Libyan army force to battle heavily armed Islamic militias using “scraps”


Libyan army force to battle heavily armed Islamic militias using “scraps”

by Lesley Whiting

It is now recognized as an uncontested fact, that the tiny, but wealthiest state in the world, Qatar, was a major source of weapons and funding that enabled the so-called “rebels”, to overthrow the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, in tandem with the firepower of the NATO countries who participated in the bombing and destruction of the thriving and prosperous state of Libya. Qatar, with the help of Turkey, is a prime sponsor of the Islamic extremist groups which now control Tripoli and Misurata under the collective name of “Libyan Dawn” as well as other violent jihadi groups such as ISIS, ISIL across the entire region.

Following this particular money trail, the extraordinarily sudden rise of the super-rich, highly trained ISIS, flaunting their arrays of brand new armoured vehicles, sophisticated weaponry, immaculate flags and jihadi uniforms, should come as no surprise! Moreover, they command formidable high-tech media capabilities, with which they apparently intend to “shock and awe” the public, via throat slitting, head chopping and other gory displays of bloodletting, into passive acceptance of their omnipotence and omniscience.

Not content with having brought to ruin of the formerly prosperous Libyan State, shipments of supplies, manpower and sophisticated weaponry continue to arrive in Misurata and Tripoli via regular flights or aboard “cargo” ships, from either Qatar or their partner state Turkey. In recent incidents, the Libyan forces have fired upon such vessels approaching Islamist controlled ports, that have ignored all warnings from legitimate authorities.

No longer a “conspiracy”, even the mainstream British conservative Daily Telegraph points out tersely:

“So it is that Qatar buys up London property while working against British interests in Libya and arming friends of the jihadists who tried to kill one of our ambassadors (referring to Dominic Asquith). A state that partly owns Hyde Park, London’s most expensive apartment block, and the Shard, the city’s tallest building, is working with people who would gladly destroy Western society”.

Such concerns apparently fall on deaf ears. The article continues:

It’s deeply concerning that these individuals, where sufficient evidence is in place to justify their inclusion on the US sanctions list, continue to be free to undertake their business dealings,” said Stephen Barclay, the Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire.

Qatar’s investment in Britain is so extensive, and the Foreign Office is so anxious to win its favour, that some question whether UK diplomats will have the resolve to ask robust questions. “If diplomats are focused on winning commercial contracts, there is a danger they will be reluctant to ask tough questions on the funding of unsavoury groups,” said Mr Barclay. (Daily telegraph Link below)

Indeed.

No one can deny that the vast natural gas and oil reserves upon which Qatar sits, enable it to wield huge influence in Europe. Moreover their plans to construct an oil pipeline to supply Europe, via Turkey, (in direct competition with the proposed Iraq-Iran-Syria pipeline, and the Russian Nabucco pipeline) happens to go straight through Syria; a proposal that Syria had rejected.

The key to Qatar’s power and political strategies, but also its vulnerability, lies in its abundance of natural gas. It has almost 14 percent of total world gas reserves, but most of it comes from a field that it shares with Iran. Regional experts say that Qatar’s principal security concern is that Iran may one day try to exert full control over the field.” (NY Times Link below)

Qatar is also home to a strategically important US military base. Thus, joining the dots, it would appear that a kind of balancing act is underway, both in engaging and co-operating with the US imperial plans to their mutual benefit, while keeping at bay any possible Iranian plans for extending its reach.

In Libya today, we discover a scenario where the Libyan army, still under the arms embargo imposed by the UN “in case weapons fall into the wrong hands”, is forced to defend its country against these heavily armed and trained mercenary fighters using scraps – working parts and weapons salvaged from destroyed military vehicles.

Dangerous: Images obtained by Libyan-based bloggers show a host of improvised, deadly weapons...and a picture of a hatchback with missiles perched atop being used by opposition militia Libya Dawn

Dangerous: Images obtained by Libyan-based bloggers show a host of improvised, deadly weapons…and a picture of a hatchback with missiles perched atop being used by opposition militia Libya Dawn

Surreal: The Libyan army - which has mounted machine gun turrets on trucks to take on ISIS and opposition factions - is running out of scraps to replenish its makeshift armoury

Surreal: The Libyan army – which has mounted machine gun turrets on trucks to take on ISIS and opposition factions – is running out of scraps to replenish its makeshift armoury

Improvised: The Libyan army supposedly salvaged naval guns (pictured) from defunct warships and fixed them to the back of trucks

Improvised: The Libyan army supposedly salvaged naval guns (pictured) from defunct warships and fixed them to the back of trucks

Protected: The makeshift trucks constructed by Libya's armed forces (pictured) - armed with machine guns that fire 700 rounds a minute - also have a metal casing to protect the driver

Protected: The makeshift trucks constructed by Libya’s armed forces (pictured) – armed with machine guns that fire 700 rounds a minute – also have a metal casing to protect the driver

Scraps: The Libyan army salvaged two AK-230 machine guns from a Natya-class warship (pictured) before it sunk due to lack of maintenence

Scraps: The Libyan army salvaged two AK-230 machine guns from a Natya-class warship (pictured) before it sunk due to lack of maintenence

Construction: Libyan government soldiers transform weapons dating back to the 1940s in six warehouses in the country's east and transform them into usable arms

Construction: Libyan government soldiers transform weapons dating back to the 1940s in six warehouses in the country’s east and transform them into usable arms

 

Whilst such creations stand as an extraordinary testimony to human ingenuity and the determination to resist under any circumstances, the situation is approaching critical as the supply of such scrap materials inevitably diminishes.

No doubt, all of this is intended to force the Libyan government to ask for “international intervention” a cry that still goes up from either the woefully ignorant or from the deliberately traitorous.

Libya’s Green Resistance insists that it does not require further “International intervention”. Libya only requires that the UN embargo be lifted, since the original stated cause of “weapons falling in the wrong hands” has been proven a farce. The Benghazi incidents revealed that the US consulate and CIA was directly involved in extensive gun-running operations between Libya, Egypt, Syria and Iraq, and the NATO Israel Qatar Turkey axis have been ensuring, for a very long time, that weapons, training and funding: do, in fact, get directly into the “unsavoury” hands of mercenaries, jihadists and terrorists wreaking havoc in a massive destablisation campaign across the Middle East.

Interestingly, recent indications claim that “ISIS” (include here sponsors and creators) is enraged that they are beginning to lose fighters who flee when they awaken to the “ awkward moment” when they realize that they are actually fighting for western intelligence agencies. ISIS videos and publications are now busily engaged in damage control efforts, denouncing (to their faithful) “conspiracy theories” that suggest such a thing.

This is an excellent indication that the alternative media, bloggers and all those passionate about truth are having a powerful influence. There can be no greater nightmare to the US, Israeli, Qatari and Turkish sponsors of the Muslim Brotherhood and their offspring ISIS/ISIL and associated jihadi forces, than to have them turn on their “handlers” when they realize they have been duped into fighting for the intelligence agents of Western Imperialism.

References:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/qatar/11110931/How-Qatar-is-funding-the-rise-of-Islamist-extremists.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/world/middleeast/04qatar.html?_r=0

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