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  • Libyan Rebels: We Killed 57 Soldiers

    05/09/2011 4:23:12 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/5/11
    Rebels in Libya claimed on Monday that they killed 57 of leader Muammar Qaddafi’s soldiers and destroyed 17 military vehicles in a shootout that took place on Monday in the city of Ajdabiya. One of the rebel commanders told the Al Jazeera network that two of his men were killed during the shootout and added that the Libyan troops were led by one of Qaddafi’s sons
  • NATO Strike Kills 12 Libyan Rebels in Misurata (Oooops! NATO hits their Al-Qaeda Allies)

    04/27/2011 3:45:34 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 35 replies
    ny times ^ | 4/27/2011 | By C. J. CHIVERS
    NATO warplanes attacked a rebel position on the front lines of this besieged city here on Wednesday, killing 12 fighters in what the rebels called a friendly fire accident. The rebels, who did not want to be identified for security reasons, were at first reluctant to admit the accident had occurred, not wanting to discourage further strikes against the forces of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. The pace of NATO strikes had picked up noticeably in recent days, after rebel leaders complained of a lack of support in the weeks after the United States turned over operational control of the air campaign...
  • Libyan army to withdraw from Misrata, official says

    04/22/2011 4:13:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | April 22, 2011
    Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Libya's army will withdraw from the besieged coastal city of Misrata and allow tribal leaders to attempt to deal with the rebels, Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Khaim said Friday in Tripoli. "The situation in Misrata will be eased and will be dealt with by the tribes surrounding Misrata," Khaim told reporters. "You will see how they will be swift and quick and fast." He added that the residents of Libya's third-largest city have been in the grip of the conflict. "The tactic of the Libyan army is to have a surgical solution, but it doesn't...
  • Mounting Evidence of Rebel Atrocities in Libya

    04/20/2011 4:47:41 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 24 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | April 20, 2011 | John Rosenthal
    While the International Criminal Court has announced that it is investigating charges of war crimes against Muammar al-Gaddafi and other members of the Libyan regime, harrowing video evidence has emerged that appears to show atrocities committed by anti-Gaddafi rebels. Among other things, the footage depicts summary executions, a prisoner being lynched, the desecration of corpses, and even a beheading. The targets of the most serious abuse are frequently black African prisoners. The ultimate source of the footage appears to be rebel forces or sympathizers themselves. (Warning: Due to the graphic nature of the videos linked below, viewer discretion is advised.)
  • Libya rebels will receive $25 million from U.S.

    04/20/2011 11:30:11 AM PDT · by Species8472 · 62 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-20-2011 | Eli Lake
    Dismissing concerns over possible links between Libyan rebels and al Qaeda, the Obama administration has notified Congress it is providing $25 million in nonlethal aid to the rebels’ effort to drive Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s regime from power. “The president’s proposed actions would provide urgently needed nonlethal assistance to support efforts to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack in Libya,” said Joseph E. Macmanus, acting assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, in an April 15 letter. A copy of the letter, sent to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was obtained by The Washington Times.
  • Gaddafi Forces Advance on Key Rebel Stronghold of Ajdabiya as Sandstorms Ground NATO Planes

    04/18/2011 6:26:32 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 15 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | April 18, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    High winds and low visibility allow Tripoli  to break out the rocket launchers while  completely ignoring all UN resolutions Military forces loyal to longtime Libyan strongman Moammar Gaddafi spent yesterday morning shelling Ajdabiya hard -the last major town before the rebels' Benghazi base- then advanced on the town's western gate while engaging the insurgents in brutal combat at close quarters.Although the day before the rebels had advanced 100km further westward under substantial NATO air cover, just one day of low visibility had all that lost and then some. But while late Sunday afternoon pro-government forces had been repelled at Ajdabiya, the...
  • Libya: All About Oil, or All About Banking?

    04/14/2011 8:27:27 AM PDT · by Ricochet11 · 11 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/13/2011 | Ellen Brown
    Several writers have noted the odd fact that the Libyan rebels took time out from their rebellion in March to create their own central bank - this before they even had a government. Robert Wenzel wrote in the Economic Policy Journal: I have never before heard of a central bank being created in just a matter of weeks out of a popular uprising. This suggests we have a bit more than a rag tag bunch of rebels running around and that there are some pretty sophisticated influences. Alex Newman wrote in the New American: In a statement released last week,...
  • Lose in Libya, lose the Middle East

    04/12/2011 2:45:21 AM PDT · by Scanian · 15 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 11, 2011 | Benny Avni
    We are in Libya for a reason, and for that reason it's important to win -- which means avoiding any trap that would allow the war to end with Moammar Khadafy still in power. Over the weekend, the African Union set just such a trap. Led by South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, an AU group arrived yesterday at Benghazi, the Libyan rebels' stronghold, offering a "ceasefire" plan that Khadafy had agreed to a day earlier. Of course, the rebels declined, vowing to reject any future "solution" that would fall short of Khadafy's ouster. But the goal of Khadafy and his...
  • NATO says its planes struck Libyan rebels

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

    04/07/2011 1:19:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/7/11 | Sebastian Abbot
    Ajdabiya, Libya - An apparent NATO airstrike slammed into a rebel combat convoy Thursday, killing at least five fighters and sharply boosting anger among anti-government forces after the second bungled mission in a week blamed on the military alliance. (Snip) In a sign of the hair-trigger tensions along the front, thousands of civilians and fighters raced out of the rebel-held city of Ajdabiya in eastern Libya after reports that Moammar Gadhafi's forces gained ground in the chaos after the bombing. Some militiamen shouted insults against NATO as they retreated. "We don't want NATO anymore!" cried fighter Basit bin Nasser. Another
  • Rebels Shore Up Status With Diplomacy, Oil

    04/07/2011 5:55:47 AM PDT · by throwback · 4 replies
    The opposition in eastern Libya took further steps toward establishing its legitimacy Wednesday, meeting with a U.S. envoy and loading its first shipment of oil for export since the uprising began. U.S. envoy Chris Stevens, a former deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, met with members of the rebels' provisional government in talks both sides said were aimed at giving the Americans a better sense of the opposition leadership and how the U.S. can help them. Hafiz Abdel Goga, a member of the Transitional National Council in Benghazi, said the council hoped the talks would lead...
  • Libyan rebel leader says NATO isn't doing enough

    04/05/2011 5:34:39 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Daily Finance/AP ^ | 6/4/11 | BEN HUBBARD and HADEEL AL-SHALCHI
    See full article from DailyFinance: If you really must see anything beyond the headline.
  • US Ending Its Air Combat Role in Libya (Video of 'Rebels' Running Away)

    04/01/2011 3:40:14 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 1, 2011 | ROBERT BURNS
    The Pentagon is about to pull its attack planes out of the international air campaign in Libya, hoping NATO partners can take up the slack. The announcement Thursday drew incredulous reactions from some in Congress who wondered aloud why the Obama administration would bow out of a key element of the strategy for protecting Libyan civilians and crippling Moammar Gadhafi's army. "Odd," ''troubling" and "unnerving" were among critical comments by senators pressing for an explanation of the announcement by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs chairman Adm. Mike Mullen that American combat missions will end Saturday. "Your timing is...
  • Libyan Rebel Commander Is From Fairfax, Virginia

    03/31/2011 5:56:27 PM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 16 replies
    abc ^ | March 30, 2011 | ALEXANDER MARQUARDT and MARK MOONEY
    Gen. Khalifa Haftr, the self-proclaimed commander of the Free Libyan Army, does not dress for battle. On a recent day after his forces had reclaimed much of the territory they had lost, the commander was wearing a pinstripe suit and a black turtleneck sweater. Haftr, who lived in Fairfax, Va., until recent weeks when he returned to join the rebellion against Moammar Gadhafi, was appointed to lead the rebel army earlier this month. His top aides appear to be his sons. It is difficult for the media as well as the Obama administration to determine who, if anyone, is in...
  • LIBYA: Rebels execute black immigrants while forces kidnap others

    03/31/2011 10:06:41 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 95 replies · 1+ views
    SomalilandPress ^ | March 5 2011 | Qalinle Hussein
    ADDIS ABABA — While much of the world’s attention is focusing on crude oil prices and the Libyan pipelines in the east of the country– human right groups say rebels are committing crimes against humanity. In east Libya, African hunt began as towns and cities began fall under the control of Libyan rebels, mobs and gangs. They started to detain, insult, rape and even executing black immigrants, students and refugees. In the past two weeks, more than 100 Africans from various Sub-Sahara states are believed to have been killed by Libyan rebels and their supporters. According to Somali refugees in...
  • Libyan Rebels Advancing — to the REAR!

    03/31/2011 7:43:01 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 23 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 03-31-11 | J. D. Longstreet
    Libyan Rebels Advancing — to the REAR! A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet I watched a couple of commentators gently arguing with each other, a few days ago, about who was winning the fight in Libya. The commentator from the left proclaimed the rebels were winning and she was interrupted by the commentator from the right who asked the piercing question: If they are winning why are they going in the wrong direction? He went on to say the rebels were going east while Gaddafi and his troops were in the west. I had to laugh as I remembered the...
  • Undisciplined Libyan rebels no match for Gaddafi's forces

    03/30/2011 6:55:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 73 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 3/30/11 | Chris McGreal
    If there's an ammunition shortage, no one has told Khalif Saed. He was firing off a large machine gun welded to the back of a pick up truck, sending the contents of the heavy belt of bullets darting through the weapon and in to an empty sky. It's a regular enough occurrence on the open desert road along which Libya's conflict has swung back and forth through this month. Sometimes the stream of fire is celebratory, as earlier this week when it was falsely claimed that Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte had fallen.
  • Who are the Libyan Rebels?

    03/30/2011 2:39:21 PM PDT · by Signalman · 4 replies
    Jewish Policy Center ^ | 3/30/2011 | Samara Greenberg
    Concerns over Libya's rebels began to surface Tuesday as the U.S. considers arming the opposition and NATO moves closer to taking charge of the campaign. In a Senate hearing Tuesday, U.S. Adm. James Stavridis, NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe, testified that intelligence agencies had picked up "flickers" of the presence of extremists among Libyan rebel fighters. Noting that most of the opposition's leaders are "responsible men and women who are struggling against Col. Qaddafi," Stavridis also said that intelligence has reported the presence of al-Qaeda and Hezbollah on the ground, although he lacks sufficient detail to say that their...
  • Obama authorizes secret support for Libya rebels

    03/30/2011 2:13:28 PM PDT · by walterandrews · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Mar 30, 2011 4:54pm EDT | Mark Hosenball
    President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert U.S. government support for rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, government officials told Reuters on Wednesday. Obama signed the order, known as a presidential "finding", within the last two or three weeks, according to four U.S. government sources familiar with the matter. Such findings are a principal form of presidential directive used to authorize secret operations by the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA and the White House declined immediate comment.
  • Washington in fierce debate on arming Libyan rebels

    03/30/2011 6:44:05 AM PDT · by throwback · 15 replies
    The Obama administration is engaged in a fierce debate over whether to supply weapons to the rebels in Libya, senior officials said on Tuesday, with some fearful that providing arms would deepen American involvement in a civil war and that some fighters may have links to Al Qaeda. The debate has drawn in the White House, the State Department and the Pentagon, these officials said, and has prompted an urgent call for intelligence about a ragtag band of rebels who are waging a town-by-town battle against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, from a base in eastern Libya long suspected of supplying terrorist...