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French reauthorize Libya bombing

July 12, 2011
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"French lawmakers voted 482-27 to reauthorize the bombing mission in Libya. The vote was required by the constitution and came after a three-hour debate in the lower house of parliament." (07/12/11)

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Obama: US supports Russia’s mediation in Libya, if result is what he wants

July 11, 2011
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Las Vegas Sun    

"The White House says President Barack Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that the U.S. is prepared to support Russian-led negotiations in Libya. However, Obama told the Russian president the U.S. would only back the negotiations if they lead to a democratic transition and longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi steps aside." (07/11/11)

 

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Libya: Gaddafi forces counter-attack as rebels cut oil

July 10, 2011
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Straits Times [Singapore]    

"Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi launched a counter-attack on Sunday against rebel advance positions southwest of Tripoli, an AFP correspondent said, as rebels cut off an oil pipeline used to supply the Libyan strongman's forces. Loyalist troops fired half a dozen Grad rockets into the hamlet of Gualish 50km from the capital, and the rebels replied with anti-tank fire as they sought to hold a key gateway to Tripoli they seized on Wednesday. Just hours before the government attack, Nato warplanes bombed positions in the area, the correspondent said." (07/11/11)

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US House rejects effort to prohibit funds for Libya war

July 7, 2011
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Rochester Post-Bulletin    

"The House voted Thursday to bar military aid to Libyan rebels battling Moammar Gadhafi but stopped short of prohibiting funds for U.S. involvement in a NATO-led mission now in its fourth month. Sending a muddled message in the constitutional challenge to President Barack Obama, House Republicans and Democrats signaled their frustration with American participation in a stalemated civil war but also showed their unwillingness to end the operation." (07/07/11)

 

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Libya: Regime forces shell Misrata, killing 11

July 5, 2011
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Bangkok Post [Thailand]    

"Shelling by forces loyal to Libyan strongman Moamer Kadhafi killed 11 people and wounded dozens more -- the majority civilians -- around the besieged rebel enclave of Misrata, insurgents said. ... While rebel forces and NATO bombing have cleared Kadhafi troops from Misrata, the allies have failed to push loyalist forces beyond striking distance of the city. As projectiles rained down from the air, on the ground skirmishes continued. Sources said five rebels were killed in fighting at the western entrance to the city earlier in the day." (07/06/11)

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US Senate postpones vote on retroactive legalization of Libya war

July 5, 2011
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MSNBC    

"Senate Democratic leaders abandoned plans for a test vote Tuesday on authorizing the U.S. military operation against Libya as Republicans insisted they should instead focus on government spending and the nation's borrowing limit. Just hours before the vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced the change in plans, leaving the fate of the resolution in doubt." (07/05/11)

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Libya: Rebels reject African Union plan

July 4, 2011
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"Libyan rebels have flatly rejected an African Union peace plan for their country because they said it would leave Muammar Gaddafi in power. Dismissing the plan as not meeting even their basic demands, rebel spokesman Abdel Hafiz Ghoga said on Sunday bluntly: 'We have rejected it.'" (07/04/11)

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Libyan conflict tops agenda as African Union summit opens

June 30, 2011
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Oman Tribune [Oman]    

"The 53-nation African Union opened on Thursday a summit in Equatorial Guinea dominated by finding a way out of the conflict in Libya amid calls for its leader Muammar Gaddafi to step down. African leaders gathered outside the capital Malabo for the two-day meeting at which presidents mediating in the conflict will seek their backing for a roadmap towards a settlement." (06/30/11)

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Libya rebel spokesman: NATO warships fire “on Gaddafi forces”

June 29, 2011
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Reuters    

"NATO warships off the Libyan coast fired on government forces near the strategic town of Zlitan where they are blocking rebels from advancing on the capital, a rebel spokesman said on Wednesday. ... There was no immediate confirmation from NATO that its warships had been in action off the town. Zlitan is about 140 km (90 miles) east of Tripoli and lies between the capital and the rebel-held city of Misrata."

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Libya: Rebels seize Gaddafi arms depot

June 28, 2011
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Los Angeles Times    

"Nothing but a flimsy barbed wire fence surrounds a massive arsenal of ammunition and weapons stockpiled [at Ghaaa military base] in the desert by Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi. No further fortifications were necessary. Until it was seized and pillaged by rebels Tuesday, local people were too terrified of Kadafi's wrath to come anywhere near it. ... [Rebels seized the base] after a quick battle that killed at least two opposition fighters and sent dozens of government soldiers fleeing." (06/29/11)

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Libya: ICC issues arrest warrant for Gaddafi

June 28, 2011
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BBC News [UK]    

"The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, accusing him of crimes against humanity. The court had grounds to believe he had ordered attacks on civilians during Libya's four-month uprising, it said. The Hague-based court also issued warrants for two of Col Gaddafi's top aides - his son Saif al-Islam and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanussi. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed in the conflict." (06/27/11)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13927208  

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Libya: NATO bombing campaign enters 100th day

June 26, 2011
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Bigpond News [Australia]    

"Three months after French jets flew their first missions over eastern Libya, on Monday NATO was still pounding targets across the country in what has become a war fought on multiple fronts, but with few clear victories for either side. As 'Operation Unified Protector' approaches its 5000 strike sortie, NATO is still hitting about 50 targets a day, mostly in or around Tripoli and Misrata in the west; Brega in the east; and the Nafusa Mountains to the south of the capital." (06/27/11)

 

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Libya: Football stars defect to rebels

June 26, 2011
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BBC News [UK]    

"A group of 17 leading Libyan football figures have announced their defection to the rebels. They include the nation's goalkeeper, Juma Gtat, three other national team members, and the coach of Tripoli's top club al-Ahly, Adel bin Issa. Mr Gtat and Mr bin Issa announced the group's defection to the BBC during a late night meeting in the rebel-held Nafusa Mountains in western Libya. It comes on the heels of defections by military officers." (06/25/11)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13913954  

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Libya: UK, France dismiss Italy’s call for pause in NATO bombing

June 24, 2011
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Pakistan Observer [Pakistan]    

"Britain and France have both rejected a call by Italy for a pause in NATO’s bombing of Libya to allow humanitarian aid to reach the civilian population. ... The Italian foreign minister, Franco Frattini, had suggested that Nato’s credibility was at risk after a number of civilian casualties in air raids, but his comments were given short shrift in London and Paris, where both governments instead urged an intensification of pressure on Muammar Gaddafi amid signs that allied air attacks are moving into a new phase in western Libya." (06/24/11)

 

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Italy’s call for Libya ceasefire exposes NATO rift

June 22, 2011
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MSNBC    

"A split opened within the NATO-led air campaign against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on Wednesday when France and Britain rejected an Italian call for a halt to military action to allow aid access. China also signaled a shift in its stance on the conflict, describing as a 'dialogue partner' the rebels who, four months into the uprising, are making only slow gains in their effort to reach the capital Tripoli and topple Gadhafi." (06/22/11)

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Libya: Gaddafi calls for UN to investigate NATO attack in Surman

June 22, 2011
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CNN    

"Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi called Thursday for the U.N. Security Council to carry out an independent fact-gathering mission on Monday's NATO attack in the city of Surman, which resulted in civilian casualties. 'The Security Council should hold an urgent meeting to discuss the matter and stop this barbaric attack,' he said in a nationally televised address." (06/22/11)

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Libya: Italy pushes for “humanitarian truce”

June 22, 2011
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BBC News [UK]    

"Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has called for a suspension of hostilities in Libya to allow humanitarian aid to be brought to the war-torn country. Mr Frattini also said Nato must provide data on results of its bombing campaign and guidelines on targeting errors." (06/22/11)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13872674  

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When is a war not a war?

June 22, 2011
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Red State
by Jeff Emanuel  

"The decision by a know-it-all president with no real world experience to overrule his top advisers isn’t surprising (though the fact he made a decision at all is noteworthy). However, given the excerpts provided above, it should be clear that this administration’s view of its own position and goals in Libya is schizophrenic to say the least." (06/22/11)

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Libya: NATO raids two western towns

June 21, 2011
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"Nato warplanes carried out raids Tuesday on the towns of Khoms and Nalut in western Libya, state television and official news agency JANA reported. Nato targeted two checkpoints in the Khoms region 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of Tripoli, the television report said. It added that the control points were 'civilian' intended to 'organise traffic movements.' If the strikes were confirmed, it would mean the Western alliance had moved into a new stage of operations in the west of Libya, aiming at checkpoints on the highways leading into the capital Tripoli." (06/22/11)

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Strange definitions of war and peace

June 21, 2011
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Ron Paul Freedom's Phoenix
by US Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)  

"Now that more than 90 days have passed since the president began bombing Libya, no one can seriously claim that the administration has complied with the clear requirements of the 1973 War Powers Resolution. In a remarkable act of chutzpah, the administration sent to Congress its response to the growing concern over its abuse of war powers. Its argument, in a nutshell, is that the War Powers Resolution is not relevant because US armed forces are not actually engaged in hostilities because Libya is so militarily weak it cannot fight back!" (06/20/11)

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Libya: Fresh civilian deaths pile pressure on NATO

June 20, 2011
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Reuters    

"The Libyan government said on Monday 19 civilians were killed in a NATO air strike on the home of one of Muammar Gaddafi's top officials, a day after NATO admitted killing civilians in a separate aerial attack. ... Libyan officials say NATO forces have killed more than 700 civilians, although they have not presented evidence of such large numbers of civilian deaths and NATO denies them." (06/20/11)

http://in.reuters.com/article/2011/06/21/idINIndia-57808820110621  

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If we aren’t at war in Libya …

June 20, 2011
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Downsize DC Downsize DC
by James Wilson  

"President Obama has claimed this war is not a war. He even claims it doesn't rise to the level of 'hostilities' as envisioned by the War Powers Act. This is laughable. Does the President think that Pearl Harbor wasn't an act of war because no Japanese boots ever stepped on U.S. soil during that attack? By the President's reasoning Pearl Harbor didn't even rise to the level of 'hostility.'" (06/20/11)

http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/urgent-if-we-arent-at-war-in-libya-  

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Libya: NATO suggests “weapons systems failure” in civilian deaths

June 19, 2011
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BBC News [UK]    

"Nato has admitted 'a weapons systems failure' may have led to civilian casualties in Sunday morning's air strike in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. In a statement, the alliance said the intended target of the strike was a military missile site, but 'it appears that one weapon' did not hit it. The Libyan government earlier said Nato bombed a residential area, killing several civilians." (06/19/11)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13833752  

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Libya: Diplomatic efforts up as bombs target Tripoli

June 16, 2011
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Bennington Banner    

"Renewed diplomatic efforts to halt the country’s civil war appeared to be gaining momentum Thursday as thunderous NATO airstrikes once again hammered Moammar Gadhafi’s stronghold of Tripoli. Officials in the capital say they are open to international efforts that would bring an end to four months of fighting between forces loyal to the longtime leader and rebels who control the eastern third of the country along with pockets in the west. But they insist that Gadhafi will not bow to international pressure to push him aside." (06/16/11)

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Libya: Area near Gaddafi compound struck in NATO raid

June 15, 2011
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Manila Bulletin [Philippines]    

"NATO again pounded the area near Moammar Gadhafi's compound Thursday during a pre-dawn raid in the Libyan capital Tripoli. A series of thunderous booms rumbled in quick succession shortly before 5 a.m., rattling windows in the heart of the city. A column of smoke could be seen rising from the vicinity of the Libyan leader's Bab al-Aziziya compound as sirens from emergency vehicles blared through the streets. It was not clear what was hit, and there was no word on casualties." ()6/16/11)

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