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Large Libyan military convoy arrives in Niger: source
AFP via Google News ^ | September 6, 2011 | AFP

Posted on 09/05/2011 11:49:48 PM PDT by americanophile

AGADEZ, Niger — A large military convoy from Libya arrived in the northern Niger city of Agadez late Monday, a military source told AFP.

"I saw an exceptionally large and rare convoy of several dozen vehicles enter Agadez from Arlit... and go towards Niamey," the source said, amid speculation that toppled leader Moamer Kadhafi may be in it.

"There are persistent rumours that Kadhafi or one of his sons are travelling in the convoy," the source said.

A journalist from a private radio station in Agadez said he saw "a convoy of several dozen vehicles crossing the city and heading towards Niamey", the Niger capital.

The journalist said several people reported seeing in the convoy Rhissa Ag Boula, a figurehead Tuareg rebel in Niger who is close to Kadhafi.

Another Nigerien government source earlier said prominent regime officials had fled across the border on Sunday.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agadez; arrives; convoy; gadaffi; kadhafi; large; libya; libyan; military; niger; oup
Hmmm....
1 posted on 09/05/2011 11:49:50 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: americanophile

I guess bomb the crap out of it ?


2 posted on 09/06/2011 12:51:30 AM PDT by Deetes (God Bless the Troops)
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To: americanophile

My first guess would have been a group of the central African mercenaries getting out of Dodge.


3 posted on 09/06/2011 1:23:21 AM PDT by tlb
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To: tlb
My first guess would have been a group of the central African mercenaries getting out of Dodge.

With their well paying passengers...

4 posted on 09/06/2011 1:33:04 AM PDT by ExSES (the "bottom-line")
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To: Deetes
"I guess bomb the crap out of it ?"

With NATO's attitude toward its responsibilities, that might not be a joke. One of the messages from the Libya attack is that Europe really will attack if it sees a political or economic advantage. France is making deals with the soon to be new Libyan government for a large share of Libya's oil production, for instance. This just confirms the worst suspicions about war for oil.

5 posted on 09/06/2011 2:46:04 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: americanophile

Gadafy moving his gold? Away from NATO....


6 posted on 09/06/2011 2:54:06 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Bovina Sancta!)
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To: MestaMachine

Exactly. This is Ghadaffi’s “War Wagon”, if you remember that film?


7 posted on 09/06/2011 3:56:23 AM PDT by agere_contra ("Debt is the foundation of destruction" : Sarah Palin.)
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To: americanophile
Maybe related?

Hundreds of returning [from Libya] Tuaregs alarm Mali, Niger

"We need to fear a destabilisation of the whole Sahel with this new development. States like Mali and Niger are not prepared for this situation," said Mamadou Diallo, a teacher at Bamako University in Mali.

"What's going to become of these fighters? They have vehicles, weapons and expertise," he added. "This is dangerous."

8 posted on 09/06/2011 4:52:32 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

... aaaannnnd here we go. Two more countries in Africa destabilized. But on the other hand, this is Africa we’re talking about and I’m not sure how you’d be able to tell that something has destabilized.


9 posted on 09/06/2011 5:27:25 AM PDT by farlander (Fiat Justitia, Ruat Caelum. Sic Semper Tyrannis!)
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To: farlander
More fun with completely unsubstantiated rumors:

‘Gaddafi Flees Amid Deal For Bani Walid’
News Feed Centre 11:49am UK, Tuesday September 06, 2011

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi is rumoured to have fled from Libya – as forces opposing him plan to peacefully take control of Bani Walid, reports have said.

Anti-Gaddafi forces were to enter the town, which has remained loyal to the ousted dictator, without fighting after a deal was struck earlier, according to Al Jazeera television.

...

As negotiations were made and the new regime’s forces were poised to strike at Col Gaddafi’s last bastions, reports emerged that 11 members of his entourage had fled across the Niger-Libya border.

10 posted on 09/06/2011 5:41:16 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: americanophile
African Job
11 posted on 09/06/2011 5:56:44 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

It would be stretching the UN resolution to its breaking point for NATO to attack a convoy that is in full retreat away from the battlefield and which poses no threat to civilians. They’ll have to satisfy themselves with mopping up the remaining enclaves within the Libyan borders. The new Libyan leaders will have to reorganize their military to defend against possible cross-border insurgencies.


12 posted on 09/06/2011 6:07:55 AM PDT by littleharbour
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To: americanophile

So is Obama going to bomb Niger now? Or is it on to Syria next?


13 posted on 09/06/2011 6:20:04 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Obama: the Unholy Won.)
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To: americanophile

Regrouping in Niger prior to taking Libya back from the Rebels?


14 posted on 09/06/2011 6:26:25 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: americanophile

Niamey? Really? I think I’d rather be dead than spend the rest of my life in Niamey. Although maybe he could enjoy drinking sweet mint tea with Joe Wilson.


15 posted on 09/06/2011 6:37:17 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: americanophile

Qaddafi could buy most sub Saharan countries with pocket money.


16 posted on 09/06/2011 6:52:45 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: americanophile

Let the cross-border insurgency begin.


17 posted on 09/06/2011 6:55:11 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: Truth29

“France is making deals with the soon to be new Libyan government for a large share of Libya’s oil production, for instance. This just confirms the worst suspicions about war for oil. “

and the Europeans had the nads to accuse us of it.


18 posted on 09/06/2011 6:57:02 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: americanophile

I wonder if Megrahi’s along for the ride...


19 posted on 09/06/2011 6:57:32 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: headstamp 2

This just confirms the worst suspicions about war for oil. “...............................................with Nuke war on the horizon with Iran, its only prudent to line up a more reliable supplier. Can’t blame the Euros for that.


20 posted on 09/06/2011 7:25:22 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Liberals fight with smear, Conservatives fight with truth. Palin & West team 4 me)
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To: littleharbour
"It would be stretching the UN resolution to its breaking point for NATO to attack a convoy that is in full retreat away from the battlefield and which poses no threat to civilians."

They didn 't, in this case, but so what? The UN resolution has long since become a mockery. Enforcing a no fly zone turned into a full fledged war with bombing of military and civilian targets, attacks on troops both attacking and fleeing, bombing defensive lines as rebels attacked, attacks on government targets ranging from military bases to TV stations to residences, not to mention introduction of special forces ground troops. Just like in the US political discourse, language has been mangled to mean anything the advocate wants.

21 posted on 09/06/2011 7:30:47 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: americanophile

You couldn’t pay me enough money in the world to step foot in one craphole country in that AIDS infested continent...


22 posted on 09/06/2011 8:31:37 AM PDT by Dengar01 ("Liberalism is a Mental Disorder" - Dr. Michael Savage)
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To: americanophile
French military sources say there was between 200 and 250 vehicles, escorted by Niger army vehicles. Certainly they would have been carrying the mercenaries from Niger and Chad and Burkina, etc.

Unlikely Gaddafi moves the gold in such an obvious way.

He would use this as a ruse to distract NATO.

The Touregs are a wild bunch and know no borders, they would extract a heavy price from Qaddafi. Burkina Faso would hardly be a safe place for that gold.

Qaddafi has 5 billion, that's 160,000 pounds of gold. He could be quite safe right now in Sirte, a busy port city on the Med. He could easily have that gold in any number of ordinary freighters that could go anywhere in the world, undetected.

The world is far too busy thinking he's a nut case.

23 posted on 09/06/2011 9:03:07 AM PDT by gandalftb (11th MEU TRAP force)
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To: gandalftb
This operations shall henceforth be known as Obama's Africa Gold Robbery
24 posted on 09/06/2011 9:24:47 AM PDT by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many conservative Christians my age out there? __ Click my name)
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To: farlander

Seems to me that the best determination of a “destabilized African country” is the amount of money America pours into it. The more money; the more destabilized.


25 posted on 09/06/2011 11:00:08 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (Muslims do not immigrate; they colonize.)
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To: Truth29; gandalftb; americanophile; no-to-illegals; Marine_Uncle; SunkenCiv; Pan_Yan; FARS; All

Here is another link with more details about the Mali crossing, with more than a dozen journalists contributing.

http://news.yahoo.com/libyan-army-convoy-niger-may-gadaffi-deal-030824775.html

This article covers various sources of arms for Gaddafi after the rebels were fully engaged in fighting. As in the previous link, Algeria seems to be of possible importance. While Chinese arms companies are purported to have acted without govt. knowledge, the rebels repeat there intentions to honor existing contracts with China.

http://news.yahoo.com/libyans-china-europe-sent-arms-gaddafi-074458911.html

This link describes the probably peaceful surrender of Beni Walid, from which Gaddafi’s core supporters appear to have fled to Mali. Tribal elders have been negotiating here and in Sirte, which also may be close to surrender. The million strong Warfalla tribe seems to be the key. I believe the early in the fighting the Warfalla seemed to be on the side of the rebels, but changed their mind later. Ah, politics.

http://news.yahoo.com/libya-rebels-enter-pro-gaddafi-town-deal-report-052142629.html

This link has many details of many things happening in Libya, water restored in Tripoli, Burkina Faso denies information about Gaddafi headed there, Sebha surrounded by rebels and low on food and water, and near the top a link on the Sirte negotiations.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8716240/Libya-live.html


26 posted on 09/06/2011 11:23:39 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: americanophile

27 posted on 09/06/2011 12:30:51 PM PDT by drewh
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AP - Shown above is the vast Libyan Armada.
28 posted on 09/06/2011 12:35:57 PM PDT by Scythian
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To: gleeaikin; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks americanophile.
...amid speculation that toppled leader Moamer Kadhafi may be in it. "There are persistent rumours that Kadhafi or one of his sons are travelling in the convoy," the source said.

29 posted on 09/06/2011 5:12:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: gleeaikin

Whoops! Thanks gleeaikin.

“There was a young lady from Niger, who smiled as she rode on a tiger / they returned from their ride with the lady inside and the smile on the face of the tiger.”


30 posted on 09/06/2011 5:16:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv; Scythian; All

Here is more information on the “vast Libyan armada.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/8745665/Libya-Mystery-of-Gaddafi-and-the-gold-laden-convoy-crossing-the-desert-to-Niger.html


31 posted on 09/06/2011 11:12:19 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: Bringbackthedraft; headstamp 2

Europe for all its known history has been a cauldron of vicious political opportunism. We’re falling for the liberal line if we believe Europe is a peaceful, gentle place. The fact that they practice socialism disproves that.

There is no honor among thieves.


32 posted on 09/08/2011 2:21:07 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Truth29

You can see there is an alternate political agenda to the publicly announced agenda. Had their mission been strictly adhered to, Khadafy would have won through stalemate or perhaps the country would be partitioned. In this case, simply resisting was viewed as a hostile act.

Resisting at or near an oil field or refinery was equivalent to genocide and NATO responded accordingly.

A famous Chicagoan, speaking like an ordinary Democrat, once said, “You get much further with a kind word and a gun, than with a kind word alone.”


33 posted on 09/08/2011 2:27:18 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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