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

 

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NEWS FROM OCCUPIED LIBYA 15-16/04/2014


NEWS FROM OCCUPIED LIBYA 15-16/04/2014

Shortest and easiest way for the release of the leaders of “Al Qaeda”: storming of Embassies and Ambassadors kidnapped .. and .. just ask Egypt and Jordan watched as the next step .. and again Welcome to the New Terrorist/Free Libya! 

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Abdul Bari Atoon

APR 15, 2014

by: Abdul Bari Atoon

Boast Jordanian officials that the forces of their own country was the first to enter the Libyan capital, Tripoli, and broke into “barrack-Aziziya,” the headquarters of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and the center of his leadership, which has now become a dumping ground for waste, that is to say thanks in the “liberation” of Libya along with the “rebels” The aircraft “NATO”.
We do not believe that these, and their counterparts Qataris and Emiratis and Saudis who participated NATO intervention military this, they expect that their embassies and others, will be exposed to the storming, and their ambassadors to the kidnapping, in the new Libya liberated, and they had hoped at the height of disinformation, be transformed into an oasis of democracy and prosperity, and the model in democracy, justice and respect for human rights. *****(were they dreaming or having nightmares? because their countries didn’t have any of the above but IN THE JAMAHIRYA WE DID! We had all that before their stupid invasion! WE WERE SECURE, PROSPEROUS, RESPECTED, WE HAD OUR OWN KIND OF OASIS OF DEMOCRACY, WE WERE A MODEL FOR THE REST OF THE MIDDLE EAST, WE HAD JUSTICE AND A HIGH RESPECT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. While now we have exactly the opposite like their countries and worse, we are the LAUGHING STOCK AND LOSS OF IDENTITY FROM THE FEW BEING IGNORANT AND STUPID TO BELIEVE THAT WITH THIS INVASION THEY COULD MAKE IT BETTER. NOW WE HAVE A TERRORIST/DICTATORIAL NEW FREE LIBYA A PUPPET GOVERNMENT WHICH WITH RAPID STEPS HAS BANKRUPT LIBYA AND ALREADY HAS OVER ONE MILLION PEOPLE HOMELESS, TWO MILLION IN EXILE, OVER TEN THOUSAND PEOPLE IN SECRET PRISONS BEEN TORTURED, RAPED AND KILLED. SO I AM ASKING AGAIN WHAT KIND OF DREAMS/NIGHTMARES DID THEY HAVE IN PLANNING THIS INVASION?)
We agreed this morning (London time) on the news talking about the exposure Jordanian ambassador in Tripoli to attack at the hands of masked gunmen attacked his car and opened fire on the driver, and took him to an unknown location, which confounded the Jordanian government, and put them in an awkward position, which is that they think that their efforts in liberation of Libya will have immunity and ambassadors, and rewarded them with financial aid and the opening of labor markets to tens of thousands of its sons.
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Mr. Abdullah Eagles Jordanian Prime Minister pointed out in front of the House of Representatives “to integration efforts among relevant agencies in both countries to secure the release of the kidnapped ambassador, and that this is a priority for the government and its agencies.”
It seems that Mr. Eagles lives on another planet is our planet, and belongs to another world is our world, he speaks about Libya as if it was Sweden or Switzerland, is an oasis of security, stability and its security forces are doing their job to the fullest, and to forget or forget, that the Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidane was abducted from a bed in a hotel which is the most protection and safe in the capital, and forced in the end, of Mr. Zidane, to escape disavowal, to Germany survivors for his life of murder and lynching, either his successor Abdullah bending, which was asked to form the ministry has absorbed the lesson early, and withdrew from the job after a few days, following the exposure of his home, a defense minister, was assaulted and shot, and would not rule out or escaping surprised if the other is able to afford it.
Libya does not have the specifications state any relationship, and agree with Mr. Mahmoud Jibril, prime minister of former, and the “chief” neo-liberals, in saying that it is not a state even say it’s a failed or is failing, and characterization closest to the reality of it is the title the most prominent of the chaos in the worst sense.
We recommend Mr. Eagles said abbreviated way, and provides the same time and effort, and will immediately contact his Egyptian counterpart, who had been his country’s embassy to the storming similar in January (January) past where they were kidnapped five diplomats, including the ambassador, and was released after only two days.
Explain more and say this quick release came after Egyptian authorities released, and in a humiliating manner, for the leadership of the Libyan Islamic Shaaban gift nicknamed “Abu Ubaida, angular” Chairman of the Chamber of Tripoli rebels accused of bombing the building of Cairo Security Directorate.
Mr. Eagles government will have “an abomination” for the release of the Muslim League Muhammad Saeed alias “Mohammed the text” who is currently detained in Jordan on charges of belonging to “Al Qaeda” and the release of another group of Libyans and other Arabs arrested for the same offense “over the Pledge of Allegiance.”
Jordanian Ambassador hijacker Fawaz Eitan, decoding of God was captured, we must pray to God day and night, that he does not have the same fate as the Libyan prisoners had been tortured or abused during interrogation in basements Jordanian intelligence, so as not to be treated equally, because his captors, they are inevitably elements of groups Islamist militant, do not recognize the treaty “Vienna” in 1961, which provides for the protection of diplomats, and sets norms followed in securing their lives and facilitate their tasks, and  if they had heard of, let alone knowledge of its terms.
At the beginning of the launch “of the Libyan revolution,” I met Mr. Beji Caid Essebsi Tunisian political veteran and first prime minister in Tunisia after the ouster of President Ben Ali, he said to me that the biggest threat to Tunisia and its revolution is Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his regime, and wished his fall quickly because the rest of Tunisia and the world whole, has achieved his wish, and most of that was to kill him and dragged in an atrocious manner.
A year later, while I was at the airport in Tunis prepared to leave for London, a handsome man in civilian clothes gave me the same talk as the airport security chief and invited me to a cup of coffee in his office, and it was during the meeting, that he complained of the threat that Libyan revolution and the threat to Tunisia, he and his colleagues are living a nightmare everyday named the next plane from Tripoli to Tunisia does not pass without a trip to find weapons and explosives at best drugs.
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And don’t forget in this quick to whisper in the ear of Mr. Nasser Judeh, Foreign Minister of Jordan, who wants to go to the Security Council to condemn the kidnapping of this, he infuses the bladders are broken, and speaks the language of expression extinct can not be traded in a country like Libya, which does not know the law and its provisions .
The Security Council, which wants Mr. Judeh quality invoked does not have any role in Libya, although it is still under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, and assume greater responsibility for the disaster, it turned out the country when he gave the green light for NATO to intervene in, and turn it into the unfortunate situation experienced by the Currently, considered the worst in its history, with the blessing of the Arab League and its secretary general at the time, Mr. Amr Moussa.
Libya today without an identity, torn by tribal, regional, and militia rule, and dominated by fragmentation geographic, demographic, and the total lack of security, safety and basic services, and as if that wasn’t enough that more than half a million of its children have migrated to Tunisia while resorted similar number to Egypt.
We wish a quick solution to the crisis, the Jordanian ambassador was kidnapped, but compared to the past experience may not be the solution, but after the arrival of Mr. Judeh few words alone, or with a number of his comrades to Tripoli aboard on a private plane Jordanian honor and dignity.
Welcome again in the “new Libya”

source: www.raialyoum.com

UN Security Council condemns the kidnapping of the Jordanian ambassador and attack on the diplomatic mission in Libya

Video Presentation of the Libyan Interior Ministry spokesman about the kidnapping of the Jordanian ambassador in Libya

Jordanian Ambassador hijackers are demanding the launch (text) for his release

 Rusaifa news – said a source familiar with the ongoing negotiations for the hijackers of the Jordanian ambassador and the Libyan government to release the Jordanian Ambassador to Libya (Fawaz Eitan), and the source said that the negotiations resulted in the release of  Ambassador Once rise (text) private jet take him to Libya, in the same context, according to Jordanian sources on the participation of the parties in the negotiations with the Jordanian armed extremist group, where sources said that the Jordanian Islamist leader Jordanian senior Jordanian government offered to contact the kidnappers and negotiate with them.

Jordanian sources confirm a deal for the release of the kidnapped Jordanian Ambassador in Libya 

Jordanian sources confirm a deal for the release of the Jordanian ambassador kidnapped in Libya. According to news sources Jordanian quoting MP Jordanian Khalil Attiyhana agreement has been reached with the kidnappers of the Jordanian ambassador in Libya to release in the coming hours , Attiyah said that the friends of Libya Hatfinu before two hours from now and they told me about the near reaching an agreement through which the release of the Jordanian ambassador in Libya ( Fawaz Eitan ) did not give more details, and in the same context, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jordanian morning Rifai that he had not been possible so far to make sure if the information is correct, which cited her deputy Khalil Attieh, stressing that the Asalna is in touch with the Libyan authorities and we are working on the release of the Jordanian ambassador kidnapped in Libya.

Jordanian Airlines cancel her trip flights to Libya 

Jordanian Airlines cancel her trip flights to Libya  reported news sources,  quoting a Royal Jordanian Airlines canceling its journey today number (RJ 542) flying to Tripoli and against the backdrop of the kidnapping of the Jordanian Ambassador to Libya (Fawaz Eitan) by armed extremist group.

In Surgery the driver of the Jordanian ambassador who was kidnapped in Tripoli 

The surgery for driver of kidnapped Jordanian ambassador in Tripoli after being hit in the kidnapping of the ambassador  near the Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli, the sources said that the surgery went well and that the health condition of the driver is stable.

The reasons for the kidnapping of the Jordanian ambassador in Libya by a group of jihadist 

اسباب اختطاف السفير الاردني في ليبيا من قبل مجموعة جهادية

Mohammed Said

The reasons for the kidnapping of the Jordanian ambassador in Libya by the jihadist group, according to sources familiar with the process of hijacking the Jordanian ambassador in Libya by a group of armed extremist against the backdrop of the arrest of Jordan for one extremists Libyans by the Jordanian intelligence, the sources said the kidnapping in order to put pressure on the Jordanian government to exchange Ambassador Jordanian prisoner Libyan “Mohammed Said the text” detained since the period in Jordan by Jordanian intelligence to its relationship with Islamic groups. *****(So if I understand correctly every-time a jihadist/criminal/murderer/extremist/takfir has been held in prison by some country they will kidnap the ambassador of the supposed country who has jailed these freaks for an EXCHANGE well there is a logic to that…. but WHY DON’T THEY KIDNAP THE AMERICAN, ENGLISH OR FRENCH AMBASSADORS WHO have of course financed them but also they do have some in their Jail… is it that they are afraid of the outcome? I wonder?)

 Escape guard the U.S. Embassy in Libya from her abductors 

Escape guard the U.S. Embassy in Libya from her abductors

A spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in Libya that the guard at the embassy, ​​which had been hijacked on Monday, managed to escape from her abductors, and is now receiving treatment after being wounded. According to the official spokesman for the U.S. embassy Joe Milot Guardian that “receive the necessary treatment in a hospital, as she visited the American ambassador in Libya Deborah Jones.” Milot added that “the health status of guard stable nor cause for concern.” The U.S. embassy has today announced the kidnapping of a member of the security forces of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, without giving further details about the incident.

The death of Suleiman Mohammed Tagouris leader of the Islamic Army of Libya Derna 

The death of Suleiman Mohammed Tagouris leader of the Islamic Army of Libya Bdrna

According to news sources from the city of Derna killed Suleiman Mohammed Tagouris one of the leaders of Tantam supporters of Sharia and leader of an army of Libya Islamic Derna, the source added that by unknown group shot Ali Tagouris near Wahda Bank city of Derna, and the source said the body of Tagouris  was transferred to a hospital Hraish city.

Eyes for Peace: “The NATO bombing killed 2% of the population in Libya” May 17, 2012


Eyes for Peace: “The NATO bombing killed 2% of the population in Libya”

May 17, 2012

The advocacy organization Human Rights Human Rights Watch calls for NATO to investigate the deaths of at least 72 civilians in the bombing of the Alliance during the military operation in Libya in 2011.

However, some NGOs estimate that the death toll may reach 2% of the civilian population. In a recent report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) analyzes eight air strikes carried out by the Allies in Libya and says that according to his “field research” and “interviews with witnesses and local residents,” there were 72 civilian casualties , including 20 women and 24 children.

However, NATO rejects the allegations and claims that only carried out attacks on military regime Muammar Gaddafi , according to statements by Oana Lungescu, spokesman for the Alliance.

For his part, counsel Purification González, International Collective Eye for Peace, believes that if the Alliance is not going to investigate the attacks is because he fears could come to light more cases. The NATO bombing “have killed almost 2% of the civilian population” in Libya, that is, about 60,000 people, according to the Peace Eye citing local sources. ****(till today its more than 2% with the every day killing, bombing and death by torture we have arrived to 500.000 people who have been killed from both sides)

The military campaign deployed by NATO in Libya between March and October 2011 was authorized by a resolution of the Security Council of the United Nations in order to protect civilians against armed conflict between the regime of then-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and the rebels.

However, subsequently the NATO bombing contributed to the capture, lynching and murder without trial of Gaddafi and some of his relatives. But behind international intervention there were also economic interests , according Purification González.
“Large corporations are using NATO governments through wars and to plunder the resources, in this case to keep the oil and strategically positioned for future wars and to support Israel,” says the lawyer.

UN cornered by the vast evidence of torture and unpunished murders, today acknowledged the existence of serious problems in governance, security and human rights in Libya, including the practice of torture and deaths in secret detention centers.
Confirmation of these violations was presented by the special UN envoy to Libya, Ian Martin, in a report to the Security Council devoted to analyzing the situation in the Arab country.
The official said that the expectation of rapid changes created tension in the political system and led to disappointment at the lack of progress five months after the coming to power of the current government.
In response, Martin urged the authorities to show tangible progress in the short-term, even before the next general elections and the formation of the new administration.
As for the secret prisons, the UN envoy hypocritically estimated four thousand in the number of people held by terrorist groups serving NATO-NTC involved, along with NATO, in the coup against the Libyan government and the Assassination against Muammar Gaddafi.

Also confirmed that the abuse and torture continue as a common practice in those facilities, particularly in an existing in Misrata, where reported deaths from this cause, as well as other centers in Tripoli, Zawiya and Zintan.
Martin also warned about the tension in different parts of the country and explained various armed clashes in Sabha in March with the death of 150 people and 500 wounded, and others in the southwestern part of Libyan territory, in April.

****Editors note: This piece was written in 2012 but most of the photos were not circulated for reasons that a lot of bloggers were blocked as the west does not want the truth to come out. So please circulate these photos just to show what NATO and the so-called Rebels ex prisoners who were from Qatar, Guantanamo, Saudi Arabia, Egypt the list is long. The same thing is happening in Syria and Ukraine

source:libya-sos.blogspot.ch

Libya: Global Alert is confirmed that NATO MUSTARD GAS used against civilians in Beni Walid and Sirte September 11, 2011


 

Libya: Global Alert is confirmed that NATO MUSTARD GAS used against civilians in Beni Walid and Sirte September 11, 2011

NATO commits crimes against humanity in LIBYA to respond to resistance – massacres, chemical warfare, ethnic cleansing, indiscriminate bombing and Voice of the oppressed,  September 11, 2011

Television Alrai confirms the use of mustard gas against the population of Bin Walid

According to television reports Alrai, NATO used a chemical weapon mustard gas against the Libyan population Ben Walid at 5.00 pm yesterday. Journalists in this TV channel reports that early morning, NATO ordered the renegade away from Ben Walid.

Death of a head of Al-Qaeda in Ben Walid

The news coming out of Ben Walid indicate the death of Al-Qaeda leader, Abdulrahman Abo Shnaf Mouftah. From a reliable source reports that the terrorist was killed in a battle in the Valley last night Dinar.
Also, the Renegades defeated in battle against the Libyan national army retreated to the city of Tarhuna. Later that day, NATO aircraft bombed and fired missiles, depleted uranium against the population of the city of Ben Walid.

Communication via satellite phone confirms that NATO bombings have caused many victims killed and wounded and the city is covered with clouds of smoke caused by NATO bombing.

Again NATO bombings on Sirte after a night of sound bombs.

After the great battle in the Red Valley located 90km east of the city of Sirte, the Libyan armed forces have forced the withdrawal of the renegades to Ben Jawad which is located 150km from Sirte. After ground fighting, NATO bombing began again. Having enhanced the use of sound bombs to give deaf people, NATO began attacking again. The bombs of NATO planes reach the houses of civilians. In one house they killed 7 people, six of the same family. Civilians in combat zones confirm that 36 have died renegades along with three British soldiers fighting alongside the renegade.

Taourgha, a city cleansed of its inhabitants by the renegades

Reportedly Taourgha city that is located 50km east of the city of Misrata has been completely emptied of its inhabitants by the renegades of Misrata. Note that Taourgha population are black. Renegades have slain many of the adults to terrorize others in the population of this city has been deported to another unknown place.

****Editors note: although the article is old these pictures have not circulated around the world in showing what NATO really did to Libya. Especially to Ban Walid and Sirte which in any given time the Ratverments with the NATO government do it all over again in the past three years. Babies in Ban Walid and Sirte have already been born with the side effects of the depleted uranium exactly like Iraq. The Tawergans are still kept in certain areas with barred wire and are not allowed to return home. THIS IS WHAT THE AMERICAN/NATO/EU/ISRAEL want to show us their kind of DEMOCRACY WHICH IS NOTHING MORE THAN THEIR DESPOTIC/DICTATORIAL WAY OF CONTROLLING A SOVEREIGN COUNTRY WHO DARED TO BE INDEPENDENT AND SUFFICIENT NOT NEEDING THE ROTHSCHILD’S BANKING SYSTEM, REFUSING TO JOIN AFRICOM. 

source: libia-sos.blogspot.ch

Libya closes airport after rockets hit runway


Libya closes airport after rockets hit runway

 

TRIPOLI: Libyan authorities closed the airport in the capital Tripoli on Friday after rockets hit a runway on Friday, officials said. “Flights were halted but the airport has been reopened using a second runway,” a spokesman for the transport ministry told a reporter visiting the airport.

But the reporter saw no planes taking off or landing. 

“We cancelled all flights,” said the country head of a foreign airline with several daily flights to Tripoli.

Nasser El Kerewi, head of the Tripoli security and stability committee, said it was not known who was behind the Friday attack.

“Two rockets exploded on the main runway of the airport, causing damage. For security reasons, flights were suspended until further notice,” the source said on condition of anonymity. 

The blasts took place at around 05:00am (0300 GMT), at a time when the day’s inbound and outbound traffic had yet to begin. 

An airline representative in the capital said that the authorities had informed firms operating at the airport that flights would remain suspended until 1030 GMT on Saturday.

Maintenance teams were clearing the first runway of debris, the spokesman said, adding it was unclear who had fired the rockets which landed at dawn. 

Gunfire could be heard during the night in the capital, residents said.

Libya’s government struggles with militias that helped overthrow Muammar Qadhafi in 2011 but which have kept their guns to demand power, oil wealth and influence. 

On Thursday, however, the government announced it was mobilising its security forces after acknowledging for the first time that “terrorist groups” were behind dozens of attacks against security services and Westerners. ****(now the nationalists are called “terrorist groups” really? While Alqaeda, Alsharia, Muslimbrotherhood, L.I.F.G. and other extremist groups are not “TERRORIST GROUPS”?)

“The nation finds itself in a confrontation with terrorist groups, and it falls upon the government to mobilize its military and security forces to fight this scourge,” said a statement published on the government’s website.

“There will be no place for terrorism in Libya and Libyans must be prepared for such a battle in terms of caution, awareness and sacrifice,” said the statement.

An overnight government statement called on “the international community and in particular the United Nations to provide the necessary support to eradicate terrorism in Libyan cities.”

The government said “the cities of Benghazi, Derna and Sirte and others are facing a terrorist war carried out by Libyan and foreign elements with hostile intentions.” ****(please in the above cities are Nationalists Revolutionaries who are fighting the EXTREMIST NATO PUPPET GOVERNMENT)

source: gulftoday.ae

Agencies