“USS Liberty: Dead In The Water” (BBC Documentary 2002)


“USS Liberty: Dead In The Water” (BBC Documentary 2002)

 

 

By David Strader
On June 8th, 1965, during the Six-Day War, Israel attacked and nearly sank the USS Liberty belonging to its closest ally, the USA.
Thirty-four American servicemen were killed and over 170 wounded in the two-hour assault by Israeli warplanes and torpedo boats. Israel claimed that the whole affair had been a tragic accident (sic) based on mistaken identification of the ship. The American government accepted the explanation. For more than 30 years many people have disbelieved the official explanation but have been unable to rebut it convincingly. Now, “Dead in the Water” uses startling new evidence to reveal the truth behind the seemingly inexplicable attack.
The film combines dramatic reconstruction of the events, with new access to former officers in the US and Israeli armed forces and intelligence services who have decided to give their own version of events. Interviews include President Lyndon Johnson’s Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, former head of the Israeli navy, Admiral Shlomo Errell, and members of the USS Liberty crew.
More on this story at: http://tinyurl.com/USSLiberty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE GREAT GAME MOVES IN AFRICA


THE GREAT GAME MOVES IN AFRICA

 

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After securing the largest strategic corridor linking the Iranian plateau to the Mediterranean Sea, to avoid a disintegration of Syria as a nation state and spread chaos to the southern steps of Russia, Moscow has almost assured the use of air and naval bases in Egypt (Agreement) and Algeria (no other choice) to contain Libya of tension, a pretext for a remake of the Iraqi chaos in North Africa and the Sahel.

Some private companies specializing in security and mercenary armies in Libya see a new Eldorado has a rich potential for expansion of their activities. It is quite remarkable that a president of a European country, namely France, whose role alongside the United States and the United Kingdom in the destruction of Libya is well established, starts to discuss a possible military intervention on the coast of Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, just hours after the controversial Academy company (Ex-Blackwater) has announced plans to move there.

This veritable private army, the most powerful in the field, and whose very unorthodox methods in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen earned him many critics, has been partially acquired by the giant Monsanto. In this context, Emmanuel Macron has turn into mere VRP multinational or transnational corporations that have no common interest with the French people. You understand. This guy runs for extra French private interests.

The pretext for a possible intervention in Libya is degrading treatment reserved for illegal African migrants in transit in Libya by Libyan smugglers networks, often linked to militias that NATO has armed and supported during the war in Libya 2011. These networks have built huge fortunes in Libya and elsewhere through this real informal economy.

In reality, the NATO countries want to intervene militarily in Libya for two main reasons:

First: the two rival governments installed in Libya do not control, at best 10% of the Libyan territory and can no longer contain the powerful Libyan tribal confederations that NATO has marginalised after 2011;

Second: The return of Gaddafi on the political scene after the real fake release of Seif Al-Islam Gaddafi by Zintan initiated a new political and military dynamics in Libya where two governments clash on land dominated by other militias more or less independent, free cities, local potentates with armed forces, foreign mercenaries and adventurers. However, it is not a question for NATO Libya stabilises short – or medium-term because this case will have an impact on the situation in the Sahel, scene of another of chaos spreading operation.

The instability in Libya and the Sahel (the entire band stretching from the Horn of Africa to the Atlantic) serves as a geostrategic tool in Washington and its allies to contain any regional powers allied same ( Algeria, Egypt, for example) but especially to eliminate the Chinese penetration in Africa.

After his undeniable success in the Levant, Moscow is invited on the beds of the empire in Africa to counter the pressure of NATO in Eastern Europe. A good game in perspective.

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The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya calls for the formation of an international commission of inquiry on the assassination of Gaddafi


The National Commission for Human Rights in Libya calls for the formation of an international commission of inquiry on the assassination of Gaddafi

 

Iwan Libya – Agencies:

The National Human Rights Commission in Libya called on the United Nations Secretariat and the International Criminal Court to form an international commission of inquiry into the assassination of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

On Wednesday, the Human Rights Committee issued a statement revealing the role of Qatar and France, and their involvement in the “liquidation” of Gaddafi, until his voice is completely absent and does not disclose any matters related to sensitive international issues.

The organization confirmed that it had information indicating the involvement of the State of Qatar through the former Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani in the killing of Muammar Gaddafi after personally ordering the commander of his own forces to eliminate him as a result of the dangerous information he had in possession of the rulers of Qatar and their role of sabotage and support for terrorist and extremist organizations in Niger Chad, Afghanistan and Somalia, and their attempts to stir up chaos and support opposition forces in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Syria and Yemen.

The organization added that the information and reports that Colonel Gaddafi was killed by the French intelligence agent, on the direct orders of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in order to hide information and secrets in possession of, including financial support of former French President Sarkozy in the presidential elections as well as the investment and economic conflict In Africa.

The National Committee for Human Rights in Libya expressed its strong dissatisfaction and condemnation at the continued silence and suspiciousness of the International Criminal Court over the murder of the late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his son Mu’tasim Bellah after being captured alive on October 20, 2011. The city of Sirte, considering that the murder of Gaddafi and his son Mu’tasim al-Bilu after their families are alive, their bodies are brutally abused and their burial in an unknown place is a full-fledged war crime and a violation of international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions.

The International Criminal Court  (ICC) is to assume its international legal responsibilities by calling for a thorough investigation into the killing of Mu’ammar al-Qadhafi and his son, Mu’tasim Bellah, and identifying the local, regional and international parties involved.

 

 

 

MIRIAM AL-FATAH – LIBYA AGAINST SUPER POWER MEDIA – 8.12.17


MIRIAM AL-FATAH – LIBYA AGAINST SUPER POWER MEDIA – 8.12.17

First of all I would like to thank Dennis Fetcho for having me on his radio show, he immediately made me feel at ease and to talk about Libya and other topics. Although the biggest thanks goes to Mike Goodrich who helped me to get this interview as the interviews with Ms. Spingola, Veterans Today and Brian Ruhe who all belong to the alternative media and the voice of Libya is heard. Here is the link of Inside the Eye – Live 

 

 

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.