Updates on Libyan war: Stop NATO news: July 25, 2011

25 July 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO Air Attacks Shake Libyan Capital, Environs
  • NATO’s Air Assault On Libya: 16,281 Missions, 6,142 Strike Sorties
  • NATO Troops Shoot Dead Afghan Female Doctor, Family Members
  • Taiwan Urges NATO, U.S. Navy To Pay Compensation To Slain Captain’s Family
  • Ex-NATO, U.S. Military Chief Shalikashvili Dies
  • Ex-Top NATO, U.S. Commander: From Nazi Germany To Bosnia

NATO Air Attacks Shake Libyan Capital, Environs

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-07/24/c_131005156.htm

Xinhua News Agency
July 24, 2011

NATO air raids shake Tripoli, environs

TRIPOLI: Tripoli and its environs were shaken by a latest round of NATO airstrikes in the wee hours of Sunday, local press said.

Libyan state-run TV said ‘imperialist crusaders’ have attacked the southeastern suburbs of the capital.

Blasts were also heard near the residential compound of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Sounds of overflying NATO jets could be heard and columns of smokes could be seen after the explosions, according to local press reports.

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NATO’s Air Assault On Libya: 16,281 Missions, 6,142 Strike Sorties

Click to access 20110724_110724-oup-update.pdf

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
July 24, 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, 06.00GMT) a total of 16,281 sorties, including 6,142 strike sorties, have been conducted.

Sorties conducted 23 JULY: 125

Strike sorties conducted 23 JULY: 56

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NATO Troops Shoot Dead Afghan Female Doctor, Family Members

http://www.pajhwok.com/en/2011/07/24/karzai-orders-probe-lady-doctors-killing

Pajhwok Afghan News
July 24, 2011

Karzai orders probe into lady doctor’s killing

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai on Sunday ordered Afghanistan’s intelligence chief to investigate the death of a lady doctor in central Maidan Wardak province.

Ghazni Civil Hospital Director Dr. Ismayee Ibrahimzai told Pajhwok Afghan News on Saturday that Dr. Aqila Hekmat, in charge of the maternity ward, her 18-year-old son and nephew were shot dead by ISAF soldiers.

The doctor’s husband was injured in the shooting near the Sheikhabad area of Syedabad district on the Kabul-Kandahar highway soon after an convoy of NATO-led troops struck a roadside bomb.

Denouncing the incident, Karzai extended his condolences to the bereaved family and wished the doctor’s spouse speedy recovery. He directed the National Directorate of Security head to prove the killings.

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Taiwan Urges NATO, U.S. Navy To Pay Compensation To Slain Captain’s Family

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-affairs/2011/07/25/310977/MOFA-urges.htm

China Post
July 25, 2011

MOFA urges NATO, US to pay boat captain’s family

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) urged NATO and the U.S. Navy to provide compensation to the family of a Taiwanese fishing vessel captain who was killed in crossfire between Somali pirates and the naval forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the U.S. Navy.

The MOFA said in a release issued yesterday evening that Minister Timothy Chin-tien Yang Saturday received a formal report of an investigation into the incident from Director William Stanton of the Taipei Office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).

The report confirmed that Wu Lai-yu was accidentally killed during an anti-piracy operation off the Horn of Africa two months ago.

The MOFA said the U.S. Navy and NATO should consider giving proper compensation to Wu’s family, as he was the principal source of income for his family.

Wu’s family was briefed on the report the same day by MOFA officials, according to AIT Spokesman Christopher Kavanagh.

The report concluded that Wu ‘had been killed inadvertently by ammunition fired from the SWG (USS Stephen W. Groves)’ and said that an autopsy was not performed due to a lack of trained medical personnel on board.

The warship was part of a NATO anti-piracy mission in the Indian Ocean.

A PDF version of the report was publicly released on the MOFA website with the approval of Wu’s family.

Asked whether the U.S. would issue compensation, Kavanagh said that ‘Washington is actively considering providing the family with an ex gratia payment.’ An ex gratia payment is a payment made without the giver recognizing legal obligation.

Sources revealed that AIT Director Stanton in Taipei said the U.S. already noticed that the U.S. side failed to give timely notice to Taiwan after the incident took place.

Family of Captain Wu and officials of fishermen association in southern Pingtung County said they do not accept the U.S. probe report.

They complained that Wu should not be buried along with pirates after he was caught and killed in the crossfire from the U.S. Navy.

The report did not indicate how the compensation to the family will be made, they said.

To present their case, the Wu family and members of the fishermen association said they will go ahead with a planned protest at the AIT office tomorrow.

The USS Stephen W. Groves (SWG), operating under NATO-led counter piracy Combined Task Force 508, was directed by Combined Task Force 508 to conduct an operation on May 10, 2011, against the Jih Chun Tsai 68 to disrupt further pirate action.

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Ex-NATO, U.S. Military Chief Shalikashvili Dies

http://en.trend.az/regions/world/usa/1909552.html

Deutsche Presse-Agentur
July 24, 2011

Former US general and NATO supreme commander dies aged 75

-During his nearly 40-year military career, Shalikashvili served in Vietnam and Korea before becoming NATO supreme commander in 1992.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed him as the first foreign-born chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

Retired US General John Shalikashvili, the former NATO supreme commander, died Saturday at the age of 75 in Tacoma, Washington, dpa reported.

Born to a Georgian father and a Russian mother, he gained US citizenship in 1958, the same year he was drafted into the army, before rising to the highest post in the US military as the first foreign-born chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

President Barack Obama on Saturday called Shalikashvili ‘a genuine soldier-statesman whose extraordinary life represented the promise of America and the limitless possibilities that are open to those who choose to serve it.’

As chairman of the Joint Chiefs, he ‘strengthened our alliances in Europe and in Asia…and championed the Partnership for Peace with the former Soviet states,’ Obama said.

Shalikashvili was born in 1936 in Warsaw. After World War II, the family settled in Germany before emigrating in 1952 to the United States.

The teenaged Shalikashvili was reputed to have learned English from John Wayne movies.

During his nearly 40-year military career, Shalikashvili served in Vietnam and Korea before becoming NATO supreme commander in 1992.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed him as the first foreign-born chairman of the Joint Chiefs. In that post, Shalikashvili oversaw US military actions in places including Haiti and Bosnia, before his retirement in 1997.

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Ex-Top NATO, U.S. Commander: From Nazi Germany To Bosnia

http://rustavi2.com/news/news_text.php?id_news=42560&pg=1&im=main&ct=0&wth=

Rustavi 2
July 24, 2011

Former U.S. Joint Chiefs head Shalikashvili dies at 75

Retired General John Shalikashvili, an immigrant who rose to the position of Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff during the 1990s, has died. He was 75.

In a statement Saturday, President Barack Obama praised Shalikashvili as ‘a genuine soldier-statesman whose extraordinary life represented the promise of America’ for those who choose to serve it.

His cause of death was not immediately available.

Shalikashvili was born in Poland of Georgian parents. He came to the United States as a teen-ager, learned English from John Wayne movies and rose to become the highest-ranking officer in the U.S. military.

Shalikashvili served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997, heading the U.S. role in NATO air strikes on Bosnian Serb military targets in 1995.

Shalikashvili succeeded Gen. Colin Powell as chairman of the joint chiefs. Born in Warsaw in 1936 shortly before World War Two, he fled to Germany in a cattle car in 1944 ahead of the Soviet advance.

After retiring from the military, he served as a visiting professor at Stanford and Harvard Universities and publicly endorsed Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts in Kerry`s losing 2004 presidential campaign.

Shalikashvili, who also served as a director of the Boeing Co., survived a massive stroke in 2004 at his home near Fort Lewis, Washington, next to Tacoma.

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http://articles.latimes.com/1993-08-28/news/mn-28793_1_waffen-ss

Los Angeles Times
August 28, 1993

Shalikashvili’s Father Tied to Nazi Unit : Military: The man Clinton called a ‘Georgian army officer’ when nominating his son for Joint Chiefs post was said to be a Waffen SS major.

Melissa Healy

-Shalikashvili began collaborating with the Nazis in 1941, and perhaps as early as 1939, after the Georgian-born officer was released from a German POW camp in Poland. Following his release, he began organizing the Georgian Legion, a force of expatriates intent upon ***liberating*** Georgia, with German aid, from Soviet control.
-’What is relevant is that Gen. Shalikashvili has done a great job at NATO and that he’ll make a magnificent chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,’ Sen. Carl Levin, (D-Mich.), a lawmaker noted for his efforts to promote awareness of the Holocaust…

The father of John M. Shalikashvili, the Army general nominated by President Clinton to become America’s chief military commander, served as an officer in an elite Nazi military unit during World War II, according to information released Friday by a Jewish research institute.

The late Dimitri Shalikashvili, referred to by Clinton simply as a ‘Georgian army officer’ when the President announced the nomination earlier this month, became a major in the Waffen SS in 1944, according to Rabbi Marvin Hier, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles.

Information compiled by the center, which collects historical data to help track down Nazi war criminals, indicates that the elder Shalikashvili’s association with the Nazis began after the family fled Poland in 1939 ahead of the Soviet Army’s westward advance.

On the basis of the father’s own unpublished memoirs – on file at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution – Hier said it appeared that the senior Shalikashvili began collaborating with the Nazis in 1941, and perhaps as early as 1939, after the Georgian-born officer was released from a German POW camp in Poland. Following his release, he began organizing the Georgian Legion, a force of expatriates intent upon ***liberating*** Georgia, with German aid, from Soviet control.

The allegation appears to hold little risk of derailing the nomination of Shalikashvili to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – a rise through the ranks that Clinton hailed as ‘a great American story.’

But it could raise questions about how the family was able to enter the United States in 1952, and how much Clinton knew about the senior Shalikashvili’s wartime activities when he named his son to the nation’s top military post on Aug. 11.

‘What is relevant is that Gen. Shalikashvili has done a great job at NATO and that he’ll make a magnificent chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,’ Sen. Carl Levin, (D-Mich.), a lawmaker noted for his efforts to promote awareness of the Holocaust, said Friday. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Levin will be a key supporter of Shalikashvili’s nomination.

It was not immediately clear whether the White House knew the full details of the father’s wartime service when Clinton decided to nominate Shalikashvili to succeed Gen. Colin L. Powell. Officials acknowledged that they knew the senior Shalikashvili had served in the German army, but rejected suggestions that he was an active Nazi sympathizer.

White House spokeswoman Ricki Seidman, echoing Levin’s remark, declared Friday that the younger Shalikashvili’s ‘record stands on its own, and his father’s history is not relevant.’ Defense Secretary Les Aspin, in a statement released by the Pentagon, praised the nominee’s ‘superb record of achievement’ and added that ‘allegations about his father’s history are not relevant to Gen. Shalikashvili’s nomination.’

Gen. Shalikashvili’s office in Belgium could not be reached for comment on when his father died. According to Hoover archivist Anne Van Camp, the elder Shalikashvili’s widow donated the manuscript in 1980, some years after her husband’s death. Van Camp confirmed that Hier’s account of the memoirs accurately reflects their contents.

Hier emphasized that in releasing details of Dimitri Shalikashvili’s memoirs, the Wiesenthal Center does not oppose the nomination of his son, whom he called a ‘patriotic American’ who deserves to be judged on his own merits and deeds.

According to his own account, Dimitri Shalikashvili became a member of the Waffen SS in 1944, when the Georgian Legion was subsumed into the elite Nazi organization. Until then, the legion, one of several national units organized and armed by the Nazis, had been under the command of the regular German army. The consolidation followed a key attempt on Adolf Hitler’s life, Shalikashvili wrote.

The Waffen SS was the most trusted arm of Hitler’s army in World War II.

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