Another bloodbath in NATO’s brave new Libya

Smoke of fighting at the Libyan Foreign affairs ministry in Tripoli, Reuters photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Three suicide bombers have attacked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Libyan capital Tripoli. In addition to the three attackers two other people were killed. At least eighteen people were injured.

Presumably the terrorists were fighters of Islamic State [ISIS]. They started the attack with a car bomb, which went off right in front of the building and damaged cars and buildings. Then they opened fire on the building and two of them managed to penetrate.

They blew themselves up inside. The third man was shot by a security guard. Thick smoke hung above the government building.

Since the death of dictator Kadhafi in 2011, Libya is in a political chaos. In Tripoli there is fighting between militias and the weak official government and among militias themselves. The country is deeply divided: in the east there is also a rival government.

Manchester Ariana Grande concert bloodbath, MI5 complicit

This 22 November 2018 video from Britain says about itself:

MI5 “Must Be Taken To Court” Over Manchester Bomber Salman Abedi Failure: Says Survivor Robby Potter

By Thomas Scripps in Britain:

UK Intelligence and Security Committee admits Manchester bomb attack should have been prevented

30 November 2018

Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has stated that the MI5 intelligence agency made a series of mistakes in its handling of the case of Salman Abedi, failing to prevent him from carrying out a horrific terrorist attack.

Abedi detonated a bomb at the end of a packed Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017, killing 22 people and injuring over a hundred.

The ISC’s report stated that, “there were a number of failures in the handling of Salman Abedi’s case and, while it is impossible to say whether these would have prevented the devastating attack on 22 May, we have concluded that, as a result of the failings, potential opportunities to prevent it were missed.”

MI5 accepted that they “moved too slowly.”

In reality, the report and all such admissions are tailored to hide a host of damning facts about Abedi’s relationship with the British state that explain why such supposed “mistakes” were made.

The ISC is composed of tried and trusted MPs and Lords selected by the prime minister and sworn into the Queen’s Privy Council. Its “investigation” is meant to complete a whitewash begun in December 2017 with a report on UK terror attacks by David Anderson QC—building on the cover-up launched in the hours after the attack.

Immediately after the bombing, Prime Minister Theresa May claimed Abedi was a “lone wolf”, only known to the security services “to a degree.” Two D-Notices (a request to the press not to report on a particular issue) were issued over the attack and were for the most part slavishly obeyed by the mainstream media. Information soon emerged, mostly via the US, that tore the government’s claims to shreds.

It was revealed that the FBI had warned MI5 in January 2017 that Abedi belonged to a North African terrorist group looking for a political target in Britain. Then it was reported that Abebi was in contact with a Libyan Islamic State [ISIS] battalion and that he had twice visited in prison the convicted terrorist and fighter in Libya and Syria, Abdal Raouf Abdallah, which would have triggered extensive security checks as a matter of course.

Abedi regularly travelled from his home in Manchester to Libya to visit his parents, who were members of the anti-Gaddafi Libyan Islamic Fighting Group—which is closely tied to the British state. He is reported to have fought with Islamist forces himself. Actively investigated by MI5 in January 2014, Abedi soon had his case closed, to be reopened in 2015 and closed again within one day. At the time he detonated his bomb, four days after returning from a trip to Libya, he was supposedly not considered a threat.

Anderson’s December report was designed to cover for the security services in the face of these incriminating disclosures. He previously defended GCHQ’s mass surveillance of the entire population in a BBC documentary and paved the way for the Snoopers’ Charter with the report, “A Question of Trust.” He wrote, “It is not the purpose of the internal reviews, or of this report, to cast or apportion blame.” The case of Abedi outlined was cast in terms of “tragic” mistakes only noticeable “in retrospect.”

Anderson made no mention of the fact that came to light in August this year—that Abedi and his brother had actually been evacuated from Libya aboard a Royal Navy ship in 2014, with the personal knowledge of then Prime Minister David Cameron.

Royal Navy rescued suicide bomber 3 years before attack: here.

Why DID they hide the truth on the Manchester bomber? Victims left angry after they were kept in the dark over the Royal Navy plucking terrorist from Libyan warzone: here.

He refused to comment on whether he had known about the evacuation when compiling his report and, if so, why he had chosen to omit it.

The only conclusion to be drawn from the available evidence is that Abedi was viewed as an intelligence asset, allowed free rein to participate in jihadist formations aligned with British imperialism in the Middle East and North Africa. Only this explanation makes sense of the incredible “lapses in security” revealed by the ISC, whatever combination of fact and fiction they may be.

According to the committee, Abedi’s two visits to Abdal Raouf Abdallah in Altcourse prison brought “no follow-up action” and were “not passed to MI5.” He was never referred to the government’s “Prevent” strategy—meant to prevent people being radicalized by “extremism”—and did not have his travel monitored or restricted.

Another security “failing” caused “serious concern” due to its “highly sensitive security aspects” and will only be revealed only to the prime minister in a classified report. Concealing this information strongly suggests that it is highly incriminating and possibly relates to Abedi’s role as an asset in the operation to topple Gaddafi. Theresa May was home secretary at the time when the security services allowed LIFG members to travel to Libya, providing them with passports after they had been previously confiscated and giving them security clearance as part of the military operations to overthrow Gaddafi.

Abedi was never referred to Prevent, yet in 2015-2016 over a thousand schoolchildren were referred to its “deradicalization” programmes. The UK is a world leader in mass surveillance and had direct links with multiple Libyan Islamist militias. These “errors of judgement” were part of a deliberate policy.

The ISC’s members know this is precisely how MI5 and MI6 operate: maintaining and protecting networks of jihadist fighters, who can be deployed against Middle Eastern and African governments. If some go rogue and kill British citizens, then that is considered collateral damage.

This pattern was confirmed in October, when head of counter-terrorism policing Neil Basu said that fighters returning from Syria were no longer considered the biggest terror threat to the UK. According to the UK’s own counter-terrorism strategy documents, around 900 British nationals of “national security concern” are thought to have travelled to Syria, and 40 percent of them are thought to have returned.

Basu’s comments prefigured a statement from Chief of the British General Staff General Mark Carleton-Smith last weekend. Smith declared that the threat from terrorism paled in comparison to the threat posed by Russia. Having served as a bogeyman to justify endless wars of intervention and attacks on democratic rights, “the terrorists” are now far more helpful as allies in proxy wars against rival powers—above all Russia.

The only ISC recommendations likely to be enacted are those which use state-created atrocities as an excuse for yet greater state surveillance and censorship in connection with rapidly escalating militarism. The report states that communication companies were failing to fulfil their duty to detect terror planning online and suggested government pressure be brought to bear.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid jumped at the opportunity, saying “We have updated our counter-terrorism strategy, introduced new legislation to allow threats to be disrupted earlier and have increased information sharing with local authorities. We are also ensuring technology companies play their part by stopping terrorists from exploiting their platforms.”

The media passed over the ISC report with nothing more than a “so what”, with no further reporting on it after 24 hours. The BBC and the Guardian said nothing of Abedi’s extensive connections with Britain’s Libya campaign in their coverage. BBC home affairs and security correspondent, Dominic Casciani, provided an apologia for MI5, writing, “The big problem is that intelligence on suspects is fragmentary. A British-Libyan young man travelling to Libya is not the stuff of red alerts.”

Survivors and those bereaved by the Manchester attack criticised the government and intelligence agencies. Survivor Robby Porter is considering taking legal action against MI5. “This could have been stopped,” he said, “and we’re finding out now that it should have been stopped.”

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British MI5 Manchester massacre scandal

This 22 November video from Britain says about itself:

Manchester Arena bomb survivor Martin Hibbert angry with MI5 over Salman Abedi failure

MI5 ‘too slow’ over Manchester Arena bomber

By Dominic Casciani, BBC Home affairs correspondent

Salman Abedi allegedly killed 22 people in the bombing at Manchester Arena in May 2017

MPs reviewing the 2017 terror attacks say MI5 has accepted it made a mistake in not tracking the Manchester bomber. A report by the Intelligence and Security Committee said MI5 recognised it had moved “too slowly” to establish how dangerous Salman Abedi, 22, was. The security service had cause to monitor Abedi’s return to the UK from Libya days before the attack in which 22 people died, the report said. …

Abedi is believed to have been taught bomb-making while in Libya, before returning to Manchester in May last year to construct his device. He walked into the foyer of Manchester Arena, where thousands had been watching US singer Ariana Grande perform, and blew himself up. A previous report into the attack revealed that MI5 had planned to review the risks posed by Abedi – but the meeting was not scheduled to take place before the attack occurred.

In its findings, the ISC said there had been “no follow-up action” after Abedi visited a jailed terrorist organiser from Manchester. Last December, an independent assessment of MI5’s own secret review of the attack revealed for the first time that an opportunity had been missed to monitor Abedi’s movements – which would have revealed his return to the UK from Libya, days before he struck. “MI5 have since admitted that given the information they had on Abedi, they should have done so”, said the committee. …

The committee said one failing it had identified was so sensitive, it could not be shared publicly.

What was that failing? Let me guess. The BBC article does not mention the biggest scandal in MI5’s role in the bloody Manchester crime. That, in 2011, MI5 sent Salman Albedi to NATO’s war on Libya to serve as a child soldier. That bloody war completely fucked up Abedi’s mind; which resulted in his Manchester concert attack.

Mr Hibbert, who was left paralysed by the explosion, welcomed the report’s release. His daughter was also wounded as they left the arena when the bomb went off….

Another survivor, Robby Potter, who took his 11-year-old daughter Tegan to the concert, said he was considering taking legal action against MI5. His injuries from 37 pieces of flying shrapnel have meant he’s been unable to return to his job as a drainage engineer, and now drives lorries.

Italian government deports refugees to Libyan war, slavery

This 28 June 2017 British TV video says about itself:

Rescued African migrants say they are fleeing slavery

Italy has threatened to stop foreign boats carrying migrants rescued in the central Mediterranean Sea from docking in its ports unless other EU countries do more to help. It comes amid a surge in arrivals in recent days, as we reported last night from aboard a German rescue vessel. Tonight we hear from the migrants and refugees themselves.

A warning: this report contains images and testimony that you may find distressing.

Back in 2017, there was not yet the present Italian government including neofascists. The 2017 Italian government called itself ‘centrist‘.

By Martin Kreickenbaum:

Italy assists in illegal mass repatriation of refugees to Libya

6 August 2018

On July 30, 108 refugees rescued at sea by an Italian merchant vessel were returned to Libya in a flagrant violation of international law. According to multiple media reports, the Italian maritime rescue centre in Rome, the Libyan Coast Guarddominated by militias—and representatives of Eni, the Italian oil and gas company operating off the Libyan coast, collaborated in this illegal mass repatriation.

The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR posted on Twitter that details relating to the case were being examined. “Libya is not a safe harbour and this action could have violated international law”, wrote the UNHCR. A mass repatriation of refugees without prior examination of their right to asylum is also a violation of international law.

On July 30, the Italian tugboat Asso 28 brought 108 refugees on board, including children and pregnant women, whose inflatable raft was in distress some 60 nautical miles off the Libyan coast, near the offshore platform “Sabratha.” The platform belonged to the Mellitah Oil & Gas joint venture, in which the Italian company Eni as well as the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) are participants.

According to information provided by the Eni corporation, a representative of the Libyan Coast Guard stationed on the platform boarded Asso 28 and led the rescue operation. Later, a boat from the Libyan Coast Guard led Asso 28 to port in Tripoli, where the refugees were brought ashore.

In the course of these activities, the Italian captain not only repeatedly violated international law, apparently in coordination with the Italian maritime rescue centre, he also set a precedent for further illegal mass repatriations.

The Italian Coast Guard claims the rescue “was coordinated by the Libyan Coast Guard, which also led the entire operation.” This raises the question, however: Who informed the Libyan Coast Guard about a refugee boat in distress in international waters? Refugees are generally found to have satellite phones on board in which the number of the Italian maritime rescue centre is already saved.

Riccardo Gatti, who heads the operations of the private rescue ship Proactiva Open Arms, said the first report about the raft in distress came from the Italian rescue centre. The Proactiva Open Arms set course for the raft, but the Italian Coast Guard refused every attempt to contact it. Through its inaction, the Italian coast guard is complicit in this illegal mass repulsion of refugees.

It remains unclear who instructed the captain of Asso 28 to bring the refugees to Libya. The Libyan Coast Guard has no authority over an Italian ship in international waters. Gatti claims to have intercepted a radio message saying Asso 28 had to follow the “instructions of the platform.” If that is the case, it would mean that the Eni corporation ultimately ordered the mass repatriation.

Eni has since 2015 worked closely with militia leader Ahmed Dabbashi in the Melittah gas field off the Libyan coast. The United Nations is taking action against Dabbashi for severe human rights violations against refugees. One year ago, several media outlets reported that the then-government in Rome had agreed to pay Dabbashi millions to keep refugees from the Libyan port city of Sabratha from reaching Italy and detaining them in Libyan internment camps.

One can assume that the current illegal repatriation of refugees is a direct consequence of this dirty arrangement.

Libya is not a signatory to the Geneva Refugee Convention and is therefore not considered a safe harbour for refugees. In returning the refugees in question, the captain of Asso 28 has made himself liable for prosecution under international law.

The refugees aboard Asso 28 should not have been denied the right to apply for asylum. As Marina Castellaneta, professor for international law at the University of Bari, explained to Spiegel Online: according to all international conventions, states must grant everyone the opportunity to request asylum and protect these persons for as long as asylum proceedings are underway. The state has the obligation to prevent ships operating under its flag from simply repatriating such people.

In 2012, the European Court of Human Rights condemned Italy for its illegal repatriation of refugees to Libya. Now the European Union … are themselves involved in these inhumane and illegal actions.

In a hypocritical press release, the EU Commission condemned the mass repatriation. Libya has not met “international standards for taking in refugees”, explained commission spokesperson Natasha Bertaud last Tuesday. In fact, the EU has in recent months supported the large-scale repatriation of refugees to Libya and backed the Italian and Maltese governments in their effort to block access to their ports for refugees stranded at sea.

As part of the “Operation Sophia” initiative in the Mediterranean, the EU trained the Libyan Coast Guard and provided it with 16 ships. At the end of June, Libyan authorities, with the support of the EU, established their own search-and-rescue zone, which extends far beyond 12 nautical miles from shore, the internationally recognized distance at which territorial waters end and international waters begin. This search-and-rescue zone has been recognized by the International Maritime Organization, an agency of the United Nations, although the Libyan control centre is not staffed 24 hours a day and not all of its staff speak English.

The Libyan Coast Guard has access to satellite data for the tracking of refugee boats, while the Moonbird plane operating out of Malta by the private relief organization Sea-Watch is no longer permitted to search for people in distress.

In the haphazard search-and-rescue zone, the Libyan Coast Guard regularly demands the handing over of rescued refugees. It does not shrink from the use of firearms to enforce this demand. Despite this, the Libyan government receives backing from Italian prosecuting authorities. They seized the rescue ship Proactiva Open Arms because it refused to hand over refugees to the Libyan Coast Guard.

One year ago, more than a dozen private rescue ships still operated on the central Mediterranean route and saved tens of thousands of refugees from drowning. Now most of them are docked, having been seized by Italian and Maltese authorities. Their operational possibilities have been drastically limited by the Italian government.

This has resulted in a humanitarian disaster. In July of this year, only 1,972 refugees made it to Italy. In the same month the previous year, there were 23,552—more than ten times the current number. The number of causalities on this route stood at 68 in July of last year. It more than doubled to 157 by July of this year.

To this must be added an untold number of drowned refugees, whose calls for help no one could hear. More than 12,000 refugees have been taken back to Libya, where “Hell” awaits, as Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, has himself been compelled to admit.

In the Libyan ports, refugees are generally received by UN representatives who then pass them on to the authorities. They are then brought for an indefinite period of time to internment camps where inhumane conditions prevail.

Hanan Salah of Human Rights Watch reported on the conditions at one such camp following an inspection visit:

“As we opened the gate to a corridor in one prison, we almost stumbled over several people who sat pressed against one another on the floor. They had come out of their cells to get some air in the hallway, but even there they sat packed side by side. There must have been hundreds of them. Many gasped for air because it was so suffocating.

“Many of the toilets and showers are broken. It is very hot and there are no fans. The people there have no freedom of movement. They spend almost the entire day in their cells. Even the many children are not allowed to go out. Even more disturbing was the terrible abuse of the immigrants and refugees by the guards. We observed that some immigrants are sold off from one trader to another and are forced to work without pay for smugglers, militias or private business people. They beat people, imprison them and treat many immigrants like slaves.”

NATO’s Libyan child soldier, Ariana Grande concert terrorist

This ABC News video says about itself:

22 May 2017

At an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in England, at least 19 are dead, 50 injured following an explosion.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Manchester bomb attacker was rescued from Libya by British

The man who committed a suicide attack last year in the Manchester Arena was rescued by the British Navy four years ago from the civil war in Libya. The Daily Mail and The Independent report that the suicide bomber Salman Abedi was one of 100 residents of the United Kingdom who were evacuated by the warship Enterprise.

The Enterprise brought the group to Malta; they flew to England from there. Abedi, who has Libyan parents, was in Libya with his younger brother on holiday in August 2014. That was when heavy fighting broke out. British diplomats arranged the evacuation of residents of the United Kingdom.

Here, the NOS report forgets that not only did the British armed forces, in a broader sense: the British government, bring Salman Albedi out of the 2014 bloody fighting in Libya to Britain. Three years earlier, in 2011, the British ‘intelligence’ service, in a broader sense: the British government, had spirited Abedi away from Britain to Libya, to serve as child soldier cannon fodder in NATO’s Libya war. That hellish war completely fucked up child soldier Abedi’s mind and paved the way for him perpetrating the horrible Ariana Grande concert bloodbath.

The attack in Manchester at the end of the concert of Ariana Grande cost the lives of 22 people. Among the dead were seven children, the youngest one was 8.

The British security services were already monitoring Salman Abedi, but the investigation had been halted a month before his evacuation. That decision was later reviewed and approved.

The Daily Mail quotes a government official in London who says that the bloodbath by Abedi must be seen as an ultimate apostle Judas-like betrayal in the light of his rescue from Libya.

Yes, Mr government official: there is a word for this: ‘blowback‘. Blowback from British Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s war on Libya. Like the blowback from British Blairite Prime Minister Tony Blair’s war on Iraq, which caused the rise of ISIS terrorism.

Abedi’s brother Hashem is held in Libya by a militia. The British request for extradition has been rejected.

British police and intelligence forces were revealed last week to be using children as spies. The filthy practice affects an unknown number of young people and has been ongoing for an unknown time period. Some child spies are reported to be under 16 years of age. The exposure only came to public attention because of concerns raised by the House of Lords committee charged with scrutinising secondary legislation: here.

Bloodshed in Libya, worse than ever

Warlord Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi, AFP photo

On this AFP photo we see warlord Khalifa Haftar. Formerly living in the USA as a CIA asset. Haftar, the boss of a militia which includes salafist religious fanatics. One of many militias killing each other and civilians in Libya. Haftar’s uniform looks spotless. Not even one drop of blood. Very different from many Libyan civilians.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

UN alarm about Libyan city Derna: fierce fighting and no water

The violence in the Libyan city of Derna has reached a new low point. The city is being bombed by air raids, residential areas are being shot at by artillery and ground fights are taking place. The UN agency for humanitarian affairs (OCHA) writes this in a report.

Some 125,000 people live in Derna. They are largely devoid of water, food and medicines. The electricity and water supply of the city is gone.

Although Libya has been plagued by violence between militant militias and rogue army divisions since the deposition of dictator Gaddafi in 2011, the UN calls the current situation in Derna “unprecedented”.

Gaddafi was not simply ‘deposed’. A coalition of NATO and jihadist militias attacked Libya, starting bloodbaths of civilians which still continue. Then, Gaddafi was murdered cruelly. Probably at the instigation of French President Sarkozy, who, like many other NATO country politicians, used to be a buddy of Gaddafi until just before starting the war. Sarkozy was scared that if Gaddafi would be on trial, then he might reveal the Libyan money scandal in Sarkozy’s presidential election campaign.


The eastern city has been surrounded by the Libyan National Army (LNA) [official sounding name for Haftar’s militia] since July last year under the leadership of General Khalifa Haftar. …

The LNA is being helped by Egypt from the air.

While Egyptian dictator Sisi helps Haftar, the Erdogan regime in Turkey and the Qatari absolute monarchy provide help to his opponents.