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Nato reviews Libya campaign after France admits arming rebels
The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 29 June 2011 | Nick Hopkins

Posted on 06/29/2011 9:56:08 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

New Libyan rebel recruits train near Benghazi. France today admitted arming rebels in partsof the country, in apparent defiance of the UN mandate

Nato is reviewing the conduct of its military campaign in Libya after France admitted arming rebel fighters in apparent defiance of the UN mandate.

The revelation surprised officials in Nato's headquarters in Brussels and raised awkward questions about whether the French had broken international law – UN resolution 1973 specifically allows Nato nations to protect civilians in Libya, but appears to stop short of permitting the provision of weapons.

Nato has consistently said it would not arm rebel commanders, saying it was beyond its remit. But military chiefs in Paris confirmed that French planes had dropped consignments of machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades, and anti-tank missiles to rebels in the western Nafusa mountains. A report in Le Figaro newspaper said the French parachuted "large amounts" of munitions to help the rebel push on Tripoli earlier this month.

This was confirmed by French armed forces spokesman Thierry Burkhard. He said they had provided humanitarian aid of water, food and medical supplies to civilians in the region under siege from regime forces. "There were humanitarian drops because the humanitarian situation was worsening, and, at one point, it seemed the security situation was threatening civilians who could not defend themselves," Burkhard told Reuters.

"France therefore also sent equipment allowing them to defend themselves, comprising light weapons and munitions." They were "self-defence" assets, he said. It appears France did not inform any Nato allies of the weapons drop, or Nato headquarters, where officials were today seeking clarification from Paris.

Nato was also trying to establish legal basis France had for taking this apparently unilateral action. Officials expressed surprise at what had happened and insisted its military approach had not changed.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dnc4ikhwan; france; france4ikhwan; illegalwar; libya; muzziesgonewild; nato4ikhwan; natovsamericanpeople; noflyzone; obama4ikhwan; obamaspeople; obamaswar; treason; warpowers

1 posted on 06/29/2011 9:56:09 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Giving weapons to people trying to get rid of a mass murderer is illegal?

Unbelievable.


2 posted on 06/29/2011 10:01:16 PM PDT by Patrick1 ("The problem with Internet quotations is that many are not genuine." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: MinorityRepublican
So France broke international law and started the whole conflict, and then Obummer jumps in. OK, now we have two more for the so called world court.

how does the two democrap butt boys Lindsey and insane McCain defend this one.

3 posted on 06/29/2011 10:02:02 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat
“how does the two democrap butt boys Lindsey and insane McCain defend this one.”

With foreign barrels of lubrication.

4 posted on 06/29/2011 10:06:37 PM PDT by liberty or death
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To: MinorityRepublican; All

Anytime France is involved, run.


5 posted on 06/29/2011 10:08:31 PM PDT by TwoSwords (The Lord is a man of war, Exodus 15:3)
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To: Patrick1

Ghaddafi’s “mass murdering” days were behind him. This is an Islamist takeover attempt which we are aiding.

That dog had been neutered by Bush.


6 posted on 06/29/2011 10:11:26 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: liberty or death

No kidding, they are getting paid cash, no sane person would look as stupid as those two unless their was a lot of cash involved.


7 posted on 06/29/2011 10:12:13 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: org.whodat

the U.N. authorized a NO FLY zone only.

so the people wouldn’t live in fear of being bombed!

then, NATO has dropped over 2,000 smart bombs, plus cruise missles, etc.

they have bombed civilian buildings, killing children.
(NATO has ADMITTED they have bombed and killed children!!!)

they have bombed an ORTHODOX CHURCH.
they have bombed a school for disabled children.
(fortunately empty).

NATO has sent GUNSHIP helicopters, in direct support of ground operations.

...after all that, WHO would complain about a few weapons dropped to the ISLAMISTS that NATO is helping ?!?

...and, even stupid ignorant FRENCH NGO’S are reporting the truth now:

Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion
National Review Online ^ | June 23, 2011 | John Rosenthal
A new report from two French think tanks concludes that jihadists have played a predominant role in the eastern-Libyan rebellion against the rule of Moammar Qaddafi, and that “true democrats” represent only a minority in the rebellion.
The report, furthermore, calls into question the justifications given for Western military intervention in Libya, arguing that they are largely based on media exaggerations and “outright disinformation.”


8 posted on 06/29/2011 10:12:42 PM PDT by Elendur (the hope and change i need: Sarah / Colonel West in 2012)
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To: TwoSwords

And keep your butt well covered while you are running. Just ask that hotel maid in New York.


9 posted on 06/29/2011 10:14:47 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Patrick1

“Giving weapons to people trying to get rid of a mass murderer is illegal?”

Yes, because using guns is violent and could get people hurt.


10 posted on 06/29/2011 10:16:38 PM PDT by garjog
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To: arrogantsob

you are exactly correct Sir!
great points!

...i certainly detest Quadafi. and i DO blame him for Lockerbie, etc.

but, he gave up his Nuc program,
yet we bomb him, not Iran?
he MAYBE killed 100 of his people (mostly Islamists),
yet we bomb him, not Sudan’s President, who has murdered 100,000 Christians?

Our OWN US Gov. report, said the TOP Al-Quada recruiting area for Afghan fighters (killing OUR troops),
was Eastern Liyba / Benghazi.
Quadafi was GIVING us info about them.
Which is why they hate him.
(and why they lied to the media about “atrocities”,
EXACTLY as they did in Kosovo, and Palestine)

Obama is helping ISLAMISTS, all over the world. Iran, the MB in Egypt, AQ in Libya, and is negotiating with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

...remember: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction,”


11 posted on 06/29/2011 10:20:44 PM PDT by Elendur (the hope and change i need: Sarah / Colonel West in 2012)
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To: Elendur

“then, NATO has dropped over 2,000 smart bombs, plus cruise missles, etc.

they have bombed civilian buildings, killing children.
(NATO has ADMITTED they have bombed and killed children!!!)

they have bombed an ORTHODOX CHURCH.
they have bombed a school for disabled children.”

Who is behind these massacres? Obama!

It is time that the international community exercise its right to rid the planet of this mass murderer. We demand that the ICC indict Obama, extradite him to the Hague, put him on trail and them give him life in prison for being a war criminal.


12 posted on 06/29/2011 10:20:54 PM PDT by garjog
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To: Elendur
The last sentence says it all, since one of the so called ragtag leaders lived outside of Langley Virginia for years not far from the CIA and had no visible means of support and the other one, the so called Doctor of whatever, was educated in Pa and was and is a friend of Samantha Powers.
13 posted on 06/29/2011 10:20:54 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Elendur
Bingo!!!! A of which has been reported but there are still a lot of people to dumb to realize that this is supporting the brotherhood. You can make book on the fact that a lot of that french material will be slipped through Egypt to be used against the Jewish people.
14 posted on 06/29/2011 10:26:30 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: MinorityRepublican

“Obama is helping ISLAMISTS, all over the world. Iran, the MB in Egypt, AQ in Libya, and is negotiating with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

...remember: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction,””

It would seem to an unbiased observer or a visiting Martian that Obama has done more to help the Islamists than hurt them. In two short years he has turned Egypt — the largest Arab nation — over to the M. Brotherhood and is not turning Afghanistan back to the Taliban.

(They killed Osama under his watch, but I doubt that he could have stopped that if he tried.)

Makes you wonder if Obama really is a Muslim Manchurian Candidate character secretly working for Jihad.


15 posted on 06/29/2011 10:27:28 PM PDT by garjog
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To: garjog

“and is not turning Afghanistan back to the Taliban.”

Meant to say NOW turning Afghanistan back...


16 posted on 06/29/2011 10:29:47 PM PDT by garjog
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To: org.whodat

Hmmmnp. What a whack of nonsense. First off this is not a war, its a unexpected kinetic response. Accordingly, the guns and munitions are defensive weapons, for the defense of the people: not aggressive offensive weapons. “France therefore also sent equipment allowing them to defend themselves, comprising light weapons and munitions.” They were “self-defence” assets, he said..... says it all.

If there was a mass murderer here its Al, Al Qaeda. And Obama wants to back them and the taliban?????


17 posted on 06/29/2011 10:30:38 PM PDT by himno hero ("Armageddon is well seeded, America will pay"... Barrack Obama's vision)
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To: garjog

Don’t wonder.
Libya is a capital asset gift for the upcoming MB Egypt and completion of phase one of the North African Caliphate.
Iraq and Afghanistan are going to fold in with Pakistan and Iran for phase two. Then there will be an assault on Israel.... and a uprising in America in time for his campaign.
Notice how he is bleeding America for energy at every level? So it cannot fight for others and or defend itself/ let alone ramp up production for a war.


18 posted on 06/29/2011 10:36:05 PM PDT by himno hero ("Armageddon is well seeded, America will pay"... Barrack Obama's vision)
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To: himno hero

The fact remains, someone gave the ragtags the weapons to start this who BS war, and you can now bet money they came from France.


19 posted on 06/29/2011 10:44:33 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Patrick1
Before you give weapons to them you should know who they are. The press have interviewed various rebels. People who traveled from Libya to Iraq to fight US there. Al Queda of North Africa. And others.

Michele Bachmann said in the June debate even the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, of which she is a member, doesn't know who the rebels are.

20 posted on 06/29/2011 10:57:41 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: Elendur

The silence of the West to the CONTINUING murder of Christians in the south Sudan is disgraceful. This copies those who knew the Jews were being murdered and kept silent.
Yet another reason I hate the Treason Media.


21 posted on 06/29/2011 11:00:20 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: MinorityRepublican
"Daze, no tweaks" ~ Zero

22 posted on 06/29/2011 11:13:19 PM PDT by I see my hands (Embrace misanthropy)
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To: org.whodat

probably stimulus money networked....


23 posted on 06/29/2011 11:20:46 PM PDT by himno hero ("Armageddon is well seeded, America will pay"... Barrack Obama's vision)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Obama was going to dip into his campaign funds to fund the Libyan “rebels.”

But he decided it would be more efficient to have the Saudis wire it directly to them instead.


24 posted on 06/29/2011 11:32:58 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (It's no longer the federal government. It's the feral government. Tame it now or it will eat us.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Well, you wouldn’t want to arm the side you’re backing now would you? Then they might win the war and the killing would stop. Humanitarian mission my lily white arse!


25 posted on 06/29/2011 11:46:46 PM PDT by TigersEye (Wranglers not Levis. Levi Strauss is anti-2nd Amendment.)
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To: arrogantsob

Yes and if one delves into Libya deeper, they will discover that this is not in any way a popular uprising. Daffy has the support of a large segment of the Libyan population. However, we got to hear some ridiculous propaganda about Gaddafi giving his troops Viagra to rape his own civilians. Yeah right!

The truth is France is in-hock up to their eyeballs to Libya and they decided they are not going to pay. They want to steal the oil as well. Our wonderful democrat party is more than happy to get on their knees for France’s plan to rape North Africa. Hmmmm... Anything that would happen to be in this countries interest though... They are not on board with that.


26 posted on 06/30/2011 12:40:33 AM PDT by vlad335
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To: newzjunkey
Michele Bachmann said in the June debate even the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, of which she is a member, doesn't know who the rebels are.

Turns out that a significant majority of the insurgents in Afghanistan just so happen to hail from eastern Libya. Where these rebels are based. We are supporting those that are killing our troops! Obama and his Euro socialist trash friends are simply toppling dominoes to eventually go after Israel.

27 posted on 06/30/2011 12:49:45 AM PDT by vlad335
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To: vlad335

Win-win scenario if you are a commie anti-Semite. Europe gets it’s oil and it’s debt is wiped out in one fell swoop. Plus they are one step closer to their dream of a modern day Final Solution.

Couple huge problems though in respect to their plans for Israel. THE LORD and HIS WORD.


28 posted on 06/30/2011 1:01:28 AM PDT by vlad335
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks MinorityRepublican.
...after France admitted arming rebel fighters in apparent defiance of the UN mandate... raised awkward questions about whether the French had broken international law...

29 posted on 06/30/2011 2:54:38 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's the Obamacare, stupid! -- Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: arrogantsob

Yes, and he is an old neutered dog, meaning he won’t be around that much longer anyway. The reason for this exercise on the Euro- side/Eurocide involved oil, but had they not started shooting at everything, the oil would have kept flowing. Zero joined in order to A) support the jihadists, B) to undermine future US efforts which might lead to the nuclear disarmament of little piss-hole countries, and C) lay groundwork for US direct intervention / involvement in Israel and in Gaza etc.

I wonder if France supplies Hizbollah as well, or is their Lebanon role restricted to watching the Hizzies take delivery of missiles etc?


30 posted on 06/30/2011 3:00:25 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's the Obamacare, stupid! -- Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: garjog
Libya will have a new Thug dictator.

Gadaffi is getting soft. He hasn't killed any infidels in years.

31 posted on 06/30/2011 3:32:15 AM PDT by PA-RIVER
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