Posts tagged ‘Muammar al-Gaddafi’

May 30, 2011

In breach of UN resolution forbidding ground support in Libya, CIA and British secret service agents fight Gadaffi with rebels

[TRIPOLI:  Capt. Ahmed Akabu, Military News Contributor]

As far back as March 30th 2011, the National Journal had reported that following the green light from the White House for the US’s direct ‘prejudicial engagement’ on the ground with the Libyan regime in aid of the rebels, CIA and British secret (and not so secret, from  recent accounts), operatives have been on the ground fighting with the rebels to overthrow the intrenchant and wily  Libyan dictator, Col. Muammar-el-Qaddafi.

According the National Journal’s report in March, more than 12 covert operatives were active in Libya working on the ground with the rebels to overthrow Qaddafi.  Also on the ground at that time were many Special Air Service commandoes and M16 agents.

Guardian: Today video footage from Al Jazeera confirms sightings of foreign armed operatives openly interacting with rebel forces on the ground. This kind of intrervention, of course,  is in contravention of the UN resolution which specifically forbids this kind of enagement by foreign military operatives, but who cares anyway. Isn’t it the same UN whose 30 or so resoultions have been openly thrown out by the Jews vis a vis the Palestinian issue? So Libya is in for some interesting times it would seem.

However, Libyans rebel forces are becoming increasingly worried that the problem with foreign troops on the ground is that as they do not take directions, or orders from local forces, they become in due course, nothing less than an occupation force which then has the potential to create the same problems as for Viet Nam, Iraq and Afganistan in terms of world and local perception of their presence.

May 16, 2011

Colonel Gadaffi under arrest by International Criminal Court

[Kamil Fuker, Middle East and Africa Contributor]

BBC News:  The word is out that the International Criminal Court (‘ICC’) has  issued an arrest warrant for Colonel Gadaffi and two other members of his regime this week for crimes against humanity.

Although the Colonel’s regime has said that it will disregard the warrant as Libya is not a contracting member of the court and as such is outside its jurisdiction, it seems that the constitution of the ICC does empower it to issue arrest warrants in circumstances where the matter under conderation is referred to it by the UN’s Security Council. In March this year, the UN’s Security Council had approved military action to assist and protect the Libyan rebels.

It is not clear whether a bounty has been put on the warrants, or whether US Navy SEALS will be drafted in on an “engage and kill” mission in Libya, but analysts are commenting that these are options that are likely to be investigated by the court.

The ICC is a permanent tribunal based in Hague set up to prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. The court has jurisdiction in all instances where the state in question is a contracting party, or the alleged crime took place on the territory of a contracting state, or where the circumstances of the crime is by referral to the court from the United Nations Security Council. 

April 26, 2011

The poisoned chalice of NATO’s aid to the Libyan rebels

Depleted Uranium birth defects and cancers in Iraq, Afganistan and the Former Yugosalvia

[Akif Brownlie, Libya News Contributor]

International reports suggest that it is a well known secret that NATO forces assisting the rebels in Libya are using depleted uranium ordinance (‘DU‘) in their bombing strikes on Col. Gaddafi’s forces.

Whilst DU weapons are effective tools for wearing down the wily Colonel, there are serious questions now by the international community concerning the devastation on the health of all Libyans that the use of these weapons will bring.

DU is highly toxic as a radioactive substance and because of that analysts and international public health monitors, like the World Health Organisation, are echoing the view of the international community that there will be serious and wide-ranging permanent effects on the health of Libyans for many years to come from radiation contamination brought about by NATO’s shelling of their country.  That is because DU is proved to have devastated the health of residents in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia, where it has been used in bombing attacks by NATO forces.

It was in 1991, that the US military, in a real war for some time and keen to test out its new super toxic DU amour piercing artillery deployed the use of DU material in its military invasion of Iraq.  Later on and delighted by the apparent usefulness of DU to create weapons of serious destruction in Iraq, the USA used DU ordinance again to pound peace into the conflict in the former Yugosalvia.

But questions began to pile up with regard to the usefulness of DU in war as cancer rates began to increase in more than 5 provinces in southern Iraq which had been shelled by the Americans. Chilling facts had emerged for the World Health Organization which found that the DU shells had contaminated the air, water and soil in the areas with highly toxic radiation which was linked to the increased cancer cases.  As such, by 2003, leukemia south of Baghdad had skyrocketed and by 2009, cancer rates had increased by the rate of thousands year by year. In 2011, reports suggest that the problem is getting worse.

In Yugoslavia too, where the ordinance had been used, leukemia symptoms became epidemic and in some parts of the country radiation levels had risen to up to 1000 times above normal. Even NATO troops suffered from the use of DU and more than 250 Italian force members have since died from DU-related cancer. As for civilians, cancer rates went up from 1 per 1000 per each new-born baby to more than 15 per 1000.

Analysts are saying that there is no need for US, or NATO forces to use DU as there is nothing to indicate that non-DU bombs can be less effective. Furthermore, as DU-inflicted wounds on humans are practically impossible to treat and present hazards for not only the victims, but also the medical personnel treating them who are likely to be seriously contaminated with radiation, there is a strong case that they should not be used whatsoever by any civilized military force.

Furthermore, where DU shells explode in non-residential areas, the problem does not go away but becomes a deferred sentence of death for residents in the target country, or region as such explosions have been found to contaminate the soil and water permanently and to cause untold misery and deaths from cancer upon residents.

According to United States’ former Justice Secretary Ramsey Clark, DU utilisation is: “An unacceptable threat to life and a violation of international law”.

April 22, 2011

Libyan black residents being slaughtered by rebels


[Alice Bolitho, Middle East News Contributor]

According to AlterNet’s Race-Talk Contributor, Philip Martin, it’s not a good time to be black in Libya as Libyan blacks are being targeted by the rebels in reprisal killing sprees.

The reason for that is because, at the start of the hostilities, the besieged incumbent Libyan dictator, Col. Gaddafi, had engaged more than three-thousand black mercenaries from neighbouring Niger, Chad, Mali and in other parts of the Sub-Saharan area to assist his internal security forces to contain the rebellion.  The so-called ‘Pan African Army’, identified by the yellow helmets, were exclusively dark-skinned and according to various reports had been particularly brutal towards Libyans in Benghazi, allegedly firing into crowds of demonstrators and clubbing, sometimes to death, unarmed civilians.

But, not all Libyan blacks are mercenaries as the country’s south is home to a large number of its black citizens. However, the rebels in their anger against the mercenaries are targeting all blacks in Libya in vicious reprisal attacks.  As a result, the indiscriminate killing of blacks in Libya is at an all-time high as black citizens and mercenaries are being equally subjected to hash treatment by the rebels with some being hanged from Poles in Benghazi,  beaten to death, or shot.   Now, there is widespread fear in the community of the many thousand black Libyans who are totally unconnected with the rogue Colonel’s drive to remain at the helm.

So, it seems that when Col. Gaddafi is finally removed, which by all accounts, will be soon, he will merely be replaced by another regime, equally as bloodthirsty and ruthless in respect to what it perceives to be in the best interest of is members and the dispensation of justice.

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April 22, 2011

European Union and the USA set to deploy occupation forces in Libya

[Jonas Griffiths, Middle East and Africa Contributor]

Guardian.co.uk/ PrisonPlanet TV: In what many international observers are saying is a thinly camouflaged scramble for Libya‘s oil riches, the EU and USA are ramping up to deploy ‘occupation’ forces in the guise of  ground troops for the protection of  ‘humanitarian’ supplies to the rebels in the besieged country.

According to WeeklyIntercept.Blogspot.com, the US’s ground troops will be sent to complement and assist the hundreds of special forces military personnel from the US, UK and France already deployed within Libya as trainers and advisors.

Furthermore, this week, despite the controversy over the use of the missile-armed US Predator drones in Pakistan by its tendency to inflict unpalatable levels of ‘collateral’ damage upon the Pakistanis, President Obama has ordered that the very same machines may be used in Libya in aid of the rebels. In particular, it is hoped that the rebels in Misrata will have an easier time in overcoming the vastly superior firepower of the incumbent Col Gaddafi’s forces when the drones are deployed.

In the meantime, PrisonPlanet TV reports that the EU has prepared a plan for rubber stamping by Nato which will allow it to deploy more than 1,000 ground troops in Libya for the protection of humanitarian aid supplies to the rebels.  Whilst  the soldiers will be fully armed and instructed to fight if the humanitarian aid supplies are threatened, the Nato forces countries, despite having armed Col. Gaddafi’s forces in the years preceding the ‘people power’ movement in Libya, are still refusing to arm the rebels. Military analysts have commented that all this is causing concern among the rebel forces who are suspicious that using the cover of Nato’s barely-legalised involvement in their conflict, EU and US forces will quickly become ‘occupying’ forces similar to events in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In addition, as there is nothing in place by  that sets out a plan of action for any of the foreign occupation forces to be deployed in Libya to be commanded by the Libyan rebel leaders, the rebel leaders are declining the troops deployment and becoming increasingly suspicious that the offer of assistance will be yet another ‘occupation’ move for the exploitation of the country’s oil-wealth by foreign western powers.

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April 20, 2011

British and France put soldiers on the ground in Libya

[Katherine Taylor, Libya Conflict Contributor]

BBC News reports that the UK is sending a number of its military advisors to Libya to assist the rebels to overthrow the regime of Col Muammar Gaddafi.  Around 10 British officers will be deployed together with around the same amount from France.

The British are saying that the move complies with the UN resolution on Libya which prevents the depl0yment of foreign occupation troops. Col. Gaddafi’s foreign minister, is reported to have said that the move would not be helpful to Col Gaddafi and the rebels as it would only serve to prolong the conflict. However, he did not mention what else Britain could do to assist with the rebel’s demands being met.

Military analysts commenting on the move are saying that it is undoubtedly the first step towards a full-scale deployment of British and French troops to Libya to spearhead the following invasion of Nato forces.  They are also saying that Nato’s resolve not to arm the rebels means that Col Gaddafi’s forces have distinct firepower advantages over them as they are able to rely on weaponry (including tanks, rockets and anti-personnel munitions) supplied to Col Gaddafi by US and European governments in the past 2 years.

April 11, 2011

No peace deal without the Colonel’s surrender, rebels say

[Jo Mokobi, Middle East and Africa Contributor]

BBC News: Despite the entrenched Libyan dictator, Col. Gaddafi’s acceptance of a peace deal brokered by the African Union which would allow him to escape a war crimes tribunal, the Libyan rebels are saying that nothing short of the total withdrawal of the Colonel (including his stepping down and facing a criminal trial) and his regime will secure any peace in Libya.

In the meantime, with weak support from the air from Nato forces, compounded by its policy of not arming the rebels, the Colonel’s forces equipped with sophisticated and up-to-date western manufactured ordinance is continuing to wreak havoc upon rebel forces in Ajdabiya.

April 3, 2011

Nato forces ‘friendly fire’ kills civilians

MailOnline: Nato’s air support of the Libyan rebels is proving to be a mixed blessing as Libyan civilian death toll mounts.

At least 13 Libyan civilians have been reported killed so far by Nato’s ‘friendly fire’ and the rebels’ military equipment has also suffered damage by the air strikes. Despite this, it is reported that the rebels are keen for Nato’s support to continue.  An interesting question is what happens if they say ‘no’ to further Nato aid?  My guess is that ‘regime change‘ will continue notwithstanding as the countries making up the Nato contingent in Libya will have too much to lose in terms of oil credits if the Gadaffi regime continues to rule.

Various news reports are suggesting that the end to the conflict seems nowhere in sight as Nato air strikes, although effective, have not diminished the regime’s capacity to inflict continuous damage on the rebel’s forces. For example, it is reported that Misrata has now been retaken by the Colonel’s forces who have rejected calls for a ceasefire.

My guess is that sooner, or later, Nato ground forces will have to be deployed to support the rebels as if ‘collateral damage‘ escalates (as it most certainly will if the air strikes continue) Nato will lose credibility with the rebels to the advantage of the regime. Furthermore, is it not time that Nato considered arming the rebels? After all, the Libyan regime is well-armed with US and European military equipment supplied to it in the run-up to the conflict.

MailOnline reports that bombs dropped on Tripoli by Nato forces have resulted in further civilian casualties.

[Tutsu Ahmedi, Middle East & Africa Contributor]

March 31, 2011

Libyan Regime on the run – to Britain

[Tom Atkins, Middle East & Africa News Contributor]

Mail Online: Rebels are rejoicing as their efforts appear to be forcing the Gaddafi‘s inner circle to leave in droves into the arms of the waiting British security services.

British assets in the region have more, or less confirmed that following the well-publicized defecting of Libya‘s Minister Musa Kusa, at least two of the Colonel‘s senior ministers are now in Tunis discussing a ‘bailout’ package with British and French intelligence officers.

It also seems that the Colonel’s head of intelligence and minister for Europe has already packed bags and is on his way out of the troubled country.  Others defecting are:  up to seven other ministers, diplomats and officials who are now in Tunisia; Ali al-Treiki, Gaddafi’s minister for Africa and Tarek Khalid Ibrahim, the deputy head of mission in London.

March 27, 2011

Libya decends into chaos whilst Libyan oil still pumps out to coalition forces countries

[Austin Kilroy, Middle East and Africa Contributor]

Attacks and counter attacks, wins and counter wins in the ongoing war involving the Libyan rebels and the incumbent regime is causing Libya to decend into one of world’s most troubled ‘conflict zones’.

The ongoing saga is well-updated by Huffington Post and access to the stories can be gained by clicking on the photo above.

The fighting in Libya is compounded by the involvement of western coalition forces which although assisting the rebels with air strikes, are refusing to arm them although the Libyan regime was previously armed by the same coalition forces countries who are now rallying to the defence of the rebels.

Coincidentally, despite the conflicts in the country, Libyan oil is still flowing out by the barrels to the coalition forces countries.

No doubt , post conflict and on the assumption that the rebels win (although this is by no means certain), there will be an oil reward price to be paid by the rebels to the coalition forces countries which having armed the Libyan regime to enable it to attack and kill its people so effectively, will certainly wish to be rewarded for their role in ‘defending the Libyan people’ once the conflict is over.

Last week, Der Spiegel reports that Dirk Niebel, a member of the German Free Democrats (FDP) partry on the TV program ‘Talkshow’, said that the coalition forces countries was were hypocrites. “It is notable that exactly those countries which are blithely dropping bombs in Libya are still drawing oil from Libya,” he said.