Posts Tagged ‘ Libya ’

Libya: Helicopter shot down, killing senior Tripoli officers

October 28, 2015
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Reuters    

"Several military commanders from Libya's self-styled government in Tripoli were killed on Tuesday when their helicopter was shot down by another of the country's armed factions, triggering clashes west of the capital. Libya is caught up in a conflict between that government and a second, internationally recognised one in the east, and the shooting comes as the United Nations pursues fragile negotiations between them to form a unity administration." (10/27/15)

http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/10/27/libya-security-helicopter-idINKCN0SL2NB20151027  

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Hillary Clinton owns the war in Libya

October 26, 2015
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Reason Reason
by David Harsanyi  

"Libya is in chaos. It's a festering pit of radicalism, anarchy and death, epitomizing everything that can go wrong when Western intervention has no clear long-term purpose. And a woman who believes she should be president of the United States -- ostensibly on the strength of her decision-making abilities as secretary of state -- believes that what's going on in Libya is a success. This point seems pertinent. So beyond any facts surrounding the American deaths in Benghazi, the blatant lying about her computer server or whatever else Republicans may or may not uncover about Hillary Clinton, one of the most politically relevant topics examined by the House Benghazi Committee is her insistence that Libya was not a 'disaster.'" (10/23/15)

https://reason.com/archives/2015/10/23/hillary-clinton-owns-the-war-in-libya  

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Hillary defends her failed war in Libya

October 14, 2015
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Conor Friedersdorf The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf  

"'I'll say this for the Libyan people ...' she said. 'I think President Obama made the right decision at the time. And the Libyan people had a free election the first time since 1951. And you know what, they voted for moderates, they voted with the hope of democracy. Because of the Arab Spring, because of a lot of other things, there was turmoil to be followed.' That is about as misleading as summarizing the Iraq War by saying that the Iraqis had a terrible leader; they had a free election after the war; and they voted for moderates. It elides massive suffering and security threats that have occurred in postwar Libya. Yet the answer didn't hurt the Democratic frontrunner. That's because neither CNN moderators nor prospective Clinton supporters understand the magnitude of the catastrophe that occurred amid the predictable power vacuum that followed Ghadaffi's ouster." (10/14/15)

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The planned destruction of Libya

August 12, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by John Wight  

"With talks between various political factions in Libya beginning in Geneva with the objective of forging a unity government in a country best by chaos and lawlessness, the West's role in this process must be questioned given its culpability in the country's destabilization. Out of the many examples of Western military interventions in recent times, none has been more grievous or disastrous than NATO's 2011 intervention in Libya, which only helped turn the country into a failed state." (08/12/15)

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Lessons from Obama’s war in Libya

July 15, 2015
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Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"In March 2011, President Barack Obama succumbed to French pressure and led the NATO alliance from behind in bombing the Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. At the time, Obama was criticized for not letting the United States remain in the forefront of eliminating odious regimes through the use of military power. Given the results of post-Gaddafi chaos in Libya, however, perhaps having 'led from behind' gives Obama some political cover for what has become yet another U.S. intervention fiasco. It shouldn't." (07/14/15)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=7447  

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Libya: Five killed in Islamic State attack

May 31, 2015
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Times of India [India]    

"A pre-dawn suicide attack in northwest Libya Sunday claimed by the Islamic State group killed five members of the Fajr Libya militia alliance that controls the capital, a militia spokesman said. 'A car suicide bomber blew himself up near a checkpoint at an entrance of Dafniya,' between the town of Zliten and Libya's third city Misrata, said the Fajr Libya spokesman." (05/31/15)

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Libya: Gaddafi’s home town Sirte falls to Islamic State

May 21, 2015
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Hindustan Times [India]    

"Standing guard at his frontline post, Libyan soldier Mohammed Abu Shager can see where Islamic State militants are holed up with their heavy weaponry less than a kilometre away. The militants have effectively taken over former dictator Muammar Gaddafi's home city of Sirte as they exploit a civil war between two rival governments to expand in North Africa. ... Libya, which has descended into near anarchy since NATO warplanes helped rebels overthrow Gaddafi in a 2011 civil war, is now the third big stronghold for the Sunni Islamist group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, which declared a Caliphate to rule over all Muslims from territory it holds in Syria and Iraq." (05/21/15)

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Libya: Two killed in shooting at South Korean embassy

April 12, 2015
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Fox News    

"Gunmen opened fire early Sunday at the local guards of the South Korean Embassy in the Libyan capital, killing one of them as well as a civilian who was in the area, a Libyan security official said. The South Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement that no embassy officials were killed or wounded in the attack. It said the gunmen fired nearly 40 rounds with a machine gun. ... Supporters of the Islamic State group's affiliate in Tripoli claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter later Sunday." (04/12/15)

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Hold politicians accountable for Libya debacle

March 27, 2015
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Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"Will America ever again be at peace? Pressure is building for the United States again to intervene in Libya. Less than three years after Libya's civil war the country has ceased to exist. This debacle offers a clear lesson for American policymakers. But denizens of Washington seem never to learn." (03/26/15)

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Libya: Islamic State claims Benghazi suicide bombing

March 24, 2015
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euronews [EU]    

"Islamic State militants claimed a suicide bombing that killed seven people at an army checkpoint in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday and triggered retaliatory air strikes by army forces. In a separate incident in Libya’s second-largest city, where army forces are fighting Islamist militants, a rocket hit a residential building, killing a 17-year old girl and another person, medics said." (03/25/15)

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Libya: Islamic State seizes nine foreigners in oil field attack

March 9, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Militants from Libya's Islamic State affiliate abducted nine foreigners, including four Filipinos, in an attack on a central oil field last week, and beheaded eight Libyan guards, officials said Monday. The attack last Friday on the al-Ghani oil field near the town of Zalla, some 750 kilometers (470 miles) southeast of the capital, Tripoli, was part of a series of deadly assaults on Libya's oil lucrative infrastructure by the Islamic State group. The attacks in recent weeks have forced Libya to declare 11 fields non-operational, including al-Ghani, and invoke a force majeure clause that exempts the state from contractual obligations." (03/09/15)

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Libya: State oil company says 11 fields non-operational after Islamic State attacks

March 6, 2015
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Roanoke Times World    

"Libya's state-run oil corporation has declared 11 oil fields in the country non-operational after attacks by suspected Islamic State militants, opting for a force majeure clause that exempts the state from contractual obligations. The National Oil Corporation blamed Islamist-backed authorities in the capital Tripoli for failing to protect the oil fields. The statement, issued late Wednesday, said 'theft, looting, sabotage and destruction' of the oil fields have been on the rise despite pleas for the authorities to ensure the safety of Libya's oil installations." (03/05/15)

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Libya: Hold policymakers accountable for another Washington war gone bad

March 1, 2015
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Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"Will America ever again be at peace? A new war always seems to start before the last one ends. The U.S. is bombing targets in Syria and sending troops back into Iraq. Yet Washington's involvement in Afghanistan persists as the administration considers slowing the withdrawal of American forces. Worse, pressure is building for the U.S. again to intervene in Libya. It took a decade before the sectarian flames fed by the invasion of Iraq exploded into the Islamic State. It took less than three years for the administration's intervention in Libya to create similarly spectacular blowback." (02/26/15)

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Demolishing Libya

February 19, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Binoy Kampmark  

"If ever there was a brutalised poster boy for the failure of humanitarian intervention, then bloodied, wounded Libya would be it. In 2011, the morally indignant, the ethically charged, and the generally outraged powers of the UK, France and to a lesser extent, the US, did a patchwork job under what, on the surface, was given a legal deep finish. It was executed under the guidance -- supposedly -- of a UN Security Council resolution. It has the cri de coeur flourish of a scatterbrained French philosopher promising stains on the French flag if French missiles were not deployed." (02/19/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/19/demolishing-libya/  

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Qatar recalls ambassador to Egypt over delegate’s comments

February 19, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Qatar said Thursday it has recalled its ambassador to Cairo to protest comments made by an Egyptian official over his country's decision to carry out air strikes in neighboring Libya. ... Qatar said in a brief statement it was withdrawing the envoy 'for consultations' in response to comments made by the Egyptian delegate to the Arab League, Tarek Adel. Egyptian state news agency MENA quoted Adel as saying that Arab League permanent representatives expressed support for Egypt's air strikes this week against Islamic State militants in Libya as part of its right to self-defense. It added that only Qatar 'deviated' from the Arab consensus, with Adel accusing Qatar of continuously taking positions against Egypt." (02/19/15)

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Remembering the disgraceful Libyan war

February 19, 2015
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"It has become fairly commonplace in recent months for Westerners to observe that the U.S./NATO Libyan war contributed greatly to the ruin of that country, but it's worth remembering just how arrogant and triumphalist its supporters were in the immediate aftermath of Gaddafi's overthrow and death. Libyan war supporters could not contain their enthusiasm to lecture opponents of the war about how wrong they had been in those early days following Gaddafi's demise, which only confirmed how oblivious they were to the harm they had done. As we can all see now, the Libya hawks were extremely premature in their celebrations, and they have been desperately trying to evade any responsibility for the suffering they helped to cause ever since." (02/18/15)

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Egypt: Regime calls for UN-backed coalition to fight Islamic State in Libya

February 17, 2015
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Yahoo! News    

"Egypt's president said in a radio interview aired on Tuesday that creating a U.N.-backed coalition was the best course of action to rid Libya of Islamic extremists. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, speaking to France's Europe 1 Radio, said Egyptian airstrikes against Islamic State group positions in Libya on Monday were in self-defense. ... France, a lead player in the campaign to oust Libya's dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, has campaigned for months for some kind of international action in Libya, and announced a deal Monday to sell 24 advanced fighter jets to Egypt. French troops are already in place near Libya's southern border in Niger as part of a counterterrorism force." (02/17/15)

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Libya: Egypt bombs Islamic State targets after killings of Christians

February 16, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"Egypt hit back Monday with airstrikes aimed at ISIS-affiliated jihadists in Libya who are believed to have beheaded more than a dozen Egyptian Coptic Christians. Egyptian F-16 jets took off in the early hours of Monday to bomb ISIS camps, training areas and weapons depots in Libya, the Egyptian military said. 'Avenging Egyptian blood and punishing criminals and murderers is our right and duty,' it said in a statement broadcast on state television. The Egyptian foreign ministry said that the airstrikes targeted ISIS locations in Derna." [editor's note: "Coptic Christian" is an annoying redundancy -- Copt MEANS Christian - TLK] (02/16/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/16/middleeast/isis-libya-egypt/  

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Libya: Gunmen attack oilfield, at least three killed

February 4, 2015
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CBC [Canadian state media]    

"Libyan officials say gunmen have attacked a French-operated oilfield and shot to death three guards. A security official says the attack took place Tuesday in al-Mabrouk oil field, 170 kilometres south of the coastal city of Sirte. No group claimed responsibility." (02/04/15)

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Hillary’s war

February 2, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"What's happening in Libya today is a crime: murder, rape, looting, chaos, a war of all against all. The perpetrator, the one key person who made all this possible, is a well known personage in American politics, a former Secretary of State and the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. What Hillary Clinton did to Libya is a crime on a scale rivaled only by the crimes of the Bush administration in Iraq -- and there is a definite parallel in the methodology of the criminals." (02/02/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/02/01/hillarys-war/  

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Libya: At least eight killed as gunmen storm Tripoli hotel

January 28, 2015
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euronews [EU]    

"Two heavily armed gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Tripoli favoured by Libyan officials and visiting delegations on Tuesday, killing at least eight people including four foreigners before blowing themselves up with a grenade. Officials said shooting erupted inside the five-star Corinthia Hotel and security forces evacuated guests, including Tripoli’s prime minister and an American delegation, after the gunmen blasted through the building’s security and reception." (01/27/15)

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Libya: Regime warplane bombs Greek-operated oil tanker at port, two dead

January 6, 2015
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"A Libyan warplane from forces loyal to the internationally recognised government bombed a Greek-operated oil tanker anchored off the coast, killing two crewmen in an escalation of hostilities between factions vying to rule the country. Military officials said the vessel had been warned not to enter port and said it had been transporting Islamist militants to Derna, the eastern port city where the ship was at anchor when it was hit on Sunday. State oil firm NOC said it had leased the ship to carry fuel for power generation to Derna from Brega, an oil port to the west." (01/05/15)

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Libya: Suicide car bomber targets parliament

December 31, 2014
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"A suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into the outer gate of the headquarters of the internationally recognized parliament, a Libyan lawmaker and a security official said. Parliamentarian Abu Bakr Baeira said no one was killed in the attack in the eastern city of Tobruk, where the assembly has been forced to convene since Islamist-allied militias seized the capital Tripoli over the summer and revived a rival government. A security official said 18 people were lightly injured including a lawmaker and three children." (12/30/14)

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Libya: Islamists press advance on key oil region

December 15, 2014
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Islamist fighters clashed with pro-government forces for the second consecutive day Sunday as they pressed an advance on a key oil region in eastern Libya, sources on both sides reported. Separately, at least four Fajr Libya militiamen were killed and 10 wounded in an airstrike by pro-government forces near the Ras Jedir border crossing with Tunisia, a military source said." (12/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/q9qj29b  

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Libya: Car bombs target Egyptian, UAE embassies

November 14, 2014
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Baton Rouge Advocate    

"Car bombs went off outside the Egyptian and United Arab Emirates embassies in the Libyan capital on Thursday, causing some damage to the long-shuttered buildings but no casualties, officials said. The near-simultaneous explosions rocked the upscale neighborhood housing foreign missions, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media." (11/13/14)

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