Posts Tagged ‘ Libya ’

Gaddafi’s daughter files lawsuits over NATO campaign

June 8, 2011
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Myrtle Beach Sun News    

"Lawyers for Moammar Gadhafi's daughter filed suits Tuesday in Paris and Brussels, claiming war crimes by NATO and the alleged assassination in late April of four of the Libyan leader's relatives. Attorneys for Aisha al-Gadhafi say the complaint do not name a specific defendant, but center on the recent bombing raids in Libya by the Brussels-based military alliance and France's role in them." (06/07/11)

 

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Libya: Desperate to unseat Gaddafi, NATO escalates to daytime airstrikes

June 7, 2011
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ABC News    

"Low-flying NATO military craft hit Tripoli in eleven successive attacks on Tuesday in rare daytime strikes on the Libyan capital. The strikes that shook the city appeared to land close to Gadhafi's sprawling compound, but government officials were not immediately available to confirm the targets. NATO officials have warned for days that they were seeking to increase the scope and intensity of their two-month old campaign to oust Gadhafi after more than 40 years in power." (06/07/11)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=13779854  

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Russia warns NATO against ground ops in Libya

June 6, 2011
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Pakistan Observer [Pakistan]    

"Russia on Sunday warned that NATO’s campaign in Libya could turn into a land operation after attack helicopters were used for the first time against forces supporting embattled leader Moamer Kadhafi. ... NATO deployed British and French attack helicopters against Kadhafi’s forces on Saturday as part of the campaign to protect civilians in line with a UN resolution that barred using ground troops." (06/06/11)

 

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Apocalypse Now?

June 6, 2011
posted by

Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The Republican congressional leadership was in a panic: their covering for the Obama administration’s unconstitutional and unnecessary war in Libya was rapidly unraveling as a resolution by Rep. Dennis Kucinich calling for an end to it gained momentum -- among Republicans. Kucinich’s bill gave the administration 15 days to withdraw all US forces and support from NATO’s war, which had never been authorized by Congress. At the last minute, House Speaker John “Crybaby” Boehner cobbled together a non-binding resolution giving the President an extension ..." (06/06/11)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2011/06/05/apocalypse-now/  

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Republicans work on plan to retroactively legalize Obama’s Libya war

June 2, 2011
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Fort Worth Star-Telegram    

"House Republican leaders unveiled legislation Thursday that would allow the U.S. military to remain engaged in a NATO-led operation against Libya but bar the use of any ground troops except to rescue an American service member from imminent danger. In blunt terms, the legislation said President Barack Obama has failed to give Congress a 'compelling rationale' for the U.S. operation in Libya and demanded that he do so in writing within 14 days. Republicans said the legislation is designed to derail a proposal to end U.S. involvement in the Libyan operation and signal unhappiness with the administration's treatment of Congress." [editor's note: Can anyone explain why this isn't a matter of 15 minutes reading charges in the House, two or three hours trying the case in the Senate, and a curt note informing Obama that he's been sacked and that Joe Biden is on his way over to ... oh, wait, I get it now - TLK] (06/02/11)

 

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An amazing statement

June 2, 2011
posted by

Truth To Power Truth To Power
by James Mann  

"Did ya catch that part? The part where House Speaker Boehner essentially said that democracy be damned, we’re gonna have this illegal war, like it or not? And it is an illegal war -- illegal the moment Obama started it, more so when the 60 days called for in the War Powers Resolution was up (not that the WPR applies, since it only allows for a president to use force when there is an immediate threat to the United States, which Libya has never posed). And seemingly only Dennis Kucinich has the moral decency and frankly, the stones to actually mention the fact." (06/01/11)

http://blogs.ink19.com/truthtopower/archives/9235  

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NATO extends war on Libya for 90 more days

June 1, 2011
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Oman Tribune [Oman]    

"Nato on Wednesday extended its Libyan air war by three months and said the departure of strongman Muammar Gaddafi is only a question of time, as the African Union backed Russian mediation of the crisis. Hours after Nato-led aircraft launched new raids on Tripoli, ambassadors of the military alliance meeting in Brussels decided to renew the mission for another 90 days to late September." [editor's note: It seems to me that the US and the European powers are very much at risk of prompting the AU to evolve from punchline to actual alliance, force it into Russia's sphere of influence, and set up a mini Cold War. Or maybe that's their intent? - TLK] (06/02/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3dqafsf  

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White House, congressional leaders block Libya debate

June 1, 2011
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The Nation Blog
by John Nichols  

"President Obama committed U.S. forces to a military conflict with Libya. He did so without without following the basic dictates of the Constitution, which requires that wars be declared by Congress, or the War Powers Act, which outlines requirements and timelines for cooperating with the House and Senate after a war has begun. Congressman Dennis Kucinich has raised this issue again and again, pressing for congressional oversight -- sometimes on his own, sometimes in the company of a handful on constitutionally-concerned Democrats and Republicans such as Texas Congressman Ron Paul. Now, two months into the fight, Kucinich, D-Ohio, is pressing the point." (06/01/11)

http://tinyurl.com/454fby6  

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Libya: NATO resumes strikes after Gaddafi vows to fight on

May 31, 2011
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New York Times    

"After a 72-hour bombing lull to allow President Jacob Zuma of South Africa to fly into Tripoli on an unsuccessful [sic] peace mission for the African Union, NATO resumed its airstrikes on the Libyan capital after dusk on Tuesday." [editor's note: The mission was only "unsuccessful" from the point of view of the US and NATO, who don't want a cease-fire. Gaddafi has, from the beginning, offered terms that any non-war-criminals would have instantly accepted - TLK] (05/31/11)

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/01/world/africa/01libya.html  

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Libya: NATO strikes as Gaddafi “ready” for AU plan

May 30, 2011
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Hindustan Times [India]    

"NATO launched air raids early on Tuesday on Tripoli after visiting South African President Jacob Zuma said that Muammar Gaddafi is 'ready' to implement an African Union plan to end the Libyan conflict. Zuma, representing the African regional group, held talks on Monday with the Libyan leader as NATO insisted that Gaddafi's 'reign of terror' is nearing an end. ... Libyan state television reported fresh NATO air raids overnight Monday to Tuesday against targets in Tripoli, the suburb of Tajura and Al-Jafra, a city to the south of the capital." (05/31/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3l4vgpa  

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Libya: NATO launches fresh attacks on Tripoli

May 26, 2011
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Toronto Star [Canada]    

"NATO launched a fourth night of airstrikes on Tripoli on Thursday, leaving smoke rising from Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s compound, after the United States said a ceasefire offer from Libya was not credible. Several large explosions rocked Tripoli late on Thursday night and a column of smoke was seen rising from Gadhafi’s Bab al-Aziziyah base, a Reuters correspondent said." (05/26/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4yj8n4r  

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Obama pledges “no let-up” in illegal war on Libya

May 25, 2011
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Buenos Aires Herald [Argentina]    

"President Barack Obama warned Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi there would be 'no let-up' in pressure on him to go, following a second successive night of heavy NATO bombing in Tripoli. ... Obama told a London news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron he could not predict when Gaddafi, who is fighting a three-month-old insurgency, might be forced to go. 'I absolutely agree that, given the progress that has been made over the last several weeks, Gaddafi and his regime need to understand that there will not be a let-up in the pressure that we are applying.'" (05/25/11)

http://tinyurl.com/423yd5q  

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Libya: NATO airstrikes kill 19

May 24, 2011
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International Business Times    

"NATO has carried out its heaviest air strikes against Libya's capital Tripoli on Tuesday in more than two months of bombing .... Libyan officials said at least 19 people were killed in the six loud explosions within a duration of 10 minutes, following powerful strikes 24 hours earlier, including one on Gaddafi's compound."

http://tinyurl.com/3pkfsfc  

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Illegal war? Congress doesn’t care

May 24, 2011
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Gene Healy  

"Remember when President Obama assured us his Libyan adventure would be over in 'days, not weeks?' To employ a Clinton-era euphemism, 'That statement is no longer operative.' (Translation: I lied.)" (05/24/11)

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=13132  

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It’s the missions, stupid

May 24, 2011
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Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Doug Bandow  

"So far the U.S. has spent $750 million on the war in Libya. It is difficult to discern any purpose to the conflict, which demonstrates why America is going broke: spending lavishly on 'defense' activities which have nothing to do with defending America." (05/23/11)

http://www.campaignforliberty.com/article.php?view=1446  

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Libya: Tripoli hit hard by NATO air attack

May 23, 2011
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Los Angeles Times    

"First came the roar of fighter jets, then a bright flash on the horizon, and then the impact. It happened at least a dozen times in Tripoli early Tuesday, starting about 1 a.m. The successive concussions stunned a capital that had been struck before during the Western-led bombing campaign, but never this hard. Before long, an angry crowd had gathered outside the hotel where foreign journalists were staying, waving green flags and shouting in defiance of the bombardment." (05/23/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3sd822u  

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Obama on Libya, War Powers: “Whatevah — I do what I want”

May 22, 2011
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ABC News    

"In an effort to satisfy those arguing he needs to seek congressional authorization to continue US military activity in accordance with the War Powers Resolution, President Obama wrote a letter to congressional leaders this afternoon suggesting that the role is now so 'limited' he does not need to seek congressional approval." (05/22/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3kutc7y  

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Libya: NATO claims attacks on Gaddafi’s navy

May 19, 2011
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The Australian [Australia]    

"NATO aircraft have hit eight warships of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's forces in the ports of Tripoli, Al Khums and Sirte, the Atlantic alliance said in a statement. 'NATO and coalition air assets continued their precision airstrikes against pro-Kadhafi regime forces overnight with a coordinated strike against pro-Gaddafi forces in the ports of Tripoli, Al Khums and Sirte,' the statement said." (05/20/11)

http://tinyurl.com/43yanq3  

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The illegal war in Libya

May 19, 2011
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Salon
by Glenn Greenwald  

"This war, without Congressional authorization, is illegal in every relevant sense: Constitutionally and statutorily. That was true from its start but is especially true now. If one wants to take the position that it's not particularly important or damaging for a President to illegally start and sustain protracted wars on his own, then it's hard to see what would be important. That is the ultimate expression of a lawless empire." (05/19/11)

http://salon.com/a/sOTYfAA  

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Libya and the War Powers Act

May 19, 2011
posted by

Downsize DC Downsize DC
by James Leroy Wilson  

"Downsize DC supports a strong defense. But we DON'T support unnecessary wars. Not under Republican Presidents, and not under Democratic Presidents. We especially oppose non-declared wars which, by definition, are un-Constitutional. This is what makes Obama's war against Libya particularly disappointing. He started a war on Libya without a declaration of war from Congress, or any authorization at all. The President does have one paper restraint. Under the War Powers Act, military action initiated by the President must cease after 60 days unless authorization is provided by Congress. The 60th day since President notified Congress about his attack on Libya will be TOMORROW, Friday, May 20th." (05/19/11)

http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/libya-and-the-war-powers-act  

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NATO ups siege on Libya with bombs, leaflets

May 17, 2011
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Voice of America [US state media]    

"NATO is stepping up pressure on the Libyan government's strongholds with targeted aerial attacks and psychological warfare operations. ... Airstrikes by the alliance targeted a building used by Libya's security services in the capital, Tripoli Tuesday, as well as the headquarters of the anti-corruption agency. Both structures were on fire after the bombing." (05/17/11)

http://tinyurl.com/5w4jg7j  

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Netherlands: War crimes prosecutors seek Gaddafi’s arrest

May 16, 2011
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ABC News    

"The International Criminal Court prosecutor asked judges Monday to issue arrest warrants for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and two other senior members of his regime, accusing them of committing crimes against humanity by targeting civilians in a crackdown against rebels. Luis Moreno-Ocampo says Gadhafi, his son Seif al-Islam Gadhafi and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanoussi ordered, planned and participated in illegal attacks." (05/16/11)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=13610697  

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Libya: NATO aircraft bomb oil port of Ras Lanouf

May 15, 2011
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Janesville Gazette    

"NATO aircraft blasted an oil terminal in a key eastern city at nightfall Sunday, Libyan TV reported, after Britain urged the alliance to widen its assault on areas controlled by ruler Moammar Gadhafi. Libya's deputy foreign minister Khaled Kaim sharply condemned that call, describing it as a 'provocation.' The Libya TV report said the bombs hit methanol tanks at the oil port of Ras Lanouf, causing leaks. NATO officials had no immediate comment." (05/15/11)

http://tinyurl.com/685eh8c  

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Libya: UN envoy holds cease-fire talks in Tripoli

May 15, 2011
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CNN    

"A U.N. envoy held talks in Libya on Sunday, as NATO warplanes kept up their bombardment of forces loyal to longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi, Libyan government officials said. The special envoy, Abdul Ilah al-Khatib, visited Tripoli in hopes of negotiating a cease-fire between government and rebel forces, Libyan officials told CNN." (05/15/11)

http://tinyurl.com/5rhszhm  

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Libya: NATO warships “fend off attack”

May 12, 2011
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BigPond News [Australia]    

"Canadian and British warships patrolling waters off Libya beat back a boat attack on the port of Misrata hours after the city's airport fell to rebels, NATO says. The Canadian frigate HMCS Charlottetown and British destroyer HSM Liverpool came together with a French gunboat not under NATO command to fight off the advance by forces backing Muammar Gaddafi's regime in the early hours, the alliance said in a statement." (05/13/11)

 

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