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  • Keel Laid For Amphibious Warship Tripoli

    06/25/2014 6:54:05 PM PDT · by robowombat · 23 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 20, 2014 3:21 PM | Sam LaGrone
    Keel Laid For Amphibious Warship Tripoli By: Sam LaGrone Published: June 20, 2014 3:21 PM Updated: June 20, 2014 3:21 PM Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the keel-laying ceremony for the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA-7). US Navy Photo Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivers remarks during the keel-laying ceremony for the amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA-7). US Navy Photo The keel for the next-generation amphibious warship Tripoli (LHA-7) was laid in a ceremony at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss. on Friday. The ceremony marked the official start of construction for the second...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Libya evacuation decision 'minute by minute,' U.S. official says

    05/20/2014 2:36:19 PM PDT · by mojito · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/20/2014 | Jomana Karadsheh and Barbara Starr
    Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- The U.S. military has doubled the number of aircraft standing by in Italy if needed to evacuate Americans from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, CNN has learned. A decision to evacuate as violence in the Libyan capital grows is "minute by minute, hour by hour," a defense official told CNN on Monday. Fierce fighting swept across the city Sunday after armed men stormed the country's interim Parliament. Sporadic bursts of gunfire and blasts could still be heard on the outskirts of the capital Monday evening. The violence appeared to be some of the worst since...
  • Senate Report -- CIA: 'Libya: Al-Qaida Establishing Sanctuary'

    01/22/2014 10:43:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2014 | Terry Jeffrey
    When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a brief self-congratulatory trip to Tripoli, Libya, in October 2011 -- with U.S. military assets lurking offshore in case they needed to rescue her -- she joked, in the presence of then-Ambassador Gene Cretz and Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman, that they had not-so-long-ago been worried that the ambassador might end up the target of a murderous Libyan assault. "As Gene and Assistant Secretary Feltman and I were walking through here, they were talking about how the last time Jeff was here was when we were very worried that Gadhafi and [Libyan...
  • New Benghazi Witnesses

    02/27/2014 2:31:42 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 27, 2014 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- National Security Advisor Susan Rice appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday and said that when she had appeared on several news outlets back in September 2012 to state that the attack on an American diplomatic installation in Benghazi was a "spontaneous reaction" to an American-made film that appeared on YouTube she had used "the best information we [the White House] had at the time." Senator John McCain responded to her statement Sunday that it left him "almost speechless." The Arizona Republican said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that "I'm almost speechless, because it's patently obvious, first of...
  • Senior al-Qaeda figure leaves Iran amid a series of departures by terrorist suspects

    02/14/2014 6:17:31 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 14, 2014 | Adam Goldman
    A senior al-Qaeda figure with close ties to the terrorist group’s current leader has left Iran, where he had lived for years after fleeing American forces in Afghanistan in 2001, according to former and current U.S. intelligence officials. Thirwat Shihata is the latest suspected terrorist to leave Iran, raising questions about the country’s motives for allowing or forcing the departure of a string of al-Qaeda members that it had sheltered over the past decade. A top-secret 2008 U.S. document, which was leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, lists 13 senior al-Qaeda figures or associates in Iran. Five...
  • Major Quake Likely In Middle East, Survey Finds

    07/26/2007 1:42:31 PM PDT · by blam · 44 replies · 1,129+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 7-26-2007 | Kate Ravilious
    Major Quake Likely in Middle East, Survey Finds Kate Ravilious for National Geographic News July 26, 2007 In A.D. 551, a massive earthquake devastated the coast of Phoenicia, now Lebanon. The disaster is well-documented, but scientists had struggled over the years to locate the earthquake fault. Now a new underwater survey has uncovered the fault and shown that it moves approximately every 1,500 years—which means a disaster is due any day now. "It is just a matter of time before a destructive tsunami hits this region again," said Iain Stewart, an earthquake expert at the University of Plymouth in the...
  • Bachmann, King and Gohmert tour Egypt, Lebanon and Libya (Tea Party)

    12/19/2013 5:31:04 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 19, 2013 | Al Kamen
    Yet a trip this week by tea party Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann, Steve King and Louie Gohmert has been quite hush-hush, even though they went to iffy places like Beirut, Cairo and even to Tripoli — where the U.S. embassy last week issued a “warning” notice “strongly advis(ing) against all but essential travel to Tripoli and against all travel . . outside Tripoli because of ongoing instability and violence.” And, as best we can figure, they even flew commercial, not only to the region but even within the region. They even went to embassy briefings and such. So this is...
  • Heavy gunfire heard in Libya's capital Tripoli

    11/04/2013 4:58:59 PM PST · by Chad_the_Impaler · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/4/13 | Reuters
    Heavy shooting from guns and anti-aircraft weapons could be heard early on Tuesday in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Reuters witnesses said.
  • US forces reportedly carry out missions in Somalia and Libya

    10/05/2013 5:52:57 PM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 20 replies
    LAT ^ | October 5, 2013 | David S. Cloud
    WASHINGTON -- Navy SEALs carried out a predawn raid Saturday against a suspected Shabab leader in Somalia who is believed to have planned the group's deadly attack last month on a shopping mall in Kenya, two U.S. officials said. Also Saturday, a Libyan Al Qaeda leader wanted in connection with the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa was reportedly captured in Tripoli, Libya. A U.S. official said the Somalia raid involved commandos storming a beachfront house in a town not far from Mogadishu. It remained unclear whether the target of the raid was killed or even was...
  • Report: US captures al-Qaeda leader in Libya

    10/05/2013 3:49:06 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    ITV ^ | 10/5/13 | ITV
    A senior al-Qaeda leader has been captured near the Libyan city of Tripoli in an operation apparently unrelated to the raid in Somalia, NBC News reports. Anas al Libi, whose real name is Nazih Abdul-Hamed Nabih al-Ruqai'I, has been wanted by the US for more than a decade and has a $5 million reward on his head.
  • Gunmen attack Russian embassy in Tripoli, 1 Libyan killed

    10/03/2013 3:07:31 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 13 replies
    Al Arabiya Dozens of angry protesters tried to storm Russia's embassy in Tripoli on Wednesday after reports that a Russian woman had killed a Libyan army officer, witnesses said. One of the attackers was killed by the gunfire, and four more were wounded, Libyan officials told the Associated Press. The sound of gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades could be heard around the embassy, Al Arabiya’s correspondent added. Russia's Foreign Ministry confirmed the attack saying none of its staff was injured. Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Ekho Moskvy radio the attackers fired at the embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and...
  • Gunmen attack Russian embassy in Libya's capital Tripoli

    10/02/2013 5:08:15 PM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    UK Guardian ^ | October 2, 2013 | Chris Stephen in Tripoli
    Gunmen attacked the Russian embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Wednesday hours after news broke that a Russian woman had been arrested and accused of killing a senior military official. The Russian foreign ministry said diplomats were safe and had been evacuated after unknown attackers attempted to break into the embassy grounds. Four Libyans were wounded in the attack, local media reported. Gun and rocket fire echoed through the streets around the compound, as police and army units were deployed around the building in pickup trucks mounted with anti-aircraft guns. The attack came hours after Libyan authorities arrested a...
  • Russian Embassy In Libya Attacked

    10/02/2013 1:21:27 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | October 2, 2013
    First it was the Americans. Now it is the Russians' turn. Al Arabiya reports (and Itar-Tass confirms) that "Gunmen attacked the Russian embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Wednesday, Al Arabiya correspondent reported. The sound of gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades could be heard around the embassy, the correspondent added. No further details were immediately available." According to unverified reports on Twitter, the embassy had been evacuated before the attack (the Russian NSA appears to be more efficient than its US equivalent). The Russian embassy in Tripoli: RT adds: The Russian embassy in Tripoli, Libya, has come under fire and...
  • 31 dead on doomed voyage to Italy

    07/28/2013 7:19:24 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies
    The Local (Italy) ^ | July 28, 2013
    Thirty-one migrants, including nine women, drowned off the coast of Libya during an attempted crossing to Italy on a dinghy according to survivors who managed to complete the journey. A dinghy carrying 53 migrants capsized on Friday evening, and witnesses said 31 of those who had been thrown off it drowned in the accident. The twenty-two survivors, who come from Nigeria, Gambia, Benin and Senegal, said the dinghy had capsized after three days at sea. They were rescued by a passing merchant ship and taken to Lampedusa island, the reports said.
  • 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.
  • 'I Am Your Papa': Moammar Khadafy Sex Slave Reveals Nightmare of Rape, Fear and Captivity

    07/07/2013 2:24:02 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 69 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 7, 2013 | MAUREEN CALLAHAN
    One weekday morning in April 2004, a Libyan girl named Soraya was accorded one of her nation’s highest honors: Col. Moammar Khadafy was visiting her school, and Soraya alone had been chosen to present him with a bouquet. “You can’t imagine the excitement,” she recalled. “To see Khadafy in person . . . His face had been known to me since I was born.” Soraya was ushered into a makeshift dressing room, where she changed into traditional garb for the Libyan woman: red pants and tunic, small hat. “My heart was beating a hundred miles a minute,” Soraya said. She...
  • Libyans release suspect linked to Benghazi attack

    06/27/2013 5:49:53 PM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 27, 2013
    Libya's government earlier this month released a key terror suspect who U.S. officials say was involved in planning the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on U.S. diplomatic and intelligence facilities in Benghazi. Faraj al Chalabi, (also spelled Shibli) an al Qaeda terrorist also linked to the 1994 terrorist murder of two German tourists, was detained by the Tripoli government in March. However, al Chalabi was released June 12 based on claims that there was a lack of evidence to hold him custody. A U.S. official said the U.S. government has evidence al Chalabi was linked to the Benghazi attack but did...
  • Memorial Day: As We Remember the Many, Remember Too the Individuals

    05/27/2013 3:22:54 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 16 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 27, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Each Memorial Day, Americans proudly, and solemnly, display our flags only at the half-staff position for the morning, not to return them to the full-staff position until noon. This we do in memory of the million-some casualties whom our nation has lost in battle since the Founding era. We hold parades in their honor; we hoist a flag and raise a toast at city parks and private barbecues. We may wear red, white and blue clothing, or flag lapel pins, or decorate our homes with bunting. But for all this show of support, who are we really honoring? Do we...
  • End of siege fails to dispel Libyan security fears (Deal with Militas ...?)

    05/14/2013 12:52:40 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun, May 12, 2013 | Jessica Donati
    (Reuters) - Gunmen have ended a siege of Libya's foreign and justice ministries but the two-week standoff has left many unresolved questions about the government's ability to impose its authority in the capital, let alone the restive east of the country. The episode heightened security concerns that prompted oil group BP, one of the biggest foreign companies active in Libya, to announce on Sunday it was withdrawing an unspecified number of employees from Tripoli. The U.S. and British governments had already pulled out some diplomats temporarily. In a separate development, two more police stations were attacked in Libya's eastern city...
  • Britain evacuates some diplomatic staff from Libya (Tripoli this time)

    05/11/2013 7:56:01 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 3:11PM BST 10 May 2013 | David Blair
    Unrest on the streets of Libya's capital, Tripoli, has forced Britain to evacuate some diplomats from its embassy, the Foreign Office disclosed on Friday. Members of the Libyan security forces and civilians check one of the two police stations that were attacked on Friday Photo: AFP
  • US military units put on alert as security situation deteriorates in Libyan capital

    05/10/2013 9:45:50 AM PDT · by topher · 98 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 5-10-2013 | Jennifer Griffin, Justin Fishel
    The U.S. military has alerted two elite military units in Europe to be on standby if needed to respond to a deteriorating security situation in Tripoli, Fox News has learned. In recent days both the U.S. embassy and British embassy in Libya have removed non-essential staff from their embassies. A specialized Marine unit based in Moron, Spain, is in the process of being repositioned closer to Libya; and in Stuttgart, Germany, a special operations force assigned to AFRICOM has been placed on heightened alert.
  • Benghazi diplo rips W. House ( House Hearings on Benghazi Attack & Killing)

    05/09/2013 7:11:01 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | Last Updated: 3:45 AM, May 9, 2013 | GERRY SHIELDS & GEOFF EARLE, Post Correspondents
    WASHINGTON — The US diplomat who was second in command in Libya during the fatal attack on the Benghazi consulate fought back tears yesterday when he told lawmakers about his colleagues’ final moments — and said he was “stunned” by administration claims it was sparked by a spontaneous protest.Gregory Hicks, the first person to testify to Congress who was on the ground in Libya during the fateful night of the Sept. 11, 2012 siege, told a House committee that he was incredulous just five days later when UN Ambassador Susan Rice said on Sunday talk shows that the assault was...
  • Whistle-blower: Special forces could have saved Americans in Benghazi

    05/06/2013 6:41:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/6/2013 | Julian Pecquet
    U.S. special operations forces in Libya could have saved Americans killed in the attack last Sept. 11 on the consulate in Benghazi but were told to stand down, a State Department whistle-blower has told congressional investigators. The testimony by Gregory Hicks, who will appear before a House panel on Wednesday, contradicts previous testimony by administration officials who have said all U.S. forces in Libya were deployed the night of the attack. Hicks was in Tripoli during the attack and became the top U.S. diplomat in Libya when Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed. He said the special operations team was ready...
  • Diplomat: U.S. Special Forces told "you can't go" to Benghazi during attacks

    05/06/2013 9:43:29 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 112 replies
    CBS News ^ | Monday May 6, 2013
    The deputy of slain U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens has told congressional investigators that a team of Special Forces prepared to fly from Tripoli to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks was forbidden from doing so by U.S. Special Operations Command South Africa. The account from Gregory Hicks is in stark contrast to assertions from the Obama administration, which insisted that nobody was ever told to stand down and that all available resources were utilized. Hicks gave private testimony to congressional investigators last month in advance of his upcoming appearance at a congressional hearing Wednesday. According to excerpts released Monday,...
  • DEVASTATING!… CBS Publishes Benghazi Investigation – Pummels Administration

    05/05/2013 5:24:41 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 291 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 5-5-2013 | Jim Hoft
    CBS released information on the Benghazi 9-11 massacre today that could potentially bring down the Obama Administration. Buried in their report (down in paragraph eight) CBS reported, “Throughout the night, sources say Americans on the ground in Libya at times felt helpless and abandoned… But they were told immediate help wasn’t available.” But, counterterrorism sources and internal emails reviewed by CBS News express frustration that key responders were ready to deploy, but were not called upon to help. CBS reported: Throughout the night, sources say Americans on the ground in Libya at times felt helpless and abandoned. “We relied on...
  • ISLAMIST VIOLENCE IN TRIPOLI DEFIES EFFORTS TO RESTORE SECURITY IN LIBYA

    05/03/2013 11:49:50 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 5 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Terrorism Monitor ^ | 5/2/2013 | Andrew McGregor
    An estimated 80% of the two-story French Embassy in the suburban al-Andlus neighborhood of Tripoli was destroyed by a car bomb on the morning of April 23. The massive blast also damaged four neighboring houses. Remarkably, only two French gendarmes were injured in the 7 AM attack, which seemed designed to avoid mass casualties amongst the hundreds of Libyans who assemble outside the embassy later in the morning to seek French visas. No group has claimed responsibility, though the Interior Ministry and Foreign Ministry have both typically blamed Qaddafi loyalists rather than radical Islamists for the bombing (Le Monde, April...
  • Armed protests in Libya threatening safety in capital

    05/01/2013 7:05:23 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Reuters) ^ | TRIPOLI | Wed May 1, 2013 1:24pm EDT
    (Reuters) - Armed protests targeting Libya's ministries and media in the capital this week have alarmed international observers who say deteriorating security conditions are becoming a matter of serious concern.Reporters without Borders said there was cause for "grave concern about recent violent attacks on Libyan journalists, whose safety conditions are deteriorating drastically" and called on the government to act.   Gunmen in heavily armed vehicles remained in control of Libya's Foreign Ministry for a fourth day on Wednesday, while the Justice Ministry was similarly surrounded on Tuesday and other institutions including the media have been targeted.Recent attacks included the detention...
  • Gunmen surround Libyan foreign ministry to push demands

    04/28/2013 4:50:23 AM PDT · by crosslink · 16 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 4-28-2013 | (Reporting by Ghaith Shennib and Jessica Donati; editing by Mike Collett-White)
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Gunmen surrounded Libya's foreign ministry on Sunday to push demands that officials who had worked for deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi's regime be banned from senior positions in the new administration. At least 20 pick-up trucks loaded with anti-aircraft guns blocked the roads while men armed with AK-47 and sniper rifles directed the traffic away from the building, witnesses said. Tension between the government and armed militias have been rising in recent weeks since a campaign was launched to dislodge the groups from their strongholds in the capital. Since Gaddafi was toppled by Western-backed rebels in 2011, oil...
  • French Embassy in Libya Targeted by Car Bomb

    04/23/2013 5:26:04 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 6 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | April, 23rd, 2013 | Timothy Knight
    The French Embassy in Tripoli was attacked early this morning by a car bomb that left the scene, located in a residential area, one of destruction with the embassy's ground-floor reception area and neighboring homes badly damaged. Two guards and a few civilians were injured, but no fatalities were reported. Libyan Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdel Aziz quickly condemned the attack, while the French President called on the Libyan government to "shed the fullest light on this unacceptable attack" and deployed his own foreign minister to Tripoli who said officials from both nations would work together to find those responsible. No...
  • Injuries As French Embassy Attacked In Libya

    04/22/2013 11:25:08 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 18 replies
    Sky News ^ | Tuesday 23 April 2013
    The French embassy in Libya has been attacked and two guards have been injured. The attack took place in the country's capital, Tripoli. "There was an attack on the embassy. We think it was a booby-trapped car," the official told Reuters. "There was a lot of damage and there are two guards wounded." A Libyan source said the blast caused serious damage to the building.
  • Three Top State Department Officials Resign Over Benghazi

    12/19/2012 3:41:35 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 86 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Three top officials in the State Department resigned Wednesday in the wake of a scathing report which slammed "systemic failures" and "management deficiencies" in the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, which resulted in the murder of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Assistant Secretary Eric Boswell, head of the bureau of diplomatic security, and Charlene Lamb, deputy assistant secretary for international programs, have stepped down, CNN and CBS television said, citing unnamed department officials. Lamb, who was Boswell’s deputy in charge of international programs, denied requests from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli for an extension of temporary security...
  • The Smoking Gun of the Benghazi Cover-up

    11/02/2012 12:18:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 40 replies
    Townhall ^ | November 2, 2012 | Pat Buchanan
    November 2, 2012 The Smoking Gun of the Benghazi Cover-up By Pat Buchanan 11/2/2012   On June 6 of this year, a bomb planted at the U.S. compound in Benghazi ripped a 12-foot-wide hole in the outer wall. On June 11, the British ambassador's motorcade was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, wounding a medic and doctor. The next day, the ambassador was gone and the British Benghazi post was closed. At the same time, the Red Cross, after a second attack, shut down and fled the city. "When that occurred," says Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, who headed the military...
  • US concerned about security for mustard gas, chemicals in Libya

    02/24/2011 8:31:37 PM PST · by robowombat · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Feb 24, 2011 | By Eli Lake
    Proliferation analysts generally assess that Libya has close to 14 tons of mustard gas that it has not destroyed U.S. military and intelligence officials are closely watching Libya's stockpiles of mustard gas and their precursor chemicals as the North African country descends further into civil war. Proliferation analysts generally assess that Libya has close to 14 tons of mustard gas that it has not destroyed despite the announcement in 2003 that it would dismantle its weapons of mass destruction program. "Obviously, the security of the Libyan stockpile of chemical weapons is a concern," a U.S. intelligence official told The Washington...
  • Leaked Docs Reveal Obama Admin Hired Al-Qaeda Linked Radical to Run Security at Tripoli Embassy

    10/31/2012 1:55:29 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 44 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-31-2012 | Jim Hoft
    Unbelievable. Commander of the Tripoli Military Council, Abdelhakim Khwildi Belhadj, an Al-Qaeda ally. (Tunisia Live)Leaked security documents reveal the Obama Administration hired a top al-Qaeda brother to run security at the US embassy in Tripoli. Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack reported, via Jihad Watch: A treasure trove of secret documents has been obtained by a Libyan source who says that secularists in his country are increasingly wanting to see Mitt Romney defeat Barack Obama on November 6th. This charge is being made despite Muslim Brotherhood losses in Libyan elections last July which resulted in victory for the secularists. One of...
  • 120 Prisoners Flee in (Tripoli) Libyan Prison Break

    10/15/2012 2:52:56 PM PDT · by maggief · 9 replies
    AP ^ | October 15, 2012
    Libya's Supreme Security Committee says 120 prisoners have escaped from jail in the capital city of Tripoli, where security guards are suspected of having accepted bribes to free them.
  • Some Officials Were Concerned About Initial White House Push Blaming Benghazi Attack on Video

    09/27/2012 4:25:46 PM PDT · by cdchik123 · 24 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9/27/12 | Jake Tapper
    Jake Tapper By Jake Tapper @jaketapper Find on FacebookFollow on Twitter Sep 27, 2012 6:13pm Some Administration Officials Were Concerned About Initial White House Push Blaming Benghazi Attack on Mob, Video Email 25 Smaller Font Text Larger Text | Print Even before Defense Secretary Leon Panetta contradicted the initial story about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, today, Obama administration officials told ABC News they were concerned after the White House began pushing the line that the attack was spontaneous and not the work of terrorists. Events were too uncertain, and suspicions had been aroused, officials said....
  • Chaos at the State Department (UPDATE) (Libya)

    09/27/2012 3:37:36 PM PDT · by mojito · 46 replies
    PowerLine ^ | 9/27/2012 | Steven Hayward
    Fox News has just reported that the US is withdrawing (supposedly temporarily) all its personnel from the US embassy in Tripoli, Libya. What–did they get advance word of a YouTube sequel to The Innocence of Muslims? Are they worried of another imminent “spontaneous” protest with marchers who carry mortars with them? More likely the Clousseaus of Foggy Bottom have figured out they have serious security breach problems in Libya and perhaps elsewhere.
  • Archbishop (gently) corrects pope on Arab Spring [BXVI: "the Arab Spring is a positive thing."]

    09/16/2012 8:02:01 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Sep. 15, 2012 | JOHN L. ALLEN JR.
    It’s not often during a papal trip that a Catholic bishop and one of the pope’s official hosts actually corrects the boss, or at least strikes a slightly different note, but it happened Saturday night to Benedict XVI in Lebanon vis-à-vis the most important movement in this part of the world, the “Arab Spring.” Last night, Benedict visited the headquarters of the Maronite church, by far the largest of the seven Catholic churches in the country, to celebrate a youth rally that drew an estimated 20,000 young Lebanese, mostly Catholics but with some Muslims in the crowd as well. Prior...
  • Yemeni protesters storm US embassy in Sanaa

    09/13/2012 2:05:22 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 90 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 13 | Reuters Staff
    They said the demonstrators smashed windows of the security offices outside the embassy before breaking through the main gate of the heavily fortified compound in eastern Sanaa. Security guards opened fire and there were reports of casualties on both sides but no details were immediately available.
  • Navy awards Mississippi shipyard $2.38 Billion contract to build USS Tripoli (LHA-7)

    06/01/2012 4:32:41 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 50 replies
    NAVY ^ | 31 May 2012 | Naval Sea Systems Command
    WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy awarded a $2,381,448,356 contract to Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. (HII) May 31, for the detail design and construction of the future USS Tripoli (LHA 7), the Navy's next large-deck amphibious assault ship. The ship will be constructed at HII's Ingalls Operations in Pascagoula, Miss. Ship delivery is expected in fiscal year 2018. Like the future USS America (LHA 6), LHA 7 has an increased aviation capacity, including an enlarged hangar deck, realignment and expansion of the aviation maintenance facilities, a significant increase in available stowage for parts and support equipment, and increased aviation fuel capacity.
  • Battle between Tripoli, Misrata militias kills 4

    01/03/2012 6:33:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Reuters Africa ^ | Tuesday, January 3, 2012 | Mahmoud Habboush
    Four fighters were killed in a gun battle between Libyan militias in one of Tripoli's busiest streets on Tuesday, a fresh sign that its new government is struggling to control the increasingly fractious groups that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi. Former rebels from Tripoli controlling a security compound in the capital fought off dozens of fighters from Misrata who were trying to seize a group of prisoners in a gun battle that lasted for more than an hour, medics and former rebels said. Real power still resides with the militias, more than two months after they captured and killed Gaddafi. Since then,...
  • Libyan Rebel Commander: I Was on the Mavi Marmara

    12/28/2011 3:27:23 PM PST · by bayouranger · 10 replies · 1+ views
    nationalreview.com ^ | 12-28-11 | John Rosenthal
    According to the Spanish daily ABC, a Libyan rebel commander who played a key role in overthrowing the rule of Muammar Qaddafi previously participated in the May 2010 attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza aboard the Turkish-owned vessel the Mavi Marmara. The operation famously culminated in a deadly clash between Israel Defense Force commandos and “activists” armed with iron rods and knives aboard the ship. The paper’s source for the story is the rebel leader himself: Mahdi al-Harati, the commander of the so-called Tripoli Brigades, which are widely credited with having played a decisive role in the rebel...
  • McCain blocks WNYers’ bid to rebury sailors in U.S.

    12/03/2011 9:40:27 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 48 replies
    The Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY ^ | 2011-12-02 | Jerry Zremski
    WASHINGTON — Two hundred and seven years after their deaths, 13 of the Navy’s first fallen heroes this week came closer than ever to returning home from the shores of Tripoli — thanks in part to the efforts of two veterans’ advocates from Western New York. But then Sen. John McCain got in the way.
  • Tripoli military chief says militias must pull out

    10/03/2011 10:33:45 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, October 3, 2011 | Joseph Logan
    The military commander of Tripoli, a key figure in the revolution that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi, called on other militias to pull their weapons out of Tripoli, accusing them of terrorizing the city's population. The remarks by Abdulhakim Belhadj, whose Tripoli Military Council claims a mandate from Libya's new rulers, follow rising concern about potential conflict among armed groups that converged on Tripoli to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi and have stayed on to demand stakes in a future government. They also follow the announcement a day earlier of another group that it would collect weapons and provide security in the name of...
  • Al-Qaeda Takes Tripoli (Foreign Policy Triumph for Obama!)

    09/09/2011 6:59:12 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 15 replies
    Hudson New York ^ | September 9, 2011 | John Rosenthal
    When, at the outset of the unrest that would eventually lead to his downfall, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi asserted that al-Qaeda was behind the challenge to his regime, Western commentators treated his claims with widespread derision and dismissed them out of hand. If it was not already clear from earlier revelations about al-Qaeda-linked rebels, it is now unmistakably clear that such derision was misplaced. The commander of the rebel forces that have taken control of Tripoli is none other than Abdul-Hakim Belhadj, the historical leader of Libya's al-Qaeda affiliate, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). As MEMRI, the Middle East...
  • Libya: An Islamist Terrorist Takes Command of Main Rebel Forces

    09/04/2011 4:59:06 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 22 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 2, 2011 | Barry Rubin
    Finally, we have evidence that Islamists and even al-Qaeda supporters will play a central role in Libya’s new regime. Up to now there has been reasonable speculation that the U.S. government and NATO might be installing an anti-Western, Islamist government in Libya. Now there’s proof that this is so. The actual government remains in the hands of non-Islamists, technocrats, ex-regime officials, and moderates. But the armed rebels who actually made the revolution have voted and their idol is…an al-Qaeda guy. Political power, said Mao Zedong, grows out of the barrel of a gun and in Libya’s case this seems a...
  • How al-Qaeda got to rule in Tripoli

    08/29/2011 11:57:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 8/29/11 | Pepe Escobar
    His name is Abdelhakim Belhaj. Some in the Middle East might have, but few in the West and across the world would have heard of him. Time to catch up. Because the story of how an al-Qaeda asset turned out to be the top Libyan military commander in still war-torn Tripoli is bound to shatter - once again - that wilderness of mirrors that is the "war on terror", as well as deeply compromising the carefully constructed propaganda of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) "humanitarian" intervention in Libya. Muammar Gaddafi's fortress of Bab-al-Aziziyah was essentially invaded and conquered last...
  • African migrants and black Libyans put in danger by 'mercenary' propaganda

    08/28/2011 10:10:34 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 10 replies
    Belefast Telegraph ^ | August 29 | Patrick Cockburn
    The rotting bodies of 30 men, almost all black and many handcuffed, slaughtered as they lay on stretchers and even in an ambulance in central Tripoli, are an ominous foretaste of what might be Libya's future. The incoming regime makes pious statements about taking no revenge on pro-Gaddafi forces, but this stops short of protecting those who can be labelled mercenaries. Any Libyan with a black skin accused of fighting for the old regime may have a poor chance of survival. The atmosphere in the Libyan capital is frighteningly uncertain a week after the sudden collapse of Gaddafi's forces. Nobody...