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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: August 8, 2011

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Libya: 18,158 NATO Sorties, 6,892 Combat Missions

NATO’s Libyan War: Over 18,000 Air Missions, 6,833 Strike Sorties

NATO Warplanes Hover Over, Explosions Rock Libyan Capital

1,700 Killed: South Ossetia Commemorates Victims Of 2008 War

South Ossetia Urges World To Condemn U.S.-Backed Georgian Armed Aggression

U.S. Rapidly Militarizing Georgia For New War With South Ossetia

NATO Kills Afghan Clergyman, Another Civilian; Protest Ensues

NATO Kills Eight Afghan Civilians, Karzai Orders Probe

Afghan War: French Death Toll Reaches 72

Over 380 NATO Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan This Year

16 NATO Fuel Tankers Destroyed In Northwestern Pakistan

U.S., NATO Allies Begin Military Exercise In Kazakhstan

U.S. Delivers First F-16s To Morocco

Canada, U.S. And Denmark Launch Arctic Military Exercise

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Libya: 18,158 NATO Sorties, 6,892 Combat Missions

http://www.nato.int/nato_static/assets/pdf/pdf_2011_08/20110808_110808-oup-update.pdf

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
August 8, 2011

NATO and Libya
Allied Joint Force Command NAPLES, SHAPE, NATO HQ

Over the past 24 hours, NATO has conducted the following activities associated with Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR:

Air Operations

Since the beginning of the NATO operation (31 March 2011, 06.00GMT) a total of 18,158 sorties, including 6,892 strike sorties, have been conducted.

Sorties conducted 7 AUGUST: 119

Strike sorties conducted 7 AUGUST: 59

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NATO’s Libyan War: Over 18,000 Air Missions, 6,833 Strike Sorties

http://www.nato.int/nato_static/assets/pdf/pdf_2011_08/20110807_110807-oup-update.pdf

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
August 7, 2011

NATO and Libya
Allied Joint Force Command NAPLES, SHAPE, NATO HQ

Over the past 24 hours, NATO has conducted the following activities associated with Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR:

Air Operations

Since the beginning of the NATO operation (31 March 2011, 06.00GMT) a total of 18,039 sorties, including 6,833 strike sorties, have been conducted.

Sorties conducted 6 AUGUST: 115

Strike sorties conducted 6 AUGUST: 45

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NATO Warplanes Hover Over, Explosions Rock Libyan Capital

http://en.trend.az/regions/met/arabicr/1915155.html

Xinhua News Agency
August 7, 2011

NATO bombs east Tripoli

NATO aircraft hit a suburb in eastern Tripoli early Sunday morning.

A Xinhua reporter saw plumes of heavy smoke arose from the Ain-Zarah area in east Tripoli.

A reporter said two other explosions were heard in the area about a half hour after the first explosion. NATO planes were seen hovering above Tripoli.

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1,700 Killed: South Ossetia Commemorates Victims Of 2008 War

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/08/08/54329292.html

Voice of Russia
August 8, 2011

South Ossetia commemorates victims of 2008 war

Memorial services for the third anniversary of the five-day war in the Caucasus are under way in South Ossetia.

The square in front of the church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, in South Ossetia’s capital Tskhinval, is crowded with city residents commemorating the local civilians, South Ossetian Army servicemen and Russian peacekeepers who fell victim to Georgian aggression in August 2008.

South Ossetia’s President Edward Kokoity reminded those present in an address that the war broke out on the day when a great holiday of sports, Olympic Games, kicked off in Beijing, with Georgian peacekeepers and OSCE staff leaving Tskhinval two hours ahead of the attack.

A monument is due to be unveiled in Tskhinval today to Hero of Russia, Major Denis Vetchinov, who died as he tried to save his troops and Russian reporters. A total of almost 1,700 people were killed in Georgia’s attack on South Ossetia.

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South Ossetia Urges World To Condemn U.S.-Backed Georgian Armed Aggression

http://www.interfax.com/newsinf.asp?id=264416

Interfax
August 8, 2011

Tskhinvali urges world to condemn Georgia for armed aggression

TSKHINVALI: The South Ossetian Foreign Ministry has appealed to all states for condemnation of Georgia for unleashing hostilities in August 2008 and for assistance to the prosecution of the culprits.

“Alas, we have to state that the military aggression became possible due to the all-inclusive support of the Georgian political ambitions by a number of countries, among them the United States, and the international community. did not condemn the actions of the Georgian administration, which led to numerous casualties and destruction, up until now,” says a ministry statement posted on Monday.

What is more, a new term of ‘occupied territories,’ which is applied wrongly to South Ossetia, emerged in the world political language after the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Georgia in July 2010, the ministry said.

Judging by a report of the EU independent commission led by Heidi Tagliavini, it was Georgia who started hostilities against South Ossetia in August 2008, the ministry said.

“Despite the confirmed fact of the Georgian aggression and the destabilizing influence of the delivery of Western armaments and military hardware to Georgia, some countries continue to adopt resolutions on Georgia and describe South Ossetia and Abkhazia as ‘occupied territories’ in a one-sided interpretation of facts,” it said.

“This unwillingness to see and accept the changed realities and the modern situation do nothing but inflate revanchist feelings in Georgia. It will hardly assist peace and stability in the region,” the ministry said.

Only the firm interference of Russia, which held a peace enforcement operation against Georgia, saved the people of South Ossetia from extermination, the ministry said.

South Ossetia is holding remembrance events dedicated to the third anniversary of the Georgian aggression on August 7-8.

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U.S. Rapidly Militarizing Georgia For New War With South Ossetia

http://cominf.org/en/node/1166488491

Res (South Ossetia)
July 28, 2011

Georgia is being militarized rapidly

Military maneuvers of the IVth infantry brigade of the Georgian land forces with the participation of US marines are being conducted at the military base of the Georgian army near Tbilisi.

The maneuvers have the codenamed Agile Spirit. They are presented as “planned” and represent the program of the US Marine Corps which prepares Georgian military men for the peace-making mission ISAF in Afghanistan where Georgia intends to increase essentially its military presence.

It should be underlined that these maneuvers have started at once after the maneuvers in Sachkhere which started on July, 18. It is obvious that Georgia is being militarized rapidly. And the militarization speed of Georgia exceeds that before the August military aggression against the Russian Federation and the Republic of South Ossetia.

The active involvement of Georgia into the NATO countries’ aggressive wars against sovereign states (Georgia is participating in the Iraq war), and the increasing of the Georgian contingent are directed at as much as possible Georgian military servicemans’ experience of participation in real operations through a baptism of fire.

According to the scenario of one of the maneuvers` stages, “representatives of the Georgian armed forces and representatives of the USA marines should have won over irregular ‘militia’ of the enemy around the operation area as the United forces had provided restoration of safety and stability in this area for ‘the civilian population tired of war’.”

Mixed forces of mobile and motorized infantry have taken part in the operation. At the beginning, the rebels’ settlement has been surrounded to prevent their flight and possible strengthening of the outside grouping of the enemy. Then divisions of the united forces began entering into the settlement, suppressing points of the opponent’s resistance. After instituting control over the settlement, representatives of the united forces have neutralized and have taken prisoners “the rebels” resisting them which roles were also performed by Georgian and American military men.

These maneuvers testify to the planned following up to military aggression of Georgia against South Ossetia and Russia. It should be recalled that during the war in 2008 the Georgian army unexpectedly sustained heavy losses both in manpower and military weapons during the operations in Tskhinvali.

The maneuvers promote improving of tactics and strategy of actions in the conditions of any settlement. The other evidence that these maneuvers are being conducted for the next intrusion into South Ossetia is that in the annotation spread by Tbilisi the rhetoric coinciding with the rhetoric of official Tbilisi is in a context of the Georgian-Ossetian conflict (“safety and stability restoration,” “the tired of war civilian population,” etc.) is widely used. It should be noted that 350 marines of the USA 11th rotational forces battalion in the Black Sea region, based in Constanta, Romania, the antiterrorist battalion, based near Besmer [Bulgaria], and 450 military men of the IVth infantry brigade of the Georgian military forces are taking part in the maneuvers which will last till August 1.

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NATO Kills Afghan Clergyman, Another Civilian; Protest Ensues

http://www.pajhwok.com/en/2011/08/08/civilian-deaths-spark-protest-against-isaf

Pajhwok Afghan News
August 8, 2011

Civilian deaths spark protest against ISAF
by Mirwais Himmat

GHAZNI CITY: Two civilians were killed and five others detained by foreign forces in the Khogyani district of southern Ghazni province, residents said on Monday.

Chanting slogans against the government and foreign forces, hundreds of residents staged a demonstration and took the dead bodies to Ghazni City.

Mohammad Naeem, a demonstrator, told Pajhwok Afghan News the overnight operation was conducted by the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the Ghonday village.

He added the NATO-led troops killed the village imam, who was also a schoolteacher, along with another local. Five other residents were taken away by the troops, Naeem added.

Police chief Zahid Zarawar confirmed the killings and arrests, saying they were in talks with the protestors. They would ascertain who the victims were and how the operation was conducted, Zahid said, explaining Afghan forces were not involved.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said Noor Ahmad, the village imam, was among the civilians killed in the nighttime raid. The deaths come after two brothers were killed in a NATO-led airstrike in the district a month ago and their bodies were brought to Ghazni City as a mark of protest.

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NATO Kills Eight Afghan Civilians, Karzai Orders Probe

http://www.pajhwok.com/en/2011/08/07/karzai-orders-probe-helmand-airstrike

Pajhwok Afghan News
August 7, 2011

Karzai orders probe into Helmand airstrike
by Javed Hamim Kakar

KABUL: President Hamid Karzai has ordered a probe into civilian deaths resulting from an airstrike by NATO-led soldiers in southern Helmand province, his office said on Sunday.

Eight people, including women and children, were killed on Friday when foreign soldiers bombed a house in the Nad Ali district of the province. The district police chief confirmed that civilians were killed in the raid.

Governor Gulab Mangal asked the international soldiers to spare women and children while conducting counterinsurgency operations.

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Afghan War: French Death Toll Reaches 72

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-08/08/c_131034599.htm

Xinhua News Agency
August 8, 2011

2 French soldiers killed in Afghanistan

PARIS: Two French soldiers were killed in an attack in Afghanistan, bringing the total French fatalities in the country to 72 since 2001, The Elysee Palace, the French president’s office said on Sunday.

Two soldiers were killed and five others were injured by “insurgent attacks” during a search of a fortified position in the Afghan Tagab Valley, it said in a statement.

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Over 380 NATO Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan This Year

http://en.rian.ru/world/20110807/165611989.html

Russian Information Agency Novosti
August 7, 2011

Four NATO soldiers killed in Afghan attacks

KABUL: Four soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed on Sunday in two separate insurgent attacks in eastern and southern Afghanistan, NATO reported.

NATO has not confirmed their nationalities.

The attack comes a day after the death of 38 U.S. and Afghan troops in a military helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan.

More than 380 foreign soldiers and officers have been killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of this year.

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16 NATO Fuel Tankers Destroyed In Northwestern Pakistan

http://en.trend.az/regions/world/ocountries/1915198.html

Deutsche Presse-Agentur
August 7, 2011

Gunmen torch 16 NATO tankers in Pakistan

Unknown gunmen in Pakistan’s north-western region torched 16 tankers carrying fuel supplies for NATO troops in Afghanistan, local security officials said on Sunday, DPA reported.

The attack took place late Saturday when more than two dozens lorries were parked at a terminal in the Ring Road area of Peshawar, the capital of the north-western province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Senior police officer Ijaz Khan said on Sunday that no one was killed in the attack. He said the investigations were being carried out to see if the attackers had planted a bomb to destroy the NATO tankers.

Khan refused to identify the attackers, but Taliban militants have conducted several dozens of attacks on NATO supply convoys across Pakistan.

NATO troops in landlocked Afghanistan heavily rely on the supply line running from Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi. The supply convoys enter into Afghanistan through the south-eastern border point of Chaman and the north-western Torkham border post.

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http://en.rian.ru/world/20110807/165610261.html

Russian Information Agency Novosti
August 7, 2011

Explosion destroys 16 NATO fuel tanks in Pakistan – TV

MOSCOW: An explosion in north-western Pakistan destroyed at least 16 containers delivering fuel for NATO forces in neighboring Afghanistan, Pakistani TV channel Geo TV reported on Sunday.

The blast occurred on Saturday at a terminal near the northwestern city of Peshawar where 28 NATO fuel tanks were staying, local policeman Khurshid Khan told the TV channel.

“Sixteen fuel tanks have been completely destroyed,” the policeman said, adding that there were no human casualties after the explosion and the ensuing fire.

Pakistan accounts for over 70% of transit supplies for the NATO-led coalition, which is fighting radical militant Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.

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U.S., NATO Allies Begin Military Exercise In Kazakhstan

http://vestnikkavkaza.net/news/politics/16622.html

Kavkaza Vestnik
August 8, 2011

Kazakhstan holds joint training with NATO

Kazakhstan’s peacekeeping groups of Kazbrig and Kazbat and US and British
troops will hold the training “Steppe Eagle-2011″ in the Ilyinsky
range of the Alma-Ata District, ITAR-TASS reports.

The first training was held in 2003. This year there will be
servicemen from Lithuania, Kyrgyzstan and possibly Tajikistan.

Training will involve helicopters, the navy, air defenses, military
police and students of the Military Institute of the Kazakh Defense
Ministry.

Training will also be held at the Shoshkala range, and the landing
zone of Novo-Iliyskaya and the Bereg training center.

Over 1400 people will be involved.

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U.S. Delivers First F-16s To Morocco

http://www.usafe.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123266957

U.S. Air Forces in Europe
August 5, 2011

Morocco receives first F-16 Fighting Falcons
by Staff Sgt. Stefanie Torres
17th Air Force Public Affairs

BEN GUERRIR AIR BASE, Morocco: Morocco is the latest U.S. partner nation to receive the F-16 Fighting Falcon, a historic event marked by a ceremony here Aug. 4.

The new Block 52 aircraft will supplement the Royal Moroccan air force’s existing fleet of fighter aircraft, and will contribute to the upgrade and modernization of the country’s military.

Senior U.S. military officials attended to mark the event and strengthen the relationship between the two countries’ air forces, which includes a state partnership program with the Utah Air National Guard that began in 2003.

The relationship between the U.S. and Morocco can be traced back a few hundred years when Morocco became the first country to recognize the U.S. as an independent nation. Senior Moroccan officials, as well as Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, reiterated the close partnership between the two nations during the ceremony.

“I’m here to salute our partnership which we so highly value,” Schwartz said. “The friendship between the U.S. and Moroccan militaries is founded on mutual respect, and I am thrilled to be here as you accept the first F-16s into your aircraft inventory.”

Officials from U.S. Africa Command and its air component, Air Forces Africa, were also in attendance for the occasion.

“It’s an incredible honor for me to be here for the first delivery of the F-16s to the Royal Moroccan air force,” said Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, Air Forces Africa commander. “We have a wonderful relationship with the RMAF, but being able to fly the same airplane will just increase our opportunity to work together.

“For the United States and the Moroccans, this is a banner day and a great opportunity to increase both of our capacities and strategic partnership,” she added.

The U.S. is helping to train Morocco’s new F-16 pilots, teaching them not only how to fly the aircraft, but also how to teach others, explained Lt. Col. Allen Stewart, an Air National Guard logistics readiness officer out of South Carolina.

Stewart worked with the Moroccans during pilot training in Tucson, Ariz., and saw firsthand the dedication and commitment of the Moroccan pilots.

Training and delivery of the fighter aircraft took approximately two years as the U.S. and Moroccan air forces worked together, Stewart said.

Morocco is the 25th nation to receive the F-16. More than 4,400 aircraft have been delivered worldwide from assembly lines in five countries, according to a Lockheed Martin press release.

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Canada, U.S. And Denmark Launch Arctic Military Exercise

http://www.thespec.com/news/canada/article/574329–canadian-military-kicks-off-arctic-exercise-along-with-u-s-and-danish-forces

Canadian Press
August 5, 2011

Canadian military kicks off Arctic exercise along with U.S. and Danish forces

OTTAWA: The Canadian military has kicked off a major annual Arctic exercise that will involve the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Danish Navy.

Operation Nanook is touted as the centrepiece of what the military calls its annual sovereignty operations.

Defence Minister Peter MacKay said in a statement Friday that the operation is an effort to enhance the military’s operational capability and presence in the High Arctic.

A naval task force has left St John’s, N.L., for the exercise, which will also involve army and air force units as well as Canadian Rangers.

Operation Nanook was first conducted in 2007.

The military says it provides opportunities for military and civilian teams to operate and train in Canada’s unique Arctic environment.

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  1. rosemerry
    August 8, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Governor Gulab Mangal asked the international soldiers to spare women and children while conducting counterinsurgency operations.

    How sad that in his own country, poor and under attack for no conceivable benefit to anyone but NATO and arms makers, this Afghan governor politely requests a reduction in the carnage.

    As for the rest, death and destruction in the wake of ten years of NATO “protection” is not surprising. The USA makes a fuss about one attack on it in 50 years, then bullies its way all over the globe.

  2. Michael
    August 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Rejoice all Peace, Justice and Freedom loving Humanity! Can you hear?
    Beast with multiple heads and face of Gorgona is breathing last breaths:
    From Big Bend, Notre Dame to Washington Cathedral Death Bells Toll for Imperialism on death bed announcing an impending end of vicious,venomous, aggressive, bloody, Crumbling U.S. Empire of Global Terror and Crime!!!

  1. January 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm

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