Posts Tagged ‘Libya’
Palestinians in Gaza have acquired anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets from Libya during its six-month civil war, enlarging but not significantly improving their arsenal, Israeli officials said on Monday.
While the rebellion against Muammar Gadhafi has stirred concern abroad about the fate of Libya’s ageing chemical weapons stockpiles, Israel has no indication Hamas or other Palestinian factions have sought these, the officials said.
An anti-Libyan Leader Muammar Gadhafi rebel, holding his anti-aircraft missile in the oil town of Ras Lanuf, March 6, 2011.
Instead, Israeli officials have detected an inflow of SA-7 anti-aircraft missiles and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), said one official, describing an overland supply route that opened up between eastern Libya – after it fell to the rebels – and the Gaza Strip via Egypt. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s Arab Spring time in Libya – homes burnt to the ground, beatings, looting – and all under the cover of the Western military intervention and massive bankrolling that you didn’t ask for:
Libyan rebel forces have been responsible for looting, arson and the abuse of civilians in their push toward Tripoli, Human Rights Watch alleged on Wednesday.
The group said it “witnessed some of these acts, interviewed witnesses to others, and spoke with a rebel commander about the abuses.”
The abuses were said to have taken place in June and July — as recently as last week — as rebel forces pushed through the Nafusa Mountains to the south of Tripoli.
“In four towns captured by rebels in the Nafusa Mountains over the past month, rebel fighters and supporters have damaged property, burned some homes, looted from hospitals, homes, and shops, and beaten some individuals alleged to have supported government forces,” said HRW. Read the rest of this entry »
Have Hague and Cameron gone completely barking mad?
British military officers will be sent to Libya to advise rebels fighting Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, the UK government has said.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said the group would be deployed to the opposition stronghold of Benghazi.
The BBC understands that 10 UK officers will provide logistics and intelligence training, part of a joint British and French operation.
Mr Hague stressed that the officers would not be involved in any fighting.
When the UN Security Council passed its resolution on Libya in March, foreign military action on the ground was specifically ruled out.
He said: “The [UK] National Security Council has decided that we will now move quickly to expand the team already in Benghazi to include an additional military liaison advisory team.
“This contingent will be drawn from experienced British military officers.”
It’s already been established that the so-called ‘rebels’ are in fact heavily infiltrated by al-Qaeda terrorists. So just why is Britain directly assisting an Islamist/terrorist venture with military forces?
Anyone? Perhaps we should all just blow ourselves up and have done with it.
[Source: BBC News]
…that it is assisting a rebel movement led by a suspected al-Qaeda-linked former Jihadist to wrest control from old Looney Tunes himself, Muammar Gaddafi?
No? We’re stumped, too. Meanwhile, down in Zimbabwe:
Meet the new boss – worse than the old boss. Interventionism when it aligns with their ‘interests’. Cowardice, silence and inaction when it doesn’t.
Apparently, al-Reuters buried this pure diamond halfway through their main article:
Gaddafi bombs oil areas, Arabs study peace plan..
Opposition activists called for a no-fly zone, echoing a demand by Libya’s deputy U.N. envoy, who now opposes Gaddafi.
“Bring Bush! Make a no fly zone, bomb the planes,” shouted soldier-turned-rebel Nasr Ali, referring to a no-fly zone imposed on Iraq in 1991 by then U.S. President George Bush.
But perhaps mindful of a warning by Gaddafi that foreign intervention could cause “another Vietnam,” Western officials expressed caution about any sort of military involvement including the imposition of a no-fly zone.
Dubya will be chuckling up his sleeve at this gem. But it’s more than telling that these particular Libyans are looking to ‘Bushitler’, not ‘Barry’, to help them out. Read the full piece over at the superb Tundra Tabloids.