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  • Gaddafi likely wounded and not in Tripoli: Italy

    05/13/2011 11:37:05 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 12th 2011 | Paolo BiondiMay
    Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has likely been wounded in western airstrikes and has probably left Tripoli, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Friday. A Libyan government spokesman immediately denied that Gaddafi had been harmed. Frattini told reporters that he believed what he had been told by Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, the Catholic bishop in Tripoli, that Gaddafi had probably left Tripoli and had probably even been wounded by NATO airstrikes. "I tend to give credence to the comment of the bishop of Tripoli, Monsignor Martinelli, who has been in close contact over recent weeks, when he told us that...
  • 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 administration invites Libyan opposition to White House for meetings Friday

    05/13/2011 10:17:24 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | May 12 2011 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is stepping up its engagement with forces fighting Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, inviting opposition leaders to meet with U.S. officials at the White House Friday, while stopping short of recognizing their council as Libya’s legitimate government.
  • NATO air strikes hit Gaddafi compound in Tripoli

    05/12/2011 8:45:46 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5-12-11 | Joseph Logan
    TRIPOLI - NATO air strikes hit Muammar Gaddafi's compound Thursday, hours after the Libyan leader was shown on television for the first time since another aerial attack killed his son nearly two weeks ago. Libyan officials who showed reporters around the scene of the air strike, at Gaddafi's Bab al-Aziziyah compound, said three people had been killed and 25 wounded. The corner of a two-story building was blown away, leaving fragments of concrete on the street below. Deep craters were left in two other locations around the compound, which has been targeted several times since NATO began its campaign.
  • Legal authorization for Libya mission set to expire in 10 days

    05/10/2011 6:23:33 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 7:37 pm on May 10, 2011 | Allahpundit
    That’s according to the War Powers Act, which, you may remember, the White House apparently has no intention of abiding by.Someone, be it the ACLU, a peace group, or maybe even Rand Paul, is going to file suit if we pass the 60-day deadline without congressional authorization. So there’s the silver lining in this dubious executive move: At last, the War Powers Act will be tested in court. The War Powers Resolution of 1973 allows the president to commit U.S. forces for 60 days without the explicit authorization of Congress, with another 30 days allowed for the withdrawal of those...
  • Libyan opposition minister: Basics scarce, cash running dry (US Taxpayer's To The Rescue!)

    05/10/2011 9:23:24 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 4 replies
    msnbc ^ | 5/10/2011 | Miranda Leitsinger
    Basic goods are increasingly scarce in eastern Libya and the opposition government is rapidly running out of cash to fund its battle against Moammar Gadhafi, its Libyan-American finance minister said Monday. The opposition Interim Transitional National Council (TNC) has been operating off money in the central bank and other private and public banks in rebel-held eastern Libya, said Ali Tarhouni, 60, a senior economics lecturer at the University of Washington before he rushed home to serve the opposition as minister of finance, oil and economics. "We're running out of that money," he told msnbc.com in an interview in Washington, D.C.,...
  • The Palin Foreign Policy Doctrine: What is a conservative foreign policy?

    05/04/2011 6:03:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Red State ^ | May 4, 2011
    In light of Obama’s morally indefensible and dyslexic policies regarding Egypt, Iran, Israel, Libya, and Syria, it is important that our eventual presidential nominee articulate a bold distinction in the realm of foreign policy. Conservative domestic policy doctrine is quite indubitable and lucid (except among many elected Republicans); limited government, free enterprise, protection of individual liberties, limitation of criminal liberties, secure borders, and a robust civil society. Foreign policy is more ambiguous because it is governed more by prudence than by doctrine. Even though the overarching principle of any foreign policy initiative is American exceptionalism, the murkiness of America’s security...
  • Libyan rebels fear Gadhafi is preparing mustard gas

    05/04/2011 8:42:09 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, May 4, 2011
    In this Thursday, April 21, 2011, photo, a Libyan rebel on horseback holds his weapon up during a march on behalf of prisoners of war and the missing in Benghazi, Libya. U.S. Sen. John McCain, one of the strongest proponents in Congress of the American military intervention in Libya, said Friday, April 22, 2011, that Libyan rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi’s troops are his heroes. Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s troops in and around the rebel-held western Libyan city of Misrata have been issued gas masks, a sign that the regime may be preparing to use chemical weapons, rebels told The Washington Times...
  • Libya disabled children school hit in NATO strike

    04/30/2011 3:19:22 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 89 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters Africa ^ | Saturday, April 30, 2011 | Lin Noueihed
    Shattered glass litters the carpet at the Libyan Down's Syndrome Society, and dust covers pictures of grinning children that adorn the hallway, thrown into darkness by a NATO strike early on Saturday. It was unclear what the target of the strike was, though Libyan officials said it was Muammar Gaddafi himself, who was giving a live television address at the time... The missile completely destroyed an adjoining office in the compound that houses the government's commission for children. The force of the blast blew in windows and doors in the parent-funded school for children with Down's Syndrome and officials said...
  • Gaddafi’s Son Saif Al-Arab Killed in NATO Strike

    04/30/2011 4:16:23 PM PDT · by SanFranDan · 112 replies · 1+ views
    BBC via GatewayPundit ^ | 4/30/11 | Jim Holt
    BBC News reported: A Nato air strike in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, has killed the son of the Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi, a government spokesman has said. Colonel Gaddafi himself was in the large residential villa which was hit by the strike, the spokesman added, but he was unharmed. His son Saif al-Arab was killed, as well as three of his grandsons. Journalists say the building was extensively damaged and one unexploded bomb remains at the site. Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said the villa was attacked “with full power.” “The attack resulted in the matyrdom of brother Saif al-Arab Gaddafi,...
  • NATO Says Qaddafi's Sixth Son, Three Grandsons Killed in Airstrike

    04/30/2011 4:08:36 PM PDT · by The Chief · 120 replies · 1+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | 4/30.2011
    Almost got Qaddafi!
  • America Deserves Libya Explanation

    04/26/2011 8:37:05 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 86 replies
    Sarah Palin's Facebook Notes ^ | April 26, 2011 | Sarah Palin
    Please make up your mind, Mr. President. You can’t vacillate when spending America’s human and fiscal resources in yet another foreign country without good reason. You said that Libyan leader Gaddafi has got to go. Many of us heard that as your call to action and agreed, “Okay, you’re right. He’s an evil dictator who kills his own innocent people, so enforce a no-fly zone so he can’t continue an aerial slaughter.” But then you said our mission in Libya isn’t to oust Gaddafi after all. (Or vice versa on the order or your statements. Between you and your advisers...
  • Palin hits Obama on Libya

    04/26/2011 11:03:18 AM PDT · by LJM · 62 replies
    SarahPAC ^ | April 26, 2011 | Sarah Palin
    Please make up your mind, Mr. President. You can’t vacillate when spending America’s human and fiscal resources in yet another foreign country without good reason. You said that Libyan leader Gaddafi has got to go. Many of us heard that as your call to action and agreed, "Okay, you’re right. He’s an evil dictator who kills his own innocent people, so enforce a no-fly zone so he can’t continue an aerial slaughter." But then you said our mission in Libya isn’t to oust Gaddafi after all. (Or vice versa on the order or your statements. Between you and your advisers...
  • Strike on Gadhafi compound badly damages buildings

    04/24/2011 8:34:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/24/11 | Karin Laub and Diaa Hadid - Associated Press
    TRIPOLI, Libya – NATO airstrikes targeted the center of Moammar Gadhafi's seat of power early Monday, destroying a multi-story library and office and badly damaging a reception hall for visiting dignitaries. Gadhafi's whereabouts at the time of the attack on his sprawling Bab al-Azizya compound were unclear. A security official at the scene said four people were lightly hurt. Monday's strike came after Gadhafi's forces unleashed a barrage of shells and rockets at the besieged rebel city of Misrata, in an especially bloody weekend that left at least 32 dead and dozens wounded.
  • McCain: Libya Rebels Need Recognition, Aid

    04/23/2011 3:47:31 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 30 replies
    NewsMax.com ^ | Friday, 22 Apr 2011 02:50 PM | Bloomberg News
    The U.S. and its allies should provide more air support and financial aid to Libyan rebels, Senator John McCain said in Benghazi after President Barack Obama sent armed Predator on missions over the nation. Those seeking to oust Muammar Qaddafi’s regime are “patriots who want to liberate their nation, they are not al- Qaeda,” McCain told a press conference today in the rebel capital city. The Arizona Republican said North Atlantic Treaty Organization states need to “urgently” increase close air support for rebel ground operations. He also said the rebels’ Transitional National Council should receive some of Qaddafi’s frozen assets...
  • Libya: Use of Depleted Uranium, Partition and Regional Risks

    04/22/2011 5:51:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    AllAfrica ^ | Thursday, April 21, 2011 | Farouk James
    On the night of 17 March 2011, holding its 6,498th meeting, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1973 (UNSCR-1973), approving a 'no-fly zone' (NFZ) over Libya, authorising all necessary measures to protect civilians by a vote of 10 in favour with 5 abstentions. Most interesting to note was the fact that the five abstentions included two permanent veto-wielding member states (China and Russia), and three non-permanent states (Brazil, Germany and India), who coincidentally are vying for permanent seats in the Security Council. Most notably, the fact that the five members of the Security Council who are also members of...
  • McCain pushes heavier U.S. involvement in Libya (U.S. taxpayer may cover cost of McInsane's trip)

    04/22/2011 3:25:29 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies
    Benghazi, Libya (CNN) -- Libyan opposition leaders received a major morale boost Friday as a top U.S. senator made a surprise visit to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi and urged greater American involvement in the bloody campaign to oust longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi. The visit from Arizona Sen. John McCain came a day after the United States said it was deploying predator drones to Libya. (snip) He said he was against U.S. troops on the ground -- echoing Obama administration policy -- but argued that Western powers need to do more to "facilitate" the delivery of weapons and training for...
  • McCain Calls for More Military Support to Anti-Qaddafi Forces During Libya Visit

    04/22/2011 10:32:34 AM PDT · by NWFLConservative · 22 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/22/11 | Fox
    BENGHAZI, Libya -- The Libyan rebels fighting Muammar Qaddafi's forces are getting a shout out from U.S. Sen. John McCain, who is calling for increased military support, including providing weapons, training and giving close air support to the opposition on the battlefield. The Arizona Republican senator said at a news conference Friday in the rebels' stronghold in eastern Libya that all nations should recognize the opposition's Transitional National Council as the legitimate voice of the Libyan people. He said nations need to provide the council with "every appropriate means of assistance," including "command and control support, battlefield intelligence, training and...
  • Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

    04/22/2011 8:47:17 AM PDT · by Stoutcat · 3 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 04-22-11 | Stoutcat
    Well, J-Nap is at it again. After assuring us all that the southern U.S. Border is not only in good shape, but getting better every day… ha ha hhahahahahahahahah… Hahahahahahaaha! Sorry, I couldn’t help myself there. Anyway, let’s just say that J-Nap’s credibility is not at its highest right now. But since the border is so peachy these days, it’s time to spend more money we don’t have on another expensive but useless government program! The latest and greatest: the “Great Central U.S. ShakeOut.” Yes, in a brilliant plan to rival that of any mega-disaster movie produced by the SyFy...
  • McCain arrives in Libya

    04/22/2011 6:30:23 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies
    UPI ^ | 2011-04-22
    BENGHAZI, Libya, April 22 (UPI) -- Demonstrators waving American flags were on hand Friday morning when U.S. Sen. John McCain arrived in the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi. McCain's visit came one day after the Pentagon announced that Barack President Obama had authorized the use of armed U.S. Predator drones in Libya, CNN reported. "The American people support you very strongly and we know it's necessary to help as much as we can," McCain told a crowd of about 100 Libyans.
  • McCain travels to Libya to meet with rebel forces

    04/21/2011 11:16:18 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 121 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 22, 2011 | DONNA CASSATA
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. John McCain, one of the strongest proponents in Congress of the U.S. military intervention in Libya, is heading to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi for a meeting with forces fighting to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi, an aide told The Associated Press. McCain was scheduled to arrive in Benghazi on Friday, said Brooke Buchanan, a spokeswoman for the senator.
  • 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 is no place for half measures

    04/21/2011 7:06:21 PM PDT · by Clive · 5 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | 2011-04-19 | Barry Cooper
    The closest the election campaign has come to discussing foreign policy is the cost of facilities for the G8 and G20 summits last June. Things are winding down for the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan, so it is perhaps to be expected that party leaders would have little to say on the matter. On the other hand, they are winding up for CF-18 pilots in the skies over Libya, for sailors aboard HMCS Charlottetown in the Mediterranean, and for special operations forces in JTF-2, who are rumoured to have been active ashore. Moreover, the entire NATO operation is directed by a...
  • Remember Libya? We’re still there and fighting under the, “Pelosi Foreign Policy”

    04/21/2011 7:54:00 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 3 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | April 21, 2011 | Ron Reale, staff writer
    Along the line of, “some things never change”, we have now entered a realm similar in to the passage of the Health Care Bill. Recall at that time, Madam Pelosi posited that because the bill was so large and unwieldy, and there was so little time to read it, it would be necessary to, “pass the bill, so we would know what was in it.” Now, at a time when the UN is full of itself in the absence of an American-interest protecting President of the United States, at a time when the world is waiting expectantly to see which...
  • 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.
  • Obama, Cameron discuss tightening pressure on Gaddafi

    04/20/2011 4:48:47 PM PDT · by keat · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 20, 2011 6:45pm EDT | Jeff Mason and Steve Holland
    Washington (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron Wednesday discussed the need to increase diplomatic and economic pressure on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the White House said. The two leaders agreed that U.N. Security Council resolutions demanding that the Libyan government cease violence against civilians must be fully implemented. "In addition to increasing military pressure and protecting civilians through the coalition operation that NATO is leading, the leaders discussed the importance of increasing diplomatic and economic pressure on the Gaddafi regime to cease attacks on civilians and comply with U.N. Security Council resolutions," a White House statement...
  • 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...
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Yes, Libya Is Not Iraq

    04/13/2011 7:05:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | April 13, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Yes, Libya Is Not IraqHowever each may turn out in the long run, Iraq in 2003 made sense; Libya in 2011 does not. The Left is terribly embarrassed about the U.S. intervention in Libya. We have preemptively attacked an Arab Muslim nation that posed little threat to the national-security interests of the United States. President Obama did not have majority support among the American people. Nor did he even attempt to gain approval from Congress — especially egregious because he seems to be the first president since Harry Truman who sought and obtained sanction for military action from the United...
  • U.S. Still flying Strike Missions in Libya (0bama lied again)

    04/13/2011 12:58:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | April 13, 2011 | Justin Fishel
    The U.S. military has continued to drop ordinance on Muammar Qaddafi's air defense systems in Libya since the handover of operations to NATO on April 4th, Pentagon Spokesman Col. Dave Lapan told reporters Wednesday. "We have fighter aircraft... that NATO can use for suppression of enemy air defense missions," Lapan said. He later described them as missions that "attack" those air defense systems. This stands in contrast to messages heard in press briefings and testimony on Capitol Hill from defense leaders, who have given the impression that when the mission was handed over to NATO U.S. strike sorties stopped and...
  • Logic of Libya No Fly Zone to Israel No Fly Zone

    04/12/2011 6:30:20 AM PDT · by bsaunders · 4 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | April 12, 2011 | B Saunders
    The precedent of the imposition of a No Fly Zone over Libya to assert the “Right to Protect” (R2P) the civilian population from Gadhafi forces has led to its predictable end with the Arab League now demanding the United Nations to send member nations’ forces to impose a No Fly Zone under R2P the civilians in Gaza from Israeli air strikes. The Arab League has labeled the Israeli retaliatory strikes on terror targets as brutal. Color me shocked as who could have seen this coming down the pike from miles away. Does this mean the Arab League called for the...
  • Pentagon estimates Libya costs at $608 million (and counting...lots of angry comments)

    04/11/2011 9:24:34 AM PDT · by quesney · 56 replies
    WASHINGTON – The Pentagon said Monday the military intervention in Libya cost the U.S. an extra $608 million in the first few of weeks of the operation. Spending is down significantly, though not as much as expected. Defense Department spokeswoman Navy Cmdr. Kathleen Kesler said it will take several weeks to tally exactly how much has been spent. But $608 million is the price tag officials have estimated through April 4 — or for 17 days of the mission, the most recent figures available. The estimate shows a large drop from what the U.S. spent in the early days of...
  • Arab League to ask UN to implement no-fly zone over Gaza

    04/11/2011 5:40:18 AM PDT · by silentknight · 69 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 4/11/11 | Michael Krebs
    With fighting intensifying between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, the Arab League on Sunday announced plans to ask the UN to impose a no-fly zone over Gaza. Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/305545#ixzz1JDWz1jI1
  • Libya: rebel defences 'failing' as Gaddafi forces move towards Benghazi

    04/10/2011 9:33:27 AM PDT · by DTA · 43 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | 2011-04-10
    Muammar Gaddafi's forces continued to fight their way toward Benghazi, the heart of Libya's revolution, as five African leaders arrived in Tripoli in an effort to broker a ceasefire and political settlement. Rebel defences around Ajdabiya appeared to be failing as Gaddafi's soldiers broke in to the heart of the strategic town, 90 miles from Benghazi, and engaged in running street battles after again outmanoeuvring the revolutionaries. Although western powers continued their air strikes, they did not appear to deter Gaddafi's forces.
  • Shelling in East Libya Forces Rebel Retreat

    04/09/2011 9:01:50 AM PDT · by keat · 11 replies
    Voice of America ^ | April 9, 2011
    Pro-government forces in Libya have shelled rebel fighters near Ajdabiya, challenging the rebels' hold on the city. The attacks Saturday forced rebels to retreat, slowing their westward advance toward the oil town of Brega on the Mediterranean Sea. Brega has gone from regime to rebel control and back again several times since the start of an uprising against the government of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Meanwhile, the Red Cross says a ship carrying medical supplies has docked in Misrata, a town that has been besieged by pro-Gadhafi forces for weeks. It is the only city in western Libya where rebels...
  • Terrorist threat from guess who in Libya

    04/08/2011 2:23:13 PM PDT · by landsbaum · 6 replies
    We raised the question some time ago about the president’s motives in attacking Libya, a country that hadn’t attacked us. He said at one point our intervention was to save the lives of Libyans rebelling against their ruler, Moammar Gadhafi. We asked a reasonable question: What do we do if the rebels get the upper hand and threaten massacre of Gadhafi loyalists? Do we intervene then on the other side? . . . meanwhile Bloomberg has raised another interesting “what if” in this quagmire of nonsensical policies. . .
  • NATO says its planes struck Libyan rebels

    04/08/2011 5:46:25 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    AOL News/AP ^ | 8/4/11
    BRUSSELS -NATO said Friday its airstrikes had hit rebels using tanks in their fight with the government forces in eastern Libya, but said it would not apologize for the deaths. Rear Admiral Russell Harding, the deputy commander of the NATO operation, said NATO had no previous information the rebels were operating tanks. In the past, only forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi had used heavy armored vehicles, he said. Harding says the situation between the eastern coastal towns of Brega and Ajdabiya remains fluid, with the opposing forces engaged in a series of advances and retreats, making it difficult for pilots...
  • UPDATE: FAA sets up no-fly zone for Obama's planned trip to Williamsburg

    04/08/2011 4:50:38 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 38 replies
    Daily Press ^ | April 7, 2011 | Austin Bogues
    The leader of the free world may be coming to Williamsburg for some rest and relaxation if Congress is able to come to agreement on the budget. President Obama and the First Family are planning to visit the area this weekend in what the White House described Wednesday as a "long-planned family trip to Colonial Williamsburg." But the trip might get grounded if a government shutdown can't be averted by Republicans and Democrats in Congress. On Thursday morning, the Federal Aviation Administration established a no-fly zone over Williamsburg that will be in place from Friday through Monday. Jessica Wharton, spokeswoman...
  • 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...
  • Air attack pounds Libyan rebel formation; 2 dead

    04/07/2011 5:00:50 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    cnn ^ | 4/7/2011 | cnn
    At least two people died after aircraft fired missiles at a rebel formation on the eastern Libyan battlefront, witnesses said Thursday, an act that left opposition forces wondering whether NATO aircraft conducted a mistaken airstrike on the forces they are trying to protect. It's unclear whether Libyan aircraft or the alliance conducted the strike, between al-Brega and Ajdabiya, but there haven't been Libyan air force planes in the skies for some time because NATO aircraft have established a no-fly zone. A NATO representative in Brussels, Belgium, said the coalition is looking into the report. If it was in fact a...
  • A new kind of defeat for America

    04/07/2011 1:34:15 AM PDT · by Scanian · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 6, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    President Obama has announced that America would stop attacking Col. Moammar Khadafy's forces in Libya. He instead hopes that others can force out Khadafy -- or that the dictator will leave through economic and diplomatic pressure. It will apparently be up to NATO to finish the war-- without direct American combat participation. The relieved Obama administration had never quite explained what the mission was in the first place -- or for whom and for what we were fighting. Was the bombing to stop the killing, to help the rebels or to remove Khadafy? Were we enforcing just a no-fly zone,...
  • LIBYA: UK commits Eurofighter Typhoons for ground-attack duties

    04/06/2011 12:40:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Flight International ^ | 06/04/11 | Craig Hoyle
    LIBYA: UK commits Eurofighter Typhoons for ground-attack duties By Craig Hoyle The UK has stepped up its commitment to the NATO-led campaign to contain Libya's armed forces by adding four Panavia Tornado GR4s to its contribution and placing an equal number of Eurofighter Typhoons at readiness to conduct offensive action. Prime Minister David Cameron announced the decision to send the four additional Tornado ground-attack aircraft during a 5 April visit to Royal Air Force personnel forward-deployed at Gioia del Colle air base in Italy. Eight GR4s are already at the site and have been used to conduct multiple strikes during...
  • Airstrikes Destroy 30 Percent Of Gadhafi's Weapons

    04/05/2011 9:12:26 AM PDT · by Fennie · 36 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 5, 2011
    BRUSSELS (AP) -- The international aerial onslaught against Moammar Gadhafi's forces has destroyed 30 percent of Libya's military capability, a senior NATO official said Tuesday.
  • Government Bombardment Pushes Back Libyan Rebels

    04/05/2011 7:46:53 AM PDT · by edpc · 6 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 5 Apr 2011 | BEN HUBBARD and HADEEL AL-SHALCHI
    BREGA, Libya – Libyan government forces on Tuesday unleashed a withering bombardment of the rebels outside a key oil town, pushing them back despite NATO reports that nearly a third of Moammar Gadhafi's heavy weapons have been destroyed. The rebels managed to take part of the oil town of Brega the day before, aided by an international air campaign, but the rocket and artillery salvos unleashed on the rebels indicates the government's offensive capabilities remain very much intact.
  • The Great Prevaricator

    04/04/2011 8:14:52 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 5 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | April 4, 2011 | IND staff
    Leadership: After committing U.S. forces to combat in Libya, the administration rehearsed the message it would deliver to the American people 10 days later. When you tell the truth, you don't have to practice anything. On April 14, 1986, President Ronald Reagan, sitting in the Oval Office, told the nation that on that day he had ordered airstrikes on Libya in retaliation for what he termed the "reign of terror" waged by Col. Moammar Gadhafi, the Libyan leader, against America. Reagan said the strikes were in retaliation for the Libyan role in the bombing on April 5 of a West...
  • Our Libyan 'Pickup Game'

    04/01/2011 6:38:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 1, 2011 | Staff
    Leadership: As we put CIA boots on the ground to find out who the rebels are and withdraw air support as they retreat, our defense secretary describes how we're making up our policy as we go along. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were on Capitol Hill Thursday in a marathon of congressional testimony trying to explain our ad hoc "kinetic" military actions in Libya and a policy that seems to change and get redefined minute by minute. Among the issues discussed was the decision to remove American close air...
  • Exposed: The US-Saudi Libya deal

    04/01/2011 3:03:39 PM PDT · by FredDardick · 74 replies
    Asia Times Online ^ | Apr 2, 2011 | Pepe Escobar
    This, in short, is the essence of a deal struck between the Barack Obama administration and the House of Saud. Two diplomatic sources at the United Nations independently confirmed that Washington, via Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, gave the go-ahead for Saudi Arabia to invade Bahrain and crush the pro-democracy movement in their neighbor in exchange for a "yes" vote by the Arab League for a no-fly zone over Libya - the main rationale that led to United Nations Security Council resolution 1973. The revelation came from two different diplomats, a European and a member of the BRIC group, and...
  • From Corsica, French Jets Roar Into Action Over Libya

    03/30/2011 11:30:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    npr ^ | March 30, 2011 | Eleanor Beardsley
    From Corsica, French Jets Roar Into Action Over Libya by Eleanor Beardsley March 30, 2011 The French air force was the first to go into action over Libya. And since then, French aircraft have flown more missions enforcing the United Nations resolution than any other country except the United States. Most of those missions have been launched from an air base on the French island of Corsica. From a runway wedged between snowcapped mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, Rafale and Mirage jets roar into the sky, one after the other, their metallic skins flashing in the morning sun. It takes...
  • Republicans Show Divisions Over the U.S. Intervention .

    03/30/2011 2:40:27 AM PDT · by Scanian · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | MARCH 30, 2011. | NAFTALI BENDAVID
    WASHINGTON—Republicans are grappling with internal divisions on their approach to the U.S. intervention in Libya, making it harder to present a unified front as Congress ratchets up its scrutiny of President Barack Obama's decision to act there. While some Republicans chastise Mr. Obama for not intervening earlier and more forcefully, others are demanding the president consult Congress or pull out of the operation altogether. At the same time, a faction powered in part by tea-party activists and strengthened by the last election is complaining about the cost as well as the policy of foreign interventions. Rep. Raul Labrador, a Republican...