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  • 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 ^ | 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,...
  • Afghanistan: Taliban announce spring offensive

    04/30/2011 4:58:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies · 1+ views
    BBC News ^ | April 30, 2011
    The Taliban have announced the start of a spring offensive across Afghanistan. In a statement, the group said the fighting would start on Sunday, targeting foreign troops as well as Afghan security forces and officials. It warned civilians to stay away from public gatherings, military bases, government buildings and convoys. Saturday's statement by the Taliban said the group would attack "foreign invading forces, members of their spy networks and other spies, high-ranking officials of the Kabul puppet administration". It said the war would continue "until the foreign invading forces pull out of Afghanistan". However on Friday, a Pentagon report said...
  • Gadhafi Girds for Long Survival Battle

    04/28/2011 6:42:51 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 45 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | APRIL 28, 2011 | SAM DAGHER
    Volunteers take part Wednesday in a weapons-training session given by Libyan government soldiers at a military camp in Tarhouna. TRIPOLI—On a recent morning dozens of trucks filled with bulk food products coming via neighboring Tunisia were offloaded at the country's largest wholesale market outside the Libyan capital here. The goods, including bags of flour and rice, filled warehouses as well as trucks headed to other centers sympathetic to Col. Moammar Gadhafi such as Sebha in the south. Most food supplies used to arrive by sea at the ports of Tripoli and Misrata, Libya's commercial hub farther east. Imports have been...
  • UK to deploy troops on Libyan border

    04/28/2011 6:28:40 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 36 replies
    PressTV ^ | April 28th 2011 | Staff
    British Defense Secretary Liam Fox has announced plans to deploy British troops on the Libyan border with Tunisia. In a parliamentary session on Wednesday, Fox claimed the British troops will be dispatched to the border to enforce “safe havens” for more than 30,000 civilian refugees fleeing from attacks by Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi's troops, the Independent reported. He also asserted that the troop deployment would be within the terms of a UN resolution authorizing military action in Libya. Defying warnings that the UK may have to prepare itself for a long war, Fox reiterated that British operation in Libya “isn't...
  • The president’s catastrophic Mideast policy-a complete novice in foreign relations

    04/28/2011 4:53:50 AM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4-28-11 | ISI LEIBLER
    Candidly Speaking: Barack Obama is proving, on a daily basis, to be a complete novice in foreign relations. At every conceivable level, the Obama administration’s Middle East policies are spiraling into a disastrous free-fall. Even Obama’s friend, PA president Mahmoud Abbas, has explicitly accused the US President of having totally misled him. In an interview with Newsweek, he said that “it was Obama who suggested a full settlement freeze. I said okay, I accept. We both went up the tree. After that, he came down the ladder and he removed the ladder, and said to me jump. Three times he...
  • NATO To Broaden Libya Strike List, Palaces, Headquarters To Be Focus

    04/26/2011 8:17:06 PM PDT · by Fennie · 41 replies
    Indian Express ^ | April 27, 2011
    NATO planners said the allies are stepping up attacks on palaces, headquarters, communications centers and other prominent institutions supporting the Libyan government, a shift of targets that is intended to weaken Col Muammar Gaddafi's grip on power and frustate his forces in the field. Officials in Europe and in Washington said that the strikes were meant to reduce the government's ability to harm civilians by eliminating, link by link, the command, communications and supply chains required for sustaining military operations.
  • 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.
  • Libya: western leaders call for Nato to target Gaddafi

    04/24/2011 3:41:43 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 19 replies
    Telegraph ^ | April 24th 2011 | Toby Harnden & Robert Winnett
    The calls came as Col Gaddafi was reported to have strengthened his grip on power by repatriating billions of dollars in overseas assets that should have been frozen by UN sanctions. On Sunday, there was growing pressure on Coalition forces to directly target Col Gaddafi with military strikes. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican member of the Senate Armed Services committee, said that the quickest way to end the emerging stalemate was to "cut the head of the snake off". He said: "The people around Gaddafi need to wake up every day wondering, 'Will this be my last?' Senator John McCain,...
  • Misrata Under Heavy Bombardment: Libyan Rebels

    04/24/2011 5:32:04 AM PDT · by Fennie · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 24, 2011
    ALGIERS (Reuters) - The western Libyan city of Misrata came under heavy bombardment on Sunday by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, a rebel spokesman said. "The situation is very dangerous," rebel spokesman Abdelsalam said by telephone from Misrata. "Gaddafi's brigades started random bombardment in the early hours of this morning. The bombardment is still going on. They targeted the city centre, mainly Tripoli Street, and three residential areas."
  • LA Times: Lost in Libya

    04/23/2011 3:46:01 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 23, 2011 | Editorial
    What's happening in Libya? When we last checked in, President Obama had said that the United States would participate in the U.N.-sponsored no-fly zone but that this was not — repeat not — a war to oust Moammar Kadafi. But now, several weeks later, that neat package is coming undone. The war rages on. The rebels, disorganized and underequipped, are neither winning nor losing; Kadafi is neither firmly entrenched nor on his way out, as far as anyone knows. NATO, its members still squabbling among themselves, has no formal mandate to oust the Libyan leader but is unwilling to walk...
  • 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...
  • Libya: Stalemate looms, warns Admiral Mike Mullen

    04/22/2011 6:05:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | April 22, 2011
    The most senior US solider, Adm Mike Mullen, says the war in Libya is "moving towards stalemate", even though US and Nato air strikes have destroyed 30-40% of Libya's ground forces. The US has authorised the use of armed, unmanned Predator drones over Libya to give "precision cap". Libyan rebels have been battling Col Gaddafi's troops since February but have recently made little headway. Adm Mullen also said there was no sign of al-Qaeda in the Libyan opposition. In a speech to US troops in Iraq, he admitted radical groups might try to take advantage of the uprising in Libya,...
  • Libyan city of Misurata pleads for NATO ground forces

    04/20/2011 3:23:53 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 20, 2011 | By Ned Parker
    Misurata, Libya— Misurata, the only rebel-held city in western Libya, has asked that NATO troops be sent to fight alongside the rebels holding off Libyan forces, a local government representative said Tuesday. "If they don't come, we will die," Nouri Abdul Ati, a member of the 17-member ruling body in Misurata, told reporters as heavy machine gun fire, rockets and mortar rounds exploded in the near distance. "Grad rockets don't leave anybody alive," he said, referring to the truck-mounted rockets used by the Libyan military. The local council in this besieged city sent its plea via letter a week ago...
  • Are We Allied to a Corpse?

    04/19/2011 6:00:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | April 19, 2011 | Pat Buchanan
    Of our Libyan intervention, one thing may be safely said, and another safely predicted. When he launched his strikes on the Libyan army and regime, Barack Obama did not think it through. And this nation is now likely to be drawn even deeper into that war. For Moammar Gadhafi's forces not only survived the U.S. air and missile strikes, after which we turned the air war over to NATO, his forces have since shown themselves superior to the rebels. Without NATO, the rebels would have been routed a month ago. And, today, NATO itself stands a chance of being humiliated....
  • Have U.S. and NATO Given Up on Libya Mess?

    04/19/2011 4:40:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | April 19, 2011 | Byron York
    While Washington has been consumed by the battle of the budget, the people running the real war in Libya seem to have given up hope of using American and NATO firepower to drive Moammar Gadhafi from power. "There is no military solution to this conflict," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said recently. "We need a political solution, and it's up to the Libyan people to come up with one." "There will not be a military solution to the problem," said French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe. "We will not see a military solution in Libya," said German Foreign Minister Guido...
  • Fears rise as Gaddafi loyalists purged

    04/17/2011 9:50:55 PM PDT · by DTA · 5 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 2011-04-17 | Robin Wigglesworth
    <p>The previously palatial Benghazi mansion of Huda Ben Amer, a Gaddafi loyalist and the city’s former mayor, is now a charred husk. The marble is blackened and cracked, the interior gutted by fire, and obscene graffiti is scrawled on the walls.</p>
  • 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...
  • NATO running low on bombs in Libya

    04/16/2011 5:02:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies
    United Press International ^ | April 16, 2011 | NA
    BERLIN, April 16 (UPI) -- NATO planes flying combat missions over Libya are starting to run out of bombs, officials said Friday. Only six countries are involved in the operation and other members of NATO remain reluctant to become involved. That means the United States, which turned over bombing runs to NATO at the beginning of April, will probably have to resume them to keep the effort going if Moammar Gadhafi remains in power, The Washington Post reported. A NATO official told the Post U.S. bombers are on "12-hour standby." The Libyan rebels have requested ground troops and asked NATO...
  • Libyan stalemate is bad news for Samantha Power, Obama key advisor

    04/13/2011 5:30:48 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 33 replies
    Irish Central ^ | April 13, 2011 | Niall O'Dowd
    The continued stalemate in Libya is not good news for Samantha Power widely seen as one of the architects of the Libyan intervention. Power, who works with the National Security Council, has been touted as the next secretary of State if Obama is re-elected but if Libya continues to be a stalemate it will not help her case... But the original script went wrong from there with rebels advancing, then retreating like a bad Charlie Chaplin scene before the current stalemate. Stalemate is not good in that corner of the world, and a leaderless state, like Somalia can soon become...
  • 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...