Al Qaeda Terrorists Live 5 Star Lifestyle while Libyans Suffer


Al Qaeda Terrorists Live 5 Star Lifestyle while Libyans Suffer

by JoanneM

Al Qaeda leaders enjoy their private plane rides all over Libya

Abdulhakim Belhaj (blue shirt) was put in charge of security in Tripoli by NATO; he is an ex Guantanamo prisoner and an Al Qaeda Leader . Belhaj who is the best friend of John McCain (see photo below), is robbing Libya blind, flying on private planes all over Libya with his partner in Crime, Abd Alwahab Gayed, the fat slug asleep stretched out in white. Gayed is brother of the famous Al Libi who was Bin Laden’s right hand man. Al Libi seen in the photo below with his brother Gayeb was killed in Afghanistan by a drone a few years back. Gayeb has appointed himself head of the phoney government in Libya . Gayeb was put in charge of immigration and passports after the NATO war and he has been issuing new Libyan passports to terrorists from all over the world, funding them with $4 million dollars and sending them to the US where they are are passed through immigration and given an immediate green card.

The Libyan phoney government is completely run by Al Qaeda and The Muslim Brotherhood. As most people know Al Qaeda is an invention of the CIA/***(MOSSAD) and The Brotherhood is an invention of MI5/****(MOSSAD)  in 1928.

This is the result of the NATO war against the sovereign nation of Libya to “save the innocents” from the terror of the past regime. The Libyan people really do live in terror now. There are 2 million still in exile, there are one million homeless and the rest live in fear for their lives every day. Food, water and general necessities are at a premium. The people of Tripoli live is a terrible situation now, all the militias (armed gangs) have moved themselves to Tripoli. There were over 1000 young girls captured off the streets a few days ago and taken to prison to be used as concubines for the Al Qaeda and Brotherhood psychopaths. The Jordanian Ambassador was kidnapped some days ago by these terrorist groups and is now presumed dead.

There is no outcry there is no outrage about these atrocities. The US CIA remains in Libya today supporting these criminals. Even more shocking is the US Ambassador Deborah Jones who resides in Tripoli, makes no attempt to help the innocents. She meets with Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood all the while knowing full well what they are doing. She has made many attempts to m

eet with the tribal leaders but most tribes refuse to meet with her as they consider her a supporter of the terrorists that occupy their country illegally.

Yet, the leaders of these psychopaths enjoy opulence and 5 star treatment on the backs of the legitimate Libyan people. For all this, they must thank Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain and all those one world order criminals who consider all the death, destruction and sorrow in Libya “acceptable collateral damage”.

Abd Alwahab Gayed, the fat slug asleep stretched out in white and Abdulhakim Belhaj (blue shirt)

Belhaj with his new best friend John McCain

 

source:libyanwarthetruth.com

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CIA/USA Building Al Qaeda Training Camps “Campuses” in Libya


CIA/USA Building Al Qaeda Training Camps “Campuses” in Libya

 by JoanneM

In Libya there is no government there is only Al Qaeda. The Libyan resistance grows stronger everyday as the people of Libya are fed up with the tyranny that now controls their lives. Al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, Ansar Al Sharia and other radical groups are laying claim to as much ground as possible in Libya before the Tribes gain enough outside support to return and clean their country of the filth left there by NATO, the UN and the US. Fearing that they will lose their grip and their new bank, the US CIA has stepped up its support of the psychopaths in Libya. They are helping set up large training camps around the country. They have dubbed these Al Qaeda nests “campuses”. Now really what radical Islamists even knows that term? “campus”? None this is a typical slight of hand dished out by the CIA to further muddy the water and confuse the west. There are 4 large campuses around the city of Bani Walid because it has never fallen to the radicals and they know that Bani Walid the home of the Great Werfalla tribe will not succumb to their threats. There are campuses around Tripoli and many other areas in Libya. Remember, Al Qaeda is being funded and trained by the CIA so it is the corrupt Obama administration that is supporting this illegal occupation of Libya.

Also, a top point here, the leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri has been moved to Libya along with other top terrorist leaders and given 5 star accommodations. Who do you think facilitated these moves and set up the accommodations? You guessed right if you said the US CIA.

The 2 million Libyans in exile and the great tribes of Libya continue to receive more support from other countries every day. You have to appreciate that Italy, France, Germany and the entire EU are under threat by Al Qaeda having large training camps and WMD’s in such a close proximity to Europe. Also the fact that it is so dangerous now to work in Libya most of the oil companies have left and the tribes have gone about the business of shutting down the rest of the oil production to keep the oil money out of the hands of the terrorists.

The fact that the US is actively supporting terrorism in Libya and supporting the illegal occupation of Libya is shocking and the whole world had better wake up. Handing a rich and strategic country like Libya to the worlds worst psychopaths and then supporting them against the legitimate sovereign people of that country is a crime against the entire world not just the Libyan people.

BEWARE THE RATVERMENTS OF LIBYA FALLING INTO THE TRAP OF THE COLONIZERS WHO THEN WILL BRING THE MESSIAH Abdul Basit Igtet AS THE NEW LEADER IN LIBYA


BEWARE THE RATVERMENTS OF LIBYA FALLING INTO THE TRAP OF THE COLONIZERS WHO THEN WILL BRING THE MESSIAH Abdul Basit Igtet AS THE NEW LEADER IN LIBYA

 

 Concluding with the new wave of kidnapping Ambassadors in Libya its only fair to assume that the Ratverments  of my country are  playing a very dangerous game to which the Colonizers are a part of setting the trap for them. They (F.UK.U.S.) have been planning for the last three years how to get their hands in Libya and they came with a plan to groom Abdul Basit Igtet who supposedly his father in the early 80′s built a library in Benghazi and was at odds with the previous regime who put the father in jail and finally died. I will not go on to details what Mr. Igtet’s father was a corrupted and stole from the Libyan government to build what he built-in Benghazi as he is dead and can not defend himself. 

But the son Mr. Abdul Basit Igtet steps on the dead body of his father making him a hero and the son is with the revolutionaries from the start. Mr. Igtet in his early 20′s he landed in Switzerland who by the way is not as educated as the media tries to portray him. Wondering where he got all these millions to put together a company and at the age of 45 his a multimillionaire? Raising this first question proves that his father had embezzled a lot of funds from the Jamahirya government. Adding to his so-called successful business he got involved with the most eligible billionaires bride  Sara Bronfman who her father is Edgar Bronfman Sr. and former president of the World Jewish Congress. Believing that my readers are not that unintelligent you can make the connection where I am going with this. Mr. Igtet and Ms. S. Bronfman are living or married this has not been clarified but they have a daughter together which by the way on their biography of today this fact has been eliminated. Wondering why? Gathering it’s not good business to publicize their relationship to the public while Mr. Igtet is running for PRESIDENT OF LIBYA, following videos show how this man is groomed by the ZIONISTS/AMERICA listen to him how he thinks and believes that he will get elected.

He talks about the oil everything he says is what the Jamahirya government did for the Libyan people, nationalize? wasn’t that what the Jamahirya government did? Give a percentage to all Libyan people? Isn’t that what the Jamahirya government did? So what is so special about him? Well he is in the pockets of the Zionists which of course helps and lets not forget that He will make Libya to recognize Israel as a state plus give them a military base Isn’t that grand? Lets go onto the next video.

Bringing reconciliation in Libya, Mr. Igtet must have read the Green Book of the Jamahirya government all that he talks about is he wants to bring the peace, but the Jamahirya government was  peaceful Igtet wants to bring transparency well Igtet should explain how he got his money? Igtet says he has built schools in Cambodia,  made a lot of businesses,  really with his money or his wife’s? Just listen how they are grooming him. Lets go on to the next video.

Igtet talking about his plan for Libya, here is a man talking about the problems which he has no idea as he has not lived in Libya for over twenty years,  he is talking like he already governing the country, by saying we are isolated most of the videos are done in December 2013. 

If you check the byline from January 2014 Libya has been escalating, with killings of Christian Egyptians, also murdered CIA/MI6/DGSE/MOSSAD agents, with people demonstrating and getting killed for their beliefs, explosions and assassinations mainly in Benghazi, the resignation of two prime ministers, I’m sure that all was well planned for Zeidan to be kidnapped and Thani to be shot at, the kidnappings of Ambassadors for exchange of Libyan prisoners in the respected countries, this isolates even more Libya with the international community and NATO giving a reason to bomb us again, also because The Green Resistance is advancing in big strides and taking over the South and East it’s only logical to conclude that the company (F.UK.U.S./ISRAEL) would need to put somebody who obeys to their needs and who better than Mr. Igtet his young, stupid and married to the World Jewish Congress by inheritance of the father in law..

The ratverments are falling into the trap allowing foreign troops like the Jordanian special forces to land into Libya for the search of their kidnapped Ambassador, of course we have other foreign troops that we do not talk about (USA TROOPS, UK TROOPS, FRENCH TROOPS, QATARI TROOPS, UN PEACEKEEPERS ) all protecting their resources, but no one complains, they keep us busy with the MILITIAS which are financed by the WEST to have a chaos so when they bring the MESSIAH MR. IGTET we will welcome him with open arms  and it worries me that they do not see it. The Muslim brotherhood and Al Qaeda are helping the ratverments to fall into this trap so that finally the company F.UK.U.S./ISRAEL WILL COLONIZE US FOR GOOD. 

You will probably ask me – is that a bad thing at least you will get rid of Muslim brotherhood and Al Qaeda. Our problem it’s not only to get rid of these extremists which by the way they will not leave but to get rid of our colonizers they are leaches sucking the blood of the Libyan people not caring for the children of Libya as long as they get their gold, oil, uranium and water.

So although I don’t like you ratverments pay close attention on what is really going on you have already sold Libya once don’t sell our country again because there will be no return of the colossal chaos that will happen and it will be worse than Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and Somalia. 

To all TRIBE LEADERS my suggestion is to take ACTION put your differences aside and become one for the sake of LIBYA, it’s a shame that some of you went with the West believing that you were doing the right thing but as it has been proven in the last three years you were wrong. Its time to realize your mistake and move forward to unite all tribes and become one, forgive and forget all the atrocities that have been done to this wonderful country and lets kick out all the invaders we have staying in our country and chase them to drown into the sea. I beg you please wake up. 

  

NEWS FROM OCCUPIED LIBYA 17/04/2014


NEWS FROM OCCUPIED LIBYA 17/04/2014

 

URGENT: kidnapping first adviser Tunisian embassy in Tripoli 

URGENT: kidnapping advisor first Tunisian embassy in Tripoli

Sources news shortly before the kidnapping of Chancellor’s first ambassador to Tunisia, Libya, the source said unidentified gunmen kidnapped Chancellor and taken to an unknown destination until now was not known the motives and the only reasons behind the process of kidnapping., and that one diplomat was kidnapped from the Embassy of Tunisia last month it was not known his fate until now. Related Topic.

 

Developments in the kidnapping of the Tunisian embassy counselor Arousi Alguentasa

مستجدات اختطاف المستشار بالسفارة التونسية العروسي القنطاسي

Developments in the kidnapping of Chancellor Tunisian Embassy Arousi Alguentasa said Tunisian Foreign that he was not sure after the abduction of first counselor of the Embassy of Tunisia Arousi Alguentasa , adding an official source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia that the Tunisian diplomat work on Wednesday , but he did not begin their duties on Thursday , was found in the his home and did not find any indications of a kidnapping , has been contacted by more than one occasion , but he did not answer the phone , adding that the Tunisian Foreign Ministry informed the ministries of external and internal Libyan incident to follow up the search process by the aphid , stressing that the contact will continue to be with the side Libya in the event of the receipt of additional information, and in the same context, media sources reported that unidentified gunmen Achttafo diplomat ( Arousi Alguentasa ) first counselor ‬ Tunisian embassy in Tripoli on his way to his office area Aldahara. Related topic.

Tunisia advises its citizens not to travel to Libya

According to news sources Tunisia Interior and foreign ministries advises its citizens not to travel to Libya due to the kidnapping consultant ambassador in Libya in Tripoli today.

Jordanian Prime Minister has information related to the abduction of the Jordanian ambassador in Libya

رئيس الوزراء الاردني لدينا معلومات متعلقة باختطاف السفير الأردني في ليبيا

Jordanian Prime Minister have information related to the abduction of the Jordanian ambassador in Libya. Amman net – Prime Minister of Jordan Abdullah Eagles during the joint session that brought together both houses of the Senate and House of Representatives on Thursday morning that the Jordanian government has the information about the kidnapping of the Jordanian ambassador in Libya (Fawaz Eitan), but can not published at this time, according to him, Eagles added that the Jordanian government is intouch up fully with the Libyan authorities to release the kidnapped Eitan ambassador in Libya.

Editor’s note: Now that we have finished with the NEW FASHION of Kidnapping so that the respected countries free some more Terrorists to the world of nutcases which I am sure that the Libyan Kidnappers did not come up with this idea totally on their own but with a little help from good old USA/GB/FRANCE/MOSSAD its funny how the kidnappers fall into the trap and are manipulated into doing such atrocious things just because UNCLE SAM TELLS THEM TO DO IT… no wonder the EVIL AXIS POWER OF THE WORLD want us to be so uneducated!! You may think that I am thinking of conspiracy, but all in due time the whole picture will appear just have a little patience and this conspiracy will come out to light… THESE GOOD BOYS (F.UK.U.S./ISRAEL) WANT TO BRING A NEW PRESIDENT TO LIBYA WHO HAS BEEN GROOMED BY THE ZIONISTS WATCH THE FOLLOWING VIDEOS AND THEN I WILL POST THE REST OF THE NEWS.

 

Abdul Basit Igtet – Vision for Libya

Abdul Basit Igtet speaks about his plan for Libya

Libya and Europe – my vision | Libya and Europe: My Vision

Abdul Basit Igtet – Bringing Reconciliation to Libya

 Abdul Basit Igtet – Using Libya’s Oil Wealth to Rebuild the Country

Comments Links: Who is Abdul Baset Okotait?

Let me explain Abdul Basit Igtet is as phony as Obama telling to the American Nation that their country is not bankrupt…. that the Foreign administration didn’t murder their own ambassador in Benghazi and that they do not finance Al Qaeda, Nusra in Syria, Al Sharia in Libya, The Neo Nazis in Ukraine.. that’s what Abdul Basit is and the AXIS OF EVIL IS GROOMING this idiot uneducated liar from Benghazi. The reason he left Libya 20 years ago was that his family had embeselled a lot of funds in Benghazi so they had to run and landed in Switzerland where there he was introduced to his bride origin Jewish Sara Bronfman, her father billionaire Edgar Bronfman Sr. and former president of the World Jewish Congress and former civilian pilot Basit Igtet. Following links will help you understand the role of Sara Bronfman and her fiance Abdul Basit, another link about Abdul Basit  and the last link Can a flashy, Western-friendly, millionaire really win Libya’s race for prime minister?

 

Explosion at the headquarters of Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi 

According to news sources about an explosion one of the headquarters of Ansar al-Sharia in the city of Benghazi, resulting in the destruction of fully built, where the source believes that the explosion was caused by the bombing of a plane without a pilot. Eyewitnesses said residents of the area in which they blast, they saw the light turns red in the sky , then heard the sound of a huge explosion at any place that the explosion was caused by target drone of the building. The sources pointed out that the military for the shelling caused by the bombing of a drone, noting that Libya does not have this type of aircraft, but there are many Western countries can play this kind of work being considered militant organization.

The attempted assassination of Abdel Nasser Hamid Jibril 


News sources about the gunmen trying to assassinate Abdel Nasser Jibril Hamdalmarch for prime minister, where they shot him Thursday morning in the city of Tripoli ***(but alas they missed).

 The international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, to form what is called the Egyptian free army within the territory of Libya, headed by Egyptian Sharif Alrezvani

 A Egyptian military expert Major General Sameh Seif Yazal that there are Egyptians, returning from Syria, Afghanistan, took instructions from the group “Brotherhood,” the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, to form what is called the Egyptian army free within the territory of Libya, headed by Egyptian Sharif Alrezvani, who fought in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and the approach taken aggressive against the army, the police and the state, and as much as Yazal, in an interview with the media, Osama Mounir, the program “90 Minutes,” which is broadcast on the channel, “axis”, on Wednesday evening, this group is made up of 700 or 800 people, referring to the it is not limited to the Egyptians, but includes Somalis, Syrians and Palestinians, Yemenis and Gulf, and reported that Ismail hardness and Kami Seyoufi carrying out the collection of information and to receive orders and instructions from abroad.
He continued: “There is a liaison officer army free Abu Ubaida, which is bound to al-Qaeda,” and added: “Service training these elements entrusted to Abu Fahad Alrzazi,” stated Yazal that Ghanem Al Qubaisi takes its information from the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mahmoud Ezzat, and some intermediaries to Khairat Al-Shater, He pointed out that the security services spotted join students from the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt Universities for these formations, stressing that the purpose of this organization targeting the army and police, noting that this regulation does not work in Egypt so far.

Washington Fights Fire With Fire in Libya How Not to End Violence in a War-Torn Land


Washington Fights Fire With Fire in Libya
How Not to End Violence in a War-Torn Land

By Nick Turse

Is the U.S. secretly training Libyan militiamen in the Canary Islands? And if not, are they planning to?

That’s what I asked a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). “I am surprised by your mentioning the Canary Islands,” he responded by email.  “I have not heard this before, and wonder where you heard this.”

As it happens, mention of this shadowy mission on the Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa was revealed in an official briefing prepared for AFRICOM chief General David Rodriguez in the fall of 2013.  In the months since, the plan may have been permanently shelved in favor of a training mission carried out entirely in Bulgaria.  The document nonetheless highlights the U.S. military’s penchant for simple solutions to complex problems — with a well-documented potential for blowback in Africa and beyond.  It also raises serious questions about the recurring methods employed by the U.S. to stop the violence its actions helped spark in the first place.   

Ever since the U.S. helped oust dictator Muammar Gaddafi, with air and missile strikes against regime targets and major logistical and surveillance support to coalition partners, Libya has been sliding into increasing chaos.  Militias, some of them jihadist, have sprung up across the country, carving out fiefdoms while carrying out increasing numbers of assassinations and other types of attacks.  The solution seized upon by the U.S. and its allies in response to the devolving situation there: introduce yet another armed group into a country already rife with them.

 The Rise of the Militias

After Gaddafi’s fall in 2011a wide range of militias came to dominate Libya’s largest cities, filling a security vacuum left by the collapse of the old regime and providing a challenge to the new central government.  In Benghazi alone, an array of these armed groups arose.  And on September 11, 2012, that city, considered the cradle of the Libyan revolution, experienced attacks by members of the anti-Western Ansar al-Sharia, as well as other militias on the American mission and a nearby CIA facility.  During those assaults, which killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, local armed groups called on for help or which might have intervened to save lives reportedly stood aside. *****(What the author does not say that all these groups also the anti-western Ansar al-Sharia WERE TRAINED AND FINANCED BY THE UNITED STATES as a BLACKOPS AND CONTINUE TO BE FINANCED WHICH is confirmed by the today’s US Ambassador Deborah K. Jones in Libya holding the hand of one of the most extreme Muslim terrorists.   So please read the article with a pinch of salt)

Over the year that followed, the influence of the militias only continued to grow nationwide, as did the chaos that accompanied them.  In late 2013, following deadly attacks on civilians, some of these forces were chased from Libyan cities by protesters and armed bands, ceding power to what the New York Times called “an even more fractious collection of armed groups, including militias representing tribal and clan allegiances that tear at the tenuous [Libyan] sense of common citizenship.”  With the situation deteriorating, the humanitarian group Human Rights Watch documented dozens of assassinations of judges, prosecutors, and members of the state’s already weakened security forces by unidentified assailants.  *****(also the author does not mention intentionally that the Green Resistance is taking power (militias representing tribal and clan allegiances) which has been taking by storm all the cities of Libya. The only cities still trapped under the RATVERMENTS/NATO/US GOVERNMENT are Tripoli and Misurata… This of course worries the United States because when the Green Resistance arrives outside their door (US/UK/FRANCE foreign administration) they will be charged with WAR CRIMES DONE TO HUMANITY AND TO LIBYA.) 

The American solution to all of this violence: more armed men.

Fighting Fire with Fire

In November 2013, U.S. Special Operations Command chief Admiral William McRaven told an audience at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library that the United States would aid Libya by training 5,000 to 7,000 conventional troops as well as counterterrorism forces there.  “As we go forward to try and find a good way to build up the Libyan security forces so they are not run by militias, we are going to have to assume some risks,” he said.

Not long after, the Washington Post reported a request by recently ousted Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan that the U.S. train his country’s security forces.  In January, the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which coordinates sales and transfers of military equipment abroad, formally notified Congress of a Libyan request for a $600 million training package.  Its goal: to create a 6,000 to 8,000-man “general purpose force,” or GPF.

The deal would, according to an official statement, involve “services for up to 8 years for training, facilities sustainment and improvements, personnel training and training equipment, 637 M4A4 carbines and small arms ammunition, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE), and other related elements of logistical and program support.” 

In addition to the GPF effort, thousands of Libya troops are to be trained by the militaries of MoroccoTurkey, the United Kingdom, and Italy.  The Libyan Army also hopes to graduate 10,000 new troops at home annually. ***(The author forgets that these numbers are not feasible as we were 6.5 million as a nation, we have 500 thousands deaths in the last 3 years, so now we are 6 million we have 2 million in exile so now we are up to 4 million we have 1 million homeless which are mostly elderly women and men so we arrive to 3 million that is our population right now, it reminds me of the mid seventies when we were just a little over 3 million population so please Sir explain to me how are we going to have 10 thousand new troops annually with what???)

While Admiral McRaven has emphasized the importance of building up “the Libyan security forces so they are not run by militias,” many recruits for the GPF will, in fact, be drawn from these very groups.  It has also been widely reported that the new force will be trained at Novo Selo, a recently refurbished facility in Bulgaria.

The U.S. has said little else of substance on the future force.  “We are coordinating this training mission closely with our European partners and the U.N. Support Mission in Libya, who have also offered substantial security sector assistance to the Government of Libya,” a State Department official told TomDispatch by email.  “We expect this training will begin in 2014 in Bulgaria and continue over a number of years.”

There have been no reports or confirmation of the plan to also train Libyan militiamen at a facility in Spain’s Canary Islands mentioned along with Novo Selo in that Fall 2013 briefing document prepared for AFRICOM chief Rodriguez, which was obtained by TomDispatch.

Official briefing slide mentioning a U.S. military training effort in the Canary Islands.

 

Officials at the State Department say that they know nothing about this part of the program.  “I’m still looking into this, but my colleagues are not familiar with a Canary Islands component to this issue,” I was told by a State Department press officer.   AFRICOM spokesman Benjamin Benson said much the same.  “[W]e have no information regarding training of Libyan troops to be provided in the Canary Islands,” he emailed me.  After I sent him the briefing slide that mentioned the mission, however, he had a different response.  The Canary Islands training mission was, he wrote, part of an “initial concept” never actually shared with General Rodriguez, but instead “briefed to a few senior leaders in the Pentagon.”

“The information has been changed, numerous times, since the slide was drafted, and is expected to change further before any training commences,” he added, and warned me against relying on it.  He did not, however, rule out the possibility that further changes might revive the Canary Islands option and demurred from answering further questions on the subject.  A separate U.S. Army Africa document does mention that “recon” of a second training site was slated to begin last December. 

Neither the State Department nor AFRICOM explained why plans to conduct training in the Canary Islands were shelved or when that decision was made or by whom.  Benson also failed to facilitate interviews with personnel involved in the Libyan GPF training effort or with top AFRICOM commanders.  “Given the continuing developing nature of this effort, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time, and we have not been giving interviews on the topic,” he told me.  Multiple requests to the Libyan government for information on the locations of training sites also went unanswered.   

Training Day

Wherever the training takes place, the U.S. has developed a four-phase process to “build a complete Libya security sector.” The Army’s 1st Infantry Division will serve as the “mission command element for the Libyan GPF training effort” as part of a State Department-led collaboration with the Department of Defense, according to official documents obtained by TomDispatch. 

Agreements with partner nations are to be finalized and Libyans selected for leadership positions as part of an initial stage of the process.  Then the U.S. military will begin training not only the GPF troops, but a border security force and specialized counter-terror troops.  (Recently, AFRICOM Commander David Rodriguez told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the U.S. was also helping to build up what he termed Libyan “Special Operations Forces.”)  A third phase of the program will involve developing the capacities of the Libyan ministries of justice, defense, and the interior, and strengthening Libya’s homegrown security training apparatus, before pulling back during a fourth phase that will focus on monitoring and sustaining the forces the U.S. and its allies have trained.  

 

U.S. Army Africa document details four-phase plan for U.S. training of Libyan forces.

Despite reports that training at Novo Selo will begin this spring, a State Department official told TomDispatch that detailed plans are still being finalized.  After inspecting a briefing slide titled “Libya Security Sector Phasing,” AFRICOM’S Benson told me, “I do not see us in any phase as indicated on the slide… the planning and coordination is still ongoing.”  Since then, Lolita Baldor of the Associated Press reported that, according to an unnamed Army official, a small team of U.S. soldiers has now headed for Libya to make preparations for the Bulgarian portion of the training. 

A timeline produced by U.S. Army Africa as part of a December 2013 briefing indicates that the Novo Selo site would be ready for trainers sometime last month.  After communications systems and security sensors are set up, that training range will be ready to accept its first Libyan recruits.  The timeline suggests that this could occur by early May. 

While this may have been an early version of the schedule, there’s little doubt the program will begin soon.  Baldor notes that formal Libyan approval for the training may come this month, although AFRICOM Commander David Rodriguez pointed out at a Pentagon press briefing that the Libyan government still has to ante up the funds for the program, and a Libyan official confirmed to TomDispatch that the training had yet to commence.

U.S. Army Africa timeline of U.S. training of Libyan “General Purpose Force”.

Experts have, however, already expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of the program.  In late 2013, for instance, Benjamin Nickels, the academic chair for transnational threats and counterterrorism at the Department of Defense’s Africa Center for Strategic Studies, raised a number of problematic issues. These included the challenge of screening and vetting applicants from existing Libyan militias, the difficulty of incorporating various regional and tribal groups into such a force without politicizing the trainee pool; and the daunting task of then devising a way to integrate the GPF into Libya’s existing military in a situation already verging on the chaotic. 

For all their seriousness,” wrote Nickels, “these implementation difficulties pale in comparison to more serious pitfalls haunting the GPF at a conceptual level. So far, plans for the GPF appear virtually unrelated to projects of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR) and security sector reform (SSR) that are vital to Libya’s future.”  

Berny Sebe, an expert on North and West Africa at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, noted that, while incorporating militiamen into a “mainstream security system” could help diminish the power of existing militias, it posed serious dangers as well.  “The drawback is, of course, that it can infiltrate factious elements into the very heart of the Libyan state apparatus, which could further undermine its power,” he told TomDispatch by email.  “The use of force is unavoidable to enforce the rule of law, which is regularly under threat in Libya.  However, all efforts placed in the development of a security force should go hand in hand with a clear political vision.  Failure to do so might solve the problem temporarily, but will not bring long-term peace and stability.”

In November 2013, Frederic Wehrey, a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and an expert on Libyapointed out that the project seemed reasonable in the abstract, but that reality might be another matter entirely: “[T]he force’s composition, the details of its training, the extent to which Libyan civilians will oversee it, and its ability to deal with the range of threats that the country faces are all unclear.” He suggested that an underreported 2013 mission to train one Libyan unit that ended in abject failure should be viewed as a cautionary tale.

Last summer, a small contingent of U.S. Special Operations Forces set up a training camp outside of Libya’s capital, Tripoli, for an elite 100-man Libyan counter-terror force whose recruits were personally chosen by former Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.  While the Americans were holed up in their nighttime safe house, unidentified militia or “terrorist” forces twice raided the camp, guarded by the Libyan military, and looted large quantities of high-tech American equipment.  Their haul included hundreds of weapons, Glock pistols and M4 rifles among them, as well as night-vision devices and specialized lasers that can only be seen with such equipment.  As a result, the training effort was shut down and the abandoned camp was reportedly taken over by a militia.

This represented only the latest in a series of troubled U.S. assistance and training efforts in the Greater Middle East and Africa. These include scandal-plagued endeavors in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a program that produced an officer who led the coup that overthrew Mali’s elected government, and an eight-month training effort in the Democratic Republic of Congo by U.S. Special Operations forces that yielded an elite commando battalion that took part in mass rapes and other atrocities, according to a United Nations report.  And these are just the tip of the iceberg among many other sordid examples from around the world.

The Answer?

The U.S. may never train a single Libyan militiaman in the Canary Islands, but the plan to create yet one more armed group to inject into Libya’s already fractious sea of competing militias is going forward — and is fraught with peril.

For more than half a year,militia controlled the three largest ports in Libya.  Other militiamen have killed unarmed protesters.  Some have emptied whole towns of their residents.  Others work with criminal gangs, smuggling drugs, carrying out kidnappings for ransom, and engaging in human trafficking.  Still others have carried out arbitrary arrests, conducted torture, and been responsible for deaths in detention.  Armed men have also murdered foreigners, targeted Christian migrants, and fought pro-government forces.  Many have attacked other nascent state institutions.  Last month, for instance, militiamen stormed the country’s national assembly, forcing its relocation to a hotel.  (That assault was apparently triggered by a separate unidentified group, which attacked an anti-parliament sit-in, kidnapping some of the protesters.)   

Some militias have quasi-official status or are beholden to individual parliamentarians.  Others are paid by and support the rickety Libyan government.  That government is also reportedly engaging in widespread abuses, including detentions without due process and prosecutions to stifle free speech, while failing to repeal Gaddafi-era laws that, as Human Rights Watch has noted, “prescribe corporal punishment, including lashing for extramarital intercourse and slander, and amputation of limbs.”    

Most experts agree that Libya needs assistance in strengthening its central government and the rule of law.  “Unless the international community focuses on the need for urgent assistance to the justice and security systems, Libya risks the collapse of its already weak state institutions and further deterioration of human rights in the country,” Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch, said recently.  How to go about this remains, however, at best unclear.

“Our Defense Department colleagues plan to train 5,000 to 8,000 general purpose forces,” Anne Patterson, the assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs,told the House Armed Services Committee earlier this year, noting that the U.S. would “conduct an unprecedented vetting and screening of trainees that participate in the program.”  But Admiral William McRaven, her “Defense Department colleague,” has already admitted that some of the troops to be trained will likely not have “the most clean record.” 

In the wake of failed full-scale conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. military has embraced a light-footprint model of warfare, emphasizing drone technology, Special Operations forces, and above all the training of proxy troops to fight battles for America’s national security interests from Mali to Syria – and soon enough, Libya as well. 

There are, of course, no easy answers.  As Berny Sebe notes, the United States “is among the few countries in the world which have the resources necessary to undertake such a gigantic task as training the new security force of a country on the brink of civil war like Libya.”  Yet the U.S. has repeatedly suffered from poor intelligence, an inability to deal effectively with the local and regional dynamics involved in operations in the Middle East and North Africa, and massive doses of wishful thinking and poor planning.  “It is indeed a dangerous decision,” Sebe observes, “which may add further confusion to an already volatile situation.”

A failure to imagine the consequences of the last major U.S. intervention in Libya has, perhaps irreparably, fractured the country and sent it into a spiral of violence leading to the deaths of Americans, among others, while helping to destabilize neighboring nations, enhance the reach of local terror groups, and aid in the proliferation of weapons that have fueled existing regional conflicts.  Even Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs Amanda Dory admitted at a recent Pentagon press briefing that the fallout from ousting Gaddafi has been “worse than would have been anticipated at the time.”  Perhaps it should be sobering as well that the initial smaller scale effort to help strengthen Libyan security forces was an abject failure that ended up enhancing, not diminishing, the power of the militias.

There may be no nation that can get things entirely right when it comes to Libya but one nation has shown an unnerving ability to get things wrong.  Whether outside of Tripoli, in Bulgaria, the Canary Islands, or elsewhere, should that country really be the one in charge of the delicate process of building a cohesive security force to combat violent, fractious armed groups?  Should it really be creating a separate force, trained far from home by foreigners, and drawn from the very militias that have destabilized Libya in the first place?

source: tomdispatch.com