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Al Qaeda exploiting Libya's war?

A word of comment:Has Mr. Obama failed to see he and NATO are helping Al Qaeda to exploit the Civil War in Libya?


Islamic militants among prisoners freed from Libyan jail

Read Islamic militants among prisoners freed from Libyan jail By Martin Chulov and Luke Harding in Tripoli and Julian Borger, The Guardian, Thursday 25 August 2011

Key Point of the news: Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Hundreds of Islamist militants were among the prisoners freed from a notorious Tripoli prison this week, according to a former Libyan jihadist. The freed militants had been imprisoned in Tripoli's Abu Salim prison by Moammar Gadhafi's regime during the height of the insurgency in Iraq, according to Noman Benotman, once a senior figure in the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. Benotman said he believes as many as 600 militants may have been among the prison population at Abu Salim.

The human rights group, which recently had a team visit the prison, estimates that before the uprising, there were a few hundred Islamists held at Abu Salim. Benotman said many of the militants released are pro-al Qaeda. "Nobody knows what these released prisoners are going to do next," he said. "Will they take part in the fighting and if they do will they join pre-existing rebel brigades or form a separate fighting force?"

Internal al Qaeda in Iraq records seized by the U.S. military in 2007 indicated that proportionately more Libyans traveled to fight with al Qaeda in Iraq than from any other Arab country.

Wednesday's prison release, which occurred as rebel forces took control of the Abu Salim area of Tripoli, comes as Islamists are taking on an increasingly prominent role in the fight against the Gadhafi regime -- to the concern of some in the West.

A word of comment: Is this the sign Obama, Sarzozy, and David cameron have made al Qaeda their ally?


The Invasion of Qatari Special Forces Upon Libya

Read Street fighting rages in Tripoli as Gaddafi loyalists fight rearguard action Martin Chulov and Luke Harding in Tripoli and Julian Borger, The Guardian, Thursday 25 August 2011

Key Point of the news: The operation to take control Tripoli , codenamed Mermaid Dawn. According to a rebel military spokesman quoted by AP, men from Tripoli who supported the revolution slipped out of the capital three months ago for training in Benghazi. They then infiltrated the city either by sea, posing as fishermen, or through the western mountains. "They went back to Tripoli and waited; they became sleeper cells," said military spokesman Fadlallah Haroun, who helped organise the operation. He said that when the signal was given, on 21 August, about 150 men rose up inside Tripoli.

A US official was quoted as confirming reports that Qatari special forces had helped spearhead the rebel storming of Bab al-Aziziya, and that British, French and Italian advisers had played a role.

A word of comment: Mermaid Dawn Operation is no less than the invasion of foreign troops upon Libya.


Time to end Nato's war in Libya

Read Time to end Nato's war in Libya by Dennis Kucinich, guardian.co.uk, Sunday 21 August 2011 14.30 BST

Key Point of the news: Whether Gaddafi goes or not, this costly intervention has thwarted peace talks and betrayed its 'humanitarian' mission. Libyan rebels are now advancing on the capital city of Tripoli with the aid of Nato strikes; this is sure to result in a real bloodbath, as opposed to the one that was conjured in Benghazi this past winter. Nato is assisting rebels who are blocking food, water and medical supplies from coming into the capital city, and is stopping those who need advanced medical care from travelling to Tunisia to access it. Nato is bombing power stations, creating blackouts, and using Apache helicopters to attack Libyan police checkpoints to clear roads for rebels to advance.

A word of comment: While we do not know how many more civilians Mr. Obama is going to let die in Tripoli in the coming days for his war against Libya, this article has a right advise for him lest he along with NATO commit another fatal war crime.


Libyan rebel chief found dead in Benghazi

Read Libyan rebel chief found dead in Benghazi From Kareem Khadder and Michael Holmes, CNN on July 29, 2011 12:30 a.m. EDT

Key Point of the news: (CNN) -- The commander of Libya's rebel army was found dead in Benghazi along with two senior officers on Thursday, rebel leaders announced just hours after claiming big successes on the battlefield. The death of Gen. Abdul Fattah Younis came after the rebels' Transitional National Council sought Younis for questioning about military matters and alleged ongoing ties to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi

A word of comment: In what a strange way Mr. Obama has protected civilians by allowing the Libyan rebels to assassinate them!


'Libya campaign staged to start conquering Africa'


What is called public uprising of the free-loving people are actually coup attempts staged by the Western nations, Maysan says. The operation in Libya in particular is marked by an astounding number of lies fed to the public,

Read The headless corpse, the mass grave and worrying questions about Libya's rebel army By Ruth Sherlock, Al-Qawalish, 7:00PM BST 20 Jul 2011

Key Point of the news: The streaks of blood, smeared along the sides of this impromptu mass grave suggested a rushed operation, a hurried attempt to dispose of the victims. Who the men were and what happened to them, close to the Libyan rebels' western front line town of Al-Qawalish in the Nafusa Mountains, remains unknown. But the evidence of a brutal end were clear. One of the corpses had been cleanly decapitated, while the trousers of another had been ripped down to his ankles, a way of humiliating a dead enemy. The green uniforms were the same as those worn by loyalists fighting for Col. Muammer Gaddafi in Libya's civil war. No one from the rebel side claimed the corpses, or declared their loved ones missing. There was no funeral, or call to the media by the rebels to see the 'atrocities committed by the regime'.

A word of comment: This is what Mr. Obama calls humanitarian action. But more and more journalists now begin to wonder if it is not the extreme opposite action of what one can call humanitarian.


Gadhafi supporters rally for him in former rebel city

Read Gadhafi supporters rally for him in former rebel city By Ivan Watson and Raja Razek, CNN July 16, 2011 9:13 p.m. EDT

Key Points: As fighting raged around the eastern Libyan oil town of al-Brega on Saturday, supporters of Moammar Gadhafi's internationally isolated government staged a rally hundreds of miles to the west. This was the third pro-Gadhafi rally in as many days. Much like previous rallies in the towns of Zlitan and Ajilat, more than 10,000 portrait-waving demonstrators gathered amid a sea of green flags in Zawiyah's cratered and pock-marked central square. The men, women and children who attended the rally, many of whom traveled by bus and car from nearby Tripoli, appeared fanatically devoted to Gadhafi.

A word of comment: Sorry to Mr. Obama. But Obama and NATO's strategy to win the heart of Libyan people by bombing, destroying, and rooting did not work.


Read Exiled Islamists Watch Rebellion Unfold at Home By SOUAD MEKHENNET and ERIC SCHMITT, Published: July 18, 2011

Key Points: “Isn’t it interesting how they were hunting us for years and were working with Muammar el-Qaddafi?” said Abu Sohaib, referring to the United States, which after Libya disbanded its unconventional weapons program in 2003 worked closely with Libyan authorities to combat terrorism. “Now we are cooperating with NATO and the West, those who used to put us in jail.”

A word of comment: The Libyan War is a strange war in the eyes of the members of Al Qaeda, too. They are so puzzled why now suddenly Obama and NATO are cooperating with them from Al Qaeda groups for this war.


Gadhafi supporters rally for him in former rebel city

Read Gadhafi supporters rally for him in former rebel city By Ivan Watson and Raja Razek, CNN July 16, 2011 9:13 p.m. EDT

Key Points: As fighting raged around the eastern Libyan oil town of al-Brega on Saturday, supporters of Moammar Gadhafi's internationally isolated government staged a rally hundreds of miles to the west. This was the third pro-Gadhafi rally in as many days. Much like previous rallies in the towns of Zlitan and Ajilat, more than 10,000 portrait-waving demonstrators gathered amid a sea of green flags in Zawiyah's cratered and pock-marked central square. The men, women and children who attended the rally, many of whom traveled by bus and car from nearby Tripoli, appeared fanatically devoted to Gadhafi.

A word of comment: Sorry to Mr. Obama. But Obama and NATO's strategy to win the heart of Libyan people by bombing, destroying, and rooting did not work.


Al Qaeda smuggling weapons out of Libya: Italian minister

Islamist extremists in the Sahara desert have exploited the chaos in Libya to acquire weapons from the north African country, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on Tuesday. "Extremists in the Sahel region have taken advantage of the conflict in Libya to get arms," Frattini told a media conference during a visit to Algeria.

A word of comment: Who will continue helping Al Qaeda to smuggle weapons out of Libya?


The mass pro-Gaddafi street demonstration of one million Libyans held in the capital Tripoli has gone unreported by Western media as has news of civilians killed for the past three months.

A word of comment: I wonder how Mr. Obama along with Cameron and Sarkozy could dare to expect to win the heart of Libyan people to them and to terrorists by bombing Libyan cities. This did not work. Libyan majority is in support of Gaddafi.


Read Libyan Rebels Accused of Pillage and Beatings By C. J. CHIVERS Published: July 12, 2011.

Key Issues & Facts: ZINTAN, Libya — Rebels in the mountains in Libya’s west have looted and damaged four towns seized since last month from the forces of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, part of a series of abuses and apparent reprisals against suspected loyalists that have chased residents of these towns away, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

A word of comment: Do Mr. Obama and NATO still expect that they can win the heart of Libyan people by bombing and rooting?

Read also Libyan rebels looted and beat civilians, rights group says By the CNN Wire Staff July 13, 2011 2:00 p.m. EDT. The New York-based Human Rights Watch said that in "four towns captured by rebels in the Nafusa Mountains over the past month, rebel fighters and supporters have damaged property, burned some homes, looted from hospitals, homes, and shops, and beaten some individuals alleged to have supported government forces."

Read also: FRANCE 24 journalist David Thomson reported that he had witnessed events in Libya that confirmed Human Rights Watch (HRW) allegations of looting, arson and abuse of civilians by the rebels. Thomson, who was following the rebel forces operating in the Nafusa mountains south of Tripoli, said he saw “scenes of devastation” behind the front lines. “I saw villages burned and looted,” he said. “And as the HRW report says, some people, mostly black Africans believed to be fighting as mercenaries for the Gaddafi regime, were beaten and sometimes executed.” at Libya's rebels court EU as abuse allegations emerge


Children among the reported dead in NATO Libya strike

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A word of comment: As the tail of NATO's lie has grown too long, this time they could not hide this time that their bombs, what Obama calls bombs for humanitarian action, killed civilians. One wonders what kind of humanitarian action this is, as even terrorists would not make little children the target of their bombs.


Read NATO admits mistakenly striking Libyan opposition forces By By the CNN Wire Staff, June 18, 2011 7:26 p.m. EDT.

Key Issues & Facts: In its statement, NATO said that "a column of military vehicles, including tanks," were spotted Thursday around al-Brega where Gadhafi forces "had recently been operating." During what it called "a particularly complex and fluid battle scenario," leaders in the military alliance ordered a strike after determining these vehicles posed "a threat to civilians." "We regret any possible loss of life or injuries caused by this unfortunate incident," NATO said in its statement.

A word of comment: NATO military leaders determined that the vehicles posed a threat to civilians -- but the vehicles were operated by the rebels.

Is NATO now admitting that the rebels posed a threat to the civilians?

Yet, they regret the loss of life, stemming from their actions to protect civilians?

Were they or weren't they protecting civilians?

If they were, why are they apologizing?

If they weren't, why are they in Libya?


Read Libya's civilian casualties have silenced Sarkozy's crusade By Nabila Ramdani, guardian.co.uk, Monday 20 June 2011 16.02 BST Key Points: France's president has gone quiet following speculation it was a French missile that killed civilians in a Tripoli housing block. Paris has effectively imposed a news blackout on the subject. The day after the lethal attack, there was not one word in the French press, on TV, or on radio about those potentially responsible.

A word of comment: Did Sarkozy say that his air-strike is for democracy in Libya? Is this he also who imposed a news blackout on the subject of French missile killing civilians? What does he mean by his word democracy: democracy or hypocrisy?


Former CIA Officer indicates that many of rebel fighters are from al Qaeda fighters



Read NATO admits mistakenly striking Libyan opposition forces By By the CNN Wire Staff, June 18, 2011 7:26 p.m. EDT.

Key Issues & Facts: In its statement, NATO said that "a column of military vehicles, including tanks," were spotted Thursday around al-Brega where Gadhafi forces "had recently been operating." During what it called "a particularly complex and fluid battle scenario," leaders in the military alliance ordered a strike after determining these vehicles posed "a threat to civilians." "We regret any possible loss of life or injuries caused by this unfortunate incident," NATO said in its statement.

A word of comment: NATO military leaders determined that the vehicles posed a threat to civilians -- but the vehicles were operated by the rebels.

Is NATO now admitting that the rebels posed a threat to the civilians?

Yet, they regret the loss of life, stemming from their actions to protect civilians?

Were they or weren't they protecting civilians?

If they were, why are they apologizing?

If they weren't, why are they in Libya?


Read Libyan prisoners stuck in limbo as war drags on By Maria Golovnina, updated 6/17/2011 10:58:51 AM ET

Key Issues & Facts: updated 6/17/2011 10:58:51 AM ET

One Benghazi resident, Isa, said two people were killed two days ago in a shootout after a family feud escalated.

"Sitting on a grubby mattress in the corridor, Abdusalam Osman, 23, said he was working in a car parts workshop near Ajdabiyah when he was seized by Gaddafi soldiers in March. He said he was subsequently released and returned to the rebel-held east, only to be detained this time by rebel forces suspicious of his experience while in government detention.

A word of comment: In cities liberated by the rebels, even physicians are captured and sent into the prison. They are being punished without trail for what they are not, for they did not do. What a strange way the rebels and Obama liberate people!

Read NATO admits mistakenly striking Libyan opposition forces By By the CNN Wire Staff, June 18, 2011 7:26 p.m. EDT.

Key Issues & Facts: In its statement, NATO said that "a column of military vehicles, including tanks," were spotted Thursday around al-Brega where Gadhafi forces "had recently been operating." During what it called "a particularly complex and fluid battle scenario," leaders in the military alliance ordered a strike after determining these vehicles posed "a threat to civilians." "We regret any possible loss of life or injuries caused by this unfortunate incident," NATO said in its statement.

A word of comment: NATO military leaders determined that the vehicles posed a threat to civilians -- but the vehicles were operated by the rebels.

Is NATO now admitting that the rebels posed a threat to the civilians?

Yet, they regret the loss of life, stemming from their actions to protect civilians?

Were they or weren't they protecting civilians?

If they were, why are they apologizing?

If they weren't, why are they in Libya?


Read Hunt for Gaddafi backers in east Libya shows tension By Maria Golovnina updated 6/16/2011 4:11:31 PM ET

Key Issues & Facts: Behind the facade of normality, there is a sense of nervousness. Many people now possess guns. Explosions and brief exchanges of fire ring out almost every night. Neighborhoods are patrolled by armed vigilante groups, and ordinary people worry about crime

One Benghazi resident, Isa, said two people were killed two days ago in a shootout after a family feud escalated.

"Before the revolution life was normal. Now, life is abnormal. Nothing is normal..." said Ali, the construction worker.

A word of comment: A democratic society is where a variety of opinions are listened and tolerated. Yet, the opposite it the case in Benghazi where the rebels kill citizens they do no like without trial. Can one expect a healthy democracy can grow in the environment where a causal free speech can cost his or her life?