Posts Tagged ‘ Libya ’

Unwelcome surprises in Libya

April 25, 2011
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Reason Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Is it too early to declare our intervention in Libya a failure? More than a month after we started bombing, the insurgency has suffered a string of defeats. The government in Tripoli suddenly looks as permanent as the Sahara." (04/25/11)

http://reason.com/archives/2011/04/25/unwelcome-surprises-in-libya  

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The war on Libya has made things worse

April 25, 2011
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Downsize DC Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"In the past, Presidents told lies to trick Congress into authorizing wars. The War on Libya is different: President Obama started the war first, and THEN lied about it." (04/25/11)

http://www.downsizedc.org/blog/the-war-on-libya-has-made-things-worse  

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Libya: NATO strike hits Gaddafi compound

April 24, 2011
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ABC News    

"NATO airstrikes targeted the center of Moammar Gadhafi's seat of power early Monday, destroying a multi-story library and office and badly damaging a reception hall for visiting dignitaries. Gadhafi's whereabouts at the time of the attack on his sprawling Bab al-Azizya compound were unclear. A security official at the scene said four people were lightly hurt." (04/24/11)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=13445787  

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McCain meets with Libyan rebels, urges more US aid

April 24, 2011
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Memphis Commercial Appeal    

"U.S. Sen. John McCain called for increased military support for Libya's rebels Friday, including weapons, training and stepped-up airstrikes, in a full-throated endorsement of the opposition in its fight to oust Moammar Gadhafi. In the Libyan capital of Tripoli, a senior official said government troops would step back and allow local armed tribesmen to deal with rebels in the besieged city of Misrata." (04/24/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3b23h42  

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Gates: US to use Predator drones in Libya

April 22, 2011
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CNN    

"President Barack Obama has approved the use of armed Predator drones in Libya, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday. Gates suggested that the unmanned Predator missions may have already begun. He said he believed that the first flights were launched Thursday but were called back due to poor weather." (04/21/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6bhhejm  

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Mission creep in Libya

April 21, 2011
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Freedom's Phoenix Freedom's Phoenix
by Stephen Lendman  

"Escalated intervention keeps incrementally building toward sending combat troops against Gaddafi, French and UK leaders signaling what may, in fact, have been planned all along, perhaps including US marines." (04/22/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3ffu4at  

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Libya: “Restrepo” director killed, photographers wounded in Misrata fighting

April 20, 2011
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New York Times    

"Tim Hetherington, the Oscar-nominated film director and conflict photographer who produced the film 'Restrepo,' was killed in the besieged city of Misurata on Wednesday, and three photographers working beside him were wounded. ... early reports said they had been working together near the front lines when they were struck by a rocket-propelled grenade." (04/20/11)

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/21/world/africa/21photographers.html  

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Libya: US to send Gaddafi opponents $25 million in aid

April 20, 2011
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ABC News    

"After spending weeks trying to determine who the rebels in Libya are and what they want, the Obama administration has notified Congress it intends to provide the rebels with $25 million in assistance. It will not include arms or ammunition. In a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Friday, obtained by ABC News and first reported by the Washington Times, the State Department said the assistance is meant to help the opposition defend civilians from forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi." (04/20/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6hsjjkt  

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Libya: Regime vows to fight foreign troops, rebuffs EU proposal

April 19, 2011
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Washington Post    

"The Libyan government on Tuesday firmly rebuffed a proposal from the European Union, saying it would fight any foreign troops that landed on its soil, even if they were supposedly there to escort humanitarian aid convoys. The European Union has outlined a provisional plan that could include sending European troops to the besieged Libyan city of Misurata to protect aid deliveries if requested by the United Nations, although U.N. officials say they want to explore civilian options first." (04/19/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4ymg9zc  

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The energy vampires

April 19, 2011
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"To hear the 'humanitarian' interventionists tell it, the NATO alliance is currently bombing Libya in order to avert an alleged 'massacre' that may -- or may not -- happen if Moammar Gadhafi gets his hands on the rebels now holding the eastern province known as Cyrenaica. It’s just a coincidence that Libya is a major oil producer, and that the NATO allies demanding the dictator’s ouster are thirsty for the stuff. If you believe otherwise, well then you’ve fallen victim to a 'conspiracy theory,' as any number of unrepentant neocons will tell you." (04/20/11)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2011/04/19/the-energy-vampires/  

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NATO short on bombs, planes for Libya war

April 18, 2011
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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review    

"Less than a month into the Libyan conflict, NATO is running short of precision bombs, highlighting the limitations of Britain, France and other European countries in sustaining even a relatively small military action over an extended period of time, according to senior NATO and U.S. officials. The shortage of European munitions, along with the limited number of aircraft available, has raised doubts among some officials about whether the United States can continue to avoid returning to the air campaign if Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi hangs onto power for several more months." (04/17/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3u72jh4  

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International crime syndicate targets Libya

April 14, 2011
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Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by David D'Amato  

"One can be sure that, whenever world 'leaders' convene to negotiate 'solutions' to the problems facing ordinary, working people, the outcome will mean the imposition of faceless hierarchies designed to serve ruling class interests. When disturbances in places like Libya become a global focal point, the aim is to bring those places into alignment with the international order of state capitalism, as established by organizations like the World Bank." (04/13/11)

http://tinyurl.com/43dm9wv  

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Libya: NATO airstrikes hit Gaddafi targets

April 13, 2011
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South Oregon Mail Tribune    

"NATO launched new airstrikes Wednesday on targets held by Moammar Gadhafi as rebel leaders urged a stronger air campaign that will allow them to advance on Gadhafi's territory. Gadhafi's government, meanwhile, denounced proposals by rebel leaders that they be given some of the regime's assets that have been frozen as part of international sanctions." (04/13/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3l2q47j  

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The absurdity of trusting foreign-policy makers

April 13, 2011
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Future of Freedom Foundation Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard  

"The United States is attacking Libya on the basis of vague hopes that peace will triumph after the Allied bombing ceases. There are plenty of reasons to doubt whether a few hundred cruise missiles will beget harmony in the Libyan desert. But one of the biggest mistakes would be to assume that U.S. government policymakers understand what they are doing." (04/13/11)

http://www.fff.org/comment/com1104h.asp  

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Libya: A pig in a poke?

April 13, 2011
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"Contrary to the myth that the Arab League endorsed Obama’s intervention, half of its members abstained. The members that did vote for it were disproportionately in Saudi Arabia’s sphere of influence. Obama got the vote he wanted because the Saudis called their chits in. So while CNN shows all those smiling people flashing their V-for-Victory signs in Benghazi, the king of Bahrain is using a state of martial law to suppress the pro-democracy protests, with the help of 2,000 Saudi troops." (04/11/11)

http://c4ss.org/content/6754  

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Libya: Rebels repel twin government offensives in Misrata

April 12, 2011
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Reuters    

"Libyan government artillery bombarded the besieged city of Misrata on Tuesday and rebels said they had beaten back two separate offensives by troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. Misrata rose up in revolt against Gaddafi's four-decade rule along with other cities in mid-February and is the lone rebel stronghold in the west of the country." (04/12/11)

http://af.reuters.com/article/libyaNews/idAFLDE73B1TI20110412  

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NATO urged to press harder in Libya as battles continue

April 12, 2011
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USA Today    

"This normally bustling city was nearly deserted Tuesday as rebel fighters pressed on to the oil port of Brega, taking advantage of recent NATO airstrikes that pushed forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi farther west. One of the only businesses open was a small coffee shop, attracting some of the few stragglers left in the otherwise abandoned city." (04/12/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3mv8d4y  

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Libya: Rebels reject African Union peace plan

April 11, 2011
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Reuters    

"Libyan rebels rejected an African Union peace plan on Monday because it did not address their main demand that Muammar Gaddafi quit and because it proposed reforming a ruling system they want removed. 'The African Union initiative does not include the departure of Gaddafi and his sons from the Libyan political scene, therefore it is outdated,' rebel council head Mustafa Abdel Jalil told a news conference in Benghazi." (04/11/11)

http://tinyurl.com/6hot77o  

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Flacking for Qaddafi

April 11, 2011
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CounterPunch
by David Warsh  

"The Michael Porter controversy bubbled to the surface last week, thanks to Harry Lewis, computer science professor and former dean of Harvard College. He brought the matter up at a meeting of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Porter, a distinguished Harvard Business School professor, had held out high hopes for Libya under Qaddafi in a report prepared (with Daniel Yergin’s Cambridge Energy Research Associates) for the Libyan government in 2006." (04/11/11)

http://counterpunch.org/warsh04112011.html  

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Italy quarrels with EU partners over Libyan migrants

April 11, 2011
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MSNBC    

"Italy quarreled with other European Union governments on Monday over how to handle thousands of migrants fleeing violence in north Africa, while the EU executive urged the bloc to do more for the refugees. Divisions have deepened among the 27 EU governments on how to tackle the refugee crisis in the region, with some capitals worried that offering shelter to too many migrants will encourage more to attempt illegal entry to Europe." (04/11/11)

 

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Libya: Gaddafi approves plan to stop fighting, allow peacekeepers

April 10, 2011
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CNN    

"Embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has agreed in principle to stop all hostilities in his North African nation and let in outside forces to help keep the peace, his government and African Union mediators said Monday in a joint statement. ... opposition leaders have voiced skepticism that any mediation involving [the African Union] would end the conflict in a way that would satisfy their goals, which include Gadhafi's ouster." (04/11/11)

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/04/11/libya.war/  

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Libya: Ragtag rebel army barely repels Gaddafi forces in Ajdabiya

April 10, 2011
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Washington Post    

"Forces loyal to Moammar Gaddafi stormed this rebel stronghold Saturday for the first time since coalition airstrikes began last month, moving the front line closer to the opposition capital, Benghazi. ... the battle showed that the ragtag rebel army of the east remains in disarray as Gaddafi’s forces gain ground and adapt to NATO airstrikes. Since NATO took control of the skies from coalition forces — who struck last month to stop Gaddafi’s forces from overrunning the east — the front line has crept slowly toward Benghazi, where the uprising against Gaddafi began in February." (04/10/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3gr6dzf  

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Libya: Rebels, citizens flee Ajdabiya

April 7, 2011
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Groups of Libyan rebels and civilians have fled from the eastern town of Ajdabiya after a rebel armoured unit was hit by apparent NATO air strikes, allowing government troops to advance. Families packed into cars and trucks on Thursday and joined rebel military vehicles in a convoy heading northeast toward the de facto opposition capital of Benghazi, around 160 kilometres away. Libyan state television claimed that forces loyal to longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi had entered Ajdabiya, but residents said they could see no sign of them." (04/08/11)

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/04/2011480523612561.html  

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Taste the flavor of war

April 7, 2011
posted by

Liberty For All
by John Jay Meyers  

"So, here we go again. Another president is starting another war in another country that is no threat to us. And our mission will be limited because our goal is not to kill Gadhafi, only to stop him from killing the people who are trying to kill him. Oh yeah, this is going to go great." (04/07/11)

http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=5749  

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US general: “Low likelihood” rebels could oust Gaddafi

April 7, 2011
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CNN    

"A top U.S. general said Thursday he doubts that Libyan rebels could push into the nation's capital and topple Moammar Gadhafi, even with the NATO air cover. 'I would assess that as a low likelihood,' said Gen. Carter Ham, the head of U.S. Africa Command. He answered questions about the opposition forces in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee." (04/07/11)

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/04/07/libya.rebels/  

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