Nato accused of war crimes in Libya

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From daily The Independent in Britain:

Nato accused of war crimes in Libya

New report criticises Western forces for bombing civilian targets in Sirte during conflict

Rachel Shabi

Thursday 19 January 2012

An independent report published by Middle Eastern human rights groups says there is evidence that war crimes and human rights violations were committed by all the participants – Nato, rebel forces and those loyal to Colonel Gaddafi – in last year’s Libyan uprising.

The report, published today by the Arab Organisation for Human Rights together and the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights with the International Legal Assistance Consortium, follows extensive fact-finding work carried out by law and war crimes experts. While the document stresses that findings are not conclusive, it adds weight to growing concerns about violations committed by all sides in the conflict.

After interviews with eye-witnesses and victims of attacks, and after visiting areas targeted by Nato, the Independent Civil Society Mission to Libya report highlights the issue of Nato classifying some civilian sites as military targets during its operations.

Nato was authorised by the UN Security Council to protect civilians in Libya from attacks by the Gaddafi regime during the uprising of last year, but drew criticism for what many described as going further than the terms of the mandate.

Raji Sourani, the head of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights who took part in the Libya mission, said: “We are not making judgements – that is not the mission mandate. But we have reason to think that there were some war crimes perpetrated.

“We are asking questions, especially about what happened in Sirte,” referring to Nato strikes in that city last September, when 47 civilians were killed. Eye-witnesses in the city told report investigators that civilians converged at the site of Nato strikes on two trucks, and were subsequently killed by a third missile. …

The investigation also set out to probe alleged violations committed by former opposition forces allied to the National Transitional Council. As well as evidence of killing, torturing, detention and ill-treatment of individuals who may have been loyal to the former regime, the mission examines the forced displacement of suspected “enemies of the revolution” – especially in Tawergha.

Reports described Tawergha, near Misrata, as a “ghost town” – 30,000 residents had been driven out of their homes in what looked like an act of revenge and collective punishment carried out by anti-Gaddafi fighters.

Addressing such violations, the report quotes a senior military commander in Tripoli, who says: “What I fear most now are the revolutionaries themselves.” The group’s plan to follow up today’s report with similar investigations in Syria and Yemen.

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    Kuwait News Agency
    January 30, 2012

    NATO, GCC discuss Mideast security

    BRUSSELS: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Dr Adbullatif Al-Zayani, met here Monday afternoon to discuss a range of issues including developments in the Middle East, the importance of cooperative security and of regular contacts between NATO and the GCC.

    During the meeting, Rasmussen praised the strong cooperation between NATO and six GCC member states under the framework of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI), according to a NATO press release.

    He highlighted the active and positive role played by the GCC in the recent crisis in Libya. NATO and Partners, including GCC members, enforced the historic resolution of the United Nations Security Council on Libya…

    Looking ahead, the NATO Secretary General noted that the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago will provide an opportunity for NATO to underline its interest in stability and security in the Middle East East and North Africa and to enhance political relations and practical cooperation with countries in the region.

    The GCC chief arrived in Brussels on Sunday for a three-day visit for talks with EU and NATO officials.


    Azerbaijan: Valuable NATO Partner On Iranian Border

    Trend News Agency
    January 30, 2012

    Romanian ambassador: Azerbaijan – valuable partner of NATO
    S. Agayeva

    Baku: Azerbaijan is a valuable partner of NATO, and these relations are developing within the “Partnership for Peace (PfP)” Programme, Romanian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Daniel Cristian Ciobanu said at the opening of the NATO School in Azerbaijan on Monday.

    “NATO appreciates Azerbaijan’s peacekeeping efforts, including in Afghanistan,” Ciobanu said. He said about 30 events aimed at developing relations of the Alliance with Azerbaijan are planned in 2012 as part of NATO-Azerbaijan cooperation.

    The winter session of the International School NATO-Azerbaijan opened in Baku is attended by about 50 participants from 20 countries, members and partners of NATO.


    Commander Of NATO, U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Visits Georgia

    Civil Georgia
    January 30, 2012

    Commander of NATO-led Forces in Afghanistan Visits Tbilisi

    Tbilisi: General John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, visits Tbilisi to discuss Georgia’s “continuing contributions to peace and stability in Afghanistan,” the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi said on Monday.

    Gen. John R. Allen will hold a series of meeting with senior Georgian government and military officials on January 30.

    He will also visit and address Georgia’s 23rd infantry battalion at the Krtsanisi Training Center outside Tbilisi. The battalion is currently undergoing training to prepare for deployment in Afghanistan.

    Georgia plans to send this year one additional infantry battalion to Afghanistan on top of 936 Georgian soldiers who already serve as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

    As a result, after sending one more battalion – that is 749 soldiers – Georgia will become the largest non-NATO contributor to ASAF with total of 1,685 troops.

    Georgia has lost twelve of its soliders since joining NATO-led operation in Afghanistan in November, 2009. The Georgian troops in Afghanistan operate without caveats.


    Obama-Saakashvili Talks To Elevate Bilateral Ties To New Level

    Civil Georgia
    January 30, 2012

    Georgian Ambassador: Obama-Saakashvili Talks ‘to Elevate Ties to New Level’

    -Saakashvili is expected to speak at the launch of World Bank study entitled Fighting Corruption in Public Services – Chronicling Georgia’s Reforms. On Wednesday, he will talk about Post-Revolutionary Societies and What Comes After the Arab Spring at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

    Tbilisi: A meeting between the U.S. and Georgian presidents at the White House on January 30 will “elevate our relations between the two countries to a new level,” Georgia’s ambassador to the United States, Temur Yakobashvili, said on Sunday.

    “This is very important for our country, especially against the background of the political reality in which we are now, I mean developments taking place around us,” he told the Georgian Public Broadcaster’s weekly program, Accents, on January 29.

    He said “there are lots of issues” on the agenda, which would be raised during the meeting between the two presidents, mainly involving four areas – political, economic, security and democracy.

    “I want to assure you that the U.S-Georgia relations, including in security issues, will be elevated to the new level,” he said.

    “Security issues involve not only sale of arms – that’s one of the components and I think that we will have progress in this direction too; but there are other components as well, which are more important than the issue of sale or purchase of arms, and these issues are about guarantees of our security, including such political issues like integration into NATO, bilateral military relations, which of course is not limited only with sale of arms, there is a whole set of other issues,” the Georgian ambassador said.

    He said that the U.S. “is a staunch supporter of Georgia”, including to its NATO aspiration, adding that this support now was “exactly the same” as it was during the Bush administration.

    On democracy, Yakobashvili said: “What we hear from our American partners is that they are very seriously satisfied with the transformation that is taking place in Georgia.”

    Apart from the meeting with the U.S. president, during his visit Mikheil Saakashvili is also scheduled to meet dozens of leading Democratic and Republican members of Congress, as well as media and other opinion leaders in Washington, according to the Georgian government’s English-language weekly online newsletter.

    On Tuesday, Saakashvili is expected to speak at the launch of World Bank study entitled Fighting Corruption in Public Services – Chronicling Georgia’s Reforms. On Wednesday, he will talk about Post-Revolutionary Societies and What Comes After the Arab Spring at the U.S. Institute of Peace.


    NATO Grooms Montenegro For Full Membership

    Defence Professionals
    January 28, 2012

    Montenegro and NATO Hold Talks on Development of Third Package of Partnership
    Goals 2012Â

    The Minister of Defense of Montenegro, Boro Vucinic, met Jan. 26 with head of the Force Planning Directorate in the NATO’s Department of Defense Policy and Planning, Mr. Frank Boland.

    On 25th-26th of January Podgorica [Montenegrin capital] hosted bilateral talks between Montenegro and NATO on the development of the third package of the Partnership Goals 2012. The head of the Force Planning Directorate in the NATO’s Department of Defense Policy and Planning, Mr. Frank Boland, was at the head of the NATO delegation, while the Montenegrin delegation was led by PhD Ivan Masulovic, Deputy Minister for Defense policy, the Ministry of Defense of Montenegro.

    The discussion also covered reforms in Montenegro’s defense system in the framework of the mechanisms of the Partnership for Peace and the Individual Membership Action Plan.

    Mr. Boland commented on the significant contribution of Montenegro to peace support operations [that is, deployment of troops to Afghanistan] and the results achieved so far in the reform of the defense and security system. He expressed his confidence that Montenegro will successfully fulfill all the tasks on the path towards NATO membership.

    Through the work on Partnership Goals, Montenegro continues to develop the necessary capabilities in the direction of strengthening national security and preparations to assume obligations within the framework of full membership in NATO…


    General Dynamics Wins Contract For NATO Interceptor Missiles

    General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
    January 30, 2012

    General Dynamics Awarded Contract by Aerojet for Standard Missile-3 Control Actuators

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has received a contract for the design and production of electromagnetic control actuators for Aerojet’s Throttleable Divert and Attitude Control System (TDACS) in support of the Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile interceptor. General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics.

    The SM-3 Block IIA missile is the latest element of the Missile Defense Agency’s Phased Adaptive Approach to regional missile defense. It is a ship-based missile, carried aboard Aegis-equipped ships, with expanded range and capability over previous Block IA and Block IB missiles.

    General Dynamics will design and produce actuators for the SM-3 Block IIA that provide pintle movement for control of the SM-3′s kinetic warhead’s TDACS…The company will leverage the design and manufacturing processes successfully developed under the Standard Missile Block IB program in developing and producing the new actuators.

    “Our ultra-high-bandwidth and high-power-density actuators have proven to be key performance enablers for the Block IB and IIA advanced variants of the SM-3 missile, and we look forward to continuing our support on this vital program,” said Rich Schroeder, general manager of General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems’ Healdsburg Operations.


    Army Grants Lockheed $921 Million For Patriot Advanced Capability-3s

    Lockheed Martin
    January 30, 2012

    Lockheed Martin Receives $921 Million Contract for Production of Combat-Proven PAC-3 Missiles

    DALLAS: Lockheed Martin received contracts totaling $921 million from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for hardware and services associated with the combat-proven Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment program.

    The contract includes Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) missile and command launch system production for the U.S. Army and a follow-on sale of the PAC-3 Missile Segment to Taiwan. In 2009, Taiwan became the fifth international customer for the PAC-3 Missile Segment.

    The contract includes production of hit-to-kill PAC-3 Missiles, launcher modification kits, spares and other equipment, as well as program management and services. Production of all equipment will take place at Lockheed Martin manufacturing facilities in Dallas and Lufkin, Texas; Chelmsford, Mass.; and Ocala, Fla., as well as the PAC-3 All-Up Round facility in Camden, Ark. Deliveries will begin in the first half of 2013.

    “Demand remains strong from the U.S. and our global partners for the combat-proven PAC-3 Missile,” said Mike Trotsky, vice president of air & missile defense programs at Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business…

    Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor on the PAC-3 Missile Segment upgrade to the Patriot air defense system. The PAC-3 Missile Segment upgrade consists of the PAC-3 Missile, a highly agile hit-to-kill interceptor, the PAC-3 Missile canisters (each of which hold four PAC-3 Missiles, with four canisters per launcher), a fire solution computer and an enhanced launcher electronics system and launcher support hardware.


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