Updates on Libya war/Stop NATO News: July 5, 2011

5 July 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Russia, NATO Clash Over Libya Campaign
  • NATO’s Libyan Air War: 13,873 Missions, 5,229 Combat Sorties
  • 28th Australian Soldier Killed In Afghanistan
  • Afghan War: NATO Yearly Death Toll Rises To 280
  • ‘Mini-Surge’ Of U.S. Special Forces To Hit Afghanistan
  • NATO Needed To ‘Democratize’ Ukraine: Speaker

Russia, NATO Clash Over Libya Campaign

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Russia-NATO-Clash-Over-Libya-Campaign-124988199.html

Voice of America News
July 4, 2011

Russia, NATO Clash Over Libya Campaign

Russia and NATO have failed to narrow their differences over the Western air campaign in Libya, after Moscow accused the alliance of interpreting a United Nations resolution on military intervention any way it wished.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen defended the alliance’s Libya mission Monday during a visit to the Russian city of Sochi, where he discussed Libya with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and visiting South African President Jacob Zuma. Mr. Zuma has led the African Union’s efforts to help negotiate a peaceful settlement in Libya.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said there is ‘no common understanding’ about how the resolution is being implemented. He said Moscow wants the U.N. mandate to be fulfilled as worded, without expanding its interpretation.

As NATO has increased airstrikes to support rebel forces, Russia has said the alliance is overstepping its bounds. Moscow was particularly angered by revelations last week about a direct French arms drop to rebels fighting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. Russia did not vote on the U.N. Security Council resolution in March that gave NATO the authority to protect civilians in Libya with military means.

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NATO’s Libyan Air War: 13,873 Missions, 5,229 Combat Sorties

Click to access 20110705oup-update.pdf

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Command Operations
July 5, 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 13,873 sorties, including 5,229 strike sorties, have been conducted.

Sorties conducted 04 JULY: 145

Strike sorties conducted 04 JULY: 59

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28th Australian Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/9783403/australian-soldier-killed-in-afghanistan/

Australian Associated Press
July 5, 2011

Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan

An Australian soldier has died in Afghanistan, bringing to 28 the number of diggers killed in the conflict since 2001.

New Chief of the Defence Force, General David Hurley, said 35-year-old Sergeant Todd Langley died after an incident involving small arms fire on the battlefield.

He was serving with a special operations task group in southern Afghanistan when he was killed on Monday morning local time.

Gen. Hurley said Sgt Langley, a member of the Sydney-based 2nd Commando Regiment, died after sustaining a gun shot wound to the head during an engagement with insurgents.

Gen. Hurley said a second soldier was wounded and is in a serious condition at a medical facility in Kandahar. He remains in a serious but stable condition.

A total of 28 Australian soldiers have been killed so far in Afghanistan, including seven this year.

Australia has 1550 troops deployed in Afghanistan, including a 320-strong Special Operations Task Group comprising personnel from the Perth-based Special Air Service Regiment and the Sydney-based Commando and Incident Response regiments.

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Afghan War: NATO Yearly Death Toll Rises To 280

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/afghanistan/2011-07-05-afghanistan-nato_n.htm

Associated Press
July 5, 2011

NATO: 4 service members killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan: NATO says four of its service members have been killed in two separate attacks in eastern Afghanistan.

The international coalition says three NATO troops died from an improvised roadside bomb and a fourth soldier was killed in a separate insurgent attack.

No other details about Tuesday’s deaths were released.

The deaths bring to 280 the number of international troops killed so far this year and nine this month.

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‘Mini-Surge’ Of U.S. Special Forces To Hit Afghanistan

http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/afghanistan/mini-surge-of-u-s-special-forces-to-hit-afghanistan-1.148268

Stars and Stripes
July 4, 2011

‘Mini-surge’ of U.S. Special Forces to hit Afghanistan

U.S. military leaders are working to replace some of the exiting American conventional forces from Afghanistan with a ‘mini-surge’ of U.S. Special Forces, a measure to soothe commanders’ fears that the withdrawal of troops might put at risk military gains, according to the Times out of Australia.

Military sources told The Times that 16 special operations personnel are considered to be worth the equivalent of 100 conventional troops.

In June, President Obama announced plans to withdraw 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year. The remainder of the surge troops, about 23,000, would be withdrawn in 2012, leaving about 70,000 troops in Afghanistan until 2014.

Defense analysts have said of late that the reduction of conventional troops likely will place a heavier burden on clandestine units, such as SEALs, and Army Rangers and Green Berets.

The Times reports there are more than 7,000 U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan and about 3,000 in Iraq, with many of the latter expected to be moved to Afghanistan.

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NATO Needed To ‘Democratize’ Ukraine: Speaker

http://www.interfax.com.ua/eng/main/73023/

Interfax-Ukraine
July 5, 2011

Speaker: Ukraine wants to cooperate with NATO

-Lytvyn said Ukraine was the only NATO partner participating in almost all major peacekeeping missions conducted by the alliance…’NATO is rethinking its place and role in the world order of the 21st century. At the same time, Ukraine has also given an important start to the important processes of optimizing the principles of our domestic and foreign policy,’ Lytvyn said.

It is very important for Ukraine to develop its cooperation with NATO, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn has said.

‘It’s currently extremely important for us to develop our cooperation with NATO, with strict observance of the cornerstone principles of the fundamental political values that serve as the foundation of the alliance and the European Union, in particular, the rule of law, freedom of speech and democratic principles of organizing our life,’ he said while opening a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Inter-Parliamentary Council in Kyiv on Tuesday.

Lytvyn stressed the need to introduce democracy in the broadest sense of the word in the economic life of Ukraine, so that all have the chance to realize their potential.

He said that Ukraine, as a large European state, had to be involved in large-scale cooperation with the Euro-Atlantic alliance, including the process of developing and creating a new system of European security.

‘Now that relations between Ukraine and NATO have been freed from unnecessary politicization, we can and must focus on the consistent implementation of the agreements reached, and use all of the tools in relations between Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization outlined by the Charter on a Distinctive Partnership,’ he said.

Lytvyn said Ukraine would continue to remain a reliable partner for NATO and adhere to the principles of consistency and predictability in its foreign policy.

He said that cooperation with NATO was an important tool for the creation of Ukraine as a strong, democratic and economically developed state.

He recalled that Ukraine had successfully implemented its annual national programs of cooperation with NATO for the third consecutive year.

He said that Ukraine had long established itself as a reliable partner of NATO.

Lytvyn said Ukraine was the only NATO partner participating in almost all major peacekeeping missions conducted by the alliance.

The speaker pointed to the important role of the Verkhovna Rada in the development of cooperation between Ukraine and NATO.

‘NATO is rethinking its place and role in the world order of the 21st century. At the same time, Ukraine has also given an important start to the important processes of optimizing the principles of our domestic and foreign policy,’ Lytvyn said.

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