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Stop NATO News: May 15, 2011


NATO Troops Kill Afghan Girl, Wound Four Others

NATO Slays Third Afghan Child In Four Days

Afghan War: NATO Death Toll Reaches 171 For 2011

19 NATO Oil Tankers Set On Fire Near Pakistan-Afghanistan Border

Blackwater Founder Assembles Mercenary Force For United Arab Emirates

Uganda: AFRICOM Chief Wants More Foreign Troops For Somalia

Three Ugandan Soldiers Killed, Three Injured In Somali Fighting

U.S. Client Djibouti To Deploy Troops To Somalia


NATO troops in Afghanistan

NATO airlifts Ugandan troops to Somalia


NATO Troops Kill Afghan Girl, Wound Four Others


Deutsche Presse-Agentur
May 15, 2011

Afghan police chief accuses NATO of killing child

Kabul: A 12-year-old child was killed and four others injured Sunday after NATO forces allegedly opened fire on them in the south-eastern Afghan province of Kunar, a police official said.

The children – all girls aged 8 to 15 – were playing in Bargam area of Ghaziabad district when they came under fire from coalition forces, Khalilullah Ziaee, the provincial police chief said.

‘We believe it was the foreign forces that opened fire,’ he said. ‘A 12-year-old girl was killed and four other girls were injured.’

A spokesman from NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said that the alliance was aware of ‘civilian casualties in Kunar province’ but could not provide further details.


Civilian casualties at the hands of international forces have been causing increasing resentment among Afghans. President Hamid Karzai has spoken out strongly against NATO raids. Earlier this year he called on the foreign forces to halt all operations in the country.

The alleged civilian killing came a day after hundreds of people took to the streets in the eastern province of Nangarhar to protest at the killing of a teenage boy by NATO troops on Friday night.

The men took the body of the 15-year-old to the Hesarak district headquarters and threw stones at police trying to control the mob. At least three protesters were injured when police opened fire.

A total of 2,777 civilians were killed in the Afghan conflict last year, the bloodiest period for the population since the ouster of the Taliban nearly 10 years ago.


NATO Slays Third Afghan Child In Four Days


Pajhwok Afghan News
May 15, 2011

ISAF kills another child in Kunar
by Khan Wali Salarzai

ASADABAD: NATO-led foreign troops on Sunday killed a child and injured three others people in a new incident of civilian casualties during an operation in the Ghaziabad district of eastern Kunar province on Sunday, officials and residents said.

The casualties occurred during a clash between foreign troops and militants in the Yargam area before noon, residents said, blaming foreign troops for killing the 8-to-13-year-old child and injuring three other people.

The governor, Syed Fazlullah Wahidi, confirmed the incident, but said he was unable to say who killed the child.

But the police chief, Brig. Gen. Khalilullah Ziayee, said civilians suffered casualties in firing by foreign troops.

NATO-led ISAF media office in the east said an investigation had been launched into the incident.

Dr. Farooq Sahak, head of Kunar civil hospital, confirmed receiving three injured people, including a young girl, at the hospital, with one of them in critical condition.

The child’s killing was the third such incident this week. NATO-led foreign troops on Friday night raided a house in the Hesark district of neighbouring Nangarhar province, killing a 12-year-old son of a police officer.

Nearly 500 residents of the district on Saturday took to the streets to denounce the killing. They placed the dead body in front of the district headquarters while chanting slogans against foreign troops. Four protestors were killed when police opened fire at them after the protest had turned violent.

On Thursday, Afghan and foreign troops killed a policeman and a girl during a raid on their compound in Nangarhar.


Afghan War: NATO Death Toll Reaches 171 For 2011


Deutsche Presse-Agentur
May 15, 2011

NATO says foreign soldier killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

Kabul: A foreign soldier with NATO-led International Security Assistance Force was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, the alliance said in a statement.

The military did not reveal the nationality of the deceased, nor did it say where exactly in the volatile region the incident took place. Most of the troops stationed in country’s south are from the United States, Britain and Canada.

A total of 171 foreign troops have been killed in Afghan conflict so far in 2011. Last year with more than 700 fatalities was the deadliest period for more than 140,000 international forces present in the country.



19 NATO Oil Tankers Set On Fire Near Pakistan-Afghanistan Border


News International
May 15, 2011

19 Nato tankers torched near Torkham

LANDIKOTAL: The number of Nato oil tankers that were burnt in a bomb blast near Afghan border Friday night reached 19, as 14 more tankers caught fire early Saturday, official sources said.

The sources said 14 other tankers parked near the burning tankers gradually caught fire and were reduced to ashes; however, no casualties were reported.

A Khassadar official told The News on condition of anonymity that oil in a tanker caught fire, which engulfed several other oil tankers around it.

Local fire brigade crew members, after hectic efforts lasting two hours, extinguished the fire Friday night, but it again erupted after an hour when the highly flammable JP8 oil exploded after getting heat from the other tankers’ fire.


INP adds: The Abdullah Azam Group has claimed responsibility for destroying the Nato oil tankers and warned that all those involved in supplying goods and oil to Nato troops stationed in Afghanistan will be targeted by the outfit’s fighters.



Blackwater Founder Assembles Mercenary Force For United Arab Emirates


Agence France-Presse
May 15, 2011

Founder of Blackwater ‘hires mercenaries for UAE’

-The first recruits include Colombians, along with South African and other foreign troops, who are trained by retired U.S. soldiers and veterans of the German and British special operations units as well as the French Foreign Legion….

WASHINGTON: The billionaire founder of Blackwater Worldwide, a scandal-plagued U.S. security firm accused of abuses in Iraq, was hired by the crown prince of Abu Dhabi to put together an 800-member battalion of foreign troops, The New York Times reported Sunday.

Citing unnamed U.S. officials and corporate documents, the newspaper said that Erik Prince, who came to live in the United Arab Emirates last year after his security business faced mounting legal problems in the United States, is using $529 million from the sheikdom to complete the mission.

The force is intended to conduct special operations missions inside and outside the country, defend oil pipelines and skyscrapers from terrorist attacks and put down internal revolts, the report said.

Such troops could be deployed if the Emirates faced unrest or were challenged by pro-democracy demonstrations in its crowded labor camps in the oil fields or democracy protests like those sweeping the Arab world this year, the paper noted.

The UAE’s rulers also hope that the troops could blunt the regional aggression of Iran, the country’s biggest foe, the report said. Their training camp is located on a sprawling Emirati base called Zayed Military City, according to the report.

The first recruits include Colombians, along with South African and other foreign troops, who are trained by retired U.S. soldiers and veterans of the German and British special operations units as well as the French Foreign Legion, the paper said.

Blackwater security guards were accused of killing 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007. Last month, a U.S. appeals court reopened the prosecution of four of these former guards.


Uganda: AFRICOM Chief Wants More Foreign Troops For Somalia


WeInformers (Uganda)
May 15, 2011

United States appeals for more African troops to join Uganda and Burundi on Somali mission

The United States welcomes and will support other African countries to send peace troops to join Uganda and Burundi on the Africa Union Peace Keeping Mission in Somalia (AMISON).

The new Commander of the U.S. Africa Command, Gen. Carter F. Ham says they would be happy to see more African countries join forces to pacify Somalia, which he described as his “greatest worry”.

Gen. Ham who was addressing a press briefing at the US Mission (embassy) in Uganda on Wednesday said that participation of more countries in AMISON would bring more capacity and capability to efforts of pacifying Somalia.


Although many African Union member states pledged to contribute troops to the AU led AMISON, only Uganda and Burndi have contributed troops. Uganda has contributed some 4,480 troops to Somalia, while Burundi has about 2,000 troops.


“The priority for the US is to work with all countries to ensure a coordinated approach in helping Somalia stablise and no longer be a safe haven for terrorists,” Gen. Ham said, thanking Uganda and Burundi for contributing troops to AMISON.

At the same press briefing, Gen. Ham said the US command will remain stationed in Germany and not on the African continent, despite earlier reports that the US was considering establishing their Africa Command Headquarters in Uganda.


The US General also said they are committed to helping Uganda defeat the Lords Resistance Army rebels and capture or kill its leader, Joseph Kony….

Gen. Ham who took over as head of the US Africa Command on March 9, 2011 on Wednesday concluded his first visit to Uganda, where he met with President Yoweri Museveni, Uganda’s Chief of Defense Forces, Gen. Aronda Nyakairima and other senior commanders of the UPDF.

Ham said he wills later in the day travel to Burundi to meet with political and military leaders as well as visit the AFRICOM training programmes in Burundi.


Three Ugandan Soldiers Killed, Three Injured In Somali Fighting


Daily Monitor (Uganda)
May 15, 2011

UPDF officers killed, 3 injured in Somalia
By Mudangha Kolyangha & Agencies

Two UPDF officers were yesterday killed and three others sustained injuries in a fierce gun battle with the al-Shabaab Islamists in Somalia. A statement from the Amison commander, Maj. Gen. Nathan Mugisha, said the Transitional Federal Government [TFG] backed by African Union troops (AMISOM) exchanged heavy gunfire at the Bakara market.


The TFG and AMISOM had long been confined to a few blocks, unable to take the battle to the al Shabaab, an Islamist insurgent movement that has controlled most of the Horn of Africa country for two years.



U.S. Client Djibouti To Deploy Troops To Somalia


All Headline News
May 14, 2011

Djibouti sends troops to turbulent Somalia
Abdi Hajji Hussein

Djibouti on Saturday announced that it will send two battalions of troops to war-torn Somalia to join the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMSIOM).

Mohamoud Ali Yusuf, Djibouti’s minister of foreign affairs, said that his
government was…training and preparing those troops over the last few years, adding they are fully equipped right now and ready to perform regional peacekeeping duties as deputized by African Union (AU).

“At the end of this month or the start of June, our troops will be deployed to Mogadishu…,”Yusuf said in an interview with VOA Somali Service.

Before deploying the troops, Djibouti discussed the issue with a number of
countries and organizations including the Unitet States, the African Union and the neighboring Ethiopia, the minister noted.

Djibouti will be the third African country to send troops to Somalia.


Uganda and Burundi, who have more about 9,000 soldiers in Mogadishu, have been the first nations deployed their forces to Somalia under the AU mission in Somalia.

Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed, the prime minister of Somalia recently called for an additional 4,000 troops to be deployed as soon as possible. Uganda and Burundi pledged to send an additional 4,000 troops to Somalia as part of the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia.

In March, Burundi deployed one battalion (1,000 soldiers), but the remaining 3,000 soldiers would be deployed around the middle of the year.

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  1. Roland
    May 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Why not describe NATO’s actions more appropriately as “murder.”

    • richardrozoff
      May 18, 2011 at 12:59 am

      You’re right. It is murder.
      Calculated, premeditated, systematic murder.

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