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Greece – Libya: How many Belgian F-16 are in Araxos Air base?

Belgian European Affairs Minister Olivier Chastel said Friday that “Belgium has six F-16 stationed in Greece”. Now Greek General Staff sources claim that “Belgium has eight F-16 sstationed in Greece” Furthermore the Greek  military sources felt the need to explain how the Belgian F-16 came to Greece. Greek news portals …

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Greece – Libya: Air Bases Araxos for F-16 and Aktio for AWACS

There are currently  six Belgian F-16 fighter jets at Araxos air base, near the city of Patras on the Peloponnese. Greek media reported that the Netherlands is to send six F-16 to be stationed there as well. Aktio air base at Preveza, western Greece, is most likely to be used …

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6 Belgian F-16 deployed in Greece – Dutch aircraft still to come against Libya?

Six Belgian F-16 fighter jets are currently stationed at the Greek air base of Araxos, near the city of Patras. The fighter jets together with a frigate in the Mediterranean Sea have been deployed in the context  of a possible NATO military intervention against Libya. The Belgian government  is ready to …

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Greece decides its military participation against Libya

While the NATO is still struggling to decide on how to proceed against Libya, Greece seems to have taken its politicaldecisions as to what role it will play in a joined forces operation against Muammar Gaddafi. Greek media reported tonight  that Greek armed forces will  participate in coalition operations, however not …

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Greece ready to join military forces against Libya

As the war drums are beating against Muammar Gaddafi, former socialist friend Greece declares ready to join forces against Libya.  Athens most likely will play an important role in a military buildup and intervention due to its strategic naval and air force base Souda on Crete. However Greece is waiting for a clear …

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Greek ships evacuate from Libya more than 29,000 people

At least 29,000 people have been carried in ships from Libya to Greece and other destinations, according to information from the Operations Centre of the Greek Coast Guard Harbour Corps.    Ten Greek ships participated in the operation to remove foreign and Greek citizens, including a tanker, two from Cyprus …

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Greek FM dismisses claims Al Jazeera claims, Greek ship unloaded weapons in Libya

Greek Foreign Ministry vehemently dismissed Al Jazeera television network claims that a Greek-flagged vessel unloaded weapons at the port of Tripoli in Libya. In a written statement the Foreign Ministry criticizes the Arabic network for not confirming the information and asks media to show responsibility. Furthermore the Greek Foreign Ministry …

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3 Dutch Marines arrived in Athens after Diplomacy Thriller with Libya

A diplomatic thriller took place last night in Libya when a Greek C-130 was dispatched to pick up three Dutch marines but the Libyan government was trying to make a bargain and press the Maltese government to represent Gaddafi’s interests in the European union. The Dutch marines, two men and one woman, …

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Crete: Drunken German sailors beat Greek port guards

A German-Greek “clash” took place last night, when German frigates crew members attacked Greek port guards. The incident took place at the port of Heraklion on Crete, when the Greeks asked the papers of the German drunken sailors as they were trying to enter the port. Security measures are high …

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What message did Gaddafi’s envoy passed to Greek deputy FM?

To tell you right away the truth, I have no idea. And maybe nobody has an idea or a clue. As much as I understand about diplomacy – which is quite a lot- Greek diplomatic sources said more or less to local reporters that the message of Gaddafi it’s not easy to be deciphered. …

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Greek TV crew narrowly escaped death in Libya – Bombed by Air Force

Three members of the Greek state television NET narrowly escaped death when the Libyan Air Force started bombing the area of Ras Lanuf. Middle East correspondent Panos Charitos, Petros Papaconstantinou, cameraman Thanassis Argyrakis and two Libyan local staff were covering the developments near the town of Brega. “The moment the cameraman …

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German Frigates in Crete to assist Libya surveillance

Three German frigates sailed today at the port of Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete, local news portal Cretalivereported. The frigates came from the port of Alexandria in Egypt and carry 670 Marines. They are expected to stay in Crete for at least one week. The ships are on standby and …

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Gaddafi’s Envoy in Athens meeting with Deputy FM

A high rank official from Libya, a Gaddafi  envoy is in Athens today to meet with Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Dollis and the General Secretary A. Zeppos. Special envoy Mohammed Tahir Salia is bringing a message form Gaddafi. Greek Foreign Ministry has made clear that there will be no statements …

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Mysterious Libyan VIP aircraft flies Athens FIR

A Libyan aircraft conducted a flight within the Athens FIR earlier today, coming from Tripolis. According to the filed fight plan it was heading to Cairo, Egypt. Greek media reported that the aircraft belongs to the Libyan airlines and claimed that the plane belongs to Muammar Gadhafi, a claim that could …

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Crete: Greek Communist Party protests USS Kearsarge at Souda Bay

Members of the Greek Communist Party (KKE) marched through the streets of Chania, Crete,  Friday evening protested the arrival of  US assault ship USS Kearsarge at the Souda Bay. Holding torches and candles they demanded the closure of the US naval base at Souda and and Greece not to be …

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Crete: US military buildup in Souda Bay

A US military buildup is taking place at the Souda Bay on the Greek island of Crete as Muammar Gaddafi keeps bombing his own people and there is no sign of a peaceful solution. US Navy amphibious assault ships USS Kearsarge and USS Ponce are expected to arrive at Souda …

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US Ass. Sec. Gordon denied military operation against Libya pending – US Fleet piles up

 US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Philip Gorden denied that a military operation against Libya was pending. Gordon, currently in Greece, noted that extra US naval assets were ordered to the Mediterranean Sea in order to deal whatever contingencies arise.  “We’re simply preparing for what may be …

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Evacuees from Libya: Some went missing-Greece fears they might stay illegally

There seem to be problems with the evacuation of foreigners from Libya via the port of Heraklion on the island of Crete as Greece is fearing that evacuees from South East Asia may join the army of illegal immigrants in the country. Already 15 Shri Lankans went ‘missing’ after arriving …

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Gaddafi owes USD 716 million to Greek Companies

Despite Muammar Gaddafi’s enormous private property, Libya owes more than USD 700mn to Greek companies that have been operating in the Northern African country.   Some of the outstanding debts, which amount to USD 716.2mn (EUR 520.4mn), are pending since the 1980s, mainly to Greek constructors.  The issue was discussed during …

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Greece set to evacuate more Greeks & Foreigners from Libya

While the majority of Greek expats has been evacuated from Libya there are still 10 Greeks, 20 Greek Cypriots and38 Europeans  enclosed in the dessert at a construction site. Now they have been instructed to move some 50 km into a nearby town with airport big enough for a C-130 …

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