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  • Libya’s Parliament Moves To Small Port City As Dangers In Tripoli Increase [Leading From Behind!]

    10/05/2014 9:16:31 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 05, 2014 | Yasmine Ryan
    Libya’s Parliament Moves To Small Port City As Dangers In Tripoli Increase The Dar al Salam, a five-star hotel in Tobruk, Libya, is being used by members of paliament who have relocated to the small port city because of the dangers in Tripoli. By Yasmine Ryan October 5 TOBRUK, Libya — Being a parliamentarian in Libya is a death- defying act. Entissar Chennib’s car was blown up in the eastern city of Derna on election day in June. Another representative, Ali Omar Tekbeli, knows it is too hazardous to go home to the capital. “I receive death threats almost every...
  • Islamic militia groups says it has 'secured' US compound in Libya

    08/31/2014 8:10:31 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 36 replies
    An Islamic militant group said Sunday it has “secured” a U.S. Embassy compound in Libya’s capital city of Tripoli. American personnel evacuated the area roughly a month ago amid ongoing fighting in the country. An Associated Press journalist walked through the compound Sunday after the Dawn of Libya, an umbrella group for Islamist militias, invited onlookers inside. Windows at the compound had been broken, but it appeared most of the equipment there remained untouched.
  • Libya’s Islamist militias claim control of capital

    08/24/2014 3:59:26 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 30 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 25 August 2014 | anon
    CAIRO: Libya’s Islamist militias said Sunday they have consolidated their hold on Tripoli and its international airport, driving out rival militias to the outskirts of the capital following a weekslong battle for control of the strategic hub. ...
  • Libyan Militia Accuses Egypt, UAE of Airstrikes

    08/23/2014 12:52:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    abc ^ | Aug 23, 2014, 3:16 PM ET | MARIAM RIZK
    Two unidentified airstrikes targeting Islamist militia positions in Libya's capital killed 15 fighters and wounded 30 on Saturday. A senior militia leader accused Egypt and the United Arab Emirates of being behind the attacks on their posts. The mysterious airstrikes Saturday were the second this week to target Islamist militia posts in the capital. They have fueled speculation that foreign powers are covertly intervening in Libya's militia violence because Libya's air force does not possess the guided ordinance apparently used in the strikes, while the country's army is reeling from weeks of intense fighting driven by polarized politics. The violence...
  • Libya Islamist militias 'seize Tripoli airport'

    08/23/2014 12:17:53 PM PDT · by sunmars · 30 replies
    A statement shown on screen on An-Nabaa television, regarded as close to the Islamists, said: "Fajr Libya announces that it totally controls Tripoli international airport." Earlier on Saturday, leaders of the Islamist coalition, partly comprising men from Misrata, east of Tripoli, said their forces were advancing on the airport, having taken a bridge and a military base. The strategic site 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the Libyan capital, has been shut since July 13 amid skirmishes between the Islamists and the Zintan force, allies of rogue general Khalifa Haftar, based at Benghazi in eastern Libya and hostile to the...
  • US intervention in Libya now seen as a cautionary tale

    06/27/2014 8:56:33 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 27, 2014 | By Paul Richter and Christi Parsons
    A group of U.S. diplomats arrived in Libya three years ago to a memorable reception: a throng of cheering men and women who pressed in on the startled group “just to touch us and thank us,” recalled Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser. The Libyans were emotional because the U.S. and its allies had toppled leader Moammar Gadhafi in a military campaign that averted a feared slaughter of Gadhafi’s foes. Obama administration officials called the international effort, accomplished with no Western casualties, a “model intervention.” But in three years Libya has turned into the kind of place U.S....
  • US sends assault ship with 1,000 Marines near Libya, asks Americans to 'depart immediately'

    05/27/2014 6:18:56 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 51 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 27 May 2014
    The US is sending 1,000 Marines in an amphibious assault ship to Libya's coast as a “precautionary” move should the US embassy require evacuation, a US official said. Security concerns also led the US to suggest Americans in Libya "depart immediately." Adding to tensions, gunmen attacked the Tripoli home of Libya’s new prime minister, Ahmed Maiteeq, on Tuesday. Businessman Maiteeq, 42, and his family escaped harm, according to AFP. An aide to Maiteeq said "there was an attack with rockets and small arms on the prime minister's house" in Tripoli at 3:00 a.m. (0100 GMT). Maiteeq’s guards opened fire on...
  • Obama administration telegraphs terrorists: Don't attack us NOW, marines arriving within DAYS!

    05/27/2014 4:19:07 PM PDT · by Frankusa · 15 replies
    Despite the latest security concerns in Libya - due to the recent escalation of violence in the terrorist infested country - and despite the recent decision by several other countries to shut down their embassies there, the Obama administration, thus far, has refrained from taking similar action, presumably because the apparent urgency to close down the embassy would reflect poorly on the administration's failed policies there. A defense official told CNN early last week that the decision to evacuate the embassy is "minute by minute, hour by hour," which means that the safety and security of US embassy personnel there...
  • In lawless Libya, Egypt's Sisi becomes a star

    05/27/2014 7:09:04 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    reuters.com ^ | May 26, 2014 | Ulf Laessing and Feras Bosalum
    Many Libyans compare the bumpy transition of both Arab neighbors since their "Arab spring" revolutions in 2011. Both have seen political unrest, though Egypt avoided anarchy like its neighbor where four decades of quirky one-man rule and an eight-month civil war destroyed state institutions. Enemies denounce Sisi as the author of Egypt's toughest crackdown in decades after ousting Islamist president Mohamed Mursi last year. But many Libyans say Mursi's removal was a blessing ending a chaotic year in power comparable to their unproductive government and parliament, dominated by an Islamist party allied with the Muslim Brotherhood, which failed to stop...
  • US recommends its citizens depart Libya 'immediately'

    05/27/2014 4:38:25 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 95 replies
    Washington (AFP) - The US State Department recommended Americans in Libya "depart immediately," in its latest travel warning on Tuesday.
  • Nader: Libya mission was 'impeachable offense'

    04/29/2014 7:07:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/29/14 | Mario Trujillo
    Ralph Nader on Tuesday said President Obama has committed impeachable offenses dating back to the United States' effort in 2011 to create a no-fly zone in Libya. Nader, who has previously called for Obama's impeachment, said Congress would not take up articles of impeachment at the time of the Libya mission because it has “abdicated” its responsibility in matters of war. "Libya was the most egregious violation of the Constitution by President Obama," Nader told ABC News-Yahoo News. "He attacked Libya with European nations without a declaration of war, he didn't ask Congress for an authorization of funds. He didn't...
  • Obama’s Failed Libyan War

    04/02/2014 12:59:02 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 53 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 2, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    The Libyan civil war did more harm to the country, its people, economy and its neighbors in North Africa when NATO intervened at the behest of U.S. President Barack Obama, concluded a University of Texas-Austin professor Alan Kuperman. He gave his remarks at the libertarian think tank Cato Institute. Associate professor of public affairs Alan Kuperman is an associate professor of public affairs and he criticized NATO’s intervention in the Libyan civil war. The civil war pitted rebels against government forces loyal to dictator Muammar Qaddafi. Kuperman was grateful to Obama for outlining the definition of success in Libya for...
  • AP: Three years after US-NATO intervention, Libya is a failed state

    03/22/2014 4:18:11 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 42 replies
    HotAir ^ | 03-22-2014 | Morrissey
    An anniversary passed this week that went almost completely unremarked — and for good reason. March 17th marked the three-year anniversary of the UN Security Council resolution imposing a no-fly zone over Libya to stop the Moammar Qaddafi regime from attacking rebel-held Benghazi and Ajdabiya, and the three-year anniversary on the 19th of the NATO war on Libya. French, British, and American planes began bombarding the Qaddafi regime, an air war that would continue for months — while Barack Obama refused to request Congressional approval for it. Later, Obama would claim that Libya represented the smart model of Western intervention....
  • Obama Asks: "Would Libya Be Better Off With Gaddafi?"-What to do with 6,400 Barrels of Uranium

    09/27/2013 7:06:28 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 26, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Obama Asks: “Would Libya Be Better Off With Gaddafi in Power?”Posted By Daniel Greenfield On September 26, 2013 @ 4:07 pm In The Point | 16 Comments That’s an interesting question considering that the government has broken down, the country is on the verge of civil war and Al Qaeda terrorists are openly operating training camps there.“In Libya, when the Security Council provided a mandate to protect civilians,” Obama said at the UN “America joined a coalition that took action. Because of what we did there, countless lives were saved, and a tyrant could...
  • Obama Asks: “Would Libya Be Better Off With Gaddafi in Power?”

    09/26/2013 3:50:32 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 39 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | Obama Asks: “Would Libya Be Better Off With Gaddafi in Power?” | Daniel Greenfield
    That’s an interesting question considering that the government has broken down, the country is on the verge of civil war and Al Qaeda terrorists are openly operating training camps there. “In Libya, when the Security Council provided a mandate to protect civilians,” Obama said at the UN “America joined a coalition that took action. Because of what we did there, countless lives were saved, and a tyrant could not kill his way back to power.” Obama went far beyond the UN mandate by bombing his way to regime change. His actions resulted in the ethnic cleansing of Africans in Libya,...
  • More than 1,000 inmates escape Libyan prison

    07/27/2013 1:04:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    fox ^ | July 27, 2013/
    In Tripoli, protesters appeared to be inspired by events in neighboring Egypt, where millions took to the streets Friday to answer a call from the army chief, who said he wanted a mandate to stop "potential terrorism" by supporters of the country's ousted president, Mohammed Morsi, who hails from the Brotherhood. "We don't want the Brotherhood, we want the army and the police," Libyan protesters chanted, repeating a slogan also used in Egypt.
  • Swedish jets make first combat mission in 50 yrs

    04/07/2011 9:56:58 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 7, 2011 | Niklas Pollard & Simon Johnson
    Swedish jets make first combat mission in 50 yrs Thu Apr 7, 2011 8:03pm GMT STOCKHOLM, April 7 (Reuters) - Swedish warplanes operating from Sicily took part in NATO's operations against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday, the first combat sortie by the Nordic country's air force since the early 1960s. A Swedish military spokesman said the aircraft had carried out a mission lasting about 40 minutes, according to plan, and had returned safely to their base in southern Italy. He would not provide any further information due to NATO regulations. The last time Sweden flew combat missions was in...
  • A land of militias, Libya struggles to build a military

    02/24/2013 6:44:56 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 24, 2013 | Maggie Fick
    Tripoli, Libya In the seventeen months since Muammar Qaddafi was killed, Libya has made building an army a top national priority. But progress toward achieving this goal has been slow at best, with an official admitting that he does not even know how many soldiers are currently in the army. Public statements by senior Libyan leaders suggest that there is little disagreement over the notion that the country desperately needs a functioning military to ensure a peaceful transition – and a clean break from the Qaddafi legacy of a weak army dwarfed by powerful brigades loyal to the autocrat’s sons....
  • White House Backpedals From Military Action on Libya

    03/09/2011 11:59:08 AM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    AOL News ^ | Mar 9, 2011 – 2:34 PM | Joseph Schuman Joseph Schuman Senior Correspondent
    The Obama administration today stepped back from the prospect of imminent U.S. military action to support rebel forces in Libya, voicing reluctance to enforce a no-fly zone without United Nations approval. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, CIA Director Leon Panetta and other national security "principals" were meeting in the White House situation room to discuss administration options for Libya. But Obama had no plans to attend, and press secretary Jay Carney repeatedly made clear that this is "not a decision meeting." "I don't want to raise expectations that this is a meeting that will lead to imminent, concrete action,"...
  • Benghazi, Libya, deteriorating into security nightmare

    02/03/2013 8:02:29 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Sunday, February 3, 2013 | Ashish Kumar Sen
    Security in Benghazi, the eastern Libyan city where four Americans were killed Sept. 11 in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate, has decayed to the point where Westerners are fleeing, assassinations and kidnappings are rife and residents worry that U.S. drone strikes on jihadist targets are imminent. ... In January, Britain, the Netherlands, Germany and Canada urged their citizens to leave Benghazi. The British Foreign Office said it was aware of “a specific and imminent threat to Westerners in Benghazi.” Several nongovernmental organizations already have left. ... Over the past year, militants in Benghazi have attacked the British envoy’s...
  • Before He Was Overthrown and Killed...Gaddafi Warned Jihadists Would Conquer N. Africa

    01/27/2013 8:37:32 AM PST · by kristinn · 26 replies
    The National Post ^ | Friday, January 25, 2013 | Scott Barber
    Full headline: Before he was overthrown and killed, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi warned jihadists would conquer northern Africa During the dying days of his four decade rule, Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi cast an ominous prophecy. If his regime fell, jihadists would subjugate northern Africa, inflicting widespread violence and terror. “Al-Qaeda considers all the people to be infidels,” Mr. Gaddafi declared in a speech weeks before NATO began its military intervention in Libya. “They deem all people their enemies. They know nothing but killing.” The Islamists would pour in from Afghanistan, Algeria, and Egypt, he warned, saying, “These are beasts with...
  • NATO called - Shaw responded

    02/11/2012 6:52:26 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies · 2+ views
    f-16.net ^ | February 3, 2012 | SrA Daniel Phelps)
    Jets from the 20th Fighter Wing provided a key role in taking a down corrupt regime during Operation Unified Protector. Their actions in OUP led to the capture of Moammar Gadhafi, the Libyan dictator for 42 years, by the Libyan revolutionaries on Oct. 20, 2011. The 20th FW first sent support at the beginning of April to support NATO forces in protecting the Libyan civilians from the dictatorship. "Around the middle of March, when things were starting to heat up in Libya, we were starting to pay attention," said Col. Charlie Moore, 20th FW commander. "It became apparent that we...
  • (PressTV, Iran) U.S. sends 12,000 troops in Libya

    01/22/2012 3:42:47 PM PST · by this is my country · 41 replies
    Press TV ^ | 1/21/12 | Press TV News
    The United States has sent some 12,000 soldiers to Libya, in the first phase of deployments to the oil-rich North African nation. According to Asharq Alawsat, the troops landed in the eastern oil port city of Brega. Although the deployment is said to be aimed at generating stability and security in the region, the troops are expected to take control of the country's key oil fields and strategic ports. Brega, the site of an important oil refinery, serves as a major export hub for Libyan oil. The town is also one of the five oil terminals in the eastern half...
  • AP Exclusive: NATO may face posible ICC probe (Libya)

    11/11/2011 3:56:33 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 7 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | November 11 2011 | MIKE CORDER and SLOBODAN LEKIC
    BRUSSELS (AP) — Some NATO members are worried that their organization may be investigated by the International Criminal Court after its prosecutor said allegations of crimes committed by NATO in Libya would be examined "impartially and independently," according to diplomats accredited to NATO headquarters. The diplomats said action to pre-empt a war crimes investigation would likely include an immediate internal legal review of all incidents in which NATO bombing or other actions caused civilian casualties. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. Currently, nearly 120 states are parties to the ICC. All European NATO...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Gaddafi 'captured' as rebel forces take control of Sirte

    10/20/2011 4:39:01 AM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 61 replies · 1+ views
    Dailymail ^ | 10.20.11
    BREAKING NEWS: Gaddafi 'captured' as rebel forces take control of Sirte Leader wounded in both legs prior to capture By DAILY MAIL REPORTER Last updated at 12:27 PM on 20th October 2011 Comments (0) Add to My Stories Share Muammar Gaddafi has been captured by revolutionary forces in Libya, it has been reported today. Gaddafi and his family have been on the run since Nato and rebel forces started closing the net on Tripoli in mid-August. The reports of Gaddafi's capture came on the same day that revolutionary forces said that they had taken control of Sirte - the leader's...
  • NATO extends Libya mission another 90 days

    09/21/2011 10:51:27 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 21st 2011 | Staff
    NATO agreed on Wednesday to a three-month extension of its air-and-sea campaign in Libya as the country's new rulers try to dislodge well-armed Gaddafi loyalists holding out in several towns. The agreement to extend the United Nations-mandated mission, which NATO took over on March 31, came at a meeting of ambassadors of the 28 NATO states in Brussels, a NATO diplomat said. The current operations mandate was due to expire on Sept. 27, and it was the second 90-day extension to the mission to protect civilians that has involved a campaign of air strikes and a naval mission to enforce...
  • Buzzkilling Secretary Donley brings the malaise, warns Air Force cuts are coming

    09/19/2011 8:10:10 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 24 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 19, 2011 | Kevin Baron
    WASHINGTON – What a buzzkill. Air Force Secretary Michael Donley faced a huge ballroom on Monday morning ready to kick off the biggest Air Force conference of the year. But instead of giving them the old Rick Perry red meat and whipping the crowd into a frenzied, spontaneous singing of “Into the wild blue yonder,” Donley delivered a dose of Jimmy Carter malaise. The Air Force is at war, but there also is a war on debts and deficits in Washington, he warned a cavernous ballroom of generals gathered the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference. “Efficiency” programs won’t...
  • 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...
  • NATO airstrikes hit Gadhafi stronghold

    09/10/2011 10:31:15 AM PDT · by Borough Park · 9 replies
    NATO has carried out airstrikes on the Moammar Gadhafi stronghold city of Bani Walid, as fighters seeking to rout him retreated after heavy battles there overnight, reports from Libya said Saturday. A Reuters reporter on the ground said there were at least five explosions Saturday as NATO flew aircraft overhead. Earlier, anti-Gadhafi fighters pulled back from Bani Walid, saying they expected NATO attacks on the town. In a new audio message from hiding, Gadhafi calls on his followers to rise up and fight, saying "this is the zero hour."
  • 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...
  • The Navy Did ?!?!? Over Libya?

    09/02/2011 12:48:50 PM PDT · by blasater1960 · 32 replies
    Information Dissemination ^ | 8-31-11 | Gahlran
    If it's true the Navy has been shooting down scud missiles over Libya from sea, and for whatever reason Navy information never reported this, it's time to cut the Navy Information budget by 75%.
  • U.S., allies planning rapid de-escalation in Libya

    09/01/2011 11:55:18 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 9 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Sep 1, 2011 | PAUL RICHTER
    Despite signs of dangerous fractures among the Libyan rebels who ousted Moammar Gadhafi, the United States and its European allies have ruled out a significant nation-building role or major infusions of aid to the postwar government in Tripoli. The moves toward disengagement reflect the allies’ desire to scale back after a 5 1/2-month air war that strained their militaries and treasuries, and exposed their leaders to criticism at home. The United States, France and Britain were the leading participants in the NATO campaign. President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are especially eager to put the war behind them...
  • Libya Tripoli rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi fought with and recruited Al-Quida

    08/31/2011 12:34:35 PM PDT · by Jeff Head · 15 replies
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | 31 Aug 2011 | Praveen Swami, Nick Squires and Duncan Gardham
    Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links Mr al-Hasidi...added that the "members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader". His revelations came even as Idriss Deby Itno, Chad's president, said al-Qaeda had managed to pillage military arsenals in the Libyan rebel zone and acquired arms, "including surface-to-air missiles, which were then smuggled into their sanctuaries". Mr al-Hasidi admitted he had earlier fought against "the foreign invasion" in Afghanistan, before being "captured in 2002 in Peshwar, in Pakistan". He was later handed over to the US, 5 years later released from GITMO and then...
  • Gaddafi foreign minister arrested by rebels-witness

    08/31/2011 12:24:19 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 31st 2011 | Ismail Zitouny and Salah Sarrar
    JANZOUR, Libya Aug 31 (Reuters) - Muammar Gaddafi's foreign minister, Abdelati Obeidi, was arrested on Tuesday at his farm in Janzour, a suburb west of Tripoli, a Reuters correspondent said.
  • Rebels: Gaddafi's Son 'Killed In Air Strike'

    08/29/2011 11:33:52 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 29 replies
    Sky News ^ | August 29th 2011
    Rebel commanders say Khamis Gaddafi, one of Colonel Gaddafi's most feared sons, has been killed in an air strike 60km south of Tripoli. He is said to have been in an armoured Toyota Land Cruiser when it was reportedly blasted off the road by a missile apparently from a Nato Apache helicopter. Sky's chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay, who is at the scene, said a man claiming to be Khamis' bodyguard confirmed that he had died in the vehicle. The explosion incinerated the 4x4 and was so intense it set nearby trees on fire, Ramsay reports. Claims about the death of...
  • Gaddafi 'seen in Zimbabwe on Mugabe's private jet' as Libya rebels march on dictator's home town

    08/27/2011 12:56:45 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 14 replies
    Daily mail UK ^ | august 27, 2011 | By DAMIEN GAYLE
    Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has fled Libya to Zimbabwe on a jet provided by Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, it was claimed today, as rebels began the march on his home town. President Mugabe's political opponents claim their spies saw Gaddafi arrive in the country on a Zimbabwe Air Force jet in the early hours of Wednesday morning. They say the Libyan dictator was taken to a mansion in Harare's Gunninghill suburb, where agents from his all-female bodyguard were apparently seen patrolling the grounds.
  • Black Africans executed in cold-blood by rebels in Libya

    08/27/2011 11:38:16 AM PDT · by Borough Park · 38 replies
    The fighting in Libya is taking a new twist as rebels engage in despicable atrocities with reports of summary executions as they hunt for ‘mercenaries’ who they alleged aided and supported Gaddafi’s forces. The ‘mercenaries’, mostly from sub-saharan Africa, were said to be violently massacred in revenge for their role in the ongoing conflict. It seems the TRC has been unable to prevent such acts of heinous crimes despite appeals from the UN and the international community to the rebels not to carry out reve nge killings. At this point, the TRC seems more anxious to take power in Libya...
  • Obama: 'leading from behind' on Libya

    08/27/2011 10:33:22 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies
    Guardian.co.uk ^ | August 27, 2011 | Michael Boyle
    The White House is spinning the US role in Nato's support for Libyan rebels a foreign policy triumph. That hardly stacks up In case you weren't paying attention, the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi has been claimed by the White House as a vindication of President Barack Obama's decision to "lead from behind". Almost as soon as the rebels reached Tripoli, the administration's deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, Ben Rhodes, began spinning the media that Obama's light footprint approach to regime change was infinitely superior to the Bush approach. Administration officials fell over themselves to point out that the...
  • On the Future of Libya

    08/25/2011 1:06:14 PM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 19 replies
    facebook ^ | 08/25/11 | Sarah Palin
    We join the Libyan people in gratefulness as we hear of Col. Gaddafi’s defeat. The fall of a tyrant and sponsor of terrorism is a great day for freedom-loving people around the world. But the path to democracy in Libya is not complete, and we must make wise choices to ensure that our national interests are protected.
  • Libya, Syria Show Obama in Way Over His Head

    08/20/2011 11:10:02 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 7 replies
    FNC ^ | August 20, 2011 | By J.D. Gordon
    Developments this week with Libya and Syria show that President Barack Obama is in way over his head on U.S. foreign policy – once again. In Libya, rebel fighters are closing in on Col. Moammar Qaddafi’s stronghold of Tripoli - though remain locked in a six-month civil war and face a potential bloodbath in taking the city. This is despite Mr. Obama’s headlong rush to lead “kinetic military action” in March to back them up, an effort expected by some optimists in Washington to last weeks. NATO, with U.S. forces at the core, is still at it. With Syria, Mr....
  • Tripoli facing three-sided advance by Libyan rebels

    08/19/2011 1:24:01 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 15 replies
    Guardian.co.uk ^ | August 19, 2011 | Chris Stephen
    Muammar Gaddafi's 41-year grip on power in Libya looked more precarious than ever on Friday night, as rebel forces advanced on the capital from three directions after breaking out of the once-besieged town of Misrata. With rebels taking control of the coastal town of Zlitan in the east, those in the west claimed to have made progress clearing out the last pro-Gaddafi troops from Zawiyah, 30 miles west of Tripoli. They now have the main coastal road under pressure on both sides of the capital and also under threat from the Nafusa mountains. Gaddafi's army outside Tripoli is trapped in...
  • Libyan Rebels Threaten to Isolate Tripoli

    08/16/2011 5:32:46 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 14 replies
    Voice of America ^ | August 16, 2011 | N/A
    Libyan rebels are threatening to isolate the capital, Tripoli, as they capture key towns to the south and west of the city and work to cut off supply routes in their bid to push leader Moammar Gadhafi from power. The rebels say they control most of Zawiya, a strategic town 50 kilometers west of Gadhafi's power base in Tripoli. Rebel fighters entered Zawiya Saturday in their closest approach to the capital since government forces crushed Zawiya's rebel movement in the early weeks of the uprising. Pro-Gadhafi forces exchanged fire with rebel fighters in Zawiya Monday, trying to push them back...
  • US officials: Gadhafi fires first scud missile

    08/16/2011 2:53:14 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 7 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 15, 2011 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Libyan government forces tapped into their stores of Scud missiles this weekend, firing one for the first time in this year's conflict with rebels, but hurting no one, U.S. defense officials said Monday.
  • 'Dead' Kadhafi son 'appears' on TV

    08/10/2011 11:06:30 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies
    AFP via google ^ | August 10, 2011 | N/A
    Khamis, the feared military commander and son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, was shown on state television on Wednesday, days after rebels reported his death. Tripoli denied the claim at the time, but a rebel spokesman on Wednesday insisted that Khamis was dead. The broadcaster showed footage of what it said was a visit on Tuesday by the uniformed 28-year-old, Kadhafi's youngest son, to a hospital to meet "victims of NATO raids." The date of the recording could not be confirmed. If genuine, it would be the first time Khamis had been seen in public since Friday, when rebels said...
  • Kadhafi forces report gains, launch offensive

    08/07/2011 10:09:22 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/7/11 | Andrew Beatty
    Rebels in the western Libyan town of Zliten were said to be low on ammunition and on the defensive on Sunday, as the regime said its forces had retaken the strategic southwest town of Bir Ghanam. Abdul Wahab Melitan, a rebel spokesman in the port city of Misrata near Zliten, said forces loyal to strongman Moamer Kadhafi had launched an assault on rebel positions in Zliten's Souk Telat area, killing three and wounding 15. "The rebels lack ammunition to advance and we do not want to risk losing any ground," Melitan said. Meanwhile, a rebel source at Al-Qusbat, around 90...
  • Air Force releases details of 24-hour Libya mission from Ellsworth

    08/05/2011 7:52:47 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 26 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | Thursday, August 4, 2011 9:45 pm | Nick Penzenstadler
    ... As the ice and snow fell on March 27, two B-1s took off during a snow and ice storm. The two bombers flew east across the United States and over international waters. Flying with the wind, the jets required four mid-air refuelings to reach Libya. Hart said the crews flew over water after leaving the U.S. "Whenever we fly a military aircraft over another country's airspace you need a diplomatic clearance," Hart said. "The clearances take time we didn't have, and there's less visibility if you're not flying over someone's country." After dropping the first wave of bombs, the...
  • 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...
  • Finally: Gadhafi Asking NYC, London PR Firms For Help

    07/31/2011 11:01:05 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies
    gothamist. ^ | July 31, 2011 | By Jen Chung
    Sure, the economy is hurting so a job's a job... but will any public relations firms agree to take on Moammer Gadhafi and the Libyan government as a client? The NY Post reports, "The Libyan strongman...is looking to hire a New York public-relations rep to scrub his homicidal image, asking for help to counter the fallout of a civil war that threatens to topple his brutal regime." Some of the duties would include "head[ing] daily press briefings and spread[ing] the good word on the tyrant's 'moral' and 'legal' claims to power -- all while rebel forces battle to end Khadafy's...
  • No Early Exit For Britain In Libya Campaign

    07/31/2011 10:56:09 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies
    Sky News ^ | July 31, 2011 | N/A
    Defence Secretary Liam Fox has said Britain will continue with the Libyan bombing campaign for as long as is necessary. Mr Fox said Britain had a commitment to continue with airstrikes on Libya to fulfil a UN resolution aimed at protecting civilians. "There's only one message we should be sending to the regime and that is that we have both the military capability and the resolve to continue pursuing and fulfilling United Nations resolution 1973 as long as is required," he said on BBC radio. Britain has been bombing Libyan military and government targets since March, when Nato intervened and...
  • NATO fights on though Libya coalition shrinks (And then there were 7)

    07/30/2011 3:52:03 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies
    Agence France-Presse via Inquirer News ^ | 11:21 am | Saturday, July 30th, 2011 | Laurent Thomet
    BRUSSELS — NATO allies are in a hurry to bring the air war in Libya to a victorious end but are having to carry on with a shrinking alliance after Norway withdrew its jets and Italy pulled an aircraft carrier. Norway’s departure this weekend leaves the 28-nation military club with combat planes from seven nations instead of eight to finish a job begun four months ago that some hoped would last just weeks. ... Britain has effectively stepped in to fill the gap left by Norway by contributing an extra four Tornado planes and will carry on the mission along...