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  • Rooting for Obama's Success

    09/23/2014 3:01:38 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    National Journal ^ | September 23, 2014 | By Ron Fournier
    Criticism is fine and fully American, but so is uniting behind the president, the troops—and a risky plan. Hawks wanted him to act sooner. Doves didn't want him to act at all. The rest of us—the ambivalent Americans—wanted President Obama to do something. He did this: persuaded five Arab states to participate in airstrikes against militants in Syria, including an al-Qaida affiliate plotting an imminent attack against the United States. This isn't dithering. It doesn't look weak. Obama is engaged—finally, and hopefully, for good. We should root for the president and his success, because there are no easy answers in...
  • Breaking: Tomahawks and Airstrikes Against Syria Commence

    09/22/2014 6:27:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 334 replies
    Fox News | 9/22/2014
    No link now, they are just announcing it now.
  • Somebody Tell Kerry: White House Says We're at War with ISIS

    09/12/2014 2:37:34 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | September 12, 2014
    The United States is at war with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), the White House and Pentagon said Friday, a day after Secretary of State John Kerry repeatedly declined to use that phrase. “In the same way that we are at war with Al Qaeda and its affiliates around the globe, we are at war with ISIL,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at the White House. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby echoed that sentiment, telling reporters that while the effort was "not the Iraq war," they should "make no mistake, we know we...
  • Carr: Anti-war crowd stunningly silent on ISIS plan

    09/12/2014 2:28:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | September 12, 2014 | By Howie Carr
    I could have sworn we were going to war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). But the president, a well-known theologian, has informed us that despite what the Muslims of ISIS say, the Islamic State “is not Islamic.” So I guess we’re in a war against SIS — the State of Iraq and Syria. But it still is a war, isn’t it, Mr. Secretary Kerry? “I think that’s the wrong terminology,” he sniffed yesterday. “What we are engaging in is a very significant counterterrorism operation.” Does that make it … a police action? Will we have to...
  • Kerry plays down hopes of imminent anti-Islamic State coalition

    09/12/2014 1:59:49 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2014 | By Jason Szep
    ANKARA--U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday played down chances of an imminent broad coalition against Islamic State militants, illustrating the difficulty Washington faces winning commitment for a military campaign in the heart of the Middle East. Kerry met Turkish leaders to try to secure support for U.S.-led action against Islamic State, but Ankara's reluctance to play a frontline role highlighted the challenges of building a willing coalition to wage what will likely be a tough offensive. Kerry has been touring the Middle East to build support for President Barack Obama's plan, announced on Wednesday, to strike both sides...
  • How US Would Conduct the Syrian Rebel-Training Program

    09/11/2014 5:00:42 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 11, 2014 | By Luis Martinez
    ... For more than a year, the CIA has run a limited training program in Jordan for small numbers of vetted fighters. The military program would expand on that model and train larger numbers of fighters. U.S. officials familiar with details of the proposed program say that it is slated to last for one year from the time that Congress authorizes it and passes the funding request. A senior administration official revealed Wednesday that Saudi Arabia had agreed to host the train-and-equip program. A U.S. official told ABC News that Saudi Arabia will host multiple training sites for Syrian rebel...
  • Prospect of U.S. Attacks Electrifies Syrians

    09/11/2014 7:15:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 11, 2014 | By ANNE BARNARD
    The prospect of the first American attacks on Syrian soil during three years of brutal civil war electrified Syrians on Thursday, prompting intense debate over whether airstrikes on the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria would help or harm President Bashar al-Assad, his armed Syrian opponents and war-weary civilians. But even among fervent opponents of ISIS there was ambivalence over President Obama’s declaration that he would “not hesitate” to strike ISIS in Syria. Now, framing the attack on ISIS as driven by American national security concerns, Mr. Obama faces mistrust from both sides. Many insurgents consider his action too...
  • New US strikes in Iraq include land-based bombers

    08/17/2014 10:03:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 26 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest round of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group includes the first reported use of land-based bombers in the military campaign. ... The U.S. military says U.S. forces conducted 14 airstrikes on Sunday — after nine strikes on Saturday. The U.S. says Sunday’s strikes damaged or destroyed 10 armed vehicles, seven Humvees, two armored personnel carriers and one checkpoint.
  • US slaps down Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki after he accuses president

    08/10/2014 7:20:28 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | August 10, 2014 | Agencies
    The United States has thrown its weight behind Iraqi president Fuad Masum after he was accused by prime minister Nouri al-Maliki of violating the constitution. US state department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement: “The United States fully supports president Fuad Masum in his role as guarantor of the Iraqi constitution. “We reaffirm our support for a process to select a prime minister who can represent the aspirations of the Iraqi people by building a national consensus and governing in an inclusive manner,” she said, echoing an earlier comment made on Twitter by deputy assistant secretary of state for...
  • Reid: Iraq War lost, U.S. can't win (Flashback)

    08/09/2014 9:56:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 20, 2007
    WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday the war in Iraq is "lost," triggering an angry backlash by Republicans, who said the top Democrat had turned his back on the troops. The bleak assessment - the most pointed yet from Reid - came as the House voted 215-199 to uphold legislation ordering troops out of Iraq next year. "I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and - you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows - (know) this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as...
  • Obama sets ambitious goals for Iraq intervention

    08/09/2014 9:46:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 9, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
    President Obama said Saturday that U.S. forces will seek to deny a safe haven to "barbaric terrorists" in Iraq and will help create a humanitarian corridor to rescue thousands of religious refugees trapped on a mountaintop, broadening his goals for the latest U.S. intervention in Iraq. Speaking on the White House South Lawn, the president also suggested that the airstrikes by U.S. Navy fighter jets and Predator drones against Islamist militants that began Friday near the major city of Irbil won't be a short-term operation. Obama also said he is confident that U.S. airstrikes and assistance to Iraqi forces can...
  • Obama Says Iraq Airstrike Effort Could Be ‘Long-Term’

    08/09/2014 9:40:45 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    New Your Times ^ | August 9, 2014 | By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    President Obama sought to prepare Americans for an extended presence in the skies over Iraq, telling reporters on Saturday that the airstrikes he ordered this week could go on for months as Iraqis try to build a new government. “I don’t think we’re going to solve this problem in weeks,” Mr. Obama said before leaving for a two-week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. “This is going to be a long-term project.” “There has to be a rebuilding and an understanding of who it is the Iraqi security forces are reporting to, what they are fighting for,” he added. Once that happens,...
  • Obama proposes broader long-term strategy to confront fast-approaching militants in Iraq

    08/09/2014 6:54:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 97 replies
    <p>Obama is scheduled to make remarks at the White House at 10:25 a.m....</p>
  • Obama returns to the quagmire he exited in Iraq

    08/08/2014 9:43:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 8, 2014 8:01 PM | Kathleen Hennessey, David S. Cloud
    For three years, President Obama has declared himself the man who closed the door on a dark decade of U.S. war in Iraq. Now he has opened the door again. Other than insisting no U.S. combat troops will return to Iraq, Obama’s advisors outlined few clear limits and no definitive end to America’s latest military mission, which began Friday with airstrikes against Sunni militants and drops of humanitarian aid. Given Obama’s stated reluctance to use military force in Syria and other hot spots, the White House faced pressure to explain why Iraq was different, what airstrikes would achieve and whether...
  • Analysis: Limited U.S. strikes in Iraq may not wor

    08/08/2014 8:05:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    USA Today | August 8, 2014 | By Jim Michaels
    LINK ONLY PER FR POSTING RULES: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/08/08/obama-iraq-isil-air-strikes-baghdad-irbil-terrorists/13783143/
  • Democrats applaud Obama’s airstrikes in Iraq

    08/08/2014 9:54:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 8, 2014 | By S.A. Miller
    Democratic leaders rallied behind President Obama’s decision to authorize airstrikes against Islamic terrorists in Iraq, applauding him for imposing limits on military action and vowing not to send U.S. troops back into Iraq. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said early Friday that it was “appropriate that the President authorized airstrikes against [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] should they threaten U.S. personnel and other interests in Erbil or elsewhere in Iraq.” “As the President reiterated, there is no American military solution to the situation in Iraq,” she said. “Defeating ISIS will require Iraq’s leaders to see beyond their divisions...
  • Obama Authorizes Limited Airstrikes in Iraq

    08/07/2014 7:13:13 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 73 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07 August 2014 | Helen Cooper, Mark Landler, Alissa J. Rubinaug
    President Obama said Thursday that United States military aircraft had dropped food and water to thousands of Iraqis besieged by Islamic militants on a mountaintop in northern Iraq. Speaking from the State Dining Room at the White House, the president said he had directed the United States military forces to conduct targeted airstrikes on the militants if they moved to take Erbil, threatening the American citizens and military personnel there.
  • Obama weighs Iraq crisis response; airdrops, airstrikes among options

    08/07/2014 4:33:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 7, 2014 | By Christie Parsons
    United States officials are “closely monitoring” a potential “humanitarian catastrophe” in northern Iraq but will not be sending combat troops back into the country, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday. Earnest said the United States would cooperate with Iraqi military and Kurdish authorities in the volatile region, but he declined to respond to several questions about whether the U.S. would consider any military action to protect refugees fleeing advancing Sunni militants. “I’m not in position to shed light on the president’s thinking” on the subject, Earnest said.
  • Someone Is Bombing ISIS in Iraq

    08/07/2014 4:04:57 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 73 replies
    New Yorker Magazine ^ | August 7, 2014
    The New York Times seemed to have caught the Pentagon by surprise this evening when it issued a breaking news alert about American forces bombing two targets in Iraq. The Pentagon firmly denied that American forces had begun a bombing campaign. But Pentagon officials said it was possible that allies of the United States, either the Iraqi or Turkish militaries, had conducted the bombing.
  • Israel ready to help Jordan fend off Iraq insurgents if asked

    07/04/2014 7:26:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 4, 2014
    Israel is ready to meet any Jordanian request to help fight off Islamist insurgents who have overrun part of neighboring Iraq, an Israeli official said on Friday, although he believed Jordan was capable of defending itself. Asked to elaborate on the statement, Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said potential Israeli assistance could include sending troops or arms, though he saw that as unlikely. "We have an interest in ensuring that Jordan does not fall to, or be penetrated by, groups like al Qaeda or Hamas or ISIS," he told Reuters. "If, God forbid, there is a need, if such a...
  • Iraq chases Baghdad sleeper cells as 'Zero Hour' looms over capital

    07/03/2014 7:33:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 3, 2014 | By Ned Parker
    Iraqi insurgents are preparing for an assault on Baghdad, with sleeper cells planted inside the capital to rise up at "Zero Hour" and aid fighters pushing in from the outskirts, according to senior Iraqi and U.S. security officials. Iraqis speak of a "Zero Hour" as the moment a previously-prepared attack plan would start to unfold. A high-level Iraqi security official estimated there were 1,500 sleeper cell members hibernating in western Baghdad and a further 1,000 in areas on the outskirts of the capital. He said their goal was to penetrate the U.S.-made "Green Zone" - a fortified enclave of government...
  • The United States Doesn't Know With Certainty Who Just Launched Airstrikes in Iraq

    06/25/2014 2:21:52 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    Slate ^ | 25 June 2014 | Ben Mathis-Lilley
    United States officials are not entirely confident they know who is behind the airstrikes being reported against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria forces in western Iraq. From ABC News: According to the U.S. official, the United States has “pretty good information that the Syrians are behind the fighter aircraft bombing in western Al Anbar,” a province in Iraq that includes the Syrian border. The official said the United States is still trying to gather more information that Syria was behind the strikes...A U.S. official also said it was not clear whether the Iraqi government requested or authorized Syrian air...
  • Obama Lining Up ISIS Targets and Keeps 'Prerogative' To Strike

    06/23/2014 3:01:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 23, 2014 | By ALI WEINBERG
    President Obama is lining up ISIS targets in Iraq and may launch an attack on the militant Islamic militia that is threatening Baghdad even if he does not get an agreement with the Iraqi regime, Secretary of State John Kerry said today. Speaking in Baghdad after meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other political leaders, Kerry said Obama is “each day” gaining more certainty of the targets he would strike if the United States decided on its own to take military action. “He has reserved the right to himself, as he should, to make a decision at any...
  • U.S. spy agencies warned Maliki was 'alienating' Iraq's Sunnis

    06/21/2014 4:20:59 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 20, 2014 | BY MARK HOSENBALL
    U.S. intelligence agencies have repeatedly warned top government officials that Iraq's Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki and his policies were gravely antagonizing his country's Sunni population, two U.S. security officials said on Friday. The officials said the warnings were contained in secret intelligence reports and analyses presented in the last two years to policymaking officials, including President Barack Obama. This contrasted with public comments by the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, who in his annual presentation to Congress on "worldwide threats" in January made only bland references to religious tensions in Iraq.
  • '12 die' in fight between rival anti-Kadhafi groups

    09/11/2011 12:47:38 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 6 replies
    TRIPOLI — At least 12 people were killed and 16 wounded when two groups of fighters opposed to Moamer Kadhafi turned on each other in Libya's west, two officials said on Sunday. The fighting, which has its roots in ancient rivalries and pitted combatants from the towns of Gharyan and Kikla on the one side and from Asabah on the other, broke out on Saturday, according to the chief of the Gharyan council and confirmed by the head of the military council of Asabah. The towns are on the eastern edge of the Nafusa mountains and were important centres of...
  • Governor Sarah Palin: On the Future of Libya.

    08/25/2011 2:37:35 PM PDT · by onyx · 91 replies
    SARAH PALIN FACEBOOK ^ | August 25, 2011 3:02PM | Governor Sarah Palin
    POSITIVELY 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. First, the White House needs to avoid triumphalism. Gaddafi may be gone, but the fighting may not be complete. As we’ve seen in Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, we must not celebrate too quickly. There are now mounting concerns that...
  • 'Libya Likely to Become Next Iraq'

    08/22/2011 6:37:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    PressTV ^ | Mon Aug 22, 2011
    NATO's invasion of Tripoli prompts discussion of a potential occupation of Libya where the people of Libya could experience the suffering of Iraq. Press TV talks with Jeff Steinberg, Executive Intelligence Review, in Washington who claims this is a heavy NATO invasion of Tripoli not the outcome of a civil war and that similar misery is set to befall the Libyan people as NATO moves ever toward an occupation of another oil rich Muslim country. Following is a transcript of the interview. Press TV: What do you think of the new developments in Libya? Jeff Steinberg: First of all this...
  • Carney: "The White House Doesn't Create Jobs"

    08/05/2011 9:48:50 AM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 89 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 5, 2011 | Jay Carney
    Q Sort of to follow on that, why should Americans believe that the White House can create jobs when the unemployment rate has been so stagnant and the record is sort of anemic? MR. CARNEY: Well, the White House doesn’t create jobs.
  • Qaddafi's Son Says Regime Is Forging Alliance With Radical Islamists

    08/04/2011 1:18:29 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 20 replies
    Tripoli – The most prominent son of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi claimed Wednesday that the regime is forging a secret alliance with radical Islamists among the Libyan rebels. Saif al Islam Qaddafi, a London School of Economics graduate, gave an hour-long interview to the New York Times in a Tripoli hotel in which he said the more liberal-minded members of the opposition would escape or be killed. "We will do it together. Libya will look like Saudi Arabia, like Iran. So what?" he said, wearing traditional dress, sporting a new beard and fingering prayer beads. His comments marked a reversal of...
  • 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...
  • Qadhafi Dares NATO To Launch Ground Operations In Libya

    07/28/2011 5:49:03 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 12 replies
    RTT News ^ | 7/28/2011 5:49 AM ET | RTT Staff Writer
    (RTTNews) - In a further show of defiance, Libyan leader Moammar Qadhafi has challenged the NATO to launch ground operations in the North African country, reports said. In an audio message broadcast on the state TV on Wednesday, the Libyan strongman said his troops were lying in wait for foreign soldiers to intrude into their territory. "We are here waiting for you. And so are the Mediterranean fish," Gaddafi said.
  • Obama Fumbles Yemen

    07/25/2011 9:53:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 25, 2011 | Jane Novak
    By thwarting regime change in Yemen, the United States risks empowering al-Qaeda and alienating a nation.Yemen is a complex country that has been under considerable turbulence. Yet understanding Yemen tells us a great deal about the contemporary Middle East, Obama administration foreign policy, and the direction of the “Arab Spring.”While Americans may think that their government’s recent policies and leadership have made the United States more popular in the region, the truth — as polls show — is generally the opposite. Obama administration policy is to support the existing dictatorship or at most to back a relatively cosmetic change in...
  • NATO’s Libya campaign drags on

    06/25/2011 7:24:23 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, June 25, 2011 | Michael Birnbaum and Ernesto Londono
    NAPLES — As NATO bombs began to rain on Libya in March, President Obama and other Western leaders assured their war-weary publics that the campaign to protect civilians from Moammar Gaddafi’s crackdown would be over within weeks. Now the coalition’s springtime incursion has stretched to summer and Gaddafi’s resilience has startled the leaders who committed to the operation. Calls are growing to end it even as NATO pleads for more time. As the campaign enters its fourth month, NATO officials insist that it is succeeding and that Gaddafi will become the Arab Spring’s third casualty. But that will happen, they...
  • President Obama Rejected DOJ and DOD Advice, and Sided with Harold Koh, on War Powers Resolution

    06/18/2011 6:10:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Lawfare ^ | June 17, 2011 | Jack Goldsmith
    Charlie Savage has the amazing story that President Obama “rejected the views of top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Department when he decided that he had the legal authority to continue American military participation in the air war in Libya without Congressional authorization.” The Acting head of the Office of Legal Counsel, Caroline Krass, and the General Counsel of the Department of Defense, Jeh Johnson, advised the President that military activities in Libya constituted “hostilities” under the War Powers Resolution and thus Section 5(b) of the WPR required him to terminate or scale back the mission after May...
  • NATO first to blink in Libya (or how NATO allies will leave General Obama holding the bag)

    06/16/2011 1:13:46 PM PDT · by chuckee · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/6/2011
    Reflecting frustration at NATO's inability to achieve quick results in a campaign some had forecast would be over in days or weeks, the U.S. defense secretary rounded on European allies last week for failing to back the mission the alliance took over in late March. "The mightiest military alliance in history is only 11 weeks into an operation against a poorly armed regime in a sparsely populated country," Robert Gates said, "yet many allies are beginning to run short of munitions, requiring the U.S., once more, to make up the difference." Now it's not only bombs, but the planes to...
  • Obama Steps Up Secret US War in Yemen

    06/09/2011 7:07:22 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | June 9th | Alex Newman
    The Obama administration is intensifying its illegal secret war in Yemen as armed rebellions against the U.S.-government-backed dictatorship of Ali Abdullah Saleh (left) threaten to overthrow the regime. But while the mainstream press has been cheering on the unlawful military campaign, experts warned that it could easily backfire. Witnesses said multiple civilians were killed in an American air strike late last week supposedly targeting suspected militants — an unavoidable consequence of jet fighter and drone attacks that will almost certainly stir up more anti-U.S. sentiment. And the secret bombing campaign has actually been stepped up in recent weeks on orders...
  • U.S. Lags on ‘Key Milestones’ in Transition Plan for Iraq, Report Says

    06/02/2011 7:31:12 AM PDT · by Heuristic Hiker · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Jun 2, 2011 | Tony Capaccio
    The U.S. is failing to meet “key milestones” in advance of the Oct. 1 handover of responsibilities in Iraq from the U.S. military to the State Department, says a report being issued Thursday by the State Department’s inspector general.
  • NATO airstrikes hit Tripoli, heaviest bombing yet (Obama offers rebels office in DC!)

    05/24/2011 5:40:28 AM PDT · by autumnraine · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 05-24-2011 | DIAA HADID and MICHELLE FAUL
    NATO pounded the capital with more 20 airstrikes Tuesday in its most intense bombardment yet against Moammar Gadhafi's stronghold of Tripoli, while a senior U.S. diplomat said President Barack Obama has invited the Libyan rebels' National Transitional Council to open an office in Washington.
  • 'Limited' US Role in Libya Means No Need to Get Congressional Authorization

    05/20/2011 9:41:27 PM PDT · by bobsunshine · 140 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 20, 2011 | Jack Trapper
    In an effort to satisfy those arguing he needs to seek congressional authorization to continue US military activity in accordance with the War Powers Resolution, President Obama wrote a letter to congressional leaders this afternoon suggesting that the role is now so “limited” he does not need to seek congressional approval. “Since April 4,” the president wrote, “U.S. participation has consisted of: (1) non-kinetic support to the NATO-led operation, including intelligence, logistical support, and search and rescue assistance; (2) aircraft that have assisted in the suppression and destruction of air defenses in support of the no-fly zone; and (3) since...
  • Rebel forces in Libya's western mountains issue call for help

    05/17/2011 4:47:12 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | May 17, 2011
    Benghazi, Libya (CNN) -- Rebel forces in the Nafusa Mountains of western Libya were under heavy attack Tuesday by forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi and had issued a call for help, the National Transitional Council said. "Representatives have confirmed that Gadhafi forces are using GRAD missiles, snipers, and a previously unseen type of mortar," it said, adding that three locals were killed and another nine wounded on Tuesday. The Tunisian border is a portal for the delivery of humanitarian aid, which can no longer reach civilians in the area, it said. Pro-Gadhafi forces were also attacking the northwest Libyan...
  • 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...
  • NATO bombs rock Tripoli, Libya rebels advance

    05/10/2011 12:45:55 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 2 replies
    AFP ^ | May 10 2011 | W.G. Dunlop
    TRIPOLI — A NATO bombing blitz rocked Tripoli Tuesday while rebels in besieged Misrata said they are pushing back Moamer Kadhafi's forces and the UN warned Libya is being paralysed by widespread shortages. Jets screamed in low over the Libyan capital in the early hours of the morning, carrying out an unusually heavy bombardment over roughly three hours, an AFP correspondent said.
  • NATO Discusses Ground Operation, Libya Promises Hell

    05/07/2011 9:29:44 AM PDT · by Fennie · 53 replies
    RussiaToday ^ | May 4, 2011
    The aerial bombardment of Libya has reached a dead end, which has intensified talk among NATO members about a possible land operation, a move that threatens to escalate massively the violence that already exists there. The alliance's spokesman has admitted there is still little sign of progress for either side in the conflict, so there is a need for a new UN resolution to approve sending foreign troops in. In the meantime, civilian casualties from allied bombing continue to mount as fresh NATO air strikes have been heard in the Libyan capital overnight. At a video conference with Russian students,...
  • NATO doubts Libyan claim that airstrike killed Gadhafi's son

    05/01/2011 3:32:03 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    Macon.com ^ | Sunday, May 1, 2011
    BENGHAZI, Libya -- NATO has found no evidence to support claims by the Libyan government that an airstrike in Tripoli killed Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's youngest son and three grandchildren, two military officials said Sunday. What the Libyan government called a residence - where Gadhafi's son, Saif al Arab, and three grandchildren lived when the structure was struck Saturday night - was, in fact, a command and control center with a bunker underneath, the NATO and U.S. officials said on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly about NATO's findings. The officials also rejected suggestions that...
  • Gunners pound rebels, embassies sacked after Gadhafi's son said killed

    05/01/2011 3:34:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | Sunday, May 1, 2011
    Libyan rebels on patrol near the airport at al-Ghiran close to the key port city of Misrata on April 30, 2011. Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Government forces pounded rebel-held cities and crowds ransacked empty embassies in Tripoli on Sunday after Libyan authorities reported a NATO airstrike killed one of longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi's sons and three of his grandchildren. The U.S. Embassy was attacked by what one U.S. official called an "organized mob," along with the British, French, Italian and Qatari embassies, British and Italian officials told CNN. Meanwhile, pro-Gadhafi forces stepped up their shelling of rebel positions in Misrata...
  • US condemns attacks on embassies in Libya

    05/01/2011 3:19:05 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 10 replies
    AP ^ | May 2 2011 | AP
    The United States on Sunday condemned attacks on embassies in Libya's capital, a day after officials said a NATO missile strike had killed one of the sons of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. "We have seen reports indicating that British, Italian and U.S. diplomatic facilities in Tripoli have been attacked," U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said. "If true, we condemn these attacks in the strongest possible terms."
  • Libya crisis: UN to quit Tripoli amid mob attacks

    05/01/2011 12:21:26 PM PDT · by Las Vegas Ron · 21 replies
    BBC News Africa ^ | 1 May 2011
    The UN is withdrawing all its international staff from the Libyan capital Tripoli following a mob attack on its offices. UN buildings and some foreign missions were targeted by angry crowds following a Nato air strike that reportedly killed a son of Col Gaddafi. A UN official told the BBC its staff would withdraw from Libya and the decision would be reviewed next week.
  • Libya disabled children school hit in NATO strike

    05/01/2011 12:00:45 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 28 replies
    reuters ^ | 4/30/2011 | 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. "They maybe wanted to hit the television. This is a non-military, non-governmental building," said Mohammed al-Mehdi, head of the civil societies council, which licenses and oversees civil groups in Libya. The missile completely destroyed an adjoining office in the...
  • British PM Says NATO Targeting Libyan Decision Makers

    05/01/2011 5:05:47 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    voice of america ^ | 5/1/2011 | voa
    British Prime Minister David Cameron said Sunday NATO forces are targeting Libya's command and control units, not specific people. Mr. Cameron refused to comment on media reports that a son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi had been killed in a NATO airstrike. Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said late Saturday that 29-year-old Saif al-Arab Gadhafi and three of Moammar Gadhafi's grandchildren were killed during what Ibrahim called a direct attempt to assassinate the Libyan leader. Ibrahim says Mr. Gadhafi and his wife were in their son's home at the time, but were not hurt. He said several other people at...
  • Death of Saif Al-Arab Gaddafi may backfire for Nato

    05/01/2011 5:27:35 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 25 replies
    bbc ^ | 5/1/2011 | Shashank Joshi
    The death of Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, if confirmed, is likely to have come as a consequence of Nato's increasingly aggressive tactics, undertaken by the alliance to shake up a stalemate in the conflict. But his killing in an air strike is a grievous strategic error - militarily insignificant but diplomatically disastrous. Towards the end of April, Nato states made a number of operational innovations. Three member states - Britain, France, and Italy - injected military advisers into rebel-held eastern Libya. Another, the US, began continuous patrols of armed drones. Third, and most important, air strikes began to target command, control,...