Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: August 3, 2011

3 August 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO, U.S. Troops Block Delivery Of Food, Medicine To Kosovo Serbs
  • Lithuania: U.S. Conducts Three-Month-Long Special Forces Drills In Baltic
  • U.S. Airmen Join Canadian Allies In Arctic Exercise
  • U.S. Drone Strike Kills At Least Four In Northwestern Pakistan
  • Talisman Sabre 2011: 60-Year-Old Australian Woman Casualty Of U.S. War Games
  • Africa Partnership Station: U.S. Guided Missile Warship In Tanzania
  • U.S. Mentors Polish Air Force For Global War Missions
  • Spangdahlem: U.S., German Air Forces Continue NATO Partnership
  • Estonia’s Campaign To Glorify Nazism An Outrage: Russia
  • U.S. Mulls Selling Iraq F-16s
  • Hungary: U.S. Ambassador Hands Over Armored Vehicles, Military Equipment To Army For Afghan, Future Wars
  • Wolfowitz Rallies Australia Against China In Asia-Pacific

NATO, U.S. Troops Block Delivery Of Food, Medicine To Kosovo Serbs

http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics-article.php?yyyy=2011&mm=08&dd=02&nav_id=75724

Tanjug News Agency
August 2, 2011

KFOR won’t let food, medical supplies through at Jarinje

JARINJE: KFOR is preventing the entry of vehicles that carry any kind of food, or any type of goods, at the administrative point in the Jarinje area, reports said.

Tanjug news agency said that NATO-led KFOR soldiers have even banned medical supplies from going through. Drivers said they were told that American soldiers ‘had an order’ to stop vehicles carrying goods.

They also refused to let those loaded with heating fuel to pass through. Only passenger cars are being let through.

Serbs in northern Kosovo receive supplies from central Serbia through the Brnjak and Jarinje administrative line checkpoints.

Tanjug says that at Brnjak, people managed to get bread and milk to the north in ‘smaller vehicles’.

Meanwhile, the night went peacefully at the barricades Serbs had put put up to protest against the attempts of Kosovo Albanian authorities to take over the checkpoints.

The Serbs spent an eighth night on the barricades near Zup?e, on the way to Brnjak, and near Rudare and in Leposavi?, blocking the road to Jarinje.

Serbian government representatives were also in Kosovo last night – head of the Belgrade team in the dialogue with Priština Borislav Stefanovi?, Minister for Kosovo Goran Bogdanovi?, and President Boris Tadi?’s adviser Jovan Ratkovi? arrived there after talks with EU mediator Robert Cooper in Raška.

They expect to meet with KFOR commander Erhard Buehler during the day.

The crisis in northern parts of Kosovo started last Monday when Priština sent its police units to the checkpoints, while several days later a group of masked men set Jarinje on fire, which was then closed, as well as Brnjak.

Serbs are a majority in the north and do not recognize the unilateral declaration of independence made by ethnic Albanians in early 2008. They also reject the authority of the government in Priština.

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http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics-article.php?yyyy=2011&mm=08&dd=02&nav_id=75733

Beta News Agency/Tanjug News Agency
August 2, 2011

Minister tells Serbs in north to remain at barricades

RUDARE: The Minister for Kosovo and Metohija on Tuesday called on the residents of northern Kosovo to continue to gather at the barricades.

‘I plead with you to continue gathering in as large a number as possible, and express our will and goals in a peaceful manner, to not allow the Kosovo state to take root in this region,’ he told some 2,000 Serbs from the province gathered at the road block in the village of Rudare.

The minister urged the citizens to behave in a dignified manner, maintain peace and fight for their rights and the rights of Serbia.

Bogdanovi? said negotiations concerning the situation in the north would continue, while he described those held to date as ‘fairly difficult and uncertain’.

Yesterday, Bogdanovi? and other government officials met with the EU mediator in the Belgrade-Priština dialogue held in Brussels, Robert Cooper, but there were no statements given after the meeting which is expected to resume.

‘Clearly there is no understanding for our interests and goals on the part of the international community, and for this reason I plead on you to be united, to set partisan issues aside, as well as rumors which are more dangerous than guns here,’ the minister said to the local Serbs at Rudare today.

The crisis in the northern, predominantly Serb, parts of the province started when the Kosovo Albanian government in Priština put an embargo on goods coming from central Serbia and then, on July 25, sent members of police units to take over the control of administrative checkpoints.

Local Serbs responded to the move, taken while the Belgrade-Priština dialogue was underway, by setting up roadblocks, and said they would continue the protests until the situation was ‘back to where it was before July 25? when EULEX customs and Serb members of the Kosovo police, KPS, were at the Brnjak and Jarinje posts.

On Tuesday, head of Serbia’s negotiating team in the Kosovo dialogue Borislav Stefanovi? underlined that Priština was not yet ready for an agreement on the resolution of the north Kosovo crisis, and called on Serbs to stay on the barricades and not react to provocations but rather give a chance for dialogue.

‘This is not a ghetto, this is Serbia…We want people to move freely, we want to get back to the dialogue. In order for that to happen, this crisis has to be resolved in the manner that we asked for. We are waiting for feedback. For now, Priština is not ready for talks,’ Stefanovi? said in Rudare.

Stefanovi? said that Belgrade officials have, in a way, become ‘undesired interlocutors’.

‘Things will not calm down. We have to preserve unity and peace. Today we will have difficult talks. Although there will be more subversion and provocations, you should give a chance to the dialogue. You have amazed the world with your dignity and creativeness. These are the qualities that win, these are the qualities that worry them,’ Stefanovi? said, addressing the Serbs gathered at the barricade.

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http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics-article.php?yyyy=2011&mm=08&dd=02&nav_id=75736

Tanjug News Agency
August 2, 2011

PM calls on KFOR, UNMIK to ‘remain neutral’

BELGRADE: Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovi? has stated that Serbia did not bear responsibility for the current situation in northern Kosovo.

He blamed the Kosovo Albanian authorities in Priština and international institutions active in the province for the flare-up.

The prime minister spoke on Tuesday in Belgrade to call on international representatives to engage in talks with Serbian government officials in order to bring back calm and return to the situation that existed before the crisis.

Cvetkovi? also stated that he believed the Belgrade-Priština dialogue should be ‘renewed’.

‘Representatives of the international community, KFOR and EULEX, must remain neutral, and not take sides as they are doing right now by refusing to talk to legitimate representatives of the Republic of Serbia, and by blocking food convoys, which could lead to a humanitarian catastrophe,’ concluded the Serbian premier.

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Lithuania: U.S. Conducts Three-Month-Long Special Forces Drills In Baltic

http://www.baltic-course.com/eng/baltic_news/?doc=7627

Baltic Course
August 2, 2011

Lithuanian and U.S. Special Forces jointly take part in exercise

Vilnius: In July, Lithuanian Special Operations Forces jointly with the U.S. Special Operations Forces and U.S. Navy SEALS in Lithuania participated in military exercises, the Ministry of National Defence said.

The soldiers of the two countries exchanged the experience from multinational operations and improved joint operational skills.

The three-month-duration joint combined exercise held in the territory of Lithuania in the Baltic Sea and Klaipeda combined land, sea and air elements.

Lithuanian Special Operations troops together with Americans were engaged in a broad spectrum of land and water special operations, conducted shooting, diving, rope landing, liberation of hostages, and parachute jumps into the Baltic Sea.

Lithuanian Special Operations Forces’ soldiers also conducted complicated parachute jumps into the Baltic Sea…Soldiers conducted parachute jumps wearing diving-suits and all necessary combat equipment.

The JCET program was established in the decade of the 1980s, and is designed to provide training opportunities for American Special Forces who were stationed outside the United States by holding the training exercises jointly with the Special Forces of host nations.

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U.S. Airmen Join Canadian Allies In Arctic Exercise

http://www.doverpost.com/military/x1510864006/Delaware-Air-Guard-members-3-000-miles-from-home

Dover Post
August 2, 2011

Delaware Air Guard members: 3,000 miles from home

-Just this past January, 28 members of the 166th completed a six-month combat zone deployment to Southwest Asia that included Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. It was the largest and longest deployment in the squadrons history.

New Castle: This Sunday, 30 Delaware Air National Guardsmen are shipping out to a remote location 3,334 miles away in northern Canada.

Just 500 miles from the North Pole, the airmen from the 166th Civil Engineer Squadron will be participating in an annual two-week training operation at the Canadian Forces Alert Station.

Their mission will be to support Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force aircraft operations with bed-down, rapid runway repair, operations, maintenance support and crash/fire suppression simulations.

The station, located in the northeastern tip of Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, has absolutely no nighttime between April 8 and Sept. 5.

Just this past January, 28 members of the 166th completed a six-month combat zone deployment to Southwest Asia that included Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait. It was the largest and longest deployment in the squadrons history.

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U.S. Drone Strike Kills At Least Four In Northwestern Pakistan

http://en.trend.az/regions/world/ocountries/1913444.html

Trend News Agency
August 2, 2011

4 killed in U.S. drone strike in NW Pakistan

At least four people were killed Tuesday night as U.S. drones fired two missiles at vehicles suspected of carrying militants in Miranshah, a main town in Pakistan’s northwest tribal area of North Waziristan which borders Afghanistan, reported local Urdu TV channel Samaa.

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Talisman Sabre 2011: 60-Year-Old Australian Woman Casualty Of U.S. War Games

http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/australian-woman-injured-in-crash-with-u-s-military-vehicle-dies-1.150809

Stars and Stripes
August 1, 2011

Australian woman injured in crash with U.S. military vehicle dies

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan: A 60-year-old Australian woman whose bicycle collided with a military vehicle operated by two U.S. sailors on July 24 has died, according to police.

The North Ipswich woman, whose name has been withheld at the request of her family, died Sunday at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Queensland a week after colliding with the sailors who were taking part in Talisman Sabre 2011 exercises, according to a news release from the Queensland Police Service.

Police spokesman Chris Loy declined to provide further information Monday, but police said last week that an investigation was ongoing.

The crash occurred about 9 a.m. at a three-way intersection near Royal Australian Air Force Base Amberley, police said. The woman suffered serious head, pelvic and spinal fractures. She had surgery and had been listed in critical and unstable condition.

The sailors — attached to VP-40, a P-3 aircraft squadron out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. — were on duty at the time of the crash and were not injured, police have said previously. Officials have declined to give their names, but said the 24-year-old driver is a third class petty officer and the 28-year-old passenger is a first class petty officer.

U.S. military officials said that any further comment on the incident would have to come from the U.S. Embassy in Australia. Embassy officials did not respond to queries Monday.

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

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=61908

Navy NewsStand
August 2, 2011

Makes APS Port Call In Tanzania
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Jamieson, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa/Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania: Guided-missile frigate, USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) arrived in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Aug. 1, to begin its engagement with Africa Partnership Station (APS) East’s Tanzania hub.

The Tanzania hub will involve armed service members from Tanzania, Uganda and Djibouti…

This will be the second APS hub in which Samuel B. Roberts has participated on its current deployment…The ship will also host a reception for the U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, the Honorable Mr. Alfonso E. Lenhardt.

The hub will end with a graduation ceremony at the Tanzania Naval Training School Aug 5.

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 in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa.

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U.S. Mentors Polish Air Force For Global War Missions

http://www.usafe.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123266128

U.S. Air Forces in Europe
August 1, 2011

Polish, American sister wings celebrate 1-year anniversary
by Staff Sgt. Tyrona Lawson
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

-’It’s a friendly reminder of the wonderful work that (our two countries have) been in cooperation with for the last 10 years – in Iraq, in Afghanistan…’
-With the addition of the C-130E, the 3rd AW has dramatically increased their global reach. So far this year, the wing has made more than 1,000 airdrops and has flown more than 14,000 hours.

POWIDZ AIR BASE, Poland: The 86th Airlift Wing commander visited Poland’s 3rd Airlift Wing at Powidz Air Base Tuesday, marking the one-year anniversary of the ‘sister wing’ relationship between the two units.

The wings began working closely in 2008, when the Polish air force first entertained the idea of vastly improving their airlift capabilities by purchasing refurbished E-model C-130 aircraft from the U.S. inventory.

In June 2010, after Poland established a fleet of five C-130s, the two airlift units signed a letter of intention, legally making them sisters.

‘I’m excited to come back a year after establishing our sister wing (relationship). This is an exciting time for us,’ said Brig. Gen. Mark Dillon, 86th AW commander. ‘It’s a friendly reminder of the wonderful work that (our two countries have) been in cooperation with for the last 10 years – in Iraq, in Afghanistan and humanitarian operations around the world.’

The two wings regularly train together, practicing airdrops, low-level flying and aeromedical evacuation. The purpose of the training is to prepare the two wings to respond cooperatively to emergencies in the European theater…

With the addition of the C-130E, the 3rd AW has dramatically increased their global reach. So far this year, the wing has made more than 1,000 airdrops and has flown more than 14,000 hours.

The 3rd Airlift Brigade Command was officially formed in 2007 and later transformed into the 3rd Airlift Wing in 2009. Its main purpose is to organize and support logistic air transport and airborne operations…

Powidz AB also utilizes aircraft such as the C-295M ‘CASA,’ which is used for tactical operations, and the Mi-series transport helicopter.

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Spangdahlem: U.S., German Air Forces Continue NATO Partnership

http://www.usafe.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123266139

U.S. Air Forces in Europe
August 1, 2011

Open house showcases US, German partnership
by Senior Airman Daryl Knee
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany: NATO service members partnered together to showcase military capabilities and aircraft inventories during an open house here Saturday and Sunday.

During the event, German and U.S. Air Forces Airmen expressed their commitment to furthering the countries’ relations.

‘We exercise together, we learn from each other and we both improve our techniques,’ said German air force 1st Lt. Christian Wiemers, 33rd Fighter Bomber Wing and Panavia Tornado Interdictor/Strike Fighter-Bomber pilot. ‘The strength of our alliance is improving daily.’

Thousands of people from across Europe viewed military equipment and spoke with the service members who operate the equipment. The exhibits included demonstrations and 15 static aircraft displays.

‘The open house gives a unique perspective on German-American interaction,’ said U.S. Air Force Capt. Andy Korsmo, 81st Fighter Squadron A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot. ‘We have both U.S. and German aircraft here, lined up side by side. We’re showing off our machines, talking about their heritage and thinking of the future – all side by side.’

As Spangdahlem Air Base is located inside Germany’s borders, cooperation and support from the German community is an integral part in contributing to NATO’s partnership success, Wiemers said.

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Estonia’s Campaign To Glorify Nazism An Outrage: Russia

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/08/02/54095635.html

Voice of Russia
August 2, 2011

Estonia’s attempts to glorify Nazism outrage Moscow

Moscow has expressed outrage over continuing attempts in Estonia to glorify Nazism.

On Tuesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry circulated a statement calling on the European Union and NATO to come up with their assessment of the reunion of veterans of the Estonian SS division, which took in Sinimae in northeast Estonia on July 30.

‘Defying international opinion and public protests in Estonia, the government sanctioned the get-together of those responsible mass killings on Nazi occupied territories,’ the statement says.

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U.S. Mulls Selling Iraq F-16s

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/08/02/Iraq-revives-attempt-to-buy-US-F-16s/UPI-81101312309928/#ixzz1TvjUE1in

United Press International
August 2, 2011

Iraq revives attempt to buy U.S. F-16s

WASHINGTON: Iraq is renewing its bid to buy F-16 jet fighters from the United States, the Pentagon says.

Maj. Christopher Perrine, a Defense Department spokesman, told the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram more negotiations are planned after the sale of 18 warplanes was put on hold because Iraq did not budget the $4.2 billion it proposed spending last fall.

‘We’re still working on letters of offer and acceptance for 18? planes, he said.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Saturday he would come back to the U.S. government with a request to purchase 36 F-16s.

Perrine said that to sell more than 18 aircraft, the Pentagon must again notify Congress, which would have 30 days to block a sale.

Lockheed Martin wants to book new F-16 orders to keep production going at its Fort Worth plant and among suppliers. As of last week, it had 65 unfilled orders, which would keep the line running through 2013. Production of many parts and components begins two or more years before final assembly.

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Hungary: U.S. Ambassador Hands Over Armored Vehicles, Military Equipment To Army For Afghan, Future Wars

http://www.politics.hu/20110719/us-ambassador-hands-over-armoured-vehicles-military-equipment-to-hungarian-army/

Hungarian News Agency
July 19, 2011

US Ambassador hands over armoured vehicles, military equipment to Hungarian army

-Defence Minister Csaba Hende thanked the donation and said that those will greatly help the Hungarian army in trainings for serving in foreign missions, such as that of Afghanistan.

US Ambassador Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis presented a batch of armoured vehicles and other military equipment to the Hungarian army at its Szolnok base in central Hungary on Monday.

The 14 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles known as Humvees, night-vision equipment, army radios and PCs have been provided under the Coalition Support Fund of 10 million dollars.

The US Congress approved the fund for enhancing the special operation capabilities of the Hungarian army last spring.

Speaking at the event the ambassador said the United States considers Hungary a partner to rely on every time ‘the situation takes a serious turn’. She spoke in appreciation about the trustworthiness and sense of responsibility of Hungarian troops in fulfilling their duties which they have already proved in several peace-keeping missions and are proving today in Afghanistan.

Defence Minister Csaba Hende thanked the donation and said that those will greatly help the Hungarian army in trainings for serving in foreign missions, such as that of Afghanistan.

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Wolfowitz Rallies Australia Against China In Asia-Pacific

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/foreign-affairs/canberra-must-encourage-us-to-asia-leadership/story-fn59nm2j-1226106999726

The Australian
August 3, 2011

Canberra ‘must encourage US to Asia leadership’
Chris Kenny

Australia must work to maintain a strong commitment by Washington to the Asia-Pacific, especially in the face of the US debt crisis and an isolationist mood in America, says former US deputy defence secretary Paul Wolfowitz.

A key foreign policy adviser in the Bush administration and former head of the World Bank, Dr Wolfowitz told a Centre for Independent Studies audience in Sydney yesterday that it was ‘hardly surprising’ China would like to replace the US as the dominant military force in the region.

However, he detailed a sanguine view about the rise of China, suggesting it would be countered by Japan, and the growth of India and the ASEAN nations. He also noted that China’s economic self-interest was best served by peace and that political freedoms were on the rise within the communist state – even predicting it would eventually be a democracy.

‘China should not be dealt with as a threat but it definitely has to be considered a competitor,’ Dr Wolfowitz said.

‘There are many areas where we can co-operate, but there are areas where the relationship is basically competitive and we need to be able to compete effectively.’

He said Chinese military dominance in east Asia would be bad for all countries of the region, including Australia, but ‘you may have trouble persuading some Americans that we should care about it’.

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