Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: August 12, 2011

12 August 2011 — Stop NATO

  • South African President Condemns NATO Over Libya
  • Denmark Extends NATO War Mission In Libya
  • U.S. Drone Warfare: Tyranny Of Flying Terror
  • NATO: Over 1.3 Million Reservists In 34 Member, Partner Nations
  • Canadian Military Priority: Boost ‘Operational Capability In The Arctic’
  • Russian Arctic Force Could Include Paratroopers
  • With 1,500 Troops On The Ground In Kosovo, Germany Says ‘Map Of The Balkans Has Been Decided’
  • Israel, Saudi Arabia Bid For U.S. Military Equipment In Iraq, Afghanistan
  • Romania: U.S. Marines Conduct Urban Warfare Training
  • Poll: Chinese See U.S. And Japan As Main Military Threats

South African President Condemns NATO Over Libya

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Politics/Zuma-hits-out-at-Nato-over-Libya-20110811

South African Press Association
August 11, 2011

Zuma hits out at Nato over Libya

Johannesburg: Nato allies could be seeking a regime change in Libya in a manner that is ‘unacceptable’, President Jacob Zuma told the Parliament of Burundi on Thursday.

‘We have found ourselves in a situation where the developed world has decided to intervene in Africa in a manner that was not agreed to when the UN resolution 1973…was passed,’ he said in a speech prepared for delivery.

‘We have found this resolution being abused in a manner that is totally unacceptable.’

Zuma reiterated the African Union’s (AU) call for an ‘African solution’, and a need for a cessation of hostilities to allow Libyan dialogue.

‘Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has agreed not to be part of the Libyan dialogue. What we need now is for the allies to allow the space for such a dialogue to take place.

‘We urge African parliamentarians to work with us in promoting such African solutions….so that its voice can be heard on matters of conflict resolution on the continent, from Somalia to Libya.’

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Zuma said South Africa committed itself to working with other ‘like-minded’ states towards improving the working methods of the United Nations Security Council for a more legitimate, accountable, transparent, representative and effective body.

‘The council needs to be responsive to the needs of the developing world when it comes to the quest for peace and security,’he said.

‘More importantly, it must be in tune with the African continent and give Africa the space to solve its problems.’

Zuma departed for Burundi for a state visit on Wednesday.

The delegation accompanying him include the ministers of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Higher Education Blade Nzimande, Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu and Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Thandi Tobias-Pokolo.

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Denmark Extends NATO War Mission In Libya

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/africa/news/article_1656420.php/Denmark-to-continue-Libya-operation

Deutsche Presse-Agentur
August 11, 2011

Denmark to continue Libya operation

Copenhagen: Denmark was to continue to contribute to a NATO-led mission over Libya, two cabinet members said Thursday after talks with parliamentary leaders.

‘We agreed that Denmark should be patient and stand firm,’ Foreign Minister Lene Espersen said after the meeting with foreign affairs and defence affairs spokesmen from other parties.

Former foreign minister Mogens Lykketoft of the opposition Social Democrats and Holger K Nielsen of the Socialist People’s Party said it was unsatisfactory that Gaddafi was still in power. Parliament earlier this year approved the deployment of six F-16 jet fighters. The jets were to remain until October 1, when the current NATO mandate expires, the parties attending Thursday’s meeting said.

Four of the jets take part in action, while two serve as backup planes.

Defence Minister Gitte Lillelund Bech, who also attended Thursday’s meeting, earlier this week visited the base in Sicily from where the Danish jets operate.

Only one party, the leftist Unity List-the Red-Green Alliance, has been opposed to extending the operation.

Espersen said the parties also supported opening ties with the opposition Transitional National Council (TNC).

Earlier this week, the last two Libyan diplomats stationed in Denmark were ordered to leave the Scandinavian country.

Neighbouring Norway, a NATO member like Denmark, last week ended its jet fighter deployment in the Libya operation.

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U.S. Drone Warfare: Tyranny Of Flying Terror

http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=108381

Pakistan Observer
August 11, 2011

Drones: Tyranny of flying terror
Dr Jassim Taqui

The CIA resumed drone attacks against the FATA [Federally Administered Tribal Areas] during the holy month of Ramadan even as people are fasting and facing immense economic, social and security difficulties. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been compelled to leave their homes because of the twin terror: the terror of TTP [Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan] on one side, and the terror of CIA drones on the other. Yet, the morally bankrupt Obama administration insists on using brutal and massive force against unarmed and hapless civilians in gross violation of international law and in flagrant breach of basic human rights.

The Obama administration claims that no civilian was targeted during the drone attacks in Pakistan in 11 months, despite 116 attacks that have killed 740 people. The figures speak for themselves. According to the administration, the drones are hunting 100 remnants of Al-Qaeda and Taliban. Who, then, are the 640 additional people killed?

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has just published a detailed report that challenged the CIA’s claims. The report listed the names of hundreds of civilians including women and children who were brutally killed by the CIA’s drones.

Killing civilians with Helfire missiles is the worst form of state terrorism. The drones have become absolute terror to the people. They instill fear and terrorize civilians in total abuse of international law and the UN Charter. Killing defenseless people and assassinating individuals randomly is the worst kind of terror.

Fearing human losses, the US military introduced the drones in Afghanistan (2001), Iraq (2002) and Pakistan (2004). The British followed by introducing drone in Afghanistan (2007), and the Israelis introduced drones in Gaza, occupied Palestine (2008). It is estimated that drones are being used or developed by over 40 countries. The United States and Israel, who accuse other nations of involvement in terrorism, produce the majority of armed drones.

Recent media reports reveal that the US established new drones bases in Qatar, Bahrain and Yemen. These locations provide safe routes for US drones to attack targets in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Libya and soon Iran.

Increasingly, the US military and CIA are using drones controlled via satellite communication to launch missiles and bombs on population centers indiscriminately, often at distances of many thousands of miles.

Barack Obama should surrender his Nobel Prize for peace, since he is acting as a warmonger. His black terror has indeed blackened the White House.

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NATO: Over 1.3 Million Reservists In 34 Member, Partner Nations

http://www.act.nato.int/multimedia/archive/42-news-stories/710-reservists-making-important-cost-effective-contributions

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Command Transformation
August 10, 2011

Bieniek: Reservists making important, cost-effective contributions

Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Polish Army General Mieczys?aw Bieniek last week spoke at the Symposium of the 64th annual Summer Congress of the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) and National Reserve Forces Committee in Warsaw, Poland.

‘CIOR, as an organisation representing more than 1.3 million reservists across 34 participating nations within and beyond NATO, you are making an important contribution to the Alliance,’ said Bieniek.

Bieniek opened the symposium together with the Chief of the Polish General Staff, General Mieczys?aw Cieniuch.

Bieniek briefed the congress on Allied Command Transformation’s (ACT) current priorities and shared some of his thoughts on ‘NATO’s Transformation and Reform’ in the context of NATO’s new Strategic Concept.

About the importance of Reserve officers and NCOs he went on to say:

‘National Reserve Forces must be an integral part of transformation and reform so that they can be relevant, ready, cost-effective, and deployable. We come to the table with the understanding that each nation’s Reserve Forces look very different. Some have strategic reserves, some have operational reserves, and some do not have standing reserves. We also acknowledge the difficult financial decisions, which are being made during these economic conditions.’

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Canadian Military Priority: Boost ‘Operational Capability In The Arctic’

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/canada/canadian-forces-begin-arctic-sovereignty-operation-60261.html

Epoch Times
August 11, 2011

Canadian Forces Begin Arctic Sovereignty Operation
By Omid Ghoreishi

Canadian Navy ships sail to the Arctic this week to launch the annual sovereignty and training mission called Operation Nanook.

The operation, which involves forces from the Navy, Army, Air Force, and the Canadian Rangers, focuses on Arctic sovereignty exercises and will continue until late August. Forces from the Royal Danish Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard are also taking part in the Canadian-led mission.

‘Operation Nanook demonstrates our Government’s commitment to Canada’s sovereignty and cooperation in the Arctic region,’ Canadian Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay said in a statement.

‘With world attention on the region on the rise and with an increasing travel into and over the vast territory of Canada’s north, our government has made it a priority to enhance the Canadian Forces’ operational capability in the Arctic.’

With melting ice in the north expected to make the Arctic more navigable and open up access to resources, the region has become the focus of sovereignty claims.

Tensions over the issue were heightened when a Russian submarine placed a Russian flag on the Arctic seabed under the North Pole in 2007.

An opinion poll conducted by Ekos Research for the Munk School earlier this year found that a majority of Canadians rank Arctic sovereignty as the most important foreign policy priority.

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Russian Arctic Force Could Include Paratroopers

http://www.barentsobserver.com/russias-arctic-force-may-include-paratroopers.4947261-116320.html

BarentsObserver
August 11, 2011

Russia’s Arctic force may include paratroopers
Trude Pettersen

Units of the Russian Airborne Troops may be deployed in the planned Arctic special forces brigade on the border to Norway.

According to Chief of staff of the Russian Airborne Troops, Lt. Gen. Nikolay Ignatov, Russian militaries are now considering the possibility of deploying paratroopers in the Arctic Spetsnaz brigade planned to be established in Pechenga, Interfax reports.

It was earlier announced that the brigade might be established already within the end of 2011, as BarentsObserver reported.

The first unit to be specially equipped and prepared for military warfare in Arctic conditions, is the 200. motorized infantry brigade in Pechenga, some 10 kilometers from the Russian-Norwegian border and 50 kilometers from the Norwegian town of Kirkenes.

The soldiers will be trained in a special program and equipped with modern personal equipment. The unit will get modern means of communication and transportation, including DT-30P Vityaz tracked vehicles.

Ignatov said the possibility of paratroopers joining the Arctic contingent was being studied on orders of the Airborne Troops commander, Lt. Gen. Vladimir Shamanov. As soon as the analysis is completed, a report will be submitted to the Defense Ministry, which will make the final decision.

The unit in Pechenga was established in 1943 as the 45. division, which took part in the liberation of Petsamo (Pechenga) and Kirkenes. It was later reorganized to the 131. motorized infantry division, before it became the 200. independent motorized infantry brigade some 15 years ago.

Russia’s Airborne Troops currently number 32,000 personnel in four airborne divisions, an airborne assault brigade, and a Special Forces reconnaissance regiment, according to RIA Novosti.

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With 1,500 Troops On The Ground In Kosovo, Germany Says ‘Map Of The Balkans Has Been Decided’

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/11/us-kosovo-germany-idUSTRE77A41E20110811

Reuters
August 11, 2011

Germany rules out Kosovo partition on ethnic lines
By Fatos Bytyci

PRISTINA: Germany will oppose any partition of Kosovo, its foreign minister said Thursday following a warning by Kosovo Albanian leaders that Serbia wants its former province divided along ethnic lines.

Guido Westerwelle said the map of the Balkans had been decided and the issue of territorial changes was closed.

‘For us it is clear that the situation and territorial integrity in this region is decided; this means this is out of discussion for us,’ Westerwelle said at a news conference with Kosovo’s ethnic Albanian premier during a visit to Pristina.

Westerwelle said German Chancellor Angela Merkel will pass on the same message during a visit to Serbia later this month.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, nine years after NATO bombing halted a Serbian military crackdown on separatist ethnic Albanians. But 60,000 Serbs in north Kosovo rejected the breakaway and still deem Belgrade their capital.

Some Serbian officials have floated the idea of partitioning Kosovo, effectively hiving off its northern Serb enclave.

Violence flared in the enclave two weeks ago after Pristina authorities tried to seize border posts controlled by Serbs in order to enforce a ban on imports from Serbia and gain control of its northern part.

One Kosovo police officer was shot dead and Serb mobs blocked all the roads in the north and torched a border station.

With 1,023 troops, Germany has the biggest military contingent in Kosovo’s NATO peacekeeping mission (KFOR). It is sending another 500 after the recent violence.

Mediated by the NATO commander in Kosovo, a German general, Serbia and Kosovo last week reached a temporary deal to ease tension through mid September when Belgrade and Pristina are scheduled to resume talks in Brussels to resolve trade issues.

However, ethnic Serbs in Kosovo have only partially accepted the accord and have not completely removed roadblocks.

Under the deal, KFOR will continue to guard two border posts and let civilians pass in and out of Kosovo. No goods from Serbia will enter Kosovo but Pristina will not send its police and customs officers to the northern border posts.

After arresting recently the two last Bosnian Serbs wanted for war crimes in Bosnia’s conflict, Serbia’s road to join the European Union now partly depends on its relations with Kosovo.

Although Germany, the United States and most EU members have recognized Kosovo’s independence, Belgrade, with the backing of Russia and China, does not.

(Additional reporting by Branislav Krstic in Mitrovica, editing by Adam Tanner and Mark Heinrich)

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Israel, Saudi Arabia Bid For U.S. Military Equipment In Iraq, Afghanistan

http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Article.aspx?id=233531

Jerusalem Post
August 12, 2011

IDF looks to buy US equipment after withdrawal from Iraq
Yaakov Katz

-Saudi Arabia…recently received new Black Hawk helicopters and is purchasing $60 billion worth of advanced American military platforms.
Egypt is also the recipient of $1.3b. in annual foreign military aid from the US, and Congress was recently notified of Pentagon plans to sell the Egyptian military new Abrams tanks. It would be the first major sale to Egypt since the revolution earlier this year.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Israel Air Force completed a week of joint maneuvers with the Romanian Air Force in the Carpathian Mountains.

The Defense Ministry is in talks with the Pentagon about the possibility of buying American military equipment that will be retired following the US withdrawal from Iraq.

The advantage in purchasing used military equipment from the US is the price, which is dramatically lower than buying the same equipment new.

The IDF Ground Forces Command is looking to renew its aging fleet of Humvee combat vehicles with ones that the US will be phasing out as it reduces its troop numbers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Israel is also interested in acquiring surplus weapons and ammunition the US will no longer require following the withdrawals.

‘It seems that in some cases it is cheaper to sell to other countries than to transport back to the US or bases in Europe,’ one defense official said.

Other countries in the region may also try to buy some of the equipment, such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which are both longtime customers of the US defense industries.

Saudi Arabia, for example, recently received new Black Hawk helicopters and is purchasing $60 billion worth of advanced American military platforms.

Egypt is also the recipient of $1.3b. in annual foreign military aid from the US, and Congress was recently notified of Pentagon plans to sell the Egyptian military new Abrams tanks. It would be the first major sale to Egypt since the revolution earlier this year.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Israel Air Force completed a week of joint maneuvers with the Romanian Air Force in the Carpathian Mountains. It was the first IAF deployment in Romania since the helicopter accident there last summer, although this time it consisted of C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft and not helicopters.

Six IAF servicemen – pilots and technical crew – were killed when a Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion – called Yasour in the IAF – crashed into a mountain during a military exercise in which crews were trained to fly at low altitudes. A Romanian military officer who was observing the IAF crew aboard the helicopter, was also killed.

An IAF inquiry concluded that the accident was most likely the result of human error.

The air force is interested in continuing to train in Romania and particularly in the Carpathian Mountains, which are known for the unstable weather as well as thick forests and high mountains, terrain that Israeli pilots do not often get to train in.

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Romania: U.S. Marines Conduct Urban Warfare Training

http://www.camplejeuneglobe.com/news/article_731f7904-c381-11e0-858a-001cc4c002e0.html

Camp Lejeune Globe
August 11, 2011

American, Romanian Marines Conduct Bilateral MOUT Training
Cpl. Dwight A. Henderson

CAPU MIDIA, ROMANIA: Marines and sailors with Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted military operations in urban terrain training aboard Capu Midia, Romania, July 31, 2011.

The training was part of the Summer Storm Amphibious Bilateral Exercise 11, a five-day exercise with Romanian Marines from the 307th Marine Infantry Battalion, to increase the interoperability between American and Romanian forces.

Old, abandoned, stone buildings made a perfect setting to demonstrate MOUT operations. The Romanian and U.S. forces used the buildings to exchange tactics, techniques and procedures for conducting two-man room clearing, four-man room clearing, hallway clearing, and other MOUT techniques.

The Marine Corps’ well-developed MOUT doctrine combined with Echo Company’s combat experience gave the Romanians real-world experience to learn from and implement.

‘The training helped my Marines understand the way that they should act in a real environment,’ said 1st Lt. Liviu Visan, a Romanian Marine platoon commander with the 307th Marine Infantry Battalion. ‘I saw a few details, that my Marines also observed, that, in the future, will be implemented into their training.’

The Marines and sailors of the 22nd MEU are currently deployed with Amphibious Squadron 6 aboard the USS Bataan Amphibious Ready Group serving as a potent, formidable and deterrent force who continues to train and improve their capability to operate as a cohesive and effective Marine Air Ground Task Force.

The 22nd MEU is a multi-mission, capable force, commanded by Col. Eric J. Steidl and comprised of an Aviation Combat Element, Marine Medium Tilt Rotor Squadron 263 (Reinforced); a Logistics Combat Element, Combat Logistics Battalion 22; a Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment; and its Command Element.

Marine Expeditionary Units are the Marine Corps’ smallest permanent Marine Air-Ground Task Force, and each is comprised of approximately 2,200 Marines and sailors ready to provide immediate response to hostile environment or crisis.

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Poll: Chinese See U.S. And Japan As Main Military Threats

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-08/12/content_13097389.htm

China Daily
August 12, 2011

Bitter memory of collision off Diaoyu Islands remains divisive
By Qin Jize

-Fifty-one percent of Chinese people believe that Japan’s strategic policy always follows the United States, which makes it a military threat to China.
And 49.7 percent are worried about the Japanese attitudes toward the war.
-36.7 percent of the students say Japan has begun to dispatch self-defense forces abroad, a move that is likely to help the country to develop into a military power.
-Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has attached great importance to the US military presence in Japan and this alliance and Japan’s current implementation of US policy toward China will hinder the improvement of Sino-Japanese strategic relations.

BEIJING: A fishing boat collision in waters off the Diaoyu Islands remains a major obstacle in cementing Sino-Japanese ties, according to a public opinion poll.

The poll found that 51 percent of the Chinese general public believes the Japanese government’s tough stance escalated the incident. And 62.1 percent of Chinese students hold the view that the sensitive nature of the territorial disputes has made the situation worse.

Sino-Japanese relations have been at a low point since a Chinese fishing boat and two Japanese patrol boats collided in waters off China’s Diaoyu Islands last September.

The Chinese captain was held in custody in Japan for half a month, and the incident disrupted official and non-official exchanges between the two countries.

Forty-eight percent of the general public says the collision remains an obstacle because of the different views the two nations have toward sensitive issues, and 41.2 percent says it is because of the lack of negotiations and consultation between the two governments.

The Japanese elite respondents think the two reasons above are equally important.

According to the poll, the people of Asia’s two biggest economies view each other as a military threat.

The poll showed that most of the Chinese general public and students think the No 1 threat to China is the United States and Japan is second.

Fifty-one percent of Chinese people believe that Japan’s strategic policy always follows the United States, which makes it a military threat to China.

And 49.7 percent are worried about the Japanese attitudes toward the war.

Unlike the general public, Chinese students pay more attention to conflicts between the two countries, with 70.8 percent of students believing the disputes over territory and maritime resources have made Japan a military threat to China. Less than 40 percent of the general public shares that opinion.

Also, 36.7 percent of the students say Japan has begun to dispatch self-defense forces abroad, a move that is likely to help the country to develop into a military power.

In Japan, 57.5 percent of the general public views China as a threat, a 10 percent increase from the previous year. Among the Japanese elite, the figure is even higher.

Eighty percent of the Japanese elite respondents express concern about China’s growing power, while 69 percent believe the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a threat.

This is the first time since the question was placed on the survey in 2006 that more members of the Japanese elite consider China more of a threat than the DPRK.

Also, 58.3 percent of the Japanese general public says the reason for seeing China as a threat is the territorial and maritime disputes between the two countries, and 64.5 percent says the Chinese should reconsider their protest against Japan after the fishing boat collision.

Only 0.7 percent of the Japanese general public says Japan shares responsibility for the incident.

In its 2011 annual defense report released last week, Japan officially challenged Beijing’s military budget and voiced concern over China’s ‘assertiveness’ in dealing with international conflicts.

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of National Defense jointly criticized the report’s ‘irresponsible comments’ and reaffirmed that ‘China has not and will never be a threat to any other country’.

Analysts said that Japan’s political strategy toward China has been twisted – on one hand it wants to make good use of China’s economic development and on the other it always tries to constrain China in the defense and security sector.

Liu Jiangyong, a professor of Japanese studies at Bejing’s Tsinghua University, said the responses and mentality of the Japanese have something to do with Japan’s current defense guidelines, which were adopted at the end of last year.

In these, it was claimed that China’s military development and lack of transparency were matters of concern to the region and international community.

Japan labors under a long-standing Cold War mentality and is trapped in the US-Japanese alliance, Liu said.

He said Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has attached great importance to the US military presence in Japan and this alliance and Japan’s current implementation of US policy toward China will hinder the improvement of Sino-Japanese strategic relations.

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