Update on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: July 20, 2011

20 July 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO Troops Kill Afghan Woman, Wound Five Others
  • Baltic: U.S. Warship Hosts Estonian, Polish And Finnish Sailors
  • Polish General, Ex-Iraq Commander, Takes Charge Of EU Mission In Georgia
  • Somalia And Beyond: AFRICOM Trains Burundian Military For Deployments
  • Africa Partnership Station: U.S. Guided Missile Warship In Kenya
  • Poland Promotes EU Military Headquarters In Brussels
  • U.S. Plan To Fragment Yugoslavia Aimed To Hurt Russia

NATO Troops Kill Afghan Woman, Wound Five Others

http://www.pajhwok.com/en/2011/07/19/woman-shot-dead-coalition-troops

Pajhwok Afghan News
July 19, 2011

Woman shot dead by coalition troops
by Farid Tanha

MAHMOOD RAQI: Coalition troops opened fired at a civilian car, killing one woman and injuring five others in Tagab district of central Kapisa province, a public representative said on Tuesday.

The incident took place in the Sherkhel area of the district late on Monday, provincial council member Najibullah Rahimi told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Abdul Hakim Akhunzada, the district chief, confirmed the shooting. However, he had no information about casualties.

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Baltic: U.S. Warship Hosts Estonian, Polish And Finnish Sailors

http://www.eucom.mil/english/fullstory.asp?article=Multinational-Partners-Embark-Aboard-USS-Carr

United States European Command
July 19, 2011

Multinational Partners Embark Aboard USS Carr
Ensign Brian T. Lance, USS Carr Public Affairs Officer

BALTIC SEA: An Estonian lieutenant, Polish midshipman, and four Finnish midshipmen embarked aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Carr (FFG 52) during her deployment to the Baltic Sea, July 18.

The multinational group will use this opportunity to learn how the U.S. Navy navigates and conducts underway operations.

‘Anytime we can embark officers from other nations is an opportunity to exchange knowledge and build a foundation of interoperability,’ said Cmdr. Patrick E. Kulakowski, commanding officer of Carr…

Carr is homeported out of Norfolk, Va., and is on a three-month deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

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Polish General, Ex-Iraq Commander, Takes Charge Of EU Mission In Georgia

http://www.interfax.com/newsinf.asp?id=260368

Interfax
July 19, 2011

Polish diplomat takes charge of EU mission in Georgia

TSKHINVALI, South Ossetia: olish diplomat and general Andrzej Tyszkiewicz has taken up the post of head of the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) in Georgia.

Tyszkiewicz, who is lieutenant general, commanded Polish forces in Iraq in 2003 and was Polish ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2005-2010, Pierre Morel, EU co-chairman of international talks in Geneva on consequences of the Russian-Georgian war of 2008, told a briefing in Tskhinvali in announcing Tyszkiewicz’s appointment.

Tyszkiewicz, who is arriving in Tbilisi on July 27, replaced German diplomat Hansjoerg Haber, who had headed the mission in Georgia since it was set up in October 2008.

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Somalia And Beyond: AFRICOM Trains Burundian Military For Deployments

http://www.army.mil/article/61835/U_S__Army_Africa_conducts_deployment_capability_training_in_Burundi/

U.S. Army Africa
July 19, 2011

U.S. Army Africa conducts deployment capability training in Burundi
By U.S. Army Africa Public Affairs Office

-‘This successful military-to-military ADAPT event demonstrates the important partnerships between U.S. Army Africa and African partner nations in increasing deployment capabilities and capacity.’
-ADAPT is a four phase program, that occurs every 12 months and USARAF has already conducted training in Rwanda, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Botswana, and Ghana.

VICENZA, Italy: …U.S. Army Africa’s Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Team, or ADAPT, conducted a deployment capability training event with uniformed members of the Burundian Defense Forces June 6-10, 2011, at the Bujumbura Military Airfield in Bujumbura, Burundi.

ADAPT is a U.S. Africa Command, or USAFRICOM, program managed and executed by USARAF. The team was in Bujumbura to share best practices on deploying personnel and equipment via aircraft, and to enhance force projection capabilities of African militaries to better support peace keeping operations [like the ‘peacekeeping mission’ in Somalia], humanitarian relief operations and UN missions.

‘This is our first ADAPT with the Burundian military,’ Menzies said. ‘This event was based off of a pre-deployment site survey we conducted last year so the lesson plan was specifically tailored to meet existing Burundi training requirements.’

Menzies said another focus of the training is to foster positive relationships between the U.S. and African military forces.

‘This successful military-to-military ADAPT event demonstrates the important partnerships between U.S. Army Africa and African partner nations in increasing deployment capabilities and capacity,’ Menzies said.

Increasing deployment interoperability with U.S. forces in joint/combined operations, training and exercises is a focal point of this military-to-military training opportunity.

‘Training and having the capability to deploy personnel and cargo are crucial enabling components to a deploying force. As a matter of fact, Burundian forces soldiers are already applying the ADAPT training to their real world operations,’ Febles said.

ADAPT is a four phase program, that occurs every 12 months and USARAF has already conducted training in Rwanda, Uganda, Burkina Faso, Botswana, and Ghana.

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Africa Partnership Station: U.S. Guided Missile Warship In Kenya

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=61653

Navy NewsStand
July 19, 2011

USS Samuel B. Roberts arrives in Mombasa
From Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

MOMBASA, Kenya: USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58), along with embarked staff arrived in Mombasa, Kenya, July 19, to begin their involvement with Africa Partnership Station (APS) East’s 2011 Kenyan hub.

The Kenyan hub brings more than 85 maritime professionals from seven partner nations together for training designed to improve capacity and capability in the region…

The hub will also include visits from Commander, Combined Joint-Task Force, Horn of Africa, Rear Adm. Michael T. Franken, and Kenyan navy Commander, Major Gen. Ngewa Mukala.

APS is an international security cooperation initiative, facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities…

Samuel B. Roberts, an Oliver Hazard Perry class guided-missile frigate, is homeport at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., and is on a scheduled deployment to the Sixth Fleet area of responsibility.

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Poland Promotes EU Military Headquarters In Brussels

http://www.thenews.pl/9/7/Artykul/51380,Poland-champions-proposed-EU-military-HQ

Polish Radio
July 19, 2011

Poland champions proposed EU military HQ

Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski has admitted that the idea of establishing a permanent headquarters for EU defence and security operations, which has been championed by Poland, Germany and France, has not won the support of all EU countries.

Talking to reporters in Brussels, Monday, he declined to name the countries which are against the proposal…

The foreign ministers of Poland, Germany and France have issued a joint statement which says that Catherine Ashton’s report remains at the negotiation table and that the three countries would like to see a resumption of Europe’s defence capabilities, given mounting crises, dwindling resources at the disposal of individual states and growing expectations towards the EU.

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U.S. Plan To Fragment Yugoslavia Aimed To Hurt Russia

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/07/19/53437263.html

Voice of Russia
July 19, 2011

Will US apologize?

Boris Gontarev, Professor of international journalism at the Moscow State University of International Relations:

First of all, America should apologize, because the actions of America in the former Yugoslavia were absolutely unpardonable.

It is senseless, first of all, it is useless, and frankly, I couldn’t understand, what is all about.

But the point is, of course, that America is not accustomed to apologizing for anything at all. It is perfectly clear to me that the dissolution of Yugoslavia was a big plan to hurt Russia, I mean, it wasn’t exactly on the surface but in depth it was just that. America made a big mistake.

Well, it is not so much about the dissolution of Yugoslavia, but the creation of the first ever Islamic state in the heart of Europe, I mean Kosovo. Probably that is why they just don’t want to touch this question at all, because if they would apologize for Bosnia and Herzegovina, or for Montenegro, or for anything of the former Yugoslavia, and they have to touch this question of Kosovo, and Kosovo is just a disaster for Europe, that is my belief, and as a matter of fact it is just exactly an example of the famous clash of civilizations.

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