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  • US officers oppose releasing names of dead troops

    08/09/2011 5:34:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 35 replies
    AFP ^ | 8/9/11 | Dan De Luce
    The chief of the secretive US special operations command has lobbied against the release of names of American commandos killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday. Thirty US troops were killed on Friday when their Chinook helicopter was shot out of the sky in a remote Afghan valley, but in a break with Pentagon practice, the identities of the dead service members have not been released. The dead included 22 members of the elite Navy SEAL commandos and three Air Force special operators, and senior officers overseeing the special forces are reluctant to publicly identify the slain...
  • Gaddafi is stronger than ever in Libya

    08/01/2011 11:17:54 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 29 July 2011 | Richard Seymour
    Supporters of Muammar Gaddafi participate in a demonstration in Tripoli, Libya, 28 July 2011. War on Libya has not gone well. Kim Sengupta's report on Wednesday detailed this starkly: "Fresh diplomatic efforts are under way to try to end Libya's bloody civil war, with the UN special envoy flying to Tripoli to hold talks after Britain followed France in accepting that Muammar Gaddafi cannot be bombed into exile. The change of stance by the two most active countries in the international coalition is an acceptance of realities on the ground. Despite more than four months of sustained air strikes by...
  • U.S. warns Libyan rebels to get their act together

    08/01/2011 8:30:40 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | August 1, 2011 | Elise Labott and Jill Dougherty
    Libyan rebels carry the coffin of assassinated Army Chief Abdel Fatah Younis on July 29 in Benghazi, Libya. Even as it prepares to hand over the Libyan embassy in Washington to the rebel government, the State Department is warning the Transitional National Council to get its act together. An administration official told CNN the United States has warned the TNC that this is a "do-or-die moment" for the organization to carry out a credible and thorough investigation of the killing of its military commander, Abdel Fatah Younis. Last week's mysterious assassination has raised concerns that it might have been carried...
  • Gadhafi spokesman calls death a sign of rebel weakness

    07/31/2011 3:29:06 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | July 30, 2011 | Joe Sterling and Ivan Watson
    Details murky on Libya rebel chief death Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- The killing on Thursday of the top rebel military commander shows that those forces are in disarray, a spokesman for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said Friday. Gen. Abdul Fattah Younis and two other rebels were killed after the country's main rebel organization, the Transitional National Council, sought to question him about military matters and allegations that he or those close to him had ongoing ties to Gadhafi, Younis' supporters said. Younis' killing represents "more proof that the transitional council of the traitors is not able to lead any sort...
  • Libyan rebels' military chief shot dead

    07/28/2011 2:56:17 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 27 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | July 28, 2011
    A May 2011 file photo of General Abdel-Fattah Younis, the senior military officer leading rebel forces against Muammar Qaddafi. A former interior minister and head of Special Forces, Younis was considered a key supporter of Qaddafi before defecting The head of the Libyan rebel's armed forces and two of his aides were killed by gunmen Thursday, the head of the rebel leadership said. The death of Abdel-Fattah Younis was announced at a press conference in the de facto rebel capital, Benghazi, by the head of the rebels' National Transitional Council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil. He told reporters that rebel security had arrested...
  • Britain To Expel Gaddafi's Embassy Staff

    07/27/2011 3:03:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Sky News ^ | 7/27/11
    The UK is to expel all employees of the Libyan Embassy, Sky sources have said, in a move likely to increase Muammar Gaddafi's isolation. There are eight staff members who work at the embassy in Knightsbridge, west London, Sky understands. Foreign editor Tim Marshall said the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) would replace the Gaddafi workers. "This is the official British confirmation and when all the existing Gaddafi staff are out, the NTC representatives in London will come in, and they will be officially recognised as representing the state of Libya," he said. More to follow...
  • France, Britain seek exit from Libya

    07/26/2011 7:49:34 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 146 replies
    AFP ^ | 27 July 2011
    <p>With their Libya bombing campaign dragging on unresolved, France and Britain have been forced to accept ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi may stay there if he quits power, despite calls for international justice.</p> <p>Britain denied the joint position was a climb-down after it had repeatedly called for him to quit the country, while France last week was the first to openly suggest he could stay under a negotiated settlement.</p>
  • France suggests plan for Gaddafi to stay in Libya

    07/20/2011 8:48:29 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 11 replies
    Gaddafi insists he will neither step down nor flee the country he has led for four decades. With the Nato-led air campaign against Gaddafi's forces entering its fifth month and the fighting in a stalemate, the international community is seeking exit strategies. French President Nicolas Sarkozy met in Paris on Wednesday with three rebel leaders from the western port city of Misurata who are seeking aid and arms to move toward Tripoli. Sarkozy announced no specific measures in response. Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said France wants to keep "a very close link" with the rebels "to see how we can...
  • Libyan Opposition Leaders Ask Sarkozy for Help

    07/20/2011 8:57:56 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 21, 2011 | DAVID GAUTHIER-VILLARS
    Libyan rebel leaders met with France's President Nicolas Sarkozy here on Wednesday and asked him to support their plans to mount a military offensive on Tripoli aimed at toppling Col. Moammar Gadhafi. The delegation of rebel chiefs, which included senior officers from the port city of Misrata and a member of Libya's National Transitional Council, the main opposition group to Col. Gadhafi, said they needed more weapons and logistical assistance to oust the North African autocrat. "With a little help from some friends, we will be in Tripoli very soon, within days," NTC member Souleiman Fortia told reporters after the...
  • Libya: world leaders kick start peace negotiations as US recognises rebels

    07/16/2011 3:16:19 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | July15,2011 | Richard Spencer
    World leaders on Friday told a UN special envoy to negotiate a peace deal with Col Gaddafi that could see Libyan leader stay in the country after stepping down. Abdul Elah al-Khatib, the special envoy, was asked by the Turkish foreign minister, host of a one-day summit attended by Nato and other leaders, to present a peace deal in the next two weeks. It would have to be negotiated first not only with Col Gaddafi but with the rebel leadership in Benghazi. Nato also increased the military and diplomatic pressure on the Gaddafi regime in careful mix of carrot and...
  • Four senators welcome administration’s recognition of Libyan rebels

    07/15/2011 3:29:01 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 41 replies
    WaPo ^ | July 15, 2011 | Felicia Sonmez
    Four of the Senate’s top voices on foreign policy voiced their support Friday for the Obama administration’s move to formally recognize rebel leaders as the legitimate governing authority of Libya. “We welcome the Administration’s decision to recognize the Transitional National Council (TNC) as the legitimate governing authority of Libya,” said Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) in a statement.
  • U.S. recognizes Libya rebels as legitimate government

    07/15/2011 9:33:20 AM PDT · by Cementjungle · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/15/2011 | Tulay Karadeniz
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Rebel leaders won recognition as the legitimate government of Libya from the United States and other world powers on Friday in a major boost to the rebels' faltering campaign to oust Muammar Gaddafi. Recognition of the rebels, announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a meeting in Turkey of the international contact group on Libya, is an important diplomatic step which could unlock billions of dollars in frozen Libyan funds.
  • Rebels Briefly Lose Control of Western Libyan Town

    07/13/2011 7:58:55 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 13, 2011 | C. J. CHIVERS
    Outside Qawalish, Libyan rebels took cover on Wednesday during a rocket attack by loyalists of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. QAWALISH, Libya — Military forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi counterattacked and briefly recaptured this front-line town from opposition forces on Wednesday, but they were beaten back by a large rebel force late in the day. Though the battle was fluid and its outcome perhaps not final, by evening the fighting appeared to be confined to exchanges of rocket and mortar fire from a mile away or more and some skirmishing beyond the town’s eastern edge. Armed rebels roamed the abandoned town...
  • Libyan Rebels Accused of Pillage and Beatings in Towns They Captured

    07/12/2011 7:36:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 12, 2011 | C.J. Chivers
    Rebels in the mountains in Libya's west have looted and damaged four towns seized since last month from the forces of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, part of a series of abuses and apparent reprisals against suspected loyalists that have chased residents of these towns away, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. The looting included many businesses and at least two medical centers that, like the towns, are now deserted and bare. Rebel fighters also beat people suspected of being loyalists and burned their homes, the organization said. The towns that have suffered the abuses are Qawalish, which rebels seized last week, Awaniya,...
  • France tells Libya rebels to seek peace with Gaddafi (Obama's losing his illegal war)

    07/10/2011 3:15:27 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 29 replies
    reuters ^ | 7/10/2011 | By Lamine Chikhi
    A French minister said on Sunday it was time for Libya's rebels to negotiate with Muammar Gaddafi's government, but Washington said it stood firm in its belief that the Libyan leader cannot stay in power. The diverging messages from two leading members of the Western coalition opposing Gaddafi hinted at the strain the alliance is under after more than three months of air strikes that have cost billions of dollars and failed to produce the swift outcome its backers had expected. French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet signaled growing impatience with the progress of the conflict when he said the rebels...
  • 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>
  • Gaddafi's New Forces: The Teenagers and Women Keeping Libya's Rebels from Taking Tripoli

    07/08/2011 6:56:40 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 1 replies
    Time ^ | Friday, July 08, 2011 | Ahmed Jadallah
    A female Libyan soldier fires in the air during Libyan's leader Muammar Gaddafi supporters march, protesting the coalition air strikes, in front of his compound Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli, June 7, 2011. "They told us al-Qaeda fighters infiltrated the country," the shy 16-year old says, standing in a non-descript building in the coastal city of Misratah where rebels are holding their prisoners. Murad nervously bites his nails as he relates how forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi plucked him out of school and shipped him to fight at the front against a "foreign conspiracy aimed at occupying the country."...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama’s hostility to the truth--White House needs to own up to its war in Libya

    07/05/2011 5:54:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 5, 2011 | Editorial
    President Obama dismissed criticism of his Libya policy last week, saying, “A lot of this fuss is politics.” Regardless of action on Senate Joint Resolution 20, the McCain-Kerry plan to authorize the limited use of force in Libya, the more important issue is Mr. Obama’s unwillingness to own up to his decisions in his role as commander in chief. Mr. Obama took the country to war in Libya, and he should admit it. The fuss goes beyond politics, beyond whether Mr. Obama’s policies are in the U.S. national interest and even beyond whether American military action has been effective. The...
  • U.S. Expands Its Drone War Into Somalia

    07/02/2011 6:03:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 7/2/11
    WASHINGTON — The clandestine American military campaign to combat Al Qaeda’s franchise in Yemen is expanding to fight the Islamist militancy in Somalia, as new evidence indicates that insurgents in the two countries are forging closer ties and possibly plotting attacks against the United States, American officials say. An American military drone aircraft attacked several Somalis in the militant group the Shabab late last month, the officials said, killing at least one of its midlevel operatives and wounding others. The strike was carried out by the same Special Operations Command unit now battling militants in Yemen, and it represented an...
  • U.S. forces STILL flying hundreds of bombing raids over Libya as Obama says America is only....

    07/02/2011 10:20:15 AM PDT · by Diogenesis · 40 replies
    Mail Online (UK) ^ | July 2, 2011 | Mail Online (UK)