NATO kills Libyan rebels


From CTV in Canada:

13 Libyan rebels reported dead after coalition airstrike

Updated: Sat Apr. 02 2011 9:34:50 AM News Staff

NATO is investigating reports that 10 Libyan rebels are dead following an accidental strike by coalition jets.

A convoy of five rebel cars was reportedly hit by an airstrike about 20 kilometers east of the town of Brega after opposition forces fired into the air.

“There was apparent some anti-aircraft gunfire from one of those cars, perhaps in celebration, of what we’re not sure,” said CTV’s Janis Mackey Frayer, reporting from the rebel stronghold of Benghazi on Saturday.

“This is in an area where there has been some back-and-forth fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi,” Mackey Frayer added.

… Idris Kadiki, a 38-year-old mechanical engineer, said he had seen an ambulance and three cars burning after an airstrike.

NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said Saturday that the coalition was looking into the reports.

The incident comes as US forces prepare to withdraw from the air war over Libya, leaving the airstrikes under the leadership of NATO.

Elsewhere, in Ajdabiya, in the only western Libyan city still in the hands of rebels,

Probably, the report means Misrata instead of Ajdabiya, which is in eastern Libya

medical officials say that 243 people are now dead and more than 1,000 wounded after weeks of intense shelling by Gadhafi’s forces.

Libya’s revolution faces stark choices. Simon Assaf looks at the roots of Gaddafi’s regime and the danger posed by Western intervention: here.

Three African nations voted for the UN Security Council resolution that opened the door to the Western military intervention in Libya. Demba Moussa Dembele regrets that South Africa, Gabon and Nigeria provided the votes for the resolution to be passed: here.

USA: Why Did the Federal Reserve Provide Billions of Dollars in Loans to Qaddafi? Here.

The idea that Kosovo is a model for humanitarian intervention in Libya is based on a series of myths: here.

The Pope’s top representative in Libya today urged Western states backing insurgents in the country to negotiate with the government or face a protracted war of attrition.

Britain: Overstretched RAF will be in Libya ‘at least six months’ warns forces chief as Government announces £5bn military cuts: here.

The US and British media now speak openly of the CIA connections of the top commander of the Libyan rebels: here.

THE diplomatic twisted tongues of Washington and Brussels (European Union capital) cautioning restraint in Egypt’s 18-day revolt that ousted their main point’s man, in the region. Mr. Hosni Mubarak has given way to straight and hard talk in the case of Libya, whose eccentric leader, Muammar Ghaddafi has traditionally annoyed and irritated the powerful capitals: here.

Namibia: MPs Criticise Nato Strikes on Libya: here.

Libya and the World of Oil, by Noam Chomsky: here.

One Hundred Years of Bombing Libya: here.

UN says 400 African migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean: here.

By Prof. Michel Chossudovsky:

“Our Man in Tripoli”: US-NATO Sponsored Islamic Terrorists Integrate Libya’s Pro-Democracy Opposition

Global Research, April 3, 2011

Concepts are Turned Upside Down: The US-NATO military alliance is supporting a rebellion integrated by Islamic terrorists, in the name of the “War on Terrorism”…

There are various factions within the Libyan opposition: Royalists, defectors from the Qadhafi regime including the Minister of Justice and more recently the Foreign Minister, Moussa Koussa, members of the Libyan Armed Forces, the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL) and the National Conference for the Libyan Opposition (NCLO) which acts as an umbrella organization.

Rarely acknowledged by the Western media, Al-Jamaa al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi Libya, the Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), is an integral part of the Libyan Opposition.

The Libyan Interim Council does not constitute a clearly defined entity. It is based on the representation from newly created local councils established to “manage daily life in the liberated cities and villages”. (The Libyan Interim National Council » The Council’s statement)

Opposition forces are in large part made up of an untrained civilian militia, former members of the Libyan armed forces, together with the trained paramilitary Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).

The Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which is aligned with Al Qaeda, is in the frontline of the armed insurrection.

13 thoughts on “NATO kills Libyan rebels


    COSATU supports democracy, but condemns foreign military attack on Libya
    “Humanitarian” US bombs being prepared for delivery in Libya.
    By Bongani Masuku, COSATU international relations secretary

    ‘From Western Sahara to Palestine and Libya foreign military and political occupation is wrong and must be fought with all the determination necessary. Wherever it happens, it threatens and substitute the genuine struggles and role of the people in determining the future of their countries.’

    March 22, 2011 — The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) reiterates its position in support of the legitimate and genuine struggles of the people and workers of the Middle East and North Africa for democracy, human dignity and social justice. In doing so, however, we seek to exercise caution in the manner Western powers claim to be advancing the struggle for democracy in that region.

    In their own imaginations, military occupation can deliver democracy to the masses. Is it not the same doctrine that failed in Iraq before, Afghanistan recently and is it not inevitably bound to fail in Libya? This can be best described as helicopter democracy, which disempowers the masses in whose name the struggle for democracy is waged and renders them spectators as foreign powers arrogate themselves the role of liberators, in the process, relegating the masses and their role in their own struggle.

    It is very clear that the UN resolution fitted into a well-designed scheme by the big powers that was deliberately set to ensure military occupation and regional reconfiguration to further assert imperialist domination and neoliberal economic orthodoxy in the interest of profiteering at all costs for their giant oil companies. It was further meant to ensure stage-managed “regime change” which sought to impose regimes that would best service their interests as was the case with Hosni Mubarak for a long time. International solidarity does not mean foreign occupation or undermining the sovereign rights and territorial integrity of any country and peoples, but supporting the struggling masses to defeat an oppressor through their own struggle.

    The abuse of the UN system to advance narrow corporatist interests of Western countries and their big multinationals who, for too long, have been eager to secure for themselves the huge oil and natural gas reserves in this part of the world, discredits the standing of the UN in the eyes of the world. In particular, the double standards of the UN Security Council and the International Criminal Court (ICC) are shocking. The world is still waiting for action in relation to the war crimes charges against Israel following the findings of the Goldstone Report and we have not seen anything close to that, except for continuous US blocking of any resolution holding Israel to account with the full support of the EU.

    In this regard, we believe that the honesty of the UN in dealing with global problems is in doubt. We also have not seen similar determination to deal with despots in Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, where people are being killed and imprisoned for marching peacefully, state of emergencies have been declared and foreign forces have been called to reinforce against peaceful activities for democracy. Could this be explained by the fact that US oil supplies are guaranteed by the existence of the despots running these countries, as with the US military bases in this part of the world?

    From Western Sahara to Palestine and Libya foreign military and political occupation is wrong and must be fought with all the determination necessary. Wherever it happens, it threatens and substitute the genuine struggles and role of the people in determining the future of their countries.



    Fahamu (Oxford)

    Libya: Imperialism – the Real Reasons Behind the Invasion

    Demba Moussa Dembl

    31 March 2011

    “While resolutely supporting the legitimate struggle of the true democratic forces of Libya, Africa must continue to denounce this savage imperialist onslaught against a country with the sole aim of controlling its resources to the detriment of its people they claim they are ‘protecting’.”


    Three African nations voted for the UN Security Council resolution that opened the door to the Western military intervention in Libya. Demba Moussa Dembele regrets that South Africa, Gabon and Nigeria provided the votes for the resolution to be passed.

    Libya has been subjected to intense bombardment by the US, France and their NATO allies since Saturday,19 March 2011. The leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the armed wing of Western imperialism, claim these attacks are aimed at securing a no-fly zone to ‘protect’ the Libyan people from Gaddafi’s army. In fact, the so-called civilian protection was nothing but a pretext to invade Libya.


    The US and its lackeys needed the fig leaf of the UN Security Council to justify the invasion. Resolution 1973, voted for on 17 March, thus freed the hands of the west to implement their real plan, which has nothing to do with the resolution’s mandate. The concerns and criticism from China, Russia and even some members of the Arab League, like its secretary general, the Egyptian Amr Moussa, show that the US and its allies were only looking for a legal cover for a plan that has been a long time in the making.

    By endorsing such an imperialist adventure, the UN has once again shown that it is a puppet of the big powers. What is even more shocking about this resolution is the support extended by three African countries – South Africa, Gabon and Nigeria – against Libya. It is even more outrageous when one considers that Germany abstained and that it was thanks to African voices that the resolution was passed.

    If even two had abstained, the resolution wouldn’t have seen the light of day. His African peers have little sympathy for Gaddafi, but it is nonetheless unacceptable to see African countries supporting the destruction of another African country by western nations. If the two African states most likely to have independent positions can capitulate so easily to western pressure on such a crucial issue, African leadership clearly leaves much to be desired.

    At any rate, this augurs ill should either South Africa or Nigeria ever obtain a permanent seat at the UN Security Council. The vote by these two countries was a slap in the face to the African Union (AU) and renders it even weaker. It is deplorable to see two such influential members of the AU ignore the body’s appeal for a peaceful solution to the Libyan crisis and vote alongside western countries against another African nation. At least the AU was able to keep its honour intact by condemning the western attacks, calling for an immediate ceasefire and refusing to attend a meeting called by France on 19 March.


    The statements from Obama, Sarkozy and others are nothing but a pack of lies, a cover for the real aims of this imperialist crusade, whose real objective is regime change and control of the country’s vast resources – above all its oil. Indeed, one can ask since when did Sarkozy and his like care about the fate of the African people, and especially those of Arab origin? Since when did the US president start caring about what happens to people?

    And if these gentlemen had the slightest ‘humanitarian’ fibre, what were they doing when the Palestinians were being decimated by Zionist cluster bombs? What did they do when Israel imposed its illegal and inhuman blockade against Gaza? In the face of these crimes against humanity, how can Obama, Sarkozy and the others pretend they are acting in defence of the Libyan people?

    The truth is that their sole concern is maintaining the hegemony of their economic and political system – imperialism. This is a system that is the sworn enemy of freedom, of the independence and sovereignty of peoples and nations everywhere in the world. It is the main obstacle to the emancipation of people. How could the guarantors of such a system claim to ‘protect’ the Libyan population?

    The only rights that matter in the imperialist system are the rights of a minority of exploiters and criminals, lawless and without conscience. All the rhetoric on human rights is just that, a facade to conceal the true purpose – the conquest, rape and pillage of peoples.

    Western countries, and the US in particular, are being strangled by an unprecedented crisis and they see their world hegemony in decline in the face of the rise of southern countries such as China, Brazil and India. All options are open, to if not halt, then at least slow down the process of their inevitable decline and the redistribution of the geopolitical cards globally.

    This explains the militarisation of the planet in the name of ‘humanitarian intervention’ or ‘the war against terrorism’ to occupy countries rich in natural resources, principally, oil.

    The so-called ‘protection’ of Libya’s people is nothing but a pretext to cover up a purely imperialist and destructive mission. Their aim is replace Gaddafi with a regime more amenable to western interests.

    The manner in which the military campaign is being conducted speaks volumes – the destruction of the country’s infrastructure, the bombing of Gaddafi’s compound, the destruction of anything that could be seen as a military target. This savage offensive will have its inevitable corollary of civilian deaths.


    Denouncing the imperialist war must be accompanied by support for an authentic people’s revolution against the Gaddafi regime. The aspirations of the Libyan people for liberty, democracy and an end to more than 40 years of one-man rule are legitimate and must be defended. That is why we were completely behind the uprising.

    But our enthusiasm waned when we saw the rebels brandishing flags belonging to the monarchy that was abolished by Gaddafi’s coup d’Etat. This showed that reactionary forces were trying to hijack legitimate grievances for their own ends. Any further doubts were dispelled when those who claimed to be the leaders of the uprising asked for western help – a message that was quickly understood by the Gulf monarchies and western countries.

    Indeed, Sarkozy lost no time before recognising the ‘National Council’ set up by Gaddafi’s opponents. The Arab League followed the lead set by Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states and convened an extraordinary session to back the military intervention.

    All this clearly shows that forces and countries whose objectives are very distant from the fundamental aspirations of the Libyan people have hijacked the popular uprising in Libya. Western countries and their Arab allies are not in Libya to back the real demands of the people for freedom and democracy.

    On the contrary, they are trying to control the movement for their own benefit. While resolutely supporting the legitimate struggle of the true democratic forces of Libya, Africa must continue to denounce this savage imperialist onslaught against a country with the sole aim of controlling its resources to the detriment of its people they claim they are ‘protecting’.

    Demba Moussa Dembl is a Senegalese economist.


  3. Well now of course they will officially say anything to keep the vital support from the West coming. Even if there is no plan for a fundie Islamic rule, they will stipulate that the religion of Libya is Islam and things will run their “natural” course from there.


  4. Re #4: issues like the rebellion in Libya are far too complex to understand with just simplistic views about Islam (or another religion) as tools.

    For a look at the some of the factors which play a role in Libya, see here.


  5. Rebels’ trainer was held by US in Cuba

    April 5, 2011

    LOS ANGELES: A former prisoner at Guantanamo Bay has taken a leading role in the military opposition to Muammar Gaddafi, it has emerged.

    Rebel recruits in the eastern port city of Derna are being trained by Sufyan Bin Qumu, a Libyan arrested following the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and held at Guantanamo for six years.

    A senior Libyan rebel commander in Derna, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, was also held following the invasion of Afghanistan and handed over to Libyan custody two months later.

    Both men were said to have been released from prison in Libya in 2008 as part of a reconciliation process with Islamists.

    Mr Qumu, 51, a Libyan army veteran, was accused by the US government of working as a lorry driver for a company owned by Osama bin Laden and as an accountant for a charity accused of terrorist links.

    The appearance of Islamists in the country’s revolution, and supportive statements by Islamist groups, has led to fears that Western military action may be playing into the hands of its ideological enemies.

    However, Islamists were said to form only a small minority within the rebel forces, and there was no apparent disagreement with the opposition’s political leadership, which said it was secular.

    ”Our view is starting to change of the US,” he [Hasidi] said. ”If we hated the Americans 100 per cent, today it is less than 50 per cent.

    ”They have started to redeem themselves for their past mistakes by helping us to preserve the blood of our children.

    He also called on foreign governments to supply rebels in Libya with surface-to-air missiles.

    Mr Qumu has described the NATO-led bombing in Libya as a ”blessing”.

    Telegraph, London


  6. Statement issued by the office of President Jacob Zuma of South Africa:

    We have noted comments by a Zimbabwean newspaper which has generated interest among some sections of the media, relating to South Africa’s position on Libya, especially the country’s affirmative vote for United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973.

    South Africa’s position on Libya is clear and unambiguous.

    As a member of the African Union, South Africa is committed to the position of the AU Peace and Security Council which reaffirmed Africa’s strong commitment to the respect of the unity and territorial integrity of Libya.

    President Jacob Zuma has called for an immediate ceasefire in Libya and an end to the attacks on civilians. He also stated that only a peaceful solution, based on the will of the people, will guarantee long-term stability in Libya. The President is part of the Ad-hoc High-Level Committee on Libya, comprising five Heads of State and Government, who have been tasked with finding a political solution to the Libyan crisis. South Africa remains committed to working within the ambit of the AU to find a lasting political solution to the Libyan crisis.


    President Robert Mugabe, seen welcoming President Jacob Zuma on a past visit, is now unhappy with what his regional counterparts are saying.

    Other than responsibilities as a member of the African Union, South Africa also has strong historical ties with Libya forged during the liberation struggle. It is for this reason that we stated that Resolution 1973 should not be abused, and should be implemented in letter and spirit to protect Libyan civilians and not to advance other objectives.

    President Zuma has spoken out unambiguously against the killing of civilians in Libya and reaffirmed the country’s rejection of regime change and the foreign occupation of Libya.

    Governments have their own channels of communication, and relations with Zimbabwe remain warm and cordial. Should the Zimbabwean government wish to understand our position on Libya or any other, they will contact the South African government through the normal channels as they always do.


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