QADDAFI LIBYAN ARMY AND KHAMIS BRIGADE CLEARED OF RAPE ALLEGATIONS – ADMITS AL-JAZEERA!
By The Girl Who Loves Khamis
In October 2013, Al-Jazeera English TV showed a sensational documentary film that has cleared the heroic Gaddafi Libyan Army forces of the rape allegations that were made against them during the 2011 war in Libya.
The film, by Ashraf Mashharawi, documented the findings of a Libyan community group calling itself “Reconciliation Is Good”, which set out to find out the truth about the allegations of “mass rapes” committed by the Libyan Army (and the Khamis Brigade) in Misurata in spring 2011.
The programme admitted that after towns and cities across Libya were recaptured by Libya’s Army (from the minority groups of armed gangs and terrorists – that were acting on behalf of, and funded by, outside foreign agents -) there had been no reports of any rapes committed by Gaddafi forces. (Indeed, other investigations have found no genocidal behaviour had ever been committed at all during the entire war by any of the official Libyan Army brigades – including, of course, the Khamis Brigade).
As the Libyan army prepared to re-take Misurata in late February, and March and April 2011, it was only here that rapes were found to have taken place.
At the time, it was stated that “mass rapes” had occurred in huge numbers and were being committed by the Libyan Army (and the Khamis Brigade – also known as the 32 Brigade – which was the primary unit of the Libyan Army deployed to fight the rebels in Misurata during the war).
But the investigation found that while rapes had happened in Misurata, all of them had been committed by some members of the non-army, volunteer residents from the nearby town of Tawergha . And that no rapes had been committed by any Libyan Army soldiers (including, of course, none by the Khamis Brigade).
This means that the rapes were carried out by only the undisciplined, untrained, and clearly wilder youthful elements of some of the volunteers of some of the Tawergha volunteers. They were not committed by any of the trained, proper soldiers of Gaddafi’s Libyan Armed Forces.
When the tribes of Misurata and Tawergha met to discuss the rapes, it was finally admitted for the first time (what Gaddafi supporters had already suspected). The rebels had lied about the incidents of rapes – and on a large scale.
The reconciliation activist and spokesman for the “Reconciliation Is Good” group, Abdul Salam al-Shaikhi, told Al-Jazeera that the rebels of Misurata had admitted the number of rapes had been “exaggerated”, and the “number of cases inflated”…(You can bet this means HUGELY exaggerated and inflated).
The group admitted the rebels had “circulated larger numbers” of victims than there really were…
By late April 2011, this particular battle for Misurata had concluded.
This one-hour programme was shown several times on Al-Jazeera English language TV during the first week of October 2013 – under the strand “Al-Jazeera World” and titled “The Road To Tawergha”.
(All bracketed parts of this above report are my own additions. The rest of the following is my own and not from al-Jazeera):
As there has been no news coverage of this, or, to my knowledge, any version of this programme having been shown in other countries, then I can only come to the conclusion that its findings have been suppressed.
Unfortunately, Al-Jazeera did not apologise for willingly circulating all these false claims against Gaddafi forces – or for the damage it caused to the good name and standing of the Libyan Army – as Western foreign journalists eagerly swallowed and repeated these lies to suit their own corporate agenda.
Later allegations of Libyan Army soldiers having been given Viagra for rapes were also proven to be lies.
A Sunday newspaper on 17th April 2011 reported Gaddafi soldiers were raping women in Misurata – yet even Nato had admitted on 6th April 2011 that no civilians were left in Misurata as they had all left the city. Clearly, to me, something did not add up.
It also reminds me of an incident early in the war, which perfectly illustrates the noble courage of the Libyan Army. Rebels used children as human shields to try to get some Gaddafi Army soldiers to disarm. In the incident, the rebels told the soldiers to hand over their weapons or to attack the children to get the rebels. The soldiers handed over their weapons to the rebels rather than shoot the children. These brave soldiers then surrendered themselves to the rebels – and an uncertain fate…
It also reminds me how, at the very beginning of the false 2011 ‘uprising’ in Libya, Prince Khamis Gaddafi was reported by the rebels to have been visiting all Libya’s prisons and ordering an increase in torture of the inmates. I thought to myself that, as a VIP, surely a simple telephone call from him would have sufficed! The story was clearly nonsense. Instead of screening these false allegations, any sensible journalist could have easily checked these claims – as I did – and found Khamis was not in Libya nor had he been at any time that these allegations related. In fact, he had been living in Spain, where he was studying, and had then gone onto the US for a subsequently partially aborted business tour. Only after this did he return to Libya – to defend the country.
I am glad the good name of the Libyan Army and the Khamis Brigade is finally being cleared – as well as those Tawerghan men who volunteered but chose not to join their other Tawerghan colleagues in participating in the rapes. And that the truth, including for the sake of the victims, is starting slowly, but surely, to emerge – even if it is two years too damn late…
thegirlwholoveskhamis – for libyaagainstsuperpowermedia.org