In Secret Talks To Prolong Afghan Military Presence Past 2014

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/06/14/51684388.html

Voice of Russia

June 14, 2011

US negotiates its military presence in Afghanistan after 2014

The United States and Afghanistan are secretly discussing the conclusion of a new agreement to retain the US military presence on Afghan territory after the year 2014, writes the British daily The Guardian in a report.

According to the periodical, the talks have been on for more than a month now.

Earlier Washington made repeated public pledges that it would pull its troops out of Afghanistan by 2014. India, China and Russia are opposed to foreign interference in the region and opt for observing the sovereignty of all nations.

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Security Tightened In Belgrade Over NATO Conference

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/06/14/51675975.html

Voice of Russia

June 14, 2011

Security tightened in Belgrade over NATO conference

Security has been tightened in Belgrade in view of a NATO conference on strategic military partnership that’s due to get under way in the Serbian capital today.

Hundreds of Serbs held a rally outside President Boris Tadic’s office yesterday night. The posters they held read “Never to NATO”.

They accused the Serbian leader of high treason and burnt down the NATO flag. The protesters see the arrival in Serbia of “criminals that bombed Serbia in 1999” and tore away Kosovo as inadmissible.

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