Stop NATO news: November 20, 2011

20 November 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Ethiopian Troops Invade Somalia
  • Syria: Western Military Attack Will Destabilize Entire Middle East
  • Kazakhstan Warns Against Repeating NATO Libyan War In Syria
  • Turkish Activists Protest NATO Missile System
  • United Arab Emirates To Be Provided First Advanced Missile Interceptors Outside U.S.
  • Georgia: U.S. To Install New Radar Systems, Upgrade Navy
  • Germany: NATO Holds Tenth Baltic Aerial Warfare Training Events

Ethiopian Troops Invade Somalia

http://en.rian.ru/world/20111120/168853714.html

Russian Information Agency Novosti
November 20, 2011

Ethiopian troops cross into Somalia – media

Several hundred Ethiopian troops with military vehicles have crossed into Somalia’s southern and central part, news networks reported citing local elders.

BBC quoted eyewitnesses as saying there were at least 20 vehicles carrying Ethiopian troops.

The Ethiopian authorities dismissed the reports.

Ethiopian soldiers withdrew from Somalia in 2009 after a three-year presence.

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http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-11/20/c_131257715.htm

Xinhua News Agency
November 20, 2011

Ethiopian troops amass at common border with Somalia

MOGADISHU: Hundreds of Ethiopian troops have gathered along the common frontier with Somalia…

Residents in the central Somali town of Beledweyne in Hiran province along the border with Ethiopia said that there has been a visible increase in the Ethiopian troops at the border and that rebel fighters in the towns near the border are getting ready for a possible incursion.

‘We still don’t have troops over the border yet but many trucks full of troops arrived at the border and the fighters here are preparing for any eventuality,’ Daahir Adde, an elder in Beledweyne told Xinhua by phone.

Reporters from other areas in the central Somalia provinces said that troops from Somalia’s neighbor Ethiopia were seen along the common frontiers of the two countries and that rebel fighters’ battle wagons were seen heading towards the frontier.

This news comes as joint military operations are being undertaken by Kenyan and Somali troops against rebel militants in the southern provinces…

Ethiopian troops withdrew from Somalia in 2009 after two years of presence during which they fought with an insurgency led by the radical Islamist group of Al-Shabaab.

The Al-Shabaab fighters currently control much of the south and center of the wear ravaged horn of African nation while the internationally-recognized Somali government runs only the capital and a few parts of the south of the country.

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Syria: Western Military Attack Will Destabilize Entire Middle East

http://en.apa.az/news.php?id=159908

Azeri Press Agency
November 20, 2011

Assad: Syria war will destabilize all ME

Baku: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned against any foreign attack against his country, saying military action will cause instability in the whole Middle East, APA reports quoting Press TV.

Speaking to Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper, Assad said the Arab League’s intervention could provide a pretext for a Western military action, warning that a war against Syria would create an ‘earthquake’ across the region, AFP reported on Saturday.

‘If they are logical, rational and realistic, they shouldn’t do it because the repercussions are very dire. Military intervention will destabilize the region as a whole, and all countries will be affected,’ he said.

The Syrian president referred to the mounting foreign pressure on his government, but vowed that his country ‘will not bow down and that it will continue to resist the pressure being imposed on it.’

The remarks come in response to a decision by the Arab League which set a deadline of Saturday for Syria to comply with its peace plan, threatening to impose sanctions if Damascus failed to end the months-long unrest in the country.

The Arab bloc, which had earlier suspended Syria’s membership over the unrest, called on the Syrian government to allow in teams of observers to help establish calm in the country, a move Damascus has described as ‘illegitimate and dangerous.’

Damascus also says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country and that security forces have been given clear instructions not to harm civilians.

In addition, Syrian state TV has broadcast reports showing seized weapons caches and confessions by terrorist elements describing how they obtained arms from foreign sources.

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Kazakhstan Warns Against Repeating NATO Libyan War In Syria

http://www.sana.sy/eng/337/2011/11/20/382563.htm

Syrian Arab News Agency
November 20, 2011

Kazakh President Warns against Repeating Libyan Scenario in Syria

MOSCOW: Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev expressed rejection of any foreign intervention in Syria and the repetition of the Libyan scenario in the country.

In statements to the Russian press in Moscow on Saturday, President Nazarbayev said that there was a complete interference in Libya’s internal affairs, and this can’t be repeated against any other independent country such as Syria.

He considered that the UN took a decision on monitoring what was taking place in Libya, yet the decision degenerated into air strikes and falsifying the resolution of the UN Security Council and violating what it stipulated.

He indicated that the global financial crisis intensified the existing contradictions, indicating that the living standards in Europe and North Africa are deteriorating due to current events.

He asserted that the main issue today is to guarantee social justice and to better living standards.

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Turkish Activists Protest NATO Missile System

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/211032.html

Press TV
November 19, 2011

Turkish activists protest NATO missile system ?

Turkish activists in the city of Malatya in eastern Turkey have staged a protest rally to voice their opposition to Turkish government’s decision to establish a NATO radar base in Malatya province.

The protesters said they don’t want their country to host a system that would protect Israel and the US. The activists also called on NATO to leave their country. This is not the first time that Turkish people have opposed the establishment of the NATO missile system.

The planned radar base has provoked concerns in Turkey and also in some other countries in the region, including in Iran, that it could destabilize the region.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the head of Iran’s Parliament Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, during his Ankara visit, said Iranian lawmakers see the NATO missile system as a negative development. Boroujerdi, however, stated that Iran is still determined to upgrade its friendly relations with Turkey.

The Turkish government had been pursuing a policy of zero-tension towards the country’s neighbors, but experts say the missile system could create tensions between Turkey and some of its neighbors.

It seems that Turkey’s agreement to host the NATO radar base has opened up a complicated chapter in relations between Iran and Turkey…

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United Arab Emirates To Be Provided First Advanced Missile Interceptors Outside U.S.

http://gulfnews.com/business/general/uae-continues-talks-on-advanced-missile-defence-1.933693

Gulf News
November 20, 2011

UAE continues talks on advanced missile defence
Lockheed expects more Mideast contracts
By Iman Sherif

-’The governments of the United States and the UAE are having discussions about Theatre High Altitude Area Defence [THAAD] systems making the UAE the first customer for this system outside the United States. We look forward to providing this unique technology to the UAE.’ The programme is initially valued at about $7 billion (Dh25.69 billion).
-The UAE’s military expenditure was about $15 billion in 2010, making the UAE second in the GCC after Saudi Arabia (Dh139 billion), and 18th worldwide.
In comparison, the military expenditure of the US in 2010 was about $700 billion.

Abu Dhabi: The UAE is likely to become the first country outside the US to have an advanced ballistic missiles defence system developed by US weapons giant Lockheed Martin, a senior executive of the company has said.

Gulf News had a candid discussion with the Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin’s Middle East division, Willy Moore, during the Dubai Airshow, which was attended by a large contingent of the company’s executives.

‘Lockheed Martin looks at the Middle East as an important region. Approximately 30 per cent of our international sales come from the Middle East, and we expect that we will continue to have a strong presence here in the years to come,’ Moore said.

The UAE Airforce operates about 80 F-16 fighter planes made by Lockheed Martin.

‘We were so pleased to see UAE pilots flying demonstration flights in Lockheed Martin F-16s at the Dubai Airshow. They are the result of over a decade of engagement in the UAE from the signing of the initial contract to the delivery of the aircraft and up to today,’ said Moore.

Regional programmes

Several regional programmes are in development in which Lockheed will be a major contractor.

‘The governments of the United States and the UAE are having discussions about Theatre High Altitude Area Defence [THAAD] systems making the UAE the first customer for this system outside the United States. We look forward to providing this unique technology to the UAE,’ added Moore. The programme is initially valued at about $7 billion (Dh25.69 billion).

Lockheed Martin’s regional headquarters is in Abu Dhabi…

Security environment

Lockheed Martin is a 30 per cent shareholder in a local joint venture for aircraft maintenance and support.

The company, Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Centre (Ammroc) is owned by Mubadala Aerospace, Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky to provide maintenance services for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft of the UAE Armed Forces.

The nations of the region are constantly adapting to the changing global security environment.

The UAE’s military expenditure was about $15 billion in 2010, making the UAE second in the GCC after Saudi Arabia (Dh139 billion), and 18th worldwide.
In comparison, the military expenditure of the US in 2010 was about $700 billion.

‘Many nations see the need to enhance their capabilities in a number of areas, including tactical aircraft and integrated air and missile defence.

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Georgia: U.S. To Install New Radar Systems, Upgrade Navy

http://en.apa.az/news.php?id=159868

Azeri Press Agency
November 19, 2011

US to help Georgia install new radar systems
Rashad Suleymanov

Baku: The US will help Georgia install new radar systems, Georgian Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili said at the press conference after a meeting with US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, APA reports.

The minister said the sides discussed the issues of the coast guard and security. Vano Merabishvili said modern radar systems will be installed in Georgia with the help of the US. It will allow Tbilisi to fully control the country’s air space.

‘Our Navy needs support,’ he said.

Mabus said Washington will continue to support Georgia. The US will help Georgia with security issues, including the renewal of the infrastructure of the Navy.

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Germany: NATO Holds Tenth Baltic Aerial Warfare Training Events

http://baltic-review.com/2011/11/nato%E2%80%99s-allied-air-command-ramstein-germany-will-hold-the-10th-baltic-region-air-training-event/

Baltic Review
November 19, 2011

NATO’s Allied Air Command Ramstein (Germany) will hold the 10th Baltic Region Air Training Event

On November 21 and 22 NATO’s Allied Air Command Ramstein (Germany) will hold the 10th Baltic Region Air Training Event (BRTE X). The event will demonstrate NATO commitments to international security, solidarity between the allies and confidence.

‘It is our pleasure to receive NATO partners in Lithuania for a joint exercise in the Baltic skies for the tenth time. We work together to have a shared security. BRTE is an excellent opportunity to display solidarity between NATO and the Baltic States,’ Commander Lithuanian Air Force Brig Gen Edvardas Mažeikis said.

BRTE X will focus on the interoperability of regional capabilities. Real and simulated situations will be used to train both deployable and static NATO air command and control centers.

The event will involve two of the four Danish fighters conducting the Baltic Air-policing mission, L-39 light assault aircraft and Mi-8 helicopter of the Lithuanian Air Force, two US F-15 fighters, three Poland’s Mig-29 fighters, and US Air Force’s KC-135 aerial refueling military aircraft. Air operations will be controlled from the Baltic Joint Command and Reporting Centre in Karm?lava, Joint Air Operations Centre in Uedem (Germany), and Air Operations & Control Station Nieuw Milligen (Netherlands) which will be deployed for the training event.

Aircraft will take part in an aerial warfare situations, simulate mid-air loss of communication and interception, and emergency landing in the Vilnius International Airport. BRTE X will also involve imitational weapons jettisoning and ejection tasks over the Rukla Training Area, and aerial refueling is also foreseen.

Headquarters Allied Air Command Ramstein (HQ AC Ramstein, Germany) plans and conducts air training events to improve command and control of NATO’s airspace surveillance and control, air policing, and other air capabilities deployed in the Baltic region. With the program, NATO aims at improving interoperability and integration of the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian Air Forces in line with valid NATO standards as well as demonstrating the solidarity of the allies with the Baltic States. Introduced in 2008 as a series of training for air-policing over the Baltics, BRTEs have grown into wide-range air exercises that train for various aspects of air operations. The training events are coordinated with respective civilian institutions and departments. Participants of NATO’s Partnership for Peace program are also invited to train in BRTEs.

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