Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: October 21, 2011

21 October 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Report: U.S. Drone, French Fighter Jet Hit Gaddafi Convoy
  • Albright Applauds Gaddafi Killing, No Loss Of American Lives
  • Senator: Libyan War Inspires Central African Intervention
  • U.S. Trains Djibouti Army For War In Somalia, With Eritrea
  • U.S. Secretary Tells 110-Nation Meeting: Navy Will Continue Global Presence
  • American Destroyer In Joint Naval Training Off Cambodia
  • Bulgaria: NATO Holds ‘Collective Defense’ Exercise
  • Bulgaria: U.S. Super Hercules Aircraft In Low-Level Training
  • Black Sea: USS Philippine Sea Hosts Bulgarian Military
  • Turkey: U.S. Guided Missile Warship Continues Black Sea Visits
  • Video: NATO Uses Tanks And Tear Gas Against Kosovo Serbs

Report: U.S. Drone, French Fighter Jet Hit Gaddafi Convoy

http://en.trend.az/regions/met/arabicr/1947500.html

Trend News Agency
October 21, 2011

Report: US drone, French jet fired on Gaddafi convoy

A US drone and a French fighter jet fired shots on a convoy believed to be carrying Moamer Gaddafi shortly before his death, a defence source told Fox News on Thursday.

The convoy of around 80 vehicles was seeking to leave Sirte when it came under fire, dpa reported.

[Gaddafi] died of serious gunshot injuries to the head and stomach, inflicted during his capture, according to medical sources in Libya.

US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the details of Gaddafi’s death remained unclear.

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Albright Applauds Gaddafi Killing, No Loss Of American Lives

http://www.npr.org/2011/10/20/141562153/albright-gadhafis-death-a-watershed-moment

National Public Radio
October 20, 2011

Albright: Gadhafi’s Death A ‘Watershed Moment’

Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright reflects on the death of ousted Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi. She calls it a watershed moment for the people of Libya, the international community and ‘what is known as the Arab Awakening.’

-[I]t does mean that international intervention can be done in this particular way through an alliance structure in – and a way that is through the air and with no loss….And I think that it really is – I mean, no loss of American lives.
-[T]here was a new strategic concept for NATO that the Secretary-General Rasmussen put together. But before he did that, he was, in fact, asked by the heads of state to have a group of experts that would help in putting some ideas forward, and I chaired that group. And we looked at a whole host of issues about what NATO was about in the post-Balkan experience and how it operated in Afghanistan and what the next years were going to be about.

NEAL CONAN, host: Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi died outside of his hometown of Sirte, earlier today, but the decisive moment in Libya’s civil war came this past spring, when NATO launched an air campaign to…provide protection for rebel fighters. Back in 1999, Madeleine Albright served as secretary of state when NATO intervened in the civil war in the Balkans and launched weeks of air strikes there. She’s now chairman of the National Democratic Institute and joins us by phone from Atlanta. Secretary Albright, nice to have you back on TALK OF THE NATION.

MADELEINE ALBRIGHT: Thank you. It’s great to be with you, especially on such an important day.

CONAN: And why is it so important, do you think?

ALBRIGHT: Well, because I think the people in Libya have been able to really, now, see a new path to themselves after four decades of a really brutal dictator. And there’s so many aspects of this that show how important it is for the international community to really get involved in helping on this. It is important for the people of Libya. It is important for the possibilities of democracy on the ground. So there are just many, many aspects of this that I think are kind of a watershed in a lot of different events that are taking place in what is known is the Arab Awakening.

CONAN: The United States, its NATO partners and some Arab allies, including, most prominently, Qatar, joined in the air attacks against the Gadhafi forces. There were no boots on the ground, no American casualties. And the whole thing, according to Vice President Biden, cost about $2 billion, a sharp contrast to other American interventions.

ALBRIGHT: Well – exactly. I think it’s very, very important. It shows so many different things. I mean, there have always been discussions about whether you can win through an air war. That was one of the issues that happened when we were dealing with the Balkans. I think when – it doesn’t mean that NATO has to be on the ground…But it does mean that international intervention can be done in this particular way through an alliance structure in – and a way that is through the air and with no loss.

And I think that it really is – I mean, no loss of American lives. And so I think it’s very important. I do think that this shows the leadership of the Obama administration on this. They took a lot of flak, frankly, but I think that they knew what they were doing, and that this was a very important step forward for how America gets involved these days.

ALBRIGHT: Many – and frankly, let me tell you, one of the things that happened last year – there was a new strategic concept for NATO that the Secretary-General Rasmussen put together. But before he did that, he was, in fact, asked by the heads of state to have a group of experts that would help in putting some ideas forward, and I chaired that group. And we looked at a whole host of issues about what NATO was about in the post-Balkan experience and how it operated in Afghanistan and what the next years were going to be about. And the issues we did talk about, was how the economic constraints in a variety of countries were hurting their defense budgets, who is doing what, whether people were really fulfilling their responsibilities.

One of the issues in Afghanistan was – also, and continues to be – is that each country has kind of national mandates that makes it difficult to have a joint command. But I think NATO is learning, we all are, as we are in a somewhat different situation. But I know there are questions of, kind of, coalition a la carte or how this is going to work. But despite the constraints, I think obviously this is a NATO victory.

…I think the hardest part really is always telling people that each situation is different, you know? One wishes that everything were always the same, but it’s not. And the part that’s so interesting generally about what’s going on in the Arab world is that while there is obviously a similarity to people motivated by social media and by demonstrations, there is a difference in each of these countries. You know, whether it’s Libya or Tunisia or Egypt or Syria. Every one of these is a bit different.

CONAN: Or Bahrain. Secretary Albright, thank you very much for your time today. We appreciate it.

ALBRIGHT: Good to be with you. Thank you.

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Senator: Libyan War Inspires Central African Intervention

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congress/lawmaker-says-libya-success-supports-decision-to-send-us-troops-to-aid-africa-anti-insurgency/2011/10/20/gIQA0bsx0L_story.html

Associated Press
October 20, 2011

Lawmaker says Libya success supports decision to send US troops to aid Africa anti-insurgency

WASHINGTON: A senator said Thursday that Moammar Gadhafi’s death and the promise of a new Libyan regime are arguments for the measured U.S. military response in central Africa where the U.S. has sent roughly 100 troops as advisers in the battle against a guerrilla group…

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., chairman of the Foreign Relations subcommittee that oversees African affairs, told reporters that he backs President Barack Obama’s decision to dispatch U.S. forces against the Lord’s Resistance Army and help to hunt down its leader, Joseph Kony.

Coons said that since 2001, the Lord’s Resistance Army has been listed as a terrorist organization…He spoke shortly after officials from the State and Defense departments privately briefed members of the Foreign Relations Committee about the operation.

Last Friday, Obama said he was sending U.S. troops to central Africa as advisers, a move that drew strong bipartisan support in Congress…

Still, lawmakers expressed some concern about the United States ending up on a slippery slope of military involvement. Coons said he was reassured that the administration will continue to consult with Congress on the operation. He said developments out of Libya show that the United States can succeed in a limited role.

‘I think it is a good day to celebrate that we can use some of the unique strategic assets of the United States in measured, modest and responsible ways…in partnership with our allies,’ Coons said.

U.S. military forces have been part of the NATO operation enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya…

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U.S. Trains Djibouti Army For War In Somalia, With Eritrea

http://www.africom.mil/getArticle.asp?art=7344&lang=0

U.S. Africa Command
Office of Security Cooperation, U.S. Embassy Djibouti
October 20, 2011

Newest Battalion with Djiboutian Armed Forces Takes Part in ACOTA Training Program

ALI OUNEY CAMP, Djibouti: The Office of Security Cooperation (OSC) of the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti began a nine-week training program, October 9, 2011, for the newest battalion of the Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD). This recently created 850 troop peacekeeping unit will deploy in the coming months as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The unit, which is organized as a motorized infantry battalion, includes male and female soldiers with a variety of skill sets, as well as gendarmes, civilian police officers, and an attached group of 100 military trainers, who will work to build the security capabilities of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) in Somalia.

The training is sponsored by the Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance Program (ACOTA) through the U.S. State Department. This program, in conjunction with Africa Peacekeeping Program (AFRICAP), has already provided more than $6.8 million to Djibouti via training, equipment, and basic facilities construction, and will provide more to support Djibouti’s continuing peacekeeping efforts in the future.

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U.S. Secretary Tells 110-Nation Meeting: Navy Will Continue Global Presence

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=63358

Navy NewsStand
October 20, 2011

SECNAV Addresses International Seapower Symposium Delegation
By Lt. John Ripley, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs

-More than 110 nations, with many of the senior-most officers from their navy or coast guard, are attending this biennial event. With 75 heads of navy and 22 heads of coast guard expected, this marks the largest meeting of naval leaders in the conference’s history…First held in 1969, ISS has become the largest gathering of maritime leaders in history.
-The Naval War College established programs in 1956 and 1972 for international officers. A number of delegates attending the ISS are graduates of those programs.
The Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert welcomed the delegates on Wednesday, along with a video-taped message from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

NEWPORT, R.I. – Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus addressed the world’s maritime leaders at the 20th International Seapower Symposium (ISS) at the U.S. Naval War College Oct. 20.

The secretary stressed the importance of maritime cooperation and global presence as nations work to manage a plethora of shared challenges, such as combating piracy, regional security, ensuring the free flow of commerce, peacekeeping and providing humanitarian assistance.

‘But despite those challenges one thing should be very clear: the United States Navy is and will continue to be a global presence, wherever and whenever we are called upon,’ Mabus said.

Mabus noted that since the first ISS more than 40 years ago, the world has become increasingly inter-connected. And despite amazing advances in technology, he said, more than 90 percent of trade goes by sea, and 95 percent of telecommunications resources remain under the oceans.

‘These ongoing exercises around the world serve to strengthen our common partnerships,’…

‘Energy and security are increasingly affecting how the world looks at its relationships,’ he said, stressing that finding alternative fuel resources is one key way that nations can continue to collaborate.

More than 110 nations, with many of the senior-most officers from their navy or coast guard, are attending this biennial event. With 75 heads of navy and 22 heads of coast guard expected, this marks the largest meeting of naval leaders in the conference’s history.

Many of the delegates toured the Navy’s littoral combat ship, USS Independence (LCS 2), which was visiting Naval Station Newport in conjunction with ISS.

First held in 1969, ISS has become the largest gathering of maritime leaders in history…

The Naval War College established programs in 1956 and 1972 for international officers. A number of delegates attending the ISS are graduates of those programs.

The Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert welcomed the delegates on Wednesday, along with a video-taped message from Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. The symposium concludes on Oct. 21.

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American Destroyer In Joint Naval Training Off Cambodia

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=63359

Navy NewsStand
October 20, 2011

US, Royal Cambodian Navies Head to Sea for CARAT 2011 Exercise
By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Robert Clowney, Task Force 73 Public Affairs

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia: U.S. and royal Cambodian navies began their 2nd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Cambodia exercise Oct. 20, with a pierside opening ceremony at the port of Sihanoukville.

‘Last year marked an important step forward in the relationships between the U.S. and Cambodian Navies,’ said Rear Adm. Tom Carney, commander, U.S. Navy’s Task Force 73. ‘This year, for the first time, a ship from the U.S. Navy, one of our newest destroyers, will be getting underway with royal Cambodian navy ships for a series of at-sea events.’

During the week-long exercise, Sailors and from both countries are participating in training exchanges ashore on topics as diverse as maritime domain awareness, vessel boarding procedures, dive and salvage operations and various maritime symposia….

At sea, both U.S. and several royal Cambodian navy ships will conduct communication drills, division tactics, surface gunfire drills and more. Participating U.S. aircraft include the P-3C Orion, and the SH-60 Seahawk.

Approximately 400 U.S. Sailors are participating in CARAT Brunei 2011. Two U.S. ships, guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) and the dive and salvage ship USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50), are participating.

CARAT is a series of annual, bilateral maritime exercises between the U.S. Navy and the armed forces of Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

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Bulgaria: NATO Holds ‘Collective Defense’ Exercise

http://www.mfa.bg/en/news/view/31899

The Republic of Bulgaria
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
October 20, 2011

Bulgaria – Annual NATO crisis management exercise

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, together with the Ministry of Defence and the Interior Ministry, is participating in the annual NATO politico-military exercise in crisis management, being held from October 19 to 26.

The exercise is based on a virtual scenario. It is aimed at practicing at strategic level the Alliance’s procedures for times of crisis.

The scenario is based on the commitment within NATO’s collective defence to carrying out political consultations and joint actions by member states. The exercise provides for synchronization of responses in NATO in meeting new challenges and threats to Euro-Atlantic security, which are defined in the new strategic concept of NATO as the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, cyber attacks and threats against energy infrastructure.

The exercise involves the International Secretariat and Allied Command of NATO, and civilian and military staffs of the Member States of the Alliance. Teams from the United Nations, European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the International Committee of the Red Cross have observer status.

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Bulgaria: U.S. Super Hercules Aircraft In Low-Level Training

http://www.usafe.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123276304

U.S. Air Forces in Europe
October 20, 2011

C-130Js take flight in mountains of Bulgaria in OTF11

[Photographs} An Air Force C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 37th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, conducts low-level flight training during Operation Thracian Fall 2011, Oct. 18, 2011 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

OTF11 is off-station training designed to enhance interoperability between U.S. and Bulgarian Air Forces as well as build partnerships with paratroopers from both.

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USS Philippine Sea Hosts Bulgarian Military

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=63295

U.S. Navy
October 17, 2011

USS Philippine Sea Hosts Bulgarian Military
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gary A. Prill, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

ISTANBUL: Four Bulgarian sailors embarked aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), Oct. 15, to gain a better understanding of how the U.S. Navy conducts operations underway.

The two Bulgarian naval officers and two Bulgarian chief petty officers visit to the ship is part of the U.S. 6th Fleet Maritime Partnership Program, which is designed to develop and sustain relationships with maritime forces of the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) area of responsibility theater security cooperation strategy.

During their visit, the Bulgarian officers and chiefs will interact with their U.S. counterparts, and receive training that can only be received within an operational environment. By observing training evolutions, routine maintenance, and basic shipboard operations, the Bulgarians will observe how the U.S. Navy operates underway.

The goal of the program is to provide the Bulgarian officers and chiefs a window into the workings of the leadership aboard a U.S. Navy vessel…

Philippine Sea is on a regularly scheduled deployment in the Black Sea and serves to promote ***peace and security*** in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

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Turkey: U.S. Guided Missile Warship Continues Black Sea Visits

http://jacksonville.com/military/mayport-mirror/2011-10-19/story/philippine-sea-completes-port-visit-istanbul

Navy Public Affairs Support Element-East Detachment Sigonella
October 19, 2011

Philippine Sea Completes Port Visit To Istanbul
By MC2(AW/SW) Gary A. Prill

USS Philippine Sea completed a four-day regularly scheduled port visit to Istanbul, Turkey, Oct 12-15.

During the busy port visit Officers and crew hosted a formal reception for Turkish military and civilian leaders…

This visit serves to continue U.S. 6th Fleet efforts to build global maritime partnership with European nations and enhance maritime safety and security.

‘Our regular visits to the Black Sea Region show the continuing strengthening of U.S. maritime partnership and safety in the European Union,’ said Commanding Officer Capt. Herbert Hadley…

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Video: NATO Uses Tanks And Tear Gas Against Kosovo Serbs

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