Skip to comments.Large Libyan military convoy arrives in Niger: source
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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I guess bomb the crap out of it ?
My first guess would have been a group of the central African mercenaries getting out of Dodge.
With their well paying passengers...
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.
Gadafy moving his gold? Away from NATO....
Exactly. This is Ghadaffi’s “War Wagon”, if you remember that film?
"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."
... 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.
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 regimes forces were poised to strike at Col Gaddafis last bastions, reports emerged that 11 members of his entourage had fled across the Niger-Libya border.
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.
So is Obama going to bomb Niger now? Or is it on to Syria next?
Regrouping in Niger prior to taking Libya back from the Rebels?
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.
Qaddafi could buy most sub Saharan countries with pocket money.
Let the cross-border insurgency begin.
“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.
I wonder if Megrahi’s along for the ride...
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.
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.
You couldn’t pay me enough money in the world to step foot in one craphole country in that AIDS infested continent...
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.
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.
Here is another link with more details about the Mali crossing, with more than a dozen journalists contributing.
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.
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.
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.
...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.
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.”
Here is more information on the “vast Libyan armada.”
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.
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.”