Family Members Killed as Civilians Flee Libya's Sirte
Shelling has killed at least three members of a family, including a child, near the Libyan town of Sirte where civilians are trying to flee heavy fighting between provisional government forces and Moammar Gadhafi's loyalists.
Anti-Gadhafi tribes clash in two Libyan locales
Members of two Libyan tribes -- who fought together to unseat Moammar Gadhafi and his loyalists -- clashed Saturday, infighting among opposition forces that comes as a key ally of the longtime leader vowed to keep up the fight.
Situation in Libya 'dire': Red Cross
People are dying due to lack of basic medical care in Sirte, the Red Cross said Saturday after it visited Moammar Gadhafi's besieged hometown and saw the hospital there hit by rockets.
Tripoli gets new militia, apparent rebuff to Islamists
A Libyan revolutionary officer announced the creation on Sunday of an armed group to keep order in Tripoli, a mission analysts say may overlap uneasily with an existing Military Council with the same job which is led by a prominent Islamist.
NATO: At Least 10,000 'Lost Missiles' in Libya
In a secret meeting with German MPs, top NATO officials reportedly confirmed that over 10,000 missiles inside Libya are still completely unaccounted for, with Admiral Giampaolo di Paola saying that the missiles pose a "serious threat to civil aviation."
Missing Libyan missiles a threat to civilian aircraft?
Some 10,000 missiles are missing in Libya, NATO reportedly acknowledged in a secret meeting with German MPs. Fears of where the missing missiles may end up are worsened by the alarm that Gaddafi's abandoned arsenals are still unguarded.
Pro-Qadhafi forces halt Sirte assault
SIRTE: Fighters for Libya's new rulers have been forced to regroup on the edge of Sirte, after pro-Muammar Qadhafi snipers halted a two-week old assault on the ousted despot's hometown.
Libya To Question Gadhafi's Son, Says Niger Official
A prominent member of Niger's ruling Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS-Tarayya) says a delegation from Libya's transitional authority will soon visit Niger to question the son of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
BBC Report from October 2, 2011 in which you can clearly see that the Rebels are indiscriminately bombing and attacking the city, without being afraid to kill civilians in the town. Civilians who are forced to leave their city because there is a lack of food, water, electricity and just about anything else. Although people feared a siege of Tripoli, which didn't occur, the siege of Sirte is a fact. NATO and their ground infantery are simply starving out the people and throwing bombs killing civilians who do not want to be ruled by NATO and their NTC-puppets.
Civil war erupts in Syrian city
THE semblance of a civil war has begun in Homs, Syria's third-largest city, where armed protesters now call themselves revolutionaries, gun battles at times erupt every few hours, security forces and opponents carry out assassinations and rifles costing as much as $A2000 apiece flood the city from abroad.
Cheney: After Yemen strike, Obama owes apology to Bush
Former vice president Dick Cheney on Sunday called last week's CIA drone strike against al-Qaeda operative Anwar Awlaki a validation of the George W. Bush administration's terrorist-fighting strategy, and said that President Obama should apologize for his past criticism of those policies.
Israel's Great Fear: Iran Might Act Like Them
Those who follow the Israeli media will see the nation's government afraid of a myriad of things. Today, as it so often does, attention turns to Iran's nuclear program, but with a different spin than usual.
An unconstitutional killing: Obama's killing of Awlaki violates American principles
President Obama apparently believes he is not bound by the Constitution or the rule of law. When it was reported that Anwar al-Awlaki was killed by U.S. drone strikes in Yemen last week, certainly no one felt remorse for his fate. Awlaki was a detestable person we believe helped recruit and inspire others to kill Americans through terrorist acts.
Hillary Clinton warns Pakistan
In a stern warning to Pakistan, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a statement saying, "You can't keep a wild animal in your backyard and expect it to go only after your neighbour." This terse statement comes even as the country's beleaguered president Asif Ali Zardari pleaded with US for re-engagement after the Pakistani military's provocations in Afghanistan.
October 01, 2011
Dr. Moussa Ibrahim, October 1, 2011 [Full Translation of Interview]
Broadcaster: "With us on the on the line is Dr. Moussa Ibrahim, the official spokesman for the Libyan Government. Doctor, I want to begin by saying Thank God for your safety. The media channels of lies and deceit have said that you attempted to flee wearing women's clothing, wearing a neqab (female headdress covering face). Do you think it is an attempt to slander and muddy the image of the resistance and jihadi fighters like yourself?"
September 30, 2011
Rights group calls on Libya to stop prisoner abuse
Human Rights Watch called on Libya's new rulers to stop armed groups from rounding up suspected Moammar Gadhafi supporters and abusing them, saying Friday that some detainees reporting beatings and electric shocks had the scars to prove it.
Venezuela slams US, NATO's involvement in Libya
Nicolas Maduro Moros, foreign minister of Venezuela on Tuesday lashed out at the involvement of the US, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the UN in recent events in Libya.
Tripoli residents want revolutionaries out
More than a month since revolutionary forces seized the Libyan capital, the heavy thud of anti-aircraft guns and the crackle of automatic weapon fire still echoes across the city, and bands of young fighters in pickup trucks bristling with heavy weapons cruise the streets.
Libyan forces recapture Sirte airport
Libyan interim government forces recaptured the airport in Sirte, Gaddafi's birthplace amid mounting concern for civilians trapped inside the besieged city.
Libya's NTC urges more NATO air strikes
Anti-Gaddafi forces have urged NATO to intensify its air war as they took heavy losses in a push on the ousted despot's birthplace of Sirte and his other remaining bastion, Bani Walid.
Former Libyan PM starts hunger strike in Tunisia
Muammar Gaddafi's former prime minister, Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi, has started a hunger strike in a prison in Tunisia to protest a request for his extradition from Libya's new rulers, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Pakistan warns against U.S. attack on militants
U.S. military action against insurgents in Pakistan would be unacceptable and the country's army would be capable of responding, intelligence chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha told a meeting of political leaders in Islamabad, according to media reports.
US on Pakistan: Good cop, bad cop or confused cop
There are two ways to explain why the Obama administration is distancing itself from harsh criticism of Pakistan by America's top military officer -- that the U.S. is playing "good cop/bad cop," or that policymaking toward a key ally is in disarray.
US 'threat' of military action unites Pakistan
U.S. accusations that Pakistan is supporting Afghan insurgents have triggered a nationalist backlash and whipped up media fears of an American invasion, drowning out any discussion over the army's long use of jihadi groups as deadly proxies in the region.
September 28, 2011
A Questionable Form of Freedom for North Africa
The autocrats are gone, but who will inherit power in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt? Islamist influence is significant across the region and conservative political groups are flexing their muscles. The coming months will determine just how much democracy North Africa can support.
The War in Libya is a Fraud: Using Human Rights Organizations to Launch Wars
The war against Libya is built on fraud. The United Nations Security Council passed two resolutions against Libya on the basis of unproven claims, specifically that Colonel Muammar Qaddafi was killing his own people in Benghazi. The claim in its exact form was that Qaddafi had ordered Libyan forces to kill 6,000 people in Benghazi. These claims were widely disseminated, but always vaguely explained. It was on the basis of this claim that Libya was referred to the U.N. Security Council at U.N Headquarters in New York City and kicked out of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Anti-Gaddafi fighters pounded in Bani Walid
Anti-Gaddafi fighters on Wednesday appealed for help from NATO after being blasted by rockets fired by loyalist troops in Bani Walid, one of the ousted Libyan leader's last bastions.
NTC fighters killed in Sirte battle
More than 10 fighters of Libya's new rulers were killed on Tuesday in fierce street fighting with forces of Muammar Gaddafi in his hometown of Sirte, a commander told AFP.
Analysis: Libya adrift
Nothing is settled yet in Libya, and it is unclear what will happen in the coming weeks and months. Will the National Transitional Council be able to extend its authority over the whole of the country? Or will the fighting go on and on, with no stable regime being established?
Sirte civilians accuse NATO of genocide
CIVILIANS pouring out of the besieged city of Sirte accused NATO of committing genocide yesterday as revolutionary forces reinforced their numbers and prepared for a new attack on Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's home town.
Libyans Flee Loyalist City
Dozens of families fled Col. Moammar Gadhafi's hometown on Monday as fighters supporting Libya's interim leadership pushed to capture the city and the loyalist forces' few other remaining redoubts.
Libya could cost Britain £1.75bn
THE true cost of Britain's military involvement in Libya could be nearly seven times what the government has estimated, according to a new study which warns the overall bill could spiral to £1.75 billion.
In Riddle of Mideast Upheaval, Turkey Offers Itself as an Answer
Not so long ago, the foreign policy of Turkey revolved around a single issue: the divided island of Cyprus. These days, its prime minister may be the most popular figure in the Middle East, its foreign minister envisions a new order there and its officials have managed to do what the Obama administration has so far failed to: position themselves firmly on the side of change in the Arab revolts and revolutions.
Libyan justice minister: Lockerbie case 'closed'
Scotland has asked Libya's new authorities to help track down those responsible for the 1988 Lockerbie airplane bombing, but the country's transitional justice minister told reporters Monday "the case is closed."
Tuareg tribes clash with new Libyan forces: sources
Tuareg tribesmen fought skirmishes at the weekend with armed groups affiliated to Libya's interim government, two sources with local contacts told Reuters, a clash that highlighted the challenges Libya's new rulers face in winning over fractious tribes.
Libyan leader asks UN to lift sanctions
The U.N. Security Council should lift some of the economic sanctions on Libya, but NATO should stay until civilians are no longer being killed, the country's de facto prime minister told council members Monday.
Syria Blames Ongoing Unrest On 'Foreign Intervention'
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moualem on Monday blamed the ongoing anti-government protests in Syria on "foreign intervention," and criticized the sanctions imposed on his country by some nations over the brutal suppression of pro-democracy protests.
U.S. To Hand Over Iraq Bases, Equipment Worth Billions
With just over three months until the last U.S. troops are currently due to leave Iraq, the Department of Defense is engaged in a mad dash to give away things that cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars to buy and build.
U.S. Pressed To Seek Military Action Against Pakistan
A Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee said Sunday that the U.S. should consider military action against Pakistan if it continues to support terrorist attacks against American troops in Afghanistan.
Former Rebels' Rivalries Hold Up Governing in Libya
When the fighters who ousted Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi find caches of weapons from his arsenals, they do not entrust them to Libya's new provisional government. Instead, they haul them back to their hometowns, like Misurata, Zintan, Yafran or Rujban. And when they capture members of the Qaddafi government, the fighters say, they cart them home as well.
US drones kill dozens in Somalia
United States drones have reportedly struck three districts in southern Somalia, killing dozens of civilians and wounding scores of others.
Who will blink first: Islamabad or Washington?
A barrage of accusations by senior US officials that the Pakistani army and its spy agency support militants targeting American troops in Afghanistan has further frayed an already shaky alliance.
US in 'disarray' in Afghanistan: Pakistani PM
Pakistan's prime minister has turned on the US over its allegations of links to the Haqqani terror network, saying the "blame game is self-defeating" and US policy in Afghanistan is in "disarray".
US on Wrong Side of History over Palestine
The Palestinians have set the cat among the pigeons with their freedom song. And it's good to see Uncle Sam and his fiendish brat break out in a cold sweat for a change.
September 24, 2011
Tony Blair's six secret visits to Col Gaddafi
Tony Blair's close relationship to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has come under fresh scrutiny after it emerged he had six private meetings with the dictator in the three years after he left Downing Street.
Mahmoud Abbas accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivers fiery anti-Israel speech at UN, accuses Jewish state of ethnically cleansing east Jerusalem; FM Lieberman walks out during address, blasts Palestinian leader's 'speech of incitement'
Gaddafi doing well, says daughter
Muammar Gaddafi's firebrand daughter has said her father is in high spirits and fighting alongside his supporters against the revolutionary forces who swept his regime from power.
Fear and loathing in Libya's Misrata
Misrata - The graffiti on a burnt-out building on Tripoli Street - the main boulevard in Misrata in ruins after ferocious street fighting - sums up the bitter mood in a city besieged for months by Muammar Gaddafi's forces.
Race hatred clouds Libya's democratic ambitions
For the rebels who toppled Muammar Gaddafi, the new Libyan era has ushered in unbounded political freedom and deep personal joy. For Dijmon, a 25-year-old Nigerian laborer in the newly captured capital, it brought fear.
Terror: Somalia, Libya may be sign of US military action to come, expert says
The toppling of Muammar Gaddafi's 40-year-old dictatorship was an apparent victory for rebels who fought together for six months with Nato support. Less obvious is that its success may signal Washington's military strategy of minimising the risk of losing American lives by using naval and air forces in conjunction with "proxy" militaries during global interventions, according to a report by independent military correspondent David Axe published on the website of The Diplomat, a current-affairs magazine.
The Neocolonial Order is to Stay: A Puppet Government in Libya
Colonialism by the imperial powers gradually ended after World War II. However, a neo-colonial order was created to maintain the same economic relationship without formal political mandate or protectorate of the former colonies. The neo-colonial order since has lingered in most Third World countries and the western powers are at work to continue it for the foreseeable future.
Eight killed in US drone attack in Pakistan
At least eight suspected militants were killed when two missiles were fired by US drones in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan Friday night, a media report said.
Africa will hold NATO responsible for black lives in Libya
A group of 500 Ghanaians who managed to arrive back home from the fighting in Libya told harrying stories of how difficult life had been for them. Many TV stations and reputable news organisations have also confirmed that racists in Libya are making life very dangerous for black migrants who have not been able to leave Libya.
Another 'Symbolic Victory': Abbas' New Political Gambit
When Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas decided to go to the United Nations to request the admission of Palestine as a full member, he appeared to have had an epiphany. Had he finally realized that for the past two decades he and his party, Fatah, have gone down a road to nowhere?
France's Sarkozy urges UN to support Syrian people
French President Nicolas Sarkozy took a swipe at Syria on Tuesday for its harsh military repression of pro-democracy protesters, calling on the UN to give the Syrian people the same assistance given to the Libyans, dpa reported.
September 20, 2011
Against all odds, Al Fateh resists white and Arab supremacists
The North Atlantic tribes, under the banner of NATO, and their Arab flunkies are lining up for a showdown in Sirte. Muammar Qaddafi and the Al Fateh revolutionary forces remain defiant and have issued statements saying that they will never surrender. Their extraordinary resistance has most certainly earned them a place in the history of modern warfare.
Libya - The Other Side of the Coin
As for NATO's breaking its rules of engagement and the UNSC Resolutions covering this conflict, there are reports (Fritenk.wordpress.com) that numerous French and British special forces have been caught in Bani Walid.
Obama Flip Flopped on Palestinian State 'This time we should reach for what's best within ourselves. If we do, when we come back here next year, we can have an agreement that will lead to a new member of the United Nations -- an independent, sovereign state of Palestine, living in peace with Israel. ' -- Obama's speech before the General Assembly, September 23, 2010
When Barack Obama uttered these lines, the assembled delegates rewarded him with a standing ovation. That was last year's promise. This year, Obama is promising to veto a Palestinian state for reasons that he has yet to clearly articulate.
Black life is cheap in Libya
They are killing black people in Libya. They are killing them in the street, they are killing them in hospitals, they are killing them in transit camps, they are killing them in their houses.
French lawyers to sue Sarkozy over Libya abuses
In Libya, new government forces are turning up the heat on Colonel Gaddafi's remaining supporters. Meanwhile, some Western leaders are facing charges at home over the legacy of their military intervention. The defiant loyalists are making a last stand in three key cities — Sirte, Bani Walid and Sabha — which have been under heavy assault for over a week, with reports Gaddafi and his sons could be hiding there.
Libyan Rebels Move to Conquer Southern City
Many thought the Libyan rebel conquest of the capital city of Tripoli made the civil war ambitions of regime change a fait accompli, and with the UN rushing to give the rebels a seat, you'd figure they had already taken over the country.
Saudi-backed forces attack Bahrainis
Saudi-backed Bahraini troops have attacked anti-government protesters demanding an end to the rule of Al Khalifa dynasty, Press TV has learned.
'Saudi tanks cross border into Yemen'
A convoy of Saudi tanks has reportedly crossed into Yemen to assist Sana'a in suppressing anti-government protests in the country, Yemini fighters say.
Turkey blocks Israel's NATO request
Amid worsening relations between Tel Aviv and Ankara, Turkey has blocked a bid by Israeli officials to open an office at NATO headquarters.
'NATO recruiting jihadists to Syria'
Outside forces are trying to destabilize Syria by funding and supporting an armed insurrection which does not represent the majority of Syrian society, says Michel Chossudovsky from the Center for Research on Globalization.
September 18, 2011
Libya conflict: Black African migrants caught in backlash
Hundreds of African migrant workers in Libya have been imprisoned by fighters allied to the new interim authorities, accused of being mercenaries for Col Muammar Gaddafi, and there are claims that homes have been looted, and women and girls beaten and raped, as the BBC's Ian Pannell reports.
In Libya, prison populations grow and questions arise about the missing
The majority of the more than 800 bodies and sets of remains in the "pro-Gadhafi" cemetery are without names or identification other than digital photos of their faces taken by the volunteers who run the cemetery. Many of the bodies were left at the cemetery by the rebels, with no information about where they were killed or found.
Libyans fail to form new cabinet
Libya's interim leaders have failed to agree on a new cabinet even as battles raged with pro-Muammar Gaddafi forces. The cabinet -- or executive committee -- was dissolved last month after procedural errors in the handling of the unexplained shooting dead of the newly ruling National Transitional Council's (NTC) military chief.
Gaddafi strongholds repel fresh assaults
Libyan interim government forces charged back into the besieged desert town of Bani Walid, a day after diehard loyalists of Moamar Gaddafi beat them back into a humiliating retreat.
Evidence grows of Blair's links with Gaddafi
Tony Blair's shadowy links with Muammar Gaddafi were thrust into the spotlight again last night after it emerged that he met the former Libyan dictator twice for secret talks in the run-up to the release of the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing.
Tony Blair 'visited Libya to lobby for JP Morgan'
A senior executive with the Libyan Investment Authority, the $70 billion fund used to invest the country's oil money abroad, said Mr Blair was one of three prominent western businessmen who regularly dealt with Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the former leader.
Libyan forces battle to loosen grip on Gaddafi towns
Libyan interim government forces charged a desert stronghold controlled by fighters loyal to Muammar Gaddafi and battled on the streets of the ousted leader's hometown as they struggled to quash his last pockets of support.
Turkey Predicts Alliance With Egypt as Regional Anchors
A newly assertive Turkey offered on Sunday a vision of a starkly realigned Middle East, where the country's former allies in Syria and Israel fall into deeper isolation, and a burgeoning alliance with Egypt underpins a new order in a region roiled by revolt and revolution.
Imran Khan: 'America is destroying Pakistan. We're using our army to kill our own people with their money'
When Barack Obama announced in May that American commandos had killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Imran Khan was furious. "The whole of Pakistan felt this way. Wherever I went I felt this humiliation and anger in people. It was humiliating because an American president announces it, not our president. And because it was the American military, not our military, which this country has given great sacrifices to nurture, that killed him."
Libyan militias amass weapons
At a huge weapons depot in the Libyan capital, flat-bed trucks line up to be piled high with land mines, rockets and shells, before being driven off into the western mountains.
China: the West's bogeyman in Libya
In an era in which the United States is still the only power capable of projecting military force across the globe, the unique combination of anxiety, arrogance and oblique post-colonial racism that marks the Libyan intervention will probably not signal the twilight of Western influence.
Civilians join Gaddafi fighters to defend hometown
Libyan fighters battled street by street for control of Muammar's Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte for the third day on Saturday, taking sniper, assault rifle and rocket fire from his loyalists perched on the city's rooftops.
Over 300 reported killed in Sirte air strike
Moussa Ibrahim said an overnight airstrike on Sirte had hit a residential building and a hotel, killing hundreds and increasing the towns death-toll from such attacks to over 2,000.
Libyans fight for Bani Walid, street by street
The pick-up trucks screeched to a halt in a cloud of dust and the fighters, some injured, some already dead, were brought out amid cries of "Allahu akbar". The assault on Bani Walid was proving to be a bloody and vicious business.
US Backing Muslim Brotherhood In Syria: Envoy
Syria on Saturday accused "external" forces of trying to destabilise the country with the help of "radical Islamic" groups and the US of backing the Muslim Brotherhood which he said was "responsible" for bloodshed, reports Press Trust of India.
Iranian leader warns Arab nations
Iran's top leader has warned Arab nations swept up in uprisings against autocratic regimes not to allow the US or Nato to influence the types of post-revolution political systems they form. "Never trust America, Nato, and the criminal regimes like Britain, France and Italy who for a long time divided and plundered your lands," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told an international Islamic conference in Tehran on Saturday.
US drones kill 17 al-Shabab fighters
Seventeen al-Shabab fighters have been killed in drone attacks by the US military that targeted their bases in southern Somalia, Press TV reports.
September 16, 2011
Libya Counts More Martyrs Than Bodies
Where are all the dead? Officially, according to Libya's new leaders, their martyrs in the struggle against the government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi should number 30,000 to 50,000, not even counting their enemies who have fallen. Yet in the country's morgues, the war dead registered from both sides in each area so far are mostly in the hundreds, not the thousands. And those who are still missing total as few as 1,000, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Libya rebels forced to retreat
Muammar Gaddafi supporters put up fierce resistance against offensives trying to storm two strongholds today, forcing revolutionary fighters into retreat in the mountains and turning Gaddafi's seaside home town into a battlefield of snipers firing from mosques and heavy weapons rattling main boulevards.
NTC fighters regroup for new attack on Sirte
Libya: National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters regrouped on Friday for a new assault on Muammar Qaddafi's hometown of Sirte, remaining upbeat despite suffering heavy losses the previous day at the hands of the toppled tyrant's forces.
US official: Program aimed at Libyan scientists
The U.S. is trying to revive a program to prevent Libyan chemical, biological and nuclear scientists from working for terror groups or hostile nations, a State Department official said Thursday.
Hundreds of Africans held in Libya on mercenary charges
The men in the prison weren't sure why they were there. Yusuf Ali, a painfully thin man with frightened eyes and hand scars he said were from a childhood scalding, came to Libya two years ago after leaving behind his small village in Chad.
Libya interim govt says on outskirts of Sirte
Libya's provisional government said on Thursday that its forces had reached the outskirts of toppled leader Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte -- still controlled by his loyalits.
In Blow to Opposition, a Dissident Syrian Army Officer is Captured
It was an inglorious turn in one of the more hopeful episodes for the Syrian opposition. In June, a high-ranking soldier, a colonel no less, defected, and quickly formed the "Free Officers' Movement," seeking to rally other military men against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
In Syrian Town, Uprising Turns Into Grim Standoff
Daraya, a town on the outskirts of Damascus famous for its carpentry and fertile fields, has emerged as an example that illustrates the dichotomy of the Syrian uprising: a revolt that seems too resilient to fail and too vulnerable to endure.
Bahrain Boils Under the Lid of Repression
The battle began soon after sundown. And for the next six hours, in air heavy with heat and tear gas, phalanxes of police officers in helmets battled scores of youths in ski masks, as customers at a Costa Coffee not far away sat like spectators.
USA and NATO tighten Anaconda loop around Russia
The U.S. and Romania signed an agreement on deployment of the elements of a U.S. missile defense system. Earlier it was reported that some elements of EUROPRO system will appear in Turkey. Everything indicates that the U.S. military machine and NATO are inexorably approaching the Russian borders.
September 14, 2011
US backing for Arab Spring bearing 'strange fruit'
The US has strongly backed the Libyan opposition and is now enthusiastic in its condemnation of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. But could America's decision to take sides bring some unexpected - and unwanted - results?
Gaddafi Asks U. N. To Defend Sirte From Nato Attacks
Muammar Gaddafi has asked the U.N. Security Council to protect his hometown Sirte, still controlled by loyalist troops, from what he described as NATO's "atrocities". Gaddafi made his request by sending a letter that was broadcast by the al Arrai television network broadcasting from Syria.
Israel is paying for Gaza war with Turkey and Egypt crises
During Hanukkah 2008, Israel attacked Gaza in Operation Cast Lead. Now it is eating the bitter fruit of that operation, which was the turning point in the attitude of the world and the region toward Israel and its belligerent and violent policies.
UN resolution would create UN mission in Libya
The Security Council is considering a new resolution that would establish a U.N. mission in Libya, unfreeze assets of two major oil companies and lift a ban on flights by Libyan aircraft, according to a copy obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.
Libya prepares for Turkish PM's visit
Turkey's Ambassador to Tripoli Ali Kemal Ayd?n said the prime minister's visit on Friday would be the first top-level visit from Turkey to Libya since the National Transitional Council, or NTC, moved to Tripoli while the chairman of the NTC, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, has said people in their region love Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdog(an and Turkey.
Venezuela oppose rebels in Libya's UN seat
Countries belonging to a left-leaning Latin America trade group oppose giving Libya's U.N. member seat to the former rebels who ousted Moammar Gadhafi's government, the Venezuelan ambassador said in a Wednesday letter to the new General Assembly president.
Revenge Feeds Instability in Libya
A senior Libyan rebel leader told local officials and residents in Misrata on Monday that he would stay out of their bloody feud with neighboring Tawergha, a loyalist town that served as staging ground for the devastating siege of the rebel-controlled city by Col. Moammar Gadhafi's troops this year.
Sharp splits emerging among Libya's new leaders
Sharp splits are already emerging in the ranks of Libya's new rulers between Islamic conservatives and more secular figures competing for power even as the leadership begins to settle in Tripoli and start creating a post-Moammar Gadhafi government.
NATO airstrikes pound pro-Gadhafi targets in Libya
NATO warplanes pounded targets in a number of strongholds of support for fugitive dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi, the alliance said Tuesday, as an offensive by revolutionary forces on a key loyalist town stalled.
Urgent Questions to NATO on Libya
1) Why at this time is NATO bombing Bani Walid and other sieged cities? (They have been under siege by the Abdel Jalil forces; therefore NATO should try to protect the civilians inside from the aggression of Abdel Jalil forces: INDEED, when civilians were inside Misrata and the city was under protection and control of the Libyan army, NATO heavily bombed that army).
Amnesty says rebels responsible for possible war crimes
Troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi and the rebels that successfully fought to oust the Libyan leader both share responsibility for war crimes committed during the seven-month civil war, according to a new report by human rights group Amnesty International.
Turkey: Israel, West's spoiled child
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Israel is "the West's spoiled child" that has always disregarded decisions made by the international community.
September 12, 2011
Islamists emerge in force in new Libya
For decades, bearded men in Libya were afraid to walk in the streets or go to the mosque, worried that to be seen as an Islamist would land them in prison, or worse.
Pro-Gadhafi forces kill 15 at Libya oil refinery
Moammar Gadhafi loyalists attacked an oil refinery, killing 15 guards, on Monday, in an apparent attempt to disrupt a drive by Libya's new rulers to seize the ousted leader's last bastions and revive the oil-based economy.
Gaddafi vows to fight "colonialism"
Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi vowed to fight 'colonialism,' in a message broadcast by the Damascus-based Al Rai television, as his troops held down the last bastion of Bani Walid.
U.S. Boots on the Ground in Libya, Pentagon Confirms
Despite repeated assurances from President Obama and military leaders that the U.S. would not send uniformed military personnel into Libya, four U.S. service members arrived on the ground in Tripoli over the weekend.
Go slow on Syria: Medvedev tells UK PM
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday it would be a mistake to put more pressure on Syria's regime for its crackdown on the opposition.
September 11, 2011
Gaddafi was loved by his people says Italian PM
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Friday that ousted Libyan leader Gaddafi was loved by his people and that the rebellion that toppled him was not a popular uprising. "This wasn't a popular uprising," like in other north African countries "where the wind of freedom begins to blow," he told young supporters of his People of Freedom party gathered in Rome. "Powerful men decided to give life to a new era by putting out Gaddafi," he said. "This wasn't a popular uprising because Gaddafi was loved by his people, as I was able to see when I went to Libya."
Civilians in peril; Gaddafi son flees to Niger
Libya's new rulers said on Sunday their fighters were holding back an assault on one of the last bastions loyal to Muammar Gaddafi after fighting their way into the town and finding civilians in peril.
Gaddafi son escapes to Niger as fight stalls
One of fugitive leader Moammar Gaddafi's sons escaped from Libya into Niger on Sunday, Libyan rebel leaders said, sparking anger among fighters stalled at three of Gaddafi's last bastions of support.
Rival anti-Gaddafi groups clash, 12 killed
At least 12 people have been killed and many more wounded when two groups of fighters opposed to Muammar Gaddafi turned on each other in Libya's west, two officials say.
12 Slain as Rebel Factions Clash in Libya
The first in what is expected to be a number of clashes erupting in post-Gadhafi Libya, fighting today broke out between rebel groups in the Nafusa mountains today, leaving at least 12 killed and 16 others wounded.
U.N. push for Syria rights team blocked: official
Syria has repeatedly blocked United Nations requests to admit human rights monitors, said a U.N. official who stressed that regional bodies such as the Arab League are key to reaching a long-term political solution to the crisis.
French FM: No UN resolution on Syria a 'scandal'
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe on Sunday increased pressure on Russia to support a U.N. Security Council resolution against the Syrian regime, describing the lack of such a clear statement of condemnation as a "scandal."
The UN was an accomplice to NATO aggression on Libya
Superficially, the establishment of the no-fly zone over the Libyan territory in March by the UN Security Council Resolution 1973 looked well-intentioned: to "protect civilians against attacks" by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's forces that had been unleashed to quell the uprising in Benghazi - the stronghold of the rebel National Transition Council (NTC) - against the Tripoli regime. But, in actual fact, the no-fly zone was meant to provide air cover for ground rebel troops which, on their own, could not dislodge Gaddafi's forces.
Libyan Rebels Hound Black Refugees
The Libyan revolution has been devastating for 20-year-old Alybe Nally from Nigeria, as it has been for countless others from Africa seen by the rebels as Gaddafi loyalists. "When the rebels took over Tripoli two weeks ago they took my money, my mobile, my passport. All I have is what you see now," he says, pointing to his mismatched pair of sandals.
Turkey FM condemns Israeli 'plan' to support PKK
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu on Sunday condemned the plan proposed by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, in which Israel should punish Turkey by supporting the terrorist organization PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party).
U.S.-NATO robbing Africa at gunpoint
The U.S.-NATO Hands Off Libya! Hands Off Africa! Coalition consists of revolutionary and progressive African organizations in Ghana who oppose the U.S.-NATO illegal invasion of Libya/Africa and support Muammar Qaddafi and the Libyan Jamahiriya to win the war against U.S.-NATO imperialist military forces and NTC/Al Qaeda reactionaries. The coalition is organizing a march from Kwame Nkrumah Circle to the U.S. Embassy to demonstrate against the illegal U.S.-NATO invasion and for victory to Qaddafi and the Libyan Jamahiriya on Sept. 21, 2011. We are calling on all Africans in Africa and the Diaspora to demonstrate at U.S. embassies on the same day.
September 08, 2011
Libya: 'civil war not over'
Libya's new prime minister has warned that the country's civil war is not over, as new figures estimated that 30,000 people had already been killed in the conflict.
Libyan rebels struggle to win over pro-Gaddafi town
Sitting on a carpet under the shade of a tree, the men say they know where Moammar Gaddafi is today — and where he will always be. "He is in our hearts," they say, almost in unison, tapping their chests with their right hands.
Libya, propaganda and imperialism
A shot of Libyan hero Muammar al-Gaddafi playing lovingly with his grandchildren on a sofa. An idiotic comment on SKY News, that this seemingly normal behaviour from a grandfather shows just how close the ties of clan can be in this part of the world. The question is, to what extent to westerners actually believe this nonsense?
Al Qaeda's Project for Ending the American Century Largely Succeeded
A decade after its spectacular Sep. 11, 2001 attacks on New York City's twin World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon and despite the killing earlier this year of its charismatic leader, Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda appears to have largely succeeded in its hopes of accelerating the decline of U.S. global power, if not bringing it to the brink of collapse.
The CIA's Libyan Helpers: When Qaddafi Was Our Friend
With Muammar Qaddafi's ignominious disappearance to who knows where, fast on the heels of President Obama's proclamation that "Qaddafi's rule is over," it is easy to think of the United States as the dictator's stubborn, persistent, and ultimately triumphant foe.
British envoy offers olive branch to torture victim
A day after arriving in Tripoli to re-establish a diplomatic mission there, Britain's new envoy to Libya said yesterday that he would meet Abdelhakim Belhaj, the Libyan rebel leader who told The Independent that MI6 knew he was being tortured and did nothing to stop it.
The deadly dilemma of Libya's missing weapons
Human Rights Watch discovered several weapons-storage sites in Libya where surface-to-air missiles are missing, raising concerns that the weapons could arm an Iraq-style insurgency.
Libya to be made safe for plutocracy
It is doubtful Western elites shared the optimism of President Obama when he recently announced that the end of Moammar Gadhafi means control of Libya's destiny will devolve to its "people."
Libya's Zintan Brigade refuses to leave Tripoli
Libya's Zintan Brigade, formed by its cult leader who died in a fierce battle with Moamer Kadhafi's forces, refuses to cede control of vital installations in Tripoli until the Libyan capital is safe.
Israel Better Think Twice
As the rift between Israel and Turkey deepens, the Israeli media is preparing its crowd for another possible exciting bloody conflict.
Niger: Only 1 major Libyan figure in Niger
A spokesman for the president of Niger debunked media reports that a convoy of over 200 military vehicles from Libya had entered his country, saying only three cars had crossed ferrying one senior member of Moammar Gadhafi's entourage.
The Other Special Relationship: Documents Reveal Cozy Ties Between Britain and Gaddafi
Since the rebels in Libya first rose up against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Britain has done much to support regime change, launching air strikes against forces loyal to Gaddafi and expelling his diplomats in London. But newly revealed documents suggest that in the years leading up to the revolution, British security agents actually helped the Colonel silence his opposition — including a former dissident now in charge of rebel forces in Tripoli.
Near a Libyan Holdout Town, a Waiting Game
At this village on the highway to the loyalist stronghold of Bani Walid on Tuesday, negotiators from both sides sat down in the small mosque to talk peace, an event broadcast live by Al Jazeera.
Mike Rogers: Send U.S. weapons teams to Libya
President Barack Obama should send U.S. personnel to Libya immediately to secure shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles and chemical weapon components beginning to circulate now that Moammar Qadhafi has lost power, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said Tuesday.
Convoys of Gadhafi loyalists flee Libya to Niger
Armed loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi, including his security chief, fled into neighboring Niger in multiple convoys across hundreds of miles of desert on Tuesday. Libya's former rebels — now the country's de facto rulers — claimed the convoys were a major flight by Gadhafi's most hardcore backers from his final strongholds.
Gaddafi: African asylum-seeker?
Ousted Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi once drove through several African countries in a convoy, throwing money out of his window to poor people who had lined the road to catch a glimpse of him in his flowing robe.
One Hell of a Humanitarian Intervention: 30,000 Bombs Over Libya
After some 8,000 bombing raids, with estimates of 4 bombs used per attack NATO has already dropped over 30,000 bombs on Libya. That's almost 200 bombs per day for 6 months, some tens of thousands of tons of high explosives. With an estimated 2 Libyans killed per bomb and without a single NATO casualty the Western regimes have massacred over 60,000 Libyans in the past half year with the rebels themselves having said there have been 50,000 Libyan deaths. One hell of a humanitarian intervention isn't it?
UK: Inquiry to examine intelligence ties to Libya
A British inquiry into the country's pursuit of terrorism suspects will examine new allegations about cozy ties between U.K. intelligence officials and Moammar Gadhafi's regime, Prime Minister David Cameron said Monday.
Libyan intelligence files show Gadhafi's police state failure to quash rebellion
These reports and hundreds of other intelligence documents seen by The Associated Press in Tripoli trace how the tide shifted in the six-month uprising that ended Gadhafi's 42-year reign. They show how an authoritarian regime using all its means failed to quash an armed rebellion largely fueled by hatred of its tools of control.
Libya: Here We Go Again
Here we go again. The cheering crowds. The deposed dictator. The encomiums to freedom and liberty. The American military as savior. You would think we would have learned in Afghanistan or Iraq. But I guess not. I am waiting for a trucked-in crowd to rejoice as a Gadhafi statue is toppled and Barack Obama lands on an aircraft carrier in a flight suit to announce "Mission Accomplished."
Libyan Islamist says NTC executive committee should resign
A Libyan Islamist military commander who helped defend Benghazi against Muammar Qaddafi's forces has called on the interim cabinet to resign because they are "remnants of the old regime". In an early sign of divisions among the victors in Libya's six-month civil war, Ismail al-Salabi also took a swipe at secular groups he said were trying to give Islamists a bad name and create political strife that would only benefit Qaddafi.
Qaeda offshoot acquires Libyan air missiles: EU
Al-Qaeda's north African branch has acquired a stockpile of weapons in Libya, including surface-to-air missiles that are threatening air travel, the EU's counter-terrorism coordinator said Monday.
Libya: Tell it like it is
Two weeks ago, western journalists swept into Tripoli on a wave of euphoria as the city welcomed the NATO/TNC with open arms. Not a shot was fired as the city where just a few weeks previously, millions of people had turned out to support Muammar al-Qathafi, came out to celebrate. Then why is the NATO/TNC leadership still holed up in Benghazi?
Life in Syria's Capital Remains Barely Touched by Rebellion
As protests broke out across a restive Syria on a recent Sunday, and crowds were dispersed yet again by gunfire that left many dead, the conversation in the capital dwelled not on the uprising but rather on nails, along with the choice of polish and hair color and the latest in makeup trends.
Red Cross granted access to Syrian detention facility
The International Committee of the Red Cross has been granted access to a detention facility in Syria for the first time since unrest broke out in the country, the committee's president said Monday after meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Syria forces raid cities of Hama and Homs
Syrian troops on Monday launched an assault on the central cities of Hama and Homs, shooting dead six people, activists said as at least two were reported killed near the Turkish border.
Israel vows "tolerance" for Palestinian protests
A senior officer said Monday that Israeli soldiers would show "much more tolerance" toward Palestinian demonstrations than in the past thanks to riot-control training and new equipment designed to reduce injuries and deaths.
Syria might hide behind BRICS wall
BRICS nations will try to prevent a Libya-type scenario playing out in Syria. This commitment has been outlined by Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov.
Jihadists plot to take over Libya
Jihadists among the Libyan rebels revealed plans last week on the Internet to subvert the post-Moammar Gadhafi government and create an Islamist state, according to U.S. intelligence agencies. U.S. officials said spy agencies are stepping up surveillance of Islamist-oriented elements among Libyan rebels.
Abandoned Libyan missile: a gift to militants?
When Muammar Gaddafi's soldiers fled this corner of a field outside Tripoli where they were camped, they left behind their army fatigues, a can of Brut deodorant -- and a Scud tactical missile.
Libyan commander demands apology over MI6 and CIA plot
One of Libya's senior rebel commanders has demanded an apology from the British and American governments following the discovery of secret documents which show MI6 and the CIA were involved in a plot that led to his capture and torture.
CIA Rendered Rebel Commander To Libya At Qaddafi Request
Apparent Central Intelligence Agency communiques to now-deposed Libyan dictator Col. Muammar Qaddafi obtained by the New York Times and Human Rights Watch (HRW) indicate that the CIA rendered Abdelhakim Belhadj to Libya at the request of Qaddafi's intelligence agency in 2004.
CIA, MI6 helped Gaddafi on dissidents: rights group
Documents found in the abandoned Tripoli office of Muammar Gaddafi's intelligence chief indicate the U.S. and British spy agencies helped the fallen strongman persecute Libyan dissidents, Human Rights Watch said on Saturday.
UK hits 900 targets in Libya action
British forces have so far hit more than 900 targets in the campaign to protect Libyan civilians from the Gaddafi regime, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed Saturday.
Cameron, Sarkozy & Obama Train, Fund, Arm, Join & Lead al-Qaeda in Libya
Rebel military chief says he was tortured by CIA
The overthrow of Gaddafi has brought together strange allies, but few stranger than Abdulhakim Belhaj, the military commander of all rebel military forces in Tripoli, and Nato. An Islamist whom Gaddafi tried to have the US list as a terrorist, Mr Belhaj says he was tortured by CIA agents after being arrested in the Far East in 2004 and later handed over by them to Colonel Gaddafi for further torture and imprisonment in Libya.
Libya warned smugglers are looting Gaddafi's guns
Libya must urgently secure weapons hoarded by the Gaddafi regime amid growing fears that smugglers are exploiting the chaos there to loot hundreds of portable missiles and other small arms, western officials have warned.
Meet Professor Juan Cole, Consultant to the CIA
Juan Cole is a brand name that is no longer trusted. And that has been the case for some time for the Professor from Michigan. After warning of the "difficulties" with the Iraq War, Cole swung over to ply it with burning kisses on the day of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. His fervor was not based on Saddam Hussein's fictional possession of weapons of mass destruction but on the virtues of "humanitarian imperialism."
Clinton presses for sanctions on Syria and al-Assad
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday urged European and other countries to impose more sanctions on Syria and President Bashar al-Assad, saying more pressure was needed to force him to step down.
France welcomes EU embargo on Syrian oil exports
France on Friday said it welcomed a European Union decision to slap an embargo on Syrian oil exports and vowed to continue to apply increased pressure on the Damascus regime to get a halt to violence in Syria.
France to develop ties with Syrian opposition
PARIS: The foreign minister says France will develop its contacts with Syria's opposition, in a new effort to pressure President Bashar Assad's regime over a bloody crackdown on protesters.
Root of Syrian unrest: Politics or religion?
Britain, the US and France are pushing for harsher sanctions against Syria's President al-Assad, who is believed to have ordered the torture and death of protesters. But on the streets there seems to be no real evidence of anti-government sentiment.