Libyan war updates/Stop NATO news: June 17, 2011

17 June 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Canadian Warplanes Join NATO Raids On Tripoli
  • War On Libya: Canada’s Parliament Endorses Military Escalation
  • Libya: “The Right To Protect” Has Triggered A Humanitarian Disaster
  • Video And Text: Russia And China Can Build New World Order Versus U.S. And NATO
  • NATO To Help Arab Revolts “Blossom”: Rasmussen
  • U.S. Strengthens Ties With Syrian Insurgents
  • Russia Backs SCO Observer Status For Afghanistan
  • Georgian Opposition Asks U.S. Ambassador To Leave Country
  • Lithuania: NATO Holds Multinational War Games Based On Afghan, Iraqi And Somali Scenarios
  • U.S. Marines Leave Afghanistan For Bulgarian War Games, Serbia Next

Canadian Warplanes Join NATO Raids On Tripoli

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1010342–canadian-jet-fighters-join-nato-raids-on-tripoli-target-armoured-vehicles

Canadian Press

June 16, 2011

Canadian jet fighters join NATO raids on Tripoli, target armoured vehicles

Mike Blanchfield

OTTAWA: Canadian warplanes have bombed the Libyan capital of Tripoli, the military confirmed Thursday.

CF-18 jet fighters took part in four days of targeted strikes over last weekend, said Col. Alain Pelletier, who commands Canada’s air contingent in Italy.

“I cannot say whether or not we got close to a specific person or not, unfortunately.”

The Canadian jets were involved in day and night raids on Tripoli, which has recently been the focus of more intense NATO bombing.

It’s the first time the Canadian Forces has given specific details about the CF-18s involvement in NATO’s stepped-up attacks on Tripoli. The military refused to confirm participation in the Tripoli offensive at its last briefing in late May, citing the need to protect operational security.

The Tripoli attacks have sparked criticism in some quarters that NATO is straying from the United Nations resolution that has authorized the mission by targeting Gadhafi directly.

Canadian jets had to be recalled to one target because the laser-targeting system on an allied jet failed. They were able to reset the required laser coordinates to help finish the attack, said Pelletier.

“It was a great demonstration of interoperability of our equipment and tactics with our partners.”

Canada has seven fighter jets taking part in the NATO-led bombardment, along with a warship, surveillance planes and aerial refuellers, some 650 military personnel in all.

As the mission enters its third month, Pelletier said the vote in Parliament this week that extended the mission to the end of September was a morale boost to Canadian personnel.

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War On Libya: Canada’s Parliament Endorses Military Escalation

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=25301

Global Research

June 16, 2011

The War on Libya: Canada’s Parliament Endorses Military Escalation

by Michel Chossudovsky

While the US Congress questions the legitimacy of the war on Libya, the Canadian parliament with one dissenting voice, votes in favor of extending Canada’s participation in an illegal and criminal military undertaking:

On Tuesday, after Canada recognized the NTC as Libya’s legitimate government, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said the rebels are the true representatives of the Libyan population and will therefore be a critical player in Canada’s efforts to provide assistance.

“Our government will engage with the institutions and representatives of the NTC,” Baird told Parliament on Tuesday before the evening vote. “I will be seeking a meeting with my counterparts on the NTC.

“We will identify members of the NTC responsible for domestic issues and propose meetings with their Canadian counterparts. We will also happily arrange meetings between NTC members and honourable members of this place.”

The announcement also came hot on the heels of Ottawa’s new commitment of $2 million in humanitarian assistance to civilians in Libya.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May was the only dissenting MP to vote against the extension of the mission for three-and-a-half months. (CTV, June 15, 2011)

The broader implications of this “humanitarian war” and Ottawa’s role in the US-NATO military alliance, not to mention the cost of this military operation to Canadian taxpayers has been barely mentioned in Canada’s media.

The New Democratic Party (NDP) and the Bloc Quebecois, which claim to be “progressive’ and “anti-war”, have given a blank cheque to the US-NATO sponsored war in North Africa.

We call upon the rank and file of all major political parties (except the Green Party) to question this diabolical political “consensus” in favor of war. Contact your MP. Raise this issue at the local level.

How could a party committed to the tenets of democracy such as the NDP endorse the continuation of a bombing campaign which is now in its third month, on the grounds that “civilian lives must be protected”?

Since when are civilian lives protected by B-2 Stealth Bombers and F-16 Fighter Jets?

There is ample evidence that this war has resulted in countless deaths and atrocities. The country’s civilian infrastructure is being destroyed.

And now NATO is preparing to launch a ground war in derogation of Libya’s sovereignty.

In substance, Canada has granted its support to the landing of NATO troops in Libya, virtually without debate.

When war is heralded as a mission of peace within the Canadian parliament, the very foundations of Canadian democracy are threatened.

Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party is the only committed anti-war voice in our House of Commons.

When the lie becomes the truth and war presented is presented as peace, there is no turning backwards.

The war on Libya is an integral part of the broader military agenda in the Middle East and Central Asia which until recently consisted of three distinct areas of conflict : Afghanistan and Pakistan (the AfPak War), Iraq, Palestine.

A fourth war theater has opened up in North Africa, which raises the issue of escalation over a vast geographical area.

These four war theaters are interrelated. They are part of a broader region of conflict, which extends from North Africa and the Middle East, engulfing a large part of the Mediterranean basin, to China’s Western frontier with Afghanistan, and Northern Pakistan.

We call upon people across Canada, from coast to coast, to challenge the decision of the House of Commons as well as question the legitimacy of this diabolical military agenda, carried out in our name.

Similarly, we must challenge Canada’s corporate media which has deliberately obfuscated the causes and consequences of the war on Libya.

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Defence Minister MacKay defends Libya extension

CTV.ca , June 15, 2011

One day after Parliament voted overwhelmingly to extend Canada’s mission to Libya by several months, Defence Minister Peter MacKay acknowledged many questions remain around what a future democratic government might look like in Libya.

Canada is part of a NATO mission that began in February to enforce a no-fly zone and protect civilians, but that has ultimately become a mission to remove leader Moammar Gadhafi from power.

Canada announced on Tuesday it was formally recognizing the rebel National Transitional Council as the legitimate government of Libya.

There have been questions, however, about who comprises the NTC and what its longterm goals for Libya might be.

MacKay told CTV’s Canada AM on Tuesday “there are still some unknowns” when it comes to the disparate rebel group, but the decision to back the NTC was the right one.

“Democracy isn’t always, shall we say, clearly defined,” MacKay told CTV’s Canada AM on Wednesday.

“But it is a reaction to the people of Libya who were in the streets, and as we’ve seen in other countries throughout the region they wanted a change. They were no logger going to accept the repression, the violence that their own government was perpetrating against them.”

Canada got involved in Libya under the premise of protecting civilians. The goal has now shifted dramatically, with Canada taking part in air strikes against compounds belonging to Gadhafi and his loyalists.

MacKay said that achieving the United Nations’ long-term goals for Libya, such as ensuring the safety of the population and allowing humanitarian aid to enter the country, can only occur after Gadhafi is removed.

“We are trying to attempt to stop an atrocity, that is what we are there to do,” MacKay said.

“We are there to protect human life and to allow this transitional council to do what they have to do to bring about a kind of functioning and stable society so that they can go forward without living under the heel of Gadhafi.”

Canada currently has 650 military personnel in the region, many of them aboard the HMCS Charlottetown.

Canada has so far spent about $23 million on the mission, but the cost could climb to an estimated $60 million if Canada remains in Libya until the end of September.

On Tuesday, after Canada recognized the NTC as Libya’s legitimate government, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said the rebels are the true representatives of the Libyan population and will therefore be a critical player in Canada’s efforts to provide assistance.

The policy echoes similar announcements from Germany and Australia in recent days, as more countries join the growing list of governments that officially recognize the rebels.

France, Spain, Italy, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have also formally recognized the council.

“Our government will engage with the institutions and representatives of the NTC,” Baird told Parliament on Tuesday before the evening vote. “I will be seeking a meeting with my counterparts on the NTC.

“We will identify members of the NTC responsible for domestic issues and propose meetings with their Canadian counterparts. We will also happily arrange meetings between NTC members and honourable members of this place.”

The announcement also came hot on the heels of Ottawa’s new commitment of $2 million in humanitarian assistance to civilians in Libya.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May was the only dissenting MP to vote against the extension of the mission for three-and-a-half months.

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Libya: “The Right To Protect” Has Triggered A Humanitarian Disaster

https://williambowles.info/2011/06/16/william-hague-following-in-churchills-footsteps-by-william-bowles/

williambowles.info

June 16, 2011

Libya: “The Right to Protect” has Triggered a Humanitarian Disaster

The Legacy of Winston Churchill

by William Bowles

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“I do not understand this sqeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using poison gas against uncivilised tribes.” — Winston Churchill 1920

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Now let me get this straight: In order to save civilian lives (the infamous ‘Right to Protect’), the Empire, through its Rottweiller NATO, not only deindustrializes Libya but it also causes a mass exodus of refugees hundreds of whom drowned and many thousands more were left stranded, attacked and abused.

The Pirates attempted to assassinate Gaddafi but succeeded in killing women and children instead. The Pirates bomb educational infrastructure, communications, power, agriculture and terrorize the population from the air and sea with the combined military might of the most powerful countries on the planet. So this is what humanitarian intervention looks like?

The reality of it is that in the ‘good old days’ they made no bones about the issue of keeping the natives in their place, phrases like humanitarian intervention would have made Churchill laugh. Though perhaps, just as with our current leaders and its lapdog mass media, Churchill would have appreciated the propaganda value of ‘humanitarian intervention for domestic audiences.

And after all, the Libyans, Iraqis, Afghanis, Pakistanis, Somalians, Yemenis and Serbians don’t need to be told what ‘humanitarian intervention’ really is.

Check out the following to get an idea of how the Pirates viewed the ‘peasants’ back in 1920:

“On 19 February, 1920, before the start of the Arab uprising, Churchill (then Secretary for War and Air) wrote to Sir Hugh Trenchard, the pioneer of air warfare. Would it be possible for Trenchard to take control of Iraq? This would entail “the provision of some kind of asphyxiating bombs calculated to cause disablement of some kind but not death…for use in preliminary operations against turbulent tribes.”

“Churchill was in no doubt that gas could be profitably employed against the Kurds and Iraqis (as well as against other peoples in the Empire): “I do not understand this sqeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using poison gas against uncivilised tribes.” Henry Wilson shared Churchill’s enthusiasm for gas as an instrument of colonial control but the British cabinet was reluctant to sanction the use of a weapon that had caused such misery and revulsion in the First World War. Churchill himself was keen to argue that gas, fired from ground-based guns or dropped from aircraft, would cause “only discomfort or illness, but not death” to dissident tribespeople; but his optimistic view of the effects of gas were mistaken. It was likely that the suggested gas would permanently damage eyesight and “kill children and sickly persons, more especially as the people against whom we intend to use it have no medical knowledge with which to supply

antidotes.”

“Churchill remained unimpressed by such considerations, arguing that the use of gas, a “scientific expedient,” should not be prevented “by the prejudices of those who do not think clearly”. In the event, gas was used against the Iraqi rebels with excellent moral effect “though gas shells were not dropped from aircraft because of practical difficulties.”

‘British Use of Chemical Weapons in Iraq’

So what’s the difference between the Pirates of today and those of yesteryear? None as far as I can see, all that’s changed is that these days, our rulers have to be more prudent and work a lot harder to sell us the idea of recolonization, disguising the entire sordid affair as ‘humanitarian intervention’. And, if it wasn’t for the direct collusion between the Pirates and the media, I’m certain it would be a lot more difficult to pull off such an outrageous stunt.

To bring it up to date, Churchill’s modern-day equivalent, British foreign secretary William Hague would no doubt be saying that the use of ‘bunker buster’ bombs on the people of Libya was a ‘scientific expedient’, though no doubt we’ll have to wait fifty years (if at all) before we get to read Hague’s private thoughts on the subject.

And what’s more, Churchill’s view that “only discomfort or illness, but not death” would result parallels the current notion that ‘precision targeting’ and ‘smart weapons’ somehow know the difference between military combatant and civilian. Aside from the sheer imbecility of the idea, it is, just as with ‘humanitarian intervention’, designed to make the notion of blowing people to bits, more palatable to domestic audiences.

In the meantime, we’ll have to make do with the BBC’s view of ‘humanitarian intervention’. In a puff piece for the invasion, the BBC tells us that following a visit to Benghazi William Hague was “‘inspired’ by Libyan rebels”. The piece goes on:

“”But we are also encouraging the National Transitional Council to put more flesh on their proposed transition, to lay out in more detail this coming week what would happen on the day that Gaddafi went. Who would be running what, how a new government would be formed.””– ‘William Hague ‘inspired’ by Libyan rebels’, BBC Website, 5 June 2011.

Hague’s statement that he needs to know “Who would be running what, [and] how [would] a new government be formed”? reveals the real nature of the invasion and especially of the Empire’s view of its so-called allies in Benghazi.

The bottom line is that in the ninety years that has passed since Churchill ranted on about gassing “uncivilized tribes” not a damn thing has changed except the language used to describe and justify such barbarism. The BBC is quite at home glorifying the use of such gruesome weapons as the following ‘news’ items illustrate:

The addition of 2,000lb “bunker busting” bombs to the weaponry of the Royal Air Force is set to boost capabilities for missions over Libya, the Ministry of Defence. BBC News 29/05/2011

How easily the warfare state’s mantras roll off the BBC’s slick tongue. Blowing people up is now “boost[ing] capabilities for missions”. Any idea that this means blowing people to pieces has been surgically removed by the slick media meisters in the BBC’s propaganda/editorial department, espousing views that would not be out-of-place in the England of the 1920s (or even the 1820s!).

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Video And Text: Russia And China Can Build New World Order Versus U.S. And NATO

http://rt.com/news/russian-chinese-relations-expert/

RT

June 16, 2011

Russia and China can build new world order – political scientist

Video

As the leaders of two of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing emerging economies meet in Moscow, political analysts predict the strategic co-operation between the two nations could shift the balance of power in the world.

“I believe the world is now at a historic crossroads,” Dr Kiyul Chung told RT. “Or some may say the world is at the brink of either being subdued or overcoming the US/NATO military intervention in Libya, [which is] now moving possibly to Syria or even to Iran, if Russia and China, or [the] Shanghai Co-operation Organization are [too] weak to stop US-led NATO military aggression in [the] North African region So I hope Russia and China [can] lead this new global movement to balance the power in the world, so they can build new world order where no more unilateral, aggressive or even colonial methodology [is] being put into a sovereign nation such as Libya.”

“China-Russia trade and economic relationship and huge development between the two nations, I believe, is not only impacting the European continent, but also the global scene,” added Dr Kiyul Chung. “This economic and trade relationship is not limited only to economy, it is also a strategic relationship. So, it is going to have a huge impact on the world.”

?US are jealous of Russian-Chinese ties – political analyst

Chairman of the Russian-Chinese Centre of Trade and Economic Co-operation Sergey Sanakoev believes that China is one of the places where the real economy of the future lies, and choosing Beijing as Russia’s leading trade partner was a wise decision.

“We think that with this country we have a lot of opportunities. We are going to deal with China,” he said.

He agrees that this growing Russia-China alliance could become a threat to the economic and political interests of the US and its allies.

“I think that the US and China in the modern world are competitors,” he said. “And certainly, [the] US is a little bit jealous when they see how Russia and China co-operate.”

He also believes there is a possibility that US could try to hamper Russian-Chinese relationship at some point.

“China and US are the biggest economies in the world,” he explained. “And may be sometime they will have something like G2.”

As Russia, China and key Central Asian states were meeting once again for what is known as the Shanghai Co-operation Organization, some concerns arose about this group rivaling NATO in the future.

Sergey Sanakoev believes SCO is already a serious opponent to NATO in the region.

“[The] Shanghai Organization is already playing big role in the world,” he said. “And certainly the leaders of our countries also have intents to be original leaders in this area, and they do their best to show it to the whole world.”

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NATO To Help Arab Revolts “Blossom”: Rasmussen

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gb31jylqzI9Rsc4s21cTLzC7SLiA?docId=CNG.ec984e6b8c6fcefd728e15e284d2a12c.541

Agence France-Presse

June 16, 2011

NATO to help Arab revolts ‘blossom’ – Rasmussen

MADRID: NATO is ready to help the so-called Arab Spring revolts to “well and truly blossom”, the secretary general of the alliance, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said Thursday.

“The changes we have seen in North Africa and the Middle East were unexpected,” he said in a speech to Spain’s Senate entitled “NATO and the Mediterranean: the changes ahead.”

“But they are welcome. And they make me optimistic about the future,” he said.

“It is for the people of the region to shape the future of their nations.

“However, the international community should stand ready to assist them in the transition to freedom and democracy. The United Nations should coordinate and lead that work. And if called upon, NATO can help.”

The former Danish prime minister outlined changes he believed were necessary in order to make NATO’s help most effective.

These included improving its capabilities, increasing practical support to the region and enhancing political dialogue with those countries.

“I am confident that we can make those changes successfully. And by doing so, we can help the Arab Spring to well and truly blossom.”

“NATO member states form a unique community of values, committed to individual liberty, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

“We consider these to be universal principles that apply to all people of the world, including in North Africa and the Middle East. That’s why NATO Allies support the legitimate aspirations of people throughout the region.”

[T]he Arab Spring uprisings over the past six months have toppled Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and then Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak.

But so far the leaders of Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen have refused to step down…

NATO allies are conducting an 11-week aerial war against the Libyan regime.

The NATO chief earlier held talks with Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

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U.S. Strengthens Ties With Syrian Insurgents

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/06/17/51934729.html

Voice of Russia

June 17, 2011

US steps up ties with Syrian rebels

The United States is to expand contacts with Syrians who are counting on a regime change in the country.

This was stated by U.S. State Department official Victoria Nuland. “We started to expand contacts with the Syrians, those who are calling for change, both inside and outside the country,” she said.

Nuland also repeated that Barack Obama had previously called on Syrian President Bashar Assad to initiate reforms or to step down from power.

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Russia Backs SCO Observer Status For Afghanistan

http://www.pajhwok.com/en/2011/06/16/russia-backs-afghan-bid-sco-observer-status

Pajhwok Afghan News

June 17, 2011

Russia backs Afghan bid for SCO observer status

by Hakim Basharat

KABUL: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has lent his weight to Afghanistan’s demand for the observer status at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), President Hamid Karzai’s office said on Thursday.

Karzai and his Russian counterpart met on Wednesday in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on the sidelines of the 10th SCO summit.

Karzai told the gathering: “So far Afghanistan has been participating in SCO summits as a guest state. Now we want Afghanistan to be declared as an observer state.”

Medvedev said the status of Afghanistan be upgraded to the observer level. He hoped a decision on the demand would be taken after consultations among member states. The Afghan president thanked Russia for supporting his call.

Karzai welcomed the formation of a joint economic commission between the two countries. “The creation of the commission is an important step towards economic development of Afghanistan strengthening relations with Russia.”

Medvedev pledged Russian support for reconstructing Afghanistan’s war-crippled infrastructure.

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Georgian Opposition Asks U.S. Ambassador To Leave Country

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-06/16/c_13934258.htm

Xinhua News Agency

June 16, 2011

Georgian opposition leader asks U.S. ambassador to leave Tbilisi

TBILISI: An opposition leader in Georgia on Thursday demanded the U.S. ambassador leave the South Caucasus country for his alleged role in anti-government rallies.

U.S. ambassador John Bass had no moral right to stay in Georgia after May 26, when he sided with the Georgian authorities in clashes between protestors and police, said Goga Khaindrava, former state minister for re-integration and now a leader of the United Opposition, in a statement.

On May 26, Georgian law enforcement personnel dispersed demonstrators with water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets. Two persons were killed allegedly by hurriedly evacuating motor vehicles used by opposition leaders from the rally scene in front of the Georgian parliament.

“Mister Bass, you have to leave our country. You have to leave Georgia because a band of furious criminals, encouraged by you, suppressed the wish of a part of Georgian men and women to live in a fair state,” the statement said.

“The violence, injustice and illegality are represented by your favorite (Georgian President Mikheil) Saakashvili in Georgia,” the statement added.

“You have already lost your dignity. Please, do not deprive your country of it.”

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Lithuania: NATO Holds Multinational War Games Based On Afghan, Iraqi And Somali Scenarios

http://www.defpro.com/news/details/25365/?SID=297222992fcbea71a498fa5cc855863e

Defence Professionals

June 15, 2011

Multinational Exercise Amber Hope 2011 to officially kick off in Lithuania

-During the [second] phase of the exercise, from June 19 to 23, troops will follow an established scenario based on lessons learnt by Lithuanian and foreign states in Afghanistan, Iraq and off the Somali coast.

-It will involve more than 2,000 military and civilian personnel from seven NATO countries – Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and the USA – and two partner countries under the Partnership for Peace program – Georgia and Finland. Observers for the exercise include: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Ukraine.

June 13 marked the official opening ceremonies for Amber Hope 2011, the largest multinational military exercise held in Lithuania this year. The ceremonies were held in Klaipeda, Naval Flotilla, and Pabrades Training Area – the latter accommodating the greater number of exercise participants.

Lithuanian Minister of Defence, Rasa Jukneviciene, Chief of Defence for Lithuania, Maj Gen Arvydas Pocius, Ordinary Bishop of the Lithuanian Armed Forces, Gintaras Grusas, Chairman of the Lithuanian Red Cross Society, Romualdas Konstantinas Dobrovolskis, component chiefs of the Lithuanian armed forces, military representatives of foreign states, and other honourable guests attended the opening event in Pabrade.

“It is a great honour and also a challenge to·organise this Exercise where both Lithuania’s allies and partners participate,” said Minister of National Defence, Rasa Jukneviciene. “Amber Hope has grown both in ambition and scope since 1995, testifying to the significance of the Exercise for security in the region, and for the Alliance and partner countries…The contemporary armed forces must be capable of, and maintain readiness for, responding instantly to a range of challenges in multinational operations. As such, the central goal of the exercise is to continue strengthening the interaction of NATO and partner countries in conducting crisis response operations, as well as strengthening multilateral military cooperation”, added the Lithuanian Minister of Defence.

“Despite the recession, a country must prepare for national defence. As a result it was decided that further delaying the Amber Hope would be unacceptable, so it was resurrected after a four-year absence,” stated the Chief of Defence for Lithuania, Maj Gen Arvydas Pocius.

The first phase of the exercise began as early in the afternoon of June 13, and will last until June 18…

During the following phase of the exercise, from June 19 to 23, troops will follow an established scenario based on lessons learnt by Lithuanian and foreign states in Afghanistan, Iraq and off the Somali coast.

The Exercise will take place from June 13 to 23 simultaneously in both the Pabrades Training Area, and the territorial sea and exclusive economic zone of Lithuania in the Baltic Sea. It will involve more than 2,000 military and civilian personnel from seven NATO countries – Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland and the USA – and two partner countries under the Partnership for Peace program – Georgia and Finland. Observers for the Exercise include: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, and Ukraine.

The Lithuanian Armed Forces have been organizing Amber Hope since 1995. The last series of Amber Hope was held in Klaipeda in 2007. This year, the Exercise is organized and conducted by the Joint Headquarters of the Lithuanian Armed Forces.

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U.S. Marines Leave Afghanistan For Bulgarian War Games, Serbia Next

http://paper.standartnews.com/en/article.php?d=2011-06-16&article=36543

Standart News

June 16, 2011

US Marines Come to Bulgaria from Afghanistan

Georgi Manginov

-In the last two years Serbia sent observers to the joint Bulgarian-US exercise. This year it will participate with proper subdivisions and it is expected that next year the Black Sea Rotation Force exercise will take place in Serbia.

Serbian troops that came to Bulgaria to take part in the joint US-Bulgarian military exercise were given brand new Kalashnikov automatic rifles.

The gala inauguration ceremony of the Black Sea Rotation Force 2011 was held in the Novo Selo base. For the first time a unit of the Serbian army will partake in such a large-scale military training in Bulgarian territory.

A platoon of the Bulgarian western neighbor, however, arrived without being armed. Bulgarian, Serbian and American marines lined up at one of the training grounds of Novo Selo. The flag hoisting ceremony was headed by current commander Lieutenant Colonel Nelson Cardella of the US Marines. “Our troops will be trained to improve the interoperability of our staffs,” he said.

The top USMC commanding officer underscored that most of the US SEALS have arrived in Novo Selo straight from Afghanistan.

“This is a very good range with excellent conditions for training and monoeuvring,” the US officer said.

The Standart daily learnt that US Marines arrived by Hercules-C-130 personnel carrier, which in the next two weeks will be at the disposal of paratroopers from the Bulgarian Army.

In the last two years Serbia sent observers to the joint Bulgarian-US exercise. This year it will participate with proper subdivisions and it is expected that next year the Black Sea Rotation Force exercise will take place in Serbia.

It is scheduled 2012 Bulgarian-US trainings to include subdivisions from some other Balkan countries.

During Black Sea Rotation Force 2011 several basic actions will be drilled, staff officers said.

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