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Stop NATO news: February 26, 2012

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NATO Air Raid Kills, Injures Seven Afghan Civilians

Afghan War: Seven Americans Wounded In Attack On NATO Base

Afghan Intelligence Officer Killed U.S. Military Advisers: Reports

Afghanistan: NATO Orders Personnel Withdrawn From Ministries

Lithuania: NATO Commanders Inspect Afghan War Training Camp

White House: Denmark And U.S. Are Global NATO Partners

France Increases Military Ties With New Libyan Regime

Europe, Africa: U.S. Missile Shield Destroyers To Support NATO Operations

Singapore: U.S. Navy Forward Base For Pacific-To-Gulf Operations

Central Location: U.S. Office of Naval Research Global In Landlocked Czech Republic

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NATO Air Raid Kills, Injures Seven Afghan Civilians

http://www.khaama.com/afghan-civilians-killed-and-injured-in-nato-air-raid-740

Khaama Press
February 26, 2012

Afghan civilians killed and injured in NATO air raid
By Ghanizada

At least 7 Afghan civilians were killed and injured following a NATO air raid at Tagab district of eastern Kapisa province.

A provincial council representative for eastern Kapisa proince said that at least 3 Afghan civilians including 2 children were killed and 4 others were injured following an air raid by French troops.

Khwaja Ghulam Mohammad Zmarai, deputy provincial council for Kapisa province, said at least 3 civilians including 2 children and a man were killed and four others, who are residents of Joibar, were injured.

Mr. Zmarai further added that the incident took place after French troops received inaccurate information in regards to the presence of Taliban militants by local residents.

Provincial security officials confirming the reports said at least 2 children were killed during the air raid and no civilians were injured.

This comes as a number of Afghan civilians were killed following a NATO air raid in the Nejrab district of eastern Kapisa province which was strongly condemned by the Afghan government.

The Afghan House of Representatives following the incident had summoned the Afghan Interior Ministry to brief the Afghan MPs with the incident.

In the meantime civilians casualties are also considered to be one of the vital issues between the Afghan government and International Security Assistance Forces.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai condemned the civilian casualties and urged NATO officials to immediately halt air raids.

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Afghan War: Seven Americans Wounded In Attack On NATO Base

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/26/us-afghanistan-nato-blast-idUSTRE81P09T20120226

Reuters
February 26, 2012

Seven Americans wounded in attack on NATO base in Afghanistan

KUNDUZ: Seven U.S. military trainers were wounded on Sunday when protesters in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan threw a grenade at their base, provincial police chief Samihullah Qatra told reporters.

NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed there had been an explosion outside one of its bases in northern Afghanistan, but declined to comment on casualties.

(Reporting by Fraidoon Elhaam in Kunduz, Amie Ferris-Rotman in Kabul; Editing by Michael Georgy)

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Afghan Intelligence Officer Killed U.S. Military Advisers: Reports

http://en.trend.az/regions/world/afghanistan/1996855.html

Deutsche Presse-Agentur
February 26, 2012

Afghan intelligence officer killed US military advisers: reports

A 25-year-old Afghan intelligence officer has been identified as “the main suspect” in the killing of two US military advisers inside the Interior Ministry building in Kabul, media reports said Sunday, dpa reported.

Abdul Saboor joined the police forces two years ago and had one of the highest security clearances in the ministry. He is now believed to be on the run, local television Tolo quoted senior Afghan security officials as saying.

Security forces have already raided his house in the north-eastern province of Parwan, just north of Kabul, and have detained several of his relatives, according to the reports.

NATO-led international forces have recalled their personnel working at various Afghan ministries after the killing.

Saboor had served in several Afghan ministries and had worked at the interior ministry for some time, officials said.

The killing of the US advisers came on the fifth day of deadly protests over the accidental burning of the Koran by US soldiers at Bagram air base. Investigators have not yet formally linked the killing to the incident, but it follows Taliban calls for revenge.

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Afghanistan: NATO Orders Personnel Withdrawn From Ministries

http://www.theprovince.com/news/NATO+personnel+ordered+withdraw/6211305/story.html

The Province
February 26, 2012

NATO personnel ordered to withdraw

 
The commander of the U.S.-led international force in Afghanistan withdrew all NATO personnel Saturday from government ministries in and around Kabul after two U.S. soldiers were killed inside the Afghan Interior Ministry.

The killings of the two Americans inside the high-security Interior Ministry compound came on the fifth day of violent protests over the apparently inadvertent burning of Qur’ans and other religious materials at Bagram Air Base, the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan.

They also are the latest in a rising number of attacks on members of the U.S.-led international force by Afghan security force members, known in U.S. military parlance as “green on blue” incidents.

Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the U.S.led international force in Afghanistan, condemned the attack and announced the personnel recall.

U.S. military officials confirmed two coalition personnel had been killed but did not say whether they were American, and added that they were still gathering information.

However, a high-ranking Interior Ministry source, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the dead were Americans.

Allen’s order indicated that U.S. commanders are deeply concerned about the safety of American military personnel assigned as advisers to government ministries, including the defence and interior ministries, which sit at the heart of the Obama administration’s strategy of building up Afghan security forces as U.S.-led international combat forces withdraw by the end of 2014.

Two U.S. soldiers were shot dead last week in Nangarhar province by a man wearing an Afghan National Army uniform during protests over the Qur’an burnings.

Anti-American riots across the country the past week have left nearly 30 people dead and hundreds wounded.

On Saturday, four demonstrators were killed and more than 50 were wounded in protests outside the United Nations compound in Kunduz, said a health department spokesman.

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Lithuania: NATO Commanders Inspect Afghan War Training Camp

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/84302/natos-deputy-supreme-allied-commander-europe-visited-lithuanian-prt-camp#.T0pH0fF8BUk

ISAF Joint Command
February 22, 2012

NATO’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe visited Lithuanian PRT camp

-The PRT composition al-so includes military and civilian personnel from Georgia, Japan, the USA, Poland, Finland, Bulgaria and Ukraine.

GHOR, Afghanistan: On Feb. 22, 2012, NATO Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe Lt. Gen. Richard Shirreff with the West Regional Commander, Brig. Gen. Luciano Portolano, and a delegation from the International Security Assistance Force Regional Command West, which Lithuania PRT is subordinate to, visited the Ghor PRT camp.

During the visit, the PRT-14 commander, Col. Eligijus Senulis, presented PRT-14 shift and partners activities, the situation in the province, the threats and challenges. Guests were presented in Lithuanian, American and Japanese development projects and programs. Afghan National Army training team and Police operation mentoring liaison team – three commanders presented their activities.

At the end of the visit, the NATO DSACEUR met with the PRT-14 soldiers…

Currently, PRT-14, which is formed on the basis of the Lithuanian National Defence Volunteer Forces 5th territorial unit, Vytis Military district, is deployed in Afghanistan’s Ghor province.

The Lithuanian-led Ghor Provincial Reconstruction Team is a joint civilian-military mission, part of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, which started functioning in Ghor province in summer 2005.

…The PRT composition also includes military and civilian personnel from Georgia, Japan, the USA, Poland, Finland, Bulgaria and Ukraine.

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White House: Denmark And U.S. Are Global NATO Partners

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/02/24/fact-sheet-united-states-and-denmark-nato-allies-and-global-partners

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
February 24, 2012

Fact Sheet: The United States and Denmark – NATO Allies and Global Partners

-The United States and Danish militaries enjoy a very high level of interoperability; many Danish officers, including all its pilots, have trained in the United States.
-The United States and Denmark cooperate actively in implementing the European Phased Adaptive Approach. The Kingdom of Denmark is home to U.S. early-warning radar at Thule Air Base in Greenland and hosted the 2011 multinational missile-defense conference, where NATO focused on strengthening cooperation to protect our populations and territory from ballistic missiles.

President Obama hosted Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt for a meeting in the Oval Office on February 24. Denmark has the distinction of being the only Nordic country that is a member of both NATO and the European Union (EU), making it an especially valuable partner of the United States in a wide variety of endeavors in Europe and around the world.  Denmark currently holds the rotating EU Presidency until the end of June.

Defense and Security Cooperation: As NATO allies, the United States and Denmark are committed to each other’s security and stand together in critical crisis areas worldwide.

Libya:  Denmark was among the first and most active participants in the…NATO military intervention to protect Libyan civilians. It deployed F-16s during the entire seven-month…mission.

Afghanistan: Denmark is a key contributor to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), currently providing 650 combat troops operating without national caveats in one of the most challenging areas of the country. Denmark will continue to play a strong role in Helmand Province providing military forces through 2014 and other training and development assets beyond that date. Since 2002, it has given approximately $530 million in bilateral development assistance to Afghanistan.

NATO Capabilities: Denmark is one of NATO’s most capable allies. The United States welcomes its interest in leading the Smart Defense initiative to purchase jointly and stockpile munitions, which will cut costs and improve efficiency.

Bilateral Defense Cooperation: The United States and Danish militaries enjoy a very high level of interoperability; many Danish officers, including all its pilots, have trained in the United States.

Missile Defense: The United States and Denmark cooperate actively in implementing the European Phased Adaptive Approach. The Kingdom of Denmark is home to U.S. early-warning radar at Thule Air Base in Greenland and hosted the 2011 multinational missile-defense conference, where NATO focused on strengthening cooperation to protect our populations and territory from ballistic missiles.

Counter-Piracy: Denmark is one of the world’s main seafaring nations (some 10 percent of global shipping moves in Danish-owned or –operated ships), and as such, is a leader in international efforts to counter piracy off the coast of Somalia, chairing an international working group on legal issues and twice commanding an international naval task force. Denmark has made significant contributions, including maritime patrol aircraft, to the NATO-led counter-piracy operation.

Security and Capacity-Building Cooperation Against Terrorism: Denmark is one of the United States’ strongest and most dynamic counterterrorism partners. Denmark is a member of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), a major multilateral initiative to strengthen the international architecture to deal with 21st century terrorism. Denmark is particularly active in the Forum’s work in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

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France Increases Military Ties With New Libyan Regime

http://en.trend.az/regions/met/arabicr/1996760.html

Trend News Agency
February 26, 2012

Libya and France boost military cooperation

-In December, French army chief of staff Admiral Edouard Guillaud said France was ready to offer military training to Libya and was examining ways to boost its co-operation with the new government.

Libya and France have agreed to look into boosting maritime security and controlling the North African country’s borders, their defense ministers said on Saturday, Reuters reported.

On a visit to Tripoli, French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet met his Libyan counterpart Osama al-Juwali to discuss the issues and sign a letter of intent to boost cooperation.

Foreign states are worried about the Libyan interim government’s capacity to secure its Mediterranean coast, which could be used as a gateway into Europe for arms traffickers, al Qaeda insurgents and illegal migrants.

The Libyan conflict has also created new problems for the fragile region to its south.

Regional governments have warned that instability in Libya after the end of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule is allowing weapons taken from Gaddafi’s arsenal to fall into the hands of al Qaeda’s north African branch and other insurgent groups across the Sahara desert.

“Libya’s strategic position joining Africa with the Mediterranean makes it an exposed territory. We have decided to put in a place a working Franco-Libyan committee to look at all these points,” Longuet told a joint news conference.

“This will bring together military staff, engineers, technicians and diplomats who will work on these issues. Cooperation between Libya and France is a long-term project.”

Two French warships arrived at Tripoli’s port last month carrying navy crewmen to train the Libyan navy and help demine oil ports. The ministers said a number of Libyan divers would be trained by France.

Juwali thanked France for the leading role it took in backing last year’s rebellion against Muammar Gaddafi’s rule.

“The cooperation between France and Libya is developing day by day,” he said. “They have expressed their readiness to give us the necessary technical advice to secure our borders.”

In December, French army chief of staff Admiral Edouard Guillaud said France was ready to offer military training to Libya and was examining ways to boost its co-operation with the new government.

Longuet also met the chairman of Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdel Jalil.

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Europe, Africa: U.S. Missile Shield Destroyers To Support NATO Operations

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=65502

U.S. Navy
February 23, 2012

CNO to Naples Sailors: Europe and Africa Remain Vital
By Lt. Timothy Hawkins, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia Public Affairs

-NSA Naples is home to U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa; U.S. 6th Fleet; Navy Region EURAFSWA; Naval Facilities EURAFSWA; other tenant commands and U.S. personnel assigned to NATO.

NAPLES, Italy: Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert reaffirmed the Navy’s commitment in the European and African regions during an all-hands call at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, Italy, Feb. 23.

Addressing more than 300 U.S. military and civilian personnel seated in the installation’s Capodichino theater, Greenert said the growing numbers of ships operating forward in the Mediterranean is an indication of the region’s continued significance.

“What you’re doing out here is incredibly important. The only place we’re moving any large surface combatants to, is Europe,” said Greenert.

Four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers will be forward deployed to Rota, Spain; USS Ross (DDG 71) and USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) in fiscal year 2014 and USS Porter (DDG 78) and USS Carney (DDG 64) in fiscal year 2015.

The multi-mission ships will perform a myriad of tasks, including the full spectrum of maritime security operations, bilateral and multilateral training exercises, NATO operations and deployments, and NATO missile defense.

“We are committed to NATO and its operations,” said Greenert. “This area will be as important as it always has been in our future maritime strategy.”

NSA Naples is home to U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa; U.S. 6th Fleet; Navy Region EURAFSWA; Naval Facilities EURAFSWA; other tenant commands and U.S. personnel assigned to NATO.

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Singapore: U.S. Navy Forward Base For Pacific-To-Gulf Operations

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=65491

U.S. Navy
February 22, 2012

Vice Chief Wraps Up Visit to Singapore
By Lt. Cmdr. Chris Servello, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

-“It was clear to me in this visit that the Singaporean facilities and infrastructure are well suited to accommodate our ships for training, exchanges, and exercises. Our ongoing access to these facilities helps us promote regional stability and supports operations from the Western Pacific to the ***Arabian*** Gulf.”
-Ferguson is traveling throughout the U.S. Pacific Fleet to meet with regional partners and U.S. personnel to discuss U.S. Navy Pacific engagement. He will also visit Guam next.

SEMBAWANG, Singapore: The vice chief of naval operations (VCNO) concluded a two-day visit to Singapore Feb. 23.

Adm. Mark Ferguson met with Chief of the Singapore Navy, Rear Admiral Chee Pang, toured facilities at Changi and Sembawang naval bases, and spoke to U.S. Sailors at an all hands call.

“I am visiting regional partners on behalf of the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations to discuss our Pacific engagement,” said Ferguson. “As we look at the future of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and our presence in the region, this was an important stop.”

In meetings with the Singapore Navy, VCNO focused on the recent U.S. force posture review, the status of the two respective navies and future plans to operate LCS out of Singapore.

“This visit further solidified the strong relationship we enjoy with the Singapore Navy,” said Ferguson. “We are committed to deploying LCS to Singapore. My time here gave me a better understanding of the support facilities available and the factors we still must work through before we move ahead.”

While visiting Changi Naval Base, Ferguson met with Fleet Commander Rear Admiral Lai Chun Han, toured the information fusion center, fleet headquarters and the Singapore Navy Frigate RSS Stalwart.

“It was clear to me in this visit that the Singaporean facilities and infrastructure are well suited to accommodate our ships for training, exchanges, and exercises,” said Ferguson. “Our ongoing access to these facilities helps us promote regional stability and supports operations from the Western Pacific to the Arabian Gulf.”

COMLOG WESTPAC, Commander, Task Force 73 (CTF 73), and Navy Region Center Singapore are the U.S. 7th Fleet’s providers of combat-ready logistics, maintaining and operating government-owned and contracted vessels to keep combatant ships and units throughout the region armed, fueled, fed and supported. Additionally, they are 7th Fleet’s Theater Security Cooperation agent for Southeast Asia, providing persistent engagement with allies and partners.

Ferguson is traveling throughout the U.S. Pacific Fleet to meet with regional partners and U.S. personnel to discuss U.S. Navy Pacific engagement. He will also visit Guam next.

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Central Location: U.S. Office of Naval Research Global In Landlocked Czech Republic

http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=65513

U.S. Navy
February 23, 2012

ONR Global and Prague: A Winning Combination
By Dave Smalley, Office of Naval Research

ARLINGTON, Va. – Hailed as a vital bridge between cutting-edge scientific research and international diplomacy, the Prague branch of Office of Naval Research (ONR) Global marks its two-year anniversary Feb. 26.

“Bringing different [international] entities together toward a strategic goal is one of the major benefits of having ONR presence in Central and Eastern Europe,” said Cmdr. Mark Williams, ONR Global regional director, NATO and Europe.

ONR Global’s mission is to meet current and future needs of the Navy and Marine Corps. Five regional engagement offices around the world seek out promising science and technology (S&T) advances, and promote S&T collaboration at an open source and unclassified level between ONR and international scientists.

The other sites are in London, Tokyo, Singapore and Santiago, with its international liaison office located in Arlington, Va.

“We wanted to increase our engagement with industry and academia in the region,” said Michael Morgan, director of ONR Global’s engagement office in Prague. “We chose Prague because of our rich history of research with the Czechs, and its central location.”

With just 24 months in existence, the office has already accomplished pioneering work in technologies from cyber defense to new models of air traffic control.

In one recent effort, dubbed AgentC, the Prague office of ONR Global supported work at Czech Technical University on software that models sea piracy and provides alternative routing for commercial vessels in waters off the Horn of Africa.

Williams singled out Prague office programs such as innovative cyber defense initiatives, and a string of collaborative scientific events that have brought together leading European scientists, U.S. and Czech government officials and representatives from private industry.

An upcoming engagement series on innovation, set to kick off in March in the Czech Republic, is exactly the kind of project ONR’s strong global presence can create, he noted.

According to Morgan, a key accomplishment so far for the Prague office includes a successful ONR/European Union (EU) workshop, the culmination of a year of planning and organizing. “It opens the door for us to leverage EU research and development funding, which is forecast to be more than $100 billion over the next seven years,” he said.

ONR provides the science and technology necessary to maintain the Navy and Marine Corps’ technological advantage. Through its affiliates, ONR is a leader in science and technology with engagement in 50 states, 70 countries, 1,035 institutions of higher learning and 914 industry partners. ONR employs approximately 1,400 people, comprising uniformed, civilian and contract personnel, with additional employees at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.

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  1. rosemerry
    February 26, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    “apparently inadvertent burning of Qur’ans”
    !!!! not noticed after more than ten years that this is a serious offence in Afghanistan!

    If the US leaders worry about attacks on them in the occupied country, please explain why you are there.

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