QATAR’S SUPPORT OF THE WORST OF THE WORST IN LIBYA MUST END


QATAR’S SUPPORT OF THE WORST OF THE WORST IN LIBYA MUST END

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Libyans wave their new national flag (L) and Qatar’s flag during a ceremony announcing the liberation for the country in the eastern city of Benghazi on October 23, 2011 three days after ousted despot Moamer Kadhafi was captured and killed. Photo: Abdullah Doma/AFP/Getty

 

Libya’s eastern-based government joined Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in cutting ties with Qatar in June, with Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Deri asserting that Doha was “harboring terrorism.” The move reflected longstanding grievances expressed by Libya’s non-Islamist forces about Qatar’s sponsorship of extremists in the war-torn country. And while the meddling in Libya doesn’t get a lot of coverage, it remains one of the key grievances of Qatar’s foes in the current diplomatic crisis.

Since the 2011 revolution, Libya has been the site of a rather nasty proxy war. The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and other traditional Gulf states have backed the eastern-based government and Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA). Seeking a more Islamist order in Libya, Qatar and Turkey backed the Muslim Brotherhood, and more recently, the Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC).

According to press reports, Qatar has been sending massive amounts of weapons and cash to Islamist militants battling the Western-backed government in Libya. A March 2013 U.N. report noted that in 2011 and 2012, Qatar violated the U.N. arms embargo by “providing military material to the revolutionary forces through the organization of a large number of flights and the deliveries of a range of arms and ammunition.”

And according to another report in the Egyptian al-Masry al-Youm, Doha has provided more than 750 million euros ($890 million) to extremist groups in Libya since 2011. Arab officials believe that this assistance arrives in Western Libya by way of a commercial airline that is bankrolled by Qatar.

But the Arab states are not simply bothered by Qatar’s support for garden variety Islamists. They allege that Qatar is directly backing the worst of the worst. And they appear to be correct.

According to Kristian Coates Ulrichsen of the Baker Institute for Public Policy, “Qatar developed close links with key Islamist militia commanders [in Libya] such as Abdelhakim Belhadj, once the head of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and, in 2011, the commander of the Tripoli Brigade.” The LIFG is an al-Qaeda affiliate group that was sanctioned by both the United States and the United Nations.

Belhadj twice met with Osama bin Laden, and he was detained by the CIA in 2004. He launched Hizb al-Watan in 2012, which Arab officials say has maintained close ties to LIFG and received continued support from Qatar.

Ulrichsen also notes the connection between Qatar and “Ismael al-Salabi, the leader of one of the best-supplied rebel militias, the Rafallah al-Sahati Companies. Qatar was widely suspected of arming and funding al-Salabi’s group, whose sudden munificence of resources in 2011 earned it the nickname of the ‘Ferrari 17 Brigade.’”

Ismael al-Salabi’s brother, Ali al-Salabi, is a prominent Libyan cleric close to the emir of Qatar. One Egyptian source claims that he maintains close ties to the LIFG. This is a claim echoed by Arab officials familiar with the situation in Libya.

On June 8, the LNA held a press conference alleging proof of Qatar’s malign role in Libya. The LNA charged that Qatari intelligence General Salim Ali al-Jarboui supported al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the Muslim Brotherhood by transferring $8 billion from the Qatari Tunisian National Bank to the Housing Bank of Tataouine Governorate in southern Tunisia.

According to the LNA, Qatar supported the assassination of senior officials, facilitated training of Islamist extremists by Hamas, and helped transport Libyan Islamists to Syria. The LNA also presented a letter purportedly penned by Mohammed Hamad Al Hajri, acting charge d’affaires at the Qatar Embassy in Libya, alleging that Qatar had deployed military units to the country.

In June, when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt first issued theirterrorist list” of 59 individuals and 12 entities linked to Qatar, it included one entity (the Benghazi Defense Brigades) and five individuals from Libya. The LNA then released a second list of 75 Libyan individuals and nine organizations tied to Qatar. A third list, issued by the Arab states in late July, include two individuals and six organizations reportedly based in Libya. One highlight of the first list includes Al-Sadiq Abd al-Rahman Ali al-Ghiryani, who previously served the Grand Mufti of Libya, who has called for the destruction of the eastern government.

The allegations of Qatari malign behavior in Libya continue. The Libyan army spokesman just last week described Qatar, Sudan, and Turkey as “the triad of terrorism” in Libya. He also stated that, “a number of Qatari aircraft are regularly landing in Libya in 2017 to support terrorist groups.”

The Libyan war is not likely to be solved anytime soon. Nor is the Gulf crisis with Qatar, for that matter. But putting a stop to Qatar’s meddling in Libya might make it easier to solve both.

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So the Brotherhood plans with the “dawn of Libya” to control the country


So the Brotherhood plans with the “dawn of Libya” to control the country

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Network ‘A Rum “News spoke in an article on Monday, about a secret meeting between the Brotherhood and the” dawn of Libya “in Switzerland, during which put practical steps to control the country and hand over power to the Muslim Brotherhood and armed groups in Benghazi. And the network said, quoting a Libyan political source described That was the beginning, that a meeting was held in Switzerland, dated 04/08/2014, between the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and organizations and  Libyan armed militias, was a plan to thwart the parliament and tighten control groups, the so-called “dawn Libya preparation “in Libya completely.
He said the source, who preferred anonymity, said that it was agreed during the meeting on the composition of a board that includes representatives from the “Libya rebels’ Brigades, the participants in the process,” the dawn of Libya “in Tripoli and Benghazi, serve as the military council to rebel fronts.

The text also agreed to establish a political council, the Shura or anything, members of Mayors, or heads of local councils in areas not held municipal elections, and supporting the process of dawn Libya, as well as the establishment of a presidential council of seven members, of whom three political figures owner of clear position of revolution and efficient, and has been Khalifa al-Zawawi proposal, Ibrahim bin Ghashir, Suleiman Zubi, Aqeeli Antasir and Abdulwahab Kaid, and four figures representing the rebels.

And source continued that it was planned preparing to declare a state of emergency and disable “Tobruk” parliament, and the announcement through to complete the “democratic process” map, the duration of 6 months, ending a referendum on the constitution and the processing of the first general elections, then the appointment of the President of the country, from within one of the members of the presidential Council.

The source explained that the speaker has been agreed on the need to resolve the battle in Tripoli and Benghazi and Green Mountain as soon as possible, through the use of firepower even led to the destruction of the airport, while retaining the Mitiga Airport.
The plan provides that the rebels in the two cities offensive coordinator at Khalifa Haftar forces, grab the airport that already exist and opened new fronts fight in Bayda, Derna and the pressure on the participants in Tobruk House of Representatives to withdraw from the Council to thwart the political efforts to resolve the dispute in the country.

Explaining the Meeting between some elders of Zintan and Misrata in Sabratha


Explaining the Meeting between some elders of Zintan and Misrata in Sabratha

Make no mistake these people who are a couple of 100 people are a partial tribe of the Zintan and are NOT with the other part of the Tribes of Zintan who have Saif al Islam Qaddafi.

The western media, Al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, Ansar Sharaia, LIFG or as they are called now Daash and Libya Dawn(shits) are using the face book and Twitter social media so that they can misinform the public and all Libyans who have sworn allegiance with the Honorable Tribes its distasteful to try to destroy the image or the conquests of the Honorable Tribes.

This meeting that took place in Sabratha the so-called elders of Zintan are Muslim Brotherhood and Ansar Sharaia very extreme which suits of course the above mentioned terrorist groups together with the USA Deborah Jones ambassador.  (According to the media center the meeting done in Sabratha included  partial elders of Zintan and Misrata who tried to sponsor an initiative of the Municipal Council the leaders of the rebels Sabratha boat house Tallil, in an attempt to heal the rift between the two cities.)

Here are the photos taken by Ruseifa news:

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As you can see from the photo they do look like the Takfirs we know

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Wahhabis, extremists you name it, its shown in this picture.

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When the Jalabia is shorter it means you are a Wahhabi, beards which are not taken care (bushy, uncut etc) are extremists

Video: American ambassador we have issued a statement of support for the House of Representatives and we recognise the legitimacy of the elections


Video: American ambassador we have issued a statement of support for the House of Representatives and we recognise the legitimacy of the elections

Editors note: The woman not only she is arrogant but she doesn’t have a clue what is going on in Libya. The American foreign policy may recognise what ever they want but the fact is that the LIBYAN people do not recognise the House of Representatives. So for her to speak on the behalf of the extremist which her government recognise is absurd. She avoids calling Libya a failed state, if not a failed state then what is it? She has the audacity to talk about Qaddafi and saying after a dictatorship of 42 years its difficult to educate people to the WESTERN DICTATORSHIP oops sorry Democracy…. she avoids systematically to talk with the Honourable Tribes but talks with the Extremist War lords of Misurata and hold hands with them. Showing to us that AMERICA WANTS TO CREATE A CALIPHATE IN LIBYA. I will comment on each point of her interview.

Here is the interview:

Welcome Ambassador in this interview, let’s start with the latter to meet you, Mr. Prime Minister Abdullah Thani, which in turn met with leaders of AFRICOM, is this somehow reflects the support of the Government of the crease?

1 Ambassador Jones: Let me say that when he was Prime Minister Abdullah Thani here to participate in the African summit we held a series of meetings, not only with Africom and General Rodriguez, but also included national security adviser Susan Rice. It was at the crease because the opportunity is talking with the president at the dinner, and also met with Foreign Minister Kerry in this building. All of these discussions revolved around one axis, which is how the United States should support Libya? And help in building its institutions, especially the stability, security and support the government in order to secure its borders and to spread prosperity and support all the demands for which the Revolution, what revolution you mean the illegal war which you installed a puppet government? From what I know none of them gave any attention to Abduallah Thani he was just a puppet sitting in this summit doing sweet nothing.

2 President Obama himself spoke in an interview with the New York Times that the biggest failures in foreign policy is a failure to provide adequate support to build civil institutions, what can be done now?

Ambassador Jones: What he was referring to the president is the period that followed the overthrow of Gaddafi, and perhaps he should have done more, or if we can do more to help the Libyans to build the institutions of the state that they need. At that time I think there was tarry and slow to understand the reality and allow the transitional Governing Council  to play a leading role. Perhaps because the Libyans lack of experience – we understand this, as well as our allies in the West and even the Libyans themselves – they understand the complexities of the challenges and the nature of the stage and the sharp division who was born after the revolution. All of this was the need to address. Well come to the conviction that there are gaps deep and sharply divided over the future of Libya, and these divisions need to resolve through dialogue and negotiation. You don’t say? When you entered illegally by bombing us and assisting the extremists what did you think that you would walk in Libya install a government and everything would be ok? When you decided to enter illegally did you have a plan? No. Did you ever think in contacting the Honourable Tribes? No. The only thing you believed are the 200 thousand people in exile that Libya was ready for change but your affiliates didn’t check the facts, they did not visit the country to see what your lackeys are telling you is false, nonetheless you invade the country with your trained extremists who are not Libyans and you have this mess which you are unable to clean… so butt out. 

3 What can be submitted now of practical steps? Nothing

Ambassador Jones: Well, for civil society We have supported a number of programs aimed at training the Libyans and having them involved in the political process, but we understand that after forty-two or forty-three years of authoritarian rule, it is natural that the missing people for this kind of experience that we and others have, which are part of the political process in the United States. Let me say – as always remind the Libyan people – that democracy is not the end, it is not a paradise of Eden, it is a difficult passage corridor. In addition to all of these programs, of course, we assessed the security situation. It makes sense that the first thing we need is to build a fence around the garden so you can grow if we missed the fence it is easy for outsiders to enter the park and taking what they would like to, for this we need to build security services. I have spent a long time talking with the Prime Minister on this issue specifically. We talked together, how do we pay for these programs before, and build capabilities and capacities in Libya in order to stabilise the security? This process requires government action in addition to the role of civil society in a secure environment, and as you know there is a lot more that needs to be done in this regard. Out of the above they did nothing and no programs were available they were put on hold for 2015. Being arrogant is one thing, lying with a straight face shows that she and her country has no respect for the Libyan people.

4 Is Libya become a failed state? Yes

Ambassador Jones: I try to avoid using the term “failed state”, say it is a state in the process of growth, we issued a statement of support National Congress, which we now call the House of Representatives Sorry lady you must be living in another planet maybe Mars but not in this earth and not in this country called Libya. This support includes support for the committee writing the draft constitution, which is still working to accomplish, and we also know we have recognised the legitimacy (what legitimacy only 2% of the Libyans went to vote? again I beg the question are you taking drugs or are you living in another universe than ours?) of the elections and the need to support the Libyans to state institutions and participation in the political process. You can not win that did not participate in the elections. The profession of politics is difficult and harsh. For along with the military, without a doubt, this government was the first to recognise the difficulties facing the country, and they do not deny that a lot of the arrangements that have been taken in the wake of the revolution(really what revolution? the American revolution? because in Libya we did not see a revolution we saw an ILLEGAL TAKE OVER BY THE WEST) was temporary arrangements, such as allowing the proliferation of militias to provide security in those circumstances, but these arrangements have neglected the complexities arming rival militias and competing in the long run, which was fighting for the interests of the insurance, whether goods or commercial or ways to get to the airport, which was generating money for them, and this was the biggest challenge. Now we have to deprive (are you for real? deprive!??? the militias from their weapons? are you worried that the militias will ask for their money back while you will deprive them from their weapons? as your country is already bankrupt?) militias of their weapons, I do not mean necessarily stripped entirely of the weapon, as you know, the subject of carrying weapons in the United States is the subject of a polemic because of the constitutional rights that allow citizens to carry guns, has faced we have also problems with the militia at the birth of our nation, but is not entitled militias in Libya carrying Kalashnikovs, say that it must neutralize the militias and unify the weapons so you can play a positive role rather than playing the role of a messy or absurd, between militias led to harm to a lot of Libyans. But clearly there must be an immediate cease-fire so that we can address the political problems that are caused by the existence of the phenomenon of armed militias. You don’t say! You want to deprive them from their weapons but not all of it… so that you can use them again incase the puppet government does not do what you want…. really you think that all Libyans are so stupid….

5 Is Libya on the brink of civil war?

Ambassador Jones: I can not predict the unseen, because the events impose themselves, and if there is no framework to work through the strategy, it is easy to see how the events that are racing, and this leads to fragmentation and division in the absence of a strong central government. I say that the most important duties of the government, any government, in any place, whether in the United States or France or Egypt, to be able to create equal opportunities for citizens to share resources and revenue, and in the absence of these frameworks, the citizens would fight among themselves in the absence of power. Hence the appeal to the Libyan people, especially militias who are fighting now, to bow to the wishes and aspirations of the Libyan people, who clearly identified demands. They want a democratic process, want peace and do not aspire to control the militias on the state apparatus. Vital installations in need of protection by the central government, and should not be subject to the control of the militias, but the way to achieve this goal is not firing missiles at ports vital. And on the idea of ​​targeting vital installations such as airports exposed to the risk of prosecution on charges of breach of international law, which prohibits the targeting of civil aviation lines, on Libyans to respect international law. Dear Lady under your orders the Misurati militias do what they do, they maybe take it a little far but that is you’re doing when you have an office in Misurata they ask for your permission together with the warlord tribe leader of Misurata. You and Misurata hate so much Tripoli that you will do anything to bring it to the ground just because we have defied you and take orders from our Honourable tribes WHO ARE UNITED AND THEY DON’T WANT YOU IN OUR COUNTRY. WHY DON’T YOU INFORM THE PUBLIC THAT THE HONOURABLE TRIBES DENIED YOU TO VISIT THEM? So to punish us you went along with Misurata, Al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood and Ansar Sharia…. WE THE LIBYAN PEOPLE WILL DIE FIRST THAN ALLOW ANY AGGRESSOR GOVERN OUR COUNTRY, WE WILL NEVER ALLOW YOU TO MAKE LIBYA ANOTHER IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, SOMALIA OR A CALIPHATE OF EXTREMISTS SO THAT YOU CAN FORCE EUROPE TO GO TO WAR.

6 Ambassador Jones: If I could answer I’d be the next prime minister of Libya, but we talked with Ali Zeidan and others in the past, and we discussed the different ways of how to deal with this problem, and how to persuade the militias with this solution. As you know we have our own experience in this field. For example, we have the National Guard in the United States, and the Swiss National Guard there, where every soldier has a rifle in his home. Lady if we had a national Guard and every soldier had a rifle in his home its asking for trouble…. Just shows that you and your government have no clue about our country. My suggestion is that you pack up your bags and go home and let us Libyans CLEAN THE MESS YOU LEFT BEHIND.

Nadia Balbisi: But the Arab world is not Switzerland

Ambassador Jones: Yes, but people are people, and we must find ways to rehabilitate the militias and the creation of job opportunities for them and functions, and to make them responsible citizens under the sovereignty of the state, and this will not be by force. We are working with the Libyans and our partners in Britain, Italy and the Turks and the French also to build security institutions and the establishment of the army and the police are able to adjust the security of the state so that it can extend its sovereignty. The concept of sovereignty is that the state monopoly on military force. In modern times there are many models for this, but in a tribal society like Libya, there must be a compromise solution on the militias through agreement ensures delivered or placed under government control. Without doubt, the border should be monitored, as you know, to Libya a long border and there is no mechanism to monitor the whole, but allow this border entry of weapons like goods, and these are the challenges we face, we and our European partners, as we work to create a mechanism to control the border, and this will difficult and extraordinary challenge. NOW YOU ARE LYING THROUGH YOUR TEETH…. NOTHING OF THE ABOVE HAS EVER HAPPENED IN THE LAST THREE YEARS…. AND I DO NOT THINK ITS GOING TO BEGIN NOW…. WE USED TO HAVE A SOVEREIGN NATION TILL YOU DECIDED TO DESTROY IT. WHAT DO YOUR PARTNERS KNOW ABOUT LIBYA NOTHING…. YOU CAN NOT REHABILITATE THE MILITIAS ONCE THEY HAVE SEEN THE POWER THEY HAVE IN THEIR HANDS… STEALING, RAPPING, KIDNAPPING AND KILLING…. ARE YOU KIDDING? THEY WILL NEVER GIVE UP WHEN THEY CAN COLLECT MILLIONS OF $ FOR ALL THE ABOVE… 

7 Problem facing Libya is the smuggling of weapons across the border and access to armed jihadist groups in the Sinai, Mali, What help do you offer to those countries, especially Egypt

Ambassador Jones: Without a doubt our ancient relationship with Egypt dating back to decades-long. In fact, are more than decades, dating back to era of the American Civil War, where the army set up the first American military institute in Cairo, and I think that many people are unaware of this information. We have common interests, of course, the concerned collectively we share it with neighbors Libya about the risk of penetrating the border, where allowing terrorist movements to build bases and use Libya as a base for operations threatens through which the rest of the region, and we are working with the Europeans as well as to prevent breakthroughs across the border. Without a doubt, we believe the importance of maintaining a successful transition in Tunisia, for example, and believe in the need to maintain the security of Egypt, and all countries in the region, so we are discussing these matters with the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, when attending the African Summit. Assistant Secretary of State Anne Patterson held a meeting devoted to the neighbors of Libya, where they discussed this matter, and concern about the border issue. In fact, Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdulaziz provide ideas about security cooperation. Egypt, which play a political role also provided ideas and dubbed Operation Tunisia, where he was the first meeting there a few months ago. Without a doubt there is great concern about the situation in Libya, so we may see a multiplicity of paths and ideas, and even envoys in order to secure a cease-fire the first place, and this is a preliminary step, because we will not be able to negotiate or support institutions that Libya needs to support her as long as the security situation unstable. Personally, I will be traveling there. As you know we had to evacuate our embassy because of its geographical location near the areas of fighting. The headquarters of the interim will be in Malta, and from there I will go to Libya to numerous visits so that we can return permanently to the embassy in Tripoli, and in spite of this are still in constant contact, and I’m talking on a daily basis with the Libyan government and political leaders Libyans and members of civic organizations and ordinary citizens. I have  22 thousand people who follow me on Twitter and you can follow me under the name of Ambassador Debra. Yes right the 22 thousand people who are following you are dual citizens who told you and your government to invade Libya. As for the foreign minister of Libya he is a Muslim Brotherhood which is not accepted by the Libyan people so is the Prime Minister which his house in Tripoli was burned 2 days ago and he had to be displaced like everybody else…. You say you talk every day with the government which one? The one in Tobruk or the one that has been dismantled in Tripoli? or are you talking with the Misurata militia and you think they are they government now? Which political leaders? Do you mean the terrorist Abulhakim Belhaj? or the Muslim Brotherhood, Ansar Sharia, Al Qaeda or Daash? You will go back to Tripoli to what? your embassy has been burnt down by the Mesurati militia warlords that you believe are your friends. LADY YOU CAN NEVER BE FRIENDS WITH A LIBYAN THIS IS SOMETHING THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BY NOW, WE SHOWED OUR APPRECIATION TOWARDS YOUR GOVERNMENT SINCE OUR FIRST INDEPENDENCE, THEN WITH KING IDRIS THAT HE PLANNED A REVOLUTION TO GET RID OF YOU BUT YOU CAUGHT IT IN TIME AND YOU INSTALLED QADDAFI WHICH IN RETURN HE KICKED YOUR ASSES OUT OF LIBYA WELL MOST OF IT YOU HAD ONLY ONE SMALL BASE IN CONNECTION WITH THE CIA. YOU STILL DIDNT GET YOUR LESSON SO YOU TRIED TO TOPPLE QADDAFI AND INSTALL AGAIN SOMETHING THAT YOU HAD NO IDEA WHAT THE OUTCOME WOULD BE… AND HERE WE ARE AGAIN FACING THE SAME PROBLEM. NOW YOU & YOUR GOVERNMENT TOGETHER WITH EUROPE THINK THAT YOU CAN TAME US….. WELL I AM SORRY TO INFORM YOU, THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN! WE ARE NOT THE IRAQI’S, AFGHANIS, SOMALIANS OR SUDANESE… OUR RACE AND TRIBES ARE A DIFFERENT KIND, WE HAVE BEEN HERE IN LIBYA LONGER THAN YOU HAVE BEEN AN EMPIRE…. WE HAVE OUTLIVED ALL EMPIRES WHO TRIED TO DESTROY US AND WE ARE STILL STANDING ALTHOUGH WE ARE A HANDFULL OF PEOPLE WE ARE ONE OF KIND…. AND  VERY STUBBORN PEOPLE WHO DON’T GIVE A RATS ASS WHAT YOU THINK OF US. WE WILL DIE FIRST THAN ALLOW YOU TO COLONIZE US.

8 Is there a specific offer of military aid to Egypt or Tunisia?

Ambassador Jones: For military aid, as you know, we have signed a letter with the Prime Minister from which to train Libyan army and we do the training currently outside of Libya, and we have many other programs similar in order to enhance their abilities, and in order to meet the challenges of a special nature, such as the training of special units , and we have this program outside of Libya. I hope when the time comes and the security situation improves training process that we are inside Libya. For the border, which is more challenging and the reality of the European Union is leading in this area. Long border. United States also has experience of this, and are not necessarily successful. We understand the length of the border, as you know, we are fortunate for our border with Canada because the climate is cool, I’m joking, but if we went back to the subject of the Libyan border, there must be a clear strategy and cooperation between the Office of the Prime Minister and the ministers themselves and the House of Representatives, which reflects the wishes of the people. Absent such a strategy as long as we can not move forward, so we fully believe that it is necessary to move away from the fighting and focus on the game of politics and the democratic process and respect for the law, and more importantly, this is the path. Yes an agreement was signed with Zeidan who has resigned, yes the training took place in Bulgaria, but nothing came out of it. In case she has forgotten in America since Bush there are no borders between Canada and Mexico although they try to keep it under wraps. So she has no idea of our borders…… Even the Jamahiryia government had a problem with the borders…. so I am waiting to see how she is going to handle it….

9 Some people believe there is a similarity between the organization Daash in Iraq and Ansar al-Sharia in Libya, where the, United States considers them as terrorist organizations, will the United States be directed to air strikes in Libya as it did in Iraq?

Ambassador Jones: the risk that the mix of all these cases together. I want to say that what that in Iraq the Daash from killings and slaughter and terrorize civilians and minorities such as the Yezidis make defining the framework of our military mission in Iraq is clear, because of the danger posed by the organization on our representatives in the consulates and programs that support the Iraqis. I think that the announcement Daash stay succession requires attention internationally and regionally, and requires ordinary citizens to stand Bugehm, and the choice of frameworks governmental legal action through which a be based on respect for freedom of expression and political pluralism and security under the auspices of international law, or loyalty to the separatist movement is responsible says my loyalty is to the law only. I want to say that Ansar al-Sharia is different from Daash Without a doubt, we are categorized as a terrorist organization and there are those who disagree with us are in this category. I hate to repeat myself but! has she seen what the Ansar al Sharia has done lately and for that matter in the last 3 years? I know she & her government like them (it was the same group who protected the late Ambassador Stevens, just saying!) but that doesn’t mean that they are not similar to Daash which by the way we have them in Libya and are controlled by Abdulhakim Belhaj in case she has forgotten.

10. There are reports of the disappearance of planes from Libya and the possibility of their use by al-Qaeda in Morocco style attacks of September atheist in the neighbouring countries, what is the validity of these reports?

Ambassador Jones: I have not seen this report are you talking about, but the rockets fired on the eighteenth of August despite the fact that the Libyan army espoused We realize that the Libyan National Army does not possess such capabilities and are incorrect statements. I do not think that the rockets fired by the Libyans and the Libyan army, they lack the capabilities. We look closely at this matter seriously, because this kind of escalation will face escalating from the other side, and as we saw during the hours of the other side fired air-to-air on board the carts on residential areas, in fact, had not seen devastation like this even in the days of the revolution, did not suffer from before from casualties or damage, and there were dead perhaps five or six. Violence is not the solution. Sometimes I do not exclude the government’s need to respond to the military, but in this case, violence is not the solution. She must be taking something most probably her doctor prescribed her some uppers otherwise its incoherent in what she is talking about… they were not only 5 or 6 dead…. they were a lot more dead civilians and she does not want to confirm the fact that the MILITIAS WHO HAVE JOINED MISURATA HAVE MASSACRED A LOT OF CIVILIANS.

11 You had to vacate the embassy and go by road to the border to reach Tunisia, Tell us about the journey and whether you were afraid from any attack to the convoy subjected from the militia? Stupid question! they had the HAWKS from air there was no way anyone would dare attack them….

Ambassador Jones: Let me say that the closure of the embassy and evacuate staff, including the self hurts. We raised the flag just a month before the eviction process and we were on the verge of opening the consulate for the issuance of visas, but the security situation did not allow us. As you know, my responsibility first and last is to protect employees and the Americans working in Libya, has been contacted by many Americans who have not been able to go to the embassy because of the seriousness of the security situation around, so you must think of some other way to evacuate them. It was a process of traveling across the mainland interesting, and avoided the coastal roads. Tunisia has provided us with massive aid through the National Guard, and also there was an American fighter planes flown accompany us to make sure that were  not exposed to any attack. In fact, some Libyans told me that the presence of accompanying aircraft is the solution I figured I laugh that we can not put the F 16-24 hours a day, there is an international law entails under the Vienna Convention, which allows us to protect our diplomatic missions, and this is what we have done. We hope for a quick return of Libya. Something that Ms Deboorah (that’s how the Tribe leaders call her),does not realise is we don’t care about any Convention or International law. Her country proved to us that there is no law or international law when it concerned the invasion of Libya in 2011, so why the heck should we care now….? At the time when we needed the Geneva convention, the international law for attacking a sovereign country they didn’t stand in our side on the contrary they stood by the illegal war and nobody talks about the Genocide that was done to the black Libyans. No Convention or international has condemned the war done to us in 2011. So why Libyans should care about the International laws and Conventions or whatever they want to call it….

12: Finally: When are you going back to Libya to resume your work?

I can not predict the full return of the embassy staff. For security reasons I can not quite set the date, but I can say that I will return to Libya, the onset of the next month, or perhaps sooner, and this promise. Don’t make promises you can not keep lady, it’s not that easy as you think.. you may have your F16 and your Hawks but we don’t care we can handle you one way or the other.

Hanan Salah: The Law is Failing the Women of Libya


Hanan Salah: The Law is Failing the Women of Libya

 

TRIPOLI — What started as a normal day for an ordinary young woman here in Libya turned into a nightmare when a security guard at her public university physically and verbally attacked her, trying to bar her from entering her classroom because she was not wearing a head scarf.

The public assault in April on the woman, named Hind, is not unique, but it is rather uncommon. As Libyans repeatedly tell me, their country is made up of conservative — yet still moderate — Muslims.

As is often the case these days in Libya, this particular guard and his companion took matters into their own hands. There was no legal basis for their action. In the absence of law and order, and after two years of zero accountability, individuals, paramilitaries and militias are imposing “self-justice” according to their own standards and beliefs. The latest efforts of former Gen. Khalifa Haftar and his coalition of forces to try to step in and take control only furthers the instability of the situation.

In this legal void, there are other influences on Libyans’ behavior.

A fatwa from March 2013 by Libya’s grand mufti stipulating that women can attend a university only if it is gender-segregated caused an uproar recently. An earlier call by the cleric had gone even further, calling for gender segregation in all public institutions, universities and hospitals. The March 2013 fatwa also called on female students to dress according to Islamic traditions, which include covering the hair, to counter the dangers of “mixing” between the genders.

Several hundred miles east of Tripoli is the city of Derna, a bastion for militias with a self-declared Islamist ideology. In Derna, a university reportedly started building a wall in the middle of the campus to segregate female from male students, disrupting studies and limiting access. A militia contracted to provide protection to the university had stipulated this segregation as a condition for its services.

There are other examples. Dar al-Ifta, Libya’s main religious institution, which issues religious edicts and to which the grand mufti belongs, reportedly called on the government last year to not approve marriage contracts between Libyan women and non-Libyan men for fear that women would be misled into marrying men from other denominations. These calls caused an outcry and didn’t become law, but the government temporarily stopped issuing marriage licenses.

The same religious authority has called for a woman to be accompanied by a guardian if she wishes to leave the country.

In April, a security officer at the Tripoli airport tried to prevent the daughter of a prominent former lawmaker from boarding a plane with her two children, demanding her husband’s “permission” for her to travel, according to her brother, who gave me details of the incident. Her mother, who was also present, loudly confronted the officer, threatening legal action. The daughter managed to travel that day, but only after her husband spoke with the security official on the phone.

In the last few months, I have spoken with many young women in Tripoli who see their lives affected by this pressure. A Libyan friend who works at a reputable international organization told me recently that she was contemplating wearing a hijab when she leaves the house just to avoid the harassment. “I am scared they will do something to me,” she said.

Most of the harassment and attacks on women by militias and individuals go unreported and unchecked. When I asked one victim whether she had filed a police complaint, her answer echoed what I have heard many times: “Which police? The police can’t do anything for me. The militias are too strong.”

Female journalists and activists are often on the receiving end of harassment. In April, people in charge of security required female foreign journalists to put on head scarves when they attended the trial of former Qaddafi government officials in Tripoli. Earlier this year, two Libyan journalists were not allowed to attend a trial at the same court because they are women.

It’s been well over two years since the end of the uprising against Moammar Qaddafi, and Libya’s security landscape is as fragmented as its politics are polarized and its elected legislature is dysfunctional. More than two years of militias operating with impunity have left their mark, and violence continues to spiral out of control.

These increasingly worrying restrictions interfere with a woman’s right to freedom of education and movement. They also come on top of existing discriminatory laws and practices that Libyan women face. Libyan authorities need to make clear to educational institutions and their own state officials, as well as non-state actors, that discrimination against women will not be tolerated. And they need to reform discriminatory laws and practices.

Meanwhile, Hind’s mother — a prominent writer and herself a victim of harassment and threats because of her outspoken opinions — told me that her daughter, an A student, was terrified and humiliated when the guard started to pull her away from the classroom. He told her, “I will follow you, until you wear the hijab.”

Hind’s parents, disillusioned like so many other Libyans, are contemplating sending her abroad to continue her education. “I am afraid for my daughter,” her mother told me. “I want her to leave.”

Hanan Salah is the Libya researcher at Human Rights Watch.