Archiv: Libya


11.03.2020 - 23:55 [ debates.org ]

September 30. 2004 Debate Transcript

(September 30, 2004)

KERRY: Thirty-five to forty countries in the world had a greater capability of making weapons at the moment the president invaded than Saddam Hussein. And while he’s been diverted, with 9 out of 10 active duty divisions of our Army, either going to Iraq, coming back from Iraq, or getting ready to go, North Korea’s gotten nuclear weapons and the world is more dangerous. Iran is moving toward nuclear weapons and the world is more dangerous. Darfur has a genocide.

The world is more dangerous. I’d have made a better choice.

LEHRER: New question. Two minutes, Senator Kerry. What is your position on the whole concept of preemptive war?

KERRY: The president always has the right, and always has had the right, for preemptive strike. That was a great doctrine throughout the Cold War. And it was always one of the things we argued about with respect to arms control.

11.03.2020 - 23:52 [ Politics 101 / Youtube ]

George W. Bush and John Kerry 1st Presidential Debate 2004

The First Presidential Debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry on Thursday September 30th, 2004 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

07.03.2020 - 22:13 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

07.03.2020 - 22:10 [ Matt Stoller / Twitter ]

The entire 2020 primary is about whether Democrats can come to grips with what a shitty President Obama was. The answer appears to be no they cannot.

06.03.2020 - 11:32 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Here’s Biden again – where a bust of the monstrous war criminal Dick Cheney was unveiled at the Capitol – where Biden stood by George W. Bush heaping more praise on Cheney: „I actually like Dick Cheney,“ Biden said, adding: (Biden was the critical Senate Dem for the Iraq War):

20.02.2020 - 12:39 [ NATO / Twitter ]

NATO is a family of common values. We are united with our Allies for peace and stability. 🇹🇷 #Turkey is NATO, #WeAreNATO

16.02.2020 - 19:13 [ Daniel McAdams / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

The Koch-Soros Quincy Project: A Train Wreck of Neocon and ‚Humanitarian‘ Interventionists

But Koch/Soros don’t really want to end endless US interventions overseas. They want to fund the same old think tanks who are responsible for the disaster that is US foreign policy, re-brand interventionism as non-interventionism, and hope none of us rubes in flyover country notices.

14.02.2020 - 13:36 [ Time.com ]

‘Our Hearts Are Dead.’ After 9 Years of Civil War, Libyans Are Tired of Being Pawns in a Geopolitical Game of Chess

Though Libyans shaped the ebb and flow of battle, they were hardly alone, even then: circling high above were foreign warplanes from the NATO-led coalition that kept at bay fighters loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. And contrary to some official denials, there were also “boots on the ground” in the form of foreign special operations forces and intelligence personnel, from France, Britain, the U.S., the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, who discretely channeled weapons and training to fractious anti-Gaddafi groups. In such meddling, there were already signs of a proxy rivalry that would explode into open warfare years later.

22.01.2020 - 01:58 [ Al Jazeera ]

UN’s top Libya envoy Ghassan Salame opposes UN troop deployment

A number of European figures, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, and European Union foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell, further suggested the possibility of deploying peacekeeping troops to Libya if a permanent ceasefire were agreed, though this was not part of the discussions.

19.01.2020 - 20:34 [ Charles Michel, President of the European Council ‏/ Twitter ]

Welcoming outcome of #BerlinConference which brought all regional and international actors together. #EU commits to play an important role in follow-up. Monitoring ceasefire in #Libya and respect of arms embargo is key.

17.01.2020 - 13:07 [ Ekathimerini.com ]

Greek PM calls Merkel over Libya talks snub

He also revealed he has sent letters outlining Greece’s positions to his European Union counterparts, and European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

17.01.2020 - 13:05 [ Ekathimerini.com ]

Greek PM threatens veto over Libya as Haftar visits Athens

Meanwhile, Libya’s Khalifa Haftar, commander of the eastern Libyan forces, arrived in Athens on Thursday night and held an informal meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias ahead of their official talks on Friday. He will also hold talks with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Parliament.

12.01.2020 - 19:15 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

12.01.2020 - 15:53 [ theHill.com ]

Kerry defends Biden on Iraq War vote: Bush administration ‚broke their word‘

“The fact is that we were promised by a president, by an administration, that they were going to do it as a last resort after exhausting diplomacy, that if they have to go to war it would be with a coalition that they built broadly, and that they would do it only in conjunction with our allies,“ Kerry said Friday, according to NBC News.

“It was a mistake to have trusted them, I guess, and we paid a high price for it,” Kerry continued. “But that was not voting for the war.”

05.01.2020 - 13:33 [ theHill.com ]

The Memo: Iran crisis reverberates for Trump, Democrats

Clinton’s vote became a major vulnerability when she ran against then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. Biden’s backing for the war remains a sore point for some on the left even now.

“The elites and the establishment are going to try to say that because Joe Biden sat next to Barack Obama he has the most ‘foreign policy credentials,’ but that is insane,” said progressive strategist Jonathan Tasini, who supports Sanders. “Joe Biden made one of the worst foreign policy blunders ever by voting for the Iraq War, which shows he is completely without judgment.”

03.01.2020 - 19:28 [ MSNBC ]

Trump predicted Obama would attack Iran to ‚get elected‘

In a 2011 video, Donald Trump predicted a ‚weak and ineffective‘ President Obama would attack Iran in order to win a second term. Trump followed this notion up at other points in 2011 and 2012.

02.01.2020 - 18:02 [ Hurriyet ]

Motion on troop deployment to Libya passes Turkish Parliament

Turkey’s parliament passed a motion that authorizes the government to send Turkish troops to Libya for a one-year deployment at their emergency session on Jan. 2.

02.01.2020 - 02:47 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu to Depart to Athens to Sign Gas Pipeline Deal With Greece and Cyprus

Accompanying Netanyahu to Athens will be Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz. The two will meet with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Netanyahu will also meet with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

30.12.2019 - 18:56 [ France24 ]

France, Egypt urge ‘restraint’ in Libya as Turkey weighs sending troops

Macron held talks late Sunday with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi when both agreed that warring Libyan powers need to negotiate a political solution under UN auspices.

30.12.2019 - 18:46 [ Hurriyet ]

Turkey rushes to send troops to Libya amid Idlib tension

Despite pressure from Syria and Russia, Akar confirmed once again that Turkey will not abandon its military positions inside Idlib and will be sticking to its commitments underlined by the Sochi deal.

All these developments come before a scheduled meeting between Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Jan. 8 in Istanbul for the inauguration of the TurkStream pipeline. For many in Ankara, escalation in Idlib is not totally irrelevant to the developments in Libya where Turkey and Russia support the opposite camps.

30.12.2019 - 12:26 [ UN.org ]

Continued airstrikes in western Libya ‘utterly unacceptable’, says UN mission chief

Libya has been facing ongoing instability since the fall of President Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Thousands have been killed in fighting between factions of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) commanded by Khalifa Haftar, based in the east, and the internationally-recognized government in the capital, Tripoli, located in the west.

29.12.2019 - 00:34 [ The Sudan Tribune ]

Sudanese army dismisses participation in Libya’s conflict

UN panel on Libya said earlier this year that fighters from the government paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have been dispatched by the Sudanese transitional government. But Sudanese officials strongly dismissed the claim.

27.12.2019 - 17:22 [ New York Times ]

Russia and Turkey to Discuss Libya Military Support in January: Kremlin

(17.12.2019)

„Russia… supports any efforts and individual countries in terms of finding solutions to the (Libyan) crisis,“ said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Later on Tuesday, Erdogan and Putin held a phone call where they discussed developments in Libya and Syria, as well as their bilateral ties and other regional issues, the Turkish presidency said in a statement. No further details were available.

27.12.2019 - 00:59 [ Egypt Today ]

Sisi, Trump discuss Libyan crisis, Ethiopian Dam talks

The Egyptian leader also hailed the role played by the Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa Haftar, to combat terrorism, and thwart the activities of the armed organizations and militias that have threatened regional security.

26.12.2019 - 20:22 [ Xinhuanet ]

Libya’s UN-backed govn’t announces Turkish-Tunisian-Algerian alliance to support Libyan govn’t

Interior Minister of the UN-backed government of Libya Fathi Bashagha on Thursday revealed that a Turkish-Tunisian-Algerian alliance was formed to support the Libyan government.

26.12.2019 - 12:10 [ Al Jazeera ]

Erdogan announces plan to send troops to Libya

(today)

„Since there is an invitation (from Libya) right now, we will accept it,“ Erdogan told members of his AK Party. „We will present the motion to send troops [to Libya] as soon as parliament resumes.“

„God willing, we will pass it in parliament on January 8-9 and thus respond to an invitation“ from the Tripoli-based GNA, he said.

26.12.2019 - 12:03 [ Al Jazeera ]

Obama: Gaddafi must leave Libya now

(27.2.2011)

Obama’s remarks came in a call on Saturday to Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, sharpening US rhetoric after days of deadly violence – and criticism that Washington was slow to respond.

„When a leader’s only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now,“ the White House said in a statement, summarising their telephone conversation.

26.12.2019 - 11:57 [ ORF.at ]

Erdogan: Türkei wird Truppen nach Libyen schicken

Ein entsprechendes Gesetz werde dem türkischen Parlament im Jänner vorgelegt, sagte Erdogan heute. Das seit 2014 unter einem Bürgerkrieg leidende Libyen habe türkische Truppen eingeladen, und man werde der Einladung folgen.

26.12.2019 - 01:13 [ OilPrice ]

Putin Makes A Move In Libya’s Oil Crescent

This might seem odd given the constructive relationship between Moscow and Field Marshal Haftar – Sirte is much deeper in Haftar-controlled territory and thus might be perceived as safer to work at – yet in this case it is the 3 previous discoveries that eventually carried the day. If heavy streams are added to Tatneft’s portfolio or if Gazprom decides to restart works on its offshore block, the political link between Moscow and Tripoli might get even more thorough.

26.12.2019 - 01:00 [ Reuters ]

Turkey-Libya maritime deal rattles East Mediterranean

Egypt and Israel, which have invested heavily in energy exploration in the region, are alarmed by the Turkey-Libya move, which may threaten their ability to export gas to Europe. Egypt has called it “illegal and not binding”, while Israel has said it could “jeopardize peace and stability in the area”.

23.12.2019 - 14:42 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

Saagar Enjeti: New ‚Hillary 2.0‘ Biden ad shows why he will lose

Saagar Enjeti argues why Biden’s case to the electorate is stuck in the past.

22.12.2019 - 01:38 [ Reuters ]

Eastern Libyan forces seize ship with a Turkish crew: spokesman

Eastern Libyan forces seized a Grenada-flagged ship with a Turkish crew on Saturday off the Libyan coast, a spokesman said, amid rising tensions with Turkey, which supports the rival and internationally recognized Libyan government in Tripoli.

15.12.2019 - 13:08 [ theGuardian.com ]

Turkey renews military pledge to Libya as threat of Mediterranean war grows

Ankara ready to defend government in Tripoli in latest policy to inflame tensions with US, EU, Greece and Middle East countries

15.12.2019 - 01:41 [ Xinhuanet ]

Tunisia on high security alert in light of Libyan situation

According to Hayouni, the degree of vigilance is increased in anticipation of any emergency resulting from the events currently taking place in Libya and the subsequent influx of a large number of Libyan families, as well as the possibility of infiltration of certain armed groups on Tunisian soil.

15.12.2019 - 01:33 [ The Straits Times ]

UN expert report unmasks Libya arms embargo violations

From buying an Irish navy boat re-registered as a „pleasure yacht“ to enlisting a Canadian firm to recruit Sudanese fighters – Libya’s warring parties are running rings around a UN arms embargo.

15.12.2019 - 01:17 [ Xinhuanet ]

Spotlight: Active military involvement in Libya serves no Turkish interest: analysts

A senior navy officer from the Tobruk-based rival forces reportedly said he was ordered by Haftar to sink any approaching Turkish research vessels.

Haftar, who failed to capture Tripoli in a major attack earlier this year, announced late Thursday that the „decisive battle“ to seize Tripoli began.

15.12.2019 - 01:03 [ Anadolu Agency ]

Turkish lawmakers to ratify Libya military coop deal

The earlier memorandum on maritime boundaries asserted Turkey’s rights in the Eastern Mediterranean in the face of unilateral drilling by the Greek Cypriot administration, clarifying that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) also has rights to the resources in the area. It went into effect on Dec. 8.

15.12.2019 - 00:53 [ The Times of Israel ]

Turkish ships said to force Israeli research vessel out of Cypriot waters

According to TV report, Turkish navy intercepts Israeli boat, orders it to leave; Turkey’s recent maritime deal with Libya has fueled regional tensions over drilling rights

01.12.2019 - 15:46 [ Libyan Express ]

Erdoğan: Agreement with Libya’s GNA to go through Parliament for endorsement

The Turkish president further said that the agreement with Libya’s internationally recognised government will have to go through the Turkish parliament and then it will be put into effect.

28.10.2019 - 06:31 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

23.10.2019 - 10:33 [ Tulsi Gabbard ]

Hillary, Acknowledge the Damage You’ve Caused

Hillary, your foreign policy was a disaster for our country and the world—resulting in the deaths and injuries of so many of my brothers and sisters in uniform, devastating entire countries, millions of lives lost, refugee crises, our enemy al-Qaeda/ISIS strengthened, increased Iranian and Russian influence in the region, Turkey emboldened, and exacerbated the problem of nuclear proliferation by overthrowing Gadhafi in Libya. Yet despite the damage you have done to our country and the world, you want to continue your failed policies directly or indirectly through the Democratic nominee.

20.10.2019 - 14:46 [ BBC ]

US expands ‚axis of evil‘

(6.5.2002)

The United States has added Cuba, Libya and Syria to the nations it claims are deliberately seeking to obtain chemical or biological weapons.

19.10.2019 - 11:06 [ Disappointed from NY ‏/ Twitter ]

This Retired Admiral William McRaven was the Head of SOCOM in Benghazi. He loves Hillary. Of course he doesn’t like Trump. This wacko is a Warmonger just like Hillary is.

17.10.2019 - 18:59 [ USA Today ]

President Donald Trump moves to stop ‚endless wars.‘ I stand with him: Sen. Rand Paul

Then-candidate Trump said often that the Iraq War was a mistake, and that we were in too many places for too long. Fast-forward to 2019, and the president is now moving forward to stop the “endless wars.” I stand with him.

The idea that our president would make this decision from this perspective is refreshing and long-awaited. Virtually every president in my lifetime has ended up in a new conflict or extending and expanding the old ones.

In particular, in the past 18 years, from Iraq to Libya to Syria, past presidents went into one bad misadventure after another.

17.10.2019 - 17:36 [ Middle East Eye ]

Trump’s Syria pullout was right. Why is the Washington establishment so shocked?

“The same people that got us into the Middle East Quicksand, 8 Trillion Dollars and many thousands of lives (and millions of lives when you count the other side), are now fighting to keep us there. Don’t listen to people that haven’t got a clue. They have proven to be inept!”

The tweet represents one of the most significant indictments that a US president has ever issued against the foreign policy that his own country has pursued in the Middle East for several decades.

13.10.2019 - 14:25 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

It’s not an exaggeration to say that anyone who criticizes the Democratic Party, the DNC or US foreign policy (as supported by the CIA/NSA) is instantly, and for that reason alone, viewed as an agent of Moscow. They don’t even hide their McCarthyism: it’s the explicit formula:

10.10.2019 - 06:52 [ Haaretz ]

Defending Syria Pullout, Trump Says U.S. Should Never Have Been Involved in ‚Stupid‘ Mideast Wars

Trump’s call for ending U.S. military involvement in the Middle East and bringing the troops home was a feature of his presidential campaign, but it flies in the face of many decades of bipartisan American policy, even as the Trump administration and its immediate predecessor have tried to give additional attention to what they see as long-term security threats elsewhere, including from China and Russia.

09.10.2019 - 19:01 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States / Twitter ]

Fighting between various groups that has been going on for hundreds of years. USA should never have been in Middle East. Moved our 50 soldiers out. Turkey MUST take over captured ISIS fighters that Europe refused to have returned. The stupid endless wars, for us, are ending!

09.10.2019 - 18:54 [ Daily Mail ]

Furious Donald Trump calls going into the Middle East ‚the worst decision ever made‘ and demands Turkey take responsibility for captured ISIS fighters – opening way for Erdogan’s forces to move into Kurdish Syria

Trump suggested that Republican predecessor George W. Bush, whose military invaded Iraq based on bad intelligence, was responsible for entangling the United States in a regional quagmire that has resulted in more 50,000 American casualties since 2001.

‚We went to war under a false & now disproven premise, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. There were NONE! Now we are slowly & carefully bringing our great soldiers & military home. Our focus is on the BIG PICTURE! THE USA IS GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE!‘ he proclaimed.

Trump said that religious clashes in the Middle East will never be resolved by an American military presence.

07.10.2019 - 20:54 [ New York Times ]

The Only Way to End ‘Endless War’

(14.09.2019)

It requires more than bringing ground troops home from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. American war-making will persist so long as the United States continues to seek military dominance across the globe. Dominance, assumed to ensure peace, in fact guarantees war. To get serious about stopping endless war, American leaders must do what they most resist: end America’s commitment to armed supremacy and embrace a world of pluralism and peace.

11.09.2019 - 09:14 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

11.09.2019 - 08:43 [ Buzzfeed ]

60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History

(17.1.2014)

Written in the frenzied, emotional days after 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force was intended to give President Bush the ability to retaliate against whoever orchestrated the attacks. But more than 12 years later, this sentence remains the primary legal justification for nearly every covert operation around the world. Here’s how it came to be, and what it’s since come to mean.

08.09.2019 - 14:47 [ theHill.com ]

Joe Biden lying about Iraq shows why our nation has so many wars

Hillary Clinton engaged in the same kind of historical revisionism. She was a reliable hawk on military interventions, including the disastrous intervention in Libya, without even a resolution; regarding Iraq, she jumped on the popular bandwagon for war. When it became less popular, however, she claimed to have been misled, even though she and her colleagues ignored those of us opposing the original war resolution.

07.09.2019 - 18:36 [ Eddie Dempsey ‏/ Twitter ]

Love the Empire. When the EU stormtroopers are securing by military force markets and access to resources in Africa and Eurasia the Guardian will remind you oposition to this monster is because you are a racist.

12.07.2019 - 11:35 [ France24.com ]

Missiles belonging to French army found at pro-Haftar base in Libya

(10.07.2019)

The missiles were intended for the “protection of a French military unit deployed to carry out counter-terrorism operations”, the ministry added.

In its statement, the French ministry of defence also denied the Javelins had been given to Haftar’s forces, and it further reiterated that the arms were not subject to import restrictions because they were intended for the protection of French troops.

09.07.2019 - 06:01 [ Common Dreams ]

Dogs of War Howl for Blood in Iran While Americans Cheer US Bombers on July 4th

Last week’s display was a chilling reminder of the horrific deaths caused by successive administrations‘ propensity for war

04.07.2019 - 12:12 [ Wikipedia ]

February 2015 Egyptian airstrikes in Libya: French jet deal

The beheadings came a day before Egypt signed a $5.9 billion arms deal to purchase 24 Dassault Rafale warplanes from France, making it the first foreign sale for the French jet. Egypt also bought a FREMM multipurpose frigate as well as missiles. The deal is believed by analysts to be an attempt by Sisi to both upgrade Egypt’s military hardware and to diversify its suppliers. Patricia Adam, president of the French parliament’s defense committee, said that Egypt needed planes quickly. „You just need to take a look at what’s happening at its border. They are especially worried by what’s happening in Libya,“ she said. French defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said that the Copts‘ execution was one of the reasons why the Egyptian government wanted to boost its security.

04.07.2019 - 11:58 [ Middle East Eye ]

Libyan militia building mercenary air force, rivals claim

(04.05.2017)

From February 2015, the Ukrainian Glissada company, specialising in the supply of spare parts for airplanes and helicopters of various nations, began looking for pilots and technicians with experience on the Mirage F1 for full-time jobs in Africa.

The final client was Libya Dawn, via the Caravana Middle East company based in Jordan and directed by a US-Jordanian, Rami Ghanem Najm, according to MEE’s source. Najm was arrested in December 2015 in Greece on an international arrest warrant and extradited to the US on arms trafficking charges.

The first two foreign mercenaries appeared in Misrata in June 2015. One of them refused to bomb LNA troops and left. The other – an Ecuadorian, reinforced by technicians of the same country – carried out several air strikes against LNA forces, then Islamic State militants in the Sirte region.

04.07.2019 - 11:46 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Libya airstrike: Up to 80 killed in attack on migrant detention centre in Tripoli

“The Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord condemns in the strongest terms this terrible crime, in which planes belonging to the war criminal Khalifa Haftar targeted a migrant shelter in Tajoura, killing and injuring dozens,” its statement said.

Turkey, a major backer of the Tripoli government, called the attack a “crime against humanity,” in a foreign ministry statement.

04.07.2019 - 11:42 [ Middle East Eye ]

Turkey sold arms and equipment to UN-backed Libyan government, Erdogan confirms

(20.06.2019)

Turkey has sold weaponry and equipment to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya to balance the civil war there, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledged on Thursday.

The statement was the first confirmation by any Turkish official that Ankara provided security assistance to the Tripoli-based administration.

Pictures emerged last month showing that dozens of Turkish „Kirpi“ armoured vehicles were delivered to the GN

04.07.2019 - 11:33 [ Daily Sabah ]

US might end arms sales to UAE over reports American missiles shipped to Libya’s Haftar

(02.07.2019)

In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, demanded an investigation and asked for explanations by July 15 on arms agreements with the United Arab Emirates.

„You are surely aware that if these allegations prove true you may be obligated by law to terminate all arms sales to the UAE,“ Menendez said.

He warned that the transfer would be a „serious violation“ of US law and „almost certainly“ break the UN arms embargo on Libya.

15.06.2019 - 10:45 [ Buzzfeed ]

60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History

(17.1.2014)

Written in the frenzied, emotional days after 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force was intended to give President Bush the ability to retaliate against whoever orchestrated the attacks. But more than 12 years later, this sentence remains the primary legal justification for nearly every covert operation around the world. Here’s how it came to be, and what it’s since come to mean.

08.06.2019 - 12:40 [ Al Marsad ]

The Case of the Illegal Ukranian Flights from Turkey to Libya – SPECIAL REPORT

As Jihadi fighters from Idlib in Syria pour into GNA forces, and Erdoğan sends further armored vehicles and weapons to Salah Badi’s militias to fight the LNA, regular secret flights by the Ukranian Air Alliance from Turkey to Misrata with unknown cargo are adding to accusations of illegal shipment of arms and fighters. In this Special Report Al Marsad looks at the evidence and provides details to help connect the dots.

06.05.2019 - 18:30 [ BBC ]

US expands ‚axis of evil‘

(6.5.2002)

The United States has added Cuba, Libya and Syria to the nations it claims are deliberately seeking to obtain chemical or biological weapons.

03.05.2019 - 17:02 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Just as in interventions past, those who oppose war are labeled supporters of dictators and haters of “freedom.” We saw this playbook in Iraq. The situation in Venezuela is dire and the Trump Admin is making it worse. We must support diplomacy, not war.

21.04.2019 - 15:13 [ theGuardian.com ]

Airstrikes hit Tripoli as Haftar steps up assault on Libyan capital

Residents had reported drone strikes in recent days, but there has been no confirmation and explosions heard in the city centre this time were louder than in previous days.

Residents counted several missile strikes, one of which apparently hit a military camp of forces loyal to the UN-recognised government in the Sabaa district in the south of the capital – scene of the heaviest fighting between the rival forces.

20.04.2019 - 16:07 [ CNN ]

Trump praises Libyan general as his troops march on US backed government in Tripoli

President Donald Trump spoke with Libyan general Khalifa Haftar Monday, praising his role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s vast oil resources even as Haftar’s troops continue their offensive against the UN and US-backed government in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

19.04.2019 - 21:18 [ Reuters ]

White House says Trump spoke to Libyan commander Haftar on Monday

Both the United States and Russia said on Thursday they could not support a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Libya at this time.

Haftar was among officers who helped Gaddafi rise to power in 1969 but fell out with him during Libya’s war with Chad in the 1980s. Haftar was taken prisoner by the Chadians and had to be rescued by the CIA after having worked from Chad to overthrow Gaddafi.

He lived for around 20 years in the U.S. state of Virginia before returning home in 2011 to join other rebels in the uprising that ousted Gaddafi.

17.04.2019 - 16:19 [ Tulsi Gabbard, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Trump is surrounded by neocon war hawks who supported regime change wars in Libya, Iraq, Syria…now they’re calling for overthrow the govts of Venezuela and Iran, and the result will be the same: thousands of lives lost, trillions wasted, more suffering.

tulsi.to/warhawks

12.04.2019 - 20:32 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Saudi Arabia Promised Support to Libyan Warlord in Push to Seize Tripoli

The offer came during a visit to Saudi Arabia that was just one of several meetings Mr. Haftar had with foreign dignitaries in the weeks and days before he began the military campaign on April 4.

08.04.2019 - 21:15 [ France24.com ]

Haftar’s forces continue push into Tripoli as Libya crisis escalates

The UN has reported that thousands are fleeing the capital city in face of Haftar’s surprise offensive.

Forces loyal to Haftar have pressed on with their assault since Thursday despite international calls to halt hostilities.

The fighting in southern Tripoli has so far killed at least 25 and wounded 80, a spokesman for the health ministry said Monday.

07.04.2019 - 14:22 [ petroleum-economist.com ]

Libya’s oil fields fall into Haftar’s hands

(today)

In the short term, Haftar’s offensive has actually improved Libya’s oil production, now running at about 1mn bl/d. Sharara had been closed since December after the militia paid to guard it took control, demanding a massive pay rise. When Haftar’s forces captured Sharara they allowed the militia to stay, provided it removed key leaders and dropped excessive pay demands. In early March the NOC reopened the field.

07.04.2019 - 14:17 [ Bloomberg ]

Libya’s Haftar Takes Control of Country’s Largest Oil Field

(11.2.2019)

Armed protesters had closed down the 300,000 barrel-per-day deposit in December, demanding more money and investment in the remote region.

“Sharara is completely secure and ready to resume pumping,” LNA spokesman Ahmed al-Mismari said Tuesday in a telephone interview. “The guards at the field handed over the field to our forces peacefully.”

07.04.2019 - 13:07 [ European Council on Foreign Relations ]

France’s strongman strategy in the Sahel

(8.3.2019)

Last month, French planes struck rebel convoys that were making for the Chadian capital, N’Djamena, in an intervention lasting several days. The convoys had entered Chad from bases in Libya and belonged to the Union des Forces de la Résistance (UFR), a group that has sought to overthrow Chad’s president, Idriss Déby Itno, ever since its formation in 2009. Their leader in the mission? None other than Déby’s nephew, Timame Erdimi.

07.04.2019 - 13:01 [ Reuters ]

Backing Chad’s Deby, French warplanes stop rebel advance from Libya

(4.2.2019)

The Union of Forces of Resistance (UFR), a rebel Chadian coalition created in 2009 after almost toppling Deby, said it was behind the offensive. CCMSR is a splinter group of the UFR.

“The aim is to bring Deby down,” a UFR official said.

07.04.2019 - 12:59 [ thedefensepost.com ]

Haftar’s Libyan National Army says it hit Chad rebels in new airstrikes

(8.2.2019)

The “violent and painful” strikes targeted groups near Marzouk in southern Libya, the LNA added, without giving further details.

The LNA on Sunday announced it had carried out an air strike against “Chadian opposition” groups in the same area.

07.04.2019 - 12:10 [ Middle East Monitor ]

France commends the Libyan National Army’s ‘great progress’ in the south

(20.3.2019)

The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian lauded the “great progress” made in southern Libya by Libya’s National Army Chief Marshal Khalifa Haftar, pointing out at the same time that there is no military solution to the Libyan crisis.

Le Drian said during a visit to the Libyan capital Tripoli that “significant progress has been made in the south of the country in countering terrorist groups, organised crime groups and foreign armed groups, which have heightened instability in the region for a long time,” according to AFP.

07.04.2019 - 12:00 [ intpolicydigest.org ]

Libyan General Haftar’s Visit to Saudi Arabia

(1.4.2019)

This visit, which occurred one day before the Saudi monarch departed for the annual Arab League summit in Tunis, marked the first meeting between Haftar and King Salman. While in the Saudi capital, Haftar also met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. With the Saudi king, the Libyan commander discussed the “latest developments” in Libya’s civil war that erupted in 2014. King Salman affirmed Riyadh’s “keenness for the security and stability of Libya.”

07.04.2019 - 11:56 [ France24.com ]

How the West’s silence emboldened Libya’s Haftar

The 75-year-old Haftar, who has switched sides and loyalties in the course of a military career spanning half-a-century, has portrayed himself as the only man who can bring stability to Libya and crush the Islamists in the North African nation.

It’s a pitch that has won Haftar audiences with leaders in Paris, Rome, Moscow, Cairo, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. But analysts warn that the self-aggrandising military man is unlikely or unable to deliver on both fronts.

07.04.2019 - 11:30 [ Libya Observer ]

EU ambassadors meet Haftar in Benghazi, voice concern about human rights, intl. law violations

(26.3.2019)

The EU delegation in Libya issued a statement saying the ambassadors and representatives of the European Union, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and Sweden met with Haftar to reaffirm the EU’s support to the efforts of UN SRSG Ghassan Salame towards ending the transitional phase which Libyans have been living through since the February revolution, and to urge all parties to rally behind these efforts to ensure the success of the National Conference which will convene in Ghadames next month.

05.04.2019 - 10:04 [ Buzzfeed ]

60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History

(17.1.2014)

Written in the frenzied, emotional days after 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force was intended to give President Bush the ability to retaliate against whoever orchestrated the attacks. But more than 12 years later, this sentence remains the primary legal justification for nearly every covert operation around the world. Here’s how it came to be, and what it’s since come to mean.

10.03.2019 - 03:26 [ The Libya Observer ]

PC seeks German cooperation for implementing development projects

The PC’s deputy head indicated the importance of the Forum as it comes in conjunction with the implementation of the economic reforms program, which promotes the resumption of work in the development programs and the stalled projects carried out by German companies.

09.03.2019 - 16:05 [ Washington Post ]

Assad must go, Obama says

(18.8.2011) As Obama issued his statement, the leaders of France, Germany and Britain joined him in calling on Assad “to face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people and to step aside.”

Obama had spoken to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron over the past two weeks to discuss calling for Assad’s resignation and to coordinate steps on sanctions.

09.03.2019 - 16:00 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Hillary Clinton: Muammar Gaddafi ‚must go now‘

(2.3.2011) Testifying before the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton called for an end to the violence in Libya.

She also added that the United States had reserved all its options as it considered additional steps that might be needed to stop Libyan forces from attacking civilians.

06.03.2019 - 20:49 [ Buzzfeed ]

60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History

(17. Januar 2014)

Written in the frenzied, emotional days after 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force was intended to give President Bush the ability to retaliate against whoever orchestrated the attacks. But more than 12 years later, this sentence remains the primary legal justification for nearly every covert operation around the world.

06.03.2019 - 20:42 [ obamawhitehouse.archives.gov ]

Remarks by the President at the National Defense University

(23. Mai 2013)

So I look forward to engaging Congress and the American people in efforts to refine, and ultimately repeal, the AUMF’s mandate. And I will not sign laws designed to expand this mandate further. Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.

06.03.2019 - 20:37 [ ABC News ]

Obama: ‚This War, Like All Wars, Must End‘

(23. Mai 2013)

Now, the speech:

The president who dramatically expanded the CIA secret drone war, ordered a troop surge in Afghanistan and aggressively prosecuted leakers made a forceful defense of his actions and an even more forceful case for winding down the war on terrorism.

The key line: „This war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.“

25.02.2019 - 14:58 [ Ben Norton, journalist, @GrayzoneProject / Twitter ]

Replying to @marcorubio: NATO worked with al-Qaeda-aligned extremists to overthrow the once prosperous, oil-rich nation of Libya and turn it into a failed state with open-air slave markets. Imperialist sadist Rubio is now threatening Venezuela with the same death and destruction.

25.02.2019 - 14:16 [ Salon.com ]

Marco Rubio tweets picture of bloodied Gaddafi in presumed reference to killing Nicolás Maduro

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., posted a tweet on Sunday that seemed to argue for embattled Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to meet the same violent fate as former Libyan Prime Minister Muammar Gaddafi.

The tweet, which shows a bloodied Gaddafi shortly before he was murdered in a coup d’etat, is especially notable within the context of Rubio’s other recent tweets on American foreign policy toward Venezuela.

16.02.2019 - 10:36 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Here’s Joe BIden in 2002, on the floor of the Senate, explaining why he supports giving Bush authorization to attack Iraq. Add to this his support for regime change in Libya and decide for yourself if you trust Joe Biden to determine who should rule Venezuela:

07.02.2019 - 09:22 [ Tulsi Gabbard / Twitter ]

We heard attacks from warmongers in politics/media before. Those opposed to Iraq/Libya/Syria regime change wars are called “dicatator-lovers” or “cozy” with evil regimes. Rather than defend their position, they resort to name-calling & smears. American people wont fall for this.

04.02.2019 - 10:32 [ @mnaEN / Twitter ]

#OPEC oil supply has fallen in January by the largest amount in two years, a Reuters survey found, as top exporter #SaudiArabia over-delivered on the group’s supply pact while #Iran, #Libya and #Venezuela registered involuntary declines.

(31.1.2019)

04.02.2019 - 10:23 [ Oilprice.com ]

Oil Soars After OPEC And Partners Reach Deal

(7.12.2018) As talks resumed on Friday, Iran continued to refuse to accept wording that it would ‘cut’ and insisted on ‘exemption’, remaining the only sticking point in the OPEC negotiations, while the deal broker, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak, flew in from Moscow for the non-OPEC part meeting, and sat down for separate talks with each of oil ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia, Bijan Zangeneh and Khalid al-Falih, respectively.