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War in Libya – Libya and World – News (March to July 2011)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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Laaska News April 15,2011 

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War in Libya:Qatar ready to arm Libyan opposition: amir

War On Libya:New NATO strikes in Libya

U.S. continues to play supporting role in NATO operations in Libya

The United States will maintain a supporting role in NATO operations in Libya, said State Department spokesman Mark Toner. He was commenting on an appeal to Washington from French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe for America to reassert a stronger role in airstrikes on Gaddafi’s forces.

According to Toner, NATO is successfully conducting a military operation, complying with provisions of the UN Security Council resolution on Libya. According to a Barack Obama administration decision, the U.S. Air Force is not participating in combat operations in Libya as of April 5. However, it does carry out reconnaissance flights, jamming radio stations of Gaddafi’s troops and providing mid-air refueling for coalition aircraft.

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NATO needs more precision strike fighters in Libya: Rasmussen 

BERLIN, April 14 (Xinhua) — NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said here Thursday that NATO generally has sufficient military assets for the Libyan mission, but it needs more precision strike aircraft as Libyan government troops changed their tactics.

Attending a two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin, Rasmussen said NATO would “maintain a high operational tempo” against troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and fully implement the UN Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorized a no-fly zone over Libya and allows “all necessary measures” to protect civilians in the violence-torn country.

“I know questions have been raised on whether we have sufficient number of military assets and capabilities to accomplish this mission,” Rasmussen told reporters. “Today, the supreme allied commander has briefed the ministers and he has given an overview of the whole operation.”

Rasmussen said that the western alliance has “the necessary resources” to carry out the mission in Libya, but the requirements have changed as “the situation from the ground and the tactics of the Gaddafi’s troops changed.”

The Libyan government troops “hide heavy arms in highly- populated areas, and to avoid civilian casualties, we need very sophisticated equipment and a few more precision fight aircraft for air to ground missions,”the NATO chief said.

“I am confident that the nations will step up to the plate,” he added.

But when asked what the confidence came from, Rasmussen said he heard some indications that gave him hope, although he didn’t have any specific pledges and promises from this Berlin meeting.

Asked whether this meant the United States should provide more fighters and weapons, Rasmussen said the appeal did not refer to “particular countries”, and the United States will continue to contribute to the mission.

Before the Berlin summit, rifts have emerged within the alliance over the scope of Libyan military campaign before the summit. France and Britain urged partners to enhance their military efforts against Gaddafi, while Germany insisted that ” military solution” was never on its desk.

Only six out of NATO’s 28 members are conducting air strikes in Libya as the United States has moved into a back-up role and many countries have put restrictions on the use of their planes. NATO members also hold different views on issues like arming the rebels.

In the press conference, Rasmussen reiterated that “there is no military solution solely in the crisis of Libya, and what we need to ensure a long-term, sustainable solution is political process.”

He stressed that “it is the Libyan people that decide the future of Libya” and NATO has no intention to interfere with the process, while adding that the alliance strongly endorse the call for Gaddafi to leave power, echoing a main outcome reached in the first meeting of the Contact Group, held in Doha on Wednesday.

Besides NATO’s 28 nations, foreign ministers from partner countries including Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Morocco, Sweden and Ukraine also attended the Berlin meeting from Thursday to Friday, which mainly focused on the situation in Libya, a North African country sunk into domestic conflicts since February.

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NATO’s military operation in Libya to continue

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NATO Foreign Ministers during a meeting on Libya at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin, Germany. Photo: AFP

NATO’s military operation in Libya will continue. This is stated in a declaration adopted on Thursday in Berlin at a meeting of Foreign ministers of the alliance. Signatures under the document were also placed by representatives of Jordan, Qatar, Morocco, Sweden, Ukraine and the UAE, involved in the military mission in Libya.

The military operation pursues three goals. Firstly, it seeks to put an end to attacks targeting civilians. Secondly, all the military forces of the ruling regime should be withdrawn from populated areas and housed in barracks. Thirdly, an unimpeded implementation of humanitarian activities should be enforced.

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NATO sets goals for Libyan operation  

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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks during a press conference on the first day of NATO Foreign Ministers meeting in Berlin, Germany, April 14, 2011. NATO and its partners will not end their operation in Libya until three objectives have been achieved, including the withdrawal of government troops, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday. (Xinhua/Wu Wei)

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BERLIN, April 14 (Xinhua) — NATO and its partners will not end their operation in Libya until three objectives have been achieved, including the withdrawal of government troops, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday.

During the meeting, the foreign ministers from NATO members and their partners clearly phased out the military objectives of the mission, Rasmussen told reporters.

“We are committed to all necessary resources, maximum operational flexibility within our mandate. A high operational tempo against legitimate targets will be maintained,” he said.

Rasmussen stressed that the NATO would exert pressure as long as necessary until three objectives were achieved.

“First, all attacks and threats of attack against civilians and civilian-operated areas have ended,” he said. “Second, the regime has verifiably withdrawn to bases all military forces, including snipers, mercenaries and other para-military forces, including from all populated areas they have entered, occupied or besieged.”

The third is that Libya should permit “immediate, full, safe and unhindered humanitarian access to all the people Libya in the need of assistance.”

Responding to the reported rifts within the alliance on the scope of Libyan operation, Rasmussen said “I have to remind you that 34 nations have been involved in this operation. It shows our strong and shared commitment to fulfill our mandate and protect people of Libya.”

NATO foreign ministers gathered in Berlin on Thursday and Frida with the Libyan conflicts high on their agenda, hoping to narrow divisions over the alliance-led military campaign in Libya, which were sunk into conflicting between troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and rebel forces.

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