Stop NATO news: February 18, 2012: U.S. Drone Attacks Kill Sixteen In Northwest Pakistan

18 February 2012012

  • U.S. Drone Attacks Kill Sixteen In Northwest Pakistan
  • Pakistani President Pledges Support To Iran Against Foreign Aggression
  • Afghan War: NATO Loses 41 Soldiers So Far This Year
  • U.S. To Deploy Interceptor Missile Destroyers To Spain
  • Georgia: NATO Corner Opened At National Defence Academy

U.S. Drone Attacks Kill Sixteen In Northwest Pakistan

The News
February 17, 2012

16 killed in two NWA drone attacks

MIRAMSHAH: Sixteen persons were killed and four others sustained injuries in two separate missile attacks by the US drones in North Waziristan on Thursday.

Tribal sources said a drone fired two missiles at a house in Spalga village located on the Miramshah-Razmak Road early in the day. The villagers said six people were killed and four others sustained injuries in the attack.

Local tribesmen said the house caught fire and collapsed when it was hit by the unmanned aerial vehicle. According to the villagers, bodies of six persons were pulled put of the wreckage. All were disfigured beyond recognition. ‘All the bodies were burnt and had torn into pieces. It was hard to recognise them,’ a tribesman told The News. The villagers also said that four other people suffered injuries and were later shifted to a hospital in Miramshah, where the doctors reported them in critical condition

Later in the day, a drone carried out another attack and targeted a double-cabin pickup truck on the Mir Ali-Khaisoor Road, at a distance of 35 kilometres south of Mir Ali, the second major town of North Waziristan, killing 10 people. The tribal sources said the double-cabin pickup truck was on way to Khaisoor village from Mir Ali. Khaisoor is located near the border with South Waziristan. The villagers said four US spy planes were flying over the area during the missile attack on the vehicle. They said the drones continued hovering over the area even an hour after the missile attack. ‘No one could risk his life to get close to the destroyed vehicle and retrieve bodies of the slain people due to fear of the drones which were still flying over the area even after the attack,’ a local tribesman said. There was no way to ascertain the identity of the people slain in the two drone attacks.

The United States has stepped up drone strikes in North Waziristan and killed a number of people at a time when different political parties and local tribesmen in the tribal region are planning to stage a march on Islamabad along with the victims of the missile strikes and family members of those killed in these attacks.


Pakistani President Pledges Support To Iran Against Foreign Aggression

Xinhua News Agency
February 17, 2012

Pakistani president pledges support for Iran against foreign aggression

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari pledged support for Iran if it is invaded by foreign forces, reported local media Geo on Friday.

The privately-owned local Urdu TV channel quoted unidentified sources as saying that the Pakistani president made the pledge during his meeting with the visiting Iranian president who arrived here on Thursday for a two-day Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran trilateral summit.

The report said that the Pakistani president told Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Pakistan will not provide bases to the United States if it intends to attack Iran and it will support Iran against any foreign aggression.

The report did not mention at what occasion the Pakistani president said this to the Iranian president.

On Thursday, Zardari held an one-on-one meeting with Ahmadinejad at his president house during which, according to a brief report by the local state-owned news agency APP, the two presidents discussed bilateral political and economic cooperation and ways to strengthen ties.

On Friday afternoon, at the conclusion of the trilateral summit, the three sides issued a statement saying the three countries will ensure respect for sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity as enshrined in the U.N. Charter and will proceed on the basis of mutual interest, mutual respect, non-interference and non-intervention in internal affairs.

They also decided that the Fourth Trilateral Summit shall be held in Kabul by the end of 2012. The Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan trilateral summit was first introduced in 2009 with the aim to strengthen the cooperation among the three countries in the fields of economy, energy, infrastructure, anti-narcotics and border management, etc.


Afghan War: NATO Loses 41 Soldiers So Far This Year

Xinhua News Agency
February 17, 2012

NATO soldier dies in Afghanistan

KABUL: A soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) lost his life in Afghanistan on Thursday but in a non-battle injury, a statement of the alliance released here on Friday said.

‘An International Security Assistance Force service member died as a result of a non-battle related injury in eastern Afghanistan yesterday,’ the short statement confirmed.

It also did not reveal the nationality of the victim, saying it is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.

Troops mostly from the U.S. have been stationed in the eastern region of Afghanistan.

So far this year, 41 service members with the NATO-led forces, with 31 of them Americans, have been killed in conflict-ridden Afghanistan.


U.S. To Deploy Interceptor Missile Destroyers To Spain

The Virginian-Pilot
February 17, 2012

Three Norfolk-based Navy ships to move to Spain
By Kate Wiltrout

Three Norfolk-based destroyers will relocate to a U.S. base in Spain in coming years to help provide ballistic missile defense in Europe.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Thursday that the guided missile destroyers Ross, Donald Cook and Porter would join the destroyer Carney from Mayport, Fla., in Rota, Spain. The vessels are equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile defense system, which is designed to intercept and shoot down missiles. Each ship has a crew of about 275 sailors.

The Navy refers to the move as ‘forward deploying’ the ships. By operating from the base, on Spain’s Atlantic coast near the Strait of Gibraltar, instead of from the East Coast of the United States, the ships can spend more time patrolling the Mediterranean Sea and less time transiting the Atlantic.

The Ross and Donald Cook will transfer in fiscal year 2014, with the Porter and Carney following in fiscal year 2015, Mabus said. A Navy spokesman said sailors assigned to the ships would be able to move their families to Spain.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced last fall that four ships would be forward-deployed to Spain in support of President Barack Obama’s pledge to improve European security, but didn’t provide specifics.

‘We welcome Spain’s partnership,’ Mabus said in a news release. ‘We have a long history of cooperation between our two countries and we have developed significant interoperability between our naval forces.’


Georgia: NATO Corner Opened At National Defence Academy

Ministry of Defence of Georgia
February 17, 2012

NATO Corner opened at the National Defence Academy

A NATO Corner has been opened at the Davit Agmashenebeli National Defence Academy. The opening ceremony was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister Giorgi Baramidze, representatives from the Information Center on NATO and Academy students. The Center employees donated the new literature on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to the Academy library.

Today, Giorgi Baramidze met Academy attendees and discussed with them modern challenges and the upcoming NATO summit due to take place in Chicago in May, 2012. ‘The meeting was interesting and informational. Vice Prime Minister briefed the audience about the NATO history, the challenges posed by the alliance and NATOGeorgia cooperation. For us, as would-be military servicemen, to get familiar with any NATO-related information is of great importance. The new literature will further increase our awareness on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’, said an Academy student after the meeting.

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