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Updates on Libya war: April 14

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NATO, Arab Monarchies: Libyan War To Continue

Berlin: NATO United Over Plan For Libyan “Regime Change”

Civilian Casualties Reported As NATO Warplanes Bomb Libyan Capital

NATO Chief Requests More Warplanes For Ground Attacks

France: Increase NATO Bombing Of Libya Despite BRICS Nations’ Concerns

Libya, Ivory Coast: Russia Warns Of Dangerous Tendency

NATO’s Libya War: Over 2,100 Air Missions, Nearly 900 Strikes Since March 31

Libyan War: Canadian Warplanes Fly Almost 100 Missions

U.S. Warplanes Fly 97 Libyan Combat Missions In Nine Days

BRICS Leaders Condemn NATO Role In Libyan Conflict

BRICS Summit: Russia Opposes NATO’s Role In Libyan War

Video And Text: State Department, Pentagon Use Social Media For Cyberwarfare In Middle East

Ruling Party: Soros Plans Libyan Scenario For Ukraine

Clinton: U.S. Committed To Completion Of NATO Libyan War Mission

Berlin: NATO Assembles 50 Foreign Ministers On Libyan, Afghan Wars

Africa: Long History Of French Military Intervention

Libya Bombing: Hasty Call For Recolonization Of Africa

Qatar: NATO Powers Push Gaddafi Ouster, Support Opposition

War Allies: U.S.’s Biden, Qatar’s Emir Hail “Historic Partnership”

Spain To Continue Air, Naval Roles In NATO’s Libyan War

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NATO, Arab Monarchies: Libyan War To Continue

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/04/14/48963561.html

Voice of Russia
April 14, 2011

NATO’s military operation in Libya to continue

NATO’s military operation in Libya will continue. This is stated in a declaration adopted on Thursday in Berlin at a meeting of Foreign ministers of the alliance.

Signatures under the document were also placed by representatives of Jordan, Qatar, Morocco, Sweden, Ukraine and the UAE, involved in the military mission in Libya.
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Berlin: NATO United Over Plan For Libyan “Regime Change”

http://rt.com/news/nato-united-end-gaddafi-libya/

RT
April 14, 2011

NATO united over need to end Gaddafi regime

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NATO nations have stressed they are united over their main goal in Libya as foreign ministers met in Germany amid disputes over the alliance’s future involvement in the North African country.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday that NATO members are “sharing the same goal, which is to see the end of the Gaddafi regime in Libya.”

“We are contributing in many ways to see that goal realized,” she said after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country is not taking part in the military operation and abstained in the UN vote authorizing it.

The German leader echoed Clinton, stressing that Gaddafi’s retirement would help the development of freedom in his country.

The statements come as NATO demands that Gaddafi returns his troops to their barracks. The alliance regards it as a necessary condition for a stable ceasefire.

The effort to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya was yet another issue topping the foreign ministers’ agenda at the two-day meeting.

It has been almost four weeks since the first air strikes on Gaddafi forces’ positions. On Thursday, Gaddafi’s anti-aircraft units allegedly attacked the coalition’s bombers in response to the resumed strikes on Tripoli.
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French officials, together with the UK, called for Washington to do more to ensure the mission’s success, but the Obama administration insists the US will stick to its plan to remain in a supporting role.
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The UK and France have been calling on other countries to increase military pressure on Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Clinton is reported to have stressed the importance of using NATO military assets to go after pro-Gaddafi fighters attacking or approaching rebel-held positions and stepping up economic and political pressure on Gaddafi.
The foreign ministers of the US, Britain, France, Germany and Italy – a group known as the Quint – also plan to meet on the sidelines in Berlin with a focus on Libya.

­President Medvedev condemns NATO

Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev speaking at the BRICS summit in China on Thursday lashed out at NATO for violating the UN resolution on Libya.

“The UN Security Council resolution on Libya is normal, but it should be implemented, not interpreted,” he stressed, adding that it’s become a “dangerous trend in international relations.”

UK Parliament member Barry Gardiner says that Britain was wrong to intervene in what is actually a civil war, and that unfortunately the terms of the UN resolution were broad enough to permit Britain and France’s intervention.

“David Cameron thought that this was going to be an easy war for him to strut around on the world stage and show himself as a leader,” said Gardner.

“I think what he’s learned over the past couple of weeks is that war is never a simple matter,” he said.

“It’s extremely difficult to predict what will happen on the ground, and what might seem to suit you politically one week can very soon turn around and bite you.”
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Civilian Casualties Reported As NATO Warplanes Bomb Libyan Capital

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/14/libya-tripoli-attack-idUSLDE73D1SI20110414

Reuters
April 14, 2011

Air strikes hit Tripoli, TV reports casualties

ALGIERS: NATO warplanes launched air strikes on the Libyan capital Tripoli on Thursday and state-run Al-Libiya TV channel reported that there were casualties.

“Tripoli is now subjected to air strikes. There are civilian casualties,” a presenter said.

Reuters correspondents reported hearing four blasts and saw plumes of smoke rising from the southeast of the city.

(Reporting by Hamid Ould Ahmed; Writing by Richard Lough)

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NATO Chief Requests More Warplanes For Ground Attacks

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Bloomberg News
April 14, 2011

NATO Chief Asks for More Libya Jets, Raising Pressure on U.S.

NATO’s chief said the alliance needs more attack jets to target Libyan ground forces, putting pressure on the U.S. military to step back into the air campaign against Muammar Qaddafi’s troops.

“We need a few more precision-fighter ground-attack aircraft for air-to-ground missions,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said today at a meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s 28 foreign ministers and leaders from other allied nations in Berlin. The call for more warplanes, which Rasmussen said wasn’t directed at a specific alliance state, comes 10 days after the U.S. largely withdrew its ground attack planes from Libya.

NATO ministers met as a seven-week rebel drive to push Qaddafi from power has ground to a standstill and the Libyan leader’s forces pound the western city of Misrata. Allies are struggling to overcome divisions on how to force Qaddafi’s exit amid complaints by Britain, France and rebel commanders that NATO isn’t doing enough.

“Qaddafi is testing our determination,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at the meeting. “As our mission continues, maintaining our resolve and unity only grows more important.”
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France: Increase NATO Bombing Of Libya Despite BRICS Nations’ Concerns

http://en.rian.ru/world/20110414/163529719.html

Russian Information Agency Novosti
April 14, 2011

France says Libya strikes to increase

Moscow: NATO should increase military pressure on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi despite the concerns of the BRICS nations, French officials say.

NATO foreign ministers are meeting in Berlin on Thursday amid deepening divisions over…airstrikes against Gaddafi’s forces to protect Libyan civilians.

Earlier, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the leaders of the BRICS nations – Russia, China, India, Brazil and South Africa – believe the situation in Libya should be resolved through diplomatic means.

Speaking after a BRICS summit in the southern China resort of Sanya, Medvedev spoke out against “arbitrary interpretations” of the UN Security Council’s resolutions on Libya.

“We presume that the UN Security Council’s resolutions must be implemented…in accordance with their spirit and to their letter, but not in accordance with arbitrary interpretations which have been made by several states,” the Russian president said.

Dozens of rebels opposing Gaddafi have been killed by NATO-led airstrikes that began last month.

But France, which has taken the lead role in Libya, says military pressure should be stepped up.

“Precision air strikes against…military equipment…should continue,” French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told reporters in Paris.

He said the decision was approved by the newly formed international contact group on Libya at a summit in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday. The group, which includes Western powers, their Middle Eastern allies and international organizations, demanded that Gaddafi step down and agreed to provide the rebels with “material help.”

Meanwhile, heavy fighting has continued along Libya’s northern coast, where Gaddafi’s forces have been trying to fight off rebels with rockets and small arms.

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Libya, Ivory Coast: Russia Warns Of Dangerous Tendency

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Itar-Tass
April 14, 2011

RF concerned over abused mandate of UN resolution on Libya

SANYA (Hainan province, China): Russia is strongly concerned over an abused mandate under the UN Security Council resolution on Libya, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told reporters here on Thursday.

Commenting on the current situation in Libya the president noted that “the UN Security Council resolution should be fulfilled in compliance with its letter and spirit and should not be misinterpreted.” “The NATO forces engaged in the operation,” he recalled.

“The resolution is normal, but the resolution should be fulfilled, not seeking to abuse its mandate,” Medvedev noted.

“We have serious questions to the UN leadership,” he pointed out. “The situation in Libya and Cote d’Ivoire showed that a dangerous tendency is taking shape,” the Russian president underlined.

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NATO’s Libya War: Over 2,100 Air Missions, Nearly 900 Strikes Since March 31

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization
April 14, 2011

NATO and Libya
JFC Naples, SHAPE, NATO HQ

Mission

Since the beginning of the NATO operation (31 March 2011, 08.00GMT) a total of 2,191 sorties and 890 strike sorties* have been conducted.

Sorties conducted 13 April: 153

Strike sorties conducted 13 April: 58

*Strike sorties are intended to identify and engage appropriate targets, but do not necessarily deploy munitions each time.

Key Targets and Engagements**

13 April: Thirteen bunkers, one Tank and one Amoured Personnel Carrier destroyed in the vicinity of Tripoli. Three Multiple Rocket Launchers destroyed in the vicinity of Brega.
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A total of 18 ships under NATO command are actively patrolling the Central Mediterranean.

18 Vessels were hailed on 13 April to determine destination and cargo. 3 boardings were conducted.

A total of 316 vessels have been hailed and 9 boardings have been conducted since the beginning of arms embargo operations.
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Libyan War: Canadian Warplanes Fly Almost 100 Missions

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Canadian+jets+nearly+missions+Libya/4609666/story.html

Postmedia News
April 13, 2011

Canadian jets fly nearly 100 missions in Libya

The Canadian military continues to play a large role in the NATO mission in Libya, a Defence Department spokesman said Wednesday.

Brig.-Gen. Richard Blanchette said that Canadian CF-18 fighters have been active in Libyan skies, accounting for 98 of the 832 fighter missions flown by NATO jets since the start of combat operations. Canada dispatched six CF-18s to the NATO-led mission to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya.

Blanchette told a media briefing that since April 6 Canadian mid-air refuelling tankers have flown 11 missions in support of NATO’s fighters, while CP-140 Aurora maritime patrol aircraft have flown five missions.

The Canadian military has also been a part of the naval mission in the Mediterranean Sea, helping enforce a UN-mandated arms embargo.

Blanchette said that the crew of Canadian frigate HMCS Charlottetown have boarded one suspicious vessel and intercepted 41 boats off the North African coast. NATO ships have hailed 298 ships and boarded six in total.

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U.S. Warplanes Fly 97 Libyan Combat Missions In Nine Days

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U.S. Department of Defense
April 13, 2011

U.S. Continues Missions to Support Libya No-fly Zone
By Jim Garamone

WASHINGTON: The United States continues to support NATO operations in Libya, including suppression of regime air defense assets, a Defense Department spokesman said today.
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Since April 1, U.S. aircraft have flown 35 percent of all sorties in the effort, 77 percent of all air-to-air refueling sorties and 27 percent of all intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sorties, Lapan said.

American combat search and rescue assets are in the area, he added, noting the U.S. Navy has surface ships and patrol planes participating in the maritime arms blockade.

“We do have U.S. fighter aircraft [available] to NATO … that they can use as part of the air tasking order for suppression of enemy air defense missions, and they have conducted some of those missions,” Lapan said.
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The Air Force F-16s are under NATO command and control, and no special request is needed to release the aircraft for operations against mobile and fixed regime air defense systems, he said.

Eleven U.S. aircraft –- six Air Force F-16s and five Navy EA-18 Growlers –- have flown a total of 97 air-defense-suppression sorties since April 4, when NATO assumed the lead for Libyan operations.

“On three occasions, ordnance was fired by those aircraft,” Lapan said. “We do not characterize those as ‘strikes,’ because [air defense suppression] is considered a defensive, vice offensive, mission.”

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BRICS Leaders Condemn NATO Role In Libyan Conflict

http://en.rian.ru/world/20110414/163528316.html

Russian Information Agency Novosti
April 14, 2011

BRICS leaders condemn distortion of UN Security Council resolutions on Libya

Sanya: The leaders of the BRICS nations – Russia, China, India, Brazil and South Africa – believe that any arbitrary interpretations of the UN Security Council’s resolutions on Libya are inadmissible, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.

“We presume that the UN Security Council’s resolutions must be implemented…in accordance with their spirit and to their letter, but not in accordance with arbitrary interpretations which have been made by several states,” the Russian president said after Thursday’s summit of BRICS member states in China.

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution imposing a no-fly zone over Libya on March 17, paving the way for a military operation against embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi which began two days later. The command of the operation was shifted from a U.S.-led international coalition to NATO in late March.

Despite dozens [thousands] of sorties carried out by NATO aircraft against Gaddafi’s forces, the government troops maintain their combat capability and continue to pound poorly-equipped rebels with heavy artillery and rocket fire.

Medvedev emphasized that the resolution on Libya was aimed to prevent further escalation of the conflict. “But what we finally get is a military operation which is being held not on the ground, but in the air, and in which a range of countries is involved.”

The Russian president said that nothing had been mentioned about possible NATO participation in the UN Security Council resolution.

“The resolutions should be implemented in accordance with their content, in accordance with their spirit and letter, the BRICS countries unanimously believe in this.”

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BRICS Summit: Russia Opposes NATO’s Role In Libyan War

http://rt.com/politics/russia-opposes-participation-medvedev/

RT
April 14, 2011

Russia opposes NATO participation in Libya operation – Medvedev

President Dmitry Medvedev has criticized the actions of NATO forces in Libya as being beyond the corresponding UN resolution, but again said that the resolution itself was correct.

­The Russian president’s comments came on Thursday when speaking to journalists in the Chinese city of Sanya, where the Russian leader has been taking part in the annual summit of BRICS nations.

It is the first time the Russian president has criticized the international coalition’s operation against Libyan forces loyal to Colonel Gaddafi.

“The resolution itself is absolutely normal but the resolution must be complied with and no one should try to exceed its mandate. This is a very dangerous tendency in international relations,” Medvedev said. “The Security Council resolutions must be fulfilled in accordance with their letter and spirit and not in accordance with free interpretations given by certain states,” he said.

“What have we agreed to – either by voting for or, at least, by abstaining from the vote? We agreed that the airspace above Libya must be closed and thus the basis is prevented for the intensifying of the conflict, so that the opposing parties could be later drawn apart. But in the result we received, in essence, a military operation that is not yet going on, on land, but is going on in the air with a whole number of countries taking part and in which NATO as a military bloc started to participate in at some point. But the resolution has no mention of anything like this,” Medvedev said.

In an interview with Chinese media before the BRICS summit Dmitry Medvedev said that the situation in Libya is difficult as it is not controlled by Gaddafi’s forces, nor the so-called opposition, nor NATO.

The Russian leader criticized Gaddafi for the actions that could be qualified as crimes against the civilian population but he also said that the coalition’s use of force was excessive and not very productive.

“The operation to block the airspace, to close the skies, has acquired very peculiar forms because it has, in essence, gone down to use of force. Nevertheless, it has yielded no result and, as far as I understand, everybody now has different plans. Europeans say one thing, Americans say another, one time they say that they will take part and another time they say they will not. The rebels are not controlling the situation either as they have no opportunities for that. The situation has got out of control and this is very sad,” the Russian president said.

In late March, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov already made it clear that the resolution on Libya gives no right to the Western powers to deliver preemptive strikes on Colonel Gaddafi’s military forces. “We argue that the coalition’s interference in an internal civil war is, in fact, not sanctioned by the UN Security Council’s resolution,” the Russian minister said.

Russia abstained in the UN Security Council vote on the resolution authorizing the use of force in Libya, but president Medvedev amended the Russian legislation in accordance with the resolution, banning the sales of arms to Libya and also refusing Gaddafi and his close circle the right to enter the Russian Federation. At the same time, Russian officials have repeatedly criticized the resolution and warned that it could lead to a lengthy war with numerous casualties.

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Video And Text: State Department, Pentagon Use Social Media For Cyberwarfare In Middle East

http://rt.com/news/democracy-usa-social-media/

RT
April 14, 2011

Retweeting democracy

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The US is training anti-government activists from the Middle East and North Africa on how to spread democracy with the help of modern computer technology.

­One of the latest developments is the “panic button”.

According to the State Department, the application can be uploaded onto activists’ cell phones. In case they get detained, the software instantly erases the contact book in their phones and sends a warning alert signal to other activists.

It looks like the application could soon be in demand – one push of a button and the evidence is gone. American officials claim the best of intentions, saying it is to protect pro-democracy forces in other countries. But many will be wondering if the innovation will be something also welcomed by drug dealers, criminals and terrorists.

To help use the technology more effectively, the US has organized training sessions for thousands of activists. One held just weeks ago in the Middle East included anti-government campaigners from Tunisia, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. And as the newly trained and equipped activists return home, the US, as one State Department official put it, counts on the ripple effect.

“Foreign interference doesn’t have to be a military invasion and a bombing campaign or some kind of a special operation in that country. It can also be the training and funding and political support given to individuals who then promote those foreign interests. That’s one of the newest strategies that the US government has successfully been executing in different countries around the world, that it doesn’t consider subordinate to their agenda. And they do it subtly, so it’s harder to detect and denounce it, which is often more effective”, claimed Eva Golinger, a journalist.

The US perceives the internet and social networking platforms as major tools for spreading democracy, and pumps millions of dollars into developing systems to help people in the Middle East and China get around internet-blocking firewalls.

But at the same time, American companies provide Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait with the technology to effectively block websites.

The US military has recently launched an online management program which enables it to generate multiple fake identities on social networks. The false personas are designed to contribute to the flow of conversations on Facebook, Twitter and other websites.

“People are using social media for cyber warfare. That’s what we are going to see – governments or non-state actors are going to try to find ways to use the internet and social media to gain an advantage in their own battle”, Shadi Hamid from the Brookings Doha Center told RT.

The recent turmoil in Libya suggests the orchestration of Twitter with fake users. Only around five per cent of Libyans have access to the internet and the number of twitter users there is so small that analysts could not even calculate it. Yet, in February this year, a surge of Libyan Twitter accounts appeared, reporting in English and virtually all begging for intervention.

“We know that since the beginning of the war Libyans have no longer got access to the internet, but somehow people don’t check the essential facts and they take all the information coming from social media at face value, which then serves the broader purpose of fabricating the news”, said Michel Chossudovsky, Director of the Center for Research on Globalization.

Trained activists, provided with panic buttons and other technology, scores of false identities on the internet spreading certain ideas – the US says this is all about promoting democracy. But do these declared intentions justify direct interference in other countries’ domestic affairs?

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Ruling Party: Soros Plans Libyan Scenario For Ukraine

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RT
April 14, 2011

Leading party says Soros prepares “Libyan scenario” for Ukraine

Ukraine’s leading political party has said that the international financier George Soros has been preparing a “Lybian scenario” for the country.

­The head of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction Aleksandr Yefremov said in a televised comment on Wednesday that he had information that George Soros had allocated funds for the overthrow of the Ukrainian political authorities.

“I even have information that Soros has allocated certain funds in order to prepare a certain group of young boys here in Ukraine who could launch any existing projects based on the North Africa examples,” Yefremov said. He also added that he hoped that the Ukrainian people will be wise enough not to follow such provocations.

The information about George Soros’s involvement in Ukrainian politics was openly voiced by Yulia Timoshenko in 2008. Timoshenko, then the country’s prime minister, said that she was attempting to minimize the effect of the global financial crisis by following George Soros’s advice.

This raised suspicions that through such advice George Soros could influence the rate of the Ukrainian national currency in his own speculative interests. Several officials from president Yushchenko’s administration said they wanted to launch a probe into Soros’ Ukrainian activities, but it did not happen.

It was only in 2010 that the Ukrainian State Security Service started to check the activities of the Vozrozdeniye foundation, officially sponsored by Soros, and its ties with other Ukrainian NGOs, but this probe gave no feasible results.

The Soros Foundation reacted to Yefremov’s statement almost immediately and refuted all accusations….

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Clinton: U.S. Committed To Completion Of NATO Libyan War Mission

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New York Post
April 13, 2011

US committed to NATO mission in Libya, Clinton says

BERLIN: The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday that the US was committed to the NATO-led mission in Libya, and urged new measures to pressurize Moamar Ghadafi’s regime.

“New voices from inside and outside Libya have joined the calls for Ghadafi’s departure,” Clinton told a NATO meeting in Berlin. “For our part, the US is committed to our shared mission. We will strongly support the coalition until our work is completed.”

The meeting in the German capital came after criticism of the NATO operation from Britain and France, which said more should be done to oust Ghadafi.

Clinton said the NATO-led partners should be proud of what had been achieved.

“As President Obama made clear, we must see Ghadafi go. Only then can a viable transition move forward,” Clinton said.

Clinton said it was necessary to “tighten the squeeze” on Ghadafi and his regime.

“Together we must deepen Ghadafi’s diplomatic, financial and military isolation and sharpen the choices facing those around him,” she said. “We need to tighten the squeeze on Ghadafi’s inner circle through asset freezes, travel bans and other penalties. We need to work with Libya’s neighbors to aggressively enforce the arms embargo so that Ghadafi cannot resupply his forces.”
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Berlin: NATO Assembles 50 Foreign Ministers On Libyan, Afghan Wars

http://www.nato.int/cps/en/SID-CC521EE2-A7C73FE2/natolive/news_72360.htm

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
April 13, 2011

NATO Foreign Ministers gather in Berlin

-The Libya meeting will be folllowed by talks between the 48 countries which contribute to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.
-NATO sees the European Union as a unique and indispensable partner. EU High Representative Catherine Ashton will attend the meeting on partnerships.
-Friday morning will continue with a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission….NATO fully upholds Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, and is committed to supporting Georgia’s reforms and its integration into the Euro-Atlantic community.

The foreign ministers of NATO’s 28 nations and over 20 partner countries meet in Berlin on Thursday and Friday for talks covering issues ranging from operations over Libya to NATO’s relationship with its partners.

This is the first meeting of foreign ministers since NATO leaders approved the Alliance’s new Strategic Concept at a summit in Lisbon in November. The meeting showcases NATO’s role in working with partners to find cooperative solutions to common threats.

The meeting starts at midday on Thursday with talks on NATO-led operation in Libya, Operation Unified Protector….

NATO and six partner countries from Europe and the Arab world have put in place an arms embargo and no-fly zone….

All 34 countries involved in Operation Unified Protector will be represented at the meeting, which will discuss progress on the ground….

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and a number of ministers will come to the meeting direct from international talks in Doha, allowing NATO and partners to take stock of the latest developments and chart their course in full coherence with the international community.

The Libya meeting will be folllowed by talks between the 48 countries which contribute to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. At the Lisbon summit, NATO and Afghanistan agreed an Enduring Partnership on cooperation which will last beyond the targeted end of NATO combat operations in 2014. Foreign ministers will discuss how to put the partnership into practice with concrete cooperation initatives starting this year.

On Friday, NATO foreign ministers will discuss how to update the Alliance’s policies to make our cooperation with partners more flexible, more efficient and more responsive to the challenges of the 21st Century security environment. NATO already works with a wide variety of partners on a wide variety of issues, from defence reform to the fight against terrorism, as well as in individual operations. The “Berlin partnership package” will enable the Alliance to work with more partners, on more issues, and in more ways.

NATO sees the European Union as a unique and indispensable partner. EU High Representative Catherine Ashton will attend the meeting on partnerships.

Friday morning will continue with a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission. Set up in 2008, this is the forum in which NATO and Georgia discuss all issues of common concern. Georgia has made a substantial contribution to ISAF and continues to press ahead with reforms. NATO fully upholds Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, and is committed to supporting Georgia’s reforms and its integration into the Euro-Atlantic community.

A meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission will follow. Ukraine has chosen to continue its current high rate of cooperation with NATO without moving closer to membership. NATO fully respects that decision and welcomes Ukraine’s contribution to a range of NATO-led operations. NATO is prepared to assist Ukraine in the goals it has chosen within our partnership, including defence reform and improving the ability of our military forces to operate together.

The series of meetings concludes with a session of the NATO-Russia Council. Russia is a strategic partner for NATO and our cooperation covers many vital aspects, from security in Afghanistan to the fight against terrorism. The talks with Foreign Minister Lavrov are expected to cover the full range of our relationship, including the situation in Libya and ongoing talks on the possibility of NATO-Russia cooperation on anti-ballistic-missile defence.

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Africa: Long History Of French Military Intervention

http://www.thenewage.co.za/15519-1020-53-FranceAfrica_a_long_history_of_military_intervention

Agence France-Presse
April 13, 2011

France-Africa: a long history of military intervention

France, which is currently intervening militarily in both Ivory Coast and Libya, has a long history of armed action in Africa, mostly in its former colonies.

Herewith the main such interventions since 1960, when most of France’s African colonies became independent.

In addition to the conflicts listed, France fought an eight-year war in Algeria, which ended with that country’s independence in 1962.

- 1964, Gabon: French forces intervene to restore president after coup.

- 1968-1972, Chad: French troops intervene to put down northern rebellion.

- 1978-80, Chad: French forces defend government against rebels.

- 1978, Zaire: French and Belgian paratroops drop into the mineral-rich Katanga region of Zaire (today known as the Democratic Republic of Congo), [against] rebels….

- 1979, Central African Republic: French forces depose the eccentric Central African “emperor” Jean-Bedel Bokassa.

- 1983-84, Chad: New French intervention in Chad, where the government is threatened by rebels backed by Colonel Moamer Kadhafi’s Libya.

- 1986, Chad: Further operation against Chadian rebels; mainly using aviation.

- 1986, Togo: French reinforcements sent after coup attempt, which fails.

- 1989, Comoros: French forces go in when president is assassinated and mercenaries headed by Bob Denard, also French, take power.

- 1990, Gabon: French troops support the regime of president Omar Bongo….

- 1990-1993, Rwanda: French soldiers help evacuate French and other Europeans after rebels invade the country.

- 1991, Zaire: French troops deploy [to] capital Kinshasa during riots against the regime of Mobutu Sese Seko.

- 1992-94, Somalia: France intervenes alongside the US-led “Restore Hope” operation in Somalia.

- 1994: Rwanda: Two separate French interventions follow the death in a plane crash of Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana….

- 1995: Comoros: New French intervention to halt a coup, again led by the French mercenary Bob Denard.

- 1996-7: Central African Republic: Two French interventions to maintain order after munities among the local military.

- 1997: Republic of Congo: French troops intervene during civil war….

- 1996: Cameroon: France provides military assistance to Cameroon, which is involved in a dispute with Nigeria over an oil-rich border area. [Bakassi Peninsula]

- 1998: Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire): Intervention to evacuate foreigners from Kinshasa during unrest following the overthrow of the Mobutu regime by Laurent-Desire Kabila.

- 2002-present: Ivory Coast: French mount “Operation Licorne” after a military rebellion effectively cuts Ivory Coast in two. In 2004 they destroy Ivory Coast’s small air force after government forces bomb a French base.

- 2003: Democratic Republic of Congo: France provides most of the forces for a UN operation to protect civilians in the northeastern Ituri region of the DRC.

- 2008: Chad: New French intervention to bolster regime….

- 2011: Libya: France takes the lead in bombing campaign against Libya….

- 2011: Ivory Coast: French forces of the “Licorne” operation act alongside UN forces during the civil war sparked by Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to leave power….

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Libya Bombing: Hasty Call For Recolonization Of Africa

http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/459/752021

New Vision (Uganda)
April 13, 2011

Libya bombing was a call for hasty recolonisation of Africa
By Kihura Nkuba (Uganda)

[Edited]

-You may say that if Libya or Iraq were democracies, there would have been no need for the Euro-American invasions. We say to you: Salvador Allende.
-In February 1963, the US enabled a coup against the government of Iraq headed by General Abd al-Karim Qasim, who five years earlier had deposed the Western-allied Iraqi monarchy.
In 1960 the CIA and the Belgian government orchestrated a military coup that removed and killed pan-African leader Patrice Lumumba in Congo. In Brazil in March 30 of 1964, a democratically-elected government headed by President João Goulart was successfully overthrown by the CIA. On February 24, 1966, Kwame Nkrumah, the President of Ghana, was overthrown in a military coup backed by the CIA….
-We are now to await the decisions of the Arab League and the Arab Cooperation Council to know what will happen to Africa.

The UN resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya shows the UN as an American scheme. The shameful concept imposed by the dictatorship which is the Security Council is high-grade diplomacy by deception.

The Security Council is not a democratic institution where nations of the UN General Assembly have a say. It does not periodically subject itself to the global population to be re-elected and it is not accountable to anybody. One would imagine that, conscious of its own dictatorship, this Council would shy away from the word “democratic governance”.

The council is trying to lure the world into accepting brute force as good. It is common knowledge that America through the UN has spread insecurity in most parts of the world. Many of the governments the US has toppled were democracies and were instead replaced by dictatorships.

You may say that if Libya or Iraq were democracies, there would have been no need for the Euro-American invasions. We say to you: Salvador Allende. In 1973 the US Government overthrew the democratically elected government of Socialist President Salvador Allende. This is not the only example.

In February 1963, the US enabled a coup against the government of Iraq headed by General Abd al-Karim Qasim, who five years earlier had deposed the Western-allied Iraqi monarchy.

In 1960 the CIA and the Belgian government orchestrated a military coup that removed and killed pan-African leader Patrice Lumumba in Congo. In Brazil in March 30 of 1964, a democratically-elected government headed by President João Goulart was successfully overthrown by the CIA. On February 24, 1966, Kwame Nkrumah, the President of Ghana, was overthrown in a military coup backed by the CIA while on a state visit to North Vietnam. Howard Baine, the CIA agent responsible was decorated for his role in the coup.

In 1967, the Government of Iraq under President Abdul Rahman Arif was overthrown by the US government for attempting to give huge oil concessions to France and the USSR.

In the Salvadoran civil war between the military-led government of El Salvador and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), the US supported the Salvadoran military government.

The US had for many decades coddled the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, even as his regime abused human rights and his wife Imelda Marcos plundered the country of billions of dollars. The US support was based on the US military’s desire of Philippine territory for its naval bases. But some American presidents, such as Ronald Reagan, were genuinely fond of Marcos, calling him a “freedom fighter.”

In 2002, Washington approved and supported a coup against the Venezuelan government. Senior officials, including Special Envoy to Latin America Otto Reich and convicted Iran-contra figure and George W. Bush “democracy ‘czar’” Elliott Abrams were allegedly part of the plot.

Top coup plotters, including Pedro Carmona, the man installed during the coup as the new president, began visits to the White House months before the coup and continued until weeks before the putsch. The insurgency against the government of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2003 was allegedly supported by the US, and Aristide claims he was physically removed from the country by US personnel against his wishes.

After winning Palestinian legislative elections in 2006, Hamas and Fatah formed the Palestinian authority national unity government in 2007, headed by Ismail Haniya. In June 2007 Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip. The US has since applied sanctions on Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organisation.

For the purposes of killing people, America, Britain and Portugal supported UNITA’s Jonas Savimbi who murdered indiscriminately millions of people in Angola. They also supported [Renamo's] genocide in Mozambique.
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The current bombing of Libya is a call for hasty recolonisation of Africa, by the same colonial powers of Europe and their Arab protégées. Notice how America used the fact the Arab League wanted a “We Fly Zone for Euro-American” and they ignored the African Union. This is the programme of America’s neo-conservatives know as the project for the New American Century, that America wants to use muscle power to take all the resources of the world.

Arab commentators have called the African Union a house of dictators set up by Col Gadaffi and have gleefully maintained that the decision of the rest of Africa does not matter. We are now to await the decisions of the Arab League and the Arab Cooperation Council to know what will happen to Africa.

As for African nations, one should not only blame the leaders who have ignored re-education and exposure of their own populations.

The resources of African countries are rarely consumed by any African peoples. African governments pay detailed attention to the protection and comfort of foreigners yet in terms of crisis the same people will run to report where the military installations are located and how the government that cared for them is a brutal dictatorship.

All the major road tenders and major infrastructural projects including oil exploration are given to Europeans or to non-Africans by willing African leaders. Whereas Serena Hotel was sold at a giveaway price, our own citizens are given one goat to share among themselves to improve their incomes.

Look at the picture when, whetted by the appetite of the countries’ resources, Euro-American nations want to invade that particular country the leadership looks to the neglected population to defend it. The elite whom the government has spent billions giving employment, extending services to their small enclave, then side with the invaders thus providing a quasi-legitimacy for the invasion.

The so called support of the Arab League was not as is mentioned. The meeting of the Arab League that endorsed a no-fly zone lacked a quorum. The league has 24 members and only 11 attended of those abd Syria and Tunisia did not back the no-fly zone. Only nine members did.

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Qatar: NATO Powers Push Gaddafi Ouster, Support Opposition

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-04/14/c_13827671.htm

Xinhua News Agency
April 14, 2011

Western powers pressure Gaddafi departure, support opposition

DOHA: Inside a spacious meeting hall in Qatar’s capital Doha, Western powers and their Arab allies met representatives of the Libyan opposition Interim Transitional National Council to seek a political way out of the Libyan crisis.

In Libya, the fighting between the rebel forces supported by the NATO-led coalition and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s army shows no signs of abating.
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NO EASY POLITICAL SOLUTION

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was present at the high- profile conference with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and British Foreign Secretary William Hague, as well as senior diplomats from the United States, Arab countries and international organizations.
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[A]nalysts said it is not easy for a political solution to be born in the international shuttle diplomacy as Gaddafi would not give up power, but rebels hold his departure as the top priority in any political attempt.

That can be proved by the abortion of the AU-brokered road map, which was accepted by Gaddafi who wants to open political dialogue, but rejected by the rebels who said Gaddafi must leave office.
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Rasmussen said Monday that NATO foreign ministers will hold a meeting on Libya later this week in Germany. He said military action alone won’t solve the crisis in Libya.

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War Allies: U.S.’s Biden, Qatar’s Emir Hail “Historic Partnership”

http://en.trend.az/regions/world/usa/1860963.html

Trend News Agency
April 14, 2011

U.S. VP meets with Amir of Qatar

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday met with Amir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani at the White House, and the two reaffirmed support for the “historic changes” sweeping the Middle East region, the White House said.

They discussed developments in the Middle East and the “enduring partnership” between their countries, the White House said in a statement, noting that the two leaders reaffirmed their support for “the historic changes sweeping the regio,” Xinhua reported.

Biden commended Qatar for its leadership on Libya and for successfully hosting the first Libya Contact Group meeting in Doha on Wednesday, which aimed at “advancing the Libyan people’s desire for lasting peace and stability in their country,” the statement said.

Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are the only two Arab countries to join the NATO-led airstrikes on Libya….

The vice president reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to regional security in the Gulf and thanked the amir for his country ‘s important support to U.S. troops stationed in Qatar, the statement said, adding that both leaders pledged to further strengthen the friendship between their countries “through sustained bilateral and multilateral cooperation.”

U.S. President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet the amir at the White House on Thursday afternoon.

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Spain To Continue Air, Naval Roles In NATO’s Libyan War

http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFBRU01145120110414

Reuters
April 14, 2011

Spain to maintain contribution to Libya operations

BERLIN: Spain will maintain its contribution to the NATO forces policing a no-fly zone and arms embargo on Libya and has no plans to change this, Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez said on Thursday.

“Spain decided since the start of the mission to provide maritime and air capacities to implement the arms embargo and the no-fly zone,” she said, referring to the four F-18s and another refuelling plane included in the NATO effort.

“This is the Spanish contribution now and it will be the Spanish contribution in the future.”

(Reporting by Julien Toyer, editing by Rex Merrifield)

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  1. rosemerry
    April 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    “The meeting showcases NATO’s role in working with partners to find cooperative solutions to common threats.” HA HA HA HA HA! The threats are imaginary. The military actions completely disregard the wants or needs of people. They are for taking over the riches of the globe for a small number of rich individuals and corporations who already have far too much power. NATO should have been abolished in 1991. Like the Warsaw Pact it has no validity, but Bush 41 and Clinton were dishonest as always.

  2. April 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    NATO:

    N-NEO-FASCIST
    A-AGGRESSIVE
    T-TERRORIST
    O-OCCUPATION

    NATO=DEPLETED URANIUM
    NATO=DESTRUCTION
    NATO=DEATH
    NATO=FIRE
    NATO=ORPHANS
    NATO=HUNGER
    NATO=CANCER
    NATO=LEUKEMIA
    NATO=BIRH DEFECTS
    NATO=ECOLOGICAL DISASTERS
    NATO=INVALIDS
    NATO=RESENTMENT
    NATO=CHEAP LABOR
    NATO=HATERD
    NATO=REVENGE
    NATO=TERROR
    I AM ASHAMED TO BE PART OF THIS TYPE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION!
    DEATH TO NATO!!!

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