U.K. Parliament report details how NATO’s 2011 war in Libya was based on lies


U.K. Parliament report details how NATO’s 2011 war in Libya was based on lies

By chance, I came across this article, which was published on Salon.com over a year ago! A German friend and journalist sent it to me and if even this report has escaped me, then I suppose that apart from the Salon readers something hardly anyone has heard of it.

British investigation: Gaddafi was not going to massacre civilians; Western bombing made Islamist extremism worse

A new report by the British Parliament shows that the 2011 NATO war in Libya was based on an array of lies.
“Libya: Examination of intervention and collapse and the UK’s future policy options,” an investigation by the House of Commons’ bipartisan Foreign Affairs Committee, strongly condemns the U.K.’s role in the war, which toppled the government of Libya’s leader Muammar Qaddafi and plunged the North African country into chaos.

“We have seen no evidence that the UK Government carried out a proper analysis of the nature of the rebellion in Libya,” the report states. “UK strategy was founded on erroneous assumptions and an incomplete understanding of the evidence.”

The Foreign Affairs Committee concludes that the British government “failed to identify that the threat to civilians was overstated and that the rebels included a significant Islamist element.”
The Libya inquiry, which was launched in July 2015, is based on more than a year of research and interviews with politicians, academics, journalists and more. The report, which was released on Sept. 14, reveals the following:

  • Qaddafi was not planning to massacre civilians. This myth was exaggerated by rebels and Western governments, which based their intervention on little intelligence.
  • The threat of Islamist extremists, which had a large influence in the uprising, was ignored — and the NATO bombing made this threat even worse, giving ISIS a base in North Africa.
  • France, which initiated the military intervention, was motivated by economic and political interests, not humanitarian ones.
  • The uprising — which was violent, not peaceful — would likely not have been successful were it not for foreign military intervention and aid. Foreign media outlets, particularly Qatar’s Al Jazeera and Saudi Arabia’s Al Arabiya, also spread unsubstantiated rumors about Qaddafi and the Libyan government.
  • The NATO bombing plunged Libya into a humanitarian disaster, killing thousands of people and displacing hundreds of thousands more, transforming Libya from the African country with the highest standard of living into a war-torn failed state.

Myth that Qaddafi would massacre civilians and the lack of intel

“Despite his rhetoric, the proposition that Muammar Gaddafi would have ordered the massacre of civilians in Benghazi was not supported by the available evidence,” the Foreign Affairs Committee states clearly.
“While Muammar Gaddafi certainly threatened violence against those who took up arms against his rule, this did not necessarily translate into a threat to everyone in Benghazi,” the report continues. “In short, the scale of the threat to civilians was presented with unjustified certainty.”

The summary of the report also notes that the war “was not informed by accurate intelligence.” It adds, “US intelligence officials reportedly described the intervention as ‘an intelligence-light decision.'”
This flies in the face of what political figures claimed in the lead-up to the NATO bombing. After violent protests erupted in Libya in February, and Benghazi — Libya’s second-largest city — was taken over by rebels, exiled opposition figures like Soliman Bouchuiguir, president of the Europe-based Libyan League for Human Rights, claimed that, if Qaddafi retook the city, “There will be a real bloodbath, a massacre like we saw in Rwanda.”
The British Parliament’s report, however, notes that the Libyan government had retaken towns from rebels in early February 2011, before NATO launched its air strike campaign, and Qaddafi’s forces had not attacked civilians.
On March 17, 2011, the report points outtwo days before NATO began bombing — Qaddafi told rebels in Benghazi, “Throw away your weapons, exactly like your brothers in Ajdabiya and other places did. They laid down their arms and they are safe. We never pursued them at all.”

The Foreign Affairs Committee adds that, when Libyan government forces retook the town of Ajdabiya in February, they did not attack civilians. Qaddafi “also attempted to appease protesters in Benghazi with an offer of development aid before finally deploying troops,” the report adds.
In another example, the report indicates that, after fighting in February and March in the city Misrata — Libya’s third-largest city, which had also been seized by rebels — just around 1 percent of people killed by the Libyan government were women or children.

“The disparity between male and female casualties suggested that Gaddafi regime forces targeted male combatants in a civil war and did not indiscriminately attack civilians,” the committee says.

Senior British officials admitted in the Parliament investigation they did not consider Qaddafi’s actual actions, and instead called for military intervention in Libya based on his rhetoric.
In February, Qaddafi gave a heated speech threatening the rebels who had taken over cities. He said “they are a tiny few” and “a terrorist few,” and called them “rats” who “are turning Libya into the emirates of Zawahiri and bin Laden,” referencing the leaders of al-Qaeda.
At the end of his speech, Qaddafi promised “to cleanse Libya, inch by inch, house by house, home by home, alley by alley,” of these rebels. Many Western media outlets, however, implied or reported outright that his remark was meant as a threat to all protesters. An Israeli journalist popularized this line by turning it into a song called “Zenga, Zenga” (Arabic for “alleyway”). The YouTube video featuring the remixed speech was circulated throughout the world.

The Foreign Affairs Committee notes in its report that, at that moment, British officials had a “lack of reliable intelligence.” William Hague, who served as the British secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs during the war in Libya, claimed to the committee that Qaddafi had promised “to go house to house, room to room, exacting their revenge on the people of Benghazi,” misquoting Qaddafi’s speech. He added, “A lot of people were going to die.”

Given the lack of reliable intelligence, both Lord Hague and Dr Fox highlighted the impact of Muammar Gaddafi’s rhetoric on their decision-making,” the report notes, also referencing then-Secretary of State for Defence Liam Fox.

George Joffé, a scholar at King’s College London University and an expert on the Middle East and North Africa, told the Foreign Affairs Committee for its investigation that, while Qaddafi sometimes used intimidating rhetoric that “was quite blood-curdling,” past examples showed that the longtime Libyan leader was “very careful” to avoid civilian casualties.
In one instance, Joffé noted, “rather than trying to remove threats to the regime in the east, in Cyrenaica, Gaddafi spent six months trying to pacify the tribes that were located there.”
Qaddafi “would have been very careful in the actual response,” Joffé said in the report. “The fear of the massacre of civilians was vastly overstated.”
Alison Pargeter, a senior research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute and specialist on Libya who was also interviewed for the investigation, agreed with Joffé. She told the committee that there was no “real evidence at that time that Gaddafi was preparing to launch a massacre against his own civilians.”

“Émigrés opposed to Muammar Gaddafi exploited unrest in Libya by overstating the threat to civilians and encouraging Western powers to intervene,” the report notes, summarizing Joffé’s analysis.

Pargeter added that Libyans who opposed the government exaggerated Qaddafi’s use of “mercenaries” — a term they often used as a synonym for Libyans of Sub-Saharan descent. Pargeter said that Libyans had told her, “The Africans are coming. They’re going to massacre us. Gaddafi’s sending Africans into the streets. They’re killing our families.”

“I think that that was very much amplified,” Pargeter said. This amplified myth led to extreme violence. Black Libyans were violently oppressed by Libyan rebels. The Associated Press reported in September 2011, “Rebel forces and armed civilians are rounding up thousands of black Libyans and migrants from sub-Sahara Africa.” It noted, “Virtually all of the detainees say they are innocent migrant workers.”

(The crimes rebels committed against black Libyans would go on to become even worse. In 2012, there were reports that black Libyans were put in cages by rebels, and forced to eat flags. As Salon has previously reported, Human Rights Watch also warned in 2013 of “serious and ongoing human rights violations against inhabitants of the town of Tawergha, who are widely viewed as having supported Muammar Gaddafi.” Tawergha’s inhabitants were mostly descendants of black slaves and were very poor. Human Rights Watch reported that Libyan rebels carried out “forced displacement of roughly 40,000 people, arbitrary detentions, torture, and killings are widespread, systematic, and sufficiently organized to be crimes against humanity.”)

In July 2011, State Department spokesman Mark Toner acknowledged that Qaddafi is “someone who’s given to overblown rhetoric,” but, in February, Western governments weaponized this speech.
The Foreign Affairs Committee notes in its report that, despite its lack of intelligence, “the UK Government focused exclusively on military intervention” as a solution in Libya, ignoring available forms of political engagement and diplomacy.
This is consistent with reporting by The Washington Times, which found that Qaddafi’s son Saif had hoped to negotiate a ceasefire with the U.S. government. Saif Qaddafi quietly opened up communications with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton intervened and asked the Pentagon to stop talking to the Libyan government. “Secretary Clinton does not want to negotiate at all,” a U.S. intelligence official told Saif.
In March, Secretary Clinton had called Muammar Qaddafi a “creature” “who has no conscience and will threaten anyone in his way.” Clinton, who played a leading role in pushing for the NATO bombing of Libya, claimed Qaddafi would do “terrible things” if he was not stopped.
From March to October 2011, NATO carried out a bombing campaign against Libyan government forces. It claimed to be pursuing a humanitarian mission to protect civilians. In October, Qaddafi was brutally killed — sodomized with a bayonet by rebels. (Upon hearing the news of his death, Secretary Clinton announced, live on TV, “We came, we saw, he died!”)
The Foreign Affairs Committee report points out, nonetheless, that, while the NATO intervention was sold as a humanitarian mission, its ostensible goal was accomplished in just one day.

On March 20, 2011, Qaddafi’s forces retreated approximately 40 miles outside of Benghazi, after French planes attacked. “If the primary object of the coalition intervention was the urgent need to protect civilians in Benghazi, then this objective was achieved in less than 24 hours,” the report says. Yet the military intervention carried on for several more months.
The report explains “the limited intervention to protect civilians had drifted into an opportunist policy of regime change.” This view has been challenged, however, by Micah Zenko, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Zenko used NATO’s own materials to show that “the Libyan intervention was about regime change from the very start.”
In its investigation, the Foreign Affairs Committee cites a June 2011 Amnesty International report, which noted that “much Western media coverage has from the outset presented a very one-sided view of the logic of events, portraying the protest movement as entirely peaceful and repeatedly suggesting that the regime’s security forces were unaccountably massacring unarmed demonstrators who presented no security challenge.”
Amnesty International also said it was unable to find evidence for the accusation that the Libyan government had given Viagra to its troops and encouraged them to rape women in rebel-held areas. Then-Secretary of State Clinton, among others, had contributed to this unproven myth.

Islamist extremism and the spread of Libyan weapons

Today, Libya is home to the largest base of the genocidal extremist group ISIS outside of Iraq and Syria. Other Islamist groups seized large swaths of territory after the Libyan government was destroyed.

“It is now clear that militant Islamist militias played a critical role in the rebellion from February 2011 onwards,” the Foreign Affairs Committee states clearly.
“Intelligence on the extent to which extremist militant Islamist elements were involved in the anti-Gaddafi rebellion was inadequate,” the report adds. It cites former British Chief of the Defence Staff David Richards, who “confirmed that intelligence on the composition of the rebel militias was not ‘as good as one would wish.'”

The inquiry asked Richards if he knew if members of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Libyan Islamic Fighting Group were participating in the rebellion in March 2011. He said that “was a grey area.” Richards recalled that “respectable Libyans were assuring the Foreign Office” that Islamist extremists would not benefit from the uprising, but admitted, “with the benefit of hindsight, that was wishful thinking at best.”

“The possibility that militant extremist groups would attempt to benefit from the rebellion should not have been the preserve of hindsight,” the committee comments. “Libyan connections with transnational militant extremist groups were known before 2011, because many Libyans had participated in the Iraq insurgency and in Afghanistan with al-Qaeda.”

NATO’s destruction of the Libyan government also caused some of its massive weapons and ammunition reserves to fall “into the hands of the militias” and to be “trafficked across North and West Africa and the Middle East,” the Foreign Affairs Committee notes.
“The international community’s inability to secure weapons abandoned by the Gaddafi regime fuelled instability in Libya and enabled and increased terrorism across North and West Africa and the Middle East,” the report states.

It cites a study by a U.N. panel of experts, which found the former Libyan government’s weapons in Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Gaza, Mali, Niger, Tunisia and Syria. The U.N. panel noted that “arms originating from Libya have significantly reinforced the military capacity of terrorist groups operating in Algeria, Egypt, Mali and Tunisia.”
A former British Parliament study cited by the report also found that Libyan weapons ended up in the hands of Boko Haram, the ISIS-affiliated extremist group that has carried out massacres of civilians in Nigeria.
Former Chief of the Defence Staff Richards told the inquiry that the U.K. had hoped to prevent the Libyan government’s weapons and ammunition from being seized, but he could not remember the British government “doing anything to achieve it.”

France’s economic and political motivations

The Foreign Affairs Committee confirms that “France led the international community in advancing the case for military intervention in Libya in February and March 2011.” The U.K. joined next, followed by the U.S.
The report also notes that the primary reasons France pushed for military intervention in Libya were Qaddafi’s “nearly bottomless financial resources,” the Libyan leader’s plans to create an alternative currency to the French franc in Africa, “Qaddafi’s long term plans to supplant France as the dominant power in Francophone Africa” and the desire to “Increase French influence in North Africa.”
Initially, the U.S. was undecided about military intervention in Libya, the report notes. “There were divisions in the American Government,” the investigation found. This is consistent with what President Obama has since said (he called the Libya war his “worst mistake”), and what The New York Times found in its own detailed investigation.

France and the U.K. were first to pressure the international community to impose a no-fly zone in Libya, ostensibly to protect civilians, the report says. Once it was on board, nonetheless, the U.S. pushed for more aggressive military intervention.

“The United States was instrumental in extending the terms of [U.N. Security Council] Resolution 1973 beyond the imposition of a no-fly zone to include the authorisation of ‘all necessary measures’ to protect civilians,” the report notes. “In practice, this led to the imposition of a ‘no-drive zone’ and the assumed authority to attack the entire Libyan Government command and communications network.”

Explaining France’s motivations, the report cites an April 2011 email to the U.S.’s then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton which noted that “Qaddafi has nearly bottomless financial resources to continue indefinitely.”

“Qaddafi’s government holds 143 tons of gold, and a similar amount in silver,” Clinton’s assistant Sidney Blumenthal wrote, citing “sources with access to advisors to Saif al-Islam Qaddafi,” Muammar Qaddafi’s son.

This gold “was intended to be used to establish a pan-African currency based on the Libyan golden Dinar,” Blumenthal said, citing “knowledgeable individuals.” He added, “This plan was designed to provide the Francophone African Countries with an alternative to the French franc.”

“French intelligence officers discovered this plan shortly after the current rebellion began, and this was one of the factors that influenced Sarkozy’s decision to commit France to the attack on Libya,” Blumenthal wrote, referencing France’s then-President Nicolas Sarkozy, of the right-wing Union for a Popular Movement party.

The French intelligence officers articulated five factors that motivated Sarkozy:

“a. A desire to gain a greater share of Libya oil production,
b. Increase French influence in North Africa,
c. Improve his internal political situation in France,
d. Provide the French military with an opportunity to reassert its position in the world,
e. Address the concern of his advisors over Qaddafi’s long term plans to supplant France as the dominant power in Francophone Africa.”

Crucial role of foreign intervention

The U.K. Parliament report notes that the NATO bombing “shifted the military balance in the Libyan civil war in favour of the rebels.”

“The combination of coalition airpower with the [foreign] supply of arms, intelligence and personnel to the rebels guaranteed the military defeat of the Gaddafi regime,” the Foreign Affairs Committee adds.

Resolution 1973, the March 2011 U.N. Security Council resolution that imposed a no-fly zone in Libya, was supposed to ensure a “strict implementation of the arms embargo,” the report further points out. But “the international community turned a blind eye to the supply of weapons to the rebels.”
Rebel ground forces inside Libya were “enhanced by personnel and intelligence provided by” the U.K., France, Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the investigation reveals.
Then-British Chief of the Defence Staff David Richards also told the inquiry that the U.K. “had a few people embedded” with the rebel forces on the ground.
Richards emphasized “the degree to which the Emiratis and the Qataris … played a major role in the success of the ground operation.”

Citing The Guardian, the report notes that Qatar secretly gave French-manufactured antitank missiles to certain rebel groups. The investigation also says Qatar, a theocratic monarchy, “channelled its weapons to favoured militias rather than to the rebels as a whole.”
Moreover, Alison Pargeter, the Libya specialist, told the committee, “I also think the Arab media played a very important role here.”
She singled out Al Jazeera, a Qatari news outlet, and Al Arabiya, a Saudi outlet, for spreading unsubstantiated stories about Qaddafi and the Libyan government. These news outlets “were really hamming everything up, and it turned out not to be true,” she said.  —–(how about BBC, CNN, FOX they also did their part)

Humanitarian disaster and echoes of the Iraq War

The Foreign Affairs Committee report blames the U.K., U.S. and France for failing to articulate “a strategy to support and shape post-Gaddafi Libya.”
The result of this, the report notes in the summary, “was political and economic collapse, inter-militia and inter-tribal warfare, humanitarian and migrant crises, widespread human rights violations, the spread of Gaddafi regime weapons across the region and the growth of ISIL in North Africa.”
The committee cites Human Rights Watch’s World Report 2016, which indicated:

“[Libya is] heading towards a humanitarian crisis, with almost 400,000 people internally displaced and increasing disruption to basic services, such as power and fuel supplies. Forces engaged in the conflict continued with impunity to arbitrarily detain, torture, unlawfully kill, indiscriminately attack, abduct and disappear, and forcefully displace people from their homes. The domestic criminal justice system collapsed in most parts of the country, exacerbating the human rights crisis.”

Before the 2011 NATO bombing, on the other hand, Libya had been the wealthiest nation in Africa, with the highest life expectancy and GDP per capita. In his book “Perilous Interventions,” former Indian representative to the U.N. Hardeep Singh Puri notes that, before the war, Libya had less of its population in poverty than the Netherlands. Libyans had access to free health care, education, electricity and interest-free loans, and women had great freedoms that had been applauded by the U.N. Human Rights Council in January 2011, on the eve of the war that destroyed the government.
Today, Libya remains so dangerous that the House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee was in fact unable to travel to the country during its investigation. It notes in the report that a delegation visited North Africa in March 2016. They met with Libyan politicians in Tunis, but “were unable to visit Tripoli, Benghazi, Tobruk or anywhere else in Libya due to the collapse of internal security and the rule of law.”
The U.K. Parliament’s Libya report comes just two months after the Chilcot Report, the British government’s Iraq War inquiry, which also admits that the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was based on numerous lies, and likewise reveals that the war only strengthened al-Qaeda and other extremists.
Citing the Iraq War inquiry, the Libya report draws comparisons between the actions of former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s administration and that of David Cameron. In 2010, Cameron created the National Security Council, ostensibly to provide a form of oversight that was lacking before the 2003 Iraq invasion.

The Libya report, however, calls on the British government to commission an independent review of the National Security Council. This review “should be informed by the conclusions of the Iraq Inquiry and examine whether the weaknesses in governmental decision-making in relation to the Iraq intervention in 2003 have been addressed by the introduction of the NSC,” the report says.
In the lone moment of humor in the otherwise macabre report, the Foreign Affairs Committee summarizes the humanitarian situation in Libya today writing, “In April 2016, United States President Barack Obama described post-intervention Libya as a ‘shit show’. It is difficult to disagree with this pithy assessment.”

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Militant says 500-pound U.S. bombs missed one-eyed terrorist leader with a history of dodging death(That Can Only Happen if the CIA Warned Him)


Militant says 500-pound U.S. bombs missed one-eyed terrorist leader with a history of dodging death (That Can Only Happen if the CIA Warned Him its been done Before)

by: Sarah El Deeb And Lolita C. Baldor, The Associated Press |

Handout

Handout An undated grab from a video obtained by ANI Mauritanian news agency reportedly shows former Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb emir Mokhtar Belmokhtar.

 

CAIRO • The U.S military says it launched weekend airstrikes targeting and likely killing an al-Qaida-linked militant leader in eastern Libya charged with leading the attack on a gas plant in Algeria in 2013 that killed at least 35 hostages.

An Islamist with ties to Libyan militants, however, said the airstrikes missed Mokhtar Belmokhtar.****(We know for a fact that the US MILITARY does not miss…. I am convinced that he was warned by the Rogue CIA/MOSSAD to leave the premisses as its going to be hit. Lets not forget Bin Laden the bogey man is dead we have to resurrect another bogey man what better than this psychopath… although we do have enough psychopaths in Libya which you could pick from let me name you a few:Bady, Belhaj who wants to lead Libya to the 21st Century democratically by killing all Libyan who oppose him, there is his good friend Sadi another nut case for hire don’t be fooled all these psychopaths are hired by CIA/MI5/6/MOSSAD to terrorize all Arab nations and Europe till Europe declares war to all Arab nations that is their goal.)

Instead, the missiles killed four members of a Libyan extremist group that the U.S. has linked to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. ***(Instead of putting Hillary and her crew in Jail for the MURDER OF CHRIS STEVENS AND THREE SPECIAL FORCES which there is proof about it, the US still goes on with the lie that the Libyan extremist did it…. not that I feel sorry for the extremist being dead but we have to put the facts: Stevens death was an inside job, we know it and so does the US foreign policy know it…. We know for a fact that the extremists who are installed in Libya are FINANCED, TRAINED BY THE USA AND ISRAEL these terrorists are under their payroll and lapdogs to bring Libya to its knees…. proof is also that Belmokhtar was warned it isn’t the first time.)

U.S. officials said they are still assessing the results of the Saturday strike, but Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said the military believes the strike was successful and hit the target. Neither U.S. officials nor the Libyan government provided proof of Belmokhtar’s death, which likely requires a DNA test or an announcement by Belmokhtar’s group that he was killed.

“I can confirm that the target of last night’s counterterrorism strike in Libya was Mokhtar Belmokhtar,” Warren said Sunday.

AP Photo / Anis Belghoul

AP Photo / Anis Belghoul FILE – In this Jan. 21, 2013 file photo, Algerian firemen carry a coffin containing the body of a person killed during the gas facility hostage situation at the morgue in Ain Amenas, Algeria. The U.S. said the military launched an airstrike Saturday, June 13, 2015, targeting an al-Qaida leader in eastern Libya who has been charged with leading the attack on a gas plant in Algeria in 2013 that killed 35 hostages, including three Americans.

“Belmokhtar has a long history of leading terrorist activities as a member of (al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb), is the operational leader of the al-Qaida-associated al-Murabitun organization in northwest Africa and maintains his personal allegiance to al-Qaida.”

A U.S. official said two F-15 fighter jets launched multiple 500-pound bombs in the attack. The official was not authorized to discuss the details of the attack publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity. Authorities say no U.S. personnel were on the ground for the assault.

But this isn’t the first time authorities have claimed to have killed Belmokhtar, a militant believed to be 43 who reportedly lost his eye in combat and fought in Afghanistan. He was one of a number of Islamist fighters who have battled Algeria’s government since the 1990s, later joining al-Qaida.

An al-Qaeda letter obtained by The Associated Press suggests Belmoktar pocketed about US$1-million for the release of Canadian diplomat Robert Fowler in Niger four years ago. **** and the United States wants us to believe that he is not under the payroll? We know for a fact that neither America or Canada negotiate with terrorists…. What is wrong with this picture?)

The letter was sent by al-Qaeda’s North African branch to Belmoktar, who split from the group to conduct his own operations, including the Fowler kidnapping in December 2008.

Fowler, the highest-ranking UN official in Niger, and his colleague Louis Guay, were kidnapped and held for four months before being released in April 2009.

The letter said that a plan to force concessions in the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan was stymied when Belmoktar struck his own deal for about $1-million for both men.  ****As it has been proven that Bin Laden was USA proxy man so is Belmoktar… with all the Intel, spooks, special forces, snipers, NSA and other Secret agencies the US wants us to believe that they could not kill this man???????? If they are so incompetent then they should sent Rambo or Iron Man to do the job…

Interpol

InterpolInterpol has issued an international arrest warrant for Moktar Belmoktar in connection with the kidnapping of Canadian diplomat Robert Fowler and his colleague Louis Guay in December 2008.

 

Belmokhtar is also known as Belaouer the One Eyed, Abou al-Abbes and Mister Marlboro, the last name a play on the fact he’s accused of smuggling contraband cigarettes through the Sahara and the Sahel.

The U.S. filed terrorism charges in 2013 against Belmokhtar in connection with the Algeria attack. Officials have said they believe he remained a threat to U.S. and Western interests. Belmokhtar had just split off from al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb to start his own franchise.

The Libyan government in a statement Sunday said that the strike targeting Belmokhtar came after consultation with the U.S. so that America could take action against a terror leader there.

Belmokhtar unleashed a reign of terror years ago, in furtherance of his self-proclaimed goal of waging bloody jihad against the West

One government official in Libya said an airstrike in the northeastern coastal city of Ajdabiya hit a group of Islamic militants also believed linked to al-Qaida and that it killed five and wounded more. He said the group that was wounded later fought the Libyan military that guarded the hospital there, leading to a hourslong battle. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters. The official couldn’t confirm that was the same strike that killed Belmokhtar.

The Islamist, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals in restive Libya, told The Associated Press early Monday that Belmokhtar wasn’t at the site of the U.S. airstrike. He said the strike killed four Ansar Shariah members in Ajdabiya, some 850 kilometres east of the Libyan capital, Tripoli.

American officials have linked Ansar Shariah to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. ****Who by the way, were under the American embassy payroll to protect the US Consulate in Benghazi together with another brigade called 17 February…. so again I ask what is wrong with this picture????

The charges filed against Belmokhtar by federal law enforcement officials in Manhattan included conspiring to support al-Qaida and use of a weapon of mass destruction. Additional charges of conspiring to take hostages and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence carry the death penalty.

At the time, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a release that Belmokhtar “unleashed a reign of terror years ago, in furtherance of his self-proclaimed goal of waging bloody jihad against the West.”

Authorities also offered a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Belmokhtar. ****So why don’t they ask the GNC in Tripoli to give them the information? Or one of the leaders of Daesh or better yet why don’t the ask Belmokhtar’s buddy Abdulhakim Belhaj he knows were he is hiding actually he has his mobile number on speed dial… oh! yes I forgot they can not involve another notorious Terrorist like Belhaj as he must be installed as the new LEADER OF LIBYA…. and showing such connections would put in jeopardy the UN, USA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION for being in cohorts with a the most wanted and hated man in the planet. Even a young Libyan boy could tell them were he is hiding but in reality they do not want to capture him as he is an asset for them in North Africa…. Please do not be fooled by the media and American foreign policy…

What you do not know about Libya!


What you do not know about Libya!

 

I am ashamed that my knowledge of my heritage was so insufficient and I am sure that most Libyans do not know our history…. Below is some information of who we are and I AM PROUD TO BE A LIBYAN WITH SUCH HISTORY, it’s a shame that the 200,000 expatriates who begged NATO TO bomb us did not respect or heritage and our history.

Libby original

map_of_libya

1. Did you know that Libya’s name means the country hills ???
And the age of Libya is more than ten thousand years

2. Did you know that the title of Libya was called on the entire continent of North Africa? From the West Nile, Morocco to the borders of the Atlantic !!!!!!

3. Did you know that there is in Libya, the largest Roman city in the world, to the city of Leptis Magna? It is not like the ruins of the city of Jerash in Jordan or Carthage in Tunisia !!!

4. Did you know that there is in Libya, the largest Greek city in the world and is the city of Cyrene? It is also a list of the city, not the ruins !!!!

5. Did you know that the most expensive in the world mosaic found in the Museum of Tripoli in Libya, which is dated  back to the Roman era?

6. Did you know that there is in Libya’s largest collection of drawings in North Africa and the Mediterranean ??? It is in the Acacus Mountains age more than 10,000 years old !!!

7. Did you know that in Libya, the oldest city in the world built-in the desert? It is the city of Ghadames !!!

8. Did you know that the Greeks were taken from Libyan idea tow vehicle animals? This said, the Greek historian Herodotus, alias Abu history “of Libya comes the new” !!!!

9. Did you know that there is in Libya five areas considered cultural property of the world Bojma by UNESCO, namely: Sabratha, Leptis Magna, Cyrene, Ghadames, Acacus?

 

10. Did you know that the oldest mummies are mummified mummy Libyan child ((and Mohi Jean)), situated in the Red Castle Museum in Libya, which is proving that mummification was in Libya, Before Egypt mummified their Pharaohs? The oldest Egyptian  mummy is approximate 2600 years old while the Libyan child is 5,500 years !!!!!

11. Did you know that first broke into the jungles of Africa are a group of young Libyans? Herodotus tells the father of history that a group of young Libyans are the first to burst into the jungles of Africa has Herodotus record in his Libyan trip to Africa since 2500 and have registered at the time they had witnessed Views

12. Know that the Roman dress transferee from the old old Libyan dress? Libyan outfit reminds Aatnaws in writing ((passages of civilization)), which was printed in 1965 that the Roman dress transferee meaning it is taken from the ancient Greek dress and Greeks Move cloak or inventory for Libyan ancients and inventory dress a Libyan aged over 2,500 years

13. Did you know that the Greeks transferred from ancients Libyans abaya, which dates back to thousands of years BC?

14. Did you know that the Greek women have taken the choice of dress from Libyan women mentioned by Herodotus in his book that the top and shield Athena has transferred the Greeks for Libyan women and this dress, which moved the Greeks from the Libyan women is a long dress wraps the body and that hold the shoulders girded relics and damaged around its center and is known in Libya in the name of ((evil))

15. Did you know that the Libyans were the first who invented fashion there was a tribe of which their hair was in the form of a rooster known and others raise their hair on the right side of the head and shave the hair on the left side?

16. Did you know that the philosophy originated in Libya and was the first philosopher a Libyan origin and not Greek? Had stated, “Diogenes” in his book “Life of Famous philosophers that philosophy originated in the East and not in Greece, He said that the most famous philosophers of ancient Libya called the “Atlas and said, “Diogenes” that Plato’s dialogues famous was a quote from Arsersan Khel Korana Libyan.

17. Know that the first novel written in the history of Libya which is the novel  Metamorphoses  The Golden Ass” by Libyan philosopher Apuleius (although its stated that he was a Roman born circa ad 123 in Libya)????

18. Did you know that the first time used the famous Romanian wagons were in the desert of Libya in the Ghadames ????

19. Did you know that largest Greek cemetery in the world is located in Libya and specifically in the city of Cyreneis one of the fourth century BC ????

20. Did you know that in Libya, the largest Roman theater in North Africa and the Middle East the city of Theater which is Leptis Magna?

Post it and be proud of your country, and not belonging to Qatar and UAE which came to life after the WWI

SABRATHA

SABRATHA

Leptis_Magna_Theatre

Leptis Magna Theater

Cyrene Apollo_temple

Cyrene Apollo_temple

Ghadames

Ghadames

 

Acacus Libya Rock Art

Acacus Libya Rock Art

NEWS FROM OCCUPIED LIBYA


NEWS FROM OCCUPIED LIBYA

Editor’s note: First let me wish you a Peaceful New Year. 

I wish to everybody a Happy New Year,
and as I am dreamer I want to believe that all of us can make a difference either by whistle blowers or by simple people state the injustice done to the world may that be Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Somalia, Libya and other African states. Stating all criminal acts done to children, homeless, AfroAmericans and any defenceless person, same thing goes for all animals. So please join me and keep fighting to make this earth that we live in a better place for humanity. Lets leave our egos aside and instead of saying I lets say WE. In these cold days lets help as much as we can the homeless, and the homeless animals. Lets try to stop all the wars and aggression against humanity, if we do it together I am sure we could win.

2015 FORECASTING FOR LIBYA: Libya in 2015 .. .. ..
We have been for years to develop outlines expectations for the looming of the events during the year and then march from touching to detail the extent of the rest of the year, the day after we say the name of God Knowing the unseen?.. .. ..
– Despite signs of division and even division in Libya, but we see Libya unified one.
– Battles will move from place to place and from region to region and not an actual deduction or where serious.
– Crises after crises pursuing government bending and bending the governments will come out and Hassi of the Libyan scene altogether.
– See Algerian dialogue initiative looming skyline and failure sued.
– Despite the arrival of the economy to the brink of collapse, but the Libyan dinar will survive and regain its value quickly.
– The emergence of facts about the last days in Sirte battles in 2011 and these facts will increase no more questions.
– Will face Misurata ultimately an inevitable, and will be the city of death and destruction and will be repeated phrase killed identity much.
– The disappearance of a number of characters multiple Militia incidents and the extinction of some of the names and political entities and the military and even religious.
– Focus of many events and news about the Amazigh and Qziahm and their demands and you will hear for the first time the state is a major Amazigh.
– France will have an active role in the large and upcoming events.
– Egypt’s preoccupation with security Coupling and will reduce the significant economic role in Libya.
– News of the death of the Liberal figure in February prisons would be an event of great echoes.
– New old Libyan military forces we will see them extended its control over the whole of Libya cities of conflict enters a new phase.
– February Nakba actually ended and the biggest victory of Independents and only science and did not remain commend them will disappear as well, the next battle will be between Al Nakba battles in preparation for the extension of the control of the people the right to their homeland.
– Will not be for the House of Representatives, and it is a real actor before his election we will come out of the womb of the Nakba dead.
– The emergence of a leaked video of a Libyan influential figures will have a significant impact on a lot of Al Wahemoon reawakening.
– Some of the Libyan border will see a long-term lock-related incidents at airports and filled the horizon.
Astronomical spiritual Libyan

So lets go to the news:

Just came in:

The Supreme Council of the Libyan tribes and cities to announce to all members to attend the meeting which will be held in # Ben Walid City
on Sunday, 04.01.2015 at exactly ten o’clock in the morning of the importance of asking the audience.

supreme council of Libyan tribes._n

Urgent
Misurata
Bombardment by air now on the Misrata port complex of iron and steel.

03/01/2015

Detention of a Syrian intelligence officer in the city of Ajdabiya  Police arrested a former officer in the Syrian intelligence services in the city of Ajdabiya, and was among a group of detainees caught by the security forces entering the Libyan territory illegally from the Sudanese territory said Libyan security sources. According to the same source in Ajdabiya they arrested 51 people from different Arab Nationalities and they were on their way to Benghazi, the interesting point of these arrests is in their capturing these illegals there was a Former Syrian intelligence officer who seems to be working with the militia of Derna

Illegal Arab Nationalities trying to enter from Sudan and make their way to Fight in Benghazi

Illegal Arab Nationalities trying to enter from Sudan and make their way to Fight in Benghazi

Here is the New Year’s Joke:

The Abolition of the House of Representatives in Tobruk, is Libya’s requirement of “Muslim Brotherhood” for dialogue showed Justice and Construction Party of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya, while they have the desire to participate in political dialogue under certain conditions.
Said Mohammed Sawan Chairman Justice and Construction Party that “the party does not mind to take part in any political dialogue between the Libyan parties, and that it adheres to several principles of dialogue, which sees them as the basis for any successful dialogue, and most importantly respect for the political process and the Constitutional Declaration and the judgment of the Court judge nullified the election of the House of Representatives, according to the quoted by the state news agency solidarity. *****(The MB did not come up with it on their own accord but with the assistance of the UN and the Zionist Levi the godfather of the Arab spring, they know they are losing so they are doing everything they can to stay in a puppet power so that they will be controlled by the WEST) 

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD BANNER

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD BANNER

The United Nations Libyan conflicting parties last September in an attempt to find a political solution may be collected, but the meeting was postponed more than once, until the announcement of the UN envoy fifth of January date for the start of the talks. ****(To conclude the losing party wants, NO! it demands that the House of Representatives which resides in Tobruk to be abolished and dissolved even though its Internationally recognized; this reminds me at the time of 2011 when the Jamahiryia was winning and NATO/USA/FRANCE/UK was in stalemate it demanded that the Jamahiryia government should surrender… this is a travesty in my opinion never heard in my life when someone is losing the fight to have demands. This is the WEST meddling in my country funding the losers and telling them that they have the right to DEMAND.)

Firefighters in Libya, put out a massive fire, broke out last week in tanks of crude oil, at the port of Sidra east of the country, as much as a researcher at the strategic oil affairs, Fire losses estimated at $ 210 million.

Tariq Ibrahim, a researcher at the strategic oil in the international affairs of Orientalism Institute in Moscow, said that the financial losses due to the outbreak of the fire in the oil tanker port of Sidra oil, estimated at about $ 210 million.

Ibrahim added that “oil tanker port of Sidra was completely burned and destroyed a great loss,” adding that re-work and the creation of “those tanks affected the Libyan state would cost roughly about $ 120 million.”

And inside the burning tanks of crude oil, the strategic researcher said that “the loss of about 1.8 million barrels of crude oil, was in those reservoirs that were burned.”

fire depot in sidra

According to the Libyan researcher, “the loss of truth in this disaster is to stop Sacrifice oil from the fields to the oil port of Sidra, which means stop the export of oil from the largest oil port of Libya, and the loss of what was earned by this port of revenues to the treasury of the Libyan state, in addition to punitive conditions Libya paid by customers contractors; to buy crude oil through the port. “

Erupted on 13 December last year gun battles near the oil Crescent in eastern Libya, after the forces, “the dawn of Libya” an attack on Crescent oil region; to try to control it, in a process dubbed “Sunrise Libya”, and met with those forces resistance of oil installations and al-Guard the other belonging to the Army Chief of Staff appointed by the Parliament. ***(Its evident enough to everybody that the Muslim Brotherhood with its minions which are behind this attack;  causing wide world environmental hazard to the earth and people who live in Libya from its toxic fumes.)

So here we have a statement from the youth of Benghazi; the question is who benefits from this statement?

youthofbenghazi statement

 

Pool “youth Lethy” Benghazi calling for a comprehensive reconciliation in Libya called 201 young people gathered Lethy Benghazi rejection of the “dignity”, a comprehensive reconciliation, to maintain the social fabric of the city.
The statement, which was posted on the social networking site “Facebook” on Friday, that this call is the last chance to stop the bloodshed and save the property, and to ensure ease of movement between citizens.
The statement continued, saying, “Those who are inspiring with the youth program and areas which used to be named as” the Awakening “, civilians who have no blood on their hands”.
It is noteworthy that the clashes are still continuing between the “Shura Benghazi rebels” and the forces of the Libyan army troops Council Lethy area and other areas in Benghazi. *****(We will have to wait and see what comes of this statement and how many will follow suit with it. It’s a bold statement but I am a little wary as I am wondering “who” put them up to it? I sincerely hope that they came up with this idea all on their own, but there is so much at stake which makes me wonder why now? why not at the end of the war of 2011? You can call me paranoid and maybe you would be right, but since 2011 everything changed; the people I thought were my friends became the betrayers of my country having a placard of Democracy but in reality the only thing they wanted is to sell my country to highest bidder and for themselves to have power and money.)

Libya next theater of international military intervention?

The President of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, said it was “essential” an international response in the country affected by violence. “One outcome is not possible without international intervention in Libya (…) [It] is essential to the reconciliation of all Libyans, including Gaddafi,” he told the press, after an interview with the french Minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian, on tour in the region.

“I do not see how the terrorists are armed militias that will create the conditions for reconciliation among Libyans. Also I do not see how they can create the conditions for the organization of free and transparent elections in Libya.” *****(To conclude he and the rest of the Western allegiance want to intervene one more time in Libya (so that they can DIVIDE IT INTO THREE PIECES JUST AS THEY DID WITH SUDAN), as they have not caused enough damage in the first place, its their mess we the Green Resistance and the Honourable Tribes try to clean with no assistance whatsoever from the West or East.)

116 violation between the kidnapping and murder and assault against journalists in Libya in 2014 01/03/2015

A recent report on journalists and media workers in Libya, for serious violations occurred in 2014, where he highlighted the annual report of the center “fortress” to defend the freedom of journalists who take from the Libyan capital based, what he described as the great decline in the areas of freedoms and an increase in cases of serious violation among journalists and bloggers as a result of the escalation of the ongoing armed conflict in Libya.

Kidnapping and murder, the report said that 2014 is the fiercest and bloodiest regarding the safety of journalists in Libya, where the center scored 10 deaths and more than 100 cases of kidnapping and torture by armed groups to infringe beaten and expelled journalists while carrying out their work and also the attack on the headquarters of the media institutions and media houses themselves or their families.

He said that this year has seen a surge noticeable in cases of repression and intimidation to affect bloggers and opinion writers on the Internet, pointing to the most prominent cases of bloggers who were kidnapped and threatened their activist Abdel Moez Bannon from the city of Tripoli, which still his whereabouts are unknown for the moment the issue of the assassination of Tawfiq bin Saud and his colleague Sami Alkuafa of the city of Benghazi, where the outcome of the investigation is still unknown, as well as the assassination of journalist Bouzid editor of hippopotamus key in Benghazi.

 

 

Unidentified gunmen kidnapped the grandson of Haftar’s sister


Unidentified gunmen kidnapped the grandson of Haftar’s sister

Kidnapped by unidentified city of Ajdabiya, eastern Libya, the grandson of the sister of Major Libyan retired, Khalifa Haftar, who is leading the military operation in eastern Libya says it is against the extremists in his country, said a source close to the family Haftar,

“The unidentified abducted Tuesday evening in Ajdabiya Mahmoud MustafaAhabayl cabled “22 years”, the grandson of the sister of Major General Haftar. ” The source added that “Mahmoud was riding in a private car black color on the road between the city of Ajdabiya and Tobruk, objected gunmen way and opened fire on his car, forcing him to stop, and taken away by the gunmen to an unknown place.”

The source pointed out that “the kidnappers demanded that the amount of financial capability million Libyan dinars, a ransom for the release of Mahmoud,” likely to be “practical criminal and has no relationship with the military operation launched by the Brigade against the militants.” and launched Haftar, in the 16th of last month, a military operation on behalf of “Operation Dignity” against insurgents say they are “terrorists linked Chiefs of Staff, headed the Libyan”, in the city of Benghazi, responded with the announcement that the government parties to this process, “a coup against the legitimacy of the state.”