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NATO admits mistakenly striking Libyan opposition forces
CNN ^ | June 18, 2011 | CNN Wire Staff

Posted on 06/18/2011 1:52:52 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

In its statement, NATO said that "a column of military vehicles, including tanks," were spotted Thursday around al-Brega where Gadhafi forces "had recently been operating." During what it called "a particularly complex and fluid battle scenario," leaders in the military alliance ordered a strike after determining these vehicles posed "a threat to civilians."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gaddafi; hostilities; libya; missioncreep; nato; noflyzone; obamawar; oup; r2p; warpowers

1 posted on 06/18/2011 1:52:56 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Cool. Works for me.


2 posted on 06/18/2011 1:58:14 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Bring our boys and aircraft home!!!


3 posted on 06/18/2011 1:58:21 PM PDT by Paperdoll (NO MORE BUSHS!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

And to think that these guys were actually going to have to fight the Russians if WW3 broke out.


4 posted on 06/18/2011 1:59:17 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Good start,that is how you kill a billion of them,a few at a time.


5 posted on 06/18/2011 2:00:11 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Whoops.


6 posted on 06/18/2011 2:01:48 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Berlin_Freeper

They could not possibly have injured anyone since we are not engaged in “hostilities”.


7 posted on 06/18/2011 2:01:48 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

8 posted on 06/18/2011 2:02:03 PM PDT by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Which will happen on occaision when ‘friendly’ ground forces are not accompanied by a forward air controller. Sometimes it even happens when the ARE with a FAC. I’m guessing NATO pilots only have a vague idea as to exactly where the so-called frontlines are, making close air support next to impossible.


9 posted on 06/18/2011 2:02:35 PM PDT by Tallguy (You can safely ignore anything that precedes the word "But"...)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Meh...either way.


10 posted on 06/18/2011 2:04:09 PM PDT by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Comedy of errors with real lives.

How come the left isn’t screaming about these innocents dying?


11 posted on 06/18/2011 2:05:09 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: John W
Interesting parallel there, given that Alfred Nobel started by blowing s*** up.
12 posted on 06/18/2011 2:05:29 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Tallguy
Considering that the original stated purpose of NATO intervention was to protect the lives of the rebels against Quaddafi, that explanation won't wash.

This is failure in the making.

13 posted on 06/18/2011 2:07:59 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Well works for me.
Didn´t Nato say they want to protect civillians?
And a rebel with a gun is no civillian.
But of course since we play air force for the rebels (because this is what we do) i guess Nato regrets it.


14 posted on 06/18/2011 2:24:36 PM PDT by darkside321
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To: hinckley buzzard

It ‘washes’ if the stated purpose of our Libyan-intervention (humanitarian) is a bunch of BS — which it is. The reason for the intervention is the security of the oil fields. Once the rebellion started our European allies have done what they have done repeatedly in the past where Africa is concerned — throw in with the side most likely to be able to guarantee safe extraction of the mineral resources.

The irony is that Republican administrations are always harried by the “No Blood for Oil” slogan. But this is truly a case for it.


15 posted on 06/18/2011 2:32:24 PM PDT by Tallguy (You can safely ignore anything that precedes the word "But"...)
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To: Tallguy
That's because you can't equip a camel or a donkey with IFF.

Boy! We sure are protecting those ‘civilians’ against getting slaughtered aren't we?

16 posted on 06/18/2011 3:05:43 PM PDT by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: Tallguy

It ‘washes’ if the stated purpose of our Libyan-intervention (humanitarian) is a bunch of BS — which it is. The reason for the intervention is the security of the oil fields. Once the rebellion started our European allies have done what they have done repeatedly in the past where Africa is concerned — throw in with the side most likely to be able to guarantee safe extraction of the mineral resources.

The irony is that Republican administrations are always harried by the “No Blood for Oil” slogan. But this is truly a case for it.


Good observation.
But now comes the ultimate “bluff”
Only “half of europe” supported this.
This means in other words regardless who wins “we” will get our oil.
If nato wins the rebels will sell it to britain, france...
If gadaffi wins he will sell it to germany (because they didn´t vote for the bombing).
But anyway europe will get its oil.
Because after its bought the EU can (and will do) transfer it so everyone gets his fair share of the oil.


17 posted on 06/18/2011 3:12:40 PM PDT by darkside321
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To: Berlin_Freeper
NATO admits mistakenly striking Libyan opposition forces

Oh well, kind of like Bosnia/Serbia. Yawnnnnn.

18 posted on 06/18/2011 3:14:27 PM PDT by FreeMaine (America unite and kick Maine out of the Union.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Bosnia Deja-Vu


19 posted on 06/18/2011 3:25:28 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster - Sun Tzu)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Well, I’m sure the bombing was done without any hostility.


20 posted on 06/18/2011 3:29:17 PM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Oh well... y’know, NATO could be doing this on purpose. Seriously, think about it, this stupid Libyan civil war could have been over a couple of months ago or so, and this isn’t the first time this has happened.


21 posted on 06/18/2011 3:47:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: wildbill

Well, I’m sure the bombing was done without any hostility.


What? Do you wanna tell me that our “nice” bombs did actually hurt someone?
Nah this can´t be because they are ordered from the guy who got the peace nobel prize!
There for this is impossible.
We allso don´t kill drafted libyan army soldiers.
We just destroy their tanks.
I´m shure nobody inside ever got hurt when those tanks blow up.


22 posted on 06/18/2011 4:14:35 PM PDT by darkside321
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To: Berlin_Freeper

So NATO admits that their Islamic terrorist friends were threatening civilians? Time for them to start spinning - or bombing more hospitals.


23 posted on 06/18/2011 4:14:46 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: PAR35

- or bombing more hospitals.
/// or schools for disabled children, Orthodox churches, private homes with childre, or whatever the “rebels” tell NATO is an urgent target that threatens civilians...


24 posted on 06/18/2011 7:23:32 PM PDT by Elendur (the hope and change i need: Sarah / Colonel West in 2012)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Here's an interesting map that a supporter of the rebels updates every few days. I wouldn't rely on its complete accuracy but there aren't very many sources for info as to what's happening on the ground. Take it for what it's worth.

#Libya latest map. Updated 17-06-2011 @ 20:00pm Libyan Local ... on Twitpic

25 posted on 06/18/2011 7:41:48 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Berlin_Freeper

What, they had “bad maps” again like they did when they bombed the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade?


26 posted on 06/18/2011 7:45:05 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Farmer Dean; Berlin_Freeper

>>> And to think that these guys were actually going to have to fight the Russians if WW3 broke out.

Shortly after D-Day when Bradley was ready to begin the breakout, the USAAF sent nearly the entire 8th AF heavy bombers to strike the German defenses and clear the route for the tanks and infantry. Instead they mostly dropped their bombs a few moments early and in minutes inflicted nearly a thousand US casualties.

It happens. It always has happened. It will always happen.


27 posted on 06/18/2011 9:48:00 PM PDT by tlb
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To: tlb

I just saw an account of that incident on the History Channel last week.That was timing in a non-GPS world,this was just not taking the time to properly idendify the target.Either they were lazy or incompetent.Seems like they made the assumption that the rebels couldn’t possibly have any armour,and just hit them.


28 posted on 06/19/2011 5:22:12 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: hinckley buzzard
Anyone who believes the west intervened to "save civilians" is a real sucker and a fool.

Anybody who opposes overthrowing the psychopathic muslim terrorist Kadaffy because they don't want us to "save" the rebels shouldn't worry themslves. Our intervention insures that any rebels who won't dance to our tune shall be eliminated. Divida et impera

29 posted on 06/19/2011 2:11:22 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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