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Benghazi protestors condemn ICC over Warfali


Benghazi protestors condemn ICC over Warfali

By Gabriel Harrison.

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Pro-Warfali demonstrators in Benghazi (Photo: LANA)

 

Supporters of  Libya National Army (LNA) officer Mahmoud Al-Warfali took to the streets of Benghazi yesterday to protest the ICC’s arrest warrant for him. In a statement issued by the organisers rejecting the arrest warrant, they accused the ICC of a range of wrongdoings from bureaucratic incompetence, to imperialism and support for terrorism.

“We, the sons and tribes of Benghazi, direct this message to the so-called International Criminal Court for being a colonial political institution that serves the interests of world imperialism and the Zionist movement and not an international human rights organisation,” the protestors’ statement read.

Welcoming Warfali’s willingness to take part in a Libyan military investigation into his actions, they accused the ICC of covertly continuing to support terrorists after they had been defeated on the battlefield by Libyan military forces. They also accused the ICC of hypocrisy for taking action against Warfali but not pursuing militant Islamists who been responsible for killings and other crimes. Where, they asked, had the ICC been for the last six years when judges and others were assassinated or people crucified in Sirte. They also asked where were the ICC charges against  those who killed demonstrators in Benghazi on 8 June 2013 or were responsible for the Gharghour massacre in Tripoli in November the same year or for other killings or acts of wanton destruction such as that of Tripoli International airport.

“This is a first step towards targeting the Libyan military, which has worked to save the country,” they claimed.

The protestors expressed appreciation for those who supported Warfali who has been accused of summary executions of some 33 Islamist militants.

The ICC has attracted considerable criticism over its lack of success in prosecuting war criminals. The court has only convicted three individuals in its 15-year history despite spending more than $2 billion. ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has previously blamed its shortcomings on a lack of resources and continued instability in Libya.

In January, Human Rights Watch (HRW) sharply criticised the ICC for not launching investigations into war crimes in Libya. They argued that militias continued to “flout international law with impunity”, and that both the Libyan criminal system and the ICC were unable to hold criminals accountable.

Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL), which welcomed the ICC arrest warrant for Warfali, has called on the LNA to cooperate with the court and deliver Warfali to The Hague immediately.

While agreeing that justice was best administered “as close to the crime as possible”, it questioned whether any trial in Libya of Warfali would be properly conducted. In any event, under international law, Libya was duty bound to surrender him unless it successfully challenged the order in court, it noted.

EDITORS NOTE: While ICC is condemning Warfalli only on videos which was posted on the Social Media, ICC tends purposely to forget to charge NATO for crimes done to the Libyan population which by the way its fully documented not only through the Social Media but also by the Media outlets. ICC also tends purposely to forget all the massacres, rapes, and torture done to the Libyan people who refused to BETRAY their country by the rebels also well documented, ICC also tends purposely to forget about Derna & Sirt being trapped by ISIS they where tortured, beheaded and raped and women were sold. ICC also tends purposely to forget BanWalid that it was attacked with Sarin gas also well document. I can go on and on for all the crimes the West, rebels, GNC and the UN backed government have done to the Libyan people who are also document. Where is the ICC to charge the ones responsible for the 70 thousand prisoners who are being tortured and raped to death? BUT IT SEEMS THAT ICC ONLY CHARGES HEROES WHO WANT WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR COUNTRY. SHAME ON YOU AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY THAT CONDONES SUCH BEHAVIOUR 

 

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Qaddafi al-Dam sends a speech to the Libyan people on the occasion of Eid al-Adha and Al-Fateh


Qaddafi al-Dam sends a speech to the Libyan people on the occasion of Eid al-Adha and Al-Fateh

 

The Egyptian-Libyan relations coordinator, Ahmed Qaddafi al-Dam, congratulated the Libyan people and “all liberals” on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of the revolution and the Eid al-Adha, saying that the two days coincided with seven years of lamentation over the Libyan crisis.

“On this occasion, I call on my family in Libya, who have tasted all of them without exception, in the seven lean years, bitter from the situations we have come to bear in this,” said the leader of the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his personal envoy for decades. Today the white flag on their car and their homes and out into the street. ”

“White banners mean peace and surrender to the homeland, meaning the unity of a new Libya, and the folding of a black page of its history in which we participated without awareness or awareness.”

He called the “blood drop” his family in Libya to apologize from their homeland because it does not deserve all this blood and blood, as he put it.

“The solution in Edina has never been in the corridors of other countries outside the country, the United Nations or the Security Council. Those who contributed to the destruction of our country, plundering our wealth, and who continue to manage the conflict and do not want to end it, want to turn Libya into their landfill and their eyes on its wealth. , And also the resettlement of foreigners, not Arab and Islamic on its territory, and that change the demography and change of religion, and I trust you that you will not allow it.

He said: “I feel this occasion, which linked Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fatih is not a coincidence, but rather a divine message for the Libyan people to put an end to the blood that is being liquidated. Whoever kills a Libyan is in the hand of his brother.” He called them to close ranks and shake hands and raise white flags in Tobruk, And in Tripoli to strengthen the flesh and review the forces that reject this destruction, pointing out that they will be the majority of these banners.

He concluded by saying: “Tomorrow we will all meet to unite our words and end this tragedy. It is enough to ruin and destroy them and to draw them from the revolution of the conqueror that started on this white day, to be a shining light for us the way ahead. The political system will choose the Libyan regime and the world that suits them, Expresses the stark truth … Let us embark on a new stage in which there is no exclusion or marginalization, and all the displaced people return and all the prisoners come out. Let us start a new phase after the amnesty that becomes the umbrella under which we move.

 

وجَّه منسق العلاقات المصرية الليبية سابقًا أحمد قذاف الدم، التهنئة للشعب الليبي و”كافة الأحرار” بمناسبة عيد ثورة الفاتح الـ48، وعيد الأضحى المبارك، معتبرًا أن تزامن العيدين يحمل رسالة آلهية بعد مرور سبع سنوات عجاف على الأزمة الليبية.

وقال القيادي الأبرز في نظام العقيد الراحل معمر القذافي، ومبعوثه الشخصي لعشرات السنوات، عبر صحيفة “الدستور”: “في هذه المناسبة أدعو أهلى في ليبيا الذين ذاقوا جميعهم دون استثناء، في السبع سنوات العجاف، المر من الأوضاع التي وصلنا إليها بأن يحملوا في هذا اليوم الراية البيضاء على سيارتهم ومنازلهم والخروج إلى الشارع”.

وأضاف: “الرايات البيضاء تعني السلام والاسستسلام للوطن وتعني وحدة ليبيا جديدة، وطي صفحة سوداء من تاريخها شاركنا فيها دون وعي أو إدراك”.

ودعا “قذاف الدم” أهله في ليبيا إلى أن يعتذروا من وطنهم لأنها لا تستحق كل هذا الدماء والدماء، حسب تعبيره.

وتابع: “الحل في إيدينا لم يكن أبدًا في أروقة الدول الأخرى خارج الوطن، ولا في الأمم المتحدة ولا في مجلس الأمن، هؤلاء من ساهموا في خراب بلادنا ونهب ثرواتنا، ومازالوا يديرون الصراع ولا يريدون إنهاءه، يريدون تحويل ليبيا إلى مكب نفايتهم وأعينهم على ثرواتها، وأيضًا توطين أجانب ليست عربية ولا إسلامية على أراضيها، وذلك تغيير الديموغرافيا وتغيير الدين، وأنا أثق بكم بأنكم لن تسمحوا بذلك”.

واستطرد: “أحس في هذه المناسبة التي ربطت بين عيد الأضحى وعيد الفاتح ليست صدفة وإنما هي رسالة سماوية ليقف الشعب الليبي وينهي الدماء التي تسييل، فمن يقتل هو ليبي بيد أخيه”، ودعاهم إلى رص الصفوف والتصافح ورفع الرايات البيضاء في طبرق وفي رأس جدير والجنوب وفي طرابلس لتعزيز اللحمة واستعراض القوى التي ترفض هذا الدمار، مشيرًا إلى أنهم سيكونوا الأغلبية بهذه الرايات.

واختتم قائلًا: “غدًا سنجتمع جميعًا لنوحد كلمتنا وإنهاء هذه المأساة، فكفى خرابًا ودمارًا ولنستلهم من ثورة الفاتح التي انطلقت في مثل هذا اليوم بيضاء ناصعة، أن تكون نبراسًا يضيء لنا الطريق أمامنا، أمَّا النظام السياسي فليختار الليبيون النظام والعالم الذي يروق لهم، والنشيد الذي يعبر عن الحقيقة الدامغة.. لننطلق إلى مرحلة جديد لا يوجد فيها إقصاء أو تهميش، ويعود فيها كل المهجرين ويخرج منها جميع السجناء.. لننطلق إلى مرحلة جديدة بعد العفو العام الذي يصبح هو المظلة التي نتحرك تحتها.. حمى الله ليبيا”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A miserable summer in Tripoli


A miserable summer in Tripoli

By Moutaz Ali.

Corinthia hotel and Old city from harbour

Tripoli, August 2017:

There seems to be no end in sight to the strife residents of Tripoli have experienced since the revolution in 2011, and this summer has proved to be one of the toughest to date.

With temperatures in the upper 30s and sometimes in the mid 40s, the severe shortage of all basic amenities has made life almost impossible. There have been days without water, although thankfully for the moment that is over. The Man Made River (MMR) company started to pump slowly again for homes in central Tripoli after six days of no water.

What is not over are the electricity cuts. Outages have lasted between 14 to 20 hours a day, despite General Electricity of Libya (GECOL) saying they are only between five to ten hours daily. On top of this. there has been a fuel crisis with long queues at petrol stations as a result of panic because of militants in Zawia threatening to cut of fuel supplies to the capital.

In the heat of the day, without electricity to power the air conditioners, or at night to light up homes and shops or watch television, it is one big misery – and that is quite apart from the kidnappings, the crimes, and the dangers of going out at night.

The power and water crises have brought some much life in the city to a standstill. In the usually vibrant coffee shops, without electricity the coffee machines do not work unless there are standby generators. Many shops and homes have them, but far from all, and prices have rocketed – as have all prices – but there is no money in the banks.

The shortages have caused the price of food and water to rise significantly. Bottled water has doubled in price. But with the power cuts, keeping food is now a problem. “The food which we just bought is now rotting in the fridge,” complained Tripoli housewife Souad.

Without the electricity too, mobile phones and the internet are usually not working either because the relay stations have no power. So the other joy of Tripolitans – talking incessantly on the phone – is severely curtainled.

“I stay in bed and sleep all day now,” Reida, a Fashloum resident, told the Libya Herald. “Even if I could get money from the bank, I can’t afford a generator to switch on the airconditioner. There is no work, so what’s the point of getting up?”

Similar despair came from Ahmed, a teacher: “We’re living in the middle of nowhere now. This isn’t a civilised country anymore. And no one cares about us.”

The lack of running water has been a particular nightmare for local residents. Many, particularly women, felt unable to go to work in recent days because of the crisis. “I can’t go to work without having a shower or even putting some water on my body,” a women who is a secretary said

The crisis is worse in the city centre. At least, in the outer suburbs, most homes had their own wells because they were not connected to the MMR water network, and a place for a generator.

The city is caught in a vicious circle. The heat has triggered the crisis: people put on the airconditioners, resulting in a surge in power consumption. It leads to overload and the electricity system collapses. Equipment at the substation in Tarhouna was burnt out this week as a result. It is also reported that the Ruwais power station in the Jebel Nafusa had to stop production because of overload. Faced with the crisis, electricity company GECOL has told people to cut usage so as to keep the system going. But while everyone understands the immediate reason for the power crisis, and many are making efforts, they blame the Presidency Council (PC) for doing nothing about the power needs.

The PC leader Faiez Serraj and the other members knew that there would be a crisis this summer, they point out. There was a power crisis last summer for the same reason as now. There was another in the winter as people switched on the heaters. But, they complain angrily, it is only now that the PC is trying to entice the South Korean construction companies back to finish the Sirte and Tripoli West power station projects.

“These b****rd politicians who ally with militiamen and other vicious officials, are vampires sucking our blood and killing us slowly every day,” one resident told this newspaper.

The situation has become so intolerable that some residents now look back nostalgically to the days under Qaddafi’s rule.

“The revolution was a disaster for us and has brought nothing but destruction. I cry out for it to be like it was under Qaddafi, if only for just one single day”, another resident said.

He is not alone. Such talk is heard increasingly.  In the hot, miserable summer, contempt for the PC is almost universal  in the city while sympathy in the east,  for the former regime is clearly spreading fast.

Mossad officer leading ISIS as mosque Imam arrested in Libya


Mossad officer leading ISIS as mosque Imam arrested in Libya

 

By Ian Greenhalgh on August 27, 2017

[Editor’s note: We have known for a long time that US, Israeli & Saudi officers were leading ISIS, this latest incident is just further proof of that. Ian]

preacher Abu Hafs’ real name is Benjamin Efraim, an Israeli national operating in one of Mossad’s special units which conduct espionage operations in Arab and Islamic countries.

 

 

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Mossad officer leading ISIS as mosque Imam arrested in Libya

Libyan authorities arrested a leader and mosque preacher of the ISIS terrorist group who later confessed to be a Mossad officer.

According to the Libyan authorities, preacher Abu Hafs’ real name is Benjamin Efraim, an Israeli national operating in one of Mossad’s special units which conduct espionage operations in Arab and Islamic countries.

The Libyan authorities said the Mossad spy has started his career in Libya by leading a 200-member ISIS-affiliated group and moved to Benghazi in disguise as a preacher.

According to them, Abu Hafs had attempted to infiltrate Egypt, adding that the group, under his command, is among the most barbaric terrorist groups which had threatened to export war to Egypt.

The report came in the backdrop of a number of reports that said ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was also a Mossad agent although no credible evidence has yet been presented to substantiate the claim.

When the terror outfit attacked Iraq and conquered Mosul some three years ago, numerous reports have surfaced the media disclosing that tens of Mossad agents are leading ISIS fighters.

The report came as speculations are increasing within the ranks of ISIS over the possible successor of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after the recent reports about his death.

According to last month reports, ISIS’s leader in Libya Jalalulddin al-Tunisi and ISIS’s leader in Syria Abu Mohammad al-Shamali are the main two picks to lead the terrorist group after al-Baghdadi.

Jalalulddin al-Tunisi, whose real name is Mohammad Bin Salem al-Oyoni, was born in 1982 and is a resident of the town of Masaken in Souseh province in Central Tunisia.

Al-Oyoni has also acquired the French nationality after his trip to the European country before joining terrorist groups in Tunisia in 2011-2012.

Al-Oyoni joined ISIS in Iraq and Syria in 2013 and 2014.

American and Iraqi sources claimed that six commanders of ISIS, including a Belgian-Algerian and a French member of the terrorist group are read to be the successor of al-Baghdadi.

MEET THE KEY PLAYERS FIGHTING IN LIBYA


MEET THE KEY PLAYERS FIGHTING IN LIBYA

Since Qaddafi’s downfall, Libya has been overtaken by a chaotic mix of rival governments, armed groups and jihadi militants. ISIS has established bases in Libya, while an Al-Qaeda affiliated group is also active.

The Government of General National Congress (GNC)

Who?

On the 8th of August 2012 the NTC has officially handed over power to the General National Conference. In June 2014 the House of Representatives was democratically elected but the GNC did not accept this defeat. Thus they brought in the Misurata militias to burn the international airport of Tripoli and cause the biggest environmental disaster in Libya. All militias are financed by GNC and GNA otherwise they would have been overthrown.

 Where?

The GNC is based in Tripoli where they took power in August 2014, the GNC represents the Muslim Brotherhood and all other fanatic sects. Holds the capital of Tripoli under captivity till today together with the GNC.

Aligned with?

The GNC has a broad base of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, England, France and the USA support. All these countries support the Muslim-brotherhood as moderate muslims.

The Government of National Accord (GNA)

Who?

Established in early 2016 after a U.N.-backed negotiation process, the GNA represents the international community’s hope for a return to peace and stability in Libya. It is led by the Presidential Council, headed by Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj, a trained architect with little political experience prior to his appointment.

Where?

The GNA is based in Tripoli, the country’s capital located in western Libya. Which is under captivity of  the two governments  the GNC and the GNA..

Aligned with?

The GNA has a broad base of international support. The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Peter Bodde, visited Serraj in Tripoli on Tuesday—the first visit by an U.S. ambassador since 2014, where Safira Deborah run out off  Tripoli even-though she praised the Islamists and  five years after Islamist militants killed four U.S. officials, including the then-ambassador Christopher Stevens—where he pledged support the NTC, promising to assist with expanding its “counter-terrorism capacity” and train Libya’s armed forces. Various militias who are financed are also supportive of the 2 governments in Tripoli.

Fayez al-Serraj

Prime Minister of Libya’s Government of UN backed Gov, Fayez al-Serraj, attends a news conference with the U.S. ambassador to Libya Peter Bodde and Marine General Thomas Waldhauser, the top U.S. military commander overseeing troops in Africa, in Tripoli, Libya. Serraj represents the international community’s hope for restoring stability to Libya. HANI AMARA/REUTERS

The Libyan National Army

Who?

The Libyan National Army (LNA) constitutes the remnants of the country’s military, defeated under Qaddafi in the 2011 revolution and disbanded. It is led by Khalifa Haftar, who has pledged to fight terrorism in Libya but has rejected the authority of the GNA and the GNC. Haftar served alongside Qaddafi in the Libyan military, but later plotted to overthrow Qaddafi and fled Libya to the United States in the mid 1980s. He thought he had a senior role in forces that overthrew Qaddafi in 2011 till he had General Abdel Fatah Younes assassinated .

Where?

Haftar and his forces are based in the eastern city of Tobruk and control much of eastern Libya, including valuable oil fields and pipelines. The LNA has also been battling for control of Benghazi, Libya’s second-largest city, since 2014 against the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC), a group of Islamist militias and jihadi groups including Ansar al-Sharia, the main militant group in the country.

Aligned with?

While Haftar has refused to endorse theGNC and GNA, he met with Serraj recently in the United Arab Emirates for talks; Haftar released a statement calling for changes to the U.N.-backed deal that formed the GNA. Haftar has also courted international support from Russia.

Khalifa Haftar

General Khalifa Haftar during a press conference in Amman, Jordan, August 24, 2015. Haftar commands armed forces in the east of the country and has so far refused to recognize the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli. KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

The Self-proclaimed Islamic State militant group (ISIS) in Libya

Who?

Since late 2014, ISIS has gradually built up its fighters and presence in Libya. Some former pro-Qaddafi strongholds turned to the jihadi group after their leader’s downfall, while the group has also been boosted by a flow of foreign fighters, many from other Arab states. The group’s leader, Iraqi national Abu Nabil, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in late 2015; it is unclear whether a new leader has been appointed, although an ISIS publication carried an interview with Abdul Qadr al-Najdi in March 2016, identifying him as the “emir tasked with administering the Libyan provinces.”

Where?

From 2012 till 2015 the jihadi group main base was Derna on the East side of Libya till it was destroyed what was left moved their base to Sirte until late 2016, a coastal city in central Libya that was Qaddafi’s hometown and was captured by ISIS in June 2015. But after six months of fighting, pro-government forces liberated the city from the militants in December 2016. ISIS has carried out attacks in all Libya’s major cities, including Tripoli, and previously controlled the cities of Sabratha in the west but has since lost control of all three.

Aligned with?

The group is aligned with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the purported caliph of ISIS who is thought to be based between Iraq and Syria. ISIS in Libya has on occasion cooperated with Ansar al-Sharia, but the latter group has not given its allegiance to Baghdadi and has suffered defections to the former.

Misrata Libya ISIS

Libyan security forces and citizens inspect the damage after a car bomb attack on a security post in the Saddada area near the eastern Libyan city of Misrata, on April 13, 2016. The city was retaken from ISIS in December 2016 by pro-government militias. STRINGER/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Ansar al-Sharia

Who?

Formed in 2012 after a merger of several Islamist militias, Ansar al-Sharia (ASL)—whose name means “Partisans of Islamic Law”—are an extremists militant group calling for the imposition of Islamic law across Libya. The group was headed up by Mohammad al-Zahawi, a Libyan imprisoned under Qaddafi; but the group said in January 2015 that Zahawi had been killed, and it is unclear whether a replacement has been appointed. U.S. officials also blamed ASL for the Benghazi consulate attack, although the group denied responsibility.

Where?

ASL is based in Benghazi, where it has been fighting against General Haftar’s forces for several years as part of the Shura Council.

Aligned with?

In 2014, the U.N. added Ansar al-Sharia’s brigades in Benghazi and Derna to its sanctions list of groups and individuals associated with Al-Qaeda, the global jihadi franchise. The U.N. said that ASL ran training camps for fighters traveling to Syria, Iraq and Mali. The group itself has denied links to Al-Qaeda and has in recent years focused its energies on charitable and da’wah—spreading the faith of Islam—in a bid to shake off its image as a militant group.

Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (BRSC)

An umbrella group of Islamist militias and jihadis, including ASL, the BRSC is based in Benghazi and battling against Haftar’s forces for control of the city. In this respect, it is fighting alongside ISIS, and the group has experienced tensions because of the association with the militant group, according to the European Council on Foreign Affairs.

Various militias and brigades

Libya is home to a vast collection of local and tribal militias, some of which support the U.N.-backed government, others which are concerned with local interests. Prominent among these are the Misrata brigades, which played a key role in liberating Sirte from ISIS; the Zintan brigades, who  captured Qaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam in 2011; and the Third Force, a GNA-backed militia accused of perpetrating an attack on an airbase in southern Libya earlier in May that killed 141 people, mostly soldiers loyal to Haftar.

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