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Stop NATO News: April 14, 2011

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Updates on Libya war: April 14

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Human Rights Commission: U.S. Drone Missile Attacks Killed Almost 1,000 Pakistani Civilians In 2010

Video And Text: Obama Praises Qatari Emir For Support Of NATO’s War Against Libya, Promotion Of “Democracy In The Middle East”

Qatar Ready To Step Up Arming Of Libyan Insurgents: Emir

NATO Warships Moved To Persian Gulf

NATO-Georgia Commission Meeting Held During Foreign Ministers Conclave

Israeli Tank Enters Lebanon: Army

Australia To “Formalise Collaboration” With NATO: Foreign Minister

NATO-Ukraine Commission: Interceptor Missiles, Response Force

Pentagon: U.S., South Korea Plan Joint Interceptor Missile System

Iraq: Former British, Current NATO Deputy Military Commander Inspects Training Mission

Bahrain: 2,000 Foreign Troops Deployed As 31 Killed, 600 Arrested

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Human Rights Commission: U.S. Drone Missile Attacks Killed Almost 1,000 Pakistani Civilians In 2010

http://en.trend.az/regions/world/ocountries/1861424.html

Trend News Agency
April 14, 2011

U.S. drones kill 957 civilian Pakistanis in 2010: report

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan issued its annual report on Thursday stating that American Drone strikes killed 957 innocent people in Pakistan in 2010, Xinhua reported.

The reports by Pakistan’s leading human rights group which focuses on human rights violations in the country also laid an emphasis on terror attacks in 2010.
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Video And Text: Obama Praises Qatari Emir For Support Of NATO’s War Against Libya, Promotion Of “Democracy In The Middle East”

http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2011/04/14/president-obama-meets-amir-hamad-bin-khalifa-al-thani

The White House
April 14, 2011

President Obama Meets with Amir Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani

President Obama and Amir Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani of Qatar speak to the press after meeting in the Oval Office.

Video

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http://en.apa.az/news.php?id=144974

Trend News Agency
April 14, 2011

Obama thanks Qatari amir for support on Libya

Baku: U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday thanked Qatari Amir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani for the Gulf state’s support on Libya while the two met at the White House, APA reports quoting Xinhua News Agency.

Obama told reporters after the bilateral meeting that they went through “a very useful conversation” and he thanked the amir for “the leadership” he has shown when it comes to “democracy in the Middle East,” and in particular in Libya.

“Qatar has not only supported diplomatically but has also supported militarily and we are very appreciative of the outstanding work that the Qataris have done side by side with other international coalition members,” said Obama.

He also mentioned two countries’ cooperation on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, global food security and the crisis in Darfur, Sudan.

The Qatari amir thanked Obama for “the position the U.S. has taken in support of the democratization process that taken place in Tunisia and in Egypt and what is attempting to take place in Libya.”

But he said that the most important issue for the region is Israel-Palestinian peace.

“We do understand your position Mr. President in supporting the existence of two states peacefully living side by side and we support your position,” the amir said.

The direct talks between the Israelis and Palestinians started in September last year under brokering by the Obama administration. But the talks was soon stuck in a limbo after Israel failed to extend moratorium on West Bank settlement.

Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are the only two Arab states that have committed to participating in the NATO-led airstrikes on Libya.

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Qatar Ready To Step Up Arming Of Libyan Insurgents: Emir

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-04/15/c_13829569.htm

Xinhua News Agency
April 15, 2011

Qatar ready to arm Libyan opposition: amir

WASHINGTON: Amir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani said on Thursday that his country stands ready to provide arms to the Libyan opposition on request.

“If they will ask for weapons, we’re going to provide them,” the amir, who is on a visit to the United States, told CNN in an interview.

He confirmed that the opposition had raised a request, but “it will take some time” as the weapons offered need “a lot of training.”

When pressed to confirm reports that Qatar has provided French-made anti-tank weapons to the opposition, he replied that “it might be arrived to them during the last two days. It’s possible.”

Qatar, whose warplanes are joining NATO-led airstrikes on Libya along with the United Arab Emirates, joined France in recognizing the opposition’s Interim Transitional National Council as the legitimate representative of Libya, a move followed by Italy.

“It will be wise if America would recognize the opposition,” the amir said.

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NATO Warships Moved To Persian Gulf

http://www.panorama.am/en/politics/2011/04/12/nato/

Panorama.am
April 14, 2011

NATO navies moved to Persian Gulf

Five NATO warships moved to the Persian Gulf near Dubai coastal regions, the “asriran.com” website writes.

It’s said that the NATO ships will implement with the Arab states of the Persian Gulf the “Seas of Friendship” project, which was agreed upon during NATO Istanbul Summit.

Military personnel from Italy, Germany, Spain and Greece are on board to carry out naval trainings.

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NATO-Georgia Commission Meeting Held During Foreign Ministers Conclave

http://en.trend.az/regions/scaucasus/georgia/1861028.html

Trend News Agency
April 14, 2011

Berlin to host NATO-Georgia Commission meeting after one-year break
N. Kirtskhalia

Tbilisi: Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze will attend a NATO ministerial, to be held in Berlin on April 14.

Vashadze will head the Georgian delegation at the ministerial, Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze said. Also a meeting will be held in the format of the NATO-Georgia commission.

Kalandadze said that after Lisbon, this will be the first ministerial of a NATO-Georgia commission. A prior meeting attempt in this style failed in 2010.

She said that cooperation between Georgia and NATO will be summed up within the commission, at which future plans will be defined. The NATO ministerial in Berlin will end on April 15.

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Israeli Tank Enters Lebanon: Army

http://en.trend.az/regions/met/arabicr/1861395.html

Deutsche Presse-Agentur
April 14, 2011

Israeli tank enters Lebanon, Lebanese army says

An Israel tank briefly entered Lebanese territory Thursday to investigate what Israeli troops thought was suspicious activity by villagers in the area, a Lebanese army source said, DPA reported.

“Lebanese villagers were picking some thyme in the area, which caused suspicions on the Israeli side and prompted an Israeli tank to enter four metres into Lebanese territory to check on what the villagers were doing,” said the army source who requested anonymity.

The incident took place near the village of Adaysseh, near the Israeli border.

Adaysseh witnessed deadly clashes between the Lebanese army and Israeli troops last August, when Israeli soldiers tried to clear several trees near the border.

The clashes left two Lebanese soldiers, a journalist and an Israeli officer dead.

A UN-drawn “blue line” – established at the end of Israel’s 25-year occupation of southern Lebanon in 2000 – forms the border between the two countries. The accuracy of the line has been contested in several areas, especially in the Adaysseh area, by both Israel and Lebanon.

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Australia To “Formalise Collaboration” With NATO: Foreign Minister

http://www.businessspectator.com.au/bs.nsf/Article/Australia-says-it-wants-closer-relations-with-NATO-FWMSR?OpenDocument

Business Spectator
April 15, 2011

Australia wants closer NATO ties: Rudd

BERLIN: Australia wants to strengthen its ties to NATO but does not aim to join the military alliance, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd told Reuters.

“We want … to formalise our collaboration through a framework for military and political cooperation,” Rudd said in an interview in Berlin on the sidelines of a NATO summit.

The move would speed up consultations on political and military levels should Australia join operations abroad where NATO is taking part.

Australia has around 1,550 troops in Afghanistan, and is the largest non-NATO member of the international coalition fighting Taliban insurgents in the country.

NATO has called for more active engagement on security with non-alliance members as part of its new strategic concept, stressing the value of links with key strategic partners including Russia, India, China, Japan and Australia.

NATO has a total of 28 members – most European countries plus the United States and Canada.

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NATO-Ukraine Commission: Interceptor Missiles, Response Force

http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/index.php?id=148&listid=143246

National Radio Company of Ukraine
April 14, 2011

Ukraine, NATO to discuss further development of bilateral relations

The main issue on the agenda of the NATO-Ukraine Commission (NUC) meeting at the level of foreign ministers will be discussing the current priorities in further development of bilateral relations.

Ambassador Ihor Dolhov, the head of the Mission of Ukraine to the NATO, disclosed this on the eve of a meeting within the framework of the Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Berlin on April 15. “Such an approach will let us discuss what happened during the time when the events of this level have not been conducted. This is the importance of this meeting,” the ambassador said.

He added that a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at this level will be held for the first time after the 2010 presidential elections in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian diplomat noted that during this period important decisions have been taken both in Ukraine and in the Alliance. “The presidential elections resulted in a number of further important decisions, and the Lisbon summit in the internal transformation of NATO itself.

“Therefore, we have a very important and serious matter for discussion at the level of foreign ministers,” Mr Dolhov stressed.

The mission chief said that the Alliance and Kyiv have new tasks. Among them he mentioned the possible participation of Ukraine in building a missile defense system, the provision of the Alliance’s security assistance within the framework of the UEFA EURO 2012, cyber security, and involvement in the NATO Response Force. “All this goes further than the previous experience in cooperation with NATO, which existed a year ago,” the ambassador emphasized.

Earlier, President Viktor Yanukovych said that Ukraine was ready to actively participate in the development and strengthening of partnership with NATO.

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Pentagon: U.S., South Korea Plan Joint Interceptor Missile System

http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=114925&code=Ne2&category=2

Arirang News
April 15, 2011

US and Korea in Talks on Joint Missile Defense System

Korea and the US Department of Defense are progressing on talks for a joint missile defense system.

US Deputy Assistant Secretary Bradley Roberts testifying before a Senate subcommittee said Korea and the US were in discussions over issues over joint missile defense systems and that the two sides have agreed to undergo rigorous analysis to determine the usefulness of a future ballistics missile defense program.
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Iraq: Former British, Current NATO Deputy Military Commander Inspects Training Mission

http://www.aco.nato.int/page424202538.aspx

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Command Operations/Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
April 14, 2011

Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe visited NATO Training Mission-Iraq

-”It’s now some four years since I was in Baghdad, and served in southeast Iraq in Basra,” said Sir Richard, who served with the British Army’s 3rd Armoured Division in Basra from 2006 to 2007. “So it is, for me, a great pleasure to return to this country in a NATO capacity to see the work of the NATO Training Mission-Iraq.
“As an important and very successful regional alliance, NATO values its partnerships across the world and, values its partnership with Iraq very much indeed,” Sir Richard said.
-”As the potential opposition changes their tactics, so do we.”

Baghdad: Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, British Army Lt. Gen. Sir Richard Shirreff visited NATO Training Mission-Iraq here March 12 and 13. He was accompanied by U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, United States Forces-Iraq’s deputy commanding general for Advising and Training and the NTM-I commander; and Italian Army Maj. Gen. Claudio Angelelli, NTM-I deputy commander.

Sir Richard made the trip as part of an effort to increase awareness of NTM-I’s mission. Meeting with NTM-I’s leadership, relevant American leaders, NATO personnel here and Iraqi Military leadership involved in the training of the Iraqi Security Forces is critical to the NTM-I’s future success.

During the visit, Sir Richard also met with U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, USF-I’s commanding general; Iraqi National Defence University President, Iraqi Army staff Maj. Gen. Jasim Saleem Hussein and the Iraqi Federal Police Academy Commandant staff Maj. Gen. Muntadhur Mohammad Fathi.

Throughout his visit Sir Richard was updated on Iraq’s progress in building Iraqi Security Forces. Sir Richard also met with ambassadors of NTM-I’s member nations and NTM-I senior national representatives.

His visit included a press conference at Camp Dublin.

“It’s now some four years since I was in Baghdad, and served in southeast Iraq in Basra,” said Sir Richard, who served with the British Army’s 3rd Armoured Division in Basra from 2006 to 2007. “So it is, for me, a great pleasure to return to this country in a NATO capacity to see the work of the NATO Training Mission-Iraq.

“As an important and very successful regional alliance, NATO values its partnerships across the world and, values its partnership with Iraq very much indeed,” Sir Richard said….

He also highlighted the fact that his focus “is very firmly on the NATO Training Mission” and that “Iraqi Security Forces would continue to benefit from the advice, support and mentoring from NTM-I.

“I’m absolutely certain that in common with the normal military practice, lessons are learned and recycled,” Sir Richard said. “As the potential opposition changes their tactics, so do we.”

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Bahrain: 2,000 Foreign Troops Deployed As 31 Killed, 600 Arrested

http://www.adnkronos.com/IGN/Aki/English/Security/Bahrain-Thirty-one-protesters-killed-600-arrested-since-February-group-says_311903716211.html

ADN Kronos International
April 14, 2011

Bahrain: ‘Thirty-one protesters killed, 600 arrested’, since February, group says

Manam: Thirty-one protesters have been killed in Bahrain since 14 February when government forces began cracking down on anti-government demonstrations, independent rights watchdog Bahrain Center for Human Rights said in a report.

The group said 600 people have been detained, including 30 women.

Bahrain’s government in March imposed martial law and, controversially, brought in 2,000 troops from other Sunni-ruled states in the region including Saudi Arabia, to quell the protest movement.

Members of Bahrain’s Shia majority population have been engaged in protests against what they see as discriminatory policies by the tiny country’s monarchy backed by the Sunni minority.

Bahrain’s king Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah imposed a three-month state of emergency giving his country’s military chief sweeping powers to put down a pro-democracy uprising that has threatened the ruling monarchy.

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  1. rosemerry
    April 15, 2011 at 5:58 am | #1

    As George Galloway says,”you couldn’t make it up.” : “We do understand your position Mr. President in supporting the existence of two states peacefully living side by side and we support your position,” the amir said. Really?
    Qatar arming the rebels (democratic!!!)in Libya, going fully against the UN resolution, but aren’t they all?
    Australia nearly in NATO – What a surprise.
    Israeli tank has to stop Lebanese thyme-collectors- such a danger to the Zionist entity.
    Thanks Rick for excursions into the madness of the modern world.

  2. April 15, 2011 at 8:10 am | #2

    Australia and NATO
    The Australian elite are long-standing collaborators with the Anglo/US/Zionist globalist syndicate. But there is another Australia, invisible and as yet voiceless. This is composed not only of bloggers and intellectuals, but of those primary producers; miners, coal exporters, shippers and workers who realise that our future is with our major trading partners in Asia, particularly China, our biggest trading partner. Our elite are happy to utter words of comfort and support to the US and NATO, and even maintain token forces in Afghanistan, but note that words were all that were offered in the case of the attack on Libya, and on a commitment to NATO. When the fate of the US$ becomes clear after the May Bretton Woods meeting, expect Australia (and its elite) to sing a different tune.

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