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  • Hijacked Libyan plane lands in Malta: Two hijackers threatened to bomb the plane

    12/23/2016 3:11:02 AM PST · by Cronos · 10 replies
    Times of Malta ^ | 23 Dec 2016 | Malta Time
    An Afriqiyah Airways A320 with around 120 people on board has just landed in Malta after it was hijacked. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted he is informed of a potential hijack situation of an internal Libyan flight diverted to Malta. Security and emergency operations were standing by. According to reports received by Times of Malta, the plane was on an internal flight from Sebha to Tripoli in Libya. A total of 111 passengers and a crew of seven are on board. The reports indicated that one hijacker is on board. He is claiming to be in possession of a hand...
  • High Qaeda Aide Retracted Claim of Link With Iraq

    07/30/2004 7:31:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 53 replies · 3,261+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 31, 2004 | DOUGLAS JEHL
    PREWAR INTELLIGENCE WASHINGTON, July 30 - A senior leader of Al Qaeda who was captured in Pakistan several months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was the main source for intelligence, since discredited, that Iraq had provided training in chemical and biological weapons to members of the organization, according to American intelligence officials. Intelligence officials say the detainee, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, a member of Osama bin Laden's inner circle, recanted the claims sometime last year, but not before they had become the basis of statements by President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and others...
  • Libyan soldiers who assaulted women at army base seek asylum in UK

    09/30/2015 4:46:48 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Nadia Khomami
    Three Libyan soldiers who were convicted of sexual assaulting women while stationed at an army base are seeking asylum in the UK, police have said. Khaled El Azibi, Naji El Maarfi and Mohammed Abdalsalam carried out the attacks while stationed at Bassingbourn barracks last October. Cambridge police said the men had been released from prison and transferred to secure immigration units, according to the BBC. The grounds on which the men are claiming asylum have not been revealed.
  • Jordan executes killers of U.S. envoy

    03/11/2006 12:03:53 PM PST · by jecIIny · 5 replies · 338+ views
    CNN ^ | 11 March 2006 | CNN
    Jordan executes killers of U.S. envoy Two with ties to al Qaeda hanged for 2002 assassination (CNN) -- The Jordanian government Saturday executed two al Qaeda-linked terrorists convicted in the 2002 assassination of a U.S. diplomat, according to Jordan's Petra news agency. Salem Sa'ed Salem bin Suweid, a Libyan national, and Yasser Fathi Ibraheem, a Jordanian, were hanged at the Siwaqa Correctional and Rehabilitation Center for the killing of U.S. diplomat Laurence Foley.
  • Three al-Qaeda leaders killed in US attack (the Libi raid)

    02/05/2008 4:44:09 AM PST · by Dog · 50 replies · 133+ views ^ | 5 Feb. 2008
    Kuwait City, 5 Feb. (AKI) - The US air raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Abu Layth al-Libi in Pakistan is reported to have also killed three other leaders from the terrorist network. According to the Kuwaiti daily, al-Watan, two Kuwaitis and a Libyan also died in the missile attack conducted by a Predator aircraft on January 25 in Mir Ali, in North Waziristan on the border of Afghanistan. The daily said the attack was aimed at what was believed to have been an al-Qaeda summit meeting. Abu Obeida Tawari al-Obeidi and Abu Adel al-Kuwaiti were reportedly there with al-Libi.Abu Adel...
  • 1 American among the dead in Libyan hotel attack

    01/27/2015 3:11:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | January 27, 2015 | AP
    WASHINGTON — A senior State Department official is confirming the death of one U.S. citizen in Tuesday's attack on a Libyan hotel. The official isn't providing any further details. Libyan officials said four foreigners and five guards were killed Tuesday after gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. The ensuring standoff ended when two assailants set off a grenade that killed them, officials said. The attack on the Corinthia Hotel, which sits along the Mediterranean Sea, started in the morning hours and included a car bombing, said Essam al-Naas, a spokesman for a Tripoli security agency.
  • Carney on Death of U.S. Teacher in Benghazi: ‘We Expect the Libyan Government to Investigate This’

    12/05/2013 9:46:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 31 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/5/13 | Bridget Johnson
    White House press secretary Jay Carney said that they’re leaving the investigation of an American teacher shot in Benghazi up to the Libyans. The Libya Herald reported that chemistry teacher Ronnie Smith, 33, was running on Dubai Street in Benghazi’s Digadosta district when he was shot multiple times. According to witnesses, Smith was approached by a black SUV that “drove up to him and retreated several times before shots were fired from the vehicle.” Smith had lived in Benghazi for 13 months with his wife and their 2-year old while teaching at Benghazi International School. His wife had flown back
  • U.S. to train Libyan military, including Islamic jihadists

    11/18/2013 12:02:45 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | November 18, 2013 | Robert
    Really, what could possibly go wrong? "U.S. to Train Libyan Military, Including Islamists," by Bill Gertz for the Washington Free Beacon, November 16 (thanks to Kenneth): Simi Valley, Calif. — The U.S. military is preparing to conduct military and special operations training for Libya’s military and the training will risk including Islamist terrorists among the trainees, according to the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. Adm. William McRaven, the commander who helped lead the covert raid to kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, said in a brief interview Saturday that the counterterrorism training operation has not begun. “We’re...
  • Algerian troops find huge arms cache on Libyan border ('an arsenal of war')

    10/24/2013 4:41:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/24/13 | Lamine Chikhi - Reuters
    ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian troops have discovered a huge cache of weapons near the border with Libya, including surface-to-air missiles, rockets and landmines, an Algerian security source said on Thursday. "It is an arsenal of war," the Algerian source, who asked not to be named, told Reuters. Algeria and Libya's other neighbors are worried about a dangerous spillover from growing turmoil in that country as Tripoli's fragile central government struggles to contain militias and Islamist militants operating in its lawless southern desert. The source said the weapons found in Illizi in southern Algeria likely belonged to militants. They included 100...
  • 'Either You Convert to Islam, Or You Will Be Beheaded'

    09/09/2013 9:33:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 69 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 9 Sep 2013
    The village of Maaloula has been taken over by Syrian rebels associated with al Qaeda, who have stormed the Christian center and offered local Christians a choice: conversion or death. .. The village is located just 25 miles from Damascus, and sites within the village are dedicated as United Nations world heritage sites. Residents still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. The rebels who took over the city are associated with the al Nusra Front, an al Qaeda-associated Islamist group. Villagers reported foreign dialects ranging from Tunisian to Libyan, from Moroccan to Chechen.
  • Libyan weapons going to jihadis in Gaza and Syria

    04/11/2013 7:52:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 4/11/13 | Robert
    Where did those arms come from? "U.S.-approved arms for Libyan rebels went to jihadis" -- Jihad Watch, December 5, 2012 "UN Warns Libyan Weapons Spreading to Gaza, Syria," by Chana Ya'ar for Israel National News, April 10 (thanks to Voice of the Copts): A United Nations panel says weaponry from Libya is spreading across North Africa to Gaza and Syria “at an alarming rate.” The five-expert committee said in a 94-page report sent Tuesday to the U.N. Security Council that illegal transfers of arms from Libya to armed groups and terrorists have been proven. The arms trafficking violations involved more...
  • Egyptian Christians allege torture at hands of Libyan Islamists

    03/05/2013 6:58:30 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 04, 2013
    Libyan Islamists detained 48 Egyptian Christians in Benghazi last week, torturing them and using acid to burn off tattoos of the cross, according to family members. The Christians, who are peddlers, were arrested by Islamist Salafists in Benghazi, who said they had Christian icons at their marketplace stalls ... Benghazi residents have expressed outrage at the hardcore Salafists, who are believed to have been behind the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Repression of Christians living in Libya is on the rise ... Kamel’s uncle, Khalaf Naguib Salib, said the Copts...
  • Jihadist's Letter to Zawahiri Reveals Anthrax Motive,"

    11/09/2007 4:21:02 AM PST · by ZacandPook · 9 replies · 270+ views
    BloggerNewsNet ^ | November 9, 2007 | Ross Getman
    A former leader of an armed Islamic group in Libya, Numan Bin Uthman, has written a letter to al-Qaeda second in command Ayman al-Zawahiri telling him that Jihadi groups in Arab countries have failed and that the strategy of using nonconventional WMD to deter an invasion of Afghanistan was a misguided and failed strategy. The letter needs to be understood in the context of the fact that the microbiologist that Ayman Zawahiri and Mohammed Atef used to infiltrate US biodefense, Ali Al-Timimi, had a stern warning not to invade Iraq hand-delivered to every member of Congress on October 6, 2002...
  • Libyan Gun Control Policies Left Guards Unarmed at U.S. Compound in Benghazi

    01/09/2013 5:22:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | 1/9/13 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - The gun control policies of the post-Gaddafi government in Libya delayed the arming of bodyguards for U.S. diplomats in that country and left the local guard force hired to watch over the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi unarmed, according to internal State Department memos and written testimony by the State Department officer who was in charge of the department’s security in Libya until six weeks before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks. “Our long term security plan in Libya was to recruit and deploy an armed, locally hired Libyan bodyguard unit,” State Department Regional Security Officer Eric Nordstrom...
  • BenghaziGate: Obama Admin Knew Libyan Terrorists Had US-Provided Weapons

    12/05/2012 8:38:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/5/12 | Ben Shapiro
    In a story that’s been largely buried by the media for years upon years – and was doubly buried in the aftermath of the Benghazi terrorist attack on September 11 resulting in the death of four Americans – the New York Times is now reporting that US-approved arms that were supposed to go to Libya rebels went to Islamist terrorists. Even more importantly, the Obama administration knew about it before, during, and after the Benghazi attacks. The Times reports: No evidence has emerged linking the weapons provided by the Qataris during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to the attack...
  • Obama Says US Citizens Killed At Libyan Embassy Were In Charge of Security There

    09/16/2012 11:10:36 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 16 replies
    Weekly Address ^ | 9-15-2012 | Obama
    This week in Libya, we lost four of our fellow Americans. Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, Sean Smith, and Chris Stevens were all killed in an outrageous attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi. These four Americans represented the very best of our country. Glen and Tyrone had each served America as Navy SEALs for many years, before continuing their service providing security for our diplomats in Libya. They died as they lived their lives – defending their fellow Americans, and advancing the values that all of us hold dear. ...This tragic attack takes place at a time of turmoil and...
  • U.S. ambassador to Libya, three staff killed in rocket attack

    09/12/2012 2:27:16 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 158 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Sep 12, 2012
    BEIRUT, Sept 12 (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack on Tuesday in the Libyan city of Benghazi, a Libyan official said.
  • Missouri Muslim Charity Director Pleads Guilty

    06/30/2010 12:41:40 AM PDT · by Cindy · 6 replies
    SNIPPET: "On Friday, Mubarak Hamed, the former director of the now defunct Islamic American Relief Agency-USA (IARA) based in Columbia, Missouri, pled guilty to three counts of a federal indictment charging that he illegally sent more than a million dollars to Iraq in violation of U.S. sanctions, conspiracy, and tax violations. Federal agents raided IARA's offices in 2004, seized its assets, and said it was part of a global network of similar Islamic charities that supported terrorist organizations. As part of his plea agreement, Hamed admitted the U.S.-based charity was part of this international network, with the IARA branch based...
  • John McCain celebrated Libyan rebellion at site of rebels’ public beheading, videos show

    09/16/2011 8:34:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/16/11 | John Rosenthal
    Evidence collected by a young London-based organization called Human Rights Investigations indicates that when Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain went to Benghazi in April to express his support for Libyan rebels, he visited the site at which the rebels publicly beheaded an alleged pro-Gaddafi “mercenary” only weeks before. (Snip) In the video, the beheading victim can be seen suspended upside down in front of a burnt-out building. A crowd of hundreds is gathered around to watch; many of the spectators are filming the proceedings on mobile phones.
  • Libyan rebels launch Sirte offensive

    09/15/2011 7:36:25 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 15 September 2011 | Chris Stephen
    Rebel forces head towards the frontline near the coastal city of Sirte, where troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi remain in control. Libyan rebels claimed on Thursday night to have captured Sirte, the birthplace of Muammar Gaddafi and the last of his coastal strongholds. The city was said to have fallen after an attack involving 900 "technicals" – armed pickup trucks – that attacked loyalist positions from three directions. "Thwar Misrata [the Misrata revolution] now control the entrances to Sirte city," said a statement from the Misrata military council. There was no independent verification that Sirte had fallen. The council, which...
  • Large Libyan military convoy arrives in Niger: source

    09/05/2011 11:49:48 PM PDT · by americanophile · 32 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | September 6, 2011 | AFP
    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...
  • African migrants and black Libyans put in danger by 'mercenary' propaganda

    08/28/2011 10:10:34 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 10 replies
    Belefast Telegraph ^ | August 29 | Patrick Cockburn
    The rotting bodies of 30 men, almost all black and many handcuffed, slaughtered as they lay on stretchers and even in an ambulance in central Tripoli, are an ominous foretaste of what might be Libya's future. The incoming regime makes pious statements about taking no revenge on pro-Gaddafi forces, but this stops short of protecting those who can be labelled mercenaries. Any Libyan with a black skin accused of fighting for the old regime may have a poor chance of survival. The atmosphere in the Libyan capital is frighteningly uncertain a week after the sudden collapse of Gaddafi's forces. Nobody...
  • Libyan Draft Constitution: Sharia is ‘Principle Source of Legislation’

    08/22/2011 10:52:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies ^ | 8/22/11 | Lachlan Markay
    The dust has not yet settled over the Libyan capital of Tripoli since rebels took control over the weekend. But already, a draft constitutional charter for the transitional state has appeared online (embedded below). It is just a draft, mind you, and gauging its authenticity at this point is difficult. There is also no way to know whether this draft or something similar will emerge as the final governing document for a new Libyan regime. As both the Morning Bell and Washington in a Flash noted today, Heritage Fellow Jim Phillips recently pointed out that Islamist forces “appear to make...
  • John McCain’s ‘Heroic’ Libyan Rebels Videotaped Beheading of Surrendered Libyan Soldier –”Allahu

    08/22/2011 9:13:25 AM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies ^ | 8/22/11 | Howie at Jawa
    Libyan rebels imitating the long held jihadi tradition of Islamic jihad death porn –the videotaping of a beheading. Via Howie at Jawa who adds: Update: Reports are now that the soldier was not captured, he surrendered. Even worse. If you think they called the US war criminals before, just wait till we bed down these idiots.
  • Connections Between Al Qaeda And Libyan Rebels Run Deep

    08/21/2011 5:56:00 PM PDT · by Signalman · 9 replies
    Outside the beltway ^ | 3/26/201 | Doug Mataconis
    There’s more evidence today that many of the men engaged in fighting against the Gaddafi regime have ties to an organization that killed 3,000 Americans about 9 1/2 years ago: Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime. In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, Mr al-Hasidi admitted that he had recruited “around 25″ men from the Derna area in eastern Libya to fight against coalition troops in Iraq. Some of them, he said, are “today...
  • Libyan Rebels Move Closer to Tripoli

    08/17/2011 3:50:10 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Wednesday 17 August 2011 | CHARLES LEVINSON
    A truck carrying Libyan rebel fighters drives towards the Zawiyah oil refinery. ZAWIYA, Libya—Fighting raged for a fourth straight day in this strategic coastal city 30 miles west of Tripoli on Wednesday, as rebel fighters battled to mop up pockets of loyalist soldiers and laid siege to the regime's last working oil refinery. The roads leading to Zawiya were clogged with rebel fighters pouring toward town and refugees fleeing in the opposite direction. The refugee flow from Zawiya, a city of 200,000 people, and from Tripoli hinted at the possible flood that could pour into rebel-held havens and neighboring Tunisia...
  • Gaddafi on Libyan TV pledges to defeat NATO (a phoned-in Jean Clod Kerry 'Bring It On! moment)

    06/17/2011 11:44:02 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/17/11 | Joseph Nasr
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Libyan TV aired an audio speech from leader Muammar Gaddafi on Friday in which he vowed to defeat the NATO alliance trying to dislodge him from Tripoli. "This is the first time they are facing an armed nation of a millions," he said. "They will be defeated, the alliance will be defeated." The TV station said the speech was from "a telephone call from the brother leader on June 17."
  • DIY Weapons of the Libyan Rebels (34 photos)

    06/15/2011 2:51:25 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 29 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 6/14/11
    For the past four months in Libya, rebel forces made up of civilians and army defectors have been waging battles against Muammar Qaddafi's armed forces, holding their own and sometimes advancing with the assistance of NATO air strikes. Scrambling to arm themselves against mercenaries and a professional army, rebels have been making use of everything they can -- from using captured weapons and munitions to rigging anti-aircraft guns and aircraft rocket launchers to the backs of civilian pickup trucks. Collected here are recent images of some of this weaponry used by the Libyan rebels.
  • Libyan 'Freedom Fighters' Murderous Jihad Against Non-Arab Blacks

    05/27/2011 10:10:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    american thinker ^ | 5/27/11 | Andrew G. Bostom
    An Eritrean priest in Rome, Don Mussje Zerai, who oversees the Habeshia cooperation and development agency, is reporting that murderous atrocities are being committed against non-Arab black Libyans in territories under the control of the US and NATO supported "Libyan freedom fighters." Some 800 Africans were massacred in Misrata alone, as allegedly documented in a number of videos of the Habeshia agency website that depict "cruel episodes and fury on lifeless bodies," which are "manifestation of deep held hate." The clergyman decried the ongoing indifference (memo to the delusional Senator John McCain) to this carnage despite previous reports. Don Zerai...
  • DHS Can’t Account for 10 Libyan Men It Caught and Released Inside U.S.

    04/22/2011 12:48:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/22/11 | Penny Starr
    ( - Even as President Barack Obama continued the U.S. military intervention in Libya’s civil war--with armed Predator drones beginning patrols over that North African country on Thursday--U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the division of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for enforcing immigration laws, could not account for 10 Libyan men it had caught and released inside the United States since July 2009. After two weeks of inquiries about the Libyans from, ICE finally responded on Thursday afternoon that it had already released to all the information that was “available” on these Libyans and that the...
  • Clinton: Libyan troops continue "vicious attacks"

    04/21/2011 11:56:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Rueters ^ | 4/21/11 | Tabassum Zakaria
    (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have continued their "vicious attacks" and may have used cluster bombs against civilians. Libyan government troops overnight pounded the rebel-held city of Misrata, where hundreds have died during the siege that began with pro-democracy protests.
  • Libyan rebels angry after airstrike blamed on NATO

    04/07/2011 1:19:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/7/11 | Sebastian Abbot
    Ajdabiya, Libya - An apparent NATO airstrike slammed into a rebel combat convoy Thursday, killing at least five fighters and sharply boosting anger among anti-government forces after the second bungled mission in a week blamed on the military alliance. (Snip) In a sign of the hair-trigger tensions along the front, thousands of civilians and fighters raced out of the rebel-held city of Ajdabiya in eastern Libya after reports that Moammar Gadhafi's forces gained ground in the chaos after the bombing. Some militiamen shouted insults against NATO as they retreated. "We don't want NATO anymore!" cried fighter Basit bin Nasser. Another
  • Undisciplined Libyan rebels no match for Gaddafi's forces

    03/30/2011 6:55:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 73 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/30/11 | Chris McGreal
    If there's an ammunition shortage, no one has told Khalif Saed. He was firing off a large machine gun welded to the back of a pick up truck, sending the contents of the heavy belt of bullets darting through the weapon and in to an empty sky. It's a regular enough occurrence on the open desert road along which Libya's conflict has swung back and forth through this month. Sometimes the stream of fire is celebratory, as earlier this week when it was falsely claimed that Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte had fallen.
  • House Intel chairman: We shouldn't arm Libyan rebels

    03/30/2011 6:38:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/30/11 | Daniel Strauss
    The U.S. shouldn't arm Libyan rebels because there's no telling whose hands those weapons could eventually reach, the chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee said. “As we publicly debate next steps on Libya, I do not support arming the Libyan rebels at this time," Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said in a statement Wednesday. "We need to understand more about the opposition before I would support passing out guns and advanced weapons to them. It’s safe to say what the rebels stand against, but we are a long way from an understanding of what they stand for."
  • Who are the Libyan Rebels?

    03/30/2011 2:39:21 PM PDT · by Signalman · 4 replies
    Jewish Policy Center ^ | 3/30/2011 | Samara Greenberg
    Concerns over Libya's rebels began to surface Tuesday as the U.S. considers arming the opposition and NATO moves closer to taking charge of the campaign. In a Senate hearing Tuesday, U.S. Adm. James Stavridis, NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe, testified that intelligence agencies had picked up "flickers" of the presence of extremists among Libyan rebel fighters. Noting that most of the opposition's leaders are "responsible men and women who are struggling against Col. Qaddafi," Stavridis also said that intelligence has reported the presence of al-Qaeda and Hezbollah on the ground, although he lacks sufficient detail to say that their...
  • NATO commander: Signs of al-Qaida in Libyan rebels

    03/29/2011 9:21:47 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/29/11 | Lolita C. Baldor and Donna Cassata - ap
    WASHINGTON – As the United States and other nations build ties with Libyan rebels and leaders of the political opposition trying to oust Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi, intelligence suggests al-Qaida and other terrorists have a small presence within the opposition group, a top military commander said Tuesday. Adm. James Stavridis, the NATO Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, told Congress that officials have seen "flickers" of possible al-Qaida and Hezbollah among the rebel forces, but at this point no evidence there are significant numbers within the group's leadership.
  • Admiral: U.S. studying Libyan rebels -- after going to war on their behalf

    03/29/2011 9:15:07 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/29/11 | Byron York
    Admiral James Stavridis, commander of NATO and overall chief of U.S. and coalition forces in the Libyan war, says American intelligence agents are "examining very closely" the rebel forces for whom U.S. forces have gone to war. So far, Stavridis says, the U.S. has discovered "flickers" of the presence of al Qaeda and other terrorist groups, although Stavridis calls the opposition leadership "responsible."
  • Cost of Libyan war could wipe out GOP budget cuts

    03/22/2011 4:39:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3/22/11 | Rick Moran
    This shows how pitifully small the GOP's cuts in the $1.5 trillion deficit are. The Hill: U.S. military operations in Libya could wipe out a significant chunk of the budget cuts won by congressional Republicans in recent weeks, defense analysts say. GOP leaders have trumpeted enacted spending reductions that amount to more than $285 million per day since the beginning of March. But defense analysts say the Pentagon could be burning through more than $100 million per day in Libya, putting those budget savings at risk. In separate briefings on Monday, the Defense Department and the White House said they...
  • Libyan Navy Attacked by Fighter Jets

    03/15/2011 11:35:00 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 123 replies · 1+ views
    The Libyan opposition website Libya al-Youm is reporting fighter jets from what is being called the "Free Libyan Air Force" (never heard of it before today) has attacked the Libyan Navy off Ajdabiya, and 2 Libyan warships are on fire - sinking, while a third warship is said to have been damaged. If this report by the rebel opposition turns out to be true, this is a very interesting development in the Libyan civil war. I think I speak for many of us when saying I am very curious who this "Free Libyan Air Force" is. I would not be...
  • State Department Declines to Call Libyan Conflict 'Civil War'

    03/09/2011 5:31:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/9/11 | staff
    The State Department on Wednesday declined to describe the raging conflict in Libya as a civil war, after a key lawmaker used the term to characterize the ongoing battle between rebels and forces loyal to Muammar al-Qaddafi. "I would just say that what we have is a leader who used not just arms but heavy weaponry against his people and is now in a situation where he's lost all legitimacy," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said, when asked whether the fighting had escalated into a civil war.
  • Libyan Jews abroad deeply ambivalent about uprising

    02/21/2011 9:34:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    jpost ^ | 2/21/11 | GIL SHEFLER
    Leader of diaspora group suspects alternative to Gaddafi may be worse. The leader of a Jewish Libyan Diaspora group warned on Monday that the death toll in the North African country may be much higher than reported. “I’m in touch with people in Benghazi especially, and the situation is worse than appears in the press and on TV,” Raphael Luzon, the chairman of the Jewish Libyan Diaspora in the UK, told The Jerusalem Post. “This is a big massacre and it’s even affected people who stayed home, who are now being hurt by use of heavy weapons.” Luzon, who was...
  • Jewish Libyan group: Bloodshed greater than reported

    02/21/2011 8:01:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies ^ | 2/21/11 | GIL SHEFLER
    Leader of Jewish Libyan diaspora group in UK says “I feel we are going towards a civil war with a lot of bloodshed.” The leader of a Jewish Libyan diaspora group warned on Monday that the death toll in the Mediterranean country may be much higher than reported. “I’m in touch with people in Benghazi especially and the situation is worse than appears in the press and on TV,” Raphael Luzon, the chairman of the Jewish Libyan diaspora in the UK, told The Jerusalem Post. “This is a big massacre and it’s even affected people who stayed home who are...
  • Standoff at sea

    07/13/2010 9:22:24 PM PDT · by Errant · 47 replies
    Debka ^ | 13 July, 2010 | NA
    Libyan aid ship surrounded by Israeli naval vessels after captain reports engine breakdown 50 sea miles from Gaza • A decision on next step awaited from Jerusalem. Streaming Headline Only
  • Over 100 dead in Tripoli airport plane crash, 8-year-old sole survivor

    05/12/2010 3:03:18 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 22 replies · 1,821+ views
    The Times of India ^ | May 12, 2010, 02.01pm IST | The Times of India
    TRIPOLI: An eight-year-old Dutch boy was the sole survivor when a Libyan plane arriving from South Africa exploded on landing at Tripoli airport on Wednesday, killing more than 100 people, officials said. Afriqiyah Airways listed 93 passengers and 11 crew members on board its flight 8U771 from Johannesburg. "I can confirm the crash but not the number of the dead," said Bongani Sithole, an official of the airline at Johannesburg airport. "We hear that it happened one metre (yard) away from the runway." A Libyan security official earlier said that all those on board the Airbus A330 had died but...
  • Pennsylvania Woman Charged With Recruiting Violent Jihadist Fighters

    03/09/2010 12:56:58 PM PST · by Doogle · 152 replies · 3,304+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 030910 | FOX NEWS
    A Pennsylvania woman known to authorities as "Jihad Jane" was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements to a government official and attempted identity theft. The indictment, unsealed Monday, charges that Colleen R. LaRose, and five unindicted co-conspirators recruited men on the Internet to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe, and recruited women on the Internet who had passports and the ability to travel to and around Europe in support of violent jihad.
  • Recent Activities Report

    01/19/2010 10:25:38 PM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies · 461+ views
    JARRET ^ | January 19, 2010 | Jarret Brachman
    Hi everyone – apologies for the hiatus. I’ve been underwater lately with work and hitting the media circuit so the blog drew the short end of the stick. I’m back in the saddle and have some exciting things in the pipeline that should break soon. While you wait, here’s a long-overdue round-up of my recent antics:
  • Report: British special forces train Libyan troops

    09/12/2009 9:43:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 602+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/12/09 | Raphael G. Satter - ap
    LONDON – Some of Britain's most elite soldiers have been training Libyan forces in counterterrorism and surveillance for the past six months, a newspaper said Saturday. The Daily Telegraph said a contingent of between four and 14 men from the Special Air Service, or SAS, were working with Col. Moammar Gadhafi's soldiers in Libya, a country once notorious for its support of terrorism. The paper cited an unidentified SAS source as saying that the training was seen as part of the deal to release Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, whose return to Libya last month outraged Americans and raised questions...
  • Five Burqa-Clad Arabs Arrested in Mohmand (Pakistan)

    05/20/2009 12:58:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 834+ views
    Dawn ^ | Wednesday, 20 May, 2009 | Fauzee Khan Mohmand
    At least 13 militants were killed in a clash with security forces following arrest of five burqa-clad Arabs, one Afghan national and a local man in Mohmand Agency on Tuesday. Four of the five Arabs are Saudi nationals — Ahmed, Ali, Mohammad and Obaidullah — and one Libyan national, Abdullah. The Afghan national has been identified as Habibullah and the local man as Shad Ali. They were detained at the Khapakh checkpost. The Afghan was living in Chakdara area of Lower Dir. When troops were taking the detained men to Ghalanai, about 60 militants attacked them in an area between...
  • 20 years after raid on Tripoli, US-Libyan relations on mend

    04/14/2006 12:20:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 341+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 4/14/06 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Twenty years after alleged Libyan-backed terror attacks spurred the United States to launch air raids against Tripoli, relations between the two are on the mend, if not yet fully normalized, the State Department says. "We are, at this point, committed to the goal of full normalization," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Thursday. "We have moved along that pathway." The first steps on that path were taken several weeks after Libya announced in December 2003 it was abandoning efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction. Both sides moved toward reestablishing relations after a 24-year break, triggered by...
  • Taliban Man at Yale...The story thus far.

    03/24/2006 2:50:27 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies · 1,287+ views
    Dow Jones & Company ^ | March 23, 2006 | JOHN FUND
    Something is very wrong at our elite universities. Last month Larry Summers resigned as president of Harvard; today Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi will speak by video to a conference at Columbia University that his regime is cosponsoring. (Columbia won't answer questions about how much funding it got from Libya or what implied strings were attached.) Then there's Yale, which for three weeks has refused to make any comment or defense beyond a vague 144-word statement about its decision to admit Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi--a former ambassador-at-large of the murderous Afghan Taliban--as a special student. The three backers of the foundation that,...