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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: October 15, 2011

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Libyan War: 25,793 NATO Sorties, 9,542 Combat Missions

Libya: Loyalists Resume Resistance Against Usurpers In Capital

NATO Military Chief Praises France’s Role In African, Asian Wars

Afghan War: NATO’s 2011 Death Toll Reaches 480

NATO Delivers Ultimatum To Kosovo Serbs

Kosovo: NATO Commander Demands “Unconditional” Removal Of Barricades

AFRICOM’s New War: Obama Deploys Troops To Four Central African Nations

Somalia: U.S. Drone Attack Kills At Least 78, Wounds 64

U.S. Loses Two Drones In Southern Somalia

Pakistan: U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 16 In Two Days

THAAD: Lockheed Sure Of Continued Contracts For NATO Missile System

NATO Tankers Attacked In Capital Of Balochistan

England: U.S. Warplanes Conduct Night Training

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Libyan War: 25,793 NATO Sorties, 9,542 Combat Missions

http://www.nato.int/nato_static/assets/pdf/pdf_2011_10/20111015_111015-oup-update.pdf

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
October 15, 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 25,793 sorties, including 9,542 strike sorties, have been conducted.

Sorties conducted 14 OCTOBER: 67

Strike sorties conducted 14 OCTOBER: 16

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Libya: Loyalists Resume Resistance Against Usurpers In Capital

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2011-10/15/c_131192179.htm

Xinhua News Agency
October 14, 2011

NTC forces, Gaddafi supporters clash in Libyan capital

-As the NTC saw with surprise the first fierce clashes in Tripoli in over 50 days with Gaddafi supporters after their capture of the Libyan capital, its fighters were also forced to retreat from Sirte, one of a couple of Gaddafi strongholds, the previous day due to strong resistance.

TRIPOLI: Forces of the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) and some supporters of fallen leader Muammar Gaddafi exchanged gunfire in the Abu Salim neighborhood in southern Tripoli on Friday, the first in over 50 days, witnesses said.

Continuous gunshots were heard in the Libyan capital on Friday afternoon, after a number of pro-Gaddafi loyalists, who were armed, tried to raise a Gaddafi-era green national flag in the area, witnesses near Abu Salim told Xinhua.

Some 40 supporters of the previous regime then fired into the sky with machine guns and roamed in the streets, chanting pro-Gaddafi slogans.

Security checkpoints have been currently set up across Tripoli, and streets in the city’s downtown are heavily deployed with NTC fighters, who are searching for the diehards of the previous administration. Meanwhile, a witness told Xinhua that clashes were also seen in the al-Hadba area in southwestern Tripoli. There are no immediate details on casualties in the incident. Some areas in Tripoli have been currently cut off of water supply, but it has to be confirmed whether this is related to the incident.

A source close to the NTC said there were planned demonstrations by remnant Gaddafi supporters in Tripoli on Friday, a weekend day when almost all businesses in the city are closed. As the NTC saw with surprise the first fierce clashes in Tripoli in over 50 days with Gaddafi supporters after their capture of the Libyan capital, its fighters were also forced to retreat from Sirte, one of a couple of Gaddafi strongholds, the previous day due to strong resistance.

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NATO Military Chief Praises France’s Role In African, Asian Wars

http://www.nato.int/cps/en/SID-24E71A13-4B8FAF42/natolive/news_79461.htm

North Atlantic Treaty Organization
October 14, 2011

Chairman of NATO Military Committee praises France for the critical contribute to Alliance’s Operations

-[T]his was the first official visit of NATO’s most senior military Official after France’s full reintegration into the NATO Command Structure….Speaking on France’s full reintegration into the NATO Command Structure, Admiral Di Paola underlined that “this has been remarkably successful and will be a foundation for even greater achievements in the Alliance’s future endeavors.”

On the invitation of Admiral Édouard Guillaud, French Chief of Defence, NATO’s Military Committee Chairman (CMC) Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola paid his first official visit to France.

Following the welcoming ceremony at the Ecole Militaire, Adm. Guillaud and Adm. Di Paola held bilateral talks focused on France’s role in Operation Unified Protector and the relevant lessons from NATO’s engagement in Libya.

All the other ongoing operations such as NATO’s operation in Afghanistan (ISAF), Kosovo (KFOR) and the anti-piracy operation Ocean Shield were at the top of their agenda…

Vice Admiral Richard Laborde, the Director of the Institute of Higher National Defence Studies and of Higher Military Training, emphasized that this was the first official visit of NATO’s most senior military Official after France’s full reintegration into the NATO Command Structure.

In his address to the Ecole de Guerre, the Institut des hautes études de défense nationale (IHEDN), and the representatives of the Institut national des hautes études de la sécurité et de la justice (INHESJ), NATO’s senior military officer applauded France’s key role in NATO’s engagement in Libya.

“Libya has demonstrated that NATO works; that NATO has been able to act with unprecedented speed..,” Di Paola said.

Elaborating on the current challenges the Alliance and the Euro-Atlantic area are facing, the Chairman of the Military Comitee remarked that the current security environment provides unique challenges and opportunities for the Alliance to strengthen cooperation among Allies and foster relationships with Partners.

The NATO Delegation concluded his visit with a meeting with Senator Jacques Gautier, Vice-chairman of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces Commission and Gen. Benoît Puga, Chief of the Military Staff of the President of the Republic.

Speaking on France’s full reintegration into the NATO Command Structure, Admiral Di Paola underlined that “this has been remarkably successful and will be a foundation for even greater achievements in the Alliance’s future endeavors.”

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Afghan War: NATO’s 2011 Death Toll Reaches 480

http://www.pajhwok.com/en/2011/10/14/3-isaf-soldiers-killed-mine-blasts

Pajhwok Afghan News
October 14, 2011

3 ISAF soldiers killed in mine blasts
By Hakim Basharat

KABUL: Three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed in separate incidents of violence in different parts of the country, the alliance said on Friday.

One of the soldiers was killed in the east while the two others were killed in southern Afghanistan in last two days in mine blasts, an ISAF statement said.

In line with its policy, the force does not disclose the soldiers’ nationality.

With the latest deaths, the number of international soldiers killed in Afghanistan so far this year has reached 480. The toll was 711 last year.

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NATO Delivers Ultimatum To Kosovo Serbs

http://english.ruvr.ru/2011/10/14/58738606.html

Itar-Tass
October 15, 2011

NATO sends ultimatum to Kosovo Serbs

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kosovo has sent an ultimatum to Kosovar Serbs to remove barricades blocking the roads to the Jarina and Brnyak check points on the border with Serbia by next Monday, Major General Erhard Drews, commander of the ISAF forces in Kosovo told reporters in Pristina Friday.

He did not elaborate on the sanctions to be taken in case the ultimatum is not observed.

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Kosovo: NATO Commander Demands “Unconditional” Removal Of Barricades

http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics-article.php?yyyy=2011&mm=10&dd=15&nav_id=76872

Tanjug News Agency
October 15, 2011

KFOR commander demands “unconditional removal of barricades”

LEPOSAVIĆ: KFOR Commander Erhard Drews is demanding from representatives of the local self-government in northern Kosovo to unconditionally remove all roadblocks.

The meeting between Drews with mayors of four northern Kosovo towns started Saturday afternoon at the KFOR Camp Nothing Hill near Leposavić.

According to KFOR, Drews has told the Zvečan, Kosovska Mitrovica, Zubin Potok and Leposavić mayors that he expects unconditional removal of roadblocks to ensure that people, emergency services, EULEX and KFOR can move freely on the roads leading to the Jarinje and Brnjak administrative crossings.

Today’s meeting between the KFOR commander and the municipal representatives is the first since the German general assumed command of the military mission in Kosovo and it was organized at the initiative of local self-governments in northern Kosovo.

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AFRICOM’s New War: Obama Deploys Troops To Four Central African Nations

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=65664

U.S. Department of Defense
October 14, 2011

Obama Sends U.S. Forces to Help in Central Africa
By Cheryl Pellerin

-“[T]hese U.S. forces will deploy into Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”
The U.S. forces supporting this operation are primarily special operations forces…

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has authorized the deployment to central Africa of 100 combat-equipped U.S. forces whose mission is to help regional forces fight the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army and its leader, Joseph Kony.

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Daniel Inouye, president pro tempore of the Senate, Obama notified Congress of his actions…

On Oct. 12, the president wrote, the initial team of U.S. combat-equipped military personnel deployed to Uganda. A total of 100 service members and civilians will deploy to the region over the next month, including a second combat-equipped team and headquarters, communications and logistics personnel.

Obama said the forces will provide information, advice and assistance to select partner nation forces and act as advisers to partner forces that seek to remove Kony and other senior LRA leadership from the battlefield.

“Since 2008,” the president wrote, “the United States has supported regional military efforts to pursue the LRA…”

Even with limited U.S. assistance, regional military efforts have been unable to remove Kony or his top commanders from the battlefield, Obama said.

In the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009, enacted in May 2010, the president wrote, Congress expressed support for increased, comprehensive U.S. efforts to help mitigate and eliminate the threat posed by the LRA…

“Subject to the approval of each respective host nation,” the president wrote, “elements of these U.S. forces will deploy into Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.”

The support provided by U.S. forces, he added, will enhance regional efforts against the LRA.

“I believe that deploying these U.S. armed forces furthers U.S. national security interests and foreign policy,” Obama wrote, “and will be a significant contribution toward counter-LRA efforts in central Africa.”

During an Oct. 4 military strategy forum, Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command, commented on the LRA.

“If you ever had any question if there’s evil in the world, it’s resident in the person of Joesph Kony and that organization,” Ham said.

The U.S. military, Ham said, has focused on facilitating intelligence, and in a State Department-led effort, U.S. personnel trained a battalion of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s armed forces. Ham said the U.S. government was looking to increase support to the counter-LRA efforts by increasing the number of military advisors and trainers and training another battalion.

A senior Defense Department official said today that since 2008, the United States has provided $33 million in support to the Ugandan military’s counter-LRA efforts and is providing logistical support, nonlethal equipment, training and intelligence assistance to other militaries working to counter the LRA.

For example, the official said, the United States is working to provide some equipment to the Central African Republic’s armed forces and coordinating with them to help in capitalizing on their counter-LRA efforts in the eastern part of that country.

The U.S.-trained Democratic Republic of Congo battalion now is deployed to Dungu in northeastern Congo, an area that has been affected by LRA operations, the official said, adding that Africom also is exploring ways to support South Sudan’s military.

The 100 U.S. personnel whose deployment the president announced today are going to regional capitals and other areas to work with governments, their militaries, and the peacekeeping missions in order for these forces to counter the LRA threat and protect civilians, the official said…

The U.S. forces supporting this operation are primarily special operations forces who will work to build the capacity of the units they are working with, the Pentagon official said.

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Somalia: U.S. Drone Attack Kills At Least 78, Wounds 64

http://presstv.com/detail/204501.html

Press TV
October 14, 2011

US drone strike kills 78 in Somalia

An attack by a US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has killed at least 78 people and injured 64 others in southern Somalia, Press TV reports.

The Friday attack took place near Qooqani town located in southern Somalia, a Press TV correspondent reported.

In a different incident on Friday, another US drone attack killed 11 civilians and wounded 34 more in the Hoosingow district in the south of the country.

Somalia is the sixth country where the US military has conducted drone strikes.

The US has employed drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Yemen to launch aerial bombings.

Washington claims the airstrikes target militants, though most such attacks have resulted in civilian casualties.

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U.S. Loses Two Drones In Southern Somalia

http://www.salem-news.com/articles/october132011/predator-drone.php

Salem-News.com
October 13, 2011

Two US drones crash in south Somalia

TEHRAN: A Somali government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Press TV that the American remote-controlled drones went down in close proximity to Dhoobley town, situated 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Kenyan border and about 500 kilometers (312 miles) southwest of the Somali capital Mogadishu, late on Tuesday.

He added that the remains of the aircraft were retrieved by Somali government forces.

Somalia is the sixth known country where Washington uses remote-aerial vehicles to conduct surveillance and airstrikes.

The United States has employed drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Yemen to launch aerial bombings.

Strategically located in the Horn of Africa, Somalia remains one of the countries generating the highest number of refugees and internally displaced persons in the world.

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Pakistan: U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 16 In Two Days

http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=119779

Pakistan Observer
October 15, 2011

Six more killed in drone attack

Peshawar: American planes in yet another missile hit in North Waziristan agency Friday killed at least six more people. The drone attack was carried out on second a consecutive day and was the third within 48 hours.

Earlier on Thursday too, the US CIA operated pilotless planes targeted a vehicle and a compound in the Danday Darapa Khel area of the NWA, killing as many as 10 people, though the international media and the local officials also claimed to have killed Jamil Haqqani, an important logistic commander of the Haqqani network and a close aid of Haqqani network’s incumbent chief Sirajuddin Haqqani.

Reports reaching here said the predator planes or the notorious drones on Friday targeted a compound in the Shehzad Kot area a few kilometers from Miram Shah with the Hellfire missiles killing at least six inhabitants of the house which the officials said was used by militants.

However, locals said they had reports about the drone strikes, yet the identity of those killed as militants could not be established and there was a likelihood that those killed were ordinary tribesmen having nothing to do with militancy.

“The American planes fired two missiles on the compound along the Pak-Afghan border and killed six people present.” A local official said the casualties occurred in a missile attack on a vehicle.

American drones have been making mockery of Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty since August 2008, killing over two thousand people. The attacks have occurred in recent days at a time when Pakistani legislators are flexing their muscles to say a big no to the drone attacks and called for a decisive policy in this regard.

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THAAD: Lockheed Sure Of Continued Contracts For NATO Missile System

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011%5C10%5C15%5Cstory_15-10-2011_pg4_8

Reuters
October 14, 2011

Lockheed confident of budget for NATO missile system

-Lockheed Martin is supplying core components of US President Barack Obama’s missile defence project, which will be the basis of the NATO-wide system agreed last year.
The Maryland-based company also said it had a number of other programmes relevant to the NATO effort and expected that “virtually every NATO country” would be involved in some way…Lockheed’s MEADS ground-based missile defence system, being developed by the United States, Germany and Italy, was envisioned by the European partners as their contribution to the NATO system, and the firm’s THAAD missile system could also become part of the overall architecture for Europe. 

US defence firm Lockheed Martin says it is optimistic a key NATO missile defence programme for which it is a primary supplier will not be hurt by budget cuts in the United States and elsewhere, given its importance to the alliance.

The system is…due to start operating from next year and to become fully operational in 2018. It is based around Lockheed’s ship-based Aegis Combat System which uses computers and radars to track and destroy missiles and a second phase basing this system ashore. “That’s a very important programme for us,” Scott Harris, president of Lockheed Martin’s European division, said in an interview. “We are quite pleased with the progress we’ve seen to date and the prospects for the future.

“(NATO’s) Strategic Concept…makes this a central mission for the alliance, and as a result, the member states will all be looking for ways that they can contribute,” he said, referring to NATO’s statement of security priorities for the coming decade. He added: “I am hopeful that in missile defence… we will be able to maintain the funding profile. We may have to adapt to austerity and there will be trade-offs made. But today I would say that would be met.” Lockheed Martin is supplying core components of US President Barack Obama’s missile defence project, which will be the basis of the NATO-wide system agreed last year.

The Maryland-based company also said it had a number of other programmes relevant to the NATO effort and expected that “virtually every NATO country” would be involved in some way. Harris said Lockheed’s MEADS ground-based missile defence system, being developed by the United States, Germany and Italy, was envisioned by the European partners as their contribution to the NATO system, and the firm’s THAAD missile system could also become part of the overall architecture for Europe.

Despite concern about the impact of massive US defence budget cuts and European austerity steps, the missile defence initiative has taken significant steps forward this year. This month the United States and Spain reached a deal to base US Aegis warships in Spain and plans have been announced for ground-based systems in Romania, Poland and Turkey. Harris conceded that with defence budgets under severe pressure “it’s impossible to predict what will survive and what will be cut in such an environment”. However, it appeared missile defence had been afforded “very high priority”. “I would think that it would be…one of the least likely programmes to be reduced,” he said.

This is a view echoed by senior NATO diplomats…In an interview with news agencies on Friday, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen emphasised the need for the missile defence system. “The fact is that there is a real missile threat. The fact is that more than 30 countries in the world have missile technology or are aspiring to get missile technology, some of them with a range to hit targets on NATO territory. So the missile threat and the potential threat is real, and against a real threat we need to have a real defense,” he said.

Lockheed also said it was confident it would complete development of its F-35 fighter aircraft by 2016 and that partners in the project were currently sticking to their purchase plans, despite the pressure of spending cuts.

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NATO Tankers Attacked In Capital Of Balochistan

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011%5C10%5C15%5Cstory_15-10-2011_pg7_7

Daily Times
October 15, 2011

Three injured in attack on NATO tankers

QUETTA: Three people were injured when armed men attacked the convoy of NATO tankers in Mianghundi near Quetta on Friday, police said.

According to a police official, the tankers were carrying fuel and goods for NATO forces in Afghanistan when some unidentified armed men opened fire on them.

Resultantly, three drivers received bullet injuries and an oil tanker was partially damaged. The other tankers remained safe in the attack.

The assailants escaped on motorcycles before the personnel of law enforcing agencies reached the spot. The injured were taken to the Bolan Medical Complex for treatment where they have been identified as Nasar Hiyat, Atiqur Rehman and Umer Daraz. “Three drivers were injured while oil tankers remained safe,” police constable Kuda-e-Dost said.

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England: U.S. Warplanes Conduct Night Training

http://www.stripes.com/news/lakenheath-sets-night-training-for-pilots-1.157719

Stars and Stripes
October 13, 2011

Lakenheath sets night training for pilots

The night skies over eastern England will be a bit louder for the next month as the Air Force’s 48th Fighter Wing conducts night training.

Flying the wing’s F-15 Eagles and F-15E Strike Eagles at night allows crews to maintain proficiency using night-vision equipment, which they could not do during daytime hours, according to an Air Force release.

The night training will continue until mid-November.

“Due to the limited hours of darkness in the summer here, most of the 48 Fighter Wing’s night operations occur between the months of October and March,” wing spokeswoman 1st Lt. Ashley Skillman said in an email. “The extended hours of darkness are optimal for training.”

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  1. Rainbow Warrior
    October 15, 2011 at 6:05 am

    You certainly have NATO well covered. Great Work.
    They do need to be stopped. They go from killing spree to killing spree.
    They have absolutely no respect for life on any level.

  2. October 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm

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  3. Michael
    October 15, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    SS OberStrumpFuhrer Erhard Drews made an ULTIMATUM to remaining Serbian inhabitants in Serbian Southern Province of Kosovo!?
    Crash criminal NATO (new Vaffen SS) Russia & China!
    Victory for Gaddafi and Death to NTC Quinslings brought to power by criminal NATO!!!
    Crush the greedy of this world O Lord of Justice!!!

  4. paul
    October 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    There have been ongoing reports indicating that not only have Gaddafi forces been continuing to fight in Tripoli, but that they have been fighting back all across the country, even in Bengazi.

    As far as I can tell, what is confusing people about the situation is that, because of Nato’s firepower, the stronger force, the FAR stronger force, which seems to be Gaddafi, has been forced into effectively a guerilla war. This is a unique situation.

  5. rosemerry
    October 15, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Now that we have the majestic figure of Sharkozy, obviously a much more imposing, intelligent, fair and knowledgeable person than General de Gaulle, we can bask in the praise from the supreme NATO commander, having given up the independence France was famous for and reintegrated with NATO with all its new tasks to rule the globe.

    Despite concern about the impact of massive US defence budget cuts !!!!!!!!!!
    A slight slowing of the massive increase on a huge arms budget becomes “massive US defence budget cuts”.

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