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  • Pentagon adjusts plans for more intense attacks on Syria

    09/07/2013 8:37:24 PM PDT · by Innovative · 71 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Sept 7, 2013 | David S. Cloud
    The Pentagon is preparing for a longer bombardment of Syria than it originally had planned, with a heavy barrage of missile strikes followed soon after by more attacks on targets that the opening salvos missed or failed to destroy, officials said. The planning for intense attacks over a three-day period reflects the growing belief in the White House and the Pentagon that the United States needs more firepower to inflict even minimal damage on Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces, which have been widely dispersed over the last two weeks, the officials said.
  • U.S. broadens target list for Syria strike

    09/06/2013 10:07:23 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 25 replies
    CBS ^ | Sept 6, 2013
    (CBS News) The Pentagon has expanded the list of potential targets for a U.S. military strike on Syria, based on intelligence indicating that the Assad regime has moved around equipment used to deploy chemical weapons in anticipation of a potential attack. A Pentagon official insisted to CBS News correspondent David Martin that the scope of the operation has not changed, which President Obama has described as limited and tailored. The military began adding new targets to the list as Syrian troops started moving equipment "they think might be targeted and hiding some of it so the U.S. cannot find it...
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. plans medical, food aid for Syria fighters-sources

    02/27/2013 6:23:48 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:22pm EST | Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Michael Roddy
    * Shift would help fighters with non-lethal assistance * Steps intended to show greater support to Syria opposition * State Department has no comment; no monetary figures given (Adds quotes, background) WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - The United States is expected to provide medical supplies and food aid to Syrian fighters, a policy shift to directly help those opposing President Bashar al-Assad's forces on the ground, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the United States continues to oppose providing lethal assistance and said it also will not provide such...
  • Senior Rebel Is Doubtful Qaddafi Can Be Routed

    07/08/2011 7:08:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Thursday, July 7, 2011 | KAREEM FAHIM
    <p>Colonels and commanders who defected from Libya's military attended a ceremony in June to proclaim support for the revolution.</p> <p>RUJBAN, Libya — For months now, military leaders in the rebel capital, Benghazi, have boldly predicted lightning advances by their fighters and an imminent rout of the forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in Tripoli that would finally snuff out his brutal four-decade rule.</p>
  • NATO admits mistakenly striking Libyan opposition forces

    06/18/2011 1:52:52 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | June 18, 2011 | CNN Wire Staff
    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."
  • McCain: Lack of full U.S. military commitment hurts Libyans

    05/29/2011 9:44:12 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2011-05-29 | Ben Wolfgang
    Sen. John McCain on Sunday said Libyan civilians are dying in large part because the Obama administration has refused to commit the full weight of the nation’s military to the fight to overthrow strongman Col. Moammar Gadhafi. “This thing could have been over a long time ago,” Mr. McCain, an Arizona Republican who was the party’s 2008 presidential nominee, said on “Fox News Sunday.” (snip) A quicker end to the fighting, which must include the removal of Col. Gadhafi from power, Mr. McCain said, would make it less likely that terrorists would gain a foothold in Libya.
  • Apache helicopters to be sent into Libya by Britain

    05/23/2011 5:14:11 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 49 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 23 May 2011 | Richard Norton-Taylor
    The UK is to send helicopters to Libya following similar announcements by France. Britain and France are to deploy attack helicopters against Libya in an attempt to break the military stalemate, particularly in the important coastal city of Misrata, security sources have told the Guardian. In a significant escalation of the conflict, the Apaches – based on HMS Ocean – will join French helicopters in risky operations which reflect deepening frustration among British and French defence chiefs about their continuing inability to protect civilians. Apaches, which are being used in counter insurgency operations in Afghanistan, can manoeuvre and attack small...
  • Obama says Kadhafi will go or be forced out

    05/19/2011 2:53:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 5/19/11 | Imed Lamloum - AFP
    TRIPOLI (AFP) – Libya's Moamer Kadhafi will "inevitably" leave or be forced from power, US President Barack Obama said on Thursday, as NATO declared it had significantly degraded the strongman's war machine. UN chief Ban Ki-moon told AFP, meanwhile, that attempts to secure a ceasefire in Libya have failed and the humanitarian crisis is worsening. Rebels fighting to overthrow Kadhafi also said they were increasingly concerned about the humanitarian situation in the Nafusa mountains even after a gaining control of the western lifeline city of Misrata. "Time is working against Kadhafi," Obama said in a major speech in response to...
  • Libya: An Ugly War Getting Uglier

    05/13/2011 4:50:54 AM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 5-13-11 | Stephen Brown
    Libyan rebels scored their most important victory in the nearly three-month old uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, when they captured the airport in Misrata on Wednesday, virtually taking control of the city. Gaddafi’s forces had been besieging Misrata, Libya’s third-largest city, for two months and had driven the rebels into an area around the harbour, where they were subjected to constant rocket and artillery fire. Two Western journalists, one American and one British, were among the people killed by the heavy barrage during this time. “The airport and its approaches were the last remaining pieces of significant terrain in the city...
  • Obama authorizes drone strikes in Libya

    04/21/2011 1:40:39 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 21, 2011 | Daniel Strauss
    President Obama has authorized the use of aerial drone strikes in Libya to aid rebels fighting to oust dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Thursday. Gates stressed that even though the United States will begin using the armed Predator drones in Libya, American soldiers will not be deployed to the country. He said the Libyan people will have to remove Gadhafi themselves, though the U.S. "can provide them with some cover from the air." The announcement falls in line with the Obama administration's pledge to not put American boots on the ground to remove Gadhafi from power....
  • Libya Crisis Reveals Splits on E.U. Goals

    04/21/2011 7:03:35 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | April 18, 2011 | Judy Dempsey
    The Libya crisis....shows more clearly than ever how most E.U. countries are unwilling to match their defense ambitions with any broad strategic goals. .... At first, the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, balked at giving NATO that role, hoping that France could take the lead. But eventually he had to realize that Europe was not going to become a defense player in its own right with France at the helm. “Libya confirmed France’s worst beliefs,” said Clara Marina O’Donnell, a defense expert at the Center for European Reform, a research organization in London. “It could not rely on its E.U. partners.”...
  • Libya rebels will receive $25 million from U.S.

    04/20/2011 11:30:11 AM PDT · by Species8472 · 62 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-20-2011 | Eli Lake
    Dismissing concerns over possible links between Libyan rebels and al Qaeda, the Obama administration has notified Congress it is providing $25 million in nonlethal aid to the rebels’ effort to drive Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s regime from power. “The president’s proposed actions would provide urgently needed nonlethal assistance to support efforts to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack in Libya,” said Joseph E. Macmanus, acting assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, in an April 15 letter. A copy of the letter, sent to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was obtained by The Washington Times.
  • British military officers to be sent to Libya

    04/19/2011 12:25:10 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 31 replies
    BBC NEWS ^ | 19 April 2011
    British military officers will be sent to Libya to advise rebels fighting Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces, the UK government has said. Foreign Secretary William Hague said the group would be deployed to the opposition stronghold of Benghazi. The BBC understands 10 UK officers and a similar number from France will give logistics and intelligence training. Mr Hague said it was compatible with the UN resolution on Libya, which ruled out foreign military ground action. He stressed that the officers would not be involved in any fighting and the move was needed to help protect civilians.
  • Cameron: Libya UN resolution makes mission 'difficult'

    04/17/2011 6:32:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 17, 2011
    The UK prime minister has said the terms of the UN resolution on Libya are a "restriction" on the coalition powers who have been trying to protect civilians and enforce a no-fly zone. David Cameron said because under the resolution there would be no invasion or occupation in Libya the mission was made more difficult. He said it should also mean "things like helping, as we are, the interim transitional national council, assisting the rebels with non-lethal equipment, as we have done". "We've given them body armour, we've given them communications equipment. But of course, clearly we should be doing...
  • Libyan Rebels Say They’re Being Sent Weapons

    04/16/2011 7:58:05 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    NYT ^ | 16 Apr 2011 | Rod Nordland
    BENGHAZI, Libya — Libyan rebels say they have begun receiving arms shipments from abroad, although there has been no independent confirmation of that. The rebel military leader, Gen. Abdel Fattah Younes, on Saturday said in an interview with Al Arabiya, a satellite news channel, that his forces had already received weapons supplies from unnamed nations that support their uprising. A spokesman for the rebels’ National Transitional Council, Mustafa Gheriani, confirmed General Younes’s statement but also refused to provide details. Asked whether any arms shipments had arrived yet, a spokesman for the rebel military, Col. Ahmed Bani, smiled broadly, but then...
  • General: U.S. may consider troops in Libya

    04/07/2011 1:35:55 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 30 replies
    General: U.S. may consider troops in Libya Army Gen. Carter Ham says ground forces wouldn't be ideal, but may be a possible way to aid rebels; Says current operation largely stalemated (CBS/AP) WASHINGTON - The United States may consider sending troops into Libya with a possible international ground force that could aid the rebels, according to the general who led the military mission until NATO took over. Army Gen. Carter Ham also told lawmakers Thursday that added American participation would not be ideal, and ground troops could erode the international coalition and make it more difficult to get Arab support...
  • General: U.S. may consider troops in Libya ("operation largely stalemated ")

    04/07/2011 12:55:58 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 51 replies
    cBS ^ | 7 April 2011
    Army Gen. Carter Ham says ground forces wouldn't be ideal, but may be a possible way to aid rebels; Says current operation largely stalemated (CBS/AP) WASHINGTON - The United States may consider sending troops into Libya with a possible international ground force that could aid the rebels, according to the general who led the military mission until NATO took over. Army Gen. Carter Ham also told lawmakers Thursday that added American participation would not be ideal, and ground troops could erode the international coalition and make it more difficult to get Arab support for operations in Libya. Ham said the...
  • NATO Commander Says Ground Force May Be Needed If Gaddafi Ousted

    03/29/2011 10:37:27 PM PDT · by Jim 726 · 31 replies
    NATO commander Adm. James Stavridis says it is too early to be talking about an exit strategy from Libya. He said a ground force may be needed if rebels drive Muammar GaddafiMuammar Gaddafi out. "When you look at the history of NATO, having gone through this, as many on this committee have, with Bosnia and Kosovo, it's quite clear that the possibility of [the need for] a stabilization regime exists," he said. "And so, I have not heard any discussion about it yet, but I think that history is in everybody's mind as we look at the events in Libya,"...
  • Libya Rebels Flee Gadhafi Assault As World Debates

    03/29/2011 2:31:56 PM PDT · by edpc · 84 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 29 Mar 2011 | Ryan Lucas
    RAS LANOUF, Libya – Moammar Gadhafi's forces hammered rebels with tanks and rockets, turning their rapid advance into a panicked retreat in an hourslong battle Tuesday. The fighting underscored the dilemma facing the U.S. and its allies in Libya: Rebels may be unable to oust Gadhafi militarily unless already contentious international airstrikes go even further in taking out his forces.
  • US paves way to arm Libyan rebels

    03/29/2011 12:48:00 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 75 replies
    guardian.uk.co ^ | 29 March 2011 | Nicholas Watt , chief political correspondent
    Hillary Clinton has paved the way for the United States to arm the Libyan rebels by declaring that the recent UN security council resolution relaxed an arms embargo on the country. As Libya's opposition leaders called for the international community to arm them, the secretary of state indicated that the US was considering whether to meet their demands when she talked of a "work in progress". The US indicated on Monday night that it had not ruled out arming the rebels, though it was assumed this would take some time because of a UN arms embargo which applies to all...
  • US aircraft engage Libyan coastguard vessel (Obama creeping US into conflict well beyond UN Mandate)

    03/29/2011 9:02:20 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 41 replies
    WABC New York ^ | 3/29/2011 | ABC
    U.S. aircraft have fired on a Libyan coast guard vessel, forcing it to limp to shore, after it launched missiles at merchant ships in the port of Misrata, U.S military officials said Tuesday. A U.S. Navy P-C3 Maritime Patrol aircraft fired at the Vittoria after multiple explosions were seen near the Libyan port Monday evening, according to Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn statement. The 12-meter patrol vessel "was hit and no longer operational, and forced to beach near the port," Lt. Nathan Potter told The Associated Press in a phone interview from aboard the USS Mount Whitney. "The purpose of...
  • Libya: Air strikes hit Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte

    03/27/2011 9:40:36 PM PDT · by chickadee · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/27/2011
    Coalition air raids have hit the town of Sirte, Col Muammar Gaddafi's hometown and the next target of rebel forces advancing westwards. A Libyan government spokesman said three Libyan civilians had been killed in the city's port. Heavy explosions were also heard in the capital, Tripoli, late on Sunday. The raids came as Nato took full command of the whole military operation in Libya, intended to enforce a UN resolution to protect civilians. <----snip----> "We are already enforcing the arms embargo and the no-fly zone, and with today's decision we are going beyond. We will be acting in close co-ordination...
  • NASA’s spaced-out mission no longer includes … space

    The big takeaway from Byron York’s piece on the new mission of NASA will probably focus on making Muslims feel better about their scientific achievements, but that’s really just one part of the problem. The expressed instructions from Barack Obama to Charles Bolden, the new administrator of National Aeronautics and Space Administration, all have one thing in common: they have nothing to do with space. Obama’s three new objectives have nothing to do with anything for which Congress should provide funds to NASA: "In a far-reaching restatement of goals for the nation’s space agency, NASA administrator Charles Bolden says President...
  • McCain Should Use Supreme Court to Sway Wary Conservatives

    08/02/2008 5:03:55 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 65 replies · 210+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | August 2, 2008 | Scott Martin
    There are four justices over seventy years of age: Stevens 88, Ginsberg 75, Scalia 72, and Kennedy 71. Of these, only Scalia is conservative. With McCain, the GOP can own the Court for decades with conservative replacements. But will he campaign on this issue?
  • A FreeRepublic Op-ed for the political season

    07/29/2008 9:30:10 AM PDT · by MHGinTN · 216 replies · 250+ views
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | 7/29/08 | MHGinTN
    Composite exchange of late seen too often at FreeRepublic: Petulant Poster #1 Juan McCain is not a conservative. The Republican party jumped the shark by nominating this open borders, gang of fourteen, amnesty liberal. He’s a RINO, a dem in pubby clothing. The only thing that would persuade me to vote for McCain is if he picks ______ (fill in the blank, Mitt Romney, Michael Steele, Duncan Hunter, Jindal, Palin, Pawlenty, etc.) as his running mate. Purist Poster #2 I’m not voting this cycle. It’s time for the Republicans to suffer for going so far leftward. The only way the...
  • Rwanda: Police Benefit From Pr Warren's Peace Project (purpose driven law enforcement)

    03/17/2008 7:35:34 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 5 replies · 210+ views
    Allafrica.com ^ | 12 March 2008 | Florence Mutesi
    Police Benefit From Pr Warren's Peace Project The New Times (Kigali)NEWS 12 March 2008 Posted to the web 12 March 2008 By Florence Mutesi Kigali Renowned US Pastor Rick Warren's missionary work in Rwanda has now been extended to law enforcement. Four police experts from Warren's Saddleback Church in California, US, have since March 6 been training 50 Rwandan police officers in Kigali on how to better deal with various crimes such as gender-based violence, and how to provide counseling. According to Deputy Director of Training in Rwanda National Police (RNP), Superintendent Pascal Nkurikiyimfura, the training covers such issues as...
  • Rice tells Olmert she is concerned about Gaza civilians

    02/27/2008 8:13:25 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 21 replies · 93+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 27, 2008 | Staff
    TOKYO, Feb 28 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice voiced concern on Thursday about Palestinian civilians killed by Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip, but stopped short of an explicit call for Israel to exercise restraint. A surge in Israeli-Palestinian violence along the border of Gaza has raised fears of a full-scale conflict amid public pressure on Israeli President Ehud Olmert for tougher military action to deal with rocket attacks by Islamic group Hamas. A rocket launched from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip killed a man in Israel on Wednesday, the first such death in nine months, and Israeli...
  • U.S. Jet Fighter Programs Beset by Prohibitive Rising Costs

    04/08/2005 4:20:50 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 47 replies · 1,433+ views
    Posted 04/07/05 09:19 U.S. Jet Fighter Programs Beset by Prohibitive Rising Costs By JIM MANNION, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE The U..S. Air Force's jet fighter programs; the F/A-22 and the Joint Strike Fighter are beset by soaring costs, development delays and changing world threats that raise questions about their viability," Congress's investigative arm said April 6. The Government Accountability Office said in a report that the original business case for the F/A-22 has been "severely weakened, and that the original business rationale for the JSF is unexecutable." The uncertainty surrounding the two fighter programs, which together require future investments of 240...
  • Patriot Act Used to Snag Rush Limbaugh?

    12/29/2003 4:24:20 AM PST · by joesnuffy · 42 replies · 272+ views
    <p>By John Berlau © 2003 Insight/News World Communications Inc.</p> <p>It was widely reported as an outrage, a use of the USA PATRIOT Act by the puritanical Attorney General John Ashcroft and his Justice Department to go after a crime that had nothing to do with terrorism.</p>
  • Patriot Act's reach goes beyond terror

    09/08/2003 4:22:54 AM PDT · by TLI · 30 replies · 331+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Sept. 8, 2003 | MICHELLE MITTELSTADT / The Dallas Morning News
    WASHINGTON - Crisscrossing the country to defend the USA Patriot Act from the slings and arrows of conservatives and liberals alike, Attorney General John Ashcroft praises the law as invaluable to the war on terrorism and national security. "We have used these tools to prevent terrorists from unleashing more death and destruction on our soil," he said last month as he kicked off a multistate defense of the law. Virtually unmentioned, however, is the fact that the Patriot Act extended the government's powers well beyond the terrorism arena. The creatively named law - USA Patriot stands for "Uniting and...
  • Homeland Security's 'mission creep' problem

    08/06/2003 8:27:16 AM PDT · by JesseHousman · 13 replies · 198+ views
    The Hill ^ | 8/5/2003 | David Keene
    Tom Ridge was a pretty good governor and is President Bush's friend. People who know him say he's also a pretty good guy. But it's becoming increasingly clear that he's rapidly becoming little more than another run-of-the-mill Washington bureaucrat more interested in accumulating power than in doing his job. Anyone who doubts that should look at what his Department of Homeland Security is up to these days. The department was cobbled together in the days after Sept. 11 by an administration rightly worried about our security, and, on paper at least, it made a lot of sense. The new department...
  • G.I.'s to Guard Afghan Leader Amid Concerns

    07/22/2002 7:58:33 PM PDT · by SBeck · 3 replies · 206+ views
    The NY Times ^ | 22 July 2002 | CARLOTTA GALL
    G.I.'s to Guard Afghan Leader Amid Concerns By CARLOTTA GALL ABUL, Afghanistan, July 22 — American soldiers, including Special Forces, will move into the presidential palace and take over responsibility for the security of President Hamid Karzai, illustrating concern for his safety after the assassination of a vice president this month, a presidential spokesman said today. In Washington, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said the newest mission for American soldiers in Afghanistan might last several months and was intended to ensure that Afghans keep the leader recently appointed by a grand council of representatives from all over the country. "We...