BRIC Nations Speak Out Against Use of Force in Libya

Stephanie Ho | Beijing  April 14, 2011 The five BRICS nations have voiced their opposition to use of force in Libya, at a summit in the southern Chinese resort city, Sanya.   Meanwhile, leaders from the five large developing nations criticized the current dollar-dominated world monetary order and called for a broad-based international reserve currency system. … Continue reading

Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent president of Cote d'Ivoire, has been arrested after a raid by French forces on a bunker at his residence in Abidjan.

  Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent president of Cote d’Ivoire, has been arrested after a raid by French forces on a bunker at his residence in Abidjan. Toussaint Alain, a Gbagbo advisor, told the Reuters news agency that the incumbent president had been “arrested by French special forces in his residence” and “handed over to the rebel leaders”. … Continue reading

Qaddafi forces close in on control of Ajdabiya. Rebels have taken very heavy mortar fire there for the past week. Ajdabiya is the last roadblock before Qaddafi forces get to the rebels' stronghold of Benghazi 90 miles to the North. If Ajdabiya falls the oil port of Brega falls with it.

By Michael Georgy AJDABIYAH, Libya | Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:30am EDT AJDABIYAH, Libya (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s artillery heavily bombarded Ajdabiyah and his forces forced their way inside on Sunday in their most determined assault on the strategic eastern town for at least a week. Rebels cowered in alleyways from sustained artillery, rocket and … Continue reading

Qaddafi's son Saif(heir apparent) went on a shooting trip to Rothschild owned Waddesdon Manor with Nat Rothschild and Senior British Cabinet Member Peter Mandelson in 2009.

A meeting between a dictator’s son and a senior Cabinet minister at a classic English shooting party revealed how deeply the Gaddafi regime wormed its way into the British Establishment. The weekend took place in 2009 at Waddesdon Manor, the Buckinghamshire home owned by financier Jacob, 4th Baron Rothschild. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was a guest … Continue reading

Last night NBC's Tom Brokaw said on the nightly news “I was told on the way in here that the Saudis are so unhappy with the Obama administration for the way it pushed out President Mubarak of Egypt that it sent high level emissaries to China and Russia to tell those two countries that Saudi Arabia now is prepared to do more business with them(Guess the bow at the G20 wasn't enough Mr. Obama).” I wonder if this is why Defense Secretary Gates got to Saudi Arabia 2 days ago? I think the U.S. and Britain just got busted trying to oust the House of Saud for the last time. If the BRIC nations just gained the Saudi's oil the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan were for nothing(I'm sure Brzezinski is freakin right the heck out right now). India would much rather receive their oil from the Saudi's rather than the U.S. oil interests' plan of sending it through the TAPI pipeline from the Persian Gulf. The current American administration and the British would not lose Saudi oil without war or ousting the regime. That's a fact.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011 By Susan Jones (CNSNews.com) – Reporting from Baghdad, Iraq yesterday, NBC’s Tom Brokaw said the Saudi Arabian monarchy is “so unhappy with the Obama administration for the way it pushed out President Mubarak of Egypt” that it has sent senior officials to the Peoples’ Republic of China and Russia to seek expanded business … Continue reading

Ivory Coast Ouattara fighters have Gbagbo surrounded in his bunker. Generals are said to be defecting. Ouattara is still seeking control of Abidjan as well.

 ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: April 5, 2011   ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Surrounded by troops backing Ivory Coast’s democratically elected leader, strongman Laurent Gbagbo huddled in a bunker at his home with his family Tuesday and tried to negotiate terms of surrender, officials said. Forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara have seized the presidential residence where … Continue reading

Libyan rebels to sell their first oil this week. Reuters reports that the Libyan rebel alliance already has its own central bank and money printing machines.

And so the real goal of the Libyan “No Fly Zone” succeeds: Reuters reports that the Libyan rebel alliance, which already has its own central bank and supposedly fiat printing machines, is about to sell its first oil cargo in the coming week.”The agency said Liberian-registered tanker Equator was due to arrive in the rebel-held … Continue reading

I love it when CNN is forced to go off script. A guest former CIA officer Michael Scheurer exposes our involvement in Libya for what it is. Includes video.

     The American Dream April 4, 2011 Every once in a while, establishment control of the mainstream media cracks for a moment.  In an effort to achieve higher ratings, mainstream news programs will invite guests on that promise to be “interesting”, but then they will say something that is not part of the script … Continue reading

NATO's Role In Libya

by Rick Rozoff On the morning of March 31 the North Atlantic Treaty Organization assumed full command of military operations against Libya, effecting the transfer of air, naval and preliminary ground operations from U.S. Africa Command’s Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn to NATO’s Operation Unified Protector. In NATO’s words, “The Alliance has the assets in … Continue reading

Second High-Level Defection In Libya In Two Days.

31.03.2011 19:13 By RFE/RL A second senior Libyan official has resigned his post in Muammar Qaddafi’s government in as many days. Ali Abdel-Salam al-Treki, a former foreign minister and the current rotating president of the UN General Assembly, had been named to represent Libya at the United Nations after a wave of defections early in … Continue reading

Libyan rebels are fleeing Eastward after forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi drove rebels from key oil port.

VOA News March 30, 2011 Libyan rebels are frantically fleeing eastward after forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi drove them Wednesday from a key oil port. Western news reports from outside Ras Lanuf say rebels are retreating amid intense fighting with pro-government forces shelling them and firing rockets. The reports said large numbers of rebels … Continue reading

AFRICOM and the Libya War, countering Chinese influence in Africa.

  by Emile Schepers U.S. participation in the war in Libya appears to be coordinated out of a former French Foreign Legion base in Djibouti, a tiny country of a half million souls at the very tip of the Horn of Africa. This is the forward base of AFRICOM, the unified command for African action … Continue reading

French fighter jets have shot down at least five Libyan Galeb planes and two Mi-35 combat helicopters in the past two hours, the country's defense ministry reported on Saturday. Most around Misrata and Zintan.

RIA Novosti  03/26/2011 MOSCOW, March 26 (RIA Novosti) – French fighters jets shot down at least five Libyan Galeb planes and two Mi-35 combat helicopters in the past two hours, the country’s defense ministry reported on Saturday. “During their missions, French warplanes launched several airstrikes in the regions of Zintan and Misrata,” the ministry reported … Continue reading

The B2 Stealth Bombers and Libya Operations

by Angus Batey Ares Defense 03/26/11 After my visit to Whiteman Air Force Base in 2009 I know I’ll always feel a more than passing interest in the B-2 fleet. But it was still quite an odd feeling when I realised that the aircraft I spent a couple of hours sitting inside and walking around … Continue reading

U.S. military declaring war on Qaddafi via e-mail.

Libyan Leaders, Soldiers Face Cyber and Information Attacks  by David A. Fulghum at 3/25/2011   Libyan communications and radar are being jammed, networks are being exploited and some senior commanders are getting personal messages. These electronic, cyber and information attacks are part of the assault on Tripoli’s forces. “With this type of operations, a key … Continue reading

War on Libya and Control of The Mediterranean

by Rick Rozoff Stop NATO March 25, 2011   Libya is also one of only five of Africa’s 54 countries that have not been integrated into, which is to say subordinated to, the new U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). A year after assuming the post of president of the French Republic in 2007, and while his … Continue reading

Who are the Libyan Freedom Fighters?

  The world is facing a very unpredictable and potentially dangerous situation in North Africa and the Middle East. What began as a memorable, promising, relatively nonviolent achievement of New Politics – the Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt – has morphed very swiftly into a recrudescence of old habits: America, already mired in two decade-long … Continue reading

Details on the progression of war in Libya

Operation Odyssey Dawn Operating under the authority provided by U.N. Security Council resolution 1973, coalition forces, composed of military assets from the United States, France, United Kingdom, Italy and Canada, launched on March 19, 2011 Operation Odyssey Dawn against targets inside Libya and aimed at protecting civilians from attacks perpetrated by pro-Muammar Al-Qadhafi forces. Acting … Continue reading

Who provided Libya Russian made SA-24 anti-aircraft missiles?

by David A. Fulghum at 3/23/2011     A new, much-dreaded, short-range anti-aircraft missile made in Russia has turned up in the hands of Libyan government forces. The Russian-made SA-24 Grinch can shoot down coalition aircraft effectively at altitudes up to about 11,000 ft. That would not affect most combat patrols, which are being flown … Continue reading

Latest from Libya, 6 rebels who welcomed downed pilot and gave him juice shot by U.S. rescue forces

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1368633/Libya-war-US-chopper-shoots-6-villagers-welcomed-Air-Force-F-15-crash-pilots.html

Operation ELLAMY: the UK's contribution to the action in Libya

 by Sean Meade at 3/22/2011   Angus Batey writes: Operation ELLAMY, as the UK’s contribution to the enforcement of UN Security Council resolution 1973 is known by the British Defense Ministry (MoD), is apparently succeeding in its aims. Not only has the Libyan air defence system and command-and-control network been severely disrupted by the allied … Continue reading

The Attack On Libya Renews Debate Over Congressional Consent

By CHARLIE SAVAGE NYT Published: March 21, 2011   WASHINGTON — President Obama is facing criticism that crosses the political divide for not seeking Congressional authorization before ordering the American military to join in attacks of Libyan air defenses and government forces. Some Democratic lawmakers — including Representatives Jerrold Nadler of New York, Barbara Lee … Continue reading

Libya: The role of US Africa Command(AFRICOM) and Russias take on NATO's 4th war in 12 years

  Stop NATO March 20, 2011 Following similar developments in neighboring Tunisia and Egypt, anti-government protests began in Libya on February 15. On March 19 the U.S., France and Britain delivered air and cruise missile attacks against targets in Libya: 112 Tomahawk missile strikes from U.S. and British submarines and warships in the Mediterranean Sea … Continue reading

Details on the Libyan Air Defense System and Surface to Air Missile (SAM) Network

INTRODUCTION Libya possesses one of the most robust air defense networks on the African continent, falling second only to Egypt in terms of coverage and operational systems. Libyan strategic SAM assets are primarily arrayed along the coastline, ostensibly defending the bulk of the Libyan population and preventing foreign incursion into Libyan airspace. THE STRATEGIC SAM … Continue reading

U.S. pounds Libyan air defenses, assessing damage today. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen says there are conditions in which Gadhafi may stay in power

By LOLITA C. BALDOR Associated Press WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led international military assault on Libya could achieve its stated goals without forcing Moammar Gadhafi from power, the top U.S. military officer said Sunday as the bombing campaign continued. After a barrage of attacks by sea-launched Tomahawk cruise missiles Saturday, an array of U.S. warplanes – … Continue reading

NATO assets in or on the way to Libyan theatre, via AP

Assets massing for Libya military action (AP) – 1 day ago Here’s a look at some of the international military assets in or heading to the region to help enforce the U.N.-sanctioned no-fly zone over Libya: France: —Deployed eight Rafale and four Mirage jets to survey rebel-held Benghazi; one fired on a Libyan military vehicle … Continue reading

Navy Vice Admiral Wlliam E. Gortney briefs reporters on Operation Odyssey Dawn, video and article

by SWJ Editors   March 20, 2011   Via Armed Forces Press Service: Navy Vice Adm. Wlliam E. Gortney, director of the Joint Staff, briefed reporters at the Pentagon on the launch of “Operation Odyssey Dawn.” “The goals of these initial operations are essentially twofold: first, to prevent further attacks by regime forces on Libyan citizens … Continue reading

U.S. jets bombed Gadhafis fortified compound last night

  By Maria Golovnina and Michael Georgy TRIPOLI | Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:02am EDT TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Western forces launched a second wave of air strikes on Libya overnight and officials in Tripoli said a missile intended to kill Muammar Gaddafi had destroyed a building in his fortified compound. “It was a barbaric bombing,” … Continue reading

U.S. military: Operation Odyssey Dawn has begun; French warplane downed; U.S. and U.K ships fire 122 plus cruise missiles from ships in the mediterranean. Russia Deplores Foreign Military Action In Libya; Articles can be found at link provided.

Operation Odyssey Dawn: U.S. Leads Onslaught Against Libya Libya: French Warplane Downed, Civilians Killed U.S. Fires Over 100 Cruise Missiles: West Bombs Civilian Targets, Oil Depots In Libya Venezuela Calls For End To Western Attack On Libya NATO’s First African War French Warplanes Begin Libyan War, Aircraft Carrier On Way U.S. Launches Cruise Missile Attacks … Continue reading

U.S. and European nations began bombing Moammar Gadhafi's forces and air defenses with cruise missiles and airstrikes Saturday, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war.

By RYAN LUCAS and HADEEL AL-SHALCHI, Associated Press – BE NGHAZI, Libya – The U.S. and European nations pounded Moammar Gadhafi’s forces and air defenses with cruise missiles and airstrikes Saturday, launching the broadest international military effort since the Iraq war in support of an uprising that had seemed on the verge of defeat. The … Continue reading

Report: Libya agrees to free New York Times journalists.

By CHRIS HAWLEY Associated Press   NEW YORK (AP) — Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have said they will release four New York Times journalists who were captured during fighting in the eastern part of the country, the newspaper said Friday.The four planned to drive to the Egyptian border and fly out of … Continue reading

Libya's rebel stronghold of Benghazi came under attack on Saturday morning, with at least two air strikes and sustained shelling of the city's south sending thick smoke into the sky.

Shelling, air strikes on Libyan rebels in Benghazi (AFP) – 9 hours ago BENGHAZI, Libya — Libya’s rebel stronghold of Benghazi came under attack on Saturday morning, with at least two air strikes and sustained shelling of the city’s south sending thick smoke into the sky. Multiple explosions could be heard from the centre of … Continue reading

U.N. Security Council gets the votes, no fly zone has been ordered over Libya. U.N. Resolution 1970 is also to allow "all necessary measures" to be taken "to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in (Libya), including Benghazi, while excluding an occupation force".

  Thu Mar 17, 2011   The United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution ordering a no-fly zone over Libya, while suspending the country from the Human Rights Council. Resolution 1970 authorizes a no-fly zone over Libya and to allow “all necessary measures” to be taken “to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under … Continue reading

New York Times says 4 of its journalists reporting from Libya have gone missing

By JEREMY W. PETERS Published: March 16, 2011 The New York Times said Wednesday that four of its journalists reporting on the conflict in Libya were missing. Editors said they were last in contact with the journalists, who were reporting from the eastern city of Ajdabiya, on Tuesday morning New York time. And despite secondhand … Continue reading

David Cameron last night gave British backing to calls for air strikes against Colonel Gaddafi. England's Cameron and France's Sarkozy have submitted a joint letter to NATO requesting a no fly zone and bombing campaign.

By Tim Shipman  11th March 2011 Markets plunge after crackdown in Saudi city David Cameron last night gave British backing to calls for air strikes against Colonel Gaddafi. He joined forces with Nicolas Sarkozy after the French president demanded immediate action to tackle the dictator, amid signs the international community is fiddling while Libya burns. … Continue reading

As AWACS Prowl Skies Above Libya, U.S. Contemplates How to Aid Rebels

Adding to the question of a Western presence in Libya this morning are several reports that surfaced over the weekend claiming that: U.S. AWACS jets are crisscrossing the skies above Libya requesting details on Libyan flight patterns from Maltese air traffic controllers; a British SAS team escorting a U.K. “diplomat” en-route to meet with rebels was briefly taken prisoner by those … Continue reading

Ivory Coast: Western-Backed Ouattara Rebels Outgun Government Forces, Take town in West near Liberian border using heavy weapons.

  Agence France-Presse March 6, 2011 Pro-Ouattara forces seize town in western I Coast: sources Ivory Coast: Testing Ground For U.S.-Backed African Standby Force Former rebels now loyal to presidential claimant Alassane Ouattara on Sunday wrested control of a town in western Ivory Coast from forces backing his rival, Laurent Gbagbo, sources from both sides … Continue reading

British Defense Secretary Liam Fox has confirmed media reports of SAS special forces along with a diplomat being captured in Libya

Voice of Russia March 6, 2011 UK admits SAS incursion British Defense Secretary Liam Fox has confirmed media reports about eight members of the SAS commando unit made their way into Libya. A report in The Sunday Times earlier claimed the unit had been seized by rebel forces in Libya as they tried to put … Continue reading

Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have carried out air strikes on the outskirts of a rebel-held eastern town, continuing a counter-offensive against anti-government protesters trying to topple the government.

VOA News March 07, 2011 Witnesses say Libyan warplanes struck positions around the oil port of Ras Lanuf on Monday. There were no reports of casualties. Earlier, residents were seen leaving the town, fearing an attack by pro-Gadhafi forces after deadly assaults Sunday on other rebel-held cities. News agencies said people also were clearing out … Continue reading

U.S. F 22's to get their first combat assignments if no-fly zone is imposed over Libya. The F-22 and some cyberoperations would be employed in shutting down Libya’s air defense system which is comprised “almost exclusively” of Russian-built SA-6 surface-to-air missiles, says a former Air Force chief of staff.

 by David A. Fulghum at 3/1/2011 If the U.S. decides to establish a no-fly zone over Libya, the effort could be led by F-22s in their first combat assignment. The F-22 and some cyberoperations would be employed in shutting down Libya’s air defense system which is comprised “almost exclusively” of Russian-built SA-6 surface-to-air missiles, says … Continue reading

Libyan warplanes strike rebel held oil port

By PAUL SCHEMM Associated Press  BREGA, Libya  (AP) — Rebels strengthened their hold on the strategic oil installation at Brega on Thursday after repelling an attempt by loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi to retake it. International pressure on the Libyan leader increased as an international court began investigating whether to charge him and his inner circle with crimes … Continue reading

The US Senate has unanimously passed a resolution calling for a no-fly zone over Libya as Washington is preparing the ground for military intervention in the oil-rich country.

Wed Mar 2, 2011 The symbolic resolution, passed on Tuesday, “urges the United Nations Security Council to take such further action as may be necessary to protect civilians in Libya from attack, including the possible imposition of a no-fly zone over Libyan territory.” It also calls on embattled Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi “to desist from … Continue reading

US Special Forces have reportedly landed in Libya to train anti-Gaddafi rebels as a western-backed coup d’état in the oil-rich nation nears, with British and French “defense advisors” also arriving to set up training bases in the rebel-controlled eastern region of the country.

US Special Forces have reportedly landed in Libya to train anti-Gaddafi rebels as a western-backed coup d’état in the oil-rich nation nears, with British and French “defense advisors” also arriving to set up training bases in the rebel-controlled eastern region of the country. According to a report in the Pakistan Observer, hundreds of special forces … Continue reading

The United States began moving warships toward Libya and froze $30 billion in the country’s assets on Monday as the administration declared all options on the table in its diplomatic, economic and military campaign to drive Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi from power

By MARK LANDLER and THOM SHANKER Published: February 28, 201   WASHINGTON — The United States began moving warships toward Libya and froze $30 billion in the country’s assets on Monday as the administration declared all options on the table in its diplomatic, economic and military campaign to drive Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi from power. Secretary … Continue reading

U.S. CentCom Commander Marine General James Mattis warns no-fly zone could lead to all-out war in Libya as British PM David Cameron sounds retreat on military action

By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 11:38 PM on 1st March 2011 Imposing a no-fly zone on Libya could lead to an all-out war, a senior U.S. military figure warned today. American and Britain are discussing closing the skies above the crisis-torn country to prevent Moammar Gaddaffi carrying out air strikes on opposition forces. … Continue reading

Britain and Germany fly secret extraction missions into Libya

2011-02-28   AFP Berlin – British and German military planes swooped into Libya’s desert, rescuing hundreds of oil workers and civilians stranded at remote sites, as thousands of other foreigners are still stuck in Tripoli by bad weather and red tape. The secret military missions into the turbulent North Africa country signal the readiness of … Continue reading

World scrambles to get citizens out of Libya

By SUZAN FRASER and THANASSIS STAVRAKIS Associated Press IRAKLIO, Crete — Two ferries carrying 4,500 Chinese workers from strife-torn Libya arrived at the Mediterranean island of Crete on Thursday, despite rough seas that left hundreds of Americans stranded on a docked ferry in Tripoli. Passengers smiled and waved from the decks of the Greek-flagged Hellenic … Continue reading

Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa on Monday that any Libyan soldier who can shoot dead embattled leader Moamer Kadhafi should do so "to rid Libya of him."

– Mon Feb 21 DOHA (AFP) – Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa on Monday that any Libyan soldier who can shoot dead embattled leader Moamer Kadhafi should do so “to rid Libya of him.” “Whoever in the Libyan army is able to shoot a bullet at Mr Kadhafi should do so,” Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born … Continue reading

Two Libyan Mirage jets defect to Malta seeking asylum… Refused to bomb unarmed citizens

GEORGE CINI   02/21/11 VALLETTA, Malta — Two Libyan air force jets landed in Malta on Monday and their pilots asked for political asylum amid a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters in Libya, a military source said. The two Mirage jets landed at Malta International Airport shortly after two civilian helicopters landed carrying seven people … Continue reading

Is the pause in Pakistani drone strikes linked to the arrest of the CIA's Raymond Davis

  By Missy Ryan ISLAMABAD | Sun Feb 20, 2011 ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – The United States has halted drone attacks on militants along Pakistan‘s western border in a development analysts believe is linked to U.S. attempts to secure the release of a jailed U.S. consular employee. After months of frequent strikes from unmanned U.S. aircraft … Continue reading