Posts Tagged ‘ Libya ’

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
posted by

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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World leaders look for way out of Libya

June 15, 2011
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Los Angeles Times    

"With questions growing about NATO's air war and international arrest warrants threatening to close off a diplomatic solution, new players are joining the search for a way out of the Libya conflict. But the efforts have stumbled so far on Moammar Kadafi's insistence that he remain in the country. Russia and Turkey have recently added their voices to Western demands that Kadafi leave. Libyan officials long have declared that a nonstarter, and diplomats say it is unlikely they can change Kadafi's mind." (06/15/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6gehdtv  

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White House defends illegal Libya invasion

June 15, 2011
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Fox News    

"The White House responded Wednesday to a congressional outcry over U.S. military action in Libya, saying that President Obama has the authority to continue the campaign even without authorization from U.S. lawmakers. ... Because U.S. forces are not engaged in sustained fighting and there are no troops on the ground there, the White House says the president is within his U.S. constitutional rights to direct the mission on his own." [editor's note: Wasn't it inevitable, since Congress had been able to invade without formal declarations of war so many times, that some Chief Exec would bypass them entirely! - SAT] (06/15/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6yjzgs6  

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US House members to sue Obama regime over illegal Libya war

June 15, 2011
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CNN    

"A bipartisan group of House members will file a lawsuit Wednesday challenging U.S. participation in the Libya military mission. ... The lawsuit, which will be formally announced at a Washington news conference, will cite the War Powers Resolution as well as the role of Congress in protecting taxpayers' money, said Rep. Walter Jones, R-North Carolina, one of the 10 legislators filing it. A statement by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, an anti-war liberal who is leading the lawsuit effort with Jones, said that the lawsuit will 'challenge the executive branch's circumvention of Congress and its use of international organizations such as the United Nations and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to authorize the use of military force abroad, in violation of the Constitution.'" (06/15/11)

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/06/15/war.powers.libya/  

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Boehner warns of possible War Powers violation over Libya

June 14, 2011
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CNN    

"The Obama administration could be in violation of the War Powers Resolution if it fails to get congressional authorization by Sunday for U.S. participation in the Libya military mission, House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday. ... the administration has failed to address questions about the mission that were in a House resolution passed June 3. That resolution set a two-week deadline for a response." [editor's note: Obama has been in violation of the Constitution and the WPR from the beginning. No threat, no declaration of war, no 60-day report/request. If Boehner's too spineless to move for impeachment, he should STFU - TLK] (06/14/11)

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Libya: Rebels breakout toward Tripoli

June 13, 2011
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Loveland Reporter-Herald    

"Libyan rebels Monday broke out toward Tripoli from the opposition-held port of Misrata 140 miles to the east, cracking a government siege as fighters across the country mounted a resurgence in their four-month-old revolt against Moammar Gadhafi. The rebels gained a diplomatic boost as well when the visiting the German foreign minister said the nascent opposition government was 'the legitimate representative of the Libyan people.'" (06/13/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3ezkmc5  

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Clinton urges African states to abandon Gaddafi

June 13, 2011
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MSNBC    

"Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged African states on Monday to cut ties to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, saying he 'has lost his legitimacy to rule.' Clinton said all African states should call for a cease-fire and suspend Ghadafi's loyal diplomats in their countries, NBC News reported." (06/13/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3orkb45  

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Libya: Battle for oil town, fighting near Tripoli

June 12, 2011
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Reuters    

"Rebels fighting against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi say they were repulsed by his forces in a battle to retake the eastern oil town of Brega, suffering at least four dead. In the west, rebels said they were fighting Gaddafi's forces for a second day in the town of Zawiyah Sunday, bringing the revolt against his rule closer to the capital." (06/13/11)

http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFTRE74E1I420110613  

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Libya: New airstrikes target capital

June 9, 2011
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Eurasia Review    

"A new round of suspected NATO airstrikes shook the Libyan capital and its suburbs early Friday, a day after allied and Arab nations pledged more than $1.1 billion to help Libya’s opposition council and civilians affected by the country’s conflict. The 22-member Libya Contact Group announced the series of financial measures Thursday as they met in the United Arab Emirates to plan for a Libya without its embattled leader, Moammar Gadhafi." (06/10/11)

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Gates presses US allies to do more against Libya

June 9, 2011
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Fort Dodge Messenger News    

"The Obama administration challenged five key military allies Wednesday to take on a greater share of the NATO-led air campaign against Moammar Gadhafi's forces, illustrating the strains of a three-month intervention in Libya that has no time frame for an exit. Defense Secretary Robert Gates delivered the pointed message in a goodbye to his counterparts from NATO ahead of his retirement next month, senior American and British officials said. But none of the nations that were challenged pledged to do more." (06/09/11)

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Libya: Fresh round of NATO airstrikes on Tripoli

June 9, 2011
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Forbes    

"NATO airstrikes rattled the Libyan capital Thursday with eight clusters of bombing runs believed to have targeted the outskirts of Tripoli. The intensity of the attacks suggested a return to the heavy NATO bombardment of the city on Tuesday that hit military installations across the capital and flattened major buildings in leader Moammar Gadhafi's sprawling compound in the center of the city. Government officials did not say what had been targeted in the Thursday bombing runs." (06/09/11)

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Libya: Gaddafi investigated over mass rape “policy”

June 8, 2011
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BBC News [UK]    

"Luis Moreno-Ocampo said rape was a new aspect of Colonel Gaddafi's repression. He said he was also looking at possible evidence that pro-Gaddafi security forces had been given medication such as Viagra to enhance their sex drive. There has so far been no comment on the allegations by the Libyan authorities. Last month, Mr Moreno-Ocampo asked ICC judges to approve arrest warrants for Col Gaddafi, his Saif al-Islam, and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanussi." (06/08/11)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13705854  

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Libya: NATO pauses strikes on Tripoli

June 8, 2011
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Reuters    

"NATO bombing of Tripoli paused on Wednesday morning after some of the heaviest bombardments of the Libyan capital since air strikes began in March, but rebels said Muammar Gaddafi's army continued to shell their positions. A Reuters reporter in Tripoli said no further explosions were heard after about 2 a.m. Loud blasts had been shaking Tripoli throughout Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, with warplanes hitting the city several times an hour." (06/08/11)

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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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